All posts tagged: Bandai Namco Games

Female Protagonist Revealed For Digimon World -Next 0rder-

Yes, back when the Digimon line of virtual pets were first released they were marketed towards young boys, but it’s now 2015 and a lot has changed between then and now. Not too long ago, Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed their next Digimon video game title, Digimon World -Next 0rder-, for the PlayStation Vita and since it’s reveal we really havn’t gotten much in terms of extensive information. Yeah, Bandai Namco Entertainment released a teaser trailer and some fairly uninteresting screenshots, but that’s about it…until now. The latest issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine features a nice spread revolving around the new game that has introduced audiences to it’s Female protagonist; a young girl named Shiki. Like a lot contemporary additions to game series’ of this type (Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch, Etc.), Digimon World -Next 0rder- will too allow you to choose between a Male and Female protagonist, both of which are looking damn funky! Also revealed in the magazine is another character from the upcoming game who you’re NOT in control of. Kota Hirose is another young …

Hands-On With One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 At SMASH! 2015

Bandai Namco Entertainment has a fairly sizeable presence at most, if not all, good pop culture conventions, and that includes Sydney’s very own SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show). The convention plays host to an abundance of great upcoming additions to Japanese pop culture and there’s nothing more loved in Japanese pop culture than that of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece; a series that has been running since 1997 and still continues to run in the modern age of Anime and Manga. Bandai Namco Entertainment, this year, had somewhat of a smaller booth, but it was constantly filled to the brim with people wanting to get even the slightest glimpse of a couple of the publisher’s upcoming games, one of them being One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, which I was lucky enough to get a chance to experience first-hand. What’s there to say about One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 that hasn’t already been said about the first two games? Honestly…nothing, but I think I’ve come to realise that it’s not really a bad thing. The way I …

Pokken Tournament Will Be Coming To A Dave & Busters Near You

Australia is a wonderful country, but it’s not a country that features establishments like Dave & Busters wherein which an individual can sit down for a meal, turn around and play some of the latest arcade machines to be released. Places like that simply don’t exist down under, and it burns me up inside! You North Americans consider yourselves lucky, not just because you have access to restaurant/arcade hybrids like Dave & Busters but because the upcoming fighting title Pokken Tournament is set to be tested in the USA through Dave & Busters locations across the country. Kevin Bachus, the Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Game Strategy for Dave & Busters, recently held his very own Reddit AMA wherein which he was questioned about the localisation of this arcade title. Replying with confidence, Bachus detailed the relationship between the restaurant chain and Bandai Namco America saying that they’re more excited about the North American release of Pokken Tournament than they are of the new Tekken. The exact locations of these test machines has yet …

The King Of Monsters Is Back – Godzilla Now Available

Gone but never lost, Godzilla returns once again as the king of monsters we all known him to be! Bandai Namco Entertainment are incredibly pleased to announce that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 action title Godzilla has now been made available for digital download across Australia and New Zealand! This new game brings to life the destructive power of the world’s most powerful Kaiju in ways we’ve never seen before. While old-school Kaiju films and terrible Hollywood remakes show what a powerful creature like Godzilla would do in real life, this new game allows you to take control of the reptilian God and his monstrous opponents so that you’ll be able to feel what it is like to be your very own Kaiju! Developed by Japanese videogame studio NATSUME ATARI INC., GODZILLA gives players control of one of the most famous and destructive Kaiju (special effects monsters) in entertainment history. As Godzilla, players will have the power to trample and lay waste to cities. Players will also have to collect G-Energy which can be used …

New PlayStation Vita Title Digimon World: Next Order Just Announced

No! No! This just isn’t fair! It seems like every single time the West gets even a little closer to Japan…they engage rocket boosters and speed off into the distance. Since the announcement of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Western fans of the franchise have longed to get their hands on it. Finally, a Digimon game for the older fan! Bandai Namco Entertainment throws us a bone and announces that the game will indeed be coming to the West on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, albeit next year some time. Not a month after that, we’re hearing word of a brand-new Digimon game that’s in development; one called Digimon World: Next Order. The latest issue of Japan’s V-Jump magazine featured a two page spread regarding the new title yet, despite that, not a great deal of information on the game’s story or setting was revealed. What we know of the game is that it will centre around a young Digimon fanatic who’s two partners are Agumon and Gabumon, possibly meaning that the appearance of …

J-Stars Victory Vs+ – PlayStation 4 Review

Have you ever thought about the ramifications of Goku’s Kamehameha going up against Yusuke Urameshi’s Spirit Gun? When two unstoppable forces collide, the destruction caused by it is immense. Now think, what if a powerhouse like Naruto Uzumaki went head-to-head with a speed demon like Ichigo Kurosaki. Which would win; Uzumaki’s Rasengan of Kurosaki’s Getsuga Tensho? Disregarding the millions of dollars worth of collateral damage, who would come out on top? Questions like this are constantly thrown across tables of like-minded pop culture fans all discussing their favorite characters from their favorite pieces of media, each with their own theories regarding who would best who in combat. Usually those questions can never be answer, but it is with the release of crossover fighting titles like J-Stars Victory Vs+ that it all becomes just a little bit clearer. Not since the Japan-only Nintendo DS title Jump Ultimate Stars have we seen this many Shonen Jump heroes and villains come together to throw down in the combined arena. Ever since it was announced for a Japanese release, Western …

Digi-Prayers Answered – Bandai Namco Announces Western Release Of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

I woke up in a pretty good mood today but it has now been multiplied by a million thanks to some news straight from Bandai Namco Entertainment’s RPG panel at Anime Expo 2015 regarding the Western localisation of a Digimon video game that fans have been waiting for ever since they first dreamed of a more mature piece of Digital Monsters media. The game is called Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, and it revolves around a young man or women, depending on your choice, who must travel between the real world and the Digital World in order to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious virus that’s spreading from human to human causing sickness and death. Of course, there to help are a whole bunch of Digimon who you’ll have to befriend, raise, train, and evolve in order to restore balance and retain peace in both worlds. Canada’s Amazon portal recently listed this Adventure/RPG as a PlayStation 4 title and fans finally found a shred of hope. Now, thanks to Bandai Namco Entertainment’s panel, we’ve been given something solid …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Lisa Lisa And Pet Shop Announced As Playable Characters

The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has just been released over in Japan revealing two more characters set to appear in the next JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting title; Eyes Of Heaven. The upcoming video game, which is a spiritual successor to the PlayStation 3’s All-Star Battle, will bring JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure-style action to the PlayStation 4 for the very first time and as a means to win over a new generation of audience members there will be a great deal of additions to both the gameplay mechanics and character roster. Though connected in absolutely no way, the two latest playable characters to be revealed are Battle Tendency’s Lisa Lisa and Stardust Crusaders’ Pet Shop. One is the mysterious mother of Joseph Joestar, a master of the Ripple and possibly the single greatest female character in the entire series, whereas the other is an intelligent falcon in possession of a ferocious Stand. Like I said…not related in any way. Not much has been said regarding the move set of these two. As far as …

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden – European 3DS Bundle Announced

We Europeans are a lucky bunch! Sure, I live in Australia and it’s not technically Europe but we tend to get a lot of the same things as the great continent so when I see video game news pertaining to it I automatically include us Aussies! Bandai Namco Entertainment’s European branch have today revealed a fantastic Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden bundle for Europe that’ll send you Euro Dragon Ball Z fanatics up the proverbial wall. What’s better than the release of an Arc System Works-made Dragon Ball Z title that throws back to older video games yet still has enough meat on it’s bones to keep you playing for hours on end? How about a version that also happens to come with it’s very own Dragon Ball Z-theme Nintendo 3DS? Yeah, that’s much better! Actually, you may have to flip that around: Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced a special edition DBZ-themed Nintendo 3DS that is set to be released on the 16th of October; the same day as the game’s solo release. This …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Bandai Namco Europe Reveals Collector’s Edition

No other publishers do special edition releases the way Bandai Namco Entertainment does special edition releases. So you’re excited for their upcoming fighting title Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, huh? Good! Prepare to be even more excited though because Bandai Namco’s European branch just revealed that they will be releasing a special collector’s edition for the new Naruto game that will blow you away. Big time! We know you would’ve just been happy with the game itself, it’s super exciting just to get a new Naruto game, but Bandai Namco Entertainment always go above and beyond with their releases so now you’ve got the option to purchase this collector’s edition. I’m sorry…what does it come with, you ask? Well allow me to explain: Alongside a beautiful collector’s box and steel case which happens to feature eternal rivals Naruto and Sasuke, the collector’s edition comes with an illustration of the lady’s man himself (Sasuke Uchiha), an artbook showcasing illustrations and design works from each of the past Ultimate Ninja Storm titles, and a 17cm figurine …

