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D3Publisher Publishing Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow for DS

While Ignition Entertainment handled the previous Blue Dragon game on the Nintendo DS, D3Publisher will be taking over for the next, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow. Developed by tri-Crescendo, the same company behind games such as Eternal Sonata and Baten Kaitos, the game is more of a traditional RPG than the RTS-infused Blue Dragon Plus, and features some unique new gameplay concepts. Players take the role of a character created by the player, who joins up with Shu and the gang on their latest adventure, set two years after the Xbox 360 original. Players can customize their own armor and weapons, which changes their visual representation, as well as their "shadow" beasts. "We are thrilled to bring BLUE DRAGON: AWAKENED SHADOW to DS," said Peter Andrew of D3Publisher. "In the two previously released games, Shu was the main character, but now players can create their own hero and even choose to journey as themselves. We believe returning fans and new audiences will enjoy this unique element in the series." The game is set for release in Spring of 2010. Read More


E3 2009: Fragile Info and Screens

Come explore a land looking for any other remaining humans in a post-apocalyptic world. Get some more information on this adventure game by simply clicking the link. While your there, check out some new screenshots as well. Read More


Console Wars

Console Wars Is the PS3 superior? by Bobby Shen Lett it? It is the best machine because it has more features and value for the money. Before I contin Read More


The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do

One of the most hyped features (somewhere after Netflix and Avatars) of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to install games to the Xbox 360's hard drive. However, as Halo 3 has taught us, it's not quite a perfect procedure. In fact, it would seem that there is a small number of titles which don't really see any improvement when installed, thanks to the way the developers designed them. According to Destructoid, these titles are Big Bumpin', College Hoops 2k7, Pocket Bike Racers, Sneak King, Crackdown, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, and Quake II from the Quake IV Bonus Disc (according to NeoGAF). Or, to put it in a different perspective, it's the three Burger King promo games, an out-of-date basketball game, a game most people bought just to get into the Halo 3 beta, and a game most people probably don't want anyone else knowing they own, anyway. Takes a bit of the sting out of it, I figure. So now we know which ones don't work. But of those that do work, how much space will they take up? This is a question that's no doubt on the minds of many... or at least, however many bought a 360 with a 20GB hard drive. Fortunately, Sean has compiled a list over at NeoGAF which answers that very question, along with a few notes here and there about the reduction in load times. However, he notes "I can't possibly verify all of these sizes/notes, just going off of what people tell me. If there's an error please correct it and be nice about it." For your Kombo Konvenience, the list is posted right after the kut... er, cut. Whew, that was close. Read More


Eternal Sonata Detailed for PlayStation 3

Eternal Sonata will finally be hitting the PlayStation 3 tomorrow in a new and improved form. Earlier today, Stephanie Fernandez, Localization Producer on Eternal Sonata, posted on the PlayStation blog detailing all of the new features that will be exclusively included in the PS3 version. From new story elements to 2 new playable characters, it almost seems like it would be worth checking out a second time if you were a fan of the game on the 360. Of course, a good part of the new material involves the two new playable characters in the game, Serenade and Crescendo, who are only available on the PS3. It's very exciting to finally have the chance to play these characters in the game. I have always thought that Crescendo and Serenade were intriguing characters and now we get to see them play an expanded role in the game. And they have some very useful abilities that can really be an asset in battle. There are also new items that can only be used by Crescendo and Serenade that make them even more valuable.-- Playstation Blog I had never gotten around to picking up Eternal Sonata on the 360 but I may just have to look into grabbing it for the PS3. While I wouldn't consider it to be a must-have above stuff like Gears of War 2 or Fallout 3, I still think it would be a great game to sit down with in the new year. You know, when I'm tired of looking at sweaty bloody dudes. Check out the Stephanie's full rundown over at the PlayStation Blog. Read More


