Archive for July 13, 2008

Another review double feature: Chase HQ2 & 1942

July 13, 2008

I’ve got another couple of reviews uploaded to the internet, this time Chase HQ2 by Taito and 1942 by Romstar/Capcom. I uploaded the CHQ2 video to Vimeo and 1942 to youtube for the time being and when I get a chance (i.e. more time as it takes a while to upload a 200MB file) I’ll put CHQ2 up on youtube. I did forget to mention one other gripe about Chase HQ2 – the high score entry screen is too difficult for many people to input their names due to over-sensitivity of the wheel. In case anyone at Taito/Namco reads this, it would be really nice if an update was released for the game to address a couple of these issues I bring up, such as fixing the high score thing and adding some more levels to the game which could also round out the difficulty curve for players. I still maintain that it’s a fun game and I’d like to try it linked one day but my budget can’t handle any new game purchases for a while.

Chase HQ2 (to watch it in HD click on that feature while hovering over the video and it should take you to the video page)

1942

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Derby Owners Club 2008 8 1/2 minute training video

July 13, 2008

Most arcade games are pretty simple and anyone can figure out how to play them after a round or two but on occasion a game comes along that is a little more complex than the norm. Even then it’s rare that the game would need a video that is eight and a half minutes long to explain what is going on and how it is supposed to be played. Such a game that apparently needs that is the new Derby Owners Club 2008 by Sega. The game does look cool both graphically and aesthetically with it’s giant primary screen and 8 terminal setup but I never realized that this series gets that involved in horse racing. I know that at least one previous version of DOC was released outside of Japan, one that some US distributors still carry but I have never had the chance to actually play the game.

The video is in Japanese but if you’re interested anyways, click here to check it out.

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Melty Blood Actress & Byon Byon location tests in Japan

July 13, 2008

Two games that were featured at this year’s AOU show have been seen on location in Japan, one the latest Melty Blood Actress game (a fighter) and the other Konami’s interesting ByonByon. ByonByon uses a different kind of controlling mechanism for gameplay, a sort of punching device that the player controls with both hands while aimed at the screen. It’s a unique take on the idea of a mounted light-gun but I still haven’t seen this one in action so it’s hard to say much more about this one but just the cabinet will certainly attract players to try it out. There is no confirmation yet on if either of these games will be released onto the international market but I imagine that both will make their mark where ever they do show up.

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