Archive for August 16, 2007

AAMA Gala Picture Gallery

August 16, 2007

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While the public didn’t hear much news or fanfare about the AAMA Gala that was held last week, there was news to be made from the event. First our close associates The Stinger Report(Aug 3rd) stated that GlobalVR made some waves (as was expected) by showing off both EA NASCAR Racing and America’s Army. Stinger reports that America’s Army features a green sticker rating – indicating that it is suitable for all ages and the game plays much like Police Trainer, but with a military theme. The green label is practically the ‘E’ rating that game consoles have and this combined with a very nice price tag ($4000) AA is bound to show up in a number of arcades as well as street locations. EA NASCAR was available as expected but GlobalVR announced at the event that the game would be available immediately, which came as a shock to their competition. With another affordable price tag it appears that GVR is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the arcade industry. Unfortunately we did not hear anything about what their future plans may be for the end of the year. We know that they are working on an arcade version of Blazing Angels but little else. I guess time will tell.

GVR wasn’t the only distributor at the event of course and the competition was there to show off their offerings. Betson/Raw Thrills showed off an upright version of The Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift that they hope is attractive to street locations. Of course with all the racing games that are beginning to hit the market, it looks like Raw Thrills will need to come up with something that has a little more punch to it (if it was something other than a racer, that would be nice to see actually – I think arcades will be OK for the time being). Hit the post break for a few more pictures and information.

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DDR Supernova 2 Website open

August 16, 2007

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[Via Arcade Renaissance]

Konami is gearing up for the next (10th) installment of DDR in both Japan and overseas and to prove it, the official website is now open.  At the moment there is little to look at however as the only links that work are the News and How to Play buttons. I imagine that it will see more here soon although I admit that it’s hard to get excited about a game that has seen 10 installments in the past 9 or 10 years. Not only that but a console version (PS2) will be out around the time the arcade version starts to trickle its way out to arcades. This would probably be less of an issue for arcade operators if Konami didn’t overcharge them for a title that will certainly loose some of its audience to the home version.

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Shaggy's Weekly Review – The Crystal of Kings

August 16, 2007

I almost didn’t get around to writing this as I had a little health trouble this week and ended up in the hospital for part of a night. It wasn’t anything terribly serious but I still feel kind of horrible so forgive me if this review seems a little short.

This week I am covering a game that in recent months has become a favorite of mine. Not many people have heard of it and I have never seen it in a dedicated cabinet. Perhaps it only exists as a kit but either way I’d love to have one for my own, called The Crystal of Kings.

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The Crystal of Kings by Brezzasoft (2001)
Players: 1-2

Introduction

The Gods have forsaken the land and left behind a number of powerful crystals in their wake. The crystals endow the possessors with great power and whoever possesses themcrysking1.jpg all will have total control over the world. The evil magician NightSpirit has captured the Crystal of Darkness and is gathering his forces to find each crystal and cover the world in evil darkness. The King employs brave Cocco (I have to laugh at imagining where they might have come up with that one during a meeting one day) and his mutant kangaroo pet to destroy NightSpirit and entrusts Cocco to return the Crystal of Darkness to him. Along with three other adventurers, the quest begins!

Gameplay

To briefly sum up what The Crystal of Kings is like, think Golden Axe with a few improvements. You or another player venture through side-scrolling levels taking out attacking orcs, trolls, bugs, skeletons and other magical creatures while collecting gold,crysking3.jpg magic, points and facing huge end bosses. There are four players to choose from in total, the worst of which is the hideously named Cocco. He never dismounts his weird pet and fires arrows as his primary weapon. The other three characters are pretty cool (like the hero of the main story should be) and they all wield different forms of magic, much like Golden Axe. Cocco controls earth magic in addition to his bow and arrow, the very anime-like tough guy Lustro wields a sword and fire, Lung electricity and a staff and finally scantily clad Justicia with a sword and light magic.

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Shaggy’s Weekly Review – The Crystal of Kings

August 16, 2007

I almost didn’t get around to writing this as I had a little health trouble this week and ended up in the hospital for part of a night. It wasn’t anything terribly serious but I still feel kind of horrible so forgive me if this review seems a little short.

This week I am covering a game that in recent months has become a favorite of mine. Not many people have heard of it and I have never seen it in a dedicated cabinet. Perhaps it only exists as a kit but either way I’d love to have one for my own, called The Crystal of Kings.

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crysking2.jpg

The Crystal of Kings by Brezzasoft (2001)
Players: 1-2

Introduction

The Gods have forsaken the land and left behind a number of powerful crystals in their wake. The crystals endow the possessors with great power and whoever possesses themcrysking1.jpg all will have total control over the world. The evil magician NightSpirit has captured the Crystal of Darkness and is gathering his forces to find each crystal and cover the world in evil darkness. The King employs brave Cocco (I have to laugh at imagining where they might have come up with that one during a meeting one day) and his mutant kangaroo pet to destroy NightSpirit and entrusts Cocco to return the Crystal of Darkness to him. Along with three other adventurers, the quest begins!

Gameplay

To briefly sum up what The Crystal of Kings is like, think Golden Axe with a few improvements. You or another player venture through side-scrolling levels taking out attacking orcs, trolls, bugs, skeletons and other magical creatures while collecting gold,crysking3.jpg magic, points and facing huge end bosses. There are four players to choose from in total, the worst of which is the hideously named Cocco. He never dismounts his weird pet and fires arrows as his primary weapon. The other three characters are pretty cool (like the hero of the main story should be) and they all wield different forms of magic, much like Golden Axe. Cocco controls earth magic in addition to his bow and arrow, the very anime-like tough guy Lustro wields a sword and fire, Lung electricity and a staff and finally scantily clad Justicia with a sword and light magic.

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