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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayFoward Technologies has revealed that Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest, the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half Genie Hero, will launch on August 29th.

 

Shantae Half-Genie Hero was an amazing game, and this expansion/dlc will no doubt be incredible. We will have a review shortly after launch.

Are you excited?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 03:39 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega sent out the following

 

The Dragon of Dojima has had a long and weary road brawling with endless thugs and belted his heart out to countless karaoke tunes in the Yakuza series, and it’s time for one more story. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of long time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story, is coming to the West on March 20, 2018 for PlayStation®4! The game will be will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.
In Yakuza 6, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
Since Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last outing as the main protagonist in Yakuza, it’s just proper to release the game with our first-ever premium edition! The ultra-classy “After Hours Premium Edition” contains the perfect tools to lounge like a true yakuza

Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book. We’ll have more details on what will fill the pages at a later date.

  • 2 Bar Glasses (280ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectable outer box.
The “After Hours Premium Edition” will be available for the suggested retail price of $89.99/CA$119.99/£79.99/€89.99/A$129.99 in their respective regions. If indulging in libations isn’t up your alley, you can pre-order or grab the limited launch edition of the game which contains a sleek hardcover art book that also doubles as the disc holder!
You can see a trailer for the game below.

This is an awesome looking game. With the first Yakuza’s remake coming very soon, this is a great time to be a fan of the series!
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 02:47 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Zero Escape series is a well liked series of games, that often ask the player to constantly rethink their actions. It has unique ideas and the gameplay is just so different. Traditionally, the series has been on handhelds, but now Zero Time Dilemma has come to the PS4, and it brings with it some of the most chilling yet inventive gameplay in the series.

Zero Time Dilemma is a masterful example of storytelling in gaming, but it goes beyond just having a good plot and writing. No spoilers will be given, but the game introduces new ideas to keep things fresh and players on their toes. The gameplay constantly shifts between different narratives, and the blending of them works so well, that you are constantly given a deeper and deeper sense of immersion. That isn’t to say the writing is not as good as the previous games, because it far surpasses it. There are new  ideas introduced, and the gameplay is extremely challenging, but players who have been through the previous games shouldn’t have that many problems.

I will say though, that if you have not played the previous games, then you might want to play those first. There are a lot of references to the previous entries and as such, a new player might be confused. You will still be able to play the game, but you will not be able to appreciate the full extent of the story. Of course, given how great the series is, you should definitely give the older games a look. Once you do, you will appreciate the game much more and have more of an understanding of what to do.

I must say that on the PS4, this game looks amazing and sounds amazing, and the game does take advantage to present itself in a much higher quality than the other releases of the game. Is it enough to make you double dip? Probably not, but if you have not yet checked out this series, then you really should. It is a challenging series and not for those who want a lighter experience, but  rather for players who want to test themselves. This is worth a look.

 

 

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A review code was provided for this game.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 09:08 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Here is something you may not know. There is a Puyo Puyo game mode inside Sonic Mania. You can unlock Mean Bean Mode, but you need to get gold and silver medals in the Blue Sphere extra stages first.

 

See below for a video example.

 

This game just keeps getting better and better.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:25 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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VBlank Entertainment sent out the following

 

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with DrinkBox Studios to release Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition physically on PlayStation®4!
Limited to 3,800 copies, it also includes a digital copy for Steam, and a digital soundtrack. It’s now in stock, and available for $29.99.

Considering the market is growing fast for physical versions of indie games, this is great news. If you are a fan of the game, you might want to hurry on this.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:39 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Don’t miss the mind-bending sci-fi adventure that some are already calling one of the best games of 2017. If you’re a PC gamer and haven’t yet played Prey, now you have the perfect opportunity. Starting today, the critically acclaimed game from the masterminds at Arkane Studios will be available as a PC trial for the first-time ever.

 

Also today, Prey will shift from a demo to a trial on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That means anyone who wants to test out Prey ahead of a purchase can retain their progress along with any Trophies/Achievements earned during the trial.

 

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.

 

Check out the newly released video to celebrate the trial

This is great news, as Prey is a game that more people should check out. If you haven’t seen it yet, our review of the PS4 version is here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:14 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

After losing his eye in an explosion during his time as a war photographer, Stefano rapidly descended into madness. His newfound “vision” drove him to become fascinated by the precise instant when death takes a person – that split second in time when people are, in his opinion, at their most open and most beautiful. Stefano returned home from the war with a newfound purpose. But he wouldn’t wait for these perfect moments to arise on their own. Why should he, when he could orchestrate those final breaths? One victim became two, and soon enough he had become a serial killer, photographing each of his victims’ faces at the exact moment of their demise.

 

But the real world could never appreciate his talents. Stefano was hunted, until he found himself in this STEM world – a world of “pure creation.” A world he could shape to suit his own desires. And Lily is the key to unlocking the potential of this world.

