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How will $500,000 on the line impact the FGC? Is EVO's USF4 switch to PS4 too drastic? EventHubs Round Table tackles Capcom Pro Tour 2015

Just last week, Capcom announced their plans for this year's Pro Tour. With $500,000 on the line, and a whole slew of Premier and Ranking events all over the world, there's quite a bit to discuss.

We here at EventHubs decided to sit down and talk about the Capcom Pro Tour 2015 in our latest Round Table.

What are we addressing this time, you ask? The 500k total prize pot, players from last year that might do better in the longer sets, Ultra Street Fighter 4 being ran on PS4 at EVO, and more!

Check out what the EventHubs staff had to say after the jump.

New 3on3 Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade fighting game announced; which FF series will you fight for?

Between two announcements yesterday and today, it looks like Square Enix is trying to appeal to the fighting games crowd to give their latest arcade titles a shot.

Yesterday Square Enix announced fighting game (Ultra Street Fighter 4) collaboration costumes for its Gunslinger Stratos 2 arcade arena shooter for Japanese arcades. And today, they've kicked things up a notch, by announcing a new Final Fantasy title for the arcades that appears to be a 3-on-3 arena fighting game.

The new game is entitled "Dissidia Final Fantasy", and it will be a reboot of the arena fighting game series of the same name for PSP, complete with graphical, storyline and game mechanics overhauls.

A teaser trailer was released today, showing what appears to be gameplay similar to Gunslinger Stratos, except with teams of three characters instead of four, and a focus on swashbuckling sword fight action rather than gunplay.

Publisher Square Enix and its partner on the title, arcade chain operator Taito, plans to unveal more details on this title in a press conference on April 10. For now, enjoy the trailer, and read on for our thoughts on if this title would ever come to consoles.

Rayman in Super Smash Bros. 4 confirmed as a fake, 'leak' creator shows how he pulled it off

The Rayman in Super Smash Bros. 4 'leak' that surfaced yesterday was an elaborate hoax created by Artsy Omni.

Omni showed in a recent video the lengths he went to to craft this misrepresentation, which included capturing the Smash 4 character select screen and using Adobe After Effects to jazz up the authenticity of the process.

You can find a full breakdown below.

Sonic Boom 2015 USF4 results, archives ft. Luffy, Infiltration, Dogura, Valmaster, Cuongster & more

Update: Results and archives have been added to this story.

Update: The final day of the tournament is live now. USF4 top 8 starts at approximately 7 a.m. PST.

Earlier: Sonic Boom 2015 is taking place this weekend in Madrid, Spain.

A number of fighting games are being competed in at the event here -- Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma are the main games here, while The King of Fighters 13, Skullgirls Encore and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are side games.

Of these titles, the Ultra Street Fighter 4 is definitely the highlight to watch out for here, as it features a number of top international players on top of the local talent on display -- we're talking France's trio of MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster and Cuongster; Korea's /r/Kappa|Infiltration; and Japan's Dogura.

The first day of the tournament is already done, but tomorrow at 7 a.m. PST top 8 for USF4 will resume.

Until top 8 comes on, check out the tournament archives below to catch these top players in action.

Notes on Tekken 7's final boss; Harada says all character models improved in the initial release version

The version of Tekken 7 shown at the Japan Amusement Expo 2015 (JAEPO) will be the exact same build that is slated to go into service at select arcades all over Japan next week, according to reports from Japanese media from the event.

As fans have speculated with the listing of only 20 fighters on the "Characters" section of the official website, that is indeed the number of fighters the initial release version will come with. However, more fighters will be added into the game later either through time-release or other such mechanisms.

Since the build of the game shown at JAEPO is the final one that will be rolled out next week, Tekken fans in Japan who attended the event were able have been able to gleam quite a bit of information about the game -- including notes on the final boss, who is not playable.

