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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon

And Shadow Jago
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but befor...
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One Piece

Now that's a video game screenshot!

One Piece: Burning Blood
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
You don't need to know the first thing about One Piece to enjoy this screenshot from Burning Blood, Spike Chunsoft's upcoming fighter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. A colorful robot fighting a dashing dinosaur? Thi...
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Final Fantasy's Vaan isn't a street rat: I don't buy that

'I'm gonna be a sky pirate'
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
I've always had a lukewarm relationship with Final Fantasy XII, and its protagonist, Vaan. The only thing it really did for me was ape Final Fantasy XI's combat and add in gambits. Post-game content was pretty cool comp...
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Final Fantasy

Hahahaha: Tidus shows his stuff in Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade

Sorry, 'Tee-dus'
Nov 21
// Chris Carter
Tidus (Teedus) is kind of an awkward protagonist. X was the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy game, and Square really tried to force in some strange subplots and scenes meant to evoke emotion -- instead, they ended ...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

It looks like Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will be coming to PC

From H2 Interactive
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
A lot of fighting games have been coming to Steam this past year, including Guilty Gear XX. It seems as if publisher H2 Interactive isn't done with the series yet, as Guilty Gear Xrd has been listed on the Korean Game Ra...
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Does anyone like Zidane? I don't hear him talked about much

His game was pretty great
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
Whenever the "best" Final Fantasy discussion comes up, VI is almost always near the top for a reason. Then you start getting into uncharted territory, with games like V and VII getting thrown around. But ...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is getting localized next year

The expansion to Xrd Sign
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Guilty Gear Xrd Sign was a damn good fighting game, but the common complaint was that the cast wasn't big enough. That's nothing a premium expansion pack couldn't fix of course! Aksys Games has announced that Revelator, ...
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BlazBlue: Central Fiction

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is looking hot

Only in Japanese arcades at the moment
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
BlazBlue: Central Fiction, which was announced back in July, is still coming along. The game will fully launch in Japanese arcades tomrorow, but not before developer Arc System Works dropped a new character on the fanbase --...
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...Whatever: Squall fights in Dissidia Final Fantasy, I guess

Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
Dengeki has straight gameplay, too. The Koei Tecmo-made Dissidia Final Fantasy is chilling arcades in Japan for a while, but could come to PS4 at some point.
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Shantotto will be returning for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy

Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Shantotto is an immensely popular Final Fantasy character among the fanbase, even though you don't hear about her often outside of it. After a modest start in Final Fantasy XI, she invaded other games, including the Dissidia...
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Smash isn't the only fighting game Cloud is hitting this year

Dissidia Final Fantasy footage
Nov 18
// Chris Carter
More Dissidia arcade trailers are out in the wild, and this one deals with the divisive Cloud Strife. While a lot of people who have never played a Final Fantasy game are quick to dismiss him, I feel like I have to ...
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Cloud in Smash

Everything we know about Cloud in Smash Bros. from both a Final Fantasy and Smash perspective

In incredible detail
Nov 17
// Brett Makedonski
In the wake of last week's reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros., some people have managed to put together videos analyzing his introduction in great detail. We have two great examples for you. The firs...
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Fan favorite Terra takes a step up to the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade plate

'Tina' in Japan
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Terra is often a fan favorite Final Fantasy character -- heck, anyone from VI is usually a top choice. What makes her especially badass in Dissidia is that she can Trance mid-fight, turning her into her Esper f...
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Smash Direct

Smash Bros. gets one more dedicated Direct, and it's happening next month

What does Nintendo have left?
Nov 16
// Brett Makedonski
Last week's Nintendo Direct had a Smash-centric bombshell in the announcement of Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife coming to the game as DLC. That closed out the show, but the rest was dedicated to an array of other Nintendo t...
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This is likely our first look at the Ryu amiibo

A Toys"R"Us terminal
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is slow to provide nearly any news for upcoming amiibo, outside of some recent exceptions for bundles. Basically, we have very little idea of what newer amiibo even look like, or where they may be exclusive. While we...
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Saint Seiya

A Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul PC port will be released this month

Previously exclusive to Sony platforms
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
The Bandai Namco trend of porting to PC continues. Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul is next up on the block, and is slated for a November 27 Steam release in North America. Previously, it was exclusive to the PS3 and PS4 plat...
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Watch Firion smack up Lightning in this Dissidia Final Fantasy vignette

l'Cie? More like l'Lame
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
I think one of my favorite pastimes, as I've come to realize over the years, is watching character-specific trailers for fighting games and brawlers. It may seem excessive for those of you who don't partake in these genres, t...
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Pokken Tournament strikes Wii U spring 2016

