Saturday, 4 October 2008

European Release Dates as of 4th October 2008

October is looking to be a bumper month for all kinds of gamers and those who aren't major fans of the upcoming blockbusters can keep their heads down too with the "not so well known" games coming up. Remember, the FEStival starts on 17th October. Don't miss out!

Persona 3: FES - 17/10/2008
Exit DS - 17/10/2008
LittleBigPlanet - 24/10/2008
Star Ocean: First Departure - 24/10/2008
Valkyria Chronicles - 31/10/2008
Professor Layton and the Curious Village - 7/11/2008
The Last Remnant - 20/11/2008
Time Hollow - November
Away: Shuffle Dungeon - Autumn
Chrono Trigger - 2009
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice - 2009
Disgaea DS - 2009

Star Ocean first departing for America and Europe

Square-Enix's remake of the first Star Ocean, Star Ocean: First Departure, has been given official release dates for the US and Europe. The US version of the game will be released on 21st October while the Europeans will have to wait just 3 more days to get their copies on the 24th October. The remake of Star Ocean 2, called Star Ocean: Second Evolution, will be released in 2009.

Source: PSP Fanboy

Valkyria Chronicles release date announced with demo

Sega's sublime canvas style tactical RPG for the PS3 has been officially dated for Europe for the 31st October 2008. It was originally planned to be pushed back to November but it seems the developers want us to get our hands on it early. Something gamers will enjoy unless they're busy with the rest of the October schedule.

People who are unsure of the war-time game will be able to play a demo of the game when it hits the Playstation Network for free (in Europe at least, US users will need to pay for the latest Qore episode) on 9th October 2008.

Source: Eurogamer

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Professor Layton finally comes to Europe

It's been an agonising wait for the non-importing Europeans but finally, after over one and a half years of watching Japan get their hands on two of the Layton games, Nintendo of Europe announced that Level 5's Professor Layton and the Curious Village would be released on 7th November 2008. I personally got fed up of waiting so imported it from America just a couple of months ago so call me impatient if you have to.

The hit game from Japan has you following Professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke in solving puzzles to unravel the mystery surrounding St. Mystere. The game has 135 puzzles in it's banks and with the promise of more released every week online for download. Each puzzle solved will bring you one step closer to finding out the secrets of this mysterious town.

Having played it, I heartily recommend it!

Source: Nintendo Europe

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Level 5 celebrates 10 years with handheld heaven

I should have covered this the day it broke. Ah whatever. The point is that Level 5 held their Vision 2008 conference on 29/09/2008 and showed a lot of things - that Famitsu showed a few days earlier. However, they covered it in more detail and since the conference, there have been a small smattering of screenshots. Some of the games announced were Inazuma Eleven 2 for the DS, Inazuma Eleven Break for an unnamed console (99% chance it's going to be their first Wii game) and the final part of the Professor Layton series. They also announced 2 other DS games, namely Sloane and McHale's Mysterious Story and *deep breath* Akira Tago's Brain Exercise Vol.1 Travel Around the World Solving Puzzles.

However, there were 3 other games buried in this pile of games that you should be keeping an eye on. Not much detail is available for these games but visually, they look stunning.

Ninokuni: The Another World (yes it did have that subtitle)

Ever heard of Studio Ghibli? They made Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and other animated film classics. In what was the most surprising and wonderful joint ventures, Level 5, with their 10th year under way announced that Studio Ghibli would be creating the animations for Ninokuni. The game is to include a magic book which you use in game. Ninokuni is due for release on the DS and an unnamed console (probably the Wii again). With Studio Ghibli's reputation, this game is the most likely to arrive in Europe.

Cardboard Senki

I'm not as informed about this one as the others but it is apparently a "new" type of RPG where you play as a small robot playing in a world made of cardboard. The early images look like they come from Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2. I'm not confident about this title getting out of Japan but let's hope for the best. This title is due for release on the PSP.


As soon as I heard about this game, I thought it was interesting. Then I saw the screenshots for it and it suddenly shot to the top of my most wanted list. The game casts you as a Shinigami (like a Grim Reaper if you're frantically searching) and you attach yourself to people who are about to die and try to fulfil their last wishes. The game sounds quirky but a quick look at the screenshots will tell you that it could potentially be on for great things. This is due for release on the PSP and let's hope it comes to Europe or the US at least.