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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 10:21 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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2K Sent out the following

 

 

2K and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM® 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion to the 2016 award-winning strategy title, is now available for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One, in addition to Windows PC. XCOM® 2: War of the Chosen adds new enemies, playable allies, missions, and a breadth of gameplay features to XCOM 2 that Game Informer called, “Nearly a game’s worth of new content” in their review.

The critical praise for XCOM 2: War of the Chosen has been overwhelming: Polygon named the expansion “the definitive XCOM experience,” Game Informer remarked it’s, “One of the most rewarding strategy games in years,” while IGN commented on its impact, saying XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, “Restores a fear of the unknown.”

Key features for XCOM 2:War of the Chosen include:

  • New Factions & Hero Classes: Three additional factions represent pockets of resistance to ADVENT – the Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars – each with its own Hero class can be recruited to stand with XCOM:
    • The Reapers are infiltration specialists and stealth marksmen living on the fringe of society. Reapers utilize a powerful weapon called the Vektor rifle, as well as a special Claymore explosive – a targetable incendiary device that, when placed and activated, does not cause the Reaper to break Concealment;
    • The Skirmishers are former ADVENT soldiers who have chosen to rebel against their masters. The Skirmisher is an offensive powerhouse, capable of dealing with threats running the gamut from up close to afar, armed with a grappling hook to help close distance and a wrist mounted Ripjack capable of piercing the enemy with deadly force;
    • The Templars are a reclusive, monastic group of soldiers that have dedicated themselves to pushing their minds and bodies with psionic energy to the brink of humanity, honing their psionic energy with religious fervor into powerful weapons.
  • The Chosen: These powerful adversaries are unique ADVENT enemies tasked by the Elders to recapture the Commander at all costs. Masters of asymmetrical warfare, the Chosen will kidnap, interrogate and ultimately kill XCOM’s soldiers. They can even invade the strategy layer and ravage XCOM’s global operations; The Chosen include:
    • The Hunter stalks its prey from across the map: tracking, wounding and disabling XCOM units at range;
    • The Warlock utilizes a variety of psionic abilities to sow destruction on the battlefield;
    • The Assassin are a stealth-based melee unit who prefers to fight at close range, preying upon XCOM units with her katana.
  • New Alien and ADVENT Threats: Adopt new tactics alongside the new faction allies to counter a deadly new alien known as the Spectre, the explosive attacks of the ADVENT Purifier, the psionically charged ADVENT Priest, as well as the creeping swarms of The Lost.
  • New Photo Booth: Immortalize your soldiers during their trials by creating customizable war-and-meme-worthy posters that are both sharable and can be found while in game.
  • New Environments and Mission Objectives: Players can engage in wide-ranging tactical missions, from abandoned cities devastated by alien bioweapons during the original invasion, to underground tunnels and xenoformed wilderness regions.
  • Enhanced Strategy Layer: Manage Covert Actions, Resistance Orders, and XCOM’s relations with factions while countering enemy operations from the Avenger.
  • Greater Customization & Replayability: Soldiers cultivate bonds with compatible teammates for new abilities and perks, while the SITREP system dynamically adds new modifiers to the tactical layer to make sure every mission provides a unique challenge.
  • Challenge Mode: New regular community challenges featuring unique missions not found in the campaign that rank players on a global leaderboard.

XCOM 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and available for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. XCOM 2 is also available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is available now for Windows PC, PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One, and will be available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive at a later date.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen  looks to be the next big step for the franchise. The series has been doing well since the reboot and this looks to continue the high quality.

 

Will you be getting it?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 09:36 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Capcom sent out the following

 

 

The much loved and highly acclaimed BAFTA award-winning visual masterpiece Okami HD will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both physically and digitally and as a digital download for Windows PC across North America on December 12, 2017 for MSRP $19.99. Experience a tidal wave of colorful action by downloading the new trailer and assets from the press site here.

The original game, released to critical and consumer acclaim in 2006, was hailed as one of the most beautiful games ever created, and this latest release with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style is now even more breath-taking as the graphics have been updated to take advantage of modern high resolutions. Okami HD will be compatible with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro while featuring stunning 4K graphics on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and supported PC hardware.

