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May 28 // Steven Hansen

Your ghosts come back to haunt you (literally!) in Extreme Exorcism

You know that great feeling in life when you've fucked up? Maybe it's immediate, like when you drop your iPhone or accidentally dismember and decapitate your neighbor and dump his body piecemeal into the ocean. Maybe it's th...
May 28 // Steven Hansen

22 (probably) games that are way harder than Dark Souls

"Prepare to die," Dark Souls warns, flashlight under face, as if 30 years of video games hasn't already prepared me. "I'm not a masochist," people say, letting six years of Souls pass from afar, like they're looking out a tra...
May 28 // Steven Hansen

We could use more racing games like Power Drive 2000

Racing games have flattened. There are still kart racers and there are still realistic racers (with mild middle ground for realistic-looking arcade racers, like Forza Horizon) and that's it. Why? Where are the horse racers a...
May 28 // Steven Hansen

Witcher 3 sex glitches out with stiff bodies, floating heads and phantom head

Geralt, why are you bald? Also, where is your body? Geralt, why are sniffing your own bum? I don't endorse ass play in fantasy settings without modern hygiene standards. The naked bodies have fused in unholy matrimony erupti...
May 28 // Steven Hansen

Watch out for a potential game-wrecking bug in the Witcher 3

Here's another hazardous Witcher 3 bug to look out for, at least until it's fixed. This week's Witcher 3 patch brought with it an unexpected bug that makes it so players are not getting experience for quests. Keep doing enoug...
May 27 // Steven Hansen

Review: Magicka 2

Magicka 2's tagline is "learn to spell...again," and that sums up the sequel to the Paradox-published, surprise-millions-selling first Magicka. The second fantasy trope stuffed outing comes from Pieces Interactive, makers of ...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

12 minutes of the Final Fantasy fighter Dissidia

The currently Japan-only, arcade-only (a PS4 release down the line is likely) Final Fantasy fighter (spun off from the PSP series) has some new footage fresh from arcade cabinet location testing. The 3-on-3 fighter looks deep. Right now the breakdown of the six confirmed characters is Heavy (Cloud, Warrior of Light), Speed (Lightning, Onion Knight), and Ranged (Terra, Y’shtola).
May 26 // Steven Hansen

Dragon Quest creator hints at series return to PlayStation

Dragon Quest Heroes is a thing that's coming west this year and Dragon Quest Heroes 2 has already been announced, but what about an actual, numbered entry? How about the first on a PlayStation Console since Dragon Quest VIII ...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

IGA's whip gets cracking on Bloodstained level design as Ayami Kojima joins project

What with all the excitement around Castlevania: Symphony of the Night assistant director and subsequent series producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi's Kickstarter project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, it's easy to forget that ...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

Locked Steam achievement requires you to hack game's code

It's not to say that secrets are no fun anymore, but the internet sure can take the luster out of 'em. I mean, what would have been the point of my dog eared, note scribbled Myst notebook if I could solve the whole thing cons...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

Mad Max trailer is seriously missing some Furiosa

Oh, man. Look, I trust in Avalanche's (Just Cause) ability to make crazy, fun, open action games, even if I'm leery about the studio putting out two in one year (Mad Max and Just Cause 3).  But! And this is a honking 'o...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

Fire Emblem: Awakening global sales near 2 million

Let's take a minute from Fire Emblem If minutia (here and here and here) to appreciate how we got here. Fire Emblem: Awakening, once expected to be the last game in a now rejuvenated series, has sold at least 1.79 million cop...
May 26 // Steven Hansen

Final Fantasy was almost called Fighting Fantasy: Creator explains actual reason behind the name

Why's it called FINAL fantasy if there's a load of 'em, an internet commenter snickers before calling American football "hand egg" and ordering three more bacon meme t-shirts from Epic Threadz. The trodden joke has an equally...
May 22 // Steven Hansen

Persona 4: Dancing All Night cross-dressing DLC trailer

Sad that this has to be DLC -- Marilyn Monroe Kanji for all -- but better than nothing. Maybe for us it will be all packed in. Also, Seaweed Kanji tease at the end.
May 22 // Steven Hansen

