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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2018 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch has accomplished things thought impossible. Companies that have traditionally not worked with Nintendo have come on board and brought with them some amazing games. One of these is a port of 2016’s DOOM. But how does a powerhouse game hold up on Nintendo’s hybrid system?

I was excited for the port of DOOM from the beginning but was worried about how it would perform. The Switch is not as powerful as the PS4 and Xbox One, let alone high end PCs, so there was reason to worry. However, I am delighted to say that the game proves what I said at the very beginning: Nintendo Switch accomplishes things thought to be impossible. DOOM is a technical marvel on the Switch, both in docked and handheld mode. While sacrifices have been made to ensure optimal performance, the game is still here and still feels as fast paced and smooth as ever. It may be half the FPS of the other versions, but still retains the feel of intensity.

There are some issues I do have, mainly that Snapmap is not included. This was my favourite part of the original release, and the improvements that were made on it since release made it even better. It is sorely missed in this version, and I hope it can eventually come later. What I do like however, is that the multiplayer was not gimped in any way. This ensured that the Switch would have a great multiplayer shooter and I feel DOOM has performed well in that regard. The Switch seems to allow the multiplayer to stand out more for now, mainly due to the lack of competition in the market, but I was shocked how well fans took to it. It seems the improvements made over the original release were appreciated by making a new first impression.

DOOM is a great game and an amazing port on Switch. It may not have Snapmap but it has everything else and it plays great. Even the arcade mode just works well when you want to play for a few minutes while on the go. Portable DOOM wasn’t thought to be a good idea, but Bethesda and Panic Button proved everyone wrong. I highly recommend this!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Jan, 2018 At 02:51 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

 

Zenimax Online Studios has revealed details on the first major update of 2018 for The Elder Scrolls Online – a two-dungeon DLC Game Pack called Dragon Bones, and Update 17, a free addition for everyone which includes a slew of new features and upgrades that make ESO better than ever. Dragon Bones and Update 17 are expected to launch in February.

 

The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will include two new dungeons – Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair — available in both normal and veteran modes, with a veteran Hard Mode for each final boss. These new dungeons pit players against new and returning enemies, including plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon.

 

Players will be rewarded with new items and monster sets, collectibles, and achievements, as well as a Renegade Dragon Priest mask, awarded just for entering one of the dungeons. The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will be free for ESO Plus members, and available for purchase from the Crown Store for non-members.

 

The free-for-everyone Update 17 will release simultaneously with Dragon Bones, and will include:

  • The Outfit System: allows players to customize the look of their equipment, regardless of equipped gear
  • Two New Battlegrounds: the Orc Stronghold of Mor Khazgur and the Dwarven ruins of Deeping Drome bring 2 new arenas for 4v4v4 multiplayer mayhem (Battlegrounds PvP requires ESO: Morrowind)
  • Home Storage System: this highly anticipated feature provides players the opportunity to lock items away safely in their homes via the Homestead housing system
  • Additional Gameplay Features: new quality of life additions will help new and experienced players get the most out of ESO, including the new Level Up and Skills Advisors, guiding players to the best upgrades when they level up; and improvements to combat, making it easier to identify and activate ability synergies.

The additions and improvements included in Update 17 will be available free of charge for all players.

This is a great update to Elder Scrolls Online. The game just continues to get better and better and we appreciate the work that goes into it.

We will have a review of the full game up soon on the site.

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Jan, 2018 At 02:13 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Best Buy Canada recently did an interview with Andrew Scharf, a lead producer at Bethesda Game Studios . The two discussed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch in great detail and, Scharf mentioned many things such as including the experience of bringing Skyrim to Switch and the challenges involved. He also revealed that Todd Howard brought the idea up to Nintendo for the Zelda crossover content.

 

You can read excerpts below

Paul Hunter: Skyrim coming to Nintendo Switch is obviously a huge moment in gaming, and especially for Nintendo fans. Who originally approached who about bringing this massive game world to Nintendo Switch?

