Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic
Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.
The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.
Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.
The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.
Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.
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Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic

Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.

The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.

Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.

The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.

Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.

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Buy It: Drakengard on PS2

The PlayStation 4: Some Things You Need to Know

Alright, normally I’d make a post like this a little more in-depth, blunt, and I guess professional, but there’s a lot to cover. I’m going to pretty much wing this and write about what I saw from watching the live stream of the conference, as well what was exactly shown from tonight’s Sony press event, in which the PlayStation 4 was officially revealed.

If you want to watch the entire two hour conference, I haven’t found a link to a full video yet. You can definitely catch bits and pieces from the event in clips on multiple websites, like GT.TV.

So the conference opened up with a really loud intro in which Sony chose to give a short trailer to showcase their past generations of gaming. They used MSTRKRFT’s remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital,” and I really like that song, so I paid attention. After the trailer, some boring guy got on stage and was like “Blahblahblahblahblahblah, thanks for coming out here. Here’s our PLAYSTATION 4!” Then everyone clapped because some people in the audience thought they actually wouldn’t fucking call it a PlayStation and they would call it an “Orbis.” 

(And by the way, if you’re still calling the PlayStation 4 the “Orbis,” and you’re blogging/writing for a gaming site, please get away from your keyboard and go outside or something. We have an official name for it. Motherfuckers don’t call Gamecubes “Dolphins,” so why you wanna call a PS4 an “Orbis,” still?)

Anyway, then some other guy who worked on some old games for the Atari and helped make Earthworm Jim or something started talking for a long time. Then he explained what’s new with the PlayStation 4, feature wise. The "share," button was explained, and it was revealed that gamers can now instantly post screenshots and video clips directly into Facebook or somewhere on the Internet. Sony’s actually working with Facebook and UStream, actually. Or something like that. The controller has a touch screen, but we’ve known that for a bit thanks to numerous rumors from the Internet.

The PS4’s camera will allow players to look at each other while playing a game. Different games, same game, etc. You can look at each other, spectate, talk shit, and you can even stream yourself. Pretty much instantly. There’s a pic of that in the image dump up top.

The console is NOT backwards compatible (physically, I guess?) but you will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your system by streaming. Downloads can now be completed when your system is off, which is an extremely cool feature. Games you buy are available to play ASAP. If you want to play Killzone, you can purchase it and literally start it up and begin playing with the game being downloaded while you’re still in-game. Also, there’s a lot to do with clouds. You can transfer games to your Vita, much like Wii U and its controller.

Some other people talked and games were shown. There’s a new Killzone, some other game with some robot in it that looked like a Dreamworks film, and Square-Enix came on stage to show some video too. Then Square-Enix invited grandpa/Final Fantasy board director on stage to say “Hey guys, wanna know what Final Fantasy game we’re making NOW? Too fucking bad, you’ll see it at E3!” Then he got off stage and some other shit was shown. I don’t remember. There was a car game that seemed overly detailed and extremely realistic, but I don’t like cars to begin with so I kind of blocked that out. Oh, and Infamous.

What I do remember, game wise, was Watch Dogs. That game looks incredible. Here’s a trailer of that. Highly suggest watching it if you wanna see what’s on some next-level shit right now. It’s also coming to multiple platforms, but it’s releasing on PS4 first.

Then Sony said “Hey, you remember when we made this?” and then showed off the PlayStation Move. And then I left the room to make a sandwich and watch my girlfriend play Dead Space 2 for a little bit, so I missed a big chunk of it. It was boring though, I’m sure.

Then Blizzard came out! And whoever spoke for Blizzard looked like a really cool step-dad or something, so I really paid attention to him. He was seriously the Tony Stark of Sony tonight, looking real comfortable and making jokes people had genuine laughs with.

Then this motherfucker announced that Diablo III was coming to PlayStation 4 (AND PS3) and every superior PC gamer in the world lost their fucking minds.

Then Bungie came out and said “Hey guys, Destiny is coming out on PS4, too.” Then this team from Bungie came out and stood there in blazers, looked real odd for a while, and then Scotty beamed their awkward asses up so Sony could close the event.

And that was it, for the most part. I’ve linked this post with a bunch of articles to further explain what I can’t right now. There’s loads of photos, videos, etc, so check them out. There’s bits I missed out on, but I’m okay with that. That’s pretty much what happened. I was kind of struggling to not fall asleep.

What we still don’t know is what Sony will price this thing at, what the actual console looks like, and what else is in store for the console. We know it’s out this holiday season, though. Maybe more will be revealed at E3, perhaps?

