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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Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Details Revealed

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Bandai Namco has released information about its upcoming Tales SRPG for the 3DS. Tales of the World: Reve Unitia introduces characters Terun and Nahato, who have separate storylines and meet up with different characters from the series. Terun runs across Lloyd and Asbel, while Nahato encounters Yuri and Jade. Said characters, known as Awakened Ones, have lost the memories of their home worlds, though they still retain their core personalities and are ultimately pulled into the fight to save this world.

No word on price or release date have been given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Fairy Fencer F and Disgaea 4 Vita Dated

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Care of Atlus sales sheets, release dates for a handful of PS3 and PS Vita titles bound for North America – for whom Atlus is handling distribution – have been revealed. Fairy Fencer F (Compile Heart) launches on September 23, and Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited lands on August 12. Both titles are priced at $39.99 and will feature dual English and Japanese audio.

Source: Gematsu

Tales of Hearts R Coming to NA, EU

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Tales of Hearts R, the PS Vita redux of Tales of Hearts, has been confirmed by Bandai Namco for a western release. For North America, the title will be retail exclusive for GameStop and also available digitally via the PlayStation Store. European availability is awaiting clarification at this time. The title is set for a winter launch this year.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy XIV Hits 2 Million Registrations Mark

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Final Fantasy XIV‘s comeback momentum continues; Square Enix announced the rebuilt MMO has passed over two million account registrations worldwide.

Source: Gematsu

Harvest Moon: The Lost Vall Listed on Distributor Website

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Video Products Distributors has listed Harvest Moon: The Lost Vall for the 3DS in North America, with the release date marked as October 7. While this may be a localization of an existing Harvest Moon title – possibly Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi – no title by that name has been formally announced yet.

Source: Gematsu

Lost Dimension Coming to PS3/PSV in August

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Developer Lancarse announced they’re working on a new RPG for the PS3 and PS Vita, titled Lost Dimension. The game is set for an August 8 release in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Announced for NA, EU Localization

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

PS Vita RPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines will be getting a release in North America and Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment announced recently. A release window has not been set at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Yokai Watch 2 Set for July Release in Japan

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Level-5 announced that Yokai Watch 2, a sequel to their ghost-capturing 3DS RPG, will launch on July 10 in Japan. The game will come in two versions – Ganso and Honke, with a special medal unique to each game – and will reveal the origin of the titular watch, which allows protagonist Keita to see ghosts.

Source: Gematsu

Atlus publishing indie RPG Citizens of Earth

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Atlus has announced that it will publish Eden Industries’ Citizens of Earth, an indie political-themed RPG where players assume the role of Vice President of the World. Said world is thrown into chaos shortly after your election, and you recruit a proper adventuring party from your constituency to investigate and fight monsters. Or as Onion Biden refers to it, “a slow Tuesday.”

Citizens of Earth will launch digitally for PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and PC later this year.

Source: Gematsu

Persona 4 Joins PS2 Classics on PSN

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

The original PS2 version of Persona 4 is now available on the Playstation Network. Those interested in a 100% accurate depiction of Japanese high school life, right down to awkward karaoke sessions and demons attacking through TV, can join the party for a mere $9.99.

3DS Tales of the World SRPG Announced

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

The latest Tales entry has been revealed as Tales of the World: Reve Unitia, a strategy RPG for the 3DS. Set in the same world as the iOS/Android Tales of the World: Tactics Union, the game’s cast includes Asbel from Graces, Lloyd from Symphonia, Yuri from Vesperia, Meredy from Eternia, and both Jade and Natalia from Abyss.

No release date has been set, though an official site has been set up here.

Source: Gematsu

Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki 2 Launches in September

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Via Dengeki Playstation, the Japanese release date for The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki 2 has been announced as September 25 for both PS3 and PS Vita.

Source: Gematsu

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Confirmed for NA, EU Release

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Idea Factory has announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 has been confirmed for North American and European releases. A PS Vita redux of the origional PS3 version, the title is loosely set for a summer release and will feature both English and Japanese audio.

Source: Gematsu

Game Boy Advance Titles Scheduled for Virtual Console

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Nintendo has scheduled several Game Boy Advance titles to be released on the Wii U Virtual Console, starting April 3 and continuing on a weekly basis throughout April. The release periods and prices are as follows:

  • April 3: Advance Wars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Metroid Fusion (each $7.99)
  • April 10: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$ (each $6.99)
  • April 17: Super Mario Bros. 3 ($4.99), F-Zero: Maximum Velocity ($6.99), and Golden Sun ($7.99)
  • April 24: Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 ($7.99)

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest X Sells One Million in Japan

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Dragon Quest series producer Yosuke Saito announced via Twitter that Dragon Quest X has exceeded one million sales in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Agito Hits Android/iOS in April

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy Agito will be available on iOS and Android platforms in Japan later this month. Alongside new characters and the player-created custom character, the game will also feature members of the Type-0 cast.

Source: Gematsu

Atelier Shallie Announced, Set for June Japan Release

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Gust has announced Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, the latest entry in the Atelier series. Set for a June 26 release in Japan for the PS3, the title mirrors Atelier Escha & Logy in its use of dual protagonists: Shallistera and Shallote. The player chooses one to control at the start, and events will be seen differently depending on which they’re using. Shallistera is trying to save her village, while Shallote just wants to become a proper Atelier.

The standard edition is priced at 6800 yen, with a download copy costing a flat 6000. A Premium Box will also be available for 9800 yen, which includes a drama CD and four-disc music collection.

Source: Gematsu

Atlus and Index Separated Under Sega

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Index Corporation, the holder of Atlus-turned-subsidiary of Sega, has been divided into two companies. The planned move leaves Atlus and Index as separate entities under Sega’s umbrella; Atlus retains its games focus, while Index is devoted to content and business systems.

Source: Gematsu

Natural Doctrine Online Details

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Kadokawa Games released more information about Natural Doctrine‘s online mode. Before starting a match, you assemble a deck of cards based on what you’ve acquired in the single-player, with those cards retaining their status, gear, and skills from your game. One a deck is constructed, you can either search for a versus or co-op game, or set up your own. Players are awarded Card Points for completion of missions, which can be spent on new card packs.

Natural Doctrine hits the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita in Japan on April 3.

Source: Gematsu

Google Issues Pokemon Challenge

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In a move that must be taken seriously on this, the first day of April, Google has taken to Youtube in search of their next Pokemon Master. Interested players who aren’t afraid of scaling a cliff face without equipment should observe the promotional video – available on the YouTubes – and begin the rigorous application process post-haste.

While you’re at it, ask for a pony.