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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and HBO Global Licensing have announced pre-registration for the upcoming mobile game Game of Thrones: Conquest.

Developed by Turbine, the MMO strategy mobile game puts players at the head of their own powerful House, with the ultimate goal of navigating the dangerous political landscape of Westeros and claiming the Iron Throne. Players will see some familiar faces from the hit HBO® show as they play the game, including Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow. Game of Thrones: Conquest is coming to the App Store and Google Play later this year.

Starting today, fans can pre-register for the game at: https://gotconquest.com

Players who pre-register for Game of Thrones: Conquest will receive the Prepare for War Bundle, which will include exclusive Night’s Watch training gear, as well as gold and resources to aid in their fight for the Iron Throne.

Whether it’s through sheer might or deception, Game of Thrones: Conquest lets players rule their House as they choose. Powerful armies will be raised to march against rivals, while players command their own small councils to sabotage their enemies from within. Westeros won’t be simple to conquer. Players must defend their Houses from each other in player versus player battles or form a strategic Allegiance as they fight for control of the Seven Kingdoms.

This is an interesting looking mobile game. Game of Thrones fans might want to take a look at this one, especially while we wait for the next season.

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Mar, 2017 At 11:08 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarActivision and Bungie have released the debut trailer for Destiny 2. The trailer gives us the background on the story and look of the game, while holding off the gameplay for May 18th. The game itself will release on Sep 8th.

 

The game will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The following purchase options are available for the game.
Collector’s Edition:

Destiny 2 Base Game

Destiny 2 Expansion Pass: Get access to both Expansion I and Expansion II, offering brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.

Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag
– Customizable bag that can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag
– 15” Laptop/Tablet Sleeve with protective pocket slip

Frontier Kit, featuring:
– Solar panel USB charger with built-in light
– Paracord
– Solar blanket

Limited Edition SteelBook® Case
– Booklet with secrets into the Cabal Empire
– Cabal Schematic
– Collectible Postcard Images
– Cabal Military Pawns

Premium digital content:
– Legendary Sword
– Legendary Player Emote
– Cabal Empire Themed Emblem

 

As well, preordering will give you access to the Beta

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Feb, 2017 At 12:16 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival earlier today in Europe, Square Enix discussed a possible version of the game for Switch.  All that was said right now is that it’s under “consideration”.

Previously, in August 2015, Naoki Yoshida, the director and producer  mentioned that Square Enix was open to putting Final Fantasy XIV on Switch,  and that was when it was still called NX. It seems like things are moving along for it to happen bit it isn’t final yet.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Nov, 2016 At 07:33 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re thrilled to announce that The Elder Scrolls Online is offering an extended Free Play Weekend starting tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac players, running through November 20th. There has never been a better time to discover the award-winning online Elder Scrolls game and the incredible updates that have made it one of the best MMOs on PC and consoles. And, with the recent One Tamriel update introducing worldwide level-scaling, this is a perfect opportunity for existing players to introduce friends and family to Tamriel and play together from the start – no “alts” required.

 

The North American PlayStation 4 Free Play Weekend will begin at 12:01 am US eastern time tomorrow. PlayStation Plus is not required to participate. The PC and Mac Free Play Weekend on Steam will begin at 1 pm eastern time tomorrow. Information on a Free Play Weekend for Xbox One will be revealed soon.

 

As always, there is no subscription required to play The Elder Scrolls Online.  Players simply need to download the game, create an account, and begin their adventures in Tamriel. The Free Play Weekend will include:

 

  • No Restrictions: Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game
  • Free Crowns: 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on fun costumes, unique pets, helpful scrolls, and more
  • Progress Retention: Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during the Free Play Weekend, will carry over if the player purchases the game
  • Win a “Trip of a Lifetime”: Free Play Weekend players will also qualify to enter the Trip of a Lifetime Giveaway, which offers the chance to win one of five incredible trips to exotic locations around the world, with full accommodations, meals, and exciting adventure excursions with expert local guides. To enter, all that’s required is to play the game and register. For more information and to register, players can visit the official Giveaway site.

 

All Versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, Crowns On Sale

In celebration of the Free Play Weekend on PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac, Bethesda will offer discounts through November 28 in North America on Crown Packs as well as all versions of the game, including The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game and The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes all four major DLC game packs: Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and Dark Brotherhood.

 

How to Get into the Free Play Weekend

PlayStation 4 players should navigate to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on the PlayStation Store to download the game starting at 12:01 am US eastern time tomorrow. Players on PC and Mac should download the game via Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/306130/ starting at 1 pm eastern time tomorrow. Once the game is downloaded and players have created an account, they can login and play immediately.

This is really cool news and I hope people check this out. The game has come a long way from when it was launched and is now quite a good game with a good play model.

