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Miles Edgeworth Investing U.S. and Europe at Year’s End!

gyakuten_kenji_coverAce Attorney has become quite the cult series lately. Even though the games first came out on the GBA (only in Japan) it’s not until Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney hit the DS and the U.S. that things really started to take off.
Phoenix Wright led for three titles (Ace Attorney, Justice for All and Trial and Tribulations) on both the GBA originally and the DS a few years later.
The series then switched to Apollo Justice which was the first game made for the DS.

Now the new installment is hitting Japan at then end of May, along with a sweet Collector’s Edition and a Bundle, and has been announced for the end fo the year in the West.

In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, you take the role of the famed prosecutor and you will actually spend time outside of courtrooms investigating crimes.

and now OBJECTION!!! I want this game NOW Capcom!

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | DS News, Video Game News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Street Fighter III 3rd Strike – 2004 Tournament Edition, Daigo Vs. Justin Wong

It’s a pretty slow news day and I was just reminded of this OMG FRAKKING EPIC!!!! video.

So this took place in 2004 and I can’t remember if this is the final but considering the level of play it could be. Daigo plays Ken and Justin Wong plays Chun-Li.
The fight is a regular 2 win round but once they’re done they play another one for fun.

Quite possibly the most awesome Street Fighter III video you’ll ever see. It will put a smile on your face for the whole day.

April 9, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Curse of Co-Op

Before I get too emotional to control my frustration let me say this: I like multiplayer and co-op like any other person, in fact there are several games in which i missed the lack of a co-op mode and I have been saying with friends for years that some games would be amazing with co-op play.
But what really gets me is that this current trend of focusing on the multi mode, and putting co-op in a game, mostly because it’s trendy and a good box to check out for the powers-that-be, is getting in the way of the actual game and its solo play.

Now let’s not mix apples and oranges. Some games main focus is the online mod and competitive play, mostly involving RTS and FPS. But even those genre do not tend to force co-op down your throat when you are doing the campaign mode.

The reason I am writing this now is because of Resident Evil 5 as you may have guessed. I have always loved the series, I’ve played 1, 2, 3, Code Veronica, Zero, 4… some several times.
I am not a fan of the new, more action-oriented, direction but they remain great games. With the release of RE 5 comes co-op play which is great when you actually use it… but becomes more then an annoyance if you don’t.
Sheva has no clue how to manage inventory, tends to really waste ammo and often gets in your way when you are aiming. Annoying? you bet!
Another game that had badly designed coop gameplay was Lego Batman. Robin would at times almost prevent you from going forward and you would have to plug in a second joypad to make him do what he needed to do.

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Now why would developers implement such broken design choices??
It wasn’t so long ago that the bane of games were parts when you had to protect someone. Remember Emma in Metal Gear Solid 2 (she got what she deserved but still ;)), your sister in Fatal Frame 2 is a useless child as well and there are many more examples.

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Still some games implemented the feature better than other such as Resident Evil 4 and ICO and in some cases the NPCs actually defend themselves and shoot enemies (or whatever might be required of them) but overall it very rarely enhances the game and is something we are glad to be rid of after the sequence is over.

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and now we have those games which basically force a protect mission on you for the whole game which doens’t seem like an adequate game design to me.
Like I said earlier I’m all for co-op but it needs some work and cannot ever be a problem for the solo experience. If a game’s main focus is story and immersion don’t design the whole gameplay around co-op. Or at the very least don’t make game continuation impossible without the partner.
Maybe design the solo campaign so that if there’s only 1 player it is played solo and if someone joins THEN you get the partner. And that partner could either be your friend’s own character for RPG or characters that are already in the game ready to play (like Sheva in RE 5).
Or maybe make the partner someone with a sort of auto-fire feature that doesn’t use ammo (obviously don’t make it overpowered because that could break the game too) so that you don’t have to spend hours moving items in the inventory or realize you are wasting precious ammo.

There are solutions because I know some games that have AI-controlled co-op in games and they work really nicely.
You have the system which lets you control everything the partners do in games like Baldur’s Gate and the recent Dawn of War II. These games feature groups of 4-6 people on average and you can tell each exactly what they should do which results in no frustration since you make the decisions.

