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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 01:25 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Last month, EA SPORTS NHL fans got a first taste of what’s to come for NHL 18 this year at the NHL Awards. Now, NHL 18 is diving deeper into the all-new on-ice gameplay features that are designed to deliver the speed, skill and creativity of today’s young new NHL.

 

Check out the new Gameplay Features Trailer and look out for specific features deep-dives on the EA SPORTS NHL website.

 

NHL 18 is upping player’s game on both sides of the puck with Creative Attack controls and an all-new Defensive Skill Stick. Creative Attack gives players the moves to execute Top 10-worthy offensive plays, inspired by what’s being seen in the new NHL. Players can implement one-handed dekes, between-the-legs shots and passes and much more. On defense, NHL 18 introduces the new Defensive Skill Stick, giving defensive players the tools to counter the new skill moves with extended poke checks, targeted stick control, and stick-sweeping to cover a zone.

 

Players won’t be the only ones using these controls though, as the new Creative Teammate AI leverages all the same deking and passing tools to give opponents a true run for their money. AI Teammates will create smarter plays, leading to more effective moves up and down the ice.

 

Finally, authentic 3-on-3 matches in EA SPORTS Hockey League introduce a whole new arena with more open ice and risk-vs-reward strategic gameplay.

 

In addition to gameplay, EA SPORTS NHL today released a full look at the new Adidas jerseys coming to the NHL in the 2017-18 season. See all the new jerseys here.

 

You can check out the new trailer below

 

The game is looking good and EA continues to refine the ANHL formula. Will you be picking this up?

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Every conflict has two sides and Fallen Legion shows the scars of war from both perspectives. In Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire for PlayStation 4 you guide Princess Cecille and a cheeky talking Grimoire on a quest to restore glory to her crumbling empire. Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion for PlayStation Vita puts you in control of her rival, Legatus Laendur, a cunning general leading a coup to overthrow the royal family.

Each epic game in the Fallen Legion saga will retail for $19.99 on the PlayStation Store. Starting today, players who pre-order Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire for PlayStation 4 will receive a free copy of Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion for PlayStation Vita as a bonus game. PlayStation Plus subscribers who pre-order Fallen Legion will also receive a 20% discount. Both Fallen Legion games will launch one week earlier, July 18th, in the Americas. This pre-order bonus will also soon be available throughout Europe where the game will be released on July 25th.

 

Coming to EVO this week? Spencer Yip (Director) and Al Yang (Combat Designer) will be there showing Fallen Legion at the MIX Indie Showcase with an exclusive level made especially for EVO that will not be available in the main game.   The Fallen Legion team is also hosting an indie game panel at San Diego Comic-Con! Panelists include Andy Nguyen from PocketWatch Games, Ian Flood from Yacht Club Games, Persona 5 voice actress Xanthe Huynh, Darrel Delfin, and Metal Gear Solid composer Rika Muranaka. The “How to Succeed as an Indie Game Developer” panel will take place on Saturday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in Room 4.

ABOUT FALLEN LEGION Embark on a personal journey with Princess Cecille and an enigmatic talking grimoire to restore glory to your crumbling home in Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire for PlayStation 4. Explore gorgeous, hand-drawn lands inhabited by rival soldiers and ferocious dragons. With a team of living weapons at your side, fight enemy hordes and master devastating combo attacks to defeat challenging bosses with the game’s deep combat system.   In Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion for PlayStation Vita you control Princess Cecille’s rival, Legatus Laendur, who is leading an army to overthrow the royal family. These stories told on both platforms complement each other to build the rich universe of Fenumia. Rule your Empire between brutal battles and make gut-wrenching decisions that change the fate of your country and your people. Will you blackmail a prince to gain a strength buff or tax a starving village to revive one of your characters? Fallen Legion pushes players to make difficult decisions and witness the consequences of their choices.

  • A Legion At Your Command – Control up to four characters simultaneously, master devastating combos and counter enemy attacks with a well-timed block in Fallen Legion’s unique battle system.

  • Every Choice Changes Your Empire – Players must make split-second decisions to rule their empire. These choices impact the game’s story.

