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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2018 At 12:12 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Stingbot Games has revealed that their new game, The Forbidden Art, will be coming to Switch in early 2019 after leaving Steam Early Access.

 

When the hero of the game, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey from Phoenix’s humble beginnings to leading a powerful party on a mission to save the world of Chora from the blight of a powerful necromancer.

Phoenix will embark on quests, solve puzzles, discover long-forgotten secrets, and battle enemies in a grand adventure of ancient magic. By controlling the power of fire within, Phoenix will discover new ways to take down enemies and bosses, as well as understand his inner flame.

Full of action, suspense, comedy and unexpected twists and turns, The Forbidden Arts takes place in a magical realm combining western and eastern culture and is brought to life with a bright and colorful art style accentuated by an acoustic guitar soundtrack.

This is a great looking game. Will you be checking this out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jan, 2018 At 07:26 AM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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WB games and NetherRealm studios have shared a new trailer for Injustice 2, to show off the new character Enchantress.

The all-too ordinary life of June Moone ended the day she was possessed by the Enchantress, a demonic sorceress with aspirations of world domination. Today, she fights for her very soul, struggling to harness the Enchantress’ magic for good. If she fails, the Enchantress will consume her – and our world won’t be far behind.

Enchantress is available for Early Access on January 9 for the Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Pack, and Fighter Pack 3!

 

The character looks excellent and we cannot wait to play as her. Will you be checking the character out?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Dec, 2017 At 12:14 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Announced today on the Mega Man 30th anniversary stream, Mega Man X will see all 8 main entries come to modern systems. This includes PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

There were previously collections of the main games, but this is now the X series’ turn. Hopefully the collection will have some great extras.

The games will be released on modern systems in 2018.

 

By Stark Wyvern On 26 Nov, 2017 At 03:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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It’s crazy to think that a Pokemon game has arrived less then year after is predecessor. With such little time, you might even think the game wouldn’t change so much. You’d think that but you’d be wrong. Pokemon Ultra Sun is a return to the glorious Alola region, and one that I have been hyped for as soon as I beat Pokemon Sun. I knew there had to be more that this region had to offer and of course Ultra Sun proved that to me.

In Pokemon Ultra Sun, you start a new journey in Alola, though there are quite a few differences. While much of the game is the same there some things that change that really do make this game better. The characters are certainly more fleshed out and that is always good. Your protagonist might still have lifeless eyes, but the story is definitely more touching. There is just something about this rejuvanated region that just feels right.

Being the last main series game on the 3DS Family of Systems, Gamefreak has really stepped up its game. While Pokemon Switch is next, this game certainly wasn’t a weak game. The challenges in the game are truly present, and I found myself losing at places I didn’t lose before. New Pokemon add to you team creation, and that is a good thing. Now, they aren’t new Pokemon really but they are new to the region, and therefore new. These Pokemon will make creating a team that much more different as new type pairings are now available. You can find a Zorua early on which adds a handy dark type, even a Noibat which adds an early dragon. These types add to the customization of your team and what more could you ask for.

The story itself is different too, especially with the introudction of the Ultra  Recon Squad. These kookie weirdos comes from another dimmension and have a mission of their own. Now, I don’t want to spoil anything but they have certain pokemon that are quite cool. Especially with a new legendary form for a solid Alolan Legendary. These characters appear in scenes and really do shake things up.

Hau, your rival is also significantly stronger. Where before you just saw him as someone who is just out for fun, in this there is a clear shift.As the story progresses he gets bolder, still wants to have fun, but knows you are what will make battles better. The ending is also different and you other characters like  Guzma, Gladion, and Lusamine in different lights.

There is also the new addition of the Battle Agency. Three trainers come together to win battle after battle. Don sunglasses and get into the arena with rented Pokemon. With over 1000 Pokemon to choose from, you never know what will come next. Plus you get to fight trainers from past games as you still can do in the classic Battle Tree. This mode is just a lot of fun, and meeting more players gives you a larger roster to choose from, which is cool. When starting a challenge you neve know what you can expect as everyone will get 3 different Pokemon to choose from.

There are a few new Pokemon who you can also capture. They are all legendaries, so honestly I knew they wouldn’t be on my team. But it is still nice to see new Pokemon. I’m sure they will appear in a movie as they really do have a lot of emotion. That is a good thing. It is always interesting seeing what Pokemon they come up with even if there are only a few.

Now, you can also ride through Ultra Space on either Solgaleo or Lunala. These two Pokemon fly through these amazing portals and along the way you can catch any legendary from past games, even shiny Pokemon may appear. Mantine Surfing is another fun addition and you can even earn a special Pikachu, which in and of itself is a nostalgic nod. The greatest addition to the game has to be Team Rainbow Rocket. Out of nowhere Giovanni returns with all of the past team leaders. I won’t spoil anything, but this story is great and the battle music tittilated me beyond words.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are the last games to grace the 3DS. While yes, it is sad, it is also amazing to see how far these games have come. To see these games looking so good, you can only imagine what the next games could look like. Playing this game will certainly hold me over as there really is just so much to do. With all of the activities, this game is looking to be the best game yet. With the future now looking ever brighter, if Pokemon Switch is better I may be a little surprised. Here’s hoping we get a robust new region, with more nostalgia, as we head into a new generation happy to have played through Alola but ready for more Pokemon than ever before!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Nov, 2017 At 06:51 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarParadox sent out the following

 

Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games that define genres, and Obsidian Entertainment, developers of classic games like Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth, today announced that Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. Definitive Edition, the comprehensive version of Obsidian’s award-winning, best-selling cRPG, Pillars of Eternity, includes the original game alongside both of its released expansions, all premium extras, and an all-new bundle of content, called the “Deadfire Pack,” inspired by Obsidian’s upcoming Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The new version is available via digital distributors today for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

This complete version provides fans with the full suite of all Pillars of Eternity-related content ever created by Obsidian, providing every piece of the experience in a single, convenient package.
Definitive Edition includes:
The original Pillars of Eternity, winner of multiple awards for its rich story, lush art style, and incredible depth of choice — a modern RPG that calls back the classics like Baldur’s Gate
The complete, expanded world, characters, and content from The White March: Parts I & II, which adds new places to travel, companions to adventure with, and quests to complete – and which expands greatly on the story of Pillars
All premium content originally sold with Pillars of Eternity: Royal Edition, including the original soundtrack, a digital collector’s book, an original novella set in the Pillars universe, and much, much more
The all-new Deadfire Pack DLC, which includes new in-game items to earn and discover, and new portraits from the forthcoming sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, releasing in 2018

This is a really great package. Pillars of Eternity is a great game and this new definitive edition will be the best way to experience the game before the sequel comes out.

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 10:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Shmups are one of the oldest genres in gaming, with classics like Space Invaders becoming a pop culture phenomenon. However, shmups tend to fall into one of three  categories, namely vertical, Horizontal and 3D view ( ala Star Fox and Panzer Dragoon) and innovation is not typically done. That is until now.

Astebreed: Definitive Edition is a shmup like no other that I have encountered before. It has an anime style to it, combined with a story based narrative to give it a unique identity. But what makes it so unique is the shifting perspective. Astebreed shifts between all 3 styles that shmups usually fall into, and does so in a way that helps create a fourth  hybrid style. It sounds like it would be disorienting but no, it actually plays very well and flows naturally. I don’t know how else to put it, but Astebreed: Definitive Edition honestly feels like a successful reinvention of the shoot em up genre with its hybrid gameplay.

The story itself is not much to talk about, as far as I am concerned anyways, but the visuals are very appealing, especially when the perspectives shift constantly. I also like the music of the game, as it helps keep the gameplay immersive and the player invested. The downside though is that some of the visuals can be a bit overwhelming, mostly due to causing me to lose track of the ship at times. This isn’t a major gripe but it did cause some issues for me. Despite that, Astebreed: Definitive Edition does feel like a great product.

If I had anything else to say, it is that Astebreed: Definitive Edition has a unique charm to itself. This release brings the updates from the console version and helps expand the experience for players, which is great. I really did like Astebreed: Definitive Edition and feel this is a game worth getting. I recommend it highly!

 

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By Wade Hinkle On 14 Nov, 2017 At 03:46 AM | Categorized As NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHeadup Games along with German production company btf, began a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new game, Trüberbrook.

Described as “Twin Peaks” meets “X-Files”, the atmospheric mystery adventure game takes place in 1967 cold-war Germany. Playing as young American physicist Hans Tannhauser, wins a trip, finds himself in the remote village Trüberbrook, soon realizing the fate of the world is in his hands.

Most games are done through computer animation, but btf built each of the scenes physically, crafting, painting, arranging and put in boxes in between. The models are digitized using a technique called photogrammetry and later retopologized, digitally polished and then blended with animated characters, visual effects and set extensions.

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Kickstarter backers have a variety of rewards to pick from depending on how much is given. An exclusive boxed edition, set pieces from the game, or have a portrait drawn by the character designer and become part of village’s ancestral gallery.

Trüberbrook is scheduled for release in late 2018 in English and German for Windows, Mac, Linux, all through Steam, along with Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and the Xbox One.

The Trüberbrook Kickstarter campaign went live today and will end on December 14th.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Nov, 2017 At 08:35 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

 

Japanese videogame publisher, Happinet, today announced that Dodgeball Rising will enter Early Access on Steam on Dec. 14, 2017. Developed by Asakusa Studios, Dodgeball Rising aims to deliver the ultimate showdown experience, supporting up to six players for fast-paced competition and furious fun!

