Menat: My First Impression Of The Flexible Fortune Teller

 

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Yesterday was the release of the newest character in Street Fighter V, Menat the fortune teller, and she didn’t disappoint. Here are some things that make her the most talked about character putting Ed and Abigail to shame.

The Crystal Ball

Her crystal ball helps her with reach as she has powerful low attacks and anti-air crush counters. The ball’s ability to rest until summoned back to her helps create a setup for combos or grabs. Just when you think the ball was powerful enough, activated in EX mode, multiple orbs surround her and can be used in combos that can easily take away half of the opponents life bar.

Her connection to Rose

In her story mode, she constantly refers to her master to figure out what is the power she’s sensing in her crystal ball. In one cut scene, even though she doesn’t address her by name, an outline of Rose from Street Fighter IV appears above her. It’s the best of both worlds as we have a new character but we are still connected to the last title of the series. I don’t know about you, but I freaked out a little.

Her Costumes Are To Die For, Then Resurrect Ourselves

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All characters come with three costumes; Their main attire, the story costume, and the battle costume. Her battle costume, however, was the talk of the internet with her Egyptian-like mummy attire making her a bit more revealing. In case you wanted a bit more sexy from the character, fans of the game were not only fascinated with a particular move of hers as you can see at the end of this tweet.

With so much potential for this newbie, it is still too soon for players to take the training wheels off of her and make her a main. I saw this first hand playing online.

First Time Fighting Her Online

It’s one thing to fight as the character, but to fight against her is another story. I’ve fought high ranked players who decided to use her online. The only issue is that she is too new to just put into battle. Unlike Abigail where you can get away with basic moves, Menat has a series of combos that are yet to be tested. needless to say, it was the easiest ranked match I’ve had in a week.

It’s only been a day since her release and I expect that we won’t see crazy gameplay from her for a couple of weeks. She was released along with battle costumes for Bison, Guile, Ibuki, and Karin. You can buy Menat for $5.99 or $100,000 in fight money.

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Does Black Manta and Menat Have What It Takes To Be Your Next Main?

 

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Within two days, Street Fighter V and Injustice 2 have released gameplay of their latest characters, Menat the fortune teller and Black Manta. These characters were not so much shocking in terms of their upcoming appearance, but the time in which they’re arriving have the fighting game community eager to play with them.

Let’s take a look at these characters and see if they have what it takes.

Menat The Fortune Teller 

Her release comes just a month after Abigail was available following the EVO 2017 tournament. She made her appearance in the game as the one who talks to Ed, another DLC in the game, about his fate post Bison. It was appropriate to think that she would be the next playable character as her presence in the game matches the silhouette in the season pass.

From the gameplay, she uses her orbs not only as range attacks but as a way to perform close attacks. Similar to Ed’s psycho power that pulls you in, her orb rest until it is called back to her, pulling the opponent closer. You see a bit of Batman from Injustice in her fighting as multiple orbs surround her and she attacks you with them, just like the Batarangs.

It’s too soon to determine if she is main material, but if you play Smash Bros. and are a fan of Rosalina and Luma, this will be the player for you. She will be released August 29 along with new costumes for Bison, Guile, Karin, and Ibuki.

Black Manta

Another character whose game play was revealed just days after confirmation is the Aquaman villain, Black Manta. After spending his time as a stage assist, he is now able to show the fans what he can really do and it’s by far impressive.

Outside of the laser beams and firing rockets, his ability to levitate for a long period of time can definitely be used to the player’s advantage. His moves, like Aquaman, include the use of water, but instead to blast opponents away to create space and to teleport as well. The only thing about the character that could’ve been better was the special attack. It looks basic in terms of finishers which downplays his regular attacks.

Nonetheless, fans of the character would be pleased overall with his fighting ability once he’s released. It will also be cool to see what skins will be available for him and if it includes new weapons. No word yet on when the pack will be released containing Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy.

As of now, for Street Fighter V, there is one more character left coming to the roster and may be released before the holidays. More information about these characters will be available upon release.

