Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tan lines, witches, Roses, and more!


Started playing Dead Rising over the weekend. It has its share of flaws, but I’m having a great time with it. Costume wise, it’s one of the first 360 games that has offered free downloadable outfits. I haven’t tried on all the available types in the game yet, but there are lots of fun options.
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This dose of horror got me in the mood to revisit Silent Hill 3. Part 2 is my all-time favorite, but I have a soft spot for the third one. The choice of a female lead character was refreshing, especially since Heather wasn’t your clichéd bodacious gaming babe. Plus she had quite a selection of shirts to sport and one space age thingy. The pic below is from this site.
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I don’t have anything new regarding Bullet Witch except for this new pic below. Same outfit as before, but still striking.
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More Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 pics, info, and import magazine scans continue to surface at a steady rate now. The only controversy of note so far seems to focus on the inclusion of tan lines. The previous game had minor tanning (the girls got somewhat darker), but it was not very pronounced. Some folks are griping and hoping for an option not to have tan lines. Anyone who has play the last game can tell you both sun tan lotion and sun block were readily available for cheap in the shop. If you don’t like tan lines, slather on the sun block. End of story. Tan lines do mix up the look and effect of particular bikinis though. I think it’s great.
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It’s nice that they are not bringing back every bikini for the first game and mixing it up with plenty of brand new looks. Better texturing will make all the old ones look far better, so looking forward to that too. One of the “lost” features from DOAXBV was variable bikini sizes (it was in early previews of Famitsu and Famitsu Xbox). You could buy smaller sizes and have the more ample ladies squeeze into them for an “overflowing” effect. Rumble Roses XX offered this by way of adjusting body part sizes. It’s doubtful it will find its way to DOAX2, but I guess you never know. It’s kinda crass, kinda sexy, um, I dunno. I could live without it.
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One thing I would love to see are non-bikini outfits for the night time. I’m not sure how different the gambling portions will be, but it sure would be great to see the ladies in formal evening wear or more casual tropical night clothes sauntering around the casino. In DOAXBV, you played against the other girls and could hear their voices and view their icons. Other than that, the casino looked like a ghost town.

I haven’t played Rumble Roses XX for a while, but decided to pop it back in to gather some final thoughts. Before I knew it, I had logged in another 8 hours. I haven’t played many tag team matches and fully explored the create-a-wrestler mode. Using the team of Rowdy Reiko and Sgt Clements, I unlocked all of the Rowdy Reiko’s possible outfits. The most costly two are the Marine Gift Flower and Scallop bikinis. Sure, they're sexy, but they're also kind of ugly and gaudy.
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Those Marine bikinis and some string-like ones appear to be the most risqué in the game, although the point of purchase banners would have you believe there are far sexier non-outfits and situations. There was also this previous piece of sales material posted earlier.
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This flight attendant number wins my award for most ridiculous in the game, which also means it’s the most awesome.
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There may be a few more hours left in me to unlock some items for Sgt. Clements. Other than that, RRXX may finally see retirement. I’m not sure how the game did in Japan, but it didn’t do so hot over here. Looking into my CostumeGet! crystal ball, I predict a true follow-up to the PS2 version for the PlayStation 3 is still possible. If it were to come to fruition, there is no doubt the PlayStation 3 release would be the make or break it for the franchise. I mean, it’s shocking RRXX came out at all for the 360. The only reason I could think of was to lay the next-gen asset ground work for PS3.

Freaks like myself somehow found ways to still enjoy the flawed game, but there needs to be a ton of improvements if they hope to post any decent sales numbers to the masses.

Unfortunately, or should I say predictabley, the updates on the official Rumble Roses sites have now ground to a halt. However, the flow of Rumble Roses figures continues. There are three new larger scale figures due later this year. Out of these, I would kinda consider Dixie because she is one of my favorite characters. Her face and body molding don’t look quite right though. Maybe the final production model will be a bit more improved. The final Reiko figure looks much better than the first prototypes shown.
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Speaking of figures, the 2006 Wonder Festival in Japan ended recently. Brand new figures keep on coming for Witch Blade. I think all of the ones below are of the “you have to build it and paint it resin kit” variety, which sucks. Most of the popular ones get made into pre-painted figures though. This set includes our gal in street clothes and then transformed by the Witch Blade.
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This one below by the group/artist Orchid Seed is my favorite.
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There were tons of other figures shown, but another of the ones I’m keeping an eye out for is the Masamune Shirow police gal.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Latest GET


As astute reader Maya mentions in the comments from the last post, Atari has picked up the US rights to Bullet Witch. Word is that some tweaks are planned (possibly even downloaded costumes!), but nothing concrete on how extensive those will be. Let’s at least hope for bargain pricing if nothing else.

