Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • Armada Takes Dreamhack Winter Win

    armada-dreamhack-winter-2016Unsurprisingly, Armada and Hungrybox ended up finding themselves in a match up for the grand finale of Smash Melee Dreamhack Winter.

    However, only one player could come out on top. Both Hungrybox and Armada were projected to do well in the event, but nobody expected Armada to be on such a hot streak. Earlier on in the tournament, Armada ripped through Leffen and Trifasia with quick 3-0 victories.

    Hungrybox, on the other hand, managed to fight his way through Professor Pro and Mang0 in his first two matches. He did well, but he wasn't quite as much of a convincing winner as Armada was at this point.

    After two straight wins, both Hungrybox and Armada found themselves in the winner's final. In this event, Armada's 3-0 victory streak was brought to an end by Hungrybox, but only just. Armada still managed to take a 3-1 victory in the winner's final, bringing him to the grand final with just a scratch.

    Hungrybox took a pretty heavy knock to his confidence after his loss to Armada, and as a result, he only just managed to scrape out a 3-2 victory in the loser's final against Leffen. With another victory in his hands, Hungrybox then found himself against Armada in the final match of the tournament.

    Hungrybox may have dusted himself off from earlier bruises, but Armada was completely on fire. The final was a beauty to watch and it saw Armada closely beat Hungrybox with a 3-2 scoreline during the first grand finals matchup.

    As a result, Armada managed to bag the $15,000 win, whilst Hungrybox still went home happy with a $7,500 paycheck.

  • Capcom Cup Withdrawals Makes Room For New Players

    capcom-cup-2016Because a few players have opted to drop out of the Capcom Cup, players behind them in the rankings have been pulled in for an invite.

    Last week, it was revealed that Misterio would not be able to attend the event, and as a result, the next highest ranked player was invited into his spot. This turned out to be Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley.

    Following from Misterio's announcement, Tse444 then revealed that he had decided to opt out of the Capcom Cup. Once again, this left a spot waiting to be filled and such a spot went straight into the hands of Fujimura "Yukadon" Atsushi.

    Perhaps more interestingly is the extra qualification given to Humanbomb after Younes "CCL" Lazaar decided to drop out. Humanbomb also qualified for Capcom Cup in 2015 and managed to get a ninth place finish, despite his lower rankings.

    Humanbomb will end up being the lowest ranked player in the entirety of the Capcom Cup Top 32 event, and his first match up will be against Lee "Infiltration" Seonwoo. Out of all of the contenders, we think Humanbomb is certainly the star dark horse of the event. It'd be amazing to see Humanbomb, who hasn't had such a successful year, make it into the top 12, or end up with an even higher finish. We'll be keeping an eye on him during Capcom Cup this year, that's for sure.

    What players are you hoping to see succeed in this year's Capcom Cup Finals?

  • CEO Dreamland Smash Event Coming

    ceo-dreamland-smashA new gaming event set for April 2017 has been announced by CEO.

    The event has been named CEO Dreamland and it will have a focus on Smash tournaments, but there will be other events taking place as well.

    A statement on the CEO Dreamland website read, "We would like to show the love back and host an event dedicated to all things Super Smash Bros and more for the Florida Community and beyond. This will be an event bringing together the smash communities and giving them the opportunity to level up before the busy summer season of big tournaments."

    The event will include Super Smash Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros 64, Brawhlhalla and Rivals of Aether as the five games for the five main tournaments. Registration will open up in December, and players will need to sign up via and take part in the qualifiers to be in with a chance of attending the CEO Dreamland event.

    The dates have been locked in for April 14 to April 16, making it a three-day affair. More details, such as cash prices, booking, hotel deals and tournament rules will be made available soon.

    Because the tournament event will be coinciding with Easter, the CEO team also plans to run a live easter egg event that'll allow all attendees to take part. Once again, more details of this will be made available soon.

    Are you interested in the CEO Dreamland 2017 event?

  • Rainbow Six Siege Season Pass 2 Available

    rainbow-six-siege-season-pass-2Rainbow Six Siege is hitting a new season, a new year, and a new season pass.

