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Yooka-Laylee is proof that Kickstarter only breaks when we break it

It is an insanely dangerous thing to pay someone for a product that they’ve yet to create. It’s essentially buying faith, which is pretty unstable stock by and large. The risk is obvious: if something goes wrong and the result isn’t what we wanted or expected, we get no return. But we take that risk because, if we more »

Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Season 3 won’t start until 2016

Telltale Games will not release the third season of its venerable The Walking Dead series until 2016. PR Director Job Stauffer confirmed the delay in a recent tweet, adding that a separate The Walking Dead project will release within the year. At least, that’s what his follow-up tweets suggest: in response to one fan’s somber affirmation “No Telltale more »

The Danganropa duo cracks 200,000 sales in the West

Visual novels have finally found a strong enough Western foothold to start climbing. NIS America is leading the charge with its Danganropa titles—Trigger Happy Havoc and its sequel Goodbye Despair—which recently hit 200,000 combined sales in the NA and EU markets. “That’s just on PS Vita — it’s quite an impressive number,” NISA CEO and President Takuro Yamashita told MCV. more »

An Octave Higher Review: Musical novel

An Octave Higher Price: $11.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 27, 2015 Publisher (Developer): AGM Playism (Kidalang) I count myself among the minority crying out for more narrative-driven games and for better narratives within them. The general quality of video game writing needs a serious shot in the arm, but I also want to see more »

Katawa Shoujo is getting a physical release in Japan

Katawa Shoujo, the visual novel created by Four Leaf Studios, which consists almost entirely of members from 4chan’s /a/ board, will soon see a Japanese release. The game originally released in English on January 4, 2012, and has since been translated to Spanish and French. This marks the creation of both an official Japanese and disc version. Katawa more »

Journey’s PS4 adventure will be physical and digital

Thatgamecompany’s magnum opus is coming to PS4 this summer. The new-gen port of Journey was first announced in August 2014 alongside a port of The Unfinished Swan, but we now have both a date—which will likely be updated at E3, and a format. As DigitalSpy reports, Journey on the PS4 will be available digitally via PlayStation Network, but also more »

Invisible, Inc. is bringing tactical espionage to PS4

Another day, another intriguing indie project. From Klei Entertainment, the makers of Don’t Starve and Mark of the Ninja, comes Invisible, Inc., a tactical RPG that mixes stealth with procedural generation. But you probably already knew that; the game’s slated for a Steam release May 12, after all. But now it’s coming to PS4. Klei co-founder Jamie Cheng more »

3DS and Wii U actually getting The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (and Xbox One too)

Although Sony has been hoovering up independent developers for years, other companies and their platforms have been slower on the uptake. But it seems everyone is finally ready for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, as its creator Edmund McMillen recently confirmed that the dungeon-crawler is coming to Wii U, New 3DS, and Xbox One in all its unedited, uncensored more »

How Republique Remastered and DmC got me hooked

I’ve been reviewing unusually brilliant games lately. I know that sounds cynical, but you have to understand that being assigned two A-quality games in a row is something of a unicorn in this industry, at least for me. Still, there’s no doubt I enjoyed playing and critiquing Camouflaj’s Republique: Remastered and Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive more »

5 (10?) Games you must (should?) buy from Sony’s Under-A-Buck PSN Flash Sale

Happy Spring, folks! Unless you’re living in the southern hemisphere and are busy welcoming in Autumn instead. Or reside in the north-eastern United States and are celebrating your vernal equinox with (yet another) out-pouring of powder. In any case, celebrate your respective seasonal situation with Sony, who has been gracious enough to kick off a more »

What’s up with Hideo Kojima?

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima’s name has been removed from all Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain promotions and artwork. As Eurogamer reports, hawk-eyed NeoGAF users noticed the updated artwork, which now omits the tagline “A Hideo Kojima game” as well as the Kojima Productions logo. Further, Kojima Productions’ official Twitter has been consolidated under the Metal Gear more »

Republique Remastered Episodes 1-3 Review: I spy

Republique Remastered Price: $24.99 System(s): PC Release Date: February 26, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Camouflaj (Camouflaj) You have to feel sorry for the stealth genre. Too often the label is slapped on otherwise run-and-gun experiences simply because they have a crouch button and, if they’re really daring, dim lighting. As so many stab-happy protagonists forget, it’s the subtleties that more »