Ultra Streetfighter IV: Decapre’s Alternate Costume Revealed

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Ultra Streetfighter IV, Xbox360 on April 16th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Gladiator Decapre.

Capcom just released the artwork today for new character Decapre’s alternate costume in Ultra Streetfighter IV. The look for the character is an even more twisted, exaggerated take on the masked, psychotic assassin, featuring a full face mask, chains, padlocks and leather straps. Kinky! It actually reminds me a bit of Painwheel from Skullgirls with a little bit of Lulu from Final Fantasy X.

The costume was designed and drawn by Udon, who also did the alternate costumes of the four other extra fighters in USFIV, and is designed to give her a ‘fantasy’ feel.

While these alts haven’t been seen aside from the concept sketches/art, I assume we’ll be able to get these outfits with the game when it releases later this year. I also assume they’ll look a lot better in-game. Hopefully. The game releases in June 2014 on PS3, Xbox360 and PC.

To get a larger version of the artwork, head on over to Fighter’s Generation.

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play: Episodes 9 and 10

Posted in Action Adventure, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on April 15th, 2014 by thelonegamer

The War on Terror in Whiterun rages on!

WOWZERS! Will miracles never cease? Over last weekend I was able to upload not ONE, but TWO… TWO episodes of my Elder Scrolls V Skryim Roleplaying Let’s Play series. I guess I had a bit more time and the internet connection exceptionally stable at the time. Anyway, it was also fortunate so we can finally get this particular phase of our hero, Vryll Lytharn’s career- his rather prolonged bout of bandit-killing- behind him. Well, I have to say that killing bandit scum never really gets old, but it can get a bit tiresome after a while, if unchecked.

From here, Vryll will be able to do a bit of soul searching and get the opportunity to focus on more important things- like, getting his magical skills upgraded so he can finally be on his way to becoming the badass master wizard we know he can be. And in Skyrim, there’s only one place where one can do that…

Vryll’s War on Whiterun Crime ends with an assault on White River Watch.

Anyway, for now though, enjoy the vids! I am quite overjoyed at how quite a few more watchers are seeing the LP, which goes a long way in motivating me to making and posting more vids. As usual, I’ll try my best to post more episodes more often per week. As we go into the Holiday break this week, I’ll try to post a LOT more vids, so stay tuned. Later then!

Killer Instinct: Who is… ARIA?

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Killer Instinct, Xbox One on April 11th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Killer Instinct’s Secret Ending teases the fights to come.

Killer Instinct is still ongoing development, and with the exit of Double Helix as developers with the latest patch and updated comes the entrance of Iron Galaxy and possibilities of the future. In recent livestreams, it’s already been hinted that the game’s recently-added Arcade/Story mode will further be enhanced, hopefully with more cutscenes, rival battles and more, ahem, substantial endings. In any case, the Secret Ending you unlock in KI teases something for the future- an all-new character and possible Final Boss for Season 2.
Known as ARIA, this mysterious being is mentioned in some of the character endings and is apparently the power behind the supposedly-being-revived UltraTech (KI’s Shadaloo/evil corporation, FYI). Who is he/she? What is he/she?
I do hope that whatever ARIA is, it’s not the blank shape that has so far been revealed. Let’s have something/someone with a lot more character and bad-assedness. Plus I am looking forward to the return of more fighters in Season 2.

KI goes on, which is great. Let’s see the goods, Iron Galaxy!

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play, Part 8: Halted Stream

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Dragonborn, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on April 8th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Be vewy, vewy quiet… we’re hunting bandits!

First off, I’d like to say that I am really, really happy that more than a few people are finally watching our Elder Scrolls V Skryim LP; it’s enough to keep me motivated and wanting to release a new video as soon as I can. I do plan on going for at least two or three vids a week, at least- it’s all a matter of getting past the current busy period at the day job.

In any case, the Adventures of our Altmer Adventurer, Vryll Lytharn, continues with the newly-installed Thane of Whiterun embarking on a crusade to rid the hold of its rampant bandit problem- though it may be kind of obvious that Vryll’s reasons for wanting to slaughter more bandits is more personal than an issue of public service. It’s sure to be quite an action-filled next few episodes as Thane Vryll and his faithful crusaders (AKA Hjoromir the Daydreamer and Lydia the Housecarl) go after bandit camp after bandit camp, working their way to the Godfather of Whiterun crime- The Iron Hand himself.

Vryll Lytharn is a down-on-his-luck High Elf from Cyrodiil who has come to Skyrim seeking a new start. Through spell and sword and luck and wit, he’ll make the long climb to fame and fortune and perhaps, along the way, save the world. If he doesn’t drink himself to death first.

