Persona 4 One-Two Punch Announced

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Two Persona 4 related games were announced yesterday via Japanese magazine, Famitsu. First, the predictable announcement: there’s an enhanced port of Persona 4 coming to PlayStation Vita called Persona 4: The Golden.

A new character, new cutscenes, more lines of spoken dialog and even some kind of messaging system that will take advantage of the Vita’s online capabilities. It’s another reason for me to get a PlayStation Vita.
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Famitsu: Cody, Guy & Adon Returning For SSFIV

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famitsu-logoI haven’t touched Street Fighter IV in quite some time, but I will tell you this: I will be picking Super Street Fighter IV.

I enjoy Street Fighter IV, but I’ll enjoy it even more with Cody, Guy and Adon in the mix! The latest issue of Famitsu has the grand reveal for those who wish to see the scans.

The Street Fighter IV roster already resembles much of the Street Fighter Alpha roster, so to see these three characters returning makes me wish they would go ahead and rename this Street Fighter Alpha 4.

But who cares what it’s called. So far we’ve got Dee Jay, T. Hawk, Juri, Cody, Adon and Guy; that’s six new characters. And if those rumors prove to, there could be four more characters to be revealed. Who knows? Perhaps the next set will feature some Street Fighter III characters.

Some Awesome Japanese News

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famitsu-logoThis week’s Famitsu magazine was filled with brilliant news; the most significant being the announcement of Valkyria Chronicles 2 for the PlayStation Portable. Sweet.

I would have loved if the sequel was on the PlayStation 3, but just having a sequel is more than I was expecting.

The sequel will take place two years after the first game and will star a new hero, Avan Hardence. Apparently, it’ll borrow a few touches from Persona’s Japanese school-life style of RPG and merge it with the combat system of the first game. No release date as of yet.

Other tidbits of interest are as follows:

  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will feature online co-op missions
  • Dragon Quest IX scored a perfect 40 point score (10/10/10/10) — the tenth perfect score in the magazine’s history
  • Katamari Forever (Tribute in North America) scored 33 points (9/8/8/8); best Katamari game of the series!

I’ll most likely be picking up NG Sigma 2 at a lower price point and the same goes with Katamari Tribute. Dragon Quest IX? I tried to play VIII on PS2, but, at the time, it bored me to tears. Perhaps the experience will be different on the Nintendo DS.

FYI: Ninja Gaiden 2 PS3, Mass Effect 2, Wolfenstein MP

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Announcements

Mass Effect 2 Coming to Xbox 360 & PC Early 2010

BIOWARE ANNOUNCES MASS EFFECT 2

The Dark Second Chapter to the Epic Science-Fiction Trilogy – Coming Early 2010 for Windows PC and Xbox 360

Guildford, UK – March 17, 2009 – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today officially announced the development of Mass Effect™ 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the multi award-winning 2007 hit, Mass Effect. The Mass Effect trilogy is a masterful science-fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril…

“We’re going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager and CEO, BioWare and General Manager and Vice President, EA. “Mass Effect 2 is shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG-shooter experience, taking players on a non-stop roller-coaster ride filled with stunning plot twists and no-holds-barred action.”

Mass Effect 2 is coming to PC and the Xbox 360 video game system in Early 2010. To see the exclusive new Mass Effect 2 teaser trailer check out the website here: www.masseffect.com

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