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By Sebastian Marco On 13 Jun, 2017 At 03:22 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, ROG News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Xbox had a great showing at there press conference. Coming right out of the game showing the history and gaming resultions over the course of the Xbox lifeline leading up to the highest achieved so far 4k resolution. Following a great 3d animated short showcasing some of the big features of the new, now titled Xbox One X, including the reveal of it’s launch date, and new specs. All of which include immense power with the Xbox One X. Going down the specs list some of which including 12gb of GDDR5 ram,  a cpu core that clocks in at around 2.3GHz, and high speed memory bandwidth, not to mention the new and improved cooling system.

One of the things that caught my attention was there was very little talking, besides the short and breif game presentations. Even Phil Spencer himself, spent most of his time talking about the new Xbox One X which was revealed at the price of $499. Which isn’t necessarily terrible, but with a most consumers not yet owning a 4k resolution TV it will interesting to see how the console will sell at it’s release date, November 7th of this year. Even while admits the numerous indie titles, most of which are still in development. At least one I myself(and most) were excited about, was the final release date of Cuphead, a sidescrolling shoot them up with the look and feel of a 1950s old timey cartoon.

While this isn’t the first press conference xbox has had without Halo,Gears of war, and other notable first party titles. They did reveal new software, like Forza with the new inclusion of the very first official real life car and brand, Porsche. One thing that drew me in was the new gameplay demo of Sea of Theives which we got a brief look at last years press conference. To round out the exclusives, Microsoft had a very welcomed reveal of Crackdown 3,with the help of mega buff super star Terry Crews. Another notable announcement was that the Xbox One systems would be backwards compatible with original Xbox games as the crowed erupted, while I wasn’t personally excited for the “Crimsion Skies” game they were showing I was pumped at the prospect of playing other fun original Xbox games.

The Xbox One X will be available on November 7th at the price of $499.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Feb, 2016 At 11:22 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarKiller Instinct Season 3 will be receiving the guest character of Arbiter from the Halo games. Check out his trailer below and let us know what you think of the character. Will you play as the Arbiter? Or is the character just out of place in the Killer Instinct series? And are you looking forward to the PC Windows Store release of the game?

 

 

 

 

 

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This year Microsoft’s media briefing did not disappoint as Phil Spencer promised to devote the “entire briefing to games!”  Immediately, you could hear the applause around the theatre.  Last year, there was a lot of disappointment as Microsoft spent a lot of time talking about other features on the Xbox One like the Kinect and the TV features.  They seemed to learn from this mistake as they enthralled us all with game after game!

Further excitement came when Spencer stated that all the games shown during their media briefing would first get add-on content on the Xbox One!

The briefing began with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We saw new footage that included gameplay.  I’m not a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise, but I may just check this one out.  It also helps that Kevin Spacey is in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out on November 4, 2014.  Here is the gameplay that was showed:

Dan Greenwalt, Creative Director, came onto the stage to talk about Forza Motorsport 5 and unveiled the “nuburgring” which is available TODAY for free to those that own the game. Ralph Fulton, Creative Director, presented Forza Horizon 2 which will be available September 30, 2014.  The game will be in 1080p, have 200+ cars, include various weather conditions, and drivatars.

I’ve been highly anticipating with glee, Dragon Age: Inquisition.  Microsoft and BioWare unveiled a new trailer for the game, which will be available October 7, 2014.

Another game that garnered a lot of excitement from the masses is Sunset Overdrive. We saw a bit about this game last year, but this year we got to see a lot more of this game!  Ted Price, the Founder and CEO of Insomniac Games, came on stage to talk more about the game.  Sunset Overdrive will be available October 28, 2014 and  is exclusive to Xbox One.

Ori and the Blind Forest is a new IP from Moon Studios that looks absolutely stunning.  I’d love to see more of this game before it comes out this fall, but so far I like what I see.  Ori and the Blind Forest will be available Fall 2014.

A Microsoft briefing wouldn’t be the same without some Halo for us all! Bonnie Ross, Studio Head at 343 Industries, presented a spotlight on the much anticipated Halo 5:

Then we were presented with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  The collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta.  Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be out on November 11, 2014.

A very nice surprise to the mix was the Rise of the Tomb Raider world premiere! We will get to follow Lara Croft after the last installment to see how she rises from what she went through to become the character we know and love.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is expected to be available Holiday 2015.

