E3 2017 Review

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I love the summer time – sun, holidays and ice-cold drinks. But what I love the most is Electronic Entertainment Expo. It has returned this year, and this time to was open to the public. So, let’s take a list of games showcased and the big reveals.

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Here’s a list of games that were announced:

  • Call of Duty: WWII (PC/Xbox One/PS4)
  • Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Triology (PS4)
  • Destiny 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4/Vita)
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS)
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
  • Ashen (PC/Xbox One)
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Code Vein (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Gundam Versus (PS4)
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PC/PS4)
  • Project CARS 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • The Artful Escape (PC/Xbox One)
  • Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider (DLC) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Doom VFR (VR)
  • The Elder Scrolls: Legends (PC/Mobile)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (coming to Nintendo Switch with additional content)
  • The Evil Within 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Fallout 4 (VR)
  • Quake Champions (PC)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One Console Exclusive Release)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Monster Hunter: World (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Deep Rock Galactic (PC/Xbox One)
  • Hunt: Showdown (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Metro Exodus (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Absolver (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Ape Out (PC)
  • Enter the Gungeon (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • Ruiner (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour (PC)
  • The Swords of Ditto (PC/PS4)
  • Battlefield 1: In the Name of Tsar (DLC) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • FIFA 18 (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • Madden NFL 18 (PS4/Xbox One)
  • NBA Live 18 (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Need for Speed Payback (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Fortnite (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Vampyr (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Tacoma (PC/Xbox One)
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC/PS4/Vita/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • Black Desert Online (PC/Xbox One)
  • Tropico 6 (PC/Xbox One)
  • Metal Gear Survive (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PC/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
  • Crackdown 3 (PC/Xbox One)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (PC/Xbox One)
  • Minecraft (coming to Nintendo Switch)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC/Xbox One)
  • Sea of Thieves (PC/Xbox One)
  • State of Decay 2 (PC/Xbox One)
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (PC/Nintendo Switch)
  • Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers (iOS/Android/Kindle Fire)
  • River City: Knights of Justice (3DS)
  • Wild Guns Reloaded (PC)
  • Blade Strangers (PC/PS4/Nintendo Switch)
  • ARMS (Nintendo Switch)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo Switch)
  • Untitled Kirby Game (Nintendo Switch)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials and The Champions’ Ballad (2 DLC packs) (Wii U/Nintendo Switch)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS)
  • Metroid Prime 4 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)
  • Miitopia (3DS)
  • Untitled Pokemon Game (Nintendo Switch)
  • Pokken Tournament DX (Nintendo Switch)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (3DS)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Untitled Yoshi game (Nintendo Switch)
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PC/PS4/Vita)
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PC/PS4/Vita)
  • Battle Tech (PC)
  • Super Lucky’s Tale (PC/Xbox One)
  • Rocket League (coming to the Nintendo Switch)
  • The Last Night (PC/Xbox One)
  • The Darwin Project (PC/Xbox One)
  • Sonic Forces (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • Sonic Mania (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • Total War: Arena (PC)
  • Total War: Warhammer II (PC)
  • Valkyria Revolution (PS4/Vita/Xbox One)
  • Yakuza 6 (PS4)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
  • Bravo Team (PS4)
  • Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  • God of War (PS4)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
  • Hidden Agenda (PS4)
  • Horizon Dawn Zero: The Frozen Wilds (DLC) (PS4)
  • Knack II (PS4)
  • The Inpatient (PS4)
  • Shadow of Colossus (Remake for PS4)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
  • Uncharted: Lost Legacy (PS4)
  • Undertale (releasing on PS4 and Vita)
  • V! What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? R (PS4)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PC/PS3/PS4)
  • Final Fantasy: Brace Exvius (iOS/Android)
  • Flame vs. Blaze (iOS/Android)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (PS4/Xbox One)
  • King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dungeon (iOS/Android)
  • Lost Sphear (PC/PS4/Nintendo Switch)
  • Mobius Final Fantasy (PC/iOS/Android)
  • MotoGP ’17 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • MXGP3 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (PS4 VR)
  • Cuphead (PC/Xbox One)
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • The Crew 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Far Cry 5 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Just Dance 2018 (PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/Wii/Wii U/Nintendo Switch)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)
  • Skull & Bones (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • South Park Phone Destroyer (iOS/Android)
  • Space Junkies (PC)
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4/Xbox One/Ninendo Switch)
  • Steep: Road to the Olympics (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Transference (VR)
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win (PS3/PS4/Wii U/Nintendo Switch/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
  • Injustice 2 (PS4/Xbox One)
  • LEGO Dimensions (3 new franchises added to the line up: Bettlejuice; The Powerpuff Girls and Teen Titans Go!)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch)
  • LEGO Worlds (coming to Nintendo Switch)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey (PC/Mobile)
  • Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Nintendo Switch)
  • Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin (PS4/PC)
  • Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (PS4)
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Nintendo Switch)
  • Zwei II: The Ilvard Insurrection (PC)

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Now let’s take a better look at some of the titles that grabbed my attention during the event.


Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Entertainment) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

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As a huge Dragon Ball Z fan (I’m an anime fan, and DBZ was the first one I ever watched), how can I not be excited for this title?

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Similar to previous DB titles, it is another beat ’em up rendition, however Namco have seemed to go back to the old school days and reverted it back to 2.5D graphics and side scrolling, compared to 3D and open-world (to some extend) trend we’re used to seeing for Dragonball Xenoverse 1 & 2. And it looks fricking sweet.

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Only a few characters have been showcased so far: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Frieza, Cell and Majin Buu. They have also shown of their Super Saiyan forms and Final Forms, retrospectively.

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Another difference between this and Xenoverse is that the combat has been tweaked –  gameplay is similar to BlazBlue: Central Fiction (if you haven’t played that game, you’ll need to before buying this) which is snappy and fast-paced, along with the Marvel vs. Capcom trope of assistant attacks and a 3 vs 3 mode.

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A closed beta for the PS4 and Xbox One ports of the game will be opened and the game itself will be released sometime in 2018.

  • Watch the trailer for it here.

A Way Out (EA) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

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A Way Out a story-driven co-op game that can be played locally (optionally on the sofa with a friend) or online (possibly with a stranger if you don’t have any friends nearby).

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You’ll both play as prisoners – Leo and Vincent. Both of them want to get out for various reasons, so they decide to work together to escape. You’ll have to solve puzzles, create distractions and – most importantly – work together.

