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No GravatarMiitopia may be coming out on July 28th but with the new demo, I was able to try it out for myself.

The game might seem simple at first, but in the 3+ hours I played the demo, it is anything but. This game is something that all RPG fans new and old will enjoy.

The story is a whimsical one where an evil Lord has appeared and taken away all of the Mii character’s faces. It is up to your chosen hero to stop him.

Of course, this is where the fun starts. Sure you can just cast yourself as the hero but who will be the villain? With the amount of Mii character’s out there the possibilities are endless. I chose to cast No Face from Spirited Away as my Dark Lord. But you could make it your boss, an ex, or anyone as long as there is a Mii of them.

As you play the game you meet a mayor and the villain comes to steal the town folk’s faces. This is also a fun moment as you can either cast the villagers or let spot pass do the work. I ended up having a village run by Tingle of Zelda Fame. Steve Urkel, Dr. Egg Man and Princess Daisy were also cast.

The battle system is standard RPG fare as it allows you to choose a class and fight in turn-based battles. But things can get wacky when you get more characters. When you create your characters you choose a nature. This nature can cause the characters to act out in ways you may not expect. Mixing characters and their natures will lead to different fighting styles.

My main character, for example, Stark, has the cool personality so he is just the coolest. Using his power he can find weak points when he attacks and dodges enemy attacks. So cool is a mite overpowered.

My mage character is kind so she is more apt to help out. My thief is laid back so he isn’t always excited about the battle, while my popstar is an airhead and sometimes loses focus.

This battle system makes things fun and should allow newer RPG fans to find a new game type to love. Beating enemies will free the faces and that is also a nice touch.

It really is interesting seeing what faces appear on the enemies because it makes them sometimes appear rather humorous. At one point I ended up fighting a living Boulder with Eggman’s face it was funny.

Miitopia’s fun also hinges around your characters and their relationships. If your characters like each other they will often team up and interact positively. But if their natures are at odds it may lead to trouble. Like when my laid-back thief his behind my pop star. She was certainly upset he would do this. Now I haven’t had characters dislike each other but I’m sure they end up causing problems for the person they hate.

Miitopia is certainly an RPG game for any and all to enjoy. It’s simple to a point that you can pick up and play it anytime for younger kids and busy people. Yet, it is deep in ways you may not expect.

If this game at all catches your eye, I think it is totally worth downloading the demo. Plus the save data will transfer over to the main game if you decide to buy it. All in all, I am excited to see what else this game has to offer. I really do want to take down the Dark Lord and explore this new RPG world. Since it comes out next month there isn’t long to wait.

If you like RPGs and casting your friends and literally any Mii in weird roles this game is for you. Miitopia comes out on July 28th but the demo is out now! Download it and at least start saving faces from the Dark Lord. You might just find you have spent 3 hours in the demo and you truly do want to spend more time in this zany world!

By John Kinsella On 8 Jun, 2017 At 09:09 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIroncast is a new game coming to the switch, and boy howdy is it a doozy of a game. Published by Ripstone and developed by Dreadbit, The story revolves around awar inn 1886 where a mystical power source, Voltite powers robots. These mechanoid beings are called Ironcast and it is up to the player to choose a leader and lead either Britain or France to victory. The Ironcast clearly have some steampunk ideas behind them but do to this power source they are able to work without steam.

After choosing their leader they are now ready to begin, fighting with robots. While it may just look like a simple puzzle game, it is anything but. Ironcast is a game that will test your mettle as you only have so many days before the invasion. You gain money which allows you to beef up your robots, and gain advantage in war. Never underestimate your opponents either as this puzzle game really offers serious strategy. The combination of both customizing your robot and the tactile nature of the puzzle game are sure to engage players.

Coming to both Steam and the Nintendo Switch, Ironcast is sure to be a game that people will enjoy playing. Plus who doesn’t like battling robots, in a historical setting? The game itself is fully playable with touch screen controls which is always a good thing for a Switch Game. Plus it is coming out this summer and at only 500 mb it won’t take up to much space. So, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, give it a watch and see for yourself if you can handle the Ironcast driven tactical puzzle game! May you lead your army to victory.

