Bio: John 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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Atelier Shallie Confirmed for NA/EU in 2015

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Koei Tecmo announced that Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will be coming to North Americas and European PS3s in 2015.

Source: Gematsu

Stella Glow Planned for Winter 2015 Japanese Release

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

By way of a teaser website available here, Imageepoch have announced an upcoming simulation RPG for the 3DS titled Stella Glow. Little is known at this time, though the title is planned for a winter 2015 release in Japan.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Includes Dark Knight, Flying Mounts, and More

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

With the 2.4 update just out the door, Square Enix released more details about the next expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, titled Heavensward.

  • Dark Knight has been confirmed as a tank job, wielding a two-handed greatsword and, uniquely, will not require a base class like all current jobs.
  • Flying mounts will also be added, chiefly to navigate a region consisting of floating islands. Black chocobos and single-passenger airships are two such mounts; it is not yet known what others will be available.
  • Two more beast tribes will be added, along with their respective primals. The Vanu Vanu are paired with Bismarck, and the Gnath worship Ravana.

Heavensward is planned for a spring 2015 launch.

Source: Gematsu

Amazon and Best Buy to Offer Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Nintendo announced that a dual pack containing both Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available through Amazon and Best Buy on November 21. Price is set at $79 (the titles are $39 individually), and included with the dual pack are a pair of download codes for 100 in-game potions each.

Source: Gematsu

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II Set for Spring 2015 Japan Launch

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

As you might guess from the title, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II has been confirmed for a Spring 2015 launch in Japan on the PS4.

Source: Gematsu

SAO: Lost Song Dated; Producer Promises Better Translation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In a recent interview, Sword Art Online: Lost Song producer Yosuke Futami commented on the heavily criticized English translation of Hollow Fragment. While he did not elaborate on the reason for that problem, he did acknowledge it and state the team is aware of it: “What I can say is that this time around with Lost Song, we’re doing things differently. Fans can expect much better translations as the localization process will be handled very differently.”

Sword Art Online: Lost Song has been set for a March 26 release in Japan for PS3 and PS Vita. An English version is planned for the rest of Asia in 2015, though a western release has not been confirmed at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Valkyria Chronicles Confirmed for PC

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In one of the least expected announcements in recent memory, Valkyria Chronicles will be getting a PC release. Sega confirmed via Twitter that the PS3 SRPG is indeed being ported to PC, following a listing on European ratings site PEGI. No details have been given at this time, though the tweet indicated that more news was “coming soon.”

Hit it, boys.

Final Fantasy XV Director Answers Fan Concerns, Discusses Gameplay

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

During an extended discussion over Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata took the opportunity answer fan questions and concerns about the upcoming title. Tabata stated that the E3 2013 trailer was a prototype built in Ebony, with the 2014 Tokyo Game Show revealing the game in its actual environment designed in Luminous.

Addressing questions about difficulty, he added that it wasn’t possible to infinitely evade just by holding down the guard button, as guarding consumes MP and some attacks are unavoidable. Players will be able to jump and free run, with weapons selected before entering battle; players cannot control other characters in combat.

Tabata also said that development progress is at 55%, and that other team members will release more information next month.

Source: Gematsu

Sword Art Online: Lost Song Announced for 2015

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Bandai Namco has announced the next game in the Sword Art Online franchise. Sword Art Online: Lost Song is planned for a 2015 release on PS3 and PS Vita, and will feature a brand new story set in the fictional virtual world. Little is known at this time, though players will be able to fly as in the anime.

Source: Gematsu

Kingdom Hearts III Now On Unreal Engine 4

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Kingdom Hearts III will not be using Square Enix’s own Luminous Engine, director Tetsuya Nomura announced recently. Instead the company has opted to use Unreal Engine 4; Nomura mentioned only that a “variety of reasons” were behind the change. However, he added that Epic Games had been cooperative during the transition, and that this change has not hindered development progress.

Kingdom Hearts III is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. A release timeframe has not been announced.

Source: Gematsu

Yokai Watch 2 Gets Another Version in December

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

With Yokai Watch 2 already available for the 3DS in Ganso and Honke versions in Japan, Level-5 revealed that a third version – Shinuchi – is also in the works. This version, priced at 4,968 yen, includes a Buchinyan medal and QR code for Jibakoma with the packaged version, while download copies will include a Masked Nyan. New quests and boss monsters have also been added.

Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi comes out in Japan on December 13. Save data from previous versions will be compatible with Shinuchi.

Source: Gematsu

Hyperdevotion Noire Planned for 2015 NA/EU Release

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Idea Factory International announced they will be bringing Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart to North America and Europe, both digitally and at retail. A spinoff of sorts from the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, Hyperdevotion takes place in a separate world known as Gamarket, where the CPUs of four rival nations fight each other for dominance. This all gets sidelined when an outside force seizes power from the CPUs, forcing them to work together to fight back.

