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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Nov, 2017 At 07:06 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Elder Scrolls is a legendary series and Skyrim, its most recent main entry, has now come to Nintendo Switch. As should be apparently by my many articles, I am a fan of the series and was eagerly awaiting this release. Skyrim has never been available in such a portable fashion before, and that is a game changer, but is it enough to warrant a purchase?

I should begin by noting that while this version lacks mods, some things have been changed. Not major details that many would notice, but some bugs have been fixed, such as invisible wall issues and such and it is a welcome change. In fact there are many subtle improvements that make this a very polished version of the game. This isn’t to say there are no issues, as the first time I played, the game encountered an error and closed, but that only happened once.  It just feels like this version is for lack of a better term, a cleaned and refined version.

But what about how it plays? Very well I must say, as aside from the initial crash and a bug or two ( not unheard of for a game in this series at all), I encountered few problems. The controls were responsive and the motion controls were far more than a mere tacked on gimmick. A big issues for The Elder Scrolls series is that the combat is a bit dated and tends to be clunky. With motion controls though, the combat felt far more immersive than ever, both in terms of weapons and magic abilities. Blocking with the shield, aiming with the bow and wielding the sword all felt very intuitive, and motion controls and spells feel like they were made for each other. I must say that this is one of the best implementation of motion controls I have ever seen, so kudos to Bethesda and Iron Galaxy  for this.

A big deal made about the game was the amiibo support and Zelda content. I must say that I found the Zelda items a little overpowered, but considering they act a s a stand in for mods right now, this is fine. It is neat to see the dragonborn dress like Link and use his equipment to save Skyrim from the dragons. The location the items are in, if you choose not to use amiibo, is also both very lore friendly and a great shoutout to another series as well.

Skyrim performs great on the Switch, which surprised me. There was a mostly solid 30 FPS with only minimal dips, no screen tearing and visually the game actually seemed more colourful somehow. Some visuals were sacrificed to make the game run better, but to be honest, that actually helped give the game is more colourful and vibrant look in a way. In terms of audio and music, the game is still amazing and hearing the Zelda chime is a cool bit, along with Skyrim’s own amazing music.  This is Skyrim like you have never experienced it before and I cannot get enough of it. If you own a Nintendo Switch, you must get this game!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2017 At 12:13 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

Continue the fight to make American Nazi-free again in Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles. Starring three different heroes, this multipart DLC will give players a chance kick Nazis out of America but from a trio of fresh perspectives. Available as individual DLC packs or all together in the Season Pass, The Freedom Chronicles includes:

 

Episode Zero

Included with pre-order or Season Pass. Available now.

Episode Zero introduces players to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC mission.

 

The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe

December 14

As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!

 

The Diaries of Agent Silent Death

January 30

As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!

 

The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins

March 2018

As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!

 

The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is available now for $24.99. Each episode can also be purchased separately.

This is a great detailing of the post launch dlc. Wolfenstein II is an amazing game, and if you haven’t seen our review yet, you can read it here

 

source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Nov, 2017 At 09:57 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, DOOM®, is available now for Nintendo Switch™. The iconic game that defined a genre and is considered one of the most influential games ever made, returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter that can be taken anywhere with Nintendo Switch.

“We’re excited to welcome Nintendo fans back to the world of DOOM,” said Marty Stratton, executive producer at id Software. “This game is all about powerful guns, crazy demons, and fast, relentless gameplay, which we think Switch players will really enjoy.”

Developed by id Software in conjunction with Panic Button, DOOM on Nintendo Switch includes the award-winning 2016 first-person shooter plus all of the game’s multiplayer DLC and Arcade Mode. DOOM for Nintendo Switch is rated M for mature by the ERSB and is priced at $59.99. For more information, visit www.DOOM.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to unleash Hell wherever you want. DOOM is available now for Nintendo Switch! See what’s in store for you with our new launch trailer.

As the lone DOOM Marine, your mission will take you through the depths of Hell and beyond, defeating hordes of demons using powerful weapons – or even your fists. With DOOM for Nintendo Switch, you can rip and tear your way through the madness, whether you’re home or on-the-go. From the relentless single-player campaign, to battling against opponents in multiplayer, to racking up points in the game’s fast-paced Arcade Mode, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the fun of DOOM.

Will you be picking up DOOM for Switch? We will have a review up shortly!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 10:28 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

Today, console players of The Elder Scrolls Online can journey deep into Sotha Sil’s epic creation, the incredible Clockwork City, to uncover the myriad secrets of the mechanical realm in the game’s new DLC game pack, Clockwork City. Available for free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 2,000 Crowns, Clockwork City extends ESO’s ever-expanding storyline, taking players through new lands and on hours of new adventures. Clockwork City is already available for players on PC and Mac.

 

The Clockwork City DLC game pack introduces a new zone (Clockwork City), an exciting new story quest line filled with around 10 hours of adventure, a new Trial – Asylum Sanctorum — to challenge the toughest teams, and more.

