8 Dream Characters We’d Like To See As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s base roster cemented, players can now set their sights on the all-important question: Who’s being made available via DLC? Primary among the many completely justified complaints is the glaring omission of Waluigi and a surprising lack of Toad. Persona’s Joker was recently added to the list opening the floodgates for all sorts of third-party characters, so we must ask, why is Ronald McDonald still not on the roster?

D.Va

In Smash Bros. we all play to win. So does D.Va. The former gamer-turned-mech pilot would make a great addition to the brawler with her high-powered Tokki robo-suit. In fact, with her already-equipped booster ability, matrix shield (block), and self-destruct (which could be a final smash) the South Korean megastar is primed and ready to enter the fray.

Fortnite Dude/Gal

With a handy pickaxe, arsenal of guns, and umbrella, Fortnite characters already have much of what a Smash character needs in a recover move, ranged attack, and close-quarters combo. For an ultimate smash, what about a dance emote that sends players soaring off the map from its sheer brilliance? No? Moving on…

Ronald McDonald (or at least the Hamburglar)

Who says product placement in gaming is a bad thing? When we heard rumors that fast food’s clown prince was going to be playable, visions of him kicking Fox off the screen with his oversized red shoes danced through our heads like hamburgers on a hungry night. Speaking of hamburgers, why not throw in the Hamburglar for good measure as an assist trophy? He could run around stealing hamburgers from people… or something. 

RoboCop

Let’s just say what we’re all thinking: Smash Bros. is way too PG. Kids these days want dark and edgy. With RoboCop’s automatic pistol and monotone one-liners, we think he could be just what this franchise needs to go from snoresville to goresville.

Doom Guy

Speaking of badasses, what about Doom Guy? His no-nonsense attitude and savage glory kills could bring more maturity to Nintendo’s seminal brawler. And that retractable blade? Pikachu wouldn’t stand a chance.

Leon Kennedy

For our unironic choice, why not throw a bit of love to Resident Evil? With the Resident Evil 2 remaster just a few months away, series favorite Leon Kennedy would make a great addition to the roster. With his expansive arsenal of zombie-vaporizing hardware, the Raccoon City police officer could easily stand with some of the more realistic characters in the lineup.

Eevee

The age of Pikachu representing Pokémon has come to an end, and that end is called Eevee. The adorable normal-type is owed a spot on the roster, especially after the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go. With its myriad evolutions, maybe for a final smash, it could harness the power of all forms to fire off a hyper beam. Either way, Eevee could definitely put the yellow rat’s thunder to shame.

Kratos

Gore, loads and loads more gore is clearly a running theme here. That’s how you put butts in seats, after all. And who better than Sony poster-child Kratos to paint the roster of Nintendo peons in torrents of blood? Kratos is the man… er, god, for the job.   

Who do you think is criminally absent from Nintendo’s star-studded brawler? Let us know about it in the comments section below and be sure to check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review to see how the game stacks up to its giant predecessors. Also, for some picks that maybe aren’t as big of longshots to get in, check out our wishlist from before it was even called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.     

Beta Test 8 Dream Characters We’d Like To See As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

8 Dream Characters We’d Like To See As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s base roster cemented, players can now set their sights on the all-important question: Who’s being made available via DLC? Primary among the many completely justified complaints is the glaring omission of Waluigi and a surprising lack of Toad. Persona’s Joker was recently added to the list opening the floodgates for all sorts of third-party characters, so we must ask, why is Ronald McDonald still not on the roster?

D.Va

In Smash Bros. we all play to win. So does D.Va. The former gamer-turned-mech pilot would make a great addition to the brawler with her high-powered Tokki robo-suit. In fact, with her already-equipped booster ability, matrix shield (block), and self-destruct (which could be a final smash) the South Korean megastar is primed and ready to enter the fray.

Fortnite Dude/Gal

With a handy pickaxe, arsenal of guns, and umbrella, Fortnite characters already have much of what a Smash character needs in a recover move, ranged attack, and close-quarters combo. For an ultimate smash, what about a dance emote that sends players soaring off the map from its sheer brilliance? No? Moving on…

Ronald McDonald (or at least the Hamburglar)

Who says product placement in gaming is a bad thing? When we heard rumors that fast food’s clown prince was going to be playable, visions of him kicking Fox off the screen with his oversized red shoes danced through our heads like hamburgers on a hungry night. Speaking of hamburgers, why not throw in the Hamburglar for good measure as an assist trophy? He could run around stealing hamburgers from people… or something. 

RoboCop

Let’s just say what we’re all thinking: Smash Bros. is way too PG. Kids these days want dark and edgy. With RoboCop’s automatic pistol and monotone one-liners, we think he could be just what this franchise needs to go from snoresville to goresville.

