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Indie Game Challenge


If there are any indie / independent video game developers out there reading this blog, this may be your chance to make it big. Check out the video for some more info. The entry period is from 7.14.09 – 10.1.09. The winners will be announced on 1.15.10. If anyone from the blog enters let us know how it goes.

Prize Details | Official Rules

Winners in various categories will share in a total of almost $300,000 in prize monies and scholarships, including $100,000 grand prize awards for both the winning professional and non-professional games.

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Seaman 2 iPhone spin-off set for worldwide release soon


Seaman was one creepy mofo as you can see in this Dreamcast Screenshot

Remember Seaman? It was a strange Dreamcast “life-sim” virtual-pet thingamabob in which you raised a man-fish from baby to adult by taking care of and feeding it as well as . . . talking to it, using the included microphone. The game was a moderate success back in the day, and the game’s famed developer, Yoot Saito (who also made Odama for GameCube and The Tower/Sim Tower 2 for PC), even created a PS2 sequel called Seaman 2 (which had a much less disgusting looking Caveman instead of a man-fish), although it never saw release in the United States.

Now Joystiq is reporting via Yoot Saito’s blog that a Seaman 2 spin-off may be coming to the U.S. after all . . . for the iPhone!

Here is the a translation of the text courtesy of 1-Up: The blog seems to imply that Gabo — a stripped down version of the caveman portions of Seaman 2 — will be releasing on Japanese iPhones in the coming weeks, with worldwide distribution set to follow soon after. The application will apparently cost around 450 yen (roughly $4.75), and will sadly lack the voice recognition gameplay that made the original Seaman so engaging in the first place. Still, the iPhone’s swanky touch screen should provide a perfect interface for interacting with the virtual Neanderthal, allowing for a full range of strokes, pokes, and punishing slaps to the face.

Here is a look at the iPhone version of Seaman 2.

Published on December 5th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Prince of Persia Epic Gameplay Montage Video


Prince of Persia on Xbox 360Prince of Persia releases to store shelves tomorrow, December 2nd. In celebration of The Prince’s return to video game form, here is a look at some of the epic gameplay moments that you will encounter in the new title as the Prince runs, jumps, wall runs, leaps and fights his way through the corrupted world.

Prince of Persia will be hitting Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC (in both regular and collector’s editions) and is rated T for Teen due to “Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence.” It will be released in Europe on December 4th and in the United Kingdom on December 5th. If you’re waiting for the PC version in Europe, that will be released on December 12th.

Published on December 1st, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cloud vs Sephiroth epic Final Fantasy Dissidia gameplay fight


Final Fantasy Japanese LE boxart coverDissidia: Final Fantasy (or Final Fantasy Dissidia for its likely U.S. name) allows gamers to re-create epic Final Fantasy battles, such as Cloud versus Sephiroth, a showdown between what is arguably the two most popular Final Fantasy characters (one the hero, one the villain) ever created.

As you can see from the gameplay video below of a typical Dissidia battle, the game plays out similar to what we saw with the Final Fantasy VII CG movie, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, where the characters dash and “fly” around the environments as they attack each other with melee and magic attacks while airborne.

In the game, each character has their own special moves and magic attacks and you can roam freely through the environments, which will also feature specific traps that you can use on your opponent. Characters can also be customized with equipment. You defeat an opponent by reducing their HP, but to spice things up your offensive and defensive power is represented by “Brave Points” (BP). Both fighters start out with equal BP and must steal BP from the enemy by attacking with basic “assist attacks” which will add what’s taken to your own BP total. Raise the BP increase the amount of damage you’ll dole out and gain the upper-hand over your opponent. You can then strike with “HP Attacks” which deal direct damage to your opponents HP meter so you can defeat them.

Deplete your opponents BP to force them into Break Mode which causes all your attacks to be critical strikes and bars them from being able to deal out HP Attacks. There is also an “EX Gauge” which is filled as you fight (take damage, give damage or collecting items on the field) and allows you to enter “EX Mode” once filled. EX Mode allows you to do an unblockable super attack (the EX Burst) and significantly increases the damage you give as well as allows you to perform new attacks.

Final Fantasy Dissidia has yet to be announced for release outside of Japan. But it’s release is a given, considering how popular Final Fantasy is here and how much Square is now focusing on the Western market.

The Last Remnant launch trailer, developer interviews and gameplay videos


The Last Remnant for Xbox 360Square Enix’s latest epic, The Last Remnant, is out now for Xbox 360. It is scheduled for release for PS3 on April 1, 2009.

The game is Square Enix’s attempt at creating an RPG that was focused and built from the ground up to appeal to Western audiences, which would mark a pretty big departure for the Japanese role-playing experts, who in the past would create their games with their homeland people in mind. Even though development for a lot of companies has shifted to the West in recent years as the Japanese game industry’s influence has begun to wain.

So it’ll be interesting to see how their latest game does. If it sells well, then they will likely shift even more of their games and series to appeal to Western audiences.

