Archive for June 14, 2007

Location Review: Ludlow Plaza – Ludlow, Massachusetts

June 14, 2007

Ludlow Plaza
Along my semi-yearly trip to Chatham in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I decided to visit a few arcades to add them to my arcade review feature on this site and Arcade Addict. Located throughout the United States highways and interstates are arcades in truck stops and service plazas. The arcades range from game rooms with a dozen or more arcade games, to a few arcades lined up along the walls near the entrance. The arcade at the Ludlow Service Plaza in Ludlow, Massachusetts falls into the latter category.
Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga
To the left of the entrance near the telephones is a Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga 20th anniversary game. This game has the fast version of Ms. Pac-Man set via the game’s dipswitches. In this mode, Ms. Pac-Man travels at a much faster speed than usual, but the ghosts stay at their regular speed. This is the first time I have ever played Ms. Pac-Man this way. It’s a matter of personal preference, but I found Ms. Pac-Man to be much more enjoyable at the faster speed.

Pinball/Arcade

Directly to the right of the front door there are two more arcade games. There is a pinball game by Midway called Cirqus Voltaire and Atari Games’ San Francisco Rush: 2049: Special Edition.

Each of the games in the arcade cost 50 cents per play. There is no money changer from what I could see, but there is a gift shop and a McDonald’s in the plaza. I’m sure either would make change for you upon request.

The arcade at Ludlow Plaza is worth a stop if you are hungry or need to refuel. Otherwise, there is not much reason to stop. It’s good for a quick arcade fix while you’re taking a break from driving, but you won’t be spending many quarters here.

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A little attention to Taito's Type X2 hardware

June 14, 2007

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A computer news website called Hexus.net has ran a little article on their site about the Taito Type X2 hardware and it was shown off at the Computex Taipei Technology Show last week. There isn’t much news there that you may not have heard before (personally I didn’t know that it was being manufactured by DFI) but it’s good to see a little attention coming to the platform. Some of the games that will be running on this hardware include King Of Fighters MI Reg. A and Battle Fantasia. From the Hexus site it appears that the unit was shown playing Battle Fantasia but it’s unknown if Taito exhibited anything beyond that.

[Via Hexus.net]  [Discuss on the Forum]

A little attention to Taito’s Type X2 hardware

June 14, 2007

typex2.jpg

A computer news website called Hexus.net has ran a little article on their site about the Taito Type X2 hardware and it was shown off at the Computex Taipei Technology Show last week. There isn’t much news there that you may not have heard before (personally I didn’t know that it was being manufactured by DFI) but it’s good to see a little attention coming to the platform. Some of the games that will be running on this hardware include King Of Fighters MI Reg. A and Battle Fantasia. From the Hexus site it appears that the unit was shown playing Battle Fantasia but it’s unknown if Taito exhibited anything beyond that.

[Via Hexus.net]  [Discuss on the Forum]

Time Crisis 4 PS3 Confirmed

June 14, 2007

We covered the rumours of this a while back, but TC4 has now been confirmed for the PS3. Let’s hope they put a bit of shine to the graphics, really use that extra power available to them on Sony’s next gen console. Also check out the pics of the new Guncon gun, imaginatively called Guncon 3! Yum, Orange!

 

[via 1up]

Time Crisis 4for PlayStation 3 will be an arcade port of the arcade version with the addition of a original game mode called the “full mission mode,” where you play as Lieutenant Colonel William Rush. The game will be more like a first-person shooter, as opposed to the normal gun shooting, since players will use the dual analog stick on the Guncon 3 to move around and shoot enemies.

The pricing and release date of Time Crisis 4 has not yet been set in Japan — but is it coming here? Probably.

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The Quest To Save a Galaxian 3

June 14, 2007

Now I always complain that I don’t have enough space to own any sort of arcade collection myself, but let’s be honest, it’s because I spend all my money on going out and drinking beer. Anyways I can actually say for a fact that this baby is definitely too big to fit in my place!

[via RetroBlast]

DarthNuno over at the dragonslairfans.com forumsbrings us another harrowing tale of his quest to save one fo the world’s largest video games, Galaxian 3 Theater.  Well, not really harrowing, but certainly entertaining, humorous, and at times worthy of a little envy.

