E.X. Troopers demo live in Japan
posted on 10.18.12 at 09:45 AM EST by (@salromano)
Download the 217mb trial version now.

Capcom has gone live with the demo for its upcoming Lost Planet spin-off E.X. Troopers in Japan. It can be accessed on both PlayStation 3 and 3DS.

The PlayStation 3 demo specifically, which overseas users can download easily by creating a Japanese PlayStation Network account, weighs in at 217mb. It includes one solo-play and two co-op play missions. At the end of the solo-play mission, you’ll face the Akrid of Legend, Guvante.

Head over to the PlayStation Store and download it now. (Grab the free E.X. Troopers custom theme while you’re there.) Or, if you have a Japanese 3DS, head over to the eShop. Otherwise, view a new set of screenshots at the gallery, or a new gameplay video below.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    It must be kind of weird playing the game you voice acted for, but being unaware of what to expect, haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Jennings/100000158197173 Bobby Jennings

    Going to go download this right now. I’m new here but thanks a ton Gematsu.

  • MrRobbyM

    Just played through the single player demo. It was a ton of fun even though I didn’t understand anything. The controls weren’t anything too foreign tho. For a 3DS port it looks really nice and smooth. The music was nice and fun but that’s part of the problem. The game is so Japanese that I don’t see a localization happening unless there are some changes. Which would suck because I like the game how it is but we shall see I guess.

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      Yeah, Lost Planet fits the culture for North America more than E.X. Troopers would, which is why I believe E.X. Troopers will stay in Japan. There are just some games which scream “JAPAN ONRY!!” and this is one of them, heh.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        I disagree. If that were true then anime fans wouldn’t exist outside of Japan, and anime style games would never make it over here. This might be of a more Japanese flavor, but we’re not seeing underage girls in provacitive outfits, or dealing with scenes that are hard to mentally register for the average person. It’s just an anime-style much more action-oriented Lost Planet game.

        • MrRobbyM

          The music would also most likely have to be changed if they want this to sell decently over here. So the anime-styled graphics aren’t the only thing holding it down.

        • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

          >implying anime fans do exist outside of Japan

          Sorry, but I have a hard time believing that the fanbase is big enough to warrant a localization for this. After all, we got Valkyria Chronicles 1 and 2, but they both flopped horribly. Anime style games just do NOT sell well in North America and they never have.

          There are plenty of games, much like this one, that never leave Japan despite us having anime fans as you say. Just take a look at the new Super Robot Wars game coming out next month. Sure, North America COULD bring it over since it is Original Generation, so there isn’t a huge licensing hassle to deal with, but guess what… We still won’t get it.

          Games like Lost Planet, Call of Duty, Uncharted, etc. These all fit our culture more than a game like E.X. Troopers.

          • DrForbidden

            Valkyria Chronicles wasn’t a huge hit in the US, but it definitely wasn’t a flop either. If you believe VGChartz numbers, Sega sold 630 thousand copies in the US alone, and global sales exceeded 1 million. I agree with the rest of our comments, though.

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              Hmmm… I remember the initial sales didn’t even break 100k though, so I’m sure it wasn’t until word started getting around about how much of a gem it was. Then again… Valkyria Chronicles sets the standard pretty high when it comes to these types of games anyway, so it’s 9 times out of 10, the game isn’t going to reach the standards anyway.

              Personally, I just consider Valkyria Chronicles to be one of those games that’s so interesting and innovative, and only comes along once in a blue moon. This is also how I feel towards E.X. Troopers and that’s what makes it a shame that North America will never get to see it.

              • HeatPhoenix

                How is Ex Troopers innovative again? Don’t get me wrong, I like it and will play it. But it’s a watered down Lost Planet 2.

                • CirnoTheStrongest

                   Lost Planet 2 was nowhere near as engaging as this. I do like Lost Planet 2, but to me Lost Planet 2 was like a watered down Lost Planet 1.

                  • HeatPhoenix

                    Do you mean story wise? Or gameplay-wise? If gameplay, how?

                    • CirnoTheStrongest

                       in terms of Lost Planet 1 it was more story. But this game definitely has more engaging gameplay. It’s rare I find an action game like this where I just cannot sit still and pretty much have a full workout by the end of it. In terms of design this is leagues above what Lost Planet 3 is looking like, but that’s more personal preference.

                      I just find the gameplay in this to be much more fast-paced and intense.

                    • HeatPhoenix

                      Yeah, I agree on the fast paced. The boost really helps.
                      But I also feel regret that we won’t be able to pilot VS on the go and pick weapons up whenever we feel like it, if you get what I’m saying. The whole conserving and planning ammo with your team just kinda disappears now.

