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Gamertell Review: Last Escort: Club Katze for PSP

February 28, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Gamertell Review: Last Escort: Club Katze for PSP

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Title: Last Escort: Club Katze
Price: $59.90
System: PSP*, Playstation 2
Release Date: February 18, 2010
Publisher (Developer): Mobile & Game Studio (D3 Publisher)
ESRB Rating: N/A, CERO D for Ages 17+
Pros: Slick and polished character designs, skippable dialogue and cutscenes, simple gameplay and fully voiced (aside from the main character’s dialogue).
Cons: Painfully linear, lack of character customizable options, intermediate Japanese skills recommended (but not required).
Overall Score: One Thumb Sideways, One Thumb Down; 67 out of 100; D+; *1/2 out of *****. 

Host clubs are no secret in Japan. Interested parties will find the streets of Kabuki-cho in Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan) swarming with sharply dressed young gentlemen bombarding women of all ages in hopes of luring them back to their love nest that is one of their host clubs.

Last Escort is a unique series, usually on the PS2, that has enjoyed success on the Japan thanks to many a fine lady interested in getting a glimpse of what the host club scene in Japan is like without committing oodles of real-world monetary funds.

A Girl and Her Host

The main goal of Club Katze, as with Last Escort titles, is to woo a host through conversation and gift giving, while also helping him to achieve the number one spot of the club by spending all your hard-earned cash on ridiculously overpriced bottles of liquor.

Players take control of a young woman starting out in her career. Oddly enough, she’s given the task to “spy” on a local host club called Club Katze but she finds her trips become increasingly personal and less about business.

The game progresses over the course of approximately one calendar year where, week by week, players have the ability to pick activities to increasing attributes and encourage a host to fall for you by appealing to his interests. For example, maxing out the sports stat will increase your chances of capturing the heart of a particular host whose hobby may be sports (go fig’). Also, leveling up also unlocks different homemade items that players can choose to create in order to give to hosts as gifts in hopes of raising their affection level.

There are six hosts (possibly more to unlock), each playing to the heartstrings of a different girl. Visiting Club Katze is the only controllable way to interact with a host, however there are still yet events that are triggered outside of the club environment. Players choose one of three actions per visit to interact with a host: Conversation (correct responses yield better results), order a drink (help the host become “Number One”) and give a gift (homemade is best). Of course, everything, including your siple visit, costs yen, so you have to watch your wallet.

This Eye Candy is a Little Sour

Club Katze takes a step back from what was enjoyable in Last Escort 2 (LE2). While Last Escort 2 was linear, Club Katze is painfully linear. The formula for success remains the same but the amount of customizability has been removed. In LE2, players could decorate their rooms which would, in turn, effect host visits. While this was a small aspect of the game play, it was surprisingly amusing.

The majority hosts at Club Katze are pretty yummy in appearance, whereas some look downright sleazy. In any case, their personalities pale in comparison to their LE2 predecessors who were a lively and often comical bunch. Instead of paying attention I instead skipped through a good majority of the dialogue. Even the action of visiting Club Katze becomes a mundane chore instead of a thrilling venture. It would have been nice if visiting the club triggered specialized mini-games opposed to overused one-liners and dull babble.

This love simulation is no more than a plain text adventure with absolutely any frills. There’s no challenge in the game play since players are easily able to save at any time which would prevent them from committing to any mistakes. The art of stat raising provides about half of the gameplay yet requires no compelling strategy whatsoever. The most difficult part of this action is simply discovering what the host’s hobby is and then maxing out that stat as soon as possible which, in turn, provides neither balance nor customization. Where the main challenge of this game should be triumphing many hurdles that usually stand in the way of love, the lack of money in the game is the only real menacing pothole screwing up the lovebus on its road to the stale infatuation that the boys of Club Katze have to offer.

It may be that Club Katze attempted to provide an extremely serious approach for this installment of which it succeeded regarding the character designs (see lack of huge glossy, sparkly eyes), but miserably failed in creating a game that’s actually fun to play.

To Date or Not To Date?

I would urge interested parties – even fans of otome dating-sim games – to wait to invest their money in Konami’s impending Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side (TMGS) 3rd Story due out later this year (2010). I dare say that TMGS may be the perfect dating simulation geared for the female market and, if you can’t wait for 3rd Story, buy the previous versions of TMGS for the Nintendo DS: 1st Love/Plus, 2nd Kiss. Not Club Katze.

I would only suggest picking up Club Katze for those who want to know what the bottom-of-the-dating-sims barrel feels like.

