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“We are forever grateful for having this opportunity,” says Housemarque co-founder Ilari Kuittinen.


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As a developer, indie studio Housemarque has certainly seen its fair share of ups and downs. Arcade shooters like Resogun and Nex Machina have enjoyed great critical succes, but haven’t sold terribly well, and that incongruity led to the developer being forced to rethink its strategy not that long ago. Infamously, Housemarque declared that arcade games are dead, and that in order to be financial successfully, they’re going to pivot away to something with more mass market appeal- following which they announced battle royale shooter Stormdrivers.

The decision wasn’t received very well, and even Housemarque didn’t expect the game to be very successful. Some time later, however, they confirmed that the battle royale title’s development had been put on hold, as the studio shifted all of its focus on Returnal– a game that brings the arcade style bullet hell action that Housemarque is known and applies it to a big, ambitious, 3D game.

Ahead of Returnal’s launch, Housemarque co-founder Ilari Kuittinen recently posted an update on the developer’s website, talking about those ups and downs, about Returnal’s development (which apparently started in March 2017, with the game first being pitched all the way back in 2015), and more. Notably, Kuittinen thanked publisher Sony for its “fantastic support” for a game as unique as Returnal, especiall at a time where publishers have almost completely stopped taking creative risks.

“Although we managed to release one of the best reviewed new games of 2017 according to Metacritic, we were certainly left disappointed with the sales leading me to declare #arcadeisdead and ending our long standing commitment to the arcade genre,” Kuittinen wrote. “Giving up on the genre didn’t mean that we’d be giving up on our deep commitment to fast-twitch action gameplay. Instead, we wanted to take on the challenge to figure out how we could translate our arcade 2D gameplay expertise into a 3rd person action game. On the other hand, it was still very uncertain, if we’d be able to move past the prototype phase and convince Sony to keep on funding a new, unproved concept. The concept was ridiculously ambitious and looking back we as a company really weren’t totally appreciating the challenge ahead of us and how hard it could be to tackle it.

“In the age when game publishers are taking less and less creative risks, we are truly thankful to our publishing partner Sony, who has given us an opportunity to work on something very risky and has given fantastic support during the whole project.  We are forever grateful for having this opportunity.”

Given recent discussion around how Sony seems to be homogenizing its approach to first party development and is adopting a risk-averse strategy that prioritizes production of AAA blockbusters like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn at the expense of more experimental stuff, something like Returnal is great to see. PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst has said that Sony will continue to have a diverse first party lineup in the years to come, so here’s hoping this continues.

Returnal is out tomorrow, exclusively for the PS5. In our review of the game, we awarded it a score of 9/10, calling it “Housemarque’s best game to date, and an unmissable killer app very early in the PS5’s life.” You can read our full review through here.


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SCCG Management and SUZOHAPP Bring Transformational Sports Betting Technology to the North American Sportsbook Industry

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Stephen Crystal of SCCG Management announces a partnership to bring SUZOHAPP sports betting technology to US Sportsbooks.

Las Vegas, NV, United States – March 16, 2021 / sccgmanagement.com / — Stephen Crystal, SCCG Founder, announced today that the company had joined forces with Suzo Happ, an industry-leading technology solutions provider, bringing best-in-class industry solutions since 1955. Said Crystal, “We see Suzo Happ’s offerings for North American sports betting operators as the kinds of technology that allow companies to deploy their services to customers through robust, reliable, tested hardware solutions.”

SUZOHAPP has operations in Germany, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. SUZOHAPP serves customers in over 80 different countries and has achieved a reputation for providing exceptional customer service. SUZOHAPP prides itself on being a historically rich company with a sound vision of the future.

ABOUT SCCG MANAGEMENT

SCCG Management is a consultancy that specializes in sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs for the casino and iGaming industry.

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SUZOHAPP operates in the global gaming, amusement, vending, industrial, transportation, and retail markets by serving entertainment venue operators and original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide variety of components, consumables and hardware products and provides marketing, engineering, design and technical repair services. Our product lines include coin and currency handling equipment, display solutions, control devices, game operation components, environmental products and consumables. SUZOHAPP’s 700+ employees serve more than 25,000 customers worldwide. SUZOHAPP has manufacturing, engineering, distribution and service capabilities in 14 countries globally.

