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Review: PlayStation Vita Pets photo
Review: PlayStation Vita Pets
by Brittany Vincent

Of the many digital venues I'd expect to see a virtual pet simulator, the PlayStation Vita was certainly not one. PlayStation Vita Pets is an interesting diversion, not only because of the bizarre system it released on, but the fact that is breaks all the "pet simulator rules" I've become accustomed to. Forget Nintendogs -- these puppies don't need a leash and they surely aren't relegated to frou-frou accessories. They don't need you to make sure they go on walks, either, because they've got their own thing going on. Did I mention they talk?

Where most games are content to offer a selection of pooches for you to groom, walk, and train as you see fit, British studio Spiral House apparently sought to revolutionize the genre, and it's clear from the very beginning that this isn't your average Dogz or Catz clone. It's easy to dismiss as an uninspired piece of shovelware, but those who give it a look will undoubtedly end up pleasantly surprised by its refusal to adhere to traditional pet-raising convention -- even if it does have some accidents here and there.

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6:30 PM on 06.20.2014

Castaway Paradise is the iPad's answer to Animal Crossing

I took one look at Castaway Paradise and I knew it would be perfect for me. Lately all I seem to want to do is live vicariously through my digital avatars across different platforms. The colorful atmosphere of Castaway Parad...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 06.20.2014

Nintendo delivers celebrity Miis for Tomodachi Life, including Shaq

Remember those celebrity Miis that were "coming soon" for Tomodachi Life? Well they're here, and you can scan them in using the gallery below. Included in the celebrity drop are Shaq, Christina Aguilera, Shaun White, Deb...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 06.19.2014

Adventure Bar Story is a delightful bar simulator you'll want for your 3DS

It's a great time to own a 3DS, or any handheld, really. But there's about to be positive deluge of awesome 3DS titles headed to retail shelves, and Adventure Bar Story is one I'm hoping to see with it. It's headed to Japan f...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 AM on 06.18.2014

Here's the Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer you wanted

Just the other day I brought you the "trailer" for XSEED's Story of Seasons, where many of you were concerned with what's going on with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. It looks like Natsume's finally come out with an official...

Brittany Vincent

6:15 PM on 06.16.2014

Story of Seasons gets one of the lamest trailers of all time

Story of Seasons and Natsume's Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (full story on that debacle here) are undoubtedly two games that I'm looking forward to play on my 3DS the most, but with trailers like these, it's as if XSEED jus...

Brittany Vincent



Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer photo
Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer
by Natalie Kipper

Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship with Marvelous AQL, the series' developers.

So when XSEED wanted to bring Marvelous AQL's Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi to the States, they couldn't call it a Harvest Moon title. And thus, Story of Seasons was born. I was able to get a look at the Nintendo 3DS game and couldn't have been more enchanted.

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2:30 PM on 06.13.2014

Check out the inner workings of Level-5's Fantasy Life

After announcing Level-5's Fantasy Life life-simulation RPG during Nintendo's Treehouse event, the product development team took some time out to stream the game to provide some additional details on how the game works and w...

Brittany Vincent

7:55 PM on 06.11.2014

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained

After that strange Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons debacle that Kyle so kindly set straight for us, it's good to see more details emerging regarding the actual branded Harvest Moon release, The Lost Valley. The game's E3 inform...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 06.06.2014

Don't Starve: Giant Edition will be a good fit for PlayStation Vita

Klei Entertainment said it was looking into bringing Don't Starve to PS Vita and the studio confirmed today that it's moving forward with the port. This version will launch with the Reign of Giants DLC included -- that's two ...

Jordan Devore



Review: Tomodachi Life photo
Review: Tomodachi Life
by Darren Nakamura

Nintendo catches a lot of flak for relying too heavily on its established franchises. Though it has been producing new properties, few have gained traction among hardcore gamers since Pikmin. Tomodachi Life might be overlooked for the same reasons. Its use of Miis and its nebulous gameplay could lead to some labeling it as too casual.

Do not fall into that trap. Tomodachi Life is one of the best Nintendo games in years.

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5:30 PM on 06.04.2014

Tropico 5 off to the best start in the series

Tropico 5 is out on PC (unless you're waiting for the US retail release of June 17) and it's been the best launch in the series, "with worldwide sales reaching over six figures." It was big in Germany and the UK. Xbox 360 and Mac versions are due out this summer with a PS4 version to follow in fall.

Steven Hansen





12:45 PM on 06.03.2014

These Goat Simulator patch notes are funny

Coffee Stain Studios clearly had fun detailing patch 1.1 for Goat Simulator, which adds four-player local splitscreen, wallrunning, more goats, bike riding, and other stuff at no additional cost to you, valued player. Here's ...

Jordan Devore



My Tomodachi Life is just as strange as I am  photo
My Tomodachi Life is just as strange as I am
by Brittany Vincent

The allure of a digital life is what inevitably led me to become much less of an internet hermit during my adolescence. There's something to be said about reinventing yourself from the ground up, whether you're just altering your appearance or taking on a new personality entirely. My avatars and digital representations of myself are usually grounded in reality, except they're always cuter, thinner, or a lot cooler than the real me.

That's part of why I was drawn to the bizarre, yet wholly irresistible charm of Tomodachi Life. It's colorful, quirky, and more than a little nonsensical, and as my time with the painfully short Tomodachi Life: Move-In Version drew to a close, I was left with one thought lingering in my head: why can't I just go ahead and purchase the full version now?

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8:00 PM on 05.30.2014

New Harvest Moon being localized as Story of Seasons

Call it stereotypical of me if you will, but I'm a huge fan of Harvest Moon and its spinoffs -- even the wannabe games. That's why I'm so excited to see Story of Seasons releasing via XSEED this upcoming winter. After 18 year...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 05.29.2014

Arma 3 sales cross 1 million

We're always talking about DayZ sales -- now over 2 million -- but the game that made DayZ possible, Arma, is quietly doing well in its own right for developer Bohemia. Arma 3 has just crossed one million sold. Bohemia boss Marek Spanel announced the milestone on Twitter and provided a visual roadmap for the next two years of Arma 3. It includes a major expansion and helicopter and marksmen DLC.

Steven Hansen