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Star Trek Review – Beam Me The Hell Out of Here!

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Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Digital Extremes
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Release Date: April 23, 2013
ESRB Rating: Teen

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way. I’m not a Trekkie. I don’t dislike Star Trek. I’ve just never been a fan. I grew up in the TV show rerun era. I’ve seen most of the movies. They range from really good to laughably bad. J.J. Abrams pulled off a miracle in rebooting Star Trek while tying it into the original universe. It was fantastic. It was so successful that a sequel movie was a no-brainer. It also made sense to produce a video game based on the rebooted hit. I just wish the game was as successful as its movie inspiration.

The game opens with a rather nondescript title screen, which foreshadows things to come. But that Star Trek theme played and anticipation washed over me. You sucker. Movie licensed games suck, right? This one has to be different. It’s Star Trek. Production teams from the movies assisted with the creation of this game in order to create an authentic Star Trek experience. It’s fair to say the production values should have been much higher.

Time to Die Again – Dark Souls 2 Gameplay Video

IGN has an exclusive twelve minute video of Dark Souls 2. The game looks crisp, something that was a focus for the developers. The setting looks very dark and brooding and the gameplay appears to be much more fluid than Dark Souls. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m ready to die a thousand deaths all over again. Pay close attention to about the ten minute mark where they show off various ways you’ll die.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Trailer Features Mushrooms and Nintendo Costumes

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The recent Wii U announcements, which you can read more about here, revealed some rather surprising news for the November bound system. Not the least of which is it’s very own Tekken Tag Tournament 2 port featuring exclusive Nintendo character costumes and a Mushroom Battle Mode. Namco Bandai released a trailer for Tokyo Game Show 2012 to help you visualize how Nintendo has crossed 0ver into Tekken land.

That’s right, you can now dress your characters in Mario, Luigi, Link, and Zelda costumes. Quite the exclusive for one of 2012′s top fighters. But wait, you get more. Battle it out with mushrooms that can grow or shrink your characters and just add some over-the-top Super Mario craziness to the Wii U launch title. Tag in on November 18, 2012.

Tales Of The Abyss 3D Review – It’s A Subtle Arte

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Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer:
Namco Tales Studio
Genre:
Action/RPG
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date:
February 14th, 2012
ESRB:
Teen 13+

If you know anything about me as a gamer at all, you’ll know that I grew up playing Japanese-made games, primarily Japanese role-playing games. And, for many years now, I’ve been a casual (but perhaps more serious than most) fan of both manga and anime. Since I was in 5th grade and did a report for my class on Japanese culture and customs, I’ve been in love with anything and everything Japanese. It’s simply part of who I am, and as I stated in my Christmas-time review of Xenogears, JRPGs are a very large part of my gaming identity.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Announced for PC

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When Dark Souls released last year on consoles to a warm reception, from a crowd clearly susceptible to punishment, PC players decided to band together in act of remarkable cooperation to bring the game to their platform of choice. (It was all very heroic.) A petition quickly gained supporters, and the folks over at Namco Bandai took notice, giving way to a copious amount of rumors – which were seemingly validated by an Australian PC magazine – but now it’s official. Namco Bandai announced today that Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will launch on PC August 24.

A version loaded with a lot of new content is what’s being promised, though the only additional content suggested by the trailer below is new bosses to fight and new areas to explore. Oh, yeah, and sticking with the theme of punishment, it will also have Games for Windows Live support. Always fun.

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Capcom x Namco Bandai x Sega = Project X Zone

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Famitsu revealed that the triple decker crossover involving Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega is called Project X Zone (X pronounced as cross, of course). Take characters from all three companies and throw them into a game that is not what you think it is. It is a strategy RPG for the Nintendo 3DS (let out the collective sigh) that will feature characters from the companies teaming up with their respective partners in battle scenes. A list of characters was posted on Andriasang, but the list does not actually include some of the characters revealed in the strange color-coded barcode images that have been teased for a while now.

Capcom

Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter 0), X and Zero (Mega Man), Demitri and Dante (Darkstalkers and Devil May Cry), Chris and Jill (Resident Evil)

Sega

Shinguji Sakura and Ogami Ichiro (Sakura Wars), Pai and Akira (Virtua Fighter), Kurt and Riela (Valkyria Chronicles), Ulala and Touma (Space Channel 5 and Shining Force EXA)

Namco Bandai

Sanger Somvold (Super Robot Wars), Jin and Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken), Kos-Mos and T-elos (Xenosaga), Yurie and Estel (Tales of Vesperia), Kaito and Black Rose (.hack)

Mysterious Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai 3DS Game Will Soon Be Revealed

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Back in February Nintendo had a conference that revealed many new games for the 3DS. Most of the games announced had no mystery wrapped around them. We know what we are getting with a new Mario Tennis and Brain Age, but there was one game that left us a little curious. The announcement of a game simply said it was a 3DS game developed by Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai. As of today we still don’t know anything about the game, but it looks like we will find what it’s going to be by April 12th. A teaser site went up starting the countdown to the date.
We’ll update you when the countdown reaches zero on April 12th.

Teaser Site: pxz.channel.or.jp

Source: Nintendo Life

Street Fighter X Tekken Free DLC Available, Patch Update April 10th

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On the bright side, free colors packs for the customization options and three new quick combos were added for your downloadable consumption. If you’re really feeling saucy, the swap costumes are available for $1 each character or $13 for each set of Street Fighter or Tekken characters. That’s 80 MSP or 1040 MSP respectively for the Xbox 360 gamers.

Capcom-Unity has also stated that the patch to update the sound glitches and add tournament support, which includes a more user-friendly gem selection option will hit April 10th.

Source: Capcom-Unity

 

Dark Souls Announcement is Coming

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Namco Bandai has been teasing an upcoming Dark Souls announcement on its Facebook page that is speculated to be news of the long awaited (petitioned-for) PC version.

Further supporting this belief, an image popped-up on NeoGAF, revealing that a page from PC Power Play’s upcoming April issue has been styled to resemble the familiar “You Died” screen from Dark Souls. If I was a betting man – and I would be, if I had any money – I’d say this evidence is pretty conclusive.

Namco Bandai, on the other hand, haven’t confirmed or denied anything yet. And, why should they? They have this great Facebook thing going, and have stated that all will be revealed during the publishers Gamer Day in Las Vegas on April 12.

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