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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 07:00 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Natsume sent out the following

 

In celebration of Harvest Moon’s 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, and Rising Star Games, European video game publisher and long-standing partner of Natsume, today announced an all-new title, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The new game will encompass twenty years of spirit that has made the franchise what it is today, and will be available on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PlayStation 4! This is the first time the Harvest Moon brand will be on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. The title will be playable on both Switch and PC in the Natsume booth at E3 2017 in South Hall, Booth 2047 in June.

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume.  “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

“Partnering with Natsume for over a decade, we’ve been delighted to bring the joyful gameplay of Harvest Moon to fans in Europe and beyond”, said Martin Defries, Managing Director, Rising Star Games. “We are excited to be part of the unveiling of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope at E3″.

As part of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume has also unveiled the re-release of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the PlayStation 4, and Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo Wii U. Rising Star Games, in cooperation with Natsume, announced its first ever app for smart devices, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers. The history of the franchise can be seen at a new site with official release dates, artwork, box art, and interesting trivia. http://www.natsume.com/current_game/games/hm20th/index.html

 

 

While Natsume’s recent games in the Harvest Moon series have been somewhat lacking, this one sounds very promising. A SNES style game for nostalgic fans certainly sounds appealing, so hopefully the product is a good one. It would be nice to see Natsume’a take on the series do well and be received warmly.

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 04:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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This is unexpected. A new name has entered the arena of E3 as Devolver Digital will be holding a conference.

 

There are no full details yet, but this is a pretty big deal as Devolver is one of the fastest growing publishers and a new conference at E3 is always big news. Hopefully new details come soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 09:54 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Sega promised us something different for Sonic Forces and they were not kidding. The game’s much speculated about third style, will feature third gameplay style is a powerful gadget touting customizable character. This character will be fully customizable to the player’s desires and specifications.

 

“In this just announced gameplay style, players will be equipping their custom Hero Character with one of a variety of powerful unique gadgets called Wispons. Wispons are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly. Along with the Wispon, the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. Players can also customize the Hero Character’s looks by choosing and swapping between hundreds of accessories and outfit options to change the character’s appearance as they play through the game.”

Sonic Forces features seven base animal types that serve as choices and each comes with varying special abilities for more variety.

Wolf – Automatically draws in rings when near them
Rabbit – Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Cat – Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog – Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear – Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird – Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog – Collects rings when getting damaged

SEGA then stated that the character players create “will be a key part of the story, appearing not only in cutscenes, but by being a crucial element in helping Sonic reclaim the world from Eggman’s domination.”. In other words, your OC became canon just now.

 

Does Sega truly realize what they have done?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 May, 2017 At 09:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games sent out the following

 

 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting November 14, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch this holiday.

“With a completely original branching storyline, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 introduces amazing new gameplay features, including the ability for characters to manipulate time and a four-player competitive Super Hero battling mode,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel Universe, including old favorites in new guises, this game is sure to thrill both LEGO and Marvel fans, as well as newcomers to the series.”

“The LEGO Group is delighted to continue the stories of the legendary Marvel characters in a new LEGO adventure,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans young and old will love playing through this all-new cosmic saga spanning the Marvel Universe as seen through the LEGO lens.”

“As we look to bring amazing games to Marvel fans of all ages, we’ve teamed up yet again with our incredible partners at LEGO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings characters from across Marvel’s history into an original story told in a way that only LEGO games can, offering hours of epic gameplay.”

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Packed with entertaining LEGO humor for fans of all ages, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 features a four player multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team.

 

 

This is great news, as the first game was amazing. This promises to be an even bigger adventure and the gameplay will no doubt be awesome.

Source: WB Interactive PR

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The Elder Scrolls is a beloved series that has been ongoing sine the 90’s. Each game since the first one has been set in one province of Tamriel, with the second game taking place in the kingdom of Daggerfall in High Rock, the third game in Morrowind, the fourth in Cyrodil and Oblivion and the fifth in Skyrim. There has been heavy speculation that the upcoming sixth game will be set in Valenwood and this wood be excellent, but I have a different idea. To me, it makes much more sense for the sixth game to be set in Hammerfell, the home of the Redguard people.

