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It’s been a while since I’ve played point and click adventure games; they were a childhood staple for me. Most kids had either a Gameboy or a console, both if they were lucky, for me it was adventure and educational computer games. I grew up in a strict household where if we were having fun we better be doing something that wasn’t making our brain rot so that’s how I ended up playing lots of point and click games. From what I remember most of those games probably wouldn’t be much fun for me today, but those mystery and puzzle games had always been fun to figure out. Apart from Nancy Drew I hadn’t really ventured in the point and click adventure game genre since but Broken Sword 2 has refreshed my curiosity.

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Definitely not for kids it’s the second game in the Broken Sword series which revolve around the adventures of George Stobbart and Nico Collard. The remastered game is available in both PC and mobile devices in download format. In this installment Nico goes with George to investigate a carved Mayan stone she came across while investigating a drug ring. When she goes to a professor’s house to get more info George is knocked out and she is immediately abducted. The game has you step in the shoes of both Nico and George to unravel a strange conspiracy that puts their lives in danger and might have the fate of the world rest in its balance.

The controls are easy to figure out in both mobile and computer with options to look, talk, pick up, and interact depending on the nature of the thing you’re clicking on. With simple controls you’re free to examine and figure your way through the game. One of the things that has always been frustrating for me was the common stuck feeling I always got when playing through these types of games, but Broken Sword 2 has hints to help you through the game when you need a nudge. My favorite thing about the hint feature is the games give you escalating hints that go from slight nudges to detailed instructions on what to do the more hints you ask for, which allows you to still get the satisfaction of figuring things out and not have to consult walkthroughs if you hit a brick wall.

This game is hard enough to not be a one sitting game, requiring me to stop playing halfway through so I don’t finish by the time the sun rises again. According to Steam I played for 8 hours, your experience may vary.

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Perhaps what made my game drag out so much was the witty dialogue and excellent voice acting, which had me pick every talking option with the other characters. If you’re like me in that aspect you’ll enjoy some of the jokes throughout the game, one of my favorite involves a tequila worm I picked up, and you have the option of showing it to most characters you encounter in the game with Stobbart himself seeming to notice his strange attraction to the worm as the game progresses. Everything else is top notch too. This game came out in the 90′s so there’s only so much you can remaster until it loses its old fashioned charm, and to me it seems tweaked enough to still feel like a game from the era but enough retouching to make the game look like a really good version of its old self. The cut scenes are some of the most gratifying things you get out of the game and push you to see how the story ends. The new game even comes with a prequel comic, a great bonus for such a satisfying game.

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So what I’m saying is you should definitely check out the remastered version of Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, it’s a great game. If you want to watch the trailer be mindful that it might contain some spoilers.


By Jessica Brister On 8 Aug, 2014 At 09:18 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, PC Games, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Electronic Arts granted the Sims 4 Create a Sim Demo to some fans who signed up last month.  If you were not lucky enough to get the demo, here are some things that you can look forward to when the full game comes out September 2:

Performance

I ran the demo on my laptop without any issue.  It is an HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook with an AMD A6-34200M with an integrated graphics card and six GB of memory.  This is the same device in which I typically play Sims 3, though I definitely cannot turn up the graphics.  The laptop is nothing fancy, especially for gaming, but it was able to chew right through the Sims 4 demo without any issues (I also was also toggling back and forth between social media sites, a couple of Microsoft Word documents, and the demo).  I did notice that the game automatically set me to the lowest graphics and put me in a “laptop mode,” so I’m assuming that it will look awesome on a much better computer.  Overall, I thought the demo was very stable.  There were no hiccups or bugs to report and everything actually ran very smoothly.  I was impressed, considering how slow Sims 3 Create a Sim works.  However, this is also with every expansion packet included.

If you are wondering if your computer will play Sims 4, here is the official minimum requirements from EA.

This is the Sim I designed, based off of myself in the lowest graphics setting.  It still looks great.

This is the Sim I designed, based off of myself in the lowest graphics setting. It still looks great.

