His all time favorite console is the Saturn. His Genres of choice or Shmups and Fighters. He HATES Nintendo.
His Holiness Pope the Rev The 28th. Is a gamer, Philosopher, Psychologist, Guilty Gear XX #Reload GOD and former cult You Tube Personality. Today he rambles on Destructoid. Forgive his spelling and Grammer, he doesn't have time to send everything he writes to his proof readers.
The US PSN is giving American Playstation fans a small taste of games that never made it to the west. The First 4 Rockman Complete Works (5 and 6 are missing) Wolf Fang, Shienryu, Sonic Wings, The Fireman 2, Double Dragon,Zanac X Zanac,Gaia Seed and a handful of Turbographix 16 games. However the Japanese PSN is chockfull of Retrogoodness so much that it rivals even the Wii Virtual Console. There are also PSN only games that never released in the west and Demos for Japan only PS3 games that make you wonder why it's not coming out here.
First you need to set one up, Kotaku has you covered. Navigating it has changed from their guide but half the fun is finding the gems held within. You'll also need PSN Cards, I'm getting mine from Play-asia as they have a near endless supply of them. Oh and an address you'll have to give them an address. Personally I gave them the address of Japanese Wrestling company, so get creative. So far I haven't gotten any angry E-mails from CIMA, Yamato, or Masato Yoshino.
Now the whole reason I'm doing this, The Games you can only get on JPSN
Playstation 1 games
One thing you'll learn quickly from JPSN was that the Japanese PS1 had a shitload of 2d Games. While SCEA wanted to suppress 2d games because they were fucking retards The Japanese PS1 had decent Neo Geo Ports, and a TON and I mean a TON of 2d Shmups. I can't list them all but here are my picks in no particular order (Or the order of which I recall them.)
Harmful Park- Harmful Park is a side scrolling cute em up. Considered one of the best PS1 Shmups and physical copies can fetch large amounts of money. On JPSN it'sabout 600 Yen or roughly $6-7 depending on the current exchange rate.
Gunner's Heaven- I haven't played it my self but have wanted to for age. Basically it's
PS1 Gunstar Heroes. It does it's own thing but Gunstar Heroes fans will find alot to enjoy. Again it's 600 Yen.
Rockman complete works 5 and 6- Mega man 1-4 are on the US PSN Store of those I only have 2 and 3 as I am not a huge fan of 1 and 4. 5 and 6 however are right up there amongst my favorite Mega Man games. Capcom saw to it that 5 and 6 did not see the light of day on US PSN because well, Capcom hates us unless it's Street Fighter input. If you have the Anniversary collection you know what to expect arranged soundtracks and hints in the arranged mode. However this version has it's own FMV Credits and unlockable artwork the Anniversary collection doesn't have.
Asuka 120% series- If Evo was an honest tournament and not a commercial sellout fest the Asuka 120% series would be contested yearly. A simple 2 button fighter it has complex combos and a very deep fighting system. 3 of the games from this series which started on Japanese computers ended up on the PS1 in Japan while the Saturn version is considered the best installment. The Final game in the series is made by a new development team and is radically different from the games that proceede it. If you like deep unique fighters check these out.
SNK fighters- The Neo Geo Station is as far as I can tell exclusive to the US PSN. Several SNK PS Minis are also US Exclusive. Classics like Last Blade 1, Samurai Shodown 1 and 2 (as a pack) and IV, Real Bout Dominated mind and several 3d fighters from SNK are on JPSN. Did you know the PS1 got KOF 98? I sure didn't but it's there too.
Fighter's Impact- A great 3d Fighter from Taito with really good 90s Era Fighting game music.
Donpachi and DoDonpachi- The Saturn didn't always get arcade perfect ports. Dodonpachi on the Saturn is more an enhanced version than direct arcade port. Arcade Perfect Dodonpachi is ONLY on the Jps1. Donpachi is also up for those who want to play the game that started what is considered Cave's flagship series.
Digital versions of- Einhander, Rival Schools, Ehergriz, Namco Museum (Including Japanese exclusive Encore) and countless others.
The PS2 also has a few games up on JPSN but nothing really note worthy.
