Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Game Evokes Nostalgia!

I've been doing some research on this little known (inside North America, anyway) video game series called 'Boku no Natsuyasumi' or, 'My Summer Vacation', in English, and from what I've seen so far I can say that it appears to be most definitely import-worthy. This is coming from a guy who's never imported anything in his life. The game has been released for PSX, PS2, PSP (a re-release of the PSX version) and is planned for the PS3. So what is the big deal about Boku? Just as the title suggests, the premise of 'My Summer Vacation' is as follows: you're a young boy who is staying with some extended family in rural Japan for the month of August. The 'object' of the game, if you can call it that seeing how the game is apparently quite open-ended, but the emphasis is on exploration. As Boku you can fish, catch bugs, meet folks, and collect a whole bunch of cool stuff. This game sounds like a dream come true to me, any sort of video game throwback to those care-free Summer days of childhood would be a welcome addition to my collection in any language. Fortunately, according to the two reviews I've read of the game ( of the PS2 and PSP versions), absolutely no Japanese is needed to complete the game. One reviewer suggested that knowing some basic Japanese would, of course, enhance one's experience during the game (particularly for the PS2 version seeing as the many side characters speak aloud), but its good to know it isn't necessary to enjoy 'My Summer Vacation'.

Also, you might be glad to know that 'Boku no Natsuyasumi 2' is now part of "The Best" series in Japan and, as such, is available at a greatly reduced price. So, start importin', English.


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