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Hypespotting 4 results ft. Luffy, Xian, Tokido, Ryan Hart, Mago, Problem X, Andreas, ImStillDaDaddy, Hurricane237, Pro Fluke, Emersion and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive.

While NorCal Regionals is taking place over on American soil, there's another premiere event going on the very same weekend over in Glasgow, Scotland. That's right - it's the return of Hypespotting.

A lot of high-profile players have gathered here, and not just from Europe. While Ultra Street Fighter 4 is obviously the main event, with a Capcom Pro Tour premier event status, you'll be able to catch high-level action of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as well.

Players expected to show up at the event include the latest two EVO champions, MD|Luffy and RZR|Xian, as well as top-level players such as MCZ|Tokido, FA|Ryan Hart, MCZ|Mago, CG|Problem X, WSO|Andreas, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, BTM|Hurricane237, Rize|Pro Fluke, LLL|Emersion and many more. The streaming will be handled by Capcom Fighters and Versus Scotland.

Hit the jump to start spotting the hype.

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How has Jin changed in Tekken 7? Day 1 combos and extended look at Jin in online matches and the newly-added Practice Mode

Earlier today the arcade version of Tekken 7 received a network update that added Jin to its roster of playable characters, as well as a new Practice Mode that arcade-goers could use to thoroughly explore character move sets and combos with.

To mark the occasion, the Koenji Cube arcade game center in Tokyo has uploaded some extensive play footage featuring the returning character, in both the newly-added Practice Mode as well as in online matches.

If you're curious about what's different with Jin in Tekken 7, the Practice Mode footage should cue you in on some of the new combo starters and possibilities with him. Alternatively, if all you want to do is see how good Jin actually performs in actual player matches, go check out the online play footage.

There's also a shakycam video shot by YouTube user theater10 that shows off some of Jin's Day 1 combos in Tekken 7.

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Tekken 7 copy-and-pasted? Devil Jin & Josie Rizal's Rage Arts animations look remarkably similar to SoulCalibur 5 supers, fan points out

On Sunday, Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada announced that Jin, Devil Jin and newcomer Josie Rizal would be added into Tekken 7's roster of playable characters soon.

Character introduction trailers for all three fighters were also streamed, and many Tekken fans watched these trailers with eyes eager with excitement.

For a small number of fans, however, those fleeting feelings of excitement were soon overtaken by a sense of deja vu when they got to the part that showcased each character's Rage Arts. It was almost like, they've seen these Rage Arts super moves before, somewhere. Which was odd, because this is the first time ever in Tekken history that super moves are a part of the game.

But as this video from Tyler Bleu proves, those feelings of deja vu were right -- the three characters' Rage Arts super moves are not entirely new.

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Video: Jin, Devil Jin, Josie Rizal (Eskrima practitioner and kickboxer from The Philippines) officially unveiled for Tekken 7

Update 2: We've also added official character art for the three fighters. Also updated Josie's description to say that her fighting style is a mix of Eskrima and kickboxing.

Update: We've added the official HD720p character trailers to this story. You can still check out the lower-quality 60fps videos, however, to see what Harada said as well as Yuriko Taiga's Josie cosplay.

Earlier: On a special Tekken 7 live stream broadcast from Bandai Namco Games's headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo today, Tekken project lead Katsuhiro Harada unveiled the next three characters to be added to the playable roster in the arcade fighting game.


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They are none other than Jin, Devil Jin, and new character Josie Rizal, who is an Eskrima practitioner slash kickboxer from The Philippines (her fighting style is a mix of both). Her character design was done by Mari Shimazaki, who served as a character designer on Platinum Games's Bayonetta. Shimazaki also came up with the designs for Tekken 7's Kazumi Mishima.

Another person who was instrumental in coming up with Josie Rizal's character design was Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio, who has Filipino blood in him. Harada said that he was very glad that Markman could tell him a lot about Filipino culture, and offered advice that shaped many of the character's traits, including her name.

Jin will be made playable in Tekken 7 arcade from March 31 onwards. Devil Jin gets unlocked on April 7. As for Josie, Harada said that he originally intended for the character to be released during Japan's Golden Week holiday (first week of May), but at this moment they're not quite sure.

You've previously caught a glimpse of all three characters in our previous report here. Now see them in action in their respective unveil trailers below.

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See Jin Kazama game play footage from Tekken 7!

We have a pair of videos that feature Jin Kazama in action in the brand new Tekken 7.

Speculation was that the Tekken regular may not find his way into the franchise's latest game, but that was debunked recently when an information leak confirmed Jin amongst a few others.

Up until this point, we've only had a few screen shots of Jin, but now we've got nearly ten minutes of video footage.

