Street Fighter V Official Reveal, Gameplay Trailer Too

Posted by: Akuma on Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Street Fighter V Official Reveal, Gameplay Trailer Too

OMG OMG OMG. Capcom has typically taken way too long to move to the next numbered iteration of Street Fighter, but we are now getting our first look at Street Fighter V. Finally. Yes, Street Fighter 5!

The teaser trailer was leaked and subsequently pulled several times yesterday from various video streaming sites. Now, I guess Capcom is a-okay with the news, because the teaser trailer is once again up on YouTube for everyone to see. A couple of key takeaways here is that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PS4 and PC with no apparent love for the Xbox One. Here’s the Street Fighter V teaser trailer in case you missed it.

Some people have said the PS4 exclusivity deal could be a timed thing and that SFV will eventually port to Microsoft’s console. Other people are saying this is a sign that Sony is in the process of buying Capcom. Take that for what it’s worth. It’s cool how this teaser trailer pays homage to the FGC, recognizing just how important all of us are to the success of franchises like Street Fighter.

Earlier today, another trailer was released, this time with full “real” gameplay involving Ryu and Chun-Li. The visuals strike me as a highly updated version of Street Fighter EX or maybe with a dash of Street Fighter X Tekken. It’s even more realistic and the trailer shows all sorts of effects. We could already be reading a little too much into this, but it seems like storyline-wise, Street Fighter V will take place some time after SF2/SF4 and before Street Fighter III.

You’ll notice that both Chun and Ryu have gained some of their Street Fighter III moves, for instance, most notably the Denjin Hadouken performed by Ryu, complete with all the electric effects he probably learned from Gouken.

I haven’t had nearly enough time lately to mess around with Decapre in USFIV and the Omega Edition of Street Fighter IV should be available pretty soon. We probably shouldn’t expect Street Fighter V to launch next year, so the hope is that it’ll be ready in time for EVO 2016.

Hype, guys and gals. HYPE!

UPDATE: The Verge is reporting that Street Fighter V will support cross-platform play too. This means that PS4 players can play online against PC players and vice versa! Awesomesauce!

Video: Mashing with Super Smash Bros for 3DS

Posted by: Akuma on Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Video: Mashing with Super Smash Bros for 3DS

It’s already out in Japan, but Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS won’t see its North American release until next weekend. In the meantime, at least we get the demo to mash smash around in.

I took to Twitch last night to stream some of my gameplay in the Smash Bros 3DS demo. It was definitely awkward trying to play with the webcam pointed at the screen, working to keep it as reasonably centered and stable as possible.

The demo only provides Battlefield as the stage option and just one game mode too, but you do get to choose from Mario, Link, Mega Man, Animal Crossing Villager and Pikachu. For a lot of the straight up fights, I found Link to have a lot of the best normals. I thought the creativity with Villager was a lot of fun, though his/her moveset takes some getting used to. At the end, I gravitated mostly toward Mega Man.

As far as early impressions, this is clearly a Smash Bros game through and through. Playing on the Nintendo 3DS is entirely different, however, partly because the smaller screen makes it harder to follow the action and partly because the circle pad is no replacement for a proper thumbstick. I found myself sliding around way too much and the movements simply weren’t as instantly responsive and precise as with a GameCube controller. Even so, this is still a lot of fun.

Make sure you follow me (hadoukenstream) on Twitch to catch the action live. I try to sneak in some sessions of Ultra Street Fighter IV too, particularly with my mash-until-it-works Decapre. Peep the Smash 3DS replay below.

Official: Pokken Tournament is Tekken with Pokemon

Posted by: Akuma on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Pokken Tournament

Well, this is both a huge surprise and no surprise at all. Namco Bandai has announced it is making a new fighting game called Pokken Tournament and it’ll feature different Pokemon battling it out in a Tekken-style 3D fashion.

It looks like Namco Bandai is leveraging its experience with developing the upcoming Smash Bros. games to spin off this new title. Harada-san is saying Pokken Tournament will not have the high/mid/low mixup game of Tekken, but will have its own mechanic. I imagine it’ll be like Smash, but on a smaller stage and more focused attacks (but no focus attacks). Harada has also indicated that fans of the Pokemon trainers shouldn’t be worried either.

The trailer has Lucario and Machamp, both humanoid style, fighting type Pokemon, but they’re saying the game won’t be limited to that kind of Pokemon. Again, given the connection to Smash Bros, porting Pikachu, Jigglypuff and other pocket monsters seems like a no brainer. I’m calling dibs on Snorlax now.

It’s aimed more at the casual crowd, but I can see the FGC jumping all over Pokken Tournament too. Unfortunately, they’ve only announced plans to release it in Japanese arcades next year. With enough hype, Namco will have no choice but to port to consoles too, right? Let’s just hope this project doesn’t divert too many resources away from Tekken X Street Fighter.