Feb 042016
 
V Hype or Not?

I’ve written some really positive stuff about SFV earlier when I got my first real in-depth play of it back in beta 2, and also some of my more recent concerns from beta 4 as we get nearer to the full launch. I’d been discussing with some friends and listening to the impressions some local fighting gamers about V so I thought it would be interesting to highlight some of that here on Agoners too. My friend and fellow Team Shitty Hitty […Full Story…]

Feb 032016
 
The Last Dan?

Here’s what could very well be a final round up off my epic Dan USFIV trollish online adventures… First here’s a few battles from a long time ago (July 2015!) when I was in quite a slump playing wise as you can see by my pretty awful PP, vs a British Dudley player who seems to take SFIV a lot more seriously than I do. I have no idea why he fell for the Wake Up Ultra in round 2, […Full Story…]

Nov 132015
 
Street Fighter V Beta and Fantasy Strike Alpha thoughts

A few weeks ago was a fantastic fighting gaming weekend for me with a new alpha build of Fantasy Strike hitting, AND getting access to the Street Fighter V beta on PC and, luckily, I had the spare time to play for hours too. First of all, SFV. Although I was able to play SFV briefly before on the first PS4 beta phase, I only had time to play a few matches, and it was practically unplayable for me on the PS4 […Full Story…]

Jul 232015
 
The road to Saikyo

My epic Dan USF4 adventures have been on a bit of a hiatus recently due to generally not having much time to play, and when I did, being really tired or just generally playing rather poorly. I think my PP dipped to around 500 at the nadir of this… But perhaps inspired by watching EVO 2015 I got back in the mood a bit more recently, and found I was back on “normal” playing form too… So here we go […Full Story…]

Jul 092015
 
Fantasy Strike Fighting Game Pre-Alpha thoughts

Agoners just got our hands on the very first build of the new simple Fantasy Strike Fighting Game thanks to being a Patreon of Sirlin currently. Don’t know what the FSFG is?… Check out our Agonisers #1 podcast and links on that for all the background info about this game. We played it local 1v1 battles and it’s really fun already! We started playing, and hours went past without me realising how late it had got. That’s a pretty great sign […Full Story…]

Jun 162015
 
The most important game at E3 2015...

Just wanted to put a note up here about how intrigued I am about news for Montana 16 from this years E3. There’s so many rumours and ridiculous conjecture about this game that I don’t want to get into. But the very possibility of a quality American Football game for the first time since All-Pro Football 2k8 *, and even the possibility of a quality NFL football game for the first time since NFL2k5 has definitely piqued my interest. Could […Full Story…]

May 052015
 
Competitive Gaming Round-Up

A few interesting tidbits have been around lately of interest to agoners. The biggest one is the excellent competitive card game Yomi finally coming to Steam on May 8th. Whilst I’ve played this game tons already in it’s web version and it’s physical form, this is still a huge deal as it will have much more visibility and appeal on the Steam platform which should expand the player pool no end. The Yomi team have done an absolutely incredible job […Full Story…]

Feb 062015
 
Do Something! with Dan Hibiki

Do Something! Well, I did. With Dan, of course. First up is an long battle vs a fairly typical run-away-ish Gouken player. A pretty even fight until I unleashed the secrets of Saikyo-ryu. This guy has actually beaten me a few times too. What an incredible finish – why oh why did he throw that fireball at the end though? There was no need to take that risk of getting an Ohgi to the face… “That’s so Pete Carroll”!   […Full Story…]

Dec 152014
 
Back for more Dantics!

(For how this all got started, read here) Omatase shimashita saikyo fans! I’ve still been playing Dan whenever I’ve been on USF4 lately. But I hadn’t had any especially good matches for a while that were post-worthy. As my ranking’s been rising I’ve been having some really close fought battles and I’ve been edging closer to a 50:50 win rate. Whilst I’ve had some really good games in the past few weeks, they weren’t anything especially fun to upload and […Full Story…]

Nov 262014
 
Kore ga saikyo-ryu da!

I’ve written a lot before about some of the issues I’ve had over the years when it comes to Street Fighter 4 – and these days I’d add that I really don’t like the later-discovered flaws in the engine like plinking, and I have an insane hatred of near universal defensive option selects like ‘crouch-tech’. The current incarnation, Ultra Street Fighter 4, pretty much has most of the general SF4 problems intact sadly, although the character balance feels a little better to […Full Story…]

Jul 242013
 
Lane Pushers vs MOBAs

The term ‘MOBA’ is one that’s really bugged me recently as I’ve begun trying out a few, what I call, ‘Lane Pusher’ games. MOBA supposedly means “Multiplayer Online Battle Arena” – which to me sounds like it would mean anything where there were two teams of more than 1 a side, all battling online in some kind of arena manner so all players can fight all other players. So this term would apply to many games like team based first […Full Story…]