Seraph Of The End: The Origin Of Fate PlayStation Vita RPG Announced

Maybe you’re similar to me and were left with a bad taste in your mouth courtesy of the Seraph Of The End’s Anime season finale, or maybe you’re a die-hard fan of both the Manga as well as it’s Anime adaptation who is writing me a death threat letter as you’re reading this. Either way, chances are you’re at least slightly interested in a recent announcement by Bandai Namco Entertainment pertaining to the hit series and it’s upcoming PlayStation Vita video game. Announced through the latest issue of Jump SQ magazine over in Japan, Seraph Of The End: The Origin Of Fate is a mostly mysterious tactical role-playing game that will put you in the shoes of the series’ main character cast. As supernatural soldiers, your task will be to eliminate the scourge of Vampire’s who’ve called a majority of the known world their home and sent the human race into an Attack On Titan-esque way of defensive living; mostly behind big walls guarded by heavily-armed military men and women. Apart from the game being …

Boruto And Sarada Revealed As Characters For Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

You can’t get enough of Naruto can you? Nah, I didn’t think so. It’s fine, it’s fine, the world can’t get enough of Naruto so you’re very much in the majority here. The latest issue of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump has been released today and some fantastic world citizens have don’t the rest of us a solid by tearing out some pages from the new magazine, scanning them, and then putting them on the internet for the rest of us to see. These new scans reveal some awesome things about the upcoming Bandai Namco fighting title Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 that’ll have fans of the series the world over going absolutely bonkers in excitement. Three brand-new characters have been added to the mix with this week’s announcement. Two of them you already know thanks to the strategically worded article title that I came up with but the other, well…she’s one of the most powerful Naruto enemies our heroes have ever had to face. The originator of Chakra; Kaguya Otsutsuki has been revealed as …

Could Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Really Be Coming To The West?

The 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo is now more or less over for the year. Fans were rocked by some incredible announcements and left unimpressed by others; much like the expo from last year, the year before, and every other one prior to that. It’s simply how these things go. Bandai Namco Games really brought their A-Game this year by announcing Dark Souls 3, alongside some other big titles, but one of the video games fans were hoping to hear about was simply not mentioned at all. That game is the PlayStation Vita’s own Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth; a Digimon video game made for the generation that grew alongside the franchise from conception to current times. This RPG title has been in the hearts and minds of the fans ever since it was announced and it will continue to stay that way until it is firmly in our hands. Well although it wasn’t spoken about at E3, it seems as though Amazon Canada want people in a bit of a fact-finding frenzy seeing as they’ve listed …

Keep Friends Close And Enemies Closer – Lost Dimension Hits Australia/New Zealand In August

In Francis Ford Coppola’s film sequel The Godfather: Part II, Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone speaks the all so true words “keep your friends close and your enemies closer“. This saying has been passed down throughout recent history as something of a mystical saying, often being attributed to military strategist Sun Tzu who you may know wrote the book The Art Of War. This…is not true. It is simply a line from the movie The Godfather and although it is only this, it does indeed have some worldly truth. In the upcoming tactical RPG Lost Dimension players will fill the shoes of a psychic working within a sub-government agency called S.H.E.I.L.D whose only goal is Earthly defence from enemies of immeasurable power. Too bad one of your very own teammates is a traitor, too bad you don’t know which one. The upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita title developed by Lancarse and published by NIS America, is one of the more exciting video games of this year thanks to its interesting gameplay that, mixes both action, RPG and …

J-Stars Victory Vs+ – Toriko, And Reborn! Vs Rurouni Kenshin English Trailers Released

There’s nothing that can revitalise a love for something more than a well put-together video game trailer. Bandai Namco Games has today released two more English trailers for their upcoming crossover fighting title J-Stars Victroy Vs+, both of which make me want to sit down and engulf myself in what both modern day and past Shonen Jump has to offer. The first trailer features Toriko’s titular character facing up against his eternal rival Zebra in what is described as not only a quest for the perfect food but for the perfect battle. The second trailer spans across two series’; Reborn! and Rurouni Kenshin, both of which feature young protagonists who fight only for the sake of peace, but will battle each other because, well…J-Stars Victory Vs+ really has no rules! Fight to your heart’s content! These trailers look so great, they’ve made me want to go back and re-watch Reborn!, they’ve made me want to start reading Toriko, they’ve made me want to experience Rurouni Kenshin like many people before me already have. THAT’S the power …

Za Furu! – Iggy Returns In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven

The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has been released and with it always comes some juicy news about the young man’s genre and the series’ that call it home. This time around, Bandai Namco Games have revealed (through the magazine of course) four more characters set to appear in the upcoming fighting title based on the long-running and highly popular JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series; Eyes Of Heaven. This new title will bring back what we all enjoyed about Bandai Namco’s previous JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting title All-Star Battle but will also feature some huge updates to both gameplay mechanics and character roster. As mentioned in the article title; Iggy the Boston Terrier will return as a playable fighter in the new game as well as Dio Brando from the Phantom Blood arc of the series. The two characters NOT seen in the previous game who will be joining the cast this time around are Joseph Joestar and N’Doul, both from the Stardust Crusaders arc of the series. Dio, much like the last game, will …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – First Look At Obito Uchiha 

Be honest; how well do you know Obito Uchiha? My guess is…not that well, which is fine because nobody knows him all that well. It’s kind of part of his charm as a bad guy. The problem with mystery is that, for the quizzical types like you and I, not knowing something about a character can be like a living hell! A week or so ago when Bandai Namco Games revealed that a gruesome Obito Uchiha fused with the plant man Zetsu would appear as a playable character in the upcoming fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. I found myself somewhat excited but also somewhat confused: What the hell will this guy be like to use? Will he fight like an Uchiha? Will he fight like a plant…man? I have no idea! Bandai Namco Games have today released a handful of screenshots alongside a nice character model of the new fighter that dont necessarily divulge any real information but they do show us what he’s going to be like in the game, which …

Obito Uchiha Revealed As Playable Character For Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

With any new fighting video game release comes some brand-new combatants to choose and throw down with. It’s exponentially more exciting when the fighting game series in question has been going on for many years and is based off of a series that has more unique characters than I’ve had hot meals. I bought my very first console with my own money thanks to the original Naruto Ultimate Ninja which had me captivated at first glance and despite my dislike for what Naruto has become I still find myself getting excited for every new release of the series so, as you can imagine, talk of Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 still gets me just as excited as it always has. Bandai Namco Games have been slowly but surely unveiling some of the upcoming game’s new characters and combat systems, and thanks to the latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump it has been revealed that Obito Uchiha will indeed feature as a playable character. We’ve seen him in the past as Tobi and even further in …

First Trailer Released For World Trigger: Borderless Mission

A while back, Bandai Namco Games revealed to the pop culture world that a PlayStation Vita game based on the semi-popular Shonen Jump Manga World Trigger was currently in production. Now, months later, with no more information than that revealed up until this point, Bandai Namco Games have released the very first trailer for the upcoming semi-open world action game which, seeing as how little information was previously revealed, can be also seen as something of a reveal trailer. The PlayStation Vita title will closely follow the story of the series, both Anime and Manga, and will have you controlling some of it’s more predominant characters. Judging only by the trailer, it seems as though a few different character types will be usable; from Snipers to Swordsmen. Though looking a little unpolished, I have to say I’m very much excited for the release of this game despite there being no word on whether it’s set for a Western localisation. Actually, at this point in time we don’t even know when it’s hitting Japan. Well…we know it’s …

Check Out What’s Changed In The New JJBA: Eyes Of Heaven Fighting Game

Please tell me you havn’t forgotten about Bandai Namco Games’ upcoming fighting title JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven?! You couldn’t have! Not yet! I know it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the game but that doesn’t mean we can just forget it! Bandai Namco Games, the past Wednesday, released a brand-new gameplay trailer for the upcoming game that spotlights some of the new changes that have been made in recent development months. These changes have come about thanks to a demo that they released a few months ago. Those who got their hands on a copy took the initiative and detailed to Bandai Namco just what it was they thought the game was lacking and how they thought the company could fix it. Being the kind developers and publishers they are, Bandai Namco Games took all of that into account and started fixing the game according to the words of the fans. The new trailer that’s just been released shows off all of these changes and allows for us all to …

