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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Jun, 2016 At 04:28 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarCapcom has released a new trailer for Street Fighter V, showing off the DLC character Balrog. The Boxer is back with some flashy new moves and techniques that look amazing. Also cameoing in this trailer is Juri and Urien.

Balrog will release this Friday along with Ibuki and the June update

Check out the trailer below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jun, 2016 At 09:51 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments
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LJN is a notorious name among gamers. The company put out so many games of questionable quality that they are synonymous with bad NES games. But not everyone hates their games, and some even argue they are good. This is the basis for Matt Ezero’s youtube series, The LJN Defender. Matt feels LJN games get a bad rap and wants people to take a second look at them. This is a really unique thing and his videos are great. Matt really goes all out to make his argument for why some LJN games are not all that bad. He was greatly inspired to do this after replaying some LJN games such as Wolverine on the NES.  Matt also reviews retro games and rom hacks and now romhacker PACNSAKDAVE has decided to give matt his own adventure ala Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.

The game is a rom hack of Wolverine but with numerous changes, and starring the LJN Defender himself. The game stars Matt, the Defender who while playing Wolverine, is zapped into the game along with a box of LJN games. The resulting fusion creates a new game where the Defender must fight through a world inhabited by various characters and objects from LJN games, including the Karate Kid, Back to The Future and The Ultimate Warrior (Matt’s favourite wrestler). You can interact with other characters such as Spider-man and can get help from Hulk Hogan himself (replacing Havok from the original game). The Berserker rage feature is still here, but the lives have been increased from two to eight. Lastly the strength move special does not drain health from the meter. In other worse this is a new game based on the original game but redesigned just enough for modern gamers and to make this more accessible.

Every game needs a villain, and replacing Sabretooth from Wolverine is the man who hates LJN as much as the Defender likes them, The Angry Video Game Nerd himself. The Nerd and his right hand man have set up a murder world for the Defender to fight through, and honestly, I think this is the perfect setup. LJN’s arch nemesis vs their biggest advocate. It just makes so much sense.

The controls are spot on, even more than in the original game, and the great soundtrack is still there. This is something very much worth checking out. I think others will have as much fun as I did.

I played this on the PC and my controller worked great (although keyboard controls are possible), however PACNSACDAVE also is selling actual NES carts of the game here If you want the PC Version then it is free here. This is not an infomercial for the game, and I am not being paid to shill it. I simply want people to know all the options they have for playing this game.

You can see a video of The LJN Defender discussing the game here (Spoilers Included)

By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Jun, 2016 At 05:07 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarAtlus and SNK have released a new trailer for The King of Fighters XIV, this time showing off Team Official Invitation. The characters look amazing especially Kukri and we cannot wait to play the game.

From an Atlus PR Release

Team Official Invitation is a unique team because they’re comprised entirely of
new characters to the KOF series! They were also personally invited by the mysterious
billionaire Antonov, host of THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV tournament, because they’re
the best of the best of the best.

So what does a crack team of ultimate fighters look like? First up is Sylvie, a
former member of the shadowy NESTS organization, whose modified body allows her
to unleash electrical attacks on opponents. While those powers are deadly on their
own, what makes her so dangerous is the fact that she’s as nutty as a fruitcake.
Apologies, they call that “being quirky” nowadays right? Just look at her crazy
eyeball-themed outfit and completely unpredictable attacks! Next up is Kukri, the
mysterious hooded underground fighter whose gritty personality compliments his ability
to wield sand. I mean, just imagine fighting someone who constantly attacks with
pocket sand and multiply that by a thousand to get Kukri. Lastly, we’ve got the
magnificent Mian who turns every fight into a performance worthy of the Chinese
Opera. She’s skilled at Bian Lian — the art of face-changing — and her attacks
involve a lot of graceful and vigorous dance moves.

Will the other teams have a response to the unorthodox style of Team Official
Invitation?

Check out the trailer below.

