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Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Mode Partially Explained

Just Push Start - 2 hours 35 min ago
Later this year Final Fantasy XV will be getting some sort of multiplayer mode in the game. Hajime Tabata explained the first few details of it recently. The Final Fantasy XV director talked more about Final Fantasy XV’s multiplayer mode during an interview with Polygon. It sounds like it will be an online co-op experience, He said that the multiplayer mode will tie-in with the main story of the game. You won’t control any of the main characters though as you will create your own avatar. You and your mates can then explore the world of the game. Polygon also speculates that the multiplayer will take place at a specific time in the game. It’s kind of a spoiler, although you may guess what time period it could take place in. Not to mention the multiplayer should allow people to partake in the combat. In the main game, every partner was controlled by the A.I.

Live-Action Hito wa Mita Me ga 100 Percent Series Casts Keita Machida

Anime News Network - 2 hours 44 min ago
April series stars Mirei Kiritani, Asami Mizukawa, Ryō Narita
Categories: General Anime

PlayStation VR Sales Now At 915,000 Units Worldwide

Just Push Start - 2 hours 47 min ago
The PlayStation VR headset released last October to a lot of buzz. The unit is still popular with sales now close to the 1 million mark. The New York Times interviewed Sony’s Andrew House recently and House gave us an update on the number of units that the PlayStation VR headset sold. He said consumers have purchased 915,000 PSVR headsets as of February 19th, 2017. This is just only four months after the unit went on sale. Sony’s goal was to sell 1 million units of the device in its first six months of going on sale. This goal is very doable at the rate it is going right now. The PSVR unit is more popular in terms of sales compared to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Estimates put those two units as 420,000 and 243,000 units respectively. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for VR in the coming year.

Shadow of Mordor 2 Leaked By Target Earlier Today

Just Push Start - 3 hours 2 min ago
Target inadvertently put up a listing for Shadow or Mordor 2 on its website today. The game will actually be called Middle Earth: Shadow of War and the first details have been released. The leak was first spotted by a NeoGAF member, although the listing has now been taken down by Target. Anyway, there will be both a standard version of the game pus a Gold Edition. The Gold Edition for Shadow of War includes: Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion, The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion, The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion and Gold War Chest. The sequel will have a new story as well as new weapons and abilities for you to use. It will also retain the first game’s great combat system plus there will be lots of additional missions as well. Since the game has yet to be officially announced, we obviously don’t know of a release date. It’s possible we can expect it to be out later this year though.

PlayStation VR Is Doing Better Than Expected, Sony Says

Kotaku - 3 hours 14 min ago

PlayStation chief Andrew House told The New York Times late last week that PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units as of February 19. That puts the device on a path to exceed the company’s goal of one million sold in the first six months.


After Three Years Speedrunner Finally Beats All 714 NES Games

Kotaku - 3 hours 47 min ago

Piotr Delgado “The Mexican Runner” Kusielczuk has been trying to beat every NES game ever since 2014, and earlier today he finally succeeded.


Shogakukan Lists Denpa Kyōshi Manga as Ending in 26th Volume

Anime News Network - 4 hours 44 min ago
Shogakukan is listing the 26th volume of Takeshi Azuma's Denpa Kyōshi - He Is a Ultimate Teacher (Ultimate Otaku Teacher) manga as the final volume. The...
Categories: General Anime

Lifecoach Retires From Hearthstone, Citing Imbalance In Competitive Scene

Kotaku - 4 hours 59 min ago

Hearthstone’s balance woes continue to take their toll on the competitive scene, as popular pro player and streamer Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy announced his retirement yesterday.


Nobody Expected A Shiny Hunter To Beat Pokémon Champs At Weekend's Big Tournament

Kotaku - 5 hours 54 min ago

Against all odds and expectations, a “shiny hunter” who had just started learning to play competitive Pokémon doubles defeated the reigning world champion as well as a two-time US National champion during this weekend’s tournament.


A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV will be free to download on PS4 and Xbox One March 1 according to a

Kotaku - 6 hours 44 min ago

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV will be free to download on PS4 and Xbox One March 1 according to a report by DualShockers. The side-scrolling beat-em-up was originally a pre-order bonus for buying Final Fantasy XV from Gamestop. The art looks better than the gameplay, but at least it’ll be available to everyone now.


Isobe Isobee Monogatari Net Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on March 6

Anime News Network - 6 hours 44 min ago
This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that the second season of the Isobe Isobee Monogatari: Ukiyo wa Tsurai...
Categories: General Anime

Target Leaks Shadow of Mordor Sequel, Shadow of War

Kotaku - 7 hours 7 min ago

The sequel to Shadow of Mordor is called Shadow of War. Warner Bros. hasn’t quite announced this yet, but Target spilled the news early (lol) along with the box art and some info (via NeoGAF). 


Team Liquid Likely Secures Kiev Major Invite With StarLadder Victory

Kotaku - 7 hours 29 min ago

After missing December’s Boston Major and struggling the past few months to stay abreast of a tough European Dota 2 scene, it looked like Team Liquid might have to go through the gauntlet of European qualifying for the upcoming Kiev Major. Performing well at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season Three finals was…


Bill Paxton Dies at 61 After Surgery Complications

Kotaku - 7 hours 51 min ago

Bill Paxton, the actor behind iconic roles in Aliens, Titanic, and Apollo 13, has passed away at 61 years old.


