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I didn't think it would be possible to follow last years hype, last years upsets, and last years incredible matches. Well, I was wrong. I bring you again, the summary of Evolution Championship Series. Now if you're unfamiliar with what EVO is, basically the Olympics of fighting games. There's a medley of fighting games to be played ranging from Street Fighter to Super Smash Bros Melee. However, the roster is ever changing. Almost each year, the main 8 games played change up, allowing newer and fresher games to be showcased. And this year was definitely a crazy ride. Without much more intro, let's dive right in.
Ultra Street Fighter IV The series 6th year at EVO
1st. MD â”‚ Louffy, who played as Rose, from France.
2nd. Bonchan, who played Sagat, from Japan.
3rd. RZR â”‚ Fuudo (Winner of EVO 2011,) who played Fei Long, from Japan.
In quite possibly one of the biggest upsets of an entire generation, a huge portion of the favorites to win the tournament were eliminated before even the Semi-finals. It just goes to show you that even the changes they made for Ultra can really impact the level of competition.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 The series 4th year at EVO
1st. EG â”‚ Justin Wong, who played using the team Wolverine/Storm/Akuma, from the USA.
2nd. GG â”‚ NYChrisG, who played using the teams Morrigan/Doctor Doom/Vergil, Magneto/Morrigan/Doctor Doom, from the USA.
3rd. RG â”‚ Fillipino Champ, who played using the teams Magneto/Dormammu/Doctor Doom, Magneto/Doctor Doom/Phoenix, Morrigan/Magneto/Doctor Doom, from the USA.
Finally, it happened again. Justin Wong returned as the Marvel champion. It's been too long since we've heard the crowds of viewers cheering his name and he definitely deserved this.
Super Smash Bros Melee The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. C9 â”‚ Mang0 (Won EVO 2013), who played as Falco, Fox, from the USA.
2nd. CRS â”‚ Hungrybox, who played as Jigglypuff, from the USA.
3rd. P4K.EMP â”‚ Armada who played as Peach, Young Link, from Sweden.
Quite possibly one of the coolest things to see this year, not only because of the competition, but because of Nintendo's support. Before the finals began, it was nice to see Reggie on screen thank the players and such. At least after last years almost nightmare, it's nice to see the turn around. Smash is not done.
Killer Instinct The series 1st year at EVO
1st. KN.RM â”‚ CDjr who played as Sadira, Jago, from the USA.
2nd. RG â”‚ Rico Suave who played as Thunder, Fulgore, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, from the USA.
3rd. EG â”‚ Justin Wong who played as Sabrewulf, from the USA.
Straight up, I'm not a KI fan in the least bit. But watching the grand finals was pretty intense. Higher level play of most games can still almost always give you that tight feeling in your chest of, 'oh, that was freaking cool.'
Blazblue Chrono Phantasma The series 1st year at EVO.
1st. Garireo, who played as Litchi Faye-Ling, from Japan.
2nd. Dogura, who played as Azrael, from Japan.
3rd. BE.TSB â”‚ Dora_Bang, whoa played as Bang, from Japan.
Quite possibly the most hype matches I've ever seen for this game. The commentators were fantastic, the players were outstanding and my heart was racing every single second.
King of Fighters XIII The series 3rd year at EVO
1st. Qanba â”‚ Xiao Hai, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Kim, from China.
2nd MCZ â”‚ Tokido, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Chin, from Japan.
3rd. LDA â”‚ ET, who played as Clark/Mr. Karate/EX Iori, EX Iori/Mr. Karate/Kim, from Taiwan.
It's sad to see the hype for King of Fighters XIII dying off so early. It feels like it could still have a lot of life left in it, but with the past EVO champion, Reynald, unable to participate as well, some are skeptical to the future. Even the commentators felt weaker compared to last year. KoF XIV might be in the near future, but these players show case a series of beautifully executed combos and game knowledge.
Injustice: Gods Among Us The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. RG â”‚ SonicFox, who played as Batgirl, from the USA.
2nd. AK â”‚ Pig of the Hut, who played as Zod, from the USA.
3rd. IC â”‚ Mit 88, who played as Deathstroke, Aquaman, from the USA.
Having the second fewest signups this year tells a great deal for the future of the game. I'm fairly certain that most people are getting excited for Mortal Kombat X at this point, but still. It's fun to see Batgirl deliver some butt whooping.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. Twitch â”‚ JDCR, who played as Heihachi/Armour King, from South Korea.
