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By Stark Wyvern On 17 Nov, 2017 At 11:51 AM | Categorized As Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOctodad is a weird and hilarious game about a proverbial Wolf in Sheep’s clothing but in whole different way. In this zany game, the player controls an Octopus, who is dressed in a suit, and is somehow married to an average human woman.

This woman for some reason has no idea that this cephalpod is not a human. That is where the game really lives. You play as this strange character and are forced to go through life, trying to make sure no one notices that you are not a human.

How, no one can tell a yellow octopus isn’t a human is beyond me, but it is a funny premise. This game is truly a marriage of a bizzare type of stealth plus living in a normal world.

While, this game has in fact been on other systems, there is something about the Switch that just works. Playing on the Switch, you have to controllers and thus really feel like you are controlling the character.

It is certainly far more intuitive then say using a keyboard or like a Playstation controller. If you are feeling up to a little couch co-op you can even play with a friend. This adds another layer as you can really see how hard it is to not have all the control of the character. This was actually, probably the most fun I’ve had with the game. I played a few levels with my sister and not playing much with her anymore, it was a challenge, but also was just the epitome of fun. 

The game itself is rather challenging as you need to work to avoid a certain chef who is out to eat you. He is the only one who seems to know right off the bat that you are an octopus and thus is your biggest demon.

The game slowly continues to bring you into more dangerous circumstances. The more people see you, wander about with less skill, the more they will begin to wonder. This will of course lead the chef to find you quicker. Though really, it does push you into dangerous territory a little quicker than I thought was reasonable.

Every moment, you can mess things up. Picking up items is hard because you don’t have hands. You aren’t able to just pick things up, you need to be able to do things right. When moving you walk by slowly lifting and dropping your legs. This is also awkward and can add difficulty to the game.

Octodad, is a game all about humor, and you can always find something to laugh about while playing it. You might learn how to beat the levels quicker, but there is certainly something in this game that just makes it too fun to put down. Try playing it with someone who hasn’t played it and let them figure it out. This is one of those games, that might make some people throw a controller, and others make others wonder at video games. It is a game that laughs at its own premise, and with that notion makes you laugh too. Just imagine seeing an Octopus in a suit trying to pick up a christmas tree! This game lends itself to the players imagination even when not playing, and that is magical.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is out now on Steam and Switch along with other systems. Come try out this weird and wacky game, if being an octopus in a suit doesn’t persuade you, than I don’t know what will.

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Nintendo has released their financial information again detailing how they see the company working for the past six months. Nintendo is always very good about releasing this and letting anyone who wishes to see it, the ability to. Within this document, you find out all of the positives and negatives of sales.

Nintendo has had an amazing year and it is clear they know this. This document shows off the selling power of Nintendo’s amazing systems and games, with honestly more good news than bad.

The mobile market is doing quite well for them, as freemium games are really working. They have chosen great titles and with the coming introduction of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, there will even be more room for growth.

The 3DS market has continued to grow and will do so as long as the system is alive. With an already robust line up of games, the continued increasing selection will keep it going. There will be many more games released for the system for the next two years and that is clearly a good thing.

Nintendo is also aware of the consumers need to buy the NES and SNES classic systems and is restarting production in 2018! This should allow other people who didn’t get the system to be able to purchase it.

The Switch is selling amazingly and now that the first Holiday season is upon them, Nintendo is ramping up production. The system has sold a lot but this Holiday will see the chance for the most sales.

There will be Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December which is guaranteed to sell systems. Plus Breath of the Wild is getting its final DLC pack as well the amiibo of the four champions. With Super Mario Odyssey in play, Nintendo hopes to sell even more systems.

The last big thing is that now over 300 companies are making games for the Nintendo Switch and that is amazing. Just earlier this year the number was around 70.

It is clear that Nintendo is happy with how things are playing out and will continue to work to make next year even better!

By Stark Wyvern On 12 Nov, 2017 At 01:46 AM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Grimoire Manastorm which is in Early Access on Steam is a solid First Person Shooter. This game isn’t like its gun-wielding brothers though, as you are armed with magic in this game. In this well-made game, you traverse different areas working to complete objectives. You may have to face zombies or other foes for a certain amount of time. There are different types of magic folk, who will give you different types of magic, and thus it is important to figure out which is best for you.

There are quite a few different types of magic to unload on your foes. Each mage has a different set of magical skills to deal damage and help you win. There is neutral magic, water magic, nature magic, fire magic, electric magic, and earth magic. Of course, each of these different types plays differently. But there was certainly a good amount of work put into making sure they each play differently. While yes, you are often just shooting magic balls, there are effects and other things that can happen. As a player, it is your duty to find which one you like most and play as that type. It really all comes down to preference honestly, as at the end of the day if you don’t like a certain element you probably won’t work to enhance them.

