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For the very first time, Twitch Rivals will be making an appearance in Australia. On the 3rd of September, DreamHack Melbourne will be hosting Twitch Rivals: Knockout City Showdown – a head-to-head dodgeball event. This Twitch Rivals event is a feast of Aussie and Kiwi streamers. With a $6000USD prize pool, the stakes are high for every single one of them in this dodgeball battle-royale.  The day is split into three rounds. The first round is a warm-up free-for-all to prepare everyone for the day ahead. In the second round, teams are formed, and the team to score the most…

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NEWS

FORTNITE has brought a new huge crossover into their ever-expanding roster this week – Dragon Ball. Iconic characters like Goku, Vegeta, Bulma and Beerus have all been added to the game as playable cosmetics. With them comes a month-long Dragon-Ball themed event with new emotes, new quests and new gameplay items.  Dragon Ball needs no introduction – it is the most popular anime and manga series ever created. Its inclusion into Fortnite has been a long time coming. Fortnite fans have been pleading for Goku since the game began. Memes about Goku and Vegeta sharing a chug-jug have finally come…

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REVIEW

EARLIER this week, The Pokemon Company released a brand new Pokemon Presents that covered all upcoming Pokemon content releasing in the future. With a whole new generation of Pokemon on the horizon in the future with Scarlet and Violet, the presentation sought to satisfy eager fans who can’t wait to learn more. However, content was showcased for other ongoing projects in the multimedia franchise.  Pokemon World Championship 2022 A large segment of the presentation was dedicated to the upcoming Pokemon World Championships, taking place in London. A big announcement came in the addition of new games to the Championship -…

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REVIEW

THREE years out from the release of AI: The Somnium Files, Spike Chunsoft have come to deliver us a brand new entry with  AI: The Somnium Files – NirvanA Initiative. When I had played the original game, I was satisfied with it as a stand-alone story. It is a self-contained mystery with a satisfying ending for the entire cast. So, I’ve been cautious from the very beginning. Would the NirvanA Initiative be a cheap attempt to milk the fans and their love for a cult classic? Or would we see a sincere continuation of the world and story established in…

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FIGHTING

CAPCOM has gone dissapointingly quiet on Street Fighter 6 since its initial big info-dumps. The trailer for Guile released, and pieces of information have been leaked from people who have played the various early access demos – but as for official information, the well seems to have dried up for the time being.  So, I’ve got my own ideas to propose in the meantime. I’m a huge fan of the series, and while I think what we have seen is genuinely phenomenal (check out my first impressions here) – there are still a few things that could elevate it to…

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OPINION

This week, it was announced that Persona would finally be making an appearance on the next generation of consoles, as well as on PC.  Persona 3: Portable, Persona 4: Golden and Persona 5: Royal will be available for a whole new market of gamers to enjoy. This port avalanche begins in October, with Persona 5: Royal being the first to release. Persona 3: Portable and Persona 4: Golden are set to follow in the future. That being said – if you don’t own a Sony console, you probably have only heard about Persona from afar. The franchise has been (mostly)…

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NEWS

SEGA has released numerous new videos through IGN showcasing their newest Sonic the Hedgehog game: Sonic Frontiers. It has been nearly five years since the release of the last mainline 3D Sonic game with Sonic Forces. Forces released to mixed critical reception and since release has become a source of contempt from many fans.  Sonic Forces is marred with problems. The game has become well-known for its automated gameplay, short levels, poor writing and general lack of interesting content. For the Sonic community, the game was a massive disappointment after the resounding success of Sonic Mania. Now that Sonic the…

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PREVIEW

STREET Fighter 6 saw a full gameplay trailer at Sony’s State Of Play last night – showing off what the classic fighting game series has to offer for a new generation. As the long awaited sequel to Street Fighter V, a game with a controversial history, Street Fighter 6 has a lot of expectations on its shoulders.  Luckily for Capcom, this reveal is one of the most encouraging that I have seen in a very long time. Street Fighter 6 has a whole host of promising new features that look to be a return to the creative aesthetics that made…

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REVIEW

THE Multiversus closed alpha is coming to a close tomorrow – and I was lucky enough to get a code. I’ve been playing the game every day for about a week, and I’ve had a lot of fun messing with what the game has to offer. The closed alpha has seen incredibly high activity, with people begging for codes like their lives depended on it. As always with any new, high profile release of any kind, the golden question remains: is it worth the hype? Well – I’ve put on my reviewer shoes to try and figure that out. A…

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NEWS

MEXICAN Super Smash Bros player Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez took the first place spot last weekend at Genesis 8 – one of the biggest Super Smash Bros. tournaments on the planet – with a clean 3-0 win against William “Glutonny” Belaïd of France in the finals. International competiton is now finally back on the cards again so eyes from around the world were watching the event in California over the weekend of April 15-17 as 1,959 players from around the globe battled it out in one of the biggest weekends in Super Smash Bros. history. The Money Match Before the…

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NEWS

IN a press release on April 20th, SNK announced the release of The King Of Fighters: The Ultimate History, in a collaboration with Bitmap Books. Priced at USD$45.50, The Ultimate History seeks to be a fully comprehensive collection of the franchise’s thirty year history. This is a first – no official source covering the extensive lore of the franchise has ever been released until now. The book is scheduled to release this summer. The King Of Fighters is an iconic and celebrated franchise within the genres of fighting games. The King Of Fighters franchise started in 1994 with the release…

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RPG

This article contains spoilers for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. AT the recent Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary event, we got our first look into the future of the franchise: a new title simply named Kingdom Hearts IV. Instantly, newcomers and fans have had a lot of questions. Kingdom Hearts is a series known for its complex and self-indulgent lore. Judging from the trailer alone, I can safely say that Kingdom Hearts IV will be no different. Every game in the series contains an important part of the overarching story. So, in theory, to understand anything at all – you have to…

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NEWS

NINTENDO has just released a brand new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, alongside a massive info-dump on their Japanese website. New information about the battle system, the characters and the story have been revealed – all with a cherry on top: a release date. The game will release on July 29th, alongside a shiny new special edition. I need it! The new information covers a lot of new gameplay mechanics and story details. Every single party member will participate in battle at once. This is a big change from previous entries that had only allowed three at a time. Furthermore,…

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