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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Spike Chunsoft has teased it has some "exciting news" to share during a livestream on Wednesday, June 19 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET. You can watch the livestream here on Twitch.

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    Leave your comments below on what you think Spike Chunsoft will announce.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438941/spike-chunsoft-has-some-exciting-news-for-june-19/

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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Bandai Namco at Tales of Festival 2019 released a new trailer for the upcoming RPG, Tales of Arise.

    View it below:

    Here is an overview of the game:

    Tales of Arise is the latest chapter in the popular Tales Of Japanese role-playing-game franchise. With Yusuke Tomizawa (head of the God Eater franchise) at the helm of the Tales Of development team, the franchise and its latest chapter promise to deliver new storylines, gameplay dynamics, and worlds for players to explore.

    Tales of Arise takes place in a solar system containing the two neighboring planets of Dahna and Rena. The inhabitants of Dahna have always paid reverence to their planetary neighbors on Rena – a planet they can clearly see in their sky – as a land of the righteous and divine. For the people of Dahna, legends and lore about Rena and its inhabitants have been handed down for countless generations, and through time, have become facts in their minds that have actually masked a cruel reality for the people of Dahna. For 300 years, the people of Rena have ruled over Dahna, pillaging the planet of its resources and stripping its people of their dignity and freedom. Tales of Arise begins with two people, born on different worlds, each longing to change their fate and create a new future for themselves and perhaps their people. Featuring an original cast of characters, a dramatic storyline, dynamic combat, breath-taking environments, with some classic Tales Of elements included; Tales of Arise marks a new beginning for the famed JRPG franchise.

    Key Features:

    • The Next Chapter – Experience the next chapter in the Tales of series, brought to life in stunning HD powered by Unreal Engine 4.
    • Dynamic Action – Dynamic Action RPG featuring an updated battle system that retains classic Tales of gameplay.
    • Rich Story – Rich story featuring a vibrant world and new cast of characters.
    • Stunning Visuals – High quality animation created by ufotable.

    Tales of Arise will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows in 2020.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438940/tales-of-arise-gets-tales-of-festival-trailer/

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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Bandai Namco at Tales of Festival 2019 released a new trailer for the upcoming smartphone RPG, Tales of Crestoria.

    View it below:


    Tales of Crestoria will launch for iOS and Android worldwide in 2019.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438939/tales-of-crestoria-gets-tales-of-festival-trailer/

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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    In 2000, with the release of Dynasty Warriors 2, Japanese developer Omega Force birthed a new genre of games that would become the company's bread and butter going forward – a mix of hack ‘n’ slash and tactical action often referred to as Musou (or Warriors by western audiences).  They involve traversing huge battlefields and slashing through thousands of enemies to capture bases, relying on spectacle and a large array of playable characters to appeal to fans.

    The Warriors series started out steeped in historical lore – Dynasty Warriors is based on the ancient Chinese text Romance of the Three Kingdoms, while Samurai Warriors is based on the warring states period of Japanese history. In recent years this has expanded to include a number of anime franchise, starting with Gundam and following on with Attack on Titan, Berserk, Fist of the North Star, and One Piece; each one tweaking the base formula around the IP to produce some interesting results.

    On Sony’s line of handhelds, the Warriors games started with a bang with the launch of PSP in 2004 and continued strong until Warriors All-Stars in 2017, so if you’re looking for a portable fix of Musou action you can’t go far wrong with the line-up that’s available on Vita!

     

    Portable Warriors

    Omega Force was one of the first companies to show up for the PSP’s launch in Japan in 2004, with a bespoke Warriors title, and this would begin an ongoing love affair with the platform over the next decade.

    That first game was Dynasty Warriors, a built-for-the-hardware new entry that took the gameplay (and some of the assets) from the console version but customised them for portable play. For example, rather than the large-scale battlefields seen in the home console entries that could take anywhere up to an hour to beat, the PSP version offered smaller interconnected grids which would take around 5-10 minutes each, allowing smaller chunks of play but also introducing some tactical thinking as you must decide where to move next.

