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  • News Tales of Zestiria's First Trailer Arrives Online with Elegance

    Mmmm, zesty

    There's nothing like a good Tales teaser to get your day started on the right note. Originally shown over a week ago to coincide with the title's reveal, the trailer has finally found its way online, so get your flamboyant garments ready and take a gander. Tales of Zestiria will be coming to the PlayStation 3 in Japan, North America,...

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    Review Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers

    Seiya ain't so

    Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is almost the very definition of 'anime fighter'. It's chock full of colourful playable characters, crazy storylines, and over-the-top voice acting. If you've ever tried a Dragon Ball Z or Naruto brawler, then you'll generally know what's in store here – even if the original anime never quite caught on...

November2013

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    Review SoulCalibur II HD Online

    A tale of souls and swords, eternally re-bought

    When the original SoulCalibur II appeared on the PlayStation 2, it was universally praised for its fantastic 3D fighting engine, its diverse cast of characters, and its plethora of modes. Even today, Namco's brawler is remembered fondly by many as the series' greatest achievement. SoulCalibur II HD...

  • News Here's Everything That You Could Ever Want from a Shin Gundam Musou Trailer

    Eight minutes of explosions

    We're well adjusted to the mayhem that's typically found in Dynasty Warriors games, but through this newest Shin Gundam Musou trailer, we've learned that the series' unadulterated chaos can be taken one step further. Stretching on for almost nine minutes, the vast video covers everything from the storylines that make...

  • Japanese Sales Charts God Eater 2 Bursts onto the Scene with PS Vita TV

    Tuned in

    You may be forgiven for thinking that the PlayStation 4 was the only new gaming hardware launch last week – but you’d be wrong. While our friends in Japan are forced to wait until February to get their hands on the next generation console, they at least have a new toy to fill the time in the form of the PS Vita TV. The diminutive...

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    Review One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

    Pieces of eight

    Last month saw the release of Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest instalment in the seemingly never-ending hack and slash series. This month, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 arrives on Western shores, bringing with it more vast, hectic battles to sink your bloodied weapon of choice into. You’d be forgiven for being worn out on Warriors...

  • UK Sales Charts Tales of Xillia Conjures Fourth Place Finish

    The Smurfs 2 feeling blue in third

    Tales of Xillia got off to a flying start in the UK sales charts, finishing fourth in this week’s bestsellers list. The enjoyable Namco Bandai role-playing game scored favourably in our review, earning itself a respectable 8/10 and a strong recommendation. Despite this, the title couldn’t leapfrog The Smurfs 2,...

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    Review Tales of Xillia

    A tale worth telling

    You may be inclined to disregard Namco Bandai’s latest offering in the Tales series, but although it's the thirteenth main entry in the franchise (not including spin-offs), and bursting with strangely dressed teens with voluptuous hair-dos – as well a few girls who need to be told that strategically placed ribbons don't...

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    PS3

    Review Tekken Revolution

    King of free-to-play fighters

    The video game industry is changing faster than a Tekken character’s costume. The digital era has ushered a flurry of new distribution models for publishers to exploit, and that’s left major firms like Namco Bandai juggling dozens of ideas in the hope of happening upon a critical hit. Tekken Revolution, one of the...

  • News It's Free Flights for Everyone in Ace Combat: Infinity on PS3

    Without wings

    You’ll be flying shotgun for free in Ace Combat: Infinity later this year, as publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that the upcoming flight-combat title won’t cost you a penny to download on the PlayStation 3. The game is supposedly set in the near future, and will include a brand new story campaign. There’s no word on how the...

July2013

  • Weirdness Dark Souls Looks Even Harder in First-Person

    Are you crying yet?

    We’ve already established that only masochists enjoy From Software’s rage inducing Dark Souls series – but this first-person mod is custom created for the type of people that enjoy putting pegs on their face. The footage – captured by Soul Slasher – shows the opening moments of the critically acclaimed campaign, but...

  • News Tekken Revolution's New Fighter Couldn't Be More Predictable

    The blood is the life

    The path to success apparently includes underdressed females with fangs. We’re not prudes, but we can’t help but feel let down by Tekken Revolution’s latest fighter. The character – the culmination of a poll on the franchise’s Facebook page – is currently dubbed ‘Female Vampire’, and represents a lady with roses...

  • News SoulCalibur II HD Online Picks a Fight with PlayStation 3

    Two souls, fiercely entangled

    SoulCalibur II HD Online, an enhanced re-release of the brawler that single-handedly consumed our school days, is set to enter the ring on the PlayStation 3 this fall. As the name hints, the high-definition upgrade of the PlayStation 2 classic will regale its eternal tale with online multiplayer in tow. Console...

