Both Upcoming “Earth Defense Force” Games to Launch on December 8 in North America

Both Upcoming “Earth Defense Force” Games to Launch on December 8 in North America

PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games lined up for the same day

XSEED Games hopes everyone is ready for an EDF double-whammy next month. Both new EarthDefense Force games—Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair on PlayStation 4 andEarth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space on PS Vita—are set to launch in North America onDecember 8.

Earth Defense Force 4.1 will be priced at $49.99, and Earth Defense Force 2 will be $29.99.

The latest trailers for each:


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VIDEO: “Dissidia Final Fantasy” Goes Tribal with Zidane from “FFIX”

VIDEO: “Dissidia Final Fantasy” Goes Tribal with Zidane from “FFIX”

Arcade fighter launches in Japan on November 26

Continue planning your dream teams while you watch the latest character trailer for arcade fighterDissidia Final Fantasy, which throws Zidane Tribal from Final Fantasy IX into the fray.


Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy)

Firion (Final Fantasy II)

Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III)

Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy IV

Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy V)

Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI)

Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)

Dissidia Final Fantasy launches in Japanese arcades on November 26.


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“Afro Samurai 2” Game is So Bad They Pulled It and Refunded Everyone

“Afro Samurai 2” Game is So Bad They Pulled It and Refunded Everyone

Publisher Versus Evil comments on the removal

It’s not often that a game is so bad that the publisher acknowledges it, apologizes, pulls the title, and refunds everyone who purchased it. Such is the case with the dreadful Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma, which was meant to be the first part in an episodic release. Now that isn’t going to happen, obviously, because you can’t even buy episode one on the PlayStation Store or Steam.

In the case of Afro Samurai 2 they even took it a step further. Since refunds have been issued, the game has been completely removed from user libraries, similar to what happened to P.T. but for vastly different reasons. I guess you’ll need to keep it on your dashboard if you want to archive it in some kind of bad video game museum. Otherwise it’s like it never existed.

Here’s what Steve Escalante, general manager of publisher Versus Evil, said to CGMagazine about it:

“The game was a failure. We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3. So we’ve begun the process, it’s been a long process to figure it out because Sony has never really had to do this in this way, but we’re returning all the money. So across the board we’re putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this.’”

Escalante added, “if you look at the reviews, it wasn’t that the game was broken or buggy, people just didn’t like it.” That’s certainly up for debate, as what I played of it was both buggy and bad.

Did anyone here purchase Afro Samurai 2 and get their refund?

Via Destructoid


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VIDEO: “Attack on Titan” Footage Slices Titans and Heads to Camp

VIDEO: “Attack on Titan” Footage Slices Titans and Heads to Camp

PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita game hits Japan this winter

They’re less than a minute long each, but new Attack on Titan footage hit the official website in the formof some gameplay clips. First you’ll see some straightforward Titan-fighting action, and then you can relax a bit with a visit to the other characters in camp and a dash of 3D Maneuver Gear traversal andtraining.

Attack on Titan hits PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita in Japan this winter, followed by a 2016 release in North America and Europe.

Via Gematsu


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Crunchyroll Library Expansion Project – Phase 1: SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA

Hey everyone, Miles here! You asked, and we’re delivering – this week we have six incredible titles to add to the Crunchyroll library in what we’re calling our CRUNCHYROLL LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT

We’re starting off with Space Adventure Cobra, the 1982 science fiction adventure with one of anime’s favorite scoundrels. Premium users get the entire series now and free users will be able to catch the second half of Cobra’s exploits one week from today ~

Space Adventure Cobra: Seeking reprieve from a painfully ordinary 9-to-5 existence, mild-mannered office workerJohnson visits the TM Corporation, a company that sells virtual dreams. In Johnson’s dream adventure, he’s the notorious space pirate Cobra! Accompanied by his android partner Lady Armaroid, Cobra fights the lowlife scum of the Pirate Guild by day and saves sultry sirens of space by night. After the journey is over, events unfold that bring reality into focus. His experience wasn’t a dream at all – it was a reawakening of his buried past!

We’ll be launching five more titles this week! We’ll be posting hints and clips across social media – keep your eyes out!!

Please let us know what you think of our CRUNCHYROLL LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT and give us feedback on other anime favorites you’d like to see!

