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Cing Presents: Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku a sequel of Hotel Dusk

November 19, 2009

(c) 2009-2010 CING/Nintendo

Finally Nintendo announced a sequel of the most interesting Visual Novel game on NDS has ever seen Hotel Dusk (or Wish Room) called Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku (Last Window:Midnight Promise)
The story still revolves about Kyle Hyde, 1 year after Wish Room story, now he stuck on Cape West Apartments (seems to be his home) and still going to search a clue about Bradley.

The game mechanism will still the same old style like on Wish Room, and now featuring Ignore mode that useful if you wanna skip some useless question, skip too much and you will fail the game.
Nintendo still not announced this game on NA and EU, well not to worry they will soon.
The game will come to Japan at 14-January-2010 which is my 17th Birthday!

Speaking of which, don’t forget there’s still Again : Eye Providence that will come on US around March 2010 using the same style of Hotel Dusk with more cool Investigating style!

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Astro Boy – The Movie

November 15, 2009

astro-boy-movie-poster (c)2009 Imagi Studio/Tezuka Production/Sony Pictures

“An (not) Osamu Tezuka Production”

Astro Boy, the long winning award series produced by the Father of Anime and Manga, Osamu Tezuka is finally make it to 3D, created by Imagi Animation Studios, an studio originally from Hong Kong, and  Distributed by SONY Pictures(Kadokawa on Japan), with new story, and new character, an alternative prologue of AstroBoy, did it really resemble any of Tezuka-sensei creation?

What’s This Movie about?
It’s AstroBoy on it’s new story, so it you can say a big spoiler here skip down to continue if you hate spoiler!

