Friday, October 26, 2007
» Nintendo DS Lite skin which features the two main characters of FFTA2
» An extendable stylus which is slim enough to fit into the NDS Lite's port
» A stylus holder which offers a comfortable grip with its thick barrel
» Cellphone strap which features a Moguri named Hardy
In addition to the digital novel, there's a mini-game wedged into the software code that we thought was a nifty break from the reading. Players may enjoy a side scrolling shooter called "Parocap S-07" which takes place in the town that the proper Iria no Sora digital novel is set in.
Publisher Five Records captures the original track and a remix of the "R-G-B" song as sung by Haruko Momoi aka Momo-i. Pricing is set at JPY1200 or US$13.50 from NCS.
Jan Code: 4560248016066
Navigation through the menus in the game is handled by pointing the Wiimote at the screen but when it's time to race, players hold the remote horizontally with both hands. The "2" button serves as the accelerator and the "1" button puts on the brakes. To maneuver the kart, tilt the controller to the left or right and the vehicle responds in kind. Hairpin turns can be dominated by performing a drift where the brakes are tapped lightly and the remote is tilted towards the curvature of the turn. As the vehicle slides and matches the curve, players may hit the accelerator to power through the turn like a champ.
In addition to the single player racing game, up to four gamers may join in on the action with a split-screen viewing mode where each players is afforded a quarter of the viewing area. It's a bit cramped and claustrophobic but workable. Three mini-games are also included for a little bit of variety from the kart racing conventions.
Think of Dance Dance Revolution and then think fishing. That's sort of what Minna de Bass entails. Players start the game by choosing a male or female fisherman and customize color, eyes, and other tidbits. Three venues are available to fish upon including a location near a wharf and a locate that's near a bridge. To throw the line, press and hold the "A" button on the Wiimote until the lure dunks into the drink. Next, your job is to move the remote and nunchuk so that arrow cues scroll in from the right side of the screen. A circular reticule located in the center of the screen serves as the targeting point in which one wags the Wiimote when a cue enters the circle. By performing UP, DOWN, LEFT, and RIGHT movements with the Wiimote, you'll be on your way to catching the big bass.
At the outset of the game, the only playable characters are Ichigo, Rukia, Ishida, Sado, and Orihime but 18 additional fighters may be unlocked as conditions are met. In the Story Mode of the game, players choose one of the five characters and then engage in objective-based battles as well as collaborations with a COM-controlled fighter against another duo of warriors. The Story Mode features new interactive storylines for the characters to follow and starts off with a battle where Ichigo fights by his lonesome. In subsequent clashes, Ichigo teams up with fighters to battle opposing duos. A Mission Mode starts off with 5 available scenarios to enjoy but includes a total of 50 missions to play and dominate. The graphics are cel-shaded and the fluid animation lends itself nicely to an all-around competent fighting game.
To maintain the atmosphere of the animation, SCE commissioned all of the voice actors from the series to voice the characters in the action-slasher. The creator of the Bleach phenomenon, Kubo Tite, also supervised production of the game to maintain its authenticity to the source material. The game title translates to "Bleach Selected Soul."
The game begins in Ichigo's non-interactive bedroom where he's already dressed in a crisp shirt and slacks. There's a guitar and a skateboard leaning against his bureau but neither may be picked up and used. Exit to the left and rush down the stairs to greet your sisters. Soon afterwards, Rukia manifests herself at the doorway and says, "ohayo gozaimasu" with a curtsy to start the day right. Poppy bursts in on the scene and Ichigo decides to leave for school with Rukia in tow...