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By Jessica Brister On 23 May, 2015 At 11:17 AM | Categorized As PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThere are some games that are so spectacular that they continue to have a large following, even though they have been released years beforehand.  Despite being in late 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to have life, especially on the PC where the modding community has completely revitalized the game.

Real Otaku Gamer is introducing a new, weekly column about one of the most beloved RPGs of the last decade.  In this column, I will discuss how this amazing game has been kept alive for such a long time, including discussions on modding, PC gaming, and the “it” quality to Skyrim that makes it such a beloved game.  I hope that you all will join me in the coming weeks as my “companions” in this new series for those who adore everything Skyrim, Elder Scrolls, and Bethesda.

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By Wade Hinkle On 20 May, 2015 At 09:59 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarCapcom has revealed the fourth character on the roster in Street Fighter V, none other than M. Bison, the evil dictator of Shadaloo.

He has grown a bit older, but don’t let that fool you as he has only gotten more vicious and has gained more control over his Psycho Power and some new attacks. He has also updated his wardrobe a bit, leaving behind his cape as you will see in the trailer below he’s wearing a red trench coat. His punches now encompass his opponents with psycho energy, but are in the dark as to whether it does real damage or just for artistic effect. The dictator still has his teleporting ability, with a possibility that the recovery time has been shortened also.

Street Fighter V is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016 on the Playstation 4 and PC, featuring cross-platform play. Capcom also announced recently that a beta test will be available to those who pre-order the game, but no timetable has been given as to when it will happen.

You can also check out the new screenshots the publisher released today, showing more details of M. Bison taking on Nash.


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M. Bison joins the ranks of Ryu, Chun-Li and Nash who have now been revealed for Street Fighter V. Who’s next and who is it that you must see join the roster? Let us know in the comments below.

By Wade Hinkle On 19 May, 2015 At 04:37 AM | Categorized As PC Games, Playstation Vita, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarIdea Factory has released new screenshots for their upcoming game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth3: V Generation.

A remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory for the Playstaion 3, the new version has an updated story, more scenarios and will also include dual audio and a Japanese audio as a free DLC.

Neptune’s been sucked into an alternate dimension of Gamindustri based in the late ’80s. She will need to collect enough shares to open up the path to her own dimension. Though the Seven Sages have other plans, wanting to rid Gamindustri of all CPUs, including Neptune.

Check out the newly released screenshots below:


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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation is scheduled to be released this summer in North America and Europe and is developed for the Playstation Vita, and a PC version will be available this fall.

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No GravatarFor those who want a great medium-sized tablet, there really is nothing else better than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.  In fact, there might not be anything else comparative on the market for the size and price.

The Tab S sports the following features:

  • 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor
  • Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
  • 16 GB hard drive
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Super AMOLED Display (2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • Micro SD card slot
The Tab S 8.2 also looks pretty slick.

The Tab S 8.4 also looks pretty slick.

Power

This tablet is incredibly responsive.  It will multi-task nicely without issue, including those who would use it heavily for streaming and social media at the same time.  The tablet typically blasts through what most casual users would need, and does a decent job with the hard processing power for a tablet.

Display

The Super AMOLED Display is absolutely amazing.  It by far goes above and beyond much tablets out there.  The display is incredibly sharp to the point that one may have hard time finding a wallpaper that is high enough resolution to show up properly without being incredibly pixilated.  For those who love media, especially videos, will adore the high resolution of this tablet.

The 8.4 inch display is quite nice a well.  Some might find that a 10 inch tablet is a bit too big for holding in one hand, while 7 inch tablets are just a bit too small.  This one reaches an easy medium.  It is easily held in one hand, but has a great screen size.

Size and Shape

The Tab S 8.4 is incredibly thin.  Compared to the tablets of a few years ago, this thing is so small and light-weight, even though it has a decently-sized screen.  It is easy to hold in one hand and looks amazingly slick with its thin profile.

Battery Life

The Tab S can go many days with just casual use.  However, someone who heavily uses the tablet or who decides to run Netflix or another movie streaming site for awhile will need to charge it every night.  After a few months of running the device, the battery life has stayed fairly consistent.  Extensive multitasking doesn’t drain the battery as much as it could, but it is a good idea to close all applications when done with the device.

Cameras

Both the front and the back get the job done, however, photography connoisseurs might want to look at the specs first when deciding.  The ability to do video chat is great for those who enjoy Skype or Google Hangouts as well.

Operating System

The biggest–and possibly only–con to this tablet is the fact that it’s a Samsung and the odds of many Android updates are very, very slim.  In the past, older Samsung tablets have not been updated pretty much at all.

Overall

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is impressive as a high-performing tablet.  The display alone is enough to turn heads.  However, with the performance and style, this tablet really does shine.

By Wade Hinkle On 16 May, 2015 At 07:05 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarOGPlanet and Red Duck Inc. are in their final testing stage before jumping into an open beta test of their upcoming first-person shooter, Metro Conflict. The beta test is currently scheduled to launch sometime this summer, but no definitive date has been set.

Those who would like to participate in the beta testing for Metro Conflict, need to keep their ears and eyes open as the registration will be opening within the next few weeks. To keep up-to-date as to when the beta registration goes live, players can head over to Metro Conflict‘s homepage and sign up for their newsletter, and/or follow the Metro Conflict Official Facebook page and Twitter account to get the latest information.

Check out the newly released screenshots below.


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OGPlanet has also announced that at the beginning of the beta testing, servers will be set up for only North America and European players, but they are already planning host for other regions in the future. The testing will be available through the publisher’s own launcher and on the Steam platform.

All players who are involved in the beta phase will receive a 24 karat pixel-plated gold knife skin once the game is in full release.

Stay with Real Otaku Gamer for the latest on Metro Conflict and all the latest gaming, anime, and comic news. Are you interested in Metro Conflict, are you interested in getting involved with the beta testing? Let us know in the comments below.

By Wade Hinkle On 15 May, 2015 At 02:01 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarUbisoft and developer Ubisoft Montreal announced earlier today the release date for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege as October 13th.

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Rainbow Six: Siege is a strategic team-based military first-person shooter and is being developed for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. The game is inspired by the “reality of counter terrorist operatives around the world”, and the environments will react “realistically, dynamically, and
uniquely based on the size and caliber of bullets used or the amount of explosives that have been set.”

A new short trailer was released along with the release date announcement which you can see below.

The developer is expecting the sales of Rainbow Six: Siege to become their best-selling shooter in the history of Ubisoft, with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explains during a recent investors call “Over its lifetime, we believe Rainbow Six: Siege has the potential to become the highest-selling shooter in Ubisoft’s history.”

According to CFO Alain Martine, Rainbow Six games have settled at about three million units, while Far Cry 4 has “exceeded seven million” to date. He continued saying “We believe that Rainbow Six, because of replay-ability and multi-player, might have the potential to better than Far Cry over its lifetime.” Taking those numbers into account, Rainbow Six: Siege will have to sell over double

What are your thought’s on Rainbow Six: Siege, is this something you are interested in purchasing? Do you think the game can sell as many units as Ubisoft is saying? Let us know in the comments below.

By Wade Hinkle On 13 May, 2015 At 10:21 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarUbisoft released an announcement trailer earlier today that gives new information on the next iteration of the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is being developed by Ubisoft Quebec along with nine other Ubisoft studios. Based in London, England during the Industrial Revolution, players will be able to take on the role of either Jacob or Evie Frye, twins that were raised to follow the creed.

Jacob is described as a hot headed, rebellious leader of an underground gang formed to fight for the survival of the lower classes. Evie, the first female character in the franchise, is the exact opposite of her twin brother boasting as a master of both stealth and control. Fighting together to free the people from poverty and corruption, and gain back control of London.

The publisher is trumpeting that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be the largest and most modern open-world in the franchise’s history. New weapons will be introduced such as brash knuckles, a kukri knife and a revolver. Other items for use will include the the zip-line and a rope launcher.

“The ability to lead an underground gang, commandeer any vehicle on hand and use modern tools to take on an expansive and fast-paced Victorian London sets this game apart,” said Marc-Alexis Côté, creative director, Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has been in development for more than two years and this new modern take on the living open world will please Assassin’s Creed fans and newcomers alike.”

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available worldwide on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Windows PC version will have the release date confirmed at a later date, with Ubisoft stating that the game will be released this fall.

Check out the walk-through and announcement trailer along with the screenshots that were released today below.


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By Jessica Brister On 12 May, 2015 At 07:16 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Reviews, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarFor PlayStation gamers looking for a decent wireless headset, the PlayStation Gold is a great option.  It has many features that are a must-have for online game play.  Though there may be better headsets out there with better sound quality, there really isn’t anything sufficient available for the price.

