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By Stark Wyvern On 22 Sep, 2017 At 02:26 AM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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JackBox is ready to thrill you with one whole party packed into a single game with this collection of games. With five games to play, you can have a great time with anyone you care to get down with. This game might be a Switch game but don’t worry it is all controlled with one console and your guests’ phones or laptops.

First up is the hit game You Don’t Know Jack. This is the hit game that started it all with Hundreds of questions to answer. Up to four players can play this zany trivia game, so jump  head first and see who truly is the Jack Box King!

Second is Fibbage XL with more questions than the original release. A truly fun game, especially since it can be played with up to 8 players with a streaming channel.

Drawful is third and relies on players drawing based on a clue. Once all the drawings are done, players guess and if they are correct they then put an answer in to stump others. It can get pretty chaotic with up to eight players joining in. A cool thing about this game is that you can stream it to up 100 people. If a fake answer is chosen, the drawer gets points, and if the correct answer is chosen both the player and artist get points. The really great thing about this game is skill really isn’t necessary, as it is just a lot of fun.

Lie Swatter is the fourth game and can be played by 1-100 players. You need to figure out which statements are true and which are false. With such a large crowd to play with, it can, of course, get pretty intense. The final round will always come from the same category so you won’t be thrown off your game.

Lastly, comes the game Word Spud which is for up to 8 players. Starting off with one word, you follow logic to enter the next word. The other players’ award points and the game continues. A fun, quick game, one that really can get interesting as the words start to flow.

Jack Box Party Pack 1 is available now for Nintendo Switch, so now is the time! Call up some smart friends or stupid ones, and have a trivia night!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Sep, 2017 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThere are two things that are awesome in gaming., namely Pokémon and Fighting games from Bandai Namco. Thus a Pokémon Fighting from Bandai Namco is a dream come true to me. I didn’t get to play Pokken Tournament on Wii U, but with the Nintendo Switch getting an enhanced port, I finally got a chance to play it. But was it good in the end?

The first thing I noticed was that despite the name, Pokken isn’t exactly Pokémon with Tekken gameplay due to the dual phases of the battle. The Field Phase plays more akin to a Naruto or the older Dragon Ball Z fighting games. It takes a while to get used to if you are unfamiliar with it, but the game has a great tutorial that helps explain things well. Duel Phase though, does play more akin to Tekken and thus feels a lot more natural to players more used to traditional fighting games. Learning how to switch between the phases and when to do so, is a major part of the gameplay.

Pokken Tournament DX does offer some great additions to the experience, for those unsure about the Switch port. In addition to new Pokémon, there are new modes such as 3 vs 3, similar to the King of Fighters series, and new more refined online modes. I had a great time playing online and experienced no lag or connectivity issues. In addition, there is some great implementation of HD rumble in the game. It feels subtle but it really does help the experience feel more immersive.

In terms of single player, there is the Ferrum League which serves as the story mode, as well as single fights.  These are a great way to learn about how to play the game for when you go online, and to be honest, playing some single matches against a CPU is a great way to just have fun. There are also daily missions which offer some good variety to the gameplay. It isn’t as much as a game like Mortal Kombat X or Injustice 2, but it is still a good amount of single-player content. This is especially true for someone who just wants a few matches now and then and has no interest in playing online. There may not be a massive amount of single-player content, but what there is, is high quality.

The game actually feels like it takes a bit from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Considering both games were made by Bandai Namco this makes sense, and it is perfectly reasonable that a Pokémon fighting game would take influence from another fighting game based on Nintendo characters. As such, this is a game that would also appeal very much to Smash Bros players, and those waiting for a Smash game on Switch might want to look at this one while they wait.

Pokken Tournament DX is a fun game, and while I never played the Wii U version myself, I did follow its competitive scene and what people said about it. From everything I’ve experienced, this feels not like an enhanced version but like a truly fleshed out version that feels like what the Wii U version should have been. It isn’t a perfect game though, as parts of the combat just feel off. I can’t explain it, but even in Duel Mode, the game just feels different. And in a way that is good, as it fits the nature of Pokémon. I wouldn’t say that this is an ideal game for fighting game fanatics, but it is definitely one worth checking out. For Pokémon fans, Nintendo fans and also Smash Bros fans, this is a must buy. I highly recommend it!

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by Nintendo.

