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Cloth Map, a video series that details how games impact people around the world, have released a new twenty documentary. The subject this time is game development in Brazil, which is a country where we often don’t see many games come out of. Cloth Map has a Patreon wherein you can learn more about the video series and the man behind it, Drew Scanlon.

First, here is the video on Brazil game development:

This isn’t Cloth Map’s first video on Brazil, either. Take a look at Brazil’s grey market for games:

Or learn about the country’s gaming fans:

Interested in what Cloth Map is, or what Scanlon is working on next? The Cloth Map Patreon page provides more information:

Welcome to Cloth Map! My name’s Drew. I’m exploring the people, places, and cultures of the world through the lens of games, and making sweet videos about it. Join me, won’t you?

Who?

You may know me from Giant Bomb, where I worked for eight years making videos about IcelandE3, and roller coasters. One time, I blinked weirdly.

Okay so what’s Cloth Map?

Cloth Map is a video series that explores how games impact the lives of people around the world. So far...

The Japanese Media Create sales for December 18 to December 24 are out, and one company is more or less dominating the lists. Nine out of the top tn games this week are on Nintendo devices, and almost all of them are first party releases to boot. The tenth spot on the list is home to the first PlayStation 4 title for the week, The IdolMaster: Stella Stage. Nintendo is definitely doing well in Japan!

While the list has a very heavy Nintendo leaning, there are some nice wins for Sony on the list. Okami HD made the cut despite only having three days of sales. The PlayStation 4 port is #18 on the list, selling over 16k copies. Earth Defense Force 5 and the already mentioned The IdolMaster: Stella Stage also made it on the list.

Here are the top 20 retail games for December 18 to December 24, along with system sales for the week. Items in bold are new releases:

Games (Lifetime)

  1. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 209,630 (1,292,281)
  2. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Treasure Legend Banbaraya – Sword / Magnmum (Level-5, 12/16/17) – 184,739 (393,279)
  3. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 176,789 (1,345,962)
  4. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 137,607 (1,668,466)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04,28,17) – 100,205 (1,045,438)
  6. [3DS] Kirby: Battle Royale (Nintendo, 11/30/17) – 42,796 (115,324)
  7. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 35,565 (738,026)
  8. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Nintendo, 09/22/17) – 27,053 (297,491)
  9. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo, 06/16/17) – 25,285 (297,491)
  10. [PS4] The...

Developer Dramatic Create has announced that their visual novel Natsuiro Kokoro Log is coming to PS Vita, originally released in 2016 on PC. This information comes to us from the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, and was translated in English by Gematsu. There unfortunately wasn’t much about Natsuiro Kokoro Log other than the Vita announcement in the magazine, so whether of not this port will get any extra features or paths.

Natsuiro Kokoro Log has not been released in English yet, so there aren’t too many resources about the visual novel. We can get a short plot summary from VNDB:

One day, Yoshito was challenged by his senpai Kisara to a match in a fighting game. Even though he was confident in his skills, she was a top ranker and beat him handily. As a result, he had to join the cyber-research club that she was the leader of. It was a relatively new club, but it soon became lively with the addition of his osananajimi and student council deputy leader Kuon, his dependable imouto Rin and classmate Kotone.

At the start of summer vacation, Yoshito was asked by the club’s advisor Kanae to help test out a love simulation game that’s in development. However, all the female avatars in the game were played by the girls in the cyber-research club! Once it was revealed that his...

Yesterday we got a lengthy trailer for the upcoming Death end re;Quest, Compile Heart’s latest IP. Today they’ve released the opening video for the RPG, which gives a good premise of the game’s plot. Death end re;Quest releases March 1 in Japan.

Check out the Death end re;Quest opening:

The opening is cool, and does give a basic premise of the game, but we also have a few more specifics on Death end re;Quest:

Story

The protagonist, a game programmer named Arata Mizunashi, receives an e-mail from Shiina Ninomiya, a game director who went missing one year ago.

