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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 May, 2017 At 10:10 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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SEGA has began rebranding itself for a new direction. The gaming giant is giving itself a new corporate identity  and it is centered around the concept of “Amazing SEGA”

The new corporate identity concept has been communicated through a bizarre video of an eye, an emotional clip featuring Toshihiro Nagoshi, who works on the Yakuza series, as well as a making of video.

SEFA has stated  that”Amazing SEGA” is an identity which is focused on providing more surprises than ever to the consumers and fans. As such, SEGA plans to turn this into a branding tool for all of their subsidiaries to use going forward.

 

 

 

 

This could be part of SEGA’s plans to revive their dormant IPs, and if that is indeed the case, it is a welcome change.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 01:01 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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CD PROJEKT RED sent out the following

 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. Scheduled to begin May 24, Public Beta will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

“Public Beta is the next step in the game’s development process, one that we’d be honored to continue alongside everyone who’s been with us thus far,” said Benjamin Lee, Development Director at CD PROJEKT RED. “It’s also a chance for many new gamers to play GWENT for the first time and we’re looking forward to making the game even better with their help,” added Lee.

GWENT’s Public Beta is a fresh start for everyone. Card collections and player progress will reset to ensure gamers begin on equal footing. Everyone who participated in the Closed Beta will receive Card Kegs, as well as other in-game rewards for their activity. Additional information regarding Closed Beta participation rewards is available here.

The switch from Closed to Public Beta will entail a short technical transition period starting May 22. Until the start of Public Beta on May 24, game servers will be offline for maintenance. During this time, GWENT’sFacebook and Twitter channels will provide updates on the game’s status.

More information about GWENT is available in the FAQ section of playgwent.com

With the Witcher trilogy concluded, it is great that GWENT lives on. Card spinoffs of popular RPGs are becoming a big deal now, and this is a great addition to the field.

Will you be taking part in the GWENT beta?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 07:00 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Natsume sent out the following

 

In celebration of Harvest Moon’s 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, and Rising Star Games, European video game publisher and long-standing partner of Natsume, today announced an all-new title, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The new game will encompass twenty years of spirit that has made the franchise what it is today, and will be available on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PlayStation 4! This is the first time the Harvest Moon brand will be on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. The title will be playable on both Switch and PC in the Natsume booth at E3 2017 in South Hall, Booth 2047 in June.

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume.  “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

“Partnering with Natsume for over a decade, we’ve been delighted to bring the joyful gameplay of Harvest Moon to fans in Europe and beyond”, said Martin Defries, Managing Director, Rising Star Games. “We are excited to be part of the unveiling of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope at E3″.

As part of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume has also unveiled the re-release of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the PlayStation 4, and Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo Wii U. Rising Star Games, in cooperation with Natsume, announced its first ever app for smart devices, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers. The history of the franchise can be seen at a new site with official release dates, artwork, box art, and interesting trivia. http://www.natsume.com/current_game/games/hm20th/index.html

 

 

While Natsume’s recent games in the Harvest Moon series have been somewhat lacking, this one sounds very promising. A SNES style game for nostalgic fans certainly sounds appealing, so hopefully the product is a good one. It would be nice to see Natsume’a take on the series do well and be received warmly.

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By Wade Hinkle On 17 May, 2017 At 01:46 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarFrontier Development along with Sony announced  that Elite Dangerous will finally be making an appearance on the console on June 27th, 2017.

Elite Dangerous was first released for the PC in 2014 and almost a year later on the Xbox One.

The MMO space exploration game will be sold digitally and a physical unit. Digital pre-orders for the MMO space exploration game are now being accepted in the United Kingdom and will begin in the US on May 30.

If a physical copy is to be preferred, Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will be available at retailers. The Legendary Edition is set to be released for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which will include the original game, the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass, along with 1,000 Frontier Points which can be used to purchase in-game items.

Check out the trailer below which was taken from game-play on the Playstation 4. Elite Dangerous will be available for the Playstation 4 and PS4 Pro.

By Wade Hinkle On 16 May, 2017 At 06:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt seems that Pac-Man has been around my whole life, when in reality in a few days, the game will be thirty-seven years old. While it is normally an odd year to celebrate,  Bandai Namco is using the anniversary to develop a new game with the iconic character and are looking to the fans for funding using Kickstarter.

Earlier today, on the game’s official Twitter account, the publisher posted about the news:

If you want to learn more about the game, you can go here and register. It will only take a minute as the company is only asking for your first name and email account.

Pac-Man transcends age groups, beloved by fans young and old and can not see any issue raising any amount of money the publisher feels they need. Perhaps it could be totally funded within the first twenty-four hours.

There was not much else revealed about the new title or the Kickstarter funding, stay with Real Otaku Gamer as we cover all the news as it is being released this Monday, May 22, 2017.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 04:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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This is unexpected. A new name has entered the arena of E3 as Devolver Digital will be holding a conference.

