The official site of Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (North America). The Dynasty Warriors franchise has become stagnant as of late. Incomprehensible storylines and simplistic combat mechanics make it increasingly difficult to get interested in the series' aging formula. While Strikeforce doesn't address all of these problems, it incorporates a good multiplayer experience and a number of new features that make it significantly more engaging than many of its predecessors. As a result, this Dynasty Warriors game will strike a chord for some newcomers without alienating the series faithful. Like previous entries in the series, Strikeforce is set in the Three Kingdoms era of ancient China when three factions waged war for control of the land. After choosing your kingdom and character, you're dropped into a town to prepare for battle against the Yellow Turbans, a religious extremist group inciting rebellion across the continent. Because each mission is presented a la carte from a simple menu system, there is little emphasis on story. Each faction has five chapters of these story missions, and between each chapter, you'll be fed more exposition through perfunctory voice-overs.
This is where it all started. The original Final Fantasy appeared on the Famicom in Japan 20 years ago and reached American shores three years later. Since then, it has appeared on a variety of systems, most recently as part of Final Fantasy I &II: Dawn of Souls on the Game Boy Advance. As a piece of nostalgia, Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition is a decent romp through a true classic, where random encounters rule and fetch quests are a way of life. If you haven't played it yet and can set aside modern expectations, you'll probably get a kick out of the earliest Final Fantasy game. On the other hand, if you have played it on another platform, there aren't enough extras here to make it worth another purchase, especially for a $30 price tag. The visuals are the obvious enhancement, and at least in this regard, FF lovers won't be disappointed. Backgrounds and characters are rendered in crisp, colorful detail. Some small touches are bound to catch your eye, such as the shadows of passing clouds moving across your view. Of particular note are the new boss designs: Marilith has never looked so gruesome. It's still the same 2D look.
Beaterator brings the power of music-creation to the PSPŽ PlaystationŽPortable System and PlaystationŽNetwork. Rockstar Games and multi-platinum selling producer Timbaland have designed an incredibly simple to use and portable music making application that allows everyone to create their own music anywhere. Beaterator is easy to use for those new to music creation but also allows the more experienced to work with an array of creative tools to explore and create music. Use Live Play to experiment with pre-arranged templates of loops and sounds in just a few seconds, or delve into the Studio to build a creation using the thousands of loops and sounds provided by Rockstar and Timbaland, even adding vocals to make complete songs. Beaterator makes it easy to create new beats and sounds in minutes, building original music step by step from the ground up. Beaterator is the only software needed to create hot drum beats, stirring melodies, and complete songs to bring out the musician in everyone. Create, export and share your music with the world.
Prepare for an all-new, handheld Ricky Ponting challenge as Codemasters announces Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play, an original title in the best-selling cricket series, coming this winter for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system. Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play is being specifically designed for PSP gaming with an emphasis on new burst-play cricket challenges and will deliver all the exciting and accessible cricket gameplay that the series is renowned for.
Take on the role of unlikely hero Ramiro Cruz, "Ram" to his friends. Ram is dragged into a high stakes adventure when his father Ernesto is assassinated just before cracking the biggest "traficante" case Mexico has ever seen. After witnessing the murder, Ram along with the guidance his unpredictable uncle Marco, embark to track down the killer. Let loose in the underworld of Los Toros, Ram fights his way to the inner circles of the local kingpin Cesar Morales' drug cartel. When stumbling onto plans of a gigantic smuggling scheme, Ram must persevere amidst facing deadly gunfights, renegade cops and sinister desperados everywhere. Time to exact some hard-hitting revenge!
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII achieves a striking balance of old and new, and juggles fan service with pure role-playing satisfaction. It's striking how these elements have been shaped into such an appealing and emotionally affecting prequel. There are some new characters and plenty of fan favorites too, such as Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith. However, the characters you're most likely to empathize with are unlikely ones, including protagonist Zack, and Sephiroth, who is complex, troubled, and even sometimes likable. The way their personal stories weave in and out of each other--and set the stage for the events in Final Fantasy VII--makes Crisis Core not just the finest role-playing experience available on the PSP, but also one of the best Japanese RPGs in years.
That's not how a woman's breasts are supposed to move. That was our first thought upon loading Dead or Alive: Paradise. They don't so much bounce as fight hard to get away from each other like two angry badgers in a sack. Not that we've dwelled on it, of course, but a man can't spend all his time reflecting on the deepening social rifts caused by hyper-capitalism.
Dissidia: Final Fantasy for PSP - GameSpot offers reviews, previews, cheats, and more. Count on us for all of the latest on the Dissidia: Final Fantasy Sony PSP Game. To celebrate the venerable Final Fantasy series' 20th anniversary, Square Enix came up with Dissidia Final Fantasy, an action role-playing game that will feature a sizable cast of the most well-known characters from the series. In the last two decades, there have been more than a dozen Final Fantasy games and spin-offs, but Dissidia will reunite some of our favorite heroes and villains from the main series and pit them against one another in epic battles. At first glance, this is going to seem like a fighting game--because that's primarily what you're doing--but with its role-playing game elements, storyline, and customization, Dissidia is more than just one battle after another. We had an opportunity to play a few skirmishes at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, but we recently received a preview build to go more in-depth and check out the game's many features.
