Register :: Log in :: Profile   


Japanese Samurai History Video Game/Computer Game Releases
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
 
Post new topic   This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.    The Samurai Archives Citadel Forum Index // Japanese Entertainment
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Tatsunoshi
Miko no Kami
Miko no Kami
Forum Kanrei
Forum Kanrei
Multi-Year Benefactor
Multi-Year Benefactor



Joined: 07 May 2006
Posts: 4923
Location: 京都日本 Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Ouka Sengoku Portable (桜花センゴク Portable, Cherry Blossoms of the Sengoku Portable, Japanese language only, will work on any PSP) tells the story of one of the greatest heroes-or villains-of Japanese history, Akechi Mitsuhide. Although this story might be a bit different-seems that Mitushide has been reborn in the present as a cute anime girl. And he’s in a school that is filled with reincarnations of famous Sengoku warlords, and they’re all cute anime girls too! What could be better? Well, for one thing, the man (now girl) Akechi turned on and killed, Teh Tenma Maou, Oda Nobunaga herself, is at the same school…she remembers, and she’s pissed. Getting a death threat from Nobunaga on the first day of school is apt to result in having a bad semester. From the designers…

“Akechi Mitsuhide's life is about to go from bad to worse when she receives the invitation letter to attend Sengoku Gakuen. Warriors from the Sengoku era are all reborn as pretty ladies, and the worst thing is, they all have their memories intact. So when he comes across Nobunaga, who has been betrayed in her past life by a man of the same name, she is all out on revenge.

Although he managed to persuade her that he is not the same person who killed her in her past life and that it was the school that made a mistake, he could not escape from the attentions of the other warrior girls.

All screens are adapted to the 16:9 dimension of the Sony PSP. There are more girls to woo. These new girls are all voices by famous seiyuus (voice actors-Tatsu) with cute voices and have original stories dedicated to them. Besides new characters, existing characters get involved in new scenarios, have more CGs to unlock and the PSP version contains a new animated OP movie.”

As one might imagine, this is an eroge game made for guys. As indicated by the press release, it’s a port of an earlier PC version with new scenarios, more girls, more movies and artwork, and basically more of everything that a purchaser of an ‘interactive novel’ expects. So why is ‘Sengoku’ rendered in katakana? Well, so readers can interpret it one of several ways. You can read it as ‘warring states period’-fine since the characters are reincarnated Sengoku warriors. It’s also the name of the high school they attend. You could even read it as “Ultimate Battle” (ala the Sengoku Hime series) and have them be “Ultimate Battle Cherry Blossoms”. Ah, the options you have in Japanese…

The game comes in the limited edition (left) and regular edition (right). Preorders received a free rubber strap of one of the girls (Uesugi Kenshin, I think). The limited edition comes with a copy of the game and a Drama CD crammed full of ultra-cute moe schoolgirly voices! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m sold.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tatsunoshi
Miko no Kami
Miko no Kami
Forum Kanrei
Forum Kanrei
Multi-Year Benefactor
Multi-Year Benefactor



Joined: 07 May 2006
Posts: 4923
Location: 京都日本 Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


A budget reissue of Musou Orochi for the PSP has been released in Japan to capitalize on the upcoming PSP release of the latest entry (Musou Orochi 2 Special, coming next week). It's simply a cheaper PSP version of the original Musou Orochi game for the PS2 that we covered in the very first post on this thread.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tatsunoshi
Miko no Kami
Miko no Kami
Forum Kanrei
Forum Kanrei
Multi-Year Benefactor
Multi-Year Benefactor



Joined: 07 May 2006
Posts: 4923
Location: 京都日本 Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Most of the recent releases have been repackagings of PS2/PS3 games for the PSP or budget reissues of PSP games.



For example, there’s “Musou Orochi 2 Special” (無双 Orochi 2 Special, Orochi’s Unmatched 2 Special) on the PSP (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP). This is the handheld version of the PS3 game ‘Musou Orochi 2’ that we covered a few months ago. But it’s SPECIAL. What makes it special? Well, there are two new playable characters added to the over 130 already in the game. These are Rachel (the scantily clad huge chested fiend hunter from the Ninja Gaiden series) and famous historical Onmyoji, Abe no Seimei. There's also a new 'Battle Royal' mode for online combat against rival gamers with battles that have special rules that make everything extra challenging. But otherwise it’s the same game that takes the historical figures from the Sengoku/Sangoku Musou games, adds in crossover characters from other game series, and throws them into a total fantasy that’s incredibly fun to play. There’s also copious amounts of DLC available for the game on the Japanese Playstation store-right now, just music packs and wallpapers. If you preordered the game, you also received a code for a set of 10 themes for your PSP featuring characters from the game (we’re using Kaguya from ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’, since she’s such a cutie).



