Gotta be the big man! Skullgirls Encore’s Big Band

Big Band Attract Image (Witty Gamer) Pic

 

Big Band was Skullgirls Encore’s first male character, and he’s important for a number of reasons:

 

  • Some people were turned off by Skullgirls because they thought it was waifu-lover bait. Big Band at least helped to shut them up a little.
  • His presence hinted that the Skullgirls franchise would eventually feature other male characters. Skullgirls 2nd Encore, the definitive version of Skullgirls 1, only features one other male character, Beowulf, but future sequels to the game will probably include guys like Adam, Brain Drain, Hubrecht, Isaac, Leduc, Ottomo, Panzerfaust, Stanley, Taliesin, and Yu-Wan (you can check out the full lineup of future characters here).
  • At 49, he’s the oldest member of the cast. In the game’s universe, it’s cited that he’s had to ward off obsolescence with wisdom and wits. This makes it easy for older gamers to identify with him (what you lack in reaction time, you make up for with experience, hehe).
  • Since he’s very good at forcing opponents to the corner, he makes a great complement to grapplers (e.g. Beowulf, Cerebella) and zoning characters (e.g. Peacock, Fukua, and Parasoul).

 

Big Band Official Trailer

 

In terms of combo creation, Big Band took a little time to get used to. He doesn’t play like the typical big guy in fighting games, who needs to get close to deal damage and is practically a sitting duck from fullscreen. Nope, this guy’s got tools for both close-quarters and long-range combat.

 

Try out Big Band in Skullgirls Encore! Here’s a beginner-friendly tutorial that I made.

 

On a sidenote, although he comes across as serious, responsible, and level-headed, he can be a bit of a showman too if an opportunity presents itself.

 

Trolling With Big Band’s Satchmo Solo

 

Skullgirls Encore is one of the most beautifully-animated and mechanically-interesting 2D fighting games of this generation. Try it out, and give Big Band a spin!

 



 

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