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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Here Comes a New Fighting Game

Yes folks, there's a new fighting game in the works, as it was announced during a panel discussion with the Street Fighter team at the San Diego Comic Con last weekend.

It all started when Yoshinori Ono (the guy who work on the original Street Fighter series) is having a panel discussion until Katsuhiro Harada (the producer of Tekken) shows up and interrupted the discussion, and after giving away free Tekken 6 games to Street Fighter fans in the room, Harada joined up with Ono to announce their upcoming fighting game project Street Fighter X Tekken, yes folks it's crossover fighting game from two popular fighting game franchise.

Teaser Trailer

They even reveal a teaser trailer of Street Fighter X Tekken to the audience, where they gave a roaring applause on their positive response to the upcoming game. Capcom wasn't new to these kind of crossovers, as they also collaborated with SNK (creators of the King of Fighters, Samurai Showdown) to create a fighting game during the end of the millennium. And Capcom also collaborated with Namco for a crossover Strategy RPG Namco X Capcom.

Gameplay Video

After player the teaser trailer, Ono and Harada also announced the game will have two versions: one will be develop by Capcom (using the SF4 engine) while the other by Namco (Tekken 6 engine). And to prove that the game is already in the works, they popped up a Bluray disc into the PlayStation 3 and showed a playable demo of the game itself.

Panel Discussion Video

As of now there's still no announcement on when the game will be release, probably a few months or a year after the release of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (well it's just a guess)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Two New Character Videos for MVC3

Here's the new batch of videos from the San Diego Comic Con 2010, and it features character videos for Amaterasu of Okami and the Mighty Thor.

Enjoy the epic videos

Amaterasu Trailer

Thor Trailer

Battle Gameplay

Friday, July 23, 2010

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Full Roster Leaked?

There's a supposed information leak of the full roster for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (which I made an update a while ago) from haduken.net, although it is still unconfirmed, but they said that the leaked was found from a glitch on the website.

Here's the leaked full roster:
Note: This is still unconfirmed if the leaked information is true or accurate, but if you compare the names to the silhouettes on the image above (click to enlarge), there's a possibility.

Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Mr Fantastic, Captain America, Iron Man, War Machine (alternate Iron Man outfit) Elektra, Thor, X-23 (X-men, Female clone of Wolverine), Magneto, Dr Doom, Shuma-Gorath (from Marvel Vs Street Fighter), Emma Frost (X-Men), Deadpool, Super Skrull, Taskmaster (Deadpool's nemesis), Juggernaut, She-Hulk

Ryu, Mike Haggar (Final Fight), Frank West (Dead Rising), Chuck (alternate Frank West outfit), Spencer (Bionic Commando), Dante, Chris Redfield, Morrigan, Arthur (Ghosts & Goblins), Amaterasu (Okami) , Albert Wesker (Resident Evil), Zero, Chun-li, Viewtiful Joe, Trish (Devil May Cry), Tron Bonne (Megaman Legends), Hsien-Ko (Darkstalkers), Akuma, Felicia (Darkstalkers)

More Characters on Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Capcom just revealed some more characters for their upcoming epic fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 at the San Diego Comic Con. They featured a trailer revealing the new batch of characters, and they are: Doctor Doom, Chun Li, Super Skrull (Fantasic Four) and Trisha (Devil May Cry) and also a new character trailer from the first batch

Trailer of the new batch of characters

New Character Trailer

Gameplay Trailer

And not only that, Marvel also unveiled two more characters: Thor and (*gasp*) Amaterasu of Okami, and they leaked some images of the two characters, you can also see a set of silhouettes on the background too, can you guess who're included? I will be posting more updates again in the coming days.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Zombie Food Anyone?

Yeah killing an endless horde of zombies can be tiring, so what's the solution if you ran out of ammo? Well just do what the zombies do, eat them....

Well it sounds crazy, but one company just had this crazy idea and decided to sell zombie jerkies, yes zombie jerkies. Well of course they are not really made of real rotting flesh, they are basically beef jerkies with matching green goo oozing on the greenish meat and also comes with a Teriyucky flavor.

Harcos Laboratories, the guys behind the zombie meat also claims that their zombies "are fed only the best farm-raised produce", now that's a promising claim. They may look disturbing, but if you're into zombies, well what the heck :D

And not only that, they also sell Zombie Blood, with matching green blood color (but in reality these are caffeinated energy drinks)

For more info on these wacky but cool foods, just visit their site: livingwithbloodlust.com/zombie
(oh yeah they also offer Blood Energy Potion for those vampire wannabes, and also the much famous Mana Potions)

You can also join their Facebook Fan Page by visiting here: ZombiesAreDelicious

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Super Easy Mode!!

Some games are really tough, it gives us players real frustration when we try to beat th game, but the game just owns us, good thing there's an easy mode on some games, but what if the game just gotten a lot more easier than you expected?

College Humor imagine this kind of scenario and made up a video on what would some games look like if they have a super-easy mode.

Enjoy the video and get yourself a big LOL moment.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kid's Backyard Games, Video Gamer Style

Do you remember when you were still a kid, those old days where you and your kid friend play in the school yard during recess or in your backyard or nearby street just to play those good ol' street games like patintero, tumbang preso or even luksong tinik?