                      Though, I do think the story in LP2 was fun. Following different factions and such.

          • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

            I’m not so sure I agree.

            I can say for certain that Sega America has no idea how to market to that fanbase. Let’s be honest, they can’t market to any fanbase very well. Using VC as an example is kinda iffy…

            VC 1 was released very early in the PS3 lifecycle, many early PS3 titles struggled out of the gate. VC 2 was on the PSP, I don’t really even need to say anymore than that. (Both received next to nothing marketing wise from Sega.)

            I mean sure, anime based games are never going to sell as many copies as the new Call of Duty or whatever, and any publisher who expects them to is incredibly foolish. Setting unrealistic goals for a smaller niche title is never going to work. I know publishers expect any game to sell in the millions these days, but not every game is going to move that many copies.

            I do agree that the chances E.X. Troopers gets localized are fairly slim. The best bet would be for Capcom to allow Atlus or Nis or someone to localize the game for the west, and the chances of that happening aren’t exactly great.

            I always point to Atlus because they have a pretty strong track record, they managed to sell anime style games fairly well here in the USA. They understand the fanbase, and do a fairly good job selling these games to them.

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              Yes, Sega of America doesn’t know shit when it comes to marketing a game unless it’s the new Sonic, heh. Sorry, the only reason I used Valkyria Chronicles as an example is because I, personally, feel as though it is one of the best ‘anime style’ games we have had localized in a WHILE.

              Let me see if I can put this another way… There are a lot of games you see trailers for and whatnot, and you can tell if it would sell well in NA (if it was ever localized that is). E.X. Troopers looks fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but even I don’t think it would sell well in NA if it was localized. The new Lost Planet would sell more because that’s the kind of game more NA gamers would like to play.

              The people who would enjoy games such as Valkyria Chronicles, E.X. Troopers, etc. are considered the minority and a LOT of the time… A company isn’t willing to localize a game like this for a minority. Granted, Atlus and NIS America have been good about this sort of thing, I admit, but the truth still remains… These games never have and never WILL sell well in North America.

              It’s just not how our culture is “designed” per se. Japan makes a lot of games which contain underage looking characters (i.e. lolis), giant robots, among other crazy concepts which our society isn’t exactly familiar with. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered on forums and the like which think if you purchase one of these games (take Atelier Rorona for example), you better be a girl (or gay). It’s sad that a lot of people seem to feel this way towards these games and think of them as immature or catering to kids, but that’s how I’ve always seen these games received in NA.

              It IS getting better as of lately, but… That still isn’t saying much *sigh*

              • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                I understand what you’re saying, I like to believe that gamers will still buy good games, regardless of how they look, or where they were made. It’s probably me being a bit foolish, but I like to think that we still have gamers like that.

                I kinda point to a game like Borderlands, for example, I wouldn’t say the first Borderlands was sold with a primary audience in mind. It was just a good game, and gamers responded by supporting it.

                I think people will always hate or ridicule something, I know some co-workers who don’t understand why I watch anime. They aren’t into anime or Japanese culture as much, there isn’t much I can do about it. If they want to try and judge me for it, whatever, I think that people like to be close minded more often than open minded. People want to be so quick to judge or label something, kinda like you mentioned with the Atelier Rorona games.

                I just look at E.X. Troopers and think there is an audience in the west for it, who would buy and support the game. I will agree with keeping expectations in check.

                Good post though, nice to have this discussion, I think it’s an interesting topic.

                • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                  Yeah, there are the occasional titles which release that break barriers such as “culture” and are accepted worldwide as a GOOD game. Borderlands 2 did get in North America and did just as good in Japan. It even ranked higher than Project X Zone, which I thought was going to outsell Borderlands 2 for sure, but it didn’t.

                  If we could just learn to adapt a few of their ideas into our culture like they have done with our ideas into their own, then I think that could increase the possibility of localizing games such as E.X. Troopers. What I mean is… Games such as Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, etc. didn’t originally do well in Japan, but over time, they have actually become quite popular. It’s quite surprising to see how much Japan loves FPS titles now, even more so than some of their popular RPG franchises.

                  All we have to do is give them a chance, but a majority of our culture isn’t willing to, which results in companies not wanting to take that risk to bring them over. You know what I see when I play iDOLM@STER? A rhythm game. What do a lot of gamers in the NA region see though?

                  A game for creeps that should be ashamed for even playing it because it involves “little girls”. It’s sad that this is the same kind of mentality even some of my fighting game enthusiast friends had when Arcana Heart 3 was localized. I had been playing the JP version for a few months, trying to talk them into trying it, but I kept running into the same crap.

