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    Review Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate

    A good sssstarting point

    Warriors titles may be having a decent critical run of late, but even that doesn't help the fact that this year has already had its fair share of titles from Koei Tecmo's slash-'em-up franchises. We've had Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn, and now we've got Warriors...






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    Review Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition

    Generation X-treme

    "What's the deal with Dynasty Warriors?" is a question that's echoed every now and then across the gaming sphere. To say that it's a divisive property is an understatement – this is a franchise that's in possession of a rabidly loyal core fanbase, while each new instalment receives wildly varying review scores that range from...

  • News The Twilight Saga Ends With Atelier Shari: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

    Going out with a bang

    It was only last week that the final title in the Atelier twilight trilogy was teased with an announcement trailer before Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation bared all this month. Posing together on the magazine's cover are Shari and Charlotte, the two main characters of the next game, Atelier Shari: Alchemists of the Dusk...

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    Review Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition


    Sporting a name that's almost as ridiculous as its core gameplay, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition consists of both Dynasty Warriors 8, which released on the PlayStation 3 last summer, and the Xtreme Legends expansion, which can also be purchased separately as a standalone title on Sony's ageing console. The latter...

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    Review Deception IV: Blood Ties

    Showing some skin

    Did you ever watch Home Alone and ask yourself whether it’d be more entertaining with giant, bloody traps and massive buildings? Deception IV: Blood Ties is just like that, only instead of the main character being a lucky little albino kid whose parents hate him, you play as Satan’s daughter, a young woman who has a horrible...

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    Review Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

    Dead and Alive

    Ryu Hayabusa – gaming icon and goody two-shoes – is a little bit too awesome, don’t you think? He’s worked his way through some of the hardest games on the market, hardly breaking a sweat. He’s faced all sorts of fiendish enemies and has come through mostly unscathed. But not anymore – Yaiba Kamikaze, a psychopath ninja,...

  • News See Dynasty Warriors 8: Complete Edition in Action on PS4 with This Newest Trailer

    Content conquest

    With Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition stomping onto the PlayStation 4 in the very near future, it would seem that now's the perfect time to unleash a new trailer showcasing the title on Sony's next-gen system. Aside from easily looking like the franchise's prettiest release yet, the latest instalment in the...

  • News Your Dynasty Warriors 8 PS3 Save Is Now Free to Invade PS4

    Begin the march

    In preparation for the launch of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition on the PlayStation 4, the promised patch for Dynasty Warriors 8 on PS3, which will allow you to upload your save file for future use with the upcoming next-gen release, has been let loose today. To set your data up for the transfer, simply...

  • News Gust Sheds Some Light on Its Next Atelier Title

    Back to brewing

    With Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky out now in the West, developer Gust is ready to show off the final game in its 'twilight' saga, which is currently codenamed Project A16. Details are somewhat scarce at the moment, but the studio has offered a sneak peak at a new alchemist in training, as well as a desert...

  • News Indulge Your Evil Side in This Deception IV Interactive Quiz

    That's got to hurt

    Cruelty is the name of the game in menacing PlayStation 3 and Vita release Deception IV: Blood Ties. Rather than get her hands dirty, Laegrinna prefers to sit back and enjoy the view as her victims fall to their demise. And using a series of intricate traps, you'll be in charge of the methods by which her foes die. However, if...

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    Review Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

    Philosopher's groan

    Once again focusing on the practice of alchemy and the need to complete countless jobs for the populace, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the latest entry in developer Gust's long running series. It's full of the kind of mechanics, tropes, and characters that fans have come to expect – but does the tried...

  • News Wilbell's Magical Services Don't Come Cheap in Atelier Escha & Logy

    She be a gold digger

    With less than a week to go, RPG fans are looking forward to concocting explosive action in Atelier Eshcha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. The second instalment in the 'Twilight' trilogy sees the return of some familiar faces from Atelier Ayesha, with the ragtag adventuring line-up including names such as Nio and...





  • News Toukiden: The Age of Demons Slays European Vitas in 2014

    Demonic delivery

    Selling over 420,000 copies since its Japanese debut, Tecmo Koei's original demon-slaying property will be making its way to Europe in 2014, ready to carve up Sony's portable device on the 14th February. With an art style that closely resembles some of the publisher's other franchises - namely Samurai Warriors - Toukiden: The Age...



