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New MvCI patch removes unblockable setups, adds small changes

A new update for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will remove back-turned unblockable setups in addition to several small adjustments for the game.

The big part of the patch is the removal of the unblockable setups, which were first uncovered in December 2017 and relied on the fact that characters could not block low while turning around. According to Capcom this bug has been fixed, which should eliminate those situations from the game.

In addition, backdashes for Dormammu and Hulk were adjusted, active switch entrances for Ultron and Captain Marvel were normalized and several small bugs were corrected. Readers can check out the full patch notes after the jump.

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Review: HORI Fighting Edge arcade stick (PS4, PC)

The original HORI Fighting Edge, released back in 2012, was one of the coolest arcade sticks on the market at the time. It was HORI’s big attempt to not only make an original premium-level body design, but also introduce the company's proprietary high-quality arcade parts. When compared to other sticks during its release, the stick's edgy design and flashy features were something not found in other sticks made by other companies. In hindsight, the result turned out mostly successful. The stick was a popular choice for players. The parts were featured on future HORI sticks, with the buttons later upgraded on other models. But when consoles reached the next generation, a new version of the Fighting Edge was missing in action up until now.


Exclusive to the PlayStation 4, the latest model of the Fighting Edge comes with changes in both the visual and playability departments. Some of these alterations are for the better, while others might irk you depending on your love for the original model. There are still many things left untouched to show that, in essence, it’s still the same old Fighting Edge, but for the next generation.

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Android 21 playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ

The latest issue of V-Jump magazine has revealed DBFZ's antagonist Android 21 will be part of the playable cast, but perhaps not in the form people expected.

Android 21 appears as a playable character in Dragon Ball FighterZ looking like a mash-up of several different fighters such as Majin Buu and Frieza. According to translations of the magazine, Android 21 has the ability to absorb traits from other characters which causes her to change forms.

Android 21's moves include Tasting Cut, which grabs the opponent and steals one of their moves, as well as the ability to turn opponents into sweets like Majin Buu.

Readers can check out images from the magazine after the jump.

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Bandai Namco announces additional open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ

After connection problems plagued the first DBFZ open beta on Jan. 13-15, Bandai Namco will be giving players one more day to test the game.

From Jan. 17, 2018, at 9 p.m. PST until exactly 24 hours later on Jan. 18, gamers will get another chance to try out 11 characters and learn more about Dragon Ball FighterZ ahead of its release.

Bandai Namco has also stated that this added beta period will include "improvements to the experience."

Dragon Ball FighterZ comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in North America on Jan. 26, 2018.


Gundam Versus adding two more mobile suits, patch incoming

Gundam Versus players in Japan will be getting some changes starting on Jan. 22, 2018.

The first change is a new patch for the game, which will allow players to change menu music, add and stronger disconnect penalty for online play and more. Then and Jan. 23, along with the release of the G Gundam mobile suits, Bandai Namco will begin offering the extra music found in the G Sound Edition of Gundam Versus as downloadable content. This DLC will add 16 more songs to the game.

In addition to these updates, two more mobile suits are coming to Gundam Versus. The Farsia and pilot Yurin L'Ciel arrive from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE while the Build Strike Gundam (Full Package) and Reiji join from Gundam Build Fighters. The Farsia releases on Jan. 30 along with Gundam Pixie, while Build Strike Gundam will be added along with the Efreet on Feb. 6.

As always, each of the additions will cost players 650 yen (about $6).


Release date, cast size, first DLC announced for BBTag

After the conclusion of the BlazBlue Central Fiction tournament at Arc System Works' Fighting Game Awards 2017, the company revealed new information about BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

Arc System Works first offered the game's release dates: May 31, 2018, in Japan and June 5, 2018, for the rest of the world. In addition to that, ASW confirmed that the game will have a total of 40 characters, including DLC, when the cast is complete. The game's first confirmed DLC character will be Blake Belladonna from RWBY.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will also be playable at Evo Japan 2018, and the build will feature all 20 characters that have been shown to be part of the base game to this point.

Lastly, ASW revealed that there will be a special edition of the game that will feature a collaborative illustration by Tochimichi Mori from ASW, Shigenori Soejima of Atlus, Seiichi Yoshihara of French-Bread and Rooster Teeth's Ein Lee as well as a DLC season pass, an art book and console-specific bonuses.

Readers can check out the game's latest trailer, including Blake's reveal, after the jump.

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New balance update coming to Guilty Gear Xrd

After the Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 tournament at its Fighting Game Awards 2017 event, Arc System Works announced that a new balance patch will be coming to the game.

This will be the first major update to Guilty Gear Xrd since Rev 2 launched in May 2017.

The company confirmed that all characters will receive changes as part of the new patch. No time frame or any other information about the update was made available at this time.


