Yellow Bulldog has started their weekend sale and among the items they have for sale are 3 pairs of Street Fighter socks for just £4.99 delivered to your door. You don't need to act all cool around us, we know you want them!
Capcom just dropped the biggest hint yet that Street Fighter V is incoming. They're currently exhibiting and pushing merchandise over at Pax East in Boston and slipped this cheeky paragraph into the bottom of their Capcom Unity post, hinting that the hugely anticipated title will be release in Spring 2016.
“Everyone is fired up for Street Fighter 5 coming to the PS4 and PC next Spring. Until then, you can sport the official SF5 key art T-shirt, which features Ryu in a heroic pose, for $25.”
If you can't wait that long and want to pick up some limited edition merchandise, jump over to the Capcom Store and take a look
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu already responded to some fan complaints that SF5 previews looked less than slick, stating that the graphics are continuing to evolve and develop and the finished product will be perfect. Check out the first live match from 2014's Capcom cup and see what you think.
In videogames we all have our favourite franchises. As much as we crave the new and different IP, there's something reassuring and fulfilling that comes from a franchise. Previous instalments have allowed us to form a love affair with characters, mechanics, plot and gameplay that have created a melting pot of an experience that appeals to us as an individual gamer. From Angry Birds to Zork, there's a franchise out there for everyone.
But it's perhaps easy to forget when we clamber over the latest Mario or FIFA game that franchises themselves are a poisoned chalice, that hang on a knife-edge (or indeed insert over-used metaphor here) for developers, because they present a bit of a headache. And it's not a headache that simple painkillers can cure. Because franchise development is a bit of a paradox. Fans love your franchise for what it is, so you need to stick to that formula. But heaven forbid of course if developers don't progress the idea in future instalments. Because as fans, we always demand more, and never more so than when we are talking about our beloved franchises.
But how did we create this problem in the first place?Click here to read more...
Another day, another round of Xbox LIVE deals. This time it's all about price reductions that should please fighting fans. In the mix are Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter x Tekken, with a number of the games on offer discounted 50% or more.Click here to read more...
Gaming's hottest fighting mashup arrives, and it's pretty damn good. No, we're not talking about that awful Mortal Kombat/DC pile of scaled down dross. Capcom and Namco collide, and Blockbuster have a ridiculously low price of under £25 at the moment. Get in there quickly!
Down at the Namco Station on the South Bank of London, fighting fans will unite for a day of smack talk, button mashing and ruthless competition as the Capcom X Namco Xmas Fight Club returns on December 3rd.
There'll be the usual suspects in attendance, with gamers able to challenge one another at the likes of Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Tekken 6, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, SoulCalibur V and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. But there's an extra little surprise too.Click here for more details and see how you can get involved...
There have been some brilliant video game cameos. Some have made sense, like Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams appearing in GTA IV if you pop into the comedy club or Stan Lee in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, some have been refreshingly random such as Bill and Hillary Clinton hitting the courts for NBA Jam. But this, I think is the best. It's not often we see Nobel Peace Prize winners popping up in our games, but Gorbachev's still got the moves.
Following on from our pleasingly rather successful Twitter competition parties towards the end of last year, we thought we'd shake it up a little bit and try out a similar thing over on our Facebook page TONIGHT. With that in mind we're going to be holding something of a classic gaming night and offering participants to win a bunch of retro-flavoured goodies from t-shirts to rebooted games and rounding things off with a chance to win a handheld console stuffed with SEGA goodness.
Head on over to the Facebook page and hit the like button, make sure your mini-feed is primed and ready, because we're going to be settling in for a nostalgic night of retrotastic reminiscing. As usual though, it'll be BYOB.
Facebook is an altogether different beast to Twitter, but we'll be running things pretty similarly to last time. Every hour, on the hour, Dealspwn will be putting forth a rather broad question designed to spark off a little bit of debate on our wall. Some are a little bit left-field, others might well reignite old rivalries, and all you have to do to stuff your name into the hat is to comment on the competition post. We'll be sparking discussions throughout the night, but you'll know which posts are the important ones as we'll present them like so:
6pm - COMPETITION ROUND 1: If Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter ever got into a bar-room brawl, who'd win?
Make sure your name is on the list and you'll be in with a chance. Here's how the night's going to run, with the general hourly themes regimented below and the relevant prizes in parenthesis:
Just get involved on the competition thread and you'll be in with a chance.
