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By Stark Wyvern On 11 Dec, 2017 At 10:00 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAfter a wonderful sitar performance, we are greeted with a familiar sight. A certain explorer, a friend of Nathan Drake. Chloe’s first game as the main character Uncharted the Lost Legacy. This game is certainly going to follow the great game play of the Uncharted series while sitting Drake out.

Next, Guerilla brings us footage of its new DLC for Horizon: Frozen Wilds. Looks like Alloy is looking for more answers in the artic Banuk lands. What new foes will she face, what new gear and weapons will she gain, what will she ultimately learn?

Sam Witwer’s biker is out to find a friend in the latest trailer for, We see the games zombies, and how he fights. We even see a Zombie Bear about to attack. Days Gone certainly looks like a game to watch.

With dinosaurs and hunting, what else could it be but Monster Hunter World? A true Monster Hunter game on PS4, and it looks absolutely amazing. The detail is stunning. Just a true masterpiece playing before your eyes.

Blue Point Studio is up with a remaster of a classic PlayStation Game with Shadow of the Colossus, a game that was truly beyond it’s time when it released. It looks even better than before and will certainly be good to play for new and old fans.

Ultron introduces the next game, Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite. With so many characters from both sides, it is quite fun as usual. Though some of the characters might look a little odd, it will sate any fighting game fan’s need to brawl.

It’s back to World War II in the first time, in Call of Duty, for quite a long time. The game is clearly something that shows how far the genre has come since the first game. No longer in the future but in the past where things meant so much more, and everything was far more real. Call of Duty WWII is certain to be something special for fan’s of the series.

It’s now time to delve into the World of PSVR. Skyrim VR is bringing the classic game to the headset and of course it looks amazing.

A futuristic game appears next called Starchild.

A 50’s style VR Game appears next, and looks frightening in the inpatient. With older music and wicked doctors, this game is sure to bring the frights right to you.

Monster of the Deep brings on more bro time with Noctis and his friends. Fishing in Final Fantasy XV certainly was a big thing and now a full VR fishing experience will certainly be even cooler.

It’s time for more war in the next PSVR game. Bravo Team will be sure to scratch the shooter VR itch.

Polyarc has created a stunning game, filled with beautiul scenery and a strange animal world. The hero is a mouse, out on a quest. The player is magical orb, that helps the hero out. Of course being a a mouse in Moss, you will face some reptilian foes.

With more PS4 goodness on the way, Kratos makes an appearance. His son is troubled just like he is. Off on a nordic adventure this father son pair will face all manner of creature. Kratos teaches his son as they go and clearly is just as vicious as he has ever been. With surprising characters and help from the World Serpent, God of War looks like it will deliver.

Detroit is next and the heroes are off to free the cyber people. In a crazy world these cyber humans are going to free themselves and stand up to the humans. It’s time for the Android uprising, and it will be up to you to make a success.

Choosing how you play is part of he game. Your actions will change and affect the world. Will you do this by force or through pacifism.

Destiny 2 is next with a fantastic trailer. Plus, Playstation exclusive gear, weapons, and other goodies, are sure to make the PS4 the best place to play Destiny 2.

Last but certainly not least is a defining game for the greatest Wall Crawler Spiderman. Truly become the hero as you travel through New York City and take out all sorts of bad guys. Though the game play only shows off the Demons and the wicked Kingpin.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Jul, 2017 At 01:24 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Get ready to be a hero in Star Wars Battlefront II! This fall, step into the boots of a trooper, pilot or your favorite iconic character in epic Star Wars battles in authentic locations and thrilling dogfights in the far reaches of space.

 

On the EA Star Wars blog, we announced that the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC starting on October 4 for those who pre-order the game. Players can take their favorite heroes to battle in the large scale 20 v 20 Galactic Assault mode on Theed City, joining Republic clone troopers and Separatist battle droids in a wild melee on the streets surrounding the royal palace. Also included in the multiplayer beta is a Starfighter Assault battle, where fans can jump into the cockpit of some of the most memorable starfighters from Star Wars.

