Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle's release window now is Spring 2014 for North America, Europe and Australasia
3 years ago
Earlier this week, Namco Bandai Games announced a narrowed release window for the upcoming English version of CyberConnect2′s huge fan-service fighter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. While previously only a vague 2014 release was mentioned, this week’s news reveals that we can look forward to the game arriving in North America, Europe, and Australasia sometime next spring.
Namco Bandai Games Europe that details characters from the first three parts of the popular manga series: Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders.
- Chapter 1: Phantom Blood – Victorian England – When Dario Brando was about to die, he asked Lord George Joestar a favor… Little did he know that this favor will change the fate of the Joestar family and its descendants. When joining Jonathan Joestar and his father, Dario Brando’s evil son, Dio Brando, had other devilish schemes in his mind. After several truly noxious actions, Dio Brando reaches a whole new level when he puts on the Stone Mask which turns him into a vampire! Fighting vampires is a complete new deal for JoJo; only Will A. Zeppeli and his mastery of the Ripple art can help him…
- Chapter 2: Battle Tendency – New York City – Two generations after Dio vs Jonathan Joestar fights, Jonathan’s Grandson, Joseph Joestar discovers that one of his family’s old friends has disappeared. This leads him into a new adventure where he ends-up searching for ‘Stone Pillars’ and the ‘Red Stone of Aja’ through Mexico, Italy and Austria! During his odyssey, our main hero will encounter fierce and tricky foes such as San Tan, Wamuu, Esidisi and Kars!
- Chapter 3: Stardust Crusaders – Japan – Jotaro Kujo inherited his grandfather’s strength, but unlike Joseph Joestar, the young Jotaro likes to get in trouble and in fights. All these fights lead him to encounter Muhammad Avdol, his grandfather’s friend. Running into this man made Jotaro realize that he wasn’t the only person carrying an Evil Spirit with him, in other words: many strong people have a “Stand”. Quickly, Joseph figures out that this phenomenon is linked with Dio Brando reemergence. This discovery forces Kujo Jotaro, Joseph Jostar, Noriaki Kakyoin, Muhammad Avdol and their friends to find out the Joestar’s family nemesis: Dio!
What do you think G1s? Will the people who bought the Japanese version will buy the English version again? What do you think will be the renames of some of the characters and the stands? Since some of them were based on popular icons in the music industry.
3 years ago
If you were quick enough last night, Best Buy had listed Metro: Last Light for only a penny on their website. In what's surely an error, many capitalized on the mistake and purchased the title, released just two months ago.
Under the description, the model is listed as "FREE METRO LAST LIGHT," which is meant to be included for those who purchased an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 or EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 graphics card. It's also included with the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 graphics card.
It's only a digital code, as the website reads, "while codes are usually sent via e-mail within 30 minutes. In some cases it could take up to 8 hours." A good amount of Twitter users are reporting that their purchase went through and they're currently awaiting an email with the code.
After 2 hours, Best Buy took down the listing and canceled any orders that had Metro: Last Light for 0.01. I have no idea if Best Buy is still going to honor the codes, but there are still people waiting for their codes to process, so they might.
I was lucky and fast enough to get a code myself. Some of my friends got over 30 codes. How about you g1s? Did you get a code or did your order get canceled?
Hopefully the guy who made the mistake doesn't get fired over this, but since Best Buy bought the keys from the Devs at full price, Best Buy lost a lot of money. Not big enough to make a dent in Best Buy's wallet though.
3 years ago
It’s been a while since Dragon’s Crown launched, but we haven’t stopped working to make it better. We added cross play, improved the game balance, and tweaked many things to make the game even more fun. You would think we were done by now, but today we have a true holiday miracle for you: another brand new feature. So knock the cobwebs off your Fighters, Elves, Wizards, and the rest, because we’re adding in a lot of new content with The Fifth Dragon’s Crown Patch.
If you’ve ever played a Vanillaware game before (Odin Sphere and Muramasa: Rebirth spring to mind), you know the brutal difficulty the games are known for. We got the impression that a lot of people didn’t feel Dragon’s Crown was hard enough on the way to level 99, so now there’s a brand new Ultimate difficulty level. After you clear the ninth layer of the Labyrinth of Chaos, you can access the new difficulty in the Temple.
So what’s it do? Well, it makes things harder, for one. But harder monsters mean players need to be better, stronger, and faster, so we’re raising the level cap from 99 to 255. You read that right, you now have 156 levels to grind out.
“But that’s a lot of grinding the same levels over and over again,” you’ll say. Well, we have you covered there, too! Once you’re on Ultimate difficulty, there will be a new dungeon unlocked, called the Tower of Mirages. It’s randomly generated and it has tens of thousands of levels. TENS. OF. THOUSANDS. I say this with all sincerity, since I know some of you are going to try to KO it: “Good luck.”
Finding it hard to give up your maxed-out Dwarf to start a new character? We fixed that too (sort of). As long as you have a save file with the Story mode cleared, you can make a new character that skips over that part and leads straight into the Talisman collection quest. Now there are no excuses for not making alts!
In addition to all that, we threw in a few other improvements for gameplay stability and various other tweaks to controls, NPCs, and character skills.
So go forth this holiday season and enjoy all the new stuff from Dragon’s Crown!
4 years ago
I for one welcome our new Google overlords.
