Rising Hell with DMC3!

Devil May Cry 3 is finally out! This is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year. Like Onimusha 3, I'll admit I have never played the first 2 games in the series, but I'm still gonna jump straight into this one and hope it delivers just like Onimusha 3 did. Expect a review soon!


Tekken Nina Williams: Death By Degrees

Eat your heart out, Snake!

The Game
Nina Williams, the femme fatale from Namco’s Tekken series stars in her own spin-off game here, in what I believe is a prequel before Tekken takes place.
The game starts off on a big cruise ship, as Nina infiltrates an underground fighting tournament as part of a covert operation of the CIA and MI6 along with two other agents. Things get screwed up and it’s up to Nina, along with some help from MI6 agent Adam, to save the world from a terrorist organization who plan on using the power of the Bermuda Triangle to hold the world for ransom!

Depending on how you look at it, the controls are either easy or complex. You use one analog stick to move Nina around, and the other is for attacks. Tap the analog stick in the direction of the enemy to strike at them. Meaning you can strike all eight sides around you. There are also hand weapons and firearms you can pick up and use depending on the number of weapon holsters you carry.
The more hits you chain together without being hit yourself when engaging the enemy will yield big skills points, which not only levels up Nina, but can be used to buy new attack techniques you can use to disable the enemy.
And lets not forget the hype about the targeting system where you can target specific areas of an enemy’s body to immobilize them more quickly.
What makes the controls complicated is that while Nina has a ton of moves in her arsenal, you won’t really find yourself using most of them, like backflips, cartwheels and wall running as there really isn’t any place to use them effectively. There just there to look fancy.
Of course let's not forget about the targeting system that was hyped from when beginning when the game was announced. You can charge 3 special meter bars and use them to attack specific bodyparts of your opponent to immobilize them. Really handy for taking on bosses and tougher enemies. This is was first used in the Giant Gram games if I'm not mistaken where an injured body part would be flashed accross the screen so you know they are ready to be finished, and a similar system was first introduced in the Jet Li movie, Romeo Must Die :)
There are even a few mini games to get past. Like solving puzzle boxes to unlock weapons and powerups, and certain missions where you have to play a first person sniper game to keep your partner covered from enemy fire while he completes an objective. Beating the game unlocks these modes for play at the start to test your skills.

Graphics & Sound
Easy to say that the graphics in the game are just excellent! Everything looks good and detailed, and of course Nina herself is very easy on the eyes. And YES, for those of you who were wondering, there are “breast physics” in the game as well as several outfits Nina switches through as the game progresses. Beat the game, and you can unlock additional outfits that Nina can switch through freely at the start of the next game. Another nice touch is that Nina’s outfits get torn and ripped from battle as you play through the game!

The CG movie sequences are also some of the best I’ve ever seen, though I do wish they were a longer.
The audio is also a very well done musical score and the music fits the situation. From great orchestra music to the heavy metal tracks, it’s a good listen to and adds to the atmosphere of the game.
Even the voice acting in the game is nicely done. All the voices were done well and matched their characters, so there’s no big disappointment here either

The one real complaint I have about this game is the horrible camera angles. It gets really irritating, especially during fights. It’s bad enough the camera suddenly switches angles in the middle of a combo that your left wide open to take a shot from behind, but the camera spinning around the screen as it tries to lock in on you during boss fights can make the task harder than it actually is! An option to lock the camera into 3rd person view would really have been appreciated, and hopefully that’s what NAMCO will fix should they make a sequel.

Despite some minor control and camera problems, Death By Degrees could be a serious contender if Namco decide to pursue and further the series. Definately worth checking out, but don't set your expectations too high.
This is one of the few games I've played so far that I've wanted to finish without stopping half-way to try something else though. And I recommend checking it out for yourself.

Graphics – 8
Sound – 8
Gameplay – 7
Lifespan – 7
Overall – 7


February Previews

Nina Williams: Death By Degrees
- The Tekken spin off featuring the femme fetale of the series in her very own game. Using the dynamic control system first introduced in the Jet Li game last year, and mixed in with Metal Gear style stealth tactics, this is set to be a game that plays as good as it looks. And DAMN does Nina look good here!

The Punisher
- The movie wasn't perfect, and we all know about the curse that plagues games based on comics or movies. But the new PS2 Punisher has been getting good reviews from everywhere else lately. It's a third-person shooter/adventure game with alot of gunplay as would be expected from the guy with the skull logo shirt. Hopefully I'll find it as enjoyable as everyone else.

Shadow of Rome
- Gladiator fans rejoice! Capcom's long awaited Roman adventure is here! An adventure game where you play as 2 very different characters, a gladiator and a thief (I think), as the two of them work together to try and escape from the Roman colosseum. Mix of stealth and hack 'n' slash elements, and hopefully this game lives up to the hype.

New Outlaw game announced!

Just found out that the latest installment in the Outlaw game series has been announced and will be coming out later this year. After releasing Outlaw Golf and Outlaw Volleyball, the next installment will be OUTLAW TENNIS!
That's right! Now you can play Tennis the way it would be played if everyone had John McEnroe's bad-ass attitude! And of course lets not forget the T&A factor when it comes to the Outlaw games! This is definately high on my Most Anticipated list as I've love the Outlaw series that put fun twists to otherwise boring sports!