My love of SEGA’s Yakuza series has been well documented ~ through the good times and the bad. I remember the disappointment I felt when I heard Yakuza 3 would be coming to America without Hostesses; and the man-tears that were shed during the climactic finale of Yakuza 2. I remember playing through Yakuza 1 and laughing at (with?) the hilarious voice acting, then being blown away by how far the series and it’s characters had come in Yakuza 4. Hell, I even played through about half of the import only Kenzan and Kurohyou despite my limited knowledge of the Japanese language. I loved the Takashi Miike live action Yakuza movie – Like A Dragon – a crazy fun companion to the games that would confuse the bejeezus out of anyone who hadn’t played them. I own expensive soundtracks that I listen to while playing other games — and I’m currently drooling over the thought of the in-development Yakuza 5 – which I pray will find it’s way to our shores.
So why all this gushing over the Yakuza series? Because as I wrap up my initial playthrough of the most recent game in the series, the zombie infested spin-off Yakuza: Dead Souls
(I prefer the Japanese subtitle “of the End” but oh wells! xD) I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that this series has become my favorite of all time
. I can’t think of a series I’ve invested more into. Dragon Quest is a close second, for sure, and Final Fantasy isn’t far behind, but man… THESE GAMES.
So it’s been a busy summer so far at S.T.G. — we’ve added new showcases, expanded our playing area for card games, gotten another arcade unit, and pretty much doubled our inventory! Here’s a few things going on so far this August.
SupaBoy’s are back in stock! Hyperkin’s excellent SNES handheld that you can still plug into your TV like a regular system is a great way to revisit your favorite Super Nintendo games… like Earthbound for instance!
We now have a “Staff Favorites” section right when you walk in the store. We’ll be adding a few notes from each of us describing why some of these are our faves, but until then, just be sure to ask!
The figure case is stocked with several new additions, like this little lady from Strike Witches, as well as others from Queen’s Blade, Dog Days, and Milky Holmes!
The Sonic Nendoroid also appeared in our store recently. He comes with all sorts of excellent goodies for use with him, or your other Nendoroids!
Be sure to swing by sometime and check out these fine new additions!
With the countdown to PAX Prime in full swing (just 23 days until we head up to Seattle!) we here at Sunken Treasures thought it was high time to announce our first ever PAX giveaway!
It’s come to our attention that many of you who visit our store will also be attending this year’s Penny Arcade Expo. Well here’s the deal:
If you see one of the S.T.G. crew wandering the corridors and showfloors of PAX, flag us down! Tell us your favorite game and/or experience from this year’s expo and we’ll let you (randomly) pick a prize out of our gift bag. We’ll be giving away everything from Gift Cards to merchandise, as well as a few other surprises. Most of the prizes will only be redeemable in store, but still, if you see us be sure to stop by and say “YO!”. We’ll bro-out and stuff!
After the event comes to a close we’ll be posting a collection of quotes and comments on the website as well as Facebook.
OH! And it should also be noted that while we’re away from the store on our adventure, S.T.G. will be operating under slightly different hours — “PAX Hours” as we call them. We’ll be posting those here, and elsewhere on the internets in the coming week.
My Playstation Vita did a bit of dust-collecting since buying it while I waited for some of its killer apps to become available in the US. Soon, my patience was rewarded with Gravity Rush. Once we got copies in stock, I was quick to snatch one up for myself!
The Vita Had some fun stuff early on, like Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Rayman Origins, and Lumines. However, Gravity Rush feels like the first real unique Vita game and really brings the newborn handheld into the spotlight. You take control of a young woman who not only has to recover her memory, but also has to stop the mysterious marauding Nevi and find out what happened to the vanishing districts of a floating city all while figuring out her ability to defy gravity and bend it to her will
The anti-gravity mechanic feels nice and clean and transitions between running and flying are mostly smooth with a few moments of clumsiness. There is a bit of a learning curve to the controls, bu the game allows you tot take your time. Numerous challenges and puzzles that dot the city make it worth zipping around, not to mention the setting is worth seeing. The beautiful, living city is a site to behold with its dusky colors and lively air-traffic. The light-hearted yet strong music makes the freedom of flying around a city just that much more fun.
The most rewarding moments in the game are the occasional twisted dimensions you visit, built solely to test your gravity-shifting proficiency. Leaping across cosmic lily pads or sliding along ruins in a warped lava tunnel rank high on the list of the most gorgeous and most adrenaline-pumping moments in the game.
