Review: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – A Band of Berserking Madmen

Pros:
-Throws non-fans of Berserk right into the guts and glory of the 27 year old franchise
-Animation, sound, and design fit the world of Berserk perfectly
-Decently lengthy for the average Warriors and Beserk fan to enjoy

Cons:
-Repetitious hack’n’slashing that offers little-to-no depth for story elements
-Non-campaign modes are incredibly short
-Character customizations are too incredibly close to the Warriors titles


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Berserk is one of the longest running franchises out there. Having spanned more than 27 years of multifaceted formats ranging from OVA’s, anime series, and even mangas – it’s a series well worth a chance in the modern era of gaming. It’s also a difficult task to think of an anime that is best suited for Omega Force’s well vetted Warriors meta-series than this very one. Much like any character from say Samurai Warriors, Guts is a man that lives and breathes this genre quite well. With his large sword, hunger for blood filled battle, and his unique back story, many would take the fact Berserk and the Band of the Hawk would fit quite well into this meta.

Sadly, its a game that seems to  miss the point of what Berserk is all about. It’s a game that decided to take a one-dimensional approach to this rather large universe that animes, manga’s, and fanfics have helped bring to life. Instead, it’s a game that lead me to skipping through countless cutscenes since they were yanked straight from the anime, and placed right within the game. Granted I ended up having to go back and watch them for the sake of the review, needless to say, I regretted doing so as the core of the game is all about Guts, Griffith, Casca, and the rest of their band of mercenaries.

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Much of this is due to the fact I was spoiled quite well with Omega Forces adaptions to the Warriors meta with Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes, which lead me whirling through well renowned worlds, and parading around as some of the best characters in the history of those franchises. The downside here is that these two games used the hallmark mechanics of the Dynasty Warriors franchise and did it even better. Berserk, however, is extremely limited on mission goals. All of these goals range from destroy, rescuing someone, and killing someone. Sounds simple, right? Well it is, and it’s irritating that one of the best anime franchises out there got this treatment.

Want to hunt down hidden objectives? That won’t happen. Want to find secret rooms like Hyrule Warriors? That’s not happening. Want to find different elements for your weapons like Dragon Quest Heroes? Let me laugh for you. It’s simply not happening, which is disappointing due to the games walking potential with such a deep, rich, and lush background that the Berserk franchise has. Even more-so because the game could have adapted quite well to the franchise over the span of 46 story chapters. Sadly, by 25, I wanted to quickly close the game and go back to enjoying the well-rounded Attack on Titan game that succeeded in bringing the anime to life via gaming.

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The game is as one would expect. It’s surrounded in Guts’ need for revenge as well as his intense desire to kill anyone that gets in his way of what he’s searching for. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t even reward players for carrying through with this task, and doesn’t even offer the capability for players to change out Guts’ sword with upgraded ones. This is done via buffs that players can pick up by cutting enemies down. One of the best moments the game has to offer is one of the biggest downers. It revolves around sending Guts into a frenzy where amassing a bloody mess of over 1,000 bodies during each objective. This sense of completion is the most satisfying part in these rather lifeless missions that seem to serve almost little-to-no-purpose. sadly, the cutscenes become the most appealing part of the game over the course of the campaign.

While most missions will carry multiple objectives out of the one above, there are a few queues from other Warriors meta-driven games. Players will find mid-mission plot twists where the objectives will rapidly change so that a sub-objective comes to life. It’s here that players will find themselves flying through most of the games chapters in 10 minutes at most. Mission results don’t help to alleviate the pain of this games shortcomings. Missions as you would expect are rated using an alphabetic ranking system. Sadly, getting a “S” is mostly a long-forbidden dream that players will find themselves clamoring about to receive. Luckily the games intermissions are pulled from Berserk’s Golden Age where Berserk was coming up into a rise to fame.

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If you are wondering how Guts’ repertoire is expressed? The game does it quite well through rather simple combos. You’ll find yourself constantly mashing square or triangle to use Guts’, Griffiths’, or even Casca’s combats in order to cut enemies down. While the occasional switch after so many presses of one button offers a sense of accomplishment, Guts or any of the others, show off their brutality by using his musuo-like mode. This mode allows Guts to build up his “ultimate” meter where he unleashes his rather devastating attacks in order to disperse enemies rather quickly. This also shows-off the fact the game follows the Warriors meta for mechanics quite closely.

