Category Archives: Gaming

Nintendo Quietly Ends Fire Sale Pricing on the eShop

For several years, smaller game developers have tried to get more eyes on their games by offering steep discounts on the Nintendo eShop. Cost-conscious gamers could visit Nintendo’s digital storefront and regularly find several titles marked down to less than a buck, with some games priced below ten cents. But in recent months, these fire sale prices have all but

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Mail Call! “Shenmue 3” Kickstarter Backer-Exclusive Art Book and Soundtrack CD Unboxing

Today we’re opening up our Shenmue III CD soundtrack and The Art of Shenmue III hardback book, both of which were perks from the game’s Kickstarter campaign. The art book came to those who backed at a $175 level or higher, while the soundtrack CD was reserved for backers at the $250 level or higher. Not much else to do

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Social Deduction Fantasy RPG “Jin Conception” Coming to Steam PC in 2021

Developer Jin Wave Studio has announced Jin Conception, described as a “social deduction fantasy thriller turn-based RPG” will be launching for Steam PC sometime in 2021. Details are scant at the moment, but here’s the official breakdown of Jin Conception from the game’s Steam page: Jin Conception is a social deduction fantasy thriller turn-based Japanese RPG. Eight playable characters’ stories

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“Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition” Reportedly Headed to Switch in February

A listing on the Japanese Nintendo website recently revealed that Warhorse Studio’s open world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition will be coming soon to Nintendo Switch on 18 February… in Japan, at least. Among the many other titles listed as coming soon for Nintendo’s hybrid console, the website mentions “キングダムカム・デリバランス ロイヤルエディション” (that would be Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition,

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Online Puritans be Damned! “Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story” Now Available on Nintendo Switch eShop

Developer Suzaku has officially released Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Successfully crowdfunded in 2018, Suzaku’s Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is inspired by retro horror classics Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, Sense is described as a 2.5D horror RPG that blends cyberpunk elements with Cantonese folklore. Here’s the full breakdown of

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (SNES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things festive and frosty! The original Home Alone film hit theaters during the holiday season of 1990, making this year the anniversary of its release. We’ve already marked the occasion by reviewing the Home Alone video game for the original NES, but why not see how the Super Nintendo version stacks up? The

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Help Feed the Hungry and Get Free Games, Manga & Comics via Groupees’ “Holiday Helpings 7”

Earlier this week, Groupees.com launched Holiday Helpings 7, the site’s annual fundraiser benefiting the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). So how does it work? Game, music, comic and manga creators freely donate digital copies of their work to be bundled together and sold to support the charity. This year’s offerings include both a $3 and a $5 tier, which

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Backlog Review: “Hurdle Turtle – Celebrations!” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to take a look at another lesser-known title from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! Developed by Adam “Holmfry” Holmes in 2013, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! is a sequel of sorts to 2010’s Hurtle Turtle. It’s an arcade-style endless runner game where players control their

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Steam PC Release of “Metal Unit” Delayed Until January

2020 has claimed yet another casualty! Sort of…. Publisher NEOWIZ and developer JellySnow Studio have announced that their roguelite action-platformer Metal Unit has been delayed until January 2021. Originally scheduled to launch before the end of December, the creators felt that Metal Unit needed more polish, tweaks, and additional content based on user feedback. “How’d they get the user feedback

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (NES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! The original Home Alone film was released during the holiday season of 1990, making this year an anniversary of sorts. So what better time to take a look at one of the video games inspired by the classic feature film? For those too young to

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“Christmas Crackdown” Event Returns to “Killing Floor 2”

‘Tis the season, ya’ zombie bitches! Tripwire Interactive is once again bringing Christmas cheer to their multiplayer zombie shooter Killing Floor 2. The annual Christmas Crackdown event brings with it a festive community map as well as several holiday-themed cosmetic items, achievements, objectives, enemies, weapons (namely the HRG Vampire for the Field Medic, and the Frostfang for the Support and

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Kerri Hoskins Back in the Sonya Blade Costume 25 Years Later

Once upon a mid-90s, the Mortal Kombat series is famous for two things: ultra violence and realistic graphics featuring fully digitized actors. One of the more notable personalities to lend their stunt-performing prowess to the MK series was model/actress Kerri Ann Reavis (formerly Hoskins). 25 years later, Mrs. Hoskins/Reavis has dusted off the green and white tights to show what

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“Habroxia 2” Coming to Steam PC, Consoles in February

Publisher Eastasiasoft and developer Lillymo Games have announced that retro-inspired shoot ’em up Habroxia 2 will be coming 3 February to PC and consoles. Despite its old school aesthetics, Habroxia 2 mixes up the formula by adding both vertical and side-scrolling stages, non-linear progression, and twin-stick aiming controls. There’s also options to upgrade and customize your ship and a New

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Adult Dungeon Crawler RPG “Kingdom of Subversion” Now in Early Access on Itch.io

NergalGameDev has released the ver. 0.2 build of Kingdom of Subversion, a risqué dungeon crawling RPG set in a fantasy setting. Did I say risqué? Because I meant pornographic. Kingdom of Subversion is absolutely an “adults-only” experience, and it looks like it features all manner of debauchery. Having said that, I’m sure you want to know more. Here’s the official

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Backlog Review: “Hieronymous Bash” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Nothing is more to foundational to the Christmas season than the war between heaven and hell, so today we’re going to take a look at a little-known indie game from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hieronymous Bash! The Lord’s heavenly hosts have descended from on high… to unleash a

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Fully Uncensored Version of “Waifu Uncovered” Now Available for Nintendo Switch

The physical release of risqué “strip ’em up” Waifu Uncovered is now available for Nintendo Switch thanks to Eastasiasoft. As we noted in September, the physical release of Waifu Uncovered is the only way gamers can get the fully uncensored experience on consoles. The physical version offers three “censor” modes which are unlockable through gameplay: censored, uncensored, and fully uncensored.

