BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crashes BlazBlue into Persona 4 Arena and more – fifa15guide.net

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crashes BlazBlue into Persona 4 Arena and more - fifa15guide.net

Arc System Works, the Japanese face-punchers behind the BlazBlue games and the surprisingly rad-looking Dragon Ball FighterZ, are bringing yet another of their fighting games our way. They’ve confirmed a PC release for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, a tag-team fighting game which throws together characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena (Arc’s fighting game based on Atlus’s magic teen RPG), French-Bread’s Under Night In-Birth (which Arc publish on PC), and… Rooster Teeth’s web cartoon Rwby? How curious! I’m still left wishing Persona 4 would come to PC but hey, at least we finally have The Man’s approval to make Chie kick faces on PC in some form.

Cross Tag Battle will bring these four worlds together to kick the dickens out of each other. They’re tag-team battles, so pugilists will be able to swap in and out mid-fight and team up for mega-attacks. I have high hopes for big fancy combos. I’m awful at fighting games but I do like Arc’s style of face-puncher and people who know far better than me do tell me they are solid.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is coming to PC via Steam on June 5th. Arc spent a few years catching up on PC, bringing old games over late, but this is due on the same day as consoles.

“That’s all good and well,” you may ask, “but can I buy DLC?” Oh buddy, you can DLC your face off. The game will launch with twenty characters then Arc plan to release another twenty as DLC. Good grief.

Go on Chie, give ’em a good kicking.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? – fifa15guide.net

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? - fifa15guide.net

As gaming headsets go, the Roccat Khan Pro is delightfully diddly. Normally when I put on a headset, it feels like I’m encasing my head in something akin to a bike helmet, so large and cumbersome are their various ear cups that they’d probably provide adequate protection in the event of a roadside collision.

That might be because of my apparently pea-sized head, judging by the number of adjustments I always have to make to get a good fit, but it’s a rare thing indeed when I find a headset that could almost pass for a regular pair of over-ear headphones. You know, if it didn’t have a mic poking out the side or gigantic logos emblazoned on the ear cups.

In truth, I still had to put the Khan Pro on the tightest headband setting to make it comfortable, but the actual overall footprint of the headset is blissfully small compared to something like the monstrously over-sized Corsair Void Pro RGB, meaning it takes up less room on your desk and is easier to chuck in a bag. It’s light, too, weighing just 230g.

That’s partly because it’s largely constructed from great swathes of plastic, but the good news is that said plastic feels pretty robust. Even its spindly microphone feels like it would survive an accidental sitting on, making you only half grimace when you find out it costs £70/$100.

Alas, despite the Khan Pro’s petite dimensions, my old pal Aching Headband reared its ugly mug once more after about 30 minutes of wear time. The faux leather ear cups were perfectly comfy both with and without my glasses on, but the rather sparse amount of padding up top meant I had to keep shifting it around to alleviate the discomfort.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? - fifa15guide.net

I also frequently couldn’t find the small volume knob on the very back of the left ear cup. I have long hair, and I usually tuck it behind my ears when wearing headphones so it doesn’t irritate me. Of course, this means it falls just in front of the volume knob to form an almost perfect curtain around it. It got easier with time, but the knob itself isn’t very big either, making it easy to miss when you’re blindly fumbling around for it.

I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, of course, but I’m equally certain that you’d also prefer to have a decent-sized volume knob over the giant ROCCAT KHAN logo hogging the rest of the ear cup.

Fortunately, the fold-down, bendable microphone on that very same ear cup is one of the Khan Pro’s strongest features. Audio was clear and pop-free when I took it for a test-run in Audacity and I didn’t hear any signs of distortion despite many deliberate attempts to try and perforate my ear drums.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? - fifa15guide.net

Alas, the quality of the Khan Pro’s actual audio is somewhat less impressive. Now, Roccat’s marketing the Khan Pro as a headset for them there esporters, so it may be that the drivers have been tuned to function best in rip-roaring, crowd-cheering stadiums rather than the altogether more quiet, solitary spaces of your own home. Unfortunately, the Khan Pro doesn’t support Roccat’s Swarm software, so there’s no way to tweak any kind of equaliser settings to suit your personal tastes, so you’re stuck with what you get straight out of the box.

Either way, the Khan Pro left me underwhelmed. Game audio was… fine and didn’t disrupt other members of my household, but it wasn’t hugely atmospheric either. In Hellblade, for instance, Senua’s inner voices certainly felt like they were whispering in my ear, but their flat delivery just didn’t produce the same kind of creeping spine-tingling sensation I felt with the Void Pro. Instead, everything just felt a little flat and uninspiring.

