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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Sep, 2017 At 11:02 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm studios have released a trailer for Raiden in Injustice 2. The thunder god shows off his abilities in a variety of ways and another DC character makes a debut as a premier skin.

Take a look below

 

 

Will you be playing as Raiden?

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The Dishonored series has been one of the more interesting things to have come out of gaming in recent years.  The games offer more choices that do affect how the game progresses, which give the games a lot of replayability. That said, there are some who feel the games have been becoming formulaic. For those who feel that way though, Dishonored: Death of The Outsider offers some changes to what you might expect.

Death of the Outsider follows Billie Lurk as she aids Doud in his revenge against the Outsider. From there however, things get strange. Billie gains abilities like one would expect in a Dishonored game, but not in the usual way. In fact, Death of the Outsider does a lot different, such as removing the chaos system altogether. This does affect the replayability of the game, but the tradeoff is a more innovative experience. Billie’s powers are fun to use, and offer multiple ways to go about things. Without giving spoilers, there are certain parts of the game that you just want to replay over and over, because there are so many different ways to complete an objective, and each way is extremely satisfying.

The gameplay in general is handled well, but I do feel that with the removal of the chaos system, the game is lacking something. Even with the chaos system removed, something equal could have been there, but what is in place just does not feel up to par with the previous games. That being said, I do appreciate the game moving away and trying something new.

Another thing to address is the fact that this is essentially DLC being sold separately. I have seen many complain about that, but I don’t know why. This is not a new concept, such as seen with Infamous: First Light, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and even Bethesda themselves with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. I actually like the idea of DLC being sold as standalone games, especially in this case, since as mentioned,  Death of the Outsider does a lot of new things.

The game is rather short ( although considering it is an expansion, that is fine), but satisfying. You still feel awesome using the abilities, and there is the right mix of stealth and action along with a detailed story. The game works to resolve many of the overarching questions of the series, but manages to leave many things open for a possible sequel.

After playing Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, I felt Arkane Studios and Bethesda truly managed to take the series in a new direction. While some may not like this, I felt it may have been needed as it keeps things fresh. Playing this was an awesome experience, and I feel this is one that more people should play. Obviously this is not a good place to start with the series, especially as it spoils the events of Dishonored 2, and gives it a canonical series of events. But for fans of the series, this is a great game. I fully recommend it.

 

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Disclaimer: Bethesda provided a review key

 

Reviewed on PS4

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Sep, 2017 At 04:02 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today launched NBA LIVE 18, which introduces THE ONE, an all-new dynamic career experience centered around the player. The game offers a unique experience through character progression, extensive gear customization, and narrative branching – a first in the basketball videogame genre. In NBA LIVE 18, THE ONE gives fans the freedom to play how they want, where they want, and with whom they want in the quest for basketball stardom. Players can develop their own unique playstyle from 11 signature abilities and 70 different, upgradable traits, and their own personality with unique customization features including the hottest outfits and sneakers.

 

NBA LIVE 18 delivers a basketball experience with a level of player choice unlike anything that has come before,” said Sean O’Brien, Executive Producer on NBA LIVE 18. “We are giving fans a unique opportunity to build their own basketball legacy, playing on iconic courts and in Pro-Am leagues outside the traditional NBA, with a game that’s completely open and ever-changing. We’re going to continue to offer our fans new experiences through LIVE Events, where they can unlock rewards on their own or with a teammate.”

 

There are many pathways to rise up through the basketball ranks by playing in THE LEAGUE and THE STREETS. For an authentic NBA career experience, THE LEAGUE offers fans the ability to progress from rookie to veteran with their favorite NBA team while playing real NBA action including the NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals games. Just like in the NBA, players can earn MVP, All-NBA and Sixth Man of the Year awards, among others.

 

In THE STREETS, fans can push their career further on legendary Pro-Am courts where competitive challenges and matchups await, including LIVE Events – new, regularly updated challenges that are in-real time to battle opponents in competitive or co-operative games for unique rewards – to build a career in the streets through challenging tournaments and throwback challenges. Games can be played on iconic courts such as Rucker Park in New York City and in leagues such as The Drew in Los Angeles.