 

There are no full details yet, but this is a pretty big deal as Devolver is one of the fastest growing publishers and a new conference at E3 is always big news. Hopefully new details come soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 09:54 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Sega promised us something different for Sonic Forces and they were not kidding. The game’s much speculated about third style, will feature third gameplay style is a powerful gadget touting customizable character. This character will be fully customizable to the player’s desires and specifications.

 

“In this just announced gameplay style, players will be equipping their custom Hero Character with one of a variety of powerful unique gadgets called Wispons. Wispons are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly. Along with the Wispon, the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. Players can also customize the Hero Character’s looks by choosing and swapping between hundreds of accessories and outfit options to change the character’s appearance as they play through the game.”

Sonic Forces features seven base animal types that serve as choices and each comes with varying special abilities for more variety.

Wolf – Automatically draws in rings when near them
Rabbit – Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Cat – Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog – Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear – Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird – Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog – Collects rings when getting damaged

SEGA then stated that the character players create “will be a key part of the story, appearing not only in cutscenes, but by being a crucial element in helping Sonic reclaim the world from Eggman’s domination.”. In other words, your OC became canon just now.

 

Does Sega truly realize what they have done?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 May, 2017 At 09:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games sent out the following

 

 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting November 14, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch this holiday.

“With a completely original branching storyline, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 introduces amazing new gameplay features, including the ability for characters to manipulate time and a four-player competitive Super Hero battling mode,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel Universe, including old favorites in new guises, this game is sure to thrill both LEGO and Marvel fans, as well as newcomers to the series.”

“The LEGO Group is delighted to continue the stories of the legendary Marvel characters in a new LEGO adventure,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans young and old will love playing through this all-new cosmic saga spanning the Marvel Universe as seen through the LEGO lens.”

“As we look to bring amazing games to Marvel fans of all ages, we’ve teamed up yet again with our incredible partners at LEGO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings characters from across Marvel’s history into an original story told in a way that only LEGO games can, offering hours of epic gameplay.”

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Packed with entertaining LEGO humor for fans of all ages, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 features a four player multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team.

 

 

This is great news, as the first game was amazing. This promises to be an even bigger adventure and the gameplay will no doubt be awesome.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 May, 2017 At 11:37 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

704Games, NASCAR Team Properties’ exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, announced today that NASCAR Heat 2, a new NASCAR racing game, will be available in North America on Sept. 12, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

NASCAR Heat 2 builds on the core experience of its predecessor, NASCAR Heat Evolution, with advancements from returning developer Monster Games. These improvements include enhanced online multiplayer, a deeper career mode, track updates, additional drivers and other features in line with the 2017 NASCAR-sanctioned national series formats.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Monster Games for NASCAR Heat 2,” said Paul Brooks, CEO of 704Games. “This new game will have a very different look and an enhanced overall experience that reflects the insights of actual NASCAR drivers. Over the coming months, we’ll announce additional new features that we believe will really excite our fans.”

NASCAR Heat 2 improves on the strong racing foundation established in NASCAR Heat Evolution,” said Richard Garcia, President of Monster Games. “We added a slew of new features designed to take NASCAR games back to their roots, while delivering an authentic racing experience for fans.”

704Games is again working with Toyota, an Official NASCAR Partner, for a new cover athlete competition. From now until Friday, May 19, fans can vote at www.NASCARHeat.com/CoverRace for the two Toyota drivers they want to see go head-to-head to be the face of NASCAR Heat 2. The first of these finalists to finish Stage 2 at the Monster Energy All-Star Race™ on May 20 will become the cover athlete for NASCAR Heat 2. This is the second year 704Games and Toyota have partnered to offer additional racing content to elevate the in-game experience.

“The inaugural Monster Energy All-Star Race is going to be one of the most entertaining weekends of the year,” Brooks concluded. “Being featured on the cover of a video game is an honor for any athlete. Teaming up with a forward-thinking partner like Toyota for the NASCAR Heat 2 Toyota Cover Race is a thrilling addition to up the stakes of the weekend and increase fan involvement.”

Additional information on NASCAR Heat 2 will be available throughout the summer on the game’s official website: www.NASCARHeat.com. Fans can also follow NASCAR Heat 2 on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.

This is some good news and I am sure racing fans will enjoy this. NASCAR deserves more licensed games, so this is a welcome addition.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 May, 2017 At 09:31 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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SEGA has a new plan to become a big name again. They have said that they realize creating titles that become global hits will be a major issue .

Sega says that to do this this, their plan is to revive classic IPs, use existing IPs and also use external IPs. This will be done through numerous development channels, which include mobile, PC, and game consoles. The aim is for major projects to have a global simultaneous release.

This is exciting news, what could they be reviving? Perhaps a new Shinobi from Platinum Games? A new Streets of Rage? We will have to wait and see.

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