Andrew Scharf: The team here at BGS has been excited about the Switch and Nintendo’s plans since we first saw the demo of the technology. That got us fired up about the possibilities, and as a broader company, we’re always looking to expand our games to new platforms and new audiences. It was just a no-brainer to join a great partner like Nintendo and bring the massive world of Skyrim, where you can go anywhere and do anything, to a platform that can also go anywhere.

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PH: While Skyrim has appeared on many different platforms over the years, this is the first time it’s come to a Nintendo system—meaning a potential whole new audience. How would you summarize what Skyrim (and perhaps The Elder Scrolls franchise) is for the uninitiated?

AS: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the epic fantasy from Bethesda Game Studios and is the winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards. The legendary open-world adventure allows players to be anyone and do anything. Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch includes all-new gameplay features like motion controls for combat and lockpicking, outfits and gear from The Legend of Zelda, plus additional loot unlocked from compatible The Legend of Zelda amiibo. Take down enemies with the Master Sword, protect yourself with the Hylian Shield or look heroic in the Champion’s Tunic. Skyrim also includes all official add-ons – Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.

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PH: The addition of items from The Legend of Zelda, like the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champion’s Tunic is pretty exciting. How did this idea come about and are there any other items in-game that may surprise us?

AS: It was early on in the project, shortly after we started developing on the Switch hardware and Todd brought the idea up to Nintendo and the Legend of Zelda development team. They loved the idea and offered to work with us to make sure that our depiction of Link’s Champion’s Tunic, Hylian Shield, and of course the Master Sword held true to their design, while being usable weapons/armor in Skyrim.

PH: I know Skyrim on Switch is compatible with The Legend of Zelda series amiibo, and they have a daily random chance to unlock the Zelda gear. Are any other amiibo compatible with Skyrim, and if yes, what perks do they provide?

AS: Basically, once a day (every 24 hours in real time, not game time) you can use a Zelda amiibo to make a Zelda themed chest appear with a 20% chance to discover a Zelda themed item, or you can use any other type of amiibo to make a Skyrim themed chest appear with various types of loot.

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PH: From my brief hands-on time with Skyrim it felt responsive, looked phenomenal, and loaded fast. Was this a massive technical undertaking to achieve this level of polish?

AS: There are always basic challenges associated with moving a game to a new platform, like dealing with moving the engine over to a new computing architecture and working with a new graphics pipeline. We were fortunate to work with the talented team at Iron Galaxy Studios to get Skyrim on Switch and they made that process relatively seamless. The end result—as you said—is a great looking and performing version of Skyrim that goes anywhere.

Bethesda & Nintendo: the future

PH: The future looks extremely bright for Bethesda and Nintendo. We have Skyrim, DOOM, and Wolfenstein II all coming to Nintendo Switch. As we look towards the future, what would you like to tell Nintendo fans about this rapidly growing partnership with Nintendo?

AS: We’re really excited to be launching our games on Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo has been a fantastic partner for us. The fans of Nintendo’s hardware have been super supportive and excited for these games and we hope they enjoy exploring Skyrim, as well as blasting demons in DOOM and fighting Nazis in Wolfenstein II. We haven’t announced anything for Switch following Wolfenstein II in 2018, but if and when we do, we will let you know.

PH: Thanks a lot for your time, Andrew! Looking forward to playing Skyrim on Nintendo Switch.

This sounds like Bethesda is extremely satisfied with the Switch thus far. Hopefully this year will bring more great announcements.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Dec, 2017 At 02:21 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re pleased to announce that Fallout 4, the legendary post-apocalyptic adventure from Bethesda Game Studios and winner of more than 200 ‘Best Of’ awards, is available now worldwide in virtual reality on the HTC VIVE. Fallout 4 VR is a true, full-length open-world game, offering an unparalleled amount of VR content for players, including the complete core game with all-new combat, crafting, and building systems fully reimagined for virtual reality.

