Cross Ange is getting a game

The title name
The title name

Bandai Namco just announced a PS Vita game for the current season’s most famous yuri (lesbian) friendly mecha sci-fi anime, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo / クロスアンジュ 天使と竜の輪舞. The title of the game is almost the same except for the tr at the back.

The game will be launched in Spring 2015, presumably after the conclusion of the anime series. According to Bandai Namco, the story of the game will be based on the anime’s second season. However, there is no announcement of pricing or an actual release date yet.

The trailer did show a glimpse of a game exclusive female character with red hair character who is a Para-Mail rider judging from her uniform and some RPG-like element of conversation dialogue choice between characters. Then we also saw some third person perspective shooting action when the characters fight the DRAGON on behalf of Arzenal. The player also will meet and probably interact with all main cast of the anime series.

However, that’s all the trailer hints at so far. As for the anime series, it is doing quite well in sales, with 8000 copies of the first volume sold in its opening week in Japan, placed it second on the top ten weekly top sales.

Source: Official Site

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New female fighter joins the fray in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Am I cute? Say it or I will beat your *&^%!
Am I cute? Say it or I will beat your *&^%!

Ahem, Team Ninja has just introduced a new fighter to their already extensive roster in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. She is a Japanese school girl (what else?) named Honoka. She was first sighted in Famitsu a few days ago and now its official.  Below is her official synopsis by the developer:

Having been raised all her life by her gentle and loving grandmother, Honoka is a sweet, easygoing kind of girl… but when she sees a fight, she cannot contain her excitement, or the mysterious power surging within her. Honoka has a strange knack for instantly learning any fighting move she sees. She has kept this power hush-hush, but has been itching to test it out in secret.

Honoka studies her favorite moves from various sources and fighting styles, and combines them into a unique style which she calls “Honoka Fu”. Since her build is that of an average teenage girl, her moves, while skilled, may not always pack the same punch as the fighter she learned them from.

In her Hissatsu-no-Kamae stance, however, she is imbued with an unbelievable strength and becomes capable of techniques she has never seen from any other fighter.”

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is coming to  the PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be available via digital download on 17 February in North America, 19 February in Japan and 20 February 2015 across Europe. So with addition of Honoka, will the moe lovers flock to the game?

Via Official Site

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Jack Sully and Neytiri in iconic scene
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Uh-Oh.

James Cameron just announced that his original plan to release the sequel to multi-billion dollar blockbuster Avatar in 2016 is “too ambitious”. He also said that the writing process has proven to be “very involved” too, in regards to building the next movie.

There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film,” he said in Wellington, New Zealand. Avatar (2009) was originally shot in New Zealand. It is known that Cameron also originally planned to complete the scripts for three movies this month as he is leading the writing team.

We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” he said. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.

He felt that it is important to link the trio so the audience won’t be left hanging after the ending in the first movie, hence the extra attention to the scripting. Hopefully with the extra care given to the script, the long wait for the trilogy will be justified.

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New Fire Emblem coming soon

FireEmblem
The mysterious dancing lady

The Fire Emblem fans still smarting from Fire Emblem Awakening will be overjoyed with the news that, Intelligent Systems is coming up with another chapter for the popular 3DS game. Unfortunately, Nintendo has not said anything beyond that the game will be “the likes of which have never be seen in the series up until now.

From what trailer shows so far, there is a noticeable clash of East versus West as weapons and armours from Japanese Sengoku Jidai and European Renaissance mingle in mortal combat. More characters are set to appear in their respective classes such as the Pegasus Rider or Knight and the battle system will still carry the same charm of the series. Some extra scenes are also thrown into the mix but with no context behind it yet so nothing significant is known yet up to this point.

For now, in Japan, the game is called Fire Emblem If. No release date or anything else is known yet. The character designs are by Yusuke Kozaki and story is written by Shin Kibayashi ( Kindachi Case Files). Check out the trailer below.

Via Kotaku

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Forza 6 to come with new Ford cars

Key art for Forza 6
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Racing fans might want to take note – Microsoft is starting off 2015 with a massive vroom with the announcement of a new chapter for the Forza Motorsport franchise, sixth in succession for Xbox One. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, the announcement was made during North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford is partnering with Microsoft for this game in conjunction with the launch of their new Ford GT which will serve as the cover car in the game.

It is an honor to share this historic moment with Ford and celebrate the legacy of the GT by making it the featured cover car of ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We’re thrilled to have the unique opportunity to announce Forza Motorsport 6 the day the car debuts – on one of the biggest stages in the automotive industry – and we can’t wait to share more details on the game later this year.

Other than the famous GT, other high performance Ford vehicles will make their appearance in-game appearance- the Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor which were also debuted in the motor show. This means Forza fans will be first in the gaming world to drive these new Ford powerhouses.

Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers,” added Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios.

Microsoft has stated that 2015 will be the “busiest and biggest” for the Forza franchise. We have to wait until June to see what they are talking about.

Source: Microsoft Xbox

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CES 2015: the Sharp Aquos Crystal X makes it’s international debut

The front profile
The front profile

Sharp reveals a high performance version of their latest line of smartphones, the Sharp Aquos Crystal X at CES 2015.

