Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"This is Living" SOS or Xeno style

W/ Megami 77 out, it's not hard to grab scans, especially Haruhi ones, so i mind as well post some of 'em (2 of 3). The Hisayuki Queen's Blade poster makes the issue all worth it.
@ss was not included ;)

There's not much game news i want to mention that was made during the day. "This is Living" is supposedly the slogan for the PS3, not officially confirmed for US or JPN though. There's the Ryu ga Gotoku 2 (aka Yakuza 2...1 comes out in the US next week...2 comes out Dec.7 in JPN) news. There's the ongoing PS3 info which i find ho hum along w/ Assassin's Creed being officially confirmed that it's not PS3 'exclusive' after months of rumours. It's exclusive ala Resident Evil 4 GC exclusive. FFXIII and FFXIII Versus will be shown at TGS in video form, 13V is suppose to show and have some new material. R7 is getting more media. Kenshin PS2 does a minor update by adding another clip. DBZ SN gets more coverage (sick). Then there's the new PSP model talk (2...that gps add-on...meh) as well Tales of Destiny PSP release date (Nov. 22).
Big Wii Zelda News is suppsoedly expected on Fri. On the 360 side, Operation Darkness has sorta caught my eye recently. It's by Success, the same company that brought you Wrestle Angel :P (which reminds me that my import store has that on hold for me). Official site can be found here. I'm mainly intrigued by teh awesome art by Yoshio Sugiura. Lastly, Famitsu reviews, none are particularly interesting 'cept may for PSU.

Phantasy Star Universe (PS2, Sega): 9 / 9 / 8 / 9 - (35/40)
Kangaeru Exit (PSP, Taito): 8 / 8 / 7 / 9 - (32/40)
Kengo 3 (PS2, Genki): 7 / 6 / 6 / 6 - (25/40)
Blood+ Final Peace (PSP, Sony): 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (29/40)
Pilot ni Narou! Flying All-Stars (PSP, Marvelous): 7 / 7 / 6 / 5 - (25/40)
Idaten Jump DS: Moero! Flame Kaiser (NDS, Taito): 6 / 6 / 5 / 6 - (23/40)
Unou no Tatsujin: Hirameki Kosodate My Angel (NDS, Bandai Namco): 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (29/40)

The focus of this post is mainly about my purchase of Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra.

As w/ tradition, i usually post my NTSC US games (i never bother JPN for some reason). Got the game today along w/ my free preordered artbook.

This preorder bonus is decent but obviously isn't as cool as episode 2's preorder where i got a Xenosaga 1 Movie DVD that let you watch a good chunk of episode 1's (neverending) cutscenes in both English or Japanese. I know the JPN release got a bonus dvd along w/ other goodies but i prefer to play my text/story heavy (especially in xeno's case) in English. I'm also not 'that' big of a xenosaga fan (though i am for xenogears) so i don't really care that much for the extras (i'm poor as it is). On to the artbook, it is a Brady one and pretty crappy IMO. It's almost 50 pages and contains a few decent artwork of the characters, e.s' and 2-3 pages of concept art. There's nothing particularly new that i haven't seen on the web before. So if you don't get or can't find this artbook, don't worry cuz you're not missing much. Just go for the JPN guide or artbook (if there is one out right now, i don't know cuz i haven't checked). Lastly i just want to mention that i knew the game was censored beforehand (thanks to gaming forums) but i don't particularly care since the previous ones had their share of censor and editing. I have the JPN movies anyways, so i can watch 'em in all it's uncensored glory if i wanted to (as well as listen to the much better voice acting), so it really doesn't bother me. I'm also not sure when i'm gonna play this as i got 100's of games (literally) to go through and finish. W/ KOF 2k6, Yakuza and Okami coming out soon, there's more to be added to my huge backlog.

I'll finish off w/ a few samples of the artbook

as well as a other random art (official and unofficial) and (inferior IMO) Xeno II Shion swimsuit.

Aug. 31 4:48 PM EST Edit - This is for Somber:

I'll add one more tidbit to this edit since i'm the gaming guru :D...2chan shares a famitsu scan w/ about the November 23rd Jump Ultimate Stars before any game site, though Ruliweb members are always quick on the ball ;)


Somber said...

I really like the art for Xenosaga 3. Who is the artist?

DiGiKerot said...

My XSIII only just shipped, so it'll probably be next week when I get it (and will probably play Disgaea II first since I've already played XS).

Whats been cut this time around, anyway?

R8 said...

@ somber: the artist/chara designer for Xeno III is Koichi Mugitani (aka Choco). he's got a sweet doujin called xenosaga emissions 2. i'll post it up for ya.

@ Digi: Yeah, you're crazee for playing it again, but then again, you ARE HARDCORE Xeno fan ^^. What's been cut? i read and saw pics that it's mostly blood. They're pretty obvious, like "hmmm...this guy just got stabbed, he's in pain but no physical injuries are seen...interesting.". check out the screenshots at gamefaqs. It shows the ending which of course you already saw. For those who haven't seen the ending, beware of MAJOR spoilers. And those who want the FMVs, got to Blue Laguna.

Somber said...

Thanks. It looks really good. Is it a adult doujin and where is it for sale?

R8 said...

@ somber: i don't really know since i'm not knowledgable in buying doujins. i think it was available at a comiket. YAJ auctions or other auction sites might have it.