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6:29 PM on 02.18.2008  

I can't believe you guys didn't find this...

I thought I should post this since it seems no one else said anything about it. There have been plenty of things said allready about SF IV and KoF XII, but another fighter will have a new installment coming soon.

Sega has shown off a trailer their latest fighter, Virtua Fighter 5 R.


So far from what is shown, Sega is adding some new stages with this installment as well as the standard 2 characters Sega adds with each installment. Surprising to this is one is not the new character that uses karate, but what looks like a return of the previously exiled character Taka Arashi! Taka still looks the same and only gets a brief showing in the trailer. Most of the trailer is devoted to this guy while he battles and proceeds to own Jacky

Now I could keep showing you guys pictures but the video says more so here it is


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8:31 PM on 12.06.2007  

Wild Arms now out on PSN!

Not much to say here since the title says it all. For those of you not in the know, this was THE game to play on the PS1 before FFVII came out. FFVII might have outdone it in graphics and such, but this game was full of heart. Since I can't find my original copy, I guess I should buy this.

Well here is this post's relevant robot... crap I gave away a spoiler didn't I?

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11:10 AM on 11.17.2007  

What PS3 game should I get?

I'm a cheap bastard that never buys games at full price. However I recently got some gift certificate money and I have been itching for a new game. So I thought "what better people to ask what to get then the fine fellows at Destructoid?" I currently own Warhawk and VF5, I'm not big on the realistic racing games like GT, and I would prefer a game that lasts longer then a rental. Any suggestions?


Also some more relevant robots:

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10:32 PM on 10.17.2007  

Since no one gives a shit what I say...

People seemed to enjoy my pic from the last blog post more then what I had to say. So I guess I should give the people what they want with more relevant robots.

If America had a giant robot.


I'm not sure if this is awesome or not...


Another Gundam bastard child.


I call this one Smiley.


A Zaku Gundam.


I call this Emo Bot 2000.

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11:08 PM on 10.08.2007  

Why does Japan have to have it so much better then us?

There are plenty of game related areas that are better in Japan then in the US, but I want to talk about the downloadable games for now. If you look at the PSN Network in Japan you'll find that a lot of good games are up for download but for some reason are not available in the US. The PSN Network is extremely guilty of this when I see all the Playstation King of Fighters games and Resident Evil: DC up for download and all we have is Jumping Flash I. Oh, and the Japanese server also has Jumping Flash II. So my question is, if the Japanese can have these games then how come those of us in the states have to settle for a smaller library?

And since robots are always relevant:

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7:04 PM on 10.01.2007  

We have downloadable console games but how come no handheld games?

The blog god started saying I suck so I thought I should write about something I have been thinking about.

Every system out there has downloadable games as a selling point. Xbox 360 has Live Arcade, Nintendo has Virtual Console, and Sony has the Playstation Network. Each of them are trying to sell old games for nostalgic purposes and making new games, excluding VC so far on this, to convince people to download their games. However something struck me as I looked through my PSN Store. And that was, "How come I can't download PSP games on my PS3?" I know that a lot of people enjoy their handheld games as much as their console games so why not release some for the console?

First lets look at the money that can be made through previous generations of handhelds. What we all know is that Nintendo has by far the largest library in this department. Games from the Gameboy to the Gameboy Advanced could be up for sale. I know that I wouldn't personally mind buying the FFVI remake for the Wii if it meant it was a little bit cheaper. Also since Sega is bringing out Genesis games onto the VC, then why not the Game Gear? Granted in this instance the library would be small but of what was on the Game Gear, it was good. More Shining Force and Phantasy Star anyone? For a lot of these games people have missed out on them and would still like to experience them.

