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Push Square has pondered the infancy of 3D console graphics during the 32-bit era, and reflected that the ageing process was not always visually kind, especially to PSone launch games. Some early titles like Jumping Flash! hide their pixelated wrinkles behind bright colours and plain models, while others like Battle Arena...
What better way to kick off Soul Calibur V's release week than with a spot of cosplay? It's a shame Namco Bandai didn't splash the cash on a full Voldo costume for someone to embarrass themselves in
In fact, on second thoughts: we don't want to see that. Once the gameplay kicks in though, this is a pretty exciting trailer. We hadn't been...
The most recent iterations of the Soul Calibur series have boasted some pretty meaty character customisation features -- and the upcoming Soul Calibur V will be no different
But if you feel that the game's on-disc content is lacking bikinis, wings and, erm, face-paint, then the game's upcoming DLC should have you covered. From February 3rd you'll be able to purchase the aforementioned bikinis,..
Mega Man fans feel bitter
Their favourite protagonist has not starred in his own game for a while, and the cancellation of Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Mega Man Legends 3, cut deep. So naturally, when Capcom announced the inclusion of the rotund, 80's boxart Mega Man for inclusion in Street Fighter X Tekken, fans of the pint-sized hero had their pitch-forks at the ready. But chatting on Twitter,..
Sony's lined up another two exclusive characters for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken
As previously hinted, both Pac-Man and Mega Man will be entering the crossover fray — the latter of which sporting his awful 1980's boxart get-up. In the spirit of crossover fun, the dev team wanted both Capcom and Namco's mascots to join the fray in a slightly silly,..
If you thought it had all gone a bit quiet on the Inversion front, you weren't wrong
The topsy-turvy third-person shooter was originally due out next month on the PlayStation 3, but Namco Bandai's now said it won't arrive until "early 2012". The game's release was pulled into question when retailers started updating their internal databases with a March 27th date, as opposed to the..
Street Fighter X Tekken has one hell of a roster -- and it just won't stop growing
In a trailer released earlier today, Capcom's confirmed a bunch of new faces for the brawler, including Balrog, Juri, Vega, Paul, Law, and Xiaoyu. But while that's all fine and dandy, it's the teaser at the end of the trailer that's got our hearts pounding. We already know that the PlayStation versions of Street..
With Street Fighter X Tekken already confirmed for release on the PlayStation Vita, Tekken overlord Katsuhiro Harada has hinted that Namco's own brawler, Tekken X Street Fighter, may get a handheld release too
For those of you that haven't been keeping up, Capcom and Namco's crossover partnership will spawn two products — one created by Capcom, and the other by Namco. The game that's coming first..
With games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 in PlayStation Vita's launch window, it's unsurprising to see Acquire's quaint ninja title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen, flutter under the radar a touch
But that's unfortunate, because, as the game's latest trailer proves, it's actually looking pretty cool. The footage hones in on all of the title's key components, outlining the game's plot,..
While Soul Calibur IV's online features were good enough, they lacked some of the more sophisticated social functions popularised by other fighters
Soul Calibur V hopes to change that, with an enhanced lobby system underlining the game's multiplayer upgrades. Demonstrated in a new trailer, the updated multiplayer will allow spectators to comment on in-progress matches while they occur. We suspect..
The Katamari franchise is well renowned for being a little bit eccentric, but the upcoming PlayStation Vita release, Touch My Katamari, looks poised to take the series to new heights
Don't believe us? Watch the game's "Prologue" trailer after the break. We're not sure whether to laugh or cry. We might do a bit of both.
If you've fallen in love with the rock hard Dark Souls, then you might want to know what's next for developer From Software
Hint: it's not the involving fantasy adventure you might be hoping for. No, instead it's Armored Core 5 — the latest release in the long-running mech action series. Assuming you're not instantly put off by the word "mech", then you might like to know that publisher..
