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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 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:17 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Next Tuesday, on August 22, id Software’s incredible multiplayer fragfest, Quake Champions, will officially exit the Closed Beta phase and enter into Early Access on Steam and through the Bethesda.net launcher, bringing with it a host of new content, including new maps, features, and a special new Champion – the mighty DOOM Slayer from id Software’s hit game, DOOM.

 

Players who want to jump in and frag their way to global dominance will be able to buy the Champions Pack, which will unlock all current and future Champions as well as other exclusive in-game bonuses for $29.99, 25% off the final retail price of $39.99.

 

“With a fast, skill-based game like Quake Champions, nothing is more important than continual testing and refining, based on player feedback, to ensure the game is balanced, optimized, and fun for all levels of players, from pro to new,” said Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. “The Early Access version of Quake Champions is, obviously, a work-in-progress, but represents a solid and robust version of the game, with four modes, 11 Champions, a variety of maps, and a thriving community of fans. Early Access will allow us to work closely with players to improve the game and add additional features before the official launch of Quake Champions in the coming months.”

 

The Champions Pack

To play Quake Champions during Early Access, players can buy the Champions Pack, which includes:

  • All 11 current Champions, including Ranger, Visor, Scalebearer, Nyx, Anarki, Clutch, Sorlag, Galena, Slash, BJ Blazkowicz from id Software’s Wolfenstein, and the new DOOM Slayer
  • All future Champions, including at least six additional Champions expected to release before the end of 2018, and any that follow
  • An exclusive Early Access skin for series diehard Ranger, available only during the Early Access period for Champions Pack players
  • Three Reliquaries (loot chests containing three in-game items for profile, Champion, and weapon customization, like skins, shaders, nameplates, and more)

 

Quake Champions’ free-to-play version will launch at a later date. However, players who previously redeemed a Closed Beta key will be able to continue playing Quake Champions in free-to-play mode, only via Bethesda.net. These players will play on the same servers as Champions Pack owners and have the option of upgrading to the Champions Pack or buying additional Champions at any time. Players new to Quake Champions will need to either buy the Champions Pack or wait until free-to-play mode launches at a later date.

 

Put a little DOOM in Your Quake!

Quake Champions’ newest playable Champion, DOOM Slayer, comes straight from the depths of hell to the Arenas, wielding his pounding fists and a deadly hunger for blood. Fans of DOOM can run amok using DOOM Slayer’s Active Ability – Berserk – smashing enemies into bloody piles of gibs with his bare hands. DOOM Slayer’s passive will also be familiar to DOOM fans — Double Jump — allowing him to jump a second time while in the air.

 

Additional Content and Features Going Live at Early Access

Quake Champions Early Access will also introduce a host of new content and features for players, including:

  • Two New Maps: Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine

  • The New Champion: DOOM Slayer

  • Rune Challenges: Players will be rewarded for completing new Rune Challenges found in backpacks

  • Lore System: Players will find Lore Items hidden throughout Arenas in vases. By collecting all 10 Lore Items for a specific Champion, they will unlock that Champion’s high-end Lore Skin

  • Improved New Player Onboarding: New features to help get fresh fraggers up to speed include a movement tutorial, shooting gallery, and the ability to choose a skill level

  • New Customization Options: New options include new Champion skin sets and weapon shaders

  • In-Game Voice Chat

This is really cool news. Bethesda has been making all the right moves with Quake Champions, and this new information will no doubt have many excited for the game. Will you be checking this out? You should definitely keep an eye on this.

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By John Kinsella On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:16 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This is the first day of the rest of your life. This opening line begins this crazy adventure., where our hero Stan is in the kitchen with his wife Pam,. They are discussing dinner, when he passes out and soon wakes up in another form. Upon landing, he is told to consult with a tree who grants him power, where after jumping into a portal, it begins. The dangerous journey through an unforgiving land.

Enemies appear and at first they run, but soon enough it doesn’t matter. They fight back, and they want you dead., and the game eventually begins locking you into battles. In this vicious game, there is no tutorial, you need to figure out how to play it and fast. Think quickly, as when you die you are sent back to the last checkpoint. Funny thing about this game, it sets you off on your journey on hard mode, and hard mode is beyond challenging. A true master might complete it…might.