 

Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II will be able to play the beta early, starting October 4. In addition to early beta access, they will also get bonus content including Yoda’s Epic Lightsaber Mastery Star Card, which is only available while supplies last until October 9, 2017. The beta will open to the public two days later on October 6 and end on October 9.

 

Visit the EA Star Wars blog here to read more and to stay up to date with the latest Star Wars Battlefront II news.

This is good news for fans interested in checking out the game. Hopefully this will satisfy players more than the original game did and the beta will assure fans of that. Will you be checking this out?

Source: PR Email

No GravatarE3 week has rolled around yet again and that can mean only one thing:  It’s the perfect time to look at your backlog!

Wait, what?  But Days Gone is coming and there’s  Anthem from Bioware and Destiny 2 and Super Mario Odyssey and The Last Night looks fantastic and and and ad nauseam!  This isn’t when you want to look at old games!  Or is it?  The average gamer has more games than they have time to play these days.  On top of that, the industry has normalized the idea of preordering games up to several years in advance just to get your foot in the door when they come out, even though virtually no preordered titles get under-printed.  So with E3 just getting underway, I thought I’d take a look at all the things I still haven’t played yet…and that’s a lot.

I’ve been collecting since the mid-nineties, ever since I sold my copy of Final Fantasy III for the SNES, decided I wanted to play it again, and then couldn’t find a copy for months.  Ever since then, if I buy a game, I keep it until I play it and decide if I like it.  But in the 90s, games came out much more slowly.  By the time you’d rented the game (yes, you could rent games at a corner mini-mart or video store back then), played it to death, and moved on to something else, the next game you were waiting for still wasn’t out.  That simply isn’t the case anymore.  There are so many games out and coming out that it’s hard to even keep track of what might be interesting, let alone everything that’s been released.  And that’s why backlogs are such a problem.  There are more good games coming out than most people have time to even try, much less play through.  Most people simply buy what looks good, get sidetracked, and end up with a bunch of things they don’t even have time to open.  It’s a ridiculous consumer feedback loop that doesn’t benefit anyone but game companies and retail stores.

For example, I still have Super Nintendo games that I haven’t gotten around to playing yet.  I bought them in the nineties!  It’s a habit that becomes a compulsion; the fear of missing out on the next Suikoden II or Shantae or Panzer Dragoon Saga.  What if you don’t buy it and when you go to get it, you can’t afford it anymore?  But will you ever play it?  Do you even have the time?  Assuming you work a 40 hour work week or go to school full time, you likely have limited time for gaming.  Add a commute, a relationship, or even a child to that equation and you have even less.  You might get three to five hours of game time in a week.  The average game takes around 20 hours to complete.  That’s ten weeks to finish one game, assuming you don’t play anything else or get bored of it.  You might be able to finish five games a year at that rate.  Round it up to ten for people with summers off or extra free time.  But even at ten games a year, you aren’t remotely scratching the surface of what comes out in any given year, and that’s just looking at mainstream titles!  If you have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, you get four to six games free every month on top of what you purchase.  If you have Steam, GOG (Good Old Games), Origin, or uPlay, you might get another 5-10 games free a year if you pay close attention online.  That’s well over a hundred games excluding retail purchases if you use all of those services.  At an average of 20 hours each, you’re looking at roughly over 2000 hours of gameplay, and following our formula that says we have five hours a week, that backlog becomes 7.7 years of gameplay.

Over seven years of gameplay just in random titles from online services.  Then we add in the AAA titles that most people buy and tend to play more heavily and the average serious gamer has a backlog of up to ten times what they could realistically play at any given time.  A quick look at my collection made me nearly nauseous when I used this formula.  On Steam alone, I have 1003 games, many of which I have never even installed.  For the PS2?  128.  The DS?  101.  The PS1?  72 games.  That’s over 1300 games and doesn’t include about two-thirds of my collection.  And don’t forget about flash carts.  I have access to every single US and Japanese game for the NES, Genesis, Turbografx 16, and DS.  Thousands of titles.   My Steam library averages out to about 77 years of backlog.  Statistically, I will literally die before I can possibly play every game on my Steam account to completion.  An actual, honest-to-goodness lifetime of gaming is at my fingertips at any given moment.  And yet I still I buy games all the time, but I literally cannot play them.  I’ve talked to other gamers that have backlogs on Steam of up to 3000 games.  It’s almost a status symbol for them.

