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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Aug, 2016 At 03:49 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out this email today

Today during QuakeCon 2016, Bethesda Softworks announced the launch of the PC Open Beta for The Elder Scrolls®: Legends, the first free-to-play strategy card game based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Featuring innovative and strategic two lane gameplay, an epic single player campaign, and several multiplayer modes versus AI or live opponents, The Elder Scrolls: Legends offers accessible gameplay for beginners who want to get started quickly, while providing strategic depth to keep expert players engaged.

 

Players interested in a fresh take on trading card games can now download the Open Beta for free, via the Bethesda.net launcher.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends looks to be an interesting game. If anyone is interested I suggest they check it out as you might find it worthwhile.

By Tiffany Marshall On 13 Feb, 2014 At 06:22 PM | Categorized As International News, News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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If you want to play the Titanfall Beta, now’s your time to turn in your applications.  In order to participate, you must have either a PC or Xbox One.

Those that are selected will know by February 17th at 11:59pm PST.

You can apply for the beta here.

Titanfall will be available on the Xbox One and PC on March 11th in North America, March 13th in Europe and Australia, March 14th in the UK and New Zealand, and on the Xbox 360 on March 25th in North America, and on March 28th in Europe.

No GravatarIn a world full of mobile apps and games it’s hard for a platformer to rise above the rest, but what Lisa Rye and Stirfire Studios have created here manages to do just that. The game they have created, Freedom Fall, is more than just a platformer, it’s a game with a real rich sense of humour and a massive heart.

The game started as a personal project of Lisa’s but was picked up by Stirfire Studios as a commercial release upon her move to the company. Freedom Fall was developed in Perth, Australia, and will debut at this year’s PAX Expo Australia in June. It’s currently in Beta on Desura here and can be upvoted on Steam Greenlight here.

The 'hero' of the game Marsh!

In “Freedom Fall” you play as Marsh, the ‘hero’ of the tale. He find himself imprisoned in a tower where the only way to go is down (and sometimes across!) in order to escape. The premise is fairly simple yet very well executed; move downwards avoiding traps, spikes and even a mechanical shark, but this isn’t what sets the game apart from other platformers, it’s the character and heart of the game the creators have imbued in Freedom Fall.

This character comes mainly in the form of the Princess Emph, the daughter of the king and designer of the many dangers in Freedom Fall. After being locked up herself and finding the tower boring she escapes and decided to redecorate and make it her own. Her character really brings the charm and entertainment to the game in a creepy little girl meets Glados (from Portal) kind of way! She tells her story and interacts with the player through messages written on the walls of the tower, developing the story as you progress through the various stages. What results from this clever storytelling is an experience rarely seen in mobile games – it provides a great deal of humour and emotional investment in such a deceptively simple package.

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In terms of gameplay Freedom Fall excels once again. With simple controls and levels varying in direction and challenge and a few pace changes like the mechanical shark it manages to keep the player invested in the game without completely overpowering Emph’s narrative. It also manages to keep this investment without sacrificing any gameplay mechanics. Apart from navigating traps and dangers the player may gather bolts to build several items to help the player traverse the traps such as a parachute and wings to give an extra boost when jumping. These bolts can be found throughout levels and in greater quantities in small side rooms, often giving hints and tips for the next challenge via wall messages. The game also supports two different endings and branching difficulty decisions. As the player moves downward they will reach many crossroads, offering ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ obstacles. The easy choice will of course be less difficult but also will offer less bolts and no side rooms, whereas those who brave the harder traps may find themselves better appeared for the many obstacles ahead. This relatively simple choice gives the player a sense of control and again does something not seen a lot in a mobile package.

The visual style of the game is quite pleasant, with most of it being hand drawn. The simplistic design and implementation works well on any screen from a laptop or desktop to a much smaller mobile touch screen. The soundtrack for the game works well with the fast paced style of game. Freedom fall runs quite well on both platforms with no problems or bugs encountered in my playthrough.