 Ease of Use

The sliders of the past are now gone.  Sims 4 utilizes a more natural approach to creating a Sim by allowing the player to click on a part of a Sim and working from there.  Of course, there are pre-set body types, faces, and whatnot, but you can still customize a Sim without a lot of hassle.  I was easily able to choose traits and create a Sim without looking at a tutorial or feeling lost for very long.  I felt like most of it was very intuitive.  I was also able to quickly create the Sim that I wanted without a lot of issues.  Overall, I was impressed with how this demo functioned, and I hope the rest of the game feels the same way.

Just click on the body part you want to modify.  The game is very intuitive.

Just click on the body part you want to modify. The game is very intuitive.

Cool Stuff

Although there aren’t a ton of hairstyles and outfits (not sure if this is what we’ll get with the real game or if this is just for the demo), there was enough to feel like a “full” game.  I was able to create a cool character  with the selection of traits, styles, and clothing, which is all I really care about at this point.  One of the coolest aspects of the demo was the introduction to the gallery, which looked to be in full swing already.  I was able to upload my created Sim to the gallery and look at other people’s Sims as well.  If I chose to use someone else’s Sim as my own, it was easy to select it and place it in my own game.

Traits or "aspirations" did not have as large a list as Sims 3, but it still had a really good selection to get your Sim's personality right.

Traits or “aspirations” did not have as large a list as Sims 3, but it still had a really good selection to get my Sim’s personality right.

I was starting to get a little disheartened over some of the news I had heard about Sims 4 (i.e. no toddlers, no cars, not an open world), but if the rest of the game is anything like the Create a Sim Demo, I think the game will be alright.

 

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Want to get away this summer without the large expense?  Try a video game vacation!  Video games offer a wide variety of places to visit–both real and imagined.  The player doesn’t even have to leave the couch!

Join Real Otaku Gamer every week to preview some of the best video game places.  After reading, take the survey at the bottom to vote or your favorite videogame vacation spot.

Dead-Space

Game: Dead Space

Place: USG Ishimura

About: A large ship created specifically for mining planets, the USG Ishimura was supposed to be the best hope for humanity.  Instead, it found something that it shouldn’t have, and instead of being just a planet-cracker, it became a breeding ground for Necromorphs.

Why Visit: This place is a must for fans of the survival horror genre and science fiction horror.  The place is definitely scary, but not in a predictable way.  With creepy passageways, cool gadgets, and zero-G fun, this abandoned mining ship has something for everyone.

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Must See Areas:

  • Take a ride on the tram system.
  • Tour the mining deck and see how a mining ship works.
  • Jump around in zero gravity.
  • Get good at sawing off limbs and squishing dead corpses.  Just in case.

What do you think? Which video game vacation would you prefer? Click here to take the survey and let ROG know where you’d like to go. Be sure to come back next week for another location.

Week 5: Skyrim
Week 4: Pittsburgh
Week 3: Pandora
Week 2: Chicago
Week 1: Rapture

 

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The casting choice for Wonder Woman in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice was met with a lot of skepticism. Gal Gadot was an interesting choice to play Wonder Woman to say at the very least.

With this picture, I think Zack Snyder quieted many of those that were upset by the choice. Gal Gadot definitely stepped up to the plate as Wonder Woman!

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What do you think of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman now that we’ve seen her in the role? Let us know in the comments!

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AMC revealed a Season 5 trailer for The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic Con.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this trailer gets me excited for the new season. Although I’ve been iffy on the show this trailer gives me a lot of hope for the new season with a lot of odes to the comics.

The Walking Dead is set to return on Sunday, October 12th at 9pm on AMC.

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!

By Amy McGarey On 18 Jul, 2014 At 01:16 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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As if Marvel hasn’t made waves in mainstream news already with the announcement of a female Thor, they have continued to make news with the new Avengers lineup coming this fall.

A new Avengers title, Avengers NOW!, brings us a reformed Avengers team. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will be given new number ones. Avengers NOW! will also put a heavy focus on Deathlok and the Winter Soldier. Iron Man will be getting a new suit and moving to San Francisco in Superior Iron Man #1.

The Falcon (Sam Wilson) will be taking over the title of Captain America, replacing Steve Rogers who has recently had all the Super Soldier Serum removed from his body. All-New Captain America will be written by Rick Remender with art by Stuart Immonen.

More details and announcements on the new Avengers will be made at San Diego Comic Con at the end of the month. What do you hope will be announced? Let us know in the comments below.

