Hello, humans. I have completed the second day of TGS 2010, and I have seen everything I needed to write about. Except Shiren the Wanderer 5; for some reason, its line was the longest I’ve encountered and I didn’t have time to wait around. Not that there’s too much I’d have been able to say about a Japanese roguelike based on a five-minute show demo. “I moved in a turn-based fashion and killed Mamels. Then I died from my own cockiness.” Yep. Anyway, here’s what’s up.
SaGa 3: Shadow or Light: Look upon its zero localization prospects, ye mighty, and despair!
Solatorobo: Man, this is so good. Pity it probably won’t be localized, either.
El Shaddai: I’m pretty sure this is the only article to come from TGS 2010 that drops two pointless knowledge bombs about the Old Testament per paragraph. Because I love you.
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2: My cynicism has faded away.
Disgaea 4: Nippon Ichi is really digging deep into its fanbase with this one.
Ni No Kuni: I finally checked this out, and it was a lot less amazing than it has been hyped to me as. It’s still good! But I think people are so smitten by the Ghibli connection that they’re conflating the amazing graphics with amazing play mechanics. If you go into it expecting a very, very pretty traditional Japanese RPG, you will be pleased.
Lord of Arcana: Of course, this Monster Hunter clone makes Ni No Kuni look like a righteous upholder of pure innovation.