25. Mar, 2008 18:33 (HKT)

Shipping today: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid Collection, Guilty Gear, Raiden Fighters Aces, Phantasy Star Complete Collection, Gundam 00, Drammatica (Music), Rockman Artbook & more

March 25th, Update: Please note that the official release date of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII has been today, March 25th 2008 and not March 19th as mistakenly reported in an earlier news update. Play-Asia.com takes this opportunity to apologize for previously providing incorrect information, which was absolutely not in our intention but the result of an unfortunate miscommunication. Preorders for this release will be processed starting from today.

From the publisher: Seven years prior to the events of FINAL FANTASY VII — The Shinra Company is rapidly increasing its influence through its monopoly on mako energy and military might. With the burgeoning city of Midgar as its base and symbol of prosperity, Shinra is on the verge of establishing absolute dominance over the world. SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within Shinra.

The elite within the group — those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class — are respected and idolized by the citizenry. Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER members, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai—and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion.

The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth... What truths lie behind Genesis's disappearance? What secrets bind the three SOLDIER 1st Class operatives? For Zack, a cruel and fateful struggle awaits...

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (English language Version), an installment from Square Enix's best selling game series for PSP™ is in stock today, shipping as English language Asian version for US$ 44.99 only.

Fear not even when you feel lost, as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Signature Series Guide is arriving later this month as well and is on preorder for US$ 17.90 only.

Appreciate the grand themes in the game by purchasing Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack which is also in stock, available at US$ 36.90 only.

From the publisher: Since its inception, the Metal Gear franchise has been one of the most successful game series on any console receiving worldwide recognition and praise. The franchise that pioneered the stealth action genre is back with Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection includes Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 for the very first time in one collectible package.

Konami's Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for PlayStation2™ is in stock today, shipping as NTSC U/C encoded US version for US$ 34.90 only.

The upcoming installment from this series, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots [US, Japan, Special Edition and Premium Pack] for PlayStation3™ are now available for preorder at Play-Asia.com.

For more products related to the Metal Gear Solid franchise available at Play-Asia.com, please check out this complete list.

The popular arcade game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus is powered up and launched on the PlayStation2 as a 2D fighter. Two new characters, Cliff, the retired holy knight and Justice, the mother of Gear enter the fray. Beat the regular cast with these two characters and view all the original scenarios.

The game features a new fully voiced story mode that depicts the encounter between the lead fighter Sol=BadGuy and the most fearsome Gear, Justice. On the other hand, what kind of future is the other hero Ky=Kiske aiming for? Find your answer in this exciting installment.

Arc System Works's Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus [standard and Append edition] versions for PlayStation2™ are in stock today, available for respectively US$ 59.90 and US$ 19.90 only.

After a decade of waiting, Raiden Fighters Aces, the famous horizontal scroll shooter is finally reprogrammed and transferred to the Xbox360. The set includes all installments from the trilogy, “1”, “2” and “Jet”. By using XboxLive, the players can access the scoreboard and obtain ranking information. The scoreboard does not only record the highest scores, but save games. So good news for the novice players who are having trouble with certain stages, they know they have the support from the veterans.

Success's Raiden Fighters Aces for Xbox360™ is in stock today, shipping as NTSC J encoded Japanese version for US$ 64.90 only.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Phantasy Star game, the game makers produced Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection. This box set features the first four installments in the Phantasy Star series. The first game and the subsequent ones set stage in the Algol solar system and the game sketches out the history of eons of adventures and battles, the series is truly a perfect blend of fantasy and science fiction.

The series is an exemplar of a traditional RPG. The first installment features 3D dungeons and battle animations, the second one introduces mind blowing scenarios. The third installment consist of elements in dating games and spots a marriage system that allows the players to choose their spouses and view multiple story lines. As the grand finale of the series, the fourth installment provides an unforgettable gaming experience. Aside from the four games in the series, Phantasy Star II text adventure is also made available along with its eight scenarios in this package.

Sega's Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection for PlayStation2™ is in stock today, shipping as NTSC J encoded Japanese version for US$ 28.90 only.

For more Sega Ages related products available at Play-Asia.com, please check out this complete list.

Although all fossil fuels have long run out, the wars continue. The three large political bodies, Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations, the Human Reform League and the Advanced European Union control the inexhaustible solar power through the orbiting elevators. Because of these political bodies, smaller nations that are deprived of energy resources plunge into poverty and that gives rise to conflicts and wars.

Martial power is the only thing that ensures security in this era. For this purpose, the Celestial Being, a private military organization is set up for the purpose of eradicating war and uniting the humans. And so the war to end all wars begins once again.

Become a Gundam Meister and take on military missions to save the world in this mecha fighter. Bandai's Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for Nintendo DS™ is in stock today, shipping as region free Japanese verion for US$ 48.90 only.