                  “That game looks girly.”, “A fighter with just girls? Sounds lame.”, “LOLOLOL ANIMU GAEM.”, etc.

                  It’s a shame how many people still dismiss potential gems because they are more worried about how their sexuality is perceived if they play these games. I thought the purpose was to have fun?

                • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                  Yeah, there are the occasional titles which release that break barriers such as “culture” and are accepted worldwide as a GOOD game. Borderlands 2 did get in North America and did just as good in Japan. It even ranked higher than Project X Zone, which I thought was going to outsell Borderlands 2 for sure, but it didn’t.

                  If we could just learn to adapt a few of their ideas into our culture like they have done with our ideas into their own, then I think that could increase the possibility of localizing games such as E.X. Troopers. What I mean is… Games such as Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, etc. didn’t originally do well in Japan, but over time, they have actually become quite popular. It’s quite surprising to see how much Japan loves FPS titles now, even more so than some of their popular RPG franchises.

                  All we have to do is give them a chance, but a majority of our culture isn’t willing to, which results in companies not wanting to take that risk to bring them over. You know what I see when I play iDOLM@STER? A rhythm game. What do a lot of gamers in the NA region see though?

                  A game for creeps that should be ashamed for even playing it because it involves “little girls”. It’s sad that this is the same kind of mentality even some of my fighting game enthusiast friends had when Arcana Heart 3 was localized. I had been playing the JP version for a few months, trying to talk them into trying it, but I kept running into the same crap.

                  “That game looks girly.”, “A fighter with just girls? Sounds lame.”, “LOLOLOL ANIMU GAEM.”, etc.

                  It’s a shame how many people still dismiss potential gems because they are more worried about how their sexuality is perceived if they play these games. I thought the purpose was to have fun?

                  • Kobracon

                    I wonder if country size has anything to do with it…. Japan is pretty small compared to US and I’m pretty sure stuff like peer pressure and mob mentality are way stronger in the US. Its kinda sad (and somewhat irritating) that game localization for everywhere that isn’t in Europe has to hinge on the US accepting it or not. We here in Asia love both our anime games and the western games equally.

                    I know tons of ppl who love FPSs like Crysis and CoD who also like stuff like FF and Dragon Quest. But yet we non-Japanese speaking Asians are left in the dust coz ‘Big ol America thinks its too kiddy/creepy/animu’.

                    Siiiigh, this sounded more like a rant than I wanted it to…..

          • HeatPhoenix

            Stop implying on a disqus board you weeaboo. “Our culture” does Gematsu exist out of only North Americans?

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              I’m willing to bet a majority of the users here are from North America (Japanese users have better outlets for information). We probably have a good portion of people from Europe as well. Now, the next time you have something you’d like say, at least try to make it more constructive.

              I don’t mind if you want to participate in the conversation, but there’s no sense in needlessly jumping in to bash someone.

              P.S. I know you are doing this because of our past history with each other on other sites, and you still have bad blood with me, so you feel the need to show off for whatever reason. However, the next time I see another post like this, trying to instigate something, I will have your comment flagged for moderation due to harassment and provoking. Please think about this before posting something like this again in the future.

              Thank you.

              • HeatPhoenix

                So, Europe and the US have the same culture? Never knew you were such an authority on culture differences between nations. I’m not bashing you, I’m just telling you you’re wrong and how.

                • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                  “I’m not bashing you, I’m just telling you you’re wrong and how.”

                  It was a nice try, but I’m not buying it. I made it crystal clear I would have you reported for trying to instigate something and you didn’t listen, so now I’m flagging your message for moderation. You’ve always pushed my buttons on Facebook, Andriasang, and anywhere else you could.

                  I refuse to let you harass me here too. I’m not here for your amusement, so I suggest you find someone else to pick on. I don’t sign on here to deal with this. All I want to do is check for new gaming news and discuss it with others… Not put up with some guy holding onto a grudge trying to push my buttons to see how far he can go before I make a complete ass out of myself.

                  Just stop already.

                  • HeatPhoenix

                    All I’m doing is having a discussion with you on a public board, why are you getting so hung up about it? Jeez, you could’ve asked me to stop already. Harass? I just found that I didn’t agree with your argument on the topic of Ex Troopers!

                    EDIT: It seems you changed your original message. You know I don’t get notified when you edit other messages, right? Bad blood? From where exactly?

                    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                      > I just found that I didn’t agree with your argument on the topic of Ex Troopers!

