Gaming at Comic Con 2010

By Lawrence Cicchetti

Walking the halls at Comic-con, you are met with a plethora of video games that you can play that still have yet to come out that you can play if you are willing to wait in line.  There were some big companies there like Electronic Arts and Capcom, who were displaying their newest up and coming games.

Deadrising 2:

Capcom’s next big game coming out is the sequel to their early 360 zombie-massacre game from way back in 2006.  The game takes place in Fortune city 5 years after the first Deadrising.  You take the role of Chuck Greene as he participates in a reality show called Terror is Reality where contestants must fight off zombies for a large cash prize.  Chuck is competing in the Show in order to gain Zombrex, the only cure for the zombie disease, for his daughter, who is infected.  However during the show there is another outbreak outside of where the competition is, and Chuck is framed for everything. 

The photography mechanic from the first game has been removed and replaced with a crafting system.  The player will pick up trading cards representing components that the player will combine using duct tape.  The player will be able to create weapons like the “Paddlesaw” which is an oar with chain saws attached to each end.

Thursday there was a panel with the executive producers, Keiji Inafune and Shinsaku Ohara, where they discussed the game as well as made quite a few announcements.  The first was the announcement was Deadrising 2: Case Zero, a game coming out exclusively for the Xbox Live Arcade for 400 Microsoft Points coming out August 31.  The scind announcement was the special Zombrex edition of the game which comes with making of featurette and the ps3 edition comes with a blu ray disc with the featurette and a dynamic theme for the XMB.  The third announcement was the mini-series based on the games called Zombrex: Deadrising Sun.  The series will debut on XBL and each episode will be exclusive for a week before it will appear in the official site (http://www.deadrisingsun.com).  The first episode will appear August 4 on XBL and the entire collection will be available with the Zombrex edition of the 360 game.  Deadrising 2 will be coming out September 28.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

 The next Bioware Star Wars game is also the next Star Wars MMO and Bioware has promised a lot for this game.  They have released a lot of information on this game so far including all 8 classes and customizable Starships.  This time they’ve announced starship combat but they did not release any other information trying to keep as much as they can under wraps while still being able to please the crowds.

 The game will feature full voice-over for all dialogue, a separate story for each class, and a morality system just like in their last Star Wars game series, Knights of the Old Republic.  On Friday they hosted a panel for the game called Beyond Solo: Crafting the Multiplayer Experience.  The first order of business was announcing Starship combat but they said that if you wanted more info on it you would need to pick up the October issue of PC Gamer.  There were slight discussions during Q&A like about how Jedi Knights will be able to specialize in order to have the ability to dual-wield lightsabers while the Jedi Consular class will be able to specialize to use Double-sided Lightsabers.  Star Wars: The Old Republic will be available next year.

 Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions

 The new Spiderman game from Activision will be Shattered Dimensions, a game that crosses over 4 different version of Spiderman into one story.  The game revolves around the tablet of Order and Chaos which stabilizes the different realities before it is shattered and endangers the different worlds while it in the hands of a different enemy of each Spiderman.  Wednesday night they announced the fourth dimension involved in the game: Ultimate Spiderman.  The Ultimate Spiderman uses the black symbiote suit making his part like a hack-and-slash game, while Amazing Spiderman centers around the classical style and involves a lot of over-the-top web-based combat, Spiderman 2099 is based on the series of comics from the early 90’s where it is the year 2099 and this universe revolves around aerial maneuvers and combat, and lastly the Noir universe is a stealth version of the game.

 The game itself was on demo at the Activision booth where you could play a demo with the Noir and Ultimate universe.  The game had a great feel and the transition between the two actually felt like a different game altogether.  The Noir universe felt like playing Splinter Cell or Metal Gear Solid, while the Ultimate universe played like God of War or Dante’s Inferno.  The game also features first-person combat at certain points which are used to accentuate certain moments like when you first com across carnage.  Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions will be available September 7.

Dead Space 2

 Released back in 2008 Dead Space put a different spin on survival horror games by giving it a sci fi twist.  The series follows Isaac Clarke, an engineer in the future that repairs space stations.  The first game took place in a space station that had “gone dark” out in a dead space area and when he gets aboard he finds that the entire population of the ship has been mutated into monsters called necromorphs and he must stop all of them.  In the Sequel from visceral games, the necromorphs have appeared on another space station on this time Isaac is on it at the time.

