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DeAngelo Epps

DeAngelo Epps

Former Digital Trends Contributor

De'Angelo Epps is a gaming writer passionate about the culture, communities, and industry surrounding gaming. His work ranges from reviews and retrospectives to interviews, news, and community coverage. He's especially well versed in the worlds of fighting games, hack n' slashes, and JRPGs. When he isn't writing he's either taking care of cats, talking with friends, or reading One Piece.

You can find his work on Digital Trends as well as Polygon, Fanbyte, Wired, and PlayStation.

A player holds a check for a million dollars at a Street Fighter 6 tournament.

How an underdog Street Fighter 6 player beat the odds to win $1 million

Wang Yuan-hao made history by winning Street Fighter 6's Capcom Cup. We spoke to the man known as UMA about the underdog story that landed him $1 million.
Tizoc pointing his finger during his intro in Fatal Fury City of the Wolves.

Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves gives Street Fighter 6 a run for its money

Developer SNK is reviving its Fatal Fury series with a very promising new entry that innovates with its REV and SPG systems.
Kuma hitting Law causing him to fly toward the screen in Tekken 8.

If you want to up your Tekken 8 game, try this stickless controller

If you're looking to up your Tekken 8 game, it might be time to ditch your joystick and try a hitbox-style arcade controller.
Reina crossing her arms and looking toward the camera in tekken 8.

How to unlock Jun and Reina’s Character Episodes in Tekken 8

Each character in Tekken 8 has a special Character Episode that reveals more details about their past. Two Character Episodes need to be unlocked though.
Jun Kazama holding a bird in the forest in Tekken 8.

How to unlock Jun Kazama’s side story in Tekken 8

There are a few loose ends after wrapping up Tekken 8's story mode — the big question being what happened to Jun Kazama. Here's how you can find out.
tekken 8 custom characters raven customized to look like scorpion in

From Lara Croft to Bayonetta, these are our favorite Tekken 8 custom characters

With Tekken 8's superb character customizer, players have started making their own guest fighters including Tifa, Leon S. Kennedy, and Bayonetta.
Eve facing an enemy in Stellar Blade.

Stellar Blade looks like it’ll be the PS5’s first big 2024 game this April

We got a closer look at Stellar Blade, which launches this April, during Sony's first State of Play of 2024.
Azucena holding a coffee mug in Tekken 8.

How to unlock Alternate Outfit 3 in Tekken 8

In Tekken 8, there's a hidden style for each character called Alternate Outfit 3. In order to unlock this style in the shop, you'll have to fight some ghosts.
Kuma roaring during his stage entrance in Tekken 8

Tekken 8 review: Beat Up Your Dad Simulator 2K24

While Tekken 8's Arcade mode is a miss, the excellent fighting game contains a wild story mode that you can't miss.
Quan Chi holding a skull blast in MK1.

As Tekken 8 approaches, Mortal Kombat 1 fans are feeling burned out

Four months after launch, Mortal Kombat 1 players are already tired of waiting for key updates.
Dante's Devil Trigger form in Devil May Cry Peak of Combat..

Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat’s stellar action outweighs its gacha frustrations

Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat does a surprisingly great job af bringing the series' action to mobile, so long as you can live with its cash-grab gacha setup.
Solid Snake aiming a pistol out of a box in Fortnite.

Fortnite’s new modes are fun, but don’t sleep on Battle Royale’s great update

Fortnite's big new games are getting a lot of attention, but its Battle Royale mode received an equally exciting update that's getting overshadowed.
Gameplay from Monster Hunter Wilds

Monster Hunter Wilds is coming in 2025

Capcom is releasing a new entry in the Monster Hunter series with Monster Hunter Wilds.
Player riding a dragon in Light No Fire.

The maker of No Man’s Sky revealed its next ambitious game: Light No Fire

No Man's Sky creator, Hello Games, is releasing Light No Fire, a procedural fantasy Earth game.
The list of franchises Sega is reviving.

