Skullgirls Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Skullgirls RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Love Art? These 7 Hand-Drawn Games Will Blow Your Mind https://www.gameskinny.com/5wfuq/love-art-these-7-hand-drawn-games-will-blow-your-mind https://www.gameskinny.com/5wfuq/love-art-these-7-hand-drawn-games-will-blow-your-mind Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:40:56 -0400 adelgirl

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Skull Girls

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Price: $9.99
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Skullgirls is a 2D fighting game where players can choose from a multitude of fighters. This game is a great starter fighting game for people new to the genre. While there are many combos to learn for each character, they can be learned relatively quickly -- especially when compared to many other fighting games currently on the market. While there is a story mode for the game, many people prefer to go head-to-head against each other through local or wireless play.

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The hand-drawn, anime art style lends itself perfectly the character of Skullgirls. In essence, it's like playing your favorite anime -- except its the one you never knew you wanted. 

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Get Skull Girls on Steam.

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Have you played any hand-drawn games that you think should have made the list? Have you played any of the games on this list and want to share your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below. 

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We Need to Go Deeper

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Price: $9.99
Rating: Very Positive
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We Need to Go Deeper is a co-op game about exploring the depths of the ocean. The game requires 2-4 people to pilot a submarine through a trench into the dark depths of the sea. As you travel through the unknown, you and your companions must maintain your submarine -- least you sink. The ocean you explore is randomized whenever you and your friends start a new game, so you are always discovering new biomes and new creatures. 

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We Need to Go Deeper has a unique art style that's quirky and fits perfectly with the bizarre nature of the game. Like a children's book, We Need to Go Deeper is imbued with a sense of wonder because of its art. 

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Get We Need to go Deeper Early Access on Steam.

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Hollow Knight

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Price: $14.99
Rating: Very Positive
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Hollow Knight is a side-scrolling Metroidvania RPG that mainly focuses on exploration. As you play, your character will gain skills and abilities that will help you discover new areas and new items -- which, in turn, will help you open new areas and unlock new items. It's classic Metroidvania in a perfectly hand-drawn aesthetic.

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And while the art of the characters in Hollow Knight appears to be quite simple, the background contrasts with it in such a way that makes the game to look incredible. That perfect juxtaposition of simple and complex set it apart from other games in the genre. 

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Get Hollow Knight on Steam.

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Pyre

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Price: $19.99
Rating: Very Positive
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Pyre is an RPG created by the same team that made the games Bastion and Transistor. The story follows a character that was exiled from society, where they meet up with a group of other exiles and embark on an adventure. Your goal is to help the group survive by defeating other exiles that attack your groups, finding supplies the party can use, and helping them improve their various abilities.

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Pyre makes use of detailed character and background artwork in order to tell its story. It's reminiscent of its forebears, while its charming aesthetic meshes well with its tone and mechanics. 

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Get Pyre on Steam.

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The Banner Saga

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Price: $19.99
Rating: Very Positive
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The Banner Saga is a turn-based tactical strategy game on steam which takes place during the time of the Vikings. You control a Scandinavian warrior as they travel through a desolate world. As you progress, you gain and lose members of your caravan, and while you're fighting the cold, you're also fighting other clans. Banner Saga also makes use of the choices you make in dialog and combat to affect how the game progresses. 

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Banner Saga's art was inspired by the Disney film Sleeping Beauty, as well as Donald Bluth and his work on game's like Dragon's Lair. 

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Get The Banner Saga on Steam.

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Deponia

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Price: $39.99
Rating: Very Positive
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Deponia is a point-and-click adventure game where you follow Rufus. He lives in the city of Deponia and desperately wants to leave. He wants to leave the city so badly that he has tried time and time again to do so, with no luck, until he accidentally causes a woman to fall from her star cruiser -- and things change forever.

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The art of the game is a simple, cartoony style -- but with incredibly detailed backgrounds. If you like point-and-click games, or want to try a new game, definitly check out Deponia. 

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Get Deponia The Complete Journey on Steam. 

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Gorogoa

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Price: TBA
Rating: TBA
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Although Gorogoa hasn't been released yet, the art in this upcoming puzzle game from Annapurna Interactive for Android, iOS, and Windows looks absolutely gorgeous based on the trailers and screenshots we've seen so far. 

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The basic conceit is that you are given four panels with which you have to interact in order to solve puzzles. You can drag the various panels onto each other or touch them in order to get to the solution of each puzzle. You can also take certain panels off of other panels in order to change the scenes in them. The details in each panel are fantastic, not only in art but also in how they can change so much yet still somewhat stay the same.

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The details in each panel are fantastic, not only in art but also in how they can change so much yet still stay the same. Definitely check this game out when it is released.  

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You can check Gorogoa out on Steam.

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Hand-drawn games are amazing -- and the game art can be fantastic, too. The art various so much between the games and the movements are so fluid that you can tell that a ton of work was put into these different games. While these games do focus a ton on the art put into their games, they do not slack in other areas. The actual mechanics and stories of some of these games are great, but do not take away form the art of the games. These games in this list are some of the best hand-drawn games that you can purchase on steam. They are all various types and genres, from fighting to point and click adventure games. This list has something for everyone.

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All of these games are playable on Macs and PCs, though make sure to check the system requirements for you computer before purchasing any of these games. 

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Skullgirls Mobile is the Perfect Example of Mobile Ports Done Right https://www.gameskinny.com/21kyi/skullgirls-mobile-is-the-perfect-example-of-mobile-ports-done-right https://www.gameskinny.com/21kyi/skullgirls-mobile-is-the-perfect-example-of-mobile-ports-done-right Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:15:32 -0400 eleccross

Mobile gaming is a big deal. While most "hardcore gamers" might scoff at the idea, it's not a market to take lightly. Almost everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, so the potential is huge! But there's a certain feel mobile games have to achieve to be especially successful. They should be easy to pick up, play, and put back down again whenever you need to.

A lot of indie developers port their games onto mobile because the market is so lucrative, but not all of them do so with this mobile-friendly aesthetic in mind. Most just take the game, add touch controls, and throw it onto the App Store, hoping to make some sales. But not all of them do this -- and Skullgirls Mobile definitely doesn't. In fact, it takes mobile ports to a whole new level.

Skullgirls Mobile brings the original game's traditional 2D fighting mechanics to pocket devices, and successfully turns this console fighter into an addictive pick-up-and-play mobile game.

Complex Characters for Endless Fun

The most important part of any fighting game is obviously the fighters. And Skullgirls Mobile turns its roster of fighters into a collectibles system to keep players coming back for more -- similar to gacha games like Fire Emblem Heroes or Puzzle and Dragons.

Each fighter has a level, stats, power number (based on their overall stats), element, and energy meter. While most of these features are not unique compared to other gacha games (except for the characters having individual energy bars), there are a few things that set them apart -- which is where the adaption from 2D traditional fighters comes in.

