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When I was first asked to play Conception II I haven’t played an RPG in quite sometime. Going into this game I didn’t expect an extremely fantastic title or anything remotely interesting…mainly because I didn’t know anything about the title or series for that matter. Then I realized that the more of it I play the more intrigued I became. Then the experience became a little more jaded. While the game wasn’t bad it became slightly repetitive and more so cumbersome than anything.

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The game takes place in the World of Aterra where they worship the Star God where they prosper through the power of Star Energy. You are known as God’s Gift who trains at an academy for disciples which is a special group of people who are summoned to fight against monsters who come from Dusk Circles. As God’s Gift you and a collective of females perform a ritual for the church known as Classmating to generate Star Children. Why is this important? The Star Children assist you in combat along with you and a female partner and they all have a particular class and several set of set of skills.

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I’ve never been so confused and befuddled with confusion quite like I have been while playing the game. I’m not so much confused into the depth of the world as I am with why some of these things are especially necessary. For a lack of better words, classmating is essentially having sex to produce children who can fight. It is blatantly obvious considering the underlying tone of everyone and the way each girl presents themselves before and after it occurs. Doing it just makes you feel slightly more dirty. Even more so when you are forced into doing classMANting which while really funny is in a way kind of perverse.

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Engaging enemies is where the game gets even more unique. Once you encounter an enemy inside one of the games many labyrinth’s you are forced to choose between normal JRPG actions such as attack, skill and defense. The most interesting aspect is the combat system in which you choose the side to attack your foe. Every enemy has a weak side and the choice of each side benefits you during combat. My only main concern with the battle system is that you are given the option to guard and yet it does nothing. It states that you will take less damage but you still take just as much as if you weren’t defending. I have also noticed that for a JRPG it’s pretty easy. I have played much easier games but I never really felt as if I there was too much going on and the difficulty made matters worse.

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Graphically the game is rather impressive as it features fully animated anime style cut scenes and moves at a silky smooth 60 FPS. The in game engine isn’t bad as it looks more like an above average PlayStation 2 title with a few more bells and whistles. The thing I was more impressed with was the music and the character design. These two things were probably my main drive for playing this game as I was more intrigued just to see what the next monster would look like. To be quite honest the designers seem to draw heavily from the Persona series as the music and monsters seem as if they came straight from that source.

Overall the game is like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” as it doesn’t do anything overall really impressive nor does it do anything really bad. Although it’s themes may not be quite suitable for everyone it’s still interesting enough with it cool soundtrack and character design. The game may not be for everyone but I do feel as if it worth a play through for anyone who is itching for a new RPG to play for their Vita. It hits the mark at being just right.

 

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With just a few days into April, it looks like we have another time consuming, wallet draining month of video games ahead of us.

April 1
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)

April 3
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360)

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April 4
Awesomenauts Asssemble! (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac)

April 8
Daylight (PS4, PC)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4)

April 10
Trials Frontier (iOS)

April 14
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

April 15
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita)
Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)
War of the Vikings (PC)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)

April 16
Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

April 22
Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC

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April 25
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

April 29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC)

April 30
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)

Personally, I’m most excited about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m a little on the fence about buying it on launch day, but I will probably buy it by the end of the month. I was involved in the last four beta weekends, and I liked what I saw. What are you most excited about this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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Starting March 26, Walmart will be accepting trade-ins for used games in over 3,100 store locations. The new trade program works much like GameStop’s – a customer brings in their pre-owned games and accessories and the cashier checks them for damage. The customer is given a trade-in value that they can choose to accept. Trade-in credit will be given in store credit only that can be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.

Later in the year, once Walmart’s stock of pre-owned games grows, they plan to roll out used games to sell in stores. Unlike GameStop, all pre-owned merchandise will be refurbished before hitting the shelves. Also, unlike GameStop, Walmart is providing a game value calculator online so you can have an estimate on what your games are worth before you go to the store.

Walmart customers can already trade in tablets and smart phones towards new products. Online, you can trade in a larger variety of electronics.

Could Walmart give GameStop a run for their money? The vast majority of GameStop’s profit comes from buying used games off customers at a low price and selling them for over twice their trade-in value. When you trade your games in at GameStop, you’re really limited on what you can spend your store credit on. At Walmart, you could trade games towards groceries or even a new TV.

Would you trade in your games at Walmart? What would you get with your store credit?

