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UK takes Metro Redux to the top of the charts

Metro Redux - we can't believe they didn't go with Metro Revival - is the new UK No. 1 this week, overthrowing Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition after one week of glory. Meanwhile, Madden NFL 15 debuts 6th, which isn't bad given which version of football it is.

The PS4, Xbox One and PC bundle of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light is Deep Silver's first No. 1 of the year, but it's far from the first remaster to lead the way in 2014. Upgraded and enhanced versions of Tomb Raider, Diablo 3 and The Last of Us had already scored five chart-topping weeks between them before Metro Redux came along, and we could see a few other remasters at the top before the year's close.

In honor of the remasters, we're going to re-release our idea of music videos below the break for these posts. This week and with Metro in mind, we'll keep it Russian with 2000s duo t.A.T.u, who infamously caused great controversy with their awful capitalization.

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Stiq Figures: Let's trade dream crossovers edition

I remember dreaming up improbable video game crossovers with my schoolyard friends. While none of our strokes of genius have been specifically catered to, I must have left our childhood sketchbooks at an industry event or something, because suddenly bizarre, wishful-thinking collaborations are completely reasonable. A full-on Pokemon fighting game with talent from the Tekken and Soul Calibur series? A narrative-driven take on the Borderlands series from Telltale? A mashup of Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei?

Now that improbable is the new possible, we might as well exchange our most-wanted team-ups in a public thread, just in case someone with a lot of money is bored enough to make exactly one of us incredibly happy. Personally, I would love to see Sin and Punishment 2 developer Treasure work with Nintendo on a spiritual successor to Star Fox 64. I think the on-rails arcade shooter style suits that series best, and I think Treasure's experience with the Sin & Punishment series would perfectly lend itself to what I'm looking for from Fox McCloud's adventures: A clever, blissfully-frantic shooter that's as fun to conquer the first time as it is the 50th.

That's just my request, though; what are you wishing for? Feel free to focus on video game series or just two particular development teams – the important thing is telling us about your dream project so we can join in on yearning for what might never happen. Break our hearts Tell us about your ideal crossover in the comments, right after you check this week's hardware sales after the break!

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Disgaea 5 announced for PlayStation 4

Some three years after Disgaea 4 hit PS3 back in September 2011, Sony and Nippon Ichi Software announced its successor is coming to the PS4 with a 2015 release window in Japan. Disgaea 5 has long been in the shadows and while today's news makes the tactical RPG official, details remain limited for now.
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PS4 firmware update adding themes, Toro and Kuro are pleased

Similar to the Vita, Sony has announced that a future software update on the PS4 will add the ability to use themes, giving players the ability to customize the console's dashboard.

Themes teased during the reveal were animated, featuring famous PlayStation Japan characters Toro and Kuro kicking back in a kitchen. Paging through the sections of the PS4 dashboard changed the background image.

Again, like the Vita reveal earlier this evening, it's unclear if players will be able to select any images to customize their console or if themes will be limited to content available on the PlayStation Store.

A release date for the update had not been revealed. Check out another example of the PS4 themes in action after the break.

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New Ys RPG announced for PS4, Vita

A new game in the Ys series was announced during Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show 2014 press event today. The role-playing game is being created by Nihon Falcom, the series' longtime developers. It will launch in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

Dragon Quest Heroes coming to PS4 from Dynasty Warriors devs

Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to the PlayStation 4 in Japan, marking the first time the series has appeared on a Sony platform since 2005's Dragon Quest 8. Helmed by Dynasty Warriors series developer Omega Force, Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-oriented spinoff in the same vein as the upcoming Hyrule Warriors. Sony will also release a Metal Slime-themed PS4 console in Japan to commemorate Dragon Quest Heroes' release.
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Senran Kagura making PS4 debut with Estival Versus

Marvelous' portable action series Senran Kagura will make its first console appearance with next year's PlayStation 4 release of Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, as revealed during Sony's pre-TGS press conference today. While many series entries have made their way stateside courtesy of publisher Xseed, a localization for Estival Versus has not been announced. For now, it hits Japan on March 26, and a Vita version is also confirmed.
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Persona 5 coming to PlayStation 4 [update: trailer]

Persona 5 is being summoned to PlayStation 4, Sony announced at this morning's pre-TGS press conference. It was previously announced for PS3, in line with recent entries which came to PS2 rather its already released successor. The next entry in Atlus' acclaimed role-playing series was originally due for the previous-gen console this winter in Japan, but it's now coming to the country in 2015.