 

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Sega Ages Coming to 360 and PS3

The Sega Ages series of re-releases started off on the Saturn (e.g. Space Harrier). When Sega went multi-platform, it transitioned to the Japanese PS2 (e.g. Monster World Collection, Treasure Box). Now it’s coming to current gen consoles.

The series is known for including tons of different versions of each game in the release. For example, some of the games on the PS2 Monster World Collection contain the Mark III, Mega Drive, and Sega-16 versions of the game. The disks really documented the history of each game, so hopefully that continues with these download-only versions.

The games currently slated for release are Miracle World, Super Shinobi, Super Hang-On, and three Wonder Boy / Monster World titles. It may be silly to get excited over this sort of thing, but the menus look absolutely amazing. They reflect the console that each title was released on. Check out the arcade and Mega Drive / Genesis menus above.

So far these have only been announced for Japanese consoles, but I’m betting they’ll appear in the west, too.

(Source: andriasang.com)

Monthly Revoltech Report (Nov. 2011)

Each month, Kaiyodo puts out a new super-articulated toy for its Yamaguchi series, usually based on a giant robot. This month, they released two said robots.

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Awesome Kingdom Hearts Tattoo
Kingdom Hearts tends to have a pretty flamboyant style, so it would be pretty tough to get a cool, subtle tattoo of the game’s imagery. This one is just that though. I’m kind of jealous.

Awesome Kingdom Hearts Tattoo

Kingdom Hearts tends to have a pretty flamboyant style, so it would be pretty tough to get a cool, subtle tattoo of the game’s imagery. This one is just that though. I’m kind of jealous.

(Source: teenytoad, via simpleandclean626)

Check Yourself: 8 Overlooked Ninja Games

If you ask me, there are way too few games based on ninjas these days. But looking back, there are some great ninja games that time forgot. Hit the jump to check out these eight ninja games and add them to your backlog.

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More Odin Sphere Merch

A fancy statue of Odin Sphere’s Gwendolyn is coming out in October. If you can’t wait that long, a set of blindbox minifigures is coming out later this month. The set of six figures features three characters from Odin Sphere and three from that game’s spiritual prequel, Princess Crown, which was on the Saturn. Since they’re blindboxed, I’m probably going to wait and try to hunt down the Gwendolyn and Gradriel versions [both pictured above] on eBay. You can pre-order them for $6.90 each at Play-Asia.

Odin Sphere’s Gwendolyn Statue Is Pretty, Expensive, Naughty
Gwendolyn, the hot daughter of the demon lord, is getting the limited edition statue treatment come October. It’s really nice and shiny, plus the stand with the branch and bird is a very nice touch. Huh? You want to know about the “naughty” part? Well, Entertainment Earth says you can take her clothes off “to reveal her other magical nature.” You know. If you’re into that… Anyway, you can pre-order it from Entertainment Earth for $140 or Play-Asia for $130. I told you it was expensive.

Odin Sphere’s Gwendolyn Statue Is Pretty, Expensive, Naughty

Gwendolyn, the hot daughter of the demon lord, is getting the limited edition statue treatment come October. It’s really nice and shiny, plus the stand with the branch and bird is a very nice touch. Huh? You want to know about the “naughty” part? Well, Entertainment Earth says you can take her clothes off “to reveal her other magical nature.” You know. If you’re into that… Anyway, you can pre-order it from Entertainment Earth for $140 or Play-Asia for $130. I told you it was expensive.

White PlayStation controllers are sexy.
"White" by Zeromusta. Done for a dailyshoot.com assignment where all photos had to feature the color white in a dominant manner. It really says something about a product’s design when you can tell what it is even when most of it isn’t in the picture.

White PlayStation controllers are sexy.

"White" by Zeromusta. Done for a dailyshoot.com assignment where all photos had to feature the color white in a dominant manner. It really says something about a product’s design when you can tell what it is even when most of it isn’t in the picture.

There Was Another Sons of Liberty Collectors’ Edition?

When Metal Gear Solid 2 came out in Japan, there was a limited edition that contained a reversible sleeve, an extra DVD, some sort of pamphlet insert, and a Solid Snake figure. Apparently, there was a limited edition in Europe, too. This one had a fancy metal box, plus a DVD packed with a making-of documentary and every piece of promotional video that existed for the game. And all we Americans got is a lousy Document of Metal Gear Solid 2.

(Source: wecollectgames.com)

When wearing shorts or thin pants, be sure to place a cloth on your lap before putting the stick down since the metal is bone-chilling to the flesh.
NCSX’s advisory on the proper use of Sega’s PS2 Virtua Stick. WTF.

(Source: ncsxshop.com)

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