Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 gets North American release in 2017

The official English website for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 has launched and announces that the update to the popular Arc System Works fighter is headed to North America.

REV 2 includes all of the content from its predecessor, and adds new characters, attacks, story chapters and more. We can expect a release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 "soon," and the site confirms that it will be sometime this year.

The following gallery includes screenshots of Answer and Baiken, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2's newest combatants.

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For a quick breakdown of what REV 2 comes equipped with, be sure to hit the jump.

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Is playing top tier in Street Fighter 5 the only way to win?

People began commenting on Ryu's lower status in Season 2 of Street Fighter 5 pretty quickly, saying that he was nerfed too hard and was no longer viable.

While we were hesitant to jump to any conclusions early on, BST|Daigo's 0-6 Ryu run at Topanga over the weekend really can't be glossed over.

Yahoo eSports' Michael Martin speculates on the idea that perhaps playing top tier in SF5 is the only viable way to win.

It's nothing new for a select few characters to emerge as viable in a fighting game, but with the movement toward eSports, can Street Fighter 5 afford to go this route?

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Street Fighter X Tekken brought together two legendary fighting game franchises with gorgeous character art for both sides

Street Fighter X Tekken's art, under the leadership of chief character artist Kazuma Teshigahara, really flourished in its attempt to bring out each character's personality in their own art.

The game also featured a huge roster, with as many as 50 playable characters in the game, 25 from each side. You can see some of the promotional artwork here.

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Continue below for the character artwork.

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Monstrous characters, fast paced combat and epic battles... check out the upcoming fighter: Omen of Sorrow

Omen of Sorrow is an upcoming fighting game from AOne games that pits iconic horror figures against each other in hand to hand combat.

Omen, which has been in development since May of 2015, boasts fast paced, high mobility gameplay along with "hardcore combat mechanics." When it's all said and done, the 12-man roster will be filled with unique takes on classic monsters, mythical beasts and other figures from various folklore.

Check out a few official game art drawings by Genzoman, along with the four characters we've seen thus far:

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You'll catch a pair of trailers for Omen of Sorrow below.

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Is eSports going to save Street Fighter 5? Vesper looks back over year of speed bumps, speculates on future of SF5

Street Fighter 5 just celebrated its first birthday and Vepser Arcade is taking a look at the status of the game now that it's had time to gestate with the community.

Only hitting 1.4 of their 2 million dollar release goal, Capcom has been trying to make up lost ground with updates, additions and fixes. Vesper still feels "we're losing depth" and that SF5's potential avenues for success are closing one by one.

Here we are at the once year anniversary, and the question Vesper poses: What now? How should Capcom go about making the most of Season 2 to boost the game's status to new heights? Check out his buzzing video and then offer your thoughts in the comments section.

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Daigo currently 0-4 in Topanga League, in danger of not reaching second round

The sixth Topanga League has officially started as the online portion of the event kicked off just yesterday, and BST|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara is surprisingly without a single win in four sets.

Umehara has won four of the five previous Topangas, but is dangerously close to being eliminated from the event here in the preliminaries.

The Beast fell 3-0 to FOX|Tokido, MJS|Haitani and AW|Nemo, and took his only two games from SNB|Haku in his 2-3 loss. Here's a gist of how things have been going:

Daigo has won only two matches of the 14 he's played, making him 0-4 in total sets. He could still qualify however, as there is a slight glimmer of hope down the tunnel.

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Street Fighter 5 public service announcement: It's better to play out a laggy match than try to quit early... I learned the hard way

You boot up Street Fighter 5 and hit Ranked Match. After waiting a few moments, you are connected with an opponent and head into your next fight.

The character select screen comes and goes, and before long you are facing another player in a fierce battle for LP. "Fight!" rings out, you go to move your character, but what's this? Unplayable lag. What do you do? Go.

If you're anything like me, you do not want to lose your hard-earned points to someone who fashioned their router out of a shoe box, small twigs, and mud. Over the weekend, I learned the hard way that it is a much smarter decision to just hold the L when thrown into a heavily lagging match than it is to exit early.

It had been a couple of weeks since I put real time into playing Street Fighter 5's ranked mode, so this past weekend, I decided to take a stab at raising my placement on the leaderboards. Things were going fine for the first hour or so; I won some, I lost some, and fought a lot of Zangief players.

But then I encountered a Laura player with around 19,000 LP, and much like it does for a lot of players in Season 2 right now, that's when things went south...

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Is it Helen or Kolin? And did you know she appeared in Street Fighter 3? Here's what we know about this mysterious character with two identities

The talk of the town when it comes to Street Fighter 5 right now is all about the popular opinion best guess for Season 2's next DLC character: Helen.

