Musing About Tekken 6: Two Months To Go!

Posted in Fighting Games, My Stuff, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 31st, 2009 by thelonegamer

Okay, I don’t have too much to say in terms of news of new stuff (aside from that the Official Japanese Tekken 6 Site has updated with some stuff). I just merely wanted to point out that it’s freakin’ September, finally, and that means we’re now solidly two months away from the console release of our most awaited fighting game, Tekken 6. That’s less than 60 days, eight weeks, four pay days away. Two months can pass incredibly fast, but sadly for us fans who wait day by day for something upcoming, it all passes by so painfully slow. Still, what can we do but keep soldiering on, taking in every little snippet of news, every little tidbit doled out, every screenshot or video posted online.

From here on in, there are still some things to look forward to. There may be something to the upcoming PAX Gaming Event, but I’m inclined more to waiting for the Tokyo Game Show, later this month, which may hopefully show off a trailer and more footage. The Namco-Bandai/Gametrailers online tournament has seemingly fizzled out, but we should always keep our eyes on the official US game site for some surprises.

On my end, I have to apologize for the lack of updates recently with the Tekken Fan Manga- my scanner got busted and I haven’t had time to have it fixed. Till then, that will be on hold. Still, I’ll try my best to keep updating here on the main site with whatever I can to make the wait a li’l but easier to bear. We’re closing in on our destination though, dudes- we can see it on the horizon. Just a little bit more.

New Tekken 6 Preview, Promo Video

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 28th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Asuka falls for Lili’s Imp Shorts Item Move.

Japanese gaming sites Famitsu and 4Gamer.Net just posted cool previews of the upcoming home versions of Tekken 6. The lengthy article talks a bit about the default Arcade Mode and the new elements of gameplay such as Bound, Rage and Item Moves. There are then some cool new screenshots and some character bios (with accompanying CG portraits) to round things out.

Here’s a look at the Japanese Collector’s Edition Package. I WANT THAT ART BOOK…

Also included is a new PV or promotional video. The vid is mostly stuff seen before, but there are bits of new footage of combos and the Scenario Mode in action, all with your usual enthusiastic Japanaese announcer and lots of kanji supers flying around. Still worth seeing, in any case… check it all out here and here.

District 9

Posted in Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Shooters on August 27th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Saw the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi thriller District 9 finally. This film has been hyped a lot recently by rave reviews, and certainly it is not undeserved. The story is gripping and the production and special effects pretty amazing. Very atmospheric and intense, with some pretty gruesome stuff and splattery death all over by the second half… which is pretty cool. Heheh…

It’s pretty easy to see how this film could have been the now-derailed Halo film, with the alien ‘Prawns’ looking something like the Covenant. Seeing the pretty awesome action at the end, with superweapons and mech suits running wild give a bit of a hint at what a movie based on Master Chief could have been. Maybe in another life.
But in any case, District 9′s a pretty great sci-fi action-thriller- catch it in the theater if you can, dudes.

Tekken 6 Blog: 'Unlocking Characters' Issue Explained

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 26th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Tekken 6 game director Katsuhiro Harada finally updates his personal blog over at IGN! This time he takes up a majority of the post clarifying things about some words he said some time ago about how ‘unlocking characters is outdated’. Well, apparently the media jumped all over his words, blowing them out of context and proportion and causing quite a bit of controversy. Harada-san sets the record straight with what he really meant.

Aside from that, there’s just a couple more things- that the game development’s now coming into ‘crunch time’ (well, it’s about time) and that Harada-san seems very interested in working with other fighting game franchises. Tekken VS Virtua Fighter, anyone? Let the Man Know! Check out Harada’s blog here.

Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.

