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!
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Sony announced on their blog on February 3, 2014 their new Gold Wireless Stereo Headset. The headset will retail at $99.99 (MSRP). No set date has been given for when we will see this on the market, though Sony said it will be released early this month.
The specs for this headset are 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise cancelling microphone, and custom audio settings for the different PS4 games. The cable is a 3.5mm audio cable.
The headset is compatible with the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, computers, and mobile devices. There will also be a free Headset Companion app coming to the PlayStation store some time this month.
You can watch Sony’s video on the new headset below.
On Jan. 6 2014 we received a deathless video play through of Demon’s Souls. The men at GheyforGames uploaded their video to YouTube which was immediately posted to the /r/demonssouls subreddit by /u/bnvkte.
The video is a sped up version of the recording and is only 1:31:33 seconds long. For a good portion of the video the Stephen, Toni and Gary (the men who run the channel) are giving commentary about their strategy and what they learned through all of their attempts. The commentary is nonstop for the first 19 minutes of the video and they pick up here and there to add other little informative nuggets.
For any of you familiar with the Souls’ games you know this is an impressive feat. Demon’s Souls, the predecessor to Dark Souls, is recognized as the more difficult of the two games. While this may not be the first ever deathless run it is the first one I could find.
As stated in the video the run took advantage of the “broken” magic component of the game. Once again if you’re familiar with the series you know broken in this sense doesn’t mean cheated, but more fair. Below are all the stats provided by GheyforGames for their character build:
FINAL BUILD STATS!
INT: 30 (essentially attunement for you DeS nubs)
STR: 16 (just enough to use the dark silver shield, although when it comes down to it the Adjudicators shield might be better?)
MAG: 30 (This is basically dark souls INT (despite there already being an INT in this game)
FAITH: 6 (FUCK THE POPE etc)
LUK: 11 (basically humanity that sticks with you through the game, really only useful with the blueblood sword that scales with luck)
head: silver cornet : max mp boost
body : fluted set : essentially knight/elite knight
arms : silver bracelets : 20% extra souls
legs : magicians set : leather or black leather?
left arm to right arm
adjudicators shield – basically the eagle shield that gives you hp regen
kris blade – a useless offhand weapon, but it boosts spell damage if equipped
dark silver shield – a medium shield that if it was dark souls would block 100/100/90/20
crescent falchion – basically an enchanted falchion but it gives you mana regen
silver catalyst – spell tool that scales with strength slightly and has weaker maj adjust BUT gives you more mp
regenerator – hp regen
fragrant – mp regen
ring of magical nature – +1 spell memory slot ( bassically +1 attunement slot, INT in this game is tied to your mana pool and how many spells you can equip at the onetime)
thief ring – kinda like the ring of fog really
Do you remember when YouTube first came around? I do. It was, in my experience, a music explosion. People took to YouTube like it was a pile of pure gold coins just waiting to be taken. I tried my hand at it, created an account and began sharing my songs with anyone who would watch. (Spoiler: no one did.) Once the music scene became over crowded other types of content took center stage. Some of that content was focused on gaming. Anymore, the majority of my entertainment is found on YouTube. My DVR is almost full of shows I’ve set aside for the daily content I get on the video site. Game play, music, comedy, vlogs, scripted shows, and so much more. All of these things fill my subscription list and keep me entertained for hours. No really, hours. Do you think that’s strange? Maybe it is. I mean, who spends hours on the Internet watching other people who spend hours on the Internet? Well, more people than you think. If you want the truth then you need to realize that the Internet is not some foreign, odd thing. People that reside there are not less human because they exist there; in some ways you could argue people are more obviously themselves on the Internet. I know I’m speaking to the choir here, but it needs to be said. YouTube creators are just like other creators, and often more original. Why does that matter? Because the people and content that has most influenced my life can be found on YouTube. People like Dodger,Jesse Cox, TotalBiscuit, Boogie2988, the majority of the YOGSCAST, and many other people and channels. They have made gaming their life, their job, their passion, and it shows. These people create videos that range from game play, to news, to original music, to parodies. They have a good time, and they are basically my heroes. Sorry mom and