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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for PC: Minimum specs revealed, no online for up to 3 months, lacks certain features in PS4 version (Soft Engine, etc)

Now that the PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) is just two weeks away from its March 30, 2015 release date, Team Ninja has released some very important information that gamers should be aware of before making their purchases: minimum and recommended PC specifications, as well as some additional product specs comparing the PC port to the PS3 and PS4 versions of the same game.

Before we get into the minimum and recommended PC specs, it's important to note that although the Steam PC version of DOA5LR will support resolutions of up to Ultra High Definition/4K (if your PC will run it), in terms of the game's effects and features the PC port is actually somewhere in between its PS3 and PS4 cousins.

Here's a helpful chart that Team Ninja put together that highlights the differences between the PC port, and the PS3/PS4 ones:

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In summary, the PC port is equivalent to that of the PS3 version, with a few (but not all) PS4 bells and whistles added -- shadows, character selection IU (for selecting hairstyles, etc) -- and the ability to display up to UHD/4K resolution.

Read on for the minimum and recommended PC specs for the game.

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Sega's Blade Arcus from Shining is like Street Fighter 4 with Marvel-style assists; has ambiguous cross-ups, vortex set-ups - tournament footage

The A-cho arcade in Shijou, Kyoto has just posted some high-level footage of Sega's Blade Arcus from Shining fighting game, from the D-1 Ultimate Climax Blade national tournament qualifier that was held earlier today.

And when I saw it I was shocked to see that the game shared many similarities with Ultra Street Fighter 4. It had me drawn in like a troll moth to a flame.

Thus far, I've always imagined Blade Arcus to be like a smoother, prettier version of SNK's The Last Blade. And since it's an anime fighter, I had presumed that it was a combo-heavy game.

But it turns out, as you'll see in the high-level tournament footage below, Blade Arcus is really more about footsies, set-ups, and frame traps.

The pacing just looks so much like USF4 that the developers at Studio Saizensen (which translates to "Studio Frontlines"; they previously made Code of Princess and Shining Hearts) must have been inspired by Capcom fighting games, at the very least.

There are also Marvel-style assists here; check out the footage below.

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ClayFighter is coming back in 2016; this HD remaster will add air dashes, double jumps, and much more

It was announced this weekend that Interplay and Drip Drop Games will be resurrecting the ClayFighter franchise next year.

ClayFighter will see a HD remaster that will borrow the best content from all of the previous games. The press release states that the roster will include familiar faces such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny, and the total playable character amount will come in at over 20 fighters. Additionally, 20 classic stages are set to return.

Things get even more interesting, though, as the new title is also receiving new game mechanics such as air dashing, double jumps, reversals, and counters. Each character will also come equipped with their own super moves and Claytalities.

"ClayFighter HD" will come with completely remastered audio and hi-res visuals. The game is getting a PC release sometime in 2016.

Via IGN. Submitted by ShiroiKaze, Albirieo, SMITUS, and nightmaresteam.

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.

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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.

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40% off the retail price of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late! Here's how you can get the game for under $24

Co-developers Ecole Software and French-Bread's latest 2D fighting game Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (PS3) is finally officially out in North America this week.

If you go to your favorite online retailer or local brick-and-mortar game store now, you can pick up a physical copy at the MSRP of $39.99.

But if you just to get the game on the cheap so you can play it, and don't mind not being able to smell the intoxicating scent of your fresh, minty brand-new-in-box copy (or do whatever it is people want physical copies of games for), then boy does publisher Arc System Works and the PlayStation Store have a deal for you.

You can purchase a digital copy of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (which can be installed and simultaneously played on two separate PS3s in your possession) for just $33.99.

But that's not all -- if you're a PS Plus subscriber, you can get the game at $23.79 right now, for a limited time. That's a 30% off the PSN digital price, and 40% off the disc version's MSRP.

So what are you waiting for? Destructoid described UNIEL as an "intelligent, tactical fighting game occupying a niche between breakneck air-dashers and slower, more grounded titles like Street Fighter". Go get it today.

Via Arc System Works.

First gameplay details for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden - Goku is good with air combos, Gohan has a dash-in 50/50 mix-up

An official site for publisher Bandai Namco Games and developer Arc System Works's upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 2D fighting game has gone live this week, bringing with it the first gameplay details on the new 3DS title through the descriptions of four playable characters, as well as some additional screenshots.

The first four characters confirmed to be playable in Extreme Butoden are Son Goku, Son Gohan (Teenage version), Vegeta and Trunks (Future Super version).

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Son Goku is said to be the game's standard all-around character. He possesses fairly good reach on his moves, as well as speed, making him easy to play as. On top of all that, Goku is also quite capable with aerial combos.

Goku's signature special moves are the Kaio-ken 20x Kamehameha, and the Genkidama.

Read on for the first details of the other three characters.

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Winter Brawl 9 results and stream archive ft. Smug, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Sanford Kelly, Dieminion, RayRay, CD Jr., Yipes, Rico Suave and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, courtesy of BigEGaming, you'll be able to enjoy the action-packed Winter Brawl 9.

Among others, you can expect to see PIE|Smug, Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, CTRL|RayRay, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|IFC Yipes, MOR|Rico Suave, Dieminion, TS|LordKnight, BIFU|Insaynne, BT|MarlinPie and many more.

Games set to be played include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament, Skullgirls, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat 9, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, Kick Punch Block, TS|Arturo Sanchez and Smash Studios.

You can find all the action right below.

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From bread and butters to a nearly half-life combo, check out what the newest member of the Dead or Alive cast can do

The newest installment of the Dead or Alive series was released just four days ago, and we have here some basics for one of the two newest characters, Honoka.

