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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Skullgirls Developer Announces Indivisible

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Lab Zero Games, the developer of Skullgirls, revealed that a new action RPG is in development. Titled Indivisible, the game follows the adventures of Ajna, a girl in search of answers about mysterious powers she possesses. Gameplay is reportedly inspired by the likes of Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid, with 2D hand-drawn animation and Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta on the soundtrack.

The Indiegogo campaign for the game’s development will begin in early September, during which a playable prototype will be available. The game itself is planned for a 2017 launch.

Source: Gematsu

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Announced

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

7th Dragon III Code: VFD has been announced for the 3DS, with Sega planning a launch date of October 15 in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Grand Kingdom Launching in October in Japan

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Via Famitsu comes the news that Grand Kingdom will launch on PS4 and PS Vita in Japan on October 22. Price on PS4 is set at 6,980 yen, with the Vita version weighing in at 6,480 yen. Preorders will include a mini-soundtrack album, while first-print copies include download codes for an exclusive unit.

Source: Gematsu

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Launches November in Japan

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Care of Famitsu comes the Japanese release date for Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force. The title will launch for PS4 on November 5, priced at 7,538 yen at retail and 6,480 for digital copies.

Source: Gematsu

Yokai Watch 3 Set for Summer 2016 Release

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Yokai Watch 3 has been planned for a summer 2016 release on the 3DS in Japan, Level-5 recently announced.

Source: Gematsu

Star Ocean 5 Details

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

In a recent interview, Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness producer Shuichi Kobayashi and tri-Ace progrmamer Yoshiharu Gotanda revealed a few key details about the next entry in the sci-fi RPG series. Specifically:

  • The title is set between the second and third installments (Second Story and Till the End of Time).
  • Gotanda originally wanted the first Star Ocean to be entirely science fiction, though it was believed the title wouldn’t sell without fantasy elements.
  • The protagonist, Fidel, is 23 years old; Gotanda originally wanted an older main character.
  • Private actions, item creation, and affection rating events will return.
  • Cutscenes will more often be smoothly integrated with field movement, though there will also be more traditional cutscenes.
  • There are no battle transitions; combat takes place on the same field as movement. Battles were likened to those of Infinite Undiscovery.
  • More than six characters can fight together, and players can set AI rules for each character.
  • Similarly, all party members will be displayed on screen both in and out of battle.
  • Kobayashi indicated a desire to make more Star Ocean sequels, adding that this would be dependent on sales of Integrity and Faithlessness

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is set for a winter release on PS3/PS4 in Japan, and a 2016 PS4 release for North America and Europe.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest XI Going Offline Again

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

And to round out the list of Dragon Quest items, creator Yuji Horii stated that the next main series installment – Dragon Quest XI – will be an offline title, featuring the more traditional mechanics of pre-DQX entries.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Announced

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Speaking of Dragon Quest, Weekly Jump reveals that Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 is in development for the 3DS. No release date has been given at this time, though the title reportedly will feature “new systems, new monsters, and new communications”.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest Creator Announces Western Localization for VII and VIII on 3DS

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii revealed, apparently on accident, that the 3DS releases of Dragon Quest VII and VIII will be released in western territories. Specifically, Horii announced a French localization for both titles while speaking at the Japan Expo in Paris; an English localization is therefore likely but has not been officially stated.

A separate announcement revealed that Dragon Quest VIII will include a new dungeon, along with a unique boss monster named Jahagaros. Little is known about the story behind said dungeon, save that monster has been sealed within and has been waiting for someone strong enough to reach it.

Dragon Quest VIII hits the 3DS in Japan on August 27.

Source: Gematsu

Story of Seasons Clears 100,000 Sales Mark

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

XSEED has announced that, since its March 31 release, Story of Seasons has topped 100,000 sales in North America.

Source: Gematsu

Return to PoPoloCrois Headed for North America

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Since we’re talking XSEED, the company announced that PoPoloCrois Farm Story will be coming to North America, under the title of Return to PoPoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale. The 3DS RPG is planned for a winter release this year.

Source: Gematsu

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Coming to the West

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki will be making the journey westward, XSEED Games and NIS America announced recently. With the localized title of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, the companies are planning for a fall release in North America and Europe on PS3 and PS Vita.

Source: Gematsu

Tales of Berseria Revealed for PS4, PS3

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

In other Tales news, Bandai Namco lifted the lid on Tales of Berseria, the next series installment bound for the PS3 and PS4. Little is known at this time, though the title will feature a female protagonist; this week’s Jump magazine listed her name as Velvet. A Japanese teaser site has been set up over here.

Source: Gematsu

The Legend of Legacy Set for American Release

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Developer FuRyu announced that The Legend of Legacy, the 3DS RPG care of SaGa and Chrono Trigger veterans, will launch in North and South America this fall. Available both at retail and digitally, the price has been set for $39.99 US, $49.99 CA.

Source: Gematsu

Mobius Final Fantasy Hits One Million Registrations

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

With its launch less than two weeks ago, Mobius Final Fantasy has cracked the one million user registration threshold, Square Enix announced recently. A campaign celebrating the milestone will reward players with special items – four cactuar, four Gold Cactuar, and four Metal Cactuar Dark Crystals – for logging in by June 19.

Source: Gematsu

Tales of Zestiria Dated for PS4, PC Worldwide

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Bandai Namco has announced that Tales of Zestiria will be going global on PS4 and PC this fall, along with the previously announced PS3 version. Zestiria hits PS3/PS4 on October 16 across the PAL region, with the North American release for the same platforms on October 20. The PC version also launches on October 20 via Steam for North America and Europe.

Source: Gematsu

Original Mother Available Now as Earthnound Beginnings

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

At the Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo announced that Mother, the never-localized prequel to Earthbound, is now available as Earthbound Beginnings on the Wii U Virtual Console for North America and Europe.

Source: Gematsu

Fallout 4 Announced, Coming November 10; Mods to Work on Xbox One

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

Fallout 4 was the centerpiece of Bethesda’s conference on Sunday, where the company formally announced the title and that it would launch on November 10. The gameplay demo revealed short combat and conversation segments: the main character is now voiced, and VATS appears to be changed somewhat from its Fallout 3 and New Vegas incarnations, slowing down time instead of stopping it completely.

Plotwise, the character is a citizen of pre-war United States, whose family is whisked away to vault 111 just as the bombs start falling. A brief sequence showed character generation for the male and female PC, a husband and wife, just before entering the vault. Following the arrival at 111, the PC somehow emerges 200 years later, and even wanders back to the ruins of their old neighborhood. How the PC survived is unclear. The demonstration also showed the PC encountering a dog, who could be commanded to move to specific locations or search for items.

A large focus of the presentation was on crafting systems; weapon and armor customization, but also, surprisingly, the ability to build your own town. With scrap materials gathered from the world, the player can build structures virtually from scratch, even getting NPCs to visit, trade with, and help defend the town. Power armor use also looked more involved, with the PC shown physically climbing into the suit rather than simply equipping it from inventory.

Later, during Microsoft’s press conference, a separate Fallout 4 presentation revealed that mods for the PC version will also work on Xbox One. Whether this will also apply to the PS4 is unknown at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Dark Souls III Announced

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

With E3 in full swing, Bandai Namco officially announced Dark Souls III as it was debuted during Microsoft’s press conference today. The title will launch in 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Check out the trailer for yourself here.

Fire Emblem If Details: Battlemaids, No Durability, and Triangle Changes

Friday, May 29th, 2015 by | Posted in Game News

A recent Famitsu took a closer look at Fire Emblem If, revealing that the title will be tweaking the series staple Weapon Triangle. Previously, the triangle was a standard rock-paper-scissors setup, with swords beating axes, axes beating lances, and lances beating swords. Now the triangle will incorporate swords and magic, axes and bows, and lances and concealed weapons, with the same order of effectiveness.

Concealed weapons are apparently wielded by maids, butlers, and shinobi; classes wrapped around some of the friendlies that may join up. Specifically, the characters Felicia (maid), Joker (butler), Gunther (butler), and Suzukaze (unspecified) show up in both the White Night Kingdom and Dark Night Kingdom versions, while Saizou (unspecified) and Kagerou (shinobi) appear in White Night Kingdom.

Fire Emblem If will also not feature weapon durability. However, stronger weapons may be paired with trade-offs, such as reduced evasion or disabled Pursuit attacks.

Source: Gematsu