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Bethesda has shared a new launch trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

 

 

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus rockets the action and chaos to new heights. As BJ “Terror-Billy” Blazkowicz, prepare for an adrenaline-fueled romp with a rag-tag group of resistance fighters all striving toward one common goal: kicking Nazis out of America! Featuring larger-than-life set pieces and an impressive arsenal of fully upgradeable retro sci-fi weaponry, blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and releases on October 27, 2017, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the Nintendo Switch version to release in 2018. Winner of more than 100 awards at E3 2017, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus also received four nominations from the official E3 Game Critics Awards (including Best of Show) and won Best Action Game.

For more information about Wolfenstein II, visit www.wolfenstein.com.

This trailer is excellent, and Bethesda has been going all out with this game, and it seems that right now is the perfect time for a game exactly like this. Will you join the fight to take back America?

 

source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Oct, 2017 At 05:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch is going to have a very busy month this November, as a listing on the Nintendo eShop has revealed that the critically acclaimed dungeon crawler Heroes of the Monkey Tavern will be coming to the system on November 7th.

The game is a throwback to classic dungeon crawler RPGs and has been well received by fans on steam.

 

After countless days and nights celebrating within the infamous Monkey Tavern, our team of adventurers have spent every last penny… Their fates, however are about to change…

Like a gift from the gods, in walks a mysterious stranger who points them towards a high tower full of invaluable treasures .

It doesn’t take much more to rouse their thirst for adventure.

You will enjoy exploring a dungeon full of riddles, dangerous enemies and vicious traps.
And if luck favours…you will discover secret passages sheltering legendary weapons and armours.

– Dungeon exploration in grid-base movement
– 8 classes
– 3 difficulty levels
– 2 hours of intense music
– Static real time fights
– 22 different enemies, including 6 bosses
– Full keyboard and gamepad support
– Numerous traps and secrets
– More than 100 unique items

Will you be getting this?

 

Source: Nintendo eShop

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Oct, 2017 At 04:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re pleased to announce that id Software’s demon-blasting masterpiece, DOOM, will launch for the Nintendo Switch on November 10.

In a new id Software developer video released today by Nintendo, creative director Hugo Martin and executive producer Marty Stratton discuss the many features that players will experience in DOOM on Nintendo Switch, including the full single-player campaign (with all difficulty modes), Arcade Mode, and the entire suite of Multiplayer maps and modes, including all previously released DLC content. They also go into further depth about working with developer Panic Button to ensure DOOM on Nintendo Switch feels as fast, brutal, and true to the experience gamers have loved on other platforms.

You can see the aforementioned video mentioned below

 

 

This is surprising news, considering that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes to Switch a week later. That is not a bad thing though as it shows there will be several quality games for Switch in November, just in time for the holiday season. DOOM is a masterpiece and not to be missed.

 

Source: Bethesda PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Oct, 2017 At 04:25 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard has another milestone achieved with their latest hit game Overwatch.  Overwatch has now reached 35 million players and is still growing.

A statement was released by the company

We are excited to announce that Overwatch has reached 35 million players and counting!

What a bunch of misfits and freaks we got here-we love it!

Thanks for teaming up with us, heroes.

It is always good to see a new IP succeed so well. Keep on playing!

 

Source: Blizzard PR

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

 

GUNDAM Battle, an officially licensed Gundam action battle mobile game co-developed by Bandai Namco Shanghai and games developer and publisher KingNet, has completed Closed Beta testing in China. GUNDAM Battle will launch in China later this year for iOS and Android devices, with plans for release to western markets in 2018.

