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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. 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Developer: Namco Bandai Games Publisher: Namco Bandai Games Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U Release Date: Out Now (Wii U version available November 18) ESRB: T for teen This review is based on the Playstation 3 version of the game The last Tekken Tag Tournament game came out all the way back in 1999 in the good old days of arcades and brought with it an intriguing mix of tag team match-ups that focused on team synergy and the â€œdial-a-comboâ€ and juggling insanity that Tekken games were known for. Afterwards, the series then slipped off into the dark recesses of the Tekken universe. Until now that is. With the tag series making its current gen system debut with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (TTT2), has the series once more reclaimed the iron fist? Or is the series finally showing some rust? The first thing that players will notice is the immense level of polish and detail put into this game. Stages are vibrant with life as onlookers cheer and jeer, the ground breaks and crumbles as bodies slam against them (and in some cases break apart completely, revealing new sections of the stage), fighters“ faces wince and twist in pain as they take a particularly nasty blow. And the air itself warps and bends into shockwaves as fists and feet tear through their targets. They even go into smaller details like showing dirt and dust caking on the fighters“ bodies as they roll around on the ground or showing their clothes get wet if they fall in water. The effects in TTT2 are a main draw to the fight as lights and explosions fire off with each hit. Now the game itself is real pretty, but is the gameplay any good? The answer to that is a resounding â€œYes, most of the time.â€ Tag team play is obviously the focal point of TTT2, and it tailors a great deal of game mechanics with this in mind. The standard tag button allows you to swap your partner in and out. However, the game also implements some special moves each fighter has that allow them to launch their target into the air which when timed with a well-placed tag-in, allow you to switch in your partner to cause some nasty air juggles which not only do more damage, but also remove some of the opponent“s recoverable red health as well. The other extra move is called the â€œbound attack.â€ With this move, when you hit your foe and tag in your partner, both members of your team stay on screen to a double-team attack. In addition to tag-throws, slides, and other transition techniques, you have a solid repertoire of moves at your disposal. And for those who prefer to run a one-man-wolf-pack and go solo, you have the option to fight with only one character as well. The game makes the two-on-one match-ups more balanced by giving the single player a buff in health and attack power. The controls are reminiscent of Tekken games of yore but have a degree of polish and tweaking that make the attacks and combos flow with a decidedly weighty feel to the blows. When you hit, each strike makes an individual impact that creates a stronger sense of realistic force with each blow. It all makes for a surprisingly visceral and enjoyable experience. Carrying the tradition from the most recent Tekken games, you can also customize and purchase new items to make new costumes and outfits for your fighters. By completing modes in the game or winning matches, you are awarded money to buy new items. As is now a prerequisite in any modern-day fighter, TTT2 also boasts an online gaming mode along with their standard fare of Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, and Survival. The online mode runs very smoothly and has many options for the burgeoning pugilist. Spectator modes and match-ups are there along with some rather unique facets like the clan mode which allows you to make a sort of online posse in the Tekken community, replete with team banners and name. They also have some interesting co-op tag matches in which two players each play a character in a tag team and must fight as one team. This definitely forces some communication and planning to make some of the trickier moves, but it does make for a fun way to mix things up. In addition to all these modes, as you wait for a match to start, the game takes you to a training room where you can do some practice sessions against a dummy while you wait. While a small addition, it makes a world of difference as opposed to twiddling your thumbs as you wait your turn to come up. While the many modes and facets of gameplay may be a bit overwhelming, the game also features a mode called Fight Lab where you make a battle robot into the greatest fighter ever built. The mini tutorial session is set up in a series of missions that help teach you the controls and the gameplay styles. As you complete each stage, you are awarded with new moves to load into your Combot to make him stronger and more effective. Overall it makes for a very informative way to get new players acclimated to Tekken. TTT2 is a definitely delight to play, but it is not without some low points. The main nitpick comes from the AI. During the fights the AI-controlled fighters can swing from challenging to down-right cheap in a matter of seconds. The final boss in the Arcade mode in particular is a spam master of epic proportions for example. But despite this hiccup, the main draw is definitely playing with other human players. In the end, TTT2 has returned from its absence learning much from its contemporaries and has become an enjoyable fighter with lots to offer. Pros: + Solid controls + Incredible level of polish + Online Play is a blast Cons: - Incredibly cheap AI (even on easiest difficulty) - Not much to do offline Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) Great Tekken Tag Tournament 2 returned in full force. A must-play for any Tekken fan or any fighting fan in general.
Marshall Henderson posted a article in Industry NewsA new trailer released for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and it shows off four new characters for the upcoming PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title. Most importantly, however, a dinosaur punches a bear in the trailer. The new characters contain Alex, Forest Law, Prototype-Jack, and Tiger Jackson. Alex is a deinonychus trained by the military to punch stuff. He was resurrected, Jurassic Park-style, through extracted DNA from an insect trapped in amber. Instead of the frog DNA used in Jurassic Park to fill out the missing data in his DNA, the scientists used Roger's DNA. He wears boxing gloves, and the trailer shows him punching a bear. Alex himself is a lot bigger than most deinonychuses, seemingly of comparable height to the velociraptors or dilophosauri from Jurassic Park. Forest Law, as fans of the series may have guessed based on his name, is the son of the Tekken character (probably) named after yours truly, Marshall Law. He appears to use a similar fighting style, and his bio describes him as a friend to Paul Phoenix. Prototype Jack, or P-Jack, as he's called, is a prototype version of Jack built in Russia, but with some upgrades. He wears sunglasses, and his joints can spin, which apparently seems to be the crux of a lot of his grabs and attacks. The final addition is Tiger Jackson, a disco-styled fighter with hip gyrations and capoeira moves. He's like a more flamboyant Eddie, but their relationship, if any, hasn't been revealed at this point. He has an afro, some super-sweet glasses, and an outfit that would make any man jealous. The trailer also shows pre-order incentives, offering early access to DLC characters and a bonus Snoop Dogg stage. Yes, that Snoop Dogg. How many do you even know? The take-away here is that there's a dinosaur who punches things and an awesome disco dude, but you don't have to take my word for it. Check out the trailer here! Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is releasing on September 14, 2012, for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.