Streamlined Controls for Rewarding Mobile Play

The controls for the game are simple. You execute various swipes and taps for attacks, grabs, blocks, and air combos. But how are special moves and finishers pulled off? How do you translate quarter-circle heavy punch into a mobile game?

In Skullgirls Mobile, these attacks are also gacha collectibles. The equipped moves appear as buttons on the bottom corner of your side of the screen. When you use special moves, they're put into cooldown. Finishers build up as you hit and get hit. This approach is not only a great way to integrate these moves into a touch-based control scheme, it also makes a complex battle system simple and easy to use, so the game is more accessible to casual mobile players.

The Campaign Offers a Sense of Progression

Instead of the usual arcade mode, Skullgirls Mobile features a campaign that goes through several maps with branching paths -- though beating every fight on one map is recommended, because you get more loot for fully completing a map. This gives players a clear demarcation between goals so they they can step away from the game and come back whenever it suits them.

This is a sharp contrast to classic mode, where you go through a number of fights in a row. It also imparts a sense real progress, as opposed to just just fighting in traditional classic modes. Both these factors play into the increased accessibility of this game for mobile players. 

Skullgirls Mobile is a shining example of mobile games done right. By making the game quicker, simpler, and more accessible -- even to those who are not very into the traditional 2D fighter genre -- it's offering an engaging experience for smartphone owners that sets the bar high for other developers.

If you're looking for a new smartphone game to play, I seriously recommend giving Skullgirls Mobile a look on Google Play or the App Store. And check out our Skullgirls Mobile guides here on GameSkinny if you want some extra help getting started with the game!

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Skullgirls Mobile Beginner Tips and Tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/6i756/skullgirls-mobile-beginner-tips-and-tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/6i756/skullgirls-mobile-beginner-tips-and-tricks Wed, 31 May 2017 12:47:30 -0400 Synzer

The quirky fighter Skullgirls has an app version that's just as fun as the original game. There plenty of fighters you can unlock, but they each have an element like other fighting mobile games. You can also set your own special moves, level up, and use a skill tree for each of your fighters.

I'm going to go over the basics you need to know when getting started in this version of Skullgirls.

This guide will go over getting started in the Skullgirls mobile app including:

Fighting Basics 

Skullgirls is an old-school fighting game and has simple controls. Tapping the screen performs normal attacks, which turn into combos when you keep tapping. You can also make gestures to move around and perform different maneuvers:

  • Swipe Left: Dash away
  • Swipe Right: Dash towards your opponent with an attack
  • Swipe Down: Perform a crouch attack
  • Swipe Up: Juggle your opponent in the air.
    • If you tap immediately after knocking the opponent in the air, you will follow with an aerial combo.
  • Swipe Anywhere with 2 Fingers: Throw the opponent
  • Hold the Screen with 2 Fingers: Block
Special Moves and Blockbusters

Each character can get several special moves and powerful attacks called Blockbusters.

Special moves can be performed by tapping their icons on the bottom left of your screen. These have cooldown timers, so you will need to wait until you can use them again.

Blockbusters are performed the same way, but they don't have a timer. Instead, you must fill the meter up by attacking or getting attacked until the move is available. After you use it, you must fill the meter up again.

Elemental Strengths and Weaknesses

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There are 5 different elements each fighter can have. Each element has a strength and weakness.

  • Fire: Weak to Water and strong against Air.
  • Water: Weak to Air and strong against Fire.
  • Air: Weak to Fire and strong against Water.
  • Light: Strong against Dark.
  • Dark: Strong against Light.

When you use an element that's weak to another one, you deal 20% less damage. When you use an element strong against another, you deal 20% more damage.

Light and Dark elements are special. These 2 will deal 20% more damage to each other, but they will not deal 20% less damage to anything.

Character Progression and Customization

You can equip multiple types of special moves and Blockbusters on your characters to make them unique. The only thing you need to do is unlock them.

Special Move and Blockbuster Equipping

Each character start with 2 slots for moves and a set amount of Move Points. Each move requires a certain number of move points to equip. So if you have one that take up 8 points and you only have 10, you can only equip other moves that equal to 2 or less.

Each move can either be Bronze, silver, or Gold Tier. The higher the tier, the better the move. The good news is that a move will always take up the same amount of move points, regardless of tier.

You can upgrade all moves by spending coins and some moves give additional effects when upgraded.

Skill Tree

Each character also has their own skill tree. As you level up a character, they will earn experience and skill points. You can use these skill points to unlock bonuses in the skill tree. You must also spend coins when unlocking skills.

Each character has the same things in their skill tree, with the only exception being the character ability section. This part depends on the character you are using. The other sections allow you to increase their damage, reduce the energy cooldown so you can use them more often, increase their max health, unlock more move slots, and increase the max amount of move points.

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Leveling and Powering Up

When you participate in fights you get experience. With enough experience, you will level up and get stronger.

You can also fuse unwanted fighters into another fighter to earn experience. If you fuse the same type of fighter, such as 2 Parasouls, you will get extra skill experience.

Each fighter can also be Bronze, Silver, or Gold -- like your moves. You can raise a Bronze or Silver fighter to the next level by fusing the same character types and reach max level.

  • For example: You can evolve a bronze Parasoul into a silver by fusing 3 other bronze Parasouls into the desired one and leveling it to 30. They don't have to be the same element, just the same character.

Game Modes

Training

This mode allows you to practice with up to 3 fighters. The A.I. won't fight back, so you can spend the whole time practicing moves and strategies.

Story Mode

This is the main story of the game and how you will get most of your unlocks. There are multiple chapters and difficulties -- and you get rewards for 100% completion of each chapter.

Prize Fights

This mode uses a separate energy system and has you playing against randomly generated teams based on your team's overall power. The fights change periodically, as well as the rewards.

Daily Events

These events change daily, of course, and focus on one character. You will be able to gain skill points and moves for the featured character by completing the battles. You will also be required to use the featured character in some of these battles.

Store and Relics

Every day you get 3 challenges that will reward Gems upon completion. You can use these gems to buy more coins or relics.

Relics are how you unlock more characters and moves. You can collect relics by completing chapters and other events, buying them with gems, and getting them for free daily. Each day there is a special relic you can buy to give you a character featured in the daily event.

There is also a relic you can get for free after you have unlocked enough characters. This one will give you either a silver or gold tier fighter.

Extra Fighting Tips

You Can Equip Multiple Blockbusters, or None at All

You have complete control over your moves -- the only limiting factor is the amount of move points you have. You can use multiple Blockbusters if you want, or even none if you rather use normal special moves.

Take Advantage of Elements

Sometimes you will fight with 2 or 3 fighters, while other times only 1. You could even have 1 against multiple fighters. The bonus you get for being strong against another element is huge, and can help you win even if the opponent is stronger.

Link Special Moves and Blockbusters With Your Combos

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Many moves can be executed in the middle of a combo, and will guarantee you hit with it. Make sure you do this so you don't end up missing these power attacks.

