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I've never really paid attention to Dynasty Warriors, as Chinese history usually isn't something that grabs my attention. Besides, I didn't think that I was missing much more than a whole lot of button mashing. Then Namco Ban...   read

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I'm not the biggest RPG nut, but over my last decade of gaming, I have appreciated most of the RPGs I've played. After starting on Pokemon, I've played a Final Fantasy or two, and even delved into Persona....   read

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Here's a quick lesson on Japanese pop culture: Yamaha sells a software called Vocaloid, which provides the digitized voice of a singer and allows users to incorporate it into their own music productions. Each singer is repres...   read

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I've never been that big a fan of Splinter Cell, or at least the last-gen games that were clearly about stealth. There's nothing wrong with stealth, but a demo of the first game never clicked with me, so it was always a serie...   read

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As far as I'm concerned, there hasn't really been a portable Assassin's Creed worth playing. Despite the release of three story-based handheld games -- only one less than the console releases -- they have contributed nothing ...   read

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I remember picking up the first Rayman Raving Rabbids game when the Wii launched in 2006. While I had planned on buying Red Steel alongside Twilight Princess (a purchase mandated by Nintendo fan law), a negative early-mo...   read

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For the past two months, I've been hearing good things about Guacamelee!, a colorful, luchador-themed Metroidvania game from DrinkBox Studios. Saying "Metroidvania" is usually good enough for me to be interested, but adding i...   read

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E3: Jonathan Holmes commentates on the Nintendo show

You've watched the Nintendo press conference. You've seen all the latest news from Nintendo all day long. You've learned our opinions of the press conferences. You've heard how adorable the new rock Pikmin are. But have you heard someone t...

 
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E3: Talking to Destructoid editors about Nintendo

There was tons of news coming out of Nintendo's press conference. Unsurprisingly, most was about the Wii U. We saw a new Pikmin, the reveal of Nintendo Land, and proof that Nintendo is courting third parties. But for some people, the annou...

 
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E3: Ubisoft adds Spider-Man, Wolverine to Avengers game

The Avengers came out in theaters earlier this month, and if you haven't heard, it's pretty great. Ubisoft is still working on the movie tie-in game, though, which they premiered at their press conference today. Titled Marvel Avengers: Batt...

 
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E3: Dust 514 gets PlayStation Home area, Vita app

There's a hot new trailer for Dust 514, the upcoming free MMO FPS for PS3 by CCP. (OMG!) Watch as people get attacked by tanks before taking revenge with an orbital strike from massive spaceships. You can still sign up for the closed ...

 
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E3: Gears of War: Judgment looks like more bloody fun

I promised myself that I wouldn't get excited for a new Gears of War game after the third installment wrapped things up. Maybe a game about the Pendulum Wars would be cool, but I thought I was pretty much done with fighting the Locust and ...

 
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Sega brings Monster World IV to XBLA in a bundle

Sega and Westone's Wonder Boy series was really strange when it came to naming conventions. Wonder Boy started visiting Monster Land and Monster World, and before you know it, Sega put out a Genesis game with the unwieldy Jap...

 
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I was invited to see a new, previously unannounced music game. Internet hyperbole states that music games, or rather rhythm games involving guitars, are dead, killed by over-satura...   read

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Atlus confirms Persona 4 Arena for US release this summer

[Update: We've added hot new screenshots to our gallery, fresh from Atlus.] We figured this might be what Atlus was teasing a few days ago, and it feels so good to be right. Atlus just sent out an email to the Atlus Faithful confi...

 
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Listen to the intro track for Silent Hill: Downpour

It's safe to say that a major part of the atmosphere in the original Silent Hill games was the soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka. Any new music in the series will inevitably be compared to his work, which is almost unfair, since the man is such a...

 
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Captain Commander is an Atari game for the Internet age

If you're looking for a good time-waster this weekend, look no further than Adult Swim's new game Captain Commander. The latest from PixelJam -- a.k.a. the guys who did Dino Run -- has you playing as the titular Captain Commando, saving his...

 
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Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker releasing in Spring 2012

[As originally posted on Japanator] It's been a while since we last heard of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, the anime spin-off of Bioware's fantasy RPG. Dragonagemovie.com has been updated, and we now know that Bi...

 
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Shank returns in Shank 2, shanking very likely

Last year's Shank was a gleeful journey of violence and bad-ass-itude, wrapped in wonderful, hand-drawn animation. Realizing that gamers really liked stabbing baddies in the gut, developer Klei Entertainment is gracing us with a second ins...

 
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Two Tetris games exemplify the problem with 3DS gaming

[Update: Our original story noted that Tetris: Axis is out on October 20; the correct release date is October 2. Furthermore, we've added a note to clarify that EA's Android versions of Tetris (while free) is supported by ads. Sorry for any...

 
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Global Agenda gets Recursive Colony expansion

Hi-Rez Studios announced that Global Agenda, the first free-to-play shooter MMO on Steam, will soon be receiving a big update that brings the game to version 1.5. Called "Recursive Colony," the free expansion will feature the first new Open...

 
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Crimson Alliance's wizard Direwolf is not a wolf

Following in the footsteps of Gnox the mercenary, Direwolf the wizard gets his own trailer for the multiplayer action RPG Crimson Alliance. He does his best to not sound like a mad, evil wizard, then totally comes across as a mad, evi...

 
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Dungeon Defenders finally releases on October 19

Trendy Entertainment has put out another trailer for Dungeon Defenders to remind you that, yes, the game still exists! Dungeon Defenders is a third-person co-operative tower defense game with four different classes. This particular trailer...

 
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Machine Gun Jetpack is now renamed Jetpack Joyride

While Mojang attempts to hold on to the name of Scrolls, fellow indie developer Halfbrick is changing the name of their upcoming iOS game Machine Gun Jetpack. From now on, the game will be called Jetpack Joyride. As explained in their vide...

 
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Grasshopper Manufacture teases Black Knight Sword

Grasshopper Manufacture, the company of wacky auteur Suda51, continues its partnership with Digital Reality as they work on a new project named Black Knight Sword. A downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, the ...

 
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Dragon's Dogma video makes me pine for silent characters

A goblin pack! Their kind hates ice and fire both! I'll draw it near! Take the offensive! Fall still! That's all I got from this footage of Dragon's Dogma from Gamescom. Sure, the combat looks kind of fun, and riding on a flying enemy whil...

 
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Newest Persona 4 anime trailer features poppy theme song

[As originally posted on Japanator] A new Persona 4: The Animation trailer featuring Rise and Kanji wearing next-to-nothing? I'd say that's exciting enough, since the last trailer was three months ago. But a trailer featurin...

 
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Dragon Age anime gets named, pushed to 2012

[As originally posted on Japanator] A little over a year ago, FUNimation announced a Dragon Age anime project, a surprising move for a company that normally focuses on translation and localization. Since then, we haven't heard mu...

 
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Two Worlds II: Castle Defense adds Eyetracking technology

In readying the iPad 2 version of Two Worlds II: Castle Defense (released on PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad back in May), TopWare has added a really cool new feature. Using the iPad 2's camera, Castle Defense can track the player's eyes and use ...

 
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Pre-order Cooking Mama 4 at Gamestop and get free plushie

Because every game has to come with a pre-order bonus these days, Gamestop is offering a free plush doll of Mama when you pre-order Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic for the 3DS. Yes, for putting down $5, you can get your very own Mama to abuse...

 

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Bob has been hanging around ModernMethod for years and and somehow writes almost everywhere, including Japanator and Flixist. He was once lit on fire, but it's not as cool as you'd think.

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