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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 09:04 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The King of Fighters XIV is getting some great DLC characters, but who could the final character of this (initial?) DLC be? Could we finally see the long desired King of Fighters debut for Rock Howard? I for one would like to see that! Let us know what you think?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 09:40 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Torment: Tides of Numenera was a game I was looking forward to for two reasons. One it is a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment, one of the best games ever made. The other is that it uses the Numenera Tabletop game as its setting, and Numenera is a game I have played often. So I had high hopes for this game. What I got was something a bit more than I expected.

TToN is unlike most RPGs, it is a thinking person’s RPG, more than any other. Whereas games like Fallout require a bit more action, Torment is a different beast altogether. The game is far more philosophical than people may expect. It asks deep questions, but the writing never lectures and it actually feels natural. It also references other parts of the Numenera setting and as a fan, that just made me feel giddy at times.

Torment is a deep game and one you can get lost in for hours. The gameplay does take a while to get used to, but once you do, it feels rewarding. This is designed as a throwback to the classic era of western RPGs as well as bringing in some modern aspects. Overall, I think the two have been blended very well, leading to a quality product.

If I had one complaint it is that I had some control issues. I played this on the PS4 and for some reason, at random times the controls became non responsive. When I say randomly, I truly mean it, as there was no rhyme or reason as to why these control issues happened. It really did get in the way of the game and I hope a patch can fix this soon.

A high point in the game, by contrast, was the audio and visuals. The game has an incredible soundtrack and a great art style as well. The two work together to give you a sense of nostalgia while still being firmly rooted in the modern day. I love it, when a game can accomplish that, and with Torment, it did so with amazing results.

All in all, if not for the control issues I experienced, I would say this is a perfect game. As it is, I will still recommend it, especially since a patch is likely. This is just an awesome experience and one I truly enjoyed.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Mar, 2017 At 12:55 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSony’s PlayStation Now service is getting a big update with the arrival of PS4 games to the service. They shared the following on the PlayStation Blog.

As many of you know, PlayStation Now lets you stream hundreds of PS3 games — currently 483 to be exact — to your PS4 and Windows PC.

We’re excited to announce that PS Now’s catalog is set to grow even further, as we’ll be expanding to include a new platform: PlayStation 4 games. All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription. We’ll share more information as we get closer to launch, so stay tuned.

Also, PS Now uses cloud saves, letting you start a game on PS4 and continue playing on another PS4 or even a Windows PC (or vice versa).

What is interesting about this is that this could actually end up selling more PS4 units than people think. This will give many people on the fence about the PS4, a chance to play the games on PC and see if they like it. I applaud Sony on this and feel they are making the right move.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2017 At 11:47 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWB Games and NetherRealm Studios released the following trailer for Injustice 2

 

 

So now we see how some characters have returned, and we have some idea of the story. the game looks much more epic in scale than the first game and should be a blast to play. We will have a review of the game shortly after launch.

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The Elder Scrolls is a beloved RPG series, and yet many people seem unaware there are spinoffs other than Legends and Online. There were some mobile phone games and two PC games, An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire and The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard. The games didn’t do very well, mostly due to Battlespire being a drastic genre shift and Redguard, while a serviceable action adventure game, was made on outdated and had development issues that ended up costing more in the long run.

These two spinoffs may not have done well but there is still potential in spinoffs for the series, especially prequels like Redguard . Specifically, one prequel spinoff that would be a good idea is one that would let people play as Tiber Septim/Talos as he forges his empire. The character is an integral part of Elder Scrolls lore and getting the chance to play as him at last would be amazing. This would also open up many opportunities to see the events of the backstory that we have heard about, actually unfold before our eyes.

This potential game would also be good in another way. After the events of Skyrim, the Dragonborn’s tale is done and in more ways than one, since lore wise, there will not be any more in the series universe. But a game like this would once again allow people to play as a Dragonborn since Talos was one himself. The game can even find new ways for him to gain access to his shouts since the dragons were mostly not around in his time. We could see Parthunaax and the Greybeards summon him, which was referenced in Skyrim, and we can finally clear up the mystery of how he ascended to godhood.

In a previous article, I suggested that Bethesda test out their upcoming engine for Elder Scrolls VI on a different game before ES6 is made, sot here will be less bugs. A spinoff like this is a perfect opportunity for that. As well, Bethesda could experiment with different gameplay styles. This could be an RPG like the main series but with its own set up, or an even more action oriented game than before, and being a spinoff will allow more freedom to take risks.

If Bethesda is worried about revealing too much about the series lore, they shouldn’t worry as they have a built in safety net. When Bethesda came up with the concept of the Dragon Break and CHIM, it essentially gave free license to retcon anything and not have to worry about it being lore breaking, because the very lore of the series allows this.

