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Kenka Bancho 5 Set for PSP. The latest magazine leaks in one convenient location.

 

Welcome to this week's issue of Weekly Flying Get, inspired by Microsoft's newest spokespersons:

SKE48's Rena Matsui and Jurina Matsui are ready to give Kinect a big push throughout the remainder of the year. They're even singing a special song to show off the hands-free controller.

See how free their hands are?

As always, this story contains all the latest magazine leaks, compiled from a variety of sources, most totally illegitimate. While the info is usually accurate, you should probably wait until you read about it elsewhere on the site before making major stock purchase decisions.

Check back throughout the day for updates.

ADDED 23:59

Tales of Graces F Update

Famitsu has a few details on Tales of Graces F to go along with the little bit about the controller below (which, as some readers have pointed out in the comments may not actually be a big new PS3 feature).

The magazine introduces Little Queen, a character who appears in the new after story section of the game. Her hair color matches Sophie's. Screens show her in the "Other World Paradise" flower field (shown in the screens below) exchanging some meaningful dialogue with Sophie.

Also shown in the magazine are new "hi-ougi" skills -- Pascal's Dream Striker and Renverse Raison (not sure about this one!).

Finally, a bit about the game's packaging. It turns out that it will be reversible between these two:

This is the first reversible cover for the series.

ADDED 17:32

Finally, some Kenka Bancho 5 details

A long last, a couple of details on Kenka Bancho 5 have surfaced.

The PSP sequel is being readied for Winter release at ¥5,229. It's being developed by a company called Bullets and its currently 75% complete.

And that's all we know at the moment! I presume there's more to Famitsu's preview of the game than just the above, so check back later.

ADDED 16:32

New Valkyria Chronicles 3 Details

A few extra bits about the Calamity Raven villains mentioned below. Famitsu introduces three primary members:

Dahau: Leader of the group. He desires to split from the Darcsen, a race that's said to have destroyed much of europe in what is called the "Darcsen Calamity."

Lydia Agute: Aide to Dahau, but she feels not the least bit of loyalty towards him. Rather than calling her Dahau's subordinate, she actually appears to be observing Dahau and the Calamity Ravens themselves.

Zig: A young Darcsen boy and an admirer of Dahau. He's young and inexperienced, but his determination to win is strong, and he'll valiantly head to the front lines during combat.

Famitsu also has an introduction to a few members of your Nameless crew this week, including Daito and Sergio Ribelt.

On the gameplay side of things, the magazine introduces two new areas.

Progression through the game's storyline is handled through a map called your "Advancing Map." (That's just a guess at the English). You basically select a symbol from this map to move to the next mission and story sequence.

The game has increased the number of units you can bring out with you to the battle fields. This is up to 9 now, a sizable jump from the original's 6. With access to more units, you'll be able to plan out more varied strategy.

ADDED 13:28

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Upate

Famitsu has a big look at Monster Hunter Portable 3rd this week. Here's a summary in bite size bullet points:

  • The magazine has looks at subspecies for three monsters: Qurupeco (クルペッコ), Barroth (ボルボロス) and Royal Lurdorth (ロアルドロス).
  • The Deserted Island map has seem some major changes to formation from Monster Hunter Tri.
  • Lure Fishing: With this new system, you'll be able to fish without bait.
  • Popup Icons: The game will now show popup icons in places on the fields where you can take actions, like climbing for instance.
  • Temporary Pouch: This temporary pouch can hold up to eight items, it seems. The point of this appears to be that you'll be able to head off on quests even when full of items, as you can store new items in the temporary pouch.
  • Barrel Delivery Service: Using this system, you can have items shipped directly the item box in your house.

(By the way, I get all my English monster names from this in-depthMonhan Wiki.)

ADDED 12:21

Tales of the World Radiant Mythology 3 Update

This week, Famitsu introduces the new "Gunman" job. Gunmen fight with two guns and can fire in mid air. "Hi-ougi" specials include "X Buster," which sends out lasers and can take out multiple enemies simultaneously.

The magazine also lists five characters this week: Cheria Barnes (Tales of Graces), Meredy (Eternia), Raven (Symphonia), Jay (Legendia) and Ricardo Soldato (Innocence).

