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In a move that excited some and made some cringe, Sega sent a press release announcing that Valkyria Chronicles 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Soldiers, strategists, and commanders–the call has come in from the front lines. It’s time to rejoin the fight! The beloved Valkyria
Chronicles series makes its grand return westward in 2018 with Valkyria Chronicles 4, a new mainline chapter in the saga for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch(TM), and
Xbox One(TM).  Return to a continent ravaged by conflict with a familiar-yet-refined tactical RPG battle system, a vibrant and evocative art style that portrays a living canvas of watercolors, and a gripping World War II-inspired story full of momentous
triumphs, heartbreaking loss, and unexpected hope for the human spirit. It is the year 1935 EC…The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial
capital and end the war.
Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria…and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core. 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Features:

* A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War – Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters. Players will take command of the eager, young Commander
Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more. Together, they will experience the
painful realities of war–but will the bonds of Squad E’s friendships survive the frozen battlefield? 
* The Next Generation “BLiTZ” Battle System – The part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter “BLiTZ” battle system returns to the field. New features include an explosive new class called the Grenadier, numerous
offensive/defensive battleship support options, chances for a unit to have a “Last Stand” action before death, and more. Plus, fight the imperial threat with more units on larger-scale maps than ever before.
* CANVAS Aesthetics – The series’ signature hand-drawn visual style is back and overhauled for the newest generation. Inspired by watercolor compositions, the CANVAS
Graphics Engine blends visual elements of reality and imagination to create an expressive world filled with colorful emotions. Watch the journey of Squad E unfold like an interactive painting! 
* The Return of a Legendary Composer – The illustrious Hitoshi Sakimoto, original composer of the Valkyria Chronicles series and countless other emotional epics, returns to provide a sweeping orchestral soundtrack for the game.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be available on PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch(TM), and
Xbox One(TM) platforms in the Americas and Europe in 2018.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 05:47 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The future is looking bright for SNK. The company shared their official financial statements today,  and revealed some very good news. SNK has returned to profit in 2017 despite losing 558 million yen FY 2016. This change in fortune can be attributed to SNK moving away from pachinko and back to game development.

CEO Koichi Toyama has decided that SNK would return to their roots as a game developer and rebranded and SNK from SNK Playmore  as part of the return. Their first major effort was The King of Fighters XIV, which has been doing well for the company, especially on the esports scene. Hopefully SNK keeps this up, because they make great games and the industry is better with them in it.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 04:46 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBlizzard sent out the following

 

At BlizzCon® 2017 earlier this month, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a ton of updates coming to our games—and starting today, several of these are now live!

  • StarCraft® II is now free-to-play!
  • Heroes of the Storm® welcomes one of the Dragons of the Nexus: Alexstrasza!
  •   Go behind-the-scenes of “Honor and Glory,” the latest Overwatch® animated short.

 

StarCraft II Now Free-to-Play

As we announced at BlizzCon, StarCraft II is free-to-play starting today! Players around the world now have access to the best of what the ultimate real-time strategy game has to offer, including:

  • The full, award-winning Wings of Liberty™ campaign
  • Immediate access to all multiplayer units in Unranked Multiplayer and Custom game modes
  • Free access to the Ranked Multiplayer ladder by completing 10 “First Wins of the Day” in Unranked Multiplayer or Versus AI modes
  • All Co-op Commanders free up to level 5, including the brand new Terran commander combo Mira Han and Matt Horner, who also debut today.
  • Between November 8 and December 8, players who already have Wings of Liberty (as of October 31, 2017) can get a free digital copy of Heart of the Swarm™.

 

Dragons Enter the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm
November 14–December 12

 

The first ever Dragon aspect in the Nexus arrives today in Heroes of the Storm, along with the Dragons of the Nexus Quest, which rewards players with three new portraits!

 

Warcraft®’s Alexstrasza is the first to swoop into the Nexus. She’s a powerful support Hero who can transform into her massive dragon aspect form to rain fire down on her friends and foes alike.