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N3 no get?!
Ninety-Nine Nights is in stores as we speak. I tried to ignore the bad buzz, but it's deafening. Despite the hate, I’m still interested somewhat. I might be able to hold off a bit and see if prices drop quickly. Hmm… I’m due to finally play some Dead Rising, so we’ll see after that.

Rumble Roses XX
I’ve been meaning to go back to RR, but after 40+ hours, I might be done. It would take another two hundred hours to get the all costumes achievements. This may have been possible when I was single, but it’s amazing enough I squeezed in the time already.

That said, there are some updates I haven’t gotten around to. I’m gathering pics now, so look for something next post.

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Oh, I also found another Witch Blade figure, this one in an even more provocative pose. My goodness, this is way out there.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Bullet…Witch…Blade!


Bullet Witch was released about two weeks ago in Japan and the word is sorta meh to terrible. I don’t think anyone was expecting much anyway. I’m still fairly interested in the title, because 1) Bullet Witch is a cool name for a game, 2) Although her outfit is an Underworld-esque derivative, her gun is dope, and 3) I enjoyed Cavia’s last title, BeatDown, which had an immense costume selection.

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I have no idea if Bullet Witch offers much in the way of extra outfits, so will be on the look out for any news in that area. BW doesn’t have a US release date yet. I’m hoping it gets picked up as a pseudo-budget title and released at around the $30 level. Just like Onechanbara, c’mon somebody do it!

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Witchblade
Did you know there is an Anime version of Witchblade? I’ve never been a huge fan of the US comic, mainly because the metallic bits were too, well, metallic. It never made sense to me how someone can move around at all with that messy junk on them. Plus it seemed like the design changed all the time for no other reason than it was hard to draw the outfit consistently.

On the other hand, the Anime design is more scaled back and muted. The big difference is that this design is super consistent. Although the US costume shows more skin, the Japanese version seems racier.

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So racy that when the show aired on Japanese TV, the lower half of the outfit is colored black. The DVD release is all bare skin in that region.

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I’m tempted to pre-order this figure, but it’s just a tad too out there.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Webzen


I mentioned before how much I like the art in Soul of the Ultimate Nation, but probably wouldn’t play it since I’m not much of a MMO player. Webzen recently cancelled plans to bring another MMO, Endless Saga, to the PS3 to concentrate on SUN and Huxley.

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So now I have my fingers crossed they’ll bring SUN to consoles instead. On second thought, do I really want to get sucked into a MMO?

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The other title I mentioned is Webzen’s online shooting MMO, Huxley. That title is already scheduled to hit both the PC and 360. The suit designs look pretty nice. Not sure if I’m sold on a shooting MMO though.

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Onechanbara X: The Devil Evolution Human
Well, well, looks like the hot sword wielding lady series Onechanbara is making the jump from PS2 to Xbox 360. It’s part of D3’s budget series, so I don’t expect it to be super awesome. I do expect it to be priced fairly low, perhaps even $30? Most likely $40 which could be a deal killer.

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Judging by this second screen shot, it looks like there will be a healthy amount of unlockable costumes. Not sure what User Costumes mean. Hmmmm….

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Lost Planet


If you’ve downloaded the demo of Lost Planet, you know this is one fine looking and playing game. Some seriously cool effects and tech going on. On the minus side, the costume designs just suck. You can’t really tell in the demo, but the screens out on the web are quite discouraging.

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They look fairly functional as cold weather gear, but take out the patches of fur from each outfit and all of a sudden they don’t look as toasty. At first I thought they were just sorta bland and colorless, perhaps intentionally muted due to the extreme planet conditions. Then I was like, naw…they’re just straight up hideous.

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In brighter Capcom related costume news, Dead Rising is out next week. Looks like there are a lot of fun costume options to keep the zombie bashing stylish.