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First gameplay footage of Charlie Nash in Street Fighter 5; plans for an online beta program also announced

Capcom has unveiled nine new screenshots and a new trailer for Street Fighter 5 today, giving us our first look at Charlie Nash's fighting style in the highly-anticipated PS4 and PC fighting game.

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Saying anything more would be spoiling.

You've been waiting for this for a while now; check out the new trailer below, and make sure to watch the whole thing because Capcom is also teasing the return of another classic character in Street Fighter 5.

The Dead or Alive community aims to ban over 120 overly-sexualized costumes in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

The latest iteration of Dead or Alive has been out for a few weeks now, and the overall reception seems to be rather positive.

As with the introduction of any new title, we expect to see a surge in tournament frequency and attendance. With the coming flux of attention, the community has decided to put a soft ban on no less than 129 costumes that have been deemed too revealing for general audiences.

The Dead or Alive franchise has been known for its highly-sexualized portrayal of women in clothing that leaves little to the imagination.

Acknowledging that some of the game's content may be unsuitable for the more professional atmosphere they'd like to promote at tournaments, some members of the community have come together to regulate what is acceptable and what is not. Below is a quote from Free Step Dodge, DOA's go-to forum site.

"This is a movement that was discussed by several members of the community to try and help turn around the image that has plagued the franchise. DOA has always been known for its over-sexualized females and just that alone has pushed people away from even trying the game. Sex Appeal in the DOA franchise will never go away but we, the community, want people to take it seriously and started the costume ban at offline tournaments to force people to focus more on the game play aspect of the game. This is a soft ban and is at the discretion of the tournament organizer (TO) running the game at the event. However we HIGHLY encourage people to not use the suggested costumes on stream for something like Top 8."

Hit the jump to see what costumes are banned and hear what one Free Step Dodge administrative representative has to say on the subject.

Cannes Winter Clash results feat. Sako, Infiltration, Poongko, Ryan Hart, Luffy, Valmaster, Dieminion, Xiao Hai and more

Updated with final results: We've added the final results for Cannes Winter Clash 2015, along with a stream archive.

Notable players who were in attendance include HORI|Sako, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, /r/Kappa|Poongko, Ryan Hart, MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, Dieminion, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Tonpy, CG|Problem X, BX3|Veggey, BX3|Phenom, WSO|Andreas, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, BTM|Hurricane247, Rize|Pro Fluke and many more.

If you want to follow along at home with the action, Challonge brackets are available.

We've embedded the live streams from this event and more details below.

Updated: Fei Long mentioned in the latest Street Fighter 5 trailer, face appears on bus advertisement

Updated: Thanks to EventHubs user era and DeboGreene on Twitter, we have added two screenshots that actually show Fei Long's face on the bus advertisement. The image appears later in the trailer when Charlie fights Ryu. You can see in our first screenshot that his face is covered by a background item. Great find!

Earlier: In the latest Street Fighter 5 trailer -- that which dropped just yesterday and showed off Charlie (Nash) -- some keen-eyed observers spotted an interesting bit of text hidden in the background of the city street stage.

Right after Charlie's introduction, he squares up against Chun-Li. If you look closely at the bus that passes by, you'll spot something peculiar.

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That's right, folks; it reads "Fei Long New Movie."

EventHubs is giving away King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match closed beta test keys - help SNK Playmore improve the game's netcode

Update: We ran out of keys to give out by comment #52. Thanks for participating in the giveaway contest.

Earlier: SNK Playmore is currently running a closed beta test for The Steam PC version of King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, which is slated to be released on February 27.

And EventHubs has got some keys for the closed-beta test to give out to its readers.

The purpose of this KOF2002UM closed beta test is to allow SNK Playmore to check on how the game will run once the online servers are filled with players, so that they may give the game a final touch-up before its release.

Important note: In order to redeem the KOF2002UM CBT code on Steam, you will need to cancel your pre-order for the game (if you've already pre-ordered on Steam), otherwise the key will be invalidated. You can always pre-purchase the game again after the beta test is over.

The KOF2002UM closed beta test will run all the way till Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. PST.

If you'd like to receive a key to participate in the closed beta test, here's what you'll have to do:

A Decapre-like teleport, a running tackle, and a frightening attack shrouded in darkness: Let's talk about Charlie in Street Fighter 5

Earlier today, Capcom gave us our first look at what Charlie (Nash) will play like in Street Fighter 5. So far, Charlie is the only other character confirmed playable, other than Ryu and Chun-Li, who appeared in the official announcement trailer.