Hit, Beerus trailers released for DBFZ, open beta starts Jan. 13

As the Jan. 26, 2018, release date for Dragon Ball FighterZ draws closer, Bandai Namco has released more character trailers and will soon be offering players an open beta test of the title.

First, the company has released introductory trailers for both the legendary assassin of Universe 6, Hit, and the god of destruction from Universe 7, Beerus. Both trailers show brief views of each character's moves, along with supers. 

Second, the Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta starts at midnight on Jan. 14, but people who preordered the game digitally through the Microsoft or PlayStation stores will get access a day earlier on Jan. 13. Once launched the beta will run through Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

There will be 11 characters featured in the beta, including Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Vegeta, adult Gohan, Frieza, Cell, Kid Buu, Krilin, Picolo, Nappa, Android 18 and Beerus, as well as seven stages, a tutorial mode, rankings and more.

For more information on the DBFZ beta readers can check out the official Xbox site, and both the Hit and Beerus trailers can be found after the jump.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT open beta now live

While the game released in Japan on Jan. 11, North American players waiting for their region's version of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will have more than a week to try it out.

The Dissidia open beta is live from Jan. 12 through Jan. 21, 2018, and will offer three separate sessions featuring different members of the cast. The first session will run from 6 a.m. PST on Jan. 12 through 1 p.m. PST on Jan. 15; the second will start at 2 p.m. that same day and go through 1 p.m. on Jan. 18; and the last will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 running through 1 p.m. on Jan. 21.

The open beta will feature both online and offline play, character customization and a PlayStation Plus membership is not required to play. However, save data from the beta will not be carried over into Dissidia's full release.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT releases on the PlayStation 4 console on Jan. 30 in North America and Europe.

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Aegislash and Blastoise joining the battle in Pokkén Tournament

During the Nintendo Direct Mini on Jan. 11, Nintendo announced two new waves of paid DLC that will be coming to Pokkén Tournament, bringing new battle Pokémon and support characters.

The first wave, launching on Jan. 31, will feature Aegislash as well as the support Pokémon Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. The second wave, launching on March 23, will add Blastoise and supports Mew and Celebi.

Both waves can be purchased as part of the Battle Pack DLC, which will cost players $14.99.


SNK Heroines coming to Switch, PlayStation 4

During the Nintendo Direct Mini on Jan. 11, a new tag team fighter was announced as coming to the Switch in summer 2018.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is a combined effort from SNK and NIS America and will feature many of the former's iconic characters doing battle in two-versus-two matches. Heroines will feature one-button special moves and items that can sway the battle, as well as special Dream Finish moves to finish the match.

The game will feature online play and the ability to spectate and bet in-game points on matches, and a customization mode where players can personalize their characters. Confirmed characters for the game so far include Athena Asamiya, Mai Shiranui, Leona Heidern, Kula Diamond and Yuri Sakazaki.

The NIS America website has confirmed a PlayStation 4 version of the game and has also revealed a $120 special edition containing an artbook, Fatal Cutie hat, two-disc soundtrack, lapel pin set, sleeveless shirt, workout towel and wrist sweatband all coming in a collector's box.

Readers can check out the game's trailer after the jump.

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Square Enix hints at upcoming Dissidia DLC characters

Square Enix has given players clues as to what characters will be showing up as part of the downloadable content for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

During a Japanese stream on Jan. 10, the company gave vague outlines of the six characters that will be coming to the game after its release as part of the season pass. There will be two female and four male characters making up the DLC, with one of the male characters coming from the older half of Final Fantasy titles while the other five will be from the newer games. In addition, one of the female characters has previously appeared in the Dissidia series.

While cryptic, these hints will definitely give Dissidia fans something to think about as the game approaches release. The season pass will cost players 4000 yen (roughly $35) while individual characters will run 800 yen (about $7).

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT releases on the PlayStation 4 console on Jan. 11, 2018, in Japan and Jan. 30 in North America and Europe.


Official patch notes reveal changes for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Street Fighter V's major update arrives on Jan. 16, 2018, and Capcom has unveiled that changes that will be coming to the game's system and each individual character with that patch.

In terms of the game's system, Arcade Edition will give a general buff to regular throws by increasing their active frames from two to three frames and hopes to reduce the usefulness of V-Trigger activation combos by increasing the damage scaling. There will also be added recovery to command throws, and more alterations to jump-ins and moves used to anti-air opponents.

Individual character changes are numerous in Arcade Edition, and while damage and recovery values are mentioned with concrete numbers there are plenty of moves that have received more vague mentions of hitbox or hurtbox "changed." In this way it will be harder to gauge the depth of many character tweaks until players have Arcade Edition in their hands.

