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Why is Abigail getting so much hate these days? Vesper takes a closer look at Abby's biggest strengths in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

When paper changes for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition came out, people were already wary of the buffs Abigail was set to get. When said changes actually rolled out, initial reactions widely agreed that Abby's damage output (and means into it) were just too strong.

Vesper Arcade has produced a video wherein they examine the specifics of the buffs Abigail received.

These changes mainly just saw the character's light attacks getting faster by a single frame, and while such alterations are not all that daunting at first glance, the implications actually go pretty far.

New combos are now possible for the damage output monster, and his command grab game is only strengthened as the potential for frame traps is only higher.

Though very early reactions saw the new and refurbished Abigail as a huge problem, there's also a population that claims said reactions are hyperbolic, and that the character's defensive weaknesses balance out his offensive strengths once players have done their homework to understand how to take counter measures.

Still, seeing such sequences as the ones below from AB|Stormkubo at EVO Japan do make for something of a case in and of themselves. Give these a watch, check out the video and then let us know how you feel about Abigail in the comments.

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Broly and Bardock first two DLC characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

We've caught first wind of DLC content for Dragon Ball FighterZ thanks to Siliconera, as two names that have been tossed around quite a lot in recent weeks, Broly and Bardock, have been revealed.

This comes as news from Japanese site Ryokutya2089, though further information including pricing and time of release for the two Saiyans are still up in the air.

In the Dragon Ball series, Broly stands a head above most as a nine foot tall Legendary Saiyan. His personality tends to shift between docile and rage-filled at the drop of a hat.

A fan favorite powerhouse villain, Broly is extremely powerful and hates Goku because of protagonists incessant crying when the two of them were infants. Despite having a stature similar to fighting game characters like Zangief, Broly will be a "traditional powerhouse character with a large body and long reach," as opposed to a grappler.

Bardock is a lower ranking Saiyan and the father of Goku. His physical appearance is virtually identical to his son's, save for his usual Saiyan armor outfit.

Broly's level three Super is titled "Gigantic Meteor" while Bardock's, titled "Revenger Assault," sees him go Super Saiyan for a flurry of attacks on foes. Here's the V-Jump magazine scan from Shonengames confirming the two new fighters:

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'We've made [Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite] with our continued support of eSports in mind...' - Yoshinori Ono before the game's release

When the EVO 2018 lineup was announced, many were surprised that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was excluded from the big event. The titles that will make an appearance are Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Mr. Wizard actually gave a reason as to why the fighter wasn't included despite the tournament having quite the history with the game. "We know [MvCI] was on a slippery slope and it had a lot of competition going forward," said Mr. Wizard. "And it just kind of... fizzled."

Despite this, Mark "MarkMan" Julio offered another explanation. "I know that MvCI is being played," mentioned MarkMan. "Hard to include a game that doesn’t have support. I’m not talking about Capcom..."

According to an interview with Yoshinori Ono that took place before the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Capcom fully intended to support the title from an eSports perspective.

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Leffen faces off with SonicFox in ranked Dragon Ball FighterZ matches

Very few games have brought together the fighting game community like Dragon Ball FighterZ has managed to do since its reveal and release a few weeks ago.

Players from the Marvel vs. Capcom community, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, Nether Realm games, and Guilty Gear/ anime fighting game communities have all pooled into the new fighting game to dip their toes or take the full plunge.

TSM|Leffen and FOX|SonicFox are forces of nature in their fields of Smash Bros. and NRS games, Skullgirls, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite respectively.

These two fighting game monsters found each other for some ranked matches in DBFZ uploaded to Leffen's YouTube channel from his stream archive.

Leffen rocks a team of Android 16 (replaced by 18 in the second set), 21, and Super Saiyan Vegeta while SonicFox beasts with his team of Android 16, Hit, and Goku Black. The two players pull no rocket punches in these explosive sets leading to some dramatic finishes.