Those times were really fun right? Too bad kids today just stay indoors, either at home or probably at a nearby Gaming Cafe playing online games, well the kids (and even you!) can try this classic backyards games, with a little hint of video gaming taste to give a rather new twist to backyard games.

The guys at Kotaku has done it again, out of amusement, they made a collection of games that you can do outdoors, although these outdoors games doesn't have a Pinoy feel, but if you're a gamer dude you might try these.

From Pac-Man to Space Invaders to Metal Gear Solid, you can also download the instructions manual in PDF format if you want to try these out.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Game Review

Hideo Kojima finally release a new chapter for his epic masterpiece franchise Metal Gear with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and it is only available for the PlayStation Portable, promising better gameplay and more action for the portable console. will this proves that small consoles can pack a big game similar to next-gen consoles?

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the sixth PSP MGS game (if you include MGS: Digital Graphic Novel) and takes place ten years after the events in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and four years after Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. The game continues the story of Big Boss aka Naked Snake as he leads his newly formed mercenary group Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF) where they investigate a mysterious armed group deployed in Costa Rica.

The gameplay is still similar to the traditional MGS gameplay; classic stealth action game, that is, you can sneak behind enemies and perform CQC (Close Quarter Combat) or you can shoot tranquilizer darts to knock them out, but once you get detected, more enemies will storm out in the area to eliminate you, in this case you can either hide or completely neutralize the whole opposition. You can opt to go stealth or go gung-ho. They also added the camouflage system from MGS3 to the game, giving you more advantage when going stealth.

The bad side is the PSP's limited buttons and lack of a second analog stick making some buttons to have multiple functions, and using the directional button as camera control and the analog stick as movement can give the players to maneuver and navigate to the areas, especially during boss battles, good thing they featured a new control setting similar that from the shooter control from MGS4 (making the triangle, circle, square and X buttons as camera control) giving that FPS-like controls to Peace Walker, although this could give some who are new to these kind of configurations a tough time to master.

The game is divided into missions similar that from Portable Ops, where the in-game save feature is remove and replacing it with post-mission saves. The Main Ops focus on the main story of Peace Walker while Extra Ops is more of a VR Mission-like missions, these composed of simple tasks like reaching a goal point without being detected to more difficult missions like defeating a hard version of a boss encountered in the Main Ops, and just like in VR Missions, EX Ops offers more than 100 missions.

Boss battle missions in Peace Walker is a real pain in the ass to beat, and sometimes it encourage you to beat in Co-Op (but still they can be finished even in single player), and one of the coolest part here is the enormous size of the bosses, especially the AI bosses, some event the size of a building, giving you that epic battle feel when encountering a boss. Some certain boss battles let you capture vehicles and use them for your army, and midway through the game, you get to salvage parts from AI bosses to build your very secret weapon (it starts with an M), so secret that you have to play the game to know more about it. There's also a special guest from a very familiar monster from a very familiar monster game franchise.

During missions, you an rescue POWs (Prisoners of War) or capture enemy soldiers and turn them into your recruit for your mercenary group MSF which is similar to the recruit feature of Portable Ops. Instead of carrying soldiers to the truck, you can instantly transport them via Fulton Recovery, a parachute device use to recover soldiers for you army, the idea is more of an oddball and fictional, and later in the game, you can get to recruit soldier via WiFi access. Recruited personnels can be assigned to different tasks to improve your Mother Base; homebase of MSF, tasks such as R&D (Research and Development) to develop new weapons, Mess Hall for food supplies, Combat for your army strength, soldiers in the Combat category can be deployed on Outer Ops (a mini strategy game) to get funds, you can also use the captured vehicles to Outer Ops. Having a base management feature adds more replay value to Peace Walker, giving you more reason to play again after completing the game.

One of the major things you will notice on Peace Walker is the ability to play with a friend via Co-Ops in both Main Ops and Extra Ops, the first Metal Gear game where you can play multiplayer in a main story. Co-Op feature is one of the key features of Peace Walker, and it has some advantages. You and your friend can go into "Snake in" a co-op buff that grants you increased life and defense as well as a "Snake Formation" where the player in front will control the movement while the player behind will focus in shooting. Aside from Co-Op mode, there's also the Versus mode with classic modes like deathmatch and capture the base.

The graphics is just amazing, at a first glance, you wouldn't notice this as a portable console game, but from a PlayStation 2 game. The maps in the game are fully detailed, the trees in the jungles to the vehicles such as tanks and helicopters. Cutscenes are presented in a form of animated comics similar to the ones in Portable Ops with artworks from Yoji Shinkawa and Ashley Wood. In addition to the animated artwork cutscenes, there are also quick time events during the scenes to keep players entertained during the lengthy scenes.

Voice acting is still impressive as ever, having the Hollywood-like performance, as David Hayter also returns to lend his voice as Snake. Peace Walker offers almost hours of dialog from cutscenes to mission briefing files. Soundtrack is still epic along with good theme songs like Heaven's Divide by Donna Burke and Koi No Yokushi Ryoku by Nana Mizuki.

