Street Fighter Bar Fights Megapost!!

This is also from G Unit Ver1's World, my Blogger blog.

Last night was an amazing night as I was at Street Fighter Bar Fights inside Jake's at Pasadena along with nearly 300 other crazy people to witness some amazing Street Fighter IV action among SoCal's best players. SoCal SF4 ambassador Ryan "Gootecks" Guiterrez put this whole event together spreading the word out to the community to come to this special event. Dogface from the Dogface Show was MCing the event and I chatted with him for a small conversation before the thing got started. The place was really packed and at max capacity as long it felt like an oven being inside watching all the madness in the main area, but it was hella worth it. As I thought A.I. Ranbat 2.1 was the best time I had in relation to Street Fighter IV, SF Bar Fights easily tops that as it was full of HYPE!!!

There will be a DVD of this whole event out sometime next month, but here's some YouTube footage and results from the amazing night.




Sanchez (M. Bison) defeats Bebop (Vega) 3-2. This first match definitely set the tone for the rest of the night as two of the hypest people I met put up an entertaining match. Later on, I was hanging out with them and Luka (The hypest man I met u could hear him everywhere) to spread the hype even further. During the Kai vs. Gootecks match, I had some first hit bets with Sanchez and that was fun stuff.





Keno (Balrog) & his mystery partner Fuson (Guile) (aka Team Video 94) defeated Dae (Chun-Li) & Bustabust (Abel) 3-2 (Team Denijin Arcade)
This team match was also hella fun as Dae took off his shirt as expected and played the whole match like that. Bustabust has the best Abel I seen personally as Fuson has currently the best Guile I seen too. Keno's Balrog was pretty much on last night as he had a 20+ win streak earlier at casuals and stayed that way during the match. In the end, Keno also took his shirt off and hugged Dae for a good game.



Another awesome highlight of the night was a random game called Roseball. This game is pretty simple as one Rose starts it up with a Soul Spark and other Rose reflects, so on. Watch this video above to see this awesomeness and as Kai said, "It is the greatest game ever!!"


Bobino defeats Ken I 3-2 in a Rufus mirror match. This one also went to the wire as it was full of Messiah Kicks and dive kicks.



Gootecks (Balrog) defeats Kai (El Fuerte) 3-0. As people like me, Sanchez, and Bebop were screaming "Teach me the infinite Kai!!!" Kai's Fuerte put up a good show and it is always fun to see an awesome Fuerte player in action even though Gootecks pretty much was in control. As mentioned earlier, me and Sanchez were at first hit bets and let's just say always bet on Balrog.



Paul "SoMuchDamage" (Sagat) defeats Mike Ross (E. Honda) 3-1. Another entertaining match as Paul's Sagat is one of the most patient and old-school style Sagats I have seen & u all know Mike Ross is the best Honda player in the West Coast. Obviously thw Honda/Sagat matchup is not good for Honda obviously, but Mike did what he could. Sanchez, Bebop, and Luka (the tall dude raising his hands in the pic above) were obviously rooting for Paul and u would hear "Mike, go back to Marvel" or random Sour Skittles comments during the match. Next time, I should bring buy some Sour Skittles from a vending machine to make things more interesting.



The main event of the night: Combofiend (Balrog, Viper) defeats Edma (Ken, Balrog) 5-2. This lived up the hype as these two guys are at a league of their own. Edma (pic of him above) has indeed the sickest Ken out now doing amazing link combos to EX hurricane kicks while Combofiend (pic of him below) does have the best Balrog now despite SoCal being known for the Balrog army these days in the SF4 scene. Edma did perfect Combo once during the match and the place went nuts.




And that was Street Fighter Bar Fights in a nutshell. It was such an amazing night and lived up to the hype. It was nice hanging out with the community chatting up a bit with players like Mike Ross, Sanchez, Bebop, Luka, Keno, Bobino, and other new faces that showed up. Thanks again to Gootecks for making this event happen and I'm looking forward to Bar Fights #2 soon.

Seriously, if u live in SoCal and love SF4 a lot, u should of came to Street Fighter Bar Fights. U missed out!!! It was just too HYPE!!!
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Flower review is up

Check it out on my reviews tab. (5 stars)

Flower can be played both as an experience and an actual game (I prefer being played as an experience) which is the focal point of my review.

The greatest week ever is now (Street Fighter IV)!!!!! aka I never excited for a game like this in forever.

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My Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (ARC) Review

Please note: This is the review for the arcade version of Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion and not the upcoming console versions. This is also a slightly altered review from Tekken 6.0 as it will be altered again for the release of the console versions.

