Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Namco Bandai Games

Heihachi and Spawn added to Soulcalibur II HD Online roster

Soulcalibur II HD Online (360, PS3) Spawn and Heihachi Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soulcalibur fans looking forward to Soulcalibur II HD Online received some good news today. Namco Bandai has announced that two of the three console-specific bonus characters that were released with the original 2003 home versions, Tekken’s Heihachi and comic antihero Spawn, will be included with the upcoming 360 and PS3 downloads. The only fighter left to be added from the original lineup is the GameCube-exclusive character, Zelda’s Link.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Dark Souls II closed beta announced for PS3, beginning October 5

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

PlayStation 3 owners looking for an early dose of pain will be able to get their fix on October 5 when the Closed Beta test launches for Dark Souls II on PSN. Publisher Namco Bandai has announced that, starting September 5, eager adventurers can find out more info about the beta and registration process at the official Facebook page. The beta will feature one of the tougher areas of the game, as well as new enemies and traps.

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PlayStation 3 News

(PlayStation 3 Review) Tales of Xillia

(PlayStation 3 Review) Tales of Xillia

“… rare combination of a role-playing game that’s both action packed and genuinely funny.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Tales of Xillia hits store shelves, launches on PSN

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The Tales series continues today with a brand-new entry, Tales of Xillia. The PS3 exclusive follows medical student Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell, a shadowy figure who is followed by four invisible creatures, as they venture about Rieze Maxia in a quest to restore mana to the world. The game is played from both perspectives until the two cross paths and join forces after finding out the cause of the disruption. The series’ real-time battle system returns, but it now allows characters to link together for support and linked artes attacks.

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PlayStation 3 News

Ace Combat goes free to play with PS3 exclusive Ace Combat Infinity

Ace Combat will be returning later this year as a free-to-play release for PS3. The Project Aces-developed Ace Combat Infinity will feature a new storyline set in a campaign that takes place in the near future, which is hinted at by the enhanced tech in the new teaser. Co-op play will also be supported for up to four players, with two teams of two competing to inflict the most damage.

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PlayStation 3 News

(GameCube Review) Tales of Symphonia

(GameCube Review) Tales of Symphonia

“… exactly what the GameCube needs.”

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GameCube Reviews

Soulcalibur II HD Online announced for 360 and PS3, screens released

Soulcalibur II HD Online (360, PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soulcalibur II will soon be a decade old, and Namco Bandai has announced that they will celebrating with a new, updated version: Soulcalibur II HD Online. The download-only release will be available for 360 and PS3, and feature enhanced visuals, netcode overseen by the Project Soul team, and new online modes. The original mode set will also return: Arcade, Survival, Vs Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master. No word on if any of the system-specific characters from the original home releases will be returning (fingers crossed for Link!).

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Tales of Xillia 2 confirmed for North America, coming 2014

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More good news for Tales fans today. Following last month’s announcement that Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will be launching next year in North America, Namco Bandai has revealed that they will also be localizing and publishing Tales of Xillia 2. Tales of Xillia is just over a month out, and its sequel is scheduled to launch on our side of the pond next year. The follow-up takes place a year after Tales of Xillia, with players helping aspiring cook Ludger Kresnik make his way through a dangerous journey alongside a new acquaintance, Elle Marta. Choice will be a major factor in the game, with players making key choices that will decide which path Ludger takes in a branching storyline.

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PlayStation 3 News

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Project X Zone

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Project X Zone

“… a satisfying, if at times trying, outing.”

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3DS Reviews

Worlds collide today with release of Project X Zone for 3DS

Project X Zone (3DS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has released Project X Zone, a cross-over strategy-RPG exploding with fan service. After a rift tears open the borders between time and space, 200 characters from over 25 franchises from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega find themselves teaming up and battling new villains in an attempt to restore order. Characters from Street Fighter, Tekken, Resonance of Fate, Dead Rising, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Virtua Fighter, and more will pair off and assist each other with such fighter-styled moves as Cross Hits, Support Attacks, and Special Attacks.

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