Archive for March, 2008

Friendly Fighting

Posted in Arcade, Fighting Games, Gaming, My Stuff, Tekken 6 on March 29, 2008 by thelonegamer

Last night, I hied off to the arcade after work to pass the time before going home. As usual, the place was packed since it was a Friday night, but thankfully the Tekken 6 machines weren’t too congested. They’re seldom without anyone playing, but since it’s been a while, you don’t see huge crowds milling about the machines anymore- usually it’s just a few players or typical hangers-on watching when someone plays. I usually just watch for a bit before actually slipping out my cards and sitting down to challenge some Brawler, Mentor or Master into combat.

I have to say, I’m not like most players. I don’t play for rank, or bragging rights. I mainly play for fun because I love the freakin’ game, and for customizations since the most satisfying for me is to see my pimped-up or dressed-down character in action. So my style is, whenever I see a player who’s got a Roulette going, I plunk down and get playing as much as I can- on occasion earning a hundred thousand in one play! My rank isn’t too good, predictably- my Asuka only just got into 1st Dan, which mystifies me since I lose so often with her. But she’s customized as I like so I don’t really care.

Presently I’m just started using Lili and seem to be off to a good start with her (after lots of play with DR on the PSP). I think I have a good chance to be pretty adequate with her- perhaps because her fighting style and moves are easier to do but more heavy on the need for timing rather than straight-up in-your-face attacks like other fighters. I say this because I usually play right up to the game’s sub-boss, Jin Kazama, when playing one-player with Lili, while I don’t fare as well with Asuka or other characters.

I also do better in 2-player play, since I think Asuka is so much more familiar to most players (and as such most know her weaknesses), while Lili is less common seen and harder to fight against. I proved this as some guy challenged me and used the Capoeira characters, and was quite good with them. But still, although I lost a couple of matches, I ended up beating him in the last several matches, thus finally gaining my first ten wins or so with Miss Rochefort.

Anyway, it was that night while playing that I got into conversation with one guy, and we talked about the game a lot as we hung back towards closing time. It was pleasant to meet a fellow player who doesn’t seem like a rank asshole like a lot of the players seem to be. There are nice guys, who are fun to play with or against, and there are some obnoxious pricks who think they’re such hot shit just because they can combo you again and again endlessly before you stand up. Like one Eddy user who plays like he’s on speed and jiggles like a frickin’ addict. Or a Bob user who just never lets up like he’s fighting for his manhood or something. Bah.

Anyway, that’s part of the reason why I really prefer consoles. Still, I do understand the thrill of playing against another human, so I’ll continue to play Tekken 6 and ply the arcade route- at least, until I get the freakin’ PS3 version. It’s just a couple of days left till April, so let’s all cross our fingers that the supposedly coming news is worth the wait.

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Warriors of Elysia: Escape from Exile

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gaming on March 28, 2008 by thelonegamer

Warriors of Elysia.
Sexy amazons fighting it out.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of you haven’t heard of Warriors of Elysia. The game is actually the sequel to the more-brazen and straightforwardly-titled Bikini Karate Babes, and quite a bit more developed than it’s predecessor. Whereas the original game was basically Mortal Kombat-style digitized graphics and, well, bikini-clad karate-fighting girls, WOE is supposedly a mix of both 2-D and 3-D elements, set in 3D-stages. Aside from the upgraded look, the game has also gone through a makeover in the story and seriousness department. The original game’s premise and story/narrative, if you could call it that, involved a cast of not-swimsuit model-gorgeous but still attractive ladies who were named after various Greek/Roman goddesses or tribal themes who supposedly lived on a mystical island yet were dressed in bikinis that looked straight from BestBuy. It was really tongue-in-cheek, proven by the inclusion of a prancing ponytailed blonde bimbo and attacks that include fireballs emerging from breasts and butts. Streetfighter it wasn’t.

The sequel is a notch up more serious, actually, taking the more sober elements of the previous game and jettisoning the rest. The story goes like this- in the mystical isle of Elysia, there are only amazon-like warrior-goddesses (even common villagers are bikini-wearing babes, it seems), who are apparently always at war for who’s in charge. The struggle soon ends with the loser of the high-stakes battle, Venus, being exiled by the new ruler, Aphrodite. Warriors of Elysia sees Venus returning with new skills and gobs more power, plus an army of pink-bikinied followers at her back. So now, the disparate bikini-clad warriors must unite or be crushed under the bare heels of the usurpers…

Okay, so it’s not Lord of the Rings. But what the heck- it’s got hot babes in bikinis doing martial arts! SOLD!

Unfortunately, the game isn’t out yet, and while the creators insist it’s coming out soon, they’ve been saying that for more than a year. Still, a release later this year might be the thing. This is supported by the release of Warriors of Elysia: Escape from Exile, a dvd supplement to the upcoming game that consists of the game’s full, new and so far unseen trailer, and almost 50 minutes of live-action footage of the game’s story and behind-the-scenes material. You can order the DVD (and other DVDs chronicling the whole Bikini Karate Babes saga from the game’s official site if you have eighty dollars to burn) from the game’s website, which unsurprisingly is the home to a very active fan community.

Hey, I’m a fan. I admit it. I can’t wait for this guilty-pleasure game. Not that it will take anything away from Soulcalibur IV or Tekken 6, but this is one game I want a lot too. Heh. More on this as I get it.

