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Hands-On With Odin Sphere Leifthrasir At TGS

Odin Sphere for the PS2 is one of my favorite games ever, with its interesting story, intertwined characters, and art that can only be described as luscious. It put developer Vanillaware firmly on my watch list, and has stayed with me throughout the long years since its release. Since Muramasa, Vanillaware's other big title, got [...]

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Hands-On With Summer Lesson At TGS

When the two of us here at Level Up covering TGS got to the front of the long line to try Sony's VR, there were only two options available: a horror game called Kitchen and a dating simulation game called Summer Lesson. Being of the 'I might throw up/run away screaming/faint/all of the above if [...]

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Hands-On With Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection At TGS

In anticipation of next year's Uncharted 4, Sony is re-releasing the original PS3 Uncharted games for the PS4 this month. Bluepoint Games, the team behind the wonderful God of War, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, & Metal Gear Solid 2/3 remasters, has been tasked with converting the titles to the PS4. This isn't just a quick [...]

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Hands On With PlayStation VR Demo Kitchen At TGS

For our thoughts on the actual VR headset check-out our previous post.The demo starts with you tied to chair in a typical looking horror movie kitchen (grunge, grim, blood and bodies), with a video camera aimed at you. You use the controller's motion control to knock over the camera in order to get the attention [...]

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Hands-On With PlayStation VR At Tokyo Game Show

Over the past few years at Tokyo Game Show, Sony has been slowly showing off their evolving VR technology. At last year's show, the then named Project Morpheus was the hit of the show. Sadly, we weren't able to get our hands on it. However, this year we got the chance to play around with [...]

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Japanese Govenment Honors Creator of Kirby & Smash Bros

Every year at Tokyo Game Show the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry gives out an award to a person or group that have "contributed to the development of the Japanese home video game industry." This year's METI award was given to Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. According to [...]

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Japan Game Awards 2015

As with every Tokyo Game Show, the Japan Game Awards for "Game of the Year" were given out, and this year the winners reflected the Japanese gaming industries continued shift towards mobile gaming. However, not to fret home console faithful, the consoles brought home a plethora of honorable mentions. Check out the list of winners [...]

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This Is Why Konami Killed Its Console Games

When I first came to Japan six years ago, the thing I noticed was that the portable industry was king here. Everywhere you went people were using a DS or PSP. However, since then, the smartphone has quickly become the dominate platform of choice. Go anywhere in the country, even in rural Japan where I [...]

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Prototype SNES CD Add-on Found

As I'm sure many of you know, before Sony created the PlayStation they were working in conjunction with Nintendo on creating a CD add-on for the SNES. Nintendo backed out of the deal but Sony put all that R&D to work and eventually turned the project into the PlayStation.While a few images of this would-be [...]

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World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The World Video Game Hall of Fame (we mentioned its creation awhile ago) has announced their first six inductees, which were chosen from a field of fifteen possible candidates. And the envelope please…Presenting the first ever World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees:Pong (1972)Pac-Man (1980)Tetris (1984)Super Mario Bros. (1985)Doom (1993)World of Warcraft (2004)The WVGHF(I'm not [...]

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