Everything you need to know about Evo 2013

evo2013 The best fighting game players in the world went head-to-head last weekend at this year's Evo Championship Series in Las Vegas to see who among them are the best in their respected fighting game. The tournament is over and we have our champions, together with new announcements to get players and fans excited for the future. It was one hell of a tournament, and it seems like it just gets bigger and bigger each year. Here's a quick recap of everything you need to know during Evo 2013.

This Evo was huge. Tons of players all around  the world showed up and we had a good variety of fighting games in the event this year. Injustice, Super Smash Bros, Skull Girls, Evo has offically become the place to be in order to fight against the best in fighting games.

But enough of that, to the results!

The Results

Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012 

1. DM|Xian (Gen) 2. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma) 3. Infiltration (Akuma, Hakan)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

1. EMP|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye) 2. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma | Others) 3. Angelic (Wolverine, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath)

Injustice: Gods Among Us

1. EMP|KDZ (Superman) 2. Crazy DJT 88 (Green Lantern, Doomsday) 3. AGE|NYChrisG (Green Arrow, Black Adam)

Super Smash Bros. Melee

1. Mango (Fox, Falco) 2. Wobblez (Ice Climbers) 3. CT|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

King of Fighters 13 

1. AS|Reynald (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Kim | Others) 2. Hee San Woo (Ryo, Takuma, Kim | Others) 3. CafeID|MadKOF (King, Shen, Kim | Others)

Street Fighter X Tekken v2013 

1. Infiltration (Jin, Alisa) 2. EG|Justin Wong (Hwoarang, Chun-Li) 3. MOV (Law, Nina | Law, Cammy)

Mortal Kombat

1. Crazy DJT 88 (Cyrax) 2. EMP|REO (Kabal) 3. My God 88 (Sonya Blade, Liu Kang)

Persona 4: Arena

1. Yume (Aigis) 2. LordKnight (Mitsuru) 3. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 

1. CafeID|Knee (Lars, Devil Jin | Bruce, Devil Jin) 2. Eightarc|Bronson Tran (Ogre, Jinpachi) 3. AGE|Stringbean (Alisa, Bob)


1. Duckator (Valentine, Filia, Double) 2. Severin (Parasoul, Filia, Double) 3. Chilldog (Cerebrella, Peacock, Filia)

Detailed information on the tournament and it's results can be found at Shoryuken.

This event is no joke anymore. If you have time, go watch the top 8 matches of either Marvel vs Capcom 3, King of Fighters, or Street Fighter. You will feels the intensity and emotions the fighting game community brings to these events. Whether you are unfamiliar or not, the matches are so entertaining and you can't help but give respect for all the players competing. They are really talented in their craft.

The Big Reveals

Evo is so big now, that game developers actually consider this event as an opportunity to reveal exciting news to the community. And since every gamer that loves fighting games is tuned in, it makes perfect sense really.

 Injustice: Gods Among Us - Martian Manhunter DLC reveal

During the final day, NetherRealms revealed a new DLC character that everybody was hoping to be included in the playable roster. Martian Manhunter is revealed with a trailer. To spice up the first look at the Martian in action, he fights against a new skin for Green Lantern, which I'm sure a lot of comic book fans would appreciate.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 announced 

Don't think Street Fighter 4 is close to dead, it's far from it. Capcom just announced a new upgrade for their highly successful fighting game released in 2009. Ultra Street Fighter 4 will include six new stages, new costumes, a rebalance of previous characters, and five new characters, with one 'mystery' character that has yet to be announced. Capcom stated that this character will be new to Street Fighter, but not new in Capcom. The revealed four though is - Rolento, Posion, Hugo, and Elena. Nothing new, but good additions nevertheless.

If you want to watch or replay the whole last day, you can check Evo2013's twitch.tv archives.