    Despite the graphical and performance hit that was taken in the move to a handheld, it proved to be a success. Western reviews seemed relatively positive (at least for the series) and in Japan the game sold nearly 300k copies. It was followed by a direct sequel - Dynasty Warriors Vol 2 - in 2006, which kept much of the same features, but was generally a lot less successful both critically and commercially, leading to Koei-Tecmo shifting gear for its next handheld entry.


    Samurai Warriors: State of War was the first PSP take on the Japan-inspired Warriors series and was revealed as a port of the very first Samurai Warriors game, although it became apparent that like the two Dynasty Warriors titles before it, things had been changed slightly for handheld play. Grid-based battles, tactical play and toned-down graphics were all present and reviews seemed very similar to what had come before, but sales were notably down in Japan (100k).

    Thankfully, it wouldn’t be long until Omega Force would put the effort in to bringing the full Warriors experience to PSP.

     

    Full Portable Warriors

    In 2008, we got our first taste of what a fully-fledged handheld Warriors experience could be with the release of Warriors Orochi.

    Pretty much a direct port of the PS2 and Xbox 360 game and featuring the large-scale battlefields the series was known for, only a few concessions were evident to cope with the PSP’s weaker hardware (graphics and sound effects were toned down and cutscenes were shown in 2D animated stills rather than real-time). Again, it seemed to be a big success for Koei-Tecmo as it followed this up with a port of Warriors Orochi 2 (also in 2008), which was similarly well-received for its ability to offer a full portable experience on the go. The second game sold an impressive 200k in Japan compared to 150k for the first.

    Omega Force would continue to deliver down-ports of its home console titles for the next few years – Dynasty Warriors 6 Special, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires, Dynasty Warriors 7 Special, Samurai Warriors 3 Z Special, and Warriors Orochi 3 Special all landed between 2009 and 2012, cementing PSP’s legacy as a brilliant portable Warriors machine. Many of the ports saw only minor cut-backs similar to Warriors Orochi 1 & 2, making them a great way to experience the series.

    Unfortunately, for whatever reason these games never hit western shores and remained Japan-only, meaning unless you were keen on importing you’d have to pick up one of the earlier titles, which was quite disappointing.

     

    New Ideas and New Hardware

    Over the years, many reviewers have commented that the Warriors series has only taken small steps to move its core gameplay formula forward, leading to a number of repetitive entries in a row. That definitely wasn’t the case when Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce released in 2009 though and this entry ultimately turned the series on its head.

    Originally a PSP exclusive, Strikeforce brought in new elements such as aerial combat, ad-hoc multiplayer, and a home base from which you select missions in a move that was clearly inspired by Monster Hunter‘s runaway success on Sony’s handheld. It proved to be a winning formula in Japan, where the game sold more than 350k copies, making it the best-selling handheld Warriors title to date and quickly spawned a sequel which released in 2010 (and undoubtedly led to the ideas being developed in a different manner in Omega Force's Toukiden).

    Unfortunately, its overseas performance was less impressive – the game was overshadowed by releases on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so the PSP version received little attention despite decent reviews. The fact it relied on ad-hoc multiplayer compared to the home console version’s online multiplayer likely didn’t help matters either, due to the complexity in setting this up. As a result, the game’s sequel (Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce 2) remained Japan-only, and became yet another addition to the growing pile of titles you would need to import if you were a handheld fan of the series.

    Thankfully, Omega Force took the momentum from Strikeforce and turned it into something positive for the first release on Sony’s newest handheld. Dynasty Warriors Next used the gameplay from Dynasty Warriors 7 as a base but combined a load of different ideas to make a truly new experience. It threw in things like a conquest mode, where you take over various different areas on a map (very similar to the gameplay found in the Empires titles), plus touch-screen battles, customisable characters, and a ‘coalition’ mode for local multiplayer. Graphically, the game was also a massive step up over its PSP predecessors and was one of the prettiest of the Vita launch games.

    While it didn’t get everything right, reviewers (like myself) found plenty to love, but Japanese sales were weak at just 91k. Likely due to its lukewarm performance, the next step for the evolution of the franchise on handhelds seemed to be a return to what had come before – cut-down ports of home console entries.

