Yakuza: Like a Dragon Details Legendary Former Yakuza Members

■ Legendary Former Members of the Yakuza

Kazuma Kiryu (voiced by Takaya Kuroda)

The former fourth head of the Tojo Clan. He boasts the nickname “The Dragon of Dojima” and is a legendary yakuza notorious among members of the underworld. He was reporte as “dead” in 2016.

Goro Majima (voiced by Hidenari Ugaki)

The former head of the Tojo Clan underlings and head of the Clan’s subsidiary family, the Majima Family. Because of his vicious attitude and actions, he is called “The Mad Dog of Shimano” and is regarded to be an extremely violent yakuza. He has gone missing since the “Kamurocho 3K Operation” conducted by the metropolitan police.

Taiga Saejima (voiced by Rikiya Koyama)

The former head of Saejima Family, a subsidiary family of the Tojo Clan. He is a legendary yakuza for spending 25 years in prison and bears the title of “18 Yakuza Killer”. He and Majima are close and call each other brothers. He has gone missing since the “Kamurocho 3K Operation” conducted by the metropolitan police.

Their Battle Styles

Goro Majima’s Battle Style

Majima uses a combination of kick and demonic flame dagger attacks in a violent flurry. He uses a variety of unpredictable attacks that include wide-range strikes and attacks that can cause paralysis.

—Majima attacks unpredictably and continuously with kicks and slashes. The attacks with a purple lightning effect around it may paralyze Kasuga and company.

Taiga Saejima’s Battle Style

With punches, kicks, shoulder tackles, and more, every one of Saejima’s blows is a heavy hitter and has enough power to send the opponent flying upon contact.

—While Saejima’s attacks are not as frequent, they packs an abnormal amount of strength. One clean hit may be enough to knock you out.

Majima and Saejima’s Tag Team Attacks

When Majima and Saejima are both fighting together, by meeting set conditions Majima’s dagger and Saejima’s power can be combined to inflict a combination attack called “Goujin Gousatsu.”

—“Goujin Gousatsu” is powerful and unavoidable attack. Be sure to watch your HP at all times.

Kazuma Kiryu’s Battle Style

The legendary dragon Kazuma Kiryu will change his battle style and relentlessly attack. He has a total of four battle styles. Determining what battle style he is using and acting accordingly is the key to victory, otherwise you will get hit with a powerful counter blow.

  • Brawler Style: A common style that combines simple brawler-style punches and kicks.
  • Rush Style: A style that specializes in high speed rush attacks and evasion. Some attacks will cause you to “faint.”
  • Breaker Style: A powerful style that uses swinging attacks and heavy weapons.
  • Dragon of Dojima Style: The final style. It unleashes Kiryu’s three secret techniques, which are parrying, repelling, and the Tiger Drop.

—The strength of the legendary man has not rusted at all. Use every means possible to strike him with all your power.

—As the battle against Kiryu progresses, he will change his battle style to Breaker Style, where he picks up weapons to unleash destructive attacks. He will even pick up heavy drum cans to mow down Kasuga and company.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is due out for PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe. A demo is available now.

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ASUS ROG Reveals the World’s First 360Hz Gaming Monitor at CES 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the ROG Swift 360Hz, the world’s fastest and first NVIDIA G-SYNC® gaming monitor with a 360Hz refresh rate, and the ROG Swift PG32UQX with G-SYNC ULTIMATE technology, a 32-inch gaming display engineered with mini-LED technology to deliver stunning 4K HDR visuals.

Unparalleled speed for an extra edge with the ROG Swift 360Hz G-SYNC Esports monitor

Compared to widely available 240Hz gaming monitors, the ROG Swift 360Hz can put out a whopping 50 percent more frames every second – supplying esports and competitive gamers with the edge they need to win. With a comfortable 24.5-inch display size and Full HD resolution, the ROG Swift 360Hz features the same unmistakable design that graces the lineup of highest-end ROG gaming monitors.

Mini-LED Drives Performance and Visuals in the 32-inch ROG Swift PG32UQX G-SYNC Ultimate monitor

The ROG Swift PG32UQX is the ultimate 4K high-dynamic-range (HDR) gaming monitor. Featuring an advanced G-SYNC ULTIMATE processor with the latest HDR features, the 16:9 display is illuminated by a full-array local dimming backlight with 1152 Mini LED zones that let the PG32UQX display the brightest highlights and darkest blacks of a scene with incredible contrast and minimal haloing. Small highlights in games, like light bulbs or the disc of the sun, can reach peak brightness of up to 1400 nits, offering a more lifelike HDR experience than ever before. The Mini-LED backlight can also turn off as needed when it comes to darker scenes.

The G-SYNC processor drives variable refresh rates up to 144Hz, and support for 10-bit color throughout the refresh rate range ensures that the PG32UQX always shows off games, movies, and desktop applications at their best. With NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, users will enjoy smooth, tear-free gameplay, even when frame rates fall below the PG32UQX’s peak 144Hz refresh rate, and with the incredibly capable panel and backlight inside, the PG32UQX is NVIDIA G-SYNC ULTIMATE-certified. All G-SYNC ULTIMATE-certified displays undergo a rigorous validation process and are subjected to 300 image quality tests to ensure they deliver consistent quality and maximum performance.

