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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Aug, 2016 At 02:45 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of the Scott Pilgrim series has revealed on twitter that he is working on a re-release of the video game adaptation. The game which was released to positive reception 6 years ago today, before being pulled from digital stores on December 30 2014/ Hopefully he is successful and more people are able to play this excellent game which homages classic beat em ups, such as the Kunio Kun series.

 

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No GravatarEvery once in awhile, I get to play a game that is just plain fun.  Not that most video games aren’t fun, but some of them focus too much on grinding or the competitive aspect of gaming.  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of those games that is just plain fun.  The length is about right, and it’s a lot of non-stop action and adventure.  Plus, it’s got a humorous side to it as well.  Uncharted 2 is just a blast to play with the right formula to be downright awesome.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure third-person shooter that was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony.  It was released for PlayStation 3 on October 13, 2009 with critical acclaim.  It was later released for PlayStation 4 as a part of the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection October 2015.  For the purposes of this review, I will only be concentrating on the PlayStation 3 version.

Uncharted 2 picks up with the fun and adventure that the original game started.  Nathan Drake is a world-traveled treasure hunter who is approached by some old associates, Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer, to steal an oil lamp that belonged to Marco Polo from a Turkish museum.  This oil lamp holds the key to Marco Polo’s hidden treasure.  There’s a lot of fun and adventure, including some familiar faces like Victor Sullivan (“Sully”) and Elena Fisher.

I don’t want to spoil any of the awesomeness that is this game, but I will say that it is thoroughly enjoyable.  You get to go to cool places and do some downright cool things.  I love the fact that even though there are some dark tones to the game, the story overall has humorous overtones due to Drake’s snarky comments.  He’s just one of those cool characters in gaming that you just have to love.  It took me a long time to try this series because I thought that Uncharted was just a Tomb Raider rip-off.  That is far from the truth.  Uncharted stands on its own as one of my favorite genres: cheesy, action/adventure in the lines of Indiana Jones or The Librarian.  It’s just something that you just plan enjoy.

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The gameplay of Uncharted 2 has been much improved over the original game.  I had issues with Drake’s Fortune because of the odd save times, weird camera angles, and funky controls at some spots.  All of these issues were corrected in the second installment, making for an extremely fun game that I can just sit and enjoy.  The game is a third-person adventure game with jumps, climbing, and shooting.  Unlike the older Tomb Raider games, the jumping is significantly easier and the puzzles are more thinking puzzles than gaming skill puzzles (anyone who has played any of the retro TR games knows what I’m talking about).  The player must use Drake’s journal in order to solve these puzzles.  

There is also a significant amount of shooting, using a lot of duck and cover third-person shooting.  Drake switches between a two-handed weapon and a one-handed weapon in combat, and he also had limited access to grenades.  Drake is able to pick up different weapons depending on the situation and personal preference of the player.  There are also a few stealth enemy take-downs as well.  There are also secret treasures that are hidden along the way that allows the player to unlock certain rewards.

Besides the main portion of the game, there is also a multiplayer angle that involves both competitive and cooperative gameplay.  The cooperative is fairly straight-forward, team-based, objective-driven missions.  Teams can be up to three people (Nathan Drake and two other characters).  The competitive allows for ten people on a map (two teams of five) and has fairly standard Deathmatch, as well Plunder, Elimination, Turf War, King of the Hill, and Chain Reaction modes.  Players gain points, level up, and can purchase character skins and whatnot.  There are some hardcore players in the midst, though I’m not sure how active the servers are for PS3.

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he graphics looked pretty slick for the time frame that the game came out.  When it came out, it pushed the boundaries for realistic environment.  The amount of cut-scenes in the game were multiplied by seven as compared with the original game.  I am curious to see how it looked on PlayStation 4 whenever I finally get a chance to crack open the Nathan Drake Collection that I got for last Christmas (life got busy).  Naughty Dog also utilized motion capture with the voice actors for more realistic scenes and dialogue.  Obviously, we saw how this progressed with Naughty Dog in the masterpiece that is The Last of Us.