In summation Freedom Fall is quite a fun and entertaining game, perfect for on the go platforming with added heart, or sitting down to enjoy on a bigger computer screen. Regardless of how you play the game, what Lisa and Stirfire Studios have created is quite clever and unique, totally deserving of any gamers time.

You can check out this game at PAX Australia in June, and it will be available to download and play from the 19th of July!

By Akodo On 24 Dec, 2012 At 11:39 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarGod of War: AscensionKratos returns next year in the prequel to the God of War series, which was released in 2005. This follows Kratos’ attempt to sever any and all ties, with his overlord, Ares, but is tricked into killing his wife and daughter. This game, God of War: Ascension, serves to flesh out Kratos and his blood filled revenge against the Gods, which we’ve all come to love and enjoy on the PlayStation. And for the first time, Kratos is bringing in some friends to do battle with backing of the Gods, in a multiplayer. It’s safe to say, people are either going  to love it, or just completely hate it, and God of War should keep focusing on the single player experience.

The beta starts you off with a quick tutorial on the controls, basic for any returning God of War fan, or first timers, a slight curve. But after that you get to chose from the four primary Gods that defeated the Titans: Zeus, Ares, Hades, and Poseidon. But since this is a beta, you’re only allowed to pick between Zeus and Ares. Even beyond the four mentioned above, it seems like they may add more, depending on the reception of the multiplayer during the games lifetime. After choosing, you’re thrown into the fray. This comes down to deathmatch which is called, Favor of the Gods and Team deathmatch. Just add, Team to the front of the previous game mode. And two maps, Desert of Lost Souls, for the 4v4 team deathmatch, and Forum of Hercules, for the 4-player deathmatch. Additionally, the stage is the place where you kill Hercules in God of War 3 while Hera looks upon drunkenly. Forum

The graphics and gamplay are completely on par with God of War 3’s engine, and flows like a God of War game just with fighting against other humans, rather than AIs. The graphics during either the 4-player or 4v4, don’t take a hiccup during whatever may be transpiring. Seamless, is more so the word for it. During all the carnage, the game performs beautifully, even with a Godzilla sized Cyclops storming in the background of the Desert of Lost Souls, or groups of hundreds of arrows raining down in Forum of Hercules for all to avoid. As you play, you get the feel of Smash Brothers, with stage effects going on that will indeed, either kill you, or cause you a slow down for others to capitalize on.

Desert of Lost SoulsFar as gameplay, it’s fast, furious, confusing at first, and fun. You’re allowed to select two weapons, either a hammer, designated for raw power, or a sword, designated for quick attacks. Choosing between the two weapons, you get an assortment of armor, that as you battle, you’ll unlock new ones and the current armor and weapon will gain experience, making it better. Additionally, you get new abilities that you can buy, as you gain more favor by gaining kills and opening red chests. Even though at times, players can spam the same move over and over to gain the upper hand after a slight cool down that attempts to stop this, and those at higher levels can trash most without taking a dent. The game has a steep curve to those who join the foray late. All in all, the multiplayer for God of War seems to be shaping up to be a solid addition to the stable that is God of War, and giving some, additional fun for after the main story is said and done with.

Will this anger Kratos or will he finally be happy?

Will this anger Kratos or will he finally be happy?

By ericyo On 15 Oct, 2012 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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One of the most anticipated games is coming to Playstation , in beta form. The open beta starts October 16th for Playstation Plus subscribers and October 23rd for everyone else. PS Vita users will be able dive right into the multiplayer beta starting tomorrow – no Plus subscription required. The Beta will support Cross-Play, so PS3 and PS Vita owners will be able to fight with and against each other.