Then there’s “Nobunaga No Yabou: Reppuuden with Pawaa Appu Kitto” (信長の野望 烈風伝 with パワーアップキット, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Legend Of The Violent Wind with Power Up Kit). The ‘Violent Wind’ here refers to of course Nobunaga as he sweeps across the countryside of Japan, slaughtering young and old alike. This is a lower cost reissue of the PSP port (Japanese language only, will work with any PSP) of the PS2 version of the game. It’s your standard Nobunaga’s Ambition province grabbing game-nothing to see here, move along.



Prefer your Sengoku conquest game to feature all your favorite daimyo as hot anime chicks? Well then, look no further than “Sengoku Hime 2 Arashi: Hyakubana, Senran Tatsukaze No Gotoku” (戦極姫2・嵐~百華、戦乱辰風の如く, roughly Ultimate Battle Princesses 2-Storm: Countless Flowers Like The Chaotic Dragon Wind) for the PSP (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP). Again, this is a reissue of the original PSP game we covered a while back. Take control of your favorite daimyo, build up your economy, win the trust of your people, broker alliances, and beat the snot out of your enemies with military might. The PSP ‘Storm’ version is differentiated from the PS2 ‘Flame’ version by including the Uesugi rather than the Takeda as a playable clan.



There is one new release, that being Toki No Kizuna (十鬼の絆), Bonds Of The Ten Demons). It’s also for the PSP (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP). A ‘virtual novel/otome’ game for girls, it’s set at the time of Sekigahara, when east met west in a struggle to fill the void left by Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s death. Keeping out of this conflict are the Oni, the legendary ‘demons’ of Japan. However, they’ve been unfairly maligned by history-in the game, the Oni resemble ordinary humans and have went into hiding. They’ve been persecuted for years by humans that fear their superior strength and particularly their berserker forms. The 10 tribes of Oni have been summoned by their Head Priestess, Yasuhime, who is aided by the story’s heroine, Yukina. One day Yasuhime has a vision and summons the 10 councilors of the Oni to discuss its ramifications. While Oni have been forbidden to have human contact, it seems that at least one of them has-and that if they continue to do so, it will spell doom for the 10 tribes. Yasuhime is mysteriously put into a coma-suspected of the deed are members of two other Oni tribes who were outcast long ago. Yasuhime remains in her coma and the councilors drift back to their tribes…

From here, it’s standard otome fare as Yukina heads down different story paths, each one featuring a different member of an Oni tribe as her prospective ‘true love’ with different endings-some good, some bad. Along the way they discover that one member has become friendly with Shimazu Toyohisa of Satsuma, and this threatens to drag the Oni into the coming battle between Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu at Sekigahara. And wouldn’t you just know it-there’s also a drug floating around that turns humans into a match for the Oni…

Hmmm…supernatural beings far superior to humans that are hunted and misunderstood but still want to help out humanity and find true love, along with a wonderdrug that turns humans into monsters-sounds a lot like the ‘new wave’ of vampires and the ‘Hakuoki’ game series to boot. Well, if it worked for them…The game comes in a limited edition (left) and a regular edition (right). The limited edition comes with a drama CD and an art book along with a copy of the game in a box featuring variant artwork.

As you can see, the Japanese gaming market these days is heavily geared towards the PSP. This not only reflects the fact that many J-gamers prefer something they can play on the train or other public transportation, but also the fact that it’s easy to port PS2 classics to it. Add in the fact that RPG’s and Virtual Novels comprise a huge part of the gaming market and don’t require much in the way of heavy duty hardware, and it’s easy to see why the PSP is currently the platform of choice in Japan.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tatsunoshi
Miko no Kami
Miko no Kami
Forum Kanrei
Forum Kanrei
Multi-Year Benefactor
Multi-Year Benefactor