ARMS Newest DLC Is Sweet, But Proves To Be No Laughing Matter In The Ring

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It has been two months since ARMS received Max Brass as a playable character, and it didn’t take long for them to introduce their latest addition, Lola Pop. The announcement of the new DLC was announced during Gamescom this week.

The candy-clown like character is presented in the release trailer with nunchucks and electromagnetic gloves. Her defense is different, as she puffs up like a balloon to block attacks from her opponents.

Along with a new character, comes a new stage. Lola’s stage is filled with candy themed decor that looks like something from “Wreck it Ralph.” To celebrate her release, It would be cool if the character comes with a costume similar to Pennywise from the “IT” films. Just putting it out there, cough cough, Nintendo.

It’s good that the game is becoming popular in the fighting game community, but would be more enjoyable with some familiar faces in the game. In an article on WePlayesports, characters known in the Nintendo world like King Hippo from “Punch Out” or any classic fighting game can add to the value of the game. Nonetheless, the game is creating its own identity without relying on the help from characters from other titles.

See her in action in the release trailer below:

New Characters To INJUSTICE 2 Will Light Up The Skies And Raise Some Hell

If you thought the first pack of downloadable characters in Injustice 2, Sube-Zero, Starfire, and Redhood were awesome, the latest release trailer confirmed the next pack characters that will appear in the game.

Black Manta

 

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Batman has Joker, Shazam had Black Adam, and now Aquaman has a villain he can face off with in the game, Black Manta. It was clear that he would be featured in the game since he is a stage assist on Aquaman’s stage when you knock an opponent through a wall. His appearance was buffered since the game’s release, adding more detail to the character. It became official after his silhouette outlined his figure.

Raiden

 

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Another Silhouette confirmation was none other than Mortal Kombat’s lightening God, Raiden. There were rumors that it would be Johnny Cage instead of Raiden and the silhouette was created to throw everyone off. But, as seen in the trailer, it’s the man himself taking out Sub-Zero. Even though he looks cooler than he does in his own series, some are still upset that there’s another DC Comics slot wasted on another MK character.

HellBoy

 

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It was a coin toss on who would be a surprise entrant to the game between Hell Boy and Spawn. After Black Manta’s missile missed Raiden and was caught by a big red fist, in an instant the surprise was obvious. Unlike the other two characters mentioned, the silhouette was hard to dissect who it belonged to.  This will be his first appearance in a game for a modern console after his disappointing “HellBoy: The Science of Evil” game on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

 

It’s just an introduction video of the latest additions to the game. Until we received gameplay of their move-set, they’re just cool to look at for the moment. Watch the trailer of these three new characters below.

The Lag Switch Is Turning Fun Into Anger When It Comes To Playing Online

 

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Have you ever been in a battle online, and while you’re winning, the game stops and glitches out of nowhere? No doubt that lagging, decreasing flow of data to the console, is a problem, especially when you’re playing people who’re overseas. But it’s crazy to think that people would go to such lengths to use it to their advantage.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a lag switch, giving players online a chance to cheat their way to victory. It may not be a big deal to those who are playing a casual match with their friends but is a big problem when there are online tournaments with cash payouts. The hard thing is how to prove that a lag switch was used in the game. There are even tutorials that show how to make one.

 

There is no real solution to this issue, but it is advised that people report players of suspicious activity to find out who’s using them. Games including Street Fighter V added a blacklist feature to keep players from playing toxic gamers again.

Next time you’re online, pay attention to the person’s connection. If they have a full connection and then lag during the match, that player might be using the lag switch. Don’t let this issue, however, stop you from doing online tournaments, but also report that player if you think they’re cheating.

More Costumes Coming To Street Fighter V In Honor Of The 30th Anniversary

 

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Can’t hold out to see who the next character reveal in SFV will be? Don’t worry, Capcom has been doing a good job adding content and taking our money until the next reveal. This time is no different with the reveal of the latest costumes for characters Bison, Guile, Ibuki, and Karin.

These costumes are ceremonious and remind us who these characters are in their own right. let’s break down these looks on the characters and how they add more pizazz, more or less, to the game.

