This Week In Xbox Live Demos! #2 - Japanese Crazy

 This week's XBL demos are a pair of crazy Japanese games which left me enjoyably confused at the end of them. Oh, and Pro Evolution Soccer 11 came out also, but I have all my footballing needs covered by FIFA 11 demo, thanks. So, on to the crazy!

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2

I have no idea about Dragon Ball. I grew up a couple years too late to actually understand what the heck was going on in Dragon Ball Z, let alone the original Dragon Ball. (I also don't know what the difference is between regular and Z.) So, that leaves me in the perfect position to love this game! This might play very similar to Raging Blast The First, but fortunately I didn't play that. I did play a bit of Burst Limit though, but that game actually kind of made sense because it used a fairly traditional fighting game HUD. In this game, there are like four meters on the bottom right, each arranged around to make a circle, and those might be health, but when I KO'd my opponent two of them were usually still full. Also, these meters are constantly different colours every time I look down which doesn't really help. So, I mash on the X and Y buttons a bunch and then CRAZY SHIT HAPPENS. I randomly just throw the other guy in the air and then kick him like 50 times and then we both fall on the ground and I start throwing energy balls at him and then he punches me and I'm all like "WHAAAAT." I played as three of the four characters in the game but all my fights ended up like this anyways.

Final Conclusion:  I honestly can't even tell if this game is any good or not, since I still barely even know what it is. I liked watching crazy shit happen, if that counts for anything.


Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage

This is a game I heard about like a year ago and then completely forgot about. It's essentially a Dynasty Warriors game but instead of Samurai  (or Gundams) you play as characters from Fist of The North Star (which could be an anime, a manga, or both as far as I know.) From what I've heard, in that series, all the characters just fuck shit up constantly and are practically unbeatable. Which seems like a perfect fit for the Dynasty Warriors series. Unfortunately, the Dynasty Warriors series of games don't play particularly well, which lets this game down. It's kind of fun to run around mashing on X and Y and then pressing B sometimes to do a "Flying Swallow" attack, but it all controls so poorly that it falls apart quickly. There are also parts where it's unintuitive in showing you how to to get to where you need to get to, because you need to be standing at the exact right spot before the button prompt for climbing a wall comes up. There seemed to be some sort of drama going on in the background involving a blind girl getting the power to see again or something, but I was way too busy slicing up members of  "Fox Clan".

Final Conclusion: It's not very good. I like it in concept, but it doesn't play very well at all.    

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Posted by supermike6

 This week's XBL demos are a pair of crazy Japanese games which left me enjoyably confused at the end of them. Oh, and Pro Evolution Soccer 11 came out also, but I have all my footballing needs covered by FIFA 11 demo, thanks. So, on to the crazy!

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2

I have no idea about Dragon Ball. I grew up a couple years too late to actually understand what the heck was going on in Dragon Ball Z, let alone the original Dragon Ball. (I also don't know what the difference is between regular and Z.) So, that leaves me in the perfect position to love this game! This might play very similar to Raging Blast The First, but fortunately I didn't play that. I did play a bit of Burst Limit though, but that game actually kind of made sense because it used a fairly traditional fighting game HUD. In this game, there are like four meters on the bottom right, each arranged around to make a circle, and those might be health, but when I KO'd my opponent two of them were usually still full. Also, these meters are constantly different colours every time I look down which doesn't really help. So, I mash on the X and Y buttons a bunch and then CRAZY SHIT HAPPENS. I randomly just throw the other guy in the air and then kick him like 50 times and then we both fall on the ground and I start throwing energy balls at him and then he punches me and I'm all like "WHAAAAT." I played as three of the four characters in the game but all my fights ended up like this anyways.

Final Conclusion:  I honestly can't even tell if this game is any good or not, since I still barely even know what it is. I liked watching crazy shit happen, if that counts for anything.


Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage

This is a game I heard about like a year ago and then completely forgot about. It's essentially a Dynasty Warriors game but instead of Samurai  (or Gundams) you play as characters from Fist of The North Star (which could be an anime, a manga, or both as far as I know.) From what I've heard, in that series, all the characters just fuck shit up constantly and are practically unbeatable. Which seems like a perfect fit for the Dynasty Warriors series. Unfortunately, the Dynasty Warriors series of games don't play particularly well, which lets this game down. It's kind of fun to run around mashing on X and Y and then pressing B sometimes to do a "Flying Swallow" attack, but it all controls so poorly that it falls apart quickly. There are also parts where it's unintuitive in showing you how to to get to where you need to get to, because you need to be standing at the exact right spot before the button prompt for climbing a wall comes up. There seemed to be some sort of drama going on in the background involving a blind girl getting the power to see again or something, but I was way too busy slicing up members of  "Fox Clan".

Final Conclusion: It's not very good. I like it in concept, but it doesn't play very well at all.    

Posted by Claude

What are some of your favorite demos? The Bioshock one was pretty damn awesome.

Posted by Aetheldod

Dragon Ball is when the main character , young/child Goku , begins his adventures , trying to find the dragon balls for Bulma to ask for a wish , meanwhile he gets into a lot of fights , ends when he beats Piccoro Dai Maku and marries with Milk .... Dragon Ball Z is a later stage of his life where he spends most of his time fighting bad guys , every time they are  more powerful than the last one.... bear in mind that this is a huge reduction of the story , its spands through hundreds and hundreds of episodes.... this not including Dragon Ball GT which is the last part (albeit not as long as DBZ) . Fist is indeed a manga/anime from the 70s/80s , in a post apocalyptic world.

Posted by KingPossum

I actually liked the Fist of the North Star Demo alot but then again I'm biased because I love the anime. 

Posted by supermike6
@Claude said:
" What are some of your favorite demos? The Bioshock one was pretty damn awesome. "
I can't actually think of any as good as Bioshock in a capturing-interest-in-the-story kind of way. I really liked the Enslaved demo though, some crazy shit went on during that. 
Posted by niamahai

it's a pity the Fist of the North Star game was just a DW clone.
 
fuck you Koei Tecmo.
 
btw great write up =)

Posted by reaper2923

Well guess that means Raging Blast 2 is coming out soon, lets see COD Black Ops or a recycled game?

Posted by Th3irdEye
@reaper2923 said:
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Well guess that means Raging Blast 2 is coming out soon, lets see COD Black Ops or a recycled game?

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Sooooo.... what you're saying is you have to choose between a recycled game and another recycled game???
Posted by reaper2923
@Th3irdEye said:
" @reaper2923 said:
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Well guess that means Raging Blast 2 is coming out soon, lets see COD Black Ops or a recycled game?

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Sooooo.... what you're saying is you have to choose between a recycled game and another recycled game??? "

Well I never owned a COD game, but after the demo of raging blast 2 it was ok and now that I have a job I could get both.