Game Inbox: What’s Better Than Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat?
The Thursday inbox has an interesting theory on the Breath Of The Wild 2 name, as one reader hopes Dotemu’s Golden Ax 4.
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The big three
It’s nice to see the Street Fighter 6 rumors take shape, although as everyone has quickly pointed out, it’s hard to see what they can do with the new one that will truly warrant a sequel. But this is really a problem for any fighting game since the dawn of time (or rather Street Fighter 2).
Given the Street Fighter 5 reviews at launch, I would expect Capcom to make an effort with a new story mode, perhaps taking a few leaves from the book of Mortal Kombat in terms of single-player modes. The fact that fighting games never change is that even the mainstream games haven’t changed since the start of the PlayStation era. It’s still Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken and as much as I love the Arc System Works stuff, I doubt that will ever change.
And yet, there is a lot of difference between these games, especially since Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are both 2D. I’ll be honest, I’ve always preferred Street Fighter. It’s always more dynamic and fluid and all the edgelord violence of Mortal Kombat, which gets worse with each sequel, has always put me off. There’s no question that Mortal Kombat is the most popular, so you can’t fault them for not trying to lighten things up.
Street Fighter 6 has always been the most popular esport, which is why Capcom was trying to emphasize it with the current game. But hopefully the new one will have a bit more scope.
Glad to see some hype for Street Fighter 6. I was reading some of the more wacky theories and one that was quite popular is that Luke / Rook is actually Captain Commando, based on tattoos of the stars and , uh… he’s blond.
I think there was maybe something else, but basically it was wishful thinking, the general idea being that Street Fighter 6 would be some sort of Capcom Vs. Capcom game with cameos from a lot of other games. but streamlined into a type of character resembling a regular fighting game.
To be honest, I would prefer them to keep their usual gear, but I like the idea anyway. I didn’t realize there was a pretty deep connection to Strider in there already, so the more the merrier, especially since a lot of Capcom fighters have reps as well. At the very least, you should be able to add normal, non-superpowered characters like the Resident Evil team. I think that would be great.
I guess this ties into the general backward compatibility discussion, but recent Hot Topic and Reader’s Features letters have got me thinking about the games that are languishing on Xbox Live Arcade and / or PSN of yesteryear. This is less of a problem for Xbox owners due to Microsoft’s increased commitment to backward compatibility, but some that come to mind are OutRun: Online Arcade and After Burner Climax.
These two are fairly easy to explain; Sega no longer has the Ferrari / F-15 license, but that doesn’t explain why titles like Guardian Heroes and Hard Corps: Uprising couldn’t see the fast and dirty ports to Steam or Epic Games’ PC store or the Nintendo eShop. The latter could erase the bad taste left by Contra: Rogue Corps. Are there any such games that other non-Xbox players would like to see available?
PS: Although he saw a physical release, I would love to see Child Of Eden re-released. Imagine it on a large TV but now with HDR support or on Switch using a Joy-Con’s gryo controls to aim!
CG: To clarify for others, Hard Corps: Uprising is a spin-off of Konami’s Contra.
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I just want to say kudos to Panic for selling their very first batch of Playdate pre-orders; the 20,000 units were commissioned in just 17 minutes after commissioning. So if someone decides to buy one of Panic’s tiny yellow handhelds now, they will have to wait until at least next year due to production issues / COVID etc.
I also see that a lot of the early reviews are also very promising. (I was hoping that fingers crossed maybe shipped to you by Panic, GC, Early Playdate Handheld?) However, the initial cost of the handheld is £ 130, then you have to add the fee shipping and taxes. the actual total amount would have been just over £ 170 which for me personally was way above the odds of taking such a bet on such a small new handheld. In all fairness, could you get an established Nintendo Switch Lite handheld for the same kind of money?
CG: We have been in contact and should get one for review.
