Justin and I throw down in Street Fighter V. The rivalry continues….
Now if he’d just get on Destiny.
Hello all! You may have heard about The Division, a game in development by Ubisoft. Last weekend Ubisoft opened its doors to players for it’s closed beta. Access to the beta was given if you pre-ordered the game (PC, Xbox, PS4). Nvidia and Ubisoft also partnered up to give out more keys to allow more players into the beta.
Within the beta you had access to a few story missions and some free-form missions and bounties as well as a large chunk of area to explore. They also gave you access to the Dark Zone. This is where the big draw is for the game. In this area PvP (player verses player) is enabled unlike in the regular zone. This is also where the “best” gear is located. I use best loosely because most of the gear I encountered wasn’t much better than what I encountered in the regular zone.
Ubisoft claims this is where players will spend most of their time. I went in there with a couple of friends who also managed to get into the beta and it can get pretty sweaty when you have contaminated gear that needs to be extracted. Which brings me to my next point, any gear you acquire within the Dark Zone must be extracted via Extraction Zones. There is a 1:30 timer once you launch a flare signalling everyone in the area to which they can kill you and take your gear or join you in extracting their gear. Keep in mind tho’, there are only 4 spaces per extraction.
All in all this was a pretty good beta. Minimal bugs and network issues made for an enjoyable time. Ubisoft also has an open beta slated for sometime mid February, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll most likely do a more in-depth review after that or when the game officially launches.
I’m back! And what better way to kick off this year of OtakuFighter with some pictures of some fightin’!
“Macross Cure: School Valkyrie Project is my favorite animu fam.”
I had a chance to watch a preview episode for the upcoming Macross series, Macross Delta. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. For me, a Macross series needs the following:
- Sickhype jet dogfighting in space
- Love triangles…IN SPACE
- Awesome songs….IN SPACE
- A quirky plot that revolves around an epic space opera and music that explores the interspecies relationships of a broad and diverse range of characters…..IN SPACE.
Does it have it? In a word, yes. Though some people may crave a more action-based premise, I’m totally digging this concept. For people that are more of the original SDF Macross, Zero, and Frontier flavor, this series probably won’t tickle your fancy. People like me that enjoyed the fuck out of Macross 7 (FIRE!!) will be sure to get a kick out this one.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to figure out who Mirage is descended from. If it’s Mylene, then I’ll shit my pants from joy. BOMBA!!!
2015’s almost done. It’s been a whirlwind year. There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows. Time to put it all out there, so to speak.
Let’s start with the lows.
Wow. Where do I even begin? From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows. You can’t get much lower than they did. They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.
2. Valentine’s Day
Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)
3. Ronda Rousey
Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed. She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy. The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit. And that’s exactly what happened to her. It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion. 2 rounds and a head kick. She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.
4. The San Diego Chargers
Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now. Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever. I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave. Fans including my legs. My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.
5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.
From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days. How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”? Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?
And onto the highs!
1. Conor McGregor
He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago. He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me). Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.
2. ONE PUNCH MAN
Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch. Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored. ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while. Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.
3. Metal Gear Solid V
Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus. I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet. The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on). The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game. Yeah. That’s how you do open world and not fuck up. I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.
4. Sony Computer Entertainment
The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line. Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around. Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.
5. Rooster Teeth/RWBY
Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen. The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series. Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year. Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well. They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.
I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well. I hope to do it again next year.
And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell. Bring on 2016!
I hope you fuckers like well puns and stories of drunken nights on Convoy Street. Oh, and I lose my car.
Since my little mini-vacation, I’ve found myself wandering into the strange parts of YouTube. One of my favorite things to do is just watch one video and start wandering through all the suggested videos on the right hand side of the page. I come across gems. Like this scene from the ending of Hokuto no Ken 2. I don’t know what it is about the scene that makes it so awesome, the butt rock, the exploding volcano, or the manly lava fragment that Kenshiro catches.
Wii know when that hotline bling.
Being sidelined with various respiratory bugs blows and sucks. Yet here I am. I’ve been off for approximately one week over the past two weeks. First it was a mild case of pneumonia(if you can call it that), followed by a cold. I’ve been passing the time at home eating various foodstuffs and resting as best I could, but even I get restless.
I’ve been playing Destiny and MGSV to pass the time. Some highlights include:
- Taking down Oryx and building my light level to 303. For the longest time I struggled since I couldn’t find people to raid with. Especially since the last group I was in was especially meme-averse. Now things aren’t so bad.
- Beating MGSV and getting the “True” end. Surreal as it was, I liked it. Puts everything in order. And fuck Huey.
- Hopefully we’ll have some new comics soon. Our artist is currently having technical difficulties.
- And with the San Diego Asian Film Festival underway, our multimedia guru Brian is going to be quite busy. I suppose it’ll be time to do something productive in the meantime.
I also got Crunchyroll and upgraded my Hulu so there’s no commercials. RWBY volume 3 is awesome, Love Live is awesome, and so is Hidan no Aria AA.
Welp, I’m going to run a stream and see if anyone’s down for Oryx. See you there!