Bio: Adrienne Beck

Adrienne "Sicondera" Beck
Born: way too long ago.
Blood Type: red.
Zodiac: that one.
Resides: Seattle-ish.
Occupation: 9-to-5'er by day, vagrant Japanese translator by night.
First RPG: Final Fantasy IV... back when it was called Final Fantasy II.
Favorite RPG(s): Vagrant Story, Shadow Hearts II, Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.

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Staff Import Review – Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Thursday, March 11th, 2010 by | Posted in DS Reviews, Reviews, Traditional RPG Reviews

It’s the early 21st century, and Atlus has finally deemed the time right to roll out a sequel to their cult classic RPG Shin Megami Tensei: NocturneShin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. Is it worth the six year wait? Short answer: yes. Long answer: read on…


.hack Series Comes to Close with .hack//Link

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

At the Tokyo Game Show, Namco-Bandai announced .hack//Link, an action-RPG slated to be the final entry in the popular media-crossing series.  Details on the game itself are scarce as of yet, but it has been mentioned that it will be “a culmination of all 23 titles in the .hack series.”  Over 130 characters will make appearances, with up to 33 becoming party members, in a story that will span 14 years of time.

.hack//Link is set for a February 2010 release on the PSP.

Source: Famitsu

Square Enix Unveils NeiR Gestalt Sibling Title NeiR RepliCant

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

In preparation for the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has let the world know that recently announced Xbox 360 title NeiR Gestalt has a sibling: NeiR RepliCant for the PS3.  Like NeiR Gestalt, NeiR RepliCant is being developed by Cavia, and is due out sometime next year.  Unlike NeiR Gestalt, we actually have some story details for NeiR RepliCant.  The game will take place in the distant future, in a world on the verge of collapse.  Main character Neir leaves on a journey to find a cure for the deadly plague that has infected his sister.  During his travels he will have to deal with sealed scrolls, demonic powers and cursed monsters.  At the end, he may just find out some of the truth behind his world.

Source: Famitsu

Capcom Announces New RPG for the PSP – “Last Ranker”

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Well, the Tokyo Game Show is next week so game companies are starting unveil sneak-peeks at their new and hopefully shiny offerings.  First up is Capcom, which has announced the RPG Last Ranker for the PSP.


Persona 3 Portable – Out with the Old, in With the New Battle System

Sunday, September 6th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

One of the very few gripes people seemed to have with the Playstation 2 version of Persona 3 was with its battle system.  Having to talk to each party member just to change their equipment or having to rely on the sometimes-not-very-good ally AI in battle was, to be frank, just plain irritating.  Well, Atlus has listened to the feedback.  (more…)

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, PAX Impression

Saturday, September 5th, 2009 by | Posted in Events, Reviews

It seems like Square Enix brought to PAX pretty much the same demo for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days as it had at E3, though there were a few notable improvements.  You could actually pick up the DS and hold it, for one.  (more…)

Atlus Hears Players’ Prayers, Brings New Item on Strange Journey

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Veterans of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and the latter two Persona games will be all to familiar with this scenario: trying to fuse two demons together only to spend forever flipping back and forth and back and forth in a vain attempt to have your new demon inherit at least one of the skills you, y’know, actually want. Well, Atlus has finally heard our prayers and has created an item that actively gives fused demons specific skills.


Ys Seven Hypes Its Party, Invites New Characters

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Falcom Japan has already announced that they have plans for some new and interesting things for Ys Seven, the newest installment of their flagship series, Ys.  Now they have finally divulged some details on the biggest addition: the party system.  Up to three different characters can be in  the party at any one time, one of which will be player-controlled.  The other two will operate on AI.  Players will be able to switch between controlling any one of the three characters at any time.  With the addition of party members comes the addition of different kinds of attacks.  Each character’s weapon will specialize in either slicing, striking or piercing attacks.  Accordingly, enemies will be weaker or stronger to these different attacks.