The Skyrim LP is a heavily-modded playthrough on PC, played on Expert Settings and using, primarily, the SkyRe gameplay overhaul mod. Episodes will be posted on the Youtube channel at least once or several times a week. Stay tuned for the next part!

Killer Instinct Story Mode, Season 2 Info! AT LAST!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Killer Instinct, Killer Instinct 3, Xbox One on April 4th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Killer Instinct Central just posted information on the XBox One’s DLC fighter’s near future developments, gleaned from the latest livestream on the game from Microsoft.
For starters, April 9 will bring the update that will add Story Mode/Arcade Mode (YES!!!), Fulgore and Sadira’s Classic Costume to the game, as well as a Spectator Lobby and a new Stage for Shadow Jago.

Season 2, which will be talked about more soon, will add a lot more to the existing Story Mode (more cutscenes, dialogue between rivals is being thrown about), including a New and NASTY Final Boss, who will be playable. You can apparently get hints of things to be added in Season 2 from some of the Story Endings. Oh, and depending on how you beat your enemies, there will be multiple endings.

For a comprehensive list of the latest info, check out here.

As someone who bought the XB1 and KI, I am STARVED for content with this otherwise pretty cool and solid fighter. Really looking forward to next week’s additions, and to Season 2. NEED MORE CHARACTERS. BADLY. Oh, and please bring back Maya. Heheh.

Skyrim Mod: Follower Commentary Overhaul

Posted in DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs on April 3rd, 2014 by thelonegamer

Giving your Skyrim buds more say in any matter.

Now THIS is a mod I’ve been waiting for a long, long time. Even simply through watching some of the latest Skyrim LPs, the utter repetition of some vanilla followers’ dialogue is incredibly annoying and immersion-breaking. Custom followers like Inigo and heck, anyone from Interesting NPCs just makes the out-of-the-box followers act like robots in comparison. Also, seeing and hearing content locked away in the game by Bethesda is always darn awesome (that’s why the Civil War Overhaul is so interesting, bugs aside).

And so this mod is a godsend; I certainly intend to install it posthaste; thankfully my LP is still ongoing and at this point I am currently without followers- It will be a nice change to experience once I get reunited and travelling with Lydia again. Looking forward to that!
Ah, Skyrim. Still changing, still growing after all these years. Goddamn amazing. I love freakin’ MODS.

Skullgirls New Character: FUKUA!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Skullgirls, Xbox360 on April 2nd, 2014 by thelonegamer

Eat your heart out, Decapre!

Skullgirls one-ups Capcom’s Ultra Streetfighter IV by coming out with their own super-awesome, emo palette-swap/clone character, Fukua! Okay, it’s pretty obvious that this is an April Fool’s joke and a good-natured ribbing from the folks at Lab Zero to the big boys at Capcom. But what’s even more awesome is that Fukua is more than just a trailer- she’s actually REAL.

Fukua is indeed a Filia clone, but she has her own moves, stance, personality, supers… she IS an actual character. AND you can actually play her in the PC version. According to Lab Zero, she may be rolled out in Skullgirls Encore for consoles if the reception to her is positive enough.

So Happy April Fool’s indeed!

The Lone Gamer’s Skyrim Let’s Play Update

Posted in Dragonborn, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Skyrim Let's Play, Videogame Comedy on April 1st, 2014 by thelonegamer

If you’re one of the few individuals who actually watch my Skyrim Let’s Play (I love you), well, you may have noticed that updates are a bit delayed. While it is true that I would love to have more people seeing the vids, I am still very much as motivated to keep the series going now as I was when I started.

The only trouble is, well, ME having more fun playing the game than working on the vids. I think this is actually a good thing, which will keep this series going for quite a while. On the other hand, I know I do have to force myself to put the damn controller down (yes, I use an Xbox360 Windows Controller for PC) and actually edit and post the damn episodes.

Full disclosure anyway- my stockpile of vids telling Vryll’s story and rise to power is HUGE. I think he’s barely Level 7 or so in the current posted episode (Ep.7). As of this writing, he’s already Level 43. YIKES! To be honest, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. This is actually the first time I’ve really played a more-or-less full mage (Battlemage, really) instead of a Warrior who uses Magic, and in SkyRe at that, which makes it all so new for me. And I am having a ball with it.

Anyways, yes- episodes are still coming- I do plan on posting more than just one a week. I have a lot to post, and I’d like to thank, this early all those viewers who have given me awesome encouragement. Don’t worry- Vryll’s adventures aren’t going away anytime soon- We’ve got Two or Three Seasons worth recorded already. WOW! Stay tuned then for more postings.

