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First Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay revealed; Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade shown

The Mortal Kombat team kicked off today's reveal off with a bang as we immediately got to see the official gameplay reveal.

This includes footage of Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade all looking better than ever in what might be the most beautifully brutal MK game yet.

The new footage highlights a handful of fighting arenas, some of which look brand new with others retaining some recognizable aspects of stages in MK titles past.

As expected, gameplay looks very fast-paced as characters leap on, over and past their foes while pulling off some of the most gruesome attacks we've seen in any fighting game to date.

We're also somewhat surprised to see Skarlet, one of the more recent roster members (she joined as DLC for MK 2011) making a return along with some long time favorites.

Here are a handful of images straight from the trailer, which is waiting in its entirety after the jump. As always with Mortal Kombat content, a good bit of this is NSFW due to violence.

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Birdie very high, Kage super low and 'it's like Rashid took Cammy's spot' - Vesper Arcade shares his early tier list for Street Fighter 5 Season 4

We've yet to see any competitive play from the Capcom Pro Tour yet, but the Street Fighter 5 community has been intensely investigating the game's updated balance for Season 4 for a full month now.

As such, we're starting to form early ideas of what the tier list might look like for 2019, and Vesper Arcade is ready to offer up his.

Right from the get go Vesper acknowledges that we don't have all the data and that this list will likely change in coming months. That said, he does have some pretty thoughtful explanations as to why M. Bison, for instance, didn't quite make the top three, and why Birdie is much higher than most would think.

We also get a good amount of commentary on Abigail, perhaps the most nerfed character from Seasons three to four. He finds himself in the largest tier group, but it isn't in the top 15.

Unfortunately for newcomer Kage, extremely weak neutral and low health offset his powerful damage and mix ups to the point that he's one of the absolute worst characters in the game according to the prominent FGC streamer.

You'll catch the video with details and specific breakdowns after the jump, but those that don't want to wait can check out the image here to see Vesper's list in full:

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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid reportedly leaks online as a new console fighting game coming in 2019

Power Rangers as a franchise has been going on for more than 25 years with a handful of fighting games already under its belt, and now it appears as though we're about to get a new one on current consoles in the very near future.

A trailer has reportedly leaked online for a game called Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid which is a new fighting game from the developers behind the Legacy Wars mobile game that will be coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC.

Battle for the Grid appears to be a 2D fighter molded in a similar fashion to its predecessor though we get no indication as to how the game will play or its in-game elements. Only three characters are shown off in the trailer with the classic red and green Mighty Morphin' rangers alongside the yellow Super Megaforce ranger, who looks to be possibly an assist or tag-in character.

Jason David Frank, who is best known for playing Tommy Oliver / the original green ranger, makes an appearance towards the end of the trailer holding a Nintendo Switch controller which does lend more credence to this trailer being legitimate.

An allegedly leaked press release was also posted with the trailer that states that nWay, the developers behind Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, has once again teamed up with Hasbro and Lionsgate for the new fighting game that will be released digitally.

If these posts are correct, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will be coming to consoles in April 2019 for $19.99 though the PC release will release at a later time. A 'Digital Collector’s Edition' will be available to pre-order for $39.99 which includes a season pass with additional characters. You can check out the reported trailer and full press release after the jump.

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Jump Force adds four new Naruto characters with Boruto Uzumaki, Gaara, Kakashi Hatake and Kaguya Otsutsuki

Jump Force's open beta begins tomorrow, January 18, and we're less than a month away from the game's initial release though character reveals are showing no signs of showing down for new fan favorite Shonen Jump fighters.

In the latest edition of the Weekly Jump magazine in Japan via Ryokutya2089, four new characters were revealed to be on their way to Jump Force's base roster, and they all hail from the Naruto series this time around.

Naruto's son from the popular spin-off series, Boruto Uzumaki, leads the charge here along with other series mainstays in Kakashi Hatake and Gaara along with essentially the final boss of the original manga / anime, Kaguya Otsutsuki.

