Ever since its successful Kickstarter back in 2017, players have been looking forward to Okinawa Rush. The exact date for the full release of this fast-paced retro-platformer fighting game will be announced shortly, but Okinawa Rush is headed for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year. However, for those who have been itching to try out this game, there is now a free demo available on Steam
With 25 years of legacy to draw from it’s no surprise that Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid has been able to offer a great selection of core characters. It has also allowed the developers to continue expanding the game with season passes featuring plenty of fan-favorite characters too. The third and final DLC character for Battle of the Grid is now available and it is none other than the villainous Scorpina. Fans of the show will know her as the ruthless minion of Rita Repulsa and fighting partner of Goldar. Scorpina has more than proven herself in battle against the Rangers and her deadly Scorpion form makes her a dangerous adversary. With Rita freeing her from imprisonment, Scorpina is now back to settle the score with the Power Rangers, which is great news for fans of this popular character
Even if you know nothing about the Granblue Fantasy franchise, this fighting game collaboration between Cygames and Arc System Works is a beautiful, yet accessible brawler. With in-depth training modes and a massive RPG section, there’s plenty of content here for players even before sinking their teeth into the multi-player modes. It might not have the biggest roster or most original story, but it is a lot of fun and that’s what matters the most.
Gameplay: Plenty of modes to keep players busy and the game is also very accessible.
Graphics: The art and animation are great.
Sound: The quality of the music, sound effects, and voice-overs are all very high
Take control of an ordinary girl who gains extraordinary powers and the ability to step through rifts in reality to battle vicious “Chaos Beasts.” Dusk Diver features the vibrant real-world setting of Ximending as well as it’s shadowy fictional counterpart Youshanding for players to explore. It’s a “Musou” style beat ’em up, so expect plenty of punching and kicking, but there’s also some downtime between missions for exploring Ximending, eating food and performing side quests. Despite some flaws, Dusk Diver is a very compelling game and definitely something for fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Combat can become repetitive, but overall the game is fun to play.
Graphics: The vibrant anime art style and unique setting for the game are both great.
Sound: Decent music and full Japanese as well as Mandarin voice acting
It is really great to play SoulCalibur again, and the game is as fun as ever, but it also lacks some of the original Dreamcast content. The loss of mission mode, lack of online multiplayer and black bars on either side of the screen brings the score down a bit, but the gameplay is intact. SoulCalibur was one of the best weapon-based brawlers of the Dreamcast era and is still a nice addition to anyone’s library.
Gameplay: Still a great game even with the cut content.
Graphics: Holds up surprisingly apart from no support for widescreens.
Sound: The audio is still as chaotic as the original
As long as you get your hands on the XL version of Mortal Kombat X you are in for a great time. The game features plenty of characters and enough content to keep solo players or online multi-player fans busy for a long time. The story mode was not quite as compelling this time round and the roster lacked a couple of fan favorites, but the visuals look great and the fighting is as brutal as ever. The gore is also a bit more realistic now compared to the previous game, especially in regards to character injuries during fights, although the occasional goofy fatalities still crop up. All in all, this is a great game for fans of the series and a solid title for all fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Fast, bloody and filled with plenty of challenges.
Graphics: Plenty of character as well as background detail.
Sound: Decent voice acting and some nice tunes
If you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this game as it is basically more of the same. The visuals have improved over the last game, but since this is for a brand new system I was expecting more. It is not really worth it for single player, but if you have a bunch of friends and want to engage in some tag team battles you might enjoy this.
Gameplay: Bar a few changes the gameplay feels the same as the last game.
Graphics: Improved over the last game, but not really cutting edge for the system.
Sound: It is good they kept the Japanese character voices, but the music is unremarkable
Don’t approach SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy expecting an indepth move list and longevity. Instead, it is a very newcomer-friendly brawler with a firm emphasis on fan service. The customization options are nice, but not as extensive as we would have liked and the story mode is unlikely to keep players hooked for very long. The game is undeniably fun, especially if you don’t have the time to practice endlessly just to become proficient with certain characters, but sadly this also means that you’ll tire of it quite soon.
Gameplay: Very newcomer-friendly, but can’t hold a candle to some of the bigger titles available.
Graphics: Characters look great and the outfits are eye-catching, but the backgrounds could have been much better.
Sound: Nothing remarkable about the music, but the Japanese voice acting is very fitting
Dead or Alive Dimensions is a solid debut for the series on 3DS and makes good use of the hardware to provide an entertaining experience. It features a ton of content, great visuals, and the controls very responsive as well. The Chronicles mode, which attempts to explain the entire Dead or Alive timeline in one story mode is a bit confusing at times and turning up the 3D slows down the framerate, but overall this is a great title for fans of DOA and newcomers alike.
Gameplay: Fast and fluid, provided you turn the 3D down.
Graphics: The game looks great, with and without the 3D.
Sound: The soundtrack is great and all the characters are fully voiced
Dead or Alive 2 is a much faster fighting game than other 3D titles, but with some practice it is a lot of fun. The game might appear to be very simple at first, but mastering all the techniques will take a while. The beautiful visuals will draw you in but there is more than enough gameplay to back it all.
Gameplay: Fast and frantic.
Graphics: Great compared to other fighters on the market.