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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Feb, 2016 At 02:43 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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The past generation saw a boom of indie 2D platformers. So it made sense that indie 3D platformers would be a thing this gen. FreezeMe is a game that seeks to show some love to the genre but does it rely too much on Nostalgia?

 

 

FreezeMe has many similarities in it to Super Mario 64 and this is a good basis but the game has issues expanding past that. The game has the added function of using the protagonist’s camera to freeze enemies and objects in place. This can be great for getting past enemies and areas and gives the Wii U gamepad a great use in the game. This can also be done with the Wii mote as pointer controls but I found the gamepad to be far better to use.

The music in the game is fun and helps set a good mood for a platforming game but I feel that there is something off about it. I just can’t put my finger on what it is that I find to be so off.  Its very good and serves the game well but there is just something I find strange.

The visuals are great and the game looks excellent, with great imagery and design all around. I like the variety but at times it seems like it borrows just a little bit much from other games of the genre. Its not a bad thing but it makes the game feel less original than it could be.

 

And therein lies the issue. The game pays loving homage to the past but doesn’t add that much new, The camera feature is great but the game feels like it just takes too much without innovating, Add to that the fact that there are quite a few bugs (that the dev has already promised a patch for) and it seems the game is a bit unpolished. That’s not to say its bad however. I still had a lot of fun with the game and it could still be great for others also. Bottom line is, if you want something new, look elsewhere but if you want a nice fun 3D platformer, there are a lot worse choices than this.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Feb, 2016 At 09:06 PM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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This is going to be one of my tougher reviews. N.E.O. is a hard game to play, not because of difficulty mind you but because the controls didn’t make any sense at all to me. I couldn’t figure out how to move and when I did, the controls suddenly shifted. I am not sure what the developers were trying to do but it just made the game a chore to play.

 

The game is ostensibly a shoot em up like Asteroids but was very unplayable because of the control issues I mentioned. The music was fine, no complaints there. And the visuals did well to capture the feel of Asteroids done in a modern way but that wasn’t enough to save this. It just made me want to play Asteroids. Or maybe hope for an asteroid to hit Toronto so I wouldn’t have to play this anymore.  Fortunately for the rest of Toronto but unfortunately for me, no asteroid collision happened and I continued to try to play.

 

I previously complained about Skeasy but there at least I could play it even if it was incredibly dull, monotonous and boring. I couldn’t do that much in this game, again because the controls were insane. I felt like a guy who had his first hit of acid and went crazy trying to understand basic concepts. This just didn’t work.

 

A patch is needed badly to try and give a bit more control. Until then, stay away.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jan, 2016 At 02:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Bayonetta 2’s reprint is now available on Amazon.com for preorder. For those with Amazon Prime, the game will only cost 24 dollars instead of 30. The game is a standalone re-release and does not include Bayonetta 1 although it is likely Nintendo may discount that game on the eshop soon.

 

Given the high demand for Bayonetta 2 after the character’s announcement as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and for 3DS, it is likely this will sell fast. In the one hour since I last checked, the game had jumped over 50 spots in the Amazon sales rankings and seems to still be climbing.

 

You can order the game here.

By otakuman5000 On 18 Jul, 2015 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarIt’s four o’clock in the morning. I should be sleeping, but my mind won’t stop buzzing. The only sound you can hear is the sounds of rapid typing as my hands shake from the overload of caffeine. I tell myself, “I need to get some sleep,” as I type in the URL for Crunchyroll in search of a good anime. There’s been some buzzing going about the Tumblrverse that a certain anime has come swooping in and grabbing the attention of many pastel-cute bloggers, and I decided to investigate.  I prepared strawberries for a snack and a couple of water bottles for the binge watching session. I was ready. I turned out the lights, plugged in my headset, cranked the volume up to eleven (yes, it goes to eleven), and pressed play.

