Tipping the scales
Sometimes all you need to fall in love with a game is the elevator pitch, and in the case of Little Dragons Café, we’re already pondering when we can give publisher Aksys Games our money. The brainchild of Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, the forthcoming PlayStation 4 title blends dragon rearing with restaurant management...
It was a dark and stormy Under Night In-Birth
The PS4 is well served with 2D fighting games, but that didn’t stop this latest incarnation of the weird and somewhat wonderful Under Night In-Birth universe getting spruced up a little and expanded a lot to make the jump to current-gen hardware. Here, then, is the most complete edition of the deep...
Total eclipse of the heart
Protagonist Kou Tokisaka stumbles into a parallel world, The Eclipse, while trying to rescue fellow classmate Asuka Hiiragi. From there, he joins Asuka’s quest to eliminate the evil lurking in The Eclipse, while working several part-time jobs at once and attending school. Kou seems to have an overwhelming need to help...
Zombie-kun, that's embarrassing
You should never judge a game by its title, but in the case of School Girl/Zombie Hunter, you'd be absolutely right to expect cheap Japanese schlock, complete with last-gen graphics, wonky gameplay, and panty shots. Similar to the Earth Defence Force series, this is a low budget release that's undeniably rough around...
The over and undies
Do games get any more Japanese than School Girl/Zombie Hunter? Set in the Onechanbara universe, the forthcoming PlayStation 4 title tells the tale of five female students who must attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse using “overwhelming firepower, surprisingly specialised skills, and a wardrobe full of fashionable...
Kill or be killed
A collection that contains both Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - previously unavailable on PlayStation platforms - and Vita title Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is launching on PlayStation 4 next month, publisher Aksys Games has revealed. The package should certainly make a...
Rumble in the Tokyo jungle
If you're big on Japanese games, then you may have heard about Tokyo Xanadu at some point. A Japanese action role-playing game from Nihon Falcom, the title originally launched in the Land of the Rising Sun as a Vita exclusive back in 2015 - and now, it's finally coming West. This is where things get a little more...
Doesn't include the third, though
Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward are being combined into a double pack dubbed Zero Escape: Nonary Games, publisher Aksys Games has announced, and it'll launch on both PlayStation 4 and Vita next year. The former is heading to PlayStation platforms for the...
Dying has been a part of playing video games since the early days of the arcade, but few games in that time have killed you off right at the beginning of the story. By the time the opening credits for Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky finish rolling, our avatar – a teenage boy named Kanata – has been caught in a...
Gettin' Dizzy with it
Dizzy, in all of her brand new and outlandish 3D glory, is finally rejoining the Guilty Gear fray this week. The announcement came following the Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- finals at Evo 2016, and we've got the trailer - complete with excitable crowd whooping - to prove it. Adding to an already incredibly diverse cast of...
Fans of the Zero Escape series may feel like punching the sky right now, as Aksys Games has announced that both 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward are being ported to additional platforms. There's no word on which systems the love will extend to, but we imagine that the former will deploy...
Available physically and digitally
Your PlayStation Vita will remain more than relevant moving into 2017, as Aksys Games has announced that it will be localising Nihon Falcom's well-liked Japanese role-playing game Tokyo Xanadu for the popular portable. The game launched last year in the East, and adopts an urban backdrop as opposed to the fantasy...
Cometh the hour
Those that played Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Sign from here on in) uncovered a fighter with depth, fun, and personality; one that introduced real rewards for aggressive play while also boasting defensive options beyond the genre norm. This bodes well, then, for the Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (Revelator, from here on in) - a newly...
Developer Arc System Works has announced that BlazBlue: Central Fiction will be launching on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 before the end of the year. However, for the moment, the developer has only given the game a vague Winter 2016 time frame for when the game will be released outside of Japan. Central Fiction was...
