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LEGO The Hobbit now available photo
LEGO The Hobbit now available
by Conrad Zimmerman

Warner Bros. has released LEGO: The Hobbit to retailers in North America today, with a European release coming on April 11. As one might expect, new marketing materials have been released for the game, including the above launch trailer. 

There was once a part of me that was pretty disappointed when the LEGO game franchise implemented full voice acting for the characters. The non-verbal communication techniques used in earlier games always struck a chord with me, and their comic effect was exploited to great success. That said, I'm over it. The voice-over work is just great in this, and I'm not looking back anymore.

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8:30 PM on 04.07.2014

I wish this PS Vita user interface concept were real

Behance designer Rafał Czaniecki has created a beautiful user interface concept for the PlayStation Vita. It's so nice that I wish it could be implemented somehow.  Sony likes horizontal bars, right? Czan...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 04.07.2014

Puzzle-platformer Stealth Inc. free with PS Plus

The game formerly known as Stealth Bastard will be free to download on PS3 and PS Vita as of tomorrow if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber. The newly-released Stealth Inc.: Ultimate Edition for PS4 is not part of this offe...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 04.07.2014

NIS' Firefly's Diary looks so damn cute

We've seen a few teasers for NIS' upcoming Vita game Firefly's Diary [htol#Niq], but now you can get a better look at the visual style in the above video. It's a downloadable game by NIS that follows a young girl i...

Chris Carter





12:30 PM on 04.06.2014

Vlambeer apologizes for 'discomfort' from Luftrausers imagery

Vlambeer are no strangers to positive press, having endeared themselves to many through their tenacity in the face of a sometimes malicious marketplace, constant efforts to help others find success, and most importantly, prod...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Impressions: Luftrausers makes too much sense on the Vita

Luftrausers is perfect on the Vita in the same way Vlambeer's Super Crate Box was perfect on the Vita. It's "perfect for the Vita" because it's a great game. While either title, with their minimal arcade sensibilities "make s...

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 04.03.2014

PS4 user survey hints at forthcoming reputation system, improved matchmaking

If you play online on the PlayStation Network while rattling off slurs and insulting others' moms, you might soon be in for a rude awakening. Or you might just be able to change your PS Username. A recent survey sent out to P...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 04.03.2014

Construct additional paw-lons for PlayStation Vita Pets on June 3

Nintendogs not doing it for you? Mobile pet sims lacking in the "aww" department? Feast your eyes on PlayStation Vita Pets, a pet simulator that aims to feel more like a game and less like a cash grab, exclusively (as if you ...

Brittany Vincent



To Leave is one of the neatest games I played during GDC photo
To Leave is one of the neatest games I played during GDC
by Steven Hansen

GDC is full of neat games. There are sentai management sims. Body building cats. Hyper Light Drifter. But one of the neatest games I played during GDC is To Leave, which creative director Estefano Palacios says is the first indie game out of Ecuador. It's definitely the first one coming to PS4 and Vita. (Incidentally, check out the promoted cblog from last year, Gaming in Latin America).

Sony discovered the 12 person team's game as part of its Latin America, Incubation Program and has been "instrumental" in getting it exposure, flying Palacios out to GDC to rep the game, and technology, giving the team dev kits.

Palacios discovered me, hustling to take advantage of his good fortune, while I shambled, eyes glazed over, trying to remember where I was going and where I had been. I'm glad he did, because chatting with him and playing To Leave perked me right up.

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4:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Renegade Kid wants to channel classic survival horror with Cult County

Developer Renegade Kid, responsible for the DS survival horror adventure Dementium: The Ward and sci-fi shooter Moon, has taken to Kickstarter with a brand new project. It's called Cult County, and it aims to blend specific e...

Brittany Vincent

12:30 PM on 04.02.2014

SRPG Natural Doctrine coming to North America, Europe

Natural Doctrine -- Natty Doc to its friends -- is getting a digital and physical western release after its release in Japan today. The PS4, PS3, and Vita strategy RPG from Patapon director Atsushi Ii is coming courtesy of N...

Steven Hansen

3:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Any excuse to talk about Tearaway is a great thing

Tearaway is a fantastic amazing title you PlayStation Vita owners should already have in your collection. And I will take any excuse to sing the praises of this game, even when there's some silly downloadable content released...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:00 PM on 03.31.2014

Ragnarok Odyssey Ace is a nice step up from the original

Ragnarok Odyssey's follow-up has an Ace up its sleeve, packed with all new content -- effectively rendering it an expansion. In addition to yet another Vita version the game is also dropping on the PlayStation 3, wh...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 03.31.2014

Soul Sacrifice crosses over to Toukiden in DLC form

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...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 03.29.2014

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful sure looks like an acid trip

Hatsune Miku may be the queen of digital songstresses, but she's by no means the only act in town. Many are looking to join the party, like IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game starring vocaloid idol IA. The musical title features 60 different tracks to get players bumping and grinding when the game arrives in Japan on July 31. Marvelous AQL has yet to announce a western release.

Kyle MacGregor







Review: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition photo
Review: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
by Chris Carter

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. I picked it up and subsequently played for days on end -- I was hooked.

Now here we are fourteen years later with Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (also branded the Complete Edition on the PS4 and Vita), with a brand new Lu Bu storyline, among other features. Like DW8 proper, fans will definitely want to pursue this one.

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