Also watch out for blockbusters labeled as "unblockable". If you use these, you will always hit -- provided you are within range of your opponent.

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That's all I have for getting started in Skullgirls mobile. Let me know if you have any questions! And stay tuned for more guides!

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Skullgirls Mobile Recently Released For iOS and Android https://www.gameskinny.com/6x5y6/skullgirls-mobile-recently-released-for-ios-and-android https://www.gameskinny.com/6x5y6/skullgirls-mobile-recently-released-for-ios-and-android Mon, 29 May 2017 12:19:32 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Lab Zero Games' 2D fighting game Skullgirls has recently been re-released as Skullgirls Mobile for iOS and Android. The mobile port is a collaboration between the game's original developer Lab Zero Games, Autumn Games, LINE Corporation, and Hidden Variable Studios. 

While similar to Skullgirls, Skullgirls Mobile isn't a complete reimagining of the original fighter. The development has reworked some of the original game's graphics and story elements for mobile devices. The game is free to start -- though it does offer in app purchases -- and employs a touch screen interface mirroring the original's controls.

Skullgirls Mobile is available now for iOS and Android devices, and the original full game, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, is available for a number of platforms including PC, PS4, and Xbox One.   

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4 Upcoming Hand Drawn Video Games To Look Out For https://www.gameskinny.com/7y5gr/4-upcoming-hand-drawn-video-games-to-look-out-for https://www.gameskinny.com/7y5gr/4-upcoming-hand-drawn-video-games-to-look-out-for Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

Hand drawn animation in movies and TV shows is seen less frequently these days, being replaced by the likes of CGI and Flash animation. As the style of hand drawn animation has faded from other entertainment mediums, there has been a rise in the amount of video games that use a hand drawn art style. Here are four notable upcoming hand drawn games all gamers should look out for.

Drawn to Death

1. Drawn to Death 

This game releasing in the near future is by The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, a studio headed by David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal), with additional help from Sony San Diego.

Drawn to Death is a four-player arena shooter set within the confines of a teenager's notebook. As claimed by the about page on the game's website, it promises to have unconventional combat, deep gameplay mechanics, skill based challenges, solo and team based play, and extraordinary visuals.

According to a GameSpot interview with Jaffe, when first released, the game will have six characters, over 20 different weapons, seven maps, five modes, and many different costumes, skins, and taunts. Weapons are unlocked but cannot be leveled up, focusing more on skill of the individual player rather than the strength of their weapon.

There will also be a kind of ranked mode, called tower mode, which will have different themes each season. Players will obtain exclusive stickers from tower mode depending on close they get to the top. Drawn to Death will be free to play on PlayStation 4 for PlayStation Plus members on April 4.

Hollow Knight

2. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a 2D metroidvania style action adventure game developed by Team Cherry, released on PC this past February, and coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime later this year.

The game boasts atmospheric exploration, epic battles against ferocious foes, and the ability to befriend bizarre beasts and strange travelers. Players of Hollow Knight will have the chance to explore the world, battle strange enemies, and piece the story together in a Dark Souls-esque fashion.

Another similarity to Dark Souls is that the player loses his currency when defeated, returning to the last place he rested. Players can regain their currency once they return to the spot of their demise.

The PC version of Hollow Knight has already been well received by critics, with an average rating of  87%. The game's transition to a handheld console should only help increase this positive reception.

Cuphead 

3. Cuphead 

This upcoming Xbox One and PC game by Studio MDHR is inspired by cartoons of the 1930's -- with music to match.

Cuphead is a run and gun action game with a strong focus on gameplay, rather than story. It primarily focuses on boss battles. Because of it's apparent difficulty, the character of Cuphead will have infinite lives and a parry ability that when used properly allows special moves.

Cuphead will feature both a single player mode and a two-player local co-op mode. Originally slated for a 2016 release, Studio MDHR plans to release Cuphead sometime in mid-2017.

4. Indivisible

Indivisible is an RPG created by Lab Zero, the studio behind Skullgirls. Indivisible was first announced as an IndieGOGO campaign in 2015, and has since reached over one hundred percent of its original goal.

Indivisible follows the character of Ajna as she learns more about her mysterious powers and is joined by a handful of unique characters during her journey. Ajna will obtain new abilities and travel through new environments throughout the course of her quest.

The IndieGOGO campaign for Indivisible has reached three out of it's four current stretch goals, which include additional music by Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), an animated opening by Titmouse, Inc. (Black Dynamite, The Venture Bros.) a Studio Trigger (Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia), and full voice overs for all major characters. If the game reaches $2,300,000, then it will have reached its fourth stretch goal, and will have multiple endings, as well as a hardcore bonus dungeon.

 Indivisible is set to be released sometime in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a prototype demo currently available on PC and PlayStation 4.

From these four examples, it's clear to see that hand drawn animation has found a second life with video games. It's likely  there are even more upcoming titles with hand drawn animation and the style isn't going away any time soon.

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15 Games on Steam You Can Play on a Toaster https://www.gameskinny.com/lhvos/15-games-on-steam-you-can-play-on-a-toaster https://www.gameskinny.com/lhvos/15-games-on-steam-you-can-play-on-a-toaster Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:28:12 -0400 David Fisher

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That's it for now!

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Hopefully this list helps you pick out some great titles for your old toaster-computer hybrid. There's plenty more out there on Steam if you look, and remember to check your system's specifications before buying or installing anything. Remember that not all computers are built equally, and you could risk having a useless game if your computer isn't up to the task.

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That, and I don't want to be held responsible if your computer ends up looking like the one in the picture above. Do send videos if it happens though!

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Are there any games you'd like to recommend to players with older computers? Leave your opinions in the comments section below!

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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There are two truths about The Elder Scrolls titles. First is that they are perhaps some of the greatest Western RPG titles out there. The second is that you will likely never finish everything there is to do in the game without looking up every possibility, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is no exception.

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Interestingly enough, The Elder Scrolls IV actually passes the under 2.0 Ghz test, making it completely playable on older systems. While this might leave you with less than favorable frame rates on some systems, the fact remains that Oblivion is perhaps one of the best deals on Steam for players on beater PCs.

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While Oblivion is not as grand in scale as Skyrim, the game has plenty to do in the vast world it contains.

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System Requirements
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  • OS: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows XP 64-Bit
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  • Memory: 512 MB
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  • Graphics: 128 MB Direct3D compatible video card and DirectX 9.0 compatible driver
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  • Hard Drive: 4.6 GB
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Steam only sells Game of the Year editions of Oblivion now, and sell for about $19.99 upward depending on the version you want. Considering the amount of content you get, you could certainly do a lot worse on a last decade system.

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Audiosurf

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Audiosurf is the ultimate time waster if you're on a budget PC. While Audiosurf 2 has its own improvements, the game simply doesn't add enough to warrant the extra processing power needed, or the higher price tag.

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The concept of Audiosurf is simple. Ride along a highway designed by the game based off of any song you open, and avoid or collect different colored blocks depending on the mode you select. It's simple fun that can't be beat.

