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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Initial Reaction

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

I’ve played through the first few hours of “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII” on the PlayStation Portable and I am enjoying my experience thus far. The action battle sequences are somewhat odd, thanks to the Digital Mind Wave (DMW) system, but the game gives you enough low key challenges from the get go to get one accustomed to the battle mechanics. I’m enjoying the “Advent Children’esque” cinematic sequences, Square Enix is surely one of the industries best visual storytellers. The musical score is also top notch as it features familiar Nobuo Uematsu tracks from “Final Fantasy VII” combined with all new compositions penned by Takeharu Ishimoto. I’ll have a full review for you folks next week, but for now I must continue my adventure.

One a little side note, wouldn’t it be great if the original FFVII would be released on the PlayStation Store for play on the PSP and PlayStation 3? I have a feeling I’ll need to go purchase a copy of FFVII after I am done with this as my original copy has mysteriously disappeared.

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The Check In

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

The biggest release for the week of 03/24/08 has got to be “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII” for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). I spent the weekend refreshing my memory on the “Final Fantasy VII” mythology and I watched “Advent Children.” I haven’t been excited like this about an action RPG in awhile. Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the game, which I’ll surely be posting about this week.

Also, I will be posting my review of “Lost Odyssey” before the week’s end. More content on the way, including a story on “Half-Life’s” console ports. I am also looking for contributors, if you’re interested, send me an email at gamingcult@gmail.com.

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R-Type Command Announced

Looks like an interesting game. Definitely something I will be checking out. “R-Type Command” hits store shelves May 6th with an MSRP of $39.99USD.

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Where’s the Standard Version of the PSP Media Manager?

PlayStation Portable

I was browsing through the Sony Creative Software website, and I noticed on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) Media Manager Pro page that a free standard version of the software was available via PlayStation Network. To make a long story short, I never found the standard version of the software (you’d think they’d want to make something like this easily and readily available). After a few Google searches, I found out that you could get the Japanese version of the PSP Media Manager working in English on your PC. Finally, this was my ticket to obtaining a copy of the free version of the software.

To make things easier for you folks, simply click here to download the Japanese software onto your Windows based PC. To install, all you need to do is run the software installation, click on the highlighted button on the bottom of each window (this is actually the next button – Also, please note that all of the information written in each of these windows will be seen as garbage characters and will be unreadable, that is unless you have Japanese character support on your machine) until you get to choose among two bullet point options, select the first option (which is you agreeing to the user license) and then continue clicking on the highlighted button until you complete the installation. Finally, connect your PSP to your PC via USB cable and you’re ready to go!

I’ll update the post if I eventually find the official link to the North American version of the program.

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Skype on the PSP ???

PlayStation Portable

File this one under unconfirmed, quite a few gaming websites are reporting that Sony will announce a Skype client for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) next week at CES in Las Vegas, which takes place from Jan. 07-10. The news was actually leaked off the official Sony CES page.

Adding extra functionality to the PSP is always welcomed, but I am thinking Sony has bigger plans. Adding Skype to the device is probably Sony’s way of testing the market to see if there’s interest in a PlayStation phone. If people cling on to the SkypeOut feature, then this would give Sony enough reason to release a PlayStation Phone. With this add-on, Sony also intensifies its competition with Apple and its iPod (especially the iPod Touch).

Finally the perfect reason to purchase a PSP Headset.

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