There will be seven winners every round, to be chosen at random and, to add a little bit of incentive, because the prizes for each round are different this time, entrants can participate in all six mini prize draws.
As suggested above, we'll be sparking off mini debates on the main wall throughout the evening too and we actively encourage you to fire off any questions or start some heated old-school debate in the discussions tab as well.
A few house rules:
Put it in your diaries now!
Another controller deal today, but this time it's for the hardcore fighter fans out there who own PS3s and want a little bit of an edge over all the regular controller users they come up against.
You can grab hold of the Street Fighter IV wireless pad with Zangief's bulky image emblazoned on it for £12.99 from 7dayshop, which'll make you a pretty decent saving especially when you consider the price for a wired one is around about £15.
The pad has an 8-way circular floating d-pad for maximum control of your character's movement and a 6-button layout for easily unleashing a flurry of blows upon your opponent. You can also improve your odds by taking advantage of the multi speed turbo settings and I remember the first time I ever used a controller with a turbo function was way back in the day when Street Fighter 2 first graced our screens with its presence.
You'll also be able to keep the pad firmly locked within your grasp thanks to the rubber grips and finally there's a 3-way switch to allow the d-pad to take on the roles of the left or right analog sticks.
Fighter fans should love this product and it'll offer you a bit of variety over the controls of a regular PS3 pad with the added bonus of having one or true tricks up its sleeve to give you a slight advantage in the ring.
Thanks to SFJnet @ HUKD
There are some special price reductions on a few seriously sweet titles on the PSN this week. It's a damn fine week for fighting fans as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix gets a price cut along with Final Fight: Double Impact and Rag Doll Kung Fu. The latter might not be a classic, and fairly quickly fades into repetition, but it's a laugh if you can round up a bunch of mates. Mind you, fighting games are primarily built to be played with others, so that's hardly surprising.
Frankly, the best news is that you can download one of my most favoured games of all time for the price of a Wetherspoons pint. Yep, Mortal Kombat II is down under the £2.50 mark. Go nuts.
Special Offers (Available until the 4th of August)
Permanent Price Reductions
Obscure: The Aftermath PSP (was – £23.99/€29.99 now – £11.99/€14.99)
Whilst it could be argued that now the 'definitive' version of the game now exists, rather rendering this title somewhat obsolete, the original SSIV still represents an absolutely killer purchase for anyone looking to check out the game and not wishing to spend £20 on it.
You can pick up a copy of Street fighter IV on the Xbox for £10 from Tesco Entertainment at the moment, but using the FTSL15-1 code will get the price bumped down to £8.50, saving you over £4 on the next price over at ShopTo now that gamestation is out of stock.
NB. Remember to use FTSL15-1 to get it at this price.
With its striking presentation, more balanced characters (no more spamming Dhalsim's elasticity), and the new Focus Attacks and Super/Ultra Combos, Capcom have created a fighting game with that is both more accessible to the newcomer, but also offers more depth for those players who deplore button-mashing. This added depth means that when you jump online, which is really the only reason you'd buy this game (to play with other people, locally or otherwise), you'll run the gamut of furious fights with relentless attacking to tactical matches between cautious experts.
Rocking 18 characters, 16 of whom are available from the start, SSIV might not quite be as supercharged and content packed as its new sibling, but it makes for an excellent starting point for anyone looking to check out the fourth round of the fighting saga. Especially at this price.
Thanks to Eldini at HUKD for the heads-up
We’ve all been there. Some of us are probably still there, in fact: the gaming all-dayer / all-nighter. During those sorts of sessions, we tend to get by on adrenaline but news has reached us of a new angle to explore: the gaming diet.
Capcom, they of assorted legendary coin-ops and console classics, have teamed up with a health and fitness expert to create a menu to keep your gaming abilities in tip top condition. The argument is that healthy food will keep energy levels ticking along, keep you mentally alert, boost your reaction times and maintain your concentration levels.
Given my abilities on multi-player games such as Call of Duty – loiter in abandoned building, line up great shot with sniper rifle, chuckle to myself, get stabbed in neck by annoying 12-year old before I can pull the trigger – I decided I needed all the help I could get so, this week, I’ve tested the theory.
The menu – the “Street Fighter” menu to give it its official title – has been put together by health and fitness expert Laura Williams. No, me neither, frankly but the photo on the press release suggests she’s annoyingly radiant and fit and stuff, so who am I to question?