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  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4
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  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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  • Graphics: 32 MB NVIDIA GeForce® 2 (support for Pixel Shader 3.0 recommended)
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  • DirectX Version: DirectX® 9.0 or higher
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  • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c-compatible sound card
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You can pick up Audiosurf for $9.99 on Steam.

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Undertale

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When I first heard about Undertale, I couldn't recommend it. I didn't understand the concept, and I had an even harder time trying to get into it. After much reluctance, however, I can safely say without hesitation or regret that Undertale is perhaps one of the most memorable games I've played.

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Undertale is a game that throws conventional RPG elements upside down, and tells a story that is truly heartwarming -- depending on the route you choose. Choices matter in Undertale, and every monster you fight or spare will affect the game's outcome. Gameplay is a mix between a timing-based combat RPG, a dating simulator, and bullet hell nonsense. While none of this makes sense at first, it's something that somehow works when you actually play the game.

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Don't take my word for it though. Check it out for yourself.

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Everything filling you with determination is bound to eventually fill you with determination... and a lot of save reloads if you're determined to save everyone. Now that's determination!

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  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 10
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  • Processor: 2GHz+
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  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: 512MB
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  • Storage: 200 MB available space
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You can find Undertale on Steam for $9.99.

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Don't Starve

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A game whose title is easier said than done, Don't Starve is a game in which the title aptly states what the game is all about. Set in a gothic-style world, Don't Starve is a survival game in which players will have to navigate randomly generated worlds in an attempt to not only survive as long as possible, but to thrive. Once players get better at the game they might just stand a chance of solving the mysteries involving the strange land it takes place in.

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In Don't Starve everything is out to kill you, be it the weather, monsters, or simple starvation or loss of sanity.

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  • Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
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  • Memory:1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
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  • Graphics:Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
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  • DirectX®:9.0c
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  • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
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  • Sound:100% DirectX9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
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Don't Starve can be found on the Steam Store for $14.99. Its multiplayer counterpart can be found there for the same price.

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Terraria

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While it is one of the higher system specs games on this list, Terraria is much more than meets the eye. While many people instantly call it a 2D clone of Minecraft, the truth of the matter is that Terraria has a much stronger focus on RPG and adventure elements than Minecraft does. 

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Players of Terraria can expect to toy with a whole bunch of different features from building, to weapons, magic, and more. The diversity of gameplay that the game has is only compounded by multiplayer modes, creator modes, and more. This plays to its benefit as the building adventure formula is pushed to limits that honestly make Minecraft look like utter garbage beside it.

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And that's saying something...

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Terraria is likely to cause side scrolling RPG flashbacks to many who play it for the first time... and in a good way.

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  • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10
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  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
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  • Memory: 2.5GB
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  • Hard Disk Space: 200MB
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  • Video Card: 128mb Video Memory, capable of Shader Model 2.0+
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  • DirectX®: 9.0c or Greater
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Terraria can be found on the Steam Store for $9.99.

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Five Nights at Freddy's

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Someone out there knew this game would be on this list...

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Another of those games that I recommend to anyone who has masochistic tendencies, Five Nights at Freddy's is a jumpscare title that sets you up as the nighttime security guard of Fazbear's Pizza. Your job? Not get stuffed into a Freddy suit by night's end.

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"I'm watching you, you giant chicken!"

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While this sounds silly and all (it really does) the game is truly a terrifying game to play with headphones, a dark room, and a little more weariness than you have any business playing a game with. Even if you decide not to pick up the entire series - which saves you about a dollar a game - it's certainly worth checking out if you like horror games.

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  • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7
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  • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon or equivalent
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  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: 1 GB
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  • DirectX: Version 9.0
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  • Storage: 250 MB available space
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You ready for Freddy? Pick up this title on Steam for $4.99.

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Stardew Valley

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A near perfect replacement for the long-time running Harvest Moon series, Stardew Valley is a farming simulator with an RPG twist. This indie title had -- and to a great extent still has -- a great following on the Internet, and is generally considered better than the games that inspired its creation.

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Stardew Valley sets you up in a fashion very similar to the Harvest Moon series. You inherit your family farm, and with little to no farming experience you decide to turn the uncared for land around the family roost into a thriving farmland full of life. You can also interact with the locals, take part in various festivals, and even fight off monsters in underground caverns.

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DISCLAIMER: Your farm might never look as good as this, but you can dream...

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  • OS: Windows Vista or greater
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  • Processor: 2 Ghz
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  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: 256 mb video memory, shader model 3.0+
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  • DirectX: Version 10
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  • Storage: 500 MB available space
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If you want to settle for a quieter game, then check out Stardew Valley on Steam and pick it up for $14.99. You won't regret it.

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Telltale Games: The Walking Dead

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To be completely honest, this feels like a copout, but only because this is such a great game! Telltale Games's game that takes place in the universe of The Walking Dead is by far the best game to play involving the beloved zombie apocalypse series.

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In this game every choice you make affects the outcome, and none of them are all sunshine and rainbows...

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While I can't say much more about the game without spoiling the story, I will say that the plot is well worth the price tag. The characters are likable, the situations are more or less believable, and there are guaranteed to be at least a few heartbreaks before the end of the game.

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  • OS: XP Service Pack 3
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  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
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  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
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  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Space Free
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  • Video Card: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
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  • DirectX®: Direct X 9.0c
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  • Sound: Direct X 9.0c sound device
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If you feel like going on a feels trip, and looking for a story-oriented game then pick up The Walking Dead on Steam for $24.99.

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Jet Set Radio

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What can I say about Jet Set Radio? For starters, it's colorful, has a great soundtrack, and is one of the many great Sega Dreamcast titles that never became mainstream series. The game is centered around a group of rollerblading kids looking to take over Tokyo-to by spraying graffiti all over the city. There's also a plot to take over the world by using music, and all sorts of other over-the-top 2000s story weirdness.

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Running away from cops, tagging your territory, and pulling off obscure rollerblade tricks are just some of the things you can expect to do in this oddball adventure by SEGA.

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  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or newer
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  • Processor: Pentium 4 or Athlon CPU > 1Ghz or newer
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  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: 256Mb video RAM or more (256Mb video RAM or more)
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  • DirectX®: 9.0c
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Jet Set Radio comes along the same wave of thought that SEGA titles such as Crazy Taxi and Space Channel 5 came from, so it's not exactly a game for everybody. Regardless, it's a great title for anyone looking for something unique to play on a low-end system. You can find the game on the Steam Store for $7.99.

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Stronghold HD

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Sticking with the medieval theme, Stronghold HD is a fun castle simulation game for those looking for a title where fully voiced medieval peasants insult you about how poorly you manage your kingdom. I'm not at all kidding about that.

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The goal of Stronghold is to build a fortress that will not be overtaken by enemy forces by carefully maintaining the military and economy aspects of castle life. Unlike in Age of Empires, the game has you set in a single location as barbarians attack you. Think of it as a very early version of tower defense, except with units and angry peasants complaining about the rations and taxes.