'J VS B' Revealed: Tekken 6 Direct-feed Match Videos

Posted in Fan Service, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 25th, 2009 by thelonegamer

SD-Tekken and Namco Bandai have revealed their latest marketing gimmick for the upcoming Tekken 6. Teased since last week, it has turned out, as expected, to be several match videos between high-level Tekken players Jimmy “MrNAPS” Tran and Bronson “insanelee” Tran (J VS B), with each one representing either SD-Tekken and Tekken Zaibatsu (aren’t they one and the same?). The matches are direct-feed recordings from the console versions. so I guess this is a good way to see how nicely the conversion has come along. An extra schtick is that fans and viewers on SD-Tekken can apparently vote for which character ‘Insanelee’ will select for the upcoming rematch.

Well, just seeing the video quality of the home versions is the only value for me- The characters used aren’t my favorites to watch and they’re not even customized. Plus, I’m not really one to care about other players’ skills- I just want to play myself. The stuff I really want to see are the customizations, the Story mode, the Scenario Campaign, prologues, cutscenes… everything but this. Oh well. I guess this is something to see to pass the time… Check the matches out. Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.

Tekken 6 'Video Project' Coming Soon

Posted in Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 25th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Recently, Namco-Bandai’s official Tekken 6 Twitter, TekkenBob, has been teasing at something called ‘J vs B’. Supposedly coming to Youtube this week, this mysterious title has gotten Tekken-heads all over speculating. Well, part of the mystery has been lifted today, with this tweet from T-Bob:

It turns out J vs. B is a big video project from Namco. I caught a sneak peek of some direct capture being taken from Tekken 6. Coming soon!

Here’s additional ‘info’ on this from the official Tekken Facebook page…

“J vs. B”, our secret video project, is coming up soon. For those of you that have wanted a chance to see more of the console version of Tekken 6, we’re about to bring you brand new video content… with a twist! Stay tuned.

Console video content with a twist, eh? Well, all we can do is wait and see. Tomorrow isn’t that far off now, is it? More as we get it.

Waiting for Knightfall

Posted in Action Adventure, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PS3 on August 24th, 2009 by thelonegamer

My copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum just shipped out. Man, I love Play-Asia! WOOHOO! If all goes well, my game should arrive at my door sometime tomorrow. FedEx was fast, and usually arrived just before lunch… UPS is slightly slower, but still should deliver. Heheh.

Should be busting heads and saving the people of Gotham by tomorrow night, hopefully. Sweet!

Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 36: Sergei Dragunov

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 24th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Be vewy, vewy quiet… he’s hunting devils.

As a way of counting down the time to the release of Tekken 6 for the PS3 and Xbox360, I’ve decided to begin this weekly series of lengthy, character-specific articles, each one featuring one of the 40 or so competing warriors in the latest and greatest King of Iron Fist Tournament. Hopefully, by the time we finish and reach character number 40, we’ll have the console version of Tekken 6 in our hands already.

Part 37 brings us to another recent addition to the roster. Joining the series during the PSP and PS3 versions of Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection, this dangerous fighter certainly made a strong impression with his silent but menacing presence and arsenal of brutal grapples and strikes. A deadly special forces agent using the fearsome style of Commando Sambo, he’s the Quiet Man. The White Angel of Death. The Silent Spetsnaz. He’s Sergei Dragunov.

Sergei Dragunov
Distinguishing Features: Pale, almost corpse-like complexion. Soulless eyes devoid of humanity set in a face seemingly carved out of stone. An almost palpable aura of menace. Bottlecap collection.

Strengths: Intimidating aura. Brutally powerful with some exceptionally damaging hits and combos. Relatively new with many confusing moves. Very effective takedowns and grapples. Great at charades.

Weaknesses: May be considered an advanced character- a bit hard to learn for new players. Big and a bit on the slow side. Good, strong vodka. Always feels left out during Karaoke Night.

Affiliation: Working as an agent of the Soviet Government to take down the Mishima Zaibatsu single-handedly.