The same thing happened when I tried the Khan Pro with The Evil Within. Sloshing through the fifth chapter’s dingy sewers produced plenty of crisp, tinkling water detail, but the screams and moans of its monsters lacked the kind of haunting depth I’d expect from having their death-rattles plunge straight down my ear canals.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? - fifa15guide.net

The Khan Pro has two separate 3.5mm connections, but comes with an adaptor in case you want to plug it into a laptop or monitor with a single headphone jack

Doom, meanwhile, felt almost a little overwhelming for the Khan Pro, its industrial backing music drowning in a general moosh of thumping noise. Incoming fireball arcs and plasma shots also didn’t seem to transition smoothly from one ear cup to the other as I moved around, and instead popped between them like some sort of demonic tennis ball, making me feel like I was constantly going deaf in one ear.

Listening to more general music was a bit of a letdown as well, with the bass in Final Fantasy XV’s battle soundtracks turning into a bland, muddy mess that all but drowned out the high piano notes on top. Drum beats in rock tracks also sounded quite dull and flat, while vocals frequently struggled to be heard above their backing instruments.

If the Khan Pro was a fraction cheaper, I probably wouldn’t mind so much. At somewhere in the region of £30/$40, it would be a decent pair of stereo headphones with a good mic. But when it actually costs more than twice that amount, it comes dangerously close to Corsair’s Void Pro, which produces a much better sound and goes for just £10 more in the UK and actually $20 less for those in the US. The Khan Pro may have size on its side, but the shadow of Corsair’s jumbo headset is a tough one to escape.

fifa15guide President impressed with Gulf Cup kick-off

  • Thousands of fans from all generations fill stadia in Kuwait City
  • FIFA President takes in Gulf Cup’s opening matches
  • Tournament dates back to 1970

The Arabian Gulf Cup kicked off on 22 December to a packed crowd at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City, as the tournament’s most successful side stage the 23rd edition.

With ten past triumphs to their name, hosts Kuwait opened the tournament at the 63,00-seater arena against Saudi Arabia – with the FIFA World Cup™-bound Green Falcons edging the home side 2-1. United Arab Emirates followed, securing a slender 1-0 win over Oman thanks to a strike from Ali Mabkhout – fresh from his exploits at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

Kuwait Stadium housed day two of proceedings, seeing defending champions and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar romp to a 4-0 win over Yemen before a late goal saw Iraq share the spoils with Bahrain.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, in attendance at all four opening games, was impressed by both the numbers and diversity of the football-loving fans in attendance. comprising large numbers of children, fathers and mothers.

“It was a great honour for me to attend the opening games of the 2017 Gulf Cup in Kuwait,” said President Infantino. “This tournament embraces the spirit of sportsmanship and is a great example of the values FIFA and football strive to spread all around the world.”

Originally scheduled to take place in Qatar, the tournament moved to Kuwait, accommodating all eight of the participating nations.

“It was a great pleasure to see how happy and welcoming all of the fans were of this historic tournament,” said the FIFA President. “The initiative to move the 2017 Gulf Cup from Qatar to Kuwait to celebrate this event is a strong and symbolic sign. In this respect, I would like to congratulate and thank again the Qatari football authorities for their honourable gesture.

“I would also like to thank the teams of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen for participating in this tournament. The solidarity and friendship shown by all illustrates once again the power of football to unite people across borders. To have all eight teams participating in Kuwait sends a very powerful message to the world,” he concluded.

Eight teams challenge for title
The competition is contested by the eight members of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation, namely: Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. The teams are divided into two groups of four.

Group A: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman
Group B: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq

Teams play one another within their group once for a total of 3 group stage matches per team. The two teams that top their respective groups qualify for the semi-finals which will be played on 2 January. The tournament concludes with the Final on 5 January 2018.

Tournament history
The first edition of the tournament dates back to 1970.  With Kuwait leading the overall standings with ten titles, they are followed by Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Qatar, all having triumphed three times. Qatar won the latest edition in 2014, defeating tournament hosts Saudi Arabia in the final.

Stadia
The 15 matches will be hosted at two stadiums, both located in the host city: Jaber International Stadium (63,000 capacity) and Kuwait Stadium (16,000 capacity).

fifa15guide | FUT 18 Mauro Icardi (86) IF Player Review

Here’s another FIFA 18 Ultimate Team player review and this time we’re taking a look at first IF (in-form) Mauro Icardi 86 rated card. Check out the full HD video below or read on to see what score we gave it.

