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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim arrives on PC April 28


XSEED delivers enhanced Nihon Falcom RPG later this month
Apr 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is coming to Windows PC on April 28, XSEED announced today. The role-playing game comes from Nihon Falcom, the studio also known for The Legend of Heroes and the recently localized Brandish: T...
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Brandish Dark Revenant

XSEED just released this new PSP RPG in Europe


At long last!
Apr 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Brandish: The Dark Revenant is out now across Europe, XSEED Games announced today. It's been more than half a decade since the classic role-playing game was originally remade on PlayStation Portable, but as I said in my revie...

Contest: Win a signed copy of Story of Seasons

Apr 02 // Kyle MacGregor
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[Update: The contest has ended and the winner is projectnew! Congratulations!] Story of Seasons is now available on Nintendo 3DS in North America, and we're celebrating its release with an awesome giveaway. The lovely fo...

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Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed hits PC this spring


PC version includes the previously PS4-exclusive Visual Editor
Mar 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is coming to PC this spring, XSEED Games announced today. The otaku beat-'em-up RPG initially launched on PlayStation 3 and Vita last year, and was well-received by Destructoid's Brit...
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XSEED

XSEED: Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim coming to PC


Updated Falcom RPG comes west this spring
Mar 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is coming to PC for the first time in the West, XSEED just announced. Nihon Falcom originally put out the action role-playing game on PC in 2003, but it didn't arrive in North America or Europe unt...
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Onechanbara Fruit

[NSFW] Beard View: Onechanbara Z2: Chaos


'Two big handfuls of gameplay'
Mar 11
// Jed Whitaker
Onechanbara holds a special place in my heart (you know, that thing that throbs and fills with blood). The series has only had two games released stateside, one for the Wii and its prequel for the Xbox 360 a month beforehand...
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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

Onechanbara Z2 strikes a PS4 near you this summer


Unless you live in Europe, then it comes out this fall
Mar 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Those wily scamps at XSEED have done it again! Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is on its way to North America this summer, the little localization house that could just announced. On top of its digital release on PlayStation 4, the pr...
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Senran Kagura 2

Senran Kagura 2 bounces westward this summer


Kenichiro Takaki continues to wrap the world in happy boobs
Mar 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Once upon a time, XSEED seemed pretty cagey about publishing the Senran Kagura games. Nowadays the plucky localization studio can't seem to bring the danged things over fast enough. Yes, you probably read the headline where ...
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Story of Seasons

XSEED harvests Story of Seasons on March 31


A Harvest Moon by any other name still smells like farm
Feb 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Story of Seasons takes root in North America on March 31, XSEED Games announced today. The Nintendo 3DS farming simulator is the latest entry in the Bokujo Monogatari series, which previously was localized under the...
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Lord of Magna

XSEED brings Lord of Magna west this spring


It's officially official
Feb 12
// Kyle MacGregor
A localization of Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven is in the works, XSEED just confirmed. Expect the Nintendo 3DS strategy role-playing game to arrive on western shores sometime this spring.

