E3 Wrap Up & An Honourable Mention

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Having Problems With Zavvi?

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It would seem a fair few of us are experiencing heart ache with our pre orders of Ni No Kuni with Zavvi as many of us, to our surprise, found “Payment Problem” crop up a number of times in our e mail inbox today.

Not wanting to emulate the scenario North America is facing and also not wanting to tarnish the great work that the guys over at Namco Bandai have accomplished in bringing us this masterpiece as they are in no way to blame, I don’t want to sully the launch of Ni No Kuni for all those fortunate to receive their order on time.

For all those affected I think it’s appropriate to place everyone in one location and approach Zavvi for an explanation sensibly.  After all, it could, and I hope, just be a minor hiccup which is why it’s affecting so many.

I can’t guarantee that this will work or even be recognised by Zavvi, but if you wanted to slap your details / order numbers / whatever you are comfortable leaving in the comments section, we can present it as a single entity, as a community working towards a common goal.

At present, if you are affected Play.com are still taking orders here.

NEWS: Project X Zone

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As this is coming in via a touchscreen mobile phone on my lunch break expect a lot of this to either not make sense or be displayed ridiculously.

Yesterday Namco Bandai announced that they will be bringing Project X Zone to the US and Europe.

So why should you care?  WELL.

Project X Zone is another cross over title that features well known characters from some of the biggest franchises on the planet.  From Space Channel 5 from Sega through Resident Evil from Capcom and out the other side to Tekken from Namco, Project X Zone takes all your favourite characters and drops them into a really well worked RPG for the 3DS.

Namco Bandai seem to be habitually making my life right now.

Make sure you buy this game

Persona 4: The Golden

It has arrived.

For everything you need to know about this game just follow my Twitter or see “My Vita View” to the right as I will be screenshot-ing my way through this gem of an RPG.

If you haven’t played or heard of, and, you are interested in quality RPG gaming on the PS2 or more recently the PS Vita, then pick up Persona 4 Golden when it drops in Europe next year or alternatively import it as I have.

This game will be carrying me through until Ni No Kuni in January.

I have however literally just finished Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker as part of the HD Collection released earlier this year.  I was skeptical because of the handheld controls but rest assured it transfers well on to the big screen and controller.

Peace Walker is a full fledged Metal Gear Solid game in its own right and introduces characters Paz and Chico, mentioned and seen in the Metal Gear solid Ground Zeroes demo also shown off earlier this year.  If you want to know a bit about their back story, work your way through Peace Walker. It’s going to take you roughly 12 hours give or take side missions etc etc.

NEWS: Persona 4 Arena

 

The news broke today that Persona 4 Arena will be delayed until roughly sometime in the future.  To be clear, it’s not soon.  The vague forecast is now early 2013 which has angered Persona and Zen United fans the world, just Europe.

Criticism of the title first peaked when Atlus revealed that this would be one of the only games to be region locked on the Playstation 3.  Forcing people to buy the game in their native regions citing that exchange rates between the Japanese Yen and the American Dollar would significantly impact the game’s success should it be imported.  Even though this title would be region locked, Atlus made it clear that this was something they would not be looking to do on a regular basis.

In theory the European version was expected to drop between September and November but now it has been confirmed that the game has slipped until 2013, date pending.

Zen United who are looking to publish Persona 4 Arena in Europe  have offered up a FAQ highlighting some of the steps publishers have to go through before they can release a game in a given territory to try and keep fan backlash to minimum although after today’s news, it seems that damage limitation might be a better option from here on out.

The main argument is that by the time the European version is rolled out, online play will be almost non existent as the rest of the world will have moved on to something new and no one will care anymore.

I myself can understand the frustration but remain on the fence about it all.  I guess that’s £30 still in my bank account until next year right?

If you can’t wait for your Persona fix go buy yourself a Vita and pick up Persona 4 Golden as that will be shipping from the end of the month!

GAMEstation

This week the news broke that Gamestation, the store of choice among more savvy gamers would be consumed by their once rival, turned owner, GAME and be re-branded throughout September and October.  Having worked in both I thought I would share some of the experiences and the differences in customer demographic on here for all to see.

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NEWS: Ni No Kuni and We Are Tekken

On Friday 7th September I had the opportunity to visit GAME HQ in Basingstoke for a bit of a community meet in collaboration with Namco Bandai to celebrate the launch of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.  Tekken however, was not the only game Namco bought with them, oh no.  In a smaller room off to the side was Ni No Kuni.

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