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Saturday
Jan212017

New footage shown for Gundam Versus, closed beta upcoming

Bandai Namco showed off new gameplay from its upcoming Gundam Versus at the Taipei Game Show 2017 and announced that a closed beta test will be coming in March for the arena fighting title.

According to Gemastu, the beta will based on feedback from November's alpha test and will be available in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea with both online and offline play.

The game will also include new mobile suits "Z Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Victory 2 Gundam, GN-X (Sergei Smirnov), and Union Flag Custom (Graham Aker)" in addition to the ones included in the alpha.

No release date for the game has been announced, but Gundam Versus is scheduled to launch exclusively for PlayStation 4. Players can check out the game's new footage after the jump.

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Thursday
Jan192017

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 first location test changes revealed

The first location test for Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 happens Jan. 20-22, 2017, and Arc System Works has made public its list of changes for this version of the new update.

The pdf contains both system changes as well as alterations for every character in the -Revelator- cast. Additionally, a document containing move lists for the entire cast including Answer and Baiken has been released, with new moves or changed properties highlighted in yellow.

The original lists are in Japanese, but there is already a Google Document collecting translated changes and Greatfernman has created an Evernote with his own translations. Also, as this is a location test, none of these changes are necessarily final.

Thursday
Jan192017

Registration open for Injustice 2 beta

Players can now register to be part of an upcoming online beta test for Injustice 2.

NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon made the announcement on Twitter, pointing everyone to the sign-up site but offering nothing more in the way of information, such as a start date for the beta.

It's also unknown how much content will be offered when the beta goes live. NRS previously offered an "Enhanced Online Beta" when the company was porting MKXL to the PC platform and finalizing new netcode, but it's unlikely that the Injustice 2 test will be anything more than a tease of what's to come in the game's final release. 

Injustice 2 releases May 16, 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

Thursday
Jan192017

UMvC3 wider digital release, physical copies coming March 7

Capcom will be extending its digital release of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 to other modern platforms and offering a limited physical release of the game starting on March 7, 2017.

According to a post on Capcom Unity, the game's promised PC and Xbox One ports will be offered at the same price as the PlayStation 4 version of the game, $24.99. In addition, the rumors of a new physical edition of the game were indeed true as Gamestop (and its family of stores including EB Games) will offer a limited release of the game complete with never cover art and a comic detailing the game's story.

This physical version of the game will be exclusive to Gamestop and will only be available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at the price of $29.99.

Wednesday
Jan182017

Razer Panthera arcade stick gets Xinput driver, downloadable now

Microsoft's Xinput controller driver for PC is now available for Razer's first PlayStation 4 arcade stick.

Owners of the Panthera can now download the driver here. Following a fast installation process, Xinput will activate when the stick is set to PS4 mode. PlayStation 3 mode only features Direct Input.

During a quick test, both Street Fighter V and The King of Fighters XIII on PC confirm that the Panthera is recognized as an Xbox 360 controller. There were no conflicts when another stick with Xinput was plugged in. The driver unfortunately wasn't identified by Killer Instinct. If you are looking to play KI with the Panthera, either wait for an updated driver or look into Razer's Atrox sticks.

You can read the review for Razer's Panthera here.

Wednesday
Jan182017

Tekken 7 home release date to be announced before the end of January

Players will finally be getting a release date for Tekken 7 within the next seven days.

According to both the official Tekken Twitter account and Tekken Project's Michael Murray, fans will find out "next week" when the franchise's newest entry comes home to console and PC. The anticipation has been eating at competitors, who have been waiting for more than a vague 2017 launch window since the game was announced in June 2016. Many were further disappointed that Bandai Namco's announcements at the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 Grand Finals did not include a firm date.

Tekken 7 will be coming home with new characters including Miguel, Lee, Kuma and Panda. The game is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Tuesday
Jan172017

Injustice 2 story trailer released, versions detailed, characters teased

The trailer for Injustice 2's story mode has been unveiled, both picking up where the events of the first game left off and revealing new players who will be part of the drama as it unfolds.

Poison Ivy, Robin and Brainiac were all teased in the cinematic clip, along with returning character Bane. Brainiac and Robin have also been confirmed from an in-game image posted on NeoGAF. These reveals are so far in line with a potential roster spoiler, but it still remains to be seen if the whole list will be accurate.

What is confirmed, however, is that Injustice 2 will have at least nine DLC characters, as they will be included as part of the Ultimate Edition of the game along with three premier skins. The premier skins will offer different versions of the character: Supergirl will turn into Power Girl, for example. There will also be a Digital Deluxe edition of the game that will come with three DLC characters and one premier skin. There are no prices available for those editions at this time.