Review: Brandish: The Dark Revenant

Feb 02 // Kyle MacGregor
Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PSP, PS Vita and PS TV compatible)Developer: Nihon FalcomPublisher: XSEED GamesMSRP: $19.99Released: January 13, 2014 Despite having a history spanning decades, Brandish doesn't have much of a tale to tell. The adventure centers on Ares Toraernos, a young warrior who finds himself lost in a labyrinthine spire deep within the subterranean kingdom of Vittoria. His only interests are survival and escape. Brandish isn't without its charms, though. There's an endearing roadrunner and coyote dynamic between the protagonist and his nemesis Dela Delon, a vengeful sorceress who spends most of her time falling into pits. It's a game largely bereft of narrative, almost happily so. Falcom seems more than content to thrust old school dungeon crawling squarely into center stage.  Traipsing through mazes in search of the next staircase is the primary focus. However, the journey to the surface isn't as simple as it sounds. As one might expect, the tower is teeming with monsters, traps, and pitfalls. The treacherous setting is almost the principal character of this yarn. [embed]286365:57119:0[/embed] Brandish is difficult, but unlike the original, it's not challenging for the wrong reasons. While nearly identical in most respects, massive improvements have been made to the camera controls. Both versions share a top-down perspective. The hero is positioned in the center of the screen and can move forward, backward, and side to side using the control pad. Turning to the right or left is handled with the shoulder buttons, which actually pivot the world around the character. The design initially seems clumsy and odd, though it's never as bewildering as it was back in the day. The original game rapidly transitioned from one perspective to the next in a jarring fashion, whereas the remake has a clear twisting animation. This is definitely the version you want to play. Again, Brandish is all about surviving long enough to find your way to the next staircase, and there are a myriad of traps, foes, and puzzles along the way to prevent you from achieving that goal. The action-heavy combat actually reminds me a little of baseball. It has this rhythm, a comforting repetition that gives rise to the unexpected. Ares' shield automatically blocks most attacks, allowing you to focus on when and how to attack. It's a fairly simplistic setup, which is good because you'll frequently be combating more than one enemy at a time while avoiding environmental hazards. Another concern you'll have in battle is weapon degradation. Most arms can only be used a set number of times. This means you'll probably want to keep that powerful sword in reserve in case you come across an imposing adversary, as opposed to needlessly annihilating a common grunt. Yes, there are bosses, but they're rare. These encounters serve to punctuate the journey and test your mettle more than anything. While it can be quite tough, Brandish is rarely unforgiving. Falcom does an admirable job of showing you the ropes, gradually increasing the challenge and adding new elements as soon as you get handle on the old ones. The only major spike in difficulty occurs in the Dark Zone, which seems to have more pitfalls than walkable terrain, a limited field of view, and devastating enemies. Even if you're constantly dying, Brandish isn't discouraging.  It has a save-anywhere feature and checkpoints at every floor. It also backs that up with an item called "retry bread," allowing you to respawn at a particular location should you fall in battle. Taking advantage of these tools will help mitigate most of your frustrations, especially when things get a tad onerous later on. As much as I enjoy Brandish, it probably isn't for everyone. Those looking for a sweeping story about legendary heroes are barking up the wrong tree. This game is about marching through trap-laden mazes and solving puzzles at a deliberate pace. Go in with the right mindset and you will discover a well-crafted role-playing game, one which has aged surprisingly well. It may have taken forever to get here, but Brandish: The Dark Revenant was worth the wait. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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What's old is new again
Antiques possess a magnetic quality, an appeal to our imaginations, a false nostalgia for a time most of us are too young to remember. There's a comforting allure to these relics. They offer a window into the past, a living h...

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XSEED teasers

XSEED hints at the games it's localizing this year


HNNNNNNNNG!
Jan 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Those wily folks at XSEED are up to no good again, craftily teasing the Internet with crafty teasers. The localization studio shared a New Year's card via Facebook yesterday, one that foreshadows a handful of unannounced proj...
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Brandish: Dark Revenant

Falcom RPG Brandish crawls to PSP, Vita next week


Classic dungeon crawler localized nearly five years after Japanese debut
Jan 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Brandish: The Dark Revenant is finally coming to PSP in North America next Tuesday, January 13, publisher XSEED Games announced today. It will be compatible with Vita and retail for $20. Players take on the role of swordsma...
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Forbidden Magna

Forbidden Magna is likely getting a localization by XSEED


With a name change
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
XSEED Games has likely revealed their newest localization project by way of a new trademark registration -- Forbidden Magna for the Nintendo 3DS. It will be coming to the US as "Lord of Magna" if the site is to be belie...
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Brandish Dark Revenant

XSEED is releasing a PSP game in January 2015


Brandish: The Dark Revenant coming early next month
Dec 26
// Kyle MacGregor
A PSP game is coming out in 2015. What a world we live in! Brandish: The Dark Revenant is targeting an early January launch on PlayStation Network across North America, XSEED Games announced today, promising a specific d...
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Rune Factory 4

Rune Factory 4 finally arrives in Europe next week


Yay!
Dec 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Rune Factory 4's journey to Europe has been a long and winding road. At one point, when developer Neverland went bankrupt and closed its doors, it looked like the role-playing game might never release in PAL territories. Luck...

Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!

