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By otakuman5000 On 11 Nov, 2017 At 10:02 PM | Categorized As Featured, Podcasts, ROG Humor, ROGcast | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOn this episode, we talk about a variety of topics including what we are playing and the pros and cons of the N64 mini, The high prices of retro games, L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch, EA not releasing sports games every year and the PSN trophy for credit model. Your Hosts are me, James and Zoe. We had some technical issues and a surprise at the end.

By Jessica Brister On 8 Aug, 2014 At 04:03 AM | Categorized As Editorials, PlayStation, ROG Humor, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWant to get away this summer without the large expense?  Try a video game vacation!  Video games offer a wide variety of places to visit–both real and imagined.  The player doesn’t even have to leave the couch!

Join Real Otaku Gamer every week to preview some of the best video game places.  After reading, take the survey at the bottom to vote or your favorite videogame vacation spot.

Dead-Space

Game: Dead Space

Place: USG Ishimura

About: A large ship created specifically for mining planets, the USG Ishimura was supposed to be the best hope for humanity.  Instead, it found something that it shouldn’t have, and instead of being just a planet-cracker, it became a breeding ground for Necromorphs.

Why Visit: This place is a must for fans of the survival horror genre and science fiction horror.  The place is definitely scary, but not in a predictable way.  With creepy passageways, cool gadgets, and zero-G fun, this abandoned mining ship has something for everyone.

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Must See Areas:

  • Take a ride on the tram system.
  • Tour the mining deck and see how a mining ship works.
  • Jump around in zero gravity.
  • Get good at sawing off limbs and squishing dead corpses.  Just in case.

What do you think? Which video game vacation would you prefer? Click here to take the survey and let ROG know where you’d like to go. Be sure to come back next week for another location.

Week 5: Skyrim
Week 4: Pittsburgh
Week 3: Pandora
Week 2: Chicago
Week 1: Rapture

 

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) won’t threepeat “Worst company in America” this year by Consumerist. They were beat out by Time Warner Cable in the first round.

EA may have won this reader-based competition two years in a row, but did they ever really deserve it? They’re continually put up against companies that actually cheat people in some way, shape, or form and while you may argue that not making a game you wanted available offline or your continued troubles with Origin as having “harmed” you I’d ask you to be honest with yourself for at least one second.

They’ve never really deserved to be called “Worst Company in America” a fact shared by Peter Moore in his letter last year after they won. I loved it. He called out every major wrongdoing by other companies because those things really matter. Next to Ethan Albright’s letter to John Madden, it’s one of the most beautiful rants I’ve ever read.

Maybe that’s why they didn’t win this year. Maybe the internet for once thought about how they’re just a video game publishing company before they voted in this asinine competition. One can only hope that the internet actually put some rational thought into this one, but then again it doesn’t matter. If it did, maybe we wouldn’t see the same faces every year committing atrocities literally affecting the world.

No GravatarNow that you’ve seen which games I enjoyed in 2013, it’s time to let you know what I’m looking forward to most in 2014.  It’s a new year with new games!  In no particular order, here are my most anticipated games for 2014:

Titanfall

Titanfall – E3 definitely got me hyped for Titanfall.  This is the one game I’m most excited to try on the Xbox One (once I get one anyways – until then yay for having the consoles at my job!).  There’s nothing like having a good shooter with amazing graphics.  If multiplayer shooters are your thing, Titanfall is probably the game for you.  Titanfall is being developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.  It is coming out on March 11, 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster – This is probably the one game I’m looking forward to MOST!  Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster is being developed by Square Enix and Virtuos Games.  The development was outsourced to Virtuos Games.  It is being published by Square Enix.  After ages of waiting, FFX/X-2 Remaster will be coming out in North America on March 18, 2014 for the PS3 and PS Vita.  This was one of my favorite games growing up and I’m happy to see a remastered version is coming soon (though it took longer to get remastered than I expected them to take).  If you didn’t get a chance to play either game on a PS2, now’s your chance to play them both in all their HD glory!  I will definitely be snatching up the collector’s edition.  If you are too, don’t foreget that it’s only available on Square Enix’s website.  If you’re not getting the collector’s edition, it will be available at your usual go to gaming retailers.

Watch Dogs

Watch_Dogs – I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed when I heard that this game was delayed last year.  It was one of the games I was most looking forward to with the launch of the new consoles.  Watch_Dogs is set in Chicago and involves you, as Aiden Pierce, hacking into the technology around you to succeed in your goals (whatever those are).  There is no set release date, but it is expected out this Spring.  Watch_Dogs is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.  It will be coming out on on the Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Smash Bros 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Ah! This is yet another favorite from my younger years! (Well, at least, the previous Super Smash Bros. – Melee to be exact.)  There’s many, many new characters that we’ll be able to play as.  My go to has always been Zelda, but I’ll be excited to try out Rosalina & Luma, Mega Man, and Pikmin & Olimar.  Super Smash Bros. is being developed by Namco Bandai Games Inc. and Sora Ltd.  It is being published by Nintendo.  There will also be a Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U.

