EVO 2017 Recap

The best fighting game players from around the globe descended on Las Vegas over the weekend to put their skills to the test against one another in EVO 2017. The entire event ran from July 14th to 16th in what ended up being a jam-packed weekend full of breath-taking, adrenaline-pounding moments.

With nine different titles being played, the event was a boiling pot of variety. The games on show were: Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters XIV, and Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

Competing over the weekend were two members of Splyce, representing two different titles. Filipino Champ dove into Street Fighter V while RyanLV took the helm of Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

Filipino Champ was up against Echo Fox’s Tokido, a player who he’s fought against in previous events. The match up for Street Fighter V was Tokido using Akuma with FChamp opting for Dhalsim.

FChamp put up his skills and managed to pull out some unbelievable moves. FChamp pulled ahead 2-1, securing an early foothold. It was looking like it was a sealed deal for FChamp, but Tokido came back with a barrage of attacks, stun-locking and bringing the match to a tie at 2-2.

Unfortunately for FChamp, the following round was over as Tokido’s offensive style ended the round. Stuck at a stalemate, the next round had everyone on the edge of their seats as both sides pulled ahead to a point where the literal final round was what counted. In the end, Tokido claimed the victory, but FChamp, the true champion that he is, displayed some solid respect post-match. Congratulations to FChamp for finishing in 8th position overall!

Over in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, RyanLV maintained a staggering undefeated record throughout the tourney to fight his way into the grand finals and face off against EG’s Nychrisg. RyanLV entered with Phoenix, Chun-Li, and Morrigan while Chris G used Vergil, Morrigan, and Doctor Doom. What followed was an incredible display of skills and a (bullet-)hell of a lot of fireballs.

The two players’ battles culminated in a thrilling tiebreaker, a truly unforgettable experience as RyanLV and Chris G threw everything they had at one another. Chris G had RyanLV on the ropes with Phoenix down to a mere sliver of health. It was now or never, RyanLV activated Dark Phoenix’s infamous X-Factor and quickly downed Vergil. Doctor Doom was all that stood between RyanLV and first place, and as Chris G took control, Dark Phoenix blasted him down with even more fireballs. Chris G got a taste of his own medicine as his Doctor Doom could do nothing but be consumed by fire.

In the end, RyanLV walked away with first place for Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 in what was a truly spellbinding battle. Big congrats to RyanLV!

What’s New in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age?

It’s been over ten years since Final Fantasy XII hit our PlayStation 2 consoles, and now fans of the legendary series can enjoy it once more in a high-definition remastered version on PlayStation 4 dubbed Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

Anyone who played FFXII back in 2006 will no doubt want to know what changes have come to their beloved title. As the name suggests, The Zodiac Age is a remastered version based on the limited release of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System – a Japanese version of FFXII that was never released overseas.

Crisper Sounds With More Options

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will boast some impressive sound enhancements over its initial release. Included in this remastered version is support for 7.1 channel surround sound, allowing you to take full advantage of the DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound technology in the Turtle Beach Elite 800 and Elite 800X and completely immerse yourself once more in this glorious universe.

There are other astounding sound improvements coming to the title in the form of English and Japanese voiceovers, and it’s up to you what version you want to hear – simply switch between them in the game configuration! The original BGMs will be included, as well as newly re-recorded tracks, so you’ll be able to pick which version you want to hear at any given time.

More Pixels for Your Visuals

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has all its visuals upgraded and remastered.It’s always assumed that a remastered version will come with updated visuals, so rest assured that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will come replete with all manner of visuals feasts. Everything is getting a visual overhaul, including the backgrounds and skyboxes, the character models, and even the 2D elements like the fonts! Fonts are so easy to overlook, but without crisp and clear fonts, you won’t be able to gauge your power!

Even the cutscenes will be getting a high resolution upgrade, taking them from 2006 PS2 graphics – which weren’t too shabby to begin with – to incredible 2017 graphics. We can’t wait to see how it looks running on our PS4 hardware.

