It appears that Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown could be coming to consoles sooner than we think! According to this post on the SRK forums, SEGA recently registered the "FINAL SHOWDOWN" trademark for consoles. This information was pulled from a Japanese gaming site called Game Nyarth. With Tokyo Game Show fast approaching and Super Battle Opera also being held at TGS this year, perhaps we will hear an official statement from SEGA. Let's hope for the best -- it's been far too long since I've played some VF!
Think the new Tekken movie sucks? That seems to be going around. Gamtrailers put up a video compilation of old NEO GEO fighting game commercials which all feature live-action! The games are from the Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting series.
A few new Marvel vs Capcom 3 videos surfaced from PAX, one being of Seth Killian dropping hints about the game which was covered in an article just a few days ago, and the other two purely gameplay from Team Seattle. With Tokyo Game Show right around the corner, we have a lot to look forward to with some major announcements for Marvel 3 so stay tuned!
Spotted over at SDTEKKEN.com, a new video by Noodlls explaining how frame data works. The video is of course for Tekken 6, but the over all principles apply to most fighting games out there. The visuals and text is pretty straight forward, so if you're unclear on why certain attacks can be punished on block -- or even on hit -- this is definitely worth checking out.
Tatsu is arguably the best Vega player in North America. At EVO 2010 he placed 17th out of thousands of players in Super Street Fighter 4. In this interview we learn more about his gaming background, his views on Super Street Fighter 4 and Vega, on his experience at EVO, and more. Enjoy.
IPW: When did you first start playing fighting games and what did you play?
If Smash Bros. doesn't count as a fighting game, then it'd have to be summer of 2008. I played a lot of ST on GGPO. Those were good times:
If Smash Bros. does count as a fighting game, then... well, I guess I played Smash! Melee to be specific. This was probably around 2005-2006.
IPW: No, Smash doesn’t count. Just kidding. So you have only started playing fighting games relatively recently. What drew you to GGPO Super Turbo? Was this game the springboard to your playing any other fighting games before Street Fighter 4?
Yeah. I'm one of the many players who were inspired to play fighting games after watching the Daigo VS JWong comeback video from Evo 2004. At first I tried to get into 3S, but it was too overwhelming so I went over to ST instead. It was just my kind of game. And just between you and me, I'm really good at ST...
(By that I mean that I picked Vega, mashed cr.mp, abused walldive crossups, and won every single match. I thought I was hot shit)
Snoooootch posted up a video of advanced Fei Long combos. This video has a lot of combos that can be used in a real match against other opponents, so make sure to take some notes. There is also a couple combos at the end of the video that he worked very hard on just for the fans.
The GodsGarden crew officially announced their second online tournament for Super Street Fighter 4 and included a list of players that will be involved among other details. There will be 66 round robin qualifying matches that will take place on the 25th and 26th of September with the final games of the top six qualifying players spanning from the beginning of October to the beginning of November.
A complete translated player list was provided by EventHubs, but they also mention that what characters each player will use is not yet confirmed.
Thunderbolt put together a short preview for Marvel vs Capcom 3, giving us their thoughts on the game thus far. Though their impressions are very positive, I know some of their comments might concern long time Marvel vs Capcom 2 fans. That said, this is a preview from more or less a casual point of view so keep that in mind.
So into the battle we went – and into a decidedly familiar, yet totally fresh fighting game experience. The first thing worth noting about MvC3’s gameplay is that it feels a little more tactical than what was offered in Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Characters are larger on screen and command inputs seem even more forgiving. The game appears to be staying true to Capcom’s recent shift from a focus on command input skill and consistency to Street Fighter IV’s focus on timing and strategy.
Desk put together yet another excellent combo video but this time with a twist: all these combos are performed in real matches! These are always the best becuase of course performing complex combos in training mode is one thing, but to pull them off in a real match is an entirley different story.
Read up on how this video came about via Desk's notes on YouTube below:
Ergh! The original idea was to get footage of 'combo video' level stuff in actual ranked matches. Unfortunately, I soon realised that wasn't going to happen. The native input lag of the PS3 version of the game combined with that which occurs online was not at all conducive with my grand plans. So, I had to compromise.
Wherever possible, I avoided 'standard' things, things you see all top level players doing. Also, I would try to make the most of all four meters and ultra for most clips. Everything is deliberately 'fun' and impractical. It doesn't really show skill but is hopefully interesting to watch.
Ono posted yet another teaser image from the arcade version of Super Street Fighter 4 on his Twitter, this time giving us a glimpse of Yun's hat. With this being a close up shot, it appears Yun is gearing up for an Ultra of some sort. Could it be the You Hou or Sourai Rengeki he had in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike or something completely new?
