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By Cataclysmic Knight On 18 May, 2017 At 03:02 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I’m a little bit biased when it comes to Destiny – my gal and I have logged just over 2,800 hours (not including idle time) in the game between us.  We’ve been around since the first month of release and even bought an Xbox One for it! I check out the Destiny Reddit page at least weekly, and when the game isn’t so dead it’s typically numerous times a day. As you can imagine, I was FAR BEYOND HYPED that today was the first real look at Destiny 2. This was by far the biggest Destiny livestream and it was the first to have a scheduled pre-show – an entire hour – beforehand.

Ah, the pre-show… While there were a few discussions (a particularly interesting one with Lance Reddick – the voice of Commander Zavala, the Titan Vanguard – revealed that he plays nearly daily and is a Warlock main!), the majority of the hour countdown looked a lot like this…

With my hype a bit deflated, 10am Pacific finally rolled around and the show kicked off. The entire thing can be wrapped up in just two words: HOLY S*$&!!! From the moment it began new trailers, videos and dialogues filled one insane hour of action. There was so much information, both blatant and hidden, that books could be written covering it all. If you don’t have time to watch Bungie’s recorded stream (at the top of this post), I’ll briefly cover everything here:

  • Story is going to be a much bigger part of the game! Not only will the story be bigger and better (as already evidenced in the current trailers), it’s one of Bungie’s main focuses this time. The campaign that was highlighted in the reveal had Zavala and Ikora in action, with Zavala throwing up a bubble to protect you and Ikora taking out an enemy ship with a nova bomb. @MyNameIsByf recently tweeted out a picture showing you can even check out lore in-game!
  • Each location looks AMAZING! Not only can players now go from one planet to another without going to orbit (thank goodness!), each planet is now much more open. A map will display all the relevant information around (including public events – and when they’ll happen! – treasures, “Adventures” and “Lost Sectors”), and you can even go directly into missions from on the ground itself.
  • Strikes, Nightfall Strikes and Raids are back! While the game is being expanded upon, the fact that strikes and nightfall strikes are returning is a bit of a surprise. Nightfall strikes and raids are also FINALLY being given a sort of matchmaking (along with the competitive PvP mode Trials) that hooks solo players up with clans that they can reject or accept.
  • PvP is getting updated – not much was discussed here, but a new game mode was briefly touched upon called Countdown that was referred to as an “attack/defend” mode. Also, rather than having 6v6 matches as the primary focus (with 3v3 as the more competitive modes like the weekly Trials of Osiris), crucible (PvP) will now be 4v4. This means a bigger reliance upon each player, leading to more competitive play.
  • Clan integration looks great! Not only do they work for their pseudo-matchmaking, they also work to collect loot (somehow based on everything everyone in the clan does), help players come together for activities and even have customization options available to them!

There’s a great deal more that’s captured so much better in the video than words can say. The new classes all look INCREDIBLE as well. Hunters wield a staff, Titans look like a void version of Captain America with their shield (it even bounces off of enemies when thrown!) and the Warlock looks most epic of all wielding a solar sword. It’ll be interesting to have classes more encouraged to use their supers as these days most supers are used to revive others or save themselves at the last second (or even after death in the case of Sunsinger Warlocks). Weapons are changed too, with players using two primaries (one with an element and one without) to swap between and one “power” weapon. Power weapons can be anything from a sniper to a grenade launcher! Destiny 2 also introduces SMGs, grenade launchers and several others.

It’s an exciting time to be a Destiny fan, and even folks who are new or returning to Destiny will have an awesome game to look forward to!

By Cataclysmic Knight On 15 May, 2017 At 01:10 PM | Categorized As Mobile Gaming, News, NINTENDO, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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According to The Wall Street Journal, The Legend of Zelda will be headed to mobile in the future. Following the great successes of Pokemon GO and Super Mario Run this may come as little surprise, but it’s certainly awesome to hear nonetheless! The game will reportedly come after the release of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing mobile game, which will reportedly release in the second half of 2017, leading many to believe The Legend of Zelda title will release in early 2018. There’s no word on what the game will be, and while a port of a classic LoZ title would be amazing (A Link to the Past please!),  so far all of Nintendo’s games have been original titles. There’s also no word on whether this game will be free to play (like Pokemon GO or Miitomo) or not (Super Mario Run had a hefty $10 price tag for full admission!).

