16. Oct, 2008 18:58 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: Blood thirst - Dead Space, Golden Axe, Saints Row, Soccer Season starts - FIFA Soccer 09, realize your dreams - Gundam Meisters, Yuusha no kuse ni 2, Wii Music & much more!

Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days.

One of the bigger events that happened this week is the release of the Sony PSP 3000 consoles.

Designed to be a device for communication, the handheld comes with a microphone for Skype. People have complained that they found it difficult to see what is happening on the screen under strong sunlight, therefore the developers remedied this problem in this version by reducing the glare.

More is done to improve the already superb screen, the refresh rate, contrast are very much worked upon. The consoles came out in three styles, Pearl White, Piano Black and Mystic silver. For the full range of packages, please see here.

A number of interesting US games have arrived. One of them is the survival horror Dead Space. To retrieve an ancient relic, you have travelled through the galaxy only to have your communication cut off and pit against regiments of monstrous aliens. Slash and hack your way through the horror to emerge victorious.

Danger lurks not only out there in space, but within every corner and crevice of the society. Betrayed by your friends, you are disfigured and exiled from the street kingdom you have built. Full of righteous fury, you are ready to strike back and claim what is yours in Saints Row 2. If turning the streets into a blood bath is the only way, so be it.

Ride back on your beasts to the medieval times in Golden Axe: Beast Rider where duels are carried out in the most extravagant and noisiest of ways. Clash weapons with your opponents and exchange blows. Tyris Flare from the first installment is back to wreak havoc to her enemies.

Excitement need not come in torrents of blood and guts. To the less violent and blood thirsty of you, FIFA Soccer 09 is a perfect game to stimulate your reflexes and pump your adrenaline. Form your own team and see what being in the league truly means.

Popular Japanese games are made into US versions to recieve a wider sphere of audiences. Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, Bleach: Dark Soul, Legend of Kage 2 are such games. Assume the roles of a farmer, a death angel and a ninja for a small reprise within these times of gloom.

It is proving true that you are omnipotent and can become anything in the world of video games. A lot of people have longed to become musicians, realize this romantic dream of yours on your Nintendo Wii on Wii Music. Pick up an instrument from the wide range of choices and start playing.

Energy problems may not be the sole source of conflicts but a lot of violence has certainly stemmed from it. This is especially true in Gundam 00 where the large countries have full control over solar power. Keep things from escalating to a massive galactic war with your mobile suit in Gundam Meisters.

More than one realm is in need of protection in these days, as the demon lord, prevent the heroes from taking over your land by making a fool out of them first in Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida 2 [JPN & ASN vers.].

As usually, here's a summary of all new releases from this week, followed by a quick preview of what is expected to be hot next week.

Crash: Mind Over MutantUS N/A sold
Dead SpaceASIA N/A sold
FIFA Soccer 09ASIA N/A sold
FaceBreakerJPN US$ 38.99 1w
FractureASIA US$ 9.99 1-5d
Golden Axe: Beast RiderASIA N/A sold
Guilty Gear 2: OvertureUS N/A sold
NBA 2K9US N/A sold
Saints Row 2US N/A sold
Saints Row 2ASIA N/A sold
Silent Hill: HomecomingASIA N/A sold

FIFA Soccer 09ASIA US$ 31.99 1-5d
FIFA Soccer 09ASIA US$ 49.90 5-15d
FaceBreakerJPN US$ 15.99 1w
FractureASIA US$ 17.90 2-4d
Golden Axe: Beast RiderASIA N/A sold
NBA 2K9US US$ 15.99 24h
NBA 2K9ASIA N/A sold
Saints Row 2US N/A sold

Nintendo Wii™
Crash: Mind Over MutantUS N/A sold
Daikaijuu Battle: Ultra ColiseumJPN US$ 79.99 1w
Game Party IIUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
Guitar Hero III: Legends of RockJPN US$ 40.99 1w
Guitar Hero: AerosmithJPN US$ 46.99 1w
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith BundleJPN N/A sold
Harvest Moon: Tree of TranquilityUS US$ 28.99 1-2w
Sky Crawlers: Innocent AcesJPN N/A sold
Wii Lens Cleaner KitJPN N/A sold
Wii MusicJPN US$ 29.99 1w

Arcana Heart (AQ the Best)JPN US$ 24.99 1-5d
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Gundam MeistersJPN US$ 19.99 1w
Mortal Kombat KollectionUS N/A sold
NBA 2K9US US$ 20.99 1-2w