!SPOILER AHEAD!
It all started with a floating town called Metro City, the city is filled with robot, and humans, robot have it’s own rule, as well as human, yet they live together in peace.
After the introduction, the story started with Toby, Dr. Tenma’s Son that finishing his Science pop quiz and leave before everyone else, after that he asking Orrin the Tenma’s Family Servant(or butler) to drive him to the Ministry of Science, because on Ministry of Science where Dr. Tenma working is doing a presentation of new element they found, a blue orb of positive energy that can powered up a whole new world safely, as well as a red orb of negative energy that can powered up a whole negative energy to think badly.
After Toby meting his dad that was talking to President Stone is forced to be taken care by the guard to a room where he suppose to stay until the presentation was over, but Toby is smart and he stole one of the guards card to unlock the room and finally go to the presentation, but things go to wrong where President Stone is planning to use his Peacemaker robot to be powered using the Red Orb, making a thing worse, yet Toby is locked where the Peacemaker at, Peacemaker didn’t notice Toby is there, until it destroying the barrier that was created to taken care the whole mess,
making Toby’s Dead, lefting his favorite hat.
Dr. Tenma that was depressed finally make his mind to make a robot replica of Toby, using a whole hi tech of defense system, DNA of Toby, and finally a blue orb, powering up a new robot, Toby is reborned.
But yet, Things doesn’t look well, Dr. Tenma Misses the old Toby, everything that Toby doing on his new form reminds Tenma about the old Toby, and finally crazed from himself, calling Dr. Elefun for advices, while Toby is forced to taken to his room, Toby realized that he understand Robot Languages, and then after he accidentally falling from his room, he realized that he can fly, after he having a whole fun, he wants to tell his dad about this, but poor Toby, Dr. Tenma didn’t want Toby anymore, so he runaway from home, President Stone finds out that Toby’s is attached with the Blue Orb he wants so badly for his Peacemaker, and hunting Toby, after the last shot from President Stone, Toby falled to the Ground Earth where all the places is Scrapyard.
He realized he wasn’t alone and greeted by many robot that want to take his battery out, Toby finds out and run away, after that he met a Robot “Trashcan” apparently visualized as a dog, Trashcan seems to be attracting Toby and was dragged to a trap of robot, After the trapped is open he met new people, He met Cory and the other Guys who was from the places where all orphans lived. After talking a little to the kids, Toby was dragged by 3 Robots and greeted to their little group called Robot Liberation Front (RLF) They give Toby new name “Astro” and warned about Hamegg that slaves robots.
After the kids find outs the hiding places that obviously not a hiding places, they take Astro to the places their live. Astro was meted by many kids that living on that place, and met Hamegg the robot enginer from Metro City, but dumped to Ground, he was planned to find all working piece of robot he can found and make it joins the Robot Gladiator show.
Astro was taken to Brazil where he met ZOG the old robot that lives a hundred years there, of course the kids that was meant to take ZOG can’t take it cause it’s too big, and already dead. Astro is capable to relive ZOG and take ZOG to Hamegg places, after Hamegg testing it’s power he said the power can lived up a whole city, after he turned over and accidentally hover the tester to Astro, the tester reacted as it’s wrecked, but after that Hamegg realized that Astro is robot.
Astro and all his new friends cleaning ZOG into a new robot that was really polished clean, and take ZOG to the Robot Gladiator, but somethings wrong happens, Hamegg is paralyzing Astro, and make him join the fight, after a long battle Astro showing peace of him and trying to fight all the robot, finally he need to fight ZOG, but because ZOG is powered with a little power that Astro shared (the blue positive power) ZOG can’t fight and showing peace too. Hamegg is angry and paralyzed Astro again, and again, and again. ZOG is angry and wanna crush Hamegg all the way, but he was hold by Astro to showing peace to human too.
The Robot Gladiator show is filled with people cheered by how can robots showing peace, but Astro is captured by President Stone troops and asking Dr. Tenma and Dr. Elefun to take the blue orb from Astro, being sad by a goodbye to Toby, Dr. Tenma is finally reputing the blue orb and ask Astro to run away, President Stone that was angry is putting himself the red orb to his Peacemaker and make himself absorbed to Peacemaker, making the robot unstoppable and rage by taking the Blue orb.
Things going crazy as Metro City is filled with Rage by Peacemaker, making the whole town destroyed. Astro was realized that the places is devastated and finally return to Metro City to save the City, a big fight with Peacemaker is ended as Astro realized that his friend from Ground is holdup by the Peacemaker, Astro is finally return to destroying the Peacemaker, making Astro is dead.
Everyone sad that Astro is dead because saving the world, but after ZOG reappears it gives it’s little power to Astro, make Astro back Alive and finally have it’s own opportunity to be a hero of world. At the end Astro meting his new Alien rival and ready to fight.
!SPOILER AHEAD!

How’s this Movie look like?
I like Astro Boy, and this movie has given new experience to watch Astroboy in 3D, but sadly the whole thing messed up because the story is not as touching as Tezuka-sensei created. Most of Tezuka-sensei creation is putting a real Tear Jerker story to make people that watch can cry if they felled the movie, but yet because the story is not created by Osamu it self, too bad the story is not as good as the real one.

Yet the other things I like is the Spectacular Effects on the movie, that movie is really good and really have a good effects, the whole movie is really specialized in a colorful  stage as Astro Boy is targeted from Kids to Adults

Although I disappointed by they sound setting, the Voice acting is great as real, but not the sound managing, too much cut out, and really horrible.

Casts:
Freddie Highmore as Astro Boy
Nicolas Cage as Doctor Tenma
Kristen Bell as Cora
Charlize Theron as “Our Friends” Narrator
Samuel L. Jackson as Zog
Bill Nighy as Doctor Elefun/Robotski
Donald Sutherland as President Stone
Eugene Levy as Orrin
Nathan Lane as Hamegg
Moisés Arias as Zane
Matt Lucas as Sparx
Madeline Carroll as Widget/Grace
Sterling Beaumon as Sludge
Victor Bonavida as Sam
Tony Matthews as Cora’s father
Ryan Stiles as Mustachio

What do you think about this movie?
Astroboy the story that revolve about a boy with a robot body saving people, the movie is all about a prequel about how’s Astro is created, and it’s new story means alternative prequel for new comers
I Loved Astroboy, and really surprised that they created a new movie of Astroboy in 3D, but sadly the whole movie is stinks, the only good stuff is the Graphics, and the effects, they spend 65 Million Dollar to make a whole movie dream comes true. If you are a real fans of Astroboy, I don’t think you should watch this except you are a hardcore, or maybe if you are a 3D movie lover, you can watch this movie, as the effects and the post processing effect was really fabulous!

