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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 05:16 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Jackbox Party Pack 3 was announced previously for Nintendo Switch, and we now have a release date. Nintendo’s website is listing the game for April 13th.

The listing include the following

The threequel to the party game phenomenon features FIVE new sense-shattering games!

  1. The say-anything sequel Quiplash 2 (3-8 players). Play all new questions or make your own!
  2. The deadly quiz show Trivia Murder Party (1-8 players). Match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer.
  3. The surprising survey game Guesspionage (2-8 players). Guess the results to silly survey questions.
  4. The t-shirt slugfest Tee K.O. (3-8 players). Battle your custom t-shirts to the death!
  5. The sneaky trickster game Fakin’ It (3-6 players). One of your friends has something to hide.

Play using your phones, tablets, or computers. No extra controllers needed!

All games support up to 10,000 audience members playing along!

Plus tons of NEW features just for streamers! It’s a digital box full of actual fun!

It is also mentioned that the game is local multiplayer only, but it can be enjoyed over streams with remote players.  As well, the game is only available in English., which might cause some issues with release in some countries.

Will you be getting this?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 04:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some very unexpected news. The new SNES fighting game Unholy Night, made by ex-SNK devs, who worked on King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown is coming to the west. It can even be preordered online right now via amazon.com. The game is being published by Retroism, which is nice to hear.

Here is the product description

Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter is a one-on-one SNES 2D fighting game developed by a team of ex-SNK staffers who had previously worked on the Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters series. The game story revolves around a group of monster hunters who have dedicated their lives to exterminating vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. Each unique fighter has eight special moves for the player to master as well as super moves that makes use of a three-level meter. When the fighter’s health is low, he/she gains bonuses similar to desperation moves from older arcade fighting games.

This is great news for retro fans and fans of fighting games. Will you be checking this out? I definitely will!

The game releases on June 19.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 12:58 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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ColecoVision, one of the gaming giants of the 80s returns with the release of Sydney Hunter & The Sacred Tribe, a new video game on cartridge.  The release will mark its first commercial release of a video game on cartridge in nearly 30 years.  Teaming up with Coleco is game developer Exidy responsible for the popular the arcade smashes Venture and Mouse Trap both were ported to the early ColecoVision.  Sydney Hunter & The Sacred Tribe was recently voted “Best Game of the Year” by the mega forum Atari Age.  Gamers who wish to be the first to get their hands on a copy of Sydney Hunter & The Sacred Tribe can do so by visiting ColecoExpo.com clicking Tickets. Sydney Hunter & The Sacred Tribe will make it’s debut at the first Coleco Retro Gaming and Collectible’s Expo on August 5th and 6th at the Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey.  For more information visit www.ColecoExpo.com.

 

Sydney Hunter & The Sacred Tribe

 

Story

You’re Sydney Hunter, the great adventurer 

You’ve been exploring the Yucatán Peninsula, seeking treasures

As you traveled, you were captured in the night by a mysterious tribe

Although they claim they won’t hurt you, you are still their prisoner…

 

Featuring:

  • Over 100 unique screens!
  • 9 unique songs!
  • 10 Different types of enemies!
  • Treasures & Secrets!
  • Great replay value!

 

The Limited Edition contains: 

  • Retro Style Box (Exclusive to the Limited Edition)
  • Game Cartridge
  • Instruction Manual

Voted as the 2016 Best Game of the Year & Best Packaging!

 

About Coleco:

Coleco was founded in the 1930’s as a manufacturer of everything from leather products to swimming pools.  The company rose to prominence in the 1980’s with introduction of the Cabbage Patch Kids and the ColecoVision console.  The console was the most advance system of its time delivering arcade quality graphics making Coleco a leader in the gaming industry. Coleco returned to the video game console market in 1982 with the launch of the ColecoVision. While the system was quite popular, selling 500,000 units over two yearsColeco hedged its bet on video games by introducing a line of ROM cartridges for the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. Coleco also introduced the Coleco Gemini, a clone of the popular Atari 2600. The console was credited with making Nintendo’s Donkey Kong a household name. Visit colecotoys.com

 

This is exciting news, as an old time publisher returns and brings with it an amazing retro style indie game. Hopefully this leads to more revivals and more shakeups for the industry.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Apr, 2017 At 06:06 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap has gone gold on PS4, Xbox One and Switch. There are still some issues to be worked out with for the PC version but that will be coming soon.

The PC version is still having issues with performance on certain rigs. This is due to the custom engine being used for the game,

The developers tweeted out the following

Are you excited for the game? Let us know!

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Games publisher and developer uCool, Inc. has announced its hit free-to-play mobile battle game, Heroes Arena, is coming to iOS devices on April 14, 2017. The Android version, currently available on Google Play, will receive a major game update that will coincide with the iOS version release. Heroes Arena is the best MOBA for Mobile featuring classic 5v5, 1v1 and 3v3 MOBA-style gameplay modes that has been optimized for mobile, with a focus on a fast and fair eSports experience.

