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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Jan, 2017 At 01:51 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Chaos Arena will return to Bethesda Softworks’ strategy card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends this week, following the success of December’s special event. Beginning this Friday, January 20, the Elder Scrolls’ legendary Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath, will once again seize control of an alternate PvP Arena mode, plunging matches into chaos with randomly introduced scenarios and lane rules.

 

Moving forward, Chaos Arena will be a monthly special event for players, and, in future iterations, will introduce new, unique gameplay conditions that will continue to challenge competitors to devise emerging strategies as game rules change on the fly.

 

Chaos Arena will begin Friday, January 20 and end Monday, January 23

 

Well this is an interesting move for the game. It seems many liked the Chaos Arena event, so hopefully Bethesda does other similar events inspired by this in the future.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jan, 2017 At 12:24 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe developers of Nefarious have released a new trailer for the upcoming game. Nefarious sees you playing as a villain kidnapping princesses, in a role reversal from the usual video game idea, so what better thing to have in the game than reverse boss fights. You are the boss and must fight the hero at the end of the stage, and what a variety of fights there are.

See the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jan, 2017 At 05:53 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Yacht Club Games has announced that their game Shovel Knight will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. No release date for the system just yet but there were other announcements were made.

All systems will be getting C0-op mode, and body swap mode is coming alongside Spectre of Torment. However,the biggest news is that the game will be undergoing a major overhaul. Yacht Club Games will make each of the campaigns (the game and the DLC modes) separate standalone games and able to be purchased without the main game. However, this does mean that they are raising the price of the game as it will now be a complete version, with this version will be renamed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. There is no upgrade fee for previous owners and they are doing this method of release to help customers who only want the other campaigns.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Jan, 2017 At 03:11 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Rooster Teeth has announced that RWBY Grimm Eclipse will be receiving ports on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox one on January 17th. The game is set between volumes 2 and 3 of the show and sees the player take control of Team RWBY (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) as they stop a new menace. DLC was later added to the Steam version nd will hopefully also be available here. The DLC made Team JNPR (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha and Ren) playable. Gameplay is similar to the Musou games and there is a co-op mode available.

RWBY Grimm Eclipse began as a fan game, before receiving official support from Rooster Teeth and being made an officially licensed product. It was previously released on steam and hopefully will have a good life on PS4 and Xbox One. Maybe more DLC will be added.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2017 At 11:17 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Beat em ups are awesome, let me just say that right there. I love beat em ups and when a game comes out that pays tribute to the best of the best of the genre. 99Vidas – The Game is both an homage and affectionate parody of the games we all grew up loving, made by fans of those games. But is the final product any good?

I cannot explain it, but 99Vidas – The Game has that charm that so few indie games have. It doesn’t try to recreate the classic games, but rather it takes the best ideas and does something new with them. You have four choices of characters and can play solo or in co-op. All the characters play differently and have their own unique elements and abilities. I had a lot of fun playing through the game and seeing what the various characters can do. There are references to classic series like Final Fight, Streets of Rage and Double Dragon and stages designed to play homage to those games. The game makes great use of shops by having them be end of stage events. This works well with a linear sider scrolling game and feels natural.

If I had any complaints, it is that the multiplayer can be a little chaotic at times, and the enemies have that classic beat em up annoyance, where they can attack through your attacks and trap you for multiple hits. It can be extremely annoying but it isn’t impossible to deal with.

The visuals are excellent. Thing The Scott Pilgrim video games but better animation and more fluid action. The humor is spot on and helps draw you into the action along with the loose story. The music is great as well and that is a must for any beat em up game. There is just so much love put into this game and it shows. This is a game for fans, by fans. I recommend it.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2017 At 03:43 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarMicrosoft has announced that they have cancelled Scalebound, the game Platinum Games was developing for Xbox One and PC.

At Gamescom in 2015, Scalebound director Hideki Kamiya claimed that the game — which was to include features like four-player co-operative play and massive boss fights — was the studio’s biggest to date. Scalebound was scheduled to launch on both Xbox One and PC, and was being published by Microsoft.

