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Friday
Sep192008

GAMESPOT: KING OF FIGHTERS XII

This is a nice write up on King Of Fighters XII and what to expect. Sounds like the game has been just as hard, if not harder, to develop and animate as the previous games even though they are using a new rotoscoping technique for the visuals. The article also mentions the game is about 60% done. I'd say we're looking at late 2009 for a console release even though SNK mentioned it was closer to Q2 2009.

Friday
Sep192008

CAPCOM AT TOKYO GAME SHOW

The Japanese Capcom Street Fighter 4 blog posted some interesting information about the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. Thanks to laugh from SRK for the translation

There are a couple things that stood out to me:

  • There will be another character that will be playable at the booth besides Dan and Fei Long. Does that mean it's Cammy then or someone entirley different? Perhaps the new character that is slated to be unlocked in the arcades on the 26th?
  • Announcement of a "super huge" collaboration. This could be a massive announcement such as Capcom vs SNK 3 or even Marvel vs Capcom 3. Rumors have been going on for years about MvC3 but recently a Marvel PR guy (may have been the CEO, cannot remember) said it could happen "sooner than you think". It could also be Pokemon vs Capcom too so who knows.
Friday
Sep192008

Sirlin's Card Game Yomi is Out Yomi'd a License

After 3 years in development, Capcom denies Sirlin the use of the Street Fighter license which the card game is heavily based on. More details can be found here on Sirlin's blog.

Hopefully Capcom doesn't turn around and make a card game of their own. :X

Friday
Sep192008

NEW TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM WII SCREEN SHOTS

Some new screens from Famitsu. The game looks good, but the screen shots look compressed. Not sure if this is the quality of the game itself or just bad screen caps. We'll have to wait and see. Looks like there are some mini games in the Wii version as well.

Check the screenshots here.


Friday
Sep192008

RUSHDOWN SAGAT

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.

Thursday
Sep182008

NEW KING OF FIGHTERS XII IMAGES... AND VIDEO!

Pulled from the SRK KOFXII thread. Not much to say here, obviously the game looks amazing. The animations look silky smooth. Cant wait to see at least some intermediate game play though.

Images at Famitsu

Video (slow loading, be patient)

Wednesday
Sep172008

NEW OFFENSIVE MOVEMENT IN VF5: R

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.

Tuesday
Sep162008

BATTLE FANTASIA XBOX360 DOMESTIC RELEASE 9/18

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.


Tuesday
Sep162008

TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM CONFIRMED FOR JAPANESE WII RELEASE

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.

Tuesday
Sep162008

INO'S STREET FIGHTER IV TIER LIST - FULL TRANSLATION

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!

begin translation
--

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.

S: Zangief

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.


AA: Sagat

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.


A: Ryu

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.


A: Rufus

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.


B: Ken

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.


B: Abel

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.


B: Blanka

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.


C: Viper

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.


C: Fuerte

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.


C: Guile

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.


D: Honda

His basic stats are high,
but each of his moves are way too bad.

Nonetheless,
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.


D: Dhalsim

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)

Extremely disadvantaged.

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 . . .

Maybe.

That's the idea.




I am completely riddled by Akuma.

Summary below.

--
S: Zangief
AA: Sagat

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.
--
end translation

 

 

Tuesday
Sep162008

SFIV INSIGHT FROM GOOTECKS: RYU vs AKUMA

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.

Check it out!

Tuesday
Sep162008

PRE-ORDER ARCADE MANIA FROM AMAZON

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.

Pre-order at Amazon


Tuesday
Sep162008

ATTN MASSACHUSETTS SF PLAYERS - 9/25-28 @ TOKYO GAME ACTION

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

Monday
Sep152008

INO'S SF4 TIER LIST

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.

http://blog.livedoor.jp/vsino/?p=2

S
Zangief

AA
Sagat

A
Dictator
Ryu
Rufus

B
Chun
Ken
Boxer Claw (?)
Abel
Blanka

C
Viper
Fuerte
Guile

D
Honda
Dhalsim

F
Claw Boxer

Monday
Sep152008

TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION - 2 NEW CHARACTERS

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.

Monday
Sep152008

BRUTAL 144 PT AKIRA WALL COMBO

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:

Monday
Sep152008

SUPER TURBO: HD REMIX INSIGHT & INTERVIEW

Pulled this off of the offical capcom blog, an interview with the ST: HD REMIX producer. Give it a read if you want some new bits of information on the title, which im sure you do!

Rey Jimenez Interview

Saturday
Sep132008

NEXT LEVEL RYU PLAY.. FROM KOREA?

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:

Saturday
Sep132008

TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM: CLEANER MOVE LIST AND LOCATION TEST VIDEOS

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!

 

Friday
Sep122008

KING OF FIGHTERS XII & SAMURAI SHOWDOWN: EDGE OF DESTINY COMING TO U.S.

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.