New User-Friendly Changes

With the new map overlay, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is more user-friendly.“User-friendly” doesn’t always mean “easy”, and in the case of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, it actually relates to changes that make the game feel better. If you love faster load times and auto-saves, you’re in for a treat, as FFXII: The Zodiac Age includes both of these features – no more long waits between areas and no more cries of anguish if you forget to save for an hour and lose your progress!

There is also a map overlayed onto the screen, making it easier for you to figure out where you need to go. It’s always frustrating having to dig through a menu just to look at a map to work out whether you need to go left or right.

Fresh Game Modes

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is getting a new Trial Mode.In an interview with Polygon, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age producer Hiroaki Kato went into a bit of detail about the new release and the game modes being included. Speaking about the challenges of Final Fantasy 12, Hiroaki Kato talked about how the changes to combat added a new layer of difficulty for the player. Instead of enemies surprising players, they could be seen wandering the fields. To address these challenges, the team made the game balance more in-line with that of a classic Final Fantasy game. However, for those looking for the added challenge, FFXII: The Zodiac Age will include a Trial Mode, a separate mode where you can load up your party and play through 100 battles of increasing ferocity. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is available now and fans around the world are racing to get their hands on this version of an old favorite. Will you be adding Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age to your FF collection?

Aporia: Beyond The Valley Key Giveaway

Aporia: Beyond the Valley free code giveaway with Turtle Beach.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch – that might well be true but believe it or not there is such a thing as a free game and to prove it we’ve teamed up with our friends at Green Man Gaming to offer you the chance to win one of five copies of its new title, Aporia: Beyond the Valley. Not only will you get a copy of the game but you’ll also receive a copy of the soundtrack to enjoy!

Check out the competition for all the details and good luck!

Aporia: Beyond The Valley Key Giveaway

Set Up and Max Out the STEALTH 350VR

How to setup and use the STEALTH 350VR

Virtual Reality is truly amazing tech — the stuff of cyber dreams not many years ago! The depth of immersion, the feeling of inhabiting an alternate reality, is something you can only experience yourself. Of course, it goes without saying that to sell the experience you need both hi-fidelity visuals and audio.

The Stealth 350VR is specifically built for use with the physical dimensions of current VR headsets. Which is to say, VR headsets are already big and clunky — no one wants to add additional heavy audio gear on top of that!  The revolutionary ergonomic design of the Stealth 350VR provides clearance for a VR headband while the smooth, fabric-wrapped memory foam ear cushions keep you comfy and cool. Battery-powered amplification creates an even more immersive experience, yet the headset remains light and feels great on your noggin.

Check out the video below to ensure you properly set up the STEALTH 350VR for optimal use:

Turtle Beach June 2017 Recap

Turtle Beach June 2017 announcement recap.

We like to keep ourselves busy here at Turtle Beach. Whether it’s designing and releasing the kickass FLYTE Backpack or getting behind and supporting amazing esports teams like Astralis, we always have something on the go.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Turtle Beach community as we’ve made some pretty big announcements recently! For those that aren’t up to speed on the latest happenings, we’ve got you covered. Check out what we’ve been up to!

Astralis Partnership

As mentioned above, we’ve formed an amazing partnership with Astralis, a worldwide phenomenon in the competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. Astralis continues to prove time and time again that they are a force to be reckoned with, and now, with our recently announced Elite Pro – PC Edition, they’ll have yet another edge on their competition.

This is a multi-year partnership, where Astralis will not only be rocking our sick new Elite Pro – PC Edition, but will be a driving force behind future Turtle Beach product development to ensure we continue to bring gamers the cutting edge in audio technology. Who better to assist us in making world class competitive headsets than a world class eSports team?

Splyce Partnership

We love making friends and we’re thrilled to announced that Turtle Beach has signed a partnership with Splyce, bringing them the best audio technology for their console-based teams. Splyce has some of the best teams in the world playing some of the greatest console games in the world such as Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Halo. The next time you see Splyce at an eSports event, they’ll be rocking our Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset and utilizing the Tactical Audio Controller to further their competition standing.

Stealth 700 & 600

Stealth 700 for Xbox One revealed by Turtle Beach at E3 2017.

Speaking of amazing headsets, we’ve recently revealed our amazing new line of Stealth headsets, now in wireless form! That’s right, no longer are you confined by the limitations of a cable, with the Stealth 700 & 600 series, you’ll have ultimate freedom when it comes to comfort and audio quality.

Not only are these bad boys wireless, but they’re fully equipped with Superhuman Hearing, letting you hear the most minute details in every game – from footsteps to the clinking of bullet casings. Plus, the Stealth 700 & 600 will be utilizing Microsoft’s new Xbox Wireless technology to connect directly to your Xbox console – no more dongle!

New Influencers

Our Turtle Beach family has grown over the past couple of months as we’ve brought on board two fantastic Twitch Influencers. First up we have DrDisRespect, the unstoppable gaming athlete himself, who will be decked out with some sweet Turtle Beach swag. Then we have MissesMae, a full-time streamer with a variety of games up her sleeves! She’ll be getting an edge over her enemies in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with our Elite Pro Tournament headset and the new wireless Stealth series.

Mae and OpTic Di3sel experiencing the Stealth 600 for Xbox One.

Exciting times are around us here at Turtle Beach, and we’re stoked to be able to share it with everyone! Now, let’s get back into the game.

Crash Bandicoot – Remastered Crate-Smashing Fun

Remember back in 1996 when times were simpler, Summer was longer, and soda tasted better? We do, and part of this allure of an old decade is thanks to one of the best games ever released on the original PlayStation: Crash Bandicoot.

Every gamer worth their salt either played Crash Bandicoot or wanted desperately to get their hands on a PS (or PSone) so they could own a copy. For a lot of gamers, it was one of their first entries into the incredibly challenging platformer genre. Taking control of Crash and progressing through levels that made you want to rage quit was a rite of passage.

Part of the appeal of Crash Bandicoot was the struggle in trying to perfect a level. Collecting every single crate without losing a life and being rewarded with a Gem was one of the most rewarding moments for a gamer. You had to know where the TNT boxes were, how you could progress through a level without taking damage, where to collect the power-ups – you ended up calculating your approach!

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy offers gamers a chance to relive their old memoriesThen in 1997, Naughty Dog struck gold once more with Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. This title took what they learnt in the first game, and added so much more. They tightened up the controls, improved the graphics, and made it easier to get into, but harder to perfect.

It’s so rare for a sequel to live up to its predecessor, but Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back managed to do the impossible. Even the story of Crash Bandicoot 2 was awesome – trying to help your old nemesis save the world (even though we now know his true intentions).

Proving that good things come in threes, Naughty Dog released a third Crash Bandicoot title called, Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Somehow, the legends over at Naughty Dog managed to take their game that was chock-full of Australian creatures, and continue the tradition of making it even better.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped was yet another step up in quality, even going so far as to outsell the other two titles in Japan. This third title in the series was really starting to push the limits of the old PlayStation 1, and showed gamers what they should expect developers to deliver.

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is just as hard as gamers remember.Not only were the visuals sharp and detailed, the music was unforgettable. As you were blazing through a level, nothing got your heart racing faster than the sick drumbeats after becoming invincible. For a lot of gamers, this was arguably the pinnacle of the Crash Bandicoot series, a franchise which continued to improve year after year.

And now, in 2017, gamers who yearned for the old days have gotten their hands on one of the most surprising games of this year: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot titles, wonderfully remastered for PlayStation 4.

This collection of Crash games gives those who played it before a chance to relive it (without the now-janky old graphics) and those who missed out, a chance to play it for the first time. We’re beyond amped to be able to dive back into Crash’s shoes and go spinning through a myriad of zany levels on a nostalgia trip.

But, what does this mean for Naughty Dog and the future of Crash? With the recent success of Yooka-Laylee, could we be seeing a resurgence of the old-school platformer? Activision published Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy while Vicarious Visions (the team working with Bungie on Destiny 2) is responsible for the development, so the duo – collectively – have a lot of experience and stake in large titles. We don’t want to get your hopes up (or our own hopes up!), but this certainly seems like the perfect time to bring back one of our favourite video game mascots. All we can do now is to try and collect all those gems again while we wait for an announcement!