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I am Mr. Hoffmann, the grandson of Reinhold Hoffmann and a gamer now since around 1987.

Some of my favourite game series are Mortal Kombat, Borderlands, Tekken, King of Fighters, Monster Rancher, Bust A Groove and basically too many more to count them all.

Beside gaming, I like writing about it and video game culture.

You might have heard or read about http://www.game-art-hq.com a website which features over 15 art collaborations by gamers and is also the home of a growing video game character database.

Currently we have a League of Legends Crossover Project in Progress, are working with Overclocked.Remix on a big tribute for Final Fantasy IX and are mostly expanding the database sector which covers around 1500 video game characters now.


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Tri-Ace, the creators and developers of the Star Ocean Roleplaying series which started with an amazing Super Nintendo game were bought by Nepro Japan, a smartphone company to develope only Smartphone and Tables games for them.

 

"Japanese mobile company Nepro Japan has announced that they are acquiring tri-Ace as subsidiary. They will be acquiring all tri-Ace shares through a cash buyout, and will refocus the developer towards mobile efforts (smartphones and tablets). tri-Ace was a privately held company, so it's interesting to see the ownership breakdown in the announcement:

Yoshiharu Gotanda holds 555 shares (30.8%), Masaki Norimoto holds 546 shares (30.3%), and Kenji Goshima holds 511 shares (28.4%). In the cash buy-out, they will each gets about a million bucks each, and they will each also get 18,300 shares of Nepro each (worth about 1500yen per share right now)."

Source

 

Remember the news around 3 weeks ago that Sega cuts about 300 jobs?

The company that is not releasing many games anymore anyway and only half of their releases are worth to be bought or released outside Japan now.

So they release around 300 developers, but yesterday they announced that they buy a Mobile Games Studio. Fuuu...is the mobile games market really so big and the console market shrinking? Thought its still growing audience wise.

Source

 

A massive exploit was found in Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU that makes Olimar a total killing machine :(

The Bad News are..that Nintendo will patch this most likely :( Poor Olimar.

 

You were excited for a minute when SNK Playmore announced news for Garou Mark of the Wolves?

Good your excitement did not last longer anyway. No explanation needed, just look at the fucking trailer. Also cocks.

 

 

 

 

Project Cars was again delayed...new releasedate is the 2nd April now....cool news are that there will be 45 cars on the screen in some races, reminds me at the good old Daytona USA days.

Am still totally looking forward to this game while I am enjoying DriveClub currently.

 

The last Bad News of the week is like a lesson for everyone to be careful if you use the Playstation Share feautre on Playstation 4 to let someone else play your game. A guy with the nickname George used the share feautre in the hope that some guy would help him to level up faster in some of dtoids favourite games..Destiny.

However, the guy who really was not me, acted like a real asshole there when George was afk and deleted two of George's characters. George” was streaming on Twitch at the time (using a capture device, as you can’t both Share Play and stream)

 

 

Happy Weekend everyone :(

 

Don't upvote this blog please, its not awesome and these news are kinda bad.

 

 ps:This is going to be a weekly series every Friday if there are enough bad news.









As some of you might know I am quite active on deviantART and see the majority of video game related fan art there due to maintaining two communities there.

 

Thought I share a couple of artworks with you which I found outstanding and were made in the last weeks. These range from games I played by myself and am a fan of but its also including games I never played like The League of Legends which is damn popular among many artists there on dA.

A couple of the featured artworks were made for the current art challenge on Game-Art-HQ which is all about villains in video games. If this blog gets at least 10 votes I will make it a monthly series.

By clicking on the images a new window should open up which leads you to the full-sized image on deviantart, clicking on the links of the artists leads you to their profile and portfolio pages there.

 

Alucard from Castlevania SOTN drawn by Wizyakuza from the Phillipines

I am just a fan of video game fan art in a style that reminds me at classic paintings.

 

I never played a Pokemon game but this Valentines Day related Pickachu Fan Art by Schnider from the USA is just lovely or? Liked the color and the lightning on the creatures especially.

