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Master Raven, new changes come to Tekken 7: FR on Sept. 15

Master Raven will join Tekken 7: Fated Retribution along with a new wave of balance changes when the new version of the game—version D09—releases in arcades on Sept. 15, 2016.

According to Avoiding the Puddle, the update will also include a new mode AVP writer Flying Wonkey is tentatively referring to as "Item Battle."

The list of upcoming balance changes is not yet available. With Tokyo Game Show starting the day of the update, it will be interesting to see if Bandai Namco will announce a new wave of upcoming content for Tekken 7 or if Master Raven will be the last new character for the time being.


Upcoming Mortal Kombat XL balance patch confirmed

With first the speculation and then the announcement that MKXL is coming to Steam, Mortal Kombat players have been hoping that a new balance patch could be rolled out along with the title.

That hope has been made a reality as series creator Ed Boon tweeted on Sept. 9 that NetherRealm Studios is readying a new series of gameplay tweaks, which the company hopes to have ready by Steam release.

This should come as welcome news to players who have been hoping for various nerfs to Alien along with changes to other characters in the cast.

Mortal Kombat XL arrives for Steam on Oct. 4, 2016.


BlazBlue Central Fiction demo menu translations by Kurushii

The BBCF demo is available now to those players who digitally preorder the Japanese version of the game on PlayStation 4. As this group of players includes many English speakers who have little to no understanding of the Japanese language, Kurushii has created a translation guide.

The public Google Document has a breakdown of every menu and sub-menu in the demo, even making sure to underline the choice that is the default for each list of options. The translations should help players avoid a lot of trial and error as they start practicing the new title in anticipation of its early October release.


Revised DualShock 4 controller supporting direct USB connection intended to minimize latency

The recent PlayStation Meeting at New York City not only showed off the Slim and Pro versions of the PlayStation 4, it also revealed how the DualShock 4 gets something neat in its upcoming revised model.

The new version of the DS4 controller is similar to its prior build but allows support for direct connection through a micro USB cable. While the previous model allowed USB connectivity, it only powered the controller with inputs communicating through Bluetooth. With tests of the original DS4, reports suggest that input latency increases when more controllers are connected nearby.

Mark Cerny, lead architect of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, detailed in a video after the jump that direct connection is intended to have "absolute minimum latency" and will be for those who play fighting games.

With the new DualShock 4 coming on Sep. 15, 2016 alongside the PS4 Slim, the controller will need to be tested to see if it can run just as fine, if not better, than its predecessor.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction demo launched on Japanese PSN

With no announcement or fanfare, Arc System Works has a released a demo of BBCF to the PlayStation Store in Japan.

Much like the -Revelator- preview that preceded the release of the new Guilty Gear title, the Central Fiction demo is only available to players who preorder the digital release of BBCF on PlayStation 4 and includes no new console characters. 

What is different, however, is that the BBCF demo will include a preview of the game's netplay features during the weekend of Sept. 9-11, 2016.

There is currently no word as to whether North America or Europe will receive the demo. BlazBlue Central Fiction releases in Japan on Oct. 6, 2016.


Japanese players rank Tekken 7: FR characters in new tier lists

Avoiding the Puddle's Flying Wonkey has collected character rankings from three high-level Japanese players who recently gave their thoughts on Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.

RAGE, AO and Tsubumi have surprisingly similar lists at the top and bottom tiers, with Hwoarang and Steve sitting ahead of the pack while Gigas and Lucky Chloe lag behind. What's also interesting is that both AO and Tsubumi place Akuma in A tier while RAGE does not even place the character at all.

For all three complete lists, head over to Avoiding the Puddle.



Super Desperation Radio episode 527 archive online

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

Birds and commentary gaffes were the main topics of this week's SDR as the crew talked about the recent King of Fighters XIV events. The cast brought up the recent calls to nerf or ban Nakoruru and how the balance of the game can be affected by patches. They also discussed trendy, loaded fighting game terms and how they can hurt a production or the game itself.

Meanwhile, Hellpockets ran a KOF XIV lobby where Honzo Gonzo was playing any and all opponents.

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.


Upcoming Slash Series event pits I-No against Haehyun

The next Slash Series event—a collaboration between Japan's Mikado arcade and MajinObama—will feature Tourio's I-No facing Maroshi's Haehyun in a first-to-seven series.

The event will take place on September 10 in Japan and will offer commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel.

The time of the exhibition has not yet been set, so be sure to follow MajinObama on Twitter for updates as the date gets closer. For other matches from one of Japan's top Guilty Gear arcades, head to Jonio's YouTube.


Mortal Kombat XL coming to Steam on Oct. 4

GameSpot is reporting that the long wait for PC owners hoping to play Kombat Pack 2 will soon be over.

On Oct. 4, 2016, Mortal Kombat XL will launch for the Steam platfor, complete with both Kombat Packs for players who buy the new release. Players who already have MKX will be able to download the most current balance patch for free, but according to a Steam listing it looks like KP2 will still be a separate product.

The story of Mortal Kombat XL and a PC version already has a complicated history, as XL was originally announced only for PS4 and Xbox One in January 2016. Then at the end of July series creator Ed Boon teased players with the possibility of MKXL on Steam in the form of a popular vote; this eventually lead to the recent PC beta test and finally confirmation of the game's release.



New King of Fighters XIV patch released to fix netplay issues

A new patch for KOF XIV hopes to address the game's uneven netcode, making the online experience better for all players.

On its release, KOF XIV's online play was spotty and inconsistent, with players left confused as to how or why certain matches were smooth or laggy.

The new update claims to fix "connection slowdown issues occurring in online Ranked Match & Free Match modes." The patch is already receiving some very positive reviews from players, but only time will tell if netplay is a better experience for all players.


Punishing Iori's rekkas in KOF XIV with Angel by MechaMacGyver

Super Desperation Radio's Sanchez, also known as MechaMacGyver, has created a short video showing how Angel can punish Iori's rekkaken-type move, Aoi Hana, in King of Fighters XIV.

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, Sanchez shows where and when Angel can interrupt the series, what can punish Iori for stopping early and what to use if Iori finishes all three repetitions. He covers both strengths of the series and shows when certain punishes will whiff or trade in Iori's favor.

Players can check out the video after the jump, and can tune in to Super Desperation Radio every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky's Twitch channel.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 526 archive online

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

It was a blast from the past as SDR talked about gaming in their youths. Starting with a discussion of KOF XIV's online play, the crew then reminisced about old King of Fighters games and early online gaming through XBAND and Kaillera, and thought back to defunct game shops like Software, Etc. and FuncoLand.

SDR also expounded on common mishaps in King of Fighters commentary and current news regarding the game.

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.


Mortal Kombat X on PC gets public online beta weekend with XL characters

Players can now try out Mortal Kombat X in its current iteration this weekend for free on PC as part of a network test.

MKX on Valve's Steam platform has been updated with a link that allows anybody to participate in the "MKXL Enhanced Online Beta." The 23.1gb download allows players to play the whole Mortal Kombat X cast against others using a rollback netcode system similar to that of GGPO. This test was originally featured on the console version of MKX in preparation for Kombat Pack 2/Mortal Kombat XL.

This will mark the first time PC MKX players can use KP2 characters Alien, Leatherface, Triborg and Bo' Rai Cho. The original PC version on Steam, handled by High Voltage Software, was criticized for various bugs and lack of support. The port was met with further disapproval after NetherRealm Studios' Tyler Lansdown announced on Test Your Might that Kombat Pack 2 would only be on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This beta test was alluded to after Ed Boon on Twitter had a poll with one of the choices being "MKXL with GGPO on PC."

While there is no information in regards to the sale of Kombat Pack 2 characters on PC, you can try them now by going to the game's Steam page. The beta ends on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. PST.


Aksys announces BlazBlue Central Fiction limited edition for Nov. 2016

While Aksys Games had previously put an ambiguous release window for BlazBlue Central Fiction's North American release at sometime this coming winter, the company today announced that it would be coming in November 2016 alongside the newly revealed limited edition of the game.

