Category Archives: Fighting

It seems almost greedy to want more characters in Power Rangers Legacy Wars [Free] considering that it already features dozens of Power Rangers from the TV series and movies, not to mention their villains. Then again, when you consider it's already sort of a fighting game mashup because it's bringing different seasons together with the films, it is really that much of a stretch to invite new challengers from the likes of, say, Street Fighter to do battle?..

I am lucky enough to be in the position to play Justice Royale  by Zapling Studios during it's soft release here in Australia. You are lucky enough to be in a position to read my first impressions before its hard launch in the App Store on the 30th May, 2018. It's a win, win, situation. I downloaded 'Justice Royal' thinking it would be just another brawler, I thought I would play a few times and then quickly lose interest in the beat 'em up fun and move on to the next game. I was wrong...




Late last month I shared the details of the upcoming version 2.3 update for Skullgirls [Free] on mobile, and I also did not hold back my feelings on why I think this is far and away the best mobile fighting game out there. I won't go down that road quite as verbosely as last time, but definitely give it a read if you're curious what makes Skullgirls on mobile so darn special. What I will do though is shout from the rooftops that the version 2.3 update for Skullgirls has gone live in the App Store, and boy is it a doozy. So obviously the big ticket item in this new update is something we focused on a lot in that previous post, and that is the addition of Squigly to the roster of fighters in the game. Squigly is an incredibly unique character in that she has the ability to build up Dragon Charges which, when used, can augment the types of moves she performs, effectively giving her more moves and possibilities than any other character...

Following a lengthy soft-launch, Bandai Namco finally released their mobile version of Tekken [Free] to the masses this past February, offering up a highly-polished version of the swipe fighting that has proven so popular in the mobile world with games like Marvel Contest of Champions, Injustice, and the sublime Skullgirls. As long as you enjoyed the streamlined fighting mechanics and the somewhat convoluted free to play shenanigans, Tekken Mobile is one of the better swipe fighters on the App Store, with high-end graphics and the unique and fun Waza Card combat system that allows you more agency in stringing together cool combos. This week, Bandai Namco has released a new update for Tekken Mobile which includes a bit of a crossover with longtime frenemy fighting game series Street Fighter as Akuma joins the roster as a new playable character. Check him out...

Squigly is Heading to 'Skullgirls Mobile', Check Out Our Exclusive Gameplay Gifs of Her in Action

Fighting games have been split into two distinct camps on mobile. On one side there's the traditional fighting game that offers free movement of characters and pretty much behaves like a fighting game on other platforms by using a bunch of virtual buttons to approximate physical controls. Then there's what I've come to call "swipe fighters" which take most of the mechanics of a normal fighting game but streamline them to be conducive to taps and swiping gestures on the touchscreen. The traditional-style fighting games have found a small but passionate audience on mobile, with Street Fighter IV CE being the best example of that version done right. However, the swipe fighters have been the ones to break into the mainstream of the mobile market, with games like Marvel: Contest of Champions and Injustice 2, among many others, amassing millions of active players and raking in money hand over fist. ..

Unless you went into a social media blackout to avoid spoilers and then forgot the date of the actual movie premiere, you know that Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters everywhere. Having already seen it opening night because that's the only way to roll with movies like this, I can tell you that it's a spectacle unlike anything that Marvel has concocted to date...

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

The new mobile version of Tekken [Free] should come with a disclaimer: This is not a port. Indeed, it's something new even for one of the most revered fighting game franchises in video game history, an installment designed from the ground up specifically for mobile. As such, it's not sporting the kind of complexity that once befuddled young arcade-goers (this one, anyway) with a button for each specific limb. but it's not as dumbed down as you might think either. Also, like Kendrick Lamar might say if he was a bit geekier, it's got CCG inside its DNA. So while you could just wander free through Tekken and see what it throws at you, it's always nice to have a guide. Come with us and we'll explain some of the most important concepts, how you can earn premium currency and unlock more fighters and much more...