 

Mortal Kombat X looks simply superb and Kitana's newest design is my favourite one so far since her debut in Mortal Kombat II. Abylaikhan from Kazakhstan illustrated her here finishing Ryu from Street Fighter. Its been almost 25 years now without a real crosover between MK and SF. How uncool is that?

 

Always liked dogs more than cats. Still need to buy a Wii U and Smash Bros.

This one was made by Alecat from Australia

 

This is King, a Muay Thai using lady which debuted back in the Art of Fighting and got a bit more popular through the King of Fighters series later. I love it when artists show a big dedication and illustrate a quite unpopular video game character with a lot of effort and dynamic poses as seen in this fan art by Solidgrafi, a big SNK fan like myself.

 

What I just wrote about the King fan art can also be said about this one, except that this character is probably even less known than King.

This guy there who looks a tiny bit like Dudley from Street Fighter is Von Kaiser, one of the enemy boxers in the classic Punch Out!! from Nintendo. Myles Wohl from the USA did a great job there with illustrating this classic game character.

 

Sooo..the M stands for Mario Bison..ehhhhh?

Wii-Fit Vega, Sagat Yoshi and Bowser Balrog....OKAY. I love this idea by Danilo Rosa from Brazil.

 

The Artist behind this drawing, Eva Vilhelmiina Eskelinen from Finland wrote: "inspired by the DLC release of Mario Kart 8 in December, post apocalyptic 80's Hyrule aww yeh"

Now I want to play a video game in such a color style. Are there any?

 

There are not many artists out there on deviantART which are creating really outstanding video game fan art based on 3D Models made with more edffort than to just rip a 3d file with xnalara and pose it together with some others to form a sex scene. There are tons of that on dA but this completely self-made 3D Model of Jun Kazama from the Tekken games is one of the great exceptions.

Made by sHoNi89 from Germany.

 

I hope you liked this very small selection of the great fan art out there. As mentioned, if this blog is appreciated I will do this on a monthly base. If you like how I write about video game fan art, you can also visit the frontpage of my own website Game-Art-HQ.com where I am featuring artworks like those above and usually write a bit more about the pieces or do small interviews with the artists where they comment their own works.

 

Any feedback is welcome of course

 

 









There are probably thousands of different lists put together about video games. Like "These are the ten best FPS ever" or "The worst Nintendo games" etc.

I never came across a list with some of the more charismastic, crazy or simply funny laughs by video game characters. This changes...NOW!

 

Bryan Fury from Tekkken

This guy is not only more or less an undead cyborg who kicks ass and has fun, he has also one of the most sadistic sounding laughs in fighting games. He punches his opponents even when they are down on the ground already and has fun.

 

Huhuhuhuh Heeeheeeheeheee HAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAAAAAAAA

Iori Yagami from the King of Fighters games really enjoys winning and is laughing in every KOF game since 1995 already. Like Bryan Fury he tends to be a bit crazy and has his moments where he enjoys punching and slashing an already beaten down opponent as well....

 

Laharl - Disgaea Series

Laharl is one of the main protagonists in the Disgaea games by Nippon Ichi and wants to become the strongest Overlord of all times. Whenever he reaches something or developed a plan he is usually starting to laugh like that in the video. This guy is evil but lovely.

 

Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat: MWUUHARHARHARHARHAAA

Villains are funny guys sometimes too and Shao Kahn can't stop laughing even during a battle if he sees poor Stryker being his opponent somehow. He also laughs during other matches when he sees some of the stronger moves like a well done uppercut. He even warns you to don't make him laugh..but he laughs anyway.

 

Nobunaga Oda and his sister Oichi in the Sengoku Basara games.

Mentioned this yesterday in the SB4 Review and that was also basically the inspiration for this list there. Just watch the video and you know what makes especially Nobunaga's laugh something terrifying.

 

Akechi Mitsuhide - also Sengoku Basara

Akechi is portrayed as a completely crazy guy who enjoys violence and chaos and sometimes works together with Nobunaga ..but often they fight each other as well.

He has a very crazy and sick sounding laughter and laughs basically all the time..from his intro cutscenes to the dialogue in every battle and his endings...its crazy.