2nd. Twitch.MCP â”‚ Gen, who played as Bob/Leo, from Japan.
3rd. BE â”‚ Ao, who played as Alisa/Miguel, from Japan.
Sadly, Tekken seems to be dying off a tad at EVO this year, seeing the fewest entries compared to the other games. However, in contrast to this, series director Katsushiro Harada displayed a new teaser trailer for Tekken 7. The Devil is returning, we just have to be patient. In the mean time, we can enjoy and get hype over one of the best Tekken games since the original Tekken Tag.
That concludes this years Evolution Championship Series main events. While this does not cover every single tournament that was played at EVO 2014, it does cover the top 8 most signed up for. Something else worth note, I felt that EVO seemed a lot more main stream this year. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. On the upside, sites like IGN and Kotaku posted coverage on it the entire weekend. it made following the events I missed a lot more convenient, not to mention archives of the grand finals matches. It was a tad sad however, to see so much advertising for things like Mountain Dew. I can understand them being a sponsor, but this is the sort of thing gamers made fun of Microsoft and Activision for with the whole Doritos and Mountain Dew giveaways. I just hope it doesn't evolve into something out of control for the future. Regardless, it was definitely one of the most hype years yet and I can't wait for next year. With games like Persona 4 Ultimax, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, and possibly a new patch for Ultra Street Fighter 4 to be out in time for EVO, there's gonna be a ton of new stuff to watch.
Hope you guys enjoyed my quick coverage of the event! If you enjoyed a particular video or game, leave a comment below. Same goes for disliking. Let's spread the love of the Fighting Game Community~â™¥
While I do enjoy playing Magic The Gathering on my iPad and PS3, it seems good sportsmanship exhibited by other players rarely exists. I'd estimate that in 80-90% of the multiplayer games I'm in where it's obvious I will win the match, the other player will exit the game which causes a slow down waiting for the computer to take over for them.
I'm not sure where the lack of sportsmanship comes from. Anytime I know I'm going to lose, I give my opponent the satisfaction of finishing me off and completing the game. It's a real shame the game doesn't punish those who quit out.
Even worse than people who "quit out" is people who will take the maximum time for every move they make likely in an attempt to get you to quit once you lose patience. Magic 2015 definitely gives players way too much time to make moves.
Perhaps the anonymous nature of online interaction encourages rudeness...who knows...
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I just wanted to go through my picks for this years Golden Joystick because it's fun! I've been pretty bad about playing games this year so my picks are far from definitive.
Best Original Game
My Pick: Child of Light
Runners Up: Broken Age, Shovel Knight
So many great games in this category, but sadly I've only played a few. However I went with Child of Light mainly because I'm playing it now and absolutely loving it. I considered Broken Age and Shovel Knight but having played neither I couldn't put my pick on them.
My Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Runners Up: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne
SUCH A HARD CATEGORY. Ultimately I picked Metal Gear V because it's probably my favourite franchise of all time, preceded only by Resident Evil. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted fall in the same boat of being action adventure games that I love, it'll be interesting to see which one comes out on top since Tomb Raider 2012 was better than Uncharted 3. Bloodborne is something I've been following with increased interest... but really, most of the games on here I'm looking forward to anyway.
My Pick: Broken Age
Runners Up: Republique
I was able to give Broken Age some love here, because I really think it deserves a win. Had Republique not gone the iOS route I'd have likely played and picked that.
Best Visual Design
My Pick: Transistor
Runners Up: Child of Light, Valiant Hearts
Child of Light is love to my eyes but despite not having played it I really dig Transistors style, and the art I've seen for it is just beautiful... I had to pick it. Valiant Hearts has a great art direction as well but sadly not enough to put it over the top for me.
My Pick: Mario Kart 8
Runners Up: None...
Since CSGO wasn't on the list I had to pick the game that I had the second best multiplayer experience this year, Mario Kart!
My Pick: Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
Runners Up: Legend of Zelda ALBW, Transistor
I feel like this is a bit of a surprise for me but in terms of sheer audio quality it has to be Black Flag, not only because of the soundtrack which is full of shanties and upbeat pirate tunes but the environmental sounds as well, the crashing of waves, the creaking of your ship.... fantastic! My runners up were briefly considered because they both have wonderful soundtracks.
Best Gaming Moment
My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind - The Kiss
Runners Up: Titanfall - Calling in a Titan, Ground Zeroes - Rescuing Kojima
Bit of a spoiler filled category eh? But mine has to easily be the Last of Us Left Behind, that DLC was amazing and that single moment just convey more emotion than most games do in their entirety. Titanfall was neat in the beta because the Mechs were pretty cool and rescuing Kojima was just plain awesome.
Best Story Telling
My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind
Runners Up: Child of Light, Wolf Among Us
Last of Us again for obvious reasons, I shouldn't have to explain. Child of Light has really drawn me in and Wolf Among Us had a pretty cool story going on (Though admittedly I haven't finished it).
Best Online Game
My Pick: Realm Reborn
Best Handheld Game
My Pick: Link Between Worlds
Runners Up: Pokemon X & Y, Bravely Default
Zelda is just so pure and fun, and is pretty much perfect in every way. Pokemon is fine, though I grew bored of it and didn't finish it and Bravely well.... I spent more time in the demo than the actual game but it really is quite good!
Best Mobile Game
My Pick: N/A
I skipped because I don't play mobile games. I might've given it to Republique had they included it on this list.
Gaming Platform of the Year
My Pick: PS4
Runner Up: Vita, 3DS
The PS4 has just had an EXPLOSIVE launch and the months thereafter. It's provided tons and tons of free games via PS Plus and is just about everything you would want from "next gen". the Handhelds have both really shone as well this past year having tons of really good exclusive games.
Studio of the Year
My Pick: Nintendo
Runners Up: Media Molecule
Nintendo has been KILLING it this year with first party games, no other studio can top them! Media Molecule gets an honourable mention though for having the highest average metacritic score for any studio.
Innovation of the Year
My Pick: Dualshock 4
Not really an innovation (all the choices suck) but I really do like the DS4, probably one of the best controllers ever (right up there with the 360 controller).
Personality of the Year
Let's see.... #girlwood, #gamergate, Some British guy, Dude that abandoned Day Z, Occulus Guy, Luftrausers Guy, YOSHIDA SAN, No, and....some other British guy?
Yeah, YOSHIDA SAN wins this for me.
My Pick: Shuhei Yoshida
Game of the Year
While MGSV Proper will probably get GOTY when it comes out, Ground Zeroes wasn't enough to warrant it being GOTY. So this title goes to Zelda for me!
My Pick: Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds
So now it's your turn! Go out and put in your votes (and enter to win an iPad Air!) and then report back here. Post away!
Hi and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!
The inaugural post features one of the most highly anticipated games of this year, The Last of Us, specifically the Survival Edition of the game.
**Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**
The Last of Us - Survival Edition
Release Date - June 14, 2013
Developer - Naughty Dog
Platform(s) - PS3
Price - $79.99
Price Paid - $79.99 (Amazon)
Retailer Exclusive - No
I decided to make an unboxing video for this!
To summarize the above video:
- Collectors box/packaging
- Steelbook case featuring Ellie/Joel
- Sounds and Sights DLC
- PSN Avatars and Theme
- 170 Page Hardcover Artbook
- Issue #1 of The Last of Us comic
The Last of Us Survival Edition is one of two different special editions, the other being the Gamestop exclusive Post-Pandemic Edition which substituted a 12 inch statue in place of the Artbook included with the Survival Edition.
This edition is available for $20 more than the standard edition, which seems fair for what you get with it. The box is much larger than I expected it to be, below is a comparison picture with a standard PS3 game.
The box everything comes in is large and looks like one of those promotional display boxes you'd see at Gamestop. That said, the artwork for the game is nice and I know I won't mind putting this box up for display on a shelf somewhere. However, a box this size might be the bane of those more space-conscious that myself.
The steelbook is simple yet elegant, with the added bonus of having artwork on the inside as well. The Artbook is definitely a premium book, more along the lines of the Uncharted 2 or Mass Effect artbooks rather than a small pack-in artbook most games get.
The DLC and PSN Avatars/Theme are a nice bonus, but definitely not worth any amount of money. Finally, the comic seems to be the afterthought of this edition, being more of a teaser than anything else, likely in the hopes of getting you to buy more issues of the comic as it comes out.
Overall you get your extra $20 worth out of this edition, though not much more than that.
Presentation - 9/10
Price/Value - 8/10
Extras - 7/10
Score - 8.0 / 10
Edit: The art book is available separately, albeit as a preorder (July 2) and at $40 MSRP (
$27 on Amazon)
What did you think of this type of review? More videos or more pictures in upcoming ones? What would you like to see next?
