Bioware has released a video showing some of the armor progression for Jedi Knight. If the other classes are as awesome as this, It will be quite awesome indeed! Tell us what you think!
The game, which featured a Mega Man: Powered Up style and the ability to customize and create various levels, was highly anticipated by many. Adding to this anticipation was the news of multiple playable characters including Ryu and Arthur.
Capcom’s message ended “We look forward to your patronage in the future of our products, thank you sincerely.”
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is pretty cool eh? I’ve played a little of it and was pretty amazed. Thinking I’m going to have to get it. Right now I’m enjoying Pilotwings Resort myself. Having Super Street Fighter IV on the go is very tempting though. I just don’t think playing in the streets is very wise, but maybe that’s just me.
See you next week.
Ys is one of those wacky, obscure-in-America-but-popular-in-Japan JRPG franchises that I’ve perpetually intended to try but never have. From what I understand, one of the neat aspects of Ys that sets it apart from most big JRPG series is a somewhat connected continuity in the narratives between each game. Unlike Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, which start from scratch with each entry, Ys games all focus on the adventures of Adol Christin, an armor-clad swordsman with red hair and not much to say. I’m not sure how connected they are beyond a consistent main character, but the idea of following a hero through more than one journey seems like a lot of fun.
Hello. My name is Aron, and I’m a Pokeholic. Since the ripe old age of 16 I have been engrossed in the world of these adorable, pocketable monsters. Collecting, breeding, trading, battling — I have plunged my fingers into each of the proverbial pies that are the different facets of this long running video game franchise. What follows are four reasons why I should probably get a grip on my addiction.
1. That adorable Pikachu hat is about three sizes too small, but I just can’t stop wearing it.
Nothing quite says “Pokeholic” like a 30 year old man waiting in line to buy a Pokemon game…who is wearing a Pikachu hat. If you happen to be lucky enough to live in Chicago and you see me wearing the aforementioned hat, look carefully into my eyes. Are they glazed over? Do I seem to be looking right through you? That’s because my beloved hat is made for a pygmy infant’s head, and I have stretched it to fit my own colossal melon. It is cutting off the circulation to my brain and it should be immediately removed before I lose any more brain cells.
2. When I try to talk to kids about Pokemon, their parents look at me like I’m a sex offender.
“Hey little kid, what’s your name? Wanna mingle our trainer records?” If I had a dime for every time a mom slapped me in the mouth when I said that to her pre-teen, I’d probably have at least a buck fifty. One time at IHOP I offered to show a better method for shaking his Pokewalker and the manager threw me out. I wish the world would understand there is absolutely NOTHING sexual about Pokemon — the adorable critters don’t even have sex themselves for goodness sake!
3. I’ve become really, really confused about how babies are made.
While we’re on the topic of Pokemon and sex, I should mention that one of my favorite things to do in Pokemon is to breed them at the daycare. I like to see what kind of unusual moves and amazing stats I can get the parents to pass on to their offspring. Every time you go to the daycare to collect your new egg, the daycare man basically says to you:
“Ohmigosh, I don’t know where it cam from but I just blinked my eyes for a second and then your Pokemon was holding an egg!”
If the man who is running the sleazy PokeMotel doesn’t even know how babies are made, how should I?
4. Rule 34 Pokemon images are burned into my brain…forever.
Rule 34 of the internet states, “If it exists, there is a porn of it.”
I won’t bore you with any more of the ways Pokemon has seeped into inappropriate aspects of my life, because trust me when I say there are tons. My addiction was bad before, but with the recent release of Pokemon Black, I have become a whole new type of fiend. While you wait for my review of Pokemon Black, which will be posted on the site later this week, go ahead and let us know how Pokemon is ruining your life in the comments section below!
Deep Silver has unleashed another round of screenshots for their upcoming zombie-melee thriller, Dead Island™, this batch focuses around hotel receptionist Xian Mei, the hero assassin class. This little lady, fresh from her native country of China, is a nimble and agile sportswoman that is quick on her feat with an athletic physique, making for a formidable zombie-dispatcher.
Another zombie class has also been revealed to RoboAwesome, the Ram, which seen in the previous set of screenshots is a massive mask-clad straight-jacket-bound terror on legs. As you can guess from the name alone, these special zombies will charge head-on into the players in an attempt to ram them into oblivion rather than infecting them. Though you won’t see these rampaging around the resort, you will find them in other areas of the island where their presence is more sensible.
