Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Review: Mash it out

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Price: $11.99 System(s): PC (Also on 360 and Vita) Release Date: January 23, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Degica (5pb/Mages) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Fantasy Violence and Suggestive Themes The world needs more arcade-style beat ‘em ups. Straight up. There’s just something about dashing down some grungy city streets, by yourself or especially more »

WWE Immortals hopes to cash on mobile fighting game trend

WWE has long thought it could squeeze more than one annual video game out of its global popularity. Its console offerings including WWE All-Stars and WWE Legends of Wrestlemania didn’t catch on like they hoped. For the record, I loved  and it was one of the saddest days of my gaming life when that server more »

Guilty Gear Xrd’s story mode is ArcSys’ logical next step

Ever since BlazBlue, Arc System Works (ArcSys) has been doing intriguing work with story modes in its fighting games. Hell, even going back to the earlier Guilty Gear titles, you could see the seeds of some pretty hardcore (albeit ridiculous) world-building being planted, within the restraints of the usual arcade mode. In Guilty Gear Xrd, more »

Nidhogg is still amazing

I waited on Nidhogg. Originally, I thought I’d pick it up after it finally came to the PS4. Except, once it did, I didn’t buy it. I relied on it eventually becoming a free, PlayStation Plus title. It happens with most indie games that get ported to a PlayStation platform eventually. I wasn’t sure if more »

Bandai Namco’s actually localizing J-Stars Victory VS+

Back on the DS, two of the best games were Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. They were incredible, Super Smash Bros-style mashups featuring characters from tons of Shonen Jump series. It never got localized, due to licensing issues, but the J-Stars Victory VS+ spiritual successor will! Even though it undoubtedly had to be more »


Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN Review: Hellaciously Good

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign Price: System(s): PS4 (also available on PS3) Release Date: December 16, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Aksys Games (Arc System Works) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Blood, language, suggestive themes, use of tobacco, and violence Guilty Gear Xrd Sign just might be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever done. As a fighting game more »

Contest of Champions made me believe in mobile fighting games

My latest addiction is Marvel’s Contest of Champions, a fighting game on iOS and Android.  Wait, wait, don’t run off because I said mobile fighting game. The basics are simple. Tap the screen for a light attack, swipe for a medium, hold on the opponent for a heavy attack which breaks blocks. Holding backward blocks, more »

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN: PS4 vs. PS3

While our review of Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN spends a bit more time in the lab, I’ve taken it upon myself to toss out a few thoughts here and there on the game. Little things, you know? There’s always so much to take in with a new Guilty Gear, and this brand-spanking new entry lays more »

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the last “Storm”

It may be hard to accept the end of Naruto Shippuden. Naruto’s story is over and, come next year, it seems we’ll see the end on our consoles too. Bandai Namco has announced Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and is making it sound like the final game in this series. Probably, anyway. I mean, more »

Super Smash Bros. Review: Quite a Smash

Super Smash Bros Price: System(s): Wii U Release Date: November 21, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (Bandai Namco and Sora Ltd) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes I don’t need to tell you Super Smash Bros is a good game. You already know it is. If you didn’t find out more »

2K Sports banning players for creating Chris Benoit in WWE 2K15

Celebrities may be gifted at things such as acting, singing or in this case, pro wrestling. But away from their chosen profession, they have as many problems as the rest of us. Often, they have even more because everyone is watching them. Chris Benoit is a case of a performer’s fans separating the work they more »

Street Fighter V looks like more than just a Street Fighter IV upgrade

I’ve seen some complaints around the Internet since the new teaser trailer for Street Fighter V hit. A lot of people are a little disappointed. The trailer only contains tiny snippets of game footage, showcasing the new character models and animations for series legends Ryu and Chun-Li, and a gorgeous new stage. As far as more »