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WayForward’s latest punch up River City Girls is out now

There are some pretty standard rules in arcade brawlers. You've gotta have co-op, that's for sure. But you've also gotta kick things off with a kidnapping. More often than not, that means getting two mean-looking lads to rescue their dames. Bit naff, innit. River City Girls flips the script, with two ass-kicking lasses saving hapless daniels-in-distress Kunio and Riki, the lads from the series' very…

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Evo 2019’s best storyline is a wholesome Dragon Ball FighterZ rivalry

Dragon Ball FighterZ is not supposed to be the main event at fighting game tournament Evo. But at any event like this, it’s the best stories that rise to the surface. In the fighting game community of late, those stories often involve Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, and, when it comes to DBFZ, his rival Goichi "GO1" Kishida. This year, it was GO1 who triumphed – but…

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River City Girls tears up Japan’s streets on September 5th

There's another River City Ransom sequel in the works, and this time it's by Shantae and Double Dragon Neon studio WayForward. River City Girls is a one or two player (local) brawler that flips the script a bit on the series. This time, delinquent high-school lasses Kyoko and Misako are beating seven shades out of the entire town to rescue their lads, who have been…

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Daedalus: The Awakening Of Golden Jazz stakes out a demo before launch next week

Detective adventure Alternate Jake Hunter: Daedalus - The Awakening of Golden Jazz (to use its headline-bloating full title) makes the leap to PC next week, but investigative sorts can sleuth around its free demo today. Prequel to Neilo's long-running Jake Hunter series (known as Detective Saburo Jinguji in Japan), it's a conversation-heavy point and click mystery. Released on consoles late last year, the PC version arrives on…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ debuts six more DLC characters starting January 31st

There's another six DLC characters headed to excellent anime fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ, and (so far), only half a Goku confirmed. Announced after last night's Red Bull-sponsored Dragon Ball FighterZ tourney finals, Arc System Works unveiled the second FighterZ pass. The first two characters - feisty lass Videl and chunky alien lad Jiren - are launching this Thursday, January 31st. The next two will be an…

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Have you played… Double Dragon?

“Jesus Christ is alive and well and watching over you today.” This phrase, hissed with cold fury, will always ramraid its way into my forebrain, and my cheeks will burn with embarrassment, whenever I think of ancient man-puncher Double Dragon. The first time a game had made me feel shame, for it was the first game to make me blaspheme, which just so happened to…

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Dragon Ball FighterZ adds online trophy tournaments and rooms to hoard the prizes

It still blows my mind that Dragon Ball FighterZ was such a hit on PC, and Arc System Works' anime fighter gem continues to expand and grow. Today's update is a significant one for anyone who plays regularly online - and many thousands do - as it's adding full scheduled tournament support. Set a time, set the rules (including some clever gimmick options), invite friends…

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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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