Right away I’m greeted by cherry blossoms drifting through the air and a soft tune.  Three girls stood before me in school uniform. Then, singing. The camera pans upwards onto the singers face, and the next thing you know the previously soft tune turns into an up beat poppy melody as the girl runs towards the camera and throws off her school jacket. Was there a point in doing that? I don’t know. All I know is that the sun is peeking through my window, and I can hear colors. Anyway, the camera starts twirling around in circles as the young lady continues to run across the street towards it, then she jumps over some stairs, freeze framing. How does she plan on landing that jump? What was the point in that? Was she so filled with joy that the consequence of jumping over a set of stairs and injuring herself not phase her? Kids these days. That’s when her monologue starts. She introduces herself as Honoka Kosaka, a second year high school student. She goes on to tell how her school, Otonokizaka High School, is in trouble and will be closing down as the camera shows a shot of the three girls from earlier (including Honoka) surround the billboard with the official statement of school closure…or something official like that. All three look horrified, and Honoka falls backwards fainting, claiming her life as a high school student is over. I mean I guess I can relate; if something I  enjoyed and spent most of my life doing that had no effect on my skills as a person whatsoever suddenly came to a stop I’d be devastated.

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What’s better than gals being pals?

And that’s when the intro started.

The intro was the silent messenger that informed me, “Koji, this anime is going to ruin your life,” as cute high school girls danced around a stage and sang. I was captivated by a particular short haired girl who came across as the tomboy of the group. At this point I’m so sleep deprived and running on so much caffeine my head felt light and heavy at the same time, and my eye wouldn’t. Stop. Twitching. But no. I must watch this anime, as a service to my country. I downed my fifth cup of coffee, and continued to watch. The intro ends, and the sudden urge to purchase Nenderoids of the girls came to me, but it was such a small urge at the time that I was able to shake it off. The episode continues as Honoka awakens in the nurses office, brushing off the encounter with the school notice as a dream and skips merrily down the hallway while her fellow classmates look on in concern. She then finds herself back where she fainted, in front of the notice board, and exclaims in disbelief. Later on, her friends start plotting a way to gather enough attention to the school so that more students want to enroll there. She goes home, unsure of what to do, when she notices a pamphlet for a popular school among young girls called UTX. She then takes it upon herself to visit the school, where she’s greeted by a massive display of three girls greeting the new coming students. The girls on the display, as it turns out, are school idols, students that partake in the activity of song and dance while gaining immense popularity on the internet. It was then that Honoka decided that’s what her school needed, and runs off to find her friends.

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Throughout the first season of the show Honoka, Kotori, and Umi recruit various girls for their idol group, Muse, further gaining popularity on the internet and thus having more students enroll in their school as well as competing in live competitions. Now, my opinion on this anime is as follows; it has ruined my life and I cannot stop talking about it, 10/10 would recommend it. But beware: it gets a little gay sometimes and one of them likes to casually grope the other members boobs. So if you’re not into girls being platonic and gropey and just a little gay with each other, I wouldn’t watch it. But if you’re like me and love girls in platonic close friendships, then watch it. Sure, the ending made me cry, but at least I have this Rin Hoshizora body pillow to talk about it to, and this Nozomi Tojo Nenderoid to stare at. Oh, by the way, they also have a smartphone game called School Idol Project that, if you’re into rhythm games, I highly recommend. I myself can’t get a hang of the hard levels, but maybe after I actually fall asleep and sleep off this caffeine I can finally feel my hands well enough to play it. They also have a movie premiering in various theaters across the country, so if you’re interested in that click here.

I guess that’s the end of my first review, I hope you all enjoyed it. I’m going to pass out now.

Peace out.

By Garrett Green On 29 Apr, 2015 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, International News, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarIt’s been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball GT, concluded in Japan. And let’s be honest, a lot of fans would like to forget that series ever aired. The series is not considered to be canon and had very little input from the original series creator. A few years ago the Kai series began, which cuts out much of the fluff and filler from Dragon Ball Z and also redraws many scenes to give the show a shiny new coat. But not we are about to get an all new anime titled Dragon Ball Chou. Chou can be translated to “super” and it seems that the english title will infect be “Dragon Ball Super.”

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Dragon Ball Chou will take place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, the last saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will take place before or after the recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, which are considered cannon. But like the movies, series creator Akira Toriyama will over see the new series and be heavily involved.

In an official press release from Toei Animation, Masako Nozawa, voice actress for Goku, Gohan, Gotten, and Bardock, had this to say. “I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

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Osamu Nozaki, a producer at Fuji TV said, “As I read the plot I’ve a;ready received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”

Dragon Ball Chou is set to air this July on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 am.

