Street Fighter V EVO Announcements

So EVO is THE fighting game tournament to look forward to in the world of fighting games, so there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that any announcements made are going to be big ones. I just wanted to touch on the Street Fighter V announcements briefly.

First we have the official trailer for the new character G, who looks like Uncle Sam crossed with Goldmember from Austin Powers. There was a large lead up to his trailer, in the form of Facebook and Instagram posts, the standard for the SF dev team, so we knew a trailer was coming. So without further ado here it is:

Now he looks really cool and not what at all like any of us suspected, so all in all like a fun cool character. On the EVO stream, they showed the G trailer after the game’s director Yoshinori Ono got on stage. Surprising was that they showed that G was coming this month. After the trailer we cut back to Ono wearing an eye patch which signaled one thing, more information about the upcoming release of Sagat. Yes it would turn out that we would get that.

Now I know they both say that they are out tomorrow, because they both are, but we didn’t get to learn that on live stream until the very end of the announcements. This news on live stream sent a chill up the spine of many Street Fighter fans, myself included. We were told that they are both out TOMORROW. That is insane, and incredibly exciting. I know I am super happy to have tomorrow off, and will be sinking my teeth into these characters. Man Sagat and Kill Team? Exciting days.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is Amazing

Well I finally got around to finishing the story for Dragon Ball FighterZ and oh my what a treat that game is. We were blessed last month to be given two fantastic releases in both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter World, which is rare to have such gems at once. Both of these two games have provided me with exactly the experience I sought after. As I have previously stated fighting games have long been a staple in my gaming life and I am always happy to find one as quality as DBFZ (as it will henceforth be referred to as.) Made by the company Arc System Works, who brought us the ever popular Guilty Gear franchise as well as other gems like Persona 4 Arena. This game brought the spirit of the 2D anime style fighter with it to be one of the best.

Arc System Works the best of the best.

The combat is fast paced surprisingly deep. I say it is surprising because it has the 3v3 style popularized by the Marvel vs Capcom series and those games (In my opinion) don’t have alot of character depth to them, like they feel really button-mashy more than skillful. This isn’t the case with DBFZ as each one of the characters is really good in their own right, but have distinct styles to bring to the table. You want someone with high mobility? Bam throw Trunks in there. Want to compliment that with a grappler? Android 16 is the one for you. Want someone who can mix-up and keep someone guessing? Android 18 suits the task. The thing is the variety and the usefulness of all the characters can make forming your ideal team tough as everyone is good. What I am trying to say is the combat is a great mix of fast pace and technical skill, with a great cast of characters. The art style is also incredible with an equally incredible soundtrack to match.

Now I mentioned the story before and normally in the past the Dragon Ball games follow the story of the show more or less, sometimes with some side stories (looking at you Budokai.) DBFZ has it’s own story written by Akira Toriyama that makes it feel authentic and like it could have been an actual arc in the show. With the introduction of Android 21 who is cool, fun to play, and has a unique design is also a treat for the game. All of these qualities has made her really popular which tells you they must have been doing something right. The story also rewards you with opportunities to see conversations/dialogues that would never take place in the show. How would Vegeta and Nappa interact? What would Cell and Adult Gohan have to say? Just things like that indulge a fan of the series, which is just strengthened by the returning of the original voice cast for all these characters. Hilarious to see some cutscenes with Yamcha or the Ginyu Force, and it is a real treat. The story mode also has a neat leveling system that gives you a bit of extra drive to play your favorite characters as well as a harder difficulty I can’t wait to jump into.

Also inherent to fighting games there is the unmatched pleasure of crushing fools online and this is something that isn’t lose with DBFZ. So for instance here are some ranked matches I had recorded earlier today just to show off some of the game-play.

All in all this is an incredible game-play experience for fighting game and Dragon Ball Z fans alike, likely I am both those things so it is even sweeter, and I could go on and on about how great it is, but I will end with this; I highly, highly, highly recommend this game to anyone, doubly so for those who enjoy fighting games as this is for sure the best one for a long time.