- Dec 2012 Feedback
change from the mainstream. . .
I would just
like to commend you on the fantastic site that you have put
together at The Fighters Generation. I've been a gamer my
whole life but have only recently started taking fighting
games seriously after buying BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger on a
whim. For someone like me your site is a godsend: thorough
reviews of all the great games that I missed in addition to
the ones that are still coming out, not to mention the fact
that you actually seem to know what you are talking about.
The amount of detail and insight in your reviews make them a
joy to read, a refreshing change from the mainstream
reviewers who seem to put in a week or two into a fighting
game before deeming it review-able. I will definitely be
turning to your site as a resource when researching fighting
games in the future.
-Jack (Detroit, Michigan USA)
Frank replies: You
give the mainstream too much credit, Jack. I'm certain that the reviewers
for some of those corporate gaming sites *cough* IGN... *cough* spend no
more than 2 nights with certain fighting games before calling their
written and video reviews finished.
Gaming in general would be doomed if news and media were left in the hands
of the mainstream... look what has happened with America's mainstream
media and news in general, right?
Anyway, back on topic.... That's cool to hear Blazblue got you into
fighting games... it's certainly one of the best 2D fighters of this era.
I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed TFG's exclusive reviews, and don't forget
to tell your friends where they can get the best fighting game reviews.
Jack replies: Thanks
for replying! Oh, I definitely will spread the word. I just wish I had
come across it sooner. Would have saved so much time not having to read
terribad reviews from IGN and the like (Seriously, IGN? KOF13 gets a
7.0?!) The only thing IGN is good for is making comically offensive lists
and reinforcing the status quo. I'm genuinely surprised that there has
been such a reemergence of the fighting genre in the past couple of years
when you have the likes of them holding the reins.
So once again thanks for your site. It's a
great resource for those just getting into the scene like myself.
My name is Bjorn, I am 32 years old and live in
Wolverhampton, England. I stumbled across your excellent
site a few days ago and bookmarked it immediately. It is
obvious that you love many fighting games and that is
really where my question comes into play, as I am quite
Is it normal to only like one fighting game series?
You see, I started gaming in 1987 (with a Sega Master
System) and I have owned every handheld and home console
released from then to the present day, I even have a full
MAME ROMset of 8000+ games on my PC. Problem is that,
of all the fighting games I've played over the last 25
years, I've only ever enjoyed the Darkstalkers series.
I have played most Street Fighter games (including Alpha,
SF3 & SF4 etc.) and hated every one as the pace is too
slow for me unless turbo is set to maximum! The
"rigid" character animation style of all SNK
NeoGeo games like KOF, Art Of fighting etc. really grates
on me, and I have never liked 3D fighting games as they
seem to be just a developer showcase for bouncy boob
I admit that Marvel Vs Capcom 2 on the Dreamcast was
extremely good, and Pocket Fighter/ Super Gem Fighter
comes out of retirement when I have friends visit... But
apart from those exceptions, the Darkstalkers series are
the only fighting games I ever enjoy playing.
Do you have any suggestions? Could I be too fussy about
what I want from a fighting game? Or am I completely
beyond help? *lol* :)
Best regards and please keep up the good work on your
First off.... Wolverhampton England? That's a badass-sounding city, bub!
Anyhow, I found your
question interesting. It's actually pretty common for players to
stick with just 1 or 2 fighting games for long spans of time. As you may
know, the bulk of the "hardcore" fighting game crowd plays
either SF4 or UMVC3 these days. For players serious about
competition, I would think they'd want to maximize their potential of
winning in tournaments by limiting how many different games they play, so
their practice time is spent wisely. However, I have seen top players play
a variety of games in the same tournament and do very well! Personally, I
could never do that... it'd be way too long of a day for me.
However, in your case... it doesn't seem to be about tournaments. You
simply only enjoy playing Darkstalkers.... I've actually never met
someone with such a condition.
(Just kidding... there's nothing wrong with Darkstalkers.
lol.) After reading your email, I'm taking an educated guess that you're a
fan of doing chain combos (which, as you probably know, first appeared in Darkstalkers
and later in MVC). I know exactly how it feels to play a 2D
fighting game for the first time, and immediately find out that you can't
perform chain combos. At first, it will feel a lot slower than a game with
think if you dived a bit deeper into other quality 2D fighters, you'll
find that the combo system sometimes "creates" faster gameplay.
For instance, SFIII: 3rd Strike does have a somewhat slower,
"steady" gameplay pace. However, once you start parrying back
and forth with a good player, and ultimately parry entire super moves...
the game suddenly doesn't seem so slow anymore.
3D fighters in particular may seem very very slow at first if you
don't know what you're doing... but after practicing a few movement techniques,
combos, and stance transitions, all of a sudden you're moving way faster
than you did in the beginning. And if your opponents can't learn how to
keep up with you, you're probably going to win!
Judging from your massive MAME collection, I'd imagine you've
"tried" tons of fighting games. However, you'll never experience
how "fast" some of them really are by playing against the
computer only. Just like you and your friends might have crazy fast-paced Darkstalkers
matches, the same is possible in many other fighting games with two
skilled players. Thus, I recommend you try out (or retry) other fighting
games that feel natural to you... and play against lots of different
people. Maybe you'll find a new favorite in there somewhere.
worst case scenario, you can fall back on Darkstalkers:
Thanks for the mail Bjorn... keep enjoying the site!
P.S. My fingers are crossed for DS4.
interesting plot hole.
Greetings Mr. Yagami.
My name's Jes. As a loooooooong time fan of fighting
games, I can't believe I've never discovered your site
before. But I guarantee I'll be a regular visitor from
I just wanted to
point out a fun bit of trivia you might find interesting.
In the Darkstalkers series, Zabel's storyline is
that of a zombie who was a rockstar in his former life.
However, Capcom's official date of birth for him is
1889, long before rock n' roll even existed. As far
as I know, Capcom's never tried to justify this gigantic
plothole. In fact, I'm the only person I know of
that's even noticed it. XD I noticed because
rock n' roll is my other passion. For me, the
concept of a zombie rockstar is too damn cool for words.
That's all, just
thought you'd get a kick out of that. Thanks for the
amazing site, and thanks for sticking up for fighting
games while they were going through their "uncool"
phase. I'm glad they've finally made a comeback.
-Jes (Fort Smith, Arkansas
Frank replies: Wow...
I never realized that.
That's too funny. I wonder if Capcom will ever try to make sense of that
plothole. Sadly, I doubt Capcom would take the time to do it (these
days)... but it would be pretty epic if they made a Darkstalkers 4,
and went into detail about how Lord Raptor was the one who actually
started Rock music in his in-game storyline... or something. lol. Anyway,
I'm glad you found TFG! Welcome, and thanks for the support.
Jes replies: Lol thanks dude.
Yeah, that would be pretty epic. But part of
me wonders if even Capcom's noticed it. ;P -Jes
Eternal Champions is CRAP yet people love it.
I checked out the
game Eternal Champions and I can say for sure that it is a
low quality game. What I just can't believe is that people
actually like this game, but is total crap. I think this
just proves that if you make any game no matter how bad it
is there is going to be someone out there who will like
it. Now that is a sad world we live in, people are idiots.
Special moves suck.
There is no Round One
voice or Fight voice or OK voice.
So after watching the
link to the youtube video you had on your website I
started reading the comments about Eternal Champions.
I included an image with some of the comments shown in it
just as proof in case you don't actually believe what I'm
about to write.
The subject line made me ...
because I knew what was coming.... Ohh dear, we're going to piss off like
5 Eternal Champions fans out there aren't we. LOL. As you may have
read on my Eternal
Champions review: I actually neglected putting the game on the site
because (I felt) it was such.... crap. I tend not to create TFG game profiles
300-or-so "me too" Street Fighter 2 / Mortal Kombat wannabes
of the mid 90's.
But let's be nice and not call those people idiots, now.... I guess
it's just that "people can have nostalgia for anything."
People still eat McDonald's even though it's the absolute worst thing they
can put in their bodies. (Then
after they weigh 300 lbs, they still eat there.) ...I guess what
I'm saying is... some people never learn.
Back then, maybe Eternal Champions was the most amazing game to
some people. I would then have to assume that it was the first
fighting game they ever played (possibly the first video game), and that
they never set foot inside an arcade. lol. All I'm gonna say is... in 1993, I
was playing Super Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat 2, and
Samurai Shodown on a daily/weekly basis. Needless to say, all 3 of those games made Eternal Champions
look like a silly kids game. And for the record, the home versions of SF2,
MK2, etc. also put Eternal Champions to shame.... To shame.