DBZ: Ultimate Tenkaichi is not as bad as I thought

Remember that first trailer of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi? The one that looked just like any other Budokai Tenkaichi or Raging Blast game out there? After looking at some gameplay clips from Comic-Con, the game looks much different.

When fighters are a certain distance apart the view goes into split screen, just like the local versus mode in the old Budokai Tenkaichi games. But when upclose, they do a little melee clash animation and then the camera shifts into a more Tekken style view like the Budokai / Shin Budokai games (so many Budokais) while still retaining the full 3D combat mechanics. When engaging in hand to hand combat, it seems like doing a combo can initiate a sort of rock-paper-scissors style mini-game and activate a slew of different chase attacks.

From the footage, it's a little hard to grasp the gameplay but the best way I can describe this game is that it's a full 3D rendition of the old SNES Super Butohden games where the screen splits when fighters are a certain distance from each other and from that distance can activate cinematic blast attacks. This game shows off a "Melee Range" and "Blast Range" and while doing a blast attack, opponents can choose to either guard, counter or deflect the attack much like in the Super Butohden series.

So yeah, basically I'm actually getting excited for this game now. I just hope they add more voice clips so that we won't be hearing the same grunts over and over again and that the chase segments won't get repetative over time. The characters do a little intro before they fight much like in Burst Limit which I think is a nice touch.

Oh yeah, this game also has a character customizer so that's something new. The large boss fights I am not amused with because it looks very similar to the ones in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm.




Old Spice Guy joints the cast of Gears of War 3

Isaiah Mustafa, better known as the "Old Spice Guy" will be bringing his 'the man your man could smell like' smell to the chainsaw bayonett toting Gears in Gears of War 3.

"The cast just keeps getting sexier and sexier," joked Epic's design director Cliff Bleszinski as he revealed the news at the San Diego Comic Con. Mustafa joins the likes of John DiMaggio, Ice T, and Claudia Black. His character is listed as "COG Gear," which makes it sound like he's not going to have a particularly big role in the game. It doesn't help that he's wearing a helmet either. Perhaps we could be seeing an Old Spice easter egg in the game.

I'm on a horse.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - Character Vignettes

You've seen the character reveals, the gameplay footage, the stage demos and show floor playable demos, perhaps even the Capcom-Unity live stream. But here are the official character vignettes of the 4 new characters that will be appearing in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Ep. 9: Cyrax & Sektor

After what seemed like forever, we finally get a new episode of Mortal Kombat Legacy shown at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The Cyborg ninja's make an apperance in the reimagining of the Mortal Kombat Universe.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy brings to life the complex and rich history of the gaming world of MORTAL KOMBAT. Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung are obsessed with reigning over various realms (parallel universes) and the winners of Mortal Kombat competitions are granted supreme control over these worlds. The Earthrealm (Earth) is an unconscious participant in this competition and only a few select humans understand the consequences of losing Mortal Kombat and what it will mean to Earth. In a universe with powerful evil sorcerers, cyborgs, Gods and movie stars, this Mortal Kombat digital media series drives a cohesive understanding of what this Universe is all about.

Episode 9 Synopsis "Cyrax and Sektor" Cyrax and Sektor are chosen to be the future of the Lin Kuei by the Grand Master, but Cyrax is less than enthusiastic about giving his life over to a cybernetic transformation that will erase his memories and turn him into the ultimate fighting machine. When he discovers that the cyborg he is fighting seems closely familiar, Sektor must keep Cyrax focused on destroying Hydro, and not himself or their future...

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen Written by Kevin Tancharoen Produced by Kevin Tancharoen, Lance Sloane, Tim Carter