The PG32UQX is also designed to be a productive companion outside of games, offering DisplayHDR 1400 compliance for other entertainment needs. For those who want to use all of the screen size available from a 4K resolution, the 32-inch diagonal expanse of the PG32UQX offers a pixel density better suited to running a Windows desktop without scaling.

The ROG Swift PG32UQX doesn’t hold back in style, designed with multiple textures on the back of the display, separated by a subtle diagonal chrome strip. An Aura Sync-enabled RGB LED ROG logo lets users coordinate the PG32UQX with other Aura Sync-enabled components for a fully harmonized battlestation. And a logo projector in the base of the ROG trademark twisted stand lets users show off the Republic of Gamers logo or display a customized logo using the included blank discs.

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Space Invaders: Invincible Collection Trailer

Standard Edition Titles (5,200 yen)

  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Original Version
  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Color Version
  • Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
  • Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)
  • Super Space Invaders ’91 (1991, Arcade) – Overseas Version of Majestic Twelve
  • Space Invaders Extreme (2018, PC)
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018, Real Event) – Supports Four-Player Co-op
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017, iOS / Android)

Special Edition Titles (16,800 yen)

  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Original Version
  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Color Version
  • Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
  • Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)
  • Super Space Invaders ’91 (1991, Arcade) – Overseas Version of Majestic Twelve
  • Space Invaders Extreme (2018, PC)
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018, Real Event) – Supports Four-Player Co-op
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017, iOS / Android)
  • Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)
  • Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)
  • Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)

PUBG Mobile World Championship: PMCO 2020 Registrations Open Now

The 2020 official esports program for PUBG MOBILE kicks off today with the registration of the PUBG MOBILE Club Open 2020 (PMCO 2020), open to all players around the world. From amateur, semi-pro to professional levels, all players have the chance to test their skills and fight their way towards the World Championship. The year-round esports tournaments feature an unprecedented total prize pool of $5 million USD, which doubles the total prize money of  last year’s PMCO 2019.

The revamped 2020 esports structure reflects the bigger scale on multiple levels as well as additional professional support

As announced in the PMCO 2019 Fall Split Global Finals, PUBG MOBILE completes the structure of global esports ecosystem, supporting an amateur-semipro-pro as well as country-regional-world level in 2020. The tournaments will kick off with the  PMCO, which by being open to all-level players adds more suitable stages and additional competing chances to all  skill levels from different countries and regions. The PMCO is followed by the Pro- and World Leagues for professional players. The best teams coming out of the various PMCOs will have the chance to qualify for the Pro-Leagues (PMPL) and World Leagues (PMWL).

The Pro-Leagues will feature selected countries and regions, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei (additional information for qualification coming soon in local social media), as well as South Asia and the Americas. The Pro-Leagues will culminate in the World Leagues in May and October, where top pro teams from around the world will convene to represent their respective regions. The best qualified teams will then move on to compete in the World Championship in December for the highest honor and a large chunk of the $5 million USD prize pool.

PMCO 2020: More chances for new teams from more countries and regions

Last year, more than 50,000 teams from around the world tested their tactical tournament grit in the PMCO 2019 throughout the Spring and Fall Splits, watched by millions of viewers worldwide. The tournament concluded with over 532 million total views tuned in the official livestream and 57 million total hours watched (excluding China platforms).

This year, PMCO is going to more countries and regions, including Latin America, North America, Brazil, Europe, Turkey, Germany, Middle East/Africa, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Asia, India, Pakistan, CIS and Wildcard, creating more additional entry opportunities for new teams to start their esports path to become the best of the best.

Beginning today until Tuesday, Jan 21, all players are welcome to register for the PMCO 2020 Spring Split competition via the PUBG MOBILE Club Open official website. From Jan 23 to Feb 2, registered teams will compete in online qualification matches, with winning teams qualifying to move on in the tournament.

PMCO is just the beginning – even bigger stages await aspiring esports professionals

With the kick-off of PUBG MOBILE esports program in 2020, PMCOs represent the entry gate to the World Championship, the final fight for the greatest honor and largest prize money. The best teams that stand out from PMCO 2020 will qualify for the next level of competition: The Pro- and World Leagues, where even larger stages and additional professional support awaits.

Get the latest updates and news via our PUBG MOBILE Esports YouTube channel and Facebook. Download PUBG MOBILE for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot ‘This Time on Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’ trailer

Publisher Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect2 have released a new trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot dubbed “This Time on Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.”

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 16 in Japan, and for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 17 worldwide.

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Obversion Releasing On Steam On January 28

Obversion is an indie first-person puzzle game from developer Adrian Marple (Marplebot).  A former Google developer, Adrian’s debut title echoes his passions for philosophy, geometry, and thought-provoking puzzles.

