Thursday, April 30, 2009

M.A.G. Teaser Trailer

Zipper has released the first teaser trailer for M.A.G. or Massive Action Game. It's not the most original title but at least it's short and to the point. Aparently Zipper has unlocked the secrets of Interwebz optimization between the PS2 and the PS3! On the PS2 the best they could do was 32 player online matches, but somehow now they think they can have 256 player online matches on one Massive battlefield. I'm highly skeptical, I think it's gonna end up being eight 32 player battles on the same battlefield, and the winning team will get to advance to another "hot" zone to assist another squad.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MvC2 coming to PSN this summer

Capcom has just announced that Marvel vs Capcom 2 will be coming to PSN and XBLA this summer!
Some quick points from the announcement:
1. The game is $15.00 on PSN/ XBLA
2. 4/30 demo on PSN
3. Game based on the Dreamcast version
4. all 56 characters unlocked
5. Same GGPO netcode being utilized by Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
6. Custom soundtracks available
7. 2 HD upscaling options; "crisp" or "smooth" and classic.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Capcom Unity Exclusive Interview with Daigo Umehara and Iyo

Capcom Unity has a great exclusive interview with Diago and Iyo, from last weekends Street Fighter IV Tournament, head on over to Capcom Unity to read it!

Justin Wong & Gootecks on LO3

Tonight at 7 pm est Justin Wong and Ryan Gutierrez "Goodtecks" with be on Live On Three discussing Street Fighter IV and how it should be part of MLG. They'll also discuss Wong's National Champion run and his fights againsy International champs Iyo Poonkyo and Diago.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mega Man for Realz!!

Mega man has been saving humanity from the evil robots of Dr. Wily since 19XX. No wonder many people want to be Mega Man, but it's not an easy gig, better know where to go to get that grande non fat mocha E Tank! Rock on Rockman!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Street Fighter IV National Tournament recap

The Street Fighter IV National Tournament Finals were this past Saturday and Justin Wong (East coast) beat Mike Ross (West Coast) and won the Game Stop National Tournament.

Then he went up against the International Champs, Diago (JPN), Iyo (JPN), Poonko (KOR)
Here's the results from the International Tournament!
International round robin style matches are best of 7 rounds
:Iyo (JP-SIM) Beats Poongko (KO-RYU) : 4 rounds to 2

Daigo (JP-RYU) Beats Poongko (KO-RYU) : 4 rounds to 1

JWong (US-RuF) Beats Poongko (KO-RYU) : 4 rounds to 3

Daigo (JP-RYU) Beats Iyo (JP-SIM) : 4 rounds to 3

JWong (US-RuF) Beats Iyo (JP-SIM) : 4 rounds to 2

Daigo (JP-RYU) Beats Wong (US-RuF) : 4 rounds to 0

For more pics and video from the event head over to

Next stop EVO 2009!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Transformers 2 Footage

When Robot movies compete we win!

I've been pretty down on TF2 simply because McG's T4 trailers have been stellar. Up till now it looked like Cyberdyne was gonna KO Cybertron, but Michael Bay just let loose a very promising clip, in it we clearly see The Fallen and Devastator as well as Megan Fox stripping!

Looks like The Transformers are gonna give the Terminators a run for the Box Office crown...

FFXIII demo vids

Check out the batch of new video's for Final Fantasy XIII, these showcase the gameplay as well as a few new cutscenes. The fluidity of the transition between gameplay and cutscene is remarkable. I have no idea what the characters are saying to each other but I like their personalities, the cocoon environment reminds me a lot of Midgar. We still have a long wait for this title, Dec 2009 in Japan so most likely Dec 2010 here in the states for all the localization that needs to be done. Also if you buy the Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete Blu Ray you get the FFXIII demo, it's about a 5 GB (that's right...GB) demo so don't expect it on the PSN and certainly forget about seeing it on XBL!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Street Fighter IV Champion Edition

This just in....
Championship Mode, in a nutshell, means hot tournament action and match replays that let you watch the best of the best. Championship Mode goes live for both PS3 and Xbox 360 on Friday, April 24, and it comes entirely FREE.
For anyone that wants more than will fit in a nutshell...
Tournaments:The tournaments offer a new take on classic SFIV competition. They are broken out into 5 different levels, which means everyone can participate and find a good challenge without getting blown out of the water or bored. You score Grade Points (GP) for tournament wins, and as your GP total grows, you'll become eligible to enter into more exclusive tournaments. Winning tournaments will also net you Championship Points (CP). The CP work basically like "prize money" up for grabs in the tournament. The higher the GP skill of the players in a particular tournament, the bigger the CP prize!