  • Two Experiences, Two Stories – written by Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward editor Ben Bateman, Fallen Legion shows the scars of war from two perspectives in two different games.

  • Talented Voice Acting Cast – Fallen Legion stars Xanthe Huynh (Persona 5) as Cecille and Darrel Delfin as Laendur. Additional voiceover work by Kira Buckland, Jalen Cassell, Alan Lee, and Dorah Fine.

  • Magnificent 2D Artwork From the fangs on our menacing manticore to each sun-kissed brick in Fenumia’s castle, all of the artwork has been hand-drawn to create a stunning world.

 

Fallen Legion looks like an amazing game, and the preorder bonuses are well thought out and done. We will have a review of Fallen Legion sometime soon on the site.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 10:37 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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QUByte Interactive sent out the following

QUByte Interactive in partnership with podcast 99Vidas are very pleased to announce that we will be releasing 99Vidas in the Americas (North and South America) in July 18th, 2017 for PS4TM, PS3TM and ‘PS Vita’.

99Vidas captures the excitement of beat ’em ups like Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage featuring 16-bit retro graphics to bring back the nostalgia of those great classics from the 80’s and 90’s.

Unlike more traditional Beat’Em Ups, 99Vidas features two attack buttons –  Punch (fast but weak) and Kick (slow but strong), which players can alternate  to perform different combos.

Character moves, including combos, can be upgraded by spending Experience Points acquired during gameplay, expanding damage inflicted, adding elemental damage, modifying the each character,  both visually and gameplay-wise.

Key Features

  • Cross-Buy and Cross-Save across the PS4™, PS3™ & ‘PS Vita’ systems
  • Cross-Play across the PS4™ and PS3™ systems
  • Support for PlayStation®TV
  • Up to 4 players co-op across the PS4™ & PS3™ and Up to 2 players for ‘PS Vita’ systems
  • Up to 2 players co-op local and
  • 11 Playable characters
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • Versus Mode
  • Survival Mode
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks

For more information, please visit: http://99vidasthegame.qubyteinteractive.com/

 

You can see a trailer here

99Vidas is an awesome beat em up that pays tribute to the past. If you have not seen it yet, you can check out our review of the Steam version here 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jul, 2017 At 01:36 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Maximum Games sent out the following

 

Video game publisher Maximum Games, in partnership with developer Spiral House, today announced that Troll and I – the adventure that pits the dynamic duo of Troll and Otto against a Scandinavian forest of wilds – will be available for $29.99 on Nintendo Switch on August 15, 2017. Additionally, the game receives a major patch for console and PC versions on July 21st.

Troll and I is the perfect first entry for us into the Nintendo Switch system,” said Christina Seelye, CEO of Maximum Games. “The cooperative gameplay lends itself perfectly to the local co-op features of the platform, where two friends can work together to battle the challenges they face as a team.”
Troll and I invites players on an enchanting journey with the game’s two main heroes: the nimble, adventurous, adolescent Otto and the powerful, elusive Troll. With the ability to play solo or with a friend in local couch co-op, players must guide Otto and Troll through the majestic mountains and lush forests of the Nordic wilderness as they try to dodge and defeat various enemies, including mythical orcs and ruthless hunters.
The game was previously released on PS4™, Xbox One, and PC in March of this year. Those versions will receive a major patch on July 21st implementing the following improvements: addition of a mini-map; additional checkpoints; Easy, Normal and Hard difficulty settings; increased crafting speed; new tutorials; additional text hints; increased resources for crafting and survivability; overall balance improvements. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will also see these changes when it launches in August.
Troll and I was developed by Spiral House and is published by Maximum Games. The game is available now in North America for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC, and will be available on Nintendo Switch August 15th, 2017. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.
You can see a trailer for the Switch version here

Will you be getting the game on Switch when it comes out? Are you looking forward to the patch on other platforms? Let us know!
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jul, 2017 At 01:24 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Get ready to be a hero in Star Wars Battlefront II! This fall, step into the boots of a trooper, pilot or your favorite iconic character in epic Star Wars battles in authentic locations and thrilling dogfights in the far reaches of space.

