So, this weird indie game called Zeno Clash hit Steam last year. Atlus apparently found it perfectly suitable, being a fan of crazy games themselves. Thus, Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition is born, with all the original crazy + more crazy.
Sadly, there's no extra story content, which is what I was personally gunning for; the original had a good basis, but the ending felt empty, lacking true resolution. More than anything, I would have liked to see more of Father-Mother and it's children, perhaps where it all goes after you beat the game.
Still, the addition of co-op to the Challenge Modes is pretty awesome, and they've expanded the attacks and weapons lists. Check out our preview with Atlus and ACE Team's Carlos Bordeu~
LINK: Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition (XBLA) Preview
Later today (Friday), we're doing another demo with Atlus. You know Trauma Team? Yeah, we're previewing that, so expect our feature on it over the weekend or Monday.
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It's official. The first Zeno Clash left many questions unanswered, and ACE Team plans to remedy that with a... posted May 20, 09 6:44pm
Despite whatever harsh words were said in our Zeno Clash review, this game deserves your notice. Looks like ACE... posted Apr 24, 09 5:15pm
It's not a bad game at all. I thought I would score it lower at first, given some frustrations I had, but looking over our new review guidelines and thinking a bit more on the game, I decided it didn't deserve anything lower than a 7 / 10. That's not what I gave it, technically, but you'll find out for yourself if you just click the link.
So back when I got the review code, the e-mail from ACE that Adrian forwarded to me said not to publish our review until April 21 (today), when the game is released. I pestered Adrian a bit about an actual TIME, since most companies also include an exact time on top of the date. He told me midnight... and I... was kind of "WTF" about that.
After publishing the review just now, I looked around the Internetz to see if the game had popped up on anywhere else. The other scores didn't bother me so much as their publish dates. Some were published as early as April 19, while others came out on April 20... I find myself saying, "WHAT THE *bleep*?!" yet again.
Seriously, did ACE intentionally delay our review or did they just spit out some arbitrary publish date and then simply not care when other websites published early?
I ALMOST want to drop the score even lower out of spite, but that would be quite unprofessional. Hmph...
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Should get lots of rest this Tuesday, since I'm going to Santa Monica on Wednesday for an Activision preview event, featuring the Wolverine game. It'll be a good learning experience, since I've never attended these small-scale events before, just big ones like E3. Speaking of which, I've been booked for E3 and Anime Expo. SCEA sent an invite already, since I got into their press conference last year, but I've kinda been bugging Microsoft about getting into their briefing. Also invite-only so I guess we'll see how that goes.
Will get to see Jamie in person, since he's flying down for the convention. I'm luring him with a brand new copy of Street Fighter IV for PS3 Capcom sent me by accident back in March.
I can't say I'm big on anime-philes, but hey, hopefully Gabe will score a few more intimate interviews with some notables so we won't spend the whole time swimming through crowds of large, sweaty cosplayers or people wearing cat ears or giving away free hugs.
Will be able to use my li'l Asus Eee PC 1000HE for both events, too. I've been looking at netbooks for a while, but even with all the big companies making them now, Asus seems to have the best reputation, so I went with a 10" model. Small keyboard is not a problem for my small hands. Funny that it has better specs overall than my 17" Dell Inspiron from 4 years ago.
Oh, and anyone read VG Cats or other stuff by Scott Ramsoomair? I'm particularly fond of his Pokemon-inspired SUPER EFFECTIVE comic. Made me miss the old games so much I dug out my Game Boy Color and played some Gold. Wouldn't dream of spending money on the newer games for DS -- the new Pokemon are way too ugly.
AND, as you may have already guessed, reviewing means there will be no Sunday editorial!
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ACE Team's PC first-person action-fighter Zeno Clash will be hitting Steam and Direct2Drive on April 21, and the... posted Apr 10, 09 6:21pm
Some of us at Neoseeker have a lot of love for indie developer ACE and their upcoming action-adventure title Zeno... posted Mar 20, 09 5:37pm
Been a while since we heard from those guys at ACE Team down in Chile. Today, we finally get more updates on Zeno... posted Mar 05, 09 7:02pm
Looks like Chile-based ACE Team has finally given a somewhat definite release date for their upcoming punk fantasy... posted Dec 17, 08 9:17pm
[image1 link=yes width=345 height=97] Independent developer ACE has more to say about their upcoming first-person... posted Nov 19, 08 11:06pm
[image1 link=yes width=345 height=111] ACE Team, an independent developer based in Chile, has selected Clever... posted Nov 04, 08 8:47pm
- "Final impression: as an indie game, it has the expected kookiness to make it stand out. As a game, however, it's rather bland. ZenoClash PC"Dark Arcanine May 19, 11 2:47am
- Dark Arcanine May 18, 11 7:38pm
- "This game isn't helping itself; it crashed on me already. Had one genuinely interesting fight so far. ZenoClash PC"Dark Arcanine May 17, 11 4:43am
- "Finally bothered to download it. It's okay, but not that interested so far. Just moving from one area to the next with a few punch-ups. ZenoClash PC"Dark Arcanine May 16, 11 7:13pm