Fight Your Rival
A nerdy podcast about video games, comic books, movies and everything in between. Fight Your Rival began as a fighting game-centric show, and has since evolved into a raw, often silly look into the larger world of geek culture.
info_outline DTN 2016: Mike Ross Talks SFV, CPT and a Long-Awaited MvC2 Match 08/02/2016
DTN 2016: Mike Ross Talks SFV, CPT and a Long-Awaited MvC2 Match We caught up with Mike "Mike Ross" Ross at Defend the North 2016, where he dished on Street Fighter V, the Capcom Pro Tour, and, of course, Floe. Mike also discussed a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 match 10 years in the making, gave his thoughts on New York, and picked some of his favorite players currently on the CPT. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 39: Evo 2016 and Comic-Con Recap 07/30/2016
Episode 39: Evo 2016 and Comic-Con Recap FYR is back and ready to recap two of July's best events: Evo and Comic-Con! Come hang as we talk about the best fighting game matches of the weekend, Street Fighter on ESPN, that amazing Wonder Woman trailer and all of the big shows and movies launching this year. And, of course, Mike tells all about his growing Pokemon Go addiction.
info_outline Episode 38: E3 2016 Recap & (Not So) Mighty No. 9 06/25/2016
Episode 38: E3 2016 Recap & (Not So) Mighty No. 9 The dust has settled on E3 2016, and Natal and Mike are ready to talk about their favorite games & moments from the big show. Also, Mighty No. 9 is finally out, but as we discover, that's probably not for the best.
info_outline Episode 37: May Games Recap & E3 2016 Predictions 06/08/2016
Episode 37: May Games Recap & E3 2016 Predictions With May behind us, we recap an amazing month of games that included Doom, Uncharted 4, and lots and lots of Overwatch. Also, we dish out some E3 2016 predictions, from new Sony and Microsoft consoles to the games we'd love to see from Bethesda, EA and more.
info_outline Episode 36: Civil War Spoilercast - The Good, The Bad and The Bucky 05/15/2016
Episode 36: Civil War Spoilercast - The Good, The Bad and The Bucky We saw Captain America: Civil War, we loved it, and we have a ton to say about it. Kick back as we discuss our favorite moments and characters from Marvel's latest masterpiece, as well as talk about where it ranks against the MCU's best movies.
info_outline Episode 35: Go Home and Be a Family Man (On PlayStation Neo) 04/22/2016
Episode 35: Go Home and Be a Family Man (On PlayStation Neo) On this week's episode, we talk about the deluge of recent movie trailers from Rogue One to Doctor Strange. Guile is finally coming to Street Fighter V, and he looks pretty damn awesome. Lastly, with the PlayStation 4.5 all but confirmed at this point, we talk about whether or not we're ready to upgrade to a new, more powerful PS4.
info_outline Fight Your Rival Spring Fighter 2016: NYU's Charles Pratt On Turning Fighting Gamers Into Game Makers 04/02/2016
Fight Your Rival Spring Fighter 2016: NYU's Charles Pratt On Turning Fighting Gamers Into Game Makers In this special interview from Spring Fighter 2016, we chat with Charles Pratt from the NYU Game Center. Come hang as we talk about Street Fighter V, NYU's Evo Scholarship, and what what makes fighting games so appealing for game designers. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 34: Batman v Superman Impressions & The Future of PlayStation 03/25/2016
Episode 34: Batman v Superman Impressions & The Future of PlayStation Cancel your appointments, because we've got a lot to talk about. Natal saw Batman v Superman and wasn't pleased, but fortunately we both watched some Daredevil Season 2 to wash the bad taste away. Mike raves about Pokken Tournament, and we have a long discussion about virtual reality, the PlayStation 4.5, and what it all means for the future of console hardware.
