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By Jessica Brister On 14 Jul, 2014 At 03:30 PM | Categorized As Editorials, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments
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Want to get away this summer without the high cost? A video game vacation may be for you! Video games offer a wide variety of places to go–both real and imagined. You don’t even have to leave your living room!

Join Real Otaku Gamer every week for a highlight of some of the best video game places. After reading, click on the link at the bottom to take the survey on which place you’d prefer to have a video game vacation. Don’t forget to check out the previous weeks’ spots if you missed them!

This week’s featured place: Pittsburgh
Game: The Last of Us

There were a lot of cool places to visit in The Last of Us, but Pittsburgh was one of the best.

There were a lot of cool places to visit in The Last of Us, but Pittsburgh was one of the best.

Instead of visiting the real Pittsburgh, why not visit a virtual one? There’s a twist, though. This Pittsburgh is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Though the city is in shambles because of the outbreak of a fungal infection that turns people into cannibalistic zombies, it is still quite fun to roam around in the ruins of Pittsburgh. While visiting, you may run into some trouble with roaming bandits, who kill “tourists” or people traveling through the city in order to steal their things. Dodging these bandits and hoards of infected, visiting this city is a tense, thrilling ride.

Packages include:

• Car transportation to the city. Then you are on your own.
• A variety of melee weapons and guns.
• A charming “welcome” from the local bandits.
• Your own gas mask in case you run into spores of infected.
• A kit to craft your own health and weapons.

Explore the suburbs of the city and find out what happened to everyone.

Explore the suburbs of the city and find out what happened to everyone.

Pittsburgh at a glance:

Accommodations:
• Visit the Hotel Grand, though you may have to fight your way through bandit territory.

Dining:
• Crack open a can of food you find in the wreckage of the city.

Entertainment:
• Play dodge the really persistent weaponized Humvee.
• Sneak around and take out bandits.
• Snipe at zombies and bad guys.

Sight-Seeing:
• Take in the scenic view of the Alleghany River.
• Explore what happened to the residents of the suburb areas of Pittsburgh.
• Crawl through sewer pipes and hope that infected aren’t there.

This hotel may have seen better days, but it still has some charm!

This hotel may have seen better days, but it still has some charm!

What do you think? Which video game vacation would you prefer? Click here to take the survey
and let ROG know where you’d like to go. Be sure to come back next week for another location.

Week 3: Pandora
Week 2: Chicago
Week 1: Rapture

 

By Brandon Boatman On 8 Jun, 2014 At 09:07 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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Mortal Kombat X is happening and the teaser released earlier today looks awesome. Developer NetherRealm Studios is bringing their next installment of the fighting game to current and next-gen consoles. Ed Boon, Creative Director, of NetherRealm Studios said in a press release, Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with  Mortal Kombat X  we wanted to utilise the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet.” If the game is anything like the trailer I for one will not be disappointed. 

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June looks like it will be our first slow month of 2014, and I’m sure our wallets will thank us. Never fear though, each console has at least one awesome game releasing this month. So, if you’re not busy with Watch Dogs at the moment, check out this month’s new releases.

June 2
Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360)

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WildStar

June 3
1001 Spikes (PS4, Vita, PC)
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Invasion DLC (Xbox One, 360)
Hyper Dimension Neptunia PP (PS3)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Vita)
PlayStation Vita Pets (Vita)
War Thunder (PS4)
WildStar (PC)
Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)

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Murdered: Soul Suspect

June 6
Tomodachi Life (3DS)

June 10
Enemy Front (PC)

June 17
EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)

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Pushmo World

June 19
Pushmo World (Wii U)

June 20
Divinity: Original Sin (PC)

June 24
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3, Vita)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Vita)
GRID Autosport – June 24 (PS3, 360, PC)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PC)
The Swapper (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS)

June 25
Valiant Hearts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

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Sniper Elite 3

June 27
Sniper Elite 3 (PC)

My picks for the month are WildStar, Sniper Elite 3, and Murdered: Soul Suspect. What will you be picking up this month?

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South Park on TV can be a vulgar and shocking show. It can be crude yet hysterical, poking fun at celebrities, social trends and issues, anything and everything under the sun. When the released their movie in theaters back in 1999, having more freedom from censorship, the movie reached new levels of raunch and shocking their audience. Even now the show finds new ways to shock people. However, this game blows all of that out of the water! If you are someone who doesn’t like how far South Park pushes the limits, let me give you your review, stay away from this game. For all those who like South Park and RPGs and want to know if this game is any good, the answer is…

Yes, not only is this game fun, its hysterical and outright shocking at times. And I mean seriously shocking, I hesitate to mention to mention some of these moments as it would take away knowing what you will see. But there were a few instances where I had to pick my jaw up off the ground due to what I was looking at. But a game can’t survive on shock factor alone, how was the actual game?

