Streetfighter V: F.A.N.G. Trailer

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V, Uncategorized on December 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer


F.A.N.G.? W.T.F?

It’s a bit late, but last week Capcom released the trailer for the final character of the initial roster for Streetfighter V during the Playstation Experience Event. My reaction to the fourth all-new fighter to debut in SFV is… WHAT THE-?!

F.A.N.G.’s (FANG from here on) design is of course not totally unknown- he looks like that stereotypical oriental villain with the glasses, wide-brimmed hat, overlong-sleeved robe and moustache/goatee… but I guess what creeped me out was his odd proportions- he’s too LONG and narrow, he doesn’t look normal- which is even weirder considering that the game already has pretty wild proportions for everyone else. In a roster of weirdos, FANG looks off-kilter as heck, which is saying a lot. Add to that his odd, effeminate movements and the voice (which makes me think of Chinese actor/VA James Hong), he’s really an oddball.

Well, given that FANG’s supposed to be a villain (and Second-in-command of Shadaloo, no less), I guess he’s fine. He certainly looks malevolent, and his poison attacks fit a baddie. That he doesn’t fit any previous mold of a character is a good thing, I guess- Capcom is keeping it fresh, even if we all found him disturbing as hell initially.

Streetfighter V is still a ways off- about two months away, but I am really looking forward to it. Thankfully the DLC characters are confirmed so I really want this game now. February can’t come soon enough.

Tekken 7 PS4 Officially Announced at Paris Games Week 2015

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS4, Tekken 7 on October 27th, 2015 by thelonegamer


HELL. It’s about time.

It was inevitable. Now it’s official. Tekken 7, the latest installment in the long-running fighting game franchise from Namco-Bandai, is coming to Playstation 4.

The spot starts off running through the past home Tekken conversions, from the original Tekken all the way to Tekken 6- that’s 20 Years of Iron Fist Tournaments through the years! The action them shows off some new bits of CG and back to the Mishima Family Drama- which this time notably includes Jin in the mix, as well as Kazuya, Heihachi and Kazumi. As expected from the console version, the PS4 game should satisfy us with Story Mode and all the weird ending cinematics we can take. Not much gameplay otherwise, but that should come in time. No release date yet, but it’s coming. It’s FINALLY coming.

Streetfighter V: Laura Matsuda Officially Revealed!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V on October 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Beauty from Brazil is now Officially Out!

After quite a few rather embarrassing leaks preceding her debut, the latest all-new fighter to be introduced in Streetfighter V is finally out and about. Laura, or Laura Matsuda, is a master of Matsuda Jiu Jitsu, and is constantly looking for challengers and opportunities to raise the fame of her family’s fighting style. She is also the elder sister of Streetfighter III’s Sean (Ken’s disciple).

Laura’s style includes grapples and holds which invariably leave her opponents pinned to the ground, as well as an odd, slow-moving projectile called a ‘Thunder Clap’. Her V-Skill is called Linear Movement, and is used to let Laura close the distance to her opponent. Her V-Trigger is called ‘Spark Show’ which augments her already-potent techniques.

Plus, in case you missed it before, here’s her launch trailer.

Streetfighter V: Laura Reveal Trailer!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter V on October 8th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Not Blanka! SFV’s Brazilian entry is nevertheless just as shoking.

Just as the first images of the latest Streetfighter V all-new character were leaked online, the trailer for Laura’s reveal was apparently also posted a bit too early- by none other than Sony, at that.

Instead of the usual Capoeira (although she does seem to have some attacks from that style), Laura’s fighting arts are based on Brazilian Ju Juitsu- which means arm locks, ground grapples and interlocking bodies… hmmm. She also apparently has some sort of slow-moving projectile and electricity spicing up her moves. Is she related to Blanka?
While I certainly enjoy the fan service of such a looker of a fighter, I wish her design was a bit more- exciting. Her outfit is a bit plain, though I guess in terms of fighting game outfits its probably one of the most realistic.

Laura should be officially unveiled today or tomorrow by Yoshinori Ono at the Brazil Game Show- hopefully after then we’ll get more info and media on this lovely grappler.

Streetfighter V: Zangief Reveal Trailer and Laura Leak!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter V on October 3rd, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Russian Grappler returns!

Things have been quite revealing this past week, with no less than two fighters being uncovered for the upcoming Streetfighter V, albeit not all intentionally. First off, the Guardian of Russia’s Skies, Zangief, was revealed during an event in, well, Russia. Reactions were, of course, mixed- basically if you like Zangief you’ll be thrilled… everyone else was like, meh. Or MEH.


Laura is revealed- though not a trailer, yet.

Much more explosive was the subsequent and sudden reveal online- through what apparently was a mistake by Famitsu of Japan- of an all-new female fighter named Laura. This new girl has actually been on ‘leaked’ roster lists for months now, but it has only this week been confirmed by the pics. Laura’s pics apparently got mixed in with Zangief’s gallery (the pics have since been taken down but have since been reposted elsewhere)- it may be safe to say sadly that someone may lose their job over this blunder.

Anyway, Laura’s design, aside from her being quite predictably hot- is actually pretty simple. She looks like, in all ways, a female Eddy Gordo from Tekken, or Capcom’s version of Christie Monteiro. Although it must be noted that her apparent moves shown appear to be Brazilian Jujuitsu. We won’t know for sure until we actually see her in action, which may not be for a couple of weeks- at least until Yoshinori Ono’s visit to a Brazilian Game Event (which he teased months ago) later this month. For now though, we have pics and I have to say while she looks pretty plain in comparison to every other gal in SF, she looks good. Can’t wait to see her kick ass.

