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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 11:09 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda has released a new trailer for The Evil Within 2

 

 

“It’s all your fault…”

That’s the mantra running through Sebastian Castellanos’ mind. Plagued by memories of the daughter he couldn’t save and a mystery he could never solve, he begins to lose himself in his past mistakes. Sebastian lives out his nightmares every day, unable to pull himself from his downward spiral. Until an old friend-turned-traitor reenters his life with an offer: Return to the nightmare and save your daughter. The Evil Within 2 gives a broken man the chance to make things right and find the peace he so deserves, but he’ll have to go through hell first.

The Evil Within 2 releases worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

The game is looking intense and will no doubt terrify many players when it releases this October.

Will you be getting it?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 04:46 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED sent out the following

 

 

XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, the start of a new story arc in developer Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed series of role-playing games, is headed to Windows PC on August 2, 2017 via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Originally released in North America to wide acclaim in 2015 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will make its debut on Windows PC with visual enhancements and over 5,000 new lines of English voiceover dialogue (approximately a 50% increase).

 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom’s beloved Trails franchise, improving on the series’ formula while delivering an expertly told, standalone narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel further explores Erebonia and gives players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire. Players take on the role of elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via tactical turn-based combat. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the “ARCUS” system – a streamlined version of the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles – allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.

 

Developed by Nihon Falcom and published on Windows PC worldwide by XSEED Games, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is headed to Windows PC on August 2, 2017 with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Peter “Durante” Thoman has been recruited to help optimize the game for PC, and fans can read what kind of technical hurdles he encountered in the first of his multiple guest blog posts detailing this game’s journey on XSEED’s blog at http://xseedgames.tumblr.com/post/163180020530/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-of-cold-steel-pc.

 

The game is now available for PS3™ and “PSVita” systems in both digital and physical formats, and the digital “PSVita” system release is compatible with PlayStation®TV. This title has been rated “T for Teen” in North America on PS3 and “PSVita” by the ESRB. The Windows PC release has not been rated. For more information on The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel please visit the official website at www.trailsofcoldsteel.com/cs1/.

Trails of Cold Steel is a unique game and one that many should give a look at.

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Telltale sent out the following

 

Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, alongside DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today announced Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series, a new five-part, episodic game series that continues Telltale’s unique take on the Caped Crusader. Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ will be available for download starting August 8th, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac, and will become available on iOS and Android-based devices later this year.

The series will also be available at retailers this October for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on a special ‘Season Pass Disc,’ which will include the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released through an online connection.
In this latest chapter, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?
This new season will be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players’ choices from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season will also include Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an online connection.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who will reprise his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.
Batman: The Enemy Within will be a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series and is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. The second season will be available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices. The series is currently in development and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
This is great news, and fans of the genre can rejoice knowing they have more coming. If you haven’t checked out any of these games yet, you really should.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 11:04 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

 

 

 

The ‘Ultimate’ DOOM – Update 6.66, All DLC Unlocked, Free Weekends
There’s never been a better time to go to Hell.

It’s been just over a year since we released DOOM and it’s thrilling to see not only many of our earliest players still enjoying the game, but also new Slayers joining the fight every day. Whether you’ve been playing for a year, a week or even if you still haven’t Glory Killed your first demon, we’ve got some exciting news for you. This week we’re rolling out the “ultimate” DOOM experience and offering it to new players at a hellishly low price.

Update 6.66

It all starts today with the release of Update 6.66. Like all of our updates, there are a ton of fixes and other improvements across multiplayer and SnapMap that we’ve outlined in our full update notes, but I want to highlight a few of the biggest changes for multiplayer specifically:

All of the Multiplayer DLC Unlocked for All

First, we’ve retired the DOOM season pass and are making all of the multiplayer DLC content available to all players. That’s three multiplayer DLC packs, which include nine of our best maps, three additional guns, three additional playable demons, new equipment, armor sets and more. That’s on top of the modes and features, like bot support, that players have been enjoying since late last year.

