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#1 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

@roarimadinosaur said:

@selfconfessedcynic:

I think there are ways around it? If i'm reading correctly. The loophole will probably closed soon enough I assume since it's a lot cheaper for EU to buy from US store.

Actually, this exploit has existed for years for their PC digital downloads, including games that rely on Steam activation, so I think there's actually a decent chance it might stay in place for PSN stuff too. Sony has some incentive to let it slide on their end; while it's still operating through Amazon as an intermediary, you're not forced to buy PSN cards from import sites that mark up their prices by 10-50% the listed value of the card as has been the case up until now, meaning that more money from "imported" PSN purchases stays in the hands of Sony and developers/publishers, rather than going to people making a quick buck off of a serial code, even if Amazon takes a cut from each purchase. On the consumer end of things, they get to save money by not having to pay for those mark ups, therefore enabling them to hypothetically purchase that much more content online. Given that the system as it currently is seemingly doesn't otherwise allow for region locking by design unless you buy PSN stuff through Sony directly, I imagine that they have a lot more incentive to turn a blind eye to this than to actually clamp it down.

Very much so hoping they roll this out for Amazon Japan soon. I know they already offer PC game downloads as well, so it would be nice to see this extended to PSN since Japan is warming up to game downloads since the 3DS' release. It would be extremely nice to be able to pick up some rarer Japan-only PS1 classics and a handful of PS3 games that way rather than spending half my budget on just paying a reseller $50 for walking down the street and picking up a card.

#2 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

Master race Scroll Lock. If I don't give it a purpose in life, who will!?

#3 Edited by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

@wackojackman: If setting up a PSN account with the PS4 is the same as it is on the PS3, you'll probably be able to access free services fine, but will have some trouble accessing any paid services without a credit card from the region corresponding to the account. So for example, if you come to Japan with just a UK credit card, you should be able to either set up a new account with the UK set as the region or access an existing UK PSN account and be able to use its paid services overseas just fine. Conversely, I'm not sure what your banking setup is going to be like in Japan or whether you'll have a credit card there, but you'll likely also be able to set up a Japanese PSN account on that same console just fine; you'll still be able to access it and at least its free services outside of Japan, but any paid stuff will require a Japanese credit card or a Japanese PSN card. Basically, if they didn't mess up account management like they kind of did with the Vita, you should be able to have multiple accounts set to multiple regions and you'll be able to freely access them whenever you like on the same console; the extent will just depend on whether you want to use any paid services. I know I have separate PSN accounts for the States and Japan since their offerings on the online store differ and it's not an issue on the PS3.

That being said, I have no idea how any of this is going to work on the PS4 or whether Sony has discussed it, so for all I know, they pulled another Vita and made it so your console can only have one account at a time unless you reset to factory settings! That'd be really fun!

#4 Edited by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

I used to live in Japan until last year. Because the country still has an extremely healthy used games culture where market prices are very quick to reflect the relative success or failure of any given release, your mileage will vary pretty dramatically depending on what games and systems you want to play. A PS4 and its games in the first year, like anywhere else, are bound to be the most expensive overall in terms of upfront investment compared to getting a system with games at a later period, but the market fluctuates enough that you can get recent games for pretty good discounts even new if you're patient enough and do some comparison shopping. Popular stuff might still cost you a few dozen quid, but unless you need to play a game right as it releases, you'll find prices for even new copies to go down enough to reasonable levels. If you're working as an ALT or something similar in the English teaching industry, you'll definitely be making more than enough money to afford some games even on those modest wages, especially if you're smart about where you do your grocery shopping and whatnot in Tokyo. It's an expensive city, but very livable if you don't just go to the same places the tourists do to take care of your daily needs.

Beyond that, I'd suspect that the internals of the PS4 will be the same no matter where you buy it. Nowadays, I believe a lot of electronics like game consoles are engineered to work with different standards of voltages across regions, so I wouldn't be surprised if a Japanese PS4 played nice back in the UK once you worked out the plug situation. Of course, I'd suggest doing your research ahead of time to make sure you're not gonna set your apartment on fire or anything if you just plug it in raw, but that's obviously a given. Beyond that, I believe every piece of PlayStation hardware post-PSP is equipped to boot in multiple languages out of the box, so it should be easy to get a Japanese PS4 to run English system menus if you can't read Japanese. The only issue you might want to consider is that Sony might not honor your warranty in the UK if something happens to it. I've heard stories of people both having no problem getting systems not native to their region serviced and those who couldn't and both are frequent enough that I don't think there's a consensus on what Sony's internal policy is.

