Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will not include its controversial ‘Intimacy Mode’ on the PlayStation 4, which effectively allows you to fondle the private parts of its questionably aged cast of anime characters. Previous instalments on Sony’s system have included this feature, as does the Japanese version of the same game, so it seems...
Get a room
Sony's slowly dropping support for the PlayStation Vita, but it remains flush with Japanese titles and indie ports. This puts the portable in a unique position: it remains incredibly relevant – but only among a very specific niche. Fortunately, publisher XSEED – the organisation responsible for bringing the likes of Akiba's Trip:...
EDF! EDF! EDF!
Earth Defense Force's eternal appeal will always be its less-than-stellar presentation. We're not sure whether we find XSEED Games' promise of better performance in the forthcoming PlayStation 4 instalment Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair appealing or not, then – but having read similar pledges for previous...
Maintain eye contact
XSEED is busting a gut bringing some of the more obscure PlayStation 4 and Vita titles to the West, and its effort looks set to pay off this winter with some ridiculous, er, busts. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is sure to have parts of the enthusiast press up in arms as it pits scantily clad female ninja warriors up against...
Washin' your hair
We don't know about you, but as this author got older, the concept of 'fashionably late' got taken to extremes. Events would be scheduled for, say, 19:00PM – but you were a jerk if you showed up any earlier than 22:00PM. Growing up is pretty dumb, huh? Having said that, such tactics may come in handy when it comes to Corpse Party...
Resurrect an old friend
Brandish: The Dark Revenant was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1991. Despite its rocky reception, it was eventually ported to the PlayStation Portable in 2009 in Japan. And, after six years, it's finally travelled overseas, with a full English localisation. The big question is: has it been worth the wait? The...
XSEED registers domain for Vita exclusive
There may be a dearth of big budget blockbusters on the PlayStation Vita right now, but there are bags of indie titles and quirky Japanese curios. Corpse Party is one franchise that blossomed into popularity towards the end of the PlayStation Portable's life, and it looks like its Vita exclusive successor,...
Take off your pants and jacket
Welcome back to the land of the undead and undressed, where you are a modern day vampire roaming the streets of Akihabara, stripping others of their finest threads. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed has been doing the rounds on Sony’s systems for a while now, finally arriving on the PlayStation 4 following a...
First impressions count for a lot in this fickle industry. Whether it's art style, design choices, or DLC policies, it's surprisingly easy to lose all interest in a game that doesn't initially match up to your personal preferences. For Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, this is a big problem, as from the word go, you're bombarded by big,...
Bursting with goodness
You’ll find more wobbling in PlayStation Vita exclusive Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus’ launch trailer than on a plate of jelly, but beneath all of the titillation appears to be an amusing action game. The spiritual successor to the somewhat divisive side scroller Senran Kagura Burst, this portable escapade appears to share...
Undressed to kill
To describe Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed as a simple action role-playing game would do it a disservice – a bit like describing a vampire as a mere blood gulper. The aforementioned nocturnal beast has gone through several iterations over the years, ranging from fear inducing monsters through to promiscuous teenagers –...
Hot in here
The heat remains utterly inescapable here in the UK, which means that plenty of skin and bad tattoos are on display. Of course, the poor Synthisters – the vampirish foes from stripping simulator Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed – have no choice but to remain covered up, as the sunlight is their one true rival in the world...
And will feature more men
If there’s one unspoken issue consistent across virtually all PlayStation Vita ports, it’s that the audio is often horribly compressed. It’s a problem that we pointed out in our recent review of The Sly Trilogy, which is a pixel perfect conversion of Sanzaru Games’ platforming compilation from a visual perspective...
XSEED exposing strange stripping game
Ripping the clothes off anyone in public may be enough to land you with a pretty severe sexual assault charge, but in upcoming PlayStation 3 and Vita title Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, you can at least tell the police that you’re actually saving the planet. XSEED has announced that the cult Acquire...
Crud on the moon
Killer Is Dead is unashamedly stupid. Executive producer Goichi Suda – better known by his nickname Suda51 – has made a living out of his bonkers plots and premises, but the latest product to drop off Grasshopper Manufacture’s production line takes the nonsense of No More Heroes and kits it out in a straitjacket. This is a...
