Previews

Skullgirls | ‘Fem warriors’ in an old-school arcade fighter

Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2D fighting game from Autumn Games and Reverge Labs who say the game that puts players in control of fierce female warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. Skullgirls uses advanced graphical technology to feature the unique art of Alex Ahad (Scott Pilgrim, Lava Punch) in collaboration with renowned tournament champion Mike “Mike Z” Zaimont.

Moto GP 10/11 Preview

Release Date: March 2011
Genre: Racing
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Rating: E for Everyone
Developer: Monumental Games
Publisher: Capcom

MotoGP 10/11 will bring fans the most authentic and realistic MotoGP experience of the series. Gamers will get all of the 2010 MotoGP season content and downloadable updates for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts.

Vanquish demo impressions [Xbox 360]

Vanquish is an adrenaline packed action-shooter from Platinum Games for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  It was developed by Shinji Mikami, who is famous for his western touch with Japanese games. Long before we played anything from the west, and when games were pure and always rated for all ages, we were playing everything from Japan. They might not have won awards for their dialogue or storylines, but they generally felt good. And before I delve into it, I just need to tell the less informed about the title – Mikami told his team that he wanted Vanquish to “feel good”… and my word did his team deliver!

Vanquish takes place in the near-future where Russia and the United States vie for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources, the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target – New York. [Platinum Games]

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Demo Impressions [Xbox 360]

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The demo hit Xbox Live Marketplace yesterday and thankfully for me a certain P07H3AD ZA gifted me with a code required to download the 1.6gb demo. The demo gives you access to the single-player campaign, an arcade mode and even a multiplayer mode.

Kane & Lynch 2 thankfully features revamped shooting mechanics and is much better than before. The cover system is activated by pressing ‘A’ now and gone are the issues associated with the fiddly ‘sticky’ cover system that did not really work well with the previous title. In addition you can look forward to some new additions to the combat system, including using human shields and a throwing mechanism that lets you throw objects that can be considered weapons. When you are done with your human shield you can choose to execute or throw the person. Overall the mechanics are good, not excellent but they work and I would not complain too much there.