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Can't you hear me yell-a? Charles Caleb Colton once said, "Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery." Clearly, Mr. Colton never owned iPhone. Since the launch of the App Store, it has become a cesspool of hastily thrown together titles that mimic, rip-off, or straight-up copy those games that have found success on other platforms.

Axl Low is back to brawl in Guilty Gear gameplay trailer

Chain Gang Following on from their joyful May reveal, Arc System Works has released a short gameplay trailer for the next Guilty Gear release, this time around showing of the mad skills of time-hopping British fighter Axl Low.A stalwart member of the Guilty Gear franchise, Axl leaps through time on a mission to return to his own timeline, located somewhere within the 20th Century. Armed with his trusty chained scythe, Axl has no problem with throwing down with all comers as he skips around the clock. An excellent ranged fighter, Axl frustrates opponents with long-distance pokes, anti-air attacks, and projectile-destroying defences. And looks damn slick while doing so.The trailer also notes that New Guilty Gear's playable debut, set to take place at the ArcRevo World Tour Final 2019 in California on the weekend on November 16, will feature a six character demo. We already know of the inclusion on Axl, May, Ky Kiske and Sol Badguy, but who are the two other characters in attendance that weekend?

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle trailer highlights Akatsuki

For the glory of The Imperial Army Arc System Works continues to drop its weekly character trailers for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, highlighting the DLC guests headed to the crossover fighter as part of its upcoming Version 2.0 update.This new trailer showcases Akatsuki, of niche fighting series Akatsuki Blitzkampf. This military strategist disappeared during a mighty battle of the Arctic Circle, only to turn up alive and well some 50 years later. This short video doesn't give us much to go on regarding Akatsuki's fighting style, but we can see one of his supers: a powerful dash combo akin to Iori Yagami's "Kin 1211 Shiki: Ya Otome" from the King of Fighters series

Which of these four ships would you like to see in...

Twitter poll opened for DLC vessel Developer Granzella is considering adding another new vessel to upcoming shmup R-Type Final 2, (a remake of Irem's 2003 title R-Type Final), and is asking the community which of four potential designs they prefer.The poll - which you can vote in right here - opened yesterday and is set to run for a week, with the winning ship possibly making its way into the final product (though Granzella haven't committed to the idea just yet.)The four ships are pictured below, complete with a brief write-up on each taken from the game's official website. At the time of writing, it's pretty much neck and neck (and neck and neck):

Action-RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood planning a big PDXCon debut

Streaming out of Berlin next weekend The developer behind Styx, Blood Bowl, and Call of Cthulhu has stepped into a world of darkness, and I'm hoping for the best. Cyanide is currently adapting the time-honored role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse into a new video game for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One called Earthblood.

You can get a feel for Doraemon Story of Seasons with...

The full game is out today on PC and Nintendo Switch If you're worried that the day-to-day farming-life gameplay loop of Doraemon Story of Seasons might not live up to its charming painterly aesthetic, well, I'm right there with you. That's what demos are for! The game released today on Steam and Nintendo Switch, and the latter version has a demo.

Classic arcade actioner The Legend of Kage resurfaces on Nintendo Switch

So many games, so many ninjas... This week's Arcade Archives release from Hamster is a genuine classic, coming from a decade where you had ninjas in your games, or you had nothin', Taito's The Legend of Kage is available now on Nintendo Switch.Released in arcades in 1985, before making the leap to home computers soon after, The Legend of Kage is a high-speed action adventure which sees players guiding the titular ninja on a quest to rescue the shogun's daughter - the fair Princess Kiri - from a villainous warlord and his forces.Gameplay switches between horizontally and vertically scrolling stages, as Kage fends of attack from all directions from the warlord's underlings. Players will battle through a forest, a river, and the exterior and interior of a fortress, before the final showdown with Kuyigusa, and his bodyguard Riko.

Luigi’s Mansion Japanese overview trailer features six minutes of ghoulish action

There's something strange in the neighbourhood Nintendo Japan has released a lengthy trailer taking a look at the upcoming spook-fest Luigi's Mansion 3, which is heading to Switch in time for the creepiest night of them all, Halloween.The near-six minute video features a little bit of background plot as to the events of Luigi's latest ghostbustin' adventure, followed by gameplay highlighting some of the haunted hotel's locations, puzzles and, of course, ghoulish denizens. Fortunately, Luigi isn't alone on this journey, as he will be helped out by his delicious looking jelly friend, Gooigi, who can be controlled by a second player for co-op actionYou can check out the new footage below, although fans eager to get in on the action might want to stay spoiler-free. There's not too much longer to go until release day, after all.

Kingdom Under Fire II readies its armies for battle

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks We are a month away from the long-awaited western launch of Gameforge's MMORPG Kingdom Under Fire II, which has been tearing up the battlefields in Asia for almost ten years now.Set in the mythical land of Bersia, KUF II concerns a seemingly never-ending war between three distinct factions: The Human Alliance, The Dark Legion and The Encoblossians, all of whom are waging battle in efforts to be the dominating party within the continent. KUF II blends direct control of singular characters with an RTS-style implementation of larger units, such as cannons and giant monsters.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 demos now available on...

Trial of Terror Ahead of both titles' official launch later this month, Capcom has released demos for Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 for Switch, giving fans the opportunity to check out these series entries on Nintendo's baby a little early.First released in 2009, Resident Evil 5 sees BSAA agent Chris Redfield travel to the district of Kijuju in Africa, where he is partnered with Sheva Alomar in mission to apprehend bio-weapons dealer Ricardo Irving. Of course, things get out of hand pretty rapidly, and soon Chris and Sheva are up to their elbows in grim and gory monsters, before finally going head-to-head with a pair of familiar faces. (As a side-note, this episode also features the stylish and woefully underused side-character Excella Gionne.)

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