Graphic: 9/10
Sound: 6/10
Story: 6/10
Total: 23/30 (Good Movie) (Only for Hardcore)

Review: Astro Boy
Type: Movie
Producer/Publisher: Imagi Animation Studios/SONY Pictures Entertainment
Rating: General (G)
Last Updated: 15/11/2009 21:54 P.M. (GMT +07)

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Project K: Keroro RPG: Kishi to Musha to Densetsu no Kaizoku Announced

November 12, 2009

keroro project K

It seems finally Project K has been revealed from NBGI and Namco Tales.
Keroro finally have it’s own RPG and it’s Tales styled! and It’s for Nintendo DS!

There’s many thing you can find on old Tales series on this game, some of them are Skits and  2D Linear Battles similar to all classic Tales game series.

Screenshot:

The game now supports new features too like Character Support and more, you can find more details at andriansang website.

Reference:
http://www.famitsu.com/game/coming/1229402_1407.html
http://game.aoindonesia.net/next-rpg-project-k-by-namco-bandai/
http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2009/11/11/keroro_rpg_detailed/
http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/cs/list/keroroRPG/

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Band Hero (DS)

November 12, 2009

14609 (c) Activision/Vicarious Vision 2009

“FULL BAND EXPERIENCE on your DS!”

Might after you playing Guitar Hero World Tour, and wondering if you can do the same on DS too? Well here you go, finally after long wait, Band Hero is out, maybe a lousy name, but it’s still on Guitar Hero series, but can it rocking the world?

What’s This Game About?
You see, Band Hero is somehow an upgraded version of Guitar Hero, or maybe… Downgraded version? Band Hero can be said as more Family Friendly user with more Colorful version of Guitar Hero, while many people expect Guitar Hero to be more darker, and more rocking, they finally make new series to make younger and familiar user to expect this new Band Hero series to be more colorful.

In other side, Band Hero on DS is different, they thinking to make full band experience to the Portable system, this time the DS system. What they do is absolutely a brilliant idea but, what if the idea was really hard to acceptable to many people? For example, they make Drum Grip to make other people more feeling they playing drum on DS, while this might be a total fail, since making Drum Grip just make this game more unportable, although you still can play the drum mode using Left, Down, B, A. On the other side, you can play Guitar or Bass using Guitar Grip,  but this still a failure, since you still need to put your Guitar Grip, and make this game unportable too. Another failure that happens to this game is you must restart your DS if you want to switch from Guitar or Bass to Drum or Microphone mode, while this thing make your battery drained, this too happens to be really lame, and not so easy to just change the mode.

There’s still something to be praised from DS version of Band Hero, for the second time, another game finally can make a real Karaoke game on DS, the First one was created by Nintendo itself on the game called Daigasso Band Brother DX, and now another successful creation was on Band Hero. Why I call this “a real Karaoke game on DS”? Well maybe you seen many game utilizing DS Mic to be used to sing a song on the game, the one I remembered like Rock Revolution by Konami, or Ultimate Band by Disney Games, but they have been failed to make the Karaoke mode really good, not Band Hero though, they really can make a really same experience you play on Console version, there is a really sensitive pitch like you really singing on Microphone, which is really great.

But still S.O.L.(Still Outta Luck) to DSi user, since they only can play Drum Mode, and Karaoke Mode on DSi, as we all know DSi don’t have GBAPort to plug the Guitar Grip, neither Drum Grip. Makes this game more portable, but in other side lamer.

What this game look like?