A Completely Revised Multiplayer Progression System

With this update, we’ve changed when and how players unlock additional guns, demons, equipment and all of the player and weapon customization options. Instead of relying on the current random unlock system, everything now unlocks through specific leveling requirements and/or in-game challenges. Now, if there’s a specific helmet you want, you can work toward unlocking it by focusing your play style on the related challenge. We’re confident new and veteran players alike will enjoy the control and predictability in this new multiplayer progression system.

For our veteran players, we know you’ve been unlocking items through both the original random progression system and/or via DLC purchase. We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to both retain previously unlocked items if they choose, but also unlock anything they don’t have through the new level- and challenge-based progression. To do this we will be resetting all veteran players to level 0. Don’t panic, though – that’s just your level. All veteran players will have the option to completely reset their unlock progression items and experience the new progression system fresh, OR retain all of their existing guns, equipment, demons and customization unlocks that they’ve acquired or purchased and then unlock the remaining items through the revised progression system. Regardless of whether you keep your gear or choose to re-earn it, we’re giving all veteran players a special badge recognizing their previous experience in the game. For those elite few who have achieved the max Slayer level, we’ve designated a special Slayer badge for you.

A New Runes System, Better Player Information, Revised User Interface

On the gameplay front, we’ve replaced the Hack Module System with an all-new Runes System. Much like the Runes system from the DOOM campaign, multiplayer Runes are now persistent player abilities earned and included in a player loadout. Unlike the previous Hack Modules, Runes do not need to be activated and do not expire. Runes are persistent capabilities (or perks) that become a consistent and predictable component of your loadout and play style.

We’ve also overhauled most of the in-game HUD, including better callouts for challenges, awards and scoring. The kill card has been completely revised to provide players a more clear and accurate account of their demise, including not just who killed them but also the players, weapon types and damage that combined to kill them.

Players will also discover numerous improvements throughout the menus and user interface, including completely revised post-match summaries as well as updates that better illustrate player status in lobbies, highlight the new progression options and status, and better outline weapon, equipment and demon characteristics.

Free Weekends

If you’re someone who just hasn’t tried DOOM yet, we’re giving you the ultimate opportunity to try out one of the most talked about games of 2016. Starting at 12:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 20, on Xbox One, 1pm ET on Thursday, July 20 on PC, and 12:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 27 on PlayStation 4, you can try DOOM for free. Blast hordes of demons in the first two levels of DOOM’s critically acclaimed campaign, then ratchet up the intensity by going for a high-score in Arcade Mode. Plus, you’ll also have unlimited access to DOOM’s multiplayer and SnapMap modes for the duration of the weekend. If you choose to purchase during the free weekend, all of your progress in campaign and multiplayer is saved and you’ll continue right from where you left off.

An Ultimate Price

Lastly, we don’t want anything standing in your way of joining the millions of people that have experienced the rush and pure fun of DOOM, so not only are we giving you a chance to try it during a free weekend – if you like it, we’re offering it for $14.99 (US) / £11.99 (UK) / $17.99 (AUS) (digital purchase only). That’s the award-winning campaign, arcade mode, all of the DLC, countless hours of SnapMap and the right to say you are a badass, rip-and-tear DOOM Slayer – all for just $14.99 (US) / £11.99 (UK) / $17.99 (AUS).

As always, thanks to everyone for your incredible support. We hope that whether you’re a long-time Slayer, trying the game during a free weekend, or you’re purchasing it for the first time, you find something you love in DOOM.

 

This is amazing news, and just makes this game even more awesome. DOOM is one of the best FPS games ever made, and more should try it. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. If you haven’t seen our review yet, you can see it here and a 2nd review here.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Jul, 2017 At 05:44 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re incredibly excited to see how popular Heroes of Skyrim has been with all of you. We knew people would love to play with some of their favorite creatures and characters from Skyrim, but this has surpassed our expectations, so we want to take a quick moment to say thank you to all the awesome members of our community who have played Heroes of Skyrim and posted set review videos, pack opening screen shots, card ranking articles and everything else in-between. The game is only getting better, and you’re a huge part of that.

One of the things a digital card game allows us to do is adjust cards on the fly.  We’ve been pretty vocal about tapping into this with Legends and we’re always looking at the meta game and data behind the scenes to see how we can make adjustments for the health of the game. With that in mind, based on the feedback we’re already seeing, we’re currently looking at adjusting the following cards in coming patches.

