Final Fantasy Crisis Core- JUMP FESTA Trailer

•March 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core keeps looking better and better and may just be the reason some people pick up a PSP. Once again Square comes to save Sonys bacon. Let’s here it for Square!

Microsoft’s Thompson Says Blu-ray Irrelevant

•March 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Microsoft’s UK boss has slammed PlayStation 3, saying it has nothing unique to offer the market, and describing Blu-ray as an irrelevance.

In an interview with the London Times, Neil Thompson, senior regional director for the UK and Ireland said, “In the technology and gaming there’s really little in the PS3 where I can say, ‘Gosh, I wish we had that’. The biggest threat that Sony has for us is the brand that’s been established around it.”

He added,

“You have to have a range and quality of gaming content. More and more we’re seeing that the online experience is a really important factor. Sony has come up with an online world that seems to let you do just about everything except gaming.”

He gave Blu-ray short shrift, ” It’s two, three years ahead of the market. People won’t want to replace their entire DVD collections, and they’ll get a better resolution with a standard DVD on an Xbox than a PS3.

“It’s nowhere near the importance of the format war between VHS and DVD,” he said. “The internet is becoming an increasingly important medium. Surely online is going to be the distribution method for much of the high-definition content.”

I have to agree with the guy on that HD-DVD and blu-ray are a ways off from winning any format war. Honestly as he says people are not gonna want to re-buy all their DVDs all over again, fuck that.

US = Land of Cheap People?

•March 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

stupidboy.pngWhen it comes to criticism in this day and age, the United States has been known to receive so much criticism from various people in various parts of the world. Sometimes the criticism is fallacious, sometimes its humorous, and sometimes its something that doesn’t even deserve attention. In the case of Ray Maguire, though, the U.S. is…well…pretty stupid…at least those who complain about the price of the Playstation 3.

In an interesting interview with Sony UK Managing Director Ray Maguire, GameIndustry.biz asked Maguire why the Playstation 3 is more expensive in the UK than it is in the rest of Europe to which Maguire, speaking in economic rhetoric and analogies, responded

If you take the product at the factory gates there are slight variations to price if you’re putting out a single sku product, but it’s very, very small. But then the differences start to accumulate. If you’ve got different shipping costs and import duties that makes variation in price. And that’s just getting it into a country. Then you have a look at the economic and financial situation in each and every territory. That’s where the differences start to vary massively.

If you take what’s considered to be the most expensive and the least expensive – consider the US with its massive land and cheap people. Then you look at the UK – a little island where rent and rates are at an absolute premium, and the cost of people is a lot more. The cost of retail is vastly more in the UK than it is in the US and that’s before you even stop to consider the US doesn’t have VAT at RRP, they put a small amount on afterwards. Whereas, we get stung by 17.5 per cent. And pity the poor Irish and places like Sweden.

It’s nice how Maguire compares the cost of the Playstation 3 in the UK to the cost of living in the UK. Whether or not the man is being cocky or serious is unknown to me; but from what I gather, which is obvious to a lot of people, Europe seems to be the most important market for the Playstation 3. Read the interview and see what else Maguire has to say. It’s a noteworthy read, but I question Maguire’s integrity the most.

Import Reminder: Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +

•March 26, 2007 • 21 Comments

Importers take note. On Thursday, March 29, 2007, Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix + will be released in Japan. The odds of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix + coming to the U.S. are very slim considering the first Final Mix never made it here; also, since Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix + is based on the North American version and will retain the uncensored Japanese parts, odds are North America won’t see a release. Then again, I could be wrong.

If you’re going to be one of the bold and daring people to import Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix +, click here to preorder it from our affiliate Play-Asia before it sells out big time and doesn’t restock for a while…believe me, it happened before. Also, as a kind reminder, here’s the promotional video to Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix + that shows the new Chain of Memories gameplay as well as the new features of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +

Monster Kingdom becomes Folks Soul for the PS3

•March 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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To save you from inaccuracy due to annoying online translation engines, here’s what we do know for sure about the Action/ Advenuture Fantasy from publisher Sony: Folks Soul for the PLAYSTATION 3 (which was tentatively titled Monster Kingdom Unknown Realms). First the game is set to be released in Japan on June 2007. Second, the lead Characters are named Keats and Ellen. Third, the game is developed by Game Republic, the same folks who developed Genji: Days of the Blade.

We also know that the gameplay will somehow incorporate the use of the P3’s SIXAXIS controls. Famitsu reports that Catching/Grabbing your opponents starts with pressing the R1 button and then tossing them around involves shaking the SIXAXIS around.

Running the story description – which is in Japanese – through babelfish basically just gets us crap, or comedic engrish gold, depending on your point of view. More details to come.

This is Pokemon on the PS3 with nice graphics folks, true story. It’s cool though…I hope. 

[Source: PS3.QJ]

Lost Odyssey: The Demo You [Probably] Didn’t See

•March 26, 2007 • 1 Comment

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Some of you are familiar with the lengthy Lost Odyssey demo Hironobu Sakaguchi showed at the Tokyo Game Show last year; but what some of you don’t know is that Japan actually received a Lost Odyssey demo playable on the JPN Xbox 360 back in November of last year. The demo was completely playable and had areas different from the areas shown in the TGS demo and gave gamers a better idea of how Lost Odyssey will play. Watch the demo below and see for yourself.

Remember. Lost Odyssey has come a long way since this demo, so refrain from making “OMFG TEH GRAPHIX R TEH LAMEZ” judgments 🙂

Capcom Responds to Multi-platform announcement

•March 26, 2007 • 3 Comments

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Last week, Capcom confirmed the long-time rumor which had been going around for sometime, saying that the supposed Sony exclusive Devil May Cry 4 was going multi-platform. This was of course followed by a lot of varied reactions and even some Dante-must-stay-with-Sony movements which resulted in an online petition to keep the franchise exclusive.

Well, with all the clamor that we have been hearing from fans, someone from Capcom has finally braved the hordes, and spoke about the company’s stand in this decision. That brave man was no other than Christian Svensson, Capcom’s senior Director of Strategic Planning & Research. His brief statement is as follows:


We are certainly moved that people are so passionate about our products that they would go to such extremes. At the same time we feel that allowing more people access to our content pleases far more people than it displeases (after all, we’re not denying DMC4 to anyone that was already going to get it). It really is the best decision for the company and for consumers.

Even though some fans may be upset at this development, the man has a HUGE point. Moving a title onto another platform doesn’t lessen the fact that Devil May Cry 4 will be, as its predecessors were, a cool and fun game. Besides, weren’t games created to allow people to have fun in the first place?