PC Engine games
The PC Engine was the Japanese Turbographix 16, a vastly superior console to it's western counter part it was a treasure trove of unique game play experiences that neither the NES/Famicom nor Mega Drive offered. The US only got a small taste of the games while Japan got all the greatest hits. These game will set you back $8-9 or 800 Yen.
Valis 1 and 2- The Valis series is one of those unsung series 1 and 2 are a bit sloppy but are still great games and quite enjoyable. Sadly Valis III is not on PSN the defintive version of III was on the PC Engine CD as well. Still the hybrid Mega Man/Castlevania gameplay is there in these first two games and it's a good taste of a great series starring one of gamings hottest females.
Gate of Thunder and Winds (AKA Lords) Of Thunder- Flagship PC Engine CD shmups. Gate of Thunder is alot like Thunderforce while Lords of Thunder is this fantasy metal nightmare.
Bonk 2 and 3- Hudson's answer to Mario. Bonk 1 is on the US PSN but the sequel BC KID 2 and 3 (or PC Genjin) are only on the Japanese PSN. Bonk is a great series and it's a shame Konami ate Hudson alive killing the series (and Bomberman) at the same time. There's blood on your hands Kojima. THERE IS BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS!
Final Soldier and Blazing Lasers-The Star soldier series of Shmups is legendary, fast paced twitch shooters with lots of power ups great music and a classic 16 bit look. US PSN gives you a small taste with Soldier blade and Super Star Solider but You need JPSN for the rest. Blazing Lasers I should point out is more a spin off game made by different developers in that style but regardless you'll want these if you're a shmupper.
And that's just the surface, Konami fans will find a few goodies on there too.
JPSN Only games
MOST games come out world wide but there are a handful that stayed in Japan or some that have been delisted in the west but remain online in the east.
Dark Awake- Known in Japanese Arcades under the much better name Chaos Breaker this is a prerendered 3 vs 3 fighter published by Taito and developed by Eolith best known for King of Fighters 2001 and 2002. The game has a fantasy setting and bizzare MIDI soundtrack. It scream low rent but it's actually a farily decent fighter and a nice change of pace from the Norm.
Virtual On and Virtual Striker- 3 of the 5 Model 2 collection games from Sega made it to US PSN and XBOX Live but in Japan a better than Arcade perfect Virtual on remained there. Striker is a decent soccer sim and one of Sega's best. They're cheap, about 500 Yen I think. Well worth it espcally if you're a Virtual on fan.
R-Type Dimension- For a short time this game was up on US PSN and XBLA. I am the happy owner of the XBLA version. Licensing issues caused the delisting but a slightly enhanced version is still on Japanese PSN. R-type is the legendary shmup series known for being harder than a 14 year old boy spying on the girls locker room. Oh and the sexual undertones don't stop at horny teenager analogies either. Some bosses look like cocks. YEAH... Still R-Type is well respected by Shmuppers and non Shmuppers. at 1000 Yen it's about what it was here in the US a Demo is also available.
It may have started Christmas day 2000 when I got a first pressing of Guilty Gear X but it turns out I have been playing Arksys games for decades. Another game I got on Christmas years back was the Master System version of Double Dragon. Which for those that don't know was their first game. It was a fantasic port, not perfect the backgrounds were a bit off and there was some sprite flicker but compared to the NES version this was the Definitive home port for the longest time. I LOVE me some Double Dragon and I've played almost every version out there and I keep going back to the Master System Version for whatever reason. More than Neon, More than Advance, it's the Master System version I keep going back to. The long Delisted XBOX version I play from time to time. Just having that on my 360 makes it a valuable system. Still Ark System works began with Double Dragon on the Master System.
There are quite a few games you may not know Ark Sys was behind including The Famicom port of Final Lap for Namco, The Genesis and Game Gear port of Battletoads Another Namco port Suzuka 8 hours was also handled by them. And several Super Famicom/PS1 and Saturn RPGs that never really went anywhere. Of course the game every one noticed was the first Guilty Gear.
One thing I don't think many people know about the first Guilty Gear is that it was supposed to be a 3d game. Here's an early screen shot of Guilty Gear care of Unseen64
That's right Guilty Gear XRD is not the first 3d Guilty gear. To be quite honest I think this version is just fine and dare I say even looks better than the final product Guilty Gear turned out to be. One of those reasons is Millia looks quite different, like, she was half naked in this version. Here's the complete Unseen 64 article on the Guilty Gear Beta. YEAH. Honestly I haven't played much of the first Guilty Gear. I remember the clueless idiots at EGM (yeah EGM have always kind of been completely clueless idiots) thought Guilty Gear was like Alpha 2. But I always thought Samurai Shodown.
