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GTA5 is “Game of the Year” at the 2013 VGX Awards

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The first ever VGX Awards (formerly known as the Spike TV Video Game Awards) were held last night and the best games of 2013 were once again crowned by GameTrailers.com’s Geoff Keighley (with an assist from Community‘s Joel McHale). The general consensus among the Internetatti is that the show still doesn’t know what it wants to be and that the “intimate studio setting” (and McHale) made the whole thing feel a bit bizarre. But what about the award winners?

In what is sure to be the first of many, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V was named “Game of the Year” by the VGX Advisory Council. Rockstar’s crime saga also took home “Best Soundtrack.” But, the developer missed out on “Studio of the Year” honors. That award went to Naughty Dog for their work on The Last of Us. Their apocalyptic story was also awarded “Best PlayStation Game.” “Best Voice Actor” (Troy Baker), and “Best Voice Actress” (Ashley Johnson). Other multiple award winners include indie sensation Gone Home (“Best PC Game” and “Best Independent Game”) and BioShock Infinite (“Best Shooter” and “Best Song in a Game”).

A complete list of this year’s winners, including the remaining genre awards, “Best Xbox Game” (the surprising Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons), and “Best Nintendo Game” (Super Mario 3D World), can be found after the break. (more…)

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Ni No Kuni, The Cave, Just Dance 4, Dust 514, Disgaea 2, more added to PS Store

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It’s another big week for Sony’s PlayStation Store this week.

This week’s big new release is Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level-5’s collaboration with Studio Ghibli that has locked JRPG aficionados into a frenzy. And speaking of collaborations, adventure game The Cave marks the first team-up of Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions.

What else, what else… Today is the first day of the Dust 514 open beta and the PS2 Classic Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories has been added to the store to go with last week’s addition of the first game. Finally, Ubisoft has added a download version of Just Dance 4 to the PlayStation Store.

Hit the jump for more information on this week’s new releases (including Ninja Gaiden Sigma and a new PSP game) and check out the PlayStation Blog for an overview of this week’s new game add-ons. (more…)

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New Releases: Ni No Kuni, The Sims 3: 70s 80s 90s Stuff

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Two new games will be released in stores this week, but I have a feeling that one will be much more popular than the other.

This week’s biggest new release is definitely Level-5’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Level-5 is on quite the roll lately (after the success of the “Guild01″ releases on the 3DS eShop) and their collaboration with Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has had gamers in a frenzy for a long time. We’ll finally get to see what all the fuss is about soon.

Also available this week is the latest Sims 3 “Stuff Pack,” The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, and 90s Stuff. I predict a lot of bell bottoms, spandex, and flannel.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Hands-On Preview: Get Ready For a Beautiful Adventure

There are many Japanese games I get excited about, even if they never end up coming here. But there’s one that I’ve been especially excited to see hit these shores for a very, very long time. I was pleased to finally be able to check out a demo – anything is better than nothing! And I can confirm that the demo for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is just as amazing as all of those words make it sound. (more…)

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Ni No Kuni’s E3 2012 trailer reveals January 22 release date

Gamers everywhere were pretty distraught when Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the Namco Bandai-published PS3 collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, was delayed from late 2012 to early 2013. Thankfully, the new year will only be three weeks old when we finally get a chance to play it. An E3 trailer for Ni No Kuni was released by Namco Bandai ahead of the big show and it confirms a January 22, 2013 release date for the game.

If you’re a fan of gorgeous animation, you owe it to yourself to watch the trailer above.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch delayed; four gameplay videos released

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been delayed in North America, but with good reason. According to publisher Namco Bandai, the reason for the delay is an awesome one – not only will the game have a full English dub, but there will also be an option for the Japanese vocal track with English subtitles. My heart did a dozen cartwheels when it heard the news.

This PS3 exclusive, which is a collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli (can you say powerhouses?), will be out in winter of 2012 (AKA November/December) instead of early 2012 as first announced. To make you feel better, you can hit the jump for the four new gameplay videos that were released. Spoiler alert: they’re incredible. (more…)

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New IPs to Play Before the End of Days

The Mayans and film director Roland Emmerich would have us believe that the end of the world is nigh. Really nigh. Knee nigh almost. But despite the warnings, it seems most game designers shirked off the warning that was Emmerich’s masterpiece 2012 and decided to roll out the same old stuff. We have Final Fantasy XIII-2, Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, The Darkness II, Mass Effect 3, Max Payne 3, Soul Calibur V, and Street Fighter X Tekken (I know the X doesn’t equal 10, but it might at well). I am sure some of these games will be amazing (and I have my £40 saved for Borderlands 2 already), but if it really, truly is the end of life, the universe and my games consoles, then is it too much to ask to play something new before we’re all burned, drowned, stabbed or frozen to death (depending on which mood Emmerich is in) instead of say, another instalment of Call of Duty or, hypothetically, taking an isometric political espionage strategy game from 1993 and turning it into yet another First Person Shooter?

Thankfully no. (more…)

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch coming to PS3 in Europe, North America in 2012

This is a great day to be an RPG nerd! Level-5’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been officially announced for Europe and North America. The game, animated by Studio Ghibli with music by Joe Hisaishi, will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level-5, said, “It was a momentous experience to create a game with artists who represent Japan as much as Studio Ghibli and Mr. Hisaishi do. We sincerely want to share this title with the entire world.”

Senior Vice President of Namco, Olivier Comte, said, “The incredible people involved in this game give it a pedigree that is rarely seen in video games, and it’s a fantastic addition to our line-up for 2012. It takes a very hard heart not to be thoroughly enchanted by the amazing universe they have created together.”

That’s no exaggeration. I, for one, am very excited to run around with young Oliver, who is just trying to bring back his mother, who passed away. While I’m still clinging to the hope that the DS game will also be coming to America, I think I might want this amazing special edition PS3 even more: (more…)

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