Fast forward to NOW and my attitude has done a complete U-turn. The most recent gameplay trailers seem to show a game that certainly still resembles its excellent predecessor but the visual detailing is a hell of a lot better in a subtle sort of way that isn't a mere glossier version of SFIV. Take a look at the wear-and-tear damage on Ryu's gloves, the cracks in Bison's shoulder pads and the long overdue upgrade for Cammy which includes more accessories for her outfit plus actual textures on the leotard . I'm also really loving the beautiful 'Forgotten Waterfall' stage which reminds me of the equally sumptuous 'Lost World' stage in Dead or Alive 5.
|Oof! Also, is Cammy feeling...chilly?|
By far the thing that has gotten me most excited however is the return of long-absent characters from past games. So far, Capcom has shown off 'Nash' (an evil version of Charlie Nash), Birdie and...Rainbow Mika! Any Alpha/Zero-era characters making a comeback is good news to my ears but I genuinely never expected Capcom to bring back R.Mika who is easily one of my series' favourites. Mika's fighting style looks to be pleasingly familiar but she also has a lot of new moves including the use of a mysterious partner during her V-Triggers. Overall, I'm really pleased that Capcom seems to have finally listened to the fans so here's hoping for more blasts from the past (Karin plz).
|Long time no see... Let the Alpha/Zero revival continue!|
To go off on a bit of a tangent though, the only games on my radar that I would definitely buy for the PS4 are Until Dawn (still pissed that this was cancelled on the PS3!), Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last Guardian but there is another title that might force me to throw reason in the bin and upgrade...Tekken X Street Fighter. Yes, it's still a 'thing' according to Namco and a lot of work has been completed behind closed doors so far. Witnessing the Street Fighter cast in full 3D (let's forget the EX series!) and seeing which characters they have selected is tantalising enough but actually getting to play as Ryu and co. in the Tekken style? It's seriously exciting. If the quality and generous fan-service lavished on Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is any sort of yardstick then I think TxSF will really be something special.
But for now we have Street Fighter V and ain't it looking nice?