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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Jan, 2018 At 09:58 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sega has announced a new entry in the beloved light gun series House of the Dead. This new game will be called House of the Dead ~Scarlet Dawn and will be made using on Unreal Engine 4. It was also noted that the arcade cabinet will utilize a variety of gimmicks including an “Air Cannon” and “Vibration Seat” among others.

Sega will location test the game from 1/19 to 1/21, before evaluating for further steps to take.

A new House of the Dead game is very welcome at this time. It is a series that truly helps recapture the feeling of the arcades, We can only hope that it is as good as the last entry in the series was.

 

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By Stark Wyvern On 23 Dec, 2017 At 05:16 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Phantom Breaker Battle Ground Overdrive is a game that begs you to play it either alone or with friends. Playing alone can be daunting as you will get hit by wave after wave of attack with no one else to take hits. Playing with friends can lead to a crazy commotion as points fly around. Truly something that I have not experience in a while, a couch co-op game that is so insane it’s amazing. PBBGO is a solid anime styled game that tasks you with taking down hordes of enemies. Using all your skills at your disposal makes for an interesting style of gameplay. I found myself generally button mashing to see what would work, as there were just so many enemies coming at me. The story is a rather simple one, as it really boils down to girls saving the world and that is a good thing.

This game is really a classic arcade styled game. You feel this sense that this game wants to be played long and hard. That you are sort of surviving on a single quarter as you progress through each level. There is something nostalgic in it that makes it even more interesting. It’s like I’m back in the arcade playing an old school game and in this day and age it really is refreshing. I hadn’t thought I’d missed it but I did, and it is good to know.

Playing this game alone is really something I hadn’t expected would be so daunting. You find yourself working through room after room, fighting baddies. As you beat them all it starts anew and soon you find yourself against a boss. These bosses can have an intense difficulty that changes the game as they may have abilities their goons did not. But, as you continue to play you learn and that makes it all the easier.

Now, personally where the true fun of this game comes in, is playing with friends. Up to three friends can join you on your journey to save the world and through co-op you begin to play differently. This is definitely where the real fun happens as with up to three friends you can destroy wave after wave of baddies. Your heroine’s begin to level up, and it is a fight to see which one will end up on top. Play wave after wave with someone who’s never played to witness them learn as they play like you did. Soon enough, while playing with my younger sister, she was surpassing my scores, and I wasn’t too upset. It was just fun to sit there and play a game that did actually end up getting harder as we progressed. It really is like an old arcade game, one where if you lose, a countdown appears letting you continue.

Phantom Breaker at its core is just a fun game. Whether you are playing it alone or with friends, you are certain to have a good time. By adjusting your characters stats through their level ups, you can make the game even more fun. Dole out extra damage and send these weirdos packing. This game is one of those odd games that I knew I’d probably like. But when I played it, I found it to be far more entertaining than I had imagined.

If you have interest in a modern yet arcade styled game, I highly suggest you get this! It really is something that, especially if played with friends, will give you countless hours of fun. So get out there, choose a character and send these villains packing!

 

Disclaimer: A review code was provided.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Dec, 2017 At 02:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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More retro games will be coming to the Switch as Flying Tiger Entertainment has announced they have plans to bring Data East arcade classics to Switch under a new “Johnny Turbo’s Arcade” line. The intention is to release “over 20 titles” with releases will beginning this winter.

However,  Flying Tiger Entertainment is keeping the specifics titles under wraps and has not specified if the games will be sold individually or in groups.

 

What titles do you hope to see?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 01:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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As we noted previously, VS. Super Mario Bros will be coming to the Switch next week.

Hamster will be bringing the arcade classic to the eShop on Dec 22. For those unaware, this was an arcade port of the original Super Mario Bros. with some alterations made to create a new experience. It is a great game, and well worthy getting.  Also a reminder, that next week, the original arcade Double Dragon will come to Switch on December 28, so there is plenty of retro greatness coming to Switch.
Will you be getting this?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Nov, 2017 At 06:06 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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Hamster will be bringing two more classic arcade games coming to Switch  very soon. VS. Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon are coming this December to the Switch.

