The Sensory Overload Dives Into The Deep End

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In 2002, Rez released in the United States on PlayStation 2 to widespread acclaim. The project, produced by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, received widespread acclaim for its intense rhythm-based action gameplay and its thumping soundtrack. With Rez Infinite, the classic game is more intense than ever as it now features 1080p resolution, 3D audio, and support for PlayStation VR.

As I walked into a meeting with Enhance Games, I notice a more elaborate setup than I've seen with other virtual reality games I've demoed in the past. Adjacent to the usual television used by the team to monitor what I'm seeing my headset, two bust forms with intriguing outfits stand prominently. The one on the left I recognize as the Synesthesia Suit that Mizuguchi wore during the reveal of the project on stage at the PlayStation Experience keynote, but the one on the right is what has piqued my interest.

Bloodstained Gets A Screenshot Status Update

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We haven't heard much from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night director's Bloodstained since it was successfully Kickstarted back in May, but a new update shows some in-engine screens from the game.

The small batch of images comes from the game's Kickstarter page and show off some recently implemented shaders that change the look of the game. You can check out some comparison shots below.

Developer Inti Creates' goal is to craft a 3D world with a 2D aesthetic.

We Talk With Epic Games To Find Out What Makes This MOBA Different

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We Talk With Epic Games To Find Out What Makes This MOBA Different

The MOBA genre has been flooded over the past few years to the point where some developers actively shy away from using the term to describe their games. Former Gears of War studio Epic Games is instead embracing it, with the notion that it has plenty to add to the crowded genre.

One problem that MOBAs have for some players is that while the concept is usually intriguing, the gameplay can struggle to reach that same level. According to Paragon's executive producer John Wasilczyk, Epic's track record shows that it can overcome that obstacle. "There are so many people on the project who love MOBAs," he says. "They love gameplay that they provide, the choices, the options, and how each different hero is its own little toy box – kind of a unique game in themselves. But we're action gamers. It's what the studio does, it's what a lot of people on the team love playing. That was something we really wanted to bring to the MOBA experience with Paragon."

Hitman Beta Kicks Off February 12

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Hitman Beta Kicks Off February 12

Hitman may have been delayed until March 11, but you’re not going to need to wait that long on PlayStation 4 and PC. Square Enix has announced a beta that will take place in February.

There’s also a new trailer that gives us our first hints of the story. It appears that Hitman will take us back to Agent 47’s beginnings with the Agency.

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We Talk With Epic Games To Find Out What Makes This MOBA Different

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The MOBA genre has been flooded over the past few years to the point where some developers actively shy away from using the term to describe their games. Former Gears of War studio Epic Games is instead embracing it, with the notion that it has plenty to add to the crowded genre.

One problem that MOBAs have for some players is that while the concept is usually intriguing, the gameplay can struggle to reach that same level. According to Paragon's executive producer John Wasilczyk, Epic's track record shows that it can overcome that obstacle. "There are so many people on the project who love MOBAs," he says. "They love gameplay that they provide, the choices, the options, and how each different hero is its own little toy box – kind of a unique game in themselves. But we're action gamers. It's what the studio does, it's what a lot of people on the team love playing. That was something we really wanted to bring to the MOBA experience with Paragon."

Dark Souls III Releasing April 12, New Gameplay Footage Revealed

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Dark Souls III Releasing April 12, New Gameplay Footage Revealed

Dark Souls III now has a firm release date in the West. Bandai Namco has revealed new gameplay and a release date for Spring 2016.

A new trailer gives us a good look at just a few of the enemies that are no doubt going to kill us over and over again. For a series that has told us to “prepare to die” though, “embrace the darkness” feels a bit tame.

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Hands-On With The Mystical Multiplayer

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Hands-On With The Mystical Multiplayer

The Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta is now out in the wild, and our compatriots at Game Informer Australia have already had a chance to dig into the new competitive offering. Curious about whether Nathan Drake's multiplayer adventures might offer some fun opportunities to throw down with online friends? Check out full impressions below, complete with additional detail from Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer.

Editor's Note: The following article first appeared in Game Informer Australia Issue #72, and is written by David Milner.

There’s a moment in every Uncharted game when the narrative veers off its semi-plausible path right into Crazyville – the equivalent of the arrival of the “inter-dimensional” beings in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, but less awful.

Battle Your Way Through The Social Classes In This Upcoming JRPG

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Battle Your Way Through The Social Classes In This Upcoming JRPG

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel publisher XSEED Games has announced a North American release date for the popular JRPG. Series fans will see the game come to western shores later this month.

Trails of Cold Steel is scheduled to release in North America on December 22. Alongside the $39.99 standard edition, a $49.99 limited “Lionheart Edition” will also be available in stores, containing an art book with 100 pages of artwork from the game and its planned 2016 sequel Trails of Cold Steel II. A 1.5” emblem pin representing the protagonists’ homeland of the Erebonian Empire is also included. Trails of Cold Steel takes place on the same continent as previous Legend of Heroes series title, 2004's Trails in The Sky.

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Meet The Japanese Underworld's Supporting Cast

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No crime drama is complete without a cast of cutthroat gangsters. For that reason, it's appropriate that the most recent Yakuza 5 update takes a look at the supporting cast members who populate its vision of the Japanese underworld.

Originally released to Japanese gamers in 2012, Sega is bringing Yakuza 5 to North America and Europe as a PlayStation Network exclusive. Today the publisher shared profile information for characters who will interact with the action-adventure game's protagonists.

These include a grouchy clan lieutenant by the name of Masaru Watase, who is itching to take over and launch a gang war, and an enigmatic detective from Osaka who guides the player. A ghastly jail-yard bully Hiroshi Kugihara will torment protagonist Taiga Saejima, who likely won't turn the other cheek for long, according to Sega. Finally, rounding out the lineup of crooks you wouldn't want to mess with is Goro Majima, a series stalwart known as the "Mad Dog" of the Shimano Family. Get a close look at these rough characters in the gallery below.

Free Demo Heading To PS4

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Today Koei Tecmo announced it will bring a free demo of Arslan: The Warriors of Legend to the PlayStation 4. The upcoming action game is based on the anime and manga adaptation of The Heroic Legends of Arslan.

The demo will launch January 12, 2016 on the PlayStation Network, and will include a mission from the first stage. Players will guide two characters, Arslan and his protector Daryun, through a tutorial that showcases moves and powers like Mardan Rush and Weapon Arts special attacks. Check out the November gameplay trailer for a look at how game's combat works.

Along with the demo, Koei Tecmo announced it will incorporate the character Elam's culinary skills in the gmae. Players will be able to collect recipes and boost character abilities during battle preparations. These can include increased health, attack boosts, healing, bonus gold, and extra experience.