The SRK Rollback: Best of December 8-14, 2017

By on December 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

Welcome to the Rollback: a frame-by-frame look back at our past week’s most notable news — and our favorite SRK articles — from December 8 to December 14, 2017!

Zavian “mushin_Z” Sildra, Editor-in-Chief:

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Left Behind? The Tokyo Street Fighter V experience

SFV’s absence from arcades in Japan have done it no favors towards building a player base there. Here’s a look at how and where to play this title on — what traditionally would have been — its home turf.

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Everything we know about SoulCalibur VI — from a tournament player’s perspective

Now that we know SoulCalibur VI is on the way, Crow_Spaceboy shares speculation — both positive and negative — on its potential gameplay direction.

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lumxfaustSometimes, paying homage in fighting games can go too far: Thoughts on Fantasy Strike’s Lum Bam-foo

Our genre (actually, video games in general) have a long history of sharing — and stealing — design concepts from each other. But do the design elements that Fantasy Strike utilizes cross the line?

Sam “Trilby” Foxall, Assistant Editor:

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DBFZ Goku BlackGoku Black, Beerus, and Hit are confirmed as playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Ahead of Jump Festa this weekend, V-Jump finally revealed that yes, you will be able to play as Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Be prepared for the legion of triple Goku players on launch in January…

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AnswerJapan’s esports industry will start issuing “pro licenses” for select players

To sidestep Japan’s strict gambling laws, the country’s esports industry will be issuing pro licenses to select players from 2018. This initiative should see pros earning payouts from tournaments similar to sports pros, and hopes to kickstart the Japanese esports boom.

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wake-up wednesdaysWake Up Wednesdays talks to MenaRD about battling his way through Capcom Cup 2017

After his sensational win at Capcom Cup last weekend, Capcom’s Michael Martin catches up with MenaRD to discuss his journey through that legendary bracket.

Keegan “Interrobang!?” Spindler, Features Editor:

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omen_of_sorrow_gabriel_vs_zafkielThe King of Monsters? Shoryuken preview: Omen of Sorrow

Omen of Sorrow had a gameplay demo make an appearance over the weekend, and SRK’s own Trilby took to the sticks to see how it works. Check out his comprehensive breakdown to see what he thought!

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Snake EyezShoryuken interview: Snake Eyez on Capcom Cup preparation, and the grapplers of Street Fighter V

A fantastic interview with Snake Eyez from Forte, which may well have given us a peek at what America’s best Zangief has planned for the year ahead, as well as some insight into his preparation for his showing at Capcom Cup.

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HORI PS4 FE 1 750x400Shoryuken review: HORI Fighting Edge arcade stick for PlayStation 4

As one of SRK’s resident tech enthusiasts, I’m definitely jealous that EiC mushin_Z got his hands on the new Fighting Edge. I do have to admit, however, that he put together a great review. Check it out!

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SFV Season 3 characters
Sakura, Sagat, Cody, Blanka, Falke and G are coming in Street Fighter V’s 3rd season

When Capcom Cup 2017 reached its conclusion, Capcom not only confirmed Sakura for SFV, but learned from this past year of leaks (and complaints) and showed us the full Season 3 DLC roster — but poor Honda wallows in his bathhouse as the only Street Fighter II era fighter still left out. Editor-in-Chief. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the title.