Posts Tagged ‘Namco Bandai’

Prepare To Die Harder: Dark Souls II

When a franchise is resurrected years after its previous instalment, it’s only natural to worry that there may be unnecessary changes to a once successful formula. Changes often make me sad, staring at the flickering screen like a melancholy ghost who realises that he no longer belongs in the world. The very term ‘reboot’ sometimes makes me head for the nearest tunnel of light, my only ‘goodbye’ a sigh and a shrug. Dark Souls 2 isn’t a reboot though and not enough time has lapsed for a paradigm shift to have taken place that means there must be regenerating health and Facebook integration. The new trailer shows some environments and they look suitably dingy and suited to vertical exploration.

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Star Trek Is A Spock And Kirk Buddy Game, OK

Alt+f4, are you sure?
Oh, marketing. Attaching a line to your Star Trek Making Of video that says “The Ultimate Co-op Experience” is just asking for trouble, isn’t it? I know I barely get to be in charge of anything in this universe, but in this case I’d definitely have gone for “Look, Spock and Kirk Can Hold Each Other.” And they can, as the video explained: it had to be a co-op game, because Kirk and Spock are opposites who attract. I mean, they don’t fist-bump, but do have each others backs. So to speak.

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Star Trek Into Trailerness

The JJ Abrams Star Trek movie was alright! So the sequel due out later this year, starring Benedict Cumberbund as maybe-Kahn or maybe Some Other Guy, will probably be alright too! I know, I know, another controversial opinion about consumer entertainment products, eh?

There will also be a Star Trek game, and that probably won’t be alright, because licensed games so rarely are. But it’s got Sylar’s face in it, and Vulcan nerve pinches, and some spaceship corridors that look a bit like The Normandy, so maybe I’ll be proven ULTRO-WRONG.
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Of Danger And Zones: Ace Combat Now On PC

It's named after madcap, one-liner-spitting main character Ace Q. Combat, obviously.

When I grow up, I want to be an airplane. I want to soar and spin and shoot all the bad guys with my jet lasers. At the moment, unfortunately, my relative youth is the one thing (that’s it; there’s nothing else) standing between me and that dream. It’s not all bad news, though, because now I can make do with Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition on my personal computing device. Sure, that means there’ll be tiny people yammering on inside of my planes, but I’ll just ignore them. I am the sky.

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Prepare To Die Again: Dark Souls II Announced

It's gonna be super easy and dumbed-down, obviously.

The incredibly unfortunate heir to E3’s Mountain-Dew-and-Dorito-stained throne just happened, so onward to the inevitable barrage of substance-free announcements. First up, Dark Souls II is a thing. It’s official, it’s real, etc. Presumably, it’s also a videogame, but Namco and From didn’t even go that far. So, is it coming to PC? I haven’t the foggiest. But given Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition‘s strong reception ’round these parts, it seems likely [Update: And also confirmed. Hooray!]. Until we know, well, anything, though, here’s an appropriately death-ridden CG trailer. If you pay close attention, you might also notice DRAGONS EVERYWHERE.

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Namco Says Ace Combat: Assault Horizon PC “Enhanced”

Namco Bandai (which still sounds like an exciting shiny-plastic toy name for a company in my head) have sent word that their dogfighting game Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is coming to PC. The Windows computer version, which is apparently due early next year, “features controls and graphics that have been optimized specifically for PC users. The PC version will include many of the DLC items released on the console versions of the game. Players will have immediate access to additional aircrafts and numerous aircraft skins as well as skills and maps.” So that’s sounds good. But also: “Players will have immediate access to additional aircrafts and numerous aircraft skins as well as skills and maps. The multiplayer portion of the game will feature support through Games for Windows Live from Microsoft.” Mmpf.

Still: zoom! As you can see below.
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Wot I Think: Dark Souls – Prepare To Die Edition

This is the closest Dark Souls will ever come to hugging you

Demanded and then reprimanded, Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition is the most basic port of one of the most peculiar and powerful games of recent times. It’s unforgiving, mysterious, bizarre and thoroughly rewarding, but are there enough graphics to let the brilliance shine through and does the game deserve its reputation? Here’s wot I think.

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Prepare To Sigh (In Relief): Dark Souls’ High-Res Mod

My kingdom for better resolutions. That's it right there: my kingdom. Do we have a deal?

I suppose, on some level, beggars can’t be choosers. We got our much-requested Dark Souls port, and early reports make it out to be quite the functional purveyor untimely, needlessly brutal death. So basically, exactly what we were all begging for. But – and I must briefly make sure there’s not a copy of the game in earshot; otherwise, it’ll totally kill me (no, really) for saying this – it’s not much of a looker. OK, scratch that: it’s a blurry, washed out mess. But wait, what’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? A plane? A… oh, wait, it was a bird. Anyway, here’s a mod for Dark Souls.

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Star Trek: The Game Of The Gap Between The Two Films

In space, no one can hear how lazy your captions are.

The ostentatiously-named Star Trek (in fact the fifty-third Star Trek computer game) isn’t due until early next year, despite trailers having been appearing since 2011. But trailers still they a-come, and Gamescom has revealed yet another. It’s an action-packed frenzy of Kirk-and-Spock shootyfighting, and far too few bleepy-bloopy computer noises for my liking. There are also ninety-six billion new screenshots, which you can see below.

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Hands-On: Dark Souls Prepare To Die Edition


This was never part of the plan. Dark Souls is coming to PC because so many people asked for it, just as Demons’ Souls only travelled West because an unexpected demand arose. There have been worrying signs that the port will be less than optimal and, having now played the Prepare to Die edition, it’s my sad duty to report that the experience is far from smooth. It’s still Dark Souls though, with more content than on console, and, framerate issues or not, there’s nothing else quite like it.

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