In Okami HD players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world into a ruined wasteland. Players must use Amaterasu’s magical abilities and arsenal of items, attacks and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color. Along the way, Amaterasu will be called upon to help a cast of quirky and intriguing characters and defeat a bevy of brutal enemies to rid the land of Orochi’s curse.

Players will be able to choose between playing in a modern widescreen format or the original 2007 release’s 4:3 ratio. Interactive loading game screens from the original game are also included, allowing players to earn bonus demon fangs which can be traded for in-game items.

 

Okami is a truly beloved classic game. Will you be buying this remaster?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Sep, 2017 At 10:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda shared the following

 

 

Step into Sotha Sil’s realm with the Clockwork City DLC game pack, coming this Fall as part of ESO Plus membership and available in the Crown Store. Find out everything you need to know about this new zone and Update 16 with our preview article!

The Clockwork City is a standalone DLC game pack that will be available free to all ESO Plus members and for purchase from the in-game Crown Store. Note that you will not need a copy of ESO: Morrowind in order to acquire access to this new content (only the base game). The Clockwork City DLC game pack features a new zone to explore, a new story quest to experience, and a new fast-paced Trial that is sure to challenge you and your comrades.

In addition to the DLC game pack, Update 16 brings a free base game update that includes a new Battlegrounds game mode ( ESO: Morrowind owners only), Xbox One X support, and a host of additional base game fixes, updates, and additions.

Explore a Mechanical Wonderland

In the Clockwork City DLC game pack, you can enter Sotha Sil’s legendary creation and explore his mysterious mechanical world. Previously, you might have experienced a small part of the Clockwork City in The Elder Scrolls Online chapter update, ESO: Morrowind, or had visited the mechanical realm 700 years in the future in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. However, with this new DLC game pack, you’ll be able to explore it like never before.

 

 

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Uncover a Daedric Conspiracy

A shadowy conflict between Daedric Princes is unfolding in Oblivion, and just as you might have found in ESO: Morrowind and the Orsinium DLC game pack, Clockwork City will continue to offer you glimpses into this intrigue on other planes.

In this new adventure, you can experience an all-new, stand-alone story (similar in size to the main quest lines found in the Dark Brotherhood or Thieves Guild DLC game packs) that will see you travel to the heart of the mechanical realm.

 

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Face a New, Challenging Trial

The Clockwork City DLC game pack will also come with a new Trial for large, 12-player groups: the Asylum Sanctorium. An eerie clockwork sanitarium, the Asylum Sanctorium is a shorter Trial experience that pits your team against three mechanical bosses and promises to reward you with powerful Asylum Weapons.

This new Trial is unique in that your group will choose how and when to face each boss, helping to determine how challenging the experience will be. Dare you try to complete the Trial as quickly as possible and strike directly at the main boss? If you do, your team will have to deal with all three at the same time!

 

 

 

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Enjoy a Huge Base Game Update

Included with the Clockwork City DLC game pack will be a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. Update 16 will include numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, Xbox One X support, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King! In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map. We’ll be sharing more about this exciting new PvP mode in the near future, so look out for more details soon.

Welcome to Sotha Sil’s Greatest Creation

An all-new zone to explore, new adventures, new challenges, unique rewards, and a host of new systems and improvements; there’s something for everyone in the Clockwork City DLC game pack and Update 16. We can’t wait to tell you more about this new zone and update, so watch for additional previews in the not-too-distant future. Will you enter the Clockwork City and put a stop to the Daedric threat? Let us know on Twitter @ TESOnline and Facebook!

 

This is some amazing DLC, and it promises to continue the story started in earlier expansions, as well as giving more depth to concepts from Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Will you be checking this out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Sep, 2017 At 05:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There are many kinds of RPGs out there, both established genres like JRPGs and others such as action RPGs, and when the genres begin to blend together, things become interesting. Fallen Legion is an RPG that blends various styles to create unique gameplay that fits its nature well. But is it a good game beyond that?

In terms of the story, Fallen Legion is a bit on the more simplistic side as with many indie RPGs. It isn’t bad, but fairly conventional, although it does try to change things up by offering choices to make This does help give a bit of variety but to be honest, the allure of the game is not in its story, and that is okay. In the end, the story while fairly generic, is more of a backdrop against what is the more unique points of the game.  As stated, you  must make split-second decisions that are meant to have an impact on the game’s story, but it doesn’t really go that far. What is good, is that Fallen Legion shows  two perspectives in different games, to create a more immersive experience. Its nice, but what is the real draw is the gameplay.

