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Playstation 20th Pop up Store in London by Aisha Anime

The address of this store was hinted in a video as they were giving away PS4's for £19.99

The address of this store was hinted in a video as they were giving away PS4's for £19.99

Unlike in the US, Sony decided it didn't want to open online sales for the limited edition PlayStation 4. Instead, it put 94 consoles aside and invited hardcore gamers to camp outside the PlayStation '94 pop up  Store for a chance to purchase the limited edition console for just £19.94 (with all proceeds going to gaming charity GamesAid).

This wasn't just a walk in offer, people started queuing the night before at 6.30pm (I am told by one of the lucky owners) till the morning at around 11.30am they were let into the shop. The first 100 (but cut down to 94) where given wristbands and told before hand in a video to bring a retro piece of PS memorabilia with them - and utter the catch phrase hidden in the video: "I crashed my Bandicoot."

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Unless you lived locally in London and happen to have a free schedule, you wouldn't have been in the running. Sadly there were lots of touters there to sell on the consoles. Strangely Jonathan Ross was in the shop helping behind the till, I wonder if he got a free console as payment? 

Sony UK boss Fergal Gara has told Eurogamer that the company will sell more PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition consoles online to UK customers from Monday, 15th December - at the normal price of £399 once this batch is sold there are no plans to make more.

Sony UK boss Fergal Gara was working in the shop wearing a shell suit alongside Jonathan Ross. Sony delivered some 'retro' food (Curly Wurlys, crisps, bananas) to the crowd. I just can't imagine how the crowd withstood the cold standing out the shop all night.

The shop was open for approximately a week and is now vacant, thank you Malcolm Critchell for the great photos ! Was it worth the wait, some say yes and others say Sony did not anticipate the popularity and did not cater to the tired, cold and hungry people instructed to stay in the queue or lose their PS4.... What do you think? Was it a great marketing tactic?

Aisha Anime

Photos by Malcolm Critchell

Photos by Malcolm Critchell

J-Stars Victory VS coming to PS4 by Aisha Anime

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A BATTLE ROYALE LIKE NO OTHER COMES TO THE WEST WITH BANDAI NAMCO GAMES’ -The Ultimate Fighting Game Featuring Original Manga/ Anime Characters from The Famous Shonen Jump Magazine is coming to the PlayStation®4-
 
YATTA! J-STARS Victory VS + is coming to Western audiences for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The game will feature Manga/ Anime characters from over tons of different Shonen Jump franchises including ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, DRAGON BALL Z and much more. J-STARS Victory VS + is one of the most awaited and ambitious manga/anime focused fighting-game ever to hit Western videogame fans!
 
Developed by Japanese videogame studio Spike Chunsoft, J-STARS Victory VS + delivers an incredibly robust roster to stage epic battles through a variety of original manga/ anime worlds. Players can choose to begin their J-STARS Victory VS + adventure from a multitude of game modes including; J-Adventure Story mode where players battle through the different manga/anime worlds to determine who is the strongest character, 2 vs. 2 Team Battle mode that allows up to four players to form teams to battle for bragging rights, and an exclusive Arcade Mode. On top of those amazing modes, PlayStation®4 owners will benefit from enhanced graphics! 
 
“As the Number 1 and most famous publisher when it comes down to Anime/Manga video-games, it was our duty at BANDAI NAMCO Games to bring J-Stars Victory VS + for Western fans!  Not only we are bringing this epic medley of licenses to Europe, Middle-East and Australasia, but we are also delivering it with a massive added value: a PlayStation®4 version with new content!” Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.


J-Stars Victory VS + for PlayStation®4, Playstation®3 and PlayStation® Vita will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia’s stores in Summer 2015! ~AIsha Anime~

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Tokyo Game Show 2014 Glimpse by Aisha Anime

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Hello from Japan ! Recently I was in Japan and was invited to attend Tokyo Game Show 2014 (TGS) seeing sneak peaks of new games to come and Japan only titles *sniff sniff* 

We had Thursday and Friday exclusively for press only, the venue itself was triple the size of the Uk's Eurogamer. The room was purely dedicated to the branded merchandise and Mad Catz stage.

