Feedback - Q1 2013
For Helping Me Love Fighting Games . . .
I have been
visiting your website for about.....I think 4 years now
and I finally got the courage to give you thanks for
making such an in-depth and incredible website to the
fighting game genre. I absolutely love it and I come to
it everyday to hear all the latest news and read all of
your reviews (sometimes even re-read them).
Your thoughts and
views into the games bring such a huge influence to me in
both video games and art. I myself was introduced to the
fighting game genre with Killer Instinct when I was 4 and
while I had a blast in the SNES version, it wasnt until I
played Tekken 3 and Soul Calibur that I started my attempt
in liking them. Quite frankly, I sucked butt in Tekken.
While I had fun playing with the characters and the story
and music got me hooked from the get go, I just found it
too intimidating to learn and enjoy the fighting engine
because of all the characters' move sets and advanced
Too be honest I felt like a complete video game snob and I
simply brushed off fighting games since I knew and felt
that it was hardcore genre and after Tekken 5 I stopped
caring for them in general. I'm actually an RPG person
myself since I first played Final Fantasy IX on the PS1
and ever since then I managed to stick with JRPGs as my #1
source of entertainment (I still played other genres such
as platformers or shooters such as Resident Evil or Mario,
but werent as focused as my love for rpgs). I'm also an
artist and jrpgs such as the Final Fantasy series and the
Tales of series became my inspiration for drawing at the
And it wasnt until I came across your website, when I was
searching up some artwork for Tekken 2 that changed my
opinion in fighting games. From all the other fighting
game websites that I encountered in the past, I have never
seen yours to be anything quite like any other. It was
just so eye-catchy and full of information that I
instantly became hooked on looking around. The thing that
stood out for me about your site were the reviews, when I
started reading them, I felt emotionally excited from
reading your intricate views and aspects that break down
the meat and bones of a fighting game. The way you analyze
the games always left me with so much hype and
appreciation that I was able to give a second look into
When I came across your Street Fighter reviews, I became
so hooked (lol how many times have I said this word) into
the franchise. A fighting franchise that I stupidly
underestimated for being a flat 2D and overrated fighter,
became one of my most favorite and beloved video game
series that I ever came across and it's all thanks to you.
I was surprised with how easy the controls were and how
rewarding and fun the mechanics in the SF games were to
make me keep coming back for more. And the super combos...Ohhhhh
the super combos, I tell you, when I first managed to pull
off a Super Combo finish in Street Fighter Alpha 2, I had
such an amazing feeling inside me. Speaking of Alpha,
thats where I started out my Street Fighter craze. Thanks
to reading your Street Fighter Alpha 1, 2 and 3 reviews as
well as the Alpha Anthology which I hastely picked up from
the store during the waning days of the PS2 era (actually
I think about 2 years ago lol).
Seriously the Street Fighter Alpha series turned into such
a huge influence in my art due to the awesome artwork,
sprites, backgrounds, presentation and of course it's
incredible bgms. I was such an aesthetical fanatic, that I
also really...REALLY love the menu sound effects (you know
when the sound you hear when you select your character and
manual/auto and turbo settings in the selection screen in
Alpha 1 and 2?...Yeah...I really love that, I think it's
badass). And it didnt just stop there, soon after I read
many of your reviews on the awesome 2D Capcom fighting
games, I actually went and bought a sega saturn and
dreamcast to just to be able to play the arcade perfect
ports of games such as X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel
Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, Marvel vs Capcom 1 and 2
and the Street Fighter III series. And I only have those
games for said consoles as well, I never would imagine I
would go out my way to buy whole consoles just to enjoy
and experience a fighting game when I could've easily turn
to emulation to play them (I didnt though because I felt
it would've cheapen up the whole experience to me). I
actually feel a bit proud to own the complete package of
these fighting games with their original box, case and
manuals still intact in such great conditions.