While the novelty of playing famed characters exist, Free Mode is where players would probably want to go in order to enjoy the game at it fullest. Here is where you’ll be most disappointed since it only features previously cleared missions. Bummer, huh? At least you can try out the games supporting cast int his mode in order to see what they are made of. They all control rather similarly to Guts.

Beserk and the Band of the Hawk – PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC
Developer:
Omega Force
Publisher:
Koei Tecmo
Cost: $59.99
Release Date:
Available Now

Each brings in their own blood-filled combat tactics in order to cut enemies down. Griffith serves as one of the more lustrous characters in the title. His ability to kill with his lethal grace is a prestige no-one-other has. He moves through the combat beautifully in his zigs, zags, and ultimately gracious movement. Casca on other hand is not as brutal as her colleagues. Her attacks are more like that of a ninja. She’s fast, she’s dangerous, and she implores the player to take advantage of this in order to take out dozens of troops at once.

While the games sound, art quality, and appeal to the manga’s are almost on par, the game seems to miss the depth that Berserk is known for. While playing as the bloodlusted and battle experience Guts is a blast, it seems that the Warriors style meta misses its mark with Omega Force’s latest iteration. Luckily, there’s still room for improvement for the game on the sense of combat and adding depth via DLC. However, Omega Force’s more imaginative and more-accurate efforts seem to have been missed in this latest title. While story is what most of us will come here for, it seems this game won’t have that to offer and it will be one of those games that would have gratified itself better using a Ninja Gaiden style approach to the game in order to keep us entertained like the game should have at this point.


Our review is based upon a retail version of the game given to us by the games publisher. For our review, we used a PlayStation 4 Pro with a 7200RPM HDD.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 6 out of 10


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Review: Nioh – Where the First Western Samurai Fight

Pros:
+Creative use of Japan’s Sengoku Period
+A unique take on the Bloodborne and Dark Souls franchises combat systems
+Each stage requests players to spend hours clearing every inch of them
+Each boss provide a unique scaling of difficulty
+Armor designs feel historically accurate and quite well rendered

Cons:
-Stats feel almost useless in comparison to Dark Souls or Bloodborne
-The approach to coop decreases the games overall difficulty
-Little variation or importance of different builds
-Graphics and performance could use some better PlayStation 4 Pro optimizations


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What do you imagine when someone mentions Japan’s Sengoku Period? Cities lavished in lanters lit to walkways, Sakura Tree’s dropping beautiful pink petals upon the ground, and perhaps Samurai clad in their armor walking among dirt roads? Or do you imagine a land filled with mystique and fantasy where mystical creatures roam? That’s exactly what Koei Tecmo has done as they show their fondness for Japan’s rather sumptuously rich history.

Nioh is one of those games that follows the tradition of the Dark Souls-inspired combat while also entrenching itself with touches of Ninja Gaiden. After all, what more could we expect from Team Ninja, the minds behind the Ninja Gaiden franchise? Much as you’d expect, this is a game that balances out the virtue of patience and the value of learning how to defend yourself against a lethal enemy. This is something Team Ninja has been known for in the past and continued to do so quite well to this day. This means tactics, dexterity, and a keen memory will play a rather large role in order to overcome the inevitability of dying, and dying a lot.

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The game takes place during the explorations of protagonist William Adams, a true Western Samurai, whom adventured to Japan in the 1600’s. Our story uses this factual piece of history as its smelting point and forges forth from there. The game, however, depicts him as a an hunting down an antagonist whom just happens to be an occultist, by the name of Edward Kelley, whom actually exists in English history. Both of these men are hunting down one of the same thing: Amrita. This magical stone is abundant and Japan, it has also been seen as an artifact that holds power, and could turn the tides of war in Queen Elizabeth I’s fight against Spain.

However, this also means death is a heavy feature in this game and it’s not tied to the frequency of player deaths, but also the fact Japan is torn in war and ridden with yokai (demons). If you ever wanted to see a blend between anime, gaming, and a good Akira Kurosawa film, here’s your chance. Koei Tecmo blended perfectly the chaos of ruins and corpses littered across the lands. However, Nioh’s elegance isn’t due to the scenic creativity that Koei Tecmo exhibits with this game, but rather its combat.

