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How difficult to play is your character? From the easiest to the most technical, JustKensou ranks the whole cast of Guilty Gear Xrd on useability

Guilty Gear player JustKensou has created a "useability chart" for the cast of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

He's broken down each and every character on the roster, pointing out the qualities that make them either easy or difficult to use in battle. This breakdown is greatly useful for newcomers as they can see who best to gain their bearings with.

More seasoned players will surely want to see JustKensou's opinions, and compare them to their own. Kensou offers his qualifications up front, stating:

"I have been playing the Guilty Gear series for over a decade competitively and feel very confident on speaking on the cast as a whole. Feel free to challenge the views expressed here. These are merely to get your gears going and come up with your own theories and concepts."

Hit the jump to see part of Kensou's list.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is getting new stages, new costumes and a brand new character

Fans of the Dead or Alive series will be excited to hear that Last Round will be receiving quite a bit of content in the coming months.

The first of this content will be available on August 11th. The 1.04 patch will bring with it the new "Fireworks" stage as well as the Lovely Summer Costume 2015 pack. September will offer yet another set of costumes, but these will be based on Nihon Falcom games.

In October, the winning costumes from the DOA Designer Challenge 2015 will be released. DLC based on Square Enix’s Schoolgirl Strikers will be available in November.

Though it's a ways off, in Spring of 2016, DoA5:LR will receive a major update with both a brand new character and another new stage. At this point, we don't know much else in the way of details, but surely more information will become available as we grow closer to the release date.

Source: Gamestalk via Gematsu. Thanks to originalhuman, nightmaresteam and HooliganComboFTW for the submissions.

Super Smash Bros 4 community patch notes detail a massive list of balance changes to characters in latest update

Yesterday, Smash Bros. update 1.1.0 went live worldwide. You'll be happy to notice that the K.K. Slider Hat and Outfit were automatically patched into the game for free. Among this and other surprises–like the Samus armor and Fire Emblem costume DLC–were a variety of balance changes.

While these were undocumented in the release notes, the diligent Smash community immediately went to the lab. Already, they have found an incredible amount of tweaks to the roster, including some fairly significant nerfs and buffs in such a short period of time it's stunning.

Check out some of the still-updated list below that the Smash Bros subreddit has compiled.

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The beast returns - Watch Daigo take on the online world in Guilty Gear Xrd

For any of our older FGC members, or for those who've done their homework, Daigo Umehara used to be a force to be reckoned with in the Guilty Gear franchise. Because of this history, it is always a treat to see him pick up a Guilty Gear game once more.

While we know he's been dabbling in Xrd for a while, he's finally committed quite a bit of time to playing the game live on Yamanaka Xrd, a livestream that seeks to play against online opponents while providing couch style discussion.

When you watch closely, you can see how Daigo still uses tactics from the days of Guilty Gear X2 Reload, while warming up to the new mechanics present in Xrd.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Daigo's Street Fighter 5 Ryu already shows promise as he takes on Human Bomb and others at the Hong Kong Anime Video Game Festival

In case anyone had any doubts, MCZ|Daigo Umehara is already really good at Street Fighter 5. The Beast recently made an appearance at a PlayStation event in Hong Kong, and made quick work of any and all competition, including Human Bomb.

Though Daigo surely isn't yet at the level we expect him to one day be at, the game isn't even out yet after all, he shows off his fundamental skills and abilities with strong footsies and okizeme. The sequence below serves as evidence:


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If you'd like to see Daigo in action, here is the link to the PlayStation HK archive. Daigo plays at 18:00, 29:40, 35:00.

Thanks to sephirosuy for the submission.

Super Smash Bros. 4 update to hit on July 31st; will add tournament mode, replay uploading, new stages and more

Updated: Images added for more announced Mii costumes, being Flying Man, Lloyd Irving, and a bear.

The official Japanese Super Smash Bros. Twitter account released a series of tweets earlier this morning detailing a new update set to hit the fourth installment of the game in two days.

According to the translated tweets, Super Smash Bros. 4's next patch will add a tournament mode, replay uploading, and make available new DLC. This new content includes various costumes for Mii Fighters and two new stages: Peach's Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64. Both classic stages will be available for purchase on one console for 250 yen (about $2 USD) and 350 yen (about $3 USD) on both consoles.

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Knock their blocks off - Combo videos show the flexibility of Rising Thunder's combo system

While the game is fresh in the early stages of it's technical alpha, Rising Thunder has been garnering quite a lot of attention from the community, especially PC gamers looking for a fighting game fix.

That being said, a slew of new combo videos, experimentation, and tech for the game are flooding the internet as people explore the surprisingly deep and flexible mechanics behind the game's combo system.

Following the jump is a combo video round up, each for different characters in the game, that show off a good chunk of the game's current potential. At such an early stage, it'll be interesting to see where the game goes as it develops, and what about this system may change.

Hit the jump for some robot action.

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'There are a lot of knee jerk reactions to high damage output...' - The Daily Dot interviews Alex Valle about Street Fighter 5

The Daily Dot, an online publication, has had quite the interesting discussion during an episode of The Loadout, their weekly show in which they review the week's news in Esports.

