Archive for March, 2009

Best Game of all time announced; other developers give up to save effort, money

Posted in Japan, News, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on March 26, 2009 by reasonjp

Those who share my affinity with wrestling games, and quite a few who don’t should be very excited by this:

The Fire Pro Club is reporting that to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fire Pro Wrestling (the best series of wrestling games in the history of all things ever), two new games are being entered into the canon. Fire Pro Wrestling Anniversary Collection will pack in ten games from the PC Engine titles up to Super Fire Pro 3 (meh), to Fire Pro X and Fire Pro X Premium(worth the asking price by far) as well as a specially reduxed version of Blazing Tornado (read Fire Pro Arcade) alongside some new video content.

The big deal, though, is Fire Pro HD, which will feature a rebuilt game engine, and online play.

The Collection will be available on Wii later this year, and HD will be on XBLA and PSN on September 9th. We at Gaijingamers compel you to stockpile PSN moneys and MSPoints now, lest by September your credit card details get lost or stolen or something, and at the same time a bizarre mix-up leads to a worldwide shortage of the prepaid cards.

EDIT- Aanndd it was all an elaborate early April fool, apparently. One we here were certainly in on from the start. We’re obviously too smart to be taken in by internet ruses. What?

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Resident Evil 5 Impressions

Posted in Gaming Rant, Microsoft, PS3, Sony, Xbox 360 with tags , on March 22, 2009 by Stephen

Back in 1996, Capcom debut the first of several game from the Resident Evil franchise, changing forever the landscape of what action games could bring to the table. While not the first game to introduce the now famous catch phrase “Survival Horror”, Capcom sure took the term “survival” in a threat typical of horror fiction to another level.

Forward to 2009 and after a group of well established games and spin-off from the series, Capcom once again deliver another journey into the land of zombies where you main objectives are to manage your resources and escape at all cost, or perhaps just shot your way through anything that move and waste away whatever resources you get along the way.

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Street Fighter IV Review

Posted in Online, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by reasonjp

It’s pleasing that in a world full of space marines, blank slates of FPS characters and racing cars driven by faceless men behind helmets, Street Fighter is, and always has been, about character. Chances are, although they may move around from fighter to fighter, most players will adopt one as their favourite, depending on when they really got involved with the dynasty. I’m with Ryu, although as ever, Street Fighter IV is finely balanced enough to make playing with (almost) any character an enjoyable experience. While new fat boy Rufus may join returnee Dan Hibiki in the ‘comedy value’ drawer, El Fuerte is a Mexican lucha who is also a chef. A Mexican luchadore street fighting chef= license to print money.

Street Fighter IV sees the disturbing return of the Sinister Behind Men. Here they make their illicit backstreet deals.

Street Fighter IV sees the disturbing return of the Sinister Behind Men. Here they make their illicit backstreet deals.

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Inevitable Street Fighter Love in; SFIV Impressions

Posted in Gaming Rant, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by reasonjp

The devil, they say, is in the details. Seeing how videogames have evolved so far, and how they remain in our collective consciousness, I’m intrigued as to whether the youth of today will remember the Halo theme, or be able to remember how to build a fancy Little Big Planet robot twenty years from now, in the same way those of us who grew up with games in the eighties and nineties can still remember the warp locations in Super Mario, or the intro jingle to Pac Man.

Or a simple quarter circle towards and punch. A player’s first triumphant Hadoken using Ryu (a name we’d all butcher at the time, much as we would with Raiden in Mortal Kombat, or with game names like Ninja Gaiden, making it seem like quite the fruity hangout) is a great gaming moment that stays in the memory for good. Especially for me, as it was one of the easier moves to pull off in the Amiga version I had, which took the arcade game, squished it into letterbox format, made it move l-i-k-e t-h-i-s and crammed the six button moveset onto a one button joystick- a task made all the taller by the developers having to go down the local arcade and take notes to develop the game since US Gold were given no technical support from Capcom. No wonder the Amiga version was dire. Continue reading

The Island of Lost Games No.2: プロレス Edition

Posted in Gaming Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by reasonjp

I love pro wrestling. Morality plays involving people pretending to beat each other up in ever more dangerous ways has been a passion of mine for quite a while.

 

Before, dear reader, you skip this retrospective on wrestling games written by someone with perhaps an unhealthy passion for oiled men in spandex, bear in mind that the recent histories of wrestling and of videogames aren’t dissimilar. Both appeal to similar target audiences in mainly 15-30 males, both caught fire in terms of popularity in the mid 80’s (Rock ‘n’ Wrestling and the Famicom era, respectively) and the late 90’s (Attitude and Playstation) and it has been argued that both have been putting spectacle before substance of late. Stick around, you may learn something. Continue reading