Google is starting an Internet service that uses Fiber Optic cables that allows your bandwidth to go up to 1 Gigabit per second/125 Megabytes which is stupidly fast. With this you can download games like RAGE in a matter of minutes and you can stream up to 8 streams without any kind of slowdown.
Google is putting their new ISP in Kansas City first. You could get Google Fiber in your town but you need enough people in your area before Google can set it up in your area. The video below elaborates more on the subject.
Well g1s? What do you think of Google Fiber? Are jealous of Kansas City right now? What would you download first once you get Google Fiber?
4 years ago
It's been six years since Square Enix first showed Final Fantasy Versus XIII's debut trailer. Six long years. When that trailer premiered, George W. Bush was president, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden were alive, and the global financial crisis had not yet hit. 2006 was a different world, a long, long time ago.
Now Kotaku has learned that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is no more.
Kotaku has heard from several sources that the game, as originally intended, is done for.
One source tells Kotaku that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was officially cancelled within the last few weeks. The decision impacted morale at Square Enix and staff were reportedly saddened by the move.
Square Enix, this source added, has also decided to let Final Fantasy Versus XIII die quietly on the vine and fade away, instead of officially announcing its cancellation. This would likely be due to the fact a public acknowledgement of a Versus' cancellation could impact things like Square Enix's stock prices.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been M.I.A. for the past few months, save for the occasional, brief mention. Earlier this spring, Final Fantasy Versus XIII designer Tetsuya Nomura spoke with Japanese game mag Famitsu about the title, which has only ever been seen in trailer and screenshot form.
"We're almost done with preparing the latest info for the game," Nomura told Famitsu. "Because of a totally unrelated reason, there are circumstances in which that info cannot be released."
That was March.
"Because of a totally unrelated reason, there are circumstances in which that info cannot be released."
Then in May, Nomura once again commented on the game, saying to Game Informer, "We would like to ask for your patience on an official announcement for this title. It always takes time when tackling the challenge of doing something completely new, but we are doing our best to bring information to the fans as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated."
Then E3 came and went with no sign of Versus, which wasn't that strange if you remember the game was not at last year's Tokyo Game Show either.
Whatever happened to the game over those six years—whether it underwent radical changes or simply couldn't come together—it seems Square Enix has finally decided to cut its losses.
Another source tells Kotaku that, a few months back, Final Fantasy Versus XIII's development and resources had actually been folded into another game, which is to be the next numeric Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XV. Whether this meant actual game assets and code or simply the movement of staff was unclear. This information was independently corroborated by yet another source, though it's important to note both had learned of the "folding" prior to the more recent news of its outright cancellation.
The Final Fantasy XIII branded types have not been set in stone: another spinoff title Final Fantasy Agito XIII had its name changed to Final Fantasy Type-0. So what was originally planned as an entire mini-franchise by Square, with multiple titles spanning various platforms, looks now to be focused on the adventures of Lightning.
Whether it's been cancelled entirely or had resources absorbed into a newer, larger project, the game we once knew as Final Fantasy Versus XIII would seem to be no more. Even if Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been cancelled, I'm inclined to believe that whatever Versus was, or whatever had been created for the game, will turn up in some form in Final Fantasy XV. Surely, Square Enix would not cancel a game and completely dump all the work it's done? Right?
"We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII."
When Kotaku contacted Square Enix about whether or not Final Fantasy Versus XIII was still in development, the game maker released the following statement: "We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but will be sure to update you as it becomes available." Keep in mind, I wasn't asking for an update per se, I simply asked if Square Enix was still making a game it had already announced six years ago. Square Enix did not reply to Kotaku's requests for clarification regarding whether Versus was still in development or not.
Square Enix has a Final Fantasy event coming up in Tokyo in late August and September. One of the stage events is centered on the Final Fantasy XIII Project and the Lightning saga (so a Final Fantasy XIII-3 reveal?). None of the announced stage events center around Final Fantasy Versus XIII, something that Japanese gamers were quick to point out on game sites and blogs.
So, is Final Fantasy Versus XIII finally and officially dead? Without confirmation from Square Enix, we can't say for sure. While these reports certainly indicate the long-awaited game has been cancelled, Square's reluctance to acknowledge them means those desperately wanting to see more of the project still have a glimmer of hope to hold onto.
But if the game fails to make an appearance at either the upcoming Final Fantasy celebrations or the 2012 Tokyo Game Show? Then yeah, given what we've heard (particularly of Square's reported desire to kill the game quietly), you'd be a lot safer assuming Versus XIII is kaput and start looking forward to the next big FF game.
4 years ago
I totally wasn't expecting this and this is also an E3 rumor so it may never come true but I seriously hope this does.
We've gotten word that next week, all of the titles you see in the image above will be remastered into what we currently know as Kingdom Hearts: HD Remix or Kingdom Hearts: Remembrance. Our reoccurring source Geno, who had been the first to break news about the Castlevania Lord of Shadows sequel prior to anyone else, has informed us that a pending E3 announcement will involve Kingdom Hearts 1,2, Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, and Birth By Sleep receiving HD upgrades and launching on PS3, Wii U, and PS VITA. According to Geno, not only will these Kingdom Hearts titles receive HD makeovers, they'll be supported with new side quests that'll tie up the plots of each game. The Wii U version in specific is said to make plot connections with Kingdom Hearts 3D (Dream Drop Distance), which has yet to release in America on 3DS. Although details are kinda slim, we expect Kingdom Hearts HD Remix/Remembrance to be revealed at Sony or Nintendo's E3 press conferences.
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