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It’s been a while since I’ve played point and click adventure games; they were a childhood staple for me. Most kids had either a Gameboy or a console, both if they were lucky, for me it was adventure and educational computer games. I grew up in a strict household where if we were having fun we better be doing something that wasn’t making our brain rot so that’s how I ended up playing lots of point and click games. From what I remember most of those games probably wouldn’t be much fun for me today, but those mystery and puzzle games had always been fun to figure out. Apart from Nancy Drew I hadn’t really ventured in the point and click adventure game genre since but Broken Sword 2 has refreshed my curiosity.

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Definitely not for kids it’s the second game in the Broken Sword series which revolve around the adventures of George Stobbart and Nico Collard. The remastered game is available in both PC and mobile devices in download format. In this installment Nico goes with George to investigate a carved Mayan stone she came across while investigating a drug ring. When she goes to a professor’s house to get more info George is knocked out and she is immediately abducted. The game has you step in the shoes of both Nico and George to unravel a strange conspiracy that puts their lives in danger and might have the fate of the world rest in its balance.

The controls are easy to figure out in both mobile and computer with options to look, talk, pick up, and interact depending on the nature of the thing you’re clicking on. With simple controls you’re free to examine and figure your way through the game. One of the things that has always been frustrating for me was the common stuck feeling I always got when playing through these types of games, but Broken Sword 2 has hints to help you through the game when you need a nudge. My favorite thing about the hint feature is the games give you escalating hints that go from slight nudges to detailed instructions on what to do the more hints you ask for, which allows you to still get the satisfaction of figuring things out and not have to consult walkthroughs if you hit a brick wall.

This game is hard enough to not be a one sitting game, requiring me to stop playing halfway through so I don’t finish by the time the sun rises again. According to Steam I played for 8 hours, your experience may vary.

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Perhaps what made my game drag out so much was the witty dialogue and excellent voice acting, which had me pick every talking option with the other characters. If you’re like me in that aspect you’ll enjoy some of the jokes throughout the game, one of my favorite involves a tequila worm I picked up, and you have the option of showing it to most characters you encounter in the game with Stobbart himself seeming to notice his strange attraction to the worm as the game progresses. Everything else is top notch too. This game came out in the 90′s so there’s only so much you can remaster until it loses its old fashioned charm, and to me it seems tweaked enough to still feel like a game from the era but enough retouching to make the game look like a really good version of its old self. The cut scenes are some of the most gratifying things you get out of the game and push you to see how the story ends. The new game even comes with a prequel comic, a great bonus for such a satisfying game.

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So what I’m saying is you should definitely check out the remastered version of Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, it’s a great game. If you want to watch the trailer be mindful that it might contain some spoilers.


By Jessica Brister On 8 Aug, 2014 At 09:18 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PC Games, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Electronic Arts granted the Sims 4 Create a Sim Demo to some fans who signed up last month.  If you were not lucky enough to get the demo, here are some things that you can look forward to when the full game comes out September 2:

Performance

I ran the demo on my laptop without any issue.  It is an HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook with an AMD A6-34200M with an integrated graphics card and six GB of memory.  This is the same device in which I typically play Sims 3, though I definitely cannot turn up the graphics.  The laptop is nothing fancy, especially for gaming, but it was able to chew right through the Sims 4 demo without any issues (I also was also toggling back and forth between social media sites, a couple of Microsoft Word documents, and the demo).  I did notice that the game automatically set me to the lowest graphics and put me in a “laptop mode,” so I’m assuming that it will look awesome on a much better computer.  Overall, I thought the demo was very stable.  There were no hiccups or bugs to report and everything actually ran very smoothly.  I was impressed, considering how slow Sims 3 Create a Sim works.  However, this is also with every expansion packet included.

If you are wondering if your computer will play Sims 4, here is the official minimum requirements from EA.

This is the Sim I designed, based off of myself in the lowest graphics setting.  It still looks great.

This is the Sim I designed, based off of myself in the lowest graphics setting. It still looks great.

 Ease of Use

The sliders of the past are now gone.  Sims 4 utilizes a more natural approach to creating a Sim by allowing the player to click on a part of a Sim and working from there.  Of course, there are pre-set body types, faces, and whatnot, but you can still customize a Sim without a lot of hassle.  I was easily able to choose traits and create a Sim without looking at a tutorial or feeling lost for very long.  I felt like most of it was very intuitive.  I was also able to quickly create the Sim that I wanted without a lot of issues.  Overall, I was impressed with how this demo functioned, and I hope the rest of the game feels the same way.

Just click on the body part you want to modify.  The game is very intuitive.

Just click on the body part you want to modify. The game is very intuitive.