Joined: 07 May 2006
Posts: 4923
Location: 京都日本 Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Leading off this week is an otome game set in the era of the Genpei War-Genroh (源狼, Genji Wolf or as we like to put it, ‘Minamoto Maverick’). It’s yet another PSP release (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP). This one centers around Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his retainer band, focusing on the time the young warrior spent with the Fujiwara in Hiraizumi. It covers the period from 1179 to Yoshitsune’s apparent death in 1189. The heroine of the story is 12 year old Shaye who meets Yoshitsune and his vassals, finding her life inextricably intertwined with the group’s fate. She’s an orphan who has the ability to see the truth behind things and tell when others are lying. This interactive novel features excellent artwork, voice overs, and multiple endings as Shaye can cuddle up to any of the pretty boys in Yoshitsune’s warrior band-Benkei, either of the Sato brothers, Yoshitsune hisself, or others. Each of the men has a distinct personality ranging from the impetuous Yoshitsune to the stalwart Benkei, who apparently isn’t too stalwart since he’s hitting on twelve year old girls. Well, she is 22 by the end of the story, and otome games are more about feelings and true love than the explicit sex games made for men, so I guess it’s OK. Wonder what Shizuka would think about all this? Or for that matter, Yoshitune’s historical wife who came to him courtesy of the enemy Taira? At any rate, besides the Genpei War, there are mysterious goings on in the Capital to keep things interesting as well.

As with most otome games, it comes in a limited edition (L) and regular release (R). The limited edition comes with a copy of the game, the ‘Yuki no Yogatari’ drama CD, and an artbook.



For the Nintendo 3DS (Japanese language only, will only work on a Japanese 3DS) comes Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd (戦国無双 Chronicle 2nd, Chronicle of the Peerless of the Warring States 2). The latest entry in Koei’s Sengoku Musou franchise lets portable gamers take their choice of a male or female warrior and have at it, interacting with over 30 of the regular characters from the popular game series as well as some new characters created especially for the game-Ii Naotora (Ii Naomasa’s foster mother, who legend has it dressed up like a man to protect him when he was a baby and in danger of being killed when his father was slain by the Imagawa after accused of being a traitor), Todo Takatora and Yagyu Munenori. Side characters picked up during the course of the game can also be switched to in the course of battle. Unlike the first Chronicle game, this time around the paths are not set in stone and multiple endings are possible depending on what choices are made by the player-as well as by their performance in battle. It’s still the same Musou gameplay that lets players hack and slash their way through hundreds of enemy warriors while completing individual missions and helping their army carry out its strategy. In fact, it's pretty much the exact same battles and maps form the original game, only with a few new features.

What does Koei have to say about it?

“Unite the warring states through your Nintendo 3DS. Sengoku Musou
Chronicle 2nd gives you torrents of enemies. It's your job to execute
your attacks destructively and stylishly so that you are the last one
standing by the end of the skirmish.

The game offers improvements in existing modes and new play modes. The main mode Musou Enbu has more branches, your decisions might lead you down very different paths. With all the different story branches, you can lead your team through the game repeatedly until you reach a
satisfying ending.

The new Moushou enbu mode supports local connections, so join a group
of like minded warriors to go clear missions, bump yourself up rankings and compete with players from around the nation.”

The online component of the game is being brought to the forefront and emphasized with local multiplayer and internet action. The game has a ton of different modes, great action, nice cutscenes and artwork, and a huge variety of Sengoku battles to play. One of the better samurai-themed portable games out there and highly recommended.



Only in Japan would you see something like Pachinko Hissatsu Shigotonin IV Kyoraku Korekushen Vol. 2 (ぱちんこ 必殺仕事人 IV KYORAKUコレクション Vol. 2, Sure Death Assassins IV Kyoraku Collection Vol 2) get a release. Not that the popular TV/film series (known as ‘Sure Death’ in the US) about a group of Edo period townspeople and samurai who moonlight as assassins at night isn’t deserving of a game-but for some reason, instead of straight adaptations, they get ‘theme’ games. Here we have a Pachinko game based on Sure Death (Japanese language only, will work on any PS3) not unlike the earlier version for the PS2 we covered a couple of years ago where they were cartoon versions. As you play and rack up points on a virtual Pachinko machine, you’ll be rewarded with film clips from the latest incarnation of the TV show along with original animation and action. Good for a novelty play, but best experienced by playing the real machine in a Pachinko Parlor.



This next one’s a bit on the strange side- Elminage Ibun: Ame no Mihashira (エルミナージュ 異聞 アメノミハシラ, A Strange Tale of Elminage: The Heavenly August Pillar) on the PSP (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP). The Elminage series takes place in a fantasy version of medieval Japan filled with bizarre monsters and supernatural beings. It’s basically your standard dungeon crawler RPG mixed with a bit of Pokemon as you’re able to tame and train the monsters you defeat to help you in combat later. The artwork and characters are colorful and cartoonish and there’s the typical grinding and combat you’d expect from an RPG. The “Heavenly August Pillar” is a part of the Japanese creation myth featuring Izanami and Izanagi. It seems the pillar has resurfaced and is spewing forth all sorts of monsters to make life difficult for the Japanese people and perhaps pave the way for something even worse…

The press release:

“The famed Elminage RPG series takes a new turn in Ame no Mihashira. The story elements play a bigger role in the game and this time, there is a main character to carry the plot forward. Choose between Miki and Sakuya, and head into an imagined Medieval Japan. In this fantasy world, demons roam the earth.

