Funny story, I actually did mean to since I had the perfect oppurtunity to do so. I’m part of my province’s local smash community and we have our weeklies every tuesday at this electronic club in my city that is also frequented at the exact same time by the local fighting game group (we were originally a part of them before branching out due to how many of us only played smash). Having recently gotten a used Hori mini at a decent price I was looking forward to trying out some of the games they would bring after I finished being bodied in my smash bracket. Unfortunately, when I arrived the entrance was blocked off by a trio of moving trucks onto which all the assets of the lounge were being loaded onto and long story short the noght didn’t go how I planned so now I need to find a new way to try out these games.
It’s not like I’ve never played any of them though, I tried Street Fighter V at a monthly a while back and thought it was just alright, but with the new season starting relatively soon that opinion may quickly find itself to be outdated. I really didn’t feel like a lot of the changes from 4 were a net positive though, to be honest. I also got a chance to try Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and I had quite a lot of fun with it, but I’m not sure if that’s the kind of game I can accurately judge after only playing once. I also tried MKXL and I justice 2, but I already mentioned my experience with them, so meh.
Right now it’s mostly between SFV and Guilty Gear for me. On one hand, I have a personal history with Street Fighter and it has the most robust competitive scene as well as cross platform play, a seemingly lower skill floor and is probably a fairly good thing to transition from Fantasy Strike into. On the other, Guilty Gear has way more style, way more mechanics, way more content, way more story, just more in general. I also hear it has one of the best tutorial modes in any fighting game, which could help mitigate the daunting complexity so I’m honestly not sure which one I would prefer. It’s a shame I don’t have a platform that can play the new Samurai Shodown V special remake, I was seriously hyped when I learned what it was like, but I guess it just isn’t meant to be.
Edit: So about that new Street Fighter season:
Well… This changes things.