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Much as you would expect, Nioh is a title that thrives upon creativity and its artistic measures. It’s a game that bases itself around the premise of combat with multiple enemies. Combat is one that shines most when players are taking on enemies in one-on-one duels. Here players will exhibit choreographed combat based upon the stance in which they choose. Whether it’s deducing an enemies combat capabilities by standing in a over-head stance or whether or not it’s by making low-stance quick attacks. Here players will take on enemies decorated in ancient Japanese armors. Even the Yokai themselves dawn these kinds of designs. However, it follows through with their discipline and attack with their greatest combat efficiency. However, this game will make you debate upon whether or not to attack enemies in crowd.

The highlight to this aspect is it follows rather well into the game as players will find themselves moving between Jutsu or Onmyo focused builds. This will determine whether or not players will alternate between using ninja combat tactics or magics to enhance their combat prowess. As players gain experience from combat, they will notice Amrita serves much the same purpose as souls from the souls series. They will invest their Amrita into specializing William to their play-style. Unlike Dark Souls, however, it’s no longer about how well you can balance your talents, but instead, what weapons you decide to use and how you want to use them. If you prefer sickle and chain, then you may want Kurisagama, while Body will drive you to be more efficient in combat with spears.

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When looking at Nioh, managing stamina, rather ki for the sake of this game, is quite the task, and something that you’ll find yourself doing quite often. To complicate matters, enemies will find themselves moving away from combat, and even letting ki regenerate before diving back into combat once more. To alleviate this players can opt to use stamina enhanced consumables as well as ki-specific weapon enhancements to allow combat to last longer. If you’re a  more dexterous player, a quick shoulder button push of the R1 will help you refresh your stamina recovery boost. Also, this will help you bolster against enemies who corrupt the ground around you and ensure ki can’t regenerate.

Outside of combat, Nioh is aesthetically as well as audibly pleasing. Followed by its carefully crafted Japanese aesthetics, the game serves up a rather palpable dish of creativity, and authenticity. In comparison to most modern games, it’s one of the closest things players will find themselves enjoying for such a challenging adventure. Artists Hirohisa Kaneko and Tsutomu Terada deliver a pleasing art style that serves Nioh quite well. Between their delectable art style and Yugo Kanno’s compositions, players will find themselves sucked into Nioh for hours on-end.

Nioh – PlayStation 4
Developer:
Team Ninja
Publisher:
Koei Tecmo, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan
Cost: $59.99
Release Date:
Available Now

With the Twilight missions offering a rise in difficulty and rare pieces of crafting materials as well as armor, there is surely quite a bit for them to take in until the DLC releases later this year. Just remember, the Dojo does serve a purpose and will offer rare resources that you will quite frankly need later on within the game.

That brings forth the need for players to enjoy such a unique title and spend the hours they should on it. Just note that this game is not for players who haven’t played games such as Dark Souls and Ninja Gaiden and will offer a challenge that surpasses that of what they might be used to. With that being said, Nioh is a unique title, one that offers up new challenges around every corner and will keep gamers busy for hours on end. Just remember, this game will kill you, over, and over again.


Our review is based upon a retail version of the game we purchased. For our review, we used a PlayStation 4 Pro with a 7200RPM HDD.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 9 out of 10


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Save Now on Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force on PC via Steam Today

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No matter where in the world you live, saving money is always a good thing, and this is something our friends at Idea Factory aren’t scared to acknowledge. With Valentines underway for some and still underway for others, Fairy Fencer F: Dark Advent Force has launched world wide on Steam for PC users via Steam.

Ontop of saving 25% to 28% of the game, you can pick up the complete Deluxe Bundle for $45.36. This bundle comes with the following, below:

  • Character Collection Art Book
  • Concept Art Collection Art Book
  • 6 Mobile Wallpapers
  • 5 PC Wallpapers

You can check out our PlayStation 4 review of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force to get caught up if you haven’t already read it.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns Introduces Love into the Franchise

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If you ever wanted to see love bloom in the 20th Anniversary Entry to a series and Marvelous USA isn’t ashamed to see this happen in their latest title. This new one introduces our first five lucky bachelorettes whom players can try to win the hearts over of in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. So lets take a look at the the the five lucky bachelorettes before going on.

