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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Jul, 2016 At 12:51 AM | Categorized As News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has released a new trailer showing off new mystery mushroom costumes for Callie and Marie, the Squid Sisters. The new event course comes available on 7/8. Until then, you can check out the trailer below.

 

 

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No GravatarBandai Namco Games has released a new trailer for their upcoming game, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2.  The game shows off many improvements on the first one and looks to be a great experience as well. Check out the trailer below.

 

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Fantasy games and point and click games are a match made in heaven. I do not mean stuff like Telltale’s Game of Thrones, but rather high fantasy. That said, a humorous take on the genre is also good.  The book of Unwritten tales was a great game that took the fantasy genre on its head and made it a fun experience.  It had well developed characters and plots and great interactivity that allowed for a unique gaming experience.

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Now years later, Nordic Games has brought The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 to Wii U and the result is amazing. The game improves on the original in almost every way. The graphics are better, the controls are more intuitive and the story is just bonkers. Imagine the most epic story, worthy of Lord of the Rings, then imagine it turned on its head and mocked to hell and back. That comes somewhat close. The protagonists have new goals to achieve and while this is a parody of fantasy games, their journeys are worth following. The game is extremely well written and plotted and the characters are believable despite the setting. The game is hilarious and I have to admit that I laughed out loud so many times that I lost count.

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The game controls well and is much more intuitive than the first game was. The visuals shine far better as well and the result is amazing. We have a game that is a big improvement on an already great original. The music is also great and really helps get you into the game. I would say that this game has some of the best video game music that I have heard all year.

Nordic Games has done a great job with bringing this game to Wii U and they deserve a lot of praise for that. This is a great port and plays to the Wii U’s strengths. All in all, I have to recommend this game for anyone with a Wii U, who enjoys point and click games. You will not regret getting it.

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No Gravatar2K games has unveiled the BioShock collection. A remastering of the games for current gen consoles and PC. This will include all the games and DLC and new commentary from Ken Levine. Check out the information below.

 

‘Introducing BioShock: The Collection! Relive the depths of Rapture and sail through Columbia in this remastered edition including all three ??BioShock? games, complete with all single-player DLC and a never-before-seen video series with commentary from Ken Levine. Coming September 13, 2016 to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.’

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The video series, “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite and Shawn Robertson, animation lead on BioShock and animation director on BioShock Infinite.
Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Walk through a Rapture-inspired virtual museum that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at discarded concepts that never made it into the original game.
Challenge Rooms: Outside the story of BioShock, tackle puzzles, splicers and Big Daddies. And achievements, of course.

BioShock 2 (**Multiplayer will not be included)

Minerva’s Den: A self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Use expanded combat abilities with the experimental Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid, unique to Minerva’s Den, as you face off against the Lancer Big Daddy.
Protector Trials: Take control of an Alpha Series Big Daddy woken out of hibernation just before the events of BioShock 2.

BioShock Infinite

Burial at Sea – Episode 1 & 2 Add-On Packs: This major two-part DLC pack completes the BioShock trilogy by taking the series back to where it all began. Return to Rapture just before the events of the original BioShock!
Clash in the Clouds Add-On Pack: Face 60 waves of challenges across four additional maps for leaderboard glory and unlock areas to explore in The Columbian Archaeological Society hub museum.
Columbia’s Finest Pack: Combines the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack and includes 500 Silver Eagles, five Lock Picks, six unique Gear items, and two weapon upgrades: Comstock’s China Broom Shotgun and Comstock’s Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle.

*BioShock Infinite is not being remastered on PC because it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.

1080p/60fps on consoles

Free PC upgrades for owners of Bioshock 1,2 and Minerva’s Den

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Jun, 2016 At 05:57 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarAtlus and SNK have released a new trailer for The King of Fighters XIV, this time showing off Team South America. This team has a good blend of styles and looks like it will play well. Being a fan of boxers, I will definitely be checking out Nelson.

 

The agile members of Team South America — Bandeiras Hattori, Zarina, and Nelson
— are focusing their energy towards fighting anyone and everyone in THE KING OF
FIGHTERS XIV Tournament!

