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"Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: GuiltyR2!" , posted Wed 18 Jan 02:20:post reply

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Harley lost Joker but her BFF will confort her.

But 9 DLC characters already announced is a little too much for me. I'll probably wait for the "complete" version in 2018. Even if Power Girl was confirmed as skin.


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Now, if they bring me Cassandra and Super Shock, I'll have to pay a lot more this year than I was expecting.


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"Re(1):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Wed 18 Jan 03:09post reply

Can we be sure that Joker won't be in Injustice 2? I know "Injustice-Joker" was killed, but if the Injustice Earth crosses over with Standard Earth again, "Standard-Joker" is still alive (and it's hard to imagine Warner not forcing Ed Boon to have DC's most famous villain in it).

So Harley and Ivy are back together, eh? I wonder if the Birds of Prey duo (Batgirl and Black Canary) have any chance in Injustice 2 as well.

To be fair, though, I'm still not very interested in Injustice 2 (although I'm sure I'll be when it gets released, just like what happened to the first game). Maybe this will change after more Teen Titans are announced (at least the five ones constantly used in the cartoons, although I wouldn't bet on Beast Boy having big chances...).





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"Re(2):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Wed 18 Jan 22:20post reply

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Can we be sure that Joker won't be in Injustice 2? I know "Injustice-Joker" was killed, but if the Injustice Earth crosses over with Standard Earth again, "Standard-Joker" is still alive (and it's hard to imagine Warner not forcing Ed Boon to have DC's most famous villain in it).

So Harley and Ivy are back together, eh? I wonder if the Birds of Prey duo (Batgirl and Black Canary) have any chance in Injustice 2 as well.



I don't care much for Injustice (Captain Marvel was treated so much better in MKvsDC...), but if they make the Birds of Prey a thing in that, they better reference at least part of this.





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"Re(3):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Wed 18 Jan 23:17post reply

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I don't care much for Injustice (Captain Marvel was treated so much better in MKvsDC...), but if they make the Birds of Prey a thing in that, they better reference at least part of this.



LOL, that would be great! Unfortunately, I doubt it will happen...

By the way, it's interesting to see Catwoman in this video. Two years ago, I'd have no doubt that she would be in Injustice 2 (I mean, she's pretty much DC's iconic woman next to Wonder Woman and Lois Lane) - but now, both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy seem to be more popular than her, so the chances aren't so great for this poor pussycat...





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"Re(1):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Thu 19 Jan 01:25post reply

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But 9 DLC characters already announced is a little too much for me. I'll probably wait for the "complete" version in 2018. Even if Power Girl was confirmed as skin.

Nine DLC characters?!? That could be half the cast! Are these all going to be new characters or are some of them simply going to be new skins? Thanks to DC's legacy characters Injustice 2 has the potential to have Namco levels of character clones.





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"Re(3):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Thu 19 Jan 04:17post reply

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I don't care much for Injustice (Captain Marvel was treated so much better in MKvsDC...), but if they make the Birds of Prey a thing in that, they better reference at least part of this.



Excuse my ignorance, who is that Bruce Wayne look alike with a mustache?







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"Re(4):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Thu 19 Jan 09:08:post reply

Apparently the rest of the roster for Injustice 2 was leaked from the inevitable mobile game a while ago, before the story trailer. The characters that showed up in the story trailer kind of confirmed the legitimacy of the leak so ppl are just now taking it more seriously, but as always take it with a grain of salt.

If this is accurate it's pretty odd that certain villains are without their respective heroes to fight while Batman and Friends are taking up nearly 1/3 of the roster.





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"Re(4):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Thu 19 Jan 09:24post reply

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I don't care much for Injustice (Captain Marvel was treated so much better in MKvsDC...), but if they make the Birds of Prey a thing in that, they better reference at least part of this.


Excuse my ignorance, who is that Bruce Wayne look alike with a mustache?



Well, I'd have to watch the full episode to be sure, but I suspect that it's Matches Malone, a notorious criminal in Gotham City...



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...and a fake identity created by Batman every time he needs to infiltrate criminal groups to investigate.

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"Re(5):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Thu 19 Jan 23:35post reply

As for the supposedly leaked list...



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- Some of these names are confirmed as special skins (not actual characters), like John Stewart to Hal Jordan, Power Girl to Supergirl, and Zoom/Reverse Flash to Flash;

- Was it really necessary to have Captain Cold AND Mr. Freeze in the same game? Unless one of them is a special skin for the other (but unlike the cases above, I think their powers don't work quite the same way...);

- It's a shame if Raven and Batgirl are really removed from the roster (I was expecting to have the five most recognizable Teen Titans and the Birds of Prey duo in the game) - plus, I'd expect John Constantine to be in this game after his huge popularity boost and how he pretty much dominated the third year of the Injustice comic book... Doctor Occult would be cool, too, as he could be like a two-in-one fighter (switching his body and powers from Richard to Rose and vice-versa).

Overall, if this is really the remaining roster for Injustice 2, I must admit I liked the cast from the first game better. It's still quite a decent roster, though.


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"Re(6):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 01:26post reply

This probably shouldn't be listed under the "Spring 2017" fighting game thread, but Tekken 7 is finally getting a console release in June. That's a long ways off but it's going to take that long to save up enough money for the massive list of DLC that's going to be included.





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"Re(7):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 01:45post reply

June?? I may buy it day one!! The story looks interesting judging from the glimpses in the trailer. Seeing Heihachi shedding a two tears is something. The only thintg I don't like about the trailer is that they don't seem to show Claudio -unless he's the cloaked guy in the desert- though he's supposed to be a key character in the plot. Bear with me, I sympathyze with him just because he's Italian xD And because I almost like the power of light as much as I like the power of fire in fictional stories.

Tekken aside, I took advantage of the recent US PSN flash sale and bought Skullgirls 2nd Encore!! and Ducktales Remastered while I was at it I made an exception to my will to always buy physical versions because I have a sad feeling I won't be able to get my hands on one of the Limited Run copies. I couldn't take part to the preorders and it's still heavy on my heart. Not to mention that possible used copies may turn into a very expensive collector's item...





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"Re(8):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 02:06:post reply

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Tekken aside, I took advantage of the recent US PSN flash sale and bought Skullgirls 2nd Encore!!


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"Re(9):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 04:12post reply

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Tekken aside, I took advantage of the recent US PSN flash sale and bought Skullgirls 2nd Encore!!

Glad to know you'll finally get to see MMCafe!



Yes! Who would guess that Filia would be a regular MMCafe customer?

Since I saw that homage in the game, I wonder if one or more of the Skullgirls developers are members of this board... do you have any idea, Professor?





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"Re(9):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 05:04post reply

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Glad to know you'll finally get to see MMCafe!


I quickly searched about the MMC reference because I don't know when I'll have a full single player playthrough -I bought it in a rush in order to benefit from the flash sale- and I was speechless. Can't wait to see this gem in story mode!! The Cafe means a lot to me, so I'm really happy to see it featured in such a great game.





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"Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guil" , posted Tue 24 Jan 06:09:post reply

So console Tekken 7 is being released in June, I pretty much figured this was going to happen because the arcade version wasn't done releasing new characters. They may not even be done announcing new arcade characters yet, since I doubt they would use Kuma as the grand finale of the arcade roster.

Harada said in an interview that they "tried" to make it earlier but decided not to release an incomplete product; not exactly the most subtle reference. I guess there's another thing that SFV can now be blamed for: delays of other fighting games. It just can't catch a break!

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I haven't been following the 2nd Encore happenings lately, did they ever manage to get enough money to include the JP voices in any version?





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"Re(2):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Tue 24 Jan 07:57post reply

According to this post from the official site, Japanese voices will be patched in when the physical copies get shipped, which is slated to happen later than expected due to bureaucracy and the amount of work on online lobbies.





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"Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guil" , posted Tue 24 Jan 12:25post reply

quote:
Tekken aside, I took advantage of the recent US PSN flash sale and bought Skullgirls 2nd Encore!!

Glad to know you'll finally get to see MMCafe!


Yes! Who would guess that Filia would be a regular MMCafe customer?

Since I saw that homage in the game, I wonder if one or more of the Skullgirls developers are members of this board... do you have any idea, Professor?



None of the Skullgirls devs are members of this board. I haven't had the opportunity to meet MikeZ yet, but I've met Alex twice thus far and a gang of crew including Persona and music director Vincent were here recently. They're all great!


Micky- If you want to try checking how the netcode feels in comparison to KOF14's when playing cross-continent, feel free to hit me about it! It would be interesting, actually.







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"Re(7):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 24 Jan 18:03post reply

quote:
This probably shouldn't be listed under the "Spring 2017" fighting game thread, but Tekken 7 is finally getting a console release in June. That's a long ways off but it's going to take that long to save up enough money for the massive list of DLC that's going to be included.



It was nice to see that in the very least Eliza's character won't be lost forever with the now-defunct Tekken Revolutions, although I wonder if when she becomes available she'll be given any sort of ending or story bits.

I can't help but wonder though, between the Reppuken-ish special, Tekken 7's likely use of DLC down the line, Gouki's presence (in a plot-relevant manner to boot), and Harada's one-time mention of liking the idea of including Geese Howard in Tekken, if that particular inclusion might actually be possible, considering the elements in the game that already enable it, like its compliance with the use of projectiles...





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"Re(2):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Tue 24 Jan 18:29:post reply

Thank you so much Prof ^^ As soon as I find out what's my 2 favorite characters and learn their very basics, I'll arrange some matches with you. (I may limit myself to the one character mode if I can't seem to get comfortable with two) That said, I briefly tried Parasoul in training because I like her personality and her tragic backstory and she's freaking hot, I had played the X360 demo ages ago but I didn't remember how insane her walk is x'D

Patch 1.04 is up, lobbies and lots of changes. Not to mention some alternate intros ^^





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"Re(2):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Tue 24 Jan 21:13post reply

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None of the Skullgirls devs are members of this board. I haven't had the opportunity to meet MikeZ yet, but I've met Alex twice thus far and a gang of crew including Persona and music director Vincent were here recently. They're all great!



Cool!

It took me a long time to be interested in Skullgirls, but after I did... wow, this may be the best new fighting game franchise in years! Everything in it is amazing, from the MvC-esque gameplay to the film noir visuals, the extremely detailed and engaging plot, the FANTASTIC soundtrack... and the unique characters, of course: even Fukua, who was conceived as a parody of Decapre's reveal, turned out to be unique on her own (in some aspects, perhaps the most unique character of the game).

It's great to see the developers getting their work recognized, to the point of being able to release the game in physical edition and outside the Western market. Hopefully this recognition will keep growing and allowing Skullgirls to get sequels and become the mainstream game franchise it deserves to be.





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"Re(3):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Wed 25 Jan 01:05post reply

Skullgirls sounds very well thought as for its gameplay according to the tidbits I've read here and there in the last years, and its art compartment is absolutely top notch. I really hope it gets an equally well made sequel after development on Indivisible is finished.

I read about Fukua's projectiles and I thought of KOFXI's Magaki by the way xD





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"Re(4):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Thu 26 Jan 01:10post reply

The 9 games of EVO.

• Street Fighter V
• Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
• Smash Bros. Wii U
• Smash Bros. Melee
• Injustice 2
• Blazblue Central Fiction
• Tekken 7
• KOF XIV
one of these guys, as voted by YOU! (*not just you.)

I root for ARMS.
I'd settle for Nidhogg.
I expect Marvel 3.





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"Re(5):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Thu 26 Jan 02:26post reply

I have no idea how Pokken is currently winning. People enjoy watching that game? At least I can be amused by the fact that Windjammers is handily beating half the games on that list.





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"Re(3):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Thu 26 Jan 22:45post reply

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Thank you so much Prof ^^ As soon as I find out what's my 2 favorite characters and learn their very basics, I'll arrange some matches with you. (I may limit myself to the one character mode if I can't seem to get comfortable with two) That said, I briefly tried Parasoul in training because I like her personality and her tragic backstory and she's freaking hot, I had played the X360 demo ages ago but I didn't remember how insane her walk is x'D

Patch 1.04 is up, lobbies and lots of changes. Not to mention some alternate intros ^^


Wait for me! I'm waiting for my PS3 version to be patched. I also have the game on my PC but my toaster is overheating for a few years so I never really played after Big Band was out (I have every character since they were free at the time).

I would argue that Cerebella is the best grappler that I ever played in my life.





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"Re(4):Re(10):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017" , posted Fri 27 Jan 02:01post reply

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I would argue that Cerebella is the best grappler that I ever played in my life.



Hahah, I think I've said this at least once too. They kind of gave her all the goodies, huh?

I haven't spent all that much time with Skullgirls total, but Cerebella is a really fun character with tons of effective and cool-looking options.

Still hoping that a perfect Capcom vs. SNK 3 Vice will materialize for me.

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Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter - Import Preorder US$48.90

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"Re(1):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Thu 2 Feb 03:53post reply

Wow, I'll follow this game's launch closely ^^





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"TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Fri 3 Feb 01:21:post reply

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I would argue that Cerebella is the best grappler that I ever played in my life.


Hahah, I think I've said this at least once too. They kind of gave her all the goodies, huh?

I haven't spent all that much time with Skullgirls total, but Cerebella is a really fun character with tons of effective and cool-looking options.


And look at that. One day after, and the patch came out. Sadly, I didn't had time to play this week.


Well, about other fighting games, remember that one button fighting game made by a brazilian studio? Well, it has 4 buttons now along with a completely new system and they're trying a new crowdfunding campaign.

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"Re(1):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Fri 3 Feb 02:06post reply

Hadn't heard of Trajes Fatais before, but now I'm intrigued. Anything from the plot to the K.O system seems nice. I hope this game comes out with the B-side variations for all the characters.





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"Re(2):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Fri 3 Feb 02:35:post reply

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Hadn't heard of Trajes Fatais before, but now I'm intrigued. Anything from the plot to the K.O system seems nice. I hope this game comes out with the B-side variations for all the characters.


Well, the old "1-button build" is still up to download if you want to try with the bubbles life-bars thing and canceling system. At least you'll have a rough idea of what the B-side characters are and how the game will look like. But yeah, I think they should've made a new demo build with at least two characters to show the game.

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So Harley and Ivy are back together, eh? I wonder if the Birds of Prey duo (Batgirl and Black Canary) have any chance in Injustice 2 as well.


One down, two more to go.


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What? You can't forget Huntress. And I still want Cass even as a skin like Powergirl.

Also, I shouldn't have watched that with my earphones.


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"Re(3):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Fri 3 Feb 04:59post reply

It's been some time since I heard anything about Trajes Fatais but I'm glad to see they are still plugging away.

Black Canary is looking like the Earth-2 version of Sonya Blade which means she has a pretty decent chance of being good. Also, I know it's pointless to complain about NRS animation but what the heck sort of stance did they give Blue Beetle?





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"Re(3):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Fri 3 Feb 19:43post reply

Thank you Kensou for pointing out the demo ^^

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Sadly, my current computer is an agonizing Mac laptop I had to treat with the infamous "kernel_ task trick" (removing a file involved in the management of some hardware functions) a year ago because its CPU would work like crazy all the time otherwise, so I don't know whether installing a Bootcamp partition would make things even worse for my poor system...

