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Sony stops shipping PlayStation 2 consoles

3777_PS2 fullOne of the most popular gaming consoles in the world has finally reached the end of its manufacturing days as Sony has finally decided to stop making the PlayStation 2.

Released in 2000, Sony’s PlayStation 2 console became so popular that it was only rivaled in sales by some types of portable consoles from Nintendo DS. Even years after the release of PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 2 continued to enjoy sales from stores around the world  until just lately.

According to a Japanese gaming website Famitsu, Sony has finally delivered the last shipment of brand new “PS2″ for the Japanese market. Other regions around the world will still be getting some shipment until the near term, but the legend that the PlayStation 2 has created has already been stopped.

The Japanese PlayStation 2 market has saw more game titles in Japanese language in contrast to their English counterparts. The PlayStation 2 is known for many amazing role-playing games like the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, a game designed very closely around the maximum capabilities of the PS2 that even the Windows version of the game is virtually a copy of almost entirely the same  controller-based interface and graphics.

New games for PS2 are still being made though like Final Fantasy XI. FF XI is getting a retail-boxed, full-fledged expansion this coming March, but it is only supporting the PS2 in Japan, where many die-hard fans continue to use the original “fat” PS2 system. This version has a hard drive expansion slot. Final Fantasy XI will also be supporting PC and Xbox 360 versions sold internationally.

The current gaming console from Sony, the PlayStation 3, made famous by the silence Sony officials made during a Sony event where the console’s price was announced to be “599 US dollars”, was created to be backwards-compatible with many of the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games. Backwards-compatibility on PlayStation 3 was achieved by Sony  by incorporating the actual PS2 “Emotion Engine” and “Graphics Synthesizer” chips on the motherboard of every PS3, essentially making the PS3 a two game consoles in one (and also making the launch price higher).

After a redesign, Sony was able to lower the cost of the new PS3 some, but it also removed the essential Emotion Engine chip, which now caused to sometimes fail to play certain games or to cause some bugs during the game. The current stocks of PS3s no longer come with both chips, making them unable to play PS2 game discs although they still can play PS1 games without problems. Even upgrades can no longer make the new PS3s play PS2 games game discs at all.

Sony has also created a few HD remakes of particular PS2 games, publishing them to work for the PS3 under the “PlayStation 2 Classics” section. A few dozens of such games are available for download in the PlayStation Network store.

Downloading re-released games means that users will have to buy the game again (if it is available in the PS Network),  just like how PlayStation Portable gamers do for their Vita console. And buying the games again for the PlayStation 3 does not mean such games can be played indefinitely on upcoming Sony consoles. It is rumored that the next PlayStation console will not be playing some games designed for PS3s.

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Samsung Tackles Multi-tasking, Business Solutions, and Office Politics in New Note 2 Ad

According to this latest Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ad, the oversized phone is great for multi-tasking while you work on quarterly earnings reports. It’s also an amazing way for co-workers to slack off and then take credit for hard work you just put in. Thankfully, those slackers never win, at least not in this fantasy [...]

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Final Fantasy Dimensions Now Live At Google Play

One of the most loved RPG titles in the world is the Final Fantasy franchise. Its engrossing storyline, lovable characters and unique gameplay combine to bring everyone a memorable gaming experience. Fans of this series will be able to enjoy playing this game on their Android device now that Final Fantasy Dimensions has been released. The game can now be downloaded over at Google Play for $20.

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Most people might say that the price is a bit too steep compared to the average selling price of most games at Google Play however it’s definitely worth it. It has a compelling storyline with graphics that is both retro and modern looking. The characters are great and the menu system is easy to understand. It’s definitely going to bring you countless hours of fun.

This old school game was first available over at the iOS platform last August but now is available for Android. If you have played RPG games on the SNES then you will be familiar with the style that this title brings. It is actually a port of a game which was released for mobile devices only in Japan called Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi.

Final Fantasy Dimensions centers on two warrior groups, one focused on light while the other focused on darkness. You will be able to control both groups depending on the phase you are in the game. Just like most games in this genre it follows a turn-based combat system.