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While Stronghold is by no means an easy game, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The comments made by peasants are on near-Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" level of comedy, albeit with language that is less family friendly.

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  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
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  • Processor: 1.6GHz equivalent Intel or AMD processor
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  • Memory: 512MB RAM
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  • Video: 64MB video card with hardware Transform & Lighting
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  • Hard Drive: 2.5GB uncompressed free space
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  • Sound: DirectX 7 compatible sound card or higher
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  • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
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Stronghold HD can be found on the Steam Store for $5.99.

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Age of Empires II: HD Edition

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Age of Empires was one of the greatest and well-known RTS series out there. While the games have since fallen into obscurity, Age of Empires II still stands as one of the best RTS games players can get their hands on. The game features over 18 civilizations from the Middle Ages, each with their own unit trees, perks, and more. It also supports up to 8 players online, currently has Steam Workshop support, and new expansion packs with brand new single player campaigns.

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Only in my dreams have I created a base as beautiful as this...

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System Requirements
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  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
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  • Processor: 1.2GHZ CPU
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  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c Capable GPU
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  • DirectX®: 9.0c
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  • Hard Drive: 2 GB HD space
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Age of Empires II: HD Edition is a great title for anyone looking to play on a budget or beater PC. The single player and standard game modes alone will bring you over 40 hours of gameplay, while multiplayer modes are great if you still have a group of friends willing to play the game. You can find it on the Steam Store for $19.99, and if you'd prefer an ancient mythology spin you can check out Age of Mythology on Steam as well for $29.99. Just remember that since the latter title is a 3D game, it may require a slightly stronger system.

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Super Meat Boy

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Super Meat Boy is a hardcore platformer title developed by Edmund McMillen, the same guy who brought us The Binding of Issac (which is another title you might want to check out). The game revolves around a boy made out of meat who dies over and over again while trying to save his girlfriend made out of bandages from an evil fetus in a tuxedo wearing jar. The game is as ridiculous as it sounds -- both in concept and in gameplay.

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Believe it or not, this is one of the easier levels...

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Super Meat Boy is all about pushing the player's limits. If you're not a player who is used to constant punishment by the game, this game probably isn't for you. It is, however, a perfect title to play over and over if you are a fan of time attacks, no-hit runs, and no-mistakes platformers.

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  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (Windows 8 is not officially supported)
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  • Processor: 1.4GHz or faster
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  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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  • Graphics: Any graphics card newer than 2006
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  • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
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  • Hard Drive: 300 MB
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It should be noted that this game requires at least pixel shader 3.0. Most graphics cards post-2006 have this ability, but if you are unsure then you should check your graphics card's specs before buying this title. If you have the right card, then you can find the game here for $14.99.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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I cannot say enough good things about Knights of the Old Republic.

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Not to be confused with the sub-par MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, Knights of the Old Republic is a single player RPG that places the player in the middle of a galactic war. After your ship is destroyed, you and your ship's captain explore the world of Taris in search of a jedi known as Bastila Shan. It is only after narrowly escaping the Sith infested homeworld that you learn that you have a sensitivity to the Force, and it is then that your adventures only just begin.

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  • OS: Windows XP and Windows Vista
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  • Processor: Intel Pentium 3 1Ghz or AMD Athlon 1GHz
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  • Memory: 256 RAM
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  • Graphics: 32 MB with Hardware T&L
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  • DirectX®: Directx 9.0b or better
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  • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB
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  • Sound: Directx 9.0b compatible
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If you would like to learn more about this game before buying you can check out my Rewind Review from last year. Otherwise, buy it and play it for yourself on the Steam Store for $9.99. I guarantee you will not regret it.

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STAR WARS: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy

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A long time ago, in a decade now far, far away, came a Star Wars game that gave gamers their first chance to really feel like a jedi. That game was Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy.

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While there's certainly been a bunch of newer titles that showcase much flashier Star Wars battles, they haven't exactly been the best in the trademark's history. Meanwhile, the Star Wars: Jedi Knight series pulled it off back in the 90s and early 2000s.

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Jedi Academy brings the full Star Wars jedi experience, with only a fraction of the power modern Star Wars titles use - and it does it better.

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Jedi Academy is one of the best games for someone looking for a first-person shooter Star Wars adventure. In this title players can expect to customize their very own jedi character, learn from Luke Skywalker and various other post-original trilogy cast members, and complete missions with either lightsabers or various other Star Wars weapons. You can even use Light and Dark Side force powers together!

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  • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
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  • Processor: Pentium II or Athlon 450 MHz
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  • Memory: 128 MB
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  • Graphics: 32 MB OpenGL compatible
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  • DirectX®: 9.0a
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  • Hard Drive: 1.3 GB
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  • Sound: 16 bit Direct x 9.0a
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Funnily enough, older computers actually run this game - and other titles in the series - better than newer ones. If you would like to check out this title, find it here for $9.99. You can also get the bundle containing all Dark Forces and Jedi Knight titles here.

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Half-Life: Opposing Force

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Half-Life is one of the staples of first-person shooters, and one that no PC gamer should go without. While I do not believe the original game aged too well, Half-Life: Opposing Force is a game that I must recommend to anyone looking to play the series. This goes doubly for anyone looking to play a great first-person shooter on an old PC system.

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While the story is a bit campy nowadays, and the graphics have certainly aged, the game still has solid gameplay and is perfect for those looking for a budget buy on a bare essentials PC.

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Look at that all that glorious low-end graphics goodness...

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  • 32mb+ video card
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If you think Half-Life: Opposing Force is up your alley, check out the game's store page to pick it up for $4.99. You can also check out this bundle to get all 3 Half-Life titles at a reduced price.

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Not everyone can afford a high-end gaming rig -- that's a simple fact of life. There are still many gamers out there who are playing on systems that are over a decade old. If you've got a 10 or even 15 year old desktop or laptop computer, chances are you're feeling left out. But it doesn't have to be that way!

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Today we're going to take a look at Steam's library to pick out 15 games you can still play on your old beater PC -- some new, some old, and all great titles! Why 15? Because that's the price of a cheap toaster, and probably how old and possibly how much your PC is worth on resale at this point if you're checking out this article.

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So what are you doing still loading this page? Let's get started!

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NOTE: All games are listed are in no particular order, and all prices are listed in USD.

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Witcher 2 now available FREE on Xbox Live https://www.gameskinny.com/a9cit/witcher-2-now-available-free-on-xbox-live https://www.gameskinny.com/a9cit/witcher-2-now-available-free-on-xbox-live Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:01:28 -0500 Alex Chin

Xbox has just announced they've added several new titles to their library of Xbox One Backwards Compatible games. Titles available for download include: 

  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Aegis Wing
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Age of Booty
  • Space Giraffe
  • Soulcalibur
  • Skullgirls
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Small Arms

Topping off the list of games is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game precedes events from the critically-acclaimed Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Xbox One and Xbox 360 users can download the title free on the Xbox website.  

