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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jul, 2017 At 08:12 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Overcooked: Special Edition will launch on Switch this Thursday, as announced by Team17. The Pricing will be $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99.

Overcooked: Special Edition will have all the D:C as well as the base game along with  HD Rumble support.

Here’s a rundown of features:

? 44 campaign levels which can be played solo or couch co-op with up to 4 players
? 9 versus levels to play head to head locally with either 2 or 4 players
? 22 different chefs to play as. Choose a human, racoon, dinosaur, French bulldog, robot or even a reindeer in your quest for culinary greatness!
? A range of crazy kitchens to play across with different recipes to master – cook soup, burritos, burgers, fish and chips and more!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 05:33 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Prepare for bullet-hell! Sine Mora EX, the extended version of the critically acclaimed original Sine Mora, will be out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4 on August 8th, 2017. The version for Nintendo Switch™ will follow later this summer. The game will be available as digital download for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4. A retail version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is also out on August 8th, and there will also be a retail version for Nintendo Switch™.

 

About Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot’em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

Sine Mora EX features:

  • 16:9 Aspect ratio (instead of 16:10 which is still an option)

  • Full English Voice Overs (Original Hungarian ones are still available as an option)

  • Local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode

  • 3 New versus modes: Race, Tanks, Dodgeball

  • New challenge levels

  • Improved Rendering

 

Sine Mora EX promises to be a shooter like no other. Will you be getting it when it releases?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 04:55 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Blood Bowl 2, the sequel to the video game adaptation of Games Workshop’s classic tabletop game combining American football with the Warhammer fantasy world, will greatly expand in September with Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition! We are happy to unveil screenshots of the new races and the new stadium coming with the Legendary Edition, available for pre-order starting today.

Entering the fray are the sly Goblins and their entire arsenal of Secret Weapons, the Halflings and their Treemen always keen on throwing their teammates over the top for a desperate touchdown, and the Amazons with their fearless, versatile style of play. The Legendary Edition also brings the Vampire teams and their chilling, blood-lusting Lords, and the powerful, massive and occasionally unreliable Ogres, in addition to the athletic Elven Union and the creepy Underworld Denizens. To Nuffle’s delight, a brand new team has also formed after it was rumored that their Ice Queen became enamored of a Blood Bowl player: the Kislev Circus, with their great acrobatics abilities and their ferocious Tame Bears!

Highly anticipated by the fans and the passionate community, the Legendary Edition will not only offer all the official races from the Blood Bowl board game, but also all the Star Players, a new Khemri stadium, even more wicked matches with the All-Star teams and the Mixed Teams, new game modes, as well as many new tools and options enriching an already deep multiplayer experience, and much more that we will be detailing the coming weeks.

Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition will be available as a standalone game for newcomers and as an affordable expansion for all Blood Bowl 2 players this September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-ordering the Legendary Edition or the Official Expansion on Steam will grant you a 10% discount and beta phase access. Pre-ordering the Legendary Edition will also instantly unlock Blood Bowl 2 base game + Team Pack races. Visit the official website for more info.

 

Blood Bowl 2, the sequel to the video game adaptation of Games Workshop’s classic tabletop game combining American football with the Warhammer fantasy world, has already drawn in hundreds of thousands players on PC and consoles since its release. In 2017, Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition will offer loads of new content: new races, new game modes as well as many new tools and options enriching an already deep multiplayer experience. Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition will be available as a stand-alone game for newcomers, and as an affordable expansion for all Blood Bowl 2 players.

Key Features

  • 8 new races bringing the Blood Bowl 2 roster up to 24 teams
  • Tons of new multiplayer modes and tools
  • A new solo experience : the Eternal League
  • All-Star Players and Mixed teams
  • A new Khemri stadium

Blood Bowl 2 is a truly unique game that offers an experience that really has to be seen to be believed, If you haven’t tried it yet, this is a good jumping on point.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 04:25 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Portalarium®, an Austin-based game developer and makers of the highly-anticipated fantasy role-playing game, Shroud of the Avatar (Shroud), have announced a partnership with Neverdie Studios to support the company’s Initial Coin Offering(ICO). Neverdie Studios produces games, live action movies, records and virtual products. Their ICO is a blockchain-based project aiming to create an Ethereum-based gaming platform. Shroud of the Avatar is the first game outside the Neverdie product lineup exploring how to utilize NDC. The two companies also announced today that Garriott would become an advisor to Neverdie Studios.

Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs, Neverdie Studios founder said, “This is a historic accord between two iconic avatars aligning to champion avatar rights. With the wise council of Richard “Lord British” Garriott, a legendary avatar, adventurer and world builder providing priceless insight into the development of the gamified virtual reality infrastructure to unite MMORPGS and virtual worlds, I’m confident that our noble ambitions will remain virtuous and have the greatest chance to succeed. Richard’s council on the structure and balance of universal gaming tokens will be invaluable.”