About Heroes Arena
Heroes Arena is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game with visually stunning graphics and animations. Players select a favorite legendary hero and traverse beautifully rendered maps battling hordes of enemy player heroes as well as a myriad of unique and special monsters to ascend the ranking charts, achieve glory, and earn awesome prizes.
  • HEROES! Over 20 heroes at launch with six distinct hero classes including Assassin, Mage, Marksman, Support, Tank and Warrior. Each hero possesses five Special Abilities including a Hero Ultimate, as well as three Leader Abilities. Beautifully rendered graphics, gorgeous animations and amazing voice actors, Heroes Arena delivers AAA MOBA gameplay to Mobile.
  • Alternative skins for heroes, multiple gameplay modes and maps, lightning fast game sessions and low queues for battles. Heroes Arena gives full control to players with battle pre-sets, fast buy in-battle equipment purchases, special player abilities and fully customizable Runes abilities that shifts the competitive advantage while keeping the player immersed in fast, intense combat action. No other mobile MOBA comes close.
  • Built-in tools for streaming and sharing gameplay in HD.
  • Opportunity for pro players to showcase their abilities and all players to compete for awesome prizes.
  • Developed using the powerful Unity 4 engine for a mind-blowing 3D immersive experience within the world of Heroes Charge and optimized to save battery and bandwidth usage.
  • Fully localized in text and audio for 26 languages.
  • uCool’s Fair Play philosophy guarantees that 100% of their game’s content is available to every player regardless of what they spend. Heroes Arena is uCool’s first entry in the mobile eSports category and is free to play, but not pay to win.
This looks like quite the interesting game, and the fact that they have taken time to say it is not a pay to win game is very reassuring, This is one to keep an eye on.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Apr, 2017 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis’ Tyrone Rodriguez shared an image of Switch’s Home Menu a little while back. that showed the icons of games including The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Cave Story. Cave Story was then further teased several times for Switch, and now we have official confirmation that it is coming..

Cave Story will come to Switch as Cave Story+, and it will have a physical release. There will be upgraded HD graphics,  and will also have seven play modes such as Wind Fortress and Boss Rush, more than twenty boss battles, fifteen levels, ten unique weapons, and four unique endings.

This all sounds amazing. Cave Story+ will come to Switch on June 20, and will cost $29.99.

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By John Kinsella On 3 Apr, 2017 At 11:37 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Has Been Heroes which now has almost been out for a week, is made by Frozenbyte and officially came out on March 28th. Though it has actually been pushed back until April 4th in Europe and Australia.This game is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. For this review I did in fact receive an early copy for the Switch and it has been just a blast to play. This game may look like a typical RPG at first glance, but this game is truly something different.

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This game is about heroes who were once great coming out of retirement for one last quest. In the beginning of the game you start out with a simple swordsman, a mage, and a new Rogue. These three classes are pretty standard fare for an RPG so it wasn’t a shock.  This RPG isn’t a normal turn based game and instead it is more like Plants Vs Zombies, in that it operates on lanes.

But that is the only comparison as this game is a Roguelike game, where if you die, you need to start over. I have honestly not gotten through  a whole adventure which at the start consists of two different areas. From the offset you either are tossed into the Dark Forest or an Icy Tundra, with the third being a demonic and hellish landscape.

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As you trek through the area with two princesses behind you, you move a long a map. Scattered around the map are different events that occur from shops to games and even a restorative camp. You never know how things will be laid out, and you have to be prepared for the boss fight at the end of each area. The truly troubling thing is that if you go back to an area you already went to, you use a magic candle, if you do that twice you die.

This game is truly unforgiving but I found myself excited to start over. Will I ever unlock all of the 30 plus characters or gather all the spells in this game? I’m going to say no, but for a diversion when I’m not playing Breath of The Wild, it is certainly a game I will enjoy more. Don’t let the toughness push you away, a little adversity always makes things better in some way.

If you haven’t got your hands on this game, it is relatively cheap at only $20.00 for so much playability. I would highly recommend picking this up as it is a game you can pick up anytime and not worry about anything story related. Just remember it is deceptively simple but is truly a game that is not for the faint of heart!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a ghost pirate to try and defeat, though based on my track record he is going to destroy me.

 

Below are both the story trailers and Launch trailer for this game, which if you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, I do highly suggest you do!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Apr, 2017 At 11:59 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Over The Moon’s The Fall Part 2: Unbound aims to bring the tradition of the mind-bending sci-fi classics to the Nintendo Switch

Releasing in 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux, indie developer Over the Moon Games, today announced that The Fall Part 2: Unbound will also be coming to Nintendo Switch.

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Humanity?

Can it be Bound? What Binds You?

We’ve all heard the adage: the best science fiction stories are the ones that, while being great entertainment, also point to something more philosophical, inviting players (or readers, traditionally) to think. Over The Moon aims to join that fine tradition with their highly anticipated upcoming sequel, The Fall Part 2: Unbound, in which players take on the role of A.R.I.D, an abandoned and broken AI who struggles to survive a collapse in her operating parameters. ARID must re-establish her boundaries by attempting to build her own rules before a dark, mysterious, and invasive process snuffs her out for good.

