Got a call to collect my mags and I came back with four of them! One each from the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Game Weekly and the official PlayStation are rather old but the latter got me pretty excited about their God of War: Chains of Olympus review in the next issue. On to the two Famitsus. I usually only buy the excellent and parallel Weekly Famitsu Taiwan but that Tetsuya Nomura artwork on the Japanese cover means I’m $7.40 poorer this month. Famitsu’s mascot Necky, Squall (FFVIII & Dissidia: Final Fantasy), Cloud (FFVII & Crisis Core), Aya Brea (The 3rd Birthday) and one character each from the three FFXIII titles got the cover, and the mag has a 4-page interview with Nomura.
Famitsu really loves to do all these gigantic features like game consoles history, the mag’s covers since 1986, Final Fantasy Festa, etc. The latest is the Top 100 best selling titles every year starting from 1996. According to Enterbrain’s data, GameBoy has No. 1 titles for four consecutive year from 1996, the PS2 has three while our PSP has Monster Hunter Portable 2nd at second spot last year. Also in this issue is a booklet of all the top scoring games in year 2007, I will post the PSP games in a later post. Next week, another recycle feature, but one that I’m pretty looking forward to, the Final Fantasy Festa booklet.
Two great news for me are the Patapon guide from Weekly Famitsu Taiwan, to coincide with the Chinese version release. Which I would have bought if not for the $42.90 price, almost twice the US version price ($24.90). But this should handy when I get my US version. Another great news is Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G fourth place at the Most Wanted list, it actually beats Metal Gear Solid 4! I won’t be around to cover the March 27th launch of the game (out of town for a wedding) but it surely will be one great day for the PSP.
The image above is two weeks of hard work. Yes, it’s my first PlayStation theme and it’s based on the amazingly beautiful interface of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a game which I’m currently struggling to keep up at the slow lane. Go download it here.