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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Jul, 2017 At 10:39 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Fighting games are in a bit of a renaissance right now. We have A new (somewhat controversial) Marvel vs Capcom coming, a new Injustice game, A DBZ fighter from Arc System Works is coming and Nintendo is bringing multiple fighters to the Switch. One of the titles that stand out the most though is Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7.

Tekken 7 is a mechanically beautiful and visually stunning game, and a well-designed fighter great for a variety of players.  I have been a Tekken fan for years and was extremely excited for the game, as I couldn’t wait to play my favorite characters again in new ways. What I found in this experience was fun but at times frustrating, though not to the extent of a certain other fighting game that may or may not now is in continuity with the Tekken series. 

As I stated, Tekken 7 is gorgeous visually. The art style was a perfect choice and I didn’t have any framerate issues, so playing it just felt awesome. Visuals are not the most important thing in a fighting game, true, but I can appreciate good visual design in them. The game also made great use of the soundtrack, especially on PS4. Accessing the classic music was a real treat and made the game feel like a great throwback to the old days. The new music composed for the game is excellent as well, and all of it fits the characters.

Speaking of the characters, the new additions are a mix of hit and miss with me. I loved characters like Katarina and Claudio as they felt fun to use, while a character like Josie and Master Raven were okay but I did have some issues with. With Master Raven it is more due to the teleporting nature of the character, which is just not something I like, and I admit it is a personal thing, although the character could be fun. With Josie, the character just didn’t click with me, but I can see why she is popular ( plus her fighting style is great).

There are certain characters that I just did not like, however, like Eliza and surprisingly enough Akuma. The reason for this is that, while Akuma is cool to have in Tekken, the more I played him, the more he felt so out of place and awkward. it just broke up the flow of gameplay to me and that obviously is not what was supposed to happen. Eliza also felt like a character that should be in a different game and not  Tekken. She feels more like a Street Fighter character than a Tekken character and again breaks the immersion of the gameplay for me.

Speaking of gameplay, the fighting is the best its ever been for the most part and the story mode is excellent, although the changes to arcade mode are not for the better in my opinion. I get what they did, but I like traditional arcade modes with proper endings. I am glad there is still an arcade mode but the way endings were done, is something that will make some people upset. In terms of online, I had many issues for a long time and couldn’t even connect at first. When this was finally resolved, however, I had a blast playing online and the connection ran well.There are other single player modes that offer variety as well, and that is something I can appreciate a great deal. There is enough here for players who want to play casually and not be concerned with online.

Tekken 7 overall, is one of the better fighters. It lacks some features but makes up for it with what it has.  With good music and visuals, fun online and offline content, and mostly good characters, I feel that Tekken 7 is a real standout game this year. If you like fighting games at all, then you owe it to yourself to check out Tekken 7!

 

By SarahTheRebel On 20 Sep, 2013 At 03:16 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Let’s just get this out of the way: I’ve had a strange crush on Akuma from the moment I laid eyes on him, at the tender age of sixteen. So I will do my best to give you a reasonable review instead of fan-girling all over the place.

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Street Fighter Origins: Akuma is Udon’s first ever book-length graphic novel, which tells the origin story of the Street Fighter character Akuma. At 128 pages, the hardcover retails for $34.95, while the digital copy is $19.99.

I loved the story, and I have to say I was presently surprised with the writing. It’s almost prose at times, and, although most people know the basic outline of Akuma’s story, the graphic novel brings its own flavor to what we know and fills out the lore. The foreshadowing is excellent, and I loved the cyclical nature of the story.

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Street Fighter Origins: Akuma is a gorgeous book. The art is lush, and I think they picked the perfect medium to tell Akuma’s story. The color palette is in harmony with the Street Fighter series, and I enjoyed watching Akuma’s gradual change into the badass monster.

Along with the story itself, there is a bit of art and explanation in the back, though not as much special content as I’ve normally seen in compilations.

Check out a preview of the first chapter!

Plot

“He is the world’s most feared martial artist, mentioned only in whispers. Few have dared to challenge him, and even fewer have survived to speak of the nightmare. He is Akuma – Master of the Fist, wielder of the Dark Hado. But he was not always trapped on the path of chaos. Street Fighter Origins: Akuma reveals the secrets of this dark figure’s past for the first time, and shows how a frustrated young man grew into a mad demon.”