* These titles are all available in the United States and Canada

“Dagashi Kashi” Main Cast Announced

“Dagashi Kashi” Main Cast Announced

Anime adaptation based on sweets-shop comedy manga coming to Japanese TV in January


The main cast for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Dagashi Kashi, based on a manga of the same name by Kotoyama, has been announced. The main cast includes:


  • Atsushi Abe as Kokonotsu Shikada, a young man who doesn’t want to inherit the family sweets shop, instead wanting to pursue a career as a manga artist.
  • Ayana Taketatsu as Hotaru Shidare, a young lady whose father owns a wealthy candy company. Hotaru wishes to hire Kokonotsu’s father to work for her father’s company.
  • Keiji Fujiwara as Yō Shikada, Kokonotsu’s father and a talented candy maker. Yō refuses to work for Hotaru’s father unless Kokonotsu agrees to take over the family business.
  • Manami Numakura as Saya Endō, a friend of Kokonotsu who helps manage her family’s coffee shop.
  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Tō Endō, a friend of Kokonotsu and Saya’s twin brother.



The Dagashi Kashi manga is published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine. The anime adaptation is directedby Shigehito Takayanagi (The World God Only Knows, Galaxy Angel A) and features animation by studio feel.. Dagashi Kashi will begin broadcasting in January of 2016 on TBS, BS-TBS, and other channels.


Source: Otakomu


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VIDEO: “Atelier Sophie” Play Movie Shows Off the First Half Hour

VIDEO: “Atelier Sophie” Play Movie Shows Off the First Half Hour

Latest in the RPG series hits Sony platforms in Japan on November 19

Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is fast approaching its November 19 Japanese launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. Those who want a longer look at how it all kicks off can dig into Gamer‘s beefy play movie, which showcases the first half hour or so of the latest entry.

Via Siliconera


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Radio One Expands the BOOM Brand To 106.3 FM

Radio One Expands the BOOM Brand To 106.3 FM

Written by KevRoss – November 16, 2015 – Industry News



Radio One Expands the BOOM Brand Yet Again To 106.3 FM
Columbus, OH is the 5th Radio One Market to Launch Throwback Hip-Hop Format

WXMG 106.3 FM went BOOM! Radio One announced the LMA of two stations on last Thursday resulting in the frequency change of Magic to 95.5 FM and the rebirth of JOY, inspiration music on 107.1 FM. Theanswer to what is going to happen on the old Magic wxmg_boom1063frequency was answered at 12:00 p.m. when Boomin System by LL Cool J introduced Columbus, OH to the history-making format of BOOM.

BOOM 106.3 FM is the fifth BOOM station launched by the Urban Music Specialist, Radio One. KROI BOOM 92 FM in Houston, TX launched the Throwback Hip-Hop brand in October 2014, followed by WPHI BOOM 107.9 FM in Philadelphia, PA, KSOC BOOM 94.5 FM in Dallas, TX and finally WPZE BOOM 102.9FM in Atlanta, GA. Radio One is the first to launch a classic Hip-Hop broadcast station in a major FMmarket and the expansion has been steady and methodical.

BOOM 106.3 FM completes the now four-station urban music cluster for Radio One-Columbus joining Power 107.5 FM – Mainstream Urban, Magic 95.5 FM-UAC and JOY 107.1- Inspiration. The market has doubled in size and now represents the best of all urban music genres meeting the audio needs of the Columbus community.

Eddie Harrell, Regional Vice President & General Manager said, “It’s an exciting time for us. We aren’t just growing in size, but depth of music variety and our ability to meet the diverse listening needs of ouraudience. From Inspirational Music and Contemporary R&B/Hip-Hop to Old School R&B and Throwback Hip-Hop, Radio One Columbus has it covered.”

Paris massacre: At least 128 killed in gunfire and blasts, French officials say

Paris (CNN)On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.

ISIS claims responsiblity for Paris attacks

Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock. CNN will update this story as information comes in:

Complete coverage on the Paris attacks

[Latest developments, posted at 11:59 p.m. ET]

• Paris Prosecutor spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre said eight extremists are dead after attacks. Seven of them were killed in suicide bombings.

• U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande to offer condolences and assistance in the investigation, the White House said. Earlier, Obama said, “This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share.” He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

• A total of six locations were attacked in and just outside the capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters Saturday.

•  Five suspected attackers have been “neutralized,” said Molins. It was unclear whether that term meant the terrorists were dead.

• A witness tells Radio France that attackers inside the Bataclan concert hall entered firing rifles and shouting “Allah akbar.”

• At least 128 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.

