LTTP: Asura’s Wrath (360)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Business and art are often at odds in many forms of entertainment and its no stranger in the games industry. Asura’s Wrath is a notable example of business being flat out incompatible with the kind of game Capcom and CyberConnect2 wanted to bring.

It debuted at $59.99 but then Capcom had the gall to place the game’s fourth act behind DLC paywall. It was approximately $7 but that’s besides the point. It was a vital piece story which they excluded from the game in an effort to extract more money from their customers. It was ludicrous and it kept many people from picking up this ridiculous and over-the-top interactive anime.

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Capcom & Double Helix Announce Strider

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It’s been a long time since we got a new Strider game. And in typical Capcom fashion, they’re bringing him back with the aid of a western studio, Double Helix.

I’m cautiously optimistic despite hearing that it is a 2.5-D side scrolling Metroidvania styled game. I’m hoping for the best but Double Helix’s track record doesn’t scream quality. Who knows? They could pull it (and Killer Instinct) off and become a top grade developer. We all have to start somewhere.

This trailer and gameplay demonstration are certainly solid beginnings:

Strider is expected to debut in early 2014 on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Wii U.

Ultra Street Fighter IV Announced

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Capcom announced another version of Street Fighter IV at Evolution 2013. I guess they wanted more people to play those characters found on the Street Fighter side of Street Fighter X Tekken. They will also be rebalancing the game based on fan feedback.

It will be made available in early 2014 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It will come as a $14.99 downloadable add on or a $39.99 retail disc. I will be picking up the $9.99 Steam version.

I haven’t played Street Fighter IV in quite some time and every time I think about pulling the trigger, they release a new version and I end up waiting for it to arrive at a discounted rate. It’s a silly predicament for me to be in but just don’t feel the need to play it on day one.

I forgot about Lost Planet 3

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I completely forgot that Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 and I certainly forgot that they gave this third installment to a western studio, Spark Unlimited.

Here’s a trailer of the upcoming game and yes it does remind me of Avatar.

What is up with video game space ships? They’re so unreliable.

I’m not here to raise awareness of Lost Planet 3 though. I want to reminisce about the first Lost Planet’s demo. I already mentioned it was my first single player and multiplayer demo of this console generation. But I neglected to outline the fact that it was my first multiplayer shooter with a controller and the first multiplayer experience on a console.

Lost Planet didn’t set the world on fire but it did include ideas in its multiplayer that aren’t present in shooters today. It’s one of the few games that encouraged vertical gameplay through its implementation of the grappling hook. There are giant ass mechanical “Vital Suits” on the battlefield for players to pilot. Players can mount weapons on them but also remove those Vital Suit giant Gatling guns for player use as well. It’s nuts.

Lost Planet 2 may have brought back those ideas but they didn’t do a good job modernizing those ideas and the interface. I hope the upcoming generation of consoles brings this kind of wackiness back. Multiplayer shooters have become too safe and there’s  no better way to shake things up then during the early stages of a console generation.

Who knows? Maybe Lost Planet 3’s multiplayer is exactly what I was hoping. Maybe Spark Unlimited will pull off a great modern third person shooter with Vital Suits and grappling hooks. I have my doubts but I’m willing to be wrong. It would be fitting to see everything come full circle where I somehow end the console generation by purchasing and completing my first Lost Planet game.

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