Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Tecmo Koei; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 28, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
Since Dynasty Warriors: Gundam’s original announcement, fans of both Gundam and hack-and-slashers alike have been absolutely giddy about the prospect of cutting down and blowing up thousands of mobile suits. Since then, the games have pumped up the fan service even more and awe practically every Gundam fan in its presence. The newest installment, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is no exception. Speaking as an enthusiast of the Universal Century stories myself, this is the game I’ve been waiting for yet again.
Ever since its teaser trailer leading up to E3, Ninja Gaiden 3 has been making some buzz about how the game will turn out and what fans can expect. After all, the game boasts a rich pedigree leading all the way back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. With Ninja Gaiden 3, Tomonobu Itagaki will no longer lead the project as producer, leaving even more fans in the dark about the game’s prospects. However, since the playable demo was available at E3, concerns were quickly answered and fans got a good taste of what’s to come. To find out more about this game, we ask Team NINJA Leader Yosuke Hayashi a couple of Quick Questions.
Available on: 3DS; Publisher: Tecmo Koei; Developer: Team Ninja; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 24, 2011; ESRB: Teen ; Official Website
Having been a couple of years since I’ve last played a Dead or Alive game, I was interested to see how far the series has come along. Transitioning from the childhood mindset of enjoying gravity-defying bosoms on the Playstation 2 to looking at Dead or Alive from a seasoned, competitive standpoint was definitely a change. That said, it’s time to see if the series has evolved into a legit fighter, able to step into the ring with the likes of Tekken and Street Fighter, or if it still only provides eye candy for those too young to buy an M-rated game.
Traditionally revolving around a historical Asian story, such as Dynasty Warriors’ Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Warriors franchise now branches out to The Iliad with Warriors: Legends of Troy. Instead of Omega Force, Legends of Troy was developed by Koei Canada and, while it still bears the signature name and some gameplay similarities, provides a new experience for fans of the Warriors series to enjoy.
Tecmo Koei is usually known for their hack and slashers, such as the recent Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage. Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll is a slight departure from this, adding in RPG elements to Tecmo Koei’s usual style. So the question is: is there an RPG in my hack-and-slasher or a hack-and-slasher in my RPG? Read the rest of this entry