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How is Next Car Game Shaping Up?

Bugbear's Early Access crash-and-smash driving game has had a few updates since we last saw it. Pete dives back in for another look.

JPgamer: Why I Love Japanese Games

Pete's last installment of our regular Japanese games column takes a summative look at the reasons he habitually looks East for his interactive entertainment these days.

Final Fantasy XIV: Defenders of Eorzea - Conflict in the Realm

Final Fantasy XIV's third major content patch is coming early next month. Pete takes a peek at what Eorzea's adventurers can expect.

How is Next Car Game Shaping Up?

Bugbear's Early Access crash-and-smash driving game has had a few updates since we last saw it. Pete dives back in for another look.

JPgamer: Why I Love Japanese Games

Pete's last installment of our regular Japanese games column takes a summative look at the reasons he habitually looks East for his interactive entertainment these days.

Final Fantasy XIV: Defenders of Eorzea - Conflict in the Realm

Final Fantasy XIV's third major content patch is coming early next month. Pete takes a peek at what Eorzea's adventurers can expect.

Atelier Rorona Plus PS3 Review: A Good Game Becomes a Great Game

2010's Atelier Rorona gets an overhaul with an all-new Plus version. Cheap cash-in or an opportunity to fix the issues of the original? Pete takes an in-depth look.

JPgamer: On True Endings

Do you start lots of games and never finish them? Or do you see everything they have to offer before you move on? Guess which camp narrative junkie Pete falls into.

Murdered: Soul Suspect, and How Fun Doesn't Need a Fire Button

Murdered: Soul Suspect shows how you can make an intriguing, enjoyable game without arming your protagonist to the teeth.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Producing Perfection Vita Review: Pocket Goddesses

The gang of console personifications aims to dominate Gamindustri in a whole new way.

E3 2014: Ask and You Shall Receive... Eventually: Final Fantasy Type-0 Coming West

Long after many RPG fans gave it up for dead, it seems that Final Fantasy Type-0 is finally coming West -- in considerably enhanced form.

Nier: Underappreciated Classic of the Outgoing Generation

On the eve of E3 2014, the first in which we're well and truly "next-gen," Pete looks back on an underappreciated gem from Gen7 and ponders whether we'll ever see its like again.

Savoring the Realm: Sightseeing in Eorzea

Final Fantasy XIV's latest patch introduces the Sightseeing Log, an interesting means of celebrating the game's worldbuilding.

Astebreed PC Review: Stunning Shmup Action

Edelweiss' latest title for PC is an impressively cinematic shoot 'em up that offers a considerable amount of depth beneath the eye candy.

JPgamer: Producing Perfection

The latest in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series sees the goddesses trading their swords for microphones. Does it really produce perfection?

Armored Hunter Gunhound EX PC Review: Robots Like They Used to Make

Hungry to stomp about in a big robot and blow stuff up? This enhanced PSP port has got you covered if Titanfall didn't quite fit the bill.

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Local Multiplayer

For a while, it looked like online gaming had completely killed off the joy of having people over for a friendly game or two. But, it seems, couch gaming is back in a big way.

JPgamer: The Art of Penmanship

Is the perception that video games -- particularly those of Japanese origin -- have "bad writing" a particularly helpful or fair criticism? Pete ponders the matter, and manages to get a mention of Squid Girl in there in the process.

Kero Blaster PC Review: This Ain't Cave Story 2

Daisuke Amaya's newest retro-themed game is a very different beast to its predecessor. But is it any good?

EverQuest Landmark Quietly Launches on Steam, Introduces Caves

The promising-looking sort-of-prequel to EverQuest Next is going deeper underground.

Heavy Bullets is Another Attempt to Mash Up the Roguelike and FPS Genres

Independent developers' love of the roguelike genre continues with a new psychedelic shooter for PC.

Path of Exile Raises $20,000 for Child's Play

The free-to-play Diablolike's first "charity race event" has so far raised an impressive amount, with more to come.

How Road Redemption is Reviving a Lost Genre

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson is on the road again.

Philips Files Suit Against Nintendo for Patent Infringement

The company is seeking to get the Wii and Wii U removed from sale.

Steam Runs the Risk of Becoming the New App Store

How Valve's PC gaming platform is developing something of a curation problem.

