Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Street Fighter IV: The Femmes Fatales

This Week The Femme Fatale costume pack is out this week for US. This add-on has alternate costumes for all the female characters in Street Fighter IV.

With this add-on Chun-Li wears a Chinese dress. Cammy gets a lons-sleeve sweater type thing. C. Viper has a midriff baring version of he origional gear. Rose looks even more of a psychic with her new costume. And for the first time Sakura sports some shoto gear to go with her moves.

I found a YouTube video that shows the alternate outfits. Enjoy, everyone!

May Gaming Progress: Feb. 25, 2009

I started playing ranked matches in Street Fighter IV today despite having no arcade controller. Gotta say it's a different ballpark then player (unranked) matches. You actually have to put effort to get in your wins.

I'm learning the patience I need to help me in the higher level play. I still wind up blowing it when the opponent is at little help. Not having the right joystick is part of it but waiting for an opening is still an important skill in SF.

Will all the time playing Street Fighter I have had not so much time for Soul Calibur IV and Virtua Fighter 5. I haven't forgotten about them completely. One I get some personal affairs in order I'll balance out my session between the three for sure. I wanna at least be considered good in all three. I know I have a long way to go but that won't deter me.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yes! I made it!

Yesterday I qualified for the in one of the two GameStop tournaments in Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, New York. I'm up to play Round 2 in Valley Steam. Wish me luck.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lance Blogs About Street Fighter IV

Street Fighter IV and I couldn't be much happier. SF fans waited impatiently but that wait was well worth it.

SF4 is a new take on a great classic. That statemen is not to say it is a repackaged version of a vintage game, something Capcom has been guilty of in recent years. SF's latest installment is a damn good game in it's own right. It has all the traits that made the franchise shine with some new goodies to look forward to.

The first thing one will notice about this SF4 is that all 12 characters in Street Fighter II The World Warrior are all selectable off the bat, bosses included, along with four newcomers. All the fighters benefit from 7th-Gen technology, for you see them rendered in stunning 3D, reediming Capcom from the so-so Street Fighter EX.

Now for the gameplay. The verteran SF player will be very happy to know that SF4 stays true to it's 2D fighter roots despite having 3d graphics. Your returning characters can the same moves pretty much the same way they did in their nostalgic days. The Hadokens. The combo links. Shoot you can even do the cross-ups! To those who are playing SF for the first time, be warned: This is not a fighting game where you simply mash buttons and see instant results. You will get buried by the more skilled players. And you will actually need to get a decent arcade controller just to take your SF game to the next level.

There are new additions the Street Fighter IV. One of them is the Focus Attack, which is done by holding medium punch and mediul kick. You can use it to prevent an hitstun form one hit of an oppenent's attack and/or set up an attack of your own. The other is the Revenge Meter, which is much like a Super Meter but the Revenge Meter fills up only when you take damage. When the Revenge Meter fills to a certain point you can do an Ultra Combo to return the misery to that special someone.

The home version of SF4 has some several modes to keep you busy such as time trails, survival, not forgetting the Vs, online and Arcade Mode. There is also a feature where you can make it so that people can "join-in" while you are playing Arcade Mode and challenge you to an online fight. I turned it on by accident and it can be very annoying when you are trying to unlock characters. I would suggest keeping this feature off untill you unlock everything.

The call for sanctioned competitive play can be heard no matter what part of gaming you follow. Some spot will eventually prefer to host tournaments on the Xbox 360 while others will host on the PlayStation 3. This may force serious players to buy arcade sticks for boths systems, which could get VERY pricey. But if you get some good controllers the first time you should be fine.

With akk that said, Street Fighter IV is a must-have for anyone who has love for the franchise, even from afar. No matter which systyem you have you will get the best Street Fighter experience in years if not the best ever.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Optimism: Pass It On

I saw this one last night and it's the best spot from the Pass It On campaign I have seen thus far. I know it's not video game-related but I think everyone will benefit from it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

5 WCG Games Announced

Yesterday I went the World Cyber Games website and found out they made an announcement for some of the games for 2009. The games they have so far are Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft: Brood War, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, Guitar Hero World Tour, and Virtua Fighter 5.

I'm thinking about going for at least one of the events, specifically Virtua Fighter 5. I haven't played the RTS's in ages but I would like to brush up on at least one of them. If I'm not mistaken, there hasn't been anyone who had place top 3 for multiple titles in a single WCG World. I'm not saying I'd be the one who'd do it but it would be nice to see somebody do that.

In March WCG will announce the rest of the titles for this year. I'll make sure I stay tuned for that a relay the info here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Just some thoughts

There will be a series of tournaments in Philadelphia called Winter Brawl the 28th. I plan on going to play Street Fighter IV and Soul Calibur IV. I might also enter the Dead Or Alive 4 and Virtua Fighter 5 just to pass the time. Either way, it's good experience before I go to something even bigger. I just need to figure out how to get to the place...

It looks like GameStop is selling video game clothing. I kinda expected them to start doing that. There haven't been too many national reatailers who sell video game apparel. I have seen some of these items sold locally and I'm glad the whole country will get to buy them.

Today I read about a family who lost their house in a fire and lost their pets and their enitire Nintendo collection which included over five hundred games and even a Game Boy Light, which is a rare model. The son told their story to Nintendo and and Nintendo offered to replace the damaged Wii and Gameboy SP. What happened to the family was awful but I'm glad Nintendo was willing to help them out.

EVO 2009 games announced. And I want to go.

Yesterday the games for Evo 2009 were revealed. The games for this year are Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III Third Strike, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, and Soul Calibur IV. Evo '09 will be in the Rio in Vegas.

I really want to go to Evo for a change for SC4, SF4, and HD Remix. This would be my very first Evo if I do manage to go. I have accomplished a good deal in video games but Evo would be my biggest challenge to date. I would be kidding if said I'm doing to prove myself to others. It would be nice to be a little something more than just the Wii guy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition: My Take

I have finally hot my copy of Guinness World Recors Gaming Edition 2009. I must say it's a good follow-up to last year. Nothing has radically changed, but it has enough stuff for it not to be just a copy of the 2008 edition.

One of the most noticable addition is the section for Guinness World Records: The Video Game. Anyone who obtained a world record in that game and submiting it via Wi-Fi, were actually acknowleds as Guinness World Record holders. A nice addition to the book.

The pro gaming section was alright. At least it acknowleged that that pro gamin originated in the 80's. They even managed to cover pro gaming in Asia, which the first book was lacking.
The top arcade games of all time got replaced by the to console games of all time. I guess we can expect a top PC games list for 2010.

The Twin Galaxies Record Breakers is back for this year. I have the same complaints as last year: Guinness didn't seem to take a strong consideration to which score would get put into the book. (My name is among the list of record breakers but my opinions remain the same.)

Gamer's Edition 2009 is a good follow up. If you already have the book but like to have the updated version you will have no problem with this book. To those who haven't read either book at all 2009 is a good place to start.