However, if you don’t mind being hand fed a story by slick and attractive boy toys, then you may enjoy Club Katze’s eye candy.

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Important Importables: A brief look at Gundam games

February 28, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: A brief look at Gundam games

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Mecha anime and manga series are popular around the world. Gundam is the best known among all the series, and even helped kick off all mecha animes. All of the series feature humans piloting huge mechanized suits in the future, battling against one another.

Gundam first began as an animated TV show back in 1979 called Mobile Suit Gundam, and was originally created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise. Since then, there have been movies, animated tv shows, ovas and movies, mangas, novels, light novels, trading card game and tons of video games all based on the series. Japan’s even used Gundam as a cultural mascot, creating stamps featuring the mechanized units, creating a RX-78 monument at the Kamiigusa Station, using it as a nickname for Japan Self-Defense for equipment and even using Gundam mechas as promotional tools.

So this week, let’s take a brief look at all the Gundam animated series out there and some games that are available. If you decide to get interested in the series, prepare to do a lot of research, as there are multiple timelines and things can get quite complicated unless you’re really paying attention to the characters and situations.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

A brief look at the Gundam series.

The Gundam series is somewhat notorious for being quite involved, and often complicated. While the Gundam games often have their own storylines, and just feature mechas from the anime series, familiar characters may also appear and certain wars or political altercations are often referenced. The best way to learn about these is to sit down and actually watch the anime. Sure, you can try just sitting and reading some viewers’ reports online, but those could get a bit dry and you may get factions and dates mixed up.

So here’s a list of all of the main anime series. Be aware that the first four series are all related and take part in the same timeline. (There are multiple timelines, so you may find it difficult to keep track unless you take notes between series or reference and online site. Even I have trouble figuring it all out and keeping it straight.) If you decide to start watching these series, make sure you have a lot of free time! Many of the series have 40-50 episodes, so becoming a fan requires quite an investment.

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: (1979 – 1980) It was also made into a two volume manga and inspired three animated movies called Gundam: The Movie, Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow and Gundam III: Encounters in Space. It also inspired films and OVAs like Char’s Counterattack The anime is available in English.
  • Zeta Gundam: (1985 – 1986) It also inspired a manga series and three animated movies, Zeta Gundam A New Translation: Heirs to the Stars, Zeta Gundam A New Translation II: Lovers and Zeta Gundam A New Translation: Love is the Pulse of the Stars. The anime is available in English.
  • Gundam ZZ: (1986 – 1987), It’s story was only told in the anime series.
  • Mobile Suit V Gundam: (1993 – 1994) It also inspired a manga series called Mobile Suit V Gundam Side Story.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: (1994 – 1995) It inspired three manga series, one called Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and then two others called Mobile Fighter G Gundam Gaiden: Shouryuu Densetsu and Mobile Fighter Gaiden: Gundam Fight 7th. The anime is available in English.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: (1995 – 1996) It inspired an Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor OVA, Gundam Wing manga and Gundam Wing: Battlefield of Pacifists manga. The anime and manga are available in English.
  • After War Gundam X: (1996) It inspired two manga series, one called After War Gundam X and one called After War Gundam X: Under the Moonlight.
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  • Turn A Gundam: (1999 – 2000) It inspired an animated film, Turn A Gundam II: Moonlight Butterfly and four manga series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: (2002 – 2003) It also inspired an OVA called Gundam SEED After Phase: In the Valley of Stars and a manga series. Both the anime and manga were released in the US.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: (2004 – 2005) It also inspired a manga called Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: The Edge. Both the anime and manga were released in the US.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: (2007 – 2009) . It inspired a movie and OVA. The anime is available in the US.

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Notable Gundam games released in Japan.

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< games released in Japan, so if you search you'll have no trouble finding one. There are strategic, general action, shooting and fighting games all available and featuring your favorite mechas, and sometimes pilots too. To assist in your searches, here are some releases you may want to check out. They may be special because they're some of the first

Gundam games released, or they’re on region free systems. I tried to do my best to also look into which Gundam anime series each game corresponds to, but since I haven’t had the opportunity to watch much Gundam aside from the occasional Gundam Wing or Gundam Seed episode.