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"Re(3):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Sat 4 Feb 00:39post reply

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So Harley and Ivy are back together, eh? I wonder if the Birds of Prey duo (Batgirl and Black Canary) have any chance in Injustice 2 as well.

One down, two more to go.



YAY!! Now I hope Barbara Gordon is next (...am I too much of a hypocrite for not wanting this game to be full of Bat-characters yet cheering for Batgirl's and Nightwing's inclusion??). Oh yes, and Cyborg, Starfire and Raven (poor Beast Boy probably has no chance).



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As for Huntress, the thing with her is that she hasn't been a BoP member for as long as the other two (if I'm not mistaken, since the DC New 52 rebooted the DC-verse history, she hasn't been a BoP member AT ALL). But if she's in Injustice 2, sure, I'll love it; the more, the merrier!

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"Re(4):TRAF - Trajes Fatais" , posted Sat 4 Feb 04:26post reply

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YAY!! Now I hope Barbara Gordon is next (...am I too much of a hypocrite for not wanting this game to be full of Bat-characters yet cheering for Batgirl's and Nightwing's inclusion??). Oh yes, and Cyborg, Starfire and Raven (poor Beast Boy probably has no chance).



I would prefer their Teen Titans Go versions, super deformed and cell-shaded!





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"FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda fits)" , posted Tue 7 Feb 23:05post reply

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I would prefer their Teen Titans Go versions, super deformed and cell-shaded!



...That would be quite cool, actually. Unfortunately, since NRS is developing this game, I doubt they would ever use funny, cell-shaded characters instead of "dark, edgy and realistic" ones.

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In other news, Iron Galaxy finally decided to cater to part of the Killer Instinct fanbase and announced the inclusion of Ultimate Moves (which are kinda like MK's Fatalities, but much less gory). The first ones to get them are Jago, Thunder, Maya, TJ Combo and Tusk.

Overall, I like them, and it's cool that IG didn't follow NRS's gory style (Maya's Ultimate is the only one where I don't see the opponent having a chance to survive the final blow). The weird thing, though, is that they announced that only two more groups of five characters each will be getting Ultimates later on, which means that only 16 fighters of the entire roster will have them (Shadow Jago already had one ever since his inclusion).

It's a pity that the other ones won't get them - and it will be really frustrated if some of the guest characters are among the ones that WILL have Ultimates...





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"Re(1):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Tue 7 Feb 23:27post reply

Jago has a Genkidama LOL. If there's one thing that helps me relieve the sadness caused by the death of 2D graphics in fighting games -if only more Japanese developers tried to follow in ArcSys's footsteps...-, it's the opportunity to come up with extremely flashy, camerawork packed finishers. I like these "first" Ultimates.





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"Re(2):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Wed 8 Feb 03:59post reply

I was going to say that Kim Wu didn't look too good during Tusk's ultimate but then I remembered the poor girl always looks like that. Kim Wu, the "nice personality" of fighting games.





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"Re(3):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Wed 8 Feb 06:42post reply

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I was going to say that Kim Wu didn't look too good during Tusk's ultimate but then I remembered the poor girl always looks like that. Kim Wu, the "nice personality" of fighting games.



I am super unimpressed. The original KI at least had impressively dorky ways to finish off your opponent (e.g., crushed by an arcade machine, death by boobs, Fulgore machine-gun-head ED-209 impersonation).

This looks about like Soul Calibur 5 tier. Not worth much more than a "You tried," IMO.

But really, I am probably too harsh on everything.





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"Re(4):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Wed 8 Feb 10:07post reply

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This looks about like Soul Calibur 5 tier. Not worth much more than a "You tried," IMO.

Which reminds me, have I used this thread to complain about the ongoing languishing of the Soul Calibur series? It looks like Namco keeps teasing the idea of it coming back with all these character polls online, but it reminds me tragically of Capcom's abusive relationship with Rockman more than anything else at this point.

...then again, I'm used to waiting, since the last good Soul Calibur (2) came out more than a decade ago!





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"Re(5):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Wed 8 Feb 22:51post reply

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I am super unimpressed. The original KI at least had impressively dorky ways to finish off your opponent (e.g., crushed by an arcade machine, death by boobs, Fulgore machine-gun-head ED-209 impersonation).


Actually, the "crushed by an arcade machine" finisher wasn't from KI, but from MK3 (Liu Kang's second Fatality, to be more specific). KI1 did have a "crushed by a falling automobile" finisher, though, while KI2 had a "crushed by a baby elephant" one and a "crushed by a meteor" one.

As for the "death by boobs"... I guess with Orchid's current outfit (chest plate, undershirt and possibly a bra), she would need a lot of time to be able to do it. Then again, this game has a naked lady in its roster (sure, it's Riptor, but still... she's at least more feminine than the MK 2011 and Injustice 1 women).

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Which reminds me, have I used this thread to complain about the ongoing languishing of the Soul Calibur series? It looks like Namco keeps teasing the idea of it coming back with all these character polls online, but it reminds me tragically of Capcom's abusive relationship with Rockman more than anything else at this point.

...then again, I'm used to waiting, since the last good Soul Calibur (2) came out more than a decade ago!



Isn't Soul Calibur one of Bamco's best-selling series? Unless SFV underperformed in sales, I don't think the franchise would be shoved like Capcom did to Rockman.

But yes, the next game needs to be much, MUCH better.





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"Re(6):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Thu 9 Feb 03:20post reply

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I am super unimpressed. The original KI at least had impressively dorky ways to finish off your opponent (e.g., crushed by an arcade machine, death by boobs, Fulgore machine-gun-head ED-209 impersonation).

Actually, the "crushed by an arcade machine" finisher wasn't from KI, but from MK3 (Liu Kang's second Fatality, to be more specific). KI1 did have a "crushed by a falling automobile" finisher, though, while KI2 had a "crushed by a baby elephant" one and a "crushed by a meteor" one.



Hah, honest mistake. I remember Jago's big pink car now. Back in the day, dropping massive objects on people was all the rage. Mariah also has the power.





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"Re(7):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Thu 9 Feb 04:41post reply

Thanks to Mosquiton's post I re-watched the original finishers from the KI arcade games. In isolation they were short and somewhat dumb. Perhaps I'm giving too much credit to the programmers but they come across like they are designed to be combo enders. If they came at the end of a ridiculously long attack string while the announcer screamed his fool head off they would be a part of something more exciting. The new finishers feel too long to be and cinematic to be part of the flow of a ending combo but don't have the budget or the crassness to pull off some of the more exquisite MK fatalities. I'll have to see how these are used in matches but at the moment these KI finishers feel like they are trapped in an odd middle ground.

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Actually, the "crushed by an arcade machine" finisher wasn't from KI, but from MK3 (Liu Kang's second Fatality, to be more specific). KI1 did have a "crushed by a falling automobile" finisher, though, while KI2 had a "crushed by a baby elephant" one and a "crushed by a meteor" one.


Hah, honest mistake. I remember Jago's big pink car now. Back in the day, dropping massive objects on people was all the rage. Mariah also has the power.


What's odd is that when I was becoming reacquainted with the old KI games I was reminded that, for no good reason, TJ Combo throws a KI cabinet in his victory cinematic. Whether people are being crushed by arcade cabs or picking them up to prove their inhuman might those old crt holders were heavy!







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"Re(8):FINISH H... oops, wrong line (but kinda" , posted Thu 9 Feb 07:11:post reply

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TJ Combo throws a KI cabinet in his victory cinematic.
I, meanwhile, remembered that this series contained characters not only named "Fulgore" but also "TJ Combo." Given the English-speaking sphere's preponderance of sarcasm and brutal dislike of anything hokey, it's such a miracle that the series (and all of the 1990s) happened.

...old Kim-Wu's outfit was better even if stolen from Chun-Li.





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"SF5 : [Insert cold pun]" , posted Fri 10 Feb 01:29post reply

Well, there she is.

She reminds me of Zero 3 Karin : some rekkas, some counters... The ice gimmick is a neat inversion of Dahlsim's fire carpet.
It also confirms the Season2 characters will arrive every other month until the end of the year, which seems... far.

Finally, a balance patch to the season 2 balance patch is confirmed.







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"Re(1):SF5 : [Insert cold pun]" , posted Fri 10 Feb 01:44:post reply

I believe you were looking for: "Time to put you...on ice!"

Not bad, I guess, even if it shatters (like ice) my Justice Gakuen dreams for now. But will her underwear color be adjustable like Sophitia's?

I'm interested to find out if "patching the patch" means "patching the patch to remove the terrible patch and restore the game to proper season 1 balance where my Chun-Li is queen." Or at the very least, going with their original plan of "strengthening weak characters" as opposed to "brutally nerfing every single character."

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"Re(1):SF5 : [Insert cold pun]" , posted Fri 10 Feb 02:02post reply

So her name was a pun all along? Sure, why not. I guess the next character will be Gill's fire attendant Kajin or whatever.

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"Re(2):SF5 : [Insert cold pun]" , posted Fri 10 Feb 02:57post reply

I hope the next patch nerfs FANG.







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"Re(3):SF5 : [Insert cold pun]" , posted Fri 10 Feb 03:01post reply

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I hope the next patch nerfs FANG.

Will he still exist at that point? Will he still be able to do damage? Maybe he'll just be a disembodied floating hat.

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"Re(2):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Tue 28 Feb 05:47post reply

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"GGXrd Rev2 on May25" , posted Tue 28 Feb 19:01post reply

Featuring the return of weird Ishiwatari Art

Kinda liking that Ishiwatari's drawing Sol in wild and weird expressions again. It did seem like lately his art has become more...reserved and maybe generic. Anyways, as the game I'll probably sink the most hours into in the upcoming...2 years at least, I'm excited for this





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"Re(1):GGXrd Rev2 on May25" , posted Tue 28 Feb 23:48:post reply

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Kinda liking that Ishiwatari's drawing Sol in wild and weird expressions again.

I'm glad to hear that the latest GG is coming out soon. I'm not so certain what I think about Sol seemingly having two left hands.

EDIT: Some screenshots of DoA's costume crossover with Arc System have been released. Soon all games will be united under the DoA flag.





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"Rage of the Dragons rights" , posted Wed 1 Mar 03:52:post reply

With Noise Factory shutting down. I've been wondering for a long time at Twitter about who owns the rights of Rage of the Dragons.

As far as I know, Evoga has been long gone since 2004. ROTD was a result of Evoga failing to obtain the licensing rights of Double Dragon from Million.

I read somewhere that SNK has desires in reviving it. Also, I know Arc System Works currently own the rights of Double Dragon.

I speculated multiple scenarios depending who owns the rights of ROTD. If Arc has the rights, there is no problem in having all characters again. However, if SNK gets the rights, there might be some legal tango with ArcSys (who has Double Dragon right now), in order to avoid this, SNK might either drop (and promote Lynn Baker as the new protagonist) the Lewis Bros. and Abubo (and redesign Kang Jae Mo, who is based from Burnov) or give the legally questionable characters the Nameless treatment, unless SNK and ArcSys will make a deal.

AFAIK, the following ROTD characters are presumably safe to use if SNK acquires them: Lynn, Sonia, Pepe, Pupa, Radel, Annie, Oni, Cassandra, Alice, Elias, Mr. Jones, Kang (if redesigned) and Johann

I know, Evoga changed the surnames from Lee to Lewis (and Abobo to Abubo) to avoid legal tangos with Million back then after failing to obtain a license.

With Noise closing down, the question remains, Who has the real rights of Rage of the Dragons?

I guess, things will get more complicated now and ROTD fades into obscurity (I hope not).

Off-topic: I've been a lurker of MMCafe since when KOF 2003 was released. A former regular of SNK-Capcom.com and a regular of Cyberfanatix (which is down right now). Also, I spew random things at Twitter. (Also, a shell-shocked survivor from Imoya's pachinko years. This is why I am "antagonistic" against them in KOF XIV.)

This is my first time here in MMCafe (I registered here more than a week ago) and ironically, my first post is ROTD related rather than SNK/KOF.





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"Re(1):Rage of the Dragons rights" , posted Wed 1 Mar 04:25:post reply

quote:
With Noise Factory shutting down. I've been wondering for a long time at Twitter about who owns the rights of Rage of the Dragons.

As far as I know, Evoga has been long gone since 2004. ROTD was a result of Evoga failing to obtain the licensing rights of Double Dragon from Million.

I read somewhere that SNK has desires in reviving it. Also, I know Arc System Works currently own the rights of Double Dragon.

I speculated multiple scenarios depending who owns the rights of ROTD. If Arc has the rights, there is no problem in having all characters again. However, if SNK gets the rights, there might be some legal tango with ArcSys (who has Double Dragon right now), in order to avoid this, SNK might either drop (and promote Lynn Baker as the new protagonist) the Lewis Bros. and Abubo (and redesign Kang Jae Mo, who is based from Burnov) or give the legally questionable characters the Nameless treatment, unless SNK and ArcSys will make a deal.

AFAIK, the following ROTD characters are presumably safe to use if SNK acquires them: Lynn, Sonia, Pepe, Pupa, Radel, Annie, Oni, Cassandra, Alice, Elias, Mr. Jones, Kang (if redesigned) and Johann

I know, Evoga changed the surnames from Lee to Lewis (and Abobo to Abubo) to avoid legal tangos with Million back then after failing to obtain a license.

With Noise closing down, the question remains, Who has the real rights of Rage of the Dragons?

I guess, things will get more complicated now and ROTD fades into obscurity (I hope not).



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I believe if SNK wants to rerelease ROTD they could like they have done with other old Neo-Geo games lately. But as far as a new(sequel) game then they would have to drop the DD characters. On a good note, if they can acquire the other Non-DD characters and Power Instinct, that would open endless opportunities.





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"Re(3):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Wed 1 Mar 05:07post reply

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Wow, I'll follow this game's launch closely ^^


Looks like they need help with mass production of the catridges.
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Oops, I got carried away by a Dracula craze too much and stayed away from video game sites for a couple days, thank you for pointing this out ^^ I guess this is limited to the USA version, did Foxbat say anything about the Japanese release?

GGXrdRev2 being dated (for Japan only now, right?) is great to me. Right around my birthday like Rev last year!! Thank you ArcSys for the gift :D

Welcome Yuki, glad to see you here ^_^ I'm a big fan of your humor on Twitter :D Knowing that Noise Factory is closing is sad to me...I love Sengoku 2001 to death, it's the game that makes me sad about the death of the beat'em up genre the most, because I think it showed us this kind of game still had potential. And the shutdown looks so sudden on top of that...sounds like a piece of Noise Factory's spirit will stay alive in the shop at least. I hope their IPs don't get forgotten or slaughtered.





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"Re(4):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Wed 1 Mar 19:10:post reply

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Hey Yuki, welcome to the cafe! I seen your stuff in Cyberfanatix so great work over there.

