Re-thought: Phantasy Star III

Posted in Japan, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 29, 2009 by Stephen

Most people dislike this title of the Phantasy Star series. This is because the story has very little to do with the other three Sega titles. I, however, couldn’t find many things I disliked about the game. Since the first introduction of the game back in 1991,  Phantasy Star III rarely gets the respect it deserves.

Originally, I was lucky to play this game back in the Sega Genesis. After years of practically forget about it, I got my hands in the PSP Sega collection that includes Phantasy Star III along with younger sisters Phantasy Star I and II. Still, after all these years, I found the storyline very original and engaging while the gameplay still holds there despise all the grinding you need to go through every two seconds. Continue reading

Rittai Picross Review

Posted in Nintendo, Nintendo DS on April 20, 2009 by reasonjp

Of all the systems in my possession, I have the most bizarre relationship with my DS. The PS3 gets turned on nearly every day, even if it’s not to play games- my laptop gave up the ghost recently and this here post is brought to you by Sony’s not-quite-as-shite-as-it-was-before-but-still-pretty-unfriendly web browser. The 360 gets a lot of use. I have retro machines which get an airing every so often if I’m in a retro buying frenzy or want to write about them (eyes peeled for a fun history of the 3DO, by the way), and I have my PSP, which sits in its stupid sock gathering dust because I can’t sell it since it’s slightly broken and I can’t will myself to touch it; so it will remain in its daft sock forever (unless the PSP Rock Band turns out to be an amazing Frequency esque romp).

The DS though, is a strange beast. Mostly it just sits around blending in, not being touched for months at a time until a couple of games catch my eye and get played religiously to the detriment of personal hygiene, social interaction and everything else. There are currently two reasons why I’m writing this naked, hungry, friendless, sat on the toilet and running my equipment off a personal generator because I forgot to pay the electricity bill. One, obviously, is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, and the other is this.

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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

New Silent Hill: Shattered Memories details

Posted in Gaming Rant, News, Nintendo, Wii with tags , , , on April 11, 2009 by Stephen

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is an upcoming video game in the Silent Hill series. The game is a re-imagining of the original 1999 Silent Hill game.

The game will follow a similar plot to the original with the protagonist Harry Mason searching for his daughter, Cheryl in the mysterious town of Silent Hill, following her disappearance after a car accident. Although the plot will be similar to the original various events will change depending on the player’s behavior, choices and actions. Continue reading

Best Game of all time announced; other developers give up to save effort, money

Posted in Japan, News, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on March 26, 2009 by reasonjp

Those who share my affinity with wrestling games, and quite a few who don’t should be very excited by this:

The Fire Pro Club is reporting that to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fire Pro Wrestling (the best series of wrestling games in the history of all things ever), two new games are being entered into the canon. Fire Pro Wrestling Anniversary Collection will pack in ten games from the PC Engine titles up to Super Fire Pro 3 (meh), to Fire Pro X and Fire Pro X Premium(worth the asking price by far) as well as a specially reduxed version of Blazing Tornado (read Fire Pro Arcade) alongside some new video content.

The big deal, though, is Fire Pro HD, which will feature a rebuilt game engine, and online play.

The Collection will be available on Wii later this year, and HD will be on XBLA and PSN on September 9th. We at Gaijingamers compel you to stockpile PSN moneys and MSPoints now, lest by September your credit card details get lost or stolen or something, and at the same time a bizarre mix-up leads to a worldwide shortage of the prepaid cards.

EDIT- Aanndd it was all an elaborate early April fool, apparently. One we here were certainly in on from the start. We’re obviously too smart to be taken in by internet ruses. What?

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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Street Fighter IV Review

Posted in Online, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by reasonjp

It’s pleasing that in a world full of space marines, blank slates of FPS characters and racing cars driven by faceless men behind helmets, Street Fighter is, and always has been, about character. Chances are, although they may move around from fighter to fighter, most players will adopt one as their favourite, depending on when they really got involved with the dynasty. I’m with Ryu, although as ever, Street Fighter IV is finely balanced enough to make playing with (almost) any character an enjoyable experience. While new fat boy Rufus may join returnee Dan Hibiki in the ‘comedy value’ drawer, El Fuerte is a Mexican lucha who is also a chef. A Mexican luchadore street fighting chef= license to print money.

Street Fighter IV sees the disturbing return of the Sinister Behind Men. Here they make their illicit backstreet deals.

Street Fighter IV sees the disturbing return of the Sinister Behind Men. Here they make their illicit backstreet deals.

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