Written by Abid Gangat
Walking into the La Convention Center this morning I was greeted by what I can only describe as organised chaos, with the spectacle of hundreds of industry members walking around with an air of nervousness and excitement about them. It was as though they were all there for their very first interview in the games industry, with butterflies in the stomach and that questions of how is it going to be, am I going to get what I expect, am I going to be caught out unprepared, or am I going to sail through and wonder why I was ever nervous?
Well it wouldn’t be long before we would all find out as while the security staff and organisers held the cordon, that time was fast approaching when the word would come that E3 2015 was officially open and the hundreds of industry attendees would rush »
Written by Abid Gangat
For me E3 has always been the one event that has eluded me, in the sense that I have never been able to get to Los Angeles and the La Convention Center and to be a part of and this monster of a games industry event. I have been fortunate enough to have worked for some fantastic publishers within the industry, as well as working as a PR for one of the worlds leading PC gaming peripherals companies, and despite having attended as a representative from the company to major gaming events such as GamesCom, Rezzed, and EuroGamer (to name but a few) I have never been lucky enough to have seen first hand the magic and theatre that is E3.
With this in mind and having this year managed to get out to L.A. to be a part of it, my mind is racing »
Sony managed to cram a lot into its E3 conference yesterday, to add to their range of trailers, the PS4 exclusive Street Fighter V also received a brand new trailer which we have for you here…
The legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V! Powered by Unreal Engine 4technology, stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.
Street Fighter V will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and PC. Through a strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Capcom, the next generation Street Fighter experience will offer cross-platform play that will unite fans into a centralized player base for the first time ever. The path to greatness begins here: Rise Up!
- Andy Naylor
Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Nintendo and others are holding massive press conferences this week at E3 to showcase their various upcoming video games. I'll be doing a breakdown of the line-ups. Check the features section or click on the logos below to access the individual guides for each presentation.
Anno 2205, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, For Honor, Just Dance 2016, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Tom Clancy's The Division, Trackmania Turbo Destiny: The Taken King, Devolver Indie Titles, Dreams, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Firewatch, Hitman, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, No Man's Sky, Rigs, Shemue 3, Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, World of Final Fantasy FIFA 16, Madden 16, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Need for Speed, NBA Live 16, NHL 16, Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: Tor »
- Garth Franklin
Sony’s full-court press at E3 today wouldn’t have been complete without something for fighting game fans. Unless you have a PC, PS4 was going to be the only way to play Street Fighter V, but now it’s also the only way to play the game early. A public beta will be coming July 23rd for players who pre-order the game, meaning some are barely a month away from getting to throw down Shoryukens on current-gen hardware.
As part of the announcement, a new trailer introduced a pair of fighters returning for the franchise’s fifth bout. Cammy making her way onto Street Fighter V’s roster isn’t much of a shocker, but it’s the return of original contender Birdie that makes for a nice surprise. A Cpu opponent in the original Street Fighter that hasn’t been playable since Street Fighter Alpha 3, Birdie provides a chain-whipping, »
- Sam Woolf
In honour of E3, we decided to deliver a bonus podcast this week. Kicking off the show is our discussion of Masahiro Sakurai’s special video presentation for Super Smash Bros. and our opinion on the footage being leaked a day early. In our main event, we sit down and interview Jeff Hansen, the winner of the original 1990 Nintendo World Championship in the 11 and under category. And ending the show is our review of the 2015 Nintendo World Championship and our thoughts on Blast Ball, Earthbound Beginnings, Mario Maker and the upcoming amiibo for Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros. and more.
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00:30: Nintendosage: Discussing the Super Smash bundle and the hacker leak
25:00: Street Fighter movie clip
26:00 1990 Nintendo World Championship clip
28:00: Main Event: Interview with Jeff Hansen, winner of the 1990 Nintendo World Championship
52:00: 2015 Nintendo World Championships Ad »
It's the eve of E3 and Nintendo is dropping some news on us already. The director for Smash Bros. has let us know a massive amount of content is coming for the hit game. Now it's no secret that this is a big property fro Nintendo with a lot of replay value and the decision to expand on it is simply logical.
Now on the recap previously we said that Lucas from Mother 3 was coming to the franchise but here comes a new challenger! Ryu from Street Fighter and Roy from Fire Emblem are joining the fight as playable characters. Now Roy has made appearances in previous installments but Ryu is not only new but he's bringing a unique playstyle with him. Like Street Fighter there will be light, medium , and heavy attacks based on a tap or hold on the control pad buttons. Special moves will be one button »
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The leaks were real. During the Super Smash Bros dedicated stream earlier today, director Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Ryu from Street Fighter and Roy from Fire Emblem would join Mother 3’s Lucas as downloadable characters.
