Xseed’s First PS2 Classic Is Gungrave: Overdose

By Spencer . August 25, 2012 . 8:09pm

imageGungrave: Overdose came out this week as a PS2 Classic and the publisher behind the digital release is Xseed. That’s kind of interesting since Mastiff, which used to publish niche games like Gurumin and La Pucelle Tactics, originally localized Gungrave: Overdose. Hunting video games are Mastiff’s bread and butter these days.


Xseed worked with Red Entertainment to re-release Gungrave: Overdose. Hmm… I wonder if Xseed will be able to pick up Bujingai too. The post apocalyptic Wuxia game was one of my favorite PlayStation 2 games.


Xseed also published a bunch of PlayStation 2 games like Wild Arms 4 and Shadow Hearts: From the New World too. While Aruze got out of the video game business, I’d still like to see the original Shadow Hearts trilogy available as PS2 downloads.

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  • I don’t know about the Shadow Hearts Trilogy, but if anything, I think Turok should return. Sure, the first Turok Trilogy was for the N64, and Rage Wars was just a multiplayer-only type of game, but Evolution (the PS2 and XBOX game) was also a decent title! The 2008 title, however, that was just disgusting.

    • Nettacki

       Funny. I heard the opposite regarding Evolution and 2008. Evolution was absolutely terrible to the point of killing the franchise and 2008 was just ok.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        I have never heard a single positive thing about any of the Turok games.

        • Not even the first two?  Huh….
          They’re honestly some of the most loved console FPS games I know.

          • Yes. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, at least the latter, are on the same tier as Goldeneye.

      • Turok 2008 was the most generic shooter in the entire series AND genre. Really empty, souless and cheaply done. Evolution? While it was indeed the last Acclaim title, and the graphics were arguably worse than the N64 trilogy, it had things that are staple to the series. And it introduced that voiceover that people seem to add in many abridge series or on Newgrounds games. Do people still go there? because I still do. And if people cared about a plot, well I guess this game being some kind of prequel to the first game is what people didn’t like?

        Turok ’08 was just a game with Generic Space Marines, on a Generic Spaceship that crash landed on a Generic Jurassic Park planet. It even tried to have a plot, which fell flat. The enemy death animations were even more disappointing. Most of them had the same one. Also, when you attack your companions, even for the heck of it, the bullets bounce off. Even with a melee attack, sparks come out of them like if they were robots. Though, I guess that’s part of the game’s “new” engine. And the weapons, outside of the Tekbow, all generic now. Heck, this game could be the cousin of Sonic ’06!

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Hah, I just started Shadow Hearts 1 yesterday too.

  • epy

    This is a fantastic title. Stylish and loads of fun. It also has aged very well. The english dub is not great but still highly recommended.

    • z_merquise

      Yeah, it was kind of surprising to have talented voice actors there like Cam Clarke and Steve Blum in the game yet the acting wasn’t great. 

      There were times that the way they deliver the lines didn’t exactly match the expression of the character’s portrait during intermission.

  • DesmaX

    Yeah, a Shadow Hearts trilogy would be nice.

    I have a friend that keep saying that SH: Covenant is the best JRPG on the PS2, so I always wanted to try it out

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I’d say Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is the best JRPG on the PS2, but Shadow Hearts: Covenant is definitely in the top three.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Shadow Hearts would be beyond lovely. I watched my cousin play some of Covenant years ago, but I never got to touch it. Would love a chance to play it.

    • Locklear93

      As long as you’re open to some silliness in your JRPGs, Shadow Hearts: Covenant is one of the very best you can ever play.  I’ve played up to the second disc twice, gotten distracted both times, and never finished it.  *siiiigh*

      • Solomon_Kano

        Does Star Ocean: Till the End of Time’s plot twist count as silliness? If so, I’m certainly open to silliness in my JRPGs. Because, seriously, that was ridiculous.

        • Locklear93

          I’m not sure what you’re referring to, I’m afraid.  I got as far as the main character screaming at nothing in his captain’s chair after making a horrible (and obvious) mistake, and shelved the game for being too hokey. Sucks, Welsh was hilarous; there was likeable stuff in there.

          For SH:C, what I’m talking about is a character who uses everything from uprooted mailboxes to frozen tuna as a weapon, a boss who’s a giant kitten, Roger Bacon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Bacon) as an immortal of some kind, and more–all right next to a fairly serious, if far-fetched main plot.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Aw. You stopped before perhaps the worst plot twist I’ve ever come across in a game. It was worth a good laugh.

            Covenant sounds like my cup of tea. I certainly enjoy silliness.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I just act as if everything post SO3’s ‘shocker’ is one continuity and SO1 and SO2 another.

            It’s as if some ‘bright new mind’ came along and said ‘hey here’s what we are going to do’. And since that bright new mind was higher up the food chain, no one told him the only thing needed was new parts for his head.

