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After Ni No Kuni: Tales of Xillia’s western assault

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 17:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Tales of Xillia arrives in the west two years after its Japanese launch. VG247′s Dave Cook plays the full game and speaks with director Hideo Baba about why Namco is taking a JRPG charge in western markets.

Tales of Xillia

Developed by Namco Tales Studio, Tales of Xillia is the 13th core entry to the popular JRPG series.

The game stars Milla Maxwell, a spirit god stripped of her powers and Jude Mathis, a shy student turned fugitive.

Together they must roam the lands of Rieze Maxia and Elenpios to stop the Gin from stripping the world of spirits.

Tales of Xillia hits PS3 in North America on August 6 and across Europe on August 9. We’ve got special edition bundle details here.

A sequel – Tales of Xillia 2 – will be localised for the West and released at some point in 2014. Get the details here.

It’s times like these I wish I had dabbled in the ‘Tales’ series long before now, because at the time of writing I’ve just broken the six hour mark in Tales of Xillia and I’m really enjoying it.

The game first launched in Japan in September of 2011 and it’s taken this long to come to Western shores. Namco’s timing couldn’t have been better thanks to the resurging popularity of games that many would deem to be ‘very Japanese’ such as Ni No Kuni, Project X Zone and Fire Emblem: Awakening.

The quick-fire announcement that Tales of Xillia 2 will be localised in 2014 lends weight to the view.

There’s a visible appetite for games hailing from Japan right now and if you’re already a fan of the country’s output then you might not get what I’m talking about, but trust me, I see more and more of you dabbling in – and getting excited about – Japan’s rich array of RPGs and tactical games with each passing month. Tides are certainly shifting.

So what is Tales of Xillia then? Well, it’s a hefty RPG that begins in the world of Rieze Maxia and stars Milla Maxwell, a spirit god who commands a group of elementals called The Four. She breaks into a science facility to destroy a mana-consuming weapon called the Lance of Kresnik and happens across a nervous young scholar called Jude.

Due to the intervention of an mysterious saboteur the plan fails and Milla loses The Four to the device, causing her to effectively turn human. She is then forced to become a fugitive with Jude in tow, which sparks a massive quest across the world that yields valuable lessons about responsibility and what it means to be human. It’s also rife with heart-warming comedy.

Aside from playing final code and talking about it here, I also decided to speak with the game’s producer Hideo Baba to discuss the surging interest of the genre in western markets. I asked him if he could see the genre’s fan-base expanding from all the way over in Japan and he replied by way of a translated interview.

“I think one of the reasons is the world setting that [reminds users of] animes or comics,” he answered, “the unique characteristic of Japanese ways of expression. Western people are great at photorealistic ways of expression, including the Hollywood movies. Of course, lots of Japanese developers introduce the photorealistic ways of expression to describe the in-game world, but this is the big reason why Japanese unique video expression is still supported by western people.

“The representative video game genres used to be shooting, simulation, action and RPG before. The action games are still enjoyed by many people in a various different forms. However, I personally believe that there are still lots of possibilities in JRPG genre, and the more popular JRPG genre, the more activated the videogame industry can get, so I would like to stick to releasing the titles in the west.”

Baba isn’t wrong, Tales of Xillia’s visual style is striking – perhaps not to the same degree as Ghibli’s work with Level-5 in Ni No Kuni – but it does whisk you away to a colourful land that has been visibly influenced by facets of Japanese history and culture. The soundtrack is also a joy, with sweeping orchestral compositions worthy of the genre’s finest musicians. It’s quite simply an aural delight in a sea of murk and grit.

Combat-wise, if you’re a fan of Ni No Kuni’s real-time scraps then you’ll feel right at home with Xillia. In similar fashion you can roam the world and walk into enemies to trigger a battle, which then takes your squad to a battle area that can be navigated freely. You can flick between any of the four characters in your active party while in the field, and link two of them together to create brutal chain attacks.

It all feels a bit button-mashy at first seeing as most early encounters can be completed with melee swipes alone, but once those enemies start to block, flank and dish out punishing area-of-effect attacks you’ll need to start formulating a strategy. I was so addicted to the game’s plot, characters and levelling grind that I didn’t actually care that its combat mechanic doesn’t do much in the way of innovation. It honestly didn’t matter to me.