Ken Lobb, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, expressed his passion for reviving games that garner cult audiences as classic games.  He then presented Phantom Dust, an absolutely beautiful game.

Scalebound is a new IP that shows a lot of promise from Platinum Games.  This game is one of my favorites so far from what I’ve seen at E3. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love to see more

Microsoft wrapped up the media briefing with Crackdown.

Other games that were shown included Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dance Central, Fantasia Music Evolved, Fable Legends, Project Spark, Inside from Playdead, The Witcher 3, and The Division.

I’m VERY impressed with Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing. They brought it with the games and I even got a look at new games that definitely interest me.

To look at the rest of the trailers that were shown at Microsoft’s media briefing, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBp_7RuDBUYbd1LegWEJ8g.

What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

By Amy McGarey On 5 Jun, 2014 At 07:56 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

No GravatarIt’s the first of the month, and that means a whole new batch of free games! First off, is Microsoft’s Games With Gold. June is the first month of Microsoft’s revamped Games With Gold Service. Although the free game service has only been available for a year, fans have griped over the amount and content of the free games offered each month. For starters, the games have been some of the oldest games in Xbox’s library and none of the games have been available to play on Xbox One. Microsoft has finally listened to fans and is offering two free Xbox One games, two free Xbox 360 games, and one bonus game for the one year anniversary of Games With Gold. I’m actually excited about this month’s free games, as I’ve been dying to play Halo: Spartan Assault and I’ve also been interested in playing Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood. The free games for Xbox 360 are Dark Souls and Charlie Murder. The free bonus game is Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade edition, which I’m excited about because my Hello Kitty x Street Fighter fight stick will be dusted off and getting some love this month!

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Halo: Spartan Assault

I usually gush about the free games for PlayStation Plus each month, but this month I’m a little disappointed about the offerings. I would assume because of Microsoft announcing their new Games With Gold services, PlayStation is changing their services to two free games per console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the Vita. Formerly, PlayStation Plus offered one for PlayStation 4, three for PlayStation 3, and 2-3 for Vita. This month’s free PlayStation 4 games are Trine 2: The Complete Story and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate. On PlayStation 3, we get NBA 2K14 and Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time. On Vita, there’s Terraria and Mutant Mudds Deluxe. Maybe I’m a little biased against this months offerings because I still don’t own a PlayStation 4 and don’t like sports games.

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Trine 2: The Complete Story

No matter how you feel about this month’s free games, you really can’t argue with free. Especially if you’re going to subscribe to monthly online subscription services anyway. Think of it on a positive note – at least you’ll have more time to focus on E3 announcements this month!

By SarahTheRebel On 28 Jul, 2013 At 02:21 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDuring Comic-Con International, 343 Studios’ Frank O’Connor announced that Dark Horse Comics would publish an all-new ongoing series later this year based on Halo – not to be confused with the upcoming miniseries Halo: Initiation.

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While the first miniseries ties directly into Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Assault video game, Halo: Escalation will spin directly out of the events of Halo 4. The series begins when the UNSC Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and the Brutes, but has to fend off an attack meant to thwart the negotiations. Featuring Captain Lasky, Spartan Palmer, and a cast of recognizable characters, this ongoing series is poised to be an essential read for fans in search of new story lines set within the canon of the Halo universe!

Much like other Dark Horse video game tie-in titles that are written by the games’ writers, Halo will be written by Halo 4 lead writer Chris Schlerf, with Omar Francia (Mass Effect, Star Wars: Legacy) handling art for the first three issues, and covers by Anthony Palumbo (Dragon Age).

The first issue of Halo: Escalation arrives in stores on December 11, 2013!

By otakuman5000 On 20 Feb, 2013 At 04:40 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, News, PlayStation, Previews, ROG News, Videos, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAfter much speculation and intrigue, Bungie has today revealed their latest game, Destiny.The game has no release date yet but will launch for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as “future generation technology”. Bungie has revealed a large amount of information in regards to how this new game will play, and what we can expect to see from this ambitious new project. Destiny is a “shared world shooter”, a social and co-operative game drawing from aspects of an MMO (but is not one itself, as stressed by the developers), requiring no subscription, only a constant online connection. It will seamlessly search for players in the vicinity exploring, completing the same mission and incorporate them into the world, allowing chance meetings, partnerships and help in missions, battles and goals. The game will also support lobbies with friends and direct invites, but focuses more on a living and thriving online universe filled with happenstance and action. You can play the entire game solo however also. Non-combat based social hubs also exist, where players can relax and engage in competitive activities against one another.

