03rd Apr2010

Clannad for the PS3 Announced

by Kuro Matsuri

Clannad PS3

Clannad is a famous name in an infamous genre. The genre, often referred to as “dating sims”, is usually about meeting people (often girls) and trying to develop positive relationships with them while an interesting story unfolds both as a result of your relationships and sometimes simply as a background story to drive the motivation. The more notorious of the games in this genre tend to reward the player’s efforts towards maintaining good relationships with scenes of a sexual nature, but most of them (especially ones on consoles) do not. Instead, the reward is more story. As a result, the stories tend to be pretty good in this type of game.

Clannad PS3 Gameplay

Clannad has long since been available on the PS2, the PSP, and even the Xbox 360, but this new version has been announced for the PS3. This new version seems to be a retelling of the same story, but with HD visuals and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Fans of the genre should enjoy the upgraded fidelity in both the visuals and the audio. In addition to this, to make the PS3 version more valuable, there will also be a spin-off story available for download on the PSN. Between the current story and the new story, it is reported to take around 200 hours to make it through every branch of the story. And you thought RPGs took a long time to complete!

The Japanese release date has not yet been announced for this title. Also, we are around 99% certain that it’s not going to make it to the US, or any other region outside of Japan.

01st Apr2010

PS3 Region Locked!?

by Kuro Matsuri

Sony has announced that they releasing a new update (they haven’t said when) that is going to make all future game releases completely region locked. No more importing unless you own a Japanese PS3.

As for the current library of region free games, the developers are allowed to release a patch that makes them region locked, but they aren’t required too. However, if they do release such a patch, you will be forced to install the patch if you want to play while your online. So, if you’re heavy into importing and can’t afford to buy a Japanese PS3, you might want to disconnect your PS3 from the internet whenever you play your imports.

Thankfully, Japanese Game Source has a Japanese PS3, so we’re not effected too much. As a result, we’ll be able to continue bringing you reviews on Japanese releases, so you can keep coming back here if you’d like.

Update 4/2/2010: Ok, this was an April Fools joke, just in case you didn’t already guess that by now =P