It's that time of year again where Konami and EA, representing east and west, battle on the retail shelves to provide the best soccer (or football, or whatever you want to call it) game.
Pro Evolution Soccer, or Winning Eleven in Japan, has really struggled in recent years. A few years ago, it was the dominant game, with vastly superior mechanics to EA's baby. It didn't matter that the games were not officially licensed, and the team names were made up. What mattered was just how badly the EA games played, and how "realistic" at the time the PES games were.
Tecmo Koei have been good enough for formally announce its newest Warriors project, Warriors Orochi 2 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. For the first time in the series, this game will allow people to create and share levels.
Tecmo Koei just can't do wrong at the moment. We love everything the publisher is doing with its premier Warriors franchise, and after seeing the new set of Ninja Gaiden III screenshots, it's shot right to the top of our most wanted list.
These games have a reputation for being challenging, exciting and violent... and the reputation is justified. It's not for everyone as a result, but this if a seriously great franchise.
If you were a fan of fighting games in the nineties, $10 says you had played Street Fighter II at some point. With more than five different versions on multiple consoles and in the arcades, Street Fighter II was everywhere. All of these rereleases only made us wonder when the true sequel, Street Fighter III was coming. When it finally came, six years after Street Fighter II, it seemed as if Capcom had waited too long. The popularity of the Street Fighter series was beginning to wane and as a result, many missed out on the much anticipated follow-up.
What is it like to finally play the third game, injected with online play and new modes?
I’m going to take this opportunity to rave just a little more about one of the greatest, most under appreciated games of the PlayStation 2 era, and that game is King’s Field IV (known as “The Ancient City” in the US). See, without From Software’s first person Gothic opus, we would likely never have had Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, and I think we’re all glad for the existence of those games.
And yet, at the time it was released, King’s Field IV polled terribly with the critics. Gamerankings, for instance, over 22 reviews has the game score an average of just 56.65 per cent; a far cry from the plaudits levelled at Demon’s Souls.
If you're an avid user of the PlayStation Store, you may have noticed that Japanese import specialist, Ghostlight's, support for Aussies has been somewhat lacking.
The good news is that it might not be that way for long, though. According to a recent blog post on Ghostlight's website, the company plans to bring all of its published games to the Australian store, with Persona 3: Portable being the big kahuna.
Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2: Innocent Sin is a remake of a PlayStation title of the same name. Never originally seeing a release outside of Japan, we all knew it was destined for a translation someday. That day is finally upon us, but the best part of Persona 2: Innocent Sin is that the game lends itself to the PSP hardware and offers more than the “fresh coat of paint, same game” approach many developers are taking today.
The more people find out about Dragon Quest X, the more alienating it seems to be. People who were previously so fanatical about its Nintendo DS predecessor, Dragon Quest IX, decided that despite the hundreds of hours of entertainment that game provided them, the mere idea of a MMO Dragon Quest is enough to disown the series entirely.
It’s incredibly unfair to assume that a Dragon Quest MMO is a bad idea… indeed, I believe it’s precisely what the series needs, and precisely what Square Enix needs, as it looks to recover from Final Fantasy XIV.
RE4 is, without a doubt, one of the most celebrated titles in the long running series. Now the game that 'saved' the franchise returns on XBLA (and the PSN) to stir up some evil of the high-definition kind.
The US is about to get its first HD Harvest Moon game, with spinoff, Rune Factory, dated to land on October 11 for the PlayStation 3 by publisher Natsume.
There is also a Wii version, but the one we're looking forward to is that PlayStation game. Harvest Moon is an addictive formula, and Rune Factory adds some addictive RPG elements on top of that, but it's also a series that has been quite lo-fi, with Wii and DS versions being fun, if visually undercooked.
That should change with this game. The full title, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny will probably not break any ground gameplay wise, and yet that's not a bad thing as this is a formula we keep returning to, and enjoying each and every time.
Japan is gearing up for the release of one of the most important 3DS games to date. No, it’s not Mario (well, that too), but rather, it’s Love Plus 3DS; otherwise known as ‘that dating game that is absolutely massive in Japan.’
So I’ve just arrived back from a short trip to Japan, but a short trip that included some time in Akihabara, otherwise known as the Mecca for all things gaming, anime, manga and adult entertainment.
And, while the American gaming market might well be worth more money than the Japanese market in terms of sheer numbers, there’s one thing to remember: Akihabara has a heartbeat and a soul that no where else in America can replicate.
As everyone should know, Dragon Quest is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over in Japan Square Enix has released a rather awesome compilation for the Wii of the three original Dragon Quest games.
But that's not all. Also in Japan is a special collector's book, and in that book is a disc filled with classic Famitsu articles from as early as 1986 covering the original three games.
So sit back and enjoy some of the classic art work and magazine designs! And cross fingers that the Wii compilation also gets an English release, because those Dragon Quest games are awesome retro fun.
Please note: This review is based on the Japanese version of the game. Naturally, aside from the language differences, it’s the same game.
It’s not often that you get to say that Alpacas are the best thing about a game, and mean it in the context of a very good game, but that’s Harvest Moon for you. The game of incremental improvements over a long period of time has done it again, and the addition of the cutest Alpacas ever seen in video games makes this new game well worth a whirl.
Indeed, Natsume realises the power of the Alpaca, as that was the gift that comes with the special edition of the game. So the next big question is “what does the Alpaca do to add new gameplay to the old formula?”
Xenoblade Chronicles is a good game. Most of what you've read about it in the press is true, if you haven't played the game personally; there's a great sense of scale, and for a Wii game, the 50-odd hour JRPG is something that many would not have thought possible two years ago.
I'm opening with that disclaimer, because this really needs to be said: Xenoblade Chronicles is not that great. The near constant streams of 9's and 10's from the press has come from lord only knows where, but games are not meant to be rated on novelty value, so after reaching the end game myself I was left rather mystified by the hype behind the game.