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By otakuman5000 On 11 Nov, 2017 At 10:02 PM | Categorized As Featured, Podcasts, ROG Humor, ROGcast | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOn this episode, we talk about a variety of topics including what we are playing and the pros and cons of the N64 mini, The high prices of retro games, L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch, EA not releasing sports games every year and the PSN trophy for credit model. Your Hosts are me, James and Zoe. We had some technical issues and a surprise at the end.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 09:26 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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QUByte sent out the following

 

 

QUByte Interactive in partnership with podcast 99Vidas are very pleased to announce that it has partnered with Strictly Limited Games, a new publisher of physical editions, to release a physical version of the old-school beat ’em up 99Vidas for PS Vita and PS4.

99Vidas will be available soon in physical form via the website www.strictlylimitedgames.com with worldwide shipping options.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ-vCLupBbc

99Vidas captures the excitement of beat ’em ups like Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage featuring 16-bit retro graphics to bring back the nostalgia of those great classics from the 80’s and 90’s.

Unlike more traditional Beat’Em Ups, 99Vidas features two attack buttons –  Punch (fast but weak) and Kick (slow but strong), which players can alternate  to perform different combos.

Character moves, including combos, can be upgraded by spending Experience Points acquired during gameplay, expanding damage inflicted, adding elemental damage, modifying the each character,  both visually and gameplay-wise.

Key Features

  • Cross-Buy and Cross-Save across the PS4™ & ‘PS Vita’ systems
  • Support for PlayStation®TV
  • Up to 4 players co-op across the PS4™ and Up to 2 players for ‘PS Vita’ systems
  • 11 Playable characters
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • Versus Mode
  • Survival Mode
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks

For more information, please visit: http://99vidasthegame.qubyteinteractive.com/

 

99Vidas is an amazing beat em up that hearkens back to the best days of the arcade as well as the best of many modern games. If you haven’t seen our review, you can find it here

 

Source: QUByte PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Nov, 2017 At 11:52 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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PlayStation has revealed the new PS+ Lineup for November. The following games will be free for PS+ members.

 

  • Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
  • Bound (PS4/PS VR)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PS Plus bonus – PS VR Required)
  • That’s You! (PS Plus bonus – PlayLink)
  • R-Type Dimensions (PS3)
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (PS3)
  • Dungeon Punks (PS Vita & PS4)
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse [Ep. 1 & 2] (PS Vita)

This is a decent months, especially for PS3 owners. What are you looking forward to from these?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Oct, 2017 At 05:35 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom sent out the following

 

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed during the Sony PlayStation Showcase at Paris Games Week that a beta for Monster Hunter: World™ will be available exclusively for PlayStation®Plus users starting 9th – 12th December, 2017. In addition, special Horizon Zero Dawn content featuring Aloy’s bow and full armor set plus Palico armor will be available for Monster Hunter: World exclusively on PlayStation®4. To see what the content looks like in-game and to see a brand new area of the game, the Rotten Vale, a new trailer is available to download now from the Capcom press site http://press.capcom.com or can be watched on the official Monster Hunter™ YouTube channel.

Available starting 9th December, players from around the world can experience three fearsome quests as they join up with other hunters online or take on the beasts alone in the exclusive beta for PlayStation Plus  users. Running for three days, hunters participating in the beta can tackle the hungry Great Jagras, a scavenger capable of swallowing other monsters whole, or the fiery and territorial Anjanath, both of which roam the dense and complex eco-system within the Ancient Forest. For those feeling brave enough they can adventure to the desert land of the Wildspire Waste where the armored Barroth can be found lurking in the muddy waters, waiting to unleash its devastating charge attack.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s young machine hunter Aloy comes to life in Monster Hunter: World for PS4 with Aloy’s bow and full armor set as well as Palico armor that can make the player’s Palico look like a machine from Horizon Zero Dawn. The full armor set will make any player character look like Aloy from head to toe, including facial likeness.  After completing the Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration event quest, which is planned to be distributed to online players post launch, special materials can be obtained to forge collaboration equipment. By bringing the necessary materials to the in-game facility (Smithy), players will be able to forge the Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration equipment.  Details on the exact timing and availability of the Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration quest will be revealed soon.

The latest Monster Hunter: World trailer released at Paris Games Week highlights for the first time the terrifying Rotten Vale area of the New World. Littered with the skeletons of deceased monsters, a land of unique and gigantic creatures awaits amongst this bed of bones. The deeper players journey into the inner layers of the Rotten Vale, the tougher the environment gets with a dangerous and toxic mist blanketing the land obscuring the perils that lurk nearby until the very last minute. The Radobaan, a hulking beast that wears the carcasses scattered around the Vale for armor will need hunters to be quick and fast as they take off chunks of its bone armor and avoid its rolling attacks. Hunters can brave the beast alone or with their team of four hunters. With drop in multiplayer, each hunter has their own story to tell – but will they live to tell it?

