Well I went to C.A. Robinson and Co today (if you didn't see the thread in general, spotlite gave us a heads up that there was a trade show featuring VF4 in LA today) not knowing what to expect. A trade show that allowed random people to wander in off the street and play VF4 for free sounded just a little to good to be true, but.... THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! I'm pretty amped, because I got to see and play VF4 for the first time today. I also got to meet three people from vfdc, all of whom were really nice. Of course I've already forgotten everybodies name -- maybe they could reply and remind me! I remember Myke was one... unfortunately I missed spotlite -- but if you read this... Dude I owe you a vote of thanks Impressions on the game? Well first off I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm not sure if it was the test version or the full version. I couldn't remember a quick test (I'm sure there is one) and I was too intent on simply touching the thing. If you held a gun to my head and made me pick I'd say it was final. Impressions? Well I played probably ten games. First up with Pai (she was my first character in VF1, and I have a sort of tradition that I play Pai in every new VF game). Felt pretty familiar... the movement is definitely different to three, I felt I couldn't f,f and b,b as snappily. Like most people I had initial trouble with the sidesteps, and got rung out a couple of times by an aggressive Akira. I'm a "dash in and throw" kinda guy, and I had really mixed results. I'm sure it's a result of being way more familiar with VF3 timing, but on several occasions I thought I'd have ample time to throw, but got spanked on the way in (shades of Soul Calibur there...). Then again, a couple of other times my throw caught when I was sure I'd whiffed it. I'll get used to it I guess. Got some reasonably nasty floats -- a satisfying uf+K, P,P,P,d+K against the wall. Nothing fancy, I guess, but I'll take it Got some high and mid reversals (some "let me try this" setups, some in battle conditions). Man I shoulda posted this the minute I got back to work (after a three hour lunch break!), as my memory is already a little fuzzy. I played with Pai, then Lei Fei, then Jeffry (a VF3 fave), then Akira, then Aoi. I got some really scrubby wins with Lei Fei. I won three in a row by confusion alone. I was just as confused as the everyone Still, he looked cool and was fun. The only reason I won was that Lei Fei is very unfamiliar -- I don't think any of us had played before today. His moves are difficult to anticipate, too, but I'm sure once everyone has found their feet these types of things will go away. Got repeatedly owned by a vfdc members Akira... can't remember your name sorry dude, but we had a long talk about playing at UCLA in the future. That's gonna happen for sure! I believe spotlite plays there too, so we should be able to get a nice little crowd. Apparently they're gonna have it in about two weeks time -- not sure how I'll wait... I've tasted it now and I've got the itch pretty bad. Anyway... I don't have many details to add to the many excellent "I just played it and..." posts we've had over the last couple of months. We came, we saw, we had fun! Oh, and there were definitely several arcade owners in the house, and they can't have failed to notice that the VF4 machine was the most consistently crowded. Hopefully we did a little bit to convince them that the game is worth supporting. grib.