Namco Bandai is making a new PS3 game in the Soul Calibur series of fighting games. this should have fans pretty excited, but right now, most are left scratching their heads and/or beards, wondering just what on earth Namco is thinking. Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, you see, is a single player only fighting game, removing the element from fighting games that makes them so much fun in the first place. Oh, and it’s free to play.
We have an obvious affinity for that classic yellow pie-chart icon of gaming, but Pac-Man is a series that’s struggled to really move beyond the confines of 2D maze running and pellet-chomping. Namco’s tried numerous times to modernise Pac-Man, with the most successful attempt probably being Pac-Man Championship Edition DX – which mostly stuck to the tried-and-tested formula. They’re trying the 3D adventure route again, with a brand new Pac-Man adventure.
I have to be honest. I'm a little bit ambivalent when it comes to Star Trek. I’ve enjoyed Gene Rodenberry’s past tales of intergalactic diplomacy, and I even quite liked J.J Abrams’ reboot, but I’m hardly what you’d consider a “Trekkie”. I’m not big on licenced games that try cash in on people’s established love either, so I was expecting this new game based on Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek continuity to not be very good. It has exceeded my expectations…by being far worse than I had ever anticipated.
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is ah dammit I ran out of space already with my opening blurb. Believe it!
Everyone wants to be a wizard. Whether it is the spectacled boy who lived or the wizard who is never late, there is something alluring about the wizarding arts. So what would you do if you were handed a spell book by an odd short creature who claims to be from another world?
Tekken Tag Tournamant 2 is out right now, and even though I thought that the game was actually a Bryan Mills simulator, it turned out to be something far more impressive instead. There’s a new patch out, and it’s got some new content within it. Details after the jump.
Tekken has been a bit of a gamble in the last few years, with a few awkward games that didn't have the weight or meat of their earlier titles. Does the iron fist hit with full force again? Or did Heihachi's youth elixir fail? Get ready to pitch anyone and everyone against each other.
The Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s premier gaming event is happening right now - and the tubes are currently being inundated with all manner of trailer showcasing the latest in Japanese games. Instead of posting ‘em all one by one, we’ve lumped ‘em all together - so grab some Ramen and take in the best that Japan has to offer.
Hang on, “puff, wheeeeze”. Damn, that title is ridiculously long. Alright, here we go.
The long running series of adolescent ninjas and their unique world, is back for another spin on an old tale, in a title that streamlines the process for a more focused approach. But can this new method to gameplay stand tall with previous, solid attempts, or is this game that has gone back to basics with detrimental effects?
There was a time when the words “Ridge Racer” would invoke an almost Pavlovian response from a specific gamer demographic. After almost two decades, the Ridge Racer games have become synonymous with the release of new Sony hardware, but more importantly, they were always a safe bet. In fact, there were two things that you could bank on if you were a Sony gamer.
Firstly, you knew that your new hardware was going to be reliable (or at least more so than the nearest competitor), and secondly, you couldn't go wrong with a Ridge Racer title. It wasn't going to blow your mind, but at least the arcade racer would help pass the time (while you saved up for a few decent games).
FROM Software’s loosely connected “souls” games - namely Demon’s souls and Dark Souls - are some of the most difficult and frustrating, but ultimately rewarding games in existence. Those who’ve played them long enough to overcome their steep learning curves have been duly rewarded, and left the experience feeling like champions.
Rejoice, masochistic gamers, because there are more coming.
February may be the month where gaming finally puts a boot to the ass of gamer wallets, but if there is one genre that is leading the pack this year, it has to be the category of fisticuffs and pugilism.
First out of the fighting genre stables this year is Soul Calibur V, bringing with it some familiar mechanics and characters, but can the latest iteration in the iconic weapon-based fighting franchise land a successful first strike on the stage of history, or is this a ring-out loss for the ageless brawlers?
What’s the best way to immortalise some fan-favourite video game characters? If your answer included rock, then you’d be 100% correct. To celebrate the release of the Soul Calibur V game, Namco Bandai recently engraved the characters of Mitsurugi and Pyrrha into the side of a granite mountain, in Tanum, Sweden.
PlayStation gamers were treated to an action RPG that broke the mould; Demon’s Souls, a genre-shattering Dark Fantasy that played almost as if it was The Legend of Zelda for grownups. Praised for its exceedingly high difficulty, wonderful setting and tight, meaningful combat, Demon’s Souls garnered a cult following and sales enough to warrant a successor.
Dark souls, available this time for Xbox 360 as well, is that successor - and like Demon’s Souls it’s designed to give players a hitherto unseen amount of grief. Like grief, Dark Souls is experienced in stages.
If there’s one thing that gamers love in a fighting game, it’s a wide roster of fighters. From brawlers who have more hair gel than common sense, to combatants who somehow defy the laws of gravity and avoid wardrobe malfunctions during the heat of battle, players like to have that choice.
Of course, not every taste can be catered for, and the majority of fighting genre games don’t cater to character customisation, unless the fighters are squaring off in a WWE ring. Soul Calibur V is proving the exception to that rule however, showcasing a variety of options that will allow for truly unique characters that can be created.