Looks like a patch for the numerous bugs in HD Remix is in the works which is great news for those of us who still play the game frequently. I've read a bunch of threads since the game came out documenting the bugs, but honestly I figured they would sweep a patch under the rug thinking that no one would care once Street Fighter IV came out. Thankfully I've been proven oh-so wrong by JimmyRey, the games producer, who although wont go into details about the patch, say it's for sure coming.
AKSYS GAMES announced Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus is finally coming to North America for PS2, Wii and PSP today. According to the press release, this version of the game includes two more playable characters Kliff and Justice, along side some new single and multi-player modes. I'll post updates as they come.
Gamespot posted up all the alternate costumes you can download for the console version of Street Fighter IV. If you've been following the arcade version for sometime, most of the costumes are nothing new, but they do showcase Cammy, Gouken and Fei Long's alternates. Fei Long is of course a homage to Bruce Lee, Gouken's looks very similar to Gouki's and Cammy's is very similar to Jun and Juli's outfits from the Alpha series.
Keep in mind that all alternate outfits are only available through paid downloadable content.
Thanks to dfyb from NeoGAF for the screenshot!
This video showcases all the alternate outfits in Street Fighter IV.
So, over the weekend I received a tip that although Tatsunoko vs Capcom wont ever see the light of day in North America, there is a possibility of the Tatsunoko cast being replaced with a Marvel cast and distributed in the states as a new Marvel vs Capcom game using the TvC engine. I'm usually not one for rumors but I personally would not be surprised to see this.
Why you ask? Aside from a head honcho at Marvel saying something a long the lines that he would love to see a new Marvel vs Capcom game and it could be coming sooner than we think, one should note that Mortal Kombat vs. DC has already sold close to 2 million copies world wide. At this point CAPCOM would be insane not to release a new versus game considering the amount of hype around both the Street Fighter and Marvel franchises. If a MK vs game can pull in those kind of numbers, a new MvC game should easily surpass that world wide, maybe even in North America alone.
Again, this is only a rumor but knowing CAPCOM, how much they like to extend the life of their franchises and gameplay systems and the current state of the gaming market, even if they haven't considered this option at this point, they should.
So lets be honest here, VF5:R is getting stomped in Japanese arcades by Tekken 6 and other games. There are reports of the game receiving very little to no love at certain locations as well. All this doom and gloom before anyone else outside of Japan has even able to play the game!
Well, looks like there is some good news after all. LA_Akira on VirtuaFighter.com posted that SEGA is listening to everyone's request for VF5:R on console, so keep sending in those requests. He mentioned that there will apparently be a major conference for SEGA discussing the games to be developed over the next two years and heavy interest for VF5:R may play a part in having them seriously consider bringing it to console.
If you haven't already submitted your request, you can click this link and fill out the 3 fields. The first field is your e-mail address, second field is the topic and the third is your comments.
This was sent over to me a little earlier today from Colorado top player and tournament organizer, Half-ro. It appears Gamestop is running a promotion that when you pre-order Street Fighter IV, you have a chance to win an official Street Fighter IV cabinet. I don't know much else beyond that, but I am wondering how it will be set up in that the arcade units are meant to be linked to another unit within the same arcade. I doubt they would give away a single player arcade machine so really the main concern is this the original arcade version or an updated version with all the new characters?
Also, Gamestop related, looks like they are going to be throwing in-store tournaments a week or two after the game drops. Not many details are known at this point, the main one being: can we use an arcade stick or will we be forced to use a controller attached to a kiosk?
I'll post up more when I find out more details, but according to this email posted by "ohgee" on SRK you will also have a chance to win an arcade unit (not Street Fighter IV) by playing in the tournament.
Street Fighter 4 Tiered Tournament Program:Our tiered tournament program has been such a success that we are bringing it home to a title that was born for tournaments! Street Fighter 4 will be a perfect partner in our quest to bring the biggest tournaments to our players.
Approximately 160,000 customers will have a chance to compete in a nation-wide, ladder up tournament for a chance to win a Street Fighter Classic Arcade System!
2-21-09: Round 1 Tournaments in approximately 2500 Stores.
2-28-09: Round 2 Tournaments in approximately 270 stores.
3-14-09: Round 3 Tournaments in 16 stores.
Participating stores will be provided with tournament kits that will include all signage, brackets, rules and winner's certificates. In addition, all participating stores will receive prizing. This tournament will be supported with in-store signage, call-outs on our website, and targeted emails. Although reservations in stores may seem low at this moment in time, we expect the reservations to increase substantially prior to launch.
Just for clarification, you have to pre-order the game after the 26th of this month to be eligible. Rules from the site:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on 1/26/09 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 2/17/09. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia age 13 or older at time of entry. You are automatically entered in the Sweepstakes when you preorder Street Fighter IV at a GameStop location or from this website. To enter without preordering, complete this entry form and press the submit button. If you pre-ordered Street Fighter IV before 1/26/09 you will not be automatically entered in this Sweepstakes and you will have to enter by using this entry form. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details.
Thanks to PimpWilly from SRK for the heads up.
Not to say that other Street Fighter games aren't, but it's becoming pretty apparent these days that you can get away with playing pretty much anyone in SFIV, rack up some victories and even win tournaments if you know what you're doing. After hearing about Iyo's victory with Dhalsim over RF's Sagat at the Japanese Nationals Tournament, seeing Vega and El Fuerte do serious damage to "top tier" characters in SoCal and then to find out a Honda placed second at the same tournament I have to wonder if this trend will continue over the years.
Months and months ago I commented that a lot of tournament results were pretty varied with different characters all over the place, thinking that the game was just too new and over the course of time this would change. Well, the game has been out over 6 months now, and people are playing at a relatively advanced level already and not too much has changed. This is pretty refreshing after years and years of playing Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and going to tournaments that were essentially nothing but Ken and Chun-Li.
