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5 of the 10 Free Games Coming To The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

SNK will bring a collection of their older games in one package to the Nintendo Switch in order to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Despite SNK being best known for classic fighting game franchises like FATAL FURY and The King of Fighters but they’ve also published a number of other games in a variety of genres.  We knew that the 40th Anniversary Collection would include classic SNK games like Ikari Warriors (and it’s sequel), Chrysalis and P.O.W but now SNK has also revealed 5 of the 10th free DLC add-on games that will launch later on.

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection will be released on November 13th 2018 with a special Collector’s Edition available through the NIS web store.

These additional games include:

Munch Mobile

In Munch Mobile, control a car with a human limb and cruise through various scenic routes to reach your ultimate destination: the garage. Pick up various objects along the way, such as fruit and gas canisters. What a handy vehicle, don’t you think?


Your sweetheart has been captured and it’s time to get her back in Fantasy! To rescue your loved one, trek through the wild jungles and soar above the sea—seems like nothing can get in between you and Sherry!

Sasuke vs. Commander

As the title suggests, in Sasuke vs. Commander, you are the legendary shuriken-wielding ninja Sasuke. You must protect your master, the Shogun, against enemy ninja. Fulfill your duty in this classic set in feudal Kyoto!

Chopper I

“Emergency! This is not a drill!” It doesn’t get much more metal than this! Shoot up tanks, ships, planes, and more to defend against enemy troops. See if you’ve got enough firepower to carry out your mission in Chopper I!

Time Soldiers

Traverse through time with the “D-Scanner” to rescue your comrades in Time Soldiers. There’s just one caveat: if you’re not in the correct place in history, you must defeat that era’s boss before making the leap to the right time period your fellow soldier is trapped in.


Source: NIS America PR


People Can Fly & Square Enix Partner For Unannounced Title

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

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Square Enix – the publisher who most recently rebooted their reboot of a 20 year RPG classic – has announced that they will be partnering with People Can Fly for an unnamed ‘high-end original title’ for console and PC.

Whatever form this new project takes, it will not be featured during Square Enix’s 2017 E3 showcase and will not be at the show in any facet. Previously People Can Fly gained notoriety as a subsidiary of Epic Games where they worked on the Gears of War franchise including an original entry in the franchise, Gears of War Judgement, released in 2013. In addition to the Gears of War and Painkiller franchises, People Can Fly also partnered with Gearbox Software to deliver Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition earlier this year.

Lee Singleton, Head of Studios at Square Enix was quoted with the following in Squeenix’s press release announcing the partnership:

“We’re massively excited to be working with the talented team at PCF in Warsaw, a studio filled with people who really know their craft … We’re building a game we all want to play which will be the perfect addition to our portfolio.”

It will probably be a few years before we hear about what the Polish developer is working on in conjunction with Square Enix. Then again Square still has quite a few projects to release that they announced at the start of this console generation back in 2013 *cough*.




Shadow Of Mordor Sequel Announced Today – New Trailer

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Les Major

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The rumors are true! Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the official title of Monolith Productions next game in the series. I LOVED Shadow of Mordor and it’s certainly a title worth checking out to this day. The sequel continues the storyline and really begs to question if we’ll follow the canon at all, or if this really is a wild new tale of Talion versus Sauron where anything can happen. The original seemed to take liberties, but it’s still great just getting to explore a new vision of Tolkien’s fantasy world.

Check out the trailer below! The game is on the way for August 22nd in North America!


Punch Club Devs Partner With Tiny Build For New Graveyard Management Game

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Have you ever wanted to enter the lucrative graveyard management business? It might sound morbid or even macabre to consider but that is exactly the premise behind the latest game from the minds of Punch Club, titled Grave Keeper.

Set in medieval times Grave Keeper allows players to expand their graveyard enterprise into the entertainment sector by offering admittance o up public witch burnings, explore new business opportunities like selling the blood of the deceased or finally figuring out what parts of the human body are perfect for recycling. Players will not only be able to acquire new land for their thriving body disposal business but also explore dungeons to find the truly rare loot that is necessary for the efficient disposal of the dead.

