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Angry American Kirby is back again for Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Kirby's Return to Dream Land - American Cover Art
Kirby's Return to Dream Land - Japanese Cover Art
Kirby's Adventure Wii - European Cover Art

Angry American Kirby is back for his latest game release - Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The title is already out in America and Japan, and the European release (under 'Kirby's Adventure Wii') is scheduled for November 25 and uses the cuter Japanese art. Angry Kirby was last seen in Kirby Mass Attack's cover art.

Metal Gear Solid HD Not Coming to Europe Until 2012, 'Transfarring' to be Japan Only

BlogKonami has announced that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be available in the United States on November 8. Great if you live there. If you're in Europe - too bad. You have to wait until sometime next year, in 2012. Do we really still live in an era that requires months of extra waiting time for PAL releases because companies were too slack to get their European language localisation sorted earlier? Really? I call bullshit frankly, and I wish companies would move forward and localise things on time. It's not like Konami Europe didn't know the title was coming - what's the deal here? Final Fantasy XIII had no problem with this, neither did Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Even God of War III was only out a couple of days later in Europe than its United States release. Read on

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Valkyria Chronicles III not coming to US or Europe

Sega has announced that Valkyria Chronicles III will not be localised to the North American or Europe markets. Hiroshi Seno, Sega's team manager of console sales cited poor PSP system sales in the western markets as well as weak interest in Valkyria Chronicles II. However, Seno noted that a future downloadable release on PlayStation Vita is possible. Read on



Indie platformer VVVVVV is coming to Nintendo 3DS eShop courtesy of Cave Story publisher Nicalis. According to the publisher blog, VVVVVV on 3DS "features the same amazingly retro gameplay, aesthetic and chiptune music (by Swedish musician, Magnus Pålsson), but now in 3D and on the go with your 3DS". VVVVVV 3D will utilize the dual screen functionality with a real-time map and will also include new levels and content in addition to the original six levels and 20 trinkets. "I'm VVVVVVery excited about it!", said creator Terry Cavanagh. "This is the first time anything I've made has been on a console." VVVVVV 3D is expected to be released before the year's end.

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My review of FFXIII

My thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII - beautiful, extremely fun, terrible story

5/5A new Final Fantasy is a big deal for me. I love these games. I've played and replayed quite a few number of them (the exception being those NES ones, I just can't bring myself to play them, no matter how big a fan I claim to be, and 5, because, well, I don't have a good reason for that). There's something comforting about going into a battle mode that's separate from when you're running around, a stark contrast from say an intense shooter, or some over my head strategy game. There's something about running around towns talking to strangers, buying items and weapons, finding some super powerful secret weapon thanks to a guide you read on the internet, exploring a huge over world, seeing familiar names from previous games in different settings in different roles, an epic story full of melodrama, cool music that pumps you up, leveling up your characters to godly levels, and all the other staples of Final Fantasy. I kept hearing about how the game is too "linear" and that's really the only thing I got out of the many reviews I read about this game, that and the battle system was some impossibly complicated thing that couldn't be explained in words (or maybe I just didn't bother to understand it in words).

But I had such a good history with these games, the last one was so good, and man it looked so pretty, there was no way I was not picking this up. To tell you the truth, in my tragically limited world of video games, this is the game I've been waiting to play for four years. This is the reason I bought a Playstation 3 (although I convinced myself otherwise a couple years early). And thank goodness I was not disappointed. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but it was a very pleasant surprise. Yes, they throw out almost all of the stuff I know and love about Final Fantasy that I mentioned above, but what's left and what's new is impressive and polished to a very high degree that I couldn't have asked for more. They did the same thing with the last one with a pretty crazy revamp on the battle system, and that game was my favorite in the series (still is). This time around, it was a great feeling playing and thinking the whole time that they could turn the battle system completely on its head again and succeed so astoundingly. I guess I'm still reeling from the other ten games of pretty much the same affair.

Really fun battle system

This is the most fun I've had playing a Final Fantasy and that is credited to the fast-paced, intuitive, addictive battle system. It is pretty complicated and I didn't get some of it for awhile, even after they finally give you the reins to control everything. At one point though, everything snaps into place and you get it, and it's fun as hell. They really ease you into it, with about 20 hours before you're free to do whatever you want.

That's the biggest complaint I've heard from this game. After playing through it though, I didn't think it was bad at all since it's not like this game was super boring and they hold your hand the entire time during these 20 or so hours. It felt a little more like you were playing with restraints given to you and you had to make the best of your situation. You definitely felt handicapped, but you're learning a different, critical aspect of the battle system along the way. Beyond the first few hours, the battle system is plenty of fun.

Might as well dive in and tell you what I love so much. You only control one character at a time, and with that you have the … Read on

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