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Valhalla Knights 2 gets rebalanced for NA debut

Localizers Xseed have plans to tweak the US version of Valhalla Knights 2 and streamline the difficulty, according to Siliconera. Changes being made include easier level ups, which means less time grinding. Items will also drop more frequently. Lastly, save game data from the first Valhalla Knights can be used to get a free familiar and a helpful elf ally. The story is also said to be more cohesive than the first. An official date for North America has yet to be announced, but retail listings suggest a September 23, 2008 release.

Umihara Kawase becomes Yumi's Odd Odyssey


Who knew that such a strange, quirky PSP game would move from the realm of "import-only" to a wide American release? That's exactly what's happening as Marvelous brings Umihara Kawase to America as Yumi's Odd Odyssey. The press release explains it all:

"Trapped in a bizarre world filled with spikes, pitfalls, and giant, hostile fish with nothing but her wits and her trusty rubber fishing line, Yumi will have to run, jump, climb, and swing her way to freedom. Yumi's fishing line isn't just handy for fending off fish--it also works like a grappling hook, allowing Yumi to latch onto and swing from just about any part of the environment. The game's advanced physics allow players to pull off remarkable feats of grappling acrobatics and find new, creative ways through the open-ended levels."

Check out Japanese demo to get a (very small) idea of how the game plays.

Ikki Tousen: Eloquent Fist deserves another subtitle

We don't really know what Ikki Tousen: Eloquent Fist is all about other than it being a game based off an anime series. Moreover, we're wondering why it's named "Eloquent Fist" in the first place since one quick look at the official website suggests the title should be called "Eloquent Chest."

The above picture gives us an impression that the game is some sort of side-scrolling beat em' up title like Streets of Rage. We guess that gives the subtitle some context. For those with any sort of interest, the game is being developed by Marvelous and should be out in Japan come October 2. You can also view more busty images here.

New Valhalla Knights 2 class revealed

Normally, you know everything you need to about a game well before its release nowadays. Back when the internets were just a series of tubes in a cradle, we had to rely on magazines to feed us information only on select titles -- often after the games were released. So to hear that Marvelous waited until a month prior to their release of Valhalla Knights 2 to talk about one of their character classes (something that should be a major talking point) is a surprise.

The new class is a martial arts sort of group who call themselves Akatoki. Apparently, neither the male nor female class really enjoys wearing a top. But of course, the latter has to for fairly obvious reasons. This game hasn't been picked up for localization outside of Japan yet, but the natural course of things dictates that sequels will normally come out, regardless how the first title sold. Do you hear us, Nippon Ichi and Namco-Bandai? We want Ar Tonelico 2. We won't forget. We also want this.

Have a better look at Valhalla Knights 2 in new trailer

So, Valhalla Knights 2 gets a new trailer in preparation for the game's Japanese release on May 29. It's still a loftily long way until then, even more so for a hypothetical (read: unlikely) North American release. But, that won't stop us from enjoying trailers, right? We love trailers. So watch.

Imports: Pre-order Valhalla Knights 2, get soundtrack

If you live in Japan (most probably not) and plan on picking up Valhalla Knights 2, you might want to pre-order and grab the free soundtrack bonus offer. Titled "Sounds of Valhalla Knights," the soundtrack contains 20 songs from the game, and most of which come from former Square Enix sound editor, Shohiro Nakaoka. Nakaoka has worked as a sound editor on such games as Final Fantasy XII, Front Mission 4, and Xenogears.

For those non-Japanese interested in getting this sequel to the fantasy-themed RPG Valhalla Knights, we're hoping that your favorite import sites will carry the pre-order bonus. If not, there's always Ebay.

[Via PSPHyper]

Valhalla Knights 2 crawls into dungeons this May

While the first game had lukewarm reception, there wasn't much in terms of dungeon crawlers on the PSP at the time. It was okay. Now the title is getting a sequel and it's hitting shelves in Japan on May 29th. Marvelous boasts the game will have over 80 quests in the main story and it can be assumed more stuff on the side. Humans and Halflings are confirmed for playable characters, but everything else is a mystery. We'll keep you posted as more stuff pops out of the dungeons, so to speak.



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