'Disaster' Japanese Debut Doesn't Set Charts Ablaze, But Still Lands in Top 10

Where Nintendo games are concerned, it seems that Japan has their cake, and they're eating it, too. However, it may not be to their particular tastes. Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Disaster: Day of Crisis, which would no doubt sate a few traditional game-starved fans in the US, landed in the number ten spot of Japanese sales after its first week in stores. Beaten out by PS2 releases Super Robot Taisen and Kinnikuman, and PS3's Aquanaut's Holiday and Cross Edge, Kotaku brings an optimistic view to the results:The good news for Nintendo is that Wii titles don't always have their best showing in the first week. Disaster may reverse its fortunes on next week's Media Create sales chart. Or maybe the week after that. We'll see. -- KotakuYou can see the full sales listing after the cut, but first, if you want to see this game come Stateside, remember to make your voice heard! After all, Reggie is watching you. Read More


Eternal Sonata Coming to PS3 on October 21

In a news letter released earlier today, Namco Bandai announced the release date for the PS3 version of Eternal Sonata. Before I go any further I would just like to remind you what games are coming out on October 21, 2008. Bioshock (PS3), Fable 2, LittleBigPlanet, Far Cry 2, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and Star Ocean: First Departure. That's a ton of great games coming out on one day. Well, add another one! The PlayStation 3 version of Eternal Sonata will also be hitting stores on October 21. Seriously. Yes, instead of sneaking in between major release days, Namco Bandai has decided to release Eternal Sonata on what may be the biggest new release day of the year. I'm guessing someone didn't get the memo or they're expecting pretty huge things for this game. Either way, the game is pretty great and should make a great addition to any PlayStation 3 collection. Read More


E3 2008: Eternal Sonata Announced for North America

Today, Namco Bandai announced Eternal Sonata for the PS3. An award-winning role-playing game inspired by the life of legendary composer Frederic Chopin, Eternal Sonata is set to arrive on the PS3 this fall with new quests, new playable characters, new music and more. A unique role-playing experience, Eternal Sonata lets gamers travel with 19th century composer Frederic Chopin as he explores a magical dream world during his final hours among the living. Utilizing a breathtaking cel-shaded graphics engine that gives form to the ethereal beauty of Chopin's music, the game transports players to a vivid world inhabited by brave heroes, fearsome monsters and stunning environments. The game's fast-paced battle system features an innovative "light and dark" mechanic which allows players to execute different special attacks depending on whether they stand in light or shadow, and transforms enemies into new and fearsome forms. Combining turn-based and real-time elements, this system allows for creative strategy and engaging action in each encounter, breaking new ground in the role-playing genre. Originally released for the Xbox 360, Eternal Sonata arrives on the PS3 with a wide selection of new game content, and new cut-scenes and features. The game's roster of playable characters expands with the addition of Serenade and Crescendo, and players can now customize the look of members of their party with a variety of new outfits. Players can also enjoy several all-new dungeons, and even experience different endings. Read More


E3 2008: Sony Shows Upcoming PS3 Games

Sony displayed new footage of a number of upcoming PS3 games at today's show: LittleBigPlanet MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Quantum of Solace SOCOM: Confrontation Ghostbusters Soul Calibur IV Resistance 2 The Agency Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Mirror's Edge Resident Evil 5 Singstar Guitar Hero: World Tour NBA 09: The Inside Buzz: Quiz TV Killzone 2 50 Cent Eternal Sonata We'll have footage soon! Read More


Eternal Sonata on the PS3 - Japan Only? claims the a representative from Namco Bandai US has told them that the US will not be seeing a version of Eternal Sonata on the PS3. For those unfamiliar, Eternal Sonata is a true JRPG that has been making its rounds in Japan and in the US on the 360. I only assumed that because the game was released on the PS3 in Japan that it would certainly make its way to the PS3 in the US. Why not? I have always regarded the Play Station consoles as ones for fans of all games, but especially for those that love RPGs. One of the most famous titles in history on Sony's first console try was an RPG; yes, I mean Final Fantasy VII. RPGs have been the system's bread and butter for so long. Why would Namco Bandai US not want the game to come out in America for Sony's latest platform? You know, I'm not really sure. A quick thought leads me to question the current type of gamers that own the PS3. Are they those that don't have room on their shelves for epic RPGs? Are they Frat brothers who only want Sports, Shooters and Racing games? A question after the break... Read More