Thursday, August 31, 2006

Ps3 expect a shortage

And we can blame it all on the expensive components. It appears that Sony will now ship only 3 million of their promised 6 million consoles. As Ps3 game sales were expected to make up for the below cost retail price of the Ps3, it appears all is not well in the Sony camp

Story from

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Forbidden Siren 2 Walkthrough

This horror adventure game takes place on Yamijima, an island just off the coast of Japan. Taking control of multiple characters, you'll face off not just against the Shibito, but against a more powerful group of demons known as Yami Bito. The game now tracks your position on the field of play and includes a new alert system which signals you to approaching danger through controller vibrations. You can now select from three difficulty settings. first off some unlockables

Annihilation minigame(Hidden stage)
Complete every mission, including secondary objectives.
Kunitoris game (available in top menu)
Obtain file #79 during Mamoru Itsuki's stage on the Bright Wing (15:00)
Play as a Shibito (extra stage)
Complete every mission, including secondary objectives on hard difficulty setting

Walkthrough from Gamefaq
Siren 2 Walkthrough from Supercheats
From (scroll down to "updates")

Official Website
Screenshots from IGN
Eurogamer Review

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Dirge of Cerberus European Version

Despite it's poor review on Metacritic, one thing that shone out amongst the reviewers was the praise heaped on the stunning in-game FMV's, to that end Squenix over on Google Video has released a sub-titled version of the opening movie from the game and I have it right here.

Good news for European gamers, where the game is expected in November. Eurogamer are reporting that even though we won't have an online option, there will be an extra 40 missions included. There’s also a batch of modified weapons, artwork and sound galleries as well as a new character model to unlock by completing the Ex Hard mode. For the full list of extras head to

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Japanese Game Releases September 2006

Unless otherwise stated all official websites are in Japanese
images top to bottom, click for larger copy

Those which are sung release date put back till 7th September, FMV based anime adventure game. Official Website

Rurouni Kenshin due September 14th, Based on the popular Shonen Jump manga from Watsuki Nobuhiro, this cel shaded brawler puts players in control of the characters. Official Website

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1. Chaos Wars
due September 21st, Idea Factory's cross-over simulation RPG, featuring characters from Atlus, and Aruze . Official Website
Available from Playasia

2. Ryu-Koku due September 21st, love adventure. Official Website

3. Aria: The Natural due September 28th. A dating sim, based on the anime series. Official Website

.hack//GU vol.2 Kimi Omou Koe, due 28th September. Second volume in the hack GU series. Screenshots IGN. Official Website

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1. The wind and rain next note due September 28th, originally released on playstation, a Road adventure (camera, motorbike). Official Website

2. Quartet, the stage of Love due September 28th, Love adventure. Official Website

Xbox 360

3. Project Sylpheed due 28th September, an arcade shooter designed exclusively for Xbox 360, Project Sylpheed is an arcade-style, science-fiction-based space shooter in development by Game Arts packed with drama and science fiction themes. more game info. Official Website

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Death Trance DVD

Death Trance is from the action director of Devil May Cry 3, so if you've played that game then you should know what to expect! the film contains equally recognizable proportions of horror, kung fu, cyberpunk, action, and fantasy.

In an unknown place and unknown time, a lone Samurai known only as Grave (Tak Sakaguchi) thirsts for the ultimate battle.

Grave has stolen a mysterious coffin from the holy Tougan Temple — a coffin said to contain a great power. Trapped inside the sealed coffin is the Goddess of Destruction, confined and held at bay from laying waste to this world. Grave fearlessly travels the land dragging the coffin behind him, aware that what lies within is what he seeks — if only he can open it. Unknown to Grave, a young temple monk has embarked on a quest to return this relic to its proper home before anyone can unleash an unstoppable cataclysm... So begins the race to claim the coffin... but who will get there first?

Official Website
DVD Review from Fangoria
DVD Review from Twitch

Available from Animenation

DVD Region 1 encoding (US and Canada) 90 minutes Rated R

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Saints Row Review

Almost assuredly for Adults only and scoring an impressive 84% on

Reviews Summary
Extremely fun and rewarding, deep level of customisation
Gta's humour was satirical this feels lifeless
Single player ends abruptly, dosen't lend itself to replays
Multiplayer modes are the most significant innovation
A GTA wannabe, but the most well-executed and enjoyable of the bunch
Solid but lacks the intelligence of GTA
Frequently rewarding, rarely frustrating

Saints Row Official Website

Screenshots teamxbox
Videos and trailers (33) from IGN

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Just Cause Preview

No not the real life invasion of Panama by the US in 1989 but the upcoming Ps2, Xbox and PC game. In Just Cause you take on the role of Rico Rodriguez, an undercover CIA operative specialising in regime change, as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito. This rogue South American island is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it's your job to negate the threat to world peace.

