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NorCal Regionals 2018 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, JDCR, MenaRD, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge one is going on this weekend, with NorCal Regionals 2018 taking place in Sacramento, California.

This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, so you'd best get hyped for a lot of big matches.

Besides those two titles, the event will also feature high level tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, ARMS, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

A ton of players have shown up for the event, most notably for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which boasts almost 300 attendees, and you can get a glimpse at how ridiculous the pools for the game are in a piece by my colleague Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon here.

As for who's attending, a small excerpt of notable players is as follows: PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, NuckleDu, UYU|Qudans, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, CYG|Fuudo, EG|NYChrisG, FD|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, Fursan|Verloren, RB|Bonchan, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|Momochi, NVD|Phenom, Ghost|K-Brad, UYU|Cloud805, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|NL, Scarz|Sako, FD|Haitani, UYU|Princess Ling, Ponos|Moke, FOX|Justin Wong, Gachikun, Rise|Smug, Mago, UYU|Jeondding, AB|Poongko, UYU|OilKing, Filipino Champ, Humanbomb, CYG|GamerBee, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, Tempo|Alex Myers, iG|Jiewa, GAM|Caba, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, CYG|Chris Tatarian, WP|Daikokugo, CYG|PR Balrog, FD|Otani, Rise|Marn and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Fang Shaymin.

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Killer Instinct fights on at Combo Breaker this year with a whopping $15,000 pot bonus; the promo video alone will give you goosebumps

With intricate attention to detail in terms of quality of life, character presentation, music and more, Killer Instinct is very clearly a fighting game made with the fighting game players in mind.

Though there have been plenty of hype moments and exciting events, KI has simply not been able to hold the interest of enough competitors for us to routinely see it at major tournaments in recent days.

That's very much not going to be the case this May in Chicago at Combo Breaker 2018, as the Killer Instinct Ultra Tour will be providing a $15,000 pot bonus.

This sizeable chunk of change comes as a result of the Kilgore Community Fund, continuing the theme of internal support the KI community has become known for.

If that wasn't reason enough to make the journey out to Chicago for one of the FGC's most revered yearly tournaments, the top 16 players will be paid out and every person that signs up for KI will receive a free Combo Breaker KI shirt (while supplies last).

You can find all the dirty details over at Combo Breaker's KI page, but first check out this inspiring promo to get your hairs standing up and your blood pumping:

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Frosty Faustings X results ft. SonicFox, LostSoul, MarlinPie, Punk, ElvenShadow

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest North American events for Guilty Gear is happening this weekend, namely Frosty Faustings X, in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Of course, this isn't just a Guilty Gear-focused event, far from it. There'll be tons of games played here, including the first major Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament .

Games being featured at this event are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Smash Bros. Melee, Vampire Savior, Windjammers, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, King of Fighters 14, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Pokkén Tournament DX, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars, Killer Instinct, DiveKick: Addition Edition +, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few of them are FOX|SonicFox, WN|LostSoul, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Punk, FF|ElvenShadow, BjornSonOfBear, EG|NYChrisG, TGQ|HavocNoah, DA|Zidane, cR|Dekillsage, Foo, Circa|ForeverKing, RyanLV, Brian_F, Circa|Wolfkrone, PG|Coach Steve, NG|Obscure, KizzieKay, F3|Alucard, MC|GCYoshi13, Method|Flux, Doren2k, BxA|Squall, Circa|JoeyD, ITS|CuddleCore, FFN|Kyoku and of course many, many more.

This is a tournament with an extremely high amount of entrants - both Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition have almost 250 entrants each, while Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Windjammers and the intriguing Mystery Game Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Mad City GG, RS Blackrose, Team Spooky, Unrivaled Tournaments and Will English IV.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Punk, MenaRD, Cloud805

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Kumite in Tennessee 2018 is taking place this weekend in... Well, Tennessee.

This event will as always be host to a bunch of different fighting games.

The games set to be played at the event are Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

There will also be special Ultra Fight Night Exhibition sets between FORT|Cloud805 and FOX|SonicFox in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, PG|Punk and Rise|MenaRD in Street Fighter 5 and Noble|Semiij and Circa|ForeverKing in Injustice 2.