Check out the clip below to see some massive damage performed by Hit, and watch the video after the jump to see some crazy Android 18 mixups, Hit combo extensions and so much more.

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Could Cody's and Sagat's birthdays be hints to their release schedule for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? Blanka's trailer dropped on his birthday

It was only just recently when we learned about Blanka's release info for Season 3 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. His trailer dropped on February 12, 2018.

There was clearly a special reason why this particular day was chosen. This was Blanka's canonical birthday. Ono was certainly excited to welcome Blanka to the cast and he even wished the fictional character a happy birthday.

Despite the fact that Sakura was only released on January 16, 2018 along with the Arcade Edition update, Blanka will become available on February 20th. Thus far, Capcom is keeping up with their promise of releasing Season 3 fighters at a "steady pace" (given, it's still very early into the new year).

What about the birthdays of the other characters? Will we get more information about them on their special days? Can this give us a logical hypothesis on Season 3's schedule?

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Blanka-chan is taking over Twitter, and we're okay with that

Blanka's birthday was on Monday, but it has been a whole week of celebration for this "beloved" Capcom character. His new plush story costume has gained him even more notoriety than his Street Fighter 4 online days.

Then he started showing up in some unexpected places.

Now, Capcom has unleashed the green beast's plush costume with a high quality PNG along with this tweet. "Your turn. Here's the PNG. Show us what you've got! #BlankaChan"

Visiting the page for the new hashtag will lead you down a rabbit hole you never knew you wanted.

Blanka crossing over into your favorite video games, films, sports, and he may even be standing right behind you as we speak.

Check out the gallery below to see some of the creative works Twitter users have put up and see a goofy Blanka here, a goofy Blanka there, a goofy Blanka everywhere.

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Here are some tips for beating the Upper Class Shadaloo Soldier and June Lin Milliam 1/4 in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

It's that time of the week once again folks! Today is Friday, which means we have a new batch of Extra Battle missions to complete (not to be confused with the weekly missions).

The big catch with the Extra Battle mode is that you actually have to pay fight money in order to participate. We can get rewards that are particularly profitable this time if we are able to win during all attempts.

This week's fights includes a battle against the Upper Class Shadaloo Soldier and Chun-Li in her June costume for the first gem of the crossover costume. There are simple strategies that can be applied to achieve victory for both fights.

You have to pay 1,000 FM in order to participate in the match against the silver AS-R minion. If you should be successful in defeating him, you'll earn 5,000 fight money.

As for the fight against Chun-Li in her June costume, you have to pay 2,500 FM. You'll get the first icon for the outfit upon completing this task. You'll have to keep up with collecting all four gems for the next four weeks if you want the big prize at the end -- yet another Chun-Li costume to add to endless wardrobe!

I have tips to help you reign victorious over these fights. Hit the jump below to check them out.

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New Soul Calibur 6 Mitsurugi showcase features development insight from producer Motohiro Okubo

In Soul Calibur 6, so far, we've seen six characters announced. Of those six, the first two were series mainstays Sophitia and Mitsurugi.

Since the initial game reveal, Bandai Namco has been releasing gameplay and developer diary-type videos about the game to better provide fans with information about the upcoming 3D, weapons-based fighting title.

Today, the company shared a showcase for Mitsurugi that features some insight from producer Motohiro Okubo.

Mitsurugi fights with a katana, donning Japanese armor. Okubo explains that Mitsurugi is the Soul Calibur character who fights most like a samurai, which is something that the team had in mind while developing him.

Okubo says that this character represents the Soul Calibur series in a large way, being one of the franchise's most recognizable warriors.

Though the audio here is in Japanese, you can hit the "CC" button on YouTube for English subtitles.

Soul Calibur 6 is due out sometime this year.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's US pricing detailed by ArcSys along with statements from the series' creator

Arc System Works have been staying in the gaming media and the fighting game community spotlight for a while now with their release of Dragon Ball FighterZ and their messaging for the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

Yesterday, ArcSys detailed the pricing for the crossover game's various SKUs and DLC in Japan, and they have now detailed how those prices will look in the US along with some new statements from series creator, Toshimichi Mori.

