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Famitsu.com did a write up with Daigo Umehara, collecting his thoughts on the changes in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. Extremely lengthy, but also very insightful

Thanks to samjkim for translating this interview.

NOTE: This is an extremely lenthy interview. Make sure you have the time to read it. Very insightful for Street Fighter fans. Some very interesting notes from The Beast Diago. Images added by me (Cinderkin) to make the interview a little easier on the eyes.

Toyoizumi: You got to play some AE. What are your first impressions?

Umehara: Impressions… Basically that it’s over for projectile characters (laughs). All the non-projectile characters have gotten buffed, whereas I think Deejay is the only projectile character that has really gotten buffed. Sagat has gotten better, but Ryu, Akuma, Guile, Dhalsim, and I suppose Chun, they’ve all gotten nerfed. And grapplers have also gotten buffed. Projectile characters were strongest in Vanilla, but it’s the other way around now in AE. But I plan to use Yun so it’s not a big deal for me. I guess that’s my impression of AE.

Toyoizumi: It seems there are some people that say that Ken is now the best shoto.

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Get ready for the next battle, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is finally here. Is it worth your money? Find out in the Gouki.com Review. Don’t be a Jimmy!

The time has come to pull out all the stops and do battle in the latest Tekken Tag Tournament. This time it’s bigger, better, and all around more badass than ever before. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (TTT 2) is filled with over 50 fighters, new stages, new combos, and more. The latest 3D fighting game has made it to consoles, but is it worth your money though? Read on below.

TTT 2 offers a ton of game modes for you to spend hours upon hours in. Arcade mode returns as well as Ghost Battle which pits you against and unlimited amount of opponents’ ghost data as you rank up your fighter from Beginner to Tekken Lord. Time Attack, Survival, Versus, Practice, and for the first time in a fighting game Fight Lab. If you’ve ever felt like a fighting game was just too hard to get into because the moves look to complex or you just don’t understand the game mechanics, well then you have nothing to worry about with TTT 2. Fight Lab is a fleshed out tutorial system which allows you to learn the basics as well as the advanced mechanics of the game. It teaches you the ins and outs of the game, from high and low attacks, defense, tagging, launchers and ground bounces, and side stepping, as well as allowing you to fully customize your own fighter named Combot. Fight Lab truly is a groundbreaking feature that more fighting games need to implement.

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Rockstar has announced a couple editions for the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. Check it out!

Rockstar has finally unveiled the Special and Collectors Edition for Grand Theft Auto V. Sporting plenty of goodies and in game extras. Check them out below:

The Grand Theft Auto V Special Edition ($79.99) includes:

  • Full retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V
  • Collectible SteelBook with Exclusive Artwork: This special SteelBook features double-sided, never-before-seen artwork of Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Custom color and metallic treatments bring out the detail of the artwork created exclusively for this SteelBook.
  • Blueprint Map: This exclusive, additional 21.5” x 26.75” map displays a blueprint view of Los Santos and Blaine County. Cryptic markings indicate locations for fast cash and other points of interest for the up-and-coming entrepreneur.  
  • Special Ability Boost: Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a unique special ability. With this boost, the special ability bar will generate 25% faster.
  • Stunt Plane Trials: Single-player Stunt Plane Trials let you take on additional aerial challenges spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.
  • Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More: Michael, Franklin and Trevor get bonus outfits in their wardrobes, character specific tattoos at tattoo parlors, and special deals from shopkeepers across Los Santos and Blaine County.
  • Additional Weapons: When visiting Ammunation stores in single player, merchants will have special weapons in their inventory available for free: the Pistol .50, Bullpup Shotgun and melee Hammer. 

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Ultra Femme Fatales Pack Out Now!

By: Cinderkin Nov 16, 2010 | 7 Comments

The Super Street Fighter 4 Ultra Femme Fatales Pack is now Available on PSN and Xbox Live. Go download em and get to winning in style! (unless Cammy is your character). Pics and pricing below.

The Ultra Femme Fatales Pack is avaiable now, and will cost $3.99 or 320 MSP. Below are a few screenshots showing off the costumes in game.

 

Chun-Li

 

Rose

 

Sakura

 

C. Viper

 

Cammy (Sorry)

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Are you going to buy these? Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

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Alternative Costumes for Yun and Yang!!!

By: Cinderkin Nov 26, 2010 | 8 Comments

Images of Yun and Yang's alternative costume images in Super Street Fighter 4 were recently uploaded by Capcom's Yoshinori Ono and members of the development team.

