Coming up this year is a tactical RPG for the 3DS, Project X Zone, however in Japan it came out back in October of 2012. This game, which is being published by Namco Bandai Games, will feature characters from three major video game publishers… Capcom, Sega, and of course Namco Bandai. It also seems to have anime styled cut scenes. Project X Zone is a follow up to Namco x Capcom (2005), and it will be featuring over 200 characters. These characters include, but aren’t limited to..
Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li from Street Fighter (Capcom)
X and Zero from Mega Man X (Capcom)
Jin and Xiaoyu from Tekken (Namco Bandai)
Kite and BlackRose from .hack (Namco Bandai)
Akira and Pai-Chan from Virtua Fighter (Sega)
Ulala from Space Channel 5 (Sega)
Project X Zone sounds pretty epic, but I have two questions.
WHY IS THIS COMING OUT ONLY ON 3DS?
WHY ISN’T THIS A FIGHTING GAME?
I mean seriously what the hell. When I heard about this I expected a fighter, now I can’t say I dislike RPG or the tactical sub genre either… But seriously. You had a chance to make a bad ass fighting game and didn’t. Then, you go and throw it on the 3DS, but I honestly look forward to this. Also, I noticed that this game hasn’t really gotten any press in the U.S., which is pretty bad for the sales point of games. Either way, I’m looking forward to Project X Zone. I’m excited to see characters like Arthur (Ghosts’n Goblins), Frank West (Dead Rising), and Hsien-Ko (Darkstalkers) in a new game, yay for crossovers.Project X Zone has a set release date in North America for June 25, 2013.
As you already know there is a Ryo Hazuki (from the Shenmue series) First 4 Figure statue coming soon this year.. Well now you can see the figure in an incredibly beautiful yet a bit ridiculous teaser trailer video! (Yes, Sega has time to pimp out there characters for figures, but not to make a Shenmue 3 already). Although there have been some slight hints to Yu Suzuki making Shenmue 3, as mentioned in previous posts.
Here you can see all the amazing detail that First 4 Figures put into this Ryo Hazuki statue…
Shenmue is a Japanese game series developed by Sega AM2. The first game was released on Dreamcast back in 1999. Shenmue II was released on both the Dreamcast and the original Xbox. The Shenmue series is seen as a cult classic, and is one of my most time favorite series of games.
Racing games have been a part of gaming since the beginning with games like Night Driver and Rally X. Since then, they’ve gone from quirky and simplistic games to beautiful AAA masterpieces. While many still offer casual, arcade style gameplay some opt for the serious simulation route. We’ve compiled a list of OUR Top 3 Racing Games Franchises of all time.
#1 Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital)
Considered one of the Playstation brand’s crown jewels, the Gran Turismo series sits on top of all other racing games. As a simulator, it offers players precision handling, sound, and visuals of both race cars and everyday cars. Cars are meticulously modeled with sound effects specially recorded for each vehicle. Whether you passion is 90s Japanese tuners, 60′s American muscle cars, or Italian exotics, GT has it. The latest entry in the series offered over 900 cars to choose from. Let that soak in for a moment… 900 cars. Rally fans are welcome, as the GT series also features both rally cars and tracks for you to mud slide across. Multiplayer has always been offered both local/split screen and more recently, online. Gran Turismo also offers extensive tuning of vehicles from transmission gears to springs in your suspension. Furthermore, it includes a collection of classic race tracks in addition to it’s own custom tracks. If you love cars and racing, then your life will have a hole in it without Gran Turismo.
Best in the series: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
900 cars… Top Gear licensing… online play…
Worst in the series: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
The least amount of content, primarily because it wasn’t a full game.
You might also like: Forza, while not as car rich as Gran Turismo it certainly holds its own in production value.
#2 Ridge Racer (Namco)
For those who are interested in an arcade experience that is anything but casual, Ridge Racer has always been the choice. Offering up drifting before it was a buzz word, the Ridge Racer series rewards players for taking high speed turns while abusing your cars traction sideways. While Ridge Racer has never had licensed cars it includes a selection of sexy sports cars which allows you to pick the attributes that best fit your play style. Courses in Ridge Racer range from a highly modern metropolis to a scenic beach side paradise. Ridge Racer’s asthetic has long been “polish” opting for an extremely modern and clean look. The cars shine, the city shines, the menus shine. If you like european dance music, then Ridge Racer will also satisfy you there too. Another classic element of the Ridge Racer series is the “race girl” who usually appears in each game’s intro sequence. If you think drifting is the nuts, then Ridge Racer is the way to go.