According to a report from Eurogamer, last fall several key members of the development team were forced to step away from the project for a month due to “the pressure of the project’s heavy workload.” When they returned, the game was behind schedule and the decision was made not to move forward.

This is obviously a big blow to Platinum Games due to the massive amount of work put into the game. It may be the case that the project was too big for Platinum, or as rumored, that interference caused numerous issues. However, this is also a major concern for Platinum because their other main source of income, Activision’s licensed game division, is no longer an option for them. I hope they can find some work quickly.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jan, 2017 At 02:08 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega of Europe registered multiple domain names this past September that seem to indicate a beloved classic will see new life. The company registered the domain “Shenmuehd.com” as well as “ShenmueRemastered.com” & “SheMnUeGame.com”. The latter is spelled that way because Shenmuegame.com was already taken.

Obviously this is not proof enough on its own of a Shenmue HD remaster or remake, but they are quite telling. Sega had mentioned an interest in in remastering Shenmue last year, and this seems to follow up on that. It is likely they will do this to continue building anticipation for Shenmue III, as well as to get new players caught up on the game.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jan, 2017 At 10:06 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe official Shadow Warrior 2 twitter account has revealed that progress is still being made on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The developers are hoping for a release in April or May, but things can still change. You can see the announcement below.

 

Shadow Warrior 2 is an amazing game on PC, you can check out our review here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jan, 2017 At 01:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarInti Creates has shared a new video development update for Bloodstained Ritual of the Night. This time we are shown the village in the game.  Though the video is very short (only 30 seconds), we do get to see some interesting things. For one thing, the village itself is extremely reminiscent of the village seen in the opening of Dracula X and Rondo of Blood. IGA and Inti Creates have been throwing in numerous references to Bloodstained’s spiritual predecessor and it is amazing. As well, the brief look shows off just how stunning the game is and no doubt will be on launch.

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No GravatarThe following is an opinion piece and only reflects the author’s views and not neccesarily that of the rest the Real Otaku Gamer staff.

 

2016 was a big year for gaming. Some new franchises came into being, and some series received amazing sequels. Join me as I list my top ten games of 2016. Just a note, I will only include games that I have actually played, so no Overwatch or Uncharted 4. This list will also include indie games.

10) AVGN II ASSimilation

Angry Video Game Nerd adventures was a brilliant indie game and spoof of bad retro games. AVGN 2 picks up where the first game left off and builds on it to make a game that is bigger and better in everyway. A full worldmap, a lot more levels, new powerups and ecouraging of replays, and tons of crass humor that just makes you laugh. The game referenced more games, the AVGN movie and even Board James, and is a treat for fans of James Rolfe. I cannot say enough good about this game, it is a brilliant parody of bad games while being awesome in its own right.

 

9) Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

The sole Nintendo game on the list, TMS #FE was a great RPG for a sytem starving for more of that genre. What was thought to be a fusion of Shint Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem’s play styles and elements, it actually turned out to play much more like Persona for the Wii U with the Fire Emblem as the personas and enemies. While some were put off by what the product was, it ended up being one of the best Nintendo games of the last decade. This was a brilliant game with a fun combat system and detailed plot that a player could lose themselves in for hours. This in many ways is a new IP with guest appearances from the FE characters, and hopefully this gets a sequel. Nintendo got themselves a brilliant RPG and this is one to be remembered.

8) King of Fighters XIV

While Street Fighter V got all the attention this year, it was actually SNK’s fighter that was the superior game. A complete experience and not barebones at launch, KOF XIV had something for everyone. It had good signle players modes as well as multiplayer modes, and there as inceintive to play the arcade mode with different teams to unlock secrets. The new characters were mostly fun and engaging and even some of the ones receivess less warmly turned out to be well thought out. SNK has been quick to fix any issues with the game, including fixing the online, and an upcoming patch to upgrade the visuals. As well, they have been evaluating fan interest in DLC characters for the game, so expect to see this title be supported for a while at least. This is perhaps the second best fighting game of 2016.