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    Review Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

    Girls just wanna have fun

    It’s been less than a year since we last went toe-to-toe with Team Ninja’s curious cleavage meets combat comeback Dead or Alive 5, and now – following a temporary detour on the PlayStation Vita – we’re strapping up our appendages and digging out our most inappropriate fighting gear again. As its name so...


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    Review One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

    Pieces of eight

    Last month saw the release of Dynasty Warriors 8, the latest instalment in the seemingly never-ending hack and slash series. This month, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 arrives on Western shores, bringing with it more vast, hectic battles to sink your bloodied weapon of choice into. You’d be forgiven for being worn out on Warriors...


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    Review Dynasty Warriors 8

    Xiahou done

    There comes a time when you begin to ask yourself why you’re still playing a series of games that has somehow spawned eight main iterations and countless spin-offs while retelling the same old story over and over again. What could possibly be keeping your interest in a franchise that has done almost nothing but stick to its guns for...


  • News Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Adopts a Freemium Model on PS3

    Getting jiggy with it

    If you can’t afford to enter the fray with some of gaming’s most inappropriately attired fighters, Team Ninja has hatched a compelling method to allow you to step into the ring without spending a penny. According to popular Japanese publication Famitsu, a freemium iteration of the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be...


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    Review Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk

    'My alchemy brings all the boys to the yard'

    The Atelier franchise has been running for a long time – sixteen years to be exact. And in those sixteen years, developer Gust Corporation has produced fifteen entries in the main series and a further seven side games. With so many Atelier titles on offer, it's easy to completely dismiss Atelier Ayesha:...

  • News Snap Up Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on the PSN This Week

    Classic title in focus

    Floating closely behind the ghoulish wisps of the original Fatal Frame, platform holder Sony has confirmed that sequel Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly will haunt the PlayStation Network in North America this week. The barebones PS2 Classic puts you in the shoes of a pair of twins who are investigating a haunted village. Much...


  • News Fatal Frame Photographs the PlayStation Network This Week

    Sick shot

    The original Fatal Frame is set to snap the North American PlayStation Network this week, according to the PlayStation Blogcast. The title will launch as a PS2 Classic, so don’t expect any fancy visual upgrades. Still, despite the dated graphics, we’re sure that the release will manage to scare you absolutely rotten. For those out...

  • News Dynasty Warriors 8 Marches West Later This Year

    Back for more

    Tecmo Koei has announced that Dynasty Warriors 8 is making the arduous journey to Western territories. Fortunately for series fans, the wait won’t be a long one, as the game's set to launch on 12th July in Europe and 16th July in North America. Adding to the good news, it’s been confirmed that the sequel will support both...


  • News Toukiden Demo Tempting PlayStation Vita Owners in April

    Monster mash

    A demo for Tecmo Koei’s historical demon slayer Toukiden will trample Japanese PlayStation Vitas in early April, platform holder Sony announced overnight. The game – which is also in production for the PlayStation Portable – is due out this summer, and is being developed by the team behind the Dynasty Warriors series, Omega...

  • News Tecmo Koei Undresses Dead or Alive 5 Plus Footage

    Real knockout

    Dead or Alive 5 Plus may not be garnering quite the same attention as Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway, but it probably should be – and not just because it sports ladies in skimpy outfits. The portable fighter looks set to be a real technical masterpiece, boasting some seriously impressive visuals in this brand new gameplay...

  • News Touch Your Favourite Fighters in Dead or Alive 5 Plus

    Your heartbeat next to ours

    If you’ve always been eager to tickle Kasumi into submission, then Dead or Alive 5 Plus should be right up your alley. The portable PlayStation Vita remake features a brand new ‘Touch Fight’ mode, which allows you to attack opponents using simple taps and swipes of the touch screen. In this option, the action takes...

  • News Tecmo Koei Unsheathes Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for PS3

    Just not into U

    How could you Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge? You could have waited until after Valentine’s Day to end your cosy little exclusivity arrangement with the Wii U. You promised that you were going to kit Ayane out in that skimpy little outfit too. Hang your head in shame, you dirty little cheat. Of course, Nintendo’s loss is...


