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Tri-Ace RPG Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky Coming Stateside This October

Tri-Ace's gorgeous RPG adventure, Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, is coming to the U.S. this October. The side-scroller hit Japan via publisher Spike Chunsoft this past December, but there was no U.S. release date at the time. Aksys Games, the publisher for the Western version, and tri-Ace have announced that it release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on October 18.

As the developer of series like Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile, tri-Ace has the pedigree to craft great role-playing games. With Exist Archive, the developer is putting players in a unique position as far as the story is concerned. The main characters are immediately killed in a huge explosion caused by the destructive god Yamatoga. With life as it was known gone, players control a group of dead characters that inherit the power of Yamatoga and then get mixed up in a conflict between warring gods. 

According to Aksys, the game features a deep story and several side-quests to entertain players. The combat system maps characters' attacks to each individual face-button on the PS4 controller or Vita. Focusing on your party configuration and chaining your attacks together are important keys to victory.

To learn more about Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, head to Kim Wallace's localization wishlist from Tokyo Game Show 2015.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This game caught our eye at Tokyo Game Show last year, prompting Kim to name it one of the games she wanted to see localized in the future. With the date now set, JRPG fans now have another game to look forward to later this year.

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Gears Of War 4 Carves Up The Competition This October

Gears of War 4, which was featured on our April cover, now has a release date. The Xbox One title will be carving up the competition this fall.

In advance of the October 11 release, players will have a chance to help test the multiplayer. A beta kicks off for those that have played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on April 18. All Xbox Live Gold members can join in on April 25.

Beta keys will be distributed via Xbox Live messaging starting on April 18. In order to be eligible, you need only play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or PC by April 11.

For more on Gears of War 4, check out our coverage hub from the April 2016 issue.

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PlayStation VR launches October 2016 for $399

Today at a special event held alongside GDC in San Francisco, Sony announced the price and release date for PlayStation VR. …


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Titanfall, Mass Effect Return Sometime Between October 2016 And March 2017

EA has confirmed that a new Titanfall game is on the way. We’ve known almost since right after Titanfall launched in 2014 that a sequel was in the works. EA now affirms when we might be playing.

On its third quarter earnings call, the company says that its partnership Respawn remains intact. The next Titanfall game will be out in the next year.

What isn’t entirely clear is what that game will look like. EA confirms that a “new Titanfall experience” will be out in fiscal year 2017 (ending March 31, 2017). Later in the call, EA included Mass Effect in its lineup for the second half of the year.

Titanfall will join Battlefield in the next fiscal year, filling out EA’s shooter portfolio. With the inclusion of Star Wars Battlefront paid DLC starting in March, the publisher’s offerings are flush in the genre.

 

Our Take
While there’s a dearth of detail around the next Titanfall game, EA’s next fiscal year is starting to come into focus slowly. The important thing to note is that neither Titanfall or Mass Effect are confirmed for calendar 2016. We might not see them until the quarter that runs from January 1 through March 31, 2016.

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October 2015 NPD: Strong Sales All Around As Halo Leads The Pack

The October NPD numbers are out, and while it doesn’t seem that too much has changed since last year, gamers (and game makers) have plenty of reasons to be happy. Here's the full breakdown.

NPD Group reports that October sales were up slightly since last year. Overall video game market's sales experienced a modest 2 percent jump since last year around this time. Much of this was driven by accessory sales, which grew by 18 percent, or just under $ 30 million. This includes subscription card sales, which were up 38 percent from October 2014, making this the best October for video game subscription cards on record.

Hardware sales were pretty neck-and-neck with the numbers from last year. Console sales grew by 3 percent, while portables sales declined 27 percent. 

Gamers are still buying plenty of games, but the sale of new physical copies of games actually decreased by 3 percent when compared to last year’s numbers. However, it’s worth noting that the NDP doesn’t actually track downloadable numbers, so it’s plausible that total game sales are fairly even – or even exceed – last year’s data. 

Here is the full top ten list:

  1. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
  2. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  3. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  8. Yoshi's Wooly World (WiiU)
  9. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  10. Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)

As always, the platforms are listed in the order of sales, and do not include hardware bundles. 

 

Our Take
It's great to see that game sales are holding strong. It’s not too surprising to see Halo 5: Guardians and the usual sports titles on here, but I’m happy to see that Rock Band 4 is also doing well. And it’s nice to see that not too many people were turned away from Assassin's Creed: Syndicate after the debacle that was Unity.

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PSA: Today Is Your Last Chance For October PlayStation Plus Games

This is your friendly reminder that today is the final day to nab your October PlayStation Plus games. A new slate of titles rotates in tomorrow, so make some time to lock in your licenses now.

If you need a refresher, October’s titles include:

PlayStation 4

  • Broken Age
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Unmechanical Extended

PlayStation 3

  • Chariot
  • Kickbeat
  • Kung Fu Rabbit
  • Unmechanical Extended

Vita

  • Broken Age
  • Kickbeat
  • Kung Fu Rabbit
  • Super Meat Boy

November takes us to the stars with Mass Effect 2 and gives us colorful wizard robes in Magicka 2. You can check out the full slate of next month’s titles here.