But what about the current generation of handhelds? It would be possible for the Wii to do this for DS games but the work involved in converting the 2 screens and touch screen to the Wiimote would not make it a viable market. So in this respect I think that Sony would be at the advantage. Right now they are competing against Microsoft in making their systems to be more of a media center, so why not make it so you can download the latest PSP games? Despite the sales figures of the PSP, there are some games out there that I would love to play such as the FFT remake and the Disgaea remake come to mind. Also if you already own a PSP, then you can use the PS3 to PSP connectivity to put the downloaded games onto your PSP if you want to take them on the go. A lot of people right now would probably be like me where they like a game or 2 on the PSP but they don't want to spend the 150 some odd dollars in order to play those games.

The only problem that would be in the way would be the companies wanting to sell the hardware. They might sell earlier software but the newer games would probably be out of reach. However if Sony want to give its PS3 a game jump start and start making a profit, I think they should start giving us more choices on which hardware we would like to play on.

Oh and Robots are always relevant so...

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9:08 AM on 09.10.2007  

Destructoid... why all the hate?

You know I noticed a pattern from people's replies throughout the Destructoid articles that I'm a little curious about. Whenever I see a new article posted about PSP,PS3, PS3 games, or multi-system games; there is an overwhelming amount of hate posted. Things like what stereotypical fanboys would say like, "PS3 IS THE SUCKS, 360 FTW!!!" to more subtle like, "If Sony would care about fixing (post Sony fault here) then they might be selling more." Granted Sony is going through some hard times and bad publicity, but the sheer volume of hate is startling. It almost seems that everyone on the internet is against Sony and even when Sony does have good news come out, everyone which even includes the Destructoid staff belittle it. Its as if the hate for everything that is Sony has reached every corner of the internet. Fanboys of the 360 and the Wii have joined together to face off against their Sony nemesis. Amid all this incredible hate one has to wonder why there is so much loathing for any system that starts with a P. I, like any rational person, can see facts and can acknowledge faults and high points in given information. For example I can acknowledge that the PSP doesn't have many games that are that interesting so I have kept myself from buying one. But the latest mood of Destructoid seems to be in the direction of hating everything that comes from anything PS related. So I always wondered why there is such a large movement.

So my question is this, "Why do you guys hate the PS3 so much? Is there a specific reason that you look for any fault you can find or is that just your natural reaction? Would there be any way to change your opinions or are you dead set on what you believe?"

Oh and before anyone says something like, "HE OBVIOUSLY SONY FANBOYZ!!", I will admit that I own all systems before this new gen and my first next-gen system that I own is a PS3. My roommate owns a Wii and I play it quite often. So I guess that can try to prove some kind of internet cred for me to have as a non-fanboy I guess.

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1:48 AM on 09.10.2007  

Destructoid... why all the hate?

You know I noticed a pattern from people's replies throughout the Destructoid articles that I'm a little curious about. Whenever I see a new article posted about PSP,PS3, PS3 games, or multi-system games; there is an overwhelming amount of hate posted. Things like what stereotypical fanboys would say like, "PS3 IS THE SUCKS, 360 FTW!!!" to more subtle like, "If Sony would care about fixing (post Sony fault here) then they might be selling more." Granted Sony is going through some hard times and bad publicity, but the sheer volume of hate is startling. It almost seems that everyone on the internet is against Sony and even when Sony does have good news come out, everyone which even includes the Destructoid staff belittle it. Its as if the hate for everything that is Sony has reached every corner of the internet. Fanboys of the 360 and the Wii have joined together to face off against their Sony nemesis. Amid all this incredible hate one has to wonder why there is so much loathing for any system that starts with a P. I, like any rational person, can see facts and can acknowledge faults and high points in given information. For example I can acknowledge that the PSP doesn't have many games that are that interesting so I have kept myself from buying one. But the latest mood of Destructoid seems to be in the direction of hating everything that comes from anything PS related. So I always wondered why there is such a large movement.

So my question is this, "Why do you guys hate the PS3 so much? Is there a specific reason that you look for any fault you can find or is that just your natural reaction? Would there be any way to change your opinions or are you dead set on what you believe?"

Oh and before anyone says something like, "HE OBVIOUSLY SONY FANBOYZ!!", I will admit that I own all systems before this new gen and my first next-gen system that I own is a PS3. My roommate owns a Wii and I play it quite often. So I guess that can try to prove some kind of internet cred for me to have as a non-fanboy I guess.

