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Monday, January 31, 2011

EA Arena

Last Sunday, Datablitz and Cyberzone recently held EA Arena, a gaming event at SM Annex, SM North. EA Arena offered freeplay of some of Electronic Arts' (EA) best selling games for different consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC) which includes NBA Jam and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, they also held the game launch of Dead Space 2, the sequel to the top rated Sci-Fi Horror game. There were booths from Razer, Cooling Master, Asus and Lenovo that showcased some of their latest products for gaming.

It's the first time I played the Dead Space game, and it was great, the suspense of the dark, creepy environment really intensified the gameplay experience, as well as having powerful weaponries. I'd probably buy a copy of Dead Space 2 and also the first Dead Space game this February.

You can check out the trailer to get the idea on how scary Dead Space 2 is:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

X-Men First Class

I know a lot of you were disappointed with the 2009 movie X-Men Origins, but another X-Men is scheduled to be shown this year entitled X-Men: First Class which focus more on the origin of the mutant team.

X-Men: First Class is set during the 1960's where it will also focus on the relationship between Charles Xavier and Magneto along with the origin of their groups: the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

There is still no trailers being released for the movie as of this moment, but there was an official image of the team's costume which resembles the original 1960's costume.

And here are the characters, from left to right:
  • Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender)
  • Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne)
  • Emma Frost (January Jones)
  • Azazel (Jason Flemyng)
  • Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult)
  • Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till)
  • Angel Salvadore (Zoe Kravitz)
  • Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy)

You would notice that only Beast is the only member in the movie that was the original member in the very first X-Men team (the 1960's comics if you were actually reading the X-Men comics).
I still have a mixed reaction for this movie, but let's hope that this would be better than the last movie X-Men movies.

X-Men: First Class will be directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by Bryan Singer, the movie will be in theaters June 3, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Aika Global Unleashes First Major Patch

Well it's been a long time since I post news and updates for MMO games, so it's time to dust off the MMO section :D

First off, a new major patch for Aika Global; which is published by Redbana Philippines, has arrived. It offers more dungeons, monsters, items and an increased level cap.

  • The level cap in Aika has been increased from 60 to 70, giving players another round of race of the strongest.
  • Players who reached level 61 will get 12 status points and 2 status points when you reached level 62.
  • A new area, Termes, is now accessible for high level players.
  • New monsters ranges from level 60 to 70 have begun lurking in the area, giving players more monsters to hunt.
  • New equipments, weapons and armors for level 65 such as Honor gears are now available as well as level 64 Superior equipments.
  • New skills for each class at levels 61, 65 and 69.

For more details on the update, you check out Aika Global's update page.

You can try the game by visiting their Official Website

Friday, January 28, 2011

Back for More Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Updates

Just a few days left and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will be unleashed to your PlayStation 3 and Xbnox 360 consoles, but this doesn't stop Cacpcom to give us more updates on the character roster.
This time they've added the Sentinel (X-Men) for the Marvel side and Hsien-Ko (Darkstalkers) for the Capcom side.

Check out the character trailers to find out more on their trademark moves.

Sentinel Trailer

Hsien-Ko Trailer


Disguise: Ateneo Cosplay Event
January 29, 2011 10am-4PM
Ateneo de Manila High School, High School Serendra
Entrance Fee: PhP70

details: Facebook Page

Behold The Next Generation Portable

The rumors are finally over, Sony has now unveiled their successor to their portable console the PlayStation Portable. Codenamed "NGP" or Next Generation Portable was announced at a press conference in Tokyo last night, it was scheduled to make its debut at the end of 2011.

Now let's take a look on the NGP's key features*:
  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Two cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
  • PlayStation Network access, including ““LiveArea™”, “Near” and “Activity” log features Trophy Support
  • NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.

And here are the technical specs* of the NGP:
CPUARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
External DimensionsApprox. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
(Touch screen)
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch padMulti touch pad (capacitive type)
CamerasFront camera, Rear camera
SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
SensorsSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
LocationBuilt-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / SwitchesPS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communicationsMobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

And these are the game lineups* that were mentioned on the press conference (titles are not final):
  • Killzone
  • Uncharted
  • WipEout
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Call of Duty
  • Resistance
  • Little Deviants
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Reality Fighters
  • Gravity Daze
  • Smart As
  • Broken
  • Hustle Kings

*note: These were taken from the Official PlayStation Blog

You can check the videos for the demo of some games as well as some footage from the press conference (videos from Game On and Gamespot):

From the looks of it, Sony has ditched the 3D feature that Nintendo was going to offer with their 3DS, although Sony was hailed as the "Champion of 3D" for the 3D features in their home theater products, so it's surprising that they never added this feature. And with the lack of a UMD drive, the NGP is going all out for digital downloads and also promises backward compatibility, where you can play PSP, PSN, PS2 and PS1 games. Another absent from the press con was the PSP Phone, there were leaked images and videos of the said device but Sony is still mum about it.

