Evildoers and kindling beware, Matchman is on the prowl…

Ah, so this is how our phosphoric hero will save the day %26ndash; a mix of shooting and platforming (think Gunstar Heroes, only a tad less hardcore). %26ldquo;Matchman abandons the tension normally found in a shooter, replacing it with more vivid ideas,%26rdquo; Shao explains. By %26ldquo;vivid%26rdquo;, we can only assume Shao%26rsquo;s referring to TF-H%26rsquo;s decision to add %26ldquo;factors of classical fairytale to the game, making a shooting game filled with humour.%26rdquo; So Metal Slug meets the Brothers Grimm? There%26rsquo;s certainly a terrific pick %26lsquo;n%26rsquo; mix of villainy to choose from. %26ldquo;The bosses of every scenario [are] characters from fairytales: the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, and the queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.%26rdquo; Shao describes one encounter that sees you lobbing apples into the belly of Russian folklore nasty Baba Yaga, in attempt to burst her open from the inside. Shrek it ain%26rsquo;t.

And DS is only the start of Matchman%26rsquo;s world conquest. Look ahead to mid 2009 and a Wii version is set to dazzle. %26ldquo;The Wii version is actually Matchman 2, continuing the story where the DS version left off,%26rdquo; says Shao. %26ldquo;But unlike the DS version it%26rsquo;ll be an action RPG and in full 3D. The Wii remote will be the major weapon controller, taking a similar idea of item emulation to manipulate.%26rdquo; Shao certainly paints an intriguing picture, and we can%26rsquo;t wait to see more. Whether stylus- or remote-led, it would seem evil has met its match.

Far from setting himself alight to burn ne%26rsquo;er-do-wells, combat in Matchman focuses on what Shao refers to as %26ldquo;emulation manipulation%26rdquo; %26ndash; that is, the replicating of item actions on the touchpad. The obvious is pulling and aiming a bow. But some items are still a mystery. %26ldquo;Heavy machine guns, rocket launchers, magnetic cannons %26ndash; every weapon has a unique operation and function,%26rdquo; says Shao. %26ldquo;And every weapon has various types of ammo, including ignited arrows and smoke grenades.%26rdquo; Add nunchucks to the mix and the Big Bad Wolf better crack out the Kevlar. My, what gaping wounds you have%26hellip;

Aug 11, 2008


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