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Thursday
Jun242010

GODSGARDEN Online Tournament Round 1 - Sako vs Tokido - Team Sp00ky Commentary

The first round of the GODSGARDEN Online Tournament concluded earlier today and Team Sp00ky uploaded the set with english commentary by Chris Hu!

This first-to-ten set really shows the break down of player strategies and how much you have to adapt in a first-to-ten situation. Beautiful play by both Tokido and Sako. 

There are three more sets lined up, and Shadowloo posted the current schedule:

Mochi [Dhalsim] vs Mago [Fei] – 6/26 22:00
Momochi [Ibuki] vs Daigo [Ryu] – 6/28 22:00
Makoto [Claw] vs Uryo [C.Viper] – 7/1 22:00
*All times are Japanese times.

This is roughly around 5AM PST / 8AM EST  for North American viewers.

Thursday
Jun242010

A Closer Look at Melty Blood: Actress Again Written by its Players

You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Melty Blood: Actress Again. It isn't a household name outside of Japan. However, it does have a very dedicated fanbase and its players are passionate about the game. Melty Blood is also one of the games being played at Evo 2010, the largest and most important fighting game tournament in North America, so it will undoubtedly become more popular after being in that massive spotlight.  So, what is Melty Blood? Are you curious?

This article was put together by Melty Blood players to give you an overview of the game. It gives a brief history so you can get some reference, goes into what makes Melty Blood unique as a game, some info about the community, and why they love the game. Don't be afraid to read on.

You can probably figure from the game title and screenshot that this is a Japanese fighting game.  Until recently, the Melty Blood series of fighters was almost exclusively that; Japanese.  But now, the vastly improved sequel has, by the merit of its mechanics and the enthusiasm of its originally small American following, turned the heads of enough gamers to find itself a featured game in Evolution 2010.  As the game's American community grows rapidly to rival regional tournament scenes of Blazblue and Tekken, there is no better time to learn more about the game and what it can offer you.  This article will tell you the basics and give you resources to learn more, with everything split into manageable sections.

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Wednesday
Jun232010

EVO2K10: Marvel vs Capcom 3 Playable Demo, Limited Edition Fightsticks & Live Stream Details

Shoryuken.com announced today Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be playable at EVO this year! The games producer, Ryota Niitsuma, will also be in attendance, gathering feedback from the players. Of course, most of us were not at E3, so take a break from wringing your hands while waiting for your next pool match and be sure to check out the game.

Beyond that, MadCatz will provide "Golden Fightsticks" to all of top 8 in Super Street Fighter 4. Yes, you read that right, only the top 8 players will receive a stick making this an extremely limited edition TE.  

Finally, our friends over at Level|Up will be streaming the entire event for everyone to enjoy. We'll post more details on the stream schedule and whatnot as soon as it's available. 

For more information check EVO2K.com.

Wednesday
Jun232010

1UP FEATURE WITH DAIGO UMEHARA

Who doesn't love new Daigo interviews? 1UP put together a feature with "The Beast" where he talks about what it is like being a professional Street Fighter player. He says to forget what society thinks about all night Street Fighter crack sessions -- if you love the game, keep playing it! Well, in so many words anyway.

Here is a small excerpt from the article, read the full article here:

Umehara wasn't born a fighting-game genius, though. "When I started playing fighters in grade school, I started by practicing with every character until I could do all of their special moves," Umehara said. "Once I learned the basic combo sets, that was enough to win matches with my friends, but not to hold my own at the arcades. It's not like my opponents were better at inputting commands than I was, either, and sometimes these same opponents would lose spectacularly against other people. That's when I realized that technical skill isn't the only thing that can make a difference in fighting games. There was something else, and trying to figure out what was too hard for me as a kid. So I pored over every game magazine I could get, searching for some kind of new tip or hint. If got even one new thing from a mag, I was like 'I am so happy I bought this.'"

Thanks to Romeoisburning for sending this in.

