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Darkstalkers Cosplay: Lilith Aensland (Ushijima Iiniku) Cosplay 01 NOV 2014

Usually Japanese cosplayer and exhibitionist Iiniku Ushijima can be found taking selfies in the mirror in various stages of undress. This time around though, she’s fully clothed and wearing the garb of Lilith Aensland, the slightly more cheerful sister of Darkstalker’s Morrigan Aensland.

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Lilith Aensland is a creation of Jedah spawning from his theft of a segment of power that Belial Aensland had previously split from Morrigan and sealed away in an isolated location in order to keep his daughter’s total formidable power from raging out of control. However, after Belial’s death, the stashed power suspiciously develops a will of its own. Jedah attempts to capitalize on this turn of events by stealing the power and crafting it a physical form that would become Lilith, herself a succubus and essentially a younger, childlike clone of Morrigan. In exchange for being given life, she would lure Morrigan and the other Darkstalkers into Majigen, which she identifies as her birthplace. Lilith lives blissfully until realizing she is not an original being but merely a part of another person. Meanwhile, Morrigan does not feel as close a connection to Lilith as much as the other way around; in response, Jedah manipulates Lilith to meet Morrigan in person so he can use them both to extend his power, but Lilith becomes aware that Jedah has been lying to her in regards to her existence.

Lilith, whose name was inspired by the mythological Lilith, was designed as a female character but Darkstalkers 3 scenario writer/planner Haruo Murata wanted her to be a hermaphrodite or a “male daughter” with a shorter hair and a completely flat chest; when the game was released, the character’s gender was officially listed as “unknown”. Lilith has made crossover appearances in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pocket Fighter, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Namco x Capcom, and Cross Edge, usually appearing together with Morrigan.

Darkstalkers, is a series of 2D fighting games developed and published by Capcom, beginning with Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors in 1994. The series is set in a pastiche Gothic horror universe and features a highly stylized, cartoonish graphic style. It features characters based on either various kinds of monsters (the titular “darkstalkers”) or their hunters, who are all engaging in combat against each other.

Besides video games, the Darkstalkers media franchise also includes an anime miniseries, an American cartoon TV series, a Canadian comic book series, and many books of various kinds and other media released only in Japan.

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Darkstalkers Cosplay: Lilith Aensland (Maitako) Cosplay 05 OCT 2014

Japanese cosplayer Maitako grabs her tights and slips on her wings, as she brings to life Lilith Aensland, the slightly more cheerful sister of Darkstalker’s Morrigan Aensland.

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Lilith Aensland is a creation of Jedah spawning from his theft of a segment of power that Belial Aensland had previously split from Morrigan and sealed away in an isolated location in order to keep his daughter’s total formidable power from raging out of control. However, after Belial’s death, the stashed power suspiciously develops a will of its own. Jedah attempts to capitalize on this turn of events by stealing the power and crafting it a physical form that would become Lilith, herself a succubus and essentially a younger, childlike clone of Morrigan. In exchange for being given life, she would lure Morrigan and the other Darkstalkers into Majigen, which she identifies as her birthplace. Lilith lives blissfully until realizing she is not an original being but merely a part of another person. Meanwhile, Morrigan does not feel as close a connection to Lilith as much as the other way around; in response, Jedah manipulates Lilith to meet Morrigan in person so he can use them both to extend his power, but Lilith becomes aware that Jedah has been lying to her in regards to her existence.

Lilith, whose name was inspired by the mythological Lilith, was designed as a female character but Darkstalkers 3 scenario writer/planner Haruo Murata wanted her to be a hermaphrodite or a “male daughter” with a shorter hair and a completely flat chest; when the game was released, the character’s gender was officially listed as “unknown”. Lilith has made crossover appearances in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pocket Fighter, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Namco x Capcom, and Cross Edge, usually appearing together with Morrigan.

Darkstalkers, is a series of 2D fighting games developed and published by Capcom, beginning with Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors in 1994. The series is set in a pastiche Gothic horror universe and features a highly stylized, cartoonish graphic style. It features characters based on either various kinds of monsters (the titular “darkstalkers”) or their hunters, who are all engaging in combat against each other.

Besides video games, the Darkstalkers media franchise also includes an anime miniseries, an American cartoon TV series, a Canadian comic book series, and many books of various kinds and other media released only in Japan.