I believe if SNK wants to rerelease ROTD they could like they have done with other old Neo-Geo games lately. But as far as a new(sequel) game then they would have to drop the DD characters. On a good note, if they can acquire the other Non-DD characters and Power Instinct, that would open endless opportunities.



quote:

Welcome Yuki, glad to see you here ^_^ I'm a big fan of your humor on Twitter :D Knowing that Noise Factory is closing is sad to me...I love Sengoku 2001 to death, it's the game that makes me sad about the death of the beat'em up genre the most, because I think it showed us this kind of game still had potential. And the shutdown looks so sudden on top of that...sounds like a piece of Noise Factory's spirit will stay alive in the shop at least. I hope their IPs don't get forgotten or slaughtered.



quote:

Hi Yuki, welcome to the Cafe if I didn't greet you yet last month!



Thanks guys. It's an honor to be here.

neo0r0chiaku, I think Atlus still has the Power Instinct rights. The rights will just be "returned" to Atlus after Noise closes.

However, since Atlus and Arc System Works are buddies (thanks to the Persona Arena series), I can see that Atlus, if they have the desire to make a new sequel of Power Instinct, can just go to ArcSys for a new Power Instinct sequel instead.

UPDATE:
Talking about Dencyu and Power Instinct
My shot of understanding things: They are talking to Dencyu for their further plans. They also mention that Power Instinct is still Atlus' property.





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"Re(5):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Wed 1 Mar 19:59:post reply

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neo0r0chiaku, I think Atlus still has the Power Instinct rights. The rights will just be "returned" to Atlus after Noise closes.

However, since Atlus and Arc System Works are buddies (thanks to the Persona Arena series), I can see that Atlus, if they have the desire to make a new sequel of Power Instinct, can just go to ArcSys for a new Power Instinct sequel instead.


Hi Yuki, welcome to the Cafe if I didn't greet you yet last month!

Indeed Atlus still owns the IP to the Power Instinct series; Noise Factory confirmed it as well to assure fans.

A little trivia, the company is located closeby to SNK headquarters but more conveniently closer to the train station (Esaka station). One employee (NeoG) admitted that he used the building for its restroom when he couldn't make it to his SNK office on time.





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"Re(6):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Wed 1 Mar 23:30post reply

quote:
neo0r0chiaku, I think Atlus still has the Power Instinct rights. The rights will just be "returned" to Atlus after Noise closes.

However, since Atlus and Arc System Works are buddies (thanks to the Persona Arena series), I can see that Atlus, if they have the desire to make a new sequel of Power Instinct, can just go to ArcSys for a new Power Instinct sequel instead.

Hi Yuki, welcome to the Cafe if I didn't greet you yet last month!

Indeed Atlus still owns the IP to the Power Instinct series; Noise Factory confirmed it as well to assure fans.

A little trivia, the company is located closeby to SNK headquarters but more conveniently closer to the train station (Esaka station). One employee (NeoG) admitted that he used the building for its restroom when he couldn't make it to his SNK office on time.

Wonder if the talents there in Noise Factory would join SNK since they're hiring again and last two years of company history seems to be having a rocking reunion.







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"Re(6):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Preo" , posted Thu 2 Mar 02:06post reply

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A little trivia, the company is located closeby to SNK headquarters but more conveniently closer to the train station (Esaka station). One employee (NeoG) admitted that he used the building for its restroom when he couldn't make it to his SNK office on time.



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"Re(7):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Box" , posted Thu 2 Mar 22:27post reply

Bouncing back on an earlier topic of this thread... I don't like that it looks nothing like a package cover any SFC game would have had at the time, whether we are talking of the packaging (although obviously they could not re-use the official design) or the risquee illustration, in the same way that I don't like the more-GBA-than-SFC visual style and character designs in game.





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"Re(8):Unholy Knight: The Darkness Hunter Box" , posted Fri 3 Mar 00:46post reply

Heh, this definitely isn't a proper art style for a SFC boxart.

As for the game itself, the only thing I don't like is the animations. They could use more frames IMO, but I guess something prevented them from drawing more frames, and I'd love to read some development stories sometime in the future, hoping they shed light on what limitations they had to face (sure it's budget reasons, but I'd like to read more detailed explanations).





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"Capoeira, mystic arts and a katana spirit" , posted Fri 3 Mar 04:21post reply

Three reveals in one day... wow!

- Tekken 7 gets Eddy Gordo, a great return. And his voice actor nailed the Portuguese lines!

- Injustice 2 gets Doctor Fate. Cool, I guess, but I'd rather see John Constantine (mystic powers + antihero attitude + British accent + normal clothes for a change) or Doctor Occult (he could work as a 2-in-1 character, switching place with Rose Psychic). Not a bad choice, though.

- and Killer Instinct gets... Shin Hisako. Yeah. Ironically, she seems to be very different than regular Hisako, and is the second character with a permanent Guardian (the spirit inside the katana she got - the first one was Kim Wu with her Dragon Spirit, by the way). Still a little frustrating, although at least the development team assured that the final Post-S3 character will be 100% new, unlike her or Kilgore.





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That soundtrack for Shin Hisako is out of control.







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"Re(2):Capoeira, mystic arts and a katana spir" , posted Sat 4 Mar 20:45post reply

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That soundtrack for Shin Hisako is out of control.

That Rashid effect.
SF5, KI, Injustice and even Overwatch all got a new character on the same week.

Meanwhile, in MvCI...
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"Re(3):Capoeira, mystic arts and a katana spir" , posted Tue 7 Mar 02:55post reply

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... Is this game made by the leftover SF5 team when they will be done with fixing the server?
At least UMvC3 is on Steam now.


Perhaps MvCI is going the Injustice 2 route where it's announced then promptly goes dark for several months until it gets closer to the release date? Maybe? I'm not certain what the fighting game people at Capcom are doing but since they aren't releasing promised SF5 items such as the nostalgia costumes or that Akiman Chun-Li outfit they must be working on something. Odds are they've been reduced to running errands for the RE team since that's where the money's at.

A minor complaint, but that nictitating membrane on Kolin's eye in the VS screen bothers me more than it should.







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"Re(3):Capoeira, mystic arts and a katana spir" , posted Tue 7 Mar 12:25:post reply

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At least UMvC3 is on Steam now.


It appears that Capcom somehow managed to botch controller support? People are reporting that the game doesn't recognize the d-pad on Xbox 360 controllers and have reported issues with other controllers as well.

(This is in addition to the regular PC port issues, like Capcom just assuming that everyone would already have the necessary video CODEC installed, or reports of black screens and/or crashing.)

EDIT: Oh, and apparently your microphone (if you have one) is always transmitting?

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"Re(4):Capoeira, mystic arts and a katana spir" , posted Sat 11 Mar 06:49post reply

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"Primal Rage II Can Now Be Played" , posted Wed 15 Mar 10:48post reply

Unreleased Primal Rage II Can Now Be Played By Everyone





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"Re(1):Primal Rage II Can Now Be Played" , posted Thu 16 Mar 01:11:post reply

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Wow! The amount of work that has gone into preserving and disseminating this game post-cancellation is amazing. This is probably the only way Primal Rage 2 would ever become a cult classic since the game itself looks awful.

EDIT: The notes for SF5 patch 2.5 have come out. It's mostly number shifting except for Zangief who suddenly gained a bunch of new moves.





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"Re(2):Primal Rage II Can Now Be Played" , posted Thu 16 Mar 03:52post reply

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EDIT: The notes for SF5 patch 2.5 have come out. It's mostly number shifting except for Zangief who suddenly gained a bunch of new moves.

It's difficult to judge such things on paper, but it looks all extremely well thought relative to where the game is standing now.
For example, many characters which are "just fine" have not been touched at all, and that's possibly a harder decision than just "bumping moves for weak characters and nerfing moves for strong characters".
As for changes (beside Cammy's bullshit getting bullshitter), Urien's nerfs are surprisingly reasonable, FANG and Guile received a well deserved ctrl+Z from season 1, and Ryu and Nash are potentially back from the dead.
Alex is still trash.

All in all, this is possibly the first level-headed move from Capcom since the release of the game. I am reasonably excited to see how it pans out.







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"Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Thu 16 Mar 18:45post reply

Tekken 7 is getting 2 DLC characters from different games - it's not really clear if these will be from other Namco-Bandai games, or some external companies, but if external companies are involved, I do recall Harada mentioning a fondness for the possibility of including Geese...

I may end up having to preorder this now, as if the prospect of seeing how reppukening narcoleptic vampire Eliza might fit into Tekken canon wasn't enough...





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"Re(1):Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Fri 17 Mar 01:53post reply

I spoiled my own fun because I just decided I would only be satisfied if the characters end up being Geese and Majima (from RGG).

My disappointment when they'll reveal Kasumi from DoA and god knows who from Senran Kagura will know no bound.







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"Re(2):Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Fri 17 Mar 18:49post reply

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I spoiled my own fun because I just decided I would only be satisfied if the characters end up being Geese and Majima (from RGG).

My disappointment when they'll reveal Kasumi from DoA and god knows who from Senran Kagura will know no bound.



Harada seems to be more of an Idolm@ster guy, but who knows. I do keep seeing people hoping for Kiryu, and the PXZ2 precedent means at least there's enough of a relationship with Sega to make a guest from his series possible.





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"Re(3):Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Sun 19 Mar 07:17post reply

Tekken will have a "new game mode" as DLC? What is the mode? What is currently in the game and what isn't? This is maddeningly vague for a blurb that is supposed to sell me on buying a season pass. The two guest characters could be intriguing but I'm certain it will be Marie Rose and Honkers from DoA who will team up with Lucky Chloe to form an unholy pop group.





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"Re(3):Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Sun 19 Mar 17:51:post reply

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Harada seems to be more of an Idolm@ster guy, but who knows. I do keep seeing people hoping for Kiryu, and the PXZ2 precedent means at least there's enough of a relationship with Sega to make a guest from his series possible.



Kiryu and some other character that hasn't been in a fighting game before would be ideal. SC5 had Ezio, so I believe this is the most viable scheme for Bamco to try get more people play Tekken 7. If one of them has to be Geese then it better be Nightmare Geese. Or maybe they got ideas from the guest characters in MK games and they're bringing Hakaider to Tekken. One can only dream! Namco has dabbled in tokusatsu production before so I'm hopeful yet ready for my dreams to be crushed.





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"Re(4):Gouki's not the only Tekken 7 guest" , posted Mon 20 Mar 05:17post reply

Are guests necessarily characters that don't belong to Bamco? Because I wouldn't be surprised if someone from the Soulcalibur franchise appears in Tekken 7 (Ivy being a strong candidate).





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"Trajes Fatais" , posted Thu 23 Mar 22:35post reply

Great job with the character design and spritesheet so far.





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"Re(1):Trajes Fatais" , posted Thu 23 Mar 23:06post reply

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Great job with the character design and spritesheet so far.



Wow! I never heard about this project before, but it looks amazing (and the voice acting is actually good)!

Thanks for sharing that, I hope the developers achieve their crowdfunding goals and manage to finish this game.





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"Re(2):Trajes Fatais" , posted Thu 23 Mar 23:57post reply

quote:
Great job with the character design and spritesheet so far.


Wow! I never heard about this project before, but it looks amazing (and the voice acting is actually good)!

Thanks for sharing that, I hope the developers achieve their crowdfunding goals and manage to finish this game.


Oh, I forgot about updating the situation of the game here. At least they met the minimum goal and already got the first 2 B-side characters funded with R$92k but needs R$130k for the "full game" with the 8 regular characters and 8 B-side characters. These "extra" characters will be up to voting if they manage to reach R$170k.

If anyone wants to try, they have an english webpage for the donations: http://www.trajesfatais.com.br/catarse/


And since I'm here, looks like Kara will have a hard time in the story but at least Black Adam's super looks really cool.





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"Mad Catz delisted from NYSE" , posted Fri 24 Mar 08:26:post reply

More like Sad Catz amirite, eh, right? Eeh?
I am not sure if they are involved in the whole Switch peripheralooza but let's hope this trend helps turn their fortunes over.





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"Re(1):Mad Catz delisted from NYSE" , posted Fri 24 Mar 09:47post reply

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More like Sad Catz amirite, eh, right? Eeh?
I am not sure if they are involved in the whole Switch peripheralooza but let's hope this trend helps turn their fortunes over.



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"Re(2):Mad Catz delisted from Iggy" , posted Sun 26 Mar 14:08post reply

Poor Madcatz! I would actually be really interested to learn about margins for third party joystick/controller makers. Did Hori always eclipse Madcatz, or are they one bad SFV controller d-pad away from oblivion, too? Or: I do not remember Madcatz having a Japanese presence at all until recent years, and before they became "serious joystick makers," weren't they just a mediocre peripheral maker in 16-/32-bit days?

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"Mad Catz files for Bankruptcy" , posted Fri 31 Mar 23:59:post reply

All things must come to an end.

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"Ultimate Zero 12" , posted Sat 1 Apr 09:55post reply

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All things must come to an end.

Ninja'd by Ishmael

Also, it's already April in Japan and Noise Factory has folded.

Poor Madcatz! Shoryuken.com had a eulogy of sorts for them, and I hadn't realized that they led the way with arcade-quality parts for home sticks. I hate to see work go unrewarded, or maybe it's a Rock Band bet gone bad?

Speaking of Shoryuken.com, I've been disappointed in recent years to the see blog template redesign devolve into a series of Youtube links, so it's nice to see some actual unique community reporting, like this one on the Ultimate Zero 12 tournament for SFZero 3! That is one hot Dhalsim.





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"Re(1):Ultimate Zero 12" , posted Sat 1 Apr 15:37post reply

The only thing that surprises me about Madcatz's bankruptcy is how long they lasted after their golden goose Markman left.







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"Re(1):Ultimate Zero 12" , posted Tue 4 Apr 01:02post reply

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Speaking of Shoryuken.com, I've been disappointed in recent years to the see blog template redesign devolve into a series of Youtube links, so it's nice to see some actual unique community reporting, like this one on the Ultimate Zero 12 tournament for SFZero 3! That is one hot Dhalsim.


Wowsers, a SFV-ism tournament! While I'll never be a huge fan of playing the game what I've watched of this tournament looks exciting. It probably helps that the people who are in the tournament are still really into the game after all this time.

Thinking back on A3 I've always viewed it as an official rainbow edition SF game. The juggles, the combos and the general feel of float is a far cry from the grounded play of other SF games. I remember an interview with the Arc Systems creators where they said they appreciated the earthy impact in games like MK their approach was to make it so their characters were constantly being as impressive as possible. While a lot of SF games lean towards that Western-style of expressing power, A3 was much more in the ArcSys camp. In A3 I never had that sense of overwhelming power when I successfully pulled off a big combo or super but the characters are always doing something during a match. Since the Marvel games came along I don't think this feeling will ever come back to SF but A3 was an interesting collection of what was popular in fighting game design at the time.





