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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator strikes North America this June


Heaven or Hell! Let's Rock!
Jan 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is coming to North America on June 7, Aksys Games says. Arc System Works previously announced the enhanced fighting game for a May 26 launch across Japan, which means this is about as close to a sim...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is getting yet another new character in Kum Haehyun


Game is out on May 26
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
While we were all expecting Dizzy to make a triumphant return in the near future, it looks like there's a newcomer on the block for Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator -- Kum Haehyun. This character joins Johnny, Jam, and Jack-O....
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Guilty Gear

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is coming to PC this week


BlazBlue, UNIEL and more coming later
Dec 08
// Joe Parlock
Update: In a series of tweets sent out by Arc System Works, it has been announced that all DLC for Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- will be free for the first month, including the three DLC characters: It was also confirmed that the g...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue and Guilty Gear are currently seeing huge sales on PSN


70% off
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
While a bunch of fighting games are seeing discounts on Steam, Arc System Works has provided a few sales of its own for the BlazBlue and Guilty Gear series on the PSN. Each version of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma EXTEN...

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Guilty Gear Xrd

It looks like Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will be coming to PC


From H2 Interactive
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
A lot of fighting games have been coming to Steam this past year, including Guilty Gear XX. It seems as if publisher H2 Interactive isn't done with the series yet, as Guilty Gear Xrd has been listed on the Korean Game Ra...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is getting localized next year


The expansion to Xrd Sign
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Guilty Gear Xrd Sign was a damn good fighting game, but the common complaint was that the cast wasn't big enough. That's nothing a premium expansion pack couldn't fix of course! Aksys Games has announced that Revelator, ...
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BlazBlue: Central Fiction

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is looking hot


Only in Japanese arcades at the moment
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
BlazBlue: Central Fiction, which was announced back in July, is still coming along. The game will fully launch in Japanese arcades tomrorow, but not before developer Arc System Works dropped a new character on the fanbase --...
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Dragon Ball Z

Free DLC is coming to Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden


Tie-ins with the series
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
If you're itching for more stuff to do in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, you might be in luck. As revealed by the newest issue of V-Jump, the game is getting more content in Japan by way of extra online battles. Some of them...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Dizzy joins Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator roster


As decided by Japanese arcade-goers
Oct 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Dizzy will soon be joining the cast of Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, the updated version of last year's Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, after being selected by Japanese arcade players in a popular vote. While Dizzy has been playabl...

Review: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

Oct 15 // Laura Kate Dale
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS)Developer: Arc System WorksPublisher: Bandai Namco GamesReleased: October 16, 2015 (Europe), October 20, 2015 (North America)MSRP: £22.99 / $29.99 So, let’s get the core info out the way. Extreme Butoden is a 2D sprite brawler for 3DS set in the world of Dragon Ball Z. All playable characters have the same core controls, similar to games like Smash Bros. where the inputs don’t vary, but the moves produced do. Dashes double as teleports into counter positions if timed correctly, while characters string together basic combo strings, ranged projectiles, and launchers. You fight each match with a team of characters, built up of mains and non-playable assists, with the player able to switch between team fighters at any time. Characters mainly vary in terms of plot-specific special attacks, power, and speed. If all this sounds a bit dry and by the numbers, it’s because that’s how it feels in game. It’s by no means an incompetent fighting game, far from it, but it just plays everything too close to the chest. There’s nothing about the combat that feels particularly new for fighting game fans, or particularly exciting for Dragon Ball Z fans. Visually, Extreme Butoden has turned out pretty nicely. While not the peak of 2D sprite work, they certainly hold their own with some of the better examples of 2D sprites on the system. Sprites are crisp, expressive, and fluid in their animations, which leaves little room for complaint. It is worth noting that with 3D on the system switched on, some of the special attacks do look rather spectacular, with a lot of work clearly put into effective 3D layering. In terms of a story mode, Extreme Butoden’s initially available story mode sees you playing through a truncated version of the events of Dragon Ball Z. Events are skipped over and dialogue is shortened in such a way that a lot of the drama, emotion, and investment is stripped away. Much of the engagement with Dragon Ball comes from the long, drawn-out exposition screams, and that isn’t really replicated here. Imagine the plot, heavily abridged, and told through mostly still character portraits, lifeless dialogue text, and the occasional brief plot-related battle that doesn’t go on nearly long enough to justify its build up. It’s a bit of a disappointment. After completing the main story, you do unlock some alternative storylines to play through that offer interesting spins on the narrative, as well as an additional adventure mode that sees Goku face off against many of the enemies from the main story in a slightly contrived narrative. It’s fun to do fight bosses in new combinations, but the overarching story attempting to string that together feels like an afterthought developed to excuse the gameplay content. One of the more disappointing aspects for me was the limited playable roster. While many of your bigger-name characters are playable, most of the supporting cast of fighters is relegated to support assist roles. Past Dragon Ball Z games have allowed a very wide selection of characters, down to some of the most useless, to be playable, so this feels like an unfortunate step back. Unlocking these additional assist characters is also a bit of a lengthy chore, as they have to be unlocked by attaining high ranks throughout other modes. Many of these character unlock requirements do not feel like the reward unlocked is really worth the effort put in. Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden does feature a local multiplayer mode, but unfortunately no online multiplayer. If you couldn’t tell from my less-than-enthused review, I really couldn’t muster up feelings either way on this game. It’s a competent fighter with nice sprite work, but it also does very little interesting with narrative presentation, combat mechanics, or gameplay modes. It all feels very safe, and I didn’t really feel much by the time I was done. Time to scratch my Dragon Ball Z itch with some Budokai Tenkaichi 3. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Competent, but not excitingly so
When it comes to Dragon Ball Z fighting games, I am one of those people who loves them for the over-the-top spectacle more than the technical fighting specifics involved. I know when a fighting game feels responsive and plays...

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Dragon Ball Z

Here's what the pre-order bonus for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden looks like


Super Butoden 2, an SNES game
Oct 07
// Chris Carter
Some of my fondest gaming memories involve late-night fighting sessions with Dragon Ball Z games. The Butoden series was a classic, but I also played plenty of Dragon Ball Z: Legends on the original PlayStation, wh...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Chronophantasma EXTEND heading to PC next year


January 2016
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
I've never been as big into BlazBlue as Guilty Gear, but it's a fine series regardless, and I'm glad to see it come to new platforms. According to Korean publisher H2 Interactive, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma EXTEND wi...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd is getting Jam today in Japanese arcades


Revelator update
Sep 24
// Chris Carter
As luck would have it, Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- literally got an update the day after I left Japan. Version 1.02 is now live in Japanese arcades, and with it, it brings fan favorite Jam, alongside of some overall tweaks. I...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator announced for PS4, PS3


Coming to Japan spring 2016
Sep 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, an updated version of last year's Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, is heading to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 early next year, developer Arc System Works revealed today. The fighting game, which debu...
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Check out Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator's Jam in action


Off-screen footage
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
Japan has been hosting location tests in arcades for months for Guilty Gear Xrd, which includes the newest Revelator updates. Recently, Arc System Works has added in fan favorite Jam Kuradoberi, and there's plenty of of...
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Players can vote for the next potential Guilty Gear Xrd character


Japan-only at the moment though
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Still miffed that there weren't enough characters in Guilty Gear Xrd? Well, the Revelator update is getting Johnny and Jack-O, but it looks like more might be in the pipeline. Arc System Works is opening up a vote in Septembe...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- debuts in August with playable Jam Kuradoberi


Heaven or hell? Maybe we'll finally know
Aug 15
// Ben Pack
Right before the conclusion of the Arc Revolution Cup 2015, Arc System Works decided to drop a bomb on everyone watching the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- tournament. The studio announced the follow-up to the current version of...
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Dragon Ball Z Extreme

