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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles revamping RPGs for PS3

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles revamping RPGs for PS3

Namco Bandai's bringing vintage PlayStation 2 RPG Tales of Symphonia and its sequel Dawn of the New World to PlayStation 3 all shinied up in a double-pack named Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the publisher announced over the weekend. If you missed the pair the first time around, or don't want to drag out your PS2 or GameCube to play them, the collection's due in "early 2014."

Read more: HD graphics and extra "content" »

"Sure, symphonia was an amazing RPG, great storyline (especially once you got to the 2nd disk) -- ..."
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Tales of Xillia first-runs upgraded to 'Limited Edition'

Tales of Xillia first-runs upgraded to 'Limited Edition'

Tales fans have been waiting a long time for Tales of Xillia. Publisher Namco Bandai is hoping to entice fans with a special edition of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, available when the game comes out on August 6.

First-run versions of the game which be upgraded to the "limited edition," which includes a character profile booklet, soundtrack CD, and two DLC costumes. If you've already pre-ordered the game, you'll be upgraded to the LE at no extra cost.

Read more: Collector's Edition also coming »

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures jumping onto PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures jumping onto PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U

Namco Bandai has declared that "Pac is back!" I wasn't aware that Pac had ever left, but regardless, Pac-Man is coming back to consoles later this year in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. It'll feature everything you remember about the dot-munching hero, including a whole lot of platforming! (Wait, that doesn't sound right.)

Watch: Based on Disney XD series »

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English-language Idolm@ster games come to iOS, $55 each

English-language Idolm@ster games come to iOS, $55 each

Namco Bandai has released its cult rhythm game Idolm@ster on iOS, giving North American gamers a chance to see why the series has been so popular in Japan. Three games, originally released on PSP in Japan last year, can be found on the App Store, but be prepared to pay much more than the usual iOS release.

Read more: Three games, $55 each »

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Power Rangers Megaforce coming to 3DS this fall

Power Rangers Megaforce coming to 3DS this fall

Depending on your age, your reaction to the Power Rangers may vary from "oh cool" to "that's still a thing?" But thanks to a continuous stream of new iterations, the franchise has stayed alive since 1993. The next iteration is called "Megaforce," and a 3DS tie-in game will use a card scanner to enable power-ups. It's coming this fall.

Read more: Card scanning and face importing »

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The DNA of Dark Souls: the challenge and death

The DNA of Dark Souls: the challenge and death

Editor's Note: In the first part of Dark Souls DNA, we locked the hub world structure used in Demon's Souls in a steel cage along with the seamless world layout of Dark Souls and let them battle it out. In part two, we discuss perhaps the most important element of any Souls game, the element that will make or break Dark Souls 2: the challenge.


Most game tutorials are designed to teach players the controls. X reloads, A jumps, clicking the left mouse button pops off a shot. Demon's Souls' tutorial is designed to teach you that you will die. If you manage to slash and claw your way to the tutorial boss, he can strike you down in one hit, maybe two. Survive, and the game transports you to a dungeon where a dragon punches you in the face for an instant kill. Dark Souls was just as brutal, depositing players in a starting area where the most obvious path, one leading down to a graveyard, pitted them against enemies far beyond their abilities so early in the game.

Read more: Dying in Dark Souls »

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Tales of Xillia Collector's Edition announced, costs $100

Tales of Xillia Collector's Edition announced, costs $100

Tales of Xillia publisher Namco Bandai has unveiled the game's Collector's Edition. The CE is only for the North American edition of the game, giving western JRPG fans a rare chance to lord the ownership of video game baubles over their Japanese friends.

Read more: July 25 briefly published on Capcom site »

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Dark Souls 2: what's new, what's not

Dark Souls 2: what's new, what's not

At first glance, it might not seem like Dark Souls 2 is very different from its predecessor. It's still dark, dreary, and full of death. Still, sequels are meant to be bigger and badder, a point that that developer From Software tried to emphasize, all whilst staying true to the original game.