 

In addition to playing in THE STREETS and THE LEAGUE, players will be able to play in the WNBA, another first for the basketball genre. The WNBA’s full roster of teams and players will be available in WNBA Play Now, with the teams and player skills specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and its players.

 

Players looking for a deep and rich basketball experience on their mobile device can also check out NBA LIVE Mobile, available as free-to-download* on the App Store SM and Google Play™.

 

NBA LIVE 18 is developed by EA Tiburon and is available now in stores and for digital download worldwide for Xbox One and PlayStation® 4.

 

The EA SPORTS™ brand is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. The EA SPORTS studios create connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

 

For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit http://www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

 

*NETWORK FEES MAY APPLY.

 

NBA Live fans. Will you be picking up the game? Let us know what you think of it!

 

source: EA PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 10:53 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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A few months ago I reviewed 99Vidas: The Game for Steam. Now after playing it on PS4 I have some new thoughts that must be added.

In my Steam review, I noted the following.

 

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.

 

All of this is still true, and in fact I can appreciate it even more on PS4. Compared to other games on the system, it just sticks out far better. In fact, I would say its the lack of a good old school beat em up that is good right away, that is very attractive about the game. The visuals pop out far better, and the music, already amazing on steam, still sounds awesome. It feels like moving to a console made the game better.

Speaking of the complaints I had….

 

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.

On PS4, the game just feels smoother, like things have been refined and perfected. The multiplayer works better and the combat lacks the quirks it had on Steam. Maybe it was the PS4 control scheme, but it just felt better. There are other issues, such as occasional lag from out of nowhere, which is a new problem for this version, but it otherwise is not a major concern as it does not happen too often.

 

All in all, I love this game, and this port is great. 99Vidas: The Game on PS4 gets a recommendation from me!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 03:10 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco previously announced Kamen Rider Climax Fighters f0r PlayStation 4. This was only for Japan and was assumed to remain there, but now it has come out that there will be an English language version. This is a first for the Kamen Rider series

 

Coming to Southeast Asia on 7th December 2017, the first ever English localized title in the Kamen Rider series KAMEN RIDER CLIMAX FIGHTERS will feature Japanese voiceover with English subtitles!

This is major news for fans of Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu in general. Will you be getting this?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 02:58 PM | 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

Time is not on your side in The Evil Within 2. As Sebastian Castellanos, you will face unimaginable terrors as you fight to find your daughter within the nightmare of STEM and get her out safely before the entire system crumbles around you. On top of the hideous creatures that roam the streets, you’ll also have to contend with the likes of Stefano and Theodore – twisted individuals who have made their horrific homes inside of STEM and are warping the weakened world to suit their wills. Should the world be completely destroyed, there won’t be any escape for Sebastian or Lily.

You can see the new trailer below

The Evil Within 2 is looking amazing, and  the game could easily surpass the first one.

 

Will you be getting it?

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 10:21 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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2K Sent out the following

 

 

2K and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM® 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion to the 2016 award-winning strategy title, is now available for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One, in addition to Windows PC. XCOM® 2: War of the Chosen adds new enemies, playable allies, missions, and a breadth of gameplay features to XCOM 2 that Game Informer called, “Nearly a game’s worth of new content” in their review.

The critical praise for XCOM 2: War of the Chosen has been overwhelming: Polygon named the expansion “the definitive XCOM experience,” Game Informer remarked it’s, “One of the most rewarding strategy games in years,” while IGN commented on its impact, saying XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, “Restores a fear of the unknown.”

Key features for XCOM 2:War of the Chosen include:

