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Konami's Action Cop cabinet on location test

February 10, 2008

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(Click on the image above to enlarge)

Thanks to the Stinger Report we have a first look at the cabinet Konami’s new motion-based controller arcade title Action Cop ‘in the wild’. It is currently testing at a Tokyo facility prior to AOU, so expect to hear a little bit more about this one through the week. Sporting a large screen (which looks like a plasma set although my eyes might be deceiving me) along with a large footprint this is certainly bound to attract some attention at AOU.

I still hold out hope on an international release but it is difficult to say since Konami product doesn’t reach the market penetration that it used to. Silent Hill (the most recent Konami title) has all but been ignored in the States but but has found some ground in Europe – perhaps it will be the same situation with Action Cop although I hope that such is not the case. It would be disappointing to see a great idea like this go unnoticed in the arcade scene here.

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Konami’s Action Cop cabinet on location test

February 10, 2008

actioncop1.jpg

(Click on the image above to enlarge)

Thanks to the Stinger Report we have a first look at the cabinet Konami’s new motion-based controller arcade title Action Cop ‘in the wild’. It is currently testing at a Tokyo facility prior to AOU, so expect to hear a little bit more about this one through the week. Sporting a large screen (which looks like a plasma set although my eyes might be deceiving me) along with a large footprint this is certainly bound to attract some attention at AOU.

I still hold out hope on an international release but it is difficult to say since Konami product doesn’t reach the market penetration that it used to. Silent Hill (the most recent Konami title) has all but been ignored in the States but but has found some ground in Europe – perhaps it will be the same situation with Action Cop although I hope that such is not the case. It would be disappointing to see a great idea like this go unnoticed in the arcade scene here.

[Discuss on the Forum]

AOU Build Up – Action Cop by Konami

February 4, 2008

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Thanks to the Stinger Report here’s one up and coming look for something to expect at AOU 2008 (among many other games): Action Cop by Konami. We have reported about this game several times already although the name has changed a few times (it was Criminal Action and then Action Detective) the game seems to remain the same.actiondeka2.jpg Konami of course continues to prove that they are the grand-daddy of motion-based controls as Action Cop takes full advantage of them, combining what appears to be fist-brawling and light-gun shooting into one (two aspects that seem to receive the most praise on the Nintendo Wii). We also finally have some OK screenshots of what the game looks like so all we’ll need to wait for now is to see if it plays well or plays comparatively to a mediocre Wii game. (Click on the images above or below to enlarge)

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Still there is no word on if this will see an international release but honestly I think Konami would have to be insane to not release this overseas.

vrcontroller.jpgThe Stinger Report also pointed out that the controllers being used in Action Cop share a striking similarity with those used in some early Virtuality VR arcade titles. Coincedence? You decide.

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A couple of shots on Criminal Action/Action Detective

December 7, 2007

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Coming across information on Konami’s new motion-controlled arcade title known as either “Action Detective” or “Criminal Action” has been a little difficult since we firstactiondetect1.jpg heard about it a couple of months ago. Finally I have encountered two shots taken from location testing, via Japanese blog d.hatena. It’s not much but it’s better than the thumbnails we’ve seen up until now.  Also according to the site, the controls need some work, but they have until April (which is the release date set for this game) to fix that up. Graphically it’s still a little hard to tell how it looks overall (we’ll need to see it in motion) but this gives us an OK idea at least.

