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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Feb, 2016 At 09:16 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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To coincide with the physical standalone re-release of Bayonetta 2, Nintendo has dropped the price of Bayonetta 2 on the eshop to $29.99 in America and $39.99 in Canada to match the new prices.

As well buying Bayonetta 1 still seems to get you a discount on Bayonetta 2 at least in Canada

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Feb, 2016 At 05:06 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced that the final DLC for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS will come on Wednesday Feb 3.  The DLC includes the final 2 characters and the final mii costumes. Will you be buying them? Personally I want that Takamaru mii costume.

 

See the tweets below

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Dec, 2015 At 07:21 AM | Categorized As Featured, International News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSadly the time has come. The Hype Train has reached the final stop. The final Super Smash Bros presentation has come and it brought with it some amazing surprises.

  • Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates has been announced as DLC, and He/She will arrive in February. Corrin is a sword user but also a unique character that involves shape shifting and elemental attacks that makes him/her unlike any other Fire Emblem character. This is one to keep your eyes on.  Corrin
  • Sakurai gave us a breakdown on Cloud, who is available now along with the Midgar stage. The material summons were detailed in their use and the various summons show amazing effects, thought the stage will probably be tournament banned. Cloud can charge up his limit break meter and plays like a hybrid of Shulk and Ike. He is offense heavy but does not have the best recovery. WiiU_CloudMidgar_screen_07
  • A chocobo hat is available as DLC for the Miis
  • A Geno Mii costume (Gunner) was announced for the Mii Gunner. This is a great way to acknowledge the character since Geno probably wont be a full character in a Smash game. The Costume and the Chocobo hat mentioned above are available now.
  • The final wave of Miis costumes were announced. tails and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog (Gunner and Brawler respectively), Takamaru from Nazo No Murasame Jo (Swordfighter), Ashley from Wario Ware (Swordfighter), Bionics costumes ( Brawler), Gil from The Tower of Druaga (swordfighter). Could the love shown for Takamaru in this game, and the recent international VC release of his Famicom game be hinting at something in his future? WiiU_Dec_DLC_screen_08
  • The Roy and Ryu amiibo will release on March 18 2016
  • The final announcement revealed that the Smash Bros Ballot winner was none other than Bayonetta. She is a combo heavy character like Ryu, with a move set based on her action games. She will be released in February. She was the top requested character in Europe and in the top 5 in North America.
  • Alongside Bayonetta, there will be a stage based on the clock tower level that opened the first Bayonetta game. Bayonetta
  • Amiibo of Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta have been confirmed

To all who play Smash, what do YOU think of today’s announcements?

No GravatarIwata DirectE3 had only been going for a day, and yet, it felt like we were all overwhelmed by the sheer number of announcements from both Sony and Microsoft, and while the internet argued (and still is) over which one did better, we were witness to the last of the Big 3; Nintendo.

And just like the previous 2, a slew of announcements were made, but really most of it were things we had already expected, plus some eShop titles.

In any case, for those who missed it, here is the rundown, first, for Wii U:

Super Mario 3D World – For the first time a 3D Mario title with multiplayer capabilities, it will be developed by the same team that worked on Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, it will allow for use of 4 characters which include Mario, Luigi, Toad, and for the first time in over 2 decades; Princess Peach, a new Power-Up: the Cat Costume was revealed, seemingly adding some new level of gameplay with it. Scheduled to launch this December.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – The only real surprise this E3 for Nintendo was this game, marking the return of character Dixie Kong, Retro Studios takes on this series once more, attempting to bring more Donkey Kong the Wii U, with an improved graphical look, this game is set to be released this November.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD – An improved version of the original 2002 hit for the GameCube, bringing new items such as the Tingle Bottle, which allows to send messages to Miiverse by using a bottle and dropping it in the ocean, also faster sailing mechanics. Scheduled to launch this October.

Mario Kart 8 – Apparently ditching the silly titles for good, this new game adds a new gameplay element with anti-gravity, and marks the return of bikes to the series, will have great online integrated to Miiverse. Available Spring 2014.

The Wonderful 101 – Created by Platinum Games, this title focuses on combat between Wonder-Red, and the group of heroes working for him, using them to attack enemies while looking and sounding like a classic superhero comic book. Launching September 15.

Bayonetta 2 – Also developed by Platinum Games, showing the main character’s new look as well as some combat, looking as chaotic as ever. Game launching 2014.

“X” by Monolift Soft – Aiming to be an open world title, and adding the ability to control humanoid robots, this title that is being developed with Xenoblade experiences to mind, seems to aim for a higher bar than that title. Available 2014.

