Spectral Souls – Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires

Posted by Dan Mousavi On January - 26 - 2011

Tactical RPG is usually a niche genre that rarely gets mentioned in the western gaming media. But the japanese developer Hyperdevbox decided to take the gamble to bring this genre to our beloved Android plattform and to the rest of the world and while doing that they delivered us the biggest Android game that we have seen yet in every way (size, playtime, artwork, soundtrack, you name it). This is a highly upgraded port of a full PS 2 game, and since it is the first of it’s kind, this may be the first Android game that really needs a review to help you decide, if you want to fetch over the relative high price of roughly 10,50€.

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The PSP Phone

Posted by Dan Mousavi On October - 27 - 2010

A few months ago rumors started to spread about a PSP Android phone by Sony Ericsson and while these rumors sounded very convincing (since every gamer expected such a device since Sony formed it’s partnership and brought their first phone together to the market), finally some real screenshots came to light over at Engadget.

What you see here is a mobile gamers dream come true, a real D-Pad, real buttons, two optical trackpads to emulate analog sticks and shoulder buttons deliver complete control over your games, just like on a real gaming handheld. No lousy D-Pad like the N-Gage, real buttons on the side of the touchscreen, so you don’t accidentaly press them like on the Nexus One, the design just looks flawless for gaming. A second menue button under the D-Pad and the placement of the back button on the left side of the system keys will ensure, that you don’t need to rearrange your grip to reach all keys. The Touch Panel on the backside also ensures, that you can touch anywhere on the screen without blocking the view or letting go of your controls.

I’m pretty sure, I am looking at my next phone here, this is the killer gaming device I expected from Microsoft for their Windows 7 launch, which never came and makes their device lineup look pale for gamers. Even if Sony wouldn’t go all out (like the rumor mill says) and not builds a real gaming store for this device, I would need one of those for the massive amount of Android games, that would profit from better controls. The dual analog Sticks combined with the shoulder buttons will make building first person games reasonable for the first time on a mobile device, not even the original PSP could deliver that.

The device, which codename is “Zeus” has the following rumored specs at the moment:
1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (like the G2, but 200 Mhz faster)
1GB of ROM
a screensize around 3.7 to 4.1 inches

We’ll let you know as soon as we have more solid info about Sony’s plans for Android, but whatever they are, if we get such a sexy device out of it, then Sony is on the best way on the road to success. The only thing I wish for on this device is a 3D screen from Sharp, which would make playing First person shooters a lot of fun and since Sony is on the forefront of bringing 3D into households, I hope they cease this opportunity and build it in, I don’t care if it bumps up the price point and so would a lot of gamers. Let’s hope for the best and pray to the gaming gods, that our wish will come true, since our last one for a PSP Phone seems to be fially getting heard.

Source: Engadget

Hyperdevbox announces Spectral Souls, 1GB of S-RPG Goodness

Posted by Dan Mousavi On September - 28 - 2010

Today on the Google Developer Day in Tokyo, Hyperdevbox will show their new game Spectral Souls, a tactical rpg in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics, for the first time.
According to a posting on Androidforums, Spectral Souls will have over 1GB on Data, over 50 music tracks and video cutscenes.
Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires is already available for PSP (it was released 2006 in North America), but the Android port will have Highres graphics.
The game is planned for a release at the end of this year.

A video that shows the game in beta state was also released, check it out:

Android 2.2 was shown at Google I/O and will come to your device in the coming weeks.
Let’s have a look at what’s interesting for gamers:

Dalvik JIT compiler -> 2x-5x speed increase pushes up the framerate of all your games (9 Minute mark, a demo with Replica Island is shown):

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