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Release Date Accidentally leaked By Microsoft

Oh I absolutely love when things like this happen. True or false, fact or fiction, real or otherwise, I simply love when a big company like Microsoft fumbles just a little bit and releases certain pieces of information early. It’s happened once again; this time the upcoming Bandai Namco Games title Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has gotten it’s release date leaked early by Microsoft who have made the game available to pre-order online. Hitting up the Microsoft Store and going for a bit of a wander trying to find the game will eventually bring you to a page that’ll tell you all the usual stuff; price, console, rating and, event though it hasn’t been officially announced…the release date. Yes indeed, it seems as though the Microsoft Store has provided the pop culture world with a little too much information, and it comes in the form of an unofficial release date. I say unofficial because, well, in this day and age it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. Because of how simply a …

New Character Gigas Added To The Tekken 7 Cast

As with any new fighting video game release comes the addition of some brand-new characters. Tekken 7, the latest in the long-running series, has recently been released around Japanese arcades and the new characters that are coming out of it seem to only be causing a great deal of controversy. It’s not that there are any bad things about these characters, it’s just that fans of the series cannot get a grasp on exactly why they belong in the series. I don’t see the issue with these new characters but I believe I’m one of the minority when it comes to this. The latest character to be revealed for the new gaming is a hulking red being called Gigas that, well…I don’t really know what it is. I don’t think anyone knows what it is. I’m not sure we should ever know what the hell this thing is. What I DO know is that it’s damn scary looking and that I wouldn’t want to go up against it in battle. Bandai Namco Games revealed this …

J-Stars Victory Vs+ – One Piece and Saint Seiya Trailers Released

J-Stars Victroy Vs+ is only two months away from getting released down here in the West! Can you believe that? I only ask because, to be honest…I don’t think even I can! When I first heard about this game I was sure it wasn’t going to hit local shores. I was so, so sure of myself! I said to fellow writers Kane Bugeja and Luke Halliday; “there’s no way we’ll see a Western release of this game” and I’ve never felt so good about being so wrong! Are you a fan of One Piece? How about Saint Seiya? Both, you say? Well that’s absolutely fantastic because today bandai Namco Games have released two new trailers for the upcoming game that show off two of Shonen Jump’s most popular series’. As the days roll by and the game gets closer, Bandai Namco games will continue to release more and more trailers which will hopefully prove to everyone watching that this game will be the absolute one to beat. Enough talk out of me! You just want …

Bandai Namco Reveals Contents Of Dragon Ball: XenoVerse DLC Pack Three

We live in the age of download content. This is what being a gamer in modern times is like; we purchase a video game for full price then, over time, the developers continue working on it to then release DLC pack after DLC pack until you’ve spend just about as much money on digital content as you did on the game itself. Some companies really go above and beyond when it comes to add-on content, were looking at you Capcom, and others like Bandai Namco Games do only what is necessary. When it comes to the third DLC pack of Bandai Namco’s latest Dragon Ball Z title XenoVerse, it is the release of a new movie titled Resurrection F that justifies this new addition to an already very much content populated game. Much like the previous two DLC pack, the third will feature some new playable characters, stages, missions and Masters but unlike the previous two…this one also features blue-haired Saiyans. Super Saiyan God SS Goku, Super Saiyan God SS Vegeta, Golden Frieza and Jaco …

First Batch Of Screenshots Released For Project X Zone 2

People love crossover titles. This is something I’ve always believed. The fact that Project X Zone is getting a sequel is just another sign that my belief is one that is more concrete than many others. There’s no one on the face of the Earth that doesn’t enjoy a bit of cross series, cross platform, cross generation battling, and anyone that days they don’t like that is a damn liar! Excuse my little rant, I get very passionate when it comes to games like this. Monolith Soft, the company behind the development of the game, have today released the very first batch of screenshots from the upcoming crossover sequel. Looking similar to the original game but sporting some nice new differences, Project X Zone 2: Brave New World looks like it’s going to feature a bunch of new characters from video games not featured at all in the first game. The most noticeable is Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima from Sega’s Yakuza series. Alongside the new characters there are some old favorites like Megaman X, …

Bandai Namco’s “Godzilla” – The Battle Heats Up Trailer Released

I’m sure, if you’re anything like me, the 2014 Godzilla film left you with one monster of a bad taste in your mouth. What we thought was going to be two hours of Heisenberg riding a giant lizard turned out to be crushed expectations and a lacklustre leading man. Thankfully all that is over now and the world is slowly but surely moving on from one of history’s biggest tragedies…I’m talking about the movie. Bandai Namco Games announced a while back that Godzilla will be returning to the world of video games with it’s new title for the PlayStation 3 and 4, appropriately named “Godzilla”. Up until now we only really knew that the game was getting a release but we didn’t know when we could expect it. Bandai Namco Games, alongside releasing a brand-new trailer for the game, revealed that it will be hitting shelves across Europe, Australia and New Zealand on the 17th of July this year. Yes, you read that correctly! In a little under a month we’ll be given the opportunity …

New Trailers Released For Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Pirate Warriors 3 and J-Stars Victory Vs+

Bandai Namco Games have done something a little crazy today; they’ve gone ahead and released a whole bunch of information and assets regarding a few of their top upcoming titles all at once which, for people like me who’s job it is to report on this news, has me in a bit of a frantic state. Somewhat because I have to write up this news and somewhat because I’m very much excited about the new trailers that have just been released. While I could’ve done three seperate articles for these new videos, I decided against it because, well, they all actually have something in common that isn’t just that they’re Bandai Namco titles. Fans of Shonen Jump Anime and Manga wills urely be fans of the video game titles that Bandai Namco Games release because, in case you have no idea, a lot of their games are indeed based on Anime or Manga, especially that of Shonen Jump. Series’ like Naruto, Bleach, Saint Seiya, they all have their games published by Namco Bandai. About a …

Bandai Namco Games Announces “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Doflamingo Edition”

Both Bandai Namco’s “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 1” and “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2” were huge successes the world over. There are many people, some who aren’t even fans of Anime as a whole, that absolutely adore the adventures of Luffy and crew as they sail around the world of “One Piece” finding new enemies to defeat and new citizens to save. This is why the “One Piece” range of video games does so well! Bandai Namco knows this and because of just how well-received their games are, they always like to give their fans just a little bit more to enjoy with the release of a new title. You know that “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3” is on the verge of being released but what you may not know is that Bandai Namco Games Australia have just announced both a special edition of the upcoming game as well as some pre-order bonuses one can nab just for getting in early. This special video game package is titled the “Doflamingo Edition” and, while obviously coming …

Snap Play: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – Episode 02

Follow the team at SnapThirty as they tackle “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution” for the PlayStation 3 one more time! On this episode Frank (@FrankInglese) and Kane (@KaneBugeja) are joined by fellow SnapThirty writers Luke Halliday (@LAHalliday) and Jahanzeb Khan (@JahanKingKhan) to wreak havoc in the world of the rambunctious orange Ninja “Naruto”. Huge thanks to Bandai Namco Games who provided us with the review copy we used to record this video. -30-

Snap Play: Dragon Ball XenoVerse – Episode 03

Solo Round! Frank (@FrankInglese) is back for another episode of Snap Play: Dragon Ball XenoVerse! Unfortunately this time he’s on his own; Kane (@KaneBugeja) has gone off into the mountains to train with his mysterious mentor Mr. Ficklepo and has left Franky on his own to record another episode. That’s fine though! Frank’s inner warrior has pushed him forward and he’s attacked episode two of the “Let’s Play-style” series with all his might! Follow Frank as he takes on the altered history of “Dragon Ball XenoVerse” with the focus in this episode being on the battle between the two invading Saiyans and the Z Fighters battling for the sake of Earth. Watch all our “Dragon Ball XenoVerse” videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvZh1IuA_h7ymvXXo3usZAhf3_yprCuJ3 Huge thanks to Bandai Namco Games who provided us with the review copy we used to record this video. -30-