You will be able to interact with various non-playable characters, acquire items and defeat enemies. Characters have the ability to increase their levels and also change their job types which makes them gain additional skills.

One thing that bugged me though is the random battles that occur when you are exploring the game. While this might be good for leveling up your character it’s a pain when your character is in a hurry.

As far as the control system goes you are presented with three different configurations. All of these make use of a virtual D-Pad though.

If you are a fan of the final Fantasy series then don’t miss out on this epic title.

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[New Game] 6waves And HourBlast Games Release ‘Simultaneous Turn Strategy’ Dueling Blades

duelingbladesHourblast Games and 6waves, the publisher of such hits as Strikefleet Omega and OFFWORLD, have released Dueling Blades, a fantasy RPG that combines strategy elements with social networking. What makes this game stand out from the mass of other similar titles is its interesting combat system that’s described as “simultaneous turn strategy.”

Like the description suggests, the combat in Dueling Blades is turn-based, but the execution of the players’ actions happens simultaneously. Additionally, when you add quick time events to the game’s formula, you get fights that are an interesting mix of luck, skill, and reflexes. Although the idea is not completely original, Dueling Blades is the first mobile title that combines real-time and turn-based passage of time this way.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher.

A related title, Final Fantasy Dimensions, is a modern throwback version for the Final Fantasy line. Incorporating the traditional story of battles between light and darkness with some crystals thrown into the mix, the game uses 2-D pixel art to give the title a retro look. That look does not come cheap though as Final Fantasy Dimensions will set you back $20 if you have an Android 2.3.3 or higher device.

The final title released by Square Enix is Demons’ Score, a Tegra 3 only app. The story centers on a young college girl in search of her father who has gone missing in an asylum. Prior to disappearing, he provided his daughter with a smartphone app to help her control demons that may try to possess her. The gameplay is in the genre of rhythm games where players have to tap their device’s screen in certain rhythms. Demons’ Score also costs $20 to buy.

Several other Square Enix titles are on sale now, including Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings: Omega, Chrono Trigger, and the original Final Fantasy. If you are interested in any of the three new titles, use one of the download links below to get your copy.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher.

A related title, Final Fantasy Dimensions, is a modern throwback version for the Final Fantasy line. Incorporating the traditional story of battles between light and darkness with some crystals thrown into the mix, the game uses 2-D pixel art to give the title a retro look. That look does not come cheap though as Final Fantasy Dimensions will set you back $20 if you have an Android 2.3.3 or higher device.

The final title released by Square Enix is Demons’ Score, a Tegra 3 only app. The story centers on a young college girl in search of her father who has gone missing in an asylum. Prior to disappearing, he provided his daughter with a smartphone app to help her control demons that may try to possess her. The gameplay is in the genre of rhythm games where players have to tap their device’s screen in certain rhythms. Demons’ Score also costs $20 to buy.

Several other Square Enix titles are on sale now, including Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings: Omega, Chrono Trigger, and the original Final Fantasy. If you are interested in any of the three new titles, use one of the download links below to get your copy.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher.

A related title, Final Fantasy Dimensions, is a modern throwback version for the Final Fantasy line. Incorporating the traditional story of battles between light and darkness with some crystals thrown into the mix, the game uses 2-D pixel art to give the title a retro look. That look does not come cheap though as Final Fantasy Dimensions will set you back $20 if you have an Android 2.3.3 or higher device.

The final title released by Square Enix is Demons’ Score, a Tegra 3 only app. The story centers on a young college girl in search of her father who has gone missing in an asylum. Prior to disappearing, he provided his daughter with a smartphone app to help her control demons that may try to possess her. The gameplay is in the genre of rhythm games where players have to tap their device’s screen in certain rhythms. Demons’ Score also costs $20 to buy.

Several other Square Enix titles are on sale now, including Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings: Omega, Chrono Trigger, and the original Final Fantasy. If you are interested in any of the three new titles, use one of the download links below to get your copy.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher.

A related title, Final Fantasy Dimensions, is a modern throwback version for the Final Fantasy line. Incorporating the traditional story of battles between light and darkness with some crystals thrown into the mix, the game uses 2-D pixel art to give the title a retro look. That look does not come cheap though as Final Fantasy Dimensions will set you back $20 if you have an Android 2.3.3 or higher device.