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"Re(1):Fighting Game Thread Spring 2017: Guilt" , posted Tue 4 Apr 18:30post reply

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"GGXrd Rev2 cover" , posted Wed 5 Apr 15:46post reply

We usually make fun of body proportions and impossible contorsions when it involves asses and boobs, but I think Sol broke his right arm on the cover of GGXrd Rev2.





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"Re(1):GGXrd Rev2 cover" , posted Fri 7 Apr 23:22post reply

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We usually make fun of body proportions and impossible contorsions when it involves asses and boobs, but I think Sol broke his right arm on the cover of GGXrd Rev2.


Is that his hair in the bottom right corner or does Sol have a tail?

I've only been following Injustice 2 with one eye but Captain Cold amused me because he looks like a 1960's comic book character who wandered into a washed out, teeth-clenching NRS game. So the guy wears a parka and carries a handheld ice cube making machine which somehow allows him to go toe to toe with Superman? Sure, why not!





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"Re(2):GGXrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sat 8 Apr 00:25post reply

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I've only been following Injustice 2 with one eye but Captain Cold amused me because he looks like a 1960's comic book character who wandered into a washed out, teeth-clenching NRS game. So the guy wears a parka and carries a handheld ice cube making machine which somehow allows him to go toe to toe with Superman? Sure, why not!



The Injustice comic book series kinda explains this: Lex Luthor developed a pill that greatly enhances the strength and abilities of a normal human, which would be used to power up Superman's army... until Batman stole the formula and also gave these pills to the members of the resistance. Captain Cold probably got one of these pills, somehow.

Which STILL shouldn't allow him to go toe to toe with Superman, only to have a chance to survive. But yeah, fighting game logics... it's like how Gill, Shinnok or Orochi can still be defeated by people like Dan, Stryker or Choi.





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"Re(3):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sat 8 Apr 10:32:post reply

• There is a new version of the MUGEN project Hyper DBZ available and that game still looks amazing.

• I had never heard of Captain Cold (has he ever fought Mr Freeze?) but damn, even this DC character is the opposite of cool.

• A nice digest of the famous Japan vs USA tournament from 2000 which I am pretty sure gave the necessary boost to the competitive scene on the Internet (as the US team got mostly beaten and needed to get more serious with acquiring and sharing more information outside the SoCal arcade scene). Prof, I don't remember how extensively you covered this event at the time but did you actually go?





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"Re(4):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sat 8 Apr 11:46post reply

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• A nice digest of the famous Japan vs USA tournament from 2000 which I am pretty sure gave the necessary boost to the competitive scene on the Internet (as the US team got mostly beaten and needed to get more serious with acquiring and sharing more information outside the SoCal arcade scene). Prof, I don't remember how extensively you covered this event at the time but did you actually go?



Oh man I remember reading articles about that on SRK!

According to the reports, The Japanese team won pretty much everything but got absolutely trounced at MvC2, and during a one point one Japanese player invoked the Gambit glitch just so he could have a sort of "win" during casuals.

SRK was certainly a different place back then, though. I'm sure there are some historians that could recount highlights of its various ages, such as the legendary "pre-crash" era!





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"Re(5):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sat 8 Apr 17:35post reply

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SRK was certainly a different place back then, though. I'm sure there are some historians that could recount highlights of its various ages, such as the legendary "pre-crash" era!



My memory might fail me but I remember SRK launching around the same time as that tourney.

I just received my (beautiful, translucent pink) cart of The Darkness Hunter Unholy Knight. They did a good job with the quality of the packaging, SFC cart and manual. Too bad the game itself looks so iffy.





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"Captain Cold" , posted Sun 9 Apr 01:50post reply

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• I had never heard of Captain Cold (has he ever fought Mr Freeze?) but damn, even this DC character is the opposite of cool.


Captain Cold was a major villain of The Flash, which goes some way to explaining how lackluster a character he is. Flash doesn't exactly have an impressive rogues gallery. Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Weather Wizard, The Fiddler, Pied Piper, Mirror Master...

Cold actually predates Mr. Freeze, but Mr. Freeze ended up eclipsing Captain Cold in popularity, except maybe in the hearts of Flash fans (or the anti-Batman audience).

I honestly lay the blame at the feet of Flash himself. (Well, themselves, since there have been multiple Flashes over the years.) As silly as Flash's rogues seem, their ideas aren't really much worse than things you can find in the top tiers of the galleries of other heroes. The tendency for Flash villains to look cheaply designed, like discount or knock-off villains, didn't help, but villains have been successfully reinvented and some famous ones were famous with cheap outfits. Some Flash villains also went on to find rather more fame once they got out of the Flash books.





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"Re(6):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sun 9 Apr 03:10post reply

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SRK was certainly a different place back then, though. I'm sure there are some historians that could recount highlights of its various ages, such as the legendary "pre-crash" era!


My memory might fail me but I remember SRK launching around the same time as that tourney.

I just received my (beautiful, translucent pink) cart of The Darkness Hunter Unholy Knight. They did a good job with the quality of the packaging, SFC cart and manual. Too bad the game itself looks so iffy.



I was really hoping the link would go to a picture of the cart!





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"Re(6):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sun 9 Apr 03:54post reply

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My memory might fail me but I remember SRK launching around the same time as that tourney.



Yeah, the earliest memories I have of SRK are from somewhere in 2000. I had thought I had memories of it from before, but I think that may have just been confusing it with another site... I do remember that there was content on it before that tournament, and according to whois, the domain was registered in January of 2000! So certainly not that long before that tournament at all!





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"Re(7):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Sun 9 Apr 23:02:post reply

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I was really hoping the link would go to a picture of the cart!



Sorry!





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"Re(8):DBZrd Rev2 cover" , posted Mon 10 Apr 00:58post reply

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I was really hoping the link would go to a picture of the cart!


Sorry!



Thanks, I did a quick google search before I asked but only saw box shots.

The cart does look nice, the plastic kind of has a burgundy/ruby look. Would be a shame to store it in the box.





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"SFV new costumes and classic Bison stage" , posted Wed 19 Apr 03:11post reply

The designs being the ones from their April Fool's game.

I actually think the design of the Juri costume is very fitting, but in-game it looks a little funny.

Incidentally it looks like Capcom is releasing costumes for low tier characters, which makes it even funnier in light of FANG.





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"Re(1):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 03:55post reply

Why does Ryu's new costume remind me of Akira Yuki despite clearly being bancho themed? xD Not completely sure right now, but I may spend real money on SFV for the second time because of this outfit.





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"Re(1):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 04:15post reply

That throwback stage looks very nice but I want to see it in action before I commit my hard earned points towards buying it.

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"Re(2):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 05:27:post reply

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That throwback stage looks very nice but I want to see it in action before I commit my hard earned points towards buying it.

Incidentally it looks like Capcom is releasing costumes for low tier characters, which makes it even funnier in light of FANG.

Speaking of low tier clothes horses, whatever happened to Alex's long-promised retro costume?



I'm beginning to think that when it comes to SFV, if the modding community creates something then Capcom will not do it even if they announced it previously. Maybe they don't want to draw direct comparisons or something. Which is a shame, since it means they'll never fix Ken's face, even though the community attempt looks kind of weird in itself.





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"Re(2):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 05:42post reply

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That throwback stage looks very nice but I want to see it in action before I commit my hard earned points towards buying it.



I totally want a PC mod that causes the stage to fly around like in Skies of Honor.







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"Re(3):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 09:02post reply

I'd curse SFV's demotion to this general thread instead of its very wonderful dedicated thread, but the sad results of Capcom's "better communications in 2017" strategy thus far sure aren't making it easy to complain!
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Incidentally it looks like Capcom is releasing costumes for low tier characters, which makes it even funnier in light of FANG.
Low-tier but high popularity. (Who are these people who like Juri? Still, that's what I hear.) The comical indifference to people who aren't Ryu and Chun-Li is easier to overlook because their costumes are usually so great. Flava-Flave Ryu never happened.

As for Banchou Ryuu, it sure would have made more sense with Ken! I still approve of it because it brings us one step closer to Kazama Daigo's inevitable and JUSTICE-filled entrance into SFV.
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"Re(4):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 09:59post reply

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I'd curse SFV's demotion to this general thread instead of its very wonderful dedicated thread, but the sad results of Capcom's "better communications in 2017" strategy thus far sure aren't making it easy to complain!



I couldn't find the thread because I expected it to be nearer the top of the list! I'd blame myself, but I will be trendy and demand that Capcom buff my mental blind spot, instead.

In non-SFV SF business, evidently
somebody took a look at the AI in SF2WW:





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"UNIEL not yet dead..." , posted Wed 19 Apr 17:08post reply

Coming to PS3, PS4 and Vita with a new character.

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"Re(5):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 17:37post reply

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In non-SFV SF business, evidently
somebody took a look at the AI in SF2WW:



Okay, this gem brings me to ask a question I've had in my head for a long time...how do you develop a "scientific" approach to play a fighting game? How do you actually learn them? I know it's either a really dumb question or a huge one, but still, I've been wanting to ask the Cafe for ages.

I think I've tried just about anything in order to actually learn to play them, from playing single player at maximum difficulty to messing up with training dummy recording in titles that include more advanced training options, but I just can't seem to find that something that clicks with me so that I finally learn how to play a fighting game seriously.

I'm not asking for a cookbook, tutorage or anything like that, just looking for some basic suggestions I can follow in order to face the way to become a good player on my own. I just don't wanna surrender to the idea that fighting games may not be for me, as stubborn as it may sound.





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"Re(6):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Wed 19 Apr 21:39:post reply

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Okay, this gem brings me to ask a question I've had in my head for a long time...how do you develop a "scientific" approach to play a fighting game? How do you actually learn them? I know it's either a really dumb question or a huge one, but still, I've been wanting to ask the Cafe for ages.

I think I've tried just about anything in order to actually learn to play them, from playing single player at maximum difficulty to messing up with training dummy recording in titles that include more advanced training options, but I just can't seem to find that something that clicks with me so that I finally learn how to play a fighting game seriously.




Glad someone asked this. While various people have different ways of approaching this question, it'll be one of the main project I'll be tackling this year for MMCafe's 20th anniv. Please look forward.

One thing though; learning the basic controls and whatnot can be done methodically but playing a game can be more about psychology and experience (and adaption). I'll be talking about that as well..




three quick n easy entry-level advices tho-

1/ be able to do hit confirms. It's not that hard and makes a huge difference.

2/ keep in mind that you're playing a human and they'll try and retaliate if you're constantly trying to go on offense. It helps to pause or move back for a moment and see what the opponent will do.

3/ combos are damaging but single normal hits can make a difference in the long run too. instead of constantly trying to get that combo, just swinging around normal moves at a bare range can be just as effective (and annoying)





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"Re(6):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Thu 20 Apr 02:42:post reply

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Okay, this gem brings me to ask a question I've had in my head for a long time...how do you develop a "scientific" approach to play a fighting game? How do you actually learn them? I know it's either a really dumb question or a huge one, but still, I've been wanting to ask the Cafe for ages.




Oh boy!

So this question has two pieces, one of which has been studied across the span of human civilization in the form of pedagogy: how do we effectively teach/learn?
However, that question comes with a critically important addition: how do we learn what's effective in a pursuit that is adversarial?
That second bit adds quite a bit of direction to the learning because there's the question of what is needed to win. The quantity of things to learn in some games is seemingly endless (Guilty Gear....), and a person who doesn't have good skills in trying to assess what is likely going to be useful can get quickly rabbit-holed into pursuing things that aren't so useful. Asking a person who is a newbie to a subject to create a syllabus for themselves is probably not going to go well, regardless.

The word "scientific" is a big piece of the answer to this, and it's important to look at the meaning of what "scientific" is apart from the artifice of what a lot of people think is "scientific". Some think that "being really technical and being able to use technical language" is "scientific", others think that "using fancy equipment and technology" makes something "scientific", and others still think that "scientific" must entail "research" (whatever that is!) and people with decades of experience in some arcane matter.

The heart of "scientific" is the cycle of idea->hypothesis->experiment->evaluation->idea.

More specifically, you:
- Have an idea ("That stupid long punch of Blanka is really annoying!")
- Create a question ("What beats that stupid long punch of Blanka?")
- Form a hypothesis ("There exists some normal move of my favourite character that will beat Blanka's stupid long punch.")
- Create a testable prediction ("IF Blanka's stupid long punch can be beaten by one of my favourite character's normals, then pressing one of my favourite character's normals at the range Blanka keeps punching me at will result in Blanka getting hit and not me")
- Create a consistently reproducible test ("I'm going to have Blanka positioned at exactly this spot in the training room, pressing the punch button at exactly this time, and I will record it. Then I'm going to have my character try to counter-hit his limb with my favourite normals")
- Record the results after a few trials ("What worked, what didn't, what sometimes did")
- And evaluate the results


Now that sounds SUPER LONG-WINDED. But you can even do this when playing real people! This leads towards a deliberately experimental playstyle in which you are consciously playing with an eye towards testing something. That something might just be "I wonder if I can consistently anti-air Ibuki's jumping attacks with Necro's d.MP in 3S" (answer: NO), but you have to be conscious of persistently trying that rather than just falling back on your established patterns of play. Deep down, you are still practicing the same fundamentals of asking questions and trying things, just in a less formal way. It's ok for science to be conducted in a slightly less formal way! Even the example I gave above is already pretty messy as a scientific procedure, because it contains a LOT of variables which we could isolate (e.g. timing of the button press of our normal move, range at which we press our normal, which normal we use, etc.), but the vitally important thing is the formulating of a hypothesis and testing it.

Being able to try something and see the results is critically important to learning. However, it isn't the only important thing to learning. Rote memorization is part of learning! Practice (which is partly a form of "testing") is part of learning! Consulting experts is part of learning! And so on.

This particular example sounds very confined and tactical ("How do I counter X with Y"), but this generalizes to many other things, and once you have a sense of what things generally do, you can develop heuristics to guide your action when faced with novel situations. To ground that, a beginner to KOF may need to discover for themselves that "when the enemy is at medium range pressing standing D with Yamazaki is usually a reliable choice, even against this character I've never played against before". Because fighting games present so many things to you at once, it can be very difficult to understand what you need to win, so constantly trying to understand what is really happening when you are playing and challenging it is essential to success.

Mechanical fluency is a fundamental part of real-time games. It is one of the "memorizations" of fighting games. If you haven't internalized the individual actions of the game to the extent that you need to deeply concentrate on doing them in order to do them, you do not yet have mechanical fluency. If you have to stop everything that you're doing and gather yourself in order to do a super (everybody knows this feeling!), then you do not yet have mechanical fluency with that super. If you have to stare at an English letter written in a normal typeface before you can recall what letter that is, you do not have fluency with that letter.

"Testing" as a word has a strongly negative connotation in English, because "testing" is associated with ascertaining performance. In the scientific method, "testing" is not about "My expected outcome from the hypothesis I proposed was right, so the test proves that I am smart" but rather "What did the experiment show with regards to the question?". This is the nature of "testing" and "experimentation".