According to a listing in a Japanese software catalog, VS. Super Mario Bros. will come on December 22., and Double Dragon on December 28,

These are amazing arcade games and well worth getting!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Oct, 2017 At 09:25 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Raw Thrills, the company keeping arcade gaming alive in North America, has announced a new multiplayer beat em up game based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 

With the IAAPA 2017 trade show only a few weeks away, I was surprised to find out that the game would be showing up and that it brings back a genre many of us have longed to see grace the arcade scene again: the brawler / beat ’em up. Long time readers of the site might recall my lamentations over the lack of brawlers in the modern age…looks like that article might need a refresh soon.

Many of you are familiar with Raw Thrills’ other game that has been on test this year, Injustice Arcade. I’ve heard from some in the “fighting Game Community” (FGC) that they are disappointed in that. However, if you are into 1v1 fighting games, you have to realize that IJ was not made for the FGC audience. It was made for card collectors, casual gamers and comic book fans. By the reports I’ve been hearing so far, it’s doing extremely well earnings wise with that crowd.

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This is a “new game, built from the ground up” by Raw Thrills. All of the game assets are based upon the most recent TV series that is found on Nickelodeon. RT added that the company has been working to create novel forms of entertainment, particularly something multiplayer that brings four people close to each other, working together to play through the game and defeat bosses

It was also noted that Raw Thrills intends this to be a total re-imagining of the brawler genre, and this includes more moves and more environmental interaction,. Also planned are Turtle Power special attacks, and voiceover work from the entire cast of the show.  Raw Thrills then went on to say that they have received excellent feedback so far for improvements and the response has been very positive tp the game thus far. Perhaps this will receive a console version sometime soon.

 

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By Stark Wyvern On 10 Oct, 2017 At 01:49 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Arcade Beat Em Ups are things you rarely get to play in this day and age. What was once the norm is now lost to the sands of time, except in places that still have arcades. In an attempt at reviving this game style, Wako Studios has done it with Samurai Riot. Playing this game, I felt like I was standing at an arcade cabinet playing through a brutal game, where quarters would start vanishing the longer I played. A tried and true Side-Scroller that will send you back to a time, where you didn’t always have your own systems to play, a simpler yet more troublesome time.

This game might take on the guise of an arcade cabinet but it is actually far deeper. You have two characters Sukune and Tsurumaru who both play quite differently. Sukune has a magic kitsune and fights barehanded, so clearly, she isn’t always so strong against all the armed opponents. Tsurumaru has a katana and grenades, which makes him the stronger choice. You also get to select different styles which affect your strength, lives, and other aspects. Play the game enough, and you can unlock and level up the styles.

There are eight different levels with actual story intertwining them all together. You even get to make choices which change how things play out. The coolest thing about this game though is that there is in fact co-op. While it is only local, it still allows for a fun experience. You can both play as a character and work together to complete the game. It adds another layer and makes it feel even more like you are in an arcade playing together.

It would be interesting to see online multiplayer implemented in the future. But local co-op really is just the best. As you progress you can even disagree with the choices made and fight it out. This game is a fluid story that can certainly change depending on your choices, and with 8 different endings, there is so much fun to be had. This game certainly isn’t a one and done game, as if you grew up on this style of game, you will be yearning for more.

Samurai Riot is certainly a nostalgia-driven game, but it has amazing artwork and a compelling story. The characters each play differently and you need to work fast to take down waves of opponents. This game is brutal and unforgiving in the best types of ways, and if you enjoyed arcade games in your youth, it is one to try out at least. Plus, you can play for hours and only buy it once, no quarters required!

Samurai Riot is available on Steam right now. Put away your quarters, and travel back in time, save Japan, and have fun like you used to when you were a kid!

A code was provided by the publisher.

 

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Bandai Namco has brought their first game to the Switch, and what better way to start than with a collection of their classics. Namco Museum brings classics like Pac-Man, The Tower of Druaga, Splatterhouse, Rolling Thunder and more, along with Pac-Man VS as well. This is not just another collection however, as numerous additions have been made to enhance the experience.