The BBCF LE will be offered on both PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, and come with a deluxe hardcover art book, a Noel Vermillion mini Nendroid figure and the BlazBlue Song Interlude III soundtrack.

No price or actual date is available at this time, and Aksys confirmed that the game will ship without an English dub due to the time it would add to development.


Video Review: King of Fighters XIV

Super Desperation Radio member and KOF XIII commentator Chris "Hellpockets" Fields recently sat down to give his thoughts about the newest game in the King of Fighters series.

In a six-and-a-half-minute review, Fields discussed how he feels about the game's looks, how it plays and the best ways a player can approach the title. He also makes sure to sprinkle some trademark SDR humor throughout the video.

Interested players can check out the review after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 525 archive online

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

It was the day before the King of Fighters XIV release and since Hellpockets had the game early he was playing it and streaming his online matches. 

In between the KOF action the crew talked about the recent Summer Jam and Wizard World events, Tekken 7 and cereal.

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.


Mortal Kombat XL coming to PC?

After PC gamers spent months disappointed that MKXL was not coming to their platform of choice, NetherRealm Studios has shown that the company may be changing its mind about the project.

At the end of July, series creator Ed Boon put out a poll asking players what MKXL announcement they would want most, with almost 50 percent of voters saying a PC port with GGPO netcode. Boon then responded by saying "We hear ya!" but has been mostly silent on the issue since then.

However, on Aug. 22 Boon posted another one of his famous cryptic tweets, saying "Maybe we should Karry eXtra Long People who Care?" together with a picture of what appears to be a motherboard.

While this is not a clear-cut confirmation that the game is finally coming to PC, Boon has been known to spoil announcements before.


Guilty Gear -Revelator- exhibition: Teresa vs Kakkou

The latest output in the collaboration between Japan's Mikado arcade and MajinObama, called the "Slash Series," features Teresa's Jam squaring off against Kakkou's Ramlethal in a first-to-seven series.

According to MajinObama, "Teresa is a strong Jam from GGXX who recently started running the character in xrd with great success," and "Kakkou is a dedicated Ram player who has stood by the character, even through her nerfs, and has established himself as the premiere player of the character in the Kantou region."

The video features commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel. Check out the video below, and for other videos from one of Japan's top Guilty Gear arcades head to Jonio's YouTube.

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Team K', Women Fighters profiled as new KOF XIV trailers released

With less than a week before the game releases in North America, Atlus has released two more trailers highlighting teams in the upcoming King of Fighters XIV.

First, K', Kula Diamond and Maxima all make their return from KOF XIII to make an impact in the new title as part of Team K'.

Second, King, Mai Shiranui and Alice join the game as Team Women Fighters. While King and Mai have made many appearances in KOF over the years, Alice is brand new to the franchise, making her first appearance in the pachinko title Garou Densetsu The Legend of Wild Wolf.

An apparent fan of Terry Bogard, Alice has moves that mimick both Bogard brothers and Joe Higashi

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off basic combos and supers for all three characters on the team. Check out the trailers after the jump.

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Tekken 7 adding Lee, new stage & more story mode details

At Germany's Gamescom event, Bandai Namco introduced some new Tekken 7 content that will arrive in the arcade-based Fated Retribution and the console build.


One of the big announcements is that Lee Chaolan will be returning. Both his normal and his Violet alter ego will be playable. Aside from the visual and name differences, there is no information whether both Lee and Violet will bear the same moveset or will have variations like in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The trailer can be found after the jump! Expect Lee to be playable in Fated Retribution in the coming months.

With the story mode being one of the core aspects of the coming console version, the Gamescom press release detailed more of what's to come. Screenshots, found in the link above, show a young Kazuya training with Heihachi. While the main part of the story mode will centralize on the Mishima bloodline, players can unlock side stories that puts other characters like Claudio on the spotlight.

Other screenshots show off a new stage that pertains to the Archers of Sirius group, of which Claudio is a part. One of them also features Heihachi in a special story mode outfit.

Tekken 7 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will be coming early 2017!

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