Archive for the ‘Square-Enix’ Category

Tomb Raider Detailed
April 27, 2011

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Tomb Raider will be the cover story for June’s edition of Playstation Magazine, and what a cover it is!

From the Tomb Raider facebook page:

North American @tombraider fans and PlayStation The Official Magazine subscribers, get ready for some seriously juicy coverage about to hit your mailboxes starting Monday May 2nd. It is with great pleasure that we present to you Tomb Raider as the cover story of June’s edition of PTOM. Tons of exclusive screens, information about some areas never before seen. The magazine is also due to hits shelves May 10th


Square Enix’ Moon Diver Available Today!
March 29, 2011

I only caught wind of Moon Diver a few weeks ago, but the game play immediately reminded me an awful lot of Capcom’s Strider (which is certainly no coincidence as Kouichi Yotsui, the creator of Strider is heading the game) and I really like what I’ve seen. I’ll definitely be taking a close look.

Moon Diver is  available for download today on the Playstation Network and on Xbox Live.

Though according to the launch trailer (below) it is “best experienced on Playstation Network.”

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) Amazon’s “Deal of the Day”
March 17, 2011

Anyone that wasn’t able to pick up the game at launch, or was waiting for a price drop, might want to think about taking advantage of Amazon’s “Deal of the Day” today, where they are discounting Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) from it’s regular $39.99 price tag, down to $27.99 (30% off). Not a bad deal at all for one of the most solid SRPG experiences out there.

[Buy Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together here]

Also, Parasite Eve (PSN)
March 14, 2011

Parasite Eve available on the PSN March 15th

Parasite Eve is a great game, I’m proud to have it in my Playstation collection, but what makes these Playstation Network announcements so great is that not only can people who haven’t played classics such as this get them for a swan’s song (though I should warn you that the game is not appropriate for all ages), but folks that already own and enjoy the title can now take it on the go.

I can’t tell you how huge the portability factor is for fans that just don’t have the kind of time they once enjoyed in their favorite chair in front of the television set, and I sincerely  appreciate Square-Enix, Capcom, SNK, Konami and so many others for making so many great games available in this form. Sure, these companies are hoping to profit on past series’ this way, but I’m a happy capitalist and don’t begrudge them that, but there’s little doubt there also hoping to foster goodwill with their fanbase and they’re certainly doing a good job at that.

Xenogears on the PSN This [Tuesday]!
February 21, 2011

You can almost hear the cheers throughout the ‘net following the news that Xenogears finally hits the PSN later this week. So many fans have been looking forward to the chance to play this again, and on the go if downloaded to the PSP, so this PSN update is no doubt going to make a lot of folks very happy.

I know the ability to play one of my all-time favorites on a hand-held system is definitely something of a dream come true. Who would have thought back then that you would be able to play Xenogears while on a lunch break!? So, yea, Tuesday’s PSN update can’t get here soon enough!

More on Xenogears from the Playstation blog’s The Drop:

Xenogears is a turn-based RPG with a combat system that unifies the Square’s Active Time Gauge feature as well as a newly created combo system. The game chronicles the adventures of a young reluctant warrior named Fei, who, after three years of residing in a small, remote farming village begins a long, tortuous quest to uncover his mysterious past. With no memory of his life before being placed in the village leader’s care three years earlier, Fei makes a violent and tragic break with his peaceful life and sets out upon a journey. Along the way, not only will his own past be discovered, but he’ll also unravel the mystery of the planet’s past and humanity’s role in relation to it.

February 2010: New Arrivals!
February 16, 2011

I’ll share what I picked up collectively in the month of February a little later, but as far as new releases go I had a couple of surprises waiting for me at my doorstep when I got home last night. While I had obviously been anticipating both of these games, I didn’t expect that they would arrive on the 15th, but likely a couple of days later. I ordered the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Collector’s Edition for the PS3 (and boy am I glad I did as prices are already shooting through the roof) and was really impressed with all of the contents.