Helen is one of the main characters of SF5's story A Shadow Falls, and is transformed to become Kolin, (pronounced "Colleen") by Gill for being devout and faithful to his cause at the end of the game's story:

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This isn't the first time we've seen Kolin though, as she appeared a few times over the evolution of Street Fighter 3.

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Kolin is a part of a secret society but likes reading and butterflies: Here are her stats, attributes, and Street Fighter 5 theme preview

Capcom has released information on Street Fighter 5's next DLC character, and the first newcomer, Kolin.

Capcom Japan has gone ahead and shared even more details on this mysterious woman. On their website, we found Kolin's in-game stats chart, attributes (including likes), and a preview of her new theme.

Below, you can see the Kolin breakdown.

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After the jump, you'll be able to see what Kolin is all about in Street Fighter 5, as well as her theme.

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Someone edited the Street Fighter 5 announcement trailer to hilariously reflect the rougher parts of the game's release...

In a recent interview with Yahoo eSports, (a very insightful interview, and one that we highly recommend you watch) BornFree referenced the initial Street Fighter 5 announcement trailer, citing how effective it was as a marketing tool.

Naturally, said trailer started being shared a bit more on fighting game community threads and the like. A YouTuber by the name of Corkscrew_Blow proceeded to recut the video to reflect some of the bumpier parts of the game's inaugural year.

The final result is side splitting, and we've got it here to share with you now.

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Here's how Kolin's V-moves work in Street Fighter 5 Season 2

In anticipation of the next Street Fighter 5 Season 2 character, the official Street Fighter Twitter page has posted a quick video explaining how Kolin's V-moves work.

We learn that her V-Skill can only counter physical strikes, and her reversal gets her out of danger.

You can check out the video below.

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Source: Street Fighter on Twitter.

Target combos, a double jump, ice shard mix ups, and a cancellable dash attack: Let's talk about what we saw in Kolin's Street Fighter 5 trailer

Just this morning, Capcom unveiled the newest character set to grace the Street Fighter 5 Season 2 stage. Kolin (or Helen, as you might know her) is ready to kick some ice and is set to become available on February 28th.

The new fighter announcement came complete with a full-fledged trailer, giving us a quick look at what Kolin can do. Things move pretty quickly in a reveal trailer, so we thought it'd be fun to check the tapes and discuss the things we noticed about the upcoming world warrior.

From target combos galore to ice shard mix ups, there's a lot to talk about when it comes to Kolin in Street Fighter 5 Season. So, let's get started.

Kolin appears to be a character that wants to be in her opponent's face at all times. She has attacks that quickly move her in close, a counter to stop oncoming moves and gain the advantage, and projectiles that help mix up the opponent once she's in.

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Smug is currently the highest ranked Street Fighter 5 player in the world, here is his personal results tier list

PIE|Smug has been on a tear lately in Street Fighter 5 Season 2. No stranger to the world of online ranked matches, the vicious Balrog player has secured the #1 spot on the game's leaderboard.

With a whopping 37,663 LP, the Master Rank is currently the world's highest ranked player.

Thanks to V-League, we have a data chart that gives us a general idea of Smug's success rate against each character on the roster throughout his ranked career with both Balrog and Karin, despite him officially dropping the latter in Season 2. The numbers roughly translate to the win rate against each character in percentage -- for example, 7.9 = 79%, 9 = 90%, etc.

You can check out Smug's in-game profile and V-League tier chart below.

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Hit the jump to view a recent Smug ranked match.

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Kolin's character introduction series gives us her background and how she plays before release

Capcom Fighters has released a video detailing Kolin's history within the Street Fighter series and an introduction to the character's playstyle before the character is released.

Interestingly enough, Kolin's V-Skill, while unsafe on block, apparently leads to a full combo on hit. I suppose it's not too surprising that it is unsafe considering its armored/counter properties.

It is stated outright that Kolin is suitable for players who like mind games, but it is noted that Kolin lacks an invincible reversal. Kolin's combo game overall looks pretty impressive despite not having the highest damage in the game, as mentioned in the video.

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New screenshots show more of Kolin's icy arsenal and Street Fighter 5 Season 2's updated character select screen

Capcom unveiled the newest character set to drop in Street Fighter 5 Season 2 yesterday. Kolin (also known as Helen) follows Akuma as the game's next DLC fighter.

Today we have a fresh batch of screenshots that give us another look at Kolin in action. Additionally, Capcom UK's own Matt Edwards tweeted out a photo of the updated character select screen, noting that he is currently working on Kolin's character introduction video.

You can check out the new screenshots below.

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Source: Capcom UK, Matt Edwards, and Capcom Japan. Mentioned by Fawaz.

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