  • New Factions & Hero Classes: Three additional factions represent pockets of resistance to ADVENT – the Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars – each with its own Hero class can be recruited to stand with XCOM:
    • The Reapers are infiltration specialists and stealth marksmen living on the fringe of society. Reapers utilize a powerful weapon called the Vektor rifle, as well as a special Claymore explosive – a targetable incendiary device that, when placed and activated, does not cause the Reaper to break Concealment;
    • The Skirmishers are former ADVENT soldiers who have chosen to rebel against their masters. The Skirmisher is an offensive powerhouse, capable of dealing with threats running the gamut from up close to afar, armed with a grappling hook to help close distance and a wrist mounted Ripjack capable of piercing the enemy with deadly force;
    • The Templars are a reclusive, monastic group of soldiers that have dedicated themselves to pushing their minds and bodies with psionic energy to the brink of humanity, honing their psionic energy with religious fervor into powerful weapons.
  • The Chosen: These powerful adversaries are unique ADVENT enemies tasked by the Elders to recapture the Commander at all costs. Masters of asymmetrical warfare, the Chosen will kidnap, interrogate and ultimately kill XCOM’s soldiers. They can even invade the strategy layer and ravage XCOM’s global operations; The Chosen include:
    • The Hunter stalks its prey from across the map: tracking, wounding and disabling XCOM units at range;
    • The Warlock utilizes a variety of psionic abilities to sow destruction on the battlefield;
    • The Assassin are a stealth-based melee unit who prefers to fight at close range, preying upon XCOM units with her katana.
  • New Alien and ADVENT Threats: Adopt new tactics alongside the new faction allies to counter a deadly new alien known as the Spectre, the explosive attacks of the ADVENT Purifier, the psionically charged ADVENT Priest, as well as the creeping swarms of The Lost.
  • New Photo Booth: Immortalize your soldiers during their trials by creating customizable war-and-meme-worthy posters that are both sharable and can be found while in game.
  • New Environments and Mission Objectives: Players can engage in wide-ranging tactical missions, from abandoned cities devastated by alien bioweapons during the original invasion, to underground tunnels and xenoformed wilderness regions.
  • Enhanced Strategy Layer: Manage Covert Actions, Resistance Orders, and XCOM’s relations with factions while countering enemy operations from the Avenger.
  • Greater Customization & Replayability: Soldiers cultivate bonds with compatible teammates for new abilities and perks, while the SITREP system dynamically adds new modifiers to the tactical layer to make sure every mission provides a unique challenge.
  • Challenge Mode: New regular community challenges featuring unique missions not found in the campaign that rank players on a global leaderboard.

XCOM 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and available for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. XCOM 2 is also available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is available now for Windows PC, PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One, and will be available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive at a later date.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen  looks to be the next big step for the franchise. The series has been doing well since the reboot and this looks to continue the high quality.

 

Will you be getting it?

 

Source: 2K PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 09:36 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Capcom sent out the following

 

 

The much loved and highly acclaimed BAFTA award-winning visual masterpiece Okami HD will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both physically and digitally and as a digital download for Windows PC across North America on December 12, 2017 for MSRP $19.99. Experience a tidal wave of colorful action by downloading the new trailer and assets from the press site here.

The original game, released to critical and consumer acclaim in 2006, was hailed as one of the most beautiful games ever created, and this latest release with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style is now even more breath-taking as the graphics have been updated to take advantage of modern high resolutions. Okami HD will be compatible with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro while featuring stunning 4K graphics on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and supported PC hardware.

In Okami HD players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world into a ruined wasteland. Players must use Amaterasu’s magical abilities and arsenal of items, attacks and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color. Along the way, Amaterasu will be called upon to help a cast of quirky and intriguing characters and defeat a bevy of brutal enemies to rid the land of Orochi’s curse.

Players will be able to choose between playing in a modern widescreen format or the original 2007 release’s 4:3 ratio. Interactive loading game screens from the original game are also included, allowing players to earn bonus demon fangs which can be traded for in-game items.

 

Okami is a truly beloved classic game. Will you be buying this remaster?

source: Capcom PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Sep, 2017 At 10:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda shared the following

 

 

Step into Sotha Sil’s realm with the Clockwork City DLC game pack, coming this Fall as part of ESO Plus membership and available in the Crown Store. Find out everything you need to know about this new zone and Update 16 with our preview article!

The Clockwork City is a standalone DLC game pack that will be available free to all ESO Plus members and for purchase from the in-game Crown Store. Note that you will not need a copy of ESO: Morrowind in order to acquire access to this new content (only the base game). The Clockwork City DLC game pack features a new zone to explore, a new story quest to experience, and a new fast-paced Trial that is sure to challenge you and your comrades.

In addition to the DLC game pack, Update 16 brings a free base game update that includes a new Battlegrounds game mode ( ESO: Morrowind owners only), Xbox One X support, and a host of additional base game fixes, updates, and additions.

