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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

Today, console players of The Elder Scrolls Online can journey deep into Sotha Sil’s epic creation, the incredible Clockwork City, to uncover the myriad secrets of the mechanical realm in the game’s new DLC game pack, Clockwork City. Available for free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 2,000 Crowns, Clockwork City extends ESO’s ever-expanding storyline, taking players through new lands and on hours of new adventures. Clockwork City is already available for players on PC and Mac.

 

The Clockwork City DLC game pack introduces a new zone (Clockwork City), an exciting new story quest line filled with around 10 hours of adventure, a new Trial – Asylum Sanctorum — to challenge the toughest teams, and more.

 

About Update 16

Update 16 is a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. It includes numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

 

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King. In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map.

 

** For all of the details on the Clockwork City DLC and Update 16, please check out our article on the game’s web site HERE.

 

Xbox One X Enhancements – Including Native 4K and True HDR – Live Now!

With the launch of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One X, The Elder Scrolls Online is fully prepared, delivering a wide range of enhancements and optimizations for Xbox One players who choose to upgrade to the new hardware, including:

 

  • Native 4K resolution

  • True HDR

  • Greatly increased view distance

  • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion

  • Upgraded real-time water reflections

 

This is an amazing DLC add on and update for The Elder Scrolls Online. As well, it is great that Bethesda is really going out of their way to ensure that the game will make full use of the Xbox One X. Bethesda is not taking any half measures with this game and that is a great thing.

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 08:41 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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A recent interview with Mitsuaki Taguchi of Bandai Namco has revealed some interesting things.

Firstly, it seems Bandai Namco didn’t think the Switch would do as well as it did and he noted that the games put on the system already have sold well.

 “We have put 3 games on the Switch and all of them are doing well he said.” “It’s a shame, but we didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast.”

He also noted that all of Bandai’s properties could see versions made for the Switch.

What is more important however, was that Taguchi revealed Bandai Namco has 3 big exclusives coming in 2018 for the system. What could these exclusives be? We know there is a Tales game coming to Switch, so could that be one of them? We will keep you updated.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 07:51 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo sent out the following

 

In just a few weeks, Nintendo Switch owners will leave the familiar behind and enter the fantastical world of Alrest – a world full of living lands known as Titans and the fabled paradise of Elysium. To get fans ready for the Dec. 1 launch of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game, Nintendo presented a deep dive into elements of the massive game, including the vast environments, battle system and characters. This special Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed upcoming paid DLC, a fun cross-promotion with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as free DLC available to download on launch day that will allow players to also play the game with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

 

“With Xenoblade Chronicles 2, we are giving fans yet another engaging adventure that can only be found on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This sequel is perfect for playing at home or while traveling during the busy holiday season.”

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is next in the series following the original acclaimed RPG that launched for Wii in 2012. This sequel features new characters and worlds, with an expanded battle system that will still feel familiar to fans of the first game. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Main character Rex is a Driver and Pyra is a Blade. To help familiarize fans with main character Rex before the game launches, a new Side Quest will be available via a free update in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for both Nintendo Switch and Wii U systems, in which players will be able to obtain a Rex costume starting on Nov. 9.

In and out of battle, Blades have a wide array of support abilities. While adventuring, these abilities might increase the number of items that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other special effects. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. Abilities differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different Blades adds to the strategy of battle.

Blades are just one form of life that players will encounter while journeying on the backs of the mighty Titans. In the vast world of Alrest, players will discover both peaceful and aggressive wildlife of all shapes and sizes wandering among giant plains, winding caverns, frozen kingdoms, scorched earth and sandy beaches. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards.
While traveling the massive world of Alrest, players will run into shining spots called Collection Points – which give players the opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures – or special landmarks that players can transport to at any time. Alrest is also teeming with bustling cities. From shopping districts to residential quarters, each Titan has its own unique layout and atmosphere.

Fans who want to expand their epic adventure can pre-purchase an Expansion Pass for the game in Nintendo eShop beginning today or pre-order it from select retailers shortly at a suggested retail price of $29.99. With this pass, players can enjoy DLC as it releases between the launch of the game and fall 2018, starting with quests and support items, and eventually including a challenge Battle Mode where they can face powerful enemies. This DLC will even include an additional adventure with a new side story set in the world of Elysium. Details about individual elements of the Expansion Pass will be released in the future.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Dec. 1 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99. Launch day will also see the release of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition. This special version includes the game, a beautifully illustrated hardbound art book filled with 220 pages of concept designs and artwork of the characters, landscapes and objects from the game, a sound-selection CD of many of the game’s memorable music tracks, and a special metal case containing the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game card at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Players who prefer the digital version can pre-purchase the game from Nintendo eShop now, either standalone or as a bundle with the Expansion Pass.

For more information about Xenoblade Chronicles 2, visit http://xenobladechronicles2.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

This was an amazing direct that showed off a lot of content in a concise manner. What was your favourite part?

You can watch the direct below

 

Source: Nintendo PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 07:36 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

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Bethesda has shared updates on enhancements their games will receive on Xbox One X and they certainly seem impressive.

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Fallout 4

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs
    • Enhanced God Ray effects

Skyrim Special Edition

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Dishonored 2 & Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Improved framerate stability
    • 4K textures
    • Improved geometry/draw distances
    • Improved anti-aliasing
    • Improved shadows quality

The Evil Within 2

  • Enhanced Features include:
    • Upgraded resolution
    • Higher framerate
    • 30 fps lock removal

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Supports Native 4K Resolution and HDR
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Increased view distance
    • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    • Upgraded water reflections

As well, Bethesda noted that Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are also enhanced by Xbox One X and Elder Scrolls Online will receive improvements as well. Bethesda went all out to improve their titles.

What will you play first?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Nov, 2017 At 09:57 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Opinion, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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BlizzCon 2017 has come and gone, and with it another great round of gaming excitement. BlizzCon is one of the best parts of the year for me, not just as a fan of Blizzard but as a fan of gaming in general. BlizzCon has always felt to me like nothing else in the industry. E3, for all its glitter, is a tradeshow and is always meant to be that. BlizzCon has always felt different than that.

Whether it is discussion of Blizzard’s games or just interacting with the fans, BlizzCon has always been a standout event. It isn’t so much for the reveals, and indeed Blizzard doesn’t always do major reveals but more discussions of their games and that is appreciated. BlizzCon is an event by a company for its fans and less of a big business production the way E3 is. There is a more casual atmosphere and a friendlier nature. It isn’t the perfect event and issues do happen but they are far more rare.

But the reason BlizzCon matters the most is that it serves as an example to the rest of the industry on how a company can interact with fans and the media. The only one that comes close is QuakeCon and even QuakeCon still feels somewhat more impersonal than BlizzCon. BlizzCon feels like a fan appreciation event at times, whereas QuakeCon, as much as I love it, still feels too corporate.  Just looking at BlizzCon shows how the fans are truly excited to be there in a way that is not done at other events. The sheer brilliance of BlizzCon cannot be denied and it sets an example that all other companies should follow. BlizzCon is an event that truly matters to the industry and should be treasured for what it is.

 

 

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The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Nov, 2017 At 03:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBlizzard shared many new details at the BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony. Here is a news roundup

StarCraft II

  • Free-to-play—Starting November 14, players will get free access to the acclaimed Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked ladder play, and all Co-Op Commanders up to level five.
  • Mira Han and Matt Horner—The newest Co-Op Commander is actually two commanders in one: command a devastating mixture of high-powered Dominion air units as Matt Horner and fast-moving ground units as Mira Han.

Heroes of the Storm

  • Hanzo and Alexstraza—Two new heroes, Dragons of the Nexus, will bring new and dramatically different styles of play to Heroes of the Storm later this year.
  • New changes, including Performance Based Matchmaking, Voice Chat, and the 2018 Gameplay Update, continue to refine the action and make Heroes even more fun and challenging than before.

Hearthstone

  • Kobolds & Catacombs—The next expansion, coming in December, will bring players down into the dungeons beneath Azeroth—and equip them with 135 wondrous new cards, including nine new class-specific Legendary Weapons.
    • Dungeon RunsKobolds & Catacombs also brings with it a brand-new single-player game mode featuring challenging, high-stakes subterranean journeys inspired by the classic fantasy dungeon crawl. Dungeon Runs are free for all players; no pre-built decks are required for entry.
    • Free Legendary Cards—To celebrate the new expansion, all players will receive a free legendary minion, Marin the Fox, on November 6, as well as a free random legendary weapon for logging in when Kobolds & CatacombsKobolds & Catacombs card packs will also be winnable in Arena mode or purchasable with in-game gold or real money.
    • Recruit—When a card with the new Recruit keyword is played, a random minion from your deck is summoned to fight alongside the rest of your party!
    • Pre-purchase—Starting today, eager treasure seekers can pre-purchase the new expansion card packs in a special 50-pack bundle for 49.99 USD on Battle.net and in Blizzard’s game shop, and receive the jewel-encrusted “For the Hoard!” card back for free. Starting November 6, this pre-purchase offer will also be available in-app for iOS and Android players for 49.99 USD, and will reflect local pricing in Canada for 69.99 CAD.

Overwatch
·         Blizzard World—An amusement park celebrating the worlds of Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft serves as the location for this new map.
·         Moira—A new hero, the life-draining geneticist named Moira, will soon be joining the fray.
·         “Honor and Glory”—In the latest in the acclaimed series of animated shorts, viewers journey into Reinhardt’s past as he wrestles with whether or not to answer Winston’s call to join the newly reforming Overwatch.

 

World of Warcraft
·         Battle for Azeroth™—In the next expansion, the war between the Horde and the Alliance reignites as players embark on a journey to recruit new allies, race to claim the world’s mightiest resources, and fight on several fronts to determine which faction will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.
·         World of Warcraft Classic—In addition to a new expansion, Blizzard also announced early plans to develop a gameplay experience that recaptures players’ first journeys into the original World of Warcraft.
·         Shadow the Fox— A plushy version of the previously released in-game charity pet will be available for purchase starting later this month. Sales of the plush will benefit both American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

Blizzard went all out for Blizzcon and it is just starting. Stay tuned for more news.

 

Source: Blizzard PR

 

 

 

 

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Nintendo has made so many great games over the decades, that have grown into established series. We all know Mario and Zelda, and to a lesser extent games like Golden Sun, F Zero and Star Fox, but there are games that Nintendo has made that have not been touched in an extremely long time. I have looked back at some of these games, and there are 7 that stand out as games that should be revived for Switch.

I only had two criteria for this list. It had to be a game that was only in the NES or SNES era before falling off, and it had to be either a Nintendo IP or an IP of a company that works exclusively with Nintendo. With that said, let’s begin

Pro Wrestling

Pro Wrestling was one of the first NES games and is widely regarded as a true classic. It was very basic but still fun and the game’s developers did work on future wrestling games but not in this series. It would be amazing if Nintendo could find a team to revive the IP as a cartoonish wrestling game similar to Ultimate Muscle on the GameCube. To me, the best choice would be Next Level Games, who were developing a game with wrestling elements using Mario characters which ended up cancelled. A game that is a pure wrestling game with its own characters and some cartoonish over the topness would be great for Nintendo and the Switch.

 

Startropics

 

Startropics was a rare thing on the NES. It was a Nintendo developed game made for the western market and not Japan at all. The games are similar to Zelda but with more variety at the time and a modern modern feel.  A reboot of this IP would be great as an action adventure game with a sci-fi focus, maybe with marketed more to the west than other games. It would also be something different and that is a good thing.

 

Gyromite

Gyromite was another early Nintendo game, and one that utilized R.O.B. the robot. Obviously I do not expect a new game to use R.O.B. again, but rather I think Gyromite could be a great eShop download game with a  local co-op focus. Nintendo has other games like Snipperclips that are based on local co-op, and with the JoyCons, Gyromite would be a great fit.

 

Ice Hockey 

 

Ice Hockey was another early NES game but it has held up incredibly well. It is an over the top hockey game on the NES that didn’t bother tryin to do realism in any way possible at the time. Nintendo does not have a lot of sports games and this is one they could use. It could be done as Nintendo Ice Hockey and made as either a small download game with a cartoony style and online play, or it could be a full retail experience and modelled after the classic Midway arcade sports games. It would be something different, both for Nintendo and for the video game market in general.

Urban Champion

 

 

I can hear the booing now but hear me out. Urban Champion was terrible in every sense of the word, but a revival could be interesting if done as an In Name Only revival. It could be a neat fighting game if a company such as SNK was hired to work on it and make it a smaller project. Nintendo has been getting into fighting games more as seen with Arms, so why not Urban Champion? This would be a hard sell, but worse games have been remade as great games so it could work.

 

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

 

The Mysterious Murasame Castle was a Japan only Famicom game that played very similar to Zelda 1. It was far more action oriented and this is what interests me for a possible revival. The Mysterious Murasame Castle starred a samurai named Takamaru who fought demons invading Japan and that would make an excellent action game from the likes of Koei Tecmo or Platinum Games. There was a sort of remake on the Wii but it was more having Takamaru appear in Samurai Warriors and get a mode for himself that recreated the game in Samurai Warriors, and thus not a true remake. The Mysterious Murasame Castle could be the definitve action game for Nintendo that they are looking for.

 

Arcana

 

This one was made by HAL but as they work solely with Nintendo, I am counting it. Arcana was a unique game that combined the dungeon crawler RPG genre with more traditional JRPG elements and new ideas such as a card system. It was unlike anything before it or since and I feel it was truly underrated gem. Admittedly it had its issues, such as poor pacing and some ideas not meshing well, but with the resources available today, and years of experience and hindsight, Arcana could be done again  and be a true masterpiece. heck, Nintendo could have Camelot work with HAL on this to iron out the issues and ensure it would be one of the best RPGs ever made.

 

Well there you are. Seven Retro Nintendo Games that should be revived. What do you all think of the choices and what would you choose?

 

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The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2017 At 12:40 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In advance of the release of The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim for Nintendo Switch on Nov 17, the game can now be purchased on the Nintendo eShop for pre-loading.

The game will unlock at midnight on Nov 17, so you will be able to play it as soon as the game releases.

 

Will you be buying the game now?

 

Source: Nintendo eShop

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On November 30th, the next Story Expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends arrives. Prepare for the grandest adventure yet with Return to Clockwork City.

 

Featuring more than 55 new collectible cards rewarded across 35 exciting story missions. With these cards, players can search for lost treasure, construct steam-powered wonders, or channel their inner mad scientist to create strange mechanical abominations.

 

New Creature: Fabricants

The Clockwork City is the grand workshop of the late god Sotha Sil, who was obsessed with crafting his own forms of life, reconstructing and building on the work of the Dwemer artisans.

 

Perhaps his most intriguing and disturbing creations were the Fabricants, unique creatures born of both flesh and metal. In Legends, we’re bringing these to life with five Fabricant cards – one per attribute – that will reward players for playing with neutral cards like the Dwemer constructs. These five creatures offer some serious power, and create some exciting new deckbuilding possibilities.

 

New Mechanic: Treasure Hunt

Where there’s a lost city, there’s treasure, and people willing to risk their lives to find it. Enter the Treasure Hunters and the first of our new mechanics – denoted with “Treasure Hunt.” While in play, these adventurous fellows will watch each card players draw to see if it’s the treasure they’re looking for. Once players draw everything the hunters want, a reward awaits. For example, the new card Relic Hunter rewards a buff to the first weapon players draw after playing him – it wasn’t just any weapon, but the priceless object he’d been seeking!

 

New Mechanic: Assemble

In the years since Sotha Sil’s demise, his creations have had to fend for themselves. The humanoid clockwork constructs known as the Factotums have done that by learning to collectively repair, enhance, and upgrade their own bodies. Which brings us to the other new mechanic in Clockwork City: Assemble.

 

When players play an Assemble creature, they will choose one of two bonuses. That bonus will be bestowed upon both that creature and every Factotum in the player’s hand and deck.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a truly innovative game. It is one of the best spin offs this writer has seen in a long time.  This new expansion sounds truly amazing and will definitely be worth checking out.

 

Source: Bethesda PR.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Oct, 2017 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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HORI will be partnering with Nintendo and Bethesda for a Switch accessory set based on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The set will include a soft pouch, Joy-Con trigger grip, cleaning cloth, and a screen protective filter, along with  Skyrim-themed art and design.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Limited Edition Accessory Set is due out on November 17, alongside the game.

 

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