Just Cause offers the freedom to tackle your assignment however you want: play the island's factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels. Explore the game's world of 1,225 square miles of mountains, jungles, beaches, cities and villages with a variety of air, land and sea craft. Due US 27th September and 29th September for Europe

Hands on preview from IGN
Eurogamer preview
Just Cause Official Website
Screenshots from Gamespot

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Enchanted Arms Review

Famitsu Magazine awarded it a 29/40 (72%) on it's release in Japan, give it a hesitant 69% from only 4 reviews (jury still out).

Reviews Summary
Pretty darn good, a 60 hour long Japanese RPG crafted in a short time space
Predictable entertaining plot, graphics are a mixed bag
A nice start for a next-gen RPG
Hard to recommend except for die-hard RPG fans
Highlights can't match similar burning brigthly on ps2

Enchanted Arms eyecandy list from Xboxyde
Official Enchanted Arms Website (japanese)
Ubisoft's official enchanted arms game page (english)
Famitsu enchant arms eyecandy
Screenshot overload from IGN (108 images, 29 videos)

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Midori Yamasaki

images from Racequeen TV

Midori Yamasaki Official Website

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37 New Titles for Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility

Well no sooner had I finished dinner, but I've now been presented with a portion of humble pie. Microsoft have added 37 new titles to their backward compatible list and updated 11 others. A software emulator is required for each original Xbox game you play on your Xbox 360 console. The elderly would like to say he is delighted with.

Burnout 3 Takedown (yesssssss!)
Fatal Frame II, Directors cut
Rogue Trooper
The Suffering (yessssssss!)
Ghost recon Island Thunder

and smiling that Call of Cthulhu, and Half life2, have been updated

When compared to Metacritic scores, I'm puzzled at the inclusion of

Catwoman (45%)
Aquaman (26%)
Torino 2006 (36%)
Trigger man (32%)

but hey i'm still a happy chicken
Thank you backward compatible update people!

Full list from game compatibility page on

whispers (battlefield 2, Morrowind, arx fatalis, cold fear, chronicles of Riddick, mercenaries, Sudeki) please!!

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More Bioshock screenshots

Yummy from xboxyde (14 new images)

bioshock first look

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition Manga

Masamune Shirow’s legendary manga went on to become a film that took the anime world by storm in 1995. Originally published in Japanese in 1991, Shirow’s masterpiece was released in English and Japanese in 2002. It is as close to “cinema” as it is possible to get on paper.

Now Ghost in the Shell Volume 1 has returned. This second edition features the original Japanese size and additional material not published in previous U.S. editions!

Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers," capable of exploiting the human/machine interface by re-programming human minds to become puppets to carry out their criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside-down and inside-out.

Soft cover, 368 pages, b&w w/color, 6" x 9" 18years+

Final Fantasy X-2 Walkthrough

Yes just another excuse for me to post a Yuna picture, but the following walkthrough links may come in handy some time. You'll probably need to have a copy of Final Fantasy x-2 for these links to make any sense, but I managed to read through them without a copy.

ho hum slow news day.

Final Fantsy x-2 walkthrough from Gamefaq (10)
Walthrough from
FFx-2 unlockables and cheats from cheatscodesguides
FFx-2 Strategy guide from
Official Final Fantasy X-2 Website
FFx-2 finds it's place on Wikipedia
Wallpaper from

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How high is your mobile phone radiation level?

Well apparently the Jury is still out as to whether your mobile phone radio frequency can or might damage your health. Yet not knowing whether mobile phones will eventually kill us or cause generational mutations in our brain structure, dosent' prohibit hundreds of mobile phone companies hawking their wares. While terribly irresponsible of these companies to take such a risk with our brain cells, their is some hope for us.

The sensible people over on have produced a list of the top 10 mobile phones with the highest RF readings. Because your brain's kinda important, see if your phone is listed

Cell Phone Radiation Levels from

See! boredom dosen't always give rise to the devils work.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Tokyo Game Show 2006 Sony's hidden Secret?

Likely to become the biggest game expo in the world owing to the downsizing of E3, this years show will be held at Makuhari Messe (Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Japan) from September 22 (Fri.) through September 24 (Sun.), 2006.

The show will feature exhibits by 143 companies occupying 1,710 booth units, making this tenth anniversary event the largest TGS ever (last year's Show feature 131 exhibitors in 1,433 both units).

Wild rumours of a new feature on the Ps3 have already started,

"The marketing chap had the lamest excuse of them all, he said that Sony doesn’t want to show the live demo as there is a hidden secret feature that Sony doesn’t want to show off yet."

