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Saturday
Apr032010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII GAME DESIGN BLOG TRANSLATION

Taking a page out of Capcom's book, SNK Playmore have started a blog for the King of Fighter XIII to give players a look inside the development process of the game. This time around they speak with the director of game design for King of Fighters XIII, Yamamoto about the game play system they are designing for the new installment of the series. And though most of us have seen a lot of the game so far from location test videos and such, Yamamoto mentions there is still more to come. They mention that there is a new game play element that is an "attack that makes use of the unique characteristics of each character".

Big thanks to Varion over at NeoGAF for the translation!

Interviewer: Firstly, could you introduce yourself?

Yamamoto: I’m Yamamoto, the game design director for KOF13. I’m in charge of designing how the game will work. 

Interviewer: Can you give us an outline of the systems in KOF13? 

Yamamoto: Firstly, the new systems ‘Hyperdrive mode’, ‘EX Special Moves’/’EX Super Special Moves’ will be included. ‘Hyperdrive mode’ will be a positioned as a strengthening of ‘KOF-like speediness’, while the EX moves will be a strengthening of the tactical element. These will form the framework of KOF13. Furthermore, systems like throw break and Guard Cancel that weren’t in KOF12 will be revived from previous instalments. In addition there’s also another new system that will likely be KOF13’s biggest draw… but that’s a secret (laughs)

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Saturday
Apr032010

Why are there people like this in the world? Prepare to rip out your hair in anger. 

Just when you thought you were too old for "nerdraging" comes an amazing video by youtube superstar "GoldenWoozle". Woozle explains that fighting games are outdated and pointless and makes his point by playing the demo of Street Fighter 2 along with mashing in Tekken 5 and Dead Or Alive. 

Oh no, it's not over. He proclaims that Smash Brothers is the savior of fighting games with its wonderful mechanics. Then he recommends for all of us to stop buying fighting games and buy "Puzzle Quest". 

I didn't know someone could be so ignorant and smug at the same time. If you haven't had a good rage this year, this will most definitely set you off. 

Saturday
Apr032010

MAKOTO'S KARA-KARAKUSA IN SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4

So, while Magus1234 and I were practicing Super Street Fighter 4 before 1UPs Game Night, I was convinced that there was no Kara-Karakusa with Makoto but he mentioned any command normal you can FADC, you should be able to use for a kara. So, he found F+LK with Makoto had this property and was able to pull out a kara-karakusa, although it was extremely hard to do. I posted this finding on SRK and those who had access to the game confirmed it worked. 

Since then, a video has shown up, and I assume this is the European Makoto player, Sharin, performing the Kara-Karakusa. You'll see it increases the range of the Karakusa enough to make it most likely be able to grab the opponent after a Hayate and in a number of other situations. Again, keep in mind this is really difficult to do, much more difficult to perform than a kara-karakusa in Street Fighter 3, but if players can master this it will help her game immensely. 

Friday
Apr022010

Sonic Hurricane Combo Video: Fei Long and Gen

Sonic Hurricane has posted their lastest tool-assisted combo video. This time it features Gen and Fei Long. Enjoy the combo-madness!

Source: Sonic Hurricane

Friday
Apr022010

Shadowloo Interviews Mad Catz' Mark "Markman" Julio

Image courtesy of Shadowloo

Shadowloo has a good interview of Mark "MarkMan" Julio.  In case you don't know, MarkMan is the lead designer for the SF division over at MadCatz.  You see all those Tournament Edition sticks everywhere at every tournament and on every tournament video?  He designed those, and created a new standard for tournament sticks.

He's also part of SDTekken, a group of Tekken players from San Diego (hence the SD) who are known around the Tekken world not just for being great players, but for the support they give to the community.  Mark is a true pillar of the community, a great guy, and a friend of IPlayWinner.

Check out the full interview by clicking the source link below, but here's a sample:

TE sticks have really taken off. Here in Australia we have some SF players that won’t play their tournament match until one of the TE sticks are available to use. How does it make you feel to hear stories like that from around the world?

It is an AMAZING feeling. One thing I love the most about going to events and tournaments… I love hearing feedback from the players. I value every little nit-picky detail because I always strive to improve and cater to the community overall. I’ll tell you… EVO 2009 was an awe inspiring moment for me. Seeing the entire community adopt something that I worked so hard on… I felt really proud.

Source: Shadowloo

Friday
Apr022010

SoCal So Mad As NorCal Takes The Specialists 3

Eric Choi mashing Ex. Messiah Kick while everyone watches in disgust.