Band Hero Main Menu Interface on Drum ModeBand Hero Main Menu Interface on Drumming Mode

As I tell you before, Band Hero is more like Family Friendly user game, designed to be more colorful and more user friendly, but what exactly they make it more user friendly?

Band Hero Drum Interface
Drumming Mode on Band Hero

The very most interesting thing they put here is they remove the story mode, and change it to be Achievement style game, you need to pull out some requirement and reap the reward. Most of it was really easy, others need a real skill to do it. The best part of all is you now can play all the setlist freely, make your own setlist and rock all night if you wanted.
Although as I said before this game is designed to be more Family Friendly style, they put some not so friendly song to the game

US Setlist:
1.)Avril Lavigne – “Girlfriend” 3:36
2.)Black Eyed Peas – “Let’s Get It Started” 3:37
3.)Blink 182 – “First Date” 2:52
4.)Boys Like Girls – “The Great Escape” 3:41
5.)Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf” 3:27
6.)Eagles Of Death Metal – “Wannabe In L.A.” 2:16
7.)Evanescence – “Call Me When You’re Sober” 3:35
8.)Fall Out Boy – “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” 3:24
9.)Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench” 3:51
10.)Kaiser Chiefs – “I Predict A Riot” 3:55
11.)Kings Of Leon – “Manhattan” 3:26
12.)KT Tunstall – “Suddenly I See” 3:22
13.)Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth” 4:03
14.)No Doubt – “Excuse Me Mr.” 3:06
15.)Pink – “So What” 3:37
16.)Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2:44
17.)Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows” 4:39
18.)Spin Doctors – “Two Princes” 4:18
19.)Sublime – “All You Need” 2:45
20.)Sum 41 – “In Too Deep” 3:27
21.)The All American Rejects – “Believe” 3:28
22.)The Killers – “Spaceman” 4:45
23.)The Presidents Of The United States Of America – “Lump” 2:14
24.)The Pretenders – “Boots Of Chinese Plastic” 2:27
25.)The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “You Beter Pray” 3:37
26.)The Rolling Stones – “Under My Thumb (Live)” 4:19
27.)The Vines – “Get Free” 2:07
28.)Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You” 4:20
29.)Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” 2:17
30.)Weezer – “Troublemaker” 2:45

And all of them not so lousy, but a little Familiar but not so Familiar. Uhh… forget what I’m saying…

The Graphic is now tweaked to be more Cartoonish,  maybe you played older Guitar Hero on DS, see the graphic is somehow dark, and really metal (actually not really). Well this time is more Cartoonish, and more… Cartoonish!

Another stuff you can see is you now can create your own Hero, similar to  Console version of Guitar Hero World Tour, you can start creating your own character, and as I said before you can get new Thread by playing through solo mode, and get Achievements, of course you can buy it too using money from your gig.

Again, Another stuff you can praise is now you can play Band Hero with Wii user using Wi-Fi Connection, this is new and really cool, if maybe you buying Band Hero on Wii, but only buying a Guitar set, now you can play another Bass, or maybe Guitar, or maybe Microphone, or maybe ANOTHER Guitar using DS,  although maybe have another feeling about that, but you can play this game on stereo now on Wii 😛

What do you think about this game?
I’m fans of Rhythm game, especially Guitar Hero game, Band Hero’s not bad, but it can have more improvement, like no need to restart the DS system just to switch the mode from Guitar to Drum, or maybe make the game more portable and more rocking, and of course DSi friendly system yes? 😀

But if you are Guitar Hero fans, and want to playing more Guitar Hero (and never have enough) you should play this, since it share the same style of Guitar Hero.

Graphic: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Total: 23/30 (Good Game) (Only Play if you are a fans of Guitar Hero)

Review: Band Hero
System: Nintendo DS
Developer/Publisher: Vicarious Visions/Activision/Red Octane
Rating: Everyone 10+ (E10+)
Last Updated: 12/11/2009 21:54 P.M. (GMT +07)

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SAW: The Video Game

November 11, 2009

Saw_Box_Art_6 (c)KONAMI/Zombie 2009

“I want to play a game”

Finally after long wait, we finally can play Saw: The Video Game, published by KONAMI, and Created by ZOMBIE studios, let see if this long waited game can match the scare we had when we watched the movie.