And no it dosen't appear to be much the reported the cure for cancer and alzheimers

Tokyo Game Show 2006 Official Website

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Oblivion Vampire Cure

For those of you looking for the a Skyrim Vampire Cure and being sent by google to this post, apologies and a solution

link to: Skyrim Vampire Cure

Oblivion Vampire Cure:
added to the Oblivion Walkthrough list

A cure for vampirism,
If you haven't been lucky enough to get yourself to a church, or like me just woke up a vampire, never asked for it, didn't want it and couldn't get rid of it. Now theres a solution to getting rid of this most foul disease. The guide includes a neat feature on how to survive if for some bizarre and interesting reason to wanted to remain a vampire.

Vampire Cure and Vampire Guide from

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Xbox360 Arcade games Unplugged

For those xbox360 owners not connected to the internet (and probably not reading this post), fear not, Microsoft (the company that charge 20 cents for itsy bitsy pictures and who have left a sizeable portion of their xbox game catalog incompatible with the xbox360) are bringing

"Xbox Live Unplugged Volume 1" to your stores on Sept. 5, for $39.99 (US).

The pack includes 6 Xbox Live Arcade titles:
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved,
Wik: Fable of Souls,
Outpost Kaloki X,
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe,
Hardwood Backgammon,
and Texas Hold ‘em.

It also comes with a Free one month Xbox Live Gold subscription (which will be useful when you get connected) and 3 Xbox Live Arcade demos: UNO, Marble Blast Ultra, and Feeding Frenzy. Gamerscore blog has all the details.

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Silent Hill DVD Review

Scoring a frightening 30% from 20 reviews on, the eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill just got a whole lot scarier. How could it possibly be that bad.... well see for yourself

Reviews Summary
  • In Silent Hill athmosphere trumps storyline (duhhhh!)
  • Bad acting, bad dialog, and a confusing plot (SF chronicles awarded it a 0 yes Zero)
  • A step in the right direction for console to screen transitions (what backwards?)
  • Silent hills attraction lies in it's relentlessly nightmare imagery (finally a critic)
  • Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension
  • A two hour stumble through what looked like fog

Silent Hill Offical Website
featuring such innovative marketing techniques as Ipod skins , mobile phone wallpaper, bid on the original costumes and props, character downloads, and an even scarier prospect that the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania is the real life counterpart of Silent hill.

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Kengo Zero Screenshots

Continuing with my endeavour to post the most obscure references to games we'll probably never play, there may yet be some hope for you .....

Kengo 1 and 2 were released on ps2 in the West under the titles "Kengo" and "Sword of the Samurai". Lets hope, in a similar fashion, Kengo Zero escapes it's Japanese boundaries, where it's set for release on September 7th.

Screenshots (4) from Ruliweb
Official Kengo Website (cool wallpaper) (Japanese but navigable)

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Bullet Witch Poster

Western release still TBA, Now where have i seen that image before..... oh yes

The Bullet Witch Japanese Trailer
New Bullet Witch Screens
Bullet Witch magscans
Japanese Game releases July 2006
Trawling Japanese Game Sites May 2006
Bullet Witch First Look

Hell I may as well just call the blog Bullet Witch, if anyone knows a cure for Game fixations please drop a comment in the neat comment box.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Okami Review

This adventure game sees players assuming the role of a sun god who's attempting to restore life to a world devoid of color. The game was released earlier this year in Japan to much critical acclaim, Famitsu giving it a nearly perfect score 39/40. It's Western release due September 19th, fairs every bit as well Scoring 92% from 10 reviews on

Reviews Summary
Simply Stunning, touching and nearly impossible to resist
Your heart will melt, your eyes will do little wheelies
An experience likely to be remembered for decades
Hours pass unnoticed as you roam the massive landscape
One of the most graphically stunning games on ps2
The developers love for the game radiates from the screen
Perhaps the most beautiful game on the ps2

Okami Official Website
Okami Official Japanese Website (slow loading, and mesmerising)
Screenshots from gamespot
Okami on wikipedia

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Dead Rising Walkthrough

First Walkthrough (magazine quality) from 1up
Second Walkthrough from the Gum on Gamefaq
Third Survival guide (short) from
Fourth a Superguide (?) form
Fifth a guide link list from including clothing guide, survivours guide, xbox360 Achievement guide, infinite mode, Otis transmission guide, Psychopath guide (which will come in handy)

See the film the Game was not based on:

Updated Video Secrets

Dead Rising Wallpaper from Cheatshappen
Dead Rising Wallpaper from Just Walls
Dead Rising Website review
Dead Rising Official Website

If you've got a fansite, list it in the comments and I'll add it up here

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