Let alone do you get to meet a few lucky ladies to choose from, you also get to meet the capybara pet named “Capy-san”, which will be the highlight of the game when it releases on February 28th for Nintendo 3DS. The game will be available physically at participating retailers and digitally in the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Review: Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers – Gods Will Fall

Pros:
-Carries through with traditional Dynasty Warriors storytelling and absurdity of battle
-Character development stands along the lines of normal Dynasty Warriors normality
-Graphics are beautiful, which compliments the RTS style rather well
-Synchro Gauge moves are amazing and a delight to use

Cons:
-Battlefield tutorials can be hard to play for beginners
-Dialogue can be too much at once, and can be tedious to the players.
-Almost all combat scenes immediately beg to be skipped over


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If you’ve ever played a Dynasty Warrior game, you already know about their absurd approach to story telling of real life events. You’re familiar with how well they also attempt to stay as historically accurate as possible. You would also know this is a series that is unwavering in its use of traditional gameplay mechanics. It’s a series that is rife with the ability to decimate entire armies with the use of two buttons. It is also one that emphasized on you working as part of a team in order to decimate your enemies.

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers changes this mechanic and moves away from the rather fluid-like combat we’d all been used to. Instead, this new title takes us on a RTS style adventure, which will seem rather familiar to fans of games such as Fire Emblem or Advance Wars. The story is told through both an esteemed warrior Zhao Yun and his pal Lei Bin. This duo just happens to be accidental when they awaken an ancient God whom gives him (Lei Bin) the power to influence the minds of others and the ability to control them in battle. This, however, is not an accurate telling of the true real-life events, but instead is a rather unique telling of the game going from an action game to a turn-based strategy title.

If that is something that could be seen as a disgruntlement, I wouldn’t let it stop you from experiencing the title, if that’s something you like. Dynasty Warriors has done this before as a series, but not as a Warriors title thanks to Koei Tecmo’s other series – Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This game delves into those roots and follows forth quite well in doing so, however, it isn’t as hardcore as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but instead sits right in line with Fire Emblem, and will welcome those familiar with the series.

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While it is fun in the other titles to sprint across China as a dedicated leader such as Cao Cao, Lu Bu, and even Zhao Yu. While that is something you may be quite used to of this franchise, which is a relief to some, with the release of Dynasty Warriors: Godseeker. Instead, now, you spend your time going through controlling the game with grids to complete each task, and fully move forward. As you do, you’ll find yourself seeing generals both come and go throughout the course of the game. You will see much of your experience focus around both Zhao Yun and Lei Bin, but also the God they awoke.

For fans who don’t mind this change, the game did a fine job of bringing the series to a main title, which is nice mainlining this as a title, and even bringing this game to the way it should be. Each character, as you would expect, and makes the movesets as natural as possible when selecting attacks. Thanks to Synchro and Musou, players can also move through the title as expected, and means you’ll find your way picking and choosing your battles. If you have a rather large queue of enemies infront of you; or entire armies; it’s best to use attacks to disperse entire crowds of enemies. However, a memorization of even character may help understanding each characters attacks, and understand the dinstances covered by each attack as key to higher-level play in the game.

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This is something that reverberates through Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers, which follows quite well in other games, such as the Fire Emblem games, and many of the characters will use this similar grid. If you don’t throughout the game, it is extremely important to watch each characters formations, abilities, and movements. This will allow you to suitably position to take out an optimal amount of enemies as possible, but also setting up the most optimal way to keep your team alive. These damage bonuses that can be executed, are awarded handsomely, and will allow players to execute synchro attacks and musou attacks in order to devastate enemy forces.

While planning carefully could lead to entire enemies being devastated in one simple going. Of course that’s one of those that will also make enough ruckus that you could feel like you’re going Super Saiyan in real life. Just don’t burn yourself with special affects. While the game does push narrative to the front, it’s a game that does wish players to become emotionally invested with their characters, and unfortunately, it just won’t happen due to the need for players to pay attention to detail.

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You’ll also, unfortunately, find yourself growing rather bored due to the fact you’ll need to watch your enemies and allies take their turns. While the ever-so-handy fast-forward button will get abused, but you will also find yourself annoyed with having to do this ever-so-constantly. It’d honestly have been a better practice to allow players choosing whether or not they wanted to see this happen at fast-speed movement instead of teleported enemies.

