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Odin Sphere trailer photo
Odin Sphere trailer

Storybook time! Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir's first English trailer


Die art, die
Feb 01
// Steven Hansen
Now that Odin Sphere's Leifthrasir remake is out in Japan, Vanillaware can focus on the areas that really matter: the Americas. We're getting the 2D action-RPG on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita in the Americas on June 7, 2016 and so ...
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Odin Sphere

Odin Sphere is now officially a browser game


You can play it now
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Vanillaware said it was working on it, and last weekend, the studio released the Odin Sphere 8-bit browser game. You play as Gwendolyn, who has a standard attack, aerial dive attack, and a glide at her disposal. I h...
Odin Sphere date photo
Odin Sphere date

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir has a June release in North America


Scrumptious
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Atlus is launching Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir this week in Japan, but there will unsurprisingly be more waiting involved for the Western release. The 2D action-RPG is hitting PS3, PS4, and PS Vita in North America on June 7, 2016. Details on the European release are unknown at this time. For now, though, there's a new website full of oh-so-pretty Vanillaware artwork.
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir getting a Japan demo soon, two new modes revealed


It sounds like a big demo
Jan 07
// Chris Carter
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is coming along nicely, and Vanillaware is keen to expand upon some of the new content included in the re-release. By completing the game once you'll unlock "Xtra New Game," which allows you to retai...

Vanillaware photo
Vanillaware

This new art from Vanillaware is anything but juvenile


From George Kamitani
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
I've been a big fan of George Kamitani's (of Vanillaware fame) work for quite some time. He's one of the most talented artists in the industry, and now, the developer has shared another work with us by way of his company...
Atlus x Vanillaware photo
Atlus x Vanillaware

Odin Sphere has a great collector's edition


By Odin's Beard!
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Atlus sure knows how to put a special edition together. For Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, a remake whose name I dare not type out manually, the publisher has a $79.99 Storybook Edition planned. It's exclusive to PlayStation 4 and...
Odin Sphere photo
Odin Sphere

Want to play an 8-bit version of Odin Sphere in your browser? Take to Twitter


28,888 tweets needed
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
Atlus of Japan has just announced a neat little promotion for their upcoming ports of Odin Sphere. If 28,888 people tweet out that they're interested, we'll unlock an 8-bit browser version of the game. Based on the footage i...
NSFW photo
NSFW

What is going on with this Dragon's Crown figure?


Mesmerizing in all the wrong ways
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
I'm almost at a loss for words other than to say you don't know what you've got until it's gone. The last Dragon's Crown Amazon figure (that I've seen, anyway) was over the top in ways you would expect given the source material, but that design now looks respectable compared to what's happening here. If you don't mind my asking, uh, what exactly is happening here?
Odin Sphere photo
Odin Sphere

Can I just...have Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir now?


Check out the Gwendolyn character vid
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
I had the chance to check out Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir at TGS recently, and man was it fantastic. The art style absolutely holds up, and the framerate issues of the original (one of the only real problems) were complete...
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is like a whole new game


A massive framerate upgrade from PS2
Sep 17
// Chris Carter
Odin Sphere was one of the first games I played with my wife, and we had a perfect system. She would play a lot of the core areas during the day, and at night, I would plant seeds, gather food, and level up while she took a n...
13 Sentinels photo
13 Sentinels

13 Sentinels: Aegis Arm revealed for PS4 and PS Vita


Coming from Atlus
Sep 15
// Laura Kate Dale
Atlus and Vanillaware today revealed their newest game at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Arm for PS4 and Vita. A trailer for the game was shown off during the press conference, which looks pretty god damn interesting. So, who's interested in this awesome looking new IP?
Tokyo Game Show photo
Tokyo Game Show

Sega at TGS: Persona 5, possible Vanillaware and Yakuza Studio new games


Persona 5 news may come before the show
Sep 10
// Steven Hansen
Sega's got a lot going on at Tokyo Game Show 2015 between Sega proper, Sega Networks, and Atlus. There's already word we'll be getting a new Yakuza announcement, but Yakuza Studio might also be announcing a new PS3 and PS4 ti...
Odin Sphere photo
Odin Sphere

This Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir Japanese package looks amazing


A Vita pouch and a charm
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
Although it's only been announced for Japan so far, Amazon has a pre-order listing up for Odin Sphere package for 3,298 yen, and it looks great. In short, it comes with a PlayStation Vita pouch, lens cloth, and a materia...
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Good lord, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is pretty as hell


Or at least as pretty as Valhalla
Aug 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Odin Sphere was pretty. But this, this is better. Oh man, it's so much better. Oh, in case you haven't heard, Vanillaware is remastering its 2007 PlayStation 2 classic as Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for Sony platforms. The u...
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Atlus localizing Odin Sphere HD remake in 2016