Manastorm offers plenty of single-player challenge which will hone your skills for online battle. It is always good to figure out the commands which can always be brought up with the press of the H key. This will allow you to really get good at Grimoire. Once you are trained up, you may want to venture out into the online multiplayer. Which as of right now may not be the most robust. As the game is still being worked on, it won’t have as many players who are actively playing. But, you are sure to face a few online foes.

Grimoire Manastorm is a good game for those who like FPS style games. It is refreshing running around in an old English styled area throwing Fire Balls or bolts of lightning at all manner of beings. Plus, it is fun dueling when you do come across real people.

Grimoire Manastorm is a solid game that will certainly continue to get better. When the game is finished completely and it is fully online, there will certainly be more reason to play it. From what I have played there is definitely a good game in the making and one that if you can, you should definitely play. Grimoire Manastorm while not totally done, is out on Steam. Pick your element, and go in battle, you’ve got magic on your side, what is the worst that could happen?

By Stark Wyvern On 31 Oct, 2017 At 06:35 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWith Skyrim coming out in a little over two weeks on the Nintendo Switch, Gamestop is ready to get you to preorder this great game. The only place to actually give something to you for preordering, has decided to include a pretty nice Nintendo Switch skin set. If you really love the series it is totally worth preordering simply because it just looks great.

Will you be getting Skyrim? Does this skin set look cool enough to warrant preordering from Gamestop? Skyrim comes out November 17th on Nintendo Switch, and should be just as fun as its always been, only this time its always portable!

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By Stark Wyvern On 30 Oct, 2017 At 02:42 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Stardew Valley is a game that is one you certainly won’t want to miss. A classic farming game that ever since its release has become such a hit, it has found homes on every system it could. Stardew Valley finally finds it’s home on Nintendo Switch and now it just feels like it’s found a perfect home. Stardew Valley is one of those games that you can spend hours on in a day, or a few minutes here and there. It’s a simple game yet one that people have dissected enough where you can now tell how intricate it can be. There are so many different things you can do in this game, and so many characters to meet that you won’t always have time to do everything you might want. Before you know it, it’s late and your character better head to bed.

Stardew Valley is at its core a farming game likened to Harvest Moon. When I was younger, playing Harvest Moon, I assured myself that one day I’d live in a Harvest Moon game and have a great life. While that never happened, I am happy to say I’ve found that magic again in Stardew.  This magic is something of an anomaly because, I’m not usually one for rustic living but the charm of these games is pure magic.

This game is one that is filled with so much to do. You can obviously farm and build your farm to be the best. This is always something I seem to not do so much, but I’m working on my farm this time. You can mine for ore and fight monsters so it’s not all about farming. Plus you get to meet strange people and find out their stories. You can even get married, and you can even be in a same sex relationship, if that floats your boat.

Stardew valley is an amazing game and one that will have you playing for hours upon hours. You will always find something to take up game time. From festivals, to different normal activities. It is always fun to see what comes up and as you continue to play the events change based on how you play. Going to a dance with a date will allow you actually take part in the festivities. Nothing will ever be the same when you take certain actions.

This game is also quite real in that you can ruin relationships. Unlike Harvest Moon where it really is one and done, you can divorce your spouse or be divorced. This is an all to real thing that makes you work a little harder for your in game spouse. This game really is like a modern Harvest Moon and that is a great thing. A game that wants to be all it can while taking on more to make it stand out. That is why it’s so amazing.

Stardew Valley is now out on the Switch as well as just about every other system you night want to own it on! So get out there, create a legendary farm, and live a long farm based life in Stardew Valley!

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Fire Emblem is one of the greatest tactical strategy games of all times. With this amazing game as the source, coupled with the fun and energetic warriors style gameplay, something amazing is born. The warriors games are known for having huge lists of characters with different powers, taking on all sorts of enemies. This game is no exception and the Fire Emblem characters really do shine. In what looks to be an example of what Fire Emblem will look like in a main series game in the future Fire Emblem warriors really does shine.

This game is one that you can get into for as long as you like. There is always something to do in it, like in all other warriors games. This game is just about busting at the seams with content and that is a good thing. You will probably never find an end to the fun, unless you really are a completionist, because these games are just like that. This game is so fun because if you have a limited time all you have to do is find a short mission and you’ll feel like you spent your time wisely!