Form a group with the partners you get to know in the game and take the massive monsters out. When you defeat them, you have the option to tame them, and the more you tame, the more characters you have in the stable. Make use of their different attributes when you fight against the impossible big bosses that pop up at the end of the mission.”



Somewhat new for the PSP (Japanese language only, will work on any PSP) is “Rurouni Kenshin-Meiji Kenkaku Romantan-Kansei” (るろうに剣心-明治剣客浪漫譚-完醒, Wanderer Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story-Total Disillusion), an enhanced version of the game we covered a few months ago (just replace the ‘Kansei’part with ‘Reflash’). This time around, a few new playable characters have been added (bringing the total to 30) and there’s a new chapter taking place in Kyoto. Otherwise, it’s a pretty straightforward one-on-one fighting game set during the early Meiji period with moves and character models taken straight from the anime series.

The press release:

“It's time to go back to the Meiji period. The wars between the top
swordsmen are about to start again in Ruroni Kenshin Kansei.

Master the different fighting styles and step into the geta of
Kenshin, Sagara Sanosuke and Shinomori Aoshi. The system is improved
with better controls and ease of use. And besides the major characters
that participated in the fight in the last installment, new characters
join in the fray this time.

Gamers who feel nostalgic can play the game in the old anime taste,
but others who are looking for something fresher can launch the new
Kyoto Chapter. The classic series is so popular for a reason, don't
just stay at the sidelines, jump in, and live it.”



Capcom’s notorious in the video game business for repackaging the same product several times over-after all, how many versions of Street Fighter 2 have they put out? So the release of the “Sengoku Basara HD Collection” (戦国 Basara HD Collection, Warring States Style HD Collection) should come as no surprise. This PS3 release (Japanese language only, works on any PS3) combines the first three games released in the series, all formerly on the PS2. You’ll get the full versions of the original ‘Sengoku Basara’, ‘Sengoku Basara 2’, and SB2’s expansion ‘Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes’. Featuring thirty playable warriors from the ungodly popular franchise (which is currently being made into a live-action film after being a hit anime series), glut your soul on mindless combat as your warrior carves their way through the enemy army without having to care if every other soldier in your army dies. Nope, none of that dang strategy you see in the Sengoku Musou series here-although many of the levels exhibit a much greater sense of humor. The games have all had their graphics upgraded for the PS3 and there are a few new game modes and story episodes, but for the most part they’re exactly the same as they were on the PS2. Still, it’s a budget release, and it’s convenient to have all three readily available on the PS3. If you’re in the mood for mindless destruction, it might be just the thing.



And another reissue of a popular Koei game that challenges you to step into the sandals of one of Japan’s Unifiers, carve out a place for yourself, and conquer the nation. But no, it’s not Nobunaga’s Ambition, but rather Taiko Risshiden V (Taiko Success Story V, 太閤立志伝 V, Japanese language only, will play on any PSP). Much more popular in Japan than in the West and originally seen on the PS2, this game has much in common with Koei’s more famous series, Nobunaga No Yabou (Nobunaga's Ambition). However, in our opinion, it’s far more entertaining and engaging-Taiko Risshiden has more of an arcade-y feel to it and stresses the development of your character as much as it does province-gobbling and tiresome micromanagement.

For starters, while the goal of the game is to unify Japan during the Sengoku, you're not limited to the role of a samurai warlord. You can become a blacksmith, merchant, pirate, shinobi, samurai, ronin, doctor, or even a tea master. This makes for far more interesting gameplay and each character must be approached and played differently to be successful. There are all kinds of artifacts, weapons, and cardplay to help you out along the way and besides the expected siege and field battles the player can also engage in personal battles. There's far more of a sense of personality here and actually being an integral part of the game rather than just an accountant. Highly recommended.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Post new topic   This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.    The Samurai Archives Citadel Forum Index // Japanese Entertainment All times are GMT - 10 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Page 5 of 5

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Help the Samurai Archives




alexisRed v1.2 // Theme Created By: Andrew Charron // Samuraized By: Aaron Rister

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group