DBXV-Interview

We continue our countdown to the release of Dragon Ball Xenoverse in one week with a Jump Festa 2015 interview featuring Masayuki Hirano, the producer behind the game. Not only are villainous characters talked about in the game, which mainly relates to known characters getting extra boosts of power to alter their timeline, but also delves a bit into parallel missions. More about all of this after the break, including the interview video. (more…)

FFType0

Recently released in Japan, and now with official English subtitles, the final trailer for Final Fantasy Type 0 shows some exciting footage from the FFXV demo as well! I realize that Square Enix is probably including this demo to bolster sales obviously, but Type 0’s HD remake looks like a fantastic title to begin with! Not only was the Vita version never released in North America, but it was only available on Sony’s handheld.

The story focuses on a group of students from a magical academy who are thrust into action during war time when an invading empire tries to branch out and take over other states which have a crystal. Obviously this sounds a lot like classical Final Fantasy and Type-0 promises to be a darker take on the classic story telling we know and love. Check out the trailer after the break, it looks absolutely fantastic and even has nods toward nostalgic creatures as well.

The demo for FFXV will be available with the Day One edition of Final Fantasy Type-0. (more…)

DissidiaArcade

A big surprise came today from the Japanese Amusement Expo with the announcement of Final Fantasy Dissidia for Japanese arcades. The game seems to feature 3 vs 3 combat and as you can see by the trailer after the break, if that’s gameplay it looks pretty awesome! It does look like in game content, and it’s especially cool to see how beautiful the cinematography plays out. Those are some really nice combat angles! (more…)

DragonBallXV-CharacterDesign

The most exciting detail in Dragon Ball XenoVerse is the ability to create your own character. While Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi did allow for this in Hero Mode, it seems like XenoVerse will allow for a lot more customization. Thanks to the wonderful folks at YouTube channel PS360HD2 who posted up the Bandai Namco livestream, we’ve got to see some of XV in action.

XenoVerse lets you go more in depth by allowing gamers to choose their character height and body type, as well as a few other options that weren’t available in Ultimate Tenkaichi. In fact, thanks to the storyline, the main focus is based around playing as your custom character and trying to correct the Dragon Ball timeline. So what can you do with customization? (more…)

ReviewScores

I’m used to review scores. GamePro and many other gaming magazines of the 90’s gave them out and it’s how we judged video games. These days, Kotaku has noted that sometimes an over importance is put on Metacritic scores to the point of bonuses even being offered to developers if good scores are obtained. Kotaku itself has a right to point out the follies of review scores since like some other sites, they have developed their own system. Instead of a score, Kotaku simply tells readers if a game is worth playing or not, or in rare cases if gamers should wait it out for now with a ‘not yet’ rating.

There’s nothing really wrong with review scores, as long as they’re understood. I think that’s the biggest focus of a yes or no answer. It gives you the direct approach. The question of, “Should I be playing this game?” is instantly answered. With review scores it’s more of a hot or cold game. I mean, we’re a great example of that ourselves at Darkain Arts Gamers and on our sister sites. Dying Light and Funk of Titans are separated by a mere one point in our rating system. Of course these scores have variables to them, and that’s where things get tricky. So how do we see our review score system and what does it mean? (more…)

Nippon_Ichi

NIS America has brought us some amazing titles over the years. Even more recently, there have been some real slam dunks like The Guided Fate Paradox that really stood out as a classic. With another Disgaea sequel on the way for the PS4 much later this year, it really made me realizes there is a lot more here than just nostalgia. Sure lets face it, many of us knew or even played NIS games before the Netherworld tactical simulator came out, but it was Disgaea that really made NIS shine. The variety of the cast, fun writing, and the customize your own character options really made for a great experience that everyone wanted in on. Especially considering the original Disgaea has seen a couple rereleases by now.

