And the Big Tekken Announcement is…

Posted in arcade on July 25th, 2019 by Bessie Peters


MEH.

… a tournament. No console reveal, no new characters, no nothing. Just a live event for some hardcore Tekken players and that’s it. A big SCREW YOU to everyone else who can’t go there, can’t compete and for the most part, don’t give a DAMN about these things.

Really, if this was all there is, they should have just said so. There’s really NO REASON to get people’s hopes up just for THIS kind of thing. They specifically posted on social media that this would be a Major thing for Tekken fans to get excited for. That was it. Vague as hell, and they let it stew for a week. All this just for a Tournament with an $80,000 pot. WOW.

The thing is, this is a niche event that only a small fraction of gamers appreciate. If it was aimed towards this percentage of people, for those peoples who for comfortable playing in WoW need to use wow leveling boost services, then people like me could have been spared getting our hopes up, being held in suspense for the better part of a week, all for pretty much nothing. But instead, the announcement of something BIG was vague, left everything for speculation, and in the end, was anti-climactic and disappointing. Hopefully the Tekken Project learns from this with respects to announcements in the future. Fans are always waiting, patiently. Don’t keep them hanging for nothing, man.

ANYWAY… I have had to remind myself that indeed, it was a bit of a wait before Tekken 6 came home to consoles- but then, I had the arcade version in my parts to occupy my time. With Tekken 7… it’s nowhere around, and won’t be anytime soon from the looks of it. The console version will come, but perhaps not for at least a year or so. Which may be good, considering how incomplete and lacking in content the current version is (so few customizations, intros, outros, characters, etc). We may have to wait for a ‘Bloodline Rebellion’ update before we even think that a console version is on the horizon. I guess for now- back to Tekken 6…

Oh, and to those who wanna just say with all this griping, ‘Why do you post about Tekken anyway?’ or that kind of silliness- If it isn’t obvious, it’s because I love Tekken, that’s why.
It’s not the game’s fault that the marketing staff is being very… odd. And that’s all I am saying about that.

Dead or Alive 5′s Achievements/Trophy List Revealed!

Posted in fan-service, fantasy, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

On the Tecmo front in the current fighting game race, gaming site Exophase has just posted the list of Achievements/Trophies you can attain in Dead or Alive 5. Just perusing through this article reveals or confirms quite a few choice tidbits about the game.

For starters, Virtua Fighters Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant will have to be unlocked. Returning Boss Alpha-152 is an unlockable character as well. Arcade Mode, Time Attack and Survival Modes will all have ‘Courses’ (or set order of opponents) to take on, similar to in Soul Calibur V and VF5FS. Danger Zones can be turned off. The Story mode looks to be pretty lengthy, with multiple chapters. There are unlockable costumes. There will be at least 50 kinds of character-specific Tag Throws (NICE!).

Check out the list yourself over here. I think there’s quite a bit of content to be had in DOA5 as well, which makes me think that fight fans will be very, very busy and very very happy this September. More as we get it then!

Mortal Kombat X: Jason Lives!

Posted in arcade, fan-service, fantasy, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

Ch-ch-ch…hahahah…

Today, May 5, sees the classic horror icon Jason Voorhees unleashed in Mortal Kombat X. Netherrealms released the trailer above some hours ago, and it is spot-on perfect for this psychotic slasher. The new Kombatant has been featured by NR themselves in the latest Kombat Kast, revealing his three variations- Slasher, Relentless and Unstoppable.


Jason’s gameplay revealed!

Even more so than Freddy Kreuger was done in MK9, I think Netherrealm pretty much nailed Jason for the game, down to his walk, his attacks and even the occasional horror music highlights during some of his moves/attacks. If you ‘love’ this maniacal madman, you’ll adore using him to gut into the competition in MKX.
Jason will be available today for owners of the Kombat Pack, but he will be made available as standalone DLC on May 12. Happy Hacking!

Tekken 7 at SDCC… WTF? THAT’S IT?

Posted in arcade, fan-service, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

The Tekken 7 ‘Full’ Teaser Trailer. Yawn.

Really. What a disappointment.

No gameplay. No solid info aside from ‘Lars is in the game’.

Nothing save the cinematic bore-fest above.

Sadly, I am beginning to think that Harada and team have forgotten how to do their own game anymore. It’s been so long since the last good Tekken, or the last Soul Calibur. All they’ve been doing since are rehashes and F2P nonsense. They need to get their heads on straight.