By John Kinsella On 8 Jun, 2017 At 08:53 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWith the rise of the Nintendo Switch some people assumed the 3DS had met its match, but this isn’t the case. The 3DS is going to continue a bit longer and with the release of games still coming this is a good thing. In fact, Atlus has just announced three new games are headed west! These three Anime inspired games are sure to scratch the RPG itch for owners of the 3DS family of systems. We have Etrian Odyssey V, Radiant Historia:Perfect Chronology, and Strange Journey Redux all headed to our shores in the next year or so!

First up is Etrian Odyssey V, players get to create a character from four different races and make them into what they want. A classic dungeon crawler where the point is to make it to through Yggdrasil’s Labyrinth and have their greatest wish granted. These games are certainly a solid addition to any RPG fan’s collection. Making your character, you can not only choose its race but also its voice and job classes which there are 10 of. This game is sure to fill a good gap of time for any willing to head into the game’s vicious labyrinth.

Next is Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is the perfect edition to an old Nintendo DS title called Radiant Historia. In this new remake you not only get more amazing artwork from Masaki Hirooka but also more music from Yoko Shimomura. A classic RPG with a new fresh coat of paint and even a new character named Nemesia plus even more. There are even more events for players to go through with different paths of sorts. There is the Standard History, the Alternate History and the brand new Sub-History. With a game as big as this, players will certainly enjoy either returning to this world or experiencing it fresh for the first time!

Strange Journey Redux is part of the Shin Megami Tensei family of games and was originally released on the Nintendo DS. In this game you follow your character into a demon filled realm in Antarctica. Traveling through dungeons to figure out what is going on. There is also brand new story, a whole new dungeon and even the chance to hit new endings. For any fan of the series this may be just the game for you.

Etrian Odyssey V is hitting our shores this year while, Radiant Historia:Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei are coming early 2018. If you are in need of a good handheld JRPG consider picking one of these up and settle into a brand new RPG world!

By John Kinsella On 10 May, 2017 At 02:25 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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If you have played Persona 5, you know how great a game it really is. Though I’ve only had it a short amount of time, it seems like ages, and it has really become something I treasure. Having only played Persona 4, I was ready to try out the series next iteration. Jumping into this beautifully designed alternate world Tokyo, I was spellbound, and from the moment the game started up I had no doubt in my mind I would do anything to finish this game.

The game follows the story of a protagonist, fresh out of getting kicked out of his old school due to a scuffle and thrust into a whole new world.  The young man may look mild mannered, but he is a devious and cunning mastermind. Of course, that really is only when he needs to be, as usually he is able to keep peace. He meets a wonderful cast of characters, some who help him and some who harm him. As a Persona game it is up to you who you forge relationships with.

Persona 5’s story is certainly one worth playing to the end, as it really makes you think about the world. There may need to be some upheaval, and it is a shame the Phantom Thieves don’t exist. For the uniformed, The Phantom Thieves are the protagonist’s group. Honestly, I felt like I grew playing this game, and that I honestly do want to figure out something I can do to change our planet for the better.

Besides a wonderful story, the game itself is one of the best I’ve seen. Its battles flow brilliantly as do its cut scenes and tranisitions. Depending on where you are, the transitions change and that is something cool. As you travel all around Tokyo, you will see so many different things that it almost feels like you have been to Japan after playing it.

Back to the characters of Persona 5. They are all so unique it is hard to choose who you want to spend time with. Now, there are people who make guides where they max out everything in one run, but I personally just go with the flow. Though it does pain me that this first playthrough is clocking at 100 hours, and my main character didn’t end up with any of the amazing women. This just gives me an incentive to play the game again for a fuller experience. Seriously, it is difficult when you have a punk doctor, a teacher, a shut in hacker, and a student council president among others to choose from.

The characters themselves also have touching stories that make you feel like even though you may be putting in work, it isn’t for nothing. These people feel and live their lives, slowly becoming more and more attached to the protagonist. When you max any of the social links,  you feel this connection to the character, as you have experienced something with them that has changed them. It’s just like any real friendship, you go through something together and part of you is bonded to them forever.