  

Namco Bandai brought back the Tekken games to their glory with Tekken 5 and its upgrade, Dark Resurrection. It focused on what made them great and also delivered on the storyline, which I think does the best job at it in the fighting game genre. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion is the latest entry in Namco's famed fighting series and an update to the original Tekken 6 continuing the story of the Mishima bloodline with Jin Kazama now heading the Mishima Zaibatsu, which was once owned by Heihachi in Tekken 5, and currently taking over the world being independent from the rest of them. The only other entity that can oppose Jin's company is the G Corporation, now headed up by Kazuya, and they offered up a huge price for anyone to capture Jin alive. All of this war and chaos starts the sixth King of the Iron Fist tournament for those fighters who want vengeance, the fame, and the power. While some may call Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion simply Tekken in high definition, its new gameplay changes make it enough of a different game for new players to learn new moves, combos, and strategies with their favorite characters, and that to me what makes the game fun.

The character lineup for Tekken 6 is a staggering amount, which is over 40. Other than the new characters that debuted in 6.0, which are Leo, Zafina, Miguel, and Bob, two more new characters make their debut in Bloodline Rebellion. There's Lars, who is supposedly a long lost son of Heihachi as Kazuya and Jin don't know about him. The other new character is Alisa, a female robot related to Doctor Boskonovitch, that crazy doctor in Tekken 3, having flying abilities along with chainsaws on both her hands. The returning characters are all back with favorites like Marshall Law, Paul Phoenix, Bryan Fury, the Williams sisters, Eddy Gordo, Steve Fox, King, and more. For veterans of the series, the old characters are still play the same way with the same moves, but some of them have different animations, which gives Bloodline Rebellion some sense of freshness. Of course, there are also new moves for every character as well along with certain moves getting changed in terms of properties and priorities. Then you have your boss characters, which is a totally different story I will mention later.

  

The single player game for Bloodline Rebellion is the traditional arcade mode of fighting a set of characters till the last boss. Along the way, a bonus fight occurs with a huge robot named Nancy, which is an example of the wackiness the Tekken series had provided over the years. The last bosses were kind of cheap most of the time and Tekken 6 is no different with Azazel, a huge dragon that fills up nearly half the screen that can use rock-like projectiles, lasers, and its size to its advantage. Other than that, the difficulty for the single player game not that hard, but the computer A.I. can give a fight most of the time. Let's just say be prepared to lose some quarters if you are really determined to beat Azazel, but he is beatable like past Tekken bosses such as Jinpachi from Tekken 5.

The overall gameplay mechanics for Bloodline Rebellion is still the same Tekken you know and love with some new additions. One of them is the bound system which refers to the juggle combos. This usually happens when you use a slam-type move like Paul's Hammer Punch or Law's Dragon Hammer to the ground during a juggle which gives you another chance to continue the combo with a low or mid attack. Sometimes, using these bound-type moves will cause the ground to break in certain stages that are multi-leveled to a lower level. The other major addition in Tekken 6 is the rage system. Your character will be in rage when he or she is less than ten percent in health and some signs of red glow will show up. Once in rage, you can inflict more damage to your opponent than normal and vice versa if your opponent is in rage. This usually can lead to comebacks in certain situations which makes the last seconds of a match more intense kicking in the nerves of not making a mistake. Despite those new additions, Tekken 6 is still a juggle festival for high-level players and fun for casual players because of its flashiness compared to other 3D fighters.

  

The arcade version of Bloodline Rebellion uses a card system similar to Tekken 6.0. Your card from that previous iteration can be transferred to Bloodline Rebellion keeping your win/loss record and your customized items. For those who are not used to the card system, you pick a character of your choice and customize it to your liking as long you win matches for more money. You still gain money from losing matches against human opponents, but not that much as well as getting lucky in roulette. Sometimes, there are opportunities for super roulette where the player can win rare items such as new rage colors. The character customization is still the same from Tekken 5 of various color changes and additional clothing that is full of insanity. More customizations and item moves are in Bloodline Rebellion ranging from Miguel's guitar, Bryan's machine gun, Xiaoyu's magic wand where you can make your opponent wear a Panda head for the rest of the match, and more. Even though it may be a little pricey to purchase a card and spend money playing lots of matches, it is worth it in the long run to brag about your winning record and show off a cool customization.

