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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Sep, 2017 At 11:02 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm studios have released a trailer for Raiden in Injustice 2. The thunder god shows off his abilities in a variety of ways and another DC character makes a debut as a premier skin.

Take a look below

 

 

Will you be playing as Raiden?

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The Dishonored series has been one of the more interesting things to have come out of gaming in recent years.  The games offer more choices that do affect how the game progresses, which give the games a lot of replayability. That said, there are some who feel the games have been becoming formulaic. For those who feel that way though, Dishonored: Death of The Outsider offers some changes to what you might expect.

Death of the Outsider follows Billie Lurk as she aids Doud in his revenge against the Outsider. From there however, things get strange. Billie gains abilities like one would expect in a Dishonored game, but not in the usual way. In fact, Death of the Outsider does a lot different, such as removing the chaos system altogether. This does affect the replayability of the game, but the tradeoff is a more innovative experience. Billie’s powers are fun to use, and offer multiple ways to go about things. Without giving spoilers, there are certain parts of the game that you just want to replay over and over, because there are so many different ways to complete an objective, and each way is extremely satisfying.

The gameplay in general is handled well, but I do feel that with the removal of the chaos system, the game is lacking something. Even with the chaos system removed, something equal could have been there, but what is in place just does not feel up to par with the previous games. That being said, I do appreciate the game moving away and trying something new.

Another thing to address is the fact that this is essentially DLC being sold separately. I have seen many complain about that, but I don’t know why. This is not a new concept, such as seen with Infamous: First Light, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and even Bethesda themselves with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. I actually like the idea of DLC being sold as standalone games, especially in this case, since as mentioned,  Death of the Outsider does a lot of new things.

The game is rather short ( although considering it is an expansion, that is fine), but satisfying. You still feel awesome using the abilities, and there is the right mix of stealth and action along with a detailed story. The game works to resolve many of the overarching questions of the series, but manages to leave many things open for a possible sequel.

After playing Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, I felt Arkane Studios and Bethesda truly managed to take the series in a new direction. While some may not like this, I felt it may have been needed as it keeps things fresh. Playing this was an awesome experience, and I feel this is one that more people should play. Obviously this is not a good place to start with the series, especially as it spoils the events of Dishonored 2, and gives it a canonical series of events. But for fans of the series, this is a great game. I fully recommend it.

 

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Disclaimer: Bethesda provided a review key

 

Reviewed on PS4

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Sep, 2017 At 04:02 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today launched NBA LIVE 18, which introduces THE ONE, an all-new dynamic career experience centered around the player. The game offers a unique experience through character progression, extensive gear customization, and narrative branching – a first in the basketball videogame genre. In NBA LIVE 18, THE ONE gives fans the freedom to play how they want, where they want, and with whom they want in the quest for basketball stardom. Players can develop their own unique playstyle from 11 signature abilities and 70 different, upgradable traits, and their own personality with unique customization features including the hottest outfits and sneakers.

 

NBA LIVE 18 delivers a basketball experience with a level of player choice unlike anything that has come before,” said Sean O’Brien, Executive Producer on NBA LIVE 18. “We are giving fans a unique opportunity to build their own basketball legacy, playing on iconic courts and in Pro-Am leagues outside the traditional NBA, with a game that’s completely open and ever-changing. We’re going to continue to offer our fans new experiences through LIVE Events, where they can unlock rewards on their own or with a teammate.”

 

There are many pathways to rise up through the basketball ranks by playing in THE LEAGUE and THE STREETS. For an authentic NBA career experience, THE LEAGUE offers fans the ability to progress from rookie to veteran with their favorite NBA team while playing real NBA action including the NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals games. Just like in the NBA, players can earn MVP, All-NBA and Sixth Man of the Year awards, among others.

 

In THE STREETS, fans can push their career further on legendary Pro-Am courts where competitive challenges and matchups await, including LIVE Events – new, regularly updated challenges that are in-real time to battle opponents in competitive or co-operative games for unique rewards – to build a career in the streets through challenging tournaments and throwback challenges. Games can be played on iconic courts such as Rucker Park in New York City and in leagues such as The Drew in Los Angeles.

 

In addition to playing in THE STREETS and THE LEAGUE, players will be able to play in the WNBA, another first for the basketball genre. The WNBA’s full roster of teams and players will be available in WNBA Play Now, with the teams and player skills specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and its players.

 

Players looking for a deep and rich basketball experience on their mobile device can also check out NBA LIVE Mobile, available as free-to-download* on the App Store SM and Google Play™.

 

NBA LIVE 18 is developed by EA Tiburon and is available now in stores and for digital download worldwide for Xbox One and PlayStation® 4.

 

The EA SPORTS™ brand is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. The EA SPORTS studios create connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

 

For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit http://www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

 

*NETWORK FEES MAY APPLY.

 

NBA Live fans. Will you be picking up the game? Let us know what you think of it!