 

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I don’t play too many 3DS games, but one that caught my eye was Chicken Wiggle. It had a sense of wonder and adventure to it that I found immensely attractive. The great visuals and excellent looking gameplay had me hooked from the first time I saw it and I needed to experience it. After playing it, I have to say that Atooi has another masterpiece on their hands.

Chicken Wiggle is a 2D platformer with excellent controls, and lovable protagonists. Normally 2D platformers these days feel a need to guide you through every last detail but Chicken Wiggle lets you jump right in and learn it for yourself. I found this refreshing, and despite needing a few minutes to get the hang of it, it was all for the best. The learning curve is not that bad and honestly, this is a game for platformer fans of all degrees of experience.

There is an issue with the difficulty varying wildly at times, which can be annoying but I don’t feel its a major problem. Overall, I find the gameplay amazing, as while the protagonists moves are basic, there is a lot that can be done with them. Chick can jump run, and attack enemies and obstacles, while the worm can reach far-away platforms and walls with stickiness. Using them both in creative ways makes a things a lot more interesting and opens new possibilities. The levels are well designed and give you a lot of room to experiment in, and this isn’t even considering the various power ups you get throughout the levels.

Chicken Wiggle has some incredible music as well, and the soundtrack just feels fun. The soundtrack perfect companion piece to this game and helps further the experience, so my hat goes off to Atooi for that as well. Visually the game is excellent as well, and has a great art style that just works for it.

If anything, it is sad that the game does have an end to it, but even then it doesn’t have to end. The game has an excellent level editor that seems to take after Super Mario Maker, and lets you share your levels with others. Its does have a drawback though, in that the interface is a bit unintuitive and can be more cumbersome that you would expect. Still sharing and playing levels is fun, and I had a blast with the levels I played from others.

I have to encourage everyone to play this game. It is amazing and deserves attention.

 

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A review key was provided by Atooi

By Stark Wyvern On 14 Sep, 2017 At 08:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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As someone, who has never found much interest in the Monster Hunter Series, I was happy to jump into this new game. Monster Hunter Stories introduces a new side to this world that has been in hiding in a way, and helps change things up. This game, the game follows a young rider, someone who tames monsters rather than strictly hunting them, which makes this game more akin to a Pokemon game, and therefore right up my my alley.

The story revolves around the hero traveling the world to snuff out an ancient evil that is rearing its ugly head. A plant that can cause monsters to rampage is back and warping the world and needs to be stopped. Along the way, many interesting things happen and you will meet a good bunch of insane characters. For me, it is really good that there is actually a story, as from what I know, monster hunter games are usually devoid of such a thing.

In Monster Hunter Stories you assemble a team of monsters or Monsties as they are called. There are about 200 to choose from so you have quite a good group to gather, that of course have their own skills, and abilities that long time fans should know at least. To gather monsters you must steal eggs, and the only way you can do so is to head into nests. These nests are randomly generated so the only thing you will really know is what kind of monsters you might fight.

Sneaking in, you often come across a monster, who if you wake up or you scared back its nest will be angry.  Anger is a great power up for monsters, as why would they not be upset that some small human can actually defeat them? After this, you get to pick up eggs, and Navirou, your Felyne pal, will tell you a few hints about your egg. It is quite fun, as there are many patterns, and you don’t always know what kind of monster you will get. The fighting system is based on a sort of Rock Paper Scissors game, though you do need to figure out patterns, as if you successfully do, you will inflict more damage. There are special attacks and even combo attacks, the latter done through riding your monster in battle, that are amazing.

Monster Hunter Stories truly is a game unlike any Monster Hunter game before it. A true RPG, where the world is your oyster. With so many quests to complete, weapons to buy, and monsters to hatch, you won’t be putting this game down anytime soon. Plus, it really is a good first monster hunter game. Playing this will allow anyone to jump in and get a taste for what the true games are. But, this game also has all the intricacy of that game, albeit in a far more cartoonish form.

Monster Hunter Stories is certainly a game, that I am enjoying and I cannot wait to see how it ends. You can get Monster Hunter Stories right now on the 3DS Family of Systems!

By Stark Wyvern On 6 Sep, 2017 At 01:49 AM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Jack Box Party Pack 2 is another thrilling party in one game, and ready to thrill you with even more trivia fun. Gather your friends and play five hilarious games to find out who the best of you is! The Jackbox Party Pack 2 contains Fibbage 2, Quiplash XL, Bidiots, Earwax and Bomb Corp.

