03. Nov, 2004 20:14 (HKT)

Shipping today: Slim new PS2™ Charcoal Black (Asia model), Shining Tears, Arc the Lad: Generation, Dead or Alive Ultimate (Japanese), Weekly Famitsu & more

The PlayStation2™ Console Charcoal Black (SCPH-70000 CB) is a new and slimer PlayStation2™ model. Due to internal structure improvements, the volume of the machine has been reduced by 75% and the weight been optimized to approx. 900g only. The PlayStation2™ Console Charcoal Black includes a built-in network connector (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T) but no longer features harddrive support. Also due to design and technical changes, previous Multitap as well as Vertical Stand models are no longer suitable for this model.

In stock today is the 100-240V multi voltage Asian version PlayStation2 Console Charcoal Black (shipping at US$ 179) as well as the suitable Vertical Stand - Charcoal Black (US$ 18.90) and the new Multitap (US$ 34.90). The Japanese version PlayStation2 Console Charcoal Black is expected to arrive this Friday, selling at US$ 219.

Shining Tears tells the tale of a young man who has lost his memory and finds himself caught in a war he does not understand. The city he lives in is under siege, and the reason, he is told, revolves around two magical rings of power. In a journey of discovery, the boy and his friends soon realize the terrifying truth about the world they live in. Along the way, they fortify themselves with ever more powerful weaponry, spells, and a rotating cast of allies. The game is a spiritual successor to "Shining in the Darkness" (Genesis) and the "Shining Force" trilogy (Genesis, Saturn). Whereas those classics offered first-person role-playing and strategy role-playing experiences (respectively), Shining Tears is an action role-playing game, featuring real-time battles and cooperative multiplayer game options.

Shining Tears is available as Japanese version (shipping at US$ 64.90) as well as Asian release version (at US$ 59.90 respectively).

Arc the Lad: Generation is an online RPG, allowing for up to eight players to enjoy the game using four Playstation2™ with two controllers per console. There are over 130 different areas available to traverse in the game.

Turn-based battling has been dropped in favor of an action-based system. The camera gives an overhead view with it zooming in and out depending on how intense the action is, also switching to other angles for dramatic effect. Pressing the X button once will attack, while pressing X repeatedly will allow for combos. Commands during battle allow for players to guard, dash, or even run around the battle area very quickly.

The battle system seems to rely heavily on magic use. Pressing the R1 button will bring up a list of the magic spells that are associated with each of the four main face buttons. Pressing one of the face buttons while holding the R1 button allows players to cast the magic spell associated to that button. The game does not allow for constant magic attacks as players must wait for the magic meter to recover, which replenishes itself after each casting of a spell automatically.

Arc the Lad: Generation is now available as Japanese version (at US$ 59.90) as well as Asian release version (at US$ 54.90).

Additionally shipping today are the Japanese release version of Dead or Alive Ultimate (w/ Kasumi Figure & Bonus DVD), Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PlayStation2 the Best) as well as this week's Weekly Famitsu 11/19 2004.

A summary of all releases from this week will follow tomorrow in our usual weekly import update.


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