Whoever it is that writes for the blog HDRL: Japanese Gaming for Gaijin has posted their impressions of the new Taito fighter known as Battle Fantasia. The RPG element to the game certainly sounds interesting although he wasn’t too impressed with the graphics and the game flow sounds to be slwoer than some other popular fighters like Guilty Gear. Head on over for the full post:
Archive for May 2007
IGS (International Games Systems) has been developing unique arcade video games since 1991 primarily for the Chinese game market which is understandably huge. They are in the news right now as they plan on developing online RPGs in addition to their line-up of arcade titles. They are probably best known at the moment for the game Percussion Master One of their primary pieces of hardware is a board that accepts cartirdges and shares a number of similarities with the NEoGeo MVS called the PGM. Here are a few of their popular games:
Oriental Legend 2: This is one of IGS’ more recent releases. A sequel to the 1999 beat ‘em up, this game was shown off this year by IGS but not much is known about it other than it has an updated character roster over the first game and it uses new hardware called the PGM2 but here is a link to a video of OL2 in action:
Demon Front: This looks like a Metal Slug clone, with the exception that you get assistance from some sort of ‘pet’ creature with unique abilities. Screenshots courtesy of nfggames.com:
Spectral VS Generation: A 2D fighter that seems to draw inspiration from some more popular Capcom fighting games as far as the art style goes. A badly translated description of the game says that it includes some RPG elements in the game to make it more interesting.
The Gladiator: A 4-player scrolling fighter (or beat ‘em up as some call it) where you and your companions go on a quest for a sword and decide to beat the crap out of anyone that gets in your way, samurai style.
Following up on the story about the arcade industry’s push to increase peoples awareness, here comes these photos of some of Namco and Taito’s activities. You could argue that these are mainly advertising consumer consoles games, but all publicity is good publicity, and man do those cars look sweet!
It’s no secret that Atari had planned on creating an arcade game based on the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter. They were the ones who created the graphics for the arcade game people gawked over back in the day, wishing they could play it themselves. It was too bad that Atari never completed the game for arcades, but the people over at Rogue Synapse didn’t want things to stay that way forever and thanks to modern computers they developed a version that attempted to recreate the video game that was seen in the movie.
Today Rogue Synapse has released the final version of the same game that you saw in the movie. While the game they made is for a PC that anyone can download and play, these guys tracked down the StarFighter arcade cabinet that was used in the documentary about the film (the original was sadly destroyed), installed a PC in it and loaded the game up to play, for an authentic Starfighter arcade game just like you saw in the movie. Complete that with the recent announcement that The Last Starfighter will be coming to HD-DVD this September and fans of the film (the handful that are out there) can now feel totally geeked out. BTW, these guys also made a Space Paranoids game (TRON anyone?) as well as a Bishop of Battle and Death Race game which have shown up in film as arcade games.