 

About Update 16

Update 16 is a free base game update that everybody can enjoy. It includes numerous fixes, balance changes, performance improvements, and additions such as a Trait Tracker system that will allow you to see whether or not you’ve researched the unique trait on an item.

 

Finally, the base game update will also include a new Battlegrounds game type for ESO: Morrowind owners: Crazy King. In Crazy King, your team must seize a capture point location that jumps randomly around the map.

 

** For all of the details on the Clockwork City DLC and Update 16, please check out our article on the game’s web site HERE.

 

Xbox One X Enhancements – Including Native 4K and True HDR – Live Now!

With the launch of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One X, The Elder Scrolls Online is fully prepared, delivering a wide range of enhancements and optimizations for Xbox One players who choose to upgrade to the new hardware, including:

 

  • Native 4K resolution

  • True HDR

  • Greatly increased view distance

  • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion

  • Upgraded real-time water reflections

 

This is an amazing DLC add on and update for The Elder Scrolls Online. As well, it is great that Bethesda is really going out of their way to ensure that the game will make full use of the Xbox One X. Bethesda is not taking any half measures with this game and that is a great thing.

 

Source: Bethesda PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 07:36 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

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Bethesda has shared updates on enhancements their games will receive on Xbox One X and they certainly seem impressive.

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Fallout 4

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Enhanced draw distance for trees, grass, objects and NPCs
    • Enhanced God Ray effects

Skyrim Special Edition

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution

Dishonored 2 & Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Dynamic Resolution
    • Improved framerate stability
    • 4K textures
    • Improved geometry/draw distances
    • Improved anti-aliasing
    • Improved shadows quality

The Evil Within 2

  • Enhanced Features include:
    • Upgraded resolution
    • Higher framerate
    • 30 fps lock removal

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Supports Native 4K Resolution and HDR
  • Enhanced features include:
    • Increased view distance
    • Upgraded shadows with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    • Upgraded water reflections

As well, Bethesda noted that Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are also enhanced by Xbox One X and Elder Scrolls Online will receive improvements as well. Bethesda went all out to improve their titles.

What will you play first?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 12:13 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Doom is coming to Nintendo Switch this Friday, but you can get pre-purchase the game digitally now.

 

The European and North American eShops both now have Doom available for pre-loading. You can buy now and have it ready to play right after its release.

 

Notably the file size seems to have increased and it seems multiplayer may not be a separate download, at least for digital purchases.

 

Source: Nintendo eShop

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2017 At 12:40 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In advance of the release of The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim for Nintendo Switch on Nov 17, the game can now be purchased on the Nintendo eShop for pre-loading.

The game will unlock at midnight on Nov 17, so you will be able to play it as soon as the game releases.

 

Will you be buying the game now?

 

Source: Nintendo eShop

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On November 30th, the next Story Expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends arrives. Prepare for the grandest adventure yet with Return to Clockwork City.

 

Featuring more than 55 new collectible cards rewarded across 35 exciting story missions. With these cards, players can search for lost treasure, construct steam-powered wonders, or channel their inner mad scientist to create strange mechanical abominations.

 

New Creature: Fabricants

The Clockwork City is the grand workshop of the late god Sotha Sil, who was obsessed with crafting his own forms of life, reconstructing and building on the work of the Dwemer artisans.

 

Perhaps his most intriguing and disturbing creations were the Fabricants, unique creatures born of both flesh and metal. In Legends, we’re bringing these to life with five Fabricant cards – one per attribute – that will reward players for playing with neutral cards like the Dwemer constructs. These five creatures offer some serious power, and create some exciting new deckbuilding possibilities.

 

New Mechanic: Treasure Hunt

Where there’s a lost city, there’s treasure, and people willing to risk their lives to find it. Enter the Treasure Hunters and the first of our new mechanics – denoted with “Treasure Hunt.” While in play, these adventurous fellows will watch each card players draw to see if it’s the treasure they’re looking for. Once players draw everything the hunters want, a reward awaits. For example, the new card Relic Hunter rewards a buff to the first weapon players draw after playing him – it wasn’t just any weapon, but the priceless object he’d been seeking!

 

New Mechanic: Assemble

In the years since Sotha Sil’s demise, his creations have had to fend for themselves. The humanoid clockwork constructs known as the Factotums have done that by learning to collectively repair, enhance, and upgrade their own bodies. Which brings us to the other new mechanic in Clockwork City: 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.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a truly innovative game. It is one of the best spin offs this writer has seen in a long time.  This new expansion sounds truly amazing and will definitely be worth checking out.

 

Source: Bethesda 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 31 Oct, 2017 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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HORI will be partnering with Nintendo and Bethesda for a Switch accessory set based on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The set will include a soft pouch, Joy-Con trigger grip, cleaning cloth, and a screen protective filter, along with  Skyrim-themed art and design.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Limited Edition Accessory Set is due out on November 17, alongside the game.

 

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