Wednesday 19 August 2009 @ 8:45 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
In an apparent bid to challenge Square-Enix for the coveted title of ‘most remakes of the very same game ever’, Atlus announced that it plans to re-release Persona 3… again, this time for the PSP. But wait, there’s more! In this re-hash of the game you get to choose a female lead character and your first persona is now a cow, making it shamelessly obvious to the fans that they are just milking them with fan service.
Well, the part about the cow isn’t real but the female character is. There will of course be some other changes to the story and social interactions if you choose a female lead but for the most part, yeah, its the same game as before. Actually its even less game than the PS2 FES edition, as this version contains only the main storyline and none of that ‘the answer’ goodness. There’s yet no release date for the world outside Japan but don’t doubt for a minute that Atlus wont peddle its recycled title to the western audiences, its free money after all.
Saturday 30 May 2009 @ 9:37 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
The new PSP is Go! Quite literally, this is the new PSP Go, the next iteration of the PSP line, and it has just been leaked unto the internet. Much like with Nintendo and the DS/Game Boy, Sony says its not trying to replace the current PSP with the Go and that they will live together happily every after on the store shelves. Here’s what we know so far:
When it shits on Wii, it blasts out in a stream – just like diarrhea. Wii already missed out on Marvel VS Capcom 2 – which is bad enough given the console is actually powerful enough to run the game. Now it’s missing out on Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV. Sure, these games wouldn’t be able to run on Wii. But that didn’t stop Namco developing them for the PSP. Yes… Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV will be releasing for the PSP!!
Tekken 6 for PSP will just be the standard version of Tekken 6, and not the updated version: Bloodline rebellion which will release for consoles later this year. But the game will not be some badly cut down affair. It will feature the full Tekken 6 character roster, character customization, new items not featured in the arcade version of the game and ad-hoc play.
I lied a little when I said Soul Calibur IV was heading for PSP. The PSP soul game is titled Soul Calibur: Broken destiny. Not a direct port of Soul Calibur IV, but a game which will retain many of the gameplay elements of IV. Returning characters from IV will also have their IV move sets and costumes. The game will feature new game modes and also a couple of new characters. The only new character to be confirmed so far is Dampierre. Who looks like a money swindling, knife wielding gay pimp from a Dicken’s novel.
Namco may as well fly a blimp over Nintendo, Kyoto which reads “F**K Wii!” The Wii flogs more units than the PSP and is more powerful, yet loses out on 2 high profile, blockbuster beat ‘em ups to it! Looks like that PlayStation love still runs deep. Real deep.
PSP owners, rejoice! You just got a couple of good games to look forward to. I guess a Wii port wouldn’t be out of the question entirely. Namco Bandai could always just port the PSP version. It’s not like the Wii version would look THAT much better. (Tee-hee!)
Tuesday 27 January 2009 @ 11:24 am | By David 'KidKobun' Bruno
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday a new series of trailers kick off the new year for the highly anticipated Blood Bowl from French-based game studio, Cyanide. In what could very well be the answer to the prayers of those who long for a new Mutant League title, Blood Bowl pits teams of Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Haflings and many other fantasy creatures against one another in a football fashioned style of gameplay.
Based off of the 1987 Games Workshop board game and the 1995 PC release, Blood Bowl is being recreated and reinvisioned for the PC, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and the Xbox LIVE Arcade.
Friday 23 January 2009 @ 11:57 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Oh god it seems one horror can only bring more horrors. Bandai Namco is making a PSP fighter based on the Dragonball: Evolution movie. Not only does the game look like a generic, lackluster fighter, its also riddled with penis. I’m not kidding, this is beyond Freudian, look for yourselves.
A new version of the popular PSP based IIDX clone, DJ MAX hits the streets. Does it satisfy as much as the first two? Will your thumbs be bloody stumps the time you put down your psp? Click on through for the full review!
As you already know, the writers here at Dark Diamond were thrilled to see the first screens of this game, and now I’m even more psyched after seeing this trailer. Besides showcasing some rock-solid platforming mechanics, the game also looks to offer a buffet of variety in gameplay, and a whole lot of the zany humor developer Nippon Ichi is known for.
In contrast to their older Disgaea cousins, these prinnies seemed to have picked up a whole new bag of tricks. In the trailer we see them running, slashing, spinning, throwing, piloting a Metal Slug-looking tank, and battling some huge bosses (as should be mandatory in any good platformer). This could be a delicious antidote to the often overwhelming complexity of the Disgaea games.
I know, the headline itself is awesome enough, right? And look at how badass that Prinny is! It sounds too good to be true, but this ain’t April Fools, so I believe that this game is actually being made. Humorously titled Prinny: Ore ga Shujinkou de Iinsuka? (or Prinny: Is it OK if I’m the Protagonist?), this game throws some old Disgaea sprites into colorful new 3D backdrops.
It looks like you can collect sweets in this game, fight bosses, and utilize some kind of combo system. It’s coming out for the PSP in Japan on November 20th, and Siliconera says “chances are good” we’ll see it in America as well. Go here for more screenshots.
Thursday 28 August 2008 @ 1:39 pm | By Chris 'Taco' Martinkovic
The VOCALOID2 Project and Hatsune Miku are without a doubt one of the most successful examples of Viral Marketing in recent history: Slap a cute anime girl onto an equally cute (and sometimes a little creepy) synthesized voice and let the people with too much free time take over, churning out moreanimecoversthanyoucanshakeastickat. Now, on top of cameo appearances in certain online golf games, it seems the 2D superstar is getting her own PSP game.
Project DIVA is divided into two parts. The first is a rhythm game part in which you will play songs (Whether they’ll be covers or original works is unknown at this point) in the classic match-the-command style. By playing through these you unlock items to put in a room that you design for Miku, which you can then… watch. The room’s music will change depending on the items that you put into it, and Miku will also react and try out every new item that you place. It’s hard to say whether this game is aimed at rhythm game fans or virtual pet buffs, but it’s something you can’t count on seeing here. No date has been given for the release, but Japan will see it some time next year.
As usual Gamestop arranges the best pre-order deals in the states, and in this case you can get a 56-track (!) soundtrack CD when you pre-order this upcoming port of the cult classic strategy RPG Yggrda Union for PSP.
The game was originally an obscure gem on the GBA, and the port has been enhanced with higher quality music and visuals, as well as the addition of more voice-acting (and the coveted Japanese or English language option). Not only that, but we’ll get a new difficulty level, more missions, and more characters. It’s coming out September 15th in North America.
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