While combat is this games primary focus, you’ll find yourself sifting through an insane amount of dialogue, all of which is in Chinese unless you read the subtitles. While long-time fans of the franchise won’t be bothered by this, it’ll be rather tedious for anyone who is not, and they will find themselves growing enamored by this rather quickly. Veterans on the other hand; not so much.

While the game’s battles do offer a high point to the title, the idea that this is becoming one for fans to be invested in, will wear off rather quickly, but this isn’t a bad game. It’s a game that is seemingly aimed at drawing in fans of Fire Emblem among other games of the type. While you would expect Goodseekers to hold the depth of its competitor series, don’t expect it, as it does come up short in turn.

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers – PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Developer:
Omega Force
Publisher:
Koei Tecmo
Cost: $59.99 | $39.99
Release Date: 
January 31st, 2017

While the game can be mildly entertaining, you’d find yourself scratching your head wondering why this game wasn’t made as a hack and slasher, or even a adventure game much like Assassin’s Creed. While that’s a lot to ask, it’d been interesting, and enjoyable for those wanting a console experience. However, God Seekers felt right at home on the PlayStation Vita, and operated great the way it did. It felt more at home on the hand-held device. While this game is one I found difficult to play, it’s a game that will fill that craving for a strategy game, and will keep you busy for hours to come. For now, however? I’ll probably stick with the Vita version to keep my cravings at bay.


Our review is based upon a retail version of the game given to us by the games publisher. For our review, we used a PlayStation 4 Pro with a 7200RPM HDD.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 5 out of 10


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

 

Preview: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta

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Over the span of ten years, Ghost Recon has been a series that has evolved multiple times, and even devolved multiple times. Our latest entry, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is no exception to this, and this newest iteration forgoes our previous experiences with the third person shooter series. It’s one that ditches ongoing war efforts against enemy countries such as Spain, Russia, and even Mexico. It’s a game that decides to throw a curve ball and head straight for the urban jungle territories of Bolivia. In this location the Ghosts are tasked with taking down a drug cartel and even overthrowing the current regime, which just happens to be taken over by the narcos there.

However, there’s a few things that players will notice about this game. It feels like Just Cause 3 in the aspect of competitive play being absent, weapons, gear, and loadouts have no stats. Better said by a colleague of mine: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is The Divison 2.0, but without being locked inside of New York or dealing with a viral outbreak.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands is About Hostile Takeover

While you already know you are being tasked with taking out the Santa Blanca cartel and disrupting their pats on the back of the government, you also know you are being tasked to assassinate, and overthrow the cartel all together. This means players will liberate towns in order to build up a reputation with the local rebellion, and lead your four-man team of Ghosts through Bolivia without backup.

Just remember, the SBC and the local military will fight back, and they have much bigger guns. Don’t look so down, just remember, you’re ghosts, so tactics matter. Just remember to have a sniper ready to pop off gunners and drivers whenever possible. This also means those new friends you made? Y’know, the locals? They’re a good idea to have on your back while attempting to overthrow their oppressive leaders and moving on. This can be done by killing off the leaders, clearing camps, and just helping them out with side missions.

Also, they make an awesome valet service for when you need those vehicles of yours, or y’know, a friendly mortar strike right into the enemies backyard.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Has A Lot of Locale Sights and Goods

If you’ve ever wondered if you’d decide to stop on a hill top and take a gander, you will. Ghost Recon has a lot to offer you as you find yourself strolling about or taking across the lands in cars, trucks, helicopters, boats, airplanes, and even motorcycles. If you are up for opening up fire from the tree lines, this is fully plausible, and something you can do. That’s assuming you aren’t taking a few seconds to watch the realistic rain fall, the mud caking your boots, and your friends leaning out the windows like a couple of dimwits.

After all, you can always ditch them, parachute out of a plane and go through Bolivia to take on a sampling of the local goods. That includes finding hidden intel, interrogating a couple of enemies, and even finding a stash of some equipment for your load-outs. Just remember, silencers are your best friend, and they’ll be very useful to have while sneaking around.

