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After a long time of being hinted, Two Step Verification is now available for  PSN accounts worldwide. You can find it under Settings>PlayStation Network/Account Management>Account Information>Security>2-Step Verification. This is an optional security process that checks verification every time you sign in, via a code to your mobile phone. Considering the attacks on PSN prior, this might be something everyone should look into.

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No GravatarNordic Games has announced that they have rebranded and reincorporated as THQ Nordic. Nordic acquired the majority of the THQ properties after the latter’s bankruptcy and this move gives greater recognition to the company.

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It all started out in Sweden in 2008 as a mini-venture to self-publish such illustrious titles like Dance Party Club Hits, Kart Racer and Truck Racer (just to name a few) on PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii. The following year, we landed We Sing, a million-plus selling karaoke franchise for Nintendo Wii. In 2011, with our first of many acquisitions to come, Nordic Games began its transformation from small scale, two-platform games publisher to a multi-platform, multi-genre global player.

One could say the most defining moment for our company happened in 2013, grabbing headlines like; “Who the FUCK is Nordic Games?”, “Darksiders Gets Bought By…Nordic Games?”, and “Nordic Games explains who the f they are, plans for THQ assets”. Funny enough, back then, this was so true. Until that point, we had been a low profile publisher uttering expletives of our own along the way, and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the international gaming media spotlight. We knew then, with great certainty, that we’d just made the best deal in our company´s history.

Nordic Games By The Numbers:
Since our formation in 2008, we proudly look back on 8 years of continuous growth on all (!) aspects of our business, not just the bottom-line. During that time, 16 individual IPs and franchise acquisitions were concluded, resulting in a catalogue of more than 250 actively sold games, over 60 trademarks, hundreds of web domains and a few patents for hardware and software.

61 game development projects were initiated and have launched, and most importantly, we have created 82 jobs (if you include external development teams this number amounts to 325) and pride ourselves on our very, very, very low staff fluctuation, which basically amounts to zero.

Two development studios were setup – one located in Phoenix, Arizona (let’s hope Donald Trump reads this), the other one in Munich, Germany, and we have managed to grow our group wide team size from 2 in 2008 to 84 team members today.

Introducing THQ Nordic (the KISS part):
Whilst we take great pride in our Swedish roots and accomplished a great deal under the Nordic Games masthead, we decided it was time to incorporate the THQ name. Those key brands will continue to shape our business in a meaningful way going forward, and THQ Nordic represents a core approach of doing much more than “owning” a highly competitive portfolio of IPs. We cherish them, and align them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve. Side note – another upside to this whole rebrand thing is we don’t get asked about the Nordic Game parties at Gamescom anymore – it was the other guys who threw them.

With this rebrand we are entering the next phase in our company’s evolution.

As of now we have 23 game projects in development, 13 thereof have not yet been publicly announced, but are sure to be in the next months. Needless to say, the majority of these projects are based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises.

This is amazing news and we wish the very best to THQ Nordic in their future!

Source: Press Release

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No GravatarKoei Tecmo has released a new gameplay video showing off how Guts will look in the upcoming Berserk Musou. The character looks true to his origins and the game is extremely graphic and bloody. Fans of the series will definitely appreciate the work being done in this video game.

You can check out the video here. Note, it is very bloody and graphic so watch at your own risk.

 

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No GravatarFamitsu has revealed a new playable character for the upcoming Koei Tecmo adaptation of Berserk. Nosferatu Zodd  will be playable and will be voiced by Kenta Miyak. He will be able to change forms during battle and in his Apostle form, he will have wide-reaching, powerful attacks.

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Zero Escape is one of those series that demands attention. A game that shows the ways that visual novels can change gaming, it is one of the most unique series out there. While the series has only managed to have a cult following, the fan base is extremely devoted and it is their support that made this game happen.

The game takes the time hopping from the previous entry and furthers its use in this story. You will jump around in time in a non-linear way but it becomes easy to understand as you go on. The mechanic actually helps tie the story together much better in this game, by allowing you to understand it in greater detail and see it from multiple perspectives.

You will control 3 different teams as you play The Decision Game, and while it seems like your characters are just average Joes, you will find out that there is much more to them. I don’t want to give away story elements, as the story needs to be played to be really understood. Things will get out of hand fast and death does occur. That is safe to say and truly par for the course with the series.

