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I wasn't a fan of Mortal Kombat X's Takeda, both in terms of his characterization or his playstyle, but he's gaining a new move this week courtesy of the 1.02 update. It's called "Quick Kall," and with allow him to return a d...
If you own a digital copy of Mortal Kombat X on PS4, you may have encountered a nasty error that goes by the name of CE-34878-0. In short, it screws with online play, and for the time being you'll have to do a littl...
Street Fighter's Ryu is currently rumored to be coming to Nintendo's newest entry into the Super Smash Bros. series, thanks to some hidden files in the most recent update to the game. It makes a lot of sense; Capcom...
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are already in Mortal Kombat. The Predator will be joining them soon. It's clear that horror fans like the idea of seeing their favorite death-dealing icons duke it out in a fighting gam...
Ultra Street Fighter IV is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 26, Sony just announced. Capcom is asking for $24.99 for the latest revision, which comes packaged with all the characters, levels, and DLC created for the fighter sin...
I got introduced to Lethal League by Ben Pack, who did our review of the unique fighter last year. Up to four players mash a ball around the stage. The ball gets faster and faster after each hit and is the only thing that ca...
A new era of Smash Bros. has arrived. Speculation about who's going to be next icon to join the all-star roster can become a daily part of our lives again. Starting today with the original uber-Pokémon Mewtwo, the age ...
It doesn't take an otaku to see the appeal of J-Stars Victory Vs+. It features a host of famous anime characters, from Kenshin to Goku to Naruto. It's like the Marvel vs. Capcom of Shōnen Jump properties, a mag...
It's finally time. Grab your Master Balls and Full Restores, codes are finally being emailed out to add Mewtwo to Super Smash Bros.  Players who purchased and registered copies of Smash Bros. on both Wii U and 3DS in Jap...
Fighting game developers are in a really tough spot when it comes to sequels. If you don't iterate enough, newcomers will be tempted to call it a "rehash." If you iterate too much, hardcore fans may feel alienated by the vast...
Fatalities are, in most people's opinion, the coolest part of Mortal Kombat. In a franchise about ruthlessly beating up your opponent, fatalities are when these games are at their most brutal -- a blood-drenched pot of gold a...
This magnificent specimen of a man is Beowulf, Skullgirls Encore’s newest character. The muscle, the grizzle, the hair… the dead animal pelts... oh gosh there are emotions. I want him to scoop me up in ...
Mortal Kombat X's review embargo is up, but we're not quite ready to pull the trigger just yet. Many aspects of the game aren't fully operational including some online modes, and select facets of the Faction War fea...
Mortal Kombat X will be available tomorrow for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, and you'll definitely want to boot up the Krypt a few rounds of exploration. Just like the 2011 reboot the first-person view is back, w...
Capcom has been polishing that Street Fighter IV diamond for seven years now. An entire generation of consoles. This isn't lost on resident lovable, worked-to-death producer Yoshinori Ono, who told Edge that all that wax on, ...
They say you should never marry for love, but I always do. Every single damn time. I guess you could call me a romantic. If you felt like being less charitable (and possibly more accurate), you could call me a scrub. I couldn...
When I was a little boy, Mortal Kombat was a tough sell around my home. Like most pre-adolescents of the era, I was darkly attracted to the idea of ninjas and movie stars decapitating each other in bouts of gladiatorial comba...
God damn millennials and their social media. Just last week a police officer was telling me how social media is incredibly helpful in solving local crimes (muggings, burglaries). What the hell do kids think they're doing pla...
For those of you who prefer to watch from the sidelines or simply check out what moves are possible with your roster, we've got a cheery video showcasing seven minutes of Mortal Kombat X Fatalities and X-Ray moves. My poor delicate constitution. Mortal Kombat X: All Fatalities and X-Rays So Far in 1080p 60fps [IGN]
Forget the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round nude mods. This is where it's at. A modder named Esppiral used their retexturing skills to turn DoA's Jacky Bryant into Shenmue star Ryo Hazuki, and Akira Yuki into Longsun Zhao. Even the...
Oh boy, it's like the Syphon Filter taser all over again. If you want to give your Kirby a new look, try getting sucked off by another Kirby while you have your hammer readied and release your grip right when you start getti...
I don't remember unlocking Goro in the Mortal Kombat 4 N64 port and that's about as far as I got with the series. Well, aside from a weekend spent with a rented Mortal Kombat Versus DC, but I'm sure plenty of voi dig th...
[Update: Added a "making of the trailer" trailer, because trailers.] The PR account executive slowly walked through his boss' door. His eyes were shifted down so as to avoid the unnerving gaze of the senior PR manager; his b...
Different people have wildly different experiences with fighting games. Someone who's unskilled won't have near the same involvement as someone who's mastered its systems. But, there is one constant across anyone who tries th...
If you're picking up Mortal Kombat X but don't feel like shelling out for the DLC, I don't blame you. The good news is that according to an interview with Angry Joe, Ed Boon has confirmed that all four current DLC characters ...
Nintendo's April Fools Nintendo Direct was no joke. While there wasn't a whole lot there that would interest people who aren't existing fans of the publisher, there was something for just about everyone who already enjoys Nin...
Lucas, who made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is coming to the 3DS and Wii U Super Smash Bros. as a DLC character in June, following Mewtwo's April release.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of arena battle games. I can see myself as a grandfather one day, playing my favorite character in a future iteration of Super Smash Bros., reminiscing with my progeny about how great th...
If you're a fan of Jin or Devil Jin, you're in luck, as they will be making a triumphant return to Tekken 7. The news was just revealed by way of three videos showing off a trio of combatants, the highlight of which is easil...
Erron Black is the hot new Clint Eastwood-like character revealed in the above trailer for Mortal Kombat X. He's like a cooler gun-slinging version of Stryker, the silly cop character from earlier Mortal Kombat games. So when do we get to see Nightwolf appropriately kill Erron Black? Because that needs to happen stat, you hear me Netherrealm Studios!?
Who could forget those special playground moments as a child? Maybe you're shootin' hoops are playing kickball, when you hear some kid scream "FIGHT!" at the top of his lungs. You drop everything immediately, because if you ...
Hisako is a spooky ghost lady ripped straight from Japanese horror films with long black hair and creepy crawling intact, certainly a cool addition to Killer Instinct for Season 2. Also revealed in the trailer is t...
There is perhaps less urgency in the Hyper Dragon Ball Z fan fighter coming to fruition now that Arc System Works (Guilty Gear) is releasing a robust 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter. That does not mean I do not want to play both games, however. Especially because Hyper Dragon Ball Z is still looking excellent, as you can see above. That Gohan speaks to me on an emotional level.
Senran Kagura and Dead or Alive have started a new life together with costumes that, well... they explode. What else did you expect? This relationship between the two properties -- which is purely platonic -- has spawned 16 ...
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...
Square Enix's Final Fantasy-filled PSP fighter is continuing not on Sony's subsequent handheld or, as fans have always wanted, on consoles. Rather, the next iteration is a three-on-three arcade fighter, the cabinet for which...
Earlier, we told you that Predator was likely to be included in Mortal Kombat X -- but only if you were willing to pay the extra price for the Kombat Pack. Now, confirmation has come that not only will Predator be included w...
Mortal Kombat X recently showed off an Ermac fatality that is actually pretty dang icky. Do check it out if you're not the squeamish sort. Less visceral -- and, wow, isn't it great when a series is so over the top an explodin...
I've watched Predator, Predator 2, and Predators in the last week at the behest of people who've felt these were good ideas (the first idea was a fine idea, the subsequent decisions less fine). Predator 2 is a mess and Preda...
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...