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4:30 PM on 02.27.2015

BlazBlue: Battle Cards looking to take that card crown

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...

Robert Summa


1:00 PM on 02.27.2015

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

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...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 02.26.2015

BlazBlue spin-off Xblaze 2 coming west this summer

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...

Kyle MacGregor

12:15 PM on 02.25.2015

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

"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 ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 AM on 02.25.2015

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

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...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 02.23.2015

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

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...

Chris Carter



Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late photo
Review: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
by Kyle MacGregor

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, just as we're battling in the arena. Want people to take notice? Well then, you had better bring your 'A' game. And make sure to come out swinging.

That's exactly what Melty Blood studio French Bread has done with Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, the latest 2D fighter to throw its hat into the ring. It might look like just another high-flying "anime" fighter at first glance, but looks can be deceiving. Under Night In-Birth is its own beast, one absolutely deserving of your time and attention.

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1:45 PM on 01.20.2015

Why does Japan get the best cat block puzzle games?

Nyandafuru Puzzle Nekoburo, an Arc System Works published puzzler, released in Japan last Christmas Eve and I would like to play it. It's also on the Hong Kong PlayStation Store as CatsBlock Vestival. My roommate recent...

Steven Hansen



Review: Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- photo
Review: Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
by Chris Carter

I've spent many late nights with Guilty Gear. Week-long tournaments, money-matches between friends; it was the perfect series to play around with, and one of my most competitive. But as time went on, the franchise started to get a little stale. We saw the same exact character models, the same movesets, and not much in terms of innovation.

Guilty Gear Xrd changes that significantly with a complete overhaul of the visual style on top of everything that made Guilty Gear so great in the first place.

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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming to Steam photo
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming to Steam
by Kyle MacGregor

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is heading to Steam next month, H2 Interactive has announced. It will feature both online and local multiplayer as well as English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language options.

The pulbisher released Calamity Trigger, the first title in Arc System Works' vaunted fighting game series, on Steam earlier this year. Perhaps we can look forward to seeing Chrono Phantasma on PC sometime in 2015.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend to be Released on Steam [H2]

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Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3 photo
Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3
by Kyle MacGregor

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on February 24, 2015, localization house Aksys Games announced today.

The 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread with netcode assistance from BlazBlue maker Arc System Works. The European release is being handled by NIS America, who are also targeting a 2015 launch.

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Arc System Works action game hits Vita in December photo
Arc System Works action game hits Vita in December
by Kyle MacGregor

Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy is punching and piledriving to PlayStation Vita in North America on December 2.

The action game, developed by Guilty Gear and BlazBlue developer Arc System Works, is said to feature four-player co-op and luchadores. Yes, you'll be able to beat up monsters with the power of friendship and lucha libre moves. Sounds like a romp.

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Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax photo
Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
by Kyle MacGregor

It's still tough to believe a fighting game based on the Persona series exists, let alone is any good, but Persona 4 Arena certainly came as a pleasant surprise. Atlus and Arc System Works are two distinctive studios known for creating very different types of experiences, but somehow managed to meld their unique strengths into a stellar fusion.

It must have been a difficult task, trying to charm two disparate audiences at once, but the developers proved more than capable of surmounting the challenge. Now they've returned with a followup in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, hoping to make lightning strike twice.

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11:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Margaret, Marie, Adachi will be $5 DLC in Persona 4 Ultimax

Marie and Adachi will be free to download for the first week of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's release. On October 7, they revert to paid DLC, at which point the Sadistic Stud-Keeping Secretary of the Velvet Room, Margaret, will release as well. Each character will cost $5. 

Steven Hansen

10:45 AM on 09.19.2014

Sega to publish Persona 4 Ultimax in Europe

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is coming to Europe this November, courtesy of Sega. The fighter's release will mark the first occasion Sega acts as a distributor for Atlus since the publisher acquired the Shin Megami Tensei&nbs...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Arc System Works debuts new international website

Developer Arc System Works has never really had a wieldy website for English speakers, but this week they're launching a brand new site -- ArcSystemWorksU.com. The site will keep people up to date mostly in regards ...

Chris Carter