Echochrome Japanese PSN and PSP Demo Impressions


Once again, our Japanese brethren were treated to something unique and different with their weekly PlayStation Store update. This week, Echochrome demos, for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, were released. After brief downloads for each (37 MB and 3.7 MB respectively), I was finding the way, making things truths and found myself enjoying the game quite a bit.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl Japanese Impressions


Super Smash Brothers Brawl is possibly the most anticipated Nintendo Wii title of 2008 and why shouldn’t it be? This fan service on a disc has a ridiculous amount of content for the Nintendo obsessed. The Japanese version of Brawl known as Dairanto Smash Brothers X was released a few weeks ago and I finally got my hands on it. Here are some impressions after taking it for a quick spin. Note that Brawl is a rather large game with plenty of modes to choose from. So where does one start? Subspace Emissary and classic multiplayer Brawl modes seemed appropriate and thus this preview will just touch on those two modes.

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Everybody’s Golf 5 Demo Impressions


When I picked up my PlayStation 3 in Spring of 2007, one of the first demos I tried for the content starved Sony console was the Japanese demo of Minna No Golf 5. Also known as Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for North America, this easily accessible, cutsey anime styled golf game was, for me, one of the surprise highlights for the console at the time. (It was also the first golf game I had played since Kirby’s Dreamcourse for the Super Nintendo.) It wasn’t revolutionary, nor mind blowing visually, but it was a ton of bite sized fun — I was looking forward to its release.The game was released in Japan on July 26th, 2007 and with no North American release in sight, my interest in this game waned considerably.

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Turok PS3 Demo Impressions


I did not own an Nintendo 64, thus the Turok series is somewhat of a mystery to me. I know what the games were about on a features and description basis, but if you were to ask me about the Turok experience — I would give you a blank stare. Fortunately, the latest instalment of Turok is supposed to be a reboot of the franchise and my lack of Turok nostalgia may actually benefit my view of Propoganda Games’ take on the famed franchise. I downloaded the 1.1 GB demo from the PSN store last night and after spending some time with it I have got to say I was right with my intial thoughts of the game; good, but not great.

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