Guilty Gear -Strive- Review

As an outsider looking in, the Guilty Gear franchise was historically defined by three things:

  • Incredible anime art style
  • Rocking soundtrack
  • Gameplay mechanics so complex you needed a Ph. D. just to be competent

While the franchise’s core audience love it for those reasons, my limited time playing Guilty Gear Xrd was a real struggle. Even with my prior experience in other fighting games at a competitive level, its layers of gameplay systems and character-specific systems immediately overwhelmed me.

Complexity doesn’t necessarily make Guilty Gear bad. In fact, with fighting game design as a whole moving towards a more streamlined approach, Guilty Gear was one of the last bastions for 2D fighters with that level of depth.

As such, the reality of ArcSys streamlining the mechanics of Guilty Gear -Strive- in hopes of brining more players to fold is one that will ruffle feathers on both sides.

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Disrespected! – Guilty Gear -Strive- Live Stream

I should have taken Sol more seriously as he knocks my block off in multiple Guilty Gear -Strive- sets! With this being week 1, I attempt to get acquainted with Giovanna and Anji Mito in hopes of eventually settling on a main!

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The Final Beta! – Guilty Gear -Strive- Beta Action!

Arc System Works gave us one more peek at Guilty Gear -Strive-! This time, we put the two latest characters to the test: Anji Mito and I-No!

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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium Review

Gaming’s first great portable fighting game was on the…Neo Geo Pocket Color? Scoring an astounding 10-out-of 10 from IGN back in 2000, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium was as close to the arcade or console experience as one could get on the go at the time.

Unfortunately, the game was trapped on the Neo Geo Pocket Color for decades, making it an experience most have never even heard of, let alone tried. At long last, it’s out for release on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Does this fighter still pack a punch?

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Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Stretch Goals Box Review

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game and its Boss Expansion come in slickly-produced boxes that are ready for store shelves. Meanwhile, the stretch goals box is…short on style points. Everything is packed in an otherwise non-descript cardboard box save for the black print on its face. Considering its steep $150 price point, I wish Jasco Games had a better way of presenting this content.

Where it lacks in presentation it makes up for with the plethora of goodies inside the box.

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Psychic! – Street Fighter V Rose Matches

Still have much to learn with Rose, but I make some incredible reads in this set of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition matches! We also discuss the rumors of NetherRealm Studios making a Marvel fighting game and false accusations made against me!

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Rose is Back! – Day 1 Street Fighter V Matches

My Street Fighter V road to redemption hits a major stumbling block when I run into two characters I’ve never fought against. How do I respond squaring off against characters and strategies I’ve never seen before?

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Returning to Rose in Street Fighter V

Rose in the Street Fighter IV series will forever be my muse. When I made my ascendency from fighting game scrub to competent combatant, I did so by honing my skills with this formidable fortune teller. Beyond my personal growth as a fighting game player, I felt a connection so deep with Rose that I felt like it was actually me throwing the fireballs and swinging her magic scarf. Since then, I’ve found main characters in different fighting games that I enjoy playing as, but nothing compares to the bond I have with Street Fighter IV Rose.

That connection was severed as players migrated to Street Fighter V. With her not being a part of that game’s roster, I was forced to fight with someone else. Rashid has been a great ally to me, but it wasn’t the same. Even as the game’s mechanics and character balance were refined over time, a Rose-shaped hole in my heart still existed.

Until now. Welcome back, my friend.

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Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Boss Expansion Review

Here come new challengers!

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Boss Expansion introduces two of the franchise’s most fearsome foes: M. Bison and Akuma. While I can imagine most players of the base game would welcome the addition of new characters – especially these two – they’re sold as part of a larger bundle that may be prohibitively expensive.

Does this box have enough content to justify its premium price tag?

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Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Review

The word “miniatures” might appear in the name, but there’s nothing small about Street Fighter: The Miniatures Board Game. From its 3D terrain to its Amiibo-sized pre-painted figures, this game’s table presence is nothing short of formidable. But does this tabletop fighter have the gameplay to match its premium presentation?

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