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Vanquish Demo Impressions

September 3, 2010

Earlier this week a demo for Platinum Games’ newest game, Vanquish was released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. It is only a small sample of what I hope will be a suitably lengthy game seeing as there is no multiplayer., but it is more than enough to tell whether or not you will be interested in Vanquish.

When you start the demo you can either select a playable section of the full game or a tutorial section. I’d suggest going through the tutorial first, but if you’ve played other third-person shooters (TPS) you should feel somewhat comfortable with the controls. However, Vanquish isn’t your normal TPS.

Once you start playing the game part of the demo you will immediately realize that Vanquish is much faster and frantic than your typical TPS. It thrusts you into a rather hectic fire fight. Because of this it may take you some time to adjust to the way it plays. You will want to make use of cover, and more importantly the abilities your suit grants you. It allows you to propel yourself at high speeds, sliding on your knees the whole time, around the environment. This is incredibly useful to move from cover to cover, boost up to enemies for melee attacks, to jet over to a fallen comrade and revive them (resulting in some sort of ammo drop as a reward for your help), or even used to escape if you find yourself low on health. This simple ability makes you much more mobile and really does change the feel of the game when compared to contemporary TPS’s. However, this isn’t the only ability the suit grants you as you can also enter a slow-mo mode. This allows you to aim much better amidst the mayhem going on during the demo. You can combo them into each other and also use slow-mo as you vault over cover. Doing this really makes you feel like a badass, for lack of a better word. Both of these abilities are limited by one meter, so using either drains it. It does regenerate quickly, but if you use all of it you’ll have to let it cool down before you can tap into it again. Who knows if the suit will grant you other powers as well, but even if it’s just these two I think I’d be content with that.

From the demo it is hard to say how the story will go and the characters will develop. You may be turned off by some of the voice work, as it seems very inline with voice work done for dubbed anime. I admit I wasn’t sure about it the first time I played through it, but after playing through the demo several times I don’t mind it. In fact it may even suit the game as it has a very over the top anime vibe to it.

Overall I was very pleased with the demo. I was hoping Vanquish would play and feel different than other TPS’s and that is exactly what it is doing, and doing it very well. So I’d recommend playing the demo yourself if you think you are up for trying an over the top fast paced anime inspired TPS.

Vanquish Gets A Release Date

July 9, 2010

Platinum Games’ upcoming over the top third-person shooter Vanquish has been given an official release date for both Japan and North America. It is set to release on October 19th in North America and October 21st in Japan.

Sega also announced that Vanquish will receive DLC at launch and in the future. The launch DLC will be free and come with the game. It will be a weapon pack that will include a Boost Machine Gun, Anti Armor Pistol, and a Laser Cannon. If you don’t get these at launch you will be able to download them later on the PlayStation Store or Xbox Marketplace for a price. Sega didn’t go into detail about the other DLC, but they did say it will not be free.

Vanquish is one of my most anticipated games for 2010. So it is nice to finally get a solid release date. It looks like a nice take on the third-person cover based shooter genre. Hopefully it will live up to my expectations.

Yakuza 4 Is Coming To North America

June 12, 2010

It’s official, SEGA has announced that they will be bringing over Yakuza 4 to North America in the spring of 2011. This is great news, especially since they aren’t taking forever to announce it like they did with Yakuza 3.

Like Yakuza 3, this new game will have English subs with the original Japanese voice acting. In my opinion, and most of the series fans, this is perfectly fine and even preferable. Also, fans of the series will be excited to know that SEGA will not be taking out the Hostess Clubs, like they did in Yakuza 3. So we should be getting the full game this time.

There will be four main protagonists inYakuza 4. Of course the main character from the series, Kazuma Kiryu, will be returning along side the 3 other characters. Each of these characters is suppose to have their own distinct fighting styles, trials, and links to the story of Yakuza 4.

We still have a fair amount of time to wait before the game comes out, but I am very pleased to see SEGA supporting Yakuza 4 with more vigor than they did with the last game.

