Tekken: Blood Vengeance US Premiere in July

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6 on June 13th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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The much-anticipated Tekken CG film, Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D, will be having a special premiere this coming July 26, 2011 (Tuesday) in select theaters in the US. Brought to you by Namco-Bandai Games, Bandai Entertainment and NCM Fathom, this new interpretation of the long-running, world-famous fighting game series will reveal much of the history and motivations of the fighters that join the Iron Fist Tournament.
After the showing of the film, there will be a 20-minute special featuring interviews with the Tekken Project director and the film’s screenwriter. The film will see a Japanese release in Summer 2011.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to catch the premieres, don’t miss this chance to see Tekken: Blood Vengeance early! Man, I wish I could go. Anyways, I’ll have this flick in my hands and on my TV soon enough. More as we get it then!

Awesome Hi-Res Tekken Hybrid Images!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken 6 on June 11th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Nina and Anna are looking extra-sharp for Tekken: Blood Vengeance.

Tekken Hybrid is a slick Blu-ray package that will contain both old-but-kinda-new and totally new awesome stuff. It will have the upcoming CG Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie as well as a new, HD remastered and redone version of the original Tekken Tag Tournament. While I’m totally pumped for Vengeance, I have to say that I wasn’t that thrilled about the HD TTT… I mean, getting it HD’ed would be nice, but I want TTT2. Well, that’s kinda changed after seeing some screens of the game, which look quite impressive! You can check out Hi-res CG images from Blood Vengeance and screenshots of TTT1 HD over at Ruliweb. Play-Asia has given Tekken Hybrid a release date of September 2011. More as we get it then!

Tekken Tag Tournament HD looks freakin’ amazing!

Happy Birthday to the Father of Tekken!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken X Streetfighter on June 10th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Prepare for the next… drinking session?

Today, June 10, is the birthday of Namco-Bandai’s Katsuhiro Harada, longtime and current director and producer of the Tekken series! Harada-san, as he’s most often called by fans, has been around for more than a decade, handling the reins of the much-beloved fighting game series. Though in the past he wasn’t one to bask in the limelight like his contemporary Tomonobu Itagaki (DOA), as of late thanks to Twitter and Facebook, Harada-san (along with friend/rival Yoshinori Ono from Capcom) has become the fans’ game producer, interacting with thousands and thousands of gamers online and sharing with them the developments of his games almost in real time.

Things don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon with the latest E3 announcements of a whole fleet of Tekken titles coming in the next few years. So toast yourself a hearty drink of Tequila and Red Bull, Harada-san, but stay healthy and safe and keep working on those games!

Tekken Coming to 3DS and WiiU! (UPDATED with Video Link!)

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, WiiU on June 7th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Alisa and Asuka looking FINE on Nintendo’s WiiU.

Katsuhiro Harada and Namco-Bandai have dropped a bombshell… well, actually, have Carpet Bombed E3 with a horde of announced Tekken games coming in the near future. Among those Iron Fist titles will be versions for the Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming WiiU, ensuring that pretty much everyone will be playing with Jin Kazama and company everywhere there’s a gaming console in the near future. The even bigger surprise is… the Nintendo Tekken games are looking amazing. I guess Nintendo finally realized that they can get Namco-Bandai fighters a lot better than stuff like Soul Calibur Legends.

From an Interview Video posted on Nintendo’s E3 site, Harada shows off glimpses of the game on the WiiU, with character models that are at least updated to the latest Tekken (TTT2) in terms of animations and look (no Tag fighting probably though). Also, features are updated as well, with some unique to the new console!

Customization options now include drawing and putting tattoos on the Characters. WHOA!

The WiiU version of Tekken will come with a new Practice Mode that will make it easier to see how your attacks and combos work, as well as show you your opponent’s attack style. Using the WiiU’s included Touchscreen and Stylus (on the controller), gamers will be able to doodle funny drawings on a defeated opponent’s face- the Ultimate Taunt! You can also add tattoos or designs to customize your fighter’s look. These are features as yet unseen on any so far released Tekken game!
Even wilder still, you’ll be able to Create or Edit your own stages, customizing the look and interactivity of the background, even putting in obstacles that will actually affect gameplay. You can then upload these stages for other players online to download and use, which will earn you Fight Money (in-game currency) for buying more customizations and items.

Jin shows just how he feels about the new doodling feature.

