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Costume Quest 2 is still cute, trying to be more engaging photo
Costume Quest 2 is still cute, trying to be more engaging
by Steven Hansen

Costume Quest, like every Double Fine game, is charming. It's a fresh-feeling, low stakes take on the JRPG genre, more Earthbound than Final Fantasy. Though, as Chad put it in his review, it's "RPG Lite," accessible for all ages.  

Double Fine doesn't want to sacrifice that, but does want to make Costume Quest 2's combat a bit more engaging. I was engaged with Paper Mario (or Final Fantasy VIII) style timed button presses that help your attacks do a bit more damage. Similarly, a well timed tap on defense will reduce the damage you take. This engagement, though, make things a bit easier so long as you can hit those button presses. 

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5:00 AM on 08.29.2014

New Deep Down footage, beta delayed until 2015

Deep Down, Capcom's free-to-play PS4 action game, was meant to get a beta in Japan this summer, but producer Kazunori Sugiura has announced the beta test will be delayed until 2015. Localization details have yet to come...

Steven Hansen

9:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Henshin a-go-go, baby! Transform into Final Fantasy heroes in Final Fantasy Explorers

This morning, during the Final Fantasy Explorers livestream, Square Enix revealed more about the game's "Trance" feature, which will allow players to transform into characters from past Final Fantasy titles. The character the...

Brittany Vincent





3:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Nidhogg and Dust: An Elysian Tail are heading to PlayStation

More PlayStation ports of great games sounds good to me. The lovely 2D action-RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail is coming soon to PlayStation 4, while the hilarious fencing game Nidhogg is headed to both PS4 and PS Vita, complete wit...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Back Moon Hunters for an interesting take on the action-RPG

Moon Hunters is a 1-4 player action RPG and is one of the first games to have joined the Square Enix Collective series of games, with an 83% approval rating. It's also a gorgeous-looking title that might very ...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Xenoblade Chronicles X has a massive in-game world

The latest issue of Edge states that map in Xenoblade Chronicles X is going to significantly dwarf the world of the original Xenoblade Chronicles. Think five times bigger, in fact. Director Tetsuya Takahashi elaborates in the...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 08.26.2014

Final Fantasy creator's next game will head to consoles if it sells 2 million

Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) and his studio Mistwalker (Lost Odyssey) have a new mobile (iOS, Android) strategy RPG coming out this October, Terra Battle.  In the latest Famitsu (via Siliconera, Game Jouhou), ...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 08.26.2014

Soul Sacrifice Delta gets Freedom Wars DLC

Two Japanese Vita RPGs centered around fighting giant monsters. Perfect cross over potential. Your Soul Sacrifice Delta character even gets a pair of Freedom Wars' stupid headphones.  Anyone still playing Soul Sacrifice? 

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Dark Souls II 'Crown of the Old Iron King' DLC out today

When From Software announced the three-part Lost Crowns DLC for Dark Souls II, it all seemed so far away. But here we are, already on the second release. Time is flying. Crown of the Old Iron King hits today on Steam, PlaySta...

Jordan Devore



Shadow Realms, the new BioWare RPG, has a lot of strong and unique ideas photo
Shadow Realms, the new BioWare RPG, has a lot of strong and unique ideas
by Brett Makedonski

Anytime you sit in on an early look at a new videogame, the presentation's sort of structured the same. Throughout the introduction to the title, the developers always -- always -- pepper the speech with catchy phrases about the approach that they wanted to take, their influences, and what they want to elicit from the players.

BioWare's showing of its newly announced Shadow Realms at gamescom 2014 fell right in line with these expectations. What makes it noteworthy is the sheer amount that the studio hopes to accomplish. After listening and talking to developers from BioWare at gamescom, it's evident that they have big ambitions for Shadow Realms. It's a title that aspires to do a lot of different things in a lot of different ways, and it's unclear right now how some of it will be executed. But, there appears to be solid framework to build around for now.

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8:00 PM on 08.23.2014

Check out this new Final Fantasy Explorers gameplay video

This new gameplay video of Final Fantasy Explorers has me praying to the ghost of Gunpei Yokoi that Square Enix will localize this game to the U.S. The gameplay looks to be somewhat like the Monster Hunter series and that is...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 08.23.2014

Legend of Grimrock 2 enters closed beta, LoG coming to iOS

Almost Human games has recently announced that the sequel to its popular old-school dungeon crawler the Legend of Grimrock 2 is now officially in beta. Staying true to its word, LoG2 will be skipping Steam Early Access ...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters expansion is live

Kiwi game developer Grinding Gear has released the latest expansion to its popular action-RPG Path of Exile, titled Forsaken Masters. After updating your game to version 1.2.0 you will at times cross paths wit...

Rob Morrow

8:30 PM on 08.20.2014

Final Fantasy Explorers gets a concrete release date and more new job info

There's finally been a release date hammered out for Final Fantasy Explorers in Japan, and it's headed for a 3DS nowhere near you (unless you live in Japan) this December 18. There's also a savory bit of new information surro...

Brittany Vincent





4:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Pillars of Eternity 'Backer Beta' available now for Windows

If you ponied up the $110.00 or more necessary for the Pillars of Eternity Collector's Edition, then Obsidian Entertainment has great news for you! Available now, through Steam, these select few can download the "Backer Beta"...

Rob Morrow

9:30 AM on 08.20.2014

This old school JRPG arrives on PC later this week

Helen's Mysterious Castle wanders to Windows PC this Friday, Playism announced today. The role-playing game follows our eponymous heroine, as she explores a labyrinthine castle on a floating island in the sky. Some...

Kyle MacGregor