Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Highlights of Tokyo Game Show 2009

This year's Tokyo Game Show came and went without any major announcements, but there was still plenty to see and do. Here are some of the PSP related highlights.

Next Plus, or Gundam vs. Gundam, promised giant robot fighting action to all PSP owners. We can only hope that the game will be released outside Japan.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 promises more of the great gameplay of its predecessor. And Fanta, apparently.

If you can notice anything besides the giant Fullmetal Alchemist statue in this picture, check out the PSP manga reader. Look for a post on manga readers and other PSP applications in the near future.

Though gameplay is reportedly weak, Exorsister still found other ways to entice gamers.

Valkyria Chronicles 2 was one of the most promising games at this years TGS, and not just because of the booth babes.

See you next year, Tokyo Game Show!


If you'd like more information on any of the games pictured here, just use the search bar on the side of the page.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Square-Enix Working on Several New Franchises

RPG giant Square-Enix recently announced that they have several new franchises in the works and hope to release 2 to 3 new games in the next few years. Square-Enix President Yoichi Wada said the company has a few big titles in the works that he believes can be put on the same pedestal as its own Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises.

Square-Enix aims to have eight different franchises in total, with all of them capable of selling millions of games. It is not known if these games will be the RPGs that Square-Enix is currently known for.

Wada also added that he expects Final Fantasy XIII to sell over six million copies worldwide when it comes out next year.



Pop'N Music Portable Announced for the PSP.

In the most recent issue of Famitsu, Konami announced that they intend to release a version of Pop'N Music for the PSP. This version will have game play similar to the Wii version and will contain over 80 songs. The game is only confirmed for Japan so far, but a released date has not been set.


Fate/Extra Announced

In this week's Famitsu, it was announced that an RPG based on the popular Fate/Stay Night franchise will be coming to the PSP. The game is a combined effort from Fate/Stay Night creators Type-Moon and Image Epoch.

The game will allow you to play as either a male or female character as you join a holy war. The game looks to be a dungeon crawler.

It is due out in Japan in 2010. There's no word on whether or not Fate/Extra will be released in the US.


New Today for the PSP

The following games were released today for the PSP:

Undead Knights
Obscure: The Aftermath
MotorStorm Arctic Edge


Monday, September 28, 2009

NBA 2010: The Inside Trailer

The debut trailer for NBA 2010: The Inside on the PSP is now available for viewing here. NBA 2010: The Inside combines mini-games with basketball simulations to deliver a unique and exciting sports game experience. It comes out on October 6, 2009.


Funky Punch Gameplay Footage

Gameplay footage for the upcoming fighting game Funky Punch is available for viewing here. Funky Punch is a quirky 3-D fighter with a heavy emphasis on music. The Funky Punch release date is October 1, 2009.


TGS 2010

Although TGS 2009 just ended the other day, a date for TGS 2010 has already been set. It will take place either from September 16 to September 19, or from September 17 to September 19.It has not yet been decided whether the show will span 3 or 4 days next year.

A total of 185,030 visitors attended this year's event over its four days. Last year, the figure was A record-breaking 194,288.



Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep News

 The Tokyo game show has brought in lots of new information about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts PSP game Birth by Sleep. Characters that are known to be appearing in the game include Terra (who will use a modified keyblade), Ventus, Aquas, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Lucifer and many of the mice from Cinderella.

The game has two modes: story and arena. Arena looks as though it will be designed for multi-player, while story mode will offer a more typical Kingdom Hearts Experience. The game's controls have been optimized for the PSP. The D pad will be used to swap skills, the L and R buttons will control the camera, square is attack, x is jump, and triangle is for skill attacks. Players will move their characters using the analog stick.

The game will also feature a lock-on system that players can activate by hitting L and R together. This will allow players to aim precise attacks at enemies and give them maximum control. To see gameplay and cutscenes in action, go here.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep comes out in 2010.