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One of the really cool things about this is that it played entirely via split screen (although I believe that joint cut scenes are just one screen) and different scenarios run at different times, for example, Leo is not new to the prison, whereas Vincent is, so when Vincent arrives, Leo can be seen watching Vincent and the other new arrivals while Vincent is a introduction on becoming a prisoner. Complicated, right?

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A Way Out comes from Josef Fares, who directed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, which was a fantastically emotional game. It will be released in early 2018.

  • Watch the reveal trailer here.
  • Watch the gameplay trailer here.

Days Gone (Sony) (PS4)

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Now, I love post-acopolytic, zombie-filled, horror-survival games as much as the next person, so when Days Gone was debuted at last year’s E3, I wasn’t really invested in it. To me, it was another Dead Island clone that was trying to be different, but wasn’t really (Dying Light should hide away now). The trailer just showed some dude who looked like an extra from Sons of Anarchy who was spouting on about how this pandemic had affected the world so much that people had lost so many loved ones, blah, blah, blah, that I wasn’t really that interested.

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365 days later (or around that amount of time), Sony decided to show off some of the gameplay this time around, and I have to say, I’m so glad they did because it was – as they say in the business – a complete game changer.

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Days Gone focuses two years after a global pandemic almost wiped out the entire human race and follows Deacon St. John – a former bounty hunter and drifter who rides a motorbike. You encounter various enemies in the world, such as Freakers (zombies); Runners (zombie wolves) and Ragers (zombie bears – yeah, I’m not joking) along with with other people who just want to survive. John Garvin and Jeff Ross – the directors of the game – have promised a harsh open world that “wants to kill you” at every turn.

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Only with the open world, they are salvagable items, weapons and upgrades that can even be applied to Deacon’s bike, allowing him to travel faster and further. Garvin and Ross warned however that with the bike, you will only have one and you best keep an eye on it, as other people may want it too. Skill trees will also help with survival – especially Deacon’s trait of tracking.

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The big thing that sold me on this game though was the approach you could take to survival – you can be as stealthy as Batman or go gun-ho and kill everyone. Moreover, there are multiple ways of getting in (or out) of certain situations, along with day and night cycles and changes in weather. Usually, this is just a small thing – like in Final Fantasy XV, the night cycle hints that Noctis and the gang need to sleep – however, in Days Gone, this can affect anything – from the way you deal with a horde of Freakers or the way you deal with hostile people. There are alternatives to everything – for example, in the demo at E3, you have the playable mission of tracking down one of Deacon’s friends Manny, who has been kidnapped by other survivors. If you play this mission during the winter time, it can change how to deal with one of the situations you deal with when encountering other people. But if you play it in the summertime, it’ll be completely different (I won’t spoil it, but you can watch a video of the directors talking to Kinda Funny at E3 here).

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Garvin and Ross have promised a violent and real zombie survival, open world game that is a unique to everyone. No release date has been confirmed as of yet.

  • Watch the first E3 trailer for it here.
  • Watch the gameplay trailer from this year’s E3 here.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Ubisoft) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

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This probably had to the be the biggest surprise for me at E3 (along with Evil Within 2 and the following game I will talk about next).

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Let’s rewind back to nearly 15 years ago, way back when the PS2 was the most popular console at the time (I sure lots of young people know which console that is…right?). In November 2003, a little game called Beyond Good and Evil was released. It followed Jade (which I always found weird because my real name is Jade) – a young woman aspiring to be a photojournalist who is in charge of a care home that looks after kids affected by disasters caused by an alien species called DomZ. Jade explores the planet, fights her enemies with her Dai-jo staff and obtains evidence of corruption. It was a game that gained a cult following (despite being a failure at launch, and a tad bit buggy) from it’s unforgettable characters, amazing setting and never-ending plot twists. I was pretty young when I first played it (it was probably in 2004, which would make me 10) so I didn’t really ‘play’ it properly, but I still loved it.

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With such a huge following, the next game was demanded and was always promised. In 2007, it was announced a sequel would happen, and over the years we were teased with images and short videos and potential production, but nothing really came from it. Naturally, as years passed, the sequel idea was forgotten about and replaced with other great titles from various companies.

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So, imagine the shock when I see a monkey and a pig-like creature striking a very similar likeness to Pey’j from BG&E that turns into a hilarious chase, then a green-eyed woman, only to be announced as Beyond Good and Evil 2. Hint: I lost my shit.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 is actually a prequel (not that it matters to me) – set before Jade was even born in an open, sci-fi ridden, multicultural futurist planet that just looks fricking awesome.

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No release date has been announced as of yet.

  • Watch the trailer reveal here (warning: it gets a bit emotional…and funny).

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (Tommo) (PC/PS4)

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I’m sure many fans of the gaming world have heard of Bubsy the Bobcat. He was basically Accolade’s failed attempt at a mascot (you know, like Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog; Nintendo’s Mario; Insomniac Games’ Spyro the Dragon, Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot, etc., etc.) who belongs to the infamous series that began on the SNES in 1993 and died a very painful death in 1996 on the PS1. Criticized for it’s poor design choices, rip-off impersonations, bad controls and for just being of the most annoying characters ever to grace the video game world. Bubsy was long forgotten about – even after it’s last game’s release to the UK in 1997.

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So, of course, when it revealed that Bubsy will be revived after over 10 years of freedom, a lot of people kicked up a lot of fuss. And I am one of those people.

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I’ve never played the games per say, however I have watched fellow YouTuber’s impressions of the games, and even I thought it was dreadful. But not funny dreadful, like say for instance, Deadly Premonition or any of the Phoenix Games copy-cat games – it has dreadful everything, from music, to visuals to just…everything. I can’t phantom how it was made into a 1-episode cartoon back in the day.

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The trailer doesn’t give much – not that it needs to. Even the graphics don’t look that good (I don’t know which platform the demo was shown on), and don’t get me started on the ‘jokes’ that don’t even land in the space of 30 seconds. Needlessly to say, I will not be investing in this…thing (I couldn’t think of a justified insult – that’s how bad it is).

  • Watch the trailer (if you dare) here.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Square Enix) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

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I’ve already written a review for the first game Life is Strange, so I don’t think I have to say it, but I will – I am super excited for this.

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Before the Storm is a 3 episode arc that follows one of the previous game’s main characters Chloe. It is set around 3 years before the original – when Max abandoned Chloe and  befriends Rachel before she went missing.

