Bio: John Boske

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John "Karlinn" Boske
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Just your average, lazy, mildly obsessive-compulsive 20-something gamer/writer, with aspirations of doing either of the latter for pay sometime in the near future. I make no secret of my PC gaming heritage, nor the fact that I use 'heritage' improperly to describe a tendency to favor; I believe the proper word there is proclivity. But I digress.

I do that a lot too, by the way.

Anyhow, until further notice I'm your resident editor person who occasionally deigns to review games, but mostly is just here to keep things running as smoothly and error-free as possible. I have a strong fondness for literature of all kinds, have a man-crush on Warren Spector, and possess a soft spot for those games that offer little more than a really cool idea. I'm also one of the nicest, most laid-back people you're going to find without the aid of "herbal supplements", and I'm told I should be in radio.

If only, my friends. *If only*.

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Bravely Second Set for April 23 Launch

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix continues to dominate the news cycle, setting the Japanese release date for Bravely Second at April 23. Standard editions are priced at 5,980 yen, with the collector’s pack weighing in at 14,800 yen; the latter includes a Pope Agnes figurine, artbook, mini soundtrack, and notebook, along with retailer-specific downloadable bonuses.

Source: Gematsu

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Announced for 3DS

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Theatrhythm has officially become its own ‘thing'; Square Enix has announced Theatrhythm Dragon Quest, to launch in Japan on March 26. Price is set at 5,800 yen, and a teaser site has been set up hereabouts.

Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi Passes One Million Preorders

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

With Yokai Watch 2: Ganso and Yokai Watch 2: Honke selling a combined three million units since launch, Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi looks to join its predecessors. Level-5 announced that the latest version had passed the one million preorder mark ahead of its December 13 release.

Source: Gematsu

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker Headed for US

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Atlus has revealed that Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Break Record is coming to the 3DS in North America. Resubtitled as Record Breaker, the game is an enhanced version of the 2011 Devil Survivor 2 for the DS, adding full English voices and localization, and a new postgame episode.

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker launches at retail and via eShop in early 2015, priced at $49.99.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy VII Coming to PS4

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

While we’re on the subject, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will reach the PS4 in spring 2015. Copies will be priced at $49.99 in North America, and £39.99 in Europe.

The company also announced that Final Fantasy VII is also being ported to the PS4, also in spring 2015. While the use of system-exclusive features was mentioned, no further details were given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Gets Collector’s Edition

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

With Final Fantasy Type-0 finally going global (and HD) in March, Square Enix revealed the title will come in both standard and collector’s editions. Priced at $99/€89.99, the CE throws in a golden SteelBook case, a composer’s selections soundtrack, a 200-page Type-0 manga, an 80-page artbook, replicas of Ace’s cards, and a code for the demo version of Final Fantasy XV.

The demo will be exclusive to Type-0 HD, according to Square Enix, and will not be released as a standalone download. First-print copies of the standard edition will also include copies of the demo.

Source: Gematsu

3rd Super Robot Wars Z Tengoku Hen Coming in April

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Bandai Namco has announced a new entry in the Super Robot Wars series. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Tengoku Hen is headed for the PS3 and PS Vita, launching in Japan on April 2 both digitally and at retail. PS3 copies run at 8,070 yen, with the Vita version priced at 7,120 yen. Save data from the previous game can reportedly be carried over for as-yet-unspecified bonuses.

Source: Gematsu

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Pushed Back in Europe

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation has been delayed from its January 28 release in Europe. Idea Factory International announced that the title will now launch physically in Europe on February 6, with the digital release to follow in February 11.

The North American release (January 27) has not been stated to be affected by the delay.

Source: Gematsu

Square Enix Announces SaGa Title for Vita

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix has announced they are revisiting the SaGa series, with a new installment planned for the PS Vita. This comes on the heels the series’ 25th anniversary, and while the title has not been named yet, it is planned for a 2015 release. Series creator Akitoshi Kawazu is back on board, with Kenji Ito on the soundtrack and character designs by Tomomi Kobayashi.

Also part of the announcement was that Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song for the PS2 is coming to the PlayStation Store in Japan. A release date was not given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy XV Demo Downloadable, Possibly Limited Time

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In a recent interview, director Hajime Tabata commented on the Final Fantasy XV demo to be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The demo will be a download copy, and might only be available for a limited time. The idea isn’t confirmed just yet, but Tabata did state that the the team is considering a cutoff period shortly after its release.

Tabata added that they will be paying attention to demo feedback, and may set up place – presumably a forum or comment system – to process responses.

