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Our second day at the 2012 Eurogamer Expo was all about playing those games we didn’t get a chance to yesterday, including queueing for the Nintendo WiiU booth for nearly an hour (our first port of call for the day). Still the busiest stand at the expo, we managed to get in line early – I feel sorry for the poor souls that came in on 11am tickets, by that time the queue was as big as it was yesterday!
Being a Saturday meant that the expo was even busier than yesterday, with plenty of eager gamers queueing up to play any and all games, even Tokyo Jungle! (Check out yesterday report for more on that peculiar game). Today was a mixed bag of titles with Nintendo’s WiiU offerings definitely stealing the show… even if it was weird playing a game with others whilst Not looking at the TV – something »
The Dead Or Alive series has been absent on gaming consoles for nearly 7 years. The last game of the main series was released during the early life of the Xbox 360. Since then, gamers haven’t had a chance to return to their favourite Doa fighters outside of Dead Or Alive: Dimensions (released on the Nintendo 3Ds).
The fighting game genre has been in a revitalised state since those early Xbox 360 days. From Super Street Fighter 4 to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. From Mortal Kombat 9 to Persona 4 Arena. There have been a flurry of fighting games appearing over the past few years and most of them have been met with good praise.
Now, Dead Or Alive 5 is releasing on Sept. 25th in North America and Sept. 28th in Europe/UK on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Team Ninja are looking to capitalise on the fighting genre resurgence by bringing back their own flagship fighting title. »
- Adam Lokman
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As part of their "Fighter Chronicles" series, Team Ninja talks about working with a new crop of characters in Doa 5 and finding the right balance.
While the first two thirds of the year have been filled with 2D fighting game sequels, updates, and debuts, September will give us a pair of 3D titles for fight fans who like to side-step. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is on the way on the 11th while Team Ninja is back with the latest Dead or Alive on September 25th.
This is the first new game in the series since 2005 and the first without lead designer Tomonobu Itagaki. Right now the onus is on Yohei Shimbori and the rest of the team to assure fans that the franchise is in good hands. In part, that means videos like today's "Fighter Chronicles" which details some of the ways they've been thinking critically about the move set for »
- Charles Webb
Today once again brings bad news about Thq. The Devil’s Third, developed by Tomonobu Itagaki, will now not be released by the publisher. For a while now we have known about the company plans to not publish the game, but today marks the official decision on the Devil’s Third’s future.
“Thq confirms that the company will not be publishing Devil’s Third,” a spokesperson said. “All of the game’s IP rights have been returned to Itagaki-san and the Valhalla team.”
Devil’s Third hit the scenes at E3 2012, but ever since it has been in development chaos. During a Thq earning call, the company admitted that the development team was forced to switch engines halfway through, as the original studio behind the engine went out of business. Ever since then the Devil’s Third was using Relic’s Colonial Space Marine engine. For a while Thq »
- Alex Martinet
By Jeffrey Matulef
Thq boss Brian Farrell said during an investor call that the publisher has backed out of publishing Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki's next game, Devil's Third, a third-person shooter.
"When we ranked all of our product releases when we underwent our restructuring, the profitability of Devil's Third wasn't comparable with our other franchises," Farrell explained. Devil's Third had undergone a severely costly setback when the company supplying the engine for the game went out of business, forcing Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios to switch engines midway through development.
This doesn't mean the game's been cancelled, however, as Thq is looking for another publisher to offload the project onto.
Meanwhile, Thq also announced that their upcoming South Park: The Game, an RPG being developed by Fallout: New Vegas developer, Obsidian Entertainment, has been delayed. Originally expected to come out this year, it's been pushed back to the »
- MTV Video Games
For the first time in a long time Thq had some good financial news to report today as opposed to the seemingly constant bad news that has been reported this year. Saints Row: The Third and Ufc Undisputed 3 have posted better than expected sales numbers causing Thq to actually increase their expected net sales from $160 million to $170 million.
This increase may not seem big but initially Thq was projecting only $130 million in revenue. According to Thq the reason for the increase was the better than expected sales of Saints Row: The Third, which has already shipped 4 million units. In addition, sales of Ufc Undisputed 3 have been stronger than anticipated as well.
On top of the increased sales expectations, Saints Row: The Third Dlc has been selling better than expected as well. Finally Thq is actually going to finish the year with more cash than was expected; 76 million which according to »
- Matt Mann
I just don't get it.
When early reviews started coming in from advance copies of Tecmo Koei's much-anticipated Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, none of them were good. In fact, one well-respected gaming website used the term, "awful" to describe the game. It couldn't be that bad, could it?
Well, having finally played it through, let me say that Ninja Gaiden 3 is in fact bad... Ass!
Yes, the third outing of legendary Dragon Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, is just what you would expect from developer Team Ninja. It's bloody, fast-paced, difficult, and completely ludicrous. And these are all trademarks of the game series that dates back to the late 1980s arcades and the popular trilogy on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Ninja Gaiden 3 picks up after 2008's (and aptly named) Ninja Gaiden 2. Master Ryu is now living life peacefully in his village when a terrorist organization attacks London. Their only demand: they want Ryu Hayabusa. »
The Ninja Gaiden franchise is a bit of an anomaly in today's gaming world. A classic Nes franchise that seemingly died off in the 16-bit era, only to be revived on the original Xbox in grand fashion, followed by a success of updates and sequels. It's not often that a game series can lay dormant for so long, only to return so triumphantly, but, with Team Ninja at the helm, the new games pushed the boundaries of the ninja subgenre. While the classic titles and the ones adapted for modern console generations have very little in common, there were two ties that bind them; the main character, Dragon Ninja Ryu Hayabusa, and their patience crippling difficulty. Only one of those returns in the series' latest release, Ninja Gaiden 3.
After a terrorist group lays siege on Great Britain and holds the Prime Minister hostage, their only demand is to bring them the famed Ryu Hayabusa. »
- Jason Cipriano
It's a pretty busy week for new releases as we get our first Resident Evil game of 2012, our second Silent Hill title, and a second sequel to Ninja Gaiden. We've got videos and details for the new games after the jump.
Title: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360
Capcom gets into the zombie extermination squad business. Not squads of zombies exterminating normal people, but the other way around. Although that would be kind of interesting. Yeah, so Operation: Raccoon City returns to the site of the outbreak in a class-based shooter, being one of the many titles in recent memory that has taken the franchise farther away from its survival horror roots. That's okay, I don't think that's what Resident Evil is really about anymore. "Horror action" would be the box I'd have to put the series in now.
Don't forget that the 360 version is »
- Charles Webb
9 items from 2012
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