Injustice 2 arrives May 16, 2017. Check out the story trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

More details uncovered for Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

Information intended for an upcoming issue of Famitsu has been released online, giving fans more more insight into the changes and release details of Rev 2.

For starters, the download version of Rev 2 will cost 2000 yen, which is roughly $17.75. There is no estimated console release date for the title, with 2017 remaining the only indicator.

As for the new characters in Rev 2, Baiken's only has one counter move that replaces all her old guard cancels. According to translations by Greanfernman, Baiken "is hard to deal with as an opponent, and might be confusing as a new character, so simplicity was stressed in her design." She will retain her other moves, but it remains to be seen how they will function. Answer, meanwhile, uses business cards and scrolls in his move set. The scrolls he places and can attack from using different specials, while he throws business cards like shuriken and can either teleport to their location or create clones from them.

Existing characters will also see tweaks, with examples including a lowered crouching hitbox for Potemkin, Ramlethal getting one or several new moves and Axl's sparrowhawk stance getting changed "in concept." For the complete translation, head over to Evernote.

Monday
Jan162017

Super Desperation Radio episode 602 archive online

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

Guilty Gear Xrd is getting a new update and its announcement dominated much of the conversation on SDR. The cast discussed the possibility of additional characters and what balance changes could mean for the cast.

The show also played host to discussion about the recent KOF Cup qualifier events, the announcement of the Nintendo Switch and the forthcoming Evo lineup reveal.

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.

Saturday
Jan142017

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 coming spring 2017 with new characters, changes

After the end of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- at the Arc System Works Fighting Game Award 2017, the company announced a new update for the game that will be coming this spring.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 will feature two additional playable characters: "The Business Ninja" Answer, who is Chipp's chief of staff, and a returning Baiken. According to ASW's Pachi and Daisuke Ishiwatari, the design team is trying to retain Baiken's original playstyle while making her more offensive. For Answer, the two said he will be able to gain immense speed under certain circumstances.

The game will also be rebalanced and new moves will be added, with the balance changes being bigger than the previous patches. The first location test will run Jan. 20-22, 2017, in Japan.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 will be coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Steam as a paid downloadable update. Arc System Works has said more information will be coming soon. Players can check out the reveal trailer as well as images for Answer and Baiken after the jump.

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Friday
Jan132017

Darkseid playable in Injustice 2, preorder bonus DLC

The ruler of Apokolips will be coming to Injustice 2 as a preorder bonus, according to a leak from the PlayStation Network.

Maximilian grabbed a screenshot of the game's preorder page on PSN before it was taken down, and the bonuses include a special theme and "Darkseid, one of the greatest villains in the universe."

This would not be the first time NetherRealm Studios offered a character as a bonus for purchasing the game before release. Players will remember that NRS offered Goro in a similar manner for Mortal Kombat X. 

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Thursday
Jan122017

Ultra Street Fighter II coming to Nintendo Switch

The next version of Street Fighter II is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II SCREENSHOTS

Towards the end of the Nintendo Switch press conference, the sizzle reel of games coming to the platform featured footage of what looked to be Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Instead, as featured on Nintendo's Japanese website, it will be a new version called Ultra Street Fighter II.

USFII will feature both assets from HD Remix, created by UDON, and the CPS2 builds of SFII. Screenshots featured on the product page also show off Evil Ryu and the once SVC Chaos-exclusive Violent Ken. Along with traditional gameplay, USFII has 2v1 fights similar to that of the Street Fighter Alpha series' Dramatic Battle mode.

The release date for Ultra Street Fighter II is to be determined. Check out Capcom's page about the game here.

Thursday
Jan122017

New guide aims to give players "Leo Countermeasures" in Guilty Gear

Japanese Guilty Gear players Ruu, Tomo and Takehara have created a four-part guide giving players ideas on how to fight Leo in -Revelator-.

Leo has become a problem character for many players in Guilty Gear who do not properly understand his options. The four parts of this guide, broken down into Normals, Specials, Stance and More Defensive Tactics, offer answers to each situation while weighing the possible risks of that solution. 

Originally written in Japanese, three parts of the guide have been translated thanks to BloodWolF (parts one and three) and Lord Knight (part two), with help from Mr. K and Bears. Although a long read, the guide may prove invaluable to players who still have immense trouble with the matchup.

