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Mark E

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Oh hell yeah, baby! I think it's safe to say that I will be buying this one!


And for those of you interested, here is the PRESS RELEASE Capcom has sent out for the new game:


Get ready to Hen-Shin-A-Go-Go again!


Sequel to 2003 Game of the Year Delivers Even More Viewtiful Style, More Attitude, New VFX Moves and Characters


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 21, 2004 - Capcom, a powerhouse in the multi-billion dollar video game industry, today announced the highly anticipated Viewtiful Joe sequel, Viewtiful Joe 2 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo GameCube. In Viewtiful Joe 2, players will reacquaint themselves with the cel-shaded, comic book movie realm and stunning signature gameplay elements that are synonymous only to Joe. Capcom's quirkiest action superhero once again takes center stage in this engaging action brawler that has new moves, a playable heroine, and inventive character designs with gameplay that perpetuates more punch and style than its predecessor. Viewtiful Joe 2 is set to unleash it's viewtifulness onto the real world this winter. "Viewtiful Joe was the killer app for the GameCube in 2003, and this winter Viewtiful Joe 2 will raise the bar for excellence and innovation even higher with the second generation of the series," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing at Capcom Entertainment. "With new visual effects, enemies and challenges, Joe and Silvia are ready to take on an all new Viewtiful adventure."


At the beginning of this new adventure, we find Joe and his girlfriend, Silvia, ready to face even tougher enemies and greater challenges. This time around, not only will gamers be able to play as Joe, but as Silvia right off the bat as well. In addition to being equipped with her pompoms, Silvia will be packing some heat as she wields a projectile weapon to help defeat the encroaching evil that lurks in the shadows.


Keeping to the stylized yet richly detailed visuals, Viewtiful Joe 2 stays true to its masterfully crafted roots and delivers an even more brilliant and polished videogame. New cinematic visual effect (VFX) powers, such as "Replay" which allows gamers to repeat a part of the action for heroic results, have been implemented to help solve ingenious puzzles, defeat unique yet relentless enemies and add variety to gameplay: Spanning across an increased number of stages and environments including a jungle, snowy mountains and outer space, Viewtiful Joe 2 incorporates more impressive quasi 2D/3D action with over 40 new types of adversaries to obliterate. The not-so-average-Joe will once again break the gaming mold and deliver an experience unlike any other with his polished martial arts attacks, high-flying acrobatics, and compelling storyline.


Viewtiful Joe 2 boasts the following features:


  • More viewtiful 2D/3D hybrid action spanning more stages
  • New second playable character - Now gamers can select Joe's girlfriend, Silvia, who not only struts around with her infamous pompoms but also wields a weapon that fires projectiles to fend off the fiendish foes that she encounters.
  • Over 40 different types of enemies to obliterate!
  • More diverse stages to explore - Viewtiful Joe 2 takes players through awe-inspiring detailed environments including a jungle, underground ruins, ancient Japan, snowy mountains and outer space.
  • Six variations to the Six Machine - Now Joe's trusty aircraft transforms into various shapes to support his activities throughout various stages such as a racer, cannon, drill or submarine.
  • In addition to the infamous "Slow," "Mach Speed," and "Zoom In" visual effects (VFX) powers, the action is even hotter this time around with the new "Replay" VFX power. Replay a punch for three times the damage. Need to restore some health? Eat a hamburger and replay it so you get three times the effect! But beware, try not to use Replay when getting hit or take on three times the damage!
  • Grab a hold of the enemy to swing and throw them around with vigor!


There you have it. It looks as if there will be no co-op mode in number two, which doesn't surprise me, but I know that some of you were hoping for that feature. The new Replay VFX move sounds pretty sweet though. I can't wait to try that out. I also like that they've added a move where you can pick up and throw enemies. I can see myself combining those two moves for boatloads of fun. :)

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Perhaps I'm behind the times here (and I'm certainly too lazy to research this on my own) but does this mean that the first "Joe" will be making an appearance on the PS2? If so, I am a happy camper that does not need to buy a 'cube for just one game (well, and that "Metroid" one too, I suppose).

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Hold the phone! I just read this interview over at Gamespot. Check out this exerpt:


GS: How is the gameplay changing in VJ2?


AI: The addition of Silvia in co-op mode has added a lot of depth. You thought you could do crazy combos in Viewtiful Joe; wait till you try a little simultaneous VJ action!


So, there is going to be a co-op mode? Why would Capcom not mention this in the press release? It would seem to me that this would be a feature they would want to highlight.

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That jungle level looks pretty cool. I'm happy to see that some new environments pop up in the sequel. As great as the visual style of the first game is, the city and industrial settings did get a little repetative in the end. It looks as if Capcom is seeking to fix that in this game.


Thanks for the screenshots, Mark!

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