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Modus Reveals “Override 2: Super Mech League” Ultraman Gameplay Trailer

Modus Games has unveiled gameplay of guest character Ultraman in their 3D mecha brawler, Override 2: Super Mech League. The “Ultraman Deluxe Edition” will be available at launch, and can be pre-ordered with the Ultraman Season Pass, which includes Ultraman, Bemular, Black King, and Dan Moroboshi. The retail version of Override 2 will also include Ultraman cosmetic items. Developed by Modus

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“fault – milestone two side: above” Coming to Switch on 3 December

Game publisher Phoenixx and developer Alice in Dissonance have announced that their visual novel game fault – milestone two side: above will arrive on the Switch eShop on 3 December, with pre-load staring on 26 November. For those concerned about an English translation, fault will support Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, German, Spanish, and Russian language options (though it looks

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Compile Heart Releases New Trailer for “Go! Go! 5 Jigen Game Neptune: re★Verse”

Developer Compile Heart has released a new trailer for Go! Go! 5 Jigen Game Neptune: re★Verse, which is described as its definitive edition of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1+ for PS5. Yeesh, that’s a mouthful. Let’s get on with the trailer! This new version brings with it a number of new features, including: Enhanced game systems Updated UI A new tutorial

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High-Octane Sword Battling Game “Varvarion” Coming to PC from One-Man Developer

Is there still a place for a one-man developer in games? Japanese developer Polygonomicon sure hopes so. The guy apparently does it all, and he is hard at work prepping Varvarion, a new sword combat action game inspired by the 80s and 90s anime. The game puts players in control of barbarians, orcs, and cat girls as they viciously attempt

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Mail Call! – “Shenmue III” Kickstarter Exclusive Capsule Toy Set

Today we’re opening up our Shenmue III capsule toy set, which was a perk from the game’s Kickstarter campaign, which came to those who backed at a $500 level or higher. Let’s jump straight to the video! For those out of the know, capsule toys have been a consistent time sink and virtual money pit in the Shenmue series since

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SIT DOWN SUNDAY COMIC BOOK NEWS LIVESTREAM – 8 NOVEMBER EDITION

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell, and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we were joined by independent comic book creator Justin Murphy and independent game developer Harrison Bergeron. We

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“Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice” Coming to Consoles in 2021

On Wednesday, game publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer CrazyBunch announced that their erotic point & click adventure game Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is cumming coming to the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021 via each console’s digital marketplace. Physical retail versions will be available in multiple European countries thanks to a partnership with

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Johnny Phantasm Added to “Hero Potential”; New Trailer Unveiled

The crowdfunding campaign for Hero Potential is already gaining steam for including several high-profile characters indie comics such as Cyberfrog and the Jawbreakers, but the creators of the multiplayer-focused third-person shooter aren’t stopping there. Earlier this week, it was revealed on the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday that both Johnny Phantasm and the Scarlet Heart from Johnny Phantasm: 1985

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Survival Horror “Chernobylite” Coming to Steam PC, Next-Gen Consoles in 2021

Publisher All In! Games and developer The Farm 51 have announced that their upcoming sci-fi survival horror game Chernobylite will release sometime in 2021. In addition to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, All In! Games also confirmed that next-gen versions of Chernobylite are coming alongside the current-gen releases, so we can therefore expect to see the game on both PS5

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Gallery: Horror Arcade Flyers (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month long celebration of all things cookie, spooky, and altogether ooky. It’s been a while since we’ve done one of our “Cheeky Gaming Ads” galleries, and while Halloween doesn’t quite lend itself to the same level of “cheeky-ness”, we thought it would be fun to gaze at a few horror-themed arcade

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Backlog Review: “Jungle Z” (Nintendo Switch, Festival of Dread Special)

First things first,* Jungle Z clearly takes place in a forest, not a jungle. Sure there are some banana trees thrown around for good measure, but it’s a forest. At first glance, Jungle Z looks a bit like a modern take on Zombies Ate My Neighbors with a few RPG elements mixed in. Overhead perspective, a variety of weapons, undead

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“Baroque: Original Version” Releasing 12 November for Nintendo Switch; New Trailer Revealed

Japanese game developer Sting has announced that their Nintendo Switch port of Baroque: Original Version is scheduled to release in Japan on 12 November via the Switch eShop. It will be priced at 2,400 yen (approximately $23), but pre-orders and early adopters will get a 15% discount on the game, making it 2,032 yen (approximately $19). Baroque: Original Version is

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