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Review: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

Watching the original Berserk anime for the first time had a profound impact on me. I had seen bleak or otherwise violent films like Starship Troopers before as a youngster, but gazing upon Berserk was the first time I had felt li...   read

 
 
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Nioh's William joins the cast of Musou Stars

The last time I wrote about Musou Stars (an anniversary musou drawing from many Koei Tecmo properties), community member Enou wondered if we'd see Nioh's William Adams added to the roster. I figured they'd be correct, but wasn't sure if Wil...   read

 
 
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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus joins predecessor on Steam this March

With Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! and Shinovi Versus hanging out on PC, Estival Versus told itself it was too cool for them since it was on PlayStation 4. But then little Estival-chan got pouty about being left out so she has deci...   read

 
 
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River City Ransom: Underground gets a launch trailer and release date

I guess early 2017 is going to be the time for retro inspired beat-'em-ups to get launched, as River City Ransom: Underground is set for a release on February 27. This is hot on the heels of Double Dragon IV, but has been anticipated for mu...   read

 
 
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Review: Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon II NES was a staple in my household. I convinced just about every person I knew to take at least one run at it, and depending on their prowess, they'd either get bored after the first stage or rage at the final boss into ...   read

 
 
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Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle

If there’s one big franchise that I’ve had a weird relationship with, it’s the Power Rangers series. I abandoned ship after Power Rangers in Space’s finale since it ended the Mighty Morphin universe on a solid note. ...   read

 
 
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New Double Dragon IV trailer sets up the story

Double Dragon IV is coming out in a few days! I didn't realize how close we were to the launch date, but I'm not so sure I'm going to even pick this up. Having couch co-op is a big plus, but the lack of online co-op definitely hurts. The PS...   read

 
 
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Double Dragon IV will have three modes, playable boss characters

I've been heavily preparing for Double Dragon IV by playing previous games in the series, and at the moment I've just completed the trilogy. While some say that it looks uninspired or even "lazy," I'm jazzed to try it out having spent hundr...   read

 
 
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Review: Yakuza 0

Japan in the '80s was a wonderful time for business owners. The yen was exploding in value and money was flowing like water. If you were involved in any kind of business, legit or not, you were basically so wealthy that you could blow your ...   read

 
 
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Some mad genius hacked Bubsy into Streets of Rage 2

I'm a simple man. All I need in my games are cute characters, things to jump over, and dudes to punch in the face. But little did I know that I needed something like this. Thanks to Metal64, Bubsy is now a playable character in Streets of R...   read

 
 


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Newcomer Double Dragon IV's 8-bit graphics prey on your nostalgia

Double Dragon is back, I guess. Ignoring titles like Super Double Dragon, Double Dragon V, and Double Dragon Neon, this game gets the Double Dragon IV title and takes place after Double Dragon II. Whatever you think it should be ...   read

 
 
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Review: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

Darksiders was one of the last generation's hidden gems, a dark, beautifully designed pastiche of several other action-adventure titles. Planned as a four-part series, the franchise only got as far as #Darksiders2 before publisher THQ decla...   read

 
 
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It looks like Hand of Fate 2 will be coming to PS4 after all

Earlier this month, I got a chance to play Hand of Fate 2 at PAX Australia. Both Zack Furniss and Mike Cosimano have written up some more detailed impressions of it, so I won’t go into specifics here, but I found myself utterly enamou...   read

 
 
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River City Ransom: Underground has a breakdancing body-juggler

Provie, a break dancing phenomenon from the mean streets of River City, is the latest character to take the spotlight in this series of character profiles. Anyone who has watched Breakin' or its electric boogaloo sequel will recognize wher...   read

 
 
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Review: Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers

Something terrible has happened to our children in the last decade and we haven't even noticed or cared. The characters and cartoons they love have been turned into awful cash-in video games that don't even bother to get basic details corre...   read

 
 
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Review: Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

Last year, Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki pledged to continue making games with tenderness and his unchanging love for boobs. After spending several hours with Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, I can say he kept his word because...   read

 
 
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Review: Earth's Dawn

Take a pinch of Odin Sphere's art and gameplay, toss in some Monster Hunter loot-grinding, and repetition, and add a smidgen of Gears of War for flavor. Let simmer and serve both digitally and in retail to the select few who didn't just buy...   read

 
 
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First footage of the new Power Rangers game

Here are some feel-good memories of our youth courtesy of New York Comic-Con. There's a new Power Rangers game titled "Mega Battle." It's seemingly tied to -- or at least a capitalization upon -- the movie that's set to release early n...   read

 
 
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Review: River City: Tokyo Rumble

River City Ransom was probably one of the best, most overlooked games on the NES, but remains a favorite for those who've played it since its release back in 1989. Combining a traditional beat-'em-up with the economy and stat growth of...   read

 
 
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Oh look, Musou Stars is a thing that will exist

At the Tokyo Game Show, Koei Tecmo has announced that Omega Force is currently working on a new Musou game titled Musou Stars. The game will feature characters from various Koei-published franchises, such as Sophie from ...   read

 
 
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Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is the latest game to abandon its release date

Remember three months ago when September was looking like an epic month for gaming? Those were good times. Now, it seems like every other day there's a game getting delayed and pushed back. Yesterday is was sexy punishment simulator Crimina...   read

 
 
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Review: Mother Russia Bleeds

[Header image created by Solve.] I have counted the beat em up genre of video games as one of my favorites for decades. My first experience was with Final Fight back when arcades were both kingdoms and crucibles for children of all ages. &...   read

 
 
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Feast your eyes on some Bersek Musou videos

I'm a big fan of Dynasty Warriors, so I tend to be excited for all of the spin-off titles that Omega Force comes up with. I'm not familiar with Berserk, but a friend of mine tells me it's super brutal, so my interest is piqued. These new vi...   read

 
 
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Steven Universe is finally coming to a console near you in Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers

Steven Universe from Steven Universe is about to enter the console gaming universe in the new Cartoon Network mashup game for PS4 entitled Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers. Looks like you'll be able to play as Steven as well as c...   read

 
 
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Final Fantasy XV's spin-off beat-'em-up game looks worth trying

Between the anime, pinball, movie, VR experience, and everything else happening around Final Fantasy XV, I must've let let Square Enix's spin-off beat-'em-up game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One slip through the cracks. Today's trailer is t...   read

 
 



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