Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Select Screen

At AOU 2011, there were several Tekken Tag Tournament 2 machines on location for play purposes. Several people snagged videos of gameplay in action, but that’s not what I was interested in.

What I wanted to see was this:

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That is the character select screen in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and all characters minus Jun Kazama and True Ogre are present.

I’ve taken it upon myself to put together the character select screen in a more visually friendly manner. Click the image below to check out how the characters are arranged on the screen.

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Note: Jun Kazama and True Ogre are not on the select screen. In their place are two blank boxes. Which box belongs to which character is yet to be determined, but it’s fairly obvious that they belong to Jun and Ogre. I just plopped them on whatever side I felt made sense. I placed True Ogre on the right vacant block because it is just above Jinpachi. Since Namco is grouping a few characters together on the screen (Christie and Eddy, Armor King and King, etc.) I felt that it only made sense.

So, unless Namco has some surprises in store for us, it’s very safe to say that this is the final roster excluding any surprise final boss. Sorry Kunimitsu fans. 😦

Here is how the characters are arranged…

Top Left: Kuma, Baek, Lei, Nina, Marduk, Paul, Raven, Feng, Kazuya, Lars, Jun

Bottom Left: Panda, Mokujin, Jack, Bryan, Eddy, Christie, Xiaoyu, Devil Jin, Leo, JayCee, Heihachi

Top Right: True Ogre, Alisa, Jin, Dragunov, Armor King, King, Bob, Anna, Law, Ganryu, Roger

Bottom Right: Jinpachi, Miguel, Zafina, Lili, Asuka, Hwoarang, Lee, Steve, Bruce, Yoshimitsu, Wang

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Flying Hamster (Review)

“An excessively crazy and cute side scrolling shooter that anyone can pick up and enjoy.”

While poking around the Playstation Store’s Minis section for something to play on my PSP, I happened across a curious sounding title. Flying Hamster. I read the description and realized that the game was side scrolling shooter, like Gradius or R-Type. Considering the fact that the player assumed the role of a hamster, I just had to check the game out to see what it was like. Well, after playing the game quite frequently on my PSP, I can say that it’s a pretty fantastic shooter.

In Flying Hamster, you play as a hamster who is constantly trying to rescue his girlfriend hamster from the clutches of evil. Just before the start of each level, the protagonist’s girlfriend is captured by the boss of the next level. It’s all done in a really adorably cartoon-like anime style that you can’t help but chuckle over. The game’s cuteness is so over the top that it is absurd. That does not mean that the game is just a cute little romp for kiddies, no. While the presentation of the game may be very sugar coated, there is a very dark sense of humour in this game. In the first level, cows that use their udders as machine guns attack the player, and in the following level that is set in the desert, penguins with parasols try to shoot down the player with pistols. Yes, you read that right… Penguins in the desert.

The joy of Flying Hamster is that it makes practically no sense at all. The game is just mindless fun, and it plays like something straight out of 1990. If the graphics were a little lower quality, this game could easily pass as something straight out of the Super Nintendo’s library. That is in no way a bad thing, since the Super Nintendo had a healthy amount of fun shooters. Flying Hamster is perhaps even more enjoyable than any shooter on the SNES. The game’s insane levels of quirkiness help it along quite a lot, but the gameplay is also extremely solid. Controls are very fluid and precise, so missing your targets or failing to avoid incoming projectiles will always be your own fault.

Flying Hamster is divided up into roughly half a dozen stages which are all themed. Throughout the stages, the player will have to dodge all sorts of zig-zagging enemies and projectiles while shooting down obstacles and stage bosses. The bosses are pretty fun in this game and definitely make you smile. The bosses start out moderately easy with a giant owl that shoots homing lasers from it’s eyes, but the game will quickly ramp up the difficulty slightly, though the game never becomes as difficult as other games in the genre. I think most of the reason for this game being fairly easy is the fact that you are able to take three hits before dying instead of just one, and the powerups are pretty darn powerful.

My two favourite power-ups are the beer and the fire. The beer will make the player squirt little dabs of beer, but when it is charged up, prepare for projectile vomit-like streams of beer! It’s a prett gross (but hilarious sight) and, fortunately, it’s strong as hell too. The fire is in the same boat as the beer. If you fire it without charging it, you’ll just shoot off weak little shots, but when the fire attack is charged, our little hamster spews a steady stream of fire that obliterates everything in it’s way! There are many other power-ups to collect, such as homing bees and boomerange bananas. All of them are pretty silly and should put a smirk on your face.

The presentation is what really sells this game, though. The graphics are ridiculously cute (just look at the screenshots in the review) and the music is so light-hearted and fun. It really is impossible not to be captivated by this charming little game. I had a recent play session of the game where I hooked my PSP up to my TV and everyone in the room got a kick out of all of the hilarious and silly things happening on the screen.

I honestly cannot give this game a low score or not recommend it to anyone. It’s such a lot of fun to play, and the crazy presentation of the game even appeals to people who don’t like side scrolling shooters. For only a few bucks on the Playstation Store (as well as on the iPhone App Store), you really can’t go wrong with having this game in the palm of your hands.

Final Score

9/10

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Jun & True Ogre Images

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is shaping to be a very interesting game. Jun Kazama, mother of Jin, is returning as well as Tekken 3’s intimidating final boss True Ogre.

Katsuhiro Harada, producer of the Tekken series, had a little fun over the weekend by showing off a few pictures of Jun and one of True Ogre. He also posted a video of Devil Kazuya (!!!) on his Twitter. It appears that Kazuya’s Devil form may be nothing more than an item move, but it’s still awesome to see Devil Kazuya back in some form or another.

Here’s the video of Devil Kazuya.

Here’s True Ogre’s test model.

And here is the reason everyone probably ended up at this article: Jun Kazama!

My thoughts? Devil Kazuya is a little ho-hum, as I would rather see a complete model of the character and not just wings being tacked onto Kazuya. True Ogre is looking pretty cool, and he definitely gives off a “this is what nightmares are made of” sort of vibe.

Jun is looking very cool so far, and I’m digging the whole older and mature look. Finally, Tekken gets a female fighter who is older than thirty! Can’t wait to see what moveset Jun has since Asuka stole all of her old moves when she came along in Tekken 5.

There is also JayCee, who is heavily speculated to be Julia Chang. The belief that it’s Julia is a pretty solid case, since JayCee wears Julia’s necklace and has several of her moves.

Devil Kazuya, JayCee, Jun, and True Ogre look set to make Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a very enjoyable fighter. Heck, even Jun would’ve been enough on her own to please the fans. All the game needs now is Kunimitsu. Given how the Tekken Tag games include all canon characters, I think that it’s pretty safe to assume that she’ll show her face (er, mask) at some point. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

For anyone who missed the recent trailer that revealed Jun and True Ogre, here it is again.