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Johnny and Dizzy are in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-; the two characters appear in Story Mode, despite being unplayable

Although they're not playable in the game, series veterans Johnny and Dizzy do make cameo appearances in the story mode for Guilty Gear Xrd, one of Dengeki PlayStation magazine's editors mentioned in his review of the game.

You can see the review scores Dengeki PlayStation magazine gave the game in the image below. Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- was praised for its remarkable visuals, game mechanics, play modes, and animated cutscenes. It was, however, criticized for its jargon-heavy Story mode that required the player to know about the events of earlier games to fully enjoy it.

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While Johnny and Dizzy may not be playable, the fact that Arc System Works took the effort to create their character models for Story mode may mean that the fighting game developer might explore adding these two characters -- as opposed to other fighters in the Guilty Gear series -- as playable characters sometime down the line, either as DLC or as part of the next installment of the series.

In Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, there is a story scenario for each character's run through Arcade mode, on top of a full-fledged Story mode that takes place after the events of the Arcade mode scenarios.

For a good look at how the game's Arcade mode is structured, check out Maximilian's runthrough of Sol Badguy's scenario from the PS4 demo in the video embedded below.

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- coming to PlayStation platforms with a limited time free DLC character

Guilty Gear fans, mark your calendars for December 16th-Januarary 5th. That's your window to get Elphelt Valentine, a DLC characer, for free in the upcoming Guilty Gear title.

If you don't take advantage of this deal, Valentine will cost you an extra $7.99.

This game will be available on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Right now on PSN, you can download the demo to ensure you're good and warmed up when the game drops on the 15th.

You can head on over to Aksysgames to get all the details.

Thank you to Cocky_Chris for the tip.

Windows PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round listed on ESRB website

Looks like the rumors of a PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round that were floating around the Net could very likely be true.

On November 13 Dark Side of Gaming stumbled upon a Play-Asia listing for a PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which they made a screencap of and reported the finding on their site. While such retailer listings are often based on information provided by the publisher, there was a chance that the listing was made in error.

But this information has now been seemingly corroborated by the ESRB Rating Search App, which lists Dead or Alive 5 Last Round as a "Windows, PC, PlayStation 4, [and] Xbox One" game.

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What are the chances that Play-Asia and the ESRB were both mistaken?

With that said, if the rumours are to be fully believed, it looks like Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for Windows will be released on PC CD-ROM -- refer to the Play-Asia image above. Have fun installing the game on a box set of 20 CDs, folks! (I'm just kidding; it's probably coming out on DVD-ROM.)

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and maybe Windows PC is slated to be released in North America on February 17, 2015. The Japanese and European release dates are February 19 and 20 respectively.

Hit the jump to see Raidou, one of two new characters in DOA5LR, take on Ayane, Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-'s tutorial teaches option-selects; don't have a PS4 for the demo? Watch Sol Badguy and Sin Kiske run us through the basics

The new Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo has dropped (exclusively for PlayStation Plus subscribers) -- but it's on the PS4 only.

Although the PlayStation 4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide, some of you have told us in the reader comments that you don't have a PS4, and that you're not going to buy a PS4 just to try out a demo, as much as you'd like to play Guilty Gear Xrd -- since there'll be a PS3 version anyway.

So we thought it'd probably be a good idea to do a Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- tutorial run-through, now that the demo is out in English, for those of you who'd like to go over the basics of the game and see what the fuss here is about.

I left the tutorial being super impressed with it. Whoever did the planning for this mode, did a fantastic job -- even advanced mechanics like Blitz Shield (essentially a parry mechanic) and the various types of Roman Cancels were explained succinctly without having to rely on jargon.

The tutorial even covers option-selects (although the term "option-select" was not used), in a language that gamers who have never played a fighting game in their lives would understand.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo out on PSN now, is 2GB big, takes a bit of digging to find

"Hey EventHubs," Random_Online_Scrub writes in.