The first thing many fans noticed with the release build of the game is that the character model for Lucky Chloe had been tweaked significantly. When pointed out by a fan on Twitter, Tekken series director Harada added that improvements have been made to all of the character models in the game.

Read on to find out more about the final boss of Tekken 7.

Aerosmith Infiltration (Akuma/Decapre) vs. Daigo (Evil Ryu) for over an hour - XBL Endless Battle long set

If you consider yourself a MCZ|Daigo fan, then chances are you'd know that in the vast majority of XBL Ranked Match replays, Daigo is usually depicted as losing -- because he refuses to upload replays when he wins.

So oftentimes the only way we'd see Daigo win in XBL replay footage is if his opponent happened to be streaming or recording their matches. And that's exactly what Infiltration has done.

Except, you won't actually see Daigo win that often in his XBL Endless Battle matches against Infiltration. In a significant number of these matches, Infiltration's Akuma and Decapre (yes, Decapre) make quick work of Daigo's Evil Ryu -- and they are an absolute treat to watch.

Here are some quick highlights if you're pressed for time:


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And if you have about an hour to sit through the whole thing -- which I highly recommend, as Aerosmith Infiltration is "in da house", so as to speak -- you can watch the archived Twitch stream below.

Aganos hits consoles on February 27, first look at 'Ghost Girl' in this Killer Instinct season 2 official reveal trailer

The official Killer Instinct season 2 Aganos reveal trailer has just hit the internet.

Those looking to get their hands on the character won't have to wait too long. Ultra Combo edition owners will gain access to the golem on February 27th, while Combo Breaker owners will receive him on March 5th.

This trailer also gives us our first look at the next character to come -- "Ghost Girl."


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Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Winter Brawl 9 results and stream archive ft. Smug, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Sanford Kelly, Dieminion, RayRay, CD Jr., Yipes, Rico Suave and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, courtesy of BigEGaming, you'll be able to enjoy the action-packed Winter Brawl 9.

Among others, you can expect to see PIE|Smug, Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, CTRL|RayRay, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|IFC Yipes, MOR|Rico Suave, Dieminion, TS|LordKnight, BIFU|Insaynne, BT|MarlinPie and many more.

Games set to be played include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament, Skullgirls, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat 9, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, Kick Punch Block, TS|Arturo Sanchez and Smash Studios.

You can find all the action right below.

First in-game look at Kazumi, Tekken 7's boss character

Images giving us the first-ever look at Tekken 7's boss character -- Kazumi Mishima -- have just surfaced. Thanks to masakarijin, we now get to see what the character looks like in-game.

Kazumi takes on two forms: regular and Devil. She transforms into the latter during the second portion of the boss fight, and we see both forms in the images below.

Check out Tekken 7's Kazumi in the following pictures.


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Source: masakarijin. Via AvoidingThePuddle.

Mortal Kombat X's first Brutality to be revealed tomorrow, today's teaser sounds absolutely disgusting...

The Kombat Kast stream returns tomorrow, and they are set to reveal something good -- Mortal Kombat X's first Brutality.

But knowing that we can expect to see the new "-ality" soon isn't quite enough, so NetherRealm Studios decided to release a little teaser for what's to come.

Today, a video was released that shows no actual gameplay footage, but rather let's us hear the sound of the Mortal Kombat X Brutality. Seven hits ring out in this short audio clip, and we also hear what sounds like crushing flesh and/or blood gushing on every impact.

Check out the MKX teaser for yourself, and let us know what you think is going on in the Brutality audio clip!

Ayano: 'Creating a game with perfect character balance is actually very simple: Limit the game to one character' - Capcom talks Wild outfits and more

Capcom producer Tomoaki Ayano took to the Saikyo blog once again in order to address a number of Street Fighter related matters. This week, Mr. Ayano discusses Ultra Street Fighter 4's latest alternate costumes, but before that, touches on the game's character balance.

One user-submitted question is quick to state that the latest version of Street Fighter 4 feels much like it's previous iteration, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, in that there are a number of dramatically bad match-ups with odds favoring a handful of characters that are simply too strong.