The final title released by Square Enix is Demons’ Score, a Tegra 3 only app. The story centers on a young college girl in search of her father who has gone missing in an asylum. Prior to disappearing, he provided his daughter with a smartphone app to help her control demons that may try to possess her. The gameplay is in the genre of rhythm games where players have to tap their device’s screen in certain rhythms. Demons’ Score also costs $20 to buy.

Several other Square Enix titles are on sale now, including Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings: Omega, Chrono Trigger, and the original Final Fantasy. If you are interested in any of the three new titles, use one of the download links below to get your copy.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II, Demons’ Score released in Google Play Store by Square Enix

Just in time for everyone starting a long holiday break looking for something to do on their tablet or smartphone, Square Enix released a trio of titles to the Google Play Store today. The first title is Final Fantasy II, a port of the original FF II from 1988. The game revolves around four war heroes caught between an empire and a rebel resistance. The game features a proficiency system for developing a character versus the more typical level up structure. Final Fantasy II is available for $7.00 and will run on Android 2.2 or higher.

A related title, Final Fantasy Dimensions, is a modern throwback version for the Final Fantasy line. Incorporating the traditional story of battles between light and darkness with some crystals thrown into the mix, the game uses 2-D pixel art to give the title a retro look. That look does not come cheap though as Final Fantasy Dimensions will set you back $20 if you have an Android 2.3.3 or higher device.

The final title released by Square Enix is Demons’ Score, a Tegra 3 only app. The story centers on a young college girl in search of her father who has gone missing in an asylum. Prior to disappearing, he provided his daughter with a smartphone app to help her control demons that may try to possess her. The gameplay is in the genre of rhythm games where players have to tap their device’s screen in certain rhythms. Demons’ Score also costs $20 to buy.

Several other Square Enix titles are on sale now, including Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings: Omega, Chrono Trigger, and the original Final Fantasy. If you are interested in any of the three new titles, use one of the download links below to get your copy.

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Square Enix releases Demon’s Score, Final Fantasy II, and FF Dimensions for Android – Celebrates with holiday sale

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Great news for Square Enix fans looking to do a little gaming on their Android devices this holiday weekend. The video game publisher has just released 3 new titles into the Google Play Store, one of which has never been seen on US soil until this year.

Fresh new titles include classics such as  Final Fantasy II and the all new “classic” Final Fantasy Dimensions. FF Dimensions was released back in 2010 in Japan, and saw an iOS port earlier this year. Square has also released an all new IP dubbed Demon’s Score — an Nvidia Tegra 3 exclusive — which relies on quick reflexes to button presses to a funky beat (these kind of games are a big hit in Japan).

The pricing on some of these titles will floor you. Where you can nab Final Fantasy II for a fairly reasonable $7 in the Play Store, Final Fantasy Dimensions and Demon’s Score both debut at $20 a piece. Even if I could rationalize a game like Demon’s Score with cutting edge, console-like graphics debuting at the price, Final Fantasy Dimensions looks as if it came straight from ’96 (and yes, I understand that’s the point).

If those Square Enix titles are out of the question for you and you were still looking to level up this weekend, Square Enix is having a holiday sale that’s marked down some of their most expensive titles by 70%. Chaos Rings is now a very affordable $4, (previously $13) as well as the prequel, Chaos Rings: Omega. The original Final Fantasy as well as Chrono Trigger have also been marked down — albeit, not as much — now $5 and $7, respectively.

Can’t pass up a deal like that on Chaos Rings (feeling a bit sheepish after spending $13 for it a few months back), but at least I can score a discount on the prequel. Which ones are you guys picking up? Any recommendations?

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More greatness from Square Enix; Launches FF Dimensions, FF II and Demon’s Score THD

FF DimensionsThe end of the year is sure turning into a hot time for sales and highly anticipated launches of some awesome games. Square Enix is pounding the pavement particularly hard. They have 5 great games on sale already, which we shared with you earlier this week. Now they release 3 more games to the Play Store to help keep you sane this holiday season.

