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InExile Entertainment has announced the development of Wasteland 3. The follow up to Wasteland 2 will be using Fig to get funding instead of kickstarter this time.

 

 

After several wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns, InExile Entertainment is ready to launch its next project. The pitch for Wasteland 3, the sequel to Wasteland 2, is ambitious. While the game itself promises to be a bit shorter at 50 hours, the graphics and the feature set will be significantly beefed up. We spoke with studio head Brian Fargo last week to get more details.

Wasteland 3 will be true to the series’ roots, allowing players to create a small party of characters and lead them through an isometric role-playing game in the classic style. It will tell the story of Team November, a group of Rangers sent on a mission to Colorado in the aftermath of a global nuclear apocalypse. In the opening sequence of the game, Fargo says, players will be stranded far from civilization and have to fend for themselves. Their biggest challenge early on will be staying alive in the sub-zero temperatures.

But, while many of the game’s systems should feel familiar to fans of the series, Fargo says his team is including bold new features that move the franchise into uncharted territory. First on the list is multiplayer, with both synchronous and asynchronous play.

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Players will be able to play with a friend or with a random match from the community. Most importantly, Fargo said, they’ll be able to break the multiplayer connection at any time. It’s essentially an eject button that diverts your game’s timeline from the timeline of whomever you’re connected to.

InExile has also teamed up with Brotherhood Games, which is comprised of brothers Christopher and Nic Bischoff. While they’re also working on the Stasis and Cayne isometric adventure games, fans might recognize their work from a few clever experiments that showed Fallout 4 and BioShock Infinite from an isometric perspective. With their help, InExile intends to bring a new level of graphical polish to the wasteland.

Wasteland 2 was the perfect follow-up to not only the original Wasteland, but also the first 2 Fallout games. Here is hoping that Wasteland 3 continues the great gameplay tradition.

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October’s PlayStation Plus games have been revealed. Unlike previous months which have been somewhat lacking, this month packs quote the punch with good games.

The full list of games available on 4th October can be seen below:

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This week marked 30 years of the Castlevania series, a series near and dear to my heart. My first time playing this series was actually with Circle of the Moon on the GBA when I rented it while on vacation one year. It didn’t make a lasting impression on me, nor did Harmony of Dissonance some time later. The moment I became enthralled with Castlevania wasn’t actually when I played a game in the series. No, it began when I opened the pages of Gamepro one month and saw a preview of Castlevania Aria of Sorrow. I don’t know why, but once I saw those preview images I knew I had to play this game when it came out. And play it I did, becoming obsessed with finding every secret, getting every soul and so on. This was a game that hooked me and made me a fan of the series.

I did not own the original games on the NES or Super Castlevania IV on the SNES, but thanks to the virtual console, I have been able to play these classics. I think they still hold up well, to an extent. Castlevania 1 is punishingly hard, and 3 is even harder but added so much innovation. Simon’s Quest is of course the black sheep of the series but it did lay the groundwork for what would come later with Symphony of the Night. These are all amazing games on the NES, with the first game being an amazing homage to classic horror cinema, an aspect that while downplayed later on in the series, is still there even in recent entries.

Super Castlevania IV was where the series really got good. It was still hard, but now it was fair. Your failures were your own fault, and the bosses still a challenge but no longer unfair. The music was some of the best in the entire series and everything seemed on a greater scale than before. This continued with Rondo of Blood and Bloodlines. While some feel Bloodlines is not as good as IV, I think it is on equal ground. It had its own contribution to the story and helped make the novel by Bram Stoker canon with the games. It was the goriest entry in the series but also one of the best designed.

Rondo of Blood was the big transition in terms of storytelling. It didn’t just introduce cut scenes, it also introduced hidden stages which was a game changer for the series. It led directly into Castlevania SOTN as well. SOTN changed how the games were played, but it did so by combining what came before in Simon’s quest, Dracula’s Curse and Rondo of Blood, with elements of the Zelda series. It led to that style of games being called metroidvania, instead of just metroidlike.

The series has been put on hold by Konami, and with Koji Igarashi having left, it seems unlikely we will get a new entry. But we do have IGA’s upcoming game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, to look forward to. Castlevania may have turned 30 this week, but the series still brings in new fans every day!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2016 At 08:31 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarSega has announced Yakuza 0 “The Business Edition”, a deluxe edition of the game that comes with multiple bonuses/ They have also released a new trailer for the game that can be seen below.

Putting the term “organized” in “organized crime” means one thing and one thing only: Taking care of business. And in Yakuza 0’s 1988-era Tokyo, business is BOOMING. And I say that with zero hyperbole because Yakuza 0’s main protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu goes from debt collector (the physical kind) to real estate mogul within the red-light district of Kamurocho. Or in Goro Majima’s case, the manager of The Grand Cabaret. What, you thought Kiryu just swaggered around town in his boss suit for no other  reason that it made him look like a badass? WRONG! It’s to look like a badass AND take care of business.

So, in keeping line with that tradition of getting things done, we’ve created the Yakuza 0 “The Business Edition” for everybody who pre-orders or manages to snag a launch day copy of the game. How will this help, you might ask? Because we’ve included the following:A Stainless Steel Business Card Holder – This edition of the game will come with an ultra sleek business card holder tailor made for gangster executives. Show everyone in the boardroom you mean… business when it’s time to whip out the cards, because Kiryu’s ‘Ryu’ (dragon) and Majima’s ‘Hanya’ (demon) tattoo design adorn each side of the card holder.

Three Business Cards – In addition to the card holder, the Business Edition also  comes with three professional business cards from Tachibana Real Estate’s Kazuma Kiryu, Cabaret Grand’s Goro Majima, and the cabaret club Sunshine’s hostesses. A major key to business is networking, so it would probably be a good idea to keep these cards somewhere close at hand. Besides, who wouldn’t want a colorful card graced with the lovely ladies from Sunshine?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2016 At 04:22 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarWayForward has a announced that a new Shantae beach theme will be available for 3DS in NA and Eu regions this week. It will include panoramic view, music and voices. Check out the announcement tweet below.

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Sep, 2016 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Choice Provisions has announced Runner3. The latest in the Bit.Trip Runner series will be coming in 2017 bit no platforms have been announced yet

 

Runner3 is the upcoming (and perhaps unsurprisingly) third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. We’re committed to making it the best game we’ve ever made, and we want you to hold us to it. You can follow the game’s development over on our devlog, where we encourage you to chat with us in the comments section of our weekly updates.

We plan to be very open with you about the creation of Runner3, and we even plan to solicit feedback occasionally and offer user polls to give everyone a chance to chime in and help us think of things like level names, possible unlockable outfits, and more.

Let’s work together to make Runner3 the best game it can be!

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This is great news and I eagerly await to see what they will do with the series next. No platforms have been announced yet but it will likely come to all major systems in 2017.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Sep, 2016 At 12:40 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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This is another of RCMADIAX’s games for Wii U and like with my previous review of an RCMADIAX game, I will keep this brief. Titans Tower is better than Shooty Space but is still an unoriginal concept and to be honest, RCMADIAX can do a lot better. This game is based off a Flappy Bird model and like Shooty Space, might hold your attention for a few minutes, but then any excitement you had quickly goes away.

RCMADIAX has been accused of putting out a lot of shovelware onto the Wii U and that is a accusation that is hard to deny. Still, there are good games from this developer. Blok Drop U is a great puzzle game, Avoider and Panda Love are simple games that are deceptively addictive, and of course Super Robo Mouse is an outstanding game. I understand that game development takes time and money, both of which are in short supply with small operations, but I hope that RCMADIAX can do better in the future. Less licensing of  game engines for quick turnaround and more games with original thought to them. They don’t all need to be like Super Robo Mouse, after all Blok Drop U was the game that made me a fan. A game that goes back to the roots would be a welcome change. There is so much potential for this developer and I do not want to see RCMADIAX become “that dev” who just puts out shovelware.

Check out Avoider , Panda Love and of course Super Robo Mouse for good games, and take a look at Blok Drop U for a fun puzzler.

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No GravatarPlaytonic has released a new trailer showing off NPCs from their upcoming Yooka Laylee and one of them will be none other than Shovel Knight himself!

Check out the trailer below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Sep, 2016 At 11:54 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments
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Every so often, there comes an indie game that tries to do something a little out of the ordinary. Talent Not Included is an action platformer, which seems simple enough, but there is a twist in that all the action is in the form of a stage play. This twist makes this game one of the most unique indie platformers out there.

The game takes full advantage of its settings, moving from location to location is done in the form of a stage transition. This is a really cool twist on screen transitions in video games, and helps both bring you further into the game and at the same time, be taken out of it in a meta way. That’s not to say the game is easy, oh my no. This is a very hard platformer, although it tricks you by starting out easy enough.

What gives this game more of a unique flair is how it takes the different acts of a play and applies it to a video game, by having each act have a different playable character. This was a cool take on not just the three act set up but also video game tropes in general. Each character has their own motivation for doing what they do, and while it isn’t the best story in a game, it serves its purpose very well.

The music in this game is excellent, but I feel it could have been better by being more involved and giving you a sense of being in a theatre. Its good for what it is, but it feels light.  The game’s visual design is amazing and really ties into the theatre motif by having your progression in each scene ( the levels in each act) cause the terrain to shift as if on a wheel.

Do I think this is a game worth checking out? I think so. Its got a lot of potential for enjoyment and has a good unique hook. It is definitely worth a few hours of play.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Sep, 2016 At 04:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has released this handy video discussing some Tips, hints and clues for playing Severed. The hit indie game came to Wii U and 3DS yesterday and you can read our review here. You can watch the new video below.

 

 

 

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