Jeremy's Reviews Blog

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

And Jeanne d'Arc, too

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer
Entertainment America Inc. announced today the August 2007 North American
release of Jeanne d'Arc, available exclusively for the PSP(R)
(PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Developed by Level-5, creators of the
renowned Dark Cloud series and the critically acclaimed RPG Rogue
Galaxy(TM), Jeanne d'Arc delivers a new tactical role-playing adventure set
across vast lands with detailed environments, unique characters, and a
diverse combat and gameplay system. In Jeanne d'Arc, players will step into
a colorful world that brings together history and fantasy, taking part in a
magical tale inspired by the life and times of the legendary Joan of Arc.
Combining an intricate tactical combat system, a heroic story with more
than 40 hours of gameplay, and a stunning visual style that truly dazzles
on the PSP system, Jeanne d'Arc is ready to deliver hours of strategic RPG
action to players anytime, anywhere.


Good day for PSP RPGs...

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords just came out, which rocks, and XSEED just announced they are bringing to the US, Brave Story and Chronicle of Dungeon Maker (re-titled DUNGEON MAKER:
HUNTING GROUND). Both RPGs that got very good reviews in Japan, but I really thought weren't going to make it over here.


Dear Jeremy,

It is with great pleasure to announce that
XSEED Games has obtained exclusive
publishing rights for DUNGEON MAKER:
5 for the North American market!

TRAVELER, both for the PSP®
(PlayStation®Portable) system, are scheduled
for release in July 2007 and Q3 2007,
respectively. WILD ARMS 5 for the
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system
is scheduled for release in Q3 2007.

These exciting new titles are in addition to
the already announced VALHALLA
which will be released on April 17, 2007 for the
PSP system.

Build. Battle. Destroy.

An original title developed
specifically for
GROUND offers addictive game play
with a simulation dungeon creation element
and real-time battles hunting for monsters to
collect items, gold, and to fulfill
requirements to complete the various quests
given by townspeople.

The Story

An ambitious but novice dungeon maker arrives
in a small town known to suffer periodic
attacks from violent monsters. He buys a vast
plot of land at the outskirts of the town to
create a grand dungeon in hopes of luring in
various enemy monsters which to hunt to
collect gold and items. He envisions his
complete dungeon to be one so appealing as to
lure the legendary Wandering Demon. Defeating
this menacing monster would free the
townspeople from the fear he casts upon them,
while winning acclaim as a true dungeon maker
for the "Architect."

Key Features

* Design and modify a customizable dungeon,
floor-by-floor, using simple controls to
quickly develop a deep and detailed dungeon.

* Strategically layout and improve your
dungeon to maximize its attractiveness and
lure in the most sought-after enemies to take
their loot.

* Fight real-time battles wielding various
melee and ranged weapons, casting magic
spells, rendering special attacks, and
summoning creatures to defeat the wide
variety of monsters including undead
creatures, orcs, and dragons.

* Enjoy the vast selection of building
materials to customize your dungeon and
complete quests to access the rarer items
from the wide array of weapons, armors, and
accessories to upgrade your warrior.

* Trade dungeons - Utilize network
connectivity to trade dungeons with a friend.
Show off your dungeon creation skills and
explore a friend's dungeon to see what kind
of monsters and treasures lie inside.

scheduled for release in July 2007.

"Beyond the door you can change your destiny"

An original title created specifically for
the PSP system and developed by Game Republic
(Genji series), BRAVE STORY: NEW
TRAVELER features beautifully
rendered 3D graphics, an epic tale with a
host of colorful supporting characters, and a
traditional turn-based battle system easy for
beginners to pickup and play but with enough
depth and innovative features for seasoned

The Story

On a day that starts out like any other, an
11-year-old boy's life is changed forever. As
the main character and his friend Miki pass a
leisurely afternoon, Miki suddenly collapses
from an unknown illness. When the girl shows
no sign of waking, the main character grows
distraught over not being a better friend and
not having the means to save her.
Suddenly, a strange voice offers him a
second chance: "Beyond the door you can
change your destiny!" He soon leaves the real
world and journeys to the world of Vision,
where, as a novice "Traveler," he will
surmount myriad ordeals in hopes of
ultimately meeting with the Goddess of
Fortune to have a single wish granted.
Valuable friendships, unbounded courage, and
his own personal growth will all prove
indispensable as he seeks out his destiny: a
life-changing adventure and the discovery of
a hero inside an ordinary kid.

Key Features

* A role-playing game with an epic tale,
introducing unique characters with distinct
personalities and leading the player through
the imaginative world of Vision as he learns
to become a hero.

* Traditional turn-based battle system
enhanced by innovative features based on the
story's themes of friendship, courage, and

  • Friendship - Form bonds
    with party
    members to create new, cooperative
  • Courage - Use "brave power"
    (BP) to unleash powerful special abilities,
    continually refilling the gauge as you
    devastate the enemy.
  • Growth - The hero's main
    weapon will evolve as he collects the
    gemstones needed to meet with the Goddess of
    Fortune. New
    accessories can be forged by collecting and
    combining the right materials. Each character
    can also unlock a one-of-a-kind innate

    * Beautifully rendered 3D graphics with
    vibrant colors and a distinct visual style,
    highlighted by polished character and enemy
    movement, graphical representations of sound
    effects, and a unique animation for each
    special ability - all exceptionally well
    drawn and intricately textured.

    * Collect special birds which you can use
    in mini-games or trade in for rare and
    precious weapons, armor, and items.

    * Network with friends to trade your
    birds, or game-share a mini-game to have
    friends assist in capturing rare birds.

    BRAVE STORY: NEW TRAVELER is scheduled for
    release in Q3 2007.