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12:27 AM on 08.28.2007  

Warhawk... should I gets?

I was wondering what you guys thought I should do. Should I A) buy Warhawk online B) buy Warhawk in the store so I can get the headset since I don't have one, or C) never think of buying the game ever again?

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8:17 PM on 08.26.2007  

Front Mission coming state side this October to satisfy your strategic robot war needs.





This game doesn't seem to be making as much press time as it deserves so I talk about it here. I could give you a long winded article about how awesome this game is in all of its intricacies but I'll try to keep it short enough for my laziness at the moment. Its game made by square-enix where the soldiers pilot giant mechs,aka wanzers, all strategy/rpg style. You must be able to balance your budget on which parts and weapons to buy for your wanzers in order to create and even more badass mech team. Its coming out for the DS October 23rd so make sure to keep an eye out for it.

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4:04 AM on 06.14.2007  

Japan Arcade Experience pt2: God Damn claw machines.....



Ok so claw machines arn't new to anyone. I'm sure you guys at one point in your lives have seen one and wasted money on. A play for one is like what, 25-50cents? Then you might have a date that is really insistant on you wining one prizes for her. Naturally you would think its not a big deal and play, and play, and play until you've wasted $20 on a stupid claw game without winning anything and losing your masculinity in the process. Now imagine if the cost is not 50cents but $2. That is how expensive it is on average for a single try in Japan. Not only that but some decent prizes can be found in the machine as well so you have more of a motivation to try that shit out. So instead of losing $20 its possible that you lose $50 and STILL not win! The claw games make me a sad panda...

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7:16 AM on 06.10.2007  

Japan Arcade Experience pt1: Robots are freaking sweet edition

Currently I live in the land of the rising sun which allows me to play the coolest arcades out on the market. They have games for all different tastes and including those of more... aquired taste. So what better way to start a multi-part attention whoring blogger on Destructoid do then start with the awsomeness of robots.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED : Federation Vs. Z.A.F.T. II


As I'm sure some of you anime fans and or nerds have watched this show. I prefer to watch shows where the main protagonist isn't some teen pilot thats somehow better then pilots with years of military experience, but thats me. However playing as giant robots bringing on destruction is never bad in my book.

The game starts out with you choosing your difficulty setting, giant robot, and pilot. On the each side there is a ceratin amount of team life points that you obviously makes you have to kill your opponent. How many team life points you lose for each death depends on the robot you choose. So if you chose an extremely badass gundam, if you die then you can take off over half of your team life points. Thats the price that comes with power; although chooseing something completly gimp allows you to die several times over and still be ok. Choosing a pilot doesn't change anything gameplay wise since all it really does is let you choose your favorite character.



Matches start with you choosing either speed, rush, or power for your special. Ignore rush and power since everybody chooses speed. The game has 4 buttons with one for gun attack, melee attack, boost, and change target. Pressing these buttons together in different combinations offers different moves depending on which robot you chose. Timing your dashes and firing is key to winning in this game so studying the delays certain moves offer can create comboes. However, when I play this game I always love using the joke character to kick the uber gundams' asses.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083:Card Builder



Yes the title is not wrong, this is a card game. Despite what you may you think of Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic the Gathering, this is a pretty interesting, fun, and complex game.

The team point system is again used in this game with Gundam cards being more expensive then the run of the mill mobile suit. They do this so people who have been playing for a while don't make an army of nuclear gundams to smite you and your pathetic mobile suits. Instead of facing an opponent in the same arcade as you in the previous game, you can shoose to fight someone in store, over the internet, or a npc opponent. Also instead of rules involving flipping cards, needing mana, and other boring aspects of card games; in this game you place your mobile suits in certain positions on this panel and turn the card itself to put its aim onto an enemy unit. Of course you have to do this while avoiding your oppenent's aim view as well. There are a lot of other things involved in the game, such as environment effects on the mobile suits, but explaining everything will take too much time and I want to get to the other games.