The timing of the news is certainly interesting with E3 beginning in less than a month (June 13-15). 2016’s E3 included news from Bethesda concerning their mobile game Fallout Shelter coming to PC, so E3 mobile game news wouldn’t be unheard of. The speculation on what the Zelda title may be is perhaps even more fun than the game will be itself, with TechRadar detailing some great possibilities including a cooking game, puzzle game and an online multiplayer title in the vein of Phantom Hourglass on the Nintendo DS.

Whatever it may end up being, one thing is for sure – it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan!

By Cataclysmic Knight On 9 May, 2017 At 03:48 PM | Categorized As Indie Spotlight, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Developed By: Fire Face Corporation
Published By: Adult Swim Games
Available For: PS4 (reviewed), Windows

One side of the second building.

I had never heard of Small Radios Big Televisions before I received a review code for it, but a quick glance online made it look like Fez if it was a point-and-click puzzler. Diving in, I was presented with a building against a rather plain red background and absolutely no tutorial or clue as to what to do. Moving the left joystick moved the cursor, and when it moved over the only door present it became clear this was what I was meant to do – open the door and begin. Exploration is unique: instead of being given a character to move around, you merely move the cursor and whatever room you’re currently in tilts to allow the cursor to reach everything. To enter a room or interact with things, just press X with the cursor over it. Some things, like cogs, require dragging to complete puzzles. This may sound pretty standard, but the fact that I never saw myself and the view was pulled so far out gave the game an entirely different feel.

It was when I found my first cassette that the game really became special. These cassettes are better than music (yes, even Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixes), they’re virtual reality! Each one has a very specific experience and is clearly labeled with things like Road, Forest or Stream. Like any VR experience these are all first-person, and while some of them offer automatic movement along a pre-programmed track you can’t actually control yourself at all. You can, however, look around with the cursor, and the goal here is to find green gems. To make matters even more wild you’ll come across magnets as you explore the main game which warp any cassettes you currently have. Idyllic, lovely settings become ruined and corrupted when entering them again which is necessary to find additional gems.

Your TD-525 provides some simple diversions, but at what cost?

After each area is completed there’s a mysterious conversation between two people. As a huge fan of story in games this was an excellent addition. They’re all very short, so folks who couldn’t care less don’t have to wait long, and they’re just long enough to tease at what’s going on. Between the lack of any kind of setup, the mysterious setting, the VR tapes and these dialogues the game’s world is constantly unraveling into something interesting. There’s also writing and graffiti on the walls of several of the rooms that elude to a much darker tone. It’s almost painful how much I want to talk about the story of this game! Unfortunately, this is one of those games where giving any details would hurt the experience.

Things get a little dark at times.

I am NOT good at puzzle games. A quarter or a half of the way in I typically start needing a walkthrough here and there, and by the last quarter or so I usually end up spending more time watching videos on how to solve the game’s puzzles than actually playing it. That wasn’t the case here, and while I ended up feeling rather smart a few times I worry that hardcore puzzle fans will be rather bored here. The difficulty in the game comes mostly from navigating through the areas and locating the green gems in the cassettes: as the game progresses rooms end up having quite a few diverging paths that make it easy to forget where to go or where you just came from. There is a map in the game, but I didn’t get any use out of it personally. The fact that doors are always closed until you first enter them and stay open once they’re opened helps, but the later areas require a fair bit of backtracking.

The audio and art fit the retro theme incredibly well. The 3D styles of the last century are evident here and the music is subdued and enjoyable, although one or two of the pieces may have been a little repetitive in the background as I hunted down gems. I also liked that the game took advantage of the DualShock speaker for inserting cassettes; as someone somewhat new to PS4 I’m always excited when a game takes advantage of it. It all came together to draw me far more into the world of Small Radios Big Television than I could have expected.

Small radios provide big insight into the plot.

I really loved that the game doesn’t hold your hand yet still ended up making perfect sense. It was awesome that even a mediocre puzzle gamer like myself could figure things out! Although the gameplay is rather simple and half the puzzles are just hunting for green gems in cassettes or navigating small labyrinths of doors the setting and story more than made up for it to me. I even felt compelled to go back through and find the two lenses I missed the first time around; completing the game unlocks the ability to go back and the doors are thankfully all closed once again. The mystery was a bit simple but deep enough to keep me excited about every scene, and the ending had a really unexpected, Twilight Zone-ish twist. If you’re a big fan of story games like me and have a few hours to spend on a unique little puzzle adventure title I’d highly recommend Small Radios Big Televisions.