By Amy McGarey On 15 Jul, 2014 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Company Spotlight, Featured, International News, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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The new female Thor

To keep up with a growing female audience, Marvel has announced today that they intend on creating a new Thor series where Thor is a female. The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and will premiere in October.

In case you don’t understand how this is going to work, Jason Aaron explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

How will this work in the Marvel Universe where Thor is involved in multiple comic book series? “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. It seems like for the next Thor series, the male Thor that we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. The title of Thor will be passed on to someone who is worthy, she just so happens to be female. Traditional Thor will still be involved in the Marvel Universe. My best guess is that the new Thor series will mainly focus on female Thor, while another series will probably handle the issue of where old Thor fits in and what he will do, if anything, to get his hammer back.

As a fan of Thor, I’m excited for this new change in the story line. I think the big fuss about it so far has centered around people thinking that Thor is getting a sex change or that Marvel is pushing some kind of transgendered agenda on everyone. Traditional male Thor will still be very much involved in the Marvel Universe. I look at this as more of a Superior Spider-man situation than killing off a beloved character. Peter Parker came back in the end, so I’m sure old Thor will pull through. I think of all this as welcome news in a long line of Marvel drama, such as the recent rumors of cancelling Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Thor will be joining several other female heroes that have their own comic book series, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Ms. Marvel. Maybe Thor will be filling the void for the female warrior archetype that has become popular with characters like Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

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At PAX East earlier this year, it was announced that there would be a PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. PAX South is to be held from January 23 to January 25.

Yesterday, Penny Arcade randomly announced at 1:11 pm via Twitter that PAX South tickets were on sale.  Within 2 hours, 3 day passes sold out.

Fortunately, single day passes are still available for purchase at http://south.paxsite.com/registration.

You can follow Penny Arcade on Twitter at @Official_PAX.

I will be at PAX South. Will you? What did you think of how they informed the public about the tickets being on sale? Let us know in the comments!

By Isabel On 24 Jun, 2014 At 12:45 AM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Miami New Times is not recognized as the most geek friendly magazine in Miami, as it certainly caters to the more modern “hip” side of Miami. They’re the type of trendy newspaper that discusses night clubs, fashion, and other mainstream interests that couldn’t hold my attention for more than a minute before setting it back down again, so this cover really surprised me at first.

Video game themed Miami New Times cover

I would’ve expected a hole would swallow up this city before ever seeing something like this on a mainstream publication read by bar crawlers and the type of people who would watch a mediocre movie before ever trying out a good comic book. Of course, the colorful pixel art spanned subjects I would skim over in favor of more interesting reads and suggestions (like the foodie and art section) but anyone can appreciate the imagination and breadth of video game characters seen in each illustration.

Mortal Kombat art New Times

Street Fighter art Miami New Times

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Donkey Kong art Miami New Times

Whether a heartfelt salute to the video game industry or a “hey wouldn’t it be cool if we do this” idea, I’m glad I got the chance to see this happen. Upon thinking about this I decided it’s not the most impossible thing to ever happen. Over the years video games have received a surge in popularity many gamers still have difficulty understanding or appreciating. From national coverage on television channels like Spike to video games that only survive because of popularity our little world might not be so obscure anymore. My opinions on if it’s for the best or the worst shall be saved for another day, as it is a sensitive issue many people have differing opinions on and is definitely not a one dimensional subject.

As to who the creator of these great pieces is, it’s an artist specialized in video game art Jude Buffum, whose previous pieces of work and thought provoking blog can be accessed on his website judebuffum.com.

The pieces he did for Miami New Times can be seen here in their full glory.

Do you also enjoy seeing video games represented in a positive light in mainstream media? Let us know, whether on Facebook or Twitter you can reach Real Otaku Gamer anytime!

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At 3 A.M. PDT Thursday, June 19, Konami released a 30 min. gameplay trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The gameplay trailer is the same demo that was on display at this years E3. The trailer will be in English and shown on Kojima Station.

The Phantom Pain technically takes place after the most recent release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, but if you’re familiar with the Metal Gear series you know the games were released in anything but a linear order.

If you’re thinking of playing the Metal Gear series to “catch up” to this release you have more than enough time as MGSV: The Phantom Pain does not yet have a release date and isn’t expected to come out this year.

Here’s a link for the live stream currently going on on YouTube.

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