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New games on the horizon...

Nothing But Tofuzzle; May. 14, 2011; By David Telfer
Type: Thoughts

Having flicked through a couple of video game sites, a few games have sparked my curiosity. The first is Soul Calibur 5, the trailer of which is out now. I'm a great fan of the series - I played the original on arcade through my two years at College, had the second game on the Xbox, and for a brief period had the third game. I stopped playing after that and I didn't hear great things about the fourth. So now we have a fifth one coming out, which is unsurprising given the other beat-em-up games soon to be released - Dead or Alive DimensionsTekken Tag Tournament 2, Street Fighter X Tekken to name a few. In a genre with such heated competition, can a series that's clearly past its prime make a come-back? The trailer looks nice, albeit with some poor lip synching, but it shows nothing of gameplay. It looks like it'll be another case of good graphics don't make a good game.

The next is Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, a game for the 3DS soon to be released by Konami. Essentially, it's their answer to the Professor Layton series. I use "answer" loosley; in other words, it's a blatant and shameless rip-off. There's the main, hat-wearing genius Professor and his young assistant, this time a young girl, on an adventure in Paris solving puzzles, with anime-style cut scenes. So yes, it's Professor Layton with a new title. Why are they bothering to make a game like this? Sure, there's only really one game dominating the market, so there's room for competition and, granted, little has been revealed about the game. But Komani need to be careful, because it could just be a down-right copy of the original series. And that's just petty.

Lastly we have Dragonball Game Project Age 2011 or, as I like to call it, Dragonball: Silly Title. The only game in the series I enjoyed was Budokai Tenkaichi 3, which was a masterpiece of a game and you couldn't ask for anything more. The line-up of characters was simply massive - 150 characters total - featuring characters old and new. The combat was fluid and fun, and there was lots to do. The later games in the series, in particular Burst Limit, were just dire. Sure, they tried to cater to the more "hardcore" beat-em-up players by swapping the 3D-esque setting for a simple 2D fighter, but that's not what Dragonball is about! It's about flying through the sky, launching beam attacks, teleporting into each other and throwing ridiculously fun attacks. The new trailer looks like it goes back to the style of Budokai Tenkaichi 3, with updated visuals, so it'd be nice if they brought back the 150 characters, and maybe even more! But sadly I can't see them bringing many new characters to the game. There are a lot more characters they could include to be sure, but sadly as the series finished many many years ago the number of characters will be limited. Still, it'd be nice to see what they can do with this game. The graphics look beautiful, so it's a matter of time to see what the gameplay looks like.

Basically what I'm saying is there seem to be a lot of series reboots, and while it's fair for companies to be making them I'm doubtful any of them will really do well in such a competitive market. Which is a shame, really, because I'm personally not excited by any new games coming out soon. I have Portal 2, yes. Have I played it yet? No.

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