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By Jessica Brister On 29 Jun, 2016 At 09:54 PM | Categorized As Best Game Ever, Featured, Games You Slept On, PC Games | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarTo this day, I still absolutely adore Sims 3.  Even though I want nothing to do with the 4th installment, I still love to play the third, especially while utilizing all of the expansions that have come out for it.  Here is my list of the best expansions to date:

11.) Generations  The_Sims_3_Generations

Though this expansion isn’t “hit you over the head” with new stuff, it does have some subtle changes to the game play that are interesting.  Teens and children have a lot more interactions than before.  There is a new profession: day care.  Adults can even send their kids off to boarding school.  However, with only some slight changes and no new town, this is probably my least favorite expansion.

10.) Seasons  Sims_3_Seasons

This is another expansion that isn’t as good as the rest.  It gives Sims 3 weather, which sounds like it would be cool, but it gets a bit old after awhile.  Sims can go to festivals that change depending on the season.  There are also some outdoor activities that are added, including snowboarding and soccer.  Sims get to swim in the ocean (though correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that was a complete game update…maybe I’m wrong on that one) and aliens are another life form added to the game.  Overall, it’s a little weak for an expansion.

9.) Showtime The_Sims_3_Showtime

This is definitely the expansion for people who love the “L.A./Hollywood” lifestyle.  There is a new town, Starlight Shores, that has a Hollywood vibe to it.  There are new careers that are more performances based: singer, acrobat, magician.  A new life form was created for this expansion as well: genies.  I could take them or leave them, though.  Simport was also introduced with this one.  However, I have never used it (and am VERY glad that EA is not forcing social play in Sims 4).  Some new venues were introduced in this one as well, including coffeehouses, live show venues, and private show venues, though these are not my favorite.  I’ve found that this town is a bit glitchy to play in as well.

8.) Supernatural  The_Sims_3_Supernatural

This expansion allows for a variety of different types of Sims, including vampires, witches, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, fairies, and genies.  Although I never really cared for the supernatural types, the town of Moonlight Falls is one of the more stable towns to play in and some of the architecture features and styles of furniture are really cool.  There is a new skill, alchemy, that goes well with the supernatural theme.

7.) Into the Future  The_Sims_3_Into_The_Future

As the last expansion of Sims 3, this was unfortunately not the best.  It’s an interesting concept: you can take your Sims back and forth to the future and back to the present as much as you’d like.  In the future, there are a lot of high tech gadgets, including jetpacks, hover boards, and other futuristic things.  There are a couple new careers: astronomy and bot arena.  Actions in the present can change the future.  Oasis Landing, the new town, is pretty cool, though I found myself wanting to stay in the present more than the future (the bot people can be really annoying).  Overall, I thought it was okay, but it is not my favorite.

6.) World Adventures  The_Sims_3_World_Adventures

This was the first expansion for Sims 3, and it allowed some really cool travel options.  Players could choose to travel to three different places: China, Egypt, and France.  Besides seeing the sights, tomb raiding is an option for the adventurous Sim.  The more activities a player did with their Sim, the longer the visa level for the particular place.  World Adventures also opens out three new skill possibilities: martial arts, photography, and nectar-making.  Overall, this expansion was a great because it allowed the player to get out of town for a bit.

5.) Ambitions  The_Sims_3_Ambitions

Along with the new town of Twinbrook, Ambitions allowed the player to expand into many different professions, including being a firefighter, stylist, ghost hunter, architect, or private investigator.  These professions are different from regular Sim careers because you go out on “jobs” instead of working normal hours.  Also, this expansion allows for becoming “self-employed” in most skills.  Two new skills were added: sculpting and inventing.

4.) University Life  Sims_3_University_Life

Finally!  Sims 3 got the ability to send Sims off to college.  One of the last expansions done for the game, University Life allows Sims to go off to college and pursue a degree.  A lot like World Adventures, where a Sim travels to Sims University but does not permanently life there, this expansion has plenty going on.  Sims can pursue degrees, join cliques, and drink from “juice kegs.”  There are a few new careers, depending on a Sims degree and clique association.  There are apparently Plant Sims that players can get to, though I’ve never tried this.  New skills include: Science, street art, and social networking.  Overall, this is a very good addition.

3.) Island Paradise  he_Sims_3_Island_Paradise

This is a very good expansion, and it contains that town that I am currently using (Isla Paradiso).  The town is a really cool set of islands and has a really interesting feel to it.  There is a new life form: mermaids.  Also, boating and scuba diving have been added, which I have really enjoyed.  Being a resort manager is the new profession, though it’s not like a normal profession for the Sims (you can still hold down another job, if you want).  With lots of water sports, a cool new town (that is pretty stable for the most part), and an interesting feel to the town this is one of my favorite expansions.

