Archive for June, 2010

Lars Alexandersson vs Naruto!

Posted in Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming on June 28, 2010 by thelonegamer

Tekken 6’s bad boy makes his ninja world debut.

For those begging for a bit of a bone as we wait for the next Tekken game, here’s a look at the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 trailer, which has the first footage of ex-Tekken Force fighter Lars Alexandersson in his Masashi Kishimoto-created costume. I have to say, he looks a lot more fitting in this setting than he did in Tekken 6. It’s a neat little bonus, but I won’t be getting this title just for this… now, if they added Alisa as well, perhaps…

New VF5FS Trailer, Twitter Support Revealed

Posted in Arcade, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on June 25, 2010 by thelonegamer

More teasing from Sega…

Here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming as-yet-arcade-only fighting upgrade, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. This is pretty much just a slickly-edited pre-rendered movie showing off the characters facing off and doing some fancy new moves as opposed to actual in-game footage, but it’s quite exciting. There are hints of some cool new maneuvers like Vanessa’s new lie down stance being able to counter pounces, new wall throws and more stuff that the real hardcore should pick up after some repeated views. The water effects are kinda funny- man, do those VF folks sweat a lot! Sadly there’s still no word of a console port, but I think it’s only a matter of time. As of now though, the announcement is that the arcade version (Japan only) will have Twitter support, allowing Japanese players to post victories and win streaks over the social network directly from the game. Wowee.

Anyway, check out the cool HD trailer for now. More on this as we get it. A console port HAS to be in the works, somehow. Keep the faith, people!

Movie Watch: Green Hornet Trailer

Posted in Movies on June 23, 2010 by thelonegamer

The Hornet. Kato. Ooh!

The trailer for the new Green Hornet movie just came out, and I have mixed feelings. I grew up seeing the original TV series with Van Williams and Bruce Lee, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan, I thought it was pretty cool. This new effort seems similar to the Land of the Lost remake that it seemed like more of a parody of the original, edging more towards comedy than anything else. However, that is apparently not the case (according to an interview with the director over at AICN). It’s comedic but has as much action as there is humor, supposedly.

Anyway, the gadgets and guns look slick, plus as before Kato (played by Jay Chou) looks suitably awesome (with some nice fight FX). The new Hornet, Britt (Seth Rogen) is pretty funny- a slacker hero, kinda like Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark but not having as much talent or as big a chip on his shoulder. All he does is spend some bucks for some hi-tech toys, a martial arts bodyguard and off he goes, costumed anti-hero!

Some more bits.

Cameron Diaz? Isn’t she a bit old? Maybe she’s hoping the loyal secretary/love interest role hits big like it did with Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man?

Christopher Waltz as the villain- I loved the guy in Inglourious Basterds, so it’s cool to see him, now more as a more overt villain. And he’s got a cool gun.

Where’s the classic Hornet theme? That was kick-ass and MUST be back.

Kinda bummed that Stephen Chow backed out of this project. Would have been interesting to see his take on this, with cool gang imagery like the Axe Gang from Kung Fu Hustle easily in his forte. Oh well. This is due out in January 2011. We’ll see if it also becomes a cult hit or a miss then.

Resident Evil: Revelation Teaser Trailer

Posted in 3DS, Action Adventure, Resident Evil, Survival Horror on June 22, 2010 by thelonegamer

What could turn partner against partner?

Here’s a first look at the upcoming Resident Evil game for the Nintendo 3DS. The new title is called Resident Evil: Revelations, and contrary to my earlier assumptions it seems to be an all-new chapter in the series, and not just a simple retread. The graphics and character models are from RE5, but the story being teasingly doled out is going into never-before-seen territory. Chris and Jill, talking about killing each other? A Poseidon Adventure-like setting on the high seas? Who’s the creep in the chair… Wesker?

On the strength of the plot alone, this looks like a must buy for me. Add to that the apparent fact that the trailer is real-time graphics (powered by the beefy MT Framework), and I have to say that the 3DS seems to be one impressive bit of kit. Color me… expectant.

Upgrade Complete! iOS4 is in the House!

Posted in iGaming, iPhone, Mobile Games, My Stuff on June 22, 2010 by thelonegamer

Today, iOS4, the free new OS for iDevices came online and I was able to update my iPhone 3GS in the wee hours of the morning. There are about 100 new features in the spiffy update, but really- I’m already happy with just a couple- the ability to set Home Screen Wallpapers, and the ability to pack in apps in Folders. I’m sure I’ll discover the joys of Multi-tasking and other perks soon enough, but for now I gotta start churning out those Homescreen backgrounds.

It’s not all Cheerios though- quite a few apps and games are as yet unfit to run in the new OS, such as Call of Duty World at War: Zombies, which crashes continuously now. Anyway, this should only be temporary as the devs upload patches to adapt their apps to the new order. Hopefully this will now filter more fun into iGaming, and it’s a great prelude to the fun I’m gonna have on the upcoming iPhone 4. Damn, I do love my toys.

UltraJumpEgg Tekken Manga Updated!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Games to Comics, Manga, Tekken, Tekken 6 on June 21, 2010 by thelonegamer

His power is up to 9000!!!

The latest chapter (Battle 10!) of Ultra Jump Egg’s ongoing Tekken 6 comic is now online and ready for reading. After being used as a punching bag last time, Jin finally unleashes his inner demon to combat his similarly-devilish dad, Kazuya. The fight though is cut short by the timely interference of a certain Girl from Osaka… man, that Asuka is really something… NOTHING fazes her, not even a clash between two supernaturally-powered sorta-villains. While a bit over the top with Asuka facing down Devil Jin and giving him a stern talking to, I actually wish that this was how Asuka’s story mode ending in the game was… it’s far better than her freakin’ losing her lunch to Lili or that sorta crap. The story’s far from over though, as the arrival of Alisa adds a third side to the super-powered free for all.

I’ve learned though to curb my enthusiasm a bit- most probably they’ll either talk their way out or end the battle without too much action within the next issue, and that should be it for the current story arc. It’s intriguing though how Jin reacted to Asuka’s ability to bring him back to normal- ‘investigate her physique’? Yeah, he just wants to learn about her influence over the Devil Gene, but who knows what this could lead to? I really wish they used Asuka more to this effect in the canon storyline. It’s really high time she stepped up as a heroine in Jun’s direction more by now, even with an occasional catfight with Lili every now and then.

Check out the latest Tekken comic update here!

Dead or Alive 3D: Reboot or Retread?

Posted in 3DS, Dead or Alive, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gaming on June 21, 2010 by thelonegamer

Raidou back from the dead?

Everyone seems to be on the ‘Reboot’ bandwagon these days. Old games are getting new coats of paint (in MK’s case, a deep crimson coat), and Tecmo’s flagship brawler is no exception. Presumably taken from some dusty cupboards, Dead or Alive 3DS looks intriguing but kinda strikes me as outdated in these days. It still looks like DOA3 or DOA4, but the presence of what appears to be Raidou (the series’ first end boss) makes me think that maybe they’re starting again from square one. Back before everyone started playing volleyball. In some ways that’s cool, since the earlier DOAs where actually the best in the lot for me. Anyway, hopefully there’s enough action and fan service in this one to actually get me to buy a 3DS. We’ll see…

How 3D will this be?