Wednesday
Jun232010

DUDLEY IRL

Okay, I know this isnt exactly front page material but I saw this on Facebook a moment ago and found it so funny had to post it. Watch Dudley drink tea. Watch Dudley play SSF4. Watch Dudley play DDR! This is Dudley IRL.

Wednesday
Jun232010

TOP 3S PLAYER RX INTERVIEW FROM BRAZIL

Remember that Urien in the 3s video we posted a day or so back? Yeah that's RX. He's a bad ass. This is apparently the only interview with RX available on YouTube and was conducted last year during the Brazilian 3s Party. He talks about how he trains in 3s, why 3s isn't as popular in Japan with the rise of SF4 and what some arcades are doing to keep the game alive. 

Thanks to Ryukenden for sending this in. 

Wednesday
Jun232010

New DLC Character for Blazblue: Continuum Shift: Makoto. Other DLC Plans Take Shape

Playable characters will be made available as DLC, including this new character on the left.

The console release of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is getting closer (July 1st for Japan, 27 July for North America, and October for Europe), and plans for downloadable content (DLC) are already taking shape.

It was announced today that DLC will include additional playable characters, system voice arrangements featuring popular voice actors, and the expected packs of additional character colors. No more specifics were announced.

One of the DLC playable characters is a new character apparently named Makoto. A Famitsu scan (left) and a screenshot (above) have surfaced thus far.  From the Famitsu scan, it appears as though the other DLC character will be v-13.

 

Tuesday
Jun222010

BIZARRE IMAGES ROUND-UP

I've run across a handful of ridiculous fighting game related images over the past day or two and wanted to post them up for others to check out. Some of you may have already seen these but either way they are pretty good. Thanks to NeoGAF for some of these gifs!

Marn at Devastation acting out Space Opera Symphony in classic "Juicebox" style!

Lady Gaga in Super? Too good -- looks TOO official. Check the artists site here.

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Tuesday
Jun222010

CRACKED.COM: STREET FIGHTER

Cracked.com wrote up a  huge article on everything Street Fighter and though some of you may find parts of the article slightly offensive, it's still worth checking out for a couple laughs.

Here are a couple excerpts, hit the full article here:

M. Fucking Bison. The badass, completely psychotic leader of a massive underground paramilitary installation, who insists on inviting the strongest fighters in the world to a loosely organized tournament in a bizarre attempt to enact revenge against them for already beating him once before. Great plan! Definitely gonna work out this time. Fingers crossed!

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Tuesday
Jun222010

MvC3 Mechanics Observations, Speculations and Comparisons

This is a very interesting video put together by striderzer0 that compares Marvel vs Capcom 3 to other VS games such as Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Tatsunoko vs Capcom. If you're still wondering how the "X-Factor" ability works -- an ability you can activate when you're down to your last surviving character -- check out this video that does a great job of explaining it. 

Tuesday
Jun222010

King of Fighters XIII Arcade Version Date Set, New Screenshots

   

SNK Playmore has set a release date of July 14 for the arcade version of King of Fighters XIII.  It has been on location test for recent weeks. the game features new systems like EX Desperation Moves and Hyper Drive Mode. Play modes include a training mode to learn commands and combos and a story mode where you attempt to perform specific actions given to you at the start of a round.  A console release has not yet been announced.

HIT THIS LINK TO VIEW THE REST OF THE SCREENSHOTS IN THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII GALLERY

Tuesday
Jun222010

Super Street Fighter 4 Alternate Costume DLC Available Today: Super Shadaloo Pack

  

    

The Super Shadaloo Pack, which contains alternate costumes for Vega, Sagat, Balrog, M.Bison, and Seth, will be available for download today.  The pack costs $3.99 on Playstation Network and 320 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. 

The list of remaining upcoming costume packs is as follows:

• June 29: Super Classic Pack (Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Gen, Fei Long)

• July 27: Super Complete Pack (All 35 costumes in one bundle)

If you want to see pics of all 35 alternate costumes so that you know what to expect, we have created a screenshot gallery for you.