Overall, Uncharted 2 is just plain fun.  It’s one of those games that you can just jump into and not have to worry about.  There’s no grinding nor is there any stale points.  It’s jam-packed action and adventure with Nathan Drake’s wry, humor interjected throughout.  For me, that is one heck of a good time.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Aug, 2016 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarCapcom has released a new trailer for the upcoming remasters of the Dead Rising series. The trailer shows off the games and the various improvements done to them.

Re-live the zombie outbreaks and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Dead Rising with Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Dead Rising coming to Steam as a digital download, all in 1080p at 60 fps

The games look good and you can check out the trailer below.

 

 

Capcom also revealed more release details

 

In celebration of Dead Rising’s 10th Anniversary, we’re bringing Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to a new generation of zombie slayers on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. All games feature Dead Rising’s classic zombie sandbox gameplay will include all DLC costumes and upgraded graphics presented in 1080p at 60 frames per second.

Here are the details:

  • Dead Rising (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam)
  • Dead Rising 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
    • Each sold separately for $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99
  • Dead Rising Triple Pack (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
    • Digital bundle for $59.49 that includes all three games (Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record)
    • Preorder the Dead Rising Triple Pack starting today for 16% off the normal bundle price!
Release Date:
  • Digital – September 13th, 2016

    • All three games

  • Retail Disc (North America Only)– Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 only ?

    • Dead Rising – September 13th, 2016 ?

    • Dead Rising 2 – September 27th, 2016

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Aug, 2016 At 02:07 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarHello Games has released a launch trailer for No Man’s Sky on PS4. The trailer shows off the various things the player can do and gives an overview of what the game is about. You can check out the trailer below.

 

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Pete Hines, the Vice President of Bethesda Softworks spoke with Finder.com.au about various subjects and the issue of game sales was discussed. It was revealed that Both The Evil Within and Rage sold well enough to warrant sequels. This doesn’t mean sequels are confirmed though as Hines refused to comment on what Bethesda has planned.

Pete Hines: I can’t talk about the unannounced stuff and what we may or may not do. I get myself in trouble whenever I do that. Even when we were talking about the Morrowind Remaster, if I come out and say, ‘I just don’t think that is going to happen,’ then people freak out. So I won’t confirm or deny stuff we may or may not do, as people jump to the wrong conclusions. But I do think both The Evil Within and Rage did well enough that we could make sequels. Personally I loved Rage and had a tonne of fun playing it, but we have a lot of stuff in the pipeline right now so you will have to wait and see.

With this known, it is exciting to think that we might see sequels to these games in the not so distant future. We will just need to wait and be patient.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Aug, 2016 At 05:20 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarAtlus and SNK sent out the following

We’ll not beat around the bush. Team Ikari Warriors is an elite mercenary agency,
led by Commander Heidern, that’s tasked with gathering intel about Antonov and some
of the other… undesirables in
THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV tournament.
These soldiers of fortune are big, strong, and not afraid of getting up close and personal in combat. Leading these warriors into the tournament is Colonel Ralf Jones, nicknamed the One Man Army, who is no stranger to fighting. Although Ralf is a bit hotheaded, he is an exceptional leader who utilizes a dangerous mercenary combat style that focuses on deadly strikes. Oh, did we mention that he’s ripped a tank wide open with his bare hands? Yeah, he’s pretty dangerous. His brother in arms, Lieutenant Clark Still, is a pretty dangerous dude too. Clark also trains in mercenary combat style, but he’s geared more towards wrapping his opponents up like a pretzel and slamming them. That being said, he’s calmer and more level-headed than Ralf and just as formidable. Lastly, we have the cold and professional operator Leona Heidern. Leona is the adopted daughter of Commander Heidern who uses a hybrid fighting style that combines martial arts with Heidern style assassination techniques. Although she is simply a soldier, she has the powerful blood of Orochi running through her veins and must keep her emotions in check to prevent bad things from happening. She’s not a total ice queen though, because Leona is very loyal to the Ikari Warriors and will fight to protect her friends.

Also, don’t forget to get ahead of the competition and download the free demo. Practice local versus with seven characters (Kyo Kusanagi, Mai Shiranui, Iori Yagami, Sylvie Paula Paula, King of Dinosaurs, Shun’ei, and Nelson) before the game comes out on Aug. 23!

