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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Dec, 2017 At 07:25 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

 

 

 

Is it a nightmare or a dream come true? A new test of Vincent Brooks’ morality is about to take the stage.
ATLUS today announced that Catherine: Full Body will be coming to the West. This new twist on the original Catherine, a mature romantic action-adventure puzzle game from the makers of the Persona series, will include a new love interest, “Rin,” with distinct storyline elements for the character, and additional puzzle content. Vincent’s love life has never been so complicated and dramatic!
Vincent’s apartment hasn’t seen the last of the sensual people in his life. With new storyline elements for both Catherine and Katherine, players will have ample opportunity for new experiences in Catherine: Full Body.
As for release date and pricing, ATLUS reveal that later, slowly.

 

For more information, please visit catherinethegame.com/fullbody
Are you excited for Catherine: Full Body? Do you plan on playing nonstop?
Let us know!
Source: Atlus PR
By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Dec, 2017 At 11:33 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Happinet sent out the following

Japanese videogame publisher, Happinet, today announced that Hyakki Castle players can look forward to a brand-new challenge with the upcoming release of The Last Fight with Doman on Dec. 21, 2017. Available once veteran players have completed the game’s chilling main story, The Last Fight with Domanfinds players facing off against Hyakki Castle’s most brutal bosses, ready for revenge and powered-up with brand new attacks.
The development team at Asakusa Studios has also released a variety of significant patches based on direct feedback and requests from players and fans since Hyakki Castle first launched on Steam on Nov. 15, 2017, including an improved “new game” tutorial, improvements to user-interface, and other quality of life issues. Publisher Happinet also plans to sell Hyakki Castle at a special price over the Winter holiday for a limited time. For full details on all updates to Hyakki Castle and upcoming sales, please visit the game’s official page on Steam.
Set in the 18th century during the Edo Period of Japan, Hyakki Castle is based on the eerie, hair-raising “Fantastical World,” bringing a slew of creepy monsters, such as the “Yokai” of ancient Japanese literature, back to life, ready and waiting for any players brave enough to enter the secretive castle. Hyakki Castle brings classic Japanese folklore and ghost stories to life with an unforgettable Ukiyoe art style as players explore the frightening halls of the castle, battling forbidding demons and terrifying ghosts along the way. Choose between a Samurai or Ninja and venture forth into the enormous castle, filled with clever and cunning traps, to do battle, solve puzzles, defeat bosses, and ultimately defeat the gloomy Lord of the castle.
Featuring a brand-new approach to the traditional real-time dungeon RPG battle system, Hyakki Castle encourages players to split their party with its exclusive 2-party system, a feature not yet seen in real-time dungeon RPGs. Work together to use unique skills and equip up to four actions at the same time to aid in eradicating monsters with distinctive attacks, defenses, projectiles and magic spells while executing pincer attacks, flanking enemies, and more as you uncover the mysteries hidden within the castle’s remote and isolated depths.
This is quite the update. Hyakki Castle is an awesome take on the dungeon crawler genre, if you have not seen our review yet then you can read it here
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Dec, 2017 At 08:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Inti Creates sent out the following

Released in August 2017, the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is bringing players a special present! Christmas Mode is here for a limited-time only!

For two days, December 24 and 25, Christmas Mode will be playable from the “Azure Striker Gunvolt” menu in Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack for Nintendo Switch.

(The mode will not appear in the Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 menu and may not appear if the system date is set incorrectly.)

Winter has come to the world of Gunvolt, and presents are flying everywhere! Watch your step, as you’ll be slipping and sliding around while collecting presents and fighting enemies in this festive mode!

Gift boxes will come raining down at certain times during a stage, especially after destroying hexapyle gates. You’ll find presents in the opening stage and 6 different boss stages. Challenge yourself to see how many presents you can collect!

This is a great surprise from Inti Creates. What a way to get into the spirit of the season.

 

Will you be checking this out?

Source: Inti Creates PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Dec, 2017 At 10:30 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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KEMCO sent out the following

 

KEMCO proudly announces the release of Dragon Sinker set to hit Steam™ today. Standard price is USD 9.99 / EUR 9.99 / GBP 8.99, but to celebrate the release it is made available at 10%OFF for a limited time.

Join forces with humans, elves, and dwarves, and set off on a journey to slay the evil dragon, Wyrmvarg!
Employing 8-bit graphics and sound that hark back to the golden age of RPGs, Dragon Sinker brings a visual and audio feast to the table of hungry gamers starving for the nostalgia of the great classics of yesteryear!

Retro Graphics and Sound

Following the recipe of traditional RPGs, Dragon Sinker also adds a taste of 8-bit goodness with renowned game composer Ryuji Sasai lending his talents to the score to create memorable chiptunes that complement the pixel graphics faithfully rendered to depict those of the 80s and 90s! Plus, with plenty of subquests for a hero to tackle and secret dungeons to explore, this is one adventure not soon to be forgotten!