Streetfighter V: Karin Revealed at TGS2015!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V on September 18th, 2015 by thelonegamer


OJOH-SAMAAAA! HOHOHOHOOOO!

She’s BAAAACK….. Karin Kanzaki, heiress to the Kanzaki Financial Empire and rival eternal to Sakura Kasugano has just been revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. She looks mainly like she did way back in her debut in Streetfighter Alpha 3- those distinct blonde hair curls, the red and black outfit- and that laugh. THAT LAUGH.

Gotta be honest, not really a Karin fan, not one of those who asked for her back, but she looks pretty cool and her fighting style is very distinct and interesting. Her design also looks quite good (even if her face is basically Cammy with an attitude).
Just have to point out- at this point, we have three blonde girls in the game. How about some brunette or Asian love, Capcom? I’m expecting that since Karin is in, Sakura can’t be far behind (or she’ll eventually be one of the fighters added via post-launch DLC). I’m still hoping we see Juri back (she was part of the leaked roster that included Rashid). Not sure if the rumors that there may be one or two more reveals before TGS is over… but I guess we’ll see over the weekend.

For now though, check out Ojoh-sama in action. You wanted her, you got her.

Rashid Revealed for Street Fighter V!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter V on September 12th, 2015 by thelonegamer


A speedy wind-warrior named Rashid joins the battle!

At a gaming event in Dubai on Friday, Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono did his usual high-energy routine in front of a rather small gaming crowd, promoting Streetfighter V and sbowing off the latest character reveal. The unveiled fighter was not a returning fighter, as some sources said prior to the release. Rashid is an Arab fighter- very much like Shaheen in Tekken 7- but his style of fighting is quite unique. Combining Parkour abilities with an apparent power to harness the winds, Rashid is a highly mobile, speedy and deceptive combatant. Perhaps it may be stereotypical, but he looks exactly like a genie from Arabian Nights when he uses his tornado-like attacks. How does he control the winds, exactly? The odd harness/backpack he is wearing may provide answers. I doubt he’s a relative of Leopold Goenitz…

I actually like his design- the cloth of his costume animates great and the wind skills are cool to see. The ‘scouter’ eyepiece he wears is a bit odd, but adds a unique bit to his look.

The next character reveal for SFV has been set for next weekend, at the Tokyo Game Show.

Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Shutting Down

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Soul Calibur on September 2nd, 2015 by thelonegamer


Read it and weep(?).

This just in today- the F2P single-player Soul Calibur: Lost Swords on PS3 is closing shop. On November 30, the game will cease operating and will no longer be available for play.

To put it bluntly, I am not shedding tears on seeing this bare-bones, regurgitated placeholder go. Really. However, given the message at the end of the above video, there may be hope that Namco-Bandai will bring back their sword-fighting franchise in a proper sequel/full-priced game. Here’s to Project Soul getting their groove back on and releasing a full-fledged Soul Calibur game in the hopefully near future.

On the other hand, if they suddenly announce a Soul Calibur Pachislot game, I will most probably throw up.

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator Arcade Intro, Jam Revealed!

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign on August 17th, 2015 by thelonegamer


More Guilty Gear Xrd means there is still good in this world.

Just over the weekend, we got a new video for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, the as-of-yet Arcade-Only Upgrade to Guilty Gear Xrd Sign. It’s actually the arcade version’s Intro or Opening Cinematic, which includes a cutscene between ‘That Man’ and another character (Raven?), then a cool Intro featuring all of the returning cast, the new characters Johnny and Jack-O, and ONE other.

Just revealed right at the end of the video is another addition to the roster- fighting waitress Jam Kuradoberi (yes, she is named Cranberry Jam). Jam will be added into the game sometime after the arcade version’s August 25 release in Japan.

This is pretty much a no-brainer for release on console- though I am wondering if they’ll give it as an actual disc release or an upgrade (perhaps both). I do hope they add more characters for the home editions- three new fighters is nice but could be better.

I can’t wait in particular to see what happens in the next chapter of the Story Mode- it’s pretty cool to see Sol, Sin and Ramlethal all together- no doubt on their way to try and rescue Elphelt (who’s sporting a new look). Here’s to the hope that this awesome brawler arrives on our PS4s and XBox Ones sooner rather than later.

Streetfighter V: From Beast to Beastly Beauty… Vega Revealed!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter V on August 6th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Spanish Ninja is back!

Earlier this week, at the start of Gamescom 2015, Capcom released the newest Character Reveal trailer for Streetfighter V. In contrast to the previous reveal that showed off the all-new fighter, Necalli, this time we get one of the original Streetfighter II Bosses- Vega, the Spanish Ninja.

The Masked Matador is quite a surprise, given that he is basically part of a set. What about Sagat and Balrog? Will they be in the launch lineup, or as the follow-up add-ons? Only time will tell.

Anyway, his outfit is apparently one of his past alts, though as someone who NEVER uses Vega I can’t be aware of that. I DO like the look of his moves, particularly as he beats up on new guy Necalli. He’s back, that’s for sure. His new skills include a projectile rose which follows up with a devastating combo, and a Matador Evade move. Intriguing!

With two males in a row, I am hoping that the next fighter is of the fairer sex- will it be an all-new combatant, or a returning lady? When is the next FGC event? Man, I can’t wait!!!


Some (noobish) Vega gameplay at Gamescom.