3D Realms and Interceptor's New Game is Nothing to Do with Duke Nukem, Honest

Enter "Bombshell," an original IP that absolutely isn't a reskin of the teams' planned Duke Nukem action RPG.

JPgamer: Do Not Pursue Lu Bu

Omega Force and Koei's tactical action hack-and-slash series Dynasty Warriors has hit Steam in the form of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition. Pete, a lapsed Dynasty Warriors addict from the PS2 era, checks it out.

Nintendo Planning New Hardware; Won't Launch Until Current Customers are "Satisfied"

Speaking to investors, Satoru Iwata explains Nintendo's vision for the near future.

Wildstar Devs Talk Raids

Like any good MMO, Wildstar will feature raids. How will they differ from those seen in rival titles?

Innovative 7DFPS Title SuperHot Launches Kickstarter Campaign

One of the most interesting titles from last year's 7 Day FPS game jam is being developed into a full game.

Better Without Kinect

Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell explores how Microsoft is making the best of a bad situation and expects us to smile.

How is Assault Android Cactus Shaping Up?

Witch Beam's promising twin-stick shooter missed its originally anticipated release date, but it's coming together nicely. We take a look at the latest build and attempt to get to grips with Aubergine.

Nintendo Releasing Free StreetPass-Based Pokémon Title

Only confirmed for Japan so far, The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon encourages you to take your 3DS out and about.

Six New Japanese "Import" Games Coming to North American PSN

Sony's confirmed that six new formerly Japan-only titles are coming West to the PS3's PlayStation Store.

Watch Dogs Follows the Proud Ubisoft Tradition of Too Many Special Editions

"You'd like a copy of Watch Dogs? Of course. Will that be Standard, Special, Vigilante, Limited, Dedsec or...?"

Korea's Fighting Passion

Eurogamer's Tom Massey explores the rise and rise of Korea's fighting game community CafeId.

Croixleur Sigma PC Review: Hack, Slash, Dash

Nyu Media's latest localized doujin title is a joyful hack-and-slash affair. But is there any meat on the bones?

Square Enix Teases "Large-Scale Online Titles" in the Coming Year

After a more comfortable financial report than recent years, Square Enix is looking to the future.

Titanfall's Xbox 360 DLC Will Not Arrive at the Same Time as Xbox One and PC DLC

It is being worked on, though; just expect it a little later.

Bungie Works with Fans to Save Halo Multiplayer

The shutdown of GameSpy's servers has affected a lot of PC titles, but passionate players and developers are finding a way to save their favorite games.

Local Multiplayer is Gaming's Holy Grail

And, until recently, argues Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef, the industry had completely forgotten about it.

BOARDgamer: The Perfect Party Games

In this installment of our board gaming column, we take a look at three games that are super-simple to learn, heavy on the interaction and ideal for social gatherings.

Latest Humble Weekly Bundle Brings 9 Retro PC Classics Together

Three Wizardries, four classic adventures and System Shock 2. And, uh, Shadow Man.

Battlefield 4 Launches "Community Test Environment"

The latest in a long line of attempts to battle the bugs and issues that still plague DICE's shooter.

PS4 and Xbox One Versions of Minecraft Will Still Have Limited World Sizes

Bigger than their 360 and PS3 counterparts, but not as big as the PC version offers.

Sony Makes a U-Turn on DriveClub's PlayStation Plus Version

After widespread criticism, Sony has removed the most controversial aspect of DriveClub's special PlayStation Plus edition.

How Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive Mixes Gunplay with Rail-Grinds

Eurogamer contributor Stace Harman discovers why the Xbox One exclusive is more Jet Set Radio than Gears of War.

The 7th Guest Launches New Crowdfunding Drive

We could see TV and film adaptations of the CD-ROM classic, too.

Monster Hunter 4 Leads a Good Year for Capcom

A game that hasn't come out in the West yet is now Capcom's sixth best-selling game.

DriveClub's PS+ Edition Lets You Unlock Everything for a One-Off Fee, But...

There's a bit of a catch in there. Can you guess what it is?

EVE Monument Defaced; Culprits Banned from the Game

A monument celebrating the dedication of EVE Online's players was defaced shortly after being unveiled, but the culprits have been caught.