 

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No GravatarKoei Tecmo has released the first real trailer for their upcoming video game adaptation of Berserk. The game looks intense and I am excited for it.  The game is coming to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Check out the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Jun, 2016 At 05:11 AM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has announced that this Thursday June 23, Super Ghouls’n Ghosts  will be coming to the New 3DS Virtual Console. Check out the description below.

Draw your sword. The quest begins to rescue the Princess!

The third game in the legendary Ghosts ‘n Goblins series of video games, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts follows Arthur in another quest to rescue the princess, his fair maiden and damsel in distress at large. Players take control of Arthur and defeat the creatures of the night to save the day once more. Discover what glory awaits those brave enough to take on the armies of Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Jun, 2016 At 04:21 AM | Categorized As News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has announced that Devil’s Third Online multiplayer will be shut down at the end of the year.

The game’s multiplayer will be shut down on December 29 at 1 PM local time in Japan. Players will not be able to purchase microtransactions as of June 27, also at 1 PM local time.

Nintendo will also reduce the price of Devil’s Third on the eShop from 7,236 yen to 3,618 yen. Devil’s Third will then become a single player game

 

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I have always liked fighting games even if I have never been very big into the FGC. I loved games like Mortal Kombat and Tekken but I was always aware of Guilty Gear. It was that game that my friends would tell me about and let me play when I could. Guilty Gear has always been so different from most fighting games, it has been more intense for lack of a better word. If other fighting games are hard rock, then Guilty Gear is death metal. It has been a pioneer in the air-dasher subgenre of fighting games  and has brought many other innovations as well. The series has only gotten better with each installment and now in the Xrd subseries Guilty Gear is going all out.

Revelator and its predecessor Sign are two amazing works of art. The blend of 3D graphics and cell-shading to mimic the look of sprite art animation is amazing and creates the perfect look for the games. All of the effects and character animations are spot on and look great and true to the series.

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Music wise, Revelator continues the series’ tradition of awesome music. The character themes are great, the background music, menus and more all have great sounds, and the story mode has some amazing audio. The developers at Arc System Works spared no expense at creating an awesome sounding game here. The diverse metal soundtrack the game has is just epic and I could listen to these tunes for hours on end. The only audio part that was a downside for me was the changes in voice acting, with Xrd Revelator not having an English dub. Some didn’t like the English dub of Xrd Sign, but I did and I miss it since I think the voices fit the characters well.

Now that all those details are out of the way, let’s talk about the gameplay. The fighting in Xrd Sign was smooth yet sometimes a little too stiff with random elements popping in that could disrupt the flow of the game. These issues are mostly resolved with Revelator, giving a far smoother experience and much more straightforward. The combat mechanics are greatly refined and allow for more variety of attacks that what was commonly used in Xrd Sign. The matches I had were a big step up from Xrd Sign.

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Now to talk about the online play. The netcode is far superior in Revelator than in Xrd Sign and I have had no problems connecting for matches. I experienced no lag, no connection errors, just intense matches. The lobby system is also greatly overhauled, and Arc System Works did a great job with this new lobby system. It is far more inviting and easy to use, but with one downside. The larger the lobby, the weaker the connectivity becomes, and it can lead to the only online issues I have seen in the game. Hopefully this gets worked out soon, because aside from that, the online functions great.

The thing that needs to be mentioned the most, and that many are ecstatic over, is the tutorial mode. The tutorial in Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is the single greatest tutorial in any fighting game there ever was. I am not exaggerating. It helps walk you through the basics though unique interactions, and gradually helps you get the hang of the more difficult mechanics. The best pat of that is how it is incredibly welcoming to new players and helps them get into the game and not feel overwhelmed.  However, the tutorial doesn’t end there and does something I have never seen before. It gives Matchup tutorials. The game will actually teach you how you should fight against other characters (or at least make suggestions for how to do it, since everyone can form their own strategy), which is the most welcome thing in the tutorial.