The Lone Gamer Reviews Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Posted in Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies, My Stuff on March 31st, 2014 by thelonegamer

The First Avenger returns for what may be the best Marvel movie yet.

I’ve been a fan of Marvel Comics for most of my life, but honestly, never been much of a Captain America fan. It’s not that I didn’t like him- he just seemed to be the least interesting. He really didn’t have much in terms of powers- just lots-better-than-normal strength and speed, combat training and, well, that shield. Panels, or even the early movies that tried to portray Steve Rogers, could never really properly show how badass the character could be (well, the same could be said of any superhero). The first Captain America movie was a pleasant surprise to me, warming me up to the character just as much as Iron Man and Downey did with that hero. The Avengers made me like Cap a lot more. This film made me a bonafide fan finally.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a very interesting hybrid of film- supposedly its a Superhero flick, but the characters pretty much seen are on the non-superhuman (or just semi-super, as Cap is) side of the power scale. With the prime focus being on Cap and his relationship with SHIELD, the world’s ‘Good’ Spy Organization, it’s as much techno-thriller or espionage action film than your usual tights and capes movie. It’s like James Bond on steroids.

The opening, with Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen) going on a Hostage Rescue/Kick Terrorist Butt mission on a hijacked SHIELD ship sets a good tone to expect of the film’s action- lots of super-fast, super-brutal hand-to-hand melee that is freakin’ awesome. What I said about Captain America never looking badass before? The first few seconds of him storming the ship and taking out mercs second by second sets that up. The fight with Batros the Leaper (an old Marvel villain, btw) hits it out of the park.

From there, things start rolling and there’s never really a dull moment. Steve Rogers is still not cozy with SHIELD’s way of doing things- to say it is ‘Pro-active’ would be putting it lightly. It keeps him at odds with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), SHIELD’s pragmatic director. But it soon becomes apparent that there’s more working behind the scenes than even Fury was aware of, and it soon ignites in a violent assault by enemies unknown that soon puts Captain America behind enemy lines in the middle of his own country.

I don’t want to post any spoilers about the storyline, save that it’s smart, quite updated to today’s war on terror vibes and has lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing for a while, as well as nods and references to past movies in the Marvel series that will make you gasp, smile and feel glad that you watched them all. There’s action all over the place, great character exposures from not only Cap but Black Widow (Man, Scarlett is at the top of her game in this one) and in particular Nick Fury (FINALLY we get to see the world’s Top Spy kick ass) the newly-introduced Sam Wilson AKA Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and more. Perhaps sadly the least developed is the titular Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan), but man does he look goddamn badass and scary everytime he shows up.

Engaging and exciting throughout with an explosive endgame, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is among the best of the Marvel Comics’ movies to date- easily this is one I can watch over and over for all the cool action and the twisting story and the tons of cool characters. It just makes me want MORE. Keep it up, Marvel. You’re doing great.

TIP: Do not miss the mid-credits scene. The end credits scene is a bit disappointing though. Oh well.

Fulgore Trailer Hits! Arcade Mode Teased! FINALLY! (UPDATED)

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Killer Instinct, Xbox One on March 27th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Ultratech unleashes its bad boy.

It’s been a long time coming, but the arrival of the much-awaited classic Poster Boy for KI is almost here with the arrival of the launch trailer for the almighty Fulgore. A combat cyborg/android created by evil corporation UltraTech, Fulgore is the nemesis of Orchid and Jago, and he’s got the tools to lay waste to all who stand against him, including stealth and some bright, burning LAY-SERS. Awesome.

Oh, and even better, the trailer ends with a tease for additional content for the game as well, including the LONG-AWAITED Arcade Mode (I assume this is Story as well), which will finally give this otherwise bare-bones fighter a bit more to do in terms of single-player modes.

What can I say? I am certainly impressed by the character’s looks and the ‘heaviness’ he brings. And that Big Freakin’ LASER… loving that sound. Oh, and I can’t wait for the damn Arcade Mode. I am liking what appears to be in-game cutscenes. Please let there be a lot.
This is a bit bittersweet as this is the final bit of content for Double Helix, which I feel did a great job in bringing Killer Instinct back. All I can hope for now is that the next developer takes up the slack with even better stuff, with MORE characters and MORER content to come and sooner rather than later.

For now, stay tuned and just enjoy that trailer!

UPDATE: The new developer for Killer Instinct has been revealed to be Iron Galaxy, the maker of fighting game conversions like Streetfighter III Third Strike Online Edition, Darkstalkers Resurrection and Marvel VS Capcom Origins. Their first original fighting game was Divekick. For more details and IG’s plans for KI, check out the article from Polygon.