 

This is quite the interesting addition to Monster Hunter World. Will you be checking this out?

 

Source: Capcom PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Oct, 2017 At 01:04 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sony held a conference at Paris Games Week today and discussed several upcoming games. New announcements were made, as well as updates on existing games.

The announcements started off quickly with Guacamelee 2 coming first to PS4. The game looks to be bigger and better than the original and will no doubt excite many.

From there, Sony continued and showed a trailer for The Hong Kong Massacre, an intense top down shooter that has been anticipated for a while. The game looks to be a mix of Hotline Miami style gameplay, with the feel of a John Woo movie. Coming 2018

Next up was the reveal of Gardens Between. This seems to be an adventure-puzzle game based on the ability to reverse or forward the flow of time to help solve puzzles. Think Braid but no0t quite as it looks to have its own identity . Coming late 2018.

 

After that, we received a new trailer and release date for LocoRoco 2. The game is coming December 9

From there, we received news on The Sims 4 on PS4. Four expansions are coming with the game as well as all free updates from the PC version. This is in addition to all further PC updates also coming to PS4. Out November 17.

 

 

Sony then showed off  Tennis World Tour which is coming in 2018.

Next was a PSVR game from Disruptive Games called Megalith. The game is a shooter with destructible environments. Out 2018

Next was Bow to Blood. A game involved Airships, space battles,and shooting both from regular guns and also involving ship to ship battles. Procedurally generated levels are a part of the game so the experience is never the same.

Next up was VR Flight Sim Ultrawings.

 

 

Next up was free running platformer Sprint Vector for PS VR. This game may cause motion sickness.

 

Next was an update on the game Moss and then a trailer for Starchild.

 

Sony then discussed Resident Evil 7 ., namely the new DLC coming out, and showed a new trailer was shown. This is also fully playable in VR. Out Dec 12

 

Sony then showed two PS VR games coming out this Haloween. Dead Hungry, which seems to be a game where you serve zombies from a food cart and Stifled, a sound-based game set in the pitch black and also having a very unique art style.

 

 

Final Fantasy 15 Episode Ignis was then shown and given a release date of December 13.

 

Continuing with  PSVR, the  rhythm game –Invector was shown.

 

Also shown was Oure, a new game that si out on the PS4 today. It has a unique art style that gives off Journey vibes.

 

Lastly on the preshow was a big announcement. Spelunky 2 is coming.

From there, the main show started.

First shown was Ghost of Tsushima, a game about Samurai from Sucker Punch. No release date yet.

After that reveal Jim Ryan was on stage  to discuss developers such as Sucker Punch, Ninja Theory, Toby Fox, and Guerrilla Games. In addition to talking about PSVR, he noted that there are 225 games with graphical enhancements on PS4 Pro and over 100 compatible with PS VR.

After this, we were back to rreveals with Concrete Genie. Using a magic paintbrush, you can paint the environment and change to the world around you to solve puzzles and platform and advance. Out 2018.

 

Sony then brought up PlayLink , with Sony London working on ways to use this for new experiences. Erica is a new FMV game featuring chocies and presumably a branching story based on this.

Sony then wished to talk more about VR by showing off a sizzle trailer of upcoming PSVR games.

Furthering discussion of VR, Sony London Studios then revealed  Blood and Truth. A new VR game set in London.

Jim then returned to the stage to discuss six games with PlayStation-exclusive features.

The games include:

Far Cry 5,

 

Destiny 2  Curse of Osiris – expansion 1, out December 5, first on PS4

 

Monster Hunter World out in January with Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PS4 version along with  a PlayStation exclusive beta on December 9.

 

Call of Duty: WW2 will have a bonus map for season pass buyers, and DLC 1, The Resistance, launches first on PS4.

 

Codemasters  showed off OnRush a new Arcade Racer.

 

And last of the six

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from EA with its own exclusive content.

Next, we got a look at Insomniac’s Spider-man game. 2018 release date.

 

Next a new trailer for Detroit: Become Human.

Sony then showed off a new trailer for God of War. The game set in Norse Myth this time, is looking just as you might expect, with intense combat.

 

We also received a new trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

 

 

Sony then showed off two games that people have wanted to see.

First a new trailer for the remake of Shadow of The Colossus. Game will launch February 6 2018

And a new intense trailer for The Last of Us Part 2. This trailer is not for the squeamish and contains things that might be disturbing to some.

 

 

Sony then closed with another sizzle trailer of upcoming PS4 and PSVR games

 

 

And that was the 2017 Sony Paris Games Week Conference. Not a bad show all things said and done.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Oct, 2017 At 08:26 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sony has announced a new live games conference will be held at Paris Games Week. This appears to be a significant event as Sony noted that E3 was “only Half the Story”

What do you hope to see announced?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Oct, 2017 At 08:15 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today a new trailer dropped for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The new trailer confirms new characters for the game including RWBY’s Weiss Schnee, plus Rachel Alucard and Hazama from BlazBlue.