Snap Play: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – Episode 01

Dattebayo! Frank (@FrankInglese) and Kane (@KaneBugeja) jump back only slightly into the past to, once again, try their hand at the latest “Naruto” fighting video game “Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution” or “UNSR”, for short. The boys discover that twenty five minutes is the perfect length for a YouTube gameplay video and decide that, no matter what, they intend to end at that point…no matter what they’re in the middle of. Follow the duo, once again, as they try proving themselves the Ninjas they’ve always believed they were…too bad they just aren’t that good. Huge thanks to Bandai Namco Games who provided us with the review copy we used to record this video. -30-

Snap Play: Dragon Ball XenoVerse – Episode 02

Solo Round! Frank (@FrankInglese) is back for another episode of Snap Play: Dragon Ball XenoVerse! Unfortunately this time he’s on his own; Kane (@KaneBugeja) has gone off into the mountains to train with his mysterious mentor Mr. Ficklepo and has left Franky on his own to record another episode. That’s fine though! Frank’s inner warrior has pushed him forward and he’s attacked episode two of the “Let’s Play-style” series with all his might! Follow Frank as he takes on the altered history of “Dragon Ball XenoVerse” with the focus in this episode being on the prologue harrowing story and the arrival of the evil Saiyan Raditz. Watch all our “Dragon Ball XenoVerse” videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvZh1IuA_h7ymvXXo3usZAhf3_yprCuJ3 Huge thanks to Bandai Namco Games who provided us with the review copy we used to record this video. Support them where you can. -30-

Snap Play: Dragon Ball XenoVerse – Episode 01

The entire history of Dragon Ball Z is in some serious trouble: The enemies are getting stronger, the heroes are getting weaker and everything isn’t happening the way to is supposed to. That’s alright though because the universe has YOU…the player! Earthling? Namekian? Whatever they call Frieza’s race? It doesn’t mater! You’ve got the power of time on your side and now it’s up to you to save history from being permanently re-written; thus is the story of Dragon Ball XenoVerse! Now what happens when a couple of idiots are tasked with saving the world? Chances are…existence will be utterly obliterated. It’ll be fun to watch though! Follow Frank (@FrankInglese) and Kane (@KaneBugeja) as they talk Dragon Ball Z while playing the latest in the series of fighting games; Dragon Ball XenoVerse. It’s silly, it’s crazy, it’s a whole lot of Dragon Ball-related fun! Watch all our “Dragon Ball XenoVerse” videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvZh1IuA_h7ymvXXo3usZAhf3_yprCuJ3 Huge thanks to Bandai Namco Games who provided us with the review copy we used to record this video.  -30-

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse – Now Available Across North America, Australia and New Zealand

Yes! Yes! Yes! The TIME has finally come for fans of the long-running Anime and Manga series “Dragon Ball Z” to finally get their hands on the latest and greatest fighting video game from Bandai Namco Games “Dragon Ball: Xenoverse”. This new game has been a long time coming and has even gone through a release delay but that’s all in the past now because it’s finally here for us all to enjoy! Step into the boots of a Time Patrolman tasked with going back through the entire fictional history of the “Dragon Ball” series, stopping all that has gone wrong and changing the present all for the sake of a wonderful, brighter future. Look, I know, all you want to do right now is go out there and enjoy the game…so go! Now you know it’s out and now you can play it for hours on end! Hey, why not join your Time Patrol friends and take on some missions together? Maybe you can even become the protégé to one of the Z Fighters and learn …

Dragon Ball Xenoverse – Full Power Trailer Released

Surely by now you know that Bandai Namco Games’ upcoming fighting title “Dragon Ball Xenoverse” is so close to being released, but do you really think you’re ready for it? Bandai Namco says; regardless if you are or are not, they want you to be as prepared as possible for what is looking to be the best “Dragon Ball” video game to date. With a whole new storyline written specifically for the game, some incredible visuals developed for next generation consoles, and a cast of fan favorites making a return, it’s hard to look past “Xenoverse”. Chances are, if you’re an Anime fan, you WILL be getting this game, BUT there are still some of you out there who aren’t quite convinced. Well that’s about to change thanks to the newest trailer that has just been released because, at a whopping six minutes long, it will show you everything you can expect to experience in the game, and if that doesn’t win you over then I just don’t know what will. Getting a release on the 27th …

Like Father, Like Son – Tekken 7’s Opening Cinematic Revealed

It is the video game series’ like “Tekken” that don’t really need a lot of this post-release promotion simply because, over the years, it has proven to countless fans the world over that when it comes to fighting games the team behind the much loved arcade fighter know exactly what it is they’re doing. If Bandai Namco Games really wanted to, they could scrap publicity for the game entirely and still be assured that all if not most of the existing fans of the series WILL purchase the new release. Them alongside a whole bunch of new fans that will always jump onboard at the site of a new game. That’s why it’s all the more sweeter when the world is delivered something like this; the opening cinematic for the upcoming game. While it doesn’t actually give us anymore information on the innards of the game itself, it does do well to raise hype and pump us up for one hell of a good game. The “Tekken 7” opening movie also happens to feature a …

Hands-On With “Dragon Ball: Xenoverse”

The “Dragon Ball” series of video games, in my opinion, has not been a very awe-inspiring one. Throughout the years, fans of the series were time and time again delivered new “Dragon Ball” games that, while not too terrible, were also never the best around. The last “Dragon Ball” video game I played was something like six years ago and what I was left with were nothing but feelings of disappointment. Being such a huge fan of both the Anime and manga series of the same name, not being able to enjoy what I believed would be fantastic video game experiences has, over the years, slowly diminished my love for “Dragon Ball” fighting games…that is, until Bandai Namco Games invitied us to their Sydney HQ to try out the demo build of their upcoming “Dragon Ball” title “Xenoverse”. The hours of I spent playing through the game changed my views on not only the future of “Dragon Ball” gaming but on the entire history of the series which, as you should know, is one hell …

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Luffy, Law, Doflamingo, Fujitora Gameplay Videos Released

Yo! By now you surely know that there’s another “One Piece” video game on the way right? Of course! The third in the series of “Pirate Warriors” brawlers is set for a release in both Japan and the West this year, and the Publishers of the upcoming title Bandai Namco Games have just released another set of gameplay trailers that each focus on a different character. This isn’t strange for Bandai Namco Games who are constantly giving the pop culture world pieces of pre-release media like screenshots and videos. “Pirate Warriors 3” will feature the same gameplay mechanics fans of the series have come to know and love but, for the sake of those who HAVE played all the games in the series, it will also feature some updated features so that the game doesn’t come across as boring. With a whole new character roster and some awesome-looking graphics, it’s a little hard to pass up what will hopefully be the best “One Piece” video game to date. There is no specific Western release date …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Robert E.O. Speedwagon Announced as Playable Character

Oh boy! Oh no! Oh…Oh shit! I can’t contain my excitement! The latest edition of Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine has today revealed three more playable characters set to appear in the upcoming “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” tag-team fighting title “Eyes Of Heaven” and while two already featured in this games predecessor, the other didn’t and he’s the most exciting addition of all! Joining the updated roster for the new game will be the Joestar that started it all, Jonathan, alongside his mentor and trainer Will A. Zeppeli…but those guys are boring because anyone that’s read the “Phantom Blood” Manga or watched that arc in the Anime adaptation should know that the true star of the series is one Robert E.O. Speedwagon who has also been announced as another playable character. This. Is. AWESOME! The assumption is that Zeppeli and Jonathan will fight much the same way as they did in the previous game so let’s not focus on them. Instead let’s talk about just how our friend and my personal hero Mr. Speedwagon is going to …

Bandai Namco Announces “Tokyo Ghoul” Game For The PlayStation Vita

I’ll be entirely honest: I never though, out of all the Anime series’ in circulation right now, that “Tokyo Ghoul” would be getting a game but I suppose I was very much wrong. The latest issue of Young Jump magazine has been released over in Japan and through it Bandai Namco Games have announced that, in the near future, they will be releasing the first ever “Tokyo Ghoul” video game. The new game titled “Tokyo Ghoul: Masquerader” will NOT be a visual novel-style game like I would have thought it’d be, no, instead it is going to be an adventure RPG that will take you through the story of the series. No visuals or detailed information have been released as of yet but you can expect to hear more about this game in the coming weeks. Bandai Namco don’t usually keep their fans in suspense for too long which is always nice. Hopefully this game makes its way to the West once it gets a release in Japan. -30-

This New Batch of Screenshots Have Proven That One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Is Going To Rock!