It's going to be hard to condense my experences with Guilty Gear into a single Paragraph. I easily could just go on and on with Guilty Gear Stories. From the first day I played X on Christmas Day and having a Hard time against Dizzy becuase A) She was INSANELY HOT and B) SNK Boss Hard. To the Hours I spent in a dingy Woonsocket RI Arcade playing Guilty Gear XX Slash. To How I am undefeated in Guilty Gear XX #Reload on XBOX and played that game so much the disc is literally falling apart and I probably should replace it soon. All the hours I've spent looking at Bridget Porn. To how lately I'm mastering Chipp in Accent Core Plus R even. I have alot to say about Guilty Gear XX. But to be fair I think the series should have ended with Slash. That to me is the definitive Guilty Gear XX. Accent Core changed too many characters alot of Ky and Sol's moves changed to the point they were too different from what I was used to and I really just felt Accent Core was unessessary. FIGURES that there are 3 versions of it now and that's insane, there are more version of Guilty Gear XX than there are Versions of Street Fighter II. Judgement was a good change of pace, Dust strikers wasn't, Guilty Gear 2 sucked, and I can't play Isuka because my Slim PS2 hates it. But in the end Guilty Gear helped me find new bands though it's musical references and helped me appreciate Queen in a whole new light. Plus Guilty Gear XX #reload is probably in my top 5 favorite games of all time list. I am pumped for Guilty Gear Xrd even though news of it seems to coincide with my computer problems. Can't wait I hope the console version has a more robust roster. It already has my main Chipp but a few more characters and more new ones would be nice.
Ark Sys did a pair of commissioned fighters during the height of Guilty Gear Mania. One of them was the first GOOD fighter based on MANIME Hokuto no Ken. Funnily enough the Complete set of Hokuto No Ken comes out on March 25th the same day as the US version of BlazBlue Chronophantasma. Coincidence I think not. The game it self is good but really complicated and Roah is hard, he has a resurrection move like Gill but he makes Gill look like a cake walk. I've yet to beat him. The Fatal Ko moves in this game however are EPIC.
YEAH. After Hokuto No Ken Capcom came knocking and commissioned them to do a 2d fighter based on their grossly historically inaccurate Sengoku Basara series. I haven't spent much time with it I actually only have a DVD+R copy so I can't say much about it.
They've also produced a pair of GBA and DS DBZ fighters but I can't speak much about those. WHAT I CAN talk about is their amazing take on the Contra Series. Hard Corps Uprising a sequel to an equally amazing Mega Drive/Genesis game nobody has played. It's what you expect, if the Guilty Gear people did Contra. It's still pure Contra, it's hard even brutal at times but it's also a must play. Konami did good outsourcing it to Arksys and if you ever wanted Daisuke to cover a Contra theme well:
Lastly I can't talk about Ark Sys without talking about Blazblue a game some people on You Tube can't quite comprehend is done by Ark Sys and keep doing this Guilty Gear is better than or whatever nonsense. Initially Blazblue was a sequel series to Guilty Gear taking place around 10 years after the events of Guilty Gear 2. It's still set 10 years later and there are themes that run over but it's it's own thing. I also find it to be a bit complicated with the Drive button being different for each character and the relience on combos. But Visually and musically it's awesome and the story mode is awesome with plenty of laughs. I don't love it like I love guilty gear but I keep going back to it. I'm super excited for Chrono Phantasma and anything after. Not only is Blazblue the Only Arksys series I have every Main Game it's the only one I have every Limited edition for. Down the line I'll get the PSP games too for the complete set. But far as artbooks and figures that's all Guilty Gear and I swear...the final Blazblue is going to cross over with Guilty Gear in some way.
SO there you go my semi half assed way too condensed tribute to Ark Systems works. I totally forgot to mention Battle Fantasia and how it influenced Street Fighter IV but whatever it sucks and you can skip it (Battle Fantasia not SFIV) There is a 25th anniversary artbook out there I plan on picking up. Otherwise hope you enjoyed this and I'll be back either tomorrow or in a few days to talk about something else.
Looks like they aged May a little bit for Xrd and I'm not complaining I might actually start using her now because well, she's kinda hot now. Then again HOW HOT IS MILLIA?
Can't wait for Xrd between Millia being hotter and May being well just hot. But closer to now is Blazblue Chrono Phantasma which has garnered some controversy with XBOX fans as it is PS3 and Vita exclusive and many XBOTS are calling bullshit on the game not being able to fit on a DVD. To be fair alot of Arksys games on XBOX did look compressed
the sprites were really jaggy like they were being upscaled or something so I'm not really surprised. But the fact the game is on Vita and Vita Cards hold less than a DVD when it comes to data...yeah I can see why XBOTs would be upset OH YOU CAN COMPRESS IT FOR VITA BUT NOT FOR 360. Look I wanted this game bad enough that I went and I GOT a PS3 Chrono Phantasma IS THE REASON I have a PS3 if you love the game that much you'll jump platforms too.
There is something bothering me about Blazblue though. That's the prospect of Jubei being Playable. I've been wanting to play as the Samurai Cat since the first game and here we are 80% into the story...No Jubei and SPOILER some of his comerads die in Chrono Phantasma it we might not get a Blazblue game where we can play as all of the six heroes. Also with the Story 80% done will the next game finish the story or will they split the remaining 20% over 2 games and with more and more evidence confirming this does take place in the same universe as Guilty Gear, when are we going to start seeing cross overs? Might the last Blazblue game be a KOFesque dreammatch wtih Guilty Gear characters?
But hey at least Gag reels make their return in Chrono Phantasma and I can't wait to die laughing at some of them. Tager, Ragna, Rachel, Makoto and Hazama's Gag Reels in Continuum Shift KILLED ME I was laughing so hard. I hope Tao and Bang get more hilarious Gag Reels this time their's fell a little short.
and Yes I guess I should end with some Blazblue Sexiness. Underboob Squirrel you're up
Underboob Squirrel sounds like a rejected Mega Man X Maverick
I got into psychology for two reasons. One I wanted to change things there are disorders I feel are pretty much just made up. The other reason, to figure out why people are fucked up. For example a neglected and sexually abused child is more likely to grow up to be hostile than a Child who grew up in a caring environment. That's no real secret, Watch Beyond Scared Straight on A&E you'll notice almost all these kids come from broken homes (and also that the show's portrayal of orison life is highly inaccurate) Sometimes though the kid's brian is just wired funny or they have a form of autism or they were misdiagnosed with autism and the underlaying cause of their issues went undetected. It's kinda fun and it's a branch of Psychology where, you don't necessarily have to like people.
As Part of my study of Psychology I took a Film class. I view film as a form of psychology we see our selves and project our world in film, Actors BECOME other people and need to understand other people. That's Psychology. Directors can leave alot of who they are in their work especially if they have a large body of work, For that reasons I'm quite facinated by Woody Allen's films because he really does leave alot of himself in his work. His relationship with Soon Yi for example makes a LOT of sense if you've seen Manhattan. Heideki Anno of Evangelion fame. He, kind of more or less IS Shinji I saw this interesting special which is quite rare now about him going back to his childhood school and he reflected back and mentioned he doesn't think highly of himself. It's been documented too he's suffered from depression so that would be another example.
Since we're talking games here plus I need to segue into the next segment...NO I have not figured Kojima out by playing Metal Gear solid, I can only assume He's on drugs. But games have advanced to the point where they are part of our Zietgiest a german word meaning Ghost of the age, and also a popular tin foil had propaganda film for the new age set. But in this case Ghost of the age a reflection of who we are as a society like films are. So as I drank my morning coffee I got thinking about what games I as a psychologist enjoy for how they reflect it's themes and characters and I came up with 3, the 4th game is going to be used as an example of what I think having autism is like. So lets begin
[b]The Last of US (SLIGHT SPOILER WARNING)
Besides the fact I'm creepily attracted to Ellie (though to be totally honest Ashley Johnson is pretty hot anyway so...yeah) No other game I've played EVER besides another game I'm going to talk about left me thinking about it for so long after I played it. This isn't a game about mushroom zombies. it's a game about broken people. I was watching Ashley Johnson in an IGN Interview talking about Ellie and some discussions Left behind brought up (which I'll kind of get into but can't go into detail yet because I haven't gotten left behind yet) and in my head I started piecing together a profile of Ellie and given the world she lives in for a 14 year old girl with no family and a best friend that died right in front of her, she's shockingly well adjusted. Even though what she saw during her ordeal with David changed her a bit she still seems to have it together near the end of the game. I would not diagnose Ellie with any disorders if I evaluated her I might even say that in this world, she's normal. But my thoughts might change after I play Left behind. Outside of her and Joel who is obviously broken and suffered massive losses you get to see how people react in times of high stress and how people react to losses. Like I said this is a game about Broken people and how people react in the most dire of situations. That's why I feel it's a game both aspiring psychologists and psychologists should play.