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Another option is to have the partners not affect you. In games like Gears of War or Republic Commando you have a tiny group with you and they do their thing, but if they die YOU don’t and you can (depending on the games) either go and revive them right away or have them revive automatically at the next checkpoint. This results in you not becoming frustrated with your peers and creating a brotherhood of equal people.

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I am sure there are other options i am either not aware of or that I can’t remember at the moment. Bur the options do exist. And I will say it again I love co-op play but please please please do not break single player in favor of a feature.

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PS: Will be edited soon to add games that feature coop properly.

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Street Fighter IV Finally Dated

51yvnw5ovil_ss500_First Street Fighter IV was announced, then people were saying “yay” and “nay”, then the arcade came out and everyone was saying “YAY”, then a vague date was announced for PS3, 360 and PC, then the PC verson was delayed, The the game was announced for February on consoles and now…oh boy now….

Capcom has announced the game will be released for the 360 and PS3 on February 17 except of course in Europe, a.k.a. the fifth wheel, where it’ll be released on the 20th. Meanwhile PC users can keep guessing for a while longer.

If you have an arcade with the game near you go and the opportunity to try it out go ahead because you’re one of a lucky few.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Street Fighter IV in Japan for February

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Capcom has confirmed that the home version of their latest fighting game will be released in February in Japan on the PS3 and 360. The PC version has been pushed back and no fixed date has been confirmed.
The release date for North America and Europe have yet to be announced.

Meanwhile the remix of the most famous fighting game ever made finally has a time frame. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (bless you) was confirmed to come out this month on both the XBox Live marketplace and the PlayStation Network. The game will feature a new soundtrack, online multiplayer, and 1080p graphics completely redrawn.
No price has been confirmed yet.

November 5, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday October 15, 2008

RetroBeats Session 13 Out!

Well I’m back so with me comes a new RetroBeats on RetroWare TV.
This time I’m putting some of Mega Man‘s best tunes across various series in honor of the release of Mega Man 9.
Thank you Capcom!

TGS 2008 Tops Attendance

This year 194,288 people showed up at the show up from 193,040 last year. Maybe it’s time the people who organize E3 stopped their BS and paid a little attention.

Gone Gold

Far Cry 2 and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 have both gone gold.
The UbiSoft title will be released on PC, PS3 and 360 October 21 while the EA title is a bit more messy. It will be released on PC October 28, on 360 November 11 and on the PS3….whenever, the game is on indefinite hiatus on the Sony console.

BlizzCon 08 Media Blowout!

You all really need to check out the footage from the convention featuring the two upcoming blockbusters from Blizzard. If you just woke up from a 25 year slumber I’m talking about StarCraft II and Diablo III.
I’m not an RTS fan but I have to say I wish I were because the sequel to the 1998 game simply looks stunning. The in-game off-map footage looks just like a cinematic it’s scary, the ambiance and lore look amazing and make me hope for a StarCraft MMO someday.
On the other hand I’m a huge, HUGE Diablo fan and the Wizard trailer made me cry just a little. The game is going to kill.
Anyway go here to check the footage, courtesy of GameTrailers.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday August 29, 2008

Team ICO to Unveil New Project at TGS

Since the release of the great Shadow of the Colossus, it has been announced, alongside a lone screenshot, by Famitsu in 2006 that the developers were working on a new project for the PS3. Since then though the project has been very silent and absent from this year’s E3 and GC.
In comes Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studio, who said that news should come “very soon”, presumably at TGS. Considering the quality of their former project, we shall eagerly await the announcement.

Rock Band 2 Gets 6 Albums!

It was revealed in an article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly that the game from Harmonix will add six full albums to its song roster. Here is the list:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sex Sugar Magik
  • Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
  • Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying
  • No Doubt – Best of
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood

The Saga of Ryzom Free

Today the MMORPG became entirely free. So if you’re into online games, if you are looking for an MMO but don’t want to front the cash before you’re sure you like it, or if you just to try something new go ahead and download the game here.

Screens for Still Life 2

Still Life was a successful adventure game developed by French studio Game Consulting. Its sequel, set to come out in November, will let you take the role of Victoria MacPherson, a detective who will go to Maine to check on a gruesome murder. You will also be able to control Journalist Paloma Hernandez.

Square Enix Bids for Tecmo

Even though they announced yesterday that Ninja Gaiden II had sold more than a million units Tecmo has been having troubles including lawsuits and resignations.
Today the RPG giant made a friendly $200M bid for the company to “rescue Tecmo” according to Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix.