Overall thank you so much for introducing me to Street
Fighter and bringing me back to the fighting game genre
(even though we obviously never met lol) along with
putting the love, care and effort into craft such an
amazing website. Love it, Absolutely love it. Your reviews
totally changed my perspective with the genre and I'm
continuously growing to learn and appreciate both the
technical and aesthetical aspects of a fighting game.
While I never went back to Tekken or any of the 3D
fighters out there, I learned to appreciate their style
and reason for being so difficult to learn and master.
Like you said, those games strive on their deep and
rewarding fighting engine and in Tekken's case I never
knew that it stayed as consistent as it is. Its a fighting
game that should be respected in it's own right.
As I final token of gratitude, I wanted to show you some
artworks that I did in leu of the VS. series from my
deviantart page. While reading up on how Capcom created
the Vs.series from Marvel, I was thinking how awesome it
would be if Capcom made a 2D fighting game based on the
Justice League Unlimited cartoon back in the days. I know
NRS made Injustice Gods Among Us, and while I appreciate
and respect the company for putting care and attention to
it, I personally didnt became too fond of it (it's
probably because of some of the models, awkward
animations, sleppy bgms, gimicky and somewhat dated
fighting mechanics and overall artistic design lol). I'm
actually a Marvel guy than a DC fan, but If Capcom got
it's hands on the DC franchise It would be awesome if they
did a crossover with Street Fighter and have vibrant and
colorful 2D sprite work, sexy 3D backgrounds, music
composed by the guys who made the early VS series music
along with Shinji Hosoe who made the awesome arcade
version music of the SF EX2 (have you listened to the
arcade version music? Digital Ignition and Flash Train are
some of my favorites). Oh well It's a interesting fandom
to me considering that the only reason I like DC is
because of the DC Animated cartoons from Bruce Timm.
Also, I wanted to show you that I started doing
playthroughs on my YT channel on many of the old school
Capcom fighting game such as X-Men vs Street Fighter and
Oh god, I'm still such a scrub in fighting games (yes that
one star difficulty hahaha), but still I manage to have so
much fun into the games anyway, that I hope I gradually
grow to be a bit better in them. Lastly, I've heard you
like some RPGs, may I recommend giving the Tales series a
spin? The series are made by Namco and the reason they are
so much fun to play is because the battle system plays
like a 2D fighter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc1BHJh56RY
The guys in this video impressively show of Tales of
Vesperia's (PS3 version) fighting and combo system
Anyway again, Thank you so much for your website. It's
become such a huge influence in my life and I'm glad I
found a second main niche in the video game industry. Cant
wait to read on future reviews and news on fighting games!
V. (Savannah, Georgia)
Hey Julio. Thanks for taking the time to share your history with fighting
games... it's always interesting hearing about someone else's experiences
and inspirations. I'm humbled that you've enjoyed my
reviews so much, and I'm glad I could assist you in keeping alive your motivation to
play and enjoy fighting games. I also love the Street Fighter Alpha series
(possibly my all time favorite era of Street Fighter), and congrats on
getting a Saturn & Dreamcast to play arcade perfect ports of those
classic 2D fighters... such classy systems those were (are). It's also
great to hear someone else appreciating the amazing music of classic
Street Fighter games... Alpha, EX, SFIII, VS Series... I still love them
Also thanks for sharing your cool
VS Street Fighter" artwork! Your DC characters look like they've come
straight out of the classic DC animated series!
And I agree, I think a Capcom-made DC fighting game would turn out much more
interesting than Injustice or... dare I say..... MK VS DC. lol. Finally, good luck with
your YT Channel and be sure to stay in touch. Thanks a lot
P.S. I'm also a RPG / Final Fantasy fan (FF7 through 10 are still my
favorites) but I haven't tried the Tales series. I'll consider your
recommendation though. Thanks.
And Injustice Review Question . . .
I would like to say
that I'm a big fan of your site, The Fighters
Generation, since 2010. I've been a fan of
fighting games since I was 6 years old, and I'm 24 years
old right now. Your reviews are very well-detailed
and constructive, and I especially love your Soul
Calibur II review.