And finally the pricing, there are still no announcement on the final pricing of the NGP, some speculate that it will be priced at around $300-350, but there's a chance that they will adjust the price to compete with the Nintendo 3DS $250 price tag.

Hopefully more questions can be answered in the following weeks and probably on E3 this coming June. So let's wait and see.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

All New Thundercats

I just found this link from Facebook and it shows the very first image of the upcoming Thundercats cartoons, this was taken from a London Toy Fair.

From the looks of it, the new series is now very anime-inspired, a big change from the classic version. There was also a Trailer in the said convention that shows the promotional ad along with interviews from the cast, it also showed the character designs of the Kittens, Snarf and Mumm-Ra, which was said were almost identical to original design.

There were no announcements of a scheduled release for the cartoons as well as a toyline release.

For comparison, here's an image of the Thundercats from the Wildstorm comic version:

*edited: Just added another screenshot of the new Thundercats

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

EA Arena

EA Arena
January 30 (Sunday), 2011
4th floor Cyberzone area, SM Annex, SM City North EDSA
Game launch of Dead Space 2
Free game play of Dead Space 2, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, EA Sport Action 2 and NBA Jam

Monday, January 24, 2011

PUP Otaku Xperience

PUP Otaku Xperience
March 4 (Friday), 2011
6:00Pm-9:ooPM for the main event
PUP Freedom Plaza, PUP Sta. Mesa
No Entrance Fee

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Duke Nukem is Finally Coming Back

Yes he's coming back, after more than a decade of waiting, Duke Nukem is going kick ass and chew bubble gum once again. Gearbox Software has finally finished Duke Nukem Forever and announced that it will be out on May 3, 2011 in multiple platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). The game was originally announced to release last 1997 by 3D Realms as a sequel to Duke Nukem 3D.

1997 PC Gamer cover

Duke Nukem Forever was revealed by Gearbox Software on last year's Penny Arcade Expo that they will going to release (for real) the game in early 2011 and also showed a playable demo on the said convention.

As of now Gearbox Software just revealed a new trailer of Duke Nukem Forever along with the announced release date, you can check out the video below:

You can check the official website for more details

Hail to the King baby!

Friday, January 21, 2011

And More Updates on Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Capcom just added two more characters to the upcoming fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, which will be in stores February 15 and Gametrailers.com just uploaded the two new character trailers, and they are Akuma (Street Fighter series) for the Capcom side and TaskMaster (Deadpool's nemesis) for the Marvel side.

You can check out the videos below:

Akuma Trailer

TaskMaster Trailer

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

4th Philippine Cosplay Convention

4th Philippine Cosplay Convention
March 5, 2011
Midtown Atrium, Robinson's Place Manila

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced

Final Fantasy fans will surely rejoice with the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII-2, a direct sequel to the thirteenth installment to the mega giant game franchise Final Fantasy XIII. FF XIII-2 will be release on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and is scheduled next winter.

There were no details on the timeline of the story, but Square-Enix mentioned that this will be the true sequel for the original game, they also confirmed that Lightning will still be the protagonist on FFXIII-2 with a brand new story and a "much evolved" battle system.

Before the announcement, there were already rumors that a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII was already planned when the FinalFantasy13-2Game.com domain name was registered last week.

This will be the fourth Final Fantasy to have a direct sequel which includes Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Final Fantasy IV: After Years

You can check the official or rather teaser site of Final Fantasy XIII-2:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mushrooms!!! Hundreds of Them

Mushrooms, it's one of those power ups Mario needs to rescue the Princess. Though it has few varieties, this gives Deviant art member MyBurningEyes a reason to cook up 120 different varieties of Mushrooms.

You can recognize some mushroom varieties from other notable video games and also some ordinary objects that make the mushrooms look so darn adorable.

You can view the whole gallery by opening the image below:

as seen from Kotaku

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bringing Games to The Real World

Playing video games can sometimes makes you wonder, can some of these really be possible in the real world? Well one show tried to find out if some of the concepts in the video game world can be applied to the real world.

Roosterteeth, the team behind some of the popular machinimas like Red Vs. Blue unveils a new series called Immersion, which is like the Myth Busters, but for video games.

Immersion covers the what ifs in gaming to the real world such as driving a car in a third person view, making headshots against a horde of zombies, online game trash talk distractions, side scrolling in real life, bringing a ton of weapons in a single run and even how can cosplay girls fight in a battle.

All of those questions will be answered by watching their series, the show is really hilarious especially if you are a true gamer. The show just ended their first season and has already attained millions of view on Youtube. You can watch the first two episodes of Immersion below and the complete first season here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome to The All New Reimaru Files

Yep, as you can notice, The Reimaru Files just got a new layout, a much fresher and cleaner look compared to the previous years where the blog had more of a darker feel.

And aside from that, we will be offering more contents and features to keep you guys updated on games, animes, movies, collectibles and the epic lolz on the internet. So stick around folks, Reimaru Files has reached level 3...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Update for 2011

For the start of the year 2011, Capcom decided to give us another set of roster info for their most anticipated fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Gametrailers has uploaded the character trailers for the two additions to the large roster, and they are Mike Haggar (Final Fight) for Capcom and Phoenix(that can also transform into Dark Phoenix) for Marvel

Mike Haggar Trailer

Phoenix Trailer

Cladun: This Is An RPG Game Review

Nippon Ichi Software or NIS, the creators of Disgaea and Phantom Brave, released a retro-style RPG for the PlayStation Portable entitled Cladun: This Is An RPG!, will this game be a hit despite having retro-style graphics?

The storyline was pretty simple, two adventurers fell into the world of Arcanus Cella, a not-your-average magical world, where they meet different people in that world and started their own adventure in Arcanus Cella. A fun part here is that you watch the end by leaving the world through a cave, even at a start of the game, but of course the ending varies as you progress into the game. The script in the game is pretty hilarious, with different punchlines and references from popular pop cultures.

Cladun, which stands for Classic Dungeon is a dungeon crawling RPG that pretty reminds you of 2D Zelda games. But that doesn't mean that Cladun is just a copycat game, the game features a random generated dungeon that reaches up to the 99th level (but of course that part is just optional) and also a deep character development system called the Magic Circle, where you place your sub characters in a slot along with some stats boosting items to attach, there are also different sets of magic circles to suit your character class, and you can experiment with the system to create your ultimate character, but do take note that the other characters that you added in the Magic Circle will gain experience at any battle as well sharing a single HP with your main character, and if any of the character dies in battle, you will a portion of the stats that were allocated from that particular character. Your sub characters will gain stats when they level up but your main will only gain HP bonuses when it levels up, so you have to switch your main to a sub character in order for it to gain bonus stats.

Another cool feature is that you can design your own character, from pixel to pixel, if you are the creative type, you can generate your favorite characters from other games in classic 8-bit design, and another cool part, you can get to choose which final boss you will going to face in your final showdown.

The graphics are all in classic 8-bit style design. this will definitely give the old-school gamers a nostalgic feel on Cladun, but players who are in the 3D-era might be a bit turned off when they see the retro-style graphics.

The music in Cladun was also good, aside from that you can choose from the original version or the classic 8-bit tune version which will complete your classic gaming experience.

There is also a multiplayer function which includes a co-op mode and a deathmatch mode that will give more ample time to enjoy Cladun with your friends.

Cladun is one great RPG that'll give 20+ hours of game time and it doesn't even include the optional dungeons, add taht up and that'll will double your game time. This is definite must-have for classic gaming lovers but some RPG fans might get mixed reactions because of the complexity of the Magic Circle system and with the 8-bit graphics, but overall Cladun is still one decent RPG.

Game Rating: 8 out of 10

Cladun: This Is An RPG! was developed and published by NIS

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Best in Gaming for 2010

The year 2010 was a blast for gaming, with new console and peripheral announcements such as Miscrosoft Xbox Kinect and the PlayStation Move (which reminds you of a certain console) and the Nintendo 3DS. But let's not forget the games that made their mark on the year 2010.

So let's take a look on the games that made on the top list of the best on their respective consoles:

Gametrailers held their annual Game of The Year Awards to grade which games are the top hitters and which are not

Best PSP Game

Best DS Game

Best PC Game

Best Wii Game

Best PlayStation 3 Game

Best Xbox 360 Game

You can check the rest of the awards from their website.

Gamespot made an year end report in the gaming world to review all the ups and downs in the industry for the year 2010 from the 1st quarter up to the 4th.

Year in Review Q1

Year in Review Q2

Year in Review Q3

Year in Review Q4

For the rest of the special awards, you can find it on their website.

And finally IGN and Gamesradar made a special report on which console held as the best in 2010 and some defining moments in gaming.

So were your games on the list? With a great blast on 2010, there's definitely a good reason to look forward on 2011, and we will be there to find it out.