More story details were shared in the magazine as well confirming what the previous narrative trailer suggested that Vegeta is fighting for the villain team once again thanks to some handy mind-control.

Mami Koyama will be reprising her role as Kaguya in Jump Force though she's actually listed as having two roles in the game on her website. This means that we could see another previously Koyama-voiced character like Arale from Dr. Slump, Saint Seiya's Shaina or possibly even Launch from Dragon Ball — that last one is highly unlikely however — as Siliconera has reported.

No images or scans have been released for the characters as of the time of publishing this, but there are some new trailers for Jump Force showing off its battle system and pre-order bonuses which you can find after the jump.

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Mortal Kombat's story is better told than most every other fighting game franchise; get ready for MK 11 with this full recap in just seven minutes

It was back in 2011 that the Mortal Kombat series was revamped and featured a cinematic story mode that instantly set the standard for fighting games, but the gory franchise has actually been doing a pretty stellar job of telling its tale since its beginnings back in the 1990's.

IGN takes us back on a very quick, seven minute trip through the Kombat history books to give us a recap on all the happenings since MK1 as we prepare for Mortal Kombat 11.

Things start with a fairly straightforward plot as the bad guys of Outworld plan to assimilate other realms around them by beating them in 100 years worth of tournaments.

Liu Kang and the gang repeatedly foil said plans, so Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn and Shinnok start breaking the rules in attempts to back door Earthrealm and take over that way.

The events are actually pretty intriguing as characters go through some darcs. The story of Sindel is quite intense as she serves as a key for Kahn to invade Earthrealm after his successful invasion of Edenia. She commits suicide in order to stop Outworld's emperor, but winds up being resurrected and brainwashed for her troubles.

It's well worth the watch as IGN informs and reminds us of all that's gone on leading up to MK11. We know very little about the newest entry, but are aware that it deals with time travel... which might make things extremely murky going forward.

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One change you should know for every character in Season 4 of Street Fighter 5 — part two

The second half of the Street Fighter 5 cast is under the microscope today as we reveal the findings of our Season 4 research for characters Karin-Zeku.

Just as with last week, Steven "Dreamking" Chavez joins Catalyst and I to offer at least one (we almost always have more) significant change for each character under the game's new balance.

Things are looking especially good for Zangief these days as he's gained some pretty great tools in his neutral, damage and okizeme. The same cannot be said for Vega, however, as it seems that Capcom has given him some buffs that are nice, but won't likely move him up the tier charts.

You've likely heard that M. Bison is a candidate for top competitor in the game right now, and we really don't disagree. Catalyst explains why the evil dictator will be even more of a headache than in years past.

Ryu and Sagat both became better zoners, but were their improvements enough to bump them up to the next tier brackets? You'll have to listen to hear what we think.

Of course, if you haven't already heard part one, you should probably do that at some point as well. There we cover the first half of the cast up to Juri.

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'Perfect... let's kill each other' — Kage has unique intro dialogue against Ryu, Akuma, and himself in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

In Season 2 and Season 3, a few characters received some interesting quirks that really highlight their personalities. While these don't actually do anything for gameplay, these details are still pretty fun.

For example, when Menat scores a perfect round against an opponent, she'll incorporate a unique dialogue that showcases her mimicking her master — Rose — while accidentally bonking herself on the head with her crystal ball.

In the case of Kage, he actually has unique intro dialogue with Ryu, Akuma, and himself. Strangely, the subtitles are all wrong in these scenarios.

Kage will mock Ryu for stating that the "answer lies in the heart of battle." He'll state that "the answer lies in destroying everything."

To Akuma, he claims that he is the "one true Hado." This is most certainly in reference to Akuma's usage of the Satsui no Hado.

When facing himself, the first Kage will just say the normal dialogue that he does with the rest of the cast. The second Kage will say "perfect... let's kill each other."

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With Mortal Kombat 11's reveal event tomorrow, what surprises are we in store for?

Mortal Kombat 11 was only revealed back in December during the Video Game Awards ceremony. Considering that the game will be released on April 23, 2019, there is only a small window of time where information about the title can be teased and revealed.

