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Onikira: Demon Killer

Onikira looks like a slicey dicey good time


Coming to Steam Early Access this Friday
Nov 13
Onikira: Demon Killer, a lovely samurai-centric 2D side-scrolling beat-'em-up, is set to slash its way onto Steam Early Access on November 14. The game takes place in a fantasy feudal Japan, with the player assuming&nbs... read
It's not as new as I would have liked, but it keeps me going
Hyrule Warriors is a massive game. If you want to 100% everything, get every weapon, and max out every character, it could last you roughly 200 hours or more. I'm hitting the 100-hour mark myself, due in part to the new ... read feature

Della morta
I love this flowing, watercolor reminiscent pixel art. It benefits all the happy dancing in the trailer and the exaggerated, unrealistic movements sort of remind me of the animation style of Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation).  Anyway, Children of Morta basically looks exactly like something I want to play real bad. read feature

Arrowhead hits its mark
Many, many fun hours were spent playing Gauntlet with friends. As one of the most ingenous arcade games of all time, Gauntlet Legends had a really cool mechanic that allowed you to save your progress at the same mac... read feature

Gauntlet

Here are some early impressions of Gauntlet


How's Gauntlet? So, how's that Gauntlet? Hodor?
Sep 24
The Gauntlet series has always been one of my favorite go-to sources for instant fun. It was one of the first games I ever played with my wife, and it was the source of endless nights of enjoyment on the Nintendo 64 and PlayS... read
Croixleur PS4

Doujin brawler Croixleur Sigma coming to PS4


Devil May Cute returns! Again!
Sep 19
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.  "We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay... read
Hellraid

A bunch of skeletons explode in the first 20 minutes of Hellraid


Footage of the hack-and-slash title running on a new engine
Sep 18
Techland's decision to delay Hellraid and move it to PS4, Xbox One, and PC seems to be paying off. That said, you may want to skip the first half of this 20-minute video -- it begins with the first level, which is slow to ge... read
A Skyward Link to the Twilight Ocarina
We never could have imagined this mash-up in our wildest dreams. Nintendo, Team Ninja, and Omega Force together, co-developing a game based on the Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors series. Few stranger things hav... read feature

Onechanbara Z2

[NSFW] Shake it, baby: New Onechanbara Z2: Chaos screens


No, I mean, literally shake that blood off your sword
Aug 28
Look, I'm not gonna mince words. The last Onechanbara title I played was absolutely horrible. For some reason I thought Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for Xbox 360 was going to be this sexy amalgam of zombie-slaying goodne... read
Gauntlet

Blue Valkyrie needs food badly: Gauntlet delayed until September 23


Still on track for Steam
Aug 27
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced a new release date for the upcoming Gauntlet -- September 23rd. While the game is still set to arrive on Steam next month, the publisher states that "additional time was needed to ... read
Fan service

[NSFW] Onechanbara Z2: Chaos opener & alternate costumes


The costumes are just small fruit over the genitals
Aug 26
The problem with having a super "fan service" sort of game is that it can be hard to add more fan service. Like, there are plenty of upskirts in Onechanbara Z2: Chaos' opening cinematic, but when half of your characters are ... read
Bayonetta 2

The sound and the fury of Bayonetta 2's angels and demons


Finding the opposite of angels
Aug 20
Bayonetta 2 sound designer Daisuke Sakata touched on how he goes about designing sounds for his games in a recent post on the PlatinumGames blog. In particular, Sakata talks about the presence of both angel and demon enemies... read
Sacred 3

A Sacred 3 developer apologizes for the game


It is currently sitting at zero positive reviews on Steam
Aug 18
Sacred 3 wasn't a very well received game; I felt it was an average and uninspired hack-'n'-slash game with some terrible attempts at humor. Comments on my review either sided on "hey, it's not too bad in co-op," to "this is ... read
Zelda Wii U

Grass cutting CONFIRMED for Hyrule Warriors


It made the cut!
Aug 04
Cutting grass is an important part of The Legend of Zelda, you know. So, we were happy to hear series producer Eiji Aonuma confirm during tonight's Nintendo Direct that this time-honored tradition would be making a glorious return in Hyrule Warriors. Who needs online multiplayer when you can chop up grass by your lonesome? Hyrule Warriors Direct [Nintendo] read
This is a Longshot from good news
Nintendo confirmed that Hyrule Warriors will not have an online co-op story mode. A lot of Zelda fans have been excited for this creative treatment of the series, but how much of a blow will this news be to the hype? If nothing else, this at least sucks a little. read feature

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos trailer full of tits, upskirts, and murder


Kill zombies, wear bikinis
Jul 31
Holy crap, that song it goes into around the 45-second mark is so damn bad. Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is hitting PS4 in Japan this October, where it can hopefully help shift some units, as the PS4 library isn't tickling the country's collective fancy. Looks I lot better than the Onechanbara I played on Wii.  read
Onechanbara PS4

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos announced for PlayStation 4


