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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was announced for Switch during the reveal event., but there was a distinct lack of information about the game after that. However, we now have new information thanks to Famitsu, and there are some very interesting details.

The game has  mechanics and systems in this version to add a new experience.

  • Ad-Hoc Co-Op Play – A first for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series, using ad-hoc correspondence, you can play with up to six nearby players.
  • Ultimate Techniques with the Motion Sensor – For example, by using the Joy-Cons with both hands, you can trigger a “Kamehameha.”
  • Two-Player Joy-Con Battles – Battle against a friend on the same Switch using the two Joy-Con controllers.

The Switch version will also have some great bonuses as well.

  • Limited Time Bonus – Experience the “Time Patrol” main story from the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • For Early Buyers – A code to unlock the characters from the main story early. By using this code, you will have access to more than 70 characters from the start.

Bandai Namco may have taken their time revealing information on the Switch version of the game, but it was worth it. This sounds like an incredible version of the game with a ton of great content.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company has announced The 2017 Pokken Tournament Championship Series

Take a shot at becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion when the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series returns in 2017! In addition to the title, a combined $25,000 in prizes are on the line at the qualifying competitions in June and the World Championships event in Anaheim, California, this August.

This year, 16 players will qualify for the World Championships, and there will be only one age division for all competitors. Four players will receive invitations from each of the two qualifying events, plus four more players will be chosen from Japan, and the four top players from a Last Chance Qualifier occurring right before the main Worlds event will be the final contenders.

Good luck battling to become the next Pokkén Tournament World Champion!

The Pokémon Company continuing to support the game’s competitive scene is a great sign for the game’s future. Not only does it help the competitive scene grow but it also means it is likely we will see a Switch version of the game, as that is the system Nintendo is focusing on now. Perhaps we will even see the content that didn’t come tot he Wii U version, in a Switch version

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jan, 2017 At 10:58 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Tekken 7 to show off DLC character Eliza. The vampire made her debut in Tekken Revolution and is now coming to the main series. She has quite the unique playstyle and looks to be quite fun to play as. Eliza is a preorder bonus character available on all platforms. Check out the trailer below.

Eliza thirsts for the blood of her opponents! Pre-order TEKKEN 7 on any platform to receive Eliza on June 2nd, 2017!

 

 

No GravatarThe following is an opinion piece and only reflects the author’s views and not neccesarily that of the rest the Real Otaku Gamer staff.

 

2016 was a big year for gaming. Some new franchises came into being, and some series received amazing sequels. Join me as I list my top ten games of 2016. Just a note, I will only include games that I have actually played, so no Overwatch or Uncharted 4. This list will also include indie games.

10) AVGN II ASSimilation

Angry Video Game Nerd adventures was a brilliant indie game and spoof of bad retro games. AVGN 2 picks up where the first game left off and builds on it to make a game that is bigger and better in everyway. A full worldmap, a lot more levels, new powerups and ecouraging of replays, and tons of crass humor that just makes you laugh. The game referenced more games, the AVGN movie and even Board James, and is a treat for fans of James Rolfe. I cannot say enough good about this game, it is a brilliant parody of bad games while being awesome in its own right.

 

9) Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

The sole Nintendo game on the list, TMS #FE was a great RPG for a sytem starving for more of that genre. What was thought to be a fusion of Shint Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem’s play styles and elements, it actually turned out to play much more like Persona for the Wii U with the Fire Emblem as the personas and enemies. While some were put off by what the product was, it ended up being one of the best Nintendo games of the last decade. This was a brilliant game with a fun combat system and detailed plot that a player could lose themselves in for hours. This in many ways is a new IP with guest appearances from the FE characters, and hopefully this gets a sequel. Nintendo got themselves a brilliant RPG and this is one to be remembered.

8) King of Fighters XIV

While Street Fighter V got all the attention this year, it was actually SNK’s fighter that was the superior game. A complete experience and not barebones at launch, KOF XIV had something for everyone. It had good signle players modes as well as multiplayer modes, and there as inceintive to play the arcade mode with different teams to unlock secrets. The new characters were mostly fun and engaging and even some of the ones receivess less warmly turned out to be well thought out. SNK has been quick to fix any issues with the game, including fixing the online, and an upcoming patch to upgrade the visuals. As well, they have been evaluating fan interest in DLC characters for the game, so expect to see this title be supported for a while at least. This is perhaps the second best fighting game of 2016.

7)  Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

A late entry into this list, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was a major surprise to me in terms of how much of an upgrade it was over the previous entries. The visuals were bright and beautiful and the game was nothing like I expected. I don’t know why, but I believed this would just be a game on the scale of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, just with better visuals. It turned out to be a dramatic leap for the series and showed that Shantae can be a heavy hitter in gaming. Excellent power-ups, tons of replay value ( with even more coming) and a fun, engaging narrative, made this one of the best indie games of the year.