 

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Bison is looking like a king with his new attire. The cape alone adds the sense that he is the king of the game to some. What better way to honor the boss of SFV than with this red, white, and gold costume.

Karin with a very detailed geisha is something different outside of her mini skirts and beach wear. Not much of a fan of Karin, but one thing that I noticed after the reveal is they ditched the curly-spirals in her hair and gave her a traditional hairstyle to compliment the attire. I’m sure this will make all Karin players happy.

Thanks to Capcom Cup 2016 Winner Du “Knuckle Du” Dang, Guile received a new tactical costume a month ago with his name on it, but that didn’t stop Capcom from adding another outfit to the closet. This one, however, not the best one. It’s boring in terms of creativity, and honestly, his hair is too big for any hat.

Another character who just received a new costume less than a month ago is Ibuki. She, like Karin, received a geisha style costume, but shorter. Which makes sense since she’s a ninja and she needs to be able to move fast. Unlike Karin, however, they just put flowers in her hair. I like Ibuki, but can we do something to that hair. At least add the bun to it.

These costumes will be available for purchase August 29. Just in time for the 30th anniversary, Each costume will cost $3.99

(All photos are from the Capcom website)

Gamers Can Possibly Go For The Gold In 2024 Olympics

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It’s already been confirmed that esports will be featured in the 2022 Asian Games, but the Paris bid committee is highly interested in featuring the growing market of competitive gaming in the 2024 Olympics.

The inclusion of esports in the Olympics have been in talks for nearly a year, but what’s keeping this from becoming a reality is what the International Olympic Committee thinks about competitive gaming. IOC President Thomas Bach is unsure what esports is and if it involves the same physical training as other sports.

Competitive gaming involves, if not the same, training and preparation, both physical and mental, like any other sport. If they actually attend an event like EVO or CEO, they will see that these are not just kids and adults playing games, these are real athletes sporting jerseys competing to be champions in their games of choice. The difference, it may be more exciting to see Street Fighter players with an inch of life trying to get the last punch than watching synchronized swimming, no offense.

Gamers face the same abuse, mentally and physically, and suffer injuries like professional athletes that can ruin their careers. It’s a growing community, if not one of the friendliest, that exist. It will definitely help their decision if they attend the pro scene and see them in their environment. They will be impressed with every headshot, hadoken, and perfect KO they see.

Esports is a multi-million dollar sport that is projected to become a billion dollar business by 2019. Sports outside of competitive gaming are buying into the hype with other sports, including the NBA, creating leagues for the 2K series.

Former Laker Rick Fox owns Echo Fox, one of the leagues top teams home to Street Fighter V player Justin Wong and Injustice player Dominique “Sonic Fox” Mclean. E-League also featured professional athletes including WWE diva Eva Marie,  former Laker Shaquille O’Neal, and NFL star Reggie Bush playing SFV for charity.

Perhaps following the Asian games, the IOC will see how big this sport has grown over the years, and would want to include it in the 2024 games. Although it’s projected that the program will be formed by 2019, but that still leaves plenty of time to include one more sport.

Can Punk Shake Off Second Place And Become A More Aggressive Alpha?

It seems like post-EVO 2017, Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley hasn’t been the same when it comes to the tournament scene. Following Defend the North 2017, the title of second place is haunting him with each competition, which has his fans asking, where’s the alpha?

Is it a curse that he’s come in second in tournaments as of late? It’s not a curse, but more self-restriction due to his lost back at EVO. It is possible that he may see himself as the runner-up until he can prove himself at next years Super Bowl of esports. No matter if he wins other tourneys, including Dreamhack Atlanta 2017, that idea of being the first North American to win EVO will be a fox that will echo in his mind, sorry for the bad Tokido reference.

But a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain is a dangerous man. Hopefully, we’ll see a more merciless, teabagging, and smiling while doing it punk, as he looks to reclaim his spot as top Street Fighter V player in the world.

His next event will be against Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto at the East Coast Throwdown in September. This can possibly be the beginning of Punk 2.0.

