In pictures: Ultimate Capcom Showcase, Sydney - Media + Public event

Capcom took some of its most exciting titles down to Sydney's Oxford Arts Factory, much to the delight of the local gaming community. The event was organised by Capcom's distributor in Australia, THQ.

  • On Wednesday, Capcom and THQ hosted the Ultimate Capcom Showcase event at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory.

    The evening event was opened to the general public and people were given an opportunity to reserve a spot last month.

    The turnout was phenomenal with the line stretching down to the end of the street. I witnessed staff rejecting a number of fans who had forgotten to RSVP. The look of disappointment on their faces was depressing.

    Lucky for the media folks, we had a preview session of the showcase earlier that day...

  • The media event was, of course, less crowded which meant attendees had an opportunity to comfortably sample the games on show.

  • There has been much hype around Street Fighter x Tekken since it was announced way back in 2010. This is the Capcom iteration of the crossover so I had expected the game be more Street Fighter than Tekken.

  • And sure enough, that was the case.

    Sure the Tekken characters retain some of their most iconic moves but die-hard Tekken fans may find it a bit challenging to master the controls when they first play the game.

    Pictured are Yoshimitsu from Tekken (Left) and Dhalsim (Right) from Street Fighter.

    We are still waiting on Namco's version of SF x TK.

  • SFxTK character selection screen.

  • My dream team: Tekken's Ling Xiaoyu and Street Fighter's Ken Masters.

  • Moving onto another fighting game, Marvel v Capcom 3 on the PSVita was on display, much to my delight.

    This was the first time I've had a chance to actually play with the PSVita. That didn't actually stop me from pre-ordering one last month, though...

  • The machine is not too cumbersome and the controls, including the two analogue joysticks, are surprisingly smooth to use.

  • The screen is clear although some might find playing a fast-paced fighting game a tad bit awkward on the PSVita since the characters looks so small.

  • The PSVita has a touchscreen and Marvel v Capcom 3 has taken that into account, giving players an option to do their fighting by gliding and tapping the screen with their fingers.

  • Asura's Wrath is the much anticipated Capcom action adventure game. It's a brand new IP and came from a partnership between Capcom and CyberConnect2.

    The game is a bit out there and reminds me of Bayonetta and Naruto Ultimate Ninja on steroids.

  • A screenshot of Asura's Wrath.

  • Another screenshot of Asura's Wrath.

  • Asura's Wrath is very much plot driven and the story is outlandish, along with the visuals. But, above all, it's fun.

    One of the scenes involved Asura (the protagonist, obviously) killing his enemy with a sword in his mouth after he had his arms severed.

    Crazy, but in a good way!

  • Resident Evil fans may have to wait a while before the sixth instalment of the series arrives but in the meantime, they might want to sink their teeth into RE: Operation Raccoon City.

  • RE: Operation Raccoon City is a collaboration between Capcom and Slant Six Games. The latter is the studio that took over Sony's Soccom third-person shooter (TPS) series.

    As a multiplayer-centric game, RE: Operation Raccoon City benefited a lot from Slant Six's TPS pedigree.

    Both studios have tried to weed out the combat problems from RE 4 and 5 while trying to remain true to the RE universe.

  • While this may stray quite far from the traditional RE games, it is an interesting and, from what I've experienced, entertaining addition to the RE family.

  • I just had to include a picture of this awesome T-Shirt.

  • Shots of the game in action.

  • Dragon's Dogma was also on show. This is Capcom's action RPG which is due for a North American release in May.

  • Right, not back to the general public session later that night.

    Fans were gathering around to try their hands on the collection of games on offer.

  • Right, not back to the general public session later that night.

    Fans were gathering around to try their hands on the collection of games on offer.

  • Some attendees, however, were more keen on playing on the venue's retro arcade machines.

  • By far the most popular game was Street Fighter x Tekken. I had to fight my way into the room to take photos.

  • Fans mesmerised by Street Fighter x Tekken. It was so hectic that staff had to limit the time people spent on the game so that everybody had a chance to play.

  • Some hardcore Capcom fans dressed up as their favourite characters.

    This dude cosplayed as Akuma from Street Fighter.

  • An impressive costume of Yun from Street Fighter.

  • You can spot Ryu there in the lower right-hand corner.

  • I later spotted Ryu and Ken chilling out among the crowd.

  • I don't really know who the half-naked dude was dressed as, but glad I got Dan from Street Fighter in the shot!

  • An impressive Chris Redfield cosplayer. Well, I was impressed anyway.

  • Fans testing out Asura's Wrath.

  • More crowd shots of the Ultimate Capcom Showcase.

  • More crowd shots of the Ultimate Capcom Showcase.

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