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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 04:54 PM | Categorized As Animation, News, ROG News, Television, Videos | With 0 Comments

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Netflix and Konami have released the first trailer for the upcoming animated Castlevania series. The series debuts on July 7 of this year.

 

The series looks dark and violent and like a Castlevania series should. Check out the trailer below

 

 

 

 

By Cataclysmic Knight On 29 Apr, 2017 At 10:32 PM | Categorized As Featured, Movie News, Reviews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

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King for a Day

 

Yesterday, Thursday the 27th I was lucky to be one of the 30,000 to attend AMC’s King for a Day event. Armed with a terrible memory and without any way to take notes, I’ll give you a SPOILER FREE look at King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

I stepped into the theater over half an hour early to find a good quarter of the seats full. Before the movie began, hopeful showgoers were being turned away repeatedly as literally, every seat was full. Comfort be damned, I was hyped for a King Arthur movie by Guy Ritchie with Charlie Hunnam in the titular starring role! The fact they gave out some pretty sweet swag didn’t hurt either.

 

Swag!

 

I went in expecting a humorous, action-packed fantasy movie with some great dialogue and I sure wasn’t let down. What I didn’t expect, however, were the epic twists on the source material – without spoiling anything the movie really handled Arthur and Excalibur well. I thought “Legend of the Sword” was a really lame part of the title originally, but now I realize just how fitting it was. Excalibur is perhaps the most well-known weapon that exists, and it is AWESOME here. It also leads to some truly amazing fight scenes, one of which is easily in my top 5 fight scenes of all time. It’s badass, it’s brilliant and it’s epic! I also really loved the depth given to the Arthurian legends, even the stone from “the sword in the stone” is given a really great twist.

Beyond the action and the great editing/humor, the characters were excellent as well. Arthur is a man who has made his own way – “from nothing comes a king” was a very accurate tagline for the film. I would’ve loved some more Goosefat Bill (Aiden Gillen, Littlefinger on Game of Thrones and Paul Serene in Quantum Break) but I’ll survive. Jude Law was an excellent Vortigern, although the movie could’ve snuck a bit more depth into his character pretty easily. The biggest surprise was Astrid Berges-Frisbey whose character – “The Mage” as she’s credited – was awesome! The rest of the cast was excellent as well, but nothing particularly sticks out in my memory a day later.

I typically don’t like reviewing a movie after only one watch, as hype and surprise can cover up a movie that really isn’t great a second time around. Heck, I typically don’t review movies anyway, but I couldn’t resist with such a surprise hit. Fans of fantasy shouldn’t pass this one up for anything, it was glorious. There were only a few scenes that really benefit from the big screen though, so you won’t really miss out waiting til it hits Redbox/Netflix/disc.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out a trailer for the movie below.

 

By otakuman5000 On 16 Apr, 2017 At 09:23 PM | Categorized As Animation, Editorials, Featured, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG Humor, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIn a timed exclusive with the creator of the show, The Scarlet Derby Plays comes to Real Otaku Gamer. This is a new series from my good friend Mike Cervantes. This is a very entertaining show. We are glad to showcase the show on Real Otaku Gamer.

 

 

By Kira Nance On 5 Apr, 2017 At 10:03 PM | Categorized As Featured, Movie News, Reviews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI have never been a fan of home invasion thrillers, not one bit quite frankly. The whole cat and mouse aspect is played out for me and in my opinion the best stories have already been told, manipulated, and told again… or so I thought. Roughly ten minutes into Hush and my chest is already tight and it will remain so for the duration of this brilliantly intense flick.

