Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Cool: Musou Games On Motorcycles

Another Sunday comes and with that The Cool prepares to do work. This week has a lot for us to cover but before we get into pimping I will state my feelings about #XBONE a bit just because you want to hear them. It goes simply like this. The #XBONE is a media center device that happens to play games. Like a reverse PS2 & 3 in the case where they were game consoles that at the time doubled as affordable DVD & Blu-Ray players. You may be wondering where the problem lies in that logic because they do on initial read sound like the same thing. The difference is that M$ wants you to buy this console not as a successor to the 360 but to replace everything in your entertainment center and if you so happen to buy a game to play on it then then bonus for them I suppose. I'm not even going to speak on all that other insanity about used games, backwards compatibility & the future of XBOX Live when it comes to the OG XBOX and 360 right now. From what I know I do question why they turned off OG XBOX Live when it seems that going from 360 to #XBONE will likely be a one way trip. However, I'll be a good journalist and wait for E3 where we'll get all the answers where I'll confirm I won't be buying it at all unless they drop Killer Instinct and even then it'll be a long shot.

To be honest the only reason I want a #XBONE on launch is for the inevitable day where some kind soul hacks the shit out that that thing and it can be used for something actually good. My honest thoughts on M$ at the moment is that they're PS3 era Sony coming off the PS2 murder spree and under that hubris producing a system that ultimately in the end had to make them humble down. The PS4 being touted for all it does is fact of that humility spilling out of Sony and it looks to have paid off due to the leader of #TeamShekie breaking Sony's back and making them humble and in my opinion as the the best thing smoking heading into E3. Not forgetting that there is a 3rd chariot in this race is that the WiiU still has a chance because the Wii did the same stagnation thing and then all of a sudden blew like gangbusters out of nowhere but the chances of that happening twice for Nintendo is slim at best. They had a problem out of the gate with just bad branding and not enough games to get people to buy and keep buying.

The honest thing about this generation of upcoming consoles is that somebody isn't making it to the next one if the industry can even sustain itself long enough for it to make it out in one piece. This is going to be an interesting next couple of years in gaming and may be where I stop all together...or not. Like I said I have my sights set for E3 when we hopefully get some answers from all 3 about the burning questions we all have. Expect J & I to speak on that when the time comes.

Now that I said my peace for now let us get to the pimping portion of the broadcast.

Musou Games on Motorcycles are so official because I got Kamen Rider Battride War in and I'm having a good time with it so far. Like I do mention in the video I do hope that this is the game that pulls me out of my gaming hole I've been in as of late. How often a video drops is in my court so when I feel that need I'll get be recording and playing and I'll do it like that so no pressure on me.

And of course because the weekend is so official your weekly fix of the #StreetsofRageTrilogyProject and all I can say is just watch the whole thing. Guarantee that the hilarity will flow. That's all you get from me. Another episode will be on deck next Friday so be ready.

Now for This Week In Gaming from the eyes of one Triple Da G.O.D! Let us do this.

We'll start with the God of Prep Time because for some reason he needs an origin game. That's where Batman: Arkham Origins comes into play. More Deathstroke & Deadshot than I was actually expecting and Black Mask being all boss like and hiring folks to kill Batman. Sounds like No More Heroes in reverse to me. I could make most things sound like No More Heroes if I tried hard enough. However if the past Arkham games speak than this will be a banger even though Rocksteady isn't working on this one. Should be a good one.

Speaking of Batman and DC in general there's a game coming out for that canceled show about teenage superheroes. I think they called it Young Justice once upon a time. This'll be as close as we get to a 3rd season even though this will fill in some of the 5 year gap between S1 & 2 which truly is the reason I'm interested in it. It seems to play a bit like the X-Men Legends/Marvel Ultimate Alliance games which even had a DC counterpart called Justice League Heroes a while back. So if that happens to be the pedgriee which this is based then it is a good way to make peace with the show being off the air. The game drops later this year so I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

Bringing it back to the Bat Family, Barbara Gordon AKA Oracle AKA Batgirl made her way into Injustice this week and other than coming out with an infinite that was quickly patched by NRS is a great character and works well there. I'll be playing more of her and if the info is true the Hell Spectre Scorpion from MORTAL KOMBAT will be next on the DLC block. And that is the reason I paid good money for a season pass. It could be a hint into the future of MK and on that alone I'm very excited.

Staying in the realm of fighting games we got more information about the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate in which not only is the "Amnesiac Karate Man" Ein back but the one who shits thunder and farts lightning from Virtua Fighter 5, the brother of one of my many waifus...Jacky Bryant and even though I dropped Jacky off back in VF2 I'm glad Team Ninja picked him to include in 5 Ultimate. Vanessa, Eileen or Aoi could've been used and would've served a better use not only expanding on the female persuasion but each one of those ladies brings something to the table of DoA5 that no other character currently there fulfills. Should be interesting to see where DoA5U goes and I'll hold my hope for a WiiU port and Ryo Hazuki!

In the realm of spinoffs of fighting games we finally get more information on the Blazblue spinoff, XBlaze: Code Embryo. Still don't know too much about it even with this new trailer. The only relevant info acquired is that this will be dropping on July 23rd in Japan. I'll wait and see if somebody picks this up for MURICA because it is a Visual Novel after all. We'll see.