          • Locklear93

             I may have to go back and give it another try, just to see the laughable awfulness, then.  Or not, depending on how well I’m able to pick up the combat system from mid-game.  I remember it took me a while to get used to it, and the Meracle was the only character I could actually perform well using.  (Which suited me, since I basically bought the game because I liked her character design.)

          • Solomon_Kano

            @Locklear93:disqus  If you can get back into it, you should certainly give it a go. That plot twist just… lol.

            I think that’s probably the best way to look at it, @Nyanyaan:disqus

  • Laharl

    Why Overdose and not the original?

    • neocatzon

      Agree, it’s kinda
      weird they skipped the first game

    • Nettacki

      Probably because the original wasn’t as well-received?

      • Laharl

        I don’t remember Overkill being Well-Revived either, It just seemed easier to find.

      • TiamatNM

        I think the first game is better than overdose and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so.  The graphics and general presentation are better in the original.  The stage designs are also smaller but tigher, making it feel somewhat like a 2D scrolling shooter if you’re trying to keep your beat count up.  Overdose also has a strange lack of background music during the stages…

        •  Sorta both have their moments.  Like you said, the presentation is better, and at times the level design is better for the gameplay.

          OD offers a longer game and 3 playable characters.  The combat is a bit more slick due to quick select demolition shot, improved melee and no more holding a button to run (which helps IMO).

    •  SEGA published the first, probably a little harder to grab a hold of for PSN.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I’d like to see the Shadow Hearts trilogy as PS2 classics, but I’d also like to Kouldelka as a PS1 classic.

    • Locklear93

      I’d like the first two Shadow Hearts games as PS2 classics… I try to pretend I never played the third. >_<

  • undersaffiresky

    Can’t say I’ve ever played this game, but I highly enjoyed the anime it’s based off of (perhaps there’s a manga as well?). At any rate, glad to see more PS2 classics being released digitally. The PS2 has always been my favorite system, and the games on it tend to be the same way. (SoTC, Persona, Shadow Hearts, Shin Megami Tensei, TOA, FF, and etc.)

    Pity I came to own a PS2 at the end of its lifespan. I’ve undoubtedly missed a bunch of great games from its cycle that I should really get around to finding and playing. I was quite video game ignorant back then, and Final Fantasy was a near-foreign name to me.

    • British_Otaku

      Actually Gungrave was originally a 2002 game (with artwork done by Trigun’s Nightow and Sakura Wars’ + Oh My Goddess’ Fujishima) followed by an 2003 anime.

      Gungrave: Overdose (2004) is the sequel to the 2002 game. If there was a manga of Gungrave, it would have existed to promote the games/anime or otherwise been secondary to the original games.

      • undersaffiresky

        Ah, is that how it went down? 

        Either way, they certainly created an excellent product.

    • Göran Isacson

      Fair wairning, as someone who’s played both game and seen anime: they are tow VERY Different beasts. Mind you, the cut-scenes in the game are often somber and very melancholy, but the content in them is so different. You know how the anime has a whole backstory for Brandon and Harry, how they crawl their way out of being petty thugs and eventually make it big, only to destroy themselves due to their way of life?

      Not in the game. The game is essentially the latter half of the anime, except it’s ALL about Brandon just going from place to place and shooting EVERYTHING. Every stage starts with a big sign proclaiming “LET’S KICK THEIR ASSES”.

      Like I said, some of the story cutscenes in the game can be pretty somber and melancholy, but that just makes the transition into the full-blown over the top shooty action of the gameplay segments more jarring. It’s FUN, it really is, but the anime and the games mood are COMPLETELY different from each other.

  • I really want Wild Arms 5

  • Go2hell66

    i’m suprised we still even get ps2 classics publishers can just release hd collections and steal all our money

    • KingGunblader

      Games like this perhaps aren’t popular enough to warrant a full HD conversion, hence the PS2 Classics.

  • tha_Chiller

    “BRANDONNNNNNN!” *Shoots Brandon out the elevator window* 

  • Locklear93

    Hm.  So another company is re-releasing a game originally published in the states by Mastiff?  I’ll be over here, foolishly holding out hope that this means that NISA can do something with La Pucelle stateside again.  The USA needs more Priere!

  • Göran Isacson

    Original Shadow Hearts Trilogy for download. Be still my beating heart at this amazing prospect, because by God did I ever love those wacky old games. Gotta admit I’m kinda interested in Bujingai as well- I bought a copy of it from a friend, but it was so choppy that I could never actually PLAY the darn thing. As for this one… well. I have seen a video of it where Rocketbilly impales some dude on his guitar, then summons it’s thunderspewing vibrocannon attachment out of thin air, and then proceeds to literally melt them with a rocking guitar solo. That’s the kind of game that I WILL buy. It’s just a question of “when”.

  • brian yep

    HEY, I JUST GOT BUJINGAI (with Gun grave 1) A  FEW WEEKS AGO.
    Pretty fun.

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