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X-men Arcade Review!

By: Cinderkin Dec 16, 2010 | 15 Comments

The old school '92 classic beat 'em up has returned. Is it worth your money? Find out in the Gouki.com Review. Welcome to Die!

If I could describe the X-men Arcade game in one word it would be Disappointment.

Why you ask? Well I'll tell you why. I fondly remember going to the Arcade in San Diego California as a kid. Playing all sorts of games, blowing my hard earned money on good games, bad games, broken games (still pissed about those) and the best arcade games around. Back in the early '90s the top arcade games for me where the Beat 'Em Ups. The Simpsons Game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and who could forget the X-men Arcade game. Many of us had the 4-player cabinets in our local arcades, but some of us where lucky enough to have 6-player action at our fingertips... and just for a quarter (I miss those days).


I would spend hours beyond hours every week playing the X-men Arcade game. Meeting new people every time and having a blast. So I was stoked to find out that Konami was bringing this childhood classic back. At 800 MSP or $10 PSN I was sold. I bought this baby yesterday and to my surprise I was severely disappointed.

The game is exactly as I remember it, which is the problem. After 18 years I was expecting Konami to release an updated version, not just a smoothing filter. I wanted to have a remade X-men Arcade with updated sounds, graphics, and gameplay. Now I am not the person who hates the classics, or thinks they aren’t fun. My problem is that they could have had two games in one. X-men Arcade Classic, and a revamped version as well.

You have the choice between two version of X-men Arcade, USA and Japan. The Japanese version is better than the USA version solely because when you use a Mutant Power in the USA version it drains your life meter before using your energy orb. The Japanese version is the other way around. The USA version is much more difficult which would be a great challenge had the game had some sort of continue system. Instead you have unlimited lives, and can basically just spam Mutant Powers the entire time. Sure they take away your life energy, but who cares you can’t lose. Even online play has infinite continues. There is no way to change it either. So basically unless you’re like me and really want to try and relive the classic, you’ll try not to spam Mutant Powers.

My first play through was solo, and I beat it in 30 minutes. I spent $10 only to be jerked around for 30 minutes. This game welcomed me to die alright; I wanted to end my life and the game after playing it. The character selection is how you remember it, you can choose from; Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Night Crawler, and The Dazzler (yes she is a real X-men) each character has his/her own Mutant Power. Cyclops shoots laser beams from his eyes, Storm strikes her enemies with lightning, Wolverine slashes his claws at his enemies (lamest Mutant Power), Colossus goes into rage and destroys enemies surrounding him, Night Crawler teleports across the screen and destroys anyone in his path, and The Dazzler who uses sound frequencies to destroy her enemies.

For the most part of the game you are fighting your way through sentinel after sentinel with a few other enemies here and there. There are also eight boss characters, Pyro, Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, Mystique and of course Magneto. Each boss is basically a push over save Magneto. As one falls after another you move onto a new level. The story of this game is basically Magneto threatens the city with his army of sentinels and Kidnaps Professor X and Kitty Pryde. It’s up to the X-men to Go and Save the City as well as rescue X and Kitty.

It’s a pretty simple game, only using 3 buttons; Attack, Jump, and Mutant Power, which makes for an easy to pick up and play game. Online play is done well, with the option of playing 6-player drop in drop out co-op with relatively no lag. The only issue here is even on expert difficulty, 6 players can run through the game in under 15 minutes. It’s really hard to suggest spending $10 for such a short time of play.

While the X-men Arcade game is still a great classic in my heart, this new version is just plagued with not adding anything new to the game in 18 years. I had fun playing it, but I think it’s a waste of $10 Jimmys. Buy it if you’re a huge fan and have to get your hands on it, but for the rest of you out there just Demo it

 

Bottom Line: Demo It!

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DragonKiss83's quest for a Street Fighter X Tekken team

By: dragonkiss83 Feb 12, 2012 | 12 Comments

After a while being away from Gouki.com I have returned to find a challenge, I must somehow choose a team from a roster of the stars of Street Fighter and Tekken. Wish me luck.

