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!
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!
Years after leaving Street Fighter V behind, I recently began my journey anew. This time, with a clear mind, no pressure to perform, and with a new account on PC with zero ranking points.
Though I still have a lot of rust to shake off, I didn’t exactly return to the scene as a white-belt warrior. In about a day’s worth of work, I jumped from 0 BP to about 4,500; good enough to get me into Gold rank. Based on the way that players are distributed across the rankings, I leapfrogged roughly 88% of the player base.
Playing fighting games on PC wasn’t really an avenue I put much thought into pursuing. Up until recently, I didn’t have PC hardware capable of running video games at all. Even if I did, the PC has played second fiddle to home consoles as the tournament standard ever since the fall of the arcades. Home consoles were easier to set up while providing players with a standardized battleground. Consoles don’t have issues with game performance varying from one PC to the next or having to worry about driver support for every possible controller option. As someone who took fighting games seriously and competed at IRL tournaments, I was going to take the tournament standard every time.
Things are…different now. I haven’t competed in an IRL tournament in a few years. Even if I wanted to, the entire fighting game tournament scene is in flux due to the ongoing pandemic. Also, I finally have a PC capable of running fighting games. If I were to ever give fighting games on PC a chance, it would be right now.
The conversation around Street Fighter never starts with the original. Most of the time, we begin by waxing nostalgic around Street Fighter II. In current times, we jump straight to Street Fighter V or even go as far back as Street Fighter IV when talking about the “good old days” of this modern Street Fighter era.
But rarely do we talk about the original Street Fighter. Released in 1987, it was one of the first fighting games on the market, one of the first to use unique special move commands, while introducing the world to Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Adon, Birdie, Gen, the guy who looks like Balrog but isn’t, and a handful of other fighters never to be mentioned again. Does it deserve to be lost in the shuffle?
For a long time, I perceived fighting games by Arc System Works as being too complex for me. Initially drawn to their work by how amazing the BlazBlue games looked, my mind melted when I struggled to grasp the game’s intricacies. Guilty Gear games up to Xrd might as well have been rocket science. Love watching the pros play these games, but I have no clue where to being learning how to play.
Their penchant for designing characters that function wildly different from one another while layering on tons of system-level mechanics for fighters that were inpenetrable to me. Even now, after a decade of serious fighting game experience, it would take me a ton of work to just feel competent at any of legacy Guilty Gear or BlazBlue games.
In recent times, Arc System Works have gone a long way towards finding a better balance while also pushing the limits of anime-style graphics. Between their tireless efforts to improve (and Capcom’s well-documented struggles), I think that Arc System Works is the king of fighting game publishers right now.
The creators of Overwatch want their characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For a fighting game franchise built around assembling the biggest and brightest stars in gaming, they’re a fantastic fit! Also, with Blizzard’s hero shooter out on the Nintendo Switch and a second season of DLC characters slated for Ultimate, the crossover isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.
That being said, Nintendo would be tasked with translating characters designed for a first-person shooter into a 2D platform fighter. I may not have a shred of Sakurai’s design talent, but I’m gonna try to make these characters work anyway! Not sure if this will be an ongoing series, but let’s start things off with Tracer, Doomfist, D. Va, and Ashe!
The recently passed Guilty Gear -Strive- beta came with seven playable characters. Though more will be added, I thought that the characters chosen gave us a great opportunity to explore a number of different play styles. Based on my my time with the beta, here are the characters ranked based on my hype levels after seeing them in action!
I can barely contain my excitement as we partake in a series of thrilling online matches throughout this Guilty Gear -Strive- closed beta live stream! Cannot wait to play the final version on release! For now, enjoy what might be your first look at the game!