    The new season pass will cost $30 and will give players upfront free access to some of the content that Ubisoft has planned for the next year. It looks as if Ubisoft are planning to make Rainbow Six Siege a long term investment - instead of developing a new Rainbow Six title, they'll put their efforts into releasing more content for Siege, and that involves lining up features to fill up the season pass offering.

    The 2nd season pass will include 8 new operators which will be once again split up into groups of 2 across 4 different seasons during 2017. 8 Exclusive headgear customization options, as well as 8 new outfits, an R6 Carbon charm, and 600 R6 credits for in-game purchases will be included in the season pass as soon as a player purchases it.

    Purchasing the season pass will also give players access to a range of VIP perks - these will remain active until February 2018, at which point we expect Ubisoft to release a third season pass, so long as their second year running goes smoothly.

    The VIP perks include a 1-week early access to the new operators, a 10% discount on any items in the shop, a permanent 5% renown boost and 2 extra daily challenges until February 2018.

    The new pass will replace the year 1 pass - going forward, the only way to purchase the year 1 operators will be via either of the available Rainbow Six Siege currencies.

  • Marvel Vs Capcom 4 Hitting in 2017

    marvel-v-capcom-4We've got big news today! Marvel Vs Capcom 4 is getting a 2017 release.

    Not only is Marvel Vs Capcom now slated for a 2017 release, but we may get a first glimpse and a proper announcement at the Capcom Cup later this year. During the event, we'll most likely hear about some of the fighters we'll see both from the Capcom camp and the Marvel team.

    According to rumors, the Marvel Vs Capcom 4 lineup may not feature any X-Men, at least to begin with. A lot of the more iconic Street Fighter characters are expected to make an appearance, and those that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    This would include those that are part of the Avengers; The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, etc, as well as a number of potential villains. For now, we're unsure whether Spidey will be included in the mix, but it'd be nice to see him say hello. If the Marvel vs Capcom team does go ahead with the cinematic universe then we'll most likely not see any appearances from the Fantastic Four universe either.

    Even with a lack of Fantastic Four and X-Men characters, there is still a lot of room for a large roster for Marvel vs Capcom 4. We can't wait to hear more about the upcoming title. Make sure to check back here after Capcom Cup 2016 for updates and match results, highlights and final scores.

  • Titanfall 2 to Get Free Trial

    titanfall-2-freeRespawn Entertainment is going to great lengths to get new players into the world of Titanfall 2.

    Alongside EA's help, Respawn has now released a free trial for Titanfall 2 that will allow players to try out the game before purchasing it.

    The trial has launched as a freebie for those with EA Access or Origin Access. Alternatively, those without EA/Origin Access can pay $4.99 for the first month, cancel their subscription and then use their first month to play the Titanfall 2 trial. The best option though, is for players to wait till December 2nd and pick up the trial for free - at this point, even those without Origin Access will have the ability to play the trial on PS4, Xbox One or PC.

    The Titanfall 2 trial will end on December 4 - after the trial ends, players will be able to purchase the game if they'd like to continue with the stats they left with. The trial will be limited to multiplayer, but there will be no content restrictions and the trial can be played without any time limits.

    Players will essentially be given the full Titanfall 2 multiplayer experience for free until December 4. To make it sweeter, a brand new content drop will hit on December 3rd, and all trial players will be able to experience the new content and new multiplayer map.

    Will you be trying out Titanfall 2 during the free trial period? It's the perfect time to do it.

  • Yooka-Laylee Gameplay Footage Showcased

    yooka-laylee-gameplayA small clip featuring Yooka-Laylee gameplay footage has been published to the Playtonic's Twitter page, and it includes never before seen features.

    For many, a Banjo Kazooie remake is something worth dreaming about. However, after the latest Banjo Kazooie title, a lot of fans have been disinterested in seeing any future titles. The development team, Playtonic, has revitalized the world's interest in such a game though, with their spiritual successor named Yooka-Laylee.

    The company includes many of the developers that worked on the original Banjo Kazooie games that gained popularity back in the N64, Gamecube and SNES days. As a result, Yooka-Laylee has a huge amount of throwbacks to that time period - it looks like it's going to be the game to bring 3D platformers and collectathons back to life.

    One of our concerns about Yooka-Laylee was the control system - previous footage has shown us that the game looks incredible, at least on a visual front, and fortunately it looks as if the game is absolutely jam packed with in-game content and challenges too.

