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Megalixir
Nov 10, 2007

Vanillaware ltd.


Aren't there any Japanese sites that email you the codes providing you have a Japanese address? I could have sworn Sofmap or someone did that.

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Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

Megalixir posted:

Aren't there any Japanese sites that email you the codes providing you have a Japanese address? I could have sworn Sofmap or someone did that.
The few I have looked into have a similar or worse markup than the English language sites we use. Amazon.jp sells codes too but like, 10k yen for 13k yen.

MrLonghair
Nov 2, 2004



For actual awesome import news on PSN, SPELUNKER Z IS OUT YOU GUYS!

1-5 serve as a tutorial, menus (with a bit of a tuturial) open up afterward, very easy to get into and understand but most importantly fun and feeling right. Six player co-op, lots of laughs and smiles. It is F2P but mainly for visuals and mid-mission continues, you have free continues in the tutorial stages, you can definitely enjoy it without paying a single yen.

Yechezkel
Oct 5, 2004



Fun Shoe

Direct link to Spleunker Z in webstore. Small warning: you have to download the main game at 2.7 GB + the game update at another 2.7 GB. I hate when new games do this!


Also, another round of PS2 Archive games went up this week:

ADK Tamashii 1,200 (5-game compilation, more details)

The King of Fighters 2000 1,000

Metal Slug 5 1,000

どこでもいっしょ 私なえほん / Doko Demo Issyo: My Picture Book 1,234 (a virtual picture book , more details)

Megalixir
Nov 10, 2007

Vanillaware ltd.


Samurai Sanders posted:

The few I have looked into have a similar or worse markup than the English language sites we use. Amazon.jp sells codes too but like, 10k yen for 13k yen.

Oh gently caress it I'll just pester a friend in Japan once I really need to.

Also why does Disgaea 5 come out the same week as Bloodborne, that seems like a terrible idea.

uiruki
Aug 6, 2003
blah blah blah

Megalixir posted:

Also why does Disgaea 5 come out the same week as Bloodborne, that seems like a terrible idea.

Same reason so much other stuff is out the same day - it's the last Thursday of the financial year for a lot of companies.

univbee
Jun 3, 2004



Megalixir posted:

Oh gently caress it I'll just pester a friend in Japan once I really need to.

Also why does Disgaea 5 come out the same week as Bloodborne, that seems like a terrible idea.

Bloodborne was originally coming out in February, remember, and got pushed back. Disgaea 5 had that date first.

Yechezkel
Oct 5, 2004



Fun Shoe

crosspost from PS Store thread:

Sony officially released the PS4 and Vita in China this week. Along with that, the China PS Store went up

A handful of games and free themes are up as of now:

PS4 section

2 China-exclusive PS4 games:
九阳神功: 先行版 (中文版)/ King of Wushu: First Version (Chinese Version) - free to download, no word yet if this is IP locked or not.
南瓜先生大冒险 (中文版) / Mr. Pumpkin Adventure (Chinese Version)

Vita section

MrLonghair
Nov 2, 2004



The question is how or if we can register a Chinese account without issue.

e: We can! Games are locked to the Chinese account no matter what apparently
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpos...6&postcount=120

gibbed
Apr 10, 2006



MrLonghair posted:

The question is how or if we can register a Chinese account without issue.

e: We can! Games are locked to the Chinese account no matter what apparently
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpos...6&postcount=120
This is wrong, I was able to play a match with my US account no problem. Pretty laggy for me.

If you're attempting to play, here's what I figured out about the in-game controls:

Dpad Up opens the shop.
Dpad Down teleports to base.
Cross/Circle/Square/Triangle sets your current skill.
R2+Cross/Circle/Square/Triangle upgrades that skill.
R2 uses default attack (or skill if set).
Touchpad opens scoreboard.

gibbed fucked around with this message at Mar 21, 2015 around 12:55

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007

But it soon became quite clear that while losers flourished everywhere, winners were a rare and reticent breed with preferences for camouflage and anonymity.