Establishing pedagogy with respect to a particular game which then transfers to the greater domain of the genre or even other genres is not at all impossible: it's how top players from one game can quickly become top players in very different games. Kazunoko was a top Guilty Gear player for some time before he became a top SF4 player, Fuudo was a top Virtua Fighter player before becoming a top SF4 player, Ryan Hart was a top Tekken player, etc.

There's pretty much an endless amount that I could say about this, because education matters to me!





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"Re(7):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Thu 20 Apr 13:35:post reply

Great stuff from Prof and from Spoon! I have a more basic but similar answer: fighting the computer is mostly pointless on any difficulty other than as a training mode to make sure you can do your inputs consistently. The only point of fighting games, and incidentally the only way to get good at them, involves fighting other people and playing psychological games...this is like with any sport, where you get basic technical execution down and then you move into mind games. For a not particularly great player like me, this means that one-off online matches aren't that fun because I'm not sharp enough to get a feel for the opponent that quickly. Said mind games mean you don't NEED to (and probably shouldn't) be shooting for insane combos all the time when you can just fluster someone with trips and cross-ups and basic tools. This also takes you to the economy of movement, where you realize that, at least for SF, there's no need to use special moves all the time. For anti-air, don't miss a Shouryuuken when you could just do a crouching fierce, etc.





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"Re(8):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Fri 21 Apr 08:42post reply

Good job Spoon! Too many attempts at teaching the thought behind playing fighting games are not successful at not only explaining the steps necessary but why something needs to be done. It's not that the people who write these articles don't know the subject, it's that they lack the vocabulary and the foundation with which to properly teach others. Your one post is more informative than many a long-winded essay I've read on fighting game pages.

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The only point of fighting games, and incidentally the only way to get good at them, involves fighting other people and playing psychological games...


This I disagree with. The only point of fighting games is for entertainment and how you derive that sense of enjoyment is entirely up to you. It doesn't matter it's a sense of competition, an enjoyment of the artistic effort that went into the creation of the product, or simply fooling around against the computer that drives you to play, as long as you feel a sense of satisfaction they are all valid. There is no one way to play a game, because if there is I've been playing fighting games "wrong" for lo these many years.







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"Re(9):SFV new costumes and classic Bison stag" , posted Fri 21 Apr 10:27post reply

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The only point of fighting games is for entertainment and how you derive that sense of enjoyment is entirely up to you. It doesn't matter it's a sense of competition, an enjoyment of the artistic effort that went into the creation of the product, or simply fooling around against the computer that drives you to play, as long as you feel a sense of satisfaction they are all valid. There is no one way to play a game, because if there is I've been playing fighting games "wrong" for lo these many years.

That's true! I can't forget the one-player joys of SF Zero 3's World Tour Mode, or the bafflingly fun stage physics in Soul Calibur's Edgemaster adventures, or of course the essential importance of getting a Chocobo in Tobal 2's Quest Mode. Even if I don't find much joy in fighting a "hard" computer opponent because they just cheat and perform improbable blocks but cannot be mind-gamed, I definitely want all that one-player fun in there, including as a way to enjoy characters and backgrounds that I don't normally experience in two-player play, which is one reason why SFV is so frustrating. I still don't even know what it's really like to fight Fang or Claw. Oh well!

And more generally to your point, the visual and musical joy is a huge reason I play fighting games---there's a good reason that 50% of my dislike for Third Strike and SFIV comes from the abominable music, for instance.

But as for getting good, per Micky's original query, I'm not convinced that the CPU or Training Mode will take you very far beyond the basic foundation of always being able to do the move you want to do. There's next to nothing to be gained in terms of strategy, because computers don't behave like real opponents, can't be "psyched out," and play so mechanically that they're more likely to bring out bad habits in you as you try to get around their impossible blocks at high levels.





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"Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bison sta" , posted Fri 21 Apr 12:35:post reply

Since I can't possibly top the meticulous process that Spoon correctly outlined above, I'll instead share a short anecdote which hopefully provides a bit of supplementary advice.

Around 1998-ish, I was a fairly average to below average competitor. I had been playing fighting games for a long time but couldn't really call myself "good" at them. I would play the CPU a lot and occasionally challenge or get challenged by people but often lose and generally have a hard time figuring out why. I treated them like I did any other kind of game, learned every detail of the engine in the games that interested me most, and was able to perform combos and do complicated motions without tasking myself much.

Then one day I was at the student union arcade at the college I was attending and ran into a guy there that was really good at Tekken Tag Tournament, which I was heavily into at the time. He challenged me, I lost, I challenged him back and I won, then he jumped back in and I lost 5 straight. After the fifth loss he asked me why I was blocking low so much, and I thought it was a weird question but I told him what I considered to be basic: I thought he was going to attack low those times. He then explained to me that (in TTT) you didn't need to block low that much because getting hit low often didn't lead to much damage, whereas most of the big damage comes from mid-level launchers and stuns. That was when I finally started to understand that there was more to being able to play a competitive game than taking the systems at face value. Even though systems are in place, imbalances in it have to be leveraged and the metagame develops off of that.

But that's a more specific thing, not necessarily the point of this story. It was how I learned it - not what I learned - that was important. After that the guy turned out to be a prominent member of the FGC community, and to make a long story short I ended up becoming a part of that community, which led to a lot more learning than I ever could have accomplished by myself. I kind of peaked back when SoulCalibur 2 was the new thing, but my successes in that game were something I could only have dreamed about if I hadn't ever joined the community.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that communities are an important catalyst to the learning process. Although the science begins with you, the research is faster alongside people who also want to learn. A good community helps accelerate the solving of problems and inspires you to think up and share new approaches. These days that might have to be limited to an online community for people in more isolated areas, but as long as the communication is there, a lot of learning can still happen. (I still recommend local communities over online ones, however, wherever possible.)





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"Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bison sta" , posted Sat 22 Apr 01:47post reply

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But as for getting good, per Micky's original query, I'm not convinced that the CPU or Training Mode will take you very far beyond the basic foundation of always being able to do the move you want to do. There's next to nothing to be gained in terms of strategy, because computers don't behave like real opponents, can't be "psyched out," and play so mechanically that they're more likely to bring out bad habits in you as you try to get around their impossible blocks at high levels.


This is true. Training mode will teach you to how to move your character and arcade mode will give you some experience in how your moves interact with what the other characters are tossing out. Arcade mode also gives you a rudimentary understanding of how to read an opponent since -assuming the CPU doesn't straight-up cheat- you are learning the tendencies of your opponent in order to defeat them. Trouble is, you are only learning how to read what the CPU has been programmed. Learning to adapt quickly to how an opponent is using the tools at their disposal is only something you're going to learn from playing against other players.

So while I think all the different methods of interacting with a game can be used to help a player become better they are only a few possible pieces of a much larger whole. Also, the line of thought that fighting games are only for 1P vs. 2P is a windmill I often tilt at so I ended up going off on a tangent that distracted from the topic at hand. Sorry about that.







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"Re(2):Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bis" , posted Sat 22 Apr 05:41post reply

Taking a "scientific" approach to the game is really not essential to having fun with the game, unless you've reached a point in your experience with the game where being able to do certain things/win is starting to impede your ability to have fun. After all, unless you actually are a professional gamer of some kind, having fun is the MOST IMPORTANT THING!

I can have fun with fighting games I am TERRIBLE at (see: all 3D fighters), even though the nagging thought of "I wish I were better at this!" or "I wish I could do that cool combo" or "I wish I could EWGF" or "I wish I could throw escape because seriously how on earth does anybody do that so consistently in Tekken?!" is in the back of my head. I do think that that voice of needing to be better to enjoy yourself grows a bit the more similar a given game is to something you've played before, because then you have a better sense of the things you can't do well that matter to you. This sort of awareness isn't unique to games, either: it's a human phenomenon.

Understanding what makes the game tick and what is fundamentally fun about a game can open really interesting avenues for introducing the game to other people who aren't familiar with the game, though. One time I had two guys who are pretty hardcore gamers, but don't know much about SF beyond how to press buttons, block, and jump. So I sat them both down with USF4, and made them both pick Hugo, and explained how to throw and focus attack, and that was it. They had a blast. I honestly think as far as being newbies go, it's actually much more fun doing that than doing Ryu vs Ryu. There's no frustration at dealing with fireballs, or not being able to do fireballs, or not being able to do much damage with each hit, or having stubby reach with limbs, or the characters moving too fast. Since they both played Souls games, they could appreciate the pokey gameplay.

The first fighting game that I think I really got technical with was One Must Fall 2097, where I discovered lengthy combos on my own. But I definitely didn't have a PvP mindset playing that game, because 100% of my time spent playing it was with its single player modes! It was great!







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"Re(2):Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bis" , posted Sat 22 Apr 13:03post reply

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Learning to adapt quickly to how an opponent is using the tools at their disposal is only something you're going to learn from playing against other players.
Yep! In other words, Micky is just going to have to bend time so he can join semi-regular SFV lagfests, KOFXIV lagfests, etc., barring some local rivals.
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Also, the line of thought that fighting games are only for 1P vs. 2P is a windmill I often tilt at so I ended up going off on a tangent that distracted from the topic at hand. Sorry about that.
Oh, I think you're entirely right! While 2P is what gives fighting games their lasting power, at least for me, the amount of care put into 1P and into the art/music are a decent predictor of how well-made the 2P experience is going to be, too.





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"Re(3):Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bis" , posted Sun 23 Apr 08:16post reply

Another avenue a person could explore is studying replays of their own matches or replays of others. Since the advent of streaming, game commentary and analysis and the ability to re-watch my own fights I've learned to think a lot more strategically about games and learned to appreciate them on a new level. Sometimes being able to take a step back from actually playing can help you improve.

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Yep! In other words, Micky is just going to have to bend time so he can join semi-regular SFV lagfests, KOFXIV lagfests, etc., barring some local rivals.


Speaking of which, I should try and get a SFV lagfest going at some point. Since there's no arcade mode I don't play the game much even though I like the stupid thing. I would join in the fun with KoF but I straight-up stink at that game and nothing I do is going to change that.





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"Re(3):Re(10):SFV new costumes and classic Bis" , posted Sun 23 Apr 18:21post reply

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While 2P is what gives fighting games their lasting power, at least for me, the amount of care put into 1P and into the art/music are a decent predictor of how well-made the 2P experience is going to be, too.



For some reason this reminded me of the tragedy that was Fatal Fury 3-- Great art, great music, great 1P experience, utterly unplayable 2P versus.
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About getting better at fighting games,"Adapting" is easier said than done and it comes only after having a grasp over your character's controls. If you want to get better at fighting games, first and foremost you need to be able to control your character. That includes being able to do hit confirms, combos, and moving around.

For example if you're playing KOF, you need to know how to use the 4 different jumps, AB roll, CD, and be able to actually use them at will. With Arcsys games, the equivilant would be like airdashing and using the various jump movements. Learning the pros and cons of them can come later-- you need to be able to do them without having to think about it, that's the bottom line.

After all, if you need to think about how to control your character in the middle of your match, that leaves you very little leeway to think about your opponent's movements and how to adapt!





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"MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 00:43post reply

Link Here

No gameplay unfortunately.

Confirms

Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Sigma(DLC), Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon, Strider, Chris Redfield, Chun-Li are in the game.

I am curious if Ultron will get his own unique character.

I am disappointed they gave Rocket his MCU appearance and voice, but it is not surprising since outside his first few appearances he wasn't written with an accent.

There is also going to be a $200 collectors edition

Maybe I will pick that up when it goes on clearance for under $100.







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"Re(1):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 01:01post reply

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Pre-jailbreak Ultron is playable and it looks like he learned how to do a Psycho Punisher ultra.





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"Re(1):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 03:35post reply

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Thanks for the link!
So it's slated for September.. wow, a lot earlier than I expected. The second trailer looks quite... humm, Holywood.







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"Re(2):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 04:01post reply

Some more screens have shown up.

Chun-Li is looking about as derpy as the initial version of Hitomi in DoA5. But while the animators missed the mark with her I do give them credit for trying their best with Captain Marvel's ridiculous faux hawk helmet. Nobody can make that thing look good but they tried.





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"Re(3):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 14:57post reply

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Some more screens have shown up.

Chun-Li is looking about as derpy as the initial version of Hitomi in DoA5. But while the animators missed the mark with her I do give them credit for trying their best with Captain Marvel's ridiculous faux hawk helmet. Nobody can make that thing look good but they tried.



It looks like a high budget mobile game.

Also, look forward to MK style inputs from here on out.
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"Re(2):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 15:16:post reply

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Thanks for the link!
So it's slated for September.. wow, a lot earlier than I expected. The second trailer looks quite... humm, Holywood.



Does anyone else feel like Capcom's fighting games are pretty much 100% tailored for the contemporary North American market these days?

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"Re(3):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 17:46post reply

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Thanks for the link!
So it's slated for September.. wow, a lot earlier than I expected. The second trailer looks quite... humm, Holywood.


Does anyone else feel like Capcom's fighting games are pretty much 100% tailored for the contemporary North American market these days?

LET THE HATE FLOW THROUGH YOU How do you all feel about that?



If they were tailored to any existing market I'm not sure Carol Danvers would be part of the cast, that just seems like something Marvel wants to make a thing due to not fully owning the better alternatives nowadays, but I doubt anyone will actually care before her movie comes along, and who knows how that might turn out... Heh, maybe Kamala will make it in and make up for it - I miss auto-stretch Dhalsim gameplay, and she might work similarly.

I actually have no problem with simplified MK-style commands, they fit the fast pace of the MvC games, and frankly over the years I've done a lot better at combos that use that kind of motion.

Boring cast so far, although I guess Mega Man fans must feel some relief, and the proportion of revealed characters to announced DLC ones this early on is ridiculous...
I guess I can still hope for something like the return of Captain Commando to the series, or a stage mashing together the likes of Cyberbots, Monster Hunter, Sentinels and Fin Fang Foom...





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"Re(4):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 18:16:post reply

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Thanks for the link!
So it's slated for September.. wow, a lot earlier than I expected. The second trailer looks quite... humm, Holywood.


Does anyone else feel like Capcom's fighting games are pretty much 100% tailored for the contemporary North American market these days?

LET THE HATE FLOW THROUGH YOU How do you all feel about that?


If they were tailored to any existing market I'm not sure Carol Danvers would be part of the cast, that just seems like something Marvel wants to make a thing due to not fully owning the better alternatives nowadays, but I doubt anyone will actually care before her movie comes along, and who knows how that might turn out... Heh, maybe Kamala will make it in and make up for it - I miss auto-stretch Dhalsim gameplay, and she might work similarly.

I actually have no problem with simplified MK-style commands, they fit the fast pace of the MvC games, and frankly over the years I've done a lot better at combos that use that kind of motion.

Boring cast so far, although I guess Mega Man fans must feel some relief, and the proportion of revealed characters to announced DLC ones this early on is ridiculous...
I guess I can still hope for something like the return of Captain Commando to the series, or a stage mashing together the likes of Cyberbots, Monster Hunter, Sentinels and Fin Fang Foom...



Apologies for my dumb cynicism just now. The axe I am grinding is mostly with the visuals.

