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8:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Oh man, Suikoden 2 is out, go get it now now now

Oh, finally. It only took, like, sixteen years, but Suikoden II, one of my favorite games of all time and one of the greatest RPGs ever made, to come to downloadable platforms on this side of the pond. Konami's made the thing...

Josh Tolentino


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PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale photo
PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale
by Josh Tolentino

It's not every day that you can get a bunch of good deals on a cool games, and that day has come if you're the type to buy things on PlayStation platforms. Both versions of Atlus' excellent Dragon's Crown are free to members of PS Plus, and you can get them right now.

In addition, a raftload of sweet Japanese games has also hit the budget bins, starting with a price drop for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and discounts on the Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered bundle and the Final Fantasy XIII sequels. PSP and PS1 Classics are also rife with sales, including Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger, Front Mission 3, Growlanser, Knights in the Nightmare, and the PSP Persona games.

Considering how many JRPGs and tactical games are in the array this month, that's at least several hundred hours of play for relatively little pay. Might be time to consider a purchase if your wallet's tight this summer. Check out the full list (non-Japanese games included) over at the PlayStation blog.

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2:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Ultra Street Fighter 4 gets release dates, alternate costume trailer

After months of devouring any news that escaped the clutches of Capcom, we finally know when we'll get our hands on Ultra Street Fighter 4. Come June 3, you'll be able to download the upgrade on Playstation Network, or June ...

Pedro Cortes

9:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Play Battle Princess Arcadias this June in NA and Europe

Some of you may have been following the NIS-developed Battle Princess Arcadia, a side scrolling action RPG for the PS3. We've been treated to a few screenshots and videos, but NISA just dropped the release date for the locali...

Dae Lee



Atlus outs Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, discounts classics photo
Atlus outs Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, discounts classics
by Josh Tolentino

I know a lot of folks loved Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. I know a fair few who think it's the best MegaTen game of all time, and it was Nocturne's unique look and balls-hard difficulty that helped pave the way for Atlus' eventual rise to power.

But me? I hated it. Just out of high school, my body wasn't ready to recognize its greatness. Now I'll have a chance to try again, since Atlus put it out on PS2 classics, like, 2 days ago for a mere $9.99.

If some balls-hard demifiend action isn't your speed, they've also placed Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, and Persona 3 FES on sale. I'd recommend Dragon's Crown if you've got a Vita or PS3, and Odin Sphere is still my favorite Vanillaware game of all time. And if you haven't played Persona 3 FES, shame on you! Correct that mistake now!

[Header image courtesy Shirow Miwa]

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Sony unleashes JRPG sale on PSN for Golden Week photo
Sony unleashes JRPG sale on PSN for Golden Week
by Pedro Cortes

April 29 is the beginning of Golden Week, a series of holiday over the course of several days that's been converted into a sort of national spring break. In order to celebrate it this year, Sony is discounting a ton of Japanese games on PSN through May 5. Ranging from action games to role-playing games, the sale significantly drops the price of these games, some of them going for less than half of their original prices.

Here are some of the highlights from the list of games on sale:

  • Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross (PS3/PS4/Vita/PSP) for $4.99, or $3.49 with PS+
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) for $14.99, or $8.99 with PS+
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3) for $19.99, or $11.99 with PS+
  • Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) for $12.49, or $7.49 with PS+
  • Persona 4 Golden (Vita) for $19.49, or $14.62 with PS+
  • Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) for $19.99, or $10.00 with PS+
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PS3) for $17.49, or $10.49 with PS+

.You can bet that'll be snapping up a couple of these games come pay-day. Anybody else going to splurge on any of these titles?

[via Destructoid]

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4:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Star of Destiny: Suikoden II finally coming to PSN

Well, this news just made my day. It seems that the ESRB ratings, always a good source for accidentally outing new games, has opted to rate a very old game: Suikoden II. Konami's classic JRPG (and one of my favorite games of ...

Josh Tolentino



PSA: PlayStation 99-cent weekend is on, get Tokyo Jungle now photo
PSA: PlayStation 99-cent weekend is on, get Tokyo Jungle now
by Josh Tolentino

Doing something this Easter weekend? Well delay that, because you may want to check out the PlayStation Network store's new 99-cent flash sale, which puts a buttload of games on sale of just short of a dollar.

The list is a mix of PS3 and PS Vita games, with a few PS1 and PS2 classics thrown in like the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro series. Also notable are all four of Telltale Games' pre-The Walking Dead adventure series, including Sam and Max, Back to the Future, Tales of Monkey Island, and Jurassic Park. Check out the full list of games and their discount prices below.

But if you're gonna get one thing for under a dollar, make it Tokyo Jungle. Sony's post-humanity saga of animals large and small just trying to make it in Tokyo is unlike almost everything else out there, and also has a Pomeranian you can put in sneakers.

The sale lasts from now until Monday, April 21st at 1900 Pacific, so you have until then to get Tokyo Jungle - if you don't have it already.

