- June 2011 Feedback
are your thoughts on Soul Calibur 5 . . .
Hello Mr. Frank (or should I
First of all, I cannot compliment you enough
for your amazing work with FighersGeneration.com.
The daily updated news section is
fantastic, and so are your reviews: finally someone who not only
knows what he is talking about, but isn't
a theory freak; you actually get in the ring and make your knowledge
useful. You're a BEAST, unlike the
button-mashing mainstream media :D
Well, after expressing my respect, I'd
like to ask you something.. what are your thoughts on the new Soul
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it will be a
fantastic game (being a huge fan of the series and even more of Tekken,
I have no reason to doubt Namco), but..
will it still be Soul Calibur?
Let me ask it in another way... aren't
they going too far with the "generational shift"? I know many
characters will be back,
but if their playing style changes too
much (along with the basic gameplay), it might turn off oldtime fans...
I mean, can you imagine Ivy almost 20
years older and using the same mannerisms and skills? She's always been
favorite character (specially her SC2 an 4
incarnations), and it wouldn't feel right without her... and that goes
to a lot
of other characters (if not all of them..
thou an old-aged Mitsurugi would be awesome!) I am definitely buying the game as soon as it is out, but still I wonder
how it'll turn out. Your opinion on the subject
would be very valuable.
Anyway, I'm from Brazil, and I noticed you
got some messages in Portuguese (the Brazilian one)... I
really don't get why
would someone expect you to understand, but it is funny how you actually
got the main idea from one of them!
If you ever get one of those again, I'd be
happy to translate it for you, just let me know =)
Thanks for your time!
Iwamoto (Belem-PA, Brazil)
(PS: You should create a martial
arts reference section.. some sort of catalog where martial
artists could easily find
out what characters/games represent their fighting style, and which ones
actually got them right)
Frank replies: Thanks
a lot man. Soul Calibur 5.... I'm definitely glad I've lived to see
the day... not that I was planning to die or anything, but y'know.
I've always greatly enjoyed the Soul series. Aside from Tekken,
Soul has been one of my "main" games throughout all my
years of fighting. While I've been "impressed" with every Soul
sequel to date, the drastic moveset changes they made to certain
characters (like Ivy) in SC3/SC4 slightly disappointed me in the
long run. No other franchise ever changed their fighters that
much.... There isn't a Street Fighter game where Ryu's hadoken was
changed from "QCF + P" to "QCB + P"... but the Soul
series has done such things. Thankfully, the "majority" of
changes they've made have been good ones, but once again, I haven't
enjoyed playing Ivy (one of my favorite characters) since SC2...
and that's kinda sad.
Alas, such changes in the Soul series are to be expected nowadays.
What I'm hoping for in SC5 is faster gameplay, plenty of mix-ups
& fakes, a nice balanced roster (like SC4), great stage designs, and
some epic guest characters (c'mon Cloud & Sephiroth!). Like you, Namco
has never given me a reason to doubt their sequels. Of course SC5 will be
a solid game, but I'm hoping they put a lot of time and "heart"
into SC5. I think that's what SC4 was mainly lacking... heart.
(and storyline). lol.
Haha, well I do get messages written in other languages sometimes. I've
tried putting them into a translator, but it isn't quite enough. I'll keep
you on reference in case I get any more emails in Portuguese. Thanks man!
Destiny, Clay Fighter & Final Fantasy 13. . .
Hi Frank, my
name is Rodrigo, I'm from Santiago, Chile (so, my English isn't
perfect), and I must say that when I found your page, I simply felt
in love with it, I've been following for years right now. Visiting
TFG home page is like reading newspapers, and searching through it
is like being in a library (or a museum)!
putting your time on this, so we players can find out so much
information about those games we love.
Now, the questions:
1. I was
searching through TFG to find out that you haven't reviewed Fighters
Destiny, a N64 game. It wasn't a really really good game (compared
to other 3D fighters from those years), but I always thought that it
was sort of different and unique. Why Fighters Destiny isn't in TFG?
2. Have you played Clay Fighter? Could you write a mini review in a
reply? Hahaha, I know this game can't be in TFG (too weird and was
lacking in gameplay), but it was funny in Snes.