The demo starts with Isaac in his old engineer’s suit form the old game and it’s at the beginning of the necromorphs’ invasion.  As the demo progresses Isaac makes his way to the cathedral and he has to fight off hordes of enemies. Afterwards you come across a store where he obtains the new armor as shown in the trailer for the game and he is attacked by a gunship that causes explosive decompression and it causes a quicktime event then the demo ends when he has to climb down a vent to be confronted by a giant Necromorph.

The demo also included another great part of the dead space series: the puzzles. The game brings back the challenging puzzles from the first game by giving you what’s called a stasis puzzle where have to use your stasis projector in order to stop the ship’s artificial gravity and then use the loss of gravity to advance to the next part.  In the first game when the gravity disappeared you had to jump from magnetic surface to magnetic surface, but now you can use boosters to move from place to place.  The demo seemed to keep the same horror feel as the first one which seemed like a huge plus it just seemed not as intense when in a room with a bunch of other people.  Dead Space 2 will be available January 25.

DC Universe Online

            DC Universe came to Comic Con 2 years ago back when it was first announced and they presented a pre-alpha sequence that looked amazing.  Now, 2 years later they have the game setup at the SOE booth again and this time they’ve brought a PVP level showcasing the game’s system.  Unfortunately the demo left much to be desired.  It was a simple 2on2 battle between Nightwing and Batman versus Joker and Harley Quinn.  It seemed a lot like it was the only game SOE had to showcase, which is a huge contrast to how they used to be.  The PVP demo showcased the icon battle where you play as classic characters as opposed to characters you create yourself.  DC Universe is Scheduled for release in November of this year.

Playstation Move

            Sony Computer Entertainment of America had the Playstaion Move up for demo at Comic-Con with 4 games for anyone willing to wait in line to try out.  They had SOCOM 4, The Shoot, The Fight: Lights Out, and Sports Champions.  SOCOM 4 played just like Metroid on the Wii, which was pretty good. The Shoot was a stereotypical rail shooter with powerups that require you to do a 360 spin, or move the controller below the camera in order to give you bullet time or shoot all targets on the screen.  The Fight:

Lights Out is a fist fighting game using the move controllers and calibration with your arms so that it can track the movements in order to beat the living crap out of someone.  Sports Champions is a sports simulation game including: archery, ping pong, volleyball, or sword fighting.  Sports Champions comes out September 7.

Playstation Move

 Sony Computer Entertainment of America had the Playstaion Move up for demo at Comic-Con with 4 games for anyone willing to wait in line to try out.  They had SOCOM 4, The Shoot, The Fight: Lights Out, and Sports Champions.  SOCOM 4 played just like Metroid on the Wii, which was pretty good. The Shoot was a stereotypical rail shooter with powerups that require you to do a 360 spin, or move the controller below the camera in order to give you bullet time or shoot all targets on the screen.  The Fight:   

A Quick Comic Con Overview

By Carl Custodio (ultracarl)

This year I was not able to attend all the days of Comic Con due to being ill.  In fact, I only felt well enough on Saturday to visit the hordes of people up and around the convention center.  What I was able to do though, was wander the crowded exhibit halls and see the sights you can only see at Comic Con.

I didn’t heed the warning of the convention staff to use mass transit, so I drove down there thinking I would be able to score some parking at PETCO Park.  I could have actually parked there but not for $25, (what an outrageous price for convenience).  I backtracked and made my way to the trolley station by my house, eventually getting there at 2pm.  Upon entering I wanted to make my way towards the video game companies.  Unfortunately I entered when there were multiple signings going on at once.  Veteran convention goers usually have an ability to find openings and dodge people, rather than staying in the pack of people.  Using said ability, I eventually made my way down to the far corner of Hall G which housed most of the game companies.