In true tournament tradition, character selection is double-blind. With the CP purse on the line, you won't be able to see who your opponent has picked until you've both made your choices, and the battle is set to begin.
The tournaments are run according to a standard type of single-elimination bracket, but your opponents are generated dynamically. This means the matching system will automatically match you with a player of your skill level participating in that tournament type, so you don't have to wait around. Since the tournaments are already seeded by player strength, you're assured quality opponents at your same skill level, as fast as possible. If you can advance through the rounds to take a top placing, you'll score GP and CP. As your points increase, you're eligible for tournaments with increasingly strong opponents.
--SG Championship (SUPER GRADE): 5 rounds long. The highest grade championship in which only top players can participate.
--G1 Championship (GRADE 1):5 rounds long, for advanced players
--G2 Championship (GRADE2 2): 4 rounds long, for intermediate players
--G3 Championship (GRADE3) 3 rounds long, for beginners
--FREE Championship (Free Grade): 4 rounds long, open to anyone regardless of their level.
The tournament system is set up to reward you for participating. At G3, you actually score a point even if you get knocked out in your very first match. At G2, you don't gain points for a first-round loss, but don't lose any either. Similarly, you never lose points by participating in the FREE rank tournaments. Only in the top G1 and SG tournaments is it possible to lose GP, and even then you only ever lose 5 points for a first-round loss. One of the best things about the new mode is that can play in tournaments in just the same way you can use the "arcade request" feature, so you're free to play in arcade mode while waiting for your next tournament challenger, who will be chosen automatically based on your rank.
Last, but most certainly not least, disconnecters, aka pullers, aka ragequitters, your days are numbered: If you disconnect during a match, the system will also dock you your progress in the tournament, so pullers will never be able to advance into the higher ranks of tournaments. What's even more fun is that the system also happily displays your disconnect percentage, so if you've got a bad habit, it's right there for everyone to see.
Replays: Replays are generated straight from the Championship Mode tournaments. The top 5000 Championship Point leaders will be given the option to upload a replay, which are then available for anyone to watch. Everyone on both X360 and PS3 will have be able to watch any of the replays on their platform, but there are also some system-specific extra features on the replays: On PS3, viewers can watch your replay and vote in real time according to characteristics like "beautiful" or "funny." For the nerds, you can vote once every 30 frames (that's 2x a second!), although there is a cap to avoid total vote spamming. Replays will be ranked according to the user-submitted reviews, making it easy to find the flavor of replays you want to see.
On X360, you can't vote on the matches, but you can watch and then save a number of your favorites. While watching your saved matches, you'll also have the option to turn on input commands (just like the Training Mode option), so you can see the gritty details of exactly what button and joystick inputs the top players are using to win.
And just for good meansure, the full press release is below: Update to Street Fighter IV: Championship Mode comes free!Capcom is bringing new options to Street Fighter IV with an eye towards serious players. Street Fighter IV's Championship Mode update expands on the fighting fun by offering players the chance to compete in tournaments and to watch replays of the best tournament matches. Best of all: it comes to you at no cost! The Championship Mode update will be available for both PS3 and Xbox 360 owners on Friday, April 24 (times TBD).Championship Mode offers you the chance to compete in 5 different grades of tournaments, creating the right challenge for players of every skill level. You'll score Grade Points (GP) for tournament wins, and as your GP total grows, you'll become eligible to enter into more exclusive tournaments. Winning tournaments will also net you Championship Points (CP). CP are like "prize money" up for grabs in the tournament. The higher the GP skill of the players in a particular tournament, the bigger the CP prize!Replay Mode allows you to select and watch the best Championship Mode tournament matches. On the PlayStation Network, you can rate matches while you watch according to characteristics such as "awesome" or "funny." Replays are then ranked based on these vote ratings.
On Xbox Live, instead of rating the matches, you can choose to download and save your favorite replays to study the players' techniques. You'll also be able to turn on the input commands from both players to be able to review their button and joystick motions in precise detail.