“We are devout believers that people living in and contributing to our virtual worlds can and should earn real world value for the time and value they bring to our world,” said Garriott, Portalarium’s CEO and Shroud’s creative director. “Having direct access to a publicly tradeable currency is a great way to provide this. I’m also extremely pleased to be invited to advise Neverdie on this exciting and ambitious project. Additionally, Shroud of the Avatar already has a deeply committed player base while in early access. We are exploring how our players can earn market based value with NEVERDIE NDC and TPT tokens that are both useable directly in the game as well as traded on the open market.

Shroud of the Avatar combines a single-player narrative story with a sandbox massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience. The game is the second highest fully crowdfunded game ever and currently stands at more than $11.8 million raised.

The Shroud production team includes Executive Producer Starr Long, who along with Garriott helped produce the groundbreaking Ultima Online MMO and New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman, who wrote the popular Dragonlance fantasy novels.

Shroud of the Avatar is currently in early access but is targeting a commercial release in late 2017.

Richard Garriott is a true legend in video game design and all RPG games owe him a great debt for his work on the genre. Hopefully this game will be amazing and see Garriot have another gaming triumph.

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By John Kinsella On 20 Jul, 2017 At 01:31 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the 90’s a new game style arose, a scary and brutal game style with games like Resident Evil coming out,showing a scary new world. Vaccine which came out on the Nintendo Switch on July 6th is trying to bring this back. In a world where graphics and beauty have become amazing, this game wants to bring back what was lost. It is really like a game from the past and while the idea is novel, it is also not really a good thing, as this style of game has aged horrendously. The characters look melty and it is hard to distinguish things. This of course is also because that is how the games in that era were, but still.

Though that isn’t to say that the game is actually bad. Vaccine tells the story of two people and one of them is always infected with a terrible virus, with you being given a half hour to save the victim before they die. The story isn’t all that important as it stays the same no matter which protagonist you choose. The whole mansion is always different after the first room where you will always find a knife. You might find a gun or other items but usually you just find the undead. You can’t just go and learn the mansion which makes the game all the more tense and strategic. One playthrough, you might even be lucky enough to instantly find the antidote.

This game is unlike other games like this though, because of an RPG like experience system. Your characters gain experience which will carry through if you win. This game also has one more twist up its sleeve. When you win, you can play again of course. But this time you will have less time and this continues to decrease with each victory. Not only does this game pose the challenge of changing up the mansion with each playthrough, but each win subtracts precious time.

Personally, I cannot for the life of me, see myself playing through this game enough times to see how many minutes get taken off, but it is an interesting idea. Certainly there will be people who play it until the clock will not drain anymore and I salute them for that drive.

While this game might have a lot going for it, it really shows how far we have come. To see a company decide to make a game in part for nostalgia shows that this is important in a way. But, honestly this style really has aged poorly. The game looks terrible blown up on a TV, but it does look good on the Switch in handheld mode. The music drives the tenseness as well, and makes it worth playing in handheld mode. CRT mode is also usable though, which brings on even more nostalgia. So turn on CRT mode and plug in some headphones and try not get to scared.

All in all, Vaccine is a game that is worth playing. If you want a cheap horror game and were a fan of 90’s horror games than this is for you. Younger gamers may not enjoy this game simply because of how it looks but it really is worth it. Really though this game could be the start of a younger gamer’s new fascination with older games and that really would be cool.

So, take your Switch, turn off the light and save your ally from the terrible virus. With only a will to succeed and a knife you will be in for a long fight.

Vaccine is out right now on the Nintendo Switch!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jul, 2017 At 10:42 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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A listing on the European eShop has revealed that next week’s Nintendo Switch Neo Geo game will be Super Sidekicks.

 

Super Sidekicks is a soccer game released by SNK in 1992. This is the very first realistic-looking soccer game released for the NeoGeo system.

Use a variety of techniques such as dribbling and passing to compete against the best teams from around the world! Take part in an exhilarating matches on your way to seizing the Champion Cup!

This is a well regarded classic for the Neo Geo and a favourite of many. Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 04:12 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Shakedown Hawaii isn’t finished quite yet but that’s okay because VBlank is bringing their earlier game, Retro City Rampage to the Switch as well.

 

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

SURPRISE! ‘Retro City Rampage DX’ is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop! This marks the award winning send-up’s 14th(?!) platform to officially launch (I think?!).

Although ‘Shakedown: Hawaii’ is still on the way, it’s not quite finished yet. In the meantime, you can get your Nintendo Switch open world fix, with Retro City Rampage DX!

Like each port before it, it contains little tweaks that polish the game even further (I just can’t help myself!). From little things like the slightly more stylish score display, to improved enemy stomp and swimming controls, to improved lock-on targeting, and mission difficulty tweaks. If you couldn’t beat Death Cam VHS before, you’ll have a leg up on Switch!

