7 Most Underrated Main Characters in Gaming

There are some characters that reach such an astoundingly high level of popularity, that they become icons of the industry. Mario, Sonic, Link, Master Chief, and Kratos are amongst some of theses legendary figures, but what about the more underrated video game characters?

This one goes out to all of gaming’s best, and most slept on main characters.

Wei Shen – Sleeping Dogs

Wei Shen is the protagonist of Sleeping Dogs, a lesser-known open-world third-person title with similar gameplay to the Grand Theft Auto series.

Wei is an undercover officer returning to his hometown in Hong Kong in order to infiltrate the local gang scene, the Triads.

While Wei is great at his job, he quickly realizes that returning to his roots to try and take down his friends and family from the inside, isn’t as easy as it seems.

Wei’s journey is complicated, deep, and at times, extremely emotional … Read the rest

Kokkinakis: ‘So Much Work, So Much Pain’

The tears said it all.

He tried his best to suppress them, but Thanasi Kokkinakis could only do so much to contain the emotion; all that it meant for him to be through to the second round of the Australian Open. Now 24, he hadn’t won a main-draw match at his home Slam since 2015, the year he first cracked the Top 100 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, as part of a promising crop of countrymen — Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, James Duckworth, etc. — that was collectively positioning itself to take the baton from Hall-of-Famer-to-be Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt was already familiar with his fellow South Australian’s firepower by then, encouraged by his obvious talent. The green-and-gold Davis Cup roster was suddenly looking stacked.

But those tears shed after the wild card’s 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Soonwoo Kwon of Korea on Tuesday were manifestation of the heartbreak, all … Read the rest

Azur Lane’s Gorgeous Jean Bart Figure Now Available for Pre-Order

Japanese figure manufacturer Wings has a treat in store for Azur Lane fans who happen to also like figures.

Its lovely Jean Bart figure that we covered a few weeks ago is now available for pre-order.

You can reserve her on AmiAmi for 16,830 yen, which translates approximately into $160.

The release window actually isn’t so far, as she’ll ship in August 2021.

The scale is 1/7 and she stands approximately 260 mm tall. The outfit and pose are from the popular “Uninhibited Bloodstone” skin featured in the game.

The prototype was sculpted by Narifukukun and painted by Aou.

You can check her out in the gallery below.

Azur Lane’s massive popularity in Japan has seen a veritable boom of dedicated figures in the past few months. Recently Sirius, Ryuuhou, and Le Malin have also been made available for pre-order.

Many more have been announced last weekend at the online … Read the rest

Kyrgios On The GOAT Debate: 'Federer Is The Greatest Of All Time'

The GOAT — Greatest Of All Time — debate sends fans and analysts alike spinning in circles. Is it Roger Federer? How about Rafael Nadal? Could Novak Djokovic eventually take that title?

Nick Kyrgios joined the conversation Monday evening following his first-round win at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old’s choice is clear.

“In my opinion, I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game, I think it’s pure. I actually think talent-wise Nadal and Djokovic aren’t even close to Roger,” Kyrgios said. “Talent-wise, just purely based on talent the way Federer plays, his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable.

“Roger’s chopped me a couple of times.  Roger makes you feel like you’re really bad at tennis sometimes.  He walks around, he flicks his head, and I’m, like, ‘I don’t even know what I’m doing out here.‘ Roger is the greatest, … Read the rest

PGA Tour 2K21 Shipped Around 2 Million Units; Take-Two Teases Future of the Franchise “For Many Years”

During Take-Two Interactive Software’s quarterly financial conference call for investors and analysts, president Karl Slatoff talked about the future of the PGA Tour 2K franchise.

Slatoff mentioned that PGA Tour 2K21 shipped around 2 million units, and that is considered a fantastic and surprising result.

He also mentioned that Take-Two believes there is a future for the franchise within its lineup and it deserves investment, with the perspective of turning it into a profitable and exciting franchise going forward for many years.

“We are incredibly excited about the performance of that title and I’d like to say that we’re not surprised, but I’m personally surprised.

It has done fantastically well. We sold around 2 million units or so, which is a fantastic result and we’re just really getting started.

We do think that there’s a future in this franchise for us. We haven’t really announced much what specifically that means,

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Nakashima Completes #NextGenATP American Double In Quimper

The #NextGenATP revolution has descended on Quimper, France.

One week ago, it was 20-year-old Sebastian Korda lifting his second ATP Challenger Tour trophy, and on Sunday fellow American Brandon Nakashima grabbed the spotlight himself. The 19-year-old also captured his second Challenger crown, streaking to victory at the Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale 2.

Nakashima needed one hour and 18 minutes to dispatch Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles, dominating the final 6-3, 6-4. The California native turned in an efficient performance on the indoor hard courts of the Parc des Expositions, saving five of six break points faced to complete the #NextGenATP American double in Quimper.

Nakashima becomes the youngest American to win multiple ATP Challenger Tour titles since Frances Tiafoe in 2016. Tiafoe was 18 when he lifted his second trophy on the hard courts of Stockton five years ago.

“It feels great,” said Nakashima. “It’s definitely been a long two weeks, … Read the rest

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Shows Hunter & Ranger In New Screenshots

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is coming along nicely, and more screenshots have been revealed, featuring two of its classes.

We get to take a look at Ranger (first four screenshots below) and Hunter courtesy of the official community Twitter account Rappy.Commu (Sources: 1, 2).

The Ranger is good at offering long-range support and the screenshots showcase the new skill “Rifle Grenadier.” Has the name implies, it has a lot of firepower.

The Hunter specializes in melee combat, and after guarding you can counter-attack with your sword. Portrayed is the “Photon Arts Avenge” skill.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will come for the same platforms as Phantasy Star Online 2 which in the west is (for now) Xbox and PC, while in Japan it will release for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

If you want to see more, you can check out the latest official gameplayRead the rest

Relentless Rublev Moves Russia One Win From ATP Cup Title

Andrey Rublev was relentless on Sunday at Melbourne Park, powering past Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 to give Russia a 1-0 lead against Italy in the ATP Cup final.

Daniil Medvedev can clinch the prestigious title for his country in the No. 1 singles match when he plays Matteo Berrettini. Neither player has lost a match at this year’s ATP Cup.

“It’s going to be a tough match. Matteo has an amazing serve, an amazing forehand,” Rublev said in his on-court interview. “I think it’s going to be a really, really interesting match. It’s going to be a huge fight. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Rublev is the highest-ranked No. 2 singles player in this competition, and the World No. 8 has shown he is more than deserving of that standing. The Russian won his four singles matches with the loss of just one set to put his country in … Read the rest

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021 Merchandise Revealed: Figures, Shirts, Face Masks, & More

Today, following the announcement of the Final Fantasy XIV online fan festival, Square Enix revealed a slew of merchandise.

You can find all the available merchandise on the North American, European, and Japanese stores.

Most of the items are in common, but the apparel differs between North America and Europe, and Japan is geting a few items that aren’t going to be available in the west.

Perhaps the most interesting items are minion figures for Y’Shtola, Ryne, and Estinen priced at $59.99 each.

We’re also getting shirts ($27.99) and a hoodie ($47.99), a couple of Face Masks ($11.99) and a dedicated case ($29.99), a “Moogle Treasure Trove” cushion ($34.99), and a notebook set ($16.99).

You can check them all out below. Do keep in mind that if you’re interested in in-game items, a Lunar Whale mount and Final Fantasy IV minions have been revealed earlier today.

The … Read the rest

Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Claim 2-1 Victory For France

Nicolas Mahut led his nation to its first Group C victory on Friday, as he claimed wins in singles and doubles against Austria at the ATP Cup.

Following his 7-6(2), 6-2 win against Dennis Novak in No. 2 singles, Mahut returned to the court with Edouard Roger-Vasselin to earn a 6-3, 6-3 win against Philipp Oswald and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. Mahut and Roger-Vasselin’s straight-sets win clinched second place for France in Group C. France lost its opening tie of the team event 2-1 to group winners Italy on Wednesday.

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Mahut and Roger-Vasselin found consistent success behind their returns to place their opponents under pressure on Rod Laver Arena. The Frenchmen won 58 per cent of their first-serve return points (18/31) and converted six of their seven break points to earn the win in 73 minutes.

In the first match of the tie, Mahut struck 12 aces and saved … Read the rest