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PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For October Games With Gold

In addition to Halloween, today is the final day of October. Xbox Live members know what that means.

Be sure to grab your September games before they’re gone. Rotating off the service after today are Valiant Hearts: The Great War on Xbox One and The Walking Dead: Season One on Xbox 360.

Be sure to carve out some time to lock these in. Ha! I made a pumpkin joke.

For next month’s titles, check out our previous coverage.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 29, 2015)

This week was a good one. People shared Super Mario Maker
levels, while others joined in on the community writing challenge. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For October 22 – October 28:

The
Current State Of My 2015 Backlog

Avid blogger Rebekah Lang has a problem many of us share: a crippling backlog.
As readers can see, she hasn't even touched many of the games released this
year. I still haven't touched some PlayStation games I own.

The
Legend Of Zelda History. Is It Showing A Pattern?

Investigative blogger GerardoExber explores whether or not The Legend of Zelda
series is exhibiting a pattern. It's almost as deep as the Zelda timeline,
which makes my head hurt every time I read it.

Tri-Force
Heroes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I have been enjoying Tri-Force Heroes, as has MightyMagikarp – oh wait, he
returned it. While I may have enjoyed my hour or so I've played with a friend,
our mighty Pokémon has found too much to hinder his joy. Has anyone else played
it? What are your thoughts?

The
Best Horror Experiences Of The Year

With Halloween almost upon us, Jonathon Garrard's post about the best horror in
games this year is a timely one. I plan on checking some of these out with my
fiancé…but only so I don't get scared. She's imperious when it comes to facing
down horror. And our grumpy cat.

2015
Games You Don't Care About

@ChrisContinues has a fun video feature up about games he doesn't care about
this holiday season. Have some of these games fallen off your radar? I'm just
jazzed about Fallout at this point.

Community Reviews:

Review:
Super Mario Maker

GreenePanda21 has difficulty reviewing Mario's latest game. It's unlike
anything before it, but also could be more. Read the full review to see what
the final verdict is.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community
Writing Challenge: A Special Set Of Skills…

firedude3663 graciously took on our writing challenge. He chooses a power-up,
skill, and finishing move – and all three together create a winning combo.

Community
Writing Challenge: The Stats I'd like To Have From Video Games.

GerardoExber was a busy blogger last week, but I'm glad he joined in on the
responses for the community challenge. I too would like the ability to take a
bullet to the face and then fix it by pulling on my thumb. He has some other
really interesting powers and skills he'd like to have, and the post is a fun
read, so get to it.

Community Writing Challenge:

What do you think your favorite video game characters would
do if they suddenly found themselves in our world? Would it be chaos? Would
Mario and Luigi set up a plumbing business?

Community Playdate:

We only received two Super Mario Maker levels last week, so
I'm going to ask for more this week!

Please share your Super Mario Maker levels in the comments.
One level for each community member. I'll play each and every one of them,
hopefully to completion, and write about them in the community writing
challenge responses section. For starters check out pestulio007's Assault on
Bowser's Airship! (via this code: FF1E-0000-00B7-CB3E), and SnakePlissken722's
The Black Pearl level (40B6-0000-0044-72E3). If you'd like to, please feel free
to write about your fellow community members' levels and I'll feature them in the blog
next week.

I hope you enjoy the blogs! Please contact me
via my Game
Informer page
 or on Twitter
at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 22, 2015)

Want to know how Splatoon can be improved, if difficult
games are worth it, and what it would be like to hang out with Resident Evil's
Jill Valentine? Well, this week's Blog Herding is for you!

Community Blogs For October 15 – October 21:

Ten
Ways Splatoon Could Be Improved

Will Watson has played a lot of Splatoon and clearly loves it. I agree with all
of his calls for improvement. And though it has nothing to do with the game, I
would love to see an anime for Nintendo's surprise hit. I don't know why, but
it seems like a good, weird fit. Actually, let's get an anime and proper sequel
for Chibi-Robo while we're at it.

Punishing
Games: To What End?

Diligent blogger Rebekah Lang is honest in exposing a truth about Bloodborne: It may be difficult just to be difficult, not to actually be interesting. While
I've had more problems with glitches in From Software games, I'd have to agree
that sometimes the difficulty is just a bit silly. Then again, I've beaten a
lot of "hard" games, and constantly play games on the highest difficulty from
the beginning, so I can't really complain. I'm a glutton for punishment.

Off
Topic: Would You Play This Table-Top Game?

Uesugi-dono gives us a look at Honor and Glory, and though it isn't a video
game, it sounds like a fun, interactive time. As someone who has enjoyed some
tabletop games, I'm going to have to at least check this out at the local comic
and hobby shop.

Community Reviews:

Dengeki
Bunko Fighting Climax Review

I'm going to be honest: I have no idea what "light novel" Justin Mikos is
talking about in this review. What I do know is that fans of fighting games, as
well as newcomers, should probably check this out. It sounds very accessible.