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Sadly, time travel will not be element available (for obvious reason), but choices will be – and I have no doubt you’ll have to make deadly decisions that will impact the game’s path. It also sounds like awesome indie music will be used again (judging from the trailer).

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Another sad thing is that Ashly Burch – Chloe’s original voice actor – has not provided her voice this time around (despite hearing it in the trailer) – Rhianna DeVries will instead (no, I don’t know who she is either).

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Despite this, I am looking forward to seeing Chloe’s independent story before things kicked off in the first game and just explore more of the game. A Deluxe Edition will be released, which will include a bonus chapter entitled “Farewell” (you get to play as Max again) with additional outfits and Mixtape Mode, which allows the player to customize playlists for the soundtrack of the game.

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The first episode, “Awake”, will be released on Thursday 31st August. I will definitely be doing a playthrough on my channel, so look out for it. And just in time for the announce of Life is Strange 2 (no details have been given at this time).

  • Watch the trailer here.

Star Wars Battlefront II (EA) (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

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Star Wars, I think is fair to say, holds a place in every geek and nerd’s hearts. So naturally in 2015, I bought the first Star War Battlefront re-imagining and loved it (I have a few videos on my channel). The visuals, the sounds, the music, the heroes – everything. And even after the disappointment (for me at least) of The Force Awakens, I played it.

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For a while.

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Eventually, it did get boring – playing on the same maps, the same classes and being beaten very easily by extremely good players. Not even the DLC saved it in my eyes.

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I agreed with a lot of people after playing it for some time – it’s great, but something’s…missing. It felt like a shell – it looked good on the outside, but the inside didn’t really give us anything. It needed more – it needed to go back it roots of the initial series on PS2 with a story mode or something.

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We players pleaded – we tweeted, we Facebooked, we ranted on videos, we wrote until our thumbs were sore like a Overwatch marathon.

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And EA have listened to us.

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Star Wars Battlefront II was announced back in April of this year at the Star Wars Celebration Event in Orlando, showing a Story Mode which gives more details into the space between Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. It focuses on Commander Iden Versio (played and voiced by Janina Gavankar) – a Imperial squad member who seeks revenge on behalf of her army. You will be able to play all 3 eras, with more weapons, vehicles and different soldiers (robots and wookies are included), along with more forefront characters, such as Finn, Rey, Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and Darth Maul along with previous character, such as Luke, Han Solo and Boba Fett. Classes will be introduced and weapons have been remade from scratch.

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Honestly, I really do feel that EA have listened to us players and taken our advice on board, which will no doubt work in their favour of delivering a great game. And even better – ALL DLC WILL BE FREE!

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Star Wars Battlefront II will be released Friday 17th November. If you pre-order, you will gain access to beta versions until the wait is over.

  • Check out the first trailer here.
  • Watch the E3 trailer here (with real storm troopers and Janina herself)
  • Watch this video to see some multiplayer action for the first time.

So, who shone in my eyes?

It had to be Ubisoft with Beyond Good and Evil 2 – I really cannot wait play this game and see what 15 years difference makes for a prequel. Looks like I’m gonna actually have to play the first game before it comes out.


And that’s it – another E3 gone! I’m looking forward to seeing some of these games in the next few months or so, as well as hearing and seeing more development in the time to come.

What was your favourite announcement? Let me know!

If you want more news, trailer, interviews, and all that good stuff, I highly recommend GameSpot’s YouTube Channel as they have everything on there.

Until next time, take care!


 

My Top 5 Tips When Playing Ana in Overwatch

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Ana was the first hero to be announced after the game’s initial release and is also the mother of Pharah. She was affiliated with Overwatch under Jack Morrison’s command until a mission to save hostages from Talon left her presumed dead.

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Ana is a 3 star hero, but I will say that she is easy to master in the basic abilities. Once you master her at 3 stars, she becomes pretty much unstoppable.


Tip #1 – Back Up Your Teammates

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Ana is a good hero to stay at the back of her team due to her sniping abilities and surprise attacks, however if you do play Ana and choose to stay at the back, make sure you have a teammate with you – despite her abilities, she does have a lower tier of health and can be easily flanked.


Tip #2 – No Scope Needed for Heals

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Ana’s primary weapon is her Biotic Rifle, which allows her to heal teammates either close to her (without using the scope) or far away (using the scope). Shooting at enemies allows damage to be made (it does 60 damage per shot, both scoped and not scoped) and heals around 75 (making her one of the more stronger support heroes).

However, Ana doesn’t need a precise target when healing teammates – in other words, when wanting to heal a teammate, you don’t have to have Ana’s crosshairs on your teammate – you just to make sure that they are in the triangle of the scope. This allows less time to be wasted on a precise shot, meaning you can get your teammates out of a hairy situation faster compared to lining up a measured shot.

This does not apply when trying to damage enemies.


Tip #3 – Bedtime!

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Ana’s secondary weapon is her Sleep Dart Gun that she keeps as a sidearm. This allows you to knock enemy players unconscious for a few seconds and causes a little bit of damage (around 5 – not great, but still worth using).

Despite this, the Sleep Dart should be used strategically – the Sleep Dart allows you a few seconds to advance, so don’t stay on your target and deal damage when they are asleep. It is best used when advancing on a point; when an enemy player uses their ultimate and as a last-minute escape.

The Sleep Dart is also best used on Tanks, however as previously mentioned, it can be used on Ultimates, but not all of them. It is also worth noting that it can be reflected by Genji’s Deflect ability.


Tip #4 – Healing Grenade, Engage!

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Ana’s third ability is her Biotic Grenade – a projectile that is thrown in an arch that heals in a 4 meter radius. It heals up to 100 for both herself and teammates but also damages enemies 60 and also blocks enemies from healing. It only lasts around 4 seconds but is definitely one of the strongest healing abilities. It is also good to use with other support heroes, i.e. it speeds up the healing process, which is useful when another support hero is healing, such as Mercy or Lucio.


Tip #5 – Nano Boost Me!

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Ana’s Ultimate increases a teammates damage output as well as a resistance to damage (both by 50%), even if it does last for around 8 seconds.

