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More fire in the belly with another Dragon's Dogma video


May 16
// Raz Rauf
So I'm sure most of you by now will have heard of Capcom's upcoming Western/Eastern-Skyrim-Monster Hunter-Dark Souls-inspired-medieval-monster-slaying-epic that is Dragon's Dogma, which is exactly one week from now. If by an...
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Kenka Bancho's back with some more punk ass whoopin'


May 16
// Raz Rauf
The wonderful guys at Spike Chunsoft who gave us gamers an excuse to beat up tons of cocky, chauvinistic, angst-ridden Japanese delinquents time and time again are about to give us yet another offering. It's time for Ke...
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Lollipop Chainsaw's Juliet is turning Japanese


May 09
// Raz Rauf
Hey boys and girls! Here's a video of a cute Japanese girl dressed up as Juliet, waving the trademark chainsaw around whilst pretend fighting. The girl's name is Mayu Kawamoto, an image girl chosen by Suda51 and th...
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A message to all Aperture employees from Boss Man Johnson


May 08
// Raz Rauf
Mr. Cave Johnson, CEO of Aperture Science, recently issued a message to all his employees, confirming the existence of the Perpetual Testing Initiative (PeTI), and its status being operational as of now. In the message, rath...
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A look at the art of XCOM: Enemy Unknown


May 02
// Raz Rauf
Ever since 2K Marin's announcement of an X-COM remake last year, fans of the MS-DOS strategy original were horrified that it had taken the form of a first-person shooter format, albeit with significant strategy elements...
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Japanese Idol Group 'Idoling' in the next PSP Yakuza game


Nov 09
// Raz Rauf
We know that a couple of months ago, Sega's Yakuza studio announced two new games in the franchise. One of those being Yakuza 5 which is in early development, and is something the studio aren't willing to talk much about righ...
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Get on the Dragon Quest X beta and get a free hat


Nov 07
// Raz Rauf
That's right, folks! Square Enix has announced that a Dragon Quest X beta is opening some time in the middle of this month, and for the lucky people who get selected by a lottery, they'll receive a limited-edition "Dorakii" h...
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Asura's Wrath JP date and limited edition confirmed


Nov 03
// Raz Rauf
The upcoming Capcom and CyberConnect2 game Asura's Wrath has been gathering some significant attention this year, with Destructoid offering not just one, but TWO previews of the game, as well as a very thorough interview duri...
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HD remake of Dreamcast shmup Under Defeat planned


Nov 03
// Raz Rauf
A very random, but very welcome piece of news -- it's been announced that the 2D/3D Dreamcast shmup Under Defeat will be revived and updated via an HD port to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. During a time where SEGA was sadl...
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Capcom teases you with three games of 'Guess Who?'


Oct 07
// Raz Rauf
Capcom wants us to play a little game together. Take a look at these three new short clips for Street Fighter X Tekken below. Look closely now... What do you see? If you can work out what these images are, then tell us in the comments section below, and show Capcom who's daddy. Don't forget to also voice your feelings on your divine revelations, and whether you welcome them or not.
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RAWR! Beasts collide in Square Enix's MONSTER x DRAGON


Oct 05
// Raz Rauf
With a title that reminds me of those awful yet glorious B-movies, Square Enix has collaborated with Yahoo! Japan on a new active-time strategy MMORPG called MONSTER x DRAGON. It's actually their second collaboration -- the f...

Producer Takashi Iizuka has a nice long chat about Sonic

Oct 04 // Raz Rauf
Nostalgia is the name of the game -- trying to accurately recreate the stages and music of Sonic that made it iconic so long ago, while adding a few tweaks here and there. Regarding stage creation and selection, Iizuka said that there would inevitably be bias from whichever development team they chose to select the stages. Therefore, they collected opinions from Sega of America, the British division of Sega Europe, Internet surveys, and ordinary fans. There are nine stages in total -- three each from the Genesis era, the Dreamcast era, and the current era, with bosses and additional rival stages from those periods as well. Iizuka hopes to include plenty of surprises along the way, using Sonic Adventure 2's City Escape stage as an example, in which the truck at the end was never planned. Trying to convert 3D roaming stages like this one into 2D allows the developers to have fun incorporating ideas and trying to create completely new stages. The interviewer here pointed out that not many 3D-roaming games revert back to 2D-sidescrolling nowadays, to which Iizuka agrees that the strength of 3D action games means that there "may be some inevitable damage in making a 2D game" and that "wondering how we could make it just as enjoyable was difficult." However, he has faith in his young team of developers, who have played all the stages to death, are aware of all the good and bad parts from Sonic over the last two decades, and are now in charge of level designs themselves. Moving onto stereoscopic 3D, Iizuka laughs that he was its only advocate. He saw some exciting developments after a bit of trial and error, particularly with the depth that 3D can offer, allowing to "easily produce a sense of distance," and thus in his view, "making stereoscopic 3D and action games a pretty good combination." Though the 3DS version shares the first stage -- Green Hill Zone -- with the home consoles -- all other stages are exclusive to either console or handheld. This is due to the different 2D and 3D configurations, leading to two types of 2D stages -- modern (Sonic Rush style) and classic. Iizuka reassures 3DS lovers that "there will be plenty of mechanisms incorporated to make you aware of 3D objects," leading the 3DS version to be what is essentially "three-dimensional sidescrolling action." After Iizuka mentions the special compilation CDs -- available in Japan and Europe and consisting of music from the first stages of every Sonic game, as well as minor songs that have never been included in previous collections -- the interviewer concludes by asking Iizuka how he sees Sonic evolving and whether we'll see more of him in the future. He comments that they’re seeing good things both in 2D and 3D and that he wants to continue the trend of releasing games in both forms, such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and Sonic Colors last year. He confirms that work on Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has started and that he wants to "make 3D action games that will surprise you in a good way." Though reassuring us that the core Sonic franchise's being action-oriented will not change, he understands that each genre is limited by the number of customers it has. He wishes to see Sonic expand into other genres and wants to see non-action genre players say, "I know that blue character!" He ends by saying that "we want to challenge other genres apart from the Olympics! [laughs]" So after all this, plus some inside info from a confidant in Sega Europe who said that the company is really putting all its heart into this game, are any of you confident enough to say that this game will be awesome, are you going to stay cautiously optimistic like Jim, or do you just feel it's too late for Sonic? Tell us how you feel about seeing Sonic in other places, and give us examples of where he could or should feature. A Challenge only for the 20th Anniversary -- Interview with Sonic Generations Producer Iizuka [Inside Games][JP]
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Since Sonic Generations was first announced back in April, the heartstrings of many fans have yet again been pulled one way or another, as they hope that Sega doesn't screw up yet another Sonic game. Even our very own Jim i...

