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Matador is the isometric mech game I didn't know I needed photo
Matador is the isometric mech game I didn't know I needed
by Steven Hansen

Ernest Hemingway was an aficionado of bull fighting, the "only place where you could see life and death, i. e., violent death now that the wars were over." He wrote of the matador as an artist in The Sun Also Rises, with as much reverence and even more mysticism than an American sportswriter might pen an article about Ichiro Suzuki, baseball's best and most transcendent player.

Then Gundam got to it. Matador Gundam.

Well, I'm sure we can have a better mecha'ppropriation than that. How about Matador, this isometric mech game? The synth laced trailer makes me want to watch Patlabor or Otomo's Short Peace segment. It's gritty in a good way. It feels scuffed, like 80's and 90's anime. 

Your goal, the website reads, is to clear the whole city in one night. Choose your armaments and you're on your own. "When you die, start over and try, try again." It sounds lovely. Look out for it on Greenlight one of these days, matadorks. 

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6:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Nintendo founding family 'desire to sell' company shares

Part of Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata's plan to turn Nintendo around included "stepping up share buybacks." According to Businessweek, Nintendo has specified it will "purchase as many as 9.5 million shares, or 7.4 percent of its ...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect takes its dumb fedora to Xbox One

Fedora. Lame vest and tie combo. Watch -- or worse, wallet -- chain. Man, the protagonist of Murdered: Soul Suspect looks dumb. Certainly has nothing on the style of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective's lead, though I soul suspe...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 01.31.2014

Sci-fi horror Master Reboot coming to PS3 next month

Don't have a next-gen console yet? Pish posh. Who needs 'em? Especially when the current/previous gen is still getting cool new games. Next month, the psychological sci-fi horror game Master Reboot is coming to PS3. Here's an...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 01.31.2014

RC racer Ready to Run announced for PS4

Beatshapers, responsible for developing and publishing a stable of PSN releases (Furmins, Jetpack Joyride, Canabalt), just announced its new PS4 game, Ready to Run. They're not taking a brake, not taking their foot off the g...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 01.31.2014

Zynga buys NaturalMotion for $527M, cuts workforce 15%

Zynga has made its first big move under new CEO and former Microsoft head Don Mattrick, acquiring CSR Racing developer NaturalMotion for $527 million. The UK and US-based developer did well for itself with the mobile hit CSR ...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 01.31.2014

Iwata: Nintendo 'should abandon old assumptions'

Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata had more to say following the earlier espoused plans to turn Wii U sales around, which include some mystery, non-wearable fitness advocacy device. Speaking to The Nikkei, as picked up by MCV, Iwata e...

Steven Hansen





12:15 PM on 01.31.2014

French Titanfall is the best Titanfall

Here's a new trailer for Titanfall, "The Battle Begins." In French! Now, I know I just said French Titanfall is the best Titanfall, but then I went and looked up language support and I have to rescind that statement. Italian...

Steven Hansen



White Xbox One & Crackdown 3 Leaks, PS Vita Slim in UK photo
White Xbox One & Crackdown 3 Leaks, PS Vita Slim in UK
by Bill Zoeker

An flurry of supposed Xbox leaks in the net, with one pointing to a likely commercial release of white Xbox One's. The UK is definitely getting Slim Vita's, but maybe not getting multiple colors. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is out and you should probably go play that. Also, it's got this weird trailer. Nintendo continues its struggle for the attention of the masses by announcing DS games for the Wii U Virtual Console, but also wants to give that whole health monitoring peripheral concept another go. Sony continues it's streak of strong PlayStation Plus content. And, Twisted Pixel has announced that LocoCycle will also be headed to 360 and PC, releasing on Valentine's Day.

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10:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Killzone: Shadow Fall has sold over 2.1M copies

Killzone: Shadow Fall was the one big old "next gen" carnival Sony had to stick to its PlayStation 4 and it seems that time in the uncontested limelight proved positive for the underdog series. The PlayStation 4 sold 4.2 mill...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 01.30.2014

American McGee's Kickstarter project $1.7M over budget

American McGee's (Alice) Akaneiro: Demon Hunters seemed like a success. It reached a modest funding goal of $200,000 on Kickstarter, launched in-browser, and made it to Greenlight. All this it did a year ago. However, the gam...

Steven Hansen

11:10 AM on 01.30.2014

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has new content for the West

Last year saw the release of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle in the Japan. The game went on to become a popular seller, and has since retained loyal following. With a quirky and lively art style, along with a pretty...

Alessandro Fillari



The newest batch of PlayStation Plus freebies is amazing photo
The newest batch of PlayStation Plus freebies is amazing
by Steven Hansen

Not happy with a free copy of BioShock Infinite a couple weeks back? Well, Sony is showing PlayStation Plus users the love come February with a showing more engorged than usual.

Spooky horror game Outlast is free on the PS4 side of things, keeping with the trend of the best PS4 games being ones you don't even have to pay for.

Some excellent under the radar games from last year are coming to PS3 in the form of Metro: Last Light, Remember Me, and Payday 2. The first two are some neat, different games -- great choices if you missed them amongst the bigger releases. Payday 2 is also quite fabulous and hopefully an injection of new people playing the freebie will pump up the multiplayer element.

Lastly, Vita owners get Street Fighter X Tekken and ModNation Racers: Road Trip. I'll give the former a whirl, at least. Damn fine haul overall.

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6:00 AM on 01.30.2014

White Xbox One coming this year, update coming this March

I don't want an Xbox One, but if I did, I'd want One in white. An anonymous NeoGAF poster let loose a flood of leaks, including word that October would see a white Xbox One bundled with Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. A 1TB con...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 01.29.2014

Everyone has a weakness: Wolf Among Us episode 2 trailer

Mine is that I work too hard. If you had any faith that things wouldn't continue to be just awful after the first episode of The Wolf Among Us, why? Things are clearly awful. Things will undoubtedly get more awful. It's the way of the world -- especially neo-noir gritty fairytale worlds.  The somewhat tardy episode 2 is 'coming soon.' That's not soon enough.

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 01.29.2014

The Witch and The Hundred Knight has a dog girl

I guess it's going to be a slow trickle of short gameplay snippets for NIS' The Witch and the Hundred Knight leading up to the PS3 RPG's March 21/25 (Europe/North America) release. Hmm, butting up pretty closely against Tita...

Steven Hansen