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Wednesday
Dec242008

STREET FIGHTER IV TOURNAMENT EDITION FIGHTSTICK UNBOXING

Warning! If you want to save the surprise of unboxing your Street Fighter IV stick come February do not watch this video! This video provided by SDTEKKEN's MarkMan shows what appears to be the final product and packaging of the Tournament Edition Street Fighter IV FightStick.

If you're not familiar with this stick yet, this is a stick that is being developed by MadCatz that contains authentic Japanese arcade parts to offer the highest level of response and build quality. The joystick and buttons are both manufactured by Sanwa, the build of the overall product is very sturdy and it includes some other nice features such as the option to wrap the cord and pack it inside the joystick after use. 

I've personally played on the stick and can say that the Tournament Edition is well worth the money and you wont have to buy another stick for a very long time if you go this route. If my endorsement isn't enough, Alex Valle has also recently had a chance to play on the sticks and also agrees they are the best retail stick you can buy.

MadCatz is also making a budget FightStick and an assortment of Street Fighter stylized pads which should have a more responsive D-Pad than say the standard Xbox360 controller. 

Wednesday
Dec242008

STREET FIGHTER IV: NEW IMAGES OF GEN, NEW ONLINE DETAILS

Some new images just surfaced on some Japanese gaming magazine sites of Gen and Rose. Nothing too new on Rose's end but it looks like Gen has two supers and two Ultras, a first for this game. This probably has to do with which stance he is in. How this will affect the over all game balance has yet to be seen.

Also, in a recent preview of the game in GamePro magazine, Yoshinori Ono details more of the online options included with the game:

"We don't put up hurdles...we want to make it as easy as if there was someone sitting next to you in an arcade," Ono hints. "We're going to engineer the home version of the game so you can actually play in arcade mode and you can turn on a function that would allow match-making in the background, so you could just have somebody jump in exactly as they would at the arcade," Ono says. "No one's really done this before, so it has potential to be really, really huge."

But it goes even deeper. "There's a ridiculous amount of options and filters you can turn on," he continues, "and if you prefer to not have a function on at all, you can turn it off, or choose only ranked matches or player matches." And if you want some truly strenuous practice, Ono says, "you can even set it so you only fight people that are significantly better than you based upon the battle point count." Once you set your options, you'll be able to hop into arcade mode for a few quick warm-up rounds while you wait for a challenger to join your game.

With Street Fighter IV's new online mode, Ono is aiming for something almost unheard of among shooters and fighters: creating a solid matchmaking experience that functions in the background. And it's an inventive way to seamlessly blend single-player and multiplayer modes into one cohesive experience. And don't worry about lag: The team is working hard to "cleverly hide" any lag, but the online modes are being testing across the Pacific and the game is running smoothly already.

So it looks like they are adapting the Japanese Battle Point system for the online mode to determine skill. This essentially means the more people you beat who have a better ranking than you, the more points you will acquire. On the other hand, if you end up losing to a higher ranked player, the more points will be deducted from your ranking.

I think the ability to sit in practice mode and only be linked into an online match if a player is better than you is pretty clever. I only hope you will be able to restrict matches by region so you aren't linked up with someone on the other side of the world and lose to some random lag. 

Speaking of lag, they also mention people have been playing "across the Pacific" without any lag present due to a technique to hide the lag (GGPO roll-back?). I assume this is CAPCOM USA playing against the offices in Japan. Lets hope out of all this news, this last portion of lagless online play ends up being true.

Tuesday
Dec232008

Triumvir X Capcom SFII: HD REMIX Tournament Aftermath

Big thanks to Virtua Fighter 5 training partner FIVETEN from SRK/VFDC for giving us the low down on the HD REMIX tournament that went down over the weekend! Have images and impressions from the event? Let us know!

The Fresh sneaker boutique in Berkeley, CA was lively with DJs spinning good music the entire day while I waited around for all 16 people to show up and play in the Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix tournament sponsored by TRIUMVIR . People came from a lot of places all over the Bay Area, different experience levels, and lots of new acquaintances were made. I was 9 years old when ST came out (23 now), and to finally participate in the action felt nostalgic. I'm definitely going to step my game up for the next opportunity.

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Tuesday
Dec232008

KOFXII & SFIV ARE MORE SIMILAR THAN YOU MAY THINK

Not really from a gameplay perspective, but from a graphical standpoint.  I read online quite a bit these days questions like "Why didn't CAPCOM go full 2D with Street Fighter IV like SNK-Playmore did with King of Fighter XII?". Both games use 3D models, believe it or not, for their visuals.

Fact of the matter is King of Fighters XII uses a technique called "rotoscoping" which essentially means they created 3D models and drew over the models to create a genuine 2D look. Street Fighter IV uses standard 3D models on 2D plane with a stylized look. So yes, King of Fighters XII is hand drawn, but 3D models play a big part in its look and feel. 

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Tuesday
Dec232008

CES09: SONY AND MICROSOFT SFIV ROYAL RUMBLE

CES this year looks like it will be a good one for Street Fighter fans. With the game coming out just a month after the show I am sure we will see plenty of footage from the game and get more hands on impressions of the new joysticks.

