One of the things we’ve been discussing behind the scenes here lately is the fact that a number of video game review websites (we won’t name names) have been posting more reviews for games that the reviewers haven’t actually completed. The average reader may not know this, but some of the major websites, particularly those who cover all genres, don’t always finish the games they review. This is understandable in some cases because of time constraints, the volume of their coverage, or the fact that with some genres, there really isn’t an ending (such as MMORPGs and certain simulation and puzzle games, which instead have hour requirements). But games that have actual endings — RPGs in particular — require completion. What’s disheartening is that smaller websites, whether they target a genre or a specific gamer demographic, are doing this too.
Posts Tagged ‘Eternal Sonata’
A couple more RPGs have been dated for PAL territories. The PS3 version of Eternal Sonata and Star Ocean: Second Evolution for the PSP will hit European shelves on February 13, 2009– a Friday no less!
A slew of RPGs is shipping out today across a range of systems: Star Ocean: First Departure for the PSP, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS, Eternal Sonata for the PlayStation 3, and Fable 2 for the Xbox 360. If you’re a multiplatform RPG player, we at RandomNPC offer our condolences to your wallet.
PlayStation 3 owners in Europe with a taste for J-RPGs can soon get some orchestral action. Eternal Sonata, chock-full of new costumes, playable characters, quests, and cut-scenes, will be heading overseas in February.
Namco Bandai made a couple of RPG-related announcements today. Tales fans have something to be excited about as a playable demo of Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox 360 is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace and it’s free for Silver and Gold account users. Tales of Vesperia is due out on August 26 and is rated “T” for Teen.
It was also announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Eternal Sonata will be making its debut on the system this fall. The new version will come with some in-game goodies including new events, music, and two new playable characters: Crescendo and Serenade.
What is reality? What are dreams? How can we tell the difference between the two? What if our eyes are clouded by what we think is reality, and our dreams are actually brief glimpses at the real world — short moments where the clouds part and the light breaks through? Or are dreams merely excursions into other realities? If a dream were a reality, how would you live in it? What are life and death, and how do they relate to dreams and reality? Is death itself a dream? Is life the only reality?
If that paragraph made you cringe or roll your eyes, Eternal Sonata is not for you. If, however, you are intrigued — or morbidly curious — read on.
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