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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Apr, 2016 At 07:18 AM | Categorized As Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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By Ramon Rivera On 25 Apr, 2016 At 08:57 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Playstation Vita, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarSo after a long wait, one of the most unique Fighting games ever created has landed on the PS Vita system.  I have to say that this is my first interaction with Skullgirls, and I regret not getting into the Skullgirls hype train sooner.  From the opening movie, to the characters and the deep combo system, I can see the love and dedication that the guys at Lab Zero Games have put in Skullgirls.

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The Story in Skullgirls is really good. “The legends tell of an artifact that can grant any woman’s wish….However, if the woman’s heart is not pure her wish will corrupt her and she will become the Skullgirl.”  To sum it up: Now the current Skullgirl is wreaking havoc.  However, each character reason to fight her and obtain the Skull Heart.  This is what sets them up in their own adventure  In my first play-through, I decided to go straight to the Story Mode and chose Filia.  For whatever reason, Filia felt right to get a taste of the action.  After finishing the Story mode, I felt that something was missing.  It wasn’t something missing from the game, so I decided to go to the Tutorial mode to learn the basics.

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I have to praise Skullgirls for its complete Tutorial mode.  It teaches not only the basics of combat, but it does so with different characters, showing the player the different play styles and combo opportunities.  Another great element found in the Tutorial mode, is the different systems in the game.  One of my favorite inclusions is the Infinite Prevention System (kudos Lab Zero; you did well).  It is a mechanic in which you can escape from an infinite combo, and let me tell you it is a godsend.  One of the reasons I stopped  laying UMVC3 was for the infinite combos.  While they are cool combos, it is frustrating to do nothing to escape from them.  Many times, I just left the controller and waited for the carnage to finish.  With Skullgirls, I don’t have that issue since the combo system operates in a way that when you are in the middle of getting beat down by a large combo, you can use the IPS system to escape from it and do some damage.  However, there are some rules for the IPS to work, but you learn that in the Tutorial.  Another way to escape from devastating combos is the Drama system.  It uses the same principle of the IPS.  However, this is to prevent high damaging infinite combos.  The Drama is represented by a green gauge under your life gauge.  Each time you are getting hurt by a long combo, the Drama gauge starts to fill.  When it is full, you can stop the combo and get a chance to counter attack, making each an enjoyable match that gives the player a chance to win.  Also, the Tutorial mode covers each character specifics and some combos to get you started. Now if you want to master each character, the Trials are for you.  There are four for each character ranging from easy combos to advance combos.  However, the chain combo system allows for interesting combos, so your creativity know no boundaries.

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The Challenge mode is really good as well.  It is a good way to put your skills to the test.  There are twenty-five challenges with different conditions to end them.  Know some combos?  Well, try to beat a character with unlimited Suspense, and you can’t jump.  There are only combos over three hits can damage it.  Add a timer of 60 seconds, and you are set.  Some challenges are brutal but they are manageable at least with some effort.

The online mode is well done.  I was able to find matches really quickly and with no lag whatsoever.  However, I couldn’t know if I was fighting a fellow Vita user or a PS4 user.  Maybe when the lobbies patch releases, this can be fixed.  However, there is nothing game breaking.

The game itself looks amazing.  The art style is so good, and it is a joy to look at.  Each character is so highly detailed and on the PS Vita screen, they look beautiful.  Though everything looks good, there are unfortunately some issues such as some of the text looking blurry and the letters are hard to read sometimes.  The background on each stage is highly detailed, but all of the backgrouns are static (the PS4 version has dynamic backgrounds, so the stages look full of life).  The Vita’s limitation doesn’t allow for them as the developer explained, so while it sucks that they aren’t dynamic, they are good enough.  In all honestly, I almost never look at the stages when I am playing.  One of the things I like the most is how Skullgirls was inspired by many games such as MVC and Street Fighter (love that you can see a “Ryu” in some stages but with Lab Zero unique style).  However, just because they were inspired by them it doesn’t mean that Skullgirls is a clone.  It is a whole different experience, and in my honest opinion, they have won my support for years to come.