No UMD Conversion for PSPgo

Sony has officially announced that there will be no UMD Conversion on the PSPgo. Says a Sony Representative "We were evaluating a UMD conversion program but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time,".

The PSPgo comes out on October 1. The price will be $249.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

New God Eater Screenshots

New screens for the upcoming game God Eater are available for viewing here. God Eater is a 4 player Adventure game that allows you to play as a God Eater and hunt through over 100 missions. A release date has not yet been set.. 


New Bleach: Soul Carnival Screens

New screens for the upcoming game Bleach: Soul Carnival are available for viewing here Bleach: Soul Carnival is an action game based on the hit anime, and is due out in Japan in 2010..


Valkyria Chronicles 2 Screens

New screens for the upcoming game Valkyria Chronicles 2 are available for viewing here Valkyria Chronicles 2 is a sequel to the hit action RPG on the PS3. It is due to be released next year.. 


New Phantasy Star Portable 2 Screens

New screens for the upcoming game Phantasy Star Portable 2 are available for viewing here. Phantasy Star Portable 2 is a follow-up to the popular PSP RPG. A release date has not been set.


Puyo Puyo 7 Screens

 New screens of the upcoming game Puyo Puyo 7 are available to view here. Puyo Puyo 7 does not have a release date set yet.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Warship Gunner 2 Screens

IGN has added several new screens of the upcoming game Warship Gunner 2. You can see more screens here. Warship Gunner 2 is an action simulation game in which players can control and design their own fleet of destroyers, submarines, and battlecruisers. A release date has yet to be set.


Is Microsoft Buying EA?

Rumors are swirling that Electronic Arts is soon going to be taken over by software giant Microsoft. Although neither Electronic Arts or Microsoft have commented on the rumors, Wallstreet analysts have reported that there have been talk of a sale.

However, analyst Trip Chowdhry thinks a sale is unlikely. "Our contacts just don't see Microsoft buying Electronic Arts, no synergies whatsoever, and also not Microsoft's corporate primary focus right now,"said Chowdhry.

Both Microsoft and EA's shares jumped after the rumors began.



Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker News

This week's issue of Famitsu is chock full of information for the upcoming PSP title Metal Gear Solid. It confirmed a large amount of characters for the game, including:

  • Snake
  • Amanda
  • Huey
  • Chico
  • Strangelove
  • Coldman
  • Cecile
  • Miller
  • Paz
  • Galvez
The game's co-op has two different stages. The first, Co-op,  is a state that two players enter when their characters get close enough to each other.. While they're in this state, they share life gauges and can trade equipment and weapons. The second, Snake In is a state you reach when characters are even closer. You can then change into Snake Formation and tie your characters together. One character controls the groups movement so that the other players can concentrate on things like shooting.

More information is expected to be released at the Tokyo Game Show demo tomorrow.



New Screens of Tetris for the PSP

IGN has added many new screens for Tetris' premiere on the PSP. Tetris will be released by EA as a"mini game" and is due out on October 1. You can see more screens on


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Dante's Inferno Screens on

New screens of the upcoming action game Dante's Inferno have been added here on  Dante's Inferno alloys players to follow Dante as he travels through Dante Alighieri's nine circles of Hell. Dante's Inferno comes out February 2010.


New Today For the PSP

A port of the 1997 PSX RPG Persona comes out today.This version includes new content and new localization as well as gameplay enhancements.


The 10 Best RPGs on the PSP

The PSP boasts an impressive library of games, especially in the RPG department. From sequels to great ports to wonderful new games, there's plenty out there for anyone to play. However, with so many games it can be hard to weed out the good from the bad, and so I've complied a list of the 10 best RPGs on the PSP. Ports that didn't add much in the way of new content weren't included on the list.