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Nintendo has been a juggernaut in the gaming industry for decades. It’s a household name that’s become synonymous with video games. It has had many iconic consoles, from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the Nintendo Switch. But the big question remains: Which Nintendo console is the most sold console? Here’s a list of Nintendo’s best-selling consoles.

Top 10 List of Nintendo Consoles Ranked by Sales

  1. GameCube 
  2. Nintendo 64
  3. Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  4. Nintendo Entertainment System
  5. Nintendo 3DS
  6. Nintendo Switch
  7. Game Boy Advance 
  8. Nintendo Wii 
  9. Game Boy/ Game Boy Color 
  10. Nintendo DS 

10. GameCube – 21 Million Units Sold

Nintendo has never shied away from standing out from the pack, but the GameCube is by far one of its most unique looking consoles. The iconic giant, purple box immediately stands out to the eye. But what’s even more impressive than the design is its success.

The GameCube was the follow-up to the Nintendo 64, and racked up an incredible 21 million units sold. The console was also one of the first Nintendo consoles to use a disc instead of a cartridge making it stand out even further. 

Although the GameCube is at the bottom of this list of Nintendo consoles, it doesn’t take away from the greatness of the console or of its games. Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker are all fantastic games that still have legacies alive and well today. And of course, we can’t forget about my personal favorite, Super Mario Strikers. 

9. Nintendo 64 – 32 Million Units Sold

Released in 1996, the Nintendo 64 is a console that’s near and dear to many people’s hearts, including my own. And it’s even more apparent how popular it was when you see the sales of the console.

Ranking up an impressive 32 million units sold, the Nintendo 64 impressed with its 64-bit processor and for its line-up of games. And it wouldn’t be right to talk about the Nintendo 64 without bringing up its iconic controller. Although it would hurt your hands, there’s no denying how great it looks; fashion is pain.

It seemed like the Nintendo 64 had an infinite amount of great games. Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart were all games you pulled out when you had company. Eventually, an argument would break out when someone chose the character Oddjob in 007, but that’s neither here nor there. 

8. Super Nintendo Entertainment System – 49 Million Units Sold

Before the Nintendo 64, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) wowed us with its games and its power. Released in Japan in 1990, the SNES had a 16-bit processor which far exceeded its predecessor. The SNES would go on to sell 49 million units during its lifetime, far outselling its competitors such as the Sega Genesis and the TurboGrafx-16. 

The success of the SNES is not surprising when you look at the fantastic games that were offered. Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Star Fox, and Donkey Kong Country are just a few of the games that were available for the console. With this line-up, there’s no other console on Earth that could have stood a chance against the SNES. 

7. Nintendo Entertainment System – 61 Million Units Sold

Even before the SNES and all of these other consoles, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) reigned supreme. Although it was Nintendo’s second foray into the gaming console world, it’s usually mistaken as Nintendo’s first-ever console because of how much it overshadowed its predecessor.

The NES sold 61 million units and is the reason that every single person who knows nothing about gaming refers to every console as a “Nintendo”. 

The Nintendo franchises that got their start on the NES include The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Super Mario Bros. Although technically the Mario franchise started years before, Super Mario Bros. is the earliest game in the franchise that resembles the juggernaut we know and love today. Other ageless games such as Duck Hunt and Tetris were available on the NES. 

6. Nintendo 3DS – 75 Million Units Sold

As previously stated, Nintendo likes to stand out from the pack, and what could make your console stand out more than making it 3D. The company deserves credit for wanting to change things up from the previous DS, but I haven’t met anybody who actually liked how the 3D looked.

It gave you headaches and hurt your eyes, so it was much better to turn it off. But besides that, the console was amazing. And I’m not the only one to think so considering that it sold 75 million units

The Nintendo 3DS was backed up with incredible games such as Super Mario 3D Land, Pokemon X and Y, Super Smash Bros, and a myriad of great Zelda games. And those are just to name a few. Pokemon had quite a few more successful titles on the 3DS, and of course, all the Mario spin-offs that were offered on the console as well. 