Isn't there a Muse song where Matt Bellamy wails about time running out? Never was a fan, but your host can't get that track out of his head now. Anyway, as promised, Aksys Games has announced that the third entry in the Zero Escape series, Zero Time Dilemma, will launch on the PlayStation Vita from 28th June in North America and Europe...
The long anticipated Zero Time Dilemma – the third instalment in Spike Chunsoft's popular Zero Escape series – will be officially unveiled in San Francisco next month, series creator Kotaro Uchikoshi has announced. The event will take place during the Game Developers Conference, though it won't actually be held at the event. Instead,...
Patience is a Virtue
Cult series Zero Escape will be getting a sequel on the PlayStation Vita in Summer 2016, an anime panel in Los Angeles has revealed. Zero Escape 3 will continue the narrative of 999 and Virtue's Last Reward, with Spike Chunsoft and Aksys Games once again collaborating on the release. The title will be playable in both Japanese...
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,...
"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...
Better late than never
You'd be forgiven for being under the impression that Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late – the clear forerunner for 2015's most pointlessly long video game title – is nothing more than another uninspired 2D anime fighting game. It certainly gives off an initial "I should probably be playing BlazBlue instead" vibe. Developer...
Nothing but a fantasy
If there's one thing that the PlayStation Vita seems to be in abundance of, it's JRPGs. Not all of these are great, of course, but some of the more popular ones will keep you occupied for hundreds of hours or more – particularly the sensational Persona 4 Golden. Sadly, time is a rude mistress that waits for no one, so if...
When a game title has five exclamation points, there should be no doubt that it will attempt to blow your mind with a furious amount of explosions and wow moments. Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! is certainly in your face, focusing on large full screen specials that will blind you with brash colours, while still maintaining classic 2D...
The goal of Magical Beat is simple to learn, but incredibly difficult to master. It’s a bit of a mix between Lumines and Tetris, where you have to drop blocks known as beatons to the beat of the music. There’s a Beat Sync Gauge which provides a metronome and information on the current tempo of the track, but it’s much easier to...
Never mind this one
Without a doubt, Mind Zero appears to be a genuinely high quality JRPG. It has an enticingly sleek art direction, an atypical twist on its familiar gameplay, a diverse cast of characters, and a promising story premise, so we were naturally impressed by the brainpower that must have gone into the game. But as we delved a little...
A novel idea
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi is one of those rare video games that aren’t really video games at all. Actually, it’s a novel, cunningly disguised as something that you need a controller for. Occasionally the story will be interrupted with a choice for you to make, but largely the main goal is to keep on reading. It may be...
While most widely known as the family-friendly home console featuring a myriad collection of party games and fitness titles, the Nintendo Wii was also home to some of last generation’s better adult-oriented forays. Many of these titles got swept under the rug due to poor sales and a missing target audience, but some received much...
We learnt that fighting title BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma would be making a beeline for the PlayStation Vita earlier in the year, but unfortunately weren't given a firm release date. Luckily, Aksys Games has recently announced that the title will be hitting both stores shelves and the PlayStation Store on 24th June. Who ever said...
Burn bright, burn blue
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is the latest game by Japanese developer Arc System Works. It’s the third title in the 2D fighting series BlazBlue, and takes place after the events of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The release was originally conceived as an arcade game, which deployed in late 2012. It then received a PlayStation 3...
Kids these days
With the PS Vita's Japanese RPG library expanding at a steady pace, statistics and turn based battle fanatics will be glad to hear that first-person dungeon crawler Mind Zero will be delving into Sony's portable console on May 27th in North America. The release follows the story of Kei, a typical high school student who forms a...
For God's sake
A downloadable and retail title for the PlayStation 3 that’s currently only available in North America, Magus is a premium priced role-playing game that sees you step into the shoes of the aforementioned titular hero in his quest to become an all-powerful God. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The release adopts a rather...
Brawler does its best visual novel impression
While the fighting franchise BlazBlue may be best known for its eye-catching visuals and bizarre combat, it's also renowned for its crazier plot. And thanks to Aksys Games, you'll be able to delve further into this twisted and somewhat confusing world with the prequel, XBlaze Code: Embryo. Set to...
