Every fighting game fan remembers where they were when two of Japan’s biggest fighting franchises announced the biggest crossover of all time! The likes of Ryu and Chun Li facing of against Jin and the Mishima clan was something of a dream.Fast forward a few years later and Street Fighter X Tekken is rarely spoken of and pretty much shunned by the fighting game community. The fact that Capcom went back to release another edition of Street Fighter 4 just proves how unpopular SFXT has become. Continue reading →
Your resident weapons-based fighting game series is back. Though SoulCalibur 5 was originally released in February 2012; it took a recent Xbox Live sale for me to pick this up. The recurring theme in SoulCalibur 5 is change. About only half the previous roster return and some Street Fighter 2D Fighter features have been thrown into the mix. The SoulCalibur devs’ have never been afraid to introduce or alter core game elements in the past and that’s evident here.
A New Tale of Souls and Swords…
Soul Calibur 5 is set 17 years after Soul Calibur 4. So SC5 hosts a “new generation” of fighters; meaning many fan favourites have either been replaced or removed completely. Poor Yun-Seng. Whether it’s successors such as Natsu, Xiba and Leixia or completely new fighters such as Z.W.E.I and Viola . These newbies come with distinctive styles of play. One might even say gimmicky.
Tekken Revolution is a free digital title exclusively for the PS3. Revolution has brought several changes to that of Tekken6 and Tekken Tag 2. Bounds have been removed completely and super arts and RPG elements have been added. The question is does Tekken really need this?
While I’ve previously voiced my distaste for such changes alot of Tekken fans have praised the game for being less of a “juggle-fest” and even preferring Revolution to Tekken Tag 2. They claim to see Tekken Revolution as a return to the old-school Tekken 5-era formula. Needlessly to say, I do not agree. Revolution seems like a dumbed-down Tekken to me to be honest.
The new Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS was announced this week along with the game’s first new third-party character: Megaman! Super Smash Bros Brawl was the first game in the series to feature non-Nintendo characters; those being Solid Snake of Metal Gear Solid fame and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Fans now expect these two third-party to return along with additional third-party characters such as Megaman and more. However, Smash Bros producer Masahiro Sakurai has made the statement that this game is still to be considered an all-star collection of Nintendo characters at that any 3rd party character appearance would be a “special situation”. Still, fan speculation is running riot which begs the question. What third-party characters will be in the new roster? Will Sonic and Snake return?