Killer Is Dead hero Mondo Zappa will have yet another reason to pull out his controversial gigolo glasses this year, as Lollipop Chainsaw protagonist Juliet Starling is set to make an appearance in the game. The bright-eyed cheerleader will flash her pom-poms at some point during the title’s over-the-top campaign, but it’s not yet...
Bundled with a bevy of goodies
Grasshopper Manufacture’s latest eyebrow-raising endeavour Killer Is Dead will flirt with store shelves on 27th August in North America, publisher XSEED Games has announced. All launch editions of the bloodthirsty outing will be bundled with an 80-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack featuring 25 songs produced by...
Should have gone to Specsavers
Killer Is Dead looks poised to give Yakuza’s table tennis mini-game a run for its money in the inappropriate gameplay stakes. This brand new clip – completely in Japanese – shows protagonist Mondo Zappa seemingly accumulating points by staring at an aesthetically pleasing female’s assets. After eyeing the...
Making love to the camera
If you figured that Mondo Zappa’s glasses were just for fashion, you were wrong. Judging by this trailer, the Killer Is Dead protagonist can use the optical enhancers to see through the (already skimpy) clothes of his female associates. The functionality sounds great if you’re aiming to keep tabs on the latest underwear...
Follow the leader
Not content with this morning’s Killer Is Dead confirmation, XSEED Games has announced that it will be bringing Valhalla Knights 3 to North America this Fall. The customisable PlayStation Vita exclusive will allow you to select from a list of 21 different jobs and seven races to create the perfect party. We fancy building an army...
As expected, Grasshopper Manufacture’s gorgeous assassin action game Killer Is Dead will arrive in western territories this summer. The title will be published by XSEED Games in North America, while Dead Island overlord and new Saints Row owner Deep Silver w
Hide behind the sofa
The genuinely creepy Corpse Party: Book of Shadows will begin terrorising the European PlayStation Store later today, publisher XSEED Games has announced. The PlayStation Portable visual novel – which spooked North America earlier in the month – will set you back €14.99, and will be compatible with the PlayStation Vita at...
Feels like some kind of brush
Almost a year after its original debut in North America, publisher XSEED has announced that it's drawing its beautiful PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer Sumioni: Demon Arts onto European shores. The title puts you in control of a demon named Agura, who is empowered by his ability to paint. Using different brush...
Be very, very afraid
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, the sequel to the scariest game that we’ve ever played, will haunt your PlayStation Portable and Vita from 15th January in North America, publisher XSEED has confirmed. The nightmare simulator will set you back just $19.99, which sounds pretty reasonable to us. A European launch will follow, but...
Shake it, shake it
Patapon fans disappointed by the lack of tactical rhythm action on the PlayStation Vita may find themselves drawn to Orgarhythm, an incredibly difficult to spell real-time strategy title from Acquire. The game – available now from the North American PlayStation Store – encourages you to tap, slide and drag your finger to the...
The sequel to Team GrisGris’ outstanding PlayStation Portable exclusive Corpse Party is coming to the PlayStation Network this winter. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows features a collection of eight self-contained scenarios set in the shadowy Corpse Party universe. “[The sequel is] divided into eight chapters, each of which tells its own...
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Anticipated PlayStation Vita action RPG Ragnarok Odyssey will attack on 30th October in North America, publisher XSEED has announced. The game will be available for $39.99 from retail outlets and the PlayStation Store, but a $49.99 Mercenary Edition will also be made available. The latter will bundle a...
For a platform that apparently has no games, there sure is a lot of content releasing for the PlayStation Vita right now. XSEED has just announced that its wacky rhythm strategy game Orgarhythm is set to join the party on 23rd October. The game will be available as a digital exclusive, and will cost $29.99. The release date adds yet...
Upcoming PlayStation Vita RPG Ragnarok Odyssey will be getting a special edition in North America. The so-called Mercenary Edition will include the game, alongside an art-book, soundtrack and set of playing cards. The bundle will set you back $49.99, which is just $10 more than the standard edition. Ragnarok Odyssey is an action...
Dig out your kimono
Upcoming action title Way of the Samurai 4 is set to sneak onto the North American PlayStation Network on 21st August, publisher XSEED has announced. The quasi-historical samurai adventure will set you back $39.99, and will feature full Japanese dialogue alongside English sub-titles. The game promises plenty of customisation, an...
