Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Tori no Hoshi: Aerial Planet - PS2

When Japanese software company Nippon Ichi release a game, it's always worth taking a closer look. After all, they are the team who brought us the excellent strategy RPGs Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories on PS2. Not only that, but they released Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness on PSP earlier this year, while Disgaea 3 is set for an autumn release Stateside on PS3.

Tori no Hoshi on PlayStation 2 doesn't seem to have anything in common with their turn-based RPGs, instead it focusses of the beauty of flight. Taking contol of Hugo, you make your way over a watery planet courtesy of your glider, and explore a variety of islands. It looks as though there are plenty of places to discover and stormy conditions to avoid as you hop from island to island.

It certainly has shades of the Nintendo classic Pilotwings, and in the absence of any next-gen version of that particular franchise, this could well fill a gap in the market. However, there is no word yet if Nippon Ichi will release the game in the west, so importing it from Japan is your only current option. Look out for more information in the coming weeks.

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