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Here are some of the features that the Gold provides:

Battery Life

The battery life is very similar to that of a typical PS4 controller.  If both are charged at the same time, the battery will last for the same amount of time.  This provides a full day of gaming with one charge, or if a person is only casually gaming, it will hold out for a couple of days between charges.  With a standard mico USB charger, if it the batter does get low, it can easily be charged while a person is still playing with a long cable.  The one that is provide with the Gold is quite short, however.

 Comfort

The PlayStation Gold is pretty comfortable.  It certainly is a lot more wearable than an in-ear headset and can be worn for quite awhile with no issue.  In fact, it is easy to forget that the headset is on.  There is padding along the top and around the ears.  The ear phones themselves are large enough to be comfortable for many hours of gaming.  It can get a bit hot because it is a larger headset, which may affect those living in a warmer more humid climate.

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The Gold features a noise cancelling microphone for chat during gaming.  There is an adjustable volume for chat and game volume, which is really handy.  It also easily adapts to the PS3, PS4, PSVita (using a headphone jack), or PC.  The Gold is incredibly easy to plug into a PS3 or PS4: just plug the USB in and select headset from the console.  Two PlayStation Gold’s can be plugged into a PS4 at once, making split-screen gaming with a friend very easy.  The microphone itself is very clear and, unlike the PlayStation Silver, does not have a microphone sticking out.

Sound

The Gold has a 7.1 virtual surround sound, and it does sound pretty decent.  A true audio connoisseur will probably not like it, but the average gamer will no doubt enjoy the sound quality for the price.

Versatility

The best part about the PlayStation Gold is its versatility because there are many more uses for it than just gaming.  It’s great for watching Netflix while a spouse of significant other is asleep.  For those people with children, a person can watch or play something without worrying about the kids hearing foul language.  For apartment dwellers, the Gold is amazing for late night movies and gaming so that the neighbors don’t hear.  The Gold is an overall good headset

So, is the PlayStation Gold the best wireless headset ever?  No.  However, is it the best for the price?  Absolutely!  It typically retails for a hundred dollars or lower, depending on the deal.  For a comfortable and versatile headset, that is a very reasonable price.

By Garrett Green On 29 Apr, 2015 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, International News, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarIt’s been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball GT, concluded in Japan. And let’s be honest, a lot of fans would like to forget that series ever aired. The series is not considered to be canon and had very little input from the original series creator. A few years ago the Kai series began, which cuts out much of the fluff and filler from Dragon Ball Z and also redraws many scenes to give the show a shiny new coat. But not we are about to get an all new anime titled Dragon Ball Chou. Chou can be translated to “super” and it seems that the english title will infect be “Dragon Ball Super.”

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Dragon Ball Chou will take place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, the last saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will take place before or after the recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, which are considered cannon. But like the movies, series creator Akira Toriyama will over see the new series and be heavily involved.

In an official press release from Toei Animation, Masako Nozawa, voice actress for Goku, Gohan, Gotten, and Bardock, had this to say. “I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

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Osamu Nozaki, a producer at Fuji TV said, “As I read the plot I’ve a;ready received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”

Dragon Ball Chou is set to air this July on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 am.

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There are a lot of things I like about co-op gameplay.  Being able to coordinate with teammates to reach an overall objective is, in my opinion, the best way to play games.  Sometimes a single player campaign will catch your eye or stick with you, but for the most part when the campaigns are over most of us turn to multiplayer or co-op to get the most out of our games.  Occasionally, a company will design a game with little to no campaign and just focus on the multiplayer and co-op experience, but this is typically hamstrung by the fact you need to buy items in game or fork over a huge amount of cash for downloadable content to get a more rounded out game experience.  Destiny is a huge example of how you need the dlc to even play certain levels to get the most out of your game.  While I get the need to provide more content and make money at it, I feel that gamers without large wallets are starting to become victims of this pay to play mentality.   Thankfully, Evolve is changing this for the better.

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Evolve is the newest title from developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher 2K Games.   Evolve is pretty straight forward in terms of basic gameplay, but where it shines is how you approach the various scenarios with your team.  Think of it like chess; easy to learn, and hard to master.  Evolve is a fully co-op game without a campaign mode and I know some of you are rolling your eyes already.  Patience.  The main concept of Evolve is that you are a 4-person squad tasked with your basic bug hunt, except that one of your compatriots is the monster.  This is a 4 on 1 battle for survival where the best man/woman or monster can win.