Now this is one thing I didn't expect to see from the show. According to 1up, community managers from Sony and Microsoft will battle it out in Street Fighter IV during the show. You would assume it could go either way since I take it most of these guys aren't hardcore fighting game fans, but it looks like Microsoft will take this one unless Sony has something up their sleeve. It turns out Capcom Community Manager Seth Killian is the team captain for the MS team so to they have a bit of an advantage is quite an understatement.

CES 09 begins January 8th and runs till the 11th.

 

Monday
Dec222008

TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION NOW PLAYABLE IN JAPANESE ARCADES

T6:BR dropped in Japanese arcades just a couple days ago and a lot of videos are popping up on YouTube already. The game obviously looks great, it's just too bad we have to wait till Fall 09 to play it!

Monday
Dec222008

KING OF FIGHTERS XII LOCATION TEST UPDATE

A lot of King of Fighters XII news pouring in over the past couple days since the location test went down. There are some impressions posted by Reno on NeoGAF and Cyberfantix has a report from sugar boy on the system changes and over all feel of the game thus far.

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Sunday
Dec212008

"WHAT? DAIGO LOST?"

Rare footage of Daigo actually losing...and not so rare footage of Daigo beasting!

A handful of videos popped up recently from the Arcadia Magazine Umehara Kumite among some others from Daigo's random visits to arcades in Japan. Most of the videos he is doing what he does best but Sagat player Mago shows how powerful Sagat can be and another Akuma Player, Momochi takes Daigo to the cleaners in the other matches. You can see the Arcadia matches on lordaborigine's YouTube Channel and the other assorted matches on AHOJagi's channel.

Be sure to check out JOE's C.Viper in the Arcadia matches. A true testament to the fact that every character is a viable choice to play in SFIV. Also, I'd be sure to check all of these out as soon as possible. I would not be surprised to see the Arcadia Matches taken down shortly due to copyright issues.

Friday
Dec192008

CAPCOM: STREET FIGHTER IV CE UPDATE

CAPCOM posted up photos of the redesigned Street Fighter IV Collectors Edition. The original art (which I think is still present for the standard versions) I feel does not capture the feel of the game like the Japanese box art, so I must say I am very happy about their decision. All the content is the same, so no news there!

With this, the 1up Show and new images of Cammy and Rose it's a good day to be a Street Fighter IV fan!

Friday
Dec192008

1UP SHOW: KEYSTONE II, STREET FIGHTER IV PREVIEW

1UP makes it down to KEYSTONE II and interviews Albert, Seth Killian, Tony Cannon among others. There is also a lot of great SFIV footage here showing a bit more in depth some of the game mechanics and combos that are present in Street Fighter IV. Oh yeah, there is some sweet footage of Cammy's Ultra in this one.. I wonder who pulled that one off? Hmmm...

 

 

Friday
Dec192008

FAMITSU: NEW IMAGES OF CAMMY IN STREET FIGHTER IV

Just a day or two ago a couple scans showed up from Famitsu magazine of Rose and Cammy in Street Fighter IV but they were so small it was virtually impossible to make out anything in the pictures. Well, today Famitsu updated their site today with new images of Cammy where you can actually see what's going on... but no sign of Rose yet! You have to check out Cammy's Ultra sequence where she snaps the opponents neck! Brutal!

Thursday
Dec182008

NEW TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION IMAGES

The official Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion site has been updated with some new images of the game. There are also PDF's for each character that lists all their moves.  The inputs are easy enough to understand but any notes and move names are in Japanese so you may have to wait it out a bit for a translation.

Thursday
Dec182008

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: HD REMIX BREAKS SALES RECORDS

After being RickRoll'd by reading this article on the CAPCOM blog I was a little hesitant to post this, but since then I've calmed down a bit and feel this is something everyone should know about. SSF2T:HD Remix has sold 250,000 units so far breaking all kinds of records, and at this point could possibly become the best selling digital title of all time.

This is great news taking into account how many people said they would "pass on this title because it's taken too long to come out" or that "unless its $5 I wont buy it". Just goes to show that unlike most other games out there, people simply can't resist SFII gameplay even after all these years.

Wednesday
Dec172008

FAMITSU: NEW IMAGES OF ROSE IN STREET FIGHTER IV

So it appears the newest issue of Famitsu has some screen shots and character art of Rose. This scan was pulled off of the Shoryuken.com forums earlier today and it's pretty hard to make out much besides the character art. I'll post more once I find larger scans. Still, better than a profile shot on the character select screen right?

There is also another page that shows some new shots of Gen which I'll post when I find a high quality version as well.

 

Tuesday
Dec162008

STREETFIGHTER.COM: VIEW YOUR XBL HD REMIX STATS ONLINE!

The online leader board is now up and running on StreetFighter.com where you can view your Xbox Live stats for each character you play. You just punch your gamertag and it will give you your win/loss record and over all rank. You can also load up a friends gamer tag and compare your rank to theirs.  I am not too sure how to access the PSN stats as of yet but I am sure they are working on getting that live as well.

