Some Of The Weird Ways I Spent My Time In Yakuza 0

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Some Of The Weird Ways I Spent My Time In Yakuza 0

I’ve been looking forward to Yakuza 0 for some time. The setting seemed interesting (Tokyo in the ‘80s), and it seemed like a good starting point for a series that I’ve never spent much time with. I’ve been playing it for about a week now, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it so far. Even though the story is a tale of betrayal and honor, antihero Kazuma Kiryu doesn’t have to approach the proceedings with a laser focus. Sure, I’ve been working to avenge my name after getting framed for murder, but that hasn’t stopped me from farting around town. Here are some of the ways I’ve been killing time during my adventure.

Double Dragon IV Will Bring Back Retro-Brawler Action On Jan. 30

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Double Dragon IV Will Bring Back Retro-Brawler Action On Jan. 30

Although the recent Double Dragon: Neon was coated in a thick layer of 1980s nostalgia, Arc System Works is looking to one-up the retro feeling with the newly-announced Double Dragon IV.

The game, which will once again have Jimmy and Billy fighting hordes of bad guys in order to save perpetual damsel-in-distress Marian, uses graphics incredibly similar to those of the original Double Dragon games, both during in-game cutscenes and in gameplay. The game also looks to feature a combo system that lets players juggle opponents after the first hit they land. You can watch the first teaser trailer for the game below.

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Expansion Launches In June, Adds Red Mage Class

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Expansion Launches In June, Adds Red Mage Class

The next chapter of the Final Fantasy XIV saga, Stormblood, was revealed in October, but today's Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2016 gave fans some more details on what Stormblood is and when it will be available to players.

The biggest news is perhaps the addition of the new Red Mage class. The class is designed to deal ranged damage through magic, similar to the Black Mage, but it has a unique melee weapon that it can use in combat.

Stormblood is also set to expand players' horizons with the ability to swim and dive. You can even bring your flying mount with you. Though these submerged areas are now explorable, no battles will happen in the water. In order to unlock the ability to swim and dive, you must complete a quest at the beginning of the expansion.

Arrives On iOS and Android Today

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Arrives On iOS and Android Today

War Commander: Rogue Assault, a mobile RTS developed by Kixeye and the co-creator of Command and Conquer, Louis Castle, hits iOS and Android today. The game is free-to-play.

“Myself and the team at KIXEYE are excited to share with the real-time strategy community a title that goes well beyond the offerings currently available on mobile,” said Castle.  “We designed War Commander: Rogue Assault from the ground up to give mobile strategy players a fast paced, immersive military experience that they haven’t seen before and we look forward to hearing the feedback from the community.”

You can watch War Commander: Rogue Assault in action right here:

The World Creator From The Creator Of Harvest Moon Goes From March To May

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The World Creator From The Creator Of Harvest Moon Goes From March To May

Birthdays The Beginning, from the mind behind Harvest Moon, is moving from one 'M' month, to another 'M' month.

Last month, publisher NIS America announced Birthdays would be releasing in North America on March 7. That is no longer the case. The game is now planned for release, on PlayStation 4 and PC, on May 9, 2017.

The game allows players to craft an observe a living world that will respond to the changes you enact. We were impressed by what we saw of the game earlier this year at the Tokyo Game Show. You can read our impressions here.

Demo Coming Tomorrow, Anime Adaptation Coming After Christmas

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Demo Coming Tomorrow, Anime Adaptation Coming After Christmas

Ahead of the release of Gravity Rush's sequel next month, Sony is offering a demo of the game, which will be available tomorrow. It also has plans for an anime, which will bridge the narrative gap between the two games.

The demo has two parts which Sony ambiguously describes with one being for Gravity Rush veterans, and one being for newcomers.

The anime will launch on YouTube on December 26 at 8:00 a.m. PT. You can check out a teaser for it below.

New Persona 5 Characters Show Off Shogi, Speeches & Secrets

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New Persona 5 Characters Show Off Shogi, Speeches & Secrets

Atlus has released some new character sketches for some of the characters the Protagonist runs into in the game, and interacting with them can be very useful.

This trio aren't just in the game for flavor – each can help the Protagonist in their own way.

Hifumi TogoHer love of the game shogi can help you switch members in the middle of battle and more.

See The Tactical Gameplay In Action

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See The Tactical Gameplay In Action

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers launches next month as a digital release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. With the release date looming, Koei Tecmo released a new trailer today showing off the gameplay. Godseekers features tactical gameplay unlike the action fare the Dynasty Warriors games are best known for; but don't worry, it still has tons of cool special moves that make you pack a punch against enemies. 

This entry follows Zhao Yun and his friend Lei Bin, who help a young girl named Lixia escape from a mystical prison. Lixia's past holds many mysteries that the two try to piece together on their journey, which leads them fighting for the salvation of the world. Godseekers puts them in historical battles, allowing them to brush shoulders with powerful warriors in Three Kingdoms era China.

The trailer below lets you see the tactical gameplay, where you move units across a grid, attacking from strategic places such as the rear or sides to get the upper hand. For tougher opponents, you have access to Lixia's orbs, which can deal deadly elemental damage. 

Catch The Perfect Wave In New Surfing Game

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Catch The Perfect Wave In New Surfing Game

A new surfing game was announced from UK developer Climax Studios called Surf World Series. You can catch the perfect wave when the game hits on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017.

The arcade-style surfing game lets take control of waves and nail tricks, such as kickflips and cutbacks. With five different destinations, you visit key surfing hot spots, such as Hawaii and Portugal. The game includes 45 single player challenges, but you can also take your board online, competing against 15 other players in three different multiplayer modes. Climax Studios has yet to detail what those three online modes entail. As you rank up, you unlock various customization options to give your surfer your own personal touch. 

For more information, you can check out the screens and trailer below, or visit the official site

New For Honor Trailers Announce Closed Beta For Next Month

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New For Honor Trailers Announce Closed Beta For Next Month

For Honor is going into closed beta next month, and in honor of the event, Ubisoft has released three trailers detailing the game's three factions, and one to set up the story.

To take part in For Honor's beta, you can head here to sign up. The beta begins next month and will allow players to try out 12 different characters across the three factions (Viking, Samurai, and Knight) on the battlefields of Ashfeld, Valkenheim, and Myre. The beta activity will also be tracked for War of the Factions, which will identify which group is the most successful at engaging in war. Rewards will be offered to the winners.

Similarly, Ubisoft also revealed that the long-term tracking of the assorted factions will continue into the full game for Faction War – which will identify which faction is the strongest. The stats will be tracked over 10-week periods, and the strongest will get bonuses for its success.