  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Boasts More Blood Than Ever

    Scarlet shredder

    Don’t think that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus will be going soft in its transition to the PlayStation Vita, because publisher Tecmo Koei has confirmed that handheld port will be bloodier than ever before. The title, due out on 26th February in North America and 1st March in Europe, will boast a bevy of new modes, in addition to a...

  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Strikes North American PS Plus

    Slice and dice

    Sony is rounding out January in style, by giving away copies of Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus to North American PlayStation Plus subscribers. The critically acclaimed PlayStation Vita port – which secured a strong 8/10 in our review – will be available for free from 29th January, so make sure you free up some space on your system’s...

  • News Your Bikinis Will Be Compatible with Dead or Alive 5 Plus

    Fill your boots

    If you’ve already acquired a healthy wardrobe of skimpy Dead or Alive 5 costumes, then you may be delighted to learn that they’ll all be compatible with the fighter’s upcoming PlayStation Vita port, Dead or Alive 5 Plus. That brand new first-person mode may have a purpose after all. In addition, according to

  • News Share Your Skills with Dead or Alive 5 Video Upload Patch

    Put on a show

    Budding kings of the ring will soon be able to evidence their ability in the arena with video footage. A forthcoming patch for Dead or Alive 5 will allow you to upload your match replays to both YouTube and Facebook, though there is currently no date for the upgrade. Other improvements include the option to filter online matches by...


  • News Dead or Alive 5 Plus Will Allow You to Poke Your Rivals

    Not like that

    Tecmo Koei has finally decided to furnish us with some screenshots of its upcoming PlayStation Vita fighter Dead or Alive 5 Plus. While the images look great, we can’t help but feel that they look a little too great. After all, it’s not like publishers are always honest about the appearance of their games. Alongside the suspicious...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Plus Gets Jiggy on 19th March in North America

    Shake it all about

    Tecmo Koei may be doing little more than porting its console titles to PlayStation Vita, but at least it’s releasing something on the platform. Sadly, that’s more than we can say for most other third-parties at the moment. Speaking of which: the company’s just announced a 19th March release date for Dead or Alive 5 Plus in...

  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Infiltrates Vita on 26th February

    Prior warning

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus will scurry onto North American store shelves on 26th February in North America, publisher Tecmo Koei has announced. It’ll take protagonist Ryu Hayabusa and crew a little while longer reach Europe, where the title will emerge on 1st March. The portable port of the console port – think about it – will...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Plus Picks a Fight with Europe on 22nd March

    Put 'em up

    European gamers will be able to engage in a spot of first-person fighting next year, when Dead or Alive 5 Plus attacks store shelves on 22nd March. Thus far, we've seen very little of the handheld port – well, aside from a few off-screen photographs – which makes the impending release date somewhat surprising. Still, despite the...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Plus Features a First-Person Mode

    Up close and personal

    Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PlayStation Vita will boast a brand new first-person mode that will allow you to inspect your opponents with the system's accelerometer. The nifty feature will prompt you to hold the platform vertically in order to get a “full-screen view” of your foe. We can’t imagine why you’d possibly...

  • News One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 Punches PlayStation 3 and Vita

    Heavy hitters

    A sequel to Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei’s anime tie-in One Piece: Pirate Warriors is coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Vita. The sequel – unsurprisingly named One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 – was announced in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Shonen Jump. The sequel will be set within the so-called ‘New World’ story arc,...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Plus Is Punching onto PlayStation Vita Next Year

    Are you a fighter?

    Tecmo Koei has already pledged plenty of support to the PlayStation Vita – but it’s not finished yet. Speaking at the IGN Pro League, Team Ninja gaffer Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that Dead or Alive 5 Plus is punching its way onto the PlayStation Vita. Specific details are scarce right now, but Hayashi states that the title...


  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Cuts Down Difficulty with Hero Mode

    Down to size

    Tecmo Koei's implementing a beginner option into the wordy Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus. The patronisingly named ‘Hero’ mode will allow ninja newbies to conquer the upcoming PlayStation Vita re-release without needing to break a sweat. Well, unless Ayane is on-screen. The dainty difficulty will implement automatic blocking when...

  • News Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires Slices and Dices PS3 Next Year

    Another one?

