Dark Horse takes on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Dark Horse Comics and developers Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja are teaming up to introduce fans to Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z with an all-new digital comic revealing essential pieces of this stylized living comic book!

Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z


Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Coming To Steam

Tecmo Koei Europe announced today that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, slated for release on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in early 2014, will see a simultaneous release on Steam (PC) via digital download.

Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z


Cyborg R.A.T. 7 – Albino Edition

Just before Christmas, I won a mouse through a competition on Gamespot UK!

The mouse arrived today.. not the ‘9 as expected, but the RAT 7 Albino version.  I’m not going to complain, though.. it’s still a good mouse with a lot of nice features.. and a new mouse is very welcome as the LMB on my other is failing!

I think it looks interesting although maybe a little odd with all the angular pieces rather than the rounded, smooth shapes I’m used to.  I quite like the white and silver.. I just hope it doesn’t end up looking grubby too soon 🙂

There are a lot of adjustable and interchangeable parts.. removable weights, different handrests to provide grip, height or length, different pinkie rests, and a thumb rest which can be moved forward and backwards, or twisted outwards.  The mouse feels strange because it is flatter than my last one, but I don’t know whether this is good or bad.. it’s going to be a matter of trying small changes one at a time to see what the most comfortable setup is, and hopefully reducing the joint pain I get from extended use of the mouse.

I’m not sure what to do about the profiles at the moment.. I’ve never had these kind of options before!
To properly take advantage of all the customisable buttons across the different types of games I play, I’d have to swap between a few different profiles.. and I can see that I’d end up forgetting what the buttons had been set up to do, never mind getting mixed up over which profile is selected!  I think I’m going to have to choose just one to start with.. but even then, I’m not sure which one.

Need More Time.. Oh Wait!

Over the last week I’ve added yet more to my list of unplayed games.  I would normally say “I need more time”.. but I’ve now finished work, and it’s Christmas!  Though I’ll soon have to start on some projects, it means I do have a lot more free time 🙂

Today was partly spent trying to achieve a Gold Badge in the adrenaline challenge mode of Defense Grid: The Awakening.. trying, but not succeeding.  I completed the map, but didn’t score highly enough to get gold.

Earning a Gold Badge, and thereby getting the Flurry achievement was one of the objectives of Valve’s latest sale and competition: The Great Gift Pile.. collecting coal and winning prizes, with the chance to win everything on Steam via the Epic Holiday Giveaway on the 2nd Jan.  Everything on Steam.. wow.. I really wouldn’t have enough time!

Last week, I acquired Empire Earth: Gold Edition via GOG.com.. Empire Earth and expansion The Art of Conquest were being given away to anyone who came to the Good Old Games site!  Empire Earth is a real-time strategy by Stainless Steel Studios, said to be somewhat like my beloved Age of Empires, but going from the Stone Age all the way to the Space Age.  Looking forward to this one..

I previously noted that I’d won a copy of EA’s Alice: Madness Returns for the 360, through DR Gaming‘s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway on Facebook..  the game arrived this week, and better still, it came with a bonus Xbox LIVE code for the original American McGee’s Alice!  I remember playing the PC version of this game during my first Christmas together with Tim, on his recommendation 😉

Via a GameSpot UK competition, I won a Cyborg RAT 9 gaming mouse and “gaming surface” aka mousemat 😉
I’ve handed my address over and now await the postman!  Great timing too.. my mouse has been failing intermittently for a while now!  I also won a copy of Orcs Must Die! for Tim, through Day 2 of Splitkick.com’s Holiday Giveaway 2011.  Note: I’m not keeping track of the number of competitions I haven’t won 😉

Yet other new games have arrived thanks to the Humble Indie Bundle.. the contents of Bundle #3 have been added as bonus gifts for those who paid over the average!  This bundle contained Crayon Physics Deluxe, which I got from the Humble Introversion Bundle, and Lazy 8 Studios’ Cogs, which a friend gave me earlier in the year, as well as VVVVVV, Hammerfight and And Yet It Moves.

VVVVVV is a 2d platformer by Terry Cavanagh, with an interesting gravity-switching mechanic which you use to travel and avoid hazards.  I’m hopeful that this doesn’t require too much flailing at the keyboard to manage, otherwise I’ll find it more frustrating than fun.  Hammerfight, by Kranx Productions, is an aerial combat game where you control airships outfitted with hammers and swords!

The final game of the list is Broken Rules’ And Yet It Moves.  It isn’t a horror game, as I first thought when I heard the title, but a 2d puzzle where you control the orientation of the game environment as well as the player character.  This is the game I’m looking forward to most out of the three as I expect the puzzles to be quite fun!