Wednesday, August 11, 2010

PS3M Big 3 Gun Shooting - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» In a couple of months, Playstation 3 owners might adopt an accessory for their console called the Playstation Move. It's a Wii Remote controller clone at heart which is designed to get gamers into sporty and active positions instead of sitting stagnant on the sofa.

Judging solely by the history of add-on accessories that are released years after a console has launched, NCS is confident that the "Move" accessory will be a failure. The Move user base will never grow large enough to justify dedicated development resources from publishers and it'll die a whimpering death after the initial hype/hope. The Microsoft Kinect will face the same destiny for the same reason.
NCS is greatly saddened that there's no way to short the Playstation Move or the MS Kinect because there is no underlying trading vehicle for game accessories.

However, we're still in the cradle phase of the Playstation Move. It's just being borne and the accessory might have a bright future despite the dour and probable projection from yours truly. With that said, NCS is going to encourage the adoption of the Move and try to sell a few games in the process. One such game is Big 3 Gun Shooting which might be the best thing since chicken was processed into breaded nuggets.

The "Big 3" in the game title refers to the following three champions of video shooting goodness from the house of Namco:

» Time Crisis Razing Storm
» Time Crisis 4 Arcade Version
» Dead Storm Pirates

Any one of these action-packed gun games would be worth the measly admission price of JPY5800 but to have all three on a single Blu-Ray is like manna from heaven. Like an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Akin to a greasy pork sandwich with a side of crinkle-cut fries after a 2-day hunger strike. Preorders are welcome to ship on October 21, 2010 at JPY5800 or US$65.90 from NCS. Please note the price is for the Big 3 Gun Shooting software only. The Move accessory is sold separately.

PSP God Eater Burst - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
God Eater Burst is a fast-paced survival action game that allows players to defeat and devour legions of hostile gods, called Aragami. Players will command the God Arc, a powerful weapon able to transform instantly in combat from sword, gun, and predator form which allows them to absorb the powers of the terrifying Aragami. Players can customize and create their own truly unique characters to combat their enemies.

Game Features
» Engage in fast-paced battles against gigantic beasts by yourself or with other members of Fenrir, an elite task force charged with doing everything possible to save humanity
» Team with up to four people via PSP Ad-hoc to take down legions of hostile Aragami
» Master the awesome God Arc, a fearsome weapon capable of shifting into a sword for melee combat, a gun for long-ranged battle, and “predator form” to acquire the skills of your opponents/enemies
» Absorb the powers of the Aragami with your weapon’s “predator form” and gain a special bullets to launch a super powerful attack
- Freely customize weapons, guns, bullets, and shields to increase your chance at survival

Preorder Premiums
The first printing of God Eater Burst will ship with a bonus "Premium Character Download Card" packaged inside the UMD case which grants players the credits to download DLC characters and attendant outfits. Customers who preorder the full standalone version of GEB will also receive a bonus "God Eater Hunting Guide for Beginners" which offers advice and pointers on playing the game. Please note the guide will be given away as a separate item.

Preorder Details

Preorders for God Eater Burst are welcome to ship on October 28, 2010. A standalone version of the game retails for JPY5229 but an append disc which requires the original God Eater game is also available at JPY2100.

PS3 Enslaved ~Odyssey to the West~ - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
Follow a gripping, surprise-filled journey as two dissimilar characters form an uneasy partnership in order to survive through a perilous, post-apocalyptic America. 150 years in the future, war and destruction have left the world in ruins with few humans remaining and nature having reclaimed the world. Mysterious slave ships harvest the dwindling population and take them out west, never to return.

Trip, a technologically savvy young woman has been imprisoned by a slave ship but manages to escape using her mental prowess. Monkey, a strong, brutish loner and fellow prisoner also gets free by virtue of his raw power and brawn. Trip quickly realizes that Monkey is her ticket to freedom and is her only hope to survive her perilous journey back home. She hacks a slave headband and fits it on Monkey, linking them together. If she dies, he dies and her journey has now become his.

ENSLAVED centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters. Players take on the role of Monkey, utilizing a mix of combat, strategy and environmental traversal to ensure he and Trip survive the threats and obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom. Preorders are welcome to ship on October 07, 2010 at JPY6980 or US$73.90 from NCS.

PSP Phantom Brave Portable - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» On a small island located somewhere across the sea, there lives a young green-haired lassie named Marone. Gifted with the ability to control phantoms, Marone earns her bread and butter by accepting missions from clients who contact her by way of bottled messages. Upon receiving a request for help, Marone gathers together a cadre of phantoms such as Ash - who's a mighty swordsman - and the group ventures forth on battles and various scenarios to make their money. Since phantoms are wispy and have no corporeal form, they must be injected into physical objects to animate them and attack Marone's enemies. Phantom Brave bears similarities to Disgaea and there's good reason for that - illustrator Takehito Harada is the character designer and Phantom Brave fits squarely into the strategy-RPG video gaming genre.

Phantom Brave was originally a hit on the Playstation 2 and the Wii rendition sold relatively well. Soon, a PSP conversion will be available which includes the extras from the Wii version such as new characters, new items and customizations, and a new scenario dubbed "Another Chapter Marone."
Early preorders for Phantom Brave PSP will ship with a bonus original soundtrack that's being given away in 50% ratio.

NEWS S.W.C - Day 06 - Venus & Braves Limited Ed.

NCS Product Synopsis
Original Release: February 13, 2003
«©NCSX» Two immortals lead bands of recruited fighters, magic users and long-range artillery support in a bid to repel dark demonic invaders. The younger immortal, a knight named Blood Boall clocks in at 345 years old while the ancient Ariah will only say she is about 1000 years old. Yes, even immortal women are sketchy on their exact age.

The immortals gather together forces of monks, fighters, clerics, valkyries and other adventure seeking archetypes to fight in their armies. Set in rows of three, arrangements of fighters are important in the swing of Venus, where strong fighters should lead the ranks backed by long range archers towards the rear. Throw in a mix of magic users and clerics providing arcane support and you have a mobile army capable of withstanding any assault. Spot animations are evident during battles and every attack and magical blast is shown in exacting detail.

Venus & Braves Limited Edition Contents
The limited edition of Venus & Braves includes a visual artbook, a music CD (20 tracks) and three toy figures of the main characters in the game: Blood, Ariah and Heihei. These items are treasures for fans of the game but we'd argue that the real treasure in the Venus & Braves Premium Pack is the game itself which we found thoroughly addictive, hauntingly beautiful, and a barrel of fun.

Venus & Braves LE Product Condition
NCS' remaining inventory is brand new and factory sealed but please note that there are slight dents or dings on the corners or sides of the product packaging due to years in storage and warehouse-to-warehouse transportation.

Sale Update: August 11, 2010
Pricing per Venus & Braves LE pack is US$95.90 which includes free shipping by UPS Ground within the continental United States. We sold a bunch of these to vendors in Japan last week for US$103.89 each based on the prevailing exchange rate and they peddle the game on for the equivalent of US$211.10 + shipping. After Amazon's cut of about 20%, vendors are trading Venus LE at a healthy profit margin. With the dollar at multi-year lows against the yen, we've found it favorable to start shipping our U.S. based inventory back to Japan to take advantage of the strong currency. We're paid in Japanese yen for goods we've kept warehoused in the USA ever since the good old days when the dollar was strong (US$1 = JPY134) and the yen was weak. «NCS Photo Gallery»

Japanese Product Title and Official Website

ヴィーナス&ブレイブス 〜魔女と女神と滅びの予言〜 プレミアムボックス