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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 31, 2012 0

Grasshopper Manufacture’s next project Lolipop Chainsaw is heavily influenced by the Punk & Rock movements of the 80′s if the art style and aesthetics didn’t already give that away. The game’s sound director Akira Yamaoka and Jimmy Urine of Mindself Self Indulgence fame come together to discuss the game’s sound track in this latest promotional video.

Each character’s personally inspired the type of music for each of the game’s characters/bosses. Akira mentions that 1980s rock left a big impression on him and that lead to some of their choices for not only the original tracks featured in the game but also some of the licensed music Grasshopper has included.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 31, 2012 0

The first downloadable expansion for Tropic 4, Modern Times, is now available through Steam and Amazon for $20 USD. If you are not a fan of digital copies and would rather have a boxed copy you’ll be able to pick one up at EB Games/Gamestop and other brick & mortar retail.

Modern Times brings Tropic 4 out of the 50s aesthetic that has defined the series for some time.As a more modern ruler of the People’s Republic of Tropico you will have to deal with the Cuban Missie Crisis, the Assassination of JFK and even the 2008 financial crisis.  Long time fans of Tropic will love the  addition of new buildings like the oppressive Police Swat headquarters or the ability to establish a communist space program.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 31, 2012 0

Zipper Interactive the Sony first party developer behind the Soccom, Mag and Unit 13 franchises have been shuttered by Sony Computer Interactive.  Confirmation of the closure comes after a turbulent week for the developer as rumors of the closure swirled online. According to reports Zipper employed 80 people before their demise.

In statement issued to the press Sony said the closure of Zipper Interactive is part of their normal “cycle of resource re-alignment. Check out the full statement below: (more…)

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By Eric Bastelak, March 30, 2012 0

Naval War: Arctic Circle is a real time strategy game for a strategy gamer. There is no hand holding here, one look at the game in action can show you that. In my time with the game I controlled a fleet of ships each able to launch its own variety of fighter jets and helicopters. I could also launch aircraft from a near by airfield that backed onto the water. I was able to customize what weapons my aircraft would attack with; targeting frigates, submarines, torpedoes or missiles.

Naval War will have you launching aircraft for various tasks, be that scouting for enemy submarines engaging other aircraft, supporting a ship battle with strafing runs against an opposing warship. Naval War will require you to think on your feet, making sure aircraft are refueled and, reloaded with fresh ammunition. Making sure your ships are blockading the enemy preventing them from reaching vital air fields. Your strategic militant mind must be up to task lest you fail and lose control of the now ever important Arctic Circle. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 27, 2012 0

The hardware under the Wii U’s hood has been kept under wraps since Nintendo unveiled the console this past June. Speaking to Develop Vigil Game’s Marvin Donald says that the Wii U graphical prowess is on par with what we have experienced with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

“So far the [Wii U] hardware’s been on par with what we have with the current generations” said Donald to Develop. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 27, 2012 0

The next entry in Namco Bandai’s “Tales of” series might be one step closer to a North American release with the news that the publisher has trademarked Tales of Xillia in North America.

Xillia, the 13th major release  in the Tales series, was released in Japan this past September. The game uses the series staple real time battle system where up to four characters battle monsters/enemies using “artes” (special attacks). Bringing subtle changes to the series established Tales formula Xillia allows multiple characters to combine their attacks mid-battle. The game’s perspective also changes in Xillia from a top down perspective to a third person “behind the back” camera.

The last North American releases in the Tales series came within a month of each other over the last few weeks. Tales of the Abyss was released on February 14th for the Nintendo 3DS and Tales of Graces F was released on March 6th for the Playstation 3.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 26, 2012 0

Sega has announced some brand new details for their upcoming MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2. The game was previously confirmed for the PS Vita as well as Windows PC and has now been confirmed for Japanese Smartphones.

The publisher also confirmed that the PC version will be free-to-play supported by in-game micro transactions. Micro transactions will also be supported on the PS Vita and Mobile versions, whoever it is unknown if players will have to play for the client software. Unlike other “free 2 play” MMOs the in-game store will not restrict free players to a certain level cap or offer experience boosts. Items purchased with “AresCash” (in game currency) will be used for cosmetic changes to player’s characters.

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By Daniel Shannon, March 26, 2012 0

While this year’s Eve fanfest was devoted to the sci-fi shooter Dust 514, CCP held a panel on its upcoming MMO based on the World of Darkness series of tabletop RPGs. Senior Producer Chris McDonough, CCP founder Reynir Harðarson, and Chief Marketing officer David Reid answered some questions about the upcoming MMO before revealing the first in-game footage, which may be seen below.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 24, 2012 0

Bethesda Softworks may have cancelled Human Head’s upcoming Prey 2. The sequel to 2006′s Prey painted a very picture than its predecessor. In Prey 2 Players take the role of a human Air Marital turned bounty hunter on stranded on alien world.

As GameTrailers points out this isn’t the first bump on the road to going gold for Human Head Studios. The publisher apparently cancelled the dev’s scheduled 3 part talk earlier this month’s Game’s Development Conference in San Francisco. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 21, 2012 0

Blizzard and NetEase.com, the company that manages several aspects of the world’s popular MMORPG in mainland china, have reached an agreement that will see the game operate in China for the next three years. The two companies formed an alliance (insert faction joke here) that has kept the game running since 2009.

Mike Morhaime the CEO of Blizzard Entertainment had some great things to say about their Chinese fanbase. (more…)

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