                      If you were anybody else on here, I could believe that, but I’m not a fool. You’ve had a hard on for me since Day 1 and always try to start shit with me, and frankly… I’m fucking fed up with it. See, if you were actually trying to be a CIVILIZED being, you wouldn’t have opened your “discussion” with:

                      “Stop implying on a disqus board you weeaboo.”

                      Weeaboo? Seriously? This is how you let someone know you don’t agree with them on something? You insult them, then expect them to listen to you?

                      Look… I don’t really care what you disagree with me on. I think it would just do us both some good (as well as those around us that have to witness this nonsense) to not say anything to each other at all from now on. You don’t reply back to my comments, I won’t reply back to yours.

                      I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request, all things considered. Having said that… This will be the last time I reply back to you on Gematsu, so I ask that you leave me alone once and for all.

                    • HeatPhoenix

                      I-I don’t understand! Sigh, fine. I guess this is how you treat people you can’t beat in a fair discussion.

          • CirnoTheStrongest

             Umm…VC 1  did great. VC 2 didn’t. And that was likely the drop down to portable status. Among other things. I know that’s what stopped me from getting it.

            And…Neptunia does swimmingly well. No, it’s not a blockbuster, but it sells really well. This game could do the same.

            Some games do well, and some don’t. SRW was one of those that didn’t.

  • Genesis

    I enjoyed the demo. It was pretty good and I did like the online co-op

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      Mmmm… I thought about getting the demo, but I decided against it. I’m going to keep waiting until my copy arrives next month. I feel like if I play the demo now, it will spoil me (not story-wise) and make the wait a little harder, haha. I suppose it couldn’t hurt for me to go ahead and download that custom theme though~

      • Genesis

        Totally understandable. The demo is pretty brief and it would be a teaser if you’re truly anticipating the game. The game is really pretty btw and enjoy the game when it comes :)

  • An chan Yumi

     And VITA version for better experience ?
    No ? Ok…

    • MrRobbyM

      There’s a PS3 version.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Wow….that was just…THIS is the direction Lost Planet should have taken! It feels a lot more like the first game (which I loved~!) And yet improved in many ways~

    Thank you for the info about the demo being up!

  • HeatPhoenix

    The 3DS one has some really good 3D, actually.

  • LordKaiser

    Downloading it

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    downloading on my Japanese PSN account at a later time. 

  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nathan Britt

    Thanks for the reminder Gematsu! On my way to download. 

  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nathan Britt

    I wonder why it’s not on the hong kong psn. They usually get all the Japanese stuff. Good thing I caught it this soon and it’s under the what’s new in the Japanese psn. 

  • Revorse

    Just played the demo. If was pretty fun. I could see the action getting really hyper and enjoyable.  But I wouldn’t be able to fullly judge without playing the full game, but that ain’t happening.

  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nathan Britt

    Well the demo is really fun. Really short but it shows the potential of the game. I am excited to see how you can level up your character and stuff. I really hope this comes to the US. Seems fairly import friendly though. 

  • Barrit

    Thanks for the heads up! I almost forgot about this. I played the single player part earlier, and it was pretty fun. Then I was messing with the 2nd option at the title screen and I was able to use the blue haired chick (it appeared I was able to choose from all of the characters, but I didn’t have time to try the others out).. I guess those are just extra timed missions or something? I’m not sure but I got my ass kicked lol. I had like 2 of those big bladed rolly polly bugs that you can only shoot from behind and a praying mantis.. just too much to handle at once. The special attacks help a lot though!

    • HeatPhoenix

      Those are co-op missions, meant for multiple players.

  • HeatPhoenix

    My time on the lvl 2 co-op demo:
    5’36″BEAT IT!

    • HeatPhoenix

      EDIT: newest fastest time 5’21”

  • RedWolfe

    Best time on LVL 2 is 4’11”

    Demo is suprisingly addicting, hehe.

    • HeatPhoenix

      4’37” here.

      We’ll beat you, damnit.

      EDIT: 3’45″59
      That’s right.

      EDIT2: Lv1 3’41″17

      EDIT3: Lv2 3’31″58!!

      • RedWolfe

        Your on…

        • HeatPhoenix

          Lv2 2’54″08

          I think this is as far as I can go. 
          http://i.imgur.com/564fJ.jpg

           BEHOLD

          Lv1 = 3’04″38

          • RedWolfe

            Yeah…you got me, lol I haven’t even been able to consistently get (let alone beat) my time above since then.

            • HeatPhoenix

              NYAHAHAHAHAHAH

              NYHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
              I WIN.

  • PrinceHeir

    man the one of the few capcom games this generation i want along with MH and Ace Attorney :P

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Going to have to create a Japanese account for this.