Capcom had the largest booth with the most games available to play including Marvel vs. Capcom 3 inside the boxing ring.  EA had a large booth but only displayed two games, Rockband 3 and Medal of Honor.  THQ, Bandai Namco, D3, Activision and Microsoft were also in that corner with much smaller booths and more crowded demo stations.  Wanting to explore the rest of the exhibit hall, I made my way west towards Hall A.  I found Sony and saw some kid going crazy with the PlayStation MOVE, Nintendo was close to the Pokemon booth showing Metroid Other-M and Dragon Quest IX, Konami was mainly focused on the latest Yu-Gi-Oh game but had demos for other games as well.  What got my attention at Konami was Otomedius G playable and news of Otomedius Excellent coming later this year.

All of the smaller shops and booths are generally located in the older sections of the exhibit hall.  I explored the area looking around but without any spending money made me hesitate into doing some detailed browsing.  The usual anime shops were there, Media Blasters, J-List, Anime Pavilion, and so on.  That giant poster shop was also there lined up on the wall. On the anime side of things, there was not much to do booth wise.  Viz probably had the largest booth, second came Funimation.  TokyoPop was barely noticeable with a tiny booth, no Bandai Entertainment or Sentai Filmworks (Neo ADV) presence at all.  Instead of the money vacuum machine at Viz’s booth, they had a crane machine where you could win a blow up sword.  The only problem was that it wasn’t on at all times.  Funimation’s booth had the usual FYE store and free posters and stuff, they were also promoting some live action stuff which was interesting itself.

If I wasn’t sick, I probably would have taken my time at each area to just soak it up but I was not sure if I was going to go the next day.  Even if you are able to go one day, you can still enjoy the “Comic Con Experience”.  Lots of costumes, lots of people, lots of funk, and lots of entertainment around you.

CCI 2010 Thursday — Anti Heroes of Showtime

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Written by Alicia Glass

The AntiHeroes of Showtime panel was the highlight of my Comic-Con Thursday experience, even despite the Dexter panel immediately following. Not often is there a grouping of shows on a single channel that each have their own villains and heroes, and most often the main character is more than a bit of both!

Dexter is a phenomenon, still, more so now than ever given the bloody and despairing end of Season Four. Check out the exclusive Comic-Con trailer for Season Five!

Nurse Jackie isn’t entirely my cup of tea, I have seen a few episodes. A brash nurse with a pill popper problem among other things, eh, you can take it or leave it. The show does seem to be doing well though, here’s the Comic-Con trailer for Season Three.

Californication I haven’t actually seen yet, but David Duchovny is a smooth charmer even in person, so it seems worth a try. Be aware, the Comic-Con trailer is NOT for children.

Weeds Season Six looks remarkably different, with all new characters and things since the Botwins are now officially on the run. Again, the Comic-Con exclusive trailer isn’t for the youngins.

Comic-Con 2010 Shwag, Part Two

Piranha bag, sun visor, and fake tattoos.

A leather bracelet from Spartacus.

A music card from Scott Pilgrim vs. Comic-Con!

I didn’t take it out of the package, but that white square with the dragon is a blow-up sword from DragonAge II.

It’s hard to see, but the Mirrors 2 card is a hologram.

The famed deodorant stick from Mattel.

Blood Factory calendar!

Those two circles with Cobra and Transformers on them are flashlights!

Creepy masks from The Legend of Neil.

An autograph from Peter Chung. *drool*

The Vampire Diaries mints in a cute little tin.

Dexter blood-slash fake tattoos!

A fearnet.com magnet, and yes that really is fearnet.com microwave popcorn. Like srsly.

Book excerpt from The Skinvestigator. Looks interesting.

Yellow Frisbee from Big City Comic Studio.

Metal drink bottle from ABC’s Castle!

The black guy in the green superhero costume is a stress doll from AT&T, no joke.

A magnet from the latest upcoming version of The Three Musketeers. Starring Orlando Bloom, as I heard it.

After Dark Films sticker.

AMC’s The Walking Dead poster strip!

And two cups advertising the movies Splice and the newer A Nightmare on Elm Street!

Oh, and a fake million dollar bill with Grover Cleveland, that turned out to be a religious pamphlet. Whee!

Hunted by Alicia Glass

Comic-Con 2010 Shwag, Part One

The shwag, omg the SHWAG. This is only the first pic o shwag, there should be at least three more. Be afeared of my mad hunting skillz.

A purple bag from the HUB room that was in the Marriot, I enjoyed that.