  • News Ace Combat: Infinity Swoops onto PlayStation 3

    Teaser trailer exits the runway

    Ace Combat: Infinity, the next entry in Namco Bandai’s popular air combat series, will take flight exclusively on the PlayStation 3, according to the teaser trailer embedded below. In addition to the sound of a giggling schoolgirl, the footage includes the quote: “That day our sky fell, the heavens split to create...

  • News Tales of Xillia 2 Confirmed for European Release

    Should be with us next year

    Tales of Xillia has been available in Japan since 2011, and will finally be unleashed in the West next month. However, the game already has a sequel in the land of the rising sun – and it's now been confirmed that it too will be making its way to European shores. The announcement was made by Namco Bandai at the Japan...

  • News One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Weighs Anchor with New Story Trailer

    Gum-Gum get hype

    Namco Bandai released a rather rousing trailer for its upcoming seafaring brawler earlier today, complete with cheesy rock music and a surprising amount of explosions. We also get a quick glimpse of newly introduced playable characters and the game's original plot. If nothing else, the title looks to be a nice chunk of mayhem for...

June2013

  • E3 2013 Free-to-Play Tekken Revolution Punching onto PS3

    King of downloads

    If the flurry of free-to-play titles recently revealed for the PlayStation 4 haven’t already encouraged you to put away your wallet, then perhaps Tekken Revolution will push you over the edge. A trailer for the PlayStation 3 exclusive was inconspicuously included as part of a GameSpot feature published earlier today, confirming...

  • News Dark Souls 2 Will Make Your Life a Misery in March

    Death deploys next year

    It’s that time of the year where video game advertisements start popping up all over Los Angeles – but this Dark Souls 2 banner offers a little more than mere pre-E3 excitement. The poster – attached to the building where the big show will take place – features two glum looking warriors and a March 2014 release...

May2013

  • News Tales of Xillia Flexes Its Muscles in New Gameplay Trailers

    Manhunt for mana

    Namco Bandai's Tales series is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, and the party mood has left us practically itching for the JRPG franchise's next instalment, Tales of Xillia, which is due out on 6th August in North America and 9th August in Europe. The story follows the journey of medical student Jude Mathis and his...

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    Review Star Trek: The Video Game

    Below par trek

    If you're looking for an epic and exciting sci-fi setting filled with awful, often game breaking bugs – and you didn't already get your fill with Defiance – then Star Trek: The Video Game should be right up your alley. Not even the palpable hype from the impending movie, as well as the stellar cast, can save this generic action...

  • News How Much Fun Can You Have Squeezing Mayonnaise Bottles on PS3?

    Remember to tip the container upside down

    Every meal tastes better with a hearty dollop of mayonnaise on the side, but as much as we love the taste of the egg-based condiment, we’re not sure whether we could stomach a full game about the rich, creamy sauce. Vividred Operation: Akane and the Mayo Operation, a brand new PlayStation Network title...

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  • News Namco Summons Strategy Guides for Cancelled Ni No Kuni Orders

    Consolation prize

    The past few days have proved a distinctly unmagical time for many of those that ordered Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s gorgeous Wizard’s Edition. Due to an administration error, the premium bundle was oversold, forcing a number of orders to be cancelled earlier in the week. Namco Bandai has since responded to the...

  • News You'll Be Able to Purchase Ni No Kuni from the PlayStation Store

    Digital adventure

    You won’t even need to venture outside to snap up the gorgeous Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch next week, as publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that the lovely Level-5 developed RPG will also be available as a digital download from the North American PlayStation Store. There’s no word on a price for the online version,...

  • News Ni No Kuni Delayed Until 1st February in Europe

    Wrath of the white witch

    Our very own Katy Ellis is crying into her DualShock as we type. It turns out that publisher Namco Bandai has been forced to delay its upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White With until 1st February in Europe. The title had been expected on 25th January, but a logistical error has pushed it back a...

  • News Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Bursts PS3 in March

    Prepare your hair gel

    Proving that there’s still room for one more heavy-hitter in the crowded month of March, publisher Namco Bandai has announced that the wordy Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 will pick a fight with the PlayStation 3 on 5th March in North America and 8th March in Europe. We’re not convinced that the CyberConnect 2...

  • News Demon's Souls Spooking the European PSN on 23rd January

    Alone in the dark

    European players eager for an excuse to return to the punishing realm of Boletaria will receive a good one on 23rd January, when Demon’s Souls brings its specific brand of challenge to the PlayStation Network. As previously reported, the title will arrive on the North American digital storefront next week. Local publisher Namco...

