Posted tagged ‘action detective’

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]

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.

'Action Detective' by Konami uses new motion controls for beat 'em up gameplay

September 22, 2007

 

[Via the AM-Net Blog] (Click on the image above to see the full poster)

With the AM Show over an done with, it is a little disheartening seeing all of the games that Japanese manufacturers are working on, knowing that many of them will not be released overseas. That might be the case with a new title from Konami that is currently in location testing in Japan called ‘Action Detective’.

From what little we can find out about this game, it certainly is interesting. Using what appears to be motion sensing controls, the players will be able to punch at enemies and guard against attacks using the hand controllers, as well as discharge a firearm by using a trigger built into the controls. While I hesistate to say that they might be inspired by the Wii (seeing how motion sensitive controls have existed long before Nintendo came around with them, and Konami has been one of the few manufacturers pushing such technologies in arcades for a while now), it’s hard to say that the success of that console hasn’t had any effect on thought in the arcade sector.  The game also comes with a 50″ widescreen monitor, and from the description includes driving, shooting and punching gameplay all in one (basically it’s the three of the most popular arcade genres mixed into the same game) but includes interactivity that reaches new heights thanks to the unique controllers. Personally while all we have to go off of is this picture of the game for the location test, I’m intrigued by what I see so far – it’s something unique and if it controls well it could be quite a success overseas. We’ll keep an eye on this game and Konami, if you are listening, give it an international release!

[Discuss on the Forum]

‘Action Detective’ by Konami uses new motion controls for beat ‘em up gameplay

September 22, 2007

 

[Via the AM-Net Blog] (Click on the image above to see the full poster)

With the AM Show over an done with, it is a little disheartening seeing all of the games that Japanese manufacturers are working on, knowing that many of them will not be released overseas. That might be the case with a new title from Konami that is currently in location testing in Japan called ‘Action Detective’.

From what little we can find out about this game, it certainly is interesting. Using what appears to be motion sensing controls, the players will be able to punch at enemies and guard against attacks using the hand controllers, as well as discharge a firearm by using a trigger built into the controls. While I hesistate to say that they might be inspired by the Wii (seeing how motion sensitive controls have existed long before Nintendo came around with them, and Konami has been one of the few manufacturers pushing such technologies in arcades for a while now), it’s hard to say that the success of that console hasn’t had any effect on thought in the arcade sector.  The game also comes with a 50″ widescreen monitor, and from the description includes driving, shooting and punching gameplay all in one (basically it’s the three of the most popular arcade genres mixed into the same game) but includes interactivity that reaches new heights thanks to the unique controllers. Personally while all we have to go off of is this picture of the game for the location test, I’m intrigued by what I see so far – it’s something unique and if it controls well it could be quite a success overseas. We’ll keep an eye on this game and Konami, if you are listening, give it an international release!

[Discuss on the Forum]


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