Background: A member of the elite Spetsnaz Unit, Dragunov was known as the ‘White Angel of Death’ throughout many battlefields for his terrifying battle prowess. While involved in an investigation of an object that fell from the sky onto Siberia, Dragunov was given a mission to infiltrate the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to capture a being known as ‘Devil’. Unfortunately Dragunov did not encounter his target and had to return empty-handed to Russia.
Later, as war and chaos began to spread all over the globe, Dragunov found himself fighting to put down civil unrest in many parts of the country. Once it was discovered that the disturbances were caused by covert operations ordered by Jin Kazama, an order was given to Dragunov- enter the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 and destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu. The White Angel of Death soon found himself once again headed to Japan…

Character Analysis: Love him or hate him, one can surely agree that Sergei Dragunov is one scary individual. Silent waters may run deep, and certainly this Spetsnaz commando is ready, willing and able to drown any opposition that comes up against him. This guy’s got cold, sinister and malevolence down pat with just a simple glare and a stroke of his unmoving chin. Is he really evil personified or just misunderstood? Well, really- it may be a stretch to call this guy evil- he’s a soldier first and foremost, and unmistakably ruthless. But he’s doing it all for the sake of the motherland. Or maybe because he enjoys crushing enemies under his boot. Unless we see something more from this guy- perhaps a small scene of him cuddling a kitten or saving an innocent- we can probably assume that Jack-6 has more humanity than he does.

Anyone interested in using Dragunov should be ready to practice a bit- his timing and speed are unusual; he’s faster than he looks, but definitely heavier than many quick combatants. But once you master his combos and fakeout moves, this guy can dish out the pain like few others.

What lies in the future for Creepy Sergei? He’s sure to continue to be a sinister presence in the tournament, a wild card and dangerous outsider (very much like other operatives like Raven) who add color more interesting factions to the overall plot. What I’ll want to see though is if there is more to this quiet assassin than meets the eye.

Stay tuned as we delve into another fighter’s story next week!

Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.

Soulcalibur BD on Famitsu, PSP Woes

Posted in Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PSP, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur IV on August 24th, 2009 by thelonegamer

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny is on it’s way- at least for Japan. The pocket slasher gets unsheathed on August 27 for gamers in Nippon. The PSP translation got a decent score of 31/40 ( 7, 8, 8, 8 ) from Famitsu of Japan.

For gamers not in Japan, the english-translated version is set for a September release… which is all right for me since my PSP is busted at this time, and it will take a while for me to have the chance (and the spare bucks) to have it fixed. And I want it to be fixed with both SC and Tekken 6 coming to the portable in the very near future. Oh well.

1Up recently had SCBD on their Gaming Night feature, and while the participating hosts testing out the game could have been a lot more… articulate… it showed off quite a bit of the game, including neat stuff like Dampierre’s ridiculously hilarious Critical Finish. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Taking Apart the Tekken 6 GamesCom 2009 Trailer

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PS3, PSP, Tekken, Tekken 6, Xbox360 on August 20th, 2009 by thelonegamer

GamesCom 2009 brought us quite a lot of new Tekken 6 footage, but of course the most impressive is surely the new ‘Story’ trailer. The latest in a long line of spots, this video has everyting from in-game cutscenes to customizations, pre-rendered story vids and intriguing hints of the ongoing plot. So as we’ve got nothing better to do- let’s dissect this video and see what we can see in the frames…

The trailer starts off with pre-rendered footage of Jin on his VTOL (seen in previous trailers, but with fancy filters and slow motion), with the subtitled dialogue “Everything is in motion…” Yeah, he’s caused quite a bit of trouble, hasn’t he? Pretty impressive for a kid who once lived with his mama in a forest. A narrator continues speaking, relating the general Tekken 6 story- how the Zaibatsu has declared independence and war against the rest of the world. Accompanying footage is stuff we’ve seen to death already- Tekken Force saluting Jin, Nina in the ranks, etcetera.

The Scenario Campaign looks to be awesome if only for the in-game cutscenes that promise to tell a more detailed story than usual. Hopefully all the fighters will get the same treatment, and not just new Goldenboy Lars.

