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By Zoe Howard On 27 Jul, 2017 At 07:43 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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You would think with the backlash from games like Titanfall 1 and Star Wars Battlefront developers would have learned that releasing games that are only a glorified versus modes is a bad idea, especially when your game visually mirrors (almost to a point of infringement) the already popular hit Minecraft. Yet Cube Pixel Action Hero offers enough of a novel concept of the classic FPS game that it was worth the look.

Let’s start with the basics. Typically that would be to explain the story, but this game doesn’t have one. Even though it says it has a single player mode, it is simply practicing against A.I. enemies. Why this actually exists when the game only allows you up to two players seems kind of odd.

The main mode is called creative which allows you to build your own levels to fight in. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Being allowed to build and save your own levels to fight in is actually a fun idea for a first person shooter. If you have played Minecraft then you already know how this mode works. Remove the blocks you don’t want and place the blocks you do. You won’t be lost trying to use the game interface and items either. The in-game menus work and look a lot like those in Minecraft. This will allow for the quick building of levels since there isn’t that much you actually have to learn.

The biggest downfall of the games create mode is the size limitation. The space you are given to build in is extremely small. Blood Gulch from Halo Is like a whole continent compared to the space you have to work with here. Once you see the maps already available in the game you will realize this is how they all are. The whole game is close quarters combat, which makes sense when you realize this game, based on FPS multiplayer, is local play only. There won’t be any massive online skirmishes here. In fact, there is only two players maximum in the game so getting friends together to play is barely an option unless you like playing one-on-one tournaments.

In practice mode, you fight A.I. opponents who have guns. You get five maps to chose from and five lives to survive. This is where the game’s core idea comes into play. With the game being a first person shooter that utilizes Minecraft mechanics, you can break through walls and the ground and create your own traps and paths to the enemies. This means the world is yours to work with and use to try to gain an advantage. This mechanic actually works really well. I was in the game quickly breaking walls to escape enemies as soon as it began. The only problem is the poor programming of the computer opponents. There is no diversity in what the A.I. opponents do. They just move towards you from across the map and make no attempt (outside of Halo jumping) to avoid the bullets. Knowing exactly where you are at all times, they can move on you quickly. This takes a lot of the creative elements out of the game and makes it strictly a kill them all as they approach scenario.

Zombie mode is just your average wave challenge in an incredibly small area (about the size of a basketball court). You get five maps that are slightly smaller than those in practice mode. There is no variety in how this is done. The item drops are frequent and keep you well stocked. The zombies either just run at you or Halo jump to avoid the bullets. Run backward in a circle and time your shots and you will generally plow through them. It took me no real effort to get to wave 18. The biggest challenge this mode offers are the runners who move as fast as you do. The first wave boss at level 10 never got close to me.

There are pre-made characters that are all caricatures of action heroes. Much in the style of BroForce, the characters are pretty obvious. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Lee and many other likenesses are represented here. Sadly there is only one pre built female character out of the 18 prebuilt templates and if she is supposed to be someone famous then I don’t know her. Seriously, how hard would it be to make an Ellen Ripley from Aliens or Sarah Connor from Terminator 2? The character likenesses are as far as the references go. They all share the same bland male voice that really does nothing. This includes the lone female character.

The game does have a character designer mode that lets you customize a character to use in the game. This is a pretty good feature considering you can use the stylus on the Game Pad’s screen to do some creative work. This would be a pretty nice feature if they actually included a few other options. As with the pre-made characters, they all share the same voice. Considering that is the main source of reaction from the character (pre-made or custom) it makes the experience bland and makes the characters forgettable.

There are two big gripes with this game. The first is the first thing you will experience in the game. The title screen and the options all require the touch pad to use. There is no ability to use the arrow keys and buttons to move through the menus. I don’t know if this is maybe because it was planned as a mobile game or what, but it makes the game really annoying every time I had to go back to the menus.  What makes this even funnier is that the touch screen isn’t used at all in the actual game. While this is a good thing, it just makes me ask why they have touch screen function at all, especially considering how hard they are to use. You have to be precise with how you touch the buttons or it won’t register.

The second issue in the game is the gun mechanics. The target reticule is pretty big for most of the guns. The zombies will run fast and Halo Jump (seriously, why is this an acceptable mechanic?) when you target them. You have to be precise with your shots. This is made more difficult with the wide bullet spread of many of the guns. While this isn’t impossible to get used to, it does point out that the targeting could be tightened a bit.

In the end, this game was just not that fun. The little bit of creativity they added to the FPS genre doesn’t hold the game above its shortcomings. This honestly feels like it should be called My First Multiplayer Shooter. It really gives the impression that it was made for kids. Yet there is some creativity and challenge that they tried to put in place for the adults.

