2011 Beat ‘Em Up Roundup!

Posted in Arcade, Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 5, DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, PC Gaming, PS3, PSP Vita, Skullgirls, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur 5, Streetfighter, Streetfighter X Tekken, Super Streetfighter IV, Tekken, Tekken 3D, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, Tekken X Streetfighter, Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Xbox360 on December 13th, 2011 by thelonegamer

With just a few weeks left before we end 2011, the big fighting games have made their mark and are set for our very near future. I think it’s a good time to just look back and forth at what came, what’s coming and what we have to look forward to.

Namco-Bandai’s flagship fighting franchise had a pretty interesting year, with titles being announced en masse. The Iron Fist crew made or will make an appearance pretty much on every platform- from PS3 to Xbox360 to Wii and 3DS, PSP and even a presence on iOS via the cute free Tekken Bowl app. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 hit arcades in Japan and Korea, and is primed to head off for international venues later on. A Holiday 2012 release for TTT2 on console has just been announced during the Spike TV Videogame Awards, although details are still pretty vague.

Tekken X Streetfighter, the Tekken Team-produced crossover fighter we know pretty much nothing about, is supposedly underway in development. We’ve seen some art of Ryu and Chun-Li rendered by Tekken’s official artist, and they look pretty good. Harada and company are apparently still deciding whether the game will be tag or single play-centered; I’m hoping for single… Tag Team is a bit overdone by now. I’m really much more intrigued and excited for this than the Capcom equivalent, due to the conceivably much more radical change of seeing the cartoony World Warriors in the semi-photorealistic Tekken style.

On the portable side, Tekken 3D Prime Edition hits the Nintendo 3DS in early 2012. What this package seems to be is a straight port of Tekken 6, with the full lineup of characters. Disappointingly, the game apparently has no customization feature, and touts only new stages and card collection as it’s extra activity. Yeah, I’m buying this but it looks pretty meh.
For now though, fans have the Tekken Hybrid package to chew on- while the visually impressive Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie will entertain for a while, it’s probably the Tekken Tag 2 Prologue demo which will occupy players for the duration. At just four characters available it seems kinda slim, but it’s a pretty good way to dip your toes into the game’s initially intimidating Tag mechanics, as well as a tantalizing glimpse of the fighting game awesomeness destined for consoles in late 2012.

Soul Calibur V
The return of this classic fighting series happens in late January or early February, with new fighters and old in the lineup. With a few slots still unrevealed, we may see some character surprises very soon. Really something to look forward to, thanks to the new gameplay mechanics, the truly impressive Character Creation mode and an intriguing storyline in a Story Mode apparently influenced by the impressive Mortal Kombat in-game narrative.

Surprisingly, we’ll also be seeing the Tale of Souls and Swords on Apple gadgets, as Soul Calibur will be released soon on iOS. Looks cool- if it plays great, it should be pretty awesome. With Streetfighter IV Volt and King of Fighters already on iOS, this makes the appstore a force to be reckoned with in terms of fighting games. What’s next? How about a real Tekken on my iPad?

The past couple of months have seen a lull in the previous steamroller of a marketing train for Capcom’s current baby, Streetfighter X Tekken. This came after a pretty controversial reveal of the game’s Gem System- a way for upgrading or augmenting characters that has raised the hackles of many players. We’ve gone quite a while without any new character reveals, but Ono has given teases that there may be announcements made in January and perhaps late December- still many fighters to be unveiled, apparently. The game is supposedly in the home stretch of development, and should be ready for release in March 2012.

Released last month on PSN and Xboxlive was Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, with new characters like Dr. Strange and Phoenix Wright joining the chaos. UMVC2 will join Streetfighter X Tekken among Capcom’s offerings on PS Vita. Upcoming is a new mode called Heroes and Heralds which will have players either becoming the world’s embattled defenders or throwing their lot with Galactus as his silver-skinned servants.

Super Streetfighter IV Arcade Edition just saw a free update that further tweaks the gameplay and character balancing.

I’m really intrigued at this gorgeous 2D fighter. The last couple of months have shown off two more character reveals in the dismember-happy Miss Fortune and the thuggish Painwheel. This looks promising and should be a hardcore beat ‘em up fan’s fave once it actually launches next year.

Dead or Alive 5
Got mixed feelings about this. The game visually has gotten upgrades, and Team Ninja is promising a lot- some of it not totally appealing. The game may become a QTE-fest, with flashy stunts in place of actual technique. Still, an upgraded, refreshed DOA is surely something to look forward to. I just hope it’s a real change and revision from the last game, and not just a slight inch-forward. The game’s currently at 15 percent completion, but is supposedly set for release in 2012. I say late 2012, if at all.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Since the announcement several months ago for this humongous DLC fighting upgrade, we’ve heard little, if anything at all. Hoping that the silence means that the Sega devs are hard at work making this as complete a package as possible. Meanwhile, a new revision adding more costumes has debuted in arcades, which I hope makes it into the console release as well. I can’t wait for this- hoping it arrives sooner than later. Look for this on PSN or Xboxlive in Summer 2012.