  • Praetorian Commander
  • Echos of Akatosh
  • Bringer of Nightmares
  • Belligerent Giant

Besides these card adjustments, we’ll also be performing hotfixes soon to address bugs introduced with Heroes of Skyrim like Silence, Wabbajack interactions, reported issues w/ localization and more.

Once again, thank you to everyone for your continued support. Your feedback, and passion are critical to the success of Legends. We’ll see you on the battlefield.

This is great what Bethesda is doing with the game. Heroes of Skyrim is a great addition to Elder Scrolls: Legends and fans can truly appreciate it.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Jul, 2017 At 08:04 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

After two weeks of intense Qualifiers in Quake Champions’ new 1v1 Duel and 4v4 Sacrifice modes, the best have begun to separate themselves from the rest in the Quake World Championships. We’re halfway there — 32 EU & NA Duel players and eight EU Teams have already punched their tickets to the Regional Finals.  Missed the action? You can catch up on all of it on Twitch or see some quick highlights on the ESL Quake Twitter feed.

 

The good news is there’s a lot more coming. Today, and continuing through the weekend, you can tune in live on Twitch for EU and NA Duel action, as well as the first NA Sacrifice Team Qualifiers.

 

The battle for the $1 million prize pool reaches the next stage at the Regional Finals, August 5 and 6, followed by the Finals to be held on the main stage at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX, August 24-26.

 

For more information, please visit the Quake World Championships ESL info page at https://play.eslgaming.com/quake/global/quakechampions/major/quake-world-championship-2017

The Quake World Championships have been exciting and it is good that Bethesda is really pushing the eSports part of the game. Have you been watching the competition? If not, you really should.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 02:18 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Gambitious sent out the following

 

The developers/nincompoops at Vile Monarch and frightened schoolboys at Gambitious Digital Entertainment today announced the Oh…Sir! Summer Blockbuster Season. The month-long celebration features free, potty-mouthed updates to Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator and its equally disrespectful progeny, Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast, on Windows PC and mobile throughout the summer.

New to the cast of Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast and playable now is Jane Blunt, the most sophisticated lady spy ever to grace the halls of MI6, whose razor-sharp tongue is every bit as deadly as her karate chop. Coming on July 18 exclusively to the PC version of The Hollywood Roast is a new custom voiceover recording modding tool, allowing insult-addicted players to bring unprecedented customization to their own characters. Then, during the first week of August, the free Small Screen Stars DLC will let fans hurl derision as modern YouTube idols, including JackSepticEye, ZombiUnicorn, EatMyDiction, ThinkNoodles and more.

Meanwhile, the original Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator will get its very own monumental free update on July 25 for PC and mobile, featuring – wait for it – the protagonist of the Postal series, Postal Dude. Yes, Vile Monarch has collaborated with the disappointingly polite people at Running With Scissors to bring Postal Dude to the game, armed with nothing more than a barrage of vaguely profane language delivered by the original Postal voice actor, Rick Hunter, no less.

If you’d like to fire off some of your finest insults to the developers, you can find them on Twitter at @GambitiousInc and @VileMonarch.

The Oh…Sir! series is one of the most hilarious franchises in gaming currently. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find our review of Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast, here

By John Kinsella On 12 Jul, 2017 At 07:50 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Oh Sir, Insult Simulator was a game that was surprising in its launch. Playing this game I was surprised how enjoyable it was to insult people with well thought out jabs.

Hollywood Roast the sequel to this game turns this idea up to 11, by making it all about movies. It really makes for an interesting game. From the different sets to the wacky characters it certainly is worth trying.

Hollywood Roast wants you to succeed and even offers training which is quite necessary as this game works fast. This game might seem simple, but you often have to work with odd roasts. Sometimes you won’t be able to roast the opponent as hard, simply because of what the game gives you to work with. You really have to think and adjust based on who you are facing because they will never be hurt by the same roasts.

Sometimes also you are just given the worst roasts. Things that no one would be offended by. It is all about luck in these instances. All you can hope for is a continuation and a new batch of words.