"In games such as Super Street Fighter IV, a proper, balanced diet which releases energy over time rather than in short bursts can give a real competitive edge," says Laura. "A gaming diet is nutritionally balanced, easy to make and combines essential fatty acids - which help brain functioning - with high protein to increase stamina and reaction times. Eating well can certainly help you game better, and this is the perfect gaming meal."
So there you go. While I’m still slightly bemused why a menu designed to cut down on snacking features, er, a between-meal snack, I figured two days without the usual gaming staple of fried potato hand held snacks could be a good test. It would probably make my controller less crumby too... More than that, I’d rather improve my health this way than with that pesky Pokemon pedometer.
So, Day One. And to start the day... oh. Scrambled eggs on toast. That’s alright, actually. And quite “manly”. Apparently the high protein content will keep you fuller for longer and keep drowsiness at bay and, after three hours of trying – and failing – to not get stabbed in the neck by my underage nemesis, I’d just about agree. I can’t say it did much for my reaction times but it’s a start.Click here to see how the rest of Neil's gaming diet regime went...
We're hurtling towards the end of April, and here comes another new releases post. It seems that everyone's just waited until the last week of the month to release their titles. Dead To Rights: Retribution comes out along with Square's action-RPG Nier this week before an exciting end-of-month avalanche on the 30th.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
NB. Game developers are notoriously flighty so be aware some of these dates may well change.
22nd - 28th April 2010:
|Dead To Rights: Retribution
23rd April 2010
23rd April 2010
Infinity Ward has been hemorrhaging staffers thick and fast these last few days, and the news of Respawn Studio's creation has led to four more devs quitting the Activision-run developer. Lead designers Steve Fukuda and Zied Reike have flown the coop (according to the latest report by Kotaku), both of whom have been a key part of Infinity Ward since its inception in 2002. Programmer Rayme Vinson and Lead Artist Chris Cherubini have also jumped ship.
Whilst Activision claim that they still retain a "deep bench of proven talent," this latest move demonstrates that their dirty tactics of withholding royalties simply isn't keeping their troubled studio in line. Turns out that developers work better when they're happy rather than slaving under a "climate of fear". Funny, that. [Gamesindustry.biz]
Anyone remember X-COM and Syndicate? These two classic strategy titles provided hard-as-nails strategy action nearly two decades ago, but have now been slated for a next-gen reboot.
2K Australia and 2K Marin will be shoehorning the X-COM universe into a first-person shooter. We half-expected Ken Levine's studio to be dealing with the remake (as rumours have been circulating for months), but it seems that Bioshock 2 has cemented 2K Marin's credibility as an FPS developer.
"With BioShock 2, the team at 2K Marin proved themselves as masters of first-person, suspenseful storytelling, and with XCOM they will re-imagine and expand the rich lore of this revered franchise. Players will explore the world of XCOM from an immersive new perspective and experience firsthand the fear and tension of this gripping narrative ride." - Christoph Hartmann, 2K President
Apparently, this FPS will combine new shooting mechanics and suspenseful storytelling with tactical strategy and planning. We'll bring you more as the story develops. [Kotaku]
In other news, EA-owned Starbreeze Studios has applied for three patents for Syndicate, the cyberpunk RTS/RPG hybrid that wowed gamers in the early 90s with brutal gameplay and impressive tactical scope. Details are still thin on the ground, but these patents almost certainly suggest that a remake's on the way. Whether or not Syndicate will be remodelled into an FPS remains to be seen. [VG247]
I know this is a 'soft' story, but it's always great to see a community band together and help out one of its own. New York Street Fighter forum Shoryuken has been raising money for Chris Hu, a fellow SF fan who tragically lost his home, possessions and savings to a fire. Apparently they've raised over $1000 already.
We'd like to salute this group of kindhearted gamers and thank them for raising the profile of online communities everywhere. [via Joystiq]
If you’ve already placed a pre-order deal with Shopto for Capcom’s forthcoming Super Street Fighter IV (out April 30th), then you might want to consider cancelling it in favour of this deal from Zavvi. They are currently charging £20.45 (remember to enter the discount code APRIL2 to get this price) in an offer which undercuts Shopto by about £1.40. Like Shopto, Zavvi are also throwing in a free Street Fighter IV t-shirt.
