Eat, sleep, die, repeat
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning comes from the creators of the Danganronpa series, and if this game isn’t further proof that Spike Chunsoft loves to torture and torment its poor characters then we don’t know what is. While Zanki Zero doesn’t force a group of school students to kill each other, it still has an equally grim...
A case of the merry-go-round
There has been a bit of an avalanche of release dates over the past couple of days, hasn't there? AI: The Somnium Files, the latest title from Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi, adds itself to the list with a worldwide launch date of 25th July. To celebrate the occasion, a new trailer has been released that includes...
El Psy Kongroo
What would you do if you had the ability to send text messages back in time? Maybe you’d send yourself the answers to a test at school, or maybe even the winning lottery numbers. If you knew what the future held then there are loads of little things you could do to improve your life. It all seems fairly harmless as well, right? But...
The visual novel genre is a strange beast, a niche corner of gaming that’s littered with some classic narrative experiences and bizarre oddities. Developer Spike Chunsoft is responsible for the lion’s share of popular visual novels on the market, with Steins;Gate and the fan favourite Dangonranpa series. Now it's re-releasing 428:...
PixelJunk Monsters 2 released to little fanfare earlier in the year, and although isn't without a few issues, still retains the satisfying, deceptively deep strategy that fans know and love. One of the major changes to the sequel is a much closer camera that follows your character across the map, which can make keeping an eye on all...
From it’s name, you probably already know if you want to buy Fire Pro Wrestling World or not. The niche 2D wrestling series, which started way back in 1989, is back for another instalment, and for the most part it’s unchanged, as a game in touch with its roots should be. It probably won’t attract many new fans, but you get the feeling...
Koch Media partners with Spike Chunsoft
Well, here are two games we weren't expecting to be writing about today. Spike Chunsoft has teamed up with Koch Media to release a couple of its smaller titles in Europe, one of which was only released in Japan when it launched a decade ago. 428: Shibuya Scramble initially released on the Wii in 2008, and...
A former Famitsu 40/40
Man, the PlayStation 4 really has become the home for virtually any kind of game, hasn’t it? 428: Shibuya Scramble is a great example: a Japanese drama fusing text, live action stills, and video to tell the tale of a kidnapping case across five different characters. The title’s been bubbling around for almost a decade in...
Murder mysteries, and eyeballs?
Kotaro Uchikoshi, best known for his work as director and writer of the Zero Escape series, has announced his next game, a new IP titled AI: The Somnium Files for the PlayStation 4. Revealed at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, you can check out the announcement trailer above. In true Uchikoshi fashion, a glitch appears...
Man in the wooden mask
It's been a whole decade since the excellent PixelJunk Monsters paraded onto the PlayStation 3, and in that time, it's been ported to several different platforms. It's one of the best examples of the tower defence genre, with its addictive strategising, charming visuals, and fiendish level of challenge. Q-Games has finally...
Fan Fiction: The Game
Fire Pro Wrestling is making its glorious return this summer, as fresh title Fire Pro Wrestling World finally leaps into the ring on PlayStation 4. The game's been a big hit on PC where it's been available for quite a while now, as it allows players total freedom when it comes to customisation. You can customise the rules, edit...
Tiki all the boxes
PixelJunk Monsters 2, the sequel to the legendary PlayStation 3 tower defence title, is dancing to the PlayStation 4 from 25th May. Q-Games announced the sequel – which will adopt a kind of claymation visual style – at the Game Developers Conference today, with more to be shown as part of a Spike Chunsoft stream this evening...
A wild twosome
In the past ten or so years, the visual novel genre has found success in the West thanks to attempts to localise games you'd usually only find in the Japanese market. But one series that has never really had its time to truly shine is the set of Zero Escape games, which have been spread across multiple consoles. Fortunately, efforts...
King of the ring
Long-time readers will know that this particular author is not the biggest fan of sweaty beefcakes in Speedos, but the Fire Pro Wrestling series is a different proposition altogether. And the really good news is that it's making a comeback: Fire Pro Wrestling World will release on the PC in Early Access a little later this year,...
Spoilers are a terrible thing when it comes to plot-heavy games like Danganronpa, so it's perhaps no surprise to hear that developer Spike Chunsoft is doing away with the PlayStation 4's share button past chapter 2 in upcoming sequel Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. "In order to prevent spoilers for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony,...
You know that Sony's PlayStation Experience 2016 showcase was packed when you end up completely forgetting about games like Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. The third main instalment in Spike Chunsoft's deliciously dark visual novel detective series, we've got high hopes for a great cast of characters and a storyline stuffed with intrigue...
But an anime will
In a somewhat weird turn of events, Danganronpa V3 - the next title in the series that's expected to launch in 2016 - won't continue the story of the first two games, which largely revolves around students from the prestigious Hope's Peak Academy. Instead, the overarching plot will be resolved in an anime known as Danganronpa 3:...
We can just hear the theme tune
Although there aren't many details to go by just yet, Spike Chunsoft has confirmed that it's working on a new instalment in the Danganronpa franchise. Dubbed New Danganronpa V3, the title marks the series' first foray onto the PlayStation 4. Unsurprisingly, the game's teaser trailer is covered in Monokumas, and...
Monokuma, what did they do to you?
The Danganronpa games are a bit weird. They're full of over-the-top characters, pop culture references, and ridiculous murders, but believe it or not, the first game, Trigger Happy Havoc, was even stranger before its content was finalised. Over on Unseen64.net, the details of the title's creation have been...
Dressed to impress
Japan loves to play dress up, but did you ever realise just how much? Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc developer Spike Chunsoft has teamed up with both Square Enix and Capcom to create a new free-to-play PlayStation Vita title which sees three different outfit factions battle for ultimate costume supremacy. You’ll be able to...
Jury's still out on direction, though
You may be busy shooting down the lies of your peers in Hope’s Peak Academy right now, but the developer behind Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is currently considering a third entry in the murder mystery series. Yoshinori Terasawa, the producer behind upcoming PlayStation Vita spin-off Danganronpa: Another...
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