Dragon Ball Fighter Z Gets Release Date in Japan

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Bandai Namco shared a few updates on Dragon Ball Fighter Z in the latest issue of V-Jump with a release date for Japan, as well as the reveal of two new characters: Nappa, and Captain Ginyu. V-Jump reveals that Nappa who can summon Saibamen and his Meteor special attack is Kapa, the mouth-energy-beam attack from the show.

The other new character is Captain Ginyu, who comes with the ability to call the members of The Ginyu Force. His Meteor special attack is Body Change, which, similarly to the show, allows him to swap bodies and health with opponents. Dragon Ball Fighter Z releases in Japan on February 1st, 2018, in Japan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is expected to release in early 2018 in North America, and Europe.

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Xbox Backward Compatibility Hitting Before Year-End

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Fans of the original Xbox have been chomping at the bit since this year’s Electric Entertainment Expo, when Microsoft unveiled backward compatibility with the first Xbox, and it’s library of cult-classic titles. Since then, we’ve heard little in the way of BC announcements aside from the initial Crimson Skies, and Fusion Frenzy.

Fortunately, in an interview with GameSpot, Xbox head Phil Spencer has assured everyone that things are still going according to plan. “We’re close, we’re really close,” he says before confirming that means backward compatibility should launch by the end of the year. Microsoft has been going all-in on the release of the Xbox One X next month, so we should expect to hear something shortly after launch.

New Trailer for Code Vein

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The Dark Souls-like vampire title, Code Vein, received a new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show showcasing more of its original vampire-filled world, and the story, as the main characters are in search of a new source of food, aka blood, for their people. The character creation alone makes this game worth it, but the gameplay and beautiful visuals just keep selling me more and more on this.

Code Vein is releasing in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Slew of Halo Games Now Backwards Compatible

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Microsoft has announced that players who don’t care to grab the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One now have a more classic option as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible.

If you own the game discs for any of the original titles, just pop it in, and enjoy the game with free HD upgrades, as well as all of its original DLC included at no extra cost.

Hyperkin’s Duke Controller Heads to Production

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Peripheral developer Hyperkin has been working with designers of the original Xbox controller to recreate the famous Duke controller, the over-sized original form factor of the Xbox. Seamus Blackley, one of the designers of the first Xbox, has assisted in recreating The Duke in all its glory for the Xbox One and Windows.

The new version of the controller features the original’s shape, and an OLED screen that animates the Xbox intro upon startup. It also includes a 9-foot breakaway cord. The controller has been approved by Microsoft, and now heads to tooling to go into full production. No word yet on price, but expect to hear something very soon.

Okami: Zekkei Announced

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Capcom has finally confirmed its long-awaited Okami HD/4K remaster with the announcement of Okami: Zekkei for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game releases in Japan on December 21st, with a physical release on the PS4 and PC releasing on December 13th.

Information is still scant on the title, but we know it will retail for 2,990 yen plus tax, with a limited edition version being released for 4,990 yen.

UPDATE: The game is releasing in North America and Europe on December 12th.

Shenmue Combo Pack Coming?

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While this may be a strange source, it’s still a reliable source nonetheless. Gaming retailers across the Czech Republic and Slovakia have possibly leaked that a Shenmue 1 & 2 Pack for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One could be on the way. This comes by way of new game listings on the retailers pages.

While there’s no cover art, or confirmation of any such kind, it’s appeared on 4 separate retailers websites. Keep in mind that this is still rumor, and to take it with a grain of salt. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Kentucky Route Zero Headed to Consoles

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Considered to be one of the greatest narrative games ever created, PC hit, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is finally headed to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is known for its episodic structure, and gorgeous art style, with the fifth episode hitting PC’s in early 2018.

The console version of the game is expected to feature all 5 episodes for new players to enjoy the story from its strange beginnings.

Ph LEVEL Review: Sonic Mania

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To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.

However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.

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Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.

Okami HD Headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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Kotaku UK has a scoop, claiming that Okami HD is getting another re-release, this time on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this holiday season. There’s no real information about the release, currently, but it’s a good chance that the title will receive PS4 Pro and Xbox One X support, with the PlayStation 3 version of Okami HD rendering the visuals in 4K, and the scaling them down.

Capcom is taking initiative in bringing many of its older titles to newer consoles, but in the process, most of their newer IP’s have taken a backseat, with new major titles being few and far between for the company at this point. It’s nice to see lesser-ported titles like Okami finally making the jump to systems such as the Xbox, though.

Spotify Headed to Xbox One

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After what seems like an eternity for Xbox users, it appears that Spotify is headed to Xbox One with an upcoming app. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, and sources confirm that the app is set to release soon, as it is currently being tested internally.

The new Spotify app for Xbox will finally give users of Microsoft’s console access to the popular music streaming service, several years after the service became available on Sony’s family of PlayStation consoles.

Original Sonic Designer Creates Work for Sonic Mania

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Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.

You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.

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Watch_Dogs 2 Getting Party Mode

Watch_Dogs 2 has been consistently delivering new and exciting free content since its launch, and done a great job at keeping promises. One of its more lofty promises was that of a 4-player Party Mode for online multiplayer. Well, this Tuesday, July 4th, that promise is made a reality, as players can join up with 3 other friends and raise hell across San Francisco.

The update also includes a few bug fixes, as well as new maps, outfits, weapons, and more. Ubisoft states that Party mode is meant to be “more about cooperation than competition, so anything that happens in this mode will not affect leaderboard standings.” This should most certainly be a great update.

Diablo 3’s Necromancer Finally Hits This Month

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The Necromancer class in Diablo 3 has been teased for what seems like ages, and now, we’re finally getting it on June 27. The Necromancer will be priced at $14.99 and will require the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC to play. The pack will also grant access to additional character slots, a portrait, banner, sigil, accent and pennant, a brand new pet and some items for your pets.

Blizzard also revealed the new Eternal Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, that will give console players full access to the game and all of its DLC, including the Necromancer.