Capcom had initially intended to release Super Street Fighter IV in the form of DLC, but decided the game the was large enough to justify an independent standalone sequel. However, by promising to provide owners of the original SFIV with some extra perks and charge well under the usual £30+ for a new release, they've more or less reached a compromise. Super Street Fighter IV will feature ten additional characters and provide some significant tweaks to the gameplay which, overall, should offer fans of the series substantially more than your average expansion.
Eight characters return from previous Street Fighter editions and include the likes of Dee Jay, T.Hawk, Codey, Guy and Dudley. The game will also feature two characters that are completely new to the series. First there’s Juri: a Korean female fighter who batters her opponents with Taekwondo and has some strange implant in her left eye which endows her with time-warp abilities. And then there’s fat Turkish oil wrestler Hakan who has rubbish mobility but is deadly at close range – a bit like E-Honda.
New gameplay mode include ‘Endless Battle’ which basically just an online ‘winner stays on’ match; ‘Replay Channel’ which allows players to view and share replays, and SSFIV also sees the return of car and barrel bonus stages. Although - like previous expansions - some the gameplay improvements might be difficult to notice initially, this sequel should provide plenty of subtle refinements.
Thanks to Mintcake from Hotukdeals.
If you’re dead serious about your beat-em-ups, HMV currently have a selection of PS3 wireless Street Fighter IV fightpads going for £14.99 each. This is a great deal considering most other retailers are charging somewhere in the region of £30 - or more - for these particular controllers.
At the moment, HMV are offering an ‘assorted’ fightpad (although what exactly they mean by ‘assorted’ seems slightly ambiguous) which, judging from its picture, has a Ryu motif. They also have another two which depict either Guile or Sagat. Fans of M.Bison, Cammy, Akuma, Zangief or Viper are looking at £33.99 to get their hands on these particular versions however.
Weighing about the same as a PS3 duel shock, these wireless pads are perfect for pulling off those complex SF combos. The floating D-Pad is nice and mushy, while the buttons are big, flat and effortless to press. The grip is comfortable, and the controller has a switch to toggle the D-pad between left/right analogue stick so you can use it for other games. The pad requires 2 AA batteries, and although these run down very slowly (one customer stated that after four weeks he still hadn’t needed to change them) it might be an idea to get yourself 4 rechargeable AAs for uninterrupted play.
The reviews for this product have been overwhelmingly positive, but some customers have complained about faulty models. One person stated that after two weeks some of the buttons became unresponsive, and another described problems with the diagonal control on the D-pad. However these issues appear to be few and far between, and so long as you don’t hurl your controller at the wall or stamp on it in a sudden bout of extreme game rage, you're unlikely to experience any problems.
Thanks to RBG7 from Hotukdeals.
Earlier today Brendan posted about two great deals for the Collectors' Edition of Street Fighter IV. However, if you are not all that bothered about having your games wrapped in the shiny prestige of Collectors' status, or you'd rather have a t-shirt than action figures, the news that Shop To are selling the new Super Street Fighter IV for just a couple of quid more than the best prices for the original one is pretty sweet. Not only does this deal give you a saving of just over £2.50 compared to the next cheapest (£24.49 from Cool Shop for the 360 version, £24.73 from The Hut for PS3) but Shop To are also throwing in a nifty looking Dhalsim t-shirt (normally £9.95) to sweeten the deal!
Shop To guarantee that you will receive your game by its release date of April 30th so long as you order before midday on the 28th or they will credit your account with £3 compensation.
Super SFIV is an expansion of last year's Street Fighter IV and adds ten characters to the original roster. These new fighters include old favourites Adon (from the original Street Fighter); T. Hawk and Dee Jay (from Super Street Fighter II); Cody and Guy (from Final Fight) and Dudley, Ibuki and Makoto (from Street Fighter III) as well as new character Juri, a young South Korean woman with a Taekwondo fighting style, who works for Seth's organisation S.I.N.
As well as adding extra fighters, the game has been revamped and reworked to make play more fun and accessible for everyone. Each character now has a second Ultra combo move and their whole skillset has been rebalanced but without the removal of any moves.
Super Street Fighter IV gives you some new online multiplayer modes to play with, such as Team Battle which can employ up to eight players in team elimination battles, Endless Battle which pits players against a rotating group of players and a Replay Channel which allows the player to view and save replays from around the world. This expansion also sees a revisit to the Car and Barrel bonus stages which featured in Street Fighter II.
