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By Stark Wyvern On 26 Nov, 2017 At 03:06 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Battle Chef Brigade is an amazing game that is being pushed by Adult Swim Games. This amazing game is simply one of those games that comes along and just mixes genres so well, while also looking so good. Seeing this game for the first time, I couldn’t help but adore this amazing game. It just has this amazing look to it that really, makes me smile. In Battle Chef Brigade, you play as either Mina Han, a human, or Thrash an orc like fellow. Both characters have their own motivations, and are both very deep in their own regard. Both also want to join the Battle Chef Brigade and join up with a tournament along with the other competitors.

The Battle Chef Brigade is a group that helps to heal the world by taking down monsters, and cooking. There are tournaments every few years that ensure the Brigade will continue to have members. It is really interesting seeing these characters appear in the story as they really are all so unique. Every character has their own motivations for joining and you can really see that they all really do want this just as much as the next. The characters are also super different, and I really enjoy seeing them come into the game. These characters are truly their own, and that is something special. From the stoic and intelligent Kirin, to the David Bowie-esque Ziggy, these characters all steal the show with their own ways of doing things.

The game itself is just such a blast, and for me that is interesting as I’m not always such a fan of match 3 style games. Though, this game really turns it up a notch by making it about cooking. For me, cooking is something that is quite fun, so  I really enjoy cooking by matching. This puzzle system isn’t the only thing that makes this game unique though.  Of course to cook, you will certainly need ingredients to make and what is the way to get them, fighting monsters.

Fighting monsters in this game is done in a beautifully done way as you run and jump your way to get ingredients. There are different monsters to take down, from little birds called Cheepchi, all the way up to huge dragons. This makes for ingredient hunting to be different depending on what you need to gather. All of these ingredients also will help you cook, by giving you new pieces to match and that is a good thing.

The true marriage of puzzle and monster hunting comes together in cooking battles. In these battles which the character must win seven of to win a seat in the Brigade things heat up. There are different types of cooking that need to be done, and different elements of wind, water, and fire need to be present in differing degrees to win. In these contests you will face all sorts of opponents, and some will not shy away from sabotage. Everyone wants to win, and some really don’t care how they do so. As you cook, and match, you will be forced to kill monstes to increase your chance of winning. You will have to gather certain ingredients that each dish must have. The judges will judge your dish for completion of their wishes and it gets nervewracking as they deliberate. But, serve them what they want, and they will be happy, that is all a chef really needs, right?

Battle Chef Brigade has a robust set of other trials to enjoy, in jobs within the game. Some will have you solving puzzles which really do get increasingly harder. There are also quests for ingredients which can be tedious. Endless puzzles are also par for the course, and you will find yourself freaking out as four customers come in at once. This game in its crazy way of using puzzles, makes you feel like you really are working in a restaurant and that is a special thing.

After completing the story or for more difference, you are welcome to try the other modes. Within this game there are two other modes, one simply being an endless kitchen puzzler. In this you must match the dishes to the patrons through having the right layout. This gets stressful as of course in this you can have up to four puzzles going at once. With both easy and hard modes, this will certainly test your mettle. There are also challenges that will test your platforming and monster hunting. Both of these game modes don’t affect the story so using them may teach you a thing or two to win the true game.

There also surprisngly daily challenges which you need to connect to the internet to attempt. In this mode you choose either Thrash the Orc, or Mina the human, and are thrust into battles where everything you have been taught comes to play. You play against others on a leaderboard, and hope to get the best food rating. This is crazy as the scores are actually quite high in this mode, and I honestly haven’t attained something over 350 yet so to see 600+ is unnerving. But, this is simply just another way to lengthen the game and I think its amazing. You will always have a new challenge and that is always a good thing.

Battle Chef Brigade is truly a special game. One that you will certainly enjoy if you like hand drawn anime styled games. There truly is something about this game that makes it truly shimmer and shine like a jewel. If this game looks at all interesting, I highly suggest buying it. Play it, enjoy it, make dishes and watch a magic story unfold. The artwork is amazing and the characters are all their own. Buy it today and start cooking, you know you’d want to be in this Brigade!

 

 

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By Kira Nance On 17 May, 2017 At 05:47 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarFirst and foremost, I would like you to take into consideration the fact that getting myself to write this review is comparable to pulling teeth. The moment I began my complicated relationship with Rise and Shine I was immediately taken back by the beauty of the beast. Oh man, is this a beautiful game, but beauty is only skin deep after all. While platformers at not my specialty they are also not my Achilles heel, yet I consistently found myself in the position where I was too frustrated to continue. Rise & Shine is a little bit like being in an unhealthy relationship and being too stubborn to leave. Perhaps like dating a supermodel whom, while she is beautiful, is so very used to going on looks alone that they fail to nurture other aspects of their being. I wanted to love this game, perhaps I still do but that’s not necessarily a good thing. 

It’s no surprise that Adult Swim Games has, as of late been dipping their toe into the proverbial pool that is console gaming. After the success of titles such as Katana Zero, Headlander and Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality it makes perfect sense. The folks over at Adult Swim bring a refreshing attitude to the entertainment table, expressing a strong desire to provide quality entertainment over profit “We don’t have an agenda to sell something. For us, we want to create a really amazing experience.”  said Adult Swim’s Ashley Jex-Wagner, director of events “That’s the most important thing for us is for everyone to have a good time“. 