Virtua Fighter 5 is one of my favorite games, and this is one of the main reasons I enjoy playing it so much. Not only is there a lot of depth in the game itself, but you end up playing against so many different characters, it really forces you to think about the game a little more than just a handful of match ups. You really have to be prepared to run into any character and know they can easily beat you if you don't understand what they are capable of.
Compare that to some other games, where the strong characters in the game are so much better than the low tier and average characters, you don't even really have to know the match up if you play a top tier character, you can simply just dominate with your game plan. This doesn't make the game bad or any less fun to play at it's core, but I know I am not alone when I say that having the opportunity to play against a ton of different characters with different strategies can only make a game more enjoyable in the long run.
Hopefully the console release of Street Fighter IV with all the additions to the roster does not screw with the balance the original arcade cast, but we will have to wait and see. 26 days to go!
California Regionals has come and gone over the weekend and I must say it was the most eye opening and enjoyable tournaments I've ever been to. Held at Denjin Arcade in Simi Valley CA, players from not only California but literally all over the world (Korea, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona) showed up to flex their skills in virtually every 2D game that is still played to this day.
Over 4 months of Street Fighter IV training, a chance to play some of the best players in the country and take home the trophy in the Battle for California 5v5. There was a lot going through my mind as I made my trek out to Oakland Airport on BART. So many variables in an event like this, so many possible outcomes and really that is probably what keeps me coming back to tournaments like this year after year. Here is the 3 day break down of the event from my perspective.
Ok, so there has been alot of talk around the web with how the PS3 load times in between matches are longer than on the 360 version of the game. The following video was the cause of all the hub bub.
For four amazing Street Fighter-filled hours, Capcom's event staff threw an underground party at a location open only to those who RSVPed by special invite. The room was filled with a myriad of PS3s with matching HD TVs, each playing the latest version of Street Fighter IV, complete with its new edition of characters. There were even a few stations with Street Fighter HD Remix. The very fabulous Viewlix cabinets also made an appearance, while each PS3 was outfitted with all the new controllers from MadCatz. That's right, that includes the new MadCatz Standard and Tournament Edition Fight Sticks, as well as the Fight Pads and various HRAPs. They even had pizza and a (pretty good) live DJ.
The official Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition is back up for pre-order on Amazon.com. They have been sold out/unavailable on Amazon for a couple weeks now, so if you haven't already pre-ordered one, now is the time to do it!
Click the product links below for the pre-order page for both the stick and the game itself.
This is the footage from last nights special where Richard Li, MAGUS1234, A_Rival and myself were able to sit down and take a closer look at the console version of SFIV. It was a lot of fun and there is a lot of questions answered in this session so check it out!
Alright guys, time to get those creative juices flowing and show PushingPlay.com your best hadoukens. They are running a contest where you have a chance to win an official Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition FightStick. Not only do these sticks go for 150 bucks, but they are virtually all sold out and not up for preorder at this point.
The submission can be anything really, video, audio, art... whatever! The deadline is February 17th so you have about a month to gather your chi and get crackin' on this contest!
1up.com is throwing another Game Night event tonight where SRK members MAGUS1234, A_Rival, myself and 1up's Richard Li will be playing Street Fighter IV and taking questions from the fighting game community. The segment will be 1 hour long so we should have enough time to go over a lot of details of the console version.
If you have anything you are wondering about in regards to Street Fighter IV, post up in the comments section and I'll see what I can do about answering all relevant concerns about the final retail version.
Should be a lot of fun, check out the full details here.
The video confirms you'll have to shell out some quarters for the downloadable alternate costumes in Street Fighter IV. I've always assumed this would be the case, but I also thought they would have included at least one alternate costume with the game.
This was supposed to go down last week, but it was the same day 1up was acquired by UGO so they had to put it on the back burner. It's an hour long session of Street Fighter IV, showcasing the new characters and taking questions from their online forum. The action starts 5pm PST.
1UP's Game Night: Street Fighter 4
Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 5 p.m. PST
Location: Watch the embedded video player right here in this story.
Questions: Ask your question in the Game Night thread on the Street Fighter 4 boards.
Yeah, this was supposed to happen last week, but something got in the way... so now this week's Game Night will be a special show featuring not only Street Fighter 4, but also former 1UP employees. Come join current and former editors as they play Street Fighter 4 in an hour-long streaming session on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 5 p.m. We'll show you the features exclusive to the console versions, including new stages and new characters Rose, Dan, Gen, Sakura, and Fei Long.While watching us play, don't forget to ask us questions in the Game Night thread on the Street Fighter 4 boards. We'll try to answer your questions throughout the hour-long stream!
Looks like all the Bay Area Street Fighter heads finally got their wish.. Street Fighter Club in San Francisco! I wont be able to attend because I will be at the California Regionals tournament but these events have been a real success in the past. If you're in the area and not at CaliRegionals then you should definatley check it out. At previous events, attendees have been given Street Fighter items just for showing up, hip hop music and Street Fighter all night long. This will most likely be the last Street Fighter club before Street Fighter IV drops so be sure to register at this page (send them a message) to get an invite.
If you plan to attend, please let me know!
New gameplay videos showcasing some more of the new characters straight from 1up.com:
Seen this posted on a couple of forums but MarkMan made a basic breakdown of the new SF4 Tournament Edition Fight Sticks compared to the Hori Real Arcade Pro and Sega Virtua Stick High Grade. The breakdown shows the dimensions and weight between the 3 sticks.
It's interesting to see how the Madcatz Fight Stick Tournament Edition shares some attributes with the other sticks. It's as if the design is a blending of the best of both worlds.
So are you one of those who thinks size really matters?