 

Left Field Characters Who Could Be Dominant In Smash Bros For Nintendo Switch

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Let’s say if Nintendo makes an all new Smash Bros for its latest console/portable the Switch, we can get the surprise of new downloadable characters in the franchise. The last game featured Cloud from Final Fantasy, Ryu from Street Fighter, and Bayonetta from her self-titled game.

There are a lot of fan videos that express who they want in the game next. But outside of the requested Goku and Banjo Kazooie, there are some characters that have the potential to shock fans and be good fighters in the game.

Sketch Turner (Comix Zone)

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Before Mr. Shifty, there was Comix zone. The game followed Turner as he fought bad guys through pages of a comic book that were hand drawn in the game. He’s more of the brawler type so he would be that of another Mario or Ryu. His final smash can include the hand from the game drawing the opponent in his world and he goes ape, no pun intended to Donkey and Diddy.

Ninja Gaiden (Self-titled game)

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One of the most iconic game characters has to be Ninja Gaiden. He would be a swordsman to the likes of Roy and Marth. But with him being a ninja, his speed would be greater than the others. His final smash can be a continuous slashing and vanishing attack.

Earthworm Jim

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Another icon, Earthworm Jim, has a worm for a head (well duhhhhh) and a blaster, both dangerous weapons. His blaster can have three modes; a small shot, medium shot, and a hyper blast that if held for too long, will blow him up, but when delivered can cause great damage. His final smash can be a bigger blaster, similar to the three-part items in the game, that will blow the opponent away.

Shadow (Eternal Champions)

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If you’re not familiar with this game, it is a rip-off of the DC Universe with characters that look like Green Lantern and Raven. Shadow, pictured above, looks similar to Black Canary, but still packs a punch.  She is also a ninja who throws stars and bombs. Her final smash can include her throwing stars and fans at her opponents followed by three big front flip kicks.

Glover

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Glover had two titles that played like Mario 64, although it was also featured on PlayStation. Not much really known about this character, but it would be safe to assume he would adopt Master Hand’s powers, with a final smash being to inflate himself and slapping the opponent off the stage.

Nights (Nights into Dreams)

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Nights is said to be one of the games that made SEGA Dreamcast a must have. In her game, she helps two kids, Claris and Elliot, stop evil from their dream world Nightopia and the real world. Since she is a product of the Sonic franchise, it would be nice to see her power up and have her do her corkscrew but as a tackle for her final smash.

These characters might have been forgotten to some but can be resurrected with the help of the fighting multiverse of Smash Bros. It would be a surprise if any of these characters are featured on a ballot for fans to vote.

What can kill this dream is if Nintendo continues to be lazy and move the Wii U title to the Switch as rumored. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we get a new title with new characters, stages, a better online tournament mode.

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Want To Kick Start Your Esports Career? Here Are The Tournaments You Need To Enter

 

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You don’t need a sponsor, expensive gear, and a jersey to be a contender in the world of esports. To get on the road to professional gaming, there are a number of tournaments that are available that also offer cash prizes and trips to bigger events. Here are some tournaments that are happening now.

Gfinity Elite Series

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The online tournament offers two separate daily tournaments with different pay outs. Players earn points towards becoming a top competitor in games including Street Fighter V, Rocket League, and Counter Strike: GO. The series is currently being featured on T.V. in the United Kingdom and on the esports channel E11.

Major League Gaming: Gamebattles

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This tournament feature first person shooter games including Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Destiny. It also features other competitions for sports games such as NBA2K and Madden in addition to fighting games. With over 100 games and over $4,000,000 in payouts, there is something for everyone who’s looking to make a name for themselves.

GameStop Hometown Heroes

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If you love Injustice and want to make it to the big stage, the hometown heroes tourney is just for you. The competition will continue now until August 27 and offers a $5,000 payout, and the winner will a part of the grand finale, which will air on TBS in October. This is one of four tournaments currently running feature the DC Comic based game.

The best part about these tournaments is they’re free to join. It also helps newcomers become used to competing in a tournament setting. With these online tournaments, you can get your name, or gamer tag, out to the world. Why wait? Your dream of becoming an esports player is one click away.

 

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