In this episode, they interviewed Alex Valle and questioned him in detail concerning Street Fighter 5, the beta, and his thoughts on where players are at in the transition between SF4 and SF5. Also interviewed is Arturo Sanchez concering the EVO salty suite, it's organization, the FGC's penchant for side projects at events, and more.

Both interviews are quite fascinating, with the Valle interview covering all manner of topics including damage differences, how Street Fighter 5 harkens back to older fighting games, Valle's fighting game mentality in matches, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the episode.

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Online play, awesome combo videos, and new tech - Check out these videos from the Street Fighter 5 beta

With as many issues as people are having getting into the Street Fighter 5 beta, it's always refreshing to see some gameplay surface from those lucky enough to have gotten time with it. In this roundup, we have just that; a ton of gameplay, combos, and new tech by various members of the community.

Below you will find 45 minutes of raw beta gameplay by Rip, a short yet sweet M. Bison combo video from Tyrant, some new tech for Chun-Li demonstrated by SpabRog and HDJammerz, and some excellent usage of Ryu's V-Skill by Alex Myers.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

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VesperArcade gives an intricate breakdown of Cammy, Nash, and Bison in Street Fighter 5 down to every detail

Just in time for the Street Fighter 5 beta, VesperArcade has begun doing very detailed character breakdowns for the roster, using hands on experience to highlight every intricacy of each character.

In the videos they currently have up, Cammy, Nash, and Bison are showcased. This includes their normals, specials, V-Skills and similar attributes, crush counters, and different movement and character properties, as well as impressions. There are even details we haven't had confirmed yet, like particular command normals and target combos.

Hit the jump to fill up on knowledge of these three characters.

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Watch Infiltration's reactions as he plays Street Fighter 5 for the first time

While the Street Fighter 5 beta only functioned briefly internationally, that didn't stop Infiltration and friends from getting as much practice in as possible.

Perhaps the two best elements of this video are Infiltration's pure joy and wonderment upon seeing and playing the game for the first time and watching how one of the best players in the world immediately breaks down a game.

Even before he gets a chance at the machine, he already asks another player to try to cancel a connected Shoryuken into V-Trigger. "Does it work?" he asks. "It'd be awesome if it worked." Within seconds of picking Ryu for himself, Infiltration immediately looks for combo similarities and ideas that crossover between Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5.

You can watch the footage below.

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Did you know that Gouken has mastered nothingess AND juggling? You'll see supers into ultra, ultra into ultra and much more in this style combo video

Though he's never been the most popular character in the Street Fighter 4 series, Gouken does get some time in the spotlight every now and then, and when he does, he shines.

Cjbquilix has put together a Gouken combo video that sees the old man flip his foes around the screen like they were juggling balls. He also features combos wherein Gouken hits two ultras, two counters and other flashy sequences.

While most of these aren't practical, keep in mind that practicality isn't necessarily the point here. These style combos are meant to wow you, and are probably best approached as a form of art as they take much premeditation and work to pull off.

You can see the video after the jump, and please let us know which combo was your favorite in the comments section below.

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Dead or Alive Festival results ft. MC Kwiggle, XCalibur Bladez, Gehaktbal, Teru Rock, Test, Aka and more - Also, a cosplay contest!

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, the Dead or Alive Festival is taking place, and there'll be a bunch of Dead or Alive-themed festivities taking place, including a cosplay contest and even a special announcement by Team Ninja.

But the main event is the tournament - First, there will be a qualifying tournament where several brave warriors will reach the top 16 bracket, which has already been filled by international fighters which include MC Kwiggle, XCalibur Bladez and Gehaktbal. Tune in, and find out who makes it to the end, and who ends up taking the whole tournament.

There will also be a 5v5 team tournament taking place, just in case you weren't already sold on the event. Hit the jump to check out the live stream and schedule.

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'Ken: The fire-breathing fist' - check out the evolution of the hot-headed Shoto and his Street Fighter 5 trading card

Ken is the most recent returning fighter to be added to the Street Fighter 5 roster. Now he is the latest character to get the "evolution of" and "trading card" treatment.

Referred to as the fire-breathing fist, Ken is a martial artists whose skills include cooking pasta. Check out how he's evolved over the span of the Street Fighter series.

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Be sure to hit the jump for Ken's Vine video trading card that shows a few quick clips of gameplay.

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WWE superstar Austin Creed claims his first Street Fighter 5 victory in episode two of 'The Beta Adventures'

Gootecks and Mike Ross are back with their second installment of The Beta Adventures featuring none other than WWE superstar Austin Creed.

In the previous episode, our heroes taught their guest the basics of footsies and spacing. This time around, the lesson is how to dole out the damage, something the WWE star is all too familiar with .

Gootecks and Mike quickly leave their mark, as Creed goes from timid and nervous to excitedly calling out scrubs for their poor connections and bad decisions.

Creed also makes his own cut of the adventures for his channel, UpUpDownDown. You can see both videos after the jump.

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