 

6) Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator

The greatest fighting game released in 2016, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator did something so few fighting games do these days, and did as much as it could to make itself accessible. The tutorial was unlike anything else and truly taught you how to play the game. The fighting was top notch and perfected from previous iterations, and the online was much better than ever. In fact the lobby system in the game was extremely innovative and helped make the experience much more worthwhile. While the story mode lacked the English dub of the previous title, it still was a welcome experience and did its job in answering details about the Guilty Gear story. This was just the most refined fighting experience in a long time and needs to be played by all.

5) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

This game can be best summed up as bigger and better. Bandai Namco took all the positives of the first game while taking a look at what didn’t work, then went about fixing those issues.  The fighting feels more epic, the visuals are far better, and the story mode feels a lot more engaging this time.  With a large amount of characters, including some from Dragon Ball Super, Xenoverse 2 has something for everyone. Even the online is overhauled and this time it feels far more worthwhile to do co-op. It does reuse much of the original game but that isn’t a bad thing. This just feels like a better version of the first game.

4) Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

This one caught me by surprise. A game that combined the world of Digimon, with the design and feel of the Persona series, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a bold departure for the series. This game is one that I would recommend not only for Digimon fans, but also non-fans, as it is extremely accessible to all. The game feels like nothing else Bandai Namco has done with the Digimon series yet and I want more of this.  A detailed story, deep combat system and likeable characters, Cyber Sleuth has a lot to offer players of the RPG genre, especially those who are still waiting for Persona 5. This game was a hidden gem this year and I recommend it for all.

3) Shadow Warrior 2

This one is good. The previous Shadow Warrior was a game that helped get first person shooters out of the rut they were stuck in. It successfully revived the series while not compromising on what the original was, and made it a great experience. Shadow Warrior 2 makes the first game seem like a tech demo in comparison. Everything is on a grander scale, with vastly improved graphics and combat. The game uses a procedural generated level system to ensure no two replays are the same and it is better for it. This time around, there is a co-op mode that allows you to team up with 3 others and coordinate your playthrough differently. The best part about that is that the gameplay is scaled for co-op so it is never too easy or too hard. Also important is that the game does not act condescendingly towards people who play on easier settings. That is something that is sadly not common anymore.

2) Dishonored 2

Dishonored was an amazing game but this one takes it to the next level. Dishonored 2 is an epic experience that offers so much more than the previous entry. You can play as Emily or Corvo, with both having unique playstyles. This allows for a lot more replay value, especially when you are given multiple ways to play with those characters. The visuals are far better and the overall presentation is excellent. Even the music is great and helps bring you deeper into the gameplay. This is the best stealth game released in a very long time, if not ever and the action elements are so expertly woven in, that it just feels completely natural to shift to attacking. The various abilities you get in the game just make you feel like a badass and that is a welcome feeling. The game brings so much to the table that I cannot say enough good things about this

1) DOOM

The absolute best game of the year bar none ( that I’ve played), DOOM shows you how to revive a classic IP. We were all worried about this game based off the beta, which only showed the multiplayer, as well as the fact that the game wasn’t given to critics in advance. The fears were for naught luckily as DOOM is amazing. Fast paced shooting, with gory action, yet a well developed character who doesn’t need to say anything. The game perfectly marries story telling and gameplay into one in a better way than Half Life ever did, and the result is amazing.  This just feels like a proper return to form, not only for the Doom series but for the FPS genre in general. Many have been too dragged down in storytelling or rote gameplay, but DOOM shows the right way to do it. An amazing soundtrack that really gets your heart pumping for battle, and an amazing arsenal that keeps things fresh. The game’s SnapMap function also brings a form of modding to consoles, as well as giving you an endless amount of content to play through. Bethesda and Id software have been consistently updating the game with both free updates and DLC and all of it is welcome. This is an absolute must play for everyone.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Nov, 2016 At 11:36 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt has been announced that Empoleon will be coming to Pokken Tournament’s arcade edition on December 15. You can see the announcement below.

 

With all these added characters, I am more convinced than ever we may see a port of this game for the Switch.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Nov, 2016 At 04:55 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco has announced that a new roster addition to Pokken Tournament will be announced on this Thursday December 1. Which Pokémon do you hope to see announced? Another fighting type? or some other kind of Pokémon? With all these new additions and no word on Wii U DLC, it is sounding likely that Pokken will make its way to the Switch in one form or another.

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Dragon Ball has had a long history in video games. From Japan exclusive entries, the GBA RPGs, the great Budokai series and more, Dragon Ball has had great representation in gaming. Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a great entry in the series and was a breath of fresh air after some increasingly stale games. Xenoverse gave players the chance to explore multiple points of the series timeline from another perspective. The online was great and it had an excellent amount of characters. So how does its sequel hold up?

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I am pleased to say that for the most part Xenoverse 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original game. It has its issues but it is still fun and enjoyable. We have a great amount of characters, better character creation ( my Frieza race character can now go golden Frieza which is excellent!) and best of all, refined gameplay.

The story is in parts too much like the original but does manage to have its highpoints and when it does, it hits it out of the park. A major difference is that new villains are being put into the scenarios which manages to give things a fresh look for longtime fans who have gotten to used to how things play out. The game has numerous “What if?” scenarios that help shake things up as well. Things play out differently than you are used to and so this is a great treat for longtime fans.  The lineup of characters, as mentioned above, is great. The game incorporates characters from Dragon Ball Super as well as the usual sources. This is a great way to introduce fans to Super, if they haven’t been following the subbed versions. I do feel that some characters should not have been saved for DLC and should have been in the main game right away but that is a small issue really.