The great thing about this card is the attacking position as the Argentinian is not blessed with lightning quick pace so he relies on getting his positioning right in the final third and boy does he get it right! Whether it’s a drop of the shoulder or getting goal-side of the defenders this card is perfect for getting you goals and lots of them.

His shooting ability is incredible with his overall stats being 80 pace, 78 dribbling, 28 defence, 72 physical, 65 passing and a whopping 87 shooting which is incredibly overpowered.

If you get the chance to shoot then it’s literally in the back of the opponents net every time and that’s exactly what you want from a striker. As for his heading which is his second biggest strength, that’s at an impressive 90 in-game stats and 94 jumping. His specialtie is poacher and he has the power header trait.

If you’re building an Italian Calcio A squad or even if you aren’t you can glitch him on at half time, then this card is an absolute must! Considering he’s going in the transfer market for around 50K coins as well it’s an absolute steal. The price of the IF will drop as Icardi gets more throughout the season as well.

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fifa15guide | MPs will get to vote on final terms of Brexit deal

Brexit Secretary David Davis (Picture: PA)

The final Brexit deal will be put to MPs for a vote, Brexit minister David Davis confirmed today.

If MPs vote against it, we will leave the EU with no deal.

He clarified the risk of leaving with nothing when Tory former minister Owen Paterson asked: ‘If the House of Commons votes down the new withdrawal bill, will the consequence be we still leave on March 29 2019, but without an agreement?’

Mr Davis replied: ‘Yes.’

Prime Minister Theresa May has been under pressure to offer parliament the chance to have a ‘meaningful vote’ on whatever the terms our of Britain leaving the EU.

Tory rebels threatened to vote against necessary legislation to leave if this didn’t happen.


To try and appease them, Davis said MPs would now get the chance to debate and scrutinise any final Brexit agreement.

‘I can now confirm that once we’ve reached an agreement we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement,’ he told parliament.

But he was accused of offering a ‘sham offer’ because it was all or nothing without the chance to send negotiators back to talks.

We might leave the EU with no deal (Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Labour former minister Chris Leslie added: ‘Totally worthless to Parliament, essentially trying to buy off people by saying: ‘Oh look, we’re going to give you an act to shape things’, when in fact this is a post hoc, after-the-horse-has-bolted piece of legislation.

‘We might have left the European Union, the treaty and the deal would have been done and Parliament could do nothing at all to shape the nature of that withdrawal agreement.

‘(Mr Davis) has to do much better than this. Parliament must have a say on that withdrawal agreement before we are thrown over the cliff edge.’

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fifa15guide – Long-Lost Treasures Await Hearthstone® Players in Kobolds & Catacombs

Venture into the dark, winding dungeons deep beneath Azeroth in search of ancient, legendary treasures in Kobolds & Catacombs™, the upcoming expansion for Hearthstone®, Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game due out in December. Those daring enough to brave the hazards and monstrosities of this subterranean realm will have ample chance to stuff their bags with awe-inspiring treasures in the form of 135 wondrous new cards!
 

fifa15guide - Long-Lost Treasures Await Hearthstone® Players in Kobolds & Catacombs

Pesky Kobolds have been tunneling beneath Azeroth for thousands of years, uncovering and hoarding artifacts long forgotten by mortals and surface dwellers . . . but whispers of these mighty treasures ripe for the taking have begun to spread throughout taverns far and wide. Some of the most alluring rumors speak of powerful Spellstones among the 135 cards included in Kobolds & Catacombs: enchanted items that you hold in your hand to empower before playing. Intrepid adventurers will also be able to arm themselves with one of nine new class-specific Legendary Weapons! Players will receive one free Legendary Weapon the first time they log in to Hearthstone after Kobolds & Catacombs has launched.

The bravest and most foolhardy adventurers will need all the help they can get as they delve into Hearthstone’s free new single-player game mode: Dungeon Runs! Coming with the launch of Kobolds & Catacombs, Dungeon Runs will send Hearthstone players on challenging, high-stakes subterranean adventures inspired by the classic fantasy dungeon crawl. Players start with a novice deck from their class of choice and face a series of progressively stronger foes, randomly selected from a huge pool of unique bosses. As they progress, they’ll bolster their decks with cards looted from defeated bosses, including some immensely powerful treasures exclusive to Dungeon Runs. Heroes should plunder with caution, however, because losing a single battle will spell the end of their Dungeon Run.