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The Legend of Zelda series has been heralded as one of the most influential and overall greatest game series of all time. After playing all the games it is understandable that an avid fan would drool at the prospect of the next Legend of Zelda title. Over the past few years we have come to “expect” certain notions of the future games due to the “Zelda Formula.” However, with the advent of of Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds the Zelda Fomula has been challenged in multiple ways such as traversing the world, dungeon entering and layout, item acquisition, and changing or even abolishing established linearity. These new additions and changes leaves room for the imagination on what the next title would be. However there are some questions that most Zelda fans want answered, with these being some of the most common…

-Will it be sequel title?
-What Timeline will it take place?
-What will it bring to the Zelda Franchise?

With these questions in mind the future of the Zelda series is both a scary and beautiful thing to think about. Where would you like to go in the next adventure with Link?

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What if this were to happen?

Sequels

Within the Zelda series there has been a number of direct and indirect sequels to established titles that ignore the rule that “each title is its own Legend.” Legend of Zelda had Zelda 2, A Link to the Past had Link’s Awakening, the Oracle games and A Link Between Worlds while Ocarina of Time had Majora’s Mask as a few examples. In recent months many rumors and fans have been debating that the next Zelda in line may be a Twilight Princess sequel or a Majora’s Mask sequel. A driving force behind this is the appeal and the desire for more darker installments within the franchise which is understandable as Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess currently serve as the leaders of edgier adventures.

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Would you return to the Twilight?

Timeline

With the official Zelda timeline out of the bag, gamers and historians eagerly await where to drop a new title in the lineage. With the release of A Link Between Worlds, the downfall timeline now has 7 titles in its ranks and many fans believe that is enough for now. With this in mind, they have pointed either toward the unified timeline or to continue the path of the child timeline as the adult has little room to grow after the events of Spirit Tracks.

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Innovations

Most Zelda games bring innovation to the Zelda franchise and the gaming world in one way or another. Nintendo has kept a good trail with Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds to try and keep things fresh and bring new concepts to the table. I’ll put my money on that they can do it 3 times in a row. In recent talks during interviews and editorials, series producer and director Eiji Aonuma stated that he is ready to keep challenging the Zelda formula and to keep things fresh. His work on the series has shown that he is a worthy successor to series creator Shigeru Miyamoto and since he is returning to direct the mysterious Legend of Zelda for Wii U we can expect great things from Mr. Aonuma.

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The Zelda series is in good hands.

With E3 knocking at our doorstep and the promise of the new Zelda for Wii U confirmed, it will truly be a good event for gamers and Zelda fans everywhere. Until then the creative juices within the minds of legions of fans seem to only get more potent with each passing second. The future of the Legend of Zelda is looking bright.

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On May 17th and 18th from 9am to 9am, Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are teaming up for a great cause!  The charity they’ll be helping out is Operation Supply Drop.

Operation Supply Drop’s mission is:

“Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a military gaming 501(c)(3) charity designed to build video game filled care packages for soldiers (America and Her Allies) both deployed forward to combat zones as well as those recovering in military hospitals.”

This event will be used to raise funds for video game care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and recovery centers across the United States.  It will be a 24-hour non-stop gaming marathon which OSD dubs as an 8-Bit Salute.

It’s always great to see companies and people coming together for such a great cause.

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Operation Supply Drop was created by Captain Stephen Machuga in 2010 and has since raised approximately $700,000 and served 2,500 soldiers.

Here is a video to show what OSD is all about:

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To register or donate to this cause or just simply want to find out more about OSD, go here.

Source: Operation Supply Drop official website, The Bohle Company

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is set to drop sometime this year, and we all cannot wait. In the time since it’s announcement last year Mashiro Sakurai has been revealing some cool information on the game little by little. Among this new information are changes that happening to the games overall system in contrast to its predecessor Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. Though the game may still be months from being released let’s recap on the updates that are happening in Nintendo’s next fighting extravaganza!

