Remembering My First Tekken!

Posted in Fighting Games, Tekken, Tekken 7 on May 25th, 2017 by thelonegamer

The Original Tekken hasn’t aged well, but its still a classic.

The Yo! Videogames crew recently streamed gameplay of the earlier Tekken games, including the first Tekken. This got me reminiscing about this classic beat ‘em up.

Back in the early-to-mid 90s, 3D fightes were a new thing. 2D fighters, mostly from Capcom or SNK, were the norm, while this new fad, started by Sega’s Virtua Fighter, was more of a novelty. I remember though being blown away when I first saw VF in the arcade- the animation (at 30FPS) was AMAZING. It was so lifelike, so impactful… so SOLID.

I first heard of Tekken in gaming mags- I remember seeing articles of something called ‘Rave War’ (which was Tekken’s original title) which had these weird-looking, but oddly compelling characters. Some time later, when Namco released its fighting game in arcades, I saw Tekken and was hooked. The animation was amazing, the music was awesome and the gameplay- for some reason it was even more fantastic than VF’s ultra-realistic fighting. Tekken mixed a bit of over-the-top action into its gameplay, which appealed to me.The clincher was seeing an arcade employee do Nina’s linker throws, which at the time was unheard of.

Fast forward to months later. I was in my second job in an advertising agency, and as company bonus we went on a trip to Hong Kong. I saved up money and on the trip I bought one of those new Playstation thingies, and with it two games- Battle Arena Toshinder…and TEKKEN. BAT came and went like flare pants. But since then, I’ve been a Tekken fan and will probably be for life.

Hopefully I’ll make even more awesome Tekken memories next week, when Tekken 7 hits consoles and PCs on June 2. We’re almost there, gamers. ALMOST THERE.

Tekken 7 Console Opening Movie (Official)

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on May 23rd, 2017 by thelonegamer


It’s time to take sides.

With about nine days left till Tekken 7‘s release, I find myself reasonably excited, though I guess having pre-ordered the Steam version, I don’t really have any jitters about needing to plan on which game store I need to stake out to grab my copy before the crowds of fanboys and fighting gamers gobble up every copy. Nor do I have to worry about my chosen branch having their stocks delayed or any such hogwash. I can just patiently wait for my Steam app to unlock the game and start downloading. Well, there’s the bit about hoping my internet can handle it, but my home DSL is pretty excellent so that shouldn’t be a problem (it won’t, right? EH??!).
I don’t even have to worry that I may have work on release day since I am currently not employed at any office or paid on the clock. I can stay home all day and play Tekken till I am sick of it on launch.

Yep, I’m ready. I just have the things I am looking forward to once my game is loaded and ready to run.

First thing is, I’ll probably rush into Customization mode, and check out all the customs for my favorite characters. I’ll probably head into Treasure Battle and win a few rounds.

Once I’ve cut my teeth there and have a feel for the game, I’ll go into Story Mode. I’ll try to play it to the end. Then I’ll see about the individual Character Episodes.

From there, we’ll see. Unlock items in Treasure Battle, customize my mains, perhaps go online and fight. It’s all good.

Just about nine more days. DAMN. I’ve been waiting for this game since 2012. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 brought the hype, and I pined for that game like I am doing right now for T7. But ultimately, I n ever got into TTT2 too much. I just couldn’t get into the Tag system, and if you can’t get into that, the game feels half-assed and unsatisfying. So eventually it just started gathering dust, and I moved on to other fighters. Since then, I’ve had a couple of constant favorites, but Tekken will always have a special place in my gamer’s heart.

Now it’s almost here. I hope this game is all that I want it to be. I need it to be so. After this, who knows when we’ll see another Tekken? I just hope they deliver and just keep supporting it for at least the next year or so after release. And then move to a new Soul Calibur, then think about Tekken X Streetfighter. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s try to get past next week first. Next week. June 2. Tekken 7 or bust.

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Exclusive Tekken 7 Console Preview (PS4 PRO) from Yellow Motion!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Gaming, PS4, PS4 PRO, Tekken 7 on May 22nd, 2017 by thelonegamer


At 4K and 60FPS, this is perhaps the most gorgeous preview of the game yet.

Youtuber and hardcore Tekken fan Yellow Motion has made a name for himself online among Tekken fans thanks to his high quality vids promoting the Tekken series in general, as well as some prediction videos for Tekken 7 that have so far proven surprisingly accurate. Well, he ups the ante a bit more with a lengthy preview video of the PS4 PRO version of Tekken 7, of which he was fortunate enough to play for some time at the invitation of Namco-Bandai.
Granted, he doesn’t show any HUGE surprises save probably little tidbits or details the most sharp-eyed of Tekkenheads will spot, but this is perhaps a nice glimpse of how good the game looks, at least on PS4 PRO. It has been reported that while the PS4 and XBox One versions of the game are not full HD or in 60FPS, the PRO version runs at a solid 1080p or 4K resolution at 60FPS.