That's about all I can think of at the moment. If you've got any questions about import consoles or just living/working in Japan in general, feel free to keep prodding me here or via PM.

#5 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

I'm not even a wrestling person myself and I'd still be interested in reading the book just knowing the sort of developer talent they've managed to line up. I'd love to hear more about Suda 51's controversial work on the Fire Pro series, for instance. I've always wanted to hear what compelled him to write the sort of ending he did for Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special.

#6 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

@hailinel: I would personally argue that between the two that Last Window is even better than Hotel Dusk. Some people might be understandably a little disgruntled that the core gameplay basically isn't changed at all, but I think the writing, characterization, and visual design are just as fantastic as they were in the first game. Not that most people would have this sort of quandary, but I wavered for the longest time on whether to import the Japanese version or pick up the English one because I knew Alan Averill, the writer and editor responsible for a lot of the first game's localized flavorings, wasn't on board for Last Window. Play-Asia managed to get some European copies on sale for $15 earlier this year, though, so I ultimately I went with that and completely fell in love with that writing again. It remains stylistically consistent with the original game down to the use of period-appropriate Americanisms, which I wasn't entirely expecting considering it was an NOE effort. I also feel like the story it tells is a more grounded one than the previous game, even if it's not without its fair share of intrigue. There's also a novella that retells the events of the game that you can read as you play, unlocking book chapters as you beat game ones, and the writing in that is also really well-done. All around, it occupies a very rare place in my mind of the localization being so superior to the original Japanese that I could never imagine playing it in anything other than English.

So yeah, I'd personally say it's worth going out of your way to import at this point. The gameplay is what it is, but it's otherwise definitely one of the cheaper Europe/Japan-exclusive Nintendo games to buy. I've never seen it hit as low as that $15 I paid again, but from what I see it generally doesn't hover too much higher above it. As Cing's last game, I found it to be nice to be able to go back and learn a little bit more about Kyle Hyde, even if the first game doesn't really end on a cliffhanger or anything.

#7 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

If it's any consoltion, Last Window, the sequel to Hotel Dusk, is much less liberal when it comes to game over screens. I only encountered one or two in my entire run because I made some profoundly dumb mistakes, but the game is really good about letting you pick up from the point right before that stuff goes down. I'll admit that it still distinctly gave me traumatic flashbacks to Hotel Dusk, but it's otherwise not nearly as bad in my experience.

#9 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

@artisanbreads: Take my impressions with a huge grain of salt; I've only read like three pages of the source material, mostly because it's the sort of satire you need to be in the right state of mind to really appreciate. My impression was that it just might be a more loose-playing fighter like that recent Jojo's game, but from the camera angles for some of the gameplay, I could see why some people might think it'll turn out to be a proper musou game. I have no idea if the source material lends itself to that, but if it does, then Namco being the sort of company it is with licensed games, I wouldn't be surprised if it is. It's hard to say one way or another since the official site seems to offer no real useful info at the moment from what I saw at a glance, so ultimately your guess is as good as mine.

#10 Posted by Pepsiman (2463 posts) -

Eh, you know what, this thread is moving fast enough now that I'll just throw in a new post now that I've watched it. This is looking to be more or less what I expected a game based on this series to be. Lots of men being manly men to humorous extremes and lots of overtly nationalistic sounding Japanese meant to lampoon anyone who speaks like it. I'd forgotten until I looked it up on Wikipedia, but the series is essentially about training these guys to take part in the Japanese equivalents of pep squads, which they show a little bit of towards the end before the start talking about special edition bundles. If you've ever played the Ouendan games and not Elite Beat Agents specifically, that's exactly what these guys are "learning" how to be, albeit to an extreme extent.

I remain curious about this game, but knowing how badly Namco just flubbed that Jojo's Bizarre Adventure game with F2P features and general balance issues, I'm super cautious about how this is all going to pan out. This game looks like another CyberConnect2 joint written all over it, but the official site conveniently doesn't seem to mention any actual developer. I'll be keeping an eye on it out of curiosity, at the very least.