First up is game flow, Sakurai has stated that the games speed will be a bit faster this time around. Using Melee and Brawl as standards in game speed the next Smash is supposedly going to be a bridge between this gap. Faster than brawl but slower than Melee. The are a multitude of divided gamers that mark their preference with either the quick-paced action of Melee or the more casual, defense oriented style of Brawl. With this new flow in mind perhaps all can come to enjoy this upcoming title.
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Second is the removal of tripping, in an interview conducted with IGN it was confirmed that this sporadic annoyance in Brawl would get the ax. With tripping gone unintentional openings and preventable K.O’s will drop drastically, leaving more room for non-stop and aggressive combat.
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Third is changes in regard to grabbing a ledge. For those who play Smash Bros. edge guarding is a very popular tactic when it comes to securing a K.O. This time around it seems that might a bit harder to pull off. Quite recently Sakurai revealed that players hanging from a edge will actually have their edge grab overridden by those who attempt to grab the same edge. With this in mind players may now have to think twice about edge guarding. With this update it was also confirmed that Air time and accumulated damage will determine your period of invincibility while hanging on an edge, and grab controls will no longer be affected by whether you have above or below 100% damage.
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Lastly is the change in standard hit combos. These combos are referencing the likes of Fox, Falco, and Captain Falcon as example. In Brawl you can just hold the attack button to do consecutive hits as a combo. The has be a number of scenarios and situations where this can be turn into an “Infinite” combo. However another recent change that Sakurai reveal is that “consecutive standard attacks will always transition into a finishing move.” Meaning that there may be a point where consecutive standard combos will reach a certain number of hits before finishing. This may seem like a small change but it looks to shape combos and strategies differently than before.
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With these changes it seem that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is being groomed to be a beast in its own right to set itself apart from its predecessors. There are bound to be more changes in store for this game and Real Otaku Gamer will keep you posted.

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Welcome to the first big month for video games of 2014! This March, you can expect some of the year’s biggest games on both old and new generation consoles, as well as PC. Is March the new November?

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March 4:
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/XB360/PS3)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)

March 11:
Dark Souls II (PC/XB360/PS3)
Titanfall (PC/XBO)
Towerfall: Ascension (PC/PS4)

March 14:
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)

March 18:
Final Fantasty X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita)
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (XB360, PS3)

March 20:
Pokemon Battle Trozei (3DS)

March 21:
Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

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March 25:
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (PC/XB360/PS3)
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3)
Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3/Vita)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC/Mac)
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (PS3/PS4/Vita)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3)
Titanfall (XB360)

March 31:
Shovel Knight (Wii U/3DS/PC)

For me, this is the most exciting month for video games so far this year! I’ve been dying to play South Park: The Stick of Truth ever since it was announced. I can’t believe it’s coming out so soon! I’m also looking forward to getting Titanfall (more for my boyfriend to play), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and most importantly – Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2. Hopefully, I have the cash to cover it all – especially with my first convention of the year (Lexington Toy and Comic Con) this month.

I’ve had a really crappy, disappointing year so far in my normal life. It sounds stupid, but this month’s lineup of games is giving me something to look forward to and actually lifting me out of my funk. I guess life is all about the nerdy things.

By HMK On 25 Feb, 2014 At 11:57 PM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Old School Otaku, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments
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The Hero, The Princess, and The Lord of Evil.
These three entities have created and brought forth fantasies and stories for centuries. In the dawn of video gaming, Nintendo took these three elements and weaved together a tale that would go on and become a legend. That legend is
The Legend of Zelda!

This retrospective was done to celebrate our “Ultimate Legend of Zelda Fan Contest” and the celebration of the Japanese release of the original game. We hope you enjoy the video and feel free to comment below.

Narrated by Giovanni “HMK” Santos
Produced by Giovanni “HMK” Santos, Andre Tipton
Written and Edited by Giovanni “HMK” Santos
Additional Editing provide by Tyler “VoltEditzz” W.
Directed by Giovanni “HMK” Santos, Daniel “DNA8255″ Santos

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By NightingaleSilva On 25 Feb, 2014 At 10:36 PM | Categorized As Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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As always, Club Nintendo has some pretty sweet deals, but the one they’re offering for the month of March couldn’t get any better. Nintendo consumers that register a 2DS, 3DS, or 3DS XL system between March 1st and March 31st, and also register a select Nintendo 3DS title will get a Pokemon X/Y download code for free. Yep, you read that right, for free.

The qualifying games for the offer to be valid are as follows:

  • Yoshi’s New Island
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Mario 3D Land

  I’ve got to say, this is probably one of the best deal from Club Nintendo in a while. If I didn’t already have my hands on both a 3DS XL and Pokemon X, it would most definitely persuade me to go out and buy one AND one of the qualifying titles listed. What do you think of the March deal on Club Nintendo?

 Source: IGN

Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Died At 85

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Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Died At 85

Hirochi Yamauchi’s heirs have a “desire to sell” their shares in Nintendo.  Yamauchi was the former Chief Executive Officer for Nintendo.  He passed away this past September.

Yamauchi had approximately 10% of the shares in Nintendo.  There is no word on whether they will sell all of their shares or just a portion.

It will be interesting to see how this affects Nintendo in the coming days and months with the financial troubles they have been having recently.

Source:  Bloomberg Technology

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