 

Kefka from Final Fantasy VI

One of my favourite JRPG villains ever. Kefka is not really often laughing while he was obviously inspired by The Joker, but when he is laughing, you know that something terrible will happen.

 

Tidus - Final Fantasy X.

No Explanation Needed.

 

Runner up is Heidegger from Final Fantasy VII. Even Rufus can't stand this guy and his "Stupid horse laugh"

"GYA HAA HAA HAA HAA"

 

 

Do you know any other weird but great laughs in video games?

 









 

Last week there was a little incident on the frontpage related to Amiibos and someone (I forgot who) came up with the Hoffmanntoid name since there are so many comments from me on the frontpage.

I thought okay..lets use that tag and use it for something pretty cool :-) Most of the frontpage -raders are sadly never looking at the c-blogs anyway but I am sure some of you might like to read a bit about video games which never made it to the west.

I collect a ton of video games including many of the Japan-only ones. One of the last games I imported from Japan was Sengoku Basara 4, the 6th game in the series actually since both SB 2 and 3 had pretty good updates which added characters, new campaigns, weapons and gameplay modes.

Sengoku Basara 4 was released by Capcom in January last year for the Playstation 3 in Japan. Sengoku Basara is set in the era of Feudal Japan and sometimes very similar to the Samurai Warriors games by Tecmo-Koei. Both games feature guys like Yukimura Sanada as pretty boys while Nobunaga Oda is portraied as a Demon King. While Samurai Warriors however sticks a bit more to the actual historic events, Sengoku Basara goes some steps further and adds much more fantasy and over-the-top moves to the setting.

Some characters like Honda Tadakatsu as example which is one of the strongest characters in the Samurai Warriors games as well is a friggin big robot n Sengoku Basara who has not only a giant drilling lance as his weapon but can also fly. Nobunaga Oda is basially a demon walking on earth after he was resurrected in Sengoku Basara 3.

The gameplay is in general also a lot faster than in Tecmo-Koei's Warrior games. Every character moves quite fast, can also run and the fighting reminded me always a lot at Devil May Cry 3. (Which is a good thing)

Sengoku Basara 4 featured more characters than any other game in the series before. While it is featuring only 5 completely new playable characters, it has also some of the Samurais which did not make it into Sengoku Basara 3 or were only seen in Sengoku Basara 3 Utage before. All in all it features 33 Characters and every one of them is pretty unique and has his own gameplay features.

 

Magoichi Saika, this girl is soo damn fun to play..and adds a bit Bayonetta to Sengoku Basara.

 

The character designs are in my opinion superb in the Sengoku Basara games, the different moves and specials (which are for the most part unlocked after the character reached a specific level) are allowing very different strategies and types to play the game. The designs are not only good on the visual part but all characters also have a personality, some are simply crazy like Akechi Mitsuhide, there are the badass guys like Date Masamune (PUT UR GUNZ ON!) and some are simply goofy like Keiji Maeda who fights alongside a little monkey which makes cute "kii kii" sounds sometimes.

There is a big story ongoing in Sengoku Basara 4 and the characters have their feuds or friendships with each other but yeah..its all in Japanese and well..while there are cutscenes and you can guess the content of the dialogues sometimes this really is a downer. The voiceovers sound awesome and fitting for all characters, Nobunaga Oda's laughter in the series is one of the most epic...and crazy ones ever in all video games till today but without understanding it all a lot of the fun is lost.

The same goes for the options and other menu's, its all in Japanese and you have to memorize what kanji stands for what mode and option and try out stuff.

I had a ton of fun with this game however and back in December I described it as one of my favourite games of 2014.

Nobunaga Oda's ending in SB4..gotta love his voice and his laughing at the end.

 

And indeed, just as games like Hyrule Warriors it is offering a giant ton of fun and has lots of stuff to unlock and experience. Every of the over 30 characters (the most of them are unlockaed through playing the story with some characters) has 1-3 stories, to play all of them you need probably 40-60 hours alone. To level up the characters to unlock all of their moves, get the best weapons you might end with over 100 hours.

