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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 01:01 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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CD PROJEKT RED sent out the following

 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. Scheduled to begin May 24, Public Beta will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

“Public Beta is the next step in the game’s development process, one that we’d be honored to continue alongside everyone who’s been with us thus far,” said Benjamin Lee, Development Director at CD PROJEKT RED. “It’s also a chance for many new gamers to play GWENT for the first time and we’re looking forward to making the game even better with their help,” added Lee.

GWENT’s Public Beta is a fresh start for everyone. Card collections and player progress will reset to ensure gamers begin on equal footing. Everyone who participated in the Closed Beta will receive Card Kegs, as well as other in-game rewards for their activity. Additional information regarding Closed Beta participation rewards is available here.

The switch from Closed to Public Beta will entail a short technical transition period starting May 22. Until the start of Public Beta on May 24, game servers will be offline for maintenance. During this time, GWENT’sFacebook and Twitter channels will provide updates on the game’s status.

More information about GWENT is available in the FAQ section of playgwent.com

With the Witcher trilogy concluded, it is great that GWENT lives on. Card spinoffs of popular RPGs are becoming a big deal now, and this is a great addition to the field.

Will you be taking part in the GWENT beta?

 

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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.

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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 12:49 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During last month’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that a demo for Disgaea 5 Complete would be coming shortly before launch. The demo has now arrived and is available on the eShop. today

Going to the “Coming Soon” section and visiting Disgaea 5 Complete’s page, you will to see the demo is available and be able to download it. The demo comes it at about 999MB, so there should not be too many space concerns.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 11:10 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Disgaea is a well loved Strategy RPG series that made its home on PlayStation systems, although it did have an entry on the DS. Now the series has returned to Nintendo systems with Disgaea 5 Complete on the Switch. This contains Disgaea 5 as it was on PlayStation 4, and has all the DLC that came with it.

Disgaea 5 is about a conflict between demons in the various netherworlds and has a fully realized plot and characters. In fact, the characters are a major selling point for this game. There is the protagonist Killia, the overlord of Gorgeous Seraphina, Red Magnus and more. Each character has a unique personality and mannerisms and the various interactions they have in the game are always great to watch. Sometimes they are downright hilarious, especially Red Magnus, who is based off pro wrestlers like the Rock.

The gameplay, for those who are not familiar with Disgaea, is similar to the Final Fantasy Tactics series, with battles set up in the same way. You advance around the battlefield and plan your moves carefully. You can team up characters for attacks, throw characters to move farther, and combo your moves. Different battlefields will have different obstacles and each character has unique abilities, including passive abilities that will provide either new challenges or new ways of winning. Disgaea is essentially a 3D game of chess with better visuals and great storytelling. Once you get the idea of what to do, you will start to have a lot of fun and lose yourself in it. Characters have unique moves as well such as the overload, and the different moves for the monsters. Each character has to be handled differently which offers a challenge and a good sense of reward. When you hit the right move, you will be amazed at what you can do.

Then there are the recruitable classes, whom you can interact with when off the battlefield. There are numerous classes that you can hire and customize, including their personalities. This means you can set up your party to be exactly the way you want it, which is a great touch. Speaking of being off the battlefield, there is a great overworld of sorts, with Seraphina’s pocket netherworld serving as your base. there are shops to go to, different characters to interact with, and more skits available. As you progress in the game, you unlock more characters and the world changes a bit each time. The characters are great, with witty dialogue and good voice acting. In fact now is the time to mention that Disgaea 5 has some of the best voice acting ever in a game, along with some amazing music. The visuals are a perfect match for the sound and the skits become great to watch as a result.

If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of a tactical RPG, Disgaea 5 offers several tutorials on how to play the game, each offered when starting a new part of the game or exploring a new mechanic. These do a great job of explaining things and getting you up to speed. If you feel these tutorials aren’t necessary though, then they can be skipped completely and you wont need to worry about hand holding the entire time. The game has a perfect balance with the tutorials and I recommend checking some out.

One thing I found very cool, is that the game still has Trophies from the PS4 version. They even sound have the same sound effect and can be seen by talking to a character in Seraphina’s base.

As mentioned, this version of the game has all the DLC and it is obtainable right away. You have your choice of when you access it though, so don’t feel rushed to use it all.

Disgaea 5 is an excellent experience on the Switch. Whether docked or in handheld mode, this was a lot of fun, and I lost hours to this. I highly recommend checking this out as it is one of the best games for the Switch right now. You will not regret this.

 

A code was provided for this review.

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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 01:58 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Cosmic Star Heroine is a indie throwback to scifi RPGs of the 16 bit era. The game recently released for PlayStation systems and Steam, and the devs, ZeBoyd Games, have made no secret that they want o bring it to Nintendo Switch.

Robert Boyd posted the following on twitter.

 

 

If you truly do like classic RPGs and want an indie game that is a great throwback, then let Nintendo know you want this on the Switch!

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 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 12 May, 2017 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It seems Disgaea 5 will be a hit on the Switch, at least in the west.

Speaking with MCVUK, Takuro Yamashita revealed something very interesting.

“The UK has been historically the biggest market in Europe for the Disgaea series,” Yamashita stated. “However, talking about Disgaea 5 Complete, the UK is not the biggest one [any more]. I am not sure why this happened. We really need to improve the UK situation for Disgaea 5 Complete.

“The best country in Europe is France because the country has been booming up with the Japanese culture for over last decade,” Yamashita continued. “Another key factor of performing well in France is Disgaea 5 Complete’s support for French text.”

The US, of course, still remains the biggest market for Disgaea outside of Japan, with Yamashita saying it has “a larger JRPG fan base than any other country” besides its native homeland. He also says Disgaea is “one of the well-recognised JRPGs among such US communities.”

Indeed, the western market is becoming increasingly important for NIS America: “The era is over for [Japanese games companies] to just rely on the Japanese market,” says Yamashita.

“In order to make the NIS Group’s consolidated figures better, our western sales is very important. While the Western pre-order units of Disgaea 5 Switch exceeded 110,000 units, the Japanese sell-in number on the game was unfortunately less than 20,000 units. We had predicted this would happen to some extent. However, we were surprised that the gap was much bigger than we thought.”

Why this is so important however, is the fact that with these preorders, the game has outpaced the PS4 version which sold 112 000 copies in the west after release. Again, the Switch version numbers are all preorder numbers, so this means the Switch version of the game will have outsold the PS4 version. This is a big deal for the Switch, as it shows third parties that their games can do even better on the platform than on the PlayStation 4, which could lead to more third party support.

 

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