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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Jul, 2016 At 06:15 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, Playstation Vita, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarKoei Tecmo has announced that their upcoming game based on the Manga and Anime series Berserk, will launch this fall in the western markets, which should be reassuring to those worried it would be a long wait.

 

Here is some information from their new website

 

 

Slash and Smash Action!

In this work, the action of cutting through hundreds of enemies, fundamental to the Warriors series, is fused together with the dark and gruesome atmosphere of the world of “Berserk“, making various heretofore unseen acts possible, such as using a giant man-sized sword to cut enemies in half, as well as smash or send them flying with the “Cleaving” and “Smashing” attacks.
Revel in the astounding destructive power capable of cutting through multiple enemies with one blow!

Extensive and Profound Story!

In this game, in addition to the well-known and popular “Golden Age Arc”, you will also be able to join Guts and his newest companions on his journey of revenge through “The Hawk of the Millennium Arc”.
Additionally, the extensive story includes an impressive amount of artwork, including footage from the actual animation movie trilogy and new, original scenes portraying more detailed interactions between the members of the Band of the Hawk and other characters.

Diverse Character Selection!

In addition to the main hero of the story, Guts, you can choose to play as any of a number of characters from all the different parts of the story. Every one of these characters possesses a distinctive set of skills and characteristics to ensure the variety of gameplay is consistent with the world of “Berserk“.

Furthermore, to deepen immersion into the story, the same familiar cast of voice actors from the movie trilogy and the new animation series were invited to take part in this project.

? Story

The Golden Age Arc

This story is set in a time of chaos, in a land where the Midland Kingdom and the Chuder Empire have been locked in a widespread war for over one hundred years.

During one battle, a lone mercenary, Guts, attracts the attention of the mercenaries of the Band of the Hawk, and is ambushed by some of them on the road.

After losing in a duel to the leader of the Hawks, Griffith, Guts is forced to join their band, where he acquires many new comrades, including a woman named Casca, a Unit Commander in the band.

With Guts fighting as the Raiders Captain, the Band of the Hawk continues to come off victorious in all of their battles, and finally earns recognition from the King of Midland himself.

Fighting now under the Midland banner, the Band raids a castle occupied by a legendary swordsman and rumored immortal named Nosferatu Zodd. Zodd defeats both Guts and Griffith, but in the last moment he notices the Crimson Behelit that Griffith wears around his neck, and leaves without killing them.

The Band of the Hawk continues to gain fame on the battlefield, and in the end, using only 5000 men fighting with their backs to the river, manages to capture the impregnable Fortress of Doldrey. This victory brings the end to the war between Midland and Chuder.

Though Guts is praised as a hero, he chooses to leave the Band. He believes that only in doing so will he become worthy of being a friend to Griffith. The shock of Guts’ leaving forces Griffith’s hand, and he spends the night in the Princess’s chambers. As a result, the King of Midland, furious, throws Griffith in the dungeon and gives orders to hunt down the Band of the Hawk as traitors of the state.

A year later, Guts, having learned of the troubles of the Band of the Hawk, rushes back to help the outlawed remnants of the Hawks rescue Griffith. However, they are too late. All the torture had left Griffith in a condition that allows for no hope of recovery. And it is this despair that activates the Crimson Behelit…

To fulfil his own ambition, Griffith chooses to be reborn as “Femto”, one of the Five Angels…

and offers in exchange the lives of his devoted comrades and followers, the lives of the entire Band of the Hawk…

The Band of the Hawk, sacrificed for the sake of Griffith ambition, is slaughtered by the monsters called Apostles, with only two of those present there left alive – Guts who has lost his left arm and right eye, and Casca who suffered a mental breakdown and became as helpless as a child.

In order to avenge his companions, Guts decides to wage a war against all of the Apostles and Griffith. He sets out on a solitary road of revenge, dressed in black armor with a giant sword Dragon Slayer on his back…

? Characters

Guts

Guts is a wandering mercenary, who, after being defeated by Griffith, joins the Band of the Hawk. In that band, he earns the status of Captain of the Hawks’ Raiders. After the war ends, he leaves the Band of the Hawk to find his own dream and to become the equal of Griffith.

Griffith

The leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries feared as the Grim Reapers of the Battlefield. He is a young man of striking handsomeness and possesses a charisma that enchants people around him. His dream is to acquire his own kingdom.

You can check out the English website here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Jan, 2016 At 05:19 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo has announced that a standalone release of Bayonetta 2 without Bayonetta 1 will be coming on February 19 for $29.99 in anticipation of her coming to Smash Bros. Perhaps that is the date the Smash bros DLC is coming. Bayonetta 2 digital sales rose in Canada after the announcement of her coming to Smash so hopefully sales of this release will be good thanks to the Smash Bros hype.