Nano Boost to good to use on Tanks as they have a heavier damage output, but also during teammate’s own Ultimates, such as:

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  • Death Blossom (Reaper)
  • Dragonblade (Genji)
  • Deadeye (McCree)
  • EMP (Sombra)
  • Tank (Bastion)
  • Earthshatter (Reinhardt)
  • Graviton Surge (Zarya)
  • Whole Hog (Roadhog)
  • Supercharger (Orisa)

A coordinated attack with your team with the combination of Ana’s Nano Boost and someone else’s Ultimate will lead to victory. However, do not waste the Nano Boost when you are about to die or on healers. I’ve had this during one match when playing as Mercy and the Ana player boosted me twice – I was too busy healing other players that it was a wasted opportunity and because Mercy has low damage on her Caduceus Blaster, it’s really not worth it.


There you have it – hope you enjoyed. Let me know if you have any tips that I may have missed out on.

And to my fellow Overwatch players, I hope you are enjoying the Anniversary Event as much as I am.

Until next time, take care!

My set up for Ana

MCM London Comic Con May 2017 Review

So, I attended MCM London Comic Con last week, so here’s my review of my 3 days there.


Comic Books

There’s one thing that MCM does, and does it really well, is a mass amount of stalls. And as previous years, London MCM has the Comic Village, which houses box after box of comics – old & new alike.

MCM also allows stalls of lesser known comic book writers and authors to show off their products and even their own drawing skills.

Comic Village also houses artists and some of the more famously known authors (sadly I didn’t recognise any this time around).


Anime and Manga

MCM is heavy on the anime and manga front – including stalls for books and DVDs, amongst other stuff (that’s for a different section).

Sadly, the MANGA stage was much smaller this year (compared to October when it was about half of one hall). Nor where there many posters advertising upcoming anime.

There were a few of those ‘photo opportunity’…things, i.e. a scene from an anime drawn as a backdrop for you to take a photo (or several) with, but again, I don’t think there were as many as last October.

There were a few more anime services similar to Crunchyroll this time and had a lot of advertisements on several screens dotted around, including the trailer for Your Name.


TV & Film

This hadn’t really changed compared to last year – there were plenty of posters, cardboard cut-outs and trailers been shown everywhere, including Universal Studios have their own little booth again.

The pending-release Wonder Woman movie was a big attraction this year (as they have every year, like Harry Potter/Magnificent Beasts and Power Rangers) with it’s stand combined with the freshly developed Injustice 2 showing off some of the character costumes and props, as well as being able to photoshop yourself as Wonder Woman and grab a free poster while you’re at it.

Annabelle – the spin off from The Conjuring universe – was there to have a photo taken with, along with the Throne of the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones (difference was you had to pay for the throne, whereas you didn’t with Annabelle).

Despicable Me 3 was another large focus point, but much more annoyingly then the rest, such as an inflatable Minion and a ‘tattoo parlor’ (they were fake, don’t worry).


Video Games

The indie games had a much bigger display this time and showed off a lot of cool stuff – single and multiplayer games alike – but of course, Nintendo stole the show with playables such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (including having a photo with the Master Sword section), Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Sports Superstars.

Sony was there too with PlayStation VR, Farpoint and Horizon Zero Dawn. Tekken 7 was another large appearance (clever move seeing as it was there both times last year and it was a week until release day) along with the ESL Arena.

Other companies such as Rising Star and Bandai Namco made small appearance too.


Celebrities

The usual names of Warwick Davies and Andrew Lee Potts where there, along with Catherine Tate, Summer Glau and Eric Christian Oslen & Daniela Ruah.

The YOGSCAST attended, along with other YouTubers (none of whom I had heard of) and actors from big time TV and films who played small parts, such as Eugene Simon who plays Lancel Lannister from Game of Thrones. Oh, and for some reason Sean Kelly from Storage Hunters was there.


Merchandise

The reason why pretty much everyone comes to MCM – rare stuff.

There was merch for anything and everything – TV, cartoons, anime/manga, films, comics, video games. I especially love the small stalls in the anime section, and they more often than not have extremely rare stuff that you can only get overseas for extremely good prices and quality. Let’s just say this – everything I wanted in regards to anime and manga, I got AND more.


Cosplay

Again, cosplayers for MCM never fail to amaze me. Usually, you see all the good cosplays on Saturday (makes sense, it’s on the busiest day), however Sunday was a really good day, especially the steam punk themed Mercy from Overwatch and the Wind Waker Zelda, Medli, Link and the Red Lion Boat.


I’ll say what I always say for MCM – if you’re a geek who loves TV, film, comic books, anime, manga and/or video games, this is the place for you.

Check out my vlog for Day 1 if you’re still a little unsure.

And here’s my photo gallery:

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I don’t need to give a rating – MCM is always amazing.

Modes in Tekken 7

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The Tekken series is known for it large quantity of different modes as time goes on (Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U had so many), so here’s what to expect when you finally get to load up.


Story Mode

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The pinnacle of Tekken 7 (or at least, in my eyes, the bit I’m most looking forward to) that promises the conclusion of the Mishima Family Saga (I very highly doubt it though). Here, you see the story from the very beginning (before Tekken) through the eyes of a stranger who began investigating the Mishimas very early on. However, you will be playing as different characters in different situations at different times. Many of the scenarios will be standard Tekken side-on fighting scenes, along with a few quick-time events and use of weapons, such as guns.

It is split into 2 – so the other half will have character specific chapters to complete.


Arcade Mode

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The standard offline mode that allows you to fight against computer-controlled opponents and make your way up through the ranks, such as Kyu, Dan, etc., etc.


Ranked Match

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This allows you to fight against other players around the world who have similar abilities to yourself. It’s based on skill, so you better be confident! Or you can just choose your opponent, you know? (You actually can now).


Tournament Mode

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This is new – this allows 8 players to ‘duke it out’ in a tournament styled game. Once one player is victorious, they advance further to see who is the best fighter. But don’t worry if you lose – there will also be Loser Finals so everyone can be categorized based on their performances. The Big Prize is in-game money and the chance to boast your skills.

Lobbies are password locked and allow players to chat to eachother.


Versus Mode

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Self-explanatory – you can fight against friends and other players to see who is the best.


Practice Mode

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This is where you go if you’re new to Tekken or a little bit rusty – pick a character and learn the moves list. You can go up against a gingerbread man-like opponent or go up against the AI.


Treasure Battle

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Sadly, this is console exclusive (sorry PC users…wait, I’m getting the PC Special Editions…grrrr!!) that allows you to fight against CPU and win items that you can customize your character with (we’ll get onto that in a minute) as well as in-game fight money. However, these battles can range from normal to speed turbo battles and such. Oh, and you can face Devil Kazumi for special items.


