• Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright Review – 3DS
  • The Last Tinker: City of Colors Review – PlayStation 4 (Also on Windows PC / Steam)
  • Hatoful Boyfriend Review - Windows PC (Steam)
  • Pure Pool Review - PlayStation 4
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Review - PS Vita

The Last Tinker City of Colors windmill_00The Playstation 4 is a not a platform currently awash in kids friendly titles. Other than launch title Knack (which is actually quite difficult), it’s hard to point to a game that appeals to the youngsters both on visual terms and in storytelling. The Last Tinker: City of Colors, appears aimed to fill that niche, coming off its relative success on PC, which you can read about in our earlier review.

While I try to avoid categorizing games as only for certain audiences, it’s clear from the plot that there pretty simple moral to the story being imparted here. It revolves around a character named Koru who lives on the outskirts of Colortown. As the name implies, everything and everyone in Colortown has their own bright, primary colors to it. We learn that these colors used to mix and get along in the past, but now they’re segregated into their own districts of the town as discrimination between the reds, blues, and greens breaks out. In comes a new threat, the Bleakness, which threatens to wipe out all the color in town and begin anew. Your job as the diversely colored Koru is to rescue everyone and get them working together again. Surely this isn’t an allegory for the problems we face in the real world or anything like that. Naaaah.
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FINAL FANTASY XIII Series Announced for Windows PC

Posted By Justin Lee On September 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm ADD COMMENTS

SQUARE ENIX, today announced the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy of games will be heading to Windows PC, with the first in the series, FINAL FANTASY XIII, due for release on October 9th, 2014.

The game will be available to download via the Square Enix online store and the Steam PC digital service (amongst others), priced at $15.99. The game is available to pre-order now (http://store.steampowered.com/app/292120), with those pre-ordering the Steam version receiving 10% off. FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will also offer a set of Steam Trading Cards for players to collect and exchange.


On its original console release in 2010, FINAL FANTASY XIII marked the dawning of a new era for the celebrated series, bringing the game to multiple hi-definition consoles simultaneously for the first time in its history. The original game and subsequent adventures in the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will soon be available for PC gamers to play for the very first time, with all games in the series due for release by next Spring.
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Canadian Super Smash Bros. Fans: Get Ready for Battle!

Posted By Justin Lee On September 18, 2014 at 9:39 am ADD COMMENTS

Nintendo of Canada Super Smash Club 1Counting down to the launch of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game on October 3, Nintendo of Canada is tapping into fan excitement with a line-up of fan events and activities in advance of this highly anticipated game, available for the first time on a portable system.

Even Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, has recognized that Canadians are among the most zealous of Super Smash Bros. fans and has put forth a special video challenge of epic proportions to prepare fans for battle. In his video, Reggie challenges Canadian fans to define the rules of battle for Super Smash Club, to share their excitement for the franchise on social media using the hashtag #SuperSmashClub and to show their support by attending upcoming Super Smash Club events across Canada.

First rule of Super Smash Club: Fans make the rules for Super Smash Club

From September 18 to 26, fans can take to Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page or tweet at @NintendoCanada to suggest a rule to include in the final chosen 10 official Super Smash Club rules. The official set of club rules will be revealed via the Nintendo of Canada Facebook page and Twitter page on September 30, and used at all upcoming Super Smash Club events. Fans whose rules were chosen to be part of the final list of rules, as determined by Nintendo of Canada, will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win 1 of 20 Super Smash Bros. branded towels.*
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Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright Review – 3DS

Posted By Cristofer Hess On September 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm ADD COMMENTS

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney i_41946Professor Hershel Layton and his faithful apprentice and Gentleman-in-Training Luke Triton have been investigating, and solving, mysteries for a long time now. In their latest adventure, they are not alone. Layton and Luke are joined by legendary lawyer Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright, and his assistant Maya Fey. Together they will investigate the case of a mysterious girl, and the strange place from which she comes, Labyrinthia.

Labyrinthia is no ordinary place, and when Professor meets young Espella Cantabella, it’s obvious she’s no ordinary girl. She’s being pursued by witches! Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright must get to the bottom of this mystery, save Espella, and learn the secrets of the magical land of Labyrinthia in “Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright”!
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Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! Available Now / Launch Trailer Released

Posted By Justin Lee On September 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm ADD COMMENTS

Cooking Mama 5 LogoMajesco Entertainment Company, publisher of the award-winning Cooking Mama video game franchise that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, announced today that Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! is now available on Nintendo 3DS in North American retail stores for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Visit the Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! game page on Nintendo.com to find out more about the free playable demo. The all new launch trailer is below:

Finally, don’t miss YouTube’s biggest baking star, Rosanna Pansino, whipping up a delicious Mama game recipe to celebrate the launch of Bon Appétit: WATCH THE NEW EPISODE OF NERDY NUMMIES HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbdCVmS9RVg

Follow Mama’s taste for adventure in and out of the kitchen in Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! Unlock 60 recipes to perfect a kaleidoscope of foods including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats including: chicken nuggets, barbeque skewers, raisin bread, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and much more! Step out of the kitchen and help Mama with more than 30 new activities around the Burger Shop and House: feed the pets, deliver orders, serve ice cream, organize crafts, even play word games!

