A game about conga lines, what could possibly go wrong? Conga Master is a bit like Nokia 3210 favourite Snake with more fancy footwork and less Angel di Maria. This pixel art arcade title sees you attracting deserted dancers to your own personal party, as you attempt to maintain your mambo momentum all the way back out of the fire escape...
Don't stop the beat
The developers at PM Studios have had a long track record when creating exemplar rhythm games. As previous developers of the DJMAX series, one could say with Superbeat: Xonic it's created a spiritual successor to the rhythm franchise. What was originally a Japanese arcade-only experience has now become one of the most polished...
Don't let it be human
From the outset, I Want to Be Human presents itself as a rough-and-ready rebellious ride. A Blink-182-style pop-punk song proclaims “I want to be human” upon startup as the text on screen spasms back and forth, red and black covering the main menu. Developer Sinclair Strange’s first console release is a ride, alright...
PM Studios' excellent PlayStation Vita rhythm game Superbeat: Xonic will make a beeline for the PlayStation 4 this Spring, publisher Rising Star Games has announced. The definitive version of the boogie-'em-up will get you on your feet with over 65 songs across dozens of genres, include rock, K-pop, and techno. All of the downloadable...
Earth's Dawn is a 2D, loot-heavy brawler with a post-apocalyptic theme. It's got a lot in common with Vanillaware titles such as Dragon's Crown and Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, except it's keen to ditch pretty fantasy settings and settle for a ruined grey world complete with a gigantic underground tunnel system that's teeming with...
Assault Suit Leynos mechs old-school cool again. Don't believe us? Point your peepers at our review, in which Gundam geek Robert Ramsey described the remastered SEGA Genesis release as a "hardcore classic". If you're feeling a little retro yourself right now, then we've got five copies of this throwback PlayStation 4 release to...
Originally released all the way back in 1990 on the SEGA Genesis, Assault Suit Leynos – or Target Earth as it was known in North America – is a 2D side-scrolling mecha shoot-'em-up that still holds up well today. Remade for the PlayStation 4, this new version comes with high definition visuals, a remixed soundtrack, and some slight...
Mech it happen
If you're up for some old school shooting action, then you'll definitely want to keep an eye on Assault Suit Leynos - a high-definition remake of a Japanese mech classic. Earlier this year, it was pegged for a summer release on PlayStation 4, and now we've got a confirmed launch date. Fortunately, all you mech heads don't have long...
Old school of magic
One thing that's evident from the outset of Gareth Noyce's isometric puzzler is the focus on nostalgia. Noyce is somewhat of an industry veteran working for a number of studios over the past 15 years, including the recently closed Lionhead, Geometry Wars creators Bizarre, and Realtime Worlds. Ostensibly an homage to isometric...
Ready for launch
Sometimes you just get the urge to turn giant bipedal mech suits into scrap metal, so it's nice to hear that the hectic Assault Suit Leynos is boosting onto PlayStation 4. Rising Star Games is bringing the 16-bit shooter to Sony's home console this summer, although no specific date has been issued just yet. Originally released on...
Official headphones, vinyl, and more
We're pumping up the volume with a Superbeat Xonic competition this week that's sure to have you strutting your stuff – but can-can you win the lot? The top prize here will see you secure a Limited Edition copy of the resplendent rhythm release, which ships in a numbered presentation box and includes the...
Sound of the underground
Underrated rhythm release Superbeat: Xonic is boogieing back into the spotlight today, as Rising Star Games has announced three new DLC packs for the PlayStation Vita exclusive. The sets pledge "new music from a range of different artists and DJs from across the globe", with Guilty Gear Xrd's Daisuke Ishiwatari...
If you haven't been playing Superbeat Xonic on the train with a pair of those obnoxious overhead cans, then what the hell have you been doing during your commute? The excellent PlayStation Vita release – which has been published by Rising Star Games in Europe – is so good that it won the Silver Trophy in our November Game of the...
Kromaia Ω is a chaotic, fast-paced, no-nonsense arcade shoot-'em-up that simply gives you a spacecraft, a playground full of things to make dead, and sets you on your way. There is a story behind all the action, but it's unobtrusive and doesn't appear to add much to the game - you can quite happily ignore it and continue shooting...
Robots in demise
It's the end of the world again, everyone – and no, we're not talking about a radioactive American wasteland. Poncho takes place in a world where the humans have been eliminated, leaving their now purposeless robot companions to fend for themselves. Enter the titular Poncho, presumably named after his fashion sense, to save the...
Gotta go fast
Those familiar with the DJ Max series back in the PlayStation Portable era will immediately recognise this rhythm game. Superbeat: Xonic is the newest addition to the rhythm game genre by developer Nurijoy. Rhythm games are no stranger to the PlayStation Vita, so how does this one fare? As with most music games, buttons get mapped to...
Temple of Doom
Back in the good old days, a game wasn't even considered playable unless it was so hard that you could never actually see beyond the first few levels – that was just how we got our value for money. The late 1980s were a time when men were men – even when they were pre-pubescent or, God forbid, female – and chest hair, flat caps,...
It's been a long time coming, but La-Mulana EX will finally complete its voyage to the PlayStation Vita next week. The title – which started life as a humble PC indie before gaining fame on the Nintendo Wii – will crack its whip from 3rd March in North America and 4th March in Europe. Could that mean that it'll be part of the...
Deadly Premonition, King of Fighters, and loads of RPGs
Rising Star Games may not be the biggest and most well known studio outside of its loyal fanbase, but it may well be worth checking out its catalogue of PlayStation 3 and Vita games on the European PlayStation Store starting today. The company's sharing the joy of its 10th birthday with a...
