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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last post for 2009

Okay this will be my last post for the year 2009.
2009 was a great year, and I'll be looking forward on the year 2010 and beyond, and also more cool stuffs and games to showcase with you from my blog.

And before finishing my post, here's a special event for the first month of 2010

Otaku Expo 2010
January 23-24, 2010
Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus Game Review

Gundam fans rejoice! The sequel to the hit Gundam vs Gundam arcade game is now here.
Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus, the latest from the Gundam vs series features new mobile suits, gameplay and game modes, but does this beat the original?

For those who are new to the Gundam vs Gundam game, it is a co-op fighting game based on popular Gundam series (from the original up to the upcoming series) and was originally ported on the arcades in Japan. With it's popularity, it was ported into the PlayStation Portable.

The gameplay is still the with same with the original: each team starts with 6000 points and every mobile suit has it's own class specification; 1000, 2000, 3000 (1000 being the weakest and 3000 the strongest) whenever your mobile suit is destroyed, it will deplete your points depending on the class, even from your teammate's mobile suit (so when your mobile suit which is a 3000 class gets destroyed, 3000 will be deducted from your total points) and when your points reaches zero, you lose.
You can call out mobile suit support for a limited number of times to aid you in battle and it has three commands: offense, defense and support.

Although the gameplay mechanics is still the same with the original, there are some couple of changes, gone was the G-Crossover; the ability to summon a devastating attack on your opponents by teaming up with your partner and calling out a massive weapon/mobile armor in the field.

With the G-Crossover gone, they've added a new feature: the Next Dash. This feature gives you the ability to cancel your move instantly when dashing, creating new strategies when fighting. The Next Dash is a welcome feature as you can now make combos easier and able to dodge attacks quickly, plus you can now block manual by pressing down and up, the automatic block was now removed in favor for the manual block (this is only applicable to mobile suits equipped with shields).

There are more than sixty (yes sixty folks!) mobile suits available and some of them are hidden characters (from the original 0079 series up to the upcoming Gundam Unicorn). Each of the mobile suits have their own unique specialty (from the Virtue Gundam's destructive range attacks to Epyon Gundam's melee only attacks)

Game modes that are included in GvGNP were the traditional Arcade and Versus mode with more courses to choose (from easy to hard) and now you can tag along a friend in Arcade via multiplayer. Every courses now has a mid and/or end boss battles that involves fighting against giant mobile armors (aka robot giant bosses that's almost the size of the whole battlefield) New in the game modes was the mission-based Next Plus mode, where you can tweak your mobile suit's stats and participate in missions (more of a campaign mode) customized mobile suits cannot be played on the Arcade and Versus mode.

Game AI is far more smarter than ever, enemies can now quickly dodge your range attack consecutive times (even on easy mode setting) and now able to land quick combos on you and depleting your life bar by half.

The controls are very easy to remember, as most of the basic controls are accessible within reach and with a single press of a button, and controlling your character is now much easier thanks to the new Next Dash system, and you can use the directional button for moving your characters instead of the analog, and the controls are fully customizable.

Soundtracks are based from the opening songs of the Gundam series which makes you relive the moments in the some of the famous scene of the series while playing, and it's a big plus especially for Gundam fanatics and Seiyus (Japanese voice actors) of every main hero and villain of the included series can be heard in the game, a double bonus for the fans again.

For the graphics, the mobile suits are quite detailed considering this was scaled down from the arcade version, the animations are fluid, even on an all-out heated battle. The battlefields are somewhat bland and almost the same with the other fields but still bearable.

Overall, GvGNP is still a great game, it even surpasses the original game. Although it would be nice if they added some more game modes (like defend the mobile armor or 4-player individual deathmatch) and having a customizable skills would be great to give more diversity to the game. On the bright side, the Next Plus mode is a great addition (if you can read Japanese) as this can add more gaming time, and with more unlockable contents (mobile suits,courses, movies, images and audio clips) this will give you more reason to play even more.

This game is recommended for Gundam fans and even Armored Core fans if you are looking for a quick mecha battle without tweaking or customizing your mechs before a battle.

Game Rating: 8 out of 10

Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus was developed by Capcom and published by Namco Bandai Games for the PlayStation Portable

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmas Tree of..Gundams?!

Sound more like a fanboy wish huh? Well for the fanboys out there, it's true.
Bandai just placed a 16-foot Christmas tree with over 60 (yes 60) Gundam models in Tokyo's Akihabara.

Strung with red, white and blue lights and some Gundam model kits, the Christmas tree is promoting the new PSP game Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus. The tree was already lit it's lights last December 3 by none other than Toru Furuya, the guy behind the voice of Amuro Ray (from Mobile Suit Gundam). (Oh yeah, stay tuned for my review of the game in the coming days)

The Gundam Christmas Tree is located at the second floor deck of the Akihabara UDX building in Tokyo. You can check out the video of the tree that is shining with pure awesomeness below, Merry Christmas everyone


Lineage II SEA going bye-bye?

