Posts Tagged ‘Bandai Namco’

A new Ace Combat 7 trailer swoops out on E3’s final day

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

I’ve got a soft-spot as big as an AWACS plane for the Ace Combat series. Alternate-earth settings, military melodrama, rousing music and the occasional sci-fi superweapon to shoot down in your unrealistically well armed jet. It’s all good stuff, and today’s Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown trailer ticks every box. While there’s no release date confirmed, it’s nice to see that it’s development is still zooming along and looking lovely, and that it’s still coming to PC.

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Soulcalibur VI arms up for October launch

The PC debut of Bandai Namco’s Soulcalibur fighting game series will come with Soulcalibur VI on October 19th, they announced today. It’s a stabby fighting game, arming characters with melee weapons rather than sending them in barefisted, and one of the stabbers is quite at home on PC even if the series isn’t. Homegrown hero Geralt Of Rivia is a playable guest character, armed with his sword and signs. Hey, if the makers of The Witcher are busy with Cyberpunk 2077, I’ll take my pirouettes where I can get them. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Is Strange devs announce Twin Mirror

Following the teen drama of Life Is Strange and the bloodsucking drama of Vampyr, Dontnod Entertainment are next applying their spooky sensibilities to a tale of a journalist returning to his home town. Publishers Bandai Namco today announced Twin Mirror, the Dontnod game they teased last year but had kept secret. Turns out, it’s a “psychological thriller” story ’em up involving amnesia, investigation, and possibly a bar brawl with a ghost? Watch the announcement trailer below. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I wish they had good anti-cheat,’ says Dark Souls hacker

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Pain and purgatory simulator Dark Souls: Remastered was released a couple of weeks ago, and within hours it was already the playground of a well-known hacker. Malcolm Reynolds, who is known to players from his exploits in other Dark Souls games, was invading players and throwing an accursed, hacked fireball at them, which inflicts diseases and a curse that makes the game even more difficult. He also has a history of getting people “softbanned”, which means their save file is flagged and they can only play with a small pool of other players (others who’ve been softbanned). I spoke to Malcolm Reynolds about why he does all this.

“I always say this to people that ask,” he tells me, “but every time they release a game I honestly wish they would have good anti-cheat.” Read the rest of this entry »

Code Vein opens up in September

Bandai Namco today announced they plan to launch their anime-ish, Souls-tinged action-RPG Code Vein on September 28th. What makes Code Vein a Soulsbut? Well, it’s got swords for starters. Can’t get more Dark Souls than swords. It got ruins, classic Dark Souls element right there. Oh! You can use the swords to hit monsters–did I mention monsters?–which is maybe the most Dark Souls thing of all. [Alright, that’s enough taking the piss. Snip! -ed.] Whew! Apologies for rambling there–872 words, really Alice?–but yes, the post-apocalyptic, vampiric Soulsbut is coming in September. Here, watch a new trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Tekken to the catwalk: judging the new birthday outfits

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Brendan: Fisticuffs game Tekken 7 celebrates its first birthday today and is gifting players some free costumes, hairstyles, effects and props to use in the fighting game’s silly-yet-joyful character customiser. As a strong adherent of fashion in the world of the Iron Fist, I am duty-bound to inspect these new bits and pieces with the critical eye of a trendsetting face-puncher. I’m joined now by fashion guru and kung-fu stylist Jean Claude Tekken, who will accompany me on this round-up of the best outfits. Hello Jean Claude.

Jean Claude: Good afternoon, Brendan. Let’s Tekken the sights, shall we?

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Wot I Think – Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

The past few years have been good for TV and film-licensed games, especially anime tie-ins. What used to be a dumping ground now contains a growing stable of games blending compelling mechanics with 3D art that captures the look of the original 2D animation.

Based on the popular Netflix-backed anime series, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is sadly not one of those, but not for lack of trying. It’s a game with grand ambitions that go unfulfilled.

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Dark Souls: Remastered is out now – and it’s already got an infamous hacker

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Crack open a nice cold soul, fans of permanently holding up a shield while you walk. Dark Souls: Remastered has been released on Steam today, a day earlier than we’d believed. The original Prepare to Die Edition was pulled from sale two weeks ago, so if you didn’t buy it then, this is now your only PC doorway to popular resort town Undead Burg. The Remastered edition is half-price for those who already own the old version. But the changes are minor, and there’s a more unnerving problem. Players are under attack from a notorious hacker, a dark spirit who invades worlds and corrupts the save files of innocent undeads. Read the rest of this entry »

Tekken 7 celebrates a year of fisticuffs with fancy dress

Tekken's Bear Essentials range never disappoints.

One of the best things about recent Tekken games is their genuinely impressive degree of character customisation. While you might be limited to a base character model – you’re not going to be making your own character from scratch – there are a truly enormous number of outfits, accessories and downright silly costume pieces that you can slap onto them to show off online. To celebrate Tekken 7‘s first anniversary on May 31st, it’s getting a bucketload of free new goodies to add to your wardrobe.

