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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Nov, 2017 At 03:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBlizzard shared many new details at the BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony. Here is a news roundup

StarCraft II

  • Free-to-play—Starting November 14, players will get free access to the acclaimed Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked ladder play, and all Co-Op Commanders up to level five.
  • Mira Han and Matt Horner—The newest Co-Op Commander is actually two commanders in one: command a devastating mixture of high-powered Dominion air units as Matt Horner and fast-moving ground units as Mira Han.

Heroes of the Storm

  • Hanzo and Alexstraza—Two new heroes, Dragons of the Nexus, will bring new and dramatically different styles of play to Heroes of the Storm later this year.
  • New changes, including Performance Based Matchmaking, Voice Chat, and the 2018 Gameplay Update, continue to refine the action and make Heroes even more fun and challenging than before.

Hearthstone

  • Kobolds & Catacombs—The next expansion, coming in December, will bring players down into the dungeons beneath Azeroth—and equip them with 135 wondrous new cards, including nine new class-specific Legendary Weapons.
    • Dungeon RunsKobolds & Catacombs also brings with it a brand-new single-player game mode featuring challenging, high-stakes subterranean journeys inspired by the classic fantasy dungeon crawl. Dungeon Runs are free for all players; no pre-built decks are required for entry.
    • Free Legendary Cards—To celebrate the new expansion, all players will receive a free legendary minion, Marin the Fox, on November 6, as well as a free random legendary weapon for logging in when Kobolds & CatacombsKobolds & Catacombs card packs will also be winnable in Arena mode or purchasable with in-game gold or real money.
    • Recruit—When a card with the new Recruit keyword is played, a random minion from your deck is summoned to fight alongside the rest of your party!
    • Pre-purchase—Starting today, eager treasure seekers can pre-purchase the new expansion card packs in a special 50-pack bundle for 49.99 USD on Battle.net and in Blizzard’s game shop, and receive the jewel-encrusted “For the Hoard!” card back for free. Starting November 6, this pre-purchase offer will also be available in-app for iOS and Android players for 49.99 USD, and will reflect local pricing in Canada for 69.99 CAD.

Overwatch
·         Blizzard World—An amusement park celebrating the worlds of Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft serves as the location for this new map.
·         Moira—A new hero, the life-draining geneticist named Moira, will soon be joining the fray.
·         “Honor and Glory”—In the latest in the acclaimed series of animated shorts, viewers journey into Reinhardt’s past as he wrestles with whether or not to answer Winston’s call to join the newly reforming Overwatch.

 

World of Warcraft
·         Battle for Azeroth™—In the next expansion, the war between the Horde and the Alliance reignites as players embark on a journey to recruit new allies, race to claim the world’s mightiest resources, and fight on several fronts to determine which faction will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.
·         World of Warcraft Classic—In addition to a new expansion, Blizzard also announced early plans to develop a gameplay experience that recaptures players’ first journeys into the original World of Warcraft.
·         Shadow the Fox— A plushy version of the previously released in-game charity pet will be available for purchase starting later this month. Sales of the plush will benefit both American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

Blizzard went all out for Blizzcon and it is just starting. Stay tuned for more news.

 

Source: Blizzard PR

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2017 At 05:19 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Arc System Works sent out the following

 

 

Arc System Works establishes “Arc System Works America, Inc.” in Torrance, California as its North American branch, in order to expand its operations and offerings to fans in the region.

President Minoru Kidooka states, “Since its inception almost 30 years ago, Arc System Works has been at the pinnacle of 2D Fighting game development — merging traditional Japanimation-like expression and technology to bring fans around the world entertainment the likes of which they have never seen.

“While we have been able to bring our games to North America with help from local business partners in the past, with our new branch ‘Arc System Works America, Inc.’ we will better be able to open the channels of communication between fan and developer, ensuring your voices are heard and most importantly applied.

“As we expand in these exciting times, I will personally ensure we never lose sight of the Arc System Works company slogan: ‘Action’ ‘Revolution’ ‘Challenge’. I look forward to our latest challenge of establishing a new branch and continuing to develop exciting and innovative experiences for all the fans who made this next stage in our company’s history possible.”

This is amazing news, and now ASW fans can enjoy a direct connection to the company in North America. We will keep you updated on this development.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Nov, 2017 At 11:29 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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D-Pad Studios, the creators of Owlboy have released a new video celebrating the anniversary of the game’s launch and detailed a lot of new information.

 

 

 

Owlboy has now been translated to 12 languages: – English – Polish – Spanish – German – Italian – French – Russian – Portugese – Traditional Chinese – Simplified chinese – Korean – Japanese .

The language update is available RIGHT NOW!

