Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2008

I am now on Giant Bomb like many others! I may make it my permanent home and not Gamespot anymore since this would make it three game sites that I am apart of and keeping up with that is one too many. I say we should all make it our new home!

Here are my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2008, in no particular order:

Yakuza 2 (PS2)
The first one was pretty damn awesome and this one looks to be even better!

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS3)
My only other experience with this series was with Naruto: Narutimate Hero 3 which I found was good, but a bit lacking. With this one I was on the fence thinking it would be more of the same, but with nicer visuals. I played the demo and much to my surprise it is actually quite a good deal different and much better than the previous games.

Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (PS3)
The original was pretty awesome last year, but it lacked in the content area. Pacific Rift is much better looking and looks to have all of the content you can handle!

LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
This is a game that looks like it would be from Nintendo, but it isn’t and it looks extremely awesome! I can’t wait to get in there and create some levels and see what others will come up with as well!

Resistance 2 (PS3)
The first game was a very solid shooter for the launch of the PS3 and my first game for the system. Resistance 2 looks to up-the-ante many, many times!

Eternal Sonata (PS3)
When I played the demo for this on the 360, I was really interested in playing it, but I sold the system because I didn’t want to put up with the RRoD problems. Now, I’ll finally be able to do so.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo is my favorite game of all-time, so it stands to reason that I would be very interested in this version with updated visuals and a rebalanced roster.

Ketsui Death Label (DS)
As a big fan of shmups, especially the bullet-hell kind like DoDonPachi and Espgaluda, I am looking forward to a good redoing of Ketsui.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS)
I’ve never been a big fan of the Sonic games and I am a little worried about how much I’ll actually care about the story since Sonic games have never had good stories and this being an RPG means the story will be a focal point. With Bioware behind it I am less worried about it being a good game than if it was Sonic Team.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)
I’ve been a fan of Castlevania since the beginning on the NES and consider Aria of Sorrow on GBA to be the best the series has to offer. I hope Order of Ecclesia will inject some needed innovation into the series.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2)
I was first brought into the SMT series last year with Persona 3 and now I own all of the PS2 iterations (thanks to Play-Asia for getting reprints of Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga). P4 looks to have everything that made P3 great with new characters, setting, and story.

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RRW Day Seven

Final day of Retro Revival Week brings the last three games played:

Gekioh: Shooting King (2002) ****
Jet Moto (1996) ****
Star Gladiator (1996) ****

Gekioh is a renamed port of a mid-90s shmup called Shienryu. It is pretty good, but nothing special. Jet Moto is a racing game that I totally loved back when it came out and I think it still holds up pretty well. The ten tracks in the game are all varied and interesting and would love it if the series was brought back. Lastly, Star Gladiator is a Capcom 3D fighter that still looks pretty damn good and plays decently too. A lot of you may recognize Hayato from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, but Star Gladiator is where he had his start.

It has been a great week of old games! Later!

紫炎龍

RRW Day Six

Another two game day, this time it consisted of:

Tobal 2 (1997) ****
Capcom vs. SNK Pro (2002) ***

Tobal 2 is the sequel to Tobal No. 1 that only came out in Japan because of poor sales of it’s predecessor. That’s too bad since it is much better is very way. Capcom vs. SNK Pro for the PS1 is funny in that this particular version came out the year after it’s sequel on the PS2! The Dreamcast version is better for obvious reasons, but this one is still pretty good.

Tomorrow is the last day of Retro Revival Week! See ya then!

トバル2

RRW Day Five

Only two games were played today. The first one was more Mega Man X4 and I beat the last two main robot bosses. The other game I played was Apocalypse which is a pretty decent action game that stars you as Bruce Willis. I finished this one since it isn’t all that difficult.

Apocalypse ( 1998 ) ***
Mega Man X4

Until tomorrow! 8)

アポカリープス

RRW Day Four

Day four consisted of a total 7 games many of which were Namco arcade classics:

Click on the links to see gameplay footage. Each game is rated out of 5 stars.

Battle Arena Toshinden 3 (1997) ***
Omega Boost (1999) ****
Cutie Q (1979) ***
Grobda (1984) ***
Mappy (1983) **** NES version footage
Xevious (1982) *****
Mega Man X4

Toshinden 3 was the first and it is probably the best in the series mainly because the gameplay can be sped up to 60 frames/sec. in the options instead of 30 which makes it play much better. After that I played some Namco classics like the still great Xevious which was the very first scrolling shmup. Grobda is a decent, fast-paced tank shooter and Cutie Q is a strange mix of Breakout and pinball. I was really surprised by Omega Boost and it is a really great third-person mech action game that was made by Polyphony Digital, creators of Gran Turismo! I failed to make any progress in Mega Man X4, but I am determined to do so tomorrow. Day five here I come! 🙂

ゼビウス

RRW Day Three

Today I played a good deal of some Midway arcade games, most of which are well-known greats. A few didn’t hold up as well as I hoped like Vindicators, Super Sprint, and Spy Hunter. Others were better than expected like Blaster and the virtually unknown Satan’s Hollow. The full list of today’s games are as follows:

Click on the links to see gameplay footage. Each game is rated out of 5 stars.

Robotron: 2084 (1982) *****
Blaster (1983) *****
Vindicators ( 1988 ) ***
Smash T.V. (1990) *****
Sinistar (1982) ****
Roadblasters (1987) ****
Super Sprint (1986) ***
Spy Hunter (1983) **
Satan’s Hollow (1981) ***
Mega Man X4 (1997) *****
Zoo Keeper
Dungeon Magic

I also started playing what is, IMO, the best Mega Man X game, X4. I have defeated, as Zero, six of the eight robot bosses so far, those being Web Spider, Split Mushroom, Magma Dragoon, Cyber Peacock, Storm Owl, and Frost Walrus, in that order. Zoo Keeper was brought back once again after getting some tips, so I tried and successfully beat my high scores a handful of times. Dungeon Magic was also brought back and this time I played it co-op with a friend when he stopped over and we finished the game. It is a pretty good beat-’em-up that has RPG elements where you can level up, break a lot of stuff in the environment, and even choose different paths through each level. The biggest problem the game has is it’s sluggish framerate.

See ya next time!

ロックマンX4

RRW Day Two

This time 18 more Taito games were played:

Click on the links to see gameplay footage. Each game is rated out of 5 stars.

Nastar Warrior ( 1988 ) *
Qix (1981) *** NES version footage
Raimais ( 1988 ) ***
Battle Shark ( 1988 ) ****
Zoo Keeper (1982) *****
Elevator Action (1983) *****
Space Invaders ( 1978 ) *****
Thunder Fox (1990) ****
Rastan (1987) ****
Continental Circus (1987) **
Volfied (1989) ***
Super Qix (1987) **
Return of the Invaders (1985) ****
Plump Pop (1987) ***
Plotting (1989) ***
Exzisus (1987) ****
The Electric Yo-Yo (1982) *
Colony 7 (1981) *

Tomorrow I plan to give some love to Midway and Capcom games!

ヴォルフィード