Meet the Man Who Made 12 Games in 12 Weeks

And he wants you to get in on the fun, too. Eurogamer's Chris Donlan investigates.

JPgamer: The Fine Art of the Earworm

One of the most readily apparent ways in which Western and Eastern games differ is the matter of musical soundtracks. We take a look at how they differ, and some favorite examples of music from Japanese games.

How is Square Enix's Collective Program Going?

The publishing giant's indie outreach program came out of its trial phase and into live service a while ago. What's it got to offer?

Star Citizen Developer Clarifies Stance on Player Groups

After a blowup surrounding an attempt to create a women-only group in the upcoming space sim, developer Cloud Imperium has cleared things up a bit.

Early Access Title 'Towns' Abandoned by Developer

Remember: Early Access titles can be just as much of a gamble as Kickstarter campaigns.

At the Gates of Temple Studios: Where Gaming and Theater Collide

Eurogamer's Tristan Jakob-Hoff explores how Punchdrunk created a virtual world in the heart of central London, UK.

Former Crackdown 2 Developer Working on Isometric Puzzle Adventure

Remember the good old days of games like Head Over Heels, Knight Lore and their ilk? Lumo is a modern-day take on those classic titles.

Adventures of Pip is an Evolving Pixel-Art Platformer with a Great Pedigree

Former Nickelodeon, Disney and WayForward employees have teamed up to create a promising-looking new adventure.

Shaq Fu Sequel Somehow Raises Over $450K in Crowdfunding

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has managed to secure nearly half a million dollars in funding via Indiegogo.

Early Access Title Earth: Year 2066 Pulled from Steam Amid "Unfit for Sale" Claims

Valve steps in to offer refunds for those who purchased Killing Day Studios' broken title.

Developing by the Sword

Eurogamer's Rick Lane explores the challenge of creating authentic and entertaining melee combat systems in games.

Clash of the Cards: Hearthstone vs. SolForge

Hearthstone isn't the only digital collectible card game out there. But are its rivals any good? We put Blizzard's title up against SolForge, a title developed as a collaboration between Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield and Ascension creators Stone Blade Entertainment.

Mother Russia Bleeds is Streets of Rage for the 21st Century

Plus a bit of Hotline Miami thrown in for good measure.

No-One Lives Forever Trademarks Turn Up with Night Dive Studios

That's the team that resurrected System Shock 2 for modern machines a while back. Hmmm.

New Call of Duty Details Slip Out a Little Earlier Than Anticipated

Originally set for a reveal this Sunday, details of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have "leaked" a little earlier than expected.

Blizzard Versus the Hostility of MOBAs

Eurogamer's Oli Welsh examines how Blizzard intends to tackle this problem.

Endless Legend Preview: Strategy Games Can be Pretty, Too

Amplitude's latest delve into the 4X strategy game market is Endless Legend, a game that draws inspiration from both Civilization and role-playing games. Can it match up to the giants of the genre?

Gran Turismo 6 Pays Tribute to a Racing Legend

20 years ago today, Ayrton Senna lost his life in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Sony's flagship racer is paying tribute throughout the month of May.

Transformers Universe Launches "Founders Program"

And the most expensive package costs over $500 of your hard-earned cash.

Stealth Inc. Sequel Will be a Wii U Exclusive

Curve Studios is bringing the sequel to the game formerly known as Stealth Bastard to Nintendo's platform.

Block Rockin' Beeps: What's Behind Gaming's Greatest Soundtracks

Eurogamer contributor Paul Butler delves into the world of game music.

JPgamer: A First Look at Croixleur Sigma

Sporting possibly the least-pronounceable name in video game history, Nyu Media's latest release on Steam, out today, is an enhanced version of a doujin hack-and-slash title. Is it worth your time?

Former Galak-Z Dev's New Game Experiments with Old-School 'Wraparound' Effects

Four Sided Fantasy is a game in which manipulating the camera is just as important to navigation as moving your character.

Elder Scrolls Online Clamps Down on Gold Farmers

It's a problem that plagues every MMO; how is Zenimax Online Studios dealing with it?

PlayStation 4 Update 1.70 is Out Today

The Vita and PlayStation App are getting updates alongside it, too, for one big happy PlayStation family.