Cool Stuff

Although there aren’t a ton of hairstyles and outfits (not sure if this is what we’ll get with the real game or if this is just for the demo), there was enough to feel like a “full” game.  I was able to create a cool character  with the selection of traits, styles, and clothing, which is all I really care about at this point.  One of the coolest aspects of the demo was the introduction to the gallery, which looked to be in full swing already.  I was able to upload my created Sim to the gallery and look at other people’s Sims as well.  If I chose to use someone else’s Sim as my own, it was easy to select it and place it in my own game.

Traits or "aspirations" did not have as large a list as Sims 3, but it still had a really good selection to get your Sim's personality right.

Traits or “aspirations” did not have as large a list as Sims 3, but it still had a really good selection to get my Sim’s personality right.

I was starting to get a little disheartened over some of the news I had heard about Sims 4 (i.e. no toddlers, no cars, not an open world), but if the rest of the game is anything like the Create a Sim Demo, I think the game will be alright.

 

By Ryan Hershman On 30 Jul, 2014 At 09:26 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Old School Otaku | With 0 Comments
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Games, at their roots, are a social hub. From board games to arcades to home consoles: there has always been a social aspect. Unfortunately the social aspect of video games is, for the majority, met by a microphone strapped to your head. While the ability to play with friends from around the globe is great, some couch multiplayer is still wonderful. Unfortunately as video games become more and more popular with consoles in more homes every day, local multiplayer is beginning to slip. While I do not think the transition to online social links is at all bad, I still love local multiplayer. One of the prime examples of a system designed for social gaming is the Nintendo 64.

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Tangled mess = Good night

The Nintendo 64 may not be the best Nintendo console (the worst in my personal opinion), but the gems it did have are truly gems. I am going to pick the top 5 multiplayer experiences I had on the system. I did not play, nor do I have any intention of playing, every game on the system so this is far from a definitive list. With that disclaimer let’s start:

#5 Mario Party 3

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This game is a staple for the system. I chose this entry before Mario Party 1 and 2 for one reason: more mini games. Since this series is made by the mini-games this only makes sense. I hate to include a Mario Party game on the list because it is the “Monopoly of videogames” in that it is a very realistic possibility to lose friends to the sheer level backstabbing that forms the foundation of this game series. Boo may as well be the grim reaper.

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The “lost friend” count is only rivaled by the “dead friend” count.

That aside: it is a blast. Whether it is you and one friend or a room full. The constant zany actions of characters and the mini games is enough to entertain you for hours. Assuming the fun is not interrupted up by the need for first aid attention.

#4 007: The World is Not Enough

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I know that 007: Goldeneye is generally regarded as the best fps of the N64, and maybe of all-time, rivaled only by Perfect Dark on the system. If anyone were to ask me? The superior fps is Goldeneye’s younger brother: it did everything Goldeneye did and more. Granted in its own right Goldeneye was iconic and it has inspired many creators The World is Not Enough aged much better than Goldeneye and it is far more tolerable in terms of gameplay and graphics. Controls are just as awful thanks to the inbred octopus of a controller that the N64 has. Also worth noting is that none of your friends can play as Odd Job now, so now everyone wins. Except for the one that picks Odd Job, now everyone knows how bad they are. Sorry.

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You can’t help anyone who mains Odd Job.

#3 Mortal Kombat 4

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Mortal Kombat is an influential series for me. It is the game that made me a fan of fighting games and real virtual competition, and maybe a little spine ripping out of the body action. This was a saving grace for the Nintendo 64. The N64 had a weak market of fighting tolerable fighting games composed mainly of Mortal Kombat: Trilogy, Killer Instinct Gold, and Clayfighter 63 1/3. Mortal Kombat 4 was a game I did not originally own on the system, but one that I picked up after I began collecting older games from my youth. That being said this is a game that I am glad I picked up. It keeps the Mortal Kombat charm and is entirely suitable for a few rounds of fun. It is by no means as defining as a fighting game that is soon to be mentioned. It was nice to find that the game had a nice character roster too. That is always nice to be able to swap in between fights to a better color ninja.

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Ah yes I love yellow ninja way more than blue ninja.

#2 F-Zero X

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As far as racing games for the Nintendo 64 went: a lot of good ones existed. The Crusin’ series, Mario Kart, and Diddy Kong are a few prime examples. This game is another that I didn’t own in my youth. Upon playing it more recently I feel I can say without wearing nostalgia goggles that it is the pinnacle of racing for the system. The game is entirely based on speed. No lucky items, just pure racing skill and a mix of irrational and nonsensical speed. Along with 29 competitors. Yes 30 racers in a single race going faster than one reasonably should, even in a race. Games are all about nonsense like that. I love that nonsense.

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757 km/h is almost as fast as a falcon punch.

The game is really content heavy as well, look at this select screen for the vehicles alone.

