5 Legendary Fighting Games that are a K.O.

Category : Featured, Game On, Geek Out, Reviews

Graphic Credit: Nemo

Fancy mastering a few kicks and a couple punches on someone? Well, doing so in the real world might land you into serious trouble. hey, that’s why you have got the virtual world to fall back on. What follows is a list of 5 awesome fighting video games of all time that deserve the attention of every gamer out there.

Dead or Alive 2

If you love fighting games, chances are that you’ve definitely played Dead or Alive at least once in the past. The game debuted in October 1999 and was released on February 2000 for Dreamcast and later for PS 2. Unlike the first Dead or Alive game, Dead or Alive 2 had better graphics and many more interactive levels. It was hardcore, had newly added costumes, stages, and voices to the mix, with the game having a rather smooth look and enhanced game play. Besides, the character models are what actually stood out – the hair, the costumes, the tassels and, of course, the rather well endowed female models, which was another reason behind its enormous following. With a fast and fun fighting system, cool graphics, and stunning models, Dead or Alive 2 definitely deserves a place on this list.

Street Fighter II

Graphic Credit: Gamerscore Blog

No doubt, we all enjoyed Street Fighter III: Third Strike as it was a much improved version of its predecessor and, of course, we also loved having a go in Super Street Fighter IV, but there’s no denying the fact that no Street Fighter game had more impact than Street Fighter II. One of the best selling games of all time, Street Fighter II advanced the genre of fighting games and literally paved the way for majority fighting games that we enjoy playing today. Street Fighter II opened the door to many new features such as combos, special moves, and so on. The game was so popular that developers Capcom delayed creating a full-fledged sequel. Instead, they revised the same game, adding new characters and revising the game’s mechanics. The updated versions included Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II and Hyper Street Fighter II.

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe

Graphic Credit: Paulo Henrique

If you enjoyed playing Mortal Kombat, wait until you have a go at Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, one of the best fighting games made to date. See your favorite Mortal Kombat stars like Scorpion, Sub-zero, and Shang Tsung battle the likes of superheroes from the DC Universe such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and other such popular DC legends. The game enables players to choose their side and challenge their opponents with a new fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat modes. What’s more, each DC character possesses their unique signature attacks straight out of the comic books, to take down opponents. For all Mortal Kombat and DC fans out there, this terrific game is a sheer treat.

UFC Undisputed 3

Graphic Credit: THQ Insider

If you’re looking to play a fighting game you can relate to and want something more original than shooting fireballs and doing triple-flips in mid air, MMA games are more of your thing. If you love MMA, UFC Undisputed 3 is one of the best, richest and most graphically detailed fighting games you could lay your hands on. Players can pick from a roster of nearly 150 fighters across seven weight divisions in a realistic setting, mimicking the organization of real mixed martial arts. UFC Undisputed 3 offers a number of different modes, such as a streamlined career mode, online play, stamina simulation mode and competition mode, as well as price mode – which allows players to mash their opponent’s head into the ground and perform other moves legally impossible to perform in standard UFC. With its intense action, the brutal combat, stunning graphics, the impressive visuals and increased accessibility, UFC Undisputed 3 is definitely top league material.

Tekken 3

Graphic Credit: Henry9112

Released for Arcades in March 1997 and for PlayStation in March-September 1998, Tekken 3 is widely considered one of the greatest games of its genre. While maintaining the same core fighting system of its predecessors, Tekken 3 brought in many improvements as far as graphics, animations, modern music, and new characters were concerned. Compared to previous Tekken versions, this version was more reasonable and realistic. Air combat was made more controllable and players could now witness quick recoveries from knock-downs and had more options for escapes from tackles and stuns. The game also features two bonus characters – Gon and Doctor Bosconovitch.

