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Shantae: Half Genie Hero Preview: Shantae shows her moves

Shantae Half Genie Hero appears to be coming along nicely. WayForward provided a preview build featuring three playable levels to early-access level Kickstarter backers. The demo is brief, and specifically adjusted to avoid any possible spoilers, but its contents are solid. Shantae Half Genie Hero will feature platforming action as the titular Shantae runs, jumps, more »

Eitr Preview: Expect great things

I’m looking forward to Eitr, and you should be as well. I had the opportunity to sit down with Eitr’s indie developers during E3 2015. Their prior meeting ran late, as did mine, for reasons I would come to understand through meeting them. Eneme Entertainment is comprised of two people, artist and designer David Wright more »

Project X Zone 2 Interview: Kensuke Tsukanaka talked about the SRPG at E3

During E3 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kensuke Tsukanaka, Production 2 Chief at Bandai Namco, about the upcoming release of Project X Zone 2 for the 3DS. Mr. Tsukanaka, who fielded my questions through a translator, gave me the scoop on the crossover game that combines a cast of characters from more »

Terraria’s 1.3 update changelog revealed

The Terraria 1.3 Changelog has been released, and it’s expansive, impressive, and purposefully incomplete so not to spoil all of the new surprises. Following is the full list, but some of the highlights include: 800 new items to discover Expert Mode, featuring increased challenge and new rewards New Underground Desert biome New Tax Collector NPC more »

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember Preview: Eager for adventure

King’s Quest is poised to launch during July, 2015 with the first of five chapters, “A Knight to Remember.” I had the opportunity to see the latest build and ask questions of developers Bill Linn and Matt Korba during E3 2015, and what I saw has me excited to return to the fairytale kingdom of more »

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance release date confirmed

The PS4 exclusive Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance now has an official U.S. release date. Strategy RPG fans can begin their quest for revenge on October 6, 2015. That’s pretty fast! Disgaea 5, the first in the series to appear on Sony’s current-gen system, features an Overlord named Void Dark conquering numerous Netherworlds. A demon more »

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review: Digital dungeons

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Price: System: Vita Release Date: June 9, 2015 Publisher (Developer): NIS America (Experience Inc.) ESRB Rating: “Mature 17+” for Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence, Blood and Gore Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy gives Vita owners the chance to lead a team of dungeon explorers on a mission of good, old-fashioned monster more »

Five things I love about Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

I am overjoyed that Theatrhythm Dragon Quest exists. Sure, it would have been nice if the game weren’t exclusive to Japan, and I suppose I would have preferred not having to import a Japan-region 3DS in order to play it, but it is and I did and I’ve no regrets. I’ve expressed my desire for more »

Ingredients of Shovel Knight: cooking experiment

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my cooking show. I’ve just had the pleasure of playing through the recent Vita release of Shovel Knight, and I found it to be a savory, wholesome experience. It was evident that a lot of hard work went into this dish, and it featured several hints of familiar ingredients from more »

Shovel Knight Review: Retro perfection

Shovel Knight Price: $14.99 System(s): Vita (also available on PS3 and PS4) Release Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Yacht Club Games (Yacht Club Games) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence I’ve been eager to see how Shovel Knight came together ever since the game saw its initial release in 2014. Now that the more »

First Touhou Project games release in the U.S.

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. saw the first official release of games related to the Touhou Project via the Playism digital storefront. The two games, Double Dealing Character and TAKKOMAN are $14.99 and $9.99 respectively. Double Dealing Character is the 14th numbered game in the Touhou Project series crafted by creator ZUN, sole member more »

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Preview: Modern Fantasy

Something is rotten in the city of Tokyo. Demonic entities are warping reality, establishing labyrinthine spaces-within-spaces and ensnaring people within. Fortunately, there exist humans with the ability to do battle against these invaders. Unfortunately, these “chosen ones” of Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy tend to be high school kids with an established proneness for getting more »