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New releases: Demon slavery is back in style photo
New releases: Demon slavery is back in style
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new release this week, making 3DS owners appropriately smug. Dale's a fan, to put it lightly. 

Also dropping during the squishy middle part of July is Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest title in a series that I'm sure is now only being churned out for Jim; Time and Eternity drops on PS3, and is a game I know nothing about save that it deals with time travel and looks pretty; and the Italian adventure game with a silly name Face Noir launches on PC. 

What's got you all hot and bothered this week, chums?

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1:15 PM on 07.01.2013

Have a giant clump of Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

Dynasty Warriors 8 is out later this month and I'm so excited for it I'm going to cut symbols into my arms and headbutt a window. That, and I'll post this ridiculous amount of screenshots.  Menus, cutscenes, action shots...

Jim Sterling

3:37 PM on 06.11.2013

It's E3, time for a Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer

It's E3, so that means it's time for more Dynasty Warriors stuff. This year, we get an English trailer for Dynasty Warriors 8, a trailer that mixed the music so loud you can't actually hear the English dub very well. Oh well...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 04.03.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 coming here July 16 for 360/PS3

Dynasty Warriors 8 has been confirmed for Europe and North America today by Tecmo Koei. The eighth main installment in the hack n' slash series will release on both PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as feature both English and Japane...

Jim Sterling



Review: Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires photo
Review: Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires
by Jim Sterling

When it comes to milking a franchise, few companies are as impressive in their zeal as Tecmo Koei. This is a company that has not only released seven Dynasty Warriors games (with an eighth on the way), but managed to produce two major spin-off properties, each with their own sequels, and gets away with releasing two spin-off versions of every main installment it produces. 

Each Dynasty Warriors sequel gets two followups that copy most of the assets and add a few new pieces of content -- Xtreme Legends and Empires. We've already reviewed Xtreme Legends for the seventh installment, which introduced new characters and scenarios, but now Koei's back with the Empires variant -- a strategic take on the main game that charges players with uniting the kingdom through politics and force. 

As excessive as the Dynasty Warriors releases are, fans usually find the variant spin-offs interesting enough to give them a pass. However, with Tecmo Koei seemingly averse to spending money or exerting any effort lately, its usual tactics have become less easy to overlook, a problem wholly evident in Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires.

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New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal photo
New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal
by Fraser Brown

Monday has once again snuck up on us like an unfortunate rash you got from a really good weekend. Don't worry, there's cream for that! And much like a soothing medicinal balm, the new releases of the week are here to cure what ails you. 

Brütal Legend finally drops on PC after years of being locked in console servitude, and despite its dodgy strategy portions, we should welcome it with open, heavily tattooed arms. The absolutely cracking soundtrack makes it more than worth a look, and the great voice acting, more than competent action, and art direction that will make your eyes bleed from heavy metal joy makes its failings a lot easier to swallow. 

If metal hurts your delicate ears and Jack Black sends you into a blind rage, then there's still a bunch to look forward to this week. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires adds some strategy to your hacking and slashing; fans of punishing dungeon crawlers and 3DS owners rejoice, Etrian Odyssey IV finally arrives in the US; Might & Magic Heroes VI gets a new expansion, Shades of Darkness; a curious looking RPG drops on PC in the form of Driftmoon; and Star Wars Pinball is a thing that actually looks pretty groovy.

What will you be using to soothe that nasty rash this week?

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11:15 AM on 02.18.2013

Shu 'nuff, we have more Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

A few more screenshots for Dynasty Warriors 8 have surfaced, showcasing a pair of characters from the Shu faction. If I'm not mistaken (I'm not), this is Liu Shan and Xing Cai.  These two characters aren't dramatically d...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.13.2013

A wild Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires demo appears

Right now you can boot up your PS3 and grab the demo for Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires. The full game is set for a February 26th release, and will be a download-only game for the PlayStation 3. It'll also lack an English dub. E...

Chris Carter



Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 photo
Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
by Jim Sterling

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage was a great game, at least if you liked the Dynasty Warriors series and had an affection for the punch-happy manga upon which it was based. Kenshiro's post-apocalyptic wanderings worked remarkably well with the brawling, one-against-all gameplay Koei is famous for.

Koei is also famous for masses of sequels, and a follow-up was inevitable. Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 snuck out quietly compared to its predecessor, and unfortunately, there seems to be a reason for it.

The reason being, of course, that it's a paltry shadow of the original title in terms of visuals, quality, and ... pretty much everything.

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9:00 AM on 01.25.2013

Oh HELLO and have Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

Oh HELLO there, I didn't see you on this fine Friday morning. Would you like some new screenshots for Dynasty Warriors 8? Here they are! HELLO! Today we get some a hearty selection of heroes from Jin, Wei, Wu, and Shu. Feast ...

Jim Sterling





11:30 AM on 01.22.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 Treasure Box may make me import

In Japan, Dynasty Warriors is a big enough deal to justify special editions. These "Treasure Box" versions are packed with extra trinkets, but never make it Stateside. Dynasty Warriors 8's Treasure Box is classy enough to mak...

Jim Sterling

1:00 AM on 01.22.2013

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 has Dynasty Warriors vibes

Tecmo Koei's One Piece manga/anime action game is coming to North American PS3s this summer. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 has fan favorites Luffy, Sanji and Zoro joining new characters like Eneru for the first time to explor...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 01.15.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 screens reveal Wu, Lu Bu, woo hoo!

Some new Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots have arrived, mostly focusing on Wu but taking some time to reveal the new designed for the "Other" force generals including Dong Zhuo, Diao Chan, Yuan Shao and, of course, Lu Bu. ...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 01.14.2013

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Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.23.2012

New Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer and Jin screens

Here's a new Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer, featuring our usual excited announcer and a pair of new characters for the Jin faction -- Zhang Chunhua and Jia Chong.  As well as the video, a bunch of Jin screens show off the ...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 12.17.2012

Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting

As if the circular blame game surrounding violent crime wasn't bad enough, one particular British tabloid has decided to implicate Dynasty Warriors in the Adam Lanza school shooting. Yes, we've moved on from Mass Effect and a...

Jim Sterling