Amanda Scott is a freelance blogger who enjoys sharing her ideas and experiences online. She writes for Quality MMA Gear, a company dealing in a range of martial arts training equipment. She is quite passionate about reading and her other hobbies include surfing and gardening.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 109 – Week of 01/01/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/08/2012

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Super Mario Bros. Results
Mario: James Gandolfini
Luigi: Will Arnett
Peach: Jayma Mays
Toad: Nick Frost
Yoshi: 3 way tie: Andy Serkis, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill
Bowser: 3 way tie: John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Jack Nicholson
Wario: 2 way tie: Danny DeVito & John Noble
Director: Terry Gilliam

 

Dreamcast the Movie: Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

-Microsoft Discusses Xbox Live Security Issues [IGN]

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1215973p1.html

-Major Nelson reports the top Games Played on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/06/top-games-of-2011/

- Crysis 2, Super Mario Galaxy and Gears of Wars 3 Are Among the Most Pirated Games of 2011 [TorrentFreak]
http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-games-of-2011-111230/

-Finalists Announced for Game Developers Conference [GDC Site]
http://www.gdconf.com/news/game_developer_choice_awards/skyrim_bastion_lead_finalists_.html

-Steam continues to Grow & Show No Signs of Stopping [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1215997p1.html

-Toxic Games Qube released on Steam [Qube Site]
http://qube-game.com/

-Asura’s Wrath Story Trailer [IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel]
http://youtu.be/pAEwZ_MJd5g
 

EVENTS

 -Arisia
January 13-16, 2012
Boston Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA

http://arisia.org

 

-TempleCon
February 3-5, 2012
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI

http://www.templecon.org

 

-Total Confusion
February 23-26, 2012
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Dreamcast The Movie: Casting Eternal Champions

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Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Game On, Good To Be A Gamer, Movies

 

Eternal Champions is a 1993 2D fighting game hoping to capitalize on the fighting game mania that the game industry was in the midst of following the massive success of Street Fighter II (1991) and Mortal Kombat (1992). Nine of the greatest fighters throughout history have met untimely and unjust deaths. They now compete against each other for a chance to face the Eternal Champion and reclaim their souls. The victor will return to Earth with the chance to change their fate and restore balance to the universe. The game tried to set itself apart with unique features like a heavier emphasis on its story, characters pulled from different time periods, reflectable projectiles, force fields, fighters that carried weapons, a training mode where players had to defend themselves against robotic traps, a novel method of executing moves, and stage-specific finishing moves called “Overkills” where the fighters were killed off in elaborate ways.

The game had something for everyone, or better yet, a character for anyone.  Each character was pulled from the annals of history and even the unforeseen future to add a deep and rich flavor that provided endless possibilities and choices for the player.  Some basked in the creative overflow while others complained it was too far out in left field. It also had the distinction of being one of the only fighting games of its time developed from the ground up as a home console title, rather than being released in arcades first and later ported to home systems, as was the standard during that era.

We all know Hollywood is getting desperate for any kind of material.  They’re looking for the next blockbuster and a film that will bring everyone: children, teens, adults, seniors, hell, even pets.  And with a hodgepodge of characters and stories to choose from in Eternal Champions, the audience lines could be around the block.  Here’s your chance to vote on the actor you’d like to see in the roles of your favorite fighters!

R.A.X. Coswell is a professional kickboxer from the year 2345 (R.A.X. stands for Robotic Artificial Exoskeleton). He was born in a time where the popularity of martial arts started to fade. Martial artists started to combine with machines, and began an era known as “cyber fighting”. With a strong desire to stay relevant, he underwent painful surgery to be injected with cybernetic implants, therefore becoming a half human/half machine: a cyborg. He soon began winning many fights, and achieving fame. Before his championship match, his corrupt manager implanted a virus into his cybernetics which would cause his system to shut down. During his championship match his manager activated the virus just before RAX could land the final blow. His death was due to a virus implanted in his cybernetics which caused his systems to shut down.

