I’m the kind of guy who likes to play alone, because I don’t take losing well and would rather not make an ass of myself in front of total strangers. However, I don’t have any qualms about letting loose a stream of profanities when I lose to a computer opponent, which I find myself doing with alarming regularity in King of Fighters XIII. Most of the game isn’t tough at all- it took barely any effort to unlock Billy Kane- but oh my lord, that last battle with Saiki and Dark Ash broke me. I’ve just reached a point in my life where I don’t have the time, patience, or blood pressure to battle another infuriating SNK boss. When I reach the final stage, I reach for the guide button, so I can spare myself the aneurysm.
I’m also kind of peeved at the mission mode in Street Fighter X Tekken. The game barely puts up a fight in the arcade mode, but the challenge dial gets cranked up to fourteen in the missions. Worse yet is that many of these missions force you to fight a series of enemies, with lengthy load times sandwiched between each encounter. No matter how far you’ve made it through the gauntlet, one loss is all it takes to take you back to the beginning. It’s not just hugely frustrating, it’s hugely pointless. Capcom might as well give you a giant boulder to roll out of a valley.