[Via d.hatena blog] [Discuss on the Forum]

Konami’s Action Detective Heads to location test

November 25, 2007

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[Via The Stinger Report] (Click on the image above to enlarge)

Since I first heard about this a month or two ago I have been eager to find out more about Konami’s new 3D action beat ‘em up title known as “Action Detective”. The game utilizes a new type of controller that doubles as a light gun and punching glove so the player will be able to shoot and punch enemies with ease. Action Detective is among the first games we can expect to see in 2008 that utilize new ideas based upon motion controls. Konami is no stranger to motion-controlled games – they released a series of ‘MoCap’ titles earlier this decade that used the technology, long before anyone knew what the Wii was. Konami will be testing Action Detective over the next week in Japan – hopefully it will do well and Konami will see it in their hearts to bring it over to Europe and the States. If it controls well then this is the sort of game that could do very well in an arcade although I imagine that people will start asking for a console port of the game in that event which as an operator I would hope doesn’t occur too soon so the arcade version could have time to make some money. Unfortunately the only screenshots I have seen so far of the game are tiny thumbnails so it appears that we will have to wait a little while to see anything of real substance on the game.

[Konami's Action Detective Location Test site] [Visit this game's thread on the Forum]

Konami's Action Detective Heads to location test

November 25, 2007

actiondet.jpg

[Via The Stinger Report] (Click on the image above to enlarge)

Since I first heard about this a month or two ago I have been eager to find out more about Konami’s new 3D action beat ‘em up title known as “Action Detective”. The game utilizes a new type of controller that doubles as a light gun and punching glove so the player will be able to shoot and punch enemies with ease. Action Detective is among the first games we can expect to see in 2008 that utilize new ideas based upon motion controls. Konami is no stranger to motion-controlled games – they released a series of ‘MoCap’ titles earlier this decade that used the technology, long before anyone knew what the Wii was. Konami will be testing Action Detective over the next week in Japan – hopefully it will do well and Konami will see it in their hearts to bring it over to Europe and the States. If it controls well then this is the sort of game that could do very well in an arcade although I imagine that people will start asking for a console port of the game in that event which as an operator I would hope doesn’t occur too soon so the arcade version could have time to make some money. Unfortunately the only screenshots I have seen so far of the game are tiny thumbnails so it appears that we will have to wait a little while to see anything of real substance on the game.

[Konami's Action Detective Location Test site] [Visit this game's thread on the Forum]

The Stinger Report takes a look at Action Detective and EA buying Konami?

October 10, 2007

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[The Stinger Report]

In addition to Sega’s titles that The Stinger Report got their hands on they also haveactiondetective2.jpg reported on a few titles that in the the works by other Japanese arcade developers. One of these games is Konami’s Action Detective, which we reported about in this post. The game is using similar technology that was seen in games such as Police Trainer 911 and Konami’s line-up of MoCap titles. According to the Stinger:

…these games have been combined into a gritty crime action game, with cops rampaging through a city, taking on hardened criminals with their fist or guns. The MoCap two-player game uses a big display and high-speed action. The popularity of the motion tracking element of the Nintendo Wii has clearly seen KDE AM R&D dust off the MoCap technology, and prove that they can still do it best.

It’s no doubt that the Wii is having a rippling effect throughout all aspects of the gaming world and while we shouldn’t forget that motion capture in games was pioneered in the arcade industry first, it’s good to see some new innovation coming back to the arcades. There is still no word on the possibility of this game showing up in international markets, but seeing how many other MoCap games Konami made did show up outside of Japan, I believe we can look forward to this game without much worry.

The Stinger Report also mentions a few Japan-only games such as Otomedius and Baseball Heroes 3, but doesn’t reveal anything new about either game. They do reveal however the possibility of some new acquisitions that might raise some eyebrows in the Asian market. From The Stinger:

While Stinger sources chased round Tokyo test facilities looking at the latest KDE titles, information was leaked of possible executive discussions regarding a new round of acquisitions in the Asian scene. Sources revealed rumors that US consumer publisher Electronic Arts had sent envoys to Japan to look over Konami as a possible target. Microsoft, Tommy and Square had all been linked over the year in evaluating KDE for merger, though these latest movements regarding the US giant have proven more compelling than others.

EA looking at Konami? That could be an interesting shake-up and not just for console gaming. Seeing how EA owns GlobalVR, it could be a way for GVR to get a better foot-hold into the Asian market.


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