Biscuit Hider

MrLonghair posted:

The question is how or if we can register a Chinese account without issue.

e: We can! Games are locked to the Chinese account no matter what apparently
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpos...6&postcount=120

If I were to make a Chinese account I would very definitely only fund it with prepaid codes sent to a misattributable email address and consider only ever connecting to it over a VPN. Not that anyone is above monitoring the internet these days, but China has always been a world leader in that sport.

Tamba
Apr 5, 2010



The japanese PSN+ just added Tales of Symphonia as a free game (until the end of the month)
e: and Shin Sangoku Musou 7

Tamba fucked around with this message at Mar 25, 2015 around 07:12

Megalixir
Nov 10, 2007

Vanillaware ltd.


Samurai Sanders posted:

The few I have looked into have a similar or worse markup than the English language sites we use. Amazon.jp sells codes too but like, 10k yen for 13k yen.

Sofmap sells them without markup:

http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai...00/-/eVar4=WVPT 10,000 yen card
http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai.../gid=GF08020000 5000 yen card
http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai...0/-/eVar4=WBADD 3000 yen card

1:1, just like buying on JP PSN with a credit card, absolutely no tax. Probably the best method out there unless someone else knows of a better place to buy them from.

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007

But it soon became quite clear that while losers flourished everywhere, winners were a rare and reticent breed with preferences for camouflage and anonymity.


Biscuit Hider

Megalixir posted:

Sofmap sells them without markup:

http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai...00/-/eVar4=WVPT 10,000 yen card
http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai.../gid=GF08020000 5000 yen card
http://www.sofmap.com/product_detai...0/-/eVar4=WBADD 3000 yen card

1:1, just like buying on JP PSN with a credit card, absolutely no tax. Probably the best method out there unless someone else knows of a better place to buy them from.

Do they send the code, or do they ship the card to you?

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

Midjack posted:

Do they send the code, or do they ship the card to you?
I'm having trouble figuring this out. I'm all the way at the purchase confirmation screen and I can not see any indication that this isn't a normal physical shipment. If it was it would go to my Tenso.com box, which would mean another 1500 yen or something to ship to me, which would remove any benefit to this method.

I've tried so many different ways to get various kinds of Japan internet money from outside of Japan without going through a middleman and all but one have ended in failure. It's clearly not a thing Japan in general wants to do at all.

Samurai Sanders fucked around with this message at Mar 29, 2015 around 20:26

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

I never did figure out if Softmap sends codes digitally, and I guess Megalixir isn't coming back, so I got PSN money from playasia like usual. Where's Japan on the drat digital preorders/preloads anyway? I want to play EDF4.1 as soon as I can.

Samurai Sanders fucked around with this message at Apr 1, 2015 around 06:26

Yechezkel
Oct 5, 2004



Fun Shoe

The Japan store did have some games up for pre-order with pre-load, such as Bloodborne, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and Dragon Quest Heroes. They were mixed in along with the new releases instead of being in a separate section, though. I don't believe any game is up for pre-order now.

uiruki
Aug 6, 2003
blah blah blah

The most ridiculous part was that they had some games on a "play the game at midnight!" promotion, which was perfect in the UK for being ready just as I came home from work on the Wednesday. That didn't even cover all the preorders available though! I tried to start up Disgaea 5 last week and it still had the timer running as everything outside of that promotion unlocked at 7am JST like normal. They just can't make up their mind, while even Nintendo update their store at midnight.

gibbed
Apr 10, 2006



EDF4.1 is up on the JP PSN store, plus a bunch of free DLC.

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

gibbed posted:

EDF4.1 is up on the JP PSN store, plus a bunch of free DLC.
Buy this like a motherfucker. Hit the buy button so hard it breaks.

edit: I have a new SRW and a new EDF game to play now. I am in Japanese scifi game heaven.

Samurai Sanders fucked around with this message at Apr 2, 2015 around 02:35

Daedalus1134
Sep 14, 2005

They see me rollin'


Samurai Sanders posted:

Buy this like a motherfucker. Hit the buy button so hard it breaks.

edit: I have a new SRW and a new EDF game to play now. I am in Japanese scifi game heaven.

If you could confirm that EDF is as buttery smooth as I am hoping it is, it would be helpful. I'm debating if I want to wait for the inevitable(?) English release in 6-12 months, or just bumble my way through the Japanese weapon descriptions.

