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2:15 PM on 02.27.2015

Damn, shouldn't have spoiled this Bloodborne boss

Attempting to go into Bloodborne blind? I feel you. It's not something I can pull off consistently given the nature of this job -- that's one of the big tradeoffs -- but I still try with select titles. The PlayStation Blog ha...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Final Fantasy XIV's Gold Saucer is amazing if you like Triple Triad or Chocobo Racing

The Gold Saucer is finally a part of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and it's glorious. That classic music returns, as do the iconic Triple Triad and Chocobo Racing activities. It's amazing how much content Square Enix has...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 02.26.2015

Tokyo Xanadu is a new Vita RPG from Nihon Falcom

Tokyo Xanadu is the latest project from Ys and The Legend of Heroes studio Nihon Falcom. The role-playing game is a departure from your classic Falcom fantasy setting, given the story takes place in modern-day Tokyo. Don't wo...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 02.26.2015

Y2K is a surrealist fantasy told through the lens of a Murakami-loving hipster

Y2K began with protagonist Alex Eggleston returning to his his hometown from college. I watched him gaze out of bus windows until the scene shifted to him sharing a seat with a man in a panda costume. This was jarring enough to give Alex reason to look completely shaken and offended, and as the jaunty soundtrack suggested, should have felt super quirky and weird. It didn't.

Brittany Vincent

12:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Namco teases new Vita RPG Ray Gigant from Demon Gaze dev

Demon Gaze developer Experience has been busy on the Vita since with Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (and its upcoming sequel in Japan), but there are no shortages of dungeons to crawl or publishers to team with, so Bandai...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 02.26.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy

Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know ...

Alessandro Fillari

10:30 AM on 02.26.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X shows off dynamic weather, day-night cycle

Day and night cycles aren't new, but it's a pretty one at least. Actually, thinking on it, more RPGs (particularly Japanese RPGs) could benefit from a day and night cycle just for the perceived visual variation on the hours ...

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 02.26.2015

Dragon Quest Heroes free DLC adds new character, costumes

Dragon Quest Heroes is already out in Japan -- thankfully, it has also just recently been confirmed for a Western release -- and its first wave of DLC is on the way. And it's all going to be free. First up is the Arena Battle...

Steven Hansen

5:30 AM on 02.26.2015

Masquerada is a very pretty Baldur's Gate-style RPG

Leading with the Dragon Age comparison probably would've gotten more eyes on this these days, huh? The Baldur's Gate reference point just makes the most sense, though, especially with the isometric view. And there are plenty...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Liege is like chess, but with more face-stabbery

Coda Games' sole developer John Rhee just uploaded a revealing new pre-expo teaser for his Kickstarter-funded SRPG trilogy, Liege. In it, we get to see the most recent gameplay footage of the elegant, turn-based/tactica...

Rob Morrow

8:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Cuuute: A weapon shop game about potatoes

Games about managing weapon shops are still novel enough conceptually and satisfying enough mechanically that they don't need much window dressing to draw me in. Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! has a cutesy art style and offb...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 02.24.2015

Get your grid-based steampunkery on in Vaporum

If you think that “steampunk dungeon crawler” sounds like Occam’s panty/brief-dropping sludge rock jug band, you would of course be correct. It also happens to be the genre type of FatBot Studio’s pro...

Rob Morrow

5:00 AM on 02.24.2015

Look at this bushel of happiness on the PoPoLoCrois Farm Story Japanese cover

Okay, I know no one cares that much about farm sims or things like that these days unless they're teeming with in-app purchases. Or PoPoLoCrois, for that matter. But for some reason, I really like both. I also really like the...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 AM on 02.24.2015

Seven minute Cyber Sleuth trailer is not your dad's Digimon

People who watched Digimon in their youth are old enough to be parents. Damn millennial parents and their Digimon-playing children.  Some good music, a Summer Wars-looking digital world (yes, Hosoda, I know), a detailed...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Compare Dragon Quest Heroes on PS3 and PS4

Dragon Quest Heroes is out this week in Japan and now we have a direct look at the differences between the PS3 (below) and PS4 (above) versions of the game, aside from being informed that the latter if 60 frames per second, ...

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 02.22.2015

StarTropics music glitch fixed after 25 years

There's a sub-community of emulation fans out there dedicated to disassembling and modifying the arcane code of yesteryear's classics. Brad Smith, a.k.a. rainwarrior, is one such individual, who after hearing the errors in t...

Jason Faulkner