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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Years After Launch, Am I Finally Happy With Street Fighter V?

Street Fighter IV still stands as not only my favourite fighting game of all-time, but favourite game across any genre. As we transitioned into Street Fighter V, I had high hopes that the game would match or exceed the heights of its predecessor. It did not.

A disastrous launch botched basically every aspect of the game, from no single-player content, to awful online, excessive button input delay, to fundamentally-flawed combat design. My fandom for the franchise still carried me quite far. I reached a pretty high ranking in online play and even won an IRL tournament before finishing 17th in the Cineplex WorldGaming Street Fighter V National Championships.

Not long after my most successful tournament run ever, I left the game behind. I found myself being overly-frustrated with the game’s faults, as well as my personal struggle to continually improve as a player. Though I’ve dabbled in other fighting games here-and-there, I never found a new game to call home.

Almost on a whim, I picked up Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on PC as a potential first step towards moving all of my future fighting game playing on the platform. Most of my time thus far has been reacquainting myself with the fighting game I left behind long ago. How are things nowadays?

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Trying to Retain My Old Ranking in Street Fighter V is Killing Me

When I left Street Fighter V behind, I was an Ultra Platinum ranked player. While not the highest possible rank one can attain, it’s one of the higher ranks in the game. Based on the distribution of players as of last year, that would have put me within the top 2.5% of all players. Not too shabby!

After taking a multi-year hiatus, I’m kind of back. Been putting in some time with the PC version and really enjoying what the game has finally grown into. However, one particular aspect of the experience is driving me nuts: my struggle to regain my old ranking.

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TO THE TOP OF THE TOWER! Guilty Gear -Strive- Beta Action!

Even though the fights don’t matter during the beta, I made quite the run towards the top of the Guilty Gear -Strive- ladder! Did I make it to the very top?

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Giovanna vs. The World! Guilty Gear -Strive- Beta Matches

During this most recent beta, I’ve focused my efforts on learning Giovanna. She’s a ton of fun so far! Check her out in this set of Guilty Gear -Strive- beta matches!

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STUNNING! Guilty Gear -Strive- Beta Matches featuring Giovanna, Sol, and Ramlethal

The Guilty Gear -Strive- beta has been an absolute disaster. But during the few precious moments it’s worked, I’ve been having a great time! Here’s my first ever matches with Giovanna against online competition!

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The Guilty Gear -Strive- Beta Is a Mess, But One Aspect of the Experience Deserves Rave Reviews

During the last Guilty Gear -Strive- beta, I flagged a number of major complaints with the game’s online experience.

  1. The beta was wildly unstable. Outages happened for hours at a time, leaving many anxious fans out in the cold.
  2. The Habbo Hotel inspired lobby system was an absolutely horrible way of connecting with other players.
  3. Combat was driven by inferior delay-based netcode. Fights suffered from inputs getting delayed, which compromised the integrity of battle.

This time around, things are…different.

  1. The beta is again, wildly unstable. Arc System Works extended the beta to compensate for lost time.
  2. Despite overwhelming negative feedback from the community regarding the Hobbo Hotel style lobby system, Arc System Works kept it in the game. At least you can matchmake through training mode in the beta.
  3. Delay-based netcode was replaced with rollback netcode. And…

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My Eternal Rival! – Street Fighter V Live Stream

Matchmaking keeps pairing me up with a specific Ken player and I struggle mightily to defeat him across multiple sets. Do I manage to finally take this demon down? We also run a little Street Fighter 101 and teach the value of normal moves!

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Good Reads! – Street Fighter V Live Stream

Continuing to work myself back into game shape, I take on the world in a series of tough Street Fighter V matches! Everyone puts up a strong fight, but you can’t stop the good reads!

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NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE! – Street Fighter V Road to Redemption!

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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