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Square Enix Reveals Mole-Heavy Last Remnant Gameplay

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307w ago - Forget everything you may or may not know about Square Enix's The Last Remnant. Forget about how it's the latest and greatest 360 RPG from Japan, and how it uses Unreal Engine 3 for its graphics, and how it's coming out in about a month (PS3 owners will have to wait longer).

No, the real story behind this game, the one that has been dreadfully underreported on so far, is that you use this mole-like thing to help you dig for weapon-building material. Look out, Western developers!

"Mr. Diggs" might sound like the name of some minor-league baseball team's mascot, but he's actually a helpful armored mole-like thingie who aids the hero Rush and his friends in gathering item creation material. Sending him out to specially marked points on the game costs you D-ACT (digging action?) points, but will likely result in material you can bring over to the nearest customization shop and use to enhance or create weapons.

Digging operations may randomly produce huge payoffs, or may result in "accidents" of varying types -- sometimes they'll be the happy kind that replenish D-ACT or repel monsters, sometimes they'll result in monsters swarming over you. That's how things go in Remnant-land.

Perhaps more interesting then TLR's mole-oriented weapon system is its command-based battles, which are...
 

Famitsu Reveals New Action-RPG dubbed Demon's Souls for PS3

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309w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has unviled unveiled its new action-RPG entitled 'Demon's Souls' for PS3 in the latest issue of Famitsu.

The game will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show this year, and is scheduled for release in Japan next year.

Here are a few translated details from the link above:

- you can create your own hero with several customization options available
-You must fight impressive monsters
- The monsters are apparently able to change their shape (giant butterfly, dragon, etc..)

More details as they are available, and additional scans linked above!
 

Level-5 Reveals Five New Games

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310w ago - Yesterday Ushiro for PSP was announced by Level-5, and today they have unveiled another four titles as well.

For those who didn't know, Level-5 is the independent Japanese developer who was worked on everything from early PlayStation 2 RPG Dark Cloud to the world-beating, epic Dragon Quest VIII.

The games set to be unveiled, as profiled by this week's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine, are as follows:

Ninokuni: The Another World (Nintendo DS, with an port to an unspecified console also planned) is an RPG starring a 13-year-old boy who's invited into a magical fantasy land by a spirit, a world eerily close to Earth that's under the rule of a dark sorcerer.

There he hopes to deal with the issues that haunt his life, not the least of which being that he was responsible for his mother's passing not long ago. This project is no doubt the biggest announcement of the day, mainly thanks to one small detail: Studio Ghibli, Japan's most famous animation studio, is working on Ninokuni's animated sequences, the first time the company has ever provided original work for a video game.

Danboru Senki (PSP) is a build-and-fight RPG with more than a passing resemblance...
 

Ion Reveals $299.99 Price for Premium Rock Band Drums

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320w ago - Thought $180 for the original Rock Band package was expensive? You ain't seen nothing yet.

The official Web site for Ion's professional Drum Rocker (as recently revealed in Game Informer) lists a $299.99 price for the deluxe drum controller. Only the Xbox 360 version of the set is currently available for pre-order, though Wii and PS3 editions are "expected to ship later in the year," according to the site.

It's important to note that this is not the official drum set that will be packaged with Rock Band 2, but rather an officially licensed deluxe set that works with both Rock Band games.

While $300 may sound steep (soon, you could get a whole 'nother Xbox 360 for that price), Ion sounds like they've gone to great lengths to make sure serious virtual drummers get their money's worth. According to the site, the four high-durability, quiet, velocity-sensitive pads can be mounted and rearranged in any position and even outfitted with "professional drum brains" from Alesis. Add in a metal-reinforced kick pedal (with velcro and spikes to prevent slippage) and two packaged, mountable cymbals (with the option to add a third) and you've got what's unquestionably the Rolls Royce of drum controllers.

The Web site also has a short video and...
 

Nintendo Power reveals Castlevania Judgement for Wii

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323w ago - According to GoNintendo (linked above): I know you guys wouldn't believe this unless I had proof. Reader Blissteria was nice enough to take some pictures from the latest issue of Nintendo Power. I am only going to post one, due to 'fair use'.

Also, I just wanted to make sure that you guys believed the news!

Characters confirmed thus far - Dracula, Simon, Alucard, Shanoa, and Maria Renard. Classic subweapons - holy water, magic spells, dagger, boomerang. Subweapon use still depends on hearts, and it offers remixed classic Castlevania tunes.

Finally, Set traps, destroyable environments, enemy monsters interfere with battle. Nunchuck controls character movement, Wiimote used for motion attacks.

Not exactly what we were thinking, is it?!
 
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