2.) Pets  Sims_3_Pets

One of the better expansions to date, Pets allows players to own different types of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, and smaller rodents, birds, and snakes.  A new town, Appaloosa Plains, is given.  It’s a very western-themed town, but I’ve found it a bit glitchy to play in.  Sims can train their horses and the new riding skill is offered.  However, for people who don’t like pets, this expansion could be a miss.  But I love pets, so this expansion is more of my favorites.

1.) Late Night  Sims-3-late-night

This is definitely my favorite out of all of the expansions.  Besides giving the player the new city of Bridgeport, which has a cool “big city” feel to it, the expansion also introduces a lot of cool social aspects.  Clubs, bars, and a new celebrity system add a new dimension to playing.  Sims can also live in high-rise buildings with elevators and join the acting career.  This was also the first expansion to add a different type of Sim other than “human.”  Vampires came with this particular expansion and made things interesting to the game play.  Overall, it’s a very slick expansion.  And the city is very stable to play in, which is definitely a plus.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2016 At 06:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarGalaxy Trail, the developers of Freedom Planet have announced that the game has sold a quarter million copies on Wii U and Steam combined. This is very good news for the game as it is amazing. Have you bought it yet? If not, then you should as it is one of the best 16 bit inspired indie games ever made.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2016 At 06:38 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThe developers of Nefarious have released a new trailer for the game. Nefarious is a twist on classic platformers and adventure games, being a game where the goal is to kidnap the princess and fight off the heroes. The game looks amazing, with a great art style and fun gameplay and is one I personally cannot wait to play. Nefarious releases this coming January.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Jun, 2016 At 04:28 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarCapcom has released a new trailer for Street Fighter V, showing off the DLC character Balrog. The Boxer is back with some flashy new moves and techniques that look amazing. Also cameoing in this trailer is Juri and Urien.

Balrog will release this Friday along with Ibuki and the June update

Check out the trailer below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jun, 2016 At 09:51 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments
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LJN is a notorious name among gamers. The company put out so many games of questionable quality that they are synonymous with bad NES games. But not everyone hates their games, and some even argue they are good. This is the basis for Matt Ezero’s youtube series, The LJN Defender. Matt feels LJN games get a bad rap and wants people to take a second look at them. This is a really unique thing and his videos are great. Matt really goes all out to make his argument for why some LJN games are not all that bad. He was greatly inspired to do this after replaying some LJN games such as Wolverine on the NES.  Matt also reviews retro games and rom hacks and now romhacker PACNSAKDAVE has decided to give matt his own adventure ala Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.

The game is a rom hack of Wolverine but with numerous changes, and starring the LJN Defender himself. The game stars Matt, the Defender who while playing Wolverine, is zapped into the game along with a box of LJN games. The resulting fusion creates a new game where the Defender must fight through a world inhabited by various characters and objects from LJN games, including the Karate Kid, Back to The Future and The Ultimate Warrior (Matt’s favourite wrestler). You can interact with other characters such as Spider-man and can get help from Hulk Hogan himself (replacing Havok from the original game). The Berserker rage feature is still here, but the lives have been increased from two to eight. Lastly the strength move special does not drain health from the meter. In other worse this is a new game based on the original game but redesigned just enough for modern gamers and to make this more accessible.

Every game needs a villain, and replacing Sabretooth from Wolverine is the man who hates LJN as much as the Defender likes them, The Angry Video Game Nerd himself. The Nerd and his right hand man have set up a murder world for the Defender to fight through, and honestly, I think this is the perfect setup. LJN’s arch nemesis vs their biggest advocate. It just makes so much sense.

The controls are spot on, even more than in the original game, and the great soundtrack is still there. This is something very much worth checking out. I think others will have as much fun as I did.

I played this on the PC and my controller worked great (although keyboard controls are possible), however PACNSACDAVE also is selling actual NES carts of the game here If you want the PC Version then it is free here. This is not an infomercial for the game, and I am not being paid to shill it. I simply want people to know all the options they have for playing this game.

You can see a video of The LJN Defender discussing the game here (Spoilers Included)

By Sebastian Marco On 24 Jun, 2016 At 09:29 PM | Categorized As PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Last week at E3 I got a chance to play Game Breakers’s new boss battle game Furi. I’m lucky that I played it on the last day, otherwise I would of spent a good chunk of my time playing Furi instead of going to my appointments. What drew me into Furi was it’s dark ascetic and cool boss battles, which make up alot of the games gameplay. Mastering each of the bosses and the fighting styles will test how quick your reflexes are. Be sure to look out for Furi when it hits PS4/PC July 5th.