Lazy Bear Games will host a publicly available alpha for testers who sign up for it. Grave Keeper will be playable at PAX East, for those not attending the convention Tiny Build has also released a number of animated GIFs from the game as well as a trailer which you can check out below.


Splatoon 2 Has A Single Player Story Set Two Years After First Game

Posted on January 29, 2017 by Les Major

Splatoon 2 Title

WHAT? Where was this news at the Nintendo Switch reveal? That’s right! I heard officially from a Nintendo PR rep at our recent Switch press event that yes, Splatoon 2 will indeed have a single player story campaign just like the first. So far we’ve only seen the multiplayer battle and some of the new weapons making this news HUGE! Splatoon 2 isn’t just a new block of updates on a new console, it really is a true sequel!

In my upcoming video interview you’ll get to see our conversation firsthand. I was mainly trying to see if there were further details like a new hub world or something amazing like apartments for your character. Neither of those details were confirmed or denied, but instead our gracious host did fill me in on the fact that there is more to do than just PVP battles in the new Splatoon title.

I know, it was probably to be expected, but now it’s CONFIRMED! Even when I was talking to other reps at the event, they were surprised to hear about the single player campaign. So I don’t know just how new this news is but a quick search online doesn’t reveal much about this confirmation at all! So there you have it folks. Stay fresh!


Square Enix Makes Final Fantasy XV Delay Official

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix announced during GamesCOM today that the rumored Final Fantasy XV delay is indeed official. The long awaited game will now make its debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on November 29th, 2016. The publisher also announced that the delay of the game will not affect the digital release fo the tie-in film, KingsGlaive: Final Fantasy XV, which is set to debut at the end of the month.

What’s the reason for the delay? Well there was actually very little PR / Corporate speak in Square’s news release – they’ve admitted that the game needs more polish and QA testing before it is ready for prime time.

Final Fantasy XV

FFXV’s director Hajime Tabata is quoted regarding the two month release as saying:

“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.”

Square’s admission that the game needs a bit more polish falls in line with a rumor that sprang up on 4-chan (unsourced of course (**ALSO POTENTIAL UNCONFIRMED SPOILER WARNINGS AT THAT LINK**) that claimed FFXV was only partially playable on production PlayStation 4 units. According to the leaker only about 2 hours was playable on PS4 and the Xbox One version faired even worse.

As soon as we know more about the delay of Final Fantasy XV we will let you know. I got the chance to play the Titan Demo at E3 and was generally impressed with what I played.


Welcome To BrokenJoysticks 3.0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

I’d like to welcome all of our readers, editors, past writers and future visitors to the third major version of Broken Joysticks! It’s hard for me to imagine that this site has been going strong for over four years now – It seems like only a little while ago that our founding staff (myself included) were brain storming ideas for the name of the site when it hit me, as I stared at a broken PlayStation 2 controller on my coffee table.

Over the past four years we’ve delivered over 3,200 pieces of written content to the site, attended 2 major conventions, launched our YouTube channel and a Sunday night twitch talk show. None of this could have been possible without our dedicated readers and excellent editorial staff who continue to deliver some of the most insightful and diverse written content I’ve seen in my 11 years writing about interactive entertainment.

So this new design might not look all that different from our old one. It takes the simple visual design principles from Broken Joysticks 2.0 and gives everything a fresh coat of paint. Alongside this significant visual upgrade the new design integrates our twitter feed right into the sidebar, provides visitors to our front page with visually pleasing transitions between slider items and brings our back-end up to date.

GDC Crowd

Our reviews policy will also be changing going forward – alongside the + / – aspects system we introduced in last year’s design update we will also be re introducing scoring to our reviews. When we conceptualized last year’s update it was at a time when major sites, much larger than ours, were moving away from numbered scores and we felt that this was a good move. In hindsight not having a 20 point scale with multiple sub-categories does make reading reviews easier to digest but the they still lacked a certain visual punch. We’re still working out the details but rest assured that some form of scoring metric will return, along with a visual cue that will help inform readers about the quality of the games we review.


