'POKÉMON’ X ‘PERSONA’ NEEDS TO BE A THING
Earlier this week Nintendo announced that they’re working on a Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem crossover game for WiiU. This got me thinking: could you imagine a Pokemon X Persona game? IMAGINE IT, DAMMIT!!!
They’re practically made for each other! They both involve collecting monsters and making them evolve as you use them to fight other monsters, monsters are weak and resistant to certain types of attacks, and both games have elements of youth angst. Make it happen, Nintendo and Atlus. Make it happen.
Real talk: I had to take a break from Persona 3 FES a few months back because my Vita charger broke, but now I’m back into it and slowly discovering that it’s one of the top 5 games I’ve ever played in my life. Mad addicting, for reals.
I’m at a point where I care less about saving the world from Shadows or whatever and more about making Yuko my gf. We totally held hands yesterday and I made her blush. Chick’s fuggin’ adorable.
Why can’t there be more handheld games that let you date cute anime schoolgirls. And why was it impossible to type that last sentence without feeling like a total creep? Don’t judge me!
(art via cartoongirl7)
The ‘Persona 4:Golden’ Solid Gold Premium Edition Sure Comes With A Lot Of Stuff
If you like saving money, you can pre-order Persona 4 Golden and get a cool protective skin and matching Vita wallpaper. But if you’re the “go big or go home” type, then you’ll probably want to shell out the extra $30 for the Solid Gold Edition. Limited to 10,000, these kids come with a buttload of splendid and useless (but awesome) things. You get a Hori pouch to make your Vita even less put-in-your-pocket-able, a Hori face cover, two sheets of stickers, and the same skin and wallpaper that shmoes who pre-order the regular edition will get.
Is the extra $30 worth it to you guys?
Shin Megami Tensei IV 4 the IIIDS
See what I did there? Atlus have announced that they’ve begun working on the next numerical installment of their SMT series. The previous numbered MegaTen game was Nocture, one of the best
RPGs games for the PS2. It was re-printed a few years ago by a company that insists on lowering my game collection’s value, so if you’ve never played Nocturne, do it now. It’s like Pokémon on bath salts.
A Little Bit On The Persona 4 Arena Side: Persona 4 Arena pits fighters from the Persona series (and their Personas, of course) against each other in 4-button, air-launching, combo assaults. We may have to wait until summer for the game’s release, but Atlus is made up of a bunch of righteous dudes who are releasing tutorial vids to prep your brain-pieces and thumb muscles for the awesomeness that is to come.
Soul Hackers Gets a 3DS Remake
Atlus like to do remakes for portables. Persona, Persona 2, and Persona 3 have all been remade or ported to the PSP. Now Soul Hackers is getting a remake for the 3DS. Hopefully this also gets an English version since the original (which came out for Saturn and PS1) never got localized.
Skullgirls and Persona 3 FES Hit PSN Today!
It’s a good day for PS3 owners. The 2D fighter Skullgirls is finally available and I’ve heard good things. I got to demo an early build of the game at NYCC last year and it was pretty awesome. It was developed with the hardcore tournament-going community in mind, but I think casual players will enjoy it just as much. If you want to dip your toes in this hot sauce, you can try the demo, or take the full plunge and snag it for $14.99.
As awesome as Skullgirls seems, if you only have the cash for one PSN download this week, Persona 3 FES should be at the top of your list.
I’d avoided this series for YEARS because it looked like too much of a timesink, but I have a shiny new Vita and Persona 3 Portable was only $14.99 two weeks back, so I figured what the hell? Little did I know my mind, guts, and soul would be rocked eight ways to Sunday and back. Calling this game “amazing” would be a vast understatement. I was actually so addicted that I picked up a hard copy of Persona 3 FES last week for $20 at Gamestop for the animated cutscenes and additional story that were sadly left out of the portable version. If I would have known I’d be able to download the same game for $10 a week later, I totally would’ve saved my money.
And in other cool PSN release news, the Journey soundtrack is also available today for $5. If you haven’t played the game yet, you really should. It’s easily one of the best games of the year. Then, when you’re done playing, get the soundtrack because the music is fantastic.
Atlus “ReVITAlizes” PSN by Slashing Prices Off Their PSP Games.
