Review: Time and Eternity

Controversial game... but we loved it

Review: Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly

The greatest horror game ever hits the Wii

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Juliet's so hot right now

Review: Dragon's Dogma

There's not a spark of creativity in this wyrm

Review: Pandora's Tower

Tragic beauty

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Help Level-5 decide what to localise!

Japanese publisher, Level-5, is looking for fan input on which titles to localise.

On the publisher’s Facebook page there’s a poll, asking which titles people are most keen to see localised.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Looking back: Bladestorm: Tecmo Koei's most under appreciated game?

I've been playing Bladestorm a bit recently, and I work my way back through some of my old PS3 games, deciding whether I want to keep them or not.

I've been reminded of just how much fun this game was, and how surprised I was by its critical reception. If you head over to Gamerankings or Metacritic, you'll realise what I mean there.

Must-have apps: Crunchyroll

If you're reading this website, chances are you're also a fan of anime or manga (or likely both). So here's an app for iPad and iPhone that you should consider a must-have: Crunchyroll!

Crunchyroll is a subscription-based anime streaming service, and there is a huge range of anime available. From the super-popular Gundam to the more niche harem-style anime Demon King Daimao and the too-cute Chi's Sweet Home, there is something for almost any anime fan on this service.

Please, Marvellous, don't give up on Harvest Moon

There's been some news on the Marvellous front recently that has upset me greatly. Specifically, that the 3DS would be seeing a Rune Factory game shortly.

This follows on from the fact that the PS3 is also getting a Rune Factory game, but has so far no Harvest Moon game. These two cases are the first time Marvellous has released Rune Factory games on a console before Harvest Moon games (not difficult considering the Rune Factory series is so new, but still). In fact, while there seems to be quite a strong Rune Factory production line in action, Harvest Moon has now become a very sporadic series.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Man-love Atelier game announced for PSP

Otome games are not exactly popular out west, but there's a decided market for them in Japan - essentially, they're love games, starring men rather than women. Now, Gust's Atelier series of games looks to be taking a break from the usual young teen girl story to focus on men.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Preorder Cooking Mama 4, get Mama

If you live in the US, and you're a fan of the Cooking Mama series (and with 8.5 million units sold in the US to date, we suspect there are a lot of fans out there), the preorder bonus for Cooking Mama 4 at GameStop looks like a must have.

The full title of the game is Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic, and is the first game in the series to be in glorious 3D, thanks to the 3DS' glorious top screen.

The series isn't known for revolutionary changes to the gameplay from one game to another, but it's been consistently addictive, so the new console and preorder bonus should be enough to dip in again.

Ignore the press, White Knight Chronicles is really, really good

I read the reviews for Level-5's White Knight Chronicles series with some distress. From the middling, through to the downright horrific, critics seem to consider this fledgling franchise as mediocre at best.

I honestly don't see where that's coming from. The critics that slaughter these games will often, a breath later, laud the likes of Final Fantasy VI as a great game. Which it is, but the White Knight Chronicles games are also great, and for many of the same reasons.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review: Sports Island 3D (3DS)

Sports Island 3D might not be a stellar game in itself, but it's an encouraging sign that sports games, at least, can indeed use 3D to great effect.

This really needs to be seen in 3D to appreciate
After the relative disappointment of the 3D of PES, Hudson's mini game collection is welcome relief, and to get this out of the way now - there is little to no point in playing the game in 2D. While you do get a frame rate increase, it's not enough to render the game more playable in 2D, and meanwhile, it looks a heck of a lot worse.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Have an Android phone? Get your weather news, Moe-style

What better way to get your weather news than from cute anime girls? In fact, this would almost make up for the week long damp misery that Sydney has currently been experiencing.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Import Review: Rapid Angel (PSN)

MonkeyPaw Games has been releasing numerous PlayStation One import games onto the PlayStation Network, allowing new audiences to experience some of the foreign greats of yore. One such title is Rapid Angel, an action game with a lot of heart. With its many hidden intricacies and terrific cutscenes, Rapid Angel is one of the finest action games the PSN library has to offer.

Insert own subtitles here

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Import Review: Yakiniku Bugyou (PSN)

I love eating at yakiniku restaurants (a Japanese form of barbecue were the restaurant visitors cook for themselves). It is one of the most pleasant memories from the last time I went over in Japan. There’s something warm about sitting around a table with a small barbecue, eating small portions of meat and vegetables and drinking large quantities of beer.

Yakiniku is a casual experience – meals can easily span over three or four hours. Yakiniku Bugyou is too frenetic to be a casual experience, but it is very effective in making me want to head on down to get some of the real deal. The way the virtual meat sizzles and smokes is enough to make the mouth water.

So. Hungry. Now

Monday, July 11, 2011

Win a double pack of MonkeyPaw Games Japanese import games!

In collaboration with MonkeyPaw games, Digitally Downloaded and Otaku Gaming are able to offer up a new competition to win one of three packs containing not one, but two great Japanese import games: Yakiniku Bugyau and Rapid Angel.

These games are available for download through the U.S PlayStation Network, but European and Australians (and anywhere else in the world) is also most welcome to enter - just create a second, 'dummy' PSN account based in the U.S if you win; one of the best things about the PlayStation 3 is that it is not region locked at all.

(If you need help with that, just let us know and we'll provide a step-by-step for you).

Anyway, to enter the competition, you'll need to do two things:

1) Follow MonkeyPaw Games on twitter:
2) Sign up on our forums, post your twitter username there and let us know which Japan-only game you would most like to see released out west.

Winners will be drawn at 9pm, July 25 (Sydney, Australia), and will be notified (with their game codes) though these forums.

Good luck with the competition, and keep your eyes on both Digitally Downloaded and Otaku Gaming for full reviews of both games very shortly!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 (PS3)

There are three main arms to Tecmo Koei’s Warriors franchise: there’s the historical Dynasty and Samurai Warriors games (Chinese and Japanese feudal history, respectively), and there’s the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam games.

The later is, of course, based on the popular science fiction/ fantasy manga and anime series and, while Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 bears a superficial resemblance to the other current-generation Warriors games, beneath that surface is a rich experience that Gundam fans are going to get right into.

It's embarrasing getting slaughtered by pink

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why the IGN critic of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 should lose his job

It’s not usually kosher to directly criticise another critic or website if you don’t personally agree with a game’s review, but for numerous reasons, I’m going to call out IGN for the woeful treatment of the Warriors franchise, and specifically, the terrible Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 “critique.”

To start with: the reasons for this article. This isn’t a review in isolation that I’m objecting to. From Dynasty Warriors 7 through to Samurai Warriors 3 (and these are just the reviews in recent times), the Warriors series has been consistently slaughtered by IGN, and constantly for the same, misguided reasons. I doubt the “critics” even plays these games. And in all fairness, it’s not just IGN – Gamespot’s take on Samurai Warriors 3 gave me a good chuckle when the critic managed to accidentally copy/ paste a wikipedia history background from China, not Japan in his review. Unfortunately that mistake hasn’t been preserved for prosperity because, following a fan outcry it was changed, but I’ll never forget.



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