Friday, March 14, 2008

Tasteful old Sega ads

With marketing like this it makes you wonder why Sega is dead.

Gee are you talking about a penis OH WAIT IT'S JUST MEGADRIVE!

What's with the claims that playing video games ruins your eyes? I played near the screen all the time when I was young because I am that hardcore oh yeah.

"Female players may find difficulties in the higher skill levels." Hehe

Ok this is just the most tasteful one.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Street Fighter IV females

Look to the right of this scan of Famitsu mag. It says "Street Figther IV" and there's a bunch of familiar female characters (ignore that furry thing which is Famitsu's mascot I believe). It's just art, but the fact that it has "Street Fighter IV" on it pretty much confirms which female characters will be in the game I guess. Two characters in particular interest me: Elena (upper left, behind Cammy) and someone that looks like Sakura. The former because she's a character from SF3 which is, story wise, quite far into the future; the latter because it's Sakura. I guess they can come up with some contrived story for Elena (like maybe she's much, much younger here). Or maybe they're doing away with the story. Who knows. But more importantly, is Vega going to be in the game>

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Another newcomer to Soul Calibur IV

The one on the bottom left. What the hell is that? I mean sure okay all of the characters have pretty ridiculous designs but in context they're still okay. But this new character, named Scheherazade (have fun memorizing that), looks like someone straight out of a typical RPG. And she just doesn't really blend in. You could say the same for characters like Astaroth and Voldo I guess but...seriously, pointy ears? Actually when I saw the thumbnail of this scan I thought Blanc Neige from Shining Tears is gonna make a guest appearance in the game.

Argh, she really doesn't fit in. I wonder what kind of character she is though.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hideo Kojima's new projects

Now that MGS4 (and MGO) is almost out, it looks like Kojima's career is coming close to an end. However, he did say that he has other things in mind, and this article from IGN proves it:

"Speaking with Japan's Nikkei BP website, Konami president Fumiaki Tanaka revealed that Kojima is working on the concept for a new game outside of the Metal Gear universe. Pressed further on this mystery title, or possibly titles, Tanaka said that he couldn't reveal anything at this point and that a formal announcement won't be coming this year. Instead, we can probably look forward to hearing something after Kojima has written the new title's scenario, which won't happen until after MGS4 has been released and Metal Gear Online has been given a major push."

What could it be? A Snatchers sequel? ZOE3 (please?) ? He did mention before that he likes the Wii. Who knows. But all will be revealed maybe after MGS4.

Tanaka also notes that the reason PS3 is yet to hit 2 million in sales is because people are waiting for MGS4. Bold statement, but is most likely true.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Disgaea for DS, with screens finally happened. I guess the PSP version was more successful than I thought, because otherwise NIS would have no reason to run this game to the ground. Yes it's a port of the first game in the series. Yes it will be on the DS. Will it have anything new? According to the internet it has something called "Demon Gadgets" which are basically items that do all sorts of things, like give your character an exta 30 level boost. Hmm, why would that matter if I'm anywhere beyond level 100?

So far this "demon gadget" business is the only new feature, all the rest were on the PSP or PS2 versions. I have a sinking feeling that they will have to remove a lot of things, like bonus fights or maybe even cut down the voice acting...? But if you're expecting an extra story mode like in the PSP port...I wouldn't get my hopes up that high. Also it's probably safe to say goodbye to the bonus battles from the PSP version.


Look at those screens. I don't mean to sound like some sort of anti-DS fanboy but damn, the original's graphics are bad enough and it just seems worse on the DS. I'm not sure if it's really just due to the compression of the images though. We'll see, I guess.

I really don't see the point though, why publish the same damn game three times on three different consoles? Everyone who wants this game has most likely played it more than twice already. Why isn't NIS working on porting Disgaea 2 instead?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Phil Harrison interview


As some of you might know, Phil Harrison, former president of Sony Worldwide Studios, recently quit. And as some have speculated (and feared), yes, he did end up in Atari (Infogrames). For those of you who might be wondering why (the hell) would he do something (so seemingly idiotic) like that, he reveals all in this interview.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Dragonball Z: Burst Limit HD trailer

(You'd probably have a better time watching this video from Gamersyde, or just watch it in full screen mode.)

I'm normally not that much of a fan of Dragonball (especially NOT Dragonball Z) but DAMN. You almost (almost) can't tell whether this is a fighting game or a remastered version of the show itself. It's THAT good-looking. The animation, the shading, and the colors faithfully retain and recreate the experience of watching the DBZ show itself (minus the long boring bouts of nonsense talk in between fights of course). And if it plays anything like the previous few DBZ games...sign me right up.