The Witcher Series 10th Anniversary Video Tribute

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Gaming, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt on September 5th, 2017 by thelonegamer

CD-Projekt Red, you rock.

In what is probably the coolest tribute to gamers ever, CD-Projekt Red posted a few days ago the above video- a wonderful cinematic showing Geralt of Rivia, Witcher Extraordinaire, celebrating his birthday (his 10th Birthday?) together with friends and family. It’s a bit spoilery, but the video is set at Geralt’s prosperous retirement home of Corvo Bianco, in the relatively happy and peaceful land of Toussaint. Geralt narrates how things have been since the end of his adventures, mostly kicking back and relaxing, playing Gwent, raiding nearby vineyards and having the occasional Witcher contract to keep the skills sharp. But ultimately, Geralt greets YOU, the player, thanking you for giving him his happy ending.

CD-Projekt Red surely put in a lot of effort into this video- it’s just as high quality as any cinematic shown in the series, and features pretty much every character Geralt can count as family, friend or ally who isn’t canonically dead. It’s a beautiful reward to players who have put many, many hours of playtime into this critically-acclaimed and super popular franchise. For a series rife with steamy sex and gory monsters, it was kinda odd to see it with such a sunny, warm ending… but I have no complaints for that.

To be honest, I haven’t completely played the Witcher 3 through yet- heck, I’ve never played the first game, and only played a bit of the second. But this video makes me want to go and give this series the serious playtime it deserves. THEN I can come back, watch this video again and then have the feels… with a lot more feel behind it.

I do think that while more Witcher games may be in the future, the story of Geralt is over and ends with this happy finale. Enjoy your sunny place, White Wolf. You earned it.

The Lone Gamer’s Tekken 7 PC Review: Best PC Fighter Ever!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Gaming, mods, PC Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 7 on June 18th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Fighting has never looked this good.

It’s been several years since the last release of a numbered, canon chapter of the King of Iron Fist Tournament, AKA Tekken. Tekken 6 was released for consoles waaaay back in 2009. Now, eight years later, is Tekken 7 the game that we’ve been waiting for? Is it the Tekken we need and deserve? Hell YES it is.

Graphically speaking, Tekken 7 is phenomenally gorgeous. Running 60FPS on 1080p resolution, this fighting game is truly a superior port of the arcade game, with huge characters onscreen with luscious detail from head to toe. Fighting moves are textbook Tekken, from meaty blows to bone-crunching throws. What appears to be excellent optimization ensures pretty much that a decent gaming PC will run this game well, as a solid 60FPS is integral to proper and decent Tekken 7 gameplay. But if you can, I say upgrade your old rig with a good, solid graphics card and you’re good to go.

The Single Player experience is, of course, my main interest and for the most part, Tekken 7 delivers a meaty package. There’s a solid roster comprising of classic returning fighters and several newcomers. So aside from the ever-present Heihachi Mishima and Paul Phoenix, you’ve got fresh-faced newbies like the sassy Katarina- a Brazilian martial artist who doesn’t practice Capoeira, instead using the French kickfighting art of Savate. Then there’s the controversial (for a while) Lucky Chloe, a blonde, petite Japanophile and mascot complete with a neon pink costume and a tail. Claudio Serafino is an Italian exorcist, Shaheen an Arabian security specialist and bodyguard, while Josie Rizal is an Escrima fighter and model(!) from the Philippines who kicks hard but cries even harder. Then there’s Gigas, a massive top-heavy armored bruiser and experimental bioweapon. Finally, Kazumi Mishima is Heihachi’s late wife and a powerful fighter in her own right.
As always, the Tekken roster is full of interesting characters, and you have to be truly finicky to not find a favorite to gravitate to.

That said, the roster harkens a bit to the controversial Tekken 4 slightly in that several classic fighters have so far failed to return- fans of Julia Chang and Lei Wulong, as well as Nina William’s rival and sister Anna will surely be peeved. I am quite surprised at the exclusion of Zafina- being that she is the only new fighter from Tekken 6 that failed to return for a second bout.

Central to the home version is the Cinematic Story Mode- which seems similar to the offerings of other contemporary fighting games. However, the ‘Mishima Saga’, as the mode has been called, is much shorter and smaller in scope than the world-beating, globe-hopping story modes of games like Injustice 2, Streetfigher V or even Dead or Alive 5. Instead of taking the effort to cram everyone in the roster into the narrative, the Saga mainly deals with the history of the Mishima rivalry- between Heihachi Mishima and his son, Kazuya. Told by a rather bland, nameless reporter, the narrative tries to explain the origins of the conflict, specifically explaining why Heihachi committed the act of basically trying to murder his own son and heir so many years ago. What caused the death of his young, beloved wife, who coincidentally died at the same time?

The most that can be said about the Story Mode is that it definitely is interesting, and ends with a true, decisive and rather final ending- though it remains to be seen how this will affect the game’s plotlines moving forward. It does make for some rather irritating boss fights against mega-powered enemies that will take you either a lot of practice or a high level of cheapness.

