Tuesday, June 15, 2010

E3 Sony vs Microsoft vs Nintendo

Alright I feel like Sony and Nintendo performed extremely well. Microsoft is disappointing with Project Natal aka Kinect.

Kinect has a full second of lag and most of their games and demonstrations were over the top corny. The only game that stood out to me was the Star wars demo. That game looks tight! Kinect + Jedi = too good.

Nintendo should be called operation bring it back: Metroid, Kid Icarus, Kirby etc..

All these games bringing back the old style and being innovative at the same time. Too good. A true gaming console.

Sony seems to be going more the route of Nintendo with their quality of games, but they are biting off Nintendo's Wii a little too hard with Playstation move even though it is really good for how well it follows the motions of the player instead of pre made motions like the Wii. Xbox Kinect has a full second of lag behind it =\ which is very lame. Do Not Want.

Nintendo is coming in with the smart stuff. Nintendo 3DS? Too good. I was happy when I saw Dead or Alive 3D :). Actually both Nintendo and Sony are implementing 3D capabilities to their games. I know MS will be biting off them at the next E3 and just probably one up them as well.

Really looking forward to what Nintendo and Sony has to offer, but as far as the games go.

Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Metroid, Killzone 3, Twisted Metal, Kid Icarus, Gears of War 3, Goldeneye 007, Gran Turismo 5, NBA2k11, Tron Evolution, Dead Space 2, Madden NFL 11, Fifa Soccer 11,  NBA JAM, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II , Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dance Central, Halo: Reach, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, LittleBigPlanet 2, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs, Final Fantasy XIV Online, Devil's Third, Red Faction: Armageddon, and many more to come.

I am still waiting for my Dead or Alive 5 and Tekken 7 announcements though >_<. 

The core ways to learn a fighting game.

This is a very good article for players who are trying to get into DOA or fighters in general and for the beginners who are looking to improve their game.

Hopefully what I talk about really helps you become a stronger player. Please comment :)

In fighting games its all about controlling the pace. Whether you are controlling it on the offense or on the defense is key to winning the match.

In a game like DOA the way you would control the pace offensively is by keeping the opponent in critical state and making proper use of the environment to keep momentum. Also have to play the hit level game High beats Mid beats Low beats High. For defense its all about either crushing or holding the hit level or waiting for an unsafe attack so you can punish it on guard or if the opponent has delays in their attacks you can offensive hold them. The offense is trying to get them to hold so you can hi counter throw them or getting them to try to respond with an attack so you can defensive hold them. (Yea I know defensive hold but it can be used offensively as well especially if you know the opponent will attack). Also if the opponent starts using attacks that crouch you can perform a crouching offensive hold to grab them out of their crouching attack.

So in DOA your offense is:

Attacks, Throws, Offensive Holds (OH)
Attack to get them to try to Defensive hold (DH) you or use an attack with evasive frames usually a high or mid crush.

If they start using DH you throw them. If they start using Crush attacks then you can either OH their crush attack or you can DH as long as you know the correct hit level they will do. DH does more damage than a OH but is more difficult to use than a OH which is understandable cause the payout is higher. If the opponent is guarding a lot then you can throw them or OH them since OH acts like a throw, or you can hit them with a quick low that is hard to react to. Be careful cause regular throws loses to attacks and that includes crush attacks.

Anyway moving on. On the defensive side:

Guard, Throws (because they beat Offensive Holds), DH and Crush attack.

When opponent starts attacking you can guard because if they do something unsafe you can punish them. If you block something safe you just gained the advantage because your next attack will beat out theirs but it isn't guaranteed. You can also DH which will force them to start throwing more and you can hi counter blow their throw attempts for a lot of damage. When you use Crush attacks it will force them to want to go on the defensive and block or try to hold you (DH or OH) so once that happens you can grab them. And this is how the offense/defense game works in DOA.

As you can see from the above Offense and Defense is a big mental game and knowing your opponent and how they respond is key, but its all about knowing what option you and your opponent have to so you actually know whats going on.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Present Day SF grass roots tournaments - Attack of the Clones, and Tekken Zaibatsu website down all day?

It feels as though 90% of the EC has no personality. Most of them talk and behave the exact same as another player. I blame most of the East Coast for biting off each other and then rubbing off on most of the players in the community, but it is really annoying hearing everyone saying shout outs every 10 seconds and all the same phrases that involve monster, salty, mortons, on blast etc.

Seriously can the EC all get their own personality? Everyone is a clone of one another just a different voice tone. Also most people could care less about stories on players who aren't really known and it takes away from your events. Unless they are a good up and coming player that has been showing progress then I don't see the point.

