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Super Street Fighter 4 Ultra Classic pack is out today

By: Phresh Jan 25, 2011 | 12 Comments

The last of the ultra costume packs is out today. Make sure you finish off your collection.

The costumes cost 320 microsoft points on xboxlive and $4 on the PSN.

The pack includes Blanka, Guile, Fei Long, Gen, and Dhalsim.

The video below has last week's costumes as well, so the new ones start at about 0:32.

 

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Daigo Umehara is quitting the fighting game business.

By: Phresh Apr 1, 2011 | 10 Comments

Daigo has just ended his Madcatz sponser contract. Find out what he's going to do next.

Daigo "The Beast" Umehara decided today that he was going to quit playing Street Fighter and fully pursue his nursing career.

"Video games are for kids and you should all just grow up" Daigo said after he won his last tournament . The last anyone has seen of him was him leaving the tournament and flipping everyone off while doing so.

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Egoraptor's Sequelitis: Egoraptor's take on Castlevania 2

By: Phresh Mar 11, 2011 | 6 Comments

Egoraptor hilariously reviews Castlevania 2 and contrasts it to the original Castlevania.

Egoraptor, creator of the Awesome series and just a great and funny flash animator, just released a review video of Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest. Expect hilarity. Also, there's a lesson on gaming in general at the end of the video.

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My Deathsmiles 2X Review

By: Phresh May 18, 2011 | 4 Comments

I played the first one and very much enjoyed it. See how I feel about it sequel.

 

Deathsmiles 2X was just released yesterday, May 17, 2011. I only found out it was coming to Xbox when I was looking for info on Arcana Heart 3 for 360, which given how Deathsmiles was released, we might actually see it sometime. But anyway, Deathsmiles 2X is probably my favorite bullet-hell shooter since the first Deathsmiles was released.

Story

So, here's what I got out of the story. Satan Claws (Evil Santa) possessed a 7 year girl and used her to kill Count Dior, the caretaker of these lost child "Angels" in a spirit world. Apparently, Satan Claws wanted some magical music notes he had in his possession, to do something sinister I'm guessing. The girls he looked after have to go after Satan Claws and get these notes back. Of course, the text and cut-scenes were all in Japanese so I just took my best guess at the pictures of the cut-scenes. But this game is a shoot-em-up so the story's not important anyway.

Gameplay

The game is a classic horizontal side-scrolling bullet-hell shooter. Enemies come from all sides of the screen and you can shoot to the left or right. There's six different characters to choose from with each one of them having a different shooting pattern and a familiar with its own shooting pattern. There's four separate modes included. They are Deathsmiles 2X mode, Arrange mode, Arcade mode, and Extra mode. The first three modes are the main bullet-hell game while the Extra mode is more of a fun little mini-game. The difference between the first three are that each one plays a little bit differently gameplay wise.

Arrange mode lets you shoot enemy bullets to destroy them, and it also doesn't have bombs, so instead of bombs, it surrounds your familiar with a zone that neutralizes bullets and shoots him across the screen to clear the area of the bullets. There's also an in-game counter that goes up when you collect items from fallen enemies. If the counter goes to 1000, the game goes into a slow-mo "High Tension" mode. During this time, enemy bullets stay on the screen longer and the screen gets so crowded that you have to use your bomb zone familiar to even stay alive.

In Arcade mode, you play an exact port of the arcade version (no duh) which isn't as fully complete as the other modes. So that means it doesn't have two of the old characters (Rosa and Follett), and two of the stages found in the other modes (one of the main stages and the extra stage). I noticed that some of the bosses have different patterns as well.

Deathsmiles 2X mode is the standard mode that basically plays like the first Deathsmiles. You should probably start here if you play it.

Extra mode is a little platformer mini-game where you play as one of the girl's familiars and you bounce your character across a level into a spot on the stage which will take you to the next level. The familiars are only unique in the fact that they have different weights and bounce at different heights.  It's not a very serious mode but it is a fun little distraction. This mode is also based off of the first game. It plays the first game's music and some of the backdrops from the first game are used. Pretty nostalgic.

Overall, the gameplay is basic bullet-hell and provides the difficulty that is commonplace for these sorts of titles. It's very fun if you enjoy a challenge.

Music

The music in this game is great. It has a very diverse soundtrack with Christmasy overtones that spans from metal to orchestral music and it all fits together perfectly.

My Judgement

I thoroughly enjoyed this game and its predecessor. It's a shame not many bullet-hells make it over to the U.S. This game was a special case since it was released directly to Games on demand. If more developers used this system they could release games without having to pay for localization, manufacturing, shipping, etc. So anyway, what I'm trying to say is...

 Buy It!

You can't really rent it anyway but its only $30 which is cheap for a retail game, and it's downloadable so you don't have to drive anywhere too.

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Mortal Kombat 9 Demo: Infinite Traps

By: Phresh Mar 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

Guess what? The Mortal Kombat demo is broken. I would never have guessed in a million years that MK was broken.