Coming this December to Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones, Kobolds & Catacombs card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today and up until the expansion is released, eager treasure seekers can pre-purchase Kobolds & Catacombs card packs in a special 50-pack bundle for a one-time price of 49.99 USD (one purchase per account) on Battle.net and in Blizzard’s game shop, and receive the sparkling, jewel-encrusted “For the Hoard!” card back for free! Starting November 6, this pre-purchase offer will also be available in-app for iOS and Android players for 49.99 USD, and will reflect local pricing in Canada for 69.99 CAD.

Feast your eyes on the treasures that await at KoboldsandCatacombs.com.

Al Ahly ease into continental decider on fifa15guide

Egypt powerhouse Al Ahly are into their first CAF Champions League final for four years after overwhelming Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel with a stunning semi-final second-leg showing in Alexandria on Sunday.

After suffering a 2-1 away loss, Al Ahly drew aggregate scores level just two minutes after kick-off when Ali Maaloul scored with a smart free-kick.

Walid Azarou then scored three goals in a row as Ahly constantly cut holes in the visitors’ defence in front of 40,000 spectators.

An own goal and a fine strike from Rami Rabiaa did further damage after the break, before Etoile collected two consolation goals for a 6-2 scoreline (7-4 aggregate).

Al Ahly will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca who claimed a 3-1 aggregate win over Algeria’s USM Alger on Saturday.

It will be an eleventh continental final for Al Ahly, who will be seeking to extend their record number of victories to nine.

The final will also be a two-legged affair, with the first instalment taking place on 27 October and the return a week later.

The winner will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

Scotland sunk by Slovenia, Poland seal progress, England beat Lithuania – fifa15guide.net

The guys respond to your tweets about a hypothetical U.S.-Argentina showdown, England’s World Cup chances and more.

Scotland were denied a place in the 2018 World Cup playoffs after a 2-2 draw against Slovenia on Sunday evening that confirmed Northern Ireland’s spot.

After a tense opening period, Leigh Griffiths pounced on a ball over the top by James McArthur and the Scotland striker hammered a low shot into the net to give his side the lead on 32 minutes.

However, Slovenia got back on level terms early in the second half as a free kick was met by the head of substitute Roman Bezjak to make it 1-1.

And it was Bezjak who put his side ahead as he coolly slotted home after a corner fell to him inside the box. Darren Fletcher missed a great chance to equalise with a shot over the bar, but Robert Snodgrass did brilliantly to control a cross and level the scores with a hooked finish.

In the end, though, it was not enough as Scotland could not find a winner even after the late dismissal of Bostjan Cesar.

As a result, Slovakia moved up to second place after beating Malta 3-0 — thanks to two goals from Adam Nemec and one from Ondrej Duda — but the result may not be enough to seal a spot in the playoffs as they are currently UEFA’s worst runner-up and can only qualify if Wales or Croatia draw.

Harry Kane converted a penalty kick to seal a win for World Cup-bound England at Lithuania.

In Group F’s other game, already-qualified England gave debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire and came away from Lithuania with a 1-0 win.

Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 27th minute after Dele Alli was brought down in the box. And, with Jack Butland forced to make a fine save to keep them ahead, England created little else yet rounded off the qualifying group unbeaten.

Poland fended off a late rally from Montenegro to punch their ticket to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

In Group E, Poland ensured their place at the World Cup with a nervy 4-2 win against Montenegro.

Poland went ahead early on with a goal from Krzysztof Maczynski in the sixth minute and Kamil Grosicki doubled the lead shortly afterwards.

But a remarkable comeback saw Stefan Mugosa and Nikola Vukcevic hit back before Robert Lewandowski struck and a Filip Stojkovic own goal made sure of all three points.

Leon Goretzka celebrates after scoring a goal for Germany against Azerbaijan.

Already qualified Germany finished a dominant march to Russia with a 5-1 win against Azerbaijan.

Jogi Low’s team won all of their 10 Group C matches, scoring 43 goals in the process while conceding just four times.

Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Germany in the eighth minute, and while the next four goals didn’t come until the second half, they came in bunches when they did.

Sandro Wagner, Antonio Rudiger and another from Goretzka came in a 12-minute flurry to start the second period, and Liverpool’s Emre Can added the fifth with the game far out of reach already for the visiting minnows.

Northern Ireland are through to the playoff round of qualifying, but an own goal saw them suffer defeat at Norway.

Northern Ireland’s joy at reaching the playoffs was tempered by Chris Brunt’s wild own goal in Norway ensuring the likes of Portugal could stand between them and a place in Russia next summer.

Michael O’Neill’s players knew their place in November’s playoffs was guaranteed less than an hour before kickoff in Oslo as Scotland’s draw with Slovenia guaranteed the Northern Irish one of the playoff berths on offer.

A victory over Norway was still important if they wanted to stand a chance of being seeded for that draw, yet Brunt’s bizarre own goal 19 minutes from time, in which he hacked an attempted left-footed clearance into his net, essentially scuppered those hopes as they lost 1-0.

Michal Krmencik’s first-half double, Jan Kopic’s effort before the break and further goals from Filip Novak and Vaclav Kadlec helped Czech Republic to a 5-0 home win against San Marino.

The result had no bearing on qualification as both teams had already been eliminated before the match.

Romania’s late equalizer in Denmark mattered little, as the Danish secured a playoff place with the draw.

Denmark took their place in the playoffs after a 1-1 draw against Romania ensured they finished second on 20 points.

Christian Eriksen continued his fine form with a penalty and, shortly after, Cristian Ganea was handed a second yellow card. But Ciprian Deac struck with an 88th minute leveller.

In the final group game, Kazakhstan drew 1-1 with Armenia — with both sides long since out of contention for a place in the finals.

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan got himself on the scoresheet with a delightful chip but Bayurzhan Turysbek struck a 61st minute equaliser.

Scotland at genetic disadvantage in World Cup qualifying – Strachan – fifa15guide.net

The guys respond to your tweets about a hypothetical U.S.-Argentina showdown, England’s World Cup chances and more.

Gordon Strachan bemoaned Scotland’s genetic make-up after his side lost out on a World Cup playoff on goal difference following a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Two set-piece goals from Roman Bezjak overturned a first-half strike from Leigh Griffiths, and Robert Snodgrass could not convert a headed half-chance in the dying seconds after he had levelled with two minutes remaining.

Bezjak’s movement allowed him a free header from a Josip Ilicic free kick and he had yards of space to slot home from 12 yards following a corner from the same player.

Strachan refused to discuss his own future after Scotland missed out on second place in Group F to Slovakia, who beat Malta 3-0. And he declared himself honoured to work with a group of players who he feels are battling against the odds.

The likes of Ikechi Anya, Griffiths, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Barry Bannan were up against bigger opponents and Strachan claimed that had taken its toll, at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana and elsewhere.

“Genetically we are behind,” he said. “In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.

“We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.

“But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.

“Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours. But physically we have a problem. We seem to be able to battle it and get through just with sheer determination and skill and work-rate. And that takes a lot out of you.”

Darren Fletcher
Scotland missed out on second place in Group F.

Scotland were unbeaten in their final six qualifiers, but ultimately could not make up for an indifferent start, with a home draw against Lithuania arguably the most damaging result.

Strachan said: “Over the 90 minutes and the last year, it’s been an honour to work with these guys. At this moment it’s obviously disappointment, but my disappointment is nothing compared to the players’.

“When you see them at the end of the game, I don’t think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed.

“As I said to them, you can go away and be really proud of yourselves because you pushed yourselves to places some maybe didn’t think they could go, because we were against a physically stronger side, a side that has never conceded a goal here.

“Against a physical side, we knew set-plays would be a problem and they scored from two set-plays. We can’t change genetics and just can’t play the biggest people in Scotland.

“Technically we are fine, but our lads have got to work harder on the ball than bigger lads who are 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3.”

The former Celtic boss added: “They have done fantastically well. It’s an honour to be their coach.

“I have been successful with other teams and, with all due respect to all those lads, and they will know who I am talking about because they are my mates now, this group is as good as anything I have worked with.

“This group do it for nothing, they come and do it for the country and their families and the fans. They are hurting badly.

“They gave it a right good shot and left nothing in the dressing room. We have just been beaten on goal difference by Slovakia, who are excellent, and that was a right good side tonight.”

Slovenia boss Srecko Katanec said: “I’d like to congratulate my boys. We were clearly the better team for the whole game.”

fifa15guide – All FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Player Cards Leaked

So all of the brand new card designs in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team have been leaked online by Fifanomicsnet on Twitter. Some of the cards look beautiful but most players think that there are far too many in the game which is true. Still though, you can check out the full list of designs below in the video we did on our YouTube channel.

If you’ve been playing FUT for quite a long time then you can probably guess most of them from start to finish. There will be World Cup cards at the end of the game as well in the summer so they will be cool to look out for closer to the time.

Let us know what you think using the comments box at the footer of this page in regards to which cards are your favourite and if you think there are far too many in FUT.