In this game, you have three attacks. A quick dash which is fast but weak, a whip which draws enemies close, and a heavy attack which is clearly slow yet strong. Leveling these three up doesn’t actually help you on he surface, it just gives you more combos to unleash on your unsuspecting foes.

The characters are interesting in their own ways. You meet a few at the start and then more are peppered in. They are all a little weird and I think that is a good thing. The story of Stan is a nice diversion from the fighting chaos, and it is a story that will have you question things. It unfolds as you progress through your neon hell, and you learn how Stan is actually doing above.

You also get to collect things throughout the game. There are points where you might see something shiny. Dare you go collect it? You’ll always face more enemies, so best be healed up first. The bosses of course are all different and you will need to use all your skill to beat them. This is another unforgiving part of the game. While this game is ridiculously hard, it draws you in. It keeps you wanting to play it even if for only awhile. It punishes you but you can’t stop from coming back.

I will say that the game looks amazing as well. It’s such a shiny game and the world you explore looks great. The music however is not great. With only the title screen track and a main track it could have been better. Though the main track does change throughout the game subtly. Phantom Trigger is a game that will offer you no hand holding. But it is one that when you succeed at even a portion of, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Not a game for everyone with it’s hard hitting roguelike form, but one you may just want to try.

Phantom Trigger is available today on Steam and The Nintendo Switch. So come on, go save Stan, you get to be a Ninja in hell.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:39 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

 

Don’t miss the mind-bending sci-fi adventure that some are already calling one of the best games of 2017. If you’re a PC gamer and haven’t yet played Prey, now you have the perfect opportunity. Starting today, the critically acclaimed game from the masterminds at Arkane Studios will be available as a PC trial for the first-time ever.

 

Also today, Prey will shift from a demo to a trial on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That means anyone who wants to test out Prey ahead of a purchase can retain their progress along with any Trophies/Achievements earned during the trial.

 

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.

 

Check out the newly released video to celebrate the trial

This is great news, as Prey is a game that more people should check out. If you haven’t seen it yet, our review of the PS4 version is here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:14 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

 

 

After losing his eye in an explosion during his time as a war photographer, Stefano rapidly descended into madness. His newfound “vision” drove him to become fascinated by the precise instant when death takes a person – that split second in time when people are, in his opinion, at their most open and most beautiful. Stefano returned home from the war with a newfound purpose. But he wouldn’t wait for these perfect moments to arise on their own. Why should he, when he could orchestrate those final breaths? One victim became two, and soon enough he had become a serial killer, photographing each of his victims’ faces at the exact moment of their demise.

 

But the real world could never appreciate his talents. Stefano was hunted, until he found himself in this STEM world – a world of “pure creation.” A world he could shape to suit his own desires. And Lily is the key to unlocking the potential of this world.

 

And he’s not alone in his endeavors. Born from an untethered and immoral imagination and sculpted from blood and bone and flesh, Obscura is one of Stefano’s greatest masterpieces. Somewhere inside of Obscura is a story from another life, long before Stefano ever even learned of the existence of STEM – a story you’ll have to uncover for yourself as you explore Union and discover more about the twisted artist behind some of the horrors hunting you. Check out Bethesda.net for even more details.

The Evil Within 2 will launch worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Evil Within 2  has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.TheEvilWithin.com

 

 

The game is looking fantastic and to be a even better than the original. The game looks to have the right blend of horror elements that fans want in their games. Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 11:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Frozenbyte sent out the following

 

 

Frozenbyte has released a video introducing the diverse cast of playable characters of the upcoming blast-em-up game of magic mayhem, Nine Parchments!

The cast includes eight wizarding apprentices from various backgrounds, including a surprise appearance by the master of boxes himself from the Trine series, Amadeus!