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Now the voice acting and the music is top notch. Each character feels alive, and each of the songs get that cool vibe.  For me, playing with headphones is a must.  I also love the subtle references to some fighting games, such as “This is True Love We’re Making”( reference to London Stage in CvS 2), or “Try again Kid”(Sagat all the way). To someone who grew up playing these kinds of games, it is nostalgic to hear and see this references.

Overall, I am pleased the game. The inclusion of all DLC characters is something that makes this the definitive Skullgirls version.  Bottom Line: Skullgirls 2nd Encore is a terrific fighting game.  It is the definitive version, and the Vita port looks and plays beautiful.  With the great voice acting, great music, and a cast of different but peculiar characters (Peacock is something else), I can definitely recommend it to any Vita owner.  As a plus is cross buy with the PS4 version, so you will get the other free.

See the trailer for Skullgirls 2nd Encore for PS Vita below:

 

By Ramon Rivera On 23 Apr, 2016 At 08:37 PM | Categorized As Featured, Playstation Vita, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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Picture this: You are travelling in a plane without a care in the world.  Suddenly, the plane crashes, and you wake up as the only survivor.  You search for an exit, but instead of finding the world you know, you find yourself in a strange land.  Why are you here?  What happened?  A torrent of questions goes trough your mind.  Alone and scared you search for answers….This is the premise of DRPG Stranger of Sword City.

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When you start the game, you follow a little prologue.  You wake up and are naked and afraid.  Upon searching you find some clothes, and after moving forward, you find an old man.  “He means no harm” or so he says.  He kindly offers to guide you out of the maze in which you are….only to be greeted by a giant monster!!!  Suddenly the kind old man is not a friend but a fearsome foe that wants to take your life (for fun and giggles when he asks to stay still I answered “sure”).  It appears is game over for you, but in the blink of an eye, one of the wyvern’s necks is slashed clean by a girl called Rui who chases off the old man. She briefly explains that like you, she got stranded on this land called Escario, the city of swords.  Here you are called “Strangers.”  She then guides you to the Stranger Base for further explanations. There you learn that humans for a odd reason can wield more power and become a mighty city-defending hero.  You are a rare case (yep), and you are “The Chosen One.”  The only one that obtain crystals from powerful monsters called “Lineages.”  That is the story in a nutshell.

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Now one of the strongest traits in Stranger of Sword City is customization.  Right from the start, you get to customize your character’s avatar, race, class and even voice from the vast choices made available.  However, these are just related to aesthetic since these choices won’t affect the game play.  Another nice customization that the game offers is the choice of changing the NPC art, which basically modifies the look of the whole game since you’re interacting with NPCs the whole time (and the title screen art changes accordingly too!). One cool feature is when customizing your avatar is the Age, if you create for example a 15 year old it will have the bonus trait that it heals quickly,(ah the perks of youth) but since its young it won’t be to strong.  However, if you create a 30 year old, he will be stronger and will have more experience (the perks of a responsible adult).  It is a nice change of pace from typical DRPGS.

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Graphically, the art of the NPCS the Avatar and monster are awesome.  However, they feel kind of static since the characters don’t show much motion, but the narration is done in an engaging way.  It is partly narrative and partly descriptive, setting the mood and leaving room for your imagination to picture the scenes. The soundtrack also perfectly help to set the mood in the various situations you find yourself in.  I personally like games with good story and the narrative aspect of Stranger of Sword City kept me interested in the story. I liked the pace in which the game moves.

