As a final nail in my fighting game article coffin, I bring you an honest, unbiased review of the downloadable content for three of the biggest fighters out there. There's EVO this weekend, and you'll be able to catch the world's best fighters duking it out for the championships live on stream. You gotta be ready with the knowledge, ready with the skills to step up to all the casual lobbies that'll be running during the weekend...so here's some info on the major DLC available for MvC3, MK and SSFIV, if you're considering stepping up your game a little.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Jill and Shuma-Gorath
Two characters from Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 return to the stage with gusto. For fans of the characters back in the day, take heed: Shuma-Gorath plays very much like he used to, and all of his familiar moves are intact with only a few changes. Jill however got completely overhauled ala Resident Evil 5 "Angry" Jill Valentine, and now darts around the screen with fast kicks, a pretty neat super that's perfect for delayed hyper combos, and a "powered-up" mode where she no longer walks, but teleports at the press of a button! To be honest though, If they're the only two DLC characters coming out before Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 I'll be a tad upset. They are currently five bucks apiece, which seems to be standard fare for characters these days. I'd take Shuma over Jill if I had to start with one.
Mortal Kombat: Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain (To be added: Freddy Krueger)
Mortal Kombat is a truly fantastic fighting game. Very fun, on its own pace with its own feel...but that pace is one of great combos, lots of specials and perfect timing. Worth playing, if you're even remotely interested in fighting games. The DLC for the game so far has been pretty great, adding three characters to an already impressive and interesting roster of Mortal Kombat favorites. Skarlet is a "Princess Ninja" type character, with a nice throwing knives attack, teleport, two GRUESOME fatalities and a command run that I never use. Kenshi's like Ermac with a razor. His combination of close/medium/far sword skills, telekinetic shoulders and flurries leads to a character able to handle being zoned by other, fireball heavy characters. He's fun, truly, and his second fatality is among my favorite in the game. Rain I've only just got, and played about 5 times. Another "Male Ninja" type like the rest of half the male cast, he's got some fun options for his water based skills. If you're going to start with one, start with Skarlet and work your way up. I'll be excited to get my hands on the latest reveal to the roster in two weeks...Freddy Krueger! The three DLC characters that are out now are five bucks apiece, on Xbox and PS3.
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Arcade Edition, like Super Street Fighter IV before it, is not just a character roster update but also an overhaul of many characters moves. Four fighters were also added to the roster. Two Third Strike favorites Yun and Yang, Evil Ryu and a new character known as Oni (or "Oni Akuma"). Yun and Yang got a whole article basically devoted to their defense, and it shows. Against the existing cast they're fast, strong and freaking deadly additions with their power-up supers and palm strikes. Oni's got his merits, I love Evil Ryu, and the rest of the balancing feels good. If you started with Street Fighter IV, and haven't tried Super or Arcade edition yet you're doing yourself a disservice. Fix that, by picking up Arcade Edition as DLC on PSN or Xbox Live (15 bucks, if you already have Super Street Fighter IV), or buying the disc-version of the game for forty bucks new. Very worth your time.
There's the round-up. Look lively, as Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur IV and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 are only just around the bend. It's going to be a year for fighters, so do your best to keep up if you've got the will to fight!