Arcade Edition will also include frame data in training mode when players turn on Attack Data, and players can also have it shown on the characters by having the fighter with advantage turn blue while the one with disadvantage turns red. Readers can find the patch notes for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition at Capcom Unity.  


More Missing Link mobile suits coming to Gundam Versus

More DLC from Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link will be coming to Gundam Versus in early 2018.

Fred Reber and the Gundam Pixie will be coming to the Japanese version of the game in late January while Doug Schneid and his customized MS-08TX Efreet will be showing up in early February. They will be the fourth and fifth mobile suits added from the PlayStation 3 title.

Pixie and Efreet Schneid will be the first new additions to Gundam Versus after G Gundam suits make their debut for the game also in January. As always, each of the additions will cost players 650 yen (about $6), and although there is currently no U.S. release date, they will cost $4.99 once available.


Goku Black unleashes godly power in new Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer

Bandai Namco has released a new gameplay trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this time focusing on Goku Black.

The brief video shows Goku Black, in his Super Saiyan Rose form, using a divekick, full-screen command throw and multiple supers to dispatch his opponents.

Readers looking for a more complete oveview of the character can check out Maximilian's breakdown from December. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America on Jan. 26, 2018. Readers can check out the Goku Black trailer after the jump.

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Soul Calibur VI to be playable at Evo Japan

During a Japanese Tekken 7 event streamed on Bandai Namco's official Twitch channel, Soul Calibur VI Producer Motohiro Okubo appeared to announce that the game will be playable during Evo Japan 2018.

This will be the first time the general public in Japan will have a chance to try out the upcoming title. In addition, there will also be a Soul Calibur V side tournament held on Jan. 27.

Evo Japan 2018 takes place on Jan. 26-28 in Tokyo, Japan. 


Enchantress bewitches opponents beginning on Jan. 9

A gameplay trailer unveiled just ahead of the character's debut on Injustice Watchtower has also revealed Enchantress' release date in Injustice 2: Jan. 9, 2018.

In her trailer, Enchantress uses many different forms of magic to defeat her foes, including counters and projectile reflectors. She may also have Quan Chi's hypnotize special move as well as the ability to summon minions, all depending on which moves are connected to gear. 

As usual, players who own the Ultimate Edition of Injustice 2, Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack 3 will have Enchantress on release, and those looking to purchase her separately will have to wait.

Readers can check out the Enchantress trailer after the jump and for more details on the character can check out Injustice Watchtower on Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. CST on the NetherRealm Twitch channel.

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Mad Catz returns to peripheral market

Almost one year after the company declared bankruptcy and shut down, Mad Catz has announced its revival. 

Now based out of Hong Kong with new management, Mad Catz Global Limited will unveil its product line at the Consumer Electronic Show on Jan. 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas. The company promises "new ideas, new attitude and most importantly, an entire range of new, high-quality gaming products."

According to Mad Catz, the company's initial offering will be PC hardware including mice, keyboards, headsets and gaming surfaces. There is no word at this time as to whether the company will be returning to the console market, although the official press release does mention Mad Catz being known for FightSticks.

The company also released a trailer marking its return, which can be seen after the jump.

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Injustice Watchtower to show Enchantress gameplay on Jan. 5

The next DLC character coming to Injustice 2 will be shown off in the early days of 2018.

According to Ed Boon, an Injustice Watchtower stream showing gameplay of Enchantress will be broadcast on Jan. 5, 2018. Enchantress is the second entry from Fighter Pack 3, and if previous Watchtower streams are any indication the stream will spend time talking about her various normals, specials and even combo potential.

It also seems likely that NetherRealm Studios may given out the character's release date during the broadcast. Atom was Fighter Pack 3's first addition, joining Injustice 2 on Dec. 12, 2017.

The stream begins at 3 p.m. CST on the NetherRealm Twitch channel and will likely last roughly an hour.


Square Enix, Amazon team for Dissidia Fantasy Finals

A upcoming one-day exhibition of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT on Jan. 17, 2018, will pit "some of the biggest streamers in fighting for a battle royale" and give viewers a chance to earn prizes.

The Dissidia Fantasy Finals will have eight teams comprised of champion players, streamers and other noteworthy personalities battling it out in a single-elimination bracket. The list of invited participants includes players such as ZeRo, KizzieKay, Tasty Steve, Chris G, BeautifulDude and Nairo.

Viewers at home, meanwhile, have a chance to win prizes like a Dissidia arcade cabinet by correctly completing a fantasy bracket on the event's website using a code they receive by preordering Dissidia from Amazon.

Interested readers will be able to find out more information on the event and watch the Fantasy Finals stream, hosted by Evan "WonderChef" Hashimoto, at the official website. Readers can check out the event's trailer after the jump.

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