5. Game Boy Advance – 81 Million Units Sold 

But years before the Nintendo 3DS was making waves, the Nintendo Game Boy Advance was doing the same thing. This handheld console had a 16-bit processor, compared to its predecessor’s 8-bit processor. So, not only did the Game Boy Advance play good, it looked good while doing it with its iconic colors, and it would go on to sell 82 million units

The console had no limit to the number of good games it offered. The Super Mario Advance series, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong Country remakes were just some of the fun games that were available on the Game Boy Advance. 

4. Nintendo Switch – 85 Million Units Sold

Nintendo’s current console, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid of a handheld console and a home one. Meaning that you could play it on your TV, or take it out and play it in handheld mode when you feel like it. Released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch is the youngest one on this list of Nintendo consoles which makes the number of units sold even more impressive; 85 million.

It’s a mystery how many more units will be sold until its eventual successor comes along, but we can imagine that Nintendo is pretty happy with the number already. When it’s all said and done, it could move up even higher on this list of Nintendo consoles. 

The console has had many successful games that include Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Both Zelda and Animal Crossing were incredibly popular; many people who never played these franchises gave them a chance, including myself. Animal Crossing itself sold 31 million units, making it the second most sold Nintendo Switch game of all time, only behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 

3. Nintendo Wii – 101 Million Units Sold

It’s not surprising that the Nintendo Wii was so successful, it was nothing like we’ve seen before. Sure, there were consoles in the past that had motion control integrated, but Nintendo Wii was the first one that exploded in popularity.

It appealed to people who are into gaming, and even to people who had no interest in it. And it’s clear when you look at the number of units sold: 101 million

The motion control integration allowed players to get more physical, and there were plenty of games that took advantage of that. The Just Dance and the Wii sports series were extremely popular because even if you didn’t enjoy video games much, you could still have fun with your friends moving around like a fool in your living room. 

2. Nintendo Game Boy/ Game Boy Color – 118 Million Units Sold

The Nintendo Game Boy is one of the oldest consoles created by Nintendo, being released in 1989. Nintendo had previously made a handheld console, the Game & Watch, but the Game Boy took things to another level. It had an 8-bit processor that was able to pack a punch and keep you entertained.

9 years later, the Game Boy Color was released allowing players to fully enjoy the colors the games offered. Combined together, the Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color sold 118 million units. Making the Game Boy one of the most sold consoles of all time. 

The Game Boy had plenty of great games, but it would be remiss if Pokemon wasn’t mentioned. The first two installments in the Pokemon franchise, Red and Blue, were released on the Game Boy. It would go on to be Japan’s best-selling video game, and one of the best selling games of all time; spawning the worldwide, billion dollar franchise we know now. 

1. Nintendo’s Most Sold Console: Nintendo DS

With 154 million units sold, the DS isn’t just the best selling handheld console, or the best selling Nintendo console; it’s the second best selling console of all time. It’s only behind the PlayStation 2 which is ahead by around one million units.

Nintendo switched things up once again by giving the Nintendo DS two screens, and making the bottom one a touchscreen. Another cool feature about the Nintendo DS was that it was backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advance.

The Nintendo DS wouldn’t be as successful as it was if it didn’t have great games. New Super Mario Bros, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass are just a few of the awesome games. Plenty of consoles, both home and handheld alike, have come after the Nintendo DS, but none have come close to taking its second place spot.

When it comes to Nintendo, the Nintendo DS is the most sold console the company has ever had. Nintendo is a brand known worldwide, so it’s not surprising to see how many units they’ve sold, but it’s still hard to wrap your head around. With its most recent console, the Nintendo Switch selling 85 million units, the juggernaut of a company doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

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15 Best Xbox One Fighting Games

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Each year we get a few fighting games to try out and play with some being better than others. Currently, we’re moving on to the latest generation of video game consoles but that doesn’t mean there are not a ton of great games you can likely pick up and experience for the first time for something like the Xbox One. In this list, we’re looking back at some of our favorite fighting video games to have come out into the marketplace for the Xbox One console platform.


#15 Jump Force

From development team Spike Chunsoft who you may know for Zero Escape and the Danganronpa series comes Jump Force. This is a fighting game that throws in a ton of different franchises where you’ll have characters featured in Black Clover, My Hero Academia, Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter, Fist of the North Star, One Piece, the list just goes on and on. This premise will be based around a unique evil enemy that has blurred the lines between these franchise worlds throwing the mix together.

