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F.A.N.G

Get to know Street Fighter V's F.A.N.G better


Or not, he's creepy
Feb 09
// Chris Carter
We already know F.A.N.G is a poopy pigeon, but what else is there to learn about him? A lot actually! As one of the most interesting new characters in the series, I love his poison-based attacks, and his combos look pretty in...
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Street Fighter V

Necali goes full creeper in newest Street Fighter V CG trailer


Launch is near
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
Chun-Li laces up, Ken fixes his hair, Ryu gazes longingly at the sky, and Necali is creepy as all getup in the new CG trailer for Street Fighter V. I'm not a fan of the animation outside of that hand-drawn effect that the gam...
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Capcom

Capcom kicks off Street Fighter video series, starts with Ken


Do you call him 'Rye-U'?
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
Capcom is almost ready to unleash Street Fighter V, and it's starting a new video series to help ease in new players -- just in case you haven't heard of one of the most iconic fighters in the business, Ken. In the inaugural ...

F.A.N.G is a poopy pigeon in Street Fighter V

Feb 04 // Steven Hansen
[embed]338701:62136:0[/embed] You see the above image of F.A.N.G seemingly flapping about with his giant sleeves? He does that. Homie will literally go airborne and carpet bomb the entire horizontal plane with poison bombs like an awkward pigeon dropping shits on businessmen. Actually I love everything about F.A.N.G's movement, not just a special that looks like you modded a humanoid character model rigged onto a small bird's animations. Even his walk is a Looney Tunes style creep complete with hunched shoulders and craned arms like a goofy t-rex or Montgomery Burns. What I love less is my inability to use the character to annoy people. You see, F.A.N.G is a charge character, requiring second-long maintained button presses in various directions to properly execute moves and my slow ass just plays Ken in Third Strike so I'm screwed. Look at this hieroglyphic shit.  The only "charge characters" I want to know about are the digits of the credit cards I steal. The good news? I performed admirably with Chun-Li after years of disuse, enjoyed the hell out of Laura (like souped up Yoga Bro Ken and Chun-Li, her kicks are dynamite). Actually, question: is it more or less racist if F.A.N.G isn't Chinese? Because he looks like an XCOM Thin Man, but when I was playing as Chun-Li she noted that his favorite number, 2, was not written out in proper Chinese characters on his shirt and questioned if he's really Chinese at all. We might just have a really big Mickey Rooney Breakfast at Tiffany's fan who really wants to blow Bison for some reason.
First hands-on with FANG photo
Plus move list because I can be helpful
I know what you're thinking with Street Fighter V (PS4, PC) less than two weeks from release: everything is mined. There was the big reveal that Arcade mode will have standard text and art stories to be followed by a post-lau...


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Street Fighter V

Capcom will host a livestream event for Street Fighter V on the heels of its launch


Presentation on February 10
Feb 04
// Chris Carter
Street Fighter V is nearly here after months of hype and beta testing, but Capcom isn't done promoting it just yet. The publisher has announced that they will hold a special presentation event on February 10, which basically ...
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SFV mode trailer

Street Fighter V trailer shows off new modes and training options


Put baby in the corner
Jan 30
// Nic Rowen
If there is one thing you can say about the Street Fighter series, it knows how to make attractive trailers out of boring info. I've enjoyed watching slickly produced videos about training mode options and network settings si...