The base game will cost players $50 for both the physical and digital versions of Cross Tag Battle.

Like the Japanese breakdown, the DLC will be bundled into six packs of three characters each plus the free Blake and Yang DLC. Each pack costs $5 though there is the option to buy the "Character Collection" containing all of the packs for $20

The first character pack containing Kanji, Orie, and Platinum the Trinity will be free to download for the first two weeks after the game launches and a "Digital Deluxe" edition of the game will be available for $70 including all of the content mentioned above.

In an interview with Destructoid, Mori stated that their first announcements were muddled and caused confusion for the audience.

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Learn all about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Blanka in his new character introduction video

In anticipation of Blanka's official Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition release next week, Capcom has shared a new character introduction video for the electrifying combatant.

The vastly knowledgeable Capcom UK Community Manager, Matt "The Street Writer" Edwards, provides viewers with the skinny on Jimmy.

First up, we're given a breakdown of Blanka's V-Moves. With V-Skill, Blanka performs his classic Coward Crouch, which can be cancelled into a running slash that pops the opponent up or a jump forward that allows Blanka access to any air normal as he approaches the opponent.

V-Trigger 1 powers up most of his special moves, and also grants Blanka a new special move that can be charged and guard breaks when the opponent is struck with the fully charged version. Trigger 2 unlocks a special move called "Rolling Cannon," which can be utilized after a rolling attack and can be used in several different directions.

Edwards also explains why players should try out Blanka. There's a bit of information here, but if you like long-range normals, hard-hitting combos, and tricky gameplay, Blanka might be for you.

Blanka is set for release on Tuesday, February 20th. While you wait, be sure to check out his character introduction video.

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5,400 Fight Money to be earned in this week's set of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions

Another week, another set of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions.

The weekly challenges are back with four main missions to complete that reward you with Fight Money. As always, three are straightforward, while one remains cryptic.

In this installment, we see a bit more Fight Money than we've been seeing in Arcade Edition. So far, the rewards have sat in the 3,000 to 3,500 range, but this time there is 5,400 FM up for grabs.

This week's cryptic mission is "A Game of Push and Pull," which is a repeat mission. We'll be telling you how to complete this, and the other three FM challenges in this story.

Season 3's second DLC character, Blanka, is set for release on Tuesday, so you'll want to gather up as much Fight Money as you can before he drops. You'll be able to buy the character for 100,000 FM.

Let's take a look at the missions list below.

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'I never dreamed 20 years ago that the scene would get to this level, for good or bad' - Arturo Sanchez reflects on nearly two decades of FGC growth

Arturo "TS|Sabin" Sanchez has been in the fighting game community for almost two decades, that's longer than some top players (such as Capcom Cup champion Rise|MenaRD) have been alive.

Spending most of his time working from behind the technical side of the stream, Sanchez has observed a lot over the last 20 years. He's seen his fair share of games come and go, trends rise and fall, ideas explored and forsaken and overall interest wax and wane.

The veteran community member from New York spoke with Cross Counter TV at Capcom Cup back in December, talking about the evolution and growth of the FGC.

I never thought it'd get to this point, I always thought 64-man and 128-man brackets were the pinnacle. And like, it would never get any bigger than that... I get proven wrong consistently every year and I'm happy for that," he says.

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Here's Falke's full theme in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Everyone's favorite Street Fighter data miner, X-Kira, has posted the upcoming character Falke's full theme in Arcade Edition.

We also just got hold of the recently announced Blanka's theme, so hearing (who we assume will be) the next DLC character's music is an unexpected treat.

In looking through the initial reaction comments on YouTube, it seems as though fans are being taken on nostalgic trips to older sound tracks from entirely different franchises after listening to Falke's BGM.

Already we've seen comparisons to Final Fantasy, Tekken, Namco X Capcom and the 1998 survival horror game for PlayStation: Parasite Eve.

