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Namco Bandai Global Games Day 2012

Posted on Tuesday, April 17 @ 16:37:08 PST by

First time at Namco Bandai Global Gamers Day in Las Vegas, I bounced onto one of the two queen-sized beds at my hotel room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I only had two days there, so I knew I would need to pack in the standard Vegas week into an escapade. Maybe it was little of a rush job, but this is Vegas. It was like I was living in a different time zone, as if Namco Bandai lured me into an out-of-body experience. With their games, of course. (Nothing else happened with Harada-san and a bottle of Patrón, I swear...)

That said, I saw and played plenty of games, most of which I have covered, have already covered, or will cover. First, though, I must give a shout-out to Namco Bandai's Soul Calibur V Worldwide Tournament and the winner Omega DR. It's true that press don't get the chance to see these fighting tournaments often, but I wish we were invited more often. It's definitely something that all gamers should experience at least once. (The free drinks didn't hurt... until I had my ninth... give or take...)

Of the bunch I won't be covering as a separate article as linked below, the most important is Star Trek. Most of what I saw (still hands-off gameplay footage) and what was detailed in the roundtable were already detailed in the first impressions preview from last year's E3.

That said, Paramount Pictures and Namco Bandai have said that they're holding off the majority of their surprises on Star Trek for this year's E3 in June, at which I'll write a full preview (hopefully after some hands-on). In the meantime, I'll be writing a news article with some of the information that is new on Wednesday.

The other game, which I caught some hands-on time, was One Piece Pirate Warriors. It puts the characters of the animation into the Dynasty Warriors mold (one of my guilty pleasures, by the way). I didn't have much of a chance to get that much time with it before heading off to many, many, many meetings, but from what I played, it was essentially a comical beat-'em-up starring Monkey D. Luffy using his Mr. Fantastic limbs to thwack throngs of mercenary pirates. In Dynasty Warriors style, Luffy has weak and strong attacks that can be chained together to knock around lots of respawning, swashbuckling baffoons. Anyone into One Piece should check it out.

Otherwise, I have the skinny on Namco Bandai's main lineup of games, including Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Dragon Ball Z Kinect, Dark Souls for PC, and my pick for their best game of the event, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

Click on the image below to view each corresponding preview or news post.


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