He appears as a sub boss in the arcade mode, so we've only been able to see him as controlled by the computer. Still, players have eased off a bit and let the AI show off a bit of what Jin can do.

Hit the jump to see the videos.

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Jin Kazama appears in Tekken 7 as hidden sub-boss character

Just last week, character data in Tekken 7 revealed that Jin Kazama, among other characters, is indeed in the new game.

It appears as though Jin is already in Bandai Namco's new fighter, but not necessarily as a playable character as of right now. This particular warrior can be found in-game as a hidden sub-boss during stage 4 of Arcade Mode.

While the conditions to make Jin appear are currently unknown, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada stated that the stipulations are difficult and a bit obscure.

You can check out a few images of Jin in Tekken 7 below.


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Source: Masakarijin on Twitter. Via Avoiding The Puddle. Tip sent in by Hisokae.

The Wong Factor can't be stopped, Momochi makes incredible reads, and more in these Final Round 18 highlights from day 3

The final day of Final Round 18 marked even more upsets and intense action than we thought could follow an equally intense day 2. Not only limited to Ultra Street Fighter 4, amazing moments happened in almost every title played at the tournament. We've highlighted a select few for your pleasure, but you could probably find even more. That's how stacked this tournament really was.

r/Kappa|Kazunoko vs. BT|Marlinpie

No, this isn't Street Fighter; it's Guilty Gear Xrd grand finals. After being knocked into the loser's bracket and crawling his way back into grand finals, r/Kappa's Kazunoko certainly didn't seem in a winning position until he reset the bracket where he continued to dominate all the way through the next two matches and tournament point.

Whatever had shaken BT|Marlinpie, though, looked to have vanished. Regaining his composure, his Zato was able to take Kazunoko's Ky down to a sliver of health. Long sets are full of ebbing and flowing with momentum, and this seemed to be no different. But Kazunoko had other plans. Making a miraculous comeback, he cornered BT|Marlinpie and kept the pressure and combos going until he took the round and the tournament.


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This would not be the end of the upsets and wild action of Final Round 18's highlights. To continue seeing intensity that easily rivals yesterday's action, continue reading below.

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Final Round 18 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Xian, Infiltration, Fuudo, Bonchan, Kazunoko, GamerBee, Xiao Hai, Smug, Tokido, PR Balrog and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Final Round 18 is upon us, and this tournament is stacked through the roof. If you're anywhere close to Atlanta, Georgia this weekend, make sure to stop by. But even if you aren't, don't worry - the event will be livestreamed, and we here at EventHubs will make sure to provide you with full coverage as best we can, so that you won't miss any of the action.

On the lineup, you'll find Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late and King of Fighters 13.

The event will also house a Curleh Mustache event on Friday, the 20th, so don't miss some top-level Marvel action outside of the main tournament. Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, FunkyP, SixFortyFive, Smash Studios and Kombat Network.

As earlier mentioned, the event is incredibly stacked. You can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, RZR|Fuudo, Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Kazunoko, AvM|GamerBee, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, MCZ|Tokido, EG|PR Balrog, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|Justin Wong, TSC|Dieminion, Qanba|Dakou, JDCR, Liquid|NuckleDu, MCZ|Mago, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, TSC|Sanford Kelly, CCG|Chris Tatarian, TSC|IFC Yipes, KOR, Flocker, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, CTRL|RayRay, Filipino Champ, TSC|CD Jr., CTRL|Flux, BT|Angelic, CCG|Air, MOR|Rico Suave, KIT|Cloud805, /r/Kappa|KitasenjuDJ, Filipinoman, CTRL|Unknown, TS|Arturo Sanchez, BE|Abegen, JRosa, DC|FlashMetroid, EH|Velociraptor, Julio, pH|LPN and many more.

You can find live streams after the jump.

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Get these games for under $1: Tekken 2, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, and more - PlayStation Network flash sale

This weekend the PlayStation Network is running a "Deals Under $1 Flash Sale" where you can pick up a number of great titles -- including two fighting games, Tekken 2 and Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (which has online play) -- at massive discounts.

You'll have only until Monday (March 23) 9 a.m. Pacific Time to pick up these deals, however. So make sure to log onto PSN Store either through your PlayStation console, or through the Web on your PC.

Other games you can pick up for less then a dollar in the flash sale include Capcom's Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5 and Breath of Fire 4, Sony first-party PS Vita title Gravity Rush, Tokyo Jungle, Katamary Damacy, Klonoa, Wild Arms 1 and 2, and a whole lot more. There's a surprising number of superb games included in the flash sale.

Check out the full list below, and then read on to watch Giant Bomb's quick look at Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection -- you're essentially getting three games for the price of less-than-$1, there's online play, and it's a great way to get used to the run mechanic that will be featured in Mortal Kombat X.