As for players attending the event, besides the six listed above, you can expect to see ALG|Dragon, RNG|WhiteBoi, Rise|Smug, BC|HoneyBee, Circa|Wolfkrone, FOX|Scar, Mischief|NotEnoughDamage, BxA|StarCharger, PG|Coach Steve, BxA|Squall, Grr and many more.

Streaming is being done at PandaxGaming, NYCFurby, Typo House Games, Funky P, SixFortyFive and Music City Smash.

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Only one new generation Killer Instinct fighter made the list of top 10 characters our readers would like to see in a new franchise installment

Update: This poll has closed and final results have been uploaded. You can view them after the jump below.

Earlier: He was very clear that this was not a tease, rather just more of an interesting social experiment, but Creative Director at Microsoft Studios Global Publishing, Adam Isgreen, took to Twitter earlier today to forward a fairly intriguing question:

"A thread on the #killerinstinct forums is discussing who should return if we do a new KI. I just threw fire on it for fun: Pick 10 of the 39 to return. Who stays? Why? I can't even decide myself! What's your 10?"

The most recent KI game brought back virtually all the characters from the previous games while adding more than a few guest fighters such as Rash from Battle Toads, Arbiter from Halo and General RAAM from Gears of War.

We couldn't very well let the opportunity for a poll of our own go by, and so we decided to make one with all (I think he made a slight typo in his tweet) 29 fighters. You're allowed to pick your 10 favorites from the list, and we'll make sure we shoot the results Mr. Isgreen's way when it's all said and done.

It's hard not to see the franchise poster children not make an initial line up, so we expect characters like Jago, Orchid and Sabrewulf will be close to the top of the results.

Still, this is a great opportunity to see how the new and more obscure characters (as well as the guest fighters) landed with the general Killer Instinct fan base.

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NEC 18 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, XCaliburBladez, Dragon, MrKwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The annual Big E event Northeast Championship is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in its latest installment NEC 18.

This is a big event for many games, and will have the finals of this year's Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale, so that's definitely something to look forward to.

Besides Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, games being featured are Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, Windjammers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and a few other games depending on entrants.

Notable players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, UGS|XCaliburBladez, ALG|Dragon, MrKwiggle, PG|MarlinPie, FOX|Theo, SB|JB, PAG|LostSoul, RNG|WhiteBoi, vS|SperoGin, Method|Flux, Circa|JoeyD, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, PG|Coach Steve, FSD|Teru Rock, TSB|Mynus, PG|RayRay, SYN|Rojikku Reigns, ON|Vicio, GXR|Hoodless, NG|Obscure, DC|LazieFreddy, OniJin, PAG|Grover, FSD|Rikuto, NS|Ludovic, UGS|BlackmoonrisingX, ITS|Maknificent and many more.

With 5 games having around or more than 100 entrants, there's going to be a lot of action going on no matter your game of choice, so tune in to the action.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network, Team Spooky, TSB Blaze and Atari FGC.

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Happy fourth birthday Killer Instinct; full game, with all characters, currently available on Steam for just $19.99

It was on November 22nd back in 2013 that the Killer Instinct series finally saw a major revival with the release of the franchise's most recent title on Xbox One.

Since then, the roster has been expanded from eight to 29 characters. The fighting game has also seen a handful of new modes, stages and mechanics added along the way.

Though initially limited to Xbox One, KI eventually found its way to PC, and hit Steam on September 28th of this year. You can currently purchase the Steam version for just $19.99, a savings of 50%. Often acknowledged as a title that goes the extra mile for its fans. We should also mention, KI currently holds a 9/10 rating on Steam.

Seeing as it's the week of Black Friday, we're not sure if this price is going to stick around for too long, so best take action sooner rather than later if you're at all interested.

Head over to the Steam Store to get in on this deal (be sure to check the computer requirements before you download).

Congratulations to the development teams, players and general KI community on four years and counting of Combo Breaking fun.

Treta 2017 results ft. Brolynho, HKDash, DidimoKOF, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Treta 2017 is taking place this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event - in fact, the very last one for the Latin American portion of the Capcom Pro Tour.

With 128 players signed up for the game, you can bet they're all hungry to grab those final points on the leaderboard.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main part of this event, there will also be tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat XL and Killer Instinct.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, Umbrella|HKDash, AAG|DidimoKOF, Vertex|Keoma, Umbrella|Dark, CursoSFV|Paulow3b, SL|Stunner, SHK|Ludo and many more.

Streaming is being done at TRT Champ, Team Dash PR, Kombat Klub and ETC Chile.

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Killer Instinct now available on Steam

Killer Instinct first saw its revival as an Xbox One exclusive back in 2013. Its first season kicked off with eight playable characters, a handful of stages, and a revamped combat system that improved upon that of the classic games'.

Four years later, the team behind the fan-favorite franchise continues to expand the series.

Over the course of its life, Killer Instinct has seen three large seasons released, brought the roster up to a whopping 29 fighters, given players 20 different stages to fight on, added expansive modes like Shadow Lords and the Shadow system, and even saw a release on Windows 10.

Now, KI is available on Steam.

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SoCal Regionals 2017 results ft. JDCR, Punk, Saint, Haitani, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although many events are going on this weekend, it's hard to argue that any of them are bigger than SoCal Regionals 2017, taking place in Anaheim, California.

This event isn't only a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, but also a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour and the first Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides these main games, the event will also feature tournament play in Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14.

There will also be special exhibitions in the upcoming Final Fantasy: Dissidia NT.

Players you can expect to see at this event are beyond plentiful - FOX|JDCR, PG|Punk, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, YouDeal|Yukadon, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Hayatei, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|NYChrisG, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Theo, SPY|RyanLV, PG|Speedkicks, GFuel|Verloren, ITS|Princess Ling, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, Eanix|Biohazard, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, Circa|JoeyD, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, VS|Pokchop, FP|Suiken, Circa|ForeverKing, NG|Obscure, Noble|iLuusions, CYG|PR Balrog, PND|Madzin, BrianF, XSK Samurai, Circa|LPN, Xcel|SperoGin, ITS|BeautifulDude, WBG|CJ Truth, Flash, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, GAM|Caba, NB|DualKevin, PG|RayRay are all expected to attend, and obviously many more will be there alongside them.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2 and EnnyMura.

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Microsoft says no more Killer Instinct balance patches planned after upcoming 3.9 update

A new patch is headed to Killer Instinct very soon that is set to implement several system changes, as well as balance tweaks to many of the characters on the roster.

The 3.9 update was originally set for release earlier this week, but according to a recent blog on Ultra-Combo there were last minute delays. We can now expect to see the next patch go live sometime between today and Tuesday, September 5th, if all goes according to plan.

The Microsoft team has released a full set of patch notes for 3.9, and has also included a video demonstration of each character's balance changes.

The video mentions the Steam version of Killer Instinct is only weeks away, as opposed to months as it previously was. Much more on the subject wasn't divulged here, but we will be finding out more soon.

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Absolute Battle 8 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, Snake Eyez, Justin Wong

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Absolute Battle is back, and as always, it's taking place in Texas.

This event is a big deal for Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, since it's part of both the Capcom Pro Tour and the Tekken World Tour, but it's an even bigger deal for Injustice 2, for which it is a Premier Event in the Injustice 2 Pro Series.

Each of these three games are boasting over 100 entrants, so there'll be a lot of matches lined up to be played this weekend.

Although those are the main three games, that doesn't mean there's nothing else to enjoy. You can also look forward to tournament play in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Killer Instinct and Pokkén Tournament.

There are a bunch of high profile players showing up for most games present at the event, including, but not limited to, FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, Noble|Dragon, Streamme|Anakin, EG|NYChrisG, ITS|Joey Fury, Rogue|Slayer, PG|Speedkicks, FOX|Theo, Brian_F, XSK Samurai, RNG|WhiteBoi, CYG|PR Balrog, ITS|Princess Ling, Noble|Semiij, Circa|LPN, VS|Pokchop, Flash, PG|Hayatei, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, Circa|ForeverKing, Biohazard, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, vS|KoDee and WBG|CJ Truth.

Streaming is being handled by Versus Gameplay, NetherRealm, PandaxGaming and Salty Mayhem.

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Balrog takes on TJ Combo in the latest Death Battle

Honestly, it's somewhat surprising that this fantasy bout has taken this long to pop up on Death Battle, but nonetheless, we now finally find out which of these two iconic fighting game boxers would win in a punch out to the death.