 

source: EA PR

 

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I don’t play too many 3DS games, but one that caught my eye was Chicken Wiggle. It had a sense of wonder and adventure to it that I found immensely attractive. The great visuals and excellent looking gameplay had me hooked from the first time I saw it and I needed to experience it. After playing it, I have to say that Atooi has another masterpiece on their hands.

Chicken Wiggle is a 2D platformer with excellent controls, and lovable protagonists. Normally 2D platformers these days feel a need to guide you through every last detail but Chicken Wiggle lets you jump right in and learn it for yourself. I found this refreshing, and despite needing a few minutes to get the hang of it, it was all for the best. The learning curve is not that bad and honestly, this is a game for platformer fans of all degrees of experience.

There is an issue with the difficulty varying wildly at times, which can be annoying but I don’t feel its a major problem. Overall, I find the gameplay amazing, as while the protagonists moves are basic, there is a lot that can be done with them. Chick can jump run, and attack enemies and obstacles, while the worm can reach far-away platforms and walls with stickiness. Using them both in creative ways makes a things a lot more interesting and opens new possibilities. The levels are well designed and give you a lot of room to experiment in, and this isn’t even considering the various power ups you get throughout the levels.

Chicken Wiggle has some incredible music as well, and the soundtrack just feels fun. The soundtrack perfect companion piece to this game and helps further the experience, so my hat goes off to Atooi for that as well. Visually the game is excellent as well, and has a great art style that just works for it.

If anything, it is sad that the game does have an end to it, but even then it doesn’t have to end. The game has an excellent level editor that seems to take after Super Mario Maker, and lets you share your levels with others. Its does have a drawback though, in that the interface is a bit unintuitive and can be more cumbersome that you would expect. Still sharing and playing levels is fun, and I had a blast with the levels I played from others.

I have to encourage everyone to play this game. It is amazing and deserves attention.

 

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A review key was provided by Atooi

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Sep, 2017 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atooi sent out the following

 

Atooi announced that their new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle will go on a special two-week flash sale from September 14 to September 28 – dropping the price from $14.99 to $9.99 in North America on Nintendo 3DS eShop. A savings of 33%. The two-week flash sale will begin in Europe on September 21.

“For anyone who was on the fence about buying Chicken Wiggle, this is a great time to take advantage of the promotional price and join our egg-cellent community,” Atooi Owner Jools Watsham says of the flash sale. “There are already over 400 unique levels available to download for free on-line, and the number continues to grow each day, which is a testament to the power and ease of Chicken Wiggle’s on-line level sharing features.”

Chicken Wiggle is an amazing game that everyone should try and this sale is one that is not to be missed.

 

We will have a review up of the game very shortly.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Sep, 2017 At 11:11 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Take on the role of Billie Lurk, once one of Dunwall’s most notorious killers-for-hire. Reunited with your old mentor, the legendary assassin Daud, you undertake the greatest assassination ever conceived: killing the Outsider, a god-like figure whom Daud sees as instrumental in some of the Empire’s most dishonorable moments. As you venture deep into the grimiest corners of Karnaca to uncover the mystery of the Outsider and his origins, face deadly opposition, dark ancient powers, and difficult decisions that will forever change the world around you.

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider launch worldwide on September 15, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For more information about the game, visit dishonored.bethesda.net

 

 

 

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider looks absolutely amazing. This looks like a worthy continuation of the series and will no doubt be another great entry. Will you be getting it?

 

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Sep, 2017 At 03:23 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

 

Celebrating its 10th year as a leading independent video game publisher and developer, Nicalis, Inc. today reveals its new company logo and 10th Anniversary branding, kicking off a series of special events and promotions that will continue the celebration into 2018.

The new logo reflects many of the traits that have been hallmarks of Nicalis games since the company’s inception: it’s highly polished, friendly and fun, with a distinct retro vibe. The logo change also represents the start of a new chapter in the company’s evolution—a turning point ushering in an even greater era of video game entertainment after a decade of lessons learned.

The first event in Nicalis’ 10th anniversary celebration is BICFest 2017, the annual global independent games conference in Busan, South Korea on September 15-17. Nicalis is a platinum sponsor of the expo, which will feature many of the company’s upcoming games in a large, designated “Nicalis Zone.” The new Nicalis logo will be displayed in public for the first time at BICFest.

Nicalis also recently launched a completely redesigned website at www.nicalis.com, where fans can get a peek at some of the company’s upcoming games and learn more about the special events planned for the 10th anniversary celebration, among other surprises.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the success we’ve achieved in our first 10 years,” says Nicalis Executive Producer and CEO Victor Rodriguez. “It’s a testament to the creativity of our talented game development partners, the dedication of our experienced team and the passion of video game fans worldwide.”

Achieving worldwide recognition with its first published game (Daisuke Amaya’s Cave Story), Nicalis has also developed and published multiple editions of the hugely popular The Binding of Isaac (Rebirth, Afterbirth and Afterbirth+). The company’s retro-inspired roster includes 1001 Spikes, NightSky and VVVVVV, and the cornerstone of its success was rebuilt in 2017 when Nicalis produced Cave Story+, an updated, enhanced edition for Nintendo Switch.