Graphically, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion looks pretty sharp. For those who think it is Tekken 5 HD, think again because it improves significantly. The characters look great with more details added to them than previous games. The environments also look beautiful and diverse with details, which is a staple of the franchise. New to Bloodline Rebellion are stages ranging from a forest filled with sheep, a Spanish-like arena filled with tomatoes, a skyscraper stage called Lightning Storm, and the Electric Fountain, an urban-like arena filled with multi-colored fountains. The ground does receive damage and will break as mentioned earlier in a handful of stages meaning there are destructible elements in some stages and look great as well. The water effects also improved from previous games with splashes acting like splashes. There is also motion blur effects with certain moves, which is a nice touch as well. In addition, certain hit effects like rage don't felt distracting. All in all, Bloodline Rebellion is one of the better looking 3D fighting games around.

  

The sound for Bloodline Rebellion is the usual expectations of the franchise. Blocking sounds different now which seems harder than previous games and the hits still sound the same. There is little character voice acting when they are introduced before fights, but they seem accurate to their personalities which is good enough to me. Musically, Tekken games deliver great soundtracks and this one is no different with lots of diversity. That diversity consists of various rock, techno, orchestra, and even yodeling in the new forest with sheep stage. My only gripe about the sound is that they changed the announcer again meaning he's not the same one from Tekken 6.0 and I get a similar Tekken 5.0 vibe from him, which I'm not a fan of.

Overall, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion is another superb entry to Namco's successful franchise. The new gameplay additions make the fights more entertaining and intense giving players to new ways to mess with your favorite characters. It looks sharp in high definition and sounds great as expected. The wackiness that the series has maintained since its inception is still here in various places with a cheap boss and playing as a bear. The card system still remains addicting for the arcade scene of showing with the best character customization in a fighting game and maintaining a solid winning record. Quite simply, Bloodline Rebellion is flat out fun to play at the arcade which is a rare opportunity these days since only a handful of arcades here at the United States have the game. If you're able to live nearby a place that does have it, I highly recommend playing it now because it will be a while till the console versions come out later this year.

Score = 9/10

Pros:
The core fighting mechanics are still fun even in this sixth entry of the franchise.
The new gameplay mechanics like rage and bound do spice up the fighting a bit making them more entertaining and intense.
Still has the best and wackiest character customization in a fighting game.
Great graphics and music (Perhaps the best right now in a 3D fighter).

Cons:
I'm not a fan of the new announcer.
Those who expected a huge leap like from Tekken 4 to 5, you're not going to find it in Bloodline Rebellion as it builds from Tekken 5.

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The Latest on Reviews...

So I just wrote up a Skate 2 Review (4 stars out of 5). Check the reviews tab for more on that.

Coming soon: (On the review queue)

Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (ARC) - On this blog and G Unit Ver1's World
Flower (PSN)

and of course:

Street Fighter IV (PS3)

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The Latest with Me...

Okay, haven't blogged here in a month...

I now have a Twitter http://twitter.com/GUnitVer1

Plus, I don't have a 360 (the Blogger blog has more) and now have a PS3 instead.

I'm just casually playing it currently (LittleBigPlanet is the main game), but gaming will pick up with Skate 2 and Street Fighter IV in the next two months. We'll see on Killzone 2 as I'm not really into shooters anymore as I thought I would.
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New Review Up - Banjo-Kazooie XBLA

I finished the XBLA version of Banjo-Kazooie today and now my review is up as well  (4 stars).

Still a great game to play being nice and refreshing of all those shooters out this holiday season.

My Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Review is likely going to be up tomorrow.
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I Have a Gears 2 Review Up Now...

I just finished up a Gears of War 2 review (5 stars).

Despite minor flaws, is still an amazing game and my current GOTY.

I guess my YouTube video didn't load up there compared to my blog at Blogger. That YouTube video is basically my favorite moment of the game which is Cole's mic speech in Act 4.
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New Review Up - Mega Man 9

My Mega Man 9 review is up now (My Blogger blog and here)

I gave it 4 1/2 stars - I always respected the Mega Man franchise as a whole in terms of the NES games (mainly II), but playing MM9 is seeing why this franchise is still good as it was despite its ups and downs. I felt so happy beating the game since it is definitely hard, but definitely beatable. I thought about buying the XBLA version (I only have it on Wii) for achievement points and the 360's online support, but decided not to so I can save MS Points for future Rock Band 2 DLC and other XBLA games even though I bought the themes and pics on 360 to show my support.

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New Review Up - Duke Nukem 3D XBLA

Also seen in my primary blog at Blogger.

I surprisingly enjoyed it like the other shooters on XBLA (Marathon and Doom) giving it 4 stars.

It is also a nostalgic festival of sorts too reliving the early days of first person shooters.

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New Review Up - Rock Band 2

My Rock Band 2 review is up now giving it 5 stars!!!

Check it here or on the reviews tab of my page.

A better full band experience than the first game and perhaps Harmonix showing how a rhythm game sequel should be made perfectly.

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