SDCC 2014: Bandai Namco Games

Bandai Namco was on the floor at San Diego Comic-Con showing off games like Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, Tales of Xillia 2, and a few others for fans to play. However, there was another room for the press to check out which had a hidden gem locked away, along with some hands-on time with a few upcoming titles.

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Ever since Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment was announced, I’ve been looking forward to sitting back and playing the virtual MMORPG game based on the anime. I’ve had a chance to sit down and play the game for a few brief moments, but at SDCC I got a chance to really sit down and take on a floor dungeon of the game. It reminded me of the .Hack//Gu series in terms of gameplay but also included tons of new elements you find in current MMO games. The fighting style took me a little while to get comfortable with, but after a little while I felt like I was Kirito exploring the Sword Art world.

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Last year Namco Bandai Games released the Power Rangers Mega Force game for the Nintendo 3DS, the game was a throwback of the old Power Rangers games for the Super Nintendo and Genesis, a side-scrolling brawler. The game was fun and used the Power Ranger cards to unlock special things in game, but with the Rangers going Super Mega Force and now switching to keys the game is as well. The gameplay for the Power Rangers Super Megaforce game is similar to the previous game but also lets you transform into 30 different rangers with the help of the Super Mega Force keys (sold separately) using the AR codes found in the different keys.

I didn’t have any keys on me at the moment and the game is in development, but I did enjoy last years for the nostalgia moments. The game still uses the rock paper scissors style Zord battle.

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We got a firsthand look at the upcoming DIGIMON: All-Star Rumble which was announced for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The last Digimon game released was Digimon World Dawn and Dusk for the Nintendo DS back in 2007 in the West. The upcoming game features 12 playable characters selected from the entire Digimon franchise. With 32 total digivolved forms, fans can expect to enjoy 6 modes of play that focus on multiplayer and single player action battles (Smash Bros. style) each with their own unique attacks from the series. 

The Digital world has been at peace for sometime now, and the Digimon have decided to hold a tournament to have some fun and battle, but not everyone has the same idea in mind. The game will use digi cards which will give stat bonuses to your digimon and will even unlock Digivolutions. The game modes we saw included a point battle, bomb battle and capture the flag like game.

Being the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, you will see many of the original Digimon characters in the game.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.