Square has just pushed out Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy II and Demon’s Score THD.  I know the first two are games many of you have been itching to get your hands on. The third is one that  requires you to have a Tegra 3 touting device and is drastically different from the others. The graphics are looking pretty incredible, but is more about watching, timing and beat bosses in time to the rhythm of the music. One of those things that is rather big in Japan.

AS with past Square Enix releases, they are banking on the demand of the titles. While Final Fantasy II is fairly priced at $7.00, Final Fantasy Dimensions and Demon’s Score will set you back $19.99. No, that isn’t a typo, both are $20. Are they worth it? To die-hard fans of the Final Fantasy line, sure they are. To general and more casual style gamers, it will be a choice you will need to make on your own. To snag the gritty details of each new game and pick them up if you do so desire, hit up the links below.

Purchase – Final Fantasy II – $7.00

Purchase – Final Fantasy Dimensions – $19.99

Purchase – Demon’s Score THD – $19.99

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[New Game] EA Sports Releases Football Club Companion App For FIFA 2013 Console And PC Games

unnamed (1)Here in the States digital jocks tend to obsess over the latest Madden or 2K titles. But pretty much everywhere else, it’s all about the soccer action in FIFA. Electronic Arts is well aware of this, so they’ve bundled the EA Sports Football Club into the full versions of FIFA 2013. The Football Club is a combination fantasy league and digital marketplace. As of now, you don’t even need to be playing the game to access it – the new Football Club app is available in both North American and worldwide flavors.

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First of all, this app shouldn’t be confused with EA’s more conventional FIFA game for Android – you’ll need a copy of FIFA 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC just to log in.

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[New Game] Fantasy Horror Novel Bane Of Yoto Becomes 3D Motion Comic – Parts 1 & 2 Available Now For Tegra Devices

unnamedIf you think the term “motion comic” means some barely-animated, poorly-produced DVD tie-in made for a quick buck… well, you’re mostly right. But developer Leviathan Games is hoping to buck that trend with their new series of apps, Bane of Yoto. The story is based on the trade paperback of the same name, which has become something of a favorite in horror circles as of late. You can try the first part of the story for free, and the second episode landed yesterday for $3. Unfortunately, both are restricted to Tegra devices for the moment.

This ain’t your pappy’s motion comic.

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Final Fantasy IV headed to iOS on December 20, Android version to follow in 2013

Final Fantasy IV headed to iOS on December 20, Android version to follow in 2013

That Nintendo DS re-make of Final Fantasy IV may add 3D graphics, a variety of bug fixes, and a fresh localization, but who wants to lug around their old Nintendo DS? Thankfully, it won’t be much longer before the same version of FFIV ends up on iOS, as spotted by the folks at gaming forum NeoGAF. The game arrives on the iOS App Store for both iPhone and iPad starting on December 20, and is headed to Android sometime next year. As of now, it’s only got a Japanese pricing of ¥1800 ($21.77), but we expect it’ll cost about $17.99 when it launches Stateside. In anticipation of the pending release, Square’s marking down prices of its other iOS FF games (which are usually priced absurdly high), so now’s a good time to snap them up on the cheap. If you’d like to take a gander at the first images of the iOS port, Japanese publication Gamer has a first-look.

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Square Enix Releases Chaos Rings Omega To The Play Store, Priced At $13

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Square Enix have released their latest Android offering to the Play Store, in the form of the sequel to the mobile RPG Chaos Rings (which came out on Android last month): Chaos Rings Omega.

Chaos Rings was designed from the ground up to be a “mobile RPG,” similar to – but carefully avoiding the name of – the Final Fantasy franchise. It seems very likely that Chaos Rings is Square’s way of testing the waters of mobile before going all-in on a made-for-touch original Final Fantasy title. Chaos Rings Omega, visually, appears little different from the first Chaos Rings title.

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Dragon Slayer game breathes fire all over Google Play

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As promised, Glu's free to play Dragon Slayer game has swooped into Google Play. This title takes the familiar one-on-one gesture-based duel format but pits dragons against mages. Mages blast through levels that are composed of a series of dragons, one after another. They all have their own elemental weaknesses as well as special attacks. As with all Glu games, there are lots of in-app purchases being nudged your way, but the graphics are pretty slick, and the game's premise is a nice change of pace for fans of high fantasy. 