CHECK OUT ALL 35 ALTERNATE COSTUMES HERE

Monday
Jun212010

12 Groundbreaking Moments in Fighting Game History

Dorkly.com put together a list of what they feel is 12 of the most groundbreaking moments in fighting game history. Of course, opinions will vary on this topic depending on if you're a casual or competitive player, but it's worth checking out for some of the videos alone.

Here is an excerpt on their bit out about Mortal Kombat including a video showing a number of old school fatalities!

7. Mortal Kombat As The First Truly Controversial Game 

Considering terrorizing innocent bystanders with stolen vehicles and submachine guns has become somewhat of a norm in today’s videogames, it’s hard to believe anyone ever had a problem with the content of the legendary fighting game, Mortal Kombat. But if it wasn’t for MK, we wouldn’t have games like Grand Theft Auto to live out our criminal aspirations

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Monday
Jun212010

STREET FIGHTER III: 3RD STRIKE KEY PLAYS COMPILATION VIDEO

It's been a while since we've seen much Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike on the front page with all the new games on the horizon, but I couldn't pass up posting this video. This is a compilation of a ton of best bouts from top Japanese players such as RX. More than that, some of the Japanese commentary in the video is hilarious -- don't miss 4:51!

Thanks to Ryukenden for the heads up on this video. 

Monday
Jun212010

New Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Trailer

According to Versus City this trailer was originally uploaded to SEGA's YouTube channel and then mysteriously disappeared, so no telling how long this one will stay up -- enjoy it while it lasts!
Sunday
Jun202010

DEVASTATION RESULTS & FOOTAGE

Online video chat by Ustream

Devastation just wrapped up with a great set of matches for all the games. You can view the VODs at http://www.djWHEAT.blip.tv

Here are the results for Super Street Fighter 4 and Tekken 6:

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4

1. Marn (VI/RU/DU)

2. Alex Valle (RY)

3. Juicebox Abel (AB)

TEKKEN 6

1. Nin (Steve)

2. Holeman (DevilJin/Lars)

3. Suiken (Lei)

Friday
Jun182010

E3: Shoryuken.com Quick Walkthrough of Marvel vs Capcom 3

Keits from Shoryuken.com has been at E3 playing Marvel vs Capcom 3.  He was kind enough to make this video walkthrough of the basics. Its a good, concise look at the game. They totally nailed Deadpool in this game for sure.

Friday
Jun182010

E3: MORTAL KOMBAT GAMEPLAY DEMO

 

Gamespot put together a video of Mortal Kombat 9 gameplay with Ed Boon giving commentary on the different attacks and modes. Kung Lao's full Fataility is included at the end -- brutal!

Friday
Jun182010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII: MAI'S NEOMAX SPECIAL

Check out Mai's new NEOMAX Special from King of Fighters XIII -- NEOMAX Specials are more or less level 3 super/ultra attacks. You can check out even more of these on ReXXXsoprano's YouTube Channel.

Friday
Jun182010

IPW Super Street Fighter 4 Guide Weekly Update

For the next few weeks one of our main objective for the guide is to focus on each character's normal attacks.  In Street Fighter, the normal attacks that a character has are just as important as their Special Moves, Supers and Ultras.  Some characters in the game rely heavily on the extreme usefulness of their normal moves, with Special Moves supplementing them.  It is integral to getting better as a player that you know what your normal moves do and what situations to best use them in.  No other guide out there that we know of for Super Street Fighter 4 gives much attention on these extremely important moves, but the IPW guide will.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 STRATEGY GUIDE

 

 

UPDATES

Adon: Put gameplay notes as well as damage and stun for all of his normals.

Ken: Put gameplay notes as well as damage and stun for all of his normals. Also added a few more moves to his character summary at top of page, adding some of his other cross-up attacks.

Sagat: Major revision to combo section.

Combo & Strategy Videos: Links added to the main guide to quickly browse numerous combo and strategy videos posted on iPW

Next week expect more text updates and a few surprises!