Attention, this is about a magazine written in French language. We all remember the time when we flipped through thick glossy magazines to discover the latest video games. It was the time of independent video game press with objective reviews that sometimes hurt the publishers; the time of French magazines Tilt, Consoles +, Joypad, Joystick, Gen4 and Player One. Of course we also read these magazines for the freedom of tone and their lighthearted and often irreverent articles. There were also exclusive reports revealing what was happening behind the scenes of the industry at a time when the internet did not exist (ah those reports in Japan!). In console magazines, there were always some pages that made us dream with games sporting splendid graphics never seen before and the promise of new sensations; these were the few pages dedicated to new arcade games! All this has been overshadowed over time by websites... But the good vibe is back with Player Spirit! A magazine devoted to video games of the last century. Created by Mathieu Manent (author of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube anthologies), Player Spirit brings together the dream team of the writers of that era with AHL, J'm Destroy, Matt Murdock and Ze Killer among others! Although devoted primarily to console and computer games, the first issue features several pages about the war between Sega and Namco in the arcades (a war that still continues today). A new issue is planned every two months. Each number costs €12.00. The first issue of 144 pages is available exclusively on the website of publisher Geeks Line (there are also several subscription formulas including one containing the SaturdayMan NES game cartridge). Have a good reading!
Next Data Discs release will be the soundtrack of After Burner II composed by Hiroshi "Hiro" Kawaguchi (who also did the unforgettable OutRun and Space Harrier music). The remastered OST comes in a two-record set; the first record features the complete arcade score as well as an unused "Melody Version" of the title track. The second record includes 3 arranged versions by S.S.T. Band recorded in 1988 and a modern medley played by SEGA Sound Unit [H.]. Two of these songs can be heard on Data Discs's SoundCloud channel. As with all Data Discs releases, 3 vinyl colors will be available: Purple and blue swirl for the limited edition, opaque purple and classic black. All editions cost £24.99 each, they are cut in 45RPM 180g vinyl and include a foldout poster of the original artwork featuring the iconic F-14 Tomcat (newly licensed for this release). Pre-order starts on Saturday 24th February at 19:00 UK time (20:00 CET) at Data Discs website (6 hours earlier for mailing list members). Records will ship in March.
Announced by Sega in October 2016, Soul Reverse will at last be available tomorrow. Like Border Break, this is a 10 vs 10 battle action game but the action takes place in a fantasy world. The story sees the main hero having to summon heroes from other dimensions to help him save his world from destruction. The player can choose his hero among 4 classes: warrior (all-rounded), knight (close fighter), mage (mid-range attacker) and ranger (long range attacker). He can also invoke heroes to support his character. Those heroes can use devastating special techniques named Soul Arts. Among those heroes, you can find King Arthur (CV: Takuya Eguchi) whose Soul Art burns enemies, Pandora (CV: Ren Ueda) whose Soul Arts swallows enemies within boxes, Atalante (CV: Yoshie Mikami) whose Soul Arts shoots countless arrows to the enemies. Soul Reverse cabinet is equipped with a 32-inch touchscreen monitor, a USB charge port that can be used for charging smartphones, an earphone jack and a card reader that supports Aime and other electronic money. Controls are based on Border Break ones. Players can watch other players' battle, view various data, and see their own battle replay that they can also record to an USB memory stick by choosing "Make Movie" at the start of the game. The game is developed by AM2 and animation is produced by Production I.G. Interactions with the Soul Reverse Zero smartphone game are planned.
Super Sentai Data Carddass Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger is available in Japan today. This is the latest collectible card game from Data Carddass and it's based on the Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Super Sentai series. It's the 42nd entry of Toei's long-running Super Sentai series and the broadcasting also starts in February. The show is the first to feature two different teams of heroes: the Lupinrangers, who embody the gentleman thief hero archetype, and the Patrangers, with a police motif. The two teams are rivals, but usually team up against the series' main villains. In the game, the player can enjoy a Robo Battle by inserting an additional coin of 100 yen. 34 cards are available and new ones will be added regularly.
The exA-Arcadia system promises to be a revolution in the arcade world. In recent years, new arcade games in the West were mostly limited to light gun shooters and racing game genres. During this time, Japan has continued to experience more diverse games, mostly thanks to the NESiCAxLive platform. Alas, the way this system is operated restricts its use out of Japan. This situation was all the more frustrating for us as we spent our time talking about games that you would have the chance to play only during a visit to Japan or by expecting a possible port to other platforms. It had to change! The change began with the release of Fast Striker from NG: DEV.TEAM on MVS in 2010 and the release of Griffin Aerotech's Skycurser (and the Airframe platform) in 2017. Presented at JAEPO 2018 this weekend, the exA-Arcadia system has a more modern approach; aimed at HD and 31khz JVS cabinets, it has a power equivalent to the latest consoles and offers new services for operators as well as collector editions for private collectors. It's already supported by several Japanese developers (including former Cave employees) and European game studios. The first two games announced are the Aka & Blue Type-R et Super Hydorah AC shooting games. In order to learn more about it, we did an interview with Eric Chung who's part of the team behind this new system. You can read it here: Interview with Eric Chung (exA-Arcadia).
Square Enix announced that a new battle mecha action game will be released in the fall of 2018. Starwing Paradox animation is handled by famous Japanese studio Sunrise. The producer is Naohiro Ogata (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn), the character designer is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion), the mecha designers are Ippei Gyoubu (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) and Jun’ya Ishigaki (Xenogears Gear). Starwing Paradox will be a 8vs8 online game and the game cabinet is a cockpit reproducing the mecha movement. Visitors of Japan Amusement Expo 2018 that will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba from February 9 to 11 will be able to try the game on Square Enix booth.
The new World Club Champion Football is out today. As usual, players and clubs line-up is updated. In this new version, a new "overall supervisor ranking" which decides the WCCF No.1 director is added. Furthermore, when playing with friends, new "Friend mission" will be available to receive cooperative prizes. WCCF 2016-2017 Golden Championship ended on January 21 but the Grand Trophy ranking results are still available in WCCF 2017-2018. The maximum number of items possessed by the player is expanded from 30 to 50.
Sega will hold a location test of a new card action game named Sen Sen Sen Ki. It will take place at Sega Akihabara #2 and Sega Akihabara #3 from January 26 to 28. Players who will answer the questionnaire will receive a special clear file! According to Sega, Sen Sen Sen Ki is a completely new type of network fighting game using digital cards with "party battle" & "dual turn" systems. The player uses 4 characters to fight among the different classes available: Fighter (very powerful), Hunter (high speed), Sorcerer (uses tricky effects), Cleric (supportive role), Knight (defensive role) and Witch (magic damage). There are 3 types of cards: equipment, item and magic.
At last! A new House of the Dead game!!! The House of the Dead - Scarlet Dawn is the new episode in The House of the Dead series by Sega. 9 years after The House of the Dead EX. This new episode promises the largest crowds of zombies ever seen in a House of the Dead game, perfectly animated through Unreal Engine 4. The theather cabinet features air canons and a vibrating seat (as the one of Dark Escape 3D). A special lightning will light up the back of cabinet as people walk by in order to attract players. Players play the role of a man and a woman in the game but we don't know their identity yet. The current developement version of The House of the Dead - Scarlet Dawn will be on location test at Sega Akihabara #3 from Friday January 19th until Monday January 21st, 2018. The actual release is planned for later this year. You'll find illustrations of the cabinet and screenshots of the game in the forum.
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