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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 04:20 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap was a classic game for the Sega Master System. Regarded as one of the all time greats, it has now been given a modern remaster thanks to Lizardcube and Dot Emu, but is it any good?

WonderBoy; The Dragon’s Trap is a beautiful game that takes great pains to replicate the classic 8 bit game and turn it into a modern experience. It has gorgeous hand drawn art that is full of detail and liveliness. The music is also lovingly redone in tribute to the original. You can switch between the original and modern look and sounds at the touch of buttons, and just comparing the soundtrack between the retro and modern really shows how much care was put in to be true to the original music.

Everything has been given an overhaul, for example instead of passwords, you get hints ( the game autosaves now), the nurse is now full of snarkiness, and most useful of all, you can use the shoulder buttons to scroll though your sub weapons. This does come with a drawback however, in that the awkward parts of the game are retained as well. The game has a way of registering hits that is straight from the original game, but feels out of place in a modern game. This gets really annoying during boss fights, and can throw you off. As well, the confusion about where to go next is still here. You can get lost for a while and just wander around looking for wear to go, which is one way of expanding the play experience, which is only 3-5 hours.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good game and I love it. I love finding all the secrets and the ways to progress and there is just a sense of charm that the game has, that most other retro revivals just miss out on. The different weapons and armors are great, the transformations are awesome ( but actually transforming has a bit too strong of flashing lights), and  the overall experience is really well done. If it weren’t for trying too hard to preserve what the game was in full, instead of filtering it to get only the good, this would have been much better. Still this is a game that is rewarding, that gives you a sense of satisfaction when you make progress and gain new abilities. People often forget how hard the master system games could be, so the challenge is welcome, even with the difficulty settings. Plus there is now the option to play as a female protagonist and if that is chosen, the title screen will say WonderGirl: The Dragon’s Trap. It is a nice touch and really adds to the experience.

Overall I really liked WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap. It is a retro game done right (with a few issues) and is genuinely fun and charming. I fully recommend it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Apr, 2017 At 01:47 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda released a new trailer for Prey. This trailer shows off the Talos I station and how it is a character in its own right.

The aliens have escaped containment and taken over Talos I. But Prey isn’t only about fighting an invasion. And it’s not just an epic journey to figure out who you are, what you’re doing aboard this space station, and how you’ll save humanity from the Typhon threat. Prey is also about the space station itself. A shining testament to mankind’s unbridled ambitions, Talos I is more than the setting for Prey. It’s also full of secrets to discover and hidden layers to uncover. But, most of all, Talos I poses a unique threat to the player all by itself. 

Prey will be available on May 5, 2017, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 

 

Prey is looking more and more epic with each trailer and we are eagerly awaiting its arrival. We hope to have a review up around launch.

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Apr, 2017 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a major hit, with confirmed US sales of 906 000 in March and speculation putting worldwide sales at 2.4 millions in the same time period. More and more developers are announcing their games for the Switch. One publisher that was on board from the beginning announcement of the system is Bethesda Softworks, who are bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the Switch. This is a welcome addition to the library and even though it is coming late, many are excited at the prospect of Skyrim on the go ( and there is speculation the port will have some unique elements). That said, I  feel Bethesda has another game that would also be a great fit for the system.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends would work perfectly on the Switch. The game is already a hit on PC, and it is also on mobile devices. If anything, Legends could be a good way to introduce Nintendo fans unfamiliar with the series, to The Elder Scrolls. As Switch is a handheld/console hybrid, it offers unique opportunities for play that are simply not available on PC or mobile. Add in that the game is still actively being supported wit new content, like the dark brotherhood expansion, as seen in the trailer below, and you will understand why this has  a lot of potential.

 

Some may write the game off as a wannabe Hearthstone, but it really isn’t. It is different in all the right ways, and manages to feel at home in the Elder Scrolls universe and that alone should appeal to possible new fans. The game is good and has a lot of unique ideas and elements and really helps draw you into the story. The other factor for why this is a good introduction to Elder Scrolls for Nintendo fans is simply the price. That is, the game can be started for free, and is the epitome of the Free to Start model that Nintendo seems to like.

Elder Scrolls legends is a legitimately fun and detailed game. It is something different, it is something of high quality, and it is something that would both benefit from being on a unique platform like the Switch, as well as benefit Nintendo and Bethesda by bringing in new players, which will end up helping sales of Skyrim on the Switch.

You may disagree with me on this, and you are free to do so. That said, I do want to know what you all think of this. So please, do share your thoughts.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Apr, 2017 At 05:32 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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FDG has released a new video to show off Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas running on Switch. The game will run in 60 fps in both docked  and handheld mode. In docked mode, the game will run at 1080p, and Handheld mode at 720p.

FDG also confirmed the Switch version is based off the remastered PC build of the game and not a downgraded build based off the mobile version.

Watch the video below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 04:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I am Setsuna is receiving some DLC exclusively on the Switch. The Temporal Battle Arena DLC launches for free this week.

Think you have raised the strongest guardians? Upon completion of I Am Setsuna’s story, enter the Temporal Battle Arena from the Last Lands, where you can test the might of your guardians against others that have also completed Setsuna’s pilgrimage in this upcoming party vs party update. Teams that emerge victorious will be rewarded with items belonging to the other team! This Nintendo Switch exclusive update is coming April 13, 2017. I Am Setsuna is AVAILABLE NOW in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch!

 

Will you be checking this out?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 03:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED has begun teasing support for Nintendo’s new system. A representative from the company apparently told a fan that announcements will be made “soon”. That said, the fan was told, “it may not specifically be for the titles and series you’re looking for.”

 

XSEED said:

“We are big supporters of the Switch so you’ll definitely be seeing some announcements about it from us soon, though it may not specifically be for the titles and series you’re looking for.”

What could this mean? When might we see the announcements? We will have to wait.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 08:52 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

 

We’re thrilled to announce that Bethesda will host a Free Play Week for The Elder Scrolls Online starting tomorrow and running all the way through April 18 across all platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. That’s seven full days for players to adventure through Tamriel, build and grow characters, conquer Delves and Dolmens, and unravel another incredibly epic Elder Scrolls saga.

 

Maybe you’ve been reading about our enormous new Chapter, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, coming June 6 or you’ve heard about how players at Game Informer, MMORPG.com, and MassivelyOP.com all voted ESO the ‘Best MMO of 2016’ and wondered what you might be missing. This is the best  chance to find out for free and hone your skills before heading back to Vvardenfell in June.

 

The Free Play Weekend will include:

 

  • No Restrictions: Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game. Go where you want, when you want, and with who you want in the massive open world and build your hero however you see fit.
  • 500 Free Crowns: Everyone receives 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on fun costumes, unique pets, helpful scrolls, and more.
  • Progress Retention: Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during the Free Play Week will carry over when you purchase the game.
  • Try and Buy … At a Discount: During the Free Play Week, you’ll enjoy a discounted price on either The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (the base game) or The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes the base game as well as the four major DLC packs: Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and The Dark Brotherhood.

Whether you’re looking to quest online with your friends, or just want to head back to Tamriel by yourself for another epic Elder Scrolls adventure, ESO provides you the freedom and flexibility to play how you want to play.

 

How and When to Get into the Free Play Week

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam players can begin downloading tomorrow at 10am eastern.

 

Players should navigate to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, or Steam and download the game. Once the game is downloaded and players have created an account, they can login and play immediately.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is a truly unique MMO. It started out with a rocky launch but has truly come into its own as a worthy entry in The Elder Scrolls series. I fully recommend checking out this free play week. Now is the time to try it out if you were ever curious, or if the upcoming Morrowind expansion stoked your interest.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 01:44 PM | Categorized As News, Otaku Music, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

 

 

Atlus Co., Ltd. (Setagayaku Tokyo, Chief Executive Officer: Akira Nomoto) announced that following the launch of the critically acclaimed Persona 5 in North America and Europe, the game has shipped more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

To celebrate the launch of the game, there will be a Persona live concert event on Aug. 2 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Please stay tuned for upcoming news on Persona 5 and the Persona series in the future!
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.
Persona 5 is now available in the Americas and Europe, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game is rated M by the ESRB.
It is great to hear that Persona 5 has done so well. The game is amazing and deserves a large audience. Hopefully it will continue to sell well. Let us hope that the upcoming mainline Shin Megami Tensei game also sell well.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 01:51 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Wii U isn’t done yet.

THQ Nordic announced today that Darksiders Warmastered edition is not cancelled on Wii U contrary to the rumors. The game is still coming and now a May 23rd release date. THQ Nordic was a big supporter of the Wii U, after Darksiders II sold well on the eShop, and brought more games to the system. As such, it is good to see that they will support it to the very end.

There aren’t plans for a Switch version that we have been made aware of, but THQ Nordic did say they have 2 big projects in the works for the Switch, so something Darksiders related might still happen.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 10:33 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Takashi Tokita, the director of Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy IV, Live A Live, Final Fantasy Legends and other games tweeted out the following

When translated, what he wrote says

Top-secret mission begins !

Square Enix is a big supporter the Switch and wants to be one of the top publishers for the platform. Could this be a new IP?, or maybe a new entry in an existing series? Or  could the rumors be true about a remake of a critically acclaimed classic now done for Nintendo Switch. It should also be noted that he worked on the various spinoffs of FFIV and  the re-releases in addition to the main game. It is possible it is to do with that.

Whatever the game is, if it is just starting development now, then we probably wont see it at this E3, unless we are shown a very early teaser. Still it is exciting to thin what they may be working on.

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