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The Deets

Story
Chris Sarracini

Art
Joe Ng

Inks:
Robert Armstrong
Kevin Raganit

Lettering:
Marshall Dillon

Front Cover Art:
Joe Ng (pencils) and Gonzalo Ordonez Arias (colors)

Back Cover Art:
Joe Ng (pencils) and Espen Grundetjern (colors)

Line Art:
Joe Ng

Colors:
Espen Grundetjern

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By otakuman5000 On 25 Feb, 2011 At 04:38 PM | Categorized As Animation, Reviews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarStreet Fighter 2 is a video game series that has resonated with many fans over the years. It was a huge smash hit at arcades back in the early 90s, consuming a lot of quarters and egos in the process. Over time, the series grew so popular, that it paved the way for a TV adaptation both in Japan and in the US. Of the two, the Street Fighter 2V series is praised as being the better of the two series, that stays true to most of the mythology established in the games. Street Fighter 2V packs a series punch that every anime fan will feel, with or without prior knowledge of the games.

Ryu and Ken Travel Around the World

The story the anime establishes revolves around a young martial artist named Ryu. Ryu one day receives a telegram from his oldest friend, and training partner, Ken Masters while living in Japan. Ken request that Ryu come to America so that he may see him, since the two have been separated for many years since their training together. Upon arriving in the California, Ken and Ryu reunite and decide to go out for a night on the town. This leads to an unexpected bar fight, in which the two young fighters come into contact with Captain Guile of the US Air Force. After a total beat down at the hands of Guile, both Ken and Ryu decide to travel the world seeking great fighters, learning new martial arts, and becoming the greatest fighters in the world.

This is How You Punch Kid

This is one anime that stays very true to the video games it is based on. It is commendable to how much of a faithful interpretation this show is, and how well most of the fighters from the game’s roster are handled in regards to the main story. Almost every fighter from the original Street Fighter 2 makes an appearance in one form or another, with only a few exceptions and surprise appearances. What is unbelievable is how the creators were able to use levels from the game as settings for some of the events that Ryu and Ken are part of. This includes classic levels from Street Fighter 2 like Guile’s Air Base stage, Fei Long’s Chinese Temple, and Vega’s Cage of Death.

Lots of Classic Characters Show Up

The overall story itself is not something to be written off as just a straight port of the arcade game’s loose storyline. The story of Ryu and Ken’s travels become something much more of a spiritual journey for the two young martial artist. They both grow and learn what it takes to become a true warrior, while at the same time honing their abilities and hidden powers, including the classic Street Fighter power of Hadoken (referred to as HADO in the series). Each iconic that comes into contact with Ryu and Ken contribute something relevant to their quest, as well as dynamic situations and challenges for the two to overcome.

Good vs Evil

The choreography of the fight sequences in this anime is top notch. There is a ton of action that lives up to the epic fights found in the arcade game we all remember. What was cleaver was the intricate use of each fighter’s signature moves, which has appearances from such classics as the Hadoken, Shoryuken, Spinning Pile Driver, and much more. Fans of the arcade games will love how the creators implemented such iconic and classic moves into the series, and new found fans will love how great they look on screen.

Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li

There is a total of twenty-nine episodes in the entire series, which is very short compared to most anime shows out there. But each episode is loaded with tons of punches and kicks, epic and mystical storytelling, and memorable characters that will definitely deliver everything and more. There is hardly any filler and each episode is relevant to the main story in one form or another. There is also great soundtrack that goes along with the series, with a nice mixture of classic techno and fight music for different points of drama. The voice actors for each character involved in the anime are on point, bringing the best out of their characters with each episode.

Epic Fighting Action

Street Fighter 2V is a love letter to the arcade fighting game many people loved back in the day. It both respects the source material and brings it something new with how the story is delivered. Anyone who watches this anime will enjoy all the action and story it has to offer, and the best part is that you don’t have to know about Street Fighter to do so. Everything you want is here, cool characters, great story, slick sound, and awesome action. Without a doubt, this is one of the best video game adaptation anime series of all time.

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