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The game starts with you creating a silent protagonist who moves to South Park with a mysterious past. From there you meet the other kids who happen to be having a LARPing session. You can choose from one of four classes; Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Jew. Yes, Jew. They all play pretty similar aside from their special abilities and attacks. You play with Cartman’s faction of Humans and Kyle’s faction of Elves and eventually decide who’s side you want to join. From there you get involved in an adventure way bigger than you and meet just about all the colorful characters of South Park. From the goth kids, to Al Gore, just about every South Park Character is in this game. This game is also filled with tons of easter eggs long time and even short term fans of the show will be able to appreciate.

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The mechanics of the game is like Paper Mario. You and a single partner fight in turn based RPG style battles, Cartman remarks that it’s lame but that’s the way they are playing. In battle, you choose an attack, magic, buffs/debuffs, or super and either hit the on screen buttons or press the attack button when you character glimmers for adding attack power. There are some magic effects such as gross out and on fire that add strategy to your battles, overall it’s a pretty simple battle system just about anyone can pick up. Outside of battle you can explore a fully realized South Park. You can walk around, enter people’s houses and businesses and such for a plethora of collectables and surprises.

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This game looks just like an episode of the show. If someone walked in on you they might think you’re watching the show, if the FCC just decided not to care about them anymore. As mentioned before, if you dislike the show, you’ll hate the game. The vulgarity will turn someone people off, and that might be the only downside I could find about the game. It was reported some players experienced a lot of bugs and framerate drops. I can say that for me the game never crashed, though sometimes in exiting one part of the map and entering another there was a little drop in framerate.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a fun RPG that took me roughly 15 hours to complete. With tons of collectibles and side missions, easter eggs, social commentary and even jokes on the video game industry itself, this game will having you either laughing on the floor or backing away in disgust. If you know this type of humor isn’t for you, stay away. However if you can get past that type of humor or enjoy it, you’ll be presented with a fun hysterical game.

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Have you ever wanted to see your favorite childhood fairytale characters as scumbags, liars, criminals, and prostitutes? The Wolf Among Us is a five part point and click game by Telltale Games letting you do just that. Based on the Fables comic book series, you play as Bigby – the human version of the Big Bad Wolf. You’re the sheriff in Fabletown – an underground community of fairytale characters who have lost their home world. For the past two episodes, Bigby has been investigating the murders of two prostitutes, with the help of Snow White.

In this episode, everything you thought to be true about the villains is wrong. By the end of episode three, you find out that there are bigger powers at play – not just Ichabod Crane acting out his sick and twisted fantasies. We find out about a new villain – The Crooked Man. He might be the real mastermind behind the crimes, but with the way the plot twists, you never know.

I think episode three has been the best so far because the plot is paced better than the other two episodes. I never felt like I was in a cut scene too long, or clicking on clues too long. There were just enough quick time events and dialogue woven throughout the game to keep it interesting. There was never a dull moment and I didn’t feel like the episode was too short, like I did with episode two. I never felt like the creators put all their eggs in one basket in one scene. Because of this, I say The Wolf Among Us – A Crooked Mile is a must buy.

The Wolf Among Us is available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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Have you ever watched a Bond film and thought “that’s what I want to do”? Well, you might change your mind after you play Alpha Protocol. Not because the game is specifically bad, but because you’ll get a feel of what being a spy in the field is actually like.

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Alpha Protocol is an action role-playing stealth game. What a mouthful, but accurate. It was released in 2010, and for a four year old game it feels…older. That’s not a bad thing, mind you.  Most gamers would say their favorites are from a generation of consoles that are no longer distributed, but those games are chosen quite often out of nostalgia. On the one hand those games were the best of their time, but on the other hand they fall short compared to some modern innovations. The point here is that Alpha Protocol feels like one of those games. Something you loved for what it was back when you played it the first time, but over the years it has lost its edge.

To start, Alpha Protocol is truly a spy story. You are Michael Thorton, a new recruit in the Alpha Protocol program, and your job is to serve your country and stop the bad guys. Sounds simple enough given this is the idea behind more than few games. However, you are a spy. Your job is to get things done with minimal exposure. Whether you kill everyone in your way or just leave them with a tortuous headache, no one should know you’re there. Stealth is a great game mechanic, and Alpha Protocol does a great job of using it. Except for the bugs.

