August 3, 2006

Emergence Day revealed!

Gears of War has officially been dated for a November 12 release, just five days before the PS3.

August 1, 2006

DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 roster

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the sequel to last year's Budokai Tenkaichi and biggest Dragonball game ever made. It is expected to have over 130 playable characters. Here is the current comfirmed character roster (with transformations included) :

Goku (Base~, Kaioken~, SS1~, SS2~, SS3~, SS4~)
SS4 Goku (~)
Kid Goku (
Dragon Ball) (~)
Kid Gohan (~)
Teen Gohan (Base~, SS1~, SS2~)
Adult Gohan (Base~, SS1, SS2)
Mystic Gohan (~)
Great Saiyaman (~)
Great Ape
Piccolo (~)
Krillin (~)
Yamcha (~)
Tien (~)
Chiaotzu (~)
Vegeta (Saiyan Saga) (Base~, Great Ape~)
Vegeta (Cell Saga) (Base~, SS1~, Super Vegeta~)
Vegeta (Buu Saga) (Base~, SS1~, SS2~)
Majin Vegeta (~)
SSJ4 Vegeta (~)
Trunks (Base~, SS1)
Son Goten (Base~, SS1)
Future Trunks (Base~, SS1, Super Trunks~)
Future Trunks with Sword (Base~, SS1~)
Gotenks (Base~, SS1~, SS3~)
Vegetto (Base, SS1)
Gogeta (SS1~)
Gogeta (SS4~)
Hercule / Mr Satan (~)
Videl (Base~, Great Saiyawoman~)
Raditz (Base~, Great Ape~)
Saibamen (~)
Nappa (Base~, Great Ape~)
Dodoria (~)
Zarbon (Base~, Post-transformation)
Burter (~)
Captain Ginyu
Frieza (Base~, Form 2~, Form 3~, Final Form~, 100% Full Power~)
Mecha-Frieza (~)
Android 16
Android 17 (~)
Android 18 (~)
Android 19 (~)
Android 20 / Dr Gero (~)
Cell (Base, Form 2, Perfect Form~, Super Perfect Form)
Cell Junior
Dabura (~)
Fat Majin Buu (~)
Evil Majin Buu (~)
Super Buu (Base~, Gotenks~, Gohan~)
Kid Buu (~)
Bardock (Base~, Great Ape~)
Cooler (Base~, Post-transformation)
Broly (Base~, Mind Controlled SS1~, Legendary Super Saiyan~)
Bojack (Base~, Post-transformation~)
Super 17
Baby-Vegeta (Base~, Super Form 1~, Super Form 2, Great Ape~)
Janemba (Base~, Post-transformation~)
Master Roshi (Base~, Muscular Form~)
General Tao
Android 13 (Base~, Super~)
Lord Slug (Base~, Large~)
Turles (Base~, Great Ape~)
Tapion with sword (~)
Hildegarn (Transformed~)
Metal-Cooler (~)
Pikkon (~)
Garlic Jr. (Base ~, Transformed~)
Sauza (~)
Zangya (~)
Yajirobe (~)
Supreme Kai (Base~, Kibito Kai~)
Cui (~)
Pan GT (~)
Uub GT (Base~, Majuub~)
Syn Shenron (Base~, Omega~)
Grandpa Gohan (~)

This time, taking after the first three Budokai games, you can transform in-game, or start out transformed. Also, expect an improved combat system.

If you just can't wait for the game's release this fall, check out Super DBZ in the meantime. Super DBZ was developed by the creator of Street Fighter 2.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the character listing.

It's the end of E3 as we know it...

...and I'm not fine! As promised, here is the official press release and follow-up to the post below:

"The world of interactive entertainment has changed since E3Expo was created 12 years ago. At that time we were focused on establishing the industry and securing orders for the holiday season," said Douglas Lowenstein, President of the ESA, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers and the owner of E3Expo. "Over the years, it has become clear that we need a more intimate program, including higher quality, more personal dialogue with the worldwide media, developers, retailers and other key industry audiences."

The new E3Expo will take shape over the next several months. As currently envisioned, it will still take place in Los Angeles, described by ESA as a "great and supportive partner helping to build E3." It will focus on press events and small meetings with media, retail, development, and other key sectors. While there will be opportunities for game demonstrations, E3Expo 2007 will not feature the large trade show environment of previous years. "E3Expo remains an important event for the industry and we want to keep that sense of excitement and interest, ensuring that the human and financial resources crucial to its success can be deployed productively to create an exciting new format to meet the needs of the industry. The new event ensures that there will be an effective and more efficient way for companies to get information to media, consumers, and others," said Lowenstein.

Additionally, the evolution of the video game industry into a vibrant and expanding global market has led to the creation of major events in different regions, such as the Games Convention in Leipzig, the Tokyo Game Show, and company-specific events held by Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, and others around the world. As a result, Lowenstein said, "It is no longer necessary or efficient to have a single industry 'mega-show.' By refocusing on a highly-targeted event, we think we can do a better job serving our members and the industry as a whole, and our members are energized about creating this new E3.

Thanks to Team Xbox for the press release. At least the last big E3 went out with a bang.