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What goes great with all those vehicles? How about a samurai to drive them? No? A dinosaur maybe? That’s right you can’t say no to a dinosaur. If you somehow are not into totally rad sentient dinosaurs you can choose the always punching Captain Falcon. Or a multitude of other character, but who cares because dinosaurs driving fast cars.

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This is not a godly evolution line.

With so much pure awesome packed into so much cartridge, how could you go wrong? Other than some sharp turns. It is sure to be a great use of a few nights to fly through this game with some friends.

#1 Super Smash Bros

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I’m sure this surprises literally no one. Super Smash Bros is the series that makes the N64. It may have some other great games, but this is it. If all else fails you can always return to this. I could babble about this game for pages, but you already know. Everyone knows.

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Where arguments are really settled. If for some reason you don’t know, just know this: some of the best Nintendo characters on one screen fighting it out for supremacy. Controlled by you and 3 friends. If you lose you want to prove yourself, if you win you want to stay on top. It’s a never ending cycle of always coming back to this game.

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The casting choice for Wonder Woman in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice was met with a lot of skepticism. Gal Gadot was an interesting choice to play Wonder Woman to say at the very least.

With this picture, I think Zack Snyder quieted many of those that were upset by the choice. Gal Gadot definitely stepped up to the plate as Wonder Woman!

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What do you think of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman now that we’ve seen her in the role? Let us know in the comments!

By Ryan Hershman On 25 Jul, 2014 At 10:39 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Company Spotlight, Featured, News, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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Comic books are one of the many joys in my life. Comics should be a joy in others’ as well. I am going to begin shooting off some recommendations every week or so. Not exactly a review, just a short description so you know why you should be reading.

My pick for this week? Deadly Class Volume 1: Reagan Youth. NOTE: some of the first issue will be spoiled, to cover the basic plot. Nothing past that should be.

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It’s a witty, colorful book about a band of misfit friends attending a secret school for future generations of assassins called King Dominion’s School for the Deadly Arts. Rick Remender writes the book and does so extremely. He lets in humor, romance, and action into a lovely combination. The excellent writing is coupled with amazing art by Wesley Craig, and colors done by Lee Loughridge.

One of the most interesting aspects of the story is such a finely blended cast. The main character, Marcus, is a Nicaraguan orphan and the rest of his adventurous posse is composed of characters from across the globe. Every main character in the first major arc experience great development to get you really more interested in each character than perhaps any

The art compliments everything that is done in the story. From a car chase (rare in comics due to the difficulty of showing the true “action” due to static images), to fight scenes, to drug trips. The coloring and lettering stays on point throughout the first six issues.

Events occurring within the first six issues, all compiled in this one volume, leave the series with a lot of breathing room for story development. Remender’s writing is sure to continue to be as solid as it has been between this series and fellow Image series Black Science. This is definitely a solid choice for any fan of action or suspense to get into. Overall the comic brings everything one could hope for to the table.

The first volume is available on Amazon for a cool $9.99 here. You can always stop into your local comic shop as well and snag the trade. Maybe some other great titles as well. The series will pick back up in September so now is as good as a time as possible to pick up the trade and follow this great series. This is not a series you want to miss out on.

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AMC revealed a Season 5 trailer for The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic Con.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this trailer gets me excited for the new season. Although I’ve been iffy on the show this trailer gives me a lot of hope for the new season with a lot of odes to the comics.

The Walking Dead is set to return on Sunday, October 12th at 9pm on AMC.

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!

By Amy McGarey On 15 Jul, 2014 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Company Spotlight, Featured, International News, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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To keep up with a growing female audience, Marvel has announced today that they intend on creating a new Thor series where Thor is a female. The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and will premiere in October.

In case you don’t understand how this is going to work, Jason Aaron explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

How will this work in the Marvel Universe where Thor is involved in multiple comic book series? “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. It seems like for the next Thor series, the male Thor that we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. The title of Thor will be passed on to someone who is worthy, she just so happens to be female. Traditional Thor will still be involved in the Marvel Universe. My best guess is that the new Thor series will mainly focus on female Thor, while another series will probably handle the issue of where old Thor fits in and what he will do, if anything, to get his hammer back.

As a fan of Thor, I’m excited for this new change in the story line. I think the big fuss about it so far has centered around people thinking that Thor is getting a sex change or that Marvel is pushing some kind of transgendered agenda on everyone. Traditional male Thor will still be very much involved in the Marvel Universe. I look at this as more of a Superior Spider-man situation than killing off a beloved character. Peter Parker came back in the end, so I’m sure old Thor will pull through. I think of all this as welcome news in a long line of Marvel drama, such as the recent rumors of cancelling Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Thor will be joining several other female heroes that have their own comic book series, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Ms. Marvel. Maybe Thor will be filling the void for the female warrior archetype that has become popular with characters like Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

By Garrett Green On 14 Jul, 2014 At 08:43 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Portable/Mobile Gaming | With 0 Comments
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Over the weekend, Nintendo said that they would announce a new character coming to the new Super Smash Bros. Turns out instead of one, we got three reveals. That’s right, Nintendo decided to give us three characters in one trailer, one returning veteran, two completely brand new to the series. Take a look at the trailer.