From this e-mail, Arata learns that Shiina is trapped and cannot logout from the virtual reality MMORPG “World Odyssey,” which should have ceased development, and takes action in order to save her.

Shiina was the sole player in the World Odyssey full of bugs.

Together with NPCs that possess human hearts and real colleagues, you will move forward both “inside” and “outside” of the game.

System

  • Turn-based Command Battles – Characters can act freely within a specific range of movement when their turn comes around.
  • Knock Back System – A system to blow back enemies you attack. If enemies iht other enemies when being blown back, they’ll be dealt even more damage, and their positioning will change to give you an edge in battle.
  • Install Genre System – By installing...

Atlus has released a bunch of information on Catherine: Full Body, the PlayStation 4 and Vita remake of the last-gen puzzle title. Gematsu has reported more information on Rin, updates to the puzzle gameplay, and plenty more. Catherine: Full Body is set to release next winter in Japan.

First, read up more on Rin, the new “Catherine” introduced in Full Body:

A pianist recently hired by the bar Stray Sheep. She has an extremely straightforward and gentle personality. The occasional glimpse of her behavior gives off the impression she is considerably lacking in common sense.

Other than her moniker, “Rin,” her age and real name are unknown, and her beautiful face and mysteriousness attracts the attention of those around her. (Rin, however, is unaware of this herself.)

She supports Vincent, who is taunted by his nightmares, and becomes a healing presence that exemplifies new values.

Atlus also notes that they’ll be making changes to the gameplay in Full Body. The original Catherine was difficult for some people to finish, so these changes will hopefully allow players of all skill levels to complete the game:

In Catherine: Full Body, functionality related to improving playability has been drastically enhanced to allow anyone to play Catherine until the end. Through groundbreaking systems unheard of in a puzzle action game, anyone will be able to enjoy the game from start to finish.

And through convincing feedback, the two-times more delicious definitive edition of Catherine will also...

First announced at E3 2016, EA Originals title Fe received a gameplay demo at PlayStation Experience 2017. It’s a good sign, as the Zoink Games’ developed title is set to release in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The latest Fe gameplay footage shows the atmospheric, yet wordless world of the game, and shows off Fe, the titular cub that players control.

Check out the new Fe gameplay footage below:

For more on the game, check out the official description of the upcoming title:

In Fe, players will be enchanted by the natural surroundings as they uncover secrets, complete side quests, and meet the mystical creatures of the forest. Players will climb, glide and dig as they voyage through the open experience meeting, interacting and rescuing plants and animals from the Silent Ones, the machine antagonists that are threatening the forest. Through unparalleled freedom of exploration in a world full of discoveries to uncover, players will become Fe and never want to leave.

“We wanted to create a game that gives the feeling of exploring something special,” said Zoink Games CEO Klaus Lyngeled. “We would spend hours in the woods as kids, and while it felt scary at first, eventually the strange sounds became familiar – you become part of nature and the forest feels like home. Players will realize similar feelings as they...

Are you in that crowd that would love to import some games, but are scared off with that heavy financial investment to do so? If so, then Play-Asia has some great import game deals for you this week. Starting at just $11.99, without shipping, there are some great titles you can pick up. This week there are actually a bunch of North American releases such as The Technomancer, and Guilty Gear XRD -Sign-. There are several non-NA titles, though, including the Japanese version of Tokyo Clanpool, and the Asian release of Mighty No. 9 (who knows? Maybe it’s better in a different language).

This weekly sale lasts through January 1, GMT +8. These import game deals are available while supplies last, so if you are wanting to jump on some great deals, then make sure to head on over to Play-Asia and start shopping. It’s worth noting that some Japanese and English games will include an English translation, but not all do. So, please do make sure you check what region the...


Kalypso Media Digital has released a brand new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Railway Empire today, showing off what life might be like on the rails for players. Not only do we get a good look at how multiple train tracks can operate inside a city, but we also get a look at characters building rails out into the wild, navigating through tunnels and against cliffside, and much more.