I've been playing a little bit, and though there seems to be a lot more emphasis on improving gear rather than stats or abilities, it's pretty fun trying to read the movements of a variety of dragons and preparing to defend accordingly. Luckily there are also the occasional text warnings to provice cues. There's also a pet system in place, which can offer slight, and sometimes necessary back-up. 

Any takers, or is a reliance on in-app purchases a dealbreaker? Any other dueling games that you're digging lately? 

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[New Game] Dragon Slayer Is A Magical Showdown Against An Army Of Ancient Reptiles

dragontinyForget ye old days of knights and nobility when you had to stick a dragon with a sword to slay the beast and win yonder fair lady. These days, medieval mythological warfare can be done via the comfort of your own phone. Dragon Slayer fulfills your fantasy by allowing you to engage in magical combat with a host of dragons, and dragon-like creatures.

As with most fantasy-based games, you can collect and upgrade equipment to become more efficient and ending the lives of rare, gargantuan reptiles. Each dragon has its own set of skills, magical abilities, and weaknesses to challenge you.

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Humble Bundle for Android 4 adds 5 more games to the Mix

Still haven’t pulled the trigger on the Humble Bundle for Android 4 yet? Why the heck not! It is a fantastic way to snag up a slew of great games that are cross platform for a really great price. Previously if you picked up the bundle, you were given 6 total titles. We were just alerted by the Humble Team that they have now added five more games to the mix to make the offer even better.

  • The RPG fantasy saga Avadon: The Black Fortress by Spiderweb Software
  • The indie parkour platformer Canabalt by Semi Secret Software
  • The 3D mechanical puzzle game Cogs by Lazy 8 Studios
  • The side-scrolling strategy rumblefest Swords & Soldiers HD by Ronimo Games and Two Tribes
  • The groundbreaking meditative puzzler Zen Bound 2 by Secret Exit

That makes a grand total of 11 games in all. The current price tag to snag all 11 is showing as $6.31. What savings are you looking at? Combine everything and the grand total at full price would be over $195. So a pretty substantial cut. Plus you get to help the devs and a charity. Of course it is recommended to spend a little more then the minimum amount. So far the numbers are showing 132,735 bundles purchased and over $837,000 in payments. Looks like Linux users spend a little more on average.

As for those of you that already snagged the bundle, you will be given the 5 new titles at no extra cost. They will be immediately available via your download page.

If you have been holding off on buying the bundle, you better hurry. There is only one week left. Get yourself over to humblebundle.com now and get in on the action.

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Arcane Legends review

Arcane Legends recently enjoyed a soft launch in Canada and Australia, bringing a fresh, colorful fantasy MMORPG to Android. The developer, Spacetime Studios, has a lot of experience in freemium mobile massively multiplayer online games, having kicked off the trend with Pocket Legends way back when, and since released other themed games such as Star Legends and Dark Legends. I’ve dabbled in those previously, but let me say right off the bat that Arcane Legends blows the others out of the water. 

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Chrono Trigger role-playing game released for Android

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Attention old-school gamers: Chrono Trigger has just launched on Google Play, bringing the classic role-playing game to Android. The Dimensional Vortex and Lost Sanctum are two new areas that were included in the Nintendo DS port which have found their way to this iteration as well. Despite most of the graphics and gameplay staying intact from the SNES original, some of the controls have been tweaked for touch interfaces. Language support spreads English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. 

As the title suggests, Chrono Trigger features a lot of time travel, from prehistory to the far future to the the end of time. Even the original contemporary setting that the heroes start in is only Earth-ish and has some of its own unique fantasy flair. Along the way, your party grows to include a robot, a half-man half-frog, a cavewoman, and plenty of other colorful characters. 

As with most Square Enix games on mobile, you'll be paying a premium for the privilege of playing their games on mobile devices, but $9.99 isn't quite as bad as what they're charging for some of their other titles. Although I played a bunch of Final Fantasy 3, I never had a chance to dig into Chrono Trigger. This might be my cue, but what about you guys? Did anyone here play the original, but are still tempted to pick up the mobile version? Any DS players able to vouch for the quality of the new content? 