There are around 40 stages in the game, some are just variations or small arena's though. There are at least 25 very different stages at least though. The most of thema re pretty big and in general more different from each other than the stages in the Tecmo Koei games.  Some of them have special events like riding in a lore through a Mine or they have to be conquered on a horse.

 

There are no fun arena modes like in Sengoku Basara 2 again though, its just the big Story mode, the Free mode where you can play every stage with every character. There is also a big "Theater" mode where you can view all the cutscenes and damn good endings, you can listen to the music of the game and also the voices of all unlocked characters.

 

Sengoku Basara 4 was designed for the Playstation 3 and its graphics are a big improvement above Sengoku Basara 3 which was a Playstation 3 & Nintendo Wii game. This time both the stages and the character models look a lot better, they added a lot details there. There are in general less enemies on the screen than in the Warriors games but in Sengoku Basara 4 even the standard enemies can be a threat sometimes. They attack you a lot more often and can deal more damage than in the recent Warriors games. I would compare them with the AI used in Dynasty Warriors 3...maybe a bit more agressive even.

 

Date Masamune's Sengoku Basara 2 Theme still kicks ass!

 

The music was a letdown for me in SB4 in comparison with earlier games. The character themes and stage tracks are not bad and Date Masamune's theme still kicks ass but the orchestal new tracks are boring as fuck and it did not surprise me that Capcom offered the Sengoku Basara 1-4 music as DLC in Japan. They also had some costume dlc but it did not reach the big milking level we saw in other Capcom games sometimes. Every character has one alternative costume in the game also which has to be unlocked though. I wish Samurai Warriors 4 still had that.

 

As said, all in all I had a lot of fun with the game and believe that it is a big shame that it was never released outside Japan. But the market is just not there it seems. So its understandable.

If you liked Sengoku Basara 3 or even Devil Kings, you will most likely love SB4. If you are a fan of the Warriors games you will also love it.

Since the Playstation 3 has no fucking region locking, I recommend you this game, especially since you might get it for less than 30 bucks now.

 

Since everyone loves numbers:

 

Gameplay: 9 - Super and fun Combo System, every character plays different from each other

Content: 9 - Over 30 unique characters, lots of weapons, stages, story, levels and stuff to unlock

Replayability: 8 - even if you unlocked everything, this game is fun to play again and again

Graphics: 7,5 - Better than in SB3 but the direct competition in the form of Warriors Orochi 3, DW8 and SW 4 shows that a lot more was possible on the Playstation 3

Music: 6 - With the exception of a few tracks, sadly the music is simply boring and de-motivating sometimes. The most tracks are only like 2-3 minutes long for 20 minute stages. Not good.

Soundeffects and voices: 10 - The weapon soundeffects and especially all the battlecries and dialogues in the game are fun and fitting. This is perfect.

 

All in all Hoffmann gives Sengoku Basara 4 an 9.

On the gameplay side the game is excellent, the only little downer is the boring Music and well..its fully in Japanese which can be a breaking point for some of you.

 

Now enjoy some of the best Engrish in Sengoku Basara:

 

 

 









VGChartz Writes: "Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U in January shows how the PlayStation 4 has continued to grow its lead over the Xbox One and Wii U. also shows how sales quickly decline from the peak month of December.

The PlayStation 4 passed the 19 million mark this month, the Xbox One passed the 11 million mark and the Wii U has passed the nine million mark. The PS4 has sold 19.05 million units lifetime, the Xbox One 11.30 million units, and the Wii U 9.14 million units.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 19,052,353

Xbox One Total Sales: 11,298,462

Wii U Total Sales: 9,137,844

 

I really enjoy console war discussions, its fun to see some guys defending their favourite system , others argue how this or that is better on the competition and the moderators everywhere have to calm down the different factions.

 

But in the end, all of us gamers are usually winning nothing with those discussions. If a gaming system is not selling well, it means also that it is a weak competition. Thanks to the big sales of the Playstation 4, we saw a price fall of the Xbone at least, and Nintendo seems to do everything they can to make their Wii U an attractive system which has and gets a strong lineup of Nintendo quality software which is exclusive to them of course.