Valkyria Chronicals: The Gallian Front

Most PS3 owners missed out on a real gem when Valkyria Chronicals was released, trust me it was a great game! Check my review
Last week Sega finally released the long awaited DLC for the game, three separate packages that add just a tad more to the already awesome title.
1.) Extra Selvaria Episode
2.) Edy's mission
3.) Hard EX skirmish missions...where you start with no tanks.
Also the anime series based on the game began this month! The series is being produced by Aniplex's A-1 Pictures studio.
Squad Free Swim Move out!

Street Fighter Dojo

Wanna learn how to take your Street fighter skillz to the next level? Street Fighter Dojo has you covered! Choose either SSFIITHDR or SFIV, then select a fighter, then select an opponent, then check out fight vids of top ranked players of each character choosen! Watch and learn amazing techiniques!

Friday, April 10, 2009

SFIV Wall of Shame!!!

Notice there has been a recent lack of updates on Free Swim? Not to fear I've just been playing an unhealthy amount of Street Fighter IV!

Check my YouTube channel for some of my fight vids, more to come. Over the past couple of weeks I've had my fair share of rage quitters and started taking screen caps of them. But we can't post them on Capcom unity...them's the rules, but thanks to Seth Killian we now have a place to show the world how LAME some people are!

For all the people who have rage quit on me, ask yourself, why are you fighting? To test your skills and improve your game? OR To get a zillion worthles BP?

So anyone who has been on the cusp of victory only to get the pop up "connection with other player has been lost" window take a pic and send it to

Then head over to see screen shot on the interwebz for the whole world to see!

Cat Shit One

I recently heard about this upcoming series Cat Shit One by Motofumi Kobayashi, it looks promising. The style reminds me of a great graphic novel I read in college, Maus by Art Spiegelman. In it Jews are depicted as mice, Nazi's were cats and if I remember American troops were dogs.
Cat Shit One looks like it may be during the Vietnam War era...definately gonna check this shit out!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wii Punch Out Trailer

Remember how much fun the original Punch Out was on the NES? I came so close to beating Iron Mike a couple times back then, the game is still fun to play today, a true testament to the quality of old school Nintendo games. This years GDC showcased the upcoming Wii Punchout, it looks great and the gameplay appears to remain faithful to the series. I wonder why Nintendo didn't have this title available at launch?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

SFIV National Finals + Street Fighter Fights Hunger

Attention Street Fighter Enthusiasts!

"One of the cool things we're doing there is inviting you to join GameStop and Capcom for the “Street Fighter Fights Hunger” charity food drive in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. You're invited to come do your part by bringing gifts of canned foods or nominal donations to be collected at the event.
The event will take place at Fort Mason in San Francisco, where 16 national finalists will battle it out for the Grand Prize before advancing to represent the US in an International Exhibition featuring champions from Japan and Korea. Street Fighter fans will be able to experience the action up close and personal as the finalists will be playing live-on stage with a giant jumbo screen to show off every bit of the battle.
Besides just the Finals, there's some other cool things to look forward to, like:
- SFIV game play kiosks
- Autograph signing with Yoshinori Ono, Producer for SFIV, and
Seth Killian, EVO founder and Special Advisor to the game
- Performances by freestyle dance crew and America’s Best Dance Crew finalists, Supreme Soul, live on-stage throughout the night
- DJ spinning throughout the night
- SFIV-themed costume contest, activities, and prizes
- E-Shots photo booth, Venom Energy Drink samplings, Estate LA custom hat experience, Coveroo laser etching experience, and SFIV models
So remember, bring canned foods or risk Dan Ultra to the face.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

I'd definitely go, if I were on the correct coast...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

MAG official site open

The official PS M.A.G site is up and running, not much content on yet but by scanning the map with your cursor will reveal some "hotspots"
After the let down that is Socom Confrontation Zipper has it's work cut out for them. 256 people online at once sounds crazy, but I'll believe it when I see it, they barely could get 36 person multiplayer right...