Been waiting for your chance to jump into the Persona series? Have a shiny new Vita, but lack the cash to throw down for all those Atlus RPG’s you want? Well, now’s your chance because classic Atlus titles are mad cheap for a limited time.
The discounted titles are as follows:
- Persona - $19.99 (was $39.99)
- Persona 2: Innocent Sin - $29.99 (was $39.99)
- Persona 3 Portable - $19.99 (was $39.99)
- Riviera: The Promised Land - $9.99 (was $14.99)
- Yggdra Union - $9.99 (was $14.99)
- Knights In The Nightmare - $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Hexyz Force - $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble - $14.99 (was $39.99)
- Crimson Gem Saga - $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Class of Heroes - $14.99 (was $39.99)
50% off Persona 3 Portable? I believe I speak on behalf of gamers everywhere when I say HOLY SHIT THANK YOU, ATLUS!!! Seriously, these deals are awesome. Hopefully more publishers follow Atlus’ lead and discount some PSP titles that new Vita owners might not have had the chance to play.
(via PS Blog)
A Little Bit On The Persona Side: Sample artwork by Shingenori Soejima for the upcoming Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena fighting game developed by Arc System Works.
A Little Bit on the Roketetsu Side: The four day location test [(AKA loc-test) AKA public in-person beta test] of the Persona fighting game started today in Japan. Famitsu reports that all ten characters were unlocked to be played and that there was quite a crowd waiting to get their hands on the game. We’ll have to wait another year to maybe play a console port.
PS: Behold the unofficial official Albotas-themed candy cab.
This papercraft Figma is mind-blowing. This is a papercraft version of the Figma of Aegis from the game Persona 3 by Plus Kareha. It’s made completely out of paper except for a few bits of ribbon and chain for added detail. And just like real Figmas, this one can be attached to a stand and even has removable accessories. Crazy sauce.
Check out this pic of the actual Aegis Figma for comparison.
[Via Danny Choo]
A new Catherine trailer has been released which includes more unseen footage cluing us into gameplay features, etc. The trailer takes to the streets to interview ordinary Japanese peeps as to their thoughts on commitment & marriage seeing as these are the main themes the game deals with.
*NOTE: This game looks like it’s going to be a complete & total mindf*ck.*
In the trailer we get to see even more enemies, possible bosses, gameplay, animated cutscenes, and more. And in case you didn’t know all of the animated sequences were handled by Studio 4°C who are noted for their work contributions to .hack//link and The Animatrix.
WTF!?! Moment of the Day: 1:07 - DAT ASS.
Recently Atlus announced their first HD title, Catherine, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The talent in charge of this project is the same staff who worked on the critically acclaimed Persona titles of the last generation:
- Producer/Game Director: Hoshino Katsura
- Character Designer: Shigenori Soejima
- Composer: Shoji Meguro
So let’s get into what we know about the game:
The main character is a salaryman named Vincent. At the time the game begins, Vincent will just have gotten out of a relationship with his girlfriend who left him for cheating on her — turns out he also got her pregnant which further complicates matters. Vincent doesn’t really care about work or finding another girl. He is content to drift through a rather depressing life.
This is when he meets Catherine. She is a sexually aggressive blond, blue-eyed girl with certain… features that turn heads. The two get very close, quickly, and soon Vincent begins having nightmares in which he is forced to climb a never-ending staircase — with a bunch of sheep, some of which wear neckties. To avoid going back into his dreams, Vincent becomes something of an insomniac.
Nothing is known about the game’s battle system at this time, but the title is described as an action adventure game, as opposed to the usual RPG genre Atlus is know for. Catherine also has some adult moments which you may notice in the game’s steamy trailer.
The game will be out in Japan this winter and the developers say they are about 80% done at the moment. You can check out the official website for Catherine here. It is pretty bare, however, since it just opened today. I expect great things from Atlus’s first HD title, and from what I have seen of the game I don’t think I will be let down!
[Roy is the writer for Kotowari.org. There he writes about video games that he likes, most of which are out of Japan and of the RPG genre. He uses his elementary grasp of the Japanese language to translate news which makes up most of the site’s content. The site is a little over two years old. If you want to know more about Catherine please check out his collection of posts on the game.]