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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 05:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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THQ Nordic sent out the following

 

THQ Nordic is announcing today that it has acquired 100% of the shares from the five founders of Black Forest Games. Also, an Asset Purchase Agreement with Black Forest Games was concluded to acquire the intellectual properties “Giana Sisters”, “Helldorado” and “Rogue Stormers”, which will be now part of the THQ Nordic Portfolio of IPs and Franchises.

The IP-acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, whereas the day-to-day business and the share deal is handled by THQ Nordic GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria. THQ Nordic GmbH is taking over 100 % of the company including the whole team. The five founders will stay on board to continue the success story of the 50 people studio.

Black Forest Games is currently working on an unannounced project for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. More details regarding this project will be revealed soon.

This is great news actually, as it shows that indies are becoming a major force to the point where companies see their value for acquisition.  Black Forest Games has done some amazing work and they should be proud of where they have come thus far.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 11:28 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that the EA Originals title Fe will be launching worldwide in early 2018. Developed by the award-winning Swedish studio Zoink Games, Fe is a new type of wordless platformer full of sounds. Through Fe, a small cub that suddenly awakes in the forest, players will discover a world they will never want to leave as they use sound to communicate, connect with nature, identify friendly and unfriendly creatures and interpret their own narrative along the way.

 

“We wanted to create a game that gives the feeling of exploring something special,” said Klaus Lyngeled, CEO and Creative Lead at Zoink Games. “We would spend hours in the woods as kids, and while it felt scary at first, eventually the strange sounds became familiar — you become part of nature and the forest feels like home. Players will realize similar feelings as they play through Fe. Wherever and however the game is played, we ensure it will be a unique experience of discovery, unlike anything played before.”

 

“Through Fe, Zoink has reminded us that everything is connected. They have created a game where the magic and beauty of nature, and all its creatures, come alive,” said Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Worldwide Studios. “This game and this studio embody the spirit of the EA Originals program that we started a little over a year ago – the freedom to create, and to bring uniquely innovative and memorable games to players all over the world.”

 

In Fe, players will be enchanted by the natural surroundings as they uncover secrets, complete side quests, and meet the mystical creatures of the forest. Players will climb, glide and dig as they voyage through the open experience meeting, interacting and rescuing plants and animals from the Silent Ones, the machine antagonists that are threatening the forest. Through unparalleled freedom of exploration in a world full of discoveries to uncover, players will become Fe and never want to leave.

 

Fe will be launching worldwide in early 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Origin for PC and Nintendo Switch. Fe is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on Fe please visit https://www.EA.com/Games/Fe.

 

This is an absolutely gorgeous looking game and Zoink is doing some amazing work. Kudos to EA as well, for helping get this game made. The help given to indie studios is a good thing and leads to some great work being done.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 11:17 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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BJ Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – and now he’s got even more friends to help him eradicate the evil occupiers of his beloved homeland.

 

Well, not at first. Bloodied and barely alive after his battles in Germany, BJ returns to America in a state of disrepair. At his side is the entirety of the Kreisau Circle – the German resistance movement that BJ joined in the first game. With General Deathshead now defeated, BJ must rebuild himself and rally a new resistance across the United States to take back his country.

“At the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ was at death’s door,” says Creative Director Jens Matthies. “He faced off against Deathshead. He was very, very gruesomely injured. Thankfully, of course, his friends wouldn’t leave him to die. Now, he is recovering from the immense physical trauma of that experience. Of course, he has survived severe traumas in the past, but this is a BJ Blazkowicz who’s more affected than he has ever been by injuries and just pure age. He’s really bearing the scars of life on the front lines.”

This time the stakes are also higher. Aside from an open front in Africa, the Nazis pretty much rule the world. America has been occupied for 14 years, and the once-proud nation that was founded on the notion of freedom is now at risk of losing everything. But BJ isn’t only concerned about his country. “BJ’s relationship with Anya is evolving,” Matthies says. “She is pregnant with twins, and he’s about to become a father.”

 

Aboard a nuclear submarine called Eva’s Hammer (which also serves as the game’s hub), BJ and his crew travel to various locations to rally the resistance and ignite the next American Revolution. But it won’t be easy. Frau Engel has also returned… and she has a bone to pick with Blazkowicz.
“Frau Engel has a personal beef with BJ because they had clashed before,” Matthies says. “Through a series of events in the first game, she ended up horribly scarred. Her companion was also killed by BJ. Now she has been promoted to general, and she is spearheading the effort to capture and kill BJ Blaskowicz.”
Aboard her flying fortress, the Ausmerzer, Frau Engel relentlessly pursues BJ, who has become an icon of the resistance – and a scourge of the Nazi regime. “They call him Terror-Billy, because he is really throwing a spanner in the works for them,” Berg says. “So along with her personal vendetta, she has a mission to take him out.”

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From a Manhattan still reeling from a nuclear attack to small-town Roswell to the bayous of New Orleans – with stops elsewhere and in between – BJ takes the fight to the Nazis, with Frau Engel always in hot pursuit.
“We get to explore the relationship between Frau Engel and BJ, and see where that relationship is going,” Matthies says. “It’s very interesting and quite freaky.”

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Enter a new cast of supporting characters – unrelenting revolutionaries who have long been fighting on their local fronts. But recruiting these fighters to a unified cause and igniting a real revolution is a daunting task. Some – like Horton, the leader of the New Orleans Resistance – have a deep mistrust of centralized authority. Others, like Grace – the Manhattan-based leader of the Black Revolutionary Front – have been fighting the Nazis on their own terms and are slow to trust Blazkowicz and his cohorts.