About the Game:
In ancient times, mysterious artifacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. People used these objects for their awesome powers — a choice that eventually began to cause a rift in the world’s balance. Equality was replaced by those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. A thousand years later is when this story begins…

Rush lives with his sister Irina on secluded Eulam Island, far from the power struggles for Remnants that are occurring back on the mainland. However, this peaceful life is shattered when his sister is suddenly kidnapped by a mysterious group of soldiers right before his eyes. He immediately sets off after them, unaware of the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

* Experience groundbreaking graphics, only possible on next-generation platforms, that bring the intensity of gameplay to an entirely new level.
* A dramatic storyline about war and mysterious powers called Remnants are brought to life by the creators of FINAL FANTASY and the SAGA franchise.
* Uncover the mystery of the Remnants, powerful artifacts from an ancient civilization that are scattered around the world and stand as they were a millennia ago.
* The game’s art is developed by Yusuke Naora, the art director of FINAL FANTASY VII, FINAL FANTASY VIII, and FINAL FANTASY X.
* With more than 15 warriors under your command and a unique morale-based battle system, THE LAST REMNANT increases the player’s ability to strategize battle more than its RPG predecessors
* Navigate a massive battlefield while surrounded by countless foes and friends
* Immerse in exhilarating, large-scale battles through a never-before-seen battle command system
* The gameplay features a dynamic turn-based system that creates a sense of continuity of action

Interview with the game’s director.

Mysterious Remnants Interview

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Published on November 21st, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Prince of Persia launch, story and gameplay trailers galore


Pre-Order Prince of Persia on Xbox 360Prince of Persia’s December 2nd release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC inches ever closer as the holidays approach. The game is easily one of the most anticipated of the year with it’s beautiful illustrated art-style, smooth acrobatic gameplay, and the re-introduction of The Prince along with all new characters, villains and a new storyline.

There isn’t much else to say regarding the game given how much we have covered it already, but Ubisoft has ratcheted up it’s marketing campaign to help fuel the flames of interest for people, and thus we have four new videos for you to check out today.

Included among them is the official launch trailer, a new story trailer, a new gameplay trailer and last, but not least, a second trailer from the Tokyo Game Show 2008. Enjoy!

Prince of Persia Launch Trailer – With the help of an unexpected ally, a mysterious warrior must discover his path to destiny.

Prince of Persia Story Trailer - The last princess of a once great warrior tribe tells the tale of events that have forced her to plead for help.

TGS 08 Trailer - An inseparable pair of warriors battle to an alternative climatic ending.

Gameplay Trailer - Face your fears.

Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2 gameplay videos


Penny Arcade Adventures 2 Screenshot

A bunch of new gameplay videos for Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness – Episode 2 have been released to get you hyped for the newest game in the episode adventure/RPG series which is hitting Xbox 360, PC, Linux and Mac this week for download.

If you haven’t heard of the Penny Arcade Adventures “Rain Slick” games, here’s the official gist:

“On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic RPG-Adventure game set in a deranged comic-book-meets-pulp-horror universe. Armed with unconventional weaponry, you join forces with the Startling Developments Detective Agency to make war on bizarre enemies and solve the mysteries hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia.

From the hilarious and twisted minds of Penny Arcade creators Mike ‘Gabe’ Krahulik and Jerry ‘Tycho’ Holkins, legendary game designer Ron Gilbert and veteran producers at Hothead Games comes a 100% authentic and hilarious Penny Arcade experience.

All episodes of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness are available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Windows, Mac and Linux.”

I’ll let the videos do the rest of the talking.

Torture Gameplay Video

Comical Cutscene Video

Spider Battle Video

Culdcept DS TGS 08 gameplay video


Culdcept DS is the upcoming DS port of the Trading Card Game meets Monopoly video game that has been previously released on the PlayStation 2 and, more recently, on the Xbox 360 as Culdcept Saga (complete with online play).

The DS version will feature all new cards as well as revised ones from past editions of Culdcept. This version should also feature online play via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Overall there are over 370 card types in this game if you include the new ones, including some insanely powerful new cards.

Culdcept Saga for Xbox 360Card illustration will once again be handled by Satoshi Nakai, who did the card pictures in the previous iterations, and the game is being developed by Omiya Soft (who also did the previous games) and published by Sega. Although there is no release scheduled for outside of Japan yet.

The game is based on the console additions so it should contain all the stuff that one would look for in a Culdcept game. Though it will also include adjustments on the overall game balance and a revision of card abilities. In addition, the basic rules will be easier to understand as they added features from the Dreamcast version, Culdcept Second, to make the game easier to play and learn to better suit the DS’ younger skewing audience. The game is scheduled for release this year in Japan.

Published on October 11th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

StarCraft 2 Blizzcon 2008 gameplay trailers show Zerg, Protoss and Terran units


New gameplay videos for StarCraft II have been revealed from BlizzCon 2008!

While the Tokyo Game Show may be getting all of the attention over the past week, Blizzard also has it’s own show that is taking place today and tomorrow known as BlizzCon where we may see some new developments and reveals of games like Diablo III and, of course, StarCraft 2.

Lo and behold, check out some new gameplay footage from StarCraft II that includes battles between the Zerg and Terran and between the Protoss and Terran.

Zerg vs Terran StarCraft II Gameplay

Protoss vs Terran StarCraft II Gameplay

Published on October 10th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

New Monster Hunter 3 trailer (Wii) and gameplay videos


Monster Hunter 3 Wii Screenshot

The first Monster Hunter 3 (Wii exclusive) trailer and gameplay videos from the Tokyo Game Show 2008 (TGS) have been revealed and they prove at least one thing, Monster Hunter 3 is one heck of a good looking Wii game.

It also looks very fun, in a sort of Zelda-style action adventure style, and even includes lots of underwater monster-slaying. Give the game a look in the first official TGS 08 trailer and gamplay videos from the floor of the show. And don’t forget to also check out the new Monster Hunter Freedom Unite coming to the U.S. for PSP.


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