Yui Tanimura, the game's new director, talked up the sequel's new graphics engine, for example. A lot of attention went into the lighting, it seems, with dynamic light sources becoming even more vital to gameplay. There are areas of total blackness, which can only be illuminating when carrying a lit torch.

Read more: Increased 'flexibility,' but hardcore attitude remains »

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'Killing with substance': dying in Dark Souls 2

'Killing with substance': dying in Dark Souls 2

The armored hero walks hesitantly across a rickety bridge. Wyverns are circling around, ready to strike. The hero takes one more step forward, as the bridge collapses, sending him to an all too familiar screen: "You Died."

Yui Tanimura, director on Dark Souls 2, is reveling in death. "One thing that really came into mind was the various kinds of deaths that players can experience," he said while presenting the game. "We try to kill with substance."

Read more: The achievement of 'overcoming death' »

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Ridge Racer: Driftopia is franchise's foray into free-to-play

Ridge Racer: Driftopia is franchise's foray into free-to-play

Updated with platform information.

Namco Bandai is serious about free-to-play. Tekken Card Tournament was the publisher's first attempt at transforming its fighting franchise into a F2P experience. Now, it plans on using the business model du jour for its most iconic racing series: Ridge Racer.

Ridge Racer: Driftopia is a free-to-play game coming from Bugbear, developer of so-so Ridge Racer Unbounded (pictured). Like every other F2P game, "there are elements that help speed up your experience with the game," a Namco Bandai spokesperson told us, admitting "that's ultimately what helps us drive that business."

Read more: Coming to PS3 and PC later this year »

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Dark Souls PC was 'half-assed,' but Dark Souls 2 director promises more 'care'

Dark Souls PC was 'half-assed,' but Dark Souls 2 director promises more 'care'

A fan petition successfully convinced publisher Namco Bandai and developer From Software to bring Dark Souls to PC. Unfortunately, the final product wasn't particularly polished, with From admitting they were having a "tough time" making the transition from console to PC development. The end result was a direct port that required user-created mods to live up to PC standards.

"A lot of it was not very well done, sort of half-assed," Dark Souls 2 director Yui Tanimura told Shacknews via translator (Tak Miyazoe), while promising a much better experience for the sequel.

Read more: PC version sold very well for Namco »

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Dark Souls 2 footage shows 12 minutes of gameplay

Dark Souls 2 footage shows 12 minutes of gameplay

New gameplay footage from Dark Souls 2 has shown up showing dimly lit castles, bonfires, monsters and lots of combat. From Software Director Yui Tanimura and Namco Bandai's Tak Miyazoe takes us through the demo and talk about how the developer created the levels and the atmosphere the studio was trying to create in the new game. Oh, and lots of death.

Watch: A new trailer for the game »

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Dark Souls 2 screens leaked

Dark Souls 2 screens leaked

Since being announced at the VGAs in December, not much has been seen or heard of Dark Souls 2, aside from the need for a more addictive intro and to be more understandable. But now, some new screenshots are out in the wild.

See: The world of Dark Souls 2 »

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Tales of Xillia coming to PS3 on August 6

Tales of Xillia coming to PS3 on August 6

Tales of Xillia has been given a release date of August 6 for North America. This comes alongside news that the series' two Vita games are not planned for western release, making the decidedly old-school PlayStation 3 title the only pending option for Tales fans.

Read more: One main reason is 'Vita is doing relatively poorly' »

"Been looking forward to Xillia for a while, glad they announced a date"
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Project X Zone coming on June 25

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Project X Zone coming on June 25

The strategy RPG hybrid Project X Zone has set a release date for June 25, on the 3DS. The game teams up characters from Capcom, Sega, and Namco titles, ensuring the most crossed characters since The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons.

Read more: Characters across multiple franchises »

"I thought this was the next Xeno game for the WiiU and was so excited, then I was let down."
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