Archive for the ‘SRPG’ Category

Atlus To Bring Persona 2: Innocent Sin to the U.S. this Fall!
May 24, 2011

This will definitely be gaming’s biggest news bite today, but I’ve been waiting for the U.S. release of Persona 2: Innocent Sin for so long that I can’t help but share it as well. This was just about the first thing I woke up to as I checked my e-mail at about 6:00 this morning and it definitely got me moving a little faster than I otherwise might.

Here’s what Atlus had to say in the Newsletter:

The only Persona game never officially released out of Japan is finally coming to North America, and it’s making the trip with a huge list of enhancements and additions. Are you ready to finally discover this lost chapter in the Persona series?

  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Remastered Visuals and Audio
  • Remixed Musical Score (with options to toggle between that and original)
  • Streamline User Interface
  • New Quests
  • New Intro Animation
  • And More!

We love ya Atlus!


Fire Emblem VI: Fuuin no Tsurugi Japanese Ad
May 23, 2011

Ha, that definitely brightened my day!

Love this game, though it’s more than a challenge…to say the least.

And speaking of Fire Emblem, please do yourself a favor and play the U.S. releases on the GBA, Wii and DS if you can get your hands on a copies — they’re amazing titles and highly underrated with Western audiences. This is one of Japan’s most long-lived and beloved franchises for a good reason folks! Heck, they made a live action production of the theme song to advertise it!

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 discountingĀ 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]

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!

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.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin Update
January 28, 2011

While we anxiously await an announcement from Atlus of a U.S. localization of Persona 2: Innocent Sin for the Sony PSP (not that we’re not grateful for everything they have done for fans of the series so far!) feel free to jump on over to Siliconera and feast on the latest screens from the game showcasing it’sĀ  battle interface and new character portraits.

We’re all jazzed about this already but seeing the presentation here has ramped my enthusiasm up to a whole new level. Everything looks amazing, from the character sprites to the new character models. The battle system looks far better than I had expected and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the demon negotiations play out as I haven’t had the chance to test drive the PSP remake of the original Persona and don’t know how the emotion meter plays in to the negotiations yet.

And if the screens weren’t enough to get our attention, check out the cover art for the Japanese release:

(click the box art to enlarge image)

[Images courtesy of Siliconera]

Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive (Udon)
January 26, 2011

The original Valkyria Chronicles (Sega) was one of the best SRPG’s, let alone games, of this generation (it certainly resides in my own “top-ten”) and from all indications it still has teeth! The ‘little game that could’ was a huge critical success here in the states and did well enough for Sega that they publicly thanked fans for the support in making up for initially disappointing numbers, and promised the follow up to U.S. audiences, which we received last year on the PSP in the form of Valkyria Chronicles 2 (also not to be missed).

Japan was treated to a huge 400-page Valkyria Chronicles artbook featuring hefty amounts of the gorgeous water color-inspired art heavily featured throughout the game, as well as the concept art, and now it appears that Sega and Udon (now there’s another match made in heaven) are bringing that to fans here in the U.S. as well. What’s more, you can get it for nearly half it’s $49.99 retail price if you quickly jump over to Amazon, where they’re offering it at the pre-order price of $28.41.

The Design Archive product description from Udon:

In Valkyria Chronicles, SEGA’s critically acclaimed tactical RPG, Welkin and the members of the 7th Platoon struggle for freedom as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive takes you behind the scenes, showcasing the gorgeous artwork of this truly epic world. The book features 400 pages of character designs, vehicle and weapon designs, maps and promotional art, all accompanied by detailed background information and creator commentary.

It looks as if the book arrives in February so get this at the discounted price while you can. I’ll definitely try to follow-up with my impressions once my copy arrives!

“Rocket Punch!”
January 14, 2011

“I’m gonna finish you off with Rocket Punches!”

If I wasn’t already beside myself over the prospect of picking up Super Robot Taisen Z on my next trip to Japan (hopefully for a discounted price at one of the many Book Off stores my wife and I will scour for deals) then this image of Mazinger Z and his infamous Rocket Punch (!) would’ve definitely done it! Though chock it up to one more Japanese Super Robot Taisen game that I own enthusiastically but can’t understand more than a whit of.

This aspect of the Mazinger mythos always makes me smile for several reasons, but one of them is that my wife – who generally doesn’t have a lot of love for video games and animation despite being a Tokyo native – likes to use the “Rocket Punch” on me when she’s playfully attacking me following some dumb comment I’ve made or what not. It’s adorable to see this 5′ 2″ lady mimicking the great Mazinger Z attack and this little thing will always hold a special place in my heart because I reckon she knows its something that her big lug of a Super Robot fan husband will appreciate.

And I do.

More of the 422nd in Valkyria Chronicles 3
January 14, 2011

The following video introduces more of the characters that make up Gallia’s 422nd special ops squad, otherwise known as the “Nameless.” It also features a very impressive musical score if you’ve got a moment to listen. It really strikes a sentimental chord and really hits home the nature of the conflict.

One of the many things that I found so captivating in the first two Valkyria titles were the “real characters” that comprised my squad. They really became unique individuals filled with gusto, quirks, and potential (in more ways than one with that last one). So on this front I’m really interested in getting to know the soldiers of Gallia’s first struggle whose stories have not been told, until now.

This is one of my most anticipated titles of 2011, and while I should probably be a lot more impatient for this to hit our shores, I’ve still got an awful lot of content in Valkyria Chronicles 2 left to enjoy before the 3rd installment heads heads our way. I’ve found it’s a lot easier to have a little patience when you really have been given a whole lot of bang for your buck in the previous games already.

Enjoy the trailer (love the old war footage presentation)!

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Over Clock (3DS)
January 5, 2011

If you missed out on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the Nintendo DS in 2009, or like one of us (ahem), hastily sold their copy with a few other games to offset this year’s Christmas purchases, then you may be happy to learn that Atlus is releasing an enhanced port of the game in 2011 that will include an additional 8th day scenario (the original game took place during a 7-day period), 20 additional demons, and new skills to learn as you find a way to survive a mysterious Tokyo lockdown. In addition, the 3DS’ enhanced version will have some measure of 3D implementation.

According to Andriasang:

The 3DS version is getting some presentational updates. The game is now fully voiced, with over 20,000 lines. Visuals take advantage of the 3DS’s higher resolution, allowing for a wider map, and increased visibility for messages and parameters. As for how the system’s 3D capabilities are put to use, Famitsu says that the demons will fly out of the screen…

Whether or not the additional content is enough for you to justify purchasing the game again is a call you’ll have to make for yourself obviously, but there is certainly incentive there for folks that didn’t quite bite on the original to consider picking this enhanced version up. I loved the game, it’s pretty addicting, and certainly wouldn’t mind recuperating my loss over the holiday and maybe even replay the scenario with the knowledge of what I can expect (…and maybe not get that one character accidentally killed off this time…).

Whatever the case, I can’t fault them for wanting to get this into the hands of more fans, it’s well worth your time and money if you’ve any inclination toward fine strategy RPG’s.

[Image logo courtesy of Famitsu]