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Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

And that's why you don't mess with Blaziken


New Pokken Tournament trailer
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
Oh my god, that poor Pikachu! Following word of Blaziken's upcoming arrival in Pokken Tournament in Japanese arcades, Bandai Namco has a trailer of the fiery bipedal chicken kicking the crap out of its fellow Pokémon. I feel bad for them, which has traditionally not been the case for any of the core series games.
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Practice Killer Instinct's shadow breakers in your browser


Now this is cool
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
A friend of mine who plays Killer Instinct competitively linked me this gem late last night, and I have say, it's pretty damn awesome. In short, it's a way to practice the timing of breaking shadow linkers in your browse...
PSN fighting sale photo
PSN fighting sale

Fighting games galore in this PlayStation Network sale


Also, TowerFall!
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
Hey, PlayStation 4 owner, have you downloaded TowerFall Ascension yet? It's some of the best local multiplayer you can experience on the system. Fun, chaotic, challenging co-op, too. Sony's fighting game-centric sale has you ...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Blaziken joins the Pokken Tournament roster in August


Don't Google Image Search 'Blaziken'
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
As we await the full lineup for Pokken Tournament, I can rest easy knowing that my boy Gengar is in. Gardevoir, too. The latest character announcement isn't so much a reveal as a reiteration. Long before we knew the Pok&eacut...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Go variationless in Mortal Kombat X with this trick


It's pretty easy
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
One of the coolest parts of Mortal Kombat X is how each character has three variations, which drastically change up how they react and adds movesets to your core abilities. However, community member NightmareSteam has f...
Tekken X Street Fighter photo
Tekken X Street Fighter

Tekken X Street Fighter is 'pretty far into its development'


Has Harada forgotten about it?
Jul 14
// Vikki Blake
It's been five years since Tekken X Street Fighter was announced at SDCC in 2010, but panic not, the game is still in development. Famitsu (as translated by Siliconera) asked producer Katsuhiro Harada if he'd forgot...
EVO guide photo
EVO guide

EVO 2015 schedule


Your guide to fighting game goodness
Jul 12
// Ben Pack
Evolution, the world's largest fighting game tournament, kicks off July 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But fear not if you couldn't make it out to sin city, as the entire weekend of the highest-level fighting game footage will be a...
ESL MKX Pro League photo
ESL MKX Pro League

cR Sonic Fox wins Season 1 of the ELS MKX Pro League and 60k


Kitana's low-tier?
Jul 11
// Nic Rowen
Today marked the end of Season 1 of the ESL MKX Pro League with cR Sonic Fox taking the belt and a massive $60k grand prize purse after a dominant performance as Kitana in the finals. After hearing so much about how Tany...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Well, duh! Ken is going to be in Street Fighter V


And maybe E. Honda
Jul 09
// Jordan Devore
I woke up to murmurs of Alex, Urien, R. Mika, and Karin Kanzuki possibly returning for Street Fighter V but Capcom had other plans for its San Diego Comic-Con character reveal today. Ken. It's Ken. Whatever you do, don't stare directly into his hair. Ken officially joins the Street Fighter 5 roster [Event Hubs]
DBZ photo
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...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

There are some secret brutalities hidden in the latest Mortal Kombat X patch


One of many things in the Predator Patch
Jul 08
// Brett Makedonski
Hearkening back to a time when you had to figure out special moves on your own in the glow of your local arcade, the latest Mortal Kombat X patch adds some new moves but it won't hold your hand in explaining them. If you...
Blanka for Street Fighter photo
Blanka for Street Fighter

Ono cosplays Blanka, hints at character reveal in Brazil


Brief video of new stage
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
I want to cosplay as Capcom's Yoshinori Ono cosplaying as Blanka. Or as Zombie Yoshinori Ono Cosplaying As Blanka after Capcom finally kills him. Ono showed off a little bit of Street Fighter V's Brazil stage in this video. ...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Capcom details Street Fighter V beta


No local versus, only testing online
Jul 07
// Kyle MacGregor
The first Street Fighter V beta is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 on July 23. The beta will run for five days, allowing participants to get their hands on six playable characters. Four fighters (Ryu, Chun-Li, Charlie Nas...
Saint Seiya photo
Saint Seiya