At just 11 days to release, hell- we’ll take any little bits of this game we can get. Hahaha. Tekken 7 releases on PS4, XBoxOne and PC on June 2.

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Tekken 7 Story Trailer: No Glory for Heroes

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on May 19th, 2017 by thelonegamer


A somber new English trailer for the upcoming brawler.

With about 13 days left till the release of the home versions of Tekken 7, we may be seeing a renewed media presence from Namco-Bandai for their impending brawler. This latest trailer shows off various scenes from the story’s narratives, mainly from the cinematic Story Mode which will decide/reveal the final conclusion of the Mishima Saga. With a title of “No Glory for Heroes”, a grim, brooding narrator and some pretty epic scenes, this certainly sets a dark mood for the fighting awesomeness to come. Have you preordered your copy yet?

Tekken 7 releases on June 2 for PS4, XBox One and Steam (PC).

The Lone Gamer Reviews: Zombie Gunship Survival

Posted in Action Adventure, Android, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Gaming, iGaming, iPad, iPhone, Mobile Games, My Stuff, Zombie Games on May 18th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Take on the Zombie Apocalypse from the best seat around.

A few years ago, Flaregames released a fairly unique zombie fighting game on mobile/iOS, Zombie Gunship. It put you in the gunner’s seat of an AC130 flying gunship (you know- that large plane that ‘brought the rain’ in the first Bayformers flick), fighting zombie hordes from the air. The original game had a nice concept, eerily atmospheric if monochrome visuals and very tense gameplay. Ultimately though, it was a matter of being accurate with your alloted guns- usually an automatic machine gun and a couple of one-shot cannons- and waiting for them to reload/cool down even as the hordes converged on the vulnerable shelters you were tasked to defend. Things soon became repetitive, with progression mostly being your earning enough coins to upgrade your ship and armaments.

The sequel, Zombie Gunship Survival, was soft-released some months ago here in The Philippines, but it will see a wider release soon. For all the faults, the original game was a favorite of mine, so when I saw this on the AppStore I jumped in.

Unfortuantely there was a red flag- the dreaded GET in the app’s store entry. Yep, ZGS is a Free-to-Play title (whereas the original was a premium game for the most part, with iAP being mostly unnecessary). Despite that, I installed and dove in. Pleasantly there are quite a few changes to mix things up, more goals and building elements, even if you may find yourself spending a bit to get into the meat of this zombie title.

Zombie Gunship Survival once again puts you as the commander/gunner of the last AC-130 Gunship around. The introductory mission sets up the story as your plane intercepts an out-of-control cruise ship headed for the mainland. A ground team boards the ship as you provide fire support, but no matter your skills, you can’t stop the coming of the apocalypse. The ship eventually crashes onto shore and all hell breaks loose. Lucky for you, you’re up in the air with a bunch of guns and ammo. Lucky bastard!

So the story picks up months after- you and your crew have survived, and have decided to continue your duty to fight the good fight, even as other military units have become self-serving hostiles. Fortunately, you are able to link up with some soldiers who team up with you to provide ground support. Securing an old air base as your headquarters, you continue your fight against the zombie hordes, who are a continual threat as the hours tick by.

Aside from the flying missions where you provide air support to your ground team, there is a base building element to ZGS, where you set up your facilities for storing resources and work towards upgrading them. As mentioned, zombie hordes will regularly attack your base, so you’ll also have to fly your gunship to defend your home turf. To help, you can set up walls and barriers around your valuable facilities, and have actual defense towers with machine guns and mortars to help in the defense. Thankfully, buildings that are ‘destroyed’ in these zombie attacks don’t remain permanently ruined when you return to normal status (otherwise I’d call foul for this game), and you won’t lose any of your hard-earned upgrades.
The bread-and-butter gameplay, where you fly missions and air support for your ground teams, gets some more variety with elements such as buildings to enter and loot, barriers and obstacles like derelict buses to destroy and break through. This is a change from the previous game which lacked any such features. Zombies spawn from ‘nests’ which are basically groves of irradiated trees. Some times there are small bands, sometimes there are huge crowds. You’ll have to manage your guns, avoid them overheating (and thus temporarily unusable) and keep a cool head. Your ground team is also armed though, and you can upgrade their armaments so they won’t be helpless when walkers come too close. Zombies themselves come in several varieties- the usual human walkers or shamblers, hellhounds or zombie dogs, and the giant-sized Titans. The kind of zombie may require specific weapons, so you’ll have to work at getting new gear by winning and opening crates which provide you these new resources.