I mentioned above, the JRPG and Action RPG genres, and Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire serves as a blending of those two, with elements of Strategy RPGs as well. It is actually far more of an action game with RPG and SRPG elements, but it comes out well in terms of combat. The battle system is fairly unique, and fighting requires your attention for all actions.  You control multiple characters simultaneously, and need to master combos, and counters to progress, which is a nice twist on the traditional formula.. There isn’t as much leveling up for characters, again making this more action based, and it wouldn’t exactly be wrong to call this an RPG inspired action game. That to me actually does sound more interesting a concept than an action RPG but that is neither here nor there.

The game’s playstyle is its draw and it does it well. It goes nicely with gorgeous hand drawn art and excellent music to create unique atmospheres for the battles. In fact, I would say the combat in the game is some of the most unique I have ever seen, and I would like to see the developers push that part forward in other games, perhaps making a full on action game with more story focus and less of a Valkyrie Profile inspired game. As it is, I would recommend this for the unique combat playstyle, it is one of a kind.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Sep, 2017 At 05:37 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Lethal League Blaze is an intense, high speed ball game, with unique characters, out of sight sounds and none of that weak shit.

– Up to 4 players
– Online multiplayer
– Multiple gamemodes
– Highly competitive gameplay
You can join our discord, Reptile Hideout, where you can chill and hear the latest news about games made by Team Reptile.

Lethal League Blaze is the sequel to the popular projectile-fighting game Lethal League, to be released in 2018 on PC and console. This time around there will be more characters and gamemodes to choose from. Team Reptile upped their game with improved, high resolution graphics, but the game still maintains the extreme, responsive experience of the original Lethal League.

One of the new characters will be the final boss of the previous game, Doombox. Doombox is an out of control experiment that escaped and took hold of the first machine it could find, an old boombox.

Find out more about the game in the coming months, that is, if you’re in the Reptile Hideout or following any of the Team Reptile social outlets!

Letha League was an amazing game, and this game sounds even better. You can see a trailer below.

 

 

Are you excited for this? We sure are!

 

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With Dishonored: Death of the Outsider fast approaching, I wanted to take a look back at the series thus far. When Bethesda and Arkane Studios first released Dishonored, it didn’t introduce new ideas, so much as use what was already done by others. What was new was the way they used those ideas, and the product that came out of it.

Dishonored combined different elements and playstyles, like the stealth gameplay of Thief, with more horror and fantasy elements as well as action. The thing is though, Dishonored innovated, not by giving you different ways to play the game, but consequences for your style, and incentive to play again. You could go through the game with as little murder as possible, or kill everyone in your path. The choices you made affected not only the endings, but how the game progressed in general.

Dishonored also took steampunk genre and played with it in an interesting way, by deconstructing such a world and then giving the player a chance to have such a world exist in an ideal state. The game didn’t encourage you to go down either route, it let you make your own choice every step of the way. Then we have the sequel. Dishonored 2 gave two characters to play as, but also gave even more ways to play than ever before. Dishonored 2 took the formula of the first game and built on it, expanding what was done, and allowing far more innovation. But now it brought it a sense of immersion like never before.

The series playing with established ideas and using them in new ways was excellent, but the developers also took the time to build a unique world with a character of its own. It is not an exaggeration to say that the genres and games Dishonored took from, now take from Dishonored, such as seen with the reboot of Thief. It has become a series that transformed gaming and pushed things forward.

There are few games that can truly force change on gaming. The Dishonored series is one of the few that can legitimately claim to have done so.

 

If you hadn’t seen our review of Dishonored 2 before, you can see it here.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Sep, 2017 At 10:49 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Rockstar sent out the following

 

 

Rockstar Games®, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), is proud to announce new versions of the blockbuster detective thriller, L.A. Noire, are scheduled to release on November 14, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems and for Xbox One games and entertainment systems.

Alongside these three new console versions comes LA Noire: The VR Case Files, featuring seven select cases from the original game rebuilt specifically for a virtual reality experience on the HTC VIVE™ system.