However, the game narrative itself is not the most thrilling story we’ve ever come across. It more or less takes a backseat to the combat which is what the game is about anyway. This is a 1v1 fighting game where players are taking a team of three fighters as they duke it out. It’s not the greatest fighting game out there, the reception to it has been a bit mixed but the developers have been supporting this game with DLC character packs. If you enjoy these different anime and manga characters then it’s an easy purchase because of all the different crossovers, but that’s really where the aim is here.

#14 Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is a classic game. I remember playing this title on the Nintendo Game Boy and years later we got a reboot. Killer Instinct came out in 2013 from developers Double Helix Games. This is also a launch title for the Xbox One and interestingly enough it was released as a free-to-play title. So players that picked up their new Xbox One console had access to this game for free. Now, like all free-to-play games, there were some in-game purchases needed to get the full gameplay experience. This title opted for seasonal releases so we had three seasons that added content into the game.

If you’re familiar with the IP then the same basic elements were brought out for this plot from the past installments such as a big tournament that fighters were going through. This is also a game that features quite a nice range of characters to pick from with beginners capable of joining into a match and delivering some combos or breaking combos against an opponent. Unfortunately, this IP didn’t continue with a new installment but fans are still logging online to play this game today.

#13 Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs Capcom has been a crossover fighting franchise for quite a few years now. We’ve seen new installments come out over the years since 1996 with the latest being 2017’s Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. This is a title that came out around the time we were getting ready for the next big Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War. As a result, this game had a play on Infinity Stones which would give players a bit of temporary buff during fights. Likewise, the developers over at Capcom wanted to make this game a bit more accessible to newcomers for the franchise as they reworked the mechanics quite a bit from the previous installments.

This is also a 2v2 game that dropped the trio lineup players would have had when battling. However, the game does provide players the option to quickly tag out to string a series of combo moves against their opponent. As the name suggests, this title features characters from both Marvel and Capcom franchises where the storyline involves both worlds colliding. Now the group of heroes is forced to work together to stop the evil Ultron Sigma. Unfortunately, the story for a lot of players seemed to be the weak point but being a fighting game, the focus should be around the battles which again since this is a reworked mechanic system to gain some newcomers, unleashing combos is easy to pull off.

#12 WWE 2K19

WWE games are always a hot seller and while WWE 2K19 is not the latest installment, it would get recommended by fans. You kind of know what you’re getting with a WWE video game, it’s a lot of iconic wrestlers both new and old for players to battle with along with different ring matches. With WWE 2K19, players are given a new Payback System that gives players some buff attributes during matches which may help you pull off a win. There is a career mode here as well where you’ll take on the role of an amateur wrestler trying to make it into the WWE.

Likewise, this installment features the Showcase game mode which highlights a specific wrestler as you go through their more iconic matches. In this game, the wrestler featured is Daniel Bryan. With that said, there are other WWE games available for the Xbox One which again features some of the more different iconic wrestlers and showcase modes that details their history.

#11 For Honor

Chances are you know of For Honor and it’s a different kind of fighting game. This is an online hack-and-slash type of video game where you’ll follow different era factions into a grand battle. In this game, it’s all about fighting as either a group of knights, samurai, or Vikings. The matches are based around different types of battles whether it’s brawls or skirmishes. As you enter the game you’ll get to choose a loadout and take part in the battle. There’s a good bit of strategy here as you’ll need to work with your team, successfully block potentially fatal blows and deliver a slew of attacks against the enemy forces.

It’s a thrilling game and one that you can still find active today. Likewise, this game does end up going on sale from time to time so if you’re wanting everything that the title offers but are not interested in the hefty price tag it comes with, then you might find a sale that drastically drops the game down. Currently, at the time of writing this description, For Honor Complete Edition which runs for $100 is marked down as low as $25. This will get you the base game, the different expansions along with the latest yearly pass which gives players access to new heroes and bonus content.

