It's been a slow news week, but we still find time on Game Buzz to chat about the headset controversy over the Xbox One peripheral, Microsoft's quiet change in policies regarding game patching, Sony's ditching of the PS4 camera to produce a price cut, Atlus' parent company's woes, and the launch of the OUYA.
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Despite parent company Index Holdings filing for bankruptcy and weathering a serious fraud investigation, Atlus USA has stressed that their day-to-day operations haven't been affected, at least in the short term.Click here to read more...
The brand new E3 Dragon's Crown trailer gives us a look at various aspects of the game, instead of just action and boobs (also included). There's treasure collecting, XP spending, multiplayer footage and a bloody massive Smaug-style dragon.
The hand-drawn art-style ticks all our retro-fanboy boxes by staying 2D, but looking new at the same time. Coming from Vanillaware, the dev team behind Muramasa, we've got high hopes for the Vita/PS3 game. We're still waiting for an EU release date, but American gamers can expect the game August 6th. Enjoy the video after the break.Click here to read more...
The 3DS is now the handheld that just keeps on giving, especially if you're a fan of Japanese games. NIS America have now confirmed that cult Saturn JPRG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers is being localised for Europe, and will arrive this Autumn on 3DS. Though not the strongest game in the series, this is yet another feather in the handheld's cap. Check out story and gameplay trailers after the break.Click here to read more...
Here's a rare little gem for all you import fans. This exceptional (and increasingly hard-to-find) JRPG is one of the highlights of the DS, providing a unique battle system, relateable characters and a time-hopping storyline, and the region-free US version is currently available over at Play-Asia. Since the Game Pak itself has no region protection, it should also work on 3DS without issue.
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Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan will release in Europe this summer, NIS America announced today. The pretty yet hardcore dungeon-crawler is yet another strong localised title that's hitting Europe in 2013, joined by the likes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Project X Zone, Code Of Princess and more. 3DS owners are going to be in for one heck of a year.
UPDATE: Following the earlier story courtesy of Gematsu, we've just received confirmation from NIS America, along with some new screenshots and details. Check it out after the break.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Let's not beat around the bush. If you own a Vita, you need to add this game to your collection, it's as simple as that. You see, in much the same way that Persona 3 was adapted, condensed, and replicated on the PSP to phenomenal effect, so too have Atlus done a simply superb job in delivering a portable version of Persona 4. Once again, the team have had to find ways of appealing to players on the go, and the various challenges that presents.
Of course, one major thing is different this time around: they've got a lot more power to play with.
This has been realised in the swathes of content that Atlus have added to the game. There's ten hours of new stuff to enjoy, new characters to meet, new scenarios to encounter, and a whole bunch of little story variations that make this portable version of what was already one of the finest JRPGs to have ever existed even better. Where P3P removed the long 3D sections where you'd be running about your day and boosting social links, replacing them instead with gorgeous 2D stills from which you could navigate easily, Persona 4 keeps the 3D environments, retouched on the Vita, but restores a navigation menu at the touch of a button.
Persona 3 was a breath of fresh air when it came along, breathing new life into the genre with its heavy emphasis on creating Social Links, and its procedurally-generated dungeon-crawling action. Then came Persona 4 - a game that ostensibly took the framework of its predecessor, and just made it better. The systems remain very familiar, and you'll spend your time divided between turn-based battling as you fight your way up floors of monstrous dungeons and boosting the relationships with your friends, but it's the writing that truly makes Persona 4 shine.Click here to read more...
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor EU publishers Ghostlight got in touch today to report that the game's release on 3DS has been moved forward by a week.
The tactical JRPG, which sees you capturing and creating demons to battle even more demons taking over your city, will now release on March 29th.
Zeno Clash II promises to ramp up the crazy compared to its already bat-crap insane predecessor, throwing players into the bizarre world of Zenozoic and tasking them with punching everything that moves. Zeno Clash was one of the few first-person brawlers that actually worked, and by the looks of things, we can expect some RPG elements, progression and skill points this time around.
Along with enormous birdmen, a lion man with a paint palette for lips and all manner of chicanery that would make Guillermo Del Toro visit a psychiatrist. Zeno Clash II will be available in "early 2013" (so soon, then) on Steam, PSN and XBLA.
We love mashups. There's nothing better than when two gaming powerhouses come together in an enormous, creative, virtual bear hug that yields an astonishingly daring mutant offspring that threatens to shake the industry...or, you know, is just really fun. Anyway, Nintendo and Atlus are teaming up to deliver a prospect that has us salivating with anticipation.
A new Wii U game is coming that combines the universes of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. KAPOW!Click here to read more...
Localised Japanese games are like buses; for months and months we have to import, but suddenly three come along at once. Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, the latest in the PS3-exclusive JRPG series, is headed to Europe on March 15th.
Though Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 received a severely lukewarm critical reception, this news is bound to excite the fanbase. Now all we need is Persona 4 Arena, which will soon be undergoing console certification.
Atlus are bringing Shin Megami Tensei 4 to the 3DS, and have just released a new trailer to celebrate this fact. Please, please bring it out over here!!
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Atlus' revamped portable title Persona 4: The Golden has become the first Vita game to pass 100k sales within its first week in Japan.Click here to read more...
The award-winning indie, first-person, melee brawler is back. Atlus have announced Zeno Clash II, which will be due out on PC, PSN, and XBLA in early 2013.
ACE Team are once again behind the wheel, and the sequel will contain an open world to explore, and drop in-drop out co-op gameplay, not to mention a host of returning characters, enemies,vitems, and weapons.
There'll be plenty of new stuff too.
"As Ghat, players can fully and freely explore every natural and architectural wonder his world has to offer," said Atlus. "Ghat can also expect to encounter awe-inspiring new sights, jaw-dropping new creature designs, and wildly creative new weapons and items."
Check out the E3 trailer above.
As excited as I am about Cyanide's Game of Thrones RPG, which I'm sure you all already know is based on A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin, chances are I'll be sat in the cinema enjoying Ridley Scott's Prometheus when it's released on June 1st. The game follows Mors Westford, a long serving ranger of the Night's Watch, and Alester Sarwyck, a priest of R'hllor, on their adventures around Westeros. The jury's still out as to whether this one's going to be any good and the trailer doesn't really give much away, but I'm sure fans of the books and TV series'll be out in force to pick up copies of the game.Click here to check out the trailer!
Us Brits will be getting not one, but two, localised Shin Megami Tensei games, new publisher Ghostlight has confirmed. Devil Survivor Overclocked will be a 3DS remake of 2009's Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, while its recent sequel will be released on the DS.Click here to read more...