Ignore the innuendo in the headline for a moment while we get down to business
It's been a while since we posted an update on Noby Noby Boy — mainly because players have spent the last couple of years stretching GIRL from Jupiter to Uranus. But finally, she's made it! GIRL's next destination is Neptune, which is set to be quite the journey for...
Sony's announced that a batch of anticipated demos are days away from launching on the PlayStation Store
Amongst the retail samples include Final Fantasy XIII-2, Asura's Wrath and, our most anticipated, Grand Slam Tennis 2. The news comes via the American-arm of the PlayStation Blog, meaning the news relates to the US PlayStation Store. There's an unlikely chance, therefore, that the demos could..
Publisher Namco Bandai's celebrated the completion of Soul Calibur V with a bevy of new videos showing off the stage of history
The game's gone gold today, meaning that it's been sent off for production ahead of its January 31st release date. There's a surprisingly low level of hype for the upcoming weapons based brawler, which is staggering considering we lived through the era when Soul Calibur..
Oooh, you gamers really are eagle eyed folk
A screenshot for Street Fighter X Tekken uploaded to the XBOX Live Market Place (we know!) has inadvertently revealed Tekken's jailbait hottie Xiaoyu and Street Fighter's trend-setting M. Bison for the crossover fighter. Joystiq reports that the new additions bring Street Fighter X Tekken'
We distinctly recall unlocking an upgrade for Paul Phoenix in Tekken 5 that attached a puppy to his hair-sprayed quiff
That was pretty weird, but totally awesome at the same time. Thankfully it looks like Tekken Tag Tournament 2's not planning on forgetting the franchise's bonkers routes. A new, low quality Japanese trailer shows Ganryu sporting a pair of fancy wings and Roger the kangaroo kitted..
The hot rumour spilling out of this week's edition of Japanese video games magazine, Famitsu, pertains to the PlayStation Vita's first Gundam game
According to a report on Andriasang, the magazine's latest issue includes a first look at Gundam Seed Battle Destiny for the PlayStation Vita, which is supposedly being developed by Artdink and targeting a Spring release. Details are scarce, but the game..
Earlier in the year, we distinctly remember writing something along the lines of: "Man, it's going to be weird seeing a PlayStation platform launch without a Ridge Racer game
" That was in about April, before Ridge Racer Vita had been announced. Pay careful attention to the dates here, because it's important. Then at E3 in May, Ridge Racer Vita suddenly appeared as a launch title — albeit in..
As far as trailers for Street Fighter X Tekken go, this is one of the most conventional
Sure it features females fighting on top of moving trucks, but y'know, at least there aren't bears and stuff in it. The cinematic focuses on the females of Street Fighter X Tekken, with Cammy and Chun-Li duking it out against Asuka and Lili. It's a neat little short packed with bittersweet pop music and..
Namco Bandai's cooked up a brand new trailer for upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen
The footage is packed with orchestral swirls and overdramatic dialogue. It looks cool though, and it's being produced by Acquire who sharpened their blades on the popular Tenchu and Way Of The Samurai franchises. The trailer's included after the break. You can hunt out more details..
Amongst the hype for The Last Of Us and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Namco Bandai's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announcement got a little bit lost
Which is a shame, because we're big Tekken fans and even we missed it. But now the storm has settled, it's time to get some hype. The fighting game's coming in 2012. No platforms were announced, but it's very safe to assume the game's coming to..
Namco Bandai has finally confirmed a Western release date for Tales Of Graces F
The PS3 title will officially bring its own unique brand of pig-tails and infectious pop music to the 'States come March 13th. Hit the jump to see the game's first localised trailer, but beware, there's some seriously bitter-sweet audio within. Key change.
Soul Calibur's well revered for its melodramatic narrative, and it looks like the upcoming Soul Calibur V will remain faithful to the franchise's sweeping scores and tales of warriors with swords bigger than their bodies
"17 years ago, the ultimate clash between Siegfried and Nightmare brought a cataclysmic conclusion to an era and ignited a new one," reads the official blurb. "Since..
