Let’s keep this short, sweet, and to the point. What’s new in the realm of fighting video games?
Deadliest Warrior on PSN and Xbox Live is better than expected. No, it won’t be nearly as robust as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, but it’s strangely satisfying and deep in its approach. The fast fights are reminiscent of Bushido Blade and you get all kinds of crazy limb damage. And it’s only ten bucks.
The iPhone version of Street Fighter IV has two more characters in Cammy and Zangief. I can’t imagine doing double full circles to do some of Zangief’s crazy moves on a touchscreen, but at least the Red Cyclone is there.
King of Fighters XIII will be making its way toward our awaiting arcade fighting sticks eventually. In the meantime, we can prepare for the boss characters that’ll stand between us and triumphant victory. All in all, KOF XIII looks vastly better than KOF XII… which was kind of broken.
Oh and apparently Justin Wong got knocked out of a Super Street Fighter IV tournament by some random Taiwanese guy playing as Adon. Everyone can lose (and win).
Something old, something new. Something borrowed and something blue. It seems that all the fighting game fans in the audience have a little something to be excited about this week, because we’re seeing the much-anticipated release of two hot fighting games.
We’ve been looking forward to King of Fighters XII for quite some time, especially since we saw the incredible hand-drawn graphics. It really could be the most beautiful 2D fighting game of all-time (or Street Fighter IV) and it won a whole whack of awards during its showing at E3 2009 in Los Angeles last month. And now King of Fighters XII has hit the retail shelves for your fighting game pleasure.
As great as the game may look, KOF XII is apparently not without its faults. We already know that the roster does not include the Mai “Me Bouncy” Shiranui, but it turns out that they crippled Iori too. He doesn’t have his fireball anymore and he doesn’t have that triple QCB combo move either. It’s just a series of “scratching moves,” according to early reviews. Further still, King of Fighters XII is buggy and lacking in story. Shame.
Heading over to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) on the Xbox 360, we find the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. It’ll be heading to the PlayStation Network (PSN) on the PlayStation 3 first thing tomorrow morning, which is only a few hours away. The full roster is here, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of unlocking everyone. Feel like pitting Zangief against the Hulk? Ryu against Wolverine? Spider-Man against Mega Man? It’s all there.
And you’ve got a hip hop mixtape on the way too. Sweet. Marvel vs. Capcom costs $15 on PSN and 1200 MS Points on XBLA.
We’ve been hearing about the pending release of this game for a while, so it’s great to see that King of Fighters XII finally get an official release date for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. We were initially told that the fighting game would be ready for the summer, but now we know that the official release date is July 28. That’s only a few days away! [KOF12]
If you happen to be over at Comic-Con, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up some special edition Mad Catz Street Fighter IV tournament Fight Sticks with limited edition artwork. There are only going to be 500 units in all and they’ll sell for $179.99. The artwork is meant to mirror the scar on Sagat’s chest. FightPads will also be available for $49.99. [Crunchgear]
Speaking of Mad Catz fighting game controllers, you can get equivalent versions without the Street Fighter art too. Find them on Play-Asia for $150. [Gizmodo]
While we’re on the subject of Street Fighter IV, the PC version has hit the primetime and the modders have taken to it like a fat kid on candy. They’re creating custom costumes and swapping move sets at will. So confusing.
Want to take a path off the beaten path? From the same guys that brought us Guilty Gear comes BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. The overall reviews have been reasonably positive, citing the terrific artwork and fast-paced gameplay, but the game isn’t without its faults. [Kotaku]
The Summer of Xbox Live Arcade kicked off earlier this week with ‘Splosion Man, but fighting game freaks will be able to get their fix early next week when Marvel vs. Capcom 2 launches on the Xbox 360′s XBLA. That’s for July 29. PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait a little to get their nostalgic tag-team action fix, since the game hits PSN on July 30th. [TechShout]
Midway has seen brighter days, but at least the near-bankrupt company is going to stay alive under the Warner Bros. banner. The movie studio has snatched up all rights to Mortal Kombat so that Midway can stay alive. On a related note, they’re making a third Mortal Kombat movie too. [Kotaku and Slashfilm]