Nov 12 // Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! (PS Vita)Developer: MeteorisePublisher: XSEED GamesReleased: November 11, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Bon Appétit! gathers the entire Senran Kagura cast for a cooking competition set up to offer the winner a scroll that can grant a solitary wish. With such an astonishing prize on the line, word travels quickly to all the sprightly young ninja as they enter the cook-off to nab the scroll for themselves. Of course, it's all a front, a scheme from a geezer who wants to see the girls traipsing around in sexy aprons, but you can't fault an old man for trying. The girls give it their all and set out to humiliate one another in the name of making their dreams come true, and that's where you come in. Once you've started the game proper, Story Mode is where you'll want to head first to unlock special outfits, accessories, and extra content. You can choose from a healthy amount of the Senran Kagura girls, like Asuka, Ikaruga, Hibari, Hikage, and the rest of the gang. Each girl is saddled with her own brief snippet of visual novel-styled narrative as to why she's pursuing the special scroll. Most are hilariously awful, littered with double and triple entendres that revolve around the male anatomy or breasts. Asuka is one of the worst perpetrators, but I was consistently astounded by the localization team's unmatched efforts to go the extra mile and ensure line after line was simultaneously corny and sexually charged. [embed]283649:56308:0[/embed] It's fairly impressive, to be honest, and despite how absolutely inane it can be, refreshing to see a game nearly devoid of male characters take casual racy speech and toss it out so carelessly. It may be considered fanservice "for men," but it certainly isn't the men the girls are not-so-subtly flirting with in-game, and that's something I can get behind. If I were a lesser person, that could have been a dirty remark, but I'll refrain for the purposes of this review. After you've chosen a girl you'll partake in a multi-stage cooking competition, which locks your girl in fierce combat with varying opponents. Like a racier Iron Chef, dishes are established at the beginning of the match for both parties to create, with both girls assigned a station and their own cooking tools and materials. Except you don't ever actually do any cooking. Instead, you whip up the tasty meals assigned to you by way of pressing buttons in time to the beat -- this is a rhythm game, after all. Near the bottom of the screen are two tiers where symbols corresponding to the Vita's face buttons appear. It's your job to hit them as the music plays, a la Bust A Groove or PaRappa the Rapper. Sometimes you'll need to tap the note until the number above it reaches zero. You'll have to hold notes occasionally as well, while tending to button presses above or below it. The directional buttons come into play as well, so you'll have to think fast when two are on-screen at the same time. It's quite challenging on the highest difficulty setting, especially when it comes to songs with a higher BPM, though you're never given the option to select a song for each stage. There are three breaks in each song where the judge (the lecherous Grandpa himself) takes a moment to sample the dishes you've crafted thus far, and if you've managed to keep your ninja's meter full (as opposed to your opponent's color filling the bar) you'll come out on top. If by the end of the match you've created the superior dish each time, you'll emerge victorious. At the end of each judging round, the player on the losing end of the battle will have her clothes ripped in strategic places a bit more each time until she's left totally naked but for chibi anime faces to cover up the naughty bits -- because we're not adults here or anything and a little bit of nipple is far more scandalous than making penis joke after penis joke -- but I digress. At the end of each song the victor is subjected to a "humiliating" pose in which they're drizzled with chocolate syrup or various dessert toppings as they pose sensually. And then it's gone, done, onto the next one, because if you want to see the rest of the characters, you've got to get to work unlocking them through Story Mode. Otherwise, you could choose Arcade or Free Play for the thrill of the rhythm game without the unlockables. Unfortunately, the game's biggest pitfall comes in the form of the songs themselves. They're not exactly what I'd call memorable, with tunes channeling wedding marches, bizarre Christmas-like holiday doppelgangers, and a cavalcade of instrumental (and occasionally vocal) songs that are instantly forgettable. While you're locked in a heated cooking battle, it's easy to forgive this fact, but the most basic building block of a rhythm game is its songs. These songs simply aren't strong enough to act as the backbone of a title that revolves solely around them. There are a couple with vocals that will at the very least stand out, but for the most part they feel like accompanying background tracks in any run-of-the-mill JRPG. Luckily, they're just rollicking enough to provide a challenge and I suppose that's all that's really warranted here, though some cutesy pop songs could have spiced things up considerably. Still, this is a surprisingly meaty title that'll have you coming back again and again to best one difficulty level after another, even if it's just to collect special accessories with which you can outfit your girls. They're hilariously pandering (I chose a military outfit paired with a pacifier and cat ears) but they do alter the way your girl appears in each scene, even when she's hard at work cooking. It also seems that band-aids are the lingerie of choice for most of the girls. Who knew? I was hoping for some hardcore BDSM gear to really round things out, but the best I could find was a collar. The outfits paired with dialogue snippets make for some side-splitting screenshots, but if you take them be forewarned that the Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! logo will be superimposed at the bottom right of each one for some unknown reason. Everything in this strange little rhythm game comes together in some weird way, from the girls posing as desserts to the fact that this is a musical cooking competition. It's a fluffy bit of cotton candy that works well with the core cast of characters, and Senran Kagura devotees as well as rhythm game fans alike should find something to enjoy here, even if it's just the fact that nearly every character route has inappropriate banter.
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Light and delicious
Some may call Senran Kagura inherently tasteless, but the series of action-packed brawlers has depth and satisfying combat. The games have swept the handheld community mainly because of their increasingly risqué conten...