Roy and Lucas will both cost the usual price (thanks Kotaku UK for the images!)
Meanwhile, Ryu also comes with the Suzaku Castle stage, meaning he costs a little more than an individual character:
Alongside these characters, Nintendo also revealed a bunch of additional Dlc. They revealed a tonne of Mii costumes, which include characters from fabled fighting game series like Tekken and Virtua Fighter:
Nintendo also revealed two more stages. The already-known Miiverse Stage is free for gamers:
While Kirby’s Dreamland from Smash 64 is also returning. Two more stages, being Hyrule Castle and Mushroom Kingdom, are also going to return from Smash 64 in the future:
All of this Dlc is available right now – however, »
- Tom Powter
Nintendo has big plans for E3 2015, and it began with Masahiro Sakurai’s special video presentation for Super Smash Bros. Unfortunately, footage showcasing Ryu from Street Fighter and Roy from the Fire Emblem series as playable characters in the game was leaked yesterday, taking a bit of the fun out of the presentation that streamed live earlier today. The leak was a result of hackers exploiting a Japanese update for the games that went up earlier than expected. Either way, the special video presentation unveiled a smashing amount of new content for the games. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect.
Ryu from Street Fighter®: For the first time in Super Smash Bros. history, a character from the fighting game series Street Fighter® joins the battle. Iconic character Ryu, whose look in the game is based on Street Fighter II®, brings a new fighting style and feel to Super Smash Bros. »
The Big N has planned to stream a Nintendo Direct conference tomorrow offering new details on upcoming content for the Wii U and 3Ds entries of Super Smash Bros., but a lot, if not all of their potential surprises may have gotten out early. A new patch recently hit the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and fan Liam Robertson did some analyzing of the data within the patch and found proof of two previously unannounced fighters who will hit the game as downloadable add-ons in the near future.
One character, Roy from the Fire Emblem series, previously appeared in the Gamecube entry Super Smash Bros. Melee, but has been absent from the series up to this point. The other character will probably be seen as the more enticing announcement, due to this being their first appearance in the series. None other than Ryu, the lead character »
- John Fleury
For a while now, it’s been speculated that Street Fighter’s Ryu and Fire Emblem’s Roy were on their way to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3Ds. Now, just one day before Nintendo’s dedicated Smash Bros. stream, it looks as though we have irrefutable proof.
Bear in mind however that there is still a (albeit incredibly slim) chance that this is fake. Nothing is official until announced. However, two videos were posted on YouTube in the early hours of this morning showing the victory montages for both Ryu and Roy upon completion of either Classic or All-Stars mode.
The videos show all-new renders of both characters, along with a Street Fighter stage in Ryu’s video. At the time of writing, some of the videos have been taken down.
Supposedly official renders for both of the characters are being thrown around the internet right now:
Along with sound files, »
- Tom Powter
If you were holding out with the hope that Street Fighter V would eventually see a release on Xbox One, it looks like you may be waiting forever – Capcom has stated that the pedigree brawler will never, ever be released on Microsoft’s console.
Speaking to Gamespot, a Capcom representative has put the final nail in the coffin concerning the finer details of the company’s exclusivity deal with Sony.
One comment we see a lot is that something like a Super Street Fighter 5 is going to come out on Xbox. But the reality is that this is a real partnership. We are console exclusive for this franchise for this numbered run.
The statement has outright confirmed that neither Street Fighter V or any of its future iterations or expansions will ever see a release on Xbox One, so if you’re a huge Street Fighter fan and have yet »
- Joe Pring
If you were hoping for a version of Street Fighter V on Xbox One, then Capcom has some bad news...
Street Fighter V is due out next March, and marks the first numbered sequel since 2008. It's being developed for PC and PlayStation 4, but that hasn't stopped some fans of the series from thinking that a version for the Xbox One might follow further down the line.
But an unnamed representative for Capcom has delivered a devastating yoga flame to that theory, and has definitively confirmed that Street Fighter V - and the updates that will come out after it - will remain exclusive to the PlayStation 4.
