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By Stark Wyvern On 10 Oct, 2017 At 01:49 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Arcade Beat Em Ups are things you rarely get to play in this day and age. What was once the norm is now lost to the sands of time, except in places that still have arcades. In an attempt at reviving this game style, Wako Studios has done it with Samurai Riot. Playing this game, I felt like I was standing at an arcade cabinet playing through a brutal game, where quarters would start vanishing the longer I played. A tried and true Side-Scroller that will send you back to a time, where you didn’t always have your own systems to play, a simpler yet more troublesome time.

This game might take on the guise of an arcade cabinet but it is actually far deeper. You have two characters Sukune and Tsurumaru who both play quite differently. Sukune has a magic kitsune and fights barehanded, so clearly, she isn’t always so strong against all the armed opponents. Tsurumaru has a katana and grenades, which makes him the stronger choice. You also get to select different styles which affect your strength, lives, and other aspects. Play the game enough, and you can unlock and level up the styles.

There are eight different levels with actual story intertwining them all together. You even get to make choices which change how things play out. The coolest thing about this game though is that there is in fact co-op. While it is only local, it still allows for a fun experience. You can both play as a character and work together to complete the game. It adds another layer and makes it feel even more like you are in an arcade playing together.

It would be interesting to see online multiplayer implemented in the future. But local co-op really is just the best. As you progress you can even disagree with the choices made and fight it out. This game is a fluid story that can certainly change depending on your choices, and with 8 different endings, there is so much fun to be had. This game certainly isn’t a one and done game, as if you grew up on this style of game, you will be yearning for more.

Samurai Riot is certainly a nostalgia-driven game, but it has amazing artwork and a compelling story. The characters each play differently and you need to work fast to take down waves of opponents. This game is brutal and unforgiving in the best types of ways, and if you enjoyed arcade games in your youth, it is one to try out at least. Plus, you can play for hours and only buy it once, no quarters required!

Samurai Riot is available on Steam right now. Put away your quarters, and travel back in time, save Japan, and have fun like you used to when you were a kid!

A code was provided by the publisher.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Apr, 2016 At 09:57 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Natsume Sent Out The Following Press Release

 

NATSUME ANNOUNCES RIVER CITY: TOKYO RUMBLE

Side-Scrolling Beat-‘Em-Up Series Returns to North America!

Burlingame, CA. – April 21, 2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that it
will bring River City: Tokyo Rumble to the Nintendo 3DS this summer.
River City: Tokyo Rumble continues the partnership established last
year with Arc System Works, who owns the River City franchise. River
City: Tokyo Rumble will be one of several Natsume titles playable at
E3 2016, taking place June 14th – 16th 2016 in Los Angeles.

“We know there’s a loyal fanbase of the River City series in North
America who have been asking for more of these addictive games to
play!” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “Whether you’re
a longtime River City fan or new to the series, there’s plenty of
side-scrolling action to love.”

Originally launched as Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku
in Japan, the game is part of a long-running series of side-scrolling
RPG brawlers, sports games, and more.  North Americans were first
introduced to the series with River City Ransom on the NES, with an
updated take on the game arriving several years later on the Game Boy
Advance. Multiple spinoff games, including volleyball and fighting
games, have followed.

“River City its celebrating its 30th anniversary in Japan in 2016, and
we’re excited to be part of the celebration,” said Minoru Kidooka, CEO
of Arc System Works. “We’re very excited to be continuing our
partnership with Natsume, which included Gotcha Racing and Brave Tank
Hero in 2015.”

River City: Tokyo Rumble follows the story of a hot-blooded high school
student named Kunio and his good friends. When a nefarious gang moves
into Tokyo to try to take it over, it’s up to this self-proclaimed
“fighter for justice” and his buddies to make sure the streets stay
safe!

Punch, kick, use weapons such as soccer balls, iron knuckles, chains,
and even bicycles to knock some sense into those devious gang members.
Take on jobs, level up your abilities, and don’t forget to stop on
occasion for a snack or two at the local food joints. Luckily, smiles
are free!

Key Features of River City: Tokyo Rumble -Play as Kunio, Riki, and
other famous fighters from the River City series!Take on jobs to earn
extra cash, special moves, and more!Take a break from the main story
to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!Take on your friends
using Local Play and Download Play!Unlock new characters, stages, and
songs as you progress through the game!

 

By Ramon Rivera On 4 Apr, 2016 At 10:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, Playstation Vita, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the series’ home console debut, SENRAN KAGURA ESTIVAL VERSUS, a mystical phenomenon transports the nubile ninjas of the titular series to a parallel dimension to face off against their rivals in a new kind of battle. In this strange world – which resembles a sunny, sandy island paradise – the girls are thrown for another loop as they encounter departed loved ones and ultimately have to decide if they can bear to part from them a second time. And this is the story in a nutshell, Senran Kagura is a series that has pulled me like a magnet, but its not for his fan service, its for its gameplay, as I am a fan of beat’em ups and Senran Kagura is a really good one.

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The game takes place during the Kagura Millenium Festival,which gives characters a chance to reunite with lost loved ones. They face a choice between staying in this mysterious beach paradise to be with those they miss or returning to the real world to finish their shinobi training. However, while the Kagura Millennium Festival is the driving force story wise, I like that it doesn’t take itself to seriously. There are some really funny moments and some sexual jokes here and there. In Estival Versus,  you’ll find a familiar combat system based around a two button attack set-up that allows for experimentation with well timed dashes and parries. There are shinobi and frantic transformations, each with their own stylish undressing of the character, as well as wall running attacks and joint aerial attacks with a partner character. Pressing down on the D-Pad activates the break which pushes back the enemies directly surrounding you at the cost of the little bit of health. The move is extremely useful if you’re ever getting it from all angles, however be advised that can be used by enemy shinobi in boss fights. The story mode does a good job of introducing you to all of the 27 available characters in the game. Returning characters feature updated move sets (Better combos and such from Shinobi Versus) and the newcomers are a welcome and diverse addition. Outside of the story mode are individual challenges for characters that you unlock throughout the game and special challenges that really test how well you’ve mastered the combat system. There is also a diorama mode where you can pose your favorite girls in the many, many costumes you’ve unlocked, the different posses and facial expressions gives endless possibilities so outside of combat you can “have fun”.

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There is also an Online mode where you can have 4 on 4 battles, it is a really fun mode so far I haven’t had issues while playing online, and I can find matches pretty fast( thanks random Vita Lovers). Graphically the game looks great, each of the different character animations, shinobi transformations look amazing, thanks to the game engine it looks like I am watching an episode of anime. The flashy secret techniques and backgrounds are well detailed, everything looks great on the PS Vita screen, also the Anime cut scenes are cool eye candy to behold.

Bottom Line Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is good mindless fun, there are some profound moments, there is fan service, and a great combat system. With 27 characters with strengths and weaknesses, and different fighting styles there is a character for everyone. The Diorama mode can wake up the creative photographer in you, and there are a lot of costumes to use so for the collector this is heaven. Estival Versus is the best entry in the series and like I said is a series that can pull you like a magnet, because behind all the fan service there is a great game to be discovered, it is a must for every Vita Fan out there.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jan, 2016 At 02:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, 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.

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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 18 Nov, 2010 At 10:20 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

If you are a fan of retro beat ’em ups with a slight level grinding rpg gimmick, Scott Pilgrim maybe the perfect time passer!