Posted tagged ‘Guilty Gear’

EVO Championship Series 2009 Game line-up announced

February 4, 2009

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Everybody’s favorite arcade fighter tournament, the Evolution Championship Series (aka EVO) is slowly coming up (it happens in July in good ol’ Las Vegas) and as such they have revealed the list of games one can expect to find if they go to the event. So if you fancy any of the games on the list and you want to compete, there is plenty of time for you to get in some practice. The games are:

Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Soul Calibur IV

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

Street Fighter III: Third Strike

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom (Exhibition)

Strangely BlazBlue is missing from the list but that is likely because the console version hasn’t come along yet, which is too bad really. It also would be awesome to see KOFXII there which will be available by July but I guess this is more of a “games that appeared on arcades but are available on consoles” sort of thing as all the games will be running on a console of sorts instead of a proper arcade machine.  They also dropped Super Smash Bros. Brawl from the tournament so no luck there in case you happen to be a champion at that game but on on these other fighters.Either way it looks like a good line-up and should prove to be quite an entertaining competition to watch.

[EVO 2009 website] [Via The Escapist] [Discuss on the Forum]

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BlazBlue now available for arcades in the US

November 18, 2008

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While a certain company may feel that arcades are dead and so there is no use selling their fighter arcade title in the US, a different company known as Aksys has eschewed the logic of the aformentioned ‘certain company’ and released their fighter for arcades today known as BlazBlue. In case you are not familiar with it, BlazBlue is a high-definition 2.5D fighting game based upon the Guilty Gear series that had previously been available in Japan. AkSys has a website for the game available now and it should be shipping out to arcades who ordered it already.  I imagine that the price is the same as it was we first found out about it a few months ago (kit: $3500, full machine could vary between $5k-$7k depending on the model).

I think that it’s great to see another gauntlet thrown down for fighters in the US.  If Dark Presence can make it out before the end of the year, then that will mean that 3 fighting games (clarification: in an official manner) will have been made available to arcades this year alone – I wouldn’t be surprised to see more next year if the trend continues.

BTW- If you’re an operator interested in BlazBlue, I do not believe that they are going through distributors to sell the game but are doing it direct. I’m not sure how that will affect their sales overall but it will explain why you won’t see this game showing up on many distributor websites.

[Official BlazBlue Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

A look at BlazBlue from AnimeExpo

July 8, 2008

One of our forum members, PhilVer 0 had the opportunity to go to AnimeExpo in LA last weekend and check out the location test of the new arcade fighter BlazBlue by Arc System Works. They weren’t allowing pictures to be taken but he managed to get a couple taken without getting kicked out. The game is still incomplete (they said about 60% done) and to not expect it until early next year (“maybe Spring ’09”). To quote Phil directly:

The game is not balanced yet and its only 60% complete. Noel is top tier as well as a few others. Can this game be consider cheap when it comes to some characters? Yes, since you can continue attacking characters when they’re on the ground I believe infinities are possible can Noel is one of those characters you can do it with real easy.

The game is [Guilty Gear] like I said and hopefully they’ll fix the problems with the game by time of the release. This game in my view is going to be a hit, and if they fix the problems it will be a bigger hit.

He also mentions that it runs on WIndows Vista, which is new for Taito to try out as previously they were using a modified version of WinXP on the TypeX2 hardware. In addition to BlazBlue showing up at the expo, they also had Battle Fantasia (which will be coming out for the Xbox 360 and perhaps the PS3) and GG Overture up to play at the Expo. After this showing of new fighters do you think it will continue the push towards more fighters coming along from other companies?

For more, check out the post about BlazBlue on the forum.