You won’t hear me saying that I enjoy grinding in games often but in Tales of Xillia it’s massively compulsive thanks to the orb-based levelling system. Anyone who remembers the “Sphere Grid” progression mechanic at the heart of Final Fantasy X will know just how addictive it can be to light up nodes to unlock new skills. The same rings true here, as I found it genuinely difficult to stop playing when I know a few more fights would grant me more of those damn orbs.

And as daft as she looks I also really felt compelled to see Milla’s story through. She’s a brilliant character who – thanks to losing her powers – has to learn how to adapt to the human way of life. It’s like when Thor is banished to Earth in the Marvel flick, or when Arnold Schwarzenegger adjusts to the rules of reality in The Last Action Hero.

The way she becomes enthralled by simple things like feeling hunger for the first time is both quaint and touching. Then you have fellow star Jude who develops from something of a shy wuss into a strong-willed hero, and together with Alvin – who I’m 99.9% sure is voiced by Troy “Booker DeWitt” Baker but can’t say concretely until it’s actually confirmed in writing – make for a hilarious double act.

In fact, Baba told me that Namco’s dedication to translating the game’s plot and dialogue as accurately as possible is why it’s taken so long to surface in the west. “[It's] a fact that we take a long time to bring the game to the western countries because of the big volume of texts, and high-quality localisation to faithfully keep the same meaning of storyline in translation from Japanese texts to each western language,” Baba explained.

He continued, “Moreover, it is difficult to translate some unique Japanese expressions and to find the closest words in each language, which takes us a long time,” and added that he assigned extra staff to the process to make sure it didn’t take too long, which is further proof that Namco really wanted to get Tales of Xillia into your hands.

Speaking personally, I’m glad he did because while I’ve really enjoyed many recent, western RPGs like Skyrim, my heart will always lie with the games like Final Fantasy 7, which was my first real experience of JRPGs back in the day, and while it’s a genre I enjoy the sad fact is I just don’t have the time to commit to it like I used to.

In fact, I think Lost Odyssey – which I regard as my favourite RPG of the generation – was the last JRPG I sunk something like 80+ hours into, and in turn I’m going to try and give Tales of Xillia as much attention as I can. It’s a game that reminds me of why I got into JRPGs to begin with after being bombarded with a mountain of action-heavy shit these past five or so years.

So that’s my humble opinion, but what about those on the fence? Well, while I’m still technically just scratching Tales of Xillia’s dense surface I feel confident that if you took a punt on Ni No Kuni and enjoyed it, you’ll most likely feel right at home with this as well. All of the key ingredients of what has made scores of JRPGs enjoyable are present and correct, and it’s not as hardcore as it may first appear.

I’ll let Baba play us out with his own pitch to anyone who is even mildly keen on the game. Take it away mate:

“Basically I would like to recommend the game to those who like playing videogames,” he said, “but I really would like to have the people enjoy the game who like reading novels, watching movies and adventures or fantasy.

“I would like those who like action games not only to enjoy its storyline but also to try its fast-paced and exhilarating battle system that is one of the biggest appeals of Tales of series. I believe they can find that there is so exhilarating battle system even in RPG. We always keep in mind of developing the battle system that never makes users feel bored.”

There you have it from the man himself. Now, what do you think? Let’s get chatting below and feel free to ask me anything you like about the game and I’ll do my best to answer.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this piece, Namco Bandai sent Dave a PS3 download code for Tales of Xillia. No other advertising or merchandise was offered or accepted.

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19 Comments

  1. dizzygear

    I’m hyped as hell for this game.

    Incidentally i just got the email from bamco they finally shipped my order. :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. fihar

    Was Awakening really that Japanese? Previous Fire Emblems didn’t seem that Japanese to me.

    It’s the end of Ramadan so there’s little chance my copy would be arriving this week but I’m very much looking forward to this. Visually, Xillia is definitely the best Tales that has made it out of Japan but the impression I got is that it’s a bit light on content. Couldn’t care less either way though because I haven’t even finished either Vesperia or Graces F.

    I hate you for reminding me of Lost Odyssey. Haven’t finished that one either, still somewhere in Disc 3 but I’ve read every single memory in A Thousand Years of Dreams beforehand because they’re just that good.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. actuallyisnotafox

    These games are something special :’) I hope someday somebody gives these guys the money to create something like this for the vita, I would definatly buy that :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    I think a lot of the resurgence of interest in Japanese games and RPGs in particular is because they have something that a lot of games today lack. There’s been a huge obsession with making giant action-based worlds for the player to run around in in the vein of GTA, different gameplay mechanics to do various things.