This game has a robust story mode, that is longer than the Hyrule Warriors Story mode. With voice acting, this game surpasses that by really letting you watch a story unfold. The story itself is similar to Hyrule Warriors, because heroes from different universes are all falling into the one the main characters live in. This is actually a good thing as it provides a solid base for why the events are occuring in the first place. While it might seem odd, these characters could float between any of the games and probably find a home anyway.

This game has characters from many different Fire Emblem games, from Fates, to Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and even Gaiden. These characters all come with their own storied paths which fit in part into the story mode. With the way the story ends though you have to wonder what happened to them when they returned. Along with all of the characters people know and love, there are also a few new characters. Rowan and Lianna are twins heirs to the throne of Aytolis. Rowan is a brash upstart who at first seemed way to cocky for his own good, while Lianna is a voice of reason. They both aren’t too keen on becoming King or Queen of Aytolis, but they know they will most likely have too. There is also Darios who is there childhood friend, but something about him may not be so good.

All the characters play as you would expect them to play. Characters like Marth, Chrom, and Lyn are fast as they simply wield swords. Robin is a bit slower as he has to ready his spells, along with Elise and Leo. Camilla and Cordelia both fly so they also take a little longer but can bust up foes. Frederick is a tank as usual and his horse can mow down enemies just by charging through them. It all takes a little adjusting to figure out what type of characters you will play as. Though, you will probably just end up picking your favorites and will learn how to control them. This is certainly par for the course for this series, as the series itself is quite fanservicey in that regard.

There is also a History mode which is comparable to Adventure mode from Hyrule Warriors. In this mode you get to relive historic battles from the series. There are missions to complete and heroes to unlock like, Lyn, Celica, Female Robin, and Male Corrin. This mode is cool because it shows off what happened in these games while giving you more game to play. All of the missions have different directives and it is interesting seeing how things change. As you progress through the missions the battle field changes and different routes pop up changing the history. It is all very interesting to see things go differently.

Being a Fire Emblem game there is also a decent tactical side to the game. While you are playing you can adjust your characters locations to give you the edge. You can also order them to different locations midbattle so they complete objectives. They will devastate enemies as you do, and that is always a good thing. Traveling on foot isn’t always going to cut it and you will need to have a good assortment of weapon types to really get the job done.

As it is a Fire Emblem game there is also Pairing up. You can pair up units to devastate opponents with a combo attack if both of their gauges are full. They will also aid each other in battle which is the norm. The other cool thing is that when the relationship is maxed between certain characters, a scene will be shown. This is fun because most of them are between characters who would never normally meet. This leads to fun encounters that really need to be seen to be believed.

The game itself also has a robust achievement system which is great for adding play time, a good collection of things to collect, and a great soundtrack. The music is great because depending on the stage you can hear remixes of classic songs from the series. It is always cool to see what remixes the creators come up with. You never know when  you will hear a riff from one of the past games and that is wonderful.

Fire Emblem warriors is a fantastic game and one that is surely not to be missed. If you like either series you should do yourself a favor and at least try out this game. There is so much to do, and so much game to play. Plus, with DLC coming out including 9 new characters, 9 history maps, new costumes, and new support conversations this game could last till the end of time. So do yourself a solid, and engage in some exhilarating Fire Emblem Warriors Combat today!

 

 

By Stark Wyvern On 25 Oct, 2017 At 09:29 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Orange Moon which is out now on Steam, is a classic Metroid inspired space shooter. You find yourself on a strange orange planet, and things seem a little off. You have no idea what is out for you, but suddenly you are under attack. This planet is not too happy to have visitors and everything that appears wants you dead. As you continue forward, you get a call from an undisclosed number. This man is here for you, or so he says, but what does he have to gain from you?

Orange Moon is a tried and true Metroidvania style game. A game that will not hold your hand but will set you up and send you on a journey. This isn’t a walk in the park and will require your vigilance. In Orange Moon, if you don’t pay attention you will surely die. From the wicked plants that poison you to death in a few moments to the zombie-like aliens, you better be on your guard.

This game isn’t a terribly long one, with only 9 levels to get through. But it gets harder as you find more enemies to take you on. Though you are in luck, this game has an upgrade system. Feel like your weapons are a little too weak, well you will strengthen them in due time. Make sure you upgrade the right ones for the job.

Orange Moon is a harsh game just like the world you find yourself on. It is unforgiving and will have you trying different ways to beat enemies. With so many weapons at your disposal it should be easy, right? I found this game to be decent, and certainly reminiscent of Metroid style games. This is a true survival type game, and I found that the jetpack really weakened my ability to play through.