Obversion is experienced from a first-person perspective and boasts features such as “auto jump,” allowing the player to focus less on mechanics and more on the experience of the game.  The journey through the levels of Obversion is a coalescence of striking environments, philosophical quotes, geometric satisfaction, and intricately woven puzzles.  Players will immediately sense that every aspect of Obversion has been thoughtfully and purposefully crafted as part of a unique and intentional experience.

Fans of first-person puzzlers like the Portal series will feel immediately at home with Obversion’s gameplay, all enjoyed in a stark yet serene world.  Obversion has an enigmatic tone that could only be found in an indie title combined with the detailed production quality of a AAA game.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V is now available with Xbox Game Pass for console, Microsoft announced.

Users with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold will also have access to Grand Theft Auto Online.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that includes over 100 free games that can be downloaded and played on console or PC as long as you are subscribed to the service. Xbox Game Pass for console costs $9.99 a month, while Xbox Game Pass for PC costs $4.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for $44.99 quarterly. Xbox Game Pass for PC is available at $1 for the first month, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available at $1 for the first three months.

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Ni no Kuni anime movie coming to Netflix on January 16

The Ni no Kuni animated movie that premiered in Japan in August 2019 will make its international debut on Netflix on January 16, the company announced.

Here is an overview of the film, via Netflix:

Two average teens go on a magical quest to save the life of their friend and her counterpart from another world. But love complicates their journey.

Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose (Spirited Away) directs this enchanting film based on the renowned video game.

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Blood of Steel Gets A New Release Date

Evolution Studio, Chinese-based development studio of YC Games have announced a change in a release date for Blood of Steel and the introduction of in-game purchases to the game. The Blood of Steel release date has been pushed back by a month to 19.02.2020 PST / 20.02.2020 CET allowing for the developers to refine the game further and deliver the ultimate action meets tactics gameplay experience.

Also announced is the introduction of an in-game store where players can buy a plethora of new weapons, skins and heroes to personalise their game experience. With a focus on keeping the game fair, any purchases will not affect the balance of the game and are purely cosmetic, keeping the core experience the same whether players have invested or not.

“The introduction of the Blood of Steel in-game store gives players the ability to create a unique identity with the new weapons, skins and heroes that are available,” said Cao, Game Director of YC Games. “And with the extra month before release we can ensure the game is of the highest quality.”

About Blood of Steel

In Blood of Steel, you command the army of a legendary commander from world history to conquer cities and expand your territory against other players online to ultimately rule the world. Set throughout the Middle Ages, players choose from multiple authentic battlefields as they engage in 5-v-5, 7-v-7 or 10-v-10 legion-based battles, with each individual player allowed to lead up to 40 AI soldiers. Clever use of terrain, management of different troop types and adapting to dynamic weather systems incorporating variables such as rain and snow are the keys to victory. As well as the  legion-based warfare, players can play a one-on-one duel in PvP battles in the Heroes Arena, offering them a chance to truly show their mastery of the complex fighting system.

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Nominees for 9th Annual New York VideoGame Awards Announced

The New York Videogame Critics Circlewill host the 9th Annual New York Game Awards, honoring the best in video gaming on January 21 at SVA Theatre in New York City. The Awards celebrate the best games and game developers in the industry along with the Circle’s non-profit work in underserved communities, all announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

Highlights of the ceremony include the Andrew Yoon Legend Award, being presented to industry great Reggie Fils-Aimé, who helped change the gaming world with the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch. The Legend Award recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation. Past recipients include Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, Rockstar Games and Ralph Baer. The fifth annual Best Games Journalism Award, voted on by the Circle’s 40 critics, will also be presented (nominees announced at a later date).

New York Game Awards Nominees

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Telling Lies
  • Disco Elysium

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Tetris 99
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Adventure Academy
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Concrete Genie
  • The King’s Bird

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Immortal Rogue
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Grindstone
  • Rayman Mini
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • Pilgrims

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game

  • Nintendo Labo VR Kit
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • Minecraft Earth
  • Stormland
  • Trover Saves The Universe
  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted
  • Blood & Truth

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Ape Out
  • Sunless Skies
  • Heaven’s Vault
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Telling Lies
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Disco Elysium
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Untitled Goose Game

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Tropico 6
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Borderlands 3
  • Death Stranding
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Death Stranding
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Erica
  • Telling Lies
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Disco Elysium
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Death Stranding
  • Life is Strange 2

Joltin’ Joe Award: Best Esports Player of the Year

  • VK Loon
  • Doinb
  • Sinatraa
  • Bugha
  • Arslan Ash
  • MKLeo

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Faye Kingslee as Nico in Devil May Cry 5
  • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding
  • Margaret Qualley as Mama in

Death Stranding

  • Courtney Hope as Jesse In Control
  • Debra Wilson as Cere in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman in Death Stranding
  • Alexandra Shipp as Ava in Telling Lies
  • Logan Marshall Green as David in Telling Lies

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Resident Evil 2
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Captain Award for Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (CSGO)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • FPX (League of Legends)
  • OG (Dota 2)
  • TSM (Apex Legends)

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