 

Nine Parchments will be playable at gamescom at the Indie Arena Booth, and at the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX West, and will be shown for the first time ever on Nintendo Switch! The demo will have four player co-op, and includes a boss battle against a dangerous, firebreathing Treasure Mantis.
In September, the Japanese version will be playable at Tokyo Game Show!
Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen commented on the playable Nintendo Switch version: “We’re huge fans of Switch here at Frozenbyte and are ecstatic to show a playable version of Nine Parchments! It’s going to be a blast in co-op!”
Nine Parchments is in the final stages of development, and set to launch later this year on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with a more precice launch date still to be announced.
About Nine Parchments
Nine Parchments is a co-operative blast ’em up game of magical mayhem from Frozenbyte!
Runaway apprentice wizards seize the opportunity to complete their spellbooks by going after the lost Nine Parchments. As the would-be wizards rapidly acquire powerful new spells without learning proper safety measures, it’s natural their hasty progress results in plenty of deadly accidents…
Nine Parchments combines real-time spell-shooting action with RPG elements – level up your character and collect magical loot, filling your wardrobe with a myriad of wizard hats and powerful staves.
Features
•  Wield the power of the elements and master a diverse and ever-changing arsenal of spells
•  Unlock new playable characters, wizard hats and magical staves
•  Level up and train your characters in the magical arts, but choose your path wisely!
•  Battle strange creatures & mighty bosses in a breathtakingly beautiful world, set in the Trine universe
•  Online and local co-op with 1-4 players
•  Coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017
You can see the new trailer here

This game looks amazing and will no doubt be a big hit when it releases. Are you looking forward to it?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 11:18 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Fig.co is excited to reveal that the next Fig-funded game to be releasing will be Trackless, a first-person exploration and puzzle game unlike anything anyone has played before! Developed by 12 East Games, Trackless will be available on September 12 on PC platforms.

Set in the distant future and inspired by classic adventure games like Zork, Shadowgate, and King’s Quest, Trackless is an atmospheric adventure that sets you on a journey to complete a series of trials to gain access to The Object, a mysterious monolith. The game utilizes a mix of first-person adventuring elements and a text input system that hearkens back to the classic period of adventure gaming, making for a wholly unique gameplay experience.

Trackless casts the player as a Seeker, someone who has decided to take a journey into the mountains to attempt a series of trials that, if completed, will lead them to a monolith called The Object. No one knows what The Object is or where it came from, but clues exist surrounding this intractable mystery. Players will meet many people on the journey (some who will help along the way, and others might obstruct the quest) as they learn about the game’s strange future that pulls inspiration from real world places.

12 East Games is headed by Aubrey Serr, whose experience includes working on Wolfire games like Overgrowth and Receiver before setting off to create his own original games. Trackless also features an original soundtrack composed by Makeup and Vanity Set, adding a layer of synthesized ambience to the game’s intriguing world.

“Knowing Aubrey’s work, Trackless is sure to be like nothing else out there,” Steve Gaynor of Fullbright, creators of Gone Home and Tacoma, said. “I can’t wait to explore its strange and alien world for myself.”

The Trackless campaign achieved 108% of its goal, hitting $21,790 last fall. Backers had the opportunity to support the campaign through both pledges and investments.

This is a very intriguing looking game, and is one to keep an eye on. We will be covering this game more in the future.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 11:08 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes have announced that the release of BATTLETECH has been moved to early 2018. Initially planned for release later this year, the move will give the Harebrained Schemes team the time they need to deliver the type of quality experience the company is known for.

“Throughout development our Backers have been clear: ‘Don’t rush it, just make it great.’ and we have taken that advice to heart,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the original board game and BattleTech universe. “HBS, Paradox, and our Backers all share a deeply personal attachment to this project and we are committed to delivering a game that not only meets the high expectations of our Backers and fans but introduces BattleTech to a new generation of players.”

“The feedback and enthusiasm from Beta participants has shown us just how great BATTLETECH can be, and rushing development to fit a timeline would be a disservice,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “We believe in the Harebrained Schemes team, and want them to give the game the time and attention they need to create a turn-based game worthy of the name.”

To help eager MechCommanders pass the time, Harebrained Schemes is again updating their Backer Beta this week to include a large number of improvements including gameplay changes, AI upgrades, balance changes, and interface enhancements based upon the reams of useful feedback they’ve received from their community. A subsequent update coming soon will also allow Backers to go head-to-head in PvP multiplayer allowing them to test their skills against human opponents. The Beta will last at least another month, so players interested in becoming Late Backers to gain access to the Beta should go to http://battletechgame.com/ to get in on the action.