The Jetpack while cool in theory, makes it so you can’t jump. You have to use the Jetpack, which decreases your energy gauge. This makes for even harsher gameplay, as you need to jump often, but you don’t want to run out in case something comes for you. Though thankfully there are collectibles for refueling along the way.

Orange Moon, is a solid game for anyone who wants to return to an earlier time. A game that will test your mettle, just like the astronaut you will play as. Will you solve the mystery of this planet? Will you find out who your shadowy friend is? Will you make it off this orange rock alive? Find out in Orange Moon on Steam!

By Stark Wyvern On 25 Oct, 2017 At 05:11 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Survival horror has gone through many changes over the years, but with the Evil Within 2, we have a true return to form for the genre. This is a game that will not only test your mettle, but will in fact scare you, or at least make a you a jump a few countless times. Created by the great Shinji Makami, this game is certainly one that you will enjoy if you the genre, and playing this game in the month of October will certainly help in making your Halloween time that much more horrifying.

In this game you play as a man named Sebastian Castellanos who is out looking for his daughter Lily who was abducted years before. He tracks her down to this crazy place called the Union, where things are definitely not what they seem. Sebastian has a lot of baggage concerning his daughter as clearly he wasn’t always the best dad, and he just wants to find her now, but really has no idea where she could actually be. With this idea in his head, he must also face villainous monsters who want nothing more than to kill him. There is also the threat of Lily not being all that happy to see him when he does find her.

This game, is great because it allows you to play as you want. You can of course go in guns blazing and kill all the enemies on sight. Which isn’t always the best way to go about it, because some of your foes will be quite sneaky. You can also of course, if possible sneak around. Being careful always has its advantages as you don’t want to go in to hot and waste ammo. You can also craft in this game, which is an interesting and modern addition. In the game you can craft anywhere, and make things to assist you on your journey. Or you can use a workbench, which while harder to come by, will lessen your use of crafting items. It is a good balancer for crafting as you will have to use your own judgement. While it might be easier to craft anywhere, if you know it will use too much you’ll be forced to strategize and wait for the work bench.

There are also side quests in which you can gain other items which are scarce. This is another solid mechanic as you can always use more items to take on the foes you may come across. Plus, who doesn’t like taking on quests to hold off completing the main story. There is even customization for your character through the use of Green gel. There is a skill tree which is broken into five sections or health, stealth, combat, recovery, and athleticism. Putting your points to the right skills will make your game your own, and customization always is a good thing. You can even upgrade weapons with parts you may find, adding to further increase your firepower.

Sebastian is an excellent character to play as, and you really feel for him. Having to lose your daughter at any age is difficult and knowing that she is actually still alive makes it all the worse. He knows that deep down he wasn’t there for her as much as he could have been and that he lost her mother too. Losing both wife and daughter in one fell swoop would make any man go the distance to find his lost but living daughter. Playing through this game, I really felt that if he could turn back time, he would change his ways and be there for his family.

This game is a great one, and is packed with at least three playthroughs of content. Casual mode, which is what the creator of the game suggests, is actually the best one to start with as it will ease you in. Though I’m sure there will be many who will jump right in with Survival or Nightmare. This game really has something for all who dare attempt it, anyone who loves this type of game should find a difficulty setting perfect for them.

This game certainly is horrifying in a way that I have not experienced since I played Resident Evil 4. Now, I don’t play many Survival Horror Games as often as I’d like. This game has me feeling exactly like I did when I first played Resident Evil 4. Feeling totally lost and all alone, not knowing what was coming. My blood pumping as  I walk through derelict places and have to hold my own, not knowing if I’d find bullets soon. This game is something that puts me back to the time, where I was trying out my first survival horror game, and the true fear that I experienced back then. While I may have improved in my gaming, there is something apparently integral to this genre that will always scare me shitless and for that I am so thankful.

Though this game is infinitely also much more improved than Resident Evil 4, as there is true stealth. Now, not only do I feel like I can be a ghost and dodge enemies if need be, I also fear that I will be detected and immediately killed on sight. The enemies are fantastically frightening in their own rights as are the bosses. This game is one that keeps me on the edge of my seat as I roam its land, and that is a great part of this genre.

Evil Within 2, is an awesome game and one that will really test you wits. Heading around the Union, completing side quests, killing monsters, and maybe getting a little freaked out are all par for the course. Will you help Sebastian find his daughter, or will this all turn out for naught? Find out when you play Evil Within 2 for Playstation, Steam, and Xbox One!

