I played SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

DSCN0067.JPGWhen I went to Comiket today, I did not anticipate seeing SNK there… but, to be fair… I way underestimated the scope of this event, as it is a lot more than indie manga comics, like I had been led to believe… more of that though in a later post. though.

Since I was there, I got a chance to play their upcoming game SNK Herines Tag Team Frenzy… so what did
I think? Well… it may not be the game for me.

DSCN0063I love King of Fighters and Fatal Fury… but sadly, it doesn’t play like that. It seems SNK is continuing the trend of games like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom… by sounding and looking like games that I
should be great at, and simplifying the controls to the point where I’m horrible at the game. AWESOME.

I played the game on PS4, after a Caucasian woman let me see the controls on a laminated piece of paper that was in Japanese. Awesome. I immediately made a fool of myself trying to start the game by pressing X, which she corrected me by telling me that it is O to start. I should have known that.

DSCN0068Once into the game… I tried doing Terry Bogard’s moves, but eh… I ran into the problem that this game doesn’t quite work like that. While she didn’t explain the controls, it was easy enough to figure out that there was a light, heavy, and special… where you can literally just push the special down to do a move that used to require multiple button presses, such as down back punch for a Burn Knuckle. I believe you can also push a directional button to change up the super used. This should make the game easier, but my mind routinely goes back to Street Fighter II every time I pick up a traditional appearing fighting game. Furthermore, you have to perform a move called a dream finisher to defeat your opponent.

DSCN0057Oh, and there’s a button to switch out a character, and it was more fluid feeling than the last few VS. games.

This game… umm… what?! I… *sigh* okay. Also, there’s tons of weird emojy like things and sparkles or whatever when your character is doing a move tat actually look pretty annoying?

I love the fact that they added a rule 63 Terry Bogard, but I just can’t fluidly play this game based on muscle memory, and that sucks… for me. But it’s 2018, and lately I’ve had to come to terms that continuations of things that I like might not necessarily be for me? Which once again… what?!

My review thus far is that… I’m iffy if this game will have lasting appeal for me. Below is some more pictures from my time at their booth.

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Are you okay, Buster Wolf?

SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy has a canonical gender bent Terry Bogard in it! This is not a drill!

This game comes out in September to PS4 and Switch… but dad nabbit… when will it come to Steam?!?! I have to hide the game in a folder that says ‘Not Porn’ on it already!

5 (Halo) Games that I think would be a good idea to exist

Halo 5 was a bit of a bummer for everyone and who even knows what the new Halo Infinite will be. Surprisingly, the next Halo game will be a light gun game for the arcade made by a 3rd party. Since Microsoft is hurting, and Halo’s future is unclear, I thought that it would be amusing to come up with my own ideas for the series/system.

  1. UNSC_AI_Unit_-_Cortana_-_Rampancy_-_SufferingM rated Halo Parody
    • Play through a spoof of the classic games with some adult humor written by comedians. It would be nostalgic, comedic, dumb, and sexy. Imagine a level where Cortana is trying to explain how something happened, and like The Stanley Parable, she has to re-start things. Things get crazier as she tries to remember the story of herself and Master Chief’s adventures. It turns out that this Mature/Funny story is a rampant fragment of Cortana talking to herself as she is slowly dying at at the end of Halo 4.
  2. Mega Bloks Halo
    • The canceled prototype looked amazing, and family friendly. Make it.
  3. sonic all star with banjoX-Box Cart
    • Family friendly Mario Kart clone featuring Banjo Kazooie, Minecraft’s main character, your avatar character, Halo characters, Gears of War characters, Killer Instinct Characters, etc. It would be just as influenced by Sonic All Star Racing as it is Mario Kart.
  4. ODST styled spin offs set in each Halo game engine using the Master Chief collection’s engine.
  5. Red vs. Blue: The Game. Maybe do it for the anniversary of one of the games or the series, but actually make a game written and voiced by Rooster Teeth. Maybe have it be a ‘lost season’ of that series.

