This has been a hard couple of days. New console, new games, no time.
My professional life has been thrust to the forefront, if only for a little while. I guess it deserves as much.
This change in focus is about to come to an abrupt an end tomorrow, as the chosen one arrives. That's right, Super Street Fighter IV will be safe in arms at approximately 4:43pm on Thursday, 29th April. Relationships will suffer. Bonds will be broken. Days, weeks, possibly months will blur into a passage of time ruled by 35 World Warriors.
After writng selection criteria I've rewarded myself with short bursts of Street Fighter IV on the PC. Honing my skills for my inevitable return to the online arena. The PC version looks pretty respectable on a mid level PC, and provided you have a gamepad, the experience is just as exhilarating as its console counterparts. I'm sure you may be thinking that I am engaging in Street Fighter overkill, but you sirs/dears must not have been embroiled in the heat of urban warfare.
I was trying to explain to my beloved Carly what the fuss is all about. She seems unconvinced. She prefers her fighters to be more forgiving, to allow for a little more button mashing. Your Tekkens, your Virtua Fighters. Now I don't for a minute think that a button masher could match the greatest Tekken player, but for someone like me, who knows a few combos, can play competently with a few (read: no more than 3) characters, button mashing can be used to defeat me regularly. That last admission was a little embarrasing. I'm hurting. However what I would argue is that it is much easier to attain victories mashing random buttons in Tekken and Virtua Fighter than it is in Street Fighter. Sure you can shower your opponents in hadoukens, but there are quite a few people I know who are unable to regularly work quarter circles (Sorry Sweetie), let alone double quarter cricles. Then you try and show someone (Sorry Carls) how to perform charge moves and they leap about the screen uncontrollably. Boot up Tekken, and she dances about the screen performing parries, spamming throws and puts that 20 plus years of gaming (normally in my favour) to shame.
The Street Fighter series, in its various installments have always been amongst my favourite games, fighting or otherwise.Street Fighter IV (at the moment) is the most effective distillation of all of the characters, mechanics and refinements introduced over the years and various installments. With SSFIV approaching, all the videogame critics of the world have promised that the best is mere hours away.
Will you be joining me on day one? ARE YOU INDESTRUCTIBLE!!!!!