Customize 

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Since Tekken 5, this has allowed players to change anything they wish in regards to a character’s appearance. In the past, they were themed but as time went on, more and more items where up for grabs – you can even make Yoshimistu look like a hammerhead shark. For real.

Items can be bought and even the gauges used to measure life during battle can be made to look pretty (this is new too). There’s also a lottery system that is also used as a crafting system to get items too.


Jukebox Mode

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This is PS4-only that allows you to change tunes from a selection of previous games scores (similar to TTT2‘s Tekken Tunes mode).


Gallery

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Similar to Jukebox Mode, this allows you to view any video – such as endings – from previous Tekken games. I may as well have not played the numerous games in the series for the past 10 years! Well, maybe not – there’s some extra stuff in there too (I saw a couple of anime-like scenes, so who knows).


Things to remember:

  • I’ve you’ve pre-ordered, you will receive Tekken Revolutions exclusive character Eliza.
  • If you have the Season Pass, you will have access to 2 more characters being released post launch date.
  • Rage Mode (introduced in Tekken 6) is still around, but not quite as effective – you no longer to extra damage on lower health but it does allow better access to Rage Arts.
  • Rage Arts (not to be confused with Super Moves, but they basically are) are an animation which allows the character to perform a special combo that can alter the entire game
  • There is a new feature called Power Crushers – these allow players to absorb more damage but vulnerable to other attacks, such as low attacks and throws.
  • There are a LOT of items – Idolmaster have designed outfits for female characters, along with swimwear making a return as well as other items
  • Gold Rush may have been removed (sad face)

There we have it – now only less than a week away until Tekken 7! There will be no Tekken 7 article next week as I’m at London MCM this weekend so you’ll get a review of that instead but I will be playing Tekken 7 on my YouTube Channel. I’m hoping to cover Story Mode as a usual video series then stream other modes such as Arcade Mode and Online Tournaments. And when I complete the game, I will be posting a review on here, so keep an eye out!

In the mean time, enjoy these videos:

  • Here is a link to a Japanese-spoken video that shows off a lot of the modes
  • Here‘s a link to GameSpot’s quick playthrough of a few chapters from Story Mode (some spoilers, so watch out)
  • Watch Tekken‘s latest video of the Opening Cinematic here.

Enjoy, and see you next week! Take care!

Stages in Tekken 7

OK, so we know when, who and what…but do we know where?

Yes, you we do – so far, 20 stages have been confirmed for Tekken 7 but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of more being added. Granted, neither Namco or Harada have confirmed that Tekken 7 will more more stages to the games (and 20 is a lot), with DLC and a Season Pass who knows – Tekken may do a Overwatch on us.

Now, if you’re a Tekken vet like myself, you may recognise a few of these places. And I thought only Nintendo recycled their content (just kidding, I love Namco and Tekken Project really). And carrying on with the tradition of stages in Tekken 6, these stages will also contain breakable walls, multiple floors and stuff going on in the background.

Here’s the list:

  • Arctic Snowfall 
  • Devil’s Pit
  • Dragon’s Nest
  • Forgotten Realm
  • Jungle Outpost
  • Mishima Dojo
  • Souq
  • Twilight Conflict
  • Abandoned Temple
  • Mishima Building
  • Duomo Di Sirio
  • Kinder Gym
  • Precipice of Fate
  • G Corporation Helipad (both day and night segments separated into two different stages)
  • Arena 
  • Violet Systems
  • Geometric Plane
  • Infinite Azure
  • Brimstone and Fire

Sadly I don’t think we’ll be getting any stages like the Snoop Dogg Stage in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but we’ve also got the Story Mode to explore.

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Characters Confirmed (so far) in Tekken 7

Tekken is known for its large partition of applicants for the King of Iron Fist Tournaments, so let’s have a look at returning characters:

  • Alisa Bosconvitch
  • Asuka Kazama
  • Bob
  • Bryan Fury
  • Eddy Gordo
  • Eliza (she was playable Tekken Revolution, which in itself is not a canon game due to being based off of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but she still counts as a returning character rather than a new one)
  • Feng Wei
  • Heihachi Mishima
  • Hwoarang
  • Jin Kazama/Devil Jin (they count as 2 separate characters despite being the same person practically)
  • Kazuya Mishima/Devil Kazuya (same for Jin Kazama)
  • King II
  • Kuma II
  • Lars Alexandersson
  • Lee Chaolan/Violet (similar to Jin and Kazuya, except Violet hasn’t been playable since Tekken 4/Tekken Tag Tournament 2, depending on how you view it)
  • Leo
  • Lili
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Marshall Law
  • Miguel Caballero Rojo
  • Nina Williams
  • Panda
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Sergei Dragunov
  • Steve Fox
  • Yoshimitsu

And here are the new characters, along with a synopsis of why they have entered the tournament:

  • Katarina Alves: she enters the tournament to look for her lost mentor
  • Claudio: a mysterious man who can use light magic as an exorcist
  • Lucky Chloe: a J-Pop inspired G Corporation representative (I’ve already written an article for her here)
  • Shaheen: a Saudi Arabian man who works as a bodyguard
  • Josie Rizal: a model from the Philippines who enters the tournament to become a member of the Tekken Force
  • Gigas: another robot who bears a resemblance to Craig Marduk (who has not been confirmed so far for this game)
  • JACK-7: A newer model from the JACK series
  • Kazumi Mishima/Devil Kazumi: Kazuya’s dead mother and Heihachi’s wife who may be the origin of the Devil Gene
  • Akuma: from Capcom’s Street Fighter series who has a pact with Kazumi in regards to her husband and son
  • Master Raven: a female ninja who is in charge of the organization that previous combatant Raven works for

For the first time ever, Tekken will have lockable characters that can be unlocked by paying for them. However, if you pre-order the game, you will obtain a season pass that will last for 12 months to purchase a character. There are 2 characters that will be revealed in the future, which leaves the possibility of:

  • Baek Doo San
  • Bruce Irvin
  • Christie Monteiro
  • Ganryu
  • Wang Jinrei
  • Zafina
  • Jun Kazama
  • Julia Chang/JayCee
  • Lei Wulong
  • Roger Jr.
  • Anna Williams
  • Craig Marduk
  • Armor King II
  • Mokujin
  • Maybe Raven as well?