Source: Gematsu

Dark Souls 2 Headed for PS4/Xbox One in New Version

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Bandai Namco has announced Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, an updated bundle release that includes the DLC add-ons, new NPCs and in-game events, rebalanced gameplay and online matchmaking, updated visuals, and other changes. This version will be available on Dark Souls 2‘s existing platforms of PC, PS3, and 360, as well as appearing for the first time on PS4 and Xbox One. Current Dark Souls 2 owners will receive the balancing, online changes, and story content in a separate update free of charge.

Scholar of the First Sin launches in Europe on April 3, with the North American release following on April 7.

Source: Gematsu

Etrian Odyssey V Announced

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In other Etrian Odyssey news, Atlus announced that Etrian Odyssey V is now in development. Not much is known yet beyond the game’s staff: Shigeo Komori as director, Yuji Himukai on character design, Yuzo Koshiro as composer, and Shin Nagasawa on monster design.

The official website (in Japanese, of course) is located here, along with a short teaser trailer.

The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II Patched

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Details have emerged for the upcoming 1.03 patch for The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II. Alongside bugfixes, the patch adds an accessory that transforms a character into one of five people: Rixia Mao, Lloyd Bannings, Vita Clotilde, Altina Orion, or Crow Armbrust. Voices and certain variables are changed in the transformation. The patch will also allow players to review movie scenes and other events after clearing the game.

A release date for the patch has not been announced.

Source: Gematsu

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Exceeds 1.5 Million Sales in Three Days

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Proving once again that the series is a license to print money, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sold over 1.5 million copies in the three days since the November 21 launch in Japan. This puts it at the fourth most successful title for the 3DS in Japan, behind Pokemon X/Y, Monster Hunter 4, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Nintendo could not be reached for comment, though area residents report the gold-plated pyramid they’re building with the money is coming along nicely.

Source: Gematsu

Etrian Odyssey/Mystery Dungeon Crossover RPG Announced

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Atlus and Spike Chunsoft have announced a crossover title for the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon series. Titled Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon, the top-down dungeon RPG pairs the overall setting and character customization of the former with the roguelike gameplay of the latter. Players build custom characters, directly, controlling only the party leader, and take them into randomly generated dungeons for fun and profit.

Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon will launch for the 3DS in Japan on March 5, priced at 6980 yen.

Source: Gematsu

Legend of Legacy Details: Battle System and Equipment

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

A Famitsu preview for The Legend of Legacy has unveiled a few pieces of information regarding the game’s battle and equipment systems. Specifically, the seven player characters are free to equip any weapon type – sword and shield, greatsword, axe, spear, staff, or bow – each with its own unique basic attack. Formations can be set up and switched out on the fly, allowing party members to change combat roles as needed.

The Legend of Legacy hits the 3DS in Japan on January 22.

Source: Gematsu

Bravely Second Villains Introduced, Demo Planned

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Another week, another tidbit about Bravely Second; this time Square Enix has revealed the game’s villains. The aptly-named Emperor Oblivion runs the show from behind a mask, and orchestrates both the attack on the signing ceremony and Agnes’ kidnapping. He’s assisted by a fairy named Anne, about whom even less is known beyond her preference for black clothing.

Producer Tomoya Asano also stated that a demo is in the works, although an exact timeframe was not given beyond “very shortly.”

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Headed for PC in December

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

With Final Fantasy XIII hitting the PC via Steam last month, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will follow it on December 11. The PC version will include dual language tracks, resolution options, and a selection of DLC from the original release.

Source: Gematsu

Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Gets Delta Episode

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Nintendo has detailed a new story for Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, titled the Delta Episode, which “reveals the history of the Hoenn region and thrusts Trainers into a quest to save the world.” The plot involves a giant asteroid headed for the planet, stopping Teams Magma and Aqua from attacking the Mossdeep Space Center, a space battle between Rayquaza and Deoxys, and surely other shenanigans as well.

Other information was paired with the announcement:

  • Eon Tickets, which grant access to the Southern Island and certain Legendary Pokemon, are distributed by the menu’s Mystery Gift function, and can be shared with other players once redeemed in the game.
  • Legendary Pokemon from previous games can be found at special Mirage spots around Hoenn.
  • Glalie, if obtained in the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby demo verison, can be transferred to the full game. Likewise for X/Y‘s Diancie.

Source: Gematsu

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus’ Premium Edition, First Print Bonuses Announced

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game Media

Koei Tecmo has outlined the goodies to be included with copies of Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, specifically first print and premium edition bundles.

All first run copies of any version will include a downloadable costume for Nio Altugle, who becomes a party member in this updated Vita re-release. Premium copies throw in a few extra goodies: a mini crystal paperweight, a 2015 themed calendar, a cleaning cloth, and more downloadable costumes.

Escha & Logy Plus launches in Japan on January 22.

Source: Gematsu