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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2017 At 05:48 PM | 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

 

Skyrim Creation Club’s all-new Survival Mode is now available on Steam for beta testing. You can be one of the first to check it out by simply opting-into the Steam beta.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will get to experience Survival Mode and other Creations early next month. Both PC and console players will get Survival Mode free for one week once it launches on their preferred platform.

 

Survival Mode adds new gameplay features and challenges to transform Skyrim into a land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness.

 

Survival Mode changes Skyrim in the following ways:

Hunger

Over time, you will become hungry, which will impact your total stamina, as well as your ability to wield most weapons. As you become hungrier, your total available stamina will decrease, represented by a dark region inside the stamina bar. Eat food to restore your hunger. If you eat enough, you will receive the Well Fed bonus. Cooked food restores more hunger than uncooked food. If you eat raw meat, you may contract Food Poisoning, which can prevent you from receiving health benefits from food until the effect wears off. Hot soups can now be cooked by using fire salts, which restore your cold and also grant a bonus to your warmth rating.

Fatigue

Even the most stalwart adventurers will need to rest from time to time. Fatigue decreases your total available magicka, represented by a dark region inside the magicka bar. As you become more fatigued, the effectiveness of potions will begin to decline, and your ability to recover magicka and stamina will begin to suffer. You will need to periodically sleep in a bed in order to restore your fatigue. In Survival, the Well Rested bonus is no longer granted automatically after sleeping. If you sleep outside, you will not be able to get a restful night’s sleep, waking up Drained at best. If you sleep in a bed indoors, you will receive the Well Rested bonus.

Cold

The frigid chill of Skyrim is now a formidable foe unto itself. Traveling in snowy or rainy areas will increase your Cold. Cold decreases your total available health, represented as a dark region inside the health bar. As you become colder, your movement speed and ability to pick locks and pick pockets will begin to suffer. If you reach the highest level of Cold, your health will be reduced to zero and you will die from exposure to the elements. You can warm up by standing near a fire, eating hot soup, or moving to a warmer location. A sun or snowflake icon will appear near the compass to note whether you are currently getting warmer or colder.

Warmth

The higher your warmth rating, the more slowly you will feel the effects of cold environments. Most clothing and armor provide warmth, displayed on the item’s description. Some armor is exceptionally warm, while others are ill-suited to protect their wearer from harsh climates. You can also temporarily increase your warmth rating by eating hot soup or holding a torch.

Freezing Water

Taking a swim in an ice-cold river can make for a quick death. If you swim in a freezing area, you will immediately become colder and begin taking health damage. Exit the water as soon as possible in order to begin warming up and stop the loss of health. Using a Flame Cloak spell or the Dunmer Ancestor’s Wrath ability can make you temporarily immune to the effects of freezing water.

Fast Travel

Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to go somewhere, you must do so on foot or by horseback. You can also take a carriage or boat to your destination, but note that you may arrive hungry, cold, and in need of rest after a long journey.

Health Regeneration

You no longer regenerate health. You must use restorative spells, food, and potions to replenish your health.

Leveling Up

To level up, you must now sleep in a bed. You may still spend your perk points later once they have been granted after sleeping.

Carry Weight

Your carry weight has been significantly reduced. Becoming over encumbered also quickly drains your stamina and causes you to become fatigued much faster. Arrows and lockpicks now have weight.

Disease

Creatures across the land now carry threatening new diseases, and previous diseases are now even more debilitating. Eating uncooked meat can now cause Food Poisoning. If you fail to cure a disease, it may progress into a more serious version over time.

Afflictions

Time spent while unwell puts you at risk of contracting an affliction, which causes effects that can linger long after you have improved your condition. Afflictions will naturally wear off, or can be cured like other diseases. Some Afflictions include:

  • Weakened: You are less effective at using melee weapons and blocking damage with your shield.
  • Addled: All enchantments and spells cast are less effective.
  • Frostbitten: You are less effective at picking locks, picking pockets, and doing damage with a bow.

Shrines

Shrines no longer cure diseases for free; you must now make a gold offering in order to receive the shrine’s benefits. Shrines you craft in a house you have built can be used for free.

Perks & Standing Stones

The Extra Pockets perk and The Steed Stone now grant 50 extra carry weight, instead of 100.

Vampires & Werewolves

Both vampires and werewolves can restore their hunger by feeding on their victims. While transformed into a Werewolf or Vampire Lord, you will become colder much slower than normal.