The trailer also reveals that the game will be coming to PS4, PC and Switch in 2018;.

 

See the trailer below

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Oct, 2017 At 05:26 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Street Fighter V will finally be getting a much wanted feature.

 

We’re thrilled to announce Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, coming to all our warriors around the world on January 16, 2018! As the name suggests, this edition includes the highly-requested Arcade Mode, but it also includes much much more! If you’ve been spectating on the sidelines or waiting for the right moment to join the fight, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Without further ado, let’s get to what’s inside!

First off, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will come with all 28 characters, which includes those from Season 1 and Season 2 – there’s still one more character that we’ll be announcing very soon. In order to introduce more variety in each match, all characters will receive a second V-Trigger you can choose before the match begins! It’s time to see what else your main character is capable of. We’ll be rolling out more details in the future.

 

As previously stated, Arcade Mode will be present, but this isn’t your cookie cutter version. Being the #1 requested addition to Street Fighter V, we’re making sure it’ll be an experience rather than just a mode. As it’s our 30th anniversary year, we wanted to add even more to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition! Extra Battle Mode, V-Trigger moves, Gallery, and a UI design overhaul are among the features we can’t wait to show you in the future. There’s a lot of information to share with each of these new additions, so keep an eye out as we approach January.

 

Ready for even better news? As we promised in the past, the initial purchase of Street Fighter V is still the only one that you’ll need as the new gameplay-related content in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will be part of a free in-game update for current players once it releases! That means if you currently play Street Fighter V, you won’t need to purchase anything else to get Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, etc. – you’ll just need to download the update! For those who don’t currently have Street Fighter V, you’ll be able to purchase Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition for $39.99, which will include everything we’ve mentioned above. We wanted to make sure there’s something to celebrate for both current and new players alike.
Thank you for your feedback and for supporting Street Fighter V throughout the years! We’re listening and are planning to bring you something we’re really proud of and can finally announce. Here’s to many more years to come for Street Fighter V!

 

It is good that the game is finally getting the features like this. Will it help the game turn things around? We will have to see.

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By Wade Hinkle On 4 Oct, 2017 At 05:22 AM | Categorized As News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBackwards compatibility on a gaming console was first seen on the Atari 7800 in June 1986, allowing gamers to play titles that were released on the two year old console Atari 5200 which was not well received.

Since then there has been many debates between gamers and console hardware companies whether it is important for the latest system to host the platform. A recent study conducted by Ars Technica using a third-party API showed the backwards compatibility platform on the Xbox One was used 1.5 percent of the time on 1.65 billion minutes. (A mere +/- 412,5000 hours). Gleaning the data from the study,then why is it important to have backward compatibility platform?

According to Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer it is being used as a way to preserve the games as art. In an article posted by Wired earlier this week titled “The Inside Story of the Xbox One X”, Mr. Spencer gives his opinion on the importance of backward compatibility stating “I see games as an art form. Console games can get lost when hardware generations go away. It can become more challenging to play the games of our past,” he continues “There’s something to be learned from experiencing what I played as a kid. There’s good business there for the content owners, but as players, it’s nice to be able to understand how our artform has progressed.”

Microsoft is the only company that has been consistent with backwards compatibility going back to the Xbox 360, while both Nintendo and Sony have flipped back and forth with both companies deciding the their latest platform would not be available on their latest consoles.

Let us know your thoughts on backward compatibility, Is it important to you? Do you use the platform on your current console, if not, why? Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Sep, 2017 At 12:11 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

 

 

 

Shrouded in mystery, Father Theodore has remained an enigma…until now. Along with Stefano, Theodore is one of the human “monsters” who have made their way into the new STEM world in The Evil Within 2, and he’s finally ready to reveal his message to the masses – a message that promises a “righteous” fury and immolation to those who oppose him. Sebastian will need to survive the wrath of this master manipulator if he’s going to have any hope of finding Lily and escaping the nightmare of STEM.

 

Theodore has his own reasons for being in STEM that are separate from Mobius’ goals, which he sees as misguided. Though what he’s actually after only becomes apparent as Sebastian becomes more entangled in his world. Like Stefano, Theodore isn’t alone in STEM, although unlike Stefano – who commands the gruesome and terrifying Guardian and Obscura – Theodore’s main helpers aren’t creatures he created. Referred to as Harbingers, they are normal people whose minds Theodore has bent to his will. These Harbingers wield flamethrowers and seem to exist solely to carry out Theodore’s fiery will, burning any who would stand in the way of his pursuits. Any detail about his past pushes into HUGE SPOILER territory. In other words, you’ll have to play the game in order to unlock the secrets he hides. In the meantime you can check out Bethesda.net for even more details and insights from the team at Tango Gameworks.

 

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 will launch worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 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 looks to be an amazing horror game. Will you be checking it out?

 

 

Source: Bethesda PR