Mortal Kombat Vita Gameplay Trailer

fataliteee When Netherrealm studios announced Mortal Kombat for the Vita, we were shortly presented not only with gameplay identical to it's home console counterpart but a slew of extra mini games and features too. We thought those were plenty but it seems there's more.

Aside from the fluid 60fps Mortal Kombat fighting gameplay that we now know and love, mini games such as igniting falling bombs to juggle the fighters and keep them airborne, fending off incoming missiles by tapping or wiping of blood that gets splattered on the screen using the PS Vita's touchscreeen have been included in the portable version of the latest Mortal Kombat. A few more mini games were showed and one of them is cutting off limbs from a fighter one by one ala a Fatality. Another showed you using Kenshi's psychic powers to ward off projectiles or using the gyroscope to balance a character to prevent them from falling into a pitt. What caught me off guard was the Fruit Ninja like mini game that was shown at about 0:42. It looks just like Fruit Ninja but instead of slicing up fruit, you slice up what appear to be body parts, there are even bombs in the Fruit Ninja mode.

The Vita version of Mortal Kombat looks to be the complete package of the console version and so much more. The only missing feature is online play which is a little sad but local adhoc play is available and is said to run at a perfect 60fps so you're opponent can't blame "the lag" when you rip their spine out.


Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

komplete Now I know I have too many fighting games right now but the new Mortal Kombat is something that I have to own. I could have picked it up but there was a reason why I held off.

Netherrealms Studios announced that they would be rereleasing Mortal Kombat but this time "komplete" with all of the DLC included. The four characters, Rain, Kenshi, Scarlet, and Freddy Krueger are going to be accounted for plus all the extra costumes, some of which were only available as pre-order bonus in certain shops.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition releases in North America tomorrow so, if you haven't already, grab a copy and Fatality some fools.


Mortal Kombat Vita Trailer

We already know that Mortal Kombat will be coming to the PlayStation Vita complete with all the DLC characters and costumes plus new Vita exclusive game modes that take advantage of the systems features such as using the gyroscope to balance or using the touchscreen to input fatalities. However, there is one thing in this trailer that boggles my mind.

To be specific it's the whole changes in the background. Now this could just be a metaphor of you being able to play Mortal Kombat anywhere OR it could also mean that it will have one of the features that I find absolutely astonishing in another Vita fighting game called Reality Fighters. And that would be the ability to use the rear camera to project a video feed that becomes the background arena in the game.

skatepark A simple gimmick that isn't really groundbreaking but is definitely something that can set it apart from the home console version. Frankly, if that feature is included in the game then I am sold on both the game and system. I have yet to confirm if this really is a feature in the game but if it is then sorry Reality Fighters. On another note, if that was actual Vita game graphics shown in the trailer, then it looks even better than the footage that was released earlier.


Motal Kombat Vita Gameplay and Features


Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita just got announced a while back which surprised a lot of people since the latest Mortal Kombat is still a fairly new game. Some gameplay footage along with information about some of its new features has just surfaced and it's looking pretty good.

The Vita version will have all the characters and costumes (DLC included) from the its HD counterpart with a few obvious downgrades in terms of textures and graphics. Even with the portable downgrade, the game still looks incredible and is said to run at a solid 60 frames per second. Gameplay still looks as solid as the home console version and the new "gimmick" features that uses the front touchscreen and the accelerometer actually look fun.

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Some of the new features that were revealed was an option to use the touchscreen for performing fatalities, this was not something that they needed to add but it's nice that it's in there. Another new feature that was included is a new challenge tower that will have challenges that cleverly takes use of the Vita's technology such as using the accelerometer to balance your character so that they don't fall in a pit of death, wiping the blood off the screen while in battle, or fending off incoming missiles during a heated match.

Touchscreen and accelerometer gimmicks are usually an afterthought and end up not really adding much to the overall game or sometimes even hinder the experience. NetherRealm is actually incorporating a lot of really neat ideas into this portable bloodbath and quite frankly I am excited to see what the final product will be.