Following the revelation of Ridge Racer Vita's limited on-cartridge content, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that it intends to bolster the package's volume with a variety of DLC set to launch this coming winter
According to Famitsu, the deluge of DLC will begin on December 22nd with a free music pack. The content will allow you to race to Ridge Racer's classic tunes, with more music due over..
Zany PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari wasn't always intended for Sony's new handheld system
At a Japanese press event overnight producer Toshiyuki Nakanishi revealed that the game's development originally started on PlayStation 3. Upon switching to PlayStation Vita, the game's development team decided to implement touch screen controls in addition to dual-analogue support, hoping..
Even Sony suit Kaz Hirai must be shaking his head in disappointment right now
At a Japanese press event overnight, Namco Bandai released some more specific details about Ridge Racer Vita. And the news isn't particularly good. The company admitted that, while it's very pleased with the racer's visuals, the game features just five cars and three tracks[/em] out of the box. The tracks themselves are..
Tekken fans unite
Namco Bandai has released the first seven minutes of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, and it's yours to watch for free if your nimble. For the next seven days, the opening scenes will be available on Namco's official YouTube channel. That means you've got until November 24th to watch the sneaky short. Theres a lot that Tekken fans will learn when they watch Tekken: Blood..
If you're the kind of person that constantly demands more, then this bit of Street Fighter X Tekken news should satisfy you no end
Capcom's released details about the game's alternate costumes — and they are amazing. Instead of changing each character's costume colours, Capcom has instead opted to dress the roster in clothes from other characters in the game. For example, above you'll see a..
Namco Bandai couldn't resist keeping tradition, announcing a PlayStation Vita version of Ridge Racer would be ready in time for the system's launch at this year's E3
But despite the game's imminent release date (in Japan anyway) Namco Bandai hasn't really shared much official footage of the game. It's rectified that today with an official promo trailer. You'll see vehicles drifting around corners..
We wrote several paragraphs trying to summarise this introduction movie for the upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari
But we realised not one of the sentences we wrote did justice to the madness within. We can do no more other than simply recommend you watch it. All those of nervous disposition: look away now.
Capcom is famous for re-releasing "updated" versions of its games
You only need look to this month, when it is scheduled to release Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. The non-Ultimate version released earlier this year. But chatting with Gematsu, Capcom fighting guru Yoshinori Ono has told the website not to expect any boxed versions of future Street Fighter X Tekken updates: "I would say that you..
You can't beat a bit of cross-promotion
And these Tekken themed downloadable aircrafts for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon are about as good as it gets. They're due out on November 15th, though no price has been announced just yet.</em>
We wouldn't be surprised if Sony executive -- and life-long Ridge Racer fan -- Kaz Hirai didn't force Namco to release an entry in its arcade racing series for PlayStation Vita
The build-up to the game has certainly been unusual. Prior to E3 the game didn't even exist, and it seemed likely that series was about to miss out on its first PlayStation platform launch. Then a tech demonstration suddenly..
Our friends over at TheSixthAxis have managed to nab a few new screenshots from Namco Bandai's PlayStation Vita launch title, Ridge Racer
The screens show a couple of car models, in addition to some in-game gameplay. The environments still look a bit messy, but the vehicles themselves are outstanding. The game's set to launch alongside the PlayStation Vita on December 17th in Japan. Check out the..
Street Fighter X Tekken looks ace
But in a way, it feels familiar. The Tekken characters slip easily into Capcom's inky Street Fighter IV aesthetic, giving the game a generally cohesive look. Henceforth, we're more excited about getting our first glimpse at Tekken X Street Fighter — Namco Bandai's bite at the cherry. That game will see Street Fighter characters super-imposed into Tekken's 3D..
