Bladestorm Demo Up On Japanese PS Store

A demo for the upcoming Koei game Bladestorm is now available for download on the Japanese PS Store. If you’d like to try it out, you’ll need to create a separate account for the Japanese region.

Bladestorm seems to be a Kessen-esque take on the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. This game looks to be enjoyable for any fans of Kessen, but others, who didn’t care for it, will likely still be uninterested.

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Top Ten Action Games

I present to you, fellow Gamespotters, my list of the top 10 action games I own and have played:
(Remember, these games must be in my collection and must have been played, and yes, these are in order from worst to best.)

10. Yakuza
9. The Red Star
8. Viewtiful Joe
7. God Hand
6. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
5. Genji
4. God of War
3. Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
1. Die Hard Trilogy

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Best Things from the MS Conference

I felt there were only two things that were impressive: the Assassin’s Creed demo and the surprise teaser for Resident Evil 5. Everything else was either expected, underwhelming, or both. I thought Lost Odyssey would make a good showing, but it looked very ‘meh’ to me. Hopefully Nintendo will show more surprising things tomorrow.

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Thoughts on the Nintendo Conference

Nintendo’s conference was certainly filled with an awful lot of back-patting, but it was at least better overall than MS’s. The highlight for me included the announcement of the release date for Smash Bros. Brawl and the announcement that it will feature multiple control options, but was disappointed by the lack of revealing other new characters in the game. Unfortunately, most everything else was somewhat underwhelming. Also, what is with the overabundance of controller peripherals? Talk about being nickel-and-dimed to death! The Zapper and Wii Steering Wheel are both redundant and unnecessary and the Zapper is one of the most hideous things I have ever seen!

I’m now looking forward to Sony’s conference that takes place in about 45 minutes. Seems like they will have the best showing unless they do another E3 ’06.

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Highlights from the Sony Conference

Sony’s conference was definitely the best of the three as it showed a good mix of the expected and new details on existing items, as well as a few surprises too.

The highlights to me were:
• the M.C. Escher-esque echochrome
Wipeout HD (hopefully it will have online play, I don’t recall it being announced)
• being able to launch into any game from Home
• the ability to play mods in Unreal Tournament III
Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer
Infamous looked interesting
Killzone 2 (this is looking mighty close to what was shown in 2005)

I think the thing I was wowed the most about was echochrome, believe it or not! It just looked so unique and interesting!

So, yeah, Sony showed a lot of great stuff and made me glad I have a PS3.

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Imports!

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I have picked up eight new import games within the last three weeks. From top to bottom, they are:

Princess Crown, which you may or may not already know that this is the prequel to Odin Sphere and it originally came out for the Sega Saturn ten years ago and this is the remake for PSP. Much cheaper to obtain than the original release, so I went with it instead.

Bleach: Heat the Soul 4; I have really enjoyed the Bleach games on the DS and heard this series finally hit its stride, so I was interested enough to ask for it as a birthday gift and so far it is pretty good.

Ninja Gaiden Σ; This was also put on my birthday wish list and since it got delayed for about an additional week, I decided to put it on as the import version. Even though I have played God Hand and finished it multiple times, this game is even harder from what I can tell!

King of Fighters Orochi; A bare bones compilation of the three King of Fighters games that covered the Orochi saga (’95, ’96, and ’97). These three games still hold up quite well and this compilation loads matches in no time which makes my Saturn versions of ’96 and ’97 seem like forever in comparison.

Fuuun Super Combo; Another SNK NeoGeo compilation of two relatively obscure fighting games, Savage Reign and Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle. The main thing this series is known for is the insane secondary market value of the European NeoGeo AES version of Kizuna Encounter as there is believed to be only about 10 in exsistance.

Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core; This will apparently be coming here on the Wii and PS2 later this year. This version of the GGXX series has the biggest changes since the original XX. While the music is largely unchanged, all of the voices have changed and there are some really nice new backgrounds along with new moves for most characters and new gameplay tweaks. Let’s hope a true Guilty Gear sequel is in the works because I have had my fill of the XX series.

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum; An interesting 2D fighter that includes a lot of SNK’s different characters, including non-fighting characters like Marco (Metal Slug) and newcomers Yuki and Ai. I’d say the game plays most like King of Fighters 2003 and has similar sound effects as well, which isn’t always a good thing since I’m not particularly fond of KoF ’03, but it is still decent enough.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves; This game is easily the best Fatal Fury game ever made and arguably one of the best 2D fighters ever made. The Fatal Fury series languished in the land of ‘decent at best’ for most of its games and for this kind of quality to come all of a sudden at the end of its run makes me want a sequel to this particular entry.

Erementar Gerad; I bought this because it was a cheap anime/manga inspired 3D fighter. Boy did I get what I paid for! The combat in this game makes the Mortal Kombat series seem smooth by comparison! If you’d like, you can check out my short review of it here.

My next Imports! column will feature three games I just ordered from Play-Asia as a part of their current Summer Smoothie sale.

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