However, one of the most important experiences remains hidden. Don’t forget to tag enemies, locales, and niceties they may like. Why? Sharing is caring and that is something you can’t forget. Whether it’s launching out a grenade, landing a plane, or simply just flying around, sampling everything is important while taking your friends on this tropical getaway. Mostly because the A.I. can’t appreciate the wacky things that’ll happen.

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Closing Thoughts

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands left a lot to be desired from the Closed Beta. Whether it was from the character customization to the laughable moments of my team not flying out of a rolling over truck, Ghost Recon is back. However, if you’re a fan of the competitive side? You’ll have to hold your breath for now as competitive play was incognito from the Beta and could be until post-launch.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

 

Review: Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star – When Shooting Stars Seal Fates

Pros:
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North American copies will detect the Japanese version’s save file and allows for Data Sharing across both.
+Extremely smooth frame-rates and performances.
+Phenomenal gameplay mechanics for a first-time Musuo style entry.

Cons:
+Story may be confusing some due to Fate/Extra CCC having not come to North America.


Spoiler Warning: This review will spoil parts of Extella’s narrative and other parts of the Fate lore. If you actually want to avoid these, please check out the import preview, otherwise please read this awesome summary of the events of Fate/Extra and Fate/Extra CCC by nrvnqsr poster, mewarmo990.


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For nearly the last month, I’ve had a chance to play through Extella and I’ll be honest, even I’m still trying to properly sum up the events in a way that make sense to me. If there’s one thing I can say about the Nasuverse, it’s got quite the lore to pull from much less the historical components from which Type-Moon has liberally taken from. Extella takes itself no less serious, and if you approach the game without basic knowledge of the series, it will go right over your head.

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Prey Gets an Official Release Day for May

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Last year at QuakeCon, Bethesda Softworks announced PreyA game that caught the attention of everyone involved as the events of what happened aboard the space station Talos I. The games full reveal at QuakeCon left to a breathtaking scene of horror, survival, and suspense as Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Dishonored 2) applauded this new intense title.

With their announcement, Bethesda Zenimax confirmed that Prey will launch on Friday, May 5th, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Those whom decide to pre-order the title, will be able to receive the exclusive Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack. Players will also be able to enjoy three Neuromods they can take advantage of their adventures with and even use a Fabrication plan to create the Shotgun as well as the ammo.

Rest assured, we look forward to the games release, and will put our review out soon as we are able to. So stay tuned.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

QuakeCon 2017 Dates and Location Announced

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[Courtesy: David Murphy/QuakeCon 2016]

Ladies and gentlemen, that time of the year has begun to get underway as we prepare for our favorite event of the year, and the very one we are looking forwards to. For many of you, you have already known that QuakeCon is one of the most distinguished festivals of all time. Originally started in 1996, QuakeCon premiered in Dallas, Texas, where it has remained growing ever since.

This year fans can once more find themselves in the Dallas metro through August 24th to August 27th this year.

As usual, the year will remain free thanks to id Software, Bethesda Softworks, and the amazing QuakeCon volunteer staff, and this years sponsors as well as exhibitors.

However, the event location has changed from the usual Hilton Anatole where we’ve been seeing it for the past few years. This year, attendees, exhibitors, and even developers can expect to visit QuakeCon this year at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. You’ll want to take at a special message from Bethesda below.


WHERE:

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

Guests can make room reservations at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center by calling 1.877.491.5138 or going online to: https://aws.passkey.com/go/QuakeCon. A special room rate of $185 per night is available when you reference QuakeCon 2017!

DETAILS:

Entering its 22nd year, QuakeCon 2017 will continue to celebrate games and the people who play them by hosting North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. With over two thousand BYOC seats available, participants can showcase their custom computers and join the QuakeCon gamer community to play their favorite games either solo or against one another on the same local area network.

QuakeCon is free for general attendees and open to the public. This year’s event will offer diverse activities for all, including those who choose not to bring their own computer. Attendees are first to see sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming titles and announcements while also attending a wide array of presentations, tournaments, workshops and exhibits from leading tech companies showcasing the newest gaming accessories and hardware.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

First Impression’s: For Honor Beta – Where Honor Lies

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Since its first announcement at E3 2015, For Honor by Ubisoft Montreal has been one of the most anticipated games for the current generation. With a fusion of multiplayer combat and sword play, For Honor goes to a place never before seen in most video games, and its possibly one of the most difficult games to learn if players don’t spend time practicing their capabilities with each of the games characters.