Namco Bandai's confirmed that Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen will launch alongside the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe
The game — developed by Acquire — sees players assume the role of a ninja assassin in a war-torn landscape. With three opposing factions fighting for control, players "must choose which of these forces to support by taking on various missions". Your choices..
Are you a fan of the Soul Calibur games? You might want to prepare yourself for Soul Calibur V with an official Mad Catz Arcade Stick
Entitled the — wait for it — Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Soul Edition, the peripheral's been designed with Namco Bandai's weapon-based brawler in mind. The arcade stick will be made available in Europe, North America and Japan.
Picture the scene
It's February 22nd and you're going to pick up your PlayStation Vita. You've got a wad of cash bulging in your pocket (most of which is assigned to that over-expensive memory card) and you know which launch games you desire. "Can I help you, sir?" asks the kind, helpful cashier. "Yes," you respond jovially, "I'd like to collect my PlayStation Vita."..
Namco Bandai's pledged support behind Sony's February 22nd Western release for PlayStation Vita
The publisher's planning a trio of games in Europe and North America, including: Ridge Racer, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen and the brilliantly named Touch My Katamari. As with all PlayStation Vita games, the titles will be available digitally or at retail. So thankfully you'll never have to go into a..
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the Japanese sales charts this week, scooping up just shy of 150,000 units sold
It was a pretty uneventful week for PlayStation software elsewhere, with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record the only new entry. PlayStation hardware numbers remained static, with Sony's home system sitting at sales of around 28k and the PSP settling just a little lower on 25k. Nintendo's..
We've never understood the fascination with speed-runs
Apparently the draw is all about pushing a game beyond its defined boundaries. That's all well and good for a game like Super Mario 64, but when you're talking about Dark Souls — notably one of the most challenging games ever released — you're clearly clinically insane. Embedded after the jump is the first video in a seven part series..
Ni No Kuni is officially coming to Europe and North America, so there's no need to dream
Your wish has come true. Exactly how long it will take adopted publisher Namco Bandai to localise the Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration is still unclear, but the game's due out sometime in 2012. With the Japanese release date nearing, there's going to be an influx of trailers heading from the East. If you..
Level 5's announced that Namco Bandai will be handling publishing duties for Ni No Kuni in North America and Europe
As previously alluded, the game will travel to the West under the name, Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. It's due out sometime in 2012. Ni No Kuni is a traditional RPG featuring the artwork of Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli.
We're Tekken fanboys, so obviously the idea of being able to kick Ryu's head-in with our much-loved Kazuya is appealing on its own
But from what we've played of Street Fighter X Tekken, it's actually a genuinely brilliant versus brawler. And thus we've been hotly anticipating a release date for some time. Capcom's finally lifted the lid, revealing a March 6th 2012 release date for the bizarre..
It's certainly a unique sight: a demo kiosk labelled with the Ridge Racer name, showing vehicles smashing through stone pillars and crashing into each other
Regardless of whether Ridge Racer Unbounded turns out to be the best racing game ever conceived, Namco's got its work cut-out convincing long-time fans that a more destructive racer is what they...
We've already established that Tekken Hybrid on its own is a bumper package
Spanning Tekken: Blood Vengeance the movie, Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it's quite the collection. But, as we reported earlier in the week, the Collector's Edition includes even more — with art-books and soundtrack CDs thrown in for good measure. Now Namco Bandai's announced..
Y'know, we really liked Enslaved, but there's an irony to developer Ninja Theory's whiny public perception
Prior to Enslaved's release, studio gaffer Tameem Antoniades talked up the benefits of going multiplatform after its previous PlayStation 3 exclusive project — Heavenly Sword — didn't meet expectations. But since Enslaved sold similarly poorly, the studio has turned its attention to..