Yet Disgaea isn’t set in stone, nor really is the NIS universe. We usually tend to get fresh characters, or completely new titles such as Makai Kingdom. So what is it that draws players back in so well that has made NIS such a powerhouse? (more…)

Evolve

Evolve, released today, is a five person multiplayer experience. It pits four Hunter human players against another player who is playing as a hulking monster. You’re not alone however and both sides can power up from killing the wildlife in the games various areas. From Turtle Rock Studios who developed the Left 4 Dead series, this title is also a first person experience.

Eager to see some of the classes involved? Read on for the launch trailer. (more…)

DBXV

With just over two weeks away, it’s almost time for Namco Bandai’s North American release of Dragon Ball XenoVerse. In this title, Time Patrol Trunks uses the power of Shenron to summon a new hero into the world of Dragon Ball. The awesome thing about this game is, that hero is one you create! Your mission is to restore the Dragon Ball timeline to it’s original state.

Let alone the idea of fans being able to craft original characters into the game is awesome, but it seems there’s even an online component as well. Being able to choose from five different races and many customization and clothing options is awesome on it’s own, but you can take your hero out into the online world to battle with other gamers characters as well! (more…)

DyingLightReview

Taking the zombie survival genre we’ve come to know and love, then making it into an open world adventure that lies somewhere between Mirror’s Edge and Dead Rising, this is a fantastic title! There’s something familiar but unique in the first person presentation of Dying Light’s parkour style gameplay. As a runner for a group of survivors you’ll venture out into the zombie infested fictional city of Harran. So what makes this such an experience? Read on to find out.

First off, the parkour style gameplay really sets Dying Light aside. Picture it as similar to some of the action you may have experienced in Mirror’s Edge, mixed with a first person Assassin’s Creed style climbing setup. It’s really something to take a running leap off of a stories tall building with the intent to grab a balcony in the distance. The game encourages you to look toward the ledge you want to grab and this is very much how the mechanic works. You do need to press and hold a shoulder button as well, but otherwise you’ll just jump. Focusing on your goal allows the engine to know where you want to go. (more…)

The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: Fantastic parkour gets you around the city in fun ways | Likable characters make for a memorable cast | Free roam itself can lead you into wild situations

The Bad: Missions can feel overbearing at times | Foes take a ton of damage before leveling up

UnderworldAscendant

One of the most fantastic RPG series ever, was Ultima Underworld. Now thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, the original team behind Underworld is hoping to bring back that legendary adventure. Back in the day there was nothing like the freedom that Underworld offered. It was one of the early games I can remember that allowed you to just go berserk on NPC’s. Mindless rebellion (surely brought on by Stygian Abyss madness I’m sure) aside, it was the untold treasures you could discover. The game design that made exploring new areas so engrossing. Being able to write on in game maps to keep track of discoveries as you went. So much made the game that much more awesome! So plant a silver seed on the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter page and venture into the depths of untold campaign rewards!

Click here to find out more: Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Campaign or check out the official site at UnderworldAscendant.com

Genshiken

We’re still wrapping up our coverage of NISA’s Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl, but in the meantime Genshiken Second Generation was released today! The anime about an eclectic group of otaku college students’ premium edition includes 2 Blu-ray discs, with 16 minutes of Bonus Shorts. There’s also a 64-page hardcover art book included! The book itself sounds quite nice with episode guides, character info, and even interviews with the cast members and production staff! Read on for NISA’s official press release info. (more…)

DyingLightImpressions

Just released yesterday, the zombie infested city parkour adventure Dying Light is quite an unique title. The game vaguely feels like a free roam version of Mirror’s Edge with some Dead Rising mixed in. This creates some amazing experiences that can relate to the games quite unbelievable, however accurate, gameplay trailer. There’s nothing quite like running down an alleyway on your way to a mission, then stopping dead when you come to a street full of shambling zombies. What do you do? Take to the roof tops? Climb the nearest bus to avoid their attacks? Or just run head long and dodge your way through the horde? It’s the encouragement of those sorts of instant decisions that make Dying Light so interesting. (more…)

MakotoBike

It’s time to yet again delve into NIS America’s recent anime release, Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl! Naturally, there will be spoilers but for those of you interested in taking a deeper look into this series before giving it a go, or some of you who just want to reflect, come in and join us.