  • Mobile Suit Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble (NES) – released in August, 1986 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Duel (SNES) – released March, 1996 and takes place during the Gundam Wing series.
  • Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Zenpen Zeta no Kodou (Saturn) – released April, 1997 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam series.
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senshitachi no Kiseki (GC) – released in March, 2004 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Gundam anime series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Rengou vs. Z.A.F.T. Portable (PSP) – released April, 2007 and takes place during the Gundam Seed series.
  • Gundam Suit Gundam: MS Sensen 0079 (Wii) – released in July, 2007.
  • Gundam Battle Royale (PSP) – released in August, 2007.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (DS) – released March, 2008 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime series.
  • Emblem of Gundam (DS) – released in May, 2008 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team, Mobile Sit Gundam 0080, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 and Mobile Suit Gundam Z anime time period.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Gundam Meisters (PS2) – released in October, 2008 and takes place during the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Senki Record U.C. 0081 (PS3) – released in September, 2009.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next (PSP) – released in December, 2009 and features Gundam mechas from nearly every series.
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NotableGundam games released outside of Japan

Fortunately, since Gundam is such a popular series, many of the video game entries have been released outside of Japan. In case you’re looking to experience the Gundam world in a whole new way, here are some of the more recent entries you can easily find in your local game store or at your favorite online retailer. Again, I’ve also tried to mention, when possible, which anime series each game corresponds to, in case there’s a particular Gundam series you love and want a game that is related to it.

  • Gundam Side Story 0079 (DC) – released in April, 2000, and set during the Mobile Suit Gundam anime series.
  • Gundam: Battle Assault (PS1) – released in November, 2000 and set during the Gundam Wing anime series time period.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front (PS2) – released January, 2002 and takes place during Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo (PS2) – released August, 2001 and takes place during Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Gundam: Battle Assault 2 (PS1) – released in July, 2002 and takes place during the G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Mobile Suit Gundam series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon (PS2) – released September, 2002 and takes place during Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space (PS2) – released in December, 2003 and contains suits from pretty much every Gundam anime series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Assault (GBA) – released August, 2004 and takes place during the Gundam Seed anime time period.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam (PS2) – released in June, 2005.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Never Ending Tomorrow (PS2) – released September, 2005 and takes place during the Gundam Seed anime period.
  • MS Saga: A New Dawn (PS2) – released February, 2006.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (PS3, Xbox 360) – released in August, 2007.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 (PS2, PS3, Xbox 360) – released April, 2009.

Hope you all learned something today, and maybe you’ll want to consider looking into the Gundam series and becoming a fan. I know I learned something – never decide to write a column on a series when you’ve only seen two segments (Gundam Wing and Gundam Seed), and haven’t watched one of them since high school. Ha ha. I’m not kidding.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports looks at notable fan translation projects.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports reviewed Poupee Girl DS.

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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1107

February 26, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama peers out from the cover of this week’s Weekly Famitsu which contains coverage of the following bits:
» Previews for NDS Inazuma Eleven 3 and Wii Xenoblade.
» Famitsu reviews NDS Utatte Touch (8/8/7/8), NDS WiZmans World (7/7/7/7), NDS Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Mugen no Frontier EXCEED (8/8/8/8), PSP BlazBlue Portable (7/7/7/7), PSP Kenka Banchou 4: One Year War (9/8/8/8), PSP Qix++ (7/7/7/7), X360 Espgaluda II (8/8/7/7), X360 Borderlands (8/8/8/7) and Wii Rajirugi NOAH (6/7/6/5).
» Coin-op coverage for Dragon Quest II Legend from Armor Project and Square Enix which features a joystick that’s designed to look like a huge sword which is planted into the cabinet. We want one.
» Pre-packaged ramen is on the menu in this week’s PICK UP FOOD section and Famitsu takes a look at offerings from local eateries.
» Covergirl Chiaki Kuriyama appears in a 4-page photo spread.
» Hokuto Musou is shaping up very nicely as seen in the preview located on pages 306-309. In one screenshot, someone is carrying a missile.


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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1105

February 26, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

The February 18, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese market
» Preview for X360/PS3 Clash of the Titans which will be available as a download on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network later this year.
» Famitsu’s reviewers rank NDS Dragon Quest VI (9/9/8/8), NDS Dragon Ball DS 2: Totsugeki! Red Ribbon Gun (7/7/8/7), PS3 Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (8/7/8/8), and Wii Zangeki no Reginleiv (8/7/7/6).
» Special feature on the Kingdom Hearts franchise and a look back at the games that captured the imaginations of fans the world over.
» Interview with two members of the FFXIII voice cast – Mabuki Andou who plays Oerba Yun Fang and Yukari Fukui who plays Oerba Dia Vanille.
» Game & Watch retrospective on “Flagman,” “Vermin,” “Fire,” and “Ball” which were simple yet addictive diversions back in the day.
» Valentine’s Day is anon so this week’s PICK UP FOOD section focuses on Godiva, Potager, and Juchheim chocolates for sweethearts across Japan.
» Four page photo spread for Beckii Cruel who found fame on Youtube.