This is actually good news. BattleTech is an awesome franchise and to do it justice will take time. I hope people realize this, and that the developers are able to polish the game well.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 09:19 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

We’re pleased to announce that Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, will sponsor QuakeCon’s 10th annual ‘Ultimate Power Up’ sweepstakes. As part of the sweepstakes, 100 lucky QuakeCon attendees will be entered into a drawing for their chance to be one of three randomly selected winners to each receive a $10,000 cash prize.

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, August 24th at 10am CT and will remain open through 12pm CT on Sunday, August 27th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.

“It means a great deal to have the Ventrilo team return as the official sponsors of the 10th annual QuakeCon sweepstakes,” said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. “We’re lucky to have a partner like Ventrilo who’s continued support has allowed us to give back to our community year after year.”

“Flagship Industries is honored to be part of QuakeCon for the 10th annual ‘Ultimate Power Up’ sweepstakes and host Ventrilo Version 4 servers on the local LAN’s for all attendees to use,” said Brian Knapp, President of Flagship Industries. “The gaming community’s support for both Ventrilo and QuakeCon has been tremendous throughout the years and we’re excited to show our appreciation once again.”

The ‘Ultimate Power Up’ winners will be randomly selected on Saturday, August 26th alongside Master Pancake starting at 7pm. A total of 100 coveted tickets will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show via QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

  • Thursday, August 24th: 10am – 6pm CT

  • Friday, August 25th: 10am – 6pm CT

  • Saturday, August 26th: 10am – 6pm CT

The free event is open to general admission attendees thanks to the support of id Software and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2017 event sponsors and exhibitors.

To pre-register for QuakeCon today go to: registration.quakecon.org. For more information on QuakeCon 2017 visit www.quakecon.org.

QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up Rules:

The ‘Ultimate Power Up’ Sweepstakes is open to all QuakeCon 2017 registered attendees who are 18 years of age and older and are legal residents of the United States, its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia. No purchase necessary. A total of 100 raffle tickets will be distributed throughout the QuakeCon event. Additional information about contest rules, eligibility, restrictions and requirements will be available at www.quakecon.org.

The news from Quakecon always is exciting and this year it will be a great convention. Will you be going?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 08:38 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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 Indie game developer Fair Weather Studios has announced their new turn-based strategy game, Ancient Frontier, will launch on September 21st, 2017. Ancient Frontier is a sci-fi turn-based strategy with RPG elements that sets players off on a story-driven single player experience.

Ancient Frontier features two full story driven campaigns featuring full voice over, tactical turn-based combat, and RPG elements.  Set in the same universe as Fair Weather’s previous title Bladestar, set forth into galactic conflict based in the frontier far removed from the comforts of the core systems. Corporations actively war against each other, Raiders pillage and burn easy targets, and the Federation seeks to instill law and order in the midst of it all.

 

In Ancient Frontier, players will be able to build and command their own fleet of ships to take to the battlefield in tactical turn-based combat that features everything from ship specific abilities to unique story-driven objectives. After a successful battle, players can upgrade their ships by using resources to unlock new technology via the tech tree. In addition, ships will gain experience and become more powerful as they level up. Be warned, however. A ship destroyed in battle is forever lost to the endless vacuum of space.

Players will have access to over 35 unique ships to build their fleet and two fully-fledged story-driven campaigns to play through featuring main quests and optional side missions. Ancient Frontier is set to launch on Steam on September 21st, 2017.
Key Features

  • Two fully-fledged campaigns with fully voiced dialogue.

  • Dynamic initiative based turn based combat.

  • RPG elements including experience progression for ships.

  • Permadeath – once a ship is gone, it’s gone.

  • Fleet management – choose which ships to take into battle.

  • Over 35 unique ships to command.

  • Customize your playstyle by unlocking technologies in an extensive Tech Tree.

  • Two major factions and three sub-factions.

  • Large, detailed space maps to fight across.

  • Resource management – scavenge for resources and spend them to upgrade and obtain new ships and upgrades.

  • Dozens of different weapon systems and abilities to control.

 

This is a very interesting looking game. It definitely looks like one to keep an eye on.

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