Nintendo DS™
Animal ParadiseUS US$ 24.90 5-15d
Away: Shuffle DungeonJPN US$ 9.99 1-2w
Barbie Fashion Show: An Eye for StyleUS N/A sold
Bleach: Dark SoulsUS N/A sold
Crash: Mind Over MutantUS N/A sold
Culdcept DSJPN US$ 34.99 1w
Imagine Fashion Designer New YorkUS US$ 64.99 1-2w
Imagine: BabysittersUS US$ 32.99 1-2w
Nazo Nazo & Quiz Ichi Kotae Jikkon Q Mate!JPN US$ 19.99 1-5d
Prey The StarsUS US$ 34.90 5-15d
Rekku no Houmonsha Deokishisu senyou (DSVision)JPN N/A sold
Spectrobes: Beyond The PortalsUS US$ 20.99 1-2w
The Legend of Kage 2US US$ 24.99 1-2w
Yattaman DS 2JPN US$ 53.90 1-2w

Sony PSP™
Dead SpaceASIA N/A sold
My Spanish CoachUS N/A sold
PSP Accessory PackJPN N/A sold
PSP Cradle & D-Terminal Cable (for PSP-2000/3000 Models)JPN N/A sold
PSP Cradle (for PSP-2000/3000 Models)JPN US$ 69.99 1w
PSP PlayStation Portable Battery Pack (2200mAh) (Mystic Silver)JPN N/A sold
PSP PlayStation Portable Battery Pack (2200mAh) (Pearl White)JPN N/A sold
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Mystic Silver (PSP-3000MS)JPN US$ 319.99 1-2w
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Mystic Silver Value Pack (PSP-3000KMS)JPN N/A sold
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Pearl White (PSP-3000PW)JPN N/A sold
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Pearl White Value Pack (PSP-3000KPW)JPN N/A sold
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Piano Black (PSP-3000PB)JPN US$ 339.99 1w
PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Piano Black Value Pack (PSP-3000KPB)JPN N/A sold
PSP Pouch (Pearl White / Mystic Silver)JPN N/A sold
PSP Pouch (Piano Black)JPN N/A sold
Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2JPN N/A sold
Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2ASIA US$ 9.99 1-2w

PC Games
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (DVD-ROM)US N/A sold
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (DVD-ROM) [Limited Edition]US N/A sold
Sacred 2: Fallen AngelASIA N/A sold
The House of the Dead IIIASIA N/A sold

Game Guides and Books
Crash: Mind Over Mutant: Prima Official Game GuideUS US$ 19.90 5-15d
Dead Space: Prima Official Game GuideUS N/A sold
Fracture Prima Official Game GuideUS US$ 19.90 5-15d
Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy GuideUS N/A sold
Gyakuten Saiban Tokubetsu Hout Orchestra Concert 2008 Official DVD BookJPN N/A sold
Soul Eater: Monotone Princess Official Complete GuideJPN N/A sold
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals Official Strategy GuideUS US$ 18.90 1-2w
Weekly Famitsu No. 1036 (2008 10/24)JPN N/A sold

Video Game Related Soundtrack
Rhythm Tengoku Gold Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold

A separate Video/Music update containing Japanese releases from this week, including new Anime, J-Pop and Movie releases will follow prior end of the week. So J-Pop, Anime and Movie fans, be sure to look out for that one!

Here is a preview of what are expected to be hot next week, as you can see, quite a lot of them:

Fable IIUS N/A
Fable II [Limited Edition]US N/A
Fable II [Limited Edition]ASIA N/A
FarCry 2ASIA N/A
Midnight Club: Los AngelesASIA N/A
Rock RevolutionUS US$ 21.90

Eternal SonataUS US$ 29.99
FarCry 2US N/A
LittleBigPlanetUS N/A
Midnight Club: Los AngelesUS N/A
Midnight Club: Los AngelesASIA N/A
Rock RevolutionUS US$ 15.99
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs ConfrontationUS N/A
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation (w/ Headset)US US$ 65.99

Nintendo Wii™
Dokapon KingdomUS N/A
Tenchu 4JPN US$ 24.99

Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Abaddon OuJPN US$ 99.99
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Abaddon Ou PlusJPN N/A
Dokapon KingdomUS N/A

Nintendo Wii™
Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaUS N/A
Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaJPN N/A
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia / Akumajou Dracula: Ubawareta Kokuin [Konamistyle Limited Edition]JPN N/A
Ketsui Death LabelJPN N/A
Kimi no YuushaJPN N/A
My Japanese CoachUS N/A
Soul Eater: Medusa no InbouJPN US$ 56.99

Sony PSP™
Bleach: Soul CarnivalJPN US$ 48.90
Bleach: Soul CarnivalASIA N/A
Star Ocean: First DepartureUS N/A

Access our preorder lists for further upcoming games, movie, and music releases.


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