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Review: Tales of Hearts R photo
Review: Tales of Hearts R
by Kyle MacGregor

The Tales series may not have the same cachet in the West as do other prominent role-playing game franchises, but its renown is definitely on the rise. Bandai Namco has expressed more confidence in the franchise in recent years, showing a willingness to push Tales as a global brand rather than just a curiosity for Japanese audiences.

It seems there's a market for this sort of thing -- a healthy niche that appreciates something more antique in a world so obsessed with pioneering and being cutting-edge. Time marches on and the Tales series digs its heels into the ground, refusing to yield to fads and ephemeral trends. It's old-fashioned to a fault. But would you have it any other way?

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1:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Final Fantasy XIII-2 coming to Steam December 11

Continuing with its plans to release the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Steam, Square Enix has announced the Steam release date of Final Fantasy XIII-2, "with a host of new features and enhancements," as spotted by Eurog...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 11.11.2014

PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third installment in the Dragon Age franchise is finally here. If you're like me, you are cautiously optimistic with this one after playing Dragon Age II. I'm more of a tactical player, and felt that I was left in th...

Patrick Hancock

7:00 AM on 11.11.2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's Jack the Doppelganger is too sexy for his shirt

I frown on the idea that additional Vault Hunters are being offered for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's season pass in place of story DLC (rather than in addition to it, as Gaige the Mechromancer and Krieg the Psycho were in B...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Chris Carter

Dragon Age II felt like a great action game that was outsourced to a lesser developer. It lacked the polish BioWare typically puts into its titles, and almost the entire affair felt like a gigantic step back from everything Origins had established. What was once a promising franchise that reminded me of the glory days of RPGs such as Baldur's Gate became a shadow of its former self, with lazily re-used assets and no sense of scale.

BioWare went back to the drawing board with Inquisition, the third Dragon Age outing, and the game is all the better for it. It feels like a culmination of its predecessors' strengths, with all of the bells and whistles that come with current-gen hardware.

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Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed the game for the better, and I'll be enjoying it for months to come.

While the rest of the Dreams of Ice update wasn't as enjoyable as playing a Ninja at endgame, A Realm Reborn remains worth playing.

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5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

We'll have to StreetPass to catch Latios and Latias in the Pokémon remakes

In order to reach and catch Latios in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Latias in Pokémon Omega Ruby, we'll need an Eon Ticket. And to get one of those, well, it's kind of a pain in the ass. Here in the US, The Pok&eac...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 11.07.2014

New Mass Effect will be written by Halo 4's writer

Can I put a clause in my contract that I can only be photographed with purple and blue lighting on either side of me, too? BioWare is introducing lead roles on its new Mass Effect project with nice, colorful studio photo...

Steven Hansen

1:00 AM on 11.07.2014

Atlus delays Citizens of Earth into January

The Earthbound-inspired RPG Atlus picked up after a failed Kickstarter campaign, Citizens of Earth, will use a bit more development time before its new release date of January 20, 2015. Atlus tweeted the news with a scr...

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 11.06.2014

Witcher FreeLC: Wild Hunt has 16 free pieces of DLC

I am so stoked for The Witcher 3. Eye-boring crow!  Following up on last year's announcement that Wild Hunt's DLC would be free on PC, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that it will feature 16 pieces of DLC, all given out for...

Steven Hansen





4:37 PM on 11.05.2014

Abe Lincoln kicks alien ass in Code Name: STEAM next spring

Code Name: STEAM, the new strategy game from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, is coming to Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015, Nintendo announced today. Europeans, you have an even more specific release window to look forward to: May 2015.

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Type-0 director wants to continue 'Type' series for Final Fantasy spin-offs

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (and upcoming Final Fantasy XV) director Hajime Tabata, speaking to the Square Enix Europe blog, has said that he would, "like to make more Type games and make them into a Final Fantasy series. "...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 11.04.2014

Shining Resonance looks like a JRPG from JRPG folk

We've not said much on the upcoming Shining Resonance from Sega and Wild Arms' Media Vision, so here are some nice pictures and a trailer we missed at Tokyo Game Show.  Looking through the pictures I was almost inc...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 11.01.2014

Jack's doppelganger in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will fight using digital clones

2K announced at PAX Prime that one of Jack's look-alike bodyguards would be the first DLC Vault Hunter for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but information past that was scant. Pieces of his back story can be found via semi-hidde...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 AM on 10.31.2014

Here are the details of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's Bloody Harvest Celebration

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free, limited-time mini event Bloody Harvest Celebration just launched a couple hours ago. The teaser image has several pumpkin-flavored pieces of art, but little extra information. I jumped into...

Darren Nakamura



Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free Halloween content is live right now photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free Halloween content is live right now
by Darren Nakamura

Last year, Borderlands 2 kicked off its Headhunter series of DLC with T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, a Halloween-themed mini-expansion that had players meeting up with zombie T.K. Baha and shooting a lot of pumpkins.

It looks like 2K is continuing the tradition with this year's Bloody Harvest Celebration, but rather than paid DLC introducing new areas, this one is a limited time event and is available right now as a free update. It alters the area Regolith Range to feature pumpkin-headed enemies, including a replacement of the boss Deadlift with Undeadlift. Get it? Playing through and can net players an exclusive gun called the Jack-o'-Cannon.

It's an interesting take on DLC, especially for a series that gets criticized for its handling of post-release content. Free stuff is hard to argue with, and I know the time constraint is going to get me to try it out quickly instead of putting it off. Sneaky.

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