What sort of drama will Makoto and Erio find themselves in now? (more…)

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Get ready for the BOOM, baby!

The new ongoing Sonic comic book series from Archie Comics, based on the new TV and video game, continues as <em>Sonic Boom</em> #3 Hammer Spaced hits news stands on Wednesday!

Amy’s most precious possession, her piko hammer, has gone missing! And if she can’t find it, her hammer won’t be the only thing she’ll lose! While the boys are on a hammer-hunting quest, Sticks tries to show Amy a new arsenal—but will she survive the experience?!

<!–more–>The issue is 32 pages of full colour action and features art from Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms. The new issue features new cover art from Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms, and special Team Sonic Variant Cover: Art provided by SEGA. The issue is penned by Ian Flynn, as always and retails for $3.99.

Also this week SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #13 is being released, a mega-magazine filled with art from the comic series and the inside scoop on the biggest <em>Sonic Boom</em>. The issue retails for $9.99.

Also, Sonic the Hedgehog’s most popular graphic novel series is back with Sonic Select Volume 10! This collection of some of Sonic’s newest, greatest—and strangest—battles! Witness one of the craziest clashes between Sonic and Knuckles in Sonic’s home city! Witness the newest adventures of Sonic and his friends as they enter the new Sonic comic universe.

Erio

You may have heard that NIS America recently released Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl on Blu-ray in North America. I’m currently watching the series and thought it would be fun to write articles about my thoughts as I continue on into the anime. Of course these may contain spoilers so that’s something to be aware of. Today we’re looking at the first and second episodes. This seems like an interesting idea since it will contain my evolving thoughts as I watch. So instead of just a review, you’ll get to see a flowing progression of how I feel the show is progressing.

Interested? Read on for this first release! (more…)

DestinyDarkBelow

Ranging between Earth’s Cosmodrome and The Hellmouth pit on the Moon, Destiny gamers can now purchase Bungie’s first expansion. Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s just a new raid here. Be sure to stop by the Tower after picking up the The Dark Below expansion and talk to newcomer Eris. She’ll have some bounties for you that will unlock new missions.

If you’ve played Destiny on Earth or the Moon recently, you’ve seen increased activity from The Hive foes. This DLC continues that storyline leading into the darkness deep within the moon where the latest raid takes place. What else is in store and what other goodies do you get? Read on for the press release from Activision! (more…)

Psychoelectric

Just a couple days ago, Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl the Complete Series was released in North America thanks to NIS America. The release includes a two Blu-ray, two DVD disc set with bonus features. Described as an out-of-this-world comedy, this anime involves a group of teenagers living in “the city of aliens”. Shown above this the Complete Series Premium Edition.

Want to know more? Read on for NISA’s official press release about this 13 episode series, as well as the trailer! (more…)

EccentricFamily

Lets take a look into the New Year already as NIS America prepares to release The Eccentric Family in a Complete Premium Edition on January 6th, 2015. The premium edition two Blu-ray disc set will include all 13 episodes, a 64 page full-color art book, and NIS America’s high quality collectable packaging! Want to hear more about the tale of the Shimogamo family and see the trailer? Read on for (more…)

ElegyRelease

Creative writing inspirational title Elegy for a Dead World surprisingly appeared on Steam today weeks before it’s expected 1st quarter of 2015 release date. This is the official release though and no mistake! Elegy is an interesting almost educational software title, encouraging users to be creative and craft a story about alien worlds as they explore them.

The almost madlib style that writers are presented prompts in allows for encouraged creativity. There is also a freeform selection that lets players input any text they like. We gave Elegy a run through and will have a review coming soon. Till then, read on for the press release details announced today. (more…)