The highly successful Closed Beta attracted numerous Gundam fans who had been eagerly anticipating a real 3D action mobile game based on the beloved anime franchise. The second- and seven-day retention rates for GUNDAM Battle were 72.5-percent and 47-percent, respectively; impressive numbers that gained industry recognition for being notably higher than other similar games.
KingNet is a prominent Chinese games developer and publisher known for its extensive line-up of successful web and mobile games. The company is particularly adept at creating high-quality game products based on popular foreign and domestic IPs.
GUNDAM Battle Closed Beta Version Details
The Closed Beta version includes a selection of 21 Mobile Suits (MS) with matching pilot audio packs. The MS lineup includes popular suits from New Mobile Report Gundam Wing and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, but also includes MS from the extended UC Gundam universe including the famous Z Gundam from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Gundam Ez8 from Gundam: The 08th MS Team.
  • MSZ-006 Z Gundam: The main fighting MS from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, GUNDAM Battle basically recreates every feature of this fan favorite. Classic weapons such as Beam Rifle, Beam Saber, and Hyper Mega Launcher are all included, but the in-game MS has been upgraded for more impact and to add diversity to the gameplay.
  • XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam ZERO: The Wing Gundam ZERO MS from New Mobile Report Gundam Wing features strong firepower and is exquisitely modeling with gorgeous smooth attack animation. This MS recreation is a real killer that perfectly combines art and power of Gundam.
  • ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos (4th Form): The Gundam Barbatos (4th Form) is from the recently completed anime, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. This MS utilizes a variety of martial arts attack styles in combination with physical weapons to deliver punishing damage. It’s the perfect MS for players who like to employ powerful melee attacks during battlefield combat.
The GUNDAM Battle beta version includes a Team Battle mode, in addition to its Story mode and Arena mode. Team Battle mode supports up to three players as they team up to challenge big bosses like BYG-ZAM or PSYCO GUNDAM. Different from the bosses from Story mode, the bosses in Team Battle mode possess much more powerful skills. Players can only challenge one boss each day in Team Battle mode.
Gundam is a truly beloved franchise that has endured for so long. Will any of you be checking this out?
Source: Bandai Namco PR
By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Oct, 2017 At 08:15 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today a new trailer dropped for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The new trailer confirms new characters for the game including RWBY’s Weiss Schnee, plus Rachel Alucard and Hazama from BlazBlue.

The trailer also reveals that the game will be coming to PS4, PC and Switch in 2018;.

 

See the trailer below

 

 

 

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The Neo Geo had so many great games that sadly have fallen away from public awareness. Some of these have seen a resurgence lately thanks to Arcade Archives, including the subject of this piece, Spinmaster. Spinmaster was a side-scrolling action game that merged platforming and shoot ’em up elements to create a unique experience. You started out with a  Yo-Yo but could gain other weapons like fireballs, ice shards, bombs and ninja stars. It had beautiful cartoon-like visuals that have aged well and look great on a big screen TV today.

Spinmaster was surprisingly innovative for its time. There had been platformers with shooting before, like Mega Man, but not that many combined the Mario approach of jumping on the enemy, with run and gun elements. Those that did, usually had you jumping after running out of ammo, but Spinmaster gave you a choice of how to go about things. It even had a neat story, limited as it was, and multiple endings. There is so much here that would work in gaming today. Especially since the visual style would not need to be changed that much.

I cannot understand why this game has fallen out of sight as it is amazing. I feel this would be a great game to revive for modern systems. It would not be a major AAA game but rather a smaller digital game. Get a team like Yacht Club Games, WayForward or Inti Creates to work on it and it will be amazing as those developers know how to handle these style of games. With online play for co-op, the experience would be incredible.

I think that Spinmaster is a game that deserves more attention. it recently came to Arcade Archives, so you can try it out now on a system like the Nintendo Switch. Give it just a few minutes and you will see why it is amazing.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Oct, 2017 At 01:34 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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There are two things I am very fond of, history and brutal beat em ups games.  Imagine my joy then, at finding a game that combined the two in a great way with Wulverblade, a game set during Britain’s resistance against Roman invasions. I was excited from the moment I first learned of the game’s existence but was the excitement merited?

The first thing I must note is that Wulverblade is absolutely gorgeous. The hand-drawn artworks so well for this game and it looks amazing both in docked or handheld mode on Switch. I must also mention that the game is extremely gory, with scenes of decapitation, severing of limbs and then using those body parts as weapons. And yet with the art style, it just looks awesome. And speaking of the gameplay, Wulverblade is far more strategic than most beat em ups. You need to watch enemy attacks to learn when to defend and when to attack. Failing to do so will result in losing life and getting a quick death. However, as you learn the controls and attacks, you will find a large variety of ways to play and confront the enemies. These include summoning wolves, heavy weapons, and execution

And speaking of the gameplay, Wulverblade is far more strategic than most beat em ups. You need to watch enemy attacks to learn when to defend and when to attack. Failing to do so will result in losing life and getting a quick death. However, as you learn the controls and attacks, you will find a large variety of ways to play and confront the enemies. These include summoning wolves, heavy weapons and execution moves just to name a few.

Wulverblade has a unique selling point in that it uses years of research into the lore and history of Britania and the Celts within. Mention is made of numerous artifacts, people, gods, and cultures within, and not in a way that interrupts the game. You will find pieces of lore that you can then read when you are ready to learn more about the history and lore. As a history buff, I truly enjoyed this part of the game and feel it deserves much praise. There is a lot of neat information within and I encourage you all to check this out.

The game has a campaign mode for the story, but also a classic style arcade mode, which is for more hardcore players. There is also arena mode, where you will take on waves of enemies until you are defeated. I recommend checking out all the modes as they all have something good to add.

