[Review] Growlanser Wayfarer of Time (PSP)

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The beauty of games that boast well designed gameplay over technologic prowess is the game’s longevity. Play any strategy RPG or fighting game from a decade or more ago and it would be just as fun, if not more so, than its contemporary competitors. Though released a whole console generation ago in Japan, Growlanser Wayfarer of Time has finally been brought to American shores for the PSP. Like other strategy RPGs of yesteryear, it has hardly deteriorated and only stands as a testament to the longevity of a well designed title.

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[Review] Gungnir (PSP)

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With the Vita out and outshining the original PSP in almost every way imaginable, it’s obvious that the previously powerful portable is on its way out. As with every outgoing Sony system before it, the PSP still has a few tricks up its sleeves and shines with games that are gameplay, rather than graphically, centric. While already more than a year old in Japan, Gungnir finally hits American shores thanks to Atlus and it is one of the best S-RPG experiences gamers will be able to find for the dying portable.

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[Review] Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (PSP)

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Visual novels, by design, feature little interactivity in comparison to mainstream games and are engaging as far as their stories pique interests. Immersion could become an issue if the protagonist is someone that players simply couldn’t identify with. This was the issue I had come across inmy time with Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom. For the first time, I found gender to be a factor in my gaming.

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[Friday Five] Good Reasons to Import

Back in the days of cartridge converters and illegal modifications all for the purpose of playing imported games, most American gamers only heard about elusive Japanese games and could only find out about them from rare magazine articles or word of mouth. With the internet and a greater interest in gaming, not only is more information making it to western gamers by way of individual user created videos, but there is a greater number of games being published here as well. Although that is the case, people still import games – and for good reason. Here are at least five reasons why to import a game instead of waiting for it to come overseas.

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[Eye for Imports] Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX

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Although the series has made it over to American waters once during the PS2 era, it has since been absent and Taiko enthusiasts have had to resort to overpriced imports for their Japanese drumming thrills. With the yen all but kicking the American dollar’s ass, players have to wonder if it’s worth the game’s price and expensive shipping. The time to make a decision has come again with the latest installment in Japan, Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX for the PSP.

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[Eye for Imports] SD Gundam G Generation World

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Eye for Imports is a new section we’re starting to inform you guys of some of the interesting games in Japan right now. If we’re lucky, they may even come shore side and we can snag a copy at domestic prices, albeit coupled with ear-rape voice acting.

This week, we introduce a PSP game with a long pedigree before it: SD Gundam G Generation World. For the uninitiated, this strategy RPG features Gundam units in various scenarios from all the most popular Gundam series, such as Mobile Suit Gundam or the recent Gundam 00, or even lesser known series like Crossbone Gundam.

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