E3 Coverage: Sammy Studios


posted 5/17/2004 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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Guilty Gear is shaping up quite nicely for the PS2 with four-player simultaneous support and some additional characters thrown into the fray. If it sounds frantic it’s because it really is, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. It’s kind of like Smash Bros. with some depth and strategy and that’s all right with us.

Admit it, the stealth-action title is getting pretty stale. For every Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow you get two Mission Impossible: Operation Surmas. Sammy sees it this way too, that’s why it’s unleashing Spy Fiction upon an unsuspecting populous. It takes everything that you love about the genre and builds upon it with cool new gadgets like the stealth suit which makes you invisible for a limited about of time. This game ships soon so we’ll hold off on further comments until we get the final build.

The last title on display was Iron Phoenix, an Xbox Live-enabled martial arts brawler. We saw it last year but it’s come a long way from the days when it was positioned in the back of Kentia Hall. Sammy has taken the game under its wing and slapped on a fresh new coat of paint to really beautify the game. It runs much smoother now and the look and feel of the game is much more professional. Iron Phoenix also drew large crowds thanks in large part to its tournament-like atmosphere.

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