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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jan, 2018 At 11:32 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Street Fighter V was a highly anticipated game that ended up having a rough couple of years. The game launched with barebones content, and while more and more was gradually added, it never reached the heights of great Street Fighter games past. Capcom has taken steps to address this and now the game has undergone a massive relaunch as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. But is this a welcome change, or is it too late?

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition certainly lives up to its name. One of the biggest criticisms of Street Fighter V at launch ( and for years) was that it lacked an arcade mode of any kind. In fact, it lacked virtually anything for players who were not interested in only playing online. There was mini story modes, and a full story mode was added later, but aside from very miniscule endurance modes, there was nothing for players offline. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition changes all of this by adding arcade mode and several more features.

First, let me talk about Arcade Mode. Arcade mode is arranged by game, so you will take on characters in relation to the game they appeared in. This is a fun trip down memory lane and also serves to add a new type of arcade mode experience. There have been different types of arcade ladder variations before, but not quite like this. It feels like Capcom truly wanted to make sure there was enough single player content in this mode to keep everyone happy, and with the set up and variety, I think they did well. There are also new challenges and other single player modes to try out, and there are some interesting surprises here. Its not as extensive as say, a Netherrealm fighting game, but its far above what Street Fighter V was before, which again was extremely minimal.

There have also been a variety of changes to the gameplay. New expansions of moves and abilities, compliment the action along with improved visuals. It isn’t a feast for the eyes so much as a polishing of what was once dusted and muddied.  I do also like the addition of Team Battle Mode, and I like it because Street Fighter is now stepping out of its comfort zone. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition feels less like an apology addition as some called it, more as a rebirth of not only Street Fighter V specifically, but Street Fighter the series in general. The online has been expanded, the characters expanded, and so on. yes this feels like what Street Fighter V should have been at launch, but it is also clear that Capcom took the criticism ( and lack of sales) to heart. I had abandoned playing Street Fighter V early on, but now I am happy to come back and play again. I did not think it possible, but Capcom managed to win me back over. I say give this a go, because if you give them the chance, and they will win you back over as well!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2018 At 09:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco has announced an additional beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ

As promised, we are back with info on an additional open beta test with improvements to the experience. Open Beta Starts Jan 17, 2018 at 9:00pm PST and ends Jan 18, 2018 at 9:00pm PST (24hrs)

You can see the announcement below

Hopefully this beta runs better than the last one did. Will you be playing?

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2018 At 01:40 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition, an updated version of the latest game in the hit fighting series exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC is available physically and digitally in North America today and Europe from January 19th. SFV: Arcade Edition provides the core content from the initial Street Fighter® V release and access to the downloadable content updates such as the previously released Cinematic Story Mode and Versus CPU Mode. SFV: Arcade Edition purchasers also get the Season 1 and 2 DLC characters** and a host of new features, all for MSRP $39.99. For European pricing, please check with local retailers.

SFV: Arcade Edition includes a wide variety of new modes and balance updates listed below, which will also be available for owners of the original Street Fighter V via a free update today. Current players of Street Fighter V and new owners of SFV: Arcade Edition will be placed into the same player pool, with PS4 and PC cross-platform play continuing to unite fans into a unified player base.

The new content available alongside SFV: Arcade Edition includes:

  • Arcade Mode – Journey through six different story paths, each representing a main Street Fighter title: Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter IV, and Street Fighter V. Each path includes characters faithful to the respective title or appropriately representative of the character. There is online leaderboard support and by reaching the end of each path, players will be treated to one of over 200 all-new custom illustrations.
  • Second V-Triggers for all characters – Characters in the game and upcoming roster additions will each receive a second V-Trigger option that opens up different ways to fight, paving the way for new strategies, combos, and options for veteran and new players.
  • Team Battle Mode – A new mode for two local teams of up to five characters battling it out for victory. There are two options: Elimination and Best of Series with various preference settings such as recovering Vitality between matches or allowing the winning player to keep their EX Gauge, and more.
  • Extra Battle Mode – A new mode that allows players to complete special limited-time challenges to obtain various rewards, including Fight Money, Experience Points and unique costumes.
  • Special Challenges – Not to be confused with the current weekly missions which are still present and yield Fight Money, Special Challenges are scattered throughout the year and will offer unique titles for players upon completion.
  • And more – The game will also include an all new Gallery to view the unlockable Arcade Mode illustrations, Sound option (to listen to stage background music, character themes, and more tunes), redesigned UI, and 3D Costume Previews.

