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By John Kinsella On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:16 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This is the first day of the rest of your life. This opening line begins this crazy adventure., where our hero Stan is in the kitchen with his wife Pam,. They are discussing dinner, when he passes out and soon wakes up in another form. Upon landing, he is told to consult with a tree who grants him power, where after jumping into a portal, it begins. The dangerous journey through an unforgiving land.

Enemies appear and at first they run, but soon enough it doesn’t matter. They fight back, and they want you dead., and the game eventually begins locking you into battles. In this vicious game, there is no tutorial, you need to figure out how to play it and fast. Think quickly, as when you die you are sent back to the last checkpoint. Funny thing about this game, it sets you off on your journey on hard mode, and hard mode is beyond challenging. A true master might complete it…might.

In this game, you have three attacks. A quick dash which is fast but weak, a whip which draws enemies close, and a heavy attack which is clearly slow yet strong. Leveling these three up doesn’t actually help you on he surface, it just gives you more combos to unleash on your unsuspecting foes.

The characters are interesting in their own ways. You meet a few at the start and then more are peppered in. They are all a little weird and I think that is a good thing. The story of Stan is a nice diversion from the fighting chaos, and it is a story that will have you question things. It unfolds as you progress through your neon hell, and you learn how Stan is actually doing above.

You also get to collect things throughout the game. There are points where you might see something shiny. Dare you go collect it? You’ll always face more enemies, so best be healed up first. The bosses of course are all different and you will need to use all your skill to beat them. This is another unforgiving part of the game. While this game is ridiculously hard, it draws you in. It keeps you wanting to play it even if for only awhile. It punishes you but you can’t stop from coming back.

I will say that the game looks amazing as well. It’s such a shiny game and the world you explore looks great. The music however is not great. With only the title screen track and a main track it could have been better. Though the main track does change throughout the game subtly. Phantom Trigger is a game that will offer you no hand holding. But it is one that when you succeed at even a portion of, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Not a game for everyone with it’s hard hitting roguelike form, but one you may just want to try.

Phantom Trigger is available today on Steam and The Nintendo Switch. So come on, go save Stan, you get to be a Ninja in hell.

By John Kinsella On 28 Jul, 2017 At 02:58 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I and Me, is a short and sweet game, about a small cat. Now this is no ordinary cat, as this cat has a clone of sorts. They both do whatever the other does and it is up to the you to guide them. Throughout the story and its 90 level delving through the four seasons you will learn about this main character. The main character originally is interested in this clone, but as the game progresses it is clear this excitement begins to wane. It would be like that really, you’d be excited for a new experience but as it wore on it would of course get tedious. Finding notes throughout the platformer you will learn about this cat, a smart and witty creature who is just trying to get through life.

This is a peaceful game led by beautiful music where you guide two kittens through trials. Dodge porcupines and spikes, and take a picture when you are done., this game is unbelievably charming. It is one of the cutest games I’ve played in a long time, and after losing my old cat in June this game affected me in a way I didn’t think possible. I imagined my cat living in an idyllic world like in this game, just trying to get through this. The world is a beautiful one and playing as a cat of course my mind would wander. I really think that this was a good thing as I realized that she was probably doing well, and even though I cried, she wouldn’t be happy about it.

I and Me is a game worth playing for anyone who likes platformers and anyone who wonders what it would be like to have a clone follow you around.The writing is witty and the game is pretty easy. Now, for me it wasn’t so easy because I’m not much of a platformer but it doesn’t take itself so seriously so playing levels again and again felt good.

I and Me is available on Nintendo Switch and Steam. If you have a hankering to play as two cute kittens, then download it. It really isn’t all that expensive especially with 90 levels to travel through!

By John Kinsella On 28 Jul, 2017 At 02:19 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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A beautifully and mostly voiced RPG  has come to Steam, with characters fully rendered in beautiful drawings that show off emotion like no other.

This game tells the story of the young King to be, named Kay.  Kay is a stupid yet strong willed man, ready and yet not ready to become King. After a hilarious moment involving an urn, Kay soon finds himself out of a Kingdom and is forced to revitalize an old castle town. This game is filled with different characters to battle with and enemies to battle against, and as you work through the game you will encounter an odd mix of weirdos who will inevitably join your cause.

The cool thing about the characters is that there is a chance to spend days with them and get to know them. With a love for Persona beating in my heart, I found this to be a neat addition. You get achievements for maxing out these relationships and the characters are all so different it is fun getting to know them.