Macross F Has an Original Valkyrie

The game part of Namco Bandai's PS3 Macross hybrid Blu-ray based off the "Macross F ~Itsuwari no Utahime~" movie has an original Valkyrie jet. The very purple jet is codenamed VF-25S and is piloted by Clan Clang.

Macross Trial Frontier, as the game part of the hybrid disc is known.

ADDED 11:21

Quickly Swap Out Characters in Tales of Graces F

Don't like the character you're currently controlling in PS3's Tales of Graces F? You can apparently use the d-pad to switch between characters on the fly during battle.

That's all for now... carry on, carry on. What's that? You want a bunch of old screenshots of Sophie? Well okay then!

Malicious Has a Girl

Famitsu has a followup on downloadable PS3 action title Malicious this week. The big news: it looks like you can select a female main character as well! The magazine has artwork for the character and details on her attack methods.

I wonder if she has a cape like the male character? The cape seems to be a central element to the game, since it morphs into your attacks.

ADDED 10:50

Lord of Arcana has 120 Hours of Gameplay

It looks like Square Enix has packed Lord of Arcana with content. In its box review, Famitsu writes that the game will take you 30 hours to reach the ending, but if you clear all quests, you could end up playing for 120 hours.

Looks like another quality Monster Hunter-ish game for PSP owners.

As listed below, the magazine scored the game four 8s. Other points mentioned in the review:

  • The game clearly shows its distinctive qualities.
  • The controls take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of things the game becomes very interesting.
  • It's unfortunate that there are no multiplayer exclusive quests.
  • The positional lock-on system which lets you lock on to specific areas of enemies is convenient.
  • The enemies have traits that stand out, and finding the proper strategy is enjoyable.
  • During cooperative play, the fun and the invigorating feel are amplified.
  • The bosses are extremely tough.
  • The game is easy to pick up even for those who aren't used to things like encounter systems and lock-on systems.

Kirby Gets a 10

Kirby's Epic Yarn scored 9, 8, 9 and 10 this week. I don't know what the reviewers said, but the score allows me to include happy Kirby screens in my article! Yeah for me!

ADDED 9:35

Valkyria Chronicles 3 Update

This week's Famitsu has an update on Valkyria Chronicles 3. The focus is on Calamity Raven, an imperial special forces group that's clothed in black and gets in the way of the Nameless. The magazine introduced such Calamity Raven members as Dahau, Lydia and Zig.

There are also some details this week on new gameplay systems, along with some details on the demo that's due for November release. The demo will apparently have some elements that weren't in the Tokyo Game Show version of the game.

Valkyria Chronicles 3 screens distributed at TGS.

Lord of Arcana Rated

In this year's great Monster Hunter clone wars, Lord of Arcana is the first game out the gate next week. So how did it do amongst Famitsu's pro monster hunting reviewers? The game scored a reasonable four 8s. I'm not sure what the reviewers said just yet.

ADDED 9:12

Kenka Bancho 5 Set for PSP

Another major sequel is on the way to PSP. This week's Famitsu has a first look at Kenka Bancho 5: Kan no Housoku, which is in development for the portable. Kenka Bancho 4 was also on PSP.

(Update 11:04 - Yuan tells me that the "Kan" should probably be written "Otoko" in this case. I guess that could make the name mean "Laws of Manhood," or something to that effect.)

Kenka Bancho 4.

Also this week, reports on the following games:

  • Animal Resort (3DS)
  • Sora no Otoshimono Forte Dreamy Season (DS)
  • Game of Life Happy Step (Wii)
  • Beast Master & Prince Snow Bride (PS2)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 3 (PSP)
  • Dangan-Ronpa (PSP)
  • Big 3 Gun Shooting (PS3)
  • Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 (PS3/360)
  • Vanquish (PS3/360)
  • God Eater Burst (PSP)
  • Lord of Arcana (PSP)
  • Shining Hearts (PSP)
  • Macross F (PS3)
  • Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)

It also looks like Famitsu has our first look at Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional, which you'll recall was announced at the Tokyo Game Show as an updated version of Joker 2.

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