Mike "thxyoutoo" Perlas gives a rundown of the Level|Up Series event, The Specialists 3, which was a 5 vs 5 regional exhibition that took place in Southern California. NorCal and Arizona were special guests for this event, and though team NorCal had strong players on the team, with the team lacking many NorCal "household names", the eventual outcome was one that most people did not expect. 

California - a place of sunshine, greenery, and hot babes.  In this mythical land movie stars roam free, everyone is always in a hurry, and we all dress the same.  In California the people are laid back, some say crazy, while others dare say progressive.  It is a strange place to be.  This is the image people get when they think of this place.   Yet, the reality is that California isn't as easy to describe as a flowchart.  Ken would not want to live here...

Being a singular state, Californicators are often stereotyped.  We step into a room and tell people, "We're Cali." They just respond, “Ooooh, you're one of those people.”  However, things are not as simple as all that!  California is the longest and third largest state in America.  What does this mean?  In reality, California is extremely diverse and almost should be considered two states, with  a North and a South.  When we introduce ourselves we specifically state “I'm from NorCal” or “I'm from SoCal”.  It's our identity.

Having this internalized perception of differentiation within California,  a natural rivalry began.  We say “Hella”, while they say whatever the [f-bomb] they say in that mysterious part of that region (they totally/probably/most likely say “Heavena”).  Yet with these differing identities we share similar and at times identical philosophies, vocabulary, wardrobes, and all eat the same things (In-N-Out Burger anyone?).

So where the [f-bomb] are you going with this, Mike?  This last weekend was the Level|Up Series Specialists III.  Many of you should already know that this is Alex Valle's current project in progressing and growing the fighting game scene/community.   This event was a regional 5 on 5 exhibition, dividing So Cal into 6 regions.  Additionally, 2 guest teams from Arizona and NorCal.  Yours truly traveled with our team to be a guest commentator at the Level|Up event and be the NorCal cheer captain (not on the bleachers -  like Taylor Swift).

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Friday
Apr022010

Date Set for Blazblue: Calamity Trigger for PC

Arc System Works has announced that the long awaited PC version of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger will finally hit Japanese store shelves on May 27.  Pricing is set at ¥4,800. 

It is unknown if or when the PC version of the game will be published outside of Japan except for France, where French publisher Tradewest Games SAS has stated that it will publish it in that country this year.

Source: Andriasang

Thursday
Apr012010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 PRINT AD CAMPAIGN

Capcom Unity posted up a preview of their Super Street Fighter 4 print ad campaign that will appear in magazines such as OXM, PTOM, Antenna, Complex, Vice, XLR8R, Shonen Jump, and WWE magazines. In the blog they mention the general idea was to convey the new features of Super Street Fighter 4 artistically instead of just bullet points of new additions. Here is a small excerpt from the article, and we've uploaded all these ads to a gallery right here on the site.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 PRINT AD GALLERY

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Thursday
Apr012010

Custom Boxart for Super Street Fighter 4 from BossLogic

     

 

 Don't care for the final boxart for Super Street Fighter 4?  You don't have to be stuck looking at boxart you hate these days.  BossLogic has created some fantastic new custom boxart.  Just take it to your local copy place and have it printed on glossy paper and cut to size and there you go.  If you follow the source link below, he has a few pics of someone who has actually replaced his boxart.

For now I've created a new gallery in the Super Street Fighter 4 artwork page for custom boxart and you can find these there.  I will also upload any other custom boxart that I come across as time goes on.

PS3 and 360 versions of all but one of these styles are available.

Source: Shadowloo

Thursday
Apr012010

HAUNTS REVIEWS SAMURAI SHODOWN: SEN FOR 1UP.COM

Alright, so I happened to review another fighting game for 1UP and boy, where do I start with this one. What I'll say is Samurai Shodown: Sen, in concept, could be a good game but in reality they toss in a lot of elements of other 3D games and lose focus of what the game should be about. Generally speaking, it's really slow, clunky game, where you end up blocking a lot and offense typically consists of either throwing or going in for a powerful slash that will kill your opponent in just a handful of strikes. As I mentioned, they also have game play mechanics like juggle combos, just frame input moves, while rising attacks -- stuff you'll find in other 3D fighting games -- but a worthwhile experience gets lost in this mess. I tried to look past the PS2-esque graphics, but horrible hit detection, an embarrassing training mode, tedious gameplay and a handful of glitches makes this a title to definitely pass on.

Check out the full review here!

