Phantasy Star Portable Now Available

Fans of the acclaimed Phantasy Star Universe™ series can now explore Gurhal on-the-go via the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system. Up to four friends will team up to unravel the exclusive new storyline that picks up where Phantasy Star Universe ends and before the start of PSU: Ambition of the Illuminus™.

The infestation of the alien SEED was thought to be under control by the end of PSU, but a new menace has stricken the Gurhal system. Alongside a new character named Vivienne, players must investigate the contamination and clear out the affected wildlife. In this intriguing new installment, players will delve deeper than ever before into the mysteries of Phantasy Star Universe.


I used to like Phantasy Star Online before on the dreamcast, though I never tried playing it online due to our crappy dialup connection back then. Being a very big fan of the Genesis games, I was a little put off by the series’ new direction but it was still nonetheless addicting.

With Phantasy Star Portable on the PSP (funny how they have the same acronym lol) out now, I guess I should try getting this game for some ad-hoc multiplayer sessions with my friends.

New Bleach Title again?

I’m a big fan of anime but I admit, I’ve never watched the Bleach series yet (I mean, I’ve seen a couple of episodes here and there, but I never really followed the series). Maybe I should start watching it though since it seems to have a big following with all the bleach games coming out:

A surefire candidate for most milked series on the PSP, Bleach will be receiving yet another adaptation on the portable. Sony made the announcement today via a newly opened official website.

Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 is, despite the number, actually the seventh Bleach game for the PSP (in addition to the Heat the Soul games, the system saw Soul Carnival late last year). While little is known at the moment, it seems the game will retain the tag-based fighting system that debuted in part 5.

Aside from that, we’ll have to wait for Sony to share comment. A short video is available at the official site, so interested parties should check there for now.

Heat the Soul 6 is currently without a final release date.

Star Ocean: Second Evolution

Saw this on the PSP section of DCEMU. Looks like you can now get your hands on a copy of the US version of Star Ocean: Second Evolution for the PSP. Great news for people like me who have yet to experience the sequel to the SNES RPG, though I would most likely get it later (I’m still working my way through the PSP remake). Hopefully, I finish both before Last Hope comes out.

New from Success hk who ship worldwide.

Space Date 366: A young Federation officer finds himself transported to a mystical planet, where he is suddenly anointed as the Hero of Light. He begins a journey to fulfill a prophecy and save a newfound race. Continuing the franchise for STAR OCEAN fans, this PSP release of the classic RPG delivers the same epic storytelling and dazzling art style. Set 20 years after the events of its predecessor, STAR OCEAN: Second Departure receives special treatment in its PSP incarnation to further entice gamers to relive the adventure. The title takes the next step with fully animated movies, all-new character designs, extra playable characters, fully voiced dialogue, and more.

EGM November 2008 Reviews

Straight out of Neogaf:


Wario Land: Shake it! – C+, A-, C+
Good: Classic Wario playability, sumptuous artwork
Bad: Lackluster levels, tired design

De Blob – B
Good: Simple, colorful fun
Bad: Too-similar levels, unnecessary motion controls

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – B+, B-, B
Good: Endlessly satisfying destruction
Bad: Gimped co-op, lacks polish

Megaman 9 – B+
Good: Old-school aesthetic and challenge
Bad: Difficulty sometimes borders on masochistic

Silent Hill: Homecoming – B, C+, B-
Good: Silent Hill never looked so good
Bad: Slow framerate, clunky controls

Fracture – C-
Good: Terraforming works well enough
Bad: Ridiculously derivative

Midnight Club: Los Angeles – B
Good: Solid controls, addictive leveling system, amazing re-creation of LA
Bad: inconsistent difficulty, some visual glitches and framerate

NBA Live 09 – B
Good: Daily roster updates
Bad: Way too many blocks

NBA 2K9 – A-
Good: 5-on-5 online games
Bad: Complicated controls

FIFA 09 – B+
Good: Improves a lot of stuff that FIFA 09 did wrong
Bad: Goalkeeper A.I. is still frustratingly incompetent

Infinite Undiscovery – B, B, C+
Good: Seamless real-time battles
Bad: Clunky menus and interfaces

Rock Band 2 – A-, A-, A
Good: Enormous setlist
Bad: Unlocking songs is taxing

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood – A GOTM
Good: Fantastic action-lite RPG in the spirit of Super Mario RPG series
Bad: BioWare’s buyout by EA may mean no sequels

The Legend of Kage 2 – B-
Good: Classic ninja gameplay
Bad: Rudimentary level design

Away: Shuffle Dungeon – B-
Good: Clever core gimmick with solid action on top
Bad: Not much going on beyond the gimmick

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – A-
Good: Deep gameplay, spooky graphics and music
Bad: Confusing puzzles, cut-and-paste levels

Kirby: Super Star Ultra – A-
Good: Plenty of powers to absorb
Bad: Forgettable DS-specific features

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise – B+
Good: Addictive as always!
Bad: Addictive as always…

Star Ocean: The First Departure – B+
Good: Addictive item creation, relationship bulding
Bad: Archaic storyline and presentation

Spore – B+
Good: Seeing you and your buddies’ creations
Bad: An imperfect mix of genres


Review Time

Starting today, I’ll be reviewing some of the games I currently own while waiting for the newer ones to be released. I’ve got quite a number of titles here so I was thinking, why not do some reviews for them? Wouldn’t hurt for me to revisit games like Gears of War for the 360 or Twilight Princess on the Wii.

(Speaking of Zelda, damn I still haven’t finished that game yet. Guess this is the right time to complete it. That and Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia……Oh man, I just realized how many RPGs I still have yet to finish. Wonder if I’ll be able to go through them all lol).