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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Tales Of Xillia 2

    Tales of Xillia 2 hits store shelves today. What better time to see the game in action? Bandai Namco has delighted RPG fans over the years with its charming Tales series. Tales of Xillia 2 picks up a year after the events of the first game , letting you see how the worlds and characters have grown. New... More
  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: One Night Stand: Dark Souls II

    The day of reckoning is here. In this One Night Stand, I gather up the courage to face the latest in the series I've been dreading for the past few years: Dark Souls II. Dark Souls II descends from the original Dark Souls, which, in turn, is the spiritual successor to the "cult classic"... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Ways To Improve Your Dark Souls II Experience

    I've sunk about 60 hours into Dark Souls II, and although I've loved my time with the game, I do have some regrets. From Software doesn't provide players with a lot of explanations or direction, and although the sense of discovery you get from experimenting is often rewarding, there are some... More
  • Blog Post: 5 Things That Make A Huge Difference In Dark Souls II PC

    Dark Souls II releases for PC on April 25. The question on everyone’s mind is what sort of port this will be, especially in light of the original Dark Souls PC version. While we’ll have to wait until release day for our formal assessment, here are some of the key details you’ll want... More
  • Blog Post: How To Play Dark Souls II Like A Professional

    The Dark Souls series is known for its punishing and unforgiving difficulty. Most gamers don't stand a chance of surviving their trip to Drangleic – unless they're experts who play video games for a living, like me. Lucky for you, I'm not only an extremely skilled gamer, I'm also... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II Is Not Difficult

    Have a discussion about Dark Souls II, and the conversation immediately turns to talk regarding how the game caters to a hardcore audience where elitism runs rampant and “git gud” is the solution to overcoming any challenges a player may be facing. While the game’s unforgiving death... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - Dark Souls II

    Join Andrew Reiner, Daniel Tack, and Jason Oestreicher as they play through the beginning of Dark Souls II, reveal a few secrets, discuss the 9.75 review score, and talk about the game and some of the significant changes in Dark Souls II. In this video, discover the use for the Petrified Something starting... More
  • Blog Post: Live Stream - Dark Souls II & Titanfall

    UPDATE - It's over! But you can check out the full archive down below. On March 11 we've got a blockbuster livestream double feature with Dark Souls II (You can check out our review at 12 EST tonight!) and Titanfall ( And why we don’t have a review up just yet ). Come watch as we die over... More
  • Blog Post: Kim's Anticipated RPGs For 2014

    As many know, I love my role-playing games. Every year, I look at what's on the horizon, and I find there's more awaiting me than I initially realized. This year a variety of RPGs are scheduled; Final Fantasy is closing out Lightning’s story in Lightning Returns, the team behind Disgaea... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch

    The first shot in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is worth studying. In its foreground, we see an idyllic meadow consisting of white flowers, thick trees, and a vibrant sunbeam peaking over a rocky plateau. Tranquility hangs over this lush view; the hues immediately drawing similarities to many... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Tales of the Abyss: Luke's Promise To Tear

    We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle. Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures how, even... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Tales of Xillia

    If you read my review , you're already aware that while Xillia isn't perfect, it captures why I fell in love with role-playing games in the first place: party member interactions, finding treasure chests, and tense boss battles. On this episode of Test Chamber, join our substitute host Jeff Cork... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Tales

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at the Tales games from... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Reasons To Get Excited For Tales of Xillia

    Tales of Xillia's August 6 release date is on the horizon, so what better way to get excited than share what you can anticipate for the next entry. A Mature Tale Xillia features a more mature cast than previous entries, allowing the writers to tackle more difficult subject matter. Not only do the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Project X Zone

    Project X Zone features a ton of characters from Namco Bandai, Sega, and Capcom games, and as you might expect, it can get a little crazy. In this episode of Test Chamber, Jason Oestreicher (making an on-the-mic appearance!), Jeff Cork, Andrew Reiner, and I take a look at one of the early levels with... More
  • Blog Post: Japanese RPG Publishers To Watch

    E3 always gives a great glimpse into what publishers have in store for the RPG fan. As I walked the show floor, it was easy to discover which companies are making the genre its bread and butter. Some are focusing on big games, while others are bringing over releases we never thought possible. These are... More
  • Blog Post: Tales Of Interview: Producer Hideo Baba Discusses Xillia, Bringing More Entries Over

    Action-filled battles, bonding characters, and fantastical backdrops have been Tales' calling cards. Recently, the franchise hit its benchmark 15th anniversary. With Tales of Xillia on the horizon, we dive deeper into the upcoming release and take a look at the series' evolution. We had the pleasure... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Star Trek

    J.J. Abrams may be traveling to a galaxy far, far away in the near future, but not before he and his team at Bad Robot release two new Star Trek projects. The wait for Abrams' second Star Trek film Into Darkness is almost over, but fans don't have to wait to jump back into his vision of the 23rd... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Manga And Anime-Based Games

    Unfortunately for Japanese manga and anime fans, the majority of video games based on those two mediums don’t often make it to our shores. Reasons such as licensing and popularity get in the way, but every once in a while we’re lucky enough to get something based on our favorite franchises... More
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