Thursday
Apr012010

S-RANK COMMENT CONTEST WINNER

So before we get into the winner of the contest here I wanted to say that it was extremely difficult to choose a winner because lets face it, the contest was a total success in its purpose. A lot of our readers really started voicing their opinions on articles and truthfully I had no idea we had so many that would give such good insight into certain topics. Before the contest, truthfully a lot of articles would go unnoticed with very few comments, but since then I feel everyone has not only gotten a lot more comfortable posting on this site but we're also getting to know the members of this community a little better as well. With so much work the iPlayWinner team puts into this site, there isn't much more we can ask for than for our readers to give us feed back on what we post here!

That said, there is one iPlayWinner user who even before the contest has always been a heavy contributor to the comments on this site and after the contest kicked into gear, he went into overtime, commenting on virtually every article on the site. This wasn't comment spam though, no, this user typically puts a lot of thought and effort into each of their posts and honestly I usually look forward to their comments whether I disagree with them or not!

So, the winner of the S-Rank Comment Contest is...

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Thursday
Apr012010

West Coast Warzone 2 Begins Tomorrow

West Coast Warzone 2 begins tomorrow! It will run from April 2nd through April 4th and is being held at the Long Beach Mariott in Long Beach, California. Last year's event was exciting, filled with top players and top tier action.  They will be streaming the event of course in case you have to watch from home.

Check the WCW2 threadon SRK or visit their website for more information.

Thursday
Apr012010

A Video Showing Various Unblockable Ultra Setups for Street Fighter 4

Here is a video showing various unblockable Ultra setups for Street Fighter 4. Some of these still look very difficult to pull off, while some look feasible.  Thanks to IPW reader Valkyrie for pointing the video out.

Thursday
Apr012010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO HD REMIX FOR XBOX360 ON SALE

Alright guys, it's April Fools and I know we already blew it by posting one fake -- sorry about that -- but hopefully we can get everyone back in to everyones good graces by posting some real news here.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on XBOX360 is on sale for 7 bucks or 560 MS Points on XBLA until April 7th. Although, I can't imagine anyone reading this site not to already own this game. Ether way, that's 50% off the normal price so go ahead and grab it if you haven't already!

Source: Capcom-Unity

Thursday
Apr012010

First Two Super Street Fighter 4 Reviews are in: Both Glowing

The first two reviews for Super Street Fighter 4 are coming, and they are both glowing. The Official Xbox Magazine gave the game a 9 out of 10 and the Editor's Choice Award!  Playstation: The Official Magazine gave it 4.5 out of 5!  Both magazines hit subscribers today. Here's the opener for the PTOM review:

"Don't own a copy of Street Fighter IV?  Then you don't even need to think about this.  Super Street Fighter IV is a fully loaded and more polished version of last year's SFIV, so at just $40 it's an absolute steal--especially since SSFIV is such a phenomenally fun and deceptively deep game, one that anyone with even a passing interest in fighting games needs to experience."

Source: Capcom Unity

Wednesday
Mar312010

1UP Game Night with Super Street Fighter 4

If you happened to miss the Super Street Fighter 4 stream last night, here is part one of the 1UP GameNight segment where we breakdown a couple of the characters like Juri and Cody.

Wednesday
Mar312010

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Trailer of Japanese Craziness

I've seen a lot of trailers in my day, but this one is top tier in Japanese awesome.  Hopefully Sega will bring this game to consoles.  In light of the resurgence of the fighting game genre in the last year or two, Virtua Fighter might fare better than they expect.  And this is not a fan trailer. It's from Virtuafighter.jp.

Wednesday
Mar312010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 UNBLOCKABLE SET UP WITH RYU

Allioune, who is a European Sagat player, found a new unblockable set up for Ryu's Metsu Shoryuken in Super Street Fighter 4. Again, the way this works is you throw a meaty projectile and activate your Ultra. During the Ultra flash, there is a small window where the character cannot block and will be hit by the projectile allowing you to combo into Ultra. Check it out.

Source: DrEyeRelief on NeoGAF

Wednesday
Mar312010

NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TRAILER

A new trailer for Super Street Fighter 4 appeared and I assume this will most likely be one of the last, if not the last trailer we see for the game. It's more or less a montage of Ultras and some familiar sequences we've seen in previous trailers.

 

Wednesday
Mar312010

1UP.COM GAME NIGHT WITH SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 (EVENT CONCLUDED)

Alright, today is the day! 1UP.com will be broadcasting Super Street Fighter 4 live at 5PM pst and will have Seth Killian, Richard Li, MAGUS1234, A_Rival and myself on the show! I compiled all the questions from the previous post and we'll see if we can answer some of them while we play some matches in the meantime. Click the link below for the 1UP.com Game Night page.

1UP.com Game Night with Super Street Fighter 4