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Conceived over dinner, Hush is the brainchild of husband and wife writing team, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia) and leading lady Katie Siegel (Oculus). Siegel shines as Maddie Young, a deaf novelist who has retreated to the calming seclusion of the woods in hopes of finishing her latest book. Not entirely isolated, plucky neighbor Sara (Samantha Sloyan) pops in for a visit, giving insight as to the inner workings of Maddie’s mind and providing us with a large amount of the film’s mere fifteen minutes of dialogue. Sara’s next appearance is nothing short of nerve-racking when our unnamed killer played by John Gallagher Jr. (The West Wing, 10 Cloverfield Lane) brutally steps into the scene. A quick chat with her sister Max (Emma Graves) via FaceTime further connects us to Maddie and distracts her just long enough for the killer to begin his unnerving game of terror. The killer seems almost invigorated by his curiosity of Maddie, her handicap after all, allows him to employ new methods of psychological torture. Neighbor John (Michael Trucco) enters the story only to provide a sense of false hope to the naive. I feel inclined to note that there is a moment of irony here that I utterly and I suppose morbidly, appreciated. Maddie, despite her handicap or rather thanks to it, exhibits an incredible ability to adapt and displays a will to persevere that is so strong that I almost felt sorry for Gallagher’s character at points.

As expected in a film with such limited dialogue, the sound design plays an important role and Flanagan implements a few creative techniques here. The choice to apply ambient sounds in lieu of complete silence to capture Maddie’s perspective was not just ingenious but fluidly executed. The sound effects or lack thereof, do not distract from the visual storytelling but enhance it. There is no shortage of gore in Hush but it’s not overplayed either, the violence comes at a steady pace and is portrayed in a realistic manner. The plausibility of Hush is really what kept me enthralled. Gallagher captures the air of a killer wonderfully, there’s a twinkle in his eye, a curve of his lips that completely sells the killer’s passion for inducing fear. Siegel is a breath of fresh air in the role of female protagonist, a role that usually leaves me rooting for the bad guy and screaming obscenities at the screen in disgust of repeated bad decisions. Hush takes the home invasion thriller to a whole new level and I look forward to Flanagan and Siegel’s next twisted conception.

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By otakuman5000 On 6 Oct, 2016 At 09:02 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Podcasts, ROG News, The Real Gamer Show, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNSFW!! Parental Advisory! We streamed the show originally back in July 2016.

Yeah, you read it correctly! Your 3 favorite old gamers are back! On this episode, we pay a tribute to my late wife (who Griffey called Mrs. Otakuman). We were completely off the cuff with this episode, We did our section PLWR: Playing, Listening, Watching, and Reading. Griffey is playing Mad Max and talking about Big Shel’s Kitchen. Shel is headed to EVO 2016. We are having a blast on the show. Check out the show.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Apr, 2016 At 05:24 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHere is the animated short that debuted yesterday as a prequel to Star Fox Zero. Please have a look.

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jan, 2016 At 04:50 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Previews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarGameXplain has uploaded a new video detailing a head to head graphical comparison for Twilight Princess HD.

 

As you can see from below the HD version looks far better and has numerous improvements in many areas including textures.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jan, 2016 At 01:49 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Videos, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWB Games and Netherreal Studios have announced Mortal Kombat XL, an all in one edition of Mortal Kombat X that includes all the DLC from Kombat Pack 1 and 2. Preordering Also gives you the Cosplay Pack which dresses Cassie and Jaqui as Lin Kei and Shira Raiu respectively. That is an excellent pack. The XL edition and Kombat Pack 2 will not be coming to the PC version which has had numerous issues.

 

The trailer is included below

 

By Daniel Fugate On 19 Dec, 2015 At 09:17 PM | Categorized As Nintendo 3DS, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

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For the first time ever, the Mario & Luigi RPG series is crossing over with the Paper Mario rpg series. Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam for 3DS is the crossover game and it’ll be coming out on January 22nd in North America. However, the game is currently out in Europe (as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros) and Nintendo UK has released a few trailers for it on their 3DS youtube channel. The newest trailer is an overview for the game.

Give this trailer a look and let us know if you plan to buy this game in January:

Check out Nintendo UK’s official website for Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros for more information about this game.

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Excited for Rise of the Tomb Raider? It’s expected during the holiday season of this year exclusively for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Check out this pre-E3 trailer below!

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