3. I saw that you are a Final Fantasy fan. What are your thoughts on
Final Fantasy XIII? I actually didn't liked it at all (the story and
gameplay pulled me off, the characters are just too FF cliche and
the battle system was like "attack" all the time)
That's all man! (My main question is the first, don't worry too much
about the others)
-Rodrigo Andres Perez Carrasco (Santiago, Chile)
Frank replies: Hi
Rodrigo, nice to meet you. Sounds like you've been enjoying TFG to the
fullest, and thanks! By the way, your English is pretty solid! ;)
1. I actually rented Fighters Destiny once... I remember pacing back and
forth in the N64 isle at Blockbuster in 1998 (wishing there was a bigger
selection of N64 games), and I eyed Fighters Destiny several times... but
I felt like it would be a total waste of money to even rent. LOL.
Anyhow, I finally gave it a chance, and it wasn't as bad as a thought...
but still, it was pretty lame. It had a unique gameplay gimmick, but it
was hardly any fun and the characters were boring. I won't say that I'll
never put up a Fighters Destiny profile on TFG, but I simply don't have
much motivation to do so at the moment. lol.
2. I think I played a demo of Clayfighter at a retail store and hated
it... with a passion. All I remember is the fighting snowman and some
other really ugly pixilated things that kinda gave me the creeps. Let me
just say... there's a better chance of a Fighters Destiny TFG profile than
a Clayfighter one. ;)
3. I thought FF XIII's graphics were jaw-dropping in 1080p (on PS3)...
it's probably the best-looking game I've ever played. However, here's my
mini-review of FF13. Graphics = 10 / Gameplay = 8.5
/ Characters = 6 / Story = 2.5... yeah, it
just went downhill once you got past the graphics.
Anyway, thanks for the questions! Take care.
Really Know your shit . . .
Discovered your site today. I've been sitting
here for 3 hours straight just reading your game reviews. Really
excellent. Also, you really know your shit. Thanks for the great
-Chris Gsell (Brooklyn, New York)
Frank replies: Thanks
a lot Chris. I've put many hours into those reviews... and when I receive
comments like yours, it makes it all worthwhile. By the way, I'm glad you
said "you know your shit" and not "you know
you're shit"... that little apostrophe changes everything
Thanks man & enjoy the site!
Enix VS Capcom . . .
Hello Frank! TFG is the best fighting
game site ever, fighting games are one of my top favorite video game
genres ever and the day I found TFG was one of the best moments in my
life. I have 3 questions, they are all about Capcom VS games.
1. Like you Frank I too am a long time Marvel fan. Marvel comics is
and will always be on the top of my favorite comic companies list,
I have many Marvel character favorites. Anyway my first question is
this: Lets pretend there would be a new Marvel VS Capcom game and you
and only you would get to decide which Marvel characters you would
want in (NOTE: excluding the Marvel characters who already are in the
Marvel vs Capcom series or have been in at least once).
Which Marvel character(s) who hasn't been in the MvsC series before would
2. Just like you Frank I also never liked DC comics and prefer Marvel over
them, the only DC characters I truly like and always has are Power Girl,
Zatanna and Poison Ivy (my favorite of the three) but otherwise beside
them I never cared much for the DC characters. Anyway my question is this,
if there ever would be a DC VS Capcom fighting game how would you feel
about it? I would only be interested if (at least one of) my 3 DC girls
who I mentioned got in (especially Poison Ivy), otherwise I would only
care about the Capcom side.
3. Do you think a Square Enix VS Capcom fighting game could ever happen,
if yes, then what SE characters) do you think should be in? I would
personally just want Terra (Final Fantasy 6), Vivi (Final Fantasy 9), Aya
Brea (Parasite Eve series) and Neku (The World Ends with You).
That's all, thanks for your time and keep up the good work here at TFG!
Frank replies: Thanks
so much... I appreciate it. Let's get to your questions then!
1. I thought Capcom did an awesome job with their character choices since
the beginning of the VS series. Since I'm a big X-men fan, most of
my favorite Marvel characters ended up in MVC2... and the fact that
they got the original voice actors from the X-men animated TV
series was the icing on the cake. Marvel characters I'd love to see in a
Capcom game that haven't made the cut would be: Mister Sinister, Mephisto,
Shatterstar, Domino, Havok, Pyro, Archangel, Beast, Stryfe, Iron Fist,
Loki, Kingpin, Ultron and Nightcrawler! For the record, I'd prefer to see
them done in Capcom's "classic" 2D VS series style... but I
suppose I'd settle for MVC3 graphics.