As for Shakedown’s release, don’t worry! This surprise port hasn’t lead to any sort of delays with that. If anything, this’ll ensure that once ready, Shakedown gets through Nintendo Switch certification quickly, since our road’s been paved by RCR:DX.

The release date for RCR:DX on Switch is still being locked down. We’re aiming for next week, but if it doesn’t quite make that, hopefully it’ll land the week after.

You can see a trailer for the game here

 

Retro City Rampage is a truly awesome game and if you have not played it yet, you really should. What began as a GTA Demake, ended up becoming a love letter to classic games.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 04:46 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 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, the start of a new story arc in developer Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed series of role-playing games, is headed to Windows PC on August 2, 2017 via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Originally released in North America to wide acclaim in 2015 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will make its debut on Windows PC with visual enhancements and over 5,000 new lines of English voiceover dialogue (approximately a 50% increase).

 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom’s beloved Trails franchise, improving on the series’ formula while delivering an expertly told, standalone narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel further explores Erebonia and gives players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire. Players take on the role of elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via tactical turn-based combat. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the “ARCUS” system – a streamlined version of the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles – allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.

 

Developed by Nihon Falcom and published on Windows PC worldwide by XSEED Games, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is headed to Windows PC on August 2, 2017 with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Peter “Durante” Thoman has been recruited to help optimize the game for PC, and fans can read what kind of technical hurdles he encountered in the first of his multiple guest blog posts detailing this game’s journey on XSEED’s blog at http://xseedgames.tumblr.com/post/163180020530/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-of-cold-steel-pc.

 

The game is now available for PS3™ and “PSVita” systems in both digital and physical formats, and the digital “PSVita” system release is compatible with PlayStation®TV. This title has been rated “T for Teen” in North America on PS3 and “PSVita” by the ESRB. The Windows PC release has not been rated. For more information on The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel please visit the official website at www.trailsofcoldsteel.com/cs1/.

Trails of Cold Steel is a unique game and one that many should give a look at.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 02:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

 

Nicalis, Inc. announced today that physical copies of Tiny Barbarian DX, the company’s upcoming sword-and-sorcery platform game for Nintendo Switch, will feature a dynamic cover illustration by world-renowned artist and character designer Susumu Matsushita. The game is currently scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an MSRP of $29.99.

Mr. Matsushita is best known as the legendary artist who created cover art for hundreds of issues of Famitsu, Japan’s longest-running and most highly respected video game magazine. He is the creator of Necky the Fox, Famitsu’s mascot who appeared as a playable character in Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker via the Mario Costume mechanic.

Tiny Barbarian DX is an action-packed side-scroller that combines platform jumping with sword swinging, expertly blended with retro pixel art and loincloth-stirring chiptunes. After seeing gameplay footage and studying the production art created by StarQuail Games, Mr. Matsushita agreed that his immediately recognizable character rendering style would be perfect for the game’s box art. “Tiny Barbarian DX is a game I’d like to play,” he says, “and it’s been a while since I felt that!”

In addition to magazine covers, Mr. Matsushita’s acclaimed artwork has graced the packaging of many other video games over the past 40 years, including Motor Toon Grand Prix, Maximo and even the original Hudson’s Adventure Island for the NES and TurboGrafx-16. His Tiny Barbarian DX illustration shows the Tiny Barbarian and his counterpart Tiny Barbarina riding on the fearless Wasteland Wildcat while enemies from the game surround them on all sides!

Retail copies of Tiny Barbarian DX will also contain a full-color instruction manual that includes a featurette on the making of the box art. It describes Mr. Matsushita’s creative process, details his preferred art supplies, shows photos of him working at his drawing table and even identifies the 1960s rock instrumental that he listened to while he created the cover!

Developed by StarQuail Games and published by Nicalis, Tiny Barbarian DX is planned for release on Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2017.

 

This is really cool news, and it shows that Nicalis is really trying to make sure that the physical versions of their games on Nintendo Switch do appeal to people, with various incentives like this.

 

Will you be buying it?

 

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Telltale sent out the following

 

Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, alongside DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today announced Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series, a new five-part, episodic game series that continues Telltale’s unique take on the Caped Crusader. Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ will be available for download starting August 8th, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac, and will become available on iOS and Android-based devices later this year.

The series will also be available at retailers this October for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on a special ‘Season Pass Disc,’ which will include the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released through an online connection.
In this latest chapter, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?
This new season will be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players’ choices from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season will also include Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an online connection.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who will reprise his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.
Batman: The Enemy Within will be a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series and is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. The second season will be available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices. The series is currently in development and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
This is great news, and fans of the genre can rejoice knowing they have more coming. If you haven’t checked out any of these games yet, you really should.
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