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10:30 AM on 07.08.2014

BioShock on Vita probably would have been like Final Fantasy Tactics

An installment in the BioShock series for the PlayStation Vita may be one of Ken Levine's only wishes for the franchise that will go unfulfilled. Levine's longing for one of his signature games on the handheld device is ...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

NIS bringing Vita action-puzzler The FireFly Diary to North America, Europe

Along with Criminal Girls: Invite Only and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, NIS America has also announced it is localizing "moody puzzle action game" htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. "In this atmospheric title, you&r...

Steven Hansen



Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo
Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game
by Steven Hansen

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon.

But Kadokawa Games' first internal venture can get a pass for looking a bit dated if the core gameplay can hold up, and it just might. Producer Kensuke Tanaka felt that JRPGs were "lacking in difficulty," that they didn't "make you think," NIS America representatives explained. Natural Doctrine is an answer to that.

However, NIS America was not able to answer why exactly the lead in a fantasy RPG of orcs, magic and lizard men is named Jeff. 

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Review: Monster Monpiece photo
Review: Monster Monpiece
by Brittany Vincent

Too often, unique and engaging games are passed over due to their risqué content and gimmickry, and Monster Monpiece is inevitably one that will fall victim to this curse.

It's not difficult to see why some may be turned off by it, though -- despite the fact that it's a strategic card battler, it's also rife with many of the same tropes that will turn members of even its target audience off: like "rubbing" illustrations that happen to resemble young women and engaging in adult situations. But beneath the trappings of a fluffy "adult" game is a challenging and entertaining card game that's quite fun.

And believe it or not, that's actually the main attraction. 

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9:00 PM on 07.05.2014

Tell us how you really feel: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters headed for North America

Aksys Games has seen fit to grace us with a North American release of Arc System Works' Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters, a delightfully strange visual novel that looks quite intriguing. Nobuo Uematsu is responsible for the musi...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 07.05.2014

Midora may hit consoles, is #19 on Steam Greenlight

Midora's art is so nice that many thought it was too good to be true, leading to claims that the game's graphics were directly lifted from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Those accusations have been debunked, but th...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 07.04.2014

Class of Heroes 2G is getting a scant few physical copies

Class of Heroes 2G, a dungeon-crawling RPG playable on PlayStation 3, Vita, or PSP, will be receiving a run of limited edition boxed copies. After pre-orders for the physical editions cease on July 25, there will be no additi...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Go kill half millipede, blue butt face Gigas in Soul Sacrifice Delta

I actually played a bunch of the Soul Sacrifice demo, but never ended up diving into the full thing. Soul Sacrifice Delta has been updated with a new encounter and some whacked out threads (definitely some of the weirder...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 07.03.2014

Guns Up! is a free-to-play military strategy game on PS3, PS4, and Vita

Guns Up! is an intriguing looking military shooter for the PS3, PS4, and Vita, and it just so happens that a new gameplay trailer is up for your perusal. It apparently features online play, as well as base building mechanics, and elements of customization. Not a whole lot more is known beyond that, as the release date is billed as "coming soon." Expect more info once it drops.

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 07.03.2014

One Piece Unlimited World Red dated for July

One Piece Unlimited World Red's localization has been floating around for quite a while, but now we have a concrete release date -- July 14th for the physical edition and July 15th for digital on Vita. It'll drop on the PlayS...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Tales of Hearts R coming to PS Vita this November

Tales of Hearts R is coming to North America on November 11 and across Europe starting November 14. It will have Japanese voice-over with EFIGS subtitles, Bandai Namco announced at Japan Expo in Paris, France today. The PlayS...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 07.01.2014

It's now possible to reach Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne

After months of updates, the in-development Nuclear Throne now has an actual Nuclear Throne, though getting to it -- and surviving the ensuing battle -- won't be easy. "To us, reaching the Nuclear Throne is the most crucial m...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 07.01.2014

EA explains why it abandoned 3DS, Vita for phones, tablets

While EA is still banking on the Xbox One and PS4, COO Peter Moore explained to GamesIndustry that doesn't extend to the 3DS and PlayStation Vita. No, Moore seems to think dedicated gaming consoles are a thing of the past. "W...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 07.01.2014

LittleBigPlanet will have a free July 4th costume

Since 2008, MediaMolecule has been running promotions for free LittleBigPlanet costumes -- usually on holidays -- which is pretty impressive. On July 3rd of this year, anyone who owns the original two games or LittleBigP...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Listen to the 1001 Spikes soundtrack on Bandcamp

Between 1001 Spikes and Shovel Knight, this has been a great month for games that look and sound old but feel modern. If you're in need of a break from the latter's soundtrack, note that the music for 1001 Spikes is also up o...

Jordan Devore





3:45 PM on 06.30.2014

Freedom Wars' English trailer can't explain all the headphones

In its obvious Monster Hunter parallel, you might forget that Freedom Wars is aiming to be story-focused. It has some ludicrous broad strokes. Existence alone is a crime worth one million years in prison. Apparentl...

Steven Hansen