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

Daedalus1134 posted:

If you could confirm that EDF is as buttery smooth as I am hoping it is, it would be helpful. I'm debating if I want to wait for the inevitable(?) English release in 6-12 months, or just bumble my way through the Japanese weapon descriptions.
Even the genocide cannon doesn't seem to drop it below 60. I'm happier than a pig in poo poo.

uiruki
Aug 6, 2003
blah blah blah

Did you have it fully installed? I tried it while installing (the part install lets you play the first mission only) and there's plenty of sub-60 framerates and maybe even some tearing. Dropping an artillery grenade as the air raider dropped the framerate well below 30. Blowing up tall buildings really harms the framerate. It's more the "slowdown for effect" drop than the "makes game unplayable" that you often got on PS3.

Did you manage to get the NPC soldiers to sing with you?

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

uiruki posted:

Did you have it fully installed? I tried it while installing (the part install lets you play the first mission only) and there's plenty of sub-60 framerates and maybe even some tearing. Dropping an artillery grenade as the air raider dropped the framerate well below 30. Blowing up tall buildings really harms the framerate. It's more the "slowdown for effect" drop than the "makes game unplayable" that you often got on PS3.

Did you manage to get the NPC soldiers to sing with you?
Yeah, it's all the way installed, and I haven't seen any slowdown or frame rate drops. I have a hard time thinking it's related though.

No, I was too busy singing with other players online.

uiruki
Aug 6, 2003
blah blah blah

Samurai Sanders posted:

Yeah, it's all the way installed, and I haven't seen any slowdown or frame rate drops. I have a hard time thinking it's related though.

No, I was too busy singing with other players online.

Could be a single player versus online thing then. In any case it runs better than the previous best-running EDF anyway and to be honest if it has stayed at a high framerate during the artillery firestorm I would have been a bit disappointed. They've definitely fixed it where it counts, what with the rag doll recovery and faster loading.

Stelas
Sep 6, 2010



Is there a list of other improvements? Did they up the armor scaling rate or anything? How's splitscreen?

Samurai Sanders
Nov 4, 2003



Pillbug

Stelas posted:

Is there a list of other improvements? Did they up the armor scaling rate or anything? How's splitscreen?
Armor scaling initially seems the same. Dunno about splitscreen, I don't have a second local player.

Tenzarin
Jul 24, 2007

Let me sing you a song


Taco Defender

Has anyone played Disgaea 5 yet? How is it?

homeless snail
Mar 14, 2007



Tenzarin posted:

Has anyone played Disgaea 5 yet? How is it?
There's a demo up on Japanese PSN, its Disgaea.

thorsilver
Feb 20, 2005

You have never
been at my show
You haven't seen before
how looks the trumpet



Tamba posted:

I use http://solarisjapan.com/collections...on-network-card
They aren't that fast (so be prepared to wait a day after your order), but the price is okay (10% markup on the 10000 Yen cards, 13% on the 5000 Yen ones).

Just as a side note, Solaris Japan is a pretty awesome store for ordering physical games from too, particularly if you're in Europe. They happily let you tell them what to write on the Customs declaration to avoid extortionate import taxes. I ordered from them recently and the cheapest shipping method got my games to me in 5 days too which is massively better than Play-Asia.

CrashCat
Jan 10, 2003

another shit post



Tenzarin posted:

Has anyone played Disgaea 5 yet? How is it?
You can move specialists around now without going into item world, and put them in a place to level up and breed like Pokémon.

MrLonghair
Nov 2, 2004



Assault Suits Leynos demo up on J-PSN. I'm not familiar enough with the Leynos games of old nor Cybernator to say anything that it feels kinda soulless, and like something that originally was a PS3 piece.

lets hang out
Jan 10, 2015



Wish it were a remake of Valken instead

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homeless snail
Mar 14, 2007



There's a mode that restructures the game to make it play more like Valken, at least. Enemy spawns are less insane and makes the missions more linear instead of objective based. Like on level 1 in arcade mode the battleship just spawns when you get to the end of the level and you have a straight up bossfight instead of being a timer based thing. Its a really good port IMO, from the same dudes that made the Assault Suits tribute game Gunhound.

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