My only real true request if such a game is made though, is for better voice acting. The voice acting in Skyrim was not that great, some of the cast did well but some were clearly just reading off lines in a bored tone that broke the immersion.  Better voice acting could truly make this game have much more of an epic feel to it.

I truly believe this would be an amazing spinoff and one that fans would love. But now I turn the question to the readers. Would you want this game? Let me know.

 

 

The above was the opinion of the author and the author alone and doesn’t necessarily reflect the reviews of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Mar, 2017 At 01:09 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSNK and Atlus sent out the following

April 5 is a great release date, not too far away and it lets us build up anticipation for the character.  Whip will cost $4.99 on release which is a very good and fair price. I love what SNK is doing with the game’s DLC, and I hope we get the rest of the reveals and release dates soon.

See the trailer below.

Whip looks excellent to play as, and should be a lot of fun. Whom do you think the other DLC characters might be? Let us know!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Mar, 2017 At 05:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Fatshark sent out the following

STOCKHOLM MARCH 7, 2017 – Independent game developer Fatshark announced today that Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide has surpassed one million copies sold.

To celebrate this momentous milestone, we are giving the players a treat – the Lorebook DLC. Totally free, but you got to work for it. The pages have been ripped out of the book and scattered around Ubersreik. As you collect them, you will unlock the stories behind various locations, enemies, and the heroes, as well as information about the Warhammer Fantasy world. A must read for the FANtastic players of Vermintide. Console players can also enjoy a free DLC; Quests & Contract.

“We are ecstatic to have reached the one million milestone, and are very humbled that so many have invested their time and money in our game” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark.

Warhammer Vermintide is a great game, so we are happy to hear that it is doing well in sales. The new DLC sounds intriguing, and its release method is really interesting. Here is hoping the game continues its momentum.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Mar, 2017 At 05:55 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus sent out the following

The Velvet Room is place where Personas can be experimented on with reckless abandon, but there’s a catch. (Remember, there’s ALWAYS a catch.) Since the protagonist is a prisoner of his own Velvet Room, he must earn the privilege of being a Persona mad scientist. Although basic fusion and registration are immediately available to the prisoner, features such as advanced/network fusion, training, strengthening, and others are not. That’s where the Twin Wardens Caroline and Justine come in. Not only are they Igor’s assistants, but they also happen to be the “rehabilitation” officers who will be overseeing the protagonist during his stay. By spending time with them (completing prison work), additional fun experimentation options will unlock. Oh, and in case you can’t tell them apart, Caroline is the mean one and Justine is the nice one.
Learn about Caroline and Justine in the new trailer below!

Persona 5 looks amazing and we cannot wait to play it ourselves. We are just a month away, so not long now.

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Mar, 2017 At 10:48 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The PlayStation drop for the upcoming week has been delivered and we have some great games coming to the PlayStation systems. Have a look below.

2Dark
PS4 — Digital (Out 3/10)

From Frédérick Raynal, the creator of Alone in the Dark and pioneer of survival-horror, 2Dark is a grim journey of stealth and courage into the heart of corruption. Use your cunning to infiltrate Gloomywood’s bastions of cruelty. Investigate to uncover the secrets of the deranged psychopaths within, seek retribution for their crimes, and bring the children to safety.

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (PS4 Version at Retail)

The second entry in the Mysterious saga follows the adventures of the enthusiastic Firis Mistlud and her loving older sister Liane Mistlud. The sisters have lived their entire lives in the isolated town of Ertona, where Firis uses her unique ability to see where crystals are buried. By way of a fateful encounter, Firis learns of the Alchemy Exam and decides to take her first step into the outside world, setting off on a grand journey to become a certified alchemist and discover the mysteries that life has to offer!

Clicker Heroes
PS4 — Digital

Ever wondered what one quadrillion damage per second feels like? Wonder no more! Embark on your quest to attain it today! Start out by clicking on the monster to kill them, and get their gold. Spend that gold on hiring new heroes and get more damage. The more damage you deal, the more gold you will get. Feel your power grow exponentially!

Darknet
PS VR — Digital

Darknet is a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker contracted to retrieve data from the world’s most secure networks. Plug into the Net, install viruses, inject code, and tunnel through cyber-security in an experience inspired by the classic cyberpunk vision of the future.

Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy)

Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival combines the elements that made Kick Off, its sequel Kick Off 2 and Goal such a success, together with the improved technology offered by PS4: high-resolution graphics that keep the spirit of the franchise, updated physics, artificial intelligence, and gameplay that is both easy to learn, yet deep and unusually intense!

Disc Jam
PS4 — Digital (Free for PS Plus this Month)

Disc Jam is a fast-paced action-sports game that pits two to four players against each other in a frantic mix of air hockey and tennis. Players scramble to retrieve and throw a glowing disc while unleashing devastating abilities and defending their end zone. An exciting blend of strategy and skill.

