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Namco’s Dead Heat in action

August 17, 2010

While we have posted numerous details on Namco’s newest racing game Dead Heat, which is due out this fall, we haven’t seen any in-depth video of the actual game in action, until now. This video is from Florida-based coin-op machine distributor BMI Gaming, who provided us with the footage from other games at the recent AAMA Distributor Gala. In case you need to catch up on those details about Dead Heat, you can read more about it here.

Click here for the page where you can watch it in gratuitous 1080p

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Namco's Dead Heat in action

August 17, 2010

While we have posted numerous details on Namco’s newest racing game Dead Heat, which is due out this fall, we haven’t seen any in-depth video of the actual game in action, until now. This video is from Florida-based coin-op machine distributor BMI Gaming, who provided us with the footage from other games at the recent AAMA Distributor Gala. In case you need to catch up on those details about Dead Heat, you can read more about it here.

Click here for the page where you can watch it in gratuitous 1080p

Crazy Speed Arcade by Long Entertainment now available via UNIS

June 21, 2010

Universal Space (UNIS) has posted a new addition to their list of distributed games to join the many other arcade racers out there, with Crazy Speed Arcade by Long Entertainment in China. We covered this game previously here and here. One thing that certainly helps set the game apart is the addition of online modes, making this the second racing game this year to push such a feature that we know of, right behind GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing. Also like NTR, Crazy Speed uses a card system so players can save their cars and progress although it isn’t clear whether the game uses specialized cards or if it also can use any card with a magnetic strip on it like NTR’s system does. Despite those similarities, the racing styles between the two are quite different. One big question I have about the online mode is will this be supporting servers internationally? This article indicates that they have already been testing the game out extensively in China and they are holding a tournament for it in August. With UNIS showing an English version of the game and touting the online features on their website it appears that it could handle online play outside of China although I do wonder how they would have the servers setup for it so that ping times won’t be horrendous.

One thing to add here is I’m impressed by how much China is ramping up in arcade production lately, as the number of new Chinese game releases we have been hearing about this year have jumped dramatically. There many be an awful lot of clones that come out of there but we’re seeing a lot of original content as well.

[Official Crazy Speed website] [Crazy Speed @ UNIS]

Konami's Road Fighters goes 3D (updated)

April 23, 2010

Remember Konami’s Road Fighters? Since we first heard about the game last September, there has been little to no information popping up about the game, until today where an anonomyous tipster sent us a photo of the new cabinet as seen on location test in Akihabara, Japan. As you can see from the picture above, Konami is continuing to push their experimentation with stereoscopic 3D (after they did so with Metal Gear Arcade) but this time they took a cue from the old Continental Circuit 3D arcade racer and have mounted glasses to the cabinet as opposed to letting the player wear a headset. Also if you look closely, you will notice on the back of the seat two holes which are another set of glasses so a person standing behind the game can see the 3D effect as well.

We have no idea as to when Konami will be releasing the game to arcades but with it on location test now I imagine that it will happen sometime this year, which will mean that we will have at least three stereoscopic 3D games to be on the look-out for, if you’re in Japan at least: this, Metal Gear Arcade and Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. When might arcade makers who release content outside of Japan be jumping on the 3D bandwagon is the next question.

UPDATE: Japanese game site Aries Small Room was at the location test and has a detailed report of what the game is like. There are five modes including online play and a button to switch between 2D and 3D. There is also a mission mode where you pick a character, win medals and race against bosses, so it appears that Konami will be positioning this game for the hardcore racer market that is populated by games like Inital D and Maximum Tune.

Konami’s Road Fighters goes 3D (updated)

April 23, 2010

Remember Konami’s Road Fighters? Since we first heard about the game last September, there has been little to no information popping up about the game, until today where an anonomyous tipster sent us a photo of the new cabinet as seen on location test in Akihabara, Japan. As you can see from the picture above, Konami is continuing to push their experimentation with stereoscopic 3D (after they did so with Metal Gear Arcade) but this time they took a cue from the old Continental Circuit 3D arcade racer and have mounted glasses to the cabinet as opposed to letting the player wear a headset. Also if you look closely, you will notice on the back of the seat two holes which are another set of glasses so a person standing behind the game can see the 3D effect as well.

We have no idea as to when Konami will be releasing the game to arcades but with it on location test now I imagine that it will happen sometime this year, which will mean that we will have at least three stereoscopic 3D games to be on the look-out for, if you’re in Japan at least: this, Metal Gear Arcade and Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. When might arcade makers who release content outside of Japan be jumping on the 3D bandwagon is the next question.

UPDATE: Japanese game site Aries Small Room was at the location test and has a detailed report of what the game is like. There are five modes including online play and a button to switch between 2D and 3D. There is also a mission mode where you pick a character, win medals and race against bosses, so it appears that Konami will be positioning this game for the hardcore racer market that is populated by games like Inital D and Maximum Tune.

UNIS shows off Crazy Speed

April 7, 2010

Not long ago we found out about a new arcade racer by Taiwanese company UNIS (or Universal Space) called Crazy Speed Arcade but there were very few details on the game. We could assume plenty as it is a racer and generally we don’t see many surprises there. Thanks to this video just published by UNIS, we can fill in the blanks. The game has many different cars, tracks and mode to select from which is always nice – I find it disappointing to sit down on a racer with only a few tracks and options. There is a tournament mode, Time Attack mode, Local Race (playing linked) and even an Online Battle Mode. With that, it brings us to at least three racers I can recall off the top of my head to feature that at the moment (this, Taito’s Top Speed and GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing).  Graphically it looks really good thanks to the high detail and effects like motion blur; the only thing I can think of for improvement is a higher frame rate but otherwise this looks top notch.

We actually can expect to see this available outside of Asia as UNIS does sell their games internationally and possibly at a competitive price if it follows the same lines as their other in-house game Ultimate which was only $4700 for a 46″ game.

[UNIS website]

Konami brings back Road Fighter, now labelled as Road Fighters

September 24, 2009

Thanks to an anonymous tip, we have received some details on a new title that Konami had out on location test in Japan last week called Road Fighters. For anyone who knows their Konami history, Road Fighter (without the ‘s’) was Konami’s first driving game which was released way back in 1984 so this appears to be a remake/sequel to that game from 25 years ago.  In the new game you have to overtake other vehicles while avoiding any collisions. Take too much damage and you’re out of the race. According to our tipster, the game was only 30% complete at the time of the test and Konami R&D even had the cabinets fitted with webcams to watch players as they reacted. The game will have online multiplayer, probably using Konami’s e-Amusement network which makes me wonder if this is all in response to Taito’s upcoming Top Speed racer which will also feature online multiplayer.

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