Clerks has a scene where Randal Graves, an irresponsible and indifferent video store employee, tells a customer that he finds it best to stay out of other people's affairs. The laissez-faire approach isn't a noble a...
Are you a bad enough dude to stop Loki?
When people think of the beat-'em-up genre, they most likely recall the dimly-light streets of an urban metropolis filled with thugs and other roughnecks looking to cause trouble. While there are some other notable titles tha...
Punches 'N Jump kicks
I've played Curses 'N Chaos at two consecutive PAX conventions, and have come away impressed each time. Part of it was due to their show floor setup of giant arcade cabinets. However, the biggest draw of the game was its...
Taking back the streets on July 23
Growing up, one of my favorite genres was the side-scrolling beat-'em-up. From Final Fight to Double Dragon, I was quite fond of the action found in traveling through different stages and kicking the asses of gang members and...
Keep that dungeon locked
Unnecessary negativity is a blight, especially for writers. It can poison the mind and alienate the reader; a cancerous state of mind that serves nobody. Personally, I try and avoid it whenever possible. That mentality does m...
Launches on PC, Mac, and PS4 in 2016
One of my favorite types of games from back in the day was the side-scrolling beat-'em-up. Though the sub-gene has sorta evolved into more standard and narrative-based action games, I still feel there's more to be done with t...
Astebreed, Croixleur Sigma, and more coming west in 2015
Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.
We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese ...
Kenichiro Takaki's latest looks like more of the same
Marvelous recently announced Valkyrie Drive, a three-pronged multimedia project about teenage girls who can transform into weapons. Now that's taking objectification to a whole new level.
In addition to an anime series a...
We're a day away from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus' Japanese release on PS4 and Vita. I stumbled upon this page of the series' website, which is to say someone linked to it, gobsmacked, on Twitter, where I clicked on it and...
Bladestorm: Nightmare is not a Dynasty Warriors game.
That bit of information might be good or bad news, depending which side of the fence one falls on with regard to Tecmo Koei's long-running brawler series.
At the same...
Kenichiro Takaki continues to wrap the world in happy boobs
Once upon a time, XSEED seemed pretty cagey about publishing the Senran Kagura games. Nowadays the plucky localization studio can't seem to bring the danged things over fast enough.
Yes, you probably read the headline where ...
GET THE GOAT!
For better or worse, sometimes you just have a hankerin’ to steal a goat. Those of us at PAX East with said craving headed over to Toto Temple Deluxe, which delivered goat-stealing gameplay in a fast-paced keep-away bra...
Warhammer: Apocalypse Edition
I've long been an admirer of the Warhammer franchise. While a lot of people seem to put more of their attention towards the 40K universe, the high-fantasy setting of the former is so rich and features such...
For free of course
As we all know, Fatal Fury started off as a traditional fighting game in 1991. But over the years the cast has seem some genre crossover, even into the shoot-'em-up arena with one of my personal favorites, KOF Sky ...
This game looks nuts
Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Blue Mammoth Games to give away a TON of closed beta keys for their upcoming brawler Brawlhalla!
Brawlhalla is a super fun, fast-paced, 2D platform brawler for the PC where champ...
Coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Developer Rimlight Studios is hard at work at a new brawler that looks deliciously oldschool. It's called ZHeros (yep, not Heroes) and it has a futuristic theme as well as a neat looking visual style.
The announcement t...
A nice but brief romp with Korra and Naga
One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles.
Devil May Cute returns! Again!
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.
"We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay...
The ninjutsu showdown begins October 14
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is cutting a trail to North America on October 14, XSEED Games announced today. The PlayStation Vita brawler will strike Europe the very next day.
The story is a continuation of Senran Kagura Burst, wherein groups of teenage ninja girls fight one another with stuff like giant frogs and huge stacks of pancakes. You know, because reasons.
Like Risk of Rain with magic and moonwalking
Risk of Rain was pretty cool, so anything that reminds me of that catches my attention. Warlocks looks to have a similar feel in some ways, bringing frantic 2D battles to a fantasy world. I typically shy away from fantasy in...
Coming to PS3/Vita in August and PS4 this holiday season
XSEED plans to release the PlayStation 4 version of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed in North America this holiday season, the publisher confirmed today.
The PS3 and Vita iterations of the vampire-husking RPG brawler will launch on August 12.
Also, some Melee bouts from EVO 2014
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[Update: Some of you are pretty upset about the article! Sorry about that.
Also, a few people pointed out a couple of mistakes I made. First, I wrote that you can block in the air in Smash Bros. Looks li...
That ground-pound also sure is something
Marvelous is keeping its cheeky money-printing machine going strong with Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. The latest effort from self-proclaimed "huge boob producer" Kenichiro Takaki is due to be unleashed in Japan starti...
Murder, rinse, repeat
Teddy Diefenbach is a busy guy. He's one of the developers on the high-profile indie title Hyper Light Drifter, but when he isn't doing that, he's making more games. Kyoto Wild is his side-project, and Diefenbach says he...
With the bigger and better Super Turbo Championship Edition
DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! was part brawler, part platformer, and loads of fun. Enough so that double dipping isn't entirely out of the question -- far from it! The game is coming to new platforms soon with an expanded ver...
Introducing Daidouji and Rin!
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is coming to Japan on August 7, and I'm sure we'll see the Nintendo 3DS brawler here sooner or later. In the meantime, Marvelous AQL has unveiled a couple faces that will be joining the titl...
Filter -> EVERYTHING GREEN
Akiba's Trip 2 is being ported to PS4 in Japan in a couple months (we get it on PS3 and Vita in August) and Acquire has some videos full of swimsuits and bouncing breasts to show off (below).
There's also a weird "visual editor" (above) that lets you change sky color and, for some reason, all color. I get the Instagram "vintage" filter, but what's with the EVERYTHING IS GREEN filter?
But will XSEED publish it here?
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is a game where you, erm, beat the clothes of vampires. You see, their skin is weak to sunlight, so forcibly removing their clothes makes perfect sense actually.
Earlier this year, XSEED ...
Also, 'strip portraits' for male characters as well as the women!
Infiltrate virtual Akihabara in Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed, an upcoming brawler that XSEED Games has gone to great lengths to localize properly. XSEED announced today that beat-the-pants-off-of-your-enemy Akihabara ...
But! Credit where credit is due, fighting with a giant, food-skewered kebab instead of a sword? That's up my alley. The rest of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson? Not so much.
Anyway, you may proceed in telling me how I hate anime and am closed-minded towards Japanese culture.