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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?

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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.

Arcade1Up celebrates the launch of X-Men '97

by: Jeremy -

In honor of the launch of one of the most anticipated Marvel series to hit Disney Plus, Arcade1Up is preparing to launch a special edition X-Men '97 Arcade machine exclusively through their online store. The special edition cabinet will bring together nearly all of the X-Men and Marvel fighting games into one machine.

The sleek cabinet, shown below, will feature the following arcade and 16-bit console titles:

  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2
  • Marvel Super Heroes
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
  • X-Men vs. Street Fighter
  • X-Men: Children of the Atom
  • Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
  • X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

The artwork adorning the cabinet is based on the new show, which is a continuation of the classic 1990's X-Men cartoon. I must say, I am surprised that they haven't included the side-scrolling beat'em up X-Men as well, as they have released that game on other machines. It would have capped off a nearly perfect package for X-Men fans. The machine will begin shipping sometime this Spring while the show launches on March 20.

 

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Break, Build, Battle - Gundam Breaker 4 officially announced

by: Rob -

What's cooler than giant mechs? Giant mech that you build and customize yourself, probably. If you're wanting to test that theory, then Gundam Breaker 4 is coming soon to give you the opportunity. How soon is still unclear, but Bandai Namco has stated "2024" even though there is a lot of runway left in this calendar year. What is clear, however, is details on the Collector's Edition; which will include:

  • GUNDAM BREAKER 4 - Physical Copy
  • Digital Soundtrack - 45 Tracks From The Game
  • Gunbarrel Strike Gundam (Gundam Breaker Ver.) exclusive Gunpla - Swap out various parts to create 3 different variations
  • Builders Parts Early Unlocks - 6 Early Unlocks to outfit your Gunpla
  • RX-78 Gundam Recirculation Color Early Unlock
  • Exclusive Steelbook
  • Preorder Bonus - Builders Parts Early Unlock and RX-78 Gundam Recirculation Color Early Unlock

The basic premise of Gundam Breaker 4 is you get build your own giant fighting mech, or Gunpla, from over 250 base kits and parts. Once you're dialed in you then take your creation into missions both single player and multiplayer online and into the thick of the action. You can equip up to two weapons at a time on a single mech to create interesting combos and help you come out on top of the battle.

Gundam Breaker 4, coming in 2024 for PS4, PS5, PC, and Switch. More info can be found over on the official site: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/gundam-breaker-4

Pokémon Presents teases two new games, plenty of updates to others

by: Elliot -

It’s Pokémon Day. I had forgotten until early this morning when I was browsing on my phone. If you didn’t know, this is the day of the official first release of the original Pokémon  games. A lot of Pokémon titles were talked about, but nothing really jumped out until the latter half of the presentation. Pokémon Go, Pokémon Sleep, Pokémon Masters EX, Pokémon Cafe Remix, and Pokémon Unite all had something to show off or something free to grab by logging into those games.

With the first half filled with small trailers for upcoming features, I was beginning to wonder if there would be a “big” Pokémon  reveal today at all. Then it happened. A new take on the Pokémon Trading Card Game, this time with phones in mind, Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket. It’s coming later this year, being developed by three Creatures Ibc, they made the original card game back in 1996, and DeNA the group behind Pokémon Go.

Lastly, what I had been hoping to see, a new, original game. Pokémon Legends Z-A. The trailer was not much more than a teaser, no in-game footage was show. The new Legends title will be released simultaneously worldwide in 2025. From the trailer it might be set in an urban environment this time, something I can get behind.

You can check out the entire Pokémon Presents below, the video is just under 13 minutes.


2K reveals the contents of the Season Pass for WWE 2K24

by: Nathan -

WWE 2K24 is just a week away and 2K has revealed all of the DLC that will be available for the rest of the year. There are some great surprises here like The Sandman and CM Punk but man I was not expecting The Great Muta at all. That is amazing. 

Here are all the Superstars coming with the WWE 2K24 Season Pass and all packs will come with My Faction cards as well... 

ECW Punk Pack - May 15th

  • CM Punk
  • Bubba Ray Dudley
  • D-Von Dudley
  • The Sandman
  • Terry Funk

Post Malone and Friends Pack - June 26th

  • Post Malone
  • Sensational Sherri 
  • Mosh
  • Thrasher
  • Honky Tonk Man
  • Jimmy Hart (manager) 

Pat McAfee Pack - July 24th

  • Pat McAfee

Global Superstars Pack - September 20th

  • Jade Cargill 
  • Nia Jax
  • Michelle McCool 
  • Carlito
  • Kairi Sane
  • Lyra Valkria
  • Dragon Lee

WCW Pack - November 13th

  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Iron Shiek
  • The Great Muta 
  • Mr. Perfect
  • Lex Lugar

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. 

Rainbow Six Siege keeps it rolling with ninth year of content

by: Jason -

Ubisoft recently revealed that its hit tactical FPS Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is getting a whopping ninth year of post-launch content, including four individual seasons. Dubbed “Operation Deadly Omen”, year nine season one will introduce a new playable operator named Deimos, improvements to anti-cheat, and a wealth of gameplay changes including the tuning of attachments and shields to help bring back an emphasis on tactical gameplay.

Deimos will join the attackers and comes equipped with a DeathMARK Tracker gadget which tracks a target’s precise location and gives a live ping. He also carries a powerful new .44 Vendetta revolver as his secondary weapon. Other year nine season one updates include a new inventory management system called Locker and improvements to player onboarding.

To mark the occasion, Ubisoft also released a new animated trailer to introduce Deimos, which you can see below. I love these short form animated films from Ubisoft, and I always think about how cool a Rainbow Six Siege series in this style would be.

Tekken 8 hits 2 Million Copies

by: joseph -

Tekken 8 has been out for exactly one month today, and has moved over 2 Million copies, on pace with Street Fighter 6. This is insane considering that the game is strictly on current gen systems and PC, and has no buffer from PS4 or XboxOne. The game is also outpacing Tekken 7 which sold 11.8 million copies when it was all said and done, in case someone wants some trivia to impress their friends. 

With that, Bandai Namco announced that an in game Tekken shop is on it's way. This will not be a shop to unlock characters, but more for cosmetic items for customization. This will include costumes from previous titles, as well as licensed items. There are two things to note here. The money made in the Tekken shop will go right back into the game. And even knowing that, you don't have to buy them unless you want to support the game. 

With Eddy coming soon, there have been some interesting information coming out when it comes to free updates. Upcoming content will include more fleshed out story modes for each character. These stories will show where they were, and where they fit into the main story of Tekken 8. All free. So look for that soon. 

For now, check out this Tekken Talk Live where they talk for an entire hour about the future of Tekken 8. And tell my friend Quincy to watch out for Jun Kazama.