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No GravatarWhen I was first asked to play Conception II I haven’t played an RPG in quite sometime. Going into this game I didn’t expect an extremely fantastic title or anything remotely interesting…mainly because I didn’t know anything about the title or series for that matter. Then I realized that the more of it I play the more intrigued I became. Then the experience became a little more jaded. While the game wasn’t bad it became slightly repetitive and more so cumbersome than anything.

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The game takes place in the World of Aterra where they worship the Star God where they prosper through the power of Star Energy. You are known as God’s Gift who trains at an academy for disciples which is a special group of people who are summoned to fight against monsters who come from Dusk Circles. As God’s Gift you and a collective of females perform a ritual for the church known as Classmating to generate Star Children. Why is this important? The Star Children assist you in combat along with you and a female partner and they all have a particular class and several set of set of skills.

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I’ve never been so confused and befuddled with confusion quite like I have been while playing the game. I’m not so much confused into the depth of the world as I am with why some of these things are especially necessary. For a lack of better words, classmating is essentially having sex to produce children who can fight. It is blatantly obvious considering the underlying tone of everyone and the way each girl presents themselves before and after it occurs. Doing it just makes you feel slightly more dirty. Even more so when you are forced into doing classMANting which while really funny is in a way kind of perverse.

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Engaging enemies is where the game gets even more unique. Once you encounter an enemy inside one of the games many labyrinth’s you are forced to choose between normal JRPG actions such as attack, skill and defense. The most interesting aspect is the combat system in which you choose the side to attack your foe. Every enemy has a weak side and the choice of each side benefits you during combat. My only main concern with the battle system is that you are given the option to guard and yet it does nothing. It states that you will take less damage but you still take just as much as if you weren’t defending. I have also noticed that for a JRPG it’s pretty easy. I have played much easier games but I never really felt as if I there was too much going on and the difficulty made matters worse.

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Graphically the game is rather impressive as it features fully animated anime style cut scenes and moves at a silky smooth 60 FPS. The in game engine isn’t bad as it looks more like an above average PlayStation 2 title with a few more bells and whistles. The thing I was more impressed with was the music and the character design. These two things were probably my main drive for playing this game as I was more intrigued just to see what the next monster would look like. To be quite honest the designers seem to draw heavily from the Persona series as the music and monsters seem as if they came straight from that source.

Overall the game is like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” as it doesn’t do anything overall really impressive nor does it do anything really bad. Although it’s themes may not be quite suitable for everyone it’s still interesting enough with it cool soundtrack and character design. The game may not be for everyone but I do feel as if it worth a play through for anyone who is itching for a new RPG to play for their Vita. It hits the mark at being just right.

 

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FUNimation has been releasing clips from the Attack on Titan English dub to get people excited about the release of the first half of the season in June and for Anime Boston, which is going on right now.

Here is the latest clip:

With each and every clip, I get more and more excited for when I can get my hands on Attack on Titan – Part 1 with the English dubbing. Whether I get the Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, or Standard Edition is still up in the air.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

What did you think of this latest clip? Let us know in the comments!

Source: FUNimation Twitter

By Tiffany Marshall On 20 Mar, 2014 At 05:50 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, International News, News, News, Previews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments
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FUNimation released another clip today for the Attack on Titan English dub! This time we get a glimpse at Mikasa, one of the main characters.  Here it is:

I absolutely love it! I think it sounds very much like I’d imagine Mikasa to sound.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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FUNimation released another clip folks! This time we get some more core characters, not our main ones but better than the last clip! Here it is:

I’m happy so far! I’m a little iffy on Conny’s voice but this is a short clip so I’ll reserve judgment.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series in English and Japanese through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

According to the FUNimation website the Collector’s Edition will include:

4-pin collection (Military Police Regiment, Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment, and Cadet Corps), a replica of Eren Jaeger’s key necklace, a sword necklace featuring the Titan flesh paring blades, a 3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers

TheLimited Edition will include:

3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: FUNimation Tweet, FUNimation website

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Anticipation killing you, waiting to see what the English dub for Attack on Titan will be like?  Well, you’re in luck! FUNimation released this clip for a first look:

Well, it’s not much, but it’s a little something. It seems good, but I’d prefer to hear more in regards to Eren, Mikasa, Armin, etc. All we can do is wait for more!

What do you think of this clip? Let us know in the comments.

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