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Changes we're hoping to see in Super Street Fighter 5, why cross-play needs to be the standard moving forward, Nintendo hunts down YouTubers and more

We're back with episode 27 of our podcast, this week delving into the potentials of another Street Fighter 5 total makeover.

With X-Kira claiming that a "Super" Street Fighter 5 is en route, Catalyst and I discuss the kinds changes we'd either like or expect to see from mechanics, overarching gameplay tweaks, new modes and additional characters.

We also offer our four cents on the recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leaks as Nintendo goes in full force in an attempt at as much damage control as possible before the game's December 7th release date.

Catalyst has recently made the transition over to PC and is absolutely loving it, save for a few pretty big issues that have popped up as a result. This also leads us into some discussion about how Sony really needs to step up their hardware game and why it's time cross-play becomes the standard.

You'll also get a quick news recap for a few smaller happenings over the past week, as well as our thoughts on the brand new Dragon Ball FighterZ patch that looks to tone down the top tiers just a bit.

Continue on to check out this week's episode, and please chime in with reactions as well as any topics you'd like us to try to cover in the coming weeks.

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New Dragon Ball Super: Broly trailer brings Gogeta into the mix

A new trailer for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie was released today and it features the first look at a fan-favorite fighter. Gogeta, the other fusion of Goku and Vegeta, will be taking on Broly in the film.

The new trailer brings viewers about 30 seconds of clips showing Gogeta facing Broly. In it, we see this fused fighter transform into all three of his forms: Base, Super Saiyan, and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.

For those unfamiliar, Gogeta is the fusion of Goku and Vegeta when they perform the fusion dance. He dons the same clothing that characters who fuse using the fusion dance always wear, and his body takes more after Goku while his face seems to lean more towards Vegeta.

Vegito is the other form of Goku and Vegeta fused, except this form is brought about by the Potara earrings. We see Super Saiyan Blue Vegito as a playable character in Arc System Works / Bandai Namco's 3v3 fighting title, Dragon Ball FighterZ.

With another fusion jumping into the spotlight by way of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, we can't help but think that Gogeta might be a strong candidate for the next wave of Dragon Ball FighterZ's DLC — if we do in fact see another season of content.

Bandai Namco and Arc System Works are definitely not shy about adding as many forms of Goku and Vegeta into the fast-paced fighting game. In Dragon Ball FighterZ currently we have Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Goku Black, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito, and Bardock (who isn't technically Goku, but is his father and is strikingly similar in appearance).

Only time will tell if we'll see Gogeta added to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC, but until we know for sure you can see him in action in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The film hits theaters nationwide January 16, 2019.

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Gotenks is the best, Kazunoko got buffed and Android 16 got mega%@#$ed: the fighting game community reacts to the Dragon Ball FighterZ balance changes

Game balance is a delicate scale where adding too much to one side can give us characters like Street Fighter 5 Season 2 Urien, but removing too much on the other side can strip a fighter of their uses like Ryu after Season 1.

Dragon Ball FighterZ received its latest big balance-altering patch yesterday and it already appears to have shaken up the way players are viewing characters who were once considered high or low tier.

Fighters like Bardock and Android 16 lost some of their signature tools, Piccolo and Beerus actually saw some decent buffs and Gotenks actually escaped the changes as possibly the best character in the game which has some players feeling none too happy.

TSM|Leffen, EVO 2018's Super Smash Bros. Melee champion and one of Europe's best Dragon Ball players, said that he is tired of playing FighterZ now after seeing the latest patch and says he's looking forward to switching his efforts over to Smash Ultimate soon.

CO|Go1 — via Silva Hime — also had some opinions about the latest update lamenting that Kid Buu, Bardock and Vegeta all got nerfed while his rival and three time Saga event winner, GGP|Kazunoko, saw most of his team receive buffs.

In the gallery below, you'll find a mix of joy, sorrow and surprise from other top players like FOX|Dekillsage, ApologyMan, NRG|HookGangGod, Yohosie and Reynald. We've also included a clip created by Cheekimelon who cleverly edits Bardock over the torn and discarded Woody from Toy Story 2 where other characters look to pull him into the low tier bin.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 receive new anime music DLC packs featuring a number of the shows' iconic tracks

For some players who enjoy playing licensed anime video games, having the actual music and themes available from the show as they do battle heighten their enjoyment of the titles immensely even if they need to pay extra to achieve it.

Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 already featured an anime music pack as DLC for the games including classics like "Cha-La Head-Cha-La," and now a new set is on the way for both games.

Anime Song Pack 2 is now available for both titles and features 11 new songs from Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Super and the movies with openings, ending themes and background music.

Some of the tracks included with the new anime song DLC pack includes the first Dragon Ball Super opening, "Chouzetsu Dynamic!" by Kazuya Yoshii and Dragon Ball Z Kai's opening, "Dragon Soul" by Takayoshi Tanimoyo.

This new DLC pack comes a day after Dragon Ball FighterZ received a fairly substantial balance update to adjust a large number of its characters and add in special online FighterZ Tournaments with holiday-themed costume colors and more coming soon.

The new Anime Song Pack 2 is now available across all platforms in many territories / should be available worldwide later today, November 29. This DLC will be priced at $15 USD or the same price as the first pack for other countries. You can see the full track listing included in the image below plus a new music video trailer for the pack from Bandai Namco after the jump.

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Update: Official Dragon Ball FighterZ November balance patch notes live; update trailer released showing off online tournaments and holiday content

Update: Official patch notes have been released and have been added to the story. Bandai Namco also released a new update trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ to go along with the new patch.

New holiday-themed Z Capsules will also be coming to DBFZ soon which will add new colors for every character in the game plus special new stickers and lobby avatars to dress up your favorite chibi fighters like Santa and elves. You can check out screenshots in the gallery below and the full trailer after the jump.

Earlier: We only just learned about it a few days ago, but the latest update for Dragon Ball FighterZ is now live... and it looks to be a big one for those hoping to see some meta changes.

Dragon Ball FighterZ's Version 1.3 update is now available for download on PlayStation 4 and other systems. The download itself may run around 1 GB or more for current players of Bandai Namco's biggest fighter of the year.

This latest balance patch sees the majority of the cast receive buffs, nerfs and / or bug fixes in an apparent attempt to diversify the roster further with universal changes to mechanics like Super Dash, Dragon Rush, Guard Cancel, Z Change and more as well.

Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Teen Gohan, Frieza, Captain Ginyu, Trunks, Cell, Android 18, Gotenks, Krillin, Kid Buu, Majin Buu, Android 16, Yamcha, Tien, Adult Gohan, Super Saiyan Blue Goku, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, Beerus, Goku Black, Android 21, Bardock, Broly, Vegito Blue, Fused Zamasu, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, Android 17 and Cooler have all received adjustments along with the other system-wide changes.

Bardock and Android 16 appear to have been hit the hardest by nerfs with both of them losing their oki mix ups after their level three Supers while many are considering characters like Piccolo, Gotenks and Beerus to be the big winners due to their buffs and changes. You can check out a selection of the most notable changes in the patch notes.

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Goku Black still has assist-free Super loops in the latest version of Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ players are exploring today's brand new balance patch to see what their favorite characters are now capable and not capable of, and we have some good news for Goku Black users.

A player by the name of Kamoihito posted a finding on Twitter that shows Black hitting Android 16 with no less than five Holy Light Grenade Super attacks in a row. This is without the use of any assists to maintain the combo, and ultimately works as a touch of death sequence.

Black actually had this tech before the latest patch, as detailed by Rooflemonger in the video after the jump, and it only worked on larger body characters such as Android 16.

Kamoihito includes some brief text along with his post, and the Twitter translation to English from Japanese gives us "It was more difficult than the previous version." We're assuming that it still does not work on smaller fighters, but have yet to see any hard evidence.

This was already exceptionally difficult to do in the previous version and so Bandai making it even harder is a step in the right direction, though many players expected this to be removed from the game altogether.

You can see the touch of death sequence by clicking the thumbnail here, and view Rooflemonger's more in depth explanation by continuing on after the jump.


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'Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by 2022' - Federal Trade Commission to investigate loot boxes as possible gambling practices

Loot boxes and micro transactions are phrases that many people don't exactly like to hear when they're about to pick up a new game due to their random nature and introduction of often paid luck to competitive titles which has caught the eye of governments around the world for other reasons.