Lupe Fiasco is going to kick Daigo's ass in Street Fighter V

Jan 29 // Steven Hansen
And, finally, onto our story, our ostensible reason for reading (you) and writing (me) this article, other than to put content online for pay, to pal around with my friends about music on a lazy Friday, but mostly to talk about Kanye lying about not liking his ass eaten. Rapper Lupe Fiasco's last album, a return to form, is called Tetsuo & Youth if you want to check the standard millennial nerd bonafides. He also he drops Lupin the III and Thundercats references in his verse on Kanye's "Touch the Sky" over a decade ago. Someone asked Lupe on Twitter if he watches EVO, to which he replied, "Only to study Daigo..." Mad Catz' Mark Julio -- who loved my recent dispatch from the Mad Catz Street Fighter V tournament, by the way -- asked Lupe if he was down to fight Daigo, who is sponsored by Mad Catz, in Street Fighter V. Lupe confirmed, "It would be an honor to lose to Daigo-San." Good week, all. See you Monday. [embed]337545:62043:0[/embed] [embed]337545:62044:0[/embed]
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This is Rocky VIII
Things are popping off in the hip hop world this week. Kanye lied about not liking his ass eaten after a deluge of tweet beef with Wiz Khalifa. Kanye eventually deleted the 20 or so tweets aimed at Khalifa, but they still ex...

EVO 2016 photo
EVO 2016

EVO 2016's lineup includes Street Fighter V and Pokken


Vegas, baby
Jan 26
// Zack Furniss
In the middle of a Twitch stream for Redbull's eSports channel, the Evolution Championship Series (call it EVO if you want to make friends) co-founder Joey Cuellar announced the lineup for this year's event. Here's what the f...

Do you care about the story in fighting games?

Jan 26 // Nic Rowen
Personally, I'm of two minds on the idea. I enjoyed MKX and Injustice's story modes (cheesy as both of them got on occasion) and I think some of the character representations in those storylines probably influenced my decision of who to main. Those single-player stories made me look at the characters differently, got me legitimately interested in the worlds of the game (I actually bought the first volume of the Injustice comic series), and gave me something to hold on to when the online matchmaking was broken on PC (yes, I'm still salty). On the other hand, I've played hundreds upon hundreds of hours of SF Alpha 3 and MvC without every giving a single solitary thought about the story. If you asked me what the key plot points of Alpha 3 were, all I could tell you is that Zangief pile drives Honda into M. Bison's world domination machine because that is almost all I can remember. When you put it like that, it seems like the cost and effort of putting a story in a fighting game is completely optional if the core fighting is good enough to stand on its own. What do you think? Are stories important in fighting games?
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Talk, talk, punch, punch
As Steven reported yesterday, Yoshinori Ono and the team at Capcom are taking the story mode of Street Fighter V seriously. Sure, they'll have the usual arcade mode intro/wrap-up for every character like Street Fighter has ha...

Ono: Street Fighter won't see a SFIII-style reboot 'as long as I'm involved'