We don’t need this much media.  But as we buy more and more, faster and faster, we show developers that they don’t need to take their time or fully playtest a game for us to buy it.  Half the time, we stick it on a shelf and don’t get to it for six months.  Or a year.  Or five.  Or even ten.  The situation has degraded so much that there are even sites like www.backloggery.com that allow you to track not only your collection but your completion rate as well.  Steam does this for you automatically, and it can be rather disheartening to see right there in black and white.  I’ve been a Steam member for 12 years and I’ve only managed a 13% completion rate.  However, even that is inaccurate because that number is calculated on the achievements you’ve earned, not the games you have finished.  I wouldn’t hesitate to say that most people don’t end up finishing the games they start these days due to the nature and volume of the market, and it almost doesn’t matter that the developers haven’t properly programmed and playtested those games.

So what does all this mean?  To me, it means the market is utterly flooded; inundated with content ranging from indie games to AAA titles to the point where it’s hopelessly diluted and difficult to have a pure gaming experience.  Very few games end up being memorable and at the same time, we’ve created a sub-culture where people brag about all the items they own but never actually use them.  There are too many games and we can’t play most of them.  A lot of the most highly advertised titles end up being terrible too, due to compromises made to appeal to wider audiences.  Reviews are bought and sold like commodities and it’s very difficult to judge for yourself what might be good.  E3 is the perfect example of this, creating massive hype for titles that test well with audiences and critics, overproduced shows of products that won’t be coming out for some time, and generally driving a multi-billion dollar ad campaign that sucks dollars out of the pockets of hard-working people.  As I write this, Xbox has wrapped up their E3 presentations and already most of the bigger titles are available to preorder on Amazon, even though the release dates are as far away as next fall or later.  Money is flying into the pockets of companies as we speak for nothing more than a promise of things to come drifting on the wind.

Gamers need to stop and think about how excited they were for the items that are already sitting on their shelves when they were announced.  We can’t let that feeling of wonder end the second we get the actual product.  If we all stop to play what we already have, perhaps it will make the industry also reconsider the type of games it is releasing and the volume it is releasing them in.  Having a backlog says a lot about a person, but it also speaks volumes to the way marketing and consumer culture affect us as individuals.  That’s a message many of us need to heed more often.   So take a look at your shelf.  Make an effort to try that game you’ve always been meaning to but were never in the mood for.  You might just recapture the magic in gaming by popping in a hidden gem.  And you might find that the entertainment you’ve been scouring the net looking for is something you already had the whole time.

A Contest And An Addendum

In writing the above article and looking at my backlog, I also realized that in addition to a ridiculously large backlog, I also have a ridiculous number of games sitting about unused on my Steam account and other digital accounts.  These are extras I’ve gotten to give as friends, freebies that came with purchases, and just random extra codes I’ve acquired over the years.  I thought to myself, “What better use could I have for all these games than to give them away to people who will play them?”  And so, The Great Real Otaku Gamer Steam Backlog Contest was born!

For those of you that are interested and want to put in a minimal amount of effort, I’m going to give away my extra Steam codes!  But the rules for winning are something a bit different.  The winners for this contest will be the entrants with the smallest uncompleted backlogs!  After all, in this day and age with everyone oversaturating themselves with media, maybe the person who actually finishes what they start deserves a reward!  So please take a moment and head on over to The Great Real Otaku Gamer Steam Backlog Contest right here on Real Otaku Gamer and drop an entry my way!  You might just win a new game to play…and it might even be good!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 06:21 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

Lead the charge with early access to the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta and an epic Yoda bonus! This fall, players will be able to jump into a galaxy far, far away to experience the epic scale of the Star Wars universe with the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer Beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC.

