Posts Tagged ‘Bandai Namco’

Soul Calibur VI shows off some samurai swordsing

"I've got Soul but I'm not a Soul Calibur!"

The Game Awards and its accompanying news orgy are over and everyone is settling back into normal life with a low-burning sense of shame. That sweaty night of news saw the announcement of sword-slashing fighting game Soul Calibur VI and its upcoming PC debut. We only saw some cinematic swordicuffs between staple characters Mitsurugi and Sophitia but some PlayStation salesmen have now shown more of the stabbing ‘n’ jabbing in an interview with producer Motohiro Okubo. It’s mostly fluffy talk filled with mild sycophancy but it does give a better idea of what players will see and do, including a reversal mechanic. Read the rest of this entry »

Soul Calibur VI is coming to PC in 2018

Soul food

Sword-slashing fighting game Soul Calibur has been on consoles since the 1990s but next year it’s coming to PC with Soul Calibur VI, Bandai Namco announced last night during the Game Awards. Finally, you will be able to slice and/or dice your opponents with blades, rapiers, whips and whatever the hell those things are that Voldo uses. Not much has been revealed but there’s a trailer below. Read the rest of this entry »

Tekken 7 gets new character Geese tomorrow

Wait, that's not a geese

Firm-but-fair fisticuffs game Tekken 7 gets a new character tomorrow in the form of Geese Howard. Who’s that? He’s the blonde villain from another fighting game series, Fatal Fury, which was popular on ye olde Neo Geo in Japan. Let’s learn more about him by checking the ever-useful Tekken wiki. Ah yes, let’s see.

“Likes: Himself.”

“Dislikes: People who stop his ambitions.”

He sounds nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Three cars and the truth: a belated Project Cars 2 demo

My 2018 prediction: the demo is coming back, baby, back. With so many games to choose from, and so many big names that haven’t chart-topped with the expected ease, The Man will pursue new ways of making people crave his output. By new ways, I mean old ways. Free, limited demonstration editions of videogames: they are the future.

Earlier this week, Bethesda offered a belated Wolfenstein 2 trial, and now Project CARS 2 has also embraced the promotional techniques of yesteryear. There’s now a three car/one track demo available for the hyper-realistic, ultro-graphics racer.
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Tekken 7 is a brutal but brilliant intro to fighting games

A dramatic reconstruction of the events of yesterday evening

Against my better judgement, I have continued my battle to become a competent brawler in daft fighting game Tekken 7. In the realm of biffing games, Tekken is an angry, side-stepping maniac who likes to play dress-up before battering its victims into a pulpy mess. I like it very much. Last night, I accumulated eleven wins in a row, eight of which were against a single opponent who simply refused to give up, resulting in mixed feelings of accomplishment, pity, pride and bloodlust.

Punchgame enthusiasts will find nothing new or impressive in this short story, but as a newcomer, it’s interesting to discover the hidden language of fighters, not just in the ‘ring’ but also during the bits in-between, like the matchmaking itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst adds 100 cards in Immortal Vanguard expansion

Cardwards and onwards

There are some good, silly names in the latest expansion for monster-battling card game Duelyst. A goth called Maehv Skinsolder. A mutliarmed sorceress called Shidai Stormblossom. One guy is called “Brome”, which is the most US high school footballer name imaginable. They’re all new generals, part of the 100-card roster of Immortal Vanguard, which came out a couple of days ago. I haven’t summoned my precious winged rat babies in a while, so I can’t say what this adds to the shifting tactics of the game. But I can say that “Ragnora the Relentless” sounds like a good name for a superhero dinner lady. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy XV boy Noctis is coming to Tekken 7

Da da da daaa da daa dadaddaaaa

The crossover-verse collapses further upon itself with every passing day. This time it’s magic prince lad Noctis from Final Fantasy XV who falls victim to the fathomless gash in the fabric of our collective realities. In spring next year he will wake up to find himself in Tekken 7, where he must compete in the Iron Fist Tournament. Super. Read the rest of this entry »

.hack//G.U. Last Recode slashes onto PC

If you like the idea of MMORPGs but not actual MMORPGs, hey, you can now jack into a fictional MMO with the newly-released PC versions of .hack//G.U. The PlayStation 2 action-RPG trilogy focuses is (mostly) set inside a malfunctioning MMORPG as we and our chums hunt down a player-killer whose virtuamurders have actually put someone into a coma in real life. Ten years after the trilogy wrapped up on PS2, it’s now on PC fancied up a little as .hack//G.U. Last Recode. I’ve not played ’em myself but have heard some good things from folks into PS2 JRPGs. Hey, here’s the launch trailer with some then/now graphics comparisons: Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst gets 100 card expansion in mid-November

Cardwards and onwards

I’ll always remember Duelyst for its spectacularly dumb monster fights. Following a recent takeover from Bandai Namco, the collectible card game is continuing on, eggs-a-poppin’ and minions-a-marching. Next month there’ll be an expansion of 100 cards, including six new generals with which to lead your beasts into battle,  one new leader for each faction. One of them is called “Ragnora the Relentless” which is a perfect name for any small pet.
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Parp parp! Project CARS 2 released

Slightly Mad Studios flashed the starting lights for their racing game Project CARS 2 [official site] yesterday, sending it roaring into the night and onto Steam. Stirling Matheson celebrated it (with some reservations) in our Project CARS 2 review, and I know I’ll certainly trust the racing opinions of someone with a name like Stirling Matheson. Read the rest of this entry »

Life is Strange creators take on a new narrative project

Dontnod project

1. There is a mysterious narrative adventure game with investigation elements being teased by Bandai Namco and Life is Strange creators Dontnod!