 









With Driveclub, The Last Of Us Remastered and LittleBigPlanet 3 for 449 Euro

 

I always wait at least a year today until I buy a new gaming console...alone already because there are usually more than enough great games to play on the older hardware (and my PS3 backlog is still damn big) but also because new hardware today is often accompanied with bugs and the first wave of software is rarely really good. Exceptions like Tekken Tag Tournament for the Playstation are a thing of course but...they are exceptions.

 

The install and configuration stuff was a thing of 2 or 3 minutes, but what I disliked a lot was that you can use only around 420 GB of the 500 GB from the start already even with no games downloaded or installed.

There is this Playroom "app" which works only if you have a camera and it can not be deleted together with the most other pre-installed software I will most likely never use beause..quite frankly..I bought the Playstation 4 to play games and to watch BluRay or DVD Movies with it sometimes. I really have a PC for all that other stuff.

 

Oh and that background music of the Playstation 4 is horrible...good that it can be turned off. Installed that 20th Anniversary of Playstation Theme which looks good.

 

Time for the first game of the three which came with the console, Driveclub.

I read the 5/10 reviews, I saw people complaining about the online part and some weeks later I read that some websites reviewed it again, gave it 8 or 9/10 scores and when I asked  on N4G if the game is bad or good I got only very positive feedback by players who recommended me DriveClub if I would like Arcade Racers ..but they also warned me that the game is difficult.

Thats good..I love challenging racing games and as someone who plays since over 20 years I found Gran Turismo all in all way too easy.

The game was installed very fast, I noticed that it was a ton faster than Playstation 3 games usually needed to be installed. Started Driveclub and was surprised that it does not start with an intro and an option menu but directly with a first race which works as a nice introduction. I was more or less loving it from the start. The graphics are stunning and the best I have ever seen in a racing game so far. The music and sounds are great, the handling very intuitive and the best of all was that it reminded me a lot at the old Metropolis Street Racer / Project Gotham Racing games. Can it be that developers from Bizarre are part of the team that developed Driveclub?

Made it in at the 2nd place in the first race and played the game for a good hour. After this first session I would give the game a high rating as well, I was impressed especially by the speed feeling you get. From my experiences with real cars I think that they did a very good job on that. Also as mentioned..the controls are really intuitive. Seems I will have a lot of fun with Driveclub.

 

I did not play The Last Of Us on Playstation 3 so the Remastered version was something kompletely new for me.

It started with something negative I did not read about before. Fucking 45GB Install Space? Holy..at this rate the HDD is full after buying ten games already.

It also took minutes after the game was installed after I was at the main menu screen. And after starting the game it took again around 2 minutes until the game really finally started.

The Last Of Us itself however seems to be a great game. I played only around 90 minutes, liked the playable prologue and the story so far. The graphics and music are very nice as well and the story sems to be something really outstanding. Have to admit that I mostly played fighting games, jrpgs and all kinds of Warriors games in the last years though. My GF was watching TLOU the whole time and wants to watch it more while I play.

 

LittleBigPlanet 3...this was installed quickly and also started fast...again with a weird intro movie with actors again about all that "share thoughts, creativity blablabla" crap but my GF loves these.

The game started just like LBP2 again with the usual tutorial level which was well done. The story is weird as usual but the gameplay itself is where LBP totally shines for me. I love how different it is from Mario, Sonic and the most other platformer series of the past while it is really full of funny ideas. As much as I like the gore in Mortal Kombat, some cute stuff is never wrong as well.

Seems the whole game is fun, on first thoughts i would give this an 8 or 9 of ten. I tried out some of the created levels and saw some really weird but cool stuff like a Church of Satan level which I liked and somehow a guy created a fully working Tetris for 1-2 players as well.

 

Mainly bought the Playstation 4 still because future releases like Mortal Kombat X, Persona 5, Disgaea 5 and the inevitable next Dynasty Warriors games but these three seem all to be damn good games as well. Looking forward to have fun with the Playstation 4 till 2020.

 

What other Playstation 4 games do you recommend me?