 

How then, does ARID do this? Over The Moon draws inspiration from contemporary issues, says John Warner, The Fall’s director: “There’s a growing debate about the looming threat of artificial intelligence. Can we build an AI that serves us?  One that we can control?  Or at the very least, one that is psychologically healthy and isn’t a threat to us?  For that matter, what is ‘health’? Can it be defined for the sake of building an AI, and do humans even have a good definition for that? How do you know that you’re healthy?”  

The key, of course, is to keep the game exciting and fun, allowing gameplay to carry much of the story-telling. ARID will invade other robots in a desperate attempt to get their help, and will be forced to work within their personal quirks and operating parameters, creating an opportunity for a truly unique set of challenges. Furthermore, as ARID begins understanding her hosts on a deeper level, she will be able to take perceptual mechanics from one robot into another. Players will solve puzzles by perceiving the environment from different perspectives and comparing the information they find in creative ways… served up with a helping of The Fall’s signature dark humour.

 

“Having a robust way of perceiving the world is a pretty good starting point to talk about psychological health” says Warner, “And by making gameplay around these mechanics, we can explore a lot of fun ideas without being overly cerebral or choking the game with philosophical dialogue.”

 

But that’s just the start, according to the team at Over The Moon. The Fall Part 2: Unbound aims to put players in perspectives that they’ve never experienced in a video game before. With a host of unusual characters, it explores themes of artificial intelligence, the value of personal boundaries and respecting others. Its gameplay and its story are specifically designed to make players reflect on these ideas, through the lens of a familiar Metroidvania meets Point and Click Adventure framework. The Fall Part 2: Unbound is made for players who have been waiting for the conceptual underpinning of games to catch up with their technological artistry.

 

Releasing in 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac and Linux, The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a bold leap forward for video game storytelling

The fall was an amazing indie game that brought a lot of innovation to the table. Its next chapter will no doubt increase the scope of the story and make things more intriguing.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Mar, 2017 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Blaster Master is a beloved series that dates back to the 8 bit era. it sadly has never caught on as well as it should have, but that isn’t for lack of trying. Sunsoft has repeatedly attempted to bring the series back with new entries, and the latest, by Inti Creates might be the best one yet.

Graphically the game isn’t as impressive as the Wii entry, Overdrive, but it has its own charm with a style that updates the classic look while retaining its appeal. The game switches between two main styles, depending on if you are primarily traveling by the tank Sophia, or travelling in caves to find upgrades and maps or fight enemies.

Blaster Master Zero was the first time I ever experienced HD Rumble and I finally see what the hype was about. When sirens go off, you can actually experience that thanks tot HD rumble. it also impacts the way you attack enemies or make movements in general This was a great introduction to HD rumble for me, and I feel it was implemented very well.

Gameplay-wise Blaster Master Zero is the same Blaster master we all know and love, but with refinements to better the experience. Save points, a better map systems, better menus and more interaction, make this a worthy addition to the series. It is fun and that is the most important thing.

The music in the game worried me initially, as the trailer had very sharp sounds that hurt my ears. That said, the actual game doesn’t have this issue, and the game has great music and audio in general  Plus when it gets in sync with the HD rumble, it is truly amazing to experience in a game like this.

Overall, I think Blaster Master Zero is a good game, a great addition to the Blaster Master series, and a good pickup for the Nintendo Switch. I recommend it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 09:44 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I Am Setsuna was a game I had been meaning to buy for a long time on PS4. I ultimately didn’t, and when it came to the Nintendo Switch, I ended up getting it there. It is a game billed as the spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger, one of the most beloved games of all time, so how does this game hold up?

I had heard very mixed things about this game, so I was not sure what to expect. I had heard it was fairly generic, and to an extent that is true, but to me that works as part of the charm. The story is nothing we haven’t seen before, but the play mechanics are the shining stars here. The game has a great battle system that is indeed reminiscent of the one in Chrono Trigger. I found battles to be increasingly enjoyable the more I played and learned how they worked, and I love the twists they pulled on the genre. What they did with loot from victories is very much inspired, and a much better idea than most RPGs/

The music in I Am Setsuna is stellar, with tracks that are very much reminiscent of some of the classics, while still putting their own spin on it. You have never heard the piano played as inventively as you have with this game. I can see where people have issues with the minimalist nature, but to me, it just worked out so much better. Likewise with the art. It goes for HD  2.5D visuals but still has the look of a classic game in its own way.

The story isn’t anything super great as mentioned before, but it isn’t bad at all. It serves the game well and helps get things going, towards the fun and engaging gameplay. This honestly feels like more of a sequel to Chrono Trigger than Chrono Cross felt. Do I feel you should get it? Absolutely, it is a great throwback to classic JRPGs and is fun with a great soundtrack and gameplay to boot. There is no reason to pass this up.