Thanks to Ledsen on NeoGAF for the heads up!
A flurry of new details about Marvel vs Capcom 3 have been coming out of PAX. Many of these bits of information originated on Capcom Unity's streams, where attentive onlookers took notes. The following information comes via SRK and Eventhubs. Here's a rundown:
- Seth Killian has said that fans should take the Marvel vs Capcom 3 silhouettes with a grain of salt because some of the characters may not be in the game anymore. Frank West and C.Viper's silhouettes were reported, while some claimed to also have seen Spider-Man.
- Seth Killian also confirmed that Mega Man X is *not* in Marvel vs Capcom 3. This does not rule out other versions of Mega Man or other characters from the series being in the game.
- Seth Killian has said that there's a character on the Marvel side for the game that is one of the craziest things ever put into a Capcom fighting game. He continued that the character would be broken except designers figured out a clever way of implementing things.
- The next cinematic for the game, titled Episode 2, features some amazing stuff, including new characters and will also have the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from the Marvel Universe.
- The new trailer is expected to debut at Tokyo Game Show in a few weeks. Apparently, there will be much more information on the game released at that time.
- Interestingly, Ruby Heart from Marvel vs Capcom 2 was apparently a rejected Darkstalkers character design.
- In the game's current build, the X-Factor system gives a 40% damage bonus.
- Seth Killian mentioned that X-Men fans should be happy with Marvel vs Capcom 3.
- He also went on to say that the game would have more female characters added to the Marvel side.
- Seth Killian said that Dante's command specials are completely different moves with different button strenghts. He apparently joked that Dante has at least 40 or more special moves in the game so far!
- There is a configurable control scheme in the game. Seth said that he uses the Marvel vs Capcom 2 configuration at the office but found the new Tatsunoko vs Capcom style more favorable lately.
If you are a player who wants to get deep into the nuts and bolts of Super Street Fighter 4, presumably to better use it to your advantage, this video is for you. A very detailed video guide to the juggle mechanics in the game has been posted by petey86. If you want to dig even deeper into the topic, visit this thread on SRK, which this video is designed to supplement.
I've seen a lot of combo videos in my day, but this one's music stands out. You'll see why they call the combo video "I Collect Ducks!" when you watch the video. Anyway, it's a BlazBlue: Continuum Shift combo video featuring Lambda 11. It was made by Novril/tataki and Tuka/Fu3l.
Machinima.com and Inside Gaming have posted some PAX 2010 coverage of Mortal Kombat featuring gameplay from the demo and a talk with series co-creator Ed Boon.
Senior Producer of Mortal Kombat, Hans Lo takes us through the Tag Team feature and this ends up being one of the best videos to come out of PAX so far. The video isnt direct feed but it's very clear, giving players a closer look at not only the Tag Team feature but numerous combos and set ups.
We'll release a new costume for SSF IV soon. Plz wait.
Ono also posted a teaser image of what I assume to be Fei Long's new alternate costume, or at least some concept art for one of the many that will be released in the future. Of course, if this image is old please let us know, but this is the first time I've seen it.
You have my blessing. ;D
Over the past few days Ono has tweet'd heavily about Poison -- more so than any other character. This could be his way of simply throwing off the fans, but we already know there is a lot more in store with the release of SSF4 Arcade so anything is possible!
Our homeboy 0ShinAkuma0 put together an awesome video complication of Tokido's greatest hits -- and when I say hits, I mean hits. You wont believe some of the high-damage sequences Tokido puts together against other high level players!
As always, keep an eye on 0ShinAkuma0's YouTube Channel for high level Japanese SSF4 Matches!
Reno over at VirtuaFighter.com translated the latest tier list for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown that was featured in the newest issue of Arcadia Magazine. This is an excellent post because not only does it give a break down of the tiers, it has a solid explanation of why each character resides in each tier and even notes from top VF5 players such as Itabashi Zangief. Reno mentions that he only translated a handful of the top player notes and more are on the way so keep an eye on his thread on VFDC.
Thanks again to IMNEXTONLINE for the heads up on this one!
S Rank: Shun, Lau, Akira
Within the top ranks, you have Shun, who has gained a ton of good moves and adjustments, Lau, who has not changed that much (but takes very good advantage of the new system), and Akira, who has been powered up. The changes to the throw system have not detracted from their game at all.
MoD1ns1d3 posted up yet another impressive combo video with guile, this time showcasing how you can style on your opponent using Guile's shades. Well, truth be told it will take a lot to pull off some of these combos in a real match but it's entertaining none-the-less!