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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 May, 2017 At 11:55 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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SNK’s legendary series returns to Steam with its latest entry, The King of Fighters XIV. The game was formerly a PS4 exclusive but can now be preordered on Steam for release on June 15th. There is both a standard and a deluxe version available.

Both versions are currently 20% off, and the game is extremely high quality. SNK has been doing their best to make this the best entry it could be and thanks to updates, it is a truly epic game

 

You can preorder it here. Also check out our review of the PS4 version here

By John Kinsella On 10 May, 2017 At 02:25 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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If you have played Persona 5, you know how great a game it really is. Though I’ve only had it a short amount of time, it seems like ages, and it has really become something I treasure. Having only played Persona 4, I was ready to try out the series next iteration. Jumping into this beautifully designed alternate world Tokyo, I was spellbound, and from the moment the game started up I had no doubt in my mind I would do anything to finish this game.

The game follows the story of a protagonist, fresh out of getting kicked out of his old school due to a scuffle and thrust into a whole new world.  The young man may look mild mannered, but he is a devious and cunning mastermind. Of course, that really is only when he needs to be, as usually he is able to keep peace. He meets a wonderful cast of characters, some who help him and some who harm him. As a Persona game it is up to you who you forge relationships with.

Persona 5’s story is certainly one worth playing to the end, as it really makes you think about the world. There may need to be some upheaval, and it is a shame the Phantom Thieves don’t exist. For the uniformed, The Phantom Thieves are the protagonist’s group. Honestly, I felt like I grew playing this game, and that I honestly do want to figure out something I can do to change our planet for the better.

Besides a wonderful story, the game itself is one of the best I’ve seen. Its battles flow brilliantly as do its cut scenes and tranisitions. Depending on where you are, the transitions change and that is something cool. As you travel all around Tokyo, you will see so many different things that it almost feels like you have been to Japan after playing it.

Back to the characters of Persona 5. They are all so unique it is hard to choose who you want to spend time with. Now, there are people who make guides where they max out everything in one run, but I personally just go with the flow. Though it does pain me that this first playthrough is clocking at 100 hours, and my main character didn’t end up with any of the amazing women. This just gives me an incentive to play the game again for a fuller experience. Seriously, it is difficult when you have a punk doctor, a teacher, a shut in hacker, and a student council president among others to choose from.

The characters themselves also have touching stories that make you feel like even though you may be putting in work, it isn’t for nothing. These people feel and live their lives, slowly becoming more and more attached to the protagonist. When you max any of the social links,  you feel this connection to the character, as you have experienced something with them that has changed them. It’s just like any real friendship, you go through something together and part of you is bonded to them forever.

Besides the wonderful story and characters, there are also have amazing dungeons, which the game calls palaces to explore. These Palaces are inside of the characters minds, and just like their outside self these worlds are distorted. You never know what kind of dungeon theme you are going to be plunged into next. They vary so differently that it is honestly shocking. One of the best parts of the game is simply to see how people see the world. I have to wonder what kind of Palace I’d have.

So, in conclusion, Persona 5 is hands-down one of my favorite games. It honestly is a contender for Game of The Year right now and will at least finish in the top 3 I’m sure. Persona 5 truly is its own game, so don’t feel like you need to play other Persona games to play it. If it sounds at all interesting, it is definitely worth picking up. When playing it, just play like you are the character it honestly makes everything all the more relatable, at least that is what I thought.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 01:44 PM | Categorized As News, Otaku Music, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

 

 

Atlus Co., Ltd. (Setagayaku Tokyo, Chief Executive Officer: Akira Nomoto) announced that following the launch of the critically acclaimed Persona 5 in North America and Europe, the game has shipped more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

To celebrate the launch of the game, there will be a Persona live concert event on Aug. 2 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Please stay tuned for upcoming news on Persona 5 and the Persona series in the future!
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.
Persona 5 is now available in the Americas and Europe, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game is rated M by the ESRB.
It is great to hear that Persona 5 has done so well. The game is amazing and deserves a large audience. Hopefully it will continue to sell well. Let us hope that the upcoming mainline Shin Megami Tensei game also sell well.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Apr, 2017 At 12:14 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus has released a launch trailer for Persona 5.  Most of the necessary details are known now, but the trailer does show us some interesting things.

Persona 5 has been long awaited and is finally here, we will have a review in the coming days. In the meantime, please share with us your thoughts on the game so far.

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 07:11 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe final DLC character for season 1 of KOF XIV has been revealed and it is one that fans have wanted for a long time. Yes, Rock Howard will make his main series KOF debut.

