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The landlord is back and rent is due! Check out the trailer for WWE 2K24's story modes

by: Nathan -

One of my favorite parts of wrestling games is the story mode and WWE 2K24 will once again include two separate story modes. Undisputed for the men and Unleashed for the women. 

The men's story hilariously starts off with Roman Reigns relinquishing the title after Cody Rhodes has failed to finish his story for god knows how many times now. Now as everyone is trying to stake their claim to the title, Roman Reigns makes his return and is ready to reclaim his throne. 

The women's story Unleashed seems very different as you start off in an independent wrestling company, building it from the ground up into the biggest alternative and rival to the WWE around. As the hottest free agent jumping over to the WWE you can share the wealth and try to build others up or unleash your full potential in being the bigger star ever. 

WWE 2K24 launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X and PC on March 8th for the Standard Edition and March 5th for the Deluxe and 40 Years of Wrestle Mania edition.  

Free-to-play shooter Delta Force: Hawk Ops shares cinematic trailer, map reveal

by: Jason -

Things are starting to heat up with upcoming free-to-play FPS Delta Force: Hawk Ops. In recent days, we’ve received a new cinematic trailer setting the stage for the game, which takes place in 2035 amid a world in geopolitical chaos. We’ve also got our first look at one of the game’s maps, Zero Dam, and modes, Hazard Operations. You can check out both videos below.

The game appears to be shaping up nicely, with a hands-on preview event taking place later this month that should glean even more information. Delta Force: Hawk Ops is coming to PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and mobile devices, though no release date has been announced. With the marketing cycle heating up like this, it feels like a 2024 release is likely.

Mega Man costumes and more ready for Street Fighter 6

by: joseph -

I am not a huge fan of cosmetics. Anyone who's anyone knows that my avatars or create-a-character has to be the feature I love the least in fighting games. Give me a bald headed light skinned dude with a hoodie, and I'm good. Let's play the game. Capcom must've caught word of this, and decided to test my mettle. 

Street Fighter 6 announced a Mega Man Gala Fighter's past. While you can get items in the free tier, premium items contain a full Mega Man Suit, and Mega Man: The Power Battles to play in the gallery. You can unlock these by simply playing the game, and getting enough kudos to do so. I just gotta get past the fact that the Premium fighter's pass pays for itself and future ones if you unlock all the fighter's coins at the end of the pass. They knew I would try for this. They know how much I love Mega Man. They just knew. 

The pass starts in March. The premium pass is only $5. And yes, I'm talking to myself. 

Tekken 8 shop open for business

by: joseph -

The Tekken 8 shop is now open, and has a combination of free and paid customization items for your character of choice. These items will be changed out monthly as different partnerships and past costumes stock the e-shelves The paid items can be purchased with Tekken Coins, which can be bought in the store of your platform. UT's collaboration with Tekken will also be available in the store for all playable characters, and your avatar, if you feel the need to style on people after you style on people. 

With this Store opening, comes an update. The update comes with a punishment for discovered cheaters (Ugh) who, instead of receiving a ban, will just have their ranking reduced to beginner, and removed from the leaderboard. The question is, can they just climb back up? Use that ban hammer, Hirada! 

There are other improvements like having the fight anywhere option to stay on in the fighting lounge, and the maximum number of consecutive wins increased to 999. I'd hate to play the person who discovered that problem. Yeesh. 

Anyway, Tekken 8 seems to be thriving. Fighting games in general are doing so well right now. Yes, even you, Mortal Kombat 1. 

Life sim RPG SunnySide adds PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions

by: Jason -

Publisher Merge Games and developer RainyGames have confirmed platforms for its upcoming farming and life sim, SunnySide. The cozy RPG is heading to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, though no release date has been announced. It can be wishlisted now on Steam and the PlayStation Store, and a physical edition was also announced for PS5.

SunnySide is set in the Japanese countryside and features a beautiful anime inspired art style. Develop your plot of land with over 100 crop types while building out your homestead. SunnySide also includes a diverse cast of characters to meet, socialize with, and bond with. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper life sim without some sort of combat, would it? This game does it a bit differently, opting for a cozy card-battling system to fight enemies in the caves below town. Interesting.

Check out the new console announcement trailer while we wait for word of a release date:

GRS Build-A-Cade getting a six button control panel

by: John -

I really enjoyed the making of the GRS Build-A-Cade and that project has inspired me to actually create something, which I'll be showing off as soon as all the parts have arrived. One of the control panels I thought was missing when I reviewed it was a six button layout for many fighting games. Well, that's going to be taken care of in March.