XSEED may have scrapped plans to release Vanillaware’s gorgeous Grand Knights History overseas, but it has replaced the PSP RPG with a handful of hotly anticipated Vita titles. The localisation specialist has confirmed that it will be bringing the Monster Hunter-inspired Ragnarok Odyssey to North America, in addition to Acquire’s...
A tragic tale
XSEED has scrapped plans to publish Vanillaware’s gorgeous PSP role-playing game Grand Knights History in North America. The publisher said that unfortunately the “development resources required to localise the game were not available, necessitating its cancellation”. The publisher continued: We regret not being able to bring...
Giant enemy crabs
North American gamers need no longer be jealous of Way of the Samurai 4’s confirmation for Europe, because XSEED has just announced that the PS3 exclusive is headed to USA too. There’s still no date or price attached to the sandbox samurai period drama, but the confirmation alone should be enough to get you to dust off your...
Practice the demon arts
The PlayStation Vita’s launch line-up was undeniable hugy, but we’re already starting to hear murmurs of people asking what’s next. Thankfully it looks like the system’s going to avoid the usual new platform drought, with Unit 13 and the gorgeous Sumioni: Demon Arts both due out in North America in March. XSEED...
When we first laid eyes on the debut trailer for Sumioni: Demon Arts, we found the game's 2D, ink-infused world to be quite fetching. Well, now it looks like we'll be playing through the game's lush setting several times over.
Acquire's quirky ink-based PS Vita platformer, Sumioni, is to get a demo in Japan on January 25th
The contents of the demo are unknown at this point, but expect enough content to get a taste for the game's mix of touch and platforming mechanics ahead of its domestic release on February 9th. The game was confirmed for Western release late last year, with XSEED pledging publishing duties to the..
The Corpse Party franchise is only just finding its feet in the West
XSEED translated and released the quirky handheld horror title in the West earlier this month. But Japan's already gearing up for the franchise's third entry, with word of a new game — tentatively titled Corpse Party 2U — appearing in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. Details are scarce, but Siliconera notes..
Having just released the brilliant Corpse Party worldwide, XSEED is already eyeing its next big project
It's announced plans overnight to publish quirky PlayStation Vita platformer, Sumioni: Demon Arts, next Spring in the West. Sumioni puts players in control of an ink demon, fighting through a watercolour landscape. The game uses traditional button controls for movement and platforming, and..
Promising looking PlayStation Portable exclusive horror adventure, Corpse Party -- which has been receiving rave reviews in North America -- has been lavished with a European release date
Publisher XSEED's confirmed on its official forum that the 16-bit downloadable exclusive will launch on the European PlayStation Store from December 14th for just 14.99 (presumably £11.99). Personally we can't..
The PlayStation Vita may be months away from release, but it sounds like XSEED is planning on sending out the PSP with a bang
It's announced that Corpse Party — the excellent looking horror adventure title that launched in North America earlier in the month — is coming to Europe. XSEED didn't provide a date for the game, but urged fans to keep an eye on the company's Facebook and Twitter..
Corpse Party is a game ab0ut a haunted elementary school filled with dead children
Sounds depressing, huh? The premise is already well established, but what of the game itself? Writing on the PlayStation Blog, XSEED localisation wizard Tom Lipschultz suggested it was a "horror adventure game" and certainly much more than an "interactive novel" as many had believed. He added that..
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..
XSEED has confirmed that Corpse Party is headed to the North American PlayStation Network
The unusual PSP adventure title — derived from an amateur project — boasts hand-drawn 2D sprite art, and depicts the tale of a group of high-school students trapped in a haunted elementary school. The school plays host to the souls of children who have...
Ghostlight's announced that it's bringing Nihon Falcom's PSP RPG Legend Of Heroes: Trails In The Sky to Europe
The game — which released in the US last year courtesy of XSEED — is recommended for its excellent story-telling, visuals and battle system. No release date has been confirmed yet, but Ghostlight has stated it will be putting together a bumper Collector's Edition to satisfy fans..
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...
Half-Minute Hero is a zany PSP RPG with distinct twist that the action takes place in Half-Minute chunks
Good title, we hear you scream! If you're still not convinced, then keep your eyes out for a demo next month which will feature two stages from the quirky title. Those of you who are anticipating a UMD release of this game should know that it will be a digital release only. Which makes sense..