First Vanquish Gameplay Trailer Released

June 5, 2010

Last night Game Trailers TV aired the first gameplay footage from Platinum Games’ newest game, Vanquish (seen above). Previously we have only seen a teaser trailer. There have also been some previews, but none of them truly captured the feel of the game like this new trailer does.

The trailer shows off the fast pace of Vanquish. It is a cover based third-person shooter (TPS) at heart, but as you see in the trailer it doesn’t appear to play similar to other TPS’s that are currently on the market. This is due to the suit and gun the main character is equipped with. Both of which lend the user abilities, and seem to be able to change on the fly. So instead of having to carry several weapons, it looks like you’ll be carrying one that has the capabilities of several guns. It also looks like your suit will grant you great speed and strength. All of these things are what may set Vanquish apart from other TPS’s.

I wasn’t too excited about this game when it was first announced, but this new trailer has really peaked my interest. Once again, I find myself hoping we get a lot more information about another game at E3 in just two weeks.


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.

Could 2010 Be The Year Of The JRPG For The PS3?

January 18, 2010

I’m a very big fan of JRPG’s, so when the PS3 launched I didn’t run out and get it since there really were not any JRPGs on the immediate horizon. Since then there have been a few JRPG’s available on the PS3, and the exclusive ones have been extremely good games. Both Demon’s Souls and Valkyria Chronicles are fine examples of spectacular PS3 RPG’s that any PS3 gamer should already own, and are worth buying a PS3 for. So although we’ve suffered from a lack of quantity of RPG’s, especially JRPG’s, it has been more than made up for with the quality of the titles that are available on the PS3. However, it seems we are about to see a flood of JRPG’s hit the PS3 starting in 2010.

Here is a list of all the possible JRPG’s I could think of coming out on the PS3 in 2010.

White Knight Chronicles ~ February 2, 2010

This game seems way overdue for a US release. In Japan they are already re-releasing it with all the add-ons and they announced a sequel at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show. It just kept getting pushed back in the US, much to my dismay. They are adding a ton to the US edition, but if you ask me it should have come out this past summer during the typical low time in gaming so it had room to breathe. Now it will be jammed into what is a busy RPG gaming year, and also a front heavy Q1 with other potential blockbusters like Bioshock 2, God of War 3, and Final Fantasy XIII releasing around the same time. Despite my complaints of delays and a poor release window I am really looking forward to this game. It looks like Level-5 have crafted another fun and enjoyable JRPG.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope, International ~ February 9, 2010.

Finally the Star Ocean series comes back home on the newest PlayStation platform, the PS3. Sadly, this game looks almost too much like the series’ most recent console edition (Star Ocean 3). This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you feel about the last game. To me, it is too much like the last game for me to get too excited about it. It looks like a more shiny and polished Star Ocean 3… and not much more. However, I will end up playing it as I’m a JRPG whore.

Last Rebellion ~ February 23, 2010

Last Rebellion will feature two different main characters, a more artistic art direction, and tactical turn-based combat. You will be able to switch between the two characters during combat, each with their own abilities. The combat will be turn-based, but you can strategically target different parts of enemies to disable them. This way you can reduce the enemies ability to fight back and make it easier to take them down. Being a NIS game, having strategic combat, and a budget price tag all adds up to me being very interested and pretty much sold on the game.

Final Fantasy XIII ~ March 9, 2010

Here is another game that seems way overdue. It feels like we’ve heard about this game since before FFXII was released in the US. Like a lot of people, I’m more interested in FF Versus XIII than FFXIII due to its darker mood. However, FFXIII seems to be shaping up nicely. Most people that played the demo, which came with the Japanese release of Advent Children or at various game shows, have come away being impressed. I personally don’t like most of the character designs, besides Lightning, which is a big disappointment since FF games are very character and story driven. I’m expecting FFXIII to be a very good game, just not sure it will live up to my expectations for a main entry in the FF series.

3D Dot Games Heroes ~ May 11, 2010

Once again, Atlus has come to the rescue of fans of JRPG’s and unique or quirky games. 3D Dot will be a sleeper hit in 2010. It will be another niche game that endears itself to those that actually play the game. Featuring beautiful art direction, customization, and a great sound track it will surely be a very unique and exciting gaming experience. I personally can’t wait for this game, and it is one of my most anticipated games in 2010.

