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Square Enix

Adventures of Mana drops February 4


For mobile platforms (and Vita in Japan)
Jan 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix's Adventures of Mana is launching worldwide for iOS and Android on February 4, the company has announced. And because we can't have nice things, a PlayStation Vita version will be available the same day, but ...
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Bad Updates

New Vita update physically attacks anyone who tries to play with it (Fauxclusive)


You may want to wait for update 3.59
Jan 30
// CJ Andriessen
In its continuing efforts to convince fans to finally let go of the PlayStation Vita, Sony released an update for the device earlier this week that caused a wide variety of problems, including making it nearly impossible to c...
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Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D turns 20 today


[Extremely Buzzfeed voice] 'Feel old?!'
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
Want to feel old? You'll never believe which 3D Realms game turns 20 today! Duke Nukem 3D was released on January 29, 1996, two decades ago. At the time it was not only a great shooter (my favorite by far), but it also s...
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Breath of Fire PSP

Wow! Breath of Fire III is headed to PSN


The re-release is finally coming to NA
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Years ago, we ran a post about an effort to bring Breath of Fire III's PlayStation Portable version to North America. It began with the phrase "Never give up hope!" Truly words to live by. It's happening! Capcom has announced...
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PlayStation Plus

Helldivers and Nom Nom Galaxy free on PS Plus next month


On PS4
Jan 27
// Darren Nakamura
Another month, another set of free games. Honestly, I can't keep up. That's just going to get better/worse (depending on how you look at it) because both of the headliners for PlayStation Plus in February are games I've been ...
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Skullgirls

Skullgirls is still alive on Vita, here's proof


Needs to go through Sony submission
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
Mike Z has taken to YouTube to give everyone an open update on the progress of the Vita version of Skullgirls 2nd Encore, which was missing in action last year. According to Mike the port is "done," and all they need to do is...
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One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood EU release date confirmed


US should be coming soon, we hope!
Jan 26
// Vikki Blake
Bandai Namco has confirmed that One Piece: Burning Blood will release on June 3 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One. Although the North American date has yet to be finalised, we are expecting to see Burning Blood...
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Marvelous

Here's your first look at Senran Kagura creator's new Vita game in action


Introducing Uppers
Jan 25
// Kyle MacGregor
Well now, this looks wild. That was my initial impression of Uppers, the latest game from XSEED parent Marvelous. With its over-the-top street fighting, the new brawler has a bit of a Yakuza feel to it. You know, if Yak...

The evolution of doujin brawler Croixleur

Jan 24 // Kyle MacGregor
To say Croixleur has come a long way since I first encountered the game three years ago would be a massive understatement. The original PC release, or at least the localized version boutique publisher Nyu Media released in January 2013, was light on content and rough around the edges. Inspired by Devil May Cry's Bloody Palace mode, the game initially starred the red-haired Lucrezia, a young noblewoman on a quest to fight her way through a gauntlet of arena battles known as the Adjuvant Trial. While the story was largely inconsequential, the experience of fighting my way up the Nitro Towers and racing against the clock (the story mode must be completed in fifteen minutes or less) was a downright enjoyable, arcadey romp -- and one hell of a challenge. While it certainly took me more (much more) than one attempt to successfully complete the main campaign, once I did, I discovered there wasn't much else to the game other than bonus modes, like score attack and survival, to flesh out the package. It left something to be desired. [embed]336428:61974:0[/embed] That situation improved when Souvenir Circ. debuted the initial version of Croixleur Sigma at Comiket 85, introducing a new playable character, more weapons, a second story mode, two-player co-op, a new challenge mode, voice acting, online leaderboards, and mild visual upgrades. Don't get me wrong, it was (and still is) a simplistic game, but that extra content went a long way toward making Croixleur feel less like a severed bonus mode and more like its own game. The recent PlayStation 4 and forthcoming PlayStation Vita versions improve the experience even more, though, giving the game a dramatic facelift, both in terms of content and visuals. Souvenir Circ. went back and gave the game a completely fresh lick of paint, adding shine and detail to what was once a dull-looking game. Lucrezia and friends certainly clean up nicely. Speaking of those friends, the PlayStation version also includes a pair of new faces, both of which come with 30-minute campaigns that make the original game feel like a cakewalk. Between those and the new 50-floor dungeon mode, the game is definitely no longer hurting for content. And on top of that, there's a myriad of useful new equipment to collect, incentivizing repeat playthroughs. Pulling up the original game and playing it side by side with the new PlayStation release, it's nice to see how far Croixleur has come over the years. And I'm happy to have been along for the ride.
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From Alpha to Sigma
Doujin Dojo is a sporadic column dedicated to spotlighting independent games from Japan and the people that make them. In the years I've been following Comiket, Japan's biannual indie media festival, one thing ...

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Dragon Quest Builders

You can pick up a Dragon Quest Builders demo in Japan


Coming next week in the east
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest Builders is massively intriguing. While most Minecraft-like games are usually just straight-up clones from smaller developers, here we have Square Enix and a massively popular property meshed in, and wh...
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Gal Gun

Gal Gun: Double Peace is coming west this year


Pucker up
Jan 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Inti Creates' bizarre pheromone-blasting rail shooter Gal Gun: Double Peace is targeting a western release across North America and Europe sometime later this year, PQube just announced. Here's the publisher's synopsis o...
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Attack on Titan

There's plenty of gameplay in this new Attack on Titan trailer


Actually a gritty Borrowers reboot
Jan 21
// Joe Parlock
Koei Tecmo has released a new trailer for their upcoming Attack on Titan game, and finally, they’re managing to make it look like something special. The trailer shows quite a bit of gameplay from each of the playable c...
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Rocketbirds 2: Revolution

