First Two Potential Spouses for Rune Factory 4 Revealed

July 15, 2011 by


We reported on the upcoming 4th main installment in the long-running Rune Factory franchise, and how this time you could have several partners/lovers at once. Now Marvelous Entertainment has revealed two possible candidates to work your magic on. The first one is Margaret, a kind and helpful elven girl that can entertain your dinner guests with beautiful music; and while she has severe acrophobia, she lives at the edge of a cliff. Awesome idea.

Female players will get a chance to get together with Vishnal (at least I think that’s what he’s called; the romanization of his name is bishunaru), a meek and naive boy who’s training hard to become a court official after he left home because of an argument he had with his parents. Yeah, I’m…not even gonna say anything about that one.

Hit the jump to take a look at these first two potential spouses.

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Output Output – Jared’s Hard News

July 14, 2011 by


Jared from ScrewAttack joins us this week to discuss the future of Hard News, Shock Rock Journalism, Kotaku, Jim Sterling, and the good video game movies that are on the way. By the way, if you like our background music, it’s FantomenK who you can check out HERE and of course be sure to check out Jared on Hard News every day on

Have a question about ANYTHING that you want to see answered? Make sure you’re posting it HERE.

Also, you can click HERE to download it, get it on ITUNES, or hit the jump to listen in your browser.


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Ubisoft adopts the online pass system with Uplay Passport.

July 14, 2011 by


Ubisoft seems intent on joining the ranks of the Online Pass club alongside current inductees like EA, THQ, Codemasters, WB and Sony.  Ubisofts own pass will be named the Uplay Passport and its first implementation will be in the upcoming Driver: San Francisco.  As with all online passes new copies of the game will come with an unlock code for the multiplayer component.  People who buy the game second-hand will need to buy an online pass for the game on XBLA or PSN.  No word yet on whether or not this will be in all future Ubisoft titles but considering the trend it seems likely to be the case.

This is the sort of thing that really annoys me about the games industry. I don’t comprehend how publishers think punishing the consumer for buying a used game is a good idea when chances are it is more likely to turn them off of your brand. The way things are going I wouldn’t be surprised if they start fully implementing DRM in console releases in the next generation.

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Capcom Contest Suggests Devil May Cry HD Announcement

July 14, 2011 by


Whether you love or hate the new Dante, there’s a hopeful future in store for fans of Devil May Cry. A new contest on Capcom Unity suggests that the rumored Devil May Cry HD Collection for the series 10th anniversary could be announced as early as Comic-Con.

The contest is rounding up fans to create their best piece of DMC art and submit it to the site and the winners chosen will win a copy of a “to be announced Capcom game” upon release. At Comic-Con, Capcom has a new title that will be announced and it’s shaping up that it may be the HD Collection fans have been wanting since this HD remaster trend started. The general idea is that with Ninja Theory’s DmC on the way, anything related to Devil May Cry would have to be an anniversary collection. Chances to enter the contest end on July 29th.

The Devil May Cry games are something I wouldn’t mind playing through again in HD, especially if it was more of an anniversary collection than just a disc with HD ports. Regardless, time will tell whether this is the case or not. Devil May Cry celebrates a decade of gaming on October 17.

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Ms. Splosion Man to get free DLC and Soundtrack.

July 13, 2011 by


Ms. Splosion Man may have just hit XBLA today but Twisted Pixel isn’t done with the game just yet as they have revealed that they will be supporting the title with free weekly DLC challenge maps. These challenge maps will feature weekly leaderboards and marketing director Jay Stuckwisch also promised prizes to be given out “from time to time” to the top players of the week.

Ms. Splosion Man’s official site also launched today and the game’s soundtrack will be available for download free of charge soon.

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Final Fantasy Versus XIII Still Just a Fantasy

July 13, 2011 by

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If there’s one game that many Final Fantasy fans are looking forward to it’s Final Fantasy Versus XIII. While it doesn’t have a mainstream following right now, many followers of the franchise are more excited for Versus than XIII, XIII-2, and Type-0 combined.

The five year wait has been long with very little about the game known. Well, the wait is about to get longer according to a Famitsu interview with Tetsuya Nomura in which he states that the game is preparing to enter full development and that they are focused on getting XIII-2 and Type-0 out first. According to the story he didn’t say much else other than that they were removing in-game cutscenes that the play can’t control and keeping the series time-honored pre-rendered scenes and realtime event sequences to structure the story.

Game development is my hobby so I know that when they say it’s entering full development, that means it’s shifting into their main focus because the top staff work on all Fabula Nova Crystallis games and some have priority over others. I wouldn’t expect much at this year’s Tokyo Game Show but none of this means it couldn’t see a release by the end of 2012.

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3DS eShop update adds Netflix Support

July 13, 2011 by


Tomorrow the 3DS joins the ranks of portable devices that are capable of accessing Netflix. The news was revealed via an e-mail sent out by Nintendo earlier today.  In addition to the free Netflix app the eShop update will also include Extreme Hangman 2, Afterzoom, Baseball, Puzzle Fever, Just Sing 80′s Collection, and Game & Watch Gallery.

Normally I would be excited at the idea of having a portable Netflix device but seeing as how I recently got an iPod touch this doesn’t do much for me, however; if they ever get 3D movies on the service I will definitely  be checking it out.


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Konami Releases Lords of Shadow Beta Footage feat. Simon Belmont

July 13, 2011 by


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a worthy entry in the long-running Castlevania franchise and definitely the best 3D Castlevania to date. Now Konami released some official concept footage of the game, featuring none other than Simon Belmont, the original NES vampire hunter. While I actually liked Gabriel quite a lot, I wonder how the game would have turned out with Simon as the main man. Check out the video after the jump.

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Metal Sonic Announced as Rival in Sonic Generations

July 13, 2011 by


A couple of minutes ago, Sega announced via Twitter that Metal Sonic will be one of the rivals in Sonic Generations. That’s…pretty much the whole story. So…how’s the weather?

Hit the jump to take a look at one of Sonic’s most iconic enemies.

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Why Origin doesn’t work, and what EA won’t be doing to fix it.

July 12, 2011 by


Regardless of what EA decides to tell the public about their Origin service, we all know that it’s out there to compete with one program. Steam. Steam, for those of you who have never touched a PC, allows gamers to purchase games and download them on the same service, allows a gamer to get achievements, chat in-game or out of game, launch all games on their computer compatible or not, and much more. It’s probably one of the most popular PC platforms that can be download, free of charge to the player.

To compete with this, EA has now come up with Origin. Origin is a service painfully similar to steam which allows you to download many of their newer and popular titles, chat with friends, and claims you can import contacts from Xbox Live or PSN. However when trying to find friends on Xbox Live the following, buggy notice pops up. “Sorry, we couldn’t find any of your friends that also user Origin.” Well there’s a reason for that. It’s because it’s crap.

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