Also available from today, Sakura kicks off the Season 3 DLC character line-up and will later be joined by Sagat, Cody, Blanka, and newcomers Falke and G throughout the year. As before, all of the DLC characters in Street Fighter V are earnable completely free of charge through completing various in-game challenges and receiving earned in-game currency, called Fight Money. For those that can’t wait, in-game content can be obtained instantly using real money.

 

 

This is a great update to Street Fighter V and brings some much needed improvements and features. Will you be playing this?

Source: Capcom PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2018 At 10:58 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

 

For generations, GUNDAM fans in the Americas have collected, constructed, and displayed Gunpla models in their homes. Now the artistry and creativity of the Gunpla scene is coming to the video game world with NEW GUNDAM BREAKER, coming to the Americas exclusively for the PlayStation® computer entertainment system in 2018.
 
 Featuring a multitude of different Gunpla, the game will enable players to construct their own Gunpla and take them into battle. As enemies are damaged or destroyed, they’ll leave body parts or weapons behind which players can collect and use for further customization of their own Gunpla.
You can see a trailer below

 Now this is great news. Will you be checking this out?
Source: Bandai Namco PR
By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2018 At 07:05 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is calling all fighting game and anime fans to enter the DRAGON BALL FighterZ open beta from 12:00am PST on Sunday, January 14, 2018 through 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 15, 2018 on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. Early access to the open beta is available for anyone who has pre-ordered DRAGON BALL FighterZ through the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 digital storefronts. Early access begins 12:00am PST on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

 

Players participating in the open beta will be able to try out a limited number of online and offline modes including World Match and Battle Tutorial over the 48-hour open beta period. Eleven characters will be playable in the open beta including: Goku (Super Saiyan), Vegeta (Super Sayian), Gohan (Adult), Frieza, Cell, Kid Buu, Krillin, Piccolo, Nappa, Android 18, and Beerus.

Will you be checking out the beta during this time? Let us know whom you are most excited to try!

Source: Bandai Namco PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2018 At 06:04 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

 

 

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. has revealed the opening cinematic and pre-order bonuses for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and STEAM for PC on February 23, 2018. Combining both third-person shooter and role-playing game genres, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet features an original story produced by Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara, and offers an epic adventure in which the player’s choices help determine the story.

Starting today, players who pre-order Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet can secure various incentives for the action role-playing game that will help them jump straight into the fight. By pre-ordering the game for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 through select retailers or the PlayStation Store, players will be able to secure exclusive content, including:

 

PS4 and Xbox One Digital Deluxe Pre-Order Options

  • Pre-order incentive – Sword Art Online Asuna and Kirito costumes, and Silver Assault Rifle

  • *Digital Deluxe Edition Incentive: Asuna and Kirito ALO costumes, and Gold Assault Rifle

  • *Season Pass Incentive: Guitar launcher and Pink and Green Photon Sword

  • *PSN Exclusive Pre-Order: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Theme

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet fans who pre-order the Digital Edition for STEAM on PC will also receive rewards according to the number of pre-orders reached. The Kirito SAO costume, Asuna SAO costume, and the Silver Assault Rifle are unlocked at the very first tier, the second tier includes the Kirito ALO costume, the Asuna ALO costume, and the Gold Assault Rifle. The final tier will earn all the pre-order items at the second tier plus a download code to redeem the exciting Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment, upon the February 23 release date for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.

 

To celebrate the game’s upcoming launch, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. has released the game’s opening cinematic.

 

This looks like a fantastic adaptation of the series. SAO fans, are you excited? Let us know!

 

Source: Bandai Namco PR

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jan, 2018 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

 

Last Encounter, the intergalactic roguelike twin-stick shooter with extensive weapon customization from Exordium Games, will arrive on Windows via Steam in Q2 2018, with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases later in Q2. Last Encounter will make its North American debut at PAX South 2018 as part of PAX Rising, booth 10657.
Set in the distant future, all hope is lost when our world is invaded by a savage and technologically superior alien race. To end the onslaught, humanity’s last remaining pilots will take the fight to the extraterrestrials’ vibrant, procedurally-generated galaxies.
With a fleet of unlockable and upgradable ships, each with their own abilities and attributes, mankind will have the spacecraft to battle the invaders, but will still need the firepower to eradicate their enemies. Fortunately each ship will have a component-based weapon system, allowing pilots to create their own armaments by customizing bullet type, firing pattern and more using parts discovered throughout their adventure.
Players will be able to bring up to three friends for cooperative annihilation. Together, they’ll take down challenging enemies and bosses in engaging, fast-paced couch co-op.
“Last Encounter offers a cooperative roguelike experience that encourages strategizing and working together, but players who want to tackle the challenge alone are not at a disadvantage,” said Andrej Kovacevic, Game Director, Exordium Games. “The component-based weapon system allows players to adapt their weapons and ships to maximize their chances for success in every situation, be it single or multiplayer.”
For more information, please visit the official website or follow Last Encounter on Twitter and Facebook.

