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After a month – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round 1.02aA

Yep, so I had a problem with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round about a month ago where I couldn’t play online at all. In fact, anything to do with online will result in my Xbox crashing – such as completing Arcade mode (it uploads the score). The worst thing that got me was not able to go into training mode as I had “Throw downs” on before the problem. I couldn’t even switch it off until a few days before Sakura Fight Festa.

Now, Team Ninja has released a patch update which has fixed this problem. I’m having lots of fun playing against human players! It’s so good. I did have to jump over hoops whilst trying to solve (although that was me being active in trying to find the problem). My support contact from Team Ninja did a good job. He/she must’ve been quite busy but they did email me about the patch to make sure that it’s solved my issue.

If this fix is permanent, I’ll be a happy camper! Let’s continue to have some good matches!

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Rurouni Kenshin – live action movie done right!

When I first heard about the Rurouni Kenshin movie, I was sceptical because there aren’t many manga/anime to live action adaptations that have been good. But when I saw the third Rurouni Kenshin movie advert on YouTube I was very surprised. Usually, movies that don’t do too well wouldn’t get sequels and for a movie that’s quite niche that’s pretty good. So I decided to check out the the first movie.

Let’s cut to the chase – it’s pretty awesome and I think most of that is because it’s quite faithful to the source material. Like Jine’s cold hearted sick way of slaying people. The speed of Kenshin felt about right and I was impressed with the fight choreography. The sword play was very entertaining and is believable in the world of Kenshin. The story had to be altered a little to fit into a movie but it worked for me.

There were a few irks I had with the movie, such as Saito (one of my favourite characters) appearing so early in the movie. It’s fine to include him in the “war”, but to reveal him as a policeman so early just threw away the chance of a big reveal away. Also, Sano’s back story seems to be skipped in the interest of time (it is a 2 hour movie). He doesn’t seem to hate the Ishin-Shisi which is what actually brought him and Kenshin close. In the movie, he’s just hanging around for no reason. Also, I was looking forward to Kenshin kicking his ass whilst he had his Zanbatou.

All this said I like the movie for it’s action and feel. The story flowed well and was close to the source material. Bring on Rurouni Kenshin 2! I hope live action movies take some notes from this movie. Yes, some scenes are taken straight from the source and that works as long as you weave the story together skillfully.

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Ori and the Blind Forest

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Do not read ahead (or watch the video) if you haven’t played Ori and don’t want spoilers.

I picked up Ori and the Blind Forest and I’m really loving it. The platform gameplay, beautiful graphics amazing musical score and tear jerking intro makes Ori a special game for me. I’ve never cried for any video games and Ori was close to being the first. The opening is so sad that it tugs at your heart making you root for Ori during her adventure. I like that the “boss” battles isn’t some tedious boss fight but are traversal puzzles. These are definitely more fun than finding a bosses pattern and weak point as that would depart from Ori’s gameplay. Below is the end of a chapter and instead of a boss battle, I’m tasked with getting the hell out of there using all the different skills I have just acquired.

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Recorded offline fights

So Nth Gen Media has kindly uploaded some videos of my embarrassing play at Sakura Fight Festa 2015.

The format was simple, two pools of four with the top two players from each progress further in the tournament. I was quite happy to be able to play at least three games, after all, I hadn’t the chance to play much at all. I did quite well at the round robin stage, I won two out of three matches. Although I felt my fightstick wasn’t working that well through the converter. I swear in one match my character was crouching longer than I intended to even when my stick was in neutral.

Anyway, I found myself somehow in the top four. The following is my match against the top player (who won the tournament) of the other pool. I couldn’t really do anything as the pressure got the better of me and I started to panick.

I lost my match so I had to fight for a chance to get back into the tournament. I had to play the other guy who lost his quarter finals match. It was a lot closer but I don’t really know Bayman that well. So alot of his attacks were surprises to me.

All in all it was a very enjoyable experience. The Dead or Alive crowd was welcoming and hardly anyone knew each other so I guess that helped us bond a little bit better. I got fourth place and my current skill and knowledge wouldn’t really have gotten me any higher to be honest. I did well though, considering I’ve only started playing Nyotengu for a few weeks and didn’t have access to training mode or any means of playing against a person. I’ve been playing DoA since the first one but only really started applying frame data to my play in DoA5U.

Next year, I will do better.

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Sakura Fight Festa – my result

So Sakura Fight Festa in London was my first offline experience and it was a good one. Everyone was friendly and joined in with the hype – it was just all about the fun. I managed to get fourth place but never really had a shot at the top three places. The other players were too good for me to do anything against right now. It didn’t help my inputs were a bit funny. I don’t know whether it’s the converter or my actual stick but sometimes it doesn’t do what I want, i.e. dash.

I hope my Xbox One version of Dead or Alive gets fixed soon. I really want to be able to play against people!

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Hisako… super scary character…

Waahh!!!! Oh my god! I hate her entrance. But I also love it. Hisako is Iron Galaxy’s latest Killer Instinct character to be revealed. She is one scary girl.

Her moves are quite good, I like her countering abilities. Only thing is you have to manage her wrath meter. Which acts as a good balance feature for the character. Her game seems to be instilling fear into her opponent which is great for the nature of her character. Well done Iron Galaxy!

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Sakura Fight Festa – here I come!

So that’s it, I’ve registered to participate in the upcoming Sakura Fight Festa in London. I’ve always wanted to experience offline tournament play and with one being so close, it’s a good chance for me to experience it.

I’ve had to buy a universal converter so that my Xbox 360 fight stick can work on the PS3s that will be used. Which reminds me, I need to fix up my fight stick before March 21st. Should be quite simple though.

It’s great that it’s for Dead or Alive, it’s one of my favorite franchises and was the reason I bought an Xbox 360. Lets hope I get a good result.

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