Our shows lived on…

ghostbusters_ver10Lately, the trend has been bring back this or that show or movie that was popular, but do this or that to it. 1980’s Ghostbusters got an all female group, 1990’s Power Rangers had their casts become even more diverse and extreme, and the  2000’s Teen Titans became chibi’s and extremely dumbed down. Each one of those, probably should not have happened.

When the Ghostbusters reboot was not doing well, and they blamed men for trolling on the internet, and not on the fact that the movie was mediocre and missed recapturing how the original movies felt, Paul Feig went on record saying that he would never re-boot another classic property.

Ranger meme2When Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers talked about how the new movie did not do well, he said that they should have made a movie with the original cast, because that was the only time people were really cheering in the audience.

But then there was Teen Titans Go, which has a movie out now, and despite not hitting the tone of the original show… has fans? I don’t get it, but Cartoon Network sure does show it enough… so I guess someone is watching?

In the next wave of reboot nostalgia bait, we have: Thundercats, She-Ra, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each has set off their original fans, as they complain about it while others are arguing how stupid they are for it. ThunderCats? Don’t call it Cal-arts cause lots of other people use it who didn’t go! She-Ra? You man babies are mad cause she doesn’t have big breasts! Buffy??? Well… now that one is where a lot of people are actually just going ‘Umm… No? Please!?’

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buffyseason12The problem with Rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer… is the fact that that show was very progressive for a 90’s/00’s show… and well… it lived on through it’s comics to this very day. Black Slayer? Kindra, who was awesome. Lesbians? Two… but one fell into the bury our gays trope. Gay guy? Andrew was fabulous! Sexy men? Every darn season. wait… that doesn’t count as progressive? Huh.

Buffy has never left the public’s eye really since the cancellation of it’s sister show Angel in 2004. Sarah Michelle Gellar, visually, is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieCertain shows can be softly rebooted, such as Star Wars where they can include old cast members in the original’s world… where they just… well… keep dying every movie. Buffy is one of those given the mythos.

Heck, I’d even allow an entire ret-con of Buffy’s entire show, and have this new slayer be after the 1992’s original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie! That’s right… they are rebooting a reboot!

Just have her be a new slayer that just shows up because the last couple of slayers have passed away…

Thundercats_the_return_4bGetting back onto the major subject at hand is… ThunderCats continued on past the original show just like Buffy did. There were comics… a lot of them. Lion-O even fought Superman… but who hasn’t? Seriously… he’s sort of a bad person.

There was a soft re-boot of the show in 2011 which failed to get a second season due to poor toy sales.

Voltron similarly had a CGI continuation of the original show, than a bad reboot, but then AN AMAZING REBOOT on Netflix!

Gargoyles had a bad 3rd season thus was canceled, but came back as a short lived comic and now Jordan Peel wants to reboot it, which makes Disney uneasy.

reboot 1Reboot was… soft rebooted? It was just terrible though, and is more of a Code Lyoko reboot under the guise of being a reboot of the original 90’s show, as it threw just way too much of it out, and what was left in was just neutered and did not answer any of the questions that the cliff hanger at the end of the show asked.

deadpoolWhile not a reboot but an adaptation all the same, Deadpool did extremely well considering that it was not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked why that was, Kevin Feige said this:

We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was.

Power Rangers has an amazing comic book out right now, and it is not really a re-telling of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but an alternate universe of it. When Kyle Higgins and his fellow writers were interviewed recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by IGN, Kyle said:

… my approach was to not write Power Rangers as it existed, or as I remember it existing, but to write it as I remember it making me feel.

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So what lessons can we learn from Paul Feig, Jason David Frank, Kevin Feige, and Kyle Higgins?

Adapting a classic property is hard to do, and may not be worth doing. People want what made them excited for the original property, as that magic is what will capture a new audience as well. No matter what, you have to respect what was, even if you are going to change it.

 

Losing the Battle

Ronnie “Oni” Edwards Lost his battle with depression and feel victim to suicide. He was an important and impactful editor in the early days of of Game Theory. Below, the theorist Matt Patt talks about the loss of his friend.

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