I don't know if this is a joke or someone hacked into their site. But if you check IAM-Interactive (formerly AMDG) official site, you will see this announcement:

If you try to check the website of Lineage II SEA and Exteel, the same message will pop up. So the problem is, what's going to happen to the Lineage II and Exteel players that stayed for almost 2 years (for Lineage II). Up until now, there's no additional info regarding this sudden announcement.

*Funny, IAM-Interactive is starting to shut down their service and yet, there's still a link on their top-up service, what a way to earn money LOL

So looks like they are really singing their swan song far too early.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Epic Movies for 2010

A few days left and it's Christmas, add a few more days and it'll be New Year's Day. What's best to celebrate the holidays is by hyping ourselves with some of the upcoming movies for the year 2010. From classic remakes to sequels to adaptation from novels and video games, it's time to feast ourselves with these epic trailers.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (July 16)

Based on the Fantasia short, Walt Disney resurrects the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" story with this children's fantasy film starring Jay Baruchel as an apprentice of a magician (Nicolas Cage) who makes a mess of their workshop when his master is out. Teresa Palmer plays the love interest in the Jon Turteltaub-helmed production.

Shrek Forever After (TBA 2010)

The wisecracking green-tinged ogre returns in Shrek Goes Fourth, the newest installment in the successful DreamWorks Animation series.

Clash of The Titans (March 26)

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Based on the classic 80's movie.

Robin Hood (TBA 2010)

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richards army against the French. Upon Richards death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

Alice in Wonderland (March 5,2010)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover
The adventures of a young girl, Alice, who falls into a magical world full of strange characters and darkness behind every corner.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May 28, 2010)

Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it's up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time. Based on the hit video game.

Iron Man 2 (May 7,2010)

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, aka the super hero Iron Man in this sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. RDJ, Paltrow, Cheadle and Rockwell are joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. Jon Favreau once again takes up the directorial reins for Marvel's armored avenger.

Friday, December 18, 2009

VGA 2009 Game Debuts

Some of the hinted games to be released on the year 2010 were finally showed on the recent Video Game Awards 2009 a few days ago. Some of them were sequels of multi-awarded games while others from a revived classic franchises.

So here are the Debut Trailers of the games:

Halo Reach

Batman Arkham Asylum 2

Medal of Honor

Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2


Spec Ops: The Line

Crackdown 2

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

plus many more...
other VGA world premieres

And here are the categories and winners from the concluded Video Game Awards:

Best Voice in a Video Game: Jack Black as Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend
Best Cast: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Best Performance by a Human Male: Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Best Performance by a Human Female: Megan Fox in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Best Indie Game Fueled by Dew: Flower
Best Downloadable Game: Shadow Complex
Best Downloadable Content: GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Best Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Best Soundtrack: DJ Hero
Best Original Score: Halo 3: ODST
Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play
Best Multiplayer Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Best Action/Adventure: Assassin’s Creed 2
Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport 3
Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter 4
Best Music Game: Beatles Rock Band
Best RPG: Dragon Age: Origins
Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Best Team Sports Game: NHL 10
Best Individual Sports Game: UFC 2009 Undisputed
Studio of the Year: Rocksteady Studios for Batman: Arkham Asylum
Best PlayStation 3 Game: Uncharted 2
Best Wii Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Best Xbox 360 Game: Left 4 Dead 2
Best Handheld Game: GTA: Chinatown Wars
Best PC Game: Dragon Age Origins
Most Anticipated Game: God of War 3
Game of the Year: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two in One Christmas Event

4th Christmas Cosplay Catwalk Show

Join as we celebrate Christmas with our Cosplay friends at the 4th Annual Toys and Collectibles Christmas Fair and Manila Toys and Gift Show.

This will be on December 20, 2009 at the Megatrade Hall 2, 5th floor, Building B of SM Megamall. Be in your best Cosplay with a blend of Christmas theme. Anyone can participate and open to all categories No limits in number of participant, it can be in a individual or group catwalk

Be there before 4:00 PM near the stage area, The Christmas Cosplay Catwalk Show will start at exact 4:00 PM

Anyone can participate wearing your costume and portraying your favorite Character.

Be an Anime/Comics/Gaming / Movie character for just a day. Suit up your costume, colored hair, big props, and some cosplay attitude.

walk ins are allowed to participate.
to participate the cosplay catwalk show, please register here at

4th Annual Toys and Collectibles Christmas Fair

Christmas time is definitely the time of the year for Toys. As the demand for gifts and toys rise during this season, people look all around town for the best bargains, the best finds and the most sought after toys of the year.