December2012

  • News Star Trek Sets Phasers to Fun from 23rd April

    Spock long to wait

    Namco Bandai will beam Digital Extreme’s co-operative Star Trek title onto store shelves from 23rd April in North America and 26th April in Europe. The game will be available both physically and from the PlayStation Store, with pre-orders opening at participating retailers from tomorrow. Those that register their interest in...

  • News Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable Invades Europe Next Month

    All sorts of antics await

    Forget about Mayan calendars and apocalyptic predictions – the insects are set to invade sooner than we expected. Namco Bandai has sent word that Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable – the PlayStation Vita port of Sandlot’s cult classic – will deploy in Europe on 16th January. Those of you lucky enough to live in North...

  • News Dark Souls' Creator Is Working on a New Project

    Not necessarily a new IP

    Dark Souls creator and director Hidetaka Miyazaki has announced in an interview with EDGE magazine that he is currently working on a new project. As previously reported, Miyazaki has stepped away from Dark Souls 2 in order to focus his attention on the mysterious title. Despi

  • News Dark Souls 2's Visuals Are Comparable to Watch Dogs

    May skip 2013

    Dark Souls 2 may have been announced as a PlayStation 3 title, but it sounds like the hotly anticipated sequel will arrive on next-generation consoles too. EDGE magazine – who were shown a ten-minute playthrough of the game – reports that the upcoming adventure will boast visuals that are on par with Ubisoft’s ambitious

  • News Earth Defense Force 2025 Protects PlayStation 3 Next Year

    Ant attack

    Your home will become a breeding ground for killer creepy crawlies next year, when Earth Defense Force 2025 targets the PlayStation 3. Namco Bandai has just dropped word that the Sandlot-developed squash ‘em up will infiltrate Sony’s system in 2013 – and it will bring a bevy of over-the-top action with it. According to the company,...

  • News One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Sails to Europe Next Summer

    Yarrr

    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 will embark on an aquatic adventure next summer, when the Omega Force developed sequel sails to European shores. The anticipated title was only announced in Japan last week, but Namco Bandai has already confirmed that the PlayStation 3 release will launch via the PlayStation Network overseas. Sadly, there was no...

  • News Dark Souls 2 Will Be 'More Understandable' Than Its Predecessor

    Click to win

    In a single interview, director Tomohiro Shibuya has managed to sour the initial excitement surrounding Dark Souls 2. Chatting with EDGE magazine, the newcomer – who’s taking the reins from previous director Hidetaka Miyazaki – revealed that he intends to make the sequel less obtuse. While that sounds like a good thing to us, Dark...

  • News Dark Souls 2 Will Make Your Life a Misery All Over Again

    Praise the sun

    Do you want the good news or the bad news? Alright, we’ll start with the good: Dark Souls 2 has been announced. And the bad: Dark Souls 2 has been announced. The sequel made a surprise appearance during the Spike VGAs, sending masochists all over the globe into an uncontrollable frenzy. We were too busy thinking about Jessica Alba...

  • News One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Punches PlayStation 3 and Vita

    Heavy hitters

    A sequel to Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei’s anime tie-in One Piece: Pirate Warriors is coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Vita. The sequel – unsurprisingly named One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 – was announced in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Shonen Jump. The sequel will be set within the so-called ‘New World’ story arc,...

  • News Ni No Kuni Demo Travels to North American PSN This Week

    Ocean drive

    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will endeavour to warm your cockles this week, when a demo for the delightful PlayStation 3 exclusive boards the North American PlayStation Store. The gameplay teaser was confirmed as part of a PlayStation Blog post, but there’s no word on whether the sampler will sail to European shores. We’ve...

November2012

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Enters the Digital Arena This Month

    Ready to rumble

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is already available from the North American PlayStation Store, but that doesn’t mean that the digital release is not heading overseas. Namco Bandai has just sent us word that the tag-team fighter will flock to the European PlayStation Store on 21st November, giving you the opportunity to conquer the world...

  • News Katamari Damacy Is Rolling onto the Japanese PSN Soon

    The King of All Cosmos

    Namco Bandai’s oddball PlayStation 2 title Katamari Damacy is rolling onto the Japanese PlayStation Network next week, the publisher has announced. The game – which sees you collecting objects by piloting an ever-expanding ball across a slew of different environments – will be available from 21st November in the land of...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Tops 840,000 Sales

    Juggle master

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has sold over 840,000 units, publisher Namco Bandai has announced. The data tracks the period between the fighter’s 11th September launch and the conclusion of the company’s second fiscal quarter on 30th September. There’s a good chance that the title will have surpassed one million units by now...