Owlboy is also 40% off ONLY on November 1st, lasting from 10AM PST until 10AM PST on November 2nd.

Savant Ascent has also recieved a full Japanese translation

The game is also 50% off on steam as this video goes live!

The Otus Plushie, as well as other D-Pad Studio goods are now 10% off the ForFansByFans website with the code HOOT10

A 1 day anniversary t-shirt is also available from the Yetee only for November 1st. 3 new t-shirt designs are also available today

. Don’t forget! The Boguin plush and Owlboy Vinyl are still available at iam8bit

Owlboy will be releasing on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and X-Box One on February 13th. The day before valentines! There is a physical edition in the works as well, so keep an eye out for more news!

Owlboy is a true indie gem and to finally get a release date for the console versions is amazing. Will you be getting this on February 13?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Oct, 2017 At 11:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

We’ve made changes to crates and progression based on player’s feedback. The Star Wars Battlefront II beta gave us a welcome chance to test all of our systems in action and tune things up for better balance. A few weeks ago, we mentioned we were going to take another look at how the progression system works and after incorporating community feedback, we’re happy to share our plans for launch:

 

  • Epic Star Cards, the highest tier of Star Cards available at launch, have been removed from Crates
  • You’ll need to reach a certain rank to craft upgraded Star Cards
  • Weapons are locked behind specific milestones
  • Class-specific gear and items can be unlocked by playing as them

 

We’ll be continuously looking at player feedback to help fine tune and improve this system and others in the game, as we’re committed to keeping the community together including releasing all post-launch content for free and going to make sure that the game is fun for everyone.

These are welcome changes as there were many complaints about the loot crate system. It is good that they are listening to fans and will not just rush blindly into a bad decision.

 

Source: EA PR

 

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A couple of years ago, Bethesda and Machine Games released Wolfenstein The New Order. It was a bold new take on the series and helped give it new life in the modern era. Now Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has been released, but does it up the intensity or fall flat?

 

The first thing I noticed when playing The New Colossus is how gorgeous the game looks. This is one of the best looking games this year and makes full use of the resources it has available to itself. I cannot stress this enough, but Machine Games upped the ante in terms of presentation, and I applaud them for it. Along with that, there is an amazing soundtrack that works so well with the action that occurs. It just fits perfectly even as the scenarios change and this just adds to Wolfenstein’s enjoyablity factor

But now it is time to talk about the gameplay and wow is it amazing.  I did notice a few framerate stutters here and there but nothing too major. Playing this on the PS4 was an enjoyable time, and before I knew it, hours had passed.Wolfenstein II gives us multiple ways to take down Nazis and crush them in the name of the resistance, and therein lies the bizarre controversy of the game. For some reason people are offended that Nazis are the villains of the game and that is just strange to hear in this day and age. If anyone would be uncomfortable about anything in the game, it should be the sheer horror of a world where the Nazis won. Admittedly this did in fact bother me a little bit as the grandchild of holocaust survivors, and alternate history fiction like this does give me pause, but I am able to look past it and see the game for what it is.

Wolfenstein II is packed with content, both immediately visible and also hidden for you to find. I do not want to give spoilers, but I enjoyed finding all the secrets the game had to offer. I must admit, if it were not for the framerate issues I mentioned above, I would find this game perfect. I understand that some have issue with the game not having multiplayer modes, but I actually like that the focus was on single player gameplay. DOOM’s multiplayer felt like an ill fit for the game, so I am glad the focus and polish went solely into making a great campaign.

If there is anything I would change though, it is the pacing as the game feels like it slows down too much at times in terms of progression nd advancing in the plot. Again, this is not a deal-breaker and I still love the game. I was wary of this reboot from the beginning due to my family’s experience in World War 2, but these games are so well done, that I have been won over. I highly recommend this game.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Oct, 2017 At 05:53 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe following was sent out

 

Codemasters and Deep Silver today announced a brand new arcade racing game, ONRUSH, live on stage with PlayStation at Paris Games Week. ONRUSH will bring all-action, gravity-defying racing back to the console gaming scene at breakneck speed when it launches on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, in summer 2018.

Created by the new Codemasters development team in Cheshire, U.K. (formerly Evolution Studios), ONRUSH is a celebration of sensational speed, outright fun and over-the-top spectacle.

It’s not just about racing to the finish line. In ONRUSH, racing with style and flare is what counts as you perform incredible takedowns and put everything on the line to power up your all-important RUSH bar. RUSH is the ultimate power up, producing an exhilarating and devastating force which, when used at the right time, can wreak havoc on your competition.