Killer Instinct's TJ Combo goes head to head with Street Fighter's Balrog right smack dab in the middle of the squared circle.

ScrewAttack!'s Wiz and Boomstick do a bit of research to find the specific stats for both boxers, and it turns out they're surprisingly close when it comes to strength and resiliency.

I personally am going to give the edge to Balrog, as he's the bigger of the two a 6'4" and I've definitely felt his wrath in no small way with V-Trigger in Street Fighter 5.

A few notable feats to keep in mind, Balrog once punched an elephant to death and has survived a 1,200+ ft fall. TJ is able to launch Fulgore, a 560 pound robot, 12 feet into the air with a single hit. Curiously enough, he has also survived a 1,200+ ft fall.

The latter's out-boxer style would be a technical counter to Balrog's brawler approach, but I still feel the fight money-happy boxer's brute force will be the deciding factor.

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Summer Jam XI results ft. Punk, SonicFox, NuckleDu, Dragon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got yet another great Big E event in store for us this weekend, with Summer Jam XI taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, as well as a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour and also has points on the line for the Dead or Alive Battle Royale Circuit.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, ARMS, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Vampire Savior.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, UGS|XCaliburBladez, FOX|Justin Wong, Streamme|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, HoneyBee, FOX|Theo, ITS|JoeyFury, CYG|PR Balrog, VS|KoDee, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, VS|Pokchop, Fable|NYCFab, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, BrianF, Method|MikeandIke, NG|Obscure, OG|Shine, BxA|StarCharger, Method|SylverRye, NS|Ludovic, F3|Alucard and many more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, TSB Blaze, Kombat Network and Atari FGC.

With over 100 participants each in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, you'd best be ready to see some intense matches coming up.

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VS Fighting 2017 results ft. JDCR, Saint, Xian, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighting game action is going on all across the globe this weekend - for European viewers, the most time-zone friendly option is obviously VS Fighting 2017, which takes place in Birmingham, UK.

This tournament is a big deal for several games, as it's a Master event for the Tekken World Tour, a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series and a Ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

A bunch of stellar competitors from all across the world have decided to show up, so the local talent definitely have their work cut out for them.

You can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, RZR|Xian, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Rogue|Slayer, Method|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, Infused|ImStillDaDaddy, NASR|TekkenMaster, RNG|Whiteboi, Method|Cobelcog, Biohazard, Epsilon|Takamura, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, TDG|Fergus, PND|Madzin, Aris|Nivek, Infused|Afii, Epsilon|Brick, Prophecy|Shivryuken, Infused|Shakz and many more fighting for the points in their game of choice.

Besides the three aforementioned games, the tournament also hosts Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Killer Instinct and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Streaming is being handled by Tekken, NetherRealm, Electronic Dojo, VSFighting, Situational Damage and Grand Master Challenge.

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Defend the North 2017 results feat. Punk, Smug, SonicFox, ChrisG, Dragon

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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Eagle, Killer Instinct's newest character, coming out tomorrow roughly at 9:00 AM PDT for $4.99 along with patch 3.8

As we already know, Killer Instinct's newest character, Eagle, will be releasing June 27, 2017. This will be alongside patch 3.8.

It has been announced on Ultra-Combo the time in which Eagle is planned to be released tomorrow. Keep in mind, that there is still a potential for something to delay the exact time of release -- this is only the rough estimate of the character's release time.

Eagle will be purchasable for $4.99. You'll get Eagle and his retro costume for this price.

The premium accessories for Eagle will not be immediately available though. If you want to get your hands on these, you'll have to purchase them using Killer Instinct's in-game currency, gold.

It has also been announced that Kilgore, Shin Hisako, and Eagle will be free for Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition owners -- but not yet. This was supposed to happen when the Steam version comes out, but the KI team is working towards getting these characters out for free to Windows 10 and Xbox One Definitive Edition players.

Eagle, but not Kilgore and Shin Hisako, will also be free for Season 3 Ultra Edition players, eventually. If you fall into this category, it is recommended that you wait as well.

If you own the definitive version, you'll likely want to wait until the characters are free. In the meantime, Eagle will be the next free rotating character for next week to help tide over those players.

Here are Eagle's images again. After the jump, you can review the trailer and gameplay demonstration to see if this character is right for you.

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