Even though each member of Team South America are fighting for different reasons,
they’ve banded together to help each other out. First off, Bandeiras Hattori is
a self-trained ninja who practices the legitimately dangerous art of, uh, Brazilian
ninjutsu (not to be confused with Brazilian jiu-jitsu!). Basically, Bandeiras is
a 100% certified Brazilian ninja who wants to win the tournament to earn respect
and get students for his dojo. Next up is Zarina, the savior of rain forests! She
wants to raise money and awareness for the environment, and has zero issues beating
up competitors in the name of nature. Zarina will dazzle opponents with her acrobatic
Capoeira fighting style and is a strong member of this team. Oh, she’s also bringing
along her adorable toucan friend Coco. Lastly, there’s Nelson, the boxing prodigy
who wants to punch his way to the top in order to raise money for a loved one. He
lost one of his arms in an accident, but was lucky enough to receive a mysterious
cybernetic replacement that you could say gives him the upper hand during fights.
With his fancy footwork and nasty hooks, Nelson will be a difficult opponent for
anyone.

 

See the trailer below.

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No GravatarHere are this week’s North American Nintendo Downloads

Wii U Retail

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $49.99

Wii U Download

Inavoid – $1.49
Prism Pets – $2.99

Wii U Demo

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Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – $7.99

3DS Retail

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $29.99
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma – $39.99

3DS Download

BoxBoxBoy! – $4.99
The Battle Cats POP! – $9.99

3DS Demos

7th Dragon III Code: VFD
Monster Hunter Generations

DLC

Minecraft: Story Mode, A Telltale Game Series – Continue the story with our intrepid heroes in Episodes 2-5, now available for purchase. A Season Pass is also available for purchase, which includes access to all remaining episodes in the Minecraft: Story Mode, A Telltale Game Series game, a five-part episodic game series set in the world of Minecraft.

Hyrule Warriors Legends – Link’s Awakening Pack – Get ready for the next battle! Join the next wave of legendary heroes and continue the fight with new downloadable content. New content available includes playable character Marin from the The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening game, a new weapon for Linkle, a new map for adventure mode, two new Challenge Battles and 16 new My Fairy Costume pieces.

eShop Sales

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ZaciSa’s Last Stand is more than 70 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.19) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 29.
VoxelMaker is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 4.
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 11.
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $2.24) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 21.
Epic Word Search Collection 2 is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
The Delusions of Von Sottendorf and His Squared Mind is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.

Activities

Nintendo Badge Arcade – Fill your HOME Menu with fun and try out Rhythm Heaven Megamix machines in Nintendo Badge Arcade. Also receive one free play from June 30 to July 3, and another free play from July 4 to July 6! Learn more at http://badgearcade.nintendo.com/.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jessica Brister On 29 Jun, 2016 At 09:54 PM | Categorized As Best Game Ever, Featured, Games You Slept On, PC Games | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarTo this day, I still absolutely adore Sims 3.  Even though I want nothing to do with the 4th installment, I still love to play the third, especially while utilizing all of the expansions that have come out for it.  Here is my list of the best expansions to date:

11.) Generations  The_Sims_3_Generations

Though this expansion isn’t “hit you over the head” with new stuff, it does have some subtle changes to the game play that are interesting.  Teens and children have a lot more interactions than before.  There is a new profession: day care.  Adults can even send their kids off to boarding school.  However, with only some slight changes and no new town, this is probably my least favorite expansion.

10.) Seasons  Sims_3_Seasons

This is another expansion that isn’t as good as the rest.  It gives Sims 3 weather, which sounds like it would be cool, but it gets a bit old after awhile.  Sims can go to festivals that change depending on the season.  There are also some outdoor activities that are added, including snowboarding and soccer.  Sims get to swim in the ocean (though correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that was a complete game update…maybe I’m wrong on that one) and aliens are another life form added to the game.  Overall, it’s a little weak for an expansion.

9.) Showtime The_Sims_3_Showtime

This is definitely the expansion for people who love the “L.A./Hollywood” lifestyle.  There is a new town, Starlight Shores, that has a Hollywood vibe to it.  There are new careers that are more performances based: singer, acrobat, magician.  A new life form was created for this expansion as well: genies.  I could take them or leave them, though.  Simport was also introduced with this one.  However, I have never used it (and am VERY glad that EA is not forcing social play in Sims 4).  Some new venues were introduced in this one as well, including coffeehouses, live show venues, and private show venues, though these are not my favorite.  I’ve found that this town is a bit glitchy to play in as well.

8.) Supernatural  The_Sims_3_Supernatural

This expansion allows for a variety of different types of Sims, including vampires, witches, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, fairies, and genies.  Although I never really cared for the supernatural types, the town of Moonlight Falls is one of the more stable towns to play in and some of the architecture features and styles of furniture are really cool.  There is a new skill, alchemy, that goes well with the supernatural theme.