#10 Skullgirls  

Skullgirls is a title that was released on the Xbox 360 but you can pick it up today through the Xbox One platform. It’s a 2D fighting game that’s quite popular online and received some great reviews from different critics. Within the game, players are following a narrative based around the Skullheart. This is an artifact that will grant a woman a wish when obtained every seven years. However, if the woman has an impure heart, they are transformed into a monster known as a skullgirl. Years have gone by and no woman who has gained control of the Skullheart has been deemed worthy for their wish.

Now a group of women has joined forces to defeat the skullgirls and claim the artifact for their different intentions. It’s a tag team battle where groups of two or three characters will join in as you go through the different fights. The fight mechanics will be familiar if you’ve played Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age Heroes as the developers based the tag team combat off that title for their inspiration to create Skullgirls. While this game is available for Xbox One through backward compatibility, there was an enhanced edition that came out in 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and PC along with the Nintendo Switch receiving a port in 2019. This particular enhanced video game edition is Skullgirls 2nd Encore, but it, unfortunately, didn’t find its way on the Xbox One platform.

#9 Brawlhalla

For years now Nintendo has dominated the platform fighting genre with the Super Smash Bros IP. It’s a popular video game series that sparks a ton of interest whenever a new installment happens to pop up, however, that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives. One of the alternatives out there right now that has gained quite a bit of a following is Brawlhalla and it’s set up to play similar to Super Smash Bros. We have a large roster of characters to take on and battle with while in a variety of different platform levels.

Meanwhile, the game will drop down items, again similar to Super Smash Bros, which can be a bit of a buff when facing your opponents. While Super Smash Bros has a long line of iconic video game characters to play, Brawlhalla does come with a few notable crossovers as well which includes characters from Shovel Knight, Rayman, WWE, Adventure Time, Tomb Raider, and The Walking Dead, to name just a few. Best of all, this is a free-to-play video game title so you can check it out right now without having to spend a cent.

#8 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend  

The BlazBlue fighting franchise is beloved and has quite a few video game installments available but it’s not an IP we see featured on the Xbox One platform. Fortunately, we did receive BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend for the Xbox One. This is another 2D fighting game done by Arc System Works who are known for delivering several different fighting games into the marketplace. Outside of BlazBlue, the developers are known for Guilty Gear And even a few Dragon Ball Z games.

This is a fast-paced fighting game with over twenty characters to pick from. When it comes to the storyline there are abridged story versions of the previous games to help fill in the major storyline plots to get you started. Unfortunately, the latest installment to the BlazBlue franchise, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, did not come out onto the Xbox One platform so if you’re wanting to try this series out you might be stuck playing Chrono Phantasma Extend.

#7 Tekken 7

Tekken got its start back in 1994 and currently, the latest mainline installment is 2015’s Tekken 7 which is available on the Xbox One platform. The game picks up events from Tekken 6 where we get the showdown below Heihachi Mishima along with his son Kazuya. If you’re familiar with the past games then you know that this is very much an arcade-like gameplay experience with plenty of cinematic moves, combos, and even matches being completely incredibly fast if you’re killed with the different mechanics.

Meanwhile, this game as mentioned does go off from the previous installment so it’s a big bonus if you’re already into the lore of Tekken otherwise certain things can go over your head here. All-in-all, it’s a solid arcade 3D fighting title that should hone in your attention.

#6 Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage was an iconic beat ‘em up game franchise for the Sega Genesis with players getting three installments before the franchise went dormant. However, years later we finally got a fourth game to the series which took place a few years after events of the original trilogy. While Mr. X is no longer around to be a threat, his kids have taken up the mantle of controlling the city. Now the old squad, along with a few new faces, take back up in their journey to clear out the city from its corruption.

It’s just like the past games where players are fighting against swarms of thugs and battling bosses throughout the slew of side-scrolling levels. While your fists will do most of the work here, the game does provide a few different weapons that you can find and take up with during your various beat downs. These include everything from broken pipes, bottles, to knives. We even have a new DLC expansion in the works for this game which will add even more beat ‘em up content.

#5 UFC 4

MMA has taken over control of the sports fighting genre. We don’t see boxing games anymore and in its place is the UFC, one of the biggest MMA promotions out there. There are plenty of iconic legendary fighters that the world has taken notice of with the UFC and of course we have some games based around these athletes. The latest entry to the UFC video games is UFC 4 where players get to take on different fighters or step into the role of one of their favorite athletes from the fight promotion league.