As a F2P game though, Zombie Gunship Survival has the usual tropes- upgrades are bought with resources that are doled out in small amounts with every accomplished mission. Crates, which are often earned in gameplay, take time to open- time that can be ‘rushed’ with gold (that is bought with real-world money). So either you are patient or you’ll spend a few real dollars or whatever to get your team the gear you want. Still, there is stuff that can’t be bought readily- your Headquarters or main building, which is key to all upgrades, can only be upgraded as your character ranks up, so you WILL need to play the game a lot.

Myself, I will admit to have spent about ten dollars to get my base HQ to Level 4 and my Hangar to Level 5, which basically unlocks three gun slots for my gunship. At this point, further upgrades look absurdly far away, so I think this is where I can quit spending and just play and grind. Which is fine, as despite everything- building a base, gearing up a team and riding on an airborne angel of fiery zombie death is pretty awesome and worth a look at if you have an iPad or iPhone.

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Tekken 6: The Under-appreciated Classic

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 6, Tekken 7, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution, Xbox One on May 18th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Ah, the Tekken 6 Intro. Still pretty and epic even today.

It seems that when you ask Tekken fans, or fighting game fans in general, about which Tekken they like best, the answer is usually Tekken 3 (“Still the best ever! The highest-selling!) or Tekken 5 (“That was the last one I got into…”). I seldom hear praise for Tekken 6- the last canon Tekken game prior to the upcoming and long-awaited 7th installment in the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Much of what Tekken 7 is, owes a lot of Tekken 6- most of the animations, the general gameplay style, the story setup. Yet Tekken 6 is rarely talked about.

I’ll say it with pride- Tekken 6 is my favorite Tekken. It was the Tekken that I got into arcades for, bought a whole bunch of those cards for, and enjoyed hours playing on in my fave arcade up until they closed down the mall for the day. The visual style of Tekken 6 was a big leap from Tekken 5; characters suddenly looked more defined, with much more detailed and human character models. Animations went through a major overhaul, and the gameplay was forever changed with the addition of Bound combo extenders. Really, the first time I saw Tekken 6 in the arcade- after having to elbow my way past crowds of gamers waiting in line or just spectating- my mind was blown. It looked AWESOME. And it played even better. And man, the Customization. Best Character Customization in the series, ever, period. Tekken Tag 2′s customization was garbage, and sadly the Tekken Devs haven’t seemed to recover from that fully up to now. But I spent real money and lots of effort to customize my fighters as I wanted, and it was bliss.

Then came the home version- so chock-full of stuff, it was crazy. And really, though many despise it, I LOVED the Scenario Campaign story mode and the Streets of Rage-style beat ‘em up sections. Where else could you fight as your favorite Tekken fighter, along with a buddy, against throngs of mobs? It was cool as hell, though admittedly the controls left a bit to be desired. Still, it was well-meant as a mode, and I appreciated it.

The Characters added into Tekken 6 mostly persist to today- Bob, Leo and Miguel are back in the Tekken 7 roster and haven’t much changed, though Leo seems to have had more testosterone injections to make her (yes, Leo is supposedly a SHE) more male-looking. For some reason, Zafina, the Middle Eastern femme fatale, is so far missing… sadly she may have been replaced by the Arabic fighter Shaheen in Tekken 7, which I really hope isn’t the case. Her fighting style was very interesting, and I loved her look. Story-wise though, she seemed to be very much connected to Tekken 6′s boss, Azazel, so with his defeat she may have lost her relevance as well.

Tekken 6 is still a favorite of mine, and as long as my PS3 still works, it always will. Of course, once Tekken 7 arrives I’ll be hard-pressed to go back to the old game, more so as the sequel is looking amazing in so many ways. That said, I still think Tekken 6 deserves respect and recognition. At the very least, if you want to get ready for the Next Battle, I suggest you dust off your old Tekken 6 disc and start practicing.

Tekken 7 releases on June 2 for PS4, XBox One and PC (Steam).

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Tekken 7: Producer Interviews

Posted in Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on May 4th, 2017 by thelonegamer


NZGamer talks Characters with the Tekken Devs.

There are still several weeks of waiting till Tekken 7′s home release, so it’s taking all that we can do to find stuff to occupy us. Well, aside from various videos showing off Customizations for the characters and bits of Story Mode, here are a couple of interviews conducted by a couple of Youtube channels with Tekken Team lead Katsuhiro Harada and designer Michael Murray (who also doubles as translator).

Both vids are certainly worth seeing if you want to get more insight into the development of this much-anticipated fighter. Man, how much more waiting can we take? Not too much more… For now though, give these vids a watch.


More tidbits straight from the Harada’s mouth (by way of Michael Murray).