Ignition Entertainment's booth at E3 this year was a little bit out of the way, as it was pushed all the way to one side of the convention center. However, those who made the trek over to this booth were treated to some pretty diverse games that included two brawlers, a classic RPG, and an action adventure title.
The first title we saw was Muramasa: The Demon Blade, which is a 2D side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo Wii. What was initially impressive about this title was the visual look of the game. Though the graphics aren't that impressive on a technical level, the creative and artistic look of this game was enough to really pique my interest. The watercolor-stylized graphics really looked great, but the gameplay wasn't bad either, and the level we were allowed to demo featured plenty of hack n' slash gameplay which utilized the main character's three swords to take down enemies as well as a boss at the end.
After checking out Muramasa for a little while, I went on to check out the current-gen Samurai Shodown. I must confess that I have never played a Samurai Shodown game before, and getting some hands-on with this title showed me that this is not a franchise one can just jump into. The control system was very complex, and the slashing system was a little difficult for me to wrap my head around at first. But, after talking to a Samurai Shodown enthusiast for a little while, I felt confident that this title would be great for fans of the series.
Even though I was very uncomfortable playing Samurai Shodown, afterwards I was ready to move into something that was a little more my speed. Nostalgia is a new IP for the DS that features classic, turn-based, dungeon-set RPG gameplay. This title was extremely easy to pick up and play, and the simple retro-inspired format made it an instant charmer.
The final game that I got my hands on at Ignition entertainment's booth was the iconic King of Fighters XII. Although much has been made of this game's hand-drawn look, it is pretty amazing to see in person. Though the combat mechanics aren't very unique, this game's old-school visual style definitely makes it something to stay on the lookout for.
Although Ignition's booth at this year's E3 was on the smaller side, there were plenty of cool games on display, and I have to say that I was most impressed with their handheld offering, Nostalgia. But, if you are a fan of side-scrollers or brawling, there was plenty to see!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor