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Remember Me? Forget Japan – PlayStation JapanStyle June 2013

June 10, 2013 Written by Heath Hindman

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It looks like Remember Me hasn’t remembered me at all.

In between writing PlayStation JapanStyle posts, I get distracted eas-
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…See, like right there, I just got the urge to watch TV in the middle of something else. It doesn’t make sense, but I do it. So in chipping away the the next column today, I ended up shopping for Remember Me. During this, I noticed a distinct lack of Japanese version being listed anywhere. The PS3 is region free, so I don’t need a Japanese version, but if one existed, I’d rather buy the game locally than order online. Yet, not one place could confirm the existence of a Japanese version of this game. “But we get everything!” I may or may not have said out loud to however many listening devices. I guess not. Nowhere could I find an alternate title or any sort of release plans for the Japanese region.

I finally stumbled upon this forum thread, in which Christian Svensson of Capcom gives the “no plans” response. So I guess Asia version it is, thanks to its inclusion of English and being $10 cheaper. Let’s get this rolling with the Japanese release schedule.

~Game Releases~
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For PS3 -

Already out are Gal Gun Best, and then a less-exciting under-the-radar title called “The Last of Us” comes out on the 20th. You probably haven’t heard of it.

June 27th is a big day for PS3, as it gets 20 new games, including Atelier Escha & Rosie, Injustice: Gods Among Us, a pair of Memories Off adventures (which come in regular $71 variety and $93 collector’s editions), Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition (because the original RE5 was an alternative to good), Gundam Breaker, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3 HD Edition, and Date A Live: Rine Utopia, which belongs to the genre I call “Ecchi and Sketchy.”
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For Vita –

The Vita didn’t get any news games for the first week of June and won’t get anything on the 13th either, but the 20th, horse racer Winning Post 13 comes out, along with Compile Heart’s Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP. You might recognize the Neptunia name from the RPG scene, but now the girls are singin’ and dancing. Here’s a video clip that features the dark character Noire:

The 27th brings the Vita a Monster Hunter clone in Toukiden. Other games similar to Monster Hunter have come to Vita before, but according to fans around the internet, is a much more pure attempt at recreating that exact experience. PSV also gets the same pair of Memories Off adventures as the PS3, and it adds Sankyoku Hime 2, pictured below:

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Because it wouldn’t be complete without underboob, I guess.

For PSP –

June’s first portion only gave the PSP a few lower-priced editions of older games, and the second half caters entirely to the love adventure scene, which is still going very strong on PSP. In the last two weeks of June, PSP will get six new visual adventures, almost all of which come in high-priced special editions. One example, shown in the screenshot below, Storm Lover 2nd, is a very popular boyfriend simulator. The PSP also getting Toukiden, which will cut into the sales of the Vita version. Looks like the Vita will have to wait a little longer for its software savior.

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~News Bits~

With the other recent Lightning Returns news comes a snippet for Japan. The whole Lightning Trilogy will be available in one box, set to retail for 26,000 yen (about $275 US). Included with the bundle is an art book (there’s always an art book), a label-out disc display, soundtrack CD, all three games of the trilogy — that’s Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns — and a large-sized Play Arts figurine of the leading lady. Have a look:

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Speaking of Final Fantasy, Square Enix will soon release the OST of Final Fantasy XIV on…blu-ray disc. Is this a thing? Does this happen? I’ve never heard of this, but okay. Those who buy it will get a download code for a Dalmaud minion in FFXIV. I’m assuming the code will only work in Japanese versions of the game, because that’s almost always how these things go. I can’t find confirmation, however, so if you wanna spend $55 testing your luck, my hands ain’t dirty.

Moving on, the Japanese version of Soul Sacrifice got some DLC recently, which tweaks the interface, adds more phrases to the group chat, and gives access to a new Avalon mission with the character Elaine, seen here:
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~Favorite Tales Game Countdown~

With new Tales games almost upon North American gamers (Xillia in August, Symphonia HD next Spring), let’s take a look at a survey conducted in Japan at the end of last year, in which gamers were asked about their favorite game in this long-running RPG series. The results were:

10. Tales of Legendia (PS2)
9. Tales of Destiny 2 (PS2, this is the real Destiny 2, don’t let Eternia fool you)
8. Tales of Phantasia (SNES, then PS, GBA, PSP)
7. Tales of Destiny (PS)
6. Tales of Xillia (PS3)
5. Tales of Eternia (PS, called “Tales of Destiny 2″ in North America)
4. Tales of Symphonia (GC / PS2)
3. Tales of Vesperia (PS3 / 360)
2. Tales of the Abyss (PS2, later 3DS)
1. Tales of Graces f (PS3)

I’ve been playing Xillia lately and have been liking it a lot. I’ve always enjoyed what I played of the Tales series, but haven’t played very many of them. I’m thinking I need to do some backtracking. I’ve got Graces f sitting sealed on my shelf, unopened, despite all the good I’ve heard about it and despite liking the demo I played. The heck is wrong with me? I think I’m gonna get back at that right now, in fact. I’ll do that while I watch Sebastian and the boys light up the news feed with E3 megatons. You ready?

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