The escape elements are better in this game than in the last one and the puzzle elements are the best in the series. The developers have gone all out and made some of the most difficult puzzles yet to test your mind. There are a diverse range of puzzles throughout the game and while some are utterly bizarre, most end up being clever and fun. This is a thinking person’s series after all.

The game does have a major flaw though. The presentation is off. The voice acting, visuals and audio in general are all sub par when compared to the previous games in the series. It feels like the developers wanted to try something new but did not implement it well.

Do I think you should buy this? Even with the presentation flaws, yes I do. The game is good and surpasses its flaws.

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SNK released the following announcement via the PlayStation Blog

 

We at SNK know how excited fighting game fans are during EVO. To celebrate, together with SIEA Third Party Production, we’re pleased to announce that our next game to hit PlayStation Store will be the legendary Neo Geo classic Garou: Mark of the Wolves on both PS4 and PS Vita — with cross buy support!

This upcoming version, developed with Code Mystics, Inc., will once again have cross play functionality and of course online multiplayer as well.

25th Anniversary of the Fatal Fury Series

Some fans may ask why we’re announcing our latest PlayStation game at this time. When we asked the PlayStation Nation which Neo Geo classic they would like to see most on PSN, there were a huge number of fans who voted for Mark of the Wolves. Additionally, the beloved Fatal Fury series celebrates its 25th anniversary.

For the staff here at SNK, there was little hesitation in this decision.

Gallery Mode and Sound Test Features

Both the PS4 and PS Vita versions will feature an illustrious Gallery Mode, where you’ll be able to unlock many stunning pieces of Mark of the Wolves and Fatal Fury series art through gameplay.

Furthermore, Garou’s original soundtrack will be available to sample in the game menu. We want you to feel the real Garou / Fatal Fury fever along with your memories of the Neo Geo system.

High-quality Netcode

For this title, we at SNK have decided to adopt Code Mystics’ proprietary netcode once again, which was used on our previous Neo Geo classic The Last Blade 2 and received praise from both fans and the press. The team in Vancouver is doing a fantastic job on Garou’s online multiplayer, giving new life to a legendary fighting game classic and ensuring the online gameplay brings SNK fans and series newcomers a great experience similar to the good ol’ days in the arcades.

We’ll be sure to come back with more information on Mark of the Wolves and other upcoming releases from SNK. Please stay tuned for more announcements on PlayStation.Blog!

This is great news. Garou MOTW was a legendary fighting game and fans have been clamoring for a sequel for years. Regarded as one of the greatest games ever made by SNK, this will be a must buy for any Playstation 4 or PlayStation Vita owner.

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No GravatarKoei Tecmo has announced that their upcoming game based on the Manga and Anime series Berserk, will launch this fall in the western markets, which should be reassuring to those worried it would be a long wait.

 

Here is some information from their new website

 

 

Slash and Smash Action!

In this work, the action of cutting through hundreds of enemies, fundamental to the Warriors series, is fused together with the dark and gruesome atmosphere of the world of “Berserk“, making various heretofore unseen acts possible, such as using a giant man-sized sword to cut enemies in half, as well as smash or send them flying with the “Cleaving” and “Smashing” attacks.
Revel in the astounding destructive power capable of cutting through multiple enemies with one blow!

Extensive and Profound Story!

In this game, in addition to the well-known and popular “Golden Age Arc”, you will also be able to join Guts and his newest companions on his journey of revenge through “The Hawk of the Millennium Arc”.
Additionally, the extensive story includes an impressive amount of artwork, including footage from the actual animation movie trilogy and new, original scenes portraying more detailed interactions between the members of the Band of the Hawk and other characters.

Diverse Character Selection!

In addition to the main hero of the story, Guts, you can choose to play as any of a number of characters from all the different parts of the story. Every one of these characters possesses a distinctive set of skills and characteristics to ensure the variety of gameplay is consistent with the world of “Berserk“.

Furthermore, to deepen immersion into the story, the same familiar cast of voice actors from the movie trilogy and the new animation series were invited to take part in this project.

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The Golden Age Arc

This story is set in a time of chaos, in a land where the Midland Kingdom and the Chuder Empire have been locked in a widespread war for over one hundred years.

During one battle, a lone mercenary, Guts, attracts the attention of the mercenaries of the Band of the Hawk, and is ambushed by some of them on the road.

