Fighting Game Musings: Attack of the Clones

Posted in Arcade, Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS3, Streetfighter, Ultra Streetfighter IV, Xbox360 on March 19th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Ultra SFIV has Decapre, DOA5U has PHASE 4.

Almost coincidental with the recent release of Ultra Streetfighter IV‘s trailer/reveal for the masked Shadaloo Doll Decapre as the game’s 5th new fighter, Tecmo also posted the trailer for their own new character spotlight.
For now limited to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate‘s arcade version is the super-powered Kasumi clone, codenamed Phase 4. As you can see in the trailer above, P4 mainly uses the style of the original Mugen Tenshin heroine, but added her own dark and misty teleports and even more insane speed to the mix. The combos scream BOSS babe, and I wish that they had just added her into the game months ago as the game’s actual boss instead of the odd, Shang Tsung-shapechanging weirdness that we got.

Of course, there will be those groaning at yet ANOTHER clone added to fighting games, and cursing these devs for their laziness. Sad to say that I really have to agree with these sentiments, although if the character had enough cool uniques, it wouldn’t hurt too much. But really, IMO while her moves are flashy and eye-catching, P4′s design is just kinda boring.

To be honest, if I were given a choice between P4 and Decapre, I’d pick Decapre as the better clone. She surely controls far more differently, and I just wish they changed more of her basic attacks and animations to be more unique from Cammy’s. Phase 4, if and when she comes to console as a playable, will surely control very similar to Kasumi (since EVERYONE plays similar anyway, as the game runs).

In any case, these clones are just ways to extend a game’s interest- I can’t wait to see these games move forward onto their next chapters, and these clones outgrow their originals to become truly their own character- hey, Mortal Kombat and Tekken do it all the time, why not DOA and SF?

Ultra Streetfighter IV’s Fifth Character Revealed: Decapre

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Streetfighter, Ultra Streetfighter IV, Xbox360 on March 17th, 2014 by thelonegamer

The Fifth New Fighter gets her own trailer.

AAAAND… it’s Decapre.

I was hoping for Gouken’s Daughter instead of a DOLL, but oh well- at least it’s the coolest and most sinister of the Dolls.
Decapre (It means December in Russian) is one of Bison’s Elite Shadaloo Dolls, resembling Cammy but wearing a black mask and using claws for combat. She first appeared way back in Streetfighter Alpha 3 (amongst the other Dolls) but was unplayable. She also appeared later in the Udon Streetfighter II Turbo comic, ambushing an escaping Cammy.
Somehow, this Cammy clone has gone beyond the other Dolls and gotten into the game- she was noticeably not among the Dolls beaten up by Juri in the SSFIV OVA AFAIK, so perhaps that will figure into her story?
Still, I’m a bit peeved at how Ono and Capcom have been selling that this character hasn’t been guessed by many, but in fact was on top of the list of potential new characters for a long, long time.

Yeah, I’m kinda disappointed. However, it could be much worse.

Anyway, bright side is that she doesn’t play at all like Cammy since she’s- get this- a CHARGE character (think Guile). I am just hoping they use the time from now till release to tweak her animations to be very different from Cammy’s. PLEASE. Also, it looks like she gets some cool anime cutscenes- I hope she gets to tussle with Juri- and the Russian accent doesn’t hurt.

Decapre joins Elena, Poison, Rolento and Hugo on the Ultra SFIV roster, coming later this year (June for Digital Upgrade/Download, August to Retail) to consoles and PC.

UPDATE: I’ve added IGN‘s 10-minute commentary vid on the new challenger. Check it out to see what this Doll has in store for the rest of the roster.

10 Minutes of Decapre-ness.

Ultra Streetfighter IV Rolento Trailer

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS3, Streetfighter, Ultra Streetfighter IV, Xbox360 on March 7th, 2014 by thelonegamer

The Mad Gears Commando gets his time in the sun.

Here’s the fourth Ultra Streetfighter IV New Character trailer, featuring the military nutter Rolento. The most significant aspect for me being that this means that, unless Capcom chickens out, next week should FINALLY bring to light the mysterious, all-new, 5th Character. Up to now, all we know is that this Unknown is female, has appeared at least in the SF Comics or Manga, but has never been playable before in a Streetfighter game.

We’ll see soon enough. Same time, same Capcom Youtube Channel. Heheh.

Ultra Streetfighter IV’s Fifth Character: All We Know

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Streetfighter, Super Streetfighter IV, Ultra Streetfighter IV on January 6th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Miles923 adds to the fires of speculation.

As it is now 2014, Capcom’s upcoming upgrade, Ultra Streetfighter IV is closer than ever, with the current most intriguing feature being the still-unknown Fifth Character. According to Siliconera, here is all that is currently known about this mysterious newcomer.

• It is a Capcom character.

• It isn’t Asura or Bad Box Art Mega Man.

• Ultra Street Fighter IV will mark this character’s fighting game debut.

• It is a character that isn’t on anyone’s radar.

• The character will be a perfect fit for the Street Fighter universe.

• The character is female.

• She is in the Street Fighter comics (it is assumed that this means the UDON comics).

Who can this newbie be? Speculations range from any of the Shadaloo Dolls, Ibuki’s best bud Sarai, Gouken’s unnamed daughter and even Ken’s wife Eliza (!). Who do you think she is, guys?

Personally I really wish it wasn’t a Doll- unless they really change up her looks- I do NOT want a clone character, or even someone close to being a clone. The doll outfit is so boring as well. Just anyone else, just NOT a Doll. PLEASE… oh well. We’ll see soon enough.