Ninja Theory sure has a thing for redheads don't they?
We're digging into another game from our backlog: Ninja Theory's Enslaved. We start by getting Julian's take on backlogged games from 2012, then we talk about what kind of a game Enslaved is.
The controversial Japanese game developer leaves a legacy of genre bending titles.
Last week was kind of a crazy week of news for video game fans of all walks of life. Naturally the PS4 announcement took up the lion’s share of the attention, and with good reason considering how long the current console generation has lasted. Obviously big and sad news hit a lot of people close to this website with the announcement that 1up would be closing, and some excellent writers getting laid off. With all of that commotion it’s easy to forgive if you didn’t realize that Kenji Eno died last week, as well. You can also be forgiven for asking who that is, because although Eno was a legendary game designer to a lot of people, he was also an enigma that hadn’t been in the gaming news for over a decade.
Namco Bandai finally reveals U.S. And European Release.
Western Tales series fans have a lot to be happy about with this year's releases of Tales of the Abyss 3D and Tales of Graces f. Apparently, these releases were successful enough to warrant the release of the latest main series game, Tales of Xillia.
Team Sora acquires a huge partner.
Since its premature announcement last E3, fans have been curious about the fate of the next iteration in the extremely popular Super Smash Brothers series. During Thursday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Smash fans were spoon fed a little more information. Namco Bandai, the company behind a wealth of series like Tekken, SoulCalibur, and Tales will be partnering up with Team Sora to bring fans the latest in the series.
As the Armored Core V community dwindles away, one of the promised online features finally makes its debut.
Disheartened players of Armored Core V had some good news waiting for them when they logged into the game this morning: the long-awaited arrival of multiplayer bosses. According to the in-game announcement, the bosses will be available from 9:00 AM PDT on Friday, April 26, through 2 AM PDT on Monday, April 30. The multiplayer bosses have been present on Japan’s server for some time now, but have yet to be seen on European or US servers. This missing feature is one of many frustrations for fans of the game, who are still left to wonder when patches to catch up with the Japanese version will be released. PixlBit has contacted Namco Bandai for comment on these issues, but has yet to receive a response, and no official press releases have been issued about the online bosses or patches.
Fingers crossed for a black and white option.
With the upcoming release of The Walking Dead, developer Telltale Games has a lot to prove. Not only do they have to reestablish consumer faith in their products after the lackluster reception of Jurassic Park, but they have to create a game that appeals to both the audiences of the Image comic book and the wildly popular AMC television show. Beyond that, this is the first M rated game from the normally family friendly company. A lot is riding on this game, and it will be up to the fans to decide how well Telltale fares. So far, it looks like they have things well in (zombified) hand.
Tales of the Typical JRPG.
Japanese RPGs haven't had the easiest time this generation. The good ones are few and far between and Japan has taken notice to the downshift in popularity. Many games, such as Tales of Graces f have a hard time being localized for English speaking audiences. Thankfully, after much fan demand, the game has finally seen a release on U.S. shores and while it doesn't stray far from the formula, it provides an experience that will satisfy many starving JRPG fans.
US fans of the Tales series may have even more to celebrate.
Namco’s Tales games have been coming out for quite some time now, but Europe and North America are just now starting to get some real love from the beloved RPG franchise. The publisher recently brought to us localizations of Tales of the Abyss 3D and Tales of Graces f, but it seems that there may be more in store for us as patents in both Europe and the U.S. have been spotted for Tales of Xillia.
Namco Bandai's Latest Takes the Series In A Slightly New Direction.
Many Tales fans feared that we would never see Tales of Graces on U.S. soil. It has been three years since the Japanese Wii release and two years since the release of the enhanced PS3 port, Tales of Graces f. Though it looked unlikely, Namco Bandai announced last year that we in the U.S. would officially be getting Tales of Graces f and that we would be getting the best possible version of the game. Tales of Graces f may not be on the radar of many gamers, but people interested in the JRPG genre should definitely look out for this.
Two years after its original release window, Inversion is finally coming out.
After two years of multiple delays, Namco Bandai has finally locked in a launch date for Inversion. Saber Interactive's gravity-defying shooter will come to retail shelves for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 5, 2012. The title was originally slated for a 2010 release.