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Let’s be honest, aside from big name fighters, many great fighting games are not getting a lot of new players. The fact of the matter is that no matter how great a tournament scene is, without new blood coming in, the scene will get smaller. So how can we fix this?

I can think of a couple of ways and I believe the scene can still grow. First and foremost, the communities need to be more welcoming. Toxicity among communities is regularly discussed and nothing has really been done yet. This is a major turnoff to potential new players, since they feel rejected. I am not saying we need to end the “get good” culture, but simply refine it. Instead of mocking people as noobs, we should offer to help them grow as players. Maybe have some event just for newcomers to learn more in a welcoming environment. Mocking players constantly when they are just starting out, only ends up chasing them away.

Related to the above, is the fact that many communities in the greater FGC, have an elitist attitude. Not all but most, and it needs to stop. Keeping newcomers out or just saying “git gud” without offering help only ends up hurting the scene by causing it to shrink gradually. New players help keep fighting games alive and without them, our favourite series ( whatever it may be) will not continue due to low sales.

The second major way is for developers to make games more tempting for casuals. I DO NOT mean to say things should be dumbed down, but rather more single player and offline content should be added. This is what gets many people interested into a game, and can lead them into playing online. Street Fighter V suffered badly because of this, and Arcade Edition seems like it will finally right the ship by addressing this issue.

NetherRealm Studios games sell well because they have so much offline content, that a casual player can player for hundreds of hours and never go online. This is not a bad thing, as its been seen that many players do eventually try online after playing the offline modes.  Having a great amount of offline content brings in players, and that means sales increase. Increased sales in turn mean that a series can continue on. And we must fact the facts that if the games do not sell, they will not continue at all.

If we can bring in more players to the games, and make them want to stay, we can help the FGC grow and thrive. But this is just my two cents on the matter. These don’t need to be major changes to the FGC, and they don’t need to be intrusive but can be done organically.  For now, all we can do is just not be jerks to the newcomers.

 

Disclaimer: The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of Real Otaku gamer or its staff.

 

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EA sent out the following

 

As we all await the release of the next beloved chapter of Star Wars in Star Wars: The Last Jedi™, we here at EA Capital Games have been working on updating one of its iconic characters on the holotable.

We are proud to present a new, limited event for players to jump into just as soon as they exit the movie theaters. Rey’s Hero’s Journey, which introduces The Last Jedi incarnation of Rey (Jedi Training) to Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes is available now.

 

The limited event, Rey’s Hero’s Journey, introduces The Last Jedi incarnation of Rey (Jedi Training), where she assumes the role of a potent protector for the Resistance faction. While the faction has been known to feature strong attackers and support characters, Rey will be the first who takes the role of keeping others healthy by granting allies Foresight to evade attacks and keeping allies cleansed of debuffs,

 

But keeping the Resistance healthy is only part of Rey’s unique abilities in-game. Rey (Jedi Training) will wreak havoc on enemies by inflicting multiple debuffs and assisting in heavy target damage. The Last Jedi incarnation of Rey, also comes with a Leadership ability, offering players an alternative to Finn’s Leadership ability for more varied gameplay options.

 

 

Will you be checking this out? May the force be with you!

 

Source: EA PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Dec, 2017 At 12:13 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

The world could always use more heroes, and that’s especially true during the holidays. From December 15th through January 2nd, players can save 50% on the digital versions of Overwatch and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition on PC. What better way to spend the holiday break than fighting for the future?

 

  • Overwatch includes 26 heroes, 21 different maps, eight match types, and endless fun for just $19.99.

  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition includes all the excitement of Overwatch along with five special hero skins, 10 regular Loot Boxes, and in-game goodies for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II for the sale price of $29.99.

Not a bad sale at all going on. Blizzard is making it easier for fans to get into Overwatch with these sales, so hopefully more people will give the game a try. It really is one of the best!

Source: Blizzard PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Dec, 2017 At 12:06 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Unepic is a complicated game to talk about. It is a take on the metroidvania style of gameplay, but does things a bit differently than most. This is not a bad thing necessarily but it needs to be addressed before a review can go underway. The indie game from Spain was made with a lot of Spanish ideas in mind that didn’t end up translating well to the rest of the world, in terms of narrative and humor. This can be difficult for some to look past, but I urge you all to do so.

Unepic can be best described as an IGAvania game with a fanboy slacker as the protagonist instead of a badass fighter, and it only gets more offbeat from there. The game subverts many of the ideas typically seen in the genre, such as being attacked by life draining enemies not ending when you leave that area. You will find those enemies have entered your inventory and must be manually removed. Its a nice touch but some might find this annoying as well. In fact, m major issue many will have is the inventory system in general. The system feels clunky, and relies heavily on quick buttons while the game constantly requires you to make changes, which throws off your rhythm.

Equally frustrating is that the art style often get in the way of the game. Some enemies blend too much into the scenery and even the environments begin to suffer due to this. It holds back what could have been a great game, as you will end up being confused with what you can interact with.

Now let’s talk combat, as this is where the game improves. Combat relies on weapons and magic as well as other items you can find, which is standard in metroidvanias. What Unepic does well though, is that the system is refined so that players can find a style that fits them best rather than just relying on getting new gear and powers. You have to plan out your character much like in a D&D game, which is fitting since the game begins with the protagonist at a D&D session before getting transported to the mysterious castle. Its a nice touch, and the game does feel more immersive because of that.

Is Unepic worth getting? I think it could be, but you should realize that the product is uneven.The high points are very good but the low points and pretty bad. You can find some enjoyment from this for sure, just be aware that this isn’t for everyone.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 06:28 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom has detailed the changes they will be making to fight money with Street Fighter Arcade Edition

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 02:29 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with lots of wintry events in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. Whether you’re looking for a new Brawl experience in Overwatch or you just want to kick back and enjoy Winter’s Veil, we’ve got you covered.