The scantily-clad zombie slayers return to Japan this October
Jul 16
Sony's PlayStation 4 isn't setting Japan ablaze just yet, like it is in much of the world. Part of that has to do with the dearth of software specifically targeted toward Japanese audiences. Enter Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, ... read
Bayonetta 2

Go in for the kill with these new Bayonetta 2 screens


AZAZAZ PIADPH!
Jun 27
"Do you want to touch me?" I mean, I wanna touch Bayonetta 2. I need my hands all over it. I can't wait much longer for its release, and we've already covered climaxing together. Here's something to keep you going while ... read
Samurai Warriors 4

Samurai Warriors 4 hacks and slashes west this October


Celebrating 10 years of Musou!
Jun 03
Samurai Warriors 4 will launch in North America on October 21 and throughout Europe starting October 24, publisher Tecmo Koei announced today. The action game from developer Omega Force supports both co-operative play and cr... read
Sacred 3

Co-op hack 'n' slasher Sacred 3 coming August 5


PS3, 360, PC
May 27
Thanks for not calling it Sacr3d. This new Sacred game features online (four players) and offline (two players) co-op, which will probably be its main draw when it releases on August 5 for PS3, 360, PC. Plus, your homies' voices can drown out those badly acted, hokey combat barks from the trailer. read
Hyrule Warriors

Tecmo Koei hopes Hyrule Warriors will be a million seller for Wii U


Seems reasonable
May 18
Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors-esque action game set in The Legend of Zelda universe, is coming to Wii U this year. And developer Tecmo Koei hopes the game is a big hit, obviously.  Speaking in interview with Nikk... read
I hope the final boss is the Gibson
Max recently sat down with Brandon Dillon of Double Fine, Programmer and Project Lead on Hack 'N' Slash. Brandon walked us through a demonstration of the game, which allows players to manipulate the actual code of the game with the protagonist's USB sword, and we all learn some lessons in critical thinking. read feature

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors slashing through nameless enemies in Japan this summer


Those droves of enemies had families...
May 08
Ready to cut through legions of Zelda opponents a la Dynasty Warriors? Tecmo Koei's Hyrule Warriors is releasing in Japan for Wii U this summer, according to a document recently released by Nintendo. As far as how long it'll ... read
Croixleur Sigma!

Croixleur Sigma is hard to pronounce, but fun to play


Devil May Cute returns, and is better than ever
May 05
Doujin hack-and-slasher Croixleur debuted on western shores early last year, and it packed quite a punch. The game drew inspiration from the Devil May Cry series' Bloody Palace mode, pitting players against waves of... read
Dynasty Warriors

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete hits Steam this month


Launching May 13 for PC
May 02
Tecmo Koei has honed in on the North American and European PC release date for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition -- it's coming to Steam on May 13, 2014. The publisher included a handful of screenshots along with the announcement, including a shot of the graphics menu if you'd like to see what settings are customizable. Find those below. read
Japanese indie games!

Croixleur Sigma attacks Steam on April 30


Doujin action game gets an extreme makeover next week
Apr 23
Croixleur Sigma is being unleashed next week, localization outfit Nyu Media has announced. The hack-and-slash brawler will hit Steam and various other digital retailers on April 30 for $7.99. Created by doujin studio Souveni... read
Dynasty Warriors

PC release confirmed for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete


Dynasty Warrior? I hardly know her!
Apr 17
One of my great gaming sins has been managing to somehow skip out on the entirety of the Dynasty Warriors series, but now that one of them is releasing on Steam, my days of being uninformed about all things Lu Bu are numbered... read
Toukiden DLC

Soul Sacrifice crosses over to Toukiden in DLC form


New multiplayer missions and armor
Mar 31
Toukiden: The Age of Demons is about to extend its lifecycle, with extra DLC crossover content from fellow Vita hack and slash Soul Sacrifice. Tecmo Koei has announced a series of new add-ons that involve new themed armor and... read
Doujin Games

Croixleur Sigma hacks and slashes onto Steam in late April


YISSSSSS!
Mar 30
Croixleur Sigma is tentatively scheduled for an April 25 release on Steam, Nyu media announced today. The lovely doujin hack-and-slash initially hit western shores early last year, but has since been outfitted with a myriad o... read
Feel free to pursue it
I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on a Dynasty Warriors game. It was a cold winter afternoon in 2000, and for whatever reason, one lone copy of Dynasty Warriors 2 was calling my name at a local Blockbuster... read feature

Off-brand Monster Hunter
Originality is a pretty hard thing to come by, and ideas don't just materialize out of thin air. They're a patchwork of experiences lifted from our surroundings, filtered, and diffused back out into the world. Many of us hide... read feature

Harvester of Sorrow
Nippon Ichi Software is one hell of a developer. One day they could be lighting the world on fire with one of the most celebrated games in a genre (Disgaea), and the next, they could be milking a franchise into oblivion (Disg... read feature







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