Concerning the game play, other than interacting with the other characters during the narrative parts, it revolves around exploring unmapped labyrinths in a dungeon crawler mechanic to face off boss creatures (Lineages), collect blood crystals, and unlock abilities. As you advance in a labyrinth, it gets mapped automatically, and you encounter creatures which you can evade but some are mandatory to face with your guild. The latter has to be strategically built.  The members are positioned depending on their abilities and class for the turn-based combats.  Another cool feature is the “Ambush.”  Here you can choose a ambush point and wait for monster carriers to appear (special type of monsters that carry valuable items).  After defeating them, you claim their loot.  However, if you take to much time to do so, they can flee and take their goods with them.  Watching your comrades grow and gaining new skills and spells as they level up is a rewarding process, especially since dungeon delving can be risky business.  As you unlock more abilities and gain access to better equipment, the release really opens up as an increasingly tactical affair. Depending on enemy formations and the type of foe that you’re up against, you’ll quickly start to form strategies for each battle.  The turn based combat system as a whole ends up having a satisfying amount of depth to it, so for grinders like myself, it is a field day.

Bottom line: Stranger of Sword City is a solid DRPG.  It has a great customize system, an engaging narrative that keeps you enthralled in the game, beautiful art, and a great soundtrack to boot.  If you love challenges and dungeon crawlers, Stranger of Sword City is a recommend game that must be in your library of games.  I give Stranger of Sword City a solid recommendation.

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Virtual Reality (VR) has been hovering over the world of technology for awhile now with products like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Sony PlayStation VR, and the Microsoft HoloLens. Opto adds to that list with a defining difference: it intends to be the first portable VR headset with integrated audio. It’s Kickstarter campaign has already been launched on March 31 with the goal of 40,000 GBP by April 29 for the first 500 devices.

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Developed by industrial designer Tom Jarvis and software developer Richard Stephens, Opto is a portable VR headset where sound was a top priority during the start of its design. Speakers sit inside the headset so that users do not have to add their own headphones. It has a 40mm 32ohm speakers and a frequency of 20hz/20 khz.

Opto will support any smartphone with screen sizes between 4 and 5.1 inches. It will attach to the phone by way of a magnetic front cover that will allow the user to easily place the phone in and out of the device.

According to Opto’s blog, they are actually reworking the device to support larger phone screens as well as enlarging the acoustic chamber to 50mm.

It is made from the patented closed-cell foam material, XL Extralight, which should make it extremely lightweight and comfortable yet tough at the same time. This could make for an interesting angle for parents, considering that this technology is not only durable but is also easy to clean.

“It is especially suited to children as it’s made of lightweight foam and very impact resistant,” Co-founder Richard Stephens said. “We have tried it with children from about 9 upwards. We are also in partnership with WEARVR.com…They are also launching a new app for curated VR content for kids.”

This means that older children as well as adults could experience movies, games, and other content on the go in a full-immersion type of experience, though Stephens stresses that the device has not been tested on children younger than 9 (the American Academy of Pediatric recommends limited time for children on these types of devices anyhow).

The current set of VR devices as of right now are bulky and heavy. They also require wires as well as a set of headphones. The goal for Opto is to just carry a smartphone and the VR device instead of lugging around headphones as well.

“Opto is about making high-quality VR accessible for anyone who owns a smartphone. Our aim is to move VR from the gaming den into the living room, “ said Stephens.

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Bethesda Softworks sent out the following

 

Fallout Shelter’s Update 1.5 is here to make your life as an Overseer easier!

 

With Update 1.5, you can now scrap your unwanted items and turn them into Junk to build even more gear. This is your chance to clear out the clutter in your Storage rooms and craft some cool new stuff.

 

We’ve also added new customization options to the Barbershop and new civilian outfits to craft or find in lunchboxes.  You’ll hardly even recognize your Dwellers when you’re done with them. You can even make them look like Ghouls!

 

Overseers using an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus can now take advantage of Fallout Shelter’s new 3D Touch support. With 3D Touch you can load directly into your vaults, skipping the main menu. You can also use 3D Touch to assign Dwellers to rooms and access storage just by tapping on any Storage Room.

