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Trash Panic (Japan Title: Gomibako) [PS3] Review

Posted in Gaming Rant, Japan, PS3 with tags , , , , on August 19, 2009 by reasonjp


I, the understand, do solemnly swear on pain of death by robotic rottweiler mauling, that the following review shall contain no poor rubbish based puns, including, but not limited to ‘Gomibako is (not) rubbish’ ‘Gomibako should (not) be consigned to the rubbish bin’ and ‘ Gomibako is (no) more than a collection of puzzle game mechanics recycled from other successful titles.’


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Inevitable Street Fighter Love in; SFIV Impressions

Posted in Gaming Rant, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by reasonjp

The devil, they say, is in the details. Seeing how videogames have evolved so far, and how they remain in our collective consciousness, I’m intrigued as to whether the youth of today will remember the Halo theme, or be able to remember how to build a fancy Little Big Planet robot twenty years from now, in the same way those of us who grew up with games in the eighties and nineties can still remember the warp locations in Super Mario, or the intro jingle to Pac Man.

Or a simple quarter circle towards and punch. A player’s first triumphant Hadoken using Ryu (a name we’d all butcher at the time, much as we would with Raiden in Mortal Kombat, or with game names like Ninja Gaiden, making it seem like quite the fruity hangout) is a great gaming moment that stays in the memory for good. Especially for me, as it was one of the easier moves to pull off in the Amiga version I had, which took the arcade game, squished it into letterbox format, made it move l-i-k-e t-h-i-s and crammed the six button moveset onto a one button joystick- a task made all the taller by the developers having to go down the local arcade and take notes to develop the game since US Gold were given no technical support from Capcom. No wonder the Amiga version was dire. Continue reading

Noby Noby Boy Review

Posted in PS3 with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by reasonjp

One of the reasons I’ve been playing a lot of older games of late is that right now we’re in that late winter/ early spring dearth of originality in gaming. After the novelty of Little Big Planet wore off, and all the games of last Christmas were played through, we’ve been left now with Capcom’s big sequels in SF4 and Biohazard 5 alongside the usual muddy brown and grey shooters from the west and music games involving “producing” young girls and paying through the nose for DLC from Japan. (sorry Atalantegg).  The last couple of weeks however have seen a couple of unique titles being released on PSN at the low low price of 800 Yen, in Flower and now this.

Noby Noby Boy is the work of Keita Takahashi, he of Katamari Damacy fame. If you’ve not played Katamari Damacy, go out and get it right now. It’s all right, I’ll wait. 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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Flowery Review

Posted in PS3 with tags , , , on February 17, 2009 by reasonjp

OK, first things first. The decision to rename Flower as Flowery here in Japan is the most ridiculous piece of unnecessary ‘localisation’ known to man. The extra syllable can’t make the title any easier to say, and it’s difficult to think of any reason why SCEJ thought a game called ‘flowery’ would sell better than ‘flower’. To me ‘flower like’ seems like an nonsensical adjective as well, so when approaching this game I was thinking less about electronic entertainment and more about bread products. But I digress.

Silly habit, I know, but I like to dye cress. I do it simply to expedite a weak pun. But I digress. Continue reading

Japanese release schedule- February ’09

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 7, 2009 by reasonjp

Courtesy of the good people at


February 12th

Street Fighter 4

It was too early to tease the cast about Street Fighter the Movie

It was too early to tease the cast about Street Fighter the Movie

Skate 2

February 19th

Nobi Nobi Boy (PSN)

Sonic World Adventure (a.k.a. Sonic Unleashed)

February 26th

Tom Clancy’s Endwar

Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (a.k.a Yakuza 3)

NBA Live 08 (EA Best Hits)


XBox 360

February 12th

Street Fighter 4

Skate 2

February 17th

GTA 4- The Lost and the Damned (DLC)

February 19th

Star Ocean 4- The Last Hope

Shooting Love. 200X

Much Like the Bushwackers at Wrestlemania X7, itll likely take longer for you to load up the game than it will for you to die in it.

Much Like the Bushwackers at Wrestlemania X7, it'll likely take longer for you to load up the game than it will for you to die in it.

怒首領蜂 大往生 ブラックレーベル (can someone give a decent translation for that?)

Sonic World Adventure (a.k.a Sonic Unleashed)

February 26th

Halo Wars

Halo Wars Limited Edition pack

Chaos Head Noah

Chaos Head Noah Special ed.

Samurai 3 (a.k.a Way of the Samurai 3)

Battlefield Bad Company (Platinum)

Halo 3 (Platinum)

Rainbow 6: Vegas 2 (Platinum)


February 12th

Skate It

February 17th

Fun! Fun! Minigolf (WiiWare)

February 19th

Dead Rising

Wii de asobu- Metroid Prime

Sim Animal

February 26th

High School Musical DANCE!

One Piece Unlimited Adventure 2

Medal of Honour Heroes 2 (EA Best Hits)

Sony: PS3 higher price outweighed by value

Posted in Microsoft, Nintendo, PS3, Sony, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by richinjapan

Shortly before CES, Sony sent out a press release breaking down the cost and features of the current gen consoles. Sony make the claim that the 360’s cheaper price-point is nullified by its lack of included features; by the time you’ve made your 360 comparable to the PS3, you’ll actually end up spending MORE than you would have on a PS3.

The price/feature break-down, illustrated by the above chart, points out the in addition to the 360 Arcade’s $199 initial price, you would spend another $250 adding wi-fi, a hard disk, and a year of online play. That’s a final total of $450 — and that’s $50 more than the 80GB PS3. And if that weren’t enough, that doesn’t even include the renewal fees for Live over the years, or the 360’s lack of Blu-ray player and HDMI output in the earlier versions of their console.
It may seem like a direct dig at the Microsoft camp, but you can hardly blame Sony — they get raked over their higher price-point, and you can imagine their frustration if this is how they think of value. Personally I’ve made similar arguments myself, even down to niggling points about how you have to pay even more money for a charger pack for the 360.
They probably couldn’t turn this into a full-force media blitz, but the boys over at PS3 Fanboy make a good point — Sony could probably make a big splash if they posted this chart in video game stores. What do you guys think?