This started out as a couple of dumb one-off jokes I made earlier today, but then I realized...why not go further with it? Why not make it a number of dumb jokes?
Why not indeed.
So, in today's post, I'll be talking about some upcoming video games that are taking way too long to come out. But not just that - I'll also be revising their names to more accurately portray their current state and poking a little fun at them along the way. I've got my poking stick set to "stun" and my jokes set to "kill," so let's get this thing on the road!
Revised name: Undercover Agent
This is literally the game's entire existence.
Do you remember Agent? No? No one does, so if you said yes, go sit in time out, Mr. or Ms. Pants on Fire. It was announced in 2009 or so, and since then there's been nothing - total radio silence. Suffice it to say, it appears Agent has gone deep undercover, so until Rockstar pulls him from active duty, he won't be seen in the public eye unless he's in disguise. Let's just hope Momma Agent doesn't get a letter saying he was KIA.
Final Fantasy XV
Revised name: Final Fantasy 2015, At the Earliest
Revised revised name: Pretty Boys with Sharpened Toys
At first they were going to call it Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is a heck of a mouthful. Makes sense to shorten the title a bit, especially after it's completely failed to show up on store shelves since its announcement in 2006, right? But Squenix wasn't just shortening the name, they were telling us something. Something to do with 15...what does it mean? Well, I've deduced that it means 2015 is the absolute earliest we'll see this game on store shelves. So if they rename it to FFXVI, be prepared to wait another couple of years, at least.
The Last Guardian
revised name: The Last Guardian of the PS3's Legacy
"Woof! I mean...meow! I mean...hold on, let me think about this."
Let's pretend for a moment that The Last Guardian is still coming to PS3, because that may be the only way for some of you to hold back the tears. Got rid of the sniffles yet? Good, let's move on. The Last Guardian has been "in development" for a while, being announced in 2009, and has always been slated to come out on PS3. Since it looks like the PS3's lifetime will expire before this game ever comes out, I've taken the liberty of crowning it the Guardian of the PS3's Legacy. Once every PS3 game that will ever be released has come out, ol' Trico will finally spread his wings and soar onto the system to secure the console's legacy with one final, amazing game. Unless it turns out to be terrible, like most games that stew in development hell for years, but let's just do what it takes to keep from crying and hope for the best.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Revised name: Beyond Good Graphics and Evil Executives 2
BG&E was a fan favorite and a critical success, but it didn't really do well commercially, so fans were ecstatic when it was announced the game was getting a sequel in 2008. And yet now they've been waiting...and waiting...and waiting. At this point, I'd like to think that by the time the game finally does come out it will have amazingly advanced graphics, probably powered by the Playstation 5, Xbox Two, and Wii U Me, and the developers will have finally found a way to convince the publishing bosses that the game will turn a profit.
Revised name: A Longer Development Cycle than Prey, 2
Now with twice the prey!
Prey 2 was announced in 2011 or so, but they've been pretty quiet since Bethesda told everyone that it was being polished up to their standards. What standards those are, exactly, we'll never know, but it probably involves releasing it with a host of hilarious glitches. In any case, the original Prey took around 12 years to finally see the light of day, and while Prey 2 has only gotten a few years in, the complete lack of any new info points to the developers trying to match or exceed that cycle. I'm pretty sure at that point it stops being "development hell" and turns into "development hell frozen over."
Kingdom Hearts 3
Revised name: We Ran Out of Kingdom Hearts Spinoffs 3
I'm confused about those 3 things behind the logo too, Sora.
It finally happened. After so many long years, we finally have confirmation. It's what we all expected, all hoped, all secretly knew. And our waiting has paid off as Square Enix has revealed...that it has finally run out of Kingdom Hearts spinoffs.
Revised name: No-Life 3
While you wait, enjoy this mockup that took someone literally seconds to make.
Because people who are still going around looking for clues of this game's existence have no life. That, and the game itself doesn't have a life, since it doesn't exist. It's a double whammy of painful realization!
Revised name: Starcraft: Ghost
I don't know if this is an actual screenshot. No one remembers what the game looks like.
Some of you may be saying that these are the same games I featured in a past article (welcome back, SeÃ±or or SeÃ±ora Pantalones de Fuego) but I talked about them differently this time, so it makes it new. So nyah.
So what do you think? Did I hit the nail on the head with my revised names? Do you have a better name for any of these? Or do you not care either way and just want to sound off in the comments about something else? Whatever the case, head on down there and speak your mind!