Call me crazy, but it somehow takes me back to the Coral Capers underwater level in Donkey Kong Country. The tempo is definitely faster in Falke's theme, and things don't stay tranquil for too long, but still there are bits and pieces that send me back to that aquatic stage with the amazing Rare track.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think (and whatever other game it will inevitably remind you of) in the comments.

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Gameplay footage of Blake Belladonna in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Today's three new DLC characters has been the talk of the town for the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, but that wasn't all we were made privy to.

We also got our first look at Blake Belladonna's gameplay, as the RWBY character got a good three to four minutes of stream time.

Blake's most notable ability is her Semblance, which enables her the power to create clones of herself that can server various purposes. Cross Tag Battle was sure to take full advantage of this, granting her access to multiple variations of said clones.

We also get to view her basic attacks, specials and movements as ArcSys representatives show off the basics for this RWBY protagonist.

Below is a one minute clip from the showcase that highlights her gunfire special attack as well as a few other techniques that cause her to zip about as she fights.

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Every gamer's dream relationship; Momochi and Choco Blanka share the story of how they fell in love

With the foundations of our community built on kicks, punches and competition, the closest we often get to the more mushy stuff is a kiss of death fatality. Every so often though, the FGC produces a heartwarming story like that between Echo Fox's Momochi and Choco Blanka.

The Japanese couple was engaged back in 2015, and has since officially tied the knot. Given the niche nature of fighting games, many members in the scene have significant others that acknowledge their partner's passions, but don't necessarily actively participate.

Momo and Choco have found themselves in the beautiful, yet uncommon, situation wherein video games not only brought them to one another, but continue to be a prominent part of their professional lives together.

These two have been an item for quite a few years now, but Echo Fox's new video gives us an all new look into the details of how they met as well as how their relationship thrives, in part, because of their shared love for fighting games.

Momochi is one of the most fearsome and calculated competitors (just look at his stone cold game face while he's playing) in the entire Street Fighter scene, while Choco Blanka has a smile and demeanor so heartwarming they melt the salt we have for her favorite character.

Hear, in their own words, the tale of how these two came to be the FGC's cutest couple in the video below.

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Did you know Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most recent of nearly 70 Dragon Ball video games from over the years?

Dragon Ball FighterZ has taken the fighting game community by storm, and has players from virtually all sub genres of fighting games flocking together to blast each other with Kamehamehas.

As the first Dragon Ball game that's been acknowledged as competitively viable by the FGC, DBFZ is naturally getting a ton of acknowledgement. Be that as it may, FighterZ is actually the 66th in a massive line of Dragon Ball games (not including some of the DB card games).

Video Games Evolution has gone back and taken a brief look at the 65 Dragon Ball video games over the past 30+ years to give us an idea of just how long we've been playing.

Some of these are indeed fighting games, while others appear to venture to other ends of the gaming spectrum as we see some examples of Dragon Ball RPGs, side scrollers and plenty more.

One of the bigger takeaways here: although DBFZ does incorporate the happenings of the more recent Dragon Ball Super, the various sagas of Dragon Ball Z have been highlighted repeatedly since 1986, and still garner interest even now in 2018.

Continue on to see the video, get a blast from the past and start feeling old.

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Blanka's full theme for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is now online; take a listen

Blanka and his plush story costume have been the talk of the town this week in the Street Fighter world after his grand reveal.

This past weekend we got a taste of the green beast's and Falke's character themes for the game, and now it appears we can now listen to the full song of the former character.

Like the rest of the World Warriors, Blanka's theme is a new arrangement of his classic Street Fighter 2 theme featuring some newly added palm-muted guitar and mix of percussion with string instruments.

The track seems to prove the previous leak of the two DLC characters' themes legit, so it's also safe to assume that Falke will indeed be the next DLC character for SF5:AE.

Blanka and his goofy costume are set to release later this month on February 20.

Check out Blanka's full theme below along with Falke's 45 second preview.

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