The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division – This is another favorite of mine (at least from what I saw from E3).  It looks great, especially the multiplayer.  The game follows a group of agents, The Division, that are tasked with holding society together in a time when everything is falling apart as disease spreads like wildfire.  It’s an open world RPG where you team up with others to deal with the crisis on hand.  Tom Clancy’s The Division has yet to receive a release date, but it’s expected out this year on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.  It is being developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft.

Destiny

Destiny – So far, this game looks absolutely beautiful and I expect nothing less from Bungie.  Bungie is known for the Halo games before 343 Industries took over with Halo 4.  It’ll be interesting to see Bungie take a leap into something new and hopefully knock it out of the park!  Destiny will be developed by Bungie and published by Activision.  Destiny will be coming out on September 9, 2014 on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Transistor

Transistor – This is an Action RPG that follows a young woman who comes to possess a sword, the Transistor.  There is no release date at the moment other than this game will be coming out this year.  If you haven’t heard of this game, it’s from the makers of Bastion, Supergiant Games (developer and publisher).  Bastion was an enjoyable, fun game, so I’m very much looking forward to Transistor.  I got a chance to take a peak at PAX East last year so I’m expecting nothing less than greatness.  Transistor will be playable on the PS4 and PC on Steam when it is first released and will eventually be playable on Linux and OS X.

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  The type of game that keeps you entertained for hours. EA’s Tetris Blitz takes an already addictive game and adds a  fun new twist. I played for an hour without even realizing where the time had gone. Swipe controls make it faster and easier for mobile game players to enjoy this 80s classic.

A two minute time frame to snatch as many points as possible. Similar to Bejeweled, you gain points per line that you complete. Power-ups can be bought with coins you receive based on your overall score or they can be purchased. The more power ups you use the higher your score will be. Some cool power ups include a cascade of Tetris blocks, known as minos that drop to fill in gaps or one that swipes all minos to the one side of the screen.

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By forming lines you fill up a frenzy bar at the bottom of your screen. Once you fill the bar you go into Frenzy mode which is like a bonus round where cascades of blocks form huge combos and lines are worth double the points. This is where you will get the most points for your overall score.

Like most iOS games it often feels like a money grab. You have to pay gold coins every 2 minute game, to buy power-ups and upgrades, to spin a wheel to win random prizes alongside with many ads and prompts to share with your friends on Facebook. With one single game mode that ends so fast, the price for coins even after even being given many during the game doesn’t quite seem fair and you do run out quickly.

If you can soldier through the obvious need to snatch at your wallet you will find that the game is very entertaining and includes great graphics along with new renditions of the original themes. Not  exactly the classic game itself, Tetris Blitz offers a fun, on-the-go, easy to play mini game for anyone who loves a good round of Tetris.

By otakuman5000 On 6 Aug, 2012 At 09:30 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOn August 2nd, the Maxis Label of Electronic Arts announced the newest expansion for The Sims 3Seasons.

The expansion will introduce new activities for every seasons. Dramatic weather effects will awe seasoned players, with blooming flowers, fresh spring rain, the changing of leaves, and blistery snowstorms. For the first time, Sims will be able to swim in the ocean, not merely visit and look at the waves while enjoying a picnic. Also, per usual for Sims games, new food, fashion, and décor items will be introduced to change up your Sim’s household.

 “Since the launch of The Sims 3, Seasons has been one of the most highly-requested themes by our players. The seasonal changes in this game offer incredible realism, simulating nature in a way that is unprecedented for The Sims.”

 

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Those who pre-order the expansion pack will be upgraded to the Limited Edition, which includes a new venue, the Ice Lounge community lot, and will come with twelve exclusive new objects.

The Sims 3 Seasons expansion pack will be available worldwide November 2012 for PC/Mac.

In addition, The Sims 3 Supernatural will be coming to PC/Mac September 4, 2012.

By otakuman5000 On 7 Jun, 2010 At 03:22 AM | Categorized As Featured, Podcasts, The Real Gamer Show | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIn this episode of The Real Gamer Show we were kinda like a blind man driving a car, all over the place. Otakuman5000 and Big Shel return to the basic formula for a well mixed up bag of goodies for your listening pleasure. Discussions include the demise of Gary Coleman, Insomniac Games and EA Partners deal what is means to the industry. Other topics were Project Ten Dollar and its potential effect on the industry. So sit back and enjoy to old school guys talking about today’s gaming industry.