Thursday, September 06, 2007

Another Century's Episode 3

War-worthy mechs and characters from 17 animation series such as Aura Battler Dunbine and Macross Plus join together in the third and final Another Century's Episode from Banpresto. An original series titled "A.C.E. Original" is also featured in the game with three mechs including the blue XA-00 Exbrau which is featured in the beginning of the game.

Per the previous volumes in the ACE series, players control a mech and contend against other mechs and assorted creatures in 3D battlefields. In the first level of the game, a lad named Barrel Orland is standing atop a roof when aliens attack and are countered by a wave of Earth-based defenders. Barrel's in danger but a blue mech known as the Exbrau piloted by Fei Roshnande descends to pick him up. Once safely in the cockpit of the Exbrau, Barrel and Fei fly off to confront the alien invaders.

The first mission is a training stint to get players acquainted with the controls and the overall feel of the game. The Exbrau can attack with a sword or shoot rounds of gunfire at enemies in the local area. A secondary set of weapons are also available including a tethered battering ram and a bomb shot. Finally, the Exbrau can raise a shield to blunt oncoming mortar. Basically, it's a one man army. «Game-Notes»

Hitman Reborn! Dream Hyper Battle

The Vongola mob's line of succession has been splintered and disheveled due to untimely deaths but there is one who remains in the bloodline. His name is Tsunayoshi Sawada and he's the very image of the proverbial 98-pound weakling with no scholastic nor athletic acumen. He's woefully unfit to lead the Vongola Famiglia but due to the lack of candidates, Tsuna has to be the one to take the helm as the 10th Vongola mob boss. To help him along, a pipsqueak assassin named Reborn is sent to hone and sharpen the future mafiosi into a mob leader supreme.

Hitman Reborn! Dream Hyper Battle
is a fast-paced 3D fighting game where the cast of the Hitman Reborn franchise bout it out with conventional attacks which are mixed up with special projectile shots. For example, Tsunayoshi can create boulders out of midair and throw them at opponents to literally stone them. Then there's Hayato Gokudera who opens his arms and throws sticks of dynamite into the battlefield which explode seconds later. A cast of over 30 colorful supporting characters are featured in the game including I-Pin, Lambo, Takeshi Yamamoto, and Mukuro Rokudo but note that only four main characters can be chosen in the "Dream Hyper Battle" mode (second option, main menu). «G-Notes»

God of War [The Best] + Bonus

From the publisher
The brutal world of Greek mythology comes to life. You'll take on the role of Kratos and embark on a quest to destroy Ares. Immerse yourself in the world of gods, monsters and revenge. As Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior, you have set out on a quest to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with the Blades of Chaos, massive swords chained to his wrists, Kratos wages a campaign of death and destruction that will forever change his destiny. You'll confront mythology's darkest creatures, including treacherous Medusas, axe-wielding Minotaur, thundering Cyclops and more. Fight your way from war-torn Athens to the depths of Hades. Driven by his rage, nothing can keep Kratos from exacting his terrible vengeance.

Game Features
» Experience an explosive gameplay mix of melee combat, traps, stunts and story-driven puzzles
» Use an extensive and flexible combat system as you take on opponents with context sensitive moves that create a variety of combinations
» Unleash the fury of the gods, hurl the lightning bolts of Zeus, summon the dead from Hades, use Medusa's head to freeze and shatter enemies...

General Updates

Friday Hiatus Reminder
Due to a scheduled inventory management system upgrade and stock removal that's ongoing this week, please note that NCS will not be open for business tomorrow (September 7, 2007). Orders submitted on Thursday evening after 6PM through Sunday will probably not ship until Monday (September 10). We might be able to get some packages out tomorrow but we're not certain at this point.
Apologies for the inconvenience that this will cause but our operations will return to normal by next Monday. Email support will be available on Friday morning and through the coming weekend.
Tingle Unleashed (Soon)
The European release of NDS Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosey Rupeeland is scheduled to ship from our UK-based supplier on Tuesday of next week. Barring any import delays, we expect the game to arrive on Sept. 13.
Also on the European software front, we currently still have PSP Tales of Eternia in stock along with PSP Breath of Fire III which are both playable in English.