Streetfighter V: F.A.N.G. Trailer

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V, Uncategorized on December 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer

F.A.N.G.? W.T.F?

It’s a bit late, but last week Capcom released the trailer for the final character of the initial roster for Streetfighter V during the Playstation Experience Event. My reaction to the fourth all-new fighter to debut in SFV is… WHAT THE-?!

F.A.N.G.’s (FANG from here on) design is of course not totally unknown- he looks like that stereotypical oriental villain with the glasses, wide-brimmed hat, overlong-sleeved robe and moustache/goatee… but I guess what creeped me out was his odd proportions- he’s too LONG and narrow, he doesn’t look normal- which is even weirder considering that the game already has pretty wild proportions for everyone else. In a roster of weirdos, FANG looks off-kilter as heck, which is saying a lot. Add to that his odd, effeminate movements and the voice (which makes me think of Chinese actor/VA James Hong), he’s really an oddball.

Well, given that FANG’s supposed to be a villain (and Second-in-command of Shadaloo, no less), I guess he’s fine. He certainly looks malevolent, and his poison attacks fit a baddie. That he doesn’t fit any previous mold of a character is a good thing, I guess- Capcom is keeping it fresh, even if we all found him disturbing as hell initially.

Streetfighter V is still a ways off- about two months away, but I am really looking forward to it. Thankfully the DLC characters are confirmed so I really want this game now. February can’t come soon enough.

Streetfighter V: Necalli Debut Trailer and Information!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20th, 2015 by thelonegamer

An All-new Fighter, Necalli makes his debut at EVO2015.

This just in- Yoshinori Ono has just debuted the first all-new character for Streetfighter V over at the just-concluded EVO 2015. His name is Necalli, a brawny and fierce male fighter with rather dreadful dreadlocks and a hair-raising schtick to his attacks.

Can’t really divine too much about Necalli from looks alone- his outfit looks like some ancient or tribal type of dress, and his fighting style is very beastly and feral, characterized by lots of clawing swipes and wide, flailing swings. Not very martial-artsy or pretty but very, very strong.

Character Art for Necalli.

The name ‘Necalli’ is apparently of Aztec origin, and means ‘Battle’. So it can perhaps be assumed that this guy is supposed to be some Aztec war god or super-warrior. That’s all we can get for now. Stay tuned as more is revealed of this new challenger.

As revealed recently, Streetfighter V will feature a 16-strong roster at launch, with four of these being all-new characters never seen before in the franchise. Necalli is the first of these original fighters.

UPDATE: Some new info has been posted over at Shoryuken regarding Necalli. Apparently he’s some sort of wildman- kinda obvious from his wild, animalistic attacks. However, his crazed exterior conceals a more powerful ‘genius’ that is unleashed when he activates his V Trigger. His hair becomes warped and energized (kinda reminds me of Gill, actually) and he gets all-new attacks and combos. This guy is a straightforward attacker, with lots of furious claw attacks and a command grab designed to reduce his opponents to rubble.

Not really my cup of tea- brutish, wild characters… doesn’t this kinda make him similar to Blanka, in at least look? Which makes me think the upcoming Brazilian character may not be our shocking beast man…

Marie Rose DLC now Available in DOA5 Ultimate!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26th, 2014 by thelonegamer

A Loli Girl of your very own.

In case you didn’t know, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has just gotten the Roll’s Royce of DLC content for fighting games- an entirely new character! In this case it’s the petite Loli Maid Marie-Rose, a child-like challenger who is sure to please with her bewitching combination of kiddie cuteness and quite damaging Systema fighting style.

Unfortunately unlike some news have said, this newbie doesn’t come free- or even that cheap. She comes for about US$5.99 in the US PSN Store (not sure if this includes her downloadable wardrobe. For Asian PSN users, get ready to spend about 16 Sing$ to have your little playmate- this price is a special bundle which includes an additional 5 costumes to use. Marie Rose’s DLC release coincides with Patch 1.05 of the game, which fixes quite a few things.
Marie Rose certainly has the looks to run with the other DOA babes, but her underage appearance and proportions are sure to raise some eyebrows (but hold on though- she’s actually 18 years old).

Anyway, I just got her last night and she’s quite the little minx to see in combat. Not sure if I will ever main her, but while she’s new I think I”ll play her and see what she’s all about.

A Call for Help for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Posted in My Stuff, Uncategorized on November 11th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Words fail.

In case there are those not informed, last weekend my home, The Philippines, was struck by Typhoon Haiyan, called by some as The Strongest Typhoon in recorded history. The storm hit several provinces in the central area of the country, and as of right now there are supposedly over 10,000 casualties.