2. The two bits of artwork I have on the matter make the whole thing look like a rural British murder mystery on ITV even though it’s set in the US. “House Exterior” is above and “Town Viewpoint” is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst shuts out players from Russia & other countries

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The makers of card game monster-battler Duelyst [official site] recently got into bed with publishers Bandai Namco. But now the problems of this transfer of power are rearing their heads and, oh no, they UGLY. The most noticeable issue is that some players from Russia and other non-US countries have found themselves locked out of the game. A game they’ve spent a huge amount of time and money on. And it appears this is part of a larger shutting down operation.
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Coming like a ghost town: Ni No Kuni 2 delayed into 2018

Fairytales teach us that hardships must be endured before we’re treated, so it’s only fitting that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [official site] has been delayed. The pretty-pretty fantasy RPG from Level-5, the sequel to a collaboration with revered animated moviemakers Studio Ghibli, was due on November 10th but now it’s pushed back to January 19th, 2018. Fairytales also teach that setbacks come in threes, so cross your fingers that this is the only delay.

Why the holdup? As ever, it’s because the devs want to make the game good, yeah? Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst: Unearthed Prophecy expansion launched

94 new cards have arrived in fine free-to-play card battler Duelyst [official site] with the launch of its latest expansion, Unearthed Prophecy. This is the first big update since developers Counterplay Games cosied up to Bandai Namco. Let’s wish their partnership remains this fruitful.

Our boy Brendan’s indifference to digital cards is such that he once tore up a digital card gift for $5,000 on loofahs2u.com just to prove the point, but I know even he has been won over Duelyst (and got himself into some really daft situations). If you don’t dig Hearthstones and all that, maybe give this a crack. Read the rest of this entry »

Monster card battler Duelyst cosies up to Bandai Namco

My favourite take on monster chess and free-to-play collectible card game Duelyst [official site] is “partnering” with publisher Bandai Namco, say developers Counterplay Games. The deal won’t change the design team, say Counterplay, they’re still in charge of inventing horrible beasts and animating them with neato pixel art, but the publisher will now be in charge of managing the servers, advertising and customer service. This could be a good sign, or it could be a bad sign, or it could be a sign that reads: “I am not particularly significant”.
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Tekken Bowl is back, and everything is OK

Tekken was always a ridiculous game as far as I was concerned, which was exactly why I love(d) it. Of course, it’s a Very Serious Fighting Game to others, but my sense is that those others would object to the upcoming inclusion of a ten-pin bowling mode, and as such they should get the heck out of my Tekken. Tekken Bowl is Tekken heritage, and I had worried that it would be a casualty of the (new to PC) series’ attempts to keep up with the ultra-competitive Street Fighter joneses.

Perhaps I should have taken more faith from Tekken 7 [official site]’s joyfully ridiculous character creator, though – for, yes indeed, we’re taking the skinheads, demons, boxing bears and confused cyborgs bowling once again. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Nightmares first expansion chapter surfaces today

The first DLC story chapter has arrived in wonderful horrorshow Little Nightmares [official site]. The three-part ‘Secrets of the Maw’ expansion introduces another child trapped in this awful place, and the first chapter drops him into The Depths to solve watery puzzles and dodge the grasping arms of something awful named The Granny. It’s out now. Have a wee peek in this trailer:

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PS2 action-RPG trilogy .hack//G.U. coming to PC

The PlayStation 2 action-RPG trilogy .hack//G.U. is coming remastered to PC, Bandai Namco have announced. Normally I strip goofy punctuation and capitalisation out of game names but the goofiness of .hack//G.U. is fitting. The story is centered on a fictional MMORPG, see, which players can actually log off from to poke around their in-game computer’s desktop. I do like a good in-world desktop. Coming later this year, .hack//G.U. Last Recode [official site] will contain all three volumes: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption. Read the rest of this entry »

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom out on 10 November

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

For the longest time I had Ni no Kuni confused with Noby Noby Boy. This is because I have a real tin-ear for languages and both would cause me to get Dragostea Din Tei stuck in my head because of the lyrics being “nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma, nu ma, nu ma iei”. I guess that means that for me the main news in this story is that they are not. Turns out that Ni no Kuni is an RPG series and NOT a weird stretchy body game. I am still listening to Dragostea Din Tei though. The news for YOU is that Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [official site] now has a release date. It’s November 10 this year (2017). Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Ball FighterZ coming from BlazBlue devs

Dragon Ball, the anime/manga which launched a thousand AOL screen names, is becoming a new fighting game made by Arc System Works. I’ve not been interested in the many Dragon Ball games Bandai Namco have made before, but their decision to draft Arc to make Dragon Ball FighterZ [official site] has me interested. Arc are the studio behind BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Persona 4 Arena, and other respectable face-punchers, y’see. The 3v3 fighting game’s announcement trailer includes a great many explosions, including a handblast so powerful it zaps out into space. I’m certainly onboard with colours and lights and shouting. Here, have a look yourself: Read the rest of this entry »