PSA: Arc System Works' Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden demo is out in US


It's on 3DS eShop now
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco announced a Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden demo for Europe recently, but come to find out, it's actually available in North America too. All you have to do is search the 3DS eShop manually for "Dragon Ball Z,...
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EVO 2015

Everything that happened day one of EVO 2015


Ultra Street Fighter and Persona 4A
Jul 18
// Ben Pack
Evolution 2015, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, did not disappoint on day one. But with two more whole days of high octane action, things are only going to get more intense as they go along. 
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DBZ

DBZ: Extreme Butoden's 'Get a free SNES game' bonus is coming to the US


Right on
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is looking pretty sharp, and will arrive overseas this year from Arc System Works. We finally have some concrete information on pre-order bonuses as it applies to the US (the UK gets a limi...
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Revelator

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator videos show off Johnny, newcomer Jack-O


Face down, ass up
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is the totally normal and appropriately named follow up to Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, which Chris loved. Johnny is a series mainstay, but pumpkin faced Jack-O is a newbie and, uh, interesting. That's definitely the most sexual crouch animation I can remember seeing. She is 2 live.
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Arc System Works

Arc System Works buys out Double Dragon, River City Ransom rights


Nice
Jun 12
// Chris Carter
Arc System Works has just informed Destructoid that it has acquired the rights to Double Dragon, the Kunio-Kun series (River City Ransom), and Super Dodge Ball. Whoa. I'm totally ok with this! In case you've forgotten, A...
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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden rated in AU, western release likely


From Arc System Works
Jun 09
// Chris Carter
Arc System Works has been busy crafting Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Botuden, a new 2D fighting game that looks pretty kickass. There wasn't a whole lot of information that led us to believe there would be a western release anytime...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend is coming this month


Aksys Games localizing
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
Want to get your hands on BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend? It's getting localized this month actually, set for a June 30 release date on PS3, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One, compliments of Aksys Games. Extend is an updat...
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íMas Butoden!

Another trailer for the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter


Mas Butoden!
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
Gosh, it was so hard to get more than a boring Goku on Vegeta still out of the new Arc System Works 3DS fighter for months. Then there was the meaty 8 minutes and cheese head lady. And now here's another commercial. Makes sense. It comes out next week in Japan. And remember, the fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter still looks amazing.
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd is getting a follow-up called Revelator


Here's Johnny
May 27
// Chris Carter
I really enjoyed Guilty Gear Xrd on PS4. It was smooth, it looked beautiful, and mechanically, it was sound. But people really took issue with the limited cast, and wanted more. Arc System Works is partially addressing t...
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Eurovision

Six months later, Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign comes to Europe


Eurovision
May 22
// Steven Hansen
Things are going your way right now, Europe. That whole Eurovision thing is going on and you're finally getting Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, which Chris totally loved when it came out in the US back in December.  Plus, you hav...
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2D will ride again!

More footage from the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter


2D will ride again!
May 22
// Steven Hansen
Last month we finally got a look (in video form) at the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter from BlazBlue developer Arc System Works. One month ahead of its Japanese release date, Bandai Namco has released another decent length loo...
Dragon Ball Z photo
Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden looks great in action


Finally, gameplay
Apr 20
// Chris Carter
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden by Arc System Works sounds amazing on paper, and no we longer have to settle for a brief look -- we can ogle at the whole damn thing thanks to YouTube user ShonenGameZ. The entire demo is on di...
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Tease

First brief look at Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden


Arc System Works 2D fighter needs a longer trailer
Mar 23
// Steven Hansen
Please cut a longer trailer, Namco. Arc System Works' (Guilty Gear) upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is the best thing to hit DBZ videogames since this unsanctioned 2D fan fighter. But damn, I just want to see more of...

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