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Akiba's Trip PS4

Akiba's Trip coming to PS4 on November 25


The blue bus is callin' us. Driver, where you takin' us?
Nov 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is coming to PlayStation 4 on November 25, XSEED Games unveiled today. The otaku beat-'em-up arrived on PS3 and Vita back in August, and earned a favorable appraisal from our own Bri...
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Senran Kagura Cooking

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11


Feeling peckish? Pick up a Penguin!
Oct 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day. The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular...
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Rune Factory 4 Europe

Rune Factory 4 is finally coming to Europe


XSEED publishing 3DS RPG as a digital-only title
Oct 03
// Kyle MacGregor
It seems Rune Factory 4's trip across the pond was postponed more so than cancelled, and the role-playing game will be turning up on European shores fairly soon. Speaking with Siliconera, XSEED vice president Ken Be...

Review: Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Sep 24 // Brittany Vincent
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PS3 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: AcquirePublisher: XSEED GamesRelease: August 12, 2014MSRP: $39.99 Akiba’s Trip places you deep in the heart of Akihabara, one of Japan’s most famous shopping districts and nerd paradise. Our hero Nanashi is broke and jobless otaku, following up on a strange job listing he found online that ultimately ends up with him chained to the table and having been turned into a being known as a Synthister. Synthisters feed off of others’ life energy, and it turns out there’s a huge population of them right there in Akihabara. Nanashi is nearly killed off by resident villain Zenya Amou, but the mysterious Shizuku swoops in to save him before things get that serious. Nanashi, Shizuku, and a ragtag group of freedom fighters head out to rid Akihabara of the Synthister threat once and for all. Of course, killing off the Synthisters isn’t exactly as straightforward as you’d think. They’re a lot like vampires, except instead of staking them to death you have to rip their clothes off. There’s a reason behind all this, as silly as it may be: they’re weak to sunlight and will dissolve within it. That’s why you need to strip them down and make them as vulnerable as possible. With Nanashi targeting his enemies’ head, chest, and legs, you can systematically de-pants (and de-shirt, etc.) your adversaries in a strategic manner. Acquire’s familiar brand of brawling is present here, as you chain up attacks to strike away at the baddies one after another. You can choose where you want to attack, but it doesn’t exactly open up a world of variety. Believe it or not, smacking around random passersby in Akihabara until they’re reduced to they skivvies can and does get old eventually. As you wear down the durability of whatever the groups of Synthisters are wearing, you’ll come across bigger and better weapons to do this with, such as boxing gloves, swords, laptops, and other strange options that you certainly don’t normally see in these types of games — think Dead Rising meets Devil May Cry. Once you’ve battered away at the clothing each Synthister is wearing, it’s time to strip them clean. As soon as you do this, they’ll disappear. If you do this when there’s a large group of enemies involved, you can chain these attacks together for a Strip Finisher. If it so happens that your enemies’ clothes aren’t flashing just yet (meaning you haven’t done enough damage to undress them totally just yet) you can engage in a button-mashing QTE, during which you need to aim for a gauge to reach zero. If you can do it by wailing on the face buttons, you’ll tear all the enemies’ clothes off in quick succession. This triggers a new QTE if you’re successful, during which you can execute several clothing removals time and time again for maximum points and efficiency. If you can get this down, you’ll be burning through Akiba’s Trip in no time, but of course these same types of battles completed over and over again do tend to become slightly repetitive over time. But fighting off Synthisters is only a small portion of the game itself. There are also multiple relationship routes to pursue, with several female characters you can aim to become close to. This opens up the possibilities for several different endings, depending on who you decide to spend the most time with. Aside from doting on a specific character, you’ll also spend a lot of time using your in-game smartphone. It acts as your menu, with several “apps” on-board that you use for changing equipment, tracking records, searching glossaries for help on unfamiliar terms, and checking out email programs and parodical social networking programs. Free-roaming Akihabara when you’re not completing missions is intriguing as well, with plenty of pictures to collect, items to purchase, and side quests to finish off. It feels much like the Yakuza series in many ways, with time-sensitive quests to complete, engaging yet silly missions to tackle on the side, and quirky characters to catch up with. You’ve also got several different locations to shop at — goods are never in short supply. So when you’re tired of bashing baddies’ heads in for a while, it’s still entertaining to take a quick break, while still making progress. Akiba’s Trip looks great as well, though there are some muddy textures and dips in frame rate at some points, especially when there are several, several enemies on-screen at once. Otherwise, the 3D models themselves look great on the PS3, as do the anime-inspired cut scenes and character artwork. The localization is spot-on, with snappy dialogue and even fantastic voiceovers that make the game entertaining even when the battles themselves start to wear on your nerves later on in the game. It’s a perfect complement to the soundtrack, an addictive mix of techno, house, and electronica that gets you moving in and out of battles. Unfortunately, the game can be completed in only a matter of hours, if you’re not looking to collect every possible item you can or complete the side quests available to you. You’ll want to go back and try for all the endings, but if you’re one to simply “beat” the game you’ll find that you can in three to five hours if you concentrate. That may not be enough length for some people, even factoring in the additional endings, plots, fan service, and the incredibly accurate rendition of Akihabara. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is an interesting culture shock of a good time if you can see past the silliness, especially if “quirky Japanese games” happen to be your cup of tea.
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Akiba, strip!
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 r...

