“How Persona 3’s Dating-sim elements introduced me to Visual Novels” article posted on DESTRUCTOID, The Walking Dead Season 2 Ep.1 “All That Remains” released and Persona 3 Theatrical Movie a hit in Japan

My introduction into the world of Japanese Visual Novels via Persona 3 blog post now up on DESTRUCTOID, don’t forget to UP VOTE it!

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After spending over a week perfecting my introductory experience of how Visual Novels slowly infused into my gaming rotation, the article has been finalized and uploaded to Destructoid.com so that hopefully more exposure will come both to HiddenDefinition and VN’s, quid pro quo. If you’re interested about the Persona universe or just curious about what a Visual Novel is I ask that you please check out my blog post on Destructoid. Click on the link below to be directed to my article and if you like it, please up vote it so it gains more exposure:

http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ACiDBANDIT/persona-3-s-discreet-dating-sim-elements-introduced-me-to-visual-novels-267654.phtml

 

“Persona 3: Birth of Spring” full-length theatrical anime a hit in Japan

While the Persona franchise may have a cult following that continually grows larger with each release in the West, the series has exploded and become as popular as ever in it’s native land of origin (Japan Man!), demonstrated by the new feature length movie Birth of Spring, released to Japanese cinemas on November 23rd, 2013. The movie closely follows the events of P3 the game, tying in to the first several hours of gameplay for the plot of the film. There have been several trailers released, showing off the awesome visual style unique to the Persona series and the film, including the one below. Watch and enjoy:

 

The Walking Dead Season 2 begins with digital release of Episode 1, “All That Remains”available now

If you have yet to play Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” Episodic adventure series, I recommend that before you jump into the first digital release of Season 2 entitled “All That Remains” it would be in your best interest (for the continuity of the story) to start off with the physical disc compilation of Season 1. Now available as the recently released GOTY Edition for the MSRP of $29.99 (XBOX 360, PS3 and PS VITA) that includes the bonus episode“400 Days” which dropped as a exclusive digital download a few months back OR you can buy the original retail, disc version for around $14.99-$19.99 used or new (which was released last December). If you don’t own any variant of the game, physical or digital, then the extra content included with the GOTY Edition makes it the definitive version to buy. Since I enjoy the concept of retail ownership, I will probably wait until Telltale inevitably publishes the tangible copy of Season 2. Until then, for those of you that prefer not waiting another 6 months to a year, you can buy “All That Remains”, starring Clementine (as the playable character) digitally on PSN, XBOX Live and PC/STEAM for around $4.99 or $20.00 for the Season Pass. Here’s the NA Box Art for the Game of the Year Edition of Season 1:

 

The GOTY retail release of Telltales "Walking Dead" Season 1 episodic journey based on the hugely successful comic book franchise of the same name (written by Robert Kirkman) coincides with the release of the first Episode of Season 2, "All That Remains", now available on the digital marketplace across multiple platforms

The GOTY retail release of Telltale’s “Walking Dead” Season 1 episodic journey based on the hugely successful comic book franchise of the same name (written by Robert Kirkman) coincides with the release of the first Episode of Season 2, “All That Remains”, now available on the digital marketplace across multiple platforms

 

 

“Tales of Zestiria” announced by Namco for worldwide release on PS3, The Walking Dead Season 2 “Ep 1 – All That Remains” to be released soon and New PS4 Firmware availabe for update

Next core installment in the “Tales” franchise announced by Namco Bandai for global release: “Tales of Zestiria”

 

 

Official announcement logo for Namco's newest "Tales Of.." title

Official announcement logo for Namco’s newest “Tales Of..” title

 

 

It’s official, Namco Bandai has unleashed what will start the hype machine for the next Tales RPG game, titled “Tales of Zestiria” being released exclusively for the PS3. This announcement is significant in that it marks the first time a “Tales Of..”  title has been simultaneously announced for release in both the East and the Wast. While no official release date has been made available to coincide with the press release, I can only assume that with Tales of Symphonia HD and Tales of Xillia 2 coming to NA in 2014, I can theorize that this new title will be available by sometime in 2015. This is the next main installment in the series and it’s announcement and eventual release will commemorates the 20th anniversary for the Tales Of.. franchise which will occur in 2015. Here is a direct quote from Hideo Baba, producer of the Tales series via a press release:

“Over the past few years the Tales Of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe, To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales Of series together with Japanese and overseas fans.”

Tales of Zestiria is being developed exclusively for the PS3 and will be released in Japan with a western localization to follow soon after.

 

 

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1 “All That Remains” to be released soon

 

TellTale Game’s hit episodic series based on the comic of the same name, “The Walking Dead”, has a new trailer to accompany the imminent release of the first episode of Season 2 entitled “All That Remains”. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, and puts the player in control of everyone’s favorite little post-apocalyptic zombie survivor, Clementine. This should definitely be interesting, as most players found themselves being very protective over little Clementine, trying to retain some of her child-like innocence from a world overrun by zombies and without any trace of humanity and civilization. Now playing as her, how will players navigate and brave the harsh reality she now must face on her own? “All That Remains” will be released digitally for PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PC and iOS. Check out the trailer below:

 

Sony officially releases Firmware Update v1.52 for PlayStation 4

Sony has officially released a new firmware update for it’s newest console, the PlayStation 4. Firmware revision 1.52 became available December 11th and while no new features have been added to the OS or UI,  it seems several reports have surfaced that some features of the PS4’s sharing capabilities have had reduced loading/downloading/uploading times. Sony maintains this is purely a “stability and security” update, but if you have noticed any reduced lag in the performance of your PS4’s OS or sharing features, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.