Robots, ninja and weirdness.

It’ll be awhile before we get to play Armored Core online but we can still drool over the Japanese version.
Welcome back to Matters of Import, your weekly digest of all the videogame happenings from abroad that matter to you. From Software’s Internet-ready remix of Armored Core 2 — appropriately dubbed Another Age — has quickly rocketed to the top of many gamers’ most wanted lists, and with good reason. Equestrian sims and Mahjong matches aside, this promises to be the single best, most tangible reason to be excited about Sony’s foray into online gaming. It goes on sale in Japan this April; look to Daily Radar to bring you all the exciting details as PS2 gamers gear up to take their game to the web…
Here’s the news…

What’s The Big Deal?
From Software’s much coveted mech-battler Armored Core 2: Another Age goes on sale in Japan on April 12. As previously reported, this network edition of the popular PS2 title will support all three current models of the PS2 USB Modem, including P2Gate, OnlineStation and the ME56PS2. Online-less gamers can also play via the I-Link cable; the design mode will be USB mouse compatible.

In other Armored Core news, a robotic massacre was reported from the Martian Colonies last week. Read all about it here.

Packing Action
March 29 will see the release of Konami’s latest Goemon action title. Ganbare! Goemon: Guru Guru Edo features a town overrun by monsters made up of recycled materials, four playable characters and an evil robot named Impact.

RPG Me, Please
Enix has announced details about its upcoming PS2 RPG Endonesia, in which gamers play as Me, a 10-year-old boy who finds himself on an island from another world. In order to make his way home, Me must search for 50 gods scattered across the island. Borrowing a page from Shadow of Memories, the game features a time limit system in which, after 10 days, the player is transported back to the beginning of the game.

Bandai’s PSOne SD Gundam Hero Daikessen: Knight Vs Warrior was released last Thursday. An action RPG, the game features fully customizable characters, 300 interchangeable parts and support for the WonderWave, which allows for data exchange between the WonderSwan and the PSOne.

Pandora Box’s Pandora Max Series Vol. 6 Oni Zero Resurrection is scheduled for a March 22 release; this RPG concerns an age-old conflict between ninja and demons.

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Arika’s new PS2 network mahjong game Net & Ron Mahjong is scheduled for a July release. Compatible with both the PS2 USB Modem and HDD, the game’s being designed around a server that promises support for 10,000 simultaneous users.

All Singing, All Dancing, The Cute And The Weird
Another upcoming game with support for the PS2’s peripherals (HDD and USB Printer Popegg) is ArtDink’s PS2 loco-sim A-Train 2001. Scheduled for a March 8 release, the game will enable gamers to construct and develop railways and cities, take snapshots of their progress and print them out via the Popegg Printer after having saved them to the PS2 HDD.

One of the most peculiar games ever is coming to the PS2, courtesy of Enix. If you haven’t already heard of Super Galdelic Hour, you might very well find new reason to live by clicking here.

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Virtual Farming Done Right with Hay Day

Farming. The world elicits images of big tractors, the beating sun and sweaty vegetable pickers hauling baskets of yummy produce to market. Farming is tough work, and those with any experience in the field know that, in some cases, an air-conditioned paper-pushing job sitting behind a computer is much more comfortable.

However, the lure of growing a field of turnips or cultivating the perfect flower is embedded deep in some souls, yearning to get out from amid the smoggy bus-rides, cramped airplane flights and unbearable long-distance road trips. Well, SuperCell released the next best thing to really farming — Hay Day on iOS and Android!

You may ask, “Farming on Android?” Well, the first farming simulation might not have been a blockbuster seller, but those who got hooked on creating their own little plot of goodness in a wasteland left by a deceased relative have a lot to be excited about this to the handheld game — and those new to the series are simply missing out.

The game is very similar to the previous farming games, which have been around for years with a nearly underground fan club. In all of the games, players take on the role of a newly made farmer, who must take the land left to him by a deceased relative and turn a rocky, barren landscape into a thriving farm, complete with farm animals.

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Farming isn’t the only aspect of the game, however — as shown in the iOS version Hay Day, dating skills are also a must, as players begin to woo and court the little ladies in town. One of them eventually marries the hopeful farmer, and players learn to balance the skills of farming with the skills of being a husband (get your mind out of the gutter — we know what you’re thinking!).

Players were a bit disappointed to find that the dating aspect of the game wasn’t included in the first version, and they’ll continue to be disappointed to find that it’s also not included in this sequel. However, there’s plenty to be excited about.

Hay Day Hack will contain several new tools for use on the fields and with the animals, and a new unlimited diamond system will let players carry around four tools at once (as opposed to the first game’s two tool limit). Additionally, new animals will be added to the game, and new minigames promise to add plenty of replay value.

One of the minigames includes fishing for the largest catch. In order to catch these monsters, players will have to pick up a variety of insects to use as bait. Also, players can collect a variety of plants for use in their gardens. The cool thing is that any of these fish, plants and insects, can be traded with other Hay Day players, as well as those who own Legend of the River King 2. Just imagine what kind of fish a simple farmer can catch with bait given to him by a fishing legend!

Players can cultivate their own garden using a variety of flowers and herbs, and even the town has been expanded to let players walk around talking to the inhabitants, rather than just jumping from place to place as like in the first game.

You might think we’re making too big a deal about a game that makes you water, weed and hoe plots of land, or even go out and feed cows, brush horses and collect eggs from chickens. But if you haven’t tried it, don’t scoff — few things are as rewarding as creating a thriving farm that will last generations.

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