As the sole survivor of Vault 111, players enter a world destroyed by nuclear war and must rebuild the Wasteland and determine the fate of its residents. Within the massive world, players can interact with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests, all while collecting, upgrading, and building thousands of items in the most advanced crafting system ever. In addition, an all-new graphics and lighting engine brings the Wasteland to life like never before. From the blasted forests of the Commonwealth to the ruins of Boston, every location is packed with dynamic detail.

System Specs:

MINIMUM:
• OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
• Processor: CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better
• Memory: 8 GB RAM
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD RX Vega 56 or better
• Storage: 30 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:
• OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
• Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
• Memory: 16 GB RAM
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 / AMD RX Vega 64
• Storage: 30 GB available space

Also be sure to download the latest drivers from NVIDIA and AMD to get optimum performance.

You can view and share the “Intro to Fallout 4 VR on HTC Vive” video here.

Fallout 4 VR has been rated M for mature by the ESRB and is priced at $59.99 for HTC VIVE. For more information on Fallout 4 VR, visit https://fallout4.com/

Bethesda is really going all out with VR. Will you journey through the wasteland once more?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Dec, 2017 At 10:13 AM | 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

 

 

Starting right now, you can download The Evil Within 2 Free Trial on PS4, Xbox One and PC and play through the terrifying opening chapters of the game. At the end of the trial, if you choose to upgrade to the full game, all of your save data will carry over, allowing you to pick up right where you left off. In these first chapters you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the game’s tight, nightmare-riddled, linear experiences, as well as the more open streets of Union. You’ll also have full access to Sebastian’s customization options, so you can start building the best Sebastian for your playstyle.

The Evil Within 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. As Sebastian Castellanos, you’ll have to dive into hell once more in the sequel to the hit 2014 survival horror game from the mind of Shinji Mikami. Take on twisted creatures in horrifying domains and face off against your own worst nightmares as you race to save your daughter.

The Evil Within 2  has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.TheEvilWithin.com.

The Evil within 2 is a truly amazing horror experience. If you have not seen it yet, our review is here.

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 02:13 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Opinion, Reviews, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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Some spoilers for Skyrim will be contained within; you’ve been warned!

The holidays are approaching, and for me that means it will soon be time to light the Chanukah Menorah and eat some latkes. But when it comes to holidays and being a gamer, one has to stop note that sometimes your favourite games have a similarity to a holiday being observed (whether or not the developers intended that to be so). This is the case with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the holiday of Chanukah.

The story of Chanukah is the story of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire to restore freedom, both political and religious to Judea. The empire had imposed new religious laws on the region and a revolt by the faithful was launched; that led to the liberation of the land and the re-dedication of the Temple. Judas Maccabaeus was one of the key figures in the revolt that led to the Jewish people being free, and his name and legacy have been preserved for generations as a figure to look up to and admire. After the revolt, a new dynasty of Jewish kings came to power as the Hasmonean dynasty, and ancient Israel was once again under their own control; Israel was no longer under the rule of a foreign empire that imposed laws religious of religious persecution. Now doesn’t this all sound familiar?

A key part of Skyrim is the Stormcloak rebellion: led by Ulfric Stormcloak, it seeks to renew the land of Skyrim’s independence from the Empire, restore the freedom to worship their patron god Talos. Should the Stormcloaks win the civil war, so the tale goes, one of the first acts they intend do is to restore the shrine of Talos in the temple of the divines; this is not disimilar to the Holy Temple of Israel being rededicated and purified after the Maccabean revolt. This could be coincidental, but even if it is, the similarities are enough that I feel Skyrim’s Stormcloak route truly does re-tell the story of Chanukah. But the similarities do not end there.

