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Kenichiro Takaki Interview @ E3 2017 stars

During E3 2017 in Los Angeles, XSEED Games showcased one of their biggest projects for this year. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a third-person shooter in the Senran Kagura series. The game is currently out in Japan and will be released in North America this summer. We sat down with the producer of the game, Kenichiro Takaki, during a short round table interview.

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:

Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood - Susano Primal Battle Challenge stars

Final Fantasy 14 Stormblood's release date is just a few short days away, and to help build anticipation for its launch, an eight person boss battle is open for attendees at E3. This is a the first chance for the public to try Stormblood and its two new classes: red mage and samurai. I braved the lines to get my hands on the new battle coming this expansion.

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Vita) Review stars

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is the remaster of the first entry of the Hakuoki series which came out 9 years ago in Japan. Since then, the Hakuoki franchise has released numerous games and spin-offs including an anime television series. Kyoto Winds includes extra characters, an extended plot and improved graphics from the original game. Fans of the otome genre are likely already familiar with this title and know exactly what to expect.

Sakura-Con 2017 Impression stars

When I first went to see the popular Japanese pop group Berryz Kobo at Sakura-Con in 2011, I have been extremely enamored with Seattle’s premiere convention. There’s a fantastic array of Japanese culture, video games, cosplay, and much more. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sakura-Con and my overall experience with the convention has not declined. Sakura-Con manages to keep the excitement level high while having an overall relaxing experience. This is not to say that there was a lack of activities and events. The guest list included some well known voice actors and artists throughout the industry, both overseas and local, and of course the Japanese pop sensation Miliyah, as a musical act.

Prey Hands-On Preview stars

We were invited to a sneak peak at the new upcoming game, Prey a first-person sci-fi thriller game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The main premises of the game revolves around an exploration mission that is set on a space station called Talos I. A demo of the first hour of the game was available for us to play on the PC but the game is to be released on Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One as well

World of Final Fantasy (PS4) Review stars

World of Final Fantasy certainly isn't the only Final Fantasy spin-off around, but it’s perhaps among the more successful one. There's a lot that series veterans will find familiar. New systems and approaches are combined with many traditional Final Fantasy staples to create a product that complements an already extensive catalog of many great RPG games to date.

PlayStation Experience: Impression stars

PlayStation Experience, also known as PSX, is an annual event for the video game industry presented by Sony Interactive Entertainment used to reveal and promote PlayStation games and game-related merchandise. The event is open to the public and features various panels and many unreleased games with playable demos on location.

Dragon Quest Builders (PS4) Review stars

Dragon Quest Builders is published by Square Enix and was released in North America October 11, 2016, for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and Vita. For those who don’t know what this game is exactly, imagine if Dragon Quest and Minecraft got fused together. You still get a story with beloved characters from the Dragon Quest franchise but with a slight Minecraft twist. I had already previously tried out this game at PAX West 2016 in a short demo. For first impressions of the game, check out the article here.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Impression stars

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas came and gone and probably will not return until a year after the next expansion. This year at Fan Festival, the biggest announcement that all FFXIV fans have been waiting for was the official announcement of the next expansion – Stormblood. This was announced on the very first day of the festival and was followed by a teaser trailer showcasing a mysterious blonde female in a red dress. Almost immediately, social media and FFXIV sub-Reddit exploded with speculations of who this mysterious female could be and what the new job will be. The opening keynote was of course presented by the director and producer of FFXIV, Naoki Yoshida, with on stage translations by Christopher Koji Fox. There was no official announcement of what the new battle jobs will be, but in typical Naoki Yoshida fashion, he wore a shirt that hinted what one of the jobs may be. The presentation lasted an hour and was followed by the Development Panel featuring Masaki Nakagawa on the main stage. During this panel, Masaki Nakagawa talked about the battle development for one of the newer 24 man raids that he worked on.

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