The game is six dollars and some change. If you want a game that is like Minecraft with guns, you could have some fun with this. I think my nephew might enjoy it, but this is a really hard game to recommend. I want to end with a positive thought. Their seed of inspiration. The idea of using the Minecraft mechanics in a FPS is still a solid idea. While it missed the mark in this one it could be nurtured into something far more creative and a lot more fun. I hope the company doesn’t give up on the idea and finds a way to make it more compelling.

Side note to the entire industry (both big and small developers). Single player story modes are fun and get people used to your mechanics and world before going into the multiplayer. Games without them tend to do badly. It makes the characters bland and lifeless.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Jul, 2017 At 11:23 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Despite some fans hoping for additional campaigns for Shovel Knight after King Knight’s campaign, Yacht Club Games has confirmed that the King Knight DLC is the last DLC planned for the game.

 

They did note however, that the characters may show up in future Yacht Club projects, so the story is not done yet.

 

Hopefully we can all enjoy King Knight’s adventure soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Jul, 2017 At 01:25 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some rather interesting news,

 

Nintendo has filed for a trademark for “Pocket Camp” in English. The trademark is being registered for use with ‘home video game machines’. Could this be a new IP Nintendo is producing? Could it be a spinoff of another series?

We will have to wait and see for now, but it is always intriguing when Nintendo does something like this.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo Downloads for North America

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Miitopia: Casting Call Demo – Get ready to be the star of the show! In this free demo available now, pick some pre-made Mii characters or create your own. Assign each character a role and then cast them in one of three different in-game video trailers for upcoming RPG Miitopia game. With humor, intrigue and adventure, the video trailers will keep you wanting more until the game launches on July 28.

Hey! PIKMIN – Demo Version – The first Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS is launching on July 28! Try out this new type of Pikmin game before the game launches by downloading this free demo, available now. Use the touch screen to throw Pikmin into action, solve environmental puzzles and survive hostile wildlife. Game in 2D.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at: http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities:

My Nintendo Rewards: Sink Your Teeth Into Castlevania Discount Rewards! – Brace yourselves for horrifying news, vampire hunters: My Nintendo is scaring up fantastic rewards to help you get your hands on the first three Castlevania series NES games. Redeem your My Nintendo points to get 40 percent discounts on each these classic games, available for digital download via the Virtual Console service on both the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems:

Castlevania – Step into the shadows of the deadliest dwelling on earth. You’ve arrived at Castlevania, and you’re here on business. Take arms as Simon Belmont in this first chapter of the original Castlevania series. Battle your way to Dracula’s chamber and to the ultimate duel of good versus evil.

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Guide Simon Belmont in his quest to discover Count Dracula’s five missing body parts. Upon finding these gruesome items, proceed to Dracula’s Castle. Confront the villain and end the curse cast upon the Belmont family once and for all.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – In the third chapter of the Castlevania series that released on the original NES console, Trevor Belmont must take arms against the young but immortal Dracula. Use powers to transform into three different spirits, as well as an assortment of weapons to confront an army of horrors.

For more info, visit my.nintendo.com.

My Nintendo Rewards: ARMS Wallpapers – To celebrate the first DLC release for the ARMS game, My Nintendo is offering three new ARMS wallpapers to download.
Wallpaper – ARMS – Spring Man
Wallpaper – ARMS – Min Min
Wallpaper – ARMS (black)

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Hey! PIKMIN: Adventure Together

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY SPECIAL (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
I and Me (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
De Mambo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Death Squared (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Levels+ : Addictive Puzzle Game (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Asdivine Cross (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Cursed Castilla (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Bit Dungeon Plus (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
BOX UP (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

 

Source: Nintendo PR

By otakuman5000 On 11 Jul, 2017 At 10:21 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Previews, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSplatoon 2, released later this month is the sequel to 2015’s mega hit on the Wii U. The first released received critical acclaim and praise from gamers all over the world. 2 years later we are remunerated for our patience by the release of Splatoon 2. 

The first game was an online multiplayer experience only with couch co-op available.  Now, Nintendo has listened to the masses on every iteration of social media and forums. The new single player modes in Splatoon 2 are a sight to behold. These levels are extremely well constructed and are a blast to play. 

The story of the single player campaign is Callie from the Squid Sisters in missing and you follow Marie to help defeat the Octarians. In the mode, you can try out different weapons and truly get a sense of the game mechanics. There is a ton of platforming this game mode as well. It is a mashup of traditional Splatoon and a Mario game per se’. This is a very fun mode and a refreshing change of pace for the franchise. 

The gameplay in the single player mode is some of the best yet. The variety of the levels and the way you progress through the levels are such a joy and also a challenge. The developers went all out with capabilities of Nintendo Switch hardware. This is fast paced, well designed with new gameplay elements at every corner. It is an absolute blast to play.