 

Since its launch, Fallout Shelter has added a ton of new features – including new rooms, characters from Fallout 4, pets, new outfits, and weapons. In the last update (Update 1.4), crafting was added to the world of Fallout Shelter giving you the ability to make weapons, armor, and outfits. We also introduced the ability to collect Junk by sending your Dwellers into the Wasteland and from Lunchboxes because the better the Junk, the better items you can craft! There’s even more on the way, so stay tuned for upcoming updates.

 

Fallout Shelter was an instant smash hit when it launched on iOS on June 14, 2015, climbing to the top of the charts and beating Candy Crush to become the third-highest-grossing game on the App Store in its first week. Since launching on iOS and Android devices, Fallout Shelter has received top honors from some of the industry’s leading outlets, including winner of ‘App Store Best of 2015’, ‘Google Play Best of 2015’, and ‘Best Handheld/Mobile Game’ at the 2015 Golden Joystick Awards. Most recently, Fallout Shelter was named ‘Mobile Game of the Year’ at the 2016 D.I.C.E. Awards.

 

Fallout Shelter is available for free on the App Store or Google Play.

Fallout Shelter is an addictive and fan mobile game and I recommend checking it out if you have not yet done so. It is very much worth your time.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Apr, 2016 At 09:57 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Natsume Sent Out The Following Press Release

 

NATSUME ANNOUNCES RIVER CITY: TOKYO RUMBLE

Side-Scrolling Beat-‘Em-Up Series Returns to North America!

Burlingame, CA. – April 21, 2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that it
will bring River City: Tokyo Rumble to the Nintendo 3DS this summer.
River City: Tokyo Rumble continues the partnership established last
year with Arc System Works, who owns the River City franchise. River
City: Tokyo Rumble will be one of several Natsume titles playable at
E3 2016, taking place June 14th – 16th 2016 in Los Angeles.

“We know there’s a loyal fanbase of the River City series in North
America who have been asking for more of these addictive games to
play!” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “Whether you’re
a longtime River City fan or new to the series, there’s plenty of
side-scrolling action to love.”

Originally launched as Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku
in Japan, the game is part of a long-running series of side-scrolling
RPG brawlers, sports games, and more.  North Americans were first
introduced to the series with River City Ransom on the NES, with an
updated take on the game arriving several years later on the Game Boy
Advance. Multiple spinoff games, including volleyball and fighting
games, have followed.

“River City its celebrating its 30th anniversary in Japan in 2016, and
we’re excited to be part of the celebration,” said Minoru Kidooka, CEO
of Arc System Works. “We’re very excited to be continuing our
partnership with Natsume, which included Gotcha Racing and Brave Tank
Hero in 2015.”

River City: Tokyo Rumble follows the story of a hot-blooded high school
student named Kunio and his good friends. When a nefarious gang moves
into Tokyo to try to take it over, it’s up to this self-proclaimed
“fighter for justice” and his buddies to make sure the streets stay
safe!

Punch, kick, use weapons such as soccer balls, iron knuckles, chains,
and even bicycles to knock some sense into those devious gang members.
Take on jobs, level up your abilities, and don’t forget to stop on
occasion for a snack or two at the local food joints. Luckily, smiles
are free!

Key Features of River City: Tokyo Rumble -Play as Kunio, Riki, and
other famous fighters from the River City series!Take on jobs to earn
extra cash, special moves, and more!Take a break from the main story
to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!Take on your friends
using Local Play and Download Play!Unlock new characters, stages, and
songs as you progress through the game!

 

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Amazon has recently begun to lock game sales on Amazon.com and Amazon UK to only Prime Members, including games like Grand Theft Auto 5, which is a consistent seller. This is one of the most anti consumer moves I have ever seen and is a terrible move, not just for video game fans but for consumers in general.

