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Tuesday
Mar282017

BlazBlue Central Fiction discounted as part of PlayStation Plus

The digital versions of the most recent entry in the BlazBlue franchise are currently on sale for half of their original price.

Until April 3, PlayStation Plus users can pick up the PS3 and 4 versions of BBCF for just $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.

Central Fiction will be part of Evolution 2017 and Arc System Works recently announced a $10,000 pot bonus for it Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 at the event.

This is a great time to buy for any player who has been on the fence about picking up the title, or who was just waiting for a good sale to come along before purchasing.

 

Monday
Mar272017

Yasuyuki Oda discusses the history of Real Bout Fatal Fury

In honor of the release of Fatal Fury: Battle Archives vol. 2 for PlayStation 4 on March 27, 2017, SNK has collaborated with the PlayStation Blog to reveal interesting tidbits on the history of the titles.

In a small article, King of Fighters XIV director Yasuyuki Oda, who also served on the Real Bout games, talks about some of the weird history of the games. From a debug command remaining in Real Bout Fatal Fury to having to recall Real Bout Special due to Billy's jumping A having no hitbox, there are several eye-opening anecdotes that serve as a look inside the development of the series.

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives vol. 2 collects Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Fatal Fury and will be available on the PlayStation Store for $14.99.

Monday
Mar272017

Super Desperation Radio episode 612 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

It was a KOF-centric show as the cast talked about the Vanessa reveal and a possible leak for a fourth DLC character in King of Fighters XIV. The cast also discussed scene gatekeeping and how attitudes in the scene can affect a game's growth.

SDR also mentioned details on the console version of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and answered questions from the audience.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Friday
Mar242017

Arc System Works unveils console features of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

The makers of Guilty Gear have released an outline of what players can expect when Rev 2 comes home in May 2017.

Starting with the game's story, Rev 2 will feature a recap of the previous events in Xrd so that new players can feel at home in the world of Guilty Gear. There will also be a free story update after the game has launched.

Online will also see changes, as Ranked games can now be rematched and competitors will be able to spectate Player matches already in progress. The lobby has also been visually updated for Rev 2.

Lastly, the game will feature a mode select that will allow players to switch between -Revelator- and Rev 2.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 comes home for PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles on May 26, 2017. Physical PS4 copies will come bundled with the Rev 2 soundtrack.

Thursday
Mar232017

Capcom details update to Street Fighter V online, offers free PC beta

Capcom has heard the various complaints about Street Fighter V's online and offline experience and is readying an update in hopes of fixing many of the problems.

In a post on Capcom-Unity, the company has outlined a new update that will address many issues players have had with SFV since the game's release. Among the fixes will be a better friend management system, better stat-tracking, decreased loading times for Ranked and Casual matches, more improvements to the Rage Quit Penalty System and county/league-based rankings. A big offline change will be that Training Mode now saves user settings when they exit the mode.

These features will all be tested in an upcoming PC-only beta happening from March 28-April 3, 2017, and will also include the Season 2 balance changes. The beta will be free for new and existing PC users, with new CFN data created and then deleted at the end of the trial. Players can check out Capcom-Unity for the full list of updates.

Thursday
Mar232017

"Shattered Alliances Part 3" marks the return of Black Adam

The third in a series of story trailers leading up to the release of Injustice 2 has revealed Black Adam as another playable character in the fighter.

While mostly focusing on the unfolding narrative of Injustice 2, the video does show a new stage for Black Adam along with a couple as-yet-unseen stage transitions.

Injustice 2 releases May 16, 2017. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Vanessa is the third DLC character for King of Fighters XIV

Vanessa will make her long-awaited return to the King of Fighters series as the the third DLC character for KOF XIV.

Last appearing in KOX XI, Vanessa retains her boxing style complete with sway and ducking attacks. 

No date has been set for Vanessa's release, but she will likely join Whip in costing $5.99 on arrival. Also of note is that a fourth character shadow is still hidden behind Whip, Yamazaki and Vanessa in the portrait of upcoming DLC.

