A Certain Magical Virtual-On Releases February 15 in Japan stars

Originally announced back in March at Dengeki Bunko Festival Spring 2017, a new trailer for Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On was shown during the Playstation conference at the Tokyo Game Show. The game is an adaptation of the 2016 light novel with the same title, featuring a crossover between Sega’s Virtual-On game series and the light novel series A Certain Magical Index (Toaru Majutsu no Index) as a part of Virtual-On’s 20th anniversary.

Top Three Surprises Hidden at PAX West 2017 stars

Another PAX West has come and gone, and with it, thousands of gamers got their hands on some of the biggest titles coming out in the near future. Yet hidden amongst the crowds and booths competing for everyone’s attention, gems are just waiting to be discovered. Here are three of the most intriguing games I found at PAX West 2017.

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (PS4) Review stars

As a love letter to horror fans, PQube’s localization of the 2015 HD remaster for ROIGame’s White Day: A Labyrinth Named School still stands as one of the definitive grandparents of the first-person “hide-and-seek simulation” horror genre. Although the game still feels archaic at times, especially when compared to more recent first-person horror games such as the Outlast series or Resident Evil 7, the developer’s original creative vision still manages to shine through with the game’s unique blend of school simulation, visual novel elements, hiding mechanics and, of course, creepy ambiance.

A look into New Donk City at E3 2017 stars

 

Nintendo’s E3 booth gave congoers a one way ticket to New Donk City; one of the few places one can explore in the New Super Mario Odyssey set to be released this October. We had to explore the booth since every corner hid something that we missed on the first time we passed by. First, we saw the playable stations which were quickly noted by the long lines. The demos were Super Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Splatoon 2, Arms, Pokkén Tournament DX and Fifa 18. Oh yea, they also had a giveaway for a foam Mario Cap. If you wanted to get it, you had to do a stamp rally by playing some of the demos, but to get started, you had to first play the Mario Odyssey demo to obtain a “passport” to stamp. When you had achieved all those steps, you would head over to the “Crazy Cap” line to trade the passport for your prize.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Hands-On Impressions at E3 2017 stars

During E3, I got the chance to play a whole mission from Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown at the Bandai Namco booth, so I took to the skies and tested the controls. First off, you could play in advance mode or normal, which was for the first timers to the game. The main difference in advance mode is that the player has more controls to worry about, such as in tilt, acceleration, and targeting, vs normal, which the AI helps you in controlling the plane and lock-on targets. The level started with the standard mission briefing screen where I got the details of the mission and a view of the 3D map. The map seems more detailed than in previous games and feels like you are getting more information because of this. During the mission, you have your three views: outer view, cockpit view, and HUD view [1st person view]. The cockpit view looks more detailed than previous games.

Monster Hunter: World Behind Closed Doors at E3 2017 stars

It’s been a long while since we last saw a Monster Hunter title on a home console. Some time ago, Monster Hunter was rumored to come out on the PlayStation 3, but Capcom then moved its development over to the Wii. That title was known as Monster Hunter Tri. Although Tri was a great game, it still suffered limitation based on the hardware of the Wii. It’s hard to believe fans have been waiting eight years to see a Monster Hunter in true HD form. Finally, Monster Hunter: World realizes this and brings a “living breathing world” for us to explore in 4K.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Behind Closed Doors at E3 2017 stars

When the original Life is Strange released through 2015, it was a huge success for episodic gaming. The game went on to receive rave reviews and was nominated and won multiple awards. A huge fanbase was created, and they begged Square Enix to release another game.

Top 5 Booths at E3 2017 stars

Every year, game publishers bring to us, the attendees of E3, amazing set-ups, and this year was no exception. Here are our top 5 picks:

Dragonball Fighter Z - Hands-on stars

Ever since Dragon Ball hit the market in the 80's, fans have wanted a video game that best harnesses the essence of the series. Although games like Budokai and Xenoverse gave us a taste of what it's like to go super saiyan, they always left us wanting more. This week, Bandai Namco finally debuted a true 2D fighting game called Dragon Ball Fighter Z. We were able to to get our hands on a first look of the game at E3, and it exceeded all of our expectations.