Xbox also announced that they will start a launch pilot, releasing backwards compatible titles right as they become available (rather than on a monthly basis), giving users instant access.

Be sure to download your copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings right now. It's only available till February 5, so get it while it's still hot. 

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What is the Square Root of a Fish? Video Game Piracy https://www.gameskinny.com/m60ie/what-is-the-square-root-of-a-fish-video-game-piracy https://www.gameskinny.com/m60ie/what-is-the-square-root-of-a-fish-video-game-piracy Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:08:33 -0400 Krystina Butler

Software piracy has been something that developers have been combatting for years.  Whether it is including invincible characters like the pink scorpion found in Serious Sam 3, freezing and deleting on reset like with Earthbound, or posting a tweet proclaiming your crime such as with Tweetbot game developers have their ways to try and punish those who take the easy (read: free) way out.

However, if you do decide to pirate software, maybe you shouldn't mention anything odd that may occur in your pirated copy on social media sites.  

Apparently, Dan Hibiki didn't get this memo before he went to Twitter and asked the game developers what his error message "What is the square root of a fish? Now I'm sad" that popped up at the end of Skullgirls meant. 

 

Without missing a beat, Skullgirls developers responded with 

 

Hibiki quickly backtracked claiming that he had already bought the game after doing a "try-before-you-buy thing" for the PS3 and intended to purchase it for the PC but couldn't because "GAMESTOP DOESN'T SELL IT DIRECTLY ONLINE AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY HOUSE!!!" but not before receiving an array of angry responses and retweets (to the point where Hibiki asked how to make it stop).

The good news that came out of all of this, though, is probably how it was handled by Skullgirls developers:

 

It reassuring that they can come out on top without degrading their image in the process.

We all know that software piracy is a thing, but perhaps other pirates can take notes on how not to handle a situation like Hibiki's.

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Skullgirls Patch Won't Be Coming Anytime Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gd4/skullgirls-patch-wont-be-coming-anytime-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gd4/skullgirls-patch-wont-be-coming-anytime-soon Fri, 08 Nov 2013 02:09:11 -0500 Brian Armstrong

Were you looking forward to your Skullgirls patches for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 coming sometime soon? Well, you may need to wait a little bit longer.

Skullgirls publishing partners Autumn Games and Konami are no longer partners, according to a company update from Lab Games’ (a Skullgirls developer) Peter Bartholomew.

"Things have not always been hunky-dory between Autumn Games and Konami. Around the time of the last update, it became clear that it would not be possible to proceed with the new patches as long as Konami was involved with Skullgirls. So, as of today, Autumn and Konami have terminated their business relationship, allowing us to move forward with the PS3 and Xbox 360 patch in a more timely and cost-effective manner."

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Bartholomew went on to mention that patch testing was “nearly complete,” but that doesn’t mean they’ll get pushed out anytime soon. The company must get paperwork taken care of and pushed out to a new publisher, and since the Xbox 360 and PS3 operate so differently, there will be two different publishers. Autumn Games will publish the PlayStation Network version and Autumn will partner with MarvelousAQL for the Xbox Live version.

Bartholomew ended his post by saying,

"We apologize that these deep business dealings have come between you and the first character your collective efforts have funded, but we're confident that subsequent patches will go more smoothly with this all of this behind us.”

It's worth noting that the PC version on Steam is not affected by this delay.

Takeaway

Skullgirls is an anime-style 2D fighter that has a wide fan following, despite being mostly panned by critics. Still, the game is very popular and the patch was anticipated. It sounds like the patch is still incoming, it could just still be a very long time until it actually hits your console.

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Sony Discounting Indie Games for Pax Prime https://www.gameskinny.com/ujd8y/sony-discounting-indie-games-for-pax-prime https://www.gameskinny.com/ujd8y/sony-discounting-indie-games-for-pax-prime Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:39:39 -0400 Amanda Wallace

The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is set to start later this week, and Sony is starting it off right by offering discounts on independent games on the Playstation 3 and PS Vita. 

Deals will be available starting tomorrow (the 27th) and continuing through September 2nd. 

Games included in the deal are as follows: 

  • Closure (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Dragon Fantasy Book I (Sale: $4.99, PS Plus: $2.50, Regular: $9.99)
  • Dyad (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Journey (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Limbo (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $5.99, Regular: $14.99)
  • Penny-Arcade: Adventures On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episodes 1 & 2 (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage (Sale: $4.99, PS Plus: $3.74, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro/Grade (Sale: $4.99, PS Plus: $2.50, Regular: $9.99)
  • Skullgirls (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Tokyo Jungle (Sale: $7.49, PS Plus: $3.75, Regular: $14.99)
  • Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov's Revenge (Sale: $4.99, PS Plus: $2.50, Regular: $9.99)

If you buy one of the four games available on both PS3 and Vita, then you can get cross-platform support. That would allow you to buy once, play on multiple platforms with games like Retro City Rampage, Dragon Fantasy Book 1, Limbo and Zombie Tycoon II.

There are some pretty solid deals in this list, including popular indie games like Journey and Limbo. If you ever thought you needed a retro GTA, then look no further than Retro City Rampage Curious about how you would fare in an apocalypse if you were a Pomeranian? Check out Tokyo Jungle. Honestly, Playstation has an excellent selection of indie titles on a good day, and having access to this many on the cheap is definitely a plus side to the console as a whole. 

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PlayStation Network Indie Sale Incoming Thanks to PAX https://www.gameskinny.com/bw54m/playstation-network-indie-sale-incoming-thanks-to-pax https://www.gameskinny.com/bw54m/playstation-network-indie-sale-incoming-thanks-to-pax Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:51:18 -0400 Max Jay

According to Polygon a considerably awesome PlayStation Network sale is coming on August 27th, in honor of PAX Prime.

The sale will mark down 11 PSN indie games that were previously demoed at the famed show, including gems like Journey, Limbo and Skullgirls. A full list can be seen below, or you can click here for the story on Polygon.

  • Closure - $7.49 ($3.75 on PlayStation Plus; regularly $14.99)
  • Dragon Fantasy Book 1 (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99)
  • Dyad - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Journey - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Limbo (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $7.49 ($5.99 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Penny-Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episodes 1 and 2 - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($3.74 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Retro/Grade - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99)
  • Skullgirls - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Tokyo Jungle - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99)
  • Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99)

According to Polygon the sale will run from August 27 to September 1.

What games will you be picking up from the sale? Sound off in the comments down below and maybe I'll give you my terrible PSN ID that I made in college and am kind of embarrassed of so we can play Journey together!

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Skullgirls PC Version Now Out on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/qda6i/skullgirls-pc-version-now-out-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/qda6i/skullgirls-pc-version-now-out-on-steam Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:18:23 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Since it was first announced 7 months ago, Skullgirls fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the PC port of the game. It is now finally out and available on Steam.