 

And he’s not alone in his endeavors. Born from an untethered and immoral imagination and sculpted from blood and bone and flesh, Obscura is one of Stefano’s greatest masterpieces. Somewhere inside of Obscura is a story from another life, long before Stefano ever even learned of the existence of STEM – a story you’ll have to uncover for yourself as you explore Union and discover more about the twisted artist behind some of the horrors hunting you. Check out Bethesda.net for even more details.

The Evil Within 2 will launch worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Evil Within 2  has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.TheEvilWithin.com

 

 

The game is looking fantastic and to be a even better than the original. The game looks to have the right blend of horror elements that fans want in their games. Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 11:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Frozenbyte sent out the following

 

 

Frozenbyte has released a video introducing the diverse cast of playable characters of the upcoming blast-em-up game of magic mayhem, Nine Parchments!

The cast includes eight wizarding apprentices from various backgrounds, including a surprise appearance by the master of boxes himself from the Trine series, Amadeus!

 

Nine Parchments will be playable at gamescom at the Indie Arena Booth, and at the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX West, and will be shown for the first time ever on Nintendo Switch! The demo will have four player co-op, and includes a boss battle against a dangerous, firebreathing Treasure Mantis.
In September, the Japanese version will be playable at Tokyo Game Show!
Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen commented on the playable Nintendo Switch version: “We’re huge fans of Switch here at Frozenbyte and are ecstatic to show a playable version of Nine Parchments! It’s going to be a blast in co-op!”
Nine Parchments is in the final stages of development, and set to launch later this year on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with a more precice launch date still to be announced.
About Nine Parchments
Nine Parchments is a co-operative blast ’em up game of magical mayhem from Frozenbyte!
Runaway apprentice wizards seize the opportunity to complete their spellbooks by going after the lost Nine Parchments. As the would-be wizards rapidly acquire powerful new spells without learning proper safety measures, it’s natural their hasty progress results in plenty of deadly accidents…
Nine Parchments combines real-time spell-shooting action with RPG elements – level up your character and collect magical loot, filling your wardrobe with a myriad of wizard hats and powerful staves.
Features
•  Wield the power of the elements and master a diverse and ever-changing arsenal of spells
•  Unlock new playable characters, wizard hats and magical staves
•  Level up and train your characters in the magical arts, but choose your path wisely!
•  Battle strange creatures & mighty bosses in a breathtakingly beautiful world, set in the Trine universe
•  Online and local co-op with 1-4 players
•  Coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017
You can see the new trailer here

This game looks amazing and will no doubt be a big hit when it releases. Are you looking forward to it?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Aug, 2017 At 10:50 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Today marks the release of the first DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online since the launch of the ESO: Morrowind Chapter in June. The Horns of the Reach DLC game pack introduces two new incredible dungeons – Falkreath Hold and Bloodroot Forge – in addition to a slew of new items.

 

Launching alongside Horns of the Reach are a host of improvements to the base game available to all players for free, as well as a new PvP Battlegrounds mode, Chaosball, and a new map, Arcane University.

 

The Horns of the Reach two-dungeon pack is now available on PC and Mac, free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 1,500 Crowns. Update 15 general improvements are available free for all players, while Battlegrounds additions are free for owners of ESO: Morrowind (Battlegrounds requires ESO: Morrowind). Both will also release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One adventurers on August 29.

Horns of the Reach DLC Game Pack

Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold, two new challenging dungeons, pit four-player groups against the menacing hordes of the Dreadhorn Clan. Both dungeons contain unique item sets, monster masks, achievements, and collectibles. For more details on the lore, enemies, and rewards, please see the preview articles for Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold on the ESO web site.

 

Horns of the Reach is also available in a special Collector’s Bundle, which offers a unique selection Horns of the Reach-themed items in addition to the DLC game pack, including the Karthwolf Charger mount, Karthwolf Shepherd pet, and five Crown Experience Scrolls. This exclusive bundle is available for a limited time in the Crown Store for 3,500 crowns.

 

Update 15 Details

Alongside Horns of the Reach, ZeniMax Online Studios has also released Update 15 for PC and Mac, delivering  a host of overall game improvements that are free for everyone, as well as major additions to ESO’s fast-moving new Battlegrounds PvP, which are free for all owners of ESO: Morrowind.

 

Battlegrounds additions include a new arena – Arcane University – set in the heart of Cyrodiil’s ruined university, as well as a new game mode, Chaosball, in which players must capture and protect a “ball” to earn points for their team. For more information, please see the ESO web site’s Battlegrounds preview.

 

Update 15’s general game updates — free for all players — includes fixes, balance changes, additions, and improvements that everybody can enjoy. For a complete list of changes and additions, please see the base game update preview on the ESO web site.

