Civilization Revolution is similar to the PC titles in the Civilization series. It is a turn based strategy game in which the player can take 16 different civilizations, each with special abilities, from prehistory to modern times and recent future. For the console version, the gameplay has been streamlined and simplified to make the game easier to play for newcomers to the series. A victory can be achieved in four ways: Domination (Capture all enemy capitals using battle methods), Technological (Win the space race to colonize Alpha Centauri by creating a spacecraft), Cultural (Build the United Nations), or Economic (Build the World bank). All of these have different requirements, such as a player controlling all of his or her respective opponents’ capital cities or gaining a large amount of resources. Many things affect what happens with your civilization and other civilizations like the terrain you built your cities on and that effects how successful your city becomes.
Civilization Revolution (full title: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, abbreviated title: Civ Rev) is a new iteration of Civilization being developed by Firaxis with Sid Meier as designer for Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Wii version was originally expected but was put on indefinite hold. The lack of a PlayStation Portable version was attributed to a lack of development manpower.
There are 16 civilization leaders you can choose from, from cleopatra to queen elizabeth to mao zedong. Who would would you be?
From the big screen to your consoles, Ratatouille: Food Frenzy is sure to send you into a kitchen frenzy juggling kitchen chores and catching wild snails. One gripe is the graphics are horrible and the overall layout of the game seems somewhat a missed. I just can’t quite put my fingers into it but I feel like videogame has taken a 10 year back leap when I see this game. Anyway, the game is only out on DS so i am not tooooooo annoyed by it. if it came out on the Xbox or the Nintendo or the PS with such horrible graphics, I’d probably have it bombed.
I saw this on X-Play on Tv and i had to blog about it. Puzzle Quest is a mix of RPG and Bejewelled, this interesting mix have garnered enough support and fanbase to say that this game is definitely worth playing. Puzzle Quest is now in XBox and Nintendo DS so if you own any of these consoles, try to get the game. On X-Play this game was rated 4/5 stars that’s pretty much enough incentives for me to play it because really, I’m a G4Tech fan. Love their Programs. Love them.
Super Paper Mario (スーパーペーパーマリオ, Sūpā Pēpā Mario) is a platform/role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems, a division of Nintendo. Originally developed for the Nintendo GameCube, it was released for the Wii on April 9, 2007 in North America. It will be released in Japan on April 19, 2007, but there has been no confirmed release date for Australia or Europe yet.
It is a combination of the previous Paper Mario titles and Super Mario Bros. titles. Unlike the RPG-style gameplay of previous Paper Mario games, the game combines platforming gameplay and RPG elements.
This is according to wikipedia. I didn’t know this exists now I want to play it! Oh whyyyyyyyyyy……since my old Nintendo i haven’t played Super Mario Bros for the longest time. I really, really miss it. If I can get it to work on PS2, I will forgo every other game and play Mario alll day lonngg. But that’s unlikely to happen unless I live in Utopia.
You can view some of the reviews on Gamespot as well. That’s where I found out about Super Paper Mario.
OK, now this is even weirder. In my last post, I said that 46% of people surveyed by Famitsu were not happy with the upcoming release of Dragon Quest IX. But the same magazine published a survey of what people thought would be the top 10 hit gaming products in 2007 and that very game made #2.
It’s hard to understand why Japanese gamers (at least, 46% of them) aren’t happy about the release on DS. Is it because of the handheld’s graphics? RPGs are the games that seem to work best on the DS.
On the other hand, this is just the opinion of hardcore gamers. And we all know that the DS’s success can be attributed to those sections of the community who were never really classified as gamers, such as the elderly (thanks to the Brain Training games) and young women (thanks to games like Nintendogs).
Personally, I’m excited about the release of Dragon Quest IX. Every game should be ported to the DS, in my opinion, hehehe.
In news from Japan, the Nintendo DS will be used as a teaching tool in classroms across Yawata City in Kyoto Prefecture. Starting last September, the first 10 minutes of English classes for junior and senior high school students will be spent learning new English vocabulary on the handheld consoles.
The specially developed program lets the touch screen be used by students to practice writing the words correctly and with the DS speakers, correct pronunciation for new words can be taught. There are 1800 words for junior high students and 1900 words for senior-high students.
One teacher from Sawata City was quoted as saying:
The students are getting accustomed to using the DS and are studying enthusiastically. Progress can be expected.
I’d say that the kids love this. If I were a student there it would be my favourite part of the lesson and that 10 minutes would go all too quickly. Plans are afoot to expand this program to incorporate kanji lessons (there’s almost 3000 that need to be learnt for everyday use). Oh yes, please have kanji programs on the DS! Just make sure you sell them outside Japan.
A week ago Muken and I went to the Tokyo Game Show 2006. Games are sometimes somewhat interesting but don’t usually look too nice in photos, and the only interesting stuff in my humble non-hardcore-gamer-otaku opinion was the Sony pavillion, but they put signs everywhere to forbid pictures to be shot.
So, I went with the crowd, and shot the booth girls instead…
There are next to no games in Japan available in English. You may be able to live without, but in the RPG genre, unless you can read Japanese, most gamers will just wait the extra months for the game to be released in the West with English text – if at all.
However! Happily, the good guys at Capcom have done us English-speakers a big favour by offering a game with both Japanese and English language options!
Gyakuten Saiban 2 (known as “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All” in English) is the sequel to the popular Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game for the Nintendo DS. Guide Phoenix Wright as he gathers evidence, interviews witnesses and wins cases in another episode of this great RPG franchise.
Because it’s on the Nintendo DS, there’s no regions to worry about, and no difference between PAL and NTSC systems. Plus, the Japanese version is apparently going to be released 2 months earlier than the Westernised releases. Bonus!
You can pre-order the game here (due out on October 26) for the cheap price of US$30 (approx US$3 for shipping to the States). Now, you can be all smug when you show your Japanese imported game to your friends, but still be able to play it uuntil you actually pick up those textbooks and study a few kanji.
Just a few hours after rumours were floating around of a possible DS Lite release in Pink, Nintendo has confirmed that there will indeed be a “Noble Pink” DS Lite available within weeks. It’s going to be a hit with the high school girls, that’s for sure, but is this the beginning of the end of the original Nintendo DS?
The original DS, as well as being slightly cheaper, had the advantage over the DS Lite of a larger variety of colours. And while this will still be true in places like Australia where you can only get the Polar White edition of the DS Lite (not even the blues? Sheesh!), Nintendo’s move is surely going to mean the eventual demise of the original DS?