As for the 3DS version or Tekken, or Tekken 3D, there’s little yet revealed other than a short segment in a montage vid showing off a fight between Kazuya and Heihachi. I’ll be on this like a hawk since I’m really wanting this portable version of Tekken. Hoping that it’s at least on par with the WiiU version in terms of content and quality.

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The Tekken 3D segment is near the end of the vid.

Having bought a 3DS recently, I am overjoyed that my little, expensive console with the so-far-meager game library will eventually have Tekken along with DOA Dimensions and SSFIV. The WiiU version looks absolutely awesome, and I think I may have to start saving up for this upcoming console. I’ll try to gather more info on this as they appear. Darn, this has really made my day! Heheh…

Tekken: Blood Vengeance E3 Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6 on June 7th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Japanese Version.

Namco-Bandai has just posted the E3 trailer for the upcoming CG movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance. The spot is disappointingly pretty short at about a minute and a half (only slightly longer than the teaser), with quite a bit of footage recycled from the first teaser trailer.

Any nitpicks aside though, the new stuff is pretty significant, mostly showing off the lovely Alisa Boskonovitch in quite bad shape, at one point getting ready to shoot one of her patented rocket punches, and in another she’s looking pretty beaten up and has apparently lost her legs as she’s being carried by an exhausted Ling Xiaoyu. Looks like she took on something, or someone, devilishly powerful. Let’s hope Alisa and Xiao make it through this movie alive, if not in one piece.

Though the new trailer doesn’t show any new characters aside from those we already know are in the movie, I really hope this doesn’t mean that the film will be mostly Alisa and Xiaoyu- I don’t think putting the whole film on their slim shoulders (aside from the Zaibatsu/G-Corp/Devil Gene Crowd) is a wise choice- particularly since Alisa is a very polarizing character. Hopefully this trailer’s lack of other faces means they’re saving a lot of surprises for the final, finished film. Just give me my share of Asuka and Lili and I’ll be happy…

While it arguably doesn’t hit as hard as the first trailer, the E3 Blood Vengeance spot is still pretty cool. You can see either an English or Japanese language version- all I can say is, I hope there’s a subtitled version available as well.

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English Version.

From what I’ve gathered, July will see a preview screening of the film, though most of us will have to wait till a vague ‘Summer 2011′ release. Here’s hoping that we don’t have to wait too long to see what all the action’s about in this Iron-Fisted Flick. More as we get it then!

Tekken: Blood Vengeance’s Awesome Voice Cast Revealed!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6 on May 27th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Katsuhiro Harada just tweeted some more info on Tekken: Blood Vengeance, this time the Japanese voice cast.

Kazuya Mishima is voiced by Masanori Shinohara, who is actually the same voice for the Iron-firsted Bad Boy in both Tekken 5 and Tekken 6. Yep, he’s the one who gave Kaz his evil, badass laugh.

Another actor reprising his role from the Tekken games to Blood Vengeance is Isshin Chiba, voicing Jin Kazama (Tekken 5, 6). Chiba was also the voice for Jedah from Darkstalkers and Sean from Streetfighter III.

Maaya Sakamoto voices Ling Xiaoyu, taking over from Xia’s former seiyuu, Yumi Touma. Sakamoto has voiced various characters over the years, including Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Padme Amidala in the Japanese-dub of Star Wars: Clone Wars, Jeanne in Jeanne d’Arc, Lisa/Mariposa in DOA, Aya Brea in The 3rd Birthday and Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII (thanks to Kane for pointing this out!)

Alisa Boskonovitch is voiced by Yuki Matsuoka, who did the lovely android’s vocals for the games. Miss Matsuoka’s voice roles in the past include characters like Inoue Orijime from Bleach and Evangeline McDowell from Negima.

Nina Williams is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka, who fittingly also voiced Ghost in the Shell’s Motoko Kusanagi and Trish from the Devil May Cry anime.
Anna Williams is voiced by Akeno Watanabe, who was Jo in Burst Angel, Villeta Nu from Code Geass, Ryofu from Ikkitousen and Rose from Streetfighter IV.

Finally, new character Shin Kamiya is voiced by Mamoru Miyano, who has voiced Light Yagami from Death Note, Kiba from Wolf’s Rain and Death the Kid from Soul Eater.