     

    The Warriors Porting Era

    Despite seemingly taking steps to evolve the franchise on handhelds with Strikeforce and Next, Omega Force returned to ports for the next few years on Vita. Thankfully, these were the full experience that offered a drastic step-up over their PSP predecessors.

    The first of these was Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, amusingly a third re-release of the original title that had also been ported to PSP in 2012. Ultimate added a host of new playable characters alongside two new story modes, making it the best way to play an already well-received entry in the franchise. It launched alongside a PS3 version late in 2013 in Japan (a year later in the west), to fairly positive reviews focusing on the heaps of content it contained, despite the technical downgrade it had received.

    Also available during 2013 was Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, another expanded re-release, but this time of a game that hadn’t come to handhelds before (Dynasty Warriors 8). The Xtreme Legends version brought with it new playable characters, stories, and modes – although it obviously hadn’t been a smooth porting process to handheld as the game suffered from noticeable texture downgrades and framerate issues. It seemed Omega Force still needed some time to adjust to the hardware.

    Thankfully it wouldn’t take long for them to improve their efforts. Samurai Warriors 4 was the latest entry in the sub-series that launched simultaneously across PS3 and Vita, and it seems that significant efforts were put into the handheld version, which ran smoothly and looked gorgeous. It was rewarded with impressive sales in Japan (110k) and was followed by two sequels – Samurai Warriors 4-IIand Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, both of which built on the gameplay base of the original and expanded it in enjoyable ways.

    Aside from these, we also saw Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (a tactical take on the Warriors formula that encourages strategic thinking over hack ‘n’ slash action), Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 (sequel to a previously 3DS-only game that focuses on individual character stories over large-scale narratives), and Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (a semi-open-world adventure starring Sanada Maru). All offered different takes on the base formula, although sadly only the former two were made available in English.

     

    Licensed Warriors

    During the PS2 era, the Warriors games were a sales force to be reckoned with in Japan, with multiple entries (including Dynasty Warriors 3 and Samurai Warriors) clearing 1 million copies sold. Over time, enthusiasm in the franchise began to wane and Koei-Tecmo offset declining sales by working with other popular IPs (particularly anime series) to produce crossovers, many of which flourished on Vita.

    The first of these to be made available on the handheld was One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 in 2013, based on the massive-in-Japan One Piece anime/manga series. Following the story of the straw hat pirates in an original story set in the New World, it proved to be hugely successful in the land of the rising sun, shifting 410k copies alongside a PS3 version, although frustratingly only the home console port received a western release. Thankfully this was rectified in the 2015 sequel One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, which proved to be an even bigger seller domestically (155k on Vita alone) and came west on the handheld later that year.

    Also available in 2013 was Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, based on Japan’s favourite mech action franchise. Despite being arguably the best-looking and best-performing Warriors title available on Sony’s handheld, it suffered a similar fate to One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 in that only the PS3 port released in the west. Although it’s an easy-to-play import, the lack of an English option was a disappointing omission in an otherwise stellar title – something that would become a running theme for the series on Vita.

    Over the next couple of years, Omega Force decided to skip handhelds for its Musou crossover titles – things like Arslan and Bladestorm only targeted home consoles for whatever reason. Thankfully that was rectified in 2016 with Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom, a brilliant take on the hugely popular dystopian series that mixed large-scale battlefields with some absolutely liberating movement mechanics. It was popular enough (700k worldwide sales) to spawn a sequel two years later (Attack on Titan 2) but sadly this was another one where the Vita port was only available in Japan (at least this time around, we got the first release in English, even if it was digital-only).

    One last anime crossover released in 2017 – Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – which provided an interesting interpretation of the dark and bloody IP and proved to be a good fit with the Musou formula, although reviews noted that the content became repetitive rather too quickly.

     

    Experimental Warriors

    Over the years, developer Omega Force has experimented repeatedly with its core Warriors formula, sometimes only tweaking minor elements, other times overhauling nearly everything about them. Again, Vita was home to a number of these, although whether any of them were truly successful is up for debate!