I was torn as to which one Persona 3 gets pretty heavy with your relationships but the Gourmet King side story kind of soured me on having Persona 3 here. Shit was corny yo.
I picked Persona 4 for one reason, Sexual Identity issues. YEAH YOU KNOW WHO I'm TALKING ABOUT. Bad Boy Kanji. Though I didn't get far into Persona 4 I did find Kanji to be a pretty fascinating character and The idea of the Midnight channel it self showing the parts of a person they hide to be really interesting and insightful to these characters granted this was also a theme in Persona 3 but I feel Persona 4 was less corny than 3. Plus the theme song it self says what the game is about.
I think the theme song makes the biggest case for the game being a Psychology study tool. The Song IS CALLED "Pursuing my true self" I really only got up to Kanji's dungeon but I did find the way his issues were addressed to be interesting and culturally blind. Sexual Identity in Japan isn't quite as big a deal as it is in the west. But the way Kanji was presented people from east or west could relate if they were going through what he was. Since Sexual identity isn't a common theme in video games. I'm placing Persona 4 on my list.
Also SUPER excited about Persona 5. As soon as I read that the game is "For people discontent with their lives." I knew it was going to be the next game that really speaks to me. Stay tuned in 2 years. I'll probably rave about Persona 5 the way I do the Last of Us.
Tough game to explain. If you study Carl Jung the Persona games are good companions his shit gets pretty deep. But Xenogears. It mixes Jungian themes with alot of Frued and adds a dash of Evangelion style mind fuckery to produce one of the most interesting games I've ever played. I remember at the time I played it my Grandmother had just passed away and for some reason Xenogears helped me through it. There is just something about the game I can't put my finger on that stand out. YES this game does beat you senseless with Fruedian ideas even characters named after some of his concepts like the ID but there is just, something I can't quite place that makes me feel anyone in Psychology could learn alot from. I think there's some revelation late in the game that the whole planet was some Social experiment or something It's been 15 years since I played the game. I need to set aside a month to really dig into it and pick it apart. But there is something about this game I think would really appeal to Psych students and Psychologists alike.
SO the last game which game dis I deem to be Autism?
To be completely honest I'm not 100% convinced David Cage doesn't have either a Social Disorder or some form of Autism. His games are a special kind of fucked up. Cage himself is alittle DIFFERENT. I don't know if that's just because he's French or if it's just that he's messed up. I can tell you this much. Being around Autistic kids my whole life, Putting my life on hold for the entirety of my 20s to help my Parents out with two autistic siblings while dealing with my own demons (which was at 28 diagnosed as Generalized Anxiety disorder) I think I know autism I've been to the special olympics I've volunteered at Autism camps. I KNOW AUTISM and Heavy Rain... This game is autism.
Heavy Rain reminded me so much of behaviors I've observed in Autistic people I literally could not play it because it felt too close to home. The way words and social cues float over your head, I so see an autistic person thinking the same way. Juggling things and fumbling around using the buttons on the controller, Again if an autistic person was to do that I see them view it in their brain as X O Triangle ect. THE CHARACTER INTERACTIONS something about them just felt weird and unnatural to me. Just that opening sequence in the mall felt so bizzare and detached from reality it put me off the game right away but in that first hour as I kept playing it I felt like this entire game was so detached from reality it could be used to teach people what Autism was like. So if you have any interest in learning what Autism is like for those that have it. Heavy Rain might just be that game. I don't even feel I did the experence I had playing it justice. It doesn't help that English was not the first language for the majority of the cast either.