At the end of the day, all this reader wants is for Capcom to make a game that has a more balanced roster. Ayano actually has a solution to this issue...

The secret to achieving perfect balance? Limit the game to one character.

You'll find a translation of the interaction after the jump.

In Depth: Justin Wong and the numbers – Is Marvel dead? Find out in this final installment of EventHubs's three-part series

Is Marvel dead? Well, that depends on who you ask. We've already spoken with former Evolution champion Filipino Champ and MMG|ApologyMan—another top MvC3 player—to get some different perspectives on the hot issue.

However, I wanted to dig a bit deeper. That means talking to a tournament organizer to grab the unbiased numbers to get a different perspective to compare.

Even then, a tournament organizer is one interesting perspective, but what if I could bring in someone that has been at the top of the series for years? What if I could ask the greatest player in Marvel's long legacy?

EG|Justin Wong needs very little introduction in the world of Marvel vs. Capcom, but just in case you wanted any justification for his being on top, then consider that Wong has been the Evolution champion for a Marvel vs. Capcom title no less than 7 times.

Will Wong hammer the final nail into Marvel's coffin, or will he tear the casket open and to reveal a joystick and a TV ready to go?

Read below to join me for the final part of EventHubs's investigation.

'40 things all online players say' skit lists a number of things you've likely heard, and said, before

The realm of online Ultra Street Fighter 4 breeds some interesting habits.

In Ernesto Lopez Jr.'s latest skit, he covers a number of things you've likely heard — and said through the years while playing over the net.

I'm almost positive this guy hid a mic in my office here, because some of the remarks are verbatim quotes I've yelled countless times.

Spot the difference: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round PS4 vs. PS3 side-by-side game physics comparison

We're just one day away from the US launch date for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) -- have you decided on which version of the game you're going to pick up yet? Will you be going next-gen (PS4, XB1) or are you sticking with the current-gen (PS3, X360) versions to save yourself some money?

If you already own a copy of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on the PS3 or X360, you'll be able to upgrade your copy of the game to DOA5LR free-of-charge. However, you won't receive the free DLC costumes that come with the disc versions (PS4, XB1).

Also, only the next-gen versions will feature what Team Ninja is calling the "Yawaraka Engine" (literally "Softness Engine"), which supposedly makes the in-game characters' skin and body movement physics more supple and life-like.

To help you make a better-informed decision on which version to get, PlayStation Japan has created a side-by-side comparison of the exact same scenes on the PS4 (with the Yawaraka Engine) and PS3 (without).

After scrutinizing the video several dozen times over -- for research purposes only, of course -- we have determined that the physics do indeed appear to be more life-like in the PS4 version.

Also there appears to be more body movement in the br... general chest area. I'm not entirely sure yet. It's hard to say. Very, very subtle movement.

Let me go back and check it again for you, just to be sure.

'The negativity from counter-picking Daigo never affected me at all' - Xian explains why he chose not to counter-pick at Canada Cup Masters Series

One of the biggest mysteries to come out of the Canada Cup Masters Series was with RZR|Xian's match against MCZ|Daigo: Why did Xian not bother to counter-pick against Daigo's Evil Ryu with Dhalsim, not even a single time?

Every match at the Canada Cup Masters Series has been a first-to-seven. There was ample opportunity for Xian to reconsider his character choice -- but he simply did not do it. Why?

This mystery was briefly touched on during an episode of AirBehr Chat. Co-hosts CCG|Air and Behrudy had been under the impression that Xian did not want to counter-pick this time around, as he had taken to heart all of the unkind comments and negativity that came out of his decision to do so at Capcom Cup.

But as it turns out, that's not really what happened. In fact, as Xian explains in this new interview with RV Gamers, he was not affected by the negativity at all -- what really got to him was losing to EG|Momochi at the grand finals.

So why did Xian refrain from counter-picking? Read on to find out.


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