    One such example is Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers, a turn-based tactical RPG that re-tells the events of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga in a brand new format (or at least, one not done since the PS2’s Dynasty Warriors Tactics). It wasn’t a particularly well-received entry and seemed to sell poorly, suggesting that at least for the time being we won’t be seeing any other spin-offs like this.

    Another gamble the developer took was shifting away from the Warriors Orochi franchise with a new game named Warriors All-Stars. Orochi had started as a crossover between Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors but quickly expanded to include characters from other series like AtelierDead or Alive and SoulCalibur, while All-Stars was birthed on the idea of being a crossover between all of Koei-Tecmo’s series. It meant that little known franchises such as DeceptionHarukana Toki de Naka and Opoona were represented, but thanks to the small roster and questionable framerate (particularly on Vita) it was a poor seller and one-off experiment.

    A final mention should go out to Dragon Quest Heroes II, which doesn’t technically fall under the Warriors umbrella although it was developed by Omega Force and contains a number of hack ‘n’ slash gameplay similarities (and it’s definitely more of an RPG than anything else). The game sold absolute gangbusters in Japan (235k on Vita alone) but, as with so many games in this article, it sadly didn’t come west on the handheld – only on PS4 & PC (even the Nintendo Switch port hasn't found its way overseas).

    And speaking of Switch, it seems Nintendo's hybrid console is providing a new home for portable Warriors, as many of these games have been ported to it for the Japanese market, alongside new entries (such as Warriors Orochi 4) being created specifically for the hardware. It's nice to see that there's a place for full-fledged entries on the go well into the future.

     

    Conclusion

    Beating even the LEGO franchise in terms of the amount of entries that are available on Vita, the Warriors series has certainly embedded itself as a central part of the handheld’s library over the last 7 years. While arguments can be made that the central gameplay has failed to evolve over time, leading to a lot of repetition between entries, and that even when it does try to evolve the results are disappointing (look no further than  on PS4 for proof of that), there are lots of players like myself out there that still love what’s on offer.

    It’s certainly interesting to see how the series has evolved from the first handheld entries, which focused on small-scale areas and tactical movement, to the latest Vita versions which distilled the full-scale battlefields and console experience down into a portable form – but whatever your preference, there’s plenty here to sink your teeth into, making Vita a fantastic place to get started with Warriors!

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438685/a-look-back-at-the-warriors-series-on-playstation-handhelds/

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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    In 2000, with the release of Dynasty Warriors 2, Japanese developer Omega Force birthed a new genre of games that would become the company's bread and butter going forward – a mix of hack ‘n’ slash and tactical action often referred to as Musou (or Warriors by western audiences).  They involve traversing huge battlefields and slashing through thousands of enemies to capture bases, relying on spectacle and a large array of playable characters to appeal to fans.

    The Warriors series started out steeped in historical lore – Dynasty Warriors is based on the ancient Chinese text Romance of the Three Kingdoms, while Samurai Warriors is based on the warring states period of Japanese history. In recent years this has expanded to include a number of anime franchise, starting with Gundam and following on with Attack on Titan, Berserk, Fist of the North Star, and One Piece; each one tweaking the base formula around the IP to produce some interesting results.

    On Sony’s line of handhelds, the Warriors games started with a bang with the launch of PSP in 2004 and continued strong until Warriors All-Stars in 2017, so if you’re looking for a portable fix of Musou action you can’t go far wrong with the line-up that’s available on Vita!

     

    Portable Warriors

    Omega Force was one of the first companies to show up for the PSP’s launch in Japan in 2004, with a bespoke Warriors title, and this would begin an ongoing love affair with the platform over the next decade.

    That first game was Dynasty Warriors, a built-for-the-hardware new entry that took the gameplay (and some of the assets) from the console version but customised them for portable play. For example, rather than the large-scale battlefields seen in the home console entries that could take anywhere up to an hour to beat, the PSP version offered smaller interconnected grids which would take around 5-10 minutes each, allowing smaller chunks of play but also introducing some tactical thinking as you must decide where to move next.

    Despite the graphical and performance hit that was taken in the move to a handheld, it proved to be a success. Western reviews seemed relatively positive (at least for the series) and in Japan the game sold nearly 300k copies. It was followed by a direct sequel - Dynasty Warriors Vol 2 - in 2006, which kept much of the same features, but was generally a lot less successful both critically and commercially, leading to Koei-Tecmo shifting gear for its next handheld entry.


