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White Knight Chronicles Sequel Announced



In the latest Famitsu on an article about White Knight Chronicles The 2nd Wave, the info was revealed that a sequel was in the making. “The 2nd Wave” is an add-on pack for WKC in Japan right now. There really isn’t any other information available but its good news. Now give us WKC1!

Published on July 29th, 2009 under , , , , ,

Shin Megami Tensei Online Beta starts


Shin Megami Tensei Online MMORPG Screenshot

The Aeria Games’ published Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online has sent out their first round of invites to the closed beta test for the PC MMORPG based on the beloved demon-summoning franchise (which includes the Persona, Devil Summoner and Nocturne titles).

Kotaku reports that the invites have begun arriving so if you signed up you’ll want to keep checking your inbox to find out if you’ve been invited to take part in the closed beta test.

Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online (”MegaTen” for short) is being developed by Cave Co., Ltd and will be published in America by Aeria Games for both Europe and North America for PC in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. Imagine Online is Cave’s first MMO for PC (Massively Multiplayer Online game) but became a huge success in Japan with a large fan-base, a base that Aeria hopes it can tap into in the U.S. and European markets (as the popularity of MegaTen’s games grows ever larger) as it has done with it’s previous two titles, Last Chaos and Shaiya.

Like a lot of PC MMO’s nowadays, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online will be FREE TO PLAY, using a micro-transaction model for revenue.

Set in a fictional post-apocalyptic Tokyo (sometime between Shin Megami Tensei 1 and 2), survivors attempt to restore the city by defeating demons and solving puzzles. Each player acts as a “Devil Buster.” Success relies on forming an alliance with demons or slaying them.

Features of Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online (MegaTen) include:

* Strategic Real-time Fighting System – Choose between attacking, parrying and defending in real time.
* Diverse Weaponry – Use a wide array of weapons from medieval swords to modern-day rifles and handguns.
* Devil Partnership – Players negotiate with devils to assist in battle and missions.
* Devil Fusing – Players can combine multiple devils to create new breeds.
* Private Dungeons – In addition to the public battle areas, players can access private dungeons to hunt and collect items with their friends.

Published on December 2nd, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mytheon RTS-RPG MMO announced by Petroglyph and True Games for PC


Mytheon Logo

Mytheon is an upcoming RTS-RPG MMO hybrid by publisher True Games Interactive and developer Petroglyph.

Petroglyph is the developer that created Star Wars: Empire at War and Universe At War, both games were highly critically acclaimed real-time strategy games. This new game, Mytheon, will be their first online micro-transaction title whose development team also includes key figures who were influential in the original Command & Conquer series back in the Westwood Studios days.

According to the developers, the game will combine the best elements of action, strategy and RPG gameplay with a heavy emphasis on collection and combat. Featuring “visually stunning” graphics, the game is set within a fantasy universe that’s steeped in various mythologies taken from across the world.

The game will start out with players making their way through ancient Greek and Greek mythology with plans for ongoing expansions to add content from other exotic mythologies from “the far-flung corners of history.”

Mytheon will feature “infinite replayability through group, PVP and solo play as well as an integrated social networking feature set.”

“There really isn’t a game on the market today that someone could compare to Mytheon,” said Jeff Lujan, Founder and Chairman of True Games Interactive. “The game truly creates an entirely new genre offering a combination of features that gamers would normally have to play several different games to get. There is no doubt it is an ambitious project, but Petroglyph has routinely delivered AAA quality, genre-defining games and Mytheon continues that pedigree.”

Players will collect “Power Stones” in the game, which are used to conjure magic spells and summon minions to fight alongside the players. Mytheon will also feature three distinct character classes, each specializing in a specific “Power Stone” type, such as summoning or healing.”

The game is scheduled for release in fall of 2009.

Published on December 2nd, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Chrono Trigger DS endings and cheats


Chrono Trigger DS artwork
Take the following steps to unlock each of the 13 endings as well as some handy cheats to open up new modes in Chrono Trigger on the Nintendo DS.

* To unlock a “New Game +” defeat Lavos and obtain any of the 12 original endings.

* Unlock the new Dimensional Vortex dungeon, which has three parts to it, and can only be unlocked when you’ve completed the game by defeating Lavos at the end of Black Omen.

