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5:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Ackk Studios is going all out for its next RPG, Y2K

I knew to expect interesting things from Ackk Studios after the flawed but compelling Two Brothers. Even then, I wasn't mentally prepared for the team's newest game, Y2K. I came in knowing little about the turn-based RPG oth...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Boxed PC copies of Dark Souls II delayed in the UK

There was some confusion this morning about a possible delay for the PC version of Dark Souls II, which is already later than its console counterparts. Regrettably, there is a delay, to May 2 -- but only in the United Kingdom...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 04.15.2014

Square Enix has SaGa and Mana games coming up

Square Enix mobile game maker Takehiro Ando revealed that his division will be working on SaGa and Mana series games this year. According to Siliconera,  a recent interview had Ando bringing up that his team will be help...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 04.15.2014

New Vita, PS3 RPG from former Atlus devs coming soon

Rumor time. But this one is a good one, and likely a solid one. Something-something Dimension is all we have, thanks to a source that is holding off on full details, which are set to drop in a couple of days. But we do know t...

Dale North

9:30 AM on 04.15.2014

Soul Sacrifice Delta crossover with Wild Arms RPG series

Things I like mixing together: Nutella and bananas. Cookies smashed in gelato. Corgis and derp. A new combination mixes game franchises that I dig. The outstanding RPG series Wild Arms gets some new life in a crossover with S...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 04.14.2014

Child of Light trailer shows off world of Lemuria

A new trailer for upcoming Ubisoft RPG Child of Light shows off the watercolor world of Lemuria. We already knew this game is going to be a treat for the eyes, but this new world tour video shows us that we've got so much mo...

Dale North





2:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Oreshika will be localized

Three cool-looking Japanese PlayStation Vita games -- Soul Sacrifice Delta, Freedom Wars, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines -- have been confirmed for North America and Europe. Up first is Soul Sacrifice's expanded and improve...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 04.14.2014

Development ceased on World of Darkness MMO

CCP Games announced today that development has been halted on the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online game. In a statement, CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson expressed regret over the decision, sayin...

Conrad Zimmerman



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Review: Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming
by Kyle MacGregor

The original Half-Minute Hero was a very special and intriguing game. It boiled down an entire genre to its barest essentials, reducing the interminably long JRPG to just thirty seconds of gameplay.

Both a heartfelt tribute and pointed critique, the bite-sized adventure brimmed with self-referential humor. It trot out just about every trope in the book, firing on all cylinders with a lengthy series of inside jokes and clever witticisms. Smart, familiar, and charming; it appealed to both fans of the genre and detractors alike in a way that so few games do.

Humor often has diminishing returns though. Even the funniest quip can lose some of its luster the second time around. And in that regard, Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming isn't quite as remarkable as its predecessor. Luckily, the deconstructionist RPG has upped its game in other arenas.

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9:15 AM on 04.14.2014

I'm into Adventures in Game Development

I recently started watching Adventures in Game Development cold turkey. Falco Girigs, lead engine developer of the Elysian Shadows project, had just told me about his upcoming indie, next-gen 2D RPG for current computers and...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 04.14.2014

This Bound By Flame combat overview is pretty damn informative

I'm not completely sold on Bound By Flame yet, but this video is doing a pretty decent job of showing off the variety of locales, enemies, and combat situations the game has to offer. The basic gimmick is that you'...

Chris Carter



The joy of MMOs photo
The joy of MMOs
by Chris Carter

Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time.

Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you play the air drums to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Watching 10 different damage meters and battlelogs to see if everyone is running an efficient rotation.

Do these things sound like hell to you? To me, it's by and large why MMOs bring me joy that many other genres can't.

Allow me to explain why.

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1:00 AM on 04.10.2014

Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth

It's been said before that a "failed" Kickstarter isn't the end -- that every dollar matters even if the total amount raised ultimately falls short. That's true for Eden Industries' Citizens of Earth, a role-playing game whi...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 04.09.2014

Child of Light partners with Cirque Du Soleil, Coeur de Pirate

Ubisoft haver partnered with Cirque du Soleil Media to enhance the theatricality of upcoming game Child of Light. The group provided guidance on everything from theatrical realization to costume design. Think stage direction...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 04.09.2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a Vita title

A spin-off of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series is coming to Vita in Japan this year. Dengeki PlayStation magazine has a spread on Hyperdimension Neptunia U, which brings some action to the RPG series. Neptune and the gang w...

Dale North

3:15 PM on 04.08.2014

Atlus gives birth to a Conception II unboxing video

I've had my face in my PlayStation Vita for weeks now, trying to wrap up my play-through of upcoming RPG Conception II for a review for next week. I was hoping to bring you a fat, juicy preview of this baby making dungeon cr...

Dale North