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1:45 PM on 04.14.2015

NIS announces a bushel of Atlus games for Europe

Poor European Atlus fans... They're always so upset. I wish I could brighten their day somehow. Oh, hey, what's this? A press release from NIS... Four Atlus titles coming to Europe? Hot damn! Apparently Shin Megami ...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Flame Over photo
Review: Flame Over
by Robert Summa

Roguelikes suck. They don't suck as in they are horrible to play. They suck for me because they're so damn hard. But in this genre, that's part of the challenge. For whatever reason, our gamer brains desire to overcome the impossible odds roguelikes provide.

Flame Over for the PlayStation Vita is no different. As challenging as Spelunky, this latest offering from Laughing Jackal will have you crying as you attempt to overcome those initial upgrade hurdles that stand in your way of perfection.

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Severed is full of one-handed vengeance photo
Severed is full of one-handed vengeance
by Caitlin Cooke

There’s something serene about exploring a desolate place for the first time. Too often in games I find myself dropped into an environment, expected to pick up the pieces quickly to achieve a goal and left with little time to absorb. 

Severed is the opposite of that. Despite playing a demo version, I felt like I lived in a different world while I walked through a desert into the remains of a home and out to a haunting forest where enemies appeared more like riddles and less like a forced mechanic. This is the kind of world I like to play in.

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4:30 PM on 02.28.2015

Tearaway Unfolded looks to be a summer release

Now the former head of audio at Media Molecule, Kenneth Young has revealed that the PS4 not-really-a-port version of Tearaway is coming this summer. After announcing that he was leaving Media Molecule to work for Media Molecule as an audio contractor, Young let his followers know that Tearaway Unfolded is set to ship this summer.

Robert Summa


6:30 PM on 02.25.2015

Flame Over fires up the Vita this March

The Vita means life. And what a life it's having. Even though its overall sales pale in comparison to the likes of the 3DS, the system is an indie lovers dream and is home to some of the most underrated games in the past few...

Robert Summa

10:45 AM on 01.29.2015

Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief coming to PlayStation Plus

Boy howdy, next month's PlayStation Plus lineup is exciting. Starting February 3, PS Plus subscribers will have access to Transistor and Apotheon on PS4, Yakuza 4 and Thief for PS3, Kick & Fennick on Vita, and Rogue Legac...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 01.01.2015

Sony apologizes for recent PSN outage, gives us a few goodies

Sony has responded to the PSN outage that happened over the holidays, and you're probably getting something extra because of it. For starters, all PlayStation Plus members will have their membership extended by five days auto...

Chris Carter



Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine photo
Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine
by Steven Hansen

I love Catherine. Part of the reason is its block puzzles. Part of the reason is its small scale, with most playable segments taking place in the homey bar Stray Sheep. VA-11 HALL-A--or Valhalla--is that same sort of bar, packed with regulars just trying to get through their nightmarish cyberpunk existence. Games don't always need to be bombastic save-the-world-'em-ups.

Over 20 clients will come into Valhalla, where you tend bar, serving an odd cast drinks as they serve up their life stories. And the bartending is as important to the stories as the stories are to bartending as you learn what clients like and, maybe, why that talking corgi is such a racist.

You can download and play the prototype here for free or at your own price if you can spare it. You can also pre-order the full game (and get a Steam key) for $5, which is less than the full game will be at launch. With that, you'll get the Prologue as well, which you can play until Sukeban gets the full game finished. Eight bucks gets you the Prologue, full game on release, and the soundtrack.

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12:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Criminal Girls: Invite Only up for parole in February 2015

You may remember Criminal Girls: Invite Only as the game we covered back in July two different times where it was briefly suggested the game shouldn't be localized. But that's only because I didn't write the post, because I'm...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Mind Zero  photo
Review: Mind Zero
by Brittany Vincent

At a glance, it's easy to look at Mind Zero and compare it to the Persona series given its art style and the narrative advertised within early trailers and promotional materials. And you wouldn't be incorrect in declaring that it borrows several elements from the popular role-playing series.

Still, it's unfair to call Mind Zero a copycat when its most fundamental elements are much different from the Shin Megami Tensei spinoff. That doesn't mean the game is actually all that impressive, however. Acquire and ZeroDiv's Vita RPG features an interesting premise, but in the end it's a weaker product than those that obviously inspired it.

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12:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Stabby, stabby: Nidhogg hits the PS4 and Vita today

Today is the release date for the PS4 and Vita ports of the indie hit Nidhogg, meaning there has never been a better time to stab your friends in the face and sacrifice yourself to a giant worm-serpent.

Nic Rowen







Review: Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed photo
Review: Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
by Brittany Vincent

When you're faced with imminent danger, what's the first thing you do? Do you gear up to fight back? Do you see if you can land the first punch? Or do you take all of your clothing off? I'm guessing that's a pretty uncommon reaction, though it's something you'll get used to seeing on a regular basis within Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed.

The otaku-come-Yakuza special is actually Akiba's Trip 2 in Japan, and it's the first time the series has reached Western audiences, who may or may not have been ready for its bizarre machinations. But for those who were willing and able to take the trip, what awaited them was a strange and colorful world full of plenty to do and discover.

Oh, and a whole lot of underwear. 

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3:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Check out this gorgeous Gravity Rush figure

Kat from the excellent PlayStation Vita game Gravity Rush has been lovingly sculpted into this new figure from maker President Japan. She's dressed in her original black costume with cape and is accompanied by Dusty, and whil...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection photo
Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection
by Brittany Vincent

The Hyperdimension Neptunia series is a polarizing one. Some find Compile Heart’s thinly-veiled parodies of the game industry engaging and painfully adorable, and flock to it for an abundance of fanservice. Others run far, far away at the mere mention of the developer’s swath of content, especially given its less than lukewarm reception among critics and gaming publications.

Needless to say, it doesn’t need much help languishing in obscurity without having to resort to a spin-off that finds you grooming the all-female cast to be the best pop stars they can possibly be. That's why Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is such a strange prospect. Compile Heart's attempt at a Project Diva-styled rhythm game is cutesy enough in its execution, but it ends up a little tone deaf.

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6:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Weirdos abound in this latest batch of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens

What can I say? It's a screenshot kind of day. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on the horizon, and NIS definitely doesn't want us to forget about it. Especially with the amount of weirdos in the game, as evidenced above.&nb...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 08.13.2014

Akira Yamaoka creating an exclusive track for Murasaki Baby

Akira Yamaoka, Silent Hill soundtrack wizard and all-around awesome composer (Snatcher, Killer is Dead, and many others) has created an exclusive music track for the upcoming side-scrolling game Murasaki Baby. Yamaoka paired...

Brittany Vincent