This Weekend in Competitive Gaming [7/13-7/16]

By Jason Parker

EVO Skullomania

EVO 2017 Announcements:

This was such a gigantic weekend for competitive gaming! From Dreamhack Valencia to EVO 2017, it was so much to take in. I’m not going to bore you with all of the Top 8s from every game that happened for EVO, but there’s so much more than that! If you click this handy link, you can find all of the winners for the multitude of fighting games. The ones I paid the most attention to were Street Fighter V, Smash [Yes, really], and Blazblue: Central Fiction. However, the real thing that interested me were the bevy of announcements! There was some gameplay of Dragonball Fighter Z, which is mind blowing, and new DLC characters/new games are also on the way! The fighting game community has never looked stronger, has never had so much going on that happened to be so exciting! But with so many things going on, I could not keep up with everything. I heard that Sagat and Sakura are confirmed for Street Fighter V Season 3, but not Oro/Viper/Necro. That’s just hearsay though. If someone can confirm/deny, I’d appreciate that.

Speaking of Street Fighter, the first news I happened upon was the reveal of the next DLC character for Street Fighter V! This is a really odd choice because it’s another boss/character from Final Fight, Abigail! They’re Hugo-sized; RE: They’re absolutely freakin’ gigantic. Someone said to me that “They are the size of two Kens on top of each other”. They appear to have a dash, a parry, and a ridiculous amount of power behind their blows. I don’t know how I feel about them yet because giant characters seem kind of dumb. Either they can dash through fireballs/zoning techniques, or they can’t, and are just kept at full screen forever. That’s awful. I understand wanting to add to the diversity of the game, but Abigail just seems like such a peculiar choice. But they are not the only addition to the Fighting Game Scene! Tekken 7’s Harada announced something much bigger [in my opinion anyway]! Southtown’s Big Boss, Geese Howard That’s right, Tekken locked down another amazing crossover character. This one I did hear live and the crowd reaction blew me away. “PREDICTABLE!” echoed the crowd everytime Geese used his counter-throw. Honorable mention goes to MVC: Infinite adding Darkstalkers’ Jedah, and Marvel’s Gamora!

A pair of games were also announced, one from Arika [the team that created Street Fighter EX], and from ArkSys, who are already working on Dragonball Fighter Z. One intense game wasn’t enough!? First, the Arika team are bringing back a lot of the Street Fighter EX characters into a fighting game planned for next year. This game will be the newest addition to the “EX” series. But as of yet, no huge details are available, except for one giant one: SKULLOMANIA IS CONFIRMED. That’s right, Skullomania, possibly one of the coolest Street Fighter characters ever, will be playable. ArkSys unveiled …read more


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