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Skullgirls Encore getting its first male character April 22

Skullgirls Encore — a relaunch of 2D fighting game Skullgirls — will get its first male character, Big Band, for free on April 22, Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow announced today via the PlayStation Blog. Big Band, formerly known as Ben Birdland, was a beat cop who "got on the wrong side" of a corrupt police force. After a brutal attack, Dr. Avian and the ASG Lab 8 fixed him up and armed him with pneumatic weaponry. According to Bartholow, Big Band is a high risk, high reward character with power and versatility. He's also the only character capable of parrying incoming attacks. Although he'll still take some damage, Big Band's parry allows him to counter-attack his opponents with combos and special moves. "Many of his attacks will leave you vulnerable if you miss or misjudge your...

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Skullgirls Encore's newest character Fukua is a clone with a purpose (update)

Skullgirls developer Lab Zero revealed a new character today — Fukua, a palette swap of an existing character with a new play style, according to a trailer released today. Fukua — a misspelling and newly-colored copy of existing character Filia that reuses her fighting frames — will be included in the beta version of the game. Her play style is different from Filia, as demonstrated in the trailer above, and according to Lab Zero Games is set up as a practice character for Robo-Fortune, a character that will be added to the game as DLC later this year. Last December, publisher Konami requested the takedown of Skullgirls from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Both versions were pulled by the end of the month. Shortly after, Lab Zero announced that a "new" version of the game...

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Skullgirls Encore launches on PSN Feb. 11

Lab Zero Games will relaunch its 2D fighting game Skullgirls as Skullgirls Encore on the PlayStation Network in North America on Feb. 11, according to the game's launch trailer. The developer announced late last year that Skullgirls, which originally launched in 2012, would be temporarily removed from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store due to a change in publisher. The game was slated to return to both platforms in early 2014 under the name Skullgirls Encore and, according to Lab Zero, would be "a 'new' and distinct game from the original release." Those who already bought the original game for PlayStation 3 will be able to download Skullgirls Encore for free when it launches. Current Skullgirls owners will receive a voucher for a free copy of the game via a PSN XMB message....

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Shadowloo Showdown 2013 to unleash top international fighters upon Australia

With talent hailing from New Zealand, Japan, Kuwait, France, England, America, Singapore and more, Australia's leading fighting game tournament Shadowloo Showdown is set to unleash the top international fighters upon the country when it commences later this month. As outlined in the video above, numerous special guests confirmed include Mad Catz' Tokido and Mago, AVerMedia's GamerBee, Shungoku Neurosis, Abegen, Uryo, DJ Huoshen and DM MCZ Xian, who won the Super Street Fighter 4 world championship at Evo 2013. Shadowloo Showdown 2013 will host tournaments for the games listed below. Event attendees will be able play fighting games not officially included in the tournament list, such as Dead or Alive 5, Skullgirls and Guilty Gear. Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012 (Xbox...

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Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign adds new reward tiers with custom engraved fight sticks and art

Skullgirls developer Lab Zero Games has received such overwhelming support for its Indiegogo fundraising campaign to complete Skullgirls downloadable content that it is introducing additional reward tiers for its supporters. The studio added a new Angel tier that costs $2,500, which grants backers everything from the limitless reward tiers as well as custom rewards that include a background non-playable character, a character palette of the player's choice, a custom piece of high-resolution digital art, an hour-long Skype conversation with a Lab Zero member and a voicemail from one of the Skullgirls voice actresses. There's also a $5,000 Archangel tier that includes all of the above and a custom engraved FoeHammer dual-mod fighting stick designed by the Skullgirls team. The highest...

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PlayStation Plus update brings NBA Jam: On Fire Edition free to subscribers as Holiday Essentials sale winds down

A Dec. 31 update to PlayStation Plus brought NBA Jam: On Fire Edition and Chronovolt free to Plus subscribers amid the final week of the Holiday Essentials sale, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Released in Oct. 2011, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition's arcade basketball action is regularly $19.99 for PlayStation 3 owners. Chronovolt, a steampunk-influenced puzzle platformer from Playerthree, released in December and offers gameplay reminiscent of Marble Madness for the PlayStation Vita. PlayStation Plus subscribers can download both for free. The free games appear in addition to the remaining PlayStation Network Holiday Essentials deals that include discounts on the following games: AR Play for $6.25, or $4.38 for Plus members, normally $8.94 Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition...

Skullgirls Releases
North America
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 04/10/2012
    • Publisher Autumn Games
    • Developer Lab Zero Games
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 04/11/2012
    • Publisher Autumn Games
    • Developer Lab Zero Games
  • Windows
    • Publisher Autumn Games
    • Developer Lab Zero Games
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