7)  Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

A late entry into this list, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was a major surprise to me in terms of how much of an upgrade it was over the previous entries. The visuals were bright and beautiful and the game was nothing like I expected. I don’t know why, but I believed this would just be a game on the scale of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, just with better visuals. It turned out to be a dramatic leap for the series and showed that Shantae can be a heavy hitter in gaming. Excellent power-ups, tons of replay value ( with even more coming) and a fun, engaging narrative, made this one of the best indie games of the year.

 

6) Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator

The greatest fighting game released in 2016, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator did something so few fighting games do these days, and did as much as it could to make itself accessible. The tutorial was unlike anything else and truly taught you how to play the game. The fighting was top notch and perfected from previous iterations, and the online was much better than ever. In fact the lobby system in the game was extremely innovative and helped make the experience much more worthwhile. While the story mode lacked the English dub of the previous title, it still was a welcome experience and did its job in answering details about the Guilty Gear story. This was just the most refined fighting experience in a long time and needs to be played by all.

5) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

This game can be best summed up as bigger and better. Bandai Namco took all the positives of the first game while taking a look at what didn’t work, then went about fixing those issues.  The fighting feels more epic, the visuals are far better, and the story mode feels a lot more engaging this time.  With a large amount of characters, including some from Dragon Ball Super, Xenoverse 2 has something for everyone. Even the online is overhauled and this time it feels far more worthwhile to do co-op. It does reuse much of the original game but that isn’t a bad thing. This just feels like a better version of the first game.

4) Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

This one caught me by surprise. A game that combined the world of Digimon, with the design and feel of the Persona series, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a bold departure for the series. This game is one that I would recommend not only for Digimon fans, but also non-fans, as it is extremely accessible to all. The game feels like nothing else Bandai Namco has done with the Digimon series yet and I want more of this.  A detailed story, deep combat system and likeable characters, Cyber Sleuth has a lot to offer players of the RPG genre, especially those who are still waiting for Persona 5. This game was a hidden gem this year and I recommend it for all.

3) Shadow Warrior 2

This one is good. The previous Shadow Warrior was a game that helped get first person shooters out of the rut they were stuck in. It successfully revived the series while not compromising on what the original was, and made it a great experience. Shadow Warrior 2 makes the first game seem like a tech demo in comparison. Everything is on a grander scale, with vastly improved graphics and combat. The game uses a procedural generated level system to ensure no two replays are the same and it is better for it. This time around, there is a co-op mode that allows you to team up with 3 others and coordinate your playthrough differently. The best part about that is that the gameplay is scaled for co-op so it is never too easy or too hard. Also important is that the game does not act condescendingly towards people who play on easier settings. That is something that is sadly not common anymore.

2) Dishonored 2

Dishonored was an amazing game but this one takes it to the next level. Dishonored 2 is an epic experience that offers so much more than the previous entry. You can play as Emily or Corvo, with both having unique playstyles. This allows for a lot more replay value, especially when you are given multiple ways to play with those characters. The visuals are far better and the overall presentation is excellent. Even the music is great and helps bring you deeper into the gameplay. This is the best stealth game released in a very long time, if not ever and the action elements are so expertly woven in, that it just feels completely natural to shift to attacking. The various abilities you get in the game just make you feel like a badass and that is a welcome feeling. The game brings so much to the table that I cannot say enough good things about this

1) DOOM

The absolute best game of the year bar none ( that I’ve played), DOOM shows you how to revive a classic IP. We were all worried about this game based off the beta, which only showed the multiplayer, as well as the fact that the game wasn’t given to critics in advance. The fears were for naught luckily as DOOM is amazing. Fast paced shooting, with gory action, yet a well developed character who doesn’t need to say anything. The game perfectly marries story telling and gameplay into one in a better way than Half Life ever did, and the result is amazing.  This just feels like a proper return to form, not only for the Doom series but for the FPS genre in general. Many have been too dragged down in storytelling or rote gameplay, but DOOM shows the right way to do it. An amazing soundtrack that really gets your heart pumping for battle, and an amazing arsenal that keeps things fresh. The game’s SnapMap function also brings a form of modding to consoles, as well as giving you an endless amount of content to play through. Bethesda and Id software have been consistently updating the game with both free updates and DLC and all of it is welcome. This is an absolute must play for everyone.