Best in the series: Ridge Racers (PSP)
Basically the “best of” the Ridge Racer series. Worst in the series: Ridge Racer Unbounded (Multiple)
Race girl and Japanese aesthetics gone. Feels like a totally different game.
You might also like: Out Run. A love letter to Ferrari and drifting.
#3 Burnout (Criterion Games)
Don’t let the power punk soundtrack push you away, under the hood Burnout is a world class arcade racing experience. Opting for the extreme fun of an arcade racer, Criterion’sBurnout pushes the boundaries allowing you to shove and slam opponent racers performing “take downs”. Amidst the flurry of motion blur and sparks, the series has always been noted for it’s visual flair. Where as other racing series make you feel like you’re racing through a perfect city, Burnout takes you from the the average downtown scene to the mountain side highways; and it does so beautifully. Drifting is often rewarded with booster power, and depending on the series you gain even more points smashing your opponents. Some editions also include a specialized mode that challenges you to make the most destructive crash, tallying up the damages you make up to the millions. For the anarchist racers out there, Burnout will be a delightful escape from the standard racing games out there.
Best in the series: Burnout Paradise (Multiple)
All the stuff I said above but in an open world and HD. Worst in the series: Burnout (Multiple)
Hardly bad, just the first so therefor outdone!
You might also like: Midnight Club. Open world arcade style racing with Rockstar’s signature flair.
#4 Mario Kart (Nintendo)
Few companies can offer pure, unoffensive fun that is as engaging to experienced gamers as it is to children just picking up a game for the first time. Nintendo started the Mario Kart series the beloved SNES and it has since grown into a system seller for every Nintendo console since. Featuring the memorable and fun cast of the Mario universe, Mario Kart offers up fun multiplayer action. Racing around familiar places from the Mario series, you need to hit apexes while also grabbing the best items. Each item offers you a special ability, whether it is a turtle shell that homes in on the nearest opponent or a giant bullet which races you to first place. Part of Mario Kart’s charm is that races are easy come, easy go. Even though you can make it into first place, you can easily be knocked from it. It’s amazing how competitive Mario Kart races can be, because the game feels natural and offers simplistic gameplay with doses of strategy and depth. A must have for all Nintendo fans and for anyone who plays with others on their couch.
Best in the series: Mario Kart Wii (Wii) All Mario Karts are basically the same, this is the newest and most feature packed edition.
Worst in the series: Mario Kart 64 (N64) Again, not bad at all, simply the oldest of the current Mario Kart series.
You might also like: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. It’s Sega’s twist on the fun casual racing game filled with nostalgia from Sega’s past.
#5 F-Zero (Nintendo)
F-Zero is a futuristic racing game that forsakes tires and gasoline in favor of hovering anti-grav machines. While the series started off as an impressive Mode 7 game on the SNES it has since evolved into a full on series of racing games serving as one of Nintendo’s most loved franchises. Although the series has not received a new edition in about a decade, it’s simplicity is what makes it so good. F-Zero has always focused on speed and consequently, it truly is one of the fastest games you can play. Furthermore, as with many Nintendo games, F-Zero also includes split screen multiplayer which is pretty great. If you want to get off the tarmac and love the future, F-Zero is the game for you.
Best in the series: F-Zero GX (Gamecube)
The latest and best looking version of F-Zero. Too bad Nintendo won’t put it on the Wii U.
Worst in the series: F-Zero X (N64)
Overall, it’s the oldest of the 3D F-Zero series, so for sheer visuals alone it loses to F-Zero GX.
You might also like: WipeOut (Playstation family) An equally good game as F-Zero, perhaps even better looking at times and with guns.
So that’s what we think are the best franchises in racing games. We considered fun factor, how the franchise has held up over the years in addition to over all innovation.
Disagree? Have your own favorites? Sound off in the comments below.
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Golden Axe The Duel is a 2D fighter based on the Golden Axe series. It was first released in arcades in ’94 and then the Sega Saturn in ’95. It was developed internally by Sega’s AM1 studio, which later became Wow Entertainment. They developed the core Golden Axe series, Altered Beast, The House of the Dead series and other key Sega arcade franchises. They’re now known as Sega Wow.
Golden Axe The Duel is one of those barely known hidden gems. It also shows how good Sega was back in the day. The fighting system in this game feels a bit like a cross between King of Fighters 98 and Samurai Showdown 3. The controls are excellent which is part of what makes it so good. Definitely one to buy if you own a Saturn.