This, honestly, is crap. This is the crappiest showing of Tekken I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe how worthless this SDCC showing has been. They should have just NOT announced the game until they could have showed something. Like the first Tekken 6 trailer. THAT had stuff. That had content.

This… This crap… a fan could do better. I am totally serious. Really, Namco, Harada, Tekken Team- please re-watch all the trailers and spots you did in the past and realize how SHITTY your stuff is now. My GOD this is horrible.

I won’t talk or speculate about Tekken on this blog again until they show something worth being excited about.

That is all.

My gosh, this was such a fail.

50 Hi-Res Tekken Tag 2 Screens and Art from Taiwan Expo

Posted in fan-service, fantasy on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

Harada and Tekken Tag 2 in Taiwan!

Big treat for fighting game fans today! Nice HD media for Tekken Tag Tournament 2just found its way online. GNN Gamer has posted the pics and an article on TTT2 and Katsuhiro Harada from the GTI Asia Taipei Expo, that Distributor-Only event held earlier this week in Taiwan. You can check out the article, which is in Chinese but sports lots of nice, HD screens and several hi-res character artworks, over here.

The article has an pretty lengthy interview with Harada, and thanks to Google Translate we can piece together some bits of info from the Chinese text. Interesting points include the following:

• TTT2′s Character roster is still pegged at 44 (biggest roster yet in Tekken).

• Jun Kazama is mentioned, and once again Harada clarifies that officially Jun was never considered ‘dead’, but ‘missing’.

• Tekken Tag 2′s graphic quality is much better than that of Tekken 6. Improvements include more detail in facial expressions, musculature in character models, shader effects and other extensive treatments (talk about Extreme Makeover!). In terms of polygons used, TTT2 uses 1.5 more than T6 did.

• The version shown in the Taipei Expo is not the latest version (maybe the AOU build) and has some slowdown. The final version will have no slowdown in play.

• The game is about 70-75% complete, but development was delayed due to the recent earthquake.

• Harada reveals that the game may have an Autumn 2011 (October) release for areas outside Japan.

• TTT2′s story is, once again with feeling, non-canon.

• Harada still won’t speak about a console version since the arcade game isn’t out yet, but a home translation is something to look forward to afterwards.

• Progress on SF x Tekken is (to Harada’s estimation) 50%, while Tekken X SF is at 0%(!) since the Tekken devs are concentrating on TTT2.

You can also check out the new TTT2 media over at Fighter’s Generation, who has nicely put up the new stuff in a gallery. Check out the goods here!

Ganny’s probably thinking, “Where have I seen that butt before..?”

Nice, nice stuff! Here’s to even more media as TTT2 is shown off in Dubai next week, more location tests are set up and Harada reveals his much-awaited announcement. More as we get it then!

Tekken Tag 2: Jaycee Unmasked!

Posted in arcade, fan-service, fantasy, fighting games, gaming on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters


Jun’s boss stage is one odd stage to fight in.

Here are a couple of vids showing Tekken Tag Tournament 2‘s Character Customization, particularly for the tag-fighter’s resident luchador babe, Jaycee. Of course, we all know it’s really American Eco Fighter Julia Chang under that flashy costume, and these vids once again confirm that. With alternate head items equipped, the luchador mask comes off revealing the comely face beneath.

So far Customization in Tekken Tag 2 has been quite different from the previous Tekken 6 and Bloodline Rebellion, but I think this will be for the better. I’ll examine the new system in another post- for now, watch the match vids above straight from Japanese arcades- wish we could be there!

SSFIV AE: Evil Ryu/Oni Endings, Evil Ryu’s Chest Wound Explained

Posted in anime, arcade, fan-service on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

UPDATE: A copyright claim by Capcom just took out the Youtube videos of Evil Ryu and Oni’s endings. I guess if you missed ‘em, just wait for someone else to upload them or just wait a bit till the video embargo on them is lifted and they become available online again.

Meanwhile, the reason for Evil Ryu’s hole-in-the-chest is explained. The design is in reference to the manga Ryu Final (considered by many as the true telling of the story of SFIII), wherein he gets himself punched right THROUGH by Akuma in their final battle. It’s pretty intense, and if you wanna see the whole thing, get the translated manga by Udon. Every SF fan should have a copy.


Ouch.

Anyways, don’t worry about Ryu- though the manga goes out of its way to make it seem that Ryu went to the ol’ Dojo in the sky, going as far as showing off what appears to be his grave, the ending reveals otherwise.


