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5:15 PM on 07.01.2014

Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi announces new mobile Mistwalker RPG

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the man behind all of the good Final Fantasy games, and founder of Mistwalker, announced today that he'll debut his new game at Japan Expo in Paris. This July, Sakaguchi will also be the Guest of Honor at ...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 06.26.2014

This Persona 4 the Golden Animation trailer will make your happy

Persona 4 the Golden Animation gets a new trailer today with subtitles from distributor Aniplex US. It starts out slow, but picks up with a new song and plenty of great things to look at. Too bad there isn't more on the rest...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 06.26.2014

Korg DSN-12 analog synthesizer comes to 3DS this September

The following might be lost on you if you're not a music or sound person. Japan-based Detune Ltd, the folks behind DS and 3DS musical software titles Korg DS-10 and Korg M01, are back with another new musical tool, the Korg ...

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12:52 PM on 06.25.2014

Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O

A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced t...

Dale North

10:10 AM on 06.25.2014

OH MY GOD: Tuffy the Corgi now out on PS Vita

Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! Corgi game. Corgi action/adventure game. Corgi wears a cape. Yes. I'm pretty much losing my mind right now. All is right in the world now, thanks to Tim Rogers and Action Button Entertainment. His latest, ...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 06.23.2014

That pizza joint looking Mario 3DS XL gets a US region release

Before you get too excited, this Mario White 3DS XL is not being released in the U.S., but it is region coded for U.S. so feel free to import. Tiny Cartridge says that Southeast Asia is getting this release thanks to Maxsoft,...

Dale North

4:45 PM on 06.23.2014

Microsoft Store lists Batman: Arkham Knight for February

[Update: It seems that they've changed the date listing to read "Not announced" since this morning. Tease.]  We found out that Batman: Arkham Knight was delayed right before E3, and last week we learned that the wait mig...

Dale North

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



Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014 photo
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014
by Dale North

Atlus let me touch Persona Q on the first day of E3 during a private meeting. That was a mistake on their part. The main problem is that I didn’t want to stop. The other problem is that they told me I couldn’t write about the version I played -- double tease. But getting my hands on Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the first time made me feel a bit better about the situation. 

 I’m by no means a skilled fighting game player, but I am a massive Persona series fan, and even as a novice I really enjoyed its predecessor. This new version adds some of the Persona 3 cast, a new character, and shadow versions of all characters to the mix, not to mention new story lines (my favorite part) to experience.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt photo
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt
by Dale North

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 by taking on a quest demo to take on the hardest enemy they had there, the Gore Magala.

When we finally did team up and get started on the quest I blindly picked we died pretty quickly. I’m fully responsible as I’ve only played Monster Hunter games casually in the past. 

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4:45 PM on 06.12.2014

Driveclub vs. Forza Horizon 2 at E3 2014

The Xbox and PlayStation booths are directly next to each other in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3 2014 this year, which made it really convenient to compare two upcoming racing games. I put the dela...

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Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd photo
Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd
by Dale North

As Miku fans likely already know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to North America this year, to both PS3 and Vita. It was through your support for the first title that this sequel's release is possible, Sega tells Destructoid. That strong support also made it so that Sega will be bringing physical releases for both versions. That's great news for fellow Vita fans.

I spent a little bit of time with DIVA F 2nd. As you know, the gameplay is pretty close to that of the first game. But they've made a few changes and improvements to that gameplay. In playing through "The World is Mine," "Decorator," and "Doppelgänger," I had to get used to the stick flicking and linked stars (tracing shapes with analog sticks), but those are fun after you get them down. I liked being able to tweak the difficulty settings even further with items, especially on stages I sucked on. Even Normal setting is pretty challenging at first.

There will be 40 songs in this release, some of which have only been available in Japan until now. Old ones were upgraded to HD, too. Some of the videos for these stages were crazy busy, but that's how I like it.

No surprises here, though. Series fans know what they're getting. Stay tuned for more news on DIVA F 2nd's release.

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1:05 PM on 06.12.2014

Square Enix isn't really sure of what the 'G' in Final Fantasy VII G-Bike stands for

After interviewing Square Enix producer Ichiro Hazama on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call during E3 this week, we took a few minutes to talk about his other upcoming game, Final Fantasy VII G-Bike. While...

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Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call photo
Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
by Dale North

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has added the option to use buttons instead of the stylus. Game producer Ichiro Hazama told us in an interview at E3 today that he was thinking that fans that play 3DS while laying in bed might enjoy this alternative control method. I told him that I think I might be better at it than the stylus method.

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6:16 PM on 06.11.2014

Here are some fancy product shots of the white PS4 and PS Vita TV

I went to snap images of the new PS4, PS TV, and all of the new controllers and accessories, but the floors was crowded and dark (and stinky), and the goods were behind an ultra-reflective glass case.  Frustrated, I came...

Dale North



Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen
by Dale North

At E3 yesterday, Evolution Studios showed off a brand new build of Driveclub that highlights their impressive weather simulation system. This build was so new that it needed to be streamed over from the art director's computer to a PS4 development kit. They showed some stunning, absolutely photorealistic visuals running in real time in both Scotland and Norway.

Driveclub already looked great, but this weather system takes it over the top. 

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