Drammatica -The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura- celebrates the 20th anniversay of Yoko Shimomura, composer of some of Square-Enix's most popular video game soundtrack releases. Tracks covered from games such as Front Mission, Kingdom Hearts, Seiken Densetsu (Legend of Mana), Live A Live and more. The disc has been compiled by the composer herself and played by orchestra.

Also included as bonus track is a song from Square-Enix's upcoming Playtation3 game Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Your first chance to listen to the upcoming tunes.

Drammatica -The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura- (w/ Final Fantasy Versus XIII Bonus Track) is in stock today and is available for US$ 28.90 only.

In December 2007, the action game Rockman celebrated its 20th anniversary. This art book consists of illustrations from both the first Rockman series and its subsequent Rockman X series. It is an extravagant collection of 40+ colored cover illustrations from various publications. Aside from cover illustrations, pictures that were never published for the public are gathered and printed in this artbook as well. The book is edited by Rockman's producer Keiji Inafune and the established manga artist Ariga Hitoshi. It is a must have for every Rockman fan.

R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works is in stock today and available at Play-Asia.com at US$ 39.90 only.

Also in stock today:

Sega Superstars TennisUS US$ 21.99 1-2w
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (Platinum Hits)US US$ 18.99 1-2w
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 [Limited Edition]US N/A sold

Condemned 2: BloodshotUS US$ 44.99 1-2w
Hot Shots Golf: Out of BoundsUS N/A sold
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore BundleUS US$ 44.99 1-2w
Sega Superstars TennisUS N/A sold
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2US US$ 44.90 1w
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 [Limited Edition]US N/A sold

Nintendo Wii™
Ninja ReflexJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008US US$ 20.99 1-2w
Sega Superstars TennisUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
Worms: A Space OddityUS N/A sold

Nobunaga no Yabou Online: Souha no ShouJPN US$ 64.90 1w
Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme LegendsUS US$ 39.99 1-2w
Sega Superstars TennisUS US$ 17.99 1-2w
Singstar 90'sUS US$ 35.99 1-2w
Singstar 90's with 2 MicrophonesUS US$ 56.99 1-2w

Nintendo DS™
AquariumUS US$ 24.90 5-15d
Business Ryoku Kentei DSJPN US$ 31.90 1-2w
Cyber Codefreak & Accessory PackJPN N/A sold
Diary GirlUS US$ 64.90 1-2w
Fantasy AquariumUS US$ 24.90 5-15d
GoPets Vaction Island!US US$ 20.99 1-2w
InsecticideUS US$ 14.99 1-2w
Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! Bongole Shiki Taisen Battle SugorokuJPN US$ 14.99 1-5d
Lost in Blue 3US N/A sold
Lux-PainJPN US$ 17.99 1-5d
Minna de Flash Anzan DSJPN N/A sold
Sakana to Asobou! Aquazone DS - KaisuigyoJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Sega Superstars TennisUS US$ 33.90 1-2w
Simple DS Series Vol. 35: The GenshinJPN N/A sold
The EigyoudouJPN US$ 20.90 1-2w
Vitamin X EvolutionJPN US$ 31.90 1-2w
Vitamin X Evolution [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Game Guides and Books
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis Official Strategy GuideUS N/A sold
Monster Hunter IllustrationsJPN N/A sold
Ryuusei no RockMan 2 Wave Command Card Perfect FileJPN N/A sold
Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes Official Anthology ComicsJPN N/A sold

An excerpt of new Japanese Music & Movie arrivals:

.hack//G.U.Trilogy Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 39.99 5-15d
.hack//G.U.Trilogy Original Soundtrack [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Angelite (~Satomi)JPN US$ 26.90 5-15d
Ayu-mi-x 6 -Gold- (~Ayumi Hamasaki)JPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
Ayu-mi-x 6 -Silver- (~Ayumi Hamasaki)JPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
Character Drama CD - Persona 3 Vol.2JPN N/A sold
Famison 8 Bit Idol Master 01JPN US$ 22.90 5-15d
Girls On Top [CD+DVD] [Special Edition] (~BoA)JPN US$ 34.90 5-15d
Lucky Star Character song Vol.013 (~Lucky Star)JPN US$ 11.90 5-15d
Mirror Ball [Type B CD+DVD Limited Edition] (~Alice Nine.)JPN N/A sold
My Name [CD+DVD] [Special Edition] (~BoA)JPN US$ 34.90 5-15d
Poison Pink Complete SoundTrackJPN N/A sold
Shion (~Mucc)JPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Single V: Dschinghis Khan (~Berryz Kobo)JPN US$ 14.90 5-15d
Tensei Kunpu [Limited Edition] (~Satoshi Ohno)JPN N/A sold
World World World [Limited Edition] (~Asian Kung-fu Generation)JPN N/A sold


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