    Samurai Warriors: State of War was the first PSP take on the Japan-inspired Warriors series and was revealed as a port of the very first Samurai Warriors game, although it became apparent that like the two Dynasty Warriors titles before it, things had been changed slightly for handheld play. Grid-based battles, tactical play and toned-down graphics were all present and reviews seemed very similar to what had come before, but sales were notably down in Japan (100k).

    Thankfully, it wouldn’t be long until Omega Force would put the effort in to bringing the full Warriors experience to PSP.

     

    Full Portable Warriors

    In 2008, we got our first taste of what a fully-fledged handheld Warriors experience could be with the release of Warriors Orochi.

    Pretty much a direct port of the PS2 and Xbox 360 game and featuring the large-scale battlefields the series was known for, only a few concessions were evident to cope with the PSP’s weaker hardware (graphics and sound effects were toned down and cutscenes were shown in 2D animated stills rather than real-time). Again, it seemed to be a big success for Koei-Tecmo as it followed this up with a port of Warriors Orochi 2 (also in 2008), which was similarly well-received for its ability to offer a full portable experience on the go. The second game sold an impressive 200k in Japan compared to 150k for the first.

    Omega Force would continue to deliver down-ports of its home console titles for the next few years – Dynasty Warriors 6 Special, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires, Dynasty Warriors 7 Special, Samurai Warriors 3 Z Special, and Warriors Orochi 3 Special all landed between 2009 and 2012, cementing PSP’s legacy as a brilliant portable Warriors machine. Many of the ports saw only minor cut-backs similar to Warriors Orochi 1 & 2, making them a great way to experience the series.

    Unfortunately, for whatever reason these games never hit western shores and remained Japan-only, meaning unless you were keen on importing you’d have to pick up one of the earlier titles, which was quite disappointing.

     

    New Ideas and New Hardware

    Over the years, many reviewers have commented that the Warriors series has only taken small steps to move its core gameplay formula forward, leading to a number of repetitive entries in a row. That definitely wasn’t the case when Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce released in 2009 though and this entry ultimately turned the series on its head.

    Originally a PSP exclusive, Strikeforce brought in new elements such as aerial combat, ad-hoc multiplayer, and a home base from which you select missions in a move that was clearly inspired by Monster Hunter‘s runaway success on Sony’s handheld. It proved to be a winning formula in Japan, where the game sold more than 350k copies, making it the best-selling handheld Warriors title to date and quickly spawned a sequel which released in 2010 (and undoubtedly led to the ideas being developed in a different manner in Omega Force's Toukiden).

    Unfortunately, its overseas performance was less impressive – the game was overshadowed by releases on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so the PSP version received little attention despite decent reviews. The fact it relied on ad-hoc multiplayer compared to the home console version’s online multiplayer likely didn’t help matters either, due to the complexity in setting this up. As a result, the game’s sequel (Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce 2) remained Japan-only, and became yet another addition to the growing pile of titles you would need to import if you were a handheld fan of the series.

    Thankfully, Omega Force took the momentum from Strikeforce and turned it into something positive for the first release on Sony’s newest handheld. Dynasty Warriors Next used the gameplay from Dynasty Warriors 7 as a base but combined a load of different ideas to make a truly new experience. It threw in things like a conquest mode, where you take over various different areas on a map (very similar to the gameplay found in the Empires titles), plus touch-screen battles, customisable characters, and a ‘coalition’ mode for local multiplayer. Graphically, the game was also a massive step up over its PSP predecessors and was one of the prettiest of the Vita launch games.

    While it didn’t get everything right, reviewers (like myself) found plenty to love, but Japanese sales were weak at just 91k. Likely due to its lukewarm performance, the next step for the evolution of the franchise on handhelds seemed to be a return to what had come before – cut-down ports of home console entries.

     

    The Warriors Porting Era

    Despite seemingly taking steps to evolve the franchise on handhelds with Strikeforce and Next, Omega Force returned to ports for the next few years on Vita. Thankfully, these were the full experience that offered a drastic step-up over their PSP predecessors.

