Platform: PS Vita [PSN: £11.99]
Publisher: XSEED Games
Orgarhythm is one of several localised niche games to stumble onto British Vitas months after they released in the States (thanks, XSEED), and it really should have been brilliant. This strategy/rhythm hybrid hails from the legendary Tak Hirai, whose previous grand works include the likes of Space Channel 5 Part 2, Meteos and Shenmue. Its integral soundtrack comes courtesy of Japanese composer Ayako Minami, who helped out on Child Of Eden amongst other things. And, almost more excitingly, it follows in the grand tradition of Patapon, one of the first and entirely successful fusions between the two disparate genres.
It's a formula for success, but unfortunately, rhythmic synesthesia and hectic strategy make for stranger bedfellows than usual.
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Rejoice, young grasshopper. Killer Is Dead is coming West, and it looks like the rumours were true. XSEED will indeed be publishing the game in the US, with Deep Silver handling distribution here in Europe.
You may now go nuts.
Platform: PSP | PS Vita [PSN, £11.99]
Publisher: XSEED Games
The original Corpse Party is an odd little proposition. Halfway between adventure game, visual novel, psychological horror experience and exploitative murder pornography, this bizarre PSP download managed to grimly captivate its players with deep inter-character relationships and shocking acts of violence visited upon helpless minors. Many of us soldiered through it, braving several frustrating gameplay sections and a constantly-building feeling of disgust, out of a desperate need to save the cast of terrified students trapped in a nightmare world... or occasionally out of perverse curiosity. Finding all of the horrific multiple 'wrong endings' became a sadistic addiction in and of itself, as was exploring the secret behind the cursed, hellish Heavenly Host high school.
So let me ask you a question. Are you a fan of Corpse Party? Did you emotionally connect with the characters, from the tragic relationship between Naomi and Seiko to the deliciously disturbed Morishige? Would you like to spend more time with them?
If you answered 'yes' to all of the above, you'll probably get a massive kick out of Book Of Shadows. Otherwise there's nothing for you here.
Before clicking, be aware that this review contains Corpse Party: Blood Covered spoilers and images that some may find offensive >>
Following speculation that XSEED might be publishing Grasshopper Manufacture's Killer Is Dead, in the wake of the US publisher registering domain names that seemed to pertain to the game in question, XSEED have moved to distance themselves from such a notion.Click here to read more...
Will Grasshopper's Killer Is Dead be crossing the Pacific? Maybe, at least if this latest development is anything to go by. Some domain registrations rooted out by Superannuation have pointed towards the possibility of XSEED as a North American publisher for the game, having recently registered the domain name killerisdead-game, alongside sites killandlove.com and
Naturally, all of our extremities are feverishly crossed.
Localisation specialist XSEED Games have announced a European Vita PSN release date for innovative platormer Sumioni: Demon Arts and musical hybrid Orgarhythm.
Erm, heads-up: it's tomorrow.
Sumioni will cost us £9.99, presenting a fast-paced 2.5D action platformer where players can literally paint onto the world using the touchscreen. In contrast, Orgarhythm is a gorgeous synesthesia project that blends music, touch and hectic strategy gameplay together - setting you back £14.99. With two exciting and refreshing Vita games set to arrive on the same day, I might even be tempted to stop playing Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask for a few minutes...
XSEED's enigmatic haiku poems and tweeted tidbits now make perfect sense, as the company have confirmed that they will be bringing Way of the Samurai 4 to North America, as a PS3 exclusive "uncut and uncensored". Rising Star will be handling the European release, slated to drop at some point this year.Click here to read more...
Our PSPs have been getting fairly dusty of late, what with the PS Vita looming seductively on the horizon. However, XSEED plans to give us a compelling reason to bust them out again, as quirky horror adventure Corpse Party has been confirmed for a European PSN release after the recent American launch. Trapped in a haunted school, players will be faced with several terrifying story arcs and surprisingly grotesque descriptions of what happens to unfortunate characters.
No firm date as yet, but we'll keep an eye on it.
There are a vast number of gems that never leave Japan, but sometimes, sometimes, we get lucky and a cracking RPG or quirky action title wriggles its way free and gets localised for us poor Westerns. It's taken seven years since it's initial PC Japanese release, but The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is finally coming to the PAL region, courtesy of Ghostlight.Click here to read more...