So many fighters, so little time left in 2011. This year I think saw the fighting genre finally back in the limelight and basking in fans’ appreciation. Next year looks to be a banner year for the Beat ‘Em Up, with titles aplenty coming and hopefully more will be announced. I think we’re all going to be busy blogging and brawling all year in 2012. Awesome!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue Trophy List Revealed

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue on November 16th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Get ready to learn Ling and Alisa in Prologue.

Whoaness! As I predicted, productivity would drop once I started playing Skyrim. Sorry ’bout that people, but hey… games of that caliber just don’t come every day. Anyways, back to beat ‘em up news… Tekken Hybrid is out in less than a week, at least in the States! Nov. 22 will see the release of this special PS3-exclusive Blu-ray package, which will include of course a 3D-ready copy of the somewhat controversial CG movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, an HD version of the original Tekken Tag Tournament and (some would say best of all) a short demo of Tekken Tag 2, entitles Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. Recently the trophy list for this little taste of arcade awesome was posted online, so if you’re a Trophy Nutter, check out the stuff over here at Tekken Zaibatsu.

This is already a must-buy for me, although I’m not sure when Asia will get our copies (I may have to import a US disc). As I’ve said before, I’m looking forward most to Tekken: Blood Vengeance on the disc. TTT HD is just a nice little extra, while TTT2 Prologue will be good just for orienting myself with the new Tag Assaults, but with just four characters, none of them being anyone I particularly like, I don’t expect to play Prologue that much. Still, beat ‘em up fans should be in a tizzy to see a preview of what we’ll see on consoles… someday.

Tekken Hybrid Japanese Promo Vid!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Movies, PS2, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue on October 6th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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A package chock-ful of Tekken fun!

Here’s the trailer vid for the Japanese Tekken Hybrid package, which is set for release on December 1. There’s quite a lot of new footage, particularly of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, including a kinda spoilery quick glimpse of a character not for the most part known to be in the film. Of course you also have looks at Tekken Tag Tournament HD (the remastered PS2 game) and the TTT2 Demo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. Of course, as cool as this vid is, I’ll most surely be getting either the US version (out November 22) or the Asian/EU version (release TBA). Darn, I really want to see Blood Vengeance already. Still several weeks away, but it’s coming. Slowly but surely.

Tekken Hybrid Release Dates Revealed! (UPDATED!)

Posted in Anime, Arcade, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Movies, PS2, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue on September 29th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Set those calendars, mates!

Katsuhiro Harada just announced today on Twitter that Tekken Hybrid will be released in Japan on December 1. For the US, the release date will be a bit earlier- November 22 for the Tekken Hybrid Limited Edition. As for Europe and Asia, the release date is still TBA.

As previously posted, the regular Tekken Hybrid package will include the 3D Blu-ray movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance, a remasterd PS2 classic in Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a taste of the latest arcade Tekken in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue which comes with 3D stereoscopic output and a character model viewer. The Limited Edition will include an additional art book, 2-CD Soundtrack and PSN Bonus Content.

It’s still a ways off… At this point, the biggest thing for me in the kit is the Blood Vengeance film, since it’s the freshest thing on offer. TTT HD’s almost negligible. TTT2′s already in arcades, and Prologue, playable as it is, is just a wee taste. I just wanna see some CG Nina-Anna action, now.

Fighting Game Interviews @ TGS 2011

Posted in Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur 5, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, Xbox360 on September 16th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Another gaming event, another talk with Tago-san.

Project Soul’s Hisaharu Tago once again brings us up to speed on Soul Calibur V at TGS 2011. This time he talks about the new fighters such as Viola (pronounced Vee-yo-lah, not Vie-yo-lah) and Astoroth. Still quite sparse in terms of details or hard info, but Tago-san once again reiterates the game’s Q1 2012 release. Also, there’s quite a bit of footage of in-game action within the vid, so it’s worth checking out.

Next up is a talk with Tekken game designer Michael Murray, which clocks in at a chunky 4 minutes. He summarizes TTT2′s features and talks about the arcade release, stuff about characters like Jaycee, Jun, Jinpachi and Ogre. Footage of Tekken Hybrid and TTT2 Prologue are interspersed throughout. There’s mention of Tekken 3D Prime Edition and the TTT2 arcade release as well.

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Tekken team designer Michael Murray gives Tekken blow-by-blow.

It’s just the 2nd day of TGS! Hopefully there will be more vids and info to come before the weekend is over. Later then!

Tekken Tag 2 Prologue Gameplay

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue on September 15th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Schoolgirl Fight!

