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By Ural Garrett On 30 Mar, 2017 At 03:32 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarLike it or not, Nintendo so far has proven the Switch as a worthy successor to the ill-fated Wii U. Then again, the more time individuals a part of that lucky 1.5 million club get a chance to play it, the clearer it becomes of how much of the Wii U’s DNA remains within the historic Kyoto, Japan-based developer’s first hybrid home/portable console. This is why it made sense for Nintendo to announce a sequel to Splatoon during the initial Switch reveal with a clever Esports tie-in.

When the original Splatoon hit the Wii U in 2015, critics and consumers alike praised the game for delivering an incredibly non-violent and child-friendly take on the third-person shooter dominated by the likes of Gears of War. To be honest, the team over at Nintendo EAD made the most genre-defying product since the original multiplayer fighter Super Smash Bros. in 1999. The squad/ink concept worked well mechanically, shooting rival Teuthida or things felt great, there was a layer of team strategy that rivaled its contemporaries and the visuals mixed highly stylized 90s cartoon aesthetic with an adequate technical display of Wii U’s low horsepower. All of that lead to well-deserved total sales of almost five million copies.

And, this is why Splatoon 2 could do for Switch what Super Smash Bros. Melee did Gamecube after trying out a few matches during the Testfire weekend. Taking a more “ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach, there are some significant additions that were noticeable out the gate. The biggest being the ability to play it exactly how one wants to thanks in part to the Switch’s design. I played some rounds on the sofa, while in bed and taking a shit. Literally, just like the commercial.

What can I say? I’m a busy man and those eight plus hour gaming sessions are difficult when you have a needy(and expensive as fuck) five-month-old. When on the commode, mobile os games from iOS to Android always felt like half-assed versions of things better done on either home or dedicated portable consoles. I refuse to play Mobile Strike, Candy Crush or Kim Kardashian Hollywood and console specific genre standards suck with a touchscreen.

And no, I’m not going to walk around with a PS4 controller just to play a five-year-old port of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The fuck I look like?

But, I digress.

Keeping things serious, Splatoon 2 adds some new weapon types like dual wielding to keep things interesting and the visuals seem to be bumped up from its predecessor. This means 1080P and 60FPS which really makes a difference when playing online. Most importantly, it plays great.

Splatoon 2 is the game I can see my five-month-old enjoying when she gets around six or seven years of age before she hates me in her teens and becomes a fan of Halo 15 or Call of Duty: Insert Generic Adjective Warfare. One thing remains questionable, however. What’s the single player going to look like?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 10:24 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, Playstation Vita, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The PS+ game lineup for this coming April has been revealed

Drawn To Death, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, will be available for PS4 owners PS4. Invizimals: the Lost Kingdom and Alien Rage – Extended Edition  are the PS3 free games this month.

For PlayStation Vita, 10 Second Ninja, PS Vita and Curses ‘n Chaos will both be made available and crossbuy with PlayStation 4, so you can get them there as well.

This is a pretty good month for PS+, with a decent mix of games. What will you be getting?

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Well this is exciting news. A new enhanced edition of Planescape Torment will be coming very soon to PC and Mobile devices.

 

 

 

Get ready for Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android!

Discover an incredibly rich story and a unique setting unlike anything else in fantasy. Defeat strange and alien creatures, engage in rich dialogue, and explore the dark and dangerous Planescape setting in this 50+ hour RPG classic.

Coming to Beamdog, Steam, GOG, iTunes, and Google Play on April 11, 2017!

 

Planescape: Torment is a true classic, with two spiritual sequels having come out recently. This is a good chance for many to give this gem a try. It is very interesting to hear about the remastering of the music in the game. Planescape: Torment already was great in the audio department, so whatever improvements they have made, have me very interested.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2017 At 10:05 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom has revealed a new Monster Hunter XX collaboration at an event today. This new collaboration is between Monster Hunter and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is a pretty big event considering how well that game is doing.

The new collaboration content for Monster Hunter XX will be distributed via 7-Eleven spots between April 24 to May 31.

The following are part of the collaboration:

– Hylia series costume
– Ancient Weaponry – Bow weapon
– Palico armor: Warm Korok
– Palico weapon Korok’s Branch
– Event Quests: The Legend of Zelda – Trial of Power / Trial of Courage / Trial of Wisdom
– Guild Card Backgrounds
– Titles

 

It is great to see Nintendo and Capcom collaborating more on the Monster Hunter series. Hopefully we will soon get an announcement of a Monster Hunter game for the Switch.

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You can see a trailer for the collaboration below

 

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Niantic announced today during the 2017 Game Developers Conference, that Pokémon GO has surpassed 650 million downloads.

Niantic chief technology officer Phil Keslin  revealed that players have now walked roughly 8.7 billion kilometers (5.4 billion miles) while playing Pokémon GO. Keslin added that Niantic plans to keep Pokémon GO fresh with regular content updates. At this point, it would not be surprising if the game reaches one billion downloads this year.