 

This is certainly a good addition to creation club. There are mods that do similar things but this seems to be a refined version with some more detail. Will you be checking this out during the free week?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Sep, 2017 At 01:10 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda shared the following

 

We’re taking you through the streets of New Orleans in our latest developer gameplay video.

The once vibrant city of New Orleans is now a rundown wasteland that’s been walled off by the Nazis. In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, you’ll set out to rescue Resistance Leader Horton Boone in an attempt to take back the city, defeating every Nazi in your path with an array of unique weapons. We also show you what it’s like to ride a fire-breathing Panzerhund.

Our developer gameplay video also gives you a look at the game’s new contraptions system. Each of three new contraptions gives BJ a new ability for taking on enemies and traversing the environment in unique new ways: The Ram Shackles contraption lets BJ ram into walls — and enemies — for a devastating blow, Battle Walker takes BJ to new heights, making it easy reach new areas or evade attacks, while the Constrictor Harness will allow BJ to squeeze into tight spots like narrow pipes or vents.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will release for Nintendo Switch in 2018!

Wolfenstein II is looking absolutely amazing. The game will no doubt players when it releases. Will you be getting it?

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Sep, 2017 At 12:08 PM | 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

 

 

We’re pleased to announce that Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

The ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game (including Survival mode), graphical enhancements, the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron.

As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Welcome home.

A limited quantity of Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Pip-Boy collector editions will also be made exclusively available in North America at select retailers. The Pip-Boy Edition includes Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition and will retail for $99.99 USD.

Fallout 4 is an amazing game, and this GOTY edition is a perfect way for new players to get into the game for the first time.

Will you be getting this?

Source: Bethesda PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:40 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

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Arc System Works is going all out to celebrate Kunio Kun.  Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection has been announced for  release on Nintendo Switch, PS4 Xbox One and Steam in 2018.

This collection will contain all 11 Famicom games as well as the 4 NES variants. In addition there will be online play! No word on an English version yet.

 

Hopefully the Super Famicom games also get such a collection and receive a localization. They were certainly amazing.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 11:18 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

The Nazis have taken over America. They’ve turned Manhattan into a wasteland. They’ve walled off New Orleans and are systematically purging the city, burning people and homes to the ground. And they brazenly walk the streets of small-town USA – going where they want, taking what they want and behaving however they please. But this is not BJ Blazkowicz’s America. The United States will never be broken – especially with BJ on the job, rallying the Resistance and igniting a revolution. Watch the Resistance rise up to strike fear in the Nazis in the latest trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order, will be available worldwide on October 27, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

You can see the trailer below

 

Wolfenstein II looks amazing and this new trailer is incredible. Will you be buying the game?

 

Source: Bethesda PR

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

 

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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

 

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 12 Sep, 2017 At 03:08 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayForward sent out the following

 

WayForward has teamed up with Last Dimension to bring its magical misadventure Mystik Belle to consoles! Originally created for Steam, the 2017 version delivers silky smooth frame rates, updated trophies and achievements, and a revised storyline.  We hope you will enjoy this bewitching and expansive adventure every bit as much as much as we did!  

 

About Mystik Belle:

Trouble is brewing at the Hagmore School of Witchcraft, and only freshman witch-in-training Belle MacFae can put things right.

As Belle, you must seek out the three crucial ingredients of the Walpurgisnacht Brew, which means investigating the school’s colorful 2D landscapes in a quest that combines elements of nonlinear, exploration-based action-platformers and classic object-oriented adventures.

As you traverse the labyrinthine school’s catacombs, laboratories, dungeons, and forests, you’ll use everything from a sledgehammer to a fish head to solve numerous puzzles.
And when you aren’t testing your grey matter, you’ll put your wand to use against a variety of impressively animated enemies, including spooky spiders, pesky plants, and rambunctious rodents.

Can your mind and magic overcome the myriad mysteries, or will this quest spell defeat for the unfortunate Belle?

 

Key Features:

  • Explore a vast magical school containing a variety of environments
  • Discover new spells and abilities, and use them to combat more than 60 types of enemy monsters.
  • Collect bizarre objects to solve numerous brain-draining puzzles
  • Encounter and interact with your fellow Hagmore inhabitants. Snark and sarcasm abound!
  • Level up, gain new powers, and increase your strength, RPG-style!
  • Locate secret lore to discover the story’s true ending

 

 

This is a very cool looking game, and the game coming to consoles is a good thing. Will you be getting this?

 

Source: WayForward PR