    The first of these was Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, amusingly a third re-release of the original title that had also been ported to PSP in 2012. Ultimate added a host of new playable characters alongside two new story modes, making it the best way to play an already well-received entry in the franchise. It launched alongside a PS3 version late in 2013 in Japan (a year later in the west), to fairly positive reviews focusing on the heaps of content it contained, despite the technical downgrade it had received.

    Also available during 2013 was Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, another expanded re-release, but this time of a game that hadn’t come to handhelds before (Dynasty Warriors 8). The Xtreme Legends version brought with it new playable characters, stories, and modes – although it obviously hadn’t been a smooth porting process to handheld as the game suffered from noticeable texture downgrades and framerate issues. It seemed Omega Force still needed some time to adjust to the hardware.

    Thankfully it wouldn’t take long for them to improve their efforts. Samurai Warriors 4 was the latest entry in the sub-series that launched simultaneously across PS3 and Vita, and it seems that significant efforts were put into the handheld version, which ran smoothly and looked gorgeous. It was rewarded with impressive sales in Japan (110k) and was followed by two sequels – Samurai Warriors 4-IIand Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, both of which built on the gameplay base of the original and expanded it in enjoyable ways.

    Aside from these, we also saw Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (a tactical take on the Warriors formula that encourages strategic thinking over hack ‘n’ slash action), Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 (sequel to a previously 3DS-only game that focuses on individual character stories over large-scale narratives), and Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (a semi-open-world adventure starring Sanada Maru). All offered different takes on the base formula, although sadly only the former two were made available in English.

     

    Licensed Warriors

    During the PS2 era, the Warriors games were a sales force to be reckoned with in Japan, with multiple entries (including Dynasty Warriors 3 and Samurai Warriors) clearing 1 million copies sold. Over time, enthusiasm in the franchise began to wane and Koei-Tecmo offset declining sales by working with other popular IPs (particularly anime series) to produce crossovers, many of which flourished on Vita.

    The first of these to be made available on the handheld was One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 in 2013, based on the massive-in-Japan One Piece anime/manga series. Following the story of the straw hat pirates in an original story set in the New World, it proved to be hugely successful in the land of the rising sun, shifting 410k copies alongside a PS3 version, although frustratingly only the home console port received a western release. Thankfully this was rectified in the 2015 sequel One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, which proved to be an even bigger seller domestically (155k on Vita alone) and came west on the handheld later that year.

    Also available in 2013 was Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, based on Japan’s favourite mech action franchise. Despite being arguably the best-looking and best-performing Warriors title available on Sony’s handheld, it suffered a similar fate to One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 in that only the PS3 port released in the west. Although it’s an easy-to-play import, the lack of an English option was a disappointing omission in an otherwise stellar title – something that would become a running theme for the series on Vita.

    Over the next couple of years, Omega Force decided to skip handhelds for its Musou crossover titles – things like Arslan and Bladestorm only targeted home consoles for whatever reason. Thankfully that was rectified in 2016 with Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom, a brilliant take on the hugely popular dystopian series that mixed large-scale battlefields with some absolutely liberating movement mechanics. It was popular enough (700k worldwide sales) to spawn a sequel two years later (Attack on Titan 2) but sadly this was another one where the Vita port was only available in Japan (at least this time around, we got the first release in English, even if it was digital-only).

    One last anime crossover released in 2017 – Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – which provided an interesting interpretation of the dark and bloody IP and proved to be a good fit with the Musou formula, although reviews noted that the content became repetitive rather too quickly.

     

    Experimental Warriors

    Over the years, developer Omega Force has experimented repeatedly with its core Warriors formula, sometimes only tweaking minor elements, other times overhauling nearly everything about them. Again, Vita was home to a number of these, although whether any of them were truly successful is up for debate!

    One such example is Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers, a turn-based tactical RPG that re-tells the events of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga in a brand new format (or at least, one not done since the PS2’s Dynasty Warriors Tactics). It wasn’t a particularly well-received entry and seemed to sell poorly, suggesting that at least for the time being we won’t be seeing any other spin-offs like this.

