Version C Minus?

Posted in fighting games, gaming on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

Virtua Fighter 5 Online for the Xbox360 is out, and while reviews have been mostly positive, if not totally outstanding (1Up gave it a 10), this latest version of Sega’s flagship fighter still isn’t as perfect as it should be. Word is that in terms of customization, VF5 360 falls short of the arcade game. While in the arcade you can switch various tops and bottoms between characters’ costume types, that doesn’t seem to be possible with the home version. This ability was one of Version C’s big updates, so it’s pretty odd that it was omitted from the home game. That said, the Xbox360 version still has supposedly 75% more items than the PS3 game.

I also note with disdain that nice add-ons like the customizable Character Intro vids in Version C aren’t in the Xbox360 game either. Okay, these are all just extras- the game is still as solid a fighter as ever, and the online play adds longevity and playability in spades. Still, little stuff and fan service make a game all the more enjoyable, and these little details missing without a doubt take away from the coolness. Oh well. Let’s hope DLC comes in soon… hopefully good stuff will appear long before the Asian and Japanese versions come in December.

Soul-burning TGS Update

Posted in fighting games, gaming on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

First of all, Namco Bandai has debuted a new Soulcalibur IV trailer at TGS. It’s a short, 2 minute+ spot that mainly features the introduction of Hilde, or Hilda, the new armored babe. Sophitia, Cassandra and Astoroth also appear in the trailer along with Tira, Taki, Voldo, Ivy and of course, Siegfried and Nightmare.

Hilde is apparently the product of the dev team’s desire to make a sexy but fully-clothed character (boo!), and one would instantly assume that maybe her armor is destructible and removeable. However, while the developers are considering this, they also say that they don’t want Hilde to be just like every other skimpily-dressed female in the game. My take? Give us the option to do what we want. Make it hard or make us work for it, but if we wanna see Hilde in her skivvies, allow us to. Heh.

Anyways, on a more gameplay-focused point, Hilde will control a bit differently from the other fighters. Each of her armaments (the spear and shortsword) will correspond to a button, giving her a bit more variety in close-and-ranged attacks (and kinda making her control a bit like a Tekken fighter). She’s certainly going to be an interesting one to play as. Hilde is so far the only new character shown, but certainly NOT the last… there will be more new faces appearing as the game continues on its merry way to release in 2008.

To see the new Soulcalibur IV TGS Trailer, Gamevideos, IGN and Gamespot already has it up.

Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena

Posted in fighting games, gaming on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

It’s not an online-enabled PS3 version, but at least now Asian and Japanese gamers can get into online VF5 fighting at home with Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena for the Xbox360. The game will be based on the arcade version, which is currently at Version C. Along with 3000 customization items and 1000 new A.I. opponents to take on in Quest Mode, it will have online play and functionality, which I assume will include the ability to download or update new items for customization, posting on leaderboards, watching classic match vids and more.

This is set to come out December 6, alongside the VF5 Live Arena Arcade Stick(which is a must since the Xbox360 pad is rubbish for this game, I’d say). The US version of online-capable VF5 is set for release a bit earlier, at the end of October.

Edit: I guess this kinda makes dim even more the hopes of an updated PS3 version of VF5 with online. I mean, Sega is now in like Flint with Microsoft, and that probably doesn’t sit well with Sony. I don’t think VF5 sold incredibly well in Japan on the PS3, so you really can’t blame Sega for wanting to spread the joy and have as many players buy it. Xbox is strong in the US, as is the demand for online. Luckily, Asian players get to play a couple of months later.  On Sega’s side anyway, they’re probably getting back at Sony as well for having Namco with their big fighters looming on the horizon. 

Anyway, I love VF5 regardless of all these wrinkles, and I’ll probably get the Xbox Live-enabled version when it comes out. Updated items and moves (if any) are my real incentive, not really the online. 

Virtua Fighter 5 on my Xbox360…

Posted in fighting games, gaming on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

Virtua Fighter 5 THEME, actually. Yeah, the game’s not due out till the end of October for the US, and I’ll probably have to wait till December for the Asian version of the online-enabled Sega fighter. But this early, Xbox Live users can purchase the VF5 theme to spice up their 360 dashboards for a measly 150 MS points. The theme puts a bunch of characters on each of your 360′s dashboard blades, and it looks pretty cool if you love the VF cast. Better yet, it doesn’t hamper seeing the text as some other themes do. It’s a nice way of prepping my console for the eventual VF invasion. Just a couple more months to go…

Tekken 7 @ Gamescom 2016: EXCELLENT Character Reveal!