Disclaimer: A code was provided for the purposes of this review

By Cataclysmic Knight On 29 Apr, 2017 At 11:58 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, ROG News, Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments

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I don’t have fast food often, but when I do McDonald’s isn’t a top choice. I’ll admit with geeky pride that the second I found out that McDonald’s had a set of Mario toys in their happy meals, though, I excitedly told everyone I knew and looked up everything I could about them. I recently purchased a few and tried them out, they rock!
 
These three toys are numbered 1-3 on their bags and given the names Jumping Mario Toy, Yoshi Toy and Luigi Launcher Toy respectively. Jumping Mario is definitely the coolest: after flipping a switch on the bottom there’s a button that plays the jumping sound effect! The sound activates on release, so that if you set it on a table or the floor or your hand and then lift him up it’ll play. Yoshi’s tongue sticks out when pressing his “saddle”, and Luigi has wheels under him so that when the lever is pressed behind the pipe he shoots out and rolls a good distance. If you had some small bowling pins or something similar you could bowl with him! They’re all pretty awesome toys for a Happy Meal, or you can buy em for only $1.79+tax each like I did.
 McDonalds Toy Case
The McDonald’s I checked only had these 3 available out of all 8, and for those outside of the US you may have some different options. There’s an incredibly in-depth and fun review video below (not mine) that shows 12(!) toys in the UK/Japan (VERIFY THIS), and while the set of blocks look AMAZING my jealousy quickly vanished when I realized Jumping Mario isn’t available there.

 

There’s a giveaway, too!

McDonald’s is giving away 100 bundles that include a Nintendo Switch and a copy of Mario Kart 8 deluxe. You can get one entry per day through May 22nd by buying anything at McDonald’s or two for buying a Happy Meal, BUT you can get two free entries daily without even leaving the house with a quick email! Directly from the official rules:
To receive two (2) AMOE Entries without making a purchase, send an email to entry@amoeentry.com and include the date you are sending the email in numeric format (mm/dd/yy) in the subject line and your first/last name in the body of the email. Note: AMOE Entries must be received on the same date noted in the subject line or they will be disqualified.
Good luck winning a Switch with Mario Kart 8 and go get some sweet Super Mario toys!
By Cataclysmic Knight On 29 Apr, 2017 At 10:32 PM | Categorized As Featured, Movie News, Reviews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

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King for a Day

 

Yesterday, Thursday the 27th I was lucky to be one of the 30,000 to attend AMC’s King for a Day event. Armed with a terrible memory and without any way to take notes, I’ll give you a SPOILER FREE look at King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

I stepped into the theater over half an hour early to find a good quarter of the seats full. Before the movie began, hopeful showgoers were being turned away repeatedly as literally, every seat was full. Comfort be damned, I was hyped for a King Arthur movie by Guy Ritchie with Charlie Hunnam in the titular starring role! The fact they gave out some pretty sweet swag didn’t hurt either.

 

Swag!

 

I went in expecting a humorous, action-packed fantasy movie with some great dialogue and I sure wasn’t let down. What I didn’t expect, however, were the epic twists on the source material – without spoiling anything the movie really handled Arthur and Excalibur well. I thought “Legend of the Sword” was a really lame part of the title originally, but now I realize just how fitting it was. Excalibur is perhaps the most well-known weapon that exists, and it is AWESOME here. It also leads to some truly amazing fight scenes, one of which is easily in my top 5 fight scenes of all time. It’s badass, it’s brilliant and it’s epic! I also really loved the depth given to the Arthurian legends, even the stone from “the sword in the stone” is given a really great twist.

Beyond the action and the great editing/humor, the characters were excellent as well. Arthur is a man who has made his own way – “from nothing comes a king” was a very accurate tagline for the film. I would’ve loved some more Goosefat Bill (Aiden Gillen, Littlefinger on Game of Thrones and Paul Serene in Quantum Break) but I’ll survive. Jude Law was an excellent Vortigern, although the movie could’ve snuck a bit more depth into his character pretty easily. The biggest surprise was Astrid Berges-Frisbey whose character – “The Mage” as she’s credited – was awesome! The rest of the cast was excellent as well, but nothing particularly sticks out in my memory a day later.

I typically don’t like reviewing a movie after only one watch, as hype and surprise can cover up a movie that really isn’t great a second time around. Heck, I typically don’t review movies anyway, but I couldn’t resist with such a surprise hit. Fans of fantasy shouldn’t pass this one up for anything, it was glorious. There were only a few scenes that really benefit from the big screen though, so you won’t really miss out waiting til it hits Redbox/Netflix/disc.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out a trailer for the movie below.