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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 11:18 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The Nazis have taken over America. They’ve turned Manhattan into a wasteland. They’ve walled off New Orleans and are systematically purging the city, burning people and homes to the ground. And they brazenly walk the streets of small-town USA – going where they want, taking what they want and behaving however they please. But this is not BJ Blazkowicz’s America. The United States will never be broken – especially with BJ on the job, rallying the Resistance and igniting a revolution. Watch the Resistance rise up to strike fear in the Nazis in the latest trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order, will be available worldwide on October 27, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

You can see the trailer below

 

Wolfenstein II looks amazing and this new trailer is incredible. Will you be buying the game?

 

Source: Bethesda PR

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The Dishonored series has been one of the more interesting things to have come out of gaming in recent years.  The games offer more choices that do affect how the game progresses, which give the games a lot of replayability. That said, there are some who feel the games have been becoming formulaic. For those who feel that way though, Dishonored: Death of The Outsider offers some changes to what you might expect.

Death of the Outsider follows Billie Lurk as she aids Doud in his revenge against the Outsider. From there however, things get strange. Billie gains abilities like one would expect in a Dishonored game, but not in the usual way. In fact, Death of the Outsider does a lot different, such as removing the chaos system altogether. This does affect the replayability of the game, but the tradeoff is a more innovative experience. Billie’s powers are fun to use, and offer multiple ways to go about things. Without giving spoilers, there are certain parts of the game that you just want to replay over and over, because there are so many different ways to complete an objective, and each way is extremely satisfying.

The gameplay in general is handled well, but I do feel that with the removal of the chaos system, the game is lacking something. Even with the chaos system removed, something equal could have been there, but what is in place just does not feel up to par with the previous games. That being said, I do appreciate the game moving away and trying something new.

Another thing to address is the fact that this is essentially DLC being sold separately. I have seen many complain about that, but I don’t know why. This is not a new concept, such as seen with Infamous: First Light, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and even Bethesda themselves with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. I actually like the idea of DLC being sold as standalone games, especially in this case, since as mentioned,  Death of the Outsider does a lot of new things.

The game is rather short ( although considering it is an expansion, that is fine), but satisfying. You still feel awesome using the abilities, and there is the right mix of stealth and action along with a detailed story. The game works to resolve many of the overarching questions of the series, but manages to leave many things open for a possible sequel.

After playing Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, I felt Arkane Studios and Bethesda truly managed to take the series in a new direction. While some may not like this, I felt it may have been needed as it keeps things fresh. Playing this was an awesome experience, and I feel this is one that more people should play. Obviously this is not a good place to start with the series, especially as it spoils the events of Dishonored 2, and gives it a canonical series of events. But for fans of the series, this is a great game. I fully recommend it.

 

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Disclaimer: Bethesda provided a review key

 

Reviewed on PS4

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Sep, 2017 At 11:11 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Take on the role of Billie Lurk, once one of Dunwall’s most notorious killers-for-hire. Reunited with your old mentor, the legendary assassin Daud, you undertake the greatest assassination ever conceived: killing the Outsider, a god-like figure whom Daud sees as instrumental in some of the Empire’s most dishonorable moments. As you venture deep into the grimiest corners of Karnaca to uncover the mystery of the Outsider and his origins, face deadly opposition, dark ancient powers, and difficult decisions that will forever change the world around you.

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider launch worldwide on September 15, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For more information about the game, visit dishonored.bethesda.net

 

 

 

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider looks absolutely amazing. This looks like a worthy continuation of the series and will no doubt be another great entry. Will you be getting it?

 

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 02:58 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Time is not on your side in The Evil Within 2. As Sebastian Castellanos, you will face unimaginable terrors as you fight to find your daughter within the nightmare of STEM and get her out safely before the entire system crumbles around you. On top of the hideous creatures that roam the streets, you’ll also have to contend with the likes of Stefano and Theodore – twisted individuals who have made their horrific homes inside of STEM and are warping the weakened world to suit their wills. Should the world be completely destroyed, there won’t be any escape for Sebastian or Lily.

You can see the new trailer below

The Evil Within 2 is looking amazing, and  the game could easily surpass the first one.

 

Will you be getting it?

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Sep, 2017 At 10:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Step into Sotha Sil’s realm with the Clockwork City DLC game pack, coming this Fall as part of ESO Plus membership and available in the Crown Store. Find out everything you need to know about this new zone and Update 16 with our preview article!

The Clockwork City is a standalone DLC game pack that will be available free to all ESO Plus members and for purchase from the in-game Crown Store. Note that you will not need a copy of ESO: Morrowind in order to acquire access to this new content (only the base game). The Clockwork City DLC game pack features a new zone to explore, a new story quest to experience, and a new fast-paced Trial that is sure to challenge you and your comrades.

In addition to the DLC game pack, Update 16 brings a free base game update that includes a new Battlegrounds game mode ( ESO: Morrowind owners only), Xbox One X support, and a host of additional base game fixes, updates, and additions.