You can go to GRS now and pre-order the six button panel for a reasonable price of $24.99. That's the same price as the three button layout and the dual joystick panel. From the picture, it looks like it uses a more arcade style button in a miniature size with a concave top. Even the player buttons look bigger than the three button panel counterpart.

It's due out in March sometime and if you want to play some fighting games on the go with the GRS Build-A-Cade, this panel is for you.

Free trial, new character, krossplay - Mortal Kombat 1 Season 4 begins

by: Rob -

We announced the addition of the Peacemaker into Mortal Kombat 1 last week, but today actually kicks off his introduction to the game with the release of Season 4: The Huntress. This season introduces Mileena as the main boss in the Invasions mode and adds new challenges, story elements, boss battles, and over 150 rewards and character skins. 

Other additions to the game include "krossplay" to be able to jump into leaderboard supported matchmaking across platforms in both Ranked Kombat and Kasual Versus modes as well as Private Versus matches. 

Mortal Kombat 1 is available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam or the Epic Games Store. If you haven't jumped in yet, there is the free trial weekend coming next weekend, March 7th to the 10th. The trial will include access to the base roster of characters and Kameo Fighters, all online and local multiplayer modes, Towers, Story mode only up to Chapter 2, and only Johnny Cage's Mansion for Invasions mode. For more information on the trial, visit https://go.wbgames.com/MK1-Free-Trial-FAQ. You can also check out Nathan's review from October.

Play as a 1920s David Harbour or Jodie Comer in Alone in the Dark

by: Elliot -

I saw a still photo of Alone in the Dark and thought, wow that guy looks like actor David Harbour. I clicked on the trailer and to my surprise a voice came on that sounded a lot like David Harbour’s voice. And then it cut to an interview with the actual real person David Harbour. Imagine my surprise. The new trailer shows off both of the main characters Emily and Edward, as well as a few of the other residents of Derceto Manor. Watching the trailer gives you a glimpse of Emily's and Edward's descent into madness. "One of the most important parts of the game is the place. It's at its very core a haunted mansion story. That's why we needed to make sure we recreate Derceto again!", says Creative Director Mikael Hedberg.

As I said, David Harbour voices Edward while actress Jodie Comer voices Emily. In the trailer both actors talk about how there will be different story endings and the “colorful, vibrant characters you will encounter.” The trailer goes on to show you what they mean when Edward runs into an NPC and then how different the dialogue if you were playing as Emily. I love the idea of playing the game twice over to see how differently a horror story can be based on who you play as.

Developers of Alone in the Dark wants this game to feel like a love letter to 90’s horror. While wanting to give off those vibes the game is actually set in the 1920s and has a ton of noir and Lovecraftian elements. Alone in the Dark will be out on March 20 for PC, Xbox Series S|X, and PlayStation 5.

Raw Thrills TMNT Arcade game coming to consoles

by: Jeremy -

Believe it or not, there are still some great arcade games being released in today's arcade world. Every once in a while you'll see a non-redemption game pop up at a place like Dave & Buster's that just begs for a home conversion. Well, one of those games is getting just that: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants is coming to PS4/5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, and PC on April 23, 2024.

The game is a re-imagining of the original TMNT Arcade game of sorts, but with the updated look of the modern Nickelodeon series. The game offers 4-player, local coop as you choose from one of the four turtles and battle it out across a variety of stages. The home version is going to include a bunch of content that wasn't present in the original arcade release, including three new stages and six new boss battles.

Who doesn't love a great beat'em up?

Ed has arrived to Street Fighter 6

by: joseph -

Well he is here, and I will cut to the chase. Ed was WAY more difficult to learn than any other character in the game thus far. I wasn't use to his normal target combos being so powerful. He also seems more punishable than other characters, because some of the normal button pushes are actually special moves. I do enjoy him though. I'm a casual pro, only because of experience, and not necessarily being in the lab. We got him up to four star silver in about an hour, which is not great, but I'm having fun with him. I'm satisfied if I get him to platinum. You know me. 

Ed is available right now for anyone who has the fighters season pass, or the ultimate edition of Street Fighter 6. His second outfit is sold separately, as well as his stage. Please ignore my ranting about the stage, for I didn't see that you could buy it with Drive Tickets. I am still miffed about the one button throws for Modern Controls, but it didn't seem to matter much. Maybe people don't know that part yet. You can find all the patch notes here. Don't watch this video if you want hype combos. This is me flailing about with a brand new character. I'm the "Justin Wrong" of Street Fighter 6.