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Going underground with Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 08:12 GMT By Dave Cook

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen isn’t a full sequel but it is an incredibly smart release, argues VG247′s Dave Cook. Director Kento Kinoshita has also warned it’ll kick your ass sideways.

DD: Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen launches on PS3 and Xbox 360 in the US from April 23 and across Europe on April 26.

The expansion is set on Bitterblack Island, a hotbed of fierce new creatures. Check out a handful of them in this gameplay trailer, courtesy of Capcom.

Rift Crystals will be used in many new ways throughout Dark Arisen, check out our report on these new mechanics here.

Capcom announced a project called ‘Deep Down’ at Sony’s PS4 showcase earlier this year. They say it’s a new IP, but my money’s on a spiritual sequel to Dragon’s Dogma. It’s probably wishful thinking, but still, the clip’s lovely isn’t it?

I remember when I first met Dragon’s Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno. He was giving an introductory speech about why he chose to pitch the game to Capcom and explained that he had the base concept in his mind since childhood.

He seemed genuinely thankful to be standing in front of the press talking about what – in his opinion – was a dream come true.

The game eventually launched in May 2012, and just a month after releasing in all territories it had sold over 1.05 million units.

The numbers weren’t astronomical by any means but here was a new IP loosely inspired by old-school Capcom games like Dungeons & Dragons, developed in Japan, and enjoying relative success in the West.

It could be considered something of a modest triumph, and there was a certain warmth that came with seeing Itsuno’s work pay off.

But why has it proven to be so popular among a certain sect of gamers? It’s certainly not RPG-heavy like The Witcher, or as action-packed as Capcom’s own Devil May Cry series, yet it treads a strange, uneven line across the company’s history, pinching ideas here and there.

I’ve always viewed it as a cluster of disparate concepts that gelled perfectly around Itsuno’s clever ‘Pawn’ system. The idea that all players allow their Pawns to be hired by others is fascinating, and reminded me of Dark Souls’ messaging and co-op summoning mechanic. In the end everyone is helping each other to beat what is effectively a very difficult game.

Or you could do what I did and hire your friend’s Pawn – in this case an elderly midget woman – and hurl them off a cliff for a laugh:


SEEYA!

I know, terrible right? But I gave her a few well-cooked steaks and sent her back to my friend as an apology, but only after taking the above image in-game and sharing it with the in-built Facebook app for the world to see.

Dragon’s Dogma is a clever, socially integrated and best of all, very fun game. It came at a time when sequels were dancing on the grave of creativity and the West was lapping up Dark Souls like hungry kittens on a saucer of milk. Said milk is poisoned by the way.

Capcom announced Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen last year, an expansion that takes players to Bitterblack Island just off the coast of mainland Gransys. It’s massive, includes the first game in full and retails at a budget price.

In the days of $60 releases with five-hour campaigns, this is a great way for the studio to raise awareness of the Dragon’s Dogma name, considering Capcom has made no secret that it now wants to turn the IP into a full franchise. My money’s on Capcom’s PS4 game ‘Deep Down’ being a spiritual sequel. Just you watch.

But why do an expansion at all? I spoke with Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen director Kento Kinoshita and asked that very question. ” I have been longing to expand the world of Dragon’s Dogma and so to provide it as early as possible we chose this route rather than a fully-fledged sequel,” he replied.

“At the same time, we wanted it to have a fresh, distinctive look and atmosphere, hence our use of a different colour palette to deliver a more foreboding tone. To further this we have added more enemies that possess magical abilities which will provide players with a whole new challenge and add real tension to the action.”

It certainly does look darker than the core game with dank caverns, grim underground lairs and – again just like Dark Souls – a penchant for the death, as seen in the game’s new undead enemy types. I asked Kinoshita what new monsters players can expect to fight.

I wasn’t expecting him to say you fight Death himself, but yeah, he’s totally in there. “He provides a real threat as one touch from his scythe and it’s all over”, Kinoshita explained. “However, if you manage to defeat Death then you will be rewarded with an extended health gauge, so players might want to make this one of their goals during the game.

“Secondly we have the Necrophagous class which consists of a number of different beast types that appear to feast on the rotting remains of defeated enemies. They appear at random so just when you think you can take a rest they burst onto the scene, dramatically altering the flow of the action.

“Amongst the Necrophagous foes I would highlight the fearsome Cursed Dragon and the Garm which attack in packs. Finally I can’t forget Daimon. Like a character in a fighting game it possesses real strength in its standard attacks, but also has the ability to use powerful magic which can be unleashed after only a short enchantment.”

I’m already intimidated as hell. Dark Arisen certainly won’t be easy, so I dared to ask Kinoshita how he felt about the game being compared to Dark Souls. “Both “Dark Souls” and “Demon’s Souls” are fantastic games, so it is a real honour that Dragon’s Dogma has been compared to them,” he replied.

“That said the game design of Dragon’s Dogma is very different from these two titles so, for me, I would always hope that Dragon’s Dogma was viewed as a great game in its own right. Taken as a whole, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is harder than the first title.

“However we’ve taken a gradual approach for the difficulty level with the new content – the upper level being easier than the middle and lower levels of the underground realm. While any player new to Dragon’s Dogma could access Bitterblack Isle after about an hour, though we would recommend being at around level 40 before you venture there.”

Kinoshita explained that it would still take about 20 hours for veteran Dragon’s Dogma players to fight from the top of the Bitterblack Island area, right down to the lowest level. That’s massive when you consider the scale of the core game, underlining Capcom’s smart approach to value.

