Archive for November, 2007

Streetfighter VI

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gaming on November 28, 2007 by thelonegamer

Okay, NOT the game, but something almost as good… the Sixth episode of College Years’ hilarious send-up of Capcom’s crew, Streetfighter: The Later Years! Still focusing on the Hadouken-less Ken (or is it Ha-don’t-Ken?), this latest installment has drama, a bit of sex and a shocking cliffhanger that changes the face of everything we’ve seen so far. BELIEVE IT!

Check out the latest Later Years here.

Tekken 6 Video Blowout!

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3 on November 27, 2007 by thelonegamer

Okay, I found a lot more Tekken 6 vids. The game is now OUT officially in some parts of Japan, so I gather we’ll be seeing a lot more from now on. These are from StridaJin on Youtube, and unlike a lot of other videos of Namco’s latest, these are actually quite good in quality- you can see more or less the quality of the game’s animations which weren’t really discernable before. So check them out! Go to StridaJin’s page here.

As for me, I like what I am seeing. This is pretty much the release version of Tekken 6 in arcades, so I gather this is basically what we’ll be seeing early next year, though the PS3 game will probably have bonuses and extras aplenty. So far, I am liking the action. I like the new animations, particularly the new crumples, which make Tekken 6 FINALLY look and feel different from the previous sequels since Tekken Tag. Goshness, I’m excited! I want this game so, so NOW. Anyways, let’s all just keep scouring the web for fight vids, and hopefully someone uploads really hi-res vids eventually.

Tekken Bosses Revealed!

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3 on November 26, 2007 by thelonegamer

SD Tekken has posted word on the Big Bads in Tekken 6! Turns out that, unsurprisingly, Jin Kazama is the sub-boss, entering into Rage Mode as he faces your character. The Final Boss is a being named Azazel– the dragon-like monster shown in the trailers. Just where this beast came from or what he really is remains speculation as yet (well, where DOES Tekken get all its monster baddies..?), but I am thinking it may have something to do with Zafina’s storyline.

Anyways, Azazel is one HUGE bastard, towering over the other fighters almost double size. He’s certainly going to be tough and scary, but you know the saying about the Bigger they are…

Read the full report, plus links to videos, here.

My Impressions: HEY! Who let Night Terror into Tekken 6? Well, he dominates the screen, so that will probably have its ups and downs for the player. Something that big just can’t be too fast… I’d say that a lot of the challenge will actually be figuring out what is going on in the fight- the YT vids linked to SD Tekken are pretty horrible in frame rate (or maybe it’s just my connection?). All three vids end with the players losing, so this guy must be vicious. Which is how I like my bosses. Can’t wait to meet this guy on the PS3 next year. Hahaha!

For the Gamer-on-the-Go

Posted in Gaming, My Stuff, PSP on November 26, 2007 by thelonegamer

PSP Slim!

I picked up my brand-spankin’ new PSP Slim over the weekend. Now, set aside all those little perks like the lighter weight, slightly tweaked controls and such- my lovely new toy is awesome for a lot of other reasons. About as homebrewed as a Witch’s Pot, my piano-black portable comes with a 4-Gig memory stick filled up with my fave games

Loaded right now is, pretty much, the reason I got interested in the PSP again- Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. I expect to play this game for a long, long time… as soon as I get over my giddiness at finally having this reborn classic finally in my hands. Also loaded on my homebrew PSP’s memory is Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection, pretty much a staple for any one with a PSP. This excellent fighter has the looks, the action, the tons of characters for endless fighting fun. I certainly hope it’ll keep me satisfied till Tekken 6 arrives.
A homebrew-treat for me particularly is Dead or Alive for the PSX, also loaded on my PSP. The game looks pretty awesome on the small screen, with rock-solid and blazing-fast 60 FPS all the way along with hi-res characters. This classic 3-D fighter is the closest anyone can ever get to having Virtua Fighter on the PSP, only with swimsuits. The speed on the PSP gives DOA added challenge and thankfully, comes in the PAL version so there are actually several extra costumes unlockable for the babes and blokes from Tecmo, making this portable version unique from my console copy. Awesome!

Rounding out my PSP arsenal is Jeanne D’Arc (since you can never have enough Strategy RTS RPGs around, especially cute anime-themed ones), Puzzle Quest, Sid Meier’s Pirates and Street Fighter Alpha 3 for some 2-D fighting perfection.

