Check the screenshots here.
Check the screenshots here.
Okay, so I really enjoyed this video. First thing I notice is how this Sagat player is using the focus attack dash cancel to rushdown and basically negate all of Dhalsims punches. Just a month ago you were only seeing this done against fireball type moves, but now people are using the focus attack much more liberally. I am not sure if he was using the focus attack only because of Dhalsims long reach and he could see it coming or if he uses it against everyone in this same manner.
First round a lot of tricky cross ups by the Dhalsim player. Dhalsim appears to be a real technical character who doesn't have any one thing that does a ridiculous amount of damage like some of the other characters, but it's really too early to say at this point.
Now, at the end of this match... well.. haha, just watch.
This isn't an actual match video, but this shows how OM works from mid and far ranges and also close up. From far away you do not get the same amount of movement as you did in VF5 or as you do close up. Close up the OM is the same as previous games, enabling you to get an angle on your opponents side, just keep in mind the canned attacks from VF5 are not longer present.
Thanks to Reno for the video.
Another one to add to the 360's growing roster.
Sorry, PS3 owners but it hasn't been specified if a U.S. version is coming but you can get the Japanese version here and it will work on your PS3 region free.
This is confirmed in the newest issue of Famitsu. Its been assumed for weeks now due to a post on what I understand to be a Japanese blog, but this is official.
Release date is December 11th in Japan! Good that it is coming out so soon, but part of me wishes they would spend another 6 months on it to put in more characters like Dante. The cast still looks a little light to me at this point... but seriously, why isnt Dante in a fighting game yet?
Well, looks like Claw is F tier after all which is surprising. Thanks again to poonage from SRK for the full translation.
Here we go folks. I did have to look up a couple of fighting game terms I didn't know for this one, but I'm confident in this translation's accuracy for the most part.
Read and discuss!
I'm free today, so here's my 2nd diary update for the day . . .
Tentative character rankings!
Whether it's perfect yet is subjective,
but I doubt there are any mistakes.
He's different. Perfectly different.
When people say he's at a disadvantage to Sagat, I think "what the hell?"
It's one thing to say,
"There's a bad matchup when I use Zangief"
"All characters have a bad matchup against Zangief"
is more like it.
Without taking into consideration the Zangief players who have a life lead and think "I'll SPD them one more time",
I'm really talking just about "the Zangief in my head",
But those "I will keep attacking with Zangief until they're dead" people,
While I don't think that's the best way to play him, I still think that style is strong enough.
For people who have a different opinion,
Against "Zangief with a life lead holding down back",
Please clearly show me an attack style that will beat it!
BESIDES a Ryu with a Shinkuu Hadouken or charging up for one.
Strong enough, maybe the character for Street Fighter 2 specialists?
That's what I thought,
but Tiger Knee destroys everything.
If you watch closely it's almost like a dragon punch,
and you can punish whiffed footsies against some characters,
but that's not the problem.
The fact that in addition to his natural SF2 effectiveness,
he still has Tiger Knee puts him at this rank.
A: M. Bison (Dictator)
The fact that he can hang with Zangief/Sagat is his strong point.
There's an overwhelming feeling that he can't do anything to lower ranked characters,
But if you just play regular footsies (or even if you're forced to play footsies), he's strong.
The speed of fierce Shoryuken is a point of Ryu's adaptation to SF4.
There's also the perfect backdash counter, his hurricane kick.
The rest doesn't need to be said.
The only character in SF4
who gets a huge return on on throw motions and holding down back.
I can't say anything flattering about his footsies,
but unlike ST and 3rd Strike,
Attacks that control the screen (like fireballs that don't disappear)
Don't exist in SF4, so it doesn't matter too much.
B: Chun Li
By all rights, she's below Zangief/Sagat,
but "she will always lose to any Zangief"
Is too strong of an assessment for this spot.
From here on out, Ken's potential is vast.
Fierce shoryuken and fierce hurricane kick are the bottlenecks.
Bearing Zangief/Sagat in mind,
You can assume that he's not the 3rd best character.
B: Balrog (boxer)
I thought this when I tried him myself, and he's definitely strong.
Because his value is dependent on mind games/readability (besides just headbutt),
You can assume this character has his pros and cons.
As I thought, a strong character.
This is a simple way of saying it,
but he feels a lot like 3rd Strike Makoto.
He's more stylish than Makoto.
For people who don't understand, his matches probably looks shitty and boring,
but actually he's a character that's easy to understand.
Keeping in mind that he can hold his own against Zangief,
The next time, there's a good chance he will be higher.
She holds much power,
but as I thought, it seems like she doesn't fit the game.
Nonetheless, I haven't used her much myself,
so there's a chance she may climb up to B rank.
There's no way she'll become better than Zangief/Sagat.
Depends on your ability to link 18 fierces.
Well . . .
I usually think of it based on me not missing in tournaments,
But I guess this loop is an exception.
That being the case, he goes here.
Even comparing him to the old Guile,
I think he really did become more interesting.
The scariness of letting go of a charge isn't as bad in SF4,
so I really want more Guiles to focus on that when they play.
But I digress.
His basic stats are high,
but each of his moves are way too bad.
in SF4's gameplay,
You can't say "this character is weak, therefore they can't win",
So I expect character specialists and hard studiers to make an appearance with him.