Bohemia Interactive Tells the Story of Arma and DayZ

From Operation Flashpoint to a Greek prison and back again; Bohemia Interactive has a long and fascinating history.

Why is Hardship the New Hotness?

Eurogamer's Chris Donlan delves into DayZ, survival, and the glorious cult of cruelty.

Hooah! When Games Speak Like Soldiers, Are They Missing Part of the Message?

Eurogamer's Chris Donlan is Oscar Mike.

Watch Dogs' Multiplayer Will Adapt to Your Behavior

Worried about being constantly invaded by hacker jerks? The game is always watching.

Now the Internet Hivemind is Playing Hearthstone

If Twitch Plays Pokémon wasn't quite frustrating enough for you, now there's a new contender.

EA Adds Microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

As our own Jaz Rignall predicted, you can now pay extra to unlock the game's content more quickly.

Dark Souls Dev Acquired by Kadokawa

Japanese multi-media publisher Kadokawa will acquire an 80 per cent stake in From Software in a deal set to complete next month.

Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas: Where Death is a Power-Up

Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell explored what the 30 new cards will mean for Blizzard's card strategy game.

BOARDgamer: Traitorous Titles to Strain the Strongest Friendships

Some games are outright competitive. Others are purely cooperative. And then there's games that occupy a curious middle-ground -- games that will get you eyeing the person sitting next to you somewhat warily. Pete explores four of the best.

Rogue Shooter: The FPS Roguelike PC Review: Déjà Vu

Take a trip back to the '90s with this curious, rather literally named little oddity for PC.

Durante's Dark Souls II Mod Could Make All PC Games Look Better

The catchily-named GeDoSaTo lets you tweak Dark Souls II's visuals to your heart's content -- but why stop there?

Titanfall to Get New Game Modes in Future DLC

The first map pack is intended to temporarily placate those who have devoured all the current content.

Namco's Great Free-to-Play Gamble

Eurogamer's Simon Parkin explores how Tekken, Soul Calibur and Ace Combat work to repair the image of a business model.

This is What a Resident Evil 2 Remake Might Look Like

Ever wished Resident Evil 2 played more like Resident Evil 4? Take a look at these demo videos.

Steins;Gate Complete Walkthrough: Get All the Endings and Achievements

This is the choice of Steins Gate, but so is that one. Which one is right? Time-leap your way to the True ending with our full, spoiler-free guide.

Minecraft PS3 Worlds Will Definitely Transfer to PS4, Possibly Vita Too

Sony and Mojang are also looking into possible cross-buy options for the new versions of the game.

Wii U Mario Kart 8 Bundle Confirmed for Europe

And we'll be very surprised if we don't see it here in the near future, too.

Ground Zeroes' Raiden and Deja Vu Missions Coming to Other Platforms in May

The formerly platform-exclusive content is trading places next month.

Can Godus Be Fixed?

Fewer clicks don't mean more fun in the 2.0 version of Molyneux's god game, as Eurogamer's Chris Donlan discovers.

JPgamer: From the Folks Who Brought You Steins;Gate: Lovecraft Meets Giant Robots

The recently localized Steins;Gate may be Nitroplus' most well-known work, but an earlier title from the developer is still a fascinating read for those of you with strong stomachs.

Codemasters' New GRID Title Won't Hit Next-Gen But Has PC as Lead Platform

The new title promises to be a return to form for driving sim fans.

First Hearthstone World Championships Coming to BlizzCon This November

Looks like Blizzard's taking steps to make its online CCG into a serious e-sport.

Here's What You Can Make with the PS4's Upcoming ShareFactory App

Been wondering how flexible the upcoming PS4 video editor is? Take a look at Sony's cheeseballs demo video.

Xbox One is Coming to Japan This September

Remember when it was the West that got new games consoles nearly a year late? How times have changed.

The Strange, Starry Distraction of Tomodachi Life

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson spends two weeks with Nintendo's new life sim and tries to work out if it's any clearer what it actually is.

Demon Gaze Vita Review: The Vita's Answer to Etrian Odyssey?

Kadokawa Games' dungeon crawler is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the genre -- and proof a game doesn't need to be overly flashy to provide an enjoyable, addictive experience.

ESRB Listing Suggests Suikoden II is Coming to PSN

One of the most hard-to-find titles of the PS1 era looks set to make a comeback soon.

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