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Punch-Out! Developer Tournament Video – Multiplayer Gameplay

After reading previews, and watching videos the largest question that still remains for me is — how is multiplayer going to fare in Punch-Out!? Some previews have been claiming that it seems tacked on. Some see it as an interesting addition, because timing is different for human opponents.

After viewing this developer tournament, my interest has been raised even more for multiplayer. It looks like it’s going to be fun. The timing of the punches look spot-on, and looks like it could be quite a challenge.

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Red Steel 2 – What We Know

Red Steel 2

To me Red Steel is one of the most disappointing games ever. The games isn’t awful mind you, but it was such a let down. Going into the Nintendo Wii launch, the idea of sword fighting was high on everyone’s list. Including my own. The hype for Red Steel was getting so big that some were preparing for Goldeneye on the Wii.

Red Steel delivered in the sense that everything they bragged about was there. It was just unpolished, unfinished, and buggy as hell. It was apparent that Ubisoft really wanted to have a launch title, and was willing to rush Red Steel out in order to do so. Luckily, this time around Ubisoft has no time table to worry about. Here are some key things we know about Red Steel 2 so far:

– Takes place in the desert, with a metropolis backdrop

– Releases Holiday 2009

– Will utilize Wii Remote MotionPlus

– Multiplayer hasn’t been confirmed or denied

– Ubisoft has an official Red Steel 2 website up.

For more details, check out the press release below…

LONDON, UK – APRIL 29, 2009 – Today Ubisoft® announced Red Steel®2, exclusively on Wiiâ„¢ system from Nintendo. Red Steel remains one of the most successful Wii titles and the only brand created specifically for the launch of the platform. Red Steel 2 is being developed by Ubisoft Paris and will be available for the 2009 holiday season.

Red Steel 2 returns with an artistic style and flair created just for Wii. Set in a desert-bound, high-tech metropolis, Red Steel 2 is a revolution in the action-fighting genre, taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii MotionPlusâ„¢ accessory. Your movements are faithfully replicated on-screen, putting the emphasis on swinging, shooting and fun! With the ability of the Wii MotionPlus to sense the strength of a swing, you will literally be able to make an impact on your adversaries through power and precision.

“Red Steel was a unique opportunity for Ubisoft to work in tandem with Nintendo to create a title exclusively for the launch of the Wii console,” said John Parkes, EMEA marketing director at Ubisoft. “Red Steel 2 is another milestone for the company as it is the first Ubisoft title with full Wii MotionPlus integration.”

Just as Red Steel broke ground as the only third-party brand created for the launch of the Wii, Red Steel 2 will be the must-have game of Holiday 2009 for those who wish to stretch their own capacities and fully experience a game that was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii MotionPlus.

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How Will Multiplayer Perform On Punch-Out! ? (Plus Screenshots)

Punch-Out!

I know you’re probably tired of me writing about Punch-Out! I’d apologize but to tell the truth I’m not sorry. I’m so excited for a new Punch-Out! experience that I’m willing to shout it from the rooftops at this point…

Nintendo has released five new screenshots, all of them showing off some multiplayer action. If you’d like to view the screenshots, and not read about my pondering of multiplayer Punch-Out! then scroll to the bottom.

When I heard that Punch-Out! would be receiving a multiplayer mode, I wasn’t completely surprised by it. It’s no secret that the Wii is probably the most used console for local multiplayer (Wii Sports, Rock Band, Wario Ware etc..). It’s odd that with the announcement of this new mode, that we haven’t heard many details about it. If you read numerous previews online, hardly any mention has been given to Punch-Out!’s multiplayer. Did Next Level Games just tack it on to try and appease gamers who won’t buy anything unless it’s multiplayer? Or will a dedicated, and fleshed out mode show itself when we box another?

I was reading ‘For the love of…Punch-Out!’ by Dave Cook, which is a great read about what made the original Punch-Out! so great. Everything from the idea of taking Little Mac as an underdog to champion. The puzzle like gameplay style of figuring out the timing of your opponents attacks. The over the top style of the boxers you had to take on, and how over powering they seemed as you progressed through the game. So, how could all of that spirit translate to the multiplayer portion of the game?

I think we can throw out the first, and third point I made in the previous paragraph. Unless a huge announcement is made regarding multiplayer, I highly doubt that there’ll be an underdog feel to multiplayer. Unless the person you’re playing against repeatedly kicks your ass. There really won’t be much in the way of style, considering the only boxer you can use is Little Mac (unless some more information shows itself). Of course you will have the ability to turn into Giga Mac, but regardless you’re still ‘Mac’.

Although I don’t think they’ll be able to capture many aspects of Punch-Out!, the puzzle like gameplay will be quite interesting. In the traditional puzzle genre, the idea pitting two players against one another was a tiny revolution in style. If anyone remembers the hectic gameplay sessions of Tetris Attack back in the day, then you know what I’m talking about.

I think that same spirit can be captured in multiplayer Punch-Out! If you’ve ever played a fighting, or boxing game then you know that many people have patterns they use for strategy. This has the potential to add an element that Punch-Out! has never had; change. Fighting against a human opponent will add an unpredictable nature to Punch-Out! that I believe will be quite a bit of fresh air. Depending on if they change the speed of gameplay, or do too much with Giga Mac this could end up changing things up more than needed.

The proof will be in the pudding though, and unfortunately we still have a few weeks before the pudding comes out. Oh well, you can still enjoy the screenshots below.

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The Conduit Multiplayer Trailer

One of the most highly anticipated games of the year, The Conduit, keeps the goods coming for its awaiting fanbase. The multiplayer aspect of The Conduit is what so many gamers are anticipating the most. This trailer shows off some wild, kinetic multiplayer action. I nearly spilled my bowl of Cheerios watching. Not the Honey Nut kind, but the regular…they’re better for you.

Dare I say that I smell a ‘Goldeneye’ in our midst.

The Conduit Gamestop Exclusive Limited Edition

The Conduit

I’ve never been one to buy a ‘collector’s edition’, or ‘limited edition’ version of a video game. They’re generally $10-$20 more expensive, and at most you get a cheap plastic figurine in return. When the limited edition looks to be the same price as the regular, then my interest is piqued.

The Conduit Gamestop Exclusive Limited Edition is now available to pre-order for $49.99. Below is a list of the extras you will receive with this edition…

— Unique ASE with custom detail and projected light
— “Secret Agent” multiplayer character
— 24-page artbook featuring concept art from the game world

Dead Space Extraction – Lookin’ Fantastic

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Dead Space. I found the game quite disappointing. I don’t care what people say; I’d take the no moving-shooting gameplay of RE5 over the mess I considered Dead Space. Either way we’re getting the Dead Space experience on the Nintendo Wii. I’ll give this game a chance like any other, leaving my Dead Space bias at the door.

For those who hadn’t heard, Dead Space Extraction is an on-rails shooter or a ‘guided first person’ as the prodcuer in this IGN video states. After checking out the video, I came away quite impressed. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and luckily the video that’s shown is from gameplay.

Enjoy…