Footage on TV and the internet show just how total and terrible the destruction has been- any house not made of concrete or stronger materials have been laid waste, while sturdier buildings have had their roofs torn off. Trees were uprooted, and storm surges that battered the land reached up to fifteen feet in height. Infrastructure has crumbled, electricity and services are non-existent.

The Philippine Government has sent in help, along with aid and contributions from private institutions and individuals. Help has also arrived from overseas, both from friends and relatives of those in the stricken areas, to complete strangers who just throw in their assistance because their fellow man is in need.

To all those who have given aid, whether in cash, kind or in prayer, thank you from the bottom of our peoples’ hearts. For those who haven’t yet but wish to give your assistance, a good start would be to give contributions to the Philippine Red Cross.

This is no game. Lives can’t be restored or reset. But we can, with help from our friends, just pick up and continue where we left off. It’s not game over while we still live, people. Let’s keep the game going.

The Lone Gamer’s Pre-Trip Rituals…

Posted in My Stuff, Uncategorized on October 16th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Earlier this week some stuff happened and as a result I am taking a surprise trip abroad. It’s a working trip, like most of my sojourns overseas, but still I’ll be spending a couple of days in a country I’ve never been to and that’s always a good thing. Still, it never fails. Always, ALWAYS on the even of a trip I go through the same gauntlet of things and in a way it’s hilarious that I am so structured, like a Japanese anime giant robot squad.

For starters, I almost never sleep the night before. I spend the whole time pacing, looking at my luggage, troubling over what to bring and what not, if I have enough underwear, do I bring soap or what. Perhaps by three o’ clock in the morning or so I finally hit the sack. And then wake up about two hours later.

Next, my digital luggage. Conceivably more important than my physical baggage and a sign of the times now, I MUST pack more gadgets and media files than Batman when I go on a trip, in my mind thinking that I will need something to watch or play on my tiny mobile device during downtimes, terminal waiting and nights at the hotel when I cannot sleep and there’s nothing to watch on the TV (that I can understand).
Case in point, I am bringing my iPad along (my constant companion on trips abroad ever since my laptop finally stopped being portable and presentable) filled with a lion’s share of apps and games installed, with most of my video files packed into my mobile phone (a Samsung Galaxy Note 2). Between the iPad, the Note and my PS Vita, any hours of boredom should be defeated handily. In the event that I do have such downtime.

To be honest, the work I expect to do is one meeting, one presentation and that’s it. The rest of the time before the meeting I expect to be prepping, then afterwards it’s just a matter of buying stuff for the folks back at the salt mines and some errands.

When all’s said and done, I hope to be exhausted and raring for a weekend once we come back to Manila shores on Friday. Hope to be back then without any unwanted baggage. Later then!

Busting Zombies

Posted in Fan Service, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, The Walking Dead, TV, Uncategorized, Zombie Games on October 3rd, 2013 by thelonegamer

MythBusters take on Walkers this month.

I LOVE Mythbusters. It’s one of the few shows I really really really watch, and man, I’d totally be on board for an all-MB channel! Anyways, the show is currently on hiatus I think, but will continue later this month. And apparently their debuting episode this coming October 17 will be a Zombie Apocalypse Special! Yep, Jamie, Adam and the Build Team will be taking on Walkers for an hour of splattery fun. Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker is going to make an appearance as well. This is yet another ep where the Mythbusters have crossed paths with another TV show- in the past they’ve done stuff with shows like Deadliest Catch and the recently-concluded Breaking Bad.

Anyways, that’s in a couple of weeks time. I love all things zombie, though sadly I’ve been remiss in some of the more popular bits of the genre- I haven’t been watching The Walking Dead, nor have I been playing Plants VS Zombies 2 (my time got hijacked by Kingdom Rush Frontiers and then Infinity Blade III). Maybe seeing the Mythbusters Zombie Special will spark a return to the shuffler scene for me. I DO want to get State of Decay when it comes out on Steam eventually, as well. Hmmm.

Killer Instinct ‘Sadira’ Trailer UPDATED!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Killer Instinct’s fairer sex finally gets the spotlight…

Gamespot gets the first dib on a Youtube trailer for Double Helix’s latest spot for their upcoming XBox One fighter, Killer Instinct. It’s been quite a while since the last update, so I’m pretty sure beat ‘em up fans have been starving for something new (I know I have). There’s going to be more KI later today from TGS as Microsoft will be livestreaming some of their upcoming games, with Killer Instinct among them. Sadira will be shown off in earnest along with some other information about the game, hopefully about the next combatant to be revealed.

