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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Mar, 2017 At 11:12 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Some big news on the Sega front

Project Sonic 2017 is now officially titled Sonic Forces.  It is due out for launch this holiday for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

The game’s key element this time is of “forces.”  On one side there is Sonic and his friends, and on the other there is Dr. Eggman and his evil army, representing the forces and good and evil.

The game is using a new engine called Hedgehog Engine 2. The developers are promising this will be closer to Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations than other games.

However there is some bad news, as Sonic Mania has been delayed until Summer. This is being done to ensure that the game is of utmost quality.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWB Games and NetherRealm Studios have put out a new trailer for Injustice 2. This time they show off a full trailer for Firestorm, who was revealed for the game on the UpUpDownDown YouTube channel. The trailer shows off some other interesting things, such as characters and stage transitions.

Take at the trailer below.

 

 

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 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 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.

Source: PR Email.

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.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Mar, 2017 At 07:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Tekken 7. This trailer shows the return of fan favourite Eddy Gordo, who will no doubt see a lot of play online.

Eddy Gordo makes his return in TEKKEN 7! Eddy is seeking retribution for the death of his Capoeira master. Mishima Zaibatsu is in his crosshairs and he’s not letting anyone or anything stop him.

TEKKEN 7 will be available for PS4, XB1 and PC (Via Steam) on June 2, 2017.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Mar, 2017 At 07:16 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have released a new trailer for Injustice 2. This trailer introduces Dr. Fate to the battle. The sorcerer uses his magic in battle and looks to be one of the more creative characters.

Injustice 2 is looking to be an amazing fighting game when it launches later this year. This year should be very good for fighting games and fighting game fans.

See the trailer below.

 

By Sebastian Marco On 2 Mar, 2017 At 06:48 PM | Categorized As International News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Today, Blizzard announced a new hero in a short vignette video featuring Orisa, a new tank, built by the brilliant Efi Oladele, a brilliant girl who is pretty much an 11 year old Tony Stark. Orisa is now live on the PTR.