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Panty lines

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gets rope tug and buoy hopping

And tan line tech
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
It's not just volleyball, clapping titties, and virtual reality you're getting with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. No, no, no. As shown off in this new video, there's also tug-of-war and pool crossing minigames. The latter would be...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy

New Dissidia launches in arcades November 26

Final Fantasy fighter not far off now
Oct 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Dissidia Final Fantasy launches in Japanese arcades on Nov. 26, Square Enix announced today. The three-on-three arena fighter is in development at Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, the studio best known for its work on the Dead o...
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 photo
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 PS4 trailer is like slapping raw chicken breasts about

Beach volleyball
Oct 15
// Steven Hansen
Costco no longer sells its bulk chicken breasts in individually wrapped two-breast packs. Now it's just a giant plastic sack full of chicken breasts. Imagine: me, you, and some friends. We each grab a couple breasts and proc...
Dead or Alive Xtreme photo
Dead or Alive Xtreme

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 coming to PlayStation VR

Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Dead or Alive Xtreme fans will probably be thrilled to hear Team Ninja will be taking things up a notch, as the developer has revealed plans to incorporate PlayStation VR functionality in its next risqué ...

Nioh photo

Lookin' real good, Nioh

Sengoku action-RPG about slaying demons
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
What stands out to you at Tokyo Game Show 2015? Nioh, yeah? It's got that Onimusha / Souls thing going for it, which is a damn good thing to have. More details have come out for the Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja action-RPG, as re...
Nioh photo

Team Ninja's new samurai action-RPG is badass

Nioh lives on with PlayStation 4
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
While Koei has been kicking around ideas for a game called Nioh since before the PlayStation 3 days -- take a look at this trailer from 2005! -- the project is only now coming to fruition. During Tokyo Game Show this week, it...
Dead or Alive fan vote photo
Dead or Alive fan vote

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's smallest chested volleyballer leads polls

Looks like all the youngest leading
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which may come west and will feature women in bikinis playing volleyball on the beach, is filling out its swimsuit roster by way of fan vote. And, perhaps surprisingly, fans of the series known for its...
First screens photo
First screens

Bikinis, volleyball confirmed for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

First screens
Aug 21
// Steven Hansen
Just in case you were concerned that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 would not feature Japanese women in bikinis playing volleyball on the beach, I am here to reassure you that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will in fact feature Japanese wome...
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 photo
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 may come west after all

Provided there is enough demand
Aug 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, the latest issue of Famitsu reveals, while also giving fans in the West some hope of seeing a localized release. Though Koei Tecmo currently onl...
DOAX3 Beach Volleyball? photo
DOAX3 Beach Volleyball?

Get your balls ready for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Exclusively for the Asian market
Aug 01
// Jed Whitaker
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is in development, Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi announced today at the Dead or Alive festival. The Dead or Alive Xtreme series is best known as the volleyball game all about unlo...
Dead or Alive photo
Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive 5 PC still doesn't have working online multiplayer

Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
Team Ninja was supposed to enable online multiplayer for the PC port of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round by the end of June, months after the game debuted on Steam. Hasn't happened. "[D]ue to major issues found during the beta test...
Dissidia Final Fantasy photo
Dissidia Final Fantasy

12 minutes of the Final Fantasy fighter Dissidia

Currently for arcades
May 26
// Steven Hansen
The currently Japan-only, arcade-only (a PS4 release down the line is likely) Final Fantasy fighter (spun off from the PSP series) has some new footage fresh from arcade cabinet location testing. The 3-on-3 fighter looks deep. Right now the breakdown of the six confirmed characters is Heavy (Cloud, Warrior of Light), Speed (Lightning, Onion Knight), and Ranged (Terra, Y’shtola).
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Dead or Alive 5 gets superhero costume set

May 19
// Steven Hansen
Not as on the nose as the Senran Kagura cross over and a bit more creative than the many "as few clothes as possible" packs, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (the fourth, final iteration of Dead or Alive 5) debuted its super hero ...
Dissidia Final Fantasy photo
Dissidia Final Fantasy

Team Ninja developing next Dissidia Final Fantasy

Arcade fighting game debuts in Japan this fall, maybe PS4 later on
Apr 10
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: Here's new trailer for the game, as spotted by community member FlanxLycanth.] Dragon Quest Heroes isn't the only project Square Enix and Koei Tecmo are collaborating on, as the companies just announced Team Ni...
Dead or Alive photo
Dead or Alive