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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1104

February 26, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

The February 11, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese market
» Preview for X360 Monster Hunter Frontier which checks out monsters and new features in the 360 version of the game.
» Famitsu reviews PSP God Eater (9/9/8/8), PSP Pop’n Music Portable (7/8/8/8), and PSP Misshitsu no Sacrifice (5/6/5/5).
» On pages 62-63, Famitsu examines the hips of a few female heroines including Bayonetta, Lara Croft, and Sheva Alomar. Important work.
» End of Eternity 12-page play-guide.
» This week’s PICK UP FOOD section features donuts and pastries from Mister Donut, Krispy Kreme, Cafe de Crie, Tully’s Coffee and a little joint called “Starbacks Cofee.”
» A 2-page Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 article which introduces the cage-fight portion of the game where brawlers meet and dole out punches.
» Every copy of Famitsu Wave #1104 includes a 123-page booklet which compiles every NDS and PSP game released in 2009.


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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1103

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The Febuary 4-11, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese market
» Famitsu scopes out the upcoming MGS Peace Walker Limited Edition bundle which includes a camouflage-colored PSP-3000 and olive-green carrying pouch. NCS expects to start preorders later this week.
» Famitsu’s reviewers rank PS3 Ar Tonelico III (8/7/7/6), PS3 End of Eternity (9/8/9/8), and PS3 Last Rebellion (7/6/6/5).
» Play guide for PSP Senjou no Valkyria 2 which includes mission maps, savvy tactics, mission objectives, and various stats.
» In-depth guide to Final Fantasy XIII which is part of a continuing series devoted to Square’s latest Final Fantasy game.
» Famitsu gathers together the top rated games of 2009 into a handy little booklet located at the centerfold. The top rated NDS game was Dragon Quest IX with perfect 10s while there were two Wii games that earned perfect 10s: Monster Hunter 3-tri and New Super Mario Bros. The Xbox 360 enjoyed one perfect 10 in Sega’s Bayonetta.
» Retrospective on Final Fantasy VII and related properties.


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Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1101

February 26, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

The January 21, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese market:

» Preview for Gundam Assault Strike which is headed for the PSP. The article looks at the Gundam series featured in the game and introduces readers to the mechs and characters who’ll be doing the fighting.
» Famitsu’s reviewers rank PSP Kingdom Hearts BBS (10/9/9/9), PSP Kentoushi Gladiator (8/8/7/8), PS3 Operation Flashpoint (7/7/7/7) and NDS Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku (9/8/8/7).
» Publishers send in their New Year’s greetings and Famitsu publishes a bunch of them. Atlus’ greeting features Jack Frost doing some Curling and SNK’s design shows the flamboyant Ash Crimson drinking some coffee. According to Taito’s greeting, 2010 will be “Taito Try Year!” while Namco will be celebrating Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary in 2010.
» Special retrospective on the Metal Gear Solid series of games.
» PICK UP FOOD checks out some popular dishes at restaurants.


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PlayStation Home Update: Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, aliens are attacking Home

February 24, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

PlayStation Home Update: Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, aliens are attacking Home

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Alien Invasions on Home

Aliens vs Androids

Androids are now being recruited to defend Home from a new alien threat. Aliens have been spotted abducting small animals and threatening Home residents. In much the same fashion as the zombie vs humans and hamster vs humans battles, there’s going to be a dance-a-thon to see who stays and who goes on PS Home. Check out this new HOME News broadcast and decide which team you wish to join. Afterwards, visit the new LOOT store at the mall to grab your alien or android costumes:

New Real Estate, New Spaces, Events, Updates and Issues

New Real Estate

Planetland Personal Space
This futuristic personal space is set on a strange planet and is guarded by a giant plant. It overlooks a gorgeous alien landscape complete with waterfalls for $4.99. This space offers very little (if any) spaces to hang personal photos, but does have an exit to central plaza. Check out the PlanetLand Personal Space:

 
Loco Island Personal Space
Fans of the LocoRoco series will love this interactive personal space available for $6.99. This island paradise is filled with adorable little creatures from the game. Players can fill the island with more Loco or MuiMui inhabitants by collecting Piktories. Piktories are little purple bugs that buzz around the island or on the MuiMui King’s ship (see new spaces) and tend to hide in tall grass. Simply dance in front of one of the little yellow guys and take him over to the grass to find the Piktories and collect them. There’s a personal reversi game table, bar, dance floor and more on this personal island. Check out the Loco Island Personal Space available now at the Real Estate store located on the second floor of the Mall:

New Spaces

MotorStorm Carrier
The old MotorStorm space has been replaced with a more interactive MotorStorm Carrier. It features an arcade game called Lunatic Launcher, a huge dance floor and a NPC Treasure Hunt mini-game that unlocks MotorStorm virtual items. It also has a DJ turntable game that allows players to act as the dance floor DJ by mixing or playing with music from the Listen@Home center. Check out the new MotorStorm Carrier:

MuiMui King’s Ship

LocoRoco's MuiMui King's Ship is a new space that's full of interactivity

This large ship has several interactive creatures that react to you simply by dancing. There are several games to participate in such as the Domingo Races and Loco Reversi. Players can save the Piktories they have been collecting in their personal space to purchase virtual items or shop the shopping area. They can purchase LocoRoco series games, demos or special items like extra MuiMuis or Luche’s for their island. Not sure what your personal island inhabitant’s are doing? You can spy on them from the ship using the binoculars near the Domingo Race upstairs or dance with the MuiMui’s in the club area downstairs near the gift shop gazebo.

Events

Make dot Believe
In Central Plaza players will find floating black orbs of electricity near the apartment complex. This is part of Sony’s new “Make.Believe” campaign. This week’s campaign is about music and the freebie is a full drum. It will look exceptionally cool next to the Guitar Hero 5 Guitar obtained from the Guitar Hero 5 VIP area.

Freebies at the Movies Today
The trailers for SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo 3 are now playing at the Theater located in Central Plaza. The last virtual t-shirt will be available until February 23, 2010, so visit the theater now to claim your freebie before they disappear forever.

Updates and Issues

Issues

  • Those players who had issues receiving free individual Loot space items without purchasing the bundles will no longer be able to do so without purchasing the personal space.
  • Those who could not visit or access their LocoIsland Personal Space after purchase or place individual LocoRoco items in other apartments can do so now as the issue has been resolved and all items should be unlocked and available for use properly.

Updates

  • All Valentine’s Day Event items and games have been removed from the Mall.
  • New 3rd Party shops have been added to the Mall, new stores include Loot, LucasArts, Sodium One and EA Sports.
  • Ligne Roset Furniture Store has been removed and items have been merged with Furniture store.
  • Threads 2 has been removed and items have been merged into the Sodium One store.
  • There is now only one Real Estate Store in the Mall and is located on the second floor.
  • Furniture Store is now located on the second floor next to the new EA Sports Store.
  • Home Exclusives Store has opened on the first floor and will feature all discounted or limited time feature items.

Shopping

*Unless specified in (parenthesis) all clothing items are available for both male and female avatars.

Threads located on the first floor of the Mall

Threads Section

  • The Testers: Unhappy Face Bag Mask is free

Costume Shop located on the second floor of the Mall

Costume Section

  • Futuristic Male Casual Wear Outfit Pack cost 99 cents (Male)
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Male Casual Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each (Male)
  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Value Pack cost $1.49
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Hands, Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Hairband cost 49 cents (Female)
  • Futuristic Female Casual Wear Outfit Pack cost $1.49 (Female)
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Female Casual Wear Hat, Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each (Female)
  • Leprechaun Outfit Value Pack cost $1.99
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Leprechaun Hat, Shirt and Shoes cost 49 cents each
  • Leprechaun Pants cost 49 cents (Male)
  • Leprechaun Skirt cost 49 cents (Female)

Furniture Store located on the second floor of the Mall

Ligne Roset Section

  • Facett 2-Seater Footstool cost $1.99
  • Facett 2-Seater Sofa cost $1.99
  • Facett 3-Seater Sofa cost $1.99
  • Malhoun Chaise in choice of Left or Right Corner Arm cost $1.99 each
  • Armchairs in choice of Moel, Neo, Pop or Tip Up Style cost $1.99 each
  • Footstools in choice of Neo, Pop or Togo Style cost $1.99 each
  • Togo Sofa in choice of One-Seater, Two-Seater or Three-Seater Style cost $1.99 each
  • Togo Corner Sofa cost $1.99

Planetland Section

  • Futuristic Chair in three different styles cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Ornamental Bowls in four different styles cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Tables in three different styles cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Potted Plant cost 99 cents
  • Futuristic Sofa in choice of Blue, Purple, Red and Orange or Green cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Lamps in choice of two different styles cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Rug cost 99 cents
  • Futuristic Shower/Tub Station cost $1.49
  • Futuristic Bed cost $1.49
  • Futuristic Shelving Unit cost $1.49