Up until now, the third character in Capcom's upcoming PlayStation 4/PC exclusive title only showed his face as a teaser. However, today's trailer revealed so much about Nash that we felt the need to point out some of the things that stood out.

First off, let's talk about his overall look. In Street Fighter 5, Charlie has a cyborg-like feel to him, as parts of him seem to be stitched together with sections of discolored skin or perhaps metal. His animations look great, and the game, overall, has seen a huge graphical improvement since last we saw it.

Getting right to it, the first move that stuck out to me personally was this shoulder tackle/grab attack.

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At a glance, this reminds me much of Iori's running grab from the King of Fighters series. Considering this tackle/grab is landed after a normal attack, I'd say that this particular move doesn't actually work like a command throw, even though it does look like one. You can see that Chun-Li is still in hitstun when the special move connects, which debunked my original thought of the GIF above being a tick throw setup of some sort.

The attack does appear to be a 3-hit sequence, though, as we can see that there are three points of impact: The shoulder tackle, the slam to the ground, and the surge of electricity at the end.

Street Fighter 5: Chun-Li graphical comparison, is there a connection between Charlie's teleports and Bison's Psycho Power?

The official announcement trailer for Charlie (Nash) in Street Fighter 5 dropped last week, and with it came a lot of new things to discuss. One of the first things many of us noticed was the large graphical improvement that game has underwent since it was first announced.

Just for the sake of comparison, EventHubs user Hansel_G, sent us a side-by-side shot of Chun-Li's character model from the first wave of Street Fighter 5 footage and what she looks like now.

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Along with some tweaks made to her face, hair, and details in her clothing, we now see that Chun looks brighter and more vibrant overall. Perhaps this was Capcom's response for those who felt the game looked darker and grittier than previous Street Fighter titles when the initial announcement footage first landed.

But that's not all! Much like our analysis of the Charlie trailer, IGN sat down for their own analysis in their latest Rewind Theater. In it, they spotted something we missed: a potential connection between Charlie's teleports and Bison's Psycho Power.

3 brand new characters revealed in Mortal Kombat X: The daughter of Jax, the son of Kenshi, and a descendant of Kung Lao

Mortal Kombat X has seen a huge reveal this morning.

A trailer was officially released today that gives a much closer look at what we can expect to see from story mode once the game drops in April.

We are also introduced to three brand new fighters.

Taking place 25 years after the events of Mortal Kombat (2011), the new generation of characters will discover that Outworld is not the only threat they face. Fans will get a first look at the newest fighters to join Cassie Cage, including Jacqueline Briggs, daughter of Jax, Takashi Takeda, son of Kenshi, and Kung Jin, descendant of Kung Lao.

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Shinnok and Mileena also make an appearance in this trailer, however, we don't see any actual gameplay footage of either, leading us to believe that they are merely a part of MKX's story. That doesn't rule the idea of them being playable out just yet, but as of now there is no confirmation.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

ArcSys developing 2D Dragon Ball fighting game - Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, featuring over 100 characters, coming to Japan this summer

A brand new Dragonball Z: Extreme Butoden game for the Nintendo 3DS is set to launch in Japan this Summer!

The 2D fighting game will feature both one-on-one and team-style battles with a new "Z Assist" support feature and "Ultimate Arts" finishing moves.

With over 100 characters on the roster, Dragonball: Extreme Butoden will offer traditional, 2D 1v1 combat as well as team battles. These battles will also feature a brand new mechanic called the "Z Assist" as well as "Ultimate Arts" finishing moves.

Unfortunately, there is currently with no word yet on a Western release.

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Source: Animenewsnetwork via IGN.

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Quan Chi's bloody shower, Kung Lao's beat down and Scorpion's lethal Shoryuken; Brutalities are back... and there are over 100

In today's live stream from NetherRealm Studios, we got Brutalities back in a big way.

In Mortal Kombat X, it seems as though they are almost nothing like the original concept. Instead of long, brutal combos that end in obliteration, Brutalities now seem more like quick fatalities.

From what we saw in the stream, these finishers tend to take on a glorified nature of a character's existing special move. Take, for instance, Kung Lao's beat down technique.

This move sees Kung Lao repeatedly punch his opponent's face, drop and elbow to their rib cage, and then toss them across the screen. In the Brutality version, the animation begins the same way, but Kung Lao just continues to punch his victim's face until their head is clean off.

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Developers mentioned that, in accordance with traditional MK special enders, Brutalities will have special requirements to execute. This means, you'll have to jump through a few hoops such as perhaps going through a whole round without blocking.

