Tag: category-/Games/Roleplaying Games

Final Fantasy IX — the best Final Fantasy — releases today for Switch

Nintendo had a great surprise for the middle of its latest Direct. No, it’s not as exciting as that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, but Final Fantasy IX will be available for Switch later today. Final Fantasy IX originally came out for PlayStation in 2000. This is the first time the classic JRPG […]

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The RetroBeat: Tales of Vesperia is the best JRPG you can play on Switch

In an earlier RetroBeat this year, I talked about how I wanted to get back into Japanese role-playing games in 2019. But the way I game has changed since 2017, back when I was playing my Vita almost every night as I went through classics such as Suikoden II, Breath of Fire IV, and The […]

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With Axis & Allies Online, Beamdog goes beyond ‘enhancing’ old D&D games

Beamdog’s adding an “A”-word to its established model of working on enhanced editions of classic Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games. The word of the day is “adaptation,” and it’s coming in the form of Axis & Allies Online for PC. This will be an online adaptation of the Axis & Allies: 1942 Second Edition version […]

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OrbusVR: Reborn relaunch ushers in a new era of this VR MMO in April

Last year OrbusVR: Reborn ushered forth as a “ground-up re-imagining” of the VR massively mutliplayer online role-playing game that will aim to relaunch the game sometime this year. This week, we’ve learned OrbusVR: Reborn is set to officially go live in April. With new visuals, new classes, new mechanics, and tons of new features, it may as well […]

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Walking Dead creator Skybound Games will publish Beamdog’s classic RPGs to consoles

Skybound Games, part of The Walking Dead creator’s Skybound Entertainment, and Beamdog today announced a publishing partnership that will bring the Enhanced Editions of classic role-playing games Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate ll, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Neverwinter Nights to consoles in 2019. The Edmonton, Canada-based Beamdog has previously published enhanced […]

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Sensor Tower: Pokémon Go made over $68 million in January

Pokémon Go had a strong start to 2019. The location-based AR game made $68.1 million during the month, according to market analysis firm Sensor Tower. That is a huge 84 percent increase over January 2018, when Pokémon Go made $37 million. The game’s total revenue now stands at $2.3 billion. Trainer battling went live in December. It has been […]

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Kingdom Hearts III — 5 tips for your darkness-destroying adventure

Kingdom Hearts III is finally a reality, and now we can all go destroy darkness, awaken lost hearts, antagonize Donald Duck, and all that good stuff. But before you boot up the anticipated action-RPG on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, I’ve got some tips for you. I’ve already played through Kingdom Hearts III and […]

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Final Fantasy VII HD graphics mod makes backgrounds less blurry with machine learning

Tired of waiting for that Final Fantasy VII remake? Well, this new mod won’t make the original game look like a modern triple-A title, but it will help the classic role-playing game’s backgrounds look a lot nicer. FF7 Remako HD Graphics has had its beta release today. You can find a download link for it […]

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Chinese regulators start approving mobile games for Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World

After a long delay, big Chinese game publishers Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World are getting their mobile games approved for the Chinese market again. China’s new gaming regulator, the State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP), last week released a list of digital games that have been granted a license for publication. Tencent, NetEase, and […]

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GamesBeat Decides 109: Kingdom Hearts is garbage, but it’s a part of me

The news was still slow this past week, but we have plenty to talk about. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about their reviews for Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts III. The crew also gets into some details about the first 24 hours in […]

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The RetroBeat: What Kingdom Hearts III should have learned from the original

I almost can’t believe it, but Kingdom Hearts III is now a real game that I’ve actually played. And I liked it! You should go read my review before the Disney crossover extravaganza releases on January 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But as much as I enjoyed Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix made […]

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BioWare interview: How EA’s huge bet on Anthem is turning out in the home stretch

Mike Gamble has an appropriate last name as the lead producer on BioWare’s new science fiction video game, Anthem. Electronic Arts, the parent company of BioWare, has made a huge bet on Anthem as its first new intellectual property in a decade. The four-player co-op title debuts on February 22 on the PC, Xbox One, […]

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Anthem gameplay videos: Check out the Lost Arcanist and Triple Treat story missions

BioWare and Electronic Arts opened the doors for hands-on play with Anthem, the four-player co-op shooter set in EA’s first new game world in a decade. The online game will keep evolving over time, but it has a campaign with a main story that a single or up to four players can complete. I had a chance […]

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Kingdom Hearts III review — excessive, yet satisfying

Kingdom Hearts III has a big job. Square Enix’s Disney crossover spectacular — which comes out on January 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — has to tie up almost 17 years worth of complicated (and, yes, convoluted) plot threads. It also has to live up to almost 13 years of anticipation. Kingdom Hearts II […]

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SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is an RPG card game for Switch

Indie studio Image & Form today announced SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, a role-playing game with card-based mechanics that is coming to Switch in 2019. You can see the debut trailer for the game above. Hand of Gilgamech is the latest in the SteamWorld series, which began in 2010 with SteamWorld Tower Defense. The franchise’s games cover […]

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NCSoft trims jobs on unannounced project at Iron Tiger Studios

NCSoft, the South Korean online game publisher that makes games like Lineage 2 and Guild Wars 2, has laid off an undisclosed number of its staff in San Mateo, California. The team affected is part of Iron Tiger Studios, which began work a few years ago on an unannounced project. A spokesman for NCSoft confirmed […]

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The RetroBeat: Phantasy Star IV is the perfect classic JRPG experience for Switch owners

I started my 2019 gaming by finally tackling a Japanese role-playing game I’ve wanted to play for some time: Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium. I love JPRGs, but I spent a little time in 2018 on them. The two I was looking forward to — Ni no Kuni II and Octopath Traveler — […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr adds a new country, Necromancers, and dragons

Zenimax Online Studios announced Elsweyr today, the next chapter for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online. It releases in June. Elsweyr will take place in the country of the same name, which is home to the cat-like Khajiit race. It will also introduce a new class, Necromancers, and dragons for the first time […]

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Sensor Tower — Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire made $375 million on mobile in 2018

Square Enix and MZ’s mobile game Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire made $375 million in 2018, according to mobile research firm Sensor Tower. The strategy game launched in June 2017. The free-to-play title’s total revenues now sit at $518.4 million, with installs at 51 million. The average player spent about $10 on the game in 2018. Final […]

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Blizzard and NetEase extend Chinese publishing deal for Hearthstone, Overwatch, and more

Blizzard and NetEase have made a deal to continue their Chinese publishing partnership through 2023, according to GameDaily.biz. NetEase, itself headquartered in China, publishes Blizzard’s games in that county. This includes hits like Hearthstone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III. The partnership began in 2008. The Chinese game industry is worth about […]

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