Warhawk Section

  • Warhawk Chair cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Jeep cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Table cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Flamethrower Display cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk RPG Display cost 99 cents

LOOT Store located on the second floor of the Mall

  • Android Outfits in choice of Adam (Male) or Eve (Female) is free
  • Bag of Gold Coins is free
  • Red Director’s Chair cost 25 cents
  • Ghostbusters™ Logo Picture Frame cost 25 cents
  • Gold Moose Head Wall Hanging cost 49 cents
  • Angels and Demons Statue cost 49 cents
  • Alien Invasion Bundle cost $2.99
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Free Android Outfits
  • Alien Avatars in choice of Fornax (Male) or M81 (Female) Alien cost 99 cents each
  • Limited Edition Alien Avatar abducting an animal in choice of Cooper (Male) or Paris (female) cost 99 cents each

LucasArts Store located on the first floor of the Mall

  • Yoda T-Shirt cost 99 cents (Male)
  • Obi-Wan T-Shirt cost 99 cents
  • Jedi Order T-Shirt cost 99 cents
  • Indiana Jones Hat and Hair cost 99 cents (Male)*
  • The Force Unleashed Poster cost 99 cents
  • Sith Banner Wall Hanging cost $1.49
  • Jedi Banner Wall Hanging cost $1.49
  • Imperial Officer Outfit Torso, Pants and Shoes cost $2.49 (Male)**
  • Indiana Jones Outfit Torso, Pants and Shoes cost $2.49 (Male)**
  • StormTrooper Outfit cost $4.99
  • Blue Lightsaber cost $4.99
  • *Item goes with Indiana Jones Outfit Value Pack
    ** Outfits are sold as whole Value Pack.

Sodium One Shop located on the first floor of the Mall

Lockwood Section

  • Moon Light Cube in choice of Sun Set, Daybreak, Ocean, Lavendar or Fire cost 49 cents each
  • Animated Electric Spiral Lamp with Black Base in choice of Blue, Green or Red cost 99 cents
  • Animated Electric Spiral Lamp with Silver Base in choice of Blue, Green or Red cost 99 cents each

Sodium Section

  • VICKIE Statue cost $2.49

MuiMui Shop located on the MuiMui King’s Passenger Boat Space

  • LocoBeanie in choice of Kulche or Pekerone Style cost 49 cents each
  • Kulche LocoSlippers cost 49 cents
  • LocoRoco T-Shirt in choice of Kulche, Priffy, Tupley, Pekerone, Chavez, Budzi or Viole Character Shirt cost 49 cents each
  • Swimwear Set in choice of MuiMui King, MuiMui or Budzi set cost 99 cents each (Male)
  • Kulche Swimwear in choice of two different sets cost 99 cents each (Female)
  • Mat in choice of Sir Sun or Lady Moon Style cost 99 cents each
  • Kulche Design LocoSofa cost 99 cents
  • Kulche Design LocoMat cost 99 cents
  • Kulche Design LocoTable cost 99 cents
  • Wooden Picture Frame cost 99 cents
  • Hohoh Chair cost 99 cents
  • Chuppa Vasa cost 99 cents
  • Domingo Stool cost 99 cents
  • Nyokki Stool Combo cost $2.49*
  • LocoBlock Combo cost $5.99*
  • *Individual Items are not sold separately at this time.

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Japanese games?

February 23, 2010 - 10:20 am 2 Comments
the night is watching asked:


I am trying to get my little brother a Japanese video game for the ps1 or ps2. I can’t find any websites that sell Japanese video games that ships to the us. Can anyone tell me a website I could go on that sells brand new and old unopened Japanese video games for the ps1 or the ps2.

And so you know my little brother does have a Japanese ps2 and a ps1.

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PS Home Update: Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, aliens are attacking Home

February 22, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

PS Home Update: Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, aliens are attacking Home

Section: Features, Collecting, Japanese Imports, Nostalgia, Consoles, PS3, Gear, Accessories, Clothing, Displays, Figures & Toys, Furniture, Gear-Other, Genres, 3D, Casual, Online, Role-Playing, Sim, Game-Genres-Other

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Alien Invasions on Home

Aliens vs Androids

Androids are now being recruited to defend Home from a new alien threat. Aliens have been spotted abducting small animals and threatening Home residents. In much the same fashion as the zombie vs humans and hamster vs humans battles, there’s going to be a dance-a-thon to see who stays and who goes on PS Home. Check out this new HOME News broadcast and decide which team you wish to join. Afterwards, visit the new LOOT store at the mall to grab your alien or android costumes:

New Real Estate, New Spaces, Events, Updates and Issues

New Real Estate

Planetland Personal Space
This futuristic personal space is set on a strange planet and is guarded by a giant plant. It overlooks a gorgeous alien landscape complete with waterfalls for $4.99. This space offers very little (if any) spaces to hang personal photos, but does have an exit to central plaza. Check out the PlanetLand Personal Space:

 
Loco Island Personal Space
Fans of the LocoRoco series will love this interactive personal space available for $6.99. This island paradise is filled with adorable little creatures from the game. Players can fill the island with more Loco or MuiMui inhabitants by collecting Piktories. Piktories are little purple bugs that buzz around the island or on the MuiMui King’s ship (see new spaces) and tend to hide in tall grass. Simply dance in front of one of the little yellow guys and take him over to the grass to find the Piktories and collect them. There’s a personal reversi game table, bar, dance floor and more on this personal island. Check out the Loco Island Personal Space available now at the Real Estate store located on the second floor of the Mall:

New Spaces

MotorStorm Carrier
The old MotorStorm space has been replaced with a more interactive MotorStorm Carrier. It features an arcade game called Lunatic Launcher, a huge dance floor and a NPC Treasure Hunt mini-game that unlocks MotorStorm virtual items. It also has a DJ turntable game that allows players to act as the dance floor DJ by mixing or playing with music from the Listen@Home center. Check out the new MotorStorm Carrier:

MuiMui King’s Ship

LocoRoco's MuiMui King's Ship is a new space that's full of interactivity

This large ship has several interactive creatures that react to you simply by dancing. There are several games to participate in such as the Domingo Races and Loco Reversi. Players can save the Piktories they have been collecting in their personal space to purchase virtual items or shop the shopping area. They can purchase LocoRoco series games, demos or special items like extra MuiMuis or Luche’s for their island. Not sure what your personal island inhabitant’s are doing? You can spy on them from the ship using the binoculars near the Domingo Race upstairs or dance with the MuiMui’s in the club area downstairs near the gift shop gazebo.

Events

Make dot Believe
In Central Plaza players will find floating black orbs of electricity near the apartment complex. This is part of Sony’s new “Make.Believe” campaign. This week’s campaign is about music and the freebie is a full drum. It will look exceptionally cool next to the Guitar Hero 5 Guitar obtained from the Guitar Hero 5 VIP area.

Freebies at the Movies Today
The trailers for SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo 3 are now playing at the Theater located in Central Plaza. The last virtual t-shirt will be available until February 23, 2010, so visit the theater now to claim your freebie before they disappear forever.

Updates and Issues

Issues

  • Those players who had issues receiving free individual Loot space items without purchasing the bundles will no longer be able to do so without purchasing the personal space.
  • Those who could not visit or access their LocoIsland Personal Space after purchase or place individual LocoRoco items in other apartments can do so now as the issue has been resolved and all items should be unlocked and available for use properly.

Updates

  • All Valentine’s Day Event items and games have been removed from the Mall.
  • New 3rd Party shops have been added to the Mall, new stores include Loot, LucasArts, Sodium One and EA Sports.
  • Ligne Roset Furniture Store has been removed and items have been merged with Furniture store.
  • Threads 2 has been removed and items have been merged into the Sodium One store.
  • There is now only one Real Estate Store in the Mall and is located on the second floor.
  • Furniture Store is now located on the second floor next to the new EA Sports Store.
  • Home Exclusives Store has opened on the first floor and will feature all discounted or limited time feature items.

Shopping

*Unless specified in (parenthesis) all clothing items are available for both male and female avatars.

Threads located on the first floor of the Mall

Threads Section

  • The Testers: Unhappy Face Bag Mask is free

Costume Shop located on the second floor of the Mall

Costume Section

  • Futuristic Male Casual Wear Outfit Pack cost 99 cents (Male)
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Male Casual Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each (Male)
  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Value Pack cost $1.49
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Hands, Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Combat Outfit Hairband cost 49 cents (Female)
  • Futuristic Female Casual Wear Outfit Pack cost $1.49 (Female)
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Futuristic Female Casual Wear Hat, Top, Bottom and Feet cost 49 cents each (Female)
  • Leprechaun Outfit Value Pack cost $1.99
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Leprechaun Hat, Shirt and Shoes cost 49 cents each
  • Leprechaun Pants cost 49 cents (Male)
  • Leprechaun Skirt cost 49 cents (Female)