I'm sorry if I have
to ask some questions, but when you gave Injustice: Gods
Among Us a 7.9 score, which is decent, is it because
there are too many "spam heavy" characters in
the game, or is it because the costumes in the game look
so hideous? I personally like this fighting game
more than Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter x
Don't get me wrong, it's
far from being a brilliant game, and people have
different opinions, but is it that much worse than Solid
/ Impressive? I'm surprised that you gave it a 7.9
score, while I expected to be between 8.1 to 8.6.
Lastly, when you
gave Skullgirls a 7.7 score, another fighting game I
liked, is it because the game is pretty slow for your
tastes, or is it that you're just not really a fan of an
"all-girl" fighting games? I still love
your reviews in general though.
Hey Denny. A fighting game player of almost 20 years huh? ...Awesome. I'm
always honored to hear that a fellow FG veteran enjoys my reviews. I recently
revised my Soul Calibur 2 review, so it was cool you mentioned that one!
To answer your question about my Injustice review: I actually expected to
rate the game a bit higher myself, but some key flaws really stood out to
me. Aesthetically, I don't think Injustice has the "pop"
that other leading fighting games have (new and old)... in the most
fundamental way. For me, it's difficult to like a game that I don't enjoy
looking at... unless the gameplay is "off the charts" fun.
Quick Story: I was at a local tournament last month (about 300 players, 5
games) and they were using smallish HDTVs (I think 26"). I was
watching Injustice being played, and standing only a few feet away from
the TV, the characters almost seemed like skinny twigs fighting each
other. A friend of mine even mentioned it was almost hard to tell which
character onscreen was a male or female. lol. Comparatively to the other
games at the tournament (on the same size TVs), the character models of
SSF4: AE, Ultimate MVC3, and TTT2 fill up the screen a hell of a lot more.
Not only are their clothing & body details easier to see, but their
animations are clearer and crisper since the characters are larger.
Considering the "default size" of most Injustice characters
(besides the big guys), I don't know how players can even read some of the
animations... especially on a small TV. Personally, I think that's
a pretty big visual flaw for a fighting game. It might not
bother other players as much, but I can only think back to mid/late
90ís fighting gameswhere bold, colorful character sprites filled up
the entire screen.
Then there are the iffy
"NetherRealm animations" that irk me. Basically, there are some
animations in fighting games that look awesome to me even after the
10,000th time I've seen them. With Injustice, I got sick of some of the
special move animations after the 50th time. Besides the visuals, it's
just not my type of fighting game. To be honest, my "personal
score" of Injustice would actually be considerably lower than
7.9... but that's not how I review games.
As far as Skullgirls goes... there's something about Skullgirls that I
like, but the game didn't feel "complete" back when I played and
reviewed it. To give it a higher score than a 7.7 would really be unfair
considering the amount of content that other fighting games of this era
offer. Even though it's an indie fighting game, I decided not to give it
too much of a rating "curve". You gotta admit there are some
epic fighting games out in this gen; can't change the fact that
Skullgirls has tough competition. On a positive note, I'm definitely
looking forward to checking out the new DLC characters and stages for
Skullgirls when they come out. After all the DLC is released... who knows,
maybe I'll revise my review.
Well, I hope that answered your questions... haha, thanks for the
Banner Contest 2013 - 1st Place!
The results have
finally gone up and I feel so much better that I now
know where I placed. I wasn't sure if or what I was
gonna place so when I clicked the results I actually
looked away from the screen, scrolled all the way down,
and slowly made my way to the top to see the results. Dear
God, was the suspense killing me. xD I have to
admit that both Rock H. and Roy Droog were the ones that
intimidated me the most this year. I personally liked
Rock's Features banner and Roy's Yun banner a lot!
