In my opinion, the stage finishers have all sorts of problems. I think that when a stage ultra is performed:
It shouldn’t be musical.
The camera angle should focus more on the losing character from start to finish.
Get rid of the current win poses after performing the stage finisher.
After said character has gone through the full stage ultra, the camera cuts back to the winning character doing their regular victory pose, replacing the current ones. (In other words, the SU should be more like the boss version of shago: from ultimate into victory pose)
Little to no blood and no gore
Should be more cinematic (I.E. the ultimate of boss version shadow jago)
Announcer should ONLY yell out “knock-off” while the character flies out (albeit this would only apply to knock-off SU’s) immediately followed by shouting “ultra combo”
Moving on, I think some stages have the potential to have 2 SUs instead of just one. Here are some suggestions on how to fix the current SU’s while adding another one:
TJ Combo - Fine as it is
Kan-ra - Instead of the goofy “flushing” animation into the portal, I suggest the character should simply vanish slowly into it.
Aganos - Opponent is zapped by the aganos statue/golem, instantly turned into stone (as oppose to how slow it is now) and afterwards immediately blows up in pieces like the season 3 start screen.
Hisako - This stage shouldn’t even have that finisher. This SU could have been one of hisako’s ultimates/no mercies, should they come back.
Aria - Almost perfect. It just needs less camera angles during the fall.
Ideas for secondary SU’s, along with some suggestions for other stages:
Jago - Personally, I don’t see anything in his stage that would make sense for one. My guess would be that the opponent could be knocked into the air, go through the bell while it falls and fall with it down to… whatever is down there lol. Also, this can only be done if you activate the SU instead of a regular ultra. If you do a regular ultra first then the stage finisher won’t work. This could apply to the rest of the stages that could potentially have 2 stage ultras.
Sabrewulf - Opponent gets fried by the disco ball (again, blood and gore are not necessary) and turns into an ashy color with smoke coming off them as they fall down. This is one of those instances in which the announcer does not yell knock-off.
Glacius - None
Thunder - Opponent gets knocked into the pit underneath, making a crater under them.
Sadira - 1. The giant spider webs up loser and drags them above.
2. A web comes out of the hole on the right side of the screen, grabs opponent and drags them in.
Orchid - 1. Opponent can get knocked off from the right side of the stage, slammed through the wall and landing on a truck. 2. Helicopters shoot at opponent (must be done in the middle of the stage)
Spinal - Kraken extends tentacle to the sky and slams it on to the opponent, leaving nothing but blood and rubble as it drags it’s tentacle back.
Fulgore - Loser is knocked off the platform and into a pool of liquid metal. (Like the one in cinder’s KI1 stage, nothing graphic just a splash)
Shadow Jago - Same as Jago’s
TJ Combo - 1. Keep the current one
2. Knock off at the right side of his stage, opponent lands on a car.
Maya - None
Kan-ra - Keep the current one.
Riptor - Opponent is knocked into the background and lands on an aircraft, exploding with it.
Omen - Same as Jago’s
Aganos - Keep the current one
Hisako - None. Make the current one into an ultimate/no mercy for hisako instead.
Cinder - 1. Machine in background freezes and shatters opponent.
2. Opponent is sent flying into that ice machine, disabling it and falls into the lava.
Aria - Keep current one.
Kim-wu - Truck slams opponent into a wall, disappearing into the building.
Tusk - None
Arbiter - Keep current one.
The jago, thunder, orchid, fulgore, shadow jago, tj combo, riptor, omen, cinder and aria stages would be the only ones with the announcer yelling out “knock off”.
To devs, please keep in mind the 7 factors I listed above when fixing/adding all of these suggestions if you do choose to implement them. Also, I’m willing to pay money in order for these suggestions to make it into the game.
Everyone else, what do you think? Should any of these be added? Anything you would change?
Should stage ultras be more cinematic? (I.E. Boss shadow jago’s ultimate, followed by shago’s default win pose)