New Tales, Same Old Story

Standard

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. Continue reading

The PS3 RPG Wishlist: Game #1

Standard

Here we are at the end of this short marathon of RPGs I think we’d most like to see on the PlayStation 3 (PS3).

After having gone through four of the top five JRPG sequels I would like to see on the PS3 and even a few honourable mentions we’re finally at the finish line, the one RPG that I’d like to see on the PS3 the most.

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! Continue reading

The PS3 RPG Wishlist: Game #4 – Tales of PS3

Standard

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. Continue reading

Insomniac Games boldy goes multiplatform… for 1 new game…

Standard

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! Continue reading

Tales of Vesperia: PS3, NO THANK YOU NORTH AMERICA

Standard

Tales of Vesperia, initially a X-Box 360 exclusive, has seen itself move from the X-Box 360 to the PS3 within a year of its release on the X-Box 360 nearly two summers ago. When the PS3 port of the game was announced, it was hoped by North American fans of Namco Bandai’s Tales series that the PS3 version would be localized and released in North America. There were rumours that the title was in the midst of being localized only a month after the Japanese version was released as Troy Baker, who voiced the main character Yuri Lowell, commented that the voice cast was getting back together to record additional content for the game. This did not come as a surprise as the PS3 version, released in Japan in September 2009, had additional voiced scenes and an additional character (a pirate named Patty) that were not present in the 360 version. Continue reading

Mistwalker’s Last Story?

Standard

A little over a month ago we finally heard of Mistwalker Corp’s latest project after months of speculation. Over the past few months we’ve heard bits and pieces on the blog of Mistwalker’s head, Hironobu Sakaguchi, as well as illustrations that were posted on the Mistwalker website were at best cryptic as to what the new game would be. Since the vague announcement last June it was expected that the newest game might be released on the X-Box 360, in light of Microsoft’s financial assistance when Mistwalker was founded, or even the Nintendo DS, as their most recent games were released for the DS. It came as a surprise when the new title was unveiled as coming to the Nintendo Wii with the launch of an official website which includes the game’s logo and a piece of music.
Continue reading

What Final Fantasy XIII looked like as a PS2 game

Standard

According to FinalFantasy-XIII.net there are some scans that have found their way online from a series of thick volumes published by Square Enix recently. Amongst this group of scans are ones from very early builds of the game built for PS2 hardware. The art style incorporated into the early PS2 builds are quite different from what we ended up in the PS3/360 version of the game. It’s quite interesting to see that Square Enix changed their minds about the art styles they were planning on using with the PS2; it makes me wonder if the choice was due to the improved hardware present in the PS3. Continue reading