Wednesday
Jan112017

Upcoming Italian Tekken event to feature latest T7: FR console build

European players attending Milan's Battle Dome event will get a chance to try out some of the new Tekken 7 console characters before most of the world.

The Feb. 11, 2017, event recently revealed it would have Tekken 7 playable and that it will be the most recent build of the game complete with Lee and Miguel selectable

Players who can't attend the tournament are encouraged to leave questions and suggestions for character testing on Facebook.

For more information on Battle Dome, players can check out the event's Facebook page.

Wednesday
Jan112017

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters reaches download milestone

The free-to-play version of Koei Tecmo's newest entry in the Dead or Alive franchise has been downloaded by players eight million times, and the company has released a short video to celebrate.

Core Fighters offers four characters that are always available to play—Hayate, Ayane, Kasumi and Ryu Hayabusa—while the other characters rotate in and out of free selection. The other characters and DLC can all be purchased separately or the game can be upgraded to the full version of DOA5LR.

As a part of Koei Tecmo's celebration of eight million downloads, the company will be offering Mila to players for free until Feb. 7, 2017.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Leak of Hori's Nintendo Switch peripherals reveals Real Arcade Pro stick

The Switch, Nintendo's newest console, will be getting peripheral and acessory support from Hori as revealed in a leak. The information also revealed an arcade stick from the Japanese manufacturer.

Documentation of Hori's upcoming Switch products showed a Real Arcade Pro stick. Judging by the lone concept picture, it looks like the Real Arcade Pro Hayabusa SW will be based on the modern RAP design found on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 models. The stick can be expected to also feature both the Hayabusa lever and pushbuttons. While we can see the eight button layout with a start button on the side, it's unknown on what special controls this stick has.

The document also reveals a price of €149.99 but offers no release date. There are currently no fighting games coming to the Switch as of this post. With the upcoming Nintendo Switch presentation on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. PST, there is the possibility that we might see some fighters come to the platform.

Monday
Jan092017

Super Desperation Radio episode 601 archive online

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

It was the first SDR show of 2017 and a return after two weeks off for the group as they returned from the winter holidays.

SDR covered the new Echo Fox signings, the upcoming Evo games announcement, Cooperation Cup 15, the KOF 14 patch and more, even ending on a cliffhanger as Hellpockets' computer decided it didn't want to work anymore. 

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
Jan092017

FGC Story Time: James Chen talks about the US coastal rivalry

In what may become a continuing series from UltraChenTV, James Chen sat down to talk about the historic East Coast vs West Coast feud that started in the earliest days of competitive Street Fighter and how it has evolved over the years.

Starting with some of the first meetings between the coasts at events such as Battle by the Bay 4, Chen talked about notable players like Eddie Lee and discussed how the competition moved from Alpha to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and all the way into Street Fighter IV.

Chen interspersed his narration with match footage whenever possible, and was glad to have both Alex Valle and Justin Wong in the chat to correct some of his information. Readers can check out the Twitch archive below.

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Friday
Jan062017

Injustice 2 coming May 16, 2017

After some speculation, including a possible release date from Xbox, Injustice 2 has formally been announced to release on May 16, 2017.

Both Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios tweeted the information, which fans of the first game have been awaiting since the sequel's reveal in June 2016.

So far very little information has been made available about the Injustice sequel, with much of the cast remaining a mystery. The game will arrive four years and a month after its predecessor Injustice: Gods Among Us, which released on April 16, 2013, in North America.

Thursday
Jan052017

Review: Razer Panthera arcade stick (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC)

Commonly known more for its gaming-focused PC peripherals and the communities that use them, Razer's attention to the fighting game community has been intriguing. Along with sponsoring players such as Infiltration, Fuudo and Xian, the company made arcade sticks to compete with Mad Catz, Qanba and Hori. With models for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the Atrox series had features ahead of its time all housed in a slick body design.

RAZER PANTHERA ARCADE STICK SCREENSHOTS

Even with cool features, Razer faced a situation where it had to deal with criticism. Events such as EVO 2015, where Momochi's Atrox stick was suddenly disabled on the eve of his Ultra Street Fighter IV victory, became a controversial topic in the community. Technical issues would also surface in future events giving more people reason to heckle Razer.

The company also had to adapt to the current FGC competitive climate. With a majority of fighting games being commonly available on the PlayStation 4, the manufacturer began work on a stick for that platform. Given another chance, Razer's new model—Panthera—doesn't deviate too much from its prdecessors while still making sure the stick is ready for a new generation. While the consistency is nice, the continuations—as well the smaller changes and additions—aren't always for the best.

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