Shenmue enters Dead or Alive 5 thanks to mods

Now do the forklift
Apr 07
// Jordan Devore
Forget the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round nude mods. This is where it's at. A modder named Esppiral used their retexturing skills to turn DoA's Jacky Bryant into Shenmue star Ryo Hazuki, and Akira Yuki into Longsun Zhao. Even the...
Dead or Alive DLC photo
Dead or Alive DLC

Senran Kagura brings exploding clothes to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

'Breast collaboration'
Mar 24
// Jordan Devore
Senran Kagura and Dead or Alive have started a new life together with costumes that, well... they explode. What else did you expect? This relationship between the two properties -- which is purely platonic -- has spawned 16 ...
Dead or Alive costumes photo
Dead or Alive costumes

Dead or Alive 5's second ninja pack: $15 for 10 costumes

Or just get the $93 season pass
Mar 10
// Steven Hansen
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is the fourth, final iteration of Dead or Alive 5, but that doesn't mean it can't have bugs or a $93 season pass for all the fighters' additional costumes. I guess Last Round doesn't mean "complet...
Dead or Alive 5 buggies photo
Dead or Alive 5 buggies

Last Round is the third Dead or Alive 5 release, but it has some bugs

There are known issues and then there are unknown known issues
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
Koei Tecmo has been riding Dead or Alive 5 since 2012. If you count the PlayStation Vita-enhanced Dead or Alive 5 Plus, the recent Dead or Alive 5 Last Round release marks the fourth iteration. It has a couple new characters ...
Dead or Alive mods photo
Dead or Alive mods

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round director asks PC modders to be 'moral'

Restless clothes syndrome
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
When I say "Dead or Alive PC mods," you think ___? You don't need to answer that. The series debuts on Steam this March and if mods created for past console versions are any indication, things are about to get wild. But hopef...
Dead or Alive PC delay photo
Dead or Alive PC delay

Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes

Alright then
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round won't hit its original February 17, 2015 release on PC, as Koei Tecmo has pushed the game to March 30 "n order to provide you with the best possible experience..." To that end, the company is giving...
Dead or Alive PC photo
Dead or Alive PC

Dead or Alive 5 headed to PC but it won't have online at launch

Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
It's great to see a series like Dead or Alive finally come to PC. Less great, however, is that "Online modes for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be added in a patch within three months of release." I suppose it comes down to ...
Last Round photo
Last Round

Team Ninja explains cut content on PS3/360 Dead or Alive

Laziness, which I'm okay with
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
The (digital only) PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, the final game in the Dead or Alive 5 series, are missing some things: new stages, hairstyles, and fight costume customization.  Tea...
Dead or Alive 5 photo
Dead or Alive 5

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches February 17

Koei Tecmo details complicated free-to-play situation
Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, supposedly the last one with a five in the title, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on February 17, Koei Tecmo announced today. Team Ninja's upcoming fighting game will carry ...

Female Tengu joins the cast of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

A new challanger approaches
Jun 04
// Abel Girmay
After spending a good amount of time teasing, Team Ninja has announced Female Tengu for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Sporting a pair of wings and a devilish demeanor, she reminds me of Devil Jin quite a bit. More than the desig...
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Hyrule Warriors

DLC confirmed for Wii U brawler Hyrule Warriors

Six special edition costumes already announced
May 26
// Chris Carter
It sounds ridiculous, but Hyrule Warriors is one of my most anticipated games of the year. As someone who plays both Dynasty Warriors and Zelda games, I'm really interested in seeing how this mash-up pans out. ...
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Here's a bunch more Hyrule Warriors screenshots

Quickly becoming one of my most-wanted Wii U games
May 22
// Jordan Devore
Lots of talk about Hyrule Warriors as of late! Leading up to E3 next month, the official Japanese website for the game has opened. It features more in-depth character profiles for Link and Impa, the two currently announced pl...
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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Very Quick Tips: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

There will be blood
Mar 18
// Chris Carter
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z doesn't really offer up a deep combat system, but depending on what enemies you're fighting, it can get pretty intense -- especially on higher difficulty levels. Here are a few quick tips to help you on your quest to destroy the undead horde.