What’s This Game About?
Ever watch SAW? if you do, then you will familiar with this game story, it started with Detective Tapp kidnapped and armed with trap on his head, next to his a TV comes a picture of a scary doll (Billy) representing the Jigsaw Killer, as he said, he wants to play a game, so we must because we have no choice. Then you must disarm your own Trap to avoid death, pretty intense for the first scene of the game as if you not given instruction how to disarm the trap. After you managed to pull out the stuff outta your head, you need escape the room and get the hell outta there.

As you progress, you must save people around you too, fail once and you will soon die too, the game pretty intense since on your body Saw already planted a key for everyone escape on the Asylum, what ever happens, you must survive, and find the truth.

What this game look like?
The game is designed to be felled like the movie, you need to find the way out the asylum to survive, get to know some trap that maybe lies behind the door, make crucial decision, and make your way to the truth, in some point of the game you need to save other people, else you need to survive from other people that maybe kill you on your way to get the truth.

The game is played on 3rd person view, the view can sometimes buggy and really hard to point Tapp to move, and sometimes fell into the trap. When approaching a puzzle the camera changes to the puzzle view, allowing you to do the puzzle and survive. Sometimes in the asylum you will find a used trap with blood on the bottom, when you examine it you will get extra scene where you can see the people that suffer from the trap, pretty scary too, like you watching snap movies.

As you progress too, you will met your enemy, and to survive you must kill the enemy, as I said before the enemy is other people that want to survive. There’s many way to kill them, using your weapon, your hand, or maybe make them trapped to your trap. The unique stuff in this game, you can remake the trap that was Saw designed to kill you, to make other people killed too. Some other enemy do not want to be killed and just want to stay there without killing Tapp. When there’s a dead body, you can examine the body to get item inside them.

The game is pretty difficult, but you can retry as many times as you can, because the point on this game is to play this game until it’s all over. Since the game have auto save as you progress it will save automatically, so you don’t need to worry about save point.

What do you think about this game?
Although many people said this game can be Silent Hill Spiritual successor,  I still can said this game have it’s own taste, it’s more thrilling than Silent Hill, and more bloody than Silent Hill, although it’s less mysterious than Silent Hill, Saw have it’s own value, and I can get used to this series of game, plus the whole puzzle and story is created from Saw own producer itself, if you are Saw fans and Puzzle lovers(like me) Take this game and try it on the middle of night.

Graphic: 8/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Total: 27/30 (Amazing) (Only play when  you are alone)

PC Requirement:
Operating System Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows Vista
CPU Intel Pentium: 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 2.0+ Ghz processor(XP) Any Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2(Vista/7)
Memory: 1 GB(XP) 2 GB(Vista/7)
Hard Drive Space: 5 GB of free space
Graphics Hardware: nVidia GeForce 6600+, ATI X1300+(XP)  nVidia GeForce 7600, ATI X1900(Vista/7)
Sound Hardware: DirectX Compatible

Review: SAW: The Video Game
System: PS3/Xbox 360/Windows
Developer/Publisher: Zombie Studios/KONAMI/Brash Entertainment(former)
Rating: Mature (M)
Last Updated: 11/11/2009 11:04 A.M. (GMT +07)

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Tales of Innocence English Patch for Base Translation has Finished!

November 10, 2009

Tales_of_Innocence_boxart (c) 2007 Namco Tales/Namco Bandai
Thanks to Triforce(@ ds-scene) for the Info

It seems like Absolute Zero Translation, the fan translation group that devoted them self to Tales series has done another great Job. After their Tales of Phantasia (SFC/PS/PSP/GBA) for PS1, now they finally finished the whole base trans (that Include the story too) for Tales of Innocence.