One of the many vehicles that will be a feature of Destiny

One of the many vehicles that will be a feature of Destiny

As stated, Bungie developers have stressed that this game is not an MMO. Engineering lead Chris Butcher has said, “These are living, open worlds with evolving stories, changing time of day…and every one is full of players. Destiny is an always online experience, but it’s not an MMO.” The idea of using MMO elements in this game is clever, it will allow for a social experience without as much of an emphasis on guilds and organised raids, all the action will unfold differently depending on when you’re online and who you meet. The matchmaking is reminiscent of the 2012 game “Journey” where every time you come across another player you are intrigued and curious, and the newly forged ‘partnership’ can turn the tide of the game, lasting for many missions or simply vanishing into the world as quietly as they had appeared.

Now onto the storyline. The human race has been reduced to a single city after the ‘golden age’ in which humans took to the stars rapidly, with vast technological expertise. They were hit by a so far unidentified enemy, reducing them to almost nothing, saved only by the ‘Traveller”, a large sphere hovering just above the earth. The last of humanity live below the Traveller, in the last city. As they begin to rebuild and branch out they find that their old planets are now occupied by strange new creatures and forces, and now must defend the last hope of humanity, the city, from extinction. The player is a ‘guardian’, a powerful human able to wield some of the Traveller’s power. Rather than like in Bungie’s previous title Halo, the humans aren’t a dominant force in the universe. The universe is designed to be scary and imposing for the last of the humans, with imposing aliens fortresses and environments like the citadel. Bungie’s new graphics engine will also help to shape the atmosphere of the game, with increased lighting and graphical capabilities to change how worlds are perceived by the player.

The Citadel (concept art)

The Citadel (concept art)

The player, as a guardian, can play as one of several different classes. The three confirmed so far are the Hunter, the Warlock and the Titan. Players will create and customize their own character, gaining new armor and weapons throughout the game. They will have their own personalized character in this huge galaxy. The tower, the players home, will serve as a hub for the character, where you can gear up your guardian and organize adventures and lobbies of friends. You will also be able to buy and customize vehicles and star-ships, and space combat has been hinted at but not confirmed. The developers have said they want the characters and universe, however dark and imposing to create a sense of hope for the players. “At its core, Destiny is a hopeful world. It’s a place worth spending time in. It’s a place worth fighting for.” says the story lead, Joe Staten. The world and game design here is aimed at keeping players invested week after week, month after month with new goals, rewards and content to experience.

Three of the classes from Destiny, the Hunter, the Titan and the Warlock

Three of the classes from Destiny, the Hunter, the Warlock and the Titan (left to right)

The mission and game structure featured in Destiny will be open and in contrast to the multiplayer co-operative play for the main storyline the game will also feature competitive multiplayer modes, with credits and rewards being universal across the story and competitive parts. Even with a strong and expansive storyline the game will feature a variety of side missions and activities, from exploration to bounty hunting, all awarding the player with rewards and credits. All these missions and sections are playable with friends via direct invite and you locale will be populated with other online players that may tag along on your quest with you.

Destiny represents an ambitious and brave new step into the future of gaming, and will incorporate Destiny not only on home consoles but on iOS and Android devices, laptops and handhelds such as the vita to keep the player connected into the universe of Destiny. It’s large scale universe, bold new steps to change the first person shooter genre, and the seamless incorporation of single player and multiplayer are incredibly exciting and hopefully we see some more of this game in action in the near future. Bungie’s reveal seems to have excited many fans of Halo and Sci-fi already, and only time will tell whether they are capable of realising the dream that is Destiny.

Bungie’s full ViDoc is below:

By Houston Christopher On 23 Jan, 2013 At 11:17 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Conventions, Otaku Events, Uncategorized | With 1 Comment

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Ahh Ohayocon…a yearly convention held in Columbus, OH that lasts for three days that is the culmination of several people who enjoy anime, gaming and anything nerdy. I am an Ohayocon faithful who will attend the event every year. Memories are made for myself and others in an overall fun weekend.

I do enjoying anime but I enjoying gaming a hell of a lot more. Getting to spend time with several people in the gaming department is always a treat. I do enjoy playing in fun little tournaments along with just playing games for fun. There’s nothing like playing Dance Central with a complete stranger and being able to laugh afterwards.

