Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown Is The Franchise's Second Wind

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown Is The Franchise's Second Wind

While Sega is mostly known for the Sonic and Yakuza franchises these days, there was a time where the developer and publisher was also a fighting game powerhouse. During the 1990s, Sega launched the Virtua Fighter franchise, the first 3D fighting game that utilized the now standard polygon-based graphics and physics. The series would go on to have a dedicated following as it set the arcade scene and Sega built platforms like the Saturn and Dreamcast, carving out a fanbase that enjoyed its incredibly technical fighting mechanics. Even today, players still engage in competitive play with the previous entry, 2012’s Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, being a fixture in fan-run tournaments.With the upcoming Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, and its placement as a free game for PlayStation Plus members at launch on June 1, the fighting game franchise will be making a comeback in a big way. Before its release, we spent some time getting reacquainted with the game’s uncompromisingly technical combat mechanics, which still manages to give way to satisfying and thrilling matches when you nail the right flow. With VF5’s new look and refined combat mechanics–now running on the Dragon Engine, which powers the recent entries in the Yakuza series–Ultimate Showdown brings the franchise back in serious style. Before the reveal of Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, we had a brief interview with chief producer Seiji Aoki about returning to Sega’s original 3D fighting game series.Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Witcher 3, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, and 3 Sonic Games Join PlayStation Now

The Witcher 3, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, and 3 Sonic Games Join PlayStation Now

Sony has announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition, Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, Slay the Spire, and Car Mechanic Simulator are joining PlayStation Now in June 2021.Revealed on PlayStation.Blog, all of these games will be available on June 1, with The Witcher 3 staying on until September 6 and Slay the Spire staying on until December 6.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/27/virtua-fighter-5-ultimate-showdown-hd-upgrade-trailer”]Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, which is also part of June 2021's PlayStation Plus games, is a PS4 exclusive remake of the original that first released in arcades in 2006 and includes updated graphics, online features, and more. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition includes the base game, all 16 DLCs, and two expansion packs – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.In a continuation of the celebration of Sonic's 30th anniversary, Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania, and Sonic Forces will all be available on PlayStation Now beginning in June. This follows last week's reveal of a new Sonic game from Sonic Team, a remaster of Sonic Colors, and much more.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2016/01/08/the-witcher-3-is-igns-game-of-the-year-2015″]Slay the Spire is a challenging and satisfyingly combination of a card game, roguelike, and dungeon crawl and, in our review, we said that "It’s an idea so good that it’s inspired a dozen games like it before it even left early access, but is executed so well that none of them even come close to matching it."Car Mechanic Simulator lets you "repair, paint, tune, and drive cars as you build and expand your repair service empire." It features more than 48 cars, a ton of tools, over 1,000 parts, and much more.These games follow May 2021's PlayStation Now games that included Nioh, Streets of Rage 4, and Jump Force.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/11/11/sonic-forces-review”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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Dark Souls Helps My Mental Health But I Don't Know Why

Dark Souls Helps My Mental Health But I Don't Know Why

During the pandemic more people have been playing games than ever before, but while it’s easy to think gamers are gravitating towards the likes of Animal Crossing or Minecraft, many people instead turn to intense, difficult games like Dark Souls or Bloodborne for comfort.
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Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead Zombie DLC Announced

Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead Zombie DLC Announced

Watch Dogs Legion is a great open-world stealth action-adventure for both current and next-gen consoles. So how do you freshen it up, let alone improve upon it? We're not quite sure about the verdict on the improving it part yet (we've only just started to play the new DLC), but there's no doubt that adding zombies into the mix will at least freshen up the action. Enter Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead, the biggest and certainly most surprising part of Title Update 4.5. It will be available tomorrow, June 1.As you can see in the 22-minute gameplay video above, it turns Watch Dogs into an undead-fighting PvE roguelite for up to four players. The development team wants to make it clear that this new mode is in alpha, and as such it will continue to be tweaked and evolved based on community feedback. We caught up with Watch Dogs Legion online director Jean-Pascal Cambiotti to find out more about Legion of the Dead. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/28/watch-dogs-legion-review”]IGN: Zombie modes in non-zombie games seem to be popular nowadays (arguably started by Call of Duty). What is it about zombies that make them so much fun in practically any game?Jean-Pascal: I think there’s something inherently fun about playing with zombies, beyond the instant gratification of destroying them. We were inspired by the multiple portrayals of zombies across popular culture, and in the game, we made the decision to make zombies slower but lethal. They can be used as a gameplay tool to create chaos by luring them into fortified Albion layouts while you sneak in and save your precious ammo for another fight.IGN: Could Legion of the Dead ever spin out into its own game if it proves popular enough?Jean-Pascal: The design strategy on Watch Dogs: Legion of the Dead was to expand on existing systems and flip them on its head – like creating a rogue-lite approach with Watch Dogs: Legion’s unique gadgets. We want to keep an open line of communication with the community and see where they want to take the game mode next.[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=the-best-open-worlds-in-video-games&captions=true”]IGN: Similarly, what is the metric of success internally for this content? What will the team be watching for?Jean-Pascal: We want players to have fun using different strategies and feel like there’s always something different to try. That’s why we’re starting small, and plan to update the game frequently so we can react to things…
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