Fibbage 2, of course just the classic game, revamped with more new questions. Always a stellar game to play with friends, where you must find out what is true and what is false.

Quiplash is a fun game which can be streamed and relies on three rounds. With the first two, a question is given and all active people must supply an answer. They are then shown the answers they can choose, and the winner receives points. The last round gives out one question and everyone chooses which answer best fits. Points are awarded for each time an answer is chosen, the person with the highest points wins!

Earwax is played by up to seven players, with one as the judge who is given two categories. Hearing sound effects, each player selects two and the judge chooses which pair is the best. This simple game only takes three points to win, so it can get exciting pretty quickly.

Bidiots is played by up to six people and is considered the spiritual successor to Drawful. This game relies heavily on money and buying and selling. You get a category and then bid on the art with hopes of getting the best one for the category. If you are low on money, feel free to take out a loan but know, it may come to bite you in the butt in the end.

Bomb Corp relies on one person in a bomb factory deactivating bombs. With odd directions given to the others, it’s up to everyone to deactivate these explosives. You really need to rely on each other to get through this and not have the bombs explode. Certainly not a game for a group unlikely to communicate well.

If you have enjoyed any of the Jack Box Party Pack games, this game is for you. A game meant to have to people compete and in some moments work together makes for this party pack to be a great addition to any gathering! So, get your friends together, take out your phones and laptops and play some amazing games, courtesy of You Don’t Know Jack.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Sep, 2017 At 06:29 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Punishment platformers are a popular genre, and have been for some time. We have seen greats such as Super Meat Boy, and others that are not so great. League of Evil is another entry into the genre and it offers up more of the same. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but does the game hold up on its own?

League of Evil involves short levels that get longer as you progress, simple action and minor objectives. Its great for short bursts of gameplay but does get very repetitive at times. This isn’t to say that the levels are all the same, since there is variety that is introduced, but it still feels less than what it could be. I don’t feel it is a bad game, but I do not feel it meets its true potential.

There is something much more important I must mention. The controls for the game are not good. They are far too loose, or far too sensitive and for a punishment platformer, this is a very bad thing. The controls often get in the way of the game and cause issues. As you progress in the game, it gets even worse with the controls either being too sensitive or not responding right, and that leading to numerous deaths.

I wanted to like League of Evil as I do find punishing games to be fun. Heck, I play Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze in order to relax when I am stressed. But the controls just got in the way far too much. I ultimately could not enjoy League of Evil and found it to be a chore to get through. It has great music, I will admit and a nice art style, but good music and good art is not enough to save the game.

I must suggest passing on this for now. I just cannot see it as being fun.

 

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the publisher.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2017 At 12:37 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Back when Mighty No. 9 was announced and kickstarted, a second Mega Man successor also came to be. Azure Striker Gunvolt from Inti Creates is a spiritual sequel to the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX games that were made by the company, and was released on 3DS, before receiving a sequel.  Now both games have come to the Nintendo Switch eShop as the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

The first thing to note is that yes, the game does look better on Switch than on 3DS. That should go without saying of course, and there are far more substantial differences. First and foremost is the inclusion of HD rumble. Given Gunvolt’s abilities and fighting style, the inclusion of HD rumble really does help enhance the game. It brings you into the action and makes the fight more intense. Inti Creates has been excellent in their use of HD rumble so far, so this does not surprise me in any way.

But now let’s get to the gameplay. As I said, the games are a spiritual sequel to the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX games, which were previously made by Inti Creates. Gunvolt can run, jump and shoot at his enemies, while also using a large variety of abilities. The action is fast paced and intense, and using Gunvolt’s abilities to their fullest is key to survival. Plus it is also incredibly satisfying once you learn how to use those abilities. Thus replaying levels is a needed to really get the full experience of the game. In terms of levels, you choose them in the traditional fashion, and can replay them whenever you want.  What is a good addition to the games are the extra elements, such as interacting with other characters, selling off parts for cash to get other upgrades and selectin the best upgrades for your loadout. Learning to pick the best loadout you can, can take some time but is worth it immensely.  The leveling up mechanics also provide a nice change of pace to most games of this genre, and the narrative of the game is well done. Some may not like the anime aesthetics, but its honestly fine.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is even better than the original, with more refined gameplay, better narrative storytelling and just a bigger feel. Both games have received some minor upgrades for the Switch version, with minor refinements here and there, HD rumble and upgraded visuals as mentioned, and some control changes. There is only one screen here, so things are handled a bit differently, but it works out just fine. Everything you loved from the games is still here, including the amiibo support, and with the new additions, its just a better package.

