Category: Fighting

Capcom announced that the online version of the popular game beat ’em up Street Fighter III: Third Strike for PlayStation 3 will be launched on August 23 and August 24 for Xbox 360.

Considered one of the best arcade fighting game, the game will be available for $ 14.99 or 1200 MS Points.

WWE All Stars

Game: WWE All Stars

Developer: THQ

Publisher: THQ

Available On: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360

WWE All Stars pines for the golden age of over-simplified wrestling games. Featuring a roster of today’s biggest WWE Superstars alongside legendary retired wrestlers, THQ and Yukes are billing All Stars as a simplistic alternative to the upcoming Smackdown vs. Raw 2011.

The demo available on the show floor featured John Cena and The Rock. Both characters are excessively beefy looking, highlighting one of the game’s strongest attributes: it’s meant to be easy to pick up and play and not at all intimidating to first time players. This means that striking and grappling commands are all fairly simplistic, with light and heavy alternatives for each. By performing well in the ring, you’ll fill up a special move meter. Once filled, you can perform one of your character’s signature finishing moves.

Playing as John Cena, I was able to pull off his basic finishing move several times within the frame of the demo but couldn’t quite figure out his secondary move. As I continued to wail on the Rock, his body became battered and bruised, along with his character icon at the corner of the screen. While the fighting was by no means elaborate, it felt thoroughly satisfying to throw the Rock onto the mat only to have him bounce back up and juggle the move into a second grapple attack, returning him to mat below. WWE All Stars is all about this kind of exaggerated gameplay.

I didn’t like everything about the demonstration. My opponent’s AI felt pretty flimsy, following my character wherever I wandered around the ring. The Rock would only initiate attacks when I was nearby and it became clear within a couple minutes how to lure him into advantageous positions. There’s also the in-game crowd; the audience looks atrocious. They’re totally unconvincing in contrast to the crowds seen in this year’s Smackdown title, although it’s definitely worth noting that the game’s still in development. The THQ representative on hand conceded that the crowd looked awful in the demo, as I walked slowly around the outside of the ring followed closely by the Rock, examining the audience’s blurred out faces.

The appeal of All Stars is in the mixed roster of WWE Superstars and Legends. While my hands-on time with the demo was short, I’m looking forward to seeing how to game shapes up and can assure fans of old-school wrestling games like WWE Wrestlemania and No Mercy that they are THQ’s target demographic with the title. It will be interesting to see how the dual-WWE titles will sell in a year already filled with other wrestling/mixed martial arts games like EA MMA, UFC Undisputed 2010, and Luche Libre AAA: Heroes del Ring.

Release Date: March 29, 2011

Mortal Kombat

Game: Mortal Kombat

Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Available On: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Basically, the Mortal Kombat 2011 video game will recount the events that happened in the first three games in the series, but in a different timeline. Most of the characters will be retained in this upcoming game but with different look and feel.

This new game will feature 26 playable characters such as Cyrax, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Mileena, Nightwolf, Reptile, Scorpion, Sektor and Sub-zero. And apparently, this game will be the first fighting game in the franchise that will include battle intros for the characters, which is a common in many other fighting games. Each of the characters will be having an intro as well as an outro.

In addition to that, this upcoming game will also feature new control buttons that will make the game even more exciting. Instead of having punches divided between high and low only, there will also be control buttons for each limb as well. It basically combines martial art techniques thus, allowing more fluid character animations. Aside from this, players can also make some special moves easily and without the need of much effort.

The game will include an all-new graphics engine, the return of classic-style Fatalities and classic stages (including the Pit!), a deep story mode (which the developers claim will be the “deepest story mode of any fighting game”), all-new Tag Team gameplay for up to four players, a new “Co-Op Arcade Mode’ and extensive online play and modes including “team” matches. The developers promise Mortal Kombat will have the “most extensive online experience ever seen in a fighting game.” And it definitely seems like this new MK is taking the best elements of Mortal Kombat 1, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 to create an almost updated version of those games.

Release Date : April 19th, 2011