Archive for May, 2008

Soulcalibur IV’s Armor Breaks in Action

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2008 by thelonegamer

Off with her clothes!

The latest trailer to Soulcalibur IV in the Ubiday event shows off the game’s cool graphics, a new character (male, though he might just be an incarnation of Siegfried) and lots of action, including a look at how you can smash your opponent’s armor in the course of the game. This has already been shown in an IGN video with Vader striking off Hilde’s breastplate (relax boys, she’s wearing a surcoat underneath) with a strong thrust of his sabre.

The new trailer, as seen in the screens, shows a variety of characters getting their threads sundered and shredded, and it seems that the ladies will particularly look vulnerable once their clothes are compromised- although it’s obvious there really won’t be any real nudity, it’s a cool touch and does add to the enjoyment of the gameplay. Right? Heheh.

You can check out the latest SCIV trailer here.

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Two More Returning Characters in MGS4

Posted in Action Adventure, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid 4, PS3, Stealth-Action on May 29, 2008 by thelonegamer

Mei Ling and Rose return!

A couple more Metal Gear alumni return to the party in MGS4, as revealed by Famitsu Magazine. The two are Mei Ling (here spelled Mai Ling) and Rose. Mei was the inventor of Snake’s Codec way back in the original Metal Gear Solid, and was primarily in charge of saving the game and providing some much-needed wisdom to Snake in the form of Chinese proverbs. Meanwhile, Rose was Raiden’s (Jack) girlfriend in MGS2, and was infamous for making references to her favorite movies in the middle of a terrorist situation.

Well, the two seem to have changed a bit- Mei for instance seems to have gone up in rank, apparently commanding her own ship (?), and it seems we’ll be seeing her in person instead of just on the Codec screen. Meanwhile, Rose will apparently return to serve as Snake’s advisor on dealing with stress… I wonder, will this have anything to do with movies again..? Anyway, I wonder how she is taking the fact that her lover Jack is now a cyborg ninja..?

We’ll just have to see how this all turns out in a couple of weeks…

Streetfighter IV’s Boss Revealed!

Posted in Arcade, Fighting Games, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Street Fighter IV, Xbox360 on May 28, 2008 by thelonegamer

Seth Revealed!
Who’s the Boss?

Even though M. Bison’s back, apparently he’s not the Big Fish anymore. That post apparently belongs to THIS guy. His name is Seth, and he’s the CEO of Shadowloo’s Weapons Division, known as S.I.N.. Apparently, his body has been modified with various upgrades and other cutting-edge lethality. Just what he’s after (probably yet again, the world’s finest warriors to use as his new experiments/disciples/slaves/followers) is yet to be revealed.

He sorta reminds me of Gill or Urien… must be the, ah, minimal attire. It’s not really a unique design… World Heroes had Neo Geegus, who looks exactly like Seth. Man, I’d be a lot more inclined to him if he was a she… anyway, we’ll see how this turns out as the game inches forward to a possible release later this year.

Streetfighter IV Home Versions Confirmed

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Street Fighter IV, Xbox360 on May 28, 2008 by thelonegamer

It’s final… but really, no surprise. Streetfighter IV’s coming home, later in 2008. As mentioned before, the PS3, Xbox360 and Windows-based PCs will be getting the 3-D graphics/2-D gameplay sequel. Honestly though, of all the upcoming fighters, SFIV is the least on my list. Just having what amounts to enhanced SFII gameplay and some crappy new characters doesn’t impress me too much (Rufus and El Fuerte? Abel? PAH) compared to Soulcalibur IV, Tekken 6 or VF5R. But supposedly the home versions will have new stuff, like extra characters being demanded by the home audience (Sakura? Ibuki? Cammy?) and the requisite home modes. In any case, it’s SF, so I’ll be on the lookout for it. Now, back to my SCIV pining…

MGS4’s Beautiful Beasts

Posted in Action Adventure, Metal Gear Solid 4, PS3, Stealth-Action on May 27, 2008 by thelonegamer

As we count down the days to the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, I’d like to dedicate some posts to what easily may be the most memorable parts of this epic opus. Namely, the game’s scary new bosses. Introduced during the MGS4 event in Liepzig, the reveal trailer featuring the monstrous and magnificent members of The Beauty and the Beast Unit is certainly the most eye-catching of the released MGS4 spots. Ruling the battlefield wherever they go, these four horsewomen of the Apocalypse are destined to meet Snake in stupendous combat. But they’re not simple war machines or killers- what makes the BaTB members that much more intriguing is the fact that they’re not really soldiers… they’re actually the ultimate victims of war. Caught in military conflicts and inflicted with post-traumatic syndrome, each one of these innocent, beautiful women was forced to become a living weapon in order to cope with the horror that destroyed her mind. Terrifying yet oddly pitiful, these monsters are actually princesses hidden deep inside cold shells, waiting for a noble warrior to free them, and perhaps give them salvation. Is Snake strong enough to be that warrior?

Crying Wolf is the first member of the BaTB seen in the trailer, her mournful sobbing the first sound heard of this sinister force. Appearing as a huge, headless lupine metal monster, Wolf is sure to be a ferocious attacker seeing as how she easily smashes the life out of several militia men simply by running past them. Aside from her raw physical attack, there’s that device on her back that looks suspiciously like the rail gun employed by Fortune in MGS2. Bullet-proof, incredibly agile and powerful, Wolf will be one tough animal to tame.

Raging Raven appears in a flash, a winged killer armed with beautiful but extremely lethal wings that can cut men in half in a lightning-fast pass. Rockets and other firepower are also in this menace’s arsenal, seemingly made all the more devastating by her furious screams of rage. It’s been a while since Snake has fought a flying opponent, and taking on Raven may be akin to the past battles with the Hind in MGS and the Harrier in MGS2.

