Frankie. You may not remember me, but some time ago I share
with you my movie "King of Fighters '99 - Live
Now the sequel is done, is called The
King of Fighters '99 - Real Life. I hope you like it :)
course I remember you guys!!!
Hilarious stuff as usual.... I'll put it up as "TFG's Video of the
Moment" tomorrow evening!
of Fighters Character Ratings. . .
My name is Rafael and I'm 23 years old. Since 1992, namely
when I was 3 years old, I have been into fighting games.
After a hiatus during my early teens, I've come back to
fighting games gradually and eventually with full force
since the advent of GGPO. I was born and live in the
southernmost part of Brazil, in a city called Porto Alegre -
where unfortunately the arcade scene is almost dead, but
still has something to offer.
Being a fan of many different fighting series, I cannot help
but feel disappointed by the poor ratings characters from
all series except those designed by Capcom have received.
Quite frankly, I believe the opinions stated by the website
are either leaning in favor or Capcom or maybe they're too
much based on the taste of a single person or a group of
people with a homogeneous opinion. Street Fighter 2 is
certainly the father of them all, it's the game that gave
birth to the genre this website is dedicated to, but yet I
believe the credit that the series deserve is being
overstated; IMHO it is huge already on its own, it doesn't
need external praise - its legacy is undeniable.
I don't mean to be a mere fanboy that is butthurt because
his favorite character has got a low rating - I am aware
that people's opinions differ (and thank goodness they do!),
and probably if a fanboy of The King of Fighters rated the
series' characters, the ratings would be also biased, which
I believe is not adequate. As an example, movelists from The
King Of Fighters characters usually are very larger than
their SF counterparts; even so, one may state that quantity
is not quality, and that more is not necessarily better, and
so on. One may think Balrog a boring character with obvious
design while Vanessa is "sooooo cool", while
another person may believe Vanessa is just a Rick and Dudley
mix with absolutely no originality; of course judgement is
necessary. I suggest the opinions of specialists (not
fanboys) in other franchises or simply those of people with
a different perception are used to rate them accordingly,
maybe developing an average rating system based in the
opinions of many people.
I hope you understand what I'm trying to say and I wish my
opinion contributes to the website. As a fighting genre fan,
I give you my honest compliments for the great job you have
been doing. Thank you.
Rafael. That's cool you've re-entered the fighting genre once again, later in your
life... I know quite a few people that did the same thing. I'm also glad
to hear your local fighting game community isn't completely dead... us
players keep it alive!
Now to address your concerns....
I've received many emails similar to yours in the past. Most of them
weren't written quite as eloquently, however... (which is why yours was
posted on the site).
Of course I respect your perspective and opinion, but to say I've given
"poor ratings to all series besides those designed by Capcom"...
is incorrect. One of my TOP favorite franchises is Samurai Shodown,
and I know characters from the series have always been rated very high. Garou:
Mark of the Wolves is another all time favorite of mine. When it comes
to the long-running King of Fighters series, the character designs
have always been quite the mixed bag, and the series is very unique and
distinctive for that very reason. The artistic direction of KOF has
evolved numerous times, which also effected the type of designs that were
produced. Furthermore, some characters of the series have evolved... and
As a reader, I'm sure you'd want your favorite characters to be rated high
on TFG. I've always wondered what viewing the site from that angle is
I'm sure I could get pretty defensive if some dude rated my favorite
character low also!!! LOL. Anyhow, I know I've given "good"
scores to many KOF characters... so I'm also wondering how you're
interpreting TFG's character rating scale. Keep in mind, a score of a
3.5 or 4.0 is still a decent score.... Even a 3.0 is a
"half decent" design... with 2.5 is being smack dab in
the middle = mediocre. I think you might look at it a bit differently with
Without getting into the nitty-gritty, I do have a particular taste when
it comes to character designs... and I know it shows. I haven't met too
many other people out there who can say they've been playing fighting
games "non-stop for over 25 years". In the most humble way
possible, I have to say that this the only reason why I feel "my
opinion" is worth being posted on each character profile (and game
profile). And in many cases, it's an opinion that does take into account
"others" opinions. I've tried my best to put the most honest
thought and effort that I possibly can into "OVER A THOUSAND"
character profiles on TFG. (Anyone know the official count?)
Of course, I also simply make mistakes sometimes... A few times I
even caught myself on putting the wrong ratings in the wrong place!!!
(This is because, about 2 years ago, I started re-designing the character
profile layout... so I know I made a few errors in the long "cut
& paste" process.) So if my write-up of a character is really
positive and the ratings are oddly negative, let me know! lol.
Finally, I've also thought about having a "community score" on
each character profile... I agree that would be pretty awesome!!! The only
problem is... It would take a hell of a long time to put together and
fully test out, but it's something I'll look into down the road. Finally,
if you still think I rated any particular character too low, I'm
interested to hear which ones. Thanks for writing in, and I hope you enjoy
the site for years to come!
for all you do.
You probably get a lot of these kind of mails but I still
feel you should know how much your website is appreciated.
I purchased Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the PS3 and it was
well worth the long wait, because the game was as great as
I expected. However as I was talking with a relative about
the game, he told me about a very crappy review from the
ign website about Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I was
astonished at how the reviewer gave the game a 7.5 rating
while bashing it at the same time. Complaining about
something as trivial as the game's title, as well was
certain aspects of gameplay. It wasn't even a full review
detailing everything the game has to offer. I wasn't the
only one who felt this way, because others had their own
words in response to the negative review. Most of them
don't like to trust game reviews because I like to find
out in my own experience whether or not I should get the
game. I used to do this by renting video games until the
video rental stores went out of business. So usually I
either try a demo, or just watch gameplay videos on
youtube. However when it comes to fighting game reviews, I
don't think anyone can do them better than the way you do.