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Tekken 7 characters leaked: Jin Kazama, Devil Jin, and brand new fighters

It looks as though character data for Tekken 7, which was just released in arcades yesterday, has leaked a handful of new fighters.

Avoiding The Puddle reports that Jin Kazama, Devil Jin and another new female fighter will be featured in the game. Additionally, what appears to be a brand new male fighter was also found amongst the data. Although this mystery character's design looks to be new, this could also be an alternate costume for a returning fighter, but neither has been confirmed yet.

You can check out the leaked images below.


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Source: Avoiding The Puddle.

Why Tekken 7 has dirt, water and sweat effects but no blood, according to series director Katsuhiro Harada

Bandai Namco Games's Tekken franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Throughout all of the games' history, fans have never seen a single ounce of blood spilled from within the game itself.

The closest things to blood that fans have seen in the franchise thus far are the red spark effects that appear when a fighter is hit, and the word "bloodline" in the subtitle for the expanded version of Tekken 6, Bloodline Rebellion -- but there's no pixelated or polygonal blood.

And they never will, according to Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada, who commented this week that Tekken 7 will feature dirt, water and sweat effects, but no blood.

There's a very pragmatic reason for that, he explains:

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Tekken 7 to have Super Slow-Mo mechanic for 'more exciting, cinematic' matches; Harada says Lucky Chloe is a design never before seen in Tekken

Tekken 7's release draws ever nearer, and while we wait, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed some new information about the upcoming title, along with some fresh gameplay footage.

First up, Harada shows off a new game mechanic called Super Slow Motion that kicks in when two players have low health and attack simultaneously. The Tekken producer explains that this will give matches a "more exciting, cinematic feel."


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As seen in the GIF above, slow-mo moments can go either way and even end in double KO. There are alsp instances where both attacks will completely miss, giving the players another opportunity for a slow-mo clash and more hype.

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Watch Tekken 7's Lili land a death combo on Shaheen with 95% health, without activating her Rage Arts - bug in T7 that has been patched out

Update: According to EventHubs readers xdbs and God_Demon, this is a bug that has already been addressed and patched out.

Earlier: "Eh? What the heck just happened? How much health did Shaheen have before Lili's combo landed?" a startled Tekken 7 match commentator asks in the mid-way point of the video you're about to watch, right after Lili knocks out Shaheen with a single combo that took away 95% of his health meter.

The Tekken franchise isn't particularly known for death combos, due to the way damage scaling is structured. They do happen from time to time though, mostly due to the Rage mechanic in Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which provides a damage boost to fighters when their health falls below a certain percentage.

In Tekken 7, however, Rage does not provide a damage boost. Instead, it gives characters access to their Rage Arts super attacks.

Which makes the Tekken 7 moment you're about to watch even more interesting: Lili is at close to full health, and thus incapable of activating her Rage Arts -- yet she manages to perform an instant-death combo on her opponent, who had close to full health.

Is the combo overpowered? I don't think it is, since it probably only works on this particular stage, which I'm going to call the "Inception" stage, regardless of what the actual name is.

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'The Basics of Tekken' Aris teaches movement, strategy and mental approach to get you ready for Tekken 7

Learning Tekken can be quite a mountain to climb. If you watch professional Tekken players, you'll see how incredibly intricate the game is.

With the franchise's newest title, Tekken 7, on the horizon, there are likely many gamers that currently have their eyes on the summit.

Tekken veteran, Aris Bakhtanians, has graciously taken some time to explain how to approach the game as a beginner. He does a great job eliminating all of the intimidating technicalities and places the focus on the essential first lessons.

Some of these lessons are actually part of the thread that runs through every fighting game as they apply directly to the mental chess match that occurs in all strategic competitions.

You'll learn how to utilize basic movement and individual attacks to "build a web" of creative movements.

Hit the jump and learn some Tekken!

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Tekken 7 to get Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release

Tekken 7 is currently in its soft launch stage, available in select Japanese arcades and slated for a full release later this year. While we all expect the next installment of the Tekken series to also hit consoles, we were unsure which home platforms we'd actually see it on.

Today, it looks like we can tie up that loose end. A "sizzle reel" promoting Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 recently went live that shows footage of Tekken 7 and lists Xbox One / PlayStation 4 as platforms for the game's release. The original trailer was taken down, most likely due to the leaked information, and re-uploaded later by GenEnemy.


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It's definitely nice, but not at all surprising to see that Tekken 7 will be getting a next-gen release considering that fact that other blockbuster fighting franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are doing the same. Still, we'll have to wait for word from Bandai Namco on when we can expect the console versions to hit store shelves.

Hit the jump to check out the Unreal Engine 4 trailer.

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