If you donated one of the qualifying amounts to the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign, you could have already played the game in its beta form. If so, there most likely won't be too much new in the release of the game for you.

If you donated a qualifying amount, but have not redeemed your codes, or you did not donate but want to purchase the game, make sure you do as soon as possible. If you buy it before November 22nd, you will get Squigly for free. If you buy it before Thursday, September 5th, you can get the Skullgirls Character Color Bundle DLC for free.

Skullgirls is available now on Steam for $14.99. If you want to purchase a 2-pack for you and a friend, it is $24.99 and if you want a 4-pack, it is $44.99.

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Skullgirls Review https://www.gameskinny.com/doeg4/skullgirls-review https://www.gameskinny.com/doeg4/skullgirls-review Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:06:53 -0400 Tortuga Fetus

All fighting games essentially boil down to the same thing: hit your opponent with various combinations of attacks until their health meter drops to zero and they stop fighting back.

However, different fighting franchises use gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the rest of the genre and keep players hooked. Mortal Kombat has copious amounts of violence, Marvel vs Capcom lets you make teams out of all your favorite Marvel and Capcom characters, and Dead or Alive throws the anatomy of its well endowed cast in your face every five seconds.

The hook for Skullgirls is its art style. It is like a mix between anime and an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon. It has an Art Deco aesthetic to it as well, that really seems to tie it all together into a package that is a delight to feast your eyes on.

The mix of smooth jazz and opera that accompanies the visuals matches so well that it’s difficult to describe as anything other than perfect. The whole package is quite wonderful and it’s very obvious by the amount of detail that a lot of love went into crafting this game.

The attention to details doesn’t stop at the surface; it also manifests itself in the gameplay. The controls are tight and responsive and they feel great, though they aren’t very well suited for a standard controller, as due to the lack of buttons some punches and kicks will have to be relegated to the trigger and shoulder buttons. The game was clearly crafted with a fighting stick in mind, and I highly recommend it to get the most enjoyment out of the game.

When picking characters you can choose between one super powered character or two or three lesser powered characters that can call in assist attacks from one another and can heal when they aren’t the ones fighting. This changes up the established 2D fighting formula quite a bit as each match can be as simple or hectic as you want. Each character has been balanced perfectly, so whether you have a team of one or three it never feels unfair. It’s a good system and I’d love to see it implemented in more games.

There is plenty to do in Skullgirls. You can hit up arcade mode or challenge a stranger online. There’s even a story mode where you can follow each character as they attempt to claim the wish-granting Skullheart for themselves and become a titular Skullgirl. The story isn’t spectacular and really just gives the characters reasons to bump into each other and get into spontaneous brawls, but it’s still entertaining while it lasts.

The real meat of the game is in its training mode where you can learn the basics as well as more advanced tactics that all carry over to any other 2D fighting game on the market. It’s perfect for those new to the genre as well as veterans looking to refine their skills.

One major complaint I have with the game is that there isn’t any place to view a list of attacks for each character. The Skullgirls website contains a list you can download to your desktop, otherwise, if you want to learn how to use each character, you’ll just have to go through some trial and error. It’s odd and frustrating that such a staple in modern fighters wouldn’t be included as part of the initial release of the game.

Before you dive in to the world of Skullgirls be warned: the entirety of the all-female cast is hyper sexualized. Each character’s proportions are outrageous and you’ll constantly be seeing absurd amounts of cleavage and upskirt shots. It’s enough to make Dead or Alive blush. However, if you can see past all that you’ll find a fighter that is well worth the price of admission.

If you’re an enthusiast of fighting games or then Skullgirls is an obvious must buy. And with a slew of new characters coming soon as free DLC thanks to a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, there’s never been a better time to hop on the bandwagon. 

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Skullgirls Fan Suggested Character Killed-in-Action https://www.gameskinny.com/v1d5u/skullgirls-fan-suggested-character-killed-in-action https://www.gameskinny.com/v1d5u/skullgirls-fan-suggested-character-killed-in-action Mon, 27 May 2013 01:59:11 -0400 Joseph Rowe

The original roster for the Skullgirls DLC character vote was supposed to be one larger than it actually was. A fan suggested concept, fleshed out by Alex Ahad of Lab Zero Games, was missing due to legal issues that were being worked out during the vote.

The Facebook post that started it all.

The fan suggested character was named Juju. She was a Chinese sniper that used a comically large gun to help Parasoul take out her opponents.

Although Alex Ahad was the one who fleshed out the character and turned her into an actual piece of artwork, due to Cee McNeil being the original suggester, the character was (apparently) legally his.

Many fans, along with Lab Zero Games, wanted to see Juju get put up as a potential Skullgirls character in the DLC vote. This was planned to happen, but Cee McNeil posted on the official Facebook of the game saying that he wanted to be compensated.

After legal talks that lasted long enough for Juju to not make either of the votes, it seemed like the sniper was finally going to be a part of the cast. Unfortunately for fans and Lab Zero Games, however, Cee McNeil posted this on the official Skullheart forum, breaking a non-disclosure agreement and ruining any legal agreements that were made.

Throughout the thread on the Skullgirls forum, many fans expressed relief that the character was finally dealt with, although many questioned how valid Cee McNeil's ownership claim was due to his only contribution being a Skullgirls Facebook suggestion.

In response to criticisms, Cee McNeil responded in an arguably hostile manner, going so far as to call another poster an idiot for bringing up the validity of his ownership of the character.

The thread was eventually locked due to some heated debate. A short while afterwards, Peter "Ravidrath" Barthalow of Lab Zero Games posted the following:

Hey, everyone.

There was a confidentiality agreement in the contract Mr. McNeil signed, so I'm extremely disappointed that after working for a few months to get this resolved, the creation of this thread has ended any possibility of using Juju in the future.

We tried to get this resolved favorably despite continued disruptive and unprofessional conduct on Mr. McNeil's part, often against our own better judgment. His behavior in the Skullgirls community has made Juju an extremely divisive topic within Lab Zero and I soldiered ahead because I felt it was the right thing to do. But with this breach of confidence, none of that matters now.

To say that I am disappointed in this outcome would be an understatement.

This decision is final - sorry to all of Juju's fans, but I can't afford to waste any more of Lab Zero's time and money pursuing this.

Prior to reading the thread on the issue, I had forgotten about Juju's originaly inclusion in the Skullgirls character vote. It is a rather unfortunate circumstance that the character was dropped, but after reading some of Cee McNeil's posts on the forum, it is easy to see why Barthalow would paint his conduct as "disruptive" and "unprofessional."

Hopefully Lab Zero Games can get around the issue by simply redesigning the character a tiny bit. Her suggested playstyle seemed like she would have made a good fit in the Skullgirls cast.

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Skullgirls Heading to Japanese Arcades https://www.gameskinny.com/91b65/skullgirls-heading-to-japanese-arcades https://www.gameskinny.com/91b65/skullgirls-heading-to-japanese-arcades Tue, 21 May 2013 02:25:36 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Skullgirls seems to be taking off pretty well. It started off slow in the United States, but it built up a loyal fanbase that expanded with its port over to Japan and the DLC character Indiegogo campaign. Now Lab Zero Games' fighter will have a chance to reach more people in Japan as it gets ported to arcades.