RoboAwesome has also learned that the island, rather than being a wide-open sandbox will be partitioned off into zones, which you will load into from one to another. Considering the enormous size of the island, the development team at Techland® found this option necessary to ensure high quality graphics and textures while maintaining top performance throughout game-play.
“If you try to make the entire game seamless you run into what we ran into with Risen where you have this massive island but the textures and graphics are not as good as you’d like them to be,” said Aubrey Norris, Manager of Marketing and PR for Deep Silver. “The console memory simply can’t hold everything it would need to in order to be top quality and streaming.”
Although an exact amount of sandbox space has not been determined at this stage in development, the island is large enough to support the injection of vehicles found throughout the island.
“The island is so big that you’ll definitely need vehicles to cross it,” added Norris. “Trying to run across the entire island will take forever.”
For the previous batch of screen shots, click here.
To view the theatrical trailer, click here.
For more information on Dead Island™, click here.
So the 3DS comes out in just a few days. Got to say I’m pretty darned excited for it. Can’t wait to play some of those AR games but I’m still a little unsure about the launch titles. Still looking forward to having a new gadget in the house.
Before I say “See you next week” I have to ask, anyone else getting ready for the 3DS launch? Ok, see you next week.
In case my score of 95 didn’t persuade you, how about some real world facts about real world events? Square Enix announced today that according to the NPD Group, Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together was the best selling PSP game in North America for the month of February, and it released on the 15th. Yeah, Stick that in your pipe and smoke it! So now that you’ve wasted my time as well as your own, get the heck off your butt and go get the blasted game. Don’t worry about sending me flowers, chocolates, or even gift certificates to the movie theater, I will gladly just accept that I’ve made your gaming life much better.
Time Gate has given us behind the scenes trailer about the upcoming Section 8: Prejudice. This game boasts to have everything a $50-$60 game, but only at $15! The video shows fast paced FPS action with many weapon variants and vehicles. There is no release date yet, but the video does have a cute girl in it too. Tell us what you think!
Hello! My name is Aron, and I’m a Pokeholic. I’ve played nearly every version since the beginning. When the Pokemon cartoon’s theme song stated there were “150 or more” Pokemon, no one ever quite expected the ranks of these little critters to reach the staggering total of over 600 they are at today. As soon as Pokemon Black and White were announced, naysayers were talking about how a fifth generation of Pokemon was overkill, but somehow Game Freak recaptured the magic one more time.
When you make your first trip to the Unova region, you will notice that on the surface, not much has changed. You are still playing the role of a youngster setting out to complete a Pokedex, just like in each preceding game. However, instead of one rival you will now have two, but unfortunately neither one can be named. This is also the first time that the region’s Pokemon professor has been a woman. Once you set out into the world, you will notice a level of graphical refinement previously unseen in this franchise. Autumn leaves blow through the air and speckle the pavement in some areas, buildings and backgrounds look better than ever, and there is now a city rendered in full 3D. In a battle scene, the Pokemon even have a few frames of animation so they no longer just stand still. These graphical goodies pair up with a new dynamic battle camera to make a Pokemon game like none other.
Opening cinematic for Pokemon Black and White. GEE THANKS IGN!!!
As mentioned, those were only some of the surface changes. There are huge amounts of changes made to game mechanics that have yet to be explored. Tons of new abilities and moves have been thrown into the mix, along with new battle types such as Triple Battles and Rotation Battles. At this point in the game, the only new battle type I’ve had is a Rotation Battle. It was a little confusing at first, but once the concept of it clicked with me I could definitely see the appeal. If you’re planning on doing a lot of these Rotation Battles you may need to construct a specially designed team.
So far it seems like the developers crammed enough stuff into Pokemon Black to keep raging Pokeholics like myself hooked for a very long time. There is a ton of material here to delve into. So much, in fact, that at 16 hours of play time I am just feeling like I can write about the first impressions the game has made on me. Whether this is your first for tenth Pokemon excursion, there is bound to be things in this game to entertain and delight you. There is a simple enough base game here for younger people, but more mature trainers can find plenty of complexity. What are your thoughts on the game so far? Is it more of the same, or a true step forward for this flagship Nintendo franchise? Get the ball rolling in the comments below!