Well I guess some info on me is in order:
-I'm a 24 year old American teaching English in Japan
-I live in Fukuoka prefecture. The laid back and hot part of Japan.
-I think Akihabara is one of the most over-rated places unless you got the cash to spend.
-I like anime and manga but I will have no problems making fun of you if you like weeaboo crap like Lucky Star.
-Speaking of manga, I love the used manga stores here. I can buy the whole Berserk series for about $35 if I wanted to.
-Right now all I have on me for games is my DS, PSP, and my laptop. If you wanna play something, hit me up on steam.
-Oh and I'm a big Z.O.E. and mecha fan.
I thought I should post this since it seems no one else said anything about it. There have been plenty of things said allready about SF IV and KoF XII, but another fighter will have a new installment coming soon.
Sega has shown off a trailer their latest fighter, Virtua Fighter 5 R.
So far from what is shown, Sega is adding some new stages with this installment as well as the standard 2 characters Sega adds with each installment. Surprising to this is one is not the new character that uses karate, but what looks like a return of the previously exiled character Taka Arashi! Taka still looks the same and only gets a brief showing in the trailer. Most of the trailer is devoted to this guy while he battles and proceeds to own Jacky
Now I could keep showing you guys pictures but the video says more so here it is
Not much to say here since the title says it all. For those of you not in the know, this was THE game to play on the PS1 before FFVII came out. FFVII might have outdone it in graphics and such, but this game was full of heart. Since I can't find my original copy, I guess I should buy this.
Well here is this post's relevant robot... crap I gave away a spoiler didn't I?
I'm a cheap bastard that never buys games at full price. However I recently got some gift certificate money and I have been itching for a new game. So I thought "what better people to ask what to get then the fine fellows at Destructoid?" I currently own Warhawk and VF5, I'm not big on the realistic racing games like GT, and I would prefer a game that lasts longer then a rental. Any suggestions?
There are plenty of game related areas that are better in Japan then in the US, but I want to talk about the downloadable games for now. If you look at the PSN Network in Japan you'll find that a lot of good games are up for download but for some reason are not available in the US. The PSN Network is extremely guilty of this when I see all the Playstation King of Fighters games and Resident Evil: DC up for download and all we have is Jumping Flash I. Oh, and the Japanese server also has Jumping Flash II. So my question is, if the Japanese can have these games then how come those of us in the states have to settle for a smaller library?
The blog god started saying I suck so I thought I should write about something I have been thinking about.
Every system out there has downloadable games as a selling point. Xbox 360 has Live Arcade, Nintendo has Virtual Console, and Sony has the Playstation Network. Each of them are trying to sell old games for nostalgic purposes and making new games, excluding VC so far on this, to convince people to download their games. However something struck me as I looked through my PSN Store. And that was, "How come I can't download PSP games on my PS3?" I know that a lot of people enjoy their handheld games as much as their console games so why not release some for the console?
First lets look at the money that can be made through previous generations of handhelds. What we all know is that Nintendo has by far the largest library in this department. Games from the Gameboy to the Gameboy Advanced could be up for sale. I know that I wouldn't personally mind buying the FFVI remake for the Wii if it meant it was a little bit cheaper. Also since Sega is bringing out Genesis games onto the VC, then why not the Game Gear? Granted in this instance the library would be small but of what was on the Game Gear, it was good. More Shining Force and Phantasy Star anyone? For a lot of these games people have missed out on them and would still like to experience them.
But what about the current generation of handhelds? It would be possible for the Wii to do this for DS games but the work involved in converting the 2 screens and touch screen to the Wiimote would not make it a viable market. So in this respect I think that Sony would be at the advantage. Right now they are competing against Microsoft in making their systems to be more of a media center, so why not make it so you can download the latest PSP games? Despite the sales figures of the PSP, there are some games out there that I would love to play such as the FFT remake and the Disgaea remake come to mind. Also if you already own a PSP, then you can use the PS3 to PSP connectivity to put the downloaded games onto your PSP if you want to take them on the go. A lot of people right now would probably be like me where they like a game or 2 on the PSP but they don't want to spend the 150 some odd dollars in order to play those games.
The only problem that would be in the way would be the companies wanting to sell the hardware. They might sell earlier software but the newer games would probably be out of reach. However if Sony want to give its PS3 a game jump start and start making a profit, I think they should start giving us more choices on which hardware we would like to play on.