Playstation has also detailed what will be available in this limited beta:

  • You’ll be able to play as KratosSweet ToothColonel RadecSly CooperPaRappa, and Fat Princess.
  • You’ll be able to play in both the Metropolis and Hades stages.
  • You’ll be able to try out four-player online tournaments and 2 v 2 online tournaments. For the 2 v 2 games we’ll be supporting friend invites, so you and a friend can fight another team online.This is just a small fraction of what Playstation is detailing and revealing for the beta. The beta will end rather soon, October 30th. Remember a pre-order program is currently running right now that unlocks a set of exclusive costumes in the game. Today they reveled the costumes as well which is the picture above.Source: http://blog.us.playstation.com

 

By otakuman5000 On 20 Apr, 2011 At 02:20 AM | Categorized As Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Gears of War 3 beta has officially started for the owners of Bulletstorm Epic edition (review here) with the promotional code entered on Monday. The long awaited and somewhat delayed conclusion to the Gears trilogy is finally letting the fans get a sneak peak at the competitive side of the game and the visuals. Players get to experience three game modes and four maps spanning the four weeks the Beta will be available. Week 1 is for those that have a copy of Bulletstorm Epic edition and on week 2 people who proffered Gears from select retailers will get to join in. However there are other ways to get in, such as the silly contests @therealcliffyb and @markrein have had going on Twitter.

Week 1 has brought gamers the Team Deathmatch mode and two maps to try out. Each team consists of 5 players and a total of 15 respawns, the last team left standing is the winners of the round. The game style is a best out of three so teams must win 2 rounds to claim victory. The first map available is Checkout which is a tight quartered shopping area that brings many intense and epic moments to the table. The other map is Thrashball which is a stadium style map for a fictitious game that Cole played before he became a Gear. This map is slightly bigger then checkout with an upper and lower field and well as a score board that you can knock down. On the maps themselves the new incendiary grenades can be found as well as the new Digger gun. The Digger launches a slow moving projectile that burrows underground and pops up when it is near an enemy to kill it. It will go through Walls and obstacles and keeps people from camping. The other new guns that are available are ones you spawn with. The Retro Lancer is a powerful mid to close range rifle that has a bayonet on the front, holding B will make you run with the bayonet ready to impale enemies. The other new weapon is the sawed off shotgun, this one takes a long time to reload and has virtually no range but used properly kills in 1 shot and can kill multiple targets at once. The sawed off shotgun is best used if the player has a melee weapon mentality and uses it almost like a melee weapon. The rest of the weapons come back from Gears of War 2 but have the ability to have skins unlocked for them, adding style to the game.

There are a lot of things to unlock by playing the beta, and a few things transfer over to the retail game such as the Cole Train outfit and the Golden Retro Lancer once they are unlocked. There are also special finishing moves for each weapon that need to be unlocked by getting a certain amount of kills with that weapon and they are very satisfying. The dedicated servers really work well but this being a beta sometimes there are tweaks done and everything doesn’t always work 100%. Sometimes you cannot connect to dedicated servers and the game becomes a Gears 2 style with host advantage but restarting the game usually fixes that. Also sometimes there will be a glitch and one of the unreleased maps will come into rotation and when that happens you know you are not on dedicated servers. As long as everyone out there remembers that this is a beta and is not perfect or something you have paid for then it will be a great experience but if people expect a fully polished product then that is unrealistic. These Betas are designed to iron out the kinks for day 1 of the real game and minor issues are to be expected but overall this is a highly polished product as far as betas go. Hopefully everyone that participants will contribute to a greater experience once the game is out on the shelves. Check back next week when week 2 is looked at as a new map is scheduled to be added but there could be more surprises.

By otakuman5000 On 3 Jan, 2011 At 02:20 AM | Categorized As Editorials | With 0 Comments

No Gravatar2010 has been a good year, with many things taking place.  Even with all of it’s changes, there were 10 things that were important enough to me, to make it on this list.  So, without further a due, here is my top 10 of 2010.

