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.”


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.

Xenogears, Vagrant Story & Legend of Mana (PSN)
January 4, 2011

News broke over the Christmas holiday that Square-Enix would be releasing Xenogears, Vagrant Story and Legend of Mana on the Playstation Network for play on the PS3 and PSP. Square-Enix had already brightened my holiday by announcing that Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS) was coming to U.S. shores Valentines day this year, then by offering Sliding Heroes (iPhone) free at the end of December, so the news that these games would be available on the PSN was just icing on the cake, and a great way to ring in the new year.

I’m most excited about Xenogears and Vagrant Story because while I own both of the original PS1 releases, it’s all I can do to get a good solid hour of game play in each day sitting in front of the console (if that) so the prospect of taking these on the go with me on the PSP has me champing at the bit. Xenogears has long been an all-time favorite of mine (as is its spiritual successor Xenosaga) so it will be a real treat for me to experience it again on the go. Vagrant Story will almost be a completely new experience for me as I’ve never had the chance to really immerse myself in the game as of yet and I hear I have a lot to look forward to in the battle system in addition to the engaging characters and story. Legend of Mana, while wholly unfamiliar to me, also looks like a winner so it looks like I’m enthusiastically scooping up all three PSN offerings as soon as they become available. I can only speak for Xenogears first hand, but do yourself a favor and don’t miss these, especially now that they’re so easily accessible.

I’ll be sure to update you when the games have a solid release date on the Playstation Store.