Monday, October 24, 2005

The night before Soul Calibur III, aka Tekken 5 revisisted.

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So, some stores will get in Soul Calibur III tomorrow. Obviously I want it very badly, but there are two tempting bargains floating around. The first is the annual Toys R Us buy 2 get 1 free sale. The problems with that are there’s no telling what day TRU will stock SCIII, and if they’ll have two other $50 games that I want on hand whenever they do get it in. The other bargain is Fry’s advertised price of $37.99, but they say it won’t be in stock till after 4PM Thursday. Ouch.

We’ll see how it shakes out, but I decided to revisit a few titles to get myself in the proper mental frame. First is Soul Calibur II. Still great although mysteriously maligned by some. The one I’m playing more is Tekken 5, as there are parallels I’ll be comparing. Like Tekken 5, SCIII supports progressive scan and widescreen visuals. The picture will probably be cropped, but it wasn’t that harsh in Tekken, so I’m optimistic for SC.

More importantly, let’s go over the costume selection for a small taste of what awaits us later this week:

Hands down, Asuka Kazama’s female Yakuza-style outfit was my favorite. It’s bold, multi-layered, and fits with her rough and tumble personality.

You could alter her second player costume to be a bit more wild too, which is neat.

It was super cool that one of the items you could buy was Armor King’s mask. It’s bitter sweet though, because it just reminds me how much I miss Armor King.

Heihachi sported some really snazzy costume tweaks too. None were sweeter than the eye-patch combo’d with the samurai hair cut.

Most disappointing was the rather limited ways to update Nina. The headband and sword are just okay. She really needed some crazy accessories or at least a third outfit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Costume game of the year?

In seven short days, Soul Calibur III will be in stores.

Let that sink in for a little bit.

For as long as I can remember, I was sure Soul Calibur III would be THE costume game event of the year. That may still come to be, but I’ll have to look back after this crazy holiday software dump and tally it up.

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One possible contender to the crown is Dead or Alive 4 for Xbox 360. DOA 3 didn’t have many costumes due to the rush to get released in the system launch window, so I’m cautiously optimistic about how many costumes we’ll see in 4.

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The other game is not a costume game at all, but what it features does impact my expectations for next generation clothes. Check out this video of NBA 2K6, the one called "First Trailer". Towards the end of the clip, you’ll see totally insane cloth animations. Wow. The jerseys flap around a little too much, but it’s sure cooler looking than the painted on outfits we’re used to seeing.

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Speaking of holiday shopping, I have a ridiculously large list of games that are being mulled over. Since a lot of them don’t involve costumery, I didn’t list them here with the now patented % of GET system. I’m working on something else in that vein though so hold tight.

I also have a back log of screenshots to games I’ve take and I’ll get to those as soon as I can too.