If interested, there have been several video unboxings for the game already, but you might want to check out StephsTooDef’s unboxing on her youtube channel as her videos are often a little livelier, and certainly is in this case, then others I have seen unbox the game. I’ll include that video below.

My other arrival was Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together for the Sony PSP. This came with the illustrated tarot cards by Akihiko Yoshida as a pre-order bonus and everything from the cover art to the bonuses looks slick as all get out. I’m mulling over a way to get my hands on the European edition as well so I’ll bring you any news if I’m able to procure a copy of that down the road.

Anyhow, great surprise for a Tuesday evening!

A Happy [DQVI] Valentines!
February 14, 2011

Square-Enix certainly made this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration a heck of a lot sweeter for Dragon Quest fans with the release of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS), which hits store shelves today.

Starting today, video game fans in North America can embark on a classic hand-held adventure that has been unavailable outside of Japan for more than 15 years. The DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation game makes its U.S. debut for the Nintendo DS family of systems, combining classic role-playing thrills with fresh character options, unique challenges and play-it-anywhere convenience. With a robust class system and the ability to enlist monsters to help players on their quests, this memorable entry in the popular DRAGON QUEST series will enthrall experienced players and newcomers alike.

This one has been a heck of a long time coming so, if you can manage, pick it up on the way home with the flowers and chocolate for your significant other (my wife doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth so I think Kettle chips and a couple of other things are on the menu). I hope every one of you will be able to enjoy finally playing it!

Check out the official Dragon Quest VI site for more about the game, and other goodies.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (New Trailer)
February 4, 2011

“Sing to Me of a Time Long Past…”

The latest trailer for Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) is a real piece of work, effectively bringing Akihiko Yoshida’s art to life with such detail that I forgot I was watching a game trailer at all, but was rather being swept up in the opening of an epic.

Tactics Ogre hits shelves in less than 2 weeks for U.S. fans – hope this proved and effective primer.

Miles to Go Before Final Fantasy XIII-2
January 19, 2011

I’m actually still playing through FFXIII (where so many fans find 120+ hours to play through these blockbusters seemingly each week is beyond me) and have enjoyed my time with the game so far. I can understand the linear criticism that many have leveled, but I really haven’t felt any negative impact as of yet and have enjoyed learning the battle system, particularly the paradigm shifts and summon assists.

Granted, I’m still getting to know the characters but I do have an early fondness for Lightning, so the news that she will be back in Final Fantasy XIII-2, which Square-Enix broke yesterday, is very welcome indeed. The new “getup” looks great as well! I’m just hoping I’ll have original finished by the game’s “Winter 2011” release here in North America.

A little more from Square-Enix on the announcement:

Production on FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is underway, and builds upon the best aspects of FINAL FANTASY XIII. In particular, a brand new story and evolved battle system promise to stand out markedly against the standard for high-quality content established by the previous title.

Product overview

Platform: PlayStation®3, Xbox 360
Genre: RPG
Release date: Available Next Winter
Copyright: © SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All rights reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA

Of course, more news as we learn it.

"Why does mankind defy its fate?"


A (Stuffed) Slime Draws Near!
January 13, 2011

I’ve had Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS) pre-ordered online since March of 2010 but thanks to Gamestop’s recent incentive, that every DQVI *pre-order comes with a plush Slime, I had little choice but to cancel the existing order and go ahead and pre-order with Gamestop (something I don’t really like to do truth be told but how am I supposed to resist the gaze of that stuffed slime!?).

It’s funny, I’ve got a ton of Dragon Quest related goodies, but I’ve never quite been able to snag one of these stuffed slimes, so this is a pretty good deal. If you’re a fan, you might consider Gamestop for your pre-order this round.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation releases in the U.S. on February 14, 2011.

*The bonus is good for both online and in-store orders.

[Thanks to Tiny Cartridge for the heads up!]