Monday, November 19, 2012

VG Talk #18 Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Future DLC Characters that Need to Happen

Video game discussion.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is already out with a roster of 20 characters. You can check out the intro here: (Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Intro) The entire cast is split into rivalries between two characters which means future DLC characters will most likely also come in pairs. I've created a massive list of potential candidates (20 more in fact) and paired them together as rivals for different reasons (you don't have to agree with these rivalries or characters since this was just made for fun).

Spyro the Dragon
Crash Bandicoot
These were two of the first "mascots" for the original Playstation. Neither of them are owned by Insomniac or Naughty Dog anymore (in fact, they gave up the rights a long time ago) but it'd be great to see these two come back solely for nostalgia. The chances of this happening? Very slim. Activision is keeping an iron-grip around both characters right now.

Nathan Hale (Resistance)
Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
To me, these were a no-brainer. I'm actually still confused why they weren't included in the game to begin with for the starting roster. Nathan Hale lends himself to a fighting game rather easily with his chimera abilities and Solid Snake has not only been in a very similar fighting game (you might have heard of it) but he's also a good polar opposite to Nathan. Both carry a variety of weapons for the job and both have a military background but they go about combat in very different ways. Plus, Resistance doesn't have a representative character yet which is just odd on multiple levels (there is even a Resistance themed stage to fight on for crying out loud).

Patapon Hero or a Patapon Army or... both
Kat (Gravity Rush)
I paired these up simply because they're the handheld (PSP and PS Vita) stars of Sony. Patapon already has a themed stage in the game so it only makes sense to put them in as a fighter and since the game is trying to sell the concept of cross-play with the Vita (it even comes with a Vita copy of the game for free) then why not show off your exclusive title Gravity Rush? The fact that the main character is a superhero with gravity powers makes her a logical choice for all kinds of fighting game fun and Patapon should have been an auto-include to begin with.

Dart (Legend of Dragoon)
Wander (Shadow of the Colossus)
Both of these are from Sony exclusive titles that have huge cult followings and both are sword wielding heroes that have had to face against all odds. This pair deserves to be added in for so many reasons.

Raziel (Legacy of Kain)
Cloud (FF7)
Two tragic anti-heroes that are known for their crazy swords. Cloud has already been in several other fighting games in the past and Raziel deserves to be in his first. As an added bonus, we all know this hypothetical DLC would sell like hot cakes if these two were added.

Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)
Pyramid Head (Silent Hill series)
Isaac Clarke was in the Playstation Michael commercial so it's actually not that crazy to imagine him in the game. With Isaac always on the brink of madness as his mind forces him to face horrific monstrosities, it would be an incredible match-up to pit him against the ultimate nightmare himself: Pyramid Head.

Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
Selvaria Bles (Valkyria Chronicles)
The keyblade wielder and the war witch that are both from franchises heavily inspired by anime. Both have unique weapons and access to other crazy powers which translates very well to a fighting game.

Ezio (Assassin's Creed 2)
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Ezio is another character that appeared in the Michael trailer and Lara Croft has always been considered more of a Playstation icon. Both actively seek holy relics and artifacts hidden in remote locations so they surprisingly have more in common than most think.

Ellen (Folklore)
KOS-MOS (Xenosaga)
I seriously want to see this happen. They're both from Playstation exclusive games with one representing fantasy and the other sci-fi. Both were from RPGs and neither got the attention they deserved.

Ethan Mars (Heavy Rain)
Francis York Morgan (Deadly Premonition)
Yep. This is my joke rivalry but it strangely makes a lot of sense. This will never happen but the idea of it will always put a smile on my face.

This is Kylak signing out and wondering what your favorite rivalry would be.

Friday, November 16, 2012

VG Talk #17 Wii U Launch Guide

This is your ultimate guide for the launch of the Wii U.

The Wii U is launching Nov. 18 which is right around the corner with 23 games ready at launch and plenty more on the way (over 50 already announced). I'm still surprised that there is a lot of confusion out there about this: the Wii U is not just a tablet controller. It's an entirely new console. The stats on this console are up to par or superior to the PS3 and Xbox360.

Since it's backwards compatible it already has the entire Wii lineup that you can play if you missed out. Click here to see a list of some of the best Wii titles: ( You Don't Know Wii )

-Controller (options):

-Pro controller, Wii-mote, and Game Pad (tablet) controller.
You're not stuck with using the tablet controller or a wii-mote. Also, games are only going to be designed around needing a single game pad tablet controller so there's no need to worry about purchasing extras (the one that comes with the system will be enough). You'll probably want to pick up a Pro controller which you can take a look at here: (Pro Controller) Currently it's boasting an 80 hour battery life out of a single charge which is incredible. The PS3 and Xbox360 controllers are around 25 to 30 hours to give a comparison. The Wii U tablet also allows games to support up to five-players.

-Asynchronous gameplay (also known as asymmetric gameplay)
The biggest use of the game pad tablet controller is to allow asynchronous gameplay. It's an experience you won't be able to find anywhere else. To give an example, think of Pac-Man. Imagine that the person holding the tablet plays as Pac-Man while the other players are the ghosts. This allows players to have a different experience while playing the same game. ZombiU is using this to allow one person to summon and direct zombies while the other player controls their character trying to survive the zombie horde. Penny Arcade already gave the perfect example that we hope becomes a reality: Dungeons and Dragons U. Basically allowing a group of players to have a co-op experience in an RPG while the player with the tablet is the DM. We just need Bioware and Nintendo to join forces and make this a reality.

