Namco VS Capcom?

NOTE: The information in this article is outdated. Click here for my post on Street Fighter X Tekken.


So, a lot of buzz seems to be going around that Namco and Capcom will be making a VS game, possibly even Street Fighter VS Tekken. This is definitely one of the most unusual VS games I’ve ever heard of! Capcom’s fighters play so differently from Namco’s own fighters that combining the two just sounds like a really difficult task for either company to successfully pull off. It is being said that the game would be developed more by Namco than Capcom, so perhaps the Street Fighter characters will be stripped of their projectiles?

Arcade UFO, which is supposedly one of the most respected arcades for competitive gaming, tweeted the following recently.

“A little birdie tells us Namco vs Capcom will be announced next Saturday. It’s Namco, so it will certainly be in arcades.”

Meanwhile many in the tournament scene, specifically those attending EVO, have reported that two senior members from each company (Capcom and Namco) took to the stage together at EVO. The two senior members were none other than Katsuhiro Harada, the mastermind behind Tekken, and Yoshinori Ono, the badass Capcom guy who revived the Street Fighter franchise.

Things are definitely looking good, and apparently this game was rumoured as far back as E3! With this story picking up a lot of steam now, an official announcement can’t be far off. Will it truly be July 24 like Arcade UFO predicts?

Jin versus Ryu, Guile versus Paul, Chun-Li versus Asuka, or M. Bison versus Heihachi? Or even Jack versus Zangief!? Oh, please let this happen! As a huge fan of both series (though I’m slightly more partial to Tekken), I truly would love to see this happen. Here’s hoping!

Sources:
http://shoryuken.com
http://twitter.com/arcadeufo

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

If the recent Need for Speed games are anything to go by, then the series looks to be returning to its roots. Announced at E3 2010 is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. I am assuming that this is just a temporary title since “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” is also the name of the third game in the NFS series. This game will likely be named Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit III in time.

The police will obviously play a big part in this game, and hopefully there will be some rally exciting new features to hot pursuit mode itself.

The two cars that are visible in the trailer are the Lambourghini Murcielago and Bugatti Veyron. The Veyron is the police cruiser in the video, which leads me to believe that we’re going to be seeing some very fast cops in this game!

It is fantastic to see Need for Speed returning to the style of racing that made it so popular. The previous two Hot Pursuit titles (NFS3 and NFS6, respectively) are my two favourites in the series, and I appreciate them much more than the Underground series or the “sim” style NFS games such as Shift.

This is the real Need for Speed. Welcome back, baby!

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Analyzing Mortal Kombat 9

It has recently been confirmed that Mortal Kombat 9 will be shown at E3. Now I know, I could have spent my time writing about series that are more “appreciated” than Mortal Kombat, but this one has me really curious.

Ed Boon, the creative genius behind the MK series, has stated a few interesting facts about MK9, or has hinted at a few interesting things.

1. After the last MK title, Boon stated that MK9 would start fresh. Essentially it would be a reboot for the series.

2. According to Boon, MK9 will be the bloodiest, most violent MK to date. He has questioned whether or not they’re going to far, and they have been pressured to use the AO (adults only) rating rather than M (mature).

3. Boon’s Twitter profile pic says “MK9” and has a wolf head underneath. This could mean a few things. The return of animalities? Will each character have an animal transformation similar to Bloody Roar? Or is the plot very animal/nature-centric?

Supposedly the roster will be smaller than we’ve seen in the past few games, and that only a few characters would return. Scorpion and Sub-Zero are definite shoe-ins, but who else? In the female corner, we have Kitana and Sonya as high possibilities. In the male corner, Kano and Raiden await phone calls from Boon.

The fighting system is supposedly going to be different somehow. This can only be for the better. The past few MK games have had terribly clunky controls, and the fighting was not very fluid.

If Boon and company can nail the fighting system this time while including their most interesting characters, then this should be a decent fighter. It won’t be a revival like Street Fighter IV was, but it should at least do some good to the MK franchise.

However, given what SF4 did accomplish, I wouldn’t be surprised if Boon and his Warner Bros. gang try to emulate its success. Perhaps a return to 2D fighting? I wouldn’t be shocked at all if MK9 is fully 3D but played on a 2D plane.

Ed Boon, you have my attention.

UPDATE!


(Uploaded at my YouTube channel, click to visit the video.)

What is this? New MK movie? Some kind of intro sequence for MK9? Whatever it is, it’s definitely an indication of what kind of direction Mortal Kombat may be going in.. And it’s a damn good one!

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