Capcom: Did they win back fans?

They might have.

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Unless you are living under a rock, over the weekend, Capcom had some huge announcements at 2017 Capcom Cup. What we received from Capcom was not only a great event with the Top-8 players in the world but Capcom revealed a ton of big news. There were three announcements that can possibly win back the fanbase who may have not been on board before and maybe Capcom has learned from past mistakes.

For starters, I will get this one out of the way; Sakura, a character that was highly anticipated to get a reveal and a trailer at Capcom Cup, was revealed this past weekend. It was a huge announcement for people who have been waiting for her to be a welcome addition into Street Fighter V. As a big fan of the character, I was kinda confused that she wasn’t launched with the base game. Karin, her arch rival, was one of the big surprises when the game launched a few years ago and I thought Sakura would make the cut for sure. It obviously didn’t happen. I have to say, this trailer alone won me over; the character looks great, she looks like a lot of fun to play, and I love a couple things about this trailer. For starters, I love the way they’re showing off the new Arcade Mode. Lots of people were upset that this was not implemented into the base game but that looks very well done and polished. I also liked the new VTriggers that were showed off; obviously, we only got to see Sakura’s VTriggers but they looked really cool and I’m anxious to see how these work when every character gets one. Overall, they hit it out of the park with this reveal.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Street Fighter’s 30th Anniversary and Capcom dropped another big announcement with this collection. In the collection, fans can play up to 12 titles from previous generations, such as fan favorite, Third Strike. A handful of the games will support online play and this collection will be available on: PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

Last but not least, Street Fighter V announced a ton of new characters in anticipation of Season 3 and Arcade Edition. Unlike the previous two seasons, where fans had to speculate who was coming next, Capcom announced all of the characters which was a very bold move on their part. The thumbnail kind of gives away the surprise but the new characters for SFV will be Sakura, Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat. The trailer is definitely one of the cooler trailers I have seen in recent memory and I’d still recommend checking it out.

As a huge Street Fighter fan, dating back to the days of Street Fighter II, these announcements were the equivalent of being a kid and getting a brand new toy at Christmas time. I loved all of these announcements and I think Street Fighter is heading in the right direction moving forward. I also want to give credit to the people responsible for Capcom Cup 2017. I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a ton of these events but it was a great event and I will definitely be checking out future events, in regards to tournaments.

So, what do you guys think? How did you feel about these announcements? What was your favorite moment? Did you like Capcom Cup 2017 overall? If you have any comments or want to discuss Street Fighter, leave a comment below. Have a great night and keep fighting the good fight!

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MvC: Infinite Review

Why rush the production?

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Capcom is a giant mess at the moment but they have still managed to make another solid fighting game with the latest addition of Marvel vs Capcom. The good news is that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is a pretty good game with a lot to offer. The bad news, which relates to Capcom more so than myself, is that their games kind of can’t afford to just be “pretty good” at this moment in time. Not to get to off-topic but Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is not a great game and could have been so much more than it is; however, Capcom has rushed this game to the point where there are some glaring flaws. It’s still a lot of fun but let’s just get into what I love and what I hate about this game.

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First things first, one of my major gripes with this game is the roster; however, there are some characters I really like seeing in this game as well. My outlook on the roster at this point in time is both positive and negative. I love the addition of Captain Marvel to this roster and I love both Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. Those three characters are my favorites to play in this game simply because they’re a lot of fun and I just feel comfortable using them at this point in time. I do have some major issues with this roster though and it’s very obvious what the problem is. There are no X-Men on the MvC: I roster and who knows if they will be back or not. Ironically, at this point, Street Fighter V is in a much better place as far as their roster is concerned. I get that Street Fighter V has been out longer but the point is, both of these games have suffered from not-so-good launch rosters. MvC: Infinite has started out a little bit “better” but not by much; I don’t know if I even like the current roster of MvC: Infinite compared to SFV’s launch roster which is really pathetic.

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Something I actually really like about this game is the overall gameplay and I really enjoy playing it when I actually have the time. The game has implemented a new feature involving the Infinity Stones which is pretty awesome. In my experience, I tend to use the Space Stone which traps the opponent in a small box as seen above. Because of the Space Stone, it makes the fight more engaging and gives me the upper hand at that specific point in time. I also love the variety of the characters in this game; I gotta give credit to Capcom there because they do a great job with this in Street Fighter V as well. No two characters feel the same.

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I almost forgot to talk about this but this was something that many people had major issues with: the character models. I will not lie but the character models in this game are pretty awful in comparison to Street Fighter V and other fighting games. Since this game feels rushed, so do the character models. I generally tend to not care so much about graphics but at times, the models can be a bit of a distraction. It’s one of the issues I have with other titles such as Fallout; it’s 2017 people. Let’s try to make Chun-Li and other characters not so choppy and bad-looking because she looks awesome in Street Fighter V, as do other characters in that game.

I have not yet played the story mode of this game but it is loaded with content, as far as game modes are concerned. That’s one thing that this game does right by, in regards to the consumer. MvC: I features a story mode, an arcade mode, training, missions/trials, online play, and much more. There is a lot to do with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.

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I’d personally recommend renting this game before straight-up buying it. I bought it because I love fighting games but I realize they are not for everyone. There is a ton to be offered for the fighting game fan in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite but don’t expect a perfect title.

7.5/10.

 

A Giant Swing-and-Miss

Why does this keep happening?

Street Fighter V isn’t a game that has been shy of criticism; their latest character reveal is no different. The newest addition to the Season 2 cast of characters is Abigail, a character from the Final Fight series.

Final Fight characters are no strangers to the Street Fighter series but this is the best Capcom can do? Season 2 has been a huge let down compared to Season 1. I have a huge issue with Season 1 and 2 DLC characters simply because they should already be in the game but that’s another issue entirely. The main issue here is, if they wanted to add a character like Abigail to the SFV roster, why not just give us Hugo? Why not bring back Dudley instead of saying, “this is our new character” with the addition of Ed. I get the mindset of Capcom and there’s only so much they can do before a character is just a “copy” of another character. Hell, Ryu and Ken have been in the series since the first game but everybody views Ken as an American Ryu.

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What disappoints me most about Season 2 is that all of these DLC characters kind of stink. Minus Akuma and Kolin, Season 1 wipes the floor with Season 2 DLC characters; in Season 1, we were granted a pretty nice batch of characters from previous games. With Season 2 DLC characters just about over, I hope that Capcom can get over this hiccup and produce something worthwhile in time for Season 3 DLC. The game has faced a ton of criticism and I can’t say I blame many people for not holding back their complaints with how Street Fighter V has been handled over the course of a year.