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Penny Arcade’s Rain Slick 3 Arrives On Android, Very Serious Fantasy Adventure Ensues

pennytinyWe know how you like your games. Engaging with a hint of hilarity and fantasy. Penny Arcade, legendary webcomic and gaming community taste-maker, has released the third installment in its turn-based RPG Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 to the Play Store. $3 gets you access to the entire adventure, extra DLC and a “rejiggered UI,” which just sounds fancy!

If you’ve ever played Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, or been on the internet for five minutes, you should feel right at home in this game. The class system even allows for multiple career and battle modes, including Dinosorcerer,Cordwainer, Slacker, and Hobo.

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Samsung and LG to launch 1080p smartphones next year

We had previously heard rumors about HTC planning to make a 5 inch 1080p Android flagship device, but we were skeptical about the news. Nevertheless, both Sharp and Japan Display (JDI) confirmed the fact that they have begun mass producing ultra sharp panels and soon later HTC unveiled the HTC J Butterfly in Japan. HTC J Butterfly is no fantasy and it actually boasts a 5 inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 440 pixels per inch, which makes it the most clearest display to be ever shoved into a mass produced device. The device is using a new screen technology called as “Super LCD 3”, which is the next generation of “Super LCD 2″ display that is used on HTC One X.

Now that HTC has unveiled their 1080p device, other smartphone manufacturers would like to join the bandwagon by launching their own. Now, Samsung and LG are said to be planning to release 1080p smartphones of their own in the first half of 2013. According to the latest report published by Korean daily, MK News, Samsung will join HTC with its own iteration of a smartphone featuring a display supporting 1080p resolution. They also say that LG has also figured out the technology and will be launching their iteration soon.

The phones that these two Korean companies will be launching will boast 1080p displays using both, AMOLED and LCD display technology. The resolution of such displays is expected to top 400 pixels per inch. If numbers don’t make sense to you, the Retina Display which Apple boasts on the new iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi, so you get an idea what kind of display these new devices will have.

LG had previously showcased the world’s first 5 inch Full HD LCD Smartphone panel, but it didn’t make into mass manufactured devices yet for some reason. The display that LG showcased back in May offers 1080p resolution with a very high pixel density of 440ppi. The LCD technology that it is using is called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) and apparently facilitates wider viewing angles, improved brightness and fast response times when touched. According to LG, the display is made in such a way that it will deliver smartphone viewers with the same viewing experience as HD television or computer monitors.

Sony is said to be launching its 5 inch C650X phablet in December and it will be coming with a high resolution 1080p display. If Sony does launch the device in question by December, seems like Samsung and LG will be outpaced by Sony.

Screen manufacturers such as Renesas have reported certain difficulties in the manufacturing process of HD displays, so that may result in shortage of supply. Whatever the case is, we can expect to see a lot of smartphone devices with HD sweetness to break out in H1 2013. What are your thoughts on these HD devices? Would you wait until one of these devices launch in order to upgrade? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: TheVerge

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Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Angry Heroes Online [MMORPG - Arcade & Action]

Angry Heroes Online is a brand new MMORPG from Artibus that blends comic-style art and humor. In this world of fantasy, you will create your own character, deal with evil and clumsy bosses, go on exciting quests, play mini games, and fight other online players.

When creating your character, you have your choice of three different races: humans, elves, and orcs, You can dress him or her up anyway you wish and purchase protective gear and weapons. This is where things get interesting  and comical because the first weapon I used was a plunger, and it wasn’t too shabby because I won with it. As to the armor, again it’s not going be quite what you expect. Cardboard armor and paper bag masks usually don’t get the job done, but in Angry Heroes it does.

In order to level up, you will need to go on quests and fight to the death in the arena. Both of these circumstances will also yield you coins to buy more armor, weapons, potions, and skills such as how well you attack, your agility, luck, health, and defenses. Probably the best way to earn coins is by guarding. This is something you can do while you sleep or when you are at work or school. You can really rack up some coins to better your position in the hierarchy. You also have your own personal mansion, which can be built up to make you stronger. For example, the tower allows you to add more slots for your inventory, building up the stable reduces the time you spend on quests, building walls increases your defense, building your road will allow you to earn more coins per fight, and building up your landscape increases your chance to avoid battles. It just a matter of having the right amount of coins to increase these areas.

