Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Soul Calibur character creation = Costume heaven

The custom character creation system is limited by class types so you won't be able to make insanely crazy outifts, but it's sounds damn cool so far. A feature like this makes the lack of online play in Soul Calibur III an even greater crime. Think how cool it would be to encounter different looking characters, and the level of challenge countering move sets they've chosen.

As much as I loved Tekken 5, I don't play it much anymore since I can't jump online and play against another human. Creating new characters will keep me occupied for a few extra weeks I guess. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 24, 2005

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Costume game preview: Advance Wars Dual Strike

I loved the character designs for the previous two Advance Wars games and quite happy to see the characters continue to evolve in the upcoming Dual Strike. Everyone looks slightly older and just a touch more serious. Appropriate considering all the battles they’ve survived and the many more battles yet to come.

From a purely outfit viewpoint, Advance Wars is a mixed bag. I mean, Andy’s orange ensemble with boots looks pretty ridiculous and Sami sports some generic white tank top, green army pants number that is strictly off-the-rack gear. Sometimes, it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. The AW characters project confidence and are drawn with personality to spare. Their likeability transfers to their clothes, elevating your fashion appreciation. I’m surprised they don’t have some spin-off Anime series yet.

Advance Wars Dual Strike
Release date: August 22, 2005 (US)
Preliminary costume rating: 8.5 out of 10

Monday, June 13, 2005

New costume game release: Haunting Ground

I meant to start updating new game releases with noteworthy costume features, so let’s get it going! Haunting Ground is the latest entry in the horror game genre from Capcom. The game is somewhat similar in style to the Clock Tower series (Capcom took over the CT franchise starting with the third installment) in which you mostly flee in terror and solve puzzles instead of blowing away creatures. The reviews paint the game as above average to sort of poor, but there’s no question that the costumes in the game are super cool. The main character, Fiona, sports a gothic leaning costume that I find very intriguing. I’m guessing the dainty look of the outfit is meant to heighten the urge to protect her from danger. Two of her alternate outfits (cowgirl and cat suit) fall in the “sexy” category with the third (a huge frog mascot suit) being sort of a joke costume. Fiona has a trusty canine companion and he gets two different looks too.

I have yet to pick up Haunting Ground myself, so final judgment on the costumes will be rendered a bit later. I was a fan of Clock Tower 3 (most reviews say HG is not as good as that), so I’m hoping for the best. Pics I’ve seen of the extra costumes certainly have me optimistic.

Haunting Ground
Costumes for main character: 1 standard, 3 extra
Extra costumes for other characters: 2 extra for main character’s dog
Overall costume rating: Coming soon!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Alternate reality costumes

It’s not very game related, but these Evangelion figures in a Japanese prize machine caught my eye (and yen!). I love playing the various UFO catcher (similar to the crane contraptions here) and pseudo-skill machines when I’m in Japan since the prizes usually aren’t too hard to win. The game I played had a wheel like the one from Price is Right. You had three spins to try and get a total of five points. Hitting that mark let go of a prize. I should have known something was fishy right from the start when the prize racks were completely full—usually a dead giveaway that the machine is tough or impossible to beat. Plus they let you continue if you have one or more points still left. Surely a shady way to keep you pumping more dough into a losing gambit.

The coolness of the figures totally blinded me though until I got close to the 2000 yen mark (roughly $17) and decided this was a total waste. I really should have quit after 3 tries and looked for the items on eBay later (you can easily find them by searching for Evangelion Special Mission). The combination of Eva figures and the SWAT-like gear and guns was too irressistable...at the time.

The funny thing is that I didn’t purchase them on eBay once I returned. The fever of the moment passed apparently. Evangelion is known for shamelessly pimping out its characters to any form its fans will buy. Shameless until they hit a combination that hits your particular buttons of course. Someone needs to put the DOA girls in some SWAT outfits. Money in the bank baby. Posted by Hello