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! features intuitive stylus-based play across six modes, including the new Cooking Dojo mode where Mama slips into her gi for some serious culinary training. What’s more, single cart download play with up to three friends enables you to share the experience with fellow chefs.

Developed by Cooking Mama Limited, Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! is rated E and now available for the suggested retail price of $29.99. For additional information, please visit CookingMamaUS.com.

Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution logoBANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and STEAM for PC. The latest edition of the acclaimed anime fighting-action series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution packs unrelenting Ninja action, more characters and an all-new battle system.

Developed by famed Japanese developer CyberConnect2 and highly regarded as one of the best video game anime franchises, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution boasts tons of never-before-seen content including brand-new single player modes; Nina World Tournament and Ninja Escapades. Ninja World Tournament brings contestants from every corner of the Ninja world spanning the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arcs together to find out who is the most powerful Ninja the world has ever known. Brand new match types will be available in Ninja World Tournament including four-Ninja battles, allowing players to face off against three computer-controlled characters. Players will also meet Mecha-Naruto, a brand new character designed by NARUTO series creator Masashi Kishimoto. Players will learn Mecha-Naruto’s origins throughout his storyline in Ninja World Tournament and be able to play as Naruto’s metal doppelganger in Free Battle and Online Mode. Ninja Escapades features three exclusive anime stories created by Studio Pierrot that will offer additional insight into established characters that will be woven into signature Ultimate Ninja STORM gameplay. The three new stories include: “Creation of the Akatsuki”, “The Two Uchiha” and “Far Reaches of Hope”.
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WWE 2K15 Delayed on Next Gen Consoles

Posted By Justin Lee On September 16, 2014 at 11:08 am ADD COMMENTS

wwe2k15 logo2K today announced a new next-gen console release date for WWE 2K15 of November 18, 2014 in North America and November 21, 2014 internationally for the PlayStation 4 Computer Entertainment System and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Releases for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will launch as planned on October 28, 2014 in North America and October 31, 2014 internationally.

“Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,” said Greg Thomas, President, Visual Concepts. “The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”

Developed collaboratively by Yukes and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K15 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information on WWE 2K15 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com.

Microsoft Aquires Mojang and the Minecraft Franchise

Posted By Justin Lee On September 16, 2014 at 10:58 am ADD COMMENTS

Minecraft-logoMicrosoft has issued a press release saying that they have acquired Mojang and of course Minecraft, they also promised that Minecraft will remain available on all existing platforms:

Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. Subject to customary closing conditions and any regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close in late 2014.
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Hatoful Boyfriend Review – Windows PC (Steam)

Posted By Eric Kelly On September 16, 2014 at 10:44 am ADD COMMENTS

Hatoful Boyfriend - Screen 6Dating Sim visual novels are usually simple affairs, so in order to spice things up to leverage people’s interest, the developers of Hatoful Boyfriend HD decided to dip into the weird: The result of which is not only clearly evident, but still entertaining.

Hatoful Boyfriend HD is an HD remaster of the 2012 original Japanese game. While the original game did receive a translation, the new version received some GUI overhauls as some script cleaning. In addition, many of the game’s backgrounds and character portraits are of higher quality than the 2012 game. The plot deals with the protagonist, who is a human girl, while having a name, can be renamed to the player’s liking. Hiyoko Tosaka is the default name, and she attends a school for gifted…birds. Why she is going to a school exclusively for birds, let alone why birds can talk or go to schools is something the game eventually reveals these facts to you. In the meantime, the goal is to get through the school year while romancing one of the birds. This is done like most visual novels through dialog tree selections. The story is pretty threadbare in the beginning, with only bits and pieces being added in, with only a bit of character development. But after attaining all 14 character endings, you can start a new game and ‘fulfill the promise’ to start the true story of Hatoful Boyfriend. The theme also changes from a dating sim to a murder mystery thriller.
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Ubisoft Unveils Full Just Dance 2015 Tracklist and New Screenshots

Posted By Justin Lee On September 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm ADD COMMENTS

Today, Ubisoft revealed the full tracklist for Just Dance 2015, the latest installment in the best-selling dance game franchise. This year, players can dance along to a variety of the year’s biggest hits and old school favorites, including many songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart such as “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj.

“We’ve always taken pride in having the most hit songs in our Just Dance games each year—it’s what our fans ask for and what we deliver,” said Tony Key, SVP Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. “This year with Just Dance 2015 we’re featuring more top Billboard artists than ever before.”

Just Dance 2015 is coming to all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo’s Wii U system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system on October 21 in North America and October 23 in EMEA territories (October 24 in the UK). With more Billboard artists than ever before, get ready to “Get Low” and “Let It Go” to the hottest hits.” The tracklist includes:
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