Another interesting thing about this game is that you have a time limit up against you which is important. You have to complete a certain amount of tasks and with a huge laundry list, and quests taking multiple days, you really need to work. If you don’t complete enough of the main quests your game will end. Someone needs to pay back a huge sum of money and it won’t get done without due diligence from you and Kay.

It really is a standard RPG with different items to buy and a turn based action system. You can move multiple times depending on your movement skill and can attack once or more if you use special points. It really can get rather crazy out there on the battle field and you will have to keep on your toes like in all RPG’s.

Regalia really is a stunning game and all of its assets look great. The world is lush and ready for you to explore.  A vast map spread wide with possibility of adventure. A game that is as funny as it is serious and not shy to crack jokes. Really it has great writing and that makes the game even better.

This game is certainly worth playing. The characters are interesting and unique and you really root for them to succeed in their goal.  I’d highly recommend giving it a shot.

By John Kinsella On 20 Jul, 2017 At 01:31 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the 90’s a new game style arose, a scary and brutal game style with games like Resident Evil coming out,showing a scary new world. Vaccine which came out on the Nintendo Switch on July 6th is trying to bring this back. In a world where graphics and beauty have become amazing, this game wants to bring back what was lost. It is really like a game from the past and while the idea is novel, it is also not really a good thing, as this style of game has aged horrendously. The characters look melty and it is hard to distinguish things. This of course is also because that is how the games in that era were, but still.

Though that isn’t to say that the game is actually bad. Vaccine tells the story of two people and one of them is always infected with a terrible virus, with you being given a half hour to save the victim before they die. The story isn’t all that important as it stays the same no matter which protagonist you choose. The whole mansion is always different after the first room where you will always find a knife. You might find a gun or other items but usually you just find the undead. You can’t just go and learn the mansion which makes the game all the more tense and strategic. One playthrough, you might even be lucky enough to instantly find the antidote.

This game is unlike other games like this though, because of an RPG like experience system. Your characters gain experience which will carry through if you win. This game also has one more twist up its sleeve. When you win, you can play again of course. But this time you will have less time and this continues to decrease with each victory. Not only does this game pose the challenge of changing up the mansion with each playthrough, but each win subtracts precious time.

Personally, I cannot for the life of me, see myself playing through this game enough times to see how many minutes get taken off, but it is an interesting idea. Certainly there will be people who play it until the clock will not drain anymore and I salute them for that drive.

While this game might have a lot going for it, it really shows how far we have come. To see a company decide to make a game in part for nostalgia shows that this is important in a way. But, honestly this style really has aged poorly. The game looks terrible blown up on a TV, but it does look good on the Switch in handheld mode. The music drives the tenseness as well, and makes it worth playing in handheld mode. CRT mode is also usable though, which brings on even more nostalgia. So turn on CRT mode and plug in some headphones and try not get to scared.

All in all, Vaccine is a game that is worth playing. If you want a cheap horror game and were a fan of 90’s horror games than this is for you. Younger gamers may not enjoy this game simply because of how it looks but it really is worth it. Really though this game could be the start of a younger gamer’s new fascination with older games and that really would be cool.

So, take your Switch, turn off the light and save your ally from the terrible virus. With only a will to succeed and a knife you will be in for a long fight.

Vaccine is out right now on the Nintendo Switch!

By John Kinsella On 19 Jul, 2017 At 05:56 PM | Categorized As Featured, Games To Watch, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Picture this if you will, a young boy on Christmas opening a package to find a Nintendo Gamecube. That in and of itself is exciting but when this console is accompanied by Super Smash Brothers Melee and Pikmin this young boy knows he is in for something new. Back in 2001 I remember opening up Pikmin and popping it into my Gamecube. I was so excited to play this game, little did I know I was going to regret this excitement. Pikmin is one of those games where everything you do is critical. As a young boy I had never come across a game like it before. I had never played a game where if you do something wrong, you risk even being able to complete the game. I was and still am not the best and these types of games. It can often take the fun out of it for me.

Hey Pikmin however, feels like a great introduction to this cute series. You meet all of the wonderful Pikmin and Olimar, and it is like a simpler game that could certainly bring in new fans to the series. I am sure my younger self would have enjoyed playing this game before being dropped into an alien world. Through ultimately playing Pikmin I learned something new about games, that this kind of challenge can be good for you.

Hey Pikmin starts off like all other Pikmin games with Olimar traveling through space. He soon crashes and is told he needs to collect. This time he has to collect Sparklium and 30000 pieces of it. This is done primarily by collecting shiny buds. The game itself is a platformer like anyone knew from Nintendo and their footage. It throws out the old style in favor of a platformer and it works surprisingly well. The demo itself only shows off two levels, and both contain red Pikmin , with additionally containing Rock Pikmin as well. The Red pikmin are light and the Rock Pikmin break whatever they hit if possible, and you lead them and use them like in any other Pikmin game. Of course, you collect items that Olimar nicknames., and there is one item in the demo that made me smile.