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken sequel coming soon


Get set for Rocketbirds 2: Revolution
Jan 19
// Vikki Blake
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is coming soon to PlayStation 4 and Vita. Writing on the PlayStation Blog, creator of the original Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Sian Yue Tan confirmed that the team has spent four years developing ...
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Danganronpa

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc coming to PC in February


Dang, son!
Jan 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the first entry in Spike Chunsoft's graphic adventure game series, is targeting a PC release via Steam sometime next month, the studio announced today. The title is also available worldwide on PlayStation Vita, plus mobile platforms and PSP in Japan. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc [Steam, Spike Chunsoft via Gematsu]
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Monster Monpiece Naked

Monster Monpiece gets Naked for cell phones


Please text me nudes
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Compile Hearts is forgoing the PlayStation Vita for the next entry in the Monster Monpiece series. The company just announced Genkai Tokki: Monster Monpiece Naked for iOS and Android. Pre-registration is open up on the site,...
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Avengers

Lego Avengers has some free DLC for PS3 and PS4 players


20 characters and a level
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Lego Marvel's Avengers is coming to a bunch of a platforms on January 26, 2016, but folks who pick up either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 version will have a head start in terms of characters. And if you're anything lik...
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NecroDancer on consoles

Crypt of the NecroDancer is hoppin' to PS4, Vita in February


With new tunes from Virt
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
We're quite fond of the rhythmic dungeon-crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer around here. I like it. Darren likes it. Patrick gave the PC version a 9.5 out of 10. The more platforms it's on, the better. The PlayStation 4 and Vit...
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PSN sale

PlayStation Store 'Essentials' sale makes some bold claims


Cheap deals on PS3, PS4, and Vita
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Lest you miss out on "essential" pieces of gaming history like Call of Duty: Ghosts or Watch Dogs, the PlayStation Store has some major deals on "must owns" through Monday (January 18). Most things are at least half off and t...
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DOA DLA

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 delayed into March


More like de-laid
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
While Koei Tecmo has no plans to release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the west, plenty of folks pre-ordered or otherwise plan to import the beach volleyball game as a show of support for Koei Tecmo or as a symbolic act against p...
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Odin Sphere date

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir has a June release in North America


Scrumptious
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Atlus is launching Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir this week in Japan, but there will unsurprisingly be more waiting involved for the Western release. The 2D action-RPG is hitting PS3, PS4, and PS Vita in North America on June 7, 2016. Details on the European release are unknown at this time. For now, though, there's a new website full of oh-so-pretty Vanillaware artwork.
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New Amazon perk

Amazon Prime members can now save 20 percent on new games


Valid up until two weeks after launch
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Amazon Prime members are getting a nice bonus starting today: 20 percent off newly released physical video games (including pre-orders) shipped and sold by Amazon. The discount is offered on new titles until two weeks after l...
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'Play' station

Xbox goes soft as PlayStation users reclaim 'most porn watched'


Pornhub data shift in porn console king
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
Pornhub, which I am told by other people familiar with the webpage is a site for viewing adult, pornographic films, has released its statistical year in review. All sorts of interesting trends popping up, here. "Lesbian" bump...
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JRPG

JRPG Stranger of Sword City coming to PS Vita, Xbox One, and maybe PC this March


Stranger in a strange land
Jan 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, this is slightly complicated. Back in November, NIS America unveiled plans to bring dungeon crawler Stranger of Sword City to the West, announcing March 22 and March 25 launches for the Americas and Europe, respectively...
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htoL#NIQ

NIS might be teasing another Firefly Diary game


htoL#NIQ
Jan 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Disgaea studio Nippon Ichi Software recently opened a teaser site featuring Hotaru, the eponymous firefly from its gorgeous (and difficult) PlayStation Vita puzzle game, htoL#NIQ: The Firefly Diary. There aren't exactly a lot of details regarding whatever this is. NIS promises more information is coming in the next issue of Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation this Thursday, January 14.
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Adventures of Mana

English release of Final Fantasy Adventure remake likely


But Vita version dropped
Jan 08
// Steven Hansen
Square has put up an English version website for Adventures of Mana, which is a remake of Final Fantasy Adventure. Square released that game as a Final Fantasy title in 1991 though it would ultimately lead to the Mana series...
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Sony

Sony 'mistakenly' gives away wrong game in January's PlayStation Plus line-up


WHOOPS LOL
Jan 08
// Vikki Blake
Remember when Sony said that PSP strategy game Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign was to be part of this month’s PlayStation Plus line-up? Er, that was a mistake. Apparently. In a tweet today, Sony has confirmed th...
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Assassin's Creed India

[Extremely Simpsons voice] Assassin's Creed Chronicles is going to India!


'Deep dive' trailer
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft brought the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series back from the brink with recent confirmation for two new entries, India and Russia, that are coming in hot. The former is out next week, January 12, on PC, PS4, and Xbox...
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PS Plus

Sony extending PS Plus subscriptions following outage


No word on how large an extension
Jan 05
// Laura Kate Dale
Monday this week, PSN went down for several hours on all Sony video game playing devices, from the PS3 and Vita to the PS4. Considering this meant paid services like PS Plus were not functioning, many consumers were unhappy a...
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PSN is down

Sony is working to bring PlayStation Network back online


Let's pass the time
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Having issues with PlayStation Network today? We're right there with you. Sony has confirmed it's aware of the problems. "We are still working on resolving today's issues with PSN," tweeted SCEA's official support line. "Than...
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PS Plus

An oldie but a goodie headlines January's PlayStation Plus free games


And not much else
Dec 30
// Brett Makedonski
PlayStation's ringing in the new year by turning back the clock almost two decades. Double Fine's 2015 remake of Grim Fandango (from 1998) is the game that's meant to stand out in January's lineup of PlayStation Pl...

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