Wii Party U – A party game, involving different tabletop games, this Mario-partyesque game will launch this October.

Wii Fit U – Just what it sounds like, set to be released this December.
Nintendo 3DS:

Pokemon X Version and Y Version – For Nintendo 3DS, the biggest news is about Pokemon, that will release this October, the game has revealed the already speculated Fairy type, which will become the 18th type in the series.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – (Not shown on the stream) A nice throwback title to the prequel of A Link to the Past, in this title, Link will be able to travel along the walls, allowing for different tactics to puzzles. Out this holiday season.

Yoshi’s New Island – (Not shown on the stream) Offering a variety of art styles, Yoshi returns in his 3rd adventure for the Nintendo 3DS. Out this holiday season.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – The 4th game in the Mario and Luigi series, this will add the ability to jump into Luigi’s dreams, game out August 11.

Outside of those, there were also quite a few third party tittles glossed over, here are the tittles that you may have missed:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Ubisoft – Wii U – Oct. 29
Batman: Arkham Origins – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Wii U – Oct. 25
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Nintendo 3DS – Oct. 25
Deus Ex: Human Revolution -Director’s Cut – Square Enix, Inc. – Wii U – 2013
Disney Infinity – Disney Interactive – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS – Aug. 18 (still making titles for the Wii?)
Disney’s Planes – Disney Interactive – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS – Aug. 6 (DS too?)
Just Dance 2014 – Ubisoft – Wii U, Wii – Oct. 8
Rayman Legends – Ubisoft – Wii U – Sept. 3
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – Wii U Nintendo 3DS – Fall 2013
Shin Megami Tensei IV – ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.) – Nintendo 3DS – July 16
Skylanders SWAP Force – Activision Publishing – Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS – Oct. 13
Sonic Lost World – SEGA – Wii U, Nintendo 3DS – Holiday 2013
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – Ubisoft – Wii U – Aug. 20
Watch Dogs – Ubisoft – Wii U – Nov. 19

As well as some eShop releases coming soon.

Finally we have special article for one of the best games announced to Nintendo. Super Smash Bros on Wii U and 3DS. Click here to read all about it!

Well hope nobody was disappointed.  Ericyo and I, are very excited for some of these upcoming games and had a great time working to bring you, the audience, as much information on Nintendo as possible. We will continue to do so in the future.

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By Houston Christopher On 23 Feb, 2013 At 06:27 AM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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metal gear rising screenshot 1Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is like a kung-fu action movie that is hopped up on steroids that you just don’t want to end. Developed by Platinum Games (Bayonetta; Vanquish; Madworld) and published by published by Konami this is the mutant off spring of the formally cancelled Kojima Studios game Metal Gear Rising. The game was cancelled then later picked up by Platinum and completely reworked from the ground up with the consent of Hideo Kojima.

It’s an action, hack and slash game that is high paced and features an amazing new system mechanic. The mechanic is like bullet-time with a sword, but much cooler. Once doing enough damage to an enemy you are prompted with a slow down effect where you can in turn slice away at your opponent in slow motion. Doing so causes tons of dismemberment and it is truly a sight to behold. Mind you, this game is not for the faint of heart.

metal gear rising screenshotThe story takes place four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4. You play as Raiden, the awesome ninja cyborg dude who used to suck in Metal Gear Solid 2…yeah that guy. You work for a Maverick security working to save money for his family by protecting Prime Minister N’Mani of an unknown African location. Next thing you know you are ambushed and the prime minister is captured then killed. During your rescue you become injured and defeated by one of the captors working for another group affiliated with Desperado Empires, a group associated with terrorism.

Not long after you soon end up trying to seek revenge a couple weeks later after your defeat. The story then unravels to several different plot points that seem very Metal Gear-esque. Without me spoiling the very convoluted plot, let me say it is all over the place with tons of codec dialogue and moments that will make you go “huh?”

metal gear rising screenshot 2Unfortunately the story mode is very short. I personally beat the game in a little under five hours. Granted those five hours were very awesome and filled with great action that is simply indescribable. Luckily, for those not willing to play the game multiple times, which I highly recommend, there are extra VR Missions that can be unlocked through the story. These test your sneaking ability and your combat skills. Not to mention the tons of skills and other statistical things you’d want to gain and extras to collect.

The sound design is another very strong component of this title. Composed by Jamie Christopherson it features amazing rock/techno/orchestral music. It’s so good I enjoy listening to it even after I am done with the game. Not to mention the awesome sounds of explosions, decapitation and sword slashes. It’s overall just awesome.

