Bad Cop – Injustice: Gods Among Us Review
Apr20

Bad Cop – Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

For a game administered its own comic book series for run-up promotion and produced by NetherRealm, the story is a tad disappointing, even for a fighting game.  Injustice had a shot at making the case for the genre – even fighters could have a grand, overarching plot that evolves smoothly over multiple sequels.  When dealing with the potential dynamism of super heroes and multiple dimensions, fresh game mechanics could always be...

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Good Cop: Injustice: Gods Among Us Review
Apr19

Good Cop: Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Injustice walks a fine line between respectable hardcore fighting game and fanboy cream dream.  Gods Among Us is similar to the collective epiphany experienced by Star Wars nerds and Lego geeks when the two combined forces: there was a general feeling of Duh, and then only greatness.  Similarly, both sides are given their due in this holy consummation of awesomeness. All of the little details of Injustice just make sense for DC fans. ...

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King of EVO 2012
Jul10

King of EVO 2012

The uncontested meta-winner of EVO 2012 was King of Fighters XIII.  Though the other grand finals matches displayed admirable skill and a furious intensity, no other matchup delivered so thoroughly or had as much on the line. For context, the developer for KOFXIII, SNK Playmore, was seemingly inches from a long-stalled death knell.  King of Fighters XII did not receive positive reviews; the producer for the KOF series had just left a...

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GOTY 2011 – 2011′s Best Game of 2010 – Super Street Fighter 4
Dec31

GOTY 2011 – 2011′s Best Game of 2010 – Super Street Fighter 4

By this we mean the best game from 2010 after a year of hindsight, what game held up the best that we found ourselves playing a year after its launch despite a wealth of distractions.  Really what else could hold this spot?  Mortal Kombat made a valiant effort in April to dethrone it as our go-to title for fighters but to no avail.  The addition of new characters, Ultra’s, and balance tweaks give it a firm nod over its predecessor as...

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We’ll Always Have Parry: 3SO and the Future of Street Fighter
Sep01

We’ll Always Have Parry: 3SO and the Future of Street Fighter

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is a controversial entry in Capcom’s flagship fighting franchise.   Despite its avid fanbase, and the special place it holds in SF producer Yoshinori Ono’s heart, 3rd Strike has more than a few noteworthy detractors.  While the game is often lambasted for its egregious lack of balance, the fundamental arguments about 3rd Strike – both for and against –  center around one important feature: the parry. ...

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