Happy New Year everyone! Come hang out and have a good time. I'm going to be learning a new speedrun in #dothackgu #lastrecode on #twitch! Come check it out as I clearly make tons and tons of mistakes and spam that #greenranger emote! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Time for another long stream, and this time #OkamiHD! So come by the #Twitch stream and check it out, hang out into the night. Also, the #SUBsale is still going on, so come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai,especially #GreenRanger hype! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
We need more Waka in tonight's play of #OkamiHD clearly. Come check it out on #Twitch! And remember, the #SUBsale is still going on, so come get those #SuperSentai and #PowerRangers emotes! Especially that #GreenRanger hype! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Drawing is difficult so come make fun of me in #OkamiHD here on my #Twitch stream! Don't forget the #SUBsale is still going on, so new subs and gifts are 20% off! Come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes while they're hot! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
(20% Off New Subs) #OkamiHD time! Come check out my first playthrough on #Twitch! Remember that #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes are available! Come get 'em and get that #GreenRanger hype! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
#DarkSouls is definitely a Christmas game, I swear. Okay, maybe not, but still come check out the #Twitch stream! Since it's Friday, I'm going to be live for a while! Stick around and be active in chat and you may win on a spinner wheel for a gifted sub! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
The journey for the lord souls continue in my first playthrough of #DarkSouls! Be sure to stop by the #Twitch stream for salt and hype! #SUBsale is still going on, new subscriptions / gifts are 20% off! Come get #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Tonight we delve into some more side questing and start off with a Hydra fight! Come watch my #DarkSouls stream on #Twitch to check it out! Remember, the #SUBsale is still going on, so 20% off new subs. Come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
The salt continues tonight on #Twitch! Come watch more of my first #DarkSouls journey and maybe laugh at my failures again, hah! Don't forget, the #SUBsale is still going on, so come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes for 20% off newer subs! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
(First Playthrough) Finally in Anor Londo! Come watch the #DarkSouls salt and hype unfold on #Twitch! Remember, the #SUBsale is still going on, so new subs and gifts are 20% off! It's the perfect time to get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Playing more of that #DarkSouls tonight on my #Twitch stream, be sure to stop by! It's gonna be a late one too, lots of salt to be had. Also, remember there's a #SUBsale going on, new subs 20% off, so come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
(First Playthrough) The Salty Souls Continues! Come join me as I continue on my #DarkSouls adventures on #Twitch. Also, remember new subs and gifts are 20% off for the time being while bits cheering nabs you some swanky new winter themed emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
First Play through time! Join me on my first time through the original #DarkSouls on my #Twitch stream. Also, don't forget about the 20% discount for new subs and gifts! Come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Time to finish the Fight! I'm going onto the end of #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 tonight on my #Twitch stream! So stop by and see the epic conclusion! Also don't forget 20% discount for new subs! Come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
I'm finally heading onto Korriban in tonight's #Twitch stream of #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2! Be sure to come by and check it out, it's gonna be a blast! Also, new subs and gifts are 20% off, so come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Something about Lightsabers and the Galaxy. Playing more #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 tonight on my #Twitch stream! Subs are 20% off this month as are gifts, so if you don't have those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes, come get 'em at a discount! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Telos and Nar Shaddaa Nights! Playing more of that #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 on #Twitch! So come by and hang out. Plus, #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes are live, so come and get 'em! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
HK the Best Way, or droid, or something. He's pretty awesome! Come watch more of his nonsense and murder craziness in my #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 stream on #Twitch. Also, come get those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes while they're hot! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Onto the Jedi Ruins! Playing more of that #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 tonight on that #Twitch! Come by and check it out, all the force power goodness. Also, grab those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes while they're hot! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Time for more of that #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2! And with less technical problems to boot! Come by the #Twitch stream and stay a while, spam those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Less Technical Problems Go! Playing more #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2 on my #Twitch stream tonight. Come by and check it out! Also, don't forget those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes are live, so come get 'em! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Playing through the cut content of #StarWars #KnightsoftheOldRepublic2! I wonder what color of lightsaber I should go with whenever we get there. Tune in on the #Twitch stream to find out and be sure to spam those #PowerRangers and #SuperSentai emotes! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Let's send this game off in style and finish off the epilogue, shall we? Come join me on #Twitch as I finish off the extra campaign for #ShadowrunHongKong! If all goes well, I'm going to be picking the next stream game right after! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123