July 11, 2011

Review – BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Nathan White @ 4:01 pm

Review BlazBlue Continuum Shift II 2
Essentially an updated, albeit portable, version of the console original, Continuum Shift 2 brings more of the same 2D fighting flash to series fans… but does this update bring enough to the the table to warrant the purchase?

The answer to that question depends on what kind of fighting game player you are. On one side of the argument, this portable update of the PS3/360 original would be the perfect way to get introduced to the series. It’s a near-flawless handheld recreation that boasts smooth animation, brilliant 2D sprites, tight controls, and even throws in the original game’s DLC characters.

These new-comer perks are also the biggest detriment to series diehards; there are just far to few updates to the console original, aside from the character DLC and a new game mode, to be considered a must have.


February 11, 2011

Review – Hard Corps: Uprising

hard corps uprising contra review
The jury may be out on whether an alias allows a rose to ditch its sickly scent, but I can confirm that Konami’s anime-styled breakaway from the Contra brand doesn’t sacrifice the bullet-points that have come to define the franchise. This uprising begins with heavy guitars and vibrant explosions to paint a scene of idealistic resistance against the forces of old and evil, with characters cut from a familiar cloth of eighties anime memories and mournful war-zones – but Contra’s principles of play are ever present, remixed once again to provide a war opera worthy of the twitching that stirs in fingers left unsatisfied by many modern releases.

The lush palette softens the traditionally gritty edges of Contra’s battlefield, but a merciless spirit wears the pop-shifted aesthetic, and veterans can rest assured that Hard Corps: Uprising is fucking metal.


January 6, 2011

Hard Corps: Uprising In February

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 12:46 am

Hard Corps Uprising
Late night CES emails from Microsoft catch my eye when they appear to out Konami dates, and so here we are. In an announcement regarding a lineup of titles for an Xbox Live Arcade House Party, Microsoft has ARC System Works’ Hard Corps: Uprising set for release on February 16th.

Additional titles for the five week house party include Beyond Good and Evil HD, Bejeweled Blitz Live, and Torchlight.

December 22, 2010

Your Wednesday Dose of Zen

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 2:07 pm

Arcana Heart 3
Arc System Works is bringing another dose of elaborately costumed female fighting to home consoles in Japan with Arcana Heart 3 hitting the 360 and PS3 there on January 13th.

I rather enjoyed the one dose available on the PlayStation 2 here, and at no extra charge gained an anecdote involving an gamestore employee convinced that surely Kingdom Hearts was what we meant to say, but no in fact, Hearts differ from Highlanders in that there can be more than one.


December 16, 2010

Your Latest Dose of Hard Corps: Uprising

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 6:29 pm

Hard Corps Uprising
I’m not really a screenshot kinda guy, and the latest batch for Uprising offers very few – however every shot that emerges this year testifies to Arc System Works’ mastery of visual pop, and that once again seems worth a nod.

I continue hoping we won’t have to wait too much longer to be seduced by the actual release, but in the meantime you can catch some freshly frozen glimpses after the break.


July 21, 2010

Your Recommended Dose of Hard Corps: Uprising

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , — Jamie Love @ 8:17 pm

Hard Corps: Uprising
Not to be left out of the Comic Con fun, Konami has released assets for several games, only one of which is Hard Corps: Uprising, mighty focus of my attention.

Think lush, think vivid, think of how awesome it is when it rains in 2D. I know it’s premature, but I love you Arc System Works.

Catch a fresh batch of screens after the break.


June 13, 2010

Hard Corps: Uprising – Contents May Vary

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:30 am

Hard Corps: Uprising
After watching some rough footage for Konami and Arc System Works’ Hard Corps: Uprising, I don’t know if every Contra fan is going to readily get on board – if you’ve met any you know they always bring high expectations and a well warranted hesitation to new entries in the franchise.

Even with the poor quality of the video, the game looks to offer plenty of what I’m after however – speed, gorgeous backgrounds, and character designs and animations that pop with a pulse. Show me some bosses this week and I’m ready to enlist for this anime nostalgia trip.

You can catch footage of a single and co-op run after the break. Let me know if you agree, or if you think I need to take my meds before the show starts.


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