February 8, 2017

Miitomo maintence tonight ahead of big update

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo revealed some information today that Miitomo will be down for maintenance tonight. The maintenance work will take place between February 8th at 11:00 p.m. ET until February 9th at 5:00 a.m. ET.

The maintenance is being conducted to prepare for an upcoming big update. After maintenance is completed, the app can be updated to the newest version of Miitomo. During the maintenance period Miitomo won’t be available.

No worries, though. Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes are still a thing.


Tiny Build Confirms Party Hard Sequel Using New Engine

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Party Hard 2

Indie publisher Tiny Build has announced that their 2015 stealth action title Party Hard will be receiving a sequel in the form of Party Hard 2.  Not only have they announced that the game will utilize a new engine but Party Hard 2 will be playable by the public very soon with a series of sign-up only alphas and a playable build on display at PAX East next month.

The premise of Party Hard 2 is pretty simplistic – set ten years after the original the player, as a corporate employee, is denied their holiday bonus and decides to celebrate the season by filling the halls with gallons of blood. All valid criticisms of late capitalism aside, players going on a massacre as a within action games has been happening for decades at this point and from the look of things Party Hard 2 embraces this destructive gaming practice.

Party Hard 2 utilizes a brand new, unnamed, engine that will allow the devs to provide players with 3D real-time environments complete with physics simulations. Two dimensional characters will blend seamlessly into these new 3D environments as you can see in the animated GIF below:

Party Hard 2

Party Hard 2 will have a series of public alpha builds which potential players can sign-up for on the game’s official website. It will also be playable at the PAX East Expo in Boston at the Tiny Build booth.


Atelier Sophie Synthesized For Steam Release

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Atelier Sophie

The latest alchemically magical release in the long-running Atelier series has finally been concocted for Steam thanks to the wizards at Koei Tecmo. Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is now available on Steam for $32.99 CDN or as a bundle with another recent Koei Tecmo release on windows, Nights of Azure for $52.78 CDN – both games were developed by Japanese devs GUST.

For this 17th entry in the Atelier franchise players are put into the boots of young alchemist Sophie Neuenmuller as she learns that she has come into the possession of a magical book that has its own soul. Players will guide Sophie through her adventure with the mysterious book as her mentor while she hones her craft of crafting and unravels the enigma that is her mysterious mentor.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist & The Mysterious Book was originally released in Japan in November 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Vita with a North American release following this past June.

Atelier Sophie

Wanna know if your rig will run Atelier Sophie? Here are the minimum specs from the game’s Steam Page:


OS: Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
Processor: Core i7 3.4GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX960
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 5 GB available space

Here’s a trailer from the PlayStation version of the game:


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