For tomorrow, we're expecting quite the information dump for the big "reveal event." NetherRealm Studios has been hyping up this event and inviting many to show up.

Our very own Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez will be in attendance to collect as much information about the upcoming game as possible. Mortal Kombat fans will surely have something to look forward to.

What exactly could we be in store for tomorrow? The official Mortal Kombat Twitter page has given us a few ideas of what we should expect.

Not surprisingly, we'll be getting our first look at the gameplay. This will also be a great opportunity to see how the game's story mode will unfold.

It was also said that we will "maybe" be getting some character reveals. Here's hoping this isn't an "announcement of an announcement" scenario.

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Could Daigo's Season 4 character be Zeku? He's been playing him a lot in Street Fighter 5 lately

Season 4 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has been available for a month now. Some top level competitors may change their main character this season as a result of the buffs and nerfs.

Initially in Season 1, CYG|Daigo Umehara was sticking to the character he's best known for, Ryu. After the character was heavily nerfed, Daigo then switched to Guile in Season 2 and Season 3.

It looks as though Guile has received a number of nerfs to his overall gameplan. His Sonic Booms now have an additional two frames of recovery while the light version of the special will now travel faster — this will make it more difficult to secure free pressure.

Though it was quite the treat to see Daigo return to Ryu during his online conquest, it's possible that he may have his eyes on another character for Season 4. Notably, he's been playing quite a bit of Zeku lately.

Like many other Zeku players, Daigo appears to have an affinity for the young variation of Zeku rather than the old form. This is the more "in your face" version of the character that plays very similarly to Guy.

Having said that, Daigo has shown that he's not afraid to quickly switch back and forth between forms in order to maintain advantages and keep the opponent guessing.


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Soul Calibur 6 Version 1.11 patch notes released providing big balance adjustments for 22 characters; update coming January 17

Bandai Namco released Soul Calibur 6's previous update alongside the crossover guest character from Nier Automata, 2B, last month, but it appears as though the developers have even grander plans than they managed to fit in the fighter's last patch.

Soul Calibur 6 Version 1.11 is slated to release January 17, and the developers have released the full patch notes with some big balance adjustments for 22 characters along with some universal mechanic changes like Reversal Edge, Soul Charge, Lethal Hits and Guard Impact.

Mitsurugi, Seong Mi-Na, Taki, Maxi, Voldo, Sophitia, Siegfried, Ivy, Kilik, Xianghua, Yoshimitsu, Nightmare, Astaroth, Cervantes, Raphael, Talim, Tira, Zasalamel, Groh, Azwel, Geralt and 2B all saw up to almost 30 different changes in some instances.

Fighters like Voldo, Siegfried and the newest fighter 2B faced nerfs to five or more of their moves / combos giving them less damage, more scaling or worse advantage while others like Seong Mi-Na, Zasalamel and Tira saw some nice buffs come their way.

The patch notes provide a detailed description to each change alongside handy tools like arrows to indicate whether moves or mechanics were buffed or nerfed and color coordinated categories that display whether changes were made to behaviors or balance.

A full listing for Soul Calibur 6's 1.11 patch notes can be found on Bandai Namco's website or producer Motohiro Okubo's Twitter account, but we've gathered a selection of them in the gallery below plus the universal changes after the jump.

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Ken can essentially do a touch of death combo against Abigail for over 900 damage thanks to a special property of his V-Trigger

Abigail has the highest amount of health in Street Fighter 5 though he was better known as the fighter that could make opponents' health evaporate in 500 damage chunks or more — that shoe is on the other foot now it seems, however.

A Street Fighter player by the name of Mase / Sympothetic recently took to Twitter to show off a combo using Ken that can kill Abigail using only a throw and an extended combo doing over 900 damage thanks to the truck's nerfed stun gauge in Season 4 plus a little trick with his fiery V-Trigger.

Beginning with a back throw in the corner, Mase then backdashes and jumps at Abigail using his enhanced heavy air Tatsumaki. Surprisingly, it hits the massive fighter three times before landing for a quick 300 damage and 450 stun. Following that up with crouching heavy punch into light Shoryuken to heavy Shoryuken leads to the crazy fast stun.