After losing in a duel to the leader of the Hawks, Griffith, Guts is forced to join their band, where he acquires many new comrades, including a woman named Casca, a Unit Commander in the band.

With Guts fighting as the Raiders Captain, the Band of the Hawk continues to come off victorious in all of their battles, and finally earns recognition from the King of Midland himself.

Fighting now under the Midland banner, the Band raids a castle occupied by a legendary swordsman and rumored immortal named Nosferatu Zodd. Zodd defeats both Guts and Griffith, but in the last moment he notices the Crimson Behelit that Griffith wears around his neck, and leaves without killing them.

The Band of the Hawk continues to gain fame on the battlefield, and in the end, using only 5000 men fighting with their backs to the river, manages to capture the impregnable Fortress of Doldrey. This victory brings the end to the war between Midland and Chuder.

Though Guts is praised as a hero, he chooses to leave the Band. He believes that only in doing so will he become worthy of being a friend to Griffith. The shock of Guts’ leaving forces Griffith’s hand, and he spends the night in the Princess’s chambers. As a result, the King of Midland, furious, throws Griffith in the dungeon and gives orders to hunt down the Band of the Hawk as traitors of the state.

A year later, Guts, having learned of the troubles of the Band of the Hawk, rushes back to help the outlawed remnants of the Hawks rescue Griffith. However, they are too late. All the torture had left Griffith in a condition that allows for no hope of recovery. And it is this despair that activates the Crimson Behelit…

To fulfil his own ambition, Griffith chooses to be reborn as “Femto”, one of the Five Angels…

and offers in exchange the lives of his devoted comrades and followers, the lives of the entire Band of the Hawk…

The Band of the Hawk, sacrificed for the sake of Griffith ambition, is slaughtered by the monsters called Apostles, with only two of those present there left alive – Guts who has lost his left arm and right eye, and Casca who suffered a mental breakdown and became as helpless as a child.

In order to avenge his companions, Guts decides to wage a war against all of the Apostles and Griffith. He sets out on a solitary road of revenge, dressed in black armor with a giant sword Dragon Slayer on his back…

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Guts

Guts is a wandering mercenary, who, after being defeated by Griffith, joins the Band of the Hawk. In that band, he earns the status of Captain of the Hawks’ Raiders. After the war ends, he leaves the Band of the Hawk to find his own dream and to become the equal of Griffith.

Griffith

The leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries feared as the Grim Reapers of the Battlefield. He is a young man of striking handsomeness and possesses a charisma that enchants people around him. His dream is to acquire his own kingdom.

You can check out the English website here

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No GravatarKoei Tecmo has released the first real trailer for their upcoming video game adaptation of Berserk. The game looks intense and I am excited for it.  The game is coming to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Check out the trailer below.

 

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No GravatarZeboyd Games has released a new trailer for their upcoming game Cosmic Star Heroine. The game is a throwback to classic 16 bit JRPGs but not a parody the way their other games have been. This game is due out this summer with a price of $14.99. You can see the trailer below.

 

Also check out the interview we did with Zeboyd Games here

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Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Builders will be coming to the west this October for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is a block building RPG where the goal is to rebuild the world, Alefguard, which was destroyed by the Dragonlord.  See below for more details

 

Overview

Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness when the hero fated to slay the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, the ruler of all monsters, was instead tricked into joining him. Through this vile villain’s magical machinations, mankind was scattered to the winds and robbed of the power to build. With even the idea of creativity relegated to mere legend, the people of Alefgard wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive.

But now, a legendary figure arises – a hero chosen by the Goddess herself – who sets out to return the power of creation to the people of Alefgard. Only when the wonder of imagination has been returned to the land will mankind be able to overthrow the evil Dragonlord once and for all!

Features

  • Build a variety of unique tools from materials you gather, and rebuild towns and cities to restore life to the shattered world of Alefgard.
  • An intuitive control system will have you building the towers and castles of your dreams in no time.
  • Play your own way—an immersive Dragon Quest story and world to explore, combined with the freedom of sandbox gameplay, provides a new and exciting, family-friendly experience.
  • Battle with famous monsters from the Dragon Quest series and interact with gorgeously designed 3D characters.

 

Will you be buying the game when it comes out? Are you excited? Let us know and have a look at the trailer below.

 

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