Besides the wonderful story and characters, there are also have amazing dungeons, which the game calls palaces to explore. These Palaces are inside of the characters minds, and just like their outside self these worlds are distorted. You never know what kind of dungeon theme you are going to be plunged into next. They vary so differently that it is honestly shocking. One of the best parts of the game is simply to see how people see the world. I have to wonder what kind of Palace I’d have.

So, in conclusion, Persona 5 is hands-down one of my favorite games. It honestly is a contender for Game of The Year right now and will at least finish in the top 3 I’m sure. Persona 5 truly is its own game, so don’t feel like you need to play other Persona games to play it. If it sounds at all interesting, it is definitely worth picking up. When playing it, just play like you are the character it honestly makes everything all the more relatable, at least that is what I thought.

 

By John Kinsella On 24 Apr, 2017 At 03:55 PM | Categorized As Games To Watch, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Puyo Puyo Tetris has come to the Nintendo Switch and it is a fun puzzle game. Combining two of the greatest puzzle games into one really is interesting. While Tetris is known the world over and is popular world wide. Puyo Puyo has typically stayed in Japan for the most part.
I honestly have not played a lot of Tetris at least in the last decade. I’m not the biggest fan of these types of games but this was something new. But, I decided it was a good idea to review it to keep me sharp. Playing it I was reminded of a simpler time where a game like this could really trap me. The Puyo Puyo portion I was reminded of my time playing Sonic Mega Collection for the Game Cube. This amazing game had a classic Sonic Game called Dr.Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. This game was actually a localized version of a Puyo Puyo game and for many, was their first time playing the series. I played this game a lot as it was just so easy to pick up and play. Puyo Puyo Tetris is similar to that wonderful game as it also quite easy to pick up and play. I personally wasn’t drawn into playing it for long stretches of time. Picking it up here and there, for a little light game play made it and kept it fun.
The Adventure Mode is great as it offers 100 stages of play featuring characters from both game series. Some of the challenges are downright hard and that makes it all the more fantastic when you actually win. I honestly struggled through the early levels but that probably is because I’m rusty when it comes to this type of game. This game also offers a full on 4 player local co-op mode. With traditional Versus, Swap where Tetris and Puyo Puyo Boards swap out regularly and even Fuse where you play a true combination of both. There is also Big Bang Mode where its a race to complete boards and Party where you can help or hinder your opponents with hidden items.
In addition, there is also Online Mode with a full Puzzle League and ranking system, a Free Play mode for light online fun. If you feel confident about your skills, go all out for it. If you do well in the match and dominate, you can even save online matches. I usually am not one for online mode but I tried it and got royally destroyed. To hone your skills for online, never hesitate to go to the solo arcade. You can battle up to 3 Computer players, Compete in a never ending Endurance mode, and a robust Challenge Mode. It is certainly a game that is worth training for, as it happens rather fast. I will certainly work on my skills with training like this.
While I wait for other games and in between times I’m not playing Breath of The Wild, I will certainly make time for this fantastic game.If you like puzzle games I highly suggest you give it a try when it comes out April 25th. Plus, you can play a demo right now, to see if it fits you. So, puzzle on dear readers, Tetris blocks need to disappear and Puyo need to explode.

By John Kinsella On 17 Apr, 2017 At 10:17 PM | Categorized As Indie Spotlight, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The world of games certainly is changing and indie games are becoming better and better. It is no surprise then that the fantastic folks at Tequila Works have put out another great indie game. The Sexy Brutale which follows the Groundhog Day-Esque story of Lafacadio a priest out to help those in need is truly a great one. This game is unlike other games I have played recently, but it fit it with my time as I have also been playing other games.

The idea that this game also takes place in a casino resort where everyone wears masks is pretty cool. The characters all have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies, and you really don’t know who you should root for. In a bare bones sense, this game is a murder mystery, with the main character hoping to uncover the culprit. Now as the characters all wear masks, there is already a sense of distrust. Could one of these weirdos actually be the killer, or is something out there in the darkness really doing it all?