Vague, but I'll take it
Jul 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is coming to the Americas sometime next year, Atlus confirmed today. The high-definition remake of Vanillaware's gorgeous PlayStation 2 role-playing game was unveiled earlier this week. On top of...
Odin Sphere photo
Odin Sphere

The Odin Sphere remake will have a 'Classic Mode' for purists


New mid-bosses
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is in the works for the PS3, PS4, and Vita, and it will be an HD remake of the original PS2 classic. As such, it will include a "Classic Mode" that will preserve the experience. Vanillaware is adding...
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Vanillware

Oh, Atlus and Vanillaware have another secret project in the works


Not the Odin Sphere remake
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
Just this morning, Atlus and Vanillaware announced the joint Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir project -- a PS3, PS4, and Vita remake of Odin Sphere with new content. It seems as if they have piggy-backed yet another tease o...
Atlus photo
Atlus

That Atlus x Vanillaware game is Odin Sphere on PS3, PS4, and Vita


I'm in
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: check out the new trailer!] A short time ago Atlus and Vanillaware were teasing a special project, and now, they have confirmed that it's none other than Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir -- a new port for PS3, PS4...
And where tf is Boston? photo
And where tf is Boston?

Atlus teases HD project with Muramasa dev Vanillaware


That's all I got
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Visit this webpage (screen capture above). Ok, we're on the same level. Vanillaware most recently did an HD version of Muramasa for Vita in 2013 and also developed Dragon's Crown, which Atlus published (in Japan and North Ame...
Vanillaware photo
Vanillaware

What might a futuristic Vanillaware game look like?


Something like Kamitani's latest New Year's drawing, I reckon
Jan 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Vanillaware chief George Kamitani has a lovely annual tradition. Every New Year's the Dragon's Crown and Odin Sphere design director celebrates by sharing a lavish piece of art with the world. It isn't a teaser for the studio...
Muramasa Rebirth photo
Muramasa Rebirth

New Muramasa Rebirth DLC haunts Vita next week


More action-packed Japanese folklore inbound!
Jul 08
// Kyle MacGregor
The penultimate entry in Muramasa Rebirth's downloadable Genroku Legends tetralogy will be available in the West next week, Aksys Games announced today. A Spirited Seven Nights’ Haunting follows a ninja on the run ...
Muramasa Rebirth DLC photo
Muramasa Rebirth DLC

Muramasa Rebirth's third DLC will drop next week in Japan


‘The Tale of the Seven Night Ghostly Curse’
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
The first two DLC packs for Muramasa Rebirth were released rapid-fire, and it's been a while since the last iteration. In Japan next week pack three of four will drop, which will once again play separately from the two ...
Muramasa DLC discount photo
Muramasa DLC discount

Hot deal: Muramasa Rebirth DLC discounted on PSN


Both Genroku Legends available for $2.49 apiece
May 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Aksys Games has some nice deals on PlayStation Vita this week, with both episodes of Muramasa Rebirth's Genroku Legends downloadable content available for a song. A Cause to Diakon For and Fishy Tales of the Ne...
Muramasa DLC photo
Muramasa DLC

Muramasa Rebirth's second DLC is out next week


'Genroku Legends – A Cause to Daikon For'
Feb 20
// Chris Carter
Muramasa Rebirth is getting its second DLC campaign next week, and it's the most interesting one yet. It features Gonbe, a widowed farmer, and his grass roots rebellion against his lord. He has a sickle, bamboo spe...
Muramasa DLC photo
Muramasa DLC

Muramasa's Uprising of the Oone Resistance DLC detailed


Starring Gonbei
Jan 16
// Chris Carter
Muramasa: Rebirth is set to have four side stories arrive in the form of DLC, and they all seem to be pretty meaty diversions. America just got its first, The Fishy Tales of Nekomata, and the second has just dropped in ...