The games included in this collection are:

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • The Tower of Druaga (1984)
  • Sky Kid (1985)
  • Rolling Thunder (1986)
  • Galaga ’88 (1987)
  • Splatterhouse (1988)
  • Rolling Thunder 2 (1990)
  • Tank Force (1991)
  • Pac-Man Vs. (2003)

 

Among the changes made to the games in this collection, include a challenge mode for the games that help provide additional replay value and help give more fun to the experience. In addition, Namco Museum on Switch takes full advantage of the system’s HD rumble. This is excellent with games like Splatterhouse, with the HD Rumble giving more of a sense of immersion to the game. This is not always for the best though, as some games like The Tower of Druaga do not really need HD rumble and it ends up taking away from the experience.

But aside from these additions, is the game worth getting? Well that depends on how much you like retro games. If you do not like the older era which could be more simplistic, then you will not like this collection all that much. That said, these are excellent games, and the addition of Pac-Man VS. is a great one, even with the need for multiple systems to use the multiplayer to its full effect.  With the games included, it comes out to a reasonably priced package and could be a great introduction to the retro scene. HD Rumble and challenge mode may not appeal much to some, but if you are curious about the older games but need just a little more to push you into buying them, you could do a lot worse.

For retro fans, I would definitely recommend this collection. For fans of modern gaming, I would say take a look before you buy. These aren’t the 90’s era bombastic arcade games but a more simplistic style. That said, I think I for my money’s worth with games like Splatterhouse, Sky Kid, The Tower of Druaga, and Rolling Thunder. It is worth checking out, but be aware it may not be to your liking.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Apr, 2017 At 04:19 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow, the Nintendo Switch will receive an amazing Neo Geo classic. Over Top, widely regarded as a true gem, will be coming to the Switch on 4/27.

The ultimate NEOGEO Racing Game! The game features branching paths and a variety of car models for maximum replayability!

“OVER TO”P is a racing game released by SNK in 1996.

Players will participate in breathtaking races through urban areas, mountainous regions, and snowy roads. The courses also feature weather variations to add more variety to the game.

In addition to the various vehicles with different performance factors which players can use, they can also enjoy the thrill of drifting their way through corners to clear courses.

The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces.

Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

This is one of the best racing games ever made for arcades, and hopefully people can still appreciate how good it is.

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Neo Geo games are now available on the Nintendo Switch worldwide and many are enthusiastic to play Metal Slug 3 and King of fighters 98 on the system. But there is another game that is far more noteworthy than those.

Also having come out on the Switch is Waku Waku 7. This is one of the most unusual and off beat fighting games ever made, The characters are parodies of other games, of anime, manga, comics and of movies, both Japanese and western made, such as shotoclones, sword fighters and anime action girls. It is hard to explain but this is one of the most awesome fighting games you can play. Easy to learn but difficult to master, this is just fun to play and enjoy.

The game had a western release in arcades….but not on the home console scene. It only received home console releases in Japan. That is why this release is so notable, this is one of the first times western players will get to play this. And to be honest, this is a game everyone needs to try.

The fighting is great as mentioned earlier, the visuals are excellent and while blurry on Switch, Hamster is patching the Arcade Archive series to fix that. It has that look that games like Street Fighter III and Darkstalkers had ( one character is a parody of a Darkstalkers character in fact), while still being in the SNK style, which still looks amazing today. And the music is absolutely fantastic. It is a great soundtrack for a fighting game and extremely energetic, and really gets you into the fight.

With great characters, a ridiculous yet decent plot that works, and fun gameplay, I cannot understand why this game languished in obscurity for so long. It has now received an arcade perfect port on the Switch and I have had a great time with it. I would love to see a modern sequel that continues the story and adds to the parodies.  As I mentioned earlier, this is a very significant release for the game, and I am hoping it sells well enough that there will be interest for a new game. That would be the best case scenario here. If you have a Nintendo Switch, I implore you to get this game.

See a trailer below to see what kind of game this is!