The Tekken Story So Far…

With Tekken 7 underway, let’s take a look at the story we know so far that is leading to the conclusion of the Mishima Saga…


Before Tekken

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It all began around 50 years before the first King of Iron Fist Tournament with Jinpachi Mishima, a well-known fighting legend. He originally founded the Mishima Zaibatsu, however his son, Heihachi, got greedy and challenged his father. Heihachi won, and gained the Zaibatsu. He did not kill his father outright – instead he sealed him under Hon-maru, a Mishima-owned temple.

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Either before or after Heihachi gained control of the Zaibatsu, he married Kazumi Hoji, then went on to have a son together – Kazuya. Something happened to Kazumi shortly after Kazuya’s birth – many people believe she died during childbirth – however, Kazuya had the idea that Heihachi was behind it.

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At some point, Heihachi adopted Lee Chaolan – a Chinese orphan with a great ability to fight. Heihachi hoped that Lee would be a suitable rival for Kazuya, but he did not factor in Lee’s own motivates to gain the Zaibatsu for himself.

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At the age of 5, Heihachi was training Kazuya to be the next heir of the Mishima family, however he believed Kazuya was too weak and threw him off a cliff. Kazuya survived, however went into hiding to plan his revenge.

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Around 20 years later, Heihachi opened the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, hoping to find a challenge. However, he defeated everyone who opposed him. Then Kazuya appeared – now under the influence of the Devil. Many believed Kazuya sold his soul to Devil in order to gain power to defeat Heihachi, however Tekken 7 has hinted that Kazumi originally had the Devil Gene, thus Kazuya inheriting her powers.

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Kazuya defeated Heihachi and returned the favour of throwing him off a cliff and gained control of the Zaibatsu.

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Tekken 2

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In Heihachi’s absence, Kazuya took over the Mishima Zaibatsu and instead of reversing his father’s destruction, he became an even more ruthless leader with at the power at his disposal. He even conducted illegal experiments on animals (with the help of Dr Bosconovitch, Alex and Roger was created). His experiments caught the eye of the WWWC and Jun Kazama was sent to stop Kazuya’s experiments when the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 was announced.

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During the tournament, Kazuya and Jun met (it is hinted that it wasn’t in battle) and were ‘mysteriously drawn to eachother’. This resulted in Jun dropping out of the tournament. Kazuya proceeded to the final round of the Tournament – only to face his father who had also survived his own being-thrown-of-a-cliff situation.

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Even using the power of the Devil, Kazuya was defeated by Heihachi, but instead of being thrown off a cliff, he was thrown into a volcano.

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Tekken 3

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With Heihachi’s power restored, the Zaibatsu kept a low profile while investigating a legend of Toshin – an orge like creature hidden in a temple in Mexico that is rumoured to have immense power. Heihachi created the Tekkenshu (Tekken Force) to investigate the temple, but only body bags returned.

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Meanwhile, Jun Kazama gave birth to a boy, Jin. They lived together in peace as years continued, however around the time Jin turned 15, Jun sensed something forbidding. She told him that should anything ever happen to her; he should seek out his grandfather, Heihachi. Sadly that day came when Toshin attacked Jun, where Jin assumed she was murdered.

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Toshin had previously attacked other former fighters – many of which had previously entered the last King of Iron Fist Tournament. – causing them to go missing (he only outright killed the first King). Heihachi soon announced the third King of Iron Fist Tournament.

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Under Heihachi’s guidance, Jin trained vigorously to gain power to eventually avenge his mother’s death. Much like his grandfather and father formerly, Jin defeated every opponent that posed a threat, however returning champion Paul Phoenix defeated Toshin, ending the tournament.

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But not for long – unknown to Paul, Toshin had a second form which Jin took on. He was successful and felt his mother’s spirit at peace, until Heihachi ordered the Tekkenshu to shoot his own grandson down. Upon realising Jin may have Kazuya’s powers, Jin’s Devil Gene manifested and in turn attacked the Tekkenshu there. Once they were dealt with, Devil Jin grabbed Heihachi, threw him through the temple wall, slammed him to the ground before he flew off into the night.

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Tekken 4

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Heihachi continued his reign in the Zaibatsu, conducting more experiments – this time, he wished to combine his own DNA with Toshin’s (they were able to find Toshin’s left over skin cells after he dissolved into light). The experiments however failed and the Mishima Research Lab believed it was because of Heihachi’s lack of the Devil Gene. Heihachi was also trying to locate his missing grandson Jin – he was unable to but during his search he obtained a photograph of a burnt body – one that had a resemblance to Kazuya.

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Heihachi’s investigation into the photograph lead him to a small, newly established company called G Corporation. He discovered that they had taken a near-dead Kazuya and had nursed him back to health by generating a new body. Once located, Heihachi sent a squad to infuriate them and discovered his theory to be true – Kazuya was alive.

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2 years after the third King of Iron Fist Tournament, Jin Kazama was residing in Brisbane, Australia where he had been unlearning his families’ fighting style and replacing it with karate. He had been undetected by anyone – including his friend Ling Xiaoyu – until The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 was announced, with the Mishima Zaibatsu on the line.  But Kazuya and Jin entered, despite already dissecting Heihachi’s plan.

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Kazuya proceeded through the rounds and eventually was meant to face his son, however Jin never showed. Kazuya was told to proceed to the next round, where he faced Heihachi. Beknown to Kazuya, Heihachi had a squad of Tekkenshu ambush Jin who was on his way to face Kazuya. Jin fought hard, but sadly was suppressed, knocked out and taken away.

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Kazuya and Heihachi fought once again, but Kazuya came out as the victor. Heihachi revealed he knew where Jin was located and lead Kazuya to the mist-filled temple of Hon-Maru. On arrival, Kazuya discovered Jin, still passed out and suspended by chains. As soon as he laid eyes on his son, Kazuya was overtaken by the Devil and knocked Heihachi out. While trying to absorb the other half of Devil’s power, Jin awoke and they fought. Jin was victorious and battled his how rejuvenated grandfather. Once again, Jin was victorious but before he could deliver the final blow, he saw a vision of his mother and spared his life. Using the power of the devil, Jin flew into the night, leaving his family behind.

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Tekken 5

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Just as Kazuya and Heihachi were waking, the Hon-Maru was ambushed by JACK-4s sent by G Corporation. Understanding that the JACKs had come to kill both of them, Kazuya and Heihachi worked together, however it was short-lived as Kazuya betrayed his father before escaping. Hon-Maru exploded, leading bystander Raven to believe that Heihachi Mishima was dead.

