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Digimon Masters Receives Another Update

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Joymax has announced today its latest update for the popular online massive multiplayer title, Digimon Masters. A fantastic universe where our world and the Digital World are closer than anyone would have imagined is about to change in ways never expected. Digimon Masters continues the story and heightened sense of urgency found in the Digimon anime. This summertime update will bring tamers a raised level cap, all-new Digimon, new items and new maps. New and returning players can check out all the fun at the Joymax portal at http://www.joymax.com/portal

The new Summer Festival will have power growing stronger as players and their Digimon can now attain the lofty goal of level 90. With this increased level cap, comes new powers to explore, and players will now have the opportunity to delve deeper into the mazes of the Digital World with four new Maze floors to explore on the journey to 90.

New Digimon have also joined the fray, including two new Mercenaries: Salamon (who will digivolve to BlackTailmon) and FanBeemon. In addition, Lopmon's Ultimate form can now be unlocked via the Angel Ring item. Two new field drops for companion Digimon are also included in the update, Dogmon and Armamon, making a total of six new Digimon available for the summer. Salamon was the official winner of the "Most Wanted Digimon Poll" event and Joymax is pleased to add him to the game. Levelling these new partners is the perfect opportunity to try out the hot new items including twelve new summer avatars.

Digimon is well known all over the globe as part of the famous Japanese TV animation series. Digimon Masters is the first ever 3D online game based on the Digimon universe with more than 1,000 characters featured from seasons 1 through 5 of the series. Not only is it faithful to the art design, Digimon Masters closely follows the original story that will satisfy both loyal fans of the series as well as the average gamer. The game seamlessly combines pet training simulation with role-playing elements to deliver a one of a kind gaming experience. Featuring real-time combat, gamers will be thrilled with the challenges brought forth by real-time combat that requires quick thinking and good reflexes. Players can also become one of eight Royal Knights. Royal Knights are Digimon who are in charge of each area in the Digital World. Leaders of a guild that conquers one of these areas can become a Royal Knight who has the right to impose taxes along with other perks and obligations.

Pokemon Set to Conquer Europe in July

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

A creative new entry in the Pokemon family of video games delivers a new way for fans to enjoy this legendary series on the Nintendo DS family of systems. Pokemon Conquest, set to launch across UK on 27th July 2012, offers a fun new way to play Pokemon in a unique world called Ransei that is filled with adventure. Developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES Co., Ltd., the 2D game can also be played on the Nintendo 3DS system.

In Pokemon Conquest, players take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokemon. Together, they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter a variety of Pokemon, as well as Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. The game contains nearly 200 Pokemon, including many from the recent Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version games.

As the battlefield unfolds in Pokemon Conquest, players must choose the correct Pokemon type to inflict maximum damage on their opponents. In the turn-based skirmishes, players choose different tactics for intense six-on-six battles, and battle conditions can change on every turn, keeping players on their toes in anticipation of what will happen next.

New features in the game for players to conquer include:

Story: To save the Ransei region from Nobunaga, a powerful Warlord who is trying to take over Ransei, players must conquer different kingdoms to strengthen and grow their own kingdom. There are 17 kingdoms in total to conquer. Conquering all 17 kingdoms and ultimately uniting the kingdom will awaken the Legendary Pokemon and save the land from destruction. Story mode is organized by episodes. Players unlock episodes as they progress and each episode features a different playable Warlord and victory conditions.  

Army Mechanics: Players can grow their army by recruiting defeated Warlords and their Pokemon. After a kingdom is conquered, players will also have access to the kingdom facilities such as training grounds, shops to buy items and mines for money. Players can also strengthen their army by linking with Pokemon. Warlords can have various linked Pokemon and switch between them before battle to strategically prepare for the type of battle they are about to engage in.

Battle Mechanics: Players will encounter a wide range of battlefields as they progress through the game. Each of the 17 kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield. For example kingdom Ignis is fire-themed and has lava flows, lava beds and fire spouts for players to battle around. Strategically using water-type Pokemon to navigate through this battlefield will help players conquer this kingdom. Additionally, players can use the kingdom training grounds to train their army or find wild Pokemon and link with them. After battling with a Warlord, the game automatically registers them. Using the built-in local wireless connection on the Nintendo DS, players can battle with friends who also own the game with their registered armies.

Warlords and Pokemon: Each Warlord has a special ability that can change the tide of battle. For example, Warlord Oichi has the ability to heal all the Pokemon in your army. Warlords also have types much like Pokemon. This will determine how well they link to particular Pokemon. Some Warlords will have the ability to choose from several different kinds of Pokemon to link with.