Jan 25 // Steven Hansen
"What we actually learned through from Street Fighter III and putting in all those new characters we found out that the really hardcore people really enjoy it," Ono said through a translator, though pantomiming enough that I understood about 30% of every answer before the English came in. "They really enjoyed playing all the new characters and figuring out how to use them, but it was very difficult to bring back the old generation of players who played Street Fighter II because they weren't sure, 'Who is this character? Why should I care about them? Why should I play this game?' "Now I've reached this super high point in the Street Fighter series...I can very safely say that as long as I'm involved in the game we won't be taking that approach, of a lot of brand new characters." Hopes dashed. The me who sells his last good kidney for a PlayStation 5 is going to be crestfallen. Still, fair. Ono helped resuscitate the franchise with SFIV and the steps forward with SFV are all admirable. There's the "completely different direction" for post-launch content. Balance updates are all free for everyone, forever instead of tied to a new release with more confusing naming conventions ("it ended up segmenting everyone"). The first of six DLC characters is coming in March and playing through all characters' stories, survival, or online should earn enough Fight Money to get that first character for free. Then the in-game store opens up for the first time ("SFV does not have any day one DLC") along with new "Daily Challenges," the long-term method for players to generate Fight Money. It's a straightforward system that's good on paper, one instance where "games-as-service" doesn't leave me shuddering. The big news today is that there are individual character stories, per usual ("we always felt that that was kind of enough"), but also a big story with over an hour of in-engine cinematics coming in June as free DLC. "In Street Fighter IV we set out to try and bring everything together," Ono said. "We wrote each of the character's stories so it all kind of makes sense. But even after doing that there was a lot space in between where we finished off in Street Fighter IV and where Street Fighter III was. We're finally going to be encapsulating the entire Street Fighter universe." While the pro scene helped carry Street Fighter IV further than those of us who sniffed around its first iteration based on name alone, "a lot of the casual fans were speaking up" with regards to more story (be it in a new game or as a new anime series). "We came back with that feedback and thought about it," Ono said. "We saw that Ubisoft's got these immersive, awesome story experiences like with Assassin's Creed; we have it with Resident Evil; and looking at Mortal Kombat in recent history, they're trending that way as well." Erhm -- Assassin's Creed's story? Ok. That's where the June story expansion comes in to offer "a very clear picture of the Street Fighter universe" up to that point, with characters' individual stories cluing them in on other finer details. "We're really hoping people are going to become new Street Fighter fans throughout that process." A story isn't the only consideration for new players, for new potential fans. The word the team most frequently uses to describe Street Fighter V is a "reset," an even playing field. Ono notes that the SFIV player base "narrowed very quickly," likening it to the best baseball players working their way into the pros, and other onetime-players petering out. So you get characters like Rashid, meant to be an easy choice for new players. "The director was nice enough to design the character that way," Ono said. "After he designed Rashid he came up to me and said, 'Oh, I think this is someone even Ono-san will be able to use.'" It goes beyond that, though. There are the new V-Skills, which are unique to each fighter, opening up a network of metagame possibilities. Parrying was a core mechanic in Street Fighter III. Here, that entire mechanic is only used by Ryu.  "How do we keep Street Fighter's DNA and at the same time have characters have their own personality," Ono asked rhetorically. "This time, in order for Ryu to have his own personality" beyond the classic signifiers of hadoken et al, it's the parry. "Adding personality to the characters was a really big deal for us." In Ryu's case, that's provided you can execute. "Even for somebody like me, or Matt sitting next to me, [the Mind's Eye parrying] is also too hard for us to use," Ono giggled. The point, though, is not just accessibility, but to "reset the playing field and invite as many new players as possible." The V-Skills offer opportunity beyond that, "we understand that there are people who are out there who are playing neighborhood baseball." There will also be leagues in online play to try and keep matches competitive by skill level. Of course, Street Fighter V is also the "first product developed from the ground up with eSports in mind," according to Capcom's Matt Dahlgren. It will be balanced around the Capcom pro tour (where the game will run on PS4), meaning large balance updates will come during the offseason (January-February), giving pros enough time to react and train for EVO and the following Capcom tour. The goal is to, "stick to our guns for a whole season," though if any particularly egregious balancing problem presents itself (complete leaderboard and tournament dominance), there are quick fixes. "Knee-jerk reactions can stifle the community, it doesn't give the respect it deserves to players who came up with those tactics, and it prevents the meta game from forming where players can come up with counter tactics," Dahlgren said. I asked Ono if the individual V-Skills made this the hardest Street Fighter to balance and they did seem to be a factor, but "balancing is always hard. It's hard every single time." Especially with the lack of an arcade release this time around. Ono sees Street Fighter as a "a fighting tool" where the one on one battling reigns despite more effort put into single-player content. And so from designing characters that are a bit easier to use to, "input leniency we put in place so people feel like they can do what they're trying to do with their characters," the feel is important. "We're offering bats, balls, and gloves," Ono explained, with what must've been the fourth baseball metaphor, at which point I had to veer off course and ask if it was pure idiom or if Ono loved baseball. "I really like baseball," he laughed "It just happens to be that Capcom is moving offices next door to AT&T Park [in San Francisco, where the Giants play] and as a result I'm super-looking forward to this move because now I'm going to have even more chances to see baseball games here in the US. But if this gets out into this article and people from Capcom USA read this then people internally at Capcom might think, 'Hey, man, we got to do this freaking move just because Ono likes baseball!?' So there's a potential where I could be getting some complaints internally." The metaphors do go beyond a love for the sport a bit, though, as Ono praised the Major Leagues (be it Major League Baseball or the National Football League), which have done well in cultivating "sports as entertainment." Versus shit people do for sport, like hunting or seeing how long they can look at local real estate pricing without eating a gun. And Street Fighter can be entertaining to watch. Especially if Ono gets his R. Mika wish. "I kind of bought her way into this game by paying a bonus to the director and telling him, 'Put R. Mika in,'" Ono laughed. He is "really looking forward to, at next year's Capcom Cup, someone using R. Mika and doing the mic performance long enough to unleash the super powerful move to beat their opponent. Everyone's going to get up and cheer, but at the same time they're cheering they'll be laughing their asses off." Just about the only people not cheering and laughing are folks carrying water for characters that have yet to be announced. Skullomania. Q. Sakura. Dan. Dudley. Blanka. Ono talked about unveiling Laura at the Brazil Game Show where, "everyone realized, 'Oh, so, Blanka really isn't in the game, is he?'" He gets the question more often than any snub, likely because of the toy Blanka he carries around. Whether Blanka even fits in the Street Fighter V roster is, apparently, "quite uncertain because Laura herself has electric-based attacks so it maybe doesn't leave a whole lot of room." Ono picked up the Blanka figure from the table and asked: "Is there any hope for you?"
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His fav fighter, reason for Capcom move
Aside from the immortal Street Fighter II and the clever (in a "Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie" kind of way) Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo nod, Street Fighter III is probably my favorite in the series. The number of ...

