Archive for May 12, 2010

The Raiden V game that isn't Raiden V

May 12, 2010

I enjoy a good space combat game but they are hard to find these days. Such games used to dominate the arcade scene but they have all but died out in recent years. So my interest piqued when I caught a glimpse of an unidentified space game seen at the recent GTI Asia Taipei Expo and I asked the user who posted the video about that particular title to discover what it was all about.

Turns out it is a space combat game called Thunder 5 by Gauss Enterprises. They focus primarily on creating gambling games but this one looks to have taken a slightly different direction than their usual content. You can see from the graphics that the game is certainly nothing special to look at, as though it could have come out in the late 80’s to a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately the makers of the game have decided to rip-off a couple of different properties to try and make the game interesting, including Star Trek : Deep Space Nine (which is seen in some of the artwork on the game cabinet as well as in some in-game backgrounds) and the Raiden series by MOSS. In fact they list the name “Raiden V” in the title of the video. Some of the cabinet designs seen on their page also use the 3D models of the Raiden spacecraft. I’m not an expert in legal matters but I’m pretty sure that it’s a bad idea to infringe on these properties  but that won’t stop some people from trying.

Here’s a video of the game in action. It supports up to six players depending upon the cabinet configuration. As a one player title it looks rather boring as you control a reticule and can shoot down slow moving spacecraft that traverse across the screen. As a four or six player game I could see it as being somewhat exciting as you compete for a high score although admittedly it would be more interesting if you were controlling a space craft on the playfield.

Thunder 5 @ Gauss Enterprises

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The Raiden V game that isn’t Raiden V

May 12, 2010

I enjoy a good space combat game but they are hard to find these days. Such games used to dominate the arcade scene but they have all but died out in recent years. So my interest piqued when I caught a glimpse of an unidentified space game seen at the recent GTI Asia Taipei Expo and I asked the user who posted the video about that particular title to discover what it was all about.

Turns out it is a space combat game called Thunder 5 by Gauss Enterprises. They focus primarily on creating gambling games but this one looks to have taken a slightly different direction than their usual content. You can see from the graphics that the game is certainly nothing special to look at, as though it could have come out in the late 80’s to a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately the makers of the game have decided to rip-off a couple of different properties to try and make the game interesting, including Star Trek : Deep Space Nine (which is seen in some of the artwork on the game cabinet as well as in some in-game backgrounds) and the Raiden series by MOSS. In fact they list the name “Raiden V” in the title of the video. Some of the cabinet designs seen on their page also use the 3D models of the Raiden spacecraft. I’m not an expert in legal matters but I’m pretty sure that it’s a bad idea to infringe on these properties  but that won’t stop some people from trying.

Here’s a video of the game in action. It supports up to six players depending upon the cabinet configuration. As a one player title it looks rather boring as you control a reticule and can shoot down slow moving spacecraft that traverse across the screen. As a four or six player game I could see it as being somewhat exciting as you compete for a high score although admittedly it would be more interesting if you were controlling a space craft on the playfield.

Thunder 5 @ Gauss Enterprises

Super Street Fighter IV arcade listed for sale at the end of August UPDATE: Make that October

May 12, 2010

While I had thought that the impending release of Super Street Fighter IV in arcades would be happening in the winter of this year(the always reliable AM-Net lists it as such), importer Coinopexpress.com has listed both the cabinet and the kits for SSFIV as becoming available on August 31st, 2010. I won’t bore you with details on what SSFIV adds to the original game as you can already find that out there since the game is available on consoles but COE adds this: “The Windows version of Street Fighter IV includes all the features found in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, plus some extras, which Capcom representatives say could make it “the definitive version” of the game.”

I assume that they are calling it the Windows version as Taito’s Type X2 hardware is a PC. No official version of SSFIV has been announced for PCs that I know of and the only way to make a fighter definitive is to put it on an arcade machine so I will hope for now that Capcom will actually reward arcade players for their patience in this case with extra content. COE also states under products details that the cabinet version handles one or two players, which I greatly hope means that Capcom has pulled their heads out of their rear ends and will give operators a chance to get a two player version of the game without having to invest in two expensive cabinets as opposed to one.

UPDATE: Not long after we posted this Coinopexpress changed the date to October 31st, putting it closer to AM Net’s winter timetable. They also changed a few things in the description, such as changing it from “Windows” version to the arcade version and removing the language about the arcade version being the definitive version of the game. Hmm…

[Super Street Fighter IV cabinet listing @ Coinopexpress.com] [Kit listing]