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Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 4

- December 4th, 2012

Good day fighting game fans.

Round 3 of the Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale has passed us by, and we’re on to the semifinals.

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Our Ferocious Four feature Chun Li vs. Ryu (both of Street Fighter) and Scorpion vs. Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat showdown. There are a few days left in the voting so be sure to check back this Sunday for the finals.

Once we get a final tally of the Ultimate Fighter, we’ll ask you who we failed to enter in our list of 32 fighters.

Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 3

- November 25th, 2012

Hello fellow button mashers. Just a friendly reminder that Round 3 of our fighting game poll is up and running.

We’re down to the Irascible Eight, featuring Ryu, Sub Zero, Jin Kazama, Chun Li, Nina Williams, Liu Kang, Scorpion and M. Bison – vote for your favourites here.

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Once the voting is wrapped up we’ll post the results and Round 4 the following Sunday. Also, when it’s all over, we’ll ask for your input on who should have been included in the voting.

A lot of you were disappointed with the lack of Guile (Street Fighter), Voldo (Soul Calibur) and Shun Di (Virtua Fighter).

In order to capture the more popular characters for future polls, we’d like to hear from you.

Vote! … For the best fighting game character

- November 11th, 2012

Canada’s first and up until recently, with the release of Dead or Alive 5, the only Canuck in the big eight fighting game franchises.

We’re running an Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale, and we want you to vote. We’ve picked the four most popular characters from eight of the greatest fighting game franchises, and matched them up against each other.

Admittedly, after the U.S. election, there might be voter apathy out there, but this vote is a little more playful and gamer-friendly.

So which game franchises did we draw our fighters from? Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter.

The vote will run for the next five weeks. Each round will start on the Sunday of each week. So bring your gloves, and test your might.

Dead or Alive 5 great for the casual gamer

- October 10th, 2012
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Helena Douglas, Dead or Alive 5.

Even if the characters break a sweat in Dead or Alive 5, the casual gamer doesn’t have to.

As soon as the disc slides into the game console, and the opening screen loads, it will ask you whether you are a casual gamer, or serious.

That accommodation is a great way to reach out to more gamers. On top of that, the basic controls of punch, kick, throw and block allow gamers an easier way to learn the patterns of a particular fighter.

Most of the cast of Dead or Alive returns, including mainstays Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu, Hayate, Tina, Zack, Bass and Helena.

Added to the cast are two newbies, Mila and Rig. And yes, Rig is Canadian. Only the second Canadian to make a major fighting game roster.

Sega’s Virtua Fighter also crosses over into the DOATEC storylines, with Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan available to players as they progress through the story mode.

The cheesecake factor is still there but it doesn’t take away from the fighting. The interactivity of the stages, the added sweat and water details and the cross-platform release are all pluses. Still the online accessibility is still lagging as it takes a lengthy amount of time to find someone to scrap against.

But that could be attributed to the hardcore fighters panning this game in favour of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 brings the fire

- September 17th, 2012
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Asuka Kazama from Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

If eyes had a solar plexus, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 would be a flurry to it.

Tekken is touted as one of the best-selling fighting game franchises ever.

And with the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it’s no wonder the King of the Iron Fist holds that title belt.

Released Sept. 14, TTT2 is the first tag fighting game released in the series in over a decade.

Oh what a decade does for console-gaming technology. There are more perks, more options and a whole new level of competition with online networks.

The game emphasizes combos, and the more shots you can string together, the better for you. If you happen to be on the receiving end of said combos, pity.

TTT2 is not for the faint of heart, as it is an extraordinarily brutal game. Hard isn’t the word for it as even on easy difficult setting I am ravaged by the end boss, Unknown.

With over 50 characters and combinations to choose from, fighters have to adapt to an incredible carousel of moves. It’s a deep game with more strategy involved than your typical Risk board game.

Outside of gameplay, continuing off the same controls as Tekken 6, TTT2 visuals are incredible. From the flashy fight arenas in Finland, Canada and Malaysia, to a stage featuring rapper Snoop Dogg.

If you get tired of getting smacked about online or even by the computer, you can always train as Combot, who makes another appearance in the game in the tutorial.