Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Game PointBlankX Manufacturer Bandai Namco
Bandai Namco is working on the first arcade version of Point Blank for 15 years. Currently titled Point
Blank X, the game is the series’ fourth instalment proper (though DS and iOS versions have been released since 2000’s Point Blank
3). The prototype cab is currently being tested, and still subject to last-minute changes, but Bandai Namco has confirmed that the twoplayer cabinet will be ticket redemption compatible.
The cabinet itself is a relatively modest proposition, sporting an unusually small 32-inch screen and two no-frills plastic guns in pink and blue. A shock of attentiongrabbing neon on each side of the screen and a brightly lit recess for the guns ensures Point Blank X isn’t an arcade wallflower, though. And, as you would expect, that monitor is HD, so Point Blank’s barmy, colour-rich artwork should leap from the screen.
Structurally, the game differs little from earlier entries, offering up 40 themed microstages, which test players’ mettle for 20 to 30 seconds, and three different difficulty settings. As well as these, there’s also a Kid mode that exaggerates targets’ size – presumably for any children outside of the US and therefore yet to get their eyes in. The original’s three lives have been raised to five, too. With two shooters on point, the game switches to a versus setup as each tries to prove themselves the greater marksman. There’s no release date yet, but the game appears to be location test ready.