Check out the official website here. Hyperdevotion Noire is planned for a 2015 western launch.

More Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II Details Revealed

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Compile Heart has let loose a few more details about the upcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II. Plotwise, the game covers three stories set in separate dimensions, which were originally planned as separate titles. Neptune and her sister Nepgear initially find themselves stuck in one of these dimensions, and their adventures cause them to cross paths with one Uzume Tennohboshi, known as the Abyss Goddess, along with an apparent adult version of Neptune. The battle system has also been redesigned, with mechanics closer to the traditional style along with certain changes, such as combo structure and positioning.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II will be exclusive to the PS4. A release period is not known at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Tabata Talks Final Fantasy XV, Type-0

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Speaking with Eurogamer, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata got the chance to talk more about the title’s development. Specifically, he apologized for the game’s lengthy development, adding that the game is roughly 55% complete. Character and world design retain Nomura’s input, but the open world gameplay borrows more from western titles; Tabata states the change comes from personal taste rather than direct influence.

More to the point, Tabata seeks to make XV more accessible to a wider audience. “Of course the depth of the game is going to be there,” he says, “but I want to make it so players can easily experience the satisfaction of the depth of the game.” This aim resulted in features like the car’s auto-drive, as well as some streamlining to the more action-oriented combat system.

The topic of Type-0 came up in relation to the XV demo, and Tabata openly stated that popular demand led to the game’s planned worldwide release in March. “With Type 0,” he said, “it was literally the demand from the fans that tipped the scales. The players are very important to us in the development. If I could, I’d love to go and thank each and every person who voiced their opinion, and wanted it to come to the western markets.”

Check out the full interview here.

Kingdom Hearts III Development On Track

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

A recent interview with Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix briefly put the spotlight on Kingdom Hearts III, revealing a few more details about the latter title. In particular, Nomura stated that development on KHIII is proceeding as planned. Visual rendering in the engine has proven somewhat challenging, but writing and world development are currently on track.

Furthermore, Nomura said they’re looking to keep the time between 2.5 and III‘s release as short as possible. Kingdom Hearts Chi‘s scenario is closely tied to Kingdom Hearts III, to the point of the titles being written concurrently. More is planned for the series beyond III, but no further details were given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Legend of Legacy World, Characters, Staff Detailed

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Following the recent announcement of The Legend of Legacy, FuRyu has launched the game’s official website, revealing more information about the game’s world and characters. (more…)

Final Fantasy Explorers Details: Monster Lab, Jobs, Characters

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

The steady drip of Final Fantasy Explorers information continues, with the latest screenshots revealing the following details:

  • A Monster Research Lab is used to create friendly monsters that can join your party. The lab is located in Libertas, and uses Soul Stones taken from defeated monsters. The same stones can be paired with additional materials to increase the companion critter’s level.
  • More jobs have been confirmed: Dark Knight attacks with a slow, but powerful sickle; Geomancer’s Rune Strike ability increases magical potency with each attack landed, though it requires charging up before use; Beastmaster controls monsters and can absorb an enemy’s power when attacked; and Dragoon (naturally) attacks from the sky with a series of jump attacks.
  • More series characters have been revealed, including Terra from VI, Lightning from XIII, and Squall from VIII.

Explorers hits the 3DS in Japan this winter on December 18.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Explorers Gets Demo, Will Include FF1 in First-Run Copies

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy Explorers will have a downloadable demo, available through the 3DS eShop prior to the game’s December 18 launch date; the exact date for the demo was not specified. Furthermore, the company stated that first-print copies of Final Fantasy Explorers will include a product code for the original Final Fantasy, also downloadable through the eShop.

Source: Gematsu

Marvelous Details PoPoLoCrois Farm Story

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Marvelous has revealed more information about PoPoLoCrois Farm Story, a 3DS title that mixes the traditional RPG systems of PoPoLoCrois with Harvest Moon-style farming gameplay. The story centers around Popolocrois Kingdom and series protagonist Pietro, whose birthday party is interrupted by word of an evil beast that threatens the world.

Other characters from the PoPoLoCrois series will make an appearance, including Narcia, White Knight, and the GamiGami Devil. Players will be tasked with farming crops and raising animals along the way, though information about the farming system has not yet been released. A launch window has not been set at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Konami, tri-Ace Collaborating on Smartphone RPG Chronos Ring

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Amidst the Tokyo Game Show, Konami and tri-Ace revealed a smartphone RPG in development, titled Chronos Rings. The game is set for a fall release this year; check out the teaser trailer hereabouts.