Gravity Rush feels like the first great game on the PSVita and is well worth picking up you’re someone who’s been waiting patiently for a great triple AAA Vita title!
They taunt me. On a daily basis they sit there, staring into my soul, begging me to eat them.
I won’t give though. Not to their delicious crunchy cracker. Not to their creamy cream dip goodness.
No. I will be strong!
Exciting news! We have expanded the playing area in the back! There are now three more tables for your gaming convenience.
We hope that you stop by and enjoy the space with us and your friends!
WeissFight!! Wendesday is tomorrow from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. If you are interested in checking these games out (even if it’s just peeking over our shoulders) we’d love to have you come! We do have trial decks available for those who want to dabble. Come join us!
We’ve been sitting on quite a few amazing Nintendo and Super Nintendo games for quite some time due to a lack of space, but recently we picked up a new showcase (which Sarah dubbed “The Monster”) and loaded it up! If you’re looking for some new – old – NES/SNES games for your collection, be sure to swing by and check it out.
Also, while I have your attention, if you’re ever looking to get rid of a few of your older games, we’re currently giving an additional 20% in store credit for Nintendo and Super Nintendo games! So please keep us in mind. ^_^
Let’s talk about starting over. We’ve all done it at least once in our gaming lives. You start a game only to get distracted and set it aside for a while, and when you finally get back to it you can’t remember where you are, what you were doing, or how to even play the game.
To be honest, I have done this on more than one occasion. One of these games was Dragon Quest V for the Nintendo DS. As a HUGE lover of all things Dragon Quest, I’m not sure what possessed me to stop playing this game.
Life is crazy busy and sometimes it’s best to just sit down and spend an evening getting back on track. This is what I did a few nights ago so I could get back into this game. Since I was less than an hour into the game, I decided to start over for a fresh experience. The beautiful orchestrated music and the emotional intro movie had me enthralled from the get go. Before I knew it, I had played for two hours!
Dragon Quest V is about the life long journey of the Hero. You start the game playing as the Hero when he’s just a young boy. As the story progresses, he gets older. It’s really neat! Keep in mind this game was originally released in 1992 so this was a fairly new idea.
Every night since I started over, I have made it a point to play even if for 10-15 minutes. The Hero and his friend Bianca have just reached the game’s first dungeon on our way to save a baby Sabercub, and I’m enjoying a bit of early game grinding. It’s surprising how easy it can be sometimes to get back into a game like it’s no big deal.
Are there any games that you have come back to and found it really easy to get back into the swing of things? Any tips and/or tricks you have learned when getting back into a game?
The “Fate/Zero” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” English trial decks are in stock! Each deck is $19.99 and includes a ready to play deck, instructions, and a fold out play mat.
As a bonus when you purchase one of these trial decks, you will receive two promo cards to match your deck!
In addition, we have “Bakemonogatari” and “Dog Days” booster packs in stock.
Keep in mind, on Wednesdays at 6:00pm is WeissFight!! Wednesdays where we play and teach you how to play Weiss Schwarz, CardFight!! Vangard, and more Japanese card games. If you are interested, stop on by~ even if it’s just to watch! We’d love to have you here!
Tomorrow for our “Tuesday Night Gathering” MTG night we’ll be hosting an All American, American, American, Booster Draft! In the spirit of old glory we’re going with red, white and blue packs via Avacyn Restored, Scourge, and Coldsnap.
If the majority of your deck is RED, you’ll get the “Paul Revere” power up – 1 creature of your choice gains haste until the end of the turn. (Only one use per game!)
If the majority of your deck is WHITE, you’ll get the “Liberty and Justice FOR ME” power up – Start the game with 28 life (One life for each year of the Revolutionary War).
If the majority of your deck is BLUE, you’ll get the “Crossing the Delaware” power up – 1 creature of your choice becomes unblockable until the end of the turn. (Only one use per game!)
If the majority of your deck is GREEN, clearly you’re a socialist and do not benefit from America’s Independence, however you do receive the “Socialism” power up – 1 creature of your choice gets +3/+3 until the end of the turn. (Only one use per game!)
If the majority of your deck is BLACK, you were an unfortunate casualty during America’s War of Independence, and you receive the “Revolutionary Zombie” power up – Return one creature from your graveyard to your hand. (Only one use per game!)