Hey there, Ryu… RYU?!

It’s at this point where Alex should start running. Come on- the guy survived a freakin’ punch THROUGH the chest. What chance do you have, dude? Heheh…

Anyways, the manga is the work of artist Masahiko Nakahira, from whom the character of Evil Ryu actually first came to light (as well as character Karin Kanzuki, created in the Sakura Ganbaru manga, also made by Nakahira). Credit goes to Hadoken.net for this info.

Tekken Updates: Tekken 3D Prime Edition Webpage Up, TTT2 Boss Reveal Coming?

Posted in 3ds, arcade, fan-service, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

The Tekken gang’s coming to the 3DS, in case you didn’t know.

Tekken Official has just added a new page for the latest upcoming Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition. There’s nothing much there yet save a nifty montage of character art from Tekken 6 and still a big ad for the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie pack-in. Famitsu just posted an article for the game with some character bios for the fighters appearing in their featured screenshots. The thing about Tekken 3D- depending on the individual screen shot, it can either look quite impressive and slick, or very pixelly and iffy. Still, Tekken has always been about beauty in motion, not in stills…

On another topic, there’s a little bit of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 talk on arcade site ariesu, which has this intriguing translated text which seems to refer to TTT2′s end boss.

Famitsu arcade game channel is “Tekken Tag Tournament 2″ is the follow-up. Introducing the boss appearing in single play.
1 boss Mishima parents. Ogre is to appear next. Additionally the emergence of the next semi-Kazama. The aura of mystery and black from the feet of her slump to defeat Kazama …?

UPDATED: Though initially I thought that ’1 boss Mishima parents’ was the Final Boss, this may instead refer to a Mishima Parent-and-Child Tag Team… which may be one of three possibilities- Jinpachi and Heihachi, Heihachi and Kazuya or Kazuya and Jin. Afterwards, Ogre is faced, then Jun Kazama– which is odd to me; will you face them separately, not as a team? Finally, after Jun is defeated, some sort of black mist or energy appears at her feet(?) while she’s sprawled on the ground… perhaps heralding the appearance of the actual Final Boss. I GOT IT! THOSE FREAKIN’ WEIRD SHOES OF HERS ARE THE BOSS…!

From Harada’s Twitter we can confirm that Jun herself is NOT the End Boss (known this for some time actually), and that the boss will ‘look like human’ (Harada’s exact words). No beam attacks though, so it won’t be something like Devil Kaz or Devil Jin. Who or what will it be? As of now, I have no freakin’ idea, but this is really intriguing. It shouldn’t be too long before we find out though, given the impending release of the game in Japanese arcades next month. More as we get it then!

Tekken Tag 2 E3 Interview from LevelUpYourGame

Posted in 3ds, arcade, fan-service, fantasy, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters


More hardcore info from the Tekken Team!

Here’s another video interview with Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray from the recently-concluded E3 2011, this time from LevelUpYourGame. At over twenty minutes, it’s one of the longer interview vids you’ll see (only the Capcom-Unity hour-long interview with Ono is longer), taking up everything from Tekken 3DS, Tekken WiiU, Tekken Hybrid/Blood Vengeance and, of course, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. However of course about half of it is Harada-san speaking Japanese which Murray has to translate, which kinda pads out the time. Also, the ambient sounds of the venue make hearing the words quite the challenge. Luckily, LUYG has also posted the full transcript of the interview over here. So either watch or read, it’s your choice. Thanks to LevelUp for this extensive session. With this probably being the last of the E3 material, next up is Comicon in July. More as we get it then!

Tekken Tag 2: Five MORE Characters for Console?

Posted in dlc, fan-service, fantasy, fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

Bring out those wishlists, Tekkenfans!

Looks like the fun and surprises aren’t ending anytime soon for Namco-Bandai’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2. We’ve already been given four additional fighters recently, but now it seems that there are even more waiting in the wings according to the above teaser pic. The screengrab comes from a recently-posted updated version of TTT2′s ‘Switch’ trailer, and points to at least five more challengers just itching to be outed and revealed.

So who’s next? Doctor B? P.Jack? Tougou? Some word on forums is that the next reveals will be in July- man, that’s a bit far away… but well, so much stuff has been shown off at E3, we at least have lots to chew on for now. Let the speculations continue! Tekken Tag 2 is out for PS3 and Xbox360 in September 2012.