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5:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Go download the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle demo

You've just finished a week at work. Tough, right? You want nothing more than to just collapse at home, enjoy a nice cold drink and chill out. Don't worry, you deserve a good rest, but what are you going to do? Watch TV? You ...

Chris Walden

7:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn to hit PS3 this summer

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is a hell of a drug. I'm going to decline to state just how much time I've spent chasing 100% completion in that game, but know that it's a lot. Well, it looks like I'm about to kiss my summer goodbye...

Brad Rice

6:30 PM on 11.28.2013

Lightning Returns demo and DLC up on Japanese PSN

It’ll be a while before Lightning Returns makes is North American and European debuts (2/11 and 2/14 respectively) but if you have a Japanese PS3 account, you can grab the demo right now. For those of you with the game,...

Eric Koziol





8:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Soul Sacrifice is free for North American PS+ members

Just a friendly reminder for those of you who haven't already purchased a copy, or have yet to check out PlayStation Network this month. For a limited time, the PlayStation Vita action-roleplaying title Soul Sacrifice w...

Tim Sheehy

12:00 PM on 10.28.2013

New Idolm@ster PS3 game produces all 13 girls (updated)

After the launch of iM@S Channel with the PSN download games Shiny TV and G4U!, Namco Bandai has teased two new additional games or features via the "???" prompts in the main menu of iM@S Channel PS3 app. This could very well...

Jeff Chuang



Corpse Party on sale and more from XSEED this Halloween photo
Corpse Party on sale and more from XSEED this Halloween
by Eric Koziol

Have you been sleeping well? Been looking for a way to remedy that? As it is October and October means scary movies and stuff, right? (Interestingly enough in Japan that time is summer, actually.) So XSEED has let the prices of Corpse Party and Corpse: Party Book of Shadows drip down to just $9.99. Honestly recommended if you just gotta stay up the whole night and eep! Sorry, I am still a bit jumpy from Corpse Party. Both titles will be on sale from October 22 until November 4.

That’s not all. While these two corpse-filled games are just on sale, XSEED is also slashing, cutting and gutting the prices of other games. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls and Sumioni: Demon Arts are now $10 apiece, Unchained Blades is down to $20 and Way of the Samurai 4 hits a permanent price of $30. You can see the exact details on XSEED’s Facebook page.

[via Destructoid]

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Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 photo
Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
by Chris Walden

"A fusion of Dynasty Warriors and One Piece? Sign me up!"

That was my reaction to the news that One Piece: Pirate Warriors (reviewed) was in production, sometime near the end of 2011. It was one of the titles topping my "games to import" list for a long time, until Namco Bandai decided to release it outside of Japan. A crazy move if you ask me, but hey, I wasn't complaining! Until I played the game, anyway.

It was one of those titles that had so much promise, yet failed to deliver in so many areas. The coin system was interesting but just wasn't being used to its full potential, and the dialogue was a very boring recap of existing One Piece story arcs. There were also those awful quick time events slapped into the maps themselves. 

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, to my surprise, also made it out of Japan. Please, video game, let me love you.

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3:00 PM on 09.03.2013

Ace Combat Infinity gets cooperative in its new trailer

Just in case you've forgotten about it, Ace Combat is back! Sort of. Namco Bandai have just released the latest trailer for Ace Combat Infinity, a downloadable, free-to-play PlayStation 3 incarnation of the famous fighter je...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 08.21.2013

Use the power of AR to play hockey with Miku this fall

It's been a long time since I've gotten the chance to play a good game of air hockey. One of the issues in playing the game is finding a location that has a an air hockey table. Even if I was able to own a own table, certain ...

Salvador GRodiles



Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale photo
Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale
by Josh Tolentino

Hey, you know what's cool? Games from Japan for the PS Vita! You know what else is cool? Not paying a lot for videogames! It just so happens that Sony agrees with me, and has decided that for the next fortnight or so, you won't have to pay a lot for a whole bunch of Japanese games on the PS Vita. Huzzah! 

Starting...well, a couple of days ago, a veritable host of the Vita's top wares go on sale via the PlayStation Network, and will go even more on sale if you've got PS Plus. Gravity Rush, one of the platform's best games to date, is even free as part of the PS Plus instant game collection. Other hot bangers like Soul Sacrifice, Atelier Totori Plus, and Street Fighter X Tekken are on sale, too. 

And on the week of the 20th, you can pair your copy of Dragon's Crown with Vanillaware's other Vita game, Muramasa Rebirth, along with the likes of Ragnarok Odyssey and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

That's a lot of games, and it's not even the full list (you can check that out below). So, Vita owners, see anything you like?

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4:00 AM on 08.02.2013

Ace Combat Infinity sounds like a proper Ace Combat game

Namco Bandai's just dropped a new teaser for Ace Combat Infinity, and I'll be damned if what's shown doesn't look like proper Ace Combat. Let's go down the checklist of "Ace Combat-y Things", shall we? Vaguely awkw...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 07.20.2013

The next Ace Combat game is Ace Combat Infinity

Rejoice, jet fighter fans! Turns out that the new Project Aces game Namco Bandai teased earlier this week is in fact an Ace Combat title. It's a downloadable game coming to the PlayStation 3 under the name of Ace Combat Infi...