 

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Reviewed on PS4

Disclaimer: Bethesda provided a review code

By Stark Wyvern On 20 Oct, 2017 At 01:00 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIn a game series that was once held to be a great one, Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga has now been re-released for the 3DS. The Mario and Luigi series is still an amazing series even though after the trilogy and Dream Team, the game has lessened in quality. Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga’s remake is certainly a beautiful one. There is so much effort put into making this game better than it ever was before. It is remarkable what a new team can do, with new tools to make a game better.

This remake is something that shows all games can be made great again if elbow grease is put into making it fresh. While it still holds all of the greatness from its Gameboy Advance version it is so polished now. The characters seem all the more vivid, and the story all the better. The combat flows like it always did, and you want to continue playing.

Superstar Saga introduces us to a whole new area to explore in the Bean Bean Kingdom. With a wicked foe stealing Peach’s voice, of course, the Mario Bros are off to save the day. It is interesting seeing them play as an RPG, especially when you remember back to the first time this game was released. It was such a revolutionary game to play back then, and it still is so charming.

It is still fun unleashing Bros Attacks, and now with some quality of life touches, it will make it easier for new players to enjoy. You can try out the moves before unleashing them, and that is also helpful. This game just wants you to enjoy it, and allowing you to save anywhere is also a help. 

This game is just as great as it was all those years ago, and if you haven’t played I highly suggest you do. With zany characters, and a new playstyle for Mario and Luigi, it is certainly one new fans of the series will also enjoy. The battles are fun, and you feel good, playing the game, and destroying enemies with your button presses.

There is also a brand new mode which I think is a lot of fun. It’s Bowser’s Minions Mode. This new mode has you controlling a goomba who may not have all his ducks in a row. But, this lucky goomba is going to lead an army to find his hero and leader Bowser. It’s funny seeing a Goomba as the main character as obviously Goomba’s are never seen as the hero. 

This game is a different style than the main game, as it has its own playstyle. In this game, you adjust your army of Bowser’s Minions and send them out. The team with at least one minion alive at the end wins. There are different enemy types that will change the game based on how they attack. There is a triangle, so ranged beats aerial, and aerial beats the ones on the ground, etc. It is really a fun little game, that runs alongside the main game and that is a cool thing. Will this little Goomba save the day, its all up to you in Bowser’s Minions!

Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga+ Bowser’s Minions is a game that anyone who is a Mario fan should find enjoyment in playing. This game was really recreated with such love, and detail that it really makes for a great experience.  I’m sure the plan is to recreate the other two following games Partners in Time and Bowser’s Inside Story and have the trilogy up to the snuff of the later games.

Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is out now on the 3DS Family of Systems. Head out there and rescue Peach, and if you want to Bowser, as you enjoy a classic Mario game alongside something brand new!

By Stark Wyvern On 19 Oct, 2017 At 11:56 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Geneshift, which is out now for Steam is an insane shooter, that take place inside an office building. You run and gun in a rather strategic place in an Isometric 2D environment and are forced to really think about what you are going to do. The enemies will learn you are there and will shoot at you with infinite bullets. This game isn’t a simple one, as the enemies really do just start shooting, and with tight hallways to maneuver, one wrong move and you will be sent back to the last checkpoint.

Another interesting thing about the game and in my opinion far harder than the shooting aspect is driving. The game literally begins with a driving portion and it is not fun. Trying to get through a small hall with a truck is no easy feat.  Not to mention the fact that as soon as you get to the bottom, the other guard in the building is instantly shot. You have to also jump over this gap, and figuring out how to accelerate over it with a keyboard was certainly a new experience for me.

Geneshift is a quick and troublesome shooter, that really does make you think. You need to conserve ammo as not all of the enemies drop it, and if they do it is only 10 pieces. This game will test your mettle again and again, and make you angry in parts I’m sure. It really is a fun game however, even though it is often a game that lead me to want to quit. Geneshift is also one of those interesting games that you can play online with other people. There is a whole mode dedicated to playing online. Once you beat the solo story you can head online to face foes and team up with them too. Online is totally brutal and really not worth playing unless you are sure that you can handle it.

With many different game modes playing multiplayer should add even more replayability to this game. It really is interesting seeing what games actually use multiplayer and this one certainly deserves it. Try to last against people who are better at the game than you and see how long it takes you to ragequit!

Geneshift is available now on Steam. If you have the will, you will certainly be able to find out what is going on in this building. All you gotta do, is move slowly and conserve ammo and you will do alright.