From a gameplay perspective the Marvel games have always been more popular in North America, so that makes perfect sense to tune accordingly. And Marvel IS an American company.

However, a huge part of the appeal of the past games was how they filtered all that Marvel goodness through a distinctly Capcom filter.

They did such a wonderful job going through the history of each character in the comics and then boiling them down to their essence. Bengus' Marvel art is in my mind, the definitve version of each character that he drew. It's so good that it circled back around and had a deep influence on how Marvel artists approached the characters. Bengus is a big deal in world of Super Hero artists! So many notable artists admire him!

This new game just looks so ... generic. Even MvC3 at least attempted for better or worse to ape the look of contemporary Marvel comics and their coloring and it stood out because of that. This game just looks like how a contemporary game is suppoed to look. It doesn't even look like a comic book.

I guess they're probably more influenced by the movies now anyhow.

Thank you for your thoughtful answer! I will concede that maybe the simplified controls do fit the fast pace of MvC, but I feel they deemphasize the importance of the inputs FEELING good and matching the momentum of the move you are performing. I feel like with game controls, the way they feel in the moment is more important than how quickly they get you to completing a goal (though that must be considered too of course). Otherwise why not just have all specials be relegated to streamlined flicks of the right analog stick?

I guess it's like how BMW finally caved in to putting cup holders in their cars after decades of insisting that they're unnecessary because they impede the enjoyment of a pure driving experience. This just isn't what the public wants or values anymore.

I mean, they'll probably add the "classic" controls back do to fan backlash. But who will do a D,F,DF if you can save yourself a step and just do DD?






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"Re(3):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 18:29post reply

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Does anyone else feel like Capcom's fighting games are pretty much 100% tailored for the contemporary North American market these days?

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The feeling is there, and I think it flows in the latest Marvel trailer. But then again it's Marvel and it really should be targeting the North American market. Yet, I can't ignore the feeling in my gut that says "This isn't the Capcom that I used to know and love".

In that sense, the latest KOF actually has the contemporary SNK feel to it, especially in terms of character designs (not the CG, but their concepts) and the wonky dialogues.







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"Re(5):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 19:01post reply

I think it's smart to start by announcing the obvious characters in bunch, so they can focus later on the new/left-field characters. I mean, did anyone expect Hulk, Chun-li or Thor NOT to be in the game? Especially if they can lift the animations from MvC3? At least, now, they're out of the way. Hopefully, many characters from 3 can be transposed in the new system as well so they can focus costs on the others.

As for the esthetics... It's a Marvel game, so Americanization was a given. For the record, I always found MvC3 quite ugly, and MvC2 was not better than upper-crust-Mugen, so I don't feel like we've lost much here. My only expectations are for the animations to be as good as MvC3, and then we'll see.

Also, Marvel as a company is not the same as in the 90 (or even when MvC3 was conceived). It's Disney now, and working with Disney is a whole different beast (if only because, probably, you don't work with Disney, you work for Disney). I guess Disney doesn't really care about depth or anything else, they mostly care about the 5 or 6 million copies Injustice sold. And you probably don't sell that much without sacrificing everything that might scare instant-gratification-addicted mobile game users.

The input change doesn't sit right with me, but then every single "versus Capcom" game dumbed down the inputs: from 6 buttons to 4+2, to 4 for TvC, to 3+1+2...
"D,D" input scream of Mortal Kombat, but the Persona fighting game had plenty of simplified inputs and was very interesting to play (and many other niche games as well... didn't Melty Blood use those?).
The worst thing that could happen to the game would be an instant-combo system... but then, Persona had that too. Who knows how the game will turn out. Maybe I'll be able to play it with my partner who was always incapable of doing quarter circles consistently.

Of course, I agree with Nobi that it's sad our beloved Capcom characters have to compromise in such a game... but let's be realistic for a moment: they simply piggy-back on Marvel's success, and we should even be grateful they are allowed to appear in a game of this budget. TvC was nice and all (on top of being a very good game), but it didn't even manage to have 15 Capcom characters. MvC is literally the last chance for Amaterasu, Arthur, X, Gene, Devilot or the whole Vampire cast to ever show up in anything with a decent budget. It's already hard to believe Disney accepted that the game would be MvC and not a full-on Marvel game (actually, maybe it would have be the better idea: simplified Marvel-only game, then 2 years later MvC game with these 3D models reused and more complex gameplay.... oh, well).
As for the reverse... I doubt a Capcom-only crossover would receive a bigger budget than CFJ, so let's not go there.

Yes, it could be better. But it could also be so much worse.
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"Re(6):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 21:33post reply

Yuuuuuck. Even Nobi will agree that SFV Chun-li looks very pretty compared to this thing. The whole enterprise sure is...plastic-looking, like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (I'm open to being convinced that game was pretty, however). I never knew that an ugly game like Marvel 3 would come out having more style than its successor.

I completely agree that the Bengus "filter" added so much in the old days. ONSY's ghost will kill me, but I never had any real contact with American comics except through these games, and he actually made these dopey, childish designs look interesting.

Iggy's sense of working "for" Disney is great, and surely it's true. The dominance also likely reflects a position of weakness for Capcom regardless of its counterpart: from Rockman to Vampire to Makaimura, all of their classic series have been left out to dry anyway and thus do not carry enough cachet to dictacte the environment in which they operate.

Simplified controls are for fools, but a slight sense of perspective: our one true holy book, Justice Gakuen, also had universal quarter circle controls to make it friendly to everyone.





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"Re(6):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Wed 26 Apr 22:41post reply

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Also, Marvel as a company is not the same as in the 90 (or even when MvC3 was conceived). It's Disney now, and working with Disney is a whole different beast (if only because, probably, you don't work with Disney, you work for Disney). I guess Disney doesn't really care about depth or anything else, they mostly care about the 5 or 6 million copies Injustice sold. And you probably don't sell that much without sacrificing everything that might scare instant-gratification-addicted mobile game users.


Is it even possible for MvC:I to sell that much?? I mean, NRS may be unbeatable nowadays when it comes to sales...

Anyway, great analysis! Hopefully if this game is successful, it could open the doors for bolder Capcom projects (a Street Fighter X DarkStalkers game could be great, since it seems DS has no chance of geting a game of its own in the near future).





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"MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 00:08post reply

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Get to see plenty of things, but nothing too fancy.

The reused animations are very obvious, especially for Chris and Hulk.

Some characters got some new supers. New Level 3 for Hawkeye and Thor. Chun-Li got Sennkuu Kyaku back.

It seems like most thing hit Off The Ground (OTG) now, which will allow for some more combos.

Power Stone basic ability appears to create a wall bounce. Space Gem super puts you in a prism prison.

It appears you can tag in while simultaneously doing a special move to create some mix-ups. Which I think is something you could do in MK9's tag mode.

The KO animation reminds me of X-Men Vs Street Fighter where it would slow down and focus on the downed opponent. You just don't bounce off screen.


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Also, Marvel as a company is not the same as in the 90 (or even when MvC3 was conceived). It's Disney now, and working with Disney is a whole different beast (if only because, probably, you don't work with Disney, you work for Disney). I guess Disney doesn't really care about depth or anything else, they mostly care about the 5 or 6 million copies Injustice sold. And you probably don't sell that much without sacrificing everything that might scare instant-gratification-addicted mobile game users.

Is it even possible for MvC:I to sell that much?? I mean, NRS may be unbeatable nowadays when it comes to sales...

Anyway, great analysis! Hopefully if this game is successful, it could open the doors for bolder Capcom projects (a Street Fighter X DarkStalkers game could be great, since it seems DS has no chance of geting a game of its own in the near future).



The 5-6 million mark will not be reached without GREAT single player content. Although I don't like playing Netherrealm games online, the single player content is great. The presentation is also something that attracts more eyes. The stages in MVCI are so LIFELESS. Unless something changes, we are going to get boring cut scenes with those stages in story mode.

Netherrealm also knows how to play up nostalgia more. Capcom feels their designs are iconic(and they are) but MK characters change overtime and Netherrealm sells the "classic" costume to the mainstream. I main Zangief in SFV and I feel no desire to buy that premium costume. Hell, it isn't even unique to Zangeif since it is based on some mobile character.

The dumbing down of controls is one of the last things they should have done when trying to appeal to the mainstream. High level MKX is very intimidating. You have to react to high-low mixups very rapidly like it is classic MvC game.







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"Re(1):MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 02:35post reply

The models are not ALL bad, in fact Captain Marvel still looks very good to me in spite of them having to work off such an ugly design. It's just Chun Li and Morrigan, by comparison, look... well let's just say these models are giving the infamously bad MvC3 cover a run for its money.







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"Re(1):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 05:02post reply

Hmm, I'm still not certain about the visuals. Still, MSHvSF is the ugliest thing ever made by human hands and MvC2 is, as Iggy noted, a MUGEN stew of leftovers so on the sliding scale of vs games this doesn't look half bad.

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I really hope that isn't the video bugging out at the end and that's what Chris actually sounds like in-game.

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Ant-Man isn't in Hawkeye's lvl.3 anymore. This can only mean one thing:

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Chun-Li got some old moves back and Strider gained his super from Strider 2.

Between the OTG's, the tag system and gems there looks like there's a lot going on in the combat system. I'm certain it will be horribly broken but it must be difficult to design a vs game since players expect it to be intentionally broken.

I've heard a rumor that the Soul gem will revive a KO'ed character. That may explain why the defeated character lays there like a lump on the screen.

In order to honor tradition they shouldn't have redesigned Morrigan. In fact, they should have used her TvC model.

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The dumbing down of controls is one of the last things they should have done when trying to appeal to the mainstream. High level MKX is very intimidating. You have to react to high-low mixups very rapidly like it is classic MvC game.

But do 99% of the people who bought MKX care about high level play?





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"Re(2):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 05:12post reply

So they are dumbing down controls in order to appeal to more casual gamers, but at the same time are they not risking to piss off a lot more players?
I don't think that removing DPs will be enough to "convert" people that find fighting games difficult, are they going to add easy 1-button combos, supers, and whatever?
I don't like how this series has evolved.





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"Re(3):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 05:41post reply

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So they are dumbing down controls in order to appeal to more casual gamers, but at the same time are they not risking to piss off a lot more players?
I don't think that removing DPs will be enough to "convert" people that find fighting games difficult, are they going to add easy 1-button combos, supers, and whatever?
I don't like how this series has evolved.



I find it surprising that veteran gamers of the genre still want to play a new MvC. I mean what more can they offer new that has not been the same since 1996? That's over 20 years. I personally don't find the game appealing at all let alone another MvC that feels the same.

Sorry to be harsh but that's how I feel. Love Megaman to death but I prefer something newer and different. I think Capcom just released another quantity sales fighting game then quality. But then again, they have been for the last couple of years.





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"Re(3):MvC Infinite story trailer" , posted Thu 27 Apr 16:57post reply

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Thanks for the link!
So it's slated for September.. wow, a lot earlier than I expected. The second trailer looks quite... humm, Holywood.


Does anyone else feel like Capcom's fighting games are pretty much 100% tailored for the contemporary North American market these days?

LET THE HATE FLOW THROUGH YOU How do you all feel about that?

Not an expert of the characterisation for Sigma or Ultron but the throne seems cringe worthy for any of them. I thought they just wanna have robo utopia without humans (all biological beings?). Do they have the lust for a throne?

The colors look so dull both for backgrounds and the character models that at one point Chris and Ultron was blending in to the background.On the bright side the dull colors also helped the over the top giant hit effects in MVC3 to be more normal and tolerable.







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"Re(3):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 17:49post reply

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So they are dumbing down controls in order to appeal to more casual gamers, but at the same time are they not risking to piss off a lot more players?
I don't think that removing DPs will be enough to "convert" people that find fighting games difficult, are they going to add easy 1-button combos, supers, and whatever?
I don't like how this series has evolved.

Do note that the DP thing has not been confirmed yet as far as I know. The 1-button combo has, I believe.

It's also far too early to decide whether the dumbing-down of controls will result in a dumbing-down of gameplay. Case in point: Persona.
Also, it's noteworthy that the game seems to have a "best-out-of-3" round system. Intrigued to see whether universal air-dashes will remain this time. Chris also has ammunitions, so they are clearly leveraging the design space left empty by the assists to make characters more distinct. Ultron having his own assist clearly goes in that direction, and I'm looking forward for retooled Naruhodo or Captain Commando that could take advantage of more refined self-assists.

The gem system is certainly a much better addition than X-Factor was and I'm quite looking forward to a new jab at the ISM system (but with patches this time, so we don't end up with one overtly broken ISM).
What is the last game that had such a system (if you don't count rehashes like KOF98UM)? Did CFJ have one?

The only thing that concerns me with this artstyle is whether they try to be less cartoony, which could impede the chances of the likes of Viewtiful Joe or Amaterasu to come back. Also, Naruhodo is going to look like a guy in a Naruhodo cosplay.
I've seen people hate the backgrounds, but most of MvC3's competitive life has been spent on that drab snow stage for framerate and legibility, so again, Capcom cannot do anything right.





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"Re(2):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 23:21:post reply

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Hmm, I'm still not certain about the visuals. Still, MSHvSF is the ugliest thing ever made by human hands and MvC2 is, as Iggy noted, a MUGEN stew of leftovers so on the sliding scale of vs games this doesn't look half bad.



Yo, MSHvSF has some great sprites and animation. I think you're going way too far here.

I am... not super excited about Infinite. As someone who really didn't even play that much MvC3, I need to be wary of falling off fighting games altogether. I blame Capcom's shitty support of SF5. Awful matchmaking, rampant rage quitting... the phrase "I'm getting too old for this shit" just keeps coming to mind.

Edit: Health seems super high, making damage feel super low. A character will land their Level 3 supers, say their "Wow, I just totally kicked your ass and this match is as good as over" quote, and the opponent still has like 50% life left. The damage payoff of the basic supers barely seems worth the time it takes for the animations to play out. Is this just me? I realize that they don't want matches to play out too quickly when it's just 2 on 2, but I'm feeling more "durability" than "power" with these matches.





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"Re(3):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Thu 27 Apr 23:58post reply

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Hmm, I'm still not certain about the visuals. Still, MSHvSF is the ugliest thing ever made by human hands and MvC2 is, as Iggy noted, a MUGEN stew of leftovers so on the sliding scale of vs games this doesn't look half bad.


Yo, MSHvSF has some great sprites and animation. I think you're going way too far here.

I am... not super excited about Infinite. As someone who really didn't even play that much MvC3, I need to be wary of falling off fighting games altogether. I blame Capcom's shitty support of SF5. Awful matchmaking, rampant rage quitting... the phrase "I'm getting too old for this shit" just keeps coming to mind.



The fact that mutants from X-Men got spanked by humans with super powers, X-Men had to call upon Marvel Super Heroes to fight the humans of street fighter was a good reason what MSHvsSF was also pretty cool.

I think MvC lost my love for fighting games after part 2 came out. I liked it at first. But after CvS came out, I preferred that better. It had, somewhat, better visuals and more diverse characters doing different things other then flying up doing same button attacks. But more people wanted to play MvC and looked at CvS like "meh." So new players at the time preferred MvC with old sprites and 3-d backgrounds.