Josh Tolentino

11:15 PM on 04.01.2013

Demon's Souls, Malicious, more free on PS Plus in April

Demons, Zombies, Swords.Even a labyrinth too.All coming to you. 

Eric Koziol

10:00 PM on 04.01.2013

Tokyo Jungle and other PSN gems go retail, says the ESRB

"The Best of PSN", Tokyo Jungle, plus three more. Sound Shapes is good, too.

Josh Tolentino





2:00 PM on 03.26.2013

The Vividred Operation game's trophies are mayo-tastic

Like pretty much any reasonably game-lookin' anime out there these days, Vividred Operation is getting a game adaptation courtesy of Namco Bandai. That might sound like a quick-and-cheap cash grab, and we won't trul...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 03.20.2013

PSA: Atelier Totori for Vita stealth-released on PSN

I'd like to believe that Tecmo Koei actually do care a whit about their publishing the enhanced PS Vita port of Atelier Totori  (called Atelier Totori Plus), but the fact that they didn't even bother to tell an...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Corpse Party: Book of Shadows photo
Review: Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
by Chris Walden

It was a little over a year ago that I parted my review of Corpse Party by wishing that the sequel would also end up getting localised. Here we are with another game in the series in a language I understand, and while it's not a sequel per se, I was pretty psyched to finally get back into Heavenly Host Elementary School.

While Book of Shadows serves as an expansion of the fiction, it also features some large differences from its predecessor. Gone are the dated looking sprites and directional control over a character, as we now have a point-and-click style game. I'll get into more detail about this later on.

What I will say before the jump is that I don't believe I've had any other game leave me in two minds for so long. I've had this review floating about in my head for about a week, my thoughts in perpetual debate about what I actually think about this game. I'm going to try my best to turn those into words, so hit the jump to see what I think.

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PSA: Persona and other Atlus titles on sale for Euro PSN photo
PSA: Persona and other Atlus titles on sale for Euro PSN
by Josh Tolentino

Are you a fan of deals? Sure you are! That's why Atlus is offering those of you European deal-lovers that also happen to be game-lovers a deal...on games. Atlus-published ones. On the PlayStation Network. 

From now until February 1st, 2013, four Atlus-published games will be going for a cool 50% off on the European PSN store. The games themselves range from the PSP rerelease of Persona, to the irreverent historical boulder-roller Rock of Ages, to the lovely three-way co-op platformer Trine 2, to Droplitz, which is a puzzle game with a funny name.*

Not a bad spread overall, especially for folks looking to pick up Persona or Trine 2 on the cheap. Even if you're not European, but have a European PSN account, you may want to look it up. 

*Can you guess which of these four I've never actually played?

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8:00 AM on 11.27.2012

Kiss and Tell: Chulip coming to PlayStation Network

If there's anything good that can be said about Sony's decision to remove PS2 backwards compatibility from the PS3, it's that the inability for gamers to play their old discs may have spurred the company to encourage releasin...

Josh Tolentino



Japanator Recommends: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time photo
Japanator Recommends: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
by Eric Koziol

The Growlanser series has had a slightly inconsistent release schedule in the West. The second, third, and fifth games made it out --while the first and sixth never did. Now the PlayStation Portable version of the fourth game in the series, released as Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded in Japan, has finally made it Stateside, as Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time.

Available on PSN for $29.99, Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time is ready to play on your Vita as well as your PSP. If you’ve enjoyed the previously released Growlanser games or are looking for a tactical RPG to keep your portable Sony systems busy while you are on the go, keep reading to see if Wayfarer of Time is the game for you.

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Japanator Kind Of Recommends: Way of the Samurai 4 photo
Japanator Kind Of Recommends: Way of the Samurai 4
by Josh Tolentino

There's no doubt that the Way of the Samurai franchise is an intriguing series, but is nearly opaque to those unfamiliar with the franchise. One's enjoyment of such games can depend significantly on prior experience with Acquire's work.

With that in mind, we were lucky enough that both I and our own Josh "Totsu" Totman had copies of Way of the Samurai 4, and we've decided to write a special dual review, one from the perspective of a longtime fan (me), and the other from a series newbie (Totsu). 

Read our thoughts and scope out our scores below.

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Japanator Recommends: Double Dragon Neon photo
Japanator Recommends: Double Dragon Neon
by Brittany Vincent

WayForward Technologies is responsible for a glut of some of the best reboots available over the past few years, including the excellent A Boy and His Blob and BloodRayne: Betrayal. Revitalizing classic franchises is a lucrative operation, and WayForward seems to have pioneered a fantastic formula for them. Double Dragon is the latest to receive this treatment, in the form of Double Dragon Neon. The classic brawler is brought back to life with some decidedly different energy, a facelift, and new reasons to kick some more butt with Billy and Jimmy. Trust us -- it looks gaudy, loud, and silly, but there's tons of fun to be had here.

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