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By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2017 At 10:45 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Sega has announced the release date for Sonic Forces in the west. the game will come out November 7th,

 

What is more interesting, is that the game has a bonus edition that comes with Sega/Atlus outfits, including nights into dreams and Persona….yes Fursona is now real.

This edition will be available for PS4, Xbox one and Switch.

 

Will you be getting this?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Aug, 2017 At 07:57 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for Atlus fans in Europe.

Atlus has established a new European publishing team to handle their content in Europe. Previously, localization of Atlus games in Europe did not have the best record, with either poor localization or no localization at all.
This new team will be based in London with Sega of Europe, who will be assisting in handling the localizations. This is awesome to hear, and fans should thank Sega for helping this happen.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 03:39 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega sent out the following

 

The Dragon of Dojima has had a long and weary road brawling with endless thugs and belted his heart out to countless karaoke tunes in the Yakuza series, and it’s time for one more story. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of long time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story, is coming to the West on March 20, 2018 for PlayStation®4! The game will be will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.
In Yakuza 6, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
Since Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last outing as the main protagonist in Yakuza, it’s just proper to release the game with our first-ever premium edition! The ultra-classy “After Hours Premium Edition” contains the perfect tools to lounge like a true yakuza

Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book. We’ll have more details on what will fill the pages at a later date.

  • 2 Bar Glasses (280ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectable outer box.
The “After Hours Premium Edition” will be available for the suggested retail price of $89.99/CA$119.99/£79.99/€89.99/A$129.99 in their respective regions. If indulging in libations isn’t up your alley, you can pre-order or grab the limited launch edition of the game which contains a sleek hardcover art book that also doubles as the disc holder!
You can see a trailer for the game below.

This is an awesome looking game. With the first Yakuza’s remake coming very soon, this is a great time to be a fan of the series!
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:06 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sonic hasn’t had a good time as of late. Many of his games have been lacking and the fans have been divided. There were many who felt Sonic belonged in the past……and others took inspiration from that idea. Sega had worked with indie developers on ports and remasters of the original Sonic games in the last few years. These games were well received, and thus an idea was born, a new game would be made from a remix of classic levels with new ideas and content. The result is Sonic Mania, a game that returned to the past and proved why we fell in love with Sonic.

Sonic Mania is a beautiful tribute to the original games, and serves as a what if? type game, for what kind of Sonic we may have seen on the 32x or Sega Saturn. New ideas such as the drop dash are brought in and they fit wonderfully with the gameplay The new stages and content feel right at home in a Sonic game, and I have to give a lot of credit to the developers for doing this so well. In addition, the games pays homage to various Sega and Sonic games in a variety of ways, from small shoutouts, to a major point that I will not mention due to spoilers. The game definitely keeps things fresh and changes things at the right pace.

There are some issues, namely the Switch version has some delay when interacting with the home button and share button, and there are some bugs that still managed to seep through. It can get annoying but I have not personally noticed anything gamebreaking just yet.

One thing I must comment on is how the game has so much replayability to it, just playing the stages gives you many ways to progress but Playing as a different character really does change things up, especially if you play as Knuckles. It adds a lot to the game, and makes me want to keep playing and experience more. From the boss battles, to the levels, there is great music and animation. The tunes in this game are great and just give you an immersive feeling.

Sonic Mania is a Sonic game that just feels right, even with the bugs. It is a well made game and looks great, and has the right mix of nostalgia and new. It really does help remind people why Sonic became an icon. This is the best Sonic game made in years and I hope Sega continues this. You should definitely check this out.

 

This game was reviews on the Nintendo Switch.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 09:08 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Here is something you may not know. There is a Puyo Puyo game mode inside Sonic Mania. You can unlock Mean Bean Mode, but you need to get gold and silver medals in the Blue Sphere extra stages first.

 

See below for a video example.

 

This game just keeps getting better and better.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Aug, 2017 At 04:13 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Get ready to flex those cartography muscles again because Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be launching in the Americas on Oct. 17! All of the mysteries, dangers, and FOEs that inhabit the Yggdrasil tree will be revealed very soon, so make sure your calendar is clear of any distractions. The release date in Europe will be announced at a later time.
They say that whoever reaches the top of the colossal Yggdrasil will have their greatest wish fulfilled. So what’s so hard about hiking up a tree? Well, besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil tree is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying FOEs just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by. But don’t let that dampen your adventurous spirit because the Etrian Odyssey V launch edition contains many treasures that will strengthen your resolve! Here’s what you’ll get when you pre-order or otherwise grab the limited launch edition of the game:

24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.

  • 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • Outer Box – The Yggdrasil tree and eager adventurers adorn this colorful outer box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.
Fencer Class
It just wouldn’t be smart to traverse the Yggdrasil tree without someone who is pretty handy with a blade, so why not have an Earthlain Fencer watch your back when exploring? The Fencer is master of both rapier and shield, and let’s just say that during fights they really like to get straight to the point. Quick on their feet, Fencers excel at evasion, stabbing, initiating defensive buffs, stabbing, chaining together attacks with other party members, and stabbing. They can further specialize in their agility by sacrificing unnecessary equipment for speed or go all in with their swordsmanship to become a whirlwind of pain.
This is an awesome looking game. Will you be getting it when it launches?
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 11:24 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Sega has released the opening cinematic for Sonic Mania, which releases in a few days. You can see the cinematic here.

 

Here’s an early look at the opening animation for Sonic Mania, releasing August 15th!

Animated and Directed by Tyson Hesse, featuring custom music by Hyper Potions, this animation is our final gift to you before the game launches on Tuesday!

This is a beautiful opening and really shows how much love was put into this game.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Aug, 2017 At 01:19 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega sent out the following

 

We’re not saying that Kazuma Kiryu isn’t already the baddest man strutting down the mean streets of Kamurocho. I mean his nickname is “The Dragon of Dojima” after all, but even he can agree that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness, particularly if aid comes in the form of free Yakuza Kiwami DLC that we’ll be releasing throughout this September! From useful consumable items to Goro Majima’s glorious snake skin jacket outfit, these goodies can only help Kiryu remain a living legend to be reckoned with (especially in the high-octane world of competitive Pocket Circuit racing).
The DLC will automatically patch into the game when available and can be obtained from Bob Utsunomiya, the clown located underneath the Tenkaichi Street Gate.
Without further ado, check out the DLC information below!
Kiwami Fun Pack (Release Date: 9/5/2017)
DLC
Description
Dragon Tattoo Kiryu’s shirtless outfit
Toughness Emperor Stamina/healthy recovery item
Tauriner ++ Stamina/healthy recovery item
Staminan Royale Stamina/healthy recovery item
Modified Model Gun Handgun weapon
Gold Plate Sell for cash item


Kiwami Street Pack (Release Date: 9/12/2017)
DLC Description
Prison Escapee Kiryu’s prison outfit
Extra Balance Motor Pocket Circuit part
Extra Slim Tires Pocket Circuit part
Boost Gears Pocket Circuit part
Speed Frame Plus Pocket Circuit part
Stone of Enduring Item that protects against a critical attack once
Kiwami Fun Pack 2 (Release Date: 9/19/2017)
DLC Description
Black Suit Kiryu’s black suit outfit
Toughness Infinity Stamina/health recovery item
Tauriner Maximum Stamina/health recovery item
Staminan Spark Stamina/health recovery item
Marlin Cannon Hand-held cannon
Platinum Plate Sell for cash item
Kiwami Street Pack 2 (Release Date: 9/26/2017)
DLC Description
Snake Skin Jacket Majima’s Outfit
Killer Bee Pocket Circuit car
Godspeed Motor Pocket Circuit part
Super Slim Tires Pocket Circuit part
Godspeed Gears Plus Pocket Circuit part
New Bumper Plate Pocket Circuit part
Sacrifice Stone Item that protects against death once
Yakuza Kiwami Features:
  • A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – “Kiwami” literally translates to “extreme,” and the game was named that for good reason. Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game’s plot and creating common threads with series prequel Yakuza 0. There’s also added distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side quests, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
  • A Place for Newcomers and Veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series: newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise fresh. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
  • But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami is the “Majima Everywhere” system, where the series’ deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it. We’re talking “popping out of a goofy costume” levels of surprise, so players must stay on their toes and be ready to defend themselves from Kiryu’s chief rival.
  • Extreme Revitalization – Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps. And following suit with SEGA’s commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the west.
Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on Aug. 29 for $29.99 (with commensurate European pricing). In addition to Yakuza 0Yakuza Kiwami provides an excellent starting point for those who have always heard about the series but have yet to try it. It preserves the charm of old-school, PS2-era beat-em-up gameplay, but deftly combines it with a hard-boiled crime drama punctuated with the liveliness of Kamurocho – the fictional red-light district of Tokyo the game is set in – and all the distractions that a red-light district can offer. The game is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Yakuza Kiwami and the Yakuza series, please visit yakuza.sega.com/kiwami.

 

Yakuza Kiwami looks like an amazing remake, and the addition of free DLC is a great bonus. Will you be checking out this game when it releases?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Aug, 2017 At 06:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus has officially revealed Persona Q2, which is coming to the 3DS. A teaser site can be seen here.

Currently the only confirmation is that Persona 5 will be in the game, with no other details yet.

Atlus will doubtlessly be providing more information in the coming weeks.

Are you excited for the game?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 05:01 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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You cannot keep a good hedgehog down. Archie comics may not be publishing Sonic comics anymore but now they have a new home.

SEGA announced a new partnership with IDW Publishing today that will them publish a new line of comics based on the series starting in 2018.

Chris Ryall, IDW chief creative officer, said the following:

“We’ve been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future.”

Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog, stated:

“We are ecstatic about this partnership with IDW. We know they’ll serve as a good home for the new adventures of Sonic, his friends and foes.”

This is great news as IDW publishes some amazing comics. Just good for everyone who is a fan.

Source: SEGA PR