Then there’s in-game stuff- fighters squaring off. Same stuff we’ve seen in previous trailers. Jin’s “Power is Everything” line is hyped up. In-game action follows, with Jin, Kazuya and Lars kicking butt. We hear what may be Kazuya or Jin saying “You… I’m taking you down!” This is really a battle between these two, but the whole world is involved… talk about airing your dirty laundry in public. More in-game action continues, finally showing off new footage.
We then see Bryan and Nina squaring off in-game in the Urban Warzone stage. Both morph from their stock outfits to heavily-customized alternate costumes- Bryan looking like a Republic Clone Trooper while Nina gets red hair and a form-fitting racing suit. Bryan shows off his mini-gun (ooh, kinky). Nina also seems to have gotten a new intro quote, “This should be fun…” Never heard this before in the arcade.

Nicely enough, the trailer shows off several characters’ customizations, including Samurai Asuka, Kuma-Hei and Beast Form King.

As Bryan is blowing away Nina we heard some chatter on a radio with subtitles- apparently the Zaibatsu troops have lost a base to the ‘rebel army’ (obviously Lars’ forces). We then see CG pre-rendered footage of Lars himself, (seen before) kicking some Tekken Shu butt as we hear him tell someone they’re entering some G-Corporation Research Facility. We then see some cutscenes of Alisa’s ‘crib’. In-game footage from the Scenario Campaign pops up as Lars asks for back-up, which is promptly answered by Alisa’s voice. So, are Lars and Alisa a couple? What is their connection? Perhaps he is the one who initially awakens her?

We then hear Lars’ voice utter some pretty intriguing lines. “If I don’t stop Jin, there’ll be no going back.” Another voice, from an unknown character, replies, “What do you think he’s after?”
I can infer a few things from this exchange- one, Lars is apparently indeed a ‘good guy’, or at least he started his rebellion in order to stop Jin’s rampage. But the more intriguing part is that there is a bit of mystery still to the new Zaibatsu CEO’s actions- is Jin truly evil? Or is there something else afoot? Is there a plan somewhere that will explain all this? Something tells me not everything is what it seems.

We then hear Zafina (I think) say “Kazuya Mishima is on the move,” along with a cutscene (most probably from Scenario Campaign). “It’s the fate of our family to fight and betray each other.” is uttered by another voice- perhaps Kazuya or Lars. Ah, the life of a Mishima.

Christie’s story is a lot more serious and dramatic this time around… will there be a happy ending for the Capoeira Clan? Doesn’t look like it…

In game action follows, along with scenes from that much-used CG Jin-and-Kazuya fight on the rooftop. Man, the trailer editors really, really, really love that scene. Anyway some new in-game stuff is seen, like Alisa doing a cool throw on Marduk, and several heavily-customized fighters in action; Asuka in her full Samurai Warrior get-up, King in his beast form, Heihachi with his Kuma headpiece and war drums and a goat-faced Devil Jin. Nice to see Asuka doing her Sacred Bow attack as well.

More Scenario Campaign scenes as the narrator relates how G-Corporation put out the bounty on Jin’s head, then how the Tekken 6 Tournament was announced. Then pre-rendered CG cutscene snippets, some familiar, some new. We see more of a mourning Christie, this time with Eddy- is the Great Capoeira Master dead? Or is this a red herring? Then we see a brief scene with Anna and Nina, together yet NOT kicking each others’ butt… what’s that about? A voice (Heihachi?) says ominously, “The stage is set… now we wait.” Story of our lives, damn it.

Scenes like this just make you go ‘hmmm.’ The Williams’ sisters, together and NOT at each other’s throats??? A-mazing…

Has Jin really gone to the dark side? We’ll just have to fight our way to the ending to find out.

To close off the trailer we see Jin charging at Azazel as the words ‘Let’s put an end to this.” are uttered. Whoa.

So many questions raised once more. Unfortunately, we can only sit and speculate as we wait for the home versions of Tekken 6, out this coming October 27.