Posts Tagged ‘Bandai Namco’

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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See Geralt cut into Soul Calibur VI

As rumoured and expected, Geralt of Rivia will indeed cross over into Soul Calibur VI. Everyone’s seemingly known for ages that the monster-hunting hero The Witcher would appear in the upcoming fighting game sequel, but now it’s official. One of my main interests in life is hearing Geralt talk in a weary voice so you betcha I’m up for throwing him through a portal into a new fightworld. He doesn’t sound best pleased with the situation in this new trailer. Good. Read the rest of this entry »

Soon, Voldo and Geralt will meet outside my dreams

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CD Projekt Red don’t have to do much to capture the internet’s attention. Remember when they beeped? That was a good day.

Today is also a good day. No beeps or boops or any other sound effects have emerged from the witchy cyberpunkers, but a new chronicle of Geralt’s adventures has appeared on the official Witcher twitter feed.

“Kaer Morhen’s old stones have witnessed many battles… Once more they’ll feel the sting of sparks as blades collide… Check back tomorrow.”

What could it mean? Well, it probably refers to an official Soul Calibur reveal. It almost definitely does.

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Little Nightmares’ third and final DLC chapter is out now

Little Nightmares

Thinking back, the first half of 2017 feels like an age ago, and it’s hard to believe that Tarsier Studios’ brilliantly creepy Little Nightmares came out less than a year back. Adam loved it to bits, with one of the few complaints being its relative brevity, although it did a lot within its limited run-time.

Perhaps it’s time to return to The Maw, then. The third and final chapter of Little Nightmares’ DLC ‘B-side’ has been released, and the journey of The Kid is soon to come to an end. You’ve plumbed The Depths, and delved into The Hideaway, but it’s time to accept your invitation to The Residence.

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet launches on PC today

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

The latest in a series of tie-in games based on Sword Art Online (a popular novel/anime series about a brooding teen’s adventures in a VR MMO), Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet has rolled out onto PC today, worldwide and alongside the console version.

Based on the second season of the anime, which traded up its sword & sorcery MMO setting for an action-oriented sci-fi game, Fatal Bullet promises light party-based JRPG adventuring paired with a shooter-style combat engine not entirely unlike Mass Effect.

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Have You Played… Tekken?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

My first encounter with the angry polygons of Tekken was on a sticky arcade cabinet in a Catalonian holiday resort. I liked this holiday. There was a massive pool, where a bigger boy once dunked me and held my head under the water. “The fool,” I thought, “Doesn’t he know I’m an Iron Fist champion?” Read the rest of this entry »

One Piece: World Seeker’s anime piracy goes open-world

One Piece: World Seeker

Sometimes it feels like everyone and their dog is jumping on the open-world bandwagon, but pairing the free-wheeling cartoon pirate adventures of One Piece with a world that lets you bounce, swing and spin your way freely from fight to fight feels like a savvy call.

Enter One Piece: World Seeker, studio Ganbarion’s ambitious-looking project to drag the long-running anime and manga franchise into modern gaming relevance. Within, we’ve got a little bit of (subtitled, assuming you turn on captions) chatter from director Koji Nakajima, interspersed with a few moments of intriguing gameplay footage.

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