Lately, I really don't feel love for MvC and so called new and veteran fighting game fans. They criticized KOF when the new visuals and not so good system with KOF XII. Once they released XIII with great gameplay, they looked at it like "meh." Now with KOFXIV, good gameplay cheap visuals, criticism continues. So I am looking like, but you loved MvC 2 which was practically the same thing if not worst?

So I don't think is the "I am to old thing." Don't let Capcom ruin your fighting game love because its really producing for the masses. Who makes money of niche groups? No one but they are still out there for us.





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"Re(4):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 03:18post reply

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Also, it's noteworthy that the game seems to have a "best-out-of-3" round system.



I missed entirely this thing, it was announced together with the new trailers?





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"Re(4):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 03:48post reply

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What is the last game that had such a system (if you don't count rehashes like KOF98UM)? Did CFJ have one?



I might forget an option/cheat to select your system freely but in the basic game, each "family" of characters was fixed to that game's specific system (or something approaching). So Warzard characters had to gain levels, III characters could block/parry, Zero characters had custom combos etc. Wait why are we trying to remember the existence of CFJ again?

Phantom Breaker would let you select different "styles" which added different mechanics (ex. adding a double jump) depending on the style you picked. It also slightly modified the character's move set (mostly it would change your character's Super). Then again I am not sure if your question implied "the last game (that people actually cared about)".

I am not as down as some of you on Chun and Morrigan. I actually think they are trying some interesting things with the female faces in this game. I don't like the results so much (not at all how I'd imagine Morrigan for instance) but I like that they are all quite different from one another. I am terribly unexcited about the game as a whole, however.





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"Re(5):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 04:55post reply

As a Capcom player who never read a superhero comic until way after MvC2 was released and thus don't know any of these characters, the MvC series has always been a way to see Capcom characters that have fallen off the face of the Earth. Strider! Classic Rockman, not X! Captain Commando! MvC1 was a treat. Unplayable, but a treat.
2 butchered too many lovable Vampire character to be remembered fondly by people with good taste, but at least it was silly and fun to play. Post-apocalyptic basketball as we know it would never have existed without it, and we would all be worse off.
3 was the first game of the series that was as fun to play as the Marvel games pre-versus-Capcom, and it had an amazing gallery of Capcom characters, so hopefully Infinite will measure up with this.

Official gameplay video

Good: I'm more excited than I should be for the gem system.

Good: The partner system looks amazingly versatile, and I can't wait to see how many silly things people will craft out of it. Combined with the gems, it seems that everything is broken already, and that's a huge plus for this game.
It's OK, we have SF5 next to it, we can enjoy a guilty treat.

Ambivalent: the control scheme has been reverted to MvC2:
LP HP ASSIST
LK HK GEM

Ambivalent: looks meh, but the series has never been a looker after MvC1.

Not so great: too many Marvel characters but what can you do.

Super not so great: no crossplay. I just need to find a partner for PC since online there will probably be deserted after a month or so.







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"Re(3):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 07:00post reply

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Hmm, I'm still not certain about the visuals. Still, MSHvSF is the ugliest thing ever made by human hands and MvC2 is, as Iggy noted, a MUGEN stew of leftovers so on the sliding scale of vs games this doesn't look half bad.


Yo, MSHvSF has some great sprites and animation. I think you're going way too far here.



While I wouldn't call it the "ugliest thing," MvSF is certainly lacking in the "things made specifically for MvSF" department so I have a hard time giving it credit for its own sprites.





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"Re(4):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 11:47:post reply

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Hmm, I'm still not certain about the visuals. Still, MSHvSF is the ugliest thing ever made by human hands and MvC2 is, as Iggy noted, a MUGEN stew of leftovers so on the sliding scale of vs games this doesn't look half bad.


Yo, MSHvSF has some great sprites and animation. I think you're going way too far here.


While I wouldn't call it the "ugliest thing," MvSF is certainly lacking in the "things made specifically for MvSF" department so I have a hard time giving it credit for its own sprites.



Okay this is a tough one, but... I did think Sakura's diagonal-upwards hadouken super was a neat addition.

I played this game a lot in my University arcade so I guess it makes me reflexively want to defend it.

EDIT: Ah, I am really stretching here, but who could forget the beautiful Norimaro?

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"Re(5):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 12:22post reply

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Okay this is a tough one, but... I did think Sakura's diagonal-upwards hadouken super was a neat addition.
Norimaro?

I love that diagonal hadouken animation!

As for Norimao, ah...he lives on in my mind through a distinct memory of the late 90s Norimao's Lovely Ladies (NLL) fanpage which collected Capcom fanart!





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"Re(5):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 17:45post reply

Okay, MvSF did add Sakura's "Kei hold my bag" intro which is hands down my favorite fight intro in the entire series, so I'll give it that.

Speaking of Norimaro, if nobody here has had a look at some of the cut content found in MvSF it's a bit worth checking out:
https://tcrf.net/Marvel_Super_Heroes_vs._Street_Fighter_(Arcade)

Some highlights:
-Norimaro was apparently set for an international release but something prevented it from happening late in development.
-Also he had some kind of move where he thought about a random Capcom character in a lewd pose and got a nosebleed. Included among the random characters he could imagine were Anita and Zangief.
-One of his cut winposes is... a bad thing. Don't be bad kids and imitate Norimaro.
-Karin was set to appear in the game in sprite form, probably in Sakura's victory pose or maybe in her ending. Her sprite, though, is a head swap of Sakura and not the Zero 3 one you all know. Karin in Sakura's seifuku is an interesting sight.




Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, MvC:I. Well seeing how much they are going to simplify the game I think it's safe to say that Capcom is going to be absolutely shameless in their pandering to the casual crowd with this game. Because Marvel is far more enormous now than they were the last 7 times Capcom worked with them, and Capcom needs that money. Badly. I wouldn't be surprised if this ultimately resulted in complete betrayal of the hardcore Mahvel tournament scene. Infinite dogeza to Casual Jimmy Hulkhands!







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"Re(6):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Fri 28 Apr 20:46post reply

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Okay, MvSF did add Sakura's "Kei hold my bag" intro which is hands down my favorite fight intro in the entire series, so I'll give it that.

I would love it if the next time we have a Sakura vs Karin fight, they are synchronized with a "hold my bag please" animation, one with Kei, the other with Shibazaki.

These cut things remind me of the 8 cut characters for MvC3 (X, Gene, Octopus and... someone else from Marvel). Apparently, Octopus was the one the most advanced, including voice and animation... I'd love to see what they came up with for that game.
And also Gene in any form.

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Well seeing how much they are going to simplify the game I think it's safe to say that Capcom is going to be absolutely shameless in their pandering to the casual crowd with this game.

Honestly, I think the controls for MvC:I already showed that the casualisation of the game is 100% marketing fluff.
I keep bringing back Persona as an example of a very complex game with very casual controls, but the 6 button layout and amount of stuff you can do with the gems (which gem do you pick?) and partner (I need to play two characters now?) is already completely overwhelming compared to "I just pick Batman".
Like they tried to convince everyone that MvC3 would be easier to play, and then SFxT would have casual controls...
The Marketing spins never ends, never amounts to anything, but the FGC likes to scream on the top of their lungs how any deviation from the latest formula is a betrayal of family values.

Their sales objective for MvCI is 2 millions, which I find suspiciously low. I guess they low-balled after SF5, but it would be a disaster if a game with the brand power of the MCU only sold 2M worldwide, after a holiday season on top of that.







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"Re(4):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Sat 29 Apr 00:26post reply

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After watching that video I'm a lot more excited for MvCI. The game looks like it is trying to honor the past by being ridiculous and broken but is trying to move forward by trying to find new ways to be broken and ridiculous. Tag-ins that allow extended, absurd combos? Why not! An OTG system that is so loose the characters are living basketballs? Let's do that. An -ism system that creates new cheeseball ways to attack? Of course that's in there.

Outside of screaming about games the internet I have no idea what the hardcore crowd likes so I can't guess if they will like the game or not. But this is also the same crowd that thought TAC infinites were perfectly fine so my guess is that as soon as someone finds something broken and exciting in MvCI it will do fine.

As for me I still have reservations about the cast, art direction and so on but the game is going to let me put someone in a little box and beat them up so I'm willing to give it a shot.

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I think that's one of my big gripes with the game; most of the good stuff in the game had been done elsewhere. So when I think of MSHvSF all I can picture is that violet static that smears across the screen during supers and in-game art that I did not find appealing.





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"Re(7):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Sat 29 Apr 06:54post reply

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-Karin was set to appear in the game in sprite form, probably in Sakura's victory pose or maybe in her ending. Her sprite, though, is a head swap of Sakura and not the Zero 3 one you all know. Karin in Sakura's seifuku is an interesting sight.


I'd choose her over Dan or Dhalsim for the MSHvsSF roster any time, that's for sure. But that game's roster is kinda messy anyway (why Capcom even considered Shuma-Gorath and Omega Red for the game is beyond my imagination, even if we consider the sprite recycling).

Oh well... speaking of fighting games featuring super heroes, Injustice 2 finally confirmed a certain someone (who would obviously be in it, anyway).

I wonder how NRS will justify his presence, though...



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...then again, this doubt also applies to Green Arrow, Black Canary and Scarecrow (plus Damian Wayne back as Robin and looking younger than in Injustice 1), and that didn't prevent either of them from being there as well.

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"Re(8):Behold! MvC Infinite Gameplay video" , posted Mon 1 May 08:47post reply

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Oh well... speaking of fighting games featuring super heroes, Injustice 2 finally confirmed a certain someone (who would obviously be in it, anyway).


In the end I think I preferred the Darkseid reveal. A character who spends most of his time standing still and looking imposing suits the NRS animation style. That, and his Omega Beams looked like an interesting special move and were a nifty visual.





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Here is a little blade game that might appeal some gamers. However, the title name might not be appealing.

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"Re(1):Slice, Dice & Rice" , posted Wed 3 May 07:27post reply

Interesting dissection of why Netherrealms fighting game animations look odd





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Ahhhhh! Nice!
Yeah the center of gravity and stiff limbs thing always bugged the heck out of me. I agree with most of the criticisms in the video. On top of all that, something else that kills me about NetherRealm Studios and a lot of modern game animation general is their constant use of "belly out" poses.

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It looks so silly!

I dunno why people think it looks cool!

Anyway, probably the biggest reason why so many games have bad animation is that they rely on inverse kinematics too much.

There are 2 main ways to rig a 3d character:

Forward Kinematics (FK) - This is the simplest way to do things. You simply move and rotate the joints and they effect the other joints down the chain. So if you move the shouder, it displaces the upper arm, which displaces the forearm, which displaces the hand, which displaces the fingers etc.

This is like posing an action figure in real life.

Inverse Kinematics (IK) - This is the reverse, where you move the extremity and the rest of the rig compensates in an attempt to follow. So for instance, moving the fist will cause a chain reaction all the way down the arm to the body. The fist goes first and the body follows.

This is like posing a puppet on strings.

There are pros and cons to both, and any proper modern game will switch between both methods on the same rig. It's not hard to do.

The most common use case for IK is on a characters feet. Lets say a character is standing in place and bouncing up and down a little and their feet are flat. If you have IK turned on the feet, they'll stay planted while you simply move the body up and down. The knees will bend naturally and you don't have to worry about the feet sliding all over the place.

IK makes sense here because in real life, your feet would be bearing all your weight like that.

IK is also really useful for walking and running because again, gravity is at work. The feet bear all the weight and they have to slide across an even flat surface in most cases. IK helps prevent the characters feet from sliding through the ground (without IK you'd have to do a lot more adjusting to make sure this doesn't happen).

So where is IK not so useful? In striking attacks. I'm certain they're primarily using IK to animate the attacks in the Netherrrealm games. All the punches and kicks look so weak and stiff because of this.

They are moving like puppets and strings, dragged by their extremeties, but in real life, all your power comes from your core. To throw a decent punch you have to have your feet properly bearing your weight, then you torque your core, shoot that motion through your chest, into your shoulders, through your arm and finally into the fist. Each successive rotation makes the attack stronger. This is totally absent from most of NetherRealms animations.

Because they are simply grabbing the extremities and pulling them forward then letting the IK rig pull the rest of the body along, that's why the poses are so weird. That's why they're constantly off balance and often have their joints locked straight.

It's a lazy way to animate and, well, it's worked for them. Like the video said, 5 million in sales. Now the best selling fighting game in the world. People are OK with this.

Whatta world, whatta world!

I wouldn't peg this on lack of ability on the animators though. I'm certain they could do better, but it's quite possible that they're not allowed to.

It's heartbreaking how often I hear from my fellow animators on big game or Hollywood projects that go "I can't do my best on this production. There are too many obstacles preventing me from doing so. I can only produce mediocre work."

This is why I'm so impressed when a game actually comes together really well. There are sooooo many steps in production, so many opportunities to royally screw things up. It's a goshdarn miracle when a really really good looking game gets made!

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You ever notice how when 3d game characters get hit, they tend to fly backwards like this?

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That's because they're being pulled backwards by their body control, but the IK on their hands and feet keep their limbs dragging behind them.

I mean, it's not a bad "getting hit" pose. It happens in 2d games too. But trust me, if you've worked with a 3d rig you'll know how easy it is to make this happen.

IK is also the reason the "belly out" pose is so ubiquitous. The root control of most character rigs is going to be around the hips and often times everything else is dragged behind it.

Keep an eye out for it in future games that you play. Often times motions will start from the hips, which is correct, but then everything will drag behind the hips, rather than being pushed forward by them.

Just think to yourself "does the character look liek they're being pulled around by strings?" If so then it's IK heavy animation.






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"Re(1):NetherRealms Anims look weird cos of IK" , posted Thu 4 May 03:17post reply

What's weird about MKX's animation is that it feels as if they are trying to honor the foundations laid by previous MK games. First, they are trying to recreate the feel of digitized actors through all those weak punches and kicks. Second, the weird stances might be a callback to the MK games that had multiple stances. This mostly meant that instead of fighting as if they were flopping around like fish the characters would flop around like three different types of fish. Still, the characters had quite a few different idle poses. It's as if these two ideas have been combined in MKX so the characters wobble about when they aren't throwing out droopy attacks.

But while it would be fascinating to see a well animated MK game I can at least respect NRS look and sticking with it come hell or high water. I view it the same way I view the efforts of ArcSys to spend a great deal of time and effort to make certain their games are choppy enough to meet expectations. Where NRS loses me is with Injustice. KoF doesn't look like FF so why should every NRS game look the same? When Batman looks better on the NES than he does in Injustice something has gone wrong.





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"Re(2):NetherRealms Anims look weird cos of IK" , posted Thu 4 May 05:05post reply

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But while it would be fascinating to see a well animated MK game I can at least respect NRS look and sticking with it come hell or high water. I view it the same way I view the efforts of ArcSys to spend a great deal of time and effort to make certain their games are choppy enough to meet expectations. Where NRS loses me is with Injustice. KoF doesn't look like FF so why should every NRS game look the same? When Batman looks better on the NES than he does in Injustice something has gone wrong.



