Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Most Wanted: Odin Sphere

Every Tuesday, I look at a game on my Most Wanted list and discuss why I want it so much as well as some details from the game.

Name: Odin Sphere

Release Date: America today, Europe TBA

Format: PS2

Developer: Atlus


Official Japanese site
Official US site

What is it?

Another RPG but set in 2D with large sprites and action based gameplay.

Why is it on the list?

The PS3 is supposed to be on the up and the PS2 almost fizzling out. This game shows that the PS2 still has a little bit of fight left in it though. The strange graphics have had almost universal appeal in the blogosphere and looks very story based. Early reports suggest that this is a long one too so more value for money. Oh, did I say it looks good too?

Why listen to me though? Have a look at the video below. Who said 2D was dead?!

Monday, 21 May 2007

Public Service Announcement: No. 1

Just to let you all know, I'm not here on Wednesday and won't be back until Friday so there will be no stories this week for the following:

Game review (I'll do this next week)
Release dates (see the Eurogamer forums for a release list)
Watch List and Weekend Gaming (I might be able to squeeze it in)

Of course, I may just try and get everything done after I get back so it may not happen after all. Just don't expect to see these items on the day that they're supposed to come out...

Last Week (14th to 20th May)

A busy week started with me looking at trying to hide my excitement at the prospect of being able to play the slightly changed Final Fantasy Tactics on the PSP, especially as the release date for Europe is the same as in the US, unprecedented by Square-Enix (for us anyway).

I then made a huge comeback in Puzzle Quest to win by just 2 HP and I started to hear rumours of a second game from the ICO team.

This week's releases left very little to the imagination (note that a few PC games were also released this week but I didn't spot them from my usual channels). The sequel to a JRPG series was announced for Europe by Koei and I couldn't garner much excitement...

It was Sony's Gamers Day in America and one of my most wanted games, Jeanne D'Arc for the PSP, came out into the open and a new trailer was released, pushing my excitement (and a few others) up a bit more. I also had a look at Shadow Hearts 3 which is released this Friday, and mulled over what I wanted to play this weekend (which in the end was: FF12, Puzzle Quest, Nintendo Wii (for the day) and LocoRoco). All that and I still had time to mention that Final Fantasy VI finally had an official European release date!