I highly recommend this game, and if you want a return to the feel of the Mega Man series, this is a great place to look!

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the publisher.

 

By Jessica Brown On 25 Aug, 2017 At 01:48 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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  • TITLE: forma.8
  • DEVELOPER: MixedBag
  • PUBLISHER: MixedBag
  • GENRE: Action-Adventure/Metroidvania
  • PLATFORM: Nintendo Switch
  • ALSO ON: PS4, XB1, Wii U, iOS, Android, & PC
  • RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2017
  • PRICE: $9.99 US (eShop)

forma.8 made its way onto a whole slew of platforms earlier this year, but until receiving a copy of the game to cover for the Nintendo Switch it was a title I’d never heard of. In large part, that’s because forma.8 made its debut at a time when I was large “AFK” from the gaming space for various reasons. However, now that I am aware of this game, I have to say that I wish I had known about it sooner!

At first glance, the game would have seemed somewhat forgettable to me. The title is certainly strange and glancing at the title screen really didn’t tell me that much about the game. It’s one of those situations, though, where it’s best not to judge a book by its cover. With forma.8, it’s best to just fire it up and give it a shot because, most likely, within the first 5 or 10 minutes you’ll be captivated by its simple-yet-complex nature and feel compelled to push onwards into its strange world.

The game puts you in the role of a planetary exploration probe called “forma.8,” separated from your companions when you are shot onto the surface of an alien world. According to the game’s official description, you are searching for a powerful energy source of some kind, though this is not immediately apparent to you. In fact, there’s really not much in the way of backstory outside of a narrative-less opening cinematic, so for a while, it’s up to you to piece together what’s actually going on here.

Regardless, you start your journey with nothing more than the ability to fly around, yet as you push forward you will slowly find keys, special items, and new upgrades that are, rather cryptically, learned from the wrecked remains of some of your fallen allies. For instance, in the first couple of minutes of actual play, you’ll gain the ability to create an energy pulse that can help you interact with certain items as well as damage enemies that you’ll encounter. Not too long after that, you’ll also pick up an ability to drop a bomb that can destroy certain barriers, cause a lot more damage, and can even be directed at targets through the careful use of the pulse ability.

The game is certainly a unique take on the tried-and-true Metroidvania formula. While there are some areas that are fairly linear, the game presents you with several options of where you can go next, opening up even further to you once you possess certain key abilities, making backtracking all the more important later on. You have a basic grid-style map that will show you which “room” you are in and how that room connects with other nearby locations, though as is typical in the genre it’s up to you to remember what is in these different rooms and where you might need to return to later on.

Although the actual gameplay and controls feel relatively simplistic, there’s a lot of nuanced maneuvers you’ll have to master fairly quickly in the game. Also, there are some clever (and deadly!) enemies that you’ll have to face, some of which require some thought in how you can best defeat them. The massive plant boss that you face in the volcano area, for example, will quickly kill you unless you figure out how you can actually cause it harm (and the solution is quite clever too). The probe also has fairly limited health, so you’ll certainly want to take your time and be aware of your surroundings or else death will come quite swiftly to you.

Perhaps forma.8‘s charm lies in its deceitfully-simplistic style. The graphics and artwork are pretty minimalistic and the soundtrack also has a lot of simple background tunes. In a way, I find the music (other than the tense boss theme, which is really good though) to be best described as “chill,” because it’s very laid back and relaxing to listen to. Even if you are in an area that has a couple of tense moments to it, the music can often contrast fairly-starkly to it in a way that actually works. It helps keep you level-headed and in the moment, yet it encourages you to stop for a moment and take in the atmosphere around you.

One of the things that the Nintendo Switch always has going for it is its ability to be enjoyed both on your TV or on the go. When torn about which version of a game to pick up, this flexibility and ability to be enjoyed in multiple different locations can often serve as a tie-breaker. forma.8 does indeed look pretty on a large screen, but it’s also the type of game that would be fun to play on the couch, relaxing before bed, or taking it on a trip with you. Unlike some titles where the scope and cinematic feel may feel slightly lessened while in portable mode, forma.8 feels like it fits the bill of being excellent no matter which way you wish to enjoy it.

