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The Caligula Effect: Overdose is headed to PC early 2019

I always knew the Vocaloids were just trying to lull us into a false sense of security. Persona-ish JRPG The Caligula Effect: Overdose is less about saving the world, and more about saving yourself as you lead a teen rebellion against a rogue AI singer's dystopian virtual reality city-state. Originally released on Vita to wildly mixed reviews, the Overdose edition promises major overhauls, including doubling…

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Labyrinth of Refrain – retro dungeons in Disgaea’s style

Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk is an old-school dungeon delver from Disgaea studio Nippon Ichi, in the style of Sir-tech's classic Wizardry games. Assemble an entirely custom party, loot, level and explore dungeon mazes in first person while trying not to lose too many of your characters to greed, overconfidence and bad luck before you can return to the surface to restock. It's launching this September.

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Killer7 remaster brings multiple personality murder to PC

Multiple personalities are kinda SUDA51's bag. Actually, everything about Killer7 is extremely SUDA51's bag. If a bag came to life and started monologuing during a SUDA51 game, that would also be on the level. What I'm saying is, if you've never noticed, I do believe that this gentleman has a predilection for making odd choices. And that oddness is perhaps at its most accessible (?)…

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Stylish brawler Assault Spy sneaks into early access

While it would be thematically appropriate for a game named Assault Spy to sneak by completely unnoticed, this upcoming brawler from Japanese indie studio Wazen (and published/localised by NIS America) has landed itself squarely on my radar, thanks to its Devil May Cry inspired combo stylings. That, and the fact that you get to beat up a lot of weirdly adorable robots with a briefcase…

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Disgaea 5 Complete delayed days before launch

NIS's strategy RPG Disgaea 5 Complete was due to launch on PC on Monday but oh me oh my that will not happen now. NIS have delayed the game to an unspecified point in summer, saying they've found a big problem that needs extra time to fix. Another big problem has been that the recent limited-release demo, er, reportedly let people play the full game…

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The Longest Five Minutes: a JRPG that starts at the final boss

The Longest Five Minutes begins where most games end: the final boss. Plonked in front of an unholy baddie, the hero of this quaintly old-fashioned JRPG has only five minutes with which to pummel them off the face of the earth. It sounds like a pretty short game, but thanks to the awesome power of extended, time-dilating flashbacks, those five minutes are soon blown wide…

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana hits PC on January 30th

The PC version of Nihon Falcom's RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will arrive on January 30th, publishers NIS America have announced. This is almost five months after the console version but, unlike that, the PC release won't launch with shoddy localisation. The original English script was so wonky that NISA have been reworking it to fix typos, errors, and clunky translation, and re-recording dialogue…

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Ys VIII’s PC release slips to 2018 to allow for total re-translation

It would seem that 'measure twice, cut once' isn't just good woodworking advice. NIS America's localisation of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana, the latest in Nihon Falcom's long-running action-RPG series, has now been judged so wobbly by the publisher that they're delaying the PC release to allow for a complete 'from the ground up' rework of the English script and voice track. There is at…

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Ys VIII’s PC launch will boast a better localisation

There is one unexpected benefit to the PC version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana [official site] being delayed: ours won't launch with wonky localisation. Western publishers NIS America have apologised for the poor state of the game's localisation when it hit consoles in September -- when it was originally due to hit PC too -- with oddities, errors, and assorted wonk. Fresh folks are…

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana PC delayed at short notice

If you had been looking forward to playing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana [official site] today, I'm sorry to tell you that it has been delayed. Nihon Falcom's JRPG was supposed to launch on PC today alongside its console counterparts, but publishers NIS America announced only last night that the PC version will be late. They don't offer an update release date and say the…

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Birthdays the Beginning review

Birthdays The Beginning [official site] is a sandbox evolution game from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada. The aesthetic is somewhere between Harvest Moon, Viva Pinata and a sugarcraft workshop. On paper it looks like the exact sort of thing I'd love – a biology-themed sim with collectible and ADORABLE lifeforms including ferns, velociraptors and turtles. In practice it can't seem combine the ingredients into a…

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NIS announce PC releases for Ys Vlll, Tokyo Tattoo Girls

From the next in RPG series Ys to a strategy game where players give gal pals magical tattoos, the western arm of Japanese publisher NIS have announced western PC releases for more games in their curiously eclectic lineup and launch dates for others already known. It's a NIS news blowout. Non-stop NIS news clues. Read on for deets on Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana [official…

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Hey dood: Disgaea 2 released on PC

Like a little 'J' in your RPG? Tales of Berseria launched last week, if you fancy a zesty new bottling, or if you want something you might be interested in Disgaea 2 [official site]. Eleven years after its PlayStation 2 debut, Nippon Ichi Software's RPG launched on PC today. Expect to meet leet-speaking penguins, deal nine digits of damage (numbers, not fingers), and gag-o-laff with…

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Birthdays delays its adorable ecosystem until May 2017

While checking some 2017 release dates for a feature it looks like Birthdays The Beginning [official site] - the sandbox sim from the creator of Harvest Moon where you can create and curate worlds full of plants and creatures - has slipped back a couple of months. The game was previously scheduled for March, 2017 but is now pegged for May.

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Cute Horror Yomawari: Night Alone Released

Almost every child knows the horror of the unknown. The knowledge that things are creeping about on the periphery of dark places. At some point in our development though, we lose most of that fear, though it still lurks within us. Nippon Ichi Software wants to bring out that feeling of childhood fear again with the newly-released Yomawari: Night Alone [official site]. Also, adorable anime characters.…

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Harvest Moon Creator’s Sandbox Birthdays Hitting PC

The next game from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, named Birthdays the Beginning [official site], is coming our way next year. Birthdays is a cute little sandbox about carving a teensy Minecraft-y world out of a cube in space to develop and support an ecosystem of everything from plants to dinosaurs. A console released was announced a while back, and now we know it'll be…

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Hey Dood: Disgaea 2 Coming To PC In January 2017

The Windows debut of long-running zany JRPG series Disgaea was less than dazzling but I'm glad Nippon Ichi Software stuck with it. A few patches fixed a lot of the PC port's problems, and now NIS have announced they're continuing the series. Disgaea 2 [official site] will be round our way on January 30th, 2017 - a decade ater its PlayStation 2 debut. It sounds…

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Disgaea Devs NIS Bringing Phantom Brave To PC

Phantom Brave [official site] will be the next old JRPG that Disgaea publishers NIS bring over to PC. It started in PlayStation 2 in 2004, jumped to Wii in 2009, then PSP, and will finally call round our way this July. This is beyond my area of expertise but our chums Eurogamer quite liked it on PS2 and they seem sensible sorts - they label…

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