Though she doesn't seem to be a "big damage" character, Honoka still can dole out quite a beating if the set up is right.

This video will show you a variety of her basic, practical bread and butter combos, and you'll see a few flashier sequences towards the end.

We also get a bit of a character analysis in the description:

"She's not very safe in terms of committing to block strings, then again, none of the characters with i9 jabs and i11 mids are really safe. Opening up your opponents will be a mix of guard break/CH frame traps, bear hug, and just knowing your match up's. She lacks damage and her mixup's are only viable once she lands in stun, so she's a bit weak in neutral."

Hit the jump to see what she can do.

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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.

Image source: Shoengamez

Submitted by REItheBLOODEDGE and Robinpup.

Pokkèn Tournament's new trailer makes this game look better than ever, and did we just see Pikachu's super move?

Bandai Namco has released a brand new trailer for their Pocket Monster fighter, Pokkèn Tournament. In it, we see a ton of new gameplay footage (in beautiful 60 FPS), a quick introduction to the characters, and more.

Unfortunately, the entire trailer is in Japanese, so not everyone will be able to catch all of the info here. Still, it's great to see facets such as Pokkèn Tournament's Support Pokemon system and juggle combos in action here.

Also, at the very end of the trailer we see what appears to be Pikachu's super move. I must say, it looks pretty damn cool. Check it out below.

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Hit the jump to see the latest Pokkèn Tournament trailer.

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DOA5LR known issues roundup: Hayate and Phase 4 won't fight on the same team, XB1 ver. freezing up, Mad Catz & Razer fight sticks not working

Koei Tecmo Games's Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has finally hit store shelves in North America. Unfortunately, since the game's release, there have been numerous reports of users encountering game crashes and other sorts odd glitches that have had a negative impact on their experience with the game on launch day.

What sort of odd glitches, you ask? Well, for instance, in the PS3 version of DOA5LR, if you were to go into a tag match and select Hayate and Phase 4 to have them fight on the same team, the game will simply not allow you to proceed with the match. That's kind of creepy -- it's almost as if the characters have a mind of their own.

Fortunately, this is not a bizarre case of artificial intelligence gone rogue, but merely one of two known issues Team Ninja Studio have identified on their official FAQ, which covers many of the things DOA5LR customers should know about their game.

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And that's just the beginning.

Read on to find out more about what other issues DOA5LR players are having with the game, and what you can do to potentially circumvent the problems.

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round now available, tiers here on EventHubs reset

That's right, folks! The latest installment in the DoA series -- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round -- is now available for purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 at retail outlets in the U.S. The PlayStation 3 version has been delayed until February 24th, according to Team Ninja. PC users, however, will have to wait until the end of March for their copy.

Since the game has undergone a number of balance changes, and this is an update to DoA5, we here at EventHubs have reset our tiers. You can now go into our Dead or Alive 5 Last Round tiers and vote on specific match ups based on the most current versions of each character.

We've also added Last Round newcomers Raidou and Honoka, so be sure to cast your votes for their match ups once you've gotten some hands-on time with them.

If you'd like to check out the previous DoA5 tier list, we have the archived list (archived today, February 16, 2015) for you to check out. You can view them out below.

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You can also check out Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's balance changes, courtesy of Free Step Dodge.

Spot the difference: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round PS4 vs. PS3 side-by-side game physics comparison

We're just one day away from the US launch date for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) -- have you decided on which version of the game you're going to pick up yet? Will you be going next-gen (PS4, XB1) or are you sticking with the current-gen (PS3, X360) versions to save yourself some money?

If you already own a copy of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on the PS3 or X360, you'll be able to upgrade your copy of the game to DOA5LR free-of-charge. However, you won't receive the free DLC costumes that come with the disc versions (PS4, XB1).

Also, only the next-gen versions will feature what Team Ninja is calling the "Yawaraka Engine" (literally "Softness Engine"), which supposedly makes the in-game characters' skin and body movement physics more supple and life-like.

To help you make a better-informed decision on which version to get, PlayStation Japan has created a side-by-side comparison of the exact same scenes on the PS4 (with the Yawaraka Engine) and PS3 (without).

After scrutinizing the video several dozen times over -- for research purposes only, of course -- we have determined that the physics do indeed appear to be more life-like in the PS4 version.

Also there appears to be more body movement in the br... general chest area. I'm not entirely sure yet. It's hard to say. Very, very subtle movement.

Let me go back and check it again for you, just to be sure.

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New 3on3 Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade fighting game announced; which FF series will you fight for?

Between two announcements yesterday and today, it looks like Square Enix is trying to appeal to the fighting games crowd to give their latest arcade titles a shot.

Yesterday Square Enix announced fighting game (Ultra Street Fighter 4) collaboration costumes for its Gunslinger Stratos 2 arcade arena shooter for Japanese arcades. And today, they've kicked things up a notch, by announcing a new Final Fantasy title for the arcades that appears to be a 3-on-3 arena fighting game.

The new game is entitled "Dissidia Final Fantasy", and it will be a reboot of the arena fighting game series of the same name for PSP, complete with graphical, storyline and game mechanics overhauls.

A teaser trailer was released today, showing what appears to be gameplay similar to Gunslinger Stratos, except with teams of three characters instead of four, and a focus on swashbuckling sword fight action rather than gunplay.

Publisher Square Enix and its partner on the title, arcade chain operator Taito, plans to unveal more details on this title in a press conference on April 10. For now, enjoy the trailer, and read on for our thoughts on if this title would ever come to consoles.

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