Get a much better look at Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul


More info revealed for Japan Expo
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
Saint Seiya is making a comeback with an all-new anime series and a fighting game, and I'm pretty excited for the future of the franchise. Although I didn't get a hands-on session with Soldier's Soul back when I at...
Mortal Kombat DLC photo
Mortal Kombat DLC

Mortal Kombat X players get free Scorpion skin, Klassic fatality pack


Free? From WB?
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
While you will have to pay to have Predator in Mortal Kombat X, miserly Warner Bros. is throwing some nostalgic scraps players' way. You'll be able to download the hinted-at Klassic Fatality Pack 1 for free in celebration of...
Skullgirls 2nd Encore photo
Skullgirls 2nd Encore

Skullgirls 2nd Encore out today on PS4, soon on Vita


Them's fighting games
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Picture it: Skullgills. It's a fighting game, but all the participants are decayed fish heads. I haven't been able to shake the idea since yesterday. For the less head decayed out there, the gorgeous fighting game Skullgirls...
First! photo
First!

King of the Iron Fist: $80,000 Tekken 7 tournament


Are you good at Tekken?
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series and the upcoming Tekken 7, Bandai Namco is hosting the "King of the Iron Fist 2015" Tekken 7 tournament. There's a 10 million yen cash grand prize ($81,463) for the winner, so ...
Tekken 7 machines photo
Tekken 7 machines

Tekken 7 hitting select North American arcades this month


Once you finish 'getting hype'
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Tekken 7 will be at EVO this month despite not having made it out of Japanese arcades. Tournament participants will have to use a DualShock 4, too. Perhaps a little too late, the Tekken Facebook page announced North American ...

Review: Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

Jul 07 // Kyle MacGregor
Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm (Windows PC)Developer: PDW: HotapenPublisher: Nyu MediaMSRP: $14.99Released: July 7, 2015 Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm often draws comparisons to Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and for good reason. It was a major influence for designer Ume-Zono, who was an active competitor in tournaments, and has its fingerprints all over the place -- from the visuals to the parry system. In terms of the basic controls, there are four main attack buttons (split between light and heavy punches and kicks), plus two others that allow players to parry high and low attacks. Of course, there are combos and supers, though most of them are fairly simple and easy to pull off. That goes a long way in making the game feel accessible to newcomers. While there certainly are deeper systems to be explored, I felt comfortable with Yatagarasu in minutes, quickly picking up a Shoto-style character (there are two) and was throwing fireballs and dragon punches in no time. True to its inspiration, Yatagarasu is all about controlling space on the ground, and there are some interesting wrinkles in terms of movement to help you do so. There's a quick forward jump similar to King of Fighters' hyper hop, which is useful for closing distance or avoiding projectiles while mitigating your susceptibility to anti-air attacks -- which can't be blocked. Meanwhile, dashing is nice for backing up quickly, but still leaves you vulnerable to strikes.  The roster includes a diverse group of eleven fighters, all of whom are unlocked from the get-go. In addition to Shoto guys, the cast features a grappler, a pair of sword-swinging ladies that look nearly identical but play very differently, a Dudley clone boxer, and teleporting ninja. This version of the game adds three new characters, Kotaro (a technical fighter mid-air specialist), Azure (who makes use of a Reppuken à la King of Fighters' Geese), and Aja (a slow and heavy sword user). While there aren't a ton of characters, it still has a nice variety and the limited number of options means it probably won't take you too long to decide which ones fit your preferred styles of play. After selecting a fighter, you will have to make a couple decisions that add a bit of color to the experience. The game will prompt you to power up one of your two supers, which will make that one more powerful for that battle. Yatagarasu also has a commentary system, which features prominent faces from the fighting game community, including Jchensor, UltraDavid, and Maximilian. The commentary is a cute idea, but it can be distracting. And while there are a number of voices to choose from, after spending a while with the game I'd heard just about everything they'd had to offer and opted to switch them off entirely. There aren't a lot of other extras to be found, though. The package is about spartan as it gets, coming with a pair of arcade modes, versus, network play, and surprisingly robust training mode. Of course, the quality of the online experience is of the utmost importance. Or at least you'd think so. Despite GGPO support being promised in the project's crowdfunding campaign, the lag-reducing middleware has not yet been implemented, which is a huge disappointment. The development team still plans to include GGPO eventually, but it will not be there at launch. Since I've been playing Yatagarasu pre-release, I wasn't spoiled for choice in terms of competition, leading me to reluctantly take on a number of opponents with less than stellar ping.  I've experienced a lot of that in my time with Yatagarasu thus far, pushing past a string of minor headaches to enjoy the combat. Everything outside of battle -- from the way the game launches to the austere menus and 4:3 resolution that doesn't take into account widescreen -- it all could have been handled so much better. Even just getting my controllers and fight pad to work properly was a constant source of frustration. Without rhyme or apparent reason, something always seemed to be going wrong, putting a damper on an otherwise great experience. That's really a pity too, because when you're in a match and everything's working properly this game is an absolute dream. I enjoy the minimalist visuals and emphasis on mind games and feeling out your opponent, rather than pulling off technical combos. In a lot of ways, it's refreshing how stripped down Yatagarasu is, but it would have been nice to see more attention around the periphery.  Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is wonderful, except when it isn't. From first blood to knockout this is an exceptional fighting game. I just wish the rest of it was held to that same standard.  [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Yatagarasu review photo
A strong contender
[Disclosure: The reviewer supported Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm's Indiegogo campaign.] Yatagarasu has taken a long and winding road to get where it is today. The doujin fighting game has existed in one form or an...