Explore a Mechanical Wonderland

In the Clockwork City DLC game pack, you can enter Sotha Sil’s legendary creation and explore his mysterious mechanical world. Previously, you might have experienced a small part of the Clockwork City in The Elder Scrolls Online chapter update, ESO: Morrowind, or had visited the mechanical realm 700 years in the future in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. However, with this new DLC game pack, you’ll be able to explore it like never before.

 

 

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Uncover a Daedric Conspiracy

A shadowy conflict between Daedric Princes is unfolding in Oblivion, and just as you might have found in ESO: Morrowind and the Orsinium DLC game pack, Clockwork City will continue to offer you glimpses into this intrigue on other planes.

In this new adventure, you can experience an all-new, stand-alone story (similar in size to the main quest lines found in the Dark Brotherhood or Thieves Guild DLC game packs) that will see you travel to the heart of the mechanical realm.

 

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Face a New, Challenging Trial

The Clockwork City DLC game pack will also come with a new Trial for large, 12-player groups: the Asylum Sanctorium. An eerie clockwork sanitarium, the Asylum Sanctorium is a shorter Trial experience that pits your team against three mechanical bosses and promises to reward you with powerful Asylum Weapons.

This new Trial is unique in that your group will choose how and when to face each boss, helping to determine how challenging the experience will be. Dare you try to complete the Trial as quickly as possible and strike directly at the main boss? If you do, your team will have to deal with all three at the same time!

 

 

 

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Enjoy a Huge Base Game Update

Included with the Clockwork City DLC game pack will be a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. Update 16 will include numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, Xbox One X support, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King! In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map. We’ll be sharing more about this exciting new PvP mode in the near future, so look out for more details soon.

Welcome to Sotha Sil’s Greatest Creation

An all-new zone to explore, new adventures, new challenges, unique rewards, and a host of new systems and improvements; there’s something for everyone in the Clockwork City DLC game pack and Update 16. We can’t wait to tell you more about this new zone and update, so watch for additional previews in the not-too-distant future. Will you enter the Clockwork City and put a stop to the Daedric threat? Let us know on Twitter @ TESOnline and Facebook!

 

This is some amazing DLC, and it promises to continue the story started in earlier expansions, as well as giving more depth to concepts from Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Will you be checking this out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Sep, 2017 At 05:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There are many kinds of RPGs out there, both established genres like JRPGs and others such as action RPGs, and when the genres begin to blend together, things become interesting. Fallen Legion is an RPG that blends various styles to create unique gameplay that fits its nature well. But is it a good game beyond that?

In terms of the story, Fallen Legion is a bit on the more simplistic side as with many indie RPGs. It isn’t bad, but fairly conventional, although it does try to change things up by offering choices to make This does help give a bit of variety but to be honest, the allure of the game is not in its story, and that is okay. In the end, the story while fairly generic, is more of a backdrop against what is the more unique points of the game.  As stated, you  must make split-second decisions that are meant to have an impact on the game’s story, but it doesn’t really go that far. What is good, is that Fallen Legion shows  two perspectives in different games, to create a more immersive experience. Its nice, but what is the real draw is the gameplay.

I mentioned above, the JRPG and Action RPG genres, and Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire serves as a blending of those two, with elements of Strategy RPGs as well. It is actually far more of an action game with RPG and SRPG elements, but it comes out well in terms of combat. The battle system is fairly unique, and fighting requires your attention for all actions.  You control multiple characters simultaneously, and need to master combos, and counters to progress, which is a nice twist on the traditional formula.. There isn’t as much leveling up for characters, again making this more action based, and it wouldn’t exactly be wrong to call this an RPG inspired action game. That to me actually does sound more interesting a concept than an action RPG but that is neither here nor there.

The game’s playstyle is its draw and it does it well. It goes nicely with gorgeous hand drawn art and excellent music to create unique atmospheres for the battles. In fact, I would say the combat in the game is some of the most unique I have ever seen, and I would like to see the developers push that part forward in other games, perhaps making a full on action game with more story focus and less of a Valkyrie Profile inspired game. As it is, I would recommend this for the unique combat playstyle, it is one of a kind.

 

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A review key was provided by the developers.