So there you go my two cents I don't really think I did these games justice Xenogears and Persona 4 aren't fresh in my head but still I hope I provided some unique insight on these games.
I think I'm going to go unwind and play some Katamari....
Which I don't think any Psychologist from Jung to Skinner could ever explain.
HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK have you seen the list of games coming out for PS3 next month? The prologue to MGSV, Some NIS RPG where they had to change the witches name becasue Metallica would call the lawyers, Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z, South Park the Stick of truth (Don't buy it in Europe it's censored, if you live in Europe Import it) Jojo's Bizzare Adventure All Star Battle, J All Stars Victory, and last but not least the big one for me, Blazblue Chronophantasma ya know the REASON I BOUGHT A PS3.
But it doesn't end there later this year, we're getting Xblaze Code Embryo, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Persona 4 Ultimax, Final Fantasy X HD, Kingdom Hearts 2.5, Guilty Gear Xrd and oh the Tales of Symphonia collection just came out.
Oh and you think Current gen dies in 2015 do ya? Because Persona 5 and Mighty No 9 want to have a harsh word with you.
And those are just physical releases (besides Mighty no 9) There's still a metric shit ton of Digital Import PS1 games coming and digital stuff like Pac Man Museum coming (Including the awesome Pac man battle royal)
I really think Sony Jumped the gun on the PS4 there is more than enough software to keep PS3 owners happy for at least 3 years and that's just in the games coming out NEXT MONTH. Think about it 7 years and we STILL are not ready for next gen. Granted the PS4 is awesome and Knack and Octodad are great and Pinball Arcade is a must have though it's on every platform known to man. But most of the developer resources right now are going to current gen games.
I know Sony risked being left behind with the Cablebox One and Wii U but still I don't think too many developers were ready for the PS4 and while there's good stuff coming I don't think it's time to go all in on PS4 yet when the PS3 has so much life left. Then again couldn't we have said the same when the jump from PS2 to PS3 was happening?
the Last PS2 game only shipped what LATE LAST YEAR? There is something to be said for Sony supporting it's hardware for a long time but I can't remember a time when the current gen was getting more love than the next gen to this degree. When the PS3 came out PS2 games were starting to slow down but in this case, I think the PS3 is just picking up steam, GOOD LORD.
I do plan to get a PS4 at the end of the year, that is, if I'm caught up on all the games coming this year, and past classics I missed by waiting to get a PS3 4 months before the PS4 launch.
By the way I didn't say anything about the 360 because that thing is basically dead, only 3 or 4 games are coming out for it with in the next few months.
Today I did something I haven't done yet, Downloaded two versions of the same game on 360 and PS3. That game being Strider. I actually noticed a few differences between the 360 and PS3 game they're subtle differences. the 360 Version had that weird Pastel Sheen that all 360 games seem to have and it seemed to be easier. The PS3 Version has better lighting effects and is harder. I played both versions on Normal Difficulty. The Result? I might buy it for both.
There were two other 360 Demos I decided to give a try. A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX and Lococycle. A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX reminds me of Mega Man...Instant buy I'm so going to buy it once I get some MS Cards and Lococycle, might buy that too it reminds me of of Bayonetta....with a psychotic bike. A much better game than I expected FINALLY an XBOX exclusive that doesn't suck. Not a system seller though.
While I have not gotten the Left behind DLC for The Last of Us yes I have been thinking about people who don't like the game and what type of people they are. My findings were interesting. The Majority of the people who don't like the game tend to be younger people the slow game play isn't everyone's cup of tea but younger people I don't think have had enough loss in their life to where they could relate to Joel. At 32 I've had my share of loss and heartbreak and I can easily identify with Joel. These younguns can't relate to Joel and haven't had the tough life that Ellie's had so they can't relate and they just dimiss this as some Walking dead rip off. I think the older you are and more losses You've had in your life the more you like The Last of Us. But the people who weren't young wippersnappers had a valid reason as well. They just don't like dark story in games and I can respect that too.
I did encounter glitches during my time with the Last of Us. In the subway I fell though a floor for no reason and died and in the resort town half an environment didn't load and Ellie went falling to her death.
I have had alot of weird video game character crushes over the years. But I think my Ellie Crush has to be the weirdest.