Harada has confirmed a US version of the film (duh) but man, with a voice cast like this, I’ll take subtitles over dubs anyday of the week and twice on Sundays. More as we get it then!

Tekken: Blood Vengeance Tidbits

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6 on May 16th, 2011 by thelonegamer

The Tekken Blood Vengeance Presentation at Level Up Dubai.

The next time we see Tekken Blood Vengeance, it will be at the upcoming E3. What’s in store? Hopefully a second and longer trailer that more or less gives a bit more about what this movie is all about. So far, what I know for sure about this CG film is that it’s not supposed to be canon to the game story- rather, this is a parallel storyline that is set somewhere in the time between Tekken 5 and Tekken 6.

Anyway, Famitsu posted an interview with Harada and the TBV team, so you can check it out- not much in substance though, but if you can read Japanese, it should yield a nugget or two. Check it out here.

Tekken Blood Vengeance: When Videogame Makers Make Movies

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 6 on May 13th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Last year, Tekken, the live-action Hollywood movie adaptation of Namco-Bandai’s fighting franchise was made and got a haphazard release. I saw it, thought it was a decent martial arts flick, but also, not really Tekken. I mean, how could it? It was made by outsiders, strangers who took a property and tried to adapt it using their world’s tools, seen through their world’s eyes. So, the live Tekken could only be as good as what Hollywood filmmakers can do, which is usually lacking and sadly pretty much usually the case when a fighting game storyline tries to make the jump to the big screen.

Well, since then things have happened. Namco-Bandai has pretty much buried the movie, with Katsuhiro Harada himself repeatedly saying that they had nothing to do with the film. Fans were outraged, disgusted. Now, months later, apparently the game world gets its revenge, and fans look like they’re going to get the movie they want. Tekken: Blood Vengeance has been announced- a Tekken movie made with the consent, input and behest of the game devs, pretty much leaping from the consoles to the big screen, using larger-than-life CG graphics to bring to life sequences that live-action could never do. Should be the perfect videogame movie, right?

If it were only that easy though. Even CG movies based on videogame franchises made with the game devs’ DNA and blessing don’t necessarily mean automatically awesome movie.

Take Resident Evil: Degeneration (which was actually made by the same production house working on Tekken BV, Digital Frontier). From all indications, RED used the same graphic assets as the games, featuring popular heroes Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an all-new zombie-fighting adventure. However, the end product didn’t exactly turn out that great. I myself found the film lacking in many ways- the pacing was slow and often dragging, the action mundane and unspectacular. The film wasn’t horrible, but it just wasn’t exceptional. It was, in many ways, pretty ordinary and forgettable (hopefully the next CG RE film will be better).

On the other side of the spectrum is Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. Lavishly animated and written loyally to the game’s storyline, AC is often seen as the ultimate fan service CG flick- offering fans of the game imagery more awesome than the actual 32-bit classic PS1 game could ever show them, and providing closure to many of the game’s emotional issues. In effect, FFVII AC was the most awesome ending cutscene ever. Yes, non-fans and those not versed in anime or martial arts films probably could not make heads of tails of all the goings-on, but heck- it’s not really for them. This was, as the producer’s foreword to the film says, a gift to those who shared and experienced the game’s world and characters and loved it along with them.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance hopefully falls into that category- fan service to the highest degree. Signs are good. This film is surely intended to correct the haphazard image of Tekken conjured up by the budget-constrained, downsized, mundanely-rationalized Hollywood interpretation, to reinstate the style of epic, screen-screaming, quasi-real/quasi-anime action from the games into cinematic life.
Fortunately, they seem to have the tools to accomplish this. For starters, the film’s looks are in the hands of the same guy who gives us arguably the coolest visual parts of Tekken- the intro cinematics themselves. Youichi Mouri produced the best ones in the series- Tekken 5 and 6′s opening intros (I wonder though if he was also responsible for the game’s crappy endings…), so we know any action in this film will look spectacular (and it does, judging from the super-short bits we see in the teaser). The character models shown in the trailer are definitely high quality- perhaps taken from Tekken 6′s asset library and further enhanced.

But what of the story? Might Tekken BV just be a condensed version of Tekken 6′s Scenario Campaign? Hopefully that won’t be the case- Blood Vengeance is penned by Dai Sato- whose credits include anime Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. It will probably share the same timeline as the Tekken 6 game- the time of the Zaibatsu/G-Corporation War- but tell the story and use the cast differently. Will we see many fighters from the roster mix it up, or will it use a choice few? Cramming in cameos is an easy cop-out, but a good writer will know his priorities.

