Leroy Smith taunts his opponent during his intro scene in Tekken 8.

Tekken 8 Preview – Bringing the Heat

When I got access to the Tekken 8 preview period via the closed network beta, the code came with some character guides to help me prepare for “a weekend of good a** Tekken.” It felt like a direct…

August 2, 2023 | 10:05 EDT

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Mortal Kombat 1 Preview

When you think of Mortal Kombat, it’s easy to get swept up in the brutal, gory, and decadent indulgence of it all. Mortal Kombat 1, the upcoming reboot, is no different in its approach. While I duked…

June 10, 2023 | 01:37 EDT

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Street Fighter 6's Battle Hub is Community-Driven Fun

In the past decade or so, the Street Fighter series has failed to grasp my attention for long. I dabbled with both Street Fighter IV and V, but never got too invested in the gameplay. Maybe I missed…

October 8, 2022 | 05:02 EDT


Sifu is a Nonstop Adrenaline Rush

I can count on one hand the number of games I think have good third-person, hand-to-hand combat. The Batman: Arkham series arguably set the standard for what a solid brawler-type game should feel and…

December 15, 2021 | 11:00 EST

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Guity Gear Strive's Rollback Netcode is a Revelation

This past weekend, Arc System Works ran its first open beta for Guilty Gear Strive. Along with giving the general public the first sampling of this revamped fighter, it was a proof of concept for the…

February 24, 2021 | 01:00 EST

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Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed Revives My Nostalgia

When it comes to mecha series, there are a lot that stands out. The tactical intensity of Battletech keeps players coming back. The critically acclaimed - yet commercially underappreciated -…

August 13, 2020 | 09:15 EDT

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Mess With Fight Crab And You Get The Claws

There's a lot of games in the world that make sense. A mage and her party going on an adventure, a robot destroying others of its kind, or a photographer taking pictures of squirrels. Then there are…

June 21, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Packs a Punch

Granblue Fantasy might seem like your usual JRPG affair: a young and resilient hero meets a timid yet mystical princess as she flees from the totalitarian empire. He protects her; she links their…

February 13, 2020 | 11:30 EST

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NYCC 2019: My Hero One's Justice 2 Hands-on

My Hero Academia may be the most popular anime in America right now, or you’d think so given the amount of chatter about it. After the release of the fighting game My Hero: One’s Justice in 2018,…

October 21, 2019 | 11:00 EDT

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Getting My Butt Kicked In The Mortal Kombat 11 Online Beta (And Loving It)

I’m a pretty casual fan of fighting games. I’ve enjoyed my fair share over the years, but I’ve always sucked at them. They’re deep and intense, presenting an intimidatingly high skill ceiling that…

March 28, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Yakuza 6 Takes The Open World Brawler Back to Basics

Back in 2015, I got my hands on Yakuza 5. I was already living in Japan at that time, so it was delightful to see the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu running around the streets of my city Fukuoka.…

March 8, 2018 | 09:00 EST

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EGX 2015 - Street Fighter 5 Hands On

Whilst the beta for Street Fighter 5 has been around for a while, it has been relegated to just those who pre-ordered the game for PlayStation 4, so many who have wanted to get hands on have sadly…

September 24, 2015 | 06:29 EDT