Following its soft-launch last summer and its staggered official launch over the course of this past month, Bandai Namco has officially launched Tekken [Free] worldwide a couple of days ahead of schedule. In case you haven't been following along, this is a mobile-ized version of the classic fighting game franchise, which means it's a simplified "swipe fighter" like Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or Injustice 2 [Free] rather than a full-fledged fighting game with virtual buttons like Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99]. It features a huge cast of Tekken characters, each coming in a variety of classes and styles. The big differentiator in Tekken compared to other swipe fighters is its Waza Card system which sees you collecting and upgrading a variety of special move cards and then equipping up to three of them during battle. Unlike similar games which typically have 3 levels of special move per character, in Tekken you can mix and match your Waza Cards to create different fighting styles and then blend those card-based special moves into your normal swipe and tap fighting to create a variety of cool combos...

Just a quick note to our Android friends out there, as was announced a couple of weeks ago, Capcom has brought Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] to Android via the Google Play Store. This is largely the same game that launched on iOS in July of last year, including the three additional playable characters that arrived via updates following its release. However, the Android version of Street Fighter IV: CE includes an exclusive new character, fan-favorite punching bag Dan Hibiki. Hey Capcom, us iOS users want to beat up on Dan too ya know, so maybe think about bringing him over to the Apple side someday please? ..

I was quite pleased with the way Capcom Mobile brought their 2010 mobile version of Street Fighter IV up to modern iOS standards with the release of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] back in July of last year, even if it did cause Total Biscuit to hate us forever. The game has received good support since then too, receiving new characters, improvements to online multiplayer, and new features including support for the full screen of the iPhone X. It's far and away the best traditional fighter on iOS. Capcom had been famously dismissive of Street Fighter IV fans on Android except in certain cases for owners of specific devices and in select regions. Or, you know, if you pirated it. Then this past November we learned that Capcom would finally be appeasing its Android fans by bringing Street Fighter IV: CE to Android devices, and today we've learned that the Android version is all finished up and should be arriving at some point this month. ..

Last Friday we told you about how Autumn Games and Hidden Variable Studios were parting ways with their previous publisher of Skullgirls on mobile LINE Corporation, and thus would be launching a brand new version of the game this Thursday. You see, the LINE Skullgirls game shut down this past Sunday night, and the plan was for Hidden Variable to migrate over everyone's save game data from the old LINE servers to their new self-hosted servers in the time between the old game shutting down and the new game launching. However, it looks like that data migration went a lot faster than they anticipated and so the new self-published Skullgirls [Free] mobile game is now live in the App Store. ..

Attention 'Skullgirls' Mobile Players: New App Releasing Next Week, Make Sure You're Ready to Migrate Your Progress Over

If you're an active player of the mobile Skullgirls then this is likely old news for you, but if you're like me and played the game a bunch when it came out in May but haven't been playing recently then this might be useful information for you to know. To back up a bit, Hidden Variable Studios and Autumn Games partnered with LINE, the juggernaut messaging company, to publish Skullgirls on mobile. However, the fit just wasn't right and so Hidden Variable/Autumn Games have mutually agreed to end their partnership with LINE and self-publish the game on the App Store. Unfortunately this means that the existing LINE version of Skullgirls is no longer available on the App Store, all IAP has been disabled as of January 9th, and on January 15th that version of the game will cease to function at all. It's a sticky situation...

Every era of gaming has one or two genres that dominate. Eventually, the popularity of said genres give way to something new, and from there it's a coin toss as to how relevant they remain. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of those "it" genres was the beat-em-up. In many ways defined by 1986's Renegade, the genre became a worldwide sensation with the game's spiritual successor Double Dragon. The game was a huge hit in the arcades, and its many home ports were tremendously popular. There was a Double Dragon comic, a Double Dragon cartoon, a Double Dragon toyline, and eventually even a Double Dragon live-action movie. Innumerable clones from virtually every other game publisher followed, flooding arcades and eventually the 16-bit home consoles until the coming of one-on-one fighting games pulled the market in another direction...