I’m well aware that many gamers don’t like the way Capcom charges for micro-DLC in its fighting games and so on. But bear in mind that Dragon’s Dogma is made by a bespoke team that has been generous in the content department, so it’d be refreshing to see Dark Arisen enjoy similar success to its predecessor at launch.

In closing Kinoshita wanted to express his thanks to Dragon’s Dogma fans and anyone reading this piece, “I’d like to express my big thanks to all of the Dragon’s Dogma fans out there. Because of you, we are now able to deliver Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.

“Even now we still receive a lot of comments from players many opinions from users. Looking ahead, I still plan to keep my ears open to the comments from players of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen so I can take them into consideration when creating new content.”

Nice, but my money’s still on ‘Deep Down’ being a Dragon’s Dogma game, seriously.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen hits PS3 and Xbox 360 across North America from April 23 and across Europe April 26.

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12 Comments

  1. foxmulder555

    Looking ahead, I still plan to keep my ears open to the comments from players of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen so I can take them into consideration when creating new content.”

    here this “I want a PC VERSION “

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Missed it first time round due to gaming backlog, but want to pick this up. This sort of title demonstrates where I think NextGen gameplay expansion will be. I.e. looking at online as something other than adversarial shooting/fighting. There have been hints of features and extensions in this area this gen with titles like Dragons Dogma, Demons/Dark Souls, UGC. With a couple of consoles designed to be always on that could really expand massively.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. orakaa

    I absolutely LOVED Dragon’s Dogma.
    I was quite a bit sad at the end when I had nothing left to do (“platinumed” the game on PS3).

    Actually it’s the only game I’ve platinumed, with Demon’s Souls (I need to buy and do Artorias abyss in Dark Souls to get the platinum on this one as well).

    The “Souls” series and “Dragon’s Dogma” are different, but equally enjoyable to me. And they both managed to create a feeling of community that was refreshing to be a part of. For the Souls series, the wiki and forums was an essential part of the game (to get some materials to forge rare weapons, you had to get help from others, otherwise you’d have to grind hopelessly for hundreds of hours). For DD, at the end of the game, you have a “world” boss who has a gigantic health bar, and is accessible by EACH player connected online. This means that each player coming to face this boss participate to lower his health. You can find on Facebook a group dedicated to items exchange, but mostly to keep record of the boss health (there is an achievement/trophy to kill him, as well as good rewards). THIS is the kind of multiplayer and social interaction that I like.

    Regarding difficulty, I don’t really agree: Dragon’s Dogma is really easy. Only the first encounters can be hard and frustrating when you wander around and find some boss-like monsters wandering around the world. But quite quickly, you become TOTALLY overpowered, with very little challenge (until the very end, with the world boss who is ridiculously hard in comparison with the rest).
    I played a warrior until I max’d it, then switched to a wizard, and finally turned into a Magic Archer (I love the magic bow). Being able to completely change class is really a great idea.

    Anyway, I will buy Dark Arisen. $30 for 20 hours of great gameplay is excellent.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    I wanted to try this game given the praise it gets.. and I did.. but it’s unplayable. I don’t know why but I keep getting really bad screen juddering and awful framerate drops. The first fight was an absolute ballache because of it.

    (360 version)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    @4
    Was that the demo or full retail, did you try installing?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. stretch215

    This game is a prime example of why new ip should always have demos. I had never heard of this game, played the demo, and purchased it day 1. The guy @ gamestop told me I had grabbed the last copy, and that most of the people who bought the the mentioned the demo being their reason for doing so. I’ll definitely be grabbing this also. Edit: the 360 version (& demo) were fine for me. None of what #4 mentioned at all.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. BrutalZen

    Hope you guys do not mind answering a question about this game. Does this release include the original of 2012 AND the Dark Risen add-on or is it JUST the add-on.

    From what I’ve seen and heard (and read) about Dragon’s Dogma, it’s a must buy if this release contains both the original and the add-on. Shame I missed the original release… Seems it has some similarities with Kingdoms of Amalur which I loved.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Samoan Spider

    @7 “It’s massive, includes the first game in full and retails at a budget price.”

    Edit @9 Which I haven’t so I’ll be grabbing it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. orakaa

    Dark Arisen is the original game + the new area/content.

    So yes, it’s a REALLY good deal for anyone who hasn’t played Dragon’s Dogma before

    #9 2 years ago
  10. adge_uk

    It was my faveourite game of 2012, like the best of Skyrim and Dark Souls mashed into one amazing action RPG. The sheer size and physicality of some of the monsters was really impressive, plus the day/night cycle was so well thought through… I can recall many times thinking “I can get there in a day” and ending up it terrifying battle through the woods.

    Really looking forward to more of this.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Rosseu

    I have the original and really liked how smooth the animation is especially in combat. However, as #4 mentioned it suffers from massive fps drops and I found that some parts of the environment were poorly designed and felt bland (something I encountered in AC3 for the PS3). I really hope the series goes next gen, and comes out for the PC as well.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. fihar

    I remember Capcom getting a lot of flak for doing this with UMVC3 and SSFIV.
    Dark Arisen might be a sizable expansion but so was Dragonborn and Bethesda have no trouble putting that as a DLC.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely pick this one up, but the double standards on display here is maddening.

    #12 2 years ago

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    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]