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Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice is the second of two Dragon Fantasy games on the Wii U. The first was a great game modelled after Dragon Quest but with several glitches that dragged it down in terms of enjoyment. So how does this one stack up?

The game from start to finish is more expanded than the first game, with combat and exploration revamped and redesigned. The game now takes more after other classic JRPGs as well as Dragon Quest. Its a nice direction to move in, rather than remain trying to do the same thing over and over. It also helps the game pay tribute to more of the great JRPGs that came before this.

Visually the game looks much better than the first game, almost on another level really. The music is also vastly improved over the original game. In fact almost everything across the board is bigger, better and more improved. A better storyline, better combat and gameplay, and better interactions and exploration. It is like the developers looked at the first game and challenged themselves to do it again but on a grander scale and make it better. They largely succeeded except for one issue.

The game has a major shortcoming and it is the same as the first game. There are quite a few glitches in the game and some can force you to restart your play session altogether. You can start talking and suddenly be unable to click off, or unable to interact with the shop or worse off all, find a house you were looking for has now disappeared. None of the buttons will work during some glitches but the music continues. Granted, these are much more rare than in the original game, but they still show up from time to time and it takes away from the fun fact a lot.

I would suggest waiting for a patch but once these are fixed, this game will be very much worth getting.

 

 

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No GravatarDevelopment Of the 3DS version of  Noitu Love: Devolution is now complete and the developers are targeting an early July release date.

The Wii U version as completed a while ago and was sent to Nintendo already. A simultaneous launch in EU and NA is planned.

 

Are you excited for this game? Let us now. We sure are excited!

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No GravatarPsyonix has released a new trailer and new information on the Neo Tokyo update for Rocket League. This promises new features for the game that should make things interesting. Check out the trailer and information below.

 

 

 

Neon lights, towering skyscrapers, and retro-futuristic style comes to Rocket League on June 20 with our largest update in the game’s history, “New Tokyo.”

The cyberpunk-inspired stadium was originally part of our “Rocket Labs” Playlist as “Underpass,” but it has now been made even better with streamlined gameplay and highly-detailed environments! Watch the trailer below:

In addition to the new arena, the Neo Tokyo update also includes the following features that we’ve been previewing over the past month:

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The beginning of “Season 3” for Competitive Playlists, which resets all skill ratings and rewards last season’s players with exclusive Rocket Boosts that reflect their final rank

An expanded Item drop system that adds…

More than 20 “Rare” and “Very Rare” Item types for online, post-game drops

-An easy-to-use “Trade In” system that allows players to exchange multiple Items of one rarity type for an even rarer one.

New “Painted” Items that offer different color variations on existing Garage favorites like Toppers and Wheels

-Special “Certified” Items that track specific in-game stats and increase in prestige the higher those stats go

New Quick-Chat customization options that expand player choices for fast, in-game communication

New Post-Game celebrations that spotlight the winning team and allow them to jump, spin, and boost their car to show off their accomplishments

“Pillars,” a new experimental Arena that separates the field into three lanes via two massive walls in the middle of the stadium

Eight new Trophies and Achievements on all three platforms [Blog Coming June 13]

A new, in-game “Showroom” that allows players to view and purchase all previously-released and future premium DLC [Blog Coming June 15]

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Jun, 2016 At 05:43 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Oh Twin Stick Shooters, one of my true loves in gaming. The genre has given us so many classic games and when I first heard of Dual Core. I was excited. I mean a Twin Stick co-op shooter with a story mode and an arcade mode? That just sounded perfect to me. So how did it stack up?

Dual Core makes excellent use of the Wii U gamepad for inventory mapping. If you pick up health packs or sub-weapons, you can use them by accessing them on the gamepad screen. This is a phenomenal way of handling sub-weapons and other items as in some twin stick shooters, the accidental use of bombs and other items is a problem always getting in the way because of hitting the wrong button. It is also extremely convenient to use  and makes the gameplay much more streamlined. The remaining buttons can then be used for attacking with the guns in different ways. This is a really neat idea and I love how it was done.

But how is the gameplay? Well to put it in one word: Fun. This is a great Twin Stick co-op game ( although it can be played solo as well) and a blast to play. The different weapons and upgrades that you pick up really help keep things fresh and the gameplay varied. Story mode is a great experience to play by yourself or with friends, but there is also an arcade mode. Arcade mode plays just like what it sounds like, a classic arcade style of playing a twin stick shooter. Its fun and a great way to spend some time if you want mindless fun ( thought some strategy is required)

The biggest fault I have with this game is that the audio is not the best. Its okay but just doesn’t feel right for this type of game.  It feels lacking in many respects and could have been better.

Overall though, Dual Core is a great Twin Stick shooter on Wii U and I highly recommend it. Gray Fin Studios did a great job with this one!

 

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