Hah! Good point! The derpy animation does have its own charm in MK, not just cos of nostalgia, but also cos it's just such an over the top game. With Injustice it really stands out though, especially because those characters are even more photo real looking.






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"Re(1):NetherRealms Anims look weird cos of IK" , posted Thu 4 May 09:02post reply

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So where is IK not so useful? In striking attacks. I'm certain they're primarily using IK to animate the attacks in the Netherrrealm games. All the punches and kicks look so weak and stiff because of this.


I had always felt that Netherrealm was intentionally aping the look of their old 2D digitized photo animation.

As such, my first reaction to the idea of laying the blame at IK was to not believe it. Particularly since Netherrealm has shown itself capable of more fluid animation, both in its CG as well as in some of its characters' moves.

But watching the video, and paying close attention to the examples in the IK section, made me a believer. That isn't a stylistic choice, not unless someone high up simply decided that IK just happened to create the exact "weak, static pose" look that he wanted. It is just relying entirely on IK to drag characters into the desired positions.

Looking at it like that, it feels a lot more like a cost-saving mechanic. Or perhaps that the game itself is the lowest priority, and Netherrealm simply doesn't have enough skilled animators to also properly fully animate a large roster 3D fighting game in addition to creating a full length CG movie (story mode CG) as well as substantial amounts of mini-videos (fatalities and the like). So instead they just have everyone doing the actual game animation uniformly use the simplest method possible, something which takes very little time and which anyone can do.







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"Re(2):NetherRealms Anims look weird just cuz" , posted Sat 6 May 01:40post reply

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Looking at it like that, it feels a lot more like a cost-saving mechanic. Or perhaps that the game itself is the lowest priority, and Netherrealm simply doesn't have enough skilled animators to also properly fully animate a large roster 3D fighting game in addition to creating a full length CG movie (story mode CG) as well as substantial amounts of mini-videos (fatalities and the like). So instead they just have everyone doing the actual game animation uniformly use the simplest method possible, something which takes very little time and which anyone can do.


Yeah, Nobi is spot-on with his analysis of MKX's animation and I think you are correct as to the reasoning behind the decision. Having the game animation be so low on the list seems crazy but this is the same franchise that tried to invent a new version of chess(!) so the priorities of MK have rarely lined up with other fighting games.

In news concerning other, better animated games, I tried out the GGXrd Rev 2 demo. Nice game, terrible title. Quick thoughts on the new characters:

Answer: I'll have to see what others can do with Answer as far as gameplay goes. But as for his personality... you know that clown who spends all his time talking on the phone when he is supposed to be interacting with the people around him? Answer is that person in fighting game form. Beating this guy in a fight might end up feeling incredibly therapeutic.

Baiken: It seems as if she spent all her downtime between games gargling lighter fluid and getting even more pissed off. It's wonderful to have her back. Plus, she seems like she has quite a bit of potential as far as her move go.







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"Hokuto No Ken championships" , posted Thu 11 May 10:31post reply

I'm a little confused with the new "weekly classic game thread" seeming to absorb unrelated comments, so I'm going to restart this one and hope the other one vanishes unless it's for actual weekly discussion a classic game. But plenty of room for classic talk here, including:

The national Hokuto No Ken championships! Shoryuken.com has pleased me for the second time in as many months by producing actual original articles again like in the good old days. What a delight!





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"Re(1):Hokuto No Ken championships" , posted Fri 12 May 01:19post reply

Sorry guys for taking so long to answer, but talking about the whole issue of getting better at fighting games can get quite heavy on my heart at times.

I binge read your answers and it's safe to say I got lots and lots to learn from your interventions. I bookmarked the first reply so that I can come back to re-read the whole thing little by little whenever I need it. Now I really got to sit down and organically work with your advice. Prof, I got a reason more to look forward to your anniversary project. Thank you everyone!!

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"Arcana Heart creator Passes away" , posted Mon 15 May 20:43post reply

According to Examu's official Twitter, the father of Arcana Heart, Toru Sakuri has passed away in early May.

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"Re(1):Arcana Heart creator Passes away" , posted Mon 15 May 21:53post reply

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According to Examu's official Twitter, the father of Arcana Heart, Toru Sakuri has passed away in early May.

https://twitter.com/examu_PR/status/864073999046787072


That's too bad. He made the most out of games that obviously had no budget whatsoever.

In other news, in anticipation of Tekken 7's home release a surprisingly accurate summary of previous Tekken storylines has been released.





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"Re(2):Arcana Heart creator Passes away" , posted Tue 16 May 00:02post reply

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According to Examu's official Twitter, the father of Arcana Heart, Toru Sakuri has passed away in early May.

https://twitter.com/examu_PR/status/864073999046787072

That's too bad. He made the most out of games that obviously had no budget whatsoever.

In other news, in anticipation of Tekken 7's home release a surprisingly accurate summary of previous Tekken storylines has been released.



Great video! And it somehow makes the Tekken 1-3 story much more logical...

As for the Arcana Heart creator passing away, that's a big loss. His games were nice.





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"Re(1):Arcana Heart creator Passes away" , posted Tue 16 May 00:10post reply

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According to Examu's official Twitter, the father of Arcana Heart, Toru Sakuri has passed away in early May.

https://twitter.com/examu_PR/status/864073999046787072


That's so sad...rest in peace. Arcana Heart is one of those franchises I still haven't touched, I'll remember him when I dive into it.





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So has anybody tried Injustice 2? Any thoughts on the animation? Does it look better than other NRS efforts? Is it any fun to play? How does it play? The matches I've watched all make it look like it is very zone heavy. Are there multiple ways to play or is it mostly about hanging out and tossing things at your opponent?





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"SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game poll" , posted Fri 19 May 11:06:post reply

Couple things I came across lately,
Poll in Japan for favorite fighting games. I see some old titles but what's surprising is some new titles on there over classic not even mentioned. Poll Results

Any Senko No Ronde fans? Senko no Ronde 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this September





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"Re(1):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game " , posted Fri 19 May 12:17post reply

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Couple things I came across lately,
Poll in Japan for favorite fighting games. I see some old titles but what's surprising is some new titles on there over classic not even mentioned. Poll Results

Any Senko No Ronde fans? Senko no Ronde 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this September



Interesting poll! I was gonna comment how sad it is that Soul Calibur and Tekken series are so under-represented, but then I saw that Rival Schools is on the middle of the list and my soul was filled with joy. All is well in the world.






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"Re(2):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Fri 19 May 17:59post reply

Uhmmm...what kind of sorcery is this? I can't see a single NeoGeo KOF in the list xD But oh well KOF made it to the top 20, and at a fairly high place at that, so I shouldn't complain. Very happy to see Cafe favorites like Hokuto No Ken a title I still haven't tried... and Justice Gakuen. It's interesting how some franchises have multiple entries.





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"Re(3):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Sat 20 May 02:51post reply

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Uhmmm...what kind of sorcery is this? I can't see a single NeoGeo KOF in the list xD But oh well KOF made it to the top 20, and at a fairly high place at that, so I shouldn't complain. Very happy to see Cafe favorites like Hokuto No Ken a title I still haven't tried... and Justice Gakuen. It's interesting how some franchises have multiple entries.



I guess the reason for that is that players would need to have a consensus of which NeoGeo KOF was the best one to vote on it. And if I'm not mistaken, KOF'98, KOF'97 and KOF'96 are all quite well-liked, so maybe the votes split among them (and/or even among other entries of the franchise) and thus neither had enough votes to reach the top 20.

As for this list, I'm not surprised of SFII being in first place (I recently ran into a SFII arcade cabinet and was amazed at how fun it still is to play), but the fact that four Street Fighter games made it into the list including SFV (despite all the negative comments and reception it got) was unexpected - if any franchise would be able to get more than one entry in it, I'd expect it to be Tekken due to its popularity. DarkStalkers and Rival Schools appearing was also a surprise - a great one, in fact. Revive these series, Capcom, please!





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"Re(4):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Sat 20 May 03:28post reply

Tekken has only one showing but four ArcSys games made it onto the list? I guess people prefer air dashing to Korean back dashing. Or is this more about how some communities will only play the most recent iteration of a game? Is this list a combination of whatever has recently been released combined with nostalgia? I don't know, but it's an interesting list of good games (except for HnK, which is so bad it loops back around to being good.) Wait, there are that many Japanese UMvC3 players? This list is full of questions.





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"Re(4):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Sat 20 May 05:19post reply

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DarkStalkers and Rival Schools appearing was also a surprise - a great one, in fact. Revive these series, Capcom, please!


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"Re(5):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Sun 21 May 14:50:post reply

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This list is full of questions.



Well, for me the most interesting and relevant information in that piece was about the profile of Famitsu readers who answer surveys in 2017. (94% Male 6% Female. Six percent were in their teens, 43 percent in their 20s, 42 percent in their 30s, 8 percent in their 40s, and 1 percent in their 50s.)

Only two titles in the Top 20 have sold a million copies (or even half of that), Street Fighter II and Virtua Fighter 2. The most popular fighting game series in Japan is not represented (Smash Bros). The most popular fighting games of the past decade either (Persona 4 Ultimate and JoJo). More than half of the games on the list were recently in Famitsu, either because they are new games (SF5, Rev2, Tekken 7) or thanks to recent/upcoming re-releases (MOTW, SF2). So, caveats apply.

I find it interesting and sad that so few SNK games are reresented but the average age of participants in the survey would imply many of them have missed the brief window (1992~1998) during which SNK fighting games were mainstream in Japan. It's also a sobering reminder of the popularity of Capcom fighters vs SNK fighters in Japan.

I am more puzzle by the result of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike vs Street Fighter V. Why did such a relatively obscure title in Japan beat the most recent game? If anything, I would have rather expected Street Fighter Zero 3 it the top 5, since it was much more popular than either title.





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"Re(6):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Mon 22 May 00:32post reply

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I am more puzzle by the result of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike vs Street Fighter V. Why did such a relatively obscure title in Japan beat the most recent game? If anything, I would have rather expected Street Fighter Zero 3 it the top 5, since it was much more popular than either title.



I'd guess it is a matter of second-hand knowledge. Third Strike was touted for years as one of the best fighting games ever made, to the point that people who had never played it (or never liked it) would still put it on a list of "best fighting games".

SF5 doesn't have that support. SF5 appears to have a pretty bad reputation outside of its player base, leaving it just its active audience to praise it. Even within its active audience, you have a chunk who'd at least think twice before including it on a positive list.

As for SF3 over Street Fighter Zero 3... With a limit of three votes, even an SF-exclusive fan would have to pick and choose between SF titles to list, while other voters might have intentionally limited themselves to a single Street Fighter title. SFZ3 might have simply lost out among the other SF options. SF2 is still the most memorable, SF3 is arguably the most praised, SF5 is the most recent, and SF4 is the most recent for people who weren't satisfied with SF5.

SFZ3 is a bit of a distant memory in comparison to the others. Its popularity advantage has likely been eroded with time. Some of its fans have moved on from gaming entirely, while others have moved on to find newer favorite games (whether SF or not). Mind, if Capcom had announced a new "Ultra SF3" (like it did with Ultra SF2 for the Switch), you'd very likely see SF3Z placing pretty high on the poll, just because the game would be placed back into people's minds.







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"Re(7):SNR 2 and Japan Favorite Fighting Game" , posted Mon 22 May 05:09post reply

I just wonder how many of the people who voted for Third Strike thought they were voting for Zero 3.

Both have "3" in their title, one is a million-seller and has all the characters everyone remembers, the other has been released on Arcade, Dreamcast and X Box 360.

I wouldn't even blame them.







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"Re(8): Favorite Fighting Games, Action Games" , posted Mon 22 May 08:58:post reply

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I just wonder how many of the people who voted for Third Strike thought they were voting for Zero 3.
I can only imagine the horror of buying 3S by accident when expecting a game that is actually fun, only to be met with the Dark Destroyer of the golden age of 2D fighters instead. "But at least you can enjoy the pretty animation!"

The poll results are fairly incomprehensible, and as Chaz noticed, that is a very strange demographic. Where are the kids? And why aren't the adults more nostalgic?

Split votes among 90s favorites is the only way to explain mediocre series entries like SFV, Soul Calibur 5, and Ultra SFIV, while still somehow maintaining such a burning sense of Justice. I get the absence of Tekken: most 3D games, Virtua and Soul Calibur 1&2 aside, don't age well, and even if millions of people loved Tekken 2 and 3, no one in their right mind would play them now. 4 is out since it's terrible, leaving only 5 and 6 for Tekken 7 to contend with, I guess.

This English article alone is predictably shoddy because it's Kotaku and misleads with wrong/mixed information on Justice. It's the okay-but-widely-enjoyed DC Moero Justice Gakuen ("Project Justice") and not the superior-burning-youth-dating-sim PS1 Justice Gakuen ("Rival Schools").

You can see similarly nutty results on action games. Sure, Super Mario Bros. at number 1, followed by the new Zelda and then Nier Automata. But Devil May Cry without Mario 3? Oboro Muramasa without Dragon's Crown? "WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS TOWN?!"

1. Super Mario Bros.
2. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. Nier Automata (EXCELLENT)
4. Ookami
5. Bloodborne
6. Dark Souls III
7. Kingdom Hearts (!?!?!?)
8. Bayonetta (<3)
9. Super Mario 64
10. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
11. Metal Gear Solid 3
12. Kingdom Hearts 2
13. Devil May Cry
13. Metal Gear Solid
15. Hoshi No Kirby Super Deluxe
16. Zelda Ocarina of Time
17. Metal Gear Solid 5
18. Oboro Muramasa
19. Super Mario World
20. Rockman 2





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"Re(9): Favorite Fighting Games, Action Games" , posted Mon 22 May 20:36post reply

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Where are the kids?
I was going to say "they voted Smash", but actually they... didn't?

Which makes me wonder how much of the Japanese Smash demographics is actually 30 years old grumpy virgins like in the west. I know first hand that most kids, when they look at Smash, just say "who are all these people?" and go play something easier. You're lucky if they recognize Mario, Koopa and maybe Link.

Maybe they didn't know what "格闘ゲーム" means, and all their answers were disqualified because they replied "I love One Piece Musou!".





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"Re(10): Favorite Fighting Games, Action Games" , posted Tue 23 May 00:03post reply

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Where are the kids? I was going to say "they voted Smash", but actually they... didn't?


You wouldn't see kids' opinions here. I am not even sure they could figure out three different fighting games to vote for, but letting that specific issue aside... Kids have stopped reading Famitsu since at least the late PS1 days. That's why Famitsu is struggling these days. Their readership keeps getting older and it's not getting replaced. Famitsu completely missed on the Minecraft trend, for instance. Meanwhile, CoroCoro immediately identified the trend/threat and hijacked the Youtube-watching audience, even though they coud have coasted on Yo-kai Watch.

I think Baines has identified all the correct reasons why SFZ3 is not there.





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