Bandai Namco Games, like usually, have today done us all a pretty awesome solid. Like any good video game publisher they’ve gone ahead and released and amazingly huge batch of fresh screenshots from their upcoming PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action/adventure game “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3”. This series has only gotten better and better thanks to Bandai Namco’s ability to listen to the fans of the games and these new screenshots SHOULD prove to you that the new title is going to be one of the most memorable “One Piece” games of all time. Not only does it have an outstanding playable character roster, it also happens to feature most (if not all) of the “One Piece” story for you to play through as well as some of the best graphics we’ve seen in a “One Piece” game to date. Alongside some high resolution screenshots, Bandai Namco Games also released a few key character visuals to burn into your retinas. “Pirate Warriors 3” is set for a release in Japan this March on …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Older Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Hinata Revealed As Playable Characters

It’s no over exaggeration to say that “Naruto” is quite possibly the most popular contemporary Shonen title right now. Thanks to the ending of the series’ Manga, its popularity has skyrocketed far higher than anyone could have anticipated and even though 2015 is meant to mean the end of the series, I think it’s quite the opposite. In fact, I know it’s the opposite. The movie, “The Last: Naruto The Movie”, was released in theatres throughout Japan a few weeks ago and met one hell of a positive reception. Now that the run is over, our assumption is that work has begun in regards to getting the movie a home video release. Bandai Namco games announced a few weeks ago that they’ve had a new “Naruto” video game in production for quite some time and that they intend to release it worldwide this year. The new game titled “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4”  will feature everything you’ve come to know and love from a “Naruto” game plus a whole bunch of extra stuff including …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – First Big Batch Of Screenshots Released

It’s a Friday (in Australia). The week has been long. You’ve been run through the gauntlet. You’re ready to give in…Dont, because Bandai Namco Games are here to pump you back up for what I’ll assume is an awesome weekend to come by releasing the first true batch of screenshots from the upcoming tag team battle brawler “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven” and, let me just say…they’re looking damn fine, baby! Obviously you’ve heard of this new game right? You havn’t?! Well, let me catch you up: Remember that game “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle”? It came out last year and although it lacked much in terms of story mode content and stages it did feature some of the more popular characters from the series and went off, more or less, with a bang. “Eyes Of Heaven” is basically a sequel. What’s changed? Well you can new choose to make your own fighting duo who can come together to perform tag techniques, so that’s pretty exciting! Something else set to feature in the new …

Dragon Ball Xenoverse – Release Date Pushed Back Only Slightly

“Dragon Ball Xenoverse” seems as though it’s going to be the “DBZ” video game to end all “DBZ” video games. Not only is it the first of the series to be released on next/current generation consoles but it’s also the first that allows you, the player, to actively affect the flow of time in the “Dragon Ball” universe. People are pretty damn excited but now, thanks to the latest news from Bandai Namco Games, people are a tiny bit less excited. The juggernaut video game publisher/developer, over the weekend, released some information regarding the release date of the new title and, well…it’s been pushed back a whole entire week. A whole entire week! It was originally going to be released in North America on the 17th of February but it will now be on the 27th, the same day as it will be getting a release on Steam. For Europe, instead of the 13th it will now be released on the 27th, the same day as North America. Really…it doesn’t matter too much because it’s …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Get It Early And Nab Yourself An Omnimon Zwart…Eventually

There’s this awesome new trend in the video game industry where publishers and developers will offer certain bonuses to people in the world who pre-order one of their titles or who buy it as quickly as they possibly can. We call these “Day One Bonuses”, “Pre-Order Bonuses” and other variations of that because, well…that’s exactly what they are. Most games will offer quick buyers some sort of reward for doing so like an alternate costume for the main character, some powerful weapons to put you ahead of the game or even some new levels to play through. Either way, it’s all a marketing campaign to get people to buy the game straight away and, as long as they’re giving me free stuff, I couldn’t care less. Bandai Namco Games Japan (soon to be Bandai Namco Entertainment) announced that their upcoming PlayStation Vita title “Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth” is going to have its very own “Day One Edition” which gifts players two extra Digimon to add to their team at the start of the game: Black …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Is The Game We’ve Always Wanted And The New Trailer Proves It

So Japan are getting themselves a new game in the March of next year. Maybe you’ve heard of it; it’s called “Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth” and it features everything a long-time “Digimon” fan like myself could have ever asked for. Not only is it a contemporary “Digimon” video game (which is enough to get anybody excited) but it also plays host to some of the most awesome graphics I’ve ever seen in a franchise title as well as some of my favorite “Digimon” of all time. It also helps that it is a PlayStation Vita game, of which I happen to be a huge fanboy. Well Bandai Namco Games Japan have today released a new trailer for the upcoming game that goes for a whopping five minutes and basically outlines, in video form, all the information we’ve been delivered over the past few months in written form only. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, or something large and solid similar to a rock: “Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth” follows a young hero, male or …

Bandai Namco Games Is Getting Another Name Change

I’ve been alive for about twenty years at this point in time and, I’ve got to be honest…I’m getting pretty bored of my name. Frank…that’s kind of simple. I really should change my name. Maybe I should change it every couple of years to stave off the monotony of having a single name for my entire life. You know who has it right? Bandai Namco Games. Well, no actually, what I should be calling them is “Bandai Namco Entertainment” because, starting in April of next year, the video game developer/publisher is changing their name once again! Originally it was Namco Bandai Games for many years but in recent times the company leaders decided that fans of the industry juggernaut needed to be about twenty percent more confused when referring to them so they changed their name to Bandai Namco Games. Now, at the end of 2014, the company has come out and announced that they will be changing their name once again to fit in with their new image that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Gameplay Footage Released

I know this is what you’ve been waiting for, reader. I’ve been checking the site statistics and most people visiting this site are doing so because of our “Naruto” content. As of late, most people have been coming thanks to our news on the upcoming “Naruto” fighting game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “Ultimate Ninja Storm 4” and so I know for a fact that you’ll enjoy this little video that we have for you today. Bandai Namco Games Japan, through the Youtube user PS360HD2 have begun showing the demo for the upcoming game and luckily for us living outside of the great country they have also begun releasing little clips from the game to come that show off just how good it is going to look on release. Now the video below does indeed go for just over a minute…but what you’re seeing is basically the first twenty seconds repeated over and over again. It’s still a damn good twenty seconds though, so don’t skip out on it! This small clip shows …

Bandai Namco Games Announces “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven” Fighting Game

Di molto! It was announced today through Japan’s V-Jump Magazine that there’s a new “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” game on its way and goes by the name “Eyes Of Heaven”. Labelled a “follow up” to the PlayStation 3 fighting game “All-Star Battle”, “Eyes Of Heaven” is set for a release on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and will feature a character roster similar to the original game but with some extra additions, two of which have already been revealed: The partial dinosaur Diego Brando (“Steel Ball Run”) and the worlds least-hated Nazi soldier Rudol Von Stroheim (“Battle Tendency”), though if this game is anything like “All-Star Battle”…those names will probably be changed by the time it gets localised. Diego will be voiced by Takehito Koyasu and Stroheim will be voiced by Atsushi Imaruoka, but as far as information on the new game comes…that’s about all of it. There is a new battle mechanic called the “Dual Heat Attack” which leads me to believe we’ll be able to perform combination techniques of some calibre but that’s yet to …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Is Coming To The West

Bandai Namco Games have just revealed that they already have big plans for the Western release of the recently-announced next addition to the “Naruto” video game franchise “Ultimate Ninja Storm 4”  and it comes in the form of a true next generation console release. When announced through Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen jump just the other day, “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4” had only been noted down as a PlayStation 4 release. Well, Bandai Namco Games are going to change that with their localization of the game, announcing that it will be coming to both the Xbox One and the PC (through Steam) as well as for Sony’s latest console. Labelled the “final massive strike”, audiences are lead to believe this is the final “Naruto” game ever, but I stand a little more sceptical. Not shown in the announcement from Shonen Jump but provided by Bandai Namco Games is the official box art for the upcoming fighting game which, unfortunately, has already been met with a level of dislike from fans the world over due to how …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 Announced For The PlayStation 4

