It’s strange that for someone that just bought a PS3 a few weeks ago, most of my gaming this past week – with the exception of trying the Matt Hazard demo – was based around two PSOne games: Suikoden, and Suikoden II. For the most part, my $350, 250GB monolith has served as an expensive replacement for a fifteen year old system. No matter how new the technology gets, and how nice the graphics become, I still find myself going back to games from when I was a teenager, not so much because of nostalgia, but because the games are damned good.
With that said, it’s no surprise that the release that’s going to catch the eyes of a lot of people – most notably myself and my fiancée – is the demo of one of the greatest RPGs of all time, in what is otherwise a light week.
The demo for Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, the latest iteration of the first Lunar. From the looks of the translation and screenshots, it appears to more closely ape the Playstation version of the game than the Sega CD version, meaning it’s going to be the more user-friendly version. XSEED is promising an expanded story as well as some other perks, including – you guessed it – a version of the game with extra perks like a soundtrack CD, so old-timers as well as new fans will be very interested. I can’t really say for sure how the demo is, as I’m learning the horrors of trying to remotely update a PSP in a house that doesn’t have Wi-Fi, but thankfully, Alex Lucard has put up his own impressions of the demo. As far as the game is concerned, it releases February 23rd, and it is guaranteed to be well reviewed, with Mark B. and possibly Aileen Coe taking their turns on it.
Also released in demo form is Uno, which unanimously wins the “Too Little, Too Late”. Let me get this straight: the XBox 360 released their version of Uno for $5 on September 5, 2006, and it became the most popular multiplayer game on the entire service, to the point where it’s still immensely popular over three years later. So Sony decides to release their own version of the game on September 30th – over a three year gap – and determined that their version was so awesome that they could charge $5 more for it (the price has since went “down” to $7.99 – down $2 – which amuses me because it’s still more expensive than the 360 version). Now, on January 14th, 2010, they’re releasing a DEMO of their three month old game, which is really the exact same game as the three year old XBox 360 version, except it costs $3 more, has fewer people online to play against, and has a crummy avatar feature that steals so badly from Nintendo’s Miis that they could be liable.
Oh, Sony. You cheeky bastards.
A full PSP game was released, Luxor: The Wrath of Set. It goes for $10, which is a little hard to justify for a game that can be played for free over the internet, and can be found cheaper elsewhere. Of better news to most will be the fact that Steamboat Chronicles: Battle Tournament had it’s price slashed in half, from $30 to $15. D.J. Tatsujin reviewed it positively when it was new, so the price drop should be good news for action RPG fans.
Also released is an add-on for the game Magic Ba– wait, it’s not “Magic Ball” now? It’s Magic Orbz? Why yes, that makes all the difference in the world! Before, I thought Magic Ball was JABC (Just Another Breakout Clone), but now, it’s JABC… but with ATTITUDE!
Seriously, who the hell is making these calls?
Regardless, there’s new DLC this week called the Winter Pack for $3, and they’ve also bundled together their previous DLC with the Winter Pack for $14. There is also a new table for ZEN Pinball for $2.50, this time with a Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma theme. Finally, for fans of the PSP Gran Turismo game, there is a free car pack available, which adds to the playability of a title that I wasn’t very high on.
A new Playstation mini is available called Dynogems. I can hear someone in a board room pitching it now: “OK, take Dynomite, and add in Puyo Puyo. Bang! We have Dynogems!” While it’s not exactly inspired, for $3, you can certainly do worse in terms of killing time, though it should be noted – as is usual for minis – that the iPhone version is cheaper.
Finally, there is no Qore episode this week, but I do want to thank a few readers for pointing out to me exactly what it is; it’s previews, as well as beta access and premium themes to go along with it. I’m still not sure it’s worth money, but at least I can say now that people aren’t retarded for buying it. Again, a thank-you to our readers for their feedback. Also, while I will be updating this list with comic updates – I love the idea of an online comic reader, even if I’m not a fan of the DRM that comes with the package – I won’t be updating with movie and TV show updates from this point forward. This is not only because of the timeliness – a day later – of the movie updates, but also because we’re Diehard GameFAN. Anyone that wants to talk about movies is recommended to check out our movie section. As always, anyone with feedback for our fledgling column, please let us know what you think.
Until next week, this is Christopher Bowen, who I swear is about to throw his $&@#ing PSP against the $&@#ing wall over this $&@#ing firmware update…
The full list of updates is below:
Price Updates Steambot Chronicles Permanent Price Drop (now $14.99, original price $29.99)
Playstation Store for PS3
Game Demos (free) UNO Demo
ESRB Rated E
File size: 258 MB
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Christopher Bowen is the News Editor at Diehard GameFAN. He has also written for Talking About Games, Daily Games News and Not A True Ending in his six years of working as a journalist in the industry, and is a frequent guest on the Post Game Report podcast. He specializes in issues relating to industry business, politics and law. Prior to joining the games industry, Christopher worked in IT as a Network Security Engineer and spent four years in the United States Navy, fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom before separating in 2004. He is engaged to Associate Editor Aileen Coe.