Explore a Mechanical Wonderland

In the Clockwork City DLC game pack, you can enter Sotha Sil’s legendary creation and explore his mysterious mechanical world. Previously, you might have experienced a small part of the Clockwork City in The Elder Scrolls Online chapter update, ESO: Morrowind, or had visited the mechanical realm 700 years in the future in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. However, with this new DLC game pack, you’ll be able to explore it like never before.

 

 

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Uncover a Daedric Conspiracy

A shadowy conflict between Daedric Princes is unfolding in Oblivion, and just as you might have found in ESO: Morrowind and the Orsinium DLC game pack, Clockwork City will continue to offer you glimpses into this intrigue on other planes.

In this new adventure, you can experience an all-new, stand-alone story (similar in size to the main quest lines found in the Dark Brotherhood or Thieves Guild DLC game packs) that will see you travel to the heart of the mechanical realm.

 

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Face a New, Challenging Trial

The Clockwork City DLC game pack will also come with a new Trial for large, 12-player groups: the Asylum Sanctorium. An eerie clockwork sanitarium, the Asylum Sanctorium is a shorter Trial experience that pits your team against three mechanical bosses and promises to reward you with powerful Asylum Weapons.

This new Trial is unique in that your group will choose how and when to face each boss, helping to determine how challenging the experience will be. Dare you try to complete the Trial as quickly as possible and strike directly at the main boss? If you do, your team will have to deal with all three at the same time!

 

 

 

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Enjoy a Huge Base Game Update

Included with the Clockwork City DLC game pack will be a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. Update 16 will include numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, Xbox One X support, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King! In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map. We’ll be sharing more about this exciting new PvP mode in the near future, so look out for more details soon.

Welcome to Sotha Sil’s Greatest Creation

An all-new zone to explore, new adventures, new challenges, unique rewards, and a host of new systems and improvements; there’s something for everyone in the Clockwork City DLC game pack and Update 16. We can’t wait to tell you more about this new zone and update, so watch for additional previews in the not-too-distant future. Will you enter the Clockwork City and put a stop to the Daedric threat? Let us know on Twitter @ TESOnline and Facebook!

 

This is some amazing DLC, and it promises to continue the story started in earlier expansions, as well as giving more depth to concepts from Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Will you be checking this out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Sep, 2017 At 10:47 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda announced today that Skyrim will have a free weekend on Steam. You can play the game and if you like it, there will be a discount as well.

 

 

If you have not checked out Skyrim yet. Now is a great time. If you are planning to get it on the Nintendo Switch, this is  good way to see what the hype is about.

 

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With Dishonored: Death of the Outsider fast approaching, I wanted to take a look back at the series thus far. When Bethesda and Arkane Studios first released Dishonored, it didn’t introduce new ideas, so much as use what was already done by others. What was new was the way they used those ideas, and the product that came out of it.

Dishonored combined different elements and playstyles, like the stealth gameplay of Thief, with more horror and fantasy elements as well as action. The thing is though, Dishonored innovated, not by giving you different ways to play the game, but consequences for your style, and incentive to play again. You could go through the game with as little murder as possible, or kill everyone in your path. The choices you made affected not only the endings, but how the game progressed in general.

Dishonored also took steampunk genre and played with it in an interesting way, by deconstructing such a world and then giving the player a chance to have such a world exist in an ideal state. The game didn’t encourage you to go down either route, it let you make your own choice every step of the way. Then we have the sequel. Dishonored 2 gave two characters to play as, but also gave even more ways to play than ever before. Dishonored 2 took the formula of the first game and built on it, expanding what was done, and allowing far more innovation. But now it brought it a sense of immersion like never before.

The series playing with established ideas and using them in new ways was excellent, but the developers also took the time to build a unique world with a character of its own. It is not an exaggeration to say that the genres and games Dishonored took from, now take from Dishonored, such as seen with the reboot of Thief. It has become a series that transformed gaming and pushed things forward.

There are few games that can truly force change on gaming. The Dishonored series is one of the few that can legitimately claim to have done so.

 

If you hadn’t seen our review of Dishonored 2 before, you can see it here.

By Stark Wyvern On 5 Sep, 2017 At 10:41 AM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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*Note – Game is still in Early Access.

Quake Champions is an Action Team Based Shooter and is now in Early Access on Steam. As someone who hasn’t really played online action shooters such as this usually, I found it to be quite exhilarating an experience. This game is really well crafted, with the characters all being their own and the world being something you want to run and shoot in for hours.

Quake Champions at its core is a serious team shooter, and one where clearly knowing who you are playing with will allow for some advantage. But, it is also raucous and chaotic fun playing with other random people. The game play is clearly quick and rather simple, but of course as you learn the arenas, you will be able to truly strategize. There are power ups to collect such as health, defense, ammo, and attack upgrades such as quad damage. These power ups do in fact respawn, so memorizing where they are would certainly be a good thing to do. While, not so hard to memorize where they are of course, you will be doing this while you play so you might lose your positioning. It really can get rather hectic.