Doom Guy

Speaking of badasses, what about Doom Guy? His no-nonsense attitude and savage glory kills could bring more maturity to Nintendo’s seminal brawler. And that retractable blade? Pikachu wouldn’t stand a chance.

Leon Kennedy

For our unironic choice, why not throw a bit of love to Resident Evil? With the Resident Evil 2 remaster just a few months away, series favorite Leon Kennedy would make a great addition to the roster. With his expansive arsenal of zombie-vaporizing hardware, the Raccoon City police officer could easily stand with some of the more realistic characters in the lineup.

Eevee

The age of Pikachu representing Pokémon has come to an end, and that end is called Eevee. The adorable normal-type is owed a spot on the roster, especially after the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go. With its myriad evolutions, maybe for a final smash, it could harness the power of all forms to fire off a hyper beam. Either way, Eevee could definitely put the yellow rat’s thunder to shame.

Kratos

Gore, loads and loads more gore is clearly a running theme here. That’s how you put butts in seats, after all. And who better than Sony poster-child Kratos to paint the roster of Nintendo peons in torrents of blood? Kratos is the man… er, god, for the job.   

Who do you think is criminally absent from Nintendo’s star-studded brawler? Let us know about it in the comments section below and be sure to check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review to see how the game stacks up to its giant predecessors. Also, for some picks that maybe aren’t as big of longshots to get in, check out our wishlist from before it was even called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.     

Beta Test 8 Dream Characters We’d Like To See As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

GI Show – Rage 2, Outer Worlds, Women In Gaming Interview

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On this week’s episode, we have Javy Gwaltney, Ben Reeves, and Leo Vader regaling us with details from their trip to Sweden to learn all about Avalanche’s Rage 2 for our new cover story. Then Brian Shea and Jeff Cork join the show as we attempt to run down the highlights from The Game Awards, especially Far Cry New Dawn and Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds. Dan Tack and Matt Miller are also eager to talk about Hades, the surprising new game from Supergiant Games. After some great community emails, we’re joined by former Game Informer editor Meagan Marie to talk about her new book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play. We hope you enjoy the show!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten to episode 428 on SoundCloud, or download the MP3 by clicking here. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show.

Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

2:45 –  Rage 2 cover story impressions
23:00 – Recap of The Game Awards
40:30 – Far Cry New Dawn
48:00 – The Outer Worlds
56:05 – Hades from Supergiant Games
1:09:20 – Community emails
1:46:45 – Meagan Marie interview on Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

Beta Test GI Show – Rage 2, Outer Worlds, Women In Gaming Interview

GI Show – Rage 2, Outer Worlds, Women In Gaming Interview

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On this week’s episode, we have Javy Gwaltney, Ben Reeves, and Leo Vader regaling us with details from their trip to Sweden to learn all about Avalanche’s Rage 2 for our new cover story. Then Brian Shea and Jeff Cork join the show as we attempt to run down the highlights from The Game Awards, especially Far Cry New Dawn and Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds. Dan Tack and Matt Miller are also eager to talk about Hades, the surprising new game from Supergiant Games. After some great community emails, we’re joined by former Game Informer editor Meagan Marie to talk about her new book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play. We hope you enjoy the show!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten to episode 428 on SoundCloud, or download the MP3 by clicking here. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show.

Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

2:45 –  Rage 2 cover story impressions
23:00 – Recap of The Game Awards
40:30 – Far Cry New Dawn
48:00 – The Outer Worlds
56:05 – Hades from Supergiant Games
1:09:20 – Community emails
1:46:45 – Meagan Marie interview on Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

Beta Test GI Show – Rage 2, Outer Worlds, Women In Gaming Interview

Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

Fortnite’s Creative mode, the new third pillar of Fortnite focused on letting players create what they want with their own islands, is now available to everyone. When the mode was announced, it went up early for Battle Pass users on December 6, but can now be played by anyone with a Fortnite account (i.e. everyone).

In Creative mode, you create your island, invite friends over to check it out, and set it up for battle arenas. The actual creation part lets you fly around and copy and paste as you see fit, so you’re not just relying on regular Fortnite gameplay to build your ideal island.

During The Game Awards last week, Epic revealed The Block, a space within Fortnite Battle Royale where the designers and community members choose the best Creative Mode island to place in the game. Your island could end up being played by millions of people if it’s chosen for placement.

Creative mode is now live on all platforms you can play Fortnite on.

Beta Test Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

Fortnite’s Creative mode, the new third pillar of Fortnite focused on letting players create what they want with their own islands, is now available to everyone. When the mode was announced, it went up early for Battle Pass users on December 6, but can now be played by anyone with a Fortnite account (i.e. everyone).