Also if you’ve ever wanted to contribute to the site, we’d love to hear from you. Send a short introduction email to PR@BrokenJoysticks.net and someone from our management team will get back to you as soon as we can. There is always room for breaking news, thought provoking editorials and unique takes on your favorite games. With E3 fast approaching, there is no other time to show your burning passion for interactive mediums.

So please mind the dust as we continue to fix the odd bug here or there. With three weeks until E3 things are looking up!

Great work to our web designer, Kirk for doing such a fantastic job.

Here’s to another year of excellent coverage,

Rae Michelle Richards
Co-Founder, BrokenJoysticks



Mighty Number 9 Has Officially Gone Gold, Out June 21st

Posted on May 2, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Comcept, the developers behind the Kickstarter darling & spiritual successor to the Mega Man Franchise, Mighty Number 9,  have announced that the game has officially gone gold. Keiji Inafune, the mind behind the blue bomber and the protagonist of this latest game, Beck, wrote in part on the official Mighty Number 9 site about how crucial crowd funding was to the game’s colossal success 3 years ago.

Inafune wrote:

“It has been almost three years since the start of our Kickstarter campaign, which was only made possible through the support of our backers and fans around the world. This is a project where everyone’s passions were combined in order to create something very special, and we are looking forward to delivering the final product to everyone who was involved. There can be no stronger connection between game creators and game fans.”

Mighty Number 9

Mighty Number 9 now has a “set in stone” release date of June 21st 2016 for North America and June 24th 2016 for the rest of the world.  The PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS editions of the game are expected to be released sometime later this year.



Tales of Berseria Announced For PS4 and PC North American Release

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

In news that is sure to delight fans of the long running Tales of series, such as myself, Bandai Namco has confirmed via a brand new trailer that the latest entry Tales of Berseria will be releasing sometime in the west for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

In their announcement blog post the publisher briefly described the game like this:

The next game in the long running “Tales of” series is Tales of Berseria, a tale of emotion versus reason! Coming on PlayStation 4 and PC Digital including Steam, the story will focus on Velvet, the first female solo main character. You will embark on a journey and assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once gentle nature has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within TALES OF BERSERIA imbued her left hand with a special ability.

Berseria like other modern entries, like this year’s Tales of Zestiria, will bring some changes to the established combat formula. Here’s what the development team is trying with Berseria:

  1. The player’s default control is free run
  2. The player can rotate the camera freely
  3. The player can assign multiple artes to any of the four buttons: ○, ×, △ and □, allowing different artes to be linked together in attack combinations.

Are you excited for the newly announced western release of Tales of Berseria? The game was originally announced this past April for a 2016 release in Japan but it looks like it’ll be more of a worldwide affair!

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Gravity Rush 2 & Gravity Rush Remastered Confirmed!

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gravity Rush fans rejoice as Sony Computer Entertainment Japan confirmed during their Tokyo Games Show presentation that both a remastered version of the 2012 original and its sequel Gravity Rush 2 will be heading to the PS4!

Sony released a pair of trailers centered on the announcement and I couldn’t be more excited.  GR2 looks absolutely stunning in motion – once again we get glimpses of sweeping cityscapes and bright blue skies as heroine Kat utilizes her gravity manipulation powers to fly through the skies.

When I reviewed the original game I had this to say about one of my absolutely favorite (and in my opinion essential) PlayStation Vita games:

The gameplay and freedom to fly through the city streets appealed to my senses, they aren’t the only great part of Gravity Rush. The game both looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. Characters, environments and effects are rendered in a style that is very similar to modern Japanese Animation. Characters sport expressive eyes and make gasps and gestures that convey their emotions clearly

Gravity Rush Remastered will be released on PlayStation 4 in Japan in December of this year and in February of 2016 in North America. Gravity Rush 2 is currently scheduled for release sometime next year.