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It’s the final day to buy Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

The PC’s original ‘Prepare To Die’ edition of Dark Souls will be removed from sale on STeam tomorrow, ahead of the launch of the mildly fancier Remastered edition, so buy now if you want it for posterity. Folks who own Prepare To Die will get a 50% discount on Remastered, but that’ll still work out more expensive, so the reason to buy now would be to have the old version. Why might you want that if you’ve gone almost six years without it? Ah, well, y’know, I don’t know the mysteries of your mind. Perhaps this is the final prod you need to check out some weird mod you saw. Or perhaps you collect delisted Steam games? People. Read the rest of this entry »

11-11: Memories Retold teams Valiant Hearts director with Aardman

The co-director of Valiant Hearts is diving back into another World War for his next game, teaming up with English animation studio Aardman to make 11-11: Memories Retold. The game’s a bit of a mystery for now, but it’s set in World War 1, has a pretty painted style of animation, and I’m told will “follow the story of two soldiers brought together in the most unlikely of circumstances.” Let’s go out on a limb and guess that it’s two fellas on different sides who realise the other is human too and war is awful. Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Souls: Remastered is half-price for original owners

Folks who have the original Dark Souls on Steam will be offered a 50% discount on the upcoming Dark Souls: Remastered, Bandai Namco confirmed today. The revisions and additions in the Remastered edition aren’t huge but if you fancy returning to a fancier Lordran, that beats paying full price.

Remastered will be the only way to buy Dark Souls on PC, as Bamco also announced that they’ll remove ye olde Prepare To Die Edition from sale on Steam in a few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

My Hero One’s Justice to bring teen super-biffery to PC

Ker-biff!

My Hero One’s Justice does not have a very good name, I’ll be the first to admit, but neither did My Hero Academia, the excellent manga/anime series that this now-PC-bound superhero fighting game is based on. Don’t let wonky naming put you off either, because superheroes knocking seven bells out of each other (and the surrounding environment) will always be fun.

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Noct out with a fish: my quest to K.O. someone in Tekken with a tuna

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Noctis Lucis Caelum is the young monarch of Final Fantasy XV. He has a double-barrelled surname and a lot of invisible swords. He has also made a guest appearance in Tekken 7. These are two ridiculous worlds I like to inhabit in the evenings, so it makes sense to write about this crossover event. But there needs to be an angle. I need a hook. A hook… Of course! A fishing hook. Noctis loves to go angling, it’s his hobby. I’ll fight a bunch of people as Noctis and try to get a K.O. using a large fish. That’s an article. Read the rest of this entry »

God Eater 3’s apocalyptic monster brawls are PC-bound

Who's going to be eating who here?

Teen Anime-styled monster hunting game God Eater 3 is getting a western PC release, Bandai Namco confirmed today. Soon, you too will be able to gel your hair up to 11, shoulder an improbably large hybrid sword/gun/demon-devouring maw, and go bop some improbably large and angry creatures on the snoot, solo or with friends. Within, a gameplay trailer, featuring some monster snoots being bopped.

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Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time hits PC in May

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It does seem that Bandai-Namco are committed to bringing just about everything they publish to our once anime-deprived platform. The popular Little Witch Academia series (basically Harry Potter, but aimed more at girls, and on Netflix) is soon to receive its first game adaptation – a seeming inevitability, although I doubt I could have predicted its genre.

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time looks to blend lightweight school-life RPG mechanics with a side-scrolling brawler combat engine in the vein of Dragon’s Crown, albeit with a heavier focus on ranged attacks, and it’s due to hit PC this May.

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Dad Goku & Jumbo Goku join Dragon Ball FighterZ soon

Always spay or neuter your Goku

The problem with Dragon Ball is that there are just too many Gokus. Diet Goku, Regular Goku, Blueberry Goku, Goku Black and probably more besides – a little bit silly for one Goku and his immediate family to make up half the dang cast. Not a trend that’ll be ending soon either, at least according to Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s first set of DLC characters.

Gearing up for release on March 28th are Bardock (Goku’s Dad), and Broly, who is technically unrelated but sure as hell looks like a Goku to me. Android 16 has a lot of work ahead of him.
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Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis bowls into Tekken 7 today

While resident buttonmasher Brendan is busy in San Francisco, it falls to me to tell you that Final Fantasy XV protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum today arrived in Tekken 7 as the latest DLC character. “Noctis’s occupation is listed as: formally opening swimming pools and shopping centres,” Brendan might say, with that air of authority he has when making ludicrous claims about fighting game characters. “Likes: camping and cutting ribbons,” he’d add, knowing we’d trust him. God only knows where he gets it from, and I don’t intend to ask. “Dislikes: invasions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst’s Trial Of Mythron expansion out next week

Both of our resident deckheads are elsewhere this week, so it falls to me as a recovering shuffleholic to nervously peek at news of the next Duelyst expansion. Over 100 new cards are coming to the free-to-play CCG in Trials Of Mythron, its sixth expansion, with new mechanics and a new one-per-deck rarity. I’m told Duelyst is good, though I nod along enthusiastically with a look of terror and my nails drawing blood from the palm of my hand-holding hand, so this is good. Here, check out the pretty sprites of the expansion’s new units: Read the rest of this entry »

Return to Ding Dong Dell in Ni No Kuni II’s launch trailer

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After some delays, painfully gorgeous JRPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is hurtling towards us on Friday. A JRPG that we don’t need to wait months, or even years, to play after it launches on console. What bizarre times we live in. But also wonderful, if Level-5 can match the first Ni No Kuni. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for our review, but in the meantime cram this launch trailer into your eyeballs.

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