There are many reasons that this is the case. For one, Hammerfell is a unique setting and while parts of it are desert, it also has cities, plenty of ruins both Dwemer and Ayleid and areas like mountains, and areas similar to Skyrim, and a coastal region as well. In fact, the island of Stros M’kai would be the perfect setting for DLC with a pirate theme, as it is a base of pirates according to the series lore, much like Solstheim was for Skyrim and Morrowind. As well, the Alik’r Desert itself is described in ways that make it almost a living character in its own right, much like the terrains of Skyrim. It could have some survival elements that would make things tougher than in Skyrim which should satisfy those who felt the games have become too easy.

There are enemies that would be truly unique that are established in the lore for Hammerfell like Assassin Beetles and others. These would help establish the setting and its unique nature much like Skyrim and Morrowind did. But what would the plot be? Well, following on from Skyrim, we know that the Hammerfell is in conflict with the Aldmeri Dominion and is not on good terms with the empire. Hammerfell also borders Skyrim and there has been speculation that should the next game establish that the Stormcloaks won the civil war, the Alik’r warriors might see a connection in their struggles and seek to ally with the stormcloaks. Even if the next game establishes that the imperials won, the story could also have the Empire trying to get Hammerfell to rejoin again.

The conflict with the Thalmor would be a major plot point like before, but it doesn’t need to be the only one. Hammerfell is one of the three provinces of Tamriel where the Dwemer once lived, along with Morrowind and Skyrim. Fans have been wanting a resolution to the mystery of the Dwemer for a long time, and Skyrim confirmed the Dwemer are still out there somewhere. Interestingly, the character who reveals he has seen the Dwemer, is a Redgaurd himself. This could be the game that establishes the return of the Dwemer, and positions them as a major threat much like Skyrim was about the return of the dragons.

Morrowind had the protagonist be the Nerevarine (possibly), the reincarnation of Indoril Nerevar, and the following games also had the player character have a connection to older forces ( becoming a Sheogorath, and being the dragonborn respectively). So what would this game have for its protagonist? This is actually the easiest to answer as its established that the Redgaurd have among their gods, HoonDing, the make way god, who appears when the people need him. Instead of the Thu’um as in the previous game, this game could use Sword Singing techniques that the player can learn as you progress.

As mentioned, there is a lot of potential for DLC such as island of Stros M’kai, but DLC could also be set directly in Skyrim  or at least the parts of Hammerfell controlled by Skyrim and maybe even let you fight a dragon or two.  There is a lot of potential for the game if it is set in Hammerfell. We could get a full backstory for the Redgaurd’s beliefs ( unlike in Skyrim where they used the worship of the divines) and we could see the next step of the war with the Thalmor. It would let us directly see the fallout from Skyrim, and we could see the next step of the Elder Scrolls evolution.

I hope I have made my case for it to some of you at least.

 

Let me know what you think of this idea. I would love to find out what other fans think.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 May, 2017 At 11:37 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

704Games, NASCAR Team Properties’ exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, announced today that NASCAR Heat 2, a new NASCAR racing game, will be available in North America on Sept. 12, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

NASCAR Heat 2 builds on the core experience of its predecessor, NASCAR Heat Evolution, with advancements from returning developer Monster Games. These improvements include enhanced online multiplayer, a deeper career mode, track updates, additional drivers and other features in line with the 2017 NASCAR-sanctioned national series formats.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Monster Games for NASCAR Heat 2,” said Paul Brooks, CEO of 704Games. “This new game will have a very different look and an enhanced overall experience that reflects the insights of actual NASCAR drivers. Over the coming months, we’ll announce additional new features that we believe will really excite our fans.”

NASCAR Heat 2 improves on the strong racing foundation established in NASCAR Heat Evolution,” said Richard Garcia, President of Monster Games. “We added a slew of new features designed to take NASCAR games back to their roots, while delivering an authentic racing experience for fans.”

704Games is again working with Toyota, an Official NASCAR Partner, for a new cover athlete competition. From now until Friday, May 19, fans can vote at www.NASCARHeat.com/CoverRace for the two Toyota drivers they want to see go head-to-head to be the face of NASCAR Heat 2. The first of these finalists to finish Stage 2 at the Monster Energy All-Star Race™ on May 20 will become the cover athlete for NASCAR Heat 2. This is the second year 704Games and Toyota have partnered to offer additional racing content to elevate the in-game experience.

“The inaugural Monster Energy All-Star Race is going to be one of the most entertaining weekends of the year,” Brooks concluded. “Being featured on the cover of a video game is an honor for any athlete. Teaming up with a forward-thinking partner like Toyota for the NASCAR Heat 2 Toyota Cover Race is a thrilling addition to up the stakes of the weekend and increase fan involvement.”

Additional information on NASCAR Heat 2 will be available throughout the summer on the game’s official website: www.NASCARHeat.com. Fans can also follow NASCAR Heat 2 on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.

This is some good news and I am sure racing fans will enjoy this. NASCAR deserves more licensed games, so this is a welcome addition.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 May, 2017 At 09:31 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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SEGA has a new plan to become a big name again. They have said that they realize creating titles that become global hits will be a major issue .

Sega says that to do this this, their plan is to revive classic IPs, use existing IPs and also use external IPs. This will be done through numerous development channels, which include mobile, PC, and game consoles. The aim is for major projects to have a global simultaneous release.

This is exciting news, what could they be reviving? Perhaps a new Shinobi from Platinum Games? A new Streets of Rage? We will have to wait and see.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2017 At 05:15 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

 

Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) revealed New England Patriots quarterback and five-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady will grace the cover of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 when it launches worldwide on Friday, August 25. This year’s game will be powered by Frostbite, one of the industry’s world-class game engines, creating a Madden NFL experience like you’ve never seen before. Frostbite delivers a significant visual leap not only to the players, but crowds, stadiums and more. Such a special game truly deserves an equally-special cover athlete.

 

The Madden NFL cover was one of the few career accolades that had previously eluded Brady, and now he adds the honor alongside his multiple NFL championships, MVP awards, Pro Bowl appearances and more. This also marks the first time in Madden NFL history that teammates have graced the cover in back-to-back years, after last year’s game featured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

 

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” said Brady. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

 

Those eager to hear more about Madden NFL 18 won’t have to wait long, as new details about the game, including a brand-new mode, are set to debut at EA PLAY on June 10. Fans can expect to see big things in this year’s title, including new ways to play, and some of the greatest innovation in a generation.

 

In addition to the cover news, EA also announced pre-order offers for two distinct editions of Madden NFL 18. Fans who pre-order the standard edition will receive numerous benefits*, including the choice of an Elite player from their favorite NFL team for use in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, as well as five Squad Packs, redeemable at launch. In celebration of the Greatest of All-Time, those looking for even more can opt for the G.O.A.T. Edition, which gets them not only what’s in the standard edition, but also one of five G.O.A.T. players of their choice for Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, and more.

 

Fans can also play the finished game before launch day: G.O.A.T. Edition owners get three-day early access, letting them start their season on Tuesday, August 22, while EA Access members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, August 17 with the EA Access Play First Trial.**

 

This weekend also marks the finals of the Madden Championship, the culmination of the first year of Madden NFL’s competitive gaming series. The top-ranked competitors of the series are all vying for their share of the $500,000 prize pool, and the right to be named the Madden NFL Champion. The 2017 Madden Championship airs live on NFL Network, Twitch, Facebook and YouTube this Sunday, May 14 at 9:00pm ET, with a re-air on NFL Network the same night at 12:00am ET. Fans can also get full coverage from the weekend on the Madden NFL website.

 

Madden NFL 18 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available worldwide on August 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

 

EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount** when they purchase a digital version of the Madden NFL 18 on Xbox Live.

 

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Congratulations to Tom Brady. Hopefully he will not fall victim to the Madden curse like so many others.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2017 At 02:02 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sony has revealed a new PSN Flash sale that starts this weekend. details on games below.
PS4 Games:
DOOM – $19.79
DOOM Digital Deluxe – $39.99
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – $9.99
inFAMOUS First Light – $5.99
Kerbal Space Program – $15.99
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – $5.99
Risk of Rain – $3.49
No Man’s Sky – $23.99
Destroy All Humans! – $7.99
XCOM 2 – $23.99
XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition – $29.99
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – $4.99
Axiom Verge – $9.99
SOMA – $8.99
Battlezone – $23.99
Evolve – $7.49
Evolve Ultimate Edition – $12.49
Evolve Digital Deluxe Edition – $9.99
Hyper Void – $3.99
The Technomancer – $15.99
Zen Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball – $3.99
Assault Android Cactus – $4.49
Shadow Complex Remastered – $5.99
Slain: Back From Hell – $5.09
The Little Acre – $5.19
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Gold Edition – $19.79
Zen Pinball 2 Mars – $0.62
2064: Read Only Memories – $7.99
Asemblance – $3.49
Crimsonland – $1.39
Doki-Doki Universe – $5.99
Galak-Z – $7.99
Lichtspeer – $4.99
Manual Samuel – $3.99
MouseCraft – $1.99
Nova-111 – $1.99
One Way Trip – $4.49
Paranautical Activity – $1.99
Red Faction – $4.49
Super Mutant Alien Assault – $2.99
The Fall – #3.99
Time Machine VR – $11.99
Alone With You – $3.99
Final Horizon – $3.23
Headlander – $5.99
Neon Chrome – $4.49
QUBE Director’s Cut – $2.49
Sky Force Anniversary – $3.49
Stealth Inc 2 – $2.49
Stealth Inc Ultimate Edition – $3.74
There Came an Echo – $5.09
The Swapper – $3.74
Titan Attacks! – $1.99
Tower of Guns – $3.74
Ultratron – $1.99
Unmechanical: Extended – $2.49
Xenoraid – $3.99

PS3 Games:

Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype – $2.99
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype Complete Bundle – $2.59
Mass Effect Trilogy – $14.99
Red Faction: Guerrilla – $3.99
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified – $1.99
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Gold Edition – $9.99
Doki-Doki Universe – $5.99
I Am Alive – $2.99
Mars: War Logs – $2.49
QUBE Director’s Cut – $2.49
Red Faction: Armageddon – $3.99
Red Faction: Battlegrounds – $1.99
Sky Force Anniversary – $3.49
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Gold Edition – $9.99
XCOM: Enemy Within – $5.99
Zen Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball – $3.99
Zen Pinball 2: Mars – $0.62
Big Sky Infinity – $2.49
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut – $7.49
Hyper Void – $3.99
MouseCraft – $1.99
Nova-111 – $1.99
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – $4.99
Red Faction 2 (PS2 Classic) – $2.49
StarDrone – $1.19
Stealth Inc 2 – $2.49
Stealth Inc – $2.49
The Swapper – $3.74
Ultratron – $1.99
Unmechanical – $2.49
Velocity Ultra – $1.99

PS Vita:
Big Sky Infinity – $2.49
Doki-Doki Universe – $5.99
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype – $2.99
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype Complete Bundle – $2.59
Xenoraid – $3.99
Alone With You – $3.99
Axiom Verge – $9.99
Crimsonland – $1.39
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart – $4.49
Lichtspeer – $4.99
MouseCraft – $1.99
Neon Chrome – $4.49
Nova-111 – $1.99
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – $4.99
Paranautical Activity – $1.99
Risk of Rain – $3.49
Sky Force Anniversary – $3.49
Slain: Back from Hell – $5.09
StarDrone Extreme – $1.19
Stealth Inc 2 – $2.49
Stealth Inc – $2.49
Super Stardust Delta Interstellar Bundle – $5.99
The Swapper – $3.74
Titan Attacks! – $1.99
Ultratron – $1.99
Velocity Ultra – $1.49
Zen Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball – $3.99
Zen Pinball 2: Mars – $0.62

The sale can be found here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 May, 2017 At 05:45 PM | 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

 

In Morrowind, nothing is as it seems. The cut-throat world of Dunmer politics overshadows everything in Vvardenfell; the constant scheming and battles for influence between the Great Houses puts Morrowind in a constant state of treachery.

 

Players exploring Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind have to negotiate their competing allegiances to the three great houses: House Hlaalu, House Redoran, and House Telvanni. And they will have to keep one eye open and the other on their backs, because you never know who is truly a friend or foe in Morrowind.

 

 

Lies, deceits, and treachery…Morrowind Great House politics can be a messy affair. Will you be swept up in the cutthroat clan-feuds of Vvardenfell? And what part do the Morag Tong assassins play in it all? Watch our latest trailer to learn about Hlaalu, Redoran, and Telvanni: the Great Houses of Morrowind.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 6, 2017.

 

The Elder Scrolls Online has really gone through a lot of changes since it launched, all for the better. This expansion is a great anniversary special for Morrowind and a great way to return to the world within.