 

On the EA Star Wars blog, we announced that the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC starting on October 4 for those who pre-order the game. Players can take their favorite heroes to battle in the large scale 20 v 20 Galactic Assault mode on Theed City, joining Republic clone troopers and Separatist battle droids in a wild melee on the streets surrounding the royal palace. Also included in the multiplayer beta is a Starfighter Assault battle, where fans can jump into the cockpit of some of the most memorable starfighters from Star Wars.

 

Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II will be able to play the beta early, starting October 4. In addition to early beta access, they will also get bonus content including Yoda’s Epic Lightsaber Mastery Star Card, which is only available while supplies last until October 9, 2017. The beta will open to the public two days later on October 6 and end on October 9.

 

Visit the EA Star Wars blog here to read more and to stay up to date with the latest Star Wars Battlefront II news.

This is good news for fans interested in checking out the game. Hopefully this will satisfy players more than the original game did and the beta will assure fans of that. Will you be checking this out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jul, 2017 At 01:27 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega sent out the following

 

That’s right, you can now digitally pre-order Yakuza Kiwami. Like, right this second now! If you choose to go the digital route, we’ve got a little something extra for you to enjoy before you hop back to where it all began to bash some gangster skulls. It’s a free theme that features some familiar stone-faced Yakuza bros! The boys mean business, so what better way to represent the streets of Kamurocho than by having Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama hang out in the background of your PS4 menu? Check out some screenshots of the theme below!
Yakuza Kiwami Features:
  • A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – “Kiwami” literally translates to “extreme,” and the game was named that for good reason. Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game’s plot and creating common threads with series prequel Yakuza 0. There’s also added distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side quests, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
  • A Place for Newcomers and Veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series: newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise fresh. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
  • But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami is the “Majima Everywhere” system, where the series’ deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it. We’re talking “popping out of a goofy costume” levels of surprise, so players must stay on their toes and be ready to defend themselves from Kiryu’s chief rival.
  • Extreme Revitalization – Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps. And following suit with SEGA’s commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the west.
Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on Aug. 29 for $29.99 (with commensurate European pricing). In addition to Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami provides an excellent starting point for those who have always heard about the series but have yet to try it. It preserves the charm of old-school, PS2-era beat-em-up gameplay, but deftly combines it with a hard-boiled crime drama punctuated with the liveliness of Kamurocho – the fictional red-light district of Tokyo the game is set in – and all the distractions that a red-light district can offer. The game is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Yakuza Kiwami and the Yakuza series, please visit yakuza.sega.com/kiwami.
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Are you looking forward to Yakuza Kiwami on PS4? Will you be preordering the game? Share your thoughts about the series with us!

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Aspyr Media and Digital Continue announced today that Next Up Hero is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and Linux in early 2018.

Next Up Hero is an arcade action-adventure driven by Community Continue, in which players take turns fighting — and dying — in community game sessions, working to conquer impossibly hard monsters and bosses together, one hero at a time.

Choose from nine heroes with an assortment of weapons and abilities to suit your playstyle, from swords and rocket launchers to laser turrets, bongo drums, and boomerangs. When you die, you’ll leave behind an Echo of your hero on the battlefield. The next in the line of heroes will be able to resurrect your Echo as an AI battle companion. Take turns continuing friends’ games, fighting and dying until you have an entire army of Echoes by your side, and enough strength to finally defeat those jerk monsters. Everyone dies. Heroes continue.

Next Up Hero is the first original game from developer Digital Continue, founded by industry veteran Joe Tringali, the co-founder of 5TH Cell, creators of Scribblenauts, Lock’s Quest and Drawn to Life.

Next Up Hero is being developed with community feedback, beginning with an exclusive closed beta launch at RTX Austin today, and moving to Steam’s Early Access in the fall. Digital Continue will incorporate community ideas to improve characters, modes, weapons, attacks, and enemy types for the final game, launching in early 2018.

This is a unique looking game and one that fans should love. What do you all think of it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jul, 2017 At 12:50 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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QUByte Interactive sent out the following

 

99Vidas: Passed Sony’s QA and official release date coming soon

Beat ‘Em Up 99Vidas Coming to PS4TM, PS3TM and PS Vita®, will be available soon on PlayStation®Store

São Paulo – July 04, 2017Brazilian developer QUByte Interactive in partnership with podcast 99Vidas has passed Sony’s QA and will release the beat ’em up 99Vidas on PlayStation®Store for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

Watch gameplay trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7p75hUC0LQ

99Vidas captures the excitement of beat ’em ups like Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage featuring 16-bit retro graphics to bring back the nostalgia of those great classics from the 80’s and 90’s.