Finally, the reintroduction of Captain Falcon. We all knew he would be back, he’s been a staple character since the first game, but sure took their sweet time in bringing him back. But the main focus of the trailer was the two new characters, both from the Fire emblem series. Introducing Robin and Lucina.

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Lucina, a character many fans have been clamoring for, and Robin join both Marth and Ike from the Fire emblem series. All four look to have very different playing styles considering they are all swordsmen from the same game. The variety is welcomed and they all look like fun fighters to use. Chrome, another Fire emblem character, was also shown in the trailer but it seems that he won’t be a playable fighter. Nintendo even made a slight jab at him not getting a chance until it showed him appearing to be either an assist trophy or part of someone’s final smash. Lastly, the trailer showed a female version of Robin would also be available as a costume option.

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With this new trailer, the roster climbs to 36 making it the largest roster of the series. This isn’t the end of character announcements as we can still expect a few more. Still waiting for Jigglypuff to return and hopefully a few more newbies but as even as of now this is a superb roster. Super Smash Bros on the 3DS releases October 3 and the Wii U version releases this holiday season.

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At 3 A.M. PDT Thursday, June 19, Konami released a 30 min. gameplay trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The gameplay trailer is the same demo that was on display at this years E3. The trailer will be in English and shown on Kojima Station.

The Phantom Pain technically takes place after the most recent release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, but if you’re familiar with the Metal Gear series you know the games were released in anything but a linear order.

If you’re thinking of playing the Metal Gear series to “catch up” to this release you have more than enough time as MGSV: The Phantom Pain does not yet have a release date and isn’t expected to come out this year.

Here’s a link for the live stream currently going on on YouTube.

By Jessica Brister On 18 Jun, 2014 At 04:09 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Want to get away this summer without the large expense?  Try a video game vacation!  Video games offer a wide variety of places to visit–both real and imagined.  The player doesn’t even have to leave the couch!

Join Real Otaku Gamer every week to preview some of the best video games places.  After reading, take the survey at the bottom to vote for your favorite videogame vacation spot.

This week’s featured place: Rapture

Game(s): BioShock, BioShock 2

This beautiful under the sea city features gorgeous Art Deco designs.

This beautiful under the sea city features gorgeous Art Deco designs.

Searching for a unique vacation spot this year?  Look no further than the underwater city of Rapture! Built by business tycoon Andrew Ryan in the 1940s, Rapture was meant to be a utopia for people who want to be free from government and morality.  Since science was left unchecked, Rapture quickly turned into an interesting dystopia, where DNA-altering plasmids created by ADAM have warped the population into crazies.  The only sane people left are power-mad and vying for control of the city.  Don’t be quick to write off this gem, though.  The locals are just part of the Rapture charm.  So, enjoy this a one-of-a-kind vacation spot under the sea.  It’s perfect for sight-seers, fisherman, underwater adventurers, and those who like to shoot lightening out of their fingertips.

Packages include:

  • Discounted air travel.  In fact, the plane practically “drops you off” right above Rapture.
  • Unlimited stay for the same price.  Of course, you’ll have to figure out how to leave.  If you ever get to leave.
  • Free plasmid upgrade upon arrival.
  • Free melee weapon upon arrival.
  • Access to all of the local amenities
  • Your choice of travel guides: Atlas or Dr. Tenenbaum.

 Rapture at a Glance:

Entertainment:

  • Enjoy the Welcome Center.
  • Visit the recreation areas of Arcadia or Dionysus Park.
  • Catch a show at Fort Frolic, including performances by Sander Cohen.
  • Have fun at Ryan’s Amusements.
  • Visit Siren’s Alley, if you’re into that type of thing.

Food & Dining:

  • Enjoy fine-dining at the Kashmir Restaurant.
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market, including a real apiary and winery.

Rooms Available:

  • Olympus Heights: First class accommodations
  • Apollo Square: Second class accommodations
  • Pauper’s Drop: Third class accommodations

Sight-Seeing:

  • See the real fishery at Neptune’s Bounty.
  • Visit the natural geothermal volcanic vents of Hapthestus.
  • Go to the tallest point in Rapture, Point Prometheus.
  • Take a ride on the Atlantic Express.

Spas & Relaxation:

  • Get some work done at the Medical Pavilion.
  • Relax at the Adonis Luxury Resort.
Vacationing here is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Vacationing here is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

What do you think?  Which video game vacation would you prefer?  Take the survey and let ROG know where you’d like to go.  Be sure to come back next week for another location.

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