Before we get to business, a little backstory to help you get a better picture of how excited I am. I am a big time Kamen Rider fan. I have watched all of the Heisei era (2000 - 2010) and 3 of the Neo-Heisei era (2011- Current) shows and movies, with the exception of Kamen Rider Wizard. I own several Kamen Rider figures, and toys. I even have a few video games and DVD box sets. I remember when I became hooked on Kamen Rider. I was killing time after work one day, waiting for traffic to die down and I was browsing youtube. I was curious about what had been going on with Power Rangers since I stopped watching it back in 1998 after Power Rangers in Space ended. I was catching up on 10 years of Zords and Rangers when I saw what looked like a Power Ranger in the similar videos section. It was a fan made music video for the series Kamen Rider Ryuki (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight). I was instantly hooked by the character design, special fx, and the finishing moves (Final Vents) used by the different riders. After that day I spent several days looking up all I could about Kamen Rider on youtube, and then filling in the gaps with Wikipedia. I practically knew almost everything there was to know about the current Heisei era series before I ever had a chance to actually watch one. Finally I was able to start watching the show when a friend hooked me up with a website with subtitled episodes. 12 years of Kamen Rider watched in a little over 3, not a bad use of time if you ask me. Now lets fast forward to January 2013. I was finishing up the Kamen Rider Fourze series and watching Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max when I saw THIS scene of Kamen Rider OOO and Fourze destroying an army of Masquerade Dopants, Waste Yummies, and Stardust Ninja Dustards (lesser minions from Kamen Rider W, OOO, and Fourze). That's when it hit me, Kamen Rider could easily get the same treatment as Gundam, Fist of the North Star, and even One Piece and be turned into a Dynasty Warriors type game. No sooner than that thought crossed my mind I got my first glimpse of the next import game I was going to be buying, Kamen Rider:Battride War.
Kamen Rider: Battride War is a PS3 exclusive adventure/hack and slash game from Bandai. It will feature all of the Heisei and Neo-Heisei Riders as either playable characters, NPCs that help out during missions, or even mid and main bosses at the end of missions. I'm positive they will have some of the Showa era Riders but none have been confirmed at this time. At the time it is not know if their is a main story connecting all the Riders, but they have confirmed a story mode of sorts called Chronicle Mode. The story for Chronicle Mode is the Riders have lost their memories. The player picks their character and takes them through a few missions that were designed after "famous" scenes from their respective series, which will probably lead up to a climatic fight with the main villain from that series, or with their respective Dark Rider.
If you played any of the numerous Dynasty Warriors or Dynasty Warriors like games then you will be right at home here. You will perform combos using the attack and heavy attack buttons to pull off flashy stronger attacks that might be good for clearing a path through enemies or taking out surrounding enemies. You H.U.D will have a mini map, a life bar, a power bar that fills as you attack or take damage to use in a devastating Musou attack. What separates this from other games is you will also have a Driver icon in the left corner (the transformation device used by the Riders). At the moment it is not known how the Driver will come into play for all the different Riders, but as you can see from the newest trailer the Riders will have access to their different forms and combos and will be able to change them on the fly.
As for their super/ultimate forms it is not know if they will be able to change into them mid combat, if you only change into them at certain points in the mission, or if they can only be picked from the mission select screen. Like other games in this style moving around on foot can be rather slow, luckily each Rider will be able to use their different motorcycles to move around the levels and attack enemies.
Kamen Rider: Battride War will only be released overseas. Sadly the chances of it coming to the states are insanely low, but hey if it does well Bandai might make another game themed after Super Sentai, or as it's known over here Power Rangers. Personally I am looking forward to buying this as soon as possible. So if you are a fan of Kamen Rider like me, or just really enjoy Dynasty Warriors styled games and don't mind not knowing what the hell is going on I say check it out when it's released on the 28th of May.
About lv99ron One of us since 7:16 PM on 11.03.2008
Well hello. My name is Ron, and yes i'm a nerd. Always have been always will be. Video games are my life. Without them i would probably be, I don't know outside playing sports, or doing something "constructive". I play action, adventure, survival horror, first person shooters, and just about anything else to raise my achievement score. At one point I was really big into rpgs, mainly the more obscure American releases. Now I prefer games that I can play in short bursts without having to worry about a long story to remember. And by short bursts I mean 4 -5 hours. I am an achievement whore. Can't stop won't stop. I like too many games, but if I had to choose a favorite I would have to say Dead Rising. On a hard day nothing brings a smile to my face quite like running over hundreds of the undead in a car, with the hood down. Then hoping out and killing more with my mega buster.
When I'm not playing games, I'm either on Myspace screwing around there, on Facebook screwing around there, or with friends. I enjoy going to the movies, hanging out, and going on adventures. Movies take up the second largest chunk of my life. I have a very odd taste in movies. mainly if the movie has something I really like or enjoy I label it as good. This is why I like movies like Daredevil, The One, House of the Dead, etc. But my friends trust my advice on films for the most part. If i don't like it you know it's bad. I'm actually in the process of trying to buy every single video game based movie. I'm only missing a few. Hopefully Hollywood keeps on crapping them out.
Now all that crap I take in from movies and games isn't wasted. I actually have a very good imagination. My only downfall is i need motivation to use it. One day i will find my calling in this world. Until then I'm going to keep raising my achievement score until Microsoft has no choice but to acknowledge me and give me a cookie.