L.A. Noire takes place in the seedy and violent underbelly of 1940’s Los Angeles as decorated veteran and newly minted detective, Cole Phelps investigates an escalating series of cases inspired by real-world crimes. Each successfully solved case brings Phelps greater success, but also brings him closer to the dark criminal heart of post-war L.A. The game was an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival for its cinematic approach to gameplay and narrative.

Utilizing a unique type of facial capture technology called MotionScan, L.A. Noire breathes unprecedented life into character performances, creating brand new gameplay out of the art of interrogation.

“We’re excited to bring L.A. Noire’s unique mix of real detective work, classic Hollywood atmosphere and thrilling action to these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Now with a choice of spectacular virtual reality, stunning 4K, or the freedom of portable play, these enhanced versions are a perfect opportunity for players to experience this richly detailed world in a whole new way.”

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive delivers seven of the original engrossing, self-contained cases from LA Noire rebuilt specifically for virtual reality, blending breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.

L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch features the complete original game and all additional downloadable content, with specific enhancements including a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.

L.A. Noire for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delivers the complete original game and all additional downloadable content with a range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity and authenticity, including enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures and more. L.A. Noire plays natively in 1080p for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and stunning 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, capturing the grit and grime of the City of Angels like never before.

 

This is amazing to hear, and it was long rumored. As well, this is the first game from Rcokstar for a Nintendo system in years. This may seem an odd choice to remaster, but the game does have its fans. Will you be getting this?

 

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was an amazing game full of fun and awesome action. Now WayForward has brought a new addition to the game, with the addition of DLC focusing on Risky Boots, the pirate queen herself. This DLC brings a new style of gameplay, but is it worth getting?

Right from the start, Pirate Queen’s Quest shakes things up, since Risky has completely different gameplay from Shantae, that t is actually reminiscent of Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse a bit. however, there is more than just playing the game as Risky with her tools, as the levels have been changed  to introduce new challenges, as well as bringing in new enemies. This campaign is a lot harder than the main game, but is still a rewarding experience. There are now new platform puzzles, new tricks to learn to progress, and above all else, a funny storylien that offers growth for Risky as a character.

There is still the amazing music that WayForward brings to their games, and even a few fun twists on what you might expect. The game retains the awesome visuals of the base game, and the new enemies looks terrific. These new enemies will give you a much tougher fight than what you encountered before, but that is part of the fun. The upgrades, the animations, everything about this game feels like it built on what was established before, and helped expand on it to reach new heights.

Playing as Risky actually feels different than playing as Shantae and that alleviates a fear I had for the DLC. The DLC is priced very well, and for the content contained within, it actually feels like a bargain. With more content coming, I am really eager to see what WayForward has planned next for the Shantae universe. If you have played Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, then you need to get this DLC as well!

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Sep, 2017 At 09:19 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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American McGee’s Alice series is one with a large cult following. Many have wanted another game, which hasn’t happened but if things go right, that may change.

According to his twitter account, American McGee has began pitching a new Alice game to EA, tentatively titled “Alice: Asylum”. McGee is asking for fan support to show EA there is indeed demand for the game.

This proposal will include artwork, design outline, and financial/business model. When this proposal is finished (and assuming all the numbers and constraints make sense) it’ll be sent to EA. You can show your support for this effort by signing up to the mailing list below.

Are you a fan of the Alice series? Then you just may want to show your support.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Sep, 2017 At 01:59 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

Award Winning game developer and publisher Oasis Games have  announced that their all new MOBA inspired space multiplayer action game Fringe Wars will be heading for full release in 2018. The news comes following successful showcases at this year’s Gamescom.

“We have decided to go back and add more to the game, people gave us great feedback at the recent events but we want to go even further” Daniel Lin, Senior Marketing Director from Oasis Games  “We want to create something that players fall in love with and provide an experience that provides quality and quantity. To that end, we have decided to spend more development time on the game to create something truly special and add more content and features

 

With the 2018 release, the games beta period will take place in spring of 2018 and the developers will spend the fall period working on the game and adding new content. The game is set to be available in 2018 on PC and console. 

 

Core Features

  • MOBA inspired gameplay with intense space dogfights.

  • 5v5 multiplayer with multiple game modes.

  • Unique maps that give unique tactical choices.

  • In-depth customization that changes visual and gameplay elements of your ship.

  • Ship classes for different playstyle that support team based play.

 

This is certainly an innovative looking game. Is this something you would play? Let us know!

Source: PR Email