Unlike more traditional Beat’Em Ups, 99Vidas features two attack buttons –  Punch (fast but weak) and Kick (slow but strong), which players can alternate  to perform different combos.

Character moves, including combos, can be upgraded by spending Experience Points acquired during gameplay, expanding damage inflicted, adding elemental damage, modifying the each character,  both visually and gameplay-wise.

Key Features

  • 11 Playable characters
  • Up to 4 players in Co-op (both local and online)
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Versus Mode
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks
  • Cross-buy (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita)
  • Cross-save (all platforms)
  • Cross-play (PS4 and PS3)

For more information, please visit: http://99vidasthegame.qubyteinteractive.com/

 

99Vidas is a great beat em up and an awesome throwback to the classics. if you haven’t seen our review of the PC version, you can check it out here.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2017 At 08:57 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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SOEDESCO®, a worldwide publisher of digital and boxed video games, tomorrow launches the highly-anticipated music-themed action-RPG, AereA® on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.  The game was launched earlier this month on Steam. The console versions will be available Friday, June 30 digitally for the PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.  The game will be available at retail for PlayStation® 4 on July 18.

The PlayStation 4 version has a digital Deluxe Edition that includes the AereA soundtrack, plus avatars and themes. The Steam version of the game is already available and launched with additional downloadable content in the form of the game’s Original Soundtrack, as well as an AereA Artbook. The Steam page for AereA can be found HERE: http://store.steampowered.com/app/573660/AereA/

AereA is an Action RPG with dungeon crawling elements. As one of Great Maestro Guido’s disciples, the player explores Aezir; a floating island that was broken into pieces. Their mission is to find and return the nine primordial instruments to restore balance and peace to the world. Players get to play as Wolff the Harp-Archer, Jacques the Cello-Knight, Jules the Lute-Mage and Claude the Trumpet-Gunner. Players have to find their way through all parts of the scattered islands; complete quests, solve puzzles, defeat bosses and discover the truth behind the islands.

The Story

In the music themed world of AereA, the students Guido and Demetrio discover the magical powers of music. On his own, Demetrio starts to research the music’s power to control living beings. Once Guido finds out, he confronts Demetrio about his betrayal.

A huge fight erupts between the two old friends and the musical powers of this battle are so powerful that the very island itself shatters into pieces. Demetrio flees and it’s up to Guido to restore balance. He sends out his four disciples to unravel the mystery of the missing primordial instruments and to return them to their original place in order to bring back peace to the world.

Features

  • Lose yourself in the beautifully hand-drawn graphic style in 4K resolution

  • Enjoy the beautiful music by Broforce composer Deon van Heerden

  • Play as 4 different musical themed characters, each with their own unique set of abilities

  • Fight 9 unique bosses, inspired by a specific musical instruments

  • Explore multiple islands with a wide variety of biomes, enemies and puzzles

  • Switch to local 4-player Co-Op to form a team with up to 3 friends at any time

 

 

This is a very interesting looking game, and looks to have a lot of unique elements to it.  It is good to have more games with a lot of different elements. The industry needs more of these.

See a trailer below

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2017 At 07:25 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHere is some interesting news. Jordan Amaero, a former employee of Konami and Capcom, who worked on Resident Evil 7 and Metal gear Solid 5 as a level designed has joined Nintendo.

Jordan Amaro; game designer who was a level designer on Resident Evil 7 for Capcom, and,P.T. and Metal Gear Solid 5 for Kojima Productions – has joined Nintendo EPD (Kyoto section). Amaro has apparently been working at the company since around January-February, and is apparently helping design a Switch game that hasn’t been announced yet (or maybe it’s the Zelda DLC).

This is rather intriguing. Could he be part of the new Metroid team which is rumored to be based in Kyoto? The project could be Metroid Prime 4, but either way it should be interesting.

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