Friday, August 27, 2010

God Eater

Some of you guys may be familiar with or heard of the action adventure PSP game "God Eater" by Namco. The game is similar to popular Monster Hunter series, where the player teams up with up with friends to beat up huge monsters. The key difference between God Eater and Monster Hunter is, God Eater has a complete storyline and voice acting in single-player mode with over 100 missions that can also be played in 4 player co-op mode (local adhoc wireless multiplayer or Adhoc Party for those of you with PS3s) or team up with cpu teammates.

Players will be able to fully customize their characters to make their own unique looks, from hair style, color, skin, clothing, voice and not to mention weapons with their special materials. The game has a unique system of weapons that are split into three parts. Blades, shields and guns. They all have three different groups within those choices as well. Weapons can be switched between melee, ranged or shield mode at anytime.

Gameplay vid:

Looks pretty damn awesome, doesn't it?

We're all looking forward to playing this. So far no exact release. The original game was released in Japan February 4th, 2010 but instead of releasing that version, for a slight delay, North American fans will be able to play the updated "God Eater Burst" version. Consider it the "ultimate version" with modifications, enhanced gameplay, and additional content and features. North American release is set at TBA 2011. Keep an eye out for this one!

Tales of Graces F

Overview of the recently announced Tales of Graces F for the PS3 by Namco: Tales of Graces F is a re-release of Tales of Graces which was released for the Wii in Japan in December of 09. They've added several new elements to the game, notably the new storyline "The Genealogy of the Future" so players can feel more depth and understanding of the complete storyline.

Noticeable HD graphics without compromising the soft touch to fully enjoy the nice graphics.

If you can consider the original version of this game as a three part novel, this version would be the equivalent of the same series but with a fourth volume. North American release date is still TBA.

Images courtesy of

Japanese Source :

New Kingdom Hearts RE: Coded Scans from V-JumpNew Kingdom Hearts RE: Coded Scans from V-Jump

Here are some Kingdom Hearts RE: Coded scans from the latest V-Jump magazine!

They introduce three heroes we're all familiar with and their special techniques. Sora's "Holy Blade Lv.1", Hercules' "Zero to Hero" and Cloud's infamous "Omnislash".

This one here is about the "System Area". They are randomly generated maps you can trade with your other players. When completed, you get character avatars as a reward! 800 Avatar pieces all together.

In Hercule's world, they have a special turn-based system as an exclusive part of the world. They've also introduced a new gameplay system called the "Finish Command". By charging up your gauge, you can unleash a powerful finishing attack at the end of a combo.

Players will be able to enjoy various styles of gameplay. Combine the commands to execute special combo moves! We'll all be looking forward to the release of this one.

Images courtesy of V-Jump

Yoshinori Kitase "The Third Birthday" Famitsu Interview, Gamescom 2010

Without further ado, our first article!

There's been a lot of buzz going on in the gaming industry with Gamescom going on and the Tokyo Game Show right around the corner. One of the biggest titles that caught our attention in this year's Gamescom, held Cologne, Germany, is "The Third Birthday". This time, during the international press of the event, the playable version was unveiled to the world for the first time! Although he had a very busy schedule, Yoshinori Kitase had time to give the good folks at Famitsu an interview about his time at Gamescom.

Gameplay footage from Gamescom 2010 :

Interview translation from :

-Famitsu: So how did you like the foreign media's reaction?

-Kitase: Great! It caught my attention seeing them getting used to the "overdive" system. It made me feel a sense of joy to see that.

-Famitsu: FPS (First-person shooters) and TPS (third-person shooters) are popular over there so it's probably not too hard for them to adapt as well.
-Kitase: Everyone seemed to enjoy it very much, seeing that pleased me very much.

-Famitsu: So we know that you like playing shooters, Mr. Kitase. What were your initial thoughts on "The Third Birthday"?

-Kitase: It's rather easy to understand and the game has a nice flow to it. The "overdive" system adds a whole dimension to the game and complimented the smooth gameplay. At first I thought it would make me feel rushed being in the situation but I never felt that at all! It actually helps out by giving you different options to help you out in any situation you find yourself in. In a sense, I felt a new kind of game play I've never felt before. For example, if Aya's HP hits 0, there's a motion where she falls, but if you use the "overdrive" correctly, there are ways you can still live, kind of like an emergency maneuver.

-Famitsu: When we played it earlier, there were moments when I thought "Ah, crap!" but the next thing I knew, I managed to stay alive. It was a great feeling, although I did feel a little bad for the NPC that had to sacrifice itself for my sake (laugh)

-Kitase: Yes (laugh), for example, during combat, you can dive to one of your allies and then dive back to where you were before that. You can use that in many strategic ways.

-Famitsu: So there are other uses besides being able to relocate with overdive...

-Kitase: I can't really say much more that has been incorporated to it yet. But one thing I can say is that there are still more that's going to be implemented in the game just to make things as best as it can be.

-Famitsu: There is Aya's growth factor. Will there be any kind of system behind that as well?

-Kitase: Yes, but it's not going to be any kind of simple growth system. It is rather interesting and still in development.

-Famitsu: Judging by what we've read from Mr. Tabata's (director) post in the official Twitter page for "The Third Birthday" it seems like you guys have been very busy but at the same time been having a lot of fun. How much are you looking forward to the release?

-Kitase: Yes, I agree. The response from the team is rather good so far. Development time is usually about 2 years, we do this and that and before we know it, the quality ends up being much better than we had expected. "The Third Birthday"'s team is really compact. I really like the atmosphere behind the brainstorming that goes on in the team. From the designers to the planners. It's as if the enthusiasm that was around when we made the previous games came back. We haven't had that kind of feeling in a while and it's really refreshing.

-Famitsu: A question about a popular topic from the official Twitter, fans have been wondering about that shower scene...

-Kitase: I'm still wondering what to do about that! (laugh). There is a shower room for the CTI soldiers on the map that I'm sure you all have noticed. We don't know how it will be used as of yet.

-Famitsu: So what do you think about the feedback on your official Twitter page?

-Kitase: Actually today, the folks from the foreign media said: "Mr. Nomura has been talking about his plans a lot as of late so please do your best and try to do the same Mr. Kitase!" (laugh). I actually didn't think Nomura and Tabata would be so talkative (laugh). It made me think that they've been keeping an eye on us overseas. Hearing about those remarks made about Tabata and Nomura gave me motivation to step up my game.

-Famitsu: Tell us more about your enthusiasm for the launch.

-Kitase: Winters are known for having strong lineups of games. I'm sure "The Third Birthday" won't disappoint, I'm hoping you guys are all looking forward to it. Also, "The Third Birthday" would be something like a new series for Aya. I'm hoping to make more games to go on afterwards. Personally, I'd like the next one to be on an HD console.

-Famitsu: HD conole?! We'll be looking forward to that. The graphics for "The Third Birthday" looks really great for a PSP game. It's very beautiful.

-Kitase: The designers has been doing a great job. They've been trying to make the best looking PSP game ever and have been using that as their motivation.

-Famitsu: So for the fans waiting in Japan, will there be a playable demo at the Tokyo Game Show 2010?

-Kitase: We have not reached a decision yet, but I'm positive it will be.

Japanese source :

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grand Opening

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