Tecmo-Koei released a video recently for Dead Or Alive 5 that starts off innocently enough with Kasumi and Ayane, predictably having a big old catfight. Where it goes from there, though, was a little unexpected. Akira Yuki, of Virtua Fighter, shows up and dukes it out with Kasumi. With Street Fighter crossing over with everyone and anyone, MK crossing over with DC, Tekken crossing with SF, and Soul Calibur featuring anyone who “might be hot right now”, this smells a little like the only two left on the dance floor without partners (though DOA featured a Halo Spartan in DOA4). Though I’m not huge on cameos, my unique experience with these franchises puts me in a position to appreciate this very, very much.

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2D Boxshot Wizard v1.1

After EA blocked Turn 10’s efforts to include officially licence Porsche cars in Forza Motorsport 4, we had to make do with RUF’s range of modified Porsches.  However, a big DLC pack has just been announced that will right this heinous wrong.  On May 22nd, the new pack will drop, bringing with it 30 officially licensed Porsches, including 7 that were not in FM3.  The pack also includes 250 points worth of new achievements.  Only two specific models have been announced: 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic, and 2010 Porsche Boxster S.

The Porsche pack will cost a hefty 1600 points, which is about lineball with the pricing of their usual 10 car packs, considering the number of cars, which are 560 points.

In bigger news, a mysterious trailer appeared the other day, purporting to show a new game in the franchise, called Forza Horizon, with a release date some time in the Northern Hemisphere’s fall.

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Jet Set Radio (or Jet Grind Radio, if you were like me and had an American copy) was a first party Sega title on the Dreamcast. You’d go around the city by rollerblades and spray graffiti everywhere and then The Man would show up, all angry, because the city is basically a police state. I really liked it, to a point. Sega has released a YouTube clip (below) which teases the next Dreamcast game for digital distribution, and the tease is quite recognisable as the radio logo thing from Jet Set Radio, so I guess we can’t complain that they’re being to cryptic.

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To be absolutely clear, I’m not being negative here. Ben Kuchera of the newly founded Penny Arcade Report has written an article about his time playing a game called Johann Sebastian Joust, and it sounds totally awesome. Technically I guess it’s not a videogame, as, while it does run on a laptop, it forgoes the “video” part and uses up to seven Playstation Move controllers as a game might use eggs and spoons, if the games objective was to have your opponents eggs fall from the spoon and splatter on the ground by any means necessary. The official site has a few videos of people playing, and all I can say is that I want in.

For those with a Wii console looking for some traditional Nintendo fare, Mario Party 9 is due for launch shortly in New Zealand, promising (as each iteration does) new mini-games, new gameplay,  but also the good old Mario Party fun that most of the games in the series have delivered on.

We get the game along with Australia, just behind Europe (March 2), and just before America on March 11. Japan falls behind with an April launch. No sign of a Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo on the box art though, meaning sadly no online multiplayer which would have breathed new life into the formula. There’s always next console eh?

“Compatible” is a word that seems to be being used in the various news articles covering this, though that might be a bit inappropriate, given that if you have it on UMD, it’ll be totally incompatible, but you’ll be able to get them online presumably. For a price of course. Maybe you’ve already bought it before, but unless that transaction took place on the PSP Go, it’ll probably involve another, in order to dissuade piracy. Upon a cursory glance over the list, I’ve confirmed for myself that most of the games that matter to me are there: The God Of War games and Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. Missing, however, and this wounds me greatly to learn, are the two Metal Gear Acid games. Guess I’ll hold on to my old PSP for a while longer. Full list after the break. Continue reading