7.) Into the Future  The_Sims_3_Into_The_Future

As the last expansion of Sims 3, this was unfortunately not the best.  It’s an interesting concept: you can take your Sims back and forth to the future and back to the present as much as you’d like.  In the future, there are a lot of high tech gadgets, including jetpacks, hover boards, and other futuristic things.  There are a couple new careers: astronomy and bot arena.  Actions in the present can change the future.  Oasis Landing, the new town, is pretty cool, though I found myself wanting to stay in the present more than the future (the bot people can be really annoying).  Overall, I thought it was okay, but it is not my favorite.

6.) World Adventures  The_Sims_3_World_Adventures

This was the first expansion for Sims 3, and it allowed some really cool travel options.  Players could choose to travel to three different places: China, Egypt, and France.  Besides seeing the sights, tomb raiding is an option for the adventurous Sim.  The more activities a player did with their Sim, the longer the visa level for the particular place.  World Adventures also opens out three new skill possibilities: martial arts, photography, and nectar-making.  Overall, this expansion was a great because it allowed the player to get out of town for a bit.

5.) Ambitions  The_Sims_3_Ambitions

Along with the new town of Twinbrook, Ambitions allowed the player to expand into many different professions, including being a firefighter, stylist, ghost hunter, architect, or private investigator.  These professions are different from regular Sim careers because you go out on “jobs” instead of working normal hours.  Also, this expansion allows for becoming “self-employed” in most skills.  Two new skills were added: sculpting and inventing.

4.) University Life  Sims_3_University_Life

Finally!  Sims 3 got the ability to send Sims off to college.  One of the last expansions done for the game, University Life allows Sims to go off to college and pursue a degree.  A lot like World Adventures, where a Sim travels to Sims University but does not permanently life there, this expansion has plenty going on.  Sims can pursue degrees, join cliques, and drink from “juice kegs.”  There are a few new careers, depending on a Sims degree and clique association.  There are apparently Plant Sims that players can get to, though I’ve never tried this.  New skills include: Science, street art, and social networking.  Overall, this is a very good addition.

3.) Island Paradise  he_Sims_3_Island_Paradise

This is a very good expansion, and it contains that town that I am currently using (Isla Paradiso).  The town is a really cool set of islands and has a really interesting feel to it.  There is a new life form: mermaids.  Also, boating and scuba diving have been added, which I have really enjoyed.  Being a resort manager is the new profession, though it’s not like a normal profession for the Sims (you can still hold down another job, if you want).  With lots of water sports, a cool new town (that is pretty stable for the most part), and an interesting feel to the town this is one of my favorite expansions.

2.) Pets  Sims_3_Pets

One of the better expansions to date, Pets allows players to own different types of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, and smaller rodents, birds, and snakes.  A new town, Appaloosa Plains, is given.  It’s a very western-themed town, but I’ve found it a bit glitchy to play in.  Sims can train their horses and the new riding skill is offered.  However, for people who don’t like pets, this expansion could be a miss.  But I love pets, so this expansion is more of my favorites.

1.) Late Night  Sims-3-late-night

This is definitely my favorite out of all of the expansions.  Besides giving the player the new city of Bridgeport, which has a cool “big city” feel to it, the expansion also introduces a lot of cool social aspects.  Clubs, bars, and a new celebrity system add a new dimension to playing.  Sims can also live in high-rise buildings with elevators and join the acting career.  This was also the first expansion to add a different type of Sim other than “human.”  Vampires came with this particular expansion and made things interesting to the game play.  Overall, it’s a very slick expansion.  And the city is very stable to play in, which is definitely a plus.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2016 At 07:01 PM | Categorized As News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarSuper Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars will be tomorrow’s Wii U Virtual Console game. The critically acclaimed Square Enix and Nintendo collaboration was the first of the Mario RPG games and is one of the all time greatest SNES games.

Will you be buying it? Let us know.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2016 At 06:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarGalaxy Trail, the developers of Freedom Planet have announced that the game has sold a quarter million copies on Wii U and Steam combined. This is very good news for the game as it is amazing. Have you bought it yet? If not, then you should as it is one of the best 16 bit inspired indie games ever made.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jun, 2016 At 06:38 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThe developers of Nefarious have released a new trailer for the game. Nefarious is a twist on classic platformers and adventure games, being a game where the goal is to kidnap the princess and fight off the heroes. The game looks amazing, with a great art style and fun gameplay and is one I personally cannot wait to play. Nefarious releases this coming January.

 

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