Rundown: Final Fantasy, Firmware, Fanboys, Feudal Japan, and Furry Mascots

I’m sure much to the dismay of my (zero) readers, I haven’t updated much in the past couple of days. Well, between grad school woes and an uncooperative stomach, I just haven’t had the time tor energy to do it. With that in mind, I’m going to squeeze out most of the juice today and get straight to the pulp.

  • Firmware 1.93 for the Playstation 3 is out. Though Sony is typically mum on the actual changes, it’s unlikely that an incremental update like this will add or modify anything significant. Expect security fixes and possibly a cure for gamers’ Warhawk connection woes.
  • Insomniac has finally set a date for the Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction demo. And that would be October 4th, only a few weeks away! No real details on the content or length, but an anonymous company employ assured us we’d see the same Metropolis level (shown below) that the press has been playing at events

Tools of Destruction

 

 

  • A not-so-mysterious teaser seen only after beating the recently-released (in Japan) Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core portrays a new CG rendering of the opening to the original game, followed by the words: “to be continued in FINAL FANTASY VII.” While some argue that this is simply logical (Crisis Core is a PSP prequel), the curious part is that you are required to finish the game twice before it pops up. Square-Enix has had a curious habit of hinting at future games via post-game teasers last gen. One from Final Fantasy X International hinted at Final Fantasy X-2. The second release of Kingdom Hearts in Japan also has a trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2, whose own remixed release features one for the upcoming third in the series. Also, it’s not the same video as the PS3 FFVII tech demo from E3 2005. Why re-render the same scene unless something was up? This one may not turn out to be true, but there is plenty of precedent for a remake announcement soon. Whatever comes of it, here are a few caps:

Crisis Core Teaser

Crisis Core Teaser

Crisis Core Teaser

 

 

  • SEGA has announced Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 for the Playstation 3. Currently, no other platforms have been mentioned. If you’re not into the import scene, you may know the original RGG by its domestic name: Yakuza. The second in the series was never released it due to the lacking sales of the first. The good news is that Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 takes places in Edo-period Japan and seems to feature some key historical figures such as Miyamoto Musashi. It’s looking fantastic and, amazingly, it’s set for an Early 2008 release in Japan. Since there are no significant ties to RGG 1 and 2, it’s ripe for a painless Western release.

Ryu Ga Gotoku 3

Ryu Ga Gotoku 3

 

 

  • Reactionist Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Tane jumps the gun, publishing a book entitled “Why Did the PS3 Fail?” not even a year after the hardware’s release. Certainly the PS3 needs to dig itself out of a hole, but well, anything looks like a failure next to the monstorous sales of the Wii (and both are still whipping the pants off of the 360 in Japan). Is the situation honestly that bad? Whatever gets you readers, I guess.
  • Also, remember that Heavenly Sword releases in the US tomorrow! Gamerankings puts it at an 81% rating right now, with the major complaint being length.
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~ by Cavin Smith on September 13, 2007.

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