After the announcement of Super Street Fighter IV, we'd assumed similar to EA and its approach with The Sims... posted Apr 09, 10 9:02pm
P2P monitoring website Torrentfreak has released its figures for 2009, showing us the top five titles per... posted Dec 28, 09 1:05am
Microsoft's download service Games on Demand has just launched on the PC via Games for Windows LIVE (GfWL). As... posted Dec 16, 09 12:46am
Here's a tip: if you live outside of the US and like Capcom games, don't order from the Capcom Store. My pre-ordered copy of Street Fighter IV PC was held up at Customs -- took about three weeks to get here, and Capcom said it could take up to six. I had to, though, as I hate credit cards and they take PayPal, unlike any other online shop in Canada with a decent PC selection, so...
Anyway. I've been enjoying the shit out of this game! It's as great as I remembered from my Alpha 3 days. My cousin Mark had bought that for me (for Christmas or just randomly, I cannot be sure) -- one of the best gifts I've ever received. Him and I played the shit out of that game, especially the tag mode. There was a period during which he was playing the World Tour mode and building up his Bison character to the max level, then later I did the same with Akuma, and we finally managed to have a showdown between them at his place later. It was epic. I'm pretty sure I won, ultimately, but it's been awhile.
The feel of the two titles is similar enough -- quite a bit different from the last major iteration, 3rd Strike. I really like the changes they made to put the focus on regular combos and away from super and ultra combos (as you can see above though, those are spectacular as ever ;)).
I've unlocked all the characters except Seth -- slowly but surely working on that. Gotten quite a few achievements too, which I find quite addictive..I'm gonna go for the Legendary Champion one eventually, which must surely be one of the most difficult in any game, but I think I can do it once I get really good (at the moment I'm just "good"). Basically you have to fulfill the conditions for unlocking Gouken (Arcade Mode: one perfect, five first strikes, three Ultra and/or Super Combos, no continues) and then beat him, all on Hardest difficulty. This would be absurdly hard, but Akuma makes it a lot less so with those Raging Demons. ;)
The hardest single part of it is beating Seth on the first try on this difficulty -- I could do it within a few tries, sure, but one, after beating like ten guys already on hardest? Yeesh, that's annoying. But eventually.
Traditionally, Akuma has always been my guy (sidenote: the EX moves allow him double air hadoukens, similar to Alpha 3's Shin Akuma -- I was worried about this!), and as a result, all the other Hadouken/Shoryuken-y characters (Ryu, Ken, Sakura, Sagat, etc).
This still holds true -- I've gotten fond of Ken and Sakura -- however just today I've taught myself how to play Vega, something I'd always avoided cause his Super/Ultra combos scared the bejesus out of me. Apparently I've just been silly -- it's actually one of the easier ones to do, at least for me. So I've been playing as him and having a blast; it's refreshing to play as a non-Hadouken/Shoryuken-y character, especially online, cause I know a lot of players are sick of seeing them. I'm also kinda okay with Chun-Li and Abel -- those I'll get properly good with later.
So yeah, been having a blast, getting a bit better all the time. This is a game I'll be playing for many years, particularly with the scarcity of fighting games on PC, and the online play.
If you haven't picked it up yet, I can't recommend it enough, myself. Plus, there's all those mods. Chun-Li as a maid? Seriously. Can't advise purchasing the DLC though. $15 for a bunch of costumes? What the *bleep*??? Whatever, I still love you, Capcom. And they did leave the game openly moddable, so bless 'em for that.
I'll probably have some match footage up on here within a month or two, and maybe occasionally after that. For now, there's a ton of photos in my gallery -- just click any of my screenshots here to head to it.
Okay, enough typey...I'll write more in a few days about some games I've picked up recently, probably with some photos of my game collection.
peace and happy trails.
(What have you been enjoying?)
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If like myself you've been enjoying the hell out of Street Fighter IV on the PC this past week or two, you'll be... posted Jul 20, 09 4:10pm
Hi, haven't seen you in a long time, INTERNET.
At the moment I'm obsessing over one title in particular: Street Fighter IV, and I'd like to share that obsession with you, partly in the hopes you will one day join me in my obsession, perhaps even play online.
I'm planning on picking the title up for PC, naturally, when it ships July 7 -- should be pre-ordering it at the end of the month when I get some cash.
[As an aside: I'm kind of waiting to hear back from Microsoft on whether or not there are install limits on the game, as its a Games for Windows LIVE title, and word on the street (Internet) is most or all of those have 'em, independent of what publishers say (I asked Capcom and they said as far as they know, there aren't any). Sorry, Microsoft, but some (like me) do reinstall their games fairly often, and do like to play them five, ten, even twenty years or more after their initial release, so I shan't be having any of that.]
Moving on, the benchmark was released recently (if you don't know what a benchmark is, it's basically a non-playable demo which shows and tells you how well the game runs on your machine at whichever settings you choose) -- and if you're interested, you can download it here. I've been running this about 6,000 times a day to satiate myself some. Can you blame me much? This is like, the only fighting game in North America on PC, far as I can tell. Anyway I can run the game at max settings at 60fps which is lovely -- I can't get over how gorgeous it is. Not to mention the er, fan service.
By the by, we've got a video up showing off the various shaders the PC version has, which is pretty cool to watch (ignore the ridiculous English voices -- what the *bleep* were they thinking? Thankfully they're optional). I would've embedded it here, but I find the player too small, personally -- perhaps I'll ask to see if that can be adjusted.
It's been a long time since I've played Street Fighter -- Alpha 3 was the one I really got into, and 3rd Strike was quite fun, too, from what little I played. Can't wait!
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