For people who say he can win against Ryu and Ken,
I have no idea what you're seeing.
At least now,
There is no Dhalsim that I've lost more than 2 games against.
Someone please explain this to me.
With a CVS2 player like Iyo's skill level,
He might rise a little higher,
but my skill level is lower so he goes here.
F: Vega (claw)
You must be willing to really win with time-ups only.
Or should I say, he's just that kind of character.
It's just that he doesn't have the adequate tools to do even that with,
so that's basically the reason he gets the lowest rank.
With all the tools,
If you concentrate solely on time-up wins . . .
That's the idea.
I am completely riddled by Akuma.
A: Dictator, Ryu, Rufus
B: Chun Li (she's only here because of Zangief), Boxer, Abel, Blanka
C: Viper (for now), El Fuerte, Guile
D: Honda, Dhalsim
(Up to now, haven't used them at all)
F: Claw (I expect him to stay here)
If I were to write the main idea behind these ranks,
"At my skill level, and the current metagame, this is about right".
To the people that say
"What?! You're not changing Claw??",
I don't expect you to be saying that much longer.
Just last week I was checking out this same Ryu vs Akuma video from Korea, (you can find my brief write up in the video analysis section) and saw this on Gootecks blog. A very in depth look at a couple rounds between Ryu and Akuma, shedding some light on the probabilities of each option you have in close quarters situations.
I will definitely be picking this up at some point. This is a book that covers Japanese arcades over the years, so it's not just about fighting games but as far as I know there is a significant portion of the book dedicated to such. From what I last read on kotaku.com, there are interviews with top players such as Dagio.
Wow, this looks like it will be a lot of fun....and a great deal! The 25th-27th of this you can play SFIV all day at Tokyo Game Action in Winchendon, MA for a flat rate of $20. This goes for all other games in the arcade as well on certain days. This is a release party for their SFIV machine so there will be prizes and food too.
Check out their site for more details: Tokyo Game Action
Well, dont look surprised, we all knew it would be coming at one point or another.
One thing that is interesting and somewhat puzzling to me and others in the SRK Ino thread on this is.. Claw is F tier? How come he gives me so much trouble at the arcade? I must need more practice.
Boxer Claw (?)
Looks like the list translation isnt 100% correct, F tier is Balrog...which I guess could potentially be Claw anyway so we'll see. Check the SRK thread for more updates on the translation.
MarkMan over at sdtekken.com posted up some new information on the updated version of Tekken 6 that will be shown at Tokyo Game Show next month. Two new characters will be added to the roster. Rumors have it they will have ridiculous juggles and possibly some broken moves... Just kidding Tekken fans.. well, not really..
Check out sdtekken.com's Tekken 6 page for more information on the vanilla release and the upcoming Bloodline Rebellion.
Another video pulled form the VFDC VF5:R video thread, this time showcasing some Akira shenanigans. The second round, the first two hits alone do 99pts of damage!
Check it out:
Looks like those rushdown KOF and Tekken strats are carrying over to SF4 in Korea... Probably the most interesting combo in this video is after the fwd. Fierce, he does a c. jab into a number of other moves, ending with either hurricane kick or fireballs. I usually just see players doing a dragon punch after the fwd. Fierce..
Check it out:
Ok pulled a clean copy of the move list from NeoGAF earlier today.. I'm also posting some of the more interesting videos from the location test that is going on in Japan.
Looks like my theory of the Vital Suit being a one-man team was right!
Wow check out these combos..
Alex taking the Vital Suit to the cleaners!
Strait from the GameStop managers confrence (ah, they didnt have this kind of dope shit when I was a manager at GameStop!) we have conformation that both the new HD sprite based KING OF FIGHTERS XII and the 3D SAMURAI SHOWDOWN SEN games will be coming to PS3 and 360 Q2 of 2009.
Ill put $5 down to reserve KOFXII, that's for sure!
A video compilation if you're not familiar with said games.
Before we get into it... I love the beginning intro with Kage where he is bustin' out the Naruto seals! Okay, i'm sure its old but its new to me..!
Anyway, the real news here is an awesome back throw into wall combo by Taka-Arashi at the end of the video. Check it out..
Looks like this was picked up from the latest location test.. More interesting than the moves themselves is the addition of a Lost Planet character, the end mech in the game, VITAL SUIT PTX-40A. I wonder if he will be a one man wrecking shop like Gold Lightan?
The first prototypes of Madcatz produced Official Streetfighter IV Arcade Stick and Control Pads were shown for the first time this week at the Gamestop Manager's Conference in Las Vegas.
Standard Stick $69.99
Premium Arcade Stick $139.99
Rumors have been floating around that the pads will be modeled after SEGA's legendary Saturn Pads. Standard Stick will be budget minded and should at least have the quality of the Hori Fighting Stick series. But what hardcore fighting game fans are really looking forward to is the Premium Arcade Stick which has been rumored to be "arcade perfect."
To the hardcore fans this means Vewlix panel style layout with Sanwa JLF series joystick and Sanwa OBSF buttons!
If this is true then any bad rep Madcatz may have had in the past is now forgiven. :P
Now updated with pics. Keep in mind that these are just prototypes and are not the final product.
Thanks to Shin-RoteNdO from srk.