IGN just posted a couple of gameplay vids from the upcoming TTT2 demo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. Fighting in the clip are Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Bosconovitch (looking quite fetching in her school uniform) and two versions of Devil Jin- the ‘regular’ DJ and the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie version. The demo, to be included in Tekken Hybrid, will be out before the year ends. Good to check out this vid to see the tag-team action we’ll be having at with in a couple of months.

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Prologue is looking slick.

Get Rocked by This 2-Hit Combo of Tekken Interviews!

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, Tekken X Streetfighter on August 11th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Siliconera has just posted a couple of interesting interviews with Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada. The first interview talks mainly about the popular Tekken minigames like Tekken Bowl, Tekken Force and other nice extra trimmings. Check that out over here. The second interview talks more about the game development and in particular, some stuff about the still-far-far-away Tekken X Streetfighter. Look for that over here.

Check ‘em out! The next big events for Tekken and Streetfighter news may be this coming Gamescom, sometime next week. More as we get it then!

Tekken Interview @ EVO 2011

Posted in Arcade, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Streetfighter X Tekken, Tekken, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, Tekken X Streetfighter on August 10th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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An hour’s worth of Tekken info from the EVO show!

CrossCounterTV has just posted this pretty lengthy and extensive interview with the Tekken team’s Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray that was recorded during the recent EVO 2011 gaming event. The vid touches on everything from TTT2, the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, the Fighting Festival series, girl-on-robot-girl kissing(!) and more. I particularly like how Harada mentions the Philippines as one of the upcoming venues for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (we’ll surely be getting some form of the Bana Passport for TTT2 along with the rest of the market).

From here on, Harada seems to be going to various places to attend gaming events or to promote TTT2. We’re inching closer and closer to the last quarter of 2011 and the eventual initial arcade release. All this waiting should pay off soon enough. I’m just waiting for the chance to see Tekken Blood Vengeance at least. More as we get it then!

Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag 2 Prologue Details from Harada!

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue on August 2nd, 2011 by thelonegamer

TTT2 action in the comfort of your own gaming loft.

The Playstation Blog just posted an interview with Tekken Project Leader Katsuhiro Harada conducted during last weekend’s EVO 2011. Harada talks mostly about the upcoming Tekken Hybrid package- about Tekken Tag Tournament HD and the much-anticipated TTT2 demo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. Not that much info but it’s a good read. Though I’ve read in some articles talking like there will only be four characters in the demo, I’m hoping there are more- at the very least, add in Nina and Anna as well as Jin, Kazuya, Alisa and Xiaoyu. That would be enough meat to tide us all over till- AAAH, who are we kidding, the console version is still a LONG way off. Still, let’s take that one step at a time…

Aaaanyway… check out the PS Blog article over here.

Tekken Tag 2, Soul Calibur V @ EVO 2011

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Soulcalibur 5, Tekken, Tekken 6, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, Xbox360 on August 1st, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Gamespot has posted the whole Namco-Bandai fighting game panel in several parts, so check that out.

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning yesterday as I watched the events of EVO 2011 stream before me. After what seemed to be hours of Bob and Law battles in the Tekken 6 finals, the Tekken devs showed off the latest build of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which featured a new element called Tag Crash, where your partner dives in from above when you make a tag. The new TTT2 build was showcased in a special 5-on-5 Tournament Battle with EVO’s best Tekken players.
On other things, Harada reiterated that the Tekken Hybrid package is a PS3 exclusive. They also encouraged the crowd to show support via cheering (which they recorded) for a late 2011 release of Hybrid instead of an early 2012 release (I wonder if that really works). Hoping indeed we get our special PS3 Blu-ray sooner rather than later.

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A New Generation of Souls Begin Their Saga!

As for Soul Calibur V, director Daishi Odashima was present and showed off the latest version of his WIP Slash ‘Em Up, featuring in-game footage aplenty of the various fighters, including new combatants Z.W.E.I., Natsu and Ivy.
Zwei is shown to have an unconventional fighting stance (reminds me of Miguel in Tekken) but buffs up his offense by summoning his pet wolf-headed spirit, Ein. ivy seemed her usual self, but was reportedly much easier to use. Finally, Natsu the new ninja girl seemed to be even more adept at teleports, at one point blinking in and out above an opponent with nimble kicks- pretty cool.

Two generations of kick-ass swordplay- Xianghua and her daugher (and new SCV entrant) Leihua.

One big reveal for SCV was that there would be a new character- Leihua- who is the 15-year old daughter of Soul Calibur veteran Xianghua. Sad news for ‘X’ fans, the spritely sword-dancer has apparently retired from fighting. Of course, the big question on most fans’ minds was- who’s the daddy? The devs weren’t talking of course- teases!

From here on, I’m hoping for smooth sailing for these games’ development. I think the devs are headed home for now to take a short break, but hopefully not too long as we want these games yesterday! More as we get it then!