These demos are becoming increasingly difficult to play without mastery of the Japanese language. Here's a demo of yet another Legend of Heroes game (number 6 in Japan!). Watch out, that girl can move!
1. Download the demo zip file.
2. Extract the contents of the zip file.
3. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
4. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
5. Copy ULJM05170 folder into the GAME directory.
While some critics have panned the Legend of Heroes franchise, I know many PSP owners love Falcom's RPG series (including my fiancee). Fans of the series should be pleased then to know that the next installment is going to be a huge affair. How huge? Two UMDs huge. You read that right. The next Legend of Heroes will be the first non-golf game to span multiple UMDs. Not a whole lot else is known, other than it seems like the game will feature some 3D elements, will have new characters, and will hit Japan in September. So who among our readers is a Legend of Heroes fan? Do you think this is just the start of multi-UMD releases?
There sure are a lot of RPGs available on the PSP system. Too bad so many of them are incredibly underwhelming. Potentially great games like Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth are plagued by horrific load times that make games seem more like work than play. Legend of Heroes III, the latest installment of Bandai Namco's RPG series, is technically sound on almost every level: it's fairly eye-catching, has some great music, and best of all: features no load times. Then, why is it that the game fails to inspire?
Just like Bleach on the PSP, some franchises seem to get new versions on a much too frequent basis. Such is the case for Namco Bandai's upcoming US release of Falcom's latest RPG, Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean. The series hasn't been too strong at earning critical acclaim, but it doesn't seem like most PSP RPGs can. Considering how PSP owners will have to wait quite a while before either Crisis Core or Final Fantasy Tactics come out, will the latest Legend of Heroes be able to satisfy the RPG urge? We'll find out when it comes out in January.
The Legend of Heroes series keeps on coming back for more on the PSP, even though the previous ones haven't met critical acclaim. The upcoming Sora no Kiseki, the sixth game in the Legend of Heroes series, hits Japan in September, and it looks a lot like all the other games that Falcom makes. It's currently not headed towards the States, but I'm sure Bandai Namco will bring it over here one day or another.
I gotta admit something to you all - Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion is one of my favorite PSP games. I don't know if it's the quirky storyline, cheesy translation or those cute, lovable characters, but all I know is I dig playing it. And I'm equally excited to play Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, which actually came out before A Tear of Vermillion in Japan. And ya know what? It recently shipped in the States, but does this sequel/prequel improve upon its Legends of Heroes?
Portable Review (72/100) appreciates the game's graphics: "The overworld graphics involve 2D characters inhabiting 3D worlds, for a unique, yet classic look. At the same time, numerous FMV sequences add a new layer of imagery to the game's atmosphere."
IGN (61/100) thinks gamers will feel unrewarded with putting too much time in the game: "Ever get the sense that you've sunk a number of hours into something without necessarily getting a result from it? That's kind of what Legend of Heroes II is like. The game's plot feels extremely generic and bland regardless of how much time you put into it, and while there are a number of interesting features with the battle system and the inclusion of the pets, these are somewhat flawed with some over balancing issues."
Gamespy (50/100) is bored to sleep by most of the game, but notes "About the only potentially fresh-seeming feature is the pet system, which gives you a cute little furball to tag along on your world-changing adventures."
The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch is not only a mouthful when it comes to a title for anything, but also a pretty promising-looking role-playing game for the PSP. In their continuing coverage for the game, IGN has put up two more videos, the first of which showcases the battle system and the second focusing on a conversation with Grandpa Lap.
The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch is the story of two friends by the names of Jurio and Chris who set off on a journey to visit 5 shrines surrounding their village. As any good RPG, it's soon after embarking on this journey that the duo learn of theRaual Wave, an evil force that threatens their very existence.