And speaking of Blazblue a new trailer dropped for ChronoPhantasma which gives us our first look at Kagura & Yuki and they are looking spiffy if I do say so myself. Game drops in the glorious Nippon on October 24th. What that means for MURICA and all other involved parties remains to be seen.

P.S: Blazblue has an anime dropping soon titled Alter Memory. Interesting that. I'll wait for the English Dub thanks.

Speaking of spinoffs there's a new Phantom Breaker due us with the subtitle Extra which I'm assuming is a port of the above game currently in arcades. We didn't even get the 1st one for whatever reason in MURICA and I'm doubting we'll be getting this one. If something changes in the magical world and some information does come that states otherwise then I'll let you know.

And in the same realm of reverse is that I failed to mention some time ago that Ginga Force & Eschatos are getting a double pack which combines both releases has bonus games as well which would bring the count to 4 games for a low, low price. The best news is that...IT BE REGION FREE DAWG!!!! So no reason for you if you're one into SHMUPS then no reason to at least check it out. And another reminder for me to get a JP 360 after #XBONE drops.

Into the depths of watching and reading we go and I elected to skip doing a marathon this week so I could catch up on watching match videos and play...

Yeah, back on that again. It was accidentally the only game I wrote about in my What Games Have I've Been Missing in 2012 feature where I planned to play a different game everyday and give my thoughts about it. You can click here and read it! And even going back to it I'm more excited than ever to see this to some finality. While I was in limbo about playing it I picked up the DLC just on the fact that I want to support this game in anyway I can since I did pick it up in the bargain bin. The least I could do for Capcom & CC2 to let them know I do enjoy the game and would like to see more of it and more like it. I'm about to hit the last 3rd of the game today and I plan to do a Review Edition on the blog because when I think about it a #DoaGH review wouldn't work because of my feelings on letting the game give you all it has without my interference. I knew the answer all along about my gaming rut and it is completely true that I put myself here and I can easily get myself out. There are 2 games in particular that now I have the knowledge to get myself out that I can see those games to finality because they've been haunting my backlog for longer than even I can remember. When I do get around to either or we'll discuss the why it took so long in length.

When it came to catching up on match videos which I'm glad I did up I had a wonderful opportunity watch and mirror match some impressive stuff that included this awesome King of Fighters XI Ratio Battle. If you don't know what a Ratio Battle is that characters are assigned a point value based off of character use and tier rankings and you have to make a team which is equal to or less than the total. The reason I mention this is because when people make their argument on how good KoF XI is as a game that the KulaGatoOswald card is played and what this video proves is that the game doesn't revolve around those 3 it just so happens to be with any fighter some characters are given tools that ultimately filter out to be better ones than their cast mates have. But with anything that can change so nothing is absolute but try telling people that and see how far you get. If nothing else you should watch this because there's a lot to be learned and could be a mind changer for those who happen to be napping on the best KoF game. I'll save that argument for when the time is right.

Continuing in that spirit I finally got a chance to watch the 4-Man MAHVEL 2 Exhibition from the 5th installment of the East Coast Throwdown major. Shouts to all the players involved. Team Spooky for streaming and uploading it to their YouTube page. And Keth Sillian AKA Chris Matrix & The King of Curleh, IFC Yipes for keeping that hype and bringing me back even for a little bit back to those days when I was a raging inferno for some competition. Remember, even though I'm a teacher & mentor doesn't mean I can't still go! Those are the facts.

Been a nice long minute since I've had the opportunity to not only watch but happily mirror some Rumble Fish 2 action. Ko-Hatsu usually takes care of the fix on their end but I love this game to death and I'm really hoping that Dimps does something soon with a port of the NESiCA 1.1 version. And I have a feeling that they just might. I hope.

Speaking of games on NESiCA X Live that need to be on a console badly, Power Instinct 5. It goes really well with the Groove on Fight I had last week and I just don't understand Atlus' reasoning on why this isn't on a console. Just as with The Rumble Fish 2 it's been a while since I've watched and mirrored some fights from this and I just love the game and just want to see more of it.

I see no other way to end this than with some Capcom vs SNK 2 action from Game A-Cho. 103 minutes of pure goodness. I miss playing this game and maybe for fun I should revisit it. I've had plans to but they never quite come together but when they do it'll be going down. Trust me.

Everything else was as usual everything else. Knocked off the arc of Freezing I was in. Got in some Diamond is Unbreakable. Bleach's dirty laundry is all out there and something with a certain cell reforming and some dude that isn't Naruto with aspirations of being Hokage. It happened.

With the slowdown in stuff to watch on TV all I have right now is Game of Thrones, Revolution, RAW, Teen Titans GO! & Impact Wrestling to fill that need until the summer stuff drops. I say that every week but what I will say that Revolution went in on all fronts and right now I'm proud to be a fan.

You're free to go now. Get out of my head but be sure to return next week for another installment of #TheCool.

And to leave you with something that J & Steve-O think is hilarious in which I do agree.

Peace Out!

-Triple Da G.O.D

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