Namco Bandai's released some impressive figures for its Ace Combat: Assault Horizon demo
According to the publisher the sampler has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times. The game itself launches next week. Admittedly it is a slow news day. [Thanks Eurogamer]
Tekken Hybrid is already a pretty comprehensive package
Not only do you get CGI movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance on Blu-ray, but the package also includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. But if you pick up the game's Collector's Edition, you'll be privy to a bevy of additional bonuses, including...
A protagonist with a shaven head. Enemies wearing silly suits. Cover points made from inexplicable, half-constructed walls. And dreary, muddy environments. But while Saber Interactive's Inversion seems totally generic, its underlying gravity mechanic is what pulls it into an entirely new dimension. Shootouts might be flat and predictable on their own, but they're significantly twisted..
Dark Souls topped the Japanese sales charts this week, shifting a monstrous 279,567 copies
We're starting to wonder if Sony regrets not pushing Demon's Souls harder worldwide now, with success pretty much guaranteed in the West too. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a similarly strong opening, scooping up the second, 14th and 20th spots. EA's Shadows Of The Damned wasn't so..
From Software has announced it's preparing a patch to fix online issues in the Japanese version of Dark Souls
A number of Japanese players have been reporting freezing issues since the game's release yesterday. From Software said it has isolated the issue and will release a patch in the coming days. Until then, From has suspended the online component of the game. [Thanks Andriasang]
Ninja Theory's Enslaved sure had its flaws when it released on PS3 last year, but we loved every minute of it regardless
With stunning visuals, quality character development and some breath-taking set-pieces — what the game lacked in polish it made up for in heart. But a sequel's not going to happen according to Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades. "Enslaved should have done better," he..
This is great
According to Japanese blog Esuteru, those picking up illegitimate pre-release copies of Dark Souls are set to get punished by overpowered, maximum level Black Phantoms which developer From Software is dropping into the game-world. The irony is whether players will even notice the retribution. After all, those picking up the sequel to Demon's Souls are probably expecting to die lots.
From Software's attached an all-new January 26th release date to its mech title Armored Core V
The title was originally due out next month in the region, but was pushed back earlier in the year due to feedback from the game's beta. Namco Bandai has already signed up publishing duties in the West.
Namco's maintaining a tradition by getting a new Ridge Racer title ready in time for the PlayStation Vita's launch
The problem is, the publisher doesn't have much time left — and we're still yet to really see anything of its new racer. Fair enough there's a teaser trailer after the jump but we'd have expected a good few minutes of gameplay footage by now. The game's due out December 17th anyway..
Katamari Damacy was once a truly original delight
It's been overplayed since, but even though the concept's not so quirky anymore, the series feels like a natural fit for PlayStation Vita. Namco Bandai was keen to share the news about the Vita version of the title on the PlayStation Blog, where the system's rear touch-pad will be used to squeeze and stretch your Katamari, opening up brand new..
Namco Bandai has released the first trailer for its long awaited conversion of Gundam Extreme VS for PlayStation 3 today
The trailer hones in on some of the game's new features, such as Extreme Burst, Trial Mission Mode and Online Battle. Catch it, as always, after the break. [Thanks Andriasang]
With that gaping Monster Hunter shaped hole still stinging in the PlayStation Vita's line-up, God Eater 2's announcement isn't quite the consolation we'd all hoped for
The title's been confirmed for PlayStation Portable, and is set to take place three years after the events in the original game. There'll be new weapons, new creatures and more. But it's not on Vita. Why isn't it on Vita?
Namco Bandai's released the first screenshot of Ridge Racer on PlayStation Vita
The game will be released in time for the system's launch, maintaining an age-old PlayStation tradition. The game promises a new visual style in addition to online multiplayer. The screenshot looks a bit rough, but we're looking forward to seeing the game in motion. [Thanks Andriasang]
As previously anticipated, Namco Bandai has confirmed Tales Of Innocence R for the PlayStation Vita
The title's (presumably) a sequel to Nintendo DS Tales Of Innocence title, promising full support for PlayStation Vita's multitude of input options. The game's not due out until 2012, but will be playable on Sony's booth during this weekend's Tokyo Game Show. Namco Bandai's teasing more Tales..