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition is something that has been on my mind for a while now. The arcade scene in America is pretty much nonexistent, and although porting over the content as DLC should be a no brainer; Capcom is keeping that under wraps for now.

As we all know Yun and Yang are the two new characters for the Arcade edition. We've seen their Ultras, Supers, and Target Combos. Now Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has uploaded new alternate costumes for the brotherly duo!


Check them out!

 

Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

MadCatz are known for their amazing Fight Sticks. The entire Gouki.com Crew have one and they are the best in the business. We knew MadCatz wouldn't let us down, when Marvel vs Capcom 3 was announced. Here is a photo of the MvC3 Tournament Edition Stick.

No exact date has been set for this baby, but we are hoping it becomes available in time for our Marvel vs Capcom 3 Ultra Combo Giveaway Grand Prize Winner.

Who else thinks this baby looks sweet? Will you be getting one once it drops? Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

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Mortal Kombat Review

By: Cinderkin Apr 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

You weak pathetic fools, I've come for your souls! Mortal Kombat is back and this time its gone back to its roots. Is this new MK the savior of the series or is it time to finally Finish MK? Find out in the Gouki.com Exclusive Review.

Mortal Kombat first hit the arcades in 1992 and was the first fighting game to offer so much violence that it helped create the ESRB. The Mortal Kombat series has gone through some upgrades, changes, iteration, and super heroes. Which most of us would agree was the ultimate downfall for the violent fighting game. The best MK games in the series according to the majority of the fans are the first 3 games. 2D fighting, with blood, lots of characters, and of course fatalities. Mortal Kombat has made 8 games before this new one, and 5 didn’t really leave us with much to be remembered. The last game in the series MK vs DC Universe suffered from a teen rating, little blood, and no fatalities. It seemed like the Mortal Kombat series was done for. Luckily Ed Boon Creative Director and his team at Nether-realms Studios (previously Midway) has come to their senses and released “Mortal Kombat” the 9th game in the series, and its gone back to its roots. 2D fighting, in a 3D setting, with blood, lots of characters, and fatalities. Is this Mortal Kombat the savior of the series, or is it time to finally Finish MK?

Story:

MK9 has what can only be described as the best story in any fighting game period. The story starts off at the end of MK7 when the world is at Armageddon, where every fighter from the series is dead. The only two remaining are Shao Khan, Emperor of Outworld, and Raiden, Thunder God and protector of Earthrealm.  These two are fighting it out and Shao Khan clearly has the advantage. Let’s just say Raiden doesn’t look like much of a God at this point (although there is a reason for that). With Shao Khan only one strike from victory, Raiden sends a message back in time (what?) to himself in hopes of preventing Armageddon. At first it’s quite silly, but once you think about what is being done here, you’ll soon appreciate why. Mortal Kombat has always had crazy, all over the place, bad story telling. The most anyone even remembers is from the 2 live action films (sad but true). This time Nether-Realms Studios (NRS) and Ed boon can retell the story from a different perspective and change anything they want because this is  MK9  not MK1, 2, or, 3. With that being said MK9 offers a story so engaging that you could literally get stuck playing for hours and not even reach the halfway point. The story will take you through the events of the 10th Mortal Kombat tournament, then the tournament in Outworld, and finally Khan’s invasion of earth. Retelling the events of the first 3 Mortal Kombat games with new twists, plot lines and events. The only problem I have with story mode is the fact that you can’t skip any cut-scenes, which means that if you want to save and quit you have to watch the cut-scene then quit forcing you to re-watch the cut-scene upon returning. Another issue is that once you’ve completed story mode, there is no chapter select option. Meaning that once the story is completed; those looking to play their favorites parts will have to replay the entire story again (without skipping cut-scenes). Other than that with story mode offering over 10 hours of story with fights, and cut-scenes it’s truly the greatest story in a fighting game.

