Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Gets A Western Release Date For Her Latest Game

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Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Gets A Western Release Date For Her Latest Game

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X got a European and North American release date today, which means the turquoise-haired vocaloid singer is headed west yet again.

The game is releasing on the PS4 and PS Vita as a digital-only title on August 30. If you can't wait that long, a demo for both platforms will be available on August 9, containing three songs: "Satisfaction, "LOL -lots of laugh-," and "Raspberry * Monster."  The full game has four difficulty levels, but the demo only includes easy and normal.

The demo also has costume modules that players can unlock and equip, and an Event Request feature so you can create your own music festival with those three songs.  

See How You’ll Harvest And Trade In No Man’s Sky

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We’ve previously seen glimpses of exploration and combat in No Man’s Sky. The third installment in the four-part series gives us a quick look at interstellar commerce.

In the video below, you’ll get a short preview of how you’ll gather resources on the ground and in your ship. Once you have cargo, you’ll need to take it to a trading post, where you can also beef up your gear.

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Remixing The Arcade Once Again

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Remixing The Arcade Once Again

The 2007 release of Pac-Man Championship Edition revitalized the classic arcade series in unprecedented ways. The rules were bent, a bit of adrenaline was injected, and the result was a pulse-pounding arcade experience that reinvigorated a fan base.

With Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Bandai Namco looks to do even more renovating. The team is taking more liberties with its legendary formulas. While that kind of expansion beyond what made the original so great in the first place doesn't always work in entertainment mediums, if what I played of Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is any indication, this follow-up is well on its way to giving fans yet another reason to binge on dots and devour wandering ghosts.

Aside from the updated electronic music and surprisingly 3D visuals (despite the gameplay remaining staunchly 2D), the first thing you notice is that, much like its predecessor, this is no ordinary take on Pac-Man. Rather than playing through as many levels as you can, your focus is completing goals such as leveling up the dots to make them more valuable, or waking up sleeping ghosts in order to form massive ghost trains, which can be consumed for an enormous amount of points. Trust me, few things are as satisfying as finally catching a fleeing train of several ghosts and watching Pac-Man munch all of them down.

A Familiar Display Of Power

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A Familiar Display Of Power

Last year's Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a hit with fans of the anime series, and Dimps is giving players another opportunity to relive the story of the series by jumping into yet another time traveling tale.

Set after the events of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, this sequel presents a story where you create an all-new time-traveler who must attempt to go back and fix the repairs of your character in the first Xenoverse. Since you're creating a new character, players who choose to import their save files will actually encounter their character from Xenoverse 1.

While the gameplay looks and feels very similar to Xenoverse 1, Xenoverse 2 is bulking up its feature set. The vastly larger hub world (which is roughly seven times the size of the one found in Xenoverse 1) is just the beginning. Dimps is promising more environments, deeper character customization (including more races to choose from), and a boss battle mode that brings up to six people together to challenge one powerful opponent. We'll also see a roster that features a good mix of returning characters and new combatants.

Marcus Fenix Joins The Squad

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To this point, all of our time spent with Gears of Wars 4 has seen JD Fenix's squad of three facing the new threat of the Swarm alone. In the latest demo, which was on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con, JD, Kait, and Del are joined by an older, somehow more grizzled version of the main protagonist of the original Gears of War 4 trilogy, Marcus Fenix.

As I start up, the characters remark at the impending wind-flare that's about to hit. They know they've got a limited time to get to shelter, so they begin moving toward a service tower in the distance. Of course, nothing can be as easy as moving from point-A to point-B, so the squad is immediately ambushed by the swarm.

The first encounters are ordinary enough; waist-high pods fill the battlefield as the two sides exchange bullets. I accidentally pop one of the pods and a screamer emerges and shrieks, attracting more enemies. As Marcus gets downed, his signature "Revive me!" brings a smile to my face as I recall how many times I heard that while I played the original three games. Marcus' voice hasn't changed much with age, but subtle differences are evident the more he talks. 

Trailer For Civ Leader Montezuma I Shows Off New Features For The Aztecs

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Montezuma I, the ruler of the Aztec Triple Alliance and second Emperor to the empire, is coming to Sid Meier's Civilization VI as the head for the Aztec people. Along with his leadership, the Aztec pack includes a wealth of new features.

Following in the footsteps of Cleopatra of Egypt, Queen Elizabeth of England, and President Roosevelt for America, the announcement of Montezuma I's inclusion in the game came with a trailer and explanation of the new features surrounding the Aztec people. The Aztecs unique unit is called the eagle warriors, which historically were one of the two infantry classes in the empire along with the jaguar warriors. These fighters are a stronger version of the basic warrior unit and come with the special ability of turning defeated enemies into building units, allowing you to build up your Aztec civilization all the faster.

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From The Streets To The Funeral Parlor

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From The Streets To The Funeral Parlor

Wherever protagonist Lincoln Clay goes, a trail of blood soon follows. In this new live-action trailer, Clay's vengeance is once again the focus, showing the moment of his revenge and the funeral parlor it leads to. There's no new game footage in the trailer, but developer Hangar 13 is really nailing down the game's dark, revenge-heavy narrative. However, that said, the trailer does not shy away from the effects Clay's actions have on others. In pursuit of revenge, his actions seem to mirror those of who he hunts. It'll be interesting to see if his eye-for-an-eye approach is questioned in Mafia III.

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For more on Mafia III, read our hands-on preview from E3 or check out our cover hub below.

Coloring Between The Lines

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Coloring Between The Lines

The Paper Mario series has always relied on quirky humor, interesting gameplay twists, and thick layers of nostalgia, and with Paper Mario: Color Splash, Nintendo shows no signs of changing its course. I had the chance to play Paper Mario: Color Splash and came away excited to extend my time with the game.

The segment I played gave me a small open area to explore, a few enemies to battle, a battalion of Toads to find, and a boss to take on. The early moments played like a tutorial, teaching me all about the game's intuitive card and paint systems. As you explore the world and tackle enemies, you salvage cards, which can be used in the battle system. You also find red, blue, and yellow paint, which can be used for a couple of different things.

For instance, as I navigated through the small area in the demo, I could smash my hammer with some paint on it to color some areas that didn't have color before. Doing so either rewarded me with coins or cards, or opened up new areas. The paint can also be used in battle to power up your attack cards that you select. 

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball Is Free On The eShop

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force is coming next month, and while it isn’t the Metroid game fans want, Nintendo hopes to win you over. Part of the campaign to win Chozo hearts and minds is a free demo for one of the modes out today.

You can download Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball absolutely free on the 3DS eShop right now. The game is described as “the most intense 3-on-3 sport in the Metroid universe.”

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New Nioh Screens Should Tide You Over Until Newly Announced Second Demo

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New Nioh Screens Should Tide You Over Until Newly Announced Second Demo

Players first got a taste of Team Ninja's upcoming game Nioh in April, thanks to an alpha demo of the Dark Souls-like title. Next month, PlayStation 4 players will get another chance to face off against fearsome supernatural creatures in a new beta for the game. They'll have access to a long-range hand cannon this time around, which should help even things out a little.

Nioh's beta download will be available starting August 23, and the PS4 exclusive will be online until September 6. Look for the full game later this year.

The demo includes a new dojo stage, designed to ease players into the game's combat, as well as a new area that's yet to be announced. If you didn't get a chance to play the alpha, you can also play the Usuki area, which was featured in that demo. In the meantime, you can take a look at our Test Chamber from the alpha, featuring resident Dark Souls expert Dan Tack as he slowly falls in love. Be sure to take a look at the new screens in the gallery below, too.