The upcoming Gran Turismo Sport is going to feature a VR mode allowing you to immerse yourself in the driving experience like never before. This feature will allow you to look around the tracks at your leisure, though it will likely be limited to part of the game only.
Anyone wanting to try this feature out had best head along to the Tokyo Auto Salon. The event is running from this Friday 13th – Sunday 15th and will feature a booth showing off the game. Visitors willing to queue will get the chance to try out the game in solo or multiplayer mode.
Sounds like a good chance for petrol heads to get an early look at how Gran Turismo shapes up in VR.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was shown at the Tokyo Game Show this week. The game looks to be shaping up well and will launch in Japan on November 2nd, for PS4 only. Outside Japan there will also be versions for Windows and Xbox one.
Check out famitsu for a few screenshots, and pictures of Japanese celebrities in wigs: link
Players wanting to get in on the action early might want to sign up for the open beta which will start on October 8th, details at the official website here.
Sony made a big announcement at E3 today. The long hoped for remake of Final Fantasy 7 is at last a reality. It will be a timed exclusive for PS4, and will then launch on other platforms. Fans have been asking for this for a long time, so it looks like they finally got their wish. FF7 is of course one of the best loved RPGs of all time, so many will be waiting for this with baited breath.
We’re looking forward to seeing how closely this sticks to the original. There are quite a few translation issues with the English version, but correcting them may irk some people who are attached to the version they grew up with. We’re also wondering if the ending will be expanded upon as there have been suggestions it was rushed originally due to lack of development time. Any changes or new material will surely be the subject of vigorous debate among fans.
The PS4 has finally launched in Japan, and has shifted a respectable 322,083 units. That’s a lot more than the PS3 managed over its opening weekend, though less than the PS2, according to Eurogamer. We reckon Sony will be happy with that, given the declining importance of the console market in Japan. It will be interesting to see what happens as more software is released over the coming year.
This more or less makes the Playstation 4 the console of choice by default for expats, since the Xbox One and Wii U both feature region locking, making it impossible to play games from different regions.
We’re really happy with this news, and looking forward to getting our hands on some of the next-gen titles that have been on display at E3.
Want to know what toys Japanese kinds are going to be playing with this year? Then the World Hobby Fair is your place to go. Put on by toy and game businesses, the show gives kids the chance to play with all the newest stuff and gives the companies lots of feedback about what’s hot or not.
This year was dominated by Pokemon, Gundam, and Inazuma Eleven, with all three licenses being spread over a wide variety of merchandise and crossovers. Nintendo and Sony both had a substantial presence, setting up large booths and lots of demos and tournaments. Battling toys were getting a lot of attention, it seems kids want anything that lets them pit one toy against another in a brawl. Professional Yo-yo…ers?..ists? were drawing crowds teaching tricks and hosting shows. Girl-focused games like Pretty Rhythm, Tamagotchi, and Cooking Mama were bringing in lots of players too.
Our picks for the best of the show? The Taiko no Tatsujin game being demoed inside a giant snow globe, the very unusual pairing of feudal Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga with Pokemon, and the Sony shrine featuring Playstation characters and selling good-luck charms.
Here are the pictures, scroll over for a description.
The PS3’s most anticipated role-playing game, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, was released in Japan on November 17th. We’ve been playing it since day 1, and offer some thoughts on whether importing the Japanese version is a good investment.
First of all, there are no English options. It’s all Japanese, so even the most basic actions require Japanese reading ability. However, people familiar with Dragon Quest IX may be able to wing their way through it, as the two games are virtually identical in terms of gameplay. Some basic Japanese ability, as in being able to read katakana and hiragana, is enough to get through the menus and not get stuck too often. There is also an automatic help system in the game, a star marks your next destination on the minimap, so stumbling blindly is an option. But to enjoy the story, you’ll need to read and understand quite a lot of Japanese.
Why import then? Playing the game now is a big draw, as there’s no English release date yet. Level 5 tends to take its time localizing, just look how long the West had to wait to get the Layton games in English. And then there’s the book. The game comes with an absolutely gorgeous book called Magic Master. Hard cover, illustrated, about 350 pages – the guide book contains tons of story, enemy, and item information. Take a look at this video guide:
Is the game itself actually good? Definitely. It’s very much an old-school Japanese RPG with a deep story, large world, and a huge variety of characters. The graphics are spectacular, thanks in no small part to the brilliant art from Studio Ghibli. The music also gets help from the animation studio in the form of an orchestral score.
Unfortunately, there is one major design flaw: the boss battles. The game’s combat system allows one character to be directly controlled at a time, in real time. It’s possible to swap between allies and issue general orders, but for the most part, you’re relying on the AI to manage your two supporting partners. This becomes a devastating handicap in boss battles, where managing mana, switching between defense and offense, and positioning are required. The AI simply cannot survive a boss fight, and so the battles end up taking extraordinarily long as you’re forced to run circles around the enemy, slowly draining its health. Power leveling is pretty much required as well, which can become quite tedious.
In the end, it’s definitely not a good idea to import Ni No Kuni without some knowledge of Japanese. The Magic Master book is a big draw if you’re a collector, but probably not worth the shipping plus the game’s already steep price. Bandai/Namco has been signed on for English localization, so it should happen sometime in 2012. There’s no word on whether the guide book will come with it though. Hopefully everything will make it through translation and there will be some minor tweaks to the combat system, but even a direct port without the Magic Master book is still a great purchase for any RPG fan.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter website will be live streaming the grand finale of the Monster Hunter Festa on Sunday, October 2nd, from 1pm. The event will feature gameplay from Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (including the HD PS3 version) and coverage of the show taking place simultaneously in Tokyo.
The stream can be found here, and will begin at midnight Saturday night, October 1st, US Eastern Time.