PSN name changes largely don’t impact your fighting game experience

Earlier today, Playstation announced via its official blog that name changes on the Playstation Network will be rolling out today. There are some good signs, but there’s still some uncertainty. Continue reading

Capcom’s North American 3v3 team series already has problems

Earlier this morning, Capcom posted information about the new, upcoming North American Street Fighter Pro League that starts its first wave in April. While the prospect of an official non-CPT 3v3 League should sound like an interesting project, Capcom’s version of the upcoming League already seems to have multiple warts that serve as a detriment to the experience for all involved. Continue reading

Capcom announces great Ryu skin for Street Fighter V, but nobody can afford it

Yesterday, Capcom took to Street Fighter’s official twitter to announce that a piece of a special crossover costume for Ryu was available via Extra Battle. The skin features Ryu dressed as Jin Saotome, the iconic Capcom character from Capcom’s Cyberbots series who is more well-known for his appearances in Capcom crossover fighting games than his lead series. However, there is an immediate problem Capcom has on its hands: many players are taking umbrage with the fact that they don’t have enough fight money to afford to fight for the first piece of it. Continue reading

How soon is too soon for a new game in a fighting game series?

Happy New Year! Today marks the dawn of a new year- the year of 2019- and I was instantly reminded of the insanely hype promo SNK released last year for the upcoming Samurai Spirits/Shodown title, which is due this year. SNK also held a meeting with investors, showing that the company also intends to release a new King of Fighters title sometime in 2020, though this has not been confirmed to be a solidified release date, appearing instead to be the more target date of release rather that a full committal. This got me thinking… it has only been a few years since the release of the last King of Fighters title. Is it too soon to be thinking of releasing another? Continue reading

On taking a break from Capcom fighting games

During Capcom Cup, Street Fighter V’s most recent patch for season 4 was distributed, and it is honestly the best that the game has ever felt to me, personally. There are, naturally, a few questionable mechanics and changes, but, overall, I feel it is the most fun the game has been to play since launch. And I’ve made the decision to take a break from the game entirely. But it’s not the gameplay that’s got me thinking it’s best to stop for awhile. No, the game itself is quite fine, in my opinion. It’s something deeper, something rooted in a corporate culture that is rotting from the inside. Continue reading

Street Fighter V’s sponsored ads are already a mess

Street Fighter V, as of yesterday, implemented a huge 16GB update that rolled out brand new features, most of which are related to the upcoming Capcom Cup and… the much dreaded sponsored ads. I’ve already discussed at length how I personally feel about the prospect of sponsored material being in a premium priced game, so I want to talk about the quality of the ads themselves.

It’s not a good prognosis.

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