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New Outfits are here for Street Fighter 6, and so is a new Battle Pass

by: joseph -

Street Fighter 6 can never be accused of lacking content. Besides already adding two new characters, Street Fighter 6 has finally added the 3rd outfit. The caveat is that unlike outfit 2, you can NOT unlock outfit 3 from World Tour mode. Each outfit 3 will be 300 fighter coins a piece, so if you want to do the same moves, but look different doing it, go ahead and spend those monies. Please note that Outfit 3 for the DLC characters will come when Akuma is released in Spring 2024. 

A Happy Holidays battle pass is also available, which includes Super Puzzle Fighter II turbo to keep forever. You can also buy "cartoonish" characters for the "Here comes a new challenger" splash screen, with Drive Tickets. They did add 4 free tracks to the music player with a collaboration with NERDS Clothing. So there's that. 

This update also includes League separated tournaments, so you can match up with opponents more closely to your rank. And these go from Rookie to Legend, as well as an "intermediate" server, which I'm hoping that Justin Wong and PunkDaGod ain't going through and purging Street Fighters like an episode of Loki. More free stuff comes by the way of the Kuzuha Cup Tournament, with player titles and backgrounds. Just remember, the game is just as fun without any of this stuff. More to come for sure. Just...watch your pockets. Capcom wants your Christmas bonus. 

Atari 50 is adding 12 more games

by: joseph -

Atari is still churning out the nostalgia, by adding 12 titles to the already ambitious Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration. The game itself contains titles from the 2600, 5200, 7800, Lynx, Jaguar, and even the Atari 800, plus walks you through a digital museum of how Atari got where they are, and they even explain the whole ET debacle. They go onto to describe the 12 titles as a mix of prototypes, homebrews, and official titles, but they are silent on what games they are! It's a secret to everybody I guess. 

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is available for pretty much everything, adding their release to the Epic games store, and is 39.99, much cheaper than that Atari 2600+ I may be salivating over. They say this is the first of many updates planned, and I cannot wait to see what happens next! 

Mortal Kombat 1's next DLC character to be revealed this weekend

by: Nathan -

Mortal Kombat 1's next DLC character is coming soon and NetherRealm Studios confirms we will get a look at them very soon. 

Confirmed via their official Facebook page, Quan Chi will be revealed at CCXP this weekend in Brazil. 

Ed Boon himself will be hosting a panel on Sunday, December 3rd at the event so there is a good chance Quan Chi will be revealed then. 

Arcadian Atlas boasts an impactful narrative and deep tactical combat

by: Elliot -

Maybe you’ve noticed, but we’re in a bit of a slump when it comes to big titles being released. In a year where we had some huge games hit, and miss, overall, it has been a crazy year. The games alone that I’ve had the chance to play and review are crazy. Usually this is the time of year when I like either hit my back catalog or find some cool indie titles that aren’t getting the love they should. I think Arcadian Atlas might be one I try out. Following its launch on Steam earlier this year developer Twin Otter Studios has released the pixel tactical RPG Arcadian Atlas to consoles. The world of Arcadia is a kingdom tearing itself apart and forces more dark and ancient than the soil are about to awaken. You’ll build an army of troops, customizing their classes and skills to gain every advantage you can against monsters, ruthless men, a daughter scorned, and a queen so cruel she’s killed her husband to gain the throne.

There are more than 12 classes to build out your party as you fight through a seemingly endless conflict. Each class has its own custom skill trees and equipment ranging from potion-brewing apothecaries to magic-channeling warmancers. The tactical combat is paired with a story that will push players into, “tough, emotionally driven choices and send them down an unforgettable path. No one is safe now that the Atlas, a power that can change life in an instant, has been unleashed.”

Arcadian Atlas is out for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.


Metroidvania bullet hell TEVI releases on Switch, PC

by: Elliot -

There is a lot I dig about TEVI, the newly released Metriodvania bullet hell title. The pixel art looks crisp, the character art looks great too. I can tell from the trailer it is really trying to give off the Metriodvania vibes. I don’t think I have the patience anymore for bullet hell games anymore, I’m too slow, my brain is old, third reason why I suck at those games that I can’t think of right now, you know. But if bullet hell is your thing then this title could be your thing. It’s also 10% off right now with the release.

“TEVI combines fast-paced movements with swift attacks to chain Backflip Slashes, Air Dashes, and Dagger Throws into stun-locking Air Combos to BREAK enemies and achieve higher combo scores.” TEVI also sports what the developer is calling a dynamic difficulty system that adapts to players’ progress, which helps to make sure no enemy is too difficult to overcome but is still plenty challenging. So maybe it is something I should try after all.