But one thing is certain: Just like in the original game, all of BJ’s new allies are real characters. “We have this new fellow called Super Spesh, and he’s just a fantastic piece of entertainment,” says Berg about one of his favorites among the new cast. “He’s a bit nuts, but he’s on your side, so I’m OK with that.”

Crazy or not, BJ will need all the help he can get from his compatriots – both old and new – to take back his homeland and spark a revolution.

Wolfenstein II is looking incredible, and the developers are putting their all into it. I think this will be a must have game, that fans of alternate history, or just action in general will like.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Aug, 2017 At 09:31 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Square Enix Collective – the division at the publisher devoted to indie game development – has announced there will be a remake of the 2000 PS1 game Fear Effect.

French studio Sushee, who big fans of the original Fear Effect titles, contacted Square Enix a little while back to pitch a real-time tactical game: Fear Effect Sedna. Because it was such a radical twist on the IP,  the Collective team was interested, and afterwards they had a successful kickstarter campaign.

Now it seems the fans want even more, so Susgee has been working on Fear Effect Reinvented, a full remake of the original

 “Originally we wanted to see if opening up our back catalogue of Western IP could help indie developers to make a name for themselves, considering how tough it can be to make a splash with original IP. So when Sushee pitched Fear Effect Sedna after finishing on Goetia [a point-and-click adventure also published by Collective], we were open to the experiment.

“We’ve seen a good response to this new game – albeit presented in a different style to make it more appropriate for the budgets available at indie level. And so when the Sushee team suggested revisiting the original game, we felt it was a good idea, especially when you consider that as an original PlayStation exclusive, anybody wanting to sample it now would have a tough time.”

The game will be coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One. Are you excited for it?

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayFoward Technologies has revealed that Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest, the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half Genie Hero, will launch on August 29th.

 

Shantae Half-Genie Hero was an amazing game, and this expansion/dlc will no doubt be incredible. We will have a review shortly after launch.

Are you excited?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 03:39 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega sent out the following

 

The Dragon of Dojima has had a long and weary road brawling with endless thugs and belted his heart out to countless karaoke tunes in the Yakuza series, and it’s time for one more story. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of long time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story, is coming to the West on March 20, 2018 for PlayStation®4! The game will be will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.
In Yakuza 6, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
Since Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last outing as the main protagonist in Yakuza, it’s just proper to release the game with our first-ever premium edition! The ultra-classy “After Hours Premium Edition” contains the perfect tools to lounge like a true yakuza

Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book. We’ll have more details on what will fill the pages at a later date.

  • 2 Bar Glasses (280ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectable outer box.
The “After Hours Premium Edition” will be available for the suggested retail price of $89.99/CA$119.99/£79.99/€89.99/A$129.99 in their respective regions. If indulging in libations isn’t up your alley, you can pre-order or grab the limited launch edition of the game which contains a sleek hardcover art book that also doubles as the disc holder!
You can see a trailer for the game below.

This is an awesome looking game. With the first Yakuza’s remake coming very soon, this is a great time to be a fan of the series!
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 02:47 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Zero Escape series is a well liked series of games, that often ask the player to constantly rethink their actions. It has unique ideas and the gameplay is just so different. Traditionally, the series has been on handhelds, but now Zero Time Dilemma has come to the PS4, and it brings with it some of the most chilling yet inventive gameplay in the series.

Zero Time Dilemma is a masterful example of storytelling in gaming, but it goes beyond just having a good plot and writing. No spoilers will be given, but the game introduces new ideas to keep things fresh and players on their toes. The gameplay constantly shifts between different narratives, and the blending of them works so well, that you are constantly given a deeper and deeper sense of immersion. That isn’t to say the writing is not as good as the previous games, because it far surpasses it. There are new  ideas introduced, and the gameplay is extremely challenging, but players who have been through the previous games shouldn’t have that many problems.

I will say though, that if you have not played the previous games, then you might want to play those first. There are a lot of references to the previous entries and as such, a new player might be confused. You will still be able to play the game, but you will not be able to appreciate the full extent of the story. Of course, given how great the series is, you should definitely give the older games a look. Once you do, you will appreciate the game much more and have more of an understanding of what to do.

I must say that on the PS4, this game looks amazing and sounds amazing, and the game does take advantage to present itself in a much higher quality than the other releases of the game. Is it enough to make you double dip? Probably not, but if you have not yet checked out this series, then you really should. It is a challenging series and not for those who want a lighter experience, but  rather for players who want to test themselves. This is worth a look.

 

 

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A review code was provided for this game.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 09:08 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Here is something you may not know. There is a Puyo Puyo game mode inside Sonic Mania. You can unlock Mean Bean Mode, but you need to get gold and silver medals in the Blue Sphere extra stages first.

 

See below for a video example.

 

This game just keeps getting better and better.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:25 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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VBlank Entertainment sent out the following

 

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with DrinkBox Studios to release Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition physically on PlayStation®4!
Limited to 3,800 copies, it also includes a digital copy for Steam, and a digital soundtrack. It’s now in stock, and available for $29.99.

Considering the market is growing fast for physical versions of indie games, this is great news. If you are a fan of the game, you might want to hurry on this.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:39 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Don’t miss the mind-bending sci-fi adventure that some are already calling one of the best games of 2017. If you’re a PC gamer and haven’t yet played Prey, now you have the perfect opportunity. Starting today, the critically acclaimed game from the masterminds at Arkane Studios will be available as a PC trial for the first-time ever.

 

Also today, Prey will shift from a demo to a trial on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That means anyone who wants to test out Prey ahead of a purchase can retain their progress along with any Trophies/Achievements earned during the trial.

 

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.

 

Check out the newly released video to celebrate the trial

This is great news, as Prey is a game that more people should check out. If you haven’t seen it yet, our review of the PS4 version is here