Resonance of Fate ~ May 31, 2010

Resonance of Fate is another new JRPG IP from Sega (who brought us the fabulous Valkyria Chronicles), although it is being made by tri-Ace. Originally I wasn’t too excited about this game, as it was another RPG with guns but after seeing some of the combat my interest as been peaked. It appears to be a mix of real time and tactical turn-based gun combat with a lot of flair to it. You will also be able to customize your characters clothing, hair, and most importantly their guns. All this customization means you’ll be able to tailor the characters’ looks and how they play to suit your style better, which is always a welcome thing in my opinion.

Final Fantasy XIV ~ TBA

FFXIV was one of the major surprises revealed during Sony’s 2009 E3 keynote. It took the audience by surprise. How could they be announcing FFXIV when FFXIII isn’t even out yet? Well, simple. It is a totally different team and style of game. FFXIV will be the next FF MMO. I have my doubts that we will see this in the US in 2010, but you never know. Square Enix could surprise us since the game is supposedly very far along in its development and they’ve had to remain quiet about it due to FFXIII’s development.

Atelier Rorona ~ TBA

Not too long ago NIS America finally came out and confirmed that they are indeed bringing Atelier Rorona to North America. I’m was happy to hear this, as the game might not be the best looking game out there but it does have a certain charm to it. It will focus heavily on alchemy. Which means a lot of item collection, management, and crafting. If you aren’t into those sorts of things you might feel over burdened by the game, but I think it should add a little bit of variation when compared to the other JRPG’s in 2010.

Record of Agarest War ~ TBA

Well, this game was suppose to be available in 2009 but since they decided to bring it to the Xbox 360 as well it has been delayed until spring 2010. Record of Agarest War is a niche game within in an already small niche. It plays like a SRPG with some dating-sim elements as you can breed new warriors by seducing some of the ladies in the game. This should be an interesting PSN title to say the least, but I doubt it will do too well now that it will be pushed up against the more notable JRPG’s in 2010.

Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment ~  TBA

I’m not too sure how excited I am about this game. Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment is a prequel to the original to the original Vandal Hearts game way back on the PS one. It is a SRPG that will place you in the center of a grid-based board, where you have to defeat the surrounding enemies to clear the board. Instead of having to decide where you want to spend experience points they will be distributed for you depending on how you use your characters. So if you use a lot of fire magic for one character, they will naturally continue to get better at using it. This should be true for combat skills and weapons as well. I’m not really into the art direction, but if it comes out at a good price I’ll probably end up getting it.

Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll ~ TBA

For the first time ever KOEI will be bringing the Zill O’ll series outside of Japan with Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll. This entry into the action RPG series is suppose to  have a darker tone than the previous games and will feature a non-linear story. You will control three adventurers that have been brought together for some unknown reason. You can switch between these three party members during combat creating combos with them. Another interesting aspect of combat and exploration is that the environments are suppose to fully interactive. This means you can change the environment to access new areas and use the environment to your advantage in combat. Although this game seems interesting, it is being made by the same team that makes the Dynasty Warriors games. Hopefully the combat won’t become as button-mashy as those games.

And here are a few other JRPG’s that only have a Japanese release or aren’t officially announced yet for the US.

Trinity Universe ~ TBA

Trinity Universe is cross-over game between NIS, Idea Factory, and Gust. It will feature characters from titles made by these companies, such as Prinny and Etna from the Disgaea series. There will be two sides to the story of Trinity Universe. You can play as either Kanata or Rizerial, which will align with either demons or goddesses respectively. So it looks like you’ll see the story from two different view points. As you move through the story you will engage in 3D battle, which will be a first for a lot of the characters in the game. The game’s story will play out in slightly animated conversation scenes, which are 2D. It seems like this game will be another unique mash up of JRPG franchises, like Cross Edge, to create a fun new game. Plus we’ll finally see Prinny and Etna in 3D, which is probably a big thing for fans of those characters.

