Archive for 360

“Gross! There’s goo on my wang!” (Guwange Released on North American XBLA)

Posted in Game News, Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Mat$kat

Here we have it (albeit a tad late on my part, sorry folks)Cave’s magnificent feudal Japanese manic shooter : GUWANGE! Only 800 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade!

Anyone who reads my blog or knows me personally can attest to the fact that I am a big fan of the Japanese arcade game developer, CAVE. Some time ago Cave held a survey asking which one, of several of their back-catalogued games, the fans would like to see fully localized and released on XBLA. Among the choices were Progear, Dodonpachi, ESP Ra.De., and Dangun Feveron (aka Fever SOS).

Votes were cast and Guwange (pronounced GOO-WANG) came out the victor! On November 10th 2010 , Cave fans around the globe saw the interspectacular sight of Guwange available on XBLA for ten bucks!

I encourage Cave fans in the USA to go ahead and drop a Hamilton on this game. Consider it your vote for more Cave games released in the US. Officially the only North American releases thus far have been Deathsmiles NA and Guwange.

What’s up next for Cave on XBLA?

The discomen collecting romp known as DANGUN FEVERON! Keep checking back for news on a release date, etc.

But back to Guwange

I’m not going to bother reviewing this game…I’ve seen several game sites with the headline “REVIEW: Guwange is Bullet…HEAVEN?” – so I’ll spare you all the pun laden review. I’ll just say that the game is a faithful port and also incluses two interesting extra modes of play : Xbox360 Arrange Mode (basically a novice mode) and the PUNISHINGLY difficult “Blue Label” Mode. Blue labe mode is a port of a very rare, specially made version of the original Guwange arcade PCB. Originally given to the three highest scoring players at a Cave hosted event in Japan, the “Blue” version is an extremely tough arrange mode. Imagine walking without an umbrella in a severe rainstorm, where the rain is bullets…

Well, whether or not my attempt at evoking an image just now was successful or not, I digress…

How about some pictures and video? Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!

KOF:Sky Stage – SNK Developed Shooter Gears Up for US Release

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by Mat$kat

In a surprising twist, I discovered today that the SNK Playmore developed King of Fighters spin off, KOF Sky Stage, is heading to the USA by way of Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Sky Stage is a vertical scrolling shooter, populated by some of SNK‘s most prolific characters including Mai, Kyo, Iori, Terry, Mai, Athena, and Kula – each with their own unique feel and shooting style.

Frankly, the game looks startlingly similar in style to the Shikigami no Shiro series (Castle of Shikigami in the West) – we’ll just have to wait and see if the similarities stop at the visual style or if this game has a heavy grazing mechanic like so many of the modern shooters do.

The game recieved an aracde only release in Japan to mediocre reviews, but to US shooter fans this news is great – as we don’t get a lot of shooters.

Xbox 360 owners can, aparrently, get hold of this game Fall 2010 – most likely following the release of King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match on XBLA.

This news comes courtesy of Siliconera, and you can read their write-up here.

More news, including a firm release date, will follow as it becomes available.

As usual, here’s a few screens:

Two New Joysticks

Posted in Custom Sticks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by Mat$kat

I know I’ve been away for awhile, sorry everyone.

But have no fear! I have returned bearing gifts!

Over in the Custom Joysticks pages, there are two new residents.

One is a personal stick, and the other was commissioned by a customer.

Go on now! Check ’em out!

Deathsmiles (360) US Release Looms – Preorder NOW!

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Mat$kat

Cave’s killer horizontal shmup, Deathsmiles, is finally getting released stateside.

It’s up for preorder on Amazon, and Gamestop’s sites. I advise purchasing two copies…one for a friend – our dollars are our votes for Cave to localize their games and send their awesome shmups to the US.

Deathsmiles has been localized by Aksys games, who you all may be familiar with for their involvement in the US release of BlazBlue : Calamity Trigger, and the famous Guilty Gear series.

Check out Aksys’ website HERE.

Everybody get out there and buy the damn game.

Pic below of the super-cool Limited Edition….

I’ll be REALLY busy…..

Posted in About Matskat with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Mat$kat

Since my wife and I are trying to regulate our budget to accomodate saving for a new house , and funding the startup of Matskat’s Customs, I got the opportunity to stock up on games today…as I won’t be able to buy games like I used to (on a whim, every Tuesday when new releases come out).

So, in order to maximize my play, and purchase economically , I picked up some games that traditionally have lots of playtime, or high levels of replayability.

I’m gonna be busy with these for a bit.

Mass Effect 2 – BioWare’s space opera odyssey, gorgeous and grand in scale, this one’s gonna be a while.

Final Fantasy XIII – I haven’t been interested in FF since VII, what with all the androgynous  male characters, and bubble-gum pop style…but this one looks beautiful, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Yakuza 3 – Sega’s brawling drama continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu – The Dragon of Dojima. Between kicking Yakuza ass and playing pachi-slots, there’s a lot to do in Tokyo when you’re a white suit wearing gangster.

Espgaluda II – Cave’s latest region-free shooter. Continues the story of a pair of hermaphroditic heroes, blasting enemies amidst a curtain of gunfire. This is Cave’s last region-free offering. Hopefully the western success of this and Mushihimesama convinced Cave to localize future games (I’m looking at YOU, Ketsui!)

These should keep me busy…now to convince the wife to let me splurge next Tuesday for God of War III….