Final Fantasy IX PSN now Complete
Square Enix Producer Shinji Hashimoto has announced that development is now complete for the Final Fantasy IX's PSN version. The conversion of Zidane and Rose's classic adventure was only unveiled earlier this month, so it would appear that only a small amount of intensive emulation work was necessary to ready the original playstation title for a new downloadable lease of life.
However, FFIX still needs to be put through rigorous testing before it hits PSN's Game Archives. Hashimoto has promised us an update next week- and we fully expect the release date to be announced right along with it. Whilst the super-deformed anime style put off some players, FFIX delivered a cast of memorable characters, solid battle system and a cracking story. I'm looking forward to teaming up Vivi and Steiner for some serious ice sword action in the near future. [Andriasang]
Mass Effect 2 DLC Announcement Incoming
Bioware has been pumping out downloadable content f0r Mass Effect 2 in an effort to populate EA's Cerberus Network, as well as to make a few quick bucks from Kasumi's underwhelming and short piece of premium DLC. Apparently we still haven't seen ME2's last slice of extra content, as Bioware has hinted that more is on the way.
First, make sure to tune in early next week for some exciting news about upcoming DLC! - ME2 Website News
It's difficult to get too excited about this. Most ME2 fans (myself included) have already clocked the game at least once- and whilst the Cerberus Network brings "free" DLC to new buyers, nothing short of a full expansion pack will really entice us to play it through yet again. Kasumi's Stolen Memory only delivered a short mission and a thoroughly boring new character who didn't gel into the experience in any significant way- though we'll be sure to keep you posted when Bioware make their announcement. [Bioware]
Ace Combat X2 Trailer and Co-Op Revealed
Ace Combat X is one of the best games (if not the best game IMO) on the PSP- but I bet most of you haven't played it. It's a fully-featured and intuitive combat flight sim with a huge number of unlockable planes, loadouts and missions... and a new trailer (see below) has now blown the lid off the sequel.
The video reveals a new 4-player cooperative mode, where four pilots can team up to take down Ace Combat's trademark humongous flying fortresses and fleets of enemy fighters. The groundwork for a complex and introspective storyline has been laid along with a cast of shady characters... basically, we can expect more of the same. However, casual gamers and AfterBurner fans will be delighted at the addition of a basic control scheme that turns the experience into an arcade-style rail shooter!
No word on a European release yet, but we'll keep you updated by the wire. [Classy Gamer]