 

Here are some of the rewards Heroes of the Storm players can acquire with the arrival of Alexstrasza and the Dragons of the Nexus event:

  • New Skins: Dark Queen Alexstrasza, Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza
  • Alexstrasza Emoji Packs
  • New Skin Variations for Cho’gall, Varian, Kharazim, Samuro, Kael’Thas, Medivh, Chromie
  • Dragons of the Nexus Quest: Play 5 games to earn the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza Portrait, 10 games to unlock the Dragonstrike Portrait, and achieve 90 takedowns in winning games to receive the Stained Glass Dragon Knight Portrait.

 

Overwatch: “Honor and Glory” Animated Short Director’s Commentary

 

Enjoy an insider’s look for our latest animated short, “Honor and Glory,” featuring director’s commentary by Ben Dai from Blizzard’s animation team.

 

Blizzard is firing on all cylinders right now. After an amazing BlizzCon, the company is going from strength to strength.

Will you be checking out their new content?

 

Source: Blizzard PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 12:13 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

Continue the fight to make American Nazi-free again in Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles. Starring three different heroes, this multipart DLC will give players a chance kick Nazis out of America but from a trio of fresh perspectives. Available as individual DLC packs or all together in the Season Pass, The Freedom Chronicles includes:

 

Episode Zero

Included with pre-order or Season Pass. Available now.

Episode Zero introduces players to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC mission.

 

The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe

December 14

As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!

 

The Diaries of Agent Silent Death

January 30

As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!

 

The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins

March 2018

As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!

 

The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is available now for $24.99. Each episode can also be purchased separately.

This is a great detailing of the post launch dlc. Wolfenstein II is an amazing game, and if you haven’t seen our review yet, you can read it here

 

source: Bethesda PR

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I am a major fan of retro gaming, and with regards to that, the Neo Geo holds a special place in my heart. The games had so much to them and they felt like nothing else at the time. Today, I wish to highlight 7 Neo Geo games that you can play right now via Arcade Archives on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. I will only include one entry per franchise, as otherwise this list would be a little repetitive.

 

Number 7: Magician Lord

Magician Lord was a launch title for the Neo Geo and holds up surprisingly well all these years later. It has challenging gameplay yet is still fair and most of all fun. The game allowed you to transform the main character in different ways to take on enemies, sort of but not quite like Altered Beast. The game was very action oriented combined with excellent platforming gameplay that would come to show why the Neo Geo was a force to be reckoned with. With fans both old and new, Magician Lord is one to try!

 

Number 6: Neo Turf Masters

A golf arcade game doesn’t sound like an extremely exciting game that would be beloved decades later, but Neo Turf Masters is a different kind of beast.  The game has fast paced action combined with excellent fluid animation that still looks great today. I would even go so far as to say that Neo Turf Masters is the direct inspiration for games like Everybody’s Gold and Mario Golf. Neo Turf Masters is still as fun today as it was when it was first released, and it may interest you all to know that this was made by the same team that made the Metal Slug games. The game was easy to learn but difficult to master and that is something that I can appreciate.

 

Number 5: Spinmaster

This one is just fun, no other way to say it. It is a side scrolling platformer run n gun game but more akin to Mega Man than anything else. It has some of the best visuals of any Neo Geo game, visuals which stand on par with games from today in fact, and has a charm that just cannot be artificially replicated. This is a game I can play over and over again non stop and still be enthralled by. The combination of platforming and shooting is extremely well, and the different power-ups you get are all fun to use. If it seems like I am gushing a bit, it is because I am. Spinmaster is an amazing game that has sadly fallen from the minds of many. I daresay this is one of the best Neo Geo games of all!

Number 4: King of Fighter 98

A King of Fighters game was of course going to be on the list and this one deserves the spot. Considered by many to be the finest in the series,  KOF 98 combined everything that was good about the previous entries into a Dream Match game. The fighting was refined, the music was incredible, even by today’s standards, but most of all, it was just fun. This is a game that should be on every fighting game fan’s radar and is a must play at least once. SNK fighters did not get the same attention from many gamers that Capcom fighters got, but KOF 98 will show you why SNK also delivered greatness.

Number 3: Magical Drop II

The Magical Drop series  is a series of puzzle games very similar to the Puyo Puyo series, but with its own unique identity as well. The games have a colourful cast of characters and a fantastical sense of charm. Magical Drop II refined the series gameplay from the first entry and added new modes and gameplay options, as well as an improved single player campaign. The Japanese version also contained another gameplay mode as well named Hirameki, in which players are given preset puzzles to solve. I should also point out the arcade archives series contains the Japanese versions of the games as well.