The back profile
The back profile

After a surprise appearance in the US market with the Aquos Crystal under SPRINT telco in America, it’s edgeless, almost zero bezel display becomes the salient notable feature. Now the Japanese company is launching a beefier, more impressive version. It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Sharp is one of the top manufacturers of LCD for titans like Apple. In Japan, Sharp models are pretty much famous for their ultra-thin bezels.

Side profile
Side profile, red coloured version

The model features a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, VoLTE, Harmon Kardon sound system, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and a 2610mAh battery. The camera is a standard 13MP back with LED flash with a 1.2MP front camera.

Dimensions wise it is comes in at around 139 x 73 x 11mm, which is quite compact in comparison to other high end flagship models currently in the market, like the LG G3 which measures around 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.

The Aquos Crystal X runs on Android KitKat right out of the box and is available in 3 colours – black, white and red/pink. So far, Sharp hasn’t indicated if they going to release this model in US or anywhere in the world for that matter. In Japan, the phone has been in the market since 13 December 2014.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPG4Vn5ku4Y

Source: Ars Technica , PhoneArena & Sharp Japan

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Guild Wars 2 might be getting a major expansion

Heart of Thorns logo
Heart of Thorns logo

We are suspecting Guild Wars 2 developer, NCSoft preparing to unleash a new expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. The first hints were spotted by the fans of the game when news of the name already patented in United States Patent and Trademark office.

So far, we only have a teaser, a logo and many speculations about what is to come as the game developers promise spill the beans at PAX South in 24 January 2015 soon.

Players of Guild Wars 2 that have already passed the living story arc in Point of No Return got the first glimpse of the upcoming Heart of Thorns in the teaser.

Not only that, NCSoft released updates for the Point of No Return arc –  new loot, game tweaks, bug fixes and balancing for character classes to name a few. Players can check it out at their official site.

Now for the major spoiler, don’t click this if you haven’t already finished the current story:

[spoiler title=’Major spoiler’ collapse_link=’true’]

Players who completed the game will discover that the evil dragon Mordermoth (who is the big bad boss in the game) happens to be the creator of Sylvari, the race of plant like people. This is a major plot twist since the Sylvari are one of the five playable races in Guild Wars 2. Which means the Sylvari players are supposed to be serving this evil dragon, not fighting against it.[/spoiler]

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Things are getting interesting in the world of Guild Wars 2.

Source: Polygon

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Please, don't screw up this one
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Walt Disney Pictures has set a date for the live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the famous and iconic Japanese cyberpunk sci-fi franchise created by Masamune Shirow. The film, directed by Rupert Sanders will be hacking the silver screen on 14 April 2017, one week after Guillermo de Toro’s mecha versus monster flick, Pacific Rim 2 hits the cinemas.

Rupert Sanders directed Snow White and the Huntsmen back in 2012, while Avi Arad and Steven Paul will be producers of the much awaited movie. William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) will be writing the script treatment for the film.

Recently Scarlett Johansson agreed to take the main role in the movie, but there’s no confirmation yet on the other cast members nor what the movie premise will be. It won’t be a surprise if the original Japanese flavour will be adapted and replaced with American sensibilities and tastes.

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CES 2015: Sony next gen of Bravia TV is impressively thin

The next gen Sony Bravia 4K TV
The next gen Sony Bravia 4K TV

Sony is gunning for thinner and thinner TVs, with the unveiling of Sony Bravia XBR X900C 4K Ultra HD, it looks like this is one of the thinnest yet. Available in 3 sizes – 55, 65 and 75-inches, it was recently shown off at CES 2015 with the model scheduled to hit the market in first quarter of the year.

The thickness of iPhone 6 versus the Sony Bravia 4K
The thickness of iPhone 6 versus the Sony Bravia 4K

Measuring in at around 4.9mm which is incredibly thin (check out the comparison photo for an idea just how skinny it is), but that’s not the end of it. It is capable of 3840×2160 display with new 4K Processor X1 which Sony claims it improves colour, clarity and contrast plus enhances 4K content streams. The TRILUMINOS display has been tweaked to reproduce the best shades of primary colours of red, green and aqua blue. To ensure further picture quality, the series is also equipped with X-tended Dynamic Range contrast enhancement which gives peak brightness of LED with true black quality that used to be associated with Plasma.

The software is Android based which allows access to software enhancements with voice activated search feature via remote. Users can even go in PlayStation Now to stream full PS3 games over the cloud minus the console. All you need is the controller.

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Source: Sony USA
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Nike’s self lacing sneakers might hit 2015 soon

The iconic scene from the movie
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Remember the Hendo hoverboard that got many Back to the Future fans jumping for joy last year? Now, Nike is racing against time to produce the same self lacing sneakers that is seen in the movie, Back to the Future. According to the Nike’s innovation chief Tinkler Hatfield, the shoes will come around “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015,” which means 2 months after Marty McFly arrives in 2015 according to the movie chronology.

Nike has already patented the design, and will have a limited release with LED equipped shoe design minus the self lacing technology for the Micheal J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research back in 2011. The effort raised US$6 million.

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