    Dynasty Warriors fans will get another chance to chop down incalculable numbers of enemies next year, when the latest entry in the impressively large series swings onto PS3 in Western territories. The wordy Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires will be available as a digital download from 19th February in North America, and as a retail title from...


  • News Keiji Inafune's Next Project Is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

    Surprise, surprise

    Legendary Japanese game developer Keiji Inafune certainly gets about. Mere hours after apologising to attendees at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference for Soul Sacrifice’s short delay, the former Capcom employee popped up at Tecmo Koei’s showcase to announce Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The undead spin-off is being developed...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Will Be Available Digitally At Launch

    Easy access

    Not every title suits a digital release, but fighting games certainly benefit from the added accessibility of being stored on a hard drive. As such, it makes perfect sense that Dead or Alive 5 will be available from the PlayStation Store alongside its retail counterpart. You’ll be able to download the title from 25th September in North...

  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2 Striking Vita Next Year

    Hard as nails

    If you enjoyed playing the original Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus on PlayStation Vita, then you’re in luck – publisher Tecmo Koei has announced that Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2 will be making the jump onto Sony’s shiny handheld early next year. Details are scarce right now, but we anticipate more information will be revealed in the...

  • News Toukiden Steps Out of the Shadows on Vita and PSP

    Blood lust

    In arguably the biggest shock of Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Tecmo Koei didn't announce a new iteration of Dynasty Warriors. Instead the publisher revealed Toukiden – a dark, fantasy action title headed to Vita and PSP next year. Developed by Omega Force, the game will support cross-platform functionality between the two...


  • News Dead or Alive 5's Facebook Integration Seems Misjudged

    Share something

    Tecmo Koei wants your friends and family to know that you enjoy watching unrealistically beautiful women kicking the crap out of each other. Its upcoming PS3 brawler Dead or Alive 5 will include full Facebook integration that will allow you to share fighting records with your friends. Naturally, we’re a little bit anxious about...

  • News Team Ninja Wants Ryo Hazuki in Dead or Alive 5

    "I see"

    When Ryo Hazuki is not searching for sailors, playing Lucky Hit, or ignoring the advances of countless beautiful women – he’s fighting. And Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi reckons that would make him a perfect fit for the upcoming arcade brawler. Asked by VG247 if he had any dream cameos in mind, Hayashi responded: “I’d say...


  • News So Much for Dead or Alive 5 Not Being Creepy

    Bikinis, anyone?

    We feel stupid for buying into Yosuke Hayashi’s lip-service about elevating Dead or Alive 5’s image now. The Team Ninja executive claimed earlier in the year that the studio was hoping to tame the brawler’s juvenile “sex and violence” tone – and we actually believed him. But this brand new trailer – which shows Zack...

  • News Hori's Dead or Alive 5 Arcade Stick Pushes Our Buttons

    Too hot to handle

    This Hori built Dead or Alive 5 arcade stick is useful for a number of reasons. Firstly, it includes all of the buttons you’ll need to become a pro at Tecmo Koei’s upcoming PS3 brawler. Secondly, it bears the slogan “I’m a fighter” – which should come in extremely handy when you forget why you’re holding it in the...


  • News Team Ninja Introduces Dead or Alive 5's Latest Combatant

    A right rigmarole

    If you’re working on an oil rig, then it’s probably best to settle your disputes without setting fire to the fragile platform you're residing on. Still, that’s exactly what happens in this Dead or Alive 5 trailer, as newcomer Rig and returning favourite Bass Armstrong brawl over, er, motorbikes. The footage is melodramatic...

  • News Team Ninja Rules Out Dead or Alive 5 Character DLC

    What you see is what you get

    Team Ninja has ruled out the possibility of new characters being added to Dead or Alive 5 post-release. Studio head Yosuke Hayashi explained that he believes the practice causes issues with the game’s balance – a feature which is essential to any fighter. Chatting with VideoGamer.com, Hayashi said: Even with over...

  • News New Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires Trailer Takes a Swing

    Familiar footage

    You didn’t think the Dynasty Warriors franchise was going to take a break, did you? Tecmo Koei has released a new trailer for the upcoming Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires expansion which, well, looks a lot like you’d expect a Dynasty Warriors title to look. The game’s due out on 20th September in Japan and sometime next year in...


