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Capcom announces a new Street Fighter 4 update – and asks for fan input

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Last week at PAX East 2013, Capcom announced that Street Fighter 4 will be getting yet another update, and furthermore, is seeking fan feedback with regards to which balance changes they’d like to see for each character.

Since then, hundreds of players with varying skill levels have flocked to the Capcom-Unity forums in a bid to have their voices heard. Whether or not this is good for the game, who can tell at this point? However, I firmly believe that whilst there is likely to be a mound of near-sighted and otherwise terrible ideas, there will also be some absolutely golden suggestions scattered here and there, and I hope that Capcom can tell the difference between decent and awful.

 

My opinions

Whilst I don’t play the game so much these days, I still vigorously follow the competitive scene via streams of weekly events such as the Next Level Battle Circuit and most major tournaments, as well as participating in various message-boards and reading related articles. Due to this, I have a rather solid understanding of the current state of the game at the higher levels.

So, what do I believe should be changed in this update?

Generally, I feel that the Ver. 2012 update brought about the largest list of tournament-viable characters out of any previous iteration of Street Fighter 4, and that only minor tweaks need to be made among the vast majority of the cast.

However, there are some characters that I believe should definitely be nerfed. These characters are Akuma, Cammy, Fei Long and perhaps even Adon and Seth. They are all quite simply too strong – or have the potential to be. This is a direct result of their very abuse-able options, which provides them with unfairly high rewards for very little risk. I could go into specific details for each case, but I feel that my blanket statement is better suited to this post.

When you consider how close-knit the vast majority of the character roster seems to be in terms of balance, the nerfs to these top-tier characters would automatically boost up the tournament viability of everyone else.  This type of forward-thinking is a key point that everybody needs to consider when making these balance suggestions, as it would be counter-productive to unnecessarily buff a character after their most troublesome opponents are nerfed.

All in all, it will be interesting to see which changes do end up making it into the next version of Street Fighter 4, but I am also somewhat anxious as I know that properly keeping the balance of 39 vastly different characters is a very daunting task to accomplish.

P.S. In case you didn’t know: In gaming balance, “buff” means “to improve” whereas “nerf” means “to make worse”.

 

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March 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Round 1, Fight! – Evolution Announces Their 2013 Game Line-up

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With the next annual Evolution tournament date quickly approaching, the powers that be have finally revealed the games that we can expect to feature tournaments at the event. Whilst there will be a grand total of 8 games (compared to last year’s 7), not all of them will be played across all three days of the event – with some being concluded on their second tournament day.

Here is the list of games that will feature a tournament:

  1. Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
  2. Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012
  3. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  4. Mortal Kombat 9
  5. Street Fighter X Tekken 2013
  6. King Of Fighters 13
  7. Persona 4 Arena
  8. ?

As you can see, the eighth game is unknown at this point. This is because the hosts at Shoryuken.com are running a donation drive, in which the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The game that gets the most donation money will be crowned as the final game, so if there’s a game that takes your fancy – then get involved!

Here is the list of possible eighth games:

  1. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R
  2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
  3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  4. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike – Online Edition
  5. Virtua Fighter 5
  6. Divekick
  7. Melty Blood Actress Again Current
  8. My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic
  9. Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
  10. Dead or Alive 5
  11. Capcom VS SNK 2
  12. Injustice
  13. Skullgirls
  14. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
  15. BlazBlue
  16. Soul Calibur 5
  17. Darkstalkers 3

Evolution 2013 is set to be the largest fighting game event ever and will be hosted at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 12th-14th, with multiple live video streams being provided for those that cannot be there in person. For more details about the event as well as the donation links for deciding the eighth game, please visit: http://evo.shoryuken.com/

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