Sunday Comics: A Wild Yungoos Appeared!

Kotaku - 8 hours 29 min ago

Welcome to Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics that usually occurs on Sunday except when it doesn’t. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.


Turner Classic Movies Lists Airing of Belladonna of Sadness Film on March 5

Anime News Network - 8 hours 44 min ago
The Turner Classic Movies channel is currently listing that it will air Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi...
Categories: General Anime

Ys Origin (PS4)

gamrFeed - 8 hours 58 min ago

What a long, strange trip it's been for Ys Origin. Released originally in 2006 on Microsoft Window, Ys Origin was for a long time exclusive to Japan. Six years later, an English localization came west, via Steam. Now in 2017 it's arrived on PS4 and, in short order, PS Vita. Despite its age and its PC beginnings, Ys Origin plays remarkably well on PS4. French publisher DotEmu, which ported Final Fantasy VII to PS4, did a fine job configuring the title for home console consumption while leaving the base game alone and allowing it to speak for itself.

Set 700 years before the events of the first Ys game, Origins is a prequel that tells the story of the enchanted kingdom of Ys, and the encroachment of demons upon the land. Pestered by evil forces and forced to retreat to a holy temple, the people of Ys call upon their twin goddesses, who use magic to lift the temple into the sky for protection. Undeterred, the demons construct a sky-scraping tower to continue the assault. When the goddesses go missing mysteriously, a search party of knights and mages is dispatched to the surface.

Ys Origin allows players to choose from two playable characters at the beginning of the game (a third is unlocked later): the mage Hugo Fact and the knight-in-training Yunica Tovah. Each has his or her own weapons, fighting style, and storyline, although each also has the same mission: climb the tower and discover the whereabouts of the missing goddesses.

These characters are not mere archetypes though. Throughout the game, Hugo and Yunica mature and grow as people, and discover their place in the world of Ys. Surrounding them are several supporting characters, both friend and foe, who display surprising depth and complexity. All of this comes through powerfully thanks to a superb English localization.

When Hugo and Yunica aren't growing as people, they're slicing, dicing, and shooting a wide range of demonic enemies. Combat in Ys Origin is simple and fast. This is a true hack 'n' slash that demands nimbleness and well-timed attacks. There are a few complicated moves, like an uppercut and a downward smash, but in general players will be spamming spells and swinging swords wildly to stay alive, especially in the tower's upper levels.

A deeper level of strategy is mandatory for the game's many boss encounters, which are a highlight of Ys Origin. During the game, Hugo and Yunica will face demons, mechanical monstrosities, giant insects, and, at several points, powerful humans. Memorizing patterns and finding small windows to attack are essential to taking down these bosses, which appear at regular intervals up the tower.

The tower itself is a feat of artistic design. As the heroes of Ys climb higher they'll find strange and beautiful sights and sounds. Some areas of the tower are industrial in nature, others bubbling and festering with organic material. Some floors are scorched by fire, others submerged in water. There are plenty of environmental hazards and corresponding enemy types to keep players busy and on their toes.

The problem with the tower is that it doesn't provide much room to explore. It's essentially a straight shot from the ground floor to the summit, with only a few detours along the way. There are a few treasure chests hidden off the beaten path, but in general there aren't many opportunities to stray from the pre-determined track.

In terms of adjusting Ys Origin for a DualShock 4 controller and a television, DotEmu has done great work. Movement is easy and intuitive with the analog stick and every command feels responsive. The game's animated sprites are colorful and well-defined, even on a larger TV screen. In fact, for a game now 11 years old, Ys Origin looks gorgeous on PS4, with only some blocky models betraying its age. The only technical hiccup occurs during the game's opening scene, when the edges of the screen render out of time with the main action.

Apart from that small blemish, Ys Origin is a terrific console port of a solid hack 'n' slash action RPG. The action is fast and furious, the boss battles extraordinary, and the story and characters engaging and enriching. The biggest drawback is a serious case of wanderlust, as the tower's narrow confines prevent any meaningful exploration. Even so, Ys Origin is an easy recommendation for fans of actions RPGs and dungeon crawlers, or for PS4 owners who want to dive into the Ys series.

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This Week’s New Releases 2/27 – 3/4; Horizon, Nintendo Switch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Much More

Just Push Start - 10 hours 29 min ago
After many long weeks, likely the most anticipated week of the year is here. First up we have Horizon Zero Dawn, an exciting title about fighting robotic animals in a desolate future. In addition to that, the Nintendo Switch finally releases with a couple launch titles. One of the most exciting titles being The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which already has some good buzz. If neither of these things are up your ally, there is also a few indie and smaller releases too. Tuesday 2/28 Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) Dying: Reborn (VR/PS4/Vita) forma.8 (PC/XBO/PS4/Vita) Ghost Blade HD (PS4) Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (PS4) The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PS4) Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Vita) The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: A New Frontier (XBO/PS4) Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) Wednesday 3/1 A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (XBO/PS4) Friday 3/3 Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch) 1-2-Switch (Switch) Snipperclips (Switch) Fast RMX (Switch) Human Resource Machine (Switch) I Am Setsuna (Switch) Super Bomberman R (Switch) Just Dance 2017 (Switch) Skylanders: Imaginators (Switch) Little Inferno (Switch) Shovel Knight (Switch) World of Goo (Switch)