Unlike in the United States where arcades are dead almost everywhere, the arcade scene is still alive and kickin' in Japan. This is why it comes with only a mild surprise that Skullgirls is getting an arcade port over there.

This has got to be exciting for the folks over at Lab Zero Games. Not only is there game doing pretty well in Japan, it's doing well enough to warrant an arcade port.

Living in southern California, I'm lucky enough to have a few arcades within an hour or so drive of my residence. I am really hoping they import the Skullgirls arcade cabinet. If not, maybe I can win the lottery and do it myself.

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Skullgirls Fourth DLC Character: Beowulf https://www.gameskinny.com/1zkbv/skullgirls-fourth-dlc-character-beowulf https://www.gameskinny.com/1zkbv/skullgirls-fourth-dlc-character-beowulf Fri, 17 May 2013 01:53:15 -0400 Joseph Rowe

After what seems like an eternity, the Skullgirls race has come to an end. Squigly, Big Band, Robo-Fortune, Eliza, and now Beowulf will be joining the cast of Skullgirls at some point in the near future.

With a playstyle that will be based off of the likes of Tizoc from Garou and R. Mika from Street Fighter Alpha, Beowulf is a professional wrestler with a chair that he uses to set up combos. Everything about him is pretty rad.

I normally try to maintain some level of neutrality while writing about games I have opinions on, but I just want to say this: fuck yes, I am so excited that Beowulf made it in to Skullgirls. His playstyle seems fantastic. I am sorry to the folks whose waifus didn't make it, but you're gonna have to quit being so salty and learn to love the Wulfmeister.

Now that we have Beowulf and Big Band, do you think they should change the name of Skullgirls to Skullpeople? Seems more politically correct.

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Skullgirls 360 Patch is Finally Here https://www.gameskinny.com/lcpsz/skullgirls-360-patch-is-finally-here https://www.gameskinny.com/lcpsz/skullgirls-360-patch-is-finally-here Tue, 14 May 2013 23:59:16 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Thanks to Microsoft's weird policies about updates, Skullgirls fans who play on the XBOX 360 have been shafted. While PS3 players have had the patch since November of last year, 360 fans have had to play with the base version of the game. This happens no longer.

That is right! If you are an XBOX 360 Skullgirls player, the patch is finally here. Peter Bartholow sent out an e-mail detailing how to patch for users who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign.

If you did not contribute to the funds, have not received or checked your e-mail, or just want to be reminded on how to patch, here is how you do it:

  • Turn off your XBOX 360 as the first step. It is important to do so.
  • Next, you will want to go to your Skullgirls game in your library and bring up the details menu. There will be a section called extras which you will select.
  • Choose from there the "Required Compatibility Update."
  • This is a two-tiered update. After you get the compatibility update done, you will launch the game and get the actual Title Update.

Hopefully the Skullgirls update process goes smoothly for you so you can enjoy the changes! Good luck and happy fighting!

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Skullgirls New Color DLC Packs on PSN Today https://www.gameskinny.com/zexzo/skullgirls-new-color-dlc-packs-on-psn-today https://www.gameskinny.com/zexzo/skullgirls-new-color-dlc-packs-on-psn-today Tue, 14 May 2013 15:46:22 -0400 Joseph Rowe

When Skullgirls released, each character had a decent amount of color swap options. There were some pretty great ones like a Harley Quinn style Cerebella, a Cirno for Touhou version of Peacock, Hatsune Miku costume color for Filia, Kneesocks from Panty and Stocking outfit color for Parasoul, and the list goes on.

Today on the PlayStation Network, players can pay for premium color DLC packs. Each character released so far has their own pack. Each pack will cost $1, but players looking to get new colors for the entire cast can buy a mega pack for the discount of $5.

The new color packs can be viewed on the PlayStation blog. There are some references that stick out: an Evangelion Unit 01 Painwheel, a Scanty palette swap for Filia, and what looks like a Mami Tomoe from Madoka color scheme for Ms. Fortune.

Skullgirls has had so much news lately. I am so happy for the folks over at Lab Zero Games. I'll be picking up the full pack to hold me over until the new characters get released.

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Skullgirls Fourth DLC Character Final Round Begins https://www.gameskinny.com/ifbnb/skullgirls-fourth-dlc-character-final-round-begins https://www.gameskinny.com/ifbnb/skullgirls-fourth-dlc-character-final-round-begins Mon, 13 May 2013 05:11:44 -0400 Joseph Rowe

The final round of voting for the fourth DLC character to be added into Skullgirls began earlier tonight. If you haven't checked your e-mail for the voting link, make sure to do so. You will be ranking the remaining ten characters.

The remaining ten candidates for Skullgirls are: Stanley, Beowulf, Feng, Panzerfaust, Isaac, Minette, Venus, B. Dahlia, Annie, and Aeon. If you rooted for any of those characters, you are set. If not, you have my condolences. I weep for the casualties of the great Character War of 2013.

It is hard to believe that the ride is almost over. I am sure that the folks at Lab Zero Games are ready to get this over with and finish working on all the new characters, stages, etc.

Even though the voting is almost over, make sure to check your e-mail for updates on the goods you will receive for contributing to the Skullgirls campaign! Stay tuned to find out who the winner is.

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Are the Skullgirls Team Fortress 2 Hats Back On? https://www.gameskinny.com/w08dn/are-the-skullgirls-team-fortress-2-hats-back-on https://www.gameskinny.com/w08dn/are-the-skullgirls-team-fortress-2-hats-back-on Fri, 10 May 2013 16:51:57 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Oh, Lab Zero Games, you tease! The official twitter for Skullgirls just sent out the picture above. Fans of the series were lead to believe that the Team Fortress 2 hats had been canceled, but this image seems to point to the contrary.

At the start of the Indiegogo campaign, Lab Zero Games promised fans that they would create Skullgirls themed hats for the game Team Fortress 2. Unfortunately, this idea was shot down by the development team for TF2 over at Valve due to what seemed like them having too much on their plate already.

The crypticness behind the tweet could signal two things: Skullgirls TF2 hats are already confirmed and the team is just trying to rile fans up or it's just a possibility. Given how disappointed the fans were during the cancellation the first time, though, I'd venture to guess it's a safe bet that the Peacock hat will make it into the game.

Another interesting tidbit about this hat is that, originally, the TF2 hat shown for the Indiegogo campaign was Squigly's Leviathan. Does this mean that the fans will get both or does it mean that we're getting a Peacock hat instead?

I really hope this means what I think it means. I also hope that this will be thrown back into the packs for those who donated to the Indiegogo campaign. I'm putting my trust and love into you, Lab Zero Games, gimme some of those awesome Skullgirls TF2 hats!

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