Last time Arc System Works teased something, we came away rather disappointed. This time though, it looks like they’ll be trying their hand at the BloodRayne franchise. Not much is known beyond what is shown on the teaser site itself. All we see is a countdown and some text above it. “She who fights with monsters might take care lest she thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you,” is written.
Keep your fingers crossed, ’cause we might be traversing Filgaia once again. Maybe. According to Game Jouhou, via Siliconera, SCE’s Kentaro Motomura, producer, recently spoke with Famitsu about fan demand and what games they would like to see revisited. Among the games requested is Wild ARMs, which hasn’t seen a new entry since the SRPG entry Wild ARMs XF on the PSP, and Wild ARMs 5 on the PS2. Until the issue of Famitsu is released, we won’t know for sure if a new entry will be made or not.
Oh sweet, sweet irony. California State Senator, Leland Yee, was arrested on corruption, racketeering, and pretty much being in cahoots with organized crime. According to the affidavit, Yee was trying to get donations through bribery by showering praise or aiding in legislation and receiving monetary compensation. Doing so would net him more money for his campaign, going way beyond what the donation limit in California is for a public official. But it doesn’t stop there. Those who contributed in Yee’s deals were offered guns from an arms dealer in New Jersey that Yee was in contact with. He, along with 26 others, are accused of taking part in Yee’s schemes, which went beyond what is mentioned here.
A user by the name of Gary (username WarioBrose) on Miiverse shared with the newly created Shantae community a code to enter the debug mode of Shantae. On the title screen, hit the following directions:
Left (×2), right (×8), left (×6), right (×2), left (×7), right (×6), left (×8).
Going by his screen-name Jew Wario, Justin was known for making his video series “You Can Play This,” which had its beginnings on Doug Walker’s The Guy With The Glasses website (and later Blistered Thumbs and Retroware TV). The series was known it pleasantness compared to the other offerings at TGWTG, going for a more informative approach and lighthearted on the ease of playing import games. He showed viewers how easy it is to actually play imported imported Japanese games without having to know the language. While getting imports can be troublesome due all the hoops one has to jump through, probably one of the biggest barriers to playing Japanese imports (or any other for that matter) was the language. Even so, Justin broke down the mechanics of how each videogame he showcased worked, and rated each one on how much text is shown, if there is English used, how difficult or easy a game was, the game’s rarity, and the usual price it goes for should they be available.
Justin’s wife, Jenny, left a message on her facebook, one part talking about his fans and their reception of his videos. “
Ah ah. don’t read anything down here yet. Just play the video and listen. Listen to that music!
Since the revelation of David Wise coming back to compose for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, together with Kenji Yamato from the first DKCR game and the Metroid Prime series, we really haven’t heard much in the form of music. While we many, including us, did play a bit of Tropical Freeze, they were in noisy venues. Not the best of places to really hear what anything has to offer in the form of music (unless the booths had headphones). But now we can hear the music better thanks to gameplay uploaded by Gamespot. First we have the savannah music, which sounds very much inspired by the likes of The Lion King.
The next, after the break, is the boss battle music.
Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s soundtrack. Damn what a soundtrack that was. From getting hyped by that Boss Theme, to shitting your pants fighting an Archangel, the music of SMT IV was intense and unrelenting. And now you can finally have it! Atlus has announced that the Shin Megami Tensei IV Original Soundtrack is set to release in Japan on February 26, 2014, courtesy of Mastard Records. The music will come in four CDs, complete with kickass cover art (pictured left).
If you haven’t gotten the game yet or missed out on the first print, you’re probably wondering what all the hubbub is about if we got the soundtrack already. What came with the game in both the U.S. and Japan wasn’t the soundtrack to the game, but instead an 8-song tribute CD containing updates of older mainline SMT music using modern instruments, save for Nocturne’s prelude which is simply a remix with SMT IV instrumentation. So anyone trying to look for cleaner SMT IV songs on Youtube had one helluva wait on their hands as the songs uploaded there were mainly gamerips — many of which are already compressed to accommodate for space in the game.
Shit just got real with Dragon’s Crown. A new update has been released for Dragon’s Crown, and this is a pretty significant update. First the Level Cap. Originally, the level cap was 99 on Infernal Mode. Now players can play the game in Ultimate Mode, which lifts the level cap to 255. On top of this, a new dungeon called the Tower of Mirages has been added. It’s a dungeon of randomly generated rooms and has, I’m not kidding, tens of thousands of levels. Looks like my Amazon Twerka’s gonna have a lot more twerkin’ to do before I declare her adventure complete (I just started on Infernal Mode). Ultimate Mode becomes available only if you beat the 9th floor of the Labyrinth of Chaos.