If really want to check out more about the game, go to http://gundam-cardbuilder.com/. If you can't read Japanese then put it through the google translater.

2 Spicy


I will not lie to you, most of the robot games out now are gundam related. There are some older games that are robot related on the mame cabinets in the arcades, but they arn't played as much and I thought I should be easy on myself and keep the games recent.

This game despite the picture is about robots fighting each other Time Crisis style. In most shooting arcade games, the point is to beat the level with or without the help of a friend. However in 2 Spicy, yes I know the name sucks, the point of the game is to fight your friend in a gun duel. You each choose a character depending on their stats and fight it out. In the game you arn't just sitting their seeing who can shoot each other the fastest, you also have foot pedals at the bottom to move your character either left or right to avoid fire and hide behind obstacles in the environment. Double tapping a single direction makes your character do a roll out of enemy fire. Also the environment is destructable, so if you like hiding behind a pillar for too long your opponent can destroy the pillar to cause you damage and leave you open for more gunfire.

Now how does this relate to robots you might ask? Well each of the characters are robots. Thats right, they are all actually robots. Its kinda cool to see the damage from the gun fire on your character opening up patches of skin to see the robot underneath. Apparently being a robot allows them to have a decent accent when speaking Enlish as well, which is a big surprise considering the English voices in Sega's own Virtua Fighter. The Characters are as follows:


here you have your standard hip and or cool Japanese lead character, the guy that looks like a former maine and is the manliest of the bunch, and your standard chick character that just so happens to be from Hong Kong.


Here we have Mr. thinks anime hair is a good idea in real life, the standard red neck biker with a shotgun, and the guy who cuts himself and or the Voldo of this game. The thing that surprised me the most about this game actually is how well they did the red neck accent for Laurence. He's pretty funny too, just because of how stupid he is. Favorite quote of the game, "Mah shotgun.. its prutty big isn't it."

Gundam: The Bonds of the Battlefield
I saved the best game for last so here it is.



I'm sure each of us during our lifetime at one point thought, "It would be so sweet to be a pilot of a gian robot like(insert your favorite robot show and or power ranger series here)." Well guess what, now you can. In what is currently the mosty popular arcade game, not going by real numbers but what I have personally seen, you can pilot a mobile suit in an authentic cockpit.

How the game works is you first need to make a card where to type your name and decide to either be on the good guy's side, Earth, or the bad guy's, Zeon. Your card will keep your progress information and keep the information of what mobile suits you earned. Once you have that you go into the game cockpit and prepare to start. Depending on the arcade you go to, they will have a head set for you or you have to buy one yourself. You see in this game you can communicate with your friends on stradegies or ask for help through the headset while you are playing. The only drawback is that you can only communicate to your friends in the same arcade. "You talk to only friends in your arcade you say, well that means..", yes that means this game is online as well. Anyway back to how the cockpit works, when you get in there are 2 levers and 2 foot pedals. The foot pedals are for your jumping and for you boosting whilre the levers are for moving and aiming your mobile suit. On each lever there are 2 buttons that operate you gun attack on the right hand and melee attack on the left. The second button on each lever both do the same for locking onto an opponent. Once you start the game up the game will take a little bit of time to load up to get all players playing from around Japan together on the battlefield. Once that happens you choose which mobile suit you want to use. Newer and better mobile suits having to be earned in different ways depending on which new mobile suit you want to earn. The types of mobile suits up for use and the maps are always changing and updated by the developers. Here is the current list of mobile suits up for use, although 1 on each side are on the way by Wensday. They also make other changes besides just adding maps and mobile suits like fog of war messing up with your radar as well as changing the game from being 4vs4 to 8vs8. I would have to say that this is my favorite arcade game by far.

I could be taking advantage of being in Japan and buying so many other console and hand-held games, but my arcade addiction is sucking that money up way too fast. My addiction is very upset that I will have to return to America while my wallet is celebrating.

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