Check out the trailer below

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No GravatarIt has now been confirmed that Torment: Tides of Numenera, the spiritual sequel to Plansecape Torment, will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as PC. This was revealed in an interview with Eurogamer Poland.

Torment’s console port was greenlit after the success of Wasteland 2 on consoles, Brian Fargo, boss of developer inXile told EG Poland.

“Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut success and the gratitude expressed by a lot of fans after this release made us begin to plan the Torment: Tides of Numenera for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One,” Fargo said.

“We’re especially excited to work with Techland, who – as a fellow developers – know exactly how to execute such a release without compromising the quality.”

Console versions of the game will get their public debut at Gamescom in Cologne, in just under two weeks.

Planescape Torment is regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of the 90’s for the PC and its spiritual sequel is looking very good. I personally am excited this is coming to consoles and the port of Wasteland 2 proves this can be done.

Check out the trailer (in Polish) Below

 

 

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No GravatarFamitsu has revealed a new playable character for the upcoming Koei Tecmo adaptation of Berserk. Nosferatu Zodd  will be playable and will be voiced by Kenta Miyak. He will be able to change forms during battle and in his Apostle form, he will have wide-reaching, powerful attacks.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jul, 2016 At 06:11 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarSNK and Atlus have released a new trailer for the King of Fighters XIV. This trailer shows of Team Psycho Soldier and their abilities.

I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but Team Psycho Soldier isn’t really filled with
psychos or soldiers. On the contrary, it’s comprised of a famous J-pop idol, goofy
high school kid, and an old drunk kung fu master. Don’t let that fool you though,
because this team is legitimately dangerous.

First off, we have the psycho ball flinging Athena Asamiya. Athena is a cheerful
and friendly high school girl who is adored worldwide for being a famous pop star.
She has a strong sense of justice and always puts on a worthy show for her fans
on stage and in the ring. Athena utilizes a variety of psionic abilities and will
be a terror to any opponent in THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV tournament. Next up, we
have Sie Kensou, a goofy Kung Fu kid with a penchant for dragons. He fights with
a hybrid Kung Fu and psychic style, and has a lot of potential to become an
unstoppable
fighter. Oh, he’s also in love with Athena and hopes to impress her one day with
his fighting ability. That’s as good as any reason to fight right? Lastly, we have
the drunken master Chin Gentsai. Chin is a very ancient fighter who lulls his opponents
to sleep with his drunken antics before exploiting their carelessness. He is both
master and mentor to the two younger members of Team Psycho Soldier, and wants them
to test their psychic abilities in the tournament.

You can see the trailer here

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 Jul, 2016 At 03:22 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarIn an interview with Nintendo Life, Rive developer Two Tribes has revealed that the game will be delayed on Wii U and might in fact switch to NX

Having been confirmed during the Spring for a September release on Wii U, PC, PS4 and Xbox One, there’s now some disappointing news for Nintendo fans. Two Tribes has confirmed to us that the Wii U version of RIVE won’t be hitting that window, and at this moment of time doesn’t have a fixed date. Two Tribes is keen to bring the game to Nintendo hardware and it may transition to NX – depending on what the next-gen system actually is – as the studio wants to ensure that the experience reaches its standards of 60fps performance, a benchmark vital to shooters and bullet-hell titles of this nature.

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First of all, can you talk us through the reasons and thoughts behind RIVE being delayed for Wii U, or perhaps being moved to NX instead?

It’s very important to us that Nintendo users will get a great version of RIVE, but unfortunately we don’t know at this point when or how we’ll be able to deliver this. There are two main reasons for this, one technical and one business related.

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The market has also changed. The game was supposed to ship over a year and a half ago, and things are a lot different now. Nintendo is exiting the Wii U market early in favor of the NX which means a long tail in sales is not looking likely. So that is the business part; do you release a game on a platform in its last days or on a new one that’s better suited and can reach gamers for years to come?

 

While this is disappointing , we can hope that Rive will be a success when it does arrive on a Nintendo platform. Whether that be on the Wii U or the NX. It is understandable that many are worried about the long term viability of putting a game on the Wii U with the NX looming, considering that Nintendo is winding down support. That said however, there is still a market of Wii U owners who would like games to play and this would be perfect. Either way, we wish them the best.
You can read the full interview here

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