 

Fans who pre-order any edition of the game (or have already pre-ordered it) will be able to start playing the beta early and will get instant access to Yoda’s Epic Lightsaber Mastery Star Card, available while supplies last. Fans who pre-order will also receive:

 

  • Exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi outfits for Kylo Ren and Rey
  • Instant access to six hero and starfighter epic Star Cards
    • Kylo Ren: Power Reach and Solid Freeze
    • Rey: Far Sight and Deep Mind
    • Starfighters: Enhanced Auxiliary Power and First Order ship upgrade
  • Instant access to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Millennium Falcon with updated sounds and appearance

 

Additionally, pre-orders of the Star Wars Battlefront II: Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition Deluxe Edition come with up to three-day early access to Star Wars Battlefront II and upgraded versions of all four trooper classes.

 

This is cool news, and the preorder bonuses for the game sound awesome. Hopefully we hear more cool Star Wars news from EA at E3.

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During today’s Pokémon Direct, the Pokémon Company announced Pokken Tournament DX, an enhanced port of their Pokémon fighting game, which will come to Nintendo Switch.

This version will have an additional five Pokémon, improved online modes and more. the game will be shown off more at E3 and will have an invitational event during E3 as well.

You can see a trailer below.

 

 

The game releases 09/22/2017

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jun, 2017 At 04:46 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda has released a trailer for their E3 event. It shows off their previous conferences in order to hype up the event. Bethesda has been hyping the event for a while now and included the Bethesdaland image seen above in order to promote the event.
See the trailer below.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 01:53 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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PC Gamer sent out the following

 

PC Gamer today announced that Xbox will join the upcoming annual PC Gaming Show for the third consecutive year, as both a sponsor and key presenter, and revealed more companies and speakers set to appear. Taking place in Los Angeles on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the show will feature appearances and announcements from some of the biggest brands in the PC gaming industry.
Leaders and renowned game developers from Xbox and streaming service, Beam will join the show to talk about their latest developments in PC gaming, as well as showcasing upcoming PC games.
Fans can expect news and updates about PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS from Bluehole Inc., BATTLETECH from Paradox Interactive in partnership with Harebrained Schemes, Total War: Warhammer II from Creative Assembly, and Raw Fury Games.
“PC gaming is a huge part of our gaming ecosystem – across Windows, Beam, and Xbox,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing at Microsoft. “The PC Gaming Show is the perfect place for us to talk about what’s next from Xbox for PC gamers.”
For more information and to register for press or content creator access, please visit: www.PCGamingShow.com and follow #pcgamingshow. For consumers interested in attending the show, please visit: www.PCGamingShow.com/tickets. Viewers will be able to stream, the 2017 PC Gaming Show live on Beam.
The PC Gaming Show is powered by Intel and supported by partners Bohemia Interactive, Xbox, Cygames, Nexon, and Tripwire Interactive.

The PC Gaming Show is always a great part of E3. While it may not get as much recognition as the other conferences, it is still a noteworthy event. Will you be watching this year?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 04:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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This is unexpected. A new name has entered the arena of E3 as Devolver Digital will be holding a conference.

 

There are no full details yet, but this is a pretty big deal as Devolver is one of the fastest growing publishers and a new conference at E3 is always big news. Hopefully new details come soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 May, 2017 At 08:51 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has revealed their plans for this year’s E3.

There will be a “Nintendo Spotlight” on games like Super Mario Odyssey and more on June 13th at ( am PDT. In addition there will be a treehouse live event and tournaments of games like Splatoon 2 and Arms.

Are you excited for this? Let us know!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Feb, 2017 At 12:07 AM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Mega Man Legacy Collection producer and director Frank Cifaldi  revealed during an interview with The Watch podcast that his company Digital Eclipse are working on a new Capcom game compilation and it could be announced relatively soon.

 Cifaldi stated

I shipped a collection called Mega Man Legacy Collection the year before last (it’s been a while), and we’ve got another one coming out soon that they’re gonna announce any day now. I don’t know when – I wish I could talk about it but it’s really cool.

It is not yet known if this is Mega Man related or not, but it is worth noting that this is the 30th anniversary of Mega Man this year. Could this be an X collection? We shall see soon.
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