Conception II

Make babies... then make war

Final Fantasy XIV on PlayStation 4

To heck with The Elder Scrolls Online, we're playing this!

Football Manager Classic 2014

One for the very serious soccer fan

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

2D fighters just don't get better than this

Trials Fusion

This is one heck of a fun ride

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday 10s: The strongest female heroines in games

List by Matt S.

Everyone likes a top-10 list. They're a bit of fun, and always good for discussion. And so every so often we pull together a "top 10" list. These are here for fun and laughs - we're not pretending that we're the authority of good games taste in the world and this is purely the author's preferences. Agree with him/ her or not, it's all good.

We'd love to hear your own personal preferences in the comments below the list. But please do be civil. We're all friends here!

First Impressions: Is the Order a Rabbit? (Anime)

Anime report by Clark A.

Is the Order a Rabbit? (Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?) is a cute anime about cute girls who do cute things. It takes place in a cute town at a cute café that has a cute bunny as a mascot. These cute girls interact with each other in cute ways and all have cute names. After a cute intro, a cute opening song plays and is followed by cute background music and a cute ending theme. It’s…cute.

Review: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile (Xbox 360)

Review by Nick H. 

The Wolf Among Us started off feeling very familiar as it used many of the same mechanics found in previous Telltale franchises such as The Walking Dead or Back to the Future. The idea of a narrative-heavy experience with some important choices to be made along the way is hardly new any more, which is what makes the continued growth of The Wolf Among Us so impressive. While the formula may look and feel familiar, the storyline and characters continue to feel fresh and exciting.

Trailer: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (watch her dance!)

News by Matt S.

Recently we had the good news that NISA is bringing Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection out west. This idol game, from the masters of the genre, gives players the opportunity to manage the singing, dancing career of the weird and wonderful inhabitants of gameindustri as they compete to form the ultimate idol group.

Interview: On making Reign of Bullets; where bullet hell meets Borderlands

Interview by Nick H.

Critical Bit is a young studio comprised of friends who had a passion for gaming. Formerly known as Laserbrick Games, Critical Bit has been working on getting their side scrolling shooter called Reign of Bullets, which is attempting to get a Greenlight to be released on Steam.

LAST CHANCE! Two copies of Demon Gaze up for grabs!

Competition by Matt S.

Demon Gaze is an upcoming dungeon crawler that is being brought to us by NISA. As with classics such as Wizardry, or more modern takes such as Etrian Odyssey, players explore deep, dangerous dungeons, slaughtering monsters and earning loot that helps them delve even deeper.

Review: Pure Chess (PS4)

Review by Nick H.

Chess itself is a game that needs very little introduction or explanation - either you know how to play it or you do not. I learned at a pretty early age, though I have no delusions about having mastered it. In fact, I would openly state that I am not terribly good at it. It requires focus, the ability to plan ahead and perhaps foremost, it requires patience. That does not mean I cannot appreciate a good game of chess, and in fact spend quite a bit of time playing it every week, but it is a game with a very steep learning curve.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)

Review by Pierre-Yves L.

Moebius: Empire Rising is a point-and-click adventure game that takes place in today’s modern world. The core requirements for a good adventure game are a strong narrative and interesting puzzles, and the good news is that Moebius does deliver a good adventure game indeed.

Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Season One now available on Blu-Ray

News by Clark A.

If you happen to fancy Lovecraftian creatures posing as young ladies (and surely the populace craves this life necessity), NIS America has your back. 2012’s satirical fantasy anime Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! is now available on Blu-Ray in North America and with a premium bundle to boot.

Sony's SHAREfactory for the PlayStation 4 looks like a killer feature

News by Matt S.

The PlayStation 4 will soon get a major firmware update, and with it will come SHAREfactory; an easy-to-use video editing tool that will allow players to create Let's Plays, video reviews and the like with complete ease.

Review: Conception II: Children Of The Seven Stars (PlayStation Vita)

Review by Nick H.   

At first glance, Conception II might not look like it is anything special. The story itself is as tried and true as almost any other JRPG as you assume the role of a chosen one with incredible power that will join forces with others to save the world from impending darkness and destruction. When you look a bit below the surface however, that is when Conception II starts to show you that there is some ample substance worth investing in.

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PlayStation 3)

PlayStation 3 ReviewsReview by Brad L.
 
Look! Up in the sky! Is it Metroid? Is it Castlevania? No, it’s a cheap imitation starring Batman!

That’s the general feel while playing Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on the PS3, updated from the Vita/ 3DS title of last year.