Final Fantasy II's position in role-playing game history is a dubious one. On one hand, it bravely modified aspects of the original Final Fantasy and added a few new gameplay mechanics. On the other, the transformed leveling system was an exploitable and unbalanced mess, which makes the Anniversary Edition feel more like a case study in the evolution of RPGs than an entirely enjoyable game. You'll find plenty of random battles to ease your daily commute, but the frustration of the baffling skill leveling makes FFII a less appealing game than its predecessor.
While some games don't withstand the test of time, others, like the commonly praised Final Fantasy Tactics, exist in a state of pristine stasis: never changing, yet standing proud at the head of the class, and rarely bested by legions of pretenders to the throne. In other words, you won't need the rose-hued goggles of nostalgia to appreciate Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, since it's a great game even by modern standards. If you're new to Tactics, you'll find a strategy role-playing game with plenty of deep gameplay and one of the finest stories in a Final Fantasy game to date. If you've already experienced the 1998 PlayStation original, you'll enjoy some nifty additions in this enhanced port, including terrific cutscenes, new character classes, and new playable characters. There are some noticeable issues in the presentation, and some lurking frustrations in the gameplay remain. In the context of such satisfying gameplay, though, the annoyances are easy to forgive--especially considering you can squeeze 60 or 70 hours of quality entertainment out of it.
START YOUR ENGINES. Prepare for the most authentic handheld racing experience as the best-selling Gran Turismo series debuts on the PSP system. Prove your driving skills on 35 tracks, and trade or share more than 800 stunning cars from the world's top manufacturers. Key Features: Slick Visuals --Runs on a new graphics engine designed for the PSP system that delivers stunning visuals at a crisp 60 frames per second. Depth and Variety -- Collect over 800 licensed vehicles from international automakers. Expand Your Collection -- Trade and share cars with friends to expand your collection via Ad Hoc wireless. Hit the Road -- Race on 35 licensed and fictional tracks, with 60 track layouts total. Compete in time trials, races, or drift mode challenges. Test Your Driving Skills -- Complete over 100 challenges to hone your driving skills and learn new cornering, braking and other driving techniques. Bragging Rights -- Prove your driving skills in four-player races using Ad Hoc mode.
Rockstar Games presents: Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories. Rockstar's juggernaut Grand Theft Auto series debuted on the PlayStation Portable late last year in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, a side-story prequel to the events that took place in Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2. With Liberty City Stories, Rockstar successfully translated its open-ended world of crime to a handheld system, though not without a few missteps. Enter Vice City Stories, the newly released PSP GTA game that follows a similar side-story formula. Vice City Stories improves upon some of the flaws found in the first game, not the least of which is improved length and direction, as well as a great deal more personality. The story's still pretty subpar, though, and as much as this is very much Grand Theft Auto, certain conventions of the series are starting to feel a bit antiquated. Still, if you want to roam around a large city, shooting up the place and driving like a crazy person, few games on the PSP let you do that as well as this one does.
At first glance, Chinatown Wars could be mistaken for a return to the Grand Theft Auto series' humble 2D beginnings. The action is viewed from a more or less top-down perspective, and of course you still spend much of your time driving stolen cars and causing trouble with firearms. But the similarities between this superb PSP game and its '90s progenitors pretty much end there. Chinatown Wars actually has more in common with GTAs III and IV than it does with earlier games, and, remarkably, it even adds to and improves on the formula that made those games so successful. That's a bold statement for sure, but Chinatown Wars really is that good.
Rockstar Games presents: Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories. Call it Grand Theft Auto Gaiden. While there have been handheld takes on the GTA series in the past, none of them have ever properly captured the things that made the modern installments in the series so popular. Things like the sprawling environments, its fast-action freestyle mayhem, and, of course, the series' great sense of humor just haven't come across on a handheld before. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is not without its problems, either; but it gets enough of the series' signature features in there to do you right. Liberty City Stories brings you back to Rockstar's fictional take on New York City, first seen this way in 2001's revolutionary GTA III. This time around, the year is 1998, and you play the role of a returning wise guy named Toni Cipriani, who works for Salvatore Leone. Upon your return to town, you get right back to work, because the Leone crime family is about to start getting it from all sides. As you ascend to become Salvatore's right-hand man, you'll start and finish gang wars with other mafia types, a few triads, the yakuza...pretty much all of the usual suspects are present.
Madden NFL 11 reenergizes the game of football with a fun and exhilarating experience to ignite the passion of every NFL fan. Whether you're rekindling an old rivalry, putting your spin on the best moments of 2009, or building the ultimate dynasty in Franchise mode, Madden NFL 11 makes every day feel like Sunday. Experience the passion for football shared by Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth as they call the action on the field. Fight for fumbles, design your own plays, and feel what it's like to be an NFL superstar with Madden NFL 11, the ultimate NFL experience on PlayStation Portable.
The MotorStorm series has already sent you careening along muddy cliffsides and barreling through lava-filled landscapes. Now with MotorStorm Arctic Edge, you can hop in a snow machine and race through drifts of slippery snow. Arctic Edge may be portable, but it otherwise encapsulates all the pros and cons of this series' fast-paced off-road racing. Each course is meticulously crafted, offering an ideal path to the finish line no matter which of its vehicles you prefer, and a swift sense of speed makes navigating your way around these complex tracks a blast. The usual franchise foibles are also in play, such as supersensitive physics that make things feel a bit too out of control. As of this writing, online connection issues are also a problem, so your multiplayer mayhem may be limited to local ad hoc races. Yet like its PlayStation 3 predecessors, MotorStorm Arctic Edge mostly overcomes its flaws by letting you take to the unique courses and get rowdy.