The way to beat it is to use your breaker, but that apparently takes up 2/3's of your gauge, and you won't gain enough gauge just defending to break free in the first round. Even after that you'll only get one slip-up in the next round so you better reverse the match.

I know this is just the demo build and since its a major issue they'll fix it, but it just goes to show that this is the kind of bs that can get through.

The video's message is my own. The MK series is lackluster and people still buy into the hype and eat up the gimmicks. IF I ever get this game, I would only get it after its been proven not to be a pile of shit and I would only get it used so I wouldn't support the devs. But my prediction will be that it will suffer MVC3's fate in that it'll be all hype and not enough substance.

P.S. I will be loling at the tournaments.

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Islands of Wakfu: An Xboxlive arcade game

By: Phresh Feb 2, 2011 | 8 Comments

Islands of Wakfu is an action adventure game based on the Wakfu universe coming to the Xboxlive arcade.

I've been playing the Wakfu beta and upon checking the site, I found out that they have an Xboxlive arcade game currently in development.

Developed by Ankama Play, the game has been in the works for a while but the release date is still to be announced.

Here is the gameplay trailer. It appears you control a Girl named Nora and are assisted by her dragon brother Efrim.

 

http://xbox.wakfu.com/en

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Street Fighter Stupidity: Edited videos mocking the SF cartoon

By: Phresh Jan 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

Remember the SF cartoon? It was terrible. Here's about 35 minutes of it.

These are videos from the Street Fighter cartoon edited by the youtube user theswitcher. He's also remixed the Mortal Kombat cartoon, darkstalkers, and even Fatal Fury.

There's parts 1, 2, hd remix, and hd remix turbo and they're listed below in order.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/theswitcher

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Armagetron Advanced: A Tron lightcycle online game and it's free

By: Phresh Jan 11, 2011 | 6 Comments

It's a free downloadable game for your computer about the speeder bike part of Tron

http://armagetronad.net/

Find downloads on the side bar and choose which version to download depending on your computer.

It's got online multiplayer, it's customizable, and you can host your own server, all for free. It's a simple game so it has a very quick download and small file size too. 

The premise is everyone has a speeder bike. The game is a few years old and was based on the first Tron movie so the bikes move on 90 degree turns (except not on all servers). In the most basic mode, everyone is just trying to kill each other by outmanuevering opponents and forcing opponents to run into a wall. There are other modes such as fortress where you try to capture the enemies base by occupying it while you or your teammates defend your own base. There are a variety of other modes such as capture the flag or races because all the content is user created.

There you have it. It's free downloadable game so try it out if you want.

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Blazblue Continuum Shift version 1.03 and third dlc

By: Phresh May 10, 2011 | 7 Comments

The third patch was released today so that means new character and apparently new gameplay mechanics.

When I saw the news this morning, I was only expecting the new character, but apparently, this update brings us really close to what Blazblue Continuum Shift II is in terms of gameplay and balance. This official trailer shows it all.

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The Witcher 2: Funny Videos and News

By: Phresh May 30, 2011 | 17 Comments

Motdef has compiled some funny moments from The Witcher 2 and I've found a bit of news about the game too.

I haven't had the pleasure of playing this apparently amazing game but this guy (motdef) has uploaded some funny moments of glitchy weirdness. These things don't normally happen but at least he was recording when they did.

And while I was looking for info on this game, I found out that the ESRB has rated the game for the Xbox360 but removed it shortly thereafter. It's not officially confirmed but it's good news for those of us who don't usually buy games for computers.

Sources: Motdef's youtube profile, IGN

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Gears of War: The Board Game

By: Phresh May 19, 2011 | 7 Comments

This is a board game based on the Gears of War series. I'm freaking serious.

Here's the official site.

The games being made by Fantasy Flight Games, who've apparently made board games out of Civilisation, BattleStar Galactica, and StarCraft, so they presumably know what they're doing (I wouldn't know, I would never play those).

What gets me though, is that it says "This fully cooperative design by Corey Konieczka pits 1–4 players against a cunning and relentless foe, and is based on the wildly popular series of third-person shooters by Epic Game." Who the fuck is going to play cooperatively by themselves. It boggles the mind.

The games been in development for about three years now. It looks like it was based on the first one but in this picture you can see a Kantus figurine from the second game.

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Call of Duty Elite Closed Beta Test Starting Soon

By: Phresh Jun 10, 2011 | 3 Comments

Here's your chance to try out the Call of Duty Elite service first

You might need to set up an account at callofduty.com and hope for the e-mail saying you've been invited. This was how most of us got into the beta for World at War.

The e-mail says you can connect with other people who play CoD, test your skills in tournaments and events that award virtual and real prizes, and access personal stats and strategic info to up your game skills. Basically, it's going to be Halo Waypoint for Call of Duty. I didn't really use Waypoint so I didn't think it was popular enough to copy.

Here's a link to the sign-up page so you might be able to bypass registering completely.
http://www.callofduty.com/elite

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