Cradle of Rome 2 Hits US on Nintendo DS and 3DS

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Rising Star Games has released Cradle of Rome 2 in North America now, on both Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. The sequel to one of the best-selling Match-3 games by Jewel Master, Cradle of Rome 2 brings improved features, graphics and high-quality sound to the incredibly successful series. Cradle of Rome 2 challenges players to race against time by swapping tiles in an intense Match-3 game. As players progress, they must earn enough gold and materials to return Rome to its former glory and ascend to the position of Caesar. Providing simple, yet addictive, gameplay on both the 3DS and DS platforms, Cradle of Rome 2 lets players use their earnings to build houses and magnificent palaces as they develop their small settlements into flourishing empires.

Cradle of Rome 2 features include:

  • 100 all-new levels
  • Mini-games during construction of every new building
  • Unlockable tools to aid progress
  • Rebuilding memorable structures in Roman history
  • Timeline spanning seven historical epochs
  • Redrawn widescreen hi-res artwork (3DS only)
  • Fully interactive 3D game board (3DS only)  

Developed by Cerasus Media and published by Rising Star Games, Cradle of Rome 2 is currently available on the Nintendo 3DS for USD29.99 and the Nintendo DS for USD19.99.

Escape the Virus Heads to Nintendo DSiWare

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Teyon has revealed a partnership with FUN UNIT, a Japanese developer of casual games, to release an action-packed puzzler, Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival. The game will be published on 28th June in North America and a week later, on 5th July, in Europe. Put your survival skills to the test in this reflex-awakening game in the micro-world for just 200 Nintendo DSi Points on Nintendo DSiWare and 2 Euros on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Discover a whole new world hidden beyond the limits of the human eye. Dodge, wind and jump to link all pieces of DNA and build the longest chain ever while fighting off vicious viruses. Longer chains are more difficult to control but they come with a greater score multiplier. Look at your surroundings and you will quickly get one of bonuses such as a vaccine or a micro-world equivalent of a rocket-launcher. With this kind of equipment the viruses don't stand a chance. The game features two gameplay modes. In the Normal mode the goal is to make the longest DNA chain while in the Baby mode you are a DNA guardian sneaking between enemies to transport DNA pieces to safety.

Features:

  • Two exciting modes of game-play: Normal and Baby
  • Use special bonuses such as a rocket launcher or a vaccine
  • Hectic action testing your reflex
  • Easy-to-play but challenging game-play.

Visit Teyon’s official YouTube Channel to watch the official trailer of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGhpx-1C1OM

The Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival site is also available here: http://www.teyon.com/games/escape-the-virus-swarm-survival/

Nintendo Celebrates History of Mario Tennis

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Nintendo has released a special Mario Tennis Open infographic that showcases the great history of Mario Tennis titles released since the first game in 1995. Fans will know that to be a bit factually incorrect, though, since Mario appeared to referee matches in the 1984 NES game, Tennis, and its 1989 Game Boy port. Additionally, for to include Mario Tennis on the Virtual Boy is confusing, since Europeans never even had chance to try that piece of hardware! Anyway, as Nintendo continues...

Nintendo has delivered action-packed tennis fun since Mario's Tennis first appeared on the Virtual Boy handheld in 1995.  Each new game across the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Colour, GameCube and Game Boy Advance brings more excitement and features, increasing the number of playable characters, mini-games, multiplayer modes and colourful graphics.

The latest in the popular 17-year series, Mario Tennis Open, launched on 25th May on Nintendo 3DS and brings together the best elements from the franchise in a champion game (editor: ...and yet fails to be the best in the series). It is the first Mario Tennis title to feature online play and has 3D graphics, without the need for special glasses.  Players can choose to compete as their favourite character or as their own Mii and can customise their skills by dressing in different tennis gear. There are also quirky mini-games where tennis is used to complete levels from Super Mario Bros. (NES) and players are challenged with obscured vision thanks to three Ink Flowers.

Thoughts on why Mario Tennis Open was ultimately a disappointing experience can be found in my Cubed3 review here.

History of Mario Tennis

Explore the Endless Space on PC in July

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios invite players to celebrate the holiday this year with the launch of Endless Space, for Windows PC. Coming to digital distribution platforms on 4th July, 2012, Endless Space is a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) sci-fi strategy game that pits eight civilisations together in galactic conflict.

"With the success of the game's beta programme and tremendous feedback from the community, we couldn't be more excited to be able to get the final game in front of fans," said Mathieu Girard, CEO at AMPLITUDE Studios. "We look forward to even more players getting their hands on Endless Space as we deliver an intuitive, yet immersive experience for all types of players."

