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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Square Enix Preparing Unnamed Console RPG Studio

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Since we’re on the subject, Square is also opening a new internal studio to focus specifically on console RPG development. The studio has no name at this time, though a website has been launched (available here) and the company is already seeking several positions for it, including Battle Director, Lead Planner, Lead Programmer, and various design leads.

Source: Gematsu

More Bravely Second Characters Revealed

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

More details about Bravely Second‘s cast have been released, specifically those of the Three Musketeers, the group sworn to protect the Crystal Orthodoxy. Main character Yuu is the group’s leader, also known as the “Falcon of the Gale.” Jean, a veteran soldier and expert swordfighter, is Musketeer #2, called the “Wolf of Blazing Fire.” Third and last is Nikolai, the “Rugged Python”, who serves as the group’s priest.

Bravely Second is planned for a winter launch this year in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest: Heroes, Dragon Quest XI Announced

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix has revealed Dragon Quest: Heroes, an action-RPG entry in the long-running series. Heroes centers around the kingdom of Elsarse, which saw peace between humans and monsters until recently. The kingdom is now under siege, and it falls to Akuto and Meer, the army’s commanding officers, to save the day. A collaboration with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, Dragon Quest: Heroes is planned for a PS3 and PS4 release in Japan sometime next year.

Series creator Yuji Horii also confirmed that the next numbered entry, Dragon Quest XI, is in development. No further details were given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Omega Quintet Pushed Back to October

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Compile Heart announced that Omega Quintet has been delayed from its September 18 release date in Japan. The company stated the game would instead launch on October 2. No details were given regarding the reasons for the delay.

Source: Gematsu

Xenoblade Chronicles X World Map Expanded Several Times Over Original

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

In a recent interview, Monolith Soft president Tetsuya Takahashi revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles X will feature a substantially larger game world. The game’s vehicles, called Dolls, “are five times larger than a person. So to get the same feel as Xenoblade Chronicles, the map would need to be five times bigger.” Takahashi added that X‘s game world is even larger than that.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Age: Inquisition Features 4-Player Co-Op

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

BioWare has let loose a few more tidbits regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s multiplayer mode. The game will feature 4-player co-op, consisting of three campaigns that each randomly generate a large level out of smaller, pre-designed sections. Specifics are few at this time, though BioWare indicated they are aiming for multiplayer matches roughly 20-30 minutes in length.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD 80% Complete

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Amidst the gameplay demonstration at PAX Prime this weekend, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is roughly 80% complete. However, no concrete release period was given at this time.

Source: IGN

Final Fantasy Explorers Details: Multiplayer, Special Edition, and Past Characters

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

As long as we’re talking Square Enix, the company also revealed more information about Final Fantasy Explorers. Of particular note: (more…)

Bravely Second Planned for Winter Japan Release

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix announced that Bravely Second has been set for a Winter release in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to New 3DS

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Nintendo announced they will be bringing Xenoblade Chronicles to the recently announced New 3DS model. Specifically, the title will only run on the New 3DS, as it makes use of the upgraded CPU over previous models. Chronicles will re-launch in Japan sometime next year.

Source: Gematsu

Fantasy Life European Release Date Set, DLC Detailed

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Fantasy Life will hit the 3DS in Europe on September 26, ahead of the October 24 release for North America, Nintendo recently announced. Additionally, the title will feature a downloadable add-on called “Origin Island” at launch day, which adds additional story content, new ranks in Life Classes, more equipment, and new varieties of adoptable pets.

Source: Gematsu

New Trailer Shows Birth by Sleep Worlds for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Square Enix has released another trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, this one showing off some of the worlds featured in Birth by Sleep Final Mix: Castle of Dreams, Deep Space, Olympus Coliseum, and Enchanted Dominion. View the trailer for yourself here.

As a reminder, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix hits the PS3 on December 2 in North America, followed by the European release on December 5.

EA, BioWare Announce Shadow Realms

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Electronic Arts and BioWare have revealed Shadow Realms, an online action RPG with a focus on asymmetric team-based gameplay. The title centers around a conflict between heroes on Earth and a parallel world called Embra, whose Shadow Legions have begun to invade Earth. A team of four players will control the heroes as they square off against a single enemy, also player-controlled, called the Shadowlord, and the game will reportedly have an episodic narrative stringing the various missions together.

The official website has been set up here, and players can register for the closed alpha here.

New Pokemon Project to Be Announced

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

The Pokemon Company interrupts this program to apologize for this interruption. Also, they announced a new Pokemon project is in development, to be formally announced next week on August 26; a livestream of the announcement will be available via Niconico. Naturally, no further details were given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Fantasy Life European Launch Dated for September

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

As long as we’re talking Level-5, Fantasy Life will be hitting European 3DSs starting September 26, Nintendo recently announced. The title will make use of StreetPass by filling the game world with other players as citizens, and will also feature local and online multiplayer.

Source: Gematsu

Yokai Watch Confirmed for Global Release

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino confirmed that Yokai Watch will release outside of Japan. Few specifics have been given at this time, but Hino did state the series will launch in other regions sometime in 2015.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Explorers Set for December Japanese Release

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

This week’s Jump has revealed that Final Fantasy Explorers will launch in Japan on December 18. More jobs were also confirmed, including Time Mage and Ninja; a separate article in Famitsu reported that Paladin and Hunter will be playable as well.

Source: Gematsu

Natural Doctrine and Fairy Fencer F Release Dates Switched

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

NIS America has performed an interesting switcheroo with the release dates of Natural Doctrine and Fairy Fencer F. Natural Doctrine has been pushed back a week to launch for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on September 23 in North America, followed by the European release on the 26th. Conversely, Fairy Fencer F has been advanced by a week, and will now launch on September 16 (NA) and 19 (EU).

Source: Gematsu

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Set for September US Launch; Margaret Added as DLC in Japan

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

As long as we’re talking about Atlus, the company also announced that Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will hit the PS3 and 360 in North America on September 30. Famitsu also revealed that Margaret will be a playable character, though only available as paid downloadable content released after the launch. This DLC has only been confirmed for Japan at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Etrian Odyssey 2 Getting 3DS Remake

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by | Posted in Game News

Atlus has announced that Etrian Odyssey 2 will be getting a 3DS adaptation, titled New Etrian Odyssey 2: Knight of Fafnir. Similar to Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl, Knight of Fafnir will be a partial remake, adding story elements and characters around the central dungeon crawling premise.

New Etrian Odyssey 2 is planned for a winter release this year in Japan.

Source: Gematsu