Category Archives: Gaming

Cosplay feature: Capcom’s “Darkstalkers” (Festival of Dread Special)

There’s few game series that scream Halloween as much as Capcom’s Darkstalkers series. Featuring characters inspired by horror mainstays such as Dracula, the Mummy, and zombies, Darkstalkers has a fun take on whatever your Halloween fancy may call for. As with many other Capcom arcade fighters, the roster of Darkstalkers and its sequels (Night Warriors and Vampire Savior) features expressive

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Western Release of PS4 Brawler “Uppers” Cancelled; Still Coming to PC

Late last week, publishers XSEED and Marvelous announced that their 3D brawling game Uppers will be headed to Steam PC on 21 October. In addition to the standard edition priced at $29.99, there will also be a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital art book and a 46-track soundtrack for $39.99. Keen readers of The Splintering may recall that

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Backlog Review: “Night Slashers” (Switch/Arcade, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our month-long celebration of all things hideous and horrid! Today, we’re going to review a lesser-remembered arcade beat-em-up now available on the Nintendo Switch, Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Night Slashers. Originally released in 1993 by Data East, Night Slashers is an arcade brawler for up to 3 players. While the early 90s was

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Backlog Review: “Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess” (Xbox 360, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things creepy and chilling! Today we’re going to look at Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess, a game from beyond the grave! Why so? Because the game is no longer available to purchase if you have not already done so (at least on Xbox 360). Developed by MediaTonic

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Modus Games Releases Story Trailer for “Remothered: Broken Porcelain”

Publisher Modus Games has released a new story trailer for Remothered: Broken Porcelain that summarizes the events of the previous game, Remothered: Tormented Fathers. Without further ado, here is the new trailer followed by the official breakdown of Broken Porcelain from Modus Games: The synopsis details a young girl named Celeste’s disappearance while summarizing the events within Remothered: Tormented Fathers,

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Supernatural Horror Visual Novel “Iwaihime” Coming West in October

Publisher ShiraVN and developer DMM Games have announced that Iwaihime will receive an English-language release on 23 October via both Steam and Johren. Iwaihime is a supernatural horror visual novel originally released for PC in January 2016 in Japan, though an updated version titled Iwaihime: Matsuri was released for PS4 and PS Vita in July 2017. The Matsuri edition included

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Chomp Bites One Off: Bayonetta (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things wicked and bewitching! Every now and again, we at The Splintering are going to lean on our mascot, Chomp the Termite, to go out into the world of myth and fiction to get the stories that we non-fictional types just can’t get. To celebrate the festive

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Retro-Inspired Horror/Fantasy “Lichenvale” Coming Soon to Steam

Independent video game developer Filip Zemljak has announced Lichenvale, a retro-inspired action/horror game inspired by classic first-person shooters such as Quake and Hexen. Players control a young woman trapped in a world of her own nightmares inspired by her own anxieties surrounding COVID-19 (Don’t eat the bat soup!). You’ll have an arsenal of melee weapons and spells to assist your

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The Splintering’s “Festival of Dread” Returns this October!

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Sure, we have Attack Helicopter Week in the Summer, Monochrome May, and Jolly Jinglings to close out the year, but none of these events are as big as October’s Festival of Dread. And this year’s Festival of Dread event promises to be even bigger than the last! We already have several Halloween-themed pieces in the

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“Psikyo Shooting Collection” Coming to PS5; Individual Titles Coming to PS4, Xbox One

During the Tokyo Game Show, publisher City Connection and developer Zerodiv announced that Psikyo Shooting Collection (tentative title) will be coming to PS5, though no pricing or release date were confirmed. City Connection and Zerodiv also confirmed that many of Psikyo shoot ’em up titles are coming soon to both PS4 and Xbox One. Several Psikyo shoot ’em ups are

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“Postal Redux” Coming to Switch in October

Running With Scissors recently announced that their gloriously violent classic Postal series is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Postal Redux. Postal Redux is an HD remaster of the original twin-stick shooter. You can watch the Switch reveal trailer below, which is followed by the official breakdown of the game from the Nintendo eShop. POSTAL Redux is

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“Cotton Reboot!” Official Trailer Released

Game publisher Beep has released the official trailer for Cotton Reboot!, a reimagining of the 2-D shoot-em-up originally released in arcades and later on the TurboGraphx CD and the X68000. For those out of the know, original Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams was the first of a multi-game franchise starring a young witch who flys on her broomstick and blasts monsters

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“NieR Re[in]carnation” Western Release Confirmed; New Trailer Unveiled

Square Enix has announced that NieR Re[in]carnation is will indeed get a western release (that means North America & Europe, boyos). Originally announced in March, NieR Re[in]carnation is a spin-off RPG for iOS and Android set in the larger NieR universe. No release date was confirmed, but Square Enix has opened pre-registration for the Japanese version of the game and

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Who was Yuri Bezmenov, the Soviet Defector Featured in the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” Trailer?

In August, Activision released the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which included actual footage from a 1984 interview with Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov. Many younger gamers may be surprised that Bezmenov was in fact a very real person, though some enthusiastic fans have already rediscovered this political personality from a bygone era, as is evidenced

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“Monster Girl Breeder” Now Available on Steam

We don’t cover too many “adult” games here at The Splintering. It’s not because we’re prudes, but honestly, it’s simply more difficult to follow that corner of the gaming market. However, given the low levels of attention that these games get from the mainstream, it seems natural the we highlight some of these titles when the occasion arises. Here’s the

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“Aleste Collection” Coming to Switch, PS4 in December

M2 recently announced that Aleste Collection is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PS4 as the part of their “M2 ShotTriggers” line. The compilation will include: Aleste (1988, SEGA Mark III) GG Aleste (1991, SEGA Game Gear) GG Aleste II (1993, SEGA Game Gear) Power Strike II (1993, SEGA Master System) Aleste Collection is currently scheduled to release in Japan

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“Defenders of the Universe” – The Unreleased “Tiny Toon Adventures” Game for PS2, GameCube

Thirty years ago this week (14 September 1990, to be exact), the first episode of Tiny Toon Adventures television show premiered. To commemorate this landmark anniversary, we’re highlighting a piece of Tiny Toons vaporware from the early 2000’s. Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe (also named as Defenders of the Loony-verse and Acme Invaders during development) was announced for

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Retro Review: “Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose” (SNES)

It’s now been three full decades since Tiny Toon Adventures premiered. Based on a group of young “cartoon characters in training,” the Tiny Toons themselves were re-imagined stand-ins for classic Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. The show was at the forefront of a new age of kids’ programming, laying the groundwork for shows

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Retro Review: “Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure” (SEGA Genesis)

The very first episode of Tiny Toon Adventures debuted on 14 September 1990, so to mark this anniversary, we’re going to review one of the several video games based on the groundbreaking show. I was hitting middle school around the time that Tiny Toon Adventures first aired, and given that it landed at such a formative time in my life,

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Physical Edition of “Waifu Uncovered” Coming to Switch from Eastasiasoft

On Friday, Eastasiasoft announced that risqué “strip ’em up” Waifu Uncovered will be getting a full physical release on the Nintendo Switch. The game includes an unlockable “fully uncensored mode” and will be packaged with a set of 8 dual-sided art cards. The physical edition is made possible by a partnership with UK-based publisher Funbox Media. Here’s a breakdown of

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Review: “Sonic Adventure” (SEGA Dreamcast)

It’s 9 September, which means it is the anniversary of the SEGA Dreamcast’s U.S. release. I’m now going to attempt a fair review of Sonic Adventure, one of the most divisive games in SEGA’s back-catalogue. While it was received very well upon its original release in 1999, its many flaws have been exhaustively laid out since. How to proceed? Should

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D3 Publisher Announces Fantasy RPG “Maglam Lord” for PS4, Switch

D3 Publisher has announced Maglam Lord, a new “magic sword creation action RPG” developed by Felistella, who have previously worked on such series as Genkai Tokki and Hyperdimension Neptunia. The game is expected to launch this winter in Japan for both PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Here’s the official breakdown of the game from the Maglam Lord website: Endangered demon lord

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Cheeky Gaming Ads: Vintage Japanese Flyers

Before the world went nuts and people turned into whiny-ass vanguards of social righteousness, video game advertisements were frequently quite awesome. This is the second post highlighting samples of how the video game industry didn’t take itself so seriously and let their advertisements reflect the spirit of their games… through fun. In this go-around, we’re looking exclusively at Japanese game

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Atari Historian Curt Vendel Passes Away at 53

Curt Vendel, Atari historian and founder of the Atari History Museum has passed away on 30 August at the age of 53. Vendel’s passion for Atari began in his teenage years, when he collected games, engineering logs, schematics, drawings, and technical materials from former Atari employees. He was also known to have dug through the dumpsters at Atari’s California properties

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Risqué Dungeon-Crawler “Moero Crystal H” Coming to Nintendo Switch in September

Eastasiasoft has announced that Moero Crystal H will be available for import via Play Asia on 17 September. The sequel to Moero Chronicle, Moero Crystal H is a risqué dungeon-crawling RPG featuring violence, “sexual themes,” and a girthy helping of partial nudity. There’s also English language support, so no worries for those who lack Japanese language skills. Here’s the opening

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“Blacklisted” horror RPG “Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story” Now on Steam, Coming Soon to Consoles

Successfully crowdfunded in 2018, Suzaku’s Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is finally available for Steam PC and is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita in October 2020. 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. If you jump

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