Bottom-line though, I’m pretty sure that when Mr. Sato was given his brief, he was probably told to watch the Tekken live-action movie and given the directive to ‘NOT make something like this’. That’s always a good start.
What I want to see- perhaps what the Tekken fans want to see- is a movie true to the game. We wanna see the characters look and act as they should. We want Kazuya to be deliciously evil but badass. We want Jin to be insufferably emo but still badass. We want Ling to be amazingly cute but also badass. See the pattern? We want this flick to be goddamn BADASS. We want other people who aren’t Tekken fans to see it and understand why Tekken fans are Tekken fans.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance has all the tools to be freakin’ amazing- and perhaps one of the best videogame-based feature films ever made. However it probably won’t be for everyone. Surely, some layman or non-gamer will stare at the pretty CG and just say- what the hell is a Panda doing walking around Tokyo? Well, Mr. Neanderthal, go look it up in Wikipedia. I hope Tekken BV hits the ground running and just throws us into the action. If you walk into the theater to watch this flick, it’s because you know what this flick is about, and you know the world it’s in. Like FFVII AC, Tekken BV may be a love letter from the Tekken devs to the fans and gamers who have made their work a worldwide, millions-selling classic.

This Summer, we’re gonna see hot Tekken action on a scale and length we’ve never seen before. It’s surely going to be awesome.. the only question is, how awesome? Me, I can’t freakin’ wait. I’ll say it again… now is a great time to be a gamer. Now it’s doubly awesome to be a Tekken fan.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance CG Movie, Soul Calibur V Announced!!!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Movies, Tekken, Tekken 6 on May 11th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Now THIS is how you make a Fighting Game Movie!

STOP THE PRESSES! STOP THE PRESSES! Hot from the Dubai Event, Katsuhiro Harada and Namco-Bandai have just announced something that fans and gamers have been dreaming about FOREVER. A true-blue Tekken movie. But not any watered-down live-action interpretation. No, THIS is the real deal- a fully-CG motion picture created by the only ones who know how to bring imagery and action of Tekken to true, unfettered, unadulterated life- the makers of the CG Intro Cinematics for the actual games. Tekken: Blood Vengeance!

Yep, this is being directed by Youichi Mori, who did the openings for Tekken 5 and 6, while the screenplay is by Dai Sato, whose credits include Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. From the look of the 1-minute but chocked-to-the-rafters-full-of-kickass-action trailer, it takes on the events of Tekken 6.
Man, one minute of this trailer is better than that whole live-action Tekken film. My God. I…. I need to lie down. This is just too awesome. The CG 3D Tekken movie is set for Summer 2011. Not too far away I hope! WOOOHOOO!!!

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The Soul Calibur V teaser trailer!

As for the new Soul Calibur, the game has now finally been announced and it’s entitled… Soul Calibur V. According to game director Daishi Odashima, this was made possible by the fans. It will be a ‘New Chapter’ in the series and a proper sequel, set 17 years after the events in SCIV. The game will star a new character named Patroclus, whom SC fans will know is the son of Sophitia. Wow! A 17 year time jump? Who will return? Who will stay? What’s gonna happen??!

SCV will be released on the PS3 and Xbox360 sometime in 2012. More details will supposedly be revealed at this year’s E3. Stay tuned in about 8 hours when the Namco-Bandai Countdown page runs down and reveals its contents.

The Tale of Souls and Swords… CONTINUES!

Tekken Tag 2: Yoshimitsu, New Stage Screens!

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on May 9th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Weirder, scarier… more AWESOME!

4Gamer.net and Famitsu just posted articles and galleries of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 screenshots. While most of the images are the same as the recent update from GNN Gamer, a few are new and feature the ever-odd but bad-ass Yoshimitsu in what appears to be a new stage- a dock with a ship called the ‘Gan Ryu Maru’ (or something)… three guesses who owns it. The lighting on this new stage looks bright and cheery- I think I’m gonna like fighting there. Anyway, check out the pics over here or here.

Hopefully more updates will come shortly as Harada’s trip to Dubai goes underway. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is set for a Fall 2011 release in arcades. More as we get it then!