Get ready for Splatoon 2, check out our full review of the game coming soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jul, 2017 At 09:31 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Kemco sent out the following

 

KEMCO proudly announces the release of Revenant Saga for Wii U set to hit the Nintendo eShop today. Standard prices are USD 9.99 / EUR 9.99 / GBP 8.99 / AUD 13.00.

Story

After his childhood friend’s parents are stricken with the plague, Albert meets one Dr. Moreau, and agrees to participate in a trial experiment for the promise of a potential cure. However, when the experiment itself proves to be a facade for turning humans into revenants and the Rystorian Order suddenly intervenes, Albert is left with the soul of a demon inside him vying for control of his body. Realizing the same mad scientist who tricked him is also responsible for his childhood friend’s death and many others close to him, he sets out on a journey alone to exact revenge on the man who ruined his life…
However, after crossing paths with revenant hunter slash potential valkyrie, Esther, and being pushed into joining her cause, Albert begins to seriously wonder if or how long he will be able to keep his secret from his new companion. To make matters worse, she has been endowed with the very powers capable of vanquishing those like him!

Stunning 3D Battles

Smooth controls and a fluid camera make 3D battles in Revenant Saga stress free and perfect for PlayStation! In addition, powerful skills with brilliant effects enhance the RPG experience like never before! And with auto and semi-auto functions, battles are as simple as the touch of a button!

Features

What you should know: Revenant Saga will incorporate over 30+ hours of gameplay woven around Albert’s elaborate journey. This includes a variety of unique subquests, in-battle transformation systems, as well as a weapon forging system allowing players to make entirely unique weapons!

Kemco has released some great RPGs on the Wii U, 3DS, mobile devices and more platforms. They are great throwback RPGs and offer a great amount of content. This may be worth looking into for fans of the genre who own a Wii U.

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jul, 2017 At 07:05 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo downloads for North America

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby’s Blowout Blast – Kirby is ready for action in a whole different dimension – the third dimension! Have a blast inhaling foes and blowing them away in 3D environments across 25+ stages. Inhale enough enemies and you can launch one huge Blaster Bullet capable of wiping out a troop of Waddle Dees. Now’s your chance to battle iconic bosses like Kracko Jr. and King Dedede in 3D!

Wii Retail on Wii U
Rayman Raving Rabbids – Hordes of crazed, out-of-control bunnies have invaded, enslaving Rayman and forcing him to participate in gladiator-style trials. Help Rayman win his freedom back by entertaining and outwitting these furry foes. Use the most hilarious fighting moves imaginable, run races on animals, fight in the arena or mesmerize the bunnies with your dance moves. You can even milk pigs or engage in plunger-shooting madness! The possibilities for fun are endless.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
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A free, new update to the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game is here! Update version 1.5.0 features two new modes, adding Chain Challenge and Squad Assault to the Story Maps. Be sure to check out the following three special events, which are coming soon:

Bound Hero Battle – A new type of Hero Battle has been added to Special Maps. Heroes who share a special connection are waiting for you to challenge them. Alm and Celica from the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game are available on Special Maps until 11:59 p.m. PT on July 12.

Tempest Trials – Resonating Fangs – Available from 12:01 a.m. PT on July 7 through 11:59 p.m. PT on July 20, this is the second Tempest Trials event, drawing from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. It promises fierce battles featuring Alm and Celica and their allies.

Special Hero Summoning Event – Ylissean Summer – Going on now through 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31, popular Heroes from the Fire Emblem Awakening game (Robin, Frederick, Tiki and Gaius) appear in swimsuits. These Special 5-star Heroes have new skills related to their new summer looks.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bulb Boy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Implosion (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Shephy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Vaccine (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Stack ’em High (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Table Tennis Infinity (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
A Day at the Carnival (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Space Hunted (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Revenant Saga (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jun, 2017 At 06:21 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayForward technologies has released a trailer for the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The pirate queen is taking names and showing off her awesomeness in this trailer.

Take a look below.

 

WayForward knows how to make everything better. This DLC looks awesome and should be great.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 12:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo is making it clear they want to get into the world of eSports and just took another step forward in that pursuit.

The company has opened a new twitter account called Nintendo Versus, which will serve as the company’s eSports focused twitter account. it will discuss tournaments and other evemnts.

You can see their first tweet below.

This is big for Nintendo and for eSports. Good on them for taking this step.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Jun, 2017 At 09:32 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarA new version of Axiom Verge has been announced.

 

Axiom Verge Multiverse Edition will come to Wii U, PS4, PS Vita and Switch and will include a specially commissioned documentary by 2 Player Productions regarding the making of the game. As well there a deluxe booklet with developer commentary and artwork, as well as with a double-sided poster and CD soundtrack;. The last item is bundled exclusively with the Switch version, while it is a pre-order incentive for all other versions.

 

 

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