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3:00 PM on 02.05.2015

Five things we just learned about Persona 5

Today, Atlus gave us our first look at Persona 5 in motion, and hot damn does it look amazing. We've been watching and rewatching the debut gameplay trailer all day. It's like a train wreck. You can't look away. Except unlike a train wreck it's glorious and beautiful and I love it. Anyway, we've noticed some things about the new game and have decided to share our thoughts.

Kyle MacGregor



Breach & Clear: Deadline is a surprisingly good action-RPG photo
Breach & Clear: Deadline is a surprisingly good action-RPG
by Jason Faulkner

The original Breach & Clear was a tactical strategy title in the vein of the XCOM or Rainbow Six series. It was fairly surprising when its sequel Breach & Clear: Deadline turned out to be an open-world tactical action RPG with zombies, which is probably a new genre and you heard it here first. I was skeptical of the idea at first; I mean tactical and zombie games are usually worlds apart in gameplay style, but after 30 minutes or so of play those fears were laid to rest.

The events of the game take place during an outbreak of "zombies" who are not zombies, but hyper-evolving parasitic worm infested human bodies. You play as a team of highly trained soldiers who make it their mission to protect the remaining humans of Harbor City, and stop the infestation at its source. Plot isn't a strong suit in Deadline, but the execution is quite a bit of fun, and sometimes it's nice to not have to concern yourself with an epic tale.

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YES! YES! YES! Atlus finally shows off Persona 5! photo
YES! YES! YES! Atlus finally shows off Persona 5!
by Kyle MacGregor

Here we go! No more teasing. At long last, Atlus has given us our first real look at Persona 5 and it's just gorgeous. There's so much to analyze, so many details to pore over. For the moment, though, I can hardly bridle my excitement. This looks like a huge leap forward. Can't wait to play it!

ペルソナ5 [Atlus]

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9:30 PM on 02.04.2015

Masked heartthrob The Phantom teased for Persona 5

Today's issue of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, as spotted by Gematsu, has a Persona 5 advertisement on the back. It reads, "Advance notice: Tonight I will appear in Nippon Budokan," the venue for the 30-h...

Steven Hansen

2:15 PM on 02.04.2015

Glasses, tattoos, origins: A taste of Bloodborne's character creator

In this short runthrough of Bloodborne's character editor, IGN was able to create a Harry Potter lookalike now that glasses are an option in the game. That's a worthwhile addition, but it's the "Origin" (i.e., class) option ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 02.04.2015

Original designer of Ultima Underworld launches Kickstarter for a sequel

Looking Glass Studios released some of the industry's perennial favorites. The System Shock series, Thief: The Dark Project, Thief II: The Metal Age, and the two Ultima Underworld games are all part of the company'...

Jason Faulkner

12:30 PM on 02.04.2015

Overture melted my face, has a free demo on Steam

Overture is the latest retro-inspired offering from Black Shell Games, the talented development team behind the ASCII RPG SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition. It's a charming game, with an adorably chunky pixel art style and an infe...

Rob Morrow





7:00 PM on 02.03.2015

BioWare GM: Dropping last-gen consoles has a huge impact on Mass Effect 4's gameplay goals

Like my grammy after we put her in a home, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 are slowly fading away to make room for the new generation. Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare Canada, spoke about how Dragon Age: Inquis...

Jason Faulkner



In Darkest Dungeon, what doesn't kill you only makes you more peculiar photo
In Darkest Dungeon, what doesn't kill you only makes you more peculiar
by Rob Morrow

“If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!” – Howard Phillips Lovecraft, The Temple

As you might be aware by now, Darkest Dungeon is a visually striking, turn-based role-playing game featuring roguelike elements with a very clever twist. Unlike conventional RPGs, Red Hook's incorporates a unique system of psychological pressures and their subsequent side effects that run parallel and eventually intertwine with your party's development, creating an entirely new experience each time that you roll a new game.

As your party gains in experience by adventuring through these darkened and harrowing lands, you'll follow the familiar routine of periodically upgrading their particular abilities and equipment, making each character a little more effective at what they do as you progress. What makes Darkest Dungeon so singular is that second set of mechanics I mentioned: the Affliction system.

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4:00 PM on 02.02.2015

These first 18 minutes of Bloodborne make me feel all tingly

From Software's latest action-RPG looks to replicate the butthole-puckering tense gameplay that originated with its predecessors in the Souls series. IGN posted the first 18 minutes of gameplay (minus character creation...

Jason Faulkner



Review: Brandish: The Dark Revenant photo
Review: Brandish: The Dark Revenant
by Kyle MacGregor

Antiques possess a magnetic quality, an appeal to our imaginations, a false nostalgia for a time most of us are too young to remember. There's a comforting allure to these relics. They offer a window into the past, a living history. It's a connection, however tenuous, to where we came from, a place to which we've never visited or cannot return. 

Brandish: The Dark Revenant is an antique, something of a refurbished one. Falcom's classic role-playing game began its life as a PC release in 1991. It would later come to SNES, and was then remade in 2009 for PlayStation Portable, albeit only for Japan. Now, more than a half-decade later, a localization has finally arrived on western shores. Better late than never.

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1:00 PM on 01.30.2015

PS4 gets Bloodborne bundle in Europe, procedural Chalice Dungeons explained

Here's the lowdown on Bloodborne's procedurally generated Chalice Dungeons that are different depending on what item combination you use to summon them. It's different from Dark Souls' hand-crafted precision, but it could ke...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 01.29.2015

Oh, nice, Future Press is doing a hardcover Bloodborne strategy guide

I know, I know -- you don't need a guide for Bloodborne just like you didn't need any assistance with Dark Souls or Demon's Souls or King's Field. You're that good. Or, more likely, you just wanted to go in as blindly as poss...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Years later, Torchlight II is almost ready for Mac

You mean to tell me 2012's action-RPG Torchlight II isn't already available for Mac? Oh. I see. Well, props to Runic Games for not abandoning the task, then. Maybe I'll play it on my next flight. The Mac version of Torchligh...

Jordan Devore

12:30 AM on 01.29.2015

Here's your first look at Dragon's Dogma Online

The headline pretty much gives you the full story. Capcom has released the debut footage of Dragon's Dogma Online, its newly announced free-to-play multiplayer role-playing game. The title is slated to launch in Japan later ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 PM on 01.28.2015

Indigo Prophecy gets an HD trailer, downed Amazon page

Hey, Indigo Prophecy is looking pretty good. I wish this remaster would've picked a name and stuck to it, though. Calling it Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy is just kind of messy and goes against na...

Steven Hansen