2. In all honesty, I wouldn't be very excited about Capcom VS DC...
unless it was done with 2D sprites, of course. :)
3. Square Enix VS Capcom? Now that's something I'd go crazy over.
Yeah, I think it's very possible actually. Of course I'd want to see a
good variety of Final Fantasy characters from 7-10 (Squall, Cloud,
Sephiroth, Steiner, Vivi, Lulu & Kimahri are musts), a few characters
from Chrono Trigger (Frog better be in there), a few from
the Mana series, and maybe even some oddball characters from Ehrgeiz
would be cool to see re-imagined in Capcom's art style.
Thanks for the questions Robert... it was fun!
6 Cabinet at Galloping Ghost Arcade . . .
response to my reply from last month's feedback)
Doc replies: Thanks...we are really trying to do unique cabinets
here. We actually just had several of the Mortal Kombat actors out
to sign our cabinets too. Phillip Ahn (Shang Tsung MKII), Katalin
Ogren (Kitana, Mileena, Jade MKII) John Turk (Subzero UMK3) and then Dan
"Toasty" Forden and John Vogel were there too. And
here are some pics of the Tekken cabinet I did. I used Fanta sticks
and crown buttons on it!
Frank replies: Wow,
that's awesome Doc. You guys are one of the last great arcades
in America and, once again, I wish you the best of luck. Maybe you guys
will inspire other arcades in America to open up because you guys are
doing it right!! Thanks for sending the pics of the Tekken 6
cabinet... great job on it! No doubt I'll spend some quality time at that
cabinet when I visit.
or Stick . . .
Hey Frankie! I've been a fan of your
site since '02 and I'd like to thank you for having the best fighting game
site on the internet. My friend and I really trust your reviews and its
great to read stuff written by an expert in the "field". I have
a few questions for you:
1. Pad or stick? If the latter what stick do you prefer?
2. I've noticed your a big fan of FF7, you have character pages for
Sephiroth and Cloud after all. Have you played Dissidia yet and if so
what's your opinion on it? You probably get this question a lot, I
Thanks for answering any questions!
(Henderson, North Carolina)
Frank replies: Well
thanks man... it's always great to hear from someone who's been coming to
the site since the early days!
Thanks for all the years of support my friend.
#1. Depends on the game. For Tekken and Soul Calibur (my
main games) I always use a pad... more specifically, Dual Shock. I've been
using the PS controller for fighting games for over 15 years now, so it
feels very natural to me. I also enjoy using a quality arcade stick, but I
tend to play more effectively whenever I use Dual Shock. I even use Dual
Shock for Street Fighter, as odd as that sounds, but it obviously has it's
limitations... so I also use stick for Street Fighter and most 2D games.
For MVC2, however, I loved using the Dreamcast pad and still play the game
better when I use it.
#2. Yes, I've played the original Dissidia and it was fun for a
while. To be honest it didn't have the "fighting game feel" that
I was hoping for, but it's still a cool game. In case you're
wondering, won't say that I'll never add the Dissidia series
to TFG, as it would be cool to have some more of my favorite RPG
characters on the site... but believe it or not, most fans of the site
have said TFG is fine without Dissidia. Maybe I'll put up a poll on
it sometime soon. ;)
Fighter Table Top Game . . .
Love your site, been following for years.
This info has been floating about for a bit, but I just thought i'd
drop a line about the street fighter table top game that will be
released in august. Some people may be interested in it just for the
collectible sculpts. It is compatible with heroclix, a long
comic book superheroes game but it will also have a 1 on 1 street
keep up the good work on the site.
-Bryan (Bellevue, Nebraska)
Frank replies: I
thought I heard something about this a while back... thanks for sharing
and thanks for the kind words. :)
Heart 3: Boobie Edition . . .
About your Arcana Heart 3 news. You said "Should've called it
Boobie Edition. LMAO!" In fact, it is already the case.
"Suggoi Oppai Fan's Edition" means "Wonderful tities
fan's edition", close enough, isn'it?
Frank replies: And
I was just kidding..... OMG. So
that's what "Oppai" means. That's just hilarious.
6 Neo Geo fighters . . .
I need some help. I have
KOF 98, SS4, LB2 and MOTW. What other 2 would you include?
Frank replies: Good
choices so far. To complete that line-up, I'd say you need Samurai
Shodown 2 and King of Fighters