-Doubles as a TV
Something that doesn't get mentioned very often is that the tablet screen is like a mini-tv. If you wanted to play a single-player game and your significant other wanted to watch the TV, you wouldn't have to suddenly stop playing. You can just play on the tablet screen while they're watching cable on the TV simultaneously.

-Third-Party Support:
This is something that Nintendo struggled with on the Wii but this time around they already have a ton of major titles being released with exclusive content to give incentive to purchase it on their console and third-party support is going to continue throughout the consoles life cycle. That means every future third-party game will be released for all three major consoles instead of only on the PS3 and Xbox360. Some notable examples: Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, Darksiders 2, Assassin's Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Dragon Quest X, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, etc. etc.

These are some of the major titles that have already been announced with a few details on why they're awesome.


As you can see from the video above, one person controls the zombie horde with the Wii U tablet controller while the other player is thrust into a true survival horror experience. This is a game built around the idea of the Wii U controller and they prove it works here. For all the Resident Evil fans that feel betrayed that the game series is no longer about survival horror, don't you worry, Nintendo is waiting with open arms.

-Bayonetta 2
Bayonetta was an incredible action game that stood alongside Devil May Cry, God of War, and Ninja Gaiden at the top of the class. Strangely it didn't sell well enough to warrant a sequel but thanks to Nintendo stepping in and offering to publish this, it will become a reality. Thank you Nintendo!

-Pikmin 3
The beloved real-time strategy survival game is finally back! You'll be using the tablet to control and direct your formations of Pikmin. Here's some gameplay footage:!

-Scribblenauts Unlimited
The original Scribblenauts was insane in that it allowed you to type out any noun and it would appear in the game and interact with the world. Even Cthulhu could be called in to help you solve a puzzle. Then the second game added adjectives. You could make a werewolf car for crying outloud. The possibilities were incredible! Now, Unlimited allows the players to make their own creations and share them with a full console experience to boot. 

-The Wonderful 101
Platinum Games! We love you guys. This is kinda-sorta-ish similar to Pikmin but instead of controlling plant people as you struggle to survive in a hostile world, you're given control of 100 superheroes (you're the 101st) as you command them to turn into different forms such as a variety of weapons, objects, and whatever. Here's some gameplay:

-New Super Mario Bros. U
It's essentially New Super Mario Bros. Wii but with the added fifth player using the tablet to make platforms to help the others safely make their way through a stage. It's not as easy as it sounds.

-Game and Wario
Wario mini-games as expected but all of them are tailor-made to work with the Wii U's asynchronous control scheme. If you're looking for a crazy fun party game then this is where it's at.

-Rayman Legends
This is another platformer like Super Mario Bros. but it manages to use the tablet in more interesting ways. The player will be doing a variety of tasks to help out the other four players get through stages. 

-Lego City: Undercover
The Lego games are well known by now for being great titles and this is no exception. It's basically their version of GTA but with a lot of interesting ways to use the tablet. Gameplay right here:

-Untitled Super Smash Bros. sequel
Super Smash Bros. doesn't need any introductions. It's one of the most ridiculously fun fighting games imaginable and it can sell a console single-handedly. Be prepared for the next installment.

-Untitled Legend of Zelda
Zelda is in the same boat as Super Smash Bros. It's pretty much a guarantee that the game will be awesome and a must-own title.

We're still waiting on details of other third-party exclusives as well as the rest of the Nintendo staples such as Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby, F-Zero, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong, and Pokemon. Nintendo is off to a good start. Let's hope that they push themselves to do even better.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video Spotlight #50 RWBY "Red" Trailer

Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

Just after ten years of Red VS Blue (yes, go watch all of it right now) we have a preview of the next web series by Rooster Teeth Productions. Don't worry, word on the street is that they aren't ending Red VS Blue just yet. This is extra sauce.

You may... might... possibly recognize the fight choreography as none other than the brilliant animator Monty Oum. Don't recognize him? He's the one that made Haloid (link here: Haloid).

"Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest
White is cold and always yearning burdened by a royal test
Black the beast descends from shadows
Yellow beauty burns gold"

RWBY (pronounced the way you would expect, like ruby) consists of the four main characters Red, White, Black, and Yellow. From this trailer it would appear they're based on fairy tale characters. Red is clearly inspired by Red Riding Hood. I don't think anyone is going to argue otherwise. The rest are currently being speculated so I'll throw my hand in. White could be Snow White. Black might be inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Yellow is possibly lifted from Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, or even Goldilocks at this point. Hell, she might be a combination of them all. Who knows? That's the one that's killing me.

This is Kylak signing out and grabbing my own scythe/rifle... scyfle for personal use.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Video Spotlight #49 Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Intro

Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the internet.

So... not gonna lie... I was drooling like a total fanboy during this. It's an incredible game intro in general (with style points to boot) and it's a huge love letter to a mass majority of Sony's franchises. The only thing that surprised me is that there are still franchises unaccounted for but they did mention there will be more fighters in upcoming DLC so that sounds gravy to me. Best of all? Third-party characters are fair game so we'll definitely see some fan favorites show up in the future.

If you're looking for the song then I've got you covered right here:
Finale by Madeon

This is Kylak signing out and Dante better have an alternate costume to look like his original design or someone's getting stabbed through the chest.


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