Speaking of battles, you can attack anyone online, but you can also be attacked. The only way you can escape attacks is by building up your road or by guarding. All fights are in the arena and if you want to attack someone, you can check out the character first and see how strong they are. You can search by weaker, even, or stronger opponents. Obviously you will earn more if you fight and defeat stronger opponents. The fighting is probably the only negative in this game because it’s automated. You don’t have any control, but on the other hand, casual gamers will like this because it simplifies things and isn’t so daunting.

Probably the most desirable type of currency is shrooms. You have to reach level 7 to even get into the shroom cave. Like coins, they can be used to buy items, but they can also allow you to travel in time and skip quests as well as give you more energy allowing you to fight more often. You can still earn some shrooms before level 7, but it will be tough.

This is all just the tip of the iceberg as there is so much to this game, but at the same time it doesn’t feel so daunting. You can play at your own pace and it’s simple enough for the casual gamer. Angry Heroes is Free so check out my hands on video, as well as their trailer video, and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Key Features:

  • The game is a MMORPG fantasy genre, featuring premium comic-style art awesome visual effects.
  • An unique balance system allows thousands of players to challenge each other online.
  • Innovative in-game economy, that balances the strong and weak players in a single game world.
  • Over 300 types of cool items which can be used in millions of unique combinations.
  • Hundreds of different quests.
  • Dozens of cool bosses.
  • Co-operative multiplayer, enabling groups to fight each other or against computer generated opponents.
  • More features to come!

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Chaos Rings brings classic JRPG action and hefty pricetag to Google Play

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Chaos Rings, a role-playing game franchise created by the venerable Square Enix about two years ago on iOS, has found its way to Android. If you remember the ports of their classic Final Fantasy titles, you'll know that Square Enix has a habit of charging a fair bit for their mobile games, and Chaos Rings is no different with a $12.99 pricetag. That said, reviews for the iOS version have been unanimously good, so at least you're getting quality for what you pay for.

The game's story revolves around a mysterious tournament where pairs of contestants fight for their lives in the imposing and surreal Ark Arena. There are 8 characters to chose from, spread between 5 pairs, each with their own histories and plotlines to unfold. 

On the one hand, it's easy to laugh openly at just about any app trying to get away with a pricetag of more than $10 in Google Play, but on the other, I admire developers that have the moxy to try to stem the race to the bottom in app pricing. Only really big-name publishers can afford to create high-quality apps for bargain basement prices, and even then, they only work if supplemented by ad and in-app purchase revenue. What do you guys think – is the labor that goes into making an application just as valuable as it used to be (as Nintendo would contend), or is the app market so saturated now that old models simply don't work anymore? Is it worth paying a premium up-front to combat the trend in in-app purchasing?

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Online Football Manager Helps You Fulfill Your Secret Fantasy To Run A Football (Soccer) Franchise

footbawlltinyBack in April, we reported that SEGA released Football Manager Handheld 2012, a game that allows you to simulate what it would be like to run a soccer football team. Of course, I honestly couldn’t tell you five differences between futbol and handegg, so I may not be the best judge of how fun these games are. Then again, I used to play a game where I pretended to be the owner of a large hotel. To each his own.

The game offers pretty in-depth control over your team, including the ability to set and change line-ups, expand your home stadium, and even go scouting for new talent.

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Leaked Pictures of Supposed LG Nexus Hit the Web

I was wondering when this day would come. Time for some good ole’ leaked images of the new anticipated Android device that make the pictures of the Loch Ness Monster seem more real. New supposed leaked images of the new LG Nexus phone have hit the XDA forums, and oh do they look so…sexy? You be the judge.

