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Post E3 2009- Japanese devs strike back?

Posted in Gaming Rant, Japan, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2009 by reasonjp

The geographical centre of the games industry has shifted. Milking the cash cow PS2’s huge installed base created for too long has lead most Japanese developers to fall behind the times, and the pinnacles of modern game design are coming from the West, with the Japanese gaming industry in big trouble.

That was the consensus coming out of TGS 2008 and yet now, shortly after the games industry’s Great American Bash that was E3, it seems like some focus is coming back East. Or is it? Or IS it? Let’s take a look.

First and third party Japanese developers have been crucial to the success of almost every format from the mid 1980s on. There were great games which shifted systems and had tremendous cultural influence worldwide. Super Mario Bros. not only shifted Famicoms in Japan and affected Japanese lives to the extent that the term ‘B-Dash'(hurry!) is immortalised in katakana English that’s still being used today; it also shook the foundations of pop culture in the West. Suddenly Mario was a more recognisable face to children in America than Mickey Mouse. Sega’s Sonicin 1991 had similar importance, capturing a slightly older audience. In the Playstation era, Final Fantasy VIIand Metal Gear Solid joined the likes of the N64’s Ocarina of Time to be internationally hailed as some of the greatest games of their generation, if not of all time.

From Mario to MGS and Zelda OOT- Japanese games matured with their key audience over twenty years, but recent attempts to recapture the young have lost some of what was the core market

From Mario to MGS and Zelda OOT- Japanese games matured with their key audience over twenty years, but recent attempts to recapture the young have lost some of what was the core market

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Goodbye Altair, Welcome Enzio

Posted in Microsoft, News, PC, PS3, Sony, Xbox 360 with tags , on April 11, 2009 by Stephen

Issue 103 of Game Informer magazine should be hitting store shelves soon, featuring the world exclusive reveal of Assassin’s Creed II, while also introducing new assassin Ezio posing on the front cover.

Now, the word around the net is some of the new details that will be revailed and discussed in the next issue. From what we can gather in our usual net rounds, some of this details are: Continue reading

Resident Evil 5 Impressions

Posted in Gaming Rant, Microsoft, PS3, Sony, Xbox 360 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by Stephen

Back in 1996, Capcom debut the first of several game from the Resident Evil franchise, changing forever the landscape of what action games could bring to the table. While not the first game to introduce the now famous catch phrase “Survival Horror”, Capcom sure took the term “survival” in a threat typical of horror fiction to another level.

Forward to 2009 and after a group of well established games and spin-off from the series, Capcom once again deliver another journey into the land of zombies where you main objectives are to manage your resources and escape at all cost, or perhaps just shot your way through anything that move and waste away whatever resources you get along the way.

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OneChanbara brutally bombs overseas.

Posted in Japan, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , on February 18, 2009 by Stephen

We could not care less about the release of OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad and OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers fro Xbox 360 and Wii. In fact, we will love to believe that neither do you but for those fans of the PS2 simple series looking forward to mindless zombie killing in bikini using samurai swords (repeat that 3x), here are the reviews and scores from Metacritic. Continue reading

Japan’s Top 100 Sellers Revealed

Posted in Gaming Rant, Japan, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, PS3, PSP, Sony, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by Stephen

Konami’s long-awaited Metal Gear 4 title had amassed sales of 686,254 last year; 476,334 in its first week alone. The game is cited as the PS3’s top seller as part of a wider list of the 100 top-selling games of last year.

Sadly to fans and perhaps a sign of how the industry has changed, Metal Gear Solid 4 ranks in at eleventh. Ahead of it are nine games for Nintendo consoles, with Wii Sports (non bundled in Japan) sitting in tenth, Animal Crossing City Folk in eighth, Rhythm Tengoku Gold in six, and Mario Kart Wii in fourth.

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Resident Evil 5 To Reanimate Del Lago?

Posted in Japan, Microsoft, News, PC, PS3, Sony, Xbox 360 with tags , on February 7, 2009 by Stephen

At least according to Famitsu latest report from the upcoming Resident Evil 5.

It seen the master minds at Capcom have included a boss battle in what it seen like a river or lake with our two protagonist Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar fighting a gargantuan creature from the not-so-safety comfort of a boat.

Now, Jun Takeuchi, the game’s producer, said that Resident Evil 5 will feature similar gameplay to Resident Evil 4 so perhaps fans of the series remember the boss battle from Resident Evil 4 where game protagonist Leon S. Kennedy fights a massive creature going under the name “Del Lago” that lives in a lake.

Microsoft Fires

Posted in Microsoft with tags , , , on January 25, 2009 by emuriku

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Goddamn recession. Microsoft says politely goodbye to about 30% of their permanent testers along with the team in charge of “Flight Simulation”.

Slow down in PC sales seems to be the guilty here, but who knows when will this hit the Xbox too… So do us a favor, and go buy more !