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut feels like a relic of the PlayStation 2 era, as if it was long forgotten and recently recovered from an old box within a developer's dusty archives. It's decidedly lo-fi, with a framerate that frequently sputters for dear life, regular pop-in, droning, repetitive sound effects, enemies that...
Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, the PS3 port of the most critically polarising survival horror title ever released, will haunt UK store shelves on 26th April, publisher Rising Star Games has announced. The re-release – which is also due out on 30th April in North America – promises new content, upgraded graphics, and...
Going back to Greenvale
This year PlayStation 3 owners will finally be able to journey to the mysterious town of Greenvale, where purple fog pollutes the air, axe-murderers grace the streets, and the rain never seems to stop falling. We recently caught up with Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut honcho Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro, producer Tomio...
Change of scenery
Chatting to us as part of his world tour, Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut creator Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro has hinted that he is already pondering his next title – but whether it gets made depends on the success of the upcoming re-release. “We are in discussion about moving onto the next project,” he teased. “It all...
Since its release in 2010, Deadly Premonition has rightfully earned its title as one of the most absurd, yet insanely gripping open world horror games in history. However, the story of Agent Francis York Morgan could have been very different, as director Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro and producer Tomio Kanazawa explained in a recent...
Dressed to kill
The previously announced post-release DLC for Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut will include some saucy new threads for Greenvale's favourite female cop Emily, according to series creator Hidetaka 'SWERY' Suehiro. Speaking as part of an exclusive interview with Push Square, the legendary developer revealed that the outfit was...
Zach and gimme
Cult survival horror title Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut will terrify PlayStation 3 in March 2013, publisher Rising Star Games has announced. The conflicted classic previously launched as an Xbox 360 exclusive in the West – despite being available on PS3 in Japan. In order to make up for the delay, The Director’s Cut...
Back when Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut was very first revealed, director Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro promised that the PlayStation 3 re-release would feature full PlayStation Move support. However, today’s official announcement failed to mention the motion peripheral, leading us to suspect that the feature had been...
Better late than never
We’re not sure whether this is good news or bad news, but Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut is officially coming to the PlayStation 3 next year. The polarizing survival horror title – which launched on the Xbox 360 in 2010 – will ship with a host of additional features, including HD graphics (?), an updated...
Under Defeat is perhaps best known for being a Dreamcast game – despite launching in 2006, long after the console’s untimely demise. As such, there’s a good chance you might not have played the revered arcade shooter – but thankfully localisation specialists Rising Star Games have happened upon a solution. Under Defeat HD:...
Hit the waves
Rising Star Games has attached a 25th May European release date to its upcoming PS3 exclusive farming simulator, Rune Factory Oceans (also known as Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny). The agricultural RPG – which launched in North America and Japan last year – challenges you to run a farm, while also adventuring the high seas in...
Rune Factory: Oceans — known as Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny in North America — is coming to Europe in 2012 courtesy of Rising Star Games. The Move-enabled farming title is down for a Q2 release in the publisher's latest schedule. Interestingly RSG isn't bringing over the Wii version, which is all-but identical. You can read our Rune...
Atlus has announced that it has delayed the King Of Fighters XIII's upcoming "NESTS Kyo" character DLC pack, citing a remarkably vague "technical error" as the reason for the delay
The downloadable extension was originally intended for a December 20th release, but will now drop on January 10th. In order to make up for the delay, the DLC's price will be cut to $2.99 for a limited period upon launch..
Rising Star Games has confirmed that King Of Fighters XIII will release in the UK on November 25th
The game was originally due out in October, but was pushed earlier in the month. Those that pre-order the game will receive a limited edition four CD soundtrack taken from the history of the series. A double-sided A3 poster and digital art disc will also be included.
XSEED and Rising Star Games has confirmed it's bringing the Vanillaware developed Grand Knights History to North America and Europe respectively
Those in the US can expect the PSP RPG this Winter, while Europeans will be made to wait until early next year. (Better late than never, huh?) The medieval turn-based adventure depicts the events of three warring factions: Union, Avalon and Logres. The..
Fans of the King Of Fighters series will want to make sure they pre-order a copy of the upcoming King Of Fighters XIII in the UK
Publisher Rising Star has announced that all pre-orders will come with a four CD soundtrack spanning the history of the series. The incentive comes in addition to the retail product's variety of goodies, including the game, double-sided poster, digital art-disc and..
Rising Star Games has announced that The King Of Fighters XIII will launch on the PlayStation 3 in October
The arcade brawler first launched in Japanese arcades last year. The game takes place shortly after the events of The King Of Fighters XI and features a host of familiar faces including Terry Bogard.
Rising Star Games has confirmed that the PSP farm 'em up, Harvest Moon: Hero Of Leaf Valley, will hit European PSPs this year
It's a typical Harvest Moon affair, with inhabitants of Leaf Valley working together to save the dwelling from ruin. Naturally you'll be growing crops, raising animals, and earning the trust of the locals. The game's due this "Winter", but Rising Star wouldn't be..
It's no secret: we love Half-Minute Hero (like, lovvvvvvve)
So, consider us extremely tempted by these excellent "official" shirts designed by Bag Of Bees. They're available now. If you're nerdy (like us) you should probably buy one. ... We kinda just did.
Half-Minute Hero is brilliant
The most off-putting thing about any RPG is the blank canvas at the start. A mountain of literature and 50 hours of your life lay in front of you, and you ask yourself "Is this going to be worth it?" Half-Minute Hero does away with the doubt, condensing each "universe" into 30-seconds. A cross...
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