Rock Howard made his debut in the last chapter of the Fatal Fury series, Garou: Mark Of The Wolves, and this release will mark his first appearance in a mainline KOF title. He is the estranged son of crime lord Geese Howard, having been adopted and raised by Terry Bogard from a young age. His fighting style is a unique mix of both Terry and Geese’s styles and he even boasts his own variations on some of their iconic moves, such as Geese’s Raging Storm and Terry’s Buster Wolf. His Crack Counter, for example, combines the reversal techniques from Geese’s Aikijutsu moves with Terry’s Crack Shoot attack.

This melding of styles results in a well-rounded fighter. He sacrifices both Geese’s dominating power and Terry’s simple and direct style for speed and versatility, creating a unique approach that stands on its own despite borrowing heavily from two disparate fighters.

As you can see in the above trailer, Rock Howard and all of his techniques have been dutifully recreated in KOF XIV with some slight adjustments to fit the new battle system.
The development team aimed to make his transition as faithful as possible, including small details such as how his shirt and jacket animates during his idle animation!

All characters from the DLC will be available on April 5 2017. The BGM and Stage DLC will be free, while the characters will cost money.

Rock looks absolutely amazing and is a very welcome addition to the roster.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 02:16 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSNK and Atlus have revealed the next DLC character for King of Fighters XIV. Vanessa, the beautiful brawler, makes her return to the fight.

Vanessa was a fan requested character, so it is great to see her return to the fight. Now all that is left is the last character. Who could it be?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 09:04 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAtlus and SNK Sent out the following

 

 

 

The King of Fighters XIV is getting some great DLC characters, but who could the final character of this (initial?) DLC be? Could we finally see the long desired King of Fighters debut for Rock Howard? I for one would like to see that! Let us know what you think?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Mar, 2017 At 01:09 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSNK and Atlus sent out the following

April 5 is a great release date, not too far away and it lets us build up anticipation for the character.  Whip will cost $4.99 on release which is a very good and fair price. I love what SNK is doing with the game’s DLC, and I hope we get the rest of the reveals and release dates soon.

See the trailer below.

Whip looks excellent to play as, and should be a lot of fun. Whom do you think the other DLC characters might be? Let us know!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Mar, 2017 At 05:55 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

The Velvet Room is place where Personas can be experimented on with reckless abandon, but there’s a catch. (Remember, there’s ALWAYS a catch.) Since the protagonist is a prisoner of his own Velvet Room, he must earn the privilege of being a Persona mad scientist. Although basic fusion and registration are immediately available to the prisoner, features such as advanced/network fusion, training, strengthening, and others are not. That’s where the Twin Wardens Caroline and Justine come in. Not only are they Igor’s assistants, but they also happen to be the “rehabilitation” officers who will be overseeing the protagonist during his stay. By spending time with them (completing prison work), additional fun experimentation options will unlock. Oh, and in case you can’t tell them apart, Caroline is the mean one and Justine is the nice one.
Learn about Caroline and Justine in the new trailer below!

Persona 5 looks amazing and we cannot wait to play it ourselves. We are just a month away, so not long now.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Feb, 2017 At 04:01 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

 

Sometimes when the protagonist of Persona 5 goes to sleep, he doesn’t dream like a normal Japanese high-schooler. Oh no. He gets transported to a place that exists between dream and reality, mind and matter. A place where fate has made it look like a prison. A place where sacrifice creates power, and where a familiar face will assist the leader of the Phantom Thieves in reaching his full potential. Get ready to say hello to Igor once again, because the Velvet Room is back!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Velvet Room, it’s a special area where personas can be… played around with. Basically, the room is where personas collected in the Metaverse can be upgraded, turned into items, or undergo fusion. Let’s start with the most morbid one, shall we? Fusion allows personas to be fused together to create a new, hopefully stronger, one. There are three ways to fuse personas, basic fusion lets any two be fused together, while advanced fusion is preset and require three or more. Oh, there is one little thing I should mention. Your personas will need to be executed via guillotine to undergo the aforementioned fusions, so always remember their noble sacrifice when Velvet Room wardens, Caroline and Justine, lets the blade drop (be wary of accidents though). The third method of fusion is network fusion, which allows a player with online function to fuse their persona with a random online player’s persona!
Besides making heads roll, the Velvet Room offers other fun ways to execute, I mean, manage personas. For example, you can strengthen a persona by sacrificing (hanging) another one to it, put personas in lockdown so they can learn to take less damage from their weakness, and “transform” them via electric chair into a useful item/piece of equipment. You can also register and summon them from the compendium as well! Although the Velvet Room may look like a prison, it’s an important place to invest time and persona lives in. Oh, you can also access the area during the day/night or during Palace runs through a prison door looking portal.
Check out the splendidly morbid Velvet Room trailer below!

Persona 5 is looking amazing and we cannot wait to get our hands on it. We should have a review of the game up shortly around launch so look out for that!

 

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