For those of you who may not be familiar with the competitive world of fighting games, this last weekend was the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is undoubtedly the largest fighting game tournament in the world, enticing players to come from all over the world, including Japan, England, Singapore, and more. It’s important to know all the factors that have led us to this point, which is why we’re documenting the five most important contributions to fighting games.
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Capcom; Developer: Capcom/Dimps; Players: 1 – 2; Released: July 5, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
With the release of Street Fighter IV, fighting games have received a boom in popularity equal to, if not one surpassing that of the days where we had arcade machines all queued up in 7-Elevens. For Street Fighter IV alone, Capcom has reached their third revision with Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. Without a doubt, tournament players and diehard Street Fighter players will be picking it up, but the same question that haunted everyone’s minds in the ‘90s still plagues gamers today. Was this game necessary?
Gamers looking for a quick fix this week are going to get their fill with the Xbox Live Arcade’s release of Half-Minute Hero, which has all the elements of an RPG in less than a minute rather than the usual 50-something hour grind. Otherwise, get in some quick rounds of horde-blasting action with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Personally, since I still haven’t downloaded the DLC for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, it might be time to pick up the disc-based release instead. After all, new artwork never hurt anyone!
Definitely one of the most awaited releases for long time fighting game fans, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online will feature many improvements such as graphical filters, GGPO netcode, YouTube integration, and a challenge mode that impress players with trails in both parrying skills and combos. While not busy wrecking people in tournaments as Goryus, Producer Derek Neal is hard at work on Third Strike Online and he took some free time to answer a couple of Quick Questions for us.
With E3 happening the same week, next week’s releases may not get as much attention, but there’s still some gems within the crowd. This week will be big for 3DS owners as they finally get the anticipated update that will allow for both the Nintendo eShop and internet browsing. Shooter fans get their first realistic game in a while in the form of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and others may get a bigger kick out of sequel inFamous 2. Personally, I’m more excited by the prospect of getting Excitebike and Pokédex 3D finally! What can I say? I love the smaller releases. As a fighting gamer though, I can’t ignore the looming release of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. Time to play on PSN with the Yun Army!
Friday Five is a new feature we’re starting where we make a list of five notable things in certain categories. We really don’t think that any list will ever encompass everything in the gaming universe, so it’s probably best to make a list of honorable mentions rather than a be-all and end-all list. Feel free to share your own thoughts on what other notable mentions we may not have included!
With the recent downtime for the Playstation Network, lonely gamers have been out of luck for their daily dose of gaming. Of course, there are games that have a great single-player experience, but with the recent advances gaming has made, online multiplayer has been more integral than ever to the gaming experience. How will gamers cope with the loss of social interaction via video games? Here are five games that took the hit the hardest.