Players can check out Vanessa's trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Whip ties up her opponent in new KOF XIV gameplay footage

Whip joins King of Fighters on April 5, 2017, but SNK has released a brief video of the character in action to entice KOF fans.

The one-minute clip features several of Whip's normals and short combos along with revealing how some of those moves with interact with the opponent . While not a full breakdown, the teaser should give players an idea of what to expect when she becomes available. 

Whip will cost $5.99 on release. Players can check out the video after the jump.

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Monday
Mar202017

Super Desperation Radio episode 611 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

Honzo Gonzo showed up on SDR trying to ruin the show, but was promptly booted off the show for a returning Walkman, whose new work schedule will allow him to continue his tenure as a cast member.

On the show proper, the cast talked about the recent best-of-five calls for Street Fighter V and discussed possible arguments for and against the proposition. They also talked about potential tournament and event formats that could provide extended sets for pro players.

The show also briefly covered the KOF XIV DLC characters Whip and Yamazaki, speculating which character or characters could join them. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Monday
Mar202017

Cheetah pounces on opponents in new gameplay trailer

After revealing her in February, NetherRealm Studios has released a standalone trailer for Cheetah in Injustice 2.

Cheetah looks to rely on fast attacks that can capture opponents for combos when meter burned. She also seems to be able to end combos in throws for a knockdown and has an airthrow.

Cheetah's trailer also treats viewers to a new cinematics including her Maximum Spider-inspired super and a Batman-themed stage transition. Players can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Monday
Mar202017

Kickstarter campaign hopes to bring newest Arcana Heart to PC

Developer Examu is preparing to launch a Kickstarer campaign to get its Arcana Heart 3 Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! ported to PC along with English localization.

Originally released in Japanese arcades in 2014, Six Stars!!!!!! introduces a new character (Minori Amanohara), a new arcana (Ichor) and balance changes to the Arcana Heart 3 series. The game has never been released on any console or home platform.

Interested players can input their email at Prefundia to get an early invite to the Kickstarer when it begins.

The team also offered hope of more new content for AH3LMSS, saying "if we can get enough funding together, we are also prepared to consider the development of new characters and and bringing together stories from the earlier titles to make a collected edition follow up."

Friday
Mar172017

Review: Qanba Obsidian arcade stick (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC)

Qanba's latest line of arcade sticks for the PlayStation 4 that was reviewed on IPLAYWINNER was based on existing designs. The Drone, priced at $79.99, was from the N1 series. The $149.99 Crystal was a reintroduction of the revised Q2 LED/Glow models. As for the $299.99 Dragon stick, it was previously featured at EVO 2014 as a prototype. The Obsidian, however, was a stick never before seen from the Chinese manufacturer when it premiered in late 2016.

Sitting between the Crystal and Dragon in price, the Obsidian is aimed for players who want better parts than the former while not breaking the bank with the very stylish latter. At $199.99, it's competing with Mad Catz's Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2+ and Razer's Panthera sticks. With its competitors, you can consider the Obsidian as Qanba's flagship stick but does it stack up?

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Thursday
Mar162017

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 comes to US on May 26, pricing revealed

The newest installment of Guilty Gear will release on console in the U.S. at the same time in launches in Japan, and Aksys Games has confirmed how much it will cost players.

In a Twitter post, Aksys linked to an Amazon preorder page revealing the game's cost as $39.99 for the standalone version of the title, which will only be for PlayStation 4. A follow-up tweet offered that digital upgrades to the PS3 and PS4 versions of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- will cost players $19.99.

At this time there is no information about the promised PC version of Rev 2, which is handled in the U.S. by Arc System Works itself.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Tekken 7 DLC plans promise two guest characters by mid-2018

The preorder information for Tekken 7 has shown up on the Japanese PlayStation Network, and Bandai Namco's plans for the game include two fighters from outside the world of Tekken.

Flying Wonkey has translated the information for the game's season pass offering, which details three different DLC packs for the game.