ONRUSH Game Director Paul Rustchynsky said, “We are extremely excited to finally be able to talk about ONRUSH. The team grew up playing iconic, arcade racing games so it is great to have the opportunity to re-imagine those experiences on today’s consoles and bring something fresh to the market. We believe that it is something that gamers are crying out for.”

“The most important factor in the game is that it has to be fun. It is not about tire choices, car setups or even racing lines; it’s about edge of your seat action and taking death defying risks in order to reap the biggest rewards,” continued Paul.

ONRUSH will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in summer 2018. For more information, visit www.onrushgame.com. Fans can keep up to date with all the latest news from the studio by joining our communities on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/onrushgame), Twitter (https://twitter.com/onrushgame), and Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/onrushgame/).

It is great to see more arcade style racing games getting made. This is a genre that sadly has fallen by the wayside for the most part. Will you be getting this?

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Oct, 2017 At 05:14 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Activision Blizzard sent out the following

 

Revealed today, Destiny 2 – Expansion I: Curse of Osiris is the first expansion to the Destiny 2 universe releasing Dec. 5, 2017 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.
Destiny 2 – Expansion I: Curse of Osiris, takes place after the conclusion of the Destiny 2 campaign where you are dispatched to Mercury on a quest to find Osiris, the most powerful Warlock to have ever lived, to discover the answers humanity needs to fight back against the Vex.
Curse of Osiris adds a new chapter to the world of Destiny 2, expanding the universe by adding an all-new cinematic story with new and returning characters, a new destination to explore, Mercury and its Infinite Forest, a new social space to visit called the Lighthouse, new missions, new strikes, new raid content, new free roam activities, a world quest to complete, and more.
You can see the trailer below

Will you be getting the expansion?
Source: Activision Blizzard PR
By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Oct, 2017 At 08:44 AM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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QUByte Interactive sent out the following

 

Brazilian developer QUByte Interactive in partnership with podcast 99Vidas has pleased to announce 99Vidas is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. Pre-order sales are being offered exclusively at Xbox Store (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/99vidas/c45wchgrpp44) with 10% off. 99Vidas is now available in the Americas (North and South America) on November 3rd, 2017 for Xbox One. 99Vidas will be available soon in Europe.

99Vidas captures the excitement of beat ’em ups like Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage featuring 16-bit retro graphics to bring back the nostalgia of those great classics from the 80’s and 90’s.

Unlike more traditional Beat’Em Ups, 99Vidas features two attack buttons –  Punch (fast but weak) and Kick (slow but strong), which players can alternate  to perform different combos.

Character moves, including combos, can be upgraded by spending Experience Points acquired during gameplay, expanding damage inflicted, adding elemental damage, modifying the each character,  both visually and gameplay-wise.

Key Features

  • Up to 4 players co-op local and online across the Xbox Live systems
  • 11 Playable characters
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • Versus Mode
  • Survival Mode
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks

For more information, please visit: http://99vidasthegame.qubyteinteractive.com/

You can see the trailer below

99Vidas: The Game is an amazing beat em up that really deserves your attention. You can see our review here of the steam version and our review here of the PS4 version

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Oct, 2017 At 07:38 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Hellboy is coming to Injustice 2 and a gameplay trailer has been released recently.  The character is shown off in great detail and looks absolutely amazing. NetherRealm Studios did an awesome job with the character based on this trailer, and we cannot wait to play as him when he is available.

 

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be playing as Hellboy?

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I will admit right away that survival games are not a genre I have played very much of. There is no real reason, I simply have not been interested in it, until now. The Flame in the Flood is a game that provides both a good entry point and a good challenge at the same time.

The game is set in a world where rising water ha flooded the world. Into this world, we have Scout and her dog Daisy who must survive while trying to find a radio tower. Their journey will take them to different areas in this procedurally generated world, and find what they need to survive. It seems daunting at first but the game doesn’t make things too hard and instead eases you into things, while giving glimpses into what happened in the world. This helps create a better atmosphere, while also advancing the story and giving more direction. I have no faults with that and appreciate the way it kept things interesting.

I do have some issues, with how the pacing did feel strange at times, and the major issue is inventory space. It does create problems, especially a the start and that could make the game seem worse than it really is. That is a shame, because the game does have a lot going for it, even if you spend so much time going through the various menus. If you can get through this rough start, however, you will see a game with a realized world, interesting environments, as well as beautiful visuals.

The game also must be noted for its amazing soundtrack, and I had to stop every so often just to take in more of the music and appreciate it far more. It isn’t often that happens to me to anymore, so I always get a little excited when it does. Good music is something that needs to be appreciated in gaming.

Overall, I am still not very interested in survival games, but I must say that The Flame in the Flood did a lot to make me appreciate the genre more. If you like survival games, or are curious about them, this is one you should keep an eye on.

 

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the developer