Do you like quirky things? Do you like saving money? Good news! To celebrate 10 years of bringing weird and wonderful Japanese games to a wider audience, publisher Rising Star has announced an anniversary sale over on the PlayStation Store.
A sequel to Killing Floor is likely in the works, based on a glitch on Steam earlier today that swapped its stats page for a list of titles not yet announced.
Japanese game maker Marvelous Entertainment is best known for games like No More Heroes, Harvest Moon and Little King's Story. And most of its produce flies West courtesy of subsidiary company Rising Star Games.
Deliciously frantic PlayStation Portable role-playing game Half-Minute Hero appears to be making the transition to Xbox Live Arcade.
Inventive PSP RPG Half-Minute Hero has slipped to next Friday.
Rising Star's revealed a European date of 12th February for PSP game Half-Minute Hero.
Half-Minute Hero is a two-fingered salute to anyone who's ever complained that the Japanese RPG is too long and tedious to be worth the bother. From the moment your hero leaves his pastoral village to when he lands a death blow upon the world-threatening overlord, the game distills the traditional 60-hour play arc of Japan's interactive fantasy epic into 30-second speed-run concentrate.
It may be a single-note joke - building a frantic dash against the clock in the gaming genre least suited to the task - but it's an excellent joke nonetheless. Moreover, in its self-assured execution and endlessly inventive subversion of cliché, Half-Minute Hero succeeds in becoming a masterful reinvention of that which it parodies, simultaneously celebrating the form while overhauling the function of one of gaming's oldest templates to create something fresh and imaginative.
Like the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Half-Minute Hero appropriates the language and aesthetic of its influence (in this case, the 8-bit JRPG) but trims away the bulk. The result is a conveyor belt of ADHD-friendly bites of play. Entire plotlines are snipped through like shorthand synopses; random battles explode and vanish like double-time fireworks while your character levels up in the blink of a transition screen.