“Naruto” is done. Yes, that’s it. It is over forever and you’ll never see any more “Naruto” content. That’s just something you’ll have to deal with. Forever. No “Naruto” stuff. “Naruto” is dead and gone. No…it’s not. The franchise is still going strong and even though the Manga has now officially ended there’s still so much more of “Naruto” to come, making it a series that will truly never die. Not that people want it to. “The Last: Naruto The Movie” started showing in Japanese theatres last weekend and has met quite an awe-inspiring critical and financial reception. There’s still a Manga series to come regarding the next generation of Ninja from the series and, only announced today, there’s a brand-new game on the way but this time it’ll be getting a release on a “next gen” console…the PlayStation 4. So, as you can see, there’s no real lack of “Naruto” in the world right now. In fact, I think there’s probably so much more circulating now thanks to the Manga ending than there ever …

Sabo To Feature As Playable Character In Upcoming One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3

While I was always fairly excited to get my hands on the upcoming “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3” game, I’ve never been more excited than I am right now thanks to this! Fans of the series, both Anime and Manga, will know that the hero of the story, Luffy, has two adoptive brothers; Ace and Sabo. Those not too invested in the series may know who Ace is because he’s in every single piece of “One Piece” media but they may not know who Sabo is. Those up do date with the story will know who this mysterious young man is and also just how damn awesome he can be…especially in a fight. Recently re-introduced into the main story as a man once thought dead, Sabo comes to the aid of his brothers, both dead and alive, as the Chief of the Revolutionary Army; a title he will wear well in the upcoming “Pirate Warriors” game seeing as he’s going to be in it as a playable character. As of right now, all we have …

Tales Of Hearts R – Review

The “Tales Of” series of video games have been around for quite some time. Like “Dragon Quest” and “Final Fantasy”, every once in a while we’re graced with just another fantastic title to add to the already extensive list of “Tales Of” video games. Each time, the games come packed with more than the last and works to excite long time fans of the series and recruit some rookies who’ll soon find themselves masters of the “Tales”. The latest release of the franchise is a remake of a Nintendo DS game titled “Tales Of Hearts R”. Developed and published by the wonderful Bandai Namco Games, “Tales Of Hearts R” hits the PlayStation Vita with full force. Thanks to Bandai Namco Games, us here at SnapThirty have been given the chance to review this new game. I’m going to try and figure out just why it is that this particular “Tales Of” title deserves to land itself a remake. Follow me on our very own tale as we hack, slash and level our way through “Tales …

The New “Sword Art Online: Lost Song” Trailer Introduces Audiences To Alfeim Online

A new adventure awaits for all you pseudo-MMO players out there! I’m sure, if you’re reading this, you’re fans of the ‘Sword Art Online’ series of light novels, Anime seasons and video games otherwise…why would you be here?! Fans of Anime will know exactly what is going on right now in the world of ‘SAO’: There’s a new Anime season, a new game for the PlayStation Vita was only just released and there’s one more on the way. Titled ‘Lost Song’, this game will take place in the world of ‘Alfeim Online’ which many of you may know was the place where the second half of the first series took place. Unfortunately, for many of the ‘SAO’ audience, it was the weaker of the many arcs but that doesn’t mean this game is going to be less enjoyable. Being handled by the same team who spearheaded the last ‘SAO’ game, ‘Hollow Fragment’, this game is set to introduce fans to a new combat and travel style. That’s right, this time Kirito and his friends have …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Introducing Rie and Crusadermon

There’s not much that excites me more than the prospect of a new ‘Digimon’ video game. Unfortunately for me and my ‘Digimon-loving’ brothers and sisters, the last couple of games to be announced and released…never made it out of Japan. I know…soul crushing. That’s OK though because we’re all keeping up hope. We’re praing to all the Digi-Gods we know as we practically beg Bandai Namco Games to bring some of these titles out West. The latest piece of news from the upcoming ‘Digimon Story’ game, ‘Syber Sleuth’, is the addition of two new characters to the story. One being a human and the other being a high-level ‘Digimon’, these two will play quite a set of important roles in the events of the game. Why else would they be introducing us to them early? Previously revealed was a character named Kyoko Kuremi who, if you dont recall, is a super sexy female detective with legs that go on for ages…*cough cough*…Excuse me. Well the new character introuced today happens to be just as sexy …

Sin Like You’re Supposed To With The Upcoming ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Video Game

We’ve now officially entered the age of ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. In Australia, the Manga releases have just kicked off with most graphic novel retailers already selling the third volume. The Western fandom for the critically acclaimed Shonen series is slowly but surely growing bigger and bigger with each passing day. Recently, the Manga has been adapted into what looks to be a well-animated and wonderfully paced Anime series. Unfortunately for the aforementioned Western fans…it has yet to have been picked up by any simulcast distributor. Surely you understand we’re not too happy about that. That’s OK though because we know that, sooner or later, the series is sure to be picked up and released locally. To add to the burning passion of the series’ fans, Bandai Namco Games recently announced that there is a ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Nintendo 3DS game in the works but showed nothing of this game as part of the announcement…until today. The beautiful people over at Bandai Namco Japan have released the very first trailer for the upcoming beat-em-up game alongside …

Digimon All-Star Rumble – New Trailer and Screenshots Straight From NYCC

Bandai Namco games have done the ‘Digimon’ fandom a real solid and released a brand-new trailer alongside some seriously exciting screenshots of their upcoming fighting game title ‘Digimon All-Star Rumble’ ahead of this weekend’s New York Comic Con where we’ll be seeing much more from the much0loved video game developer/publisher. The trailer, much like the initial one that was released, takes audiences through a couple battles between ‘Digimon’ series favourites like Veemon, Gomamon and Gatomon. It shows ‘Digivolutions’ and special techniques that can be pulled off in-game. It’s the new screenshots, though, that are the more exciting of the new information because they introduce the world to the ‘Digimon All-Star Rumble’ story mode. This gameplay mode, featured in many if not all fighting games, will serve is the single player experience wherein which you’ll choose your favorite digital partner to take on a whole bunch of different enemies before going head-to-head with a ‘Digimon Rival’ which will signify the end of a level. Supposedly playing through the story mode will bring more about the games …

Natural Doctrine – Now Available Across Australia and New Zealand

Can you hear that, reader? It’s the breaking of waves upon our local shores and with them comes another great video game import courtesy of NIS America and their Australian distribution pals over at Bandai Namco. ‘Natural Doctrine, the hardcore tactical RPG, has finally landed in Australia and New Zealand to the delight of many fans who’ve been waiting in anticipation for a local release ever since the game was first announced. This game, which has been noted as one only for the strong at heart, is available for purchase physically right now but for those of you wanting to add it to your digital collection, well you’ll have to wait another week though, if you think about it, that isn’t too far away. A Sony exclusive, ‘Natural Doctrine’ can be purchased for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita; the holy trio! There’s no reason for any RPG lover to pass this game by but if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe NIS America: Developed as Kadokawa Game Studio’s inaugural title, NAtURAL …

Bandai Namco Announces ‘Sword Art Online: Lost Song’

There is no rest period for the developers behind the ‘Sword Art Online’ series of video games. It was only a few months ago that we saw the Western release of the PlayStation Vita exclusive title ‘Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’ and now we’re already being shown a brand-new game that is set for an official release some time in 2015. The game is called ‘Sword Art Online: Lost Song’ and has already been said to be coming out on both the PlayStation 3 and, once again, on the PlayStation Vita. Unlike ‘Hollow Fragment’, ‘Lost Song’ will take place in ‘Alfheim Online’ which, for those of you who havn’t seen the Anime, is where the second half of the first series takes place. This new VMMORPG (Virtual Massive Multiplayer Online Game) is quite similar to ‘SAO’ in that characters can still use bladed weaponry but it does feature some differences: One is that magic is the most looked upon form of combat for those playing the game and the other is that all the characters …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Sexy Lady Detective Character Revealed

Flowing blonde hair, open shirt, short shorts, high heels and one tough looking muscle car. I think I’ve found my dream girl, reader. The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has introduced Japanese readers to a brand-new character who’s set to star alongside the protagonist of Bandai Namco’s upcoming PlayStation Vita title ‘Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth’. This ‘beautiful detective’, as she’s called, goes by the name Kyoko Kuremi but you can call her Miss Kuremi. This newly revealed character is an ace detective and you’ll be seeing her a great deal throughout the game as she will be giving you, the ‘Cyber Sleuth’, all of your investigative missions. She, like you, has heard about the recent incidents involving young men and women traveling to the ‘digital world’. It’s piqued her interest and she now wants to figure it out as best she can…that’s where you come in. Not much more is said about this glamor but she’s interesting enough to have caught the attention of many ‘Digimon’ fans around the world. We can’t wait …