Sega to revive 5 of its classic franchises, including Crazy Taxi

Sega revealed five new games based on classic franchises at The Game Awards, including ones for Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio.
Yuffie holding three materia in FF7 Remake Intergrade.

PlayStation Plus is the perfect stocking stuffer for RPG fans this year

If you need a stocking stuffer for an RPG fan this year, a PS Plus subscription might be your best best.
mario kart 8 deluxe final dlc analysis diddy kong in

With its final DLC, Mario Kart 8 cements its legacy as a multiplayer classic

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's final DLC out, it's no stretch to finally call it one of the best multiplayer games of all time.
Squidward knocking out two opponents with a painting.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 review: finally, a true Super Smash Bros. rival

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 takes the groundwork set in the original and actually adds quality and more originality to the mix.
Fortnite Jonesy running from a ghost bride in a dimly lit hallway.

For horror fans, Fortnite is secretly gaming’s best haunted house

Fortnite has a dark secret: It's quietly home to some of the best user-created horror games out today.
Leon facing El Gigante in Resident Evil 4 Remake.

Why do we love horror games? Psychologists explain our morbid curiosity

Why do we love scaring ourselves in terrifying games? Horror experts break down the psychology of fear.
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth finally launches next February

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth got a new trailer at today’s State of Play that showed off Chocobo riding and Cait Sith.
Paper Mario and Goombella facing down Goombas in Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door Switch remake.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is getting a surprise Switch release

GameCube classic Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is getting an enhanced Switch port next year.
Mario jumping towards Donkey Kong in Mario vs Donkey Kong for the Switch.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is getting a Nintendo Switch remake in February

Nintendo announced a Mario vs. Donkey Kong remake for the Nintendo Switch in today's Direct.
The Evo grand finals arena packed with a crowd of attendees.

Evo manager explains how he and Street Fighter 6 revitalized the event

Digital Trends spoke to Rick Thiher to gain more insight into how Evo 2023, a monumental fighting game event, was created.
Tekken 8's Asuka Kazama posing and looking at the viewer.

Why Tekken 8’s Katsuhiro Harada wishes he was working on Project L

Katsuhiro Harada may be focused on Tekken 8, but his attention is also turned toward Riot's Project L and its free-to-play model.
Final Fantasy 16's main cast standing together.

More Black video game heroes shouldn’t be a fantasy

Though video games have grown when it comes to diversit, some of the industry's biggest franchises still struggle to center Black heroes.
Mario, Mallow, and Bowser using lightning attacks in Mario RPG.

Super Mario RPG is getting a full Switch remake, and it’s coming this year

Super Mario RPG is getting a full remake set to launch on Nintendo Switch this fall.
Assassin's Creed Mirage's Basim riding a camel.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage gets a new gameplay trailer, October release date

Assassin's Creed Mirage received a new trailer at today's PlayStation Showcase, and it looks like the series is returning to its roots.
A promo image for Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is getting a full remake on PS5, Xbox, and PC

After many remasters, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is finally set for full-on current-gen remake.
Foamstars girl character holding her weapon towards the camera.

Foamstars is Square Enix’s spin on Splatoon

Foamstars is a new competitive multiplayer game that seems to be Square Enix's take on Splatoon.
Anakin attacking in Fortnite.

Fortnite’s new ranked mode is great, unless you’re a Zero Build fan

Fortnite's long-requested ranked mode is here, but it's currently lacking if you're a Zero Build player.
Link with a created mining rig in Tears of the Kingdom.

Zeldas: Tears of the Kingdom players are creating an industrial revolution

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom players are going as far as creating mining rigs and mechs.
Fall Guys Creative Mode art featuring beans running towards the screen.

I’m already using Fall Guys’ excellent creative mode for evil

Fall Guys' devious new creative mode breathes fresh life into the battle royale sensation.
Fortnite character grinding on rail.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 shows the secret to the shooter’s success

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 shows that the shooter still isn't afraid to change, and that's what makes it special.