October2012

September2012

  • News Namco Bandai's Still Making Digimon Games for PSP

    New title out next year

    One of the PlayStation Vita’s biggest problems in Japan is its inability to properly outmuscle the PSP. Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference earlier this week proved that a lot of developers are still putting faith in the platform holder’s previous handheld, with most third-party titles coming to both of the...

  • News New Fighters Challenge Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Next Month

    Fight your rival

    Remember those secret Tekken Tag Tournament 2 characters that leaked earlier in the month? Publisher Namco Bandai’s announced that it’ll start rolling them out from 9th October. The free downloads will entitle you to play as Dr. Bosconovitch, Unknown, Slim Bob, Miharu, Sebastian and Violet. In addition to the new characters,...

  • News Dark Souls DLC Terrorises PlayStation Network Next Month

    Be afraid

    Dark Souls’ sought after “Artorias of the Abyss” DLC pack is almost as difficult to pronounce as it inevitably will be to play. The content expansion – previously included with the PC Prepare to Die edition – will hit the PlayStation Network on 24th October in Europe. A retail re-release including the add-on will also storm store...

  • News Namco Bandai Unveil God Eater 2 Trailer

    Yummy

    Earlier today we reported that God Eater 2 will be storming onto the PSP and Vita next year. To accompany the news, Namco Bandai has released a new Tokyo Game Show trailer for the Monster Hunter lookalike, which we've handily embedded below. Let us know what you think in the comments section.

  • News God Eater 2 Bursts onto PlayStation Vita Next Year

    Hearty appetite

    The Tokyo Game Show has already got off to stellar start for Sony – and, perhaps most importantly, the PlayStation Vita. Publisher Namco Bandai has announced that it will be bringing the Monster Hunter-esque God Eater 2 to the platform holder's new handheld next year. Players will be able to choose between the PSP or Vita versions,...

  • News DLC Characters Discovered on Tekken Tag Tournament 2's Disc

    No Gon, sorry

    A group of hackers with plenty of time on their hands have discovered a slew of unannounced Tekken Tag Tournament 2 characters hidden on the fighter’s disc. Newcomers include Dr. Bosconovitch, former boss Unknown, a skinny version of Bob, the inappropriately dressed Miharu, Lilli’s butler Sebastian, and the stylish Violet. While...

August2012

  • News World Tekken Federation Access Bundled with Latest Game

    What the...?

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s elaborately named social network tie-in, World Tekken Federation, won’t cost you a penny to access – assuming you purchase a copy of the upcoming game. The online destination will allow you to link up your PlayStation Network account and peruse gameplay statistics in real-time. It’ll launch alongside...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Trailer Details Pre-Order Bonuses

    All laid out

    Namco Bandai has released a brand new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer outlining the fighter’s various pre-order bonuses. If you’d rather not get distracted by the presenter’s sultry pout, the offers include two new characters, a Snoop Dogg stage, four exclusive music tracks, and a set of revealing costumes. The bonuses vary...

  • News Cast Your Eyes On Ni No Kuni's Magical GamesCom Trailer

    Excitement levels increasing...

    Namco Bandai has released a new GamesCom trailer for Level 5 and Studio Ghibli's upcoming video game collaboration, Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch. Two demos of Ni No Kuni have been showing at this year's Gamescom: 'An Errand for Father Oak' and 'Eruption Interruption', the first of which Push Square was...

  • News Impressive Intro for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Revealed

    It's rather snazzy

    Namco Bandai has released the opening cinematic for its upcoming PS3 brawler, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. While plots have never been the focal point of any beat 'em up, this video serves as a reminder for why we're fighting in the first place: to win the coveted Tekken Tag Tournament. The sequel's due out next month on PS3.

  • News Namco Bandai Reveal Disappointing Sales for Soulcalibur V

    K.O.

    Namco Bandai has revealed its first quarterly financial report, sadly showing the disappointing sales of their latest update of the Soulcalibur series. On the 30th June, Soulcalibur V's sales were reported to be standing at 1.38 million copies. Soulcalibur IV accumulated 2.3 million sales in eight months, a million more units than Soulcalibur...

  • News You're Probably Going to Want This Gorgeous Ni No Kuni Case

    Suits you, sir

    If you’re not entirely sold on Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s uber-cool Wizard Edition, then perhaps you’ll be tempted by GameStop’s equally attractive steelbook. Simply pre-ordering the Level-5 RPG at the US mega retailer will reward you with the gorgeous box embedded to the right. Don’t fight it, you know you want...

July2012

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