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10:30 AM on 04.19.2014

The Golden Age of JRPGs

Last week, I joined Polygon's Alexa Ray Corriea, Kotaku's Jason Schreier, and game maker Adam Rippon in moderating our third PAX on JRPGs. Our discussion this year? The Golden Age of RPGs. After reviewing each of the ages, fr...

Dale North


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5:30 PM on 04.18.2014

The mod that's bringing Morrowind into Skyrim is coming along nicely

Devise a lofty goal for fans to work toward and they'll come together to create something truly remarkable. This is Skywind, an in-progress mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that intends to bring the content of Morrowind i...

Jordan Devore



Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4) photo
Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
by Chris Carter

Last year close to its launch, we reviewed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- so what's with the retread, you ask? Well, that was before we implemented our Reviews in Progress program, which was designed to cover games as a whole with a score down the line, including endgame content that MMO veterans may want to know about before dropping their cash.

The fact is, A Realm Reborn has had many updates since launch, including the massive 2.2 patch that was implemented recently and a PS4 port. In an effort to step up our MMO coverage, we'll be taking a look at the whole picture in regards to Final Fantasy XIV both at present and going forward.

It doesn't even feel like work, either -- I'm enjoying myself far too much.

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The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me photo
The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me
by Patrick Hancock

Hot off its huge Kickstarter success, Darkest Dungeon is already in a playable-enough state to have a demo at PAX East 2014. Although the demo was only a short snippet of what's to come, it was easy to get a sense of the themes Red Hook is shooting for with this roguelike RPG. 

It looks great, it plays like a strategy-RPG, and its structure was likened to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This game is brilliant.

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Fairy Fencer F and Disgaea 4 Vita dated for the west photo
Fairy Fencer F and Disgaea 4 Vita dated for the west
by Steven Hansen

Earlier today, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair got a release date for North American Vitas: September 2. I still need to play the first.

Anyway, more Japanese games have western release dates. Compile Heart's RPG Fairy Fencer F is coming on September 23. The loli characters come from the Hyperdimension Neptunia artist, but the games' gods were designed by Final Fantasy's Yoshitaka Amano. Plus, Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) did the music.

Meanwhile, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited -- a touched up, additional content (plus old DLC) version of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten -- is coming on August 12. Good fit the Vita.

Danganronpa 2, Fairy Fencer F & Disgaea 4 Vita dated for North America [All Games Beta]

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1:15 PM on 04.18.2014

Here's what Vita/PS3 RPG Lost Dimension looks like

This week we've been talking up a new PS3 and Vita RPG from Lancarse, the folks behind Lost Heroes, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and two Etrian Odyssey Games. We learned of its name just yester...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 04.18.2014

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair coming to Vita September 2

We knew that Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was coming this fall to North America and Europe, but an an Atlus sales sheet gives us a solid date of September 2, priced at $39.99. The first was was my jam, so I'm really glad to know that I'll be playing its sequel at the end of summer. I know plenty of you are on the same page. 

Dale North

11:30 AM on 04.18.2014

WANT: Chroma Squad: Sentai Tactical Manager

One of my favorite upcoming indie games right now is Chroma Squad: Sentai Tactical Manager, coming to Steam later this year. All you need to know is that it features strategy RPG combat with sentai (Japanese hero squad)...

Dale North

9:30 AM on 04.18.2014

Final Fantasy III could be coming to PC

The sharp eyes at Siliconera found a new listing for Square Enix RPG Final Fantasy III on the Germany USK rating board. What's interesting is that the platform is listed as PC. It's already already on everything else: DS, PSP...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 04.18.2014

Persona Q: New battle system videos show Boost system

It's gotten to the point to where I'm checking my YouTube subscriptions first thing in the morning to see if there are any more videos from Atlus on their upcoming wares. Today we're in luck as a couple of new videos on Pers...

Dale North



Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars photo
Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
by Dale North

Serina is objectively the Best Girl.

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11:30 AM on 04.17.2014

Etrian Odyssey Untold Europe demo out now

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is a fantastic 3DS RPG that is taking its sweet ass time to get to Europe. But you'll get yours come May 2, friends.  For now, enjoy the demo, which is freshly available on the ...

Dale North

1:45 PM on 04.16.2014

Lancarse PS3, Vita RPG titled Lost Dimension

Remember that PS3 and Vita we told you about yesterday? The one from Lancarse, the folks behind Lost Heroes, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and two Etrian Odyssey Games? While lots of details were leaked, ...

Dale North

1:15 PM on 04.16.2014

Heart Forth, Alicia is the best Kickstarter I've seen in ages

There's been a resurgence of Metroidvania games in recent years thanks to crowdfunding but not all of them have lived up to our lofty ambitions for the genre. Many haven't. As such, I hope you're not so skeptical as to avoid...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Hyper Light Drifter probably won't be out until early 2015

Heart Machine pushed back its wildly anticipated Hyper Light Drifter from the previous June 2014 release to the end of 2014. Heart Machine's Alex Preston, talking to Jonathan Holmes at PAX, explained that, while they're stil...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 04.16.2014

Deus Ex: The Fall is now available for Macs

Last month Deus Ex: The Fall made the jump over to the PC on Steam, and now it's available for the Mac. As always, if you already bought the game at release, you can just load it up on a Mac with the same account and you...

Chris Carter