Choose your husbando
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a visual novel otome game and a direct sequel to last year’s Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds. The main character Chizuru Yukimura is still trying to find her missing father and is still hanging out with the Shinsengumi, a military police unit made up of hunky ronin. The game tells of a time between the waning...
A thorny rose
Dark Rose Valkyrie is the latest Japanese role-playing game presented to us by developer Compile Heart and publisher Idea Factory. It’s set in an alternate version of 1929 Japan where Black Garnet, a meteorite, has hit the Earth and caused a virus that transforms the public into deadly creatures called Chimera. The protagonist,...
Samurai lovin', had me a blast
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is the latest game in the Hakuoki series, and is billed by developer Idea Factory as a “remastered telling of the beloved 2008 series”. Set in historic Japan, the game follows the protagonist as she's taken in by a group of samurai while looking for her father who has gone missing. Being an...
To be this good takes AGES
Just when you thought that the PlayStation Vita had no new games, here comes a rather lovely RPG adventure which packs a ton of fun combat and exploration into a perfect on the go package. Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls is a spin off from the long running Hyperdimension Neptunia RPG series which sees various...
From Compile Heart, the developer of the reasonably popular Hyperdimension Neptunia series, comes a new game from a fresh intellectual property. MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is the story of a world that is suffering an eternal nighttime. Legend tells the story of a chosen Machina Mage who must turn the key to restart the world and restore order...
The same old Neptune
Playing through the main storyline of Megadimension Neptunia VII, you'd perhaps be forgiven for thinking of the series' first PlayStation 4 instalment as three different games entirely. Packaged as a trio of story arcs tied together by an overarching plot, you fight across alternate dimensions to save the fate of Gamindustri...
A memorable encounter
Amnesia: Memories is an otome visual novel where you play the nameless heroine who has lost her memories. The reason given in the opening scenes of the game is that a sprite named Orion has collided with you and takes up the space in the brain where your memories used to be. A cute notion, but as the storylines unfold, you...
They didn't forget
It topped the polls of "What female dating-sim do you want to be localised?" when Aksys Games conducted surveys after Hakuoki's release, and now fans get what they have been wishing for. Amnesia: Memories is coming digitally to the PlayStation Vita this summer, and will mark the first time that Idea Factory has released a dating...
If it wasn't for NepNep and friends, the PlayStation Vita probably wouldn't command a retail store presence at all. Fortunately, the forthcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed will put a brand new box on store shelves next month, as Idea Factory International readies yet another entry in the uber-niche series. This...
The big debut
The songstress idols of Omega Quintet are ready for their close up as the date for the group's first live performance is set. Coming to North America on 28th April and Europe on 1st May, these five ladies and their lyrical talents are the only thing that can save mankind from the Blare, a form of darkness that is taking over the...
Fifty Shades of Demon
People's tastes can be unconventional, and Japan is proof of that alone. Part of Otomate, Japan's leading female dating sim brand, KLAP!! ~Kind Love and Punish~ is following the trend that love hurts. Set to be released domestically on the PlayStation Vita later this year, you'll play as a teacher in a school of demons where...
In an RPG franchise far, far away, there lived a CPU called Noire. As representative of Lastation, she didn't want to exist in the shadows of her allies anymore, and wanted to stand true as the game's main character. With hope in her heart, pure determination, and an army of generals at her command, her wish finally comes true in...
A real mouthful
We all know the dreaded curse of video game sequels. Studios will often find themselves with a hit on their hands, and in a feeble attempt to recreate gold, will instead serve up a horrible mess of lost potential. Japanese role-playing game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation steers clear of this trap, instead...
Too many games, too little time
Everyone needs a change of pace sometimes, and the Goddesses of the Hyperdimention Neptunia universe are no different. Not only is the PlayStation CPU starring in her own game Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, but it's also the first strategy role-playing game in the franchise – a perfect fit for its Vita...
Concerned about the lack of Japanese role-playing games on the PlayStation 4? You can always count on Compile Heart to plug the gap. Writing on Twitter earlier today, the prolific publisher confirmed that Omega Quintet will be waltzing into Europe and North America in Spring 2015. The title deployed in its native nation earlier...
Meet the family
If you've just started your Gamindustri adventures in the recent release of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PS Vita, you might find yourself itching to carry on through this established franchise. If you wish to continue on your handheld device, developer Idea Factory has some good news in store. Hyperdimension Neptunia...
Queen of Lastation
Irrespective of allegiance, we’ve all witnessed the console wars. From the days when Nintendo and SEGA contested store shelves, all the way to the triple pronged struggle of the current generation, it’s something that, as gamers, we’re all familiar with. This eternal war is at the heart of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1...
It’s fair to say that Western support for the PlayStation Vita has dwindled in the past year or so, setting the stage for several Japanese ports to step up and plug the hole. None, however, are more questionably sexualised than Monster Monpiece; a card game where leveling up monster girls by rubbing the handheld’s touchscreen in a...
Who will win the console war?
With a torrent of titles arriving in the West, it's safe to say that fans of console parody JRPG series Hyperdimension Neptunia have been kept largely satisfied. From saving the Gameindustri in the core series to becoming the ultimate idol in Producing Perfection, it can be confusing to find a good point to jump onto...
Ready to bare all
Saucy card game Monster Monpiece for the PlayStation Vita will no doubt make plenty of gamers hot under the collar, with artwork so risqué that it had to be censored. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep a cool head thanks to publisher Idea Factory releasing it later this month, avoiding the current summer heat wave. You won't be on...
Who else wants to hurt Vert?
In a move that’s clearly designed to agitate our obsessive compulsive disorder, Idea Factory has announced that handheld remake Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 – shudder – will deploy in the West later this summer. Those of you in North America will be able to buy the PlayStation Vita role-playing game digitally...
Too sexy for your system
Racy card game Monster Monpiece was officially confirmed for a Western release this week, albeit with a few minor adaptations. Unlike its Japanese counterpart, the PlayStation Vita card battler will be dressing a little more appropriately – and it’s a decision that publisher Idea Factory admits that it agonised over...
Definitely coming overseas, though
Wow, it seems that there’s still enough time left in the day for one more controversial story, so bear with us while we pop on our politician’s hat and attempt to tackle this topic with a professional level of tact. As rumoured late last week, PlayStation Vita role-playing game Monster Monpiece
It's a card game, honest
Sometimes games are released in Japan that are so strange that there is no chance of them ever reaching the Western masses. Thanks to an early PEGI ratings leak, though, one such miracle is coming in the form of saucy PlayStation Vita card game Monster Monpiece. The title offers a tactical battle system where your cards...
If you're not familiar with the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, it's a JRPG take on the console wars
Get this, the game is set in the fictional world of Gaminudtri. Brilliant, huh? While the first game explored the rivalry between home consoles, it's sequel — due out in Europe on February 24th and North America on February 28th — looks at the portable market. Of course, you're not actually..
Ghostlight's taken to the PlayStation Blog to confirm that its working with Idea Factory to bring the uber niche Agarest: Generations Of War 2 to Europe in 2012
The game features a revamped battle system, high-definition graphics, PlayStation Move enabled minigames, and more. We've included a trailer for the title after the jump. You can find out more about the game and its narrative on 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.
Those of you in the RPG loop will know a little about Nippon Ichi, Gust and Idea Factory
They are in fact a trio of excellent RPG developers. Thus, what better way for them to unite than to create an RPG called Trinity Universe - as has been announced today. The game is a 3D dungeon crawler RPG and features two plot lines: Goddess and Devil King. Gust worked on the scenario for Goddess, while..
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