The fighting game community in this city isn’t as visible as the mob of DoTA players who flock internet cafés virtually located everywhere.
Die hard Street Fighter fans, Tekken players, Mortal Kombat followers, Soul Calibur addicts, and just about anyone who enjoys spending time with fightsticks and PlayStation controllers know that there’s more to arcade game stations inside malls.
Because there’s Gamepakk, a PS3 nook inside the Skylite Building in Ilustre Street which houses PS3 games you normally can’t find elsewhere: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4, Tekken 6, Mortal Kombat 9, and Soul Calibur IV.
The place summons a pack of as much as 20 players (that’s my guesstimate) every weekend. This only means one thing: awesome and challenging matches!
You can choose to play most of the games by the hour. But most of the players there like to beat each other’s characters out.
Get your hands on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Tekken 6 for as low as five pesos per match (change the loser style). If you maintain your winning streaks, you can actually maximize your coin! HAHA! Addictive. Very. The reason is that the owners of Gamepakk actually crafted a fightstick mechanism, similar to gaming arcades in malls. The ball type joystick and Sanwa buttons are very easy to work with; their flat screen televisions make every game visually intense!
I always go there to satisfy my Marvel vs. Capcom 3 lust.
It’s pretty interesting to note just how unique each of the players’ gaming strategies are. For instance, there’s Andrei who dominates everyone with Wolverine (freaking beast!), Akuma and Tron.
Then there’s Eric whose Spencer, Sentinel and Doctor Doom can whip my Chun-Li’s ass in just seconds. And there’s Ram too whose Magneto is a freaking beast. To make things short, there are too many awesome players to mention.
I’m stuck somewhere in the middle (char!) of the hierarchy with Chun-Li, Deadpool (or Hsien-Ko), and Phoenix. I’m not exactly good, but I don’t always lose (haha tooting my horns now); mediocre, but still quite formidable.
I should stop writing now. And start playing.
(Planet Crap joins the first edition of Davao Bloggers’ Blog Caravan, hosted by Andrew Abella Dela Serna; click on the image below to visit his awesome travel blog Yeah Drew.)