dad, but it’s true. These channels have introduced me to all kinds of things. Growing up I was a bit deprived. My parents didn’t exist in the geek world. They didn’t take us to movies, they didn’t watch much TV, they monitored every minute we spent on computers (even though we were in high school before we got them), and they always frowned when I asked for a new game. We didn’t own consoles, I’m a pure PC player because of it, and we didn’t even delve into tabletop games. Really, I was deprived as a budding geek. If it weren’t for YouTube I wouldn’t own Dead Space, or Don’t Starve, or The Witcher. I wouldn’t know about the Humble Bundle, or Loot Crate, or Steam. I never would have played Portal, or Mirrors Edge, or Mass Effect (arguably my all time favorite game series), or so many others. The YouTube copyright scandal wouldn’t mean anything to me, and it should mean a whole lot to everyone. YouTube, no, not YouTube. The artists, creators, talents, and writers behind YouTube channels have literally changed my life. I’m not going to argue the reasons why creators on YouTube deserve more respect than they’re getting right now. I’m not going to tell you how terrible things are and why I think it all needs to be turned around. I’m here to tell you simply how important this website is. These people who sit at their computers and make jokes or rip on games for bad FOV sliders, they have saved lives. What they do is important, not just for their viewers but for the entertainment industry as a whole. Content creators that have established themselves on YouTube have proven time and again just how amazing they are. I’m here to tell you to go check them out. Subscribe to a hundred channels if you want, or only two, but I promise you will find someone making content that you will love. YouTube is just a platform, a stage. The people in the videos, the ones who are willing to shamelessly create just because they can, they are worth your time. Don’t be afraid to give it to them. Support them as much and as often as you can, because that will make all the difference.
I signed up for Amazon Local a few years back (and for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s kind of like Groupon), and boy – it really did not disappoint!
I woke up one morning to an email saying “Access to Online Game Design Training for One Year” offered by the School of Interactive Design. As an editor looking to acquire as many skills in the gaming field as I can, I hopped on the deal right away. The good news for those of you who will need a little bit to recover from Christmas shopping is that this deal will be available for about another month (26 days from this date, actually).
Here’s what you need to know about everything this will include:
One year’s worth of access to easy to understand tutorials on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Maya, Unity, and Game Salad.
On the voucher when you pay for the deal, it will say that you will not need to make any further purchases and that all software will be included an free. No, this does not include Photoshop and Illustrator. It includes Game Salad, Maya, and Unity. The videos will show you how and where to download these softwares from.
The voucher also says that buying this deal doesn’t register you for classes, and that you need to do this by April 18th, 2014. I called and inquired, and SoID (School of Interactive Design) said that Amazon won’t remove this verbiage and to disregard it.
This is not an online college where you have class times and homework. This is a laidback, go-at-your-own-pace type of thing. Makes it really convenient for most of us whose lives are hectic like mine.
My advice to anyone is to treat this like school. Practice, practice, practice. And take notes, because in a few years from now, you may forget how to use these programs.
How much will this run you, exactly? It will only cost you $99. Seriously? Yes, seriously.
Click here to head over to the website to get you on your way! Godspeed, and may the Force be with you!
I’ll be the first to say that the last good Final Fantasy game that was made was X, however I cannot deny that the Final Fantasy XIII series keeps opening my eyes to the superior graphics that Square Enix continues to dish out.
A few months ago, I wrote an article on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XII’s story plot. Square Enix just revealed their opening cinematic, and I’m truly impressed. What’s rare for any game, book, or movie, is when the consumer feels like the following installments are better than the original, and I can say that’s how I feel about the FFXIII series. As stated in my previous article, I dreaded every second of playing the first one. It had potential, but then it became complicated too fast, and without the in-game journal of the plot, I’d be lost entirely. The second one was decent as well, introducing a familiar Kingdom Hearts element by allowing the ability to travel through time to fix the world order. According to Square Enix, this next installment will be the last in the series, and I almost want to say “thank God.”
