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RPS@PAX 2023: We chat with the WrestleQuest devs about broken noses and busting RPG traditions

Liam and I had a fun time chatting with the folks over at Mega Cat Studios about their upcoming wrestling RPG WrestleQuest last year at PAX West, and this time at PAX East we finally cornered them in the ring for a proper interview. Watch below to learn about how the developers created their zero to hero story, how they’re addressing myths and persaonl issues in the world of pro wresting, as well as sharing a story about how one of the team got their nose broken in a wrestling accident during development. My main take away from the interview…

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With Guilty Gear Strive, Game Pass finally has a fighting game worthy of the Series X

Arc System Works’ gorgeous fighter is more than just a solid 2D fighting game oozing with style; it’s a graphical masterclass. Now, I’m not saying Game Pass hasn’t had its share of decent fighters pass through it: the service has been home to Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11 and – more recently – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R. There have also been the more… ambitious games, you know, the ones that mean well but don’t really stick the landing (Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, I’m looking at you). Who will be your…

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Hopes for Virtua fighter 6 crushed as mocap footage for new ACT AGE movie emerges

That looks like Akira. Shun, and Jacky to me. Damn it! Exciting new mocap footage released on Twitter has many eager for a new Virtua Fighter project, thanks to the stark similarity between captured movements and iconic attacks from characters like Akira, Shun and Jacky. Sadly for fighting game fans, it turned out to be for a new ACT AGE movie. This footage was released on Twitter by Ochan, who had worked on the Virtua Fighter series at Sega from 2011. His original tweet doesn’t mention what games they are currently working on. However, with some of the moves shown…

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Steets of Rage 4 gets a big update with more than 300 improvements, custom survival mode

There’s some new co-op moves in there for good measure too. Streets of Rage 4 has a brand new update, adding in a custom survival mode, co-op specific moves, and more than 300 improvements. Earlier this week, Dotemu released a big new update for Streets of Rage 4, giving the game a strong looking second wind. First up is the game’s new custom survival mode, a new mode that lets players play for as long as they can survive for, with rules that they can fine tune themselves. Customisation options include things like choosing perks, the starting level, whether it’s…

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Dark and Darker devs raided by police following accusations of stolen assets

Team assures on Discord: “It was a quick process and nothing was found” According to Korean news outlet Korea JoongAng Daily, Dark and Darker developer Ironmace has been raided by police following accusations of asset theft by industry giant Nexon. This raid reportedly happened at the Ironmace development office in Seongnam, and lead to local police seizing material related to the game. There has been no official word yet from Ironmace on these events. If you know nothing about Dark and Darker, check out the alpha playtest trailer for the game here! This battle between Nexon and Ironmace has its…

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Like it or not, the Smash Bros series wouldn’t be what it is without its most maligned entry

In defense of everyone’s least favourite Super Smash Bros. game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is painted with much acclaim from critics and fans alike, but one game before it often gets maligned by fans: Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Tripped up by its controversial own tripping feature and bad online implementation at the time of its release, Brawl deserves more praise: it laid the foundations for Ultimate to succeed. 15 years after its release, I am here to tell you why this maligned entry in one of the most sucessful gaming series of all time deserves more respect. The Brawl-to-Sora pipeline…

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Dragon Ball Z’s best game series is making a comeback

This will be the first new game in the series in more than a decade. If you think there aren’t enough Dragon Ball games in the world, good news, as Bandai Namco just revealed a new Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game. It’s been years since we’ve last had an entry in this particular line of Dragon Ball games, but yesterday, Bandai Namco teased that a new Budokai Tenkaichi game is in the works. If you have taste, you obviously know these are some of the best games based on the classic manga around, but there hasn’t been a new…

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VG247’s The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.41: The best game that you can’t forgive

When a video game annoys you for the last time, the grudge stays with you forever. Welcome to VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast: Episode 41 – The best game that you can’t forgive. Sometimes even great video games are associated with bad memories. Maybe the last boss was just too annoying for you to finish. Maybe it was the game that made your 360 red ring. Maybe the day you got it was the day your dog died. Whatever it is, we all have that one game we can never go back to because it’s just too traumatic. Or, you…

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Mortal Kombat 12 announced for 2023 during – of all things – a call to investors

Nothing like letting something slip in a financial call. Mortal Kombat 12 has been announced for a 2023 release, according to a Warner Bros. Discovery financial call to investors. Confirmation of the announcement, made by the company’s EVP of investor strategy, was posted via a clip on Twitter. According to Andrew Slabin, Warner has “the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat 12 and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” games coming this year, each with “ambitious launch projections.” Mortal Kombat 12 confirmed for this year in a Warner Bros. Discovery earnings call— Wario64 (@Wario64) February 23, 2023 Mortal Kombat 12 has not…

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Street Fighter 6 trailer shows off Cammy, Zangief, and new fighter Lily!

Two world warriors and a brand new character smash through the PlayStation Showcase in this slick new gameplay trailer A new Street Fighter 6 trailer was shown off at last night’s Sony State of Play, showing off gameplay footage of Cammy, Zangief, and a new character Lily. It’s an excellent trailer with some highly anticipated characters within. People have been desperate to see more of Cammy since the leaks from last year, in which we caught a brief glimpse of her Super. Zangief too is obviously a long-awaited reveal as the series’ prime grappler character. You can watch the new…

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Battle royale brawler Rumbleverse is shutting down later this month

Epic Games and Iron Galaxy have announced they’re sunsetting their melee battle royale Rumbleverse, six months after launch. Live services will go offline on February 28th at 4PM GMT/10AM CST/11AM ET. In a blog post from the team, Iron Galaxy shared that Season Two will be Rumbleverse’s last, but it should be receiving one final update soon to remove the game’s monetisation. This continues the trend of me discovering a new battle royale game, thanks to the announcement of its death. Read more

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One of the best modern fighting games is getting rollback netcode later this month

With the online infrastructure overhauled, we’re about to see a new wave of online warriors. One of the best modern fighting games out there, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2, is receiving a hugely important rollback netcode update on January 20. What this means is that the game, one that has a fond place in the hearts of many a fighting game player, will have a far less frustrating online experience with less lag and freezes. That is, as long as it is implemented well. Speaking of Guity Gear… Check out the Strive trailer for Bridget here! The news comes via…

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Gamedec, First Class Trouble and Divine Knockout are free on the Epic Games Store

A futuristic RPG, space-based party game, and godly 3D brawler are the latest free offerings from the Epic Games Store. Gamedec – Definitive Edition, First Class Trouble, and Divine Knockout are all free for the next week, so you can pick them up for precisely zero outlay right now wherever you are in the world. The three games are a canny mix of genres, so there could well be something of interest there even if you’re not bothered about jacking into things or whacking chibi deities with a comically large mallet. Read more

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The RPS Selection Box: Ollie’s bonus games of the year 2022

Listen, I don’t have much time. I enjoyed a lot of games this year, but Alice just told me that if I spend more than 1,500 words on this list then she’s going to murder my whole family*. And that includes some people I like. So without ado: here’s a handful of the games I enjoyed the most this year which (crushingly) didn’t quite make their way into our soft ‘n’ snuggly RPS Advent Calendar 2022. Read more