Archive for July, 2007

Avatar: Burning Earth

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming on July 31, 2007 by thelonegamer

With news of the Third Season Premiere of Avatar: The Last Airbender this September 21, Avatar fans are in for a big treat as well later this year with the coming of the second Avatar game, Avatar the Last Airbender: The Burning Earth.

Set for release this October, the game is set during the Second Season of Avatar, or Book of Earth, as players try to thwart a Fire Nation plot to conquer the Earth Kingdom. Aside from Aang, Katara and Sokka from the first game, playable characters will include Earthbending protege Toph, Jet the freedom fighter and even Fire Nation renegades Prince Zuko and Uncle Iroh. Even animal mascots Appa and Momo will be playable in what are described to be ‘Dramatic Air Battles’.

Aside from the main adventure game, there will be an Arena-type fighting mode where you can pit your favorite characters against various opponents.

So far, trailers have revealed that characters like the evil Princess Azula and her cronies Ty Lee and Mai will appear as antagonists; it is unknown if they will be playable in some way. The voice acting will also be performed by the actors from the TV show. By the time the game hits on Xbox360, PS2, Wii, DS and GBA, the first episodes of Book of Fire will have premiered, so we can look forward to much elemental fun later this year.

Dead or Alive Still Kicking

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming on July 31, 2007 by thelonegamer

Recently, Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki conducted a phone interview with the people behind the DOA Fansite, DOA Central. Apart from stuff about appreciating the fans for continuing to support DOA4, very few snippets were revealed about the inevitable DOA5. Yes, it IS coming, but so far Itagaki isn’t talking about specifics. What was mentioned is that Tecmo’s Team Ninja is actually referring to fan forums for input and suggestions, one of which was buffing up the Tag Team mode in DOA. But so far… nothing really. It’s safe to say though that any future DOA game will still have the babes and the boobs. Where the story will focus after the destruction of DOATEC in the last game, is still open for speculation.

Bottom-line, don’t expect DOA5 this year, or even next year. Team Ninja loves to take their time. Soul Calibur IV and Tekken 6 will be firmly in our consoles long before we see a lot of Kasumi and the gang again. But that’s just me. Let’s just see who comes first… DOA5 or Virtua Fighter 5 Evolution or VF6.

A Movie of Souls and Swords

Posted in Game to Movies, Gaming on July 30, 2007 by thelonegamer

Soul Calibur movie poster
Not your ordinary slasher flick.

Here’s the apparent teaser poster for the Soul Calibur movie, which I found posted at Fighter’s Generation. It doesn’t say or show much, but if we were to infer anything from it, we may be in for a treat. Perhaps the film adaptation of Namco’s Other big fighting franchise will be a tad darker than the games; the poster kinda evokes a Frank Frazetta/Death Dealer feel… or perhaps a bit of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (which may or may not be a bad thing).

There hasn’t been much info on this except that the production is being handled by the company Second Degree Media, and they have a website for the movie here . It’s pretty safe to say Nightmare will probably be in there, I think. And Siegfried, probably. The plot is, obviously, built around Soul Edge, in this movie a shape-shifting weapon that every would-be ruler of the land craves and covets. This may easily turn into a car crash, or it could be pretty awesome. 2008 then.

Resident Evil: Extinction

Posted in Game to Movies, Gaming on July 30, 2007 by thelonegamer

The third and perhaps final chapter of the game-based horror-action movie series sees the hot Milla Jovovich reprising her role as Alice, the genetically-altered super soldier and perhaps last hope for mankind in the face of extinction by zombie armageddon. From the trailer, it appears that the nefarious Umbrella organization has been trying to clone Alice for their purposes, but their copies always end up short. The real article is in the now-deserted wastes of Las Vegas, battling zombies and mutants alongside Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and other survivors. Debuting in Extinction is Ali Larter (Nikki from Heroes) as Claire, most probably Claire Redfield from the games.

So, will Alice be the hope for mankind? Or will she send us all packing for oblivion? We’ll just have to see.

I really haven’t been that much of a fan of the RE movies (I didn’t like the first one too much, and the second just escaped my attention somehow), but this third one has me intrigued. It’s still a ways off, so I’ll probably try to watch the first two films before this one creeps up into theaters. Anyway, for now check out the latest and best trailer for the movie, which was featured in the recently-concluded San Diego Comic Convention. Resident Evil: Extinction is set for general release on September 21.

Fury of a Woman Scorned

Posted in Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming on July 28, 2007 by thelonegamer

HEY! It’s Elektra FINALLY done right!

Nah, I’m kidding of course. This is actually a cool CG trailer for the upcoming PC online RPG, Fury. The game will has a big focus on Player VS Player (PVP) action, which explains the competitive nature of the above trailer.

It sure does look like Elektra, doesn’t it? Far closer than Jennifer Garner (despite being Uber Hot) ever did in the horrible live-action movies. Anyway, check out the vid. This is just the first of the vids on offer on my new Youtube channel. It’s a bit bare right now, but give me time. I’ll have lots of eye candy to see in time.

A Little Taste of Heaven

Posted in Action Adventure, Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3 on July 27, 2007 by thelonegamer

The Heavenly Sword Demo came out early today on the PSN Store, and I downloaded the almost 1 Gigabyte-sized chunk of gaming straightaway. The good news is, the demo gives players a nice, free look and feel at one of the most anticipated games coming to the PS3 in the very near future. The bad news? It’s so frickin’ short.

As with the Demo showed during the last E3, you start with a cutscene with lead heroine Naruko and her younger, adopted sister Kai. If you’ve been monitoring Heavenly Sword for any length of time, you’ll have seen this segment. Naruko and Kai are up on a cliff, watching over a former temple of learning now under the control of King Bohan’s troops. Apparently Naruko’s father and clanmates are held within, so she’s off to find them. She leaves Kai (whom we see apparently doesn’t have all the lights on in her house, so to speak) to go and keep watch, and as the younger girl goes off to hide, Naruko is off to rescue Poppa.

You can get familiar with the controls on the cliff before going to the adjacent rope (marked with an ‘X’ prompt if you go near), which include two buttons (Square and Triangle) for attacks, the left stick or D-pad for movement, the right stick for evades and the L1 and R1 buttons for switching to the Ranged and Power Stances respectively. The X button lets you grab things and throw them, while the Circle unleashes your Super Style moves. You can do counters by pressing Triangle at the moment you block an attack- this usually results in a flashy cutscene showing Naruko kick someone in the nuts or worse- very satisfying.

Anyway, you fight through two skirmishes in the demo; the fight on the large pillar (which you reach only after passing a couple of interactive cutscenes) which has a platoon of soldiers swarming at Naruko once she lands on the plateau. You can make the fight a bit harder by NOT succeeding in the last interactive cutscene, wherein you kick off the Axe-wielding warrior from the pillar, instantly killing him. If you let him live, he proceeds to be your main enemy for the fight, using power attacks and some unblockable strikes to keep you on your tippy-toes.

Once you clear off the enemies on the pillar, another interactive cutscene occurs as Naruko cuts a vital support rope, sending the whole pillar crashing onto a guard station below. The second fight thus erupts, though this is far easier since there are only all low-level, basic grunts to fight. If you fought well enough in the earlier battle, you can actually exterminate everyone pretty much instantly using a Super Style move (pressing Circle). This will abruptly end the fight as the doors are smashed in by several Axemen, and the demo comes to a close.

The Heavenly Sword demo is pretty fun. It’s an earlier build of the game, so there are unpolished bits that will get ironed out in the final, retail game. Anyone expecting another God of War, Devil May Cry or Prince of Persia may be disappointed- the battle system is very different with the absence of a block and jump button, but once you find out what you can do and start kicking arse, it’s pretty satisfying. It’s not rocket science though, so if you want to, you will learn how to take down names with Naruko pretty quickly.

That all said, again- the demo’s gosh-darned too short. I want to see more of the game’s compelling story and lush cinematic cutscenes that have been touted to Kingdom Come thanks to Andy Serkis‘ participation, and I want to play Twing-Twang with Kai and tussle with the game’s colorful bosses. Just a couple more weeks I guess- Heavenly Sword is set for release on PS3 this September.

A New Kind of Evil

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, Xbox360 on July 26, 2007 by thelonegamer

Resident Evil 5
Chris is back.

Resident Evil is back for a fifth outbreak later this year. The first teaser shown months and months ago showed a male character in an exceedingly sunny town, stalked by fast-moving humanoids that have more in line with the enraged humans of 28 Days Later than Night of the Living Dead. Well, this year’s E3 showed us a bit more, and a new trailer recently appearing online hinted at even more horror goodness to come.

For one thing, the male character shown is Chris Redfield, former STARS agent and hero of Resident Evils Past. Like Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 4, Chris seems to have moved on; it’s been years since the Racoon City incident that started it all, and presumably Umbrella is also no more at this time. However, trouble isn’t hard to find for ol’ Chris. He finds himself on a unspecified mission in this African-like town, populated by tribesment who soon become savagely hostile like the Ganados in RE4. Soon, Chris is running or fighting his way past huge mobs of crazed attackers, machetes and sickles flying at him here and there. All in a day’s work, I guess.
According to Capcom, RE5 will share much with the previous game, but will have distinct new features. Of course, as of right now we have no idea of these new goodies. The most obvious improvement is in the graphics- Next Gen and all that- so at least this Evil will look the most horrible- in this case, that’s a good thing.

One last thing- in the new, extended trailer, the last thing shown is a mysterious, blonde-haired female sleeping in bubbly liquid who suddenly opens her eyes. This is obviously a very important figure in RE5’s story- perhaps even the End Boss. Who could it be? Reports say it could very well be Rebecca Chambers, another former STARS member and heroine of several RE games who was captured by the current enemy. I was kinda hoping though this mystery femme may be Alexia Ashford, but that’s a longshot… considering she’s dead. Or is she? Hmmm.

Mystery Girl
Damsel in Distress or Evil Femme Fatale?

Resident Evil 5 is as yet exclusive to the Xbox360, and is set for release on October 1, 2007.