A look at UTV Ignition Titles

When the name Ignition came up, I wanted to be the person to preview one game that has caught my attention for some time, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. That was reason enough for me to do the whole booth tour in order to play the demo, and ask some questions, but Ignition had a few extra things that caught my eye.

El Shaddai is created by Takeyasu Sawak, who worked on 2 big titles under the Capcom banner known as Devil May Cry, and Okami. A few members of the now closed Studio Clover also worked on the game which is a huge plus for this title, not only for gameplay but also the visually stunning art style of the game.

Based off Book of Enoch, the story revolves around 7 Angels trying to destroy the world. You fight to stop them using the weapons stolen from your enemies as you purify your enemies to take down the head Angels.

The action of the game is very simple but its simplicity only adds to the style as it creates multiple styles of fighting dictated by the user. Toss in 2D and 3D stages that intertwine, dynamic backgrounds, and you have El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, releasing July 26th, 2011. Expect a full review of the game at release, as it is one of my most anticipated titles this year.

An oldie but favorite puzzle game from the past is getting released on the PC by the name of Magical Drop V. UTV Ignition is bringing this old school title back from the hidden corner of what used to be Data East.  Magical Drop V is a fun, different type of puzzle game similar to a Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop) where you collect the same color of crystals and line them up releasing them to empty the stage. The objective is to fill your opponents stage with more crystals.

Next, Mercury makes a return going from a PSP title to a full console game.  The challenge of the chemicals releases on bigger screens soon on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network.

Also coming soon, a game that brings the challenge of Risk, and the trickiness of Scrabble is Quarrel. In Quarrel, you have a full map split between you and your opponents armys. To take out your opponents, you must outscore them playing a word game similar to Scrabble, creating high scoring words.

Finally, before heading out for more interviews, a trailer caught my eye. The animation style was beautiful, the character design was very familiar to many games I love. The backgrounds were fully articulated, well designed and used vibrant color. The first thing that popped out of my mouth was, “that’s a Vanillaware title!!” After about 3 minutes of watching the trailer a Vanillaware logo appears, following with game title, Dragon’s Crown. UTV Ignition picks up another Vanillaware title following 2009’s Muramasa for the Nintendo Wii.

A few hours after the game was announced, additional information was released. The game will run on the PS3 and PSVITA and will have some functionality between the two. The game has single player mode, and up to 4 players can play simultaneously online. Eight Classes are playable: Wizard, Sorcerer, Fighter, Elf, Dwarf, Amazon, Knight, and Thief, giving players a nearly endless online adventure.

**All previews were based on the amount of time we had to play the game, not all were completed but Day 1 was all about getting in as much as we could since there are so many games and so little time to see everything but expect more in depth reviews throughout E3

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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.

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