Review: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Mar 18 // Chris Carter
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PC, PS3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Comcept, Spark Unlimited, Team NinjaPublisher: Tecmo KoeiRelease: March 18, 2014Price: $59.99 In case you're wondering, Yaiba is the name of the titular protagonist, who's actually "evil," depending on how you view the series hero Ryu Hayabusa. Yaiba Kamikaze is a self proclaimed "ninja slayer," and while he would have liked to have claimed Hayabusa as his latest victim, Ryu had other plans and sliced Yaiba open instead. From here, it gets a little weird and decidedly non-cannon. Yaiba is "resurrected" by a shadowy organization, who replaces his severed arm and sliced out eye with robotic replacements. Now as a cyborg ninja, he has to stop a zombie outbreak in addition to getting his revenge on Hayabusa. This is all told through a tongue in cheek grindhouse presentation, complete with tons of comic book text and lots of blood. The entire visual style is weird, but somewhat interesting as it presents itself through a dark, yet cartoony lens. It tries to be edgy with your typical display of sex jokes and violence-oriented humor, but it never really goes that far and actually ends up fairly tame in the end. In fact, not every joke is over-the-top -- for example, at one point it tries its best impression of the slow steamroller death scene from various films -- and often times it's more goofy than offensive. While the constant absurd plot twists and elongated enemy presentation cutscenes are jarring, I ended up putting up with them because the vast majority of the game looks great -- especially when you're ripping through droves of zombies. [embed]272040:53005:0[/embed] In terms of combat, I wouldn't expect a typical Ninja Gaiden experience. What I mean by that is that the fighting system is not technical, and is more akin to a hack and slash game. Yaiba starts off his quest with the power to use his well-rounded sword, his strong yet slow iron fist, and a weak flail attack that hits a large number of enemies at once. There's also a very rudimentary "elemental" system, involving fire, electricity, and poison (called "bile") -- with the ability to "counter" in a triangle-like setup. Along with your limited three weapon arsenal and a "Rage of the Gods" ability, that's basically all you're going to be using the entire game as it unfolds over a series of arena battles. Yaiba technically has a "level up" system with a small circular upgrade tree, but almost all of the powers are nominal in nature and not really required to complete the game. In addition to the limited upgrade system, don't expect to roam around a lot. While there are a few opportunities to find secrets hidden in walls and the like (especially when you use Yaiba's Detective Vision-like laser eye), for the most part the game is extremely linear. Rather than the comfortable mix of combat and exploration in the core Ninja Gaiden series, Yaiba is content just delivering arena battles one after another, placing an emphasis on score attack gameplay. There is a contextual jump ability that lets you run on walls and swing around on hooks to get around, but it's also very linear and very scripted. It's fun for sure, just underwhelming for the most part. Because you only wield a select few abilities, fights are about as fun as the enemies that are thrown at you, which is a generally a mixed bag. Sometimes you'll battle a wide variety of stronger foes that test your ability to use all three elements to the best of your ability, and in other arenas, you're just fighting wave after wave of a zombie horde that you can easily flail to death. An arena game is only as good as the arenas themselves, and a lot more effort could have been put into them in general. Where the game really shines are the tougher encounters, especially on higher difficulty levels where you actually have to think before you slash, lest you electrocute or burn yourself. "Elite" class enemies also present the opportunity to execute them, offering up their signature weapon to use as a limited consumable -- similar to an old school beat 'em up. There aren't many major bosses, but the ones that are present are very fun, especially the encounters with Hayabusa himself. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z reminds me of last year's Deadpool game. It's a very limited hack and slash that enthusiasts will enjoy on a rainy weekend, but it fails to really ascend beyond that status. Yaiba isn't a bad game per se, it's just shallow.
Yaiba reviewed photo
Shambling along
I really didn't know what to expect from Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. On one hand, it has the Ninja Gaiden name (which, admittedly, doesn't have much sway these days) and Keiji Inafune attached. But on the other, you have...

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z photo
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Zombies make out in this Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video

Also, see the Mighty No. 9 skin in action
Feb 01
// Wesley Ruscher
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks disgusting; over-the-top; insane; and unabashedly offensive, yet I still can't wait to give it a go. The latest trailer above sheds some light on a few of the game's more interesting costumes, and let's just say the school girl outfit is not quite what one would expect. Will you be picking up Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z when it drops this March? 

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic out now, game delayed

Game delayed two weeks
Jan 23
// Dale North
The tag team effort between Team Ninja and Dark Horse Comics, the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic series, has launched this week. The comic is now free for download at the Dark Horse Digital store now, as well as through ...

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