Digimon All-Star Rumble – Bandai Namco Reveals ‘Digicard’ System

We’re here, people. Tokyo Game Show is happening as we speak and from the expo comes a whole bunch of news about some awesome upcoming Japanese video game titles, one of which just so happens to be my most anticipated; ‘Digimon All-Star Rumble’. The game, which was announced by Bandai Namco about a month or so ago, pits Digimon against Digimon in much the same style as the PlayStation 2 ‘Digimon’ fighting game ‘Digimon Rumble Arena’. Featuring characters from the original season all the way up until the latest season, this game is the first from the ‘Digimon’ franchise in quite a while that WILL be getting a Western release. Bandai Namco Games today, at the Tokyo Game Show, released a whole new batch of screenshots and character models from the game that not only show us more of what it has to offer but also introduces us to the ‘Digicard’ system which is a gameplay mechanic that allows players to add special bonuses and upgrades to their digital partner. Two ‘Digicards’ can be equipped …

Upcoming ‘Hajime No Ippo’ Game Gets Its First Batch Of Screenshots

Gloves up, fighters! As the referee for this bout I want as clean a fight as possible. No tricks, no cheap shots and no combat delay due to introspective thoughts of your past, you hear me?! I suppose that’s a hard rule to place an a ‘Hajime No Ippo-style’ boxing match, not one goes by without some sort of reflection on ones self. About a week ago, Bandai Namco Games announced that they will be releasing a brand-new ‘Hajime No Ippo’ video game for the PlayStation 3, a fighting title based closely off of the Anime and Manga series by the same name. Before today we had seen nothing of this game, bar a short teaser trailer that showcased the motion comic style of storytelling that is to feature. Bandai Namco Games today, however, have released a huge batch of images from the upcoming game which include both screenshots and art assets like character models and their hand-drawn designs. The new ‘Hajime No Ippo’ game is set for a release in Japan on the 11th …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – Review

The world is never and will never be short of ‘Naruto’ fighting games. This is a truth all Anime and Manga fans have come to understand, and most of them are more than grateful. Every two years or so the good people over at Bandai Namco Games in conjunction with video game developer CyberConnect2 create and distribute a brand-new ‘Naruto’ fighting title. Each new game brings about new characters, upgraded battle mechanics and improved graphics BUT every single time a new one is released reviews say mostly the same thing; it’s not that different from the last game. This almost seems like a curse for the franchise seeing as it has been this way for years but does the latest addition, ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’, throw off the balance and break the hex of perpetual monotony? It’s quite possible. Unlike it’s predecessors, ‘Revolution’ does not fall victim to the habit of Anime-based video games simply retelling the story of the series. It is good thing to implement when it is the first or …

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – In Stores Now!

It’s finally here…for gamers living in Japan, Europe, the Middle-East and throughout Australasia…sorry North America, you’ll have to wait until the 16th before you can get your hands on Bandai Namco’s new ‘Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ fighting game. Japan, as usual, were the very first to get the game with it being released just yesterday on the 11th of September. They’re already absolutely loving it so you can see why I’m so excited for it to get a release almost everywhere else…including Australia! As of right now the game is only available on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 BUT on thew 16th, the day it gets a release in North America, ‘Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ will also be hitting up the PC through Steam. This new addition to the already extensive ‘Naruto’ fighting game catalog features over 100 playable characters, including the more recent ones who have only been introduced in the Manga at this point in time. With fantastic looking visuals and an upgraded set of gameplay mechanics, …

There’s A New ‘Hajime No Ippo’ Game Heading Our Way And It Looks Great!

Bandai Namco Games just yesterday announced that a brand-new ‘Hajime No Ippo’ fighting game title for the PlayStation 3 is soon to be released and not even a day later the world is presented with it’s very first trailer of the upcoming game. Labelled a game filled with ‘dramatic boxing action’, the new title follows the story of the ‘Hajime No Ippo’ Anime/Manga series, adding a whole other level of enjoyment thanks to it’s motion comic-style cutscenes and high-octane gameplay. So far we’ve yet to actually see any footage of actual gameplay but what we do have are a couple of screenshots that show just how dynamic it will be. The new ‘Hajime No Ippo’ game for the PlayStation 3 has only been announced for Japan and will reach consoles on the 11th of December this year. -30-

Bandai Namco Games Is Bringing “Mobile Suit Gundam” To The PlayStation 4

PlayStation consoles are by far the greatest platforms for gamers who are huge fans of Anime video game titles. Be they based on an Anime series or simply designed in an Anime style, you’ll always find a whole bunch of games that closely resemble or are based on the popular visual medium. It was a ‘Naruto’ fighting game that caught my attention as a young boy and it is what lead me to eventually be the PlayStation fan I am today. Hopefully you see where I’m going with this. Despite the amount of Japanese-made titles announced for the PlayStation 4 – Persona 5, Disgaea 5, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, etc – the console does not feel complete. To get the true ‘OtakuXGamer’ experience, one must play games of all Anime-type genres…including ‘mecha’, and no Otaku-driven console is complete without a ‘Gundam’ game. Bandai Namco Games revealed, through Sony’s small press conference just a few days ago, that they will be bringing a brand-new ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ game to the PlayStation 4 in 2015. Though it has …

Bandai Namco Reveals Tales Of Xillia 2 Back-To-School DLC

The highly anticipated video game sequel ‘Tales Of Xillia 2’ has just been released outside of Japan and despite it being developed two years ago, it still seems to hold up as a fantastic PlayStation 3 title, so sayeth Western fans of the game. Seeing as it is doing so well, Bandai Namco Games Europe have decided to release the first DLC pack for the celebrated game. The theme of this DLC happens to be ‘back-to-school’ and features a whole bunch of alternate costumes for the main cast of the game, each of which sends them back in time to their school days where life was so much simpler. Ludger, Gaius, Muzet, Jude, Milla, Alvin, Elize, Rowen and Leia will all get alternate schoolyard costumes which, much like the other in-game costumes, can be equipped and shown off in both battle as well as cutscene. To make this DLC even sweeter, Bandai Namco Europe have also added a a special leveling bonus which will have characters gaining +5 and +10 levels. ‘Tales of Xillia 2’, …

‘Natural Doctrine’ Australian and New Zealand Release Date Announced

Boom! October 2nd, baby! NIS America today announced that their upcoming hardcore tactical RPG ‘Natural Doctrine’ will be released this October throughout Australia and New Zealand. ‘Natural Doctrine’, like a lot of RPGs out there, is set in a fantasy world populated by a slew of different races and species, some nice but others evil. As the player, you control a guard soldier named Jeff who’s main job in life is to venture out into dangerous places, wiping out benevolent forces and making it safe to travel to therefor opening the area up to be examined and excavated for its natural resources. Jeff’s life gets turned upside down one day when his crew and he run discover something that could mean the destruction of his kingdom. Australia and New Zealand are the last to get the game but we’re just damn appreciative that we’re getting it at all! As an extra added bonus for all of you reading this news, NIS America have also provided us with a brand-new trailer for the upcoming game that …

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Review

SWORDS! They’re so exciting! I’ve never used one before and, chances are, I’ll never use them at all. Why? Because, contrary to popular belief, I’m actually not a Samurai…though I want to be so bad. I instead rely on video game characters to do all of my sword wielding. Like most gamers I live vicariously through the characters I create on-screen. ‘Sword Art Online’, the highly popular Anime/Light Novel series, begs audiences to think about how they would go about living within a game world where death in the game means death in reality. In the PlayStation Vita title ‘Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’, players are put into the virtual shoes of series hero Kazuto Kirigaya or ‘Kirito’ as he prefers to be called. Mostly following the story of the first half of the Anime series, the game features all of the characters fans have grown to know and love but also features a storyline that does it’s best to expand on the ‘SAO’ universe. Players can chose to follow the main story which basically …

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – More Mecha-Naruto Screeshots Released

It’s 2014 and I’d be lying if I was to say that I’m NOT hoping for some sort of robot uprising very soon. I love machines and I want our eventual mech masters to know that I’m 100% on their side! OK, that’s enough robot overlord ass kissing, time to move on to actual news: Anime fans, specifically fans of the long-running Shonen series ‘Naruto’, will be well aware of the upcoming video game from Namco Bandai ‘Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’. Not only will this new game feature over 100 playable character from both the Anime and Manga but it will also feature a brand-new character who was designed by series creator Masashi Kishimoto himself. Mecha-Naruto was announced as a playable character a while back to the delight of fans the world over. Coming already installed with his own special moves and transformations, Mecha-Naruto is one heck of a force to be reckoned with. Bandai Namco Games released a few more screenshots centered around the new character yesterday with a little extra information …