Upcoming Nicalis games include Tiny Barbarian DX, Ittle Dew 2+, Blade Strangers, The End Is Nigh, Redout and ’90s Super GP, with many more to be announced as the 10th Anniversary celebration continues.

“You’re going to see some very cool announcements from Nicalis over the next few months,” says Nicalis President Tyrone Rodriguez. “I can’t wait to reveal some of the 10th Anniversary surprises we have planned for fans of our games, and fans of classic video games in general.”

Nicalis has done well for the last 10 years, with some amazing titles under their belt. What is your favourite Nicalis game?

Source: Nicalis PR

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 10:53 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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A few months ago I reviewed 99Vidas: The Game for Steam. Now after playing it on PS4 I have some new thoughts that must be added.

In my Steam review, I noted the following.

 

I cannot explain it, but 99Vidas – The Game has that charm that so few indie games have. It doesn’t try to recreate the classic games, but rather it takes the best ideas and does something new with them. You have four choices of characters and can play solo or in co-op. All the characters play differently and have their own unique elements and abilities. I had a lot of fun playing through the game and seeing what the various characters can do. There are references to classic series like Final Fight, Streets of Rage and Double Dragon and stages designed to play homage to those games. The game makes great use of shops by having them be end of stage events. This works well with a linear sider scrolling game and feels natural.

 

All of this is still true, and in fact I can appreciate it even more on PS4. Compared to other games on the system, it just sticks out far better. In fact, I would say its the lack of a good old school beat em up that is good right away, that is very attractive about the game. The visuals pop out far better, and the music, already amazing on steam, still sounds awesome. It feels like moving to a console made the game better.

Speaking of the complaints I had….

 

If I had any complaints, it is that the multiplayer can be a little chaotic at times, and the enemies have that classic beat em up annoyance, where they can attack through your attacks and trap you for multiple hits. It can be extremely annoying but it isn’t impossible to deal with.

On PS4, the game just feels smoother, like things have been refined and perfected. The multiplayer works better and the combat lacks the quirks it had on Steam. Maybe it was the PS4 control scheme, but it just felt better. There are other issues, such as occasional lag from out of nowhere, which is a new problem for this version, but it otherwise is not a major concern as it does not happen too often.

 

All in all, I love this game, and this port is great. 99Vidas: The Game on PS4 gets a recommendation from me!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 09:50 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Hey, Nintendo Switch™ owners! Get ready to party like it’s 1987, because Thimbleweed Park is headed for the Nintendo eShop on September 21. How will you know if Thimbleweed Park is the game for you? Find out with this simple quiz:

  • Do you still feel guilty about microwaving a hamster in Maniac Mansion?
  • Would you know what to say if someone suggested that you fight like a dairy farmer?
  • Do you have no idea what those last two questions are about, but love stuff like Twin Peaks, the X-Files, Stranger Things, jokes, puzzles, and vacuum tubes?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, congratulations! Thimbleweed Park is the game for you!

 

The Nintendo Switch version will support both Joy-Con controllers and touch screen controls so you can easily switch between tabletop, handheld, and TV modes. The Nintendo eShop price will be $19.99, or equivalent in your local currency.

Okay, but what the heck *is* Thimbleweed Park?
Oh, you haven’t heard about this mystery / comedy game from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, the creators of classic adventures Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion? Well then, let’s set the scene:

October 15, 1987. A dead body is rotting under the bridge, but Thimbleweed Park’s 81 (sorry, make that 80) inhabitants have bigger concerns. The town’s founder also died recently, under mysterious circumstances. The air is buzzing with signals. The hotel appears to be haunted. A giant slice of pizza roams the streets. And something sinister is going on behind the locked gate of the abandoned PillowTronics™ factory — something that could consume us all.

Two federal agents, a washed-up insult clown, an aspiring game developer, and the ghost of a pillow salesman have been drawn to this weird, rundown place. They don’t know it yet, but they’re deeply connected — and they’re being watched. Switch* between them to explore the town, solve puzzles, and unravel the surreal mystery at the heart of it all. As you’ll see soon enough, in a town like Thimbleweed Park a dead body is the least of your problems.

*No pun intended.

 

Ron Gilbert was one of the great minds behind adventure games of the past. This return to the genre is great and to see it come to switch is amazing. Will you be getting it?

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 03:10 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco previously announced Kamen Rider Climax Fighters f0r PlayStation 4. This was only for Japan and was assumed to remain there, but now it has come out that there will be an English language version. This is a first for the Kamen Rider series

 

Coming to Southeast Asia on 7th December 2017, the first ever English localized title in the Kamen Rider series KAMEN RIDER CLIMAX FIGHTERS will feature Japanese voiceover with English subtitles!

This is major news for fans of Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu in general. Will you be getting this?