Let me talk about those for a moment because most of the issues I had with this game stem from bugged stealth mechanics. There were times when I would be crouched behind a wall, completely out of sight and fully buffed in sound dampening, and taking a few steps alerted a guard more than ten feet away. This would then alert every guard on the map. And if I should come out of cover and actually be seen, one guard would be enough to expose my location to every guard who would then proceed to start shooting. It’s easy enough to rid yourself of guards and turn off an alarm, but in a minute I’ll tell you why this was such a problem.

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This game is good. It’s hard to call it great, and at times it isn’t all that fun, but it’s good. Agent Thorton is betrayed on his first assignment for Alpha Protocol and is set on a path to make things right. Here is where my favorite aspect of the game comes in. Choice. As Thorton you get to choose what happens. How you interact with others can determine how they respond to you and your actions. Gaining friendship has advantages, but so does rivalry. Who you get on your side can change the outcome; deciding who to ally with and who to piss off, that’s the trick. This game requires you to pay attention. Between gathered intelligence, dossier information, and other tidbits you collect along the way there is an abundance of knowledge. Knowing where you’re going, why you’re going there, and who you’re facing will make things far easier. The game doesn’t do all the thinking for you. The missions you choose to do, and the order you choose to do them in, also has impact.

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That’s all great, but how do you actually play? It’s simple enough. There is combat, stealth, hacking, and collecting. In combat you can put points into different weapons: shotguns, SMGs, assault rifles, pistols, and hands. There are also gadgets; from grenades, to flash bangs, to health kits, you can carry a minimal set into missions and use them for different situations. Stealth, while not a requirement in mission, is a good way to get all that you want. Hacking is dealt with in three ways: computers, keypads, and safes. Hacking a computer requires finding a series of non-moving letters and numbers amongst a stream of flashing figures. A keypad is simply hacked by matching numbers is ascending order to their circuit. A safe is a lock picking screen where you move pins into position and click them in place. Collecting is just what it sounds like. Make sure you explore every room because information, money, and security systems may be hiding anywhere (which is useful when you are lacking cash to buy that armor you want). You will spend the majority of the game working on these skills, getting used to being in cover and sneaking into position, only to reach “boss” fights and the final mission.

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Remember when I said how bugged the stealth system was? Here is where that becomes important. Boss fights, including most of the final mission, are tough. Add in the fact that stealth becomes useless and they get tougher. Here, fight a helicopter that can shoot you through cover, never loses target lock, and you have to fire one RPG at a time at it and those RPGs are scattered across the map. On top of that, here are five men who are going to shoot you, chase you, and know where you are because the helicopter never loses target lock. And if one enemy knows where you are, they all do. It’s infuriating.

I will say that I had fun with this game. The story pulls you in, and you feel like a true spy when things go right. The stealth is fantastic, when it works. The characters are ranging, and often have unexpected stories. I plan to try it again, make some different choices and see what happens, but I do like where my initial instincts lead. And that’s good. This isn’t a game that says “here, make a choice” and then gives you a cookie cutter ending. Who you decide to be will change the path, and that’s nice to see.

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There are other things I could cover. How bad targeting is, how wonky movement can be, how bad pathing is for NPCs, how many boss fights I won because of glitches…

If I were to recommend this game it would be lightly. If you like stealth games and spy stories try it out. If you don’t, skip it. Alpha Protocol requires dedication. It asks you to sit down, pay attention, and accept that things will not always go the way you want. You may do a bit of reloading, but know that the only save option is auto saves.

With all that said, you can always use brute force, and then stealth doesn’t matter so much. It will take more time, you’ll face more enemies, and you may lose out on some of the finer points, but at least you’ll know why all the guards are after you.

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Sony announced on their blog on February 3, 2014 their new Gold Wireless Stereo Headset.  The headset will retail at $99.99 (MSRP).  No set date has been given for when we will see this on the market, though Sony said it will be released early this month.

The specs for this headset are 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise cancelling microphone, and custom audio settings for the different PS4 games.  The cable is a 3.5mm audio cable.

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The headset is compatible with the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, computers, and mobile devices.  There will also be a free Headset Companion app coming to the PlayStation store some time this month.

You can watch Sony’s video on the new headset below.

Source:  PlayStation Blog

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Sony currently has a sale going on in their PlayStation Store:  14 For 14 with games up to 50% off for everyone or 75% off if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.  For PlayStation Plus Members, BioShock Infinite is available for free.

 

PS3/PSN Games:

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The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass  :  $14.99 or $13.49

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon  :  $7.49 or $3.75

RaymanLegends

Rayman Legends  :  $47.99 or $35.99

Tales of Xillia

Tales of Xillia  :  $19.99 or $10.00

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Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut  :  $7.49 or $5.24

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rain  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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F1 2013  :  $29.99 or $20.99

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone  :  $4.99 or $2.50

Puppeteer

Puppeteer  :  $13.99 or $7.00

Crysis 3

Crysis 3  :  $9.99 or $5.00

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ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition  :  $9.99 or $5.00

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BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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Deus Ex:  Human Revolution – Director’s Cut  :  $14.99 or $13.49

Pool-Nation

Pool Nation  :  $4.49 or $2.25

 

PS Vita Games:

Killzone Mercenary

Killzone: Mercenary  :  $17.99 or $9.00

TWD

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season  :  $9.99 or $5.00

Stealth Inc

Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark PS Vita  :  $5.99 or $4.19

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Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $5.24

Velocity_Ultra

Velocity Ultra  :  $3.99 or $2.00

Spelunky

Spelunky  :  $7.49 or $3.75

epic mickey

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS Vita  :  $14.99 or $7.50

worms revolution extreme

Worms Revolution Extreme  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone PS Vita  :  $4.99 or $2.50

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LIMBO PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $3.75

SoulSacrifice

Soul Sacrifice  :  $17.99 or $9.00

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PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time

Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time PS Vita  :  $13.49 or $6.75

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker  :  $9.99 or $6.99

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Yuna and TidusFor those that are fans of Final Fantasy X and X-2 from the PS2 and awaiting the Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster edition for the PS3, there’s apparently some exciting information awaiting us in the interview section of the Ultimania book included in the collection.  The remastered edition has already been released in Japan.

Siliconera translated the interview in Japanese to English. Kazushige Nojima, the Final Fantasy scenario writer, stated that “If there’s enough demand, then we may possibly see new developments” and “I would personally like to see a sequel like X-3.”

As worried as I would be at the quality of a FFX-3, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be excited to play it.  FFX is my favorite game in the Final Fantasy franchise and I enjoyed FFX-2 as cheesy as it was.  I would love to see a return of my favorite characters in some form or fashion within reason of course.

Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster will be available in North America on March 18th and in Europe on March 21st.

Siliconera’s translation post can be found here.

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By Brandon Boatman On 7 Jan, 2014 At 10:54 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Videos | With 0 Comments
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On Jan. 6 2014 we received a deathless video play through of Demon’s Souls.  The men at GheyforGames uploaded their video to YouTube which was immediately posted to the /r/demonssouls subreddit by /u/bnvkte.

The video is a sped up version of the recording and is only 1:31:33 seconds long. For a good portion of the video the Stephen, Toni and Gary (the men who run the channel) are giving commentary about their strategy and what they learned through all of their attempts. The commentary is nonstop for the first 19 minutes of the video and they pick up here and there to add other little informative nuggets.

For any of you familiar with the Souls’ games you know this is an impressive feat. Demon’s Souls, the predecessor to Dark Souls, is recognized as the more difficult of the two games. While this may not be the first ever deathless run it is the first one I could find.

As stated in the video the run took advantage of the “broken” magic component of the game. Once again if you’re familiar with the series you know broken in this sense doesn’t mean cheated, but more fair. Below are all the stats provided by GheyforGames for their character build:

FINAL BUILD STATS!
VIT: 36
INT: 30 (essentially attunement for you DeS nubs)
END: 14
STR: 16 (just enough to use the dark silver shield, although when it comes down to it the Adjudicators shield might be better?)
DEX: 11
MAG: 30 (This is basically dark souls INT (despite there already being an INT in this game)
FAITH: 6 (FUCK THE POPE etc)
LUK: 11 (basically humanity that sticks with you through the game, really only useful with the blueblood sword that scales with luck)

equipment
head: silver cornet : max mp boost
body : fluted set : essentially knight/elite knight
arms : silver bracelets : 20% extra souls
legs : magicians set : leather or black leather?

left arm to right arm
(early game)
adjudicators shield – basically the eagle shield that gives you hp regen
kris blade – a useless offhand weapon, but it boosts spell damage if equipped

(late game)
dark silver shield – a medium shield that if it was dark souls would block 100/100/90/20

crescent falchion – basically an enchanted falchion but it gives you mana regen
silver catalyst – spell tool that scales with strength slightly and has weaker maj adjust BUT gives you more mp

rings
regenerator – hp regen
fragrant – mp regen

(others)
ring of magical nature – +1 spell memory slot ( bassically +1 attunement slot, INT in this game is tied to your mana pool and how many spells you can equip at the onetime)
thief ring – kinda like the ring of fog really

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