    Another gamble the developer took was shifting away from the Warriors Orochi franchise with a new game named Warriors All-Stars. Orochi had started as a crossover between Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors but quickly expanded to include characters from other series like AtelierDead or Alive and SoulCalibur, while All-Stars was birthed on the idea of being a crossover between all of Koei-Tecmo’s series. It meant that little known franchises such as DeceptionHarukana Toki de Naka and Opoona were represented, but thanks to the small roster and questionable framerate (particularly on Vita) it was a poor seller and one-off experiment.

    A final mention should go out to Dragon Quest Heroes II, which doesn’t technically fall under the Warriors umbrella although it was developed by Omega Force and contains a number of hack ‘n’ slash gameplay similarities (and it’s definitely more of an RPG than anything else). The game sold absolute gangbusters in Japan (235k on Vita alone) but, as with so many games in this article, it sadly didn’t come west on the handheld – only on PS4 & PC (even the Nintendo Switch port hasn't found its way overseas).

    And speaking of Switch, it seems Nintendo's hybrid console is providing a new home for portable Warriors, as many of these games have been ported to it for the Japanese market, alongside new entries (such as Warriors Orochi 4) being created specifically for the hardware. It's nice to see that there's a place for full-fledged entries on the go well into the future.

     

    Conclusion

    Beating even the LEGO franchise in terms of the amount of entries that are available on Vita, the Warriors series has certainly embedded itself as a central part of the handheld’s library over the last 7 years. While arguments can be made that the central gameplay has failed to evolve over time, leading to a lot of repetition between entries, and that even when it does try to evolve the results are disappointing (look no further than  on PS4 for proof of that), there are lots of players like myself out there that still love what’s on offer.

    It’s certainly interesting to see how the series has evolved from the first handheld entries, which focused on small-scale areas and tactical movement, to the latest Vita versions which distilled the full-scale battlefields and console experience down into a portable form – but whatever your preference, there’s plenty here to sink your teeth into, making Vita a fantastic place to get started with Warriors!

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438685/a-look-back-at-the-warriors-series-on-playstation-handhelds/

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    June 15th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the four home consoles and four handhelds over comparable periods for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

    Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

     

    Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

     

    2016 – (Week ending January 9 to May 29)

    2017 – (Week ending January 7 to May 27)

    2018 – (Week ending January 6 to May 26)

    2018 – (Week ending January 5 to May 25)

    Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

    "Year to date" sales for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2019 versus 2018 and 2018 versus 2017 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

    Microsoft

    • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 441,036 (-24.4%)

    Nintendo

    • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 1,061,939 (26.9%)
    • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 546,945 (-43.0%)

    Sony

    • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 1,316,953 (-22.7%)
    • PlayStation Vita – Down Year-on-Year 97,126 (-76.7%)

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438932/year-on-year-sales-amp-market-share-charts-may-25-2019/

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    June 14th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter in an interview with GamingBolt said the specs for the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett suggest the price for consoles will be $500 at launch. However, he believes Microsoft will announce a price of $399 and Sony not wanting to fall behind in sales will set the same price for the PlayStation 5.

    "The specs suggest $500 or so," said Pachter. "But my bias is that Microsoft will announce $399 and Sony will follow suit."

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer during an E3 live stream said, "the price will be important" for Project Scarlett. "Clearly price is one of these things people want to know, and as we’re kind of watching the cost of the components that are coming in, things like tearups and other things, trying to figure out what that price is going to be next year."

    Microsoft will launch Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020, while Sony has yet to announce a release window of the PlayStation 5. 

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438933/pachter-ps5-and-project-scarlett-could-be-priced-at-399/

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    June 14th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Sony announced all of the games that will be releasing next week on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation VR in the US. 16 games in total will release next week.