But perhaps the worst aspect of the Mishima Saga is that, as it centers on the Mishima Family, pretty much everyone else is glossed over. So most of the rest of the roster receives some of the shortest, worst endings EVER in the history of the franchise. These ‘Character Episodes’ are one-scene segments that barely tell any story or conclusion, and often comprise of the fighter and his/her rival talking a bit, or a single bit of action. Where are the cool, funny, weird, awesome or awesomely weird or funny endings from Tekkens past?

Once you finish Story Mode, you’ll probably get busy with Treasure Battle and Character Customization. Treasure Battle is basically the new version of the classic Ghost Battle mode, but this time your main reason for fighting customized CPU opponents is to earn gold or unlocking customization items to deck out or dress up your favorite fighter. As with the more recent Tekken games such as Tekken 6 or Tekken Tag 2, the customization items vary from common clothing items that are universal to most fighters to a few unique pieces and a TON of silly ornaments or accessories, and items that can be used to cause an effect or special attack in matches. While most of the customizations from the arcade version are included, there are many missing items and outfits that are expected to be added as additional DLC.

All in all, Tekken 7 is a superior home port of the latest King of Iron Fist Tournament. Loading times are relatively fast and the deep fighting action is easy to get into, but will take lots of practice to master. A good, solid internet connection will allow you to play online although there have been issues that the Tekken devs are still ironing out. As it is though, I reckon that this Tekken is easily the best home port so far in terms of graphics and gameplay. Content-wise, it can be better, and hopefully will when more stuff is added in the months ahead. If you’re a fighting game fan, this is one of the best fighting games you can get today. If you’re a Tekken fan, well, odds are you already have it.

Tekken 7 is out now for PC, PS4 and XBox One.

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 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 Talk Previews Tekken 7′s Latest PS4 Build

Posted in DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on April 2nd, 2017 by thelonegamer


Tekken folks talk the talk.

We are about two months away from one of the most long-awaited, anticipated game releases of all time- Tekken 7. MAN, Tekken fans and fighting gamers have been waiting for more than seven years for this latest KOIFT game. Not since Tekken Tag 2′s release on PS3/Xbox360 in 2010 have we had a Tekken come home. Well, from all indications, Tekken 7 looks to be worth the wait. It seems to be filled to the brim with content out of the box, with even more stuff coming in post-launch (we hear, and we hope). Additional fighters, more items, costumes and customizations, game modes and stages… and of course, the conclusion of the Mishima Saga which supposedly will end with either the death of Heihachi or Kazuya. Which will prove canon? Maybe we’ll find out in another six or seven years… ARGH. Will I be still playing games then? MY GOD, YES… I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO HAHAHAHA.

Kidding aside, hell- who can think about the next decade when the next couple of months will surely be a blaze of hype for Tekken 7? Namco-Bandai seems to be pulling out a lot of stops to make certain Tekken 7 sells, and with the positivity so far, I see that bearing fruit instead of the noisy but sadly overly-complex and rather lackluster Tekken Tag 2. THIS time though, it’s different- this is a canon Tekken, and fans will be behind this all the way. At least, I am. I plan to keep on this like a hawk for the next several weeks. Just a wee bit more waiting, everybody. I’m gonna have my bloody, grimy fingers on this in due time.

Oh right; I bought this game on PC. Deluxe version, preordered so I get Eliza day one. Expecting new character reveals in the next two months leading to release. Man, it’s a great time to be a Tekken fan.

New Ghost in the Shell Trailer hits!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Fan Service, Movies on February 13th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Scarlett Johansson is The Major coming this March.

Ever since its announcement and subsequent casting of actress Scarlett Johansson, the live-action version of the anime Ghost in the Shell has been controversial. Of course there’d be hubbub over having an American in the role of a Japanese anime character named Motoko Kusanagi (I think they just call her The Major in the film). One would wonder though if a film starring a Japanese actress (Rinko Kikuchi perhaps? Maggie Q?) would be more successful with decidedly less star power. Hell, we don’t even know even with Miss Johansson that GITS will be a hit.

The second trailer shows off more previously-unseen footage along with the now-familiar scenes of The Major in her ‘naked’ bodysuit and the nightmare-fuel mecha geishas. But now there’s a bit more talking and some bits of the plot. While the film does share some scenes with the original film and manga (some, like the confrontation with the gunman at the waterway seem painstakingly-reproduced), the overall storyline seems to have been simplified a bit, or at least made with The Major more central to the story. It seems more of Kusanagi seeking her actual identity, rather than the more existential jargon in the anime. I guess it may take a bit of fixing to make the original’s concepts and musings about what corporates being human more easy to digest (the anime tended to be very long-winded in exposition). There’s Blade Runner-esque imagery, some cool action and a hot lady in a form-fitting bodystocking… what’s not to love?

Well, we’ll see if this is a hit or a hack this March. Ghost in the Shell also features Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki and Pilou Asbæk as Batou.

Streetfighter V: Kolin Reveal Trailer

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V on February 9th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Gill’s Lady Friday is the next new character in SFV Season 2.