Review:
Resident Evil Revelations – A Return To Form Mixing Old And New

GerardoExber is one of our most prominent bloggers lately, and here he gives us
a look at what I consider to be a great iteration of Resident Evil. Our
blogger's most important point is that this game is survival horror, not
action. These days that's much appreciated when it comes to Resident Evil.

Review:
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials And Tribulations

GreenePanda21 is a huge fan of the Ace Attorney series, so when he reviews a
game in the series (and another one here),
you can expect it to be a very honest, in-depth assessment. I've only played
the first game (on my iPhone, no less), so I really want to jump into this
series a bit more.

Dragon
Quest Heroes Review: Merriment In The Marvelous Mashup

Enuo gives a very different type of Dragon Quest game a perfect score. It may
not be what everyone expects, but it sounds like a fun take on the storied
franchise. I'm down. And really, when a Slime enemy is involved, you know the
game is going to be at least a little fun.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community
Writing Challenge: Jill Valentine, The Character I Would Like To Hang Out With During A Week

GerardoExber chooses Jill "lock pick" Valentine as someone he'd like to hang out
with. He feels like she'd be a lot of fun to talk to, and he'd even take her to
a Resident Evil movie or two – which is totally breaking the fifth or sixth wall.
I think. I don't know. I just want to shoot zombies and play soccer with Jill.

Community Writing Challenge:

What is one power-up, skill, or special move you'd like to
take from a video game and have in real life? My fiancé would choose the ice
skate power-up and cat bell in Super Mario 3D World, whereas I would choose the
intelligence skill in Fallout – I'm just getting prepared for the apocalypse is
all.

Community Playdate:

I want to try something different this week: Please share
your Super Mario Maker levels in the comments section below – one level per community member. I'll play each and every one of them, hopefully to completion, and
write about them in the community writing challenge responses section.

I hope you enjoy the blogs! Please contact me
via my Game
Informer page
 or on Twitter
at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 15, 2015)

Another week, another great batch of blogs. A good variety of
topics means each of you will find something interesting, or something new to
learn about this week.

Community Blogs For October 8 – September 14:

Right
Back At Ya: Ranking Every Game In The Super Mario Series

MightyMagikarp must have evolved into Gyarados in order to take on the task of
ranking 30 years' worth of Super Mario games. But that's what he did in
response to Game
Informer's list
. The top five games are quite different, which surprised
me. Both are wrong: Mario is Missing! is the best Mario game ever made. Ever.
Side note: I'm a liar.   

My
Top Ten Boss Themes Since 2010

Will Watson has chosen a somewhat unique take on the ever-present listicle.
This blog is worth a read just to listen to the music via the YouTube videos
he's embedded.

Dead
Space Retrospective: A Horror Classic

Gamemaniac3434 is quick to point out (like in the first sentence quick) that
Dead Space is not the scariest game he's ever played. However, it is just
stylish enough to make it his favorite series showboating horror themes. The
scariest games I've played are P.T. and Silent Hill 2. Great. Sleeping with the
lights on tonight.

Caesar's
Thoughts On The Rainbow Six Siege Beta

Caesar isn't so sure about his time with the latest
shoot-em-up-all-realistic-like Rainbow Six outing. I mean, the lack of a
campaign kind of stinks, so multiplayer needs to come out swinging.

Why
I'm Leaving Xbox Moving Into Next-Gen

That Guy… yeah, the blogger, is jumping ship. See you later, Microsoft – this
gamer is out of your camp. But why? Well, No Man's Sky is a big reason for the
move to a Sony console after siding with Xbox 360 last generation. I moved to a
PlayStation 4 because I'd be able to play FIFA online with a buddy, and I got
sick of my 360 breaking down after it lasted for so long.

The
Wonder Of PS4's Share Play Function

It seems that Rebekah Lang is always finding new ways to explore her PS4 each
week. This time she's messing around with the Share Play function. Spoiler
alert: She was "sort of blown away." Dig into this blog to find out why.

Community Reviews:

Destiny:
The Taken King Review

Destiny's latest expansion has taken (heh) everyone, including blogger
Cavehobo, to a very happy place. For many, it's what the game was always meant
to be. For our writer, it's a move that makes Destiny a must-play title for
anyone who loves first-person shooters and MMO gameplay. 

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community
Writing Challenge: The Setting I Would Like To See Again

GerardoExber chose a setting I didn't quite expect: 3D rendered backgrounds. I
expected a Final Fantasy VII location when I first saw his post's image. After
reading his reasoning for wanting to see them come back, I have to admit that
I'm on board; I really enjoy a nicely rendered background, and kind of miss
them.

Community Writing Challenge:

If you had one week to hang out with any video game
character, who would it be? We've had some memorable heroes, villains, and inbetweeners
in our gaming adventures, so this might be a hard one. I'd love to shoot some
cans with Garrus, throw back a space beer with him, and just chat. That is one
cool cat…err, turian.

Community Playdate:

We have to once again set this aside. As you may know, I
recently moved and am still not completely ready with the new place (I wrote
this very Blog Herding while sharing my "office" with my cat's litter box, and
Miyamoto is not happy about the situation), but we'll be able to game together
soon. I promise!

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Informer page
 or on Twitter
at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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