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The online play  have been greatly improved and I had a lot more fun with them this time around, then I did with the first game. That said There was some connectivity issues and lag that did get in the way of my enjoyment. And speaking of missions, the central hub from the previous game is back but greatly expanded on. You can go to more areas, visit more shops and interact with more people. You do need to do the parallel missions to progress, same as last time, so there is some basis to fall back on in the game.

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Xenoverse 2 has a great selection of music but the voice synchronization is terrible. It really feels like an awkward dubbing from the past, and not up to par with some great English voice acting in modern games from Japan. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is noticeable. I would say that Xenoverse 2 is a good sequel to the original Xenoverse. It is not perfect but it is a good game. I would recommend it greatly,

By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Nov, 2016 At 05:11 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarpokkenPokken Tournament Arcade has a new character and its not whom most were expecting. Croagunk will be making a debut in the game on November 10, alongside some new changes. The game has received a large amounts of updates in the arcade version, which almost certainly hints at a Nintendo Switch version. You can see the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Oct, 2016 At 04:17 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBandai Namco has revealed the debut trailer for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle and it is somewhat different than what people were expecting.  The game is a retro style 2D beat em up done in a rather interesting art style, but looks like it has potential to be good.

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No GravatarThe God Eater games have always had a cult following, stemming from its PSP origins over 5 years ago. Fans fell in love with its quirky, insane monster design and Monster Hunter-esque gameplay. God Eater 2: Rage Burst is the re-release of last year’s God Eater 2 with added features like survival missions, gear and extended story content.

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You are a member of Blood, an elite unit of God Eaters, whose sole purpose is ridding the world of Aragami. The Aragami are monsters that have completely taken over the planet. Aragami come in all terrifying shapes and sizes from people-sized demon plants to gigantic bug-dinosaur looking monstrosities. The awesome creature design makes every boss encounter more worthwhile, as the big baddies become more and more outrageous.

 

You’re not alone in your God Eating, your teammates all fall into the typical J-RPG spectrum of personalities from the stoic team leader, all the way down to the ditzy scantily-clad bad-ass who really likes to eat. I’ll admit at first I eye-rolled at a lot of the writing but the team aboard our flying fortress, Friar, did grow on me.

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There are really good character moments in between mission that reveal a lot of your crew’s motivations. Early on a teammate concocts a scheme to stage a meeting with a visiting pop-star. The humor in Rage Burst balances the grim reality of monsters displacing people into ghettos worldwide in a way that I really appreciated.

In order to fight the good fight, God Eaters use God Arcs, a Swiss-army type weapon system that houses a ranged weapon, melee weapon and shield. It’s a neat system that lets you change weapon types on the fly. Managing your God Arc becomes a herculean task considering the endless combinations of weapons you can craft and upgrade. I found myself loving the Buster Sword/Sniper/Shield combo.

If you want to really kick ass, you need to be able to effective switch your God Arc weapons suit your needs and being able to identify a specific Aragami’s weakness and when to press for the attack. I found that memorizing the attack pattern of each monster is the best way to get results. Combos and charge attacks on big melee weapons like hammers and scythes do crazy damage and feel good when you catch a monster from behind.http://realotakugamer.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=24449&action=edit#titlediv

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Each mission lets you bring in up to 3 computer controlled teammates that do a surprisingly good job of not being a hindrance and I even opted to recruit actual players for harder missions via online co-op. I suggest bringing in some buddies early on since the beginning missions are so utterly boring.

Rage Burst’s biggest letdown is in its mission design which is basically just from an arena filled with monsters. The first few hours are a bit of a drag since you can essentially sleepwalk through most of these conflicts, considering you don’t really need to use of the advanced combat techniques until you’re 8-10 hours in. I found myself having to replay a bunch of these missions in order to grind out loot and crafting materials.

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The customization options for Rage Burst are dense. The player-created protagonist has access to literally thousands of outfit and weapon combinations. There are plenty of loot and game rewards replaying mission in order to gain higher ranks scoring better loot. Join an online game and you’ll just how ridiculous and/or awesome you could potentially look.

Rage Burst also isn’t a great looking game. Most of the mission reuse the same locations, so just get used to fighting in the same bombed-out city landscapes for a good long while. This is a shame considering the character and monster design are so fun and full of personality.

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There is a rather steep learning curve. Advanced techniques are not explained all that well unless you do some digging in the database and become intimately aware with the all the System Terms. It was only after playing for about 10 hours that I figured out exactly what Bursts actually do. Other skills like parrying and using Zero Stance would have saved me a lot of heartache if I knew where to look earlier.

It’s easy to lose a lot of time playing God Eater 2: Rage Burst. If you can make it through the painfully slow start, you can find a deep and addictive action-RPG that could compete with the likes of Monster Hunter. This is all assuming you’re patient enough to put with a boring start, frustratingly steep learning curve and sub-par visuals.