"The [Guity Gear] Xrd demo is now live on PS4 for PS+ members. Users will have to search for the game with the search bar, [as] the demo isn't being promoted at the moment," he continued.

Random_Online_Scrub's instructions are probably the easiest way to find the demo on the PS4 PSN store. But if you don't like using the PSN store's search function, there's another easy method.

I've just logged on to my PS4 to download the demo. Apart from searching via the game title, you can also go into the demos section of the store -- from the main menu: Games => New => Demos => New Demos (see more) -- to find it.

The download is roughly 2GB big, contains two playable characters in arcade mode (Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske), and a tutorial mode. Unlike the arcade mode of most fighting games, the one in Guilty Gear Xrd actually contains animated cutscenes.

For a 12-minute long look of the game (story cutscenes, play modes, etc), hit the jump for Japan's Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- storefront trailer.

Guilty Gear Xrd demo comes to PlayStation Plus in North America next week for PS4 owners

A free Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo will be made accessible to PlayStation Plus members in North America starting next Tuesday, November 25, ahead of the game's December 16 release date, this week's episode of the PlayStation Blogcast announced. The demo will be offered exclusively to PlayStation Plus members.

Although no specifics on the demo were given, this demo is likely to be similar to the one made available exclusively to Japanese PlayStation Plus members a short while back. That demo featured only two playable characters, Sol Badguy and Ky Kiste, and only two modes of play: Tutorial and Arcade.

If you can't wait to get your hands on the Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo next week, check out Vesper Arcade's playthrough of the Japanese demo in the video below for a good idea on what you can expect.

Full Raidou trailer released for Dead or Alive 5 Final Round! See the original DoA boss's devastating attacks in motion

It was just yesterday we reported the first screenshots for Raidou. Now a full length trailer has been released on the official Dead or Alive YouTube channel.

In it, you'll get to see him laying the smack down on a large chunk of Dead or Alive 5's cast. Now brought back to life as a cyborg, Raidou seems more menacing than ever before, possibly even giving flashbacks to Capcom's Cyber Akuma. And getting to see his powerful attacks in motion adds a significant amount of punch to them.

Check out the full trailer below to watch the return of Dead or Alive's original boss character.

1st screenshots of Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, new hairstyles for Mila, Alpha-152, and Tina shown

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is officially out on newsstands today, and (like we reported yesterday) this week it's giving fighting game fans their first look at Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, who's one of two new characters being added to this final revision to the title.

Apart from giving DOA fans their first look at Raidou, Famitsu magazine also featured screenshots of some of the new costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round -- specifically, those for Mila, Alpha-152, Tina and Marie Rose.

Check out the images below, and hit the jump for some additional details on Raidou -- such as who revived him -- and the new costumes.

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Raidou - Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new male character is the boss from DOA1 with a cyborg twist

Raidou, the final boss from the very first Dead or Alive title, is returning as a playable character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round with a twist, a Japanese video games magazine is revealing on Thursday.

Although Raidou was killed off by Kasumi after the very first Dead or Alive tournament, story-wise, the character is being resurrected in cyborg form for the final installment of the Dead or Alive 5 series. Voice actor Tetsu Inaba will reprise his role as Raidou in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

A master of the Modified Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu (Tenjinmon) style, Raidou is said to specialize in powerful attacks made possible by his large body build.

According to the early report, the magazine is also revealing this week the game's first-print bonus in Japan: a set of 4 swimsuit costumes for four female characters in the game along with a gravure movie featuring those characters, and a Ninja 2015 DLC costume pack.

Check out Raidou's moves from his appearance in the original Dead or Alive in the video below.

Absolute Battle 5 results ft. Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, RayRay, Angelic, Jan, Ranmasama and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results, battle logs and a stream archive.

This weekend, Absolute Battle 5 is upon us, and will be streaming tournament action live from Dallas, Texas.

Games present at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Players you can expect to see competing are Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, CTRL|RayRay, BT|Angelic, Boost|Jan, Ranmasama, Busby, CJ Showstopper, TFA|OMG Itz Andre and more.