TEVI will be launching on the European eShop on the 21st of December. The title will also arrive on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Xbox Series X|S later in 2024.

Tetris 99 getting two crossover events in December

by: Rob -

It's busy times in Nintendo land. Super Mario Bros. Wonder is delighting fans with a new entry into what is possibly the most iconic series of all time, a new Zelda game is racking up game of the year nominations, and apparently WarioWare: Move It! is also a thing... I must admit I had never heard of that last one before reading the press release that Tetris 99 is doing a crossover Maximus Cup event with it, but looking into the game it's actually pretty cool. I have a kid in early elementary school and both in school and sometimes on the weekends at home he likes to take "movement breaks" where he gets on his feet (usually in front of a YouTube video) and gets active for a bit. Appears the Move It! series has the same mission, but presents as a video game instead of just a video. Cool.

So the WarioWare: Move It! Maximus Cup event takes place first, running this weekend from today the 30th of November until December 4th. Then the Mario Wonder Maximus Cup follows two weekends later, from December 14th to the 18th. Basically, Maximus Cup events are just themed events where you play Tetris and win themes for your board in the game. If you are curious as to why I'm writing about the 37th and 38th Maximus Cups when I haven't covered one since nearly two years ago with the 28th Cup Pokemon crossover... well, I finally renewed my Nintendo Switch Online subscription on Black Friday and am looking to get back in myself. Tetris 99 is a free download but most of the game is locked behind having that subscription. I can't wait to get back in because as iconic as Mario may be, Tetris is the one game that for me personally, spans more decades of consistent play. 

Become the vampire you've always wanted to be in Vampire Dynasty

by: Jason -

If you've ever had the urge to drink someone's blood, sleep in a coffin, or build your own creepy castle (where my vampires at?) then publisher Toplitz Productions has the game for you. It's the latest entry in their simulation RPG "Dynasty" series, aptly named Vampire Dynasty, and its coming to Steam Early Access in late 2024.

Vampire Dynasty is a dark fantasy simulation RPG that features a deep story, vampire combat, bloodsucking, and many elements of life sim games. You play as the survivor of a vampire attack responsible for the advancement and survival of your vampire clan. Your decisions affect the outcome of the game through branching dialogue options that can lead to multiple endings.

As you explore the open world you can play either solo or with up to three friends in co-op to expand your clan, build your castle, and expand your cozy little vampire family. Of course, as a vampire, you’ll have access to several vampiric abilities such as super speed and strength. You’ll even bed down in a lovely wooden coffin when its time to rest your weary head!

It’s early in the pre-alpha phase, but developer Mehuman Games has been kind enough to share an early look at gameplay running in Unreal Engine 5, which you can see below:

Steve Fox trailer for Tekken 8, and now I'm excited

by: joseph -

I don't love a lot of Tekken characters. Heihachi, Jun Kazama, and maybe an occasional Julia Chang are among my favorites, but the list isn't very long. Steve Fox, the boxer, is on that list, and probably gets a top 3 nomination for sure. For some reason, I just felt like Tekken 8 was going to be Tekken 7: Remastered. I already knew Steve was in the game, but for a casual like myself, I'm now ready after watching this trailer. Check it out. 

WWI real-time strategy management game War Hospital dated for January 11th

by: Jason -

After being delayed out of this year, publisher Nacon and developer Brave Lamb announced that its story-driven RTS management game War Hospital is finally releasing on January 11th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

For the unfamiliar, War Hospital places you in the shoes of Major Henry Wells as you oversee a World War I British field hospital in northern France. You must oversee the triage and treatment of injured soldiers on the front while managing your resources and hospital staff, who also require your care and attention. As you progress, your decisions mean life and death for the soldiers in your care, and at times you will have to make the best of truly terrible situations. I have been super keen for War Hospital, so it pleases me greatly to finally see it dated. Check out a new release date trailer:

Prepare Arisen, Dragon's Dogma 2 releases March 22nd

by: Jason -

At long last, we have a release date for the highly anticipated Dragon’s Dogma 2 from Capcom. The action RPG sequel is launching March 22nd for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, with pre-orders now available. It is confirmation of the early 2024 release that had been rumored in recent weeks following Capcom’s latest financial earnings referring to a major release arriving by the end of March 2024.

Game director Hideaki Itsuno and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi also shared a new trailer during today’s Dragon’s Dogma 2 Showcase, which you can view below. This fresh look at the game offers a fresh look at gameplay, as well as the new Trickster vocation, new enemies for the sequel, and a monolithic boss. “Capgod” appears poised to continue its hot streak in early 2024, folks. Check out the new trailer: