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By Amy McGarey On 3 Dec, 2014 At 06:47 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 | With 0 Comments
20th Anniversary PS4

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20th Anniversary PS4

Happy birthday, PlayStation One! Since December 3rd is Sony PlayStation’s 20 year anniversary (I feel old!), Sony has announced that there will be a new limited edition version of the PlayStation 4 in the styling of the original grey console. To be released in the US and Canada, the limited edition grey PS4 will be indeed very limited. Sony is planning on making only 12,300 unites worldwide.

To show how special the console will be, each system will be numbered. Not only that, but the system itself will feature the original PlayStation four-colored logo and has a repeated etching pattern of the four PlayStation button symbols. The PS4 controller is patterned after the original one and also has the button etchings on the back of it. The limited edition console also comes with a vertical stand, PlayStation camera, and a mono headset to match the system.

If you can’t buy the limited edition PS4, you can still celebrate the anniversary by downloading some free themes for the PS4, PS3, and Vita from the PlayStation Store. The anniversary theme also features the original PS One start-up sound.

The system will cost $499 and will be available for pre-order on December 6. The PlayStation Experience keynote will also take place on the same day at 10 AM Pacific Time. More details on the system will be released during the keynote.

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Fans of the Borderlands franchise rejoiced when Gearbox announced that a new game would come out for the series.  Set between the original game and Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre Sequel (a made-up word that’s a play on prequel and sequel) would be the fix fans of the game needed while patiently waiting for Gearbox to start working on Borderlands 3.  So did it live up to what fans were expecting?  For the most part, yes.  However, despite being the best new game that I’ve played this year, it still does not compare to its predecessors.  But that’s okay.  It’s still a blast to play.

Overview

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel is a first-person shooter that supports both single player or online cooperative (up to four players).  It was developed primarily by 2K Australia instead of Gearbox, who is the original developer of the series, and was published by 2K Games.  However, Gearbox did work with 2K Australia during development.  Much to the dismay of many fans, it was released only for PC, PS3, and XBox 360 on October 14.  Gearbox stated that this was because there is much more of a demand of the game for the last generation of consoles versus the current generation (Source: Gamasutra.com).

The Pre Sequel is a nice addition to the Borderlands franchise.

The Pre Sequel is a nice addition to the Borderlands franchise.

Story

Taking place between Borderlands 1 and 2, the player gets to see Handsome Jack (or just “Jack” at this point) go from hero to the  much-hated (or much-beloved, depending on who you talk to) villain of Borderlands 2.  At this point, he’s just an employee of Hyperion, a corporate conglomerate with its eye making tons of money from Pandora (a wild, wild west type planet with a lot of resources; hence, “Borderlands”).  However, after the company’s Helios space station is attacked by a group called the Lost Legion, Jack must become the hero and save Helios and Pandora’s moon, Elpis.  In order to do this, he commissions the help of a group of colorful characters to go to the moon and gain back control.  It certainly was interesting to see Jack as the hero instead of the villain.

I will have to say that the set of playable characters you get to choose from this time are absolutely awesome.  I actually had a hard time choosing which one I wanted to play first.  They are all pretty cool characters, and it doesn’t seem like you can go wrong with any of them.  There’s Athena, the Gladiator.  Her special skill involves a Captain America-like shield that players can either use to block attacks or swing to kill an enemy.  Wilhelm is the Enforcer.  He’s the character that I’ve played the lease but has a cool little drone that flies around and helps you kill bad guys.  Nisha is the Lawbringer, and she is the character that I have played the most.  Her skill involves an auto-lock firing sequence that is actually quite powerful.  Then there’s Claptrap.  He is by far the most fun character to play, especially when playing in a group.  His special skill basically is a malware program that could be one of many different skills, some good and some not so good.  If you are playing with others, the program can actually affect your friends as well.  It sounds annoying, but it’s actually hilariously delightful.  Sure, your teammates might moan and groan if they get affected, but at the end of the day, everyone’s laughing.  The Jack Doppelganger is a DLC-added character as well.  I have yet to play as this character, but will update what I think of him in another article.

