Check out my video of the new Farcry arcade game and the Global VR stand from ATEI 2007.
Archive for January 2007
In the final part of my Sega round up I have got; the kids games which are Mushi King, Dinosaur King and Love & Berry, which to be honest I have not so much interest in, but I guess the kids will love them. Coming soon though, the Love & Berry dancers video! One game I could play all day though is Virtua Tennis 3. This game really does have to be seen because it has some of the best graphics I’ve seen in an arcade, and I can’t wait for the console version of this! Also there was a game on a Naomi cabinet called Asian Dynamite, which if I’m not mistaken is the follow up to, what was called in the UK, Die Hard Arcade. Unfortunately this game was not on free play. Finally there was a fairly original and fun game called Manic Panic Ghost. This was a touch screen based game, where you had to whack all the ghost with you “wand”. Believe me when I say it really is Manic. Of course my favourite, but the frighteningly addictive game WCCF was there. Shame I couldn’t get anywhere near it to have a game. I also heard there was a tournament the day before so hopefully I will be able to get some pictures of that off the Unofficial WCCF Forum.
Only one big addition to the Namco line up, video game wise, which was Mario Kart GP 2. Being a big fan of the Mario Kart series my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. With a host of new weapons and tracks, and the ability to continue your progress with the password system, I know I’ll will keep coming back to this game for some time. Other machine on the stand were Superbikes and The Fast and the Furious, which have both been around for a while as well as the old favourite Time Crisis 4. There was one other game that caught my eye but did not take a picture of was Jumping Jackpot, which was a skipping rope style game, minus the skipping rope. You had a area that you stood in and a ring of LED’s in front of you and you had to jump as the lights went under your feet. It’s was quiet fun to play, but obviously has limited appeal.
Konami had a great stand, although that maybe because I’m a big Pro Evo Soccer fan. The arcade version is as solid as the console, but this is my only gripe with game. Why pay to play it it when I can play it on my 360 against my friends online for free. Still, it’s great fun to play. Also on the stand was Crazy Streets, which I’d already seen at the the Trocadero, which is a pretty standard street racing game, but again still good fun to play. Finally Konami had thier range of music based games including BeatMania, Guitar Freaks, and DrumMania which to be honest I was to scared to play because there was a bunch of the hardcore players there. So I was quite happy just to watch them do there thing. I think I got a video of one them on the BeatMania, which I’ll post up soon.
Once again Sega have far too many games to cover, so now I’m going to plough through thier gun games. Probably the most unique one of the show was Too Spicy or “2 spicy” depending on how down wit it you are! The basic premise of this game is that it’s a one on one shooter with a kind of of third person perspective. Additionally you have two pedals to use to dodge left and right between pillars and cover. It’s a pretty frantic game, and is superb when you are participating in a VS match with you friend. Obviously there was the old favourite House of the Dead 4, but in addition to that there was “House of the Dead 4 Special”. Believe me, it is special. The concept is that you and a buddy sit yourself in this room, so to speak, and you get buckled in with seat belts and a bar and then the game starts. It’s a new story with new locations, but the twist is that you have a screen in front and behind you and the seat spins depending on where the zombies are coming from. It’s a blast, it’s just a shame the queue for it was like half and hour. There was a new version of Ghost Squad subtitled Evolution whichwas more of the same, as well as a deluxe version of Extreme Hunting 2. Finally there was Let’s Go Jungle which is a well overdue return to having a shooter in an enclosed cabinet, like Jurassic Park. In true Japanese style this is one of those classic mad cap adventures with giant spiders and mutant plants to contend with.
Seeing as Sega had an extremely large stand, the biggest at the show if I’m not mistaken, I thought I would break up thier new arcade offerings in to genres, starting with driving & flying. By far the most enjoyable out of these three was Outrun 2 SP Super Deluxe. This quite possibly has to be the daddy of all the arcade racers out there. As you can see from the pictures the machine is made up of 4 replica Ferrari’s; the F50, the Dino, the Spider and the last one I can’t remember but it was silver. All of them are motion based and each car has two steering wheels. Two wheels you ask? Yes that’s right, and this is by far the most interesting & fun feature in the game. Every time you crash or pass through a check point the driving switches to your team mate in the other seat. trust me, it’s hilarious. Next up this is Ford Racing which has been out for a while, but this is the Deluxe version which has larger screens and a Ford GT style applied to the cabinet. Much like the Outrun 2 SP’s. Finally there was Afterburner Climax, which for me is as good as the original arcade version that I was playing when I was a wee nipper. There was three different cabinets for this game as you can see below. I wasn’t overly keen on the biggest version, my nose was almost touching the screen (I do have a big nose though). By the way I do have a lot of video from the ATEIwhich I will be sorting out soon, and don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about the Sega booth babes. I will be covering them in a separate post. Games come first (can’t believe I said that!).