First off, wow, I really left this place for dead. I thought I could try be cool and unique by just finding writing prompts and only doing those but it ended up being very draining and well, I could really do myself some favours to blog properly.
So with that briefly out of the way, I want to start talking on here about stuff I’m pretty passionate about.
So I thought of this little ‘series’, if you will.
Me and one of my best friends put together a list of our top 50 fighting game characters of all time! I want to go down the list as far as my willpower takes me to. Hopefully from 1 to 50, like I said, I gotta do more stuff here.
Well with all that fluff out of the way, his name is up there. Strider Hiryu, my favourite character of all time. He took that spot fairly recently I would say, but I guess I never really had a super duper favourite before him. Just a lot of favourites that I really liked.
Let’s start with what drew me to him to begin with; His design. Strider is just about everything I could love about a character design. A badass ninja (I am pretty into ninjas!) with really funky ‘anime’ hair with a really cool long as heck red scarf, very nicely matching blue gi, and well, another element of a character I can enjoy is a young ‘expert’ at something, and that Strider certainly is.
Look at this lil guy! I tried to recreate the art style of a very charming Capcom game Pocket Fighters, because I would do ten backflips if I could ever officially see him in that absolutely precious art style.
So yeah. I kind of love everything about his design. Even his weapon! I haven’t seen much like it, so it’s a thrill to watch him in action swinging that thing around.
I was just too young, and brought up in the wrong place, to grow up with the arcades. So my actual first exposure to Strider was in a game I love very much; Marvel vs Capcom 3. I got myself back into it recently, and fighting games in general, with a lot of motivation from that great friend of mine I mentioned earlier.
And speaking of that game, I guess at this point, it’s no secret that Strider is probably my favourite in that game! I just love how he plays. I figured out some funky combos (or at least funky for me… I’m not the best, I just like the genre) and can clean up a team of three with this kid by himself, when I play my cards right.
He’s quick, he’s got great range in terms of both projectiles and wall-bounce based attacks, and I just find him very rewarding to get things right with. He’s one of those characters where most of the things you can do end up looking quite flashy, I suppose.
I played the reboot of his franchise too, and I really enjoyed it. There was probably a lot I missed as someone who never got to play the original, I kind of didn’t really like the way the story was told, but the gameplay was solid!
Strider felt like… Well, Strider.
I understood what I was doing thanks to playing him too much on MVC3, and he was just super satisfying to control. Again, he was super fast. His jumps were fun, there wasn’t much better than climbing all over the walls with him.
But perhaps the thing I can take from his rebooted game to describe the icing on the cake for why I love this character so much is in the very ending segment of the game…
Spoilers ahead, if you’re bothered!
Strider takes the fight to Grand Master Meio, an evil overlord-type that has overthrown the city he was sent to, to destroy the Grand Master. After beating him the first time, he throws himself into a portal, and the next time you see him, he’s some sort of round abomination of an alien thing… In space!
So take that into mind. Strider doesn’t even think twice about getting in that portal to finish this off.
When it’s all done, Strider hitches a ride on Grand Master Meio’s squirming, huge body that falling back to earth. He’s pretty calm about it, just stood over the squirming form of a human beneath him with his arms folded while the credits roll.
And then, after all that.
After seeing this dude turn into a huge, round, weird alien thing…
After riding said weird alien thing back to planet earth…
The only thing Strider does is land in front of the temple again and calmly state “Mission Accomplished.”
I actually giggled to myself when I first saw it, because I was still recovering from how weird everything got and here Strider just shrugs it off like he does this every day. That’s my final reason for my love of this character; Nothing phases him!
He’s very calm, like… VERY calm. His quiet and serious personality is portrayed so wonderfully, it just sort of adds to how badass he is on top of his already badass design.
I’m not even sure if this all makes sense to anybody but myself, but even if not, I have something I can actually come on here and ramble about in a blog format.
So look forward to sometime soon issue 2 of this ‘series’, featuring Street Fighter’s mysterious and menacing baddie, Akuma!