It’s also worth pointing out that although this is certainly a Metroidvania style game, casual players should not be put off from giving it a go. There are indeed some difficult sections of it, but it is a game that is fairly forgiving. Death is most certainly not permanent (and I’d argue that you’re expected to die many times before you complete the game) and in most cases only sets you back a couple of minutes. In my experience, death in forma.8 is mainly a learning experience and something that you grow from and improve your skills and knowledge with.

So, if you have a Nintendo Switch and are looking for some more enjoyable games to play while you wait for more major releases later this year (such as Super Mario Odyssey and the second round of DLC for Zelda: Breath of the Wild), forma.8 is definitely a title that you should consider picking up. Honestly, for just $9.99 USD on the eShop, you really can’t go wrong with this one. And, if you already own the title on the PC or another platform, the Switch version will have the ability to be played on the go, so picking up a second copy might not be a bad idea either!

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By Stark Wyvern On 22 Aug, 2017 At 10:04 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Miitopia is a game that I had been unsure of when I first learned of its existence. It made sense that it would exist but I had no idea how it would function. After seeing footage though, I was hooked as this game really did have a chance to be great. After playing through the main story line, I have found that this is really a great game.

Miitopia is a solid RPG title that brings in Nintendo’s beloved Mii characters into their own Fantasy set game. This game thrusts your main character, who can even be you, onto a grand adventure. With many different jobs to choose from, it is up to you to pick the right job for you. Joining you are 9 other characters who you can make anyone you wish. Make them friends, family, celebrities, anyone you choose, and you get to pick jobs for them and eventually change jobs. Another big part of this game is the relationships that form. Pairing up characters can be done in the inn or out in the field and even in battle. Your characters relationships can really turn the tide of battle in your favor or your enemies. If all your characters hate each other of course you won’t get all of the extra damage.

The story itself is a solid one, involving an evil lord played by whoever you choose, stealing the faces of people everywhere. You can choose a character for this demon or have it auto picked. My villain ended up being Team Flare’s Boss Lysander of Pokemon X and Y fame. This villain is powerful and you will need to gather and train your friends. An interesting thing that happens is when he comes and spirits your friends away multiple times. This forces you to choose a new job and start journeying with three new characters.

Along the way, you will meet a variety of other characters who help you, while journeying through dungeons to find keys and other lost items you eventually defeat your foe. But like in most JRPGS the story is far from over as a new boss appears. Since I don’t plan on spoiling it though, I will just say as soon as this boss is defeated, you will be granted more character slots. With new characters to raise this game becomes infinite in a lot of ways. You can always start the game over, or you can grind levels of new characters in the same file.

There is always new quests to take once the boss is defeated. There really is so much to do as there are even extra jobs to find. This game really is something to be played. You not only get to cast the characters but the randomness of it all is just fantastic. Miitopia is out now on the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems. So gather your miis and head out on a quest to take down the Dark Lord!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Retro City Rampage is a beloved indie gem and has now come to the Nintendo Switch. But does this version hold up well? Or is the game overrated? Well, if you saw the title, you might have a hint as to what I felt.

Retro City Rampage is many things in one. It is a demake of the GTA series as well as a loving homage to the 90’s and early 90’s. Pop culture references abound from movies, tv and of course gaming, but then there is the modern ideas that are celebrated as well. These include jabs, lighthearted and otherwise, at modern gaming, as well as references to other indie games. In fact, with some like bit.trip, this goes so far as including crossover content along with some internet personalities. It seems like an odd combination but it blends really well.

Gameplay is similar to the original GTA games but also with more throwbacks to the NES era to shake things up.  Platforming segments, swimming segments reminiscent of TMNT and more abound. But in addition to including parody, the game actually does have a decent narrative. It is completely bonkers but that is part of the charm and it just fits well. Plus running around in a rampage is oddly satisfying….and yes I realize how disturbing that sounds. But the best part of the game being a throwback are the cheats. Cheats aren’t done much today so this was a welcome addition. They will disable your ability to save, so it is more for having fun than completing the game. Enter some well known cheats from older games and you may be surprised.

The last thing I want to mention is how the game has a great 8 bit soundtrack and the developer went above and beyond to create and awesome audio variety for the game.it takes a great game and makes it even better, yes there are issues like the driving segments being awkward, but you get used to it. I fully recommend getting this on Switch!