Tales of Vesperia ~ TBA

Tales of Vesperia is probably the game I am most jealous of that has come out on the Xbox 360. I’ve never really followed the Tales series, but I absolutely love the art direction in Vesperia. The character design is really nice, and whatever engine Namco Bandai is using in this game looks gorgeous. Featuring a ton of added content, the Japanese PS3 version easily outsold the lifetime sales of the former Xbox exclusive version in its opening day. This should make it an obvious decision to bring it outside of Japan as well, but there is still no word of that. However, there are some hints that is is being worked on. Hopefully it does become available outside of Japan as it looks like a great JRPG.

The Last Remnant ~ TBA

Maybe, just maybe this game still exists for the PS3. However, I highly doubt it. But for now, since I haven’t heard that Square Enix has officially announced that is has been canceled, I’ll go along and say that it will emerge from the lost land of vaporware to become a real game sometime in 2010. If this does happen, it better run smooth with none of the problems that severely hampered the Xbox 360 version. Also, SE should consider releasing it for a discounted price just to make it a more attractive purchase to busy JRPG gamers.

Ar Tonelico III ~ TBA

Ar Tonelico III will be the first Ar Tonelico game to feature 3D character models for combat, but it will still have 2D character portraits. Very little is known about Ar Tonelico III right now, but I expect it will follow a similar story to the ones featured in the previous game.  Most likely it will center around the relationships between Humans and Reyvateils, and the towers they live in. Even though it hasn’t been announced for NA yet the other games in the series were brought over by NISA so I’m pretty sure they will bring this one over as well.

With all of these JRPG’s coming in 2010, or rumored to be coming out around then, I almost feel like it is too much. I really wish a few of them had come out earlier or hope that they are at least spread out through the year. Otherwise people will be skipping games due to a sheer lack of time to complete all of them, especially if they are going after the trophies for all these games. I guess I shouldn’t complain, at least there will be options for PS3 JRPG fans in 2010.

Bayonetta, I Just Don’t Get You

January 6, 2010

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Ok, so I am having trouble figuring out what everyone is getting their knickers in a bunch over Bayonetta for. Superficially nothing in this game appeals to me. I know that it is suppose to be over the top, so all the crazy moves, “sexy” character design, dialogue, and so on are purposely made this way. But does that really mean it is any good? It feels like a giant joke to me. All games don’t have to be serious or engaging beyond the level of just being fun, but I keep finding myself scratching my head when I hear people gushing over this game.

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I like the Devil May Cry series, so I’m not against over the top action games. However, when I played the the demo this just felt like a new version of Devil May Cry with a sexed up female protagonist. Is that a bad thing? I guess not, but I feel like the game is getting way too much credit for what it is. Maybe the full game is a ton better than the demo, but it would really have to be different to win me over at this point.

So go ahead and call me a hater, but in a year packed to the gills with potentially great games I just don’t see why you’d go gaga over this one. Bayonetta feels like that friend of a friend, the one you never really get along with and don’t see why your other friends like. I guess I should just agree to disagree with the majority of gamers, and throw my hands up in submission as I just don’t get the appeal of this game.

Yakuza 3 Coming To North America!

December 8, 2009

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I might have to start wishing for bigger things, as another one of my video game wishes has been answered today. Sega as officially announced that they are finally bringing Yakuza 3 over to North America (NA). The NA version will feature the original Japanese voice work and will be subtitled in English. This may turn off some people, but to be honest I think it was a smart move by Sega. It means they don’t have to dump a whole lot of money into bringing the game outside of Japan. It should also cut down on localization time, which is good for those that are eagerly awaiting this game. This move should make Yakuza 3 less of a financial risk for Sega. However, Sega has decided to release Yakuza 3 in the already over crowded Q1 of 2010. You will be able to get your copy of Yakuza 3 in March 2010. Even with the slew of great games in Q1 (God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, White Knight Chronicles, Heavy Rain, MAG, Bioshock 2, and so on) I will make sure to put some money aside for this game. Check out the trailer (below) to get a glimpse of the game incase you are unfamiliar with the Yakuza series.