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

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XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, from acclaimed RPG developer Nihon Falcom, will launch on Windows PC via SteamGOG, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle on October 31 with a 10% off launch discount from its regular selling price of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. Originally released for PC in Japan in 2008 as Zwei II Plus, Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection brings the cult classic into the modern HD era with visual improvements and, for the first time, a full English localization complete with over 2000 never-before-voiced lines to bring the game’s strange and eclectic characters to life.
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is a charmingly presented action RPG featuring a unique food-based experience system, a colorful cast of characters, and a quirky, standalone narrative. When the haughty vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria saves the life of brash, treasure-hunting pilot Ragna Valentine by binding him to her service through a blood contract, the unlikely duo must set off to recover Alwen’s stolen magic and her ancestral castle. Players take control of the dual protagonists throughout their adventures, using Ragna’s physical prowess and weapons alongside Alwen’s mastery of magic to discover the combinations that best fit their playstyle and the obstacles they must overcome.
The game’s real-time combat is tied to a leveling process that allows players to choose when to apply experience through a unique food-based experience system. Rather than earning experience after combat, experience is gained by eating a variety of foods, which also serve as the game’s primary source of healing. And if players wait to chow down, they can combine their food into far superior culinary delights that grant significantly more experience! This means that players can tailor the challenge presented by their enemies through a steady diet, either by eating everything that crosses their path or by saving up for a greater gain in the future! A wide variety of pets can fight alongside players, too, helping take down some of the massive bosses encountered on this lengthy adventure through the land of Ilvard. Fans of vampires, treasure-hunting, fairies, ninjas, luchadores, cat-people, vintage airplanes, magic castles, robots, chickens that lay bombs, chain-smoking nuns, and more will find lots to love with Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection!
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection was developed by Nihon Falcom and will be published worldwide for Windows PC by XSEED Games via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle on October 31 with a 10% off launch discount from its regular selling price of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. The Windows PC game is not rated by the ESRB. More information on the game can be found on its website at www.visitilvard.com

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Oct, 2017 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Japanese videogame publisher, Happinet, has announced that Hyakki Castle will launch on PC via Steam on Nov. 15. Developed by Asakusa Studios, Hyakki Castle aims to deliver a thrilling, mysterious, and suspenseful real-time dungeon crawling RPG experience.

Set in the 18th century during the Edo Period of Japan, the game 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.
Developed by Asakusa Studios, Hyakki Castle is to be published by Happinet. The game is scheduled to release for PC via Steam on Nov. 15, 2017. More game information will be shared as the game comes closer to launch.
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Hyakki Castle looks to be an excellent take on the dungeon crawler genre. This writer is very pleased to see the genre still going on strong and with many new innovations added.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Sep, 2017 At 01:34 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Japanese videogame publisher, Happinet, revealed it will bring Hyakki Castle, a beautifully stylized 3D dungeon RPG game, to PC via Steam this winter for western players. The game transports players to a terrifying haunted castle, to confront and battle creatures from ancient Japanese literature. Fans will be treated to beautiful Ukiyo-e style graphics and ghost lore inspired by famous ancient Japanese scrolls and artists.

 

Hyakki Castle is a real-time RPG in which players will explore a sinister fictional castle set in the 18th century – during the Edo Period, an infamous period in Japanese history known for economic growth, social order, foreign policies, healthy population and heightened enjoyment of arts and culture. The game’s giant castle is situated on Hyakki Island, where skilled criminals were exiled, but also rumored to be on the island were ghosts and demons. Borrowing from these ghost stories, Hyakki Castle creates an eerie and mysterious environment where the evil supernatural have been summoned by a shadowy figure and it’s up to the player to strategically make their way through the dark rooms and areas.

“We wanted to bring a fresh new approach and subject matter to this generation of dungeon RPG gamers,” said Masaru Saito of Happinet. “Hyakki Castle borrows from a rich period of time in Japan’s ancient history and aims to deliver a memorable experience through our strong Japanese warrior classes along with unusual monsters and supernatural creatures that are unique to Japanese folklore.”

 

Players can choose to split their party up into a 2 party system, a feature not yet seen in real-time dungeon RPGs, allowing a player to select four characters and make one party with them, creating new strategic gameplay possibilities. For instance, one character can lure a monster while the other three lay in wait for an ambush—or the party can split to flank a monster or to solve a puzzle. Players can play as traditional Japanese classes such as Samurai, Ninja or Monk while also choosing from different races, such as Oni, Tengu or Nekomata, with each having their own special abilities.