 

Who would you cast in the role of R.A.X Coswell in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Scott Speedman (Underworld franchise, Dark Blue, The Strangers) (80%, 4 Votes)
  • Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks, Employee of the Month, My Best Friend's Girl) (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Ryan Phillipe (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Breach, Flags of Our Fathers) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Jetta Maxx is a young Russian woman from the year 1899, who abandoned her originally aristocratic lifestyle to become a circus acrobat and travel the world. She was also a master of Savate/Pencak Silat. Targeted by a Chinese Boxer revolutionary, she died after her sabotaged tightrope and safety net snapped, causing her to fall to her death. The manual mentions her as being a cousin of Czar Nicholas II.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Jetta Maxx in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Conan: The Barbarian) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, The Fourth Kind, Resident Evil franchise) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Amber Valletta (Dead Silence, Transporter 2, Hitch) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Jonathan Blade is a former police officer from the year 2030 who was dismissed, due to a very short temper. He is a master in Kenpo Karate. He then became a bounty hunter back in his home country Syria, and was in deep pursuit of a mad scientist, who threatened to destroy the human race with a lethal virus. Although he came close to killing the scientist on several occasions, he was only ordered to capture, and bring the scientist to justice. Finally trapping the scientist in an alley, he attempted to retrieve the virus. They were suddenly hit with a stream of lasers, causing the scientist to drop the vial, containing the virus. It is clear that he was set up and killed by his own government. The last image that Blade saw was the broken vial containing the virus.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Jonathan Blade in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Dwayne Johnson (The Run Down, Southland Tales, Walking Tall) (100%, 2 Votes)
  • Jamie Foxx (Collateral, Ray, Law-Abiding Citizen) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Terry Crews (The Expendables, Bridesmaids, Everybody Hates Chris) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Shadow Yamato is a female ninja assassin from Japan in 1993. Her fighting style was a system of unarmed combat similar to Jujutsu mixed with the Ninjutsu art of invisibility. As a member of the Black Orchid Corp, she rose through the ranks, and became a top-notch killer. After successfully carrying out many missions, she questioned her superiors about the consequences of failure. The answer given to her is that she herself would be assassinated. Feeling vulnerable and endangered, she then decided to escape, and reveal the organization to the public authorities. However, the superiors arranged her death, and had her pushed off the 101st floor of the Corp building, before she could blow the whistle.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Shadow Yamato in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Dichen Lachman (Aquamarine, Dollhouse, Sunday Punch) (100%, 2 Votes)
  • Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels, Lucky # Slevin, Kill Bill, Volume I) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Curse of the Golden Flower) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Larcen Tyler is an ex-cat burglar from 1920s Chicago, who worked for a Chicago mob. As a master of Praying Mantis Kung Fu, he carried out many jobs for his boss, Mr Taglalini, though he refused to kill. One day, he received a mission: to plant false evidence in the hospital room of a rival crime boss. However, upon arriving Larcen found not a rival crime lord, but the Chief of Police. Realizing the package was a bomb, he attempted to throw it out the window but was not fast enough. The blast killed Larcen, the Police Chief, and most of the people in the hospital.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Larcen in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential, Gladiator, The Next Three Days) (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises) (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Equilibrium, Rescue Dawn) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Trident is a gladiator named after the trident that replaced his hand, he was a hero to his race from Atlantis in the year 110 BC. As a master of Capoeira, he represented his race of people in a battle against the Romans. Should he have won, then his people would receive share of land alongside the Romans. However, due to a Roman gladiator’s treachery, he was crushed underneath a falling stone pillar. As a result his people were forever banished to the waters.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Trident in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Gerard Butler (300, Gamer, Law-Abiding Citizen) (100%, 1 Votes)
  • Hugh Jackman (X-Men franchise, The Prestige, Real Steel) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, Shame) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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Slash is a caveman from the Prehistoric Great Rift Valley in the year 50,000 BC. He did not train in any specific martial art, and instead fought in any way which could cause as much pain as possible. Being a hunter of superior intelligence, he would often search for ideas and methods to provide ways of better living for his tribe. However, as time went on, he drew much resentment and animosity from his tribe’s elders for his way of thinking. It was at a meeting that he was cornered, and stoned to death for speaking out against the elders in public.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Slash in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Jason Mamoa (Stargate: Atlantis, Conan: The Barbarian, Game of Thrones) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, The Departed, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • John Cena (WWE wrestling franchise, Legendary) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Xavier Pendragon is a former blacksmith from Salem in the year 1692, at the height of the Salem Witch Trials. He is a master of Hapkido and Cane Fighting. After failing as a blacksmith, he tried his hand at alchemy. He eventually discovered a clean, unlimited source of energy but before he could put it to use he was captured and burned at the stake after being labeled a warlock.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Xavier Pendragon in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Paycheck, Gamer) (67%, 4 Votes)
  • Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Midnight in Paris, War Horse) (33%, 2 Votes)
  • Brad Dourif (Child's Play, The Lord of the Rings) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Mitchell Midleton Knight (also known as Midknight) is a London-born biochemical scientist and master of Jeet Kune Do who worked for the CIA. He was assigned to make a biological weapon which was intended to be poured into the water supply of North Vietnam during the war. However, in a freak accident, he himself was exposed to the virus and was turned into a vampire-like creature in 1967. Despite the fact that he hungered for blood, he refused to harm and kill others. He spent many regretful years trying to invent a cure but to no avail, and was killed in the year 2100 by a vampire hunter, who drove a magnesium stake into his heart.