Battle Using Multiple Teams

Lead up to 12 party members into battle and swap freely between 3 teams to take on a host of powerful foes! In addition, by leveraging the traits and characteristics of the different races and jobs, team leaders and members can take advantage of a multiplicity of effects!

Gotta Collect ‘Em All

Scour the world in search of new companions and collect over 16+ jobs! Then by mastering the skills particular to each job, battles will play out in increasingly strategic and exciting ways! And that’s not all! Character costumes change according to their jobs, giving pixel lovers something to even more look forward to!

This is a really interesting looking game. KEMCO has been doing a great job experimenting with RPGs lately and this looks like a truly unique one.

Will you be checking this out?

 

Source: KEMCO PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 11:14 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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NIS America will be bringing the RPG series Fallen Legion to Switch. Previously released on PlayStation 4 and Vita as 2 games., Sins of an Empire and Flames of Rebellion, they will be released on Switch ,as one package.

 

About the Game:

Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory – Chronicles the story of Legatus Laendur and Princess Cecille. What side will you choose
to decide the fate of Fenumia?

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire – Join Princess Cecille (and a saucy, talking grimoire) on her journey home as she
fights hordes of monsters and a coup led by Legatus Laendur. A crumbling empire is in your hands. Will you restore
glory to Fenumia?

Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion – Legatus Laendur, a brilliant tactician beloved by the people, fought on the
frontlines the Fenumian Empire, but when he discovers why it is rotting from within, he vows to overthrow the royal
family. Fenumia devoured his homeland – will you fight to reclaim it?

Key Features:

– Reclaim the World of Fenumia – Follow Princess Cecille or Legatus Laendur and experience the stories of Sins of an
Empire and Flames of Rebellion.
– A Legion Under Your Command – Control four characters simultaneously and master devastating combo attacks in
furious real-time battles.
– Ascend to the Throne – While clashing with rebel armies, make split second decisions on how to rule your kingdom.
– Will you side with the mercenary Prime Legion, the palatine Council of Princes or the cabalistic March Congress?
– Magnificent 2D Artwork – From the fangs on the game’s menacing manticore to each brick in Fenumia’s castle, all of
the artwork has been hand-drawn to create a stunning world.

This is excellent news. The Switch just keeps getting more and more great RPGs, and we cannot be more happy about this. Will you be getting these games?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I enjoy KEMCO’s RPGs, I think I have made that very clear with my reviews. I feel that even though many follow the same pattern, they have been trying new things with their recent games that actually add something new to the experience. When I heard about their new game Y?danji, I was curious and wanted to see more. It ended up being something quite different than I expected, but this was not a bad thing in the end.

Y?danji is a throwback to the classic rougelike games of the 1980’s computer scene. It definitely is different than KEMCO’s usual fare and I must admit I was disappointed with the game at first. The more I played the game, however, the more I began to appreciate what it was. That being said, I feel this game is not for everyone as it doesn’t explain how things work and players will be confused the first time they play. A throwback game like this is really targeting a niche audience and they do that well, as Y?danji  truly is a great throwback. However, a lot of what was done then has simply not aged well in terms of game design. A throwback is not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel that in this case the game takes too much from the past.

A good throwback game will adapt what worked and abandon what doesn’t. I feel Y?danji tried to do that but ended up retaining too much of what did not work and that holds it back. This may sound surprising therefore, when I say that I would like to see KEMCO try this type of game again, as I feel they can do this right even if Y?danji did not hit the mark. I do appreciate that this is a budget title, probably due to its niche appeal, and there is good to say about the gameplay, but I feel so much more could have been done and should have been done. If KEMCO does try this again, I would encourage them to take risks, they can do their own take on the genre well.

As it stands, if you like that genre of gaming, then you might want to check it out. Despite my complaints, there is a great deal to enjoy and the throwbacks done well, were done very well. KEMCO does not get the credit they deserve for how much they try and do new things with their games.  I have a big piece of praise to give Y?danji  as well, and that is that the game has made me interested in playing some of the classic games to learn more. That is the sign of a game that has done its job well. KEMCO should receive credit for looking to diversify their games and I urge them to continue, because after playing for a while I did like what Y?danji had to offer. The unique Japanese myth inspired design to the gameplay really did offer something new and I liked it. Kudos!

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch

 

Disclaimer: A review code was provided

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 10:54 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

Indie game developer FeelThere is proud to announce the development of SteamCity, a new era in PC gaming. Based on the popular Magic Reality figurines of the same name, SteamCity is rich with Japanese culture, East versus the West in a full-on steampunk environment promising to captivate a global audience.

SteamCity is a turn-based game taking the player to a new world filled with a blending of values and the clash of power versus tradition. Both sides can be played; you can be on the side of the heroic Sophie von Eschenbach and the rebels, or you can side with the powerful but faceless Yamagami Corporation. Sophie is right on target with the changing heroes we see today. The refreshing and innovative blend of culture does not yet exist in the gaming world, until now. Exciting new civilizations and colorful characters offers a new and unique perspective on many traditional cultures and traditions, which will appeal to the mass gaming community.