Furthermore can we please stop with the commentary from so many people, and dropping the N word definitely doesn't help your case either. If you want sponsors and big name companies to take your game and community seriously please start acting like it, If not then well you can continue on with your circus.

Moving on....

How come every tournament has to run a team tournament at every event. Its pointless to run a team tournament because it takes too long and slows the tournament down. The entire tournament could be done a lot faster if there wasn't a team tournament. I don't know any players who actually train up and take teams serious. The only time a team tournament means anything is SBO or Tekken Crash. And SBO doesn't matter cause its single elim, and Tekken Crash is a full season so actually picking players for your team is far more important and requires a lot more strategizing.

Now the only tournaments that really don't have any of the above problems are tournaments on the west coast and the times when Seb is the one in charge of the production on the east coast, but if Seb is not around....sigh.

I really hope everyone starts to look up to the west coast as an example on how things are done.

In other news:

The Tekken Zaibatsu website has been down for an entire day! What is there a server move going on or is the Tekken community going to be in trouble? It will be very difficult for players to meet up and what not hopefully this is temporary especially for upcoming events needing to be promoted there isn't really any other way for information to move about the Tekken community.

Friday, June 11, 2010

DOA5 at E3 semi confirmation, Galaxy4Gamers, Mortal Kombat reboot!

Well I had to edit what I was writing about DOA5 because apparently it has been taken off the show floor site for E3 in the Tecmo section. Despite that I am really looking forward to DOA5 hopefully a lot of people play it! I wish we could at least get a trailer or something ah well. By the way check out FreeStepDodge.com we are building the DOA scene back up and welcome all players to come to the site and learn and help us all grow.

Also I have been participating in G4G lately. Here are the match vids from me playing Alex Valle and Justin Wong

G4G Beat a Pro Match videos:
Myself vs Alex "Calipower" Valle

Myself vs Justin "JWong" Wong

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!! I so cannot wait for this game. I have been saying for years they need to go back to 2D gameplay because 3D while it was ok it didn't work as good as it should with MK. Maybe if they kept the MK4 style gameplay, but the 2D gameplay is classic and makes MK well MK. Unless they used the Shaolin Monks versus mode engine. That was too good honestly way more enjoyable than the regular 3D MKs. Besides that I have noticed that the setting of the game is MK2 or a little after MK2 because I see Sektor is in the game and they also have old Shang Tsung. Maybe they are really just rebooting the series who knows cause I didn't see Liu Kang at all.

I am definitely looking forward to this.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MLG Columbus, Upcoming Events, EVO Top 8 Payout

I didn't particularly do too well. I made it to the 4th round in winners and then lost to Pat_Thai a Julia player. I lack a lot of Julia experience and it showed :(. The next day for losers bracket I showed up late because I thought start time was to begin at 1 PM but it actually began at 11 AM so I was disqualified :(. It's ok because I still had a blast that weekend because my roommates in the hotel were none other than Nin, Knee and Holeman some of the top players from Korea.

Nin taught me a whole lot about the game that I didn't know and I believe it has made me a stronger player in Tekken overall. I began to improve at a very fast rate and when I played against players in casual matches I was doing drastically better than before, so I am very thankful for their help.

This past Sunday Nin stayed up talking to me about a lot of Tekken history in Korea and just in general and we even discussed current things like character matchups and the tierlist that the characters will end up in the long run.

Top 3 characters will be: Bryan, Nina, Devil Jin and the full S tier would be Bryan, Nina, Devil Jin, Steve, Bruce, Lars, Bob, Julia.

Other than Tekken stuff. Speaking broken english is the shiznit. I can't speak Korean and they could barely speak english but we are all pro in speaking broken english. It was so fun hanging out with those guys for real.

Alright let me talk about the next upcoming events the ones I am more than likely to make and the ones I probably won't be able to.

First thing I wish I could go to devestation but too much money and too little time to make it :(. I believe I can do very well in SF4 and Tekken. If I put some time into SC4 before hand I am more than sure I can do well in that as well even if I run into a Hilde player. I'll just pick Algol like seriously. Bubbles pin hilde down and she can't really launch algol without trading with a bubble and messing up the timing for her combos.

In two weeks there will be a tournament in Cleveland with $500 payout for 1st place in SSFIV. I feel very confident that I can pull it out especially since I have tightened up my match up trouble that I initially had with Gouki. Also they will be having 2v2 which me and WolfKrone will definitely be teaming up for.

Evolution I really really want to go this year. I keep having dreams that I win it and have yet another Evolution championship title under my belt. Hopefully I will be able to make it and even if I can't win I know I can make top 8 at the very least.

Thats all for now. I will probably post more later. Also have been getting back into DOA because apparently we might be getting a DOA5 showing at E3. Keep your fingers crossed >_<