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8:00 AM on 09.18.2014

I pissed off a bunch of Bloodborne's villagers right quick

Maybe it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the beings hanging out in the Tokyo Game Show showing of Bloodborne weren't exactly enamored by my presence. That's putting it lightly. Cautiously trekking through the v...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 09.12.2014

BioWare is working to specifically differentiate Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age II

When I entered BioWare's offices and had a chance to speak to the game's Executive Producer and Studio GM, I had one goal in mind -- to find out how Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be more like Origins, and les...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 09.09.2014

You already know you want it but here's a Persona Q preview anyway

It was almost surreal to be playing Persona Q in English for the first time this past week. It came out of nowhere late last year, a fantasy game mixing Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters in a new 3DS game that uses Etri...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 09.07.2014

Mistwalker's new RPG is unlike anything we've seen before

Hironobu Sakaguchi is best known as the creator of Final Fantasy; a man responsible for some of the most influential and well-respected role-playing games of our time. His sprawling worlds and epic adventures have touched mil...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 09.04.2014

If you ever get to play Upsilon Circuit, the world will be watching

At PAX Prime, I got my first and what could be only opportunity to try Upsilon Circuit. You see, once it goes live, eight people will be able to play at any given time. That's eight people, total. And the "permadeath" here is...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 09.02.2014

The Behemoth's Game 4 is the strangest SRPG I've ever played

No, the next game from The Behemoth isn't a sequel to Castle Crashers. I mean, yeah, that'd be nice to have one day, but I'm loving how the studio is continuing to try new things. And its next project, the to-be-properly-name...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 08.29.2014

Costume Quest 2 is still cute, trying to be more engaging

Costume Quest, like every Double Fine game, is charming. It's a fresh-feeling, low stakes take on the JRPG genre, more Earthbound than Final Fantasy. Though, as Chad put it in his review, it's "RPG Lite," accessible...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Shadow Realms, the new BioWare RPG, has a lot of strong and unique ideas

Anytime you sit in on an early look at a new videogame, the presentation's sort of structured the same. Throughout the introduction to the title, the developers always -- always -- pepper the speech with catchy phrases a...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 AM on 08.13.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II

I wasn't very happy with Dragon Age II. Whereas Origins was a glorious return to old-school RPG sensibilities, Dragon Age II played like an action game that took place in the same universe. I liked the sequel for di...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon. But Kadokawa Games' first intern...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 06.18.2014

I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world

Fantasy games have some of my favorite settings in all of videogames. Forests, mountains, chasms, rivers -- they all have a serenity and majesty about them that wonderfully adds to the sense of scale. It shouldn't surprise me...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 06.16.2014

Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise

I tried my hardest to imagine what the combination of pinball and RPG would look and play like before meeting with Atlus at E3, but I kept coming to mental roadblocks so I decided to wait and be surprised when I got to see it...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 06.16.2014

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt

Waiting for one of Capcom’s own to sit in and play with me for my first go at upcoming 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, I got a bit hasty and started picking my own quest. Little did I know I was headed for trouble...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 06.13.2014

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass

The debut of Dead Island led us to believe that it would tell a very dramatic and serious story about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. That’s not quite the game we ended up with, so it’s refreshing to know th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 06.12.2014

First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen

Where some E3 meetings have PR people hovering or hands-off slide shows to watch, the meeting with CI Games for Lords of the Fallen was on the other end of the spectrum. There was no briefing or helpful tips, just a station s...

Darren Nakamura