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2:00 AM on 04.28.2013

Conception: Please Have My Baby sequel has waifus aplenty

Despite Spike Chunsoft showing some interest in bringing Conception 2 to western shores, it seems doubtful this Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita game will ever manage to escape from Japan. A bizarre dungeon crawler...

Kyle MacGregor



Conception: Please Have My Baby gets sequel on 3DS, Vita photo
Conception: Please Have My Baby gets sequel on 3DS, Vita
by Kyle MacGregor

Remember Conception? Yeah, that PSP dungeon crawler where the protagonist must save the world by having magical children with a dozen celestial maidens. Well, it's getting a sequel and publisher Spike Chunsoft seems keen on bringing the title west.

Conception 2 is coming to Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita this summer in Japan. There's no confirmation of a western release just yet, but Spike is gauging interest so at least it's a possibility. The premise sounds hilariously absurd and Lord knows Sony's portable is in dire need of software. Let's all start bugging Atlus, XSEED, and Aksys and make this thing happen.

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Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free photo
Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free
by Dale North

A bundle over at amazon has you getting a free copy of visual novel/puzzler Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward with the purchase of a PlayStation Vita.

You'll have to buy one of the bundles listed here to get the game for free. When you add both the system and the game to your cart, the game will be knocked to $0 automatically. If you're interested, you have until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on December 15, 2012 to buy.

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11:30 AM on 12.10.2012

VGAs: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 trailer

Whoa. Castlevania in modern times? What did I miss? I really need to get Lords of Shadow out of my backlog in preparation for the sequel. This brief trailer for the game was broadcast during the 2012 Spike VGAs, showing a ve...

Jordan Devore

8:22 AM on 12.09.2012

Watch Podtoid's live Spike VGA commentary if you want!

On Friday night, the cool kids were watching their Spike VGAs with live commentary from the Podtoid gang -- Jim Sterling (me!), Conrad Zimmerman, (mustache!), and Jonathan Holmes (posterior!).  It's not quite as cool to...

Jim Sterling

11:05 PM on 12.07.2012

Here are all the Spike VGA winners

Did you find there to be a noticeable lack of "A" in the broadcast of the 2012 Spike VGAs tonight? By my count, we had somewhere in the neighborhood of half a dozen actual awards given out during the two-hour presentation. A ...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 12.02.2012

Zero Escape writer talks early third game details

["K and Rabbit Zero" by Fuju] [Update: Seriously guys? Complaining that news of the hero from the first game returning for the third game is a spoiler? I don't think you know what a spoiler is.] If you've played through Zero ...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 11.14.2012

Aksys selling VLR watches for Hurricane Sandy relief

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is great. The sweet pre-order watch modeled after the in-game bracelet is also pretty great. If you missed the chance to score the watch for free, you now have the option to buy it directly f...

Tony Ponce



Review: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward photo
Review: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
by Tony Ponce

I cannot express enough how much I love 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. A cross between escape-the-room puzzler and visual novel, it sits as a shining example of how powerful and engaging videogame narratives can be. Not only is 999 my favorite game of 2010, it's also one of my favorite games ever. Period.

According to 999 director / writer Kotaro Uchikoshi, the title's positive reception in the West was what kick-started development of a sequel. When I heard this news, I was filled with a mix of elation and apprehension. I couldn't wait to dive into the next chapter of the Zero Escape saga, but I was worried that it would fall into the trap of trying so desperately to surpass its predecessor that it loses the essence of what made the original fresh and exciting.

In most respects, Virtue's Last Reward is a far superior game. And while it doesn't quite exceed 999's overall quality, it comes very, very, very, very, very damn close.

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1:00 AM on 11.04.2012

ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS

I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that, after more than 30 hours of play time, I've finally finished Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Expect the review later in the week. The bad news is that there is a game...

Tony Ponce



From a bag of Doritos to a bag of dirty laundry photo
From a bag of Doritos to a bag of dirty laundry
by Jim Sterling

Who knew that a picture of a man sat next to a bag of Doritos could snowball into anger, humiliation, and intrigue? The most startling thing about this industry is that the biggest of avalanches can erupt from the humblest of places, and so it is that an image of Geoff Keighley sparked a massive controversy. 

After viewing the above image, which was earning many laughs as it spread across the usual social networking sites, British writer and comedian Robert Florence penned a piece for Eurogamer, using it as the launch pad for an earnest critique of the videogame press. He particularly assaulted the Game Media Awards, a PR-sponsored event that praised and rewarded the sponsor's favorite videogame "journalists."

In particular, he mentioned Lauren Wainwright, a writer for MCV and a Destructoid graduate. 

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10:30 PM on 10.23.2012

Surprise! The Virtue's Last Reward OVA is in English

Can anybody tell how excited I am about this game? Is it that obvious? Aksys has dubbed the 13-minute Virtue's Last Reward OVA that originally came out last year. Unlike the game which uses polygon models, this mini movie fe...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 10.23.2012

Virtue's Last Reward has me caught up in the game

No, I am not LeVar Burton, but I've been told by several people (read: no one) that I greatly resemble him. This is your notice that Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is available right now on 3DS and PS Vita. I'm plugging my way through right now and can't think about much else. I've got Bracelet Points and sh*t on the brain.

Tony Ponce



Review: Dragon Ball Z for Kinect photo
Review: Dragon Ball Z for Kinect
by Ian Bonds

It seemed like a good idea at the time: Take the popular Dragon Ball Z fighting games and put them in first person perspective with Kinect controls, allowing players to punch, kick, and Kamehameha their way through the series' popular battles, allowing players to be immersed in the Dragon Ball world like never before.

Wait... Kinect? No, I was wrong. That doesn't seem like a good idea at all.

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1:00 PM on 05.25.2012

LucasArts to announce new Star Wars game franchise soon

Ahead of this year's E3, GameTrailers TV will showcase a new Star Wars game in development at LucasArts. We'll first get a look at the concept, name, and team working on this project during the pre-E3 episode of GTTV which ai...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 05.16.2012

Kenka Bancho's back with some more punk ass whoopin'

The wonderful guys at Spike Chunsoft who gave us gamers an excuse to beat up tons of cocky, chauvinistic, angst-ridden Japanese delinquents time and time again are about to give us yet another offering. It's time for Ke...

Raz Rauf