We don't know what the special requirements will be exactly, but we do know that players will be able to actually combo into Brutalities. This is going to make for some extremely hype moments as there will no longer be the pause, the FINISH HIM, a dimming of the lights and a quick animation before a character is obliterated.

Now, death is worked right into the game play.

Hit the jump to see the official Brutality game play trailer.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: 'explosively destructible' costumes (Senran Kagura collaboration) are next in line for DLC

On February 27 Koei Tecmo Games announced on a Famitsu live stream show that a Dead or Alive 5 Last Round X Senran Kagura collaboration costume set is currently in the works.

And today, Famitsu has published the first screenshot for the (eagerly anticipated?) DLC pack. The screenshow you see below is taken from the PS4/XB1 development build of the game.

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At first glance, the costumes you see in the screenshot above may not look like the sort of "oversexualized" costumes that certain DOA5 community leaders are pushing to be soft-banned at tournaments.

But wait till you see the costumes in action; commenting on the single screenshot, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round producer and Team Ninja chief Yosuke Hayashi said that the costumes you saw are still a work-in-progress, and that the team absolutely plans on incorporating the "explosively destructible" aspect of the costumes, which is a signature trait for Marvelous AQL's Senran Kagura series.

Want to see what the "explosively destructible" costumes in Senran Kagura are like? You can get a taste of in the following trailers below, of Marvelous AQL's Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit for the PS Vita and Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (PS4, PS Vita). Needless to say, this is NSFW.

Daigo, Infiltration & ChuChu are going to Red Bull Kumite - here's the full list of all 14 invitees

Japan's MCZ|Daigo, Korea's Infiltration, and South America's CNB|ChuChu are among the 14 players Red Bull has invited to attend the Red Bull Kumite, which takes place on March 28 in Paris, France, the drinks maker announced today.

In their announcement they've also included the full list of all 14 invitees. Just look at all of the international names on that list! Why, this is almost like the second coming of Capcom Cup 2014!

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Momochi: Akuma is in the same tier as Evil Ryu - Full character tiers in Ultra Street Fighter 4 according to Capcom Cup 2014 champ

Is Akuma a weak character? Nope, he's most certainly not in Ultra Street Fighter 4 Ver. 1.04, says Evil Geniuses's Yusuke Momochi (EG|Momochi).

In fact, according to the Capcom Cup 2014 champion, Akuma has gotten so much stronger in the latest version of USF4 that he would place the character in the same tier bracket as Evil Ryu.

Check out the rest of his USF4 tier list below. The list comes courtesy from the latest Arcadia magazine, which has just hit bookstores in Japan today.

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ST Akuma, Marvel's Vergil, Brawl's Meta Knight? Who is the most broken playable character in fighting games? WatchMojo counts down their top 10 here!

Do you remember the first time you played Akuma in Street Fighter 2? How about when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out and people figured out how to run over everyone with Meta Knight? Remember Scorpion in Injustice before the patch?

There are quite a few fighting game characters that left their mark of extreme frustration on our hearts as we quickly discovered how incredibly overpowered they were.

WatchMojo has created a list of some of these characters, ranking them from 10-1 based on how ridiculous their abilites are. Not every character on this list is from the fighting game genre, but there are certainly a collection of notables from the FGC's neck of the woods.

Now, please be patient as the video may not go into quite as much detail as you'd like in regards to why a character is too strong or which specific iteration of said character is the most overpowered.

Who do you think will make the list? Hit the jump to see if and where your favorite, or most hated, OP characters landed on the count down!

Sonic Boom 2015 USF4 results, archives ft. Luffy, Infiltration, Dogura, Valmaster, Cuongster & more

Update: Results and archives have been added to this story.

Update: The final day of the tournament is live now. USF4 top 8 starts at approximately 7 a.m. PST.

Earlier: Sonic Boom 2015 is taking place this weekend in Madrid, Spain.

A number of fighting games are being competed in at the event here -- Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma are the main games here, while The King of Fighters 13, Skullgirls Encore and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are side games.

Of these titles, the Ultra Street Fighter 4 is definitely the highlight to watch out for here, as it features a number of top international players on top of the local talent on display -- we're talking France's trio of MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster and Cuongster; Korea's /r/Kappa|Infiltration; and Japan's Dogura.

The first day of the tournament is already done, but tomorrow at 7 a.m. PST top 8 for USF4 will resume.

Until top 8 comes on, check out the tournament archives below to catch these top players in action.

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