Manga-kas go Ga-Ga in Soulcalibur IV

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur IV, Xbox360 on March 28, 2008 by thelonegamer

Doa. Just begging to be in a fighting game.
If there was a game god, Doa here would be in Soulcalibur IV…

Every day brings us one step closer to the summer release of Soulcalibur IV. But you know, while I am hot for the game, I have to say I’m a bit perplexed. I mean, the recent CES revealed the presence of Jedi in the game. And now, in the past few days, we’re now seeing new characters apparently spawned from the pens of manga artists. Scheherazade, for example, was created by Yutaka Izubuchi, whose credits include RahXephon and Patlabor. Then there’s Angel Fear, from the pen of Sergeant Frog creator Mine Yoshizaki. Who’s next?

If we’re going to see more manga-ka creations for Soulcalibur IV, I would have to say that it would be sacrilegious if they didn’t ask Hiroaki Samura and tap his blade-rich world of Blade of the Immortal for a character or two- or three. I mean, that manga is just begging to become a fighting game- what with great characters like Manji and Rin and bad-ass villains like Kagehisa Anotsu and his Itto-Ryu. Or man, at least Giichi with his maniacal giant handcuff. Or Maki Kotono-Tachibana. Or Doa and Isaku. Man! That would be awesome.

Anyway it’s still a ways off, but probably it’s all academic now. The game is surely in the finishing stages or approaching that time, since it’s only shy of two months to release. Anything that’s in there, is in there, and anything not, is not. Whatever, I just want the game already. More on this as it happens.

Fallout 3: MOST ENDINGS EVER?

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Xbox360 on March 26, 2008 by thelonegamer

According to Bethesda Software, the makers of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, their next RPG opus Fallout 3 will, thanks to many branching paths and variables which affect the overall storyline, have as many as 200 ENDINGS. Okay, after we all pick up our jaws from the floor, let’s take this with a grain of saltpeter. The endings probably involve slight variations, some changes in characters suriviving, situation details and so forth. I don’t think there will be 200 CG cinematics to unlock, but darn that would be awesome. Anyway, according to the devs, they’re shooting for a 20-hour game but the whole thing easily goes over 100 hours. WOW. And you thought Oblivion was big.

Can’t wait for the apocalypse then. Fallout 3 hits later this year.

UPDATED: Another babe, more fighters for Soulcalibur IV

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur IV, Xbox360 on March 26, 2008 by thelonegamer

Who?
Another face joins the Soul Searching…

UPDATE!

Big additions to the Soulcalibur IV roster. As we reported earlier, there’s another new babe in the lineup aside from the recently-debuted Scheherazade. Her name is Angol Fia, or Angel Fear, and she’s a creation of Mine Yoshizaki, the manga-ka behind Keroro Gunsou or Sergeant Frog. Angol is apparently some kind of world-destroying uber-deity, so just why she’s mixing it up and fighting the SC crew for possession of the Soul Swords is probably just as plausible as the reason why Darth Vader and Yoda are in there too. Hmm.

Anyway, Gamersyde just posted a nice scan of a Japanese mag which reveals as well THREE more fighters in the game- Amy, the kinda-Goth, underaged moe ward of Raphael; Cervantes de Leon, the undead pirate and father to Ivy; and Zasalamel, the scythe-wielding mystery man from Soul Calibur III.

This is pretty cool, and all I need now is to see Setsuka come back as well (I expect her to be unveiled soon). The SCIV roster seems pretty robust and solid now, and makes me wish the days faster even more into June. Calibur is going to be HOT.

Anyway, look at the cool stuff in Gamersyde’s SCIV scan here.

Dead Fantasy II

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gaming on March 25, 2008 by thelonegamer

If you haven’t seen Monty Oum’s animated game-based fight opus, Dead Fantasy, you’re missing half of your fighting gamer life. No, really. The lengthy CG fan film pits the deadly ladies of Dead or Alive with the powerful princesses of Final Fantasy… resulting in some of the most amazing animated fight action you’ll see from an indie animator. I mean, the stuff he shows is simply breathtaking. Anyway, the first part of the series (supposedly the first of seven parts) ended with a tantalizing cliffhanger, and now the fight continues with more babes entering the fray, and even more breakneck action, gravity-defying martial arts and monstrous magic attacks ensue.

Check out the Deadly Fantastic Action here.

Scheherazade Up Close

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur IV, Xbox360 on March 25, 2008 by thelonegamer

Legolas' Sister?
Scheherazade’s ears aren’t the only pointy things she has…

Watch-Impress just put up a page with the Character Profiles of the latest fighters to join the cutting-crew in Soulcalibur IV. Included among them is the profile and pics of Scheherazade, the elfin character recently introduced as the latest Calibur alumnus. Well, it’s now revealed that her weapon is a rapier- perhaps making her similar to Raphael– and she looks far better in-game than she did in the artwork previously shown. I still think she seems more in place in a Japanese RPG than Soulcalibur, but who am I to refuse a hot babe? Hopefully her moves will be different enough from Raph to make her more than a substitute for Jailbait Amy in SCIII.

Anyway, check out all of Scheherazade’s new pics, as well as pics of Xianghua, Kilik, Maxi, Yun Seoung, Seung Mina and Lizardman at Watch Impress’s Soulcalibur IV Profile Page.