 

OVERWATCH WINTER WONDERLAND

December 12 January 1

 

In Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017, group up with friends new and old and see if you can hunt down the Yeti—and do it in style with the newest seasonal cosmetic additions.

 

New Brawl: Yeti Hunt

This season’s Brawl is a 5v1 experience, pitting five Mei “Hunters” against one “Yeti” Winston. The Yeti must kill the Hunters five times to win; the Hunters must kill the Yeti once to claim victory. The Brawl takes place on a reskinned Nepal Village map—the perfectly snowy setting for a Yeti battle.

 

Yeti Winston has increased health and armor, making him a formidable foe. Meat packs are sprinkled around the map for him, which will fuel his ultimate. Mei has her usual abilities, but her Ice Wall and Ice Block times are reduced…and while she can freeze Yeti Winston, there’s one catch—she can only freeze him in Rage mode.

 

We’re also bringing last year’s Winter Wonderland brawl back for an encore: Mei’s Snowball Offensive!

 

Winter Wonderland Goodies

The Winter Wonderland collection features more than 140 items, including new skins like Ice Fisherman Roadhog and Avalanche Bastion.

 

To make your favorite Winter Wonderland cosmetics even easier to collect, we’ve lowered the cost of last year’s goodies; Legendary skins from 2016 are 1000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common prices have been lowered to 250, 75, and 25 credits, respectively. Winter Wonderland 2017 Legendary Skins are 3000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common Skins are 750, 225, and 75 credits, respectively. Alongside previous changes to goodies and cosmetics, that means it’ll be easier to nab your favorite 2016 and 2017 winter looks.

 

 

HEROES OF THE STORM WINTER VEIL

December 12 January 9

 

Bundle up and leap into the Nexus for a special Winter Veil quest chain, with special rewards for playing games during the event, from a Winter Veil 2017 Spray after 2 games to a Winter Veil 2017 Mount when you play 5 games!

 

Outside the game, you can purchase or gift the Winter Loot Chest through the Blizzard Shop. With new skins including Greatfather Winter Malfurion, Winter’s Helper Valla, and Season’s Reapings Malthael and a new Gingerbread mount, you and your friends will be warm for all of Winter Veil.

The new Foundation Bundle will also be available starting December 12, and includes 8 Heroes (E.T.C., Leoric, Greymane, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, Uther, Lúcio, and Zagara) for $20.

 

 

WORLD OF WARCRAFT FEAST OF WINTER VEIL

December 16 January 2

 

Visit the major cities of Azeroth and join in the Winter Veil seasonal celebrations! With holiday décor sprinkled across the world, it’ll be a festive experience. Check out the Giant Snow Globes in Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Dalaran.

 

You can also search for the Abominable Greench in the Hillsbrad Foothills or grab a shiny new red or green Finely Tailored Holiday Hat in several Legion dungeons and raids including the Seat of the Triumvirate and Antorus, the Burning Throne.

 

 

HEARTHSTONE WINTER’S VEIL

December 17 December 30

 

Jump into the season with Winter’s Veil–themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind, along with special seasonal emotes to spread some cheer to your opponents.

 

From December 20 – 24, stop by the Tavern for a new Brawl: Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil. Win up to three snowy Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs as you play through this chilly Brawl.

Blizzard is going all out with their games for the holidays. What are you looking forward to the most from these? Let us know!

Source: Blizzard PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 01:14 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent

 

Reliance Games, a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games, has partnered with WWE, a recognized leader in global entertainment, to launch WWE Mayhem, a new, over-the-top, arcade-style action game featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Available now, WWE Mayhem is free to download on iOS devices via the App Store, as well as Android smartphones and tablets through Google Play.

WWE Mayhem will offer an enhanced gameplay experience, allowing players to unlock unique content when used in conjunction with Mattel’s WWE Retro Figures. Players who have the WWE Retro Figures will be able to scan their figure within the game to unlock WWE Superstars.

“With a spectacular roster of some of the best champions to ever enter the ring, WWE Mayhem lets fans decide which WWE Legends and Superstars are truly the greatest of all time,” said Amit Khanduja, CEO, Reliance Entertainment – Digital.

WWE Mayhem captures all the energy, excitement and emotion of WWE’s live action in a mobile experience that any fan can enjoy,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “This new mobile game provides us with another opportunity to engage a global fan base that consumes content across platforms.”

Prove your worth in epic matches with fan-favorites like John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Undertaker, Seth Rollins, Goldberg, The New Day, Kalisto and many more. Each star features their own hard-hitting signature moves and game-changing reversals to unleash upon any challengers. There are six distinct classes from which to choose, including Brawler, Wildcard, Technician, Powerhouse, Highflyer or Showman.

WWE Mayhem delivers multiple ways to play: take on friends and rivals from around the world in one-versus-one matches, join weekly events and challenges pulled from real-world WWE shows, and enter tag-team match-ups with other champions to defeat all contenders.

 

This is an interesting looking mobile game. WWE games often have a lot more to them than meets the eye, so WWE fans might want to check this out.

 

Source: PR Email

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 14 Dec, 2017 At 10:22 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo sent out the following

 

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $9.99.*
On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select Pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.
As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Fans also have the option to play Pokémon Crystal on a New Nintendo 2DS XL system that resembles an iconic Poké Ball. The Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. (The Pokémon Crystal game and Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system are sold separately.)
For more information about Pokémon Crystal, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-crystal-version-3ds.
*Pokémon Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is only playable in 2D.

This is a great way to start off the new year. Pokémon fans should get ready because this is one great experience.

 

Source: Nintendo PR

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

 

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