"One comment we see a lot is that something like a Super Street Fighter V is going to come out on Xbox," the Capcom rep told Gamespot. "But the reality is that this is a real partnership. We are console exclusive for this franchise for this numbered run. »
This week on Open Source, it’s E3 prediction time! The crew discuss what they hope to see when the gaming expo hits this weekend. New Metroid? Update on Mass Effect 4? Will Microsoft go for the jugular with some much-rumoured Silent Hills news?
Of course, the past week hasn’t been quiet, with a bevy of game announcements hitting the news. Liz takes a look at the hotly anticipated Fallout 4, as well as X-Com 2 and Street Fighter V. And finally, Steam make favourable waves with the announcement of their new refund policy.
As always, any questions can be sent in to firstname.lastname@example.org – or just fire us a tweet @SoundonSight (don’t forget to put the hashtag #OpenSource so we pick it up!). Tweet us your comments and views on what you’re hoping to see at E3, or just what you think of us personally, and win a free game! »
- Tariq Ashkanani
Part and parcel of the fighting genre’s lasting appeal is its ability to morph and evolve with each passing generation. In 2015, we’ve already witnessed Mortal Kombat X take fatalities to a whole different plane of crazy and, if Capcom’s release schedule proves to be accurate, Street Fighter V will return guns blazing on PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2016.
And though the Japanese publisher has been busy rolling out new characters in recent weeks, this latest tidbit is in relation to the brawler’s gameplay and, specifically, its revamped fighting system. Taking to PlayStation Blog, Capcom has published an array of information relating to the new Variable System, and how it will impact the ways in which you put your opponents to the sword. In the gameplay clip above, we see the return of series stalwarts such as Ryu, Chun-Li And M.Bison. And for more on the nuanced battle system, »
- Michael Briers
With little under a week to go, Sony has offered up new details on the company’s exhaustive E3 2015 plans, encompassing a LiveCast, the return of IndieCade along with a bevy of playable games on the show floor at La.
Undoubtedly, the headlining act will be the Japanese giant’s E3 press conference, due to round off a hectic first day at 6:00pm Pdt/9:00pm Edt on June 15. Following that, Sony will begin streaming coverage of in-development titles, coupled with interviews with the creators and other exclusive tidbits.
Check out the breakdown of the LiveCast below, which you can catch via YouTube and PlayStation’s official Twitch channel.
Monday: 5:45pm Pdt
Tuesday: 12-6pm Pdt
Wednesday: 10am to 5:00pm Pdt
Thursday: 10am to 3:00pm Pdt
For those attending E3 2015, Sony also listed the staggering array of games that will be playable on the show floor. »
- Michael Briers
Street Fighter has come a long way since 1987. What started as a quick coin-op brawler has fought its way to the top to become one of the most popular and most recognised video games in the world. After nearly 30 years and appearances in almost 50 games, the legendary brawler is ready for the next round as it gears up for a new fight. Now fighters are preparing for the start of the next entry in the franchise: Street Fighter V. Gamespot reports that the game will be released in early 2016, probably around March. Since the announcement, the rumour mill has begun in earnest regarding who the latest roster of fighters will or won’t include along with any new characters the series could possibly introduce.
Few other fighting series were able to gracefully make the transition from the arcade to the living room. Street Fighter, however, did it with panache, especially »
- Kyle Reese
Titan Books has provided us with an exclusive excerpt from James P. Blaylock's Beneath London, which will hit stores next week. Also in this round-up: international release details for Dead Rising: Watchtower and a trailer for The Redwood Massacre.
James P. Blaylock's Beneath London: "When the sudden collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath London, Langdon St. Ives sets out explore it, not knowing that a brilliant and wealthy psychopathic murderer is working to keep the underworld’s secrets hidden for reasons of his own. Assumed to be dead and buried deep beneath London, St. Ives lives secretly on the streets of the great city where he, Alice St. Ives, and their stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch in a forest hovel, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl who can see into the human soul, »
- Tamika Jones
San Andreas has certainly been no disaster at the box office, having opened to an impressive $113 million worldwide.
The blockbuster movie, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, opened in 60 markets around the globe and shot to the number one position domestically with $53.1 million (knocking Tomorrowland from the top spot) and added another $60 million from its international screenings. This is the biggest non-Fast and Furious or G.I. Joe opening for Dwayne Johnson, who many thought wasn’t able to helm a money making movie after the failure of Hercules last year.
San Andreas‘ $53.1 million is also way ahead of its predicted take of $40 million.
See Also: Read our review of San Andreas here
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. »
- Luke Owen
While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
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