However, because this is a Closed Beta that Ubisoft let us be apart of, we’re going to be taking a look at the deeper game, and going through its best features to its worst.

The Good

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When speaking of For Honor one of the biggest parts of the game will be its combat. If you’ve ever played the game Mount & Blade, you’ll find something rather similar, which is why the combat is unique. Players will find themselves using the right thumbstick (while in Guard mode) in order to choose the direction to block, and even attack. While enemies can block by matching your guard and or attack directions, the combat is viable. It’s a breath of fresh air on a genre that has been highly neglected within the industry.

However, if you plan on spamming attacks, you’ll find yourself being parried and or deflected before a player activates their vengeance. The game itself requires a nifty amount of practice in order to perfect a character, which is fantastic, and proves that fans of such a title will be sucked in for hours across each character. Provided there are multiple characters in each category of hero type. Whether you are assassin or an attacker, each player will find their characters play in a unique fashion, and each one offers a new learning curve to how they play. For fans of MOBA style games, this will be right up their alley, and keep them busy for hours on end. If you are one trying to play with a mouse and a keyboard, this is not a game that is advised to use one, it is HIGHLY advised to use a controller from those friends of mine over on PC.

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As a fan of games with multiple class combat games, every class within For Honor plays uniquely across the three factions. Every character is also unique, which helps their historical authenticity feel real, unique, and enjoyable. Whether it’s using the Warden to clear our hordes of enemies on Dominion (4v4), helping keep a Viking Warlord at bay while he postures his shield for the block or reposte reaction. Of course, like any game, the classes each are rated for their difficulty. The downside is, if you are wanting a ranged character, that’s not happening in For Honor as they are seemingly locked away from this game. It’s a good reason they are too.

When looking at each character in this existing world, the maps are ensured to match their time frame, and they immerse us due to how highly believable they are. Each map is carefully crafted around the faction they represent and the ownership of that land by the faction holding it down. The maps that feel the best, however, are the games Dominion maps, which truly show the amount of content, and the creative depth to to them. A lot of this is also in part due to the games troops, which show them doing rather impressive things, and well – dying in the process. These areas look fantastic, sometimes grim, dark, and on fire due to the combat that’s going on. Whether it’s dueling against other players under cherry trees or under the heads of dragons as they swing away at each other.

But this leads to a big question. How is the performance with all this going on and graphics that are truly pushing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? On a PlayStation 4 Pro, the game runs absolutely smooth, and does not see a single framerate hiccup at any given time. Whether it’s a battlefield covered in soldiers, cutscenes, or large-scale combat scenarios. As one would expect, this is a much required feature in the current day of games, but this doesn’t help overshadow some underlying issues we’ve encountered within the games beta.

The Bad

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The largest part of the game we’ve run into has been the wonky instancing, where the game requires a bit of patience, as it has been difficult to find a full game of Dominion. The bugs that seem to prop up vary from one another. Sometimes they include a party member being kicked, one being incapable of joining, or sometimes the host losing connection tot he match, which results in them causing the match cancel out and end. As this does seem to be a net-code issue, there is a heft chance the games ongoing maintenance’s we’ve been experiencing are to relieve this issue, and even sort out the games connection issues.

But what happens when the game decides to go completely blitzkrieg? The game decides to crash on you or it absolutely decides to make you want to throw your controller against the walls. This also is induced by the games common need for 4 versus 1 in Dominion, which is where players will find themselves constantly being knocked around by entire enemy teams. Or if you are somehow killed by an enemy that has lunged down at you from a higher up place only to one shot you. This being said, ladders are just as equally dangerous, which is due to players being able to use them to their advantage to insta-kill due to fall damage.

Closing Thoughts

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While the underlying games appeal comes from every aspect, even the troubled ones, For Honor being in Closed Beta has proven that this game will have a good following. Its a game that is releasing at the right time, with the right appeal, and a uniqueness that hasn’t been approached by other game developers often. Its a game that will bring promise to a barely touched genre and a barely touched type of game that players can come to enjoy. If For Honor keeps up its loot system, gear upgrades, and character progressing – For Honor could very well drive a new combat system into the light of day.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of For Honor shortly after its launch on February 14th, 2017. For more information about the game you can check out the official Ubisoft Blog.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.