Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth isn't just a Persona-skinned Etrian game

At first glance, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth looks like a love letter to fans of role-playing games Persona 3 and Persona 4, banking on the franchise's worldwide popularity to reach hit status. But once you peel back the layers of fluffy (yet entertaining) dialogue and the idea that this all looks like one big playable fanfiction, players will find a challenging, almost brutal game waiting for them underneath. Any worries that this is just a simple Persona skin for a dungeon crawler is mistaken. Persona Q is an Etrian-style dungeon crawler in the vein of another Atlus-developed series, Etrian Odyssey. In these games, players explore yawning dungeons, navigating through them in small increments and combating creeping enemies that stand in their way. Combat occurs in first-person...

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Dispossessed on the pitch, Konami strives to reassert control with Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

Despite EA Sports' nearly global dominance with its FIFA series, Pro Evolution Soccer is the undisputed football game of choice in its native Japan. The dirty secret is, EA Sports has been fine with this, regarding Japan as a completely saturated market and overtaking Konami everywhere else on the planet over the past six years. More than once I was told Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, coming this fall for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time, is a title seeking to recapture that old PES magic of the middle of the last decade, when it was the only real choice for soccer enthusiasts on a gaming console. The real indication it's serious about this goal is not in the gameplay or presentation upgrades — and PES 2015 does have them....

Why Itagaki brought his hyper-violent THQ shooter to Wii U as an exclusive

Devil's Third is a bloody shooter. A game obsessed with perfecting the close kill. And now it's a Wii U exclusive.The shooter's creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, is a man best known for games that titillate with skimpy clothing, or lopped limbs. He's a to-the-point game maker, not shy with his criticism. So it's not surprising that in bringing the game to Nintendo, there were some arguments. What might be surprising, though, is the idea that this developer — a man who is rarely seen without his dark sunglasses and worn leather jacket; a developer seemingly so different from Nintendo's famed creators — discovered within the Japanese game company not just strong allies, but what he describes as a fundamental design lesson. "There are also cultural differences between the way that...

Nintendo's Amiibo toys could save the Wii U, so why are they just coming out?

Nintendo's first dive into the lucrative field of toys as video games, the Amiibo, could have a "significant impact" on Wii U sales, said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime."I think Amiibo can have a significant impact on driving the install base for Wii U on the sales of figures themselves," he said. "I think this could be a significant business opportunity." So why did it take so long for the company to introduce its take on toys that can be uploaded into video games? It's been nearly three years since Activision released Skylanders, the first massively popular toy-driven console game to hit the market. Since its release in 2011 Activision put out two more Skylander games, and a third is on the way. More importantly, the franchise sparked a massive cottage industry of...

The best games of E3 had no guns

Despite E3’s reputation as the biggest, loudest, guns-blazingest show around, the games I spent the most time with — and didn’t stop hearing about — were the ones with hardly a gun in sight. I started counting them off: Alien: Isolation, Mario Maker, Never Alone, No Man’s Sky, Costume Quest 2 and Splatoon. The list went on.There's nothing wrong with violent games, or games that feature guns as their lead method of player interaction. This isn't meant to be an indictment of any of those titles, all of which consistently prove to be some of the best-selling games of the year. This is a celebration of the games that don't fit that mold, and how they help create an industry that's more interesting as a whole. the most interesting games on the show floor weren't about shooting Alien:...
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    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
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    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
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As game players diversify, developers start to rethink the stars of their games

As video games continue to become a massive, mainstream form of entertainment, the sorts of people playing games continue to diversify.Increasingly those players who aren't white and male — the stereotypical view of who plays video games — are asking why they don't have the ability to play the games they love as characters that they can more easily identify with. Why isn't there more diversity in the fictional worlds of video games, where players can be anything that game-makers imagine? The topic, specifically the lack of realistic female protagonists in blockbuster games, became a major talking point at this year's E3 after the people behind the next installment of massive hit series Assassin's Creed said they abandoned women assassins in the cooperative mode of their game because...
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Swordsman trailer, E3 2014

Swordsman is an upcoming free-to-play MMO in which players can choose to be part of 10 martial arts clans as they hone their fighting skills. The game will be available on Windows PC. For the rest of the E3 2014 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Rising Generals trailer, E3 2014

Rising Generals is a strategy MMO set in a fictional version of the Cold War. Players can set up and control their armies and compete against each other across different platforms. The game will be available on web browsers, iOS and Android platforms. For the rest of the E3 2014 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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The Evil Within trailer, E3 2014

Here's a supercut of The Evil Within scaring the living daylights out of people. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Lichdom: Battlemage trailer, E3 2014

Here's a cinematic trailer for Lichdom: Battlemage, the first-person mage simulator from Xaviant. The game is currently available on Steam Early Access. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Heavy Bullets trailer, E3 2014

Heavy Bullets is a first-person shooter with roguelike elements. The game throws players into a randomized maze of levels armed with only six bullets as they seek to restore order to the world. The game is currently available via Steam Early Access for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. For more E3 2014 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Habitat trailer, E3 2014

4gency's Habitat is a strategy game set in space, in which you have to build a sustainable base using junk that's floating above the Earth. It is in development on Linux, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox One. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Dreadnought trailer, E3 2014

Dreadnought is an upcoming aerial action game from Yager. It's set for release in 2015 on Windows PC. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Rival Knights trailer, E3 2014

Rival Knights is a medieval jousting title from Gameloft. Players can customize their knight's armor and lance and compete in leagues and tournaments or against other players. The game is currently available on iOS and Android smartphones. For more E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Farming Simulator 15 trailer, E3 2014

Farming Simulator 15 is the latest entry in Focus Interactive's franchise. The game will now include a new Nordic environment in which to farm and the ability to cut wood in the game's single and multiplayer options. The game will release this fall for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Now trailer, E3 2014

Just Dance 2015 is the latest entry in the Ubisoft franchise. The game introduces a Community Remix mode, in which songs will be accompanied by videos of other players rather than the game's dancers. The tracklist will include over 40 songs, from Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" to Icona Pop's "I Love It." Just Dance Now is a mobile iteration of the series that will be available to anyone with a smartphone and a screen to which it can be connected. There is no limit to how many players can join in at once. Just Dance 2015 will release for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U this October. No release date has been announced for Just Dance Now. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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Alienware Alpha trailer, E3 2014

The Alpha is Alienware's console-like computer, a machine intended for the living room that takes up less space than a Wii U. Here's the brief E3 teaser trailer for the Alienware Alpha. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
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