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Monster Hunter Frontier Cosplay: Kirin Armor (NonSummerJack) Cosplay 07 MAY 2014

Monster Hunter Frontier is a particularly popular Japanese MMORPG that seems to inspire quite a lot of cosplays from Asian cosplayers. Interestingly enough, it also spawns a particularly high number of nsfw ero cosplays as well! Case in point, well known Japanese ero cosplayer NonSummerJack tackles the sensuous Kirin armor for this particular less than dressed cosplay outing.

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The Monster Hunter franchise is a series of fantasy video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2. The series is developed and published by Capcom. As the title suggests, the player takes the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by hunting out specific kinds of monsters to kill or capture. The series has branched out into PlayStation Portable games as well as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).

The MMORPG Monster Hunter Frontier is available on both the Windows (PC) and the XBOX 360 (Console), though it region restricts itself in order to maintain the best playing experience on a localized basis. The game is presently available for play (and immensely popular just by the way) in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

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Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li (Saku) Cosplay 25 APR 2014

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li! (Popular Japanese cosplayer/gravure model Saku is behind this particular one in case you’re wondering.)

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li [Red] (Saku) Cosplay 24 APR 2014

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li! (Popular Japanese cosplayer/gravure model Saku is behind this particular one in case you’re wondering.)

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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A Gaming Round-up: DmC, Sleeping Dogs, etc. Games | My Reviews 11 JAN 2014

I have a confession to make. I’m pretty much over single-player gaming these days. Blame lack of diminishing returns, or just pure apathy, but I no longer find it hugely entertaining to sit down by myself with controller in hand for an hour or two at night. Maybe I’m simply tired of it, or maybe I’ve simply outgrown the hobby or whatever you want to call it, but the fact of the matter is that I no longer enjoy the pastime as much, and as such, probably won’t be doing a hell of a lot of gaming on my own going forward any longer.

That said, I do still enjoy the multiplayer gaming experience to a fair degree, but that is a completely different kettle of fish mind you – it’s the social interactions that keeps it enjoyable, not the gaming necessarily itself!

All of that said and done though, my blogging hiatus means I’ve spent some time on a fair bit of titles without mentioning them here yet, meaning it only seems fair to do a quick round-up.

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First up there is Capcom and Ninja Theory’s awesome action adventure, hack and slash genre entry, Devil May Cry (DmC) (2013), a re-imagination to the original Devil May Cry series, this time from a Western perspective. There was a lot of online moaning about how much people despised the changed story and character designs, but you know what, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was tightly woven and nice and involving, the characters were actually quite believable in their motivations for a change, and just to drive the awesomeness home, Ninja Theory got the Devil May Cry game mechanics spot on, leading to a raucous, gorgeous looking, stylishly executed button-mashing gaming experience.

I’m a big fan of the original Devil May Cry franchise, and quite pleasingly, this new addition to the stable is just as fantastic as the rest!

Battlestations: Pacific (2009) is a action real-time tactic World War II game from Eidos Hungary, which basically allows you to tackle either a US or Japanese campaign by working through a variety of airborne, seaborne, and combined missions.

Although the voice acting is a little cheesy and the graphics aren’t particularly fantastic, if you are part of the target market for this game like I am (in other words, love World War II planes and boats), then it is an absolute joy to take to the sky in some classic beasts of the air, like a Mitsubishi Zero or a Lockheed P-38 Lightning to name but a few!

Naturally the single player skirmishes do get a little boring after a while, but for me (and Jessica mind you – my little 3 year old likes nothing more than taking a plane up into the sky, doing some rolls, and then ploughing straight down into the see. She screams in delight literally every single time!), the flying time was all that I was really after anyways!

There is a huge selection of ships, submarines, fighter planes, sea planes and bombers to be piloted, and the simplified arcade controls makes for an easy enough title to pick up, though I suspect only lovers are the genre will really get some entertainment value out of this one!

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Shoot Many Robots (2012) from Demiurge Studios is an Xbox Arcade release recently featured as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold initiative. It’s a typical action platformer that sees you and a partner or two, strap on some silly big guns and costumes, and then run through a variety of stages shooting at pretty much anything that moves, before taking on the slightly bigger bad boy boss at the end of each level.

It’s a redneck-themed game which means the appeal is probably quite limited (seriously, rednecks just aren’t my idea of funny), and as such a lot of the items are geared in design, appearance and function to fit in with the theme.

Ryan and I had some fun shooting down robot after robot, and I have to say, the art direction on the game is really well done, though by that I mean the implementation, not necessarily the stupid theme. Overall, it’s a competent and polished XBOX Arcade title worth picking up if you are looking for some mindless side-scrolling shooting to be had.