The land of Skyrim, as seen in the game, is populated with people who’ve abandoned the Nordic pantheon (for the most part) in favour of the imperial pantheon. This is notable in that the Nords of Skyrim traditionally despised some of the Imperial pantheon such as Arkay. Similarly in the story of Chanukah, many Jews were close to abandoning their traditions in favour of the culture & religion coercively pushed on them by the Seleucid Empire. While Ulfric’s victory is only seen to restore Talos-worship in the game, it would not be hard to imagine that it would eventually lead to a full revival of the Nordic traditions. Ulfric’s restoration of Talos in the temple of the divines is more than just a simple act; it marks the beginning of the return for the Nords to their traditions that were abandoned, or taken from them. So too did the re-dedication of the temple mark the Jewish people returning to their faith and traditions after a period of war, both with the Empire, and with the loyalists.

I noticed these similarities while I was playing the game and while I cannot be sure if they were intentional or not, they stood out to me. Things like this help keep gaming fresh, by showing you that there can be deeper meaning in the games you play. You just need to look in the right places.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The above editorial represents the point of view of the author only, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Dec, 2017 At 10:47 AM | Categorized As Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

Today, Bethesda Softworks and iam8bit revealed that JUN/KUN limited edition Skyrim Vinyl Soundtracks and limited edition Skyrim Screenprints by Aled Lewis will release in Q2, 2018, with pre-order purchase open now via www.iam8bit.com.

Skyrim Vinyl Soundtrack | $40
The legacy of Skyrim is profound, with so much owed to the atmospheric accents of its music. This JUN/KUN limited edition features:

A 2-color black haze, 180-gram vinyl with the development team’s favorite tracks, separated into “Light” and “Dark” sides

An excruciatingly customized album art package from famed artist & Skyrim superfan Aled Lewis

A digital soundtrack

Skyrim Screenprint by Aled Lewis | $100
The world of Skyrim is vast, nearly impossible to contextualize in a single image. Yet acclaimed artist Aled Lewis achieves just that, illustrating a powerful and poignant faceoff between Dragonborn and Alduin, the World Eater atop the icy mountain vista. This limited edition includes:

An epic 6-color hand-pulled screenprint, standing at a strikingly large 24×36 inches, chock-full of hidden touches, some so microscopic that you’ll need to examine in-person to catch them all

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose. The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come, a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.

This is excellent news. The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim had a truly amazing soundtrack, and a vinyl release with all these extras is truly amazing to see get announced.

Will you be checking this out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Dec, 2017 At 09:03 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re pleased to announce that DOOM VFR is now available worldwide for PlayStation VR and HTC VIVE. Developed by id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and modern VR, DOOM VFR brings the fast-paced, brutal gameplay of DOOM to an all new experience in virtual reality.

 

Players will immerse themselves in the DOOM universe like never before, while seamlessly traversing across the UAC facility on Mars and the depths of Hell, as skills are put to the test through intense combat and challenging puzzle-solving.

 

DOOM VFR is a new game experience within the universe of DOOM, set shortly after the demonic invasion on the UAC’s Martian research facility. Players assume the role of the the last known human survivor who, under a top-secret UAC operational contingency protocol, have had their consciousness transferred to an artificial brain matrix. They will have to restore operational stability to the facility and use any means necessary to stop the onslaught of demons.

 

DOOM VFR has been rated M for mature by the ESRB and is priced at $29.99 for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. For more information on DOOM VFR, visit https://doom.com.

Are you ready to Rip and Tear in Virtual Reality? Let us know!

 

Source: Bethesda PR

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

We are pleased to announce The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Return to Clockwork City is available now.

 

Inspired by classic adventure tales, Return to Clockwork City is the latest story expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Set hundreds of years after Sotha Sil’s demise, embark on an epic journey to the fabled Clockwork City filled with danger, wonder, and riches beyond imagination. The road won’t be easy. Nightmarish abominations, traps, and betrayals all stand between treasure hunters and their fabled loot, as the fate of the lost city hangs in the balance.

