Tekken 3D Prime Edition: First Day Impressions

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, My Stuff, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on February 16th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Is that an Iron Fist in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

Got my copy of Tekken 3D Prime Edition for the 3DS yesterday. Yeah, I’ve had my gripes with it, but as I’ve said- I have so few games on my N-portable so why the hell not. So, how is this latest beat ‘em up on the Big N’s portable so far?

Looks-wise, gameplay-wise… it’s TEKKEN! Surprise, surprise! As expected this is a pretty good incarnation of Tekken 6 (well, BR to be exact), complete with the 41-strong roster, all of whom are available for use right out of the case. That’s a lot of fighters, at least a bit more than the other 3DS brawlers available. For the most part, the game looks pretty slick- comparable to the PSP version actually, although this game’s visuals really shine when you play it with the 3D turned on.

The 3D effect for the game is actually quite solid- perhaps even better than that in other 3DS fighters. The characters really seem to pop up and ‘be there’ on your screen, and they animate, as advertised’ quite smoothly in a buttery 60FPS.

One wrinkle though has popped up with this- to actually see and appreciate the 3D effect, you have to have the 3DS centered in front of you, angled in a certain way so your eyes register the visuals correctly. UNFORTUNATELY, at least for me, it’s hard to play the game the way I usually do while holding the 3DS in the ‘usual’ way. To put it another way- I can’t properly input the multiple button combinations required for certain moves with just my thumb; I need to use two fingers. In this, it’s hard and kinda iffy to be standing up while playing Tekken 3D- I have to sit down, or have the portable propped up on a table or stable surface. The only other alternative is to just turn the 3D off.
That said, the 3DS controls should be fine for Tekken (there are four face buttons default) but the directional pad and buttons’ relative small size may take some getting used to. Not sure if the stick is usable for Tekken- I haven’t tried.

UPDATE: A really nice thing about the control options is that you CAN map either individual buttons, button combinations (LP, LP + RP, LP+RP+LK+RK, etc) or even specific moves (you choose from the characters’ move lists) to the L, R and Touchscreen buttons (of which there are four). The only limit here is that the touchscreen isn’t multi-touch though. You set these parameters individually for every fighter, which is pretty neat.

Control issues aside, the game plays pretty well. I’ve only tried Quick Battle so far, and I have to say the A.I. is kinda challenging on Hard and higher difficulty levels with later opponents, which is good. Haven’t unlocked anything yet (alternate colors for costumes and the 700 collectible cards are in there somewhere), nor have I tried online play yet.

All said, this seems to be a pretty solid, albeit as expected little-frills fighter. If you’ve only got a 3DS and love fighters, then this may be something to look at. Heck, if you’re a Tekken fan and own a 3DS you probably own this already; can’t hurt to have a portable Tekken to keep your skills sharp on the go. I’ll post a more proper, complete review once I’ve clocked more hours. Stay tuned then!

Incoming Fighters! Incoming Fighters! Tekken 3D Prime, SF X Tekken and Skullgirls

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, PS3, Skullgirls, Streetfighter X Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on February 4th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Portable ferrous-flavored pugilism on offer this month!

Yeah, I’m neck-deep in fighting game bliss right now, what with my recent acquisition of the gorgeous-looking and gorgeous-playing Soul Calibur V (review to come soon!). Still, that doesn’t mean I’m totally fixated on Ivy and the gang. There are no less than three fighting games of high quality that are coming very soon.

First off is Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS). Have to say, I’m really disappointed with the lack of any Character Customization- in fact, the lack of any feature that has me excited. Having a mini, 3D version of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance film is not really anything to get excited about. HECK, I own the freakin’ thing with Tekken Hybrid. I have the movie on my phone. Who needs another copy? ANYWAY, this is at the very least Tekken 6-style fighting on the go, which is fine since I loved Tekken 6. I think the graphics are at least better than the PSP version (although the PSP had customization to a degree), and the 60fps animation should be cool. I guess I’ll be picking this up ’cause… well, it’s not like my 3DS is awash in games now, is it? Iron-fisted 3D fighting is out later this month, right in time for Valentine’s. For now, check out a gallery of screenshots just posted recently.