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With a whole new experience for Battlefield: Hotwire where we were escorted to get our mug shot then led into a planning room where we were explained the mission: Hot wire where you were either the police and stopped people stealing cars or you were stealing cars and trashing the police where possible. Then we were led on stage to have a proper game with 48 players ! I took the sly tactics and searched for a helicopter and sniper-ed people. While people played this game like GTA but without the prostitutes.

guilty gear booth babes

I managed to go to the special press desk to watch some highly skilled booth babes play Guilty Gear Xrd which was fantastic. The graphics up close really were better than the youtube footage. The special moves went in to slow motion and seamlessly into animated cut scenes. I was introduced to two new characters including: Sin Kiske, Bedman, Ramletherl Valentine, Elphelt and Leo.

Sin Kiske is Ky's son and Elphelt is obsessed with Sin and often tries to get him to sign a marriage certificate in the ending cut scene when she wins a fight. Overall the cut scenes are a work of art. The great thing about playing Elphelt is she has three stances, two of them include a sniper riffle and a shotgun for strategic fighting, hit them while their down ! 

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Hidden in the PlayStation village I got to play Disgaea 5 <3 Sadly it was all in Japanese text but I winged it in the battle preview so their are new classes available such as female zombie and a fairy. From what I saw one of the main character's is a little girl sitting on a morbidly obese Prinny. prinnies for the win people. New things added to battles is when a character kills an enemy the other enemies grow animosity towards them and 'revenge' appears on screen so the enemies will target that one character which is good is your play the game tactically and use the strong characters as bait. Also when the battle is over the top three characters used the most receive more benefits like extra points (not sure what for). graphics haven't really improved for the likes pf the PS4 so it could of been a handheld console title only really but will not dter me from buying it (provided someone donates me a PS4 ?!).

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Final Fantasy: Type Zero was an interesting game to play, you take charge of three students from the academy and you can rotate between whop you want to control and attack. Frankly as soon as you run out of Magic points your screwed. It was all real time battles and as you ran towards a monster it was a seamless transition to battle so that was great  no loading time. 

Bravely Second which was hard to play because of it being (Japanese) text heavy, it felt like I was playing the original game, same graphics and maps. This game has currently only been confirmed for Japan.

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The longest queue at the vent was by far for Monster Hunter 4 enclosed in it's own tropical paradise, with 3DS  consoles ready for 15 minute missions for every participant. Not only did you get to pick a weapon of your choice and be aided by your trustee Felynes in maid cosplays you got kick some butt. Most of the game was in Japanese but this was the only booth with English instruction sheets and ladies explaining to me what to do - but hey I'm no amateur hunter I showed my skills and beat down the various dino bosses and carves the booty. At the end of the experience we received our own booty in form of a nice Monster Hunter bag to keep. The graphics looked sharper and the new map sytem was fantastic being able to zoom down to the particular room and see all the exits in the room. 

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I had initially came to track down a famous cosplayer attending called Vampy Bite me at the Mad CatZ stage but ended up walking into Street Fighter Tournaments featuring top players such as the Beast and Jaigo! To top things off on Saturday for my last try to find Vamp Bite me I ended up walking into a talk about Tekken 7 With Harada, the creator himself. Sitting at the front I test my Japanese to watch the trailer about Hitachi's lover entering the tournament, you know things are getting serious! But Harada was nothing but laid back wearing his Idol Master top with hidden Pikachu tee under neath showing the love for Pokken. Talking about new character Catilina and all the stuff he bought in Tokyo including his own series of Tekken figures. This was the most exciting news for me from Namco Bandai to add to fan girling I did at the large dragon next to the Dragon Ball Xenoverse stand !
 

Find more photos from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.707171802670604.1073741846.554115554642897&type=3&uploaded=14

~Aisha Anime~

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