Saturday, April 14

Tekken 6 Tidbits

Finally, the secret's out...

An interview with Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed some juicy facts about Tekken 6.

First off, the controversy about new character Leo's gender is now apparently over- Harada has officially stated that he's a SHE. Now, why Leo (or is it Leona?) would cross-dress or pretend to be a guy remains to be seen.

Next up, is usable customization items... It's already been seen in the trailer where Bryan Fury draws his shotgun and juggles an opponent. Well, all characters will have an 'item move', though not all will be as effective- for example, Anna's item move will be throwing her high heeled shoes at her opponent. Wild!

All characters will have new animations. In terms of gameplay, many will have gameplay tweaks and changes- Lei Wulong's laying-down stances will now play differently, and will play more similarly to characters like Lei Fei and Shun Di from VF5. Marshall Law will move more authentically as a Jeet Kun Do fighter.

The most drastic change will be to Yoshimitsu, whose storyline will involve his sword losing power- he'll have to master a couple of totally new fighting styles, including a Manji-style 'Kenjutsu' style. This will make him even more challenging to use, thus branding him an 'expert' character.

Tekken 6 looks like it's going to be loads of fun. I can't wait to see more of this game when it comes out later this year in arcades and in early 2008 on the PS3.

Friday, April 13

A Taste of India

It's FRIDAY the 13th, but so far it's been a pretty swell day. The Salt Miners all got together and went out to have lunch at a newly opened restaurant across the street, New Bombay. As you'd expect, it was all hot and spicy Indian food like Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Masala, Naan breads and other exotic dishes heavy with spices and tongue-searing tastes. My own order was Chicken Keema, which was diced boneless chicken in a spicy gracy. I ate it spread-like on hot and chewy-crispy pieces of buttered Naan bread, which was lovely. Afterwards, we all had a taste of Indian ice cream, which came spiced with stuff like saffron- I described it as tasting like an ice cream Lush would come out with. Part dessert, part perfume, but pleasant and odd in a nice way.

Given that we're always looking for good places to have a nice meal, we'll surely be back soon in New Bombay. Once can't live on Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Mexican and Convenience store cuisine all the time. Heh.

Sunday, April 8


Taking out Zombie Terrorists is a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

Kai, a.k.a. Agent K, is coming back for more. Kinda-sorta-probably inspired by recent bloody-good, desensitizing fare like 300 and the upcoming Grindhouse is this new story with the sexy high-kicking femme fatale. A lethal cult of crazed killers is terrorizing the world- bloodthirsty murderers who wade through gunfire like it was spring rain, leaving only the grisly remains of their victims in their wake. There's room for only one death-proof assassin in the deadly game of international espionage, which brings Kai and the Amazon Assassins of KALI in direct confrontation with hordes of undead fanatics and their mysterious master. Who'll be left standing? We'll just have to see in Kai: Unkillable later this year.

Hopefully I'll get this book ready by the next Komikon (if there is one). For the most part I've hit the ground running with this one, so it looks and feels good. FINALLY... the MADman is back to comics. And boy, does it feel good. Heh.