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    by Published on June 17th, 2009 20:23

    via Joystiq


    When Sony first revealed Afrika, it was a marquee first-party PS3 title used to show off the power of the system. Three years later, it's finally being released in North America, by tiny third-party publisher Natsume, who is more familiar with Harvest Moon and handheld games than anything shown off at a press conference. How did this happen?

    According to Graham Markay, Vice President of Operations for Natsume, Finny the Fish was instrumental in the deal. No, really. Sony's Uo: Nanatsu no Mizu to Densetsu no Nushi was localized on the PS2 by Natsume as Finny the Fish & the Seven Waters.

    "We have a relationship with Sony Japan," Markay explained. "You might remember Finny the Fish? That game was done by Sony Japan. So we licensed that game from them. We have a little bit of a history with their licensing department in Japan." Because of this relationship, Natsume was one of the companies contacted by Sony Japan about the game. Markay said that Afrika "really fits with the Natsume theme" because it's non-violent and nature-oriented. We might add that it fits with the Natsume theme so well that the company is simultaneously releasing a different safari photography game on the Wii.

    In case you need an extra incentive to buy Afrika, Markay confirmed that "there is going to be a trophy system, which wasn't in the Asian release or Japanese release." ...
    by Published on June 17th, 2009 20:14

    via Computer and Video Games


    Grasshopper, the developer behind mental Wii game No More Heroes, is apparently continuing its bonkers trend by making a "risky" PS3 title that has publisher Marvelous Entertainment worried.

    "If we do that [game] we might go bankrupt," said Marvelous president Yasuhiro Wada, apparently while laughing (did the translator get this right?).

    "We are making it, but if we make everything then it's a little too risky," he went on to tell Siliconera. He held back on actual game info though, "because it's secret we can't really go into details."

    Grasshopper has previously talked of a PS3 title it has in development called Kurayami, which apparently means "darkness" in Japanese.

    Any ideas? ...
    by Published on June 15th, 2009 20:13

    via Computer and Video Games


    Those frequently revealing ESRB listings have exposed another little gem for PlayStation fans to look forward to, because Final Fantasy Tactics has been rated for Sony's formats.

    The PSone classic is a grid-based battle game, like Advance Wars, but with FF characters and some sweet music. The game was slapped with a Teen rating on the US ratings board site, and although it could be a while until it actually hits the PS Store, at least we know it's coming.

    For now, you should still be happily working through the epic Final Fantasy VII, which graced the PS Store earlier this month. ...
    by Published on June 10th, 2009 22:55

    via Engadget




    Reaction to the rumored X2 pictures leaked this far has been lukewarm at best, but hold up -- it's looking a whole lot different (and arguably better) in silver. We can certainly buy that this is dead-on real, since... well, it looks real, and also because the X1's also available in both shades. We're still not convinced it outshines its predecessor for sheer sex appeal, but an 8.1 megapixel camera upgrade is hard to argue with, isn't it? Anyhow, with this many units seemingly floating around in the wild, let's hope we're not too far off from an official announcement.


    A couple more images at Dailymobile ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:56

    via IGN


    Hoping for a new Chrono Trigger game? Better start buying your grandmother and her dog a copy, too.

    Speaking to RPGsite.com, Square Enix Senior Vice President Shinji Hashimoto says the franchise hasn't sold well enough to warrant development of a new title in the series. When told fans were clamoring for a new game, Hashimoto shrugged it off.

    "That's not what the sales tell me!" Hashimoto said. "If people want a sequel, they should buy more!"

    While sales of the Nintendo DS version of the Super Nintendo classic were somewhat sluggish, with worldwide sales reaching close to 800K last year, it doesn't help the game originally hit retail shelves at a ridiculous $39.99 price point in the North America.

    If Square-Enix wants more sales, how about they stop overcharging fans for 14-year old ports? ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:43

    via Computer and Video Games


    A week after the sort-of-official announcement, Microsoft's released screenshots of Perfect Dark on Xbox Live Arcade. It looks lovely.

    According to the Xbox.com product listing the XBLA version is in development at 4J Studios, that of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie XBLA fame.

    The XBLA update sports 1080p, 60 frames-per-second visuals (with re-done textures and models by the looks of these shots) as well as various Xbox Live options. Fingers crossed for online multiplayer and co-op!

    There's also a free Perfect Dark premium theme sitting on Xbox Live Marketplace, if you're interested (which if you're looking at this article, we assume you are).