 

Source: PR Email

By Wade Hinkle On 6 Sep, 2016 At 10:37 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarStar Trek Online has been available on the PC for six years, now current and new players can play the game on either the Playstation 4 or Xbox One as of today.

Steve Ricossa, the Executive Producer of Star Trek revealead everything in a post on the Perfect World’s website, the publisher of the game. The console version will have all six years of content from the PC version which is over 125 episodes The game has more than over 15 actors that voice characters from every Star Trek era.

The game’s lighting engine was upgraded and the UI was also completely redone when the game was ported from the PC version to the consoles.

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play MMO and all future content updates will remain free. Check out the new trailer released with the console announcement.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2016 At 01:16 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun has announced that EVE Online will be going Free-to-Play this November.

The details are as follow

Space-bastard MMO EVE Online [official site] will go free-to-play in November, devs CCP announced today. It’ll introduce a new limited character type that anyone can play for free, keeping The Good Stuff for people who pay a subscription fee. Which is probably a good way to get more people into EVE. It has brought us exciting space-stories of grand betrayals, bankers funding wars and maybe destabilising EVE, propaganda, blockading trade hubs, notorious space-lords, and more than I can reasonably fit in this one sentence, but EVE is not an inviting game. This might help.

November’s update will introduce characters who are free for everyone to play but who can only train certain skills. This ‘Alpha Clone State’ rabble will be able to learn to basic skills, flying low-level ships – Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers – from their faction along basic weapons and modules, but won’t get to play with the really fancy stuff. They’ll also learn skills slightly slower (remember, EVE doesn’t use XP to level, instead training specific skills passively in real time).

If you want a proper character who can learn and use anything like EVE spacemen can right now, you’ll want ‘Omega Clone State’. This can be earned by paying a subscription fee or cashing in a PLEX timecard (which can also be bought in-game for in-game cash). Alpha characters can pay to upgrade to Omega, naturally. Omegas will fall down to Alpha if they don’t keep paying, becoming unable to use skills and items (and ships!) beyond the Alpha limits until they go back up to Omega status.

Given the way EVE works, analogies to other MMORPGs are tricky. Alpha characters will definitely have fewer options but they’ll be able to do a fair bit and find useful roles in high-end play – you couldn’t say, for example, “it’s like a level 20 character in a game with a level 80 cap” so I won’t. Here’s what CCP say:

“By specifically selecting skills in this way, we can ensure that the EVE ecosystem and the value of Omega state are both protected, while still providing a wide-ranging, exciting EVE experience for Alphas. The clone state prevents access to powerful skills like Cynosural Field Theory and Cloaking, and limits farming through skills that control scaling and efficiency. We are also able to react to unexpected issues by refining the Alpha clone skill list further, should the need arise. Of course, Alphas also have enormous freedom. They will be doing everything from rampaging null sec in Caracal fleets to exploration sites in high sec to playing a major role in faction warfare.”

EVE has offered free trials for yonks but they’re not quite long enough to get much of a handle on what the game is or what you might like to do. It sounds like this will be a lot better. EVE will still be mighty unforgiving and full of space-bastards, of course, but at least it’ll give you a better idea of if that’s something you want.

I’m curious to see how established players and organisations will try to use/weaponise/scam this influx of new players. Newbies aren’t necessarily useless – I know the Goons used to (and maybe still do?) get their newbies joining operations very quickly as irksome fodder to snare enemies. Enough newbies on free accounts itching for those there space-fights they’ve heard so much about might lead to interesting things, or at least entertaining stories.

I only played EVE for a few months but I’d recommend going Minmatar then buying yourself a Rifter (that cool spaceship in the middle ? up there) to engage in a gentle spot of low-level mischief and piracy. I still miss that mean little scrapheap.

This is exciting news. Do you play EVE Online?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Jun, 2016 At 02:29 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The PlayStation blog has announced the following

 

We’re proud to announce that Neverwinter is coming to PlayStation 4 in summer 2016! Almost three years after our initial launch on PC, millions of adventurers have travelled along the Sword Coast to slay the mightiest of foes and to form the most courageous of parties. We can’t wait to welcome in a new group of adventurers to Neverwinter and eagerly await their arrival. Here’s your first glimpse of the adventures you can look forward to!

Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMORPG that transports players into the Forgotten Realms, where they will explore a fully realized experience based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. When Neverwinter arrives on PlayStation 4, it will feature all existing content from the base game, including eight playable classes and nine expansions worth of content, giving you hundreds of quests to play through.

