Archive for the ‘SCEJ’ Category

The Top 10 PS3 and PSP Games I’m Looking Forward To In 2010

February 2, 2010

3D Dot Heroes Games

I have always been a sucker for great art direction and charm, both of which this game seems to have. Simply put, this homage to Zelda just looks like a lot of fun to play. I love the whole idea of taking an 8 or 16 bit game and making it 3D. Hell, that is at the heart of the story of this game so you know it is going to be quirky and  humorous.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

I don’t know too much about this game, but it has gotten my attention. First off, it looks really good graphically and from an art direction standpoint. It also seems to have well done voice work, a dark and interesting atmosphere/setting, and solid sound design. Gameplay wise it similar to a lot of other third-person action games, which might be a bad thing since there are already a bunch of those games coming out this year. However, there is enough here to get me interested (especially since Kojima is associated with the game) and set it apart just enough to make me really want to know more about the game.

Final Fantasy XIII

The Final Fantasy series has always been one of my favorite gaming franchises. So it is no surprised that the latest installment would make my most anticipated list of 2010. However, unlike almost all the other FF games FFXIII isn’t my most anticipated game this year. I still have my concerns that the game won’t live up to my expectations, but I do think it will be a quality game that I will end up really enjoying.

God of War 3

For the most part the first two games are considered to be at the top of the third-person action genre. So why would the third and final installment of this epic series be any different? From the trailers, new screenshots, and the demo one can easily tell this is going to a very slick game. It will not only look incredible, but play just as good. I can’t wait to see how the trilogy ends.

Heavy Rain

It is kind of hard to explain this game, or even why I’m so interested in it. I guess the main draw is that it is something very different than most of the games available now. It is going to be a game focused on story, which really appeals to me. On top of that it is going to be a more mature game. Heavy Rain is being described as a physiological thriller, and I really hope it lives up to this description.

The Last Guardian

Here is another game that I have trouble explaining the appeal of to other people. If you have seen the trailer then you should know why I am really looking forward to this game. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I’m not just talking about the graphics or art direction (although, both of those are top notch as well). Once again it seems Team Ico have crafted a unique, inspiring, and emotional world. You can’t help but get drawn into the world presented in the trailer. I can’t wait to experience this game, but I sure hope neither the creature or the boy end up dying in the end.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Do I really need to say anything more than it is a MGS game that Kojima is directly, and heavily, involved in. Hell, just recently he said that Peace Walker would have been MGS5 if it was on a console and not the PSP. It looks great for a PSP game, and seems to have updated the controls from the previous PSP game MGS: Portable Ops.

Read Dead Redemption

If you’ve been reading my other posts you knew this game was going to be on the list. Even with all the JRPG’s, my favorite genre, coming out in 2010 Red Dead Redemption has a firm grasp on my gaming interests. It is one of those games that I wasn’t sure about, but as more info and video has been released I find my self being incredibly psyched about this game.

Valkyria Chronicles 2

The original Valkyria Chronicles is not only one of my favorite PS3 games, but it is one of my favorite games of all time. I loved everything about it. One of those games that I will always want to go back and play again once every once and awhile. So when they announced Valkyria Chronicles 2 I was super excited. However, like most of the fans of the first game I was very disappointed to see that it was for the PSP instead of the PS3. It will always feel like it could have been better, but from what I’ve seen so far the sequel looks like it is shaping up to be a great game. It has the potential to be one of the few PSP games that will keep me off of my PS3 for a good amount of time.

White Knight Chronicles

Finally! I’ve been waiting for this game for so freaking long. I love most of Level-5’s games, so when they announced a new JRPG for the PS3 I was immediately on board. Besides having a deep single player campaign, WKC also has a MMO-like online multiplayer. Thankfully this game will be coming out this week so I won’t have to wait much longer.

Honorable Mention

Dead Space 2 – Not sure if this is even coming out in 2010, which is why it is not in the top 10. If it turns out to be coming out this year then I’ll have to adjust my list. I loved Dead Space so I can’t wait to get back to killing necromorphs.

