The Stuff of DreamsThe Stuff of Dreams

Posted on Jul 7th 2017 at 05:28:06 AM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under Fighting, Offline, SinglePlayer

Let's face it. Fighting Games are becoming geared more and more towards people who play online, and to me, that's a problem. Don't get me wrong, if I'm playing with friends online, that's one thing, and not a bad thing at that, but when I'm forced to go up against random people who are likely cheating or do nothing else with they're time, it's just not fun anymore. So how do we remedy this? We go back to a time before things like Xbox Live or PSN existed (or when they were just coming into play).

Today, I'm here to talk about Fighting games with proper offline modes, or more specifically, Fighting games with a proper Arcade Mode. A proper Arcade Mode is defined by me as such:

-A mode where you battle CPU Opponents in succession, one after the other.
-Individual character endings.
-Difficulty selection.

That said, games like Street Fighter V and, sadly, Killer Instinct (2013) must be left out. While Killer Instinct's 1st Season does indeed have a proper Arcade Mode, it does not apply to every character in the roster, and therefore, I must leave it out. Don't get me wrong though, I still love the game. Let's begin!

Street Fighter II' - Champion Edition


I'll be honest. I have very mixed feelings on Street Fighter II. As it's many re-releases came about, it got harder, and it took every fiber of my being to beat the Hyper Version on MAME, and when I finally did it (using M. Bison, who is all I'm good with), the game basically presented me with a "Game Over" Screen, not even allowing me to enter my initials, all because I used him. That made me mad, so to say. The salt was real. That's where the Champion Edition on PC-Engine comes into play. Not only can I beat it without getting mad, but the Character Ending for M. Bison isn't just the game saying "Great job, you beat it with M. Bison, so you still lose". If your gonna play Street Fighter II, and you don't want to lose your temper, this version is the way to go.

SVC Chaos


This is another one I have mixed feelings on. I have always loved SNK and they're Fighting games, but this one is a bit different. Rather than being developed by Capcom, SNK made this one, and it shows. That's not a bad thing, but it does have a problem. While it does qualify as having a proper Arcade Mode according to what I said above, you only get a Character Ending if you beat one of the two secret final bosses, both of which are extremely difficult, and both of which you can't continue against if you lose. While I can beat one of them, SNK's Athena, I have never managed to defeat the other one, Capcom's Red Arremer, who I still consider to this day to be the hardest boss I have ever fought in a Fighting game. Complaints aside, I still like this game, even if some of the opponents are a bit too broken.

The King of Fighters 2006


The King of Fighters 2006 isn't the most beloved game in the series, and I fail to see why exactly. It's one of my favorite Fighting games, and I can't get enough of it. It's just plain fun! It's 3D, has English Voice acting, and the move inputs are still the same. Besides that, it carries on the traditional SNK Challenge, and that prevents it from being dull. It's worth it if you like Fighting games, but I'm unsure on how hard it may or may not be to find these days, as I haven't seen a copy in a long time.

These days, it seems like the best place to find Fighting games as I've described them is on Steam, which still feels a bit odd to me, but hey, a fight is a fight, and I'll keep fighting until my reflexes can't keep up anymore. FIGHT ON!



Posted on Mar 23rd 2013 at 05:42:58 AM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under Fighting, PSP, BeatEmUp



Hey, you! There's this really tough student that's driving us all nuts! Your gonna go beat him up, right?! Right! Now get to it!

Here we go again! Kenka Bancho 4 is the sequel to Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble for the PSP. This beat'em up is about Yuuta, who transfers to a new school full of tough kids, because he wants to beat up the strongest student there. When he arrives, he learns that he needs to get the student's attention to be able to meet and fight him. To do that, he needs to beat up all 300 students at his new school!

Being the sequel to Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, the core gameplay remains the same, but with a few differences. You are no longer required to do stuff by a time limit now, for example. You can still customize your character and his fighting moves, so that's cool. Another neat little feature is that you can rename all the students at your school. Odd, but still neat.

Another thing about this game is fighting with honor. For example, you should never just walk up to a student and hit them. To initiate a fight, you should use the Menchi Beam instead. The Menchi Beam is a laser eye beam that signals another student to fight you. Upon using it, you will trade insults via a mini-game where you press a button at the right time. If you win, you get the first strike. If they win, they hit you first. As I mentioned before, you must fight with honor to remain a cool badass. As such, you shouldn't use weapons, just your bodily techniques to fight.

Overall, this is one hell of a game, and a great improvement over Badass Rumble. This is one of those rare cases where the sequel is better than the prequel.



Posted on Oct 30th 2012 at 04:33:50 AM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under KasumiNinja, Atari, Jaguar, Fighting



This is me (finally) defeating Gyaku on Kasumi Ninja for the Atari Jaguar. This freak was super tough. Seriously, I've been trying to do him in for days. I guess this victory was just dumb luck. Tongue

Anyway, that's all for now. More videos to come soon!

UPDATE

Okay, NOW he is dead.





Posted on Mar 23rd 2012 at 06:29:34 AM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under KenkaBancho, PSP, Vita, Fighting, Japan



Hey, you! Yeah, you! I'm talking to you, Yankii! Are you a Badass?! I'm a Badass, and I'm gonna teach you how to be the Top Bancho in all of Japan!

......I might be milking this thing a little. Heh.

But seriously, everyone. This is Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble for the PSP, which I've been playing on my newly-acquired PS Vita. (Don't ask. I just thought it would be cooler.)

Anyway, this beat'em up was obviously inspired by River City Ransom, as they share some similarities. The game gives you the "Main Goal" of beating up 46 Banchos from all across Japan, who ALL just happen to be in the fictional prefecture of Kyouto. (Not to be confused with the real prefecture of Kyoto.)

However, there's a lot more to do than just kick ass. You can customize your Character with all kinds of different gear, hairstyles, and so on. You can also try and find Romance if you don't feel like fighting. Still, no matter what you end up doing, your gonna end up fighting SOMEONE. That is, unless you spend the whole week in your Hotel Room. (The only real point being to earn a Title.)

Overall, this is one excellent game, and if your pining for a game like River City Ransom, then this is for you. Give it a try!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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