Along with the party details comes the introduction of three new sub-characters who will be key players in Adel’s journey.  First is Kymarl, the wise king of Altago.  Hearing rumors of Adel’s adventures, he does what’s within his considerable power to help Adel out.  Also introduced are Elk’s grandmother Fatima and Mustafa’s ailing younger sister Crshe.  The official site says she is the victim of fevers, but it seems obvious the poor girl also has a vowel problem.

Ys Seven is due out on the PSP in Japan on September 17.

Source:  Dengeki

Four Warriors’ Adventure to Begin in Japan by Halloween

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Unfortunately, the Japanese don’t really celebrate Halloween, but Final Fantasy fans will be able to celebrate the arrival of Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light.  Square Enix has announced that the game will grace Japanese shelves on October 29th.  Touted as harking back to the good ol’ days of RPGs, Four Warriors of Light follows the adventures of the young man Brand as he goes on a quest to save a princess and eventually the world.

Atlus Announces New RPG for PSP – Hexyz Force

Monday, July 27th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Atlus and Sting have teamed up yet again, this time bringing us a traditional-style RPG for the PSP – Hexyz Force.  Aside from the hours of entertainment inherent in simply attempting to pronounce its title (hexies?  hek-syz?), Hexyz Force promises an interesting story split across two worlds; one Light and one Dark.  At the beginning of the game, players choose for their main character either Cecilia, priestess of the Light world, or Levant, knight of the Dark world.  Picking one over the other will have a large effect on the story’s characters, venue and progress.

A glimpse at the battle system has also been provided, showing a turn-based system where players can choose to place each of their three party members in one of three different rows; front, middle or back.  Placement will have effects on attack power and accuracy, as well as damage received.

Hexyz Force is due out for the PSP in Japan on November 12 of this year.

Dimensional Veils Part, Shine Light on Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

It’s been over five years since Atlus’ innovative RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne took the PS2 by storm but, as of October 8th of this year, the wait for a new, original Shin Megami Tensei title will end when Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey arrives on the Nintendo DS in Japan.


Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light Shows Off Shiny New Hats

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

According to Famitsu, Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light will have something of a fashion statement to make.  As we previously reported, the newest Final Fantasy has modified the series staple Job System, renaming it the Crown System.  In this system players can equip their party members with different headgear to give them different skills.  There will be over 20 different types of headgear, including a knight’s helm, black and white mage hats, a monk bandana, and hats for vagrants and playboys.  Each different piece of headgear will change the appearance of the character’s sprite.

Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light is set to go on sale for the NDS in Japan sometime this coming Fall.

Light Finally Shines on Final Fantasy Gaiden

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

A little over a week ago Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light, a brand new Final Fantasy game for the NDS.  Now they have decided to shine those warriors’ light on a few details for the game.

Firstly, the development team for the NDS versions of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV is the one to get the nod to work on the game.  Accordingly, the battle system for Final Fantasy Gaiden may look familiar to some, as it will be very similar to the one used for Final Fantasy III for the NDS, with players choosing commands from a grid on the bottom screen with their touch-pens.  Another familiar feature will be the “crown system,” a modified version of the job system common to the Final Fantasy series.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years DLC Revealed

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

On 7/21, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will set up shop on WiiWare in Japan.  According to Square Enix, the plan is to have the whole “main story” go up at once, followed thereafter by several chapters of downloadable content at a rate of one chapter per week.  So far there are 8 chapters of DLC set to be released, each one named after a character who will figure prominently in the chapter’s story; Rydia’s Chapter, Yang’s Chapter, Palom’s Chapter, Edge’s Chapter, Porom’s Chapter, Gilbert’s Chapter, the People of the Moon Chapter and finally the True Moon Chapter.

Tales Series Steps into the Ring, Introduces Tales of Versus

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Namco-Bandai’s long running Tales RPG series has stepped through the ropes into the fighter’s ring with Tales of Versus. 35 characters from 13 different Tales games duke it out for the special mana fruit borne by the World Tree only once every three years.   (more…)

Tales of Graces Shows Off Its Style

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 by | Posted in Game News

Namco-Bandai shines the spotlight on their upcoming Tales installment for the Wii, Tales of Graces, showing off their newest spin on the Linear Motion Battle System– Style Shift.  (more…)