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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...
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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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°Mas 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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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden dated in Japan


June 11
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, developed by Arc System Works, is coming this year on the 3DS. It's all set for a Japanese-only release for now, and as of this week we have a final release date -- June 11. If you pick up...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd's newest patch will address the netcode


I still play it
Mar 12
// Chris Carter
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is still going strong, and Arc System Works has a new patch in the works, primarily to improve the netcode. Additionally, cross-platform play will be stabilized, and a few other bugs will be fixed ...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend is getting a localization


This summer
Mar 06
// Chris Carter
Aksys Games has announced that BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend will be getting a localization on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita this summer. Can't keep track of BlazBlue's updates and sequels? The "Extend" is q...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Battle Cards looking to take that card crown


First gameplay footage released
Feb 27
// Robert Summa
The BlazBlue franchise continues to diversify its portfolio. Whether it be a mobile rhythm game or a visual novel, the series has grown from its fight-game roots. With BlazBlue: Battle Cards, that trend continues -- but only...
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UNIEL out in Europe

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late out today in Europe


Arc System Works and French Bread's fighter completes its world tour
Feb 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is now available at retailers across Europe, NIS America tells us. The PS3 fighter will see a digital release next week, starting March 4. For more information about Under Night In-Birth you can...
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Xblaze Lost: Memories

BlazBlue spin-off Xblaze 2 coming west this summer


こんにちは読者
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Xblaze Lost: Memories is coming west this summer, Aksys Games just announced. The "RPG-style" visual novel is the follow-up to XBlaze Code: Embryo, which Aksys localized for western audiences last spring. This PS3 a...
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BlazBlue

There's a new BlazBlue rhythm game and it's out now


Brace yourselves, anti-mobile and free-to-play comments are coming
Feb 25
// Kyle MacGregor
"This isn't the BlazBlue game you're looking for," he persuades you with a small wave of the hand. Okay, maybe it is. Maybe you're in the market for a "gluttonous" rhythm game where you "eat to the beat of BlazBlue." In that ...
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UNIEL on sale

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late discounted to just $24


Gordeau is slashing prices!
Feb 25
// Kyle MacGregor
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late just launched in North America and it's already being offered at a deep discount via the PlayStation Store. Plus members can grab the PS3 fighter for a measly $23.79, while those without a subscr...
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DBZ Arc System Works

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden by Arc System Works looks amazing


Loving the art style
Feb 23
// Chris Carter
Arc System Works is developing the Dragon Ball Z fighting game Extreme Butoden right now for the Nintendo 3DS, and these early pictures are sweet. As a fan of the Butoden franchise they really bring me back, and I'm loving th...

Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late

Feb 20 // Kyle MacGregor
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (PS3)Developer: French Bread, Arc System WorksPublisher: Aksys GamesReleased: February 24, 2015 (NA) February 27, 2015 (EU)MSRP: $39.99  Under Night In-Birth has a story, but it certainly isn't much of a draw. Arc System Works may have helped French Bread bring Under Night In-Birth to consoles, but don't go in expecting a tale on the same level as other titles in Arc's prolific catalog. A paranormal phenomenon called the Hollow Night is happening and demons are spilling from the rift. So, naturally, it's fighting time. And that's really why we're all here, isn't it? Thankfully, the combat at play is just fantastic, as French Bread has carved out a niche for itself between the breakneck air-dashers and slower, more grounded titles like Street Fighter. It's fast, but, with precious little in the way of aerial defense, you'll probably want to keep planted on terra firma most of the time. Space control is a critical element of Under Night In-Birth, as nearly every character on the roster has some sort of long-range attack to jab at opponents and keep them at bay. This creates a fascinating dichotomy at the heart of the experience, giving players the tools to zone adversaries and bait them into vulnerable positions while also heavily encouraging aggressive play. Notice that bar at the bottom of the screen between the special gauges? That's the "GRD." It's a baffling thing, really. In the center of the meter there's a ring that makes a rotation every 17 seconds. At the end of each cycle one player is awarded "Vorpal" status, granting the winner a damage bonus and the ability to "Chain Shift," which can be used to perform special combos and momentarily pause the fight. It certainly adds a layer of strategy to the game. One gains GRD by landing attacks, blocking them successfully, and rushing forward. It can also be charged manually, though it's risky. This doubles as way to deplete the opponent's reserves. GRD is lost by moving away from the enemy, backdashing, or having one's attacks blocked. GRD essentially punishes those clinging to predictable strategies and attack patterns, thereby incentivizing intelligent play and giving rise to all sorts of mindgames. Matches often feel like a tug-of-war, where the timing of an assault or execution of a block or pushback could be the tipping point in battle. That said, a Vorpal bonus is a fleeting advantage, not a surefire path to victory. [embed]287677:57430:0[/embed] Melty Blood fans will be glad to see Sion make an appearance as a guest character in Under Night In-Birth, though she's now named Eltnum. Her dialogue is brilliant too, as she frequently references the fact she shouldn't be in this universe, breaking the fourth wall and even giving the Type-Moon franchise a plug here and there. French Bread also pays homage to its doujin roots with another guest, the title character from Subtle Style's 2D fighter Akatsuki Blitzkampf. All the game modes you'd expect (arcade, training, versus, time attack, survival, and score attack) make an appearance here, though the overall presentation is somewhat spartan. That's not a knock on Under Night In-Birth's visuals, mind you. The art and animation here is just stellar, even if some of the character designs and background environments look pretty run-of-the-mill. Arc System Works did a great job with the network mode, which works seamlessly across all regions. I was able to take on a number of players from Japan (as well as westerners who decided to go ahead and import the game) without experiencing any lag or disconnects. I do have concerns about the title's longevity, though. It's a niche game, one currently lacking a vibrant community. While finding a match wasn't a tremendous challenge, I never noticed more than a dozen or so players in the unranked lobbies at any given time. Hopefully the impending localization can inject some new blood and give the online mode a good kick in the pants. That's really my one concern, how much appeal an obscure fighter on a sunsetting system will have. It's an apprehension not levied at Under Night In-Birth itself but the circumstances surrounding it. French Bread has crafted an intelligent, tactical fighting game that I'll surely be playing for a long time to come. I certainly hope you'll join me.  [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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It's a total knockout!
The competition is fierce, and I'm not just talking about the folks delivering beat downs online. With so many fighting games on the market nowadays, fans of the genre are spoiled for choice. Studios are vying for mindshare, ...


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