That is why Collectibles Unlimited in partnership with the SM Megatrade Hall proudly bring you the “4th Annual Toys and Collectibles Christmas Fair 2009″ in line with the SM Megamall’s “Manila Toys & Gift Show 2009″. Now on its fourth year, the Christmas Toyfair features the best selection of kiddie toys, dolls, action figures, die cast cars, licensed merchandising and high end collectibles this side of town.

The event will also be highlighted by toy bazaars and sales, raffles and games. Another highly anticipated activity is the live auction where kids and collectors bid for highly sought-after items and win them for way below their actual value.

This year’s Christmas Toyfair will be held at the SM Megatrade Hall 3, from Dec 16 to 22, 2009, from 10: 00 AM to 10:00 PM.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ragnarok DS is a go

Fans of the ever popular MMORPG Ragnarok online will rejoice as XSeed Games is set to release the english version of Ragnarok DS on February 2010.

And that's not all, fans will be able to get some freebies for their Ragnarok Online avatars when they purchased Ragnarok DS

Each retail copy comes includes a Ragnarok Online setting out on my journey pack, which contains three virtual items:

- Shaman earring: increases intelligence
- Shaman ring: increases maximum HP and SP recovery
- Shaman’s hair decoration: increased resistance to attacks

Pre-order Ragnarok DS and you also get a Ragnarok Online prepared for adventure pack with four more goodies:

- Audumra’s benefit: increased experience points and damage from monsters
- Odin Mask: additional damage against certain monsters
- Hermode Cap: increased attack speed
- Bijofnil’s wing decoration: chance of increasing minimum and maximum weapon attack

Sadly, this is for the US servers, unless Level Up! games in the Philippines can find a way for the local players.

Ragnarok DS is based on the popular MMORPG of Gravity Games, although the DS version is not entirely MMO-based, there is a multiplayer option, Players can partner with two friends and take on the Tower of Mirages via local wireless or Nintendo Wi-Fi. The tower has over 50 randomly generated floors filled with rare items to explore.

Here's the trailer for the english version of Ragnarok DS

source: http://www.siliconera.com

New BlazBlue Portable Trailer

Arc System Work's popular fighting game BlazBlue will unleashed their portable version to the PlayStation Portable this coming February in Japan. A digital and UMD version are scheduled to be released in the same date.

BlazBlue Portable has extra modes like Legion mode, a newly created system where players take control of nodes by winning BlazBlue fights, and an ad-hoc four player mode. You can also unlock unlimited mode characters plus illustrations in the Shopping mode.

Here's the newly released trailer of BlazBlue Portable:

And for comparison, below is the video of the PS3 version of BlazBlue on Remote Play on the PSP:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

100 A Buttons in 100 NES games

How many times have you press the A button in your NES controller? tens? hundreds? or even thousands? Do you still remember what would happen when you press that button in some of the games?

Gamesradar managed to compile 100 NES games and see what's gonna happen when they press the A button. It's kind of crazy but at least you'll remember some of the classic games at the same time.

Monday, December 7, 2009

When 2D remake goes the different way

We've seen a lot of remakes from classic games, from the successful to the epic fail, from developers to the fan mades. But for this one it's recreated as a Half Life 2 Mod

The dudes at Machinima.com just upload not one, but three HF2 Mods from classic NES games
the Mod designs created the first levels of the game, with a 2D side-scroll feel, which was pretty impressive and funny as you'll feel nostalgic when you try the Mods.

Okay here are the vids of the mods, enjoy

Super Mario Bros.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy 15th Anniversary, PlayStation!

It all started on December 3, 1994 when Sony decided to launch their very first gaming console to the world: the PlayStation. And after 15 years, they've made a mark in history.

But before creating what to be the best gaming console in history, they made an attempt to create a CD-based console with Nintendo, but the plan never went well and Sony decided to go solo. This attempt was a big gamble for them, as they are still new to the gaming business, but they never hesitated to wage a console war with Sega and Nintendo at that time, but as the smoke was cleared, Sony was emerged victorious.

And now, after more than a decade, they've released several new consoles, although some were not that successful, no other companies can outmatch the great success of the very first PlayStation.

Happy birthday PlayStation!!, you can join the celebration by visiting their celebratory site

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Life after the Blacksword

It's been months since I left Granado Espada, although I already moved on to a better path, I still miss the good old GE days. But if it wasn't for GE, I won't be able to meet great friends and to experience one of the great MMOs.

I've played Granado Espada for 2 years since April 2007 and started Reimaru Files on late November of 2007 and so far it was all worth the days. From the 2 years, I've become a game mentor, a game blogger and then a community crew for Granado Espada and it was a great experience.

So for this post, I would like to thank all the people who've become part of this great epic, people who I was able to share in this fantastic experience during my Granado Espada days and up until today.

and Reimaru Files will still continue to grow even after leaving GE, but will still remember those good old days...