Predator in MKX photo
Predator in MKX

Predator drops cloak and puts up dukes tomorrow in Mortal Kombat X


Those lasers can't be good for you
Jul 06
// Brett Makedonski
Predator only hunts in tropical jungles, right? We don't need to be worried about keeping an eye out for his tell-tale shimmer anywhere else? It seems too stressful being constantly on guard against the world's finest hunter...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Pikachu gets clocked in Pokken Tournament opening cinematic


In Japanese arcades July 16
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
It's wild that Lucario is hot enough shit to get a demeaning opening thwack on the god rat itself, Pikachu. I mean, Pikachu is granted a follow up upper cut and an unfinished electric attack, but it's still nice to see the y...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X's Predator gets a firm release date


That ugly mofo is $4.99
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
Although it was possible to fight the Predator in Mortal Kombat X recently, he'll be making his way officially as a combatant very soon. NetherRealm has announced that his debut will be July 7, at which point he will ru...
Battle Fantasia photo
Battle Fantasia

Beautiful fighter Battle Fantasia is coming to PC


Next week
Jul 02
// Chris Carter
Back in 2008, Battle Fantasia was released for the PS3 and 360. It was unique little fighting game with an amazing art style, but it was sadly swept under the rug. Thankfully it's getting a new lease on life on PC next week,...
Dead or Alive photo
Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive 5 PC still doesn't have working online multiplayer


Embarrassing
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
Team Ninja was supposed to enable online multiplayer for the PC port of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round by the end of June, months after the game debuted on Steam. Hasn't happened. "[D]ue to major issues found during the beta test...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Predator's Mortal Kombat X appearance contains an unlikely movie reference


Nice work NetherRealm
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Just this week, the Predator was unveiled by way of Mortal Kombat X's Tower Mode, where players were able to face him as a CPU opponent. People have been recording nonstop since then, trying out every single possible ability ...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V is...coming to Six Flags?


Uh, okay
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Street Fighter V is shaping up to be a decent follow-up to SFIV, and Capcom has randomly decided to hype up the Spring 2016 release a bit with a Six Flags cross-promotion, which will see "participating" theme parks host ...
Skullgirls photo
Skullgirls

Skullgirls 2nd Encore will arrive on PS4 next week


July 7
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Developer Lab Zero Games has announced that Skullgirls 2nd Encore will arrive on the PS4 next Tuesday on July 7. It will feature Cross-Buy with the Vita version, which is apparently still in development with a "six week ...
Smash Bros. glitch photo
Smash Bros. glitch

Strike a pose with this silly Smash Bros. glitch


Or freeze your game in the process
Jun 29
// Jordan Devore
Smash Bros. glitches are among the funniest. A new one, captured here by MasterOfHyrule, involves pushing the Home button before the match transitions to the result screen. While the bug varies from character to character, i...
CEO 2015 highlights photo
CEO 2015 highlights

My favorite matches from CEO 2015


The best of the best!
Jun 29
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...
CEO 2015 finals! photo
CEO 2015 finals!

Tune in to the final day of CEO 2015


All the fighting games you could want
Jun 28
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015 has been underway all weekend, and today is the peak of all the hype. Just about any fighting game you could ever want to watch will be streamed today with some of the best players in the world competing. The events ...

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