If you rinse and repeat that same sequence with the air Tatsumaki and cancel the second uppercut into Critical Art, Abigail will get KO'd having taken over 930 damage before the screen flashes.

We were not able to replicate the three-hit Tatsumaki — though we could hit two, but Mase says that the set up requires very specific timing and spacing to work properly using backdashes and general manual spacing.

Other tall characters like G, Sagat and Birdie can reportedly be hit twice by the spinning kicks, but this set up is obviously highly situational at best and fairly impractical. It's still interesting to see, however, how Abigail's size can essentially break certain aspects of SF5 and its combo system. You can take a look at Mase's full zero to death clip below.


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Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters appears on Microsoft Store potentially pointing to free-to-play version of the game

Dead or Alive 6 was originally slated for a February 15 release, but was recently delayed to the start of March so the developers can further polish and balance the upcoming fighter — though we may still have quite a bit to learn about the title's release if a recently discovered listing is accurate.

The Microsoft Store currently lists a 'Core Fighters' version of Dead or Alive 6 on Xbox One which may point to a free-to-play release similar to its predecessor though the page itself contains little information as to what it would include.

When Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate launched a year after the title's initial release, it came alongside a 'Core Fighters' version that allowed users to play the game for free including four characters — Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa and Hayate — and a majority of the features aside from story mode.

This Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters listing has not been updated to the new release date of March 1, and the screenshots on the page are broken meaning that it could have been published early or as a placeholder since it also doesn't mention what this specific version comes with — outside of it being included with the base game and deluxe edition.

The PlayStation and Steam storefronts do not currently contain any information regarding this Core Fighters release, and the Microsoft page says that it cannot be sold separately from the main game.

Team Ninja has not announced any plans for a free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 6, but we've reached out to Koei Tecmo for more information regarding the Core Fighters listing. We'll update the story with any new details we receive, but until then we can still take a look at the peculiar listing below.

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Jiren teased as DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ

A second season of content for Dragon Ball FighterZ was previously teased by Bandai Namco earlier this week, but we were told to wait until the World Tour Finals at the end of the month to find out about what's coming to the massive fighter in 2019. Apparently we only needed to wait two days to learn more.

Bandai Namco and popular Japanese magazine V-Jump teased that Jiren will be coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC along with a brand new Dragon Ball RPG title.

The publisher's translation of V-Jump's Tweet says "the warrior from Universe 11 is joining the fight" which refers to the current final anime arc of the Dragon Ball Super containing the strongest fighters from every universe in the Tournament of Power.

Jiren is one of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11 which proved to be among the strongest teams of the arc with other characters like Toppo giving the Z Fighters a run for their money — Goku and his friends are from Universe 7. Though he looks like a beefed up stereotypical grey alien, Jiren's raw power allowed him to deal with other fighters like Hit and even Super Saiyan Blue Goku with relative ease.

Due to his popularity and status as the 'final boss' of the Tournament of Power, Jiren appeared to be an easy pick for a spot on the roster of FighterZ though he did not make it into the first set of DLC characters in 2018. He also ranked the highest on our community poll about the Dragon Ball Super characters we'd most like to see added to the game.

The new RPG title from Bandai Namco is code-named Dragon Ball Game Project Z and will receive its reveal in the March issue of V-Jump coming January 21. We'll likely need to wait until Red Bull Final Summoning though on January 26–27 to learn more about Jiren and Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2, however.

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Scorpion is actually a much deeper character than I thought; get ready for Mortal Kombat 11 with these in-depth character history lessons

I've earnestly played Mortal Kombat since I was about five years old, (don't tell my mom) and despite purchasing any and all games, films, straight to VHS videos, I still didn't know about half the information presented in Gaming Bolt's new character history presentations.

Looking to the past can be one of the best means of predicting the future, and knowing everything we can about central characters like Scorpion and Sub-Zero very well may help us in our predictions for the next franchise entry.