For more information on the upcoming Railway Empire, make sure to check out some details on the game below:

In Railway Empire, you will create an elaborate and wide-ranging rail network, purchase over 40 different trains modeled in extraordinary detail, and buy or build railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the competition. You’ll also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to ensure an efficient train service, whilst also develop over 300 technologies ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace infrastructures and advanced amenities as you progress through five eras of technological innovations. However, you can’t just build and research your way to the top – the competition never sleeps, and to keep your business on track you’ll have to survive against up to three rival tycoons. To get to the top you may have to resort to...

D3 Publisher (via Siliconera) has announced today that Earth Defense Force 5 sales have been going very well, as the PlayStation 4 game has now surpassed 250,000 total shipments and digital sales in Japan. To celebrate the accomplishment, the publishers have made and released a new video featuring Japanese idol and actress Nana Asakawa.

The company hasn’t yet announced how many of the total shipped units have sold, but 250,000 is still a lot, and proves that fans are out there demanding the games. With the holiday rush still going on, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that number grow by the next time D3 announces an update.

In case you missed it, the Season Pass for Earth Defense Force 5 was recently revealed, and you can check out the information for it below, and make sure to head over to our post covering the Season Pass for the entire list:

Earth Defense Force 5 will have a Season Pass that grants buyers access to two large-scale add-ons due out at some point post-launch, D3 Publisher announced.

In addition to the large-scale add-ons, the Season Pass will include more than seven additional weapons that do not appear in the main story (weapons, vehicles, support equipment, etc.).

Users who purchase the Season Pass will also receive an Earth Defense Force 5 PlayStation 4 custom theme and...

The UK sales chart for last were made available today, and what has become an unsurprising trend, Call of Duty: WWII continues to dominate over the holiday season. This marks the eighth week in a row the game has been on top of the charts, and it seems like it’s set to stay there. FIFA 18 once again came in at the #2 spot, with Star Wars Battlefront II retaining its hold on the #3 spot. Assassin’s Creed Origins and Grand Theft Auto V jumped back into the top 5.

Thanks to the holiday rush, tons of new and old games shifted around. Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition jumped into the top 20, and the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy leaped back into the top 10.

Here are the 20 best-selling games through retail stores in the UK for the week ending December 23, 2017, according to GfK Chart-Track:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. FIFA 18
  3. Star Wars Battlefront II
  4. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
  7. Super Mario Odyssey
  8. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  9. The Sims 4
  10. WWE 2K18
  11. Mario Kart Deluxe 8
  12. Need for Speed Payback
  13. Gran Turismo: Sport
  14. Forza Motorsport 7
  15. Destiny 2
  16. Just Dance 2018
  17. Lego Marvel Superheroes 2
  18. Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition
  19. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

For more on the new sales...

The end of the year has rolled around, which means it’s time to sum up 2017 with the Game of the Year Awards. PlayStation LifeStyle is doing our year-end awards slightly different from previous years. We wanted to put more importance on the nomination for each award, so we limited each category to five games. That’s not many, especially in a year stacked with great titles. It took a lot of careful deliberation to come up with each list.

PlayStation VR turned one in 2017, and that means that the platform is still young! We’ve seen a ton of great experiences, from the short, sweet, and experimental, to long adaptations of full games in virtual reality. Bethesda gave us both Skyrim VR and Doom VFR, which adapt beloved console titles for the headset. The full horror experience of Resident Evil 7 was available to play in VR, and was an incredible horror game to boot! It was a great year for Sony’s headset and tough to narrow down the list.

Last week, we announced PlayStation LifeStyle’s nominees for the Best PlayStation VR Game of 2017. Here’s a reminder of what got nominated:

Square Enix has announced today that the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Tracks collection is up for pre-order now. The bundle, which collects tracks from various Final Fantasy titles from 1987-2017, comes packed on a Blu-ray music disc and also features special tracks and will allow fans to watch special videos along with the music.