The Pre Sequel has a group of really fun characters to play.  It was hard to choose which to play first.

The Pre Sequel has a group of really fun characters to play. It was hard to choose which to play first.

One of the things that makes the Borderlands franchise so special is the fact that the setting and characters are so memorable, especially some of the non-playable characters.  Although some favorites from the first two games make appearances (my personal favorite happens to be Torgue), the new characters on and around Elpis don’t seem to be as memorable in the Pre Sequel.  Sure, there is still wacky humor and some interesting satire, but it’s not quite up to the same level as Borderlands 1 or 2.  The feel of the game is even a bit different, since it’s on a moon instead of on Pandora.  The whole Firefly-like space western vibe that the other two games had going on is lost a bit with the change in setting.  However, I did enjoy the futuristic electronic soundtrack.  It felt a bit Tron Legacy like in sound, but to me, that made it enjoyable (also, speaking of Tron Legacy: there are two characters on Elpis that look like Daft Punk, and I thought it was quite amusing).

 Game Play

The game play has not changed too much from Borderlands 2.  Zainy missions, skills trees, Badass Rankings, and tons and tons of weapon choices and loot are still there.  There have been a few new game play elements that were added as well.  Laser guns were added because, you know, it’s the moon and why not?  Besides the usual elemental effects for guns, a freeze one has been added, though it’s probably my least favorite of all of them.  Due to Elpis’ low gravity, players can jump higher and do “Butt Slams” (no, I didn’t make that up), where the players smash down on enemies from above.  Also, since it’s a moon without an atmosphere, non-robotic characters must wear Oz kits in order to breathe.  Oz kits also generate effects for Butt Slams.  I played with one in particular that made farting sounds every time I did a butt slam.  It was quite hilarious.  All of these new elements were pretty good additions.  However, the one thing that I really did not like was the wacky level designs for many of the areas.  Because of the low gravity game play, a lot–and I mean A LOT–of vertical level designs were used.  That might sound fun, but it can be quite frustrating when where to go isn’t exactly clear.  I had to go to YouTube several times to figure out where I needed to be to complete a mission.  Also, there were too many cracks and crevices throughout some of the larger maps.  Those made it very hard to just goof around with friends when there is constant worry about jumping over places.

The cooperative is pretty much the same as Borderlands 2.  It’s four player co-op at its best.  I wish that there were other games like it, but at this point, it’s pretty unique since I can play by myself as much as I want, and then invite a group of people into my game without missing a beat.  One of the things that I love about Borderlands is that it really does encourage goofiness and fun among a team.  You really can’t take the game that seriously with how it presents itself, and that’s a good thing, since I can’t stand when people take online FPS games too seriously.  The game was a bit glitchy at launch and didn’t seem as polished as Borderlands 2.  Still, it wasn’t too bad, and I was able to play both by myself and with friends without any major issues.

The Pre Sequel isn't as polished as Borderlands 2, but it is still a blast to play.

The Pre Sequel isn’t as polished as Borderlands 2, but it is still a blast to play.

 Graphics

The graphics are pretty similar to Borderlands 2.  Obviously, if you are looking for a pretty game to play, choosing the cell-shaded Borderlands franchise and a last-gen game probably isn’t for you.  With the new group of games that have come out, the graphics do show their age a bit, but that’s okay.  You don’t play Borderlands for the graphics.  You play it for the game play and the goofiness.  You play it for the amazingly fun online cooperative.  In a way, the very original style that Borderlands creates with its cell shading is making waves in its own way.  It’s immediately distinguishable from other games, and it also lets the play know that the game doesn’t take itself too seriously.  I maintain that if it had been “pretty,” it wouldn’t have done as well.  Most fans would also argue that they wouldn’t want it any other way.

 Fun

At the end of the day, games are here for our enjoyment.  Borderlands: The Pre Sequel hits high marks under this category.  The zany story and characters are good enough to keep a player’s attention, the game play is a blast (even with a few issues), and the online cooperative is still probably the best in the industry.  It’s one of those games that you can get on with a good group of friends and have a blast and goof around.  The game will keep you laughing, regardless of whether it is something in the story, a silly character, or one of the crazy weapons.  For me though, the best part is the fact that I don’t have to be online to play if I don’t want to.  I don’t have to worry about if a server is working or not.  My game doesn’t become a paperweight if the Internet is out, which is one (of many) things I really don’t like about  Destiny.  Sometimes it’s just okay to play on your own.  However, if you want the awesome team experience, it’s right there for you.

The Pre Sequel is the most fun I've had in gaming all year.

The Pre Sequel is the most fun I’ve had in gaming all year.

 Overall

Unfortunately, the time frame that the Pre Sequel came out was a little too late.  Many people have moved on to a newer console and some have even sold their last-gen console.  I’m not seeing as many people playing, and there is a lot of steep competition from this fall’s slew of next-gen games.  The Pre Sequel probably could have done a lot better if it had game had come out in the summer when there was a dry spell in the industry for new games.  However, the game is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of the franchise.  It’s actually been the most enjoyable game I’ve played this year.

 

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Are you a little bummed that summer is over?  Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that you can’t go on a quick vacation.  Instead of a traditional one, how about a video game vacation?  Not only can you travel to some really cool places–both real and imagined–but you can do it from the comfort of your own couch!

Join Real Otaku Gamer for more video game vacation destinations!  After reading, make sure you take the survey at the end to vote for your favorite video game place.

Game: Fallout 3

Place: Washington D.C

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About: Ever wonder what D.C. would look like after a nuclear apocalypse?  Well, thanks to the wonders of video games, players don’t have to imagine anymore.  Fallout 3 focuses on the wreckage that occurs after a nuclear holocaust.  People buried themselves away in “vaults” and re-emerged to live among the wreckage.  During the game, players will wander around in the ruins of D.C., fighting mutants and helping others along the way.

Why Visit: There’s something both disturbing and interesting about looking at our nation’s landmarks in a state of disarray.  It may just be humanity’s fascination with “the end” that makes this gaming franchise so popular.  The large sandbox of a map that players get to wander around in also make this place well-worth it.

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Must See Areas:

  • Go disable a large atomic weapon in Megaton.
  • Visit the Capital Wasteland and our nation’s monuments turned to rubble.
  • Take a walk down the Potomac River. Just don’t take a dip because it’s radioactive.
  • Walk around the metro tunnels and fight mutants.

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 8: Columbia
Week 7: Citadel
Week 6: USG Ishimura
Week 5: Skyrim
Week 4: Pittsburgh
Week 3: Pandora
Week 2: Chicago
Week 1: Rapture

 

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Here’s the moment many of us have been waiting for! The release date for Mortal Kombat X was announced!

When will it be released?

Why, April 14, 2015 is the date we will finally see this game on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC!

Are you excited for this game? Let us know in the comments!

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Want to get away this summer without the large expense?  Try a video game vacation!  Video games offer a wide variety of places to visit–both real and imagined.  The player doesn’t even have to leave the couch!

Join Real Otaku Gamer every week to preview some of the best video game places.  After reading, take the survey at the bottom to vote or your favorite videogame vacation spot.

Dead-Space

Game: Dead Space

Place: USG Ishimura

About: A large ship created specifically for mining planets, the USG Ishimura was supposed to be the best hope for humanity.  Instead, it found something that it shouldn’t have, and instead of being just a planet-cracker, it became a breeding ground for Necromorphs.

Why Visit: This place is a must for fans of the survival horror genre and science fiction horror.  The place is definitely scary, but not in a predictable way.  With creepy passageways, cool gadgets, and zero-G fun, this abandoned mining ship has something for everyone.

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Must See Areas:

  • Take a ride on the tram system.
  • Tour the mining deck and see how a mining ship works.
  • Jump around in zero gravity.
  • Get good at sawing off limbs and squishing dead corpses.  Just in case.

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 5: Skyrim
Week 4: Pittsburgh
Week 3: Pandora
Week 2: Chicago
Week 1: Rapture

 

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
Mortal Kombat

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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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