All in all this demo is in a way like a soft reboot. Now, obviously we won’t lose the original style games but this like a simpler game to entice younger players in. Again I really think my younger self would have enjoyed playing this instead of the original Pikmin games. But honestly, I realize that Pikmin might not have become what it is today if this was its start. It is a solid game but it does leave some to be desired, then again it really isn’t meant to be all that challenging.

 

Hey Pikimin launches July 28th for the 3DS Family of Systems, the same day as Miitopia.Feel free to try out the demo and find out for yourself what you think of this new entry in the loved Pikmin series! While it may not be the best game in the series the demo is at least worth giving a chance too!He

 

By John Kinsella On 13 Jul, 2017 At 02:21 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Ever since I first set eyes on this Oasis I knew I wanted to play this game. After seeing game play and then trying out the demo I knew I had found another game to enjoy. Ever Oasis really is such a great game, and is is a game that just shimmers. It has cute characters and even some of it’s villains are cute too. The interactions between the hero and Esna are such a big part of the game., and you feel when your seedling gets hurt and are overjoyed when he is.

Ever Oasis is half Dungeon Crawler and Half Oasis Builder. You need to be working on both parts or your Oasis will decline. As you get deeper into the game you really need to keep working on your Oasis. The dungeon crawling is fun and can be quick paced. You need to fight monsters and change your team on the fly. With different races and weapons you will work to figure things out. You will also learn skills which may or may not help out depending on the situation.

The Oasis is your home and you need to make it great. By working on it you not only gain money but you help out people living in the desert. It is a nice diversion from all the fighting. You can complete quests and get closer to your villagers even if its brief. These characters will offer more quests and soon will sell even more goods. Of course with more goods, you will gain more money.

This game might seem like a lot sometimes, but it is totally worth it. As you travel through dungeons you will gain many items, which will be necessary to sell. It really can seem tedious as you travel back and forth between dungeons and the Oasis. But the developers have made it easy with the inclusion of the Aqua Gates. Using Aqua Gates makes traveling back and forth quite instantaneous. Plus, it makes it easier to save when you need to.

The story really plays into the characters and you can play the game quite easily by simply learning which monsters are weak to which weapons. If you want a game that has both exploration and a little town building then this game really is for you. It might not be the longest game but there is something about this game that makes replaying it an appealing thought. It is simple enough that newbies can get into it but also robust enough to sate true RPG Fan’s and their appetites. You can pick up Ever Oasis at stores or on the Nintendo EShop. The Oasis needs you and your seedling to save the day, don’t let Esna down!

By John Kinsella On 12 Jul, 2017 At 07:50 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Oh Sir, Insult Simulator was a game that was surprising in its launch. Playing this game I was surprised how enjoyable it was to insult people with well thought out jabs.

Hollywood Roast the sequel to this game turns this idea up to 11, by making it all about movies. It really makes for an interesting game. From the different sets to the wacky characters it certainly is worth trying.

Hollywood Roast wants you to succeed and even offers training which is quite necessary as this game works fast. This game might seem simple, but you often have to work with odd roasts. Sometimes you won’t be able to roast the opponent as hard, simply because of what the game gives you to work with. You really have to think and adjust based on who you are facing because they will never be hurt by the same roasts.

Sometimes also you are just given the worst roasts. Things that no one would be offended by. It is all about luck in these instances. All you can hope for is a continuation and a new batch of words.

You can even play online or with friends. Use what you know about your friends to spear them with awful jokes. Just let then know that this is just a Simulator.

The characters are all so different and fit into strange types. There is the old school Hollywood actress who is so old she was probably the first. There is a Gandalf esque wizard, and an aged Harry Potter type, plus a Deadpool like character fused with other superheroes. These characters are quite quick even if they are controlled by the computer.

This game all in all is better then the original. The developers have tweaked and adjusted the original system and have really made it better. Plus the characters are all different which makes it even more fun.

After this I wonder what they will pull out next. They really could do just about anything. Who know roasting others would lead to such a thrilling game?

By John Kinsella On 12 Jul, 2017 At 07:37 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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DeBlob is back in action, this time for Steam. After years of not playing this game,  it is now good to get to back into it. When I first played this game I was into it but not as much as I could have been. It really comes down personally to me enjoying using the PS4 controller over the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. While of course intuitively the Wii remote and nunchuck did work, a classic controller scheme does work better.

