Okay, I finally have a recent game here. Sure, the original came out in 2009, but Street Fighter IV has continuously had updates (including ver. 2012 at the end of last year) to keep it fresh and balanced. I’ve mentioned … Continue reading Music to My Ears: Street Fighter IV
My grandparents had an NES when I was little, so I got some playing time in with Mario 3, Dr. Mario, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Metroid and all the classics. But when the Super Nintendo came out and my dad picked one up, Street Fighter II was the first game I had for it — not Super Mario World like 95% of the rest of America.
SF II was interesting for a few reasons. It’s what got me started on the chess-like nature of fighting games. It was also the genesis (see what I did there?) for my love of video game music, as I would let some of the great stage themes play in the background while I worked on other things. Ryu, Ken, Guile and later Cammy’s stages became the accompanying soundtrack for life.
Why does all of this matter? Because Street Fighter x Tekken incorporates a long-standing 3D franchise into my 2D wheelhouse, and that’s just the way I like it. Continue reading “Review: Street Fighter x Tekken”
This article originally ran December 4, 2009. The One-Uppers have poured a lot of time into the Smash Bros. series over the years. Since the original game came out on the N64, it revolutionized the platforming fighting game (which the … Continue reading Checkpoint: Super Smash Bros.