 

The overall story is that your group of hunters is dropped into hot areas and needs to assist the local scientists, rescue survivors, destroy nests, or defend certain points.  The hunter group consists of 4 players (or AI) each of varying classes; Assault, Trapper, Support and the Medic.  Assault is your basic tank/damage dealer, the Trapper is great at locking down the monster and slowing it, while Support buffs the team with different abilities depending on which character you selected. The medic is pretty obvious and tries to keep their teammates in the fight for as long as possible. This squad will be pitted against a certain monster in one of the previously listed scenarios.  One of the nicer points is that each class has 3 different characters to unlock as you become more proficient with your character’s particular abilities.  For example: Eva is your starting Medic and the group’s sniper.  She has a healing beam that continuously heals damaged players, and a bolt action sniper that has armor piercing rounds.  Now after you level her up, you will unlock Lazarus who is also a Medic, but he can cloak and revive fallen comrades instantly.  Each class progresses the same way and has enough variations between new characters to keep you engaged and entertained even if someone picks the class you wanted for the next round.

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If you select, or get selected, to be the monster you’re in for a treat.  There are a total of three: Goliath, Kraken, and the Wraith.  Like the hunters, each monster has their own strengths and weaknesses, be it brute strength, flight, or cloaking.  I won’t divulge too much on the monsters’ individual abilities because unlocking them is all part of the fun.  The monster, to me, is where the fun is at.  You get to hunt indigenous wildlife and feed while avoiding the hunters.  The reason you want to avoid them initially is because the hunters working in tandem are a force to be reckoned with for a fledgling monster… until you evolve.  When you start as the monster you assign a certain amount of points to the attacks and special abilities you want to use.  From there you gain evolution points every time you feed until it’s time to evolve.  Once you begin your evolution (5-10 seconds) you’re vulnerable in your egg until you assign the new points and emerge, bigger and meaner.  In total, your monster can evolve a total number of 3 times and once it hits level 3, the entire game changes.  At this point hiding really isn’t something to be worried about as you can knock a lone hunter across the screen and pummel them into submission.  Think of Hulk tossing Loki around in the Avengers.  Thankfully, the game gives you a total of three monsters to upgrade and unlock.  So that’s a total of 12 hunters and 3 monsters without purchasing any dlc.  That being said, there will be more hunters and monsters all available for download if you want to pay for them.  There’s even a season pass available so you can get all the content for the year as well.  The difference between Evolve and every other game DLC that’s out there (Destiny, listen up) is that all future map packs will be free.  The developers have gone with a concept that I think is stellar.  You get all future maps at no charge and the only thing you do need to pay for is characters or monsters.  That way if you go into a match with people who have dlc you can still play on the map and experience the new dlc and see if you actually want to buy it.  Whereas games like Destiny leave you in the cold, because the maps and weapons/armor are part of the DLC.  If you don’t have it then you’re out of luck.

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I think my favorite part of Evolve is that you can you play on random maps with random people or you can even customize your own battle experience.  This is one of the few games where if you make a custom/private match you actually keep the xp you earn toward leveling up.  So you can have a private match with 5 friends or you can do a match with just you and another person.  In that case, I can be the monster and my friend can actually control the remaining AI characters simply by quick swapping via the directional pad.  A word to the wise, if you play solo as the monster against the computer, be ready for a fight.  The AI is relentless and can spot you across the map and will hound you the entire match.  Now I know how any monsters who fought the X-Men felt.  That being said, the planet of Shear is highly inhospitable to both hunters and monsters, as you find some of the local fauna can take a monster out just as easily as a hunter(s).

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Just to mention a side note as well.  The game does also have a companion app for Android or iPhone users called Evolve: Hunter’s Quest that plays as a puzzle game, but will also unlock extra damage and abilities in the game once synced to the server.  Some of the unlockables for certain characters are definitely worth the time playing so you can upgrade your damage, healing duration, aoe, etc. for your hunter on the PS4/Xbox One/PC.

All in all my time with Evolve has been fantastic even though it’s only a co-op game at it’s heart.  That being said, with you able to play online with strangers or set up any sort of custom match you want, and being able to get free map dlc, this is the sort of game that offers a replay value that most gamers want and need.  So if you’re game, and think you have what it takes, grab a couple of friends and join the hunt.  The question becomes, are you the hunter or the hunted?

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