Despite the breathless, dribbling awe of some of my friends, I can't help but feel cynical about Super Street Fighter. While there is enough content here to justify its release as a full game rather than DLC and the release price is certainly modest, expecting fans of the series to buy what is effectively the same game twice strikes me as both audacious and contemptuous. However the vast majority of fans will do just that, so, if you enjoy playing SF IV online, you'll just have to suck it up and enjoy what the update has to offer. At least if you go for this deal you can nab a free t-shirt while you're at it.
Now here’s a problem. Super Street Fighter IV is released soon, looks pretty damn tasty and will be retailing for around £25. But look, cheap shiny Collector’s Edition! It’s full of quality extras too, rather than the usual tin-box and art cards guff.
So what’s in the box? There are two limited edition figurines: one of Ryu and one of the new gal Crimson Viper (the one with those outrageous flaming kicks). A new HD movie on a bonus disc that fills out the story of events preceding the game and also a collection of those gorgeous early teaser trailers is also included.
There’s also a comic book-style mini strategy guide for the new characters that might tempt you to give them a go, rather than sticking with old favourites. You’ll also get the ‘Brawler’ DLC pack of extra costumes for five characters, saving you a few quid on PSN/XBLA.
The game is about a year old now but is still one of the best brawlers out there, our readers voted it the Best Fighting Game of 2009 and rightly so. The new art-style is simply breath-taking and a brilliant new look between retro cool and modern graphical prowess. King of Fighters XII seemingly tried to copy it, but realised mid-development it was harder than it looks and came out with an odd looking mess stuck in two minds.
Ultra Combos and Focus attacks look and feel devastatingly effective and the game even has a solid online mode. It was a little lacking in extra modes, which is where the upcoming ‘Super’ version will be an improvement. You just have to weigh up your choices of new version soon or this one now. If you consider yourself a hardcore fan but couldn’t afford the £70 price-tag when it was first released, then it’s a no-brainer.
Thanks to burstlikeabubble and gooner_187 at HotUkDeals.
We all know how game-to-film adaptations are always terrible, but you'd be hard pressed to find a movie based on a video game which sank lower than this year’s winner of the Tomato Award for Worst Rated Film of 2009. In other news, Infinity Ward bosses rub their palms with glee as Modern Warfare 2 – cue Doctor Evil – breaks $1 billion dollars. Lastly Ubisoft announces a spilt with Nintendo as the publisher decides to focus on the more lucrative Xbox 360 and PS3 markets.
What was the worst film of 2009? Well it has to be said we’re not exactly stuck for choice. Wolverine? Admittedly the X-Men prequel was pretty dire but it did manage to be mildly entertaining. Although, talking of prequels, how could anyone feel anything but utter contempt for Terminator Salvation? The film was so horrific, so illogical, so badly scripted, and so devoid of any class it was enough to break the heart of every true terminator fan. But then again, James Cameron’s Avatar was another big budget horror which certainly riled a few people with its stupid predictable plot and engineered happy ending.
However, given how terrible game-to-movie adaptations usually are, it may come as no surprise to learn that the official winner of the Golden Tomato Award for Worst Rated Film of 2009 went to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. The film attained an average review score of just 4% with one reviewer - according to Eurogamer - describing it as ‘Quite simply an embarrassment that cannot crawl into ignoble obscurity fast enough’. It just leaves one wondering how on Earth they managed to do a worse job than the first Street Fighter movie? [GamerRSS]
There might be growing backlash against Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2, with many accusing the first person shooter of being ‘shallow’, ‘more of an expansion’ and overall, pretty unimpressive. However these criticisms have done nothing to affect the game’s momentum when it comes to sales. Although Infinity Ward were moaning that they lost out on an estimated $240 million dollars to illegal downloads, they have just broken the $1 billion dollar mark as Modern Warfare 2 continues to blow all prior records out the water. After just two months on sale this is a staggering achievement, although it certainly seems strange that Infinity Ward have decided to split from the Modern Warfare franchise and pursue ‘another project’. [Eurogamer]
Capcom are not the only games publisher to veer away from Nintendo and concentrate on publishing titles for the Xbox 360 and PS3, as Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot announced that Nintendo wouldn't be the company’s main priority for 2010. ‘With a view to further reducing our exposure to the DS, we intend to continue to refocus our development resources on our major franchises and on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the two consoles which are expected to see sales growth in games for gamers in 2010’ he stated according to Joystiq. Some of Ubisoft’s upcoming releases include a new Assassin’s Creed game, and a return for Ghost Recon, Rabbids, Driver and Prince of Persia. [Joystiq]