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Tom Talks To Alex Ahad, Director Of The Anime-Inspired Game, Skullgirls

Fists flew and eyes popped during their talk at AX2011.

Getting to sit down and chat with Alex Ahad about SKULLGIRLS was a most excellent opportunity to grab while at I was at Anime Expo. As huge as fighting game arcade culture has ever gotten in America, it’s always been about a third of the size of the frenzy in Asia. Thus, no matter how sharp and shiny 3D graphics get, they'll never hit me in quite the same way as the onslaught of 2D fighters I was immersed in did during my salad days in the pacific. They’ll never hit Alex in the same way, either, and it’s those sensibilities that made this game such an eye-popping treat on the convention floor.

See for yourself in the art below...

He did early work on this while making conceptual art for GAIA ONLINE and it clearly come from the right place. It's a labor of love with influences that range from contemporary anime to the golden age of American cartoons in addition to the aforementioned classic gaming. A lot of games these days use cel shading to emulate the style of 2D, but this furious and delightfully cheeky game really did feet like you're playing animation.

We weren't able to show any footage of the game, so see it in motion here...

The build I played was a lot of fun, but it still wasn't a finished product. Autumn Games is saying on its official site that the full game isn't due for consoles until later this year. If you like your anime in your games in a very Reese's peanut buttercup fashion - - but are bored with the umpteenth DBZ fighter - - this is a game worth keeping your googly eyes open for.

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Daniel_Newton moderator on July 12, 2011 at 9:33 a.m.

Wow, that game looks great, thanks for bringing it to my attention Tom.

Kinda looks like they made Mickey Mouse into a fighting game.

Fat_Magnumon July 12, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
Yeah the cats over at GB have been giving this one coverage, looks pretty damn cool. 
 
edit: yeah it's fine now
craigbo180on July 12, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
Yeah video not working for me either, I am following this game very closely and trying to get as much info as possible. Hopefully it can get fixed.
No_name_here staff on July 12, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

Thanks to Bryan J. Daggett for his help on this.

@Newten: @Rockingham: @craigbo180: It should work now.

sotyfan16on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.
Good stuff. Seem like a neat little game. Hopefully a demo will come out.
 
@Rockingham: @craigbo180:
Video works fine for me. If you aren't, you might want to try watching it in Firefox.
craigbo180on July 12, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
Yeah it's working perfectly for me now, it was in the old video player before for some reason.
FoxxFireArt moderator is online on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.

I hope the game does well for them, but I wont be buying it. I don't play fighters much at all because in this age you need to really dedicate yourself to them or all that's going to happen is getting your ass kicked. I also don't download many games. Only time I've done that was for Little Big Planet and inFamous. That was because they were free and part of the Welcome Back package.

Little Big Planet is so damn addictive.

Fat_Magnumon July 12, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:

I hope the game does well for them, but I wont be buying it. I don't play fighters much at all because in this age you need to really dedicate yourself to them or all that's going to happen is getting your ass kicked. 

Agreed, I can respect the cats who are good at these kind of fighting games and I love watching them play but it takes a bit too much work to get into anymore. 
 
I really like the way all the 'classic' style 2d fighting games look and play and this one has a pretty cool infinite prevention system, if they have kept it in at this point.
Aetheldodon July 12, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: @Rockingham:  Never seen the complication you talk about , the best way to play this game is with some one else on the room , online is not so great , but not unplayable and they aren't complicated to learn ..... Im not saying that I am a pro gamer (which Im not) but I never understood the so called "complexity wall" people say about fighting games , is not rocket science.
 
Edit: fighting games :P not the game which isn't out yet
Fat_Magnumon July 12, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
@aetheldod:
They are all easy to learn but the good ones take some serious effort to master, to put it plainly. For me, it was too frustrating to be online and screw something up when I knew it was because of lag from me or the other guy. For 'twitch' based games I prefer shooters on a PC, too many years of CS ingrained into me from my younger times =P. I also refuse to adjust my play style to 'compensate' for online latency. If it's laggy, I leave. I'm elitist or something. /shrug  
 
edit: I haven't seriously tried a fighting game for about 3 years now sooo, I'm sure it's much better online these days.
The_Desert_Tigeron July 12, 2011 at 6:55 p.m.

The game is looking pretty cool so far, i'll probably check it out.
buhssuhton July 12, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.

i like how this is filed under Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, when nobody mentioned it. or did i miss that part?

MohsinMan99on July 13, 2011 at 7:29 a.m.
@aetheldod: @FoxxFireArt: There really isn't much complication involved unless you're going into online mode. Then you realise the skills with which you beat your friends wouldn't be definitely enough to beat 'RandomChallenger2011' who totally pawned you in a match because he exploited timing or attacks which have less no. of frames to totally not let you attack at all and made you feel like a n00b in front of your friends. 
Then again, you wouldn't get anywhere on any games that have an online mode without dedicating time to it. The world isn't that easy to beat without a few sacrifices.
 
That aside, compared to the usual Tekken, SF, etc., anime fighting games are pretty tame and are meant to be enjoyed even by casual players so your experience  all depends on whether you are playing this for fun or for getting a world rank.
sergioon July 13, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
Hey will it available for play station 3  and it looks very intresting i hope the game has a lot of action and adventure 
Serious_Caton July 14, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
Looks pretty cool might pick it up later this year if I'm not broke by then.  Art style reminds me of Guilty Gear a bit.

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