Number 2: Metal Slug X

X or 3? X Or 3? I debated for a while which to include but I finally chose X, as it feels more refined. X was a remake of 2 that corrected all of the flaws of the original and added in numerous changes and improvements. Many of the highlights in 3 were also present in X, including transformations and weapons. Metal Slug is just an incredible series and one of the best Run n Gun series ever. WHile many view Metal Slug 3 as the best, I feel X is a better entry point as it is better paced and balanced for both veterans and newcomers.

 

Number 1: Waku Waku 7

 

Waku Waku 7 is one of the most off beat fighting games ever made. It parodies numerous genres, animes and tv shows while adding its own spin on things and being a great game. The fighting was excellent, and I daresay even better than the KOF series, and the music was on another level altogether. Waku Waku 7 was sadly lost among the other fighting games on Neo Geo, but in truth, was a step above them all. Like other entries on this list, it is easy to learn but difficult to master and very rewarding. There really isn’t another fighter like it and that is a shame. This is a fighting game done right that deserves more attention. It is a damn good one.

 

 

Well that was the first list. I’m plan on highlighting more Neo Geo games going forward. Leave your feedback and suggestions for what you think deserves a mention.

 

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The above is the opinion of the author of the piece and not necessarily that of Real Otaku Gamer.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Nov, 2017 At 10:28 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayForward Technologies recently released the excellent game “The Mummy: Demastered”, which has been getting positive reactions for its well designed and engaging gameplay. The game has very little to do with the recent movie and is much better regarded.

In a recent interview, WayForward’ Austin Ivansmith, the director of the game, discussed a number of details around the development. One thing that stood out though, was that there is a desire to make more games based off the Universal Monster Movies.

Dtoid: Are their any other classic Universal Monster franchises you’d like to adapt?

Austin: Sure! These monsters have a rich history of interesting storylines and characters. Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon… any of these classics would make for an amazing “Demastered” game. Let’s hope we get to do this again!

These sound like amazing ideas to us! Hopefully WayForward gets a chance to do these games!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

Today, console players of The Elder Scrolls Online can journey deep into Sotha Sil’s epic creation, the incredible Clockwork City, to uncover the myriad secrets of the mechanical realm in the game’s new DLC game pack, Clockwork City. Available for free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 2,000 Crowns, Clockwork City extends ESO’s ever-expanding storyline, taking players through new lands and on hours of new adventures. Clockwork City is already available for players on PC and Mac.

 

The Clockwork City DLC game pack introduces a new zone (Clockwork City), an exciting new story quest line filled with around 10 hours of adventure, a new Trial – Asylum Sanctorum — to challenge the toughest teams, and more.

 

About Update 16

Update 16 is a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. It includes numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

 

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King. In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map.

 

** For all of the details on the Clockwork City DLC and Update 16, please check out our article on the game’s web site HERE.

 

Xbox One X Enhancements – Including Native 4K and True HDR – Live Now!

With the launch of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One X, The Elder Scrolls Online is fully prepared, delivering a wide range of enhancements and optimizations for Xbox One players who choose to upgrade to the new hardware, including:

 

  • Native 4K resolution

  • True HDR

  • Greatly increased view distance

  • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion

  • Upgraded real-time water reflections

 

This is an amazing DLC add on and update for The Elder Scrolls Online. As well, it is great that Bethesda is really going out of their way to ensure that the game will make full use of the Xbox One X. Bethesda is not taking any half measures with this game and that is a great thing.

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 07:36 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

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Bethesda has shared updates on enhancements their games will receive on Xbox One X and they certainly seem impressive.

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Fallout 4

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs
    • Enhanced God Ray effects

Skyrim Special Edition

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Dishonored 2 & Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Improved framerate stability
    • 4K textures
    • Improved geometry/draw distances
    • Improved anti-aliasing
    • Improved shadows quality

The Evil Within 2

  • Enhanced Features include:
    • Upgraded resolution
    • Higher framerate
    • 30 fps lock removal

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Supports Native 4K Resolution and HDR
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Increased view distance
    • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    • Upgraded water reflections

As well, Bethesda noted that Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are also enhanced by Xbox One X and Elder Scrolls Online will receive improvements as well. Bethesda went all out to improve their titles.