We're not even going to bother with whitty quips and layered comments: just hit the jump and watch the latest Ace Combat: Assault Horizon gameplay trailer after the jump
It looks amazing. The demo's out this week ahead of the game next month.
Fans of flight combat titles will get the opportunity to put their fingers on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon from tomorrow, when a demo for the title launches on the PlayStation Store in Europe
The single-player demo will put you in control of Bishop during a dogfight in Miami, and then D-Ray during a high-risk helicopter rescue mission. The game's out next month.
Street Fighter's flabbiest fighter, Rufus, will form a portion of Street Fighter X Tekken's character roster if the game's latest trailer can be treated as confirmation
The stylish short focuses on much of the cast already confirmed for the cross-over brawler. Catch it after the jump.
Namco's opened up a teaser website for the next title in the Tales series, which is almost certainly coming to the PlayStation Vita after the franchise's series producer hinted as much last week
The site mentions a "new Tales Of" title is coming soon. Japan's currently going nuts.
You may recall Namco Bandai and Tecmo putting up an announcement countdown website earlier in the week
The website caused huge speculation about what the duo were about to announce, but Andriasang claims to have uncovered the secret. The website has scans confirming a PS3-exclusive Dynasty Warrior game based on the One Piece manga series. The game's officially called One Piece Kaizoku Musou. No..
Arguably the most anticipated Tekken game in some time, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, will finally get its Japanese arcade debut on September 14th
This is good news because it means publisher Namco Bandai will finally be able to turn its attention to the promised PlayStation 3 port which is due out next year. And we all know, more Tekken can only be a good thing. Right?
Don't tell long-term fans of the series, but we think Ridge Racer Unbounded looks kinda cool
As we've already established, it does not look like a Ridge Racer game in the slightest, but as a Burnout-hybrid, we reckon developer BugBear's got things nailed. The gameplay crux is thus: you fill your power meter by drifting. This can then be used to open up new pathways and shortcuts, similarly to in..
We'd be excited for Dark Souls if we knew we had the patience to play it
Seriously, From Software's GamesCom trailer is super-exciting, showcasing enormous monsters and a visceral brutality that's unmatched by any other game (outside of maybe God Of War). But then we think back to our time with Demon's Souls and we totally get put off. Indeed, this is one October release that we think we'll..
CGI trailers? Pssht, who needs those? Namco Bandai's released a fresh trailer for Soul Calibur V, and it's packed with fresh gameplay footage to feast your eyes on
It's also got plenty of melodramatic commentary — a staple for the Soul Calibur series we suppose. "Those who live by the sword, must die by the sword," etc. You get the idea.
Given how hard Sony's pushed user-generated content over the past three years, it's surprising so few other publishers have followed their lead
When thinking about non-Sony games that have done user-generated content well, it's tough to come up with anything. But Namco and BugBear's upcoming Ridge Racer rethink, Unbounded, at least adopts some of the user-generated philosophy. A new create mode..
.. Albeit in shoddy low resolution, but you totally get the idea right? Tekken Hybrid is a PlayStation 3 exclusive game plus movie bundle, that features Tekken Tag Tournament HD, CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and a demo for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It does that blue/red gradient thing that virtually every other boxart does these days. What's with that?</em>
The PlayStation Blog's uploaded a jumbo interview with Tekken gaffer Katsuhiro Harada regarding many phases of Tekken's upcoming line-up
The focus of the conversation was on Tekken Hybrid — a PlayStation 3 exclusive package due this holiday with an HD version of Tekken Tag Tournament and CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance. But what's Namco done to upgrade Tekken Tag Tournament for PS3? "We..