Fight against the likes of Tiamat, Demogorgon, Orcus, Valindra and many more sinister enemies from Dungeons & Dragons lore. Adventurers will also travel through iconic locations such as Icewind Dale and the Underdark while teaming up with characters straight from the novels of acclaimed author R.A. Salvatore, including Drizzt Do’Urden.
We are also happy to announce that Neverwinter on PlayStation 4 will be free-to-play for all PlayStation 4 owners as you will not require PlayStation Plus to dive into this full-fledged MMORPG experience.

Are you ready to defend the realms? What class are you planning to play? We look forward to seeing you all in the city of Neverwinter later this year.

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This is great news. Neverwinter has been a major hit on the other platforms it is available on. The MMO is one of the best there is and for it to be free for all PS4 players and not tied to PS+ is a great way to increase the user base.  We plan to review the PS4 version when its available and will let you know how it is. Check out the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2016 At 08:23 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIn an update to our earlier story about Star Trek Online coming to PS4, We can now confirm the Free To Play MMO will come to Xbox One as well.

 

See the full trailer below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2016 At 05:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Free To Play Star Trek MMO will be coming to PS4 this fall. The game has received critical acclaim on PC, with many of the cast of the various shows making appearances. Will you join Starfleet this fall?

Check out the announce trailer below

 

By Jessica Brister On 17 Aug, 2015 At 02:28 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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If you’ve read reviews of the Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, you might have already decided to give the game a pass. In fact, if you look on Metacritic, it scores just a 73 (out of 100) for critics and an 8.0 for the user score. It sounds like a fairly mediocre game and one that just could be skipped. However, that is far from the truth. The game is excellent. Apparently, there are just a very vocal bunch of people on the Internet who hate fun. Here is what the game is really like:

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The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO (massively multiplayer online) action role-playing game. Though it has been out for Windows and Mac since April 2014, it has just come out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June of this year. Initially, the game had a subscription fee, but that was dropped March of this year, and the game was re-branded to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for the PS4 and Xbox One release. The game was developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.

The events in Tamriel Unlimited happen a thousand years before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Though ESO happens in the Elder Scrolls universe, don’t expect it to be like Skyrim or Oblivion. ESO is its own deal that just happens to be in the Elder Scrolls universe. Yes, you get the fun and in-depth lore of the Elder Scrolls and the cool races and settings, but it’s completely different in feel. The plot still is similar to Skyrim with an all-powerful being trying to take over the world with a bunch of groups fighting for power in the meantime. If you were looking for a super-deep story, then this game probably isn’t for you. If you were looking for a “social Skyrim,” then this a game isn’t for you. If you were looking for a World of Warcraft clone, then this game is definitely not for you.

However, if you like fun, this game is for you. If you want a great social game, this game is for you. If you want a lot of content, then this game is for you. In reality, if you don’t try to make this game something its not, then you will have an absolutely blast. ESO shines on its game play, expansive setting, and extensive content.

Though there is a main quest line, the quests—like other Elder Scrolls games—go in whatever order you want at whatever time you want. This allows the player massive amounts of freedom to do whatever he or she wants to, and this is crucial for an MMO. For those who want to play solo, there are tons and tons of quests. In fact, there are so many solo quests that I haven’t even scratched the surface yet, and I have been playing for weeks. For those who really want to get the most of out an MMO, there are group dungeons, public events, flourishing guilds, and a lot of PVP action. Not only that, but the place is thriving. An MMO is as only as good as the people in it, and at least for now, ESO has a mass following with die-hard followers.

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Besides a thriving community, a lot of quests, a cool PVP area, and a lot of cooperative play, the Elder Scrolls Online also contains:

  • An amazing crafting system for weapons, armor, enchantments, potions, and food.
  • Three factions that players can choose to be in which compete against each other in different aspects.
  • Easily trade items between your other characters or with other people or guilds.
  • Customize gear with racial motifs or dye stations.
  • Utilize different mounts, vanity pets, lore books, and racial motifs to customize your experience.
  • Demonstrate tons of emotes to make your character dance, wave, or do the most absolute silly things (take THAT Destiny).
  • Run dungeons with either a group of friends or random people.
  • Contribute to public battles.
  • Participate in guilds for social aspects and trading.
  • A huge map area with tons of places to explore.
  • Switch between first and third person perspective.
  • Four play-style classes to choose from.

It really is a complete blast to play. Though the graphics are not the most beautiful of this generation, they look good enough, especially for an MMO that is so expansive. I think most players would take better game play over the latest, greatest slick graphics.

So, overall, if you are looking for a social game that is just plain fun, the Elder Scrolls Online is for you. Yes, there are some in-game purchases that you can make, but you get more than a full game with just the base game. Although, you will probably get addicted to it like me and upgrade a few things.

Seriously. I am thoroughly hooked on ESO, and I don’t say that about a lot of games.