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Smash Ultimate community divided over Half-Life fighter “leak”

Published: 25/Nov/2019 20:18

by Michael Gwilliam


A supposed leaker by the name of Monsun is taking heat for claiming that a character from the Valve series Half-Life is coming to Smash Bros Ultimate.

On November 18, Monsun posted several leaks on Discord involving Half-Life: Alyx, including its release date, graphics, and VR gameplay. In a follow-up message, he shockingly added: “Gordon is in Smash.”

Gordon Freeman is the protagonist of the Half-Life franchise and one of the most popular first-person shooter characters in gaming alongside other rumored Smash DLC fighters Master Chief and Doomguy.

Monsun went on to write that the character would be revealed at the Game Awards as a latter announcement. It has long been speculated that Nintendo would be showcasing the final Fighters Pass DLC at the event, just as they unveiled Persona’s Joker at the 2018 show.

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Freeman is certainly one of the more “out there” leaks regarding Smash Ultimate and as such, the community was divided.

Notable Smash Ultimate leaker Vergeben took to GameFaqs to deconfirm the claim. Vergeben has a history of accurate leaks including Banjo and Terry, so he is seen as somewhat of a prophet in the community.

“The Gordon ‘leak’ is very fake,” Vergeben wrote. When pressed on whether he was sure, he doubled down and wrote in bold “the fifth character is not Gordon.”

ValveGordan Freeman may be the most insane Smash “leak” yet.

Notably, Vergeben also deconfirmed other popular theories such as Ryu Hayabusa, Doomguy and Geno.

Another popular community member, Sabi, polled the Smash community on what they thought of the leak. With nearly 8,000 votes, 82% believed it to be fake.

As for who the next fighter really is, according to Sabi, it remains anyone’s guess so it should be quite a shocker when the character is finally announced, assuming this secrecy from the Big N continues.

Luckily, the DLC won’t stop at five characters as Nintendo has plans for more fighters after Challenger Pack 5 is released. 2020 should be an interesting year for Smash as Ultimate kicks off its second year on the market.

It will also be intriguing to see if Nintendo plans on introducing a second Fighters Pass for the game’s second year.


Smash Ultimate’s Sakurai reveals which PS5 game he highly recommends

Published: 26/Nov/2020 21:17

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai is known to play all sorts of games, and not just ones made by Nintendo. In a new Famitsu column, the Ultimate director revealed that he got his hands on a PlayStation 5 and what game is recommends the most.

In a translation by Source Gaming, the fifty-year-old explained how he really likes the new Sony console calling it, “nice to touch” due to its smoothness.

According to Sakurai, although he had some issues transferring his PS4 cloud saves to the next-gen console, he’s glad he can play them on PS5.

The first game he played on the console was The Ninja Saviors, but he also used the PS5’s upgrade feature to play an enhanced version of Watch Dogs: Legion. Sakurai was impressed with how the graphics look better in certain places.

Watch Dogs Legion screenshot
Sakurai was enjoying the graphical upgrade for Watch Dogs Legion.

It should be noted, however, that this doesn’t mean that a Watch Dogs character will be coming to Smash Bros anytime soon. Although Sakurai does play the games upcoming fighters are from, he also simply enjoys playing through many titles.

Besides, if Ubisoft was going to get a representative in Smash Ultimate, chances are it would be Rayman and not a Watch Dogs protagonist such as Aiden Pierce.

In any case, Watch Dogs isn’t even the PS5 game he recommends the most, with that title going to Astro’s Playroom.

Sakurai suggests everyone play it because it “acts like a PlayStation archive” and found it to be a “fittingly fresh start to the PS5.”

That all said though, he wasn’t as impressed in other areas. Sakurai says he found the built-in hard drive to be lacking storage space. He also really hopes that the supply issues some people are having are rectified so others can get their hands on the console.

Astro's Playroom controller
Sakurai thinks gamers need to try Astro’s Playroom.

It’s good to see that Sakurai is actively gaming while also working on Smash Ultimate’s next four DLC fighters. So far, there’s no indication as to when fighter 8 will be released, but some rumors have suggested it could be coming in December at The Game Awards.

Until then, hopefully, just like Sakurai, you have a PS5 to keep you busy.