 

See the announcement tweet below.

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 9 Nov, 2010 At 04:27 AM | Categorized As Featured, Games You Slept On, PlayStation, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

Is Vanquish worth vanquishing?

By otakuman5000 On 16 Sep, 2010 At 01:29 AM | Categorized As Featured, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

No GravatarMafia 2 is the story of Vito Scaletta and his adventures in the world of the Italian mob. Being a poor immigrant Vito saw that only men who took what they wanted got somewhere in life, Vito wanted to be someone. He wanted the money, the women and most importantly the respect his father never had. The story in the game takes place in the city of Empire bay as well as a few other locations that are thrown in for a good variety of scenery. These locations all appear in different chapters, with montage cut scenes linking locations, seasons and the story together. The game is also brave enough to make a open world city with a few chapters taking place in the winter which is not done too often.

The graphics in this game look gorgeous for an open world game with a lot of detail put into the city on every season. Winter looks great with tracks in the snow and footprints as well as the driving physics to accompany it. The summer scenes are great looking as well with lush trees and details normally not seen in open world games, mainly the bushes and grass on the xbox 360 version. The closed spaces also have a lot of details added to them with minimal loading times between locations if any is present. Most loading times happen because of cut scenes that are coming up but there is not a single hiccup when in the heat of battle.  Environments are semi-destructible, especially from a large amount of gunfire. The lighting in this game does give a good perception about the time of day the mission takes place in and during the night it really makes the city stand out, though sometimes it is a little too blinding when driving down the street into a well lit tunnel. The cut scenes were done withing the game engine and as far as i could tell were all in real time, there was very little to distinguish some cut scenes from the in-game gameplay. This is a nice touch because the clothes Vito is wearing are consistent, it may not seem like much but its the small details that make games that much better.

The gameplay mechanics in this game aren’t anything that hasn’t been done before but it is done quite well.  Where you may get frustrated is because of the controls because they did not respond well or because of a glitch in the cover system in certain parts however it is nothing game breaking. The only gripe I had with the button mapping is that (X) was used to pick up guns, and also used to move around corners while in cover, this got me killed a few times becauseI wanted to pick up a gun and Vito decided to move along the wall instead into the line of Tommy gun fire. The cover works well overall and if you played Grand Theft Auto you will feel right at home, and if this is your first time with this type of game then it will take only moments to pick up, considering that the first mission is a tutorial on the combat system. The AI shooting at you is pretty smart as well, they take cover and try to flank you when possible. There were a few missions that I found myself checking all around me because I was afraid of being shot in the back by the goons I lost track of while shooting at another group of goons.

During driving missions there are radio stations available for your listening pleasure. However these songs are from the years that the game is based on and a lot of the time I found myself just turning off the radio because I didn’t like the song or it was interfering in the dialogue between characters. At certain points you will get into a car and the perfect song will be cued by the game, making the experience pretty cool but if you are just cruising then this will not be the case because there are too few songs for variety and you will be hearing the same songs over and over. For the cut scenes and the parts that are out of the car, the music is done quite well to set the mood for what is happening on screen giving a very movie feel to the game, at parts I actually felt like I was watching a movie.

The collectibles in Mafia 2 are something very daring for games in general, especially in North America. The main collectibles which are found chapter to chapter are Playboy centerfolds from the era of the game, with complete nudity in high definition. The first one I picked up without knowing I caught myself saying “ohhh, hello..” However these are rarely laying around, they are usually hidden and each magazine is chapter specific so you cannot get them later on, you have to replay the chapter. There are also wanted posters which are actually the 159 developers of the game, these can be picked up any time. During a normal play-through you are not likely to even notice them as they look like part of the scenery, and some are very well hidden. There is even one that requires you to jump a car from the freeway at high speeds onto a building, which is not easy to do at all. As difficult as these collectibles are, it feels rewarding to get them all.

Mafia 2 is a game that has been anticipated by many people that played the original Mafia and loved the story and mechanics. The developer (2KGames) delivered in this case, making a sequel that leaves you wanting more once its over, just one more over the top, no way out, gun battle with a Molotov or grenade thrown in for spice. The visuals are top notch, sounds and music are well done and collectibles are very rewarding to find. There is planned DLC for all platforms so this game will have some legs for those that can not get enough. Only downside to this game is that there is no free roam, but hopefully that will be rectified in the future with DLC. So if you are a fan of open world games, shooters or just gangsters in general pick this game up, you will not be disappointed.