Namco revealed a new Soul Calibur V trailer at last week's Comic-Con
The main take-away: there's more Soul Calibur on the horizon. The action looks as fast and fluid as you'd hope from a mainline Soul Calibur game, with the outfits equally revealing. Ignore the melodrama elsewhere in this trailer. We've never been ones to follow Soul Calibur's tale of "legends" and "history". We..
Ask and ye shall receive -- Sony has announced that it will be handling publishing duties on the hotly anticipated Tekken Hybrid in Europe
The brilliant teaser-movie-nostalgia package includes an HD version of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, the CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and a special preview for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Basically, this is fan-service at its very best. The..
Tekken Hybrid is already confirmed to include a Blu-ray version of the upcoming CGI Tekken movie and an HD remake of the brilliant Tekken Tag Tournament
That alone is one hell of a bundle. But Namco's not done with adding value yet, as it's also confirmed that the package will include a playable prologue for the unreleased Tekken Tag Tournament 2, err, too. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has not yet been..
Namco's released the first developer diary for Soul Calibur V
The footage introduces a number of the main figures from the development team, as well as a few teensy nuggets of gameplay footage. The game's not out until next year. Boo!
Tales Of Vesperia has never launched outside of Japan on PlayStation 3
That's because Microsoft paid to keep the game exclusive in Europe and North America, according to a Facebook post made by a Namco Bandai community manager. "Microsoft paid for the exclusivity the same way Sony paid for having Heavy Rain only on PS3," said Namco Bandai community manager Charlotte Toci in a Facebook..
Japan. Namco has today reannounced Dancing Eye for the PS3, a PlayStation Move enabled game in which you use a monkey to cut off sections of a girl's clothing. Yep. The game was listed as cancelled in April, but according to Kotaku the subsequent online uproar caused developer Namco to reconsider the game's status. Now it's back in all its bizarre glory. Yay?
Tekken overlord Katsuhiro Harada has cast doubt over the possibility of Tekken Tag Tournment 2 launching on PlayStation 3 this year. The game's due to release in Japanese arcades this Autumn. Speaking of the game's console version, Harada told Eurogamer: "It's really hard to say. I can't say even that'll it'll be this year. We can't really have a console version right after the arcade..
There was a time when the Tekken franchise was very closely associated with the PlayStation brand
That feels like decades ago now. Namco Bandai announced new Tekken games for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U platforms during this year's E3, but what about the PlayStation Vita? "It is something I'm interested in," said series producer Katsuhiro Harada told Eurogamer. "It's just that we..
We're starting to see a lot more of the PlayStation 3/Blu-ray movie combos
Namco Bandai's announced a new package today, including an updated version of Tekken Tag Tournament alongside the new Tekken Blood Vengeance movie. The content will be available on one Blu-ray disc entitled Tekken Hybrid. We will buy this bundle. Sane people: there's no news on whether Tekken Tag Tournament will be available..
A PlayStation platform has never launched without a Ridge Racer title
It's a trend we hoped would continue with the PlayStation Vita, but Namco representatives shattered our dreams earlier in the year stating that there were "no plans" for a title on Sony's new system. That's changed this morning. Presumably prompted after watching this video, Namco Bandai has confirmed that a new Ridge..
There's been some amazing limited edition PlayStation 3s
The Tales Of Xillia hardware bundle shown off in Japan this afternoon is one of the better ones, though. The limited edition hardware was announced in Japan as part of Namco Bandai's "Tales Of Festival 2011". The themed 160GB console comes with a copy of Tales Of Xillia and a DualShock controller for 37,980 Yen ($470). It's due for..
Sometimes it feels like you could be sentenced to death-row for publicly acknowledging your enjoyment of Ninja Theory's Enslaved
People really hate that game. It's probably because it was developed by the same team that stole the dude out of Devil May Cry's hair bleach, but whatever — we liked it. May as well cart us away now, huh? At last count the game was nearing a million sales worldwide, a..