Game Modes:

With a full length story mode, MK9 also has a lot of game modes. The Arcade Ladder, which is the original arcade style gameplay where you choose a character and fight your way through 10 fights to beat it. The game offers a nice ending for each of the 27 characters (28 on the PS3) once Arcade Ladder is completed. There is also Tag Team Ladder. Tag Team is new to the MK series, and it’s a great addition to the game. Letting you swap in and out your partner and perform combos together. The basic versus mode has returned offering up to 4 players with the new Tag Team mode. Also new to MK is Test Your Luck, which is where you choose a fighter and then spin 4-7 slot machine reels to determine what type of modifiers are added to the fight. Some of these included: headless kombat, armless kombat, danger, health regeneration, dark kombat, and so much more. Each time I’ve played Test Your Luck I’ve only come across a couple repeats. Test Your Might, Test Your Strike and Test Your sight have all returned which are great additions. There is also the Krypt which is filled 300 items for you to buy; there are alternate costumes, fatalities, concept art, and more in the krypt. The Nekropolis is the gallery for the game, where all of your krypt items will be, and character endings as well. There are a few training modes too, such as Practice Mode, Tag Team Practice, Tutorial, and for the first time ever Fatality Tutorial. There is also the Challenge Tower, offering 300 challenges for you to try your skills at. The first couple challenges are really easy, but once you start making your way into the 200’s it gets really difficult. There is a special prize awaiting those who can finish the 300th challenge as well. Online play is also available, but if you didn’t buy it new, or renting it you’re going to have to pay $10 to play online.

Gameplay:

This time MK has gone back to its roots. The game features great 3D visuals with 2D fighting with the old school 5 button layout and classic moves for all characters. Front Punch, Front Kick, Back Punch, and Back Kick take the place of High and Low attacks. The block button is a main staple in the MK series, those who play other fighting games will have to take the time to get used to the controls, but for MK veterans you’ll feel right at home. The game just feels good whether you’re using a controller or using a fight stick. MK9 for the first time has gone the way of a special meter (ala Street Fighter) where you build up meter during a fight to pull of enhanced versions of special moves (EX moves), Breakers, and the all new X-Ray Attacks. To perform an enhanced move you need 1 stock of meter, 2 stocks to do combo breakers, and all 3 stocks to do the X-Ray move. X-Rays are the most devastating attack in the game, and can truly change the tide of any fight. So never think the match is over because one well place X-Ray can either help give you the victory or seal fate. There are 27 (28 for PS3) characters to use each offering something different to the table.  This is the most balances MK game to date, and no one character is too overpowered. NRS has been working hard to insure that if any infinites, glitches, or overpowered characters arise, they can easily patch the game to keep it working right.

Visuals:

MK9 is the best looking MK in the series. The blood and gore aren’t over the top like they have been doing recently, which is adds a nice touch to the realistic damage the fighters take during matches. Fatalities have returned, and they are some of the most gruesome ones to date. The all new X-Ray attacks look amazing. Each character has their very own skeleton, so when an X-Ray is performed on let’s say Sub-Zero it will look completely different against Reptile. The backgrounds are nice and offer great scenery to the fights. Old school stages have returned, such as the Pit, the Acid Pool, Shang Tsung’s Courtyard, and the Temple. There are over 20 stages as well. In Tag Team matches when the first person is eliminated sometimes they fall to their deaths, or just bounce off the screen. These things are really cool, and fun to see. Stage Fatalities are back, but unfortunately they are only for a few stages. Another thing to note is that pallet swaps are a thing of the past, in MK9 no, stance, uppercut (toasty!), sweep, throw, or special move look the same. No characters share any of the latter attacks. It’s great to see every character have their own defining styles. The animations looks great, but sometimes they look a little stiff. Juggling a character in any fighting game looks weird, and MK9 is no exception. The cut-scenes in story mode are absolutely stunning for a fighting game. Really great what they did with the games visuals. Even the menu screens look great.

Audio:

Audio has always played a big part in the MK series, with its iconic character voices like scorpion’s “Get Over Here” or Shang Tsung’s “Your Soul Is Mine”. The voice work in MK9 is amazing; every character has their own sayings, grunts, and screams. Even when facing Shao Khan sometimes he will tell you that you suck, or that you’re pathetic. Classic Mortal Kombat style at work here. The ambience sounds are a nice touch as well. Certain stages have screams of agony in the background, and even stages where Shao Khan is sitting in the background watching you fight he’ll yell at you. Dan Forden is well known for his great music in some of the earlier MK games unfortunately doesn’t return here for the music, but there are still great tunes all around in MK9. The voice work in story mode is top notch too. It really helps bring the entire story mode together.