Gem Smashers
PS4, PS Vita — Digital

Gem Smashers is a fun puzzle game with eight worlds and more than 100 levels. Help the three heroic creatures who escaped capture during the invasion of the Earth to rescue their friends.

Lego Worlds
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Explore. Discover. Create. Together. Lego Worlds is an open environment of procedurally-generated Worlds made entirely of Lego bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with Lego models. Create anything you can imagine one brick at a time, or use large-scale landscaping tools to create vast mountain ranges and dot your world with tropical islands. In LEGO Worlds, anything is possible!

Loot Rascals
PS4 — Digital

Only you can rescue Big Barry — your huge robot head pal — from a space theme park that’s been invaded by a tentacled pan-dimensional godbeast. Explore an alien planet, beat a menagerie of strange baddies, and win Loot Cards which give you special abilities. Loot Rascals is a tale of friendship, loss, and redemption!

Nier: Automata
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Invaders from another world attack without warning — unleashing the machine lifeforms. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. NieR: Automata is a fresh take on the action RPG genre that gracefully blends mesmerizing action with a captivating story.

Shift Happens
PS4 — Digital

Shift Happens presents Bismo and Plom — two loveable jelly creatures who got merged due to a comical yet dramatic accident. Together they have to solve lots of puzzles, survive daring jump- and climbing actions.

Sublevel Zero Redux
PS4 — Digital

Sublevel Zero Redux is a first-person, roguelike, six-degree-of-freedom shooter set in a universe where reality is falling apart. Take control of a lone gunship pilot whose mission is to loot and craft ancient technology. Descend into a vast underground facility, fighting through procedurally generated zero gravity environments to recover the technology you and your clan need to survive.

Talisman Digital Edition
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy)

In Talisman Digital Edition, there are 58 characters a player can control, from the heroic Warrior to the powerful Sorceress. In this perilous adventure, players battle it out to journey across a dangerous land and be the first to claim the Crown of Command, a magical artefact with the power to destroy all rivals and make the bearer the true ruler of the kingdom.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the very first military shooter in a massive, dangerous, and responsive open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op.

Total Jigsaw
PS4 — Digital

Love jigsaw puzzles but hate the amount of room they take up? With Total Jigsaw your worries are over. Start a jigsaw, save it midway through, and complete it later. Containing more than 100 high quality jigsaw puzzles that will knock your socks off!

Unearthing Mars
PS VR — Digital

Carrier-class spacecraft Sentra has arrived in Mars orbit, tasked to retrieve remnants of the missing explorer satellite Phobos. What they will uncover instead are the possible vestiges of an ancient civilization.

This should be a big week for gaming. Let us know what you are picking up this week on a PlayStation system.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Mar, 2017 At 09:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWayForward Technologies sent out the following

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the latest entry in the esteemed Shantae series by developer WayForward. It’s been two months since launch, and in that time Shantae: Half-Genie-Hero has quickly become a fan favorite, earning universal praise and numerous 9/10 scores and awards from gaming press!

The product was crowd-funded by fans that generously backed multiple tiers of bonus content, including extra levels (which were included in the release version) and extra characters and costumes which are now in development.

The first game stability update (Update 1.01) will arrive on March 6th, and includes:

Bug fixes for all platforms

PSTV support (Playstation Vita version)

Free bonus content: HARD CORE MODE

Hard Core Mode is a new difficulty setting for the main “Shantae” mode in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This mode is designed to provide an old-school, tough-as-nails challenge to players who miss the days of rage-quitting and throwing controllers. This mode offers a stiff challenge to any player daring to test their mettle. The same studio that developed such unforgiving brutal bliss as Contra 4, Bloodrayne Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon, and the original Shantae has returned to its roots, preparing for you a scalding hot platter of anger food. Trust us, there is no mercy to be found in this new mode, and if you want to survive you’ll need to master the game completely. There is no mercy to be found here – it’s Hard Core!

Warning! This new mode is not for everybody! On the other hand, it IS for everybody since it will be FREE to Backers, and anyone who bought the game.

What to expect in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero HARD CORE MODE:

Pain and suffering!

Harder hitting enemies!

Faster enemy patterns!

Faster scroll speeds!

Remixed enemy locations, and more of ‘em!

New Boss patterns, attacks, and stats!

Healing Items capped at six!

Re-balanced magic items!

Poor Shantae!

 

This is quite the update for the game. Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero is a great game that has received excellent reviews and deserves the praise it gets. Whatever WayForward has planned for the game, can only be a good thing. Hard Core Mode sounds like the perfect mode for gamers who need a challenge in their life.

Source: PR Email.