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission in the US, Joseph Simmons, told Congress on Tuesday, November 27, that the agency will be looking into video game loot boxes after a number of other nations have taken similar steps to see if they are comparable to gambling.

US Sen. Maggie Hassan also said during the hearing that loot boxes are "endemic" to the gaming industry in its entirety and is worried that children may be at risk from predatory practices.

"Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by the year 2022 according to the latest research estimates," said Hassan. "Children may be particularly susceptible to engaging with these in-game purchases which are often considered integral components of video games."

Belgium has already previously found video game loot boxes to be a form of gambling according to their own commissions and announced that games like Overwatch, Counter Strike:GO and FIFA 18 were all in violation of the countries gambling laws. Some publishers like EA are fighting these regulations, however, as they are currently refusing to remove their loot boxes from FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode while others like Blizzard have removed theirs in the country.

A number of current, major fighting game titles, like Street Fighter 5, include modes that work like loot boxes, so how could these rulings and investigations affect them?

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Upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ patch notes released

Just last night we learned that a new balance patch would be coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ this week on Wednesday, November 28, and now we know what exactly the new update will entail.

Bandai Namco has now released the patch notes for tomorrow's update on their Japanese website, and Greatfernman has reportedly already translated them into English.

Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Teen Gohan, Frieza, Captain Ginyu, Trunks, Cell, Android 18, Gotenks, Krillin, Kid Buu, Majin Buu, Android 16, Yamcha, Tien, Adult Gohan, Super Saiyan Blue Goku, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, Beerus, Goku Black, Android 21, Bardock, Broly, Vegito Blue, Fused Zamasu, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, Android 17 and Cooler have all received adjustments along with other system-wide changes.

Bardock appears to have had the recovery after hitting his level three Revenger Assault increased and possibly moved farther away from the opponent so he can no longer get his often used mix up. Meanwhile, characters like Piccolo and Beerus look to have received some pretty nice buffs.

This update also adds in the previously announced Tenkaichi Budokai mode along with the online trophy room as well as preparations for the holiday-themed event that is scheduled to begin December 5 including new character colors and lobby avatars.

You can find the most notable changes made in this new update after the jump, but please note that these translations are not official and may differ from the final release.

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Nerfs incoming for Bardock and Android 16? New Dragon Ball FighterZ balance patch reportedly dropping this Wednesday

Big potential news for Dragon Ball FighterZ fans as a recent Open Rec.tv broadcast has reportedly revealed that the game will be getting a balance patch this Wednesday, November 28th.

Ho-chan nabbed a screen shot and translated the bit of teaser information that came along with the announcement.

Arguably FighterZ's strongest roster member, Bardock (AKA Goku Dad), is slated for some nerfs according to Ho-chan. The nerf bat will also be coming down on both Android 16's strongest attack as well as on Kid Buu.

Seeing as these three are some of the most commonly seen characters in competitive play, we're especially interested to see how any and all changes wind up regulating them.

Details are fairly scarce otherwise, but there is also a note that claims the entire roster will see both buffs and nerfs. Please keep in mind that this translation is not official and that we'll ultimately need to wait for this patch to actually drop (or for Bandai Namco to release notes) before we get the full picture.

In the meantime you can check out the tweet from Ho-chan by clicking on the thumbnail below. Please let us know the changes you are hoping for the most in the comments afterwards.

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Lots of Bardocks, Gokus and Androids to be found: Dragon Ball FighterZ character Saga 6 Japan Round top 32 usage statistics

There's only one more Saga event left before the finals in January for Dragon Ball FighterZ's World Tour, but the sixth event for the Japanese leg of the series just finished up earlier today.

We typically see majors for the big Bandai Namco x Arc System Works fighter in North America and Europe, so this week gives us a rarer glimpse at which characters are most popular in the franchises country of origin.

It turns out that the character usage and meta among top players appears to pretty much be the same in the East as it is in the West because Bardock and Android 16 still topped the fighter charts with at least 13 of the top 32 players using at least one of them on their teams. Five players even used them both.

Super Saiyan Goku was also a surprisingly popular pick coming in third place statistically being used on at least 11 teams this weekend with strong players like CO|Dogura, Chou and BC|ApologyMan using the hero of 30 plus years to take them far.

Only half of the current DLC roster for Dragon Ball FighterZ saw play in the top 32 this weekend with Android 17, Fused Zamasu and both the base forms of Goku and Vegeta being left on the outside looking in.

