Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy, a fan made movie based on Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid (MGS) series has final been released online available for download or stream after numerous delays. The film runs roughly an hour long ending with a cliffhanger. Hive Division, the fan made studio, has expressed interest in making two more sequels, though they are awaiting for fan and critic responses. Surprisingly the voice for Snake in the film sounds quite similar to David Hayter, the American voice actor for MGS. If you are a fan of MGS, you might as well hop on over and watch the film if you haven't already.
Although shown for the first time ever at Tokyo Game Show 2009, both Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes and Ghost Trick will be coming to America in 2010. Fans will no longer need to wonder about about whether or not these two upcoming titles will be coming shoreside, unlike what happens with most games. Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue in the future. Hit the jump for the full press release.
We've introduced Muramasa The Demonblade briefly in the past when publisher XSEED relinquished the license rights to the game to Ignition Entertainment (I am sure XSEED staff members are kicking themselves). Having played Muramasa for the Wii when it was initially released in Japan, we had considered visiting Vanillaware several times in the past for an article, though nothing to the extent of Play Magazine's 18 page feature. Probably the first jaw dropper is the cover of the September issue featuring one of the game's playable characters, Momohime gorgeously painted battling one of the game's secret boss. The image is a bit risque and definitely can't be missed at newsstands (we have included a detexed scan inside). Play also included a 13 page interview with Director George Kamitani and Lead Designer Yoshio Nishimura. If you are a true fan of the game, I would highly recommend picking it up.
Look forward to our review coming soon!
Record of Agarest War, a strategy RPG from Idea Factory, Red Entertainment, and Compile Heart, will be coming stateside soon according to Aksys Games' teaser site here. The site only has a teaser image for fans at the moment. Already released in Japan and confirmed for release in Europe, Record of Aagarest War seems to be coming to the US a little late. The game features a battle system like Cross Edge, where players will use AP to attack and must gain SP to use special attacks. The game also features a "Soul Breed" system, where players can engage in romantic relationships with other characters to create new characters. This process can also be repeated. We'll update this with more information as it trickles through.
A reliable source has informed us that the new Sakura Wars game coming to the United States will be packaged in a 2 disc set, with one disc dubbed, and the other will be subbed with the original Japanese voices. Players will be essentially getting 2 copies of the game. There apparently are also talks of a releasing the game in a premium bundle. We should have official confirmation very soon.
(Edit: Confirmed, see inside!)
During E3, it was announced that Final Fantasy XIII should be seeing a stateside release in Spring 2010. Square Enix was a little concerned about the number of discs required for the the Xbox 360 version of the game, and reiterates that the Playstation 3 version will be one disc long. As for retaining the original Japanese voices, Square responded only if it fits on the disc. Personally I am for the Japanese voices, as Vanille is voiced by Yukari Fukui, who also voiced Nia Tepplin from the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
The English voice acting also is a bit shaky, which you can decide for yourself after watching the included trailer inside.