Laughing Octopus is my personal favorite among the BaTB… simply because I think she’s the scariest of the bunch. A female body with mammoth tentacles sprouting from her headpiece is the stuff of nightmares, and you just gotta believe that those tendrils can easily squeeze the life out of Snake if they ever get a grip on him. It’s made all the more creepy by how Octopus insists on maniacally cackling as she crushes, whips and smashes the life out of her victims. Bringing down this beast will be made more difficult by her ability to use of camouflage like Snake’s, but somehow the old soldier has to find a way to out-maneuver and out-fight this strangely sensual menace.

Finally, there’s Screaming Mantis. A levitating figure with multiple arms that obviously let her manipulate the battlefield like some mad puppet master, I think Mantis will be the final member of the BaTB to take down. Fighting her may be similar to the classic battle with Psycho Mantis from the first MGS, albeit with steroids. Telekinesis or the ability to manipulate other characters or perhaps even aspects of the environment may be among her weapons, aside from those nasty looking sickles. Aside from forcing her enemies to kill each other, she can cause death with her near-invisible puppet strings. How can Snake fight an opponent like this? And what is her link to Psycho Mantis and The Sorrow (both of whom appear as little marionettes in her grip)? It’ll be interesting to find out when Snake finally meets Mantis in mortal combat.

There they are. Four terrifying but terrific bosses who will surely make Snake’s life a living hell. Just keep in mind they’re victims, not villains, and maybe you’ll conquer your fear and find the beauty beneath the beast.

Streetfighter IV confirmed for home?

Posted in Fighting Games, Gaming, PS3, Xbox360 on May 27, 2008 by thelonegamer

Kotaku recently reported that Capcom accidentally let out that the home versions of Streetfighter IV (PS3, Xbox360 and PC) will be racing to stores before the end of the year. This really is a no-brainer and an inevitability, but it just isn’t totally confirmed as of yet. So let’s just cross our fingers and hope indeed that Ryu and the World Warriors will make it to the holidays, along with supposedly some extra characters from SFIII and SF Alpha (IBUKI!!! SAKURA!!!). More on this as it we get it.

Making Room for MGS4

Posted in Gaming, Metal Gear Solid 4, My Stuff, PS3 on May 26, 2008 by thelonegamer

As a professional Hardcore Casual Gamer, I have the distinct pleasure of having the cash to indulge in my digital hobby with abandon. So I usually have the latest stuff pretty early, since I’m an impatient bastard with some cash. My PS3’s been around for about two years already, bought back then in anticipation of the release of Virtua Fighter 5 (which at the time I thought was the fighting game to end all fighting games). Since then, I’ve waited and waited, and as of this writing I still feel I haven’t played the console to my satisfaction yet. I mean, Tekken Dark Resurrection is just a HD port of an OLD fighter, and the downloaded demos are fun distractions… but not yet have I seen the PS3’s power as a console by itself in a game that blows my socks off and tells me plainly, THIS IS PS3.

Well, that should change in a few weeks, when the first, real definitive PS3 stunner hits- Metal Gear Solid 4 is on the way, and I’m sure this will make my PS3 worth all the money I spent for it. Unfortunately, I had to go and spend quite a bit more though before MGS4 arrives- a little caveat that comes with Next-Gen (well, Now-Gen) gaming has apparently been revealed in full tilt with the latest batch of games. Optional/Mandatory Installs to the Hard Drive. VF5 had it, Ninja Gaiden Sigma had it, Grand Theft Auto IV has it, and yes, the upcoming MGS4 will require a 4.6 Gig Install when you initially insert it, no doubt in order to get the game running as smoothly and as cinematically as Hideo Kojima and company intend it.

Well, my PS3 initially came as a 20-Gig unit, and with just VF5 and NG Sigma and a few loaded vids and downloaded games (Tekken DR, Pixeljunk Monsters, MK2), there was only about 3 Gig of free space left. And so, I had to bite the bullet again and upgrade or miss out on the cream of PS3 gaming.

Buying a new PS3 was, of course, out of the question and impractical. My PS3 is Japanese, and can play PS1 and PS2 titles, and should be more durable than newer models. I wanted to keep it, so the thing to do was simply upgrade the hard drive. The method is simple- all you really need is a replacement (and naturally larger) hard drive- a 2.5 SATA Drive (the kind used for laptops) of any size will do, though preferably it should run 5400 rpm to match the PS3’s original speed (faster would supposedly improve load times but may potentially cause overheating issues… something unproven, so try and submit that to the Mythbusters, why don’t you). The hardest part really is having the cash to buy a new, large-capacity HD. Once you have it, all that’s left is to back up your data on the PS3 (again, you will need a separate USB-port storage device for this, another thing to do) and then manually remove the original drive (Philips screwdriver time), replace it with your new drive, and voila.

And so, I now have in my possession a nice 200+ Gig PS3. That’s enough space to last me till the PS4 comes out, I think. Heck, I can, if I could, load in the entire MGS4 disc onto my drive and run it from there. Anyway, now I have room for all the demos I can download, a library of vids, pics and music and then some. It cost a bit, but it should pay off when the biggies- MGS4, Soulcalibur IV, Fallout 3, Tekken 6… the list goes on- arrive.

The bed’s made. Now, all I need is for the games to share it with. The first game will be Grand Theft Auto IV, which I bought with the new HD. That will, hopefully, keep me busy and occupied as I wait for MGS4. I’m ready, Konami. Bring it on!