Clash of the Titans cardboard advertisement shield. Makes for surprisingly good back support inside the bag next to it.

Ah, the Mega Tote, courtesy of the SyFy Channel. Someone there is a genius, the bag is a backpack that allowed me to carry around 30-50 lbs of shwag a day.

Can’t see it too well, but the bag from the Showtimes Anti-Heroes panel back there features Dexter with a SPLAT!, Nurse Jackie with a POP!, Kalifornication with a BANG! and Weeds with a PUFF. Nice.

Yes, that is a foam Psych pineapple.

And the Comic-Con bag itself, everyone got one this year, oh yeah.

Burn Notice Miami-style beach bag.

A fan, a face-hugger on a stick, whatever, it’s the thing from Aliens.

Mythbusters bags! Yes I did get more than one.

The TrueBlood shwag bag, books and postcards and bandaids and a tshirt, oh my.

A purple fangy guy!

Yes that really is a kite from V. Go figure.

A bag from Old Boy that I totally scored from the Palisades Tartan booth.

T-shirt from Scott Pilgrim vs. Comic-Con.

And a t-shirt advertising Starship Troopers, whee!

Hunted by Alicia Glass

Capcom Panel: Street Fighter and Beyond

Saturday July 24, 2019 at the Sandiego Comic-con. Capcom had its street fighter and beyond Panel showcasing what’s next for its popular Street Fighter Franchise. Many fans turned out to find out what was next for their favorite 6-button brawler.   As the presentation began the games producer Yoshinori Ono had asked the crowd what they wanted to know about. Many games were called out. One of the more significant titles was Darkstalkers, Capcom’s fighting game focused on famous monsters and other creatures of the night.  to which jokingly  Ono explained that this is a Street Fighter panel and that he won’t be talking about other games. He did However took a picture of the crowd and said he would bring it to the boards attention for further discussion.  well as he continued the news was quite a surprise for fans.  Due to popular demand, Capcom would be unveiling more costumes for download and there would also be various online Tournaments sponsored by the Company and the winners of these tournaments would receive one af a kind PLayer titles they can use for their online experiences.

The next item on the list was that due to the huge popularity of the series, Capcom will also be continuing the Street Fighter III franchise and bring it to the current consoles on the market.

For fans of Handheld systems, it was announced that Super Street Fighter IV will be heading to the Nintendo 3DS and will run very smoothly without any loss in Graphic performance.

Last but Definitely not least. As everyone was waiting for the Q&A period  the panel was suddenly interrupted by the intrusion of none other than Tekkens Producer Katsuhiro Harada. Harada-san partaded down the aisle, wrestling show style complete with music and made his way to the front to confront Ono. as the two of them met they explained they they were both working on a new fighting project. to this the crowd went completely wild.  This was the announce ment of  STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN. The entire room was deafening as they began to show the trailer to the game. and if things couldn’t get better, Ono and Harada decided on showing the audience how far the game was coming along with a fight between the two franchise giants.  Street Fighters’ RYU vs Tekkens’ Kazuyathe game looked very impressive and the crowd couldn’t stay in their seats.  Capcom Has Done it again. Just in Case you’re wondering Namco will Also be doing their version of TEKKEN X STREET FIGHTER in which the game will play more like a Tekken Game.

What happened to the comics?

by Angie Quidim

So Comic Con International has become such a big media sensation that now the big television networks and online media outlets are chomping at the bit to get through the convention center doors.  People are in a frenzy to see Angelina Jolie or Ryan Reynolds in their latest film.  Hall H is a spectacle because some Harry Potter fan  decided to stab another Harry Potter fan in the eye with a pen.  We have children congregating with 800- Wet Pussy and autographs from the latest Twilight cast but really where did the comics go?  For years before CNN and MSNBC graced the San Diego Concention Center with their presence there was DC, Marvel, the independent comics section, artists alley and then small press.  All of the Hollywood, video game and whatevers were only accents to the main theme.  Tnis is not a comic con.  Sure, things need to get with the times but then change the bloody name. You have guests of honor who are writers and published in your guides but really do they get the special press coverage from CNN or even E!  Not really this reporter says.

How many people actually go to Comic Con for the comics now anyways?  In reality Comic Con is Pop Culture Con.