Repost: E3 2010: Konami

While I wanted to check out everything that Konami had to offer, limited time along with tons of people in the booth didn’t allow for the ability to see some of the bigger titles. But I was able to check out three titles.

Associate Producer Kenji Yamamoto was on hand to talk about the title while I played through the demo of Hard Corps: Uprising. A spiritual sequel to the Contra series, Hard Corps is a 3D side scrolling title that feels like the original Contra with more precise aiming, a dash function, and life bar. The demo did give a lot of lives, but the action is purely of the Conta series. Fast action and enemies that continuously flow from the right side, it was interesting because while regular enemies are more 2d sprites, enemies feature full 3d models.

It only took about ten minutes to complete the demo, but the high res graphics and the return to the classic Contra gameplay shows a lot of potential. The planned release is Winter 2010 on XBLA and PSN.

Next I saw Rush N Attack: Ex-Patriot. Another downloadable title, a 3D/2D sidescroller, the title felt pretty solid. The demo took place in a prison where the goal was to escape. Featuring a two button attack system, stealth gameplay, and interesting visuals, the title could find an audience, but with the short amount of time I had to play, I’m not too sure about it yet.

The final title was Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Another return to the 2D sprite gameplay, the title looked good, and the feature of zooming out was amazing because the entire level could be viewed. I did feel controlling the character felt sluggish and the action was a little muted, but it was an interesting title especially for another 2D entry. The title is another that will be releasing on PSN and XBLA.

I wish I could have seen more of the titles that Konami was showing, but the press conference should show more interesting things not shown on the show floor.

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