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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Feb, 2017 At 01:13 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nioh has had a long road to get to where it is now. Originating as a film project by the late Akira Kurosawa it eventually became a game by Koei ( later Koei Tecmo) but it was filled with development problems from the start. Finally, the game was given to Team Ninja who not only completed it, but crafted a fine experience. Nioh tells the story of William Adams, based on the real life sailor of the same name who went to Japan and was appointed a samurai by the Shogun. Adams was a fascinating man in real life, and his visit to japan had longstanding ramifications for the country, but that is not what we are here to talk about.

Nioh, the game, is a beautiful piece of work. This was evident from the first taste of the game people received, but Team Ninja just kept making it better. While some call this a Dark Souls clone, that is not fully accurate. It does take some influence from those games, but it also borrows elements from other series like Onimusha and Team Ninja’s own Ninja Gaiden. This is a very story driven game and that is apparent from the start. Before I played, I wondered why the developers made William an Irishman in the game, considering the historical Adams was English and there was cultural tension between the groups. But upon playing the game, I realized that the game takes not only from Japanese lore and mythology but also from elements of Celtic lore and myth. The similarities between the two cultures are played up and that was a nice touch.

But enough about that, let’s get to the gameplay. This is indeed a difficult game much like everyone says, but it is also extremely rewarding. You have to plan your every move and factor in your ki, but there are times where the game brings in some action elements unlike other similar games. It helps give Nioh a unique identity and feeling and that is appreciated.  The different weapons and armor systems as well as the spirits must be balanced properly and this can be a struggle at first. But if you keep at it and realize what the game has to offer, this becomes one of the most enjoyable games ever played.

Visually the game is stunning and you can choose to have better visuals and a locked at 30 framerate or try for 60 fps but lose some visual quality at the expense of other visual enhancements. I do not have the PS4 Pro so I cannot comment on the boost the game gets from that hardware. I can comment that Nioh has some haunting music and excellent battle themes.

All in all, Nioh is amazing. With numerous historical domain characters including Yasuke, the historical black Samurai, who encounters William, to Hattori Hanzo and even more, the game weaves an excellent tale. It even takes the time to throw you for a loop more than once and shows that the developers did their research into history and mythology.

In conclusion, I give this my highest recommendations. This game is just absolutely excellent!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Feb, 2017 At 06:37 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarTHQ Nordic Sent out the following

Vienna, Austria, New York, NY, USA, February 16th 2017; 2008’s Lock’s Quest is the newest entry in THQ Nordic’s MAP (meaningful asset-program). The MAP is THQ Nordic’s internal (game) plan on which IPs to focus mid to long term, but that’s not important right now. Lock’s Quest is one of those hidden gems that will profit from MAP and will be released in April 2017 on PS4™, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Originally, Lock’s Quest has been released on the Nintendo DS back in 2008, and is going to be “mapped” for April 2017 on PS4™, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Developer Digital Continue (based in New York City) had to walk a fine line between keeping the visuals and core gameplay of the Nintendo DS, whilst revamping UI, adapting controls, remastering the music, and adding a new progression system which is integrated into the storyline.

“We had the great opportunity to work with people from the original development team of Lock’s Quest, and things clicked right off the bat”, comments Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at THQ Nordic. “It is one of those hidden gems and a fan-favourite, so when things fell into place, we quickly decided to do this.”

“I always felt Lock’s Quest deserved a multi-platform release, and it’s exciting to help that vision come to pass all these years later”, added Digital Continue Co-Founder & CEO, Joseph M Tringali. “The incredible pixel style translates well to console, and we were fortunate to include many high-resolution assets that weren’t in the original. It was great to work with a partner like THQ Nordic, who understands and respects the creative process, and was dedicated to both preserving and enhancing this fan favorite.”

Remaster Features

  • New progression system automatically unlocks new turrets at specific story plot points
  • Brand new Antonia Defense Battles featuring a new map
  • All music remastered in high definition, with orchestrated introduction and ending
  • Player controls remapped for keyboard/mouse and gamepad input
  • Revamped User Interface, customized for HD resolution, including all new GUI Art
  • Character portraits refactored in High Resolution

About Lock’s Quest

In this remastered version of the critically acclaimed 2008 Nintendo DS-Game, you play as Lock, a boy who stumbles upon an invasion of his Village, which triggers a wider war between Kingdom Force and a revived Clockwork Army, led by the nefarious Lord Agony. A gripping story unfolds as you progress through 75 Days of warfare, across a dozen unique maps, aided by a collection of turrets, traps and special attacks. Experience the game as it was meant to be, with a high-quality soundtrack, new high-resolution portraits, and revised gameplay.

  • Place Kingdom Force units to defend your capitol in a brand new Endless Mode – Antonia Defense!
  • Build up your fortifications each day to defend against a timed Clockwork assault. Use dozens of Turrets, Traps and Helpers to stop the advance.
  • Adapt your building and battling strategies as you access new materials and as your enemy’s intelligence evolves
  • Fight alongside your defenses, using context sensitive Special Attacks, and devastating Super Attacks, which impact a wide range of enemies.
  • Unlock the secrets of Kingdom Force and the Archineers via an engrossing story with a multi character cast, told via hand drawn cinematics and cut-scenes.

This is a game I had missed out on when it first released, and the remake sounds very promising. I am happy to see THQ Nordic reviving so many of the IPs that they own and updating them for modern audiences. Hopefully they continue this trend, because the games they have are amazing. and the work they are doing with them is very high quality.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Feb, 2017 At 11:49 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Epic Games sent out the following

Today, Epic Games has announced the latest Hero, Shinbi, for its free-to-play PC and PlayStation 4 MOBA, Paragon. Shinbi will be available for free this coming Tuesday, February 21.

A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle. Get your first look at the extraordinary pop star in this announcement video

and get a closer look at her abilities with this ability overview video. Aa detailed list of her abilities can be found below.

  • Rushing Beat (RMB/R1) – Shinbi dashes forward passing through enemies and dealing damage, she can also re-trigger quickly after to dash again.

  • Line Tempo (Q/Square) – A Spirit Wolf is summoned and runs out in a straight line, passing through minions and dealing damage. The wolf explodes on contact with an enemy Hero.

  • Circle Rhythm (E/Circle) – Shinbi summons four Spirit Wolves that circle her for 4 seconds, which deal damage and heal Shinbi for each hit.

  • All-Kill! (R/Triangle) –  Passive: All of Shinbi’s abilities apply +1 Spirit Wolf stack per hit to enemy Heroes, building up to eight stacks.  Active: When activated a pack of Spirit Wolves attack the closest target with the highest number of Wolf stacks, sending one Wolf per stack.

Shinbi looks like an awesome addition to an already great game. Will you be playing as this new character? Or sticking to whom you already know and love? Let us know what you think of her!

Source: PR Email.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Feb, 2017 At 04:01 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarGrip Digital Sent Out The Following

 

Annihilate data-hoarding aliens in bullet-hell FPS MOTHERGUNSHIP

Our mission is clear, our determination strong, and our guns are very, very big. Terrible Posture Games, in partnership with Grip Digital, is proud to announce MOTHERGUNSHIP, a bullet-hell FPS hybrid for PC and consoles that pits you, Earth’s last hope, against the armadas of data-hoarding robotic alien invaders.

 

MOTHERGUNSHIP mixes bullet-hell intensity with the shooting, customization, and traversal of the first-person genre. Fight your way through the alien fleets, facing randomized enemy and level mayhem as you clear rooms and take out some of the biggest bosses seen in the FPS genre.

Fight – Face off against overwhelming odds in brutal, non-stop combat where thinking on your feet is the only way to survive. Dodge hundreds of bullets with unique FPS/Bullet-hell hybrid gameplay. Each ship hosts hordes of alien machines, deadly traps, and intimidating bosses, all set on preventing you from saving humanity. Go get ‘em.

Craft – To take down the MOTHERGUNSHIP, you’ll need your very own personalized arsenal of destruction. Luckily, in MOTHERGUNSHIP you can create the gun of your dreams with one of the most modular gun-crafting systems ever seen in a video game. Want to have twelve-barrel gun that shoots homing rockets? Or do you prefer a lightning shotgun? And what gun wouldn’t look better with a fish tank affixed to the top?  Go for it! The design of your destructive arsenal is in your hands.

Resist – Join the ranks of the global resistance movement and take back Earth together with your friends. Fight together with a friend in a full CO-OP experience, or participate with the community while you work together to cut through the alien fleet and reach that ultimate goal – bringing down the MOTHERGUNSHIP.

MOTHERGUNSHIP is coming for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Visit www.mothergunship.com to enroll into the resistance movement now, for exclusive information, content and other members-only perks!

The game looks absolutely amazing, both visually and in terms of gameplay. We will be covering this game a lot more in the future and will hopefully have a review of it when it comes out. Are you interested in this game? Let us know why or why not.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Feb, 2017 At 12:28 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have released a new trailer for Injustice 2. This trailers shows off the characters Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Cheetah and Black Canary.

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment unveil a brand new Injustice 2 trailer celebrating some of the DC Universe’s most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. The action-packed trailer reveals Cheetah and Catwoman, along with a first look at Poison Ivy gameplay. Players can witness these fan favorite characters duke it out with the likes of Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Batman, Swamp Thing and other Injustice 2 powerhouses – proving that each these formidable ladies is a force to be reckoned with.

These iconic female combatants show you who’s boss in this action-packed trailer proving that any night is ladies’ night. Bring your squad to the fight!

This is an awesome trailer and the game is looking amazing. We will have a review of Injustice 2 on the site shortly after it launches.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Feb, 2017 At 10:45 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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NetherRealm Studios and WB Games have put out a new trailer for Injustice 2. This new trailer shows off Swamp Thing, who had been a long rumored character for the game. The character looks to be one of the most creative characters in a fighting game, with all that can be done. Also in the trailer is more of Robin and we can see the interaction between the two characters. The game is looking better and better with each trailer and should be an amazing experience. We will have a review of the game up shortly after launch.

 

 

 

No GravatarThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim received a remaster last year, with a  Switch port coming this fall, and ESO is getting a new Morrowind expansion. But what does the future hold for the series? I have some hopes for the next game and I would like to share them here.

1)  Continue The trend of Morrowind and Skyrim: The 3rd and 5th game, unlike the first 2 and 4th, had a very distinctive setting that was wholly unique. They really showed off the distinct cultures the games wanted to show, and I would love for the 6th game to continue this trend. While I would love the rumors of the game being set in Valenwood to be true, I would be fine if it wasn’t, as long as the land of the setting has a distinct feel.

2)  Refine the combat: Elder Scrolls combat is typically a low point for the series, and comes off as a cross between action and hack n slash while not feeling at home in an RPG. A better combat system can be done without sacrificing too much of the series identity and traditions. It just needs to be touched up for a bit.

3) Test out a game with the new engine before Elder Scrolls VI: Every Bethesda game launches with bugs and glitches of some kind. I would like to see Bethesda test out the new engine they will make, on another game before the next Elder Scrolls. that way it can launch with less bugs and less rushing, especially if the engine is better understood.

4) Give us some information about the previous protagonists: We know very little of what happened to the previous protagonists of the series. The Eternal Champion has been the subject of debate among fans, and the Agent of Daggerfall is assumed to have died due to the Warp but we don’t truly know, and the Nerevarine hasn’t shown up again despite being immortal. In fact, only the Hero of Kvatch has shown up in a later game and we don’t have an answer as to what will be of the Dragonborn. Some insight into the past protagonists would be nice.

5) Better marriage and children system: In Skyrim you could get married but it was a very basic system with nothing really to it and it felt lacking. Adopting children was a neat touch but it too missed something. There is a lot that can be done to improve this mechanic for the next entry and make it a part of the game that truly makes it stand out.

6) Continue some plot threads: Skyrim left a lot of lot threads unresolved, such as the Thalmor issue. While the Dragonborn’s tale is done, the next hero can take on the task of helping restore Tamriel to its former glory. if the Bosmer will be the focus of the game, then this is a great way to make the war with the Thalmor a focal point. there can even be conflict among the Bosmer themselves over who to side with. This isn’t the only plot thread, but it is the one that stands out the most, and the one I will use as an example.

7) Expand the cast and design team: Skyrim had limited voice actors and as such, many characters shared an actor/actress. As well, the dungeons were designed by a  small team of people, and this made the game feel very repetitive at times. A bigger cast, and a large design team can do wonders to create a more diverse atmosphere for the next game, so that it does not have that some problem of feeling repetitive and too much the same.

8) And lastly – Experiment with something out of the box: Morrowing and Skyrim are often felt to be the best in the series, and both tried something very different and ended up becoming big successes. Sticking to conventional ideas is okay, but as with Oblivion, it feels too similar to fantasy ideas in general. Do something different and stand out more. Give your game a unique identity and character.

I hope you enjoyed this piece and thank you for your time.

Disclaimer: The above was solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Feb, 2017 At 05:16 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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After its disastrous launch, and sales far lower than what Capcom had been anticipating, Street Fighter V has had a hard time. There may be a silver lining here however, as the game has been approved for release in Mainland China.

This could be a big new market and considering how online competitive games are a major business there, this could actually help Capcom turn around Street Fighter V’s fortunes. If done right, this could end up ensuring a season 3 and even more fighting games from Capcom, should the audience bite. I hope the esports scene in China embraces the game and makes it a success. We need more fighting games and one horrible launch shouldn’t destroy all of the Street Fighter series.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Feb, 2017 At 03:19 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole was originally supposed to release last year but received a delay until March. However, as was revealed in Ubisoft’s latest earnings report, the game has been delayed into the next fiscal year.

This is extremely disappointing, and I must wonder if there have been development issues with the game, due to having a different developer than the previous game South Park: The Stick of Truth. However, it is also possible that the game has been delayed to add more content, or even to bring it to other systems. Whatever the reason is, I hoe the finished product is a good one.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Feb, 2017 At 03:42 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarCapcom has released a new trailer for Street Fighter V, this time to show off the second character of Season 2. Spoilers for those who have not played story mode yet.

Kolin, the assistant of Gil, the leader of the illuminati, makes her debut as a playable character. She has an ice theme to her moves and looks really fun to play as.

The trailer has a new song, called “It’s Not Design” by Lupe Fiasco feat. Salim