Nobody is perfect
It is going to sound odd to say this because you are my number one site for all game reviews and I agree with most, if not all of your game reviews. However, everyone is responsible! Sorry, that sounded a little spooky. How about a hot topic that causes readers to disagree with your judgment? Hold yourself accountable!
Granted, I’m sure most people who view your pages, like me, agree with your overall gaming opinion, but everyone has an opinion. You’re probably thinking what’s my own particular disagreement? The Outer Savages. Defo a 9. Maybe I’m quartering my hair and it’s not worth a Hot Topic? Where is it? I miss the digitizer. He’s drinking that yellow stuff out of boxes!
Simon Ashworth (skeleton2001 – gamertag)
CG: We’ve covered this topic before, so it’s probably time to do it again soon. While we agree, you’re probably right about Outer Wilds.
I loved the player functionality on Sega helping with Microsoft Flight Simulator. It will never happen but it’s a good idea.
I’m still surprised that Microsoft has never bought Sega over the years. Between the Japanese laws against Western companies and the fact that they should also buy Sammy now, they probably missed their chance but they really need to have a Japanese company on their team. I keep excluding them to announce one but nothing ever happens.
RE: Acidmouse’s Underbox article about Zelda: Skyward Sword. Yes, the start is not exactly exciting but it is worth persevering in my opinion, if you have the time.
For me, it’s slow to show how good it is; to be precise, the desert / temple area of Lanaryu is awesome. Some great puzzles in there.
Breath Of The Wild is the best game, but Skyward Sword is still worth pushing I think and there are some notable similarities between the two. Same director I think.
Chevrolet Malibu (PSN ID)
PS: It’s still screwed up.
CG: Same director and producer. Grindy probably isn’t the right word though, given that most people associate this with level grinding, which it isn’t.
Complete the circle
I’ve played Zelda: Skyward Sword a lot and I think I’m almost done and I’m going to do something stupid and make a Nintendo prediction…
Skyward Sword has already been confirmed to be the first game in the Zelda timeline and Breath Of The Wild is the last. And that the next game is a sequel to Breath Of The Wild but also has some really heavy Skyward Sword elements in the latest trailer, with the floating islands. And in Skyward Sword, they say a past event caused the islands to float.
As Nintendo has already said that the name is a spoiler for the plot, so I’m predicting that the next game is also a prequel to Skyward Sword and will be called The Legend Of Zelda: Circle Of Time.
The ‘Hands of Time’ might also function based on Link’s manky arm and his newfound time manipulation skills, but that also doesn’t relate to the implications of the story as the point where time returns. in the beginning.
Given that time manipulation and repeating events are such common themes in Zelda games, it seems so obvious that I’m surprised I haven’t seen hundreds of other people predicting the same. (Maybe it’s just because I’m not in any of the trendy circles).
PS I apologize in advance if you use this letter and you are immediately arrested by Nintendo.
CG: According to Nintendo’s predictions, that’s pretty plausible.
Inbox also works
In response to a letter from a previous reader, you can get the Soccer Kid game on the Evercade handheld, as the game was briefly featured in the recent MetalJesusRocks YouTube video.
Now Playing: Call Of The Sea (Xbox One X)
Does anyone think we’ll see a Golden Ax 4 if the independent developers of Streets Of Rage 4 get involved.
gas to be rotten (gamertag)
CG: It looks like there is a very good chance. Since you mention them, Dotemu has just been acquired by Focus Home Interactive, which should provide them with additional financial security.
This week’s hot topic
The subject of this weekend’s inbox was suggested by reader Grackle, asking what’s your favorite console and video game combo?
By that he means which game and console do you have the most affection for? It could be a Nintendo console and a Zelda or Mario, an Xbox and Halo, a Sony console and God Of War – or whatever combination you can think of. Which game do you think suits its console so well that it seems wrong to play on anything else and if your choice is a third party game, why do you think it is a good match for your console of choice and not another? ?
Please note that due to staff vacations, we will have a reduced team on Friday, so if you can get your answers (and reader’s articles) by Thursday, we would appreciate it.
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