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Ben's Week In Review: September 21

All kinds of topics this past week worthy of attention, but as usual, I have to select only two. So...let's start with White Knight Chronicles. :)

Level 5's "Shocking Announcement" Is...

So Level 5 says we can expect some "shocking announcements" this week, and I'm going to tell you what one of them is: White Knight Chronicles will launch on January 31 in North America. The release date is set for December 25 in Japan, and with so many Japanese developers seeking to appeal more to a Western audience, they're going to speed up the process. This is why I expect to see WKC 4-6 weeks after it launches in Japan; Level 5 has admitted this is their biggest project to date, and they also know that Dragon Quest VIII and other recent titles sold relatively well in regions outside of Japan. So even though there's always an optimization process involved, I think we're well past the days of 6-12 months required for a developer to complete this process. Of course, there is one other possibility I thought of, and PS3 owners aren't going to like it: WKC could also be coming to the Xbox 360. From a business standpoint, it wouldn't be a terrible idea.

Then again, these announcements this week may have nothign whatsoever to do with WKC, and RPG fans in North America won't see it until summer of next year. I could be completely and entirely wrong, but I'm just going by recent history of news in the industry. Plus, I don't mind looking like an idiot; it's a common occurrence, so I'm used to it. ;)

Not sure I want Metal Gear Solid Existence

If it's a re-release of MGS4, that is. We heard about this new name when it popped up in the Japanese Trademark database, and it seems many believe it to be a special re-release of MGS4 like Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. ...but in all honesty, I don't really want that. As some of you know, I like to have a great game collection, which is only populated with the best of the best (or games I just deem uber-entertaining). Anyway, I really don't like being forced to upgrade all the time. This is a new phenomenon; I didn't have to deal with this in previous generations. I got Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox, then I had to trade it in to get Ninja Gaiden: Black. Then I had to get rid of that and get Ninja Gaiden Sigma on the PS3. I got Devil May Cry 3 then I had to get the Special Edition. I got MGS3 then I had to get Subsistence. It's not that I want Collectors or Special Editions for everything; all these re-releases mentioned here were - in some way - slightly better than the original release. And in the case of MGS3, significantly better. So will Existence be the same thing?

Look, MGS4 was amazing, so of course I'll want a re-release with a bunch of extra stuff. And yeah, it'll be half the price or something as these re-releases tend to be, but damnit...knock it off. This seems to be more about milking something great than giving the gamer something new. And really, I'm having less and less tolerance for remakes, re-releases, bonus content that requires a fee, etc, etc, etc. What happened to the days when you brought home a game, loved it, knew it was spectacular, and kept it in your collection for decades, knowing full well it was the one and only version?

Personal gaming update

So I picked up Yakuza 2 and I've been playing that the past couple of days. Much like the original, it's a damn good game, although I think this one has even more story (at least, in the beginning). The action is still just as fast and brutal as I remember it, and I've been encouraged by early positive reviews from places like IGN (8.5). I'll be reviewing the game myself, and that score seems about right so far; I just love the gritty atmosphere and the combat never seems to get boring. And yes, I still play DoAX2 in between, just because it's a relaxing diversion. I already have a few of the girls in the Venus, which essentially means they're naked...seriously, the amount of bouncing going on during volleyball matches is just plain comical. But if you're wondering, Yakuza 2 is certainly a more engrossing and complete game; I haven't lost my mind just yet.

Oh, and I'm officially in the Resistance 2 beta now, so I'm sure I'll be spending time with that next month. Can't wait! :)

9/20/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Fatcat3788
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @ 10:46:13 PM
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Hey Ben... It just recently came to my attention that Rogue Galaxy was a Sony Entertainment game. Now I am not sure but I believe that means they produced it. Produced by Sony, developed by level 5. Now, this sounds very good for the PS3 and the WKC relationship. Do we have any news of WKC being the same thing or is this an independant Level 5 project. Considering this is "their biggest title yet," I have doubts. The problem I see in this little theory is that Sony has said absolutely nothing about this and I admit that I haven't looked into much myself, but considering that we live in the US and right now it is Japan targeted could that mean that it's just not in Sony America's crosshairs? Anyway I kinda have a feeling it is PS3 exclusive and will stay that way.

Secondly... Ben when you get onto Resistance 2 Beta you need to play with people online. Who better than the fans of your website. Join up Man!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @ 11:19:22 PM

Yeah, Rogue Galaxy was developed by Level 5 and published by SCEA.

After I get a bit more used to Resistance 2, I'll join. ...but what exactly am I joining?

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 12:15:44 AM

One of eight to play the online 8 player co-op! ;)

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WaR_HaWk
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 4:19:39 AM

R2 co-op will be freakin awesome

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MirrorSoul
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 10:20:19 AM

So when is the exact date the R2 beta starts

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 3:40:49 PM

People have been saying Oct. 6 but someone said that was not true. I imagine somewhere around then. Again if anyone wants to have a couple people ready for R2 Beta co-op send me your PSN at purplpunkindisco@gmail.com.

Last edited by Fatcat3788 on 9/21/2008 3:42:02 PM

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Ed_Wayne
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @ 11:09:30 PM
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It's a Sony published game. NOT going to xbox.

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AceTatsujin
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 2:15:00 AM
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Sony is publishing WCK, Ben. It's not going to taste the grounds of 360 what-so-ever. Level 5 also likes the PS3 game and they pushed the hardware pretty good.

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Fatcat3788
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 3:43:28 PM

Where did you get that information? I would like to see it to ease my mind.

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Common Cence
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 7:03:14 AM
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Not only is it exclusive for the PS3 with the history between Akihiro Hino and Microsoft I doubt we'll be hearing any Xbox 360 game developed by Level 5.

For those that don't know about their history it had something to do about an online game called True Fantasy Live Online. This conflict should stand to show that reuniting will be probably impossible.

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LightShow
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 8:10:31 PM

i remember microsoft playing that off on level-5. They left a heavy impression that L5 couldn't keep up with M$, they were being lazy, etc.

Not that i would believe a single word they said. Microsoft is a very western company. It prob failed because M$ doesn't get how Japanese Developers operate.

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 10:08:39 AM
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Hey Ben, i hope you are aware that you dont HAVE to buy a re-release.

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www
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 12:34:10 PM
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Yeah Ben,re-releases is makin me sick also,things should be done once n then we move on.As most where expectin another ff vii,i wasn't,we need sumn new,to me spendin resources in upgradin an old game is waste of time.As i always say then we should have re-goldeneyes,re-vice city/san andreas,re-oct's every great games RE,then u would see how everythan will get borin..Damn!

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Fabi
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 12:16:28 AM
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Wouldn't it be called Metal Gear Solid 4 Existence, not just Metal Gear Solid Existence? That makes me think it isn't MGS4.

Last edited by Fabi on 9/22/2008 12:16:50 AM

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