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If you are a RPG fan then without a doubt CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 (2012) is a must play. Massive world, gorgeous graphics, classic RPG elements, enjoyable fight mechanics, and engaging and mature storyline, the Witcher 2 is undoubtedly a RPG done right.

Sadly for me though, it turns out I’m not that really into RPG games any more, meaning that it didn’t have my full attention nor a decent enough allotment of my time. Despite that, I do have to recognise just how good an entry into the RPG genre this game actually is, and it is definitely worth the recommend.

(One small gripe though. Why in the world did this game not have better movement mechanics. Seriously, I should not have to trigger a context button for the character to hop down a stone ledge or climb up a simple ladder in this day and age!)

UPDATE: (2014-05-28) I ended up coming back to this one and spending a whole lot more time with it. In the end, same result: great, mature RPG that’s an enjoyable play, but with some slightly annoying control issues. Well worth recommending though!

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Next to Devil May Cry, Sleeping Dogs (2012) from United Front Games and Square Enix sits squarely in the list of favourite games played recently. Turns out I rather enjoy Asian-set action games (like John Woo’s Stranglehold, Yakuza and the True Crime series – which I only recently found out are technically forerunners for this game – to name but a few), and as such I’m quite enjoying the open world action-adventure video game, running around doing jobs for the Triads, helping out the cops, boosting my stats, and in general just causing absolute mayhem, all the while wrapped up in a brutal but engaging storyline of crime and justice.

In essence it is pretty much like playing any installment of Grand Theft Auto, except that this time around you are the good guy, doing bad things to fit in, and with a lot more focus on martial arts-based hand to hand combat than what you would see in a GTA title.

Driving, shooting, and fight mechanics are all well implemented, and combined with some good graphics, a fantastic sound track and great voice artist work, this is definitely fast becoming one of my big time favourites.

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Review: Street Fighter II V (1995) Anime | My Reviews 29 NOV 2013

street fighter ii v animeRyu gets an unexpected letter which contains a plane ticket and a fair amount of US currency, along with a cryptic message from Ken that he should come to America. On his arrival in San Francisco, Ryu is astounded at how well Ken seems to be doing. The two friends have been sparring partners for as long as they can remember, and almost nothing can keep them apart. The two year long break had been a long time for them, so it was great to see one another once more.

Ken decides to take Ryu out on the town for their first evening. Armed with Ken’s Harley Davidson, the pair hit San Francisco’s night-life. While having a drink at the Mount Fuji bar, Ken and Ryu run into a little trouble with a couple of airforce troops.

Just what Ryu and Ken needed – an opportunity to get back into fighting form! However, after facing off against and getting beaten up by the airforce sergeant Guile, Ryu and Ken come to realise that there is a whole world of fighting out there, far removed from the confines of competitive tournaments. This is the dangerous world of Street Fighting, where a fighter’s skills are all that might protect their very life. Deciding that this is the world which they both need to explore, Ken and Ryu decide to travel the world, honing their skills and becoming the greatest street fighters of all.

But out from the shadows, a dark and powerful figure watches. He recognises the potential in these two young fighters – and will claim it as his own!

Street Fighter IIV is based on Capcom’s hugely successful Street Fighter game franchise. As usual, the story revolves around the two main antagonists, namely Ken and Ryu.

Although the inspiration for this anime is a simple fighting game, there exists enough depth in the characters to weave a convincing storyline for the anime to follow. The writing is well done, and the characters carefully selected. The story remains as true as possible to the original game characters, introducing new cast members only to further the developing plot. This is great for fans of the game who enjoy seeing their favourite fighters appear in the anime. Unfortunately, not all the characters from the game are included in the story, so some fans may feel a little let down.

The focus on martial arts and the mysticism surrounding it is incredibly well researched. The story takes this research and embellishes it a bit, making for a great story that somehow manages to stick on the side of reality. The end of the anime may lose the plot slightly, but in general, the realism of the story is always maintained.

The animation throughout the series is superb. The fight scenes are great, with much attention paid to the various styles each character is supposed to be representing. The action is fluid and the characters are very well designed. The only complaint I have about the art is the incredibly hairy eyebrows everyone seems to have.