Final Fantasy XIV – I’ve never played any MMO’s, mainly because I don’t game on a gaming PC and I also don’t like the idea of monthly fees. I almost took the plunge with FFXI, but didn’t feel like dealing with all the extra crap you had to do to get it up and running on the PS2. Now that the PS3 has a harddrive and wifi, all I have to come to terms with is paying to play. If enough of my friends get into this game then  I am sure I’ll end up getting into it.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII – To be honest, I am much more excited about this game than FFXIII. However, since we don’t know when this will come out I am dropping it out of my list. Hopefully this game will end up as good as the trailers look. The characters and setting is just more appealing than FFXIII.

Metal Gear Solid Rising – Another game with no real release date, but I am interested in seeing what they do with this game. Raiden in MGS4 was pretty freaking awesome, so basing a whole game around him sounds like a great idea. However, since it won’t be using the same engine as MGS4, will be multi-platform, and Kojima isn’t heavily involved I have my doubts that it will live up to my high expectations.

Classic Dungeon: Magic Team Assistance – Not sure when we will see this in North America, but as soon as NISA makes it available for pre-order I will be putting out the cash for it. There isn’t a ton known about the game, but what I do know is that I’m interested in everything I do know about the game. Plus, the game gives me the same vibe that other NIS titles and Half-Minute Hero did.


My Favorite PSP Games of 2009

January 9, 2010

To be honest, I haven’t played or finished enough PSP games in 2009 to make a true top 10 list for the year. Because of this, I figured I’d just list some of my favorite PSP games I played during the year instead of making a top 10 list. Like I said, I haven’t finished all these games but I’ve played enough of them to have a fair opinion on them. So here are some of my favorite PSP games, listed alphabetically, of 2009.

Half-Minute Hero
Not only is this my favorite PSP game of 2009, it is also one of my overall favorite games of 2009. Simply put, I fell deeply in love with this game. It is over flowing with charm, humor, and character. It is a blast to play, with several different modes, and both the art direction and music really cement the game as must buy. It is one of the many unique games available on the PSP that really define the system in my mind. Basically if you have a PSP you need to get this game, especially if you love JRPG’s.
Review coming soon.

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This?
Here is another quirky PSP game that I really enjoyed last year. It plays sort of like a tower defense game, but has more than enough tweaks to the gameplay that make it feel unique. Add to that some rather funny moments and retro pixel art direction and it easily won me over.

LocoRoco 2
Many people might find LocoRoco 2 too cute, too “kiddy”, and too easy but I just found a great and fun game. I love the simple art direction, fun gameplay, and excellent music. LocoRoco 2 is one of those games I found myself playing much longer then I would intend to. Only realizing how much time had passed when I finally looked at a clock or got distracted by something else. Do yourself a favor and pick this whimsical game up.

Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis
I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about this game, but I ended up sinking a lot of time into it. It has just enough of that classic JRPG feel to it that I really got hooked on it. If you are looking for a more full fledged JRPG for your PSP I’d pick this one up.

Patapon 2
Once again, I find myself being drawn to unique and charming PSP games. Patapon 2 builds off of the excellent original game. Fixing and enhancing it in all the right ways. I love the superb art direction and music of this rhythm-action game. If you are looking for something different, fun, and challenging you can’t go wrong with Patapon 2.

Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
Another NIS game full of humor and charm. I will admit that this game can get pretty tough, but that is kind of the point of it. You play as one of my favorite supporting characters from video games, Prinny. That automatically makes it a good game, but build a solid side-scrolling action game around Prinny and you get a great PSP game.

Resistance Retribution
I love the Resistance series, so being able to get back into that fiction was an easy sell. It takes place between the two console games and features a new protagonist. Even with the lack of a second analog stick, Resistance Retribution manages to play very well for a third-person shooter. Also of note, is that it is the only non-Japanese game on my list. So even without the charm of those other games, Retribution still manages to provide a great action packed game. If you are a fan of the Resistance series you really should play this game.