[Eye for Imports] Ryu ga Gotoku of the End

The Yakuza series has always been known for its brawling gameplay along with the inclusion of Japanese nightlife, including things as boring as working part-time jobs or as exotic as hostess clubs. Sequel to Yakuza 4, Ryu ga Gotoku of the End has Kamurocho infested by zombies, giving a slight change to the usual gang filled streets. When it was first shown to the public, this game definitely turned heads at the change of setting. Now that it’s out, we take a look at it and see how well the series has taken to the undead.

Read the rest of this entry

[Casual Friday] Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower Title

One of the biggest problems with the iPhone to date has been the battery life. Battery management has become a daily task that is as important as eating lunch – especially for those of us that our juggling several different games. But what if there was one game that you could become full engulfed with that can almost promise minimal battery drain? Boy, is Tiny Tower for you. However, readers beware: after twenty minutes into it, you will become a mindless slave and you won’t even know why.

Read the rest of this entry

[Quick Questions] Giant Atari Joystick – Artist Jason Torchinsky

Giant Atari Stick

While at the Super iam8bit show, many pieces caught our eye. However, the most iconic piece of hardware was there in 15:1 scale form and caught everyone’s eye. Jason Torchinsky had constructed a gigantic, working model of the Atari 2600 joystick and displayed it at the show. Anyone who’s been there already would have undoubtedly seen and been awed by it. During some downtime after the gallery’s opening, we were able to sit down with Torchinsky and get in a couple of Quick Questions. For more on Torchinsky’s work, be sure to check out his website!

Read the rest of this entry

[Hardware] Hyperkin Powerplus Review

With the most advanced and unique graphical capabilities of any handheld to date, Nintendo’s 3DS is held back only by its lackluster battery life. As with any gadget that suffers from the same ailment, it was only a matter of time until an accessory in the form of an external battery would be released. Hyperkin’s Powerplus for the 3DS may be the answer to gamers’ prayers.

Read the rest of this entry

[Friday Five] Most Overlooked Elements of Mortal Kombat

Perhaps one of the most unfortunate similarities amongst fighting games is that there are always a number of aspects that are misunderstood or ignored amongst the inexperienced. Knowing everything there is to a fighting game is paramount in determining the probabilities of your wins, as well as setting yourself apart from the newbies and gimmick chasers. Mortal Kombat is no exception. Here are the top five most misconstrued elements of MK9. Pay attention: you might learn a thing or two.

Read the rest of this entry

Super iam8bit and the Restroom vs. the World

Retro gaming fans, rejoice! Renowned marketing and production company iam8bit just put on a new show titled Super iam8bit. We were there for the opening bash to check out some of the works. I was blown away by some of the art that depicted some of my favorite games in an all new light. Blood drenched Kirby? A reimagined, epic showdown between Link and Ganon? Whether a humorous rendition or a painted vision of the images that pixels could interpret but not show, this art show had them and is sure to either garner some chuckles or inspire awes. Of course, nothing beats the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel wallpaper throughout the restroom. But why let me tell you what to think? Check them out for yourself! Forgive the less-than-spectacular phone camera once again, but all the more reason to see these pieces for yourself in person.

Read the rest of this entry

[Quick Questions] Cave Story 3D – Producer Jack Niida

Cave Story 3D Prinny

While a relatively unknown game, Cave Story has been making a splash amongst fans of indie games for some time already for its old school roots, which shine through the simple, yet difficult gameplay. Earlier this year, NIS America has announced that the game will be making its 3D debut on the 3DS later this year. Curious about the game and what it will bring to a wider audience, we decided to ask Cave Story 3D producer Jack Niida a couple of Quick Questions. Hopefully you guys are as excited as us to get in some old school, side scrolling fun this November! For more, check out the game’s official website here.

Read the rest of this entry

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – A Kritique

In three month’s time, Mortal Kombat: Legacy has taken YouTube by storm. What started as a shadow project transformed into Kevin Tancharoen’s vision made fulfilled and realized. Thousands witnessed the resurrection of many favorite characters brought back into the live action fold, but was it all a good idea? Here we take an in-depth look into each of the Legacy’s episodes to draw our final conclusion.

Read the rest of this entry

[Review] Bleach: Soul Resurrección (PS3) – Oh-so-close to Bankai

Available on: PS3; Publisher: NIS America; Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment; Players: 1; Released: August 2, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

Soul Resurrección Review Shot 9

The world of Bleach has been translated into many different forms of games already. Its latest adventure is in the form of a hack and slasher, a genre it has not yet touched. It seems odd, considering how perfect the world of shinigami and arrancar fits. With its first entry being challenged by the likes of Sengoku Basara: SAMURAI HEROES and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, Bleach: Soul Resurrección has its work cut out for it.

Read the rest of this entry

[Friday Five] Fighting Game Genre Defining Features

Title Image

For those of you who may not be familiar with the competitive world of fighting games, this last weekend was the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is undoubtedly the largest fighting game tournament in the world, enticing players to come from all over the world, including Japan, England, Singapore, and more. It’s important to know all the factors that have led us to this point, which is why we’re documenting the five most important contributions to fighting games.

Read the rest of this entry