Well, today has been a pretty relaxed day. I had some time off work to just play some games although the only games I played are Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball Fighters Z. What’s even worst is I didn’t spend my time playing online but sitting in the lab and coming up offensive options and what to do on defense.
Let me go over it a bit for those wondering why don’t I just hop online and play and figure it out from there. Well back when I was in my rookie years of fighters that’s exactly what I did. It got to the point where if I lost to someone I couldn’t figure out why and thought the character was cheap. It took me going to an offline event that made me realize that the point of playing online was to test things like doing attacks to see which are unsafe to use a lot and how to get people to stop pressing buttons when I’m trying to press buttons. Since my adventures in the Chicago Fighting Game Community (which I now have more time for and games to play so I’ll be back before March) I don’t just hop online unless I have a game plan. Hell, I don’t play people now till I have a game plan, so I dedicated all of today doing.
In Tekken 7 I’m playing Jin and I mostly spent my time just learning how to move around with it being second nature and figured out a nice game plan when opponents block certain moves I either get punish them for it, setup better pressure, or get out of dodge. I’m not sure if it’s full proof but it’s enough to see how well I’ll do against people instead of the A.I.
In Dragon Ball Fighters Z I finally figured out who I want to try out online and that’s my top 3 characters I want to play (Piccolo, SS Vegeta, SS Goku). I think Piccolo is pretty strong even though he doesn’t have a hard knock down or soft knock down combo outside of the corner. (Hard or Soft Knock Downs in short terms meaning being knocked to the grown and not being able to get back up until the game allows you instead of you pressing a button to recover) I think I got a good handle on Vegeta but I feel like there are some things I don’t get about his special moves in training mode at the moment but I think they’ll make sense when I play people to see how they react. For Goku, I think he might be my best character at the moment but I’ll wait to see how I feel after playing a 100 games with him, Vegeta, and Piccolo to know for sure.
Although today been kinda of crazy since Injustice 2 released the trailer for the Ninja Turtles. I swear every time I think I’m okay with only playing two characters they make another so appealing that I have to decide if I want to pick them up or hell just drop The Flash (who I main) and pick them instead.
I also got a chance to learn that EVO 2018 has announced it’s line up and people are like divided on the whole “it’s okay Marvel players your game is still special” to the “haha Marvel is dead serves you right”. I have some things to say about that but I want to really reflect on this because it’s surprising that The King of Fighters never got that type of love when it didn’t come back to EVO in 2017. Hell the one thing that shocked me is BlazBlue Cross Tag battle making it as a top 8 game and it isn’t out. The King of Fighters 14 is getting an update and new characters so…. Whatever.
Oh! The biggest news is I heard was that Red Dead Redemption got delayed until October 26th. Granted I haven’t played the first one this gives me enough time to at least try the game, but at the same time I already have Final Fantasy XV and Horizon Zero Dawn (which I’m reviewing by the way) so do I need to really play another open world game. I’m already getting tired of them already. Well, I guess that’s to be expected from Take-Two so…
Well, either way, it was a pretty excited day gaming wise although more of self-discovery while just playing than actually playing against people. I know tomorrow when I get back from work I’ll get some Horizon Zero Dawn on and in the morning before I work I’ll practice my combos in Tekken 7 and Dbfz (Dragon Ball Fighters Z). Until then I’m going to watch some Black Lightning and Super Girl before bed. Stay Litten…