Another year, another Castlevania, right? Aside from a few brief lapses, we've been enjoying a quality castle quest every year since 1997's Symphony of the Night. With that one game, the entire series changed - instead of a straightforward action-slashfest, the games became an open-ended exploration of Dracula's castle, riddled with secret passageways, hidden bosses and an untold number of bonus features.
That tradition continues with Portrait of Ruin. Even though we've long since finished the
Today, via Shonen Jump magazine (and thanks to our friends at NeoGAF) we bring you info on two new games in the Final Fantasy Tactics series.
Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion War is being released for the PSP system. It's a port of the original classic PSone game, but with the addition of new cinemas and new job classes (including the Onion Knight which recently made its appearance in Final Fantasy III for DS.) We hope this makes it worth spending (a likely) $40 on, considering that
Publisher/developer powerhouse Square Enix has announced that the next installment in its Dragon Quest RPG series is heading to Nintendo DS and will be released in 2007.
Dragon Quest IX - which sports a roughly translated subtitle of "Defender of the Stars" - is being developed by Level 5, the people behind the previous PS2 exclusive Dragon Quest VIII, and will feature 3D adventuring, an action-focused battle system and will let up to four players join forces in co-op multiplayer.
It's that magical time of the year again. Time for family and togetherness. Time for snow and twinkling lights. Time for cookies, candy canes and that barely liquefied nightmare we call egg nog. But, most importantly, time for school vacation, paid days off and a whole bag of new games to play while gathered around the comforting and crackling warmth of our television sets. Yes, it's what the holiday season is all about and we're here to help you make the most of it.
But with a whopping seven
One of the most exciting Xbox 360 games for 2007 is Mass Effect, the hot new RPG from powerhouse developer BioWare (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). In September, Microsoft hosted the X06 conference in Barcelona to give us a look at its lineup. The Mass Effect trailer there dazzled attendees, and it's finally going to hit Xbox Live and the official website this Friday... meaning tomorrow. We'll link you to the forum thread with its measly details, just so you know for sure.
Alright, so falling blocks haven't really been novel since the mid '80s. But that hasn't stopped the production of all make and manner of block-oriented puzzle games, many of which have been quite entertaining. Announced today, NAMCO's Trioncube hopes to lodge itself in your DS by being one of the ones that does it right.
The goal of the game is to create the eponymous Trion Cube by arranging the falling pieces into 3x3 blocks. This will fill your spaceship's fuel tanks so you can reach the
Ricky Gervais... not a gamer
Wired News got a chance to sit down with Ricky Gervais - one of the men behind The Office, as well as the recent HBO series Extras - about his throughts on video games and technology, given his appearance in Scarface: The World is Yours. If you read it for no other reason, it's always amusing to read what famous non-gamers think about games. Well, that, and Gervais is extremely witty. Wired News asks, "Did they show you what your video game character looked like?"
What began as a bizarre shot in the dark has fast become one of the biggest success stories in video games. Even though its first six months were rough and questionable, the DS currently owns the handheld market, and with good reason. There's literally something for everyone on the dual-screened portable, and its beautiful cosmetic makeover (known as the DS Lite) made the device all the more palatable to hardcore and casual gamers alike. With its mixture of brain teasing puzzle games,
Wii wins in Japan
Japanese game site eg has posted up sales numbers for the Japanese Wii launch, which took place last Saturday, December 2. The numbers actually cover the launch day as well as Sunday, December 3 - a whole weekend of Wii. Over the two days, 350,358 consoles were sold, with the biggest-selling game being Wii Sports (which isn't packed in the box in Japan.) Wii Play, which comes out in January here, was number two, with Twilight Princess in third place. All told, 631,480 games
Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, founders of tabletop-battling company Games Workshop, have announced plans to bring their supremely successful Fighting Fantasy adventure book series to PSP and DS. The re-imagined adventures will be playable in "a new way," according to Livingstone, providing "bite-sized chunks of gameplay."
As yet, no developer has signed up for the task, although it's clear from Livingstone's comments that the return of Fighting Fantasy won't be in the same form as the