Ultra Street Fighter IV PS4 supports PS3 fight sticks

If you thought that the announcement of Street Fighter V meant that, finally, Capcom couldn't squeeze out another Street Fighter IV release, you were wrong. Ultra Street Fighter IV is coming to PS4 May 26 packed in with all t...
May 22 // Steven Hansen

Six months later, Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign comes to Europe

Things are going your way right now, Europe. That whole Eurovision thing is going on and you're finally getting Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, which Chris totally loved when it came out in the US back in December.  Plus, you hav...
May 22 // Steven Hansen

Shadowrun returns again with Shadowrun: Hong Kong

One of the concerns I've had that could affect a possible Kickstarter bubble burst is a sort of "what next?" Fans fund an IGA-led Castlevania-like en masse, then what? Do they fund it again once the novelty wears off? In 201...
May 22 // Steven Hansen

Witcher 3 bug kills Xbox saves, console patch not ready this week

While reception towards the usefulness of The Witcher 3's day-one update on Xbox One was mixed, the general stability patch CD Projekt RED is working on would be welcomed all around. Especially on the Xbox One, where people a...
May 22 // Steven Hansen

More footage from the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter

Last month we finally got a look (in video form) at the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter from BlazBlue developer Arc System Works. One month ahead of its Japanese release date, Bandai Namco has released another decent length loo...
May 21 // Steven Hansen

The cell phone in this year's Tokyo Game Show promo art seems very intentional

The Tokyo Game Show has revealed this year's promo art meant to go with the theme of "playing games with more freedom," hence the high flying hover board and, presumably, Puzzle & Dragons stuffed mobile phone. And whateve...
May 21 // Steven Hansen

Utawarerurmono: False Mask is a visual novel, strategy RPG hybrid

Aquaplus has released its first trailer for Utawarerurmono: False Mask, the unexpectedly 3D hybrid visual novel and strategy game coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in Japan on September 24.  
May 21 // Steven Hansen

Arizona Sunshine: The (Steam) VR revolution will, unsurprisingly, have zombies

I sometimes feel like I'm less on board with VR than most. It's a fun novelty to show a family member for 20 minutes, not something I'd like to be cocooned in for hours . Maybe that's why there's expectation of it doing gang...
May 21 // Steven Hansen

Technobabylon is a techno babblin' cyberpunk adventure

I still, still, still want to play the actual Blade Runner adventure game, but Technobabylon is a simpler option, what with the Steam page and all. The classic point and click has three playable characters. There's agents Ch...
May 21 // Steven Hansen

Dying Light dev cancels dark fantasy tale Hellraid

Hellraid was announced as a Dead Island follow up in 2013. We finally got a good look at it late last year following a delay for current gen and PC exclusivity. It was meant to come out this year, but that's not happening, H...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

Sony boss confirms Bloodborne expansion, more info late this year

Despite the successes of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls 2, recent PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne sold well enough that Sony was still surprised with the results. It's not surprising, then, that the game would b...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

The Executioner is the last Evil Within DLC, out May 26

The last bit of The Evil Within DLC drops this month. "The Executioner" features an unexpected shift to the first-person perspective and "series of battle arenas all from the...perspective of The Keeper," if you were thinkin...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

Microsoft adds white Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle

Ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft already attempted to both make and sway Chief fans with an Xbox One bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a box with pictures of Master Chief on it. Now, Microsoft is over de...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

Bowser leaves EA, joins Nintendo as Vice President of Sales

Business! Yes, some exec hopping from one game company (Electronic Arts since 2007, most recently as Vice President of Global Business Planning) to another (Nintendo, as Vice President of Sales) is bland stuff, but when the c...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

Margaret, Human Teddie playable in Persona 4: Dancing All Night

One more blonde mess of Persona 4: Dancing All Night news. The Velvet Room's Margaret will cut a velvet rug in Dancing All Night according to a recent Famitsu preview. Margaret can be unlocked for use in the game's Free Dance...
May 20 // Steven Hansen

Atlus listened! Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets sexy Kanji DLC

I've heard Atlus shrugs, but not this time. I was pretty vocal in my disappointment with Atlus' choice to have a ladies pack of swimsuit DLC free with pre-order of Persona 4: Dancing All Night (and purchasable down the line)....






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