The death of my pc has kept me from being able to post on here since November, but with a Laptop ready to go I return to the site to do some catching up, and what do I find?  Gouki.com has another kickass giveaway going on.  And this time it was for Street Fighter X Tekken.  All it takes is write a story about the team you want to play as, easy right.  Wrong. As I look over the roster I realize that a team of two characters just isn't big enough.

The truth is from the Tekken side I have a few favorites, Jin and Kazuya are at the top of the list but you can't overlook Yoshimitsu or King.

If they had the right Jin He'ld be on the team for sure.

I just couldn't decide.  So I decided to check out the Street Fighter side.  And it just made things worse.  Ibuki felt like a sure thing, at first.

But as I looked at the list there were just to many great characters to choose from.  Akuma (Gouki) is always high on the list

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And you just can't over look Cammy...

or Bison.

This just keeps getting more complicated.  I'm sure all use them all in various combinations until I find the right mix, but I still have to start somewhere.  So I just keep watching videos and reminiscing about all the fun I've had with them in the past.  And then it hit me.  What better team could I start with?  How was it not obvious from the start?

Poison and Juri!  Juri is one of the craziest female characters to ever put the digital beatdown on anyone.  And Poison can throw down with the best of them with the added bonus of distracting your opponent as the wonder if she's packing heat.  The quest was over! For now at least.  Until I have a chance to try the characters out and really get into the mechanics of the game (including how much I suck with various characters) I can't be sure what my final team will be, but I do have a place to start.

Best of luck to all of you who enter.   And remember don't be a Jimmy!

Gouki.com #1

 

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Buy Darksiders from Best Buy and receive a free action figure. My Darksiders action figure came in the mail today and you're not going to believe these pictures.

Dear Best Buy and THQ,              

                   You should be ashamed of yourselves. First of all there was never any clear information about the Darksiders Action figure bonus when the game first came out. There was no information, if you had to fill out an online form to get the action figure and when you called or spoke to a Best Buy employee they didn't have a clue. Finally after digging through all types of forums, I came to the conclusion that the figure would just be mailed to me in a couple of weeks. This is what came in the mail today, this is exactly how I took it from the mail person this morning.

darksiders action figure

This is what came in the mail today.

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Deadpool sliding into the Marvel MCU.

Taika Waititi is the director of Thor: Love And Thunder and Thor: Ragnarok. Taika Waititi also plays the lovable rock character Korg and has appeared in a few Marvel MCU movies. Taika Waititi is in Free Guy too. So you can see here this is a major crossover for all parties. Plus it’s funny. Much love for everyone putting this video together.

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A how-to guide for unlocking the three extra characters in Street Fighter Zero 3 (Alpha 3).

Local Gouki user Guano brought over his new UD-CPS2 system with a copy of the Japaneese Street Fighter Zero 3 (alpha 3 in the US). GoukiJones wanted to play as Juni, a favorite from back in the day when alpha was the new game in town.

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Absolutely insane looking gameplay

There is some slightly conflicting information here. The trailer says the open beta runs from October 8-9. But the official website says the open beta runs from October 6-9 and that doesn’t make sense at all. There is an early access window too for people who pre-order or are current EA Play members. The website says that’s from October 6-7, which is really confusing. I’m saying, if you want to make sure you’re into the beta as early as possible, just pre-order the game. Check out this bad Battlefield 2042 Beta Trailer.

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Mad Catz has released parts to change your FightStick so it is compatible for Mortal Kombat. The Top Panel includes a new button layout and new artwork. A separate bundle includes new buttons. Opening your FightStick will void your warranty.

MadCatz just announced the Combat FightStick Top Panel. Obviously there are some licensing issues, because MadCatz is really trying to tell you this panel is for use with Mortal Kombat, without actually saying Mortal Kombat. That's cool right? Check out the new lay out:

Combat FightStick top panel 002

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New Adventure, New Suit?

With the October 8th release date looming around the corner. Nintendo teases some new information about Metroid in this video. There will be a new game trailer on August 27th. Metroid Dread is currently number 2 on my most anticipated upcoming video game releases. I’ve been waiting for another Metroid game for years and then BOOM! Metroid Dread comes out of nowhere before Metroid Prime 4 is released. Oh yeah I’m pumped for this one.