You can even play online or with friends. Use what you know about your friends to spear them with awful jokes. Just let then know that this is just a Simulator.

The characters are all so different and fit into strange types. There is the old school Hollywood actress who is so old she was probably the first. There is a Gandalf esque wizard, and an aged Harry Potter type, plus a Deadpool like character fused with other superheroes. These characters are quite quick even if they are controlled by the computer.

This game all in all is better then the original. The developers have tweaked and adjusted the original system and have really made it better. Plus the characters are all different which makes it even more fun.

After this I wonder what they will pull out next. They really could do just about anything. Who know roasting others would lead to such a thrilling game?

By John Kinsella On 12 Jul, 2017 At 07:37 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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DeBlob is back in action, this time for Steam. After years of not playing this game,  it is now good to get to back into it. When I first played this game I was into it but not as much as I could have been. It really comes down personally to me enjoying using the PS4 controller over the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. While of course intuitively the Wii remote and nunchuck did work, a classic controller scheme does work better.

DeBlob is an active painting game where you play as the titular character DeBlob. This master of paint  is literally a blob of living paint must save the world. The world has gone black and white thanks to the Inky forces of evil, and it is up to DeBlob and a plucky team called the resistance to save the day and return everything to color.

This game is actually a really well designed one, where you paint buildings in different colors by absorbing paint bots. With so many colors to choose from, you can really make the world your own. Of course you don’t always get to choose what color you paint things, but for the most part the world is your canvas. There are challenges to be had too, as you race to beat them using certain colors. Of course the deeper into the game you get, the harder the challenges. Maybe you need to paint half the building red, the middle blue, and the top Purple, and it really adds another layer to the game for those that want to take on the challenges.

The game progresses pretty nicely as you travel around different areas, dodging water, smash the Inky baddies, and painting the town. Every level is decently sized and full of things to do. It is also easy to double back and complete something if you missed it or didn’t feel like doing it at the time.

The music is also great as, the more you play the more songs you get. You could play one level in a Samba style, or Funk. It adds just another layer, no matte rhow small that changes how you feel. With the music changing you can’t really hate on it, you choose the music and you figure out what music works best for the situation. You can even set the music to random and you might be surprised at what the game chooses. It really is surprising that music can change a game so drastically but I think it is part of this game’s charm.

All in all DeBlob is a game worth playing. No matter what system you may play it on, if painting a city to restore it to its former glory sounds fun you may really like this game. So, join the resistance and make things fun again!

You can get DeBlob now, on Steam. Go, paint the city, and make things pretty!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jul, 2017 At 01:36 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Maximum Games sent out the following

 

Video game publisher Maximum Games, in partnership with developer Spiral House, today announced that Troll and I – the adventure that pits the dynamic duo of Troll and Otto against a Scandinavian forest of wilds – will be available for $29.99 on Nintendo Switch on August 15, 2017. Additionally, the game receives a major patch for console and PC versions on July 21st.

Troll and I is the perfect first entry for us into the Nintendo Switch system,” said Christina Seelye, CEO of Maximum Games. “The cooperative gameplay lends itself perfectly to the local co-op features of the platform, where two friends can work together to battle the challenges they face as a team.”
Troll and I invites players on an enchanting journey with the game’s two main heroes: the nimble, adventurous, adolescent Otto and the powerful, elusive Troll. With the ability to play solo or with a friend in local couch co-op, players must guide Otto and Troll through the majestic mountains and lush forests of the Nordic wilderness as they try to dodge and defeat various enemies, including mythical orcs and ruthless hunters.
The game was previously released on PS4™, Xbox One, and PC in March of this year. Those versions will receive a major patch on July 21st implementing the following improvements: addition of a mini-map; additional checkpoints; Easy, Normal and Hard difficulty settings; increased crafting speed; new tutorials; additional text hints; increased resources for crafting and survivability; overall balance improvements. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will also see these changes when it launches in August.
Troll and I was developed by Spiral House and is published by Maximum Games. The game is available now in North America for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC, and will be available on Nintendo Switch August 15th, 2017. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.
You can see a trailer for the Switch version here

Will you be getting the game on Switch when it comes out? Are you looking forward to the patch on other platforms? Let us know!
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