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Fighting games come in two divisive flavors: complicated and simple. Complicated fighting games such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are easy to pick up, but victory is dependent on convoluted combinations/sequences of button presses that are easy to botch and forget. Meanwhile, simple fighting games such as Super Smash Bros. and Rivals of Aether let gamers invent their own combos, but some players use cheap and unfair tactics that wouldn’t be viable in complicated fighting games. Fans of one type of fighting game tend to dislike the other, and next to no games serve as a middle ground. Sirlin Games wants to create a compromise between the two types of fighting games with Fantasy Strike.

Fantasy Strike is not a new property; its characters and universe already exist in tabletop games such as Yomi and Puzzle Strike, which are also owned by Sirlin Games. Fantasy Strike uses a simple control scheme that only requires a few buttons, two of which activate special moves — three if you count the designated super-move button. The game can easily be played with either a keyboard or a controller, which is good since the game will be available on PlayStation 4 and on PC via Steam (no word on a potential Xbox One or Nintendo Switch version). If videos of the game’s current build are any indication, Sirlin Games might successfully create a fighting game anyone can enjoy regardless of experience.

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Fantasy Strike’s crowdfunding campaign is currently on Fig and is asking for $500,000. Sirlin Games promises the game will feature ten characters, at least four stages, and numerous game modes, such as arcade and local versus. The developers also promise to include facial animations, voice acting, more characters and stages, better visual/sound effects, improved AI, new game modes, and foreign language support as stretch goals. However, unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, these promises aren’t set in stone, as Sirlin Games doesn’t want to, for example, promise to develop a game mode that “isn’t really that fun or worth the effort.” Instead, Sirlin Games will let backers decide which stretch goal features/game modes are included in the final product.

If Fantasy Strike…ahem…strikes your fancy, you can help fund it here. Pledges start as low as $20 and guarantee backers a Steam version of the game. Larger pledges net backers early access, an extra copy for a friend, and alternate costumes. Currently, backers can only receive a PlayStation 4 version of Fantasy Strike by paying an additional $24. Sirlin Games will run the campaign until August 25th and, if it raises enough money, plans to release the game sometime in Q3 (July through September) of 2018.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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