The event will also include a series of exhibition matches called "Ultimate Fight Night", in both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Streaming duties of the event are being handled by PandaXGaming, SaltyMayhem and VersusGameplay.

Hit the jump for the stream action.

Over-sexualization of women, character balancing and staying relevant: Venture Beat talks to Team Ninja about the challenges in DOA5: Last Round

How much work goes into creating a fighting game? Things have changed drastically since the scene emerged 20 years ago.

Nowadays you have to worry about the myriad of other games vying for gamers' attention, making your game stand out, balancing your characters and the list goes on.

Team Ninja sat down with Venture Beat to discuss all the obstacles they are currently facing as they create the final iteration of Dead or Alive 5.

Where will they go with Last Round? One of the biggest questions fans have: Will Ninja maintain their trademark hyper-sexual themes in their female characters? Click the jump to find out.

Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late gets North American release on February 24

Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late rose to popularity back in July when it saw a PlayStation 3 release in Japan. Although the game is only available overseas, stateside players managed to get their hands on the 2D fighting title by creating foreign PSN accounts.

Now it seems that those who aren't interested in generating alternate accounts, yet still want to play UNIEL, won't have to wait too long for an official North American release. Aksys Games announced today that Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late will become available in this region on February 24th, 2015.

According to the post on their website, the NA version of UNIEL will not be region locked, so players will have the opportunity to play against others across the world.

If you're new to the game and would like to find out where each character stacks up against the rest, be sure to visit out Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late tiers section here on EventHubs. As always, we encourage those experienced with UNIEL to jump in and cast votes on character match-ups.

Source: Aksys Games. Submitted by sylintasassyn.

Street Fighter-style gameplay, GGPO netcode, and a 'frame data bar' underneath the health bar - Pocket Rumble Kickstarter project

The folks over at Cardboard Robot Games are working on a project that should be interesting to anyone who's a fan of Capcom fighting games, and they need your help to make this game a reality.

They're working on an indie fighting game called Pocket Rumble, which essentially combines Street Fighter-style gameplay, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color-inspired graphics, GGPO netcode, and a whole slew of innovative features that aim to deliver the depth and strategy of fighting games without the complex execution required: there won't even be quarter-circle motions in this game.

Is this even possible? While watching the Pocket Rumble's Kickstarter video, at first I was skeptical, too. But the solution that Cardboard Robot Games have arrived at in lieu of the commonplace QCF motions sounds pretty legit.

Other key features in Pocket Rumble include a "frame data bar" underneath the health bar that makes it easy for players to learn the game, hurtbox data in training mode, and the ability to perform moves on the very first frame after you come out of hit-stun or get up from a knockdown by holding down the attack button of your input to make those pesky 1F link combos easier.

Check out the introduction video below.

The Runback 4.3 results feat. ChrisG, Clockw0rk, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more

The Runback 4.3 results feat. ChrisG, Clockw0rk, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: The Level|Up Twitch stream has gone live, and tonight on The Runback, we're about to see some great fighting game action from Super Arcade.

Tonight, the games being played include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, if there are enough entrants for each.

You can follow along with all of the action by checking out the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

You can catch the live stream below.

Feel the sting: Can heavy underdog Bee overcome Filipino Champ this weekend at Canada Cup?

Canada Cup 2014 kicks off tomorrow, and runs through the weekend, and players like Poongko, FGC|Pepeday, CCG|Air, CCG|Chi-Rithy, Mike Ross and PIE|Smug are all scheduled to attend.

This weekend's marquee event will be a first to 15 between CCG|Bee and Filipino Champ in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and we want to know who you think will walk away with the victory — and how close it will be.

CCG|Bee is a very strong Canadian UMvC3 player, but Filipino Champ has proven he's one of the best players in the entire world countless times, so Bee is coming in as the heavy underdog in many people's eyes.

We've setup a poll you can find below, along with a a schedule for this weekend, and more details.

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