Japanese debut slated for March 18
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
The Wii U version of The Pokémon Company and Bandai Namco's fighter Pokkén Tournament will debut in Japan on March 18 and sometime in the spring across Europe and North America. An amiibo card for Shadow Mewtwo will be included with first-run copies of the game worldwide. Nintendo says the creature can also be unlocked sans card "after you fulfill certain conditions."
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Street Fighter V

Watch a complete breakdown of Street Fighter V's Dhalsim

He moves with one foot
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Dhalsim is a relatively new reveal for Street Fighter V, and VesperArcade already has a great 15 minute breakdown of what to expect in his current incarnation. He's described as SFV's biggest zoner, and his moveset and even h...
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King of Fighters

King of Fighers XIV may look ugly, but the mechanics seem fine so far

No more beautiful pixel art
Nov 10
// Chris Carter
We don't have a whole lot of information regarding King of Fighters XIV, outside of the fact that it has a severely downgraded set of visuals, but based on this comparison video (with XIII), it seems mechanically sound. Ther...
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Street Fighter V

Capcom is planning even more Street Fighter V stress tests than before

In addition to more standard testing
Nov 10
// Chris Carter
If you want to give Street Fighter V a go before it launches next year, you've already had plenty of opportunities, but according to Capcom, you'll have a few more. The publisher has announced that in addition to the thi...
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Skullgirls Vita

Skullgirls dev 'underestimated' PS Vita port job

It'll be ready when it's ready
Nov 07
// Kyle MacGregor
At one time, Lab Zero Games planned to ship a PlayStation Vita port of its latest fighting game Skullgirls 2nd Encore "a few weeks" after the PlayStation 4 version. However, it's been a few months since the title arrived on P...
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Alternate costumes?

Street Fighter V beta gets story tutorial with Alpha Ken and Ryu

Street Fighter Alpha nod
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
A recent 2.3GB update for PlayStation 4 users engaged in the Street Fighter V beta adds a tutorial, going over fighting game fundamentals (walk towards your opponent to do fighting with them et al) and SFV moves like V-Skill...
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Street Fighter V

At least six future Street Fighter V characters have been found in the game's files

Including some fan favourites
Nov 04
// Joe Parlock
With the recent announcement of Dhalsim, we now know the entire roster of returning characters coming to Street Fighter V at launch. Overall it’s a pretty decent roster and the new characters look fantastic, with one or...
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King of Fighters XIV

Chang and Leona return in King of Fighters XIV

It wouldn't be a party without 'em
Nov 03
// Kyle MacGregor
After revealing King of Fighters XIV at Tokyo Game Show in September, SNK Playmore showed off the fighting game again today at a Sony Computer Entertainment press event in South Korea. The morsel of new footage shows off a co...
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Pokemon fighter

Dark Mewtwo is actually Shadow Mewtwo

Adjust monogrammed towels accordingly
Nov 03
// Steven Hansen
Just a bit of housekeeping. The new Mewtwo form copped over the weekend is officially Shadow Mewtwo, not Dark Mewtwo as early sleuths sussed. Makes sense what with its "Shadow ___" moves. Not too much else revealed in the ch...
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Street Fighter V

Someone uncovered 10 color variations for each character in Street Fighter V

Necalli can go Super Saiyan
Nov 03
// Chris Carter
This is to be expected for a fighting game, but Street Fighter V will feature 10 color variations for each character. Dedicated fans have of course uncovered them by making use of leftover files, using data from the rece...
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Premier fighting game tourney EVO 2016 dated

Remember, remember July 15-17
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
Surprise, surprise, fighting game tournament EVO is coming back next year. Here's how EVO 2015 wrapped up. It was fun times, even for a casual. A new Street Fighter V character got announced, a guy got up in euphoric victory before his match was over and lost, and they even played Catherine, the surest way into my heart. EVO returns to Las Vegas with EVO 2016 July 15-17.
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Pokken Tournament

Mewtwo gets a new form in Pokken Tournament

Sweet baby Jesus he looks awesome
Oct 31
// CJ Andriessen
Watching livestreams of video games is something I've never been able to get into, but perhaps it's time I start trying to learn how to enjoy them. Last night during a Japanese stream of Pokkén Tournament, Mewtwo was unveiled as a fighter in the upcoming Bandai Namco game. With crystals bulging from his body, this form of Mewtwo is unlike any we've seen before.
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Jason terrorizes more Mortal Kombat X players today

Some of them will be teens
Oct 30
// Brett Makedonski
Like a mall Santa without any other prospects, Jason Voorhees lives for one time of year. (Or maybe he's dead? I don't know.) Regardless, Halloween is kind of Jason's bread and butter because then he can show up, scare some ...

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