However, this cinematic is extremely awesome, and raises a ton of questions for those who have played FFXIII and FFXIII-2. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are a lot of what and why‘s going on.
What do you guys think? Will this be a great game, or will it be just another great cinematic to lure you into something sub-par?
After the incredible explosion of Bioshock Infinite DLC news, the last twenty-four hours has also seen the release of the first DLC pack, Clash in the Clouds, right to our consoles. This pack is the first of three packs included in the Season Pass for Infinite and is a nice re-acquaintance with the game before the major story DLC, Burial at Sea, arrives in the near future.
Clash in the Clouds puts Booker and Elizabeth on the frontlines of arena based combat, operating out of ‘The Columbian Archaeology Society’. From this hub the player has access to the four arenas, ‘The Ops Zeal’, ‘Duke and Dimwit Theatre’, ‘Raven’s Dome’ and ‘Emporia Arcade’ – four unique environments from the main campaign. The player also has access to a museum section of the Archaeology Society where you can spend the money earnt in the arenas to buy character models, concept art, behind the scenes video and some great music tracks to listen to whilst exploring.
The real focus of this DLC is the combat arenas. Upon selecting an arena the player faces fifteen unique waves of enemies ranging from soldiers to Handymen and Motorized Patriots. Each arena has fifteen ‘Blue Ribbon Challenges’ which give you specific parameters to complete the wave – these give the player cash bonuses and unlock a trophy/achievement for completing all sixty. The Archaeology Society also features leaderboards to see how the player’s score stacks up against friends and the world.
Overall this DLC features the same smooth gameplay executed just as well in this as in Bioshock Infinite. The pack serves more as a vehicle for people to get back into the combat and exhilaration the game provides in anticipation for the upcoming ‘Burial at Sea’ packs. What the player gets in this pack however is more than just a fun re-
entry to infinite, it’s also a new game mode that will have you playing through the waves over and over to get a better score and complete some of the more challenging Blue Ribbons. In short the DLC is quite good and really fun, well worth the $4.99 while we wait for the intriguing “Burial at Sea” packs!
Clash in the Clouds is available now on all platforms for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft points, or free for Season Pass holders. Check out the trailer below!
E3 had only been going for a day, and yet, it felt like we were all overwhelmed by the sheer number of announcements from both Sony and Microsoft, and while the internet argued (and still is) over which one did better, we were witness to the last of the Big 3; Nintendo.
And just like the previous 2, a slew of announcements were made, but really most of it were things we had already expected, plus some eShop titles.
In any case, for those who missed it, here is the rundown, first, for Wii U:
Super Mario 3D World – For the first time a 3D Mario title with multiplayer capabilities, it will be developed by the same team that worked on Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, it will allow for use of 4 characters which include Mario, Luigi, Toad, and for the first time in over 2 decades; Princess Peach, a new Power-Up: the Cat Costume was revealed, seemingly adding some new level of gameplay with it. Scheduled to launch this December.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – The only real surprise this E3 for Nintendo was this game, marking the return of character Dixie Kong, Retro Studios takes on this series once more, attempting to bring more Donkey Kong the Wii U, with an improved graphical look, this game is set to be released this November.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD – An improved version of the original 2002 hit for the GameCube, bringing new items such as the Tingle Bottle, which allows to send messages to Miiverse by using a bottle and dropping it in the ocean, also faster sailing mechanics. Scheduled to launch this October.
Mario Kart 8 – Apparently ditching the silly titles for good, this new game adds a new gameplay element with anti-gravity, and marks the return of bikes to the series, will have great online integrated to Miiverse. Available Spring 2014.
The Wonderful 101 – Created by Platinum Games, this title focuses on combat between Wonder-Red, and the group of heroes working for him, using them to attack enemies while looking and sounding like a classic superhero comic book. Launching September 15.