Fans of touchscreen brawling are likely quite familiar with Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] which launched on iOS back in July, but if you're an iPhone X owner you've probably been pretty bummed that the game didn't support the full screen of the device. At least I know I was. It was kind of the same problem that the older Street Fighter games had when they weren't updated to the 4-inch widescreen introduced with the iPhone 5. With black borders covering the parts of the screen that weren't supported, it was easy to accidentally swipe or tap on that unsupported part of the screen, and it made the games harder to play. Well, that is a problem no more as today Street Fighter IV CE has been updated to fit the full iPhone X screen, and it's beautiful...

WWE Clash of Champions Live Stream Starts Soon, Hop in 'WWE Mayhem' to Play Along During the First Live Event

Last week you may have seen us post the news that Reliance Games in partnership with the WWE launched a new swipe-fighter called WWE Mayhem [Free], which pits many of WWE's Superstars from both past and present against each other in one-on-one or tag team bouts. You also might remember that in that post we mentioned that the game supports special live events that will happen simultaneously during WWE's live televised events, and the first of those live events is happening today during the Clash of Champions pay-per-view. Being both a big wrestling fan and a big fan of the many swipe-fighters available on the App Store, I figured I'd follow along with this first WWE Mayhem live event since I'd be watching the pay-per-view event anyway. And then I figured, hey, why not share this experience with our lovely readers? So if you've been enjoying WWE Mayhem since it came out last week or have yet to try it, but are intrigued by this live event business, read on for how to check out the pay-per-view and partake in the game's event...

The WWE has been raking it in on the App Store with their stable of casual, free to play games aimed at wrestling fans. Games like WWE Champions [Free], WWE Tap Mania [Free], and WWE Supercard [Free] allow us to collect all of the over-the-top characters us wrestling fans love by way of breezy, casual gameplay that's well-suited for mobile. These games certainly aren't for everyone but it's hard to deny just how successful they've been. Today the WWE stable of mobile games increases by one with the release of WWE Mayhem [Free], which was created in partnership with Reliance Games. This is a casual fighting game in a similar vein to Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or NetherRealm's Injustice 2 [Free]. Here's the trailer for WWE Mayhem so you can see it in action...

After digging a little deeper into obscurities for the last couple of releases, SEGA has gone back to one of their tried and true 16-bit franchises for the latest addition to the SEGA Forever line-up. The Streets of Rage series has lain dormant for a very long time now, but in its heyday, it was one of SEGA's most successful action brands. To this day, I still consider Streets of Rage 2 to be one of the very best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made. But we're not here to talk about the sequel. Well, not yet anyway. No, today we're looking at the original Streets of Rage [Free], a game that may be lesser than its follow-up but still packs a pretty solid punch. Happily, SEGA has given the game the finest treatment we've seen for a new SEGA Forever release yet...

If you've watched Thor: Ragnarok (an excellent movie by the way), then you probably know that Hela, the Goddess of Death played by Cate Blanchett, was one of the movie's highlights partly because of her general badassery. Tomorrow, Hela is making her way to Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] and promises to be as devastating as she is in the movie. Hela's Special moves will be familiar to anyone who's watched the movie. Her first special move, Fury of the Dead, lets her stab her opponent in the heart (and not in a metaphoric, romantic way), her second, Soul Breaker, has her throwing twin blades and a huge axe with immense force, and her third special move, Hand of Glory, lets her summon a whirlwind of weapons just like in most of the movie's fight scenes...

I don't own an Android device and aside from covering news that pertains to both iOS and Android I don't really follow the scene over on Google's platform. But I'm pretty certain that none of Capcom's mobile iterations of Street Fighter have been on Android devices in the past, at least officially. Which makes today's news especially exciting for Android gamers as the Capcom Mobile Twitter account has tweeted out that they're looking for beta testers for the forthcoming Android version of Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99]. The tweet comes with a link to a survey which you can fill out to drop your name in the hat of potential beta testers...

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