Keep calm and curry on
What would you do if a big chain curry restaurant opened up in town threatening to take over your family owned curry business? You’d pursue the legendary magical curry recipe, of course – which is exactly what protagonist Pupuru and her fuzzy sidekick Kuu get up to in Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God. In order to...
Fans of fighters will be able to snag another humdinger for their PlayStation Vita this week, as Sony has confirmed that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is set to join the Instant Game Collection later today. The beautiful brawler will be available for free for PlayStation Plus subscribers, alongside timed trials for both FUSE
How much do you like BlazBlue? Arc System Works is hoping quite a bit, as it's announced a limited Manga Edition collector's pack designed to accompany the European release of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
The bundle — available directly from the publisher's online store — includes the game, a localised version of the BlazBlue "Phase Zero Prologue" manga, and a chibi Ragna Keyring. The..
Trip series has already made a name for itself on the Nintendo Wii, and now it's preparing to conquer the PlayStation Network too. Confirmed over-night, developer Gaijin Games and publisher Aksys has announced that Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien will debut on the PlayStation Network next year. The game will boast...
Flashy brawler, Blazblue: Continuum Shift 2, will make its way to the PlayStation Portable on November 5th in the UK, Arc System Works has announced
The updated version of the PlayStation 3 title that launched last year includes all of the DLC characters from the outset, in addition to a new Abyss Mode for levelling up characters. The single-player has been beefed up too, with two new story..
We've know about BlazBlue for the PlayStation Vita for some time
What we didn't know was it's full name: BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend. The updated title will include all of the content from Continuum Shift II, in addition to a fresh batch of characters and scenarios. Even better, Famitsu reports that the PlayStation Vita version of Continuum Shift Extend will share its save-data with the..
As far as collector's editions go, Ghostlight's package for the upcoming Agarest: Generations Of War Zero is pretty comprehensive
Not only do you get the game, a poster, a bunch of artwork, and the soundtrack, but if you pre-order the package from the publisher's webstore you'll also score an exclusive black t-shirt. Nifty. Hit up Ghostlight's official blog for more details.
Aksys has whipped fighting fans into a frenzy, confirming that a localised version of the bizarre Arcana Heart 3 will be released on the North American PlayStation Store this Spring
The 2D fighter released as a retail product in Japan, but considering the niche status of the product, Aksys are smart to distribute it through the PSN here in the West...
European publisher, Zen United, will make the dreams of 500 BlazBlue fanatics come true this October - with an exclusive BlazBlue: Continuum Shift "Fan" Edition
If you love the game, stop reading this and click through to Zen United's website right now. That's the only place you'll get the super-special edition which is limited to 500 copies. The pack includes a 96-page art book, eight art cards,..
To be honest, if you've waited this long for BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, an extra week isn't going to hurt
We've just been informed by publishers Zen United that the UK release of the 2D-brawler has been pushed back by a week, and is now expected to land on April 2nd. We'll have a review of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger pretty soon, so keep checking back if you're curious.
If you like 2D fighting games then you should probably be stoked right about now: Aksys has confirmed that the follow-up to BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, will get a US release this year
The game's not a full update, but includes three new characters. There are also new stages, music, moves and "tutorial" content to get your teeth into. A date has not been..
Traditionally PSN games weigh under the 1GB mark
That's not true for upcoming PSN title Record Of Agarest War however. The strategy based RPG is due to take up around eight-ten gigabytes of your system's hard-drive. Which is a lot. But then consider that the game is supposed to be over 100 hours long...
Who's up for playing a niche JRPG featuring suggestive content? Despite what you might already think, Record Of Agarest War is infamous among Japanese circles
And now it's coming to the West courtesy of BlazBlue's publisher Aksys Games. The game will be released on the Playstation Network, and while the details are yet to be revealed, we suspect...
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