CC2 recently released the newest title in the .hack// series named Guilty Dragon, in Japan for iPhone and Android. Guilty Dragon‘s story is about the Sin Dragon breaking into eight fragments which three nations are in conflict over. The one who obtains all eight pieces can unit the world. This new game allows you to create your own hero with various customizations such as their face, hair and gender. When you first make a character you will be required to pick one of the three nations to be part of. The three nations are based on three classes from the series; Heavy Blade, Twin Blade and Wave Master. It’s a single-player game with social elements and you fight against other players or team up with friends and fight monsters. This game has a combat system influenced by the the PS3 game .hack//Versus while bringing the use of abilities cards in battle. The concept of multiplayer is interesting as the .hack// series has traditionally been single player.
If you didn’t know, the previous two .hack// games, Link and Versus, were never localized but CC2 did announce that Guilty Dragon will be coming to U.S. and Europe. The best part is the game will be free and looks amazing.
This isn’t the first time I wrote about Miku Hatsune. I just want to make sure EVERYONE is aware of how awesome she is. The follow video is yet more proof I was born in the wrong country. Using hologram technology, Miku (a virtual idol) has performed live concerts to sold out audiences. If she ever performs a concert in the US, I have to go no matter what the price. Watch this video and tell me this doesn’t look like the coolest concert you’ve ever seen!
Sometimes… sometimes, the internet scares me. I guess this is a Vita game? This probably won’t be the break-out title the Vita needs, but who knows?
I love cosplay. It’s a cool thing. Not only do I think it’s awesome to see people so excited about video games/comics that they spend the time to make detailed costumes, I also love to see gals dressed up as characters I like. Let’s skip the psychoanalysis and move on. Despite all the things I enjoy about cosplay, there is one thing that always bothers me. Please see the picture below (pic courtesy of Kotaku).
Okay, so that gal isn’t wearing much clothing. Say what you will about her tastes, I realize it is a revealing outfit. But that’s cosplay. You have to portray the character accurately. But… does it not seem SUPER CREEPY that about 20 guys with high dollar cameras are taking pictures of her? Something about that seems weird to me. Granted, cosplayers like the attention. In fact, it’s a compliment. However, something about this screams immature. This kind of scene seems to give cosplaying a creeper vibe, you know? This is why I am hesitant to take pictures of cosplayers. I don’t want to be one of these guys. I suppose, to an outsider, people would be just as upset about the scantily dressed woman as they would the 20 dudes taking pictures of her. Perhaps I’m the one who’s weird.
After repeated encouragement from Micah, I finally got around to trying the Yakuza franchise. I’ve been interested in these games since 2007. Took me long enough, huh? We talked about Yakuza 3 on the podcast quite a bit. Micah and I had several… discussions about my opinion of the game. In a nutshell, I think Yakuza 3 is a fun game with a few hitches. For a not-so-nutshell version, please read on.
What You Need To Know
Yakuza 3 follows the ever evolving tale of Kazuma Kiryu, a former Yakuza Chairman who now runs an orphanage. This continues the story from Yakuza and Yakuza 2; which you can catch up on by watching summary videos in Yakuza 3. By the end of Yakuza 2, Kazuma had relinquished command of his yakuza family. He wanted a more peaceful life for himself and his niece. Sega decided an orphanage simulator wasn’t enough to build Yakuza 3 around because everything Kazuma setup to grant his departure is quickly shattered; forcing him to once again defend his clan. But before Kazuma runs to Tokyo and knocks heads together, he has to take care of his kids. Forget what I said about the orphanage simulator. Through Kazuma’s third adventure, you explore open-world environments based on Okinawa and Tokyo; Kamurocho to be precise. In its simplest form, Yakuza 3 is part RPG, part open-world and part brawler. For all intents and purposes, it’s a single player game with the only multiplayer being a handful of mini-games; pool, darts, etc. Read more…
Go for the bronze with this week’s Go Round of Nagano Winter Olympics ’98 for the N64. Most people say go for the gold, but I don’t want to put unwanted pressure on y’all. Life is hard enough without some goober on the internet telling you want to do. You know what? Do whatever you want. Pay no attention to the man behind the keyboard.
Japanese 3DS owners just got a bit more incentive to download the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Onitore. Nintendo is kicking off their retail download service with a fun promotion. If users download either New Super Mario Bros. 2 or Onitore at launch, they’ll get a copy of Donkey Kong Original Edition for FREE. This is an updated version of the NES Donkey Kong that was in the European editions of the 25th Anniversary Wii. It has some updated sprite animations from the arcade game and features the missing cement (or pie) factory level.
Not only that, but Japan also receives double Club Nintendo points and, if they download both titles, they’ll get an additional 20 on top of that. The deal begins on July 28th and runs through September 2nd.
Let’s hope that NoA jumps on this and we get a similar deal as well. Would those incentives convince you to download the game rather than go to the store and buy the retail package?
Shannon brought this game over and demanded we do a Go Round of it. He says the game sucks. That statment is like an onion. So now you can watch as Will, Jason and I try to play this game; Mister Mosquito for the PS2. It takes all three of us to beat the first level. This game isn’t that bad actually. It’s just weird.
This podcast is almost not about video games. It starts off with a huge tangent about Amazon.co.jp and it ends with the Statue of Liberty fighting a Gundam. I think Tony has some news at some point but we are weeks away from E3, so there is no news. Can’t E3 get here sooner?
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shannon, Shelby
Run time – 1:20:46