The New Arcade

There was an interview done with Ed Boone (the creator of Mortal Kombat) earlier this year. In short, he said that online gaming on consoles is essentially this generations Arcade.

He makes a valid point.

Online gaming has been around for a good while now, especially on the PC. But, the console online scene is still relatively new. X-Box Live has flourished, as well as the Playstation Network.

And, as we’ve talked about before, Arcade’s are dead.

I can see his point though. Especially with fighting games. All fighting games have a mode that really brings the feel of the arcade back to life. You have eight people in a game. One guy fights until he loses. If he keeps winning, he continuously plays more and more players until he loses. People can enter and leave the game while these fights are going on.

Just like standing at an arcade machine.

Fighting games are really the best example I can think of though.

Racing games sort of have that similar feel to them, but racing games online tend to be pretty dense. Some large scale racing circuits go on, ranking systems. It just gets complicated.

Fighting games can to, don’t get me wrong, but they are also a much more simple type of creature.

I’m not sure if on-rail shooters are going online now a days or not. I can only think of a hand full on the top of my head, most of which being on the wii, so I really doubt they do. I could be mistaken. But if that was the case, that would be a good arcade experience by keeping your game online at all times so that anyone can hop in a join your game at will, just like they would at an arcade,

Need help with this level in Time Crisis? Let me just insert some quarters… and there.

And with fighting games being all the rage now, I think Ed Boone had it right. Want to get that good ‘ol arcade feel again?

Get a slushi, and go play a fighting game online.

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The Return of Kombat

Last night, the return of a childhood favorite made it’s way back into my life.

I had to work the midnight launch of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, Socom 4, and The Conduit 2.

We received a playable copy of Mortal Kombat to put into one of the demo units so that people who came could try the game out while they wait to pick it up.

I clock in, and my boss tells me to go over and try it out.

I put my hands on the controller, and I was in love.

Apparently, the main story from what I gathered from my short time playing, is that Raiden is going back in time in order to warn the other tournament fighters of the future so that they can change it.

Levels from my childhood that have been imprinted in my memory have returned. So the level with Shang ‘Tsun sitting in his throne behind a crowd of monks is back. Only now, the monks are there, but there are two monks with spears that follow the two fighters as they fight (meaning there’s no escape I suppose. Either live or die.)

The haunted forest level from Mortal Kombat 2 is back with the trees with faces. The bridge level with the spike pit is back, and even the street level from Mortal Kombat 3 has returned.

All of my favorite characters from all of the games have returned, even secret characters such as Noob Saibot.

But the combat is where it’s at. I was so impressed with how fluid the game was. I was worried because in DC v MK the combat was sluggish and the gameplay seemed slow overall. This has been fixed. The combat is fluid, and it’s more gory than ever.

I personally have not bought the game yet, but it will be one of my next purchases, along with Portal 2 eventually.

It’s really interesting to see that fighting games have returned. Super Street Fighter 4, Marvel v Capcom 3, and now Mortal Kombat.

Feels good. Street Fighter v Tekken comes out later this year also. So there’s more to come.

Also, to tie in to this fighting games post, Thursday’s post is actually going to based on a quote by Ed Boone.

So, check back Thursday!

Aaaaaand you need to download a free version of a game called Words With Friends on your smart phone. It’s a blast. Get some friends to get it with you, and you’ll all be addicted!