The collection is up for pre-order now on Square Enix’s store for $69.99, though the collection is strictly a Japanese release, meaning anyone who pre-orders the tracks will be getting an imported copy with no English subtitles. Still, for collectors and huge Final Fantasy fans, this seems like an awesome gift regardless of language.

For more information on the upcoming blu-ray release, make sure to check out some of the features below:

■Carefully curated music tracks from all mainline FINAL FANTASY titles, from FINAL FANTASY I through FINAL FANTASY XV 
Over 100 songs created by various composers, including Nobuo Uematsu, the father of FINAL FANTASY music, all contained in a two-disc Blu-ray set.

■Enjoy with your eyes and ears! A new way to listen to music
Maximizing the capabilities of the Blu-day disc, the BDM (or Blu-ray Disc Music) media allows for the recording of both high quality, full-spec video and 96khz/24bit audio, providing a dramatic change to your listening environment.
※Some titles may not be in...

More information on the upcoming A Certain Magical Virtual-On has been recently been uncovered, giving players a better look at the Mission mode in the game and how they’ll be making their way through it. According to a user (via Siliconera), the game will have a varied Mission mode and include some of the following rules and features:

  • Arcade Battles: standard fights against an NPC (with machine tuning done before battle)
  • Boss Battles: fights against larger-sized machines
  • Destruction: a mode where you have to face a horde of enemies
  • EX (Explosion) Code: a Metroid Prime: Blast Ball-esque experience where the goal is to shoot a ball into the opponents goal to get points. There is no HP bar or damage taken, and team play is crucial.
  • Death Match: a no points fight
  • Boss Rush
  • Challenge Battle: a fight where machine upgrades are random

Here’s some additional information on A Certain Magical Virtual-On:

A Certain Magical Virtual-On will also have brand-new gameplay features not seen in past Virtual-On games. One of the examples of the new features is Transition, where pressing the O button while dashing will make the mech move while kneeling, as seen in the above screenshot. In Transition mode, the player can still maintain a lock-on at their opponent while seamlessly switching between jumping, dashing, and attacking, thus making battles in overall more speedy with a faster tempo.

While past Virtual-On games solely relied on remaining hit points to...

The PlayStation Plus free titles and Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced for January 2018. It’s time to pit the collections against each other to see which console comes out on top with January’s offerings. Welcome to PS Plus vs Games with Gold!

Let’s take a look at the contestants. First up, the PS Plus Instant Game Collection.

Next, here are the Xbox Games with Gold that you can grab on Microsoft’s platform next month.

PS Plus Free Games January 2018

This is a great month for PS4 owners, and an even better one if you’ve got PSVR too. Starblood Arena was one of our nominees for PlayStation VR game of the year, and an all around great shooter game in virtual reality. It really shines when more people can be part of the community and play, so it’s great that Sony is making it accessible to everyone with PlayStation Plus. Even if you don’t have VR yet, it’s a good game to redeem if...

The end of the year has rolled around, which means it’s time to sum up 2017 with the Game of the Year Awards. PlayStation LifeStyle is doing our year-end awards slightly different from previous years. We wanted to put more importance on the nomination for each award, so we limited each category to five games. That’s not many, especially in a year stacked with great titles. It took a lot of careful deliberation to come up with each list.

This year had some of the best adventures that we’ve ever been on. While technically every game is an adventure (in the same way that every game is technically an RPG), there were certain ones that took us on really special and unforgettable adventures. The Zero Escape series messed with our minds again through timeline crossing story arcs. What Remains of Edith Finch took us on an emotional journey through a family’s grim and death filled history.

Last week, we announced PlayStation LifeStyle’s nominees for the Best Adventure Game of 2017. Here’s a reminder of what got nominated:

Koei Tecmo has today uploaded five new character gameplay trailers for their upcoming game Dynasty Warriors 9, featuring Cao Pi, Zhenji, Sima Yi, Lu Su, and Lu Lingqi.