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Senran Kagura Vita

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus hits Vita next month


The ninjutsu showdown begins October 14
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is cutting a trail to North America on October 14, XSEED Games announced today. The PlayStation Vita brawler will strike Europe the very next day. The story is a continuation of Senran Kagura Burst, wherein groups of teenage ninja girls fight one another with stuff like giant frogs and huge stacks of pancakes. You know, because reasons.
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PoPoLoCrois x HM

You got your PoPoLoCrois in my Harvest Moon!


So many confusing naming conventions
Sep 03
// Brittany Vincent
PoPoLoCrois will be fusing with Harvest Moon for PoPoLoCrois Farm Story. The game will feature several characters from the PoPoLoCrois series, and the protagonist will be Prince Pietro. In addition to command-based RPG battle...
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Senran Kagura

Here are some Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus screens in English


Finally, I can read what's going on...for the plot
Aug 30
// Brittany Vincent
XSEED Games has released a handful of translated screens from Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, so we can finally understand what's being said during all of that clothes-ripping and hack-and-slash action. I mean, if you care&nbs...
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XSEED

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky out now on PC


One of the best RPGs out there just got even better
Jul 30
// Kyle MacGregor
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is now available on Windows PC, courtesy of XSEED. The beloved Japanese role-playing game boasts new high-definition visuals, faster load times, and custom controls. It also featur...
Akiba's Trip photo
Akiba's Trip

XSEED dates Akiba's Trip, confirms PS4 version


Coming to PS3/Vita in August and PS4 this holiday season
Jul 23
// Kyle MacGregor
XSEED plans to release the PlayStation 4 version of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed in North America this holiday season, the publisher confirmed today. The PS3 and Vita iterations of the vampire-husking RPG brawler will launch on August 12.
Trails in the Sky PC photo
Trails in the Sky PC

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky hits PC next week


HNNNNNNNG!
Jul 22
// Kyle MacGregor
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is coming to Windows PC on July 29, XSEED Games announced today. The occasion marks the first time Nihon Falcom's acclaimed RPG will be available in English on the platform. It will be...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC 'delayed a bit'


End of year, it looks like
Jul 01
// Dale North
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC gets delay news in the form of a Facebook response to a fan. When asked about the release date, XSEED responded:  Nobody wants that game released ASAP more than us, but afraid ...
Akiba's Trip photo
Akiba's Trip

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed strips to its skivvies for this E3 trailer


Everyone loses their clothes in Akihabara
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
The zany and bizarre Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is positively riddled with strange situations, most of which involving people losing their pants, shirts, and quite possible their minds. That's exactly why I want to...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

It's out of the frying pan and into the fire with Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!


Also, boobs
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
There's a real dearth of rhythm games out there these days, so I take them any way I can get them. Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! looks like a frantic and quite fun rhythm game in the vein of the Hatsune Miku titles...

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