 

Featuring:

  • More than 50 new collectible cards

 

  • 35 exciting story missions spread across 3 acts with all-new challenging scenarios

 

  • New mechanic:‘Assemble’ – When players play an Assemble creature, they will choose one of two bonuses. That bonus will be bestowed upon both that creature and every Factotum in the player’s hand and deck.

 

  • New mechanic:‘Treasure Hunt’ – While in play, these creatures will watch each card the player draws to see if it’s the treasure they’re looking for. Once the player draws everything the hunters want, a reward awaits.

 

  • Fabricants’– All-new creature born of both flesh and metal that reward players for playing with neutral cards like the Dwemer constructs. These five creatures (one per attribute) offer some serious power, and create some exciting new deckbuilding possibilities.

 

Return to Clockwork City is available to download now on PC, iOS, and Android devices. All three acts plus alternate Laaneth card art are available for the bundled price of $19.99. Individual acts are available for $7.99 or 1,000 gold.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a great game in the CCG and a worthy addition to The Elder Scrolls series. This expansion is extremely welcome both for what it brings to the game and for what it brings to the series story.
Will you be checking this out?

If you haven’t seen our review of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, you can see it here

 

Source: Bethesda PR

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Nov, 2017 At 04:34 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

There has never been a better time to join the 10 Million players already adventuring through Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online. As part of the #10MillionStories celebration, ZeniMax Online Studios is offering incredible opportunities in the coming days for players to get into the game easily and earn exciting bonuses. The event includes a weeklong Free Play Week for PS4, PC, and Mac, running from November 30 through December 6; a special Dungeon event filled with amazing rewards; and huge savings when buying the game on PS4, PC, and Mac.

 

PS4/PC/MAC FREE PLAY WEEK

From November 30 to December 6, gamers will have seven full days to explore Tamriel for free, to build and grow their characters, run quests and dungeons with friends, and truly create their own story within the largest Elder Scrolls experience to date. The Free Play Week will include:

·         A Massive Open World of Adventure: Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online base game (not including ESO: Morrowind). Go wherever you want with whoever you want for hundreds of hours in the massive open world.

·         500 Free Crowns: All new accounts receive 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on unique pets, helpful XP scrolls, potions and more.

·         Progress Retention: Progress made from previous Free Play events are retained for those who choose to return. Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during Free Play Week, will carry over for those who decide to purchase the full game.

 

PlayStation 4 players will need an active PlayStation Plus membership and can download the full game on the PlayStation Store. PC and Mac players can download the game and begin playing instantly via the official site or the Steam client.

 

#10MILLIONSTORIES IN-GAME DUNGEON EVENT

From 10:00am EST November 30 to 10:00am EST December 6, all ESO players are eligible to participate in the special Dungeon event for a chance to win bonus in-game rewards, including consumables and collectible prize packs that include pets, mounts, and costumes. Players simply need to complete a random dungeon via the in-game Dungeon Finder (Normal or Veteran). Doing so will reward them with a Mysterious Reward Box. All characters on all platforms are eligible to participate, including Free Play Week players. There are no country/region restrictions.

 

Every day a player completes a random dungeon during the event period, they’ll also earn a bonus entry into the #10MillionStories Sweepstakes. For more information, including details on prizes, contest rules, and eligibility, visit the #10MillionStories official site.

 

PS4/PC/MAC ESO ON SALE NOW

All ESO and ESO: Morrowind versions are on sale now on PS4, PC and Mac for up to 50% off via the official ElderScrollsOnline.com Store, on Steam, and in the PlayStation store.

·         PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store will be on sale until Dec. 6.

·         PC and Mac via Steam will be on sale until Dec. 6.

·         PC and Mac via ElderScrollsOnline.com will be on sale until Dec. 7.

This is really cool news. The Elder Scrolls Online may have had a rough start but it has since become an amazing game and one of the best MMORPGs on the market.

Will you check out the free play week?

Source: Bethesda PR