    Japanese games and RPGs especially, the ones not trying to copy Western styles, put an emphasis on story and making the world feel big and full of interesting concepts and people you want to know. There’s also the promise of a true story, not something that has to be ambiguous and generalized to allow for a wide appeal to everyone’s tastes.

    Japanese games also don’t seem as obsessed with trying to copy whatever’s most popular in gimmicks and trends. There seems to be more interest in and respect toward their own worlds, to hell with trying to become something all the kids have as their latest fad.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    Last JRPG I put a ton of time into was Resonance of Fate. Took me about 115 hours to platinum it. Never was bored, even playing through the game 2 and a half times.

    Picked this and Dragon’s Crown up at Gamestop earlier today. In the middle of doing laundry, but will start playing them after I finish up the errands I have to run for the day.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @5

    It sucks that Dragons Crown is not out till Oct in the UK?!

    What the shit is up with that if its out and localised in the US now?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Biscuitpants

    weeboo as fuck

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @5: How did you manage that? The amount of grinding you had to do in this game was insane.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    @8 – I would grind in the arena. That was what took up a good deal of my time. I also did every side mission the first time I played. I was determined to beat every single arena mission and, after you beat the game, the missions in it get way, way harder than even the last boss.

    But I experimented with different types of ammo, giving one character two chip damage guns and another just focusing on projectiles, while another had the actual damage gun going on.

    I just loved, loved, loved that game so much, it wasn’t even funny. It’s in my top five games of this gen so far.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. stockops3

    @9 I have to agree I bought it the same time FF13 was out and I played ROF so much more, the combat is just incredible and I love the characters, story voice actor and challenge that comes along with it although I have had the game for over 3 years and only managed half way (so far, but I vow to complete it) but I would pin that as one of my face RPGs on this generation!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dizzygear

    @10 Dont forget the character customization. The amount of clothes was insane.

    @9 If you want platinum you need to do arena until your eyes bleed. not everyone will want to do that and i cant blame them.
    I didnt bother with arena it until the end and got by just fine just doing the red spots on the map for frame fragments so i could abuse the hell out of hero run.

    It was good seeing RoF characters and stages in Project x Zone. It even had the Leanne statue mission.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @11 – I loved dressing my characters in that. I’d actually change their clothes every day.

    And I know some people waited on the arena thing. I started focusing on it heavily once I got my ass handed to me by the Jalopy Golem. That taught me that maybe I should start focusing on building a couple skills I didn’t have.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. lexph3re

    @2 they already made 2 tales of games for vita that’s out in Japan. They won’t release them here because of vitas current install base. It’s honestly disappointing because both tales of innocence r and tales of hearts r were in my top 5 anticipated games on vita. And at the current stalemates consumers are at with debs over vita I am losing hope in ever getting them.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. lexph3re

    Also, have my copy of tales right here next to me. I picked it up over DC but I’m buying both vita and ps3 version of that next week

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    Looking forward to tucking into this at some point.

    The Tales of Games are interesting beasts. The stories almost always have interesting set ups, and when they get the characters right, they end up escaping their tropes and become impressively fleshed out. Tales of Vesperia’s well developed characters and surprigingly unqiue lead were the thing that kept me playing that game right to the end.

    I still haven’t touched Tales of Graces f. I should probably get on that.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @15 – I really liked Graces F.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    I’m looking to try a Tales of game to satisfy the JRPG itch. Will go with one of Vesperia or Graces f – which ever I can get cheapest. Vesperia is meant to have the better story but is still £20 from Games On Demand and very hard to find elsewhere. By the time I’m ready for Xillia it should hopefully be cheaper :).

    #17 2 years ago
  18. fihar

    @15
    Yeah, out of the main Tales protagonists, Yuri is definitely one of the more interesting one although I have to say it’s Estelle that was the star of the game for me. And Raven.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Majora

    Nice article, I can’t wait to play it, hopefully I will be able to do so starting today.

    @15 – You should really play Graces f, maybe the main character is not as charismatic as Yuri Lowell, but the story is brilliant and the “main antagonist” is, in my opinion, way better than the one in Vesperia. The battle system changes a lot as well, and once you’re used to it, it feels really dynamic.

    #19 2 years ago

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    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

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  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

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  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

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  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

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  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

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  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]