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June 28, 2008

Dynasty Warriors 6 Special PS2 news

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KOEI has shocked the world and is releasing Dynasty Warriors 6 for the Playstation 2. The PS2 version of Dynasty Warriors 6 Special is going to provide new weapons / musou modes for characters such as Cao Pi, Ling Tong and Ma Chao.

Ling Tong has his classic nunchucks, Cao Pi has a longsword and Ma Chao has a Buster Sword type weapon. We had speculated that there would be more Dynasty Warriors 6 characters with their original weapons, but I had thought this would be done in Dynasty Warriors 6 XL

Gamers who bought Dynasty Warriors 6 already may be upset especially those who bought a PS3 or Xbox360 just to play it! However Dynasty Warriors 6 for PS2 opens the game up to many more households as the amount of PS2 consoles in North American homes is probably close to Xbox360 + Ps3 combined.

It remains to be seen when Dynasty Warriors 6 Special is released and if there are new Dynasty Warriors 6 unlockable characters. Rest assured we'll keep you updated.

June 8, 2008

Etrian Odyssey II 2 Heroes of Lagaard DS Review

Not too far from now (June 17), ATLUS will be serving up copies of Etrian Odyssey II Heroes of Lagaard to North America. Veterans of the first Etrian Odyssey will notice subtle gameplay tweaks, and some other important stuff most notably new classes.

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As usual you have 5 characters in your party, made up of a variety of classes. In total you can have over 25 class types with all the variations to the regular classes like Medic. Then there are the new classes, like the Gunner in the picture with the ATLUS Jack Frost persona hat. Or choose between Dark Hunter, Protector, Alchemist, Troubadour, Hexer, Ronin, etc. New gameplay features include the ability to strafe around, allowing you to get around faster. Each character has a force meter which allows them to do a special attack based on what class they are. The endless character customization leads to a high replay value, though the intense difficulty means you will have to earn it.

You will die often as you start out, especially if you are new to the series, but just keep experimenting with the classes to see which groupings work well for you. The map drawing is the same as Etrian Odyssey I, something you will need to do to remember where things like treasures, walls, and pitfalls are.

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June 7, 2008

Preorder Final Fantasy IV 4 DS Release Date

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Source: Famitsu


The day of July 22nd 2008 is drawing near, as Final Fantasy IV 4 DS will be released. In anticipation of this release date, the Final Fantasy IV 4 DS Walkthrough FAQ Guide has been started (edit - and now completed). This game has a significant increase in difficulty, as bosses are tougher and will require some tactical preparation beforehand making a walkthrough vital for this new FFIV adventure.

Gone are the 2D graphics of the original Final Fantasy IV / Final Fantasy II US. These graphics had been used in the port versions of Final Fantasy IV that have came out over the last fifteen years. Getting a 3d overhaul much in the same manner as Final Fantasy III will allow for a new, brighter adventure.

The biggest change in gameplay is the Decant Ability System that allows you to learn ability's from your teammates. Sometimes they may just change your statistics like higher HP, magic, etc. Other times, the Decant Ability System will allow you to take past ability's from characters that leave the party (like "Hide" from Edward" for example). This allows for extra customization with your characters, and ups an already-high replay value for Final Fantasy IV DS.

The story does not change much, but FFIV DS does a great job of adding extra dialogue to further explain certain scenes. As usual though, Dark Knight Cecil will travel with Dragoon Kain on orders of the Baron King to go to the Summoner's Valley. Their journey begins there, as they have been duped and they hurt the mother of a young Caller / Summoner, Rydia.

It may be a wise choice to preorder this game. Preordered Final Fantasy IV DS owners will get a special FFIV DS Cover. Expect the FFIV 4 DS Walkthrough Guide to be finished around the end of July, shortly after the game is released.

June 4, 2008

P3 FES Answer Gamefaqs Cheat Guide

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It was a long haul, but the Persona 3 FES Journey Walkthrough Guide has been finished in text version, and is now at the Gamefaqs site for download or at lordyuanshu.com. Why buy a Persona 3 FES strategy guide when you can get a better guide for free?

Most useful are the answers for social links / class questions, Elizabeth Velvet Room Requests, or boss strategies. It is important to be efficient when playing Persona 3 so knowing the answers certainly helps! The toughest bosses in the game are actually the Tartarus Floor bosses like the floor 252 boss.

Just started up Persona 3 FES The Answer Walkthrough, and this spinoff is much harder. It is just a dungeon crawler, so do not expect social links or anything of that nature, as you are stuck in the dorm the entire game. That said you do learn a lot about the past of all the characters and the reasons as to why the main character disappeared at the end of the Journey.

The battles are much more difficult in The Answer, it is like playing The Journey on hard. Enemy shadows move faster on screen. Normal enemies are difficult as it is, and you fight Floor bosses like in Tartarus. Every boss that has a weakness has Evade for that weakness too (like Evade Ice, Evade Fire), so this right here makes getting group hits extremely tedious.

As you can imagine, now Aigis gets control of multiple Personae. She can fuse personae but cannot access the Persona Compendium. The rest of the party comes along and also Aigis' sister Metis who seems to know more than anyone else about the Abyss of Time that you are traveling through.

RPG of the Year Persona 3 FES is now over 100 hours long with the added 30+ hours from The Answer.