Shadow Yukiko’s attacks are un-bear-able. Hee hee. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/07/12’ »
Posts Tagged ‘.hack (series)’
Famitsu has listed some of the characters to be featured in the upcoming .Hack//Versus. Haseo and Sora have been previously announced, and it’s now known that Tsukasa, Ouan, and Sakuya will also be playable. Additionally, the game’s story mode ties into the movie, and clearing it will open up a short sequence told from the perspective of David, a character in the movie.
Yeah, I watched the Idolm@ster anime. What can I say? I indulge in the occasional weird Japanese thing. Went better than expected, although I’m not wading into the games anytime soon unless one can guarantee more box malfunctions.
Right then, to the news! This week we have the following:
- UK retailer GAME files for administration, the UK equivalent of Chapter 11.
Which means it’s game overNO MUST RESIST THE OBVIOUS PUN
- Meanwhile, Zynga buys out Omgpop, makers of Draw Something, for a whopping $200 million. They’re gonna have to sell a lot of Zynga funbucks to make it up.
- BioWare plans “clarification” DLC for the Mass Effect 3 ending. Forbes, by the way, has a better read on this fiasco than most games media outlets; spoilers aplenty, but give this article a read when you get time.
- Dragon Age 2 winds down as the team gets ready for Dragon Age 3. Presumably they’re all just glad they’re not the Mass Effect team right about now.
- Speaking of dragons, Dragon’s Dogma‘s producer wants to sell ten million copies worldwide. I’m just going to leave that there and let you picture it.
- Yet another producer, this one for Resident Evil: Revelations, tells the truth and breaks my heart about where the survival horror genre has gone in recent years.
- GameStop’s standing in retail is examined, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition gets confirmed for the iPad, the .Hack series gets a fighting game, and more!
The Great Salt Lick says Cheria is a liar! Continue reading ‘Not So Mass Media 03/24/12’ »
Care of Famitsu is the news that .hack Versus, the PS3 title bundled with the Blu-ray version of .hack//Sekai no Mikou no, is in fact a fighting game. Little is known, other than screenshots that show a similar perspective to the Naruto fighting games (which CyberConnect2 also develops). The game/movie bundle will be released on June 28, priced at ¥7,140 with a limited edition at ¥10,500.
This week’s Famitsu has revealed that a new .hack game is in development. CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama stated the game takes place one year following the upcoming movie, which hits theaters on January 21. Little else is known at this time, with no formal title, platform, or release date as part of the announcement.
Good evening, folks! My kingdom for a newsman fedora, but the show must go on. At least until Deus Ex: Human Revolution lures me back in with its siren song. Goddamn but that game is hard to put down. Anyway, let’s get to the news:
- GameStop opens PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to remove OnLive coupons. Square Enix, like everyone else, had forgotten GameStop sells PC games.
- MCV conducts a survey of games journalists about the industry, with some surprising consistency in their answers. Check the full thing out here, it’s worth a read.
- Steve Jobs vacates his position as Apple’s CEO, prompting everybody to panic before he can finish his sentence with “…but staying on the board of directors.”
- BioWare’s Greg Zeschuk gives an interview with VG 24/7; the internet hears ‘RPGs’ and ‘less relevant’ and takes it from there. Go Team Knee-jerk! (Full disclosure: I do mourn the absence of big-budget Baldur’s Gate-style RPGs.)
- EA and Starbreeze Studios may be developing a new Syndicate game. Somewhere, Peter Molyneux is feeling an unexplained pang of regret and loss.
- A Latitude Research survey attempts to dispel old myths about gamers, the .hack series gets a movie when they really need a (better) game, and more!
CyberConnect2 confirmed that a 3DCG movie based on the .Hack series is in development, dubbed simply .Hack//The Movie. While little was revealed about the movie itself, Namco Bandai president Shin Unozawa added that the Blu-ray release will include “a small game” on a hybrid disc. While NB has made hybrid discs for other series, and .Hack has used a similar tie-in concept before, it is not currently known how, or if, the movie and the game will intersect.
US versus Canada for the gold? Sign me up! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 02/27/10’ »
Namco Bandai has pushed back the release date for .hack//Link, the latest and supposedly final installment in the series. The launch currently stands at March 4, however a demo is available through the Japanese Playstation Store.
This would’ve been the ultimate viral marketing campaign if they’d managed to release an actual MMO back in ’07. And somehow surpassed the popularity of World of Warcraft by about ten million people.
Shiren the Wanderer 3 remains the title despite the localization, so as not to screw up our tags. Carry on. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 11/25/09’ »
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.
WiZman’s World! WiZman’s World! Party time! Excellent! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 09/13/09’ »
Final Fantasy is the biggest-selling RPG franchise so it’s a foregone conclusion that when it branched out into other mediums it would be a huge success, right? Well I think we all remember one of its first attempts, the computer animated movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within in 2001. It bombed at the box office, leaving Square (at the time) with a net loss of some 94 million dollars. Yeah… oops. It wasn’t that it was a terrible movie. I wouldn’t say that it was great either, but it wasn’t horrible; however Square failed spectacularly in two ways: a) they didn’t realize the limited appeal of the movie to the general population, and b) they made the movie different enough from the Final Fantasy games that it also had limited appeal to the core audience of the games. It might be fair to say that it tried to be all things to all people and in doing so managed to satisfy none. But what Square failed to do with The Sprits Within, .hack would manage one year later and thus become king of financially viable tie-ins. Continue reading ‘Game Changers: Volume 15 – .hack’ »
In today’s update: Shining Force Feather, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, Disgaea 2 Portable, Suikoden Tierkreis, Dragon Quest V, From the Abyss, Star Ocean Second Evolution, Super Robot Taisen K, .hack//Link, Blazer Drive, and Fragile. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork, Boxart 01/21/09’ »
A couple of new portable RPGs have been announced for Japan. In the latest issue of Shounen Jump, Square Enix has announced an upcoming DS remake of Final Fantasy Legend II, originally released on the Gameboy in 1990. Details are scarce at present, but the new version will be all in 3D and is due out later this year. Continue reading ‘More Portable Gaming Goodness’ »