Diablo III

Came back from camp and Diablo III is coming. Kotaku has some reports as well.

I just finished watching both official trailers and it brings back fond memories of the previous games. It has been 8 years since the last Diablo game and this one is reported at least 4 years in the making. It is hard to say what makes a Diablo game but all its clones had failed to shine in its shadow. Even its most popular clone, Titan Qust seem to pale in comparison to the gameplay shown in the trailer.

Some of the stuff I noticed are true 3D creatures, no longer 8 directional sprites; genders; interactive environment among others. I can’t wait… if Blizzard was trying to fool us that they are just a World of  Warcraft company now, they’ve succeeded. Maybe WoW was just an elaborate decoy they’ve developed while they worked feverously on both Starcraft II and Diablo III.

Now to fix my desktop.. hrmph…

The Future of Combat in Games

This is a look at the combat in the upcoming Spider-Man game subtitled Web of Shadows. It looks pretty cool and they’re right at how they’ve mixed movement with fighting in 3D space. I believe the slight delay in action while the player is given time to make his decision is a decent trade-off for making Spidey fight how you imagine he would. This is pretty innovative with how all the games these days simply loop through animation cycles for combat. It may not perfect the whole flow but I surely want to see how games moving towards that direction.

What makes us Human…

Following is the closing lines from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations aka Phoenix Wright 3.

Phoenix:
(It’s only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives.)

Phoenix:
(But what makes us human is that we fight for others.)

Phoenix:
(But who do you fight for? How hard must you fight…?)

Phoenix:
(That’s the true measure of what human life is worth.)

Phoenix:
(We defense attorneys are warriors who are constantly challenged by that question.)

Phoenix:
(Even when the battle is over, and the bonds that connect us are severed…)

Phoenix:
(We always return… Time and time again.)

Phoenix:
(Mia, Maya, Pearls, Mr. Armando…)

Phoenix:
(…and Maya’s mother, too…)

Phoenix:
(I learned that… from all of them.)

Closing the Gap between Game and Anime

Some games, Dragonball Budokai series come to mind, attempted cell-shading technique to their art style but something always looks odd somehow. This trailer of the latest Naruto game caught my eye and it pretty much looks like what the anime looks like. If these are indeed in-game shots, I must say it looks pretty sweet. I like the evening scene of Sasuke fighting Kakashi, everything dyed yellow by the setting sun. Only problem is this will probably have the same gameplay and storyline as the past X number of Naruto fighters. [via Kotaku]