23 of the game's current 32 character roster did see play in the latter part of the tournament, however, which still appears good for diversity even if it is still top heavy. You can check out the full top 32 character usage stats for the Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga 6 Japan Round after the jump.

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Five Supers in one combo, wild Android 18 mix ups and buffed Golden Frieza: Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga 6 Japan Round top 8 highlights

Six of the seven Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga events for the World tour are now complete, and GGP|Kazunoko was looking to earn his third Dragon Ball for winning the tournament in his native country.

The Yamcha main succeeded and even revealed his recent engagement / marriage, but there was still plenty of great action to be found in the top 8 with players like CO|Dogura, Ponos|Moke, Acqua, Chou, DNG|Tachikawa and CO|Fenrich showing up in their attempt to dethrone Kazunoko.

Bardocks were on an absolute tear this weekend with a large number of players finding great success with him and the Saiyan's ability to convert full-screen attacks without using meter plus string multiple Supers together.

Although he did not win, Tachikawa had perhaps the best showing at the Saga 6 event by bringing characters like Frieza and Android 18 to the top three of a major tournament and making them look very strong in the process.

We've collected a number of the best highlights from the top 8 of this big-time Dragon Ball FighterZ throwdown, and they certainly don't disappoint.

Let's start things off with Fenrich absolutely mauling Tachikawa in the corner before finishing off his Hit using five level one Supers in a single crazy combo.


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Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga 6 Japan Round results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been a huge success this year, and has had its own fairly impromptu World Tour taking place, with Saga events carrying Dragon Balls for players to obtain, with the current Dragon Ball holders being FOX|SonicFox, CO|Go1, GGP|Kazunoko and NRG|HookGangGod.

Today, the sixth saga is happening in Tokyo, Japan.

Obviously, Japan has many top level players, some of who rarely travel, so the action will be through the roof, and there are some foreign players appearing as well, trying to get their hands on that direct qualification to the final event which a Dragon Ball entails.

Around 150 players are signed up, and it's a two-day Dragon Ball FighterZ only event, so the stream will without a doubt have tons of hype matches running on it.

Notable players showing up include GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, BC|ApologyMan, Ponos|Moke, CO|Fenrich, DNG|Tachikawa, KoreanWrestlingMan, Acqua, Kaimart, AE|Pekos, Matoi, Ponos|Garireo, WG|Abegen, Kindevu and many more.

Streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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YogaFlame24's unique story telling video features godlike Beerus, Super Saiyan Blue Goku, Majin Buu, and Frieza plays for Dragon Ball FighterZ

YogaFlame24 has released another one of his videos that showcases gameplay from a variety of players. Once again, this captures YogaFlame's more creative side as he attempts to do a bit of a retelling of Dragon Ball Super events thanks to some help from some anime clips.

Frieza has just been revived with the Dragon Balls thanks to his forces and his regeneration is complete. He has just been informed that his most hated enemy, Goku, has defeated Majin Buu.

Apparently, Frieza has been told by his father, King Cold, to never pick a fight with two other forces within the universe. Upon mentioning their names — Majin Buu and Beerus — gameplay is shown for these two fighters in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

After this, we see how far Goku has come in his Super Saiyan Blue form. Just like in the anime and movie, Frieza concludes that he'll be able to catch up with a training regiment. Thus, we get the opportunity to see gameplay for Frieza too.

Notably, these are all characters that are very rarely seen in the tournament scene. Majin Buu, Beerus, Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and Frieza are all either sleepers with hidden potential... or they're just low tier. Notably, this video is about the characters trying to unlock their potential (for some of them anyhow).

The players featured include Skeezermui, GabeSS4, Dark_Necromancer, CoolKid93, PhilTCasual, and C_King26. Due to their amazing performance in online matches, you can expect plenty of perfects.


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Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, arcade sticks and more: The best Black Friday deals for the fighting game community are here

It's that time of the year again when almost everyone in the United States gathers with their families for the biggest feast of 2018, but later tonight they'll all be feasting their eyes on the biggest deals and discounts at the store and around the web.

Black Friday deals have already begun for many major retailers which includes a number of fighting game related titles along with all of the $150 TVs out there.