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Gross lol

Bless these early, monstrous Street Fighter V mods


Put your Birdie face on
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Street Fighter V is still a few weeks away. Capcom recently unveiled its plans for the story mode (free post launch DLC) and I had a lengthy interview with producer Yoshinori Ono where we talked about baseball and how Third Strike is the best Street Fighter. But this is all about fans being fans and doing weird mod shit, even with the PC beta. Laura x Birdie looks like an Attack on Titan.
Street Fighter V story photo
Street Fighter V story

Street Fighter V's full story will be post-launch DLC


Free story expansion coming in summer
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Street Fighter IV had a good grip of 2D animated cutscenes providing some closure to individual characters' Arcade mode arcs, but as a whole the series has been spinning its wheels in that department, especially compared to ...
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Also included: Kirby's penis
Another week, another wave of gaming news that’s almost impossible to keep up with! Last week we had dog poo, this week we have Jonathan Blow’s wee. I kind of hope that bodily waste doesn’t become a running ...

SFV GAME tournament photo
SFV GAME tournament

GAME SFV tournament is making players qualify against CPU opponents


A single-player tournament?
Jan 23
// Nic Rowen
UK retail chain GAME is holding a Street Fighter V tournament beginning on January 26 across more than 300 stores. The elimination series will eventually winnow players down to a final set of matches competing at Insomnia for...
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Got hype

Handsome Street Fighter V fans raise good points during Mad Catz tourney


Reporting from the Mad Catz V Cup
Jan 22
// Steven Hansen
Wednesday and Thursday nights were host to the Mad Catz V Cup, a Street Fighter V tournament in San Francisco using a F.A.N.G-free build of the upcoming Capcom fighter. Premier Street Fighter players were in attendance, inclu...
SFV consoles photo
SFV consoles

Japan is getting some amazing SFV limited edition PS4 consoles


Europe is getting a bland bundle
Jan 22
// Nic Rowen
The Japanese PlayStation blog has revealed four (!) different Limited Edition Street Fighter V consoles, each bearing a different design. These striking black or white consoles feature artwork of Chun-Li and Laura, Ryu and Ne...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

More alternate costumes emerge from the Street Fighter V beta


I'll take them
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
You want more Street Fighter V costumes? You got 'em! As a result of the new beta recently, players have uncovered a bunch of new outfits, most of which look pretty awesome or worth using. This video from rKappasvoice ba...
Prepare to strike, now! photo
Prepare to strike, now!