 

The giant castle is mysterious and dark, and full of smart traps and dangerous boss monsters, as well as spooky ghosts and ghouls taken from ancient Japanese literature, creating a unique experience for roleplaying fans as they enter the eerie “Fantastical World” of ancient Japan. A slew of creepy monsters, such as the supernatural “Yokai” of ancient Japanese literature, await players inside the castle. Be warned!

 

Game details:

  • Real-time RPG Action: Become a Samurai or a Ninja, create a party, and venture forth to do battle, solve puzzles, defeat bosses, and explore a mysterious castle to defeat its Lord!
  • Unique Japanese Heritage: Instead of generic fantasy creatures, clash with vivid monsters and supernatural creatures from Japanese literature
  • Twice the Possibilities: Split your party of up to four players for unparalleled strategy and party options
  • Explore a Monstrous Castle: The enormous castle is filled with cunning traps—some of which can only be solved by dividing your party—and tough boss monsters, testing player instincts and judgement
  • Explore Japanese Character Classes and Races: Choose to play as a Samurai, Ninja or Monk with three distinct races on tap to add diverse skillsets to your party
  • Unique Soundtrack: The game features traditional Japanese music and ambient sound creating an environment of mystery, suspense and fear to the gameplay experience

 

Developed by Asakusa Studios, Hyakki Castle is to be published by Happinet. The game is scheduled to release for PC via Steam this winter. More game information will be shared in the near future. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

 

This is a truly unique looking game, and one that merits a lot of attention. We will be covering this game more in the future,

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Sep, 2017 At 12:31 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some good news. There had been concern over how well Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 would do on Switch due to it being a late port, but it seems to not be the case.

The game came out on Switch in Japan this week on Thursday, and based on Bandai Namco’s reports, it’s off to a strong start. Specifically.  Bandai Namco published a tweet saying that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a big hit on Switch. They then sent out another message earlier today stating that there is a shortage for the physical version, with more shipments planned towards the end of this month.

It is possible that Bandai Namco had planned a conservative shipment for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. That being said, the high sell rate most certainly impressed them.

The game launches in the west on September 22.

 

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Inti Creates has just released Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, and has announced Dragon: Marked for Death, both for Nintendo Switch. They have been very busy on the system and one might think they had moved on from their first Switch games, Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, but that is not the case.

Inti Creates has confirmed on twitter that they have more plans for those games. Whether that means more DLC characters, modes, or simply updates is not known yet. What we can say however, is that Inti Creates gives their games their all and any new content Inti Creates brings will be welcome.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Sep, 2017 At 04:09 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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If you’re looking to dish out more damage while adventuring in the Yggdrasil Tree, you can’t go wrong with having a Pugilist in the party. These masters of martial arts and bare-knuckle brawling are ready to punch some beasts in the face, so be sure to slot them in the front line and let them loose. Besides being able to inflict game changing binds and paralysis on enemies, Pugilists can sacrifice HP in order to deal out some very punishing attacks. It’s never a bad idea to roll around with someone whose fists are considered deadly weapons.

 

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth features:
  • A Choose-your-own-odyssey Feel – Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Test your survival skills by wisely navigating the winding floors of Yggdrasil, using shrewd tactics when battling gruesome beasts, making the right decisions during various “scenarios,” and more. To meet these challenges, the home base city of Iorys is ready for all your buying/selling, recruiting, and information-gathering needs!
  • Gameplay Fit for a True Pathfinder – It wouldn’t be an Etrian Odysseygame without the life-or-death need to map your progress. For those new to the series, the bottom screen of the 3DS displays a top-down, tile-based map that must be filled out while dungeon crawling. Players can use the map to mark the locations of treasures, doors, enemies, environmental obstructions, and more. Expect the unexpected at every turn–and then make a note on the map so it’s not so unexpected next time!
  • Epic Turn-based Battles – There’s a reason why no one has ever reached the top of Yggdrasil. Dangerous creatures and utterly terrifying FOEs–high-level mini-bosses, for you newcomers–roam the labyrinth on every floor, so prepare to test your mettle with challenging turn-based battles. Proper planning is a must and balancing strong party composition is absolutely crucial for success. You’ll need the right team to unleash Union Attacks and level the playing field!
  • Expanded Character Creation and Customization – With four unique races, 10 distinct classes, more customization options than any previous game in the franchise, and a streamlined skill tree/class advancement, you can shape a party to whatever your heart desires.
  • A Magical Art Style and Score – Longtime series illustrator Yuji Himukai and renowned composer Yuzo Koshiro return to add their signature magic to the art and music in the game.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release on Oct. 17 for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. The game has been rated T by the ESRB. For more information please visit the website: http://atlus.com/etrian5/.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is looking fantastic. Do not be surprised if this is another big hit for the series when it launches here!
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2017 At 12:37 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Back when Mighty No. 9 was announced and kickstarted, a second Mega Man successor also came to be. Azure Striker Gunvolt from Inti Creates is a spiritual sequel to the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX games that were made by the company, and was released on 3DS, before receiving a sequel.  Now both games have come to the Nintendo Switch eShop as the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