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

The silver-haired demon, Lee Chaolan, returns!

At this year’s Gamescom event (which is pretty much Germany’s E3), Katsuhiro Harada attended and revealed another addition to the Tekken 7 roster… none other than Lee Chaolan! The silver-haired adopted son of Heihachi Mishima and now head of his own robotics corporation returns with his lightning fast kicks and high-pitched yells… and an even more stylish set of suits. Really, this guy is all style, isn’t he? It’s interesting to note that Lee is as yet an addition to the console release of Tekken 7. It appears that from here on in, any new characters announced will be for the home versions on PC, PS4 and XBox One. Good news for the most of us who haven’t been lucky enough to live near an very well-stocked arcade.

It seems that with the road to the home release now stretching out but quite reachable, further reveals may be in the works- there may certainly be more in store at next month’s Tokyo Game Show (mid-September), so we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve been quite happy with the recent reveals and the new customizations that will, we assume, all make their way to the console versions. With pretty much no other big fighters due out next year, Tekken 7 just may be the BIG ONE to watch out for fighting gamers in the near future. More as we get it then!

Streetfighter V: Kolin Reveal Trailer

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

Gill’s Lady Friday is the next new character in SFV Season 2.

It’s been a while since the start of Streetfighter V‘s Season 2, which start off with the addition of Akuma (or ‘Daisy’ as some have taken to calling him…) to the roster. Well, Season 2 is well along with the upcoming addition of the latest new combatant. Kolinhas just been revealed in the above trailer as the next new fighter. Formerly known as Helen in the game’s Story Mode, she is the secretary(?) or lead henchwoman of Gill, the leader of the Illuminati and Streetfighter III’s Final Boss.

SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t played SFV’s Story Mode (WHY HAVEN’T YOU?). At the very end of the game, after the credits roll (or is it before?), Gill is seen to be the ‘mysterious man’ Helen has been saying will lead the world to a new future. The now-bearded Gill then apparently reveals Helen’s true(?) appearance an identiy, that of Kolin. Now why she had to bother being disguised as another blonde woman is beyond me but well- reasons.

During the events of the SFV Story, Helen already possessed obvious abilities, such as supernatural agility (she pickpocketed Rashid of the pivotal chess pieces without him knowing) and some for of energy control to heal or empower Nash, but now as Kolin, she is revealed to have ice-based fighting ability as well (no doubt given to her by her master). She supposedly has rekka-type attacks, and unusual projectiles. We’ll surely be given more views of this character in the next few weeks, as we slowly make to her release on February 28.

To be fair, I didn’t think I was going to be very interested in Kolin- Helen wasn’t that appealing a character, but now seeing the trailer I do want to see what Capcom’s version of Kula can do. We’ll see, won’t we?

UPDATE: The official SFV Blog has updated with a post on Kolin. Apparently she practices the art of Systema, a Russian Martial Art (also seen used by Marie Rose in DOA5) and is described as ‘A Phantasm of Snow and Ice’. Check out Capcom’s post here.

Tekken 7 TVC Shows Off Rage Arts, Story Scenes!

Posted in fighting games on July 22nd, 2019 by Bessie Peters

“The Best Fights are Personal.”

With March almost done, only about two months remain before Tekken 7 for the home releases. MAN! Two months. That’s just four paydays (unless you’re unemployed, like I am currently…). That’s really not too far off, but its still a wait… and fortunately, a lot of nice things can happen in that time. Stuff like character reveals, more costumes or customization parts being added, the Story mode being fleshed out more… that sort of thing. I can very well guarantee in the last month or so, the media blitz for this game will be all over the place. Fight fans have been waiting nigh on six or seven years for Tekken to come home (not since Tekken Tag 2), so this is a BIG THING. At least for fans and fighting gamers.

For now though, here’s the latest bit- a TV commercial posted online at the official Tekken Youtube channel (TekkenChannel) showing off some fighters doing Rage Arts and even some intriguing scenes which can be assumed taken from the cinematic Story mode. Now I am expecting that not only will the main players Kazuya, Heihachi and Jin be focused on, but hopefully every fighter will get their own story and scenes to be told. The game’s had all this time to be developed, and has been delayed at least once- we can expect or deserve no less.

Anyway, check out the vid above, and I’ll keep my eyes peeled on the next milestone till we reach June 2. Stay tuned!