Games like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and more are all available on sale, and we've rounded up the best of them along with the console deals for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

We've already covered the PlayStation Network Black Friday sale, but now GameStop, Amazon, Walmart, Target and Razer have joined the mix. Buying a new Nintendo Switch or Xbox One at GameStop will net customers a bonus $50 gift card.

This weekend and Cyber Monday are also great times to pick up new PC gaming monitors, but there's too many of those deals to put here. You should definitely check out DisplayLag's monitor database before buying to see just how little input lag these screens actually have, however.

For those looking for new arcade stick parts and accessories, Arcade Shock's entire selection is currently 20 percent off plus Hori and Qanba sticks will be on sale tomorrow, November 22. You can check out Arcade Shock's lineup of sales below and our full Black Friday fighting game guide after the jump.

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This crazy life-size Vegeta statue will set you back over $4,000 unless you collect all seven Dragon Balls to wish your wallet back to life

Black Friday shopping likely consists of purchasing discounted video games, consoles, PC parts and TVs for most of the fighting game community, but this special "deal" certainly won't save you any money at all.

Japanese figure and statue maker MRC recently revealed that Dragon Ball fans can have their very own prince of all Saiyans to take home with them, but it will cost them about as much as a year's worth of rent.

This life-size Super Saiyan Vegeta resin statue is now available to pre-order for $3,990 USD plus shipping and stands almost seven-feet / 211 cm tall for those wanting to give the prince the hug he desperately needed as a child.

A bundle with an interchangeable bust of Vegeta from the Saiyan / Namek saga with his scouter is also available for $4,680 or by itself for $990, and they're all scheduled to release in the second quarter of 2019.

The statue's base has Vegeta standing on a plot of broken earth with the Dragon Ball Z logo out in front. It also includes yellow and blue LED lights on said base to give off the proud warrior's Super Saiyan / normal ki aura.

Those looking to make payments on this ultimate fan piece will require a deposit of $600 followed by eight payments of $640 totaling over $5,000. You can check out just how enormous Vegeta's head is compared to a normal person's in the gallery of this crazy statue below.

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Charge up those Special Beam Cannons, here are the first game play screenshots for Piccolo and Perfect Cell in Jump Force

We have some new screen shots of the two latest Dragon Ball characters in the upcoming Jump Force game.

Bandai Namco released these images on Twitter earlier today, showcasing both Cell and Piccolo in actual game play combat.

While we did see our first images of Jump Force Cell and Piccolo a few days back, today's gallery depicts a lot more and gives us a much better idea of what to expect.

Cell assumes his final form, which tends to be the most often selected version of him for fighting games, while Piccolo is fully decked out in his weighted white training robes and purple headwear.

These two characters will be part of Jump Force's base roster, but we also now know that nine additional DLC characters are en route after launch.

Check out the images Bandai posted below and let us know what you think of the way these DBZ characters look.

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A big thank you to Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills for contributions to this story.

New Dragon Ball FighterZ update coming December 5; brings holiday-themed colors, lobby avatars, Tenkaichi Budokai mode and more

Last week we learned that a new Deluxe Edition of Dragon Ball FighterZ is in the works, and now we also know when to expect the standalone content update for the fighting game.

Dragon Ball FighterZ will receive a new update on December 5 which will bring with it holiday / Christmas-themed character colors, lobby avatars and more along with the Tenkaichi Budokai mode plus online trophy room.

Color 14 should become available for every character in the game at this time in the Z-Capsules where they appear to all be based around the colors red, green, white and yellow / gold. Vegeta, Trunks, Tien and Android 18 will all be receiving Santa Claus / Mrs. Claus-themed lobby avatars while Majin Buu does his best Frosty the Snowman impression and Krillin becomes a reindeer — they even gave him a nose.

Tenkaichi Budokai mode is essentially a new online tournament type of lobby that supports up to eight players and features special rule sets. Winners and runners up even earn trophies to add to their collection and can be displayed in the new trophy rooms.

Online trophy rooms will also be coming with this update which will let players choose and decorate their own rooms based on a number of iconic locations from the manga / anime including Kame House, Tournament of Power arena, the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Snake Way and more.

The holiday-themed content is scheduled to run through December 31 for those looking to pick up the new Christmas-themed goodies though these dates are only confirmed for Japan at this time. You can take a look at the new content in the gallery below.

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