How to unlock all different endings:
* Ending #01: “Beyond Time” Deafeat Lavos after reviving Crono at Death Peak.
* Ending #02: “Reunion” Deafeat Lavos while Crono is dead.
* Ending #03: “The Dream Project” Deafeat Lavos in the Oceab Palace or immediately upon starting a New Game +.
* Ending #04: “The successor of Guardia” Deafeat Lavos after saving Leene and Marle, but before visiting the End of Time.
* Ending #05: “Good Night” Deafeat Lavos after visiting the End of Time, but before returning to the Middle ages.
* Ending #06: “The Legendary Hero” Deafeat Lavos after arriving in the middle ages, but before obtaining the Hero’s Badge.
* Ending #07: “The Unknown Past” Deafeat Lavos after obtaining the Hero’s Badge, but before the Gate key is stolen.
* Ending #08: “People of the times” Deafeat Lavos after regaining the gate jey, but before giving the Masamune to Frog.
* Ending #09: “The Oath” Deafeat Lavos after giving the Masamune to Frog but before fighting Magus.
* Ending #10: “Dino age” Deafeat Lavos after facing Magus, but before facing Azala.
* Ending #11: “What The Prophet Seeks” Deafeat Lavos after facing Azala, but before Schala opens the sealed door.
* Ending #12: “Memory lane” Deafeat Lavos after Schala opens the sealed door, but before restoring the light to the pendant.
* Ending #13: “Dream’s Epilogue” Defeat the Dream Devourer beyond Time’s Eclipse. This last Chrono Trigger ending is brand new for the DS version!

*SPOILER ALERT* Watch the complete fight with the new end boss — the Dream Devourer — in Chrono Trigger DS and the new 13th ending included in this video.

Published on December 1st, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Valkyria Chronicles review video (PS3)


Valkyria Chronicles for PS3Valkyria Chronicles combines strategy elements of conventional tactical role playing games with real-time action sequences. The game is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s, Europe divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, which is situated in the middle of the two great empires. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon that are fighting against the Empire, who is intent on unifying the continent under its power.

Built upon the new “CANVAS” engine, Valkyria Chronicles’ ground-breaking 3D graphics resemble a watercolor painting in motion. Gameplay is centered around a new type of tactical battle concept. Known as “BLiTZ,” this battle concept gives players unique freedom to strategically move around the environment and attack enemies using real-time controls.

Aside from its looks, what makes this strategy RPG stand out? Find out in this Valkyria Chronicles video review.

Game features include:
* CANVAS graphics engine: Cutting-edge graphics engine producing breathtaking artwork fully leveraging the capabilities of the Playstation3. Creates images that look like watercolor paintings in motion.
* BLITZ tactical battle system: Experience strategic maneuvering of units as in conventional RPG gameplay; add the excitement of action games with real-time controls to command each player.
* Epic storyline: Players will immerse themselves in the epic struggle for freedom, as the fate of the world lies in the hands of Welkin and members of the 7th platoon.
* Customization: Over 100 customizable characters allow players to create a variety of platoons to suit each battle’s needs.
* Beautifully rendered battlefields: Players explore 30 different environments, using each terrain to gain advantage in battle.

To quote the GT video review: “From the opening sequence to the final credits, the visuals in Valkyria Chronicles never disappoint. Utilizing a unique cel-shading technique to create a wonderful watercolor, sketch book effect, there’s no other game that looks like it. The cutscenes feature both CG and in-engine work, but the difference is so minuscule that the style’s never compromised. It’s impressive, but not flawless, as the ragdoll physics are a bit overdone.

Comic book text appears to punctuate some of the authentic sound effects, and there’s wall-to-wall voice acting that really nails the script. Sega’s even included the Japanese dub. The score sets the tone, with several compositions standing out as some of the finer in the medium. If you’re looking for an RPG that strays off the beaten path, go buy Valkyria Chronicles. From the gameplay to the visuals, it’s one of a kind. It has appeal for both strategy heads and role-players who find high fantasy to be low on their interest scale.”

Story — 8.7
Design — 9.1
Gameplay — 9.0
Presentation — 9.4
Overall — 9.1

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

Chrono Trigger DS review video


Chrono Trigger for DSWhen a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono’s race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

Features an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time. An inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda. Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills. Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world.

Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, Chrono Trigger DS makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality. A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic.

“Good morning, Crono!” Watch this Chrono Trigger DS video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “There’s a reoccurring theme in Chrono Trigger DS, and it’s an important one for a game this historical. The game is virtually unchanged in its core, having a new script re-write, but retaining the visuals, music, character designs, interface styles, and options of the source material. At the same time, Square Enix also ensures that this is the definitive version of Chrono Trigger out there, as the game comes complete with every option you could ever want for touch vs. button control, two or single screen display, or game pacing and difficulty. Where things should have been left the same, they were. Where fixes or additions could be made, they have. Yes it’s a $40 game for a title many of us have played until our thumbs were sore, and it’s unchanged in a lot of ways from what you played back in 1995 or in 2001, but it’s also just as captivating, imaginative, or well made now as it was then. I could write volumes on this game, but it isn’t needed. If you’ve never played Chrono Trigger before, buy this game. If you’re a die-hard fan and want to support one of the greatest games of all time, buy this game. If you’re having trouble validating a $40 purchase for what is ultimately the same game, it’s the wrong choice for you, and your cash is better spent elsewhere. Any way you slice it though, Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and it’s a game everyone – whether on DS, PSX, Super NES, or in the future – should play.”