Next is Streetfighter X Tekken (PS3, Xbox360, PS Vita), which is due for March. The game has gone gold, which means it’s done, done, DONE. There are still fighters to be revealed or shown off, which may or may not include Alisa Bosconovitch and Lei Wulong, whose presence in the game was kinda-sorta-pretty much given away by an ESRB rating. In any case, this looks entertaining at least, so I’ll be grabbing this when it arrives. Check out the SF devs’ blog entry marking this last waypoint till release.

Finally there’s Skullgirls, that downloadable fighting game with the awesomely cool, cartoony visual style and pretty mature fighting (according to the Australian ratings board). The game still has a vague release date, but it should be out in the next couple of months. A new video preview has been posted by the devs, showing off a Story Mode and other cool features. Certainly looks great, so definitely I’ll be checking this out when it arrives on PSN and Xboxlive… soon.

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Story Mode and other features revealed.

So many fighters, and it’s just February 4! There’s even bigger brawlers to come in the months ahead, so stay tuned. Later then!

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 3D Prime Edition Update

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken 6, Tekken Blood Vengeance on November 17th, 2011 by thelonegamer

The gang’s all here…
The 3DS Iron Fist game, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, is still slated for release this coming February. The game features the return of the roster from Tekken 6, with the only real ‘new’ addition being TTT2′s Young Heihachi. Other than that though, the only other new feature in the game so far are original stages (whoopie). No news if the game has any kind of customization, but at the very least has the old P1 alt outfits, which is more than I can say for Tekken Tag 2. Oh, and yeah, you are of course getting a 3D portable version of Tekken Blood Vengeance, although you’d already have this if you bought Tekken Hybrid.

To sweeten the deal, apparently there’s a launch promotion for Prime that will give those who purchase the 3DS game a bonus of 10,000 in-game money for the arcade version of Tekken Tag 2, plus some special items (just for names/rankings, not actual in-game items though). Obviously, this is only for Japan.
Yeah, I’m still probably getting this just to get one more title on my 3DS, but my enthusiasm for this has dropped quite a bit. Having a Tekken 6 version on 3DS is nice I guess, but it seems that the usual going-the-extra-mile of the Tekken team isn’t too much in effect here. But we’ll see in the final release… maybe we’ll be surprised. The game is out in Japan this coming Feb. 16, 2012.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Release Date!

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition on October 26th, 2011 by thelonegamer

A sorely-needed title on the 3DS…

Famitsu of Japan has revealed that Tekken 3D Prime Edition has been given a release date of February 16, 2012. This is probably just for Japan; I’d expect other territories to get it either earlier or around the same time. As previously announced, the game will include a 3D version of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance CG movie.

I’m certainly awaiting this, though I’m pretty peeved that up to now, I haven’t really gotten any more fun from my 3DS since getting Resident Evil 3D The Mercenaries, which was a couple of months ago. Perhaps I’ll squeeze more enjoyment from this rock of a portable once I have a Tekken game on it. Still, aside from the movie extra, there’s been little to no info on 3D Prime since- all we know so far is that it SHOULD have the roster of fighters from Tekken 6 (about 40 fighters), which includes the young version of Heihachi, and that it can maintain 60 FPS even with the 3D effects turned on. Hopefully we’ll find out more about this title, and what other features it will have once Harada and the Tekken team find the time for it.

More as we get it then…

Tekken 3D: Prime Edition Gameplay @ TGS2011

Posted in 3DS, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken 6 on September 19th, 2011 by thelonegamer

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Looking over the shoulder at Tekken 3DS at TGS.

Okay so far we’ve seen Katsuhiro Harada doing his best Neo impression and as evil and corporate Yoshinori Ono in the advertising for the 3DS’s Tekken. But here’s finally quite a bit of actual gameplay from what appears to be a playable build of Tekken 3D: Prime Edition from the recently-concluded Tokyo Game Show.