Thanks again for the chance to make banners for the
site! It feels great to see my banners up there for
everyone to enjoy. I stopped making banners for a long
time for some reason, but this reminded me how fun of a
hobby it was for me and I'm thinking I should get back
into it. I plan on coming back next time and hopefully
better! There's always room for improvement after all.
I'll need some time to think on what character I'd like
for Jet to draw, so I'll let you know soon.
Congratulations to Rock and Roy because you guys sure as
hell scared the crap out of me!
Castillo (Glenwood, Illinois)
Haha, awesome. I'm glad you enjoyed the suspense of the contest... I did
too actually. Receiving new banners from everyone in my email is always
really exciting... like opening presents!
Congrats once again Alejandro. I'll be mailing you the CEO poster &
Gamestop gift card with Jet's drawing when he finishes it. So take your
time and let me know when you decide on a character.
Alejandro replies: Glad even
the judge got to enjoy himself, haha. I'm torn between Ibuki and Strider, but
I've decided to go with Strider. Dat Ouroboros, yo.
Banner Contest 2013 - 3rd Place!
Hey again Frankie,
How have you been? It does me great joy to see myself up there on 3rd
place. Well deserved first place for Alejandro Casillo, such amazing
banners! So happy to have won that poster, its awesome. :) Unfortunately
I'm not able to accept the Gamestop prize since we have no Gamestop her in
Thanks a million man, love these contests and still visit TFG daily. I
hope to participate again next year.
Droog (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Hey there Roy! Congrats on
your 3rd place win! Since you can't accept the Gamestop gift card Iím
going to figure out something else to send you. To give me some ideas...
tell me your top 5 favorite games, and top 5 favorite fighting game
characters. I'll see what I can do. ;)
Roy Replies: Hey Frank thanks a lot
:> Are you sure about this? I'd hate to be a bother. But if you insist, my
favourite characters would be (in no particular order) Guy, Mitsurugi, Genjuro,
Gato and Kazuya (such a difficult question to answer!) And my favourite games
would be Tekken, Street Fighter, Garou, Kingdom Hearts 1 (still have to play 2
:p) and Tenchu. But please don't feel obligated to send me anything. I'm
really happy with the poster! It's really awesome.
Battle: M. Bison VS Shao Kahn . . .
Given your knowledge of
everything fighting games, who do you think has this? I
personally would have rather seen Bison/Vega take on Rugal or
Heihachi as Street Fighter VS Mortal Kombat doesn't really mix
Frank replies: M.
Bison would kill Shao Kahn in about... 3 minutes. Kahn would put up a good fight
for a while, swinging random sloppy punches or swinging around his hammer
like Mario in Donkey Kong, but Bison would just float backward, dodging
all of it. Filling up his meter, Bison would then use his SFA3
Level 3 Boss-Mode Psycho Crusher and Shao Kahn would be dead (Shao Kahn is
used to dying, so it wouldn't hurt much).
To give you a visual, it would look something like this:
VS SNK 3 Scan. . .
-Oz Chavez (San
Frank replies: Haha...
Shoryuken.com posted that as an April Fools joke like 2 years ago, and I
guess they tried to trick people again this year?
As much as I'd love to
see a new CVS, that image is 100% fake. Just look at it... it's not
even done well. That's a KOF12
Kyo sprite and Ryu from Tatsunoko VS Capcom.
You From Mexico . . .
Hi! my name's leo i'm gram mexico and i
only wanna say that, i'm a best fan of your web page, you're
so amazing because all my images that i have, is for you and
all information of my favorite games i have it for you, thank
you to envicious me.
-Leo Asamiya (Ecatepec, Mexico)
Frank replies: Thank
you! Glad you enjoy TFG!
Shaq Fu? . . .
How come you do not have Shaq-fu listed?
Frank replies: Because
it falls under the category of "celebrity" fighting game, which
we don't cover on TFG. I don't think any TFG fans really want to see a
Shaq character profile... (and the 3 sarcastic mofos out there that would say
they want to see a Shaq TFG character profile can kindly f*ck off). lololol.