  • News Latest Dead or Alive 5 Trailer Clowns Around

    Jest a minute

    Team Ninja is clearly going all out with Dead or Alive 5. If you thought the game’s previous stages were a little bit bonkers, wait until you see its latest reveal. It shows series regulars Lei Fang and Zack kitted out in circus clothes and at the centre of a carnival performance. As the fight goes on, massive tigers start running...


  • News Dead or Alive 5 Trailer Shows You Where Not to Have a Fight


    Of all the places to engage in one-on-one combat, the middle of a warzone rates amongst the worse. This Dead or Alive 5 trailer proves as much by showcasing the potential hazards. You might get targeted by an errant RPG for example, or come close to getting hit by a crash-landing helicopter. The message is clear folks: if you’ve...

  • News Become the Ultimate Ninja with Free Ninja Gaiden III DLC


    Ninja Gaiden III is so easy that our own blade-wielding beast Christopher Ingram managed to play through the game with his eyes closed. Or so we’re told. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement for a franchise that prides itself on its difficulty, and so publisher Tecmo Koei has taken steps to rectify that issue. Now available for...


  • News More Virtua Fighter Combatants Destined for Dead or Alive 5

    Crossover chaos

    Why wait for the character roster to be announced for your favourite fighting game, when you can hack the demo and discover it for yourself? That’s exactly the mindset one NeoGAF poster adopted, having hacked the source code of a recent Dead or Alive 5 demo in order to make a series of interesting discoveries. It turns out, as...

  • News Tecmo Koei Sneaks Free DLC into Ninja Gaiden 3

    Palate cleanser

    If you’re still furious about Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken DLC plans, then here’s something to lighten your mood: publisher Tecmo Koei has announced that it is to release a batch of free DLC for the upcoming Ninja Gaiden III. Revealed in Famitsu magazine [via Andriasang], the post-release goodies will include two new...

  • News Hitomi and Ayane Duke it Out in Dead or Alive 5 Trailer

    Girl on girl

    We’re going to avoid the temptation to fill this story with smutty remarks, largely because Dead or Alive 5 is looking pretty good. Most noticeably, the characters no longer resemble porcelain dolls, but we also think the cinematic style that developer Team Ninja’s gunning for has actually given the game a unique look. This trailer...

  • News Select Retailers Bundling Move Peripheral with Ninja Gaiden 3

    Wield the Dragon Sword

    The Nintendo Wii has taught us to anticipate needless peripheral extensions alongside motion controlled games, and it looks as though Team Ninja’s upcoming Ninja Gaiden III is not going to be any different. A listing on Canadian retailer Video Game Plus mentions a limited edition bundle which includes a Dragon Sword...

  • News Ninja Gaiden III Slashes Up London

    Painting the town crimson

    Tecmo Koei’s released a brand new trailer for Ninja Gaiden III showing off the game’s London stage. For realism, the level takes place in the rain. Well it’s not going to be sunny is it? As you’d expect, the footage is decidedly violent. Seriously, don’t watch it if you don’t like blood and gore. The game’s...

  • News Dead or Alive 5 Could Feature More Virtua Fighter Characters

    Shun Di, please

    If you’re really keen to play Virtua Fighter without, y’know, actually playing Virtua Fighter, then it looks like Dead or Alive 5 is going to have your curious demands covered. Not content with adding Virtua Fighter’s Akira Yuki to the roster, Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi has hinted that more characters from SEGA’s well...

  • News Virtua Fighter's Akira to Appear in Dead or Alive 5


    It would appear publishers can’t release a fighting game without a cameo of some kind. Dead or Alive 5 is the latest tile to jump on the crossover bandwagon, with Virtua Fighter mascot Akira Yuki set to join the roster. Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi said: Gamers will have an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable battle with an esteemed...



  • News Ninja Gaiden 3's Hero Mode Explained

    New multiplayer details too

    Ninja Gaiden III is slicing into Europe on March 2012 and new details are finally starting to sneak our way. This time up, Game Informer recently published an article that broke new details on the controversial Hero Mode in the game, a new approach for the series that's pushing to attract gamers who are more casual than...

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