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(End of Week Discussion) What is Your Favorite Horror Game?

I am not fond of horror movies. Adapt that to gaming and I’m here to tell you that I’m not into horror-themed video games either. I haven’t played Silent Hill.

But I do watch my friends while playing it. If on one of our Saturday hangouts we decided to play video games, I am always in the backseat when they decide playing these types of games. Thank God the horror genre in gaming are quite compelling. Unless the game really sucks, it will always have a narrative and more importantly, goals. Goals that you must simply get or complete. Find the knife. Get out of the mansion. Choose who will die.

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Add the silence in tense situations and eerie music during climax. Horror video games, I think are best played with friends who will tell you how to get past that gate, and then laugh at you when your character dies.

And yes I don’t have a favorite horror game. However, my girlfriend (who is REALLY INTO this genre) loves the following selections:

  • Corpse Party because of the school setting plus the anime is really creepy.
  • Silent Hill because of those deformed bodies
  • Resident Evil because you can’t run while you shoot
  • Fatal Frame because you can’t see the ghosts.

How about you? What is your favorite horror game?

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Sega will Bring Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd DLCs to the West

Sega is getting ready for the international release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, coming on November 18 and 21 in NA and Europe respectively.

On the official PlayStation blog, localization producer Sam Mullen talked about the probability that Miku fans in the west knew about the game’s regular DLC releases in Japan, such as UI skins and songs.

Mullen said these DLCs are coming to the west as well. According to him, there are three types of downloadable content for Project DIVA F 2nd:

  • UI Skins: $0.99/€0.75/£0.59, but free for the first 39 days after release
  • Costume Modules: $1.99/€1.49/£1.19 each
  • Rhythm Game Songs: $2.99/€2.49/£1.99 each

The price above is only when you do individual purchases as well. But what if you want to get them all? Sega has prepared this for you:

  • Song Club ($29.99/€24.99/£19.99)
    Will give you access to the entire lineup of post-launch Rhythm Game Songs.
  • Costume Club ($69.99/€49.99/£39.99)
    Will give you access to our full roster of post-launch Costume Modules.

It’s a shame that my girlfriend’s brother who love the series have already purchased it in Japanese. Still, I can see why Sega has to do this. They probably saw the number of people on those Miku conventions. And the response on Hatsune Miku singing on David Letterman has been positive so far. 

Still, it’s definitely a great day to be a Miku fan.

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Of Course the Sleep Mode Leveling System Will Not Be in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

When Final Fantasy Type-0 was first released on the PSP way back in 2011, players complained about its difficulty. (Of course some of you won’t!). This led director Hajime Tabata to tweak the game’s combat system. Now that the game’s coming to current-gen PS4 and Xbox One, a couple of things were also removed – specifically the multiplayer missions and the sleep mode leveling system.

Final Fantasy Type-0 is finally coming to western regions on March 17, 2015. If you pre-order the game, you will receive a code to download a demo version of Final Fantasy XV.

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Capcom Earnings Affected by No Major IP Releases

It’s hard to think that for a company with so much IP, there are still reasons why it cannot reach the profits it projected.

Such is the case of Capcom today. The company posted sales that is 50% less than what it earned on the first of last year.

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What happened? Capcom thinks this is because it doesn’t have major releases this year. Last year, they had Monster Hunter 4. This year they had Ultra Street Fighter IV and the Ace Attorney Trilogy. But yes, no new titles.

Of course, Capcom thinks this won’t be a problem. New Resident Evil titles are on its way. The Great Ace Attorney is definitely coming. Plus Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released outside Japan.

Or they can return to making a new Mega Man game. People will like that!

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Nintendo Returns to Profits, Announces Quality of Life Concept

Nintendo is doomed articles today take a backseat as the company announces its return to profitability after a couple of failed forecasts and financial losses.

I do not want you to bore you with numbers but it looks like the company still has a lot of money, and there’s nothing to worry. Also, it looks like Nintendo can operate at a loss for a couple of years before going bankrupt.

But we know about that already. What really matters right now is Nintendo’s reveal on how its Quality of Life platform will work.

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According to Nintendo, the QOL platform will use sensors to monitor a person’s lifestyle. It can be placed near your bed so that it con monitor your sleep. Data from that will be sent to the QOL servers, which will then give you data on how you can improve your sleeping habits.

The company is mum on what the price will be. However, I think it will be expensive, so a one-time payment might not be viable. Instead, it is considering a subscription-based pricing.

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And you probably guessed by now, the QOL platform by Nintendo is totally unrelated to gaming! It is a separate department at Nintendo, anyway. I like to write about it because, it seems that this is the first time Nintendo is trying something totally new and totally unrelated to gaming (Amiibo is gaming related, so it doesn’t count).

Will this Quality of Life platform be the pill to Nintendo’s steady but stagnant growth? Will it be a hit even though companies like Apple are already developing wearables that includes health apps? We don’t know for sure, but things are certainly looking exciting for this company.

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Final Fantasy XI Encourages You to Return

Final Fantasy XI is still alive and, as Joystiq suggested, Square Enix is doing its best to encourage you to return to it.

On November 10, the Idyllic Vana’diel campaign will go live, allowing you to get some login prizes and even double experience points.

Price reductions are also on its way to previous campaigns and expansion packs, including the Seekers of Adoulin expansion. I’ve written about Adoulin in the past, highlighting that it was one of the, if not the last PS2 games to be released. Of course FF XI is available on other platforms.

[Figures] Kill La Kill’s Satsuki Kiryuin in Senketsu Outfit is Glaring at You

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Good Smile Company’s attention to detail is brutal. Look at this Satsuki Kiryuin figure.

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The eyebrows. The eyes. The flowing long black hair. The butt cheek. The sword. Everything’s perfect!

I’m always a Satsuki Kiryuin fan ever since Kill La Kill started airing. I thought Trigger did an awesome job in her transformation to the “other side” near the end of the series. However, I felt they should have given her more action scenes until the end, she and her Elite Four.

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