I first thought this would be all text based but it appears to be all flash at this point. Pretty nice interface but I guess this means you cant access your stats from your iPhone just yet!

Somewhat related, there has been a lot of debate over whether or not the rankings are any indication of true skill. I am sure some of the people at the top are not the absolute best in the community, but right off the bat you can see David Sirlin and Paul Lee right there in the top 10. I'd say that is a pretty good indication that if you are within the top 50 you probably know how to play the game on a competitive level.

With that being said I am ranked some where in the 3000's! Hah! If I only had more time to play maybe I'd be ranked in the low 2000's. Speaking of which, if you want to play me, you can add me to your friends list under "hauntsxl" on XBL and "haunts" on PSN.

Tuesday
Dec162008

FATE/UNLIMITED CODES AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Fate/Unlimited Codes is an extremely popular fighting game in Japanese arcades and is coming to PlayStation 2 this week!

Published by Capcom and based on the anime series Fate/Stay Night, the game is rendered in 3D but played on a 2D plane. Outside of your standard attacks found in any other fighting game, characters also have weapon based attack which lead to pretty lengthy juggle combos.

There will be a Special Edition available at the same time of the regular version that includes the game and a figure. Both are available through Play-Asia.com!

Fate/Unlimited Codes

Fate/Unlimited Codes [SP Box]

The fight for the holy grail spreads over from the arcades to your home. Drawn by Type Moon, and with a script written by Natsu Kinoko, the game spots an original storyline and is acted out by the star studded cast of voice actors.

All characters are rendered in 3D but the system maintained the speed factor of 2D fighting games. Besides punches and kicks, the servant's sure kill attacks and their special weapons are all included in this fighter. Harness their power and fight for your dearest wish.

In addition to the existing elements in the arcade version, the PS2 edition comes with more scenes, player characters to the roster and many other goodies.

Monday
Dec152008

G4 X-PLAY: STREET FIGHTER IV PREVIEW

G4 recently interviewed Seth Killian on Street Fighter IV. Nothing too new in this interview but he does cover the Focus Attack system and how it is more accessible than Street Fighter III's parries which is interesting. The video also contains a lot of gameplay footage and a brief look at the new MadCatz Street Fighter sticks in action!

Monday
Dec152008

STREET FIGHTER X TRIUMVIR TOURNAMENTS

Triumvir is gearing up a series of Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix tournaments in California and Florida. The flyer you see to the left has all the details and locations for the different tournaments.

They mentioned there are prizes from Triumvir (Clothes!), Capcom (Ryu Headband?) and MadCatz (Joysticks!?). You also get 15% of your next online purchase from Triumvir just for pre-registering!

 

Monday
Dec152008

FINAL FANTASY DISSIDIA AVAILABLE THIS WEEK FOR PSP

So this game kind of flew under the radar for me since after playing a bit of Crisis Core I've avoided anything Final Fantasy related for quite sometime. I suppose I am just growing out of RPGs and have for quite some time but this game is a little different. After checking out a couple videos I'd say it actually looks pretty interesting. Final Fantasy Dissidia is a fighting game based on the Final Fantasy universe with some RPG elements involved with it. As expected from SQUARE, the graphics look top notch and the game play looks like it will allow you to heavily customize your character.

The game comes out the end of this week and is region free so go ahead and pick up a copy from PlayAsia.com!

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy's debut, Square Enix round up the heroes and anti-heroes from their star RPG series and have them participate in a battle royale. Belonging to the camp of the god of peace Cosmos and the god of struggles Chaos, the 20 characters are pit against each other in fighting tournaments.

The concept of winning a fight is simple, unleash a string of attacks and deplete the HP bar of your opponent. The higher your hit rate is, the more brave points you store and the more special attacks you can launch. What sure kill attacks you can employ depend on your characters.

Pit your favourites against generations of FF characters and find out who the strongest is amongst you.

Sunday
Dec142008

PLAY-ASIA: PRE-ORDER HORI STREET FIGHTER IV STICKS

Wow, so many sticks coming out in the coming months! There is a Street Fighter IV set being released in Japan by HORI that are now up for pre-order on Play-Asia. They come out February 12th, same day that Street Fighter IV drops in Japan.

What is strange is that the 360 version is essentially a Fighting Stick EX 2 while the PS3 version is a HORI Real Arcade Pro. What that means really is that the 360 stick has a stock HORI stick and buttons and the PS3 version has a Sanwa stick and Hori buttons. So the joystick is much better in the PS3 version and over all the build quality of the HRAPs are much better than the Fighting Stick EX2. I suppose it is because there are less 360 owners in Japan but I am still surprised they do not give people an option for both systems.

Anyway, both sticks to my knowledge are good candidates for modding and they both have Street Fighter IV art on the tops so if that is your thing you should check them out!

Street Fighter IV Fighting Stick for Xbox 360

Street Fighter IV Fighting Stick for Playstation 3