The graphics are also a marvel. Environments feature fully cut-able things from which you can wreak your destruction upon. The action looks so good as the game runs at a very smooth 60 fps. Sadly, some of the stages are just too open and barren. Understandable though considering how much work it must take to do such feats.

Most importantly is how the game plays. Safe to say it is very intuitive and yet simplistic. The game’s simple light and heavy attack system complement each other well. Combos are easy and fluent when stringing attacks together and can make you feel very badass. The only problem is the camera, which for the majority of the time works until there are either way too many enemies or you’re in a weird spot.

Overall Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an amazing experience that Metal Gear fans and action fans shouldn’t miss. Sure the campaign could stand to longer but, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were to see a sequel in the future.

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No GravatarAnarchy-Reigns-Jack-PoseRelease your inner “badass” with Platinum games latest title, Anarchy Reigns. This title is a third person brawler that features Jack Cayman from their previous Wii title “Madworld” along with a bevy of off the wall characters in this post apocalyptic setting overrun by goons, ninjas, robot drones, crazy “Death Proof” esque cars, mutants and tons more.

STORY

The campaign is split into two different parts referred to as Black Side and White Side. In the Black Side you control Jack in his quest to find Maximilian for his daughter who paid for you to retrieve him. In the White Side you control Leo a BPS soldier who is sent to retrieve his mentor, the aforementioned Maximilian. In a way these two stories intersect with one another whilst trying to make the entire storyline seem relevant. Unfortunately  it doesn’t. In a game where the combat doesn’t take itself to seriously the plot sure tries…sort of. For the most part, I was just confused. It jumps from place to place, introducing several characters without really ever explaining their purpose. The story is so irrelevant that it might as well not have been included. The only thing it does is it gets you adjusted to the combat and features a few fun modes of play that cannot be experienced online. Nevertheless, it’s a boring and uninspired single player romp that is only worth playing through once just to unlock all of the extra characters.

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GRAPHICS

This section is going to be very short and sweet…they suck. There are better looking games on the SEGA Dreamcast and that says a lot. The characters and their special effects seem to be where all the graphical attention went because the level design is atrocious. I thought that I would never ever dislike grey as much as I did before I played this title and boy was I proven wrong.

AUDIO

This department fires on all cylinders with some great sound effects for the brutal and visceral combat accompanied by an awesome soundtrack that is somewhere along the lines of House Rap and Drum & Bass. It’s pretty cool. It reminds me very much of “Madworld” especially since this game is the spiritual successor to it. At any rate, you’ll be remembering several tunes every time you think of the game.

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GAMEPLAY

Ahhh…the most important piece of any game. Thankfully this game make a pretty good effort in delivering a satisfying combat system. While there isn’t any advancement in the combat that you have there is a hint of depth along with the delivery in how you handle encounters and dealing damage. Everything is fun since you feel like a massive powerhouse and every punch and kick is delivered with such force, often at times either decapitation or explosion. It’s just satisfying.

REPLAYABILITY

Here is where the central focus of the game obviously went into. There are so many modes with so many options of how to play that this is where the majority of the time should be spent. But will you is the question. I more than likely won’t touch it often. It is interesting the first few matches and then frustration builds as you get swarmed with mass amounts of chaos, static camera angles deterring you from fighting your opponents, kill stealing and all other sorts of dumb things that could happen that are more than likely out of your control. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing quite like it and it still has it’s charm. Unfortunately, i’m unsure of how long that will last.

With a less than stellar single player campaign, very poor graphics and somewhat lackluster replayabilty Anarchy reigns is a game that could easily be passed up. The main attraction to this game is that the price point in the US is $29.99 which is a steal. Plus, there aren’t many games with as much charisma as this one. But, it is a venture that some will not be willing to take.

6.5/10

By otakuman5000 On 2 Dec, 2010 At 03:19 AM | Categorized As Company Spotlight, Featured | With 1 Comment

Starting with coin-op machines, Sega was a growing company in a new industry. They were the first in many endeavors and although hit several times by the economy, competitors, and even their own mistakes, Sega has always managed to reconstruct themselves to come out on top. Continuing to learn, this hardware developer soon became a software only company, re-establishing their place in the game world and continuing to dash full speed ahead.

By otakuman5000 On 9 Nov, 2010 At 04:27 AM | Categorized As Featured, Games You Slept On, PlayStation, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

Is Vanquish worth vanquishing?