Review: Muramasa Rebirth: Tales of the Nekomata DLC

Jan 15 // Chris Carter
Muramasa Rebirth: Fishy Tales of the Nekomata (PlayStation Vita)Developer: MarvelousAQLPublisher: Aksys GamesReleased: January 14, 2014 (US) / January 22, 2014 (EU)MSRP: $4.99 First things first, upon downloading the first DLC, Fishy Tales of the Nekomata, you'll have the option to select "Genroku Legends" from the main menu (don't forget the title update if it's not showing up). That's right -- there's no need to complete the core story in any way, as each DLC is a completely separate option that has no ties to your original save file -- Genroku Legends has its own menu and save system, almost like an expansion. That's great news for newcomers, as the tales are not only gaidens (side stories), but they also don't require any prior knowledge or specific ending to enjoy. As an added bonus, they can be played on both Legend and Chaos difficulty from the start. Fishy Tales of the Nekomata starts off right -- with the ability to control an adorable cat and innocently spy on some villagers. The tale quickly goes from cute to disturbing however, as a brother and sister are brutally murdered by thugs hired by her family's chef, all for a prized tea set that was going to be delivered to the shogun. Swearing revenge, Okoi is transformed into an avatar of hate by way of the aforementioned feline, and becomes a host to a cat demon. In true Muramasa form, the cat spirit (Nekomata) is based on actual Japanese folklore. This is where things get pretty interesting, despite the fact that this tale is essentially a familial and more intimate affair. All of the characters (even the vile betrayer) are interesting, and Fishy Tales really did a great job of sucking me into Okoi's world. It helps that there's full spoken Japanese dialog present in tandem with the impeccable Vita translation, and it really drives home the point that this DLC isn't some cheap rush-job addition. Okoi's gameplay and fighting style is also very fluid, and you can take advantage of her standard human form with the added benefit of claw attacks, as well as her "Miike" form (which is literally a cat) who can scratch and breathe fire, and the all-powerful "Avatar" special attack (which is only usable after you power up a special meter). Both main forms have their advantages, and are unique in their own way as you'll soon learn after busting out your first few combos with them. It's like playing with two different characters in a fighting game. The Avatar is pretty ridiculous, as you're able to commandeer a phantom spirit consisting of a giant face made up of cats. You can breath fire and attack as one, and as usual, the animation is top notch. It adds ridiculous element to the game and complements the theme of the DLC perfectly -- not to mention it's fun to actually use. When your meter runs out all the cats scurry off. Adorable. Changing forms is like changing swords in the core game (with durability in tow), but more fun and impactful. Rather than shift to a similar-looking sword that may not make a whole lot of difference (depending on your equipment of course), morphing between human and cat form makes for a vastly different set of tactics every time. Learning when to use close combat and ranged attacks is not only fun, but unique to Okoi as a character, which further differentiates the DLC from the main game in a good way. You'll also still have a skill tree (which is also specific to Okoi, and not to the swords like Rebirth proper), equipment unique to the DLC, and all of the other details that Rebirth allows for Kisuke and Momohime. It also still looks as beautiful and as smooth as ever, and most importantly, it's still challenging. Even the first fight on Legend difficulty can be an ordeal, and it kept me on my toes throughout the entire DLC. Nekomata will run you around two to three hours your first time through, although there is a speedrun trophy for finishing it under an hour. This might sound light, but it ensures that the story is streamlined, and results in less backtracking or tedium. In ways, it's more fun than the core game because it's basically nonstop action and story with little downtime. There are also two endings and a boss rush mode should you want more. I heartily enjoyed my time as a cat in Muramasa Rebirth, and I can't wait to see what the other DLC stories can do. Vanillaware ingeniously was able to tie the heart of the game into its first Genroku Legends side story, while giving it a fine heart of its own. It's so well done in fact, that I could easily see a full game starring Okoi one day.
Muramasa DLC reviewed photo
Meow-velous
Muramasa Rebirth is a fine upgrade to the original game, but there was one thing that didn't sit right with me. For whatever reason, someone decided to take the only new content that was created for the game (four new ch...

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Muramasa Rebirth Tales of the Nekomata DLC is out now


New story of cat-demon vengeance hits PSN
Jan 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
Muramasa Rebirth is one of the growing list of reasons why I will probably cave and buy a PlayStation Vita at some point. It just got a bit more enticing with today's release of the Tales of the Nekomata expansion i...
Muramasa Rebirth photo
Muramasa Rebirth

Muramasa Rebirth gets a trailer for its second DLC


He's a farmer who attacks enemies with his tools
Jan 09
// Chris Carter
Muramasa Rebirth was re-released on the PlayStation Vita, and not only does it look great, but it plays great as well. Four DLCs await us in turn with new characters and tales, the second of which can be previewed above by w...
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ATLUS

Dragon's Crown shipments soar past 800,000 copies


Atlus vaunts successful figures for contentious PS3 and Vita brawler
Dec 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus has announced Dragon's Crown shipments and digital sales have climbed north of the 800,000 mark since Vanallaware's PlayStation 3 and Vita brawler ventured out into the wild this summer. The controversial...
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WUT

Vanillaware's butt-eye monster will haunt your dreams


Muramasa Rebirth players be warned
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
In the Genroku Legends DLC for Muramasa Rebirth lies what may be one of the most unsettling videogame enemy designs I've ever witnessed. If this thing moved to Silent Hill, it'd still be the creepiest thing in its neighborhoo...

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