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Platform 360, PS3 Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Developer Grasshopper Manufacture Release Date 2012-06-12

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Lollipop Chainsaw review: evil dead

LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW IS MORE FORGIVING THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT The good news: Lollipop Chainsaw is more mechanically sound than anything Grasshopper Manufacture has put its name on. Less clunky than Shadows of the Damned, free of the burdens of motion control that hung around No More Heroes' neck like an albatross, Lollipop Chainsaw mostly plays as it should. There's a workable combo system that isn't overly reliant on the upgrades you can buy throughout the game, and you won't need to enlist the aid of a sensei to drill the combo commands into your head. Instead, some mild experimentation yields acceptable zombie-killing results. Lollipop Chainsaw establishes new enemy types that affect combat scenarios at a good pace. As the game progresses, fights become more about crowd...

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Natural Doctrine brings tactical role-playing to North America on Sept. 16

Kadokawa Game Studio's tactical role-playing game Natural Doctrine is coming to North America on Sept. 16 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, publisher NIS America announced today. The game will arrive in Europe three days later on Sept. 19, and pre-orders have opened up for the release on the official NIS America store, including a number of limited edition extras on each platform. The game is available to pre-order for $60 on PS4 systems, $50 on PS3 systems and $40 on PS Vita, while limited editions are available for an extra $20 on each individual console. Bonuses include an art book, poster and an explorer's bag. The strategy role-playing game sends players into caves to collect Pluton, described as a coveted material. The game's story focuses on a resource war...

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Let it Die is Suda 51's new PlayStation 4 combat game

Goichi Suda (aka Suda 51) and his Grasshopper Manufacture team are bringing a new combat horror game to PlayStation 4. Sony showed a short preview of the game, called Let it Die, at its conference today. It demonstrated typical Suda 51 hallmarks, such as grotesques and dark violence. Suda 51's previous games include Killer is Dead and Lollipop Chainsaw.

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Killer Is Dead publisher Kadokawa to merge with video portal company Dwango

Media corporation Kadokawa Corp. and video portal company Dwango Co. will merge on Oct. 1, the companies announced at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. The two companies will respectively delist from the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Sept. 26 and launch as a new holding company called Kadokawa Dwango Corp. in October. Current Dwango chairman Nobuo Kawakami will become chairman of the organisation once the two companies unify, while Kadokawa adviser Tatsuo Sato will become its president. "We aim to establish the world's leading platform for content, which would serve as a new business model in the Internet age," Sato said during the news conference, according to Japan Times. Sato added that the merger would blend Dwango's technical strength and online experience with Kadokawa's ...

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Report: Kadokawa acquires Dark Souls developer From Software

Kadokawa plans to purchase majority stake in Dark Souls and Armored Core series developer From Software, the Japanese corporation announced, where the developer will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kadokawa group. Kadokawa will purchase 80 percent of From Software stock and the deal is expected to be finalized on May 21, 2014. Once From Software becomes a Kadokawa subsidiary, it will work alongside Kadokawa Games to develop the company's games and create new IP. The companies will also focus on the growing markets offered by the new game platforms and western markets. Famitsu reports that the acquisition was initially revealed during Kadokawa's latest Board of Directors meeting held on April 28. According to the Famitsu report, translated by Siliconera, From Software CEO...

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Why Suda51 wants to 'thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits'

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi "Suda51" Suda wants to "thoroughly demolish" the traits associated with the studio that created games like Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and No More Heroes, according to a 4Gamer interview that was translated by Siliconera. Suda acknowledged that, even within Grasshopper, the studio's traits are debatable but ready for destruction. "I believe that when it comes to ‘Grasshopper traits,' people have different ideas [as to what they are]," Suda said. "Even for us, each staff member at Grasshopper has different ideas. "In the midst of that, I personally would like to thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits, one by one. And by demolishing them, I'd like to propose new ideas, and create new ways to play". The idea behind that creative...

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Natural Doctrine delayed until March 19 in Japan

Natural Doctrine, Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games' first title from the company's internal studio, is being delayed until March 19, 2014 in Japan, the developer announced on its official website. Originally, the fantasy strategy role-playing game was to launch in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Information about a western release is yet to be announced. Kadokawa Game Studio recently released a trailer for Natural Doctrine, teasing a little more about the game's antagonists and protagonists through a series of renders and a battle against a dragon. Set in fortified castle town of Feste and its surroundings, the story of Natural Doctrine focuses on resource war between goblins, trolls, humans, lizardmen and humanoids. The title will offer...

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Natural Doctrine trailer introduces protagonists, teases monster battles

A trailer for Natural Doctrine, Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games' first title from the company's internal studio, introduces the game's characters and teases a few monster battles. Natural Doctrine is set in fortified castle town of Feste and its surroundings, where humans are locked in a resource war with the goblins, trolls, lizardmen and humanoids. The story centres on three human soldiers: Jeff, Vasilisa and Anca — who are introduced in the video above. Gameplay consists of turn-based battles, and units are free to move across large areas, which is a unique feature of the game, according to producer Kensuke Tanaka. "Games with small squares may allow you to stack characters into a single space, but with this game, you can move around anywhere you like within the area,...

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Natural Doctrine coming to PS4 from Lollipop Chainsaw's Kadokawa Games

Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games revealed its first in-development title from the company's internal studio, a fantasy RPG called Natural Doctrine. While little information about the game is available in its teaser video, the trailer says players will "assault through the world by natural selection." The upcoming title is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, and will feature both single-player and multiplayer modes, along with cross-play compatibility.

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Warren Spector: 'I'm not ready to retire yet'

Game designer Warren Spector spoke at the DICE Summit today, one week after the closure of his Disney-owned studio, Junction Point, telling attendees that he's "not ready to retire yet" and still has games he wants to make. Spector opened his speech by clarifying that he wouldn't be talking about "the elephant in the room," the closure of Junction Point, Disney Interactive or the last eight years, "other than to say I worked with an amazing team on some amazing projects." "It's all good," he said, before launching into his talk, "The Graying of Gaming," in which Spector spoke about the aging gaming population, of which he is a part. "I had a little wake-up moment last week in the wake of events," the 57-year-old game designer said, following the shuttering of the studio he...

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Suda51: Grasshopper Manufacture joined GungHo because it doesn't want to be an "outsourced developer"

Grasshopper Manufacture boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda sold his studio to publisher GungHo Online Entertainment because he wants the studio to be an in-house developer, according to an interview with 4Gamer (in Japanese). GungHo announced earlier this week that it bought Grasshopper, the developer behind games like Lollipop Chainsaw, No More Heroes and the upcoming Killer Is Dead. Both Grasshopper and GungHo confirmed yesterday that all projects that are currently in development will continue as usual and will not be affected by the studio acquisition. When asked why he chose to sell the studio, Suda said that up until now Grasshopper Manufacture has mostly worked with big clients and many of the difficulties it has encountered has resulted from its role as an "outsourced developer." He...

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 06/12/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
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    • Released 06/12/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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