What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime... | subscribe
The MMO iteration of the popular Monster Hunter series never did release outside of Japan, so here comes a partnership with Nintendo to rub a handful of salt in the wounds. Remember that rather popular Fire Emblem from earli...
Due to his lack of experience with fighting opponents outside of the Akuma and Noah Clan, Allen Walker wasn't GAR enough to go up against Kazuma the Shell Bullet. All it took was one Shocking First Bullet to the face, and the white-haired exorcist went down in a matter of seconds. Kazuma wins! (9 > 0)
There’s something fulfilling about brutally stabbing your opponent with a giant stake after pummeling them with a barrage of heavy missiles and bullets. That being said, of course it's time to feature a brawl between two machines that love to impale their foes in the most brutal way possible.
Ace Attorney 5 got an English release recently, but maybe you are not caught up on the series. Finding the DS releases of the first three games might take some effort and maybe you carry your iPhone around more than your 3DS. Good news. You can snag the HD trilogy for $4.99 right now. That’s the first there games with updated graphics for less than what? A cup of coffee? The individual games go for more if you buy them separately. This is a great deal.
I have been playing it myself and it's easy to say that the iPhone is an even better platform for these games. The touch controls work just like you’d expect, and playing it in the vertical mode allows for easy one handed investigations. If I had a complaint it’d be that it is still in the non-iPhone5 resolution, but I hardly notice it in general.
The download is free and the first two episodes can be played without spending any money, but this is a Thanksgiving sale. If you’re interested, I’d grab it now. Five bucks gets you a lot of content.
Are you guys and gals ready to party?
The latest trailer for Capcom's historical hack and slash game, Sengoku Basara 4, is a whopping five and a half minutes long. It outlines strategies and combos for each of the currently ...
It's hard to believe that Soma's having trouble with this battle. The man is able to wield the souls of various creatures and entities. On top of that, a good number of his weapons contain holy and/or magical properties. Then again, none of his abilities have the power to destroy an entire planet, so the Dark Candidate's attacks weren't able to take out all of Nero's parts in one go. After Soma depletes his own energy, Chaos devours him with his Soil of Genesis. Nrvnqsr Chaos wins! (5 > 2)
Now that we're done with October themed battle fest, I think that it’s about time that we return to the basics of fighting. Thanks to a suggestion from my good old buddy, Baron Von Vogl, we’re going to have a good old boxing match during this week’s fight!
In case you didn't know, the long-awaited western release of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies landed in the Nintendo eShop at around 2pm GMT today. That's right, it's up there right now. Unfortunately for me, I was working until...
Blade may be an amazing character in his own medium, but his swordsman skills could not match D's 1,000 years of experience. When the Daywalker realized that he couldn't stand up to Dracula's son head on, he resorts to his arsenal of throwing weapons. However, Left Hand's actions ensured that Blade's projectiles were rendered useless. In other words, the Dhampir gets the perfect opportunity to cut Blade down. D wins! (9 > 1)
We're arriving at the third week of October, and I’m going to have a battle centered around a certain book by Mary Shelley. The only difference is that our two fighters are not from the same medium. However, most of you will appreciate the connection, since it is part of the holiday spirit.
OBJECTION! The cry rings through the court. His arm is raised outward with an accusatory finger pointing at the witness stand, commanding the attention of the entire room. Silence. Even the prosecution is taken aback at this outburst. Who could wrest control of an entire courtroom so easily? What kind of bizarre character would wear a bright blue suit and contrasting magenta tie to a trial? Why would this person cross-examine a... parrot? Wait, a parrot is on the witness stand?
Welcome to Phoenix Wright's world. It's a little crazy here.
Ace Attorney, or Gyakuten Saiban (Turnabout Trial) in Japan, is probably familiar to you. The series began in Japan and quickly gained a fan following there. Once it made the jump to the Americas, fans warmly accepted it and the attorney soon became one of Capcom's most beloved game series -- despite it being frequently described as a "cult" series. But Phoenix Wright has been in more than just video games. He's perhaps traversed almost every media format out there! So let's take a trip down memory lane... I bet there's some things Phoenix has done that you never knew about.