What will you play first?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Nov, 2017 At 03:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBlizzard shared many new details at the BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony. Here is a news roundup

StarCraft II

  • Free-to-play—Starting November 14, players will get free access to the acclaimed Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked ladder play, and all Co-Op Commanders up to level five.
  • Mira Han and Matt Horner—The newest Co-Op Commander is actually two commanders in one: command a devastating mixture of high-powered Dominion air units as Matt Horner and fast-moving ground units as Mira Han.

Heroes of the Storm

  • Hanzo and Alexstraza—Two new heroes, Dragons of the Nexus, will bring new and dramatically different styles of play to Heroes of the Storm later this year.
  • New changes, including Performance Based Matchmaking, Voice Chat, and the 2018 Gameplay Update, continue to refine the action and make Heroes even more fun and challenging than before.

Hearthstone

  • Kobolds & Catacombs—The next expansion, coming in December, will bring players down into the dungeons beneath Azeroth—and equip them with 135 wondrous new cards, including nine new class-specific Legendary Weapons.
    • Dungeon RunsKobolds & Catacombs also brings with it a brand-new single-player game mode featuring challenging, high-stakes subterranean journeys inspired by the classic fantasy dungeon crawl. Dungeon Runs are free for all players; no pre-built decks are required for entry.
    • Free Legendary Cards—To celebrate the new expansion, all players will receive a free legendary minion, Marin the Fox, on November 6, as well as a free random legendary weapon for logging in when Kobolds & CatacombsKobolds & Catacombs card packs will also be winnable in Arena mode or purchasable with in-game gold or real money.
    • Recruit—When a card with the new Recruit keyword is played, a random minion from your deck is summoned to fight alongside the rest of your party!
    • Pre-purchase—Starting today, eager treasure seekers can pre-purchase the new expansion card packs in a special 50-pack bundle for 49.99 USD on Battle.net and in Blizzard’s game shop, and receive the jewel-encrusted “For the Hoard!” card back for free. Starting November 6, this pre-purchase offer will also be available in-app for iOS and Android players for 49.99 USD, and will reflect local pricing in Canada for 69.99 CAD.

Overwatch
·         Blizzard World—An amusement park celebrating the worlds of Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft serves as the location for this new map.
·         Moira—A new hero, the life-draining geneticist named Moira, will soon be joining the fray.
·         “Honor and Glory”—In the latest in the acclaimed series of animated shorts, viewers journey into Reinhardt’s past as he wrestles with whether or not to answer Winston’s call to join the newly reforming Overwatch.

 

World of Warcraft
·         Battle for Azeroth™—In the next expansion, the war between the Horde and the Alliance reignites as players embark on a journey to recruit new allies, race to claim the world’s mightiest resources, and fight on several fronts to determine which faction will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.
·         World of Warcraft Classic—In addition to a new expansion, Blizzard also announced early plans to develop a gameplay experience that recaptures players’ first journeys into the original World of Warcraft.
·         Shadow the Fox— A plushy version of the previously released in-game charity pet will be available for purchase starting later this month. Sales of the plush will benefit both American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

Blizzard went all out for Blizzcon and it is just starting. Stay tuned for more news.

 

Source: Blizzard PR

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2017 At 05:19 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Arc System Works sent out the following

 

 

Arc System Works establishes “Arc System Works America, Inc.” in Torrance, California as its North American branch, in order to expand its operations and offerings to fans in the region.

President Minoru Kidooka states, “Since its inception almost 30 years ago, Arc System Works has been at the pinnacle of 2D Fighting game development — merging traditional Japanimation-like expression and technology to bring fans around the world entertainment the likes of which they have never seen.

“While we have been able to bring our games to North America with help from local business partners in the past, with our new branch ‘Arc System Works America, Inc.’ we will better be able to open the channels of communication between fan and developer, ensuring your voices are heard and most importantly applied.

“As we expand in these exciting times, I will personally ensure we never lose sight of the Arc System Works company slogan: ‘Action’ ‘Revolution’ ‘Challenge’. I look forward to our latest challenge of establishing a new branch and continuing to develop exciting and innovative experiences for all the fans who made this next stage in our company’s history possible.”

This is amazing news, and now ASW fans can enjoy a direct connection to the company in North America. We will keep you updated on this development.

 

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