How the heck he’s going to get that into his basement, I’ll never know, but can you imagine having this thing in your home to sit down and play whenever you like? 

From the thread it looks like it took at least two truck loads and several people volunteering space to actually store this monster until such time as Nuno can decide what he’s going to do with it.

Check out the thread for some light afternoon reading.

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Shaggy's Weekly Review: Demolish Fist by Sammy

June 14, 2007

I love brawling games. Sure they don’t offer a deep storyline or deep play but they are simply an awful lot of fun as you run around on a quest to crush everything that gets in your way. It would be nice if we could see more of these types of games in the arcade again, but as it stands there is not much to look forward to, aside from the new Dynamite Deka Ex from Sega. This week I am covering the Sammy Atomiswave game, Demolish Fist! Let’s get crackin!

(Click on the graphics throughout the review to see them full-size)

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Demolish Fist By Sega
Players: 1-2
Released: 2003
Hardware: Atomiswave

Introduction

Demolish Fist is one of the more recent brawling games (or side-scrolling fighters if you prefer) to hit arcades, with recent being 2003. Sadly the industry has not made many brawlers this decade, prefering to focus on gun shooting, racing, dancing and 1-on-1 fighting games. As a brawling game it fits in perfectly with the style that brawlers established throughout the 1990’s – little to no storyline, venture through a few stages beating the snot out of anything that gets in your way while collecting powerups. There is a little more to Demolish Fist than that, but not much. It did not revolutionize the brawler but it provides a dang good time nonetheless.

The Game

Demolish Fist lets you choose from four different characters to play as: Enzo, Leoneer, Vanessa and Undead. Each character has different moves and styles to draw from as they fight their way through the streets for some reason. The storyline isdemolishfist_front.jpg pretty much non-existant in this game, although it does have something to do with you leading an anti-terrorist group known as The Missionaries. The flyer actually brands the game as “A Stress-relieving action game – Do all the damage you want with no worries!” and it’s set in an unnamed city in the year 2015. Fairly typical but as long as you have an excuse to go around punching and kicking everything, who cares? Either way the characters are well-balanced enough to make playing through the game with anyone of them to be enjoyable.

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Shaggy’s Weekly Review: Demolish Fist by Sammy

June 14, 2007

I love brawling games. Sure they don’t offer a deep storyline or deep play but they are simply an awful lot of fun as you run around on a quest to crush everything that gets in your way. It would be nice if we could see more of these types of games in the arcade again, but as it stands there is not much to look forward to, aside from the new Dynamite Deka Ex from Sega. This week I am covering the Sammy Atomiswave game, Demolish Fist! Let’s get crackin!

(Click on the graphics throughout the review to see them full-size)

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dfist.jpg

Demolish Fist By Sega
Players: 1-2
Released: 2003
Hardware: Atomiswave

Introduction

Demolish Fist is one of the more recent brawling games (or side-scrolling fighters if you prefer) to hit arcades, with recent being 2003. Sadly the industry has not made many brawlers this decade, prefering to focus on gun shooting, racing, dancing and 1-on-1 fighting games. As a brawling game it fits in perfectly with the style that brawlers established throughout the 1990’s – little to no storyline, venture through a few stages beating the snot out of anything that gets in your way while collecting powerups. There is a little more to Demolish Fist than that, but not much. It did not revolutionize the brawler but it provides a dang good time nonetheless.

The Game

Demolish Fist lets you choose from four different characters to play as: Enzo, Leoneer, Vanessa and Undead. Each character has different moves and styles to draw from as they fight their way through the streets for some reason. The storyline isdemolishfist_front.jpg pretty much non-existant in this game, although it does have something to do with you leading an anti-terrorist group known as The Missionaries. The flyer actually brands the game as “A Stress-relieving action game – Do all the damage you want with no worries!” and it’s set in an unnamed city in the year 2015. Fairly typical but as long as you have an excuse to go around punching and kicking everything, who cares? Either way the characters are well-balanced enough to make playing through the game with anyone of them to be enjoyable.

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