Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Classic Tale of Boy Meets Girl...

Boy attacks girl, girl shoots boy, boy realises girl is human and just doesn't have a tail because she's female, boy and girl set off for the start of the biggest adventure of their lives.

Dragon Ball DS. It looks awesome.

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's the End of the World as Some Fanboys Know It

Looking around at the internet right now, one might think the apocalypse is upon us. People fighting one another, contemplating suicide, crying out over betrayals, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Thankfully (sort of), all of this is not because of a threat to the world, it's because of... a videogame.

Yeah, that's right. A videogame. But not just any videogame, Final Fantasy XIII. Previously thought to be a PS3 exclusive, it was announced at E3 that the game would also be heading to the Xbox 360. Personally, I'm ecstatic. This means I can for sure get the game (I'm a big Final Fantasy fan) without the need for an expensive PS3 with too few exclusive games I care about to warrant purchasing it. Some people see it slightly differently, however.

If you check out the PS3 board for the game at GameFAQs, you shall see some nice examples of fanboyism at its finest. Many people are upset to ridiculous proportions over this, crying how Square have "betrayed" them, that Square are selling out and only want money, that they won't buy the game now because it's not exclusive, how the game will suck now because they'll have to "dumb it down" for the 360, and countless other things.

First off, how have Square betrayed anyone or are selling out? Sony don't own them, and never have. This just means the game reaches more people, which seems basically like the opposite. As stated, I'm a Final Fantasy fan with a 360 and no PS3, so they're certainly helping me. And it's not exactly like Final Fantasy started with Sony anyway.

Secondly, no shit they want money. You'd have to be pretty damn naive to think companies wouldn't want to make good business decisions. But putting the game on 360 isn't stopping anyone from buying the exact same game on the PS3 just like they were going to anyway.

I've never understood the point of being so bloody zealous over a gaming system to react in such a way over something like this. Especially with the two current console companies that hardly even have any popular franchises of their own.

In short, this event has made me quite happy. I have an awesome game coming to a console I own, and I get entertainment in the form of fanboys. Life is good.

EDIT: Also, Sony Defense Force always deliver the laughs.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bite-Sized Buffy

A new Buffy the Vampire Slayer videogame has been announced, for DS. Called Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice, it's set sometime after the end of season seven. From the few screenshots so far, it appears to be an action game not unlike the original Xbox game and Chaos Bleeds, with first person mode for things like shooting crossbows. I quite liked the aforementioned games, so if it's similar to them, it should be good. The graphics don't look that great from these screenshots, though...

I assume it will be set before season eight, since Spike (and supposedly Angel according to Eurogamer in a sort of offhanded remark) appears in the game, but I wonder if Satsu and the other Slayers from season eight are in it. Using other Slayers would make for an easy multiplayer mode.

Hopefully the game will turn out good, but I'm sure I'll want to pick it up unless it's really, really bad. It's goddamn Buffy.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Time Warp

So, the official site for the DS port of Chrono Trigger has opened with a teaser trailer... and it's awesome! Hard to believe a game that came out 13 years ago can still evoke such feelings from me when it gets a port to a handheld. Chrono Trigger definitely remains one of my all-time favourite games. Of note is the fact that for the number of players it lists "1 (1-4)", showing that at least some form of wireless play the game has will feature up to 4 players at a time.

It would be nice if the English version of the game got an accurately translated, uncensored version this time, but it wouldn't surprise me if they just go with the old script.

Friday, July 4, 2008


I hate them. That is all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hit the Chrono BRAAAAAKES!

A Nintendo DS port of RPG classic Chrono Trigger has been officially confirmed! According to the press release at the Earth Times, the DS game is a direct port of the original game with the addition of a new dungeon, touch screen capabilities, and... wireless play? I have to wonder what exactly wireless play will involve. I also wonder how well the touch screen will be used, and if the anime cutscenes from the PlayStation release will be present.

Hey Square-Enix, a port of such an amazing game is cool and all... but when are you going to work on Chrono Brake?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Apparently Vampires and Vampire Hunters Shouldn't Fight?

The new Akumajou Dracula / Castlevania game has been announced for the Wii... and it's a fighting game! As reported by GoNintendo, it's apparently known as Castlevania: Judgement in the English version, and confirmed characters so far include Simon, Dracula, Alucard, Maria, and Shanoa. Despite only just being announced, the game has already received plenty of scathing remarks from people, as can be seen in the comments at Kotaku's article about the game's announcement.

Per usual, the fact it's not a normal addition to a series brings forth many cries of how stupid the idea is, how it somehow totally ruins the series, and how apparently making a fighting game is "copying" others. I have to wonder how people can be so quick to judge a game when they've not played it; hell, in this case, the only thing we have is the basic premise and one blurry screenshot. We see this time and again, and it's very annoying.

To be honest, it should come as no real surprise to any fan that the game isn't an action game. Series producer Kouji Igarashi has blatantly stated he is against doing an action game on the Wii, and given the information that was revealed previously about how characters from all over the series would be in, there's no way it would be one of the normal entries in the series.

While I don't necessarily expect this game to be revolutionary or anything, I'm going to withhold judgement (pun not intended, I swear!) until we have something to actually go on.