This is a pretty great update and dlc addition to The Elder Scrolls Online. Horns of The Reach looks to be a nice new part of Elder Scrolls Online, which is getting better and better every day. Will you check this out?

 

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I am a fan of The Elder Scrolls series as should be well evident from my articles by now. Instead of talking about a particular game today however, I wanted to do something else and discuss the various DLC expansions released for the main games. I will not be discussing Elder Scrolls Online at this time, but may do another list in the future. This list is purely my opinion, and I ranked the DLC based off of quality, what it did for the game, how well it was received, and how well it held up years later.

 

 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

 

 

Without further delay, let us start with Number 7.

 

7: Hearthfire 

Hearthfire is a great little DLC, but there is emphasis needed for the word little. It doesn’t have a huge amount of content like the other expansions, but what it does offer is some new followers, new houses and children to adopt. It isn’t the most exciting DLC but it does help the role playing experience and does allow a greater degree of immersion. There isn’t much to talk about. Its a nice way to build on the game but there isn’t much to it.

6: Knights of the Nine 

Knights of the Nine was the first major expansion for Oblivion and it was well received at the time. However, I honestly feel it hasn’t actually held up as well as the main game or what came later. To me, Knights of the Nine feels like an attempt to bring Morrowind’s narrative style to Oblivion in a way that just didn’t fit. The story was good, don’t get me wrong and the expansion did offer a neat experience, but it just has not held up as well as others. It is also rather short and doesn’t feel as well developed as the other expansions, bar Hearthfire.

5: Tribunal

I can hear the anger already. Tribunal serves as a direct sequel to the story of Morrowind, one of the most acclaimed games in the series, so how could I only put it at number 5? Well, to be honest, it isn’t very good. I rated this above Knights of the Nine because of the fact that the story is a continuation of the events of the main game and is very important for that reason. That being said, the expansion has a lot of issues, a story that feels ill plotted at times, and game mechanics that take you out of the immersion. It is an important DLC but not one that I particularly like.

4: Dawnguard

The top 4 DLC expansions are all amazing and I had a hard time choosing which to put in number 4 through 2, but I came to the conclusion that Dawnguard fits best in this spot. The vampire threat is a big departure from the main quest of Skyrim, but the story does actually build on the lore of the game and the series in general. It introduced amazing characters like Serana, explored the history of Skyrim and the Falmer, and showed us the truth about the soul gems. It had an atmosphere of adventure, tough enemies and great new abilities. Plus it overhauled the perk system and due to the choice you make early one, there are two ways to actually explore the DLC.

3: Bloodmoon

The 2nd expansion for Morrowind is far and away the better one.  This is the first time we are introduced to Solstheim and the Skaal people among other things. Bloodmoon introduced the Lycanthropy ability to the game and offered a unique area that felt large and yet different from the main game. it felt new and different and had a great charm to it. The quests were great, there was a lot to do in the expansion and it brought a lot of innovation. It does not get the attention that Tribunal gets, which is a shame because it is a far better expansion, as it is better developers, has a better story, and a much better sense of immersion with more choices for the player.  It has aged better than tribunal and is simpley a better experience.

 

2: Dragonborn

The third and final dlc expansion for Skyrim, Dragonborn is set once again on Solstheim, only 200 years have passed since Bloodmoon. You can now see how things have changd, while exploring a familiar setting for players of Morrowind. As with Bloodmoon, there is a lot to do in this expansion, but it goes beyond as we get an epic plot that discusses the nature of the Dragonborn more, awesome new abilities and shouts, great new weapons and armor and more. This isn’t even mentioning the excellent quests and characters that are in the dlc. Reviving Raven Rock gives a real sense of accomplishment, and honestly, this feels like proper semi sequel to Skyrim more than Tribunal felt like a continuation of Morrowind. This is a story that emphasizes how things have changed and how you are the one to help make things right.

 

1: Shivering Isles

There was no other choice for the number one spot. Shivering Isles  is the greatest DLC expansion for an Elder Scrolls game so far. If Cyrodil felt like too much of a typical European fantasy setting, then this solved that problem by making the setting a bizarre would where madness ruled. It made Sheogorath into a fan favourite character and gave him some amazing lines. There was so much to do, and so many ways to do them. There was a sense of whimsicalness as well as a tragic undertone building up throughout the story. The ending was amazing, with Jyggalag being freed from his curse and the cycle of the Greymarch broken, and then your character ascending to godhood as the new Sheogorath. Nothing has topped this yet, and I doubt anything will. Shivering Isles could have been a standalone game and it would still have been amazing. There is a reason the fans love this one the most, and time has been very kind to it, unlike some other expansions. It is simply a masterpiece of game design.

 

 

Well I hope you enjoyed the list. Let me know what you think of it, and some suggestions you think would make good lists.

 

 

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The above was the opinion solely of the author and not necessarily the views of ROG or its staff.