It seems the developers at Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team are on the same page. In an interview with Invision Community, Enrique Corts (Art Director, Creative Director) stated “Our focus has always been making really polished hardcore games that add something fresh to the table. We believe in making things properly since day one, so we only launch our games when they are completely ready and as much bug-free as possible, even if that means we risk our financial health. Sometimes is really tough having our own quality bar so high, but this is the only way to success we understand.

The four-person team based out of Spain has already seen success in the mobile market with Editor’s Choice titles, Pro Zombie Soccer, Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition, and Supermagical, all of which have received Game of the Year in the App Store. Rise & Shine is Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team’s first PC/console title release and consequently my latest headache. So, the big question here is did Adult Swim and Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team accomplishes their goal to provide us with enjoyable quality content? Well, I’d have to say yes and no.

With the combined powers of Adult Swim Games and Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, comes Rise & Shine a true “think and gun” gem that while frustrating is definitely worth your time. Rise & Shine is basically a playable homage to classic video games. Warped versions of beloved characters such as Link, Marcus Fenix, Q*bert and the Duck Hunt dog make hilarious appearances. The gameplay itself is a bit of a throwback, think Metal Slug meets Contra. This 2-D side-scrolling shooter is anything but basic, sometimes it’s even overly complicated. There’s a cover system to employ similar to the one used in Gears of War but this doesn’t ensure safety from all enemies especially the more volatile ones. Combining aspects of arcade shooters, bullet hells, and puzzle platformers staying focused in Rise & Shine is a major challenge in itself.

You play as Rise, a young boy of Gamearth, who upon receiving a legendary smack talking gun by the name of Shine suddenly becomes his planets greatest hope for survival against the invading Nexgen. You gun your way through 14 levels of unique puzzles, endless robot armadas, hungry zombies and intimidating bosses. Shine also conveniently bestows his wielder with unlimited respawns, unless you share the likeness of Link apparently. Unlimited lives, thank you, Shine, I thoroughly tested those boundaries. You have the choice to load Shine with his standard ammo or electric bullets, electric doing more damage to some enemies and next to nothing against others. Rise & Shine also grants you fun explosive bullets to detonate at will and the ability to guide your bullets remotely (RC), though only through a limited radius. Utilizing each bullet type is essential for navigating the puzzle solving, projectile dodging, enemy slaying chaos that is Rise & Shine. Bosses are no joke, only adding to the retro gaming atmosphere here, for example, the final boss takes upwards of 90 minutes to beat. 90 painfully tedious minutes. Considering the game consist of a mere two hours of actual gameplay with almost no storyline to spice things up, I found this to be severely annoying. I’m sure eighty percent of my time was spent severely immersed in boss fights. Taking damage is never an option as two hits from a base level enemy or projectile is enough to kill you at any point. Mastering the fine art of bullet spray is probably the best defense in Rise & Shine and quite possibly the best way to stay sane. 

The controls are slightly over complicated, requiring you to aim with the left trigger, shoot with the right trigger and guidance is provided by the right stick. When your screen is full of enemies, storms of bullets, lasers, and explosions this less that kind control system gets in the way. add in the bumpers to cycle through ammunition all while dodging, jumping and dashing to avoid getting hit. Oh, and don’t forget to reload. Seriously I’m exhausted just explaining all that.

Visually, the folks at Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team nailed it. This is where the quality of the game shines through. The story while lacking in detail, plays out in charming comic panels that showcase the developers love for comic books. Each level’s background is made up of hand-drawn illustrations with multiple parallax scroll layers, giving new depth to each scene as you progress. I seriously lost myself in the artwork of Rise & Shine, it was easy to imagine myself gallivanting around the streets of Gamearth blasting away space grunts. The in-game audio and soundtrack are top notch thanks to the talent of Jerry Goldsmith Award nominee Damián Sánchez (Reservoir Dogs, Blues and Bullets). However, aesthetics alone cannot carry a game and Rise & Shine left me raging in the end. It’s a title deserving of your time and respect but I can’t in good conscience recommend it for anyone with anger issues.

Review code was provided by the publisher.

 

By otakuman5000 On 27 May, 2012 At 02:54 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, Television | With 0 Comments

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AdultSwim.com has let loose that today Saturday May 26th. They have set up a tweet box with the auto-tweet #ToonamiBackB#### and have recently released a schedule for Toonami Rebirth and the shows are as follows.
Rebirth 2012 Schedule on Adult Swim
12:00AM – Bleach
12:30AM – Deadman Wonderland
1:00AM – Casshern Sins
1:30AM – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
2:00AM – Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG
2:30AM – Cowboy Bebop

It is safe to say that Toonami is playing it safe when it comes to Toonami because many of the shows that where originally aired are now on the competitions networks and as you can see by the time frames are very very late night even for a Saturday night. I think Cartoon Network wants to see if they can put faith in tooonami so go out and watch it. There are only to new shows on the bill Casshern Sins and Deadman Wonderland, so in order for the network to move you will have to watch and tell your friends as well if you want to see Tom and his gang fly through space.

In other news The Boondocks gang Huey, Riley and Granddad are back for season 4 of the critically acclaimed and controversial cartoon was though over at the end of the last season in 2010 do to the disputes with Series Creator Aaron McGruder and Sony (who distributed the show world wide) and (SPOILER WARNING) the last season ended with Huey becoming a nation terrorist so it will be interesting to see what will happen in the new Season.

So what was your favorite era of Toonami? What is your favorite season or episode the boondocks?
Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to ROG for more updates on this story and more.