The first, coming in summer 2017, will feature a new game mode and more than 50 costumes being added to the game. A second will arrive in winter 2017 with the first "guest" character, along with a stage and costumes for that character. The third DLC pack will arrive in early 2018 and offer a second guest fighter along with stage and costumes.

Bandai Namco has added guest characters to its fighting games before—Gon appeared in the console version of Tekken 3, and the SoulCalibur series has had many cameos—but it remains to be seen how outside characters will be integrated into the Tekken 7 experience.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Evo Japan coming to Tokyo on Jan. 26-28, 2018

Evolution will finally be making its journey to Japan early in 2018.

Evo Japan will be held on Jan. 26-28, 2018, at Akihabara UDX, which is close by Akihabara Station in Tokyo. Also announced was a tournament that will serve as 2017's precursor to Evo Japan, [sài]. 

According to Shoryuken, [sài] will be operated with collaboration from TOPANGA and GODSGARDEN with the intent to “unite gaming communities and celebrate the fighting spirit in Japan.” [sài] will take place May 20-21, 2017, and feature Evo's standard double-elimination play. [sài] will be free to enter and feature Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and one game to be announced in the future.

For more information on Evo Japan, including a statement from Noriyuki Kaneko, chairman of Evo Japan Secretariat, head over to Shoryuken.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Firestorm gameplay trailer reveals the powers of a god

During NetherRealm Studios' watchtower stream, the company revealed the gameplay trailer for the recently announced Firestorm and his skills bear more than a passing resemblance to another NRS character.

Put simply, Firestorm has many abilities cribbed from Mortal Kombat's Raiden, including teleport, torpedo attack and fireball. He also has extra special attacks including a low laser blast that can be meter-burned to freeze an opponent in place for a combo opportunity.

The gameplay trailer also shows off a new stage transition featuring a popular Batman villain. Readers can check out the footage after the jump.

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Wednesday
Mar152017

Yamazaki is the second DLC character for King of Fighters XIV

Ryuji Yamazaki will make his return to the King of Fighters as an upcoming downloadable character.

Yamazaki comes to KOF XIV with many of his classic KOF moves and almost all the options that Capcom vs SNK 2 players know and love. 

No date has been set for Yamazaki's release, but he will likely join Whip in costing $5.99 on arrival. Players can check out Yamazaki's trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday
Mar152017

Balances changes coming to Street Fighter V at the end of April

Capcom has announced a list of changes coming to the second season of Street Fighter V, which will debut in late April 2017.

On a system level, Capcom has increased the number of frames needed to hold a direction for charge moves, attempted to remove throw break option selects and once again changed dragon punch attacks for Ryu, Ken, Juri and Akuma. On a character-specific front, there are changes for most of the cast including health nerfs to some of Season 2's strong characters (Urien and Balrog) while some of its weaker characters (Alex and F.A.N.G.) saw more tweaks to the frame data of their normals.

There is no set date for the release of the changes other than the vague "late April" window at this time.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Third Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 location test starting March 16

The next location test for the new version of Guilty Gear Xrd is coming to select Japanese arcades for a week in March.

Club Sega Akihabara and Sega Kagurazaka will host the test, which will further refine the upcoming update.

Interestingly, Arc System Works announced the test only one day before its beginning and has yet to post any new balance changes. As such, it remains to be seen if the third (and longest) test will simply combine changes from the previous tests or bring more alterations to the cast.

Tuesday
Mar142017

Arc System Works Mashup costumes now available for DOA5LR

Outfits that dress Dead or Alive 5 Last Round characters like fighters from BlazBlue and Guilty Gear are now available across several platforms.

The 16 outfits—eight from GG, eight from BB—lead to some interesting pairings, including Tina as Bullet, Ayane as I-No, Nyotengu as Dizzy and Momiji as Baiken.

The whole set can be purchased on Steam, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for $31.99, with PS4 and XB1 offering individual costumes for $2.99 each.