Gravity Rush 2 Trailer
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Gravity Rush Remastered Trailer
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Anime Due Out In 2016

Posted on July 17, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA of Japan has announced an animated adaptation of its popular Japanese free-to-play MMORPG Phantasy Star Online. The anew anime titled Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation will debut sometime in 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the original PSO on the Dreamcast and will take place on a near future presumably before the events of the game.

The Windows PC version of Phantasy Star Online 2 was released in Japan in 2012 with a PlayStation Vita version following in 2013 and an Android version for Smart Phones and tablets last year. A localized English version of PSO2 went live in southern Asia last March and there has been little word on a North American or European release outside of vague omissions by Sega America that the game has been delayed.

You can check out the website for Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation here.


Fallout 4 Trailer Revealed

Posted on June 3, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

As expected when the countdown that Bethesda released reached zero this morning bombs didn’t fall from the skies. Instead we got the first trailer for the previously rumoured Fallout 4. 

Clocking in at over three minutes the trailer explores both post apocalyptic and pre-war Boston. Our guide through the various locations is the player characters trusty dog companion, a series staple.

Fallout 4 has been confirmed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game looks absolutely gorgeous and it is expected to be showcased as an on-stage demo during Bethesda’s E3 press conference next week.

There is no release window for Fallout 4 at this time.

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Bethesda Expected To Announce Fallout 4 Tomorrow

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

War never changes and neither dos Bethesda’s plans to usher one of its most popular franchises on to current generation hardware. The publisher recently launched a countdown clock, which you can check out right here, ticking down to a big reveal for the Fallout franchise. It is very clear we are all going to be heading down to our local survival vaults sometime soon.

If previous rumors are to be believed Bethesda developers scoped out areas of Boston including the world famous MIT several years ago while presumably working on Fallout 4. Perhaps we will see a cinematic trailer unveiled tomorrow before a demo of the game front and center and Bethesda’s upcoming E3 press conference.

As of press time there are only 17 hours left on the countdown.. prepare yourselves!



Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Announced

Posted on May 7, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Get ready to shred up the skate park once again with the confirmation of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After appearing on the cover of the upcoming issue of Game Informer publisher Activision has confirmed the a brand new entry in the long running Tony Hawk franchise is set to debut later this year on current gen consoles.

Returning to the series roots THPS5 focuses on completing objectives, getting high scores and finding hidden secrets through its levels. Developer Robomodo promises that the inclusion of online play and power-ups (like projectiles) will add variety to the game-play without compromising the classic feel that the THPS franchise is known for.

The last numbered Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title, THPS4 was released in 2002 for the GameCube, PS2 and original Xbox. The last two major console releases in the franchise Tony Hawk Ride (2009) and Tony Hawk Shred (2010) received less than stellar reviews. However a reimagining of content from Pro Skaters 2 & 3, titled Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was well received a few years back.

Get ready to lace up your shoes and kick flip the board one more time! Who’s up for a game of HORSE?


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Announced For Current Gen / PC

Posted on April 9, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix took the wraps off of the latest entry in the Deus Ex franchise this morning with the announcement of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.  Human Revolution’s protagonist Adam Jensen returns in this latest cyberpunk action RPG set in the not-so distant future of 2029 – where the humankind is further divided between those who have cybernetic enhancements and those who do not.

This reveal was widely expected after Square’s #CantStopProgress marketing campaign kicked into gear three days ago with a mysterious twitch stream featuring individuals in solitary confinement. To be brutally honest I did not see the appeal in watching a fictionalized account of solitary confinement and torture to promote a videogame. Yet thousands of people did tuned into the twitch stream over the preceding 72 hrs… let’s remember that isolation in the prison system is a very real issue and to take the idea and use it for the promotion of a video game is beyond fucked up in my opinion.Read More


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