The blue and yellow MK mainstays are joined by Reptile as Gaming Bolt details the goings on for these fighters from all the way back to when they first popped up in the early 1990's.

We should note that there are essentially two different Mortal Kombat timelines at this point, the first being what was told when Midway was developing the franchise, the second being the story communicated by the more recent NetherRealm Studios.

With nearly 30 years of development, these long time Kombat icons have some very intriguing, long and winding histories, and if you're a fan of the series you'll surely appreciate (and most likely learn from) these recaps.

Continue on to hear the "Full Story" behind Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile as we kill some time during this period of great anticipation for Mortal Kombat 11.

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Not sure where to begin with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Here are a few characters that should be pretty suitable for new players to the series

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out, and it boasts a gigantic roster of over 70 characters, right out of the box.

In fact, every single character ever playable in the series is back, including even more beyond that.

I've personally been playing Super Smash Bros. since the very beginning back on the Nintendo 64, but it's becoming more and more evident with each game that there are a lot of people for whom the current game is their very first Smash game, and it can be a daunting series to get into, even at a casual level.

With so many characters, mechanics and the fact that it functions quite differently from the majority of other fighting games, through things such as not having HP bars but instead knockback which increases with the damage you take, it's quite the unique romp.

As such, we decided it would be good to have a writeup of characters for any of you players who might be unfamiliar with the Super Smash Bros. series and are looking to get into it, but don't quite know where to start.

To reiterate, you should always play the characters you like or enjoy the most, but if you're struggling to find your groove, maybe starting with one of these characters will help ease you into the system a bit more before you go for your absolute favorites.

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'Earthrealm is safe with me ;)' - Ronda Rousey headed to Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event

Former UFC Champion and current WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey Tweeted early Tuesday evening that she has been invited to Thursday's Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event in Los Angeles.

Rousey posted an image of her black envelope, similar to the ones we've been seeing for a few days now, along with the following caption:

"The invitation I’ve been waiting to accept my whole life. Don’t worry, Earthrealm is safe with me ;) Can’t wait for Thursday! I’ll be there #MK11."

Rumors that Rousey may be the voice actress behind iconic Mortal Kombat character Sonya Blade for this upcoming franchise installment have been spreading about the internet in recent weeks, though Blade has not yet been confirmed as officially being in the game yet.

We'll have to wait until Thursday to see if this pans out to be true, but it is somewhat suspicious that Rousey would know to type the stylized "Earthrealm" as opposed to "Earth realm" in her post. It may be that she's simply an avid Mortal Kombat fan, but it also could be she's been spending ample time in the NetherRealm (Studios).

We'll be covering the event live, and will have our own Dreamking attending in person. You can view Rousey's tweet along with her Instagram upload by clicking the images below.

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Justin Wong no longer with Echo Fox, currently looking for new sponsor as free agent

And just like that, the Echo Fox team grows even smaller as fighting game legend Justin Wong announced his departure from the team early Tuesday evening.

"I’m here to announce I am currently a free agent and I have not resigned with @echofoxgg," he tweeted. "They are an amazing team and wish them the best but I want to see what other opportunities are out there. DMs are open for everyone. Please spread the word would love to find a new home."

Justin was one of the three remaining fighting game players under the Echo Fox banner after they parted ways with the majority of their acquired players last year.

Momochi, Punk, JDCR, Scar, Saint, Choco Blanka and Theo were amongst those whose contracts were not renewed by former NBA star Rick Fox's eSports team last year. In addition, Echo Fox also released their entire Gears of War team and their League of Legends head coach in October.

Echo Fox sprung into the fighting game scene with a massive acquisition back in January of 2017 wherein they sponsored some of the absolute best competitors in Street Fighter 5, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee and then Tekken 7 at a later date.

We have yet to see anything on the matter from Echo Fox, which now retains FOX|Tokido, FOX|MKLeo, FOX|Dekillsage, FOX|Mew2King and FOX|SonicFox for their fighting game team. You can view Justin's tweet by clicking the thumbnail here:

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