    Here is the full list of games:

    • Another Sight (Extended), PS4 — Digital
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, PS4 — Digital, Retail
    • Bring Them Home, PS4 — Digital
    • Citizens of Space, PS4 — Digital
    • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, PS4 — Digital (Out 6/20), Retail (Out 6/21)
    • Crystal Crisis, PS4 — Digital
    • Cybarian: The Time Traveling Warrior, PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy)
    • Judgment, PS4 — Digital (Out 6/21), Retail (Out 6/25)
    • Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, PS4 — Digital
    • Luna, PS VR, PS4 — Digital
    • Mars Alive, PS VR — Digital
    • Mini-Mech Mayhem, PS VR — Digital
    • Project Lux, PS VR — Digital
    • Slum Ball, PS VR — Digital
    • Underworld Ascendant, PS4 — Digital
    • Vacation Simulator, PS VR — Digital

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438937/new-playstation-releases-next-week-crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night/

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    June 14th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

     Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has released a message to fans following the end of E3 2019 in a new blog post that discusses the development on the game.

    Read the complete message below:

    While the development team finish the first game in the project, we are continuing to plan and outline the overall volume of content for the second.

    Due to the work already done on the first game we anticipate development of the second game to be more efficient. We have our own internal schedule and plan, but for now we’d like to focus our information on the first game in the project.

    The key creative values of the core FINAL FANTASY series are innovation, pushing boundaries and surprising players, this project shares these same values and the development team view it as the next mainline FINAL FANTASY release.

    For the original core members of the development team, simply recreating the original game with improved graphics wasn’t enough to get us invested and excited about remaking VII. To return, we want to go beyond the original, telling a deeper story and providing a modern gaming experience. We really want to go above and beyond what is expected of a remake.

    As well as some of the core members of the original development team, we also have a dedicated in-house team of international gaming talent. Many of our new team members were young fans who played the original VII when it was first released. It’s very exciting and exhilarating to work with this talented team on such an ambitious project.

    The first game in the project takes place in the eclectic city of Midgar, we chose to focus on Midgar as it best represents the world of VII as a location more than any other. Midgar is full of imagination with myriad influences and surprises around every corner.

    While many people may think that Midgar is very dark at first glance, we have a design aesthetic where the city has strong elements of colour and variety. The lighting and colouring we are using throughout Midgar accentuate what is unique about FINAL FANTASY VII’s world. We decided not to use a photo-realistic approach with the design, but instead something more stylised, honouring the artistic designs and choices of the original.

    A lot has changed since the release of the original FINAL FANTASY VII. Back then we didn’t have access to things like voice acting, performance and motion capture, or close-up cameras outside of cut-scenes. For FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE there’s a greater emphasis on character storytelling through the use of these techniques as well as some other new tech. This allows us to make these characters more expressive than ever, enhancing the levels of immersion and enjoyment through performance.

    In REMAKE we are giving voice to the original FINAL FANTASY VII for the first time. By bringing in a new generation of actors, we hope to provide the best experience for original fans and new players.

    For the gameplay, we are aiming to create a new take on classic concepts with an accessible evolution of the ATB system giving you greater action with tactical control.

    The system we’ve created retains the strategic decisions of controlling multiple party members, allowing you to select from a wide range of abilities and spells. You can control your favourite character while issuing orders to others, or leave them to AI. And choose when to switch to a different party member to make best use of their unique abilities in battle. This allows all players to choose and enjoy your favourite way of playing.

    Finally, yes we still have Materia. You can use it to tailor your play style and abilities.

    We’ll go into greater detail on lots more gameplay elements as we get closer to the release next year. For now, I hope you are all excited by what we revealed at E3 and we look forward to sharing more news and updates with you across the year ahead.

    Final Fantasy VII Remake will launch worldwide for PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438936/final-fantasy-vii-remake-producer-yoshinori-kitase-posts-a-message-following-e3/

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    June 14th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo announced all of the games that will be releasing next week on the Nintendo Switch. 13 games in total will release next week.

    Here is the full list of games:

    June 17

    • Sea King

    June 18

    • Citizens of Space

    June 20

    • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
    • My Friend Pedro
    • Duke of Defense
    • Slender: The Arrival
    • Boxing Champs
    • Mainlining
    • Muse Dash
    • Secret Flies 2: Puritas Cordis
    • Line X
    • Forest Home
    June 21
    • Captain Cat

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/438935/new-nintendo-releases-next-week-crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled/

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