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News: Famitsu Teases Surprising Metal Gear Solid Reveal

Famitsu Teases Surprising Metal Gear Solid Reveal

Phantom pain

Famous Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu is teasing that there will be “something surprising for Metal Gear Solid fans” in its next issue. The timing is obviously intriguing, considering the much discussed Phantom Pain trailer was released last week. Online sleuths managed to uncover a slew o

News: Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Render Fewer Foes on Vita

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Render Fewer Foes on Vita

Shape shifter

Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to both the PC and PlayStation Vita – but publisher SEGA has had to make some concessions in order to get the MMO running on Sony’s handheld. First and foremost, the portable version will render fewer enemies on screen than its static counterpart. In addition, map sizes will be reduced to...

News: Special Metal Gear Rising PS3 Adds a Splash of Blue

Special Metal Gear Rising PS3 Adds a Splash of Blue

Cut and take it

We think it’s safe to say that custom console redesigns just don’t work as well with the PlayStation 3 Super Slim. Previous hardware bundles for Yakuza 3 and Ni No Kuni have prompted stunning new styles – making this Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance tie-in look bland by comparison. The console – due out on 21st February in...

News: Sony Celebrates Soul Sacrifice Release Date with Vita Bundle

Sony Celebrates Soul Sacrifice Release Date with Vita Bundle

Worth an arm and a leg

Soul Sacrifice is by far the PlayStation Vita’s most important exclusive in Japan. As such, it’s not especially surprising to see the platform holder lavish the title with its own hardware bundle. Announced alongside the title’s controversial release date, the special edition will include a gorgeous crimson console, a...

News: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts

Hottin' up

Japan may be quite introverted with its video game tastes, but it does enjoy the odd first-person shooter. That’s evidenced this week by the surprising sales numbers for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which managed to shift a whopping 197,350 units on PlayStation 3 alone. In fact, it was a good week for Sony’s home console in general,...

News: Phantasy Star Online 2 Travels to Vita on 28th February in Japan

Phantasy Star Online 2 Travels to Vita on 28th February in Japan

MAGnificent

SEGA’s ambitious free-to-play MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 will spread its wings to the PlayStation Vita on 28th February in Japan. The game will be available as a complimentary download from the PlayStation Store, and will share online servers with the PC version. A closed beta for the handheld release will begin in January, with...

News: Sony Promotes Western Titles at Japanese Gaming Event

Sony Promotes Western Titles at Japanese Gaming Event

Around the world in 20 games

When it comes to gaming tastes, Japan can be quite introverted. While it laps up franchises such as Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter, it tends to let the most popular Western brands languish on store shelves. That’s something that Sony’s aiming to change with its annual ‘World Game Project’, a consumer event which...

News: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Drags Vita Out of the Danger Zone in Japan

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Drags Vita Out of the Danger Zone in Japan

Kiss from a rose

It’s been a recurring theme that whenever software actually launches for the PlayStation Vita in Japan, the system gets a huge boost. That’s remained true this week, with Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation pulling the platform out of the danger zone. The handheld adventure was accompanied by a couple of new colours, which...

News: Sonic the Fighters Sours the Japanese PSN This Month

Sonic the Fighters Sours the Japanese PSN This Month

Hedgehog haymaker

SEGA’s atrocious anthropomorphic fighting game Sonic the Fighters will invade the Japanese PlayStation Network on 28th November, the company has announced. It’ll be joined by fellow Model 2 brawlers Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers on the same date. The publisher has yet to announce a Western release date, but all three...

News: PlayStation Vita Slumps to Its Saddest Defeat Yet in Japan

PlayStation Vita Slumps to Its Saddest Defeat Yet in Japan

Hide behind the sofa

The PlayStation Vita is a stunning system with some great games, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to overlook the platform’s commercial problems – especially overseas. While we still believe that it’s too early to pull the plug on the handheld, the situation in Japan is not looking good. In fact, it’s gone...

News: Katamari Damacy Is Rolling onto the Japanese PSN Soon

Katamari Damacy Is Rolling onto the Japanese PSN Soon

The King of All Cosmos

Namco Bandai’s oddball PlayStation 2 title Katamari Damacy is rolling onto the Japanese PlayStation Network next week, the publisher has announced. The game – which sees you collecting objects by piloting an ever-expanding ball across a slew of different environments – will be available from 21st November in the land of...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

Like a disease

A cavalcade of anticipated software – combined with the release of the new Super Slim hardware model – pushed the PlayStation 3's sales over 42k units in Japan this week. The bump still wasn’t enough to topple the unstoppable Nintendo 3DS, but it came within striking distance. Resident Evil 6 was the platform’s biggest new...

News: We're Not Sure What to Think of This Yakuza 5 Branded PS3

We're Not Sure What to Think of This Yakuza 5 Branded PS3

Garish, perhaps?

The Yakuza franchise has a history of prompting some pretty spectacular PlayStation 3 bundles – but this latest redesign isn’t to our tastes. The custom console comes with a gold DualShock 3 controller, a copy of Yakuza 5, an 8GB USB drive, and a beach towel. Yeah, we don’t get the significance of the towel either. It'll...

News: We Recommend You Watch This Japanese PS3 Commercial

We Recommend You Watch This Japanese PS3 Commercial

Surprise

Sony’s Japanese branch always releases the best PlayStation commercials – after all, it’s not been that long since the company opted to promote the Vita with the dulcet (and utterly irrelevant) vocal tones of Shigeru Matsuzaki. This brand new PS3 Super Slim spot isn't quite as catchy – but we urge you to stick around for its full...

News: Silent Hill: Downpour Drenches Japan on 8th November

Silent Hill: Downpour Drenches Japan on 8th November

Gloomy outlook

Publisher Konami has forecast an 8th November release date for Silent Hill: Downpour in Japan. The title launched in Europe and North America earlier this year to a mixed critical reception. The game will release as a PlayStation 3 exclusive overseas, presumably due to the lack of interest in the Xbox 360 platform. Silent Hill:...

News: Vita Sales Have a Welcome Boost in Japan

Vita Sales Have a Welcome Boost in Japan

Getting back into the rhythm

There's been a fair share of doom and gloom around Vita recently, with one consistent source of bad news coming from the Japanese charts. Thankfully, this week represents a reverse in the trend, with Sony doing well in the software chart and seeing a revival for its handheld in the hardware stakes. In the software...

News: Japan's Getting Another Free PlayStation Vita Game

Japan's Getting Another Free PlayStation Vita Game

This one has cat things

The PlayStation Vita may be struggling to secure big software releases, but it’s certainly not lacking free-to-play games. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Guardian Hearts Online announcement, GameArts has revealed yet another free title for the shiny new handheld. Picotto Knight is a four-player online side-scrolling...