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Many people want to play fighting games, and Revelator wants to be that fighting game you will play. Xrd Sign was good but rough around the edges and didn’t have the best online, but Revelator has addressed this all. Revelator is Xrd Sign taken to the next level and done completely right. If you like fighting games, or even just want to try one, then this is a game for you. I must highly recommend it. This is a great game and I am excited to see what future support they have in mind for this series.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Jun, 2016 At 01:55 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments
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2D Platformers are very common to see among indie games, and while most try and put their own spin on the genre, not many succeed. Kick and Fennick is one of the few games that genuinely does bring a sense of change to platformers, and it does so with one key change: there is no jump button at all. You instead use the rifle to project yourself into the air. Its a brilliant take on the genre and really does open up new ways to play.

Kick and Fennick is a physics based platformer that in addition to actually being innovative, is incredibly fun. I found myself playing for over 2 hours before I realized I had gotten carried away. The controls take some time to get used to and it can be difficult to adjust to, but once you do get used to them the fun begins. The game has several unique locations such as underwater levels and it remains fun in all of them.

The music in the game is excellent and really fits the sense of adventure the game has. The sound effects in general are all great and really help enhance the game.  In fact, considering how you sue the gun to project yourself in the game, the sound effects really help with pushing that concept. Its weird but it really does sell the gimmick of the game better. Visually the game is great. The graphics are amazing and visual effects in general are awesome.

The game has a story but it is really minimal, but what it has is sufficient. The real draw is the gameplay which can be compared to Portal in terms of its physics engine. Mere words cannot do it justice, as it needs to be played to be understood. There are multiple difficulty settings and game modes and this really helps with the replay value.

All in all, this is a great game. It isn’t perfect but it is one that I can easily recommend.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jun, 2016 At 04:31 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments
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Okay, this is one of the more…unique games on the Wii U eshop. It is supposed to be a Metroid Prime inspired game set in a beehive and right before the bee’s version of E3. With a setup like that, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The game is a first person adventure game that clearly does take influence from Metroid Prime, with exploration and combat being a clear sign. But being inspired by a great game does not mean your game will be great. This is unique but not standout if that makes sense. The gameplay mechanics are all solid and there is a definite charm to the game itself, but there is also a sense of lacking in this. It is inspired by Metroid but doesn’t copy it well, and the combat and exploration are ultimately very shallow experiences.

The game has some good humor as you explore and interact with other bees. There are even jokes poking fun at the industry, which is good for a Meta game such as this. The downside to that is the numerous typos that detract from the experience. This humor though does not distract from the fact that the game is very bare. There are only a few enemies and not many bosses. The game feels like an extended demo of a game rather than a full game itself, and that really hurts it in my eyes.

Bottom line is that this game feels painfully average and I honestly cant recommend it. It is cheap and good for a laugh or two but the humor gets old fast and the experience loses itself quickly. I would suggest passing on this as it is just too unique in a bad way for its own good. The developers had some good ideas but they did not blend well. The end result: A game that is both average and too unique and bad on both counts.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jun, 2016 At 06:56 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has announced that more Pokémon games will be coming to the Wii U VC starting on 6/23.

This Thursday, three Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon titles come to the Wii U™ Virtual Console™ service: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team from the Game Boy Advance™ library of games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky both originally Nintendo DS™ titles. Rediscover these great games or try them for the first time on your Wii U console, and look for more Pokémon Virtual Console titles coming later this summer.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team

What if you woke up one day, and you were a Pokémon? What if all of a sudden you find yourself in a NEW world, where you can speak and interact with other Pokémon? The adventure begins when you and your partner Pokémon set out on rescue missions in a world ravaged by natural disasters. But, what is your true purpose and destiny in this Pokémon world? That’s the REAL mystery…

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Become a Pokémon and Save the World! In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky game, players become a Pokémon and team up with a partner Pokémon. Together the two set out on an adventure of exploration and discovery, ultimately saving the world from destruction. This game is a great starting point for players to enter the world of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and for returning players to discover even more secrets.

While I doubt that the mainline Pokémon games from the GBA and DS will come to the Wii U VC, I do hope we see more spinoffs such as Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Stadium and more. I haven’t played a lot of the spinoffs so I hope to enjoy these for the first time.

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