Category: NamcoBandai

SOULCALIBUR V stealing souls in 2012

Yes please!  I’ve been a fan of this series for a long time.  I’m glad to hear there will be another one.  Cervantes was my guy.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced SOULCALIBUR®V, the newest installment of its multi-million selling weapons-based fighting series for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  It delivers exhilarating 3D fighting mechanics, breathtaking visuals, and new characters, as well as expanding the online and character creation modes.  SOULCALIBUR V is poised to become the preeminent fighting game experience of 2012.

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Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 Review

Developer: Spike
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Rating Guide: How I Review Games

Gameplay, Graphics and Sound

Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 has all the characters you’ll ever need from the Dragon Ball universe.  Goku, Vegeta, Frieza and a variety of old/new characters to the game are set for action.  If you’ve played any of the games before, you’ll know that the fighting action is franctic.  You have a host of powers and flying moves and dashes that just make the action hectic. 

Raging Blast 2 has plenty of that for fans but it also has plenty of things that stop it from being as good as others in the series.  Pulling off the moves (especially in the training part of the game) are more difficult than before.  And I’m not so sure it just wasn’t me being unable to moreso that it was the game simply not recognizing the controller input as well as it should.  You’ll find yourself frustrated more often than not when you do an exact combo yet you’re not seeing it performed on screen.

I think the combat mechanics are a bit too complicated for their own good.  A game like this which is filled with so many cool characters and moves doesn’t need to be complicated to pull off those moves.  And just because there are a lot of buttons on the controller, it doesn’t mean you have to map so many odd combinations to them.  Dragon Ball Kinect maybe?

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Review

Developer: Cyber Connect 2 Co., Ltd.
Publisher: NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
Rating Guide: How I Review Games

Gameplay, Graphics and Sound

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 follows the path and fate of Sasuke and Naruto.  It has an Adventure Mode that takes you on a journey through some pretty cool story arcs.  I won’t spoil it but if you’ve seen the anime series, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise.  Adventure Mode takes you through the story and provides a place that initiates each fight sequence.  As you travel through the world and take on missions, you’ll be thrust into fighting and training matches throughout.

The side quests in Adventure Mode are plentiful so you’ll have quite a bit to waste time on.  The meat of the game though is in its fighting and this game provides some of the most chilling moments in the fighting genre to date.  The fights just look so epic when you’re pulling off all the special power moves.  It’s like you’re taking part in the anime series and controlling the show.  The one thing I didn’t like about the game (and the previous ones) is the constant travel.  You have to walk and jump and walk and jump your way to every mission or destination.

I wish there was some sort of quick travel spot.  It gets really tiring and frustrating especially when missions are spaced far apart.  But you’ll march on because you have to unlock all the fighters.  Why can’t I have all the fighters from the start though?  Outside of dedicated fans, I don’t know if there’s enough to keep new fans to the genre playing long enough to unlock everyone.  This is an unfortunate consequence of a game like this.  It’ll have its fans but then it’ll be a tough sell to anyone who hasn’t followed the anime.

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PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Screenshots

I know, I know.  I’ll be the first to usually say that these old classics have no place in today’s gaming world.  But if there’s one game that does, it’s the pellet eating half-moon face yellow thingie…PAC-MAN.  It’s one of the few Xbox Live Arcade games that reinvented itself with the original PAC-MAN Championship Edition.  I loved PAC-MAN Championship Edition by the way.

The game has more modes, more maps and more ways to play.  There are more than six courses to play through.  This should be madness!

Now the Ghost eater is back with PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX!  It’s coming to Xbox Live Arcade and you can check out a few new screenshots of it below.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Rating Guide: How I Review Games

Gameplay, Graphics and Sound

Ninja Theory crafted one of the more enjoyable adventures I’ve played on the Xbox 360.  They did so by blowing me away with visuals and that’s something to be said because I’m a visual whore for the most part.  The game’s characters aren’t the best you’ll find this generation but with all of the high energy action and the huge environments, you’ll look right past it.  While playing though I just wished that the characters looked as good as the environments they were in especially the enemies.  The mechs and other enemy types looked about the same througout.  However, you won’t mind because the war-ravaged world looks great and definitely torn apart and there’s quite a bit to explore.

You follow Monkey and Trip on an adventure that will quite literally keep you on the edge of your controller.  The opening sequence alone when you’re navigating a ship that’s about to crash is brilliant.  It may have been all those types of close encounters I found myself when navigating high areas.  I felt like one false move and I was plummeting to my death for sure.  I do wish though that there were more combat moves at your disposal.  For all the ass kicking that Monkey does, he doesn’t have a lot of “things” to do to an enemy.  It’s just a few different bone crushing moves at his disposal.

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Splatterhouse screenshots and soundtrack

Jason Voorhees is back!  Oh wait I mean Splatterhouse is back! I hope I wasn’t the only one who played this game religiously back in the day. I was a menace with the hockey mask! NamcoBandai just release some new screenshots that show a variety of gameplay including Berserker Mode, side-scrolling segments, and various acts of unfiltered primal aggression you’ll find in the game.

And if you’re one of the five people interested in the soundtrack of the game, then you can check that out too. The box art is a bit underwhelming to be honest. Maybe it’ll change before the Novemer 23rd release date.

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