SteamCity takes place in a stunning beautiful 3D-world. Your turn takes you through incredibly realistic terrain, rife with adventure, fire and explosions, while the sky moves lazily above you. Richly detailed graphics transport you to the world of SteamCity, where danger lurks at every corner and amazing characters go about their business all around you. You position each character carefully to give you the greatest strategic advantage and the ultimate goal is the win against the Yamagami machine or to crush the uprising rebellion.

KEY FEATURES

  • Steampunk overdosed with Asian subculture

  • Story-Mode

  • Multi-Player

  • 8 levels

  • 20 playable characters

  • Classic tabletop gaming reinvented

This is an interesting looking game. The attempts at doing something new come off as interesting and this is one to keep an eye on.

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Nov, 2017 At 08:31 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

 

ATLUS today announced that the overall sales of Persona 5 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3
have reached a crucial milestone with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. Since the initial launch, Persona 5 has earned critical acclaim, receiving recognition and awards from prestigious media outlets and fans.

Most recently, ATLUS is proud to announce that Persona 5 has been nominated in four categories for “The Game Awards 2017,” held in Los Angeles CA on December 7, including: “Game of the Year,” “Best Art Direction,” “Best Score/Music,” and “Best Role Playing Game.”

“This has been an incredible year for our company, one that represents our ambitions for Japanese games in the west,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president & CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc.. “We are in the middle of experiencing tremendous growth, both in the west and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectation for fans of the genre. Once seen as niche, Persona 5 is one of the most important titles this year, proving interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to delivering more incredible games to our fans next year.”

About Persona 5
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.

Persona 5 is now available in the Americas and Europe, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game is rated M by the ESRB. For more information, please visit the official website, atlus.com/persona5

This is wonderful news. The Persona series is one of the best RPGs on the market and Persona 5 was truly amazing. It is good to see that games like this are succeeding. Have you played yet?

 

Source: Atlus PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Nov, 2017 At 12:43 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Naoki Yoshida has mentioned having an interest in bringing FF XIV to the Switch several times, even as far back as 2015 when the system was just called the NX. He has since continued saying this and has revealed that “positive discussions” are taking place.

“I’d like to open it up to as many platforms as possible – we want to include as many players as possible. Not just Switch – even Xbox, if it’s interested in this, we’d like to open it up. We’d like to have it on as much hardware as possible. Even though the hardware might be different, they will be playing in the same world – it has to have cross server function. That’s something that’s at the core of FF14, so we’d want to keep that as a policy.”

“We have no intention to divide the servers per platform – we’re working with one big community. I’m interested in other platforms, of course – I hope those first parties change their policies or mindsets. I’m an MMORPG gamer – I’d love to play with many people globally, and we’ve been talking to those platforms about getting it on their hardware. Positive discussion is ongoing. It’s not as if we’re not doing anything – we are actually talking to them, and the platform holders are showing their attitude in a more positive way.”

This sounds like a possibility. Nintendo has not been opposed to features like cross-play with the Switch and that bodes well here. Would you buy FF XIV on Switch?

 

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I love classic style turn based RPGs. There is something about them that just takes me back to an older era and lets me enjoy myself without worrying about all new combat mechanics ( for the most part), and one company that makes this style of game still is KEMCO. I noted in my review of their game Revenant Saga that KEMCO had begun to move out of their paint by numbers approach to making RPGs. While the games they made are great, they had a problem of being formulaic and not deviating much. They were fun to play and lose yourself in for hours but eventually they all became the same. Revenant Saga brought some refreshing change and now Antiquia Lost pushes them further in that new direction.

Antiquia Lost follows a bit of the typical KEMCO formula but plays with it so much, that it becomes new. The game eschews the 3D battle screens KEMCO has been using lately, in favor of a classic 16 bit style battle screen. Its a nice touch and helps the general feeling of the game :making . I must also note that the visuals are surprisingly excellent on Switch, with the art looking sharper than in previous games. I must say though, that I am not happy about the miscrotransactions being in the console versions, as it feels like a step back from KEMCO’s work with consoles. Still they can be ignored, but locking some staples behind a paywall doesn’t feel right.

Antiquia Lost introduces new play mechanics as well, but keeps them grounded in their previous games and they don’t feel overwhelming. I do like that the way the characters interact is different, and using a different character is much more involved this time. The story of the game also immediately deviates from KEMCO’s normal pattern and I must commend them for that. Right away we are given an experience that uses what KEMCO utilized before, but doesn’t stay firmly in the past. Instead, Antiquia Lost takes what was done and uses those ideas to chart a new path, and it is a most excellent journey. It doesn’t overwhelm you and it is familiar enough while still being a fresh experience. Even with the flaw of microtransactions, I recommend it.

 

 

Disclaimer: A review key was provided by KEMCO