Smash

Goku finally comes to Smash Ultimate with brillant Dragon Ball Z mod

Published: 20/Oct/2020 19:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Fans of Super Smash Bros Ultimate have often requested that the Dragon Ball protagonist Goku join the roster. Now, their prayers have finally been answered thanks to a new fighter mod.

The mod, designed by YouTuber mastaklo, transforms the Street Fighter character Ryu or the Fatal Fury hero Terry Bogard into the Saiyan Warrior as a unique skin change.

While some mods only change the fighter’s appearance, mastaklo went the extra mile, adding Goku to the fight loading screen and icon at the bottom of the screen.

As you can see from the video, the character looks right at home in Smash Ultimate and it’s easy to see why many fans want to see the anime icon added to the game officially.

Goku in Super Smash Bros
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Goku’s model looks perfect in Smash Ultimate.

Amusingly, the choice to use Ryu as a model for Goku works for several reasons. For one, the Hadouken can pass for a shorter beam version of the Kamehameha – the Dragon Ball hero’s signature move.

Plus, his Shoryuken could be big of a stand-in for the Dragon Fist technique, which has only been used in Dragon Ball Z movie 13 ‘Wrath of the Dragon’ and Dragon Ball GT.

The same can be applied to Terry’s Buster Wolf with a little imagination.

Unfortunately, because Goku is just a costume, he misses out on some signature techniques. For example, he can’t transform into a Super Saiyan, use the Spirit Bomb, fly or activate other moves from his arsenal.

Series creator Masahiro Sakurai actually addressed the community’s desire for Goku to appear in Smash at Japan’s Game Awards in 2019.

“I get all these kinds of requests from abroad like, where is my beloved Iron Man? Where is my beloved Goku? However, Smash will only have content from video games in it,” he said.

Goku playable in Smash Ultimate
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Goku works well as a costume for Terry and Ryu.

So, for fans wanting to see Goku fight Mario, Link, Cloud and the rest of the cast, you’re out of luck. Thank goodness for modders like mastaklo for filling the void.

If you want to download his mod, it’s available right now on Patreon, but it will have a public release on November 13.

Call of Duty

Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Activision
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Activision
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.