Well now, this is odd. A new Monster Hunter 4 limited edition 3DS was announced, which in and of itself is not weird, but read that carefully. 3DS. Not 3DSXL. Weird, since the XL seems to be the big deal now, does i...
No game show is complete without a place where you can buy lots of branded goods. TGS is certainly no exception to that rule.
While it occupies a fairly small space on the show floor, TGS' merchandise area still has plenty of...
I've never been much of a fan of Koei's Dynasty Warriors series. That isn't to say the appeal is lost on me; the idea of smashing through hundreds of weak soldiers has always been an exciting one. I suppose in my case, DW just seemed to take itself too seriously.
Enter Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise. A rewrite of the Sengoku Era of Japan, SB is ridiculously over the top, featuring absurd redesigns of famous Japanese historical figures that may or may not include giant cyborgs. I remain convinced that Sengoku Basara actually takes place thousands of years in the future.
No, I'm not crazy.
In a year without a big Monster Hunter-like title being premiered, it's not an understatement to say that Sengoku Basara 4 has definitely been getting a whole lot of attention. It's Capcom's most lavish booth by a long shot, and it's clear they're putting a lot of marketing power behind it. The lines were never super long, but they were consistent. Sengoku Basara has always appealed to a large range of people, and it looks like the forth game is set to continue that tradition.
How does the game itself play? I had the opportunity to spend 15 minutes with it, and decided to play as newcomer Ii Naotora, voiced by the always incredible Maaya Sakamoto. As expected, her attacks are slow and methodical, as she wields a huge sword that has an incredible long start up time. Using her heavy attack multiple times gets her spinning, which in turn helps her to send opponents spinning into the air like a tiny tornado. Her style of combat is a nice move away from the more agile female characters from previous games; Ii is a tank.
For the most part, the Sengoku Basara formula seems to be unchanged. You make your way to different areas on the map so you can take down generals and reclaim spots. There are plenty of little UI differences that do a lot to make the whole experience feel much more polished, but overall, if you liked Sengoku Basara before, I don't see that changing any time soon.
There is one massive change that I think long time fans will be fond of. The supporting character you bring with you into battle can now be ordered to attack certain areas. With the click of a button, you can send your pal to the enemy in front of you even while you hammer on baddies. I foresee a lot of cool situations in which you sandwich a tough boss between the player and supporting characters.
Capcom's latest attempt at capturing the hearts and minds of Japanese children comes in the form of 3DS action game, Geist Crusher.
Developed by Treasure, makers of many a classic video game, Geist Crusher is a 3rd person action brawler that allows players to switch between three different forms throughout battle. Armor mode sees you using your fists to plow into enemies. The second mode changes your armor into a weapon, and the third mode sees the player character turn into a giant monster of sorts.
My initial take away from the demo at TGS was that the combat feels very much so like the product of Treasure's developers. It's fast and flows well, letting you switch between attack forms quickly, allowing for more interesting combo strings. The problem is that there's little to no exploration. Levels are little more than running to the next battle that's a few feet away. While the combat is fun, I'm concerned that it won't hold up as a long lasting experience.
Capcom is trying to position Geist Crusher as its next big franchise, given the multimedia push they're giving it. The game features over 100 Geist creatures, meaning that there are more than 100 different armor sets you can unlock. Additionally, the game comes with a cover that can be placed over your 3DS. When you purchase actual Geist toys, you can then attach them to the 3DS cover, and it will read the barcode and download a new Geist into your game to extend play. The whole idea reminds me a lot of Skylanders, but the gameplay end worries me. It certainly doesn't help that Geist Crusher isn't a particularly great looking game.
I was personally hoping to come away surprised like I did with E.X. Troopers last year, but sadly that wasn't the case. I'm a huge Treasure fan, so I can only cross my fingers that they figure this game out before it releases.