I really like how your reviews give every detail of the
game. Its positives, its negatives, (some of your
negatives can be very funny) and most important your
honesty about the games. Like on certain games you clearly
show how you're not a fan of them, but if that game has
certain modes or elements that are appealing you'll
still note them in your reviews with a positive remark.
Some of your Mortal Kombat reviews are a good example.
This is why
I tell every friend of mine about your website when it
comes to fighting games. You make very good reviews about
all of the fighting games listed there, and even have the
time to review the characters featured in the games. I
think that library is a great source for fighting game
fans all over, whether a beginner or a pro. A great way of
seeing which characters you think could be your favorite
note, I really don't understand why some people hate so
much when it comes to Tekken. Thats the only game I know
of that is closest to real life fighting and the only one
I know of where you're vulnerable to a hit at all
times. It makes me mad how some people don't appreciate
Katsuhiro Harada and his staff for their hard work. At
least he actually listens to fans when it comes to
ways of improving the game. He doesn't even have to
either. He also could have made us pay for his
downloadable characters like other fighting game companies
do. (capcom *clears throat*) Usually if someone gives this
game a very bad review its most likely because they suck
at the game. I really like how you can customize 10
or so outfits for each character. Tekken is the only
reason why I'm still a fighting game fan today. I like
making Lars and Heihachi battle it out with opponents.
writing too much. Thanks for all you do man.
-Steven (Florida, USA)
Funny you mentioned that.... IGN's rushed and uninformative review of Tekken
Tag Tournament 2
is actually one of the worst I've ever seen. The red lightsaber dislike bar on
review says it all. lol. The inexperienced dimwit they had review TTT2
was clearly bullshitting the entire time. He didn't talk about anything
relevant to the actual game, or how it evolved from the prequel... and
unsurprisingly, in their traditional biased fashion, IGN had a
"hardcore DOA fan" review DOA5.
IGN is just biased towards "easier" and "noob-friendly"
games. The more mainstream it is, the higher the score.
Most of the fighting game community already knows that, but sadly...
gamers who only visit mainstream sites may not realize as much. Part of
the reason I started writing reviews is because I was tired of reading
half-assed, uninformative reviews from mainstream sites. In fairness, some
sites have evolved over time and have gotten better informed players to
write reviews (such as: 1up, Gamespot & Gametrailers). I don't know
what they're smoking over at IGN, but they're obviously smoking the cheap
In short, I'm also a Tekken fan for similar reasons you mentioned.
Harada and Namco are doing it right. In my book, TTT2 is "game
of the year" by far. I'd imagine some casuals are quick to
"hate" on Tekken because once they jump online, they can
get beaten very badly if they don't know their stuff (and sadly, most don't take
the time to learn how to play properly). I was there when Tekken 5: DR
first went online... and seemingly, all these "haters" popped up
shortly after the release (and EVERYONE seemed to love Tekken
before Tekken 5: DR). I guess it's a much different experience
playing online against skilled players than sitting at home, where you can
easily beat up the computer AI with cheap tricks or beat your friends that
don't know how to play. It's a different game entirely, and some people
don't know how to lose.
I'm glad you've enjoyed my reviews on TFG. There are many more to
come... and thanks a lot for the support.
Ninja Reads TFG!
It only took that
fool, Itagaki, to leave before Dead Or Alive could finally
act on the wise council of TFG! Take note: no more little
girl facial rendering, attempt at making the game require
more skill for the hardcore fighting game fans, and what's
the on Bayman's face? A scar? THAT one was the icing on the
cake! They read your review about him being a "bad
ass" without a single blemish it seems!! I've never
been a fan of Dead Or Alive; I prefer Tekken myself. I do
read your reviews on other fighting games though. It's funny
that Team Ninja gives up their claim to the fighting game
throne; I guess Itagaki's lingering effect tainted the
series with memories of busty girls who could not seriously
be taken, forcing them to be claim a "fighting
entertainment" throne--but wouldn't that make them more
akin to a jester? Tekken remains king of 3D fighters while
Dead Or Alive is it's b--but I DIGRESS! Point is, some
people at Team Ninja scope out The Fighters' Generation. I
believe they want to improve their chances!
By the way, I would challenge the webmaster F. Yagami online
in Tekken Tag 2, BUT THE INTERNET HERE SUCKS BALLS (No
Verizon Fios or anything!). That match on TFG against Jin
and Heihachi was good stuff. Lars customized with a likeness
of SNK's K.
Shaw (Orlando, USA)
Frank replies:You've been paying attention I
Geez, when you consider those prominent details they changed in DOA5... it makes you wonder. When you think about it, why wouldn't a
dev-team look to the internet for "fan opinions" on games and
characters? Could they have stumbled upon TFG and took some small notes on
what has been posted on this site for years? Considering TFG does
pop up on search engines rather quickly these days, I think it's
Until I read your email, I actually didn't even pay attention to Bayman finally
having a scar to prove he's a tough guy...
but I definitely did notice they did away with the 12-year old girl anime
faces early on that I used to... *ehem*still pick fun at.
(One of the things they did right with DOA5, btw). Anyway, your
email was hilarious to read; thanks man!
And do challenge me in TTT2 if you get your internet situation fixed.
Tag Tournament 2 - Tag Throw Exhibition.
for featuring my video on TFG. I've been going to the site
for YEARS (its where I get most of my artwork since high
it was nice to see it up with all the other news updates.