    However, we haven't seen any proof of how well the control system works. The new twitter footage does show us that the controls could be smoother than we could ever have imagined. In the short clip, a player is seen running along the flat ground before diving into a small river and then controlling the character whilst underwater. The transition between walking and swimming looked so effortlessly smooth.

    We can't wait to see how Yooka-Laylee plays in 2017.

  • More Ghost Recon Wildlands Details Shared

    ghost-recon-wildlandsUbisoft has recently shared more details about the upcoming Ghost Recon Wildlands, including information about 2017 beta access.

    One of the first new pieces of information that Ubisoft has shared about Ghost Recon Wildlands, is that players will have access to their own individual drone in single player mode. The drone can be customized and used in different ways depending on what changes a player has made to it.

    "You can customize your drone depending on your playstyle and how you prefer to use it. You can upgrade the recon abilities by improving its autonomy, add different electronic views (night vision, thermal view, etc.), or change optics for better zoom abilities. You can also use the drone for diversion by putting devices which will generate sounds to lure enemies."

    "You can also upgrade the engine to be more silent when needed, or implement an EMP bomb to switch off enemy electronic devices. And if you want to use the drone in assault mode, you can equip the drone with high explosives to blow things up, increase its resistance to bullets, etc. We wanted to provide a variety of combinations depending on how you like to use the drone. It's always about freedom of choice and how you want to progress and use your gear."

    Ghost Recon Wildlands is set for release in March 2017 and Ubisoft has recently mentioned that there will be a number of betas for the game that'll hit in early 2017 before the launch date.

    Hopefully the first beta will hit in January 2017, but for now, we'll need to wait until we hear more from Ubisoft before we can confirm the beta dates and participation details.

  • Results: Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals

    capcom-pro-tour-magoThe start of last weekend saw the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals come to an end, and we now know who came out on top and who will be making it to the Capcom Cup Finals.

    The winner of the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals is Mago, a formidable Karin player that has put a lot of effort into his playstyle in recent months to get himself a placement.

    Mago didn't have an easy race to the finish, though. Earlier in the event, Mago took a heartbreaking defeat and found himself sitting in the loser's bracket. Fortunately, Mago had the courage, and maybe a little bit of luck, to fight his way through the loser's bracket and into the grand finals.

    During the event, Mago managed to get a victory in against Bonchan, Kazunoko, and Haitani before he came up against MOV, who, at this point, hadn't lost a single game during the event.

    The grand finals were one of the closest, most exhilarating matches I've watched in a long time. With Mago coming from the loser's bracket, he needed to win two best of three matches in a row, whilst MOV only needed one due to his spot in the winner's bracket.

    A Chun Li matchup for Mago's Karin wasn't exactly putting odds in Mago's favor. Fortunately for Mago though, his Karin playstyle managed to help him pull through two very tight 3-2 victories against MOV to get the grand final win.

    Because of Mago's previous performances, he already has an invitation to the Capcom Cup Finals. Instead, Tse4444 was lucky enough to bag an entry into the Cup Finals from his previous performances, including his top 13th-16th finish at the Asia Regional Finals.

  • EVO 2017 Scheduling Details Announced

    evo-2017EVO is making an exciting return in 2017, and we've now received details about when and where the event will take place.

    EVO is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world. It supports events for some of the most popular current fighting games, as well as some older titles. While the full game lineup is yet to be announced, the trailer has shown footage for Guilty Gear Xrd - Revelator, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7 and Mortal Kombat X.

    We wouldn't be surprised if other titles make their way to EVO 2017, including Smash Bros Wii U.

    In 2016, EVO took place in Las Vegas for the first two days, whilst the final day of the event took place in Mandalay Bay's arena. It was a bit difficult for all fans to attend the entire EVO event, so this year the organizers have put the effort in to accommodate everybody for the 2017 event.

    In 2017, the EVO event will take place on July 14 and will end with the final matches happening on July 16. All three days of the event will take place at Mandalay Bay, which is at Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.

    A lot of the information is still to be confirmed, so make sure to check back here and on the EVO 2017 website regularly for more details.

    Are you interested in attending the EVO 2017 event or watching the EVO live streams next year? Which events will you be tuning in to?

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