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Kazuya returned to G Corp. and killed the many people who betrayed him. Despite Heihachi’s nonappearance, the Mishima Zaibatsu was being controlled by someone in the background. Just 2 months after the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 ended, the 5th Tournament was announced.

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Jin had flown back to his home town of Yakushima while trying to control his Devil Gene. At one point, he lost control and woke up in a destroyed forest – he had no doubt he was responsible. When he received word about the 5th Tournament, Jin decided to enter in order to finally rid himself of the Devil Gene.

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Little did anyone know (apart from Wang Jinrei) that Jinpachi Mishima who had been sealed underneath Hon-Maru and was released when the JACKs had exploded. He took control of the Mishima Zaibatsu, despite being under the influence of some monster, hoping to be defeated in so his reign would stop.

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Jin managed to proceed through the Tournament (attacking his rival Hwoarang in the process) and defeat his great-grandfather, in turn taking over the Mishima Zaibatsu.

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Beknown to anyone, Heihachi had actually been thrown far away during the explosion and had been unconscious for 2 months. When he awoke, he discovered that Jin had taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu and used to declare war across the world. G Corporation stepped in – after Kazuya took over – and was seen as the saviour to the public. The Zaibatsu caused death and destruction transversely, and so G Corp set a price on Jin’s head. Almost as if a response, Jin announced the 6th King of Iron Fist Tournament.

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Lars Alexandersson – a Tekkenshu member – rebelled after feeling that the war they were causing wasn’t just. He took half of the Tekkenshu soldiers with him and inflirated the Zaibastu to finally stop Jin. G Corp surprised them too, their attack causing Lars to suffer from amnesia. He comes across a robot called Alisa Bosconovitch who aids him in finding his memories again. During the journey – with the help of Tougou and the rebelluion Tekkenshu army – they encountered many fighters of the Tournaments and able to regain Lars’ memories when he faces Heihachi – who turns out to be Lars’ father. Lars finally comes face to face with Jin, only to discover that Alisa was being used by him to track Lars’ movements. Jin rebooted Alisa, who turned on Lars. They fought, however Lars had the upper hand and Alisa fled. Raven joined Lars and eventually followed Jin to Egypt, where he meet his half-brother Kazuya and discovered Jin’s true motive – when Jin and Kazuya clashed previously (Tekken 4), it stirred a legendary monster named Azazel who spoke in Jin’s mind. It told him to fill the world with negative emotions, Azazel would gain his true form. Jin had done his research, and believed that if he defeated Azazel, he would free himself of the Devil Gene. Jin faced Azazel’s final form, sacrificing himself in the rumble of the temple.

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However, Jin actually survived but did not rid himself of his curse.

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Tekken 7

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Not much is known about the storyline of Tekken 7, however it seems that Heihachi has gained control of the Mishima Zaibatsu again and this time, is prepared to finish the feud between himself and his son, once and for all. Kazumi Mishima – Heihachi’s presumed dead wife – and Akuma from Street Fighter are somehow thrown into the mix; Jin is alive and somehow in a complete different outfit compared to the post-credit scene of Scenario Campaign and Alisa might still be evil? Who knows how it’s going to end.

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But I don’t think this is the end for the Tekken series.

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My Top Five Tips When Playing Soldier: 76 in Overwatch

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Soldier: 76 (AKA Jack Morrison) is an Offensive hero and is probably one of the easiest to master, due to his one star rating but also because he is your typical FPS character – just maybe with a bit more added oomphf.

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When playing the game for the first time, you actually get to use Soldier: 76 as your starter character.

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Tip #1 –  Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

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Quite a few characters are known for their lack of speed (Mercy, I’m looking at you), but Soldier: 76 does have a sprinting ability. Now, usually with video games such as Legend of Zelda titles, there is a certain amount of stamina to sprint so you can’t do it for very long (usually you’re playing Breath of the Wild – complete game changer). But, get this – Soldier’s sprint never runs out (haha, see what I did there?). Soldier can sprint anywhere, anytime on any surface (apart from the large rocks in Watchpoint: Gibraltar – trust me, I tried).

This makes Soldier great for backing up and support low-health teammates. It’s also good for reaching places faster – such as a point being taken or a payload reaching a point – so I suggest using it whenever you travel as Solider, especially at the start and when you respawn.


Tip #2 – Pinpoint Accuracy

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 Soldier: 76 is a very precise shot, but he’s more precise when he begins firing as opposed to half way through your shots (the Heavy Pulse Rifle has 25 ammo). This means head shots are easier to get once you have a target but is more useful during mid-to-long-range  battles as the rifle can ‘reset’ itself if the player waits between trigger pulls. The Heavy Pulse Rifle is able to headshot, so bear that in mind.


Tip #3 – Rockets are Awesome!

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Soldier’s secondary fire of his Heavy Pulse Rifle is a cluster of Helix Rockets which deal a heavy amount of damage. It does do more damage when directly fired, but at the cost of making a precise shot.

While they are powerful, they should not be used on Tanks – I’ve made this mistake many times against D.Va, who can easily deflect the rockets using her Defence Matrix. Instead, they can be used as an automatic finisher – whittle an enemy down to low health using the primary fire of the Rifle, then the Helix Rockets to completely kill them.

The Helix Rockets are easier to fire at the ground because – if timed right – can launch an enemy airborne if aimed at their feet. This is particularly useful against fast opponents such as Lucio or Genji. It also does not rely on ammo, i.e. if you finish all 25 shots on primary fire, you can still use the rockets before reloading.


Tip #4 – I Need Healing

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Soldier is a bit of an all-rounder – he can be a sniper with precise shots, a leader due to his speed, a flanker (also due to his speed) and even a one-shot healer. And his Biotic Field doesn’t just heal himself – it heals others in the circle (unless it’s an enemy, then it has no effect).  This can be useful not only for healing weakened teammates, but also under cover – if you can find a good place to fire from with cover to duck behind, you can use it to your advantage without the enemy seeing that you are healing.

After being dealt a serious blow as a team – such as Junkrat’s Rip-Tire ult – the Biotic Field can be placed on the payload during escort missions, meaning it can heal in a large radius while on the move. This will encourage teammates to stay close and group up as a team.


Tip #5 – Aimbot Activated

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Soldier 76’s ultimate is the Tactical Visor – essentially, if you’re in his vision when he activates it, you’re dead. Many players complain how boring this ult is, but it is actually very useful.