It’s been a while since the start of Streetfighter V‘s Season 2, which start off with the addition of Akuma (or ‘Daisy’ as some have taken to calling him…) to the roster. Well, Season 2 is well along with the upcoming addition of the latest new combatant. Kolin has just been revealed in the above trailer as the next new fighter. Formerly known as Helen in the game’s Story Mode, she is the secretary(?) or lead henchwoman of Gill, the leader of the Illuminati and Streetfighter III’s Final Boss.

SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t played SFV’s Story Mode (WHY HAVEN’T YOU?). At the very end of the game, after the credits roll (or is it before?), Gill is seen to be the ‘mysterious man’ Helen has been saying will lead the world to a new future. The now-bearded Gill then apparently reveals Helen’s true(?) appearance an identiy, that of Kolin. Now why she had to bother being disguised as another blonde woman is beyond me but well- reasons.

During the events of the SFV Story, Helen already possessed obvious abilities, such as supernatural agility (she pickpocketed Rashid of the pivotal chess pieces without him knowing) and some for of energy control to heal or empower Nash, but now as Kolin, she is revealed to have ice-based fighting ability as well (no doubt given to her by her master). She supposedly has rekka-type attacks, and unusual projectiles. We’ll surely be given more views of this character in the next few weeks, as we slowly make to her release on February 28.

To be fair, I didn’t think I was going to be very interested in Kolin- Helen wasn’t that appealing a character, but now seeing the trailer I do want to see what Capcom’s version of Kula can do. We’ll see, won’t we?

UPDATE: The official SFV Blog has updated with a post on Kolin. Apparently she practices the art of Systema, a Russian Martial Art (also seen used by Marie Rose in DOA5) and is described as ‘A Phantasm of Snow and Ice’. Check out Capcom’s post here.

Tekken 7 @ Gamescom 2016: EXCELLENT Character Reveal!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on August 18th, 2016 by thelonegamer


The silver-haired demon, Lee Chaolan, returns!

At this year’s Gamescom event (which is pretty much Germany’s E3), Katsuhiro Harada attended and revealed another addition to the Tekken 7 roster… none other than Lee Chaolan! The silver-haired adopted son of Heihachi Mishima and now head of his own robotics corporation returns with his lightning fast kicks and high-pitched yells… and an even more stylish set of suits. Really, this guy is all style, isn’t he? It’s interesting to note that Lee is as yet an addition to the console release of Tekken 7. It appears that from here on in, any new characters announced will be for the home versions on PC, PS4 and XBox One. Good news for the most of us who haven’t been lucky enough to live near an very well-stocked arcade.

It seems that with the road to the home release now stretching out but quite reachable, further reveals may be in the works- there may certainly be more in store at next month’s Tokyo Game Show (mid-September), so we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve been quite happy with the recent reveals and the new customizations that will, we assume, all make their way to the console versions. With pretty much no other big fighters due out next year, Tekken 7 just may be the BIG ONE to watch out for fighting gamers in the near future. More as we get it then!

Tekken 7 Markman Interview with Playstation

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on June 16th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Markman brings the goods over to the Sony gang.

Last time we saw Mark Julio AKA Markman, he was with MadCatz gaming peripherals, but he had always been one of the pillars of the Tekken online community. Recently he truly embraced his partnership with the Tekken team, becoming part of Namco-Bandai and now working closely with Katsuhiro Harada himself. Now he’s spreading the Tekken 7 word and hopefully rebuilding the hype and excitement lost on fans and gamers in the long months of inaction from the Iron Fist fighter. Starting at E3, Tekken 7 is looking pretty promising, and hopefully will have the content fans have come to expect from the Triple-A fighter. More fighters, modes, customizations, the story mode- all the trimmings look to make Tekken 7 a return to form for the series. Check out the interview above and stay tuned for more details sure to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Tekken 7 is set for release on PS4, XBox One and PC in early 2017.

Tekken 7 @ E32016!!! WE’RE ALIVE AGAIN!!!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution, Xbox One on June 15th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Tekken 7: Confirmed coming home!

And with this, the webpage is ALIVE again! Tekken 7 has FINALLY been confirmed for a home release… ETA: Early 2017!

This long-awaited (and still being waited on) fighting sequel is coming to the major platforms- PS4, XB1 and Windows/Steam. This is unprecedented… can we expect user-made mods in the near future? MAYBE. POSSIBLY. HOPEFULLY!

The game will be sporting an all-new, just-introduced Cinematic Story Mode, where gameplay segues seamlessly into cutscenes. The E32016 trailer shows off the initial meeting between Streetfighter guest character Akuma and Heihachi Mishima, leading to a mammoth battle which is easily one of the most visually impressive yet seen for this series.

Glimpses and looks at the game show a main menu that with items marked as yet with a cryptic ‘???’. The roster from the arcade version, which saw the addition of classic female fighter Nina Williams, is expected to be enlarged further with many more new fighters going into next year’s release.

I’ve been waiting for this literally for years, and it seems that the wait- while still ongoing- will be worth every moment. More on this as we get it… Tekken is back, people!

Hell. It’s about time.


11 Minutes of Footage with the E32016 Build.