    It's out this winter. Let the excitement begin!


    Screenshots ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:41

    via Computer and Video Games


    This week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week is the Gears of War 2 Combustible Map Pack.

    The pack, which includes three multiplayer maps, has seen a drop from 800 MS Points to 560 MS Points (4.70).

    The deal comes ahead of next month's Dark Corners DLC, which adds a more plump selection of multiplayer maps (ten in all) and a "deleted" single-player campaign.

    That one's out on July 28. ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:27

    via IGN


    Final Fantasy XIII breaks from series tradition is many ways, but one could make an argument that the way summons are handled is the most surprising.

    As revealed by Square Enix staff during interview sessions at E3, you don't just summon FFXIII summons. You ride them!

    Snow's summon was previously announced to be Shiva. The FFXIII version of Shiva differs from past Shivas, though, in that she's made up of two girls, one with a white face, and one with a black face. The latest issue of Jump has provided us with their names.

    The one with the black face is Styria. She's the older of the two. The one with the white face is Nix (possibly named after the IGN writer -- we're not sure). Nix is the younger of the two.

    You might have noticed this in the extended E3 trailer, but when Snow calls Styria and Nix out, they can either fight alongside him like a normal summon, or merge into a motorcycle for Snow to ride. When riding Shiva, the battle system switches to "Driving Mode." Subsequent attacks require that you press special button combinations to perform such moves as "Auto Drive" (Circle), Wheelie Rush (Up + Circle), Air Edge (X) and Diamond Dust (Triangle). This phase of the battle appears to be time constrained.

    There's still a lot of mystery surrounding the game's Driving Mode. Will you get to ride everyone? If so, what will Lightning's summon Odin, shown in playable form at the Microsoft press conference, transform into?

    As revealed during interviews at E3, FFXIII is 60% complete and is gearing up for a Japanese release this Winter with a world release to follow in the Spring. Expect details to start flowing shortly. ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:25

    via Joystiq


    Heavy Rain is not your typical game -- the experience promises to change and morph throughout the different scenes. While the Taxidermist and Mad Jack scenes are reasonably similar, with our protagonists infiltrating areas for clues and then making their escape after being discovered, the new scene shown off at E3 by Quantic Dream's David Cage illustrated how situations and gameplay styles will differ throughout.

    This new scene does exactly what it says on the tin. Named "Madison At The Blue Lagoon," it follows the exploits of our female protagonist, Madison -- who you may recognise from the Taxidermist scene -- at a busy club called the Blue Lagoon. Madison has gone in search of the club's owner, Paco, in order to get new information regarding something. As usual, Quantic Dream's David Cage is appropriately cagey about giving away too much of the story.

    In contrast to the other scenes we've been shown, which have involved only a couple of characters at a time, the Blue Lagoon is packed full of people. Madison weaves through them naturally and realistically as she makes her way through the dancing throng towards the bar. This game's graphical fidelity tends to range from "incredible" to "a bit iffy," but this scene looked great, despite the relatively large number of characters on screen. With a Q1 2010 release date and with the game 70% done, there's still time to iron out any graphical kinks.


    Full article and screenshots at Joystiq ...
    by Published on June 8th, 2009 20:15

    via IGN


    Nintendo is remaking Pokemon Gold and Silver into Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. We've known this much since last month.

    But what no one knew about until now is the little special extra Nintendo is preparing for the title. In Japan, each copy of Heart Gold and Soul Silver will come bundled with a PokeWalker, a pedometer that looks like a Pokeball.

    You can transfer a single Pokemon from Heart Gold and Soul Silver into this device, carrying your little friend with you when you go out. As you walk, the internal Pokemon gains experience and grows happier.

    Additionally, the PokeWalker converts your steps into watts, a currency that can be used to catch wild Pokemon and shop for tools. These can then be sent back into Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

    Nintendo hasn't shared pricing for Heart Gold and Soul Silver in Japan, so we're not sure if there will be an extra charge for the included hardware.

    Currently, this bundle deal applies only to Japan, although we imagine Nintendo would keep such a deal intact when bringing Heart Gold and Soul Silver to the rest of the world.

    In addition to this news, we've managed to get our hands on first official media for the remakes. Check out our media gallery for art of the game's selectable male and female characters; the first three Pokemon, Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile; and two Legendary Pokemon, Ho-oh and Lugia. We also have a few screens from early in the game.

    Heart Gold and Soul Silver hit Japan this Fall. ...