Think the JRPG genre is 100% shirtless men and "end of the world" plots? Well, you're only half right...
There's a brand new Valkyria Chronicles game currently in the works, but it's probably not the sequel that you're expecting from Sega...
This week's topics: Top 7… E3 announcements you missed – the stories and games that slipped right past us. Nintendo’s E3 press conference – was a lot like last year’s, and we’ve got the audio evidence. Prototype Super Review – Mikel finally admits he accepts bribes from Microsoft. And Activision. Oh and Sony. Probably Nintendo too. And more!
Ever since the Xbox 360 arrived three years ago, the so-called next-gen era of gaming has been depressingly devoid of beautiful games. We’re not talking graphics, mind, we’re talking colors.
Another holiday shopping season is here, bringing with it the grim realization that, once again, the game industry has failed to learn its damn lesson. Just like every other year, seemingly every game publisher on the planet has decided to shove its biggest releases onto store shelves for the holidays, confident that they won’t be buried under the avalanche of every other publisher doing the exact same thing.
Can you believe it? T-Dar is officially half a year old! Dan Amrich from OXM and Scott Butterworth of PTOM fame team up with Chris and Brett to make this a podcast for the ages... if ages were determined by discussions about videogame presidents, Gears of War 2 and how to get kicked off Xbox Live.
Vallkyria Chronicles shares the same frustrations as MGS4, with its gratuitous cutscenes redeemed by glimpses of genius. The premise might be unspectacular – set in a world at war, you control a military unit in a quest to free your country from Imperial occupation – but gorgeous presentation and intriguing gameplay make it a rare gem that stands out from the crowded shelves of RPG sequels and remakes.
Normally, we’d think that any PS3 exclusive from a third-party publisher would be well known simply because there aren’t very many. But Valkyria Chronicles, a PS3 exclusive from publisher Sega, remains criminally unheralded. That needs to change, because this quirky strategy RPG, with its lush graphics and weird, anime/sci-fi take on WWII, has all the earmarks of a sleeper hit in the making.Reason #1: It’s freaking