•  The worst carnage occurred at Bataclan, with at least 80 left dead. A journalist who was at a rock concert there escaped and told CNN: “We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Julien Pearce didn’t hear the attackers speak, but he said one friend who escaped heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French. Two men dressed in black started shooting and after wounded people fell to the floor, the gunmen shot them again, execution-style, he said.

• CNN affiliate BFMTV, citing French officials, said some gunmen were still at large.

• Charlotte Brehaut and a friend were dining in Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant, when the shooting started from the street, she told CNN. “All of a sudden we heard huge gunshots and glass coming through the windows. We ducked with the other diners,” she said. She grabbed the arm of a woman on the floor. The woman didn’t respond. The woman was shot in the chest and there was blood all around her. At least 14 people were killed in Le Petit Cambodge, authorities said.

Inside the Bataclan: ‘A bloodbath,’ witness says

• Four attackers were killed, including three who were wearing explosives belts, at Bataclan during the police raid, Paris police spokesman Michel Cadot told France Info radio.

• There is great alarm over the apparent methodology and likely planning that would have been needed to pull off such a series of attacks, one U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN. The attacks resembled tactics that have been used by a number of terror groups — including al Qaeda’s focus on mass casualties and visibility, and the small, tactical nature of attacks that are more the hallmark of ISIS and its acolytes. It is still not clear who is responsible.

• U.S. citizens in Paris who are safe are being asked by the State Department to call their families. Those Americans in France needing assistance should call 001-202-501-4444. Americans concerned about loved ones in Paris should call 1-888-407-4747. An official told CNN the hotline was flooded with calls.

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• Michael Dorio, brother of a member of the band that was playing at the Bataclan concert, said he spoke to Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio about 20-30 minutes after the attack. “He said he had been performing and heard the gunshots. They stopped playing and hit the deck and went backstage and exited,” Michael Dorio told CNN.

• BFMTV reports that SWAT units stormed Bataclan and that the siege was over. Two attackers were killed, a police union said. Police brought out at least 100 hostages from the concert hall, a CNN producer said; some appear to be wounded. Hollande told reporters outside Bataclan that “terrorists capable of carrying out such atrocities must know that they will face a France that is determined and united.”

• Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN the death toll is going to rise significantly. “We are facing an unknown and historic situation in Paris,” he said.

• Hollande called the events “unprecedented terrorist attacks” and added, “This is a horror.” In a tweet, he said, “Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists.”

• One of the explosions at the Stade de France, home of the French national sports teams, outside Paris appears to be a suicide bombing, a Western intelligence source receiving direct intelligence from the scene told CNN’s Deb Feyerick. A dismembered body, consistent with the aftermath of an explosion from that type of device, was found at the scene, the source said. Watch: Explosion heard at Paris soccer game

• People were inviting people off the streets into their apartments, reports Philip Crowther, Washington correspondent for France 24.

• Traffic on several subway lines has been interrupted following the attacks, the Paris police prefecture reported.

• There is no credible or specific threat in the United States, according to a U.S. government official. An FBI spokesperson said the agency and the Department of Homeland Security were closely monitoring the unfolding events.

• Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning border security will be ramped up. “We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” he said.

• The Paris prefecture of police instructed residents to stay home. The prefecture said via Twitter that people should stay inside “unless there’s an absolute necessity.”

Facebook activates ‘Safety Check’ for users during attack

• French authorities have launched a terrorism investigation, Eric Pelletier, a reporter with Le Pariesien, tells CNN Paul Cruickshank. There has been no official claim of responsibility, though ISIS has applauded the attacks on Twitter, Cruickshank reports.

Obama calls Paris attacks ‘outrageous’

• Russian leader Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Hollande and the people of France. “Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes,” he said.

• Three explosions took place at the Stade de France, CNN affiliate BFMTV said.

2016 hopefuls express shock, condolences

• Counterterrorism officials around the United States convened secure conference calls to try to gather information, according to two U.S. counterterrorism officials. Immediate suspicion for the events in Paris falls to so-called returnees — people who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and have returned, the officials said.

In early January of this year, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding 11.

Said and Cherif Kouachi wanted to punish the magazine for the publication of cartoons that they believed mocked the Prophet Mohammed. The Kouachi brothers two days later were shot and killed in a standoff with police in Dammartin-en-Goele.

Amedy Coulibaly, an associate of Said and Cherif Kouachi, attacked a Jewish grocery store in Paris, taking more than a dozen people hostage and killing four. Coulibaly had killed a policewoman the day before, on January 8. Coulibaly was killed when police stormed the kosher market.

Support for Paris swells from around the world