Online:

Online mode consists of a few options that should keep almost everyone happy. You’ve got your basic Ranked match, which puts you up against a random opponent and fight for the top spot on the leaderboards. Player matches are similar to ranked although they are not recorded for leaderboard purposes. Private matches let you invite your friends to play 1vs1 or Tag Team for fun, or bragging rights. The all new King of the Hill mode lets you build a lobby of up to 8 players, and let you fight it out in the classic quarter style matches. Winner stays, and loser goes to the back of the line. KotH also allows you to use your xbox avatar of mini versions of the fighters while watching the matches. You can offer respect points, cheer, or boo those fighting. It’s very silly, but really cool in a unique lobby experience. There are also massive lobbies as well, you can either join or create a room where anyone can join. This is really cool, as there are chat options and leaderboards just for the one room. You can challenge whoever you want or wait to be challenged. It’s a really cool way to meet new MK fans or just to see how you stack up. The only issues I’ve found so far is that sometimes the games are laggy and servers go down, but the game just came out and hopefully this will be fixed soon. Another thing is 4 player Tag Team only works from two consoles, meaning that you can only play 4 player online with a buddy sitting next to you. Other than that the online mode is pretty fun, and will offer a ton of added replay value to an already complete package.

 

Mortal Kombat is back and better than ever, with over 10 hours of story, 15 hours of the challenge tower, and an impressive online component. I have no doubts that MK will continue to rise now that they have realized their mistakes over the years. MK9 is a gift to the fans, and fighting game community. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this awesome game. Take it from me a guy who has been disappointed with the series since MK3. I love Mortal Kombat 9 and I can’t wait to see what they continue to do with DLC and the rest of the series, Mortal Kombat is a Flawless Victory (ok maybe not that good, but I had to say it)

 

Bottom Line: Buy It!

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One of the Best Ken Players I've Ever Seen

By: Cinderkin Jan 27, 2011 | 11 Comments

0ShinAkuma0 uploaded a Super Street Fighter 4 compilation of Playerjun52's Ken showing a bunch of highlights from his matches. With some intense comebacks, crazy combos, and just straight beat downs. This is something to watch. Check it out!

As a Ken player this guy has truly inspired me to become even better. His execution is top notch. If you look at his button inputs everything is exactly as what is shown on screen. No button mashing here Jimmys. Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

 

Source: 0ShinAkuma0 YouTube Channel

So I noticed this on Eventhubs today. There are two videos showcasing how to use a Stick-less Fight Stick. This is pretty interesting check it out.

Fight Sticks have been the go to choice for most fighting game enthusiast. Many will say that it’s because they like the feel of the original arcade feel. Others will say that it’s superior to the basic controller scheme. I for one have a Fight Stick, but I prefer to use the Xbox 360 controller (don’t ask me why) for fighting games. The Stick-less Fight Stick would be right up my alley, because for the longest time I played SF and Mortal Kombat using a keyboard.

This is highly interesting and I am looking forward to the possibility of these things taking off and maybe being sold regularly like the TE and SE Fight Sticks by Madcatz.  

 

Check out these two videos and let us know what you think.

 

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Alex Valle and Daigo Umehara battled it out back in 1998 in a Street Fighter Alpha 3 International Tournament held in San Francisco. These two have had so many one on one matches through out a ton of Street Fighter games. Check it out.

This was part of a television program that was aired, and covers an official Capcom Street Fighter Alpha 3 tournament in Japan that attracted more than 10,000 players. Daigo ended up coming to San Francisco, California, to compete. This is mostly in Japanese so Miwa help us ^.^

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One of the greatest Resident Evil games ever made could get a remake if enough Jimmys request it.

Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayash thinks that a remake of Resident Evil 2 could be a possibility, but isn't currently in the works.

During a recent interview Hirabayash stated “If the fans really clamor for it; if there's a groundswell of support for remaking that game, then I think that's something Capcom would take under consideration."

Knowing Capcom though consideration could mean anything as Hirabayash  goes on to say “Just to lay all the cards on the table, that way there's no rumour-mongering or things like that, no, we are not working on a Resident Evil 2 remake as of now."

So if you want to get a remake of Resident Evil 2 be sure to let your voices be heard. Whether it's in the comments here, over at Capcom-Unity, on the streets, or in Capcom's backyard. Don't be a Jimmy!

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When Keeping it Real (Taunting) Goes Wrong!

By: Cinderkin Oct 5, 2010 | 4 Comments

After getting your opponent down to almost no life, you:

A) Attempt to chip them out.
B) Back up and try to bait a wake up move or Ultra.
C) Move away and taunt repeatedly leading to a hilarious outcome.

 

 

Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

 

Source: http://www.eventhubs.com/

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