From the 4+ minute of actual demo play above we can easily get several things. Graphically, the game looks pretty good, and I guess while in screenshots or 2D video it may not impress, in 3D this portable fighter may look quite impressive. Also, the game moves quite smoothly, supporting the devs’ claim of 60FPS constant even with 3D On (even if the 3D doesn’t seem to be on at this time). The gameplay seems pretty much taken from Tekken 6, which leaves me wondering at what possible additions or features will set this apart as a distinct version.

Well, since it’s been forever since the last Tekken on a Nintendo system, I guess just having a decent if not reasonably spot-on port of Tekken 6 would be pretty cool. Still, I think we can expect a bit more gravy- perhaps Character Customization, hopefully improved over that in the last portable Tekken, the PSP Tekken 6? Perhaps some kind of special mode to take the place of Scenario Campaign mode? A new Story mode with new endings (can’t see them rehashing the Tekken 6 endings again after all this time)? Obviously there will be online and multiplayer features to take advantage of the 3DS’s Streetpass features.

Control-wise, we can see that the game will allow players to use the bottom touchscreen to assign moves for easy access, ala DOA Dimensions. Aside from that though, the 4-button layout of the 3DS is perfect for a Tekken game.

With a full roster and solid gameplay and controls, this may be something else- hopefully though it will have the right stuff to make it a replacement for Tekken 6 PSP, which is still the best thing to have for Iron Fist action on-the-go. The game has been given a February 2012 release, but let’s cross our fingers for it to come sooner rather than later.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Special TGS Trailer

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Streetfighter, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Blood Vengeance, Videogame Comedy on September 17th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Now THIS is a Boss Battle…

Here’s the fun little spot for Tekken 3D Prime Edition for the Nintendo 3DS that debuted early last week at a pre-TGS Nintendo event, this time with subtitles. Yeah, the trailer’s game content is pretty much the same as the previous T3D trailer, but seeing the live-action sequence, complete with Japanese TV-style camera work and hilariously hammy performances from Streetfighter’s Yoshinori Ono and Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada is priceless. The 3DS Tekken game is still very much in development, apparently, but it’s been given a release window of as early as February 2012. Well before then I expect we’ll see various trailers and spots to show what this latest portable Rave War has in store for mobile gamers.

On other Tekken-related news, Harada has tweeted that release dates for Tekken Hybrid will be announced soon, along with news of a possible Collector’s Edition. Also currently ongoing is testing of Tekken.Net for online play for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in international arcades. More as we get it then!

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!

2012 Is Going To Be The Year of Beat ‘Em Ups

Posted in Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 5, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Soulcalibur 5, Streetfighter X Tekken, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Xbox360 on September 14th, 2011 by thelonegamer

Why do I say this? Well look at the Fighting Games slated to arrive within next year.

Streetfighter X Tekken.

Soul Calibur V.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.

MAYBE Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Console.

And now, add THIS to the list. Nothing solid yet save that one intriguing image (and I am intrigued indeed) but expect more to come soon.

Goddamn. It’s a grand time to be a Gamer, and doubly so to be a Fighting Gamer.

Harada X Ono in New Tekken 3D Prime Edition Promotional Vid!

Posted in 3DS, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, Tekken, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, Videogame Comedy on September 13th, 2011 by thelonegamer

More Wackiness from the Tekken and SF Heads!

From the recently-concluded Nintendo 3DS Conferencecomes this PV for the upcoming Tekken 3D Prime Edition. Streetfighter’s Yoshinori Ono guest-stars with Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada in this hilarious over-the-top and hammy continuation of the two fighting game producers’ ongoing ‘feud’.
Aside from the directors’ antics though, there’s little actual game footage on offer aside from the previous T3DPE trailer (which includes the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie pack-in). I guess this is just something to show at the conference… perhaps they’ll show something totally new at TGS.

For now though, check out the action over here. Man, my 3DS has been gathering dust a bit lately… that should change once this baby reaches my grimy paws… hoping for a release date announcement soon.