As for the trailer, it’s certainly the best from the game so far, well, as far as I’m concerned. There seems to be a bit of pre-rendered CG along with the in-game graphics, but all seems pretty spectacular. About Sadira herself, they seem to really be sticking to the ‘Spiderwoman’ thing with her, as in actually having her spin webs (and TONS of it) all over the place. Arachnophobes may not like her one bit. She reminds me a lot of Zafina from Tekken, given her creepy movements and odd stances/postures and flips.

Not sure what’s the deal with the multiple copies/versions of her- can she clone herself? Is she more than one person? What is she/they exactly? Perhaps Sadira is the prime assassin of a cult of spider-worshippers… perhaps even a rival temple to Jago’s sect of the Tiger. What do you guys think?
Also, the last few seconds of the trailer also reveals another new fighter- wait for it- the returning Black Orchid! She’s looking finer than ever, and she’s sure make a lot of players out there cheer (Sorry Fulgore fans). Tell you the truth, she actually gave me a Tomb Raider vibe with her new rugged getup, and heck, she even looks kinda like Angelina Jolie. Heheh.

Someone nicely posted the whole hour or so of Killer Instinct livestreamed by Microsoft yesterday at TGS, so here it is if you missed it.

An hour or so of Sadira kicking butt.

For the most part, the stream showed off the newcomer in action, with Sadira dominating with her speed and aerial skills. From the stuff talked about during the vid, we learned a bit about the spidery lady. For starters, the female who attacked Thunder in the last 15 seconds or so of his debut trailer was NOT Sadira herself, but a member of her clan. Sadira of course is the one member who shows most of her face. Sadira’s clan of spider assassins seems to have an agenda with the Killer Instinct tournament, and are apparently launching attacks on the various combatants. Anyways, check out the vid for now. We don’t know how soon we’ll see new KI stuff again, so savour this moment. More as we get it then.

A New DOA5 On the Way?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29th, 2013 by thelonegamer

A short teaser trailer shown off recently at a Tokyo ‘Playse’ event.

Holy sudden upgrades, Batman! Dead or Alive 5 Plus hasn’t been out for more than a couple of months, and now this. Details are still kinda sketchy but obviously, a new version of Dead or Alive 5 is coming to Xbox360 and PS3 soon, and it will apparently feature the inclusion of Ninja Gaiden’s Momiji in the playable roster(something quite a few fans of Tecmo’s franchises have been asking for). DOA5 Ultimate? Perhaps.

Now, IMO a new fighter could be added simply as another DLC, so I am curious to find out what other content would warrant a new version of DOA5, and so soon after the release of DOA5 Plus. We’ll just have to see as Team Ninja reveals their tricks, hopefully soon.

Dark Souls X Evangelion OP is Awesome!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Praise the Sansviedotcom!

There are fan works, and there are fan works, and then there are awesome bits like this Dark Souls-ified version of the Evangelion anime opening. It’s got enough DS imagery and characters (often overlaid on Shinji and company) to make any proper undead giddy with delight. Heck, I’ve never really finished the game but seen it through thanks to Let’s Play series on YT, and I’m totally digging it. Sansviedotcom’s got lots of love for DS. I wonder what he’ll think of Dark Souls 2? For now though check out the vid and get ready to have your inner bonfires stoked.

Capcom Unveils Darkstalkers Resurrection at NYCC

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Retro Capcom Fighting Fun to be had in early 2013.

At the New York Comic Con, the Capcom panel featured a reveal by Yoshinori Ono of the latest crop of fighters. It’s no secret that many fans of Capcom’s spooky brawler Darkstalkers have been trying to get Ono to make a sequel to the somewhat long-buried franchise, and today has given that more hope than ever before. The upcoming release is a compilation of the first and 3rd DS titles, ported perfectly from the arcade, remastered and given a lot of bells, whistles and trimmings to make the package pretty enticing. This package, Darkstalkers Resurrection, will be out in ‘Early 2013′.

But that wasn’t all! Ono also debuted a CG trailer for Darkstalkers- pretty brief but flashy spot featuring two of the game’s regulars- Demitri Maximoff the Vampire and Lord Raptor the Punkrockin’ Zombie. ‘Darkstalkers Not Dead’ is certainly quite the intriguing message, but it doesn’t necessarily confirm 100 percent that DS will be making a comeback. If it does, I expect it will be in 3D, perhaps in a more advanced form of the SFIV graphics engine, and should be… interesting. I’m not a particular fan of DS, but I must confess it should be cool to see Morrigan and Lilith in 3D. Mmmm. No date yet so expect this… well, sometime before Streetfighter V. Heheh…

Fast Tube by Casper

Darkstalkers Not Dead! Well, they’re UNdead… right?