Best of all, it runs without any UMD in the slot, so it’s heavy on the gaming but light on the weight. About a ton of wallpapers and other knick-knacks makes this as dear to me as my iPhone. Cool stuff! I think I’m all set. My movies, music and communications in one gadget, awesome gaming in the other. Perfect! All set for Christmas, I am. Heh.

Slimmin’ Down

Posted in Gaming, My Stuff, PSP on November 24, 2007 by thelonegamer

Even though I really didn’t spend much time with my first PSP, I’m now thinking seriously of getting a new PSP Slim. There are models around which basically just run games from the Memory Stick directly, which is great for me. Also, these homebrew-run portables can run PS1 games as well as the newest titles. With my iPhone nowhere near as close to being the game console my old Pocket PC phone was, I think a portable gaming machine would not be redundant. Being able to play Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection as well as Dead or Alive PSX and Suikoden II anywhere should be pretty awesome. I think I’ve already made up my mind. Heheh. An early Christmas gift, then.

Mass Effect: First Couple of Hours

Posted in Gaming, RPGs, Shooters, Xbox360 on November 22, 2007 by thelonegamer

My copy of Mass Effect arrived early yesterday, just as I was headed off to work, so I wasn’t able to get into the sexy space-boots of Commander Shepard until about midnight. Still, I was able to squeeze in about two hours of play time, and I came away from it quite impressed.

First off, the game simple SCREAMS big budget space opera. It’s a sci-fi epic on the lines of Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5, with you in the crosshairs as the hero/heroine. Just setting up your character is cool with all the nice graphics and effects. Sure, it’s not as detailed as with Oblivion, and you can’t strip your character down to their skivvies, but it’s hell of a nice-looking game.
Anyways, you play the role of Commander John/Jane Shepard, exceptional human operative who’s looking to join the Galactic Council’s Spectres- some kind of special agent that is Mass Effect’s answer to the OO’s. You start off in the good ship Normandy, get chatty with your crewmates, meet up with your captain and then go off on a dangerous mission planetside. You lead a squad of three at anytime, and can give orders or just let your mates back you up as you run and gun. Just going Rambo won’t win you the day everytime- you have to sometimes pause and use a pertinent power, tactic or special weapon to turn the tide.

I’m still getting into the groove, but I’m really impressed by several things right off the bat- how gorgeous everything is, how cool and seamless the dialogue system is and the pretty flawless voice-acting. The story, which involves a Spectre named Saren going rogue and threatening the human race, is quite engaging. No question, this is what I’ll be sinking my teeth into this weekend.

I’ll try to capture some vids and more before a full review. For now, all I can say is- this game is the real thing. If you own a 360, get it. Get it NOW.

Virtua Fighter 5 Version D First Look!

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming on November 21, 2007 by thelonegamer

Cool new stuff!!!
All I can say is, the more new outfits for Aoi, the better.

EDIT: Okay, according to VFDC, Version D will not have any gameplay changes from Version C. The new item-based/specific poses/animations are just that- poses and animations that are not meant for actual fighting. Version D will introduce a new 1-Player mode entitled Knockout Trial 2 and a mode called VF5 Official Open Battle.

Sega has just posted an update with a downloadable video of Virtua Fighter 5 Version D! The video shows a glimpse of the new KO Trial and item hunt modes, but of course what blew me away most were the new character outfits (A fullbody ‘Stormtrooper’ outfit for Kage! A shorter skirt for AOI!!!) and the new character poses/intros using weapons and accessories! Yep, you read that right… Vanessa is seen aiming and shooting her rifle, Aoi twirling her naginata, Jacky having fun with a drinking bottle… cool stuff! I am assuming these are just for the intro animations or victory poses, but there may be a slim chance that Version D may go the Tekken 6 route and allow certain accessories to be used in-game. Nah… that won’t happen. Or can it?

Version D!

Well, the only thing certain is that I WANT THIS NOW. Fat chance of course, but I do hope that this eventually lands on consoles in some form, whether it be a totally new disc or update to the existing VF5 discs. Of course, I am just so happy that Aoi is finally getting lots of nicer new options for her wardrobe.
You can download the video here.