We’re starting off with Cao Pi, Cao Cao’s son who would succeed the latter after his passing. He forced Emperor Xian to abdicate and thus ending the Han dynasty, and formally became the first Wei emperor. He retains his signature conjoined swords, although unlike in past Dynasty Warriors games, he seems to fight with the swords separated more often rather than conjoined.

Zhenji is Cao Pi’s wife who was originally married to Yuan Xi, Yuan Shao’s second son, until the defeat of the Yuan family in the battle of Guandu. She loses her iconic flute and now shares the same Whip as Diaochan, although this is not new as they also used to get the same weapon in Dynasty Warriors 6.

Sima Yi is a Wei strategist who staged a major coup d’etat in the later years of the Three Kingdoms and laid the foundations for his family to establish the Jin dynasty. As he loses his unique Horsehair Whisk from Dynasty Warriors 8, he goes back to using the Feather Fan which is also used by his archrival Zhuge Liang.

Lu Su is the second chief commander of Wu who succeeded Zhou Yu. He also mentored Lu...

 

It’s Christmas, but several PlayStation 4 owners are having a hard time buying digital games from the store. That’s because there’s a PSN card redeem error popping up when users try to redeem a prepaid gift card in the store. So far, reports have come from worldwide, so it doesn’t seem to be a regional issue at the moment.

The most common error code that users are getting is “WC-40329-8.” This isn’t an actual issue with the PlayStation Network itself, as online services are working as expected. “I keep getting error code WC-40329-8 when I enter my gift card code,” wrote on Twitter user. “I am connected to the [PlayStation Network] as well.”

Thankfully, PlayStation is aware of the issues and are looking into a fix. “We’re aware that some users are having issues redeeming vouchers on PSN,” wrote the official Twitter account. “Thank you for your patience as we investigate. Please be sure to follow us for further news and updates.”

The official PlayStation Network status website has more information on the...

The end of the year has rolled around, which means it’s time to sum up 2017 with the Game of the Year Awards. PlayStation LifeStyle is doing our year-end awards slightly different from previous years. We wanted to put more importance on the nomination for each award, so we limited each category to five games. That’s not many, especially in a year stacked with great titles. It took a lot of careful deliberation to come up with each list.

As far as soundtracks go, it was a phenomenal year in gaming. The year started off strong with games like NieR: Automata and Persona 5 impressing with their original music, and that momentum carried on throughout the year. It was extremely difficult to narrow down this list to just five amazing soundtracks.

Last week, we announced PlayStation LifeStyle’s nominees for the Best Game Soundtrack of 2017. Here’s a reminder of what got nominated:

The end of the year has rolled around, which means it’s time to sum up 2017 with the Game of the Year Awards. PlayStation LifeStyle is doing our year-end awards slightly different from previous years. We wanted to put more importance on the nomination for each award, so we limited each category to five games. That’s not many, especially in a year stacked with great titles. It took a lot of careful deliberation to come up with each list.

As with nearly every year, there were some heavy hitters when it comes to the best shooter of the year. Not only did Activision release new entries in two of their biggest series, but inventive titles like SUPERHOT also came to PlayStation 4. Oh, and we got to punch all of the Nazis we could possibly want in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Last week, we announced PlayStation LifeStyle’s nominees for the Best Shooter of 2017. Here’s a reminder of what got nominated:

The end of the year has rolled around, which means it’s time to sum up 2017 with the Game of the Year Awards. PlayStation LifeStyle is doing our year-end awards slightly different from previous years. We wanted to put more importance on the nomination for each award, so we limited each category to five games. That’s not many, especially in a year stacked with great titles. It took a lot of careful deliberation to come up with each list.

As far as surprises go, it was a busy year in gaming. From shocking game announcements to unprecedented business decisions, there was a lot to be surprised by. That’s not even counting all of the great games that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Last week, we announced PlayStation LifeStyle’s nominees for the Biggest Gaming Surprise of 2017. Here’s a reminder of what got nominated: