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Posts tagged “Namco”

The Humble Brawler Bundle doesn’t contain much brawling, but is a great fighting game starter pack

It's not just me, right? A brawler (also known a beat-em-up) is a game in the vein of Final Fight or Streets Of Rage, no? A duo or trio of co-op heroes against waves of expendable mooks? Well, the Humble Brawler Bundle doesn't contain any of those. What it does contain is a great selection of fighting games to start off the collection of someone…

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Hurrah! Loading Screen Minigame Patent Expires

This is delightful: Namco's patent on playable minigames while you wait for the main game to load has expired, meaning we're almost certainly going to see a whole lot more of that kind of thing in the coming years. Imagine a Fallout 4 in which you could play Missile Command while it booted up, rather than stare at a stationary Deathclaw statue for the four…

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Dark Souls II review

Dark Souls is a tough act to follow. While it was the second game in the dark fantasy Souls series, it had a wider audience and fell under closer scrutiny. As well as solidifying the mechanics that Demon's Souls had laid out it made some major changes and built a more cohesive world. Dark Souls II tweaks the formula again and the results aren't entirely…

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Fatal Figures: Dark Souls Death Counter

When I started playing Dark Souls on PC, I decided to keep track of my many deaths. Ten minutes in, I'd run out of fingers to cont on and after a couple of hours, I'd filled a notebook with tally marks. Ten hours passed before my calculator fizzed, smoke and sparked, 'I DIED' flickering across the liquid display. Needless to say, I didn't manage to…

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From Curse To Hearse: Dark Souls II

After 45 seconds of slow build, the new Dark Souls II trailer delivers exactly what I'd hoped for. Vaguely poetic death threats and glimpses of the hideous creatures that will be performing the executions. There's a particularly unpleasant fellow who seems to have the screaming, writhing corpses of the damned instead of a waist. It looks good on him, I have to say, and I…

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Feature: Death's Meaningful Tic

Hands On With Dark Souls II

In my opinion - and let's leave all those arguments about the poor PC port out of this - Dark Souls is the greatest game ever made. Precise and deep combat systems, an astounding lore woven throughout its tonally perfect dark fantasy world, and a sense of 3D architecture nothing else even comes close to. With all of that said, I wasn't whooping at the…

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Algebraic: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon

Or to give it its full title, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! was announced back in the antiquity of May, and now has some screens and a video explaining the plan (below). That plan involves a "four-player co-operative multiplayer" in the Adventure Time world, with a voiceover from the original cast. You'll be involved in some ARPG sort thing, where you…

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Yes, Dark Souls PC Might Actually Be Happening

Namco are busy teasing a Dark Souls announcement on their Facebook page, and it looks like it could be confirmation for the heavily petitioned-for PC version. That is not clue enough on its own, of course, but it seems that Australian PC mag PC Power Play are teasing their next month's edition with a page reading "You Died". HmmMMMMmmmmMMMMmmmmm!

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Let’s Excitedly Request Dark Souls PC Again

Masanori Takeuchi, head of R&D at From Software, spoke to Gametrailers at GDC and, among his lust for cleverphone development, he did find time to acknowledge the existence of a much-signed petition for a PC version of Dark Souls. "That's going to be a decision left up to the publisher, Bandai Namco, but yes, we have seen the comments and we do know of the…

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Dark Souls Petition Has Namco’s Attention

The original community manager who posted about Dark Souls needing public support to make it to PC has posted again, saying: I honestly wasn't expecting such a massive support. My boss(es) even came to talk to me about this, after it explodes all around the world. If you wanted to have the attention of Namco Bandai Games, now you have it. The future is in…

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Dark Souls For PC Petition Close To 60,000

Following this story in which I condescendingly suggested that Namco could convert a couple of its better games to PC, 59,900 people have so far signed an online petition to bring the game to the one true format. Is that enough to change the publisher's mind? Hard to say, but we're expecting Namco to make an official statement about this at some point soon. Might…

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Are There Any Good Facebook Games?

I had a fun weekend blowing the minds of distant relatives by showing them that the PC can actually run games better than the Xbox. They were pretty sceptical, but a brief trip through hi-resolution land later and they were nodding along amiably. I tried to show my teenage cousin the stealthy, choice-rich excitements of DXHR, too, but he wasn't convinced. "I just use my…

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No The Witcher 2 WIT Today

Why not? Well, I'm afraid our code only unlocked at midday yesterday, and I'm not going to rush this for anyone. We'd been told to expect to get the game last week, but CD Projekt later insisted that RPS, Eurogamer, and a number of other online outlets wait for their day zero patch, which they completed on Sunday. You will see some print magazine reviews…

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Hitting A Wall: Ridge Racer Unbounded

Unbounded? Really? Is that even a word? I suppose language matters not a jot to muscle cars. What they care about is getting somewhere quickly. They hate to be late. Me too, frankly. One of my pet peeves. Anyway, Ridge Racer "Unbounded" will be arriving on PC some time in 2012. In the meantime you can look at the latest teaser trailer, below. It shows…

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Projekting: Hands On With The Witcher 2

What follows are impressions of The Witcher 2 based on the limited preview code that Namco and CD Projekt recently released to the press. It's the prologue and first chapter of the full game, and as such makes up a healthy chunk of play time. People are saying about ten hours, but I think I spent longer than that with it. I'll avoid specific narrative…

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Pac-Man: Behind The Smile

My comrades failed to observe my prompting about this bizarro-world gem earlier, so now I am out of my day job skin, I shall do it. Hmmph. Wasters. So: there's going to be a Pac-Man TV show, all CGI and 3D and whatever else is buzzwordy. It's not going to be a simple tale of a yellow orb eating pills and running away from ghosts,…

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Scratching That Witch: New Witcher 2 Details

VG247 are reporting new details and grabs emerging from Namco's Pre-E3 press event in Spain. Well, "details" is a bit much - it's all very much generalities. That said, things like "no fed ex missions" is going to be an interesting one to watch, if only to see if they actually do it (In the same way MMO devs claim "No Kill 10 Boar quests"…

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