Konami is looking to challenge on all fronts in the weeks and months ahead. Games announced and showcased at E3 ranged from arcade and puzzle games to adventure and fighting games. Konami show no fear with the announcement of a puzzle game that may compete directly with a certain DS title, a fighting game which looks to weigh in as a new challenger against popular titles such as Street Fighter, and renews its rivalry with EA's FIFA 12.
Blades of Time
Konami has announced a new hack-and-slash adventure being developed by Gaijin Entertainment. Very little has been released but what is known is that the game promises a “deep combat system”. One way that this will be tested is through person vs person combat, while players will also be given the option of co-operative play.
At the heart of NeverDead is a story of an immortal demon fighter who, after 500 years of inactivity, is contracted to take on demons that have once again started to infiltrate the human world. The E3 trailer is certainly quirky to say the least.
Konami has stated that it is listening to feedback from its fanbase and making improvements from demands. PES 2012 is designed to be a reflection of this with a focus on ensuring the “highest level of playability, challenge and realism for the game”. A number of enhancements have been made for this release including jostling, improved visuals, off the ball control and enhancements to the AI.
Konami is venturing into the fighting game arena this year with the release of Skull Girls for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Packing colourful visuals, a host of diverse characters and a variety of arenas, Skull Girls will be looking to stand out from the crowd this summer.
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights
Konami has decided to go toe-to-toe with Professor Layton with the release of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights. The game requires players to search for clues, solve puzzles and gain information as the quest continues. The story will be told in 2D and will utilize the power of the 3DS to enhance gameplay further. Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights will also boast multiplayer with Treasure Hunt Mode allowing players to collaborate or compete with each other.
Burgertime World Tour
The classic arcade puzzler is getting a revamp as the E3 trailer reveals. Burgertime World Tour will have players tearing around various arenas, leaping across platforms and creating the perfect burgers. Online and split screen multiplayer is to be supported. Burgertime World Tour will be available via Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Games for Windows and WiiWare this summer.
It’s bright, it’s flashy and it has the potential to be brilliant. Otomedius Excellent is the sequel to 2008’s Otomedius Gorgeous. The game features stunning visuals as players embark on an intense 2D sidescrolling adventure. Players can either play through it alone or team up with three other players locally or on Xbox Live Arcade.
Frogger is back, and in 3D. There are a number of stages to feature in the game, but at it’s core it is still the Frogger that everyone knows and loves. In case anyone does not know what Frogger entails, Konami showed a trailer at E3.