Square Enix released Gunslinger Stratos 2 developed by Byking yesterday. The concept is still the same: two teams of 4 compete and each player uses two weapons, either separately or combined. Four new characters have been added. Riccardo Martini, a 26 year-old Italian soldier member of the special forces. He's a young man with problems. Ayanokoji Sakura, a young girl of 18 years who wields a huge bazooka not very suitable for her size. She has a warm personality. Suno Tsukasa, a young genius of 19 years, head of the special forces. He is charismatic, has the sense of responsibility and justice. Tendoji Sarah, 17 Years old, has a "big sister" temperament and a great sense of Justice. Changes have been made compared to the first episode. A new "awakening" gauge displayed at the bottom left of the screen and which filled in as and damage taken by the player. Once the gauge is filled, the player can activate it by pressing 2 times on the left weapon trigger. Then the player wins temporarily a series of bonus: the "jump" gauge is filled, munitions are refilled, damages are interrupted and the player is invincible for awhile. A "story mode" requested by the players which wanted to explore the world of Gansuto has been added. Thanks to the "Weapon pack tune", the player can choose the level of his weapon pack (when possible). The "rank system" has been reviewed, each player's character has his own rank in the rankings. A new "move assist" system for beginners manages movements so the player could concentrate on the shots. The customization of the characters is more extensive: 10 elements of the characters are modifiable compare to 3 in the first game.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is available via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge 2) today. Just like the older titles of the series from Arc System Works, it is directed by Daisuke Ishiwatari (characters, story and music). The game uses the Unreal Engine that allows a full 3D character animation and makes the game graphics really impressive. Twelve characters from old Guilty Gear games are back: Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, Millia Rage, Chipp Zanuff, Venom, Potemkin, I-No, Axl-Low, Zato=One, Faust and Slayer. A new character joins the cast: Bedman. In terms of gameplay, many complicated abilities introduced during the evolution of the series (Force Break, Slashback, FRC) have been rolled back and the basic Roman Cancel System of Guilty Gear games has been improved. This change allows the players to develop new strategies and makes the game more accessible to new players.
This year, Metallica will play at Rock Werchter 2014 festival. On Thursday the 3rd of July, they will play the audience's favourites titles at the Belgian stop of their Metallica by Request tour. The concept is simple: an unique code is printed on each concert ticket. This code gives access ti a web page listing all Metallica's song sorted by album. You can then compose your perfect set list by picking 17 titles. The band will play the songs which got the most votes. Click here for the current results for the Belgium date. Why talking about that here? Well, because the same method will be used to select 2 songs that will be added to the 12 tracks already featured in the Metallica pinball. How to vote? Nothing hard really, just go to pinballvote.metallica.com and submit your e-mail address. You'll then receive an unique URL to choose your titles. The 2 most popular songs will be added in the next software updates from Stern along with program improvements. Voting will close on March 3. At time of writing, the most favourites are Blackened and Ride the Lightning (results). In Belgium, you can play the Master of Puppets Limited Edition model at Wheelie World shop in OOstende and at Flamingo II bar in Puurs (until April for this one).
The JAEPO show will close its doors at the end of the public day following the day dedicated to professionals. Despite the significant decline in visitors (less than half than last year) maybe due to the extreme weather conditions currently affecting Japan, many new games have been presented... Sega had already announced flagship titles before the show such as Border Break Scrambled Ver.4.0, Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity, Koihime † Enbu, Shining Force Cross Exlesia version B but surprised everybody with the announcement of the BLADE ARCUS from Shining fighting game featuring characters from the Shining RPG series and Wonderland Wars, a multiplayer strategy action game played with a pen. maimai GreeN Plus, an update to maimai GreeN was also announced. Besides arcade games, Sega also introduced a lot of medals game including Star Horse 3 Season III - Chase the Wind and The World of Three Kingdoms. Games for children were also on display: Anpanman Popcorn 3, Hero Bank Arcade,... Namco has also drawn the big guns with Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5, Super Alpine Racer and Deadstorm Pirates Special Edition. The big news, however, was the surprising shooter/dance game Sailor Zombie ~AKB48 Arcade Edition~ in which the player fights AKB48 members turned into zombies. On Taito's booth, you could try the latest versions of BlazBlue Chronophantasma and Ultra Street Fighter IV with new characters in both cases. Developers of Yatagarasu - Attack on Cataclysm came to present their game and a video of Skullgirls for NESiCAxLive was unveiled. Groove Coaster was also playable at the show and Taito released an amazing trailer for a future zombie game on NESiCAxLive: Project Z. Finally, Konami was not left aside with many new products announced: Silent Scope Bone Eater, an unexpected sequel to their famous sniper game, jubeat saucer fulfill (an udpate to jubeat saucer), pop'n music rapisutoria, Steel Chronicle Victroopers ver3.0, Steel Chronicle Ganesh which is played in a dome and BeatStream, the new BEMANI rhythm game using a touchscreen. Konami also presented several kids games: Dragon Collection, Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle, Ultimate Striker,...
The 17th edition of the Paris Manga show will be held at Paris expo Porte de Versailles this weekend. This show has become a must for fans of Japanese culture over the years but it has diversified its offer with science fiction content. This year, from 9:30 to 19:00 on both days, many activities will be organized. The entry is 11€ for one day and 20€ for two days. Two stages will host various activities such as karaoke, quiz, concerts, conferences, fashion shows, cosplay,... The "sci-fi actors" stage will allow fans to get autographs and participate in photo shoots with many actors from movies and series: David Prowse (Star Wars), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Colin Baker (Doctor Who)... As guests, we will find among others: Toshio Maeda, Matsubara Hidenori, Jupiter, Samantha Bailly, Sabine Rich,... And on video games side, there will be Namco Bandai Games, Epitanime, Kayane's stand (with tournaments and animations), Nintendo League, DDR Belgium (with 3 DanceDanceRevolution cabinets) and the booth of La Tête Dans Les Nuages with the following arcade games: Winter X Games SnoCross, 2 GRID, Pump It Up NX, Panic Museum, House of the Dead, Guitar Hero Arcade, Blazing Angel, 3 Astro City, 1 Vewlix with Street Fighter and Pump It Up Fiesta on which competitions will be organized. Conventional activities such as Nin-Jutsu, Go and Mahjong will be of course also present.
An exhibition on the history of video games opens at Evere town hall (near Brussels) today. There, visitors will discover the evolution of video games from Pong to Super Smash Bros. Titled Game Over, the exhibition is also fun and interactive because several arcade machines will be available for you to play. You have until Friday March 14 to visit this exhibition. It's located in the Brel hall on the second floor of the Evere town hall (at n°10 on Square Hoedemaekerssquare). The event is organized in partnership with the Retroludix association. Enjoy, it's free!
The new Konami's QMA is available today. Two new characters have been added: they are fairies; the girl is called Celeste and the boy Tiar. Their role is to support the player in his studies. As in the previous episode, the player can still choose from 21 characters. A new cooperation system has been implemented: players can now help each other and win Rewards Platinum Medals and magical stones. A new SSS rank is added to the examinations. Online tournament mode is of course still available. Quiz Magic Academy School of Heaven opening with characters presentation is available here.
EAG International 2014 opens its doors at ExCeL London tomorrow. No operator can afford to miss the European amusement trade show of the year! Sega will showcase Transformers Human Alliance and Plants vs. Zombies - The Last Stand as well as Wahlap's racing games Storm Racer G and Storm Rider and the latest ICE redemptions. You will also discover the latest Sega Prize Europe soft toys: Sonic The Hedgehog, Doodle Jump and Plants vs. Zombies. Bandai Namco Games will strike hard with the first European appearance of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Mach Storm and Super Alpine Racer. They will also have the latest Raw Thrills games on display: Batman and Aliens Armageddon. Of course, this is only a small sample of the proposed offer, there will also be cranes, pinball machines, simulators, kiddie rides, spare parts, etc... Not to mention the various free seminars held during the show. If this is not done yet, register for a badge and download the smartphone app. EAG International 2014 will start on Tuesday at 10:00 and will close on Thursday at 16:00. Like every year, we will offer you a full report with pictures of the show.
The new Pix'n Love is available! This 24th volume includes a 16-page tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's former president who died in September. On arcade's side, Pix'n Love allows its readers to discover the genesis of Killer Instinct with Chris Tilston, gameplay programmer and lead designer at Rare and Robin Beanland, main musical composer of the game. Characters origin is explained as well as some gameplay design choices. Also featured is an interview with Frank Ballouz who was sales manager for Atari (1975 to 1983) before moving to Nintendo, Namco, Capcom and Global VR. It is thanks to him that arcade versions of NES games were released (the Vs. and PlayChoice-10 series). Reviewed games are Data East's Night Slashers and Konami's Pooyan. Part of the book is devoted to Crouching Dragon Hidden Pony, a new Neo Geo (AES and MVS) game by French studio "Le Cortex". A special edition of the book with a gold cover and two metal bookmarks has been sent to subscribers. The others can ordered it on Amazon.fr. Please note that this mook is available in French language only.
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