10. Yu-Gi-Oh!


This year, Yu-Gi-Oh had its 10th year anniversary, and creator Kazuki Takahashi celebrated with the release of Bonds Beyond Time, a 3D animated featured film. The movie features Yugi Moto from the original series, Jaden Yuki from Yu-gi-oh! GX, and Yusei Fudo from Yu-gi-oh! 5Ds in an adventure that spans from all 3 story arcs of the show thus far. It features a new villain, Paradox, and his malefic monsters made up of the stolen cards from the three heroes and their friends. The movie is set to release next year in America with a special promo pack given out in theaters, and sold in stores. There have been 3 games released this year for Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, and the Nintendo Wii. There was also three new promo TCG sets along with the standard releases, by the name of Hidden Arsenal. These sets are very special as these cards where only available at Duel Terminals, which are scarce in the United States. The new season of Yu-gi-oh! 5Ds aired on 4kids TV, and there was a new manga series Yu-gi-oh! R. I reviewed this series earlier this year on ROG. It’s time to duel, again.
9. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


The Jerry Bruckheimer (the producer of Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean) take on this series had everyone blown away this year. No one expected the film story, the cast which featured Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince, and bringing the magic that is the Dagger and Sands of Time to life on the big screen. The Film had high octane action sequences you would expect from a Bruckheimer film. There are many high flying acrobatics with parkour chase scenes. The fight scenes even look like they’ve been ripped straight out of a the video game. The story had been changed, the Prince, named Dastan, his father, his uncle, the Visir Nizam (played by Ben Kingsley) and his brothers that ruled over Persia after he was adopted into the kingdom as young orphan boy, which he then meets the beautiful Princess Tamina ( played by Gemma Arterton). Tamina guarded the sands with her life and foretold some one would save the kingdom and someone one betray it. This by far is one of the best film adaption to a video game series every, it is a must see and if you know the story a must see again.

8. St. Louis HIP HOP


St. Louis hip hop has come along way. The five major acts, Nelly, Chingy, J-kwon, Jibbs and Huey, have made their mark on the city but now there are alot of new, up and comers that are looking to take the top spot in the city and in hip-hop in general. Those aritist included Luey V, Shorty Tha Price, Laudie, Ray Tha kidd, Tez Banga, Team Fresh Boyz, Yung Ro, Young Rhome, X.O, Shawtie 314, MC, Opps, Gena, Ceo Lace and Nokeio, RemRod, Ruka Puff, Ebony Eyes, June 5th and many many others. They do not hesitate to work with the local producers, dancers, and R&;B acts to diversify their sounds. They also are not afraid to play as many venues as possible to generate new and different fans. They connect and listen to their fan’s input which alot of artist fail to do today. The future looks bright for all of STL’s rising hip hop stars, so be on the look out for them on a radio station,and in a music store near you.

7. Mobile Suit Gundam 00em>

Never did I once take a kin to a series, especial a Gundam series. Earth has lost almost all of its Natural Resources and has been divided into 3 regions, the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. The three nations built orbital elevators to gather energy and get humans to work in space. The only problem was one region wanted it all, and where all on the brink of war. Thus the counter terrorist group and peace keeping force know as Celestial Being came into the fold with the powerful Mobile Suits know as Gundam as their weapons of choice. There were four Gundam Miesters where selected to wield the power of these four machines each holding up CB’s motto and mission to eradcate war through armed interventions. They each have their own reason to eradicate war, but only together will they re-unite the world of the world and bring peace to it once again. Look for this in an upcoming review on ROG soon.

6. Batman

The Dark Knight may not have had a feature film out this year, but he had a strong grip over the animation side of things. The Tv show Batman the Brave and the Bold was a hit, as well as his 3 DC Universe Spotlight films, The Justice League Crisis on Two Earths, Batman/Superman Apocalypse, and Batman: Under The Red Hood. He’s been featured in three games, Batman the Brave and the Bold, The Game of the Year Edition of Batman Arkham Asylum and the beta for DC Universe Online. Lastly he’s had his most anticipated return to the comics, well Bruce Wayne any way in Batman The Return of Bruce Wayne, and Batman Inc. These comics bring him back into the fold after the events of Final Crisis, and Darkest Night/Brightest Day, after he was presumed dead by superman but it was no less but a clone of him. Terry McGinnis also returns in the Batman Beyond Mini Series as he and Bruce took on Hush, the story picks up after the final episode of the TV series. Things are looking good for the Cape Crusader as next year in January on Cartoon Network a Series Young Justice will premiere which is a spin off of the Justice league and Teen Titans shows, in which Batman leading Robin and host of other young heroes to do battle with the forces of evil, and DC Universe Online Launches January 11th. Batman Arkham City will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in fall 2011 and there may possibly even been a teaser trailer for 2012’s Batman the Dark Knight Rising which is the 3rd Film in the Christoper Nolan’s Film Reboot.

5. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood


Ezio has come to Rome, and the amount of detail and game upgrades from the ACII and the online mode is superb to say the least, offering up a new competitive multiplayer experience. Ezio is back to finish the work he started in Assassins Creed II. He will avenge his fallen comrades and uncle Mario from the Borgia, by rebuilding and leading the Assassins guild to battle. Desmond will continue the fight against Abstergo on the outside as he learns all of Ezio’s new moves and skills from the Animus system. Not to be outdone the Templars out side of the Animus by rebuilding the Brotherhood one solider at a time. In the multi-player mode they will train up soldiers to take on Ezio/Desmond, with you playing one of the many people captured and put into enslavement to do their bidding. You and your friends will be back stabbers and this time both the story and the multi-player will be expanded through DLC.

4. Mafia II


Vito Scaletta is taking his life back, after his father slaved to the Mafia of Empire city and him almost losing his in WWII. Vito’s family lived most of their life dirt poor and his best friend Joe Barbaro helps him get into the Life. The Mafia had them both working as grunts for along time until they final showed and proved their usefulness but at cost of many of those they loved. Their loyalty to each other and to the family was even tested each and every day and the dirty work even put them even more at odds . The game play was tight, the cars where of those classics of the era, the music made you feel like you where from the 40’s and early 50’s and the voice acting was amazing, you really felt like your where apart of the Mafia. Hopefully we dont have to wait another 10 years to play this next game in the series again, bravo to 2k games.

3. God of War III

The action, the pain, and the vengeance, Kratos brought the noise in his “final” chapter. You felt as though the Gods trembled as Kratos beat each and every one of them down to a pulp. No spoilers here though, just play the game and find out. The weapons where some of the best in the series and the boss battles where spectacles to be played and marvel at the same time. Most of Kratos’s arsneal was plucked from the God’s own dead hands after he defeated them, and you were brought up close and personal each and every battle. The music kept your blood pumping and your heart jumping, the environments, had many sides to them to move on through Mt Olympus and you will learn all of there secrets and battle along side the Titans in the breathtaking open sequence . The only problem with this game was it was a tad bit short but it is ok, Kratos is and forever be the God of War.

2. Tron Legacy


I wasn’t born by the time 1st film released but I studied up and got into the universe heavy before seeing this film. Who would’ve though after July 9, 1982, that Disney could push CGI, and 3D in films to the level they that they did with this film? The story was easy to follow. It had a some easter eggs from the 1st film, 80’s classics and other Disney Sci-Fi Films. Daft Punk also made their return and scored this masterpiece with the help of a live orchestra, they woven a seamless soundtrack of techno/house music with Disney’s standard but stellar ensemble There is three things left to say to you, go see it in IMAX 3D, join The Flyyns and fight for the Users. Stay turned for my full review on the movie, coming real soon on ROG.
1. Red Dead Redemption


Red Dead Redemption is an instant classic. This game will have you hooked from the title screen to the end credits as you follow John Marshton in the fight to save his family and the old west as he knows it. RDR is living proof that Rockstar is not just the GTA company. The game has two HUGE single player campaigns RDR and RDR Undead Nightmare and is equally large. The expansive multi-player in this game, even when you beat the story mode, will keep you playing it well into next year. The old west will come alive, through the amazing voice acting, the environments, the sound design, the music, the game play is spot on there is no reason you shouldn’t have this game right now on Xbox 360 or PS3. Every one needs to have this game, so if you don’t, go get it ASAP and like the Truth and Treezy504 said for Uncharted 2 last year it was the GAME OF THE YEAR . Look for my complete review on this game as well coming real soon to the ROG.

***Happy New Year and be on the look out for my most anticipated for 2011 and the new episode of I heard’em Say Ft Hip Hop Gamer
#HMU
AJ aka DJ KILLZOWN JONES