 

Who would you cast in the role of Midknight in your version of Eternal Champions?

  • Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Haven, Kingdom of Heaven) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Ben Foster (30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand) (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Sam Worthington (Avatar, The Debt, Terminator: Salvation) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Voting will be open through February 11th at midnight EST. Get your vote in now and check back throughout the month to see how your actors fare in the poll. Keep on fighting!

 

**This poll is fictional, will not result in a film being produced and is purely for entertainment.  Eternal Champions graphics courtesy of giantbomb.com (Modified by Andrew Marnik) Character descriptions courtesy of Wikipedia.org Actor photos courtesy of imdb.com

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 106 – Week of 11/28/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

David Lucier and Jessa Phillips feed your need to know, bringing you the top stories from the video game industry. This week they’re talking indie games, iOS games, Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, Zynga going public, plus Skyrim goodness!

Recorded 12/4/2011

Good To Be A Gamer is Available on iTunes!
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Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros.
Andrew Marnik has a feature posted on Good To Be A Geek, Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros. It’s a poll and we’re asking for your input. We’re taking the hollywood flop and asking you to re-imagine the film as if it were being produced today. Andrew’s provided several options for actors to play the key characters, as well as a few options for directors. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2218

 

NEWS

5 Indie Games to Watch For [Game Spy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/legend-of-grimrock/1213355p1.html

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombie App [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/12/1/call-of-duty-black-ops-zombies-app-released-on-ios.html

Judge Dredd vs. Zombies on iOS [IGN]
http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1213693p1.html

Xenoblade Chronicles coming to Wii in the US [IGN]
http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1213814p1.html?_cmpid=ign1392

Zynga is going public . . . or is it? [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6347035.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6347035

Bethesda Softworks reveals what’s coming for Skyrim and Address the latest Patch Problems [Bethesda Blog]
http://www.bethblog.com/2011/12/01/skyrim-what-were-working-on/

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Skyrim Theme “The Dragonborn Comes” Cover by Malukah [YouTube]
http://youtu.be/4z9TdDCWN7g

Time’s Scar Cover from Chrono Cross by Lara [YouTube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0b8FCxtkik

Able Gamers 2011 Holiday Shopping List
http://www.ablegamers.com/general-game-news/ablegamers-2011-holiday-shopping-list.html

 

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012 – February 3-5, 2011
Warwick, RI
Pre-registration is open!
h
ttp://www.templecon.org

Total Con 2012 – February 23-26,2011
Mansfield, MA
Registration opens in January
http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

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