The first thing to note is that yes, the game does look better on Switch than on 3DS. That should go without saying of course, and there are far more substantial differences. First and foremost is the inclusion of HD rumble. Given Gunvolt’s abilities and fighting style, the inclusion of HD rumble really does help enhance the game. It brings you into the action and makes the fight more intense. Inti Creates has been excellent in their use of HD rumble so far, so this does not surprise me in any way.

But now let’s get to the gameplay. As I said, the games are a spiritual sequel to the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX games, which were previously made by Inti Creates. Gunvolt can run, jump and shoot at his enemies, while also using a large variety of abilities. The action is fast paced and intense, and using Gunvolt’s abilities to their fullest is key to survival. Plus it is also incredibly satisfying once you learn how to use those abilities. Thus replaying levels is a needed to really get the full experience of the game. In terms of levels, you choose them in the traditional fashion, and can replay them whenever you want.  What is a good addition to the games are the extra elements, such as interacting with other characters, selling off parts for cash to get other upgrades and selectin the best upgrades for your loadout. Learning to pick the best loadout you can, can take some time but is worth it immensely.  The leveling up mechanics also provide a nice change of pace to most games of this genre, and the narrative of the game is well done. Some may not like the anime aesthetics, but its honestly fine.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is even better than the original, with more refined gameplay, better narrative storytelling and just a bigger feel. Both games have received some minor upgrades for the Switch version, with minor refinements here and there, HD rumble and upgraded visuals as mentioned, and some control changes. There is only one screen here, so things are handled a bit differently, but it works out just fine. Everything you loved from the games is still here, including the amiibo support, and with the new additions, its just a better package.

I highly recommend this game, and if you want a return to the feel of the Mega Man series, this is a great place to look!

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the publisher.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Aug, 2017 At 09:20 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Reviews on PS4. The game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Ys is a long running and beloved action RPG series made by Falcom, one that I have a long history with. I first played the series on the Turbo Grafx 16 years ago and found it to be amazing, with such a unique charm. I’ve been following the series ever since and as such, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was a title I was hotly anticipating.

Ys games are known for great action and great music, and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana continues that tradition. The game has several new innovations to help keep things fresh, such as new combat mechanics that help keep the series on par with the best of the best in terms of action games. New dodge and reactions mechanics bring a new way of approaching combat that makes this game more involving than the previous entries.

The music that we have come to expect from the series is still here of course and the composers did an excellent job. A mix of multiple styles including rock, folk, and others give Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, one of the best soundtracks in recent years. Great boss themes, incidental music, area music and so on. The voice acting is admittedly hit or miss, but that is a minor issue at best to me. I admit it could be a bit distracting at times, but not too bad,

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, has a great story, and you will find yourself lost in the game for hours on end. In addition, the characters are mostly well written and likeable. Yes there are some overused tropes in the game, but a trope is a tool and if used well, it is fine. My issue is that some dialogue just seems stilted occasionally, which may have been why I found the voice acting hit or miss, but as I said above, it is not too bad. With Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, we have been given an epic action RPG that makes great use of resources. This is the biggest and best Ys game yet and truly feels like it can rival some of the big players in the genre.

For players new to the Ys series, don’t worry. the game does a good job of catching you up to speed in a way that will not leave you confused. Yes the series has been continuously following the adventures of Adol Christin, but you will not feel left out. If anything, you may become curious because the game does a good job of both being an epic sequel and a great entry point for new players. Grant Morrison once said that every comic book is someone’s first comic. That can also be applied to video games, and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, is a game that is very much aware of that.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, is a game that honors its past while paving a bright future for itself. You may not be familiar with the series, but this is a good way to learn more about it. I highly recommend it.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 Aug, 2017 At 04:37 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Koei Tecmo has announced that they will be bringing. Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada, and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate to  the Switch. These are only confirmed for release in Japan on November 9 right now, but it is quite possible they will be released in the west as well. In addition, the Switch is region free, so importing the games will be possible as well. The games will cost 6,800 yen and include the downloadable content released for the other versions.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Aug, 2017 At 09:07 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Builders 2. The game will be coming to both PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

 

New features in the game are underwater exploration, gliding as well as multiplayer/co-op.

More details will be coming in the future.

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