On top of this comes a few more gameplay improvements. Now when you attack enemies, you can see a damage total instead a bunch of numbers popping up. If you have a save file with the story complete, you can now play as other characters and skip straight to the Talisman quest. Also, if you completed quest as your main character, you don’t have to do the guild quests again as the others (so now I can rock the Sorceress without dreading doing those quests over, like the solo challenges…). And finally, if you’re still having trouble seeing your characters in the midst of all the chaos, you can now toggle character transparency for when they overlap.
So get out there and get crackin’ on that new level cap. And remember, this update is free.
This morning’s Nintendo Direct was all about new stuff, new stuff in already released games, and new stuff in upcoming games. Since this year is about to wrap up, everything that would’ve been shown during a Nintendo Direct this year has more or less transpired. While some games have yet to be shown again, like X and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, this Direct had some pretty cool announcements. So hit the jump let’s check out some of them.
At 6AM EST, the Persona event was livestreamed and kicked off with who I think was the voice actress for Teddie (well… she sounded like Teddie). After a brief introduction by her, Teddie himself showed up and began talking a bit about the series, or at least the bits and pieces I can understand since it was in Japanese. Then the games came, and there sure was a lot of Persona. Hit the jump and let’s take a look.
After many teases by XSEED of a pending fall release, they’ve finally confirmed that Senran Kagura Burst will finally come out on the 3DS exclusively on Nintendo eShop on November 14th. The story follows the girls of both the Hanzo National Academy and the
Destructoid‘s Dale North recently reported on an “accidental slip” that a redditor picked up on regarding p-ch.jp. For a while now this site’s been suspected of being related to Persona. The image in question on Destructoid reveals that the website is for the release of Persona 5. So some are psyched up while others are suspicious as to what this site is for. However many are pointing out that the image is a fake. Since then the site has reverted back to the above image — or maybe it’s been like this the whole time since the image from reddit has been deemed fake. Regardless, let’s go ahead and analyze what this site is about anyway.
In an unexpected turn of events, the once cancelled Japanese version of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is finally getting released in Japan, but with a twist. Instead of releasing it at retail, it is a Platinum reward for Japanese Club Nintendo members. This is one of the few instances of a game made in Japan not releasing in its country of origin (which brings to mind this game I talked about a ways back). We’ll talk about this a sec, first some backstory. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin was the second game in the Advance Wars series for the DS (fourth overall for the U.S.) and went for a more darker theme than the previous entries in the series. The story sees the world in shambles after a meteor shower, and the armies of the world react with either righteousness, cowardice, or aggression towards their fellow man. At the same time, a flora/fauna-sprouting virus known as the Creeper is spreading across the land, and for some reason it only infects young people. Along with the darker story, the game’s also got some kickass music that I’ve covered quite a few times.
Now then, the release of Days of Ruin in Japan for the 3DS brings a couple of milestones with it. One is that this is the first retail DS game released for Nintendo eShop on the 3DS. While it’s still only for Club Nintendo members, this could open the doors for more DS games getting released for the service. The other is that, for Nintendo, this is technically the first essentially cancelled game to get released in Japan. While another Nintendo game, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, was simply not announced for Japan when it first came out, Days of Ruin was supposed to come out in the region. The game was constantly delayed until it was eventually cancelled. With this game finally getting released, who knows what other cancelled games Nintendo might revive for a comeback.
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin on Club Nintendo [via Club Nintendo Japan]
It’s time to brush up of you fucking typing skills, ’cause SEGA just released The Typing of the Dead: Overkill. Presumably the same game as The House of the Dead: Overkill on Wii and Ps3, the story follows Agent G. and Detective Washington as they unravel the mystery of where this zombie outbreak started. It’s been over 10 years since the original Typing of the Dead was released, with the most recent version releasing on PC back in 2003. Much like the original Typing of the Dead, instead of aiming a gun (or controller) at the screen, you must instead type out what is shown on the screen to kill each enemy. You can see more of how the original game is played by clicking here.
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is currently available for PC.
[via SEGA’s Twitter]
Just a quick update to those visiting, Sonic the Hedghog has been added to the SSB4 article breaking down each character’s history. All future character reveals will have that character added to that article.