Set to launch after a highly successful beta campaign via Steam that saw over 20,000 fans registered on the community website, Endless Space is a deep 4X strategy game covering the space colonisation age, where gamers can control every aspect of their empire: Economy, Diplomacy, Science and War. As one of eight unique civilisations, players must strive to control the entire galaxy through trade and diplomacy or technological advancements and strategic warfare. Begging the question, will they conquer the galaxy with an open hand or a closed fist?

Additionally, Endless Space marks the first Amplitude Studios title to take advantage of GAMES2GETHER, a new platform that lets the community track the development team's objectives, progress, and achievements, while gaining access to early builds, providing feedback, and discussing the game's future with the developers themselves, giving them an active role in the future of Endless Space.

Endless Space will be available on digital download platforms on 4th July, 2012 for USD29.99 (MSRP).

Dead or Alive 5 to Feature Virtua Fighter Characters

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Team Ninja's popular IP returns after a six year absence, on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The 5th instalment of the popular Dead or Alive series will hit the shelves on 28th September across Europe, sporting a new- more mature- look while staying true to the franchise's fighting legacy.

Coming off a strong showing at E3 (where it was nominated for several awards, including "Best Fighting Game" by the official E3 awards, the Game Critics Awards), Dead or Alive 5 invites players to once again take on the roles of the DOA fighters. Incorporating a variety of martial arts techniques, unique for each of its characters, the Dead or Alive 5 cast includes notables from the series' history, as well select characters from the iconic fighting series Virtua Fighter (nominally Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant).  This action-packed brawler is set in visually striking locations around the world in all-new 3D stages that dynamically change as the fight progresses.

To celebrate the release of Dead or Alive 5, Team Ninja announced the simultaneous release of an exciting Collector's Edition, including a rich content of tangible and in-game items that will enhance the gaming experience. In addition, fans who pre-order the game can choose between two exclusive sets of in-game bunny-style swimsuits: the 'DOA Angels' set of white swimsuits for Kasumi, Leifang, and Hitomi, or the 'DOA Devils' black swimsuits for Christie, Tina, and Ayane.

The Collector's Edition, available in the UK exclusively through CentreSoft, will include:

  • The Dead or Alive 5 game,
  • A set of premium swimsuits for the full cast of playable female characters,
  • An exclusive hardcover art book detailing the game's rich imagery,
  • The CD soundtrack
  • A full-colour poster of the DOA5 cast

...all in a high-quality embossed metal case!

First Dungeons & Dragons Online Expansion Announced

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Dungeons & Dragons Online: Menace of the Underdark, the first expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), has now gone live.  This expansion ties into Wizards of the Coast's 'Rise of the Underdark' campaign and gives Dungeons & Dragons fans the ability to engage with the drow narrative on the PC platform.  Menace of the Underdark can be purchased now at http://underdark.ddo.com/ or on Steam.

"Today marks a major milestone as we release our first premium expansion to Dungeons & Dragons Online," said Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer of Dungeons & Dragons Online, Turbine. "Menace of the Underdark delivers a wealth of content for our players and introduces significant engine upgrades that allow us to bring to life in a striking, visually impressive manner two of the most requested features, the new Druid class and access to the Forgotten Realms setting."

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: MENACE OF THE UNDERDARK FEATURES:

Three New Forgotten Realms Adventure Packs -- Featuring a multitude of epic adventures, unprecedented new wilderness areas with challenging objectives, a host of dungeons, and more!

The King's Forest:  Explore deep into the King's Forest and defend the village of Eveningstar from Lolth's Drow legions.

The Underdark:  Venture down into the Underdark and confront Lolth's elite followers in the Drow city of Sschindlyryn.

The Demonweb:  Journey to Lolth's home plane, battle demon hordes and confront the spider goddess herself as you attempt to stop her scheme.

Attain Epic levels to 25!   -- Deadly battles and high-speed action continue as you advance your character to the Epic level 25!

Introducing Epic Destinies -- Attain epic enhancements as you progress through levels 20-25!

The Druid Class:  Wield nature's magic or transform into a powerful animal form as you play the all new shape-shifting Druid class!

Eveningstar Challenge Pack:  New challenge quests for levels 15-25!

Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) is a free-to-play MMORPG featuring the industry's best combat system, a massive world with state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, and a rich set of features that are usually found in premium subscription-based MMOs. DDO offers an innovative pricing model that allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game's content. Players can download and play DDO Unlimited for free by visiting http://www.ddo.com.

Namco Bandai Reveals Latest European Release Dates

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

Namco Bandai Europe has revealed its latest release dates for Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii, Sony's PlayStation 3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, PC, and even a couple of Wii U and digital download titles.