Atlus has already confirmed it's bringing Persona 5 to North America, and that's also due in 2015. While it's not yet confirmed, we expect the PS4 version to make the journey across. In the interim, check out Atlus' new trailer below the break.

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God Eater 2: Rage Burst terrorizes Japan on PS4, Vita

Bandai Namco Producer Yusuke Tomizawa announced the action-RPG God Eater franchise will live on. During Sony's Pre-TGS media briefing, Tomizawa revealed God Eater 2: Rage Burst is coming to PS4 and Vita in Japan.

With the addition of Sony's console, Tomizawa said – via a translator – the franchise can live on and allow the developer to try new things. God Eater 2 first launched on the PSP and Vita, in Japan, in 2013.

The Burst branding indicates an expansion of the original sequel, similar to the re-release of the first game in the franchise under the banner God Eater Burst in 2010 (Japan, 2011 worldwide). God Eater Burst added new characters, story and monsters.

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Yakuza Zero sets the calendar to 1988, coming 2015

Yakuza Zero, the recently-revealed entry in the Japanese crime sim series, will take fans back to the year 1988, developer/published Sega announced at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. Taking place years before the first Yakuza game, the new entry in the series will focus on two protagonists: Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.

The game, which is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, will feature cross-play with the PS Vita. Yakuza Zero is expected to start its crime spree in spring of 2015.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 confirmed for early 2015 [update]

Update: Capcom Unity and a press release confirm Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in early 2015. There's no mention of the 3DS, which the original Revelations debuted on. Check out a teaser below the break.

Capcom confirmed the development of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 during Sony Entertainment of Japan's press conference today. The publisher will launch the game in early 2015.

While the game's predecessor, Resident Evil: Revelations, featured series mainstays Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as protagonists, Revelations 2 will star new heroes in a new story and setting. Box art for the game was leaked on Microsoft's official Xbox site earlier this month for Xbox 360. Capcom confirmed the game for PlayStation 4 during Sony's press event. A playable demo of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this month.

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Upgraded PS4 port of Earth Defense Force 2025 in development

Sony announced during today's pre-TGS press conference that an upgraded PlayStation 4 version of D3 Publisher's bug-blasting third-person shooter Earth Defense Force 2025 is in development. The Japanese edition, Chikyuu Boueigun 4.1, is launching in 2015. A North American release date was not announced.
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New Hot Shots Golf swinging to PlayStation fore

A new Hot Shots Golf - or as its known in Japan, "Everybody's Golf" - is in development for PlayStation 4, Sony announced during their pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. According to Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida (as translated during the stream by Sony), the game will feature "open world entertainment focusing on golf."

The Hot Shots Golf series has been been off the green for some time now; the last major console entry, Hot Shots Golf 5, appeared on PS3 in 2008, while Hot Shots Golf World Invitational took golf on the go by way of the PlayStation Vita. No release window or official name was announced for the new game.
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Bloodborne to tear up Japan in February 2015 [update: trailer]

From Software's Bloodborne will launch in Japan on February 5, 2015, Sony announced at this morning's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. There's no further news as yet on when it will launch internationally. Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida revealed the game's limited edition will include an artbook and soundtrack over in Japan.

For more on the new terror from the Demon's Souls and Dark Souls studio, check out our hands-on from Gamescom.

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Vita gets a personal touch with themes in new software update

Sony will soon allow players to give their Vita handhelds a personal touch, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita announced during the company's Pre-Tokyo Game Show briefing.

A new software update for the system will add customizable themes to the handheld, allowing for customization of wallpaper, icons and sounds on the system's dashboard. The announcement only featured themes of popular Japanese video game franchises, so it's unclear if players can use any images and sounds for the customization options.

A translated tweet from PlayStation Japan appears to point to an October release date for update 3.30, which features themes.
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