Category Archives: Gaming

Who should play Samus in a “Metroid” film?

For some reason, the topic of a Metroid film keeps resurfacing, and with it, speculation as to which actress is best suited to portray intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran from Nintendo’s Metroid series. Perhaps such nonsense is expected when fans are asked to wait so long between game releases- they begin to ask for ever-more ridiculous things to satisfy their

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Manga Superstar Junji Ito Approached by Hideo Kojima for New Horror Game

During a Comic-Con@Home interview over the weekend, celebrated manga creator Junji Ito (Shiver, Uzumaki) revealed that renowned video game creator Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding) has invited him to work on an upcoming horror game. During the interview, Ito was asked about his cameo in Death Stranding, and if he was “involved in some video game development at the moment?” According to Ito

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Yet Another Study Shows that Video Games Don’t Cause Real-World Violence

A Massey University study published this week confirms – yet again – that playing violent video games does not lead to real-world violence. Published in The Royal Society, the Massey University study is a meta-analysis (a study that analyzes the results of multiple previous studies) that looked at 28 different studies over the past 12 years. Their conclusion? “Current research

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Team Reptile Announces “Jet Set Radio” Spiritual Successor “Bomb Rush Cyberfunk”

Since much of SEGA’s creative spark seems to have left the company years ago, it’s now up to a new generation of creators and a few SEGA expatriates to honor the company’s legacy of innovation. Enter Team Reptile, a game developer based out of The Netherlands, who has taken up the mantle that SEGA’s Smilebit studio left behind by creating

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NIS America Launches Summer 2020 Sale on the Nintendo Switch eShop

Game publisher NIS America has launched the “Summer 2020 Sale” on the Nintendo Switch eShop, featuring steep discounts on several of their titles. Here’s the full list of games included: Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers $23.99 Disgaea 1 Complete $24.99 Disgaea 5 Complete $19.99 GOD WARS The Complete Legend $14.99 Happy Birthdays $19.99 Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk $24.99 Lapis

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“Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy” leaked by Australian Classification Board

Earlier this week, the Australian Classification board looks to have leaked Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy, the sequel to Koei Tecmo’s successful RPG Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (which ultimately became the highest selling title in the Atelier series). Dated 15 July, the listing from the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development

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Noose Spray Item Censored from “Overwatch” in Latest Patch

Blizzard has removed McCree’s “noose spray” in the latest patch for Overwatch. The noose spray has instead been replaced by “bad luck spray”, which is represented by a horseshoe. The patch notes make no specific reference to the change. Once an unlockable cosmetic item found in loot boxes, McCree’s noose spray was almost certainly removed due to its association with

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New “NieR Re[in]carnation” Trailer Shows Off Turn-Based Combat

Square Enix has released a new gameplay trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, which is coming soon to iOS and Android in Japan. The footage seems to confirm that the game is, in fact, a turn-based RPG, complete with turn-based combat, enemies who attack in waves, gear/familiars that look like teddy bears, and both an overworld and 2D segments for players to traverse.

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Vive la Liberté! The French Revolution gets a sci-fi spin in “Steelrising” on Steam PC

Game publisher Nacon has been teasing Spiders’ next game for weeks, and earlier this week they finally revealed Steelrising, an all-new action/RPG set in during the French Revolution with a sci-fi spin. You can watch the Steelrising debut trailer below, followed by the brief story synopsis taken from the game’s Steam page: King Louis XVI’s automata army is terrorising the

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Whirlpool’s “Slobbish Dragon Princess” Coming to Western PCs in 2020

Earlier this week, publisher Sekai Project announced that visual novel Slobbish Dragon Princess will be coming to western PCs via Steam. Slobbish Dragon Princess is a romantic comedy developed by Whirlpool (the creators of the Neko-nin exHeart series). You can read Sekai Project’s full story synopsis below: The main character is a sprightly young NEET who lives in a dilapidated dojo.

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Time-Bending RPG “Tower of Time” Now Available on Consoles

Indie game publisher Digerati Distribution and developer Event Horizon have released Tower of Time, a new RPG that puts an interesting time-bending spin on the traditional combat formula. During battles, the player can pause time to better plan a strategy, better control the field of battle, and reposition your party. One example provided by Digerati is the ability to “divide

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“Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate” Headed West for PC, Switch in 2020

Earlier this week during a New Game+ Expo live stream, Spike Chunsoft revealed that Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is headed for a Western release for both Steam PC and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020. The Tower of Fortune and The Dice of Fate is the fifth main entry in the Shiren the Wanderer

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“Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2” Announced for Steam, Consoles

During the New Game+ Expo live stream on Tuesday, Inti Creates announced that Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 is coming soon for Steam PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Developed by Artplay and produced by Koji Igarashi, Curse of the Moon 2 brings fans another round of 2D action inspired by the classic Castlevania series. Series protagonist Zangetsu

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PiXEL Announces Greek Mythology-themed “Wing of the Asteria” for Switch, Steam PC

On a Monday, PiXEL announced Wing of Asteria, a new horizontal shooter inspired by ancient Greek mythology. While not much is known about the game, it will feature character designs and concept art by Shuzilow.HA (known for Gaiapolis and the Twin Bee series) and music by Kawagen of the Bandai Namco Studios Sound Team (Phelios, Burning Force). Here’s a look

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“Azure Striker Gunvolt 2” Now Available on Steam PC

Over the weekend, Japanese developer Inti Creates released Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 on Steam. The Steam version of the side-scrolling action/platformer comes with all of the DLC and upgrades (i.e. increased FPS) from the original home console release, and is currently discounted 20% during the launch window (sale ends 29 June). Here’s the official breakdown of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

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Sony Censors “Aokana” on PS4; Nintendo Switch Version to Remain Uncensored

On Thursday, publisher PQube Asia announced that their upcoming game Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue will be censored when it releases on PS4 in the west. Developed by Sprite and localized by NekoNyan, Aokana is a romance visual novel originally released in 2014, and has since been released uncensored across several platforms. However, due to Sony’s censorship policies put

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Retro Review – “Captain America and the Avengers” (SEGA Genesis)

In 1991, Data East released Captain America and The Avengers in arcades. It became a moderate hit, prompting Data East to develop a console version on the Genesis/Mega Drive in 1992. Now, 30 years later, justice has finally been served as Marvel Entertainment has released the MCU Avengers movies, all based on Data East’s arcade classic! Okay, so that last

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Ziggurat Interactive Acquires “BloodRayne”, other IPs from Majesco

Game publisher Ziggurat Interactive has announced that they have acquired the rights to several licenses previously held by Majesco Entertainment, including Advent Rising, Raze’s Hell, Flip’s Twisted World, and BloodRayne. Ziggurat intends to update these games on PC platforms, and have expressed interest in developing the series in the future. Specifically, Ziggurat revealed that they are working with the original

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“Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge” Recreated and Available to Play Now

Long-time fans of The Simpsons likely will recall a classic Christmas episode from the show’s heyday where Bart is caught protesting shoplifting while trying to snag a copy of the latest, hottest video game of the season. Now thanks game creator Aaron Demeter, everyone can get a chance to play Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge in the comfort of your own

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Retro Review: “RoboCop Versus The Terminator” (SEGA Genesis)

Gaming in the 1990s was the historical epicenter of the battle surrounding violence in video games, complete with U.S. Senate hearings, parents forbidding their children from visiting arcades for fear that they may catch a glimpse of a “fatality,” and so on. Yet even amongst all of that controversy, SEGA’s own Videogame Ratings Council (V.R.C.) still rated RoboCop Versus the

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Retro Review: “The Flash” (Game Boy – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring The Flash, THQ’s side-scrolling action game based on the short-lived superhero TV series starring John Wesley Shipp. Welcome to Central City – home to a herd of dastardly ne’er-do-wells known as the Rogues! Led by the maniacal Trickster, villains such as Mirror Master and Captain Cold are terrorizing the

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Impressions: “Gunpowder on the Teeth Arcade” (Switch, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re picking apart Gunpowder on the Teeth Arcade for the Nintendo Switch. While I would have preferred to do a full review, I’m limiting my thoughts to “impressions” as I didn’t finish the entire game… read on to see why. Do you love the smell of gunpowder in the morning? Gunpowder

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“Gunman Clive HD Collection” now available on PS4

Well, this is a happy coincidence! We just reviewed the original Gunman Clive game as part of our Monochrome May event, and here comes the Gunman Clive HD Collection for the PS4 courtesy of publisher Flyhigh Works. Created by Swedish game creator Bertil Hörberg, Gunman Clive actually began its life as an Android mobile game. Thankfully, Hörberg ported the game

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“Baroque: Original Edition” coming to Switch in 2020

On Thursday, game developer Sting Entertainment announced that they will be bringing Baroque to the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop in the form of Baroque: Original Edition. Baroque was originally released for the SEGA Saturn in 1998 and ported to PlayStation in 1999. A remake was later released for the PS2 (2007) and Nintendo Wii (2008) that included the option to

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Bandai Namco’s “Scarlet Nexus” confirmed for PS4, PS5

Originally announced for PC and Xbox consoles, sci-fi RPG Scarlet Nexus is also coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Bandai Namco has confirmed. According to Rice Digital, Scarlet Nexus‘ story was penned by the same team responsible for Tales of Vesperia. In Scarlet Nexus, players take control of a psychokinetically-powered soldier named Yuito who must protect mankind from a

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“Formula Retro Racing” Now Available for Xbox One, Steam PC

On Friday, Repixel8’s throwback racer Formula Retro Racing landed on Steam and Xbox One. Inspired by classic arcade racing games such as Virtua Racing and Daytona USA, Formula Retro Racing packages a low-polygon aesthetic with modern touches such as online leaderboards, smooth 60 fps gameplay, and wild crash physics. Here’s the breakdown of Formula Retro Racing from the game’s Steam

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“Ion Fury” Now Available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Voidpoint and 3D Realms’ retro-inspired shooter Ion Fury is now on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One courtesy of publisher 1C Entertainment. Described as a spiritual successor to classic 90’s first-person shooters, Ion Fury runs on a modified version of the classic Build engine, giving the game a distinctive, throwback flair. The Ion Fury developers made headlines in 2019 for

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Review: “Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition” (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re going to pick apart Bracket Games’ Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a visual novel for the Nintendo Switch. Three Fourths Home tells the story of a young woman named Kelly who is talking to her family members over a cell phone as she drives to their home. If that doesn’t

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