To those who curious about how many scripts they worked, they said about 500 Skits, and *I don’t know more* :P, but that’s too many. Oh yeah, if you support them, don’t forget to donate to them at http://www.absolutezerotranslations.com/donations/

Because, the patch will come over your hands at the end of November(that means about 2-3 weeks from now), because they need to do final check with all the bug, and some beta testing with well known people (probably from GBATemp).

Check out their website for more Info http://www.absolutezerotranslations.com/

This article only available from: akariIchinose and InGamer

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Lego : Rock Band

November 7, 2009

Lego Rock Band

(c)Harmonix, TT Games 2009

Rock Band for NDS? did you looking for this game?

Yep! Rock Band finally made it’s debut to Nintendo DS, as it’s follow the most fantastic Rock Simulation come to PSP named Rock Band Unplugged, Rock Band on DS now come with some crazy Blocky named Lego, rocking your DS.

What’s This Game About?
Rock Band was all about Band Simulation, you play Guitar, Bass, Drum, and Vocals to get fame, and Rocking the World with your band. Rock Band Lego is no Difference, you play a Band that’s Grouped by Sir Thomas, in Intro an audition by Sir Thomas was on to search for a guitarist, drummer, and bassist. The Audition run like crazy every lego blocks from all around the town come to be in the band, finally 3 choosed to be in the band Penny Twilight as Bassist, Nicky Overdrive as Drummer, and Quentin Lance as Guitarist. Now your job is to make your band to the famous band on the earth.

What this game look like?
The Game looks really Amazing, as I never play Rock Band before, the game play like DJ Max(PSP) similar to Rock Band Unplugged on PSP too.

To play the band you must make your band performance the best, by playing their part until their face showing on the bottom screen smiling, after that you must change the personnel to make chain and scoring high, the higher the score, the higher your star rating will.
The game play using 4 button (A, X, Left Pad, Up Pad) Similar to PSP ver (O, Triangle, Left Pad, Up Pad) and using L and R button to change each personnel.
pic 1 The game too utilize DS Mic to do special, although no Touch Screen is usable while playing the music.

While on your den, you can choose 5 menu: Continue Tour, Stage (for practicing), Rock Shop (to Customize your character using money you got from you gig), Office (to hire staff for additional stats, change band name, and restart the story), and Lounge (to Customize your Den, and watch the video shown before.

The game setlist have a Family friendly music, and most of it contains historic soundtrack and popular.

Setlist:
All American Rejects, “Swing, Swing”
The Automatic, “Monster”
Blur, “Song 2”
Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting”
Counting Crows, “Accidentally in Love”
David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
Europe, “The Final Countdown”
Good Charlotte, “Girls & Boys”
Iggy Pop, “The Passenger”
Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby”
Katrina & the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”
KT Tunstall, “Suddenly I See”
P!NK, “So What”
The Primitives, “Crash”
Queen, “We Are The Champions”
Queen, “We Will Rock You”
Rascal Flatts, “Life is a Highway”
Ray Parker Jr., “Ghostbusters”
Spin Doctors, “Two Princes”
Sum 41, “In Too Deep”
Supergrass, “Grace”
Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”
Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”
We the Kings, “Check Yes Juliet”

The game have really good graphic compared to Guitar Hero DS, and for no peripheral required make this game more easy to carry. The game interface somehow shared similarity to Gameloft Guitar Rock Tour.

What do you think about this game?
I like rhythm games, most of it like DJ Max, Beatmania, Pop ‘n Music, and of course some like Guitar Hero, GuitarFreaks, and lastly Rock Band(although I never play it before) so I can say if you like Rocking on the road, or maybe on school, or maybe on your Lunch, or maybe before sleeping, and don’t have PSP, buy this game, this game really Kick ass! d(^_^)b

Graphic: 9/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Total: 27/30 (Amazing) (Must play!)

Review: Lego : Rock Band
System: Nintendo DS
Developer/Publisher: TT Games/Harmonix / Warner Bros Games/MTV Games/EA
Rating: Everyone 10+ (E10+)
Last Updated: 07/11/2009 20:51 P.M. (GMT +07)