The Tactical Visor targets low-health enemies first as well as healers. The Visor is not wasted on Tanks, so never use it in a one-on-one against one. Soldier’s reload time is pretty quick (1.5 seconds) but it is even quicker with the ultimate, making it faster to kill enemies in its duration (which is only around 6 seconds).

The Tactical Visor is good at bringing down harder enemies, such as Pharah or Tracer, however you have to be careful of fast-moving characters, such as Lucio or Genji, as it may not kill them in time.


There you have it – hope you enjoyed!

My Overwatch Character Guides while be on hold as of next week because it’s one month until Tekken 7 is released, so I’m going to be using that time as Tekken Month before it releases (a review may be a while afterwards).

I’ll be back with a Ana Character Guide on  9th June. Until then, take care and tune in for some Tekken 7 action!

My set up for Soldier: 76

My Top 5 Tips When Playing Genji in Overwatch

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Genji is probably the hardest Overwatch character to master with his 3-star difficulty but is definitely the most beneficial. He is an Offense hero – which if you go by the Oxford Dictionary – has one definition of “annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself.” Yep, that sums him up.

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Just kidding – it just means Genji is good at attacking, especially if he is on the attacking team (rather than defence) to unlock points and such.

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Tip #1 – Be a Lone Wolf…Not a Lone Sparrow

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Very similarly to Mei, Genji is very good in 1 vs 1 battles (he’s a very good counter against Bastion) by supporting his team from afar but being able to pick off stray enemies with his primary weapon, his shurikens. Because they don’t make the most damage, they are better for direct, singular kills.

Genji is good at distracting opponents, meaning (if your team is coordinated), the player can lead an enemy player to a stronger attacker, such as a Tank to finish the job. Or can be on the outskirts of the objective to distract enemies so the rest of the team can swarm the point.

Equally, if you do play Genji, it is good idea to focus mainly on support characters, especially at the beginning and ending of matches.


Tip #2 – You can Maximize More Damage

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As I stated previously, Genji does not have the most damage output, however there is still a way to get the best out of Genji using his many weapons. Just follow this combo:

Shurikens, Swift Stroke, Fan Blades, then Melee.

Killing enemies with the Swift Stoke means it charges faster, meaning Genji to move onto another target or retreat from battle if you are successful.


Tip #3 – Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

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Genji is one of the top (if not the) most agile characters of Overwatch, thanks to his cyborg mechanics. He can leap, climb walls (much like his brother Hanzo), double jump and dash (using the Swift Stroke). This allows Genji to speed in and out of fights to places that enemies cannot reach him as Swift Stroke is not affected by gravity (but the double jump is. You often see a lot of Genjis jumping off building in skirmish or the beginning of matches). He can also throw off enemies’ sights, which is good against Widowmaker or Hanzo.

Genji’s speed is a good counter against Torbjorn’s Turrents – even with the lock on sight. But it will take a while to destroy one, so be mindful of health.


Tip #4 – A Steady Deflect Balances the Soul

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Genji’s Deflect is very similar to D.Va’s Defence Matrix in the way that it’s not just a way to block projectiles – it is also a way to deflect an enemies damage onto themselves. This is very useful against low health enemy or priority targets, such as Support or enemies capturing a point.

It is worth noting that not all projectiles can be deflected – such as Ultimates that have projectiles – but Ana’s Sleep Dart can, meaning you can earn the Ana Naptime achievement without having to play her.


Tip #5 – The Dragon Becomes Me!

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Genji’s Ultimate is one of my favourites, because you finally get to use that cool-ass katana strapped to his back. Time for slicing and dicing!

Dragonblade is not good to use for 1 vs 1 battles – even if you are backed up into a corner – despite Genji being good as a loner. Granted, you will be able to cut down your opponent or get them down to a low amount of health, however it will be wasted, especially if the rest of the enemy team are far away.

Much like many uses of Ultimate, Genji’s Ultimate is good to use with other teammate’s ones, but here are the following Dragonblade goes really well with:

  • Graviton Surge (Zarya)
  • Blizzard (Mei)
  • Nano Boost (Ana)
  • Earthshatter (Reinhardt)

It is good to use on a group of enemy players as you can kill more than one with just one blade swing. It’s also worth noting that Deflect and Swift Strike are still usable during the Ultimate.


There you go – if you wish to master Genji, then hopefully this has given you some tips.

The Overwatch: Uprising event has just been deployed and lasts until the 1st May, so go play it! You can unlock a very cool new Genji skin (as pictured below)!

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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to like, reblog and follow. Until next time, take care!

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New Naruto Games!

Some exciting news has been announced in the anime-game crossover world – especially if you’re a Naruto fan! 2 Naruto games have been announced. Granted it’s only be announced for Japan, but I’m sure will be available for the whole world soon enough.


Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

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The first game is completely brand new. It promises to be an “acrobatic ninja battle game” in a new graphic engine which allows up to 4 players on 1 team (meaning a total of 8 players on the battlefield). It seems very open-world-esque where you use your environment to your advantage and characters can use their ninjutsu from the manga/anime. So far, only 8 characters have been revealed – Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, Kakashi Hatake and some members of the Akatsuki – including Itachi Uchiha, Kisame Hoshigaki, Pain and Konan.

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No release date has been announced for Japan and currently their website is a test page (although rumours are floating around that it will be fully furbished sometime next week – possibly the 12th April). It will be available on all platforms, but people outside of Japan will most likely have to wait the longest.

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  • Watch the trailer for the game here.

Naruto Ninja Storm Trilogy

OK, so this may not be quite as exciting as Shinobi Striker, but the first 3 Ninja Storm games are coming to the PS4 platform, along with its DLC which will complete the collection if you bought Ninja Storm 4 on PS4. It is unknown as this point if the trilogy will also be available on PC and Xbox.

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The Ninja Storm Trilogy will be released in Japan on 27th July but no release date for countries outside of Japan, but I’m sure it will definitely be available for us! It’s a shame if don’t buy them in Japan either – those who preorder will get a code for the Boruto anime at the upcoming Jump festival while those who get the retail version will receive a free poster!

  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 2 here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 3 here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 4 here.

Keep an eye out on these games as I’m sure they will be released to Europe and America soon enough. Hopefully this is one step closer to a full open world Naruto game where you play as your own character made from scratch with story and side missions galore!

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