Microsoft is trying to prove once again that they are very serious about Japan, and this time they had quite a few interesting announcements about upcoming Xbox 360 games. Many thanks to Jonnyram for his realtime reporting from the press conference.
First of all, a lot of japanese publishers are signed up for Xbox Live Arcade content: Konami, Hudson, Namco and SNK are listed. Pacman and Galaga are almost ready.
Namco then announced the future release of Culdcept Saga for Xbox 360, playable online. Imagine a strange mix between a board game and a RPG.
Sakaguchi then announced that Blue Dragon would be released at the end of the year in Japan. Lost Odyssey will have a playable demo in Autumn, and be fully released in 2007. Cry On will be released much later.
Square-Enix then announced Project Sylph, a shooter they will publish, developed by Game Arts. 360 Exclusive.
Finally Microsoft announced they would be publishing another big RPG, this time developed by Tri Ace.
A Lot of new trailers and videos were shown, but it looks like people were not allowed to film. Wait & See!
I'm not even sure they sell the shortcut packs for four yet. It's not quite as abusively "fee-to-pay" as these new console *twists* on the model (47 minutes ago)
You are absolutely being punished for not paying when the game is restricting content from you for dozens of hours versus paying a few bucks for it. It's extortion, basically. (48 minutes ago)
A single car should not take 60 hours to unlock "legit". That screams of being artificially boosted to add "value" to the pay-for credit packs. (49 minutes ago)
@KORNdog: It's not balanced in nearly the same fashion. It takes a very long time to unlock EVERYTHING in Battlefield. We're talking about unlocking one thing in Forza. (50 minutes ago)
Which i don't have a problem with...it's them who pay that are spoiling the game and progression, and sense of accomplishment. But if you don't pay you get PUNISHED for it...that i have an issue with (51 minutes ago)
@GriftGFX: it is quite similar to BF imo. To unlock every gun and ever attatchmet takes a lot of time...or you pay money to unlock it. Same thing for forza and potentially GT. You're paying to cheat, (51 minutes ago)
deceptively abusive too because they're like okay look free cars! But you have to work for dozens of hours to "afford" them. Virtual wages. Awesome! (55 minutes ago)