10.  Kingdom of Paradise

This action-RPG features Shinbu, a budding martial artist who must help rebuild his clan. Players follow him through about 20 hours of gameplay while mastering the wonderfully complex battle system which allows players to build their own sword combos. The game is very combat heavy and probably not ideal for those who play RPGs mostly for the story. 

9. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

This quest heavy game allows players to create their own character, picking their body style, hair, wardrobe, name, occupation, and voice. Gamers guide their character through quests, building fame and enjoying the action oriented turn-based combat. This game isn't particularly deep, but it's a good fun play.

8. Brave Story: New Traveler

At first glance, Brave Story might seem like a pretty typical RPG that just happens to have nice visuals. However, this game is something special. Each character is well crafted, and the turn-based battles move quickly instead of feeling like a chore the way many game's battles do. The story isn't reinventing the wheel, but it's an enjoyable ride all the same.

7. Star Ocean: First Departure and Second Evolution

The ports of the previously unreleased first Star Ocean game along with its popular sequel are both top-notch, featuring excellent voice acting and beautiful new animated cutscenes. Both games are a must-play for any fan of traditional 2-D RPGs, as the first two Star Ocean games are some of the best. If you can only pick one, Second Evolution is the better of the two.

6. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

Valkyrie Profile was criminally under appreciated when it was originally released for the PSX. Now that there's a beautiful upgraded version available for the PSP, hopefully it'll get all the love it deserves. If you've never played this one before, it's a must have. It's got a fantastic story and great gameplay. If you're already a fan, the added cutscenes should be enough to convince you to pick this up again.

5. Crimson Gem Saga

Though the beautiful sprites may lead you to believe that Crimson Gem Saga is also a port, this one is an experience original to the PSP.  The story revolves around Killian, a new graduate who always seems to find himself falling one step short of greatness. The game is full of the charm typical to Atlus games, and the character skill tree system brings excitement to the turn-based battles.

4. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core probably won't appeal to anyone who isn't a fan of Final Fantasy VII, but that still leaves it with a pretty huge pool of gamers to draw from. It's easily one of the best looking games on the PSP, and the action-based gameplay- reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts-  is simple enough to keep turn-based fans happy. Anyone interested in the Compilation of FFVII should pick this one up.

3. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions

Even if you weren't a huge fan of the original Final Fantasy Tactics, War of the Lions is worth checking out. This port has been given beautiful cel-shaded cut-scenes (with voice acting) and a fresh new translation, giving the game a much stronger story then it previously had.  Additional animations were added for the attacks, meaning that no matter how many times you've played the original, you'll always have something new to see in this version.

2. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness

Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness was a pretty amazing game to start with, but it's one of the most impressive ports I've ever seen. The game is full of new characters, now allows multi-player mode, and even has an entirely new story-mode called "Etna Mode". Disgaea is the sort of game that players never run out of something to do in, making it perfect for a handheld system like the PSP.

1. Jeanne D'arc

This PSP original tactical RPG is a mystical retelling of the story of Joan the Arc. That might not sound appealing to every gamer out there, but this game makes it work beautifully. Joanne D'arc puts an interesting new spin on the TRPG genre by having characters gain their powers through something called "skill stones". Each one grants characters different abilities, such as magical abilities or status boosts. This system makes the game incredibly flexible. Jeanne D'arc isn't just one of the best RPGs on the PSP, it's one of the best games on the PSP.


Monday, September 21, 2009

New Video Footage of Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier

IGN has new footage available for Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier. Jak and Daxter is an action/adventure game due out on November 3rd. It'll pick up the story where the original three games left off. To see the footage, follow the above link.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Video of PSPgo available on

Video footage of Sony's new PSPgo is available for viewing at The PSPgo is due out in North America on October 1. It will retail at $249.


Football Manager 2010 Comes Out October 30th

Football Manager 2010 will be available for download on the Sony PSP on October 30th.  The Football Manager series has been successful for some time, but this is the first time it will have been available on the PSP.  Football Manager is a series of football management simulation games


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