Being based around MMA the game is more focused on boxing, grappling, wrestling, and groundwork. You’ll need to know how to successfully take an opponent down to the ground and deliver a fury of punches or chokes until they tap, a referee calls the fight, or the judges unveils their scores. There is a career mode here as well where you’re a newcomer to the UFC trying to make your name stand out as the greatest of all time.

#4 Soulcalibur VI

Soulcalibur VI is currently the last installment to the long-running fighting game franchise that focuses on weapon melee combat. This is another 3D fighter that feels quite a bit like an arcade fighting title and one that you’ll likely find some notable characters making a return to the installment to even crossover characters as well. With that said, this game is marked as a slight reboot to the video game franchise so this made it a bit more accessible to newcomers to the franchise. The developers also made the game pretty easy to get into control-wise and there’s a character creation option so you could start making up unique characters to fight around with.

#3 Dragon Ball FighterZ

Every console generation there typically sees a few great Dragon Ball Z-based fighting games released. For the Xbox One, there are more than a few Dragon Ball Z titles available but if we had to pick just one to recommend, I would give it to Dragon Ball FighterZ. This game comes from Arc System Works who as mentioned earlier are known for some other iconic video game series such as BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, along with some fighting games like Dragon Ball FighterZ.

This is a fast-paced and fluid 3v3 fighting game that does a great job at keeping the fighting mechanics simple. There’s no need to mindlessly button mash in hopes of getting a win in this game as the title features an easy-to-use combat system that allows players to pull off some incredible combo moves and cinematic attack scenes. Being a Dragon Ball Z title the narrative is unique here with players having to figure out where several clone fighters have come from and battle against them to end their attempt at taking over.

#2 Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Mortal Kombat is one of the OG fighting games we all know about. It’s been around since the days of arcades and soon flooded into homes. This brutal title with blood-filled fatalities was even the subject to quite a few controversies back in the day. Now years later these games have gotten even more brutal and creative in their death scenes. There’s a stacked roster of memorable characters and quite a bit of content to go through whether it’s the storyline or the different tournaments that come with modified matches to give yourself a disadvantage.

Speaking of the storyline, this time around we get a campaign based around timelines with characters from the past meeting their current present self. It does pick up after the events of Mortal Kombat X so having some knowledge from the game will help. As for the gameplay, the developers took a step back and slowed things down a bit. Rather than fast-paced button-mashing combat as you attempt to rank up some combo moves, this game instead puts players into more strategic gameplay so knowing the different moves and how to counter is pretty key here.

#1 Injustice Series

Lastly, we wanted to point out the Injustice franchise. This is a game developed by NetherRealm Studios who were responsible for the latest Mortal Kombat titles such as Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. There are two games here which are based around DC Comics and a more brutal storyline. Here Superman has started a tyrannical regime after the Joker tricks him into killing his partner, Lois Lane, but I won’t be spoiling anything else here. Both games are incredibly fun and well worth playing as we get the Mortal Kombat style combat but reskinned for the various DC Comics characters.

While you don’t have the bloody fatalities from Mortal Kombat here, there’s still plenty of cinematic attacks, interactive levels to fight around with, and even a few unique opening lines between certain characters before their bouts. Again, we only have two installments and fortunately, both are accessible for the Xbox One. While Injustice 2 came out for the Xbox One, the first game Injustice: Gods Among Us can be played through backward compatibility.

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knockout cityKnockout City, the upcoming dodgeball multiplayer EA Originals title from Velan Studios, is right around the corner. The game launches on May 21st, and will release on both EA Play and Xbox Game Pass at launch. Players who don’t have either won’t be left out, though, as Velan and EA have announced that the game will feature a 10 day free trial at launch.

From 12 PM UTC on May 21st to 12 PM UTC on May 30th, the game will be freely available on every platform. Access isn’t gated, either. This is the entire game, so you can try out all of the Contracts, Playlists, and content releasing at launch without worrying about content gating.

There will also be livestreams, exclusive gear, community tournaments, and more during the game’s launch period. Any progress you make or unlocks you receive during the trial will carry over, too,if you decide to purchase the game which is nice. You’ll also get some nice unlockable stuff as well. For more information, you can check out the game’s website or watch the trailer below:


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