This is a truly unique looking game. We plan to cover it more in the future, but what do you all think?
Source: PR Email
By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Jan, 2018 At 11:36 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

 

A dark sinister power has arrived..IT’S GOKU BLACK!! Which Fighter will you choose to fight against his form of justice?
Super Saiyan Rose is the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan transformation of a Saiyan who is an actual deity and who better to take this powerful form than Goku! Players will unleash the power of Goku Black Rose to devastate their opponents in DRAGON BALL FighterZ

 

 

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ just keeps getting better and better. WHo are you looking forward to playing as first?

Source: Bandai Namco PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Jan, 2018 At 11:29 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

 

The Station, a first-person sci-fi mystery, will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac and Linux on Feb. 20, 2018.
Developed by a team of AAA veterans, including Dave Fracchia, former Studio Head at Activision subsidiary Radical Entertainment, the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning designer Les Nelkin, and BioShock Infinite and League of Legends composer Duncan Watt, The Station will take players across the universe and aboard a spacecraft orbiting a vicious alien world.
In the distant future the Espial Space Station, the most advanced spacecraft to explore beyond our atmosphere, monitors the alien planet of Psy-Prime. A small research crew of our best and brightest study the locals and evaluate the prospect of cohabitation. Soon after learning the intelligent natives are embroiled in perpetual savage war, Espial’s cloaking and communication arrays suddenly go offline and never return.
Players are dispatched to investigate the mysterious circumstances. Upon arrival, much of Espial is without power and the crew have mysteriously vanished.
Only by using intuitive problem solving to restore function to the ship’s core systems and keen observation of the digital logs of the missing team, all while dealing with the constant tension of whatever happened aboard The Espial reoccurring, can the player unravel the mystery behind the crew’s sudden disappearance.
Navigating the sleek facility presents a “Progressive Sci-Fi” style evoking an optimistic view of space exploration, while the contemporary ambient soundtrack elicits isolating and unnerving emotions. With The Station, the development team strives to provide the new benchmark for atmospheric narratives.
“Our goal is to challenge what people expect from atmospheric mysteries,” said Dave Fracchia, Executive Producer, The Station. “By abandoning player-driven dialogue we are able to replicate the emptiness and loneliness of space, while still enthralling with a pressure-packed mystery.”
The Station will release in English and retail for $14.99 / £14.99.
For more information visit the official website, go deeper into the lore at Explore Axiom, or visit Steam.

This is a truly interesting looking game. We will be covering this more in the future so stay tuned.
Source: PR Email
By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jan, 2018 At 01:12 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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THQ Nordic sent out the following

THQ Nordic and Rainbow Studios today announces the complete off-road racing and lifestyle experience, MX vs ATV All Out, will launch worldwide on March 27, 2018 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox® One, and PC.

In MX vs ATV All Out, players start out on their own, private compound where they earn valuable upgrades while honing their racing skills – upgrades include gear, parts, MX bikes, ATVs and UTVs! Players can choose to explore massive open-world environments or compete in Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, and Tag events on all the biggest tracks with many top pro riders from around the world. All of this plus an insane stunt system in freestyle mode, two-player split-screen, and 16-players competing online.

Players who pre-order MX vs ATV All Out at participating retailers will receive the Champion’s Pass – instant access to gear, parts, vehicles and vehicle upgrades valued at 100,000 Moto Coins. That’s like earning enough in-game cash to fully upgrade two, brand new bikes – the equivalent of eight hours of top, in-game performance – before you even twist the throttle!

Players who pre-order MX vs ATV All Out from PlayStation™ Store or Xbox Store will get FOUR DAYS Early Access prior to the game’s release. That’s FOUR DAYS to refine their racing skills and earn Moto Coins while exploring open worlds or racing in events.

MX vs ATV All Out is the complete off-road racing and lifestyle experience! Find your Rider Style at your own private compound, Free Ride across massive environments, and compete in the best series events!

All the bikes, ATVs, tracks, gear, music, riders, personalities and even UTVs are packed in!

  • 2 player split-screen and 16 player online mode

  • Compete in various modes like Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, Tag and more!

  • Master insane stunts and test your limits in freestyle mode

  • Turn your garage into a show room for all of your customized vehicles

  • Select your own style from numerous gear companies or compete with one of the many top pro riders from around the world

This is certainly an interesting game. Will you be checking it out?

 

Source: THQ Nordic PR