Exploring Combo Systems in Fighting Games

Earlier this year, I was enjoying the indie fighting game Blade Strangers. Despite having put a number of hours into it, I hadn’t been playing it in the traditional sense ever since I wrapped up the review. The online community is virtually dead, making it extremely difficult to play with another human. I haven’t even been fighting against the computer much.

Instead, my primary focus was to explore the game’s combo system through training mode. One by one, I’ve been training with each character as a means of understanding the game’s combo mechanics. Will be the first to admit that this is an odd way to consume a fighting game, but let me explain. Continue reading

10 Ways in Which Street Fighter IV Failed

Street Fighter IV, without a doubt, is my favourite game of all-time. Having literally dedicated thousands of hours to playing it, deconstructing it and building myself up to be the greatest world warrior I could be over the last six years, the race for #1 game in my heart wasn’t even close. Even if the game is eventually surpassed by something else, I’ll never shake the profound effect its had on my life.

It may reign as my favourite game, but it’s certainly not a perfect one. In the wake of the Street Fighter V beta, the flaws of its predecessor glare brighter than ever. Before we let it retire with its rightfully-deserved legendary status, let’s lovingly pick the game apart for its flaws with this list of 10 ways in which Street Fighter IV failed.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV jettFTW (Rose) vs. Smug (Dudley)

Widely recognized as the best Dudley player in the world and one of the best overall in Ultra Street Fighter IV, I have my hands full against Smug. Clearly I’m in over my head in this set of four matches, but do I have enough to not completely get embarrassed?


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My Latest Street Fighter IV Project: Evil Ryu

When I made the switch to PlayStation 4, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to try something new with Ultra Street Fighter IV. Rose continues to be my main, but I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with others. This time, I decided to embrace the Satsui No Hado with Evil Ryu.

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Jett Plays Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS4 Edition)

Throwing down in the latest version of Ultra Street Fighter IV. While I battle, I talk about the horrible PS4 launch and thoughts on the recently revealed gameplay systems of Street Fighter V!


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Ultra Suck Fighter IV: PlayStation 4 Edition

In its current state, Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PlayStation 4 sucks. I personally haven’t run into the more egregious stuff that some people have reported, but what I have seen is inexcusable. Sluggish menus. Online UI all out of place so that usernames cut off. Audio out of sync or cutting off. Decapre’s Scramble move running at a slower speed and traveling a shorter distance. Worst of all is the input lag. For a system with this level of horsepower, it’s inexcusable that it actually runs worse than both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Three frames may not sound like a lot, but when many combos have timing windows that are 1 or 2 frames, it’s actually really hard to adjust if you’ve played this game elsewhere.

All things considered, the current state of Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4 is baffling. This is pretty much worse in every way compared to its last gen brethren. Capcom, Sony and Other Ocean should be embarrassed for letting this half-baked port of an old game out the door in this condition. Until this is patched to fix all of these issues, don’t buy this.

Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: T. Hawk (DESATENTO) vs Decapre (jettFTW)

Decapre does not match up well against grapplers. If she isn’t careful, most of her offense can be immediately nullified by a command grab. T. Hawk has the ability to do just that, and his Condor Dives give him the mobility to chase her down if she should try and get away. This was a back and forth fight right up until the very end.


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Ryu (anon12345678910) vs Rose (jettFTW)

anon12345678910 does a great job of controlling the flow of this fight with his solid ground game. Relying on well-timed fireballs and pokes, he maintains control of the fight while keeping his jumps to a minimum. I’m forced to fight outside of my comfort zone in a fight that admittedly, isn’t going to be all that exciting for many to watch. Still, if you love watching battles where players are trying to control space from a distance, then this is right up your alley.


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Decapre (gibbygreatness) vs Decapre (jettFTW)

As Decapre, I thrive off of my opponent’s unfamiliarity against my character. Some fights against great players can be a breeze if they don’t know what’s coming. But what happens when the shoe is on the other foot and I’m squaring off against another quality Decapre player? We go mano-a-mano here in this tricky mirror match!


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Ultra Street Fighter IV battle: Ken (Daviiid250) vs Decapre (jettFTW)

Any Ken vs. Decapre fight is bound to be a slobberknocker. Both characters are at their best from point-blank range, so it’s all about the person who can maintain control once they’re inside. I slug it out here against the 35th highest ranked Ken in the world on PSN in what proved to be a thrilling fight!


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