Wulverblade is brutal but it is also fun. I truly enjoyed my time with the game, as I have not had as much fun with a beat em up  in years as I have had with this. It brings in multiple styles of gameplay, adds in throwbacks to classic gaming and bits of modern gaming, and blends it all together well. What is a drawback though, is the loading times. These did get annoying the more I played, as loading took a very long time, and for this type of game, waiting for loading does hamper the experience a bit. Hopefully, this can be fixed with an update patch, because Wulverblade is a truly amazing game. If you are a Nintendo Switch owner, then you simply must get this game, and trust me, you will not regret it.

A review key was provided by the publisher.

 

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Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom are two iconic Marvel Comics characters. They have both been used in a variety of media from comics, to movies to games, but many don’t realize how much the characters have in common. They are both driven men, who strive to better themselves, albeit in different ways and for different reasons. Dr. Doom, despite being a man of science, is also a sorcerer like Dr. Strange and that is where  Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment comes in.

A recurring part of Dr. Doom’s stories for a long time was his goal to free his mother from hell. Every midsummer’s eve he would fight a demon, lose and vow to fight again. In, Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment a new approach is taken. After a test by the deities known as the Vishanti, Dr. Strange receives new affirmation of his role but also a new duty. Doom was also tested and nearly succeeded and Strange must grant him a boon, the boon being his aid in freeing Doom’s mother from hell. 

Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment, is unlike any other Marvel comic. First released as a standalone graphic novel, when Marvel had its line of Prestige Graphic Novels, the title has recently been reprinted along with some other relevant stories to give more context ( and one not so relevant but there is a reason for its inclusion). It was written by Roger Stern and drawn by Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, and as such has a truly unique look to it. The comic shows the lengths Dr. Doom will go to, to free his mother, and gives, even more, depth to the dictator of Latveria, including insight into his sense of pride and honor. But at the same time, it helps expand the mythos of Dr. Strange, both by showing him interacting with other sorcerers of all kind and through his work with Dr. Doom. It also expands on characters like the Aged Ghengis, a recurring character, and shows a very different side of him. It also shows just how connected Dr. Doom and Dr. Strange truly are. It even gives new insight into the demon Mephisto and his role in hell.

Triumph and Torment is a strong title for the comic, but it has multiple meanings, some of which is not clear until the end. It was a highly acclaimed work, but sadly unavailable for many years, until as stated, it was recently reprinted. If you are a fan of comics, you should read this. Even if you dislike superhero comics, this is worth your time as it doesn’t really come off as a superhero comic at all. It is far more philosophical and spiritual in nature, reflecting on the nature of humanity and destiny and redemption. And if you like art, you can see Mike Mignola’s earlier pre-Hellboy work here. It is of an amazing quality and really helps the otherworldly nature of the comic and its protagonists. Do yourself a favor and give this one a read.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Oct, 2017 At 03:34 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I am a massive fan of fighting games. This should be no secret to those who have read my previous work here. When Killer Instinct was announced and then released for Xbox One, I was excited since the series is a beloved one and fans have been clamoring for a revival for years. With the game’s recent launch on Steam, I have finally gotten the chance to play and experience the reboot for myself.

Let me start out by saying that Killer Instinct is a gorgeous game. The particle effects are second to none and every detail of the visuals is just incredible. The game is a true work of art and that is not even getting to the gameplay yet. In terms of the gameplay, Killer Instinct has one of the best tutorials of any fighting game, and a worthy rival to Guilty Gear for the claim of best fighting tutorial ever. It really shows you how to play even if you are not very good at most fighting games.

I love that Killer Instinct is easy to learn but difficult to master, as it creates a unique playing field. The gameplay is fast and intense, and with the awesome characters available, you will want to play them all. I was unsure what I would think of the new additions to the roster but Double Helix and then Iron Galaxy did a great job with the game. It just feels right. Every hit feels like it means something, and that might be due to the way the music syncs up with the gameplay.

Speaking of the music, this game has some amazing audio and more than lives up to the music of its predecessors. That in itself is a high achievement, but the game more than stands on its own, as it is some of the best music ever in a video game. You can tell so much love was put into this, both in tributes to what came before and in terms of new ideas.

Killer Instinct is a must play for everyone. The online play is awesome with little to no issues, and as the Steam version is the complete version with all content, there is a good amount of single player gameplay as well. This is the best revival of a classic fighting game that has ever been done and I fully recommend checking this out. I am eager to see what modders will do with the game, similar to games like Street Fighter V on Steam, but that is another story. The game runs well, plays well and is just all around amazing. I do not want to sound gushing but I really have no complaints about this. I do not regret the purchase of the game in any way and feel you all will not regret it either.