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Over the years, many fighting games have become legends that no one wants to let go of. Basically, because they are titles that shone for their mechanics, art direction, characters and unique elements that made them unforgettable.

Reliving these classics is a dream for many players who started their competitive career in the arcades, but we know those times will not return. The closest thing we have is online gambling, and there we have to take into account some important factors.

The first thing is that games from several years ago are still stored in the trunk of memories; that is, there are no updated versions for the new generation platforms. This has caused many to consider options such as Parsec, a software dedicated to simulating a local connection remotely between 2 or more computers, which allows creating a stable connection in any game, even though it is not included from the source. These systems are not endorsed by developers, but speak to the community’s need to keep games they’ve enjoyed in the past alive.

Players have looked for alternatives to revive their favorites

The other issue to consider is the connection quality between players and the limitations of the games that were updated. For example, a port of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 It came out in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and a year later, for Steam and Xbox One. These versions keep most of the features of the original version and include paid content. Sadly, they also have serious connection issues with tons of lag because they decided to keep an outdated netcode.

Lag-based netcode has remained the standard for many years, despite its poor performance. A current game like Granblue Fantasy Versus, which was launched in 2019, has that system and it seems that it will not be updated to a better one. The decision is up to the developers, and why they maintain that kind of connection remains a mystery.

Fortunately, there are different cases in which little by little they began to include rollback netcode as the best option to play remotely. The results are very good, as the games are fluid, without frozen screens and without drastic changes in the frames per second. This connection is not perfect; He still has problems in fights between players from very far distances, but he fulfills his objective. In LEVEL UP we have talked to you about the rollback netcode; But if you want to remember how it works in detail, we leave you a video below.

The rollback netcode became a necessity, especially in the months of lockdown due to the pandemic. There are games that were launched with this option from the beginning, such as Guilty Gear –Strive– Y Melty Blood: Type Lumina, and others who received the adjustment after its release. Garou: The Mark of Wolves it’s an example. The version for Steam and PlayStation 4 came out in 2016 and was updated until 2020.

The trend of updating classic games seems to have no end, and it is something that is appreciated. Specifically, SNK and Arc System Works have worked hard to give their games a second wind; the updates have been free and first go through an experimental phase to test their performance. These improvements have been implemented in games like Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition Y The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, and added to the list: Blazblue Central Fiction Y Blazblue Cross Tag Battle.

A special case is Blazblue Central Fiction; a very complete game in every way, but with a practically deserted online community. In truth, it was impossible to find a soul in the lobbies. Soon, the game was forgotten and stalled there for a long time.

Blazblue Central Fiction will get a second chance thanks to rollback netcode
Blazblue Central Fiction will get a second chance thanks to rollback netcode

This changed with the Beta on Steam version of the update that includes rollback netcode. The statistics reflect an increase in active players of more than 300%, with about 4,733 players at their peak. A notable difference and attesting to the motivation behind the addition of rollback netcode to a virtually buried game. The official update will arrive in February 2022.

In case of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle It is different. It came out in 2018 and although it is a more recent title, it reached 2,746 active players at its launch, recorded a high of 412 at its maximum peak, and in November, before the announcement that it will receive an update with rollback netcode in 2022, only 77 were registered. players.

As a fan of the genre, I confess that these actions motivate me and make me fantasize about the possibilities. And it is that everyone has their favorites, but if you are Mexican, it is most likely that you are still waiting for the original version of The King of Fighters 2002 with better netcode. In my case, I await the return of Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 Y Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, which I tried at the time, but did not give them adequate attention.

It seems to me that the era we live in is revolutionary because, in addition to giving us a slice of the past and introducing these games to the new generations, the catalog of options within the genre is getting bigger and bigger. That, without taking into account all the news that will come out in future years.

We will probably see the return of great games
We will probably see the return of great games

DNF Duel

It is a game developed by Arc System Works that is based on Dungeon Fighter Online, a beat ’em up available for free on PC. The Japanese company has taken the time to present in different trailers each of the available characters and also some of the unique mechanics that will be there. The fighters are identified by classes and their fighting style is linked to them; there are some very interesting ones, like Crusader and Dragon Knight. DNF Duel It looks great and it looks like it will be a quick game that will be full of amazing animations. We do not know its release date yet, but from December 17 to 20 of this year there will be an open Beta on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

The King of Fighters XV

This title has generated opinions divided by its resemblance to The King of Fighters XIV, but it has also shown superior quality in its technical section. Fans of the franchise are delighted with the installment with the return of some memorable characters like Chizuru and Ash Crimson, and we already got a glimpse of how it plays thanks to a Beta that was available at the end of November – if you couldn’t give it a try. Look, here is our analysis. Something interesting is there will be another open Beta from December 17 to 30, so save those days. Remember that The King of Fighters XV It will be available from February 17, 2022.

Don't forget to try the Open Beta this weekend
Don’t forget to try the Open Beta this weekend

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a crossover that brings memorable characters from the star Atlus franchise to the battlefield. The game was released in 2013 for Arcade and a year later for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The modern platform version includes all previously released DLC, such as Persona 4 Arena Story, additional colors for the brawlers, the Adachi Story Mode and the extra brawlers. This version is said to be version 2.50, released for Arcade that never made it to consoles, and that it will include some minor changes and balance of characters.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax It will arrive on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) on March 17. So far, it has not been confirmed that it includes rollback, which worries many players, but we hope that later they will confirm that it will have that option.

Another good news is that Persona 4 Arena Ultimax It will arrive translated into several languages, including Spanish. As if that were not enough, it will include all the DLC previously released, such as Persona 4 Arena Story, additional colors for the brawlers, the Adachi Story Mode and the extra brawlers.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax returns after 7 years of absence
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax returns after 7 years of absence

Project L

This is probably one of the most ambitious fighting games, and although it does not have a launch window, there is a lot of work going on in its development. The first time we heard about Project L It was in October 2019, during Evo. From the beginning we were told that the Cannon brothers – pioneers of rollback netcode – were part of the development team, so the project is in good hands. In the most recent launch trailer we saw a sample of the title in action, and now we know that the game system is tag, so we can choose 2 characters and use one of them as an assistant to extend combos or generate more pressure with more mix-ups.

It seems that the game needs time and will not be ready in 2022
It seems that the game needs time and will not be ready in 2022

As you can see, there is a lot to play, as there were important releases in 2021, such as Guilty Gear –Strive– Y Melty Blood: Type Lumina, and many games are not yet supported and updated with new content. Surely in 2022 we will see more announcements about the return of more classics, new titles and news that we did not imagine.

It is worth mentioning that some tournaments are returning to the face-to-face format with massive events such as CEO 2021, which was held in early December with the necessary measures to control access to the venue.

This is how 2022 looks to be a good year for lovers of fighting games. We recommend you to be aware of all the news related to this and other genres in LEVEL UP.

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