E3 2012: Fighters

Fighting games are still packing punches (and kicks)! This year's E3 is all about series sequels and one highly-anticipated battle royale. PlayStation All-Stars is in the ring and aiming for the PS3 brawler crown. Tecmo, Namco Bandai, and Sega's darlings return to the table. The PlayStation Vita is getting a little love too, with downloadable rhythm-fighter Kickbeat and a port of Street Fighter x Tekken. This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our fighter stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles and everything in between - but if you're only interested in the fighter scene, you'll be able to find news on the games you care about under a single category. For now, check out some of the biggest fighters we're expecting to see at E3 2012 and make sure to mention in comments the fighters we didn't include.

We ask NetherRealm, 'Just how violent is 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'?'

John Edwards, Lead Designer at NetherRealm, the creators of the recent Mortal Kombat reboot, said the studio's upcoming DC Comics superhero fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, won't include decapitations or disembowelment.

"There's a place for Mortal Kombat," said Edwards, "and there's a place for this, also."

Injustice includes a bit more comic book goofiness than its viscera-stewed predecessor. Harley Quinn, for example, has a special move that involves placing an explosive pie between the legs of her combatant. While in the Fortress of Solitude, fighters can be knocked into the...

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'Virtua Fighter' in 'Dead or Alive 5': What's in it for Sega?

Fighting game crossovers seem more common than not these days, but it was still surprising when Tecmo announced three months ago that Virtua Fighter characters would appear in Dead or Alive 5, given how serious the VF series has taken itself in the past.

Unlike most fighting series crossovers, though, this one — at least, for now — is a one way street. Akira and Sarah will appear in Dead or Alive 5, but Sega has announced nothing about DOA characters appearing in a Virtua Fighter.

It's classic marketing that the underdog likes to position themselves next to the leader, and while Virtua...

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Injustice: Gods Among Us: Or, Batman fights Superman

Injustice: Gods Among Us, an upcoming fighting game starring the iconic heroes and villains of the DC Comics universe, has one of the more flavorless titles at this year's E3. In fact, I had to dig up the press release to recall the name. Then look it up again after I'd forgotten it by the time Microsoft Word had loaded. The title has something to do with the story, but any details about said story are yet to be revealed, giving us nothing really to hang the name to on our brain walls.

I dwell on this because the game itself is much more memorable. It features Batman and Superman and...

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'Dragon Ball Z Kinect' is a creative spin on the gesture-based fighter

A couple months back we laughed at the idea of a Dragon Ball Z game for the Xbox 360 Kinect. Previous DBZ games - based on the anime of the same name - were all about simultaneously mashing every button at once in hopes of landing a hit. But by making the move to motion-based controls, Dragon Ball Z Kinect turns out to be a rather creative and physically demanding brawler.

Players select from a roster of series' characters and jump into first-person POV battles against their chosen opponent. Fights move fluidly and there are a slew of move options that can be executed at will, including...

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'PlayStation All-Stars' coming to Vita, will support Cross Play with PS3

At Sony's E3 2012 press conference, the company announced that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be coming to Vita, in addition to the PS3, when it launches later this holiday season.

Both versions will support Cross Play, which means up to four players can partake in multiplayer, with two on Vita and two on PS3, or three on Vita and one on PS3, or any other combination therein. Cross Save will also be supported, which means you can progress on either version and carry that progress over to the other version.

Also announced were two newly playable characters in PlayStation All-Stars:...

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EA and UFC sign multi-game partnership

As part of Electronic Arts' E3 2012 press briefing, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White appeared on stage to announce a deal between the two companies for a "multi-year, multi-product partnership." That's about it for details, since today's news was about the deal rather than a specific game, but given THQ's recent struggles, it makes sense that the UFC brand would find a new home.

Perhaps notably, White didn't acknowledge his 2009 comments about EA Sports, when he said EA was initially dismissive of UFC, then saw THQ's success with it and made their own mixed martial arts...

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'Zeno Clash II' announced, set to release in 2013

Atlas today announced Zeno Clash II which is scheduled to release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013.

Zeno Clash II is the sequel to the award-winning first-person melee brawler from developers ACE Team. The game will offer full drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer.

Fans will also now be able to explore the setting of Zenozolk, which is described as an open world that users can "fully and freely explore."

The original Zeno Clash released to PC in 2009, followed by an XBLA release in 2010.


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E3 2012: The Fighters

Fighting games are still packing punches (and kicks)!

This year's E3 is all about series sequels and one highly-anticipated battle royale. PlayStation All-Stars is in the ring and aiming for the PS3 brawler crown. Tecmo, Namco Bandai, and Sega's darlings return to the table. The PlayStation Vita is getting a little love too, with downloadable rhythm-fighter Kickbeat and a port of Street Fighter x Tekken.

This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our fighter stream. Of course,...

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