Phantasy Star Portable 2 Announced for North America and Europe

Phantasy Star Portable 2 gameplay image. Sega

Phantasy Star, Sega‘s popular sci-fi RPG series, is returning to the PSP in the form of a sequel: Phantasy Star Portable 2. This new addition to the series promises a new story, improved gameplay, and greater focus on the multiplayer that Phantasy Star is famous for.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 boxart

“Phantasy Star Portable 2 offers two complete RPG experiences,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing for SEGA of America, Inc. “The compelling single-player action adventure and the newly added expansive online multiplayer mode will surely satisfy RPG fans and fans of the Phantasy Star series.”

Sega’s space-opera styled series is very well known for its multiplayer experience, and Phantasy Star Portable 2 is no exception to this. The first Phantasy Star Portable title was fun, but offered little challenge and became repetitive quickly. This new title has tighter gameplay, with greater emphasis on defense and evasion, customizable classes, and lengthier story/chapter mode.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 allows for up to four-player multiplayer through online Ad-Hoc and infrastructure modes. The game offers an enhanced combat system, new weaponry and character customization options, and over thirty missions to take part in.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 is scheduled for release in fall 2010.

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FLIP OUT!(Business)

The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) June 24, 2007 Byline: BOB QUICK, PHOTOS BY LUIS SANCHEZ SATURNO Annual Pancakes on the Plaza event promises to be even bigger this year Pancakes: Annual classic-car show is a Santa Fe institution There’s something new again for the kids this year at the 32-year-old Pancakes on the Plaza on July Fourth, sponsored by the United Way of Santa Fe County — it’s the first Firecracker Pajama Parade.

The parade, which is open to kids up to the sixth grade, starts about 8:30 a.m. and will feature a march around the Plaza and a subsequent gathering of the pajama-clad kids on the gazebo stage.

“Everybody is really excited about it,” said Perli Cunanan, vice president of development for the United Way. “It’s sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.” There will be prizes from OshKosh B’Gosh and Dillard’s.

The main focus of the day, of course, is on the 20,000 pancakes, ham, vegetarian sausage and other items that will be prepared and served by more than 500 volunteers who make the event happen.

Serving begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 12:30 p.m. More than 12,000 people are expected to take part. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $6 on the Plaza.

The pancake breakfast typically raises more than $30,000 for the United Way, while business sponsors donate more than $160,000 in cash and in kind for the nonprofit organization, Cunanan said.

Beaver Toyota is the largest corporate contributor this year, with a $15,000 gift, followed by American General Media, Comcast, Santa Fe Sports and Images and The Santa Fe New Mexican, all with $10,000 contributions.

Other money comes from T-shirt sales, the arts and crafts booths and, this year, from a silent auction. web site 1969 dodge charger

The funds raised go to the Santa Fe Children’s Project, formerly the Agua Fria Children’s Zone, a comprehensive community-development model that includes pre-kindergarten classes, a “baby university” and economic and neighborhood development.

“Business leaders of Santa Fe know that Pancakes on the Plaza is a premier event,” said Karen Sanchez, vice president of community relations at the United Way. “They know when you give to United Way … your investment is invested wisely and helps to create lasting change in our community.” Terry Williams-Kueffer is the chair of this year’s Pancakes on the Plaza, as she has been for the past eight years.

Younger volunteers include Girl Scouts and Brownies as well as staff from the Delancey Street Foundation. Many of them will help mix pancake batter at the Hilton of Santa Fe, Williams-Kueffer said.

Among the challenges of the pancake cook out is figuring out how much batter to mix and how long supplies of everything will hold up.

“The vegetarian sausage is becoming more and more popular,” Williams-Kueffer said. “To get it you have to come early. We’re not sure if it’s vegetarians who are getting it or not.” And some years the pancake batter runs out before the official ending of the breakfast.

Lines of people waiting for pancakes grow longer as the morning passes, but the wait is usually less at the tents near Old Santa Fe Trail, rather than those on West San Francisco Street, Williams-Kueffer said.

“We’re not always able to convince people of that fact,” she added. “I tell them ‘Please believe me,’ but they just look at me.” Other events on the Fourth include an arts and crafts fair, which this year will be juried. “That means we will be checking for things that have been mass produced” overseas before it can be offered for sale, Williams-Kueffer said. “Everything must be made by the artists.” There will be a total of 65 arts and crafts booths as well as eight food booths that will remain open and serving throughout the day.

The Beaver Toyota Kids Corner will offer face painting and two “jolly jumpers.” The Fourth of July Car Show has been a part of Pancakes on the Plaza for more than 20 years, said Buddy Roybal, president of the Santa Fe Vintage Car Club.

“We want everybody to have a good time, eat pancakes and support the United Way,” he said. “The show is open to anyone — there’s no preference as to what kind of car they bring. We’re more than happy to have them.” The registration fee is $30 for nonmembers and $15 for members. Setup starts at 5:30 a.m. and, this year at least, will run until 9 a.m. “It’s first come, first serve” as far as who gets what place along the street, Roybal said.

“The show is one of the biggest events we have,” said Roybal, who owns Coronado Paint and Decorating and will himself bring three cars to the show — a 1962 custom Corvette, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible and a 1969 Dodge Charger.

Cars will line up along Lincoln Avenue all the way up to South Federal Place, giving as many as 130 cars space to be displayed, the most ever, Roybal said. go to site 1969 dodge charger

On top of that, “Century Bank told us we could use their parking lot, so we could go up to 150 cars,” Roybal said. “We’re looking forward to having a lot of cars this year.” Events on the Plaza Pancake service: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Entertainment: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Musical groups are Mariachi Differencia, Santa Fe Concert Band, Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band, Manzanares, Baile Espanol and Sean Helean Band.

Firecracker Pajama Parade for Kids: 8:30 a.m.

Juried Arts and Crafts Fair: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vintage Car Show: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Beaver Toyota Kids Corner: 7 a.m.-noon Sponsor tents and tables: 7 a.m.-noon United Way Community Relations Tent: 7 a.m.-1p.m.

CAPTION(S):

1. Steve Lucero flips a pancake for Elizabeth Othmer, 14, to catch and serve to a customer during last year’s celebration. Organizers have added to the list of downtown events, which this year will include a children’s parade.

2. Sydney Causey, 13, left, and Sami Loper, 14, shared pancakes and music last year.

3. Esme Heller, left, enjoys a pancake with her mom Natalie Heller on the Fourth of July last year. Organizers expect to raise more than $30,000 this year.