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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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NCsoft Licenses Unreal Engine 3

Lineage II

It was unveiled today that NCsoft licensed Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 for two unannounced MMO projects. NCsoft previously licensed Unreal Engine 2 for “Lineage II” (pictured above) and the upcoming “Exteel.” Here’s a small blurb from the official press release:

“NCsoft pioneered online game development using Unreal Engine, as evidenced by Lineage II, one of the most commercially successful and enduringly popular online games in history,” said Jay Wilbur, vice president of Epic Games. “We are thrilled to take this next step with NCsoft, and are fully committed to supporting their projects. We expect to be completely wowed by what they do with our latest technology.”

No word yet on when we’ll be seeing these new titles.

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Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack Now Free

Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack

You can now download the “Halo 3” Heroic Map Pack for free (the map pack previously sold for 800 Microsoft points). The downloadable pack includes three multiplayer maps; Standoff, Rat’s Nest (pictured above) and Foundry. Below is a cut from the original press release pertaining to the Heroic Map Pack:

Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the “Halo” multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.

The download will require 487MB of space on your Xbox 360 hard drive.

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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

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Mass Effect Content Pack Now Available

Mass Effect

The new Mass Effect content pack “Bring Down the Sky” is now available for download. The new content will give gamers about 90-minutes of extra gameplay to the popular Xbox 360 exclusive. In addition to the extra content, gamers will be able to unlock 50 extra achievement points.

Bring Down the Sky includes a new uncharted world that introduces the Batarians: a notorious and feared alien race. A Batarian extremist group has hijacked a mobile asteroid station in the Asgard system, setting it on a collision course with the nearby colony world of Terra Nova. Only Commander Shepard can save the millions of innocent civilians before the asteroid completes its deadly descent.

The new content is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft points.

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Peggle on iPhone OS Available for $0.99

The iPhone OS version PopCap Games‘ highly addictive “Peggle” is available for $0.99 through the iTunes App Store. The catch is that you have until midnight on June 14 to make the purchase. Be warned though, you might have a hard time doing anything else but play Peggle on your iPhone/iPod Touch.

All Your Entertainment in One… Xbox

On June 1, 2009, Microsoft announced several entertainment focused add-ons to its Xbox Live Service during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California. Following the keynote, one thing seemed clear, the Redmond Software giant is poised to push its Xbox 360 platform as the media-centric device for your living room. “Our goal has been […]

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E3 2009

E3 kicks off in a few days. I’m interested in seeing what will be brought to the table. Surely there will be alot to talk about in the next few days.

Fallout 3: The Pitt Now Available

This one’s for those looking for some extra “Fallout 3” playtime. The Xbox only downloadable content, “The Pitt” is available for purchase through the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points and weighs in at 492MB . Below is a blurb taken from the XBLA Marketplace: “Pittsburgh was once the industrial center of the pre-war […]

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