Well fellas, it’s that time of year again. Time for the announcement of the main games at the crème de la crème of fighting game tournaments: EVO. EVO has always been a great time for me. Even before I was really into fighting games I loved watching the brackets/top 8s with my friends. They were more into the scene and would tell me about the players on stream and when one of them did something sick. Over the years I’ve made fond memories of the event by watching them with my friends.
But sentimentality aside, I loved EVO for another reason. The event always had a stacked list of games that I really enjoyed watching. Street Fighter, Tekken, Blazblue, and Melee to name a few. But this year one game that I love more than any other was left off the list. As the title suggests that game is Guilty Gear Rev 2. I’m quite confused by this decision. I know that Dragonball Fighterz is out and that is the top dog at the moment in terms of anime fighters, but I can’t help but scratch my head at Guilty Gear being left out.
Let’s take a look at the games list for this year
We won’t touch the Melee vs. Ultimate debate nor will we discuss games like Tekken, Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, or Mortal Kombat. Mainly because they scratch different itches than anime fighters, but let’s take a look at the rest. Under Night is a great game. I’ve played it with my friends and I’m glad to see it get some love, but I can’t understand the reason to have it over Guilty Gear. I’d love to see it alongside Guilty, but instead of Guilty? Not so sure about that one. I could also totally understand Blazblue. Hell, if they were only going to have Blazblue or Guilty Gear and they chose Blazblue, I would disagree, but I would understand it. But that would be if they were playing Central Fiction. Instead, they are playing Cross Tag Battle. I get it. It’s the new game, but with the people I’ve spoken to and what I’ve read people don’t seem to care much for it so putting it in just seems silly to me from a fan perspective.
I don’t really even know what to say about Samurai Showdown? I really don’t even know anything about it so it would be a bit hypocritical for me to say another game deserves to be in over it. However, most people I’ve spoken to about it seem to be in the same boat. Maybe it’s great, but I’m skeptical.
Before any of you say it, I’m sure a lot of this has to do with money changing hands, but it still makes me a bit sad to see a game that I have loved watching at EVO these last few years fade off the map. I’m sure they’ll be a side stream for it and I’ll check that out for sure, but it’s just not the same to me.