Rumor of the Week

The story comes from famous Japanese magazine Famitsu so it may hold some truth to it. Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 2 remake for the Wii that will include new creatures, new puzzles… The real story is that is will use the Resident Evil 4 engine!
If one thing’s for sure it’s that Capcom are masters at milking a franchise.

August 30, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GC 2008 Late Night Edition

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Since the Game Convention started in Leipzig today there’s a lot of stuff to cover so I’m going to summarize the most noteworthy announcements and link the best trailers only in HD.
Basically this is your one-stop Leipzig newsdesk.

Noteworthy Announcements:

  • New PSP 3000 will come out on October 15 and feature a better screen and built-in mic for $199
  • PS3 160G Hard Drive on October for $499, the 80G one will replace the current 40G
  • New 160G PS3 Uncharted Bundle featuring game, dualshock 3 and PAIN voucher for $499
  • EA is going to tackle Tennis games on Wii in 2009 taking advantage of the Wii Motion Plus
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will be released November 14 for $40
  • Fallout 3 will come out October 28 in North America and October 31 in Europe
  • Suikoden Tierkreis is a DS title
  • Chrono Trigger on the DS will come out November 25
  • The Sims 3 worldwide release February 20, 2009

Noteworthy Trailers and Footage:

August 21, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, PSP News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monday July 28, 2008

RetroBeats Session 9 Out!


This is a show I do on a weekly basis for Retroware TV about video game music.
Be sure to check it out every Monday.

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Soon ?

IGN got the story at Comic-Con that Kevin Feige from Marvel Studios confirmed the game, adding that it may come “sooner than you night think”.

Dates, Dates and More Dates

  • Wii Music announced for October 16 in Japan and a fairly vague 2008 for the U.S..
  • Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning‘s main site shows a release date of September 23, 2008
  • Unreal Engine 4 not before 2012. No rush.

No Rumble for Soul Calibur IV

It would seem that the Namco Bandai game has no support whatsoever for vibrations in the game. There is not even an option in the game for it. This “issue” affects both 360 and PS3 so no jealousy on this one.
Let’s hope they rectify the error with a patch of some sort since release date for the U.S. is July 29 (yes that’s tomorrow).

July 28, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

E3 2008 – Microsoft Press Conference Summary

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Today Microsoft held their press conference at E3 and is what I took from it.

  • Complete revamp of Xbox Live with avatars. at first glance I’m not sure about the changes but we will have to see it and try it to make sure.
  • Netflix is partnering with Microsoft to distribute movies on Xbox Live. To me this is THE announcement that’s worth a million bucks.Combining the cheap format of Netflix with the (almost) instantaneous aspect of Live download is a gold mine.
  • The Fallout 3 gameplay felt very underwhelming to me. I’m pretty disappointed as I have high hopes for this game. We’ll have to wait and see some more.
  • Final Fantasy XIII will be released simultaneously for PS3 and 360! Now this is another major gain for Microsoft and another blow to the PS3. Sony must be really glad they integrated Blu-ray in their console because otherwise…
  • The online Co-Op modes for Resident Evil 5 (releasing Friday the 13th March 2009) and Fable II look very nice. Fable II gives a lot of promise and looks like another nice RPG that people will enjoy playing. Resident Evil 5 continues in the footsteps of RE 4 adding a promising cooperation mode.
  • Confirmed release dates of November 7 2008 for Gears of War 2, March 13 2009 for Resident Evil 5, October 2008 for Fable II and September 2 2008 for Infinite Undiscovery (which looks like Lost Odyssey but has a kick-ass website).
  • Other announcements counted Guitar Hero World Tour which looked OK but was overshadowed by Rock Band 2 and their announcement that AC/DC will finally be featured on the game. Rare confirmed Viva Piñata 2 and Banjo & Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Geometry Wars 2 and Portal 2 are coming to Xbox Live Arcade and a few other details which weren’t that thrilling.

Overall the Microsoft conference was average with mostly confirmations and footage we had seen before. Still it included the big FFXIII slap and some nice new footage of Fable II, Resident Evil 5 and Fallout 3.

You can watch the full coverage of the conference here.

July 14, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Tech News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment