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Inversion Release Date Set

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.

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Tales of the Abyss Review

A decent port of a great game.

Tales of the Abyss tells the story of Luke fon Fabre, a boy who lives a sheltered life due to a kidnapping incident that he was the victim of as a child. After losing all of his childhood memories, he becomes a snobby and ignorant young adult. During a training exercise with his master, Van, a mysterious female attacker accidentally causes an event known as “Hyperresonance” which sends both Luke and his attacker to the other side of the country. Luke then learns about the conspiracies, wars and other events that were going on outside of the walls that he had been bound by. These events change Luke, and everyone that he travels with.

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MIA - Baten Kaitos

Namco Bandai's "other" JRPG of 2004 was a victim of bad timing.

Well kiddies, it’s another fantastic Friday and that means another installment of our favorite bi-weekly column Missing in Action!

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Namco Bandai Profits Up 48% Last Quarter

The company had strong sales in Japan to make up for poor international numbers.

Namco Bandai has announced that its quarterly profits have increased by 48%. This is due to a 17% increase in Japan and despite a 27% decrease in the US and a 5% decrease in Europe. The period in question is from the beginning of October to the end of December 2011.

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Star Trek Movie Tie-In Game Coming in 2013

Paramount Pictures and Namco Bandai are teaming up to develop the game.

Namco Bandai has announced that it is working in conjunction with Paramount Pictures to develop a video game based on the upcoming Star Trek movie for a 2013 release. The title will be released for "all major home consoles and PC."

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Tales of the Abyss Preview

Re-discover the meaning of birth, this time in 3D.

In 2006, fans of the Tales series were starving for more. Coming off of the surprising success of Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo Gamecube were not one, but two titles in the same year. The first, Tales of Legendia went largely ignored for its odd art style and lackluster presentation. The second title was Tales of the Abyss, which seemed like more of the natural progression of what Symphonia had achieved earlier.

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SoulCalibur V DLC Announced

Three separate DLC packs will be released following launch.

Namco Bandai has announced three downloadable content packs for the upcoming SoulCalibur V. Each pack will cost $1.99 or 160 MSP and comes loaded with "exclusive new customization items and music that players can then unlock in-game." The details for each pack are as follows:

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SoulCalibur V Preview

Seems like the soul still burns with this latest installment in the Soul series.

It’s been four years since the last SoulCalibur was released and a lot has changed. The fighting genre has seen a revival and the market is a lot more crowded than before. So when the sixth installment was announced in May 2011, fans of the series knew that business as usual would no longer be enough. The new SoulCalibur V would have to make substantial changes in order to differentiate itself from the other big titles in the fighting genre as well as evolve from its previous iterations in the series.

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Tales Studio Closes Down

Namco Bandai has absorbed the developer of the Tales RPG series.

Tales Studio, the developer responsible for the Tales series of RPGs since 1995's Tales of Phantasia, has been closed by parent company Namco Bandai. Although a reason wasn't given, Tales Studio has been having financial problems for some time and bankruptcy rumors have been floating around throughout 2011.

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Four More Characters Announced for Soul Calibur V

Make Room for Aeon, Cervantes, Xiba, and Yoshimitsu!

Namco Bandai has now let gamers know that Aeon, Cervantes, Xiba and Yoshimitsu will be coming to Soul Calibur V. Cervantes and Yoshimitsu are series favorites and look very different this time around. Yoshimitsu has a new mask and Cervantes' spell from the evil sword Soul Blade has been broken, altering his appearance. Aeon is a new character, a lizardman with wings who can spit fire. Xiba looks like a staff-wielding character that's a cross between Kilik, Talim and Maxi.

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