There are 11 champions to play as, and as it is early access I am able to play as them all, with more coming in the future. My favorite has to be Nyx, as she is quite the lithe and speedy blue haired combatant. Though I also found Sorlag to be quite cool, and the other characters also beg to be played as. These other characters include, Anarki, Slash, Ranger, Scalebearer, Clutch, Galena, B.J. Blazkowicz of Wolfenstein, and of course the Doom Slayer from Doom. With all of these characters, they clearly have their own reasons and wants. They are all quite different from each other, and with new costumes to unlock they do honestly change quite drastically.

These characters also have their own attributes of course which change how they might play. What is good though, is that there is a series of videos to watch in game, to get you into it. While they may seem annoying at first,  they talk about all sorts of things from the arenas, to powerups, and even talk about the characters themselves. It really is a good idea to watch all of the videos to really have your head on straight when going into the arena for the first time.

Just like other games of this nature there are lootboxes to buy and obtain through just playing. Getting these can obviously give you new weapons, costumes, and other goodies. While not essential, who doesn’t like opening a surprise? Though it is possible of course to get them through simply playing the game which is also good and gives you something else to have in mine when you are playing.

I also thought it was cool that they included lore scrolls for you to collect, giving you insight into this world you now find yourself in. In a world where detail matters, and characters are simply sent into an arena learning about the world they inhabit always does make the game that much more enjoyable.

The game is still in Early Access but what we have is excellent. Still, there are a lot of changes and additions that will be coming to the game as it approaches its full release, and we will look at it again down the line.

Quake Champions is a shooter that stands out among others and shouldn’t be missed. If you are a fan of classic Quake or Arena Shooters, you should give this one a look!

 

 

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Disclaimer: We were given a game key by Bethesda.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2017 At 04:28 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

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Holterdiepolter! It’s official – Blitzmensch is a blast! General Engel’s favorite TV show is getting bigger and better each year! Päng! Blitzmensch and his partner Fräulein Fox save the world from capitalism, communism, and degenerates every day in this amazing show celebrating die Überlegenheit – the superiority – of the Reich and the Aryan race. Ach, nee! Who will be this week’s baddie? The evil Money Grubber? The notorious Proletariat-Man? The vicious Mr. Yankee Monkey? Don’t miss a single episode of Blitzmensch!

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus releases October 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

 

The developers of Wolfenstein II are really going all out to establish the world of the game. Wolfenstein II is looking fantastic and we hope to have a review sometime around launch,

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2017 At 10:05 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Enter the Arenas and prove your FPS skill in id Software’s multiplayer fragfest, Quake Champions, now available in Early Access on Steam and through the Bethesda.net launcher. Players can start immediately by purchasing the Champions Pack, which unlocks all current and future Champions as well as other exclusive in-game bonuses for only $29.99, 25% off the final retail price of $39.99.

 

The Early Access version of Quake Champions remains a work-in-progress but is a robust, feature-rich, and fun multiplayer game. New features and improvements will be continually added based on player feedback until the game fully launches in the coming months.

 

The Champions Pack

Early Access is available on Steam and Bethesda.net through purchase of the Champions Pack, which includes:

  • All 11 current Champions, including Ranger, Visor, Scalebearer, Nyx, Anarki, Clutch, Sorlag, Galena, Slash, BJ Blazkowicz from id Software’s Wolfenstein, and the new DOOM Slayer
  • All future Champions, including at least six additional Champions expected to release before the end of 2018, and any that follow
  • An exclusive Early Access skin for series diehard Ranger, available only during the Early Access period for Champions Pack players
  • Three Reliquaries (loot chests containing three in-game items for profile, Champion, and weapon customization, like skins, shaders, nameplates, and more)

 

Quake Champions’ free-to-play version will launch at a later date, but players who previously redeemed a Closed Beta key will be able to continue playing Quake Champions in free-to-play mode, only via Bethesda.net.

 

Content and Features Included in Early Access

Quake Champions Early Access will also introduce a host of new content and features for players, including:

  • Eight Arenas: including two incredible new Arenas, Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine.
  • 11 Devastating Champions: including the new Champion, DOOM Slayer, from id Software’s hit game DOOM.
  • Four Brutal Modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, 1v1 Duel, and the new 4v4 team-based mode, Sacrifice.
  • Improved New Player Experience: New players can learn the ropes with a new movement tutorial, shooting gallery, and the ability to choose a skill level.
  • Tons of Customization Options: for Champions, Weapons, Profiles, including new skin sets and weapons shaders.
  • Custom Games: allows players to create and invite a party into a game and set specific win conditions for each mode and map. Custom Games are only available via the Champions Pack.
  • New Systems that Reward Frequent Play: including Rune Challenges, where players are rewarded for completing challenges found in backpacks, and the Lore System, where players can collect “Lore Items” from Arenas for a specific Champion and by collecting them all, earn a high-end skin for that Champion
  • In-Game Voice Chat

 

Quake Champions is available now in Early Access on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/611500 and via Bethesda.net https://checkout.bethesda.net/store/bethesda/pd/productID.5106755800. For additional information, please visit www.Quake.com.

Quake Champions is an amazing looking return for the beloved series. We will have a review shortly so look for that.

 

In the meantime, see the Early Access Launch Trailer below

 

Source: PR Email