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InnoGames sent out the following

Berlin & Hamburg, February 23, 2017. Wooga and InnoGames are pleased to announce the sale and transfer of mobile strategy title Warlords from Wooga to the Hamburg-based online games provider, InnoGames. Going forward, a team at InnoGames will continue development and enrich the game with their strong knowledge of the strategy genre. No employees will change company as part of the agreement

The deal reflects Wooga’s 2016 decision to double down and focus on casual mobile genres, while for InnoGames the acquisition of Warlords represents an addition to an already strong strategy game portfolio and the focus on mobile-only titles in the future.

“Warlords was very well received by players and press at launch and the team at Wooga is happy to see the game continue under the stewardship of InnoGames. The agreement also further reflects Wooga’s commitment and focus on producing the very best casual mobile experiences,” said Jens Begemann, Wooga Founder & CEO.

Armin Busen, CPO at InnoGames: “Warlords is a fantastic game with an enthusiastic fan base and we’re more than happy to get the chance to acquire it. The game represents a very good fit to our overall games portfolio and is another important step in our transition to mobile. Our dedicated team will make sure to add new features and improve the general game experience, so Warlords fans can look forward to the relaunch of the game.”

Existing Warlords accounts won’t be affected by the transfer nor will they lose any game progression.

I have to admit, I am not very familiar with this game. That said, it looks to remain in good hands with an IP holder who will do right by it. I may have to give this one a look.

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No GravatarNew Pokemon are coming to the world of Pokemon Go as announced by Niantic.

Game Update Welcomes Pokémon Originally Discovered in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver Video Games and Introduces Updated Encounter Gameplay, Evolution Options, New Berries and Expanded Avatar Items
San Francisco—Feb. 15, 2017—Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Pokémon GO as we welcome more Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for the passionate global community of Trainers playing the game,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come.”

“With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.”

With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop.

Trainers can download Pokémon GO from the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android. A version of Pokémon GO for Apple Watch is also available through the App Store. Nintendo’s Pokémon GO Plus device, which allows Trainers to catch Pokémon and collect items with the push of a button without looking at their screens, is being replenished at retail locations in support of this latest update, while supplies last.

This is a big addition to Pokémon Go and may even cause the game to get a second lease on life. This has me very interested, and now I wonder what next they will bring. Are you excited for this? Will you resume playing if you had stopped?

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Bethesda Sent out the following

 

Today the massively popular Fallout Shelter from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, expands once more to a new audience, putting Overseers in control of their own Vault and an army of Dwellers on Xbox One and Windows 10. Fallout Shelter is available now as an Xbox Play Anywhere title via a free download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.

 

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, player progress is retained across both Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning users can switch seamlessly between platforms and pick up where they left off, bringing all their saves, progress, and achievements with them. The game has also been fully adapted to work with the Xbox One controller, so players can experience Vault life bigger and better, right from their TV.

AboutFallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter thrusts players into the role of Overseer to build their own Vault, manage dwellers, and adventure through Fallout’s iconic wasteland. Since the game’s original launch in 2015, the game has continued to expand and add features, including Crafting, Scrapping, Pets, additional rooms, iconic Fallout 4 characters, and special Dweller customization options. The game’s constantly growing Quest system allows Overseers to send Dwellers out into the Wasteland to abandoned buildings, decrepit Vaults, and mysterious caves to uncover legendary loot and face off against enemies like Radscorpions, Ghouls, and powerful bosses.

 

Players can download Fallout Shelter for Xbox One and Windows 10 from the Xbox Store or Windows Store today.

 

The game is also available for free on Android and iOS devices, as well as on PC through Bethesda’s launcher.

 

Fallout Shelter is a truly unique mobile game and I am very interested in seeing how it does on Xbox One. Will you be getting the game on Xbox One? Do let us know!

 

 

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Annapurna Interactive, the publisher of Gorogoa, has released a new trailer for the upcoming game.

Designed, developed, and illustrated by Jason Roberts, Gorogoa is a beautifully hand-drawn story suspended inside a puzzle with a completely unique mechanic. Move illustrated, animated panels around on a grid, similar to arranging framed drawings on a wall. When two drawings are correctly stacked or aligned, they fuse together to form a new scene that may be navigated as though it were a 3D space and further advance the story.

 

This game looks incredible. I personally cannot wait to find out more about it and I think this will be a standout game. Puzzle games fascinate me to no end, so this looks fight up my alley. See the trailer below.

 

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No GravatarNintendo held a Nintendo Direct today to discuss all things Fire Emblem and there was indeed a lot to discuss

  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was announced for 3DS
  • Based on the 2nd game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden 
  • Every aspect of Gaiden’s presentation updated
    – Free roaming
    – Dungeons crawling with enemies
    – Flexible character progression
    – Classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a twist
  • amiibo coming based on the characters Alm and Celica
  •  New Fire Emblem Game announced for Switch for 2018
  • Fire Emblem Warriors trailer was shown, will be coming to both new 3DS and Switch
  • Fire Emblem Heroes was announced, F2P mobile game for Android and iOS

 

You can see trailers below