Amazon is essentially telling people that in order to have the right to purchase an item, they now have to purchase a membership to prime, with an annual fee just for the “privilege” of buying from them. I am scared that if this succeeds, it will spread and other retailers will begin subscription based purchases and this is not okay. I am a capitalist and am not ashamed of that in any way, but this goes beyond what is reasonable. One of the biggest online retailers in the world suddenly saying that you now have to pay a membership fee to buy from them, is an abuse of power and should not be tolerated.

Say someone has saved up for months to buy a game and they finally have a enough, only then they find out they need a membership subscription in order to buy the game, how do you think they would feel?  That is the question everyone who plays video games should ask. Gaming is an expensive hobby and we are being taken advantage of by Amazon and other retailers and that is not okay. Gamers have been treated badly by the press and now for retailers to do this is just pure and simple, a horrible move.  We are not a small group and if we make enough noise we can force change, We need to let Amazon know that we will not sit idly buy and let this happen.

Let this be a call to all gamers to make noise and demand a change of policy from Amazon. We can make a difference.

 

 

The above was solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the rest of Real Otaku Gamer

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Apr, 2016 At 07:51 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Image and Form sent out the following press release

 

Image & Form’s turn-based strategy shooter SteamWorld Heist continues to garner award nominations. Today Nordic Game Awards has revealed the finalists for this year’s ceremony, and SteamWorld Heist is nominated in no less than three categories:
– Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen
– Best Game Design
– Best Fun for Everyone
We guess that the last of these categories indicates there’s nothing wrong with having your kids wield heavy guns to turn evil robot factions to scrap…
“It’s the usual suspects at this year’s Nordic ceremony, plus a few interesting choices,” says Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “The Nordic game industry is as exciting and solid as ever. With SteamWorld Heist being the highest-rated original game among the lot this year, I’m confident we’re bringing home something for the office award cabinet.”
So far the game has been very successful on Nintendo 3DS, but Image & Form will soon reveal good news to players on other platforms.
“We’ve taken our sweet time to polish the HD versions of the game,” says Sigurgeirsson, “and now we’re almost there. Heist looks just ridiculously tasty on a big screen, and I play it all day, every day. It’s all I want to do, and there are so many ways to do it.”
The Nordic Game award ceremony is scheduled for May 19. Check out the entire lineup of nominees at http://nordicgame.com/nordic-game-awards-2016-finalists-revealed/
Congratulations to the team at Image and Form and good luck to them
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I love RPGs and especially JRPGS and there has been a lack of them on the Wii U ( even with the virtual console), so I was very happy to hear about this game from Kemco. Kemco previously developed Alphadia Genesis for Wii U which was localized by Natsume and was a decent , if generic JRPG that was good for those seeking any JRPG not on the virtual console.  But how does Asdivine Hearts hold up as a JRPG on Wii U? In a word: excellent.

Asdivine Hearts ( which is apparently part of a larger series) is a fantastic RPG that is a must have for any JRPG fan. Unlike Kemco’s other Wii U RPG Alphadia Genesis, battle transitions are handled much better with less flashing lights. Indeed, there are less flashing lights in general which made it much easier on my eyes. The combat system is also excellent in general, but before I talk about that I must mention the Jewel System.  In the game, you are given an item called a Rubix which can hold Jewels which can affect status, HP, MP and so on.  As you progress in the game, you can get bigger Rubixes and store more Jewels which can have more effects. The combat system uses the Jewels both in the form of void magic, light magic and shadow magic, and well as status jewels to create new effects in battle. There are limit breaks and team ups and it was much more fun than I anticipated.

The story is still rather generic but welcome at the same time. The characters are not well developed though and their development throughout the game is uneven.  My biggest complaint though is that there is some screen tearing on occasion and the audio skips quite a bit, especially if you had briefly suspended the game.

That said I still had a lot of fun playing this. I think I have put more hours into this game than any other in the last month. I really like this game and truly need to recommend this to all.

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