E3 10: Koei Tecmo's booth was beautiful and brutal


Recently merged, Koei Tecmo's combined library of upcoming titles seem to go together like apples and cinnamon. The booth on the other hand puts forth the image of singular entity, despite the fact that in addition to their own games, they also have NIS America's upcoming releases on display. I'll save NIS America for later, but you can check out Koei Tecmo's offerings after the jump.

Upon approaching the booth, you're greeted by a display featuring a sleek set of Japanese samurai armor. On the other side is a life-sized statue of Kenshiro from their upcoming game Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage -- previously known to us as Fist of the North Star Musou. Dale managed to snag  a couple photos, so I'll try to include those at a later date.

Once you enter the booth, you're confronted with a wall featuring their upcoming titles such as Quantum Theory, a 3rd person shooter that some have referred to as the "Japanese Gears of War," and Warriors: Legend of Troy. While both look impressive, I'm definitely looking forward to the release of Quantum Theory. What I did play of it was really fun, and frankly I enjoyed the Japanese aesthetic that Legends of Troy clearly lacked.

I really loved getting to sit down and play Fist of the North Star. While the AI issues that were previously reported still exist, I imagine the demo was set to a lower difficulty setting. The visuals are even more brutal in person and the gameplay felt solid, which is good since I was expecting it to be a bit clunky. I also noticed that both the Xbox 360 and Ps3 versions were side by side and while I didn't get to experience the slow loading of the 360, the colors were still visibly washed out in comparison.

Finally, I sat down with Samurai Warriors 3 for the Wii. It was hooked up with a classic controller, much like Sengoku Basara was, and while I was intimately familiar with the gameplay from previous titles in the series, I found the visuals to be slightly lacking in comparison. That said the story mode of the game is really where the bread and butter is, and that definitely shows promise. I'm looking forward to hearing more as the game gets closer to launch.

I'm still excited about Samurai Warriors but getting this chance to sit down with Fist of the North Star and Quantum Theory really have me pumped. Anyone else looking forward to these?

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