Playing through a decent chunk of the game, I’m still unsure, but it is certainly something I am enjoying. The characters are completely their own person, and it will certainly take some more discovery to figure out this mystery. The thing that really does make this game stand out is the fact that, you do relive the same day, in hopes of discovering the truth. Now, the puzzles aren’t to be taken lightly but, as I have no intention of spoiling them for you, just know it is a challenging game.

Lafcadio certainly does need help, and if you play this game, I’m sure you will help this poor man. All he wants to do is to help find out who is killing all of these people. Just don’t let yourself overstep your bounds, or you will certainly wake up at the start of the day once more.

Hopefully, you think of this game as highly as I have. It doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but if this has piqued your interest at all, it is certainly worth buying. The Sexy Brutale comes out on April 11th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For the purposes of this review, I did play on the PS4 and it was a great gaming experience.

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Mr.Shifty which was created by Team Shifty is coming out tomorrow, on Nintendo Switch and Steam. I was lucky enough to score a review copy and let me tell you, I enjoyed it. This crazy game is similar to certain top down games like Hot Line Miami but has its own twist. The main character Mr.Shifty can teleport. It honestly is quite similar to Nightcrawler of the XMen and his teleporting skill.

This game may seem simple on the surface in that you just need to climb a tower and take down goons, but it gets hectic fast. This game is unforgiving in that if you die you start the stage over.

Enemies appear seemingly out of nowhere in certain stages. In other stages they are planned, but they do tend to walk towards sounds. You need to have quick reflexes in order to take down all of the goons.

Mr.Shifty’s power is hard to handle sometimes especially in moments of high stress. Taking down 50 enemies who all can one shot kill you makes things tense. This mission that Shifty and his assistant are on is something clearly worth it all, but it certainly isn’t a game for those who hate to lose.

I died plenty of times but honestly it felt good to start floors over. You honestly learn how to play the game as you die. You learn where you need to go and how you can wipe out more men in a single attack.

This game is certainly worth picking up if you need another game worth playing. It might fill some of the void of time you may now have after beating Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch!

So, if this game sounds at all interesting it is certainly worth the 15$. If you need some convincing they did release a demo online in February for people to try!

Feel free to watch the trailer below to find out if you may like it, and get ready to Shift into crime with Mr. Shifty tomorrow!

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By John Kinsella On 3 Apr, 2017 At 11:37 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Has Been Heroes which now has almost been out for a week, is made by Frozenbyte and officially came out on March 28th. Though it has actually been pushed back until April 4th in Europe and Australia.This game is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. For this review I did in fact receive an early copy for the Switch and it has been just a blast to play. This game may look like a typical RPG at first glance, but this game is truly something different.

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This game is about heroes who were once great coming out of retirement for one last quest. In the beginning of the game you start out with a simple swordsman, a mage, and a new Rogue. These three classes are pretty standard fare for an RPG so it wasn’t a shock.  This RPG isn’t a normal turn based game and instead it is more like Plants Vs Zombies, in that it operates on lanes.

But that is the only comparison as this game is a Roguelike game, where if you die, you need to start over. I have honestly not gotten through  a whole adventure which at the start consists of two different areas. From the offset you either are tossed into the Dark Forest or an Icy Tundra, with the third being a demonic and hellish landscape.

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As you trek through the area with two princesses behind you, you move a long a map. Scattered around the map are different events that occur from shops to games and even a restorative camp. You never know how things will be laid out, and you have to be prepared for the boss fight at the end of each area. The truly troubling thing is that if you go back to an area you already went to, you use a magic candle, if you do that twice you die.

This game is truly unforgiving but I found myself excited to start over. Will I ever unlock all of the 30 plus characters or gather all the spells in this game? I’m going to say no, but for a diversion when I’m not playing Breath of The Wild, it is certainly a game I will enjoy more. Don’t let the toughness push you away, a little adversity always makes things better in some way.

If you haven’t got your hands on this game, it is relatively cheap at only $20.00 for so much playability. I would highly recommend picking this up as it is a game you can pick up anytime and not worry about anything story related. Just remember it is deceptively simple but is truly a game that is not for the faint of heart!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a ghost pirate to try and defeat, though based on my track record he is going to destroy me.

 

Below are both the story trailers and Launch trailer for this game, which if you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, I do highly suggest you do!