Bayonetta 2 – Also developed by Platinum Games, showing the main character’s new look as well as some combat, looking as chaotic as ever. Game launching 2014.
“X” by Monolift Soft – Aiming to be an open world title, and adding the ability to control humanoid robots, this title that is being developed with Xenoblade experiences to mind, seems to aim for a higher bar than that title. Available 2014.
Wii Party U – A party game, involving different tabletop games, this Mario-partyesque game will launch this October.
Wii Fit U – Just what it sounds like, set to be released this December.
Pokemon X Version and Y Version – For Nintendo 3DS, the biggest news is about Pokemon, that will release this October, the game has revealed the already speculated Fairy type, which will become the 18th type in the series.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – (Not shown on the stream) A nice throwback title to the prequel of A Link to the Past, in this title, Link will be able to travel along the walls, allowing for different tactics to puzzles. Out this holiday season.
Yoshi’s New Island – (Not shown on the stream) Offering a variety of art styles, Yoshi returns in his 3rd adventure for the Nintendo 3DS. Out this holiday season.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – The 4th game in the Mario and Luigi series, this will add the ability to jump into Luigi’s dreams, game out August 11.
Outside of those, there were also quite a few third party tittles glossed over, here are the tittles that you may have missed:
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Ubisoft – Wii U – Oct. 29
Batman: Arkham Origins – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Wii U – Oct. 25
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Nintendo 3DS – Oct. 25
Deus Ex: Human Revolution -Director’s Cut – Square Enix, Inc. – Wii U – 2013
Disney Infinity – Disney Interactive – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS – Aug. 18 (still making titles for the Wii?)
Disney’s Planes – Disney Interactive – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS – Aug. 6 (DS too?)
Just Dance 2014 – Ubisoft – Wii U, Wii – Oct. 8
Rayman Legends – Ubisoft – Wii U – Sept. 3
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Wii U Nintendo 3DS – Fall 2013
Shin Megami Tensei IV – ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.) – Nintendo 3DS – July 16
Skylanders SWAP Force – Activision Publishing – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS – Oct. 13
Sonic Lost World – SEGA – Wii U, Nintendo 3DS – Holiday 2013
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – Ubisoft – Wii U – Aug. 20
Watch Dogs – Ubisoft – Wii U – Nov. 19
Well hope nobody was disappointed. Ericyo and I, are very excited for some of these upcoming games and had a great time working to bring you, the audience, as much information on Nintendo as possible. We will continue to do so in the future.
Today, Nintendo aired their conference online, aimed towards both the gamers and the media, the conference was rather short, and rather unimpressive in comparison to Sony, but it did end not with a bang, but with an explosion.
After the smoke cleared, we got a first look on Super Smash Bros, set to be released for both Wii U and 3DS next year, showing some minor gameplay along with 2 newcomers to the series: Megaman, and Animal Crossing villager.
Trailer suggests a cel-shaded look for the 3DS version, while the Wii U seems to have character more akin the original Wii version, differences haven’t been really pinpointed, but we will keep you informed as we receive more information.
The game is set to be released next year, with no specified term.
E3 is here people! We here at Real Otaku are gearing up to cover the conference and bring you all the news we can. To get ready, here are a few trailers. First up is the official trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins. We are hoping to learn a lot more at E3 and even though it is just a cinematic trailer, it is still setting a good tone for the Batman series we all know and love.
Next on deck is a game that is near and dear to my heart. Remastered and looking gorgeous, is Ducktales Remastered. This short trailer shows of the Amazon level of the game, narrated by your trusty eye in the sky, Launch Pad
Up next we have the Saints Row 4. I personally loved Saints Row the Third and the 4th installment looks to be even crazier and more over the top (which I didn’t think was possible).
And lastly we have Thief, the reboot of the Thief series. Coming to next gen consoles and PC
And there you have it folks, 4 trailers of some up coming games. Stay tuned and come back to Real Otaku for your E3 coverage.