For all the hype moments of 2013, I felt that they were overshadowed by anti-hype. I’m speaking directly with respect to MvC3, SF4. I want to hear what others think, maybe I’m the only one who didn’t feel so hype with respect to these 2 games. Here’s my thoughts:
MvC3: Zero & Vergil: the hype killers. X-Factor: an imbalanced hype destroyer.
Zero & Vergil: The hype killers
Zero is a hype killer; I don’t think I have to say why. I don’t get to watch MvC3 when zero is playing. Vergil, yea we all know he’s got some cheap braindead mixups and is really imbalanced in X-Factor; I’m not gonna beat a dead horse. I know the sad state of events where Disney or Marvel or whoever just makes it too hard to fix this game.
X-Factor: an imbalanced hype destroyer
Sorry to expose myself, but I like to be transparent. I did not watch the finals of MvC3 as I had lost all hype by then. By far, the hypest MvC3 moment for me in all of Evo was when Chris G had the guts and creativity to use not only Pheonix, but Dark Pheonix as an honest non-x-factor fighter. It was raw for better or worse, but he had some screen dazzling fireworks with her and Morrigan that honestly had me shouting in amazement. Now listen, I love X-Factor. I want X-Factor to stay. It’s just that in it’s current form it still needs tweaking. I hate when I can’t see characters within MvC3 flourish because they have no choice but to be pidgeon-holed into the X-Factor spot. Sadly Pheonix seems to be in that state right now. Other characters already flourish as they are but have an overpowered X-Factor (Vergil). Other characters for some odd reason have very weak X-Factors.
Ex) While the Hulk and Nemesis have some of the highest dmg boost from X-Factor, they have some of the weakest if not the weakest speed boosts, which ultimately renders them not quite viable as far as lvl 3 x-factor characters go. Right now Hulk is 100% dmg boost and 0% speed boost at lvl 3 while Nemesis has 90% dmg boost and 10% speed boost. I’m just saying, if these characters literally had this changed to 50/50, they would be rampaging monsters at lvl3. For better or worse, they would be rampaging monsters.
SF4: Loss of fighting spirit in both the characters and the players
The fighting spirit
I’m no longer excited to see Daigo. Props to him for makin it to top 8; he’s a great fighter. I just don’t feel like he has the same fighting spirit he used to have. Honestly though, a lot of players have great fighting spirit in this game. PR Balrog, Tokido, Xian, and heck even Infiltration. You can see to some degree when they’re happy, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, etc. Every once in a while Daigo smiles, but sometimes I think Daigo wants to suppress his fighting spirit and try to stay as a robot; I don’t know. I think to some extent all the supposed japanese “Gods” of SF suffer from this to a greater or lesser degree, but I could be wrong and I may honestly be very out of line saying this.
The developers have not developed the characters well
I’m only going to analyze Akuma, although my strategy can be applied to analyzing any other character.
“Akuma has always been the “balance” between Ryu’s excessive defense and Ken’s excessive offense.”
Ok… I guess I can respect that… if it were true. Let me tell you the true state of Akuma, or at least what it truly feels like to me when watching him fight.
AKUMA HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO BE THE MOST COWARDLY FIGHTER IN STREET FIGHTER
I say this in bold to outrage not only Akuma players, but Akuma himself. I think if Akuma saw what the developers had turned him into, he would go raging demon on them.
Lets analyze the core of Akuma play as I saw it in the finals.
*1) Too afraid, spam air fireballs and hope for the best. *
-We’re both far away from each other, but he’s not attacking me! Spam air-fireballs and hope I’m better than him at it.
-Crap, he came too close but I don’t want to fight him now! Run away and put up air fireball wall to stay safe.
-I need a safe way to get in to net me a bunch of damage on hit but keep me safe if it’s blocked. I’ll try out ex-air fireball and hope it works out, but if it doesn’t at least I’m still safe, phew!
2) Please, please, let me land my sweep!
All I need to do is land my sweep, for the love of god!!! If I can land my sweep than I can start my vortex and not have to worry about fighting this character. Cmon, they gave me an awesome sweep and super-fast walk speed, the sweep is literally my best poke and it’s hard as hell to punish so I just have to work on my dancing/weaving skills and then I’ll eventually land it. What the hell??? Balrog’s not allowed to punish my sweep, that’s cheating!
3) Sweet, I landed my sweep. Party, I mean Vortex Time!
Phew, at least I can chill for these few seconds and see if the Vortex works out or not. Thank goodness, I was gettin sick of how well he avoided my last five sweeps. Luckily the sixth one connected.
4) All right screw this, I’m teleporting out.
As long as I rarely use it I can escape for free most likely. Haha, and some characters can’t even do anything about it lolololololol.
This concludes my analysis of the hype-destroying aspects of MvC3 and SF4 for this year’s Evo. I think if some form of Akuma does exist on this earth, he’s both happy and enraged. He’s happy that the “Akuma” currently represented in SF4 lost and showed how much of a coward he was. But obviously he is also enraged that this “Akuma” is meant to represent him, the real Akuma. SF4 developers beware! You’re making the demon of Ansatsuken angry!