 

Set in the Edo Period in Japan — where swords and duels have been banned by the government –Samurai, Ninja, and even Sushi Chefs, gather to settle conflicts and disputes over a game of Dodgeball. With support for up to six-player matches, a wide array of unique Dodgeball warriors from all walks of life, simple controls, and engaging special moves, Dodgeball Rising brings the classic schoolyard sport to life as never-before-seen.

 

Key Features: 
– A Remarkable Roster: Choose from 11 unique Dodgeball warriors from all walks of life — each with different playstyles and skillsets, including Samurai, Ninja, Sushi Chefs, Kabuki Entertainers, Sumo Wrestlers, and more!

– Become a Hero: Using the different stats, play styles and unique skills of each character, you can become a hero with your own distinctive play style.

– Various Offensive Actions: Work with teammates for consecutive shots, tricks, slow shots and other moves to surprise your opponents and keep them on their toes.
– Arcade Mode: Enter the Ultimate Imperial Dodgeball Tournament in this single player mode, and unique story for each character.

– Simple Rules: Victory is defined simply by taking down your opponents. Outlast your opponents by playing well on the court.

– Offline and Online Multiplayer: The game can be played locally or online with up to 6 players. AI players can be called in to fill empty slots.
– Amazing Specials: Build up your Rising Gauge to unleash a variety of over-the-top special moves and attacks to defeat your opponents.

 

For more information, please visit the Dodgeball Rising page on Steam and Dodgeball Rising’s official game page here. Stay up to date on the latest updates on Twitter.

This is a truly interesting looking game to say the least. It is definitely the most unique Dodgeball game seen in quite a while.

Do you like what you see?

 

Source: PR Email

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2017 At 03:37 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Platformer adventure games are very common to see among indie games, but it is so rare that a game manages to catch my attention with its beauty and storytelling done well. Pankapu is one of these rare games, as it has an extremely beautiful art style combined with excellent gameplay that tells a story well.  It starts off slow but once it finds its footing, it becomes a truly amazing experience.

 

Pankapu is a game almost like a fairytale, which fits the game’s nature. It is whimsical and charming but not without action. There are items to collect and enemies to fight but what I liked the best is how the game makes its world and setting a character in its own right. Everything feels connected even level to level, which is the mark of good storytelling. The gameplay is an excellent non linear level based platformer that knows how to use its action well. the game teaches you quickly how to play and it all feels natural.

It is not all perfect, as there is some frame rate stuttering when played in docked mode, that I did not notice in handheld mode. As well, while HD rumble was used, I do not feel it was used to the best effect that it could have been. That being said, this did not stop me from enjoying Pankapu in any way, and I felt it was a truly engrossing experience. As the story progressed, I found myself enjoying it more and more, and I feel that Pankapu might be a good example of story being told through immersion in gaming. There is a good balance of action with the storytelling though, and that helps elevate the game to a higher level.

I feel Pankapu is a game that more should check out because words simply do not do it justice. This is a good one.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Oct, 2017 At 06:49 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

 

On the eve of Wednesday’s puck drop to start the 2017-18 NHL regular season, EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 today released the results of its annual season simulation.

 

Powered by NHL® 18, the season simulator predicts the Tampa Bay Lightning will triumph over the Edmonton Oilers and take home the Stanley Cup® for the first time since 2004. After an eventful 7-game series and an action-packed 3-2 win in the final game, Tampa Bay Captain Steven Stamkos will lead the team to victory, resulting in the team’s second Stanley Cup® win in franchise history after narrowly missing out in 2015.

 

A link to the EA SPORTS NHL® 18 blog post detailing the full regular season standings can be found here.

 

Some other notable predictions from the season simulation include:

 

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by captain Sidney Crosby, continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference during the regular season and take home the President’s Trophy.
  • NHL® 18 cover athlete Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, for the second year in a row, becomes the most decorated athlete at the NHL Awards®, with back-to-back wins of three major awards – the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. McDavid joins an elite group of multi-year winners of these coveted awards, including Hockey Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky.
  • Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy for an exceptional post-season performance, as well as the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as highest goal scorer.
  • In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights fall short a playoff spot finishing 14th overall in the Western Conference.

 

The EA SPORTS NHL® season simulation is conducted annually by artificial intelligence that uses real-life data from each player. Results are determined by the videogame when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

 

After launching for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 15, NHL® 18 delivers the creativity of today’s young NHL stars with new Creative Attack controls and the Defensive Skill Stick. Play the fast-paced, arcade-inspired 3-on-3 EA SPORTS™ NHL® THREES mode, or reshape the league entirely with the new Expansion Draft and your own custom 32nd NHL team. Do it all with the most co-op and competitive multiplayer options ever delivered in an EA SPORTS NHL® game.

 

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and NHL Awards is a trademark of the National Hockey League.  NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams.  © NHL 2017.  All Rights Reserved.

Hmm, interesting results, now to see if they pan out.

 

Source: EA PR