For a fresh, new JRPG franchise like Valkyria Chronicles it’s no surprise that to this day, nearly a year later, there are still fans that are opposed and refuse to support the franchise due to Sega’s decision to move the franchise to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) rather than continue the success of the first game by releasing sequels of the game on the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
The argument at the time that Valkyria Chronicles 2 was announced for the PSP was that Sega wanted to increase the fan base of the franchise. (more…)
It was only a short, few months ago that Namco Bandai released a few pieces of artwork for their next “mothership” Tales game to celebrate the franchise’s 15th anniversary (which coincidentally is today!) and they even launched a site counting down the days to the next Tales game.
Well, the clock finally hit ZERO and we now know that this new Tales game is Tales of Xillia and it will be the first PS3-exclusive Tales game thanks to the minute and a half long promo that was posted with the game’s reveal. (more…)
So I tried out the Valkyria Chronicles 3 demo, via Anoop at AndriaSang.com (4gamer.net), and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am devasted that I will have to wait nearly a year to play this game, hopefully with the option to choose English subtitles and Japanese audio this time. (more…)
Here we are at the end of this short marathon.
After having gone through four of the top five JRPG sequels I would like to see on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and even a few honourable mentions we’re finally at the finish line.
So, what sequel to a JRPG do I crave the most to see on the PlayStation 3?
Well if this article’s picture caught your attention, good, as it might give you a hint as which title it is. You might even get surprised when you find out! (more…)
I am sure some of you might look at this and think, “What the heck is Radiata Stories? I’ve never heard it!” While I am sure there are quite a few of you (or a lot) that have never heard of Radiata Stories, it is a game, that despite poor sales in North America, sold very well in Japan, even outselling Devil May Cry 3 by about 10, 000 copies in total after both titles were out for nearly a year.
So, then, why the need for a sequel? Well, as a person who finished the game, I want to learn more about what happened in the world of Radiata Stories! (more…)
If there is one game franchise that PlayStation 3 (PS3) owners (and fans of JRPGs) would love to see is ANY Tales game on the PS3 that is in English.
Now I am sure some of you have heard it all about how Namco Bandai is ignoring its European and North American Tales fanbase by not releasing some of their games over the years. Fans have missed on games like Tales of Destiny 2 (not to be confused with Tales of Eternia which was released as Tales of Destiny 2 outside of Japan), Tales of Rebirth, Tales of Innocence, Tales of Hearts, and a few of the Tales of Radiant Mythology titles. (more…)
The Tokyo Game Show has come and gone, leaving in its wake a slew of new upcoming games for all platforms. This year was no different as we saw old franchises in new lights, such as the new Yakuza game which features zombies, to new franchises such as the Level 5 – Studio Ghibli collaboration Nino Kuni, to even new installments of recent franchises, such as Valkyria Chronicles 3. Whenever these game shows end I always take a moment to consider what would have made the event more interesting to me as a gamer who has a particular preference for Japanese-developed RPGs (JRPGs).
For every fan clamoring for a Final Fantasy VII remake, I think of titles such as Radiata Stories or Chrono Trigger which are also deserving of sequels. It’s not only sequels to some of my favourite games that I would appreciate seeing, but also seeing old, familiar faces, such as Hironobu Sakaguchi, offering his unique vision on a console that his studio, Mistwalker, seems to be ignoring, the Sony PlayStation 3. (more…)
“Ugh, this English dub sounds awful!”, “I wish they picked better voice actors!”, “Gahhh… My ears!!” – These are some example of the common things you’ll hear people say about English audio tracks on their favourite Japanese-developed Roleplaying Games (RPG). Through the years we’ve seen the best (Disgaea) and worst (Arc Rise Fantasia, Xenogears) that English audio tracks can inflict on all games, from the mediocre (Arc Rise Fantasia) to the very great (Xenogears); yet over the years there has been great strides taken in providing gamers with good localizations. We see this in games which are text-heavy, such as the Ace Attorney series, where a lot of Cultural jokes and references are molded towards a North American audience, to games which feature a lot of audio, such as Valkyria Chronicles or Disgaea 3. (more…)
It’s a different time these days with gamers split between the PlayStation 3, X-Box 360 and Wii, it’s a far cry from the previous generation in which the King of the Mountain was the PlayStation 2. With the amount of Wiis, PS3s and 360s out there it is no surprise that more and more third party developers have decided to go multi-platform to recuperate development costs and make a profit while also being able to get their games into as many homes as possible. What is a developer to do when there is a near 50-50 split of X-Box 360 owners as there are PlayStation 3 (PS3) owners (the Wii is another story entirely)? It would seem pretty silly for any third party developer to not make the most of this and double their audience and offer their games on both consoles.
The only disappointing thing about this trend, this generation, is that it seems the majority of video game developers that have gone multi-platform are ones who were previously closely tied to the PlayStation brand, i.e. Square Enix, rather than ones who have been tied to Microsoft and their X-Box brand. We can now add one more developer into the hat of previous PlayStation-centric developers who have gone the way of the multi-platform side, Insomniac Games! (more…)
Little Big Planet is one of those rare video games that you come across these days that manages to be many things all at once and get it all right.
For a title that is marketed as a family-oriented platforming game, it is a little bit of a surprise that the game provides a gameplay experience that everyone enjoy. Yet the gameplay is only one part of the experience as Little Big Planet offers a little something that makes it really stand out amongst its peers: the ability to build your own levels and share it with other Little Big Planet players via the PlayStation Network (PSN). (more…)