Furniture Store located on the second floor of the Mall

Ligne Roset Section

  • Facett 2-Seater Footstool cost $1.99
  • Facett 2-Seater Sofa cost $1.99
  • Facett 3-Seater Sofa cost $1.99
  • Malhoun Chaise in choice of Left or Right Corner Arm cost $1.99 each
  • Armchairs in choice of Moel, Neo, Pop or Tip Up Style cost $1.99 each
  • Footstools in choice of Neo, Pop or Togo Style cost $1.99 each
  • Togo Sofa in choice of One-Seater, Two-Seater or Three-Seater Style cost $1.99 each
  • Togo Corner Sofa cost $1.99

Planetland Section

  • Futuristic Chair in three different styles cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Ornamental Bowls in four different styles cost 49 cents each
  • Futuristic Tables in three different styles cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Potted Plant cost 99 cents
  • Futuristic Sofa in choice of Blue, Purple, Red and Orange or Green cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Lamps in choice of two different styles cost 99 cents each
  • Futuristic Rug cost 99 cents
  • Futuristic Shower/Tub Station cost $1.49
  • Futuristic Bed cost $1.49
  • Futuristic Shelving Unit cost $1.49

Warhawk Section

  • Warhawk Chair cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Jeep cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Table cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk Flamethrower Display cost 99 cents
  • Warhawk RPG Display cost 99 cents

LOOT Store located on the second floor of the Mall

  • Android Outfits in choice of Adam (Male) or Eve (Female) is free
  • Bag of Gold Coins is free
  • Red Director’s Chair cost 25 cents
  • Ghostbusters™ Logo Picture Frame cost 25 cents
  • Gold Moose Head Wall Hanging cost 49 cents
  • Angels and Demons Statue cost 49 cents
  • Alien Invasion Bundle cost $2.99
  • Individual Items Include:

  • Free Android Outfits
  • Alien Avatars in choice of Fornax (Male) or M81 (Female) Alien cost 99 cents each
  • Limited Edition Alien Avatar abducting an animal in choice of Cooper (Male) or Paris (female) cost 99 cents each

LucasArts Store located on the first floor of the Mall

  • Yoda T-Shirt cost 99 cents (Male)
  • Obi-Wan T-Shirt cost 99 cents
  • Jedi Order T-Shirt cost 99 cents
  • Indiana Jones Hat and Hair cost 99 cents (Male)*
  • The Force Unleashed Poster cost 99 cents
  • Sith Banner Wall Hanging cost $1.49
  • Jedi Banner Wall Hanging cost $1.49
  • Imperial Officer Outfit Torso, Pants and Shoes cost $2.49 (Male)**
  • Indiana Jones Outfit Torso, Pants and Shoes cost $2.49 (Male)**
  • StormTrooper Outfit cost $4.99
  • Blue Lightsaber cost $4.99
  • *Item goes with Indiana Jones Outfit Value Pack
    ** Outfits are sold as whole Value Pack.

Sodium One Shop located on the first floor of the Mall

Lockwood Section

  • Moon Light Cube in choice of Sun Set, Daybreak, Ocean, Lavendar or Fire cost 49 cents each
  • Animated Electric Spiral Lamp with Black Base in choice of Blue, Green or Red cost 99 cents
  • Animated Electric Spiral Lamp with Silver Base in choice of Blue, Green or Red cost 99 cents each

Sodium Section

  • VICKIE Statue cost $2.49

MuiMui Shop located on the MuiMui King’s Passenger Boat Space

  • LocoBeanie in choice of Kulche or Pekerone Style cost 49 cents each
  • Kulche LocoSlippers cost 49 cents
  • LocoRoco T-Shirt in choice of Kulche, Priffy, Tupley, Pekerone, Chavez, Budzi or Viole Character Shirt cost 49 cents each
  • Swimwear Set in choice of MuiMui King, MuiMui or Budzi set cost 99 cents each (Male)
  • Kulche Swimwear in choice of two different sets cost 99 cents each (Female)
  • Mat in choice of Sir Sun or Lady Moon Style cost 99 cents each
  • Kulche Design LocoSofa cost 99 cents
  • Kulche Design LocoMat cost 99 cents
  • Kulche Design LocoTable cost 99 cents
  • Wooden Picture Frame cost 99 cents
  • Hohoh Chair cost 99 cents
  • Chuppa Vasa cost 99 cents
  • Domingo Stool cost 99 cents
  • Nyokki Stool Combo cost $2.49*
  • LocoBlock Combo cost $5.99*
  • *Individual Items are not sold separately at this time.

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