Be Yourself…Or Someone Else With The Customisation Mode In ‘Dragon Ball: Xenoverse’

Ever since I was a child, back in the days when the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Anime used to grace television sets around Australia each and every weekday morning, I always wondered what it would be like to be one of the ‘Z Fighters’. I used to wish I could fight alongside my hero Goku, I used to dream of surpassing him by reaching the legendary ‘Super Saiyan 5’ of which I made up within my own mind, I used to ponder what my fighting style would be like and how I would beat each and every single one of the enemies that threaten Earth. Now, at the ripe old age of twenty, I realize that I don’t belong in the ‘Dragon Ball’ universe because, let’s face it, I’d absolutely be the guy to replace Yamcha once they decide to stop reviving him from the dead. Fact is…I’d be worse than Yamcha, so I let those dreams fade away. Now, thanks to the option to customize your very own character in the upcoming ‘Dragon Ball: Xenoverse’ …

‘Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’ Now Available Worldwide + ‘Tales Of Xillia 2’ Released

Alright, reader, it’s time to dust of your PlayStation Vita and settle yourself in for what is going to be one hell of a sword fighting experience, let’s just hope players of this game don’t fall victim to the same fate the players in the Anime series did! Bandai Namco Games has today released their newest Anime title ‘Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’ in Australia and Across Europe which means the game is now officially available worldwide! It was released in Japan earlier in the year but in North America just a day ago so it wont take us ‘Euro’ and ‘Aussie’ gamers too long to catch up to our American brothers and sisters. ‘Hollow Fragment’ mostly follows the story of the Anime series ‘Sword Art Online’ but, much like previous video game title in the series’ catalog, tends to stray from the path of ‘canon’ and instead tells different tales which just so happen to feature the same characters we’ve come to know and love. Bundled with ‘Hollow Fragment’ comes the series’ previous game …

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – Gaara Showcased In Latest Screenshot Batch

You know, reader, with all these talk about characters like Hashirama and Madara being featured in the upcoming ‘Naruto Shippuden’ fighting title ‘Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ we almost forgot about one of the key players in the titular character’s history of growth. I’m of course talking about a sand Shinobi named Gaara who I’m sure you all know and love, well Bandai Namco Games have recently released a new batch of screenshots from the upcoming game that just so happen to put the spotlight on Gaara as well as the beast inside of him that originally lead this young man into becoming the monster he was once known as. Naruto’s old enemy Gaara, the Fifth Kazekage, brings his unique mastery of the Sand to the battlefield. As one of the 9 Tailed-Beasts Jinchûriki, Gaara can summon the One-Tailed Beast Shukaku and use his mighty power along with his limitless Chakra wells.- Bandai Namco Games Alongside images of the ‘sandman; himself come some others which actually showcase a pair of the new features that will be …

“Dark Souls II” – “Crown Of The Sunken King” DLC Now Available

Every once in a while, games like “Dark Souls” come around and shake up the video game world as we know it, sending players in to frenzy of constant death and frustrating addiction. As those players get closer to actually finishing the game, it’s developers decide to release a DLC that hooks them back in for more hours of terror and confusing enjoyment. This is the beauty of the DLC pack; just as you think you’re about to leave a game behind, you’re given something to entice you to keep playing. Japanese developers FromSoftware alongside Bandai Namco Games have today announced that the first of the DLC trilogy for the highly-addictive fantasy title ‘Dark Souls II’ titled ‘Crown Of The Sunken King’ is available to download on all consoles where the game can be played. Including Steam. This new DLC adds a whole bunch of content to the already terrifyingly long video game and kicks off a new storyline that will span over three DLC releases. Head to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Marketplace or Steam …

There’s A New Saiyan In Town! “Dragon Ball: Xenoverse” Screenshots Showcase Future Saiyan Warrior

There’s a heavy burden that comes with the option of time travel but if you had the ability to speed back through time, helping out the ‘good guys’ in each and every situation of conflict, would you not do so? There’s a new character that has been ‘shown’ to be quite pivotal in the upcoming ‘Dragon Ball: Xenoverse’ fighting game published by the wonderful Bandai Namco Games, and he just so happens to be a time traveler. He has been described as a ‘mysterious figure’ who journey through the timeline of the ‘Dragon Ball’ universe, aiding in the battle against benevolent forces hell-bent on destroying all that is good. In other words; every single antagonist from the ‘Dragon Ball’ series. Playing as this ‘mysterious future warrior’, you will take part in every single fate-deciding battle from the highly-acclaimed Shonen series. You will fight alongside each of the ‘Z Fighters’, helping them along the way and most likely changing certain outcomes including their inevitable deaths along the way. As much as we know about this ‘mysterious …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – ‘Mysterious Boy’, ‘Eater’ and New Character Yuuko Introduced

The digital world of the ‘Digimon’ franchise seems as though it’s a pretty straightforward plane of existence: It’s data precisely engineered to produce the monsters and environments that populate the world. What we tend to forget is that, much like real programs, the digital world can sometimes come across certain problems and I’m not just talking about the ‘Virus-type’ Digimon that exist in the digital world, I’m speaking of course about glitches. Famitsu’s online publication has released a couple of screenshots and some general descriptions for two new ‘apparitions’ that will be appearing within the upcoming game’s digital world. The ‘Mysterious Boy’ and the ‘Eater’, both of which are the sources for their own urban legends, are two glitches in the overall digital system said to be the cause of death and/or disappearance for many digital monsters and humans wandering too far down into the depth of the digital world. The ‘Mysterious Boy’, as he’s so blatantly titled, is a ghostly figure that appears before wanderers and essentially signifies their disconnection from the real world …

“Super Hero Generation” – First Screenshots Released

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this but I actually have no experience with the ‘Kamen Rider’, ‘Ultraman’ and ‘Gundam’ series’ but the prospect of a crossover video game between the three got me excited enough to want to write about it! While I’ve never actually experienced any material in regards to the three series’, I have heard a great deal about them and, like a true pop culture freak, I’ve done my research. Bandai Namco announced this game not too long ago, it is called ‘Super Hero Generation’ and it looks to be a tactical RPG-type game that features some incredible looking cinematic action sequences. Famitsu, the Japanese video game magazine, has today posted online five screenshots for the newly-announced game. This images are the first we’re seeing of the crossover title and, while focusing on what looks to be action sequences, it does give us somewhat of an idea of just exactly how this game is played. Unicorn Gundam, Ultraman Ginga and Kamen Rider Wizard take center stage for their very own screenshots but …

Bandai Namco Games Unveil Their Setup For Anime Expo 2014

North American readers, this one is going out to you so pay attention and take notes. This WILL be on the test. Anime Expo is coming up soon, it’s actually only about a week away which means exhibitors will be finalizing their showcase plans and starting setup preparations for the big convention. Bandai Namco Games are ahead of the pack this year, already releasing a whole bunch of information regarding their booth and what they’ve got in store for the big weekend. Head down to the booth as soon as you can once you get there because there will be plenty of things to do include playing a bunch of their more recent/upcoming titles. The booth’s playable demos include: Dynasty Warrriors: Gundam Reborn, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, One Piece: Unlimited World Red, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Tales of Hearts R and Tales of Xillia 2. But that’s not all the Bandai Namco has to offer! Not even close. Take a gander below …

Dragon Ball Xenoverse – “Mysterious Character” Screenshots Released

Gosh I love “Dragon Ball Z”. I’ve always been a fan, even before I actually knew it was an Anime. I would love to say something along the lines of “I’ve bought every ‘Dragon Ball Z’ game” but there’s just so many of them! Maybe saying “I wish I owned every ‘Dragon Ball Z’ game” would be more accurate of a statement. Regardless, my love for the series and it’s games still burn bright so it comes as no surprise that I’m really excited for the upcoming fighting game title “Dragon Ball Xenoverse”. The first thing you notice about the game is it’s super bad-arse name…”Xenoverse”…dang. The other thing fans should have already noticed is the new character that featured in the announcement trailer of the game as well as in most of it’s press. This “mysterious character”, as he has been referred to as, has recently made another appearance around the web. Yes, he’s the star of his own batch of screenshot and, I must say; he’s one handsome fella! All jokes aside, Bandai …