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FFXIV How to travel for cheap - Save dat GIL

By: goukijones Sep 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yeah you can teleport yourself anywhere in the game, if you've touch the local Artheyehe, but you can also ride a chocobo out there for next to nothing. Plus it's on auto-pilot. Go take a piss or do a stretch you Jimmy!

So whenever you get out to a new area always touch the Crystal so you can tele right? Okay, also talk to the Chocobo porter to see where he can take you & for how much. Most porters outside of town can take you BACK to town for very cheap. Later on in the game the porter in town will start to unlock more & more areas to travel to. This will save you a ton of money early on in the game. Gimmie dat GIL!

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How you could get Medal of Honor for $4.98 the day its released. Madden Trade-in value $36. Get NBA 2K11 $53 free shipping. Gamefly subscription sale. Big coupons and DLC for Fable III and Fallout New Vegas.

Get it on October 5, 2010

Castlevania Lords of Shadow

Castlevania Lords of Shadow

Amazon $59.96

Amazon Limited Edition $79.99

Buy.com $57.99 free shipping

EBGames and Gamestop - $59.99 Bonus free t-shirt. "Join the Brotherhood of Light when you pre-order Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and don the ‘Combat Cross’ premium soft-cotton t-shirt inspired by the chosen weapon of Gabriel Belmont! Available for online and in-store customers only while supplies last."

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FightStick Guide

By: goukijones Feb 2, 2010 | 12 Comments

This guide will put you on the path of style and savings. Everyone can have a FightStick now Jimmy!

All the prices on the sticks jump around. If you're looking to save money just wait for something to go on sale. Almost all of the links offer free shipping.

Real Arcade Pro: EX Premium VLX

Real Arcade Pro: EX Premium VLX

 

Special abilities: Designed to replicate Taito's "VEWLIX" arcade cabinet. Uses genuine Sanwa Denshi arcade parts for stick lever and all buttons. Maximize stability with the included option board.

Amazon $299.99 free shipping.

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Gouki Tournament Rankings info and update

By: BatRastered May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How it works

Gouki.com uses the ELO system to rank players in our tournaments. The Ultra Street Fighter IV rankings are now current as of the most recent FMIWT#4 tournament. (MKX and Smash4 are up-to-date too, though they only have one tourney each so far).

This is how ELO works (I copied all this off the internet....)

Chance of you winning = 1 / (1 + 10^((opponent rating - your rating) / 400))

If your equal to your opponents rating, you have a 50% chance of winning, if 200 points above your opponent you have a 76% chance of winning, and 400 points above your opponent give you a 91% chance of winning.

There is a value which varies based on the system your using called k-factor. The SC2 k-factor appears to be 32, which is a common k-factor value.

When you win, you receive (k-factor * odds of losing) points. So if a 1900 player wins a 1500 player then the 1900 player will receive 2 or 3 points, because (32 * 9%) is 2.9 - I don't know how the rounding works.

When you lose, you lose (k-factor * odds of winning) points. Thus the losing player in the above scenario would lose (32 * 9%) points - which is 2 or 3 points.

Contrast this to a fair game between 1500 vs 1500, where the winner receives 16 points, and the loser loses 16 points.

Note that this is not like an average. An average is harder to change the more games are played. If you lose your first 100 games, it will be very very difficult to ever get an 80% win average. If you lose your first 100 game in ELO, and then win several games in a row your score will rebound very quickly.

Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system

Gouki uses the same K value of 32 and starts new competitors out at 1000 points.

So anyway, this used to be done by hand, and as such was subject to data entry errors, it's now pulled directly from the challonge brackets via the challonge web API. This does lead to duplication as it is matching players based on the name the input when signing up. (e.g. "tg FnJimmy" is different from "FnJimmy" or "tg|DTB FnJimmy") I have tried to fix these on our end by averaging the results. I'm not sure if that's right and I'm not inclined to do the math to prove it one way or the other, so what I've done now is gone back through the challonge brackets and normalized the names a bit and then re-imported everything. This has the added benefit of removing any previous hand-entered errors that may have been left over, some of the win/loss records have changed, so you may want to check your ratings again to see where you are. Please let us know if you  see any duplicates in the list still.

These rankings will be used for our upcoming ranked tournament series and invitational tournament.

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