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Capcom newsflash: Zombies attack Tokyo


Sep 26
// Raz Rauf
With Dale showing us Capcom's interesting method of showcasing gameplay for Dead Rising 2: Off the Record recently, Capcom has also enlisted the services of increasingly popular Japanese actor/writer/director SABU to make a ...
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Next JP PS3 bundle on the list: Final Fantasy XIII-2


Sep 22
// Raz Rauf
The Final Fantasy XIII-2 train has been chugging since January when it announced its existence to the world with a logo, a screenshot, and a teaser trailer. Ever since then there's been more and more screenshots, all of which...
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Become a BSAA member with 'luxurious' Resident Evil bag


Sep 22
// Raz Rauf
2011 is the 15th anniversary of Resident Evil. A few months back, Capcom announced a massive anniversary box of all the main games apart from 5, which includes HD remakes of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica, and now they're ...
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'It's about time': Nike's limited-edition BTTF sneakers


Sep 09
// Raz Rauf
The wonderful Back to the Future series has been receiving a welcome renaissance over the last few years. With its 25th Anniversary passing by -- commemorated with a Blu-ray collection -- and the welcome addition to the stor...
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The LPO celebrates its 'Video Game Heroes' with a concert


Sep 05
// Raz Rauf
As part of the Vision Sound Music festival at the Southbank Centre, London, the world renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra put on a special concert dedicated to the wonderful world of videogame music. Entitled "Video Game ...
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Yakuza 5 development and PSP sequel announced


Sep 05
// Raz Rauf
Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio ("Like a Dragon" Studio, or just Yakuza Studio to us) has announced two new games currently in the pipeline. The first is the PSP sequel of Yakuza's spin-off series, Kurohyou 2: Asura Hen (Black ...
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Seminar on working in the Japanese games industry


Sep 02
// Raz Rauf
Japanese high school students and their parents got to hear about the nature of the Japanese games industry at a seminar held at the Tokyo University of Industrial Arts. The panel consisted of CyberConnect2's General Manager ...
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Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary Collection ready for Japan


Sep 01
// Raz Rauf
On September 15, Square Enix will release a special, Japan-only Wii collection of the first three Dragon Quest games to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series. The set compiles both the original NES versions and the SNE...
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Level-5's Ni no Kuni gets release date and PS3 bundle


Aug 31
// Raz Rauf
After nearly a whole year since the DS release of Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Second Country: The Jet-Black Mage), the PS3 counterpart's release date has finally been announced. Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou (Seco...
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Japanese scientists simulate the future using the Kinect


Aug 23
// Raz Rauf
There's been many things that the Kinect has been made to do that it wasn't designed to. Some were fun. Some were silly. Some were interesting and have potential. And one would perhaps be called "blasphemous" by some. The Nat...
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Super Mario Land 2 and Metroid II on their way to the 3DS


Aug 20
// Raz Rauf
Some good news for the starved 3DS owners out there. Nintendo is planning to release Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Metroid II: The Return of Samus to the eShop via the Virtual Console in the fourth quarter of 2011. ...
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Sengoku Basara 3 Utage release date announced


Aug 20
// Raz Rauf
The follow-up to Sengoku Basara 3: Samurai Heroes (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes to us) is coming to the PlayStation 3 and Wii in Japan. Entitled Sengoku Basara 3: Utage ("Utage" being an archaic term for "Party"), Capcom finally revealed that it's coming November 10, 2011.
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Pimp yourself out with the Pac-Man X VAROSH collection


Aug 17
// Raz Rauf
The guys at Namco Bandai have teamed up with Japanese fashion label VAROSH to create a unique set of Pac-Man items. It ties in to the label's 2011 seasonal theme of "Electric Night," trying to implement the vivid neon colours...
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Let your words do the fighting in Word Fighter


Aug 16
// Raz Rauf
Ever felt crappy when you talked the talk, but couldn't walk the walk, getting beat down by some punk ass and exposing your meek nature? Well fear no more, as the guys at Feel Every Yummy have got your back with their new ga...






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