DeBlob is an active painting game where you play as the titular character DeBlob. This master of paint  is literally a blob of living paint must save the world. The world has gone black and white thanks to the Inky forces of evil, and it is up to DeBlob and a plucky team called the resistance to save the day and return everything to color.

This game is actually a really well designed one, where you paint buildings in different colors by absorbing paint bots. With so many colors to choose from, you can really make the world your own. Of course you don’t always get to choose what color you paint things, but for the most part the world is your canvas. There are challenges to be had too, as you race to beat them using certain colors. Of course the deeper into the game you get, the harder the challenges. Maybe you need to paint half the building red, the middle blue, and the top Purple, and it really adds another layer to the game for those that want to take on the challenges.

The game progresses pretty nicely as you travel around different areas, dodging water, smash the Inky baddies, and painting the town. Every level is decently sized and full of things to do. It is also easy to double back and complete something if you missed it or didn’t feel like doing it at the time.

The music is also great as, the more you play the more songs you get. You could play one level in a Samba style, or Funk. It adds just another layer, no matte rhow small that changes how you feel. With the music changing you can’t really hate on it, you choose the music and you figure out what music works best for the situation. You can even set the music to random and you might be surprised at what the game chooses. It really is surprising that music can change a game so drastically but I think it is part of this game’s charm.

All in all DeBlob is a game worth playing. No matter what system you may play it on, if painting a city to restore it to its former glory sounds fun you may really like this game. So, join the resistance and make things fun again!

You can get DeBlob now, on Steam. Go, paint the city, and make things pretty!

By John Kinsella On 12 Jul, 2017 At 07:11 PM | Categorized As Games You Slept On, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I have always been a fan of RPG’s and have wanted to at least attempt to make an RPG for awhile. With RPG Maker FES for 3DS which came out on June 27th, I now have that chance. RPG Maker FES is actually quite the robust game. With this maker you can make any sort of RPG you can think of. Although you need to use in game assets it still is quite the treat. Playing this game, I cannot help but think of a myriad of games to make. I just want to delve deep into this maker and show off my worlds that appear in my mind. I feel like I could make countless games, and even honor some of my closest friends with games. This game could certainly take hours of time if played in earnest as it is really quite robust.

Even though you can’t upload your own images you can make any characters you want. Plus, you can really fiddle with the strength of the monsters and make them into whatever you want. You can even set them up into groups and unleash them on your unsuspecting heroes. Making weapons, armor and items is also part of the fun. You can make them godly or weak or anywhere in between. Plus, you can even make your own magic spells. Simply fiddling with these aspects certainly could take awhile as there is so much to twist to your will.

Now, you can always take it easy with samples but it really is the best working things out yourself. This game wants you to succeed and by showing you a sample you figure things out. There aren’t any tutorials so this game really just wants you to work to learn for yourself. Not only can you make maps of various sizes, but you can really do what you want. You really have free reign and that is what makes this game so appealing. You can make as many games as you want and really make them as you wish.

I might not be the biggest fan of maker type games, but there is something about making your own RPG. Having played so many RPG’s it feels good to have my own crack at it. This game is something I feel like I can play when I want and try things out. Just a fun diversion that could lead to fantastic things in the future. Plus, the greatest thing about it is that if you want you can share your games and let others play them. Plus, if they don’t own the game they can still play the games through a small download.

RPG Maker FES is a game that is certainly worth playing for anyone who likes RPG’s. While it might be tedious at times it is certainly something that when you finish it, you will feel good about it.

By John Kinsella On 9 Jul, 2017 At 03:40 AM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI rarely find myself playing games involving numbers anymore but recently I was able to try out a new game for myself. Pic A Pix Color is a simple game on the 3DS and is rather cheap as it is only 5 dollars. This game certainly has a simple premise and that is to solve little puzzles.

These puzzles revolved around creating pictures with numbers noting how many of color will show up. Of course, as you play more puzzles they get harder and harder. With 100 puzzles to play you certainly have a lot to play. This game might be perfect for someone who enjoys puzzle games or even someone who just wants to get a little light stress challenge gaming in. You could say, play a puzzle a day for 100 days and see how good you feel.

This game doesn’t end there though as there are even time trials to complete. If you complete a puzzle in a good time and don’t ask for help, you will be awarded a medal. This game is certainly something you could play multiple times if you wanted to have the satisfaction of clearing it as fast as possible.

With 10 dollars worth of DLC, you can even get more puzzles to play all of the varying difficulty. While not my favorite game, it was certainly worth playing, and it is a steal for those who truly love puzzles and numbers. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then you should get it as 5 dollars truly is a steal for a game.