Archive for October, 2007

Version C Minus?

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, Xbox360 on October 31, 2007 by thelonegamer

Virtua Fighter 5 Online for the Xbox360 is out, and while reviews have been mostly positive, if not totally outstanding (1Up gave it a 10), this latest version of Sega’s flagship fighter still isn’t as perfect as it should be. Word is that in terms of customization, VF5 360 falls short of the arcade game. While in the arcade you can switch various tops and bottoms between characters’ costume types, that doesn’t seem to be possible with the home version. This ability was one of Version C’s big updates, so it’s pretty odd that it was omitted from the home game. That said, the Xbox360 version still has supposedly 75% more items than the PS3 game.

I also note with disdain that nice add-ons like the customizable Character Intro vids in Version C aren’t in the Xbox360 game either. Okay, these are all just extras- the game is still as solid a fighter as ever, and the online play adds longevity and playability in spades. Still, little stuff and fan service make a game all the more enjoyable, and these little details missing without a doubt take away from the coolness. Oh well. Let’s hope DLC comes in soon… hopefully good stuff will appear long before the Asian and Japanese versions come in December.

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MGS4 delayed to 2nd Quarter 2008

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, PS3 on October 31, 2007 by thelonegamer

Argh. Oh well, we all already knew that the Last Adventure for Solid Snake wouldn’t make it this year, but now it won’t make ‘early 2008’ either. Konami has delayed the release of Kojima’s opus to ensure that the end product is all the more perfect… gah. Oh well, what can you do? Better break out the gazillion-or-so trailers and just keep dreaming, people. Whatever. Anyways, here’s the press release, so read and weep.

METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS Release Update October 31, 2007

KONAMI announced today that “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS”, the latest in the METAL GEAR series, is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 2008.

KONAMI had initially intended to release “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS” this winter and has been working on the production of the title. KONAMI has decided to delay the title’s release in order to make further improvements to the quality of the game and provide even greater enjoyment for more customers worldwide.

KONAMI will continue its efforts to make “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS” meet everyone’s expectations.

Further information regarding the release date will be announced as soon as possible.
Title: “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS”
Expected Release Date: the second quarter of 2008
Genre: Action
Platform: PlayStation 3

Resident Evil CG Movie in the Works

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

While the less-than-faithful live-action film adaptations of the Resident Evil franchise has apparently run its course, gamers who haven’t been totally satisfied by the adventures of Milla Jovovich on the silver screen can look forward to perhaps a more straightforward interpretation of the survival-horror games in the future. Capcom today announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan to produce a CG Resident Evil (or Biohazard) movie.

Entitled Biohazard: Degeneration, the movie will supposedly use ‘groundbreaking’ visual effects and a brand-new storyline. No word yet if the movie will see release in theaters or will get the Advent Children treatment (straight to video). All I can say is… perhaps this ensures a release of the next RE game, Resident Evil 5, on the PS3?

More on this as it happens.

Altair’s Ready to Pounce

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, PS3, Xbox360 on October 26, 2007 by thelonegamer

Assassin’s Creed, the much-anticipated free-roaming stealth/action-adventure set in the Crusades, has gone gold. The game is set for release on November 13 for Xbox360 and PS3. Players take the role of Altair, a master assassin tasked with eliminating various key figures in the ensuing war between the Crusaders and the Moors.
I’ve been waiting for this game for ages- it looks awesome so if the reviews look good, I’ll probably pick this up. November looks like a great time for action-adventure gamers.

Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox360 is OUT…

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, Xbox360 on October 25, 2007 by thelonegamer

… apparently in Australia. The present version is apparently playable on US and PAL consoles, but not on Asian Xbox360s. The bulk of US gamers get the game early next week, while us Asians have to wait till the Japanese version in early December. Still, by then maybe there’ll be DLC and cool new items to find. On the other hand, I think that the new Intro Scenes added to Version C of the arcade game didn’t make it into the Xbox360 game, which sucks. Still, I’ll be looking for gameplay videos online once more players get the game- we’ll see if the Xbox360 game is worth getting.

Hot Game

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, PS2 on October 24, 2007 by thelonegamer

I got myself several games today, the most ‘newsy’ of which would be Avatar the Last Airbender: The Burning Earth for the PS2. I kinda-sorta-probably liked the first game, but only ’cause I’m an Avatar fan and at the time I was really hurting for my Nicktoon fix. Anyways, it will be nice to see what this bigger, better game in the series has to offer… I mean, getting to play a Firebender via Zuko or Iroh should be cool (heh), and Toph should ROCK in gameplay. Ouch, painful stuff. Anyways, I’ll post vids and info once I practice some bending.

Lair

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, RPGs, Xbox360 on October 22, 2007 by thelonegamer

If you haven’t already, better get on with downloading The Fighter’s Stronghold DLC for Oblivion on the Xbox360. As far as I know, it will only be free for a limited time. It’s a pretty tiny download, so it shouldn’t be any problem for anyone with a decent connection.

The DLC gives you a pretty large castle located west of Chorrol, past an abandoned mine (I think). As you approach the gates you’ll find the place being besieged by a band of marauders. Clear the attackers and you’ll receive Lord Kelvin’s Will, which basically bequeaths to you the castle… along with all its debts. The place has an interesting back-story, and it will be a bit of a challenge to restore the place to its former glory (it’ll take quite a bit of cash), but it should be pretty cool to have your own gallery of stuffed creatures and other goodies any warlord should have. It certainly looks awesome… but I still prefer my house in Anvil. Heh.