Fighting games (and DLC) to look forward to in 2016


Promoted from our community blogs
Jan 19
// Virtua Kazama
[The horizon is bright for fighting games, so I thought I'd have Virtua Kazama take the stage and talk about some of the biggest fighting games coming to 2016 for a new year of salt. But a quickie note, Kazama had a lapse in ...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Is there a new Street Fighter V PS4 beta on its way?


Ready? Fight!
Jan 14
// Vikki Blake
If you have the Street Fighter V beta client installed on your PlayStation 4, you may have noticed a gigantic patch dropped yesterday (thanks, EventHub). The update - listed as version 1.08 and weighing in at ...
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Capcom

Tencent wants to work with Capcom on more than just Monster Hunter Online, cites Dino Crisis


Also, Devil May Cry and Sengoku Basara
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Right now, China's powerhouse holding company Tenent (who just bought League of Legends) is working with Capcom on Monster Hunter Online, but more may be in the pipeline. According to the game's producer, he's interested in s...
Live-action SF photo
Live-action SF

Street Fighter V live-action prologue coming in March


Get your green screens ready
Jan 02
// Nic Rowen
If you love to watch talented athletes wave their hands around and pretend to throw fireballs at each other, I have some good news for you. Street Fighter: Resurrection, a live-action mini-series intended to serve as a prolog...
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Deals

25 percent off Dragon's Dogma: Boxing Day PC pre-order deals from GMG


XCOM 2, Street Fighter V also makes list
Dec 26
// Dealzon
Green Man Gaming is running a "Most Anticipated 2016" titles Boxing Day sale (its page makes no reference to Boxing Day but that's what it told us, anyways). The sale page doesn't seem to be public yet, but you can view the l...
Street Fighter IV photo
Street Fighter IV

This is what Street Fighter IV looks like with motion controls


Steam Controller
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
Like most people it seems, I think that the Steam Controller has potential, but it just hasn't been realized yet. It's a great time to test it out though, as one individual just tried it out on Street Fighter IV, includi...
SFV music photo
SFV music

All the character themes in SFV


Vega's theme is on point
Dec 20
// Nic Rowen
One of my favorite parts of the Street Fighter series has always been the music. Select themes from the games have made it on everything from (poorly recorded) mixed cassettes when I was a kid to my favorite driving playlists...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Rashid and Laura are getting their own Street Fighter V one-shot comic


For Free Comic Book Day
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
Free Comic Book Day is a pretty fun nationwide event that hits once a year. In essence, a bunch of different franchises have a few free issues to choose from, and most comic book stores across the US participate in giving awa...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V's beta is live, full game will have Steam support at launch


Historically a Windows series
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
It's going to be a good year for PC Street Fighter fans in 2016. Capcom has announced that in addition to Windows support, they are going to have full Steam capabilities when Street Fighter V launches next year. This inc...
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Deals

23% off Street Fighter V deal back again for Steam/PC


Pre-order includes beta access
Dec 17
// Dealzon
Update: Coupon is now 25% off. Street Fighter V's third beta starts as early as midnight 12:01am PT Friday on PS4 and PC (Steam) and will end at 10:00pm Sunday. Pre-ordering the Steam PC copy will grant you beta access, and i...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

The third Street Fighter V beta kicks off tomorrow, here are all the details


At least eight playable characters
Dec 17
// Brett Makedonski
Capcom is gearing up to hold the third beta for Street Fighter V. If that seems like a lot, well, it kind of is by today's standards. Capcom's using these events less as a marketing stunt and more as actual tests to improve t...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V's next beta is free for all Japanese PlayStation Plus owners


Only announced for Japan
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
Here's yet another cool promotion coming out of Japan. The next Street Fighter V beta session, which runs from December 18-20, will be open for all PlayStation Plus subscribers. The catch? You'll need to be located in Ja...
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution announced, the first new character is Street Fighter's Akuma


New characters, items, and stages
Dec 12
// Joe Parlock
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution has just been announced at The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015’s grand finals. Fated Retribution will be released first in arcades, and will include new characters, outfits, items and stag...

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