This year is the fighting game renaissance with titles such as Tekken 6, Soul Calibur IV, Capcom vs Tatsunoko, King of Fighters XII, Super Street Fighter II HD Remix, BlazBlue, Mortal Kombat vs. DC, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samurai Showdown Edge of Destiny, Battle Fantasia, Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit, and of course the big Kahuna – STREET FIGHTER IV --. Which game(s) are you guys anticipating the most? Which games do you have the highest hopes for?
Though I am very happy that so many fighters are coming out this year (or maybe early next year with all these delays :sad: ) My only concern is that the quality of some of these games isn’t what I had hoped for or expected. So far, IMO, Tekken 6 has demonstrated the highest quality game of the new fighters because it kept the key elements of its previous iterations, added new characters while keeping all of the old cast except Jinpachi, better graphics, new animations, new moves, more character customization, and more ACTION with the new combo system (Check out these 2 vids of amazing T6 action from yoshi - [media=youtube]LDtl0H6PLks - and - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98AS8ovk2Ow&feature=related[/media] - ).
Now this isn’t a thread intended to bash any of the games I will mention but I just want to make a couple of points. With a couple of games going in the 2.5D direction (SF4, Samurai Showdown EOD, B-Fantasia), I wonder if this is a trend that will “stick”. SF4 was the biggest shocker when it was announced as 2.5D and to be honest, it is still hard for me to look at (if I squint to make it blurry and imagine it being 2D, it looks ‘ok’) I’m sure the gameplay is going to be very good because I don’t think Capcom will let us down in that department but aesthetically, I think they made some poor choices (Guile and Ryu have gorilla faces) The knockdown animation after a sweep and the way Zangief walks looks so generic. Also Ryu’s hadoken looks so overly stylized now, it’s HUGE. (Do a side by side comparison of the knockdown animation from a sweep in 3s -vs- SF4 and you’ll see what I mean). Another game headed in the 2.5D direction is Samurai Showdown EOD. The classic SS had such an amazing anime style and unique gameplay. SS:EOD looks a little floaty. Strangely, the trailer to SS:EOD shares a lot of similarities to SF4 with the overly stylized look and Okami-style effects. Even the character select screen has a touch of SF4 style. Here’s a link to the trailer in case you haven’t seen it http://www.gametrailers.com/player/30835.html . Of the 2.5D games I mentioned, visually, Battle Fantasia “looks” the best. Here’s a link to what it looks like [media=youtube]JwjJa9l1cSo[/media] . They seem to have gotten the 2.5D idea right. Let’s hope Capcom -vs- Tatsunoko (which will also be in 2.5D) learns a little from them so they can get it right too Personally I’d like to see another real 2D game but with HD graphics like BlazBlue and KOF XII will have. Just imagine a game as smooth and well animated as 3s but as sharp as Guilty Gear.
So guys let me know what you think of the upcoming games and which ones you are looking forward to the most ?