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News: Ar nosurge Plus Is Getting a Limited Physical Edition After All, But Only In North America

Ar nosurge Plus Is Getting a Limited Physical Edition After All, But Only In North America

Be reasonable

Yesterday, Koei Tecmo announced that it was bringing Ar nosurge Plus West, but it would only be available digitally. That's unfortunately still the case in Europe, but North America will actually be treated to a limited physical release courtesy of NIS America. It's quite a neat little package, too, although it doesn't include...

News: There's a Hunger For Japanese Visual Novels in the West, Says NIS America CEO

There's a Hunger For Japanese Visual Novels in the West, Says NIS America CEO

Danganronpa sales a success

According to CEO of NIS America, Takuro Yamashita, there's an appetite for Japanese visual novels here in the West. Talking with MCV, the company president praised the Danganronpa games for making "visual novels popular with Western gamers". If you're not in the know, the visual novel genre is generally made up of...

Review: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PlayStation 3)

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PlayStation 3)

Scooby Doo, my waifu

One of the really great things about visual novels as a format is the utter lack of effort that you have to exert in order to make the most of them. While games packed full of stressful situations and an immersive, highly tactile experience are brilliant, sometimes that's just a little too much. You want to relax,...

News: Here's How Combat Works in Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters on PS3, Vita

Here's How Combat Works in Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters on PS3, Vita

"I ain't afraid of no ghost"

The gameplay of most titles can be summed up quite easily with words or pictures. You get a gun and blow off zombie heads or you pick up a sword and go hack-and-slash in dungeons – simple, right? Aksys Games' Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is a different kettle of fish because – well, just how do you hunt down...

Review: The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PlayStation 3)

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PlayStation 3)

Fateful random encounters

The conflict between Heaven and Hell is a theme often explored in video games. Is Heaven really made up of pure righteousness, and conversely is Hell really founded solely on black malefic intent? The eternal struggle of good and evil, polar opposites clashing against one another in a battle to the death – it can all be...

News: Atlus RPG Lost Dimension Brings Style and Tough Moral Choices to PS3 and Vita This Summer

Atlus RPG Lost Dimension Brings Style and Tough Moral Choices to PS3 and Vita This Summer

Didn't see that one coming

Will Atlus ever stop pumping out stylish properties? We hope not, but in the meantime, it's bringing tactical role-playing game Lost Dimension to the PlayStation 3 and Vita this summer. Going against the grain for once, it looks like us Europeans won't have to wait several hundred years for Atlus to localise it either,...

Interview: We Cross-Examine Danganronpa's Producer in Lightning Fast Time

We Cross-Examine Danganronpa's Producer in Lightning Fast Time

Under pressure

Interviews are something that we're trying to do more of here on Push Square. Hearing directly from the personalities behind our favourite games is always going to make for an interesting read, but unfortunately, we don't always get a lot of time. In this instance, we managed to pin down Danganronpa producer Yoshinori Terasawa just...

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PlayStation Vita)

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PlayStation Vita)

Fly away

With a title like htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, this latest PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer seems like a strange fit for the Western market. However, niche publisher NIS America has made its name by bringing quirky little curios overseas, and Sony's handheld is certainly a haven for the unusual. The game sees you controlling fireflies –...

News: PS4 Exclusive Disgaea 5 Brings Its Ridiculous Tactics West Later This Year

PS4 Exclusive Disgaea 5 Brings Its Ridiculous Tactics West Later This Year

Killia app

The latest instalment in the wacky Disgaea series has been slated for a Westen release this Fall, and it's got a brand new English trailer to prove it. The strategic role-playing game looks just as crazy as fans have come to expect, with a ragtag cast of warriors applying tactical beatdowns to a whole load of weird and wonderful enemies...

News: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Comes West this Fall

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Comes West this Fall

Trigger happy

While the NIS America press event overnight didn't reveal a whole lot, it did announce that one of the most anticipated Japanese PlayStation Vita titles, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is launching physically and digitally in North America and Europe this Fall. Occurring between the events of Danganronpa: Trigger...

News: Go Dungeon Crawling in Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy on Vita This April

Go Dungeon Crawling in Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy on Vita This April

Save Tokyo again

While the PlayStation Vita may not be seeing much love in the West, release dates for Japanese titles keep rolling in. Helping to pad out an empty month is Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, a dungeon crawler developed by the same studio behind last year's Demon Gaze. Set to deploy both physically and digitally, the title will be...

News: Disgaea 5 Takes a Tense Tactical Turn Exclusively on Western PS4s in 2015

Disgaea 5 Takes a Tense Tactical Turn Exclusively on Western PS4s in 2015

Grid-based grief

Tactical Japanese RPG Disgaea 5 – which, confusingly, is actually the sixth game in the franchise – was announced at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference earlier in the year. However, as it was a Japanese event, only an Eastern release date was announced, leaving the usual black cloud over the possibility of a Western launch...

Review: Natural Doctrine (PlayStation 4)

Natural Doctrine (PlayStation 4)

Doctorate encouraged

Most strategy games have consistent traits, from the required line of sight to turn-based attacks and environmental multipliers. Natural Doctrine takes these basics and develops them beyond recognition. This is a devilishly intelligent title that’s perhaps a little too clever, and it alienates itself somewhat as a result...

Review: Fairy Fencer F (PlayStation 3)

Fairy Fencer F (PlayStation 3)

Caught off-garde

Sometimes the best way to succeed is to stick to the bread and butter of the genre, rather than mess about with weird gimmicks. In Fairy Fencer F, developed by Compile Heart, it aims to do just that in using fairies, furies, and fencers. Upon overhearing a rumour, our hungry hero Fang removes the sword in the stone to get his one...