Browsing around Amazon.com, I discovered an entry for an upcoming PS2 game called Shining Dragon, which a bit of googlekata reveals to be some entry in a series called Ikki Tousen. I was positive I knew that name from somewhere, and then remembered: It’s the subject of endless NCSX snark, as apparently it’s an unremarkable (and markedly smutty) fighting game whose main claim to fame is spawning a seemingly infinite array of figurines with removable clothing. Further inquiry reveals the premise of the game to be that the souls of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms-era generals have been reincarnated as teenage girls with extremely fragile clothing, and they must assert the dominance of their respective fifedoms millennia later by punching one another until they’re nearly naked. Let’s see what Google Image Search has to show about this. (Note: Do not try this at home… well, at least not without Safe Search activated.)
Yep. I know that when I think of Lui Bei or Cao Cao, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely an underaged combat nurse. Or a girl in teeny-tiny torn panties and a removable shirt wielding a naginata. History just got classy.
The fact that this is actually coming to the U.S. proves beyond shadow of a doubt that Sony no longer gives a slap about what gets published on PS2 these days. Paging Victor Ireland: Now is the time to get that janky Goemon game through concept approval, at long last!