Presentation — 8.5
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 9.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.5
Overall — 8.8

Published on November 28th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 downloadable content coming mid-December 2008 (both free and paid)


Fable 2 for Xbox 360The epic journey begun in Fable 2 is not over. Starting mid-December 2008, fans will be summoned back into Albion’s service with the release of the Knothole Island downloadable content pack. The remote island of Knothole is dying: its golden sands and lush vegetation are covered with snow, its people freezing, its treasures buried. Only a hero can face the trials of the three shrines to bring back the sunshine.

Following its release on Xbox 360 on Oct. 21, more than 1.5 million units of Fable II flew off store shelves worldwide in the first two weeks, making it the most popular game, across all platforms, in the U.S. in October. With the release of the first Fable II downloadable content, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points, gamers will be invited to set sail for Knothole Island, where new quests, wondrous items and bizarre characters await.

Also in mid-December, fans everywhere will be able to enhance their Fable II experience with the release of a free Fable II downloadable pack exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. To engage in co-op gameplay with a player who has already downloaded the Knothole Island content, gamers will need to download the free pack. Both co-op players must download the Knothole Island (Premium) pack in order to play new quests and enjoy the complete Knothole Island co-op experience.

Free and premium downloaders will receive a show of gifts, including Knight’s Boots, Assassins Gloves, a special Weight Loss Potion, collectible silver book and more. Players will also be able to check their standing in over 50 new Leaderboards on

As an additional treat for Fable II fans, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Game Studios have created an all-new Albion dashboard theme in celebration of the launch of the New Xbox Experience. Fans who want to show off their Fable II pride can head over to Xbox LIVE Marketplace to download the Albion theme, available now for 250 Microsoft points.

Published on November 28th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

The Last Remnant review video (Xbox 360)


The Last Remnant for Xbox 360In ancient times, mysterious artifacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. People used these objects for their awesome powers — a choice that eventually began to cause a rift in the world’s balance. Equality was replaced by those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. A thousand years later is when this story begins in The Last Remnant

Rush lives with his sister Irina on secluded Eulam Island, far from the power struggles for Remnants that are occurring back on the mainland. However, this peaceful life is shattered when his sister is suddenly kidnapped by a mysterious group of soldiers right before his eyes. He immediately sets off after them, unaware of the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

Does this original Square-Enix project live up to expectations or is it destined to become a remnant? Find out in this The Last Remnant video review.

Game features include:
* Experience groundbreaking graphics, only possible on next-generation platforms, that bring the intensity of gameplay to an entirely new level.
* Uncover the mystery of the Remnants, powerful artifacts from an ancient civilization that are scattered around the world and stand as they were a millennia ago.
* Navigate a massive battlefield while surrounded by countless foes and friends.
* Immerse in exhilarating, large-scale battles through a never-before-seen battle command system.

To quote the GT video review: “The Last Remnant has a lot of depth, a nicely balanced risk/reward system, and presents a mean challenge. It’s not a good starter RPG, but genre fans will feel rewarded.

Last Remnant is a beautiful game with a curse. Gorgeous environments, detailed character designs, battle animations that make you feel the impact of every hit, and detailed enemy design all suffer from inconsistent engine performance and glitchy textures. Things get choppy regularly, and it’s an issue you’ll have to figure out if you can deal with it. At least the stutters don’t adversely affect the turn-based gameplay. Textures pop in and out constantly, and after a load it can take a couple seconds before the details emerge. It’s distracting. There’s no doubt about it.”

Sound — 8.2
Design — 8.7
Gameplay — 8.5
Presentation — 7.0
Overall — 8.0

Published on November 27th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Sonic Chronicles 2 story already being written by BioWare


Sonic Chronicles 1 for DSSonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood’s Associate Producer Dorian Kieken has said in an interview that the Sonic Chronicles 2 story is already being written.

During his SavyGamer Podcast interview he talks about designing the game, music and story. Then goes on to mention that developer BioWare are already writing the story for Sonic Chronicles 2 as part of their future DS titles. Sonicstadium transcribes that Dorian explains they already have a lot of different scenarios for what will happen next and they have a good idea of where they want to go with the game.

Published on November 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Zero Punctuation reviews Fallout 3


This week on Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee wanders the post-apocalyptic wasteland in Fallout 3 for a really short review… or is it? As always, coarse language ahead.

Published on November 19th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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