In Creative mode, you create your island, invite friends over to check it out, and set it up for battle arenas. The actual creation part lets you fly around and copy and paste as you see fit, so you’re not just relying on regular Fortnite gameplay to build your ideal island.

During The Game Awards last week, Epic revealed The Block, a space within Fortnite Battle Royale where the designers and community members choose the best Creative Mode island to place in the game. Your island could end up being played by millions of people if it’s chosen for placement.

Creative mode is now live on all platforms you can play Fortnite on.

Beta Test Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

Spawn, the supernatural superhero who was more demonic than super and also maybe not quite a hero, might be making an appearance in Mortal Kombat 11. The fighting game hasn’t had a lot of details so far, but outside of the game’s reveal trailer showing Raiden and two Scorpions, it appears we might be able to add comic book star Spawn to the list as well.

The news comes from a Reddit AMA with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, who was quickly asked if the antihero would end up in the newly announced Mortal Kombat title.

“I believe he’s on his way…” McFarlane answered, both cryptically and directly. He might not have realized it wasn’t announced or simply doesn’t care about the weird secrecy that video games envelop themselves in on a regular basis.

If Spawn is in Mortal Kombat 11, it wouldn’t be either the character or McFarlane’s first forays into the fighting game arena. Spawn appeared in the Xbox version of Soulcalibur II as that game’s guest character, with Link on the Gamecube and Heihachi on the PlayStation 2, so you might call a Mortal Kombat appearance a Re-Spawn. McFarlane also designed an original character for the game named Necrid, who was an attempt by Namco to make Soulcalibur more popular in the west. Necrid did not return for further games, though Soulcalibur V director Daishi Odashima has indicated it was more of a copyright issue.

Rumors surrounding Mortal Kombat 11 before announcement suggested that licensed characters, like the series has used as DLC in previous entries, will play a more pivotal role in the story this time around. If that’s true, perhaps Spawn is involved in the time-traveling shenanigans going on with this tournament.

A new Spawn movie is supposedly in the works starring Jaime Fox, but has not begun filming yet. Mortal Kombat 11 will release on April 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, with a full reveal scheduled for January 17.

Beta Test Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

Spawn, the supernatural superhero who was more demonic than super and also maybe not quite a hero, might be making an appearance in Mortal Kombat 11. The fighting game hasn’t had a lot of details so far, but outside of the game’s reveal trailer showing Raiden and two Scorpions, it appears we might be able to add comic book star Spawn to the list as well.

The news comes from a Reddit AMA with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, who was quickly asked if the antihero would end up in the newly announced Mortal Kombat title.

“I believe he’s on his way…” McFarlane answered, both cryptically and directly. He might not have realized it wasn’t announced or simply doesn’t care about the weird secrecy that video games envelop themselves in on a regular basis.

If Spawn is in Mortal Kombat 11, it wouldn’t be either the character or McFarlane’s first forays into the fighting game arena. Spawn appeared in the Xbox version of Soulcalibur II as that game’s guest character, with Link on the Gamecube and Heihachi on the PlayStation 2, so you might call a Mortal Kombat appearance a Re-Spawn. McFarlane also designed an original character for the game named Necrid, who was an attempt by Namco to make Soulcalibur more popular in the west. Necrid did not return for further games, though Soulcalibur V director Daishi Odashima has indicated it was more of a copyright issue.

Rumors surrounding Mortal Kombat 11 before announcement suggested that licensed characters, like the series has used as DLC in previous entries, will play a more pivotal role in the story this time around. If that’s true, perhaps Spawn is involved in the time-traveling shenanigans going on with this tournament.

A new Spawn movie is supposedly in the works starring Jaime Fox, but has not begun filming yet. Mortal Kombat 11 will release on April 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, with a full reveal scheduled for January 17.

Beta Test Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early

Developer 4A Games announced today Metro Exodus has gone gold. But even more interesting is the news that the game will now be launching on February 15, one week earlier than originally planned.

The studio did not provide a specific reason for the change; according to the calendar, both dates put Metro up against competition. February 22 is Anthem‘s launch date, but February 15 has titles like Crackdown 3, Dead or Alive 6, and Far Cry New Dawn

To get an idea for what you’ll see when you start Metro Exodus, watch the title sequence below (which 4A Games also revealed today).

 

Beta Test Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early

Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early

Developer 4A Games announced today Metro Exodus has gone gold. But even more interesting is the news that the game will now be launching on February 15, one week earlier than originally planned.

The studio did not provide a specific reason for the change; according to the calendar, both dates put Metro up against competition. February 22 is Anthem‘s launch date, but February 15 has titles like Crackdown 3, Dead or Alive 6, and Far Cry New Dawn

To get an idea for what you’ll see when you start Metro Exodus, watch the title sequence below (which 4A Games also revealed today).

 

Beta Test Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early