info_outline Episode 33: Civil War Trailer and Lupe Fiasco vs. the FGC 03/15/2016
Episode 33: Civil War Trailer and Lupe Fiasco vs. the FGC
info_outline One on One: LI Joe Talks Dark Souls, Pizza & Fighting For the People 03/08/2016
One on One: LI Joe Talks Dark Souls, Pizza & Fighting For the People Welcome to One on One, a new interview series where we sit down with your favorite members of the fighting game community! In our debut episode, we chat with Joseph "LI Joe" Ciaramelli, an all-around awesome dude who's been absolutely dominating Street Fighter V on the east coast. Come hang as Joe talks everything from competing and running tournaments to Dark Souls and the best pizza spot in New York. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 32: Winter Brawl X Recap and Mortal Kombat XL Review 03/04/2016
Episode 32: Winter Brawl X Recap and Mortal Kombat XL Review In this jam-packed episode of Fight Your Rival, we recap all of the insanity from the Winter Brawl X fighting game tournament, from crazy exhibitions to our first real look at competitive Street Fighter V. Mortal Kombat XL is here, and there's a whole mess of bloody goodness to talk about. Also, get a sneak peek at our interview with Winter Brawl champion LI Joe!
info_outline Episode 31: Street Fighter V - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 02/20/2016
Episode 31: Street Fighter V - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Street Fighter V is finally here, and we've got some strongly mixed emotions on it. Join us as we praise the game's fantastic fighting, before getting heated over its ridiculous lack of launch content. Also, we recap Lupe Fiasco's big match against legend Daigo Umehara, and discuss the latest King of Fighters 14 announcements. Keep fighting!
info_outline Episode 30: LEGO Force Awakens and Lupe Fiasco's Street Fighter Quest 02/05/2016
Episode 30: LEGO Force Awakens and Lupe Fiasco's Street Fighter Quest In this extra-packed episode of Fight Your Rival, we get giddy over LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, like real adults do. We also break down the EVO 2016 fighting game lineup, talking Street Fighter, Smash Bros, and... Lupe Fiasco!? Yep. Stay tuned.
info_outline Episode 29: Suicide Squad and Crazy Mortal Kombat News 01/22/2016
Episode 29: Suicide Squad and Crazy Mortal Kombat News This week's episode has more Mortal Kombat X news than you can handle, from the awesome new Kombat Pack 2 characters to the totally revamped online experience coming to the game. Also, we share our thoughts on the latest Suicide Squad trailer, and ponder just what the heck Jared Leto's Joker is all about. This is one you're gonna want to listen to all the way through :)
info_outline Episode 28: Best of 2015 Extravaganza 01/02/2016
Episode 28: Best of 2015 Extravaganza Now that 2015 is over, let's take a look back at what made it so damn awesome. Tune in as we pick our favorite shows, movies, comics, and (duh) games of 2015, and then go over the ones that ended up being pretty crappy. Also: our most anticipated games of 2016. Happy new year!
info_outline Episode 27: The Force Awakens... And We Spoil It 12/24/2015
Episode 27: The Force Awakens... And We Spoil It Here it is guys, our spoiler-tastic thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Grab some blue milk and kick back as we break down what we liked, what we didn't, and what we're dying to see in Episode VIII. Also, some quick talk on those nutty Dreamcast 2 rumors, as well as some crazy new guest characters in fighting games. Enjoy, and may the force be with you.
info_outline Episode 26: Batman vs. Superman, The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience 12/12/2015
Episode 26: Batman vs. Superman, The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience We've got a ton of nerdy stuff to catch up on during this extra-stuffed episode, starting with the Batman vs. Superman trailer -- which Natal hated and Mike loved. We also recap the big winners and losers of The Game Awards 2015, and talk about our favorite announcements from this year's PlayStation Experience. Enjoy.
info_outline Episode 25: Why We're Thankful for Star Wars Battlefront (Sort of) 11/26/2015
Episode 25: Why We're Thankful for Star Wars Battlefront (Sort of) It's time to slip into a turkey coma and enjoy our special Thanksgiving episode. We talk about what we'll be playing during the long, lazy weekend, as well as what we're thankful for in the gaming world. Also, we have an in-depth review discussion on Star Wars Battlefront, and talk about why the game might not be worth your $60.
info_outline Episode 24: Tomb Raider, Battlefront, Fallout and Cloud in Smash! 11/18/2015
Episode 24: Tomb Raider, Battlefront, Fallout and Cloud in Smash! In this jam-packed episode, we talk all of November's big games, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront. We also unpack a ton of big news, including the insane reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Smash Bros. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 23: Our Verdict on Halo 5 and WWE 2K16 11/05/2015
Episode 23: Our Verdict on Halo 5 and WWE 2K16 Mike hasn't been able to put down Halo 5, just as Natal has been glued to WWE 2K16. We talk in-depth about how well both games lived up to our expectations. Plus, we talk about Sony's interesting move ahead of Xbox One's backwards compatibility, and unpack a ton of recent Street Fighter V news. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 22: Dissecting The New Star Wars Trailer 10/22/2015
Episode 22: Dissecting The New Star Wars Trailer This episode is all about one thing: THAT Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer! We dissect every little detail of the new teaser, including possible character origins and just where the hell Luke might be. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 21: New York Comic-Con Recap and Battlefront Impressions 10/16/2015
Episode 21: New York Comic-Con Recap and Battlefront Impressions On this week's episode, Natal, Mike and special guest Steve get together to talk all things New York Comic Con 2015, from the coolest games we played to the most insane cosplay we saw. We also got hooked on the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, and have plenty to say about it. Enjoy!
info_outline NYCC Interview: Capcom's Matt Dahlgren Talks Street Fighter V 10/14/2015
NYCC Interview: Capcom's Matt Dahlgren Talks Street Fighter V In this special interview from New York Comic-Con 2015, we talk to Capcom's Matt Dahlgren about all things Street Fighter V. We touch on everything from the character roster to Capcom's ambitious tournament plans, so tune in and enjoy!
info_outline Episode 20: Do Shooters Still Need Single-Player? 09/30/2015
Episode 20: Do Shooters Still Need Single-Player? With games like Rainbow Six Siege and the last-gen version of Black Ops 3 shipping without solo campaigns, we discuss how important (or not important) single player content is to first-person shooters. We also fantasize about life on Mars, and get really excited about all the awesome new features coming to Twitch. Keep Fighting!
info_outline Episode 19: Gotham, Saga Vol. 5 and The Best Special Edition Consoles Ever 09/25/2015
Episode 19: Gotham, Saga Vol. 5 and The Best Special Edition Consoles Ever This week's episode has a little something for everyone. We talk about the latest volume of one of our favorite comics, Saga, and discuss our mixed feelings on the season two premiere of Gotham. To bring things back to gaming, we discuss the best and worst special edition game consoles of all time. We're lookin' at you, Pokemon N64.
info_outline Episode 18: Super Mario Maker, King of Fighters 14 and Playing Games in the Real World 09/18/2015
Episode 18: Super Mario Maker, King of Fighters 14 and Playing Games in the Real World On this episode, we recap a whole bunch of crazy fighting game reveals including King of Fighters 14 (!) and Street Fighter V's awesome new fighter Rashid. Mike raves about why he can't stop playing Super Mario Maker, and, following the announcement of Pokemon Go, we talk about what other video games we'd like to experience in the real world.
info_outline Episode 17: Street Fighter V Gets Sexy and Our Favorite Gears of War Memories 09/03/2015
Episode 17: Street Fighter V Gets Sexy and Our Favorite Gears of War Memories This week on Fight Your Rival, we run down the best (and worst) free games on Xbox One and PS4, talk about Street Fighter V's sexy new costumes, and, in celebration of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, go over our favorite Gears memories from over the years. Keep fighting!
info_outline Episode 16: Crazy Star Wars News and Our Most Anticipated Fall Games 08/20/2015
Episode 16: Crazy Star Wars News and Our Most Anticipated Fall Games Now that Disney's D23 expo is in the books, we break down the wealth of crazy Star Wars and Marvel announcements from the big show (yes, including that fugly Darth Vader PS4). We also talk about the potential Mortal Kombat movie reboot, and, with the insane fall gaming season about to begin, we pick our top three most anticipated games for the rest of the year.
info_outline Episode 15: Rare Replay, Fantastic Four and Worst Superhero Movies Ever 08/12/2015
Episode 15: Rare Replay, Fantastic Four and Worst Superhero Movies Ever Mike saw Fantastic Four, and hated it. In celebration of that, we're talking about the worst superhero movies ever, from Batman vs. Robin to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. On a brighter note, we review the excellent Rare Replay collection for Xbox One.
info_outline Episode 14: Gamescom, Street Fighter V and Are Games Too Easy? 08/05/2015
Episode 14: Gamescom, Street Fighter V and Are Games Too Easy? This week, we dish out our predictions for Gamescom 2015, break down Vega in Street Fighter V, and have a long talk about whether or not video games have gotten too easy. Also, hands-on impressions with Windows 10, Rare Replay, Rising Thunder and more!