Amongst the seductive narrative, wobbly bass-lines and crunching metal, there's the shocking realisation that Ridge Racer: Unbounded is a game with "Ridge Racer" in the title
While we applaud the attempt at trying something new, we can't help but feel this isn't the series Kaz Hirai went gaga for at E3 all those years ago. </em>
Hats off to Namco Bandai for doing this whole "we'll-reward-you-for-preordering-our-game" malarkey right
Instead of offloading GameStop with a bunch of download codes for a new piece of ankle armour, Namco Bandai's upgrading all preorders for the upcoming Dark Souls to the collector's edition. Indeed, instead of charging $100 for additional crap no-one wants, they're giving it away for free —..
Namco Bandai's premium weapons-based brawler will return next year with Soul Calibur V, the publisher has announced
As closet Soul Calibur fanboys — still itching for the franchise to return to form — we're a little bit giddy over the announcement. Even if we did totally anticipate it. The game will release on PlayStation 3 next year. It's set 17 years after the previous game if you care about..
Namco Bandai has pushed Saber Interactive's Inversion back a few days in the UK
The game will now release on February 10th 2012, a whole two days later than previously planned. The third-person shooter is a mix between Gears Of War and physics madness. Namco appear to be throwing a lot of resources at this game. For what it's worth, we're thrilled at the prospect of a new IP.
Hot on the heels of fresh Soul Calibur murmurs, Namco Bandai has launched a new countdown teaser hinting at a new announcement in the brawling franchise
The website teases the on-set of a new chapter. You'll have to wait another 13 days to find out exactly what that entails. Hint: it'll involve Soul Calibur.
Picture the scene: you're in a hot pursuit against an equally powered super-car
You've taken a turn into an alleyway and are still haven't managed to shake your pursuer. There's a wall dead ahead, with no other exit. Do you: a) hit the handbrake and slide into a perfect u-turn ready to boost out of the alley, or; b) drive through the wall in front of you? Yup, we'd go for option B too. Ridge Racer..
Soul Calibur gaffer Daishi Odashima has teased the announcement of a new title in the fighting game franchise
Writing on Twitter, the series stalwart noted that "hopefully" he will be able to announce something in "mid May". Aside from a respectful PSP release, Soul Calibur has been deadly quiet since SCIV released in 2008. It'd be nice to see the fast-paced 3D brawler make a..
Enslaved was one of the most under-rated games of last year
Anything it lacked in gameplay polish was more than made up by the game's beautiful art direction and fantastic characterisation. While the game might not have been recognised as widely as it should have been amongst the gaming community, it can at least add a feather to its bow in the form of an Ivor Novello award nomination for its..
The magic of the Katamari franchise may well have worn off long ago, but that's not going to stop Namco from churning out the series
Siliconera's picked up on two European trademarks, including Katamari amore and Katamari amore Rolling Whopper. We imagine that there will be another Katamari game in the near future.
The more we think back to Namco and Ninja Theory's Enslaved, the more we realise how much we enjoyed it
There were quirks to the visuals and gameplay, but ultimately the package was original, well told and lovingly put together. Unfortunately, the game didn't do anywhere near the numbers it deserved. Speaking frankly with Siliconera, Namco's marketing VP Carson Choi has chimed in on why, and how..
If memory serves us correctly -- and it's going to look mighty embarrassing if we're wrong -- every PlayStation platform has launched alongside a new Ridge Racer
But sadly, it looks like Namco's about to break tradition, as the publisher's told Eurogamer that there are "no plans" for a Ridge Racer game on NGP. "There is no solid plan to make anything in particular for the NGP at the..
Ridge Racer is back, but not as you know it
Announced today in San Francisco, Ridge Racer: Unbounded is an upcoming PlayStation 3 title in development at the promising Bugbear Entertainment. Racing fans will know that Finnish developer previously crafted the chaotic arcade racer FlatOut, a trait which looks to have been adopted by the new Ridge Racer title. The game's first teaser trailer, embedded..