Check out the full list below:

Game title

Format

Release date

Madagascar 3: The Video Game

Nintendo Wii / 3DS / DS

Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3

France/Belgium   8-Jun-2012

New Zealand 24-Aug-2012

Australia 6-Sep-2012

Finland/Sweden/Norway/Denmark

3-Aug-2012

Iberica 27-Jul-2012

Italy 24-Aug-2012

Germany 14-Sep-2012

United Kingdom   19-Oct-2012

ONE PIECE: UNLIMITED CRUISE SP2

Nintendo 3DS

27 July 2012

Inversion™

Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3

PC

13 July 2012

27 July 2012

Dark Souls Prepare to die edition

PC

DIGITAL: PS3/ X360

24 August 2012

Winter 2012

Tales of Graces f

PlayStation 3

31 August2012

iCarly: Groovy Foodie!

Nintendo DS

Summer 2012

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2

Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3

14 September 2012

Formula 1 2012

Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3/ PC

September 2012

Dragon Ball Z For Kinect

Kinect for Xbox 360

5 October 2012

Ben 10 Omniverse

WiiU™ / Wii / 3DS / DS

PS3/X360

Autumn 2012

Rise of the Guardians

TBC

Autumn 2012

Winx Club™: Magical Fairy Party

Nintendo DS

Autumn 2012

Victorious: Taking the Lead

Nintendo DS / Wii

Autumn 2012

One Piece : Pirate Warriors

PlayStation 3

2012

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

PlayStation 3

25 January 2013

Star Trek

Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3/ PC

Q1 2013

The Croods

TBC

Spring 2013

TEKKEN x Street Fighter

TBC

TBC

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 (Working Title)

Nintendo Wii U

TBC

TANK! TANK! TANK! (Tentative Title)

Nintento Wii U

TBC

Wada: Recent Final Fantasy Games Cannot Beat VII

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

The CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, recently made it seemingly clear that he believes none of the Final Fantasy games after the milestone that was the first PlayStation edition actually match the standards of the highly revered Final Fantasy VII. Talking about how fans have been clamouring for a remake of the seventh entry into the multi-million selling RPG series, Wada-san apparently said, "...we'll make a Final Fantasy VII remake once we've made a Final Fantasy game that exceeds the quality of FFVII. If they were to release a VII remake right now, the FF franchise would be done with."

The severity of such a comment calls into question the accuracy of the translation from Japanese, but the message still appears to be clear enough; Square Enix simply cannot currently match the levels reached with Final Fantasy VII back in 1997. Fans who loved Final Fantasy VIII and IX, also on PSone, may disagree, whilst Famitsu rating Final Fantasy XII its elusive 40/40 score clearly points to a different opinion, but maybe Wada-san's comments are meant to encourage his staff to up their game after the lacklustre reception of both Final Fantasy XIII and XIV.

What will not help matters, though, is the departure of long-term staff member Hiromichi Tanaka, who was there pretty much from the start, working on the likes of Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana), and then later, Chrono Cross and Xenogears. His success with Final Fantasy XI led to him working on the plagued project that is Final Fantasy XIV, and now his departure comes due to unspecified health issues, something that also led to Yasumi Matsuno leaving during the development of Final Fantasy XII.

The positive news, however, is that Tanaka-san, just as Matsuno-san did, has mentioned his hope to go on a become a solo unit, creating his own games. Previous Square Enix members that have done this include Koichi Ishii, the former head of the Mana team, who set up Grezzo, the group that helped Nintendo with its 3DS port of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, as well as Hironobu Sakaguchi, who founded Mistwalker, which is set to follow up The Last Story on Wii with Party Wave for iOS devices in July.

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27th February, 2012: Adam Riley, Operations Director at Cubed3 Limited joins Podcast Editor Ross Marrs, and Retro Editor Rudy Lavaux, for a discussion on PANG: Magical Michael, the Nintendo Network, 3DS Demos, Resident Evil: Revelations, and more.  Following the live chat is a special pre-recorded segment on favourite games ever.
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31st March, 2012: Adam Riley takes the reins as a one-off for the Cubed3 N64 Month retro podcast special. The console anniversary chat is broken up by three impressions from Adam - two from Conker's Bad Fur Day and one from Banjo-Kazooie. Yes, all voices done by him!
April 2013 Onwards: Join me as host of the tech/gaming show, Glass to the Wall, The Hour Father: 60 Minutes of Worship, and Europe's ONLY Korean Pop show, K-Pop Korner...
2013 Onwards: Europe's ONLY radio show dedicated to Korean music and more, K-Pop Korner, was the No.1 show on its networks in 2013 and 2014, scoring exclusive interviews with Lim Kim, Crayon Pop, Nell, Sam Hammington, and many other great stars from the world of South Korea. With over 360,000 monthly uniques, it truly has become a phenomenon!

Onwards and upwards!

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