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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator strikes North America this June


Heaven or Hell! Let's Rock!
Jan 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is coming to North America on June 7, Aksys Games says. Arc System Works previously announced the enhanced fighting game for a May 26 launch across Japan, which means this is about as close to a sim...
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Street Fighter V

More alternate costumes emerge from the Street Fighter V beta


I'll take them
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
You want more Street Fighter V costumes? You got 'em! As a result of the new beta recently, players have uncovered a bunch of new outfits, most of which look pretty awesome or worth using. This video from rKappasvoice ba...
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UFC 2

Mike Tyson probably needs money so he's in the new UFC game


The Baddest Man
Jan 20
// Brett Makedonski
It's well-known that Mike Tyson, once a highly paid athlete, has squandered almost all of the money he earned during his career. He's a monetary shell of what he once was. Iron Mike has taken to the likes of exhibition matche...
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Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X on PC won't receive new content, support looks to be discontinued


[Mortal Kombat voice] Get outta here
Jan 20
// Brett Makedonski
It seems as if Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have executed a Fatality on the PC version of Mortal Kombat X. Eagle-eyed Internet sleuths have noticed that trailers for the upcoming add-on characters haven't included a designati...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct Season 2 is discounted, Season 1 still free


They work in tandem of course
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, Microsoft is holding an Xbox sale, which includes Season 2 of Killer Instinct. As a PSA of sorts, Season 1 is still free for Gold members during the month of January. So you can swoop in and collect all...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Surprise! Mortal Kombat X is getting its own Komplete Edition


'XL'
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
In a totally "unexpected" turn of events, Mortal Kombat X is getting a GOTY edition of sorts. It's called Mortal Kombat XL, and it's packaged with the core game, as well as both Kombat Packs -- that includes the first on...
Prepare to strike, now! photo
Prepare to strike, now!

Fighting games (and DLC) to look forward to in 2016


Promoted from our community blogs
Jan 19
// Virtua Kazama
[The horizon is bright for fighting games, so I thought I'd have Virtua Kazama take the stage and talk about some of the biggest fighting games coming to 2016 for a new year of salt. But a quickie note, Kazama had a lapse in ...

I high-fived super powers to an army in the new Naruto game

Jan 19 // Laura Kate Dale
[embed]335161:61923:0[/embed] While I was able to play three missions from Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's single-player story mode, I was only able to capture footage of one of them, "Roar of the Ten Tails." All of the missions I played through followed a very similar formula. Show a faster-paced, 3D animated account of the plot of the Naruto anime and manga, throw players into a narratively relevant fight or gameplay section, jump back to a long animated plot dump, and continue. As someone who read Naruto until deep in the Great Ninja War before dropping out, the video game's narrative pacing was a good way to catch up and remind me of the plot, while moving forward and experiencing new content from that story. The big problem with what I saw of the single-player, as shown in the video above, is the repetitive nature of what should be some high-action set pieces. The fight between the nine tails and ten tails should be a huge, challenging experience. It boiled down to running left and right, then spamming projectiles until I was allowed to scratch the beast in the eye. It just wasn't terribly taxing. [embed]335161:61924:0[/embed] The Versus mode in Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is largely unchanged mechanically from past iterations in the series. Every character uses the same button combos for their main attacks, mainly varying in speed and visual style. The roster is huge, spanning a huge amount of the series' named characters as playable fighters, with the intent that you can jump in and try anyone and you'll already know what you're doing. Want to see a really big Chidori? Pick up Sasuke and do the same button combo that made Naruto do his Rasengan. If you've got the basics down with one character, you'll be able to work out how to do cool-looking moves with pretty much any other. Versus mode has a pleasantly gentle learning curve. Within a few hours, I not only had my head around the basics of the fairly simple control system, but understood it well enough to start playing with the differences in reach, speed, and power of the roster. While Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is still several weeks away from release, I feel relatively safe saying it's going to be a visual treat for Naruto fans. Want to blow someone away with a basic combo that rips a hole in reality? Well, it probably won't take you long to pull off. It might not be the deepest fighter out there, but it sure knows how to do large-scope fanservice.
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Ninja magic explosions everywhere
Yesterday, in the hidden-away London offices of Bandai Namco, I sat down at a TV and pretended to be an anime ninja. I blew up half the planet, became a multi-tailed animalistic monster, high-fived magical fox powers onto an army, and punched an old man using a gigantic tree. Yep, I played a bunch of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. That game is nothing if not over the top and ambitious.

Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is getting yet another new character in Kum Haehyun


Game is out on May 26
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
While we were all expecting Dizzy to make a triumphant return in the near future, it looks like there's a newcomer on the block for Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator -- Kum Haehyun. This character joins Johnny, Jam, and Jack-O....
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Tekken

Akuma is likely coming to Tekken in Japanese arcades in February


Tekken 7 Fated Retribution
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
It's official: Akuma is invading the Tekken world, and he's probably coming to Japanese arcades soon by way of a series of location tests. If you happen to reside in Tokyo, Fukuoka, or Osaka, you can catch the tests...
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XSEED

XSEED: Nitroplus Blasterz launches in February


Europe in 'Early 2016'
Jan 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Nitroplus Blasterz debuts in North America on February 2, XSEED Games has announced. I had an opportunity to try the fighting game at XSEED's fall press event in October and really enjoyed myself, despite having almost zero f...
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MKX online beta

Sign-ups for Mortal Kombat X's enhanced online beta begin Jan. 19


I'll still blame the lag
Jan 15
// Nic Rowen
NetherRealm is taking another stab at Mortal Kombat X's online performance. After listening to player feedback, the team is changing the way the game works online, switching from a “dynamic input latency model” to...
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When your hunger is Pokken at you
Just last night we heard about Chandelure joining the cast of fighters in Pokkén Tournament, which immediately increases my interest in the title. Sure, it makes sense for Lucario and Machamp to be fighters in the game...

Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Another new fighter revealed for Pokken Tournament, and it's a hot one


Can(dle) you guess who it is?
Jan 14
// Ben Davis
Earlier this week we found out about three new Pokkén Tournament fighters joining the roster: Garchomp, Braixen, and non-shadow Mewtwo. However, none of them matched the clue Bandai Namco gave earlier this month, teasi...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Is there a new Street Fighter V PS4 beta on its way?


Ready? Fight!
Jan 14
// Vikki Blake
If you have the Street Fighter V beta client installed on your PlayStation 4, you may have noticed a gigantic patch dropped yesterday (thanks, EventHub). The update - listed as version 1.08 and weighing in at ...
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Pokken Tournament

Three new Pokemon confirmed for Pokken Tournament


Still no sign of Vanilluxe
Jan 13
// Joe Parlock
Last week we reported that Nintendo and Bandai Namco were teasing a new Pokémon being announced for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Before that announcement, Serebii.net spotted Japanese magazine CoroCoro ...
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DOA DLA

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 delayed into March


More like de-laid
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
While Koei Tecmo has no plans to release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the west, plenty of folks pre-ordered or otherwise plan to import the beach volleyball game as a show of support for Koei Tecmo or as a symbolic act against p...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Alien and a drunken fart man killing everything in a new Mortal Kombat X video


Both silent and deadly
Jan 12
// Brett Makedonski
Few video game trailers are as effective and efficient as the Mortal Kombat X new character videos. They show the fighters, one at a time, destroying the opposition as you could theoretically do if you were controlling ...
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's Season 3 will be playable at multiple events


Leading up to its March release
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
If you're itching to try out Killer Instinct's Season 3 before its release in March, you may get a chance pretty soon. According to the game's lead combat designer, it will be at PAX South at the end of January, as well as th...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

A new Pokken Tournament character is being teased, and will be announced next week


Who's that Pokemon?!
Jan 08
// Joe Parlock
Nintendo and Bandai Namco have teased that they will be announcing a new playable character for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Apparently, the Pokémon will have the character ラ (“ra”) in it...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

This Mortal Kombat X cosplay is pretty insane


Kotal Khan
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
I don't do cosplay updates often, but when I do, it's because I'm pretty jazzed about the amount of effort that went into it. That's the case for this Kotal Khan (Mortal Kombat X) cosplay by Yeliz, with photography done by SL...
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Akuma is likely the only Tekken 7 crossover character


Don't expect much
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada recently had a chance to clarify the Akuma and Tekken 7 crossover, noting that he was the only planned Street Fighter character at this time that would make an appearance. Harad...
Tusk photo
Tusk

Classic character Tusk is in Killer Instinct Season 3


Game is still Windows 10 exclusive on PC
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct is bringing back another old-school character for Season 3. In addition to Kim Wu, Tusk will be joining the fray, and both fighters have been confirmed for launch. According to creative director Adam Isgreen t...
Games With Gold photo
Games With Gold

PSA: Killer Instinct is Cross-Buy on PC, so your free Games With Gold download transfers


Season 1 is free this month
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Microsoft announced that Killer Instinct will feature Cross-Buy with the upcoming Windows 10 version earlier in 2015, but has since clarified recently that picking up the free Xbox One download in January will net you al...
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold


Original Killer Instinct included
Dec 31
// Jordan Devore
Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 201...
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Dissida Final Fantasy

Ramza is coming soon to Dissida Final Fantasy arcade


Chaos characters too
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
Right now, the roster for the Dissida Final Fantasy arcade edition is complete. Well it mostly is, outside of Final Fantasy Tactics' Ramza, who will be added in "soon," according to Famitsu. Ramza was initially teas...
Samurai Warriors photo
Samurai Warriors

Samurai Warriors invades Dead or Alive


Last Round
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
I haven't been big on Dead or Alive in years, but the sheer roster of Last Round entices me at times. It's about to get even bigger too, as Koei Tecmo has announced that Naotora Ii will join the cast, hailing from the Samurai Warriors series. She'll arrive sometime in March, and it seems like there may be more DLC in store in the future.
Pokken photo
Pokken

The official Pokken Tournament controller is coming west


Rad
Dec 25
// Chris Carter
[Update: Amazon has more pictures of the controller up, including the western packaging, which you can view in the gallery below.] Well, this is a nice thing to wake up to. For its Japanese release, Bandai Namco is providing ...
Bayonetta photo
Bayonetta

Bayonetta in Smash almost raised the game's rating in Japan


'Sexual exposure'
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
In her debut character trailer for Super Smash Bros. Bayonetta is said to "get wicked," but apparently she was almost too wicked for Japan. Sakurai recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming Smash characters with Famit...
Street Fighter IV photo
Street Fighter IV

This is what Street Fighter IV looks like with motion controls


Steam Controller
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
Like most people it seems, I think that the Steam Controller has potential, but it just hasn't been realized yet. It's a great time to test it out though, as one individual just tried it out on Street Fighter IV, includi...

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