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The best Japanese games to play on PC

After spending much of this decade catching up with the rest of the world, the Japanese games industry is truly back, and PC gamers have been reaping the rewards of this renaissance. It’s taken time for Japanese developers and publishers to get on board, especially with consoles and smartphones remaining the dominant gaming platforms in their native country. But as classic console franchises finally make…

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Release date announced for Swery’s The Missing

Upcoming trial-and-error platformer The Missing, from developers White Owls (founded by Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro of Deadly Premonition fame), will be releasing on October 11th. So if you’re especially looking forward to getting killed in increasingly surreal ways and having your decapitated head go on without you, you haven’t got long to wait. And if you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, take a look…

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Swery’s The Missing looks a bit like Limbo, except your decapitated head can live on?

The other game that Deadly Premonition director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro has been working on is, it turns out, a Limbo-lookin' deadly platformer of trial, error, and mutilation... only it seems your head can roll away from your corpse and merrily go gurgling in search of your missing pal? That's The Missing: J.J. Macfield And The Island Of Memories, a game which Suehiro's studio, White Owls,…

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The bestest and most top PC games of 2018 so far

We're just about halfway through 2018 (which has somehow taken both too long and no time at all). As is tradition, we've shaken our our brains around to see which games from the last six months still make our neurons fizzle with delight. Then we wrote about them here, in this big list feature that you're reading right now this second. And what games they…

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This Dragon Ball FighterZ match is somewhat intense

Think fast. No, faster than that. Sorry, you’re still not thinking with the required rapidity. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a good fighting game that requires quick wits and quick mitts, which is why you’ll never be the best. But this fight between two players at a weekend tournament has some folks in the fighting game community squealing. From an outsider’s perspective, it sure looks like…

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Dad Goku & Jumbo Goku join Dragon Ball FighterZ soon

The problem with Dragon Ball is that there are just too many Gokus. Diet Goku, Regular Goku, Blueberry Goku, Goku Black and probably more besides - a little bit silly for one Goku and his immediate family to make up half the dang cast. Not a trend that'll be ending soon either, at least according to Dragon Ball FighterZ's first set of DLC characters. Gearing…

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The Humble Brawler Bundle doesn’t contain much brawling, but is a great fighting game starter pack

It's not just me, right? A brawler (also known a beat-em-up) is a game in the vein of Final Fight or Streets Of Rage, no? A duo or trio of co-op heroes against waves of expendable mooks? Well, the Humble Brawler Bundle doesn't contain any of those. What it does contain is a great selection of fighting games to start off the collection of someone…

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Blazblue Cross Tag Battle’s pricing & first DLC announced

Sometimes you get a hankering to turn the Anime up to 11, and sometimes you need to go even further. Arc System Works, still sizzling with success after Dragon Ball FighterZ, are gearing up for a PC release of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, a mashup of their long-running Blazblue series, Persona 4 Arena (a spinoff of the excellent JRPG), the indie-developed Under Night In-Birth and American-made pseudo-anime…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ review

Dragon Ball was the hallmark of nearly every Thursday night when I was growing up, especially during the infamous run of Toonami on Cartoon Network. I never did keep up with the show’s evolving story, but I was always enamored by the way Goku and pals decimated the world around them as they fought at super Saiyan speed. And that’s the first thing that hit…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ finishes powering up and launches

My knowledge of Dragon Ball Z comes mostly from Britney Spears posting her son's fan art and cosplay on her Instagram but dang, even I'm a bit excited by today's launch of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The fighting game looks anime as heck the best way, with flashy animations and stage-smashing attacks, and it's made by the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue folks so it should decent…

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crashes BlazBlue into Persona 4 Arena and more

Arc System Works, the Japanese face-punchers behind the BlazBlue games and the surprisingly rad-looking Dragon Ball FighterZ, are bringing yet another of their fighting games our way. They've confirmed a PC release for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, a tag-team fighting game which throws together characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena (Arc's fighting game based on Atlus's magic teen RPG), French-Bread's Under Night In-Birth (which Arc…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ system requirements unveiled

Here’s news for all you Ballheads. The system requirements for 3v3 anime punchathon Dragon Ball FighterZ have been unveiled by Bandai Namco. We also forgot to tell you the release date that was announced last year, so here you go: it’s coming out on January 25. That’s just two weeks from this bright cold day. Anyway, you’ll find the minimum and recommended bits and bobs…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ coming from BlazBlue devs

Dragon Ball, the anime/manga which launched a thousand AOL screen names, is becoming a new fighting game made by Arc System Works. I've not been interested in the many Dragon Ball games Bandai Namco have made before, but their decision to draft Arc to make Dragon Ball FighterZ [official site] has me interested. Arc are the studio behind BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Persona 4 Arena, and…

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BlazBlue Centralfiction punches onto PC

Here on PC we've always been a few years behind on BlazBlue, but we're finally up to date on the core of Arc System Works' visual novel-tinged fighting game as BlazBlue Centralfiction [official site] has arrived on Windows. Expect more drama and a whole lot more fisticuffs. Along with wrapping up the story from the previous three games, Centralfiction introduces new characters and new fighting…

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Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe- bifs onto PC

For years, the PC was short of fighting games. The bigguns stayed in arcades and on consoles, our home-grown ones were a bit wonky, and we certainly didn't have Salty Bet. Now, goodness me, we've more fights than a pub car park. Along with (most of) the big-name series, loads of neat smaller games, we get the odd games too, such as Chaos Code -New…

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River City Ransom: Underground resumes retro beatings

The old-school biff-bopping of a beloved NES beat 'em up has resumed with the release of River City Ransom: Underground [official site], an official licensed revival. It bleeps! It bloops! It barfs! It is, to refresh your memory, a scrolling beat 'em up with a touch of action-RPG as a group of plucky heroes kick the living heck out of badguys. I'm still delighted seeing…

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River City Ransom: Underground kicking off this month

A new Double Dragon arrived this week, looking very much like the old one, and more throwback beatdowns are coming later this month with River City Ransom: Underground [official site]. The crowdfunded revival of ye olde side-scrolling beat 'em up will launch on February 27th, developers Conatus Creative have announced. Watching a new trailer, I am delighted by the combination of acrobatic attacks and enemies…

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Double Dragon 4 brings throwback beatdowns

"They don't make 'em like they used to!" croaks some dreadful sketch show character. Perhaps their name is Harold, or Maude. Each episode, they visit a shop - a china shop, a car showroom, an ironmonger, etc. - and forcefully 'test' products in ways that ultimately trash the whole place. Shelves fall, cabinets collapse, windows break, and the teapots/cars/hammers lie in pieces. After Maude (or…

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Double Dragon 4 starts biffing later this month

Arc System Works are making a new retro-styled Double Dragon beat 'em up, even rounding up some of the original DD gang to chip in. Double Dragon IV [official site] will hit later this month and.... huh! What a curious bit of news. This NES-lookin' throwdown is certainly the opposite of Double Dragon: Neon, the radtacular cowabungical modern revival by WayForward. Arc were nothing to…

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Harvest Moon Creator’s Sandbox Birthdays Hitting PC

The next game from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, named Birthdays the Beginning [official site], is coming our way next year. Birthdays is a cute little sandbox about carving a teensy Minecraft-y world out of a cube in space to develop and support an ecosystem of everything from plants to dinosaurs. A console released was announced a while back, and now we know it'll be…

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