Then there is the Mystery Tournament. It is practically an Ohayocon ritual that is held by the Gaming Department’s head operator “Gex”. It’s a blast to play old good/bad games once a year in a competition format…it’s indescribable. The hype environment
and electrifying atmosphere can leave one winded.

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Kratos & Scorpion

Other than the gaming department there is the awesome dance/rave that occurs every Friday and Saturday evening. It consumes people and makes everyone feel so energized. Its awesome to say the least.

And of course there are the panels which can be hit and miss. Fortunately they are more often on than off. They range from simple “how to” panels to strictly 18+ filth.
There seems to be a little something for everyone.

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I have been a frequent Ohayocon attendee for the past 3-4 years and each time I’ve gone its been rather enjoyable. I would like to thank everyone who makes this event as awesome as it is and to all the awesome people I’ve encountered.

If you haven’t experienced Ohayocon and you live in the midwest, I would highly recommend going to it in 2014.

*The Featured picture is from voodooodollycosplay.tumblr.com Please check out the pics.

By otakuman5000 On 24 Dec, 2011 At 03:26 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

No GravatarIt seems that a new policy going into affect January 1, 2012 will cause all gun-like Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live. With news from EPIC Games, EPIC is claiming that Microsoft is banning and removing any and all gun-like Avatar props as part of their new mandate. This comes at a surprise, especially since most of the more popular Avatar items over Xbox Live are based on games that are based off of shooter games, like Gears of War, Halo, or Call of Duty. However, for those who already bought an Avatar “gun-like” item, you will still be able to keep it without any change. If you delete it for any reason though, don’t expect to ever see it again on the marketplace. So word of advice, start grabbing all the weapon-like Avatar items now before they are all gone within a few weeks. Who knows now, we might end up getting a whole sub-culture of cool kids who have Lancers and BRs, while the rest of us will have to settle for teddy bears and medkits.

 

EPIC’s Annoucement on Forum —      http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/870773-Lancer-and-Hammerburst-avatar-items-no-longer-available-on-Marketplace-on-1-1-2012

By otakuman5000 On 3 Dec, 2011 At 08:25 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Otaku Music | With 0 Comments

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Over the last few years, alot of hip-hop artist have been making some of there biggest hits, cult classic tracks and even mixtapes based off of Video game titles.

Tyga: Well Done

Tyga hooked up with Lex Luger to give us a Mortal Kombat inspired track unlike any other and then linked with DJ Drama to give one of the years best mixtapes.

RedMan ft Oh-No: Lay you out

When Capcom Announced Super Street Fighter Turbo HD II, they reached out to the hip-hop community by the way of DJ Qbert to craft a mixtape with all the OG’s in hip-hop. Red-man and Oh-no gave the track a Ken and Ryu style K.O.

Dorrough ft Fat Pimp: Street Figther

The man who brought you Ice Cream Paint job inlist the help of a indie down south legend to make a smooth club street fighter song.

Jace Hall-Mortal Kombat

We posted this video a few months back but it still is a classic brought to us by Jace hall

Hip-Hop Gamer-Mafia II and This is Halo

The HHG along with 2k and bungie brings the heat on the official video to his mafia 2 and Halo Reach theme songs

Halo 3 Rap The Greatest Ever

JT Machinima aka Machinima rap phenom, enough said.

The TruthMVP Uncharted 2 GOTY Theme Song

The TruthMVP went in over UC2’s Machinima mode after the game won GOTY from the Spike VGA awards and numerous other websites and publications, this is one of the most slept on gaming hip-hop tracks of all time.

Ludacris-Press the Start button

Luda brings his A-game to this original track, making references to classic gen to current gen games and not wasting anytime dealing with the haters and the noobs. This has to be arguably the best video game track ever.

By otakuman5000 On 1 Dec, 2011 At 04:56 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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A few months ago, indie YouTube Lego movie producer Kooberz appeared on The World Famous Video Games Show and announced a number of projects including Battle for the Brick. Last week he called into the show and announced to the world that the movie had been finished and his conversation explaining the delay of the release of the film. He had got in contact Microsoft and 343 studios to release the movie along with the release of the Halo Anniversary Edition. The studios themselves caught wind of his work and they gave him clearance to use music from the halo soundtracks for them film after expressing love for his work

Enjoy the movie and stay tuned for more Kooberz releases here on Real Otaku Gamer.