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Five echo fighters or alternate costumes that belong in Smash Ultimate

Published: 29/Jan/2020 19:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release in 2018, there have been five downloadable fighters released – six if you count the free DLC Piranha Plant. However, despite the inclusion of the now classified ‘echo fighters,’ none have appeared as DLC.

While most characters have unique movesets, echo fighters have identical moves with slight variants in speed, weight, damage and of course name. Thus far, the only ones are Daisy, Dark Pit, and Dark Samus – with a chance more will be added in the future.

Considering they are near copies of existing fighters, the cost and time to produce an echo is much lower than a totally unique character. Naturally, originals are what members of the community want, but what if Nintendo announced a special package separate from the Fighters Passes and Challenger Packs… Who would make the cut?

Nintendo
Dark Samus is a Samus Echo Fighter.

There’s quite a few to choose from, given the massive roster that Super Smash Bros Ultimate boasts, so here are five echo fighters (or alternate costumes) we want to see added to the game.

Zack Fair – Cloud

Square Enix
Zack could be a great addition to the Smash Bros roster.

Just as Daisy is a copy of Peach’s moveset, Zack Fair from Final Fantasy 7 could copy Cloud’s.

Zack was the protagonist in the Final Fantasy prequel Crisis Core, so he even has a bit more power to his name than other already existing fighters.

Just like Cloud, Zack would wield the Buster Sword, though it may be nice to see some of the Limit Charge mechanics altered in power and replaced with a better standard recovery.

Given Final Fantasy’s history on Nintendo, adding another representative, even through echo form could be a nice finishing touch.

Demise – Ganondorf

Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda only has six fighters in Smash.

The Legend of Zelda series is long overdue for their next fighter, but sadly it’s not looking like there will be a new one any time soon. That said, Demise from Skyward Sword could add more villain representation while keeping design costs down.

Amusingly, while Ganondorf entered Melee as a clone of Captain Falcon before becoming a unique character in his own right, the demon king himself would now be the template for an echo fighter.

At the end of Skyword Sword, a defeated Demise promises to be reborn and is multiple times, as Ganondorf. As such, the fighter would have a replica of Ganon’s moves, though perhaps with some slight variants in power for variety.

It would be nice, for instance, if his neutral B and up tilt were more useful in some capacity instead of taking an incredibly long time to charge up, giving your opponent time to react.

ROB 64 – ROB

Nintendo
ROB 64 was a trophy in Brawl.

Truthfully, this fighter may make more sense as an alternate costume, but it would be a fun way to introduce yet another Star Fox character to the game without it being similar to Fox, Falco, or Wolf.

As you may recall, ROB 64 is the robot who controls The Star Fox team’s primary craft – Great Fox. The character, who debuted in Star Fox 64, was already based on the NES accessory as a bit of a meta inclusion by Nintendo themselves.

However, in order for the character to really be properly added as an Echo Fighter, either his legs would need to be removed or some additional animation work could be needed.

Aside from that, ROB 64 would be a nice, easy way to bring another Star Fox character to Smash Ultimate.

Ken (Street Fighter 2010)

Capcom
To celebrate the 26th anniversary of Street Fighter 2010, Capcom released CFN profiles.

Street Fighter 2010 is one of the most intense NES games ever designed, even crazier is the fact that it has so little to actually do with the fighting game title.

In the Japanese version, the player takes control of a character named Kevin Straker while in the English localization, Kevin is changed to Ken, and the story implies he’s the same Ken from the Street Fighting circuit.

While it would be completely preposterous to suggest the Ken/Kevin be added as an Echo Fighter, given the fact his moves would be so different, the idea of Ken having an alternate Street Fighter 2010 costume could be amazing.

It may have been the English translation that connected Kevin to Ken, but it’s not like the North American version of games haven’t helped introduce new lore to a franchise before, despite being something else entirely such as with Mario 2 and Doki Doki Panic. Speaking of which…

Birdo – Yoshi

Nintendo
Birdo as part of a skin mode for the Wii U version.

Birdo first debuted in Doki Doki Panic and has gone on to be a series regular in Mario games such as Mario Kart.

As is the case with many on this list, a lot of series lack representation and the Yoshi series is no exception.

Since the original Smash Bros on Nintendo 64, Yoshi hasn’t received a companion character of any sort. Birdo could be the perfect way to expand his representation, the cast of fighters, and who knows – maybe be a nice buff to Yoshi mains too.

The only move that would need to be changed up would be the neutral B by replacing Egg Lay with some sort of egg-based projectile.

With so many fighters in the game, there’s honestly endless possibilities. With DLC going until at least 2021, hopefully we’ll see more in the way of echo fighters and costumes from Nintendo.

Call of Duty

Best Warzone loadout after DMR nerf: 8 classes for all playstyles

Published: 15/Jan/2021 16:35

by Jacob Hale

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The DMR 14 has received yet another a nerf in Warzone, and while it’s still strong pick, it’s no longer the crazy powerhouse it once was. Fortuantely, these eight weapons will help you find a worthy replacement.

The DMR has become arguably one of the most overpowered weapons in Call of Duty history, which definitely sets it alongside some elite competition.

In most Warzone lobbies now, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a squad not using the DMR even after both nerfs, which is also often paired with the Mac-10 SMG to capitalize on engagements at any range.

But now that it’s been nerfed twice, other guns now have the opportunity to shine, so here’s the weapons we think you could look at to replace the DMR if you want to try out something else.

Best Type 63 Warzone loadout

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War DMR
Activision
Think of the Type 63 as the DMR’s slightly less aggressive younger brother.
  • Muzzle: GRU Silencer
  • Barrel: 16.4 Rapid Fire
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip
  • Ammunition: 38 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x

The obvious choice, the Type 63 is another single-fire, tactical rifle from Black Ops Cold War, which isn’t quite as strong as the DMR but still packs a punch.

This loadout maximizes the Type 63’s bullet velocity, recoil control, and rate of fire. It has a very similar playstyle to that of the DMR, making it the perfect gun to use if you still love the tactical rifle playstyle . Despite the nerfs, it’s still a very powerful weapon and one you’ll want to utilize.

Best Krig 6 Warzone loadout

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The KRIG 6 is quickly climbing the popularity ladder.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Barrel: 19.7” Takedown
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 60 Rnd Fast Mag

At first, the Black Ops Cold War assault rifles didn’t quite look up to par with their Modern Warfare counterparts, but with some slight adjustments, they are more viable than ever before. This is especially true with the changes made to the Agency Suppressor, which brought it more in line with the Monolithic Suppressor on Modern Warfare’s weapons.

It won’t be quite as powerful as the DMR or the Type 63, but it will offer a full-auto alternative that is incredibly satisfying to play with in Verdansk.

Best Kar98k Warzone loadout

Kar98k
Activision
The Kar98k is great for players looking to mix deadly sniper shots with more mobility.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

If you’re looking for a marksman rifle that can replicate the strength and range of the DMR, the Kar98k is a great sniper for just that.

It has a higher rate of fire than other sniper rifles, as is expected from a marksman rifle, and shouldn’t leave too many hitmakers, providing you maintain a decent level of accuracy. You won’t be able to spam it like the DMR or the Type 63, but as long as you hit your shots, it can take down enemies at most ranges with relative ease.

Best Kilo 141 Warzone loadout

Kilo 141 Warzone
Activision
The Kilo still remains a decent pick in Warzone.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Arms 16.6″ SOCOM
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarell: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

Of course, one likely scenario, once the DMR is nerfed again, is that the Kilo 141 becomes the main assault rifle to run again.

While the Kilo/R9 meta started to become stale prior to Season 1, it was arguably not as frustrating as the current DMR meta, so expect to see the MW assault rifle crop up far more in the coming weeks.

Best Grau Warzone loadout

Grau Warzone
Activision
The Grau’s clean sight makes this gun incredibly versatile.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor.
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4” Archangel.
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic.
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip.
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags.

Remember the Grau assault rifle? It was the go-to in the early days of Warzone and while it has lost popularity over time, this AR still remains a perfectly viable weapon.

With the right loadout, the Grau hardly has any recoil, and a nice iron sight means you don’t even need to tack on an optic, giving you the option to add more attachments elsewhere. Of course, whacking on VLK 3.0x does enable you to secure some incredibly accurate kills.

Best FFAR 1 Warzone loadout

FFAR 1 Warzone loadout
Activision
The FFAR 1 is creeping into contention following its recent buff.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag

The FFAR has verged on being meta before, but it seems to be a solid contender for the time being. Its high rate of fire and clear iron sights makes it incredibly formidable amongst other ARs in the game. While it does have some high recoil, its relatively controllable, meaning it’s not too hard to get the hang of it after using it for a bit.

The FFAR has been subject to nerfs and buffs in the past, so it’s unclear just how much longer it’ll be viable but for now, it stands as a solid choice. Most notably, players have modified it to function like an SMG and have begun pairing it with a Kar98k.

Best CR-95 AMAX Warzone loadout

AMAX assault rifle
Treyarch/Activision
The AMAX is currently one of the most powerful Assault Rifles in the game.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

Another weapon from the Modern Warfare era that’s been consistently good ever since it was released in-game is the CR-95 AMAX. While it’s not the easiest gun to control, it does have a pretty solid fire-rate and a lot of damage to go along with it.

Its recoil is pretty high, but it’s almost exclusively vertical, meaning you can learn and adapt to it pretty easily.

Best Groza Warzone loadout

Activision
The Groza is the newest weapon in Warzone and BOCW and it’s already proving to be a solid choice.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Underbarrell: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Barrel: 16.7 VDV Reinforced
  • Ammunition: VDV 60 RND Fast Mag

The Groza is technically the newest weapon on this list, as it was added to both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone during the game’s Season 1 update in December 2020, but it’s already showing some promise in the game’s meta and it’s easy to see why.

It has the highest base damage out of all the Black Ops Cold War weapons right now, and it’s relatively solid in all other statistical areas. The worst part about the Groza seems to be the high recoil and the bizarre-looking iron sights, which genuinely might throw off some people.

So, those are the weapons we think will replace the DMR now that it’s been hit by the developers. Of course, even after it’s second nerfing, it’s still a very formidable weapon if you know how to use it, but now other options have the chance to shine.

There are other guns that could work of course, such as the M4-A1 assault rifle and Kar98k marksman rifle, but in our eyes, they’re not quite of the same caliber as those above.