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As you can see from the pictures, it does in fact look like an LG flagship Android device. The phone looks sexy, but as you can see by the homescreen, it has the same old Jelly Bean wallpaper and icons we have come to see with any device that gets Jelly Bean. The real kicker is that in the About Phone menu it says the device is running Android 4.1.2. So is all the Key Lime Pie Android 4.2 rumors just a fantasy that we all had a hand in? That may be. If these images are real, we might have seriously jumped to conclusions on this one. I mean Jelly Bean only came out about four months ago, and there are still many devices stuck on Gingerbread still. Time will tell my friends. Let us know what you think about these images.

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[New Game] Hothead Games Releases Big Win Football – Customize, Compete, ‘Go For The Big Win’

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Encouraging players to “go for the big win,” Hothead Games recently released Big Win Football to the Play Store. The makers of the artistic masterpiece that is Machinarium and the similarly sports-minded Big Win Soccer have added another entry to their catalogue of “Big Win” sports games, bringing the same customizable, competitive and unique gameplay dynamic to football fans, allowing them to create their own customized dream team, play against opponents online, and enhance player skills with game-changing boosts.

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One of the things that makes Big Win Football different from other football games, besides its Mii-like character style, is the ability to play big impact cards.

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33 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/15/12 – 9/29/12)

gameroundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Majesty: Northern Expansion by HeroCraft

Today’s roundup is sponsored by Majesty: Northern Expansion, a sequel to the very popular and beloved Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim.

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[New App] NFLRUSH Offers A Slightly Tweaked Fantasy Football For Kids, Plus Scholarship Prizes

unnamedThis may shock some of you, but there’s a surprisingly small amount of overlap between tech bloggers and fantasy sports players. (Careful, gentle readers – you don’t want to become over-gasped.) So it was with some confusion that I found a new official NFL fantasy football app, when there are already two published in the Play Store. The latest, NFLRUSH, is something of a toned-down, kid-friendly version of fantasy: instead of carefully picking your team at the beginning of the season and trading with your league-mates each week, NFLRUSH allows kids to pick a fresh roster after every game.

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Your team will earn points based on the real-world achievements of your digital avatars.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: The Bard’s Tale [Arcade & Action]

Some of you might already be familiar with the PC classic trilogy, The Bard’s Tale. Well in inXile Entertainment just released a mobile version in the Google Play Store, and it just might be the funniest game you will every play. It might also be the largest in terms of file size to date because the HD version will set you back 3.5GB (1.7GB for non HD version). That’s pretty hefty, but not surprising since the game includes over 20-30 hours of gameplay.

It’s a fantasy RPG, and you play Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. There’s something else about Bard that’s interesting and it’s the fact that he has the ability to cast spells by singing songs. You will encounter all kinds of enemies to fight, but this game throws some bonuses like a lot of cleavage and when was the last time you saw a zombie dance off?

Features:

  • 50 enemy types (not counting bosses!)
  • A vast world to explore with towns, wild forests, rivers, castles, towers, secret dungeons, snowy mountains, caverns, haunted tombs and more
  • A full cast of bizarre NPC’s
  • Over a dozen special boss enemies to defeat
  • 16 magical characters to discover and then summon at will to aid you
  • Over 150 unique items of weaponry, armor, instruments, tokens, artifacts and loot!
  • More Song & Dance numbers than any other game, including a zombie dance-off!
  • Over 14 hours of outstanding voice-acting from top Hollywood talent, including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as the Bard, and the inimitable Tony Jay as the Narrator

The Bard’s Tale was already available on iOS, but the Android version gets these new additions:

  • Leaderboards—for accumulated Silver and Experience!
  • Achievements—over 50 spread throughout the game!
  • Autosave—option to save automatically when you near a save-book in game.
  • Time-Savers—optional in-app purchases are available to pump up your Bard and save you time! (Note: All such items are attainable through normal game-play, with time and persistence, just as in the original console release.)
  • Includes the original classic game The Bard’s Tale I: Tales of the Unknown! 2 & 3 coming soon!

The Bard’s tale is priced at $5.95 and works on devices running Android 2.3 and higher. As I mentioned above, the original PC game was a trilogy and with this download, you actually get the original The Bard’s Tale I: Tales of the Unknown. You will also get The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate at a later date for Free.

Check out the overview video and hit one of the download links below to get started.

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