If you are a Metal Gear fan, PSP owner or even a stealth game fan, you shouldn't miss this game. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has tons of replay value with lots Easter Eggs giving you hours of gaming action, and this another reason for you go multiplayer with play with your friends. In other words, you should get Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Game Rating: 10 out of 10
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Rise of The Monster Hunters

If you own a PlayStation Portable, chances are, you've already played at least one Monster Hunter game, and even fortunate enough to play it on multiplayer.

In Japan, the Monster Hunter was a huge hit, it even has its own MMO version of the popular franchise. Here in the Philippines, Monster Hunter is quite popular for the PSP gamers, you can see a group of guys in corporate suits playing the portable version at a fastfood chain or even in a famous coffee shop.

Hunting monsters with a group of friends is very fulfilling, and probably this the secret winning formula of Capcom for their monster franchise (the Giant monster vs. group of players kind of formula), so it wouldn't be surprising to see other game developers to follow this formula.

Namco Bandai releases God Eater for the PSP last February 4 in Japan and will release an English version in 2011. The game has some similarities with Monster Hunter and it boasts over 100 missions for both single and multiplayer modes, you can get to switch your weapon easily from melee or range.

Even the famous anime Naruto is joining the monster craze, Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive will focus more on team battles (more multiplayer action) and some "Tailed Beasts" monster battles, so it's probably going to have a small hint of Monster Hunter feel to the game. Namco Bandai will be the ones who will release the Naruto game but no news if there will be an English release. Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive will arrive this year.

Square-Enix (the people behind the Final Fantasy series) is also joining the fray, with their upcoming game Lord of Arcana. Set in the world of Horodyn, players take on the role of slayers trying to get their hands on the incredible power of Arcana. The game will feature 4 four player Ad-Hoc gameplay with tons of missions and Downloadable Contents for additional missions. Lord of Arcana is set to release on August 19 in Japan and a confirmed release in Europe.

But Konami, on the other hand, made a different approach. Instead of borrowing the concepts from Monster Hunter, they borrowed the franchise itself, by collaborating with Capcom for their famous stealth action game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Peace Walker has a secret Monster Hunter mission where you get to duke it out head-to-head with some famous monsters from Monster Hunter. You can get the secret mission by watching this guide from Gametrailers (and I'll be making a review for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker in the coming days, so stay tuned for that).

Monster Hunter may not be the one who invented the concept of Giant monster hunting with friends, but they did manage to make it a hit for a portable console that inspire others to follow and give the players more games to enjoy.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Metro Comic Con 2010

August 21-22, 2010
Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

Friday, July 2, 2010

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 Game Review

Fans of the hit anime Naruto will surely get the newest game Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 from CyberConnect2. The Japanese developer was already developing previous Naruto games since the PlayStation 2, and this is their 3rd Naruto fighting game for the PlayStation Portable. But will this fighting game deserves to be the on the blockbuster list, or should it be cloak into the shadows and be ignored, let's find out...

The story in the game takes place during the beginning of the Shippuden series, where Naruto returns to their village after two years of training. Some parts of the storyline was slightly changed to fit in the game and to avoid newcomers to the Naruto series to get confused with some plots from the previous series.

There are several game modes in Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3, aside from the traditional free battle and multiplayer battle, there's the Master Road. It's more of a story mode where you progresses through the story by completing missions, this composed of conditioned battles against 1 or more opponents to side-scroll adventure where you need to reach the goal or defeat a number of opponents within the time limit. As you progress through the Master Road, you get to unlock characters, jutsu attacks and bonus materials. There are tons to unlock, but with missions that are really repetitive makes it annoying to complete the story mode, but the good part here is that 1 to 3 players can join your mission via Ad-Hoc.

The game has simple controls: Circle for the regular attacks (you can also make combos with the Circle attack), Square for the weapon attack, Triangle for the special jutsu attack (you can combine Triangle with the Circle attack) and X for the dash, you can also perform Awakening attacks and every character have different Awakening attacks that grant special conditions. Despite having customizable jutsu attacks in every characters, the controls rather feel stiff, and it's very easy to perform combo attacks by just button mashing, and the controls doesn't feel right during the side-scroll adventure missions.

Graphics in the game are just average, although the Ultimate jutsu attack scenes are still fun to watch. Cutscenes in the Master Road involved conversations with still portraits with some simple animated effects to flesh out the story. As for the audio, you can get to choose between the Japanese dub and the American dub, but I'm pretty sure that most of you will opt for the Japanese dub.

Multiplayer is the major plus in Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 as now you can duke it out with 3 other players in Ad-Hoc either in a tag team of free for all, yet sadly, the control issues can drag the multiplayer funfactor down, but still playable.

Overall Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 could have been better if they improve the controls and added some unique gameplay features. The multiplayer is still fun, you just have to bear the stiff controls. Naruto fans will still enjoy the game, but if you are looking for a good multiplayer fighting game, you might opt to find somewhere else.

Game Rating: 6 out of 10

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 was developed by CyberConnect2 and was published by Namco Bandai Games.