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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Aug, 2017 At 06:47 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED sent out the following

 

XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Ys SEVEN, developer Nihon Falcom’s first entry in a new generation of its beloved series of action RPGs, will launch on Windows PC via Steam, GOG, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle on August 30 with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $24.99, €24.99, and £19.99. The first fully 3D entry in the Ys series, Ys SEVEN is set to provide a robust offering on PC compared to the original release on PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system in 2010. The title will feature enhanced HD visuals at 60fps, controller support, and other improvements that should delight seasoned fans and new players alike as they explore the story of the kingdom of Altago.

About Ys SEVEN

Offering satisfyingly fast-paced, real-time action, Ys SEVEN features a combat system that involves a three-member battle party with the ability to swap among characters at will. Series veterans and newcomers alike can expect to be immersed in a rich, vibrant world containing over 30 hours of action-packed gameplay and an epic storyline wherein players must reunite the estranged five tribes who serve and protect the Five Great Dragons – deified beings who may well be the world’s last hope. Ys SEVEN was the first title in the long-running action RPG franchise to reach a wide mainstream audience in the West, and the first title in this historically PC-centric series to be developed from the ground up for a console or handheld system since the mid-‘90s.

Ys SEVEN is developed by Nihon Falcom and is published worldwide for Windows PC by XSEED Games. The PSP® system release has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB. The Windows PC version of the game is not rated by the ESRB. For more information on Ys SEVEN please visit the official website at http://www.worldofys.com/ys7/.

 

This is good news for RPG fans, and the game is one that should be on everyone’s radar.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 May, 2017 At 03:47 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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GOG.com sent out the following

 

SNK’s signature NEOGEO cabinet was the cornerstone of any good arcade. While trends came and went, SNK’s titles stood the test of time like no other. Today, SNK brings 15 of their classic titles to GOG.com, with several of them supporting GOG Galaxy features like online multiplayer, leaderboards and achievements.

Load the bases in BASEBALL STARS 2, save the world from terrorists either alone or by forming a mercenary squad in SHOCK TROOPERS, shoot your way through soldiers and tanks in the METAL SLUG series, and choose your fighting style in one of the genre’s true hidden gems, THE LAST BLADE.

Aside of the above, PC players can now also get their hands on BLAZING STAR, FATAL FURY SPECIAL, KING OF THE MONSTERS, SAMURAI SHOWDOWN II & SAMURAI SHOWDOWN V SPECIAL, and THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2000 & 2002.

Each game is available individually or as part of three bundles; the METAL SLUG Bundle, the Arcade Games Bundle, and the Fighting Classics Bundle. And to celebrate the addition of SNK games to GOG.com, all titles are now 50% off, while bundles get you additional discount making them 75% cheaper.

For the full list of SNK games and bundles, be sure to visit GOG.com.

I am loving the revival of SNK and how they are doing what they can to bring their games to a new audience. This is a great move for them and  hopefully gives these great games like King of the Monsters and The Last Blade a new generation of fans.

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No GravatarIt’s been a while since I’ve played point and click adventure games; they were a childhood staple for me. Most kids had either a Gameboy or a console, both if they were lucky, for me it was adventure and educational computer games. I grew up in a strict household where if we were having fun we better be doing something that wasn’t making our brain rot so that’s how I ended up playing lots of point and click games. From what I remember most of those games probably wouldn’t be much fun for me today, but those mystery and puzzle games had always been fun to figure out. Apart from Nancy Drew I hadn’t really ventured in the point and click adventure game genre since but Broken Sword 2 has refreshed my curiosity.

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Definitely not for kids it’s the second game in the Broken Sword series which revolve around the adventures of George Stobbart and Nico Collard. The remastered game is available in both PC and mobile devices in download format. In this installment Nico goes with George to investigate a carved Mayan stone she came across while investigating a drug ring. When she goes to a professor’s house to get more info George is knocked out and she is immediately abducted. The game has you step in the shoes of both Nico and George to unravel a strange conspiracy that puts their lives in danger and might have the fate of the world rest in its balance.

The controls are easy to figure out in both mobile and computer with options to look, talk, pick up, and interact depending on the nature of the thing you’re clicking on. With simple controls you’re free to examine and figure your way through the game. One of the things that has always been frustrating for me was the common stuck feeling I always got when playing through these types of games, but Broken Sword 2 has hints to help you through the game when you need a nudge. My favorite thing about the hint feature is the games give you escalating hints that go from slight nudges to detailed instructions on what to do the more hints you ask for, which allows you to still get the satisfaction of figuring things out and not have to consult walkthroughs if you hit a brick wall.

This game is hard enough to not be a one sitting game, requiring me to stop playing halfway through so I don’t finish by the time the sun rises again. According to Steam I played for 8 hours, your experience may vary.

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Perhaps what made my game drag out so much was the witty dialogue and excellent voice acting, which had me pick every talking option with the other characters. If you’re like me in that aspect you’ll enjoy some of the jokes throughout the game, one of my favorite involves a tequila worm I picked up, and you have the option of showing it to most characters you encounter in the game with Stobbart himself seeming to notice his strange attraction to the worm as the game progresses. Everything else is top notch too. This game came out in the 90’s so there’s only so much you can remaster until it loses its old fashioned charm, and to me it seems tweaked enough to still feel like a game from the era but enough retouching to make the game look like a really good version of its old self. The cut scenes are some of the most gratifying things you get out of the game and push you to see how the story ends. The new game even comes with a prequel comic, a great bonus for such a satisfying game.

Smoking Mirror 2 bonus comic

So what I’m saying is you should definitely check out the remastered version of Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, it’s a great game. If you want to watch the trailer be mindful that it might contain some spoilers.