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Video: Realistic Fighting Game

This is why the fighting game genre will never go away. The real thing just winds up making you look like a useless wimp.

Caution: Crude language

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection Review

Still Shamelessly Crushing on Future Trunks

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection Screenshot

HIGH Seeing all of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai's story mode in bright, shiny HD; Reversible cover art!

LOW Seeing Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3's boring story mode in flat, static HD; Cheap AI.

WTF The AI abuses the crap out of the fact that combat starts when "FIGHT" appears, not when it fades like most other fighters—cheap first hits for everyone!

Anarchy Reigns Review

Goes to 11? More like 14.

Anarchy Reigns Screenshot

HIGH Sasha. Also, Sasha.

LOW Not realizing there was an elevator behind the tentacle.

WTF The "red eyes" are never sufficiently explained.

Misfits, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Absolution and Sine Mora

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Screenshot

GameFly sent me Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale the other day, and while I haven't had a whole lotta time to get into it, I did play a few multiplayer sessions with my youngest son. The time we spent on it basically amounts to me standing still while he beats on me with a variety of different characters, but he enjoys it and that's good enough for us.

Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise Review

When Easy is Too Hard

Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise Screenshot

HIGH Finally beating the game after a solid hour of continuous failure.

LOW Unavoidable special attacks.

WTF The last boss comes out of nowhere, plot-wise.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

An Iron Fist... in a Newbie's Face

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Screenshot

HIGH Finally starting to master characters and kick some ass.

LOW Losing to the final boss over and over and over again.

WTF Who approved the Easy difficulty level?

Steam Greenlight, Mark of the Ninja, and Tekken Tag 2

Mark of the Ninja Screenshot

So I've been thinking a lot about this Steam Greenlight thing for a couple of days, trying to come at it from a few different angles. I had originally written up a blog post about it, but after discussing it a little further with some (very smart) friends of mine, I decided to do something else.

Street Fighter X Tekken: New Character DLC Review

Oh, Hey. Didn't See You There. Were You Here the Whole Time?

Street Fighter X Tekken: New Character DLC Screenshot

HIGH Blanka!

LOW Lars!

WTF Mega Man!

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Review

Gaijin Repellant

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Screenshot

HIGH Nailing a combo with pitch-perfect timing against a similarly-skilled opponent to win a heated match.

LOW Most of the new music is... not good, and several design decisions are a step back.

WTF Coming across a customised Akira online decked out with a leather cap, a handlebar moustache and a pair of stylish red underpants. Then losing.

Persona 4: Arena Review

Old Friends Return in a Most Unexpected Fashion

Persona 4: Arena Screenshot

HIGH Labrys' elegant, touching story.

LOW The white story text can sometimes be hard to read.

WTF I forgot how much I missed these characters until Arena reminded me.

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