The voice talent for the anime, both the original and dubbed version, is really good. This is one of the few times that I really enjoyed a dubbed anime. The music is okay, but it doesn’t really stand out. Both the original and dubbed versions have a really stupid opening track though.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anime. It concentrated a lot on the fighting, and as a fan of the game, it was great fun watching all your favourite characters battling it out with one another. You can almost shout for joy when you see Ken performing his famous Sho Ryu Ken or Ryu performing his Hadou Ken special attacks. A fun anime to watch, the violence does pick up a little towards the end of the series. The story also seems to lose the plot slightly, introducing a whole supernatural angle that would have been better left out. Still an enjoyable watch for both fans and newcomers to Street Fighter alike.

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(Historical Note: This was written way back in July 2003. Thankfully my writing has gotten a whole lot better since then!)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Fighter_II_V

Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li (Unidentified) Cosplay 10 NOV 2013

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li!

Unfortunately I couldn’t positively identify this Japanese cosplayer, but needless to say, she has gone and done a pretty fine job of bringing to life one of the most played with characters of all time!

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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Gaming Update: Dead Rising 2 | Assassin’s Creed II Games | My Reviews 18 SEP 2013

I game few and far between these days, with the greatest slice of my gaming time being made up of online FIFA 13 battles with Ryan. That said, here’s a quick round up of my thoughts on the games that I have played over the last couple of months – funnily enough, all coming my way courtesy of the current Microsoft Games with Gold initiative…

Dead Rising 2 (2010)

Five years after the events of Dead Rising, former motocross champion Chuck Greene is in the casino town of Fortune City, Nevada, to take part in Terror Is Reality, a controversial sports entertainment game show where contestants kill zombies for money and fame. Chuck needs the prize money to buy Zombrex (a daily medication that suppresses the zombification process) for his daughter Katey, who was bitten by her zombified mother during a previous outbreak in Las Vegas.

However as you might have guessed, caged zombies seldomly stay caged for long, meaning that pretty soon Chuck is running amok to clear his name, save people’s lives and keep Katey from turning into a zombie!

Dead Rising 2 is a 3rd person action game from Capcom that features some fantastically detailed shopping complex environments to move around in and beat up horde upon horde of shuffling zombies (interspersed with the odd crazy and psychopath) with whatever tool or fixture you can find lying about. (Seriously, just about anything can be used as a weapon, and best of all, you can combine multiple items into bigger badder zombie killing devices, some of which get pretty inventive in the process!). All of this open world beat-down action then gets wrapped up in a pretty enjoyable character-driven mystery story and complemented with a great soundtrack, voice acting and cutscenes, the end result being a pretty polished and neat zombie game.

That said, I don’t really enjoy zombie stories, meaning that I didn’t really enjoy this outing, and consequently haven’t bothered finishing it.

However, if you ARE a fan of zombies and their like, then without a doubt you’ll get a proper kick out of it – so worth it if you’re in that boat then.

(Oh, and in terms of gameplay overall, my only real gripe, apart from the plenty of load screens you encounter, is the fact that the strict time limits put on missions and the main storyline stops you from fully exploring the wonderfully built environment and properly exploring the various ways of mowing down zombies like you should have been able to!)

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Rising_2

Assassin’s Creed II (2009)

After being forced to relive the genetic memories of ancestral assassin Altair ibn-La’Ahad through a machine known as the “Animus”, Desmond Miles is freed from his imprisonment by Abstergo Industries employee Lucy Stillman and together they make a daring escape.

Now in a safe place and in possession of Abstergo data and an upgraded Animus 2.0, Desmon agrees to re-enter the Aimus and relive the genetic memories of ancestral nobleman Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who lived during the Renaissance period of the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy. An assassin born from the murder of his family, Ezio, and thus Desmond, are now on a hunt to solve the mystery surrounding the age old Knights Templar movement.

If you are a fan of historical pieces then you are going to love Assassin’s Creed and its incredibly detailed conspiracy-driven story line. If you are not, then you are still going to love Assassin’s Creed and its incredibly detailed conspiracy-driven story line.

Seriously, this game is that good.

An absorbing story told via the polished and well executed platform of a 3rd person stealth-action open world game which sees you scaling walls, running along rooftops and causing all kinds of bloody chaos, before slinking back into the shadows or blending in with a cloud to avoid capture. A massive world, beautifully rendered environments, fluid movement mechanics, loads of cutscenes, and some decent enemy AI, all work in conjunction with a great setting, beautiful musical score and enjoyable voice acting to result in a game that is really worth your time to play.

In other words, I REALLY enjoyed this one from Ubisoft.

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_creed_ii