Wanting to Take Part in Xbox Fanfest? Microsoft Reveals How to Attend.

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If you’ve been wondering what Microsoft has planned for Xbox Fanfest, it seems you may not be so pressed to take part in it, unless you are feeling the crunch to attend. FanFest will be taking place in LA at the same time as E3 from Sunday, June 11th through Tuesday, June 13th. The downside? If you plan on attending, you will only be able to attend if you are one of the lucky 500 people to get in.

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Nintendo Switch’s 2.2.0 Firmware Dropped and Save Transferring isn’t Here Yet

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If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you already know your console has finally updated to 2.2.0. However, if you are curious to what it did, you may be scratching your head just a tad bit. Why? Because the update didn’t do just that much. Unfortunately, the update didn’t add any notable upgrades to the console and leaves us hungering for that inevitable save file transferring system.

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Persona 5’s Soundtrack is Now Live on iTunes

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If you’re one for hip beats, awesome fight songs, and a huge soundtrack to the 2017 smash-hit JRPG Persona 5, you’re in luck. The 110 track album has landed on iTunes, and it’s available for $29.99 USD. While that sounds expensive, you can head over here in order to get your hands on the game.

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Prey’s Demo is Coming Later This Month

Today, our friends at Bethesda has announced that Prey will be receiving a free demo coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month. How can you obtain the demo? On April 27th, fans can head to the Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Store in order to download the demo ahead of the games launch on May 5th.

The demo will take place on the Talos I within the opening hour of the game, which will give players a taste of the horrors that await them. Just like in the campaign, the “Prey Demo: Opening Hour”, players will get to take the role of Morgan Yu, the lead scientist on Talos I. The job he has leads him to make a gigantic scientific breakthrough that could change humanity forever.  Unfortunately, aliens have overrun the Talos I. Now, all you can do is investigate the aliens that have taken over and figure out why.

Are you ready to fight to survive?


About the Writer:

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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.

Bayonetta Launches on PC So Get Ready for 60FPS High-Heel Action

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Ever wondered if that raven-haired beauty with her lethal high-heels would ever dance back into your life? Well, Sega Europe LTD. has announced that them and PlatinumGames’ have released their smash-hit title Bayonetta on PC via Steam. This new version of the masterpiece that is Bayonetta has launched, bringing in 60fps, unlocked HD resolutions, and the best action-filled gameplay to date.

As a limited time promotion, those who purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game can pick it up at no extra cost. If you choose to do so, make sure to do it by Tuesday, April 25th so you don’t miss out on getting the games 5 track soundtrack sampler, a digital artbook, which is a node to the games original Climax Edition, wallpapers, and exclusive avatars.

We are dedicated to bringing high-quality, best practice PC conversions of our back catalogue games to our fans, and Bayonetta was a great fit.” Said John Clark, Senior Vice President of Commercial Publishing for SEGA Europe. “Bayonetta is one of the most often requested PC conversions of our games, so finally being able to launch it on Steam is fantastic. There’s more to come!

To celebrate their launch, you can join them with a purchase of the games Deluxe Edition now and enjoy what console fans have been enjoying for quite some time.


About the Writer:

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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.

Opinion: Lets Talk Xbox Scorpio. Is it too Late for Microsoft?

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Forza Motorsport 7 Unveil Still. Courtesy of Microsoft Studios

Just a few days ago we saw Microsoft unveil their super-secretive console. It’s a console that Microsoft has finally eliminated the mystique that was associated with its name. The console, according to Microsoft, aims to be a power house. It aims to be a console that will redefine how we see home console gaming in this current age of gaming. It’s a console that Microsoft seems mindset will change how we see their console life-cycles, and most importantly: it’s their end game.

For years, it was difficult to not encounter someone who backed Microsoft with the Xbox 360. It was a console to be reckoned with due to Sony’s shortcomings with the PlayStation 3. Sony was being devastated not because of a lackluster library, but instead by a console that struggled to maintain a steady pace with the Xbox 360. It was a console that even developers struggled developing with due to its outdated architecture in a comparison to Microsoft’s developer friendly Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 is also a console that, to this day, still has a massive library in comparison thanks to its first party franchises, party chat support, and easily accessible navigation menus.

However, in that note, Sony has made a massive comeback with their PlayStation 4. It is a console that has almost steadily remained selling 2:1 against Microsoft’s Xbox One. the problem with this ratio is the simple fact that Microsoft was in that spot this time around last generation. They were making leaps and bounds against Sony in sales. However, those numbers have changed in recent years as the PlayStation 3 has finally begun to outsell the 360 on the global scale. According to VGChartz, the PlayStation 3 has officially broke the 86.6 million units sold globally while the Xbox 360 sits still at 85.7. This number shows that both consoles sold a lot, they both had a lot of owners, but the Xbox 360 still won in Europe and North America where it sold the strongest.

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TERA Online’s New Valkyrie Class Brings in a Big Hitter

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With news that TERA Online by En Masse Entertainment preparing for its PlayStation 4 debut, players can prepare even more on PC with the latest class to enter the game: The Valkyrie. This new class will be introduced with the games new Honorbound update, which will launch on April 11th for PC users.

The brand-new class is one that brings in a character that is rife with lore and brings in a unique take on the famed legendary creatures. Those who use a Valkyrie will find their character quick at dispersing enemies with the runeglaive and a temper to follow. As an Action MMORPG, TERA keeps true to its mechanics with this latest class.

For those needing a bit of background, you can read the class description by En Masse down below.

Valkyries are an ancient Castanic martial order who have returned from exile to help fight the Archdevan army. They originate in a culture that celebrates freedom and express that through a fluid combat style. Close-combat specialists with a dual-focus on crowd control and burst damage, a Valkyrie’s weapons, armor, and skill sets are designed to set up opponents for massive attacks. These attacks generate Runemarks, a new combat mechanic exclusive to the Valkyrie class, for them to exploit and explode. Combining fast movement with high damage, Valkyries will be a dominant factor in any battle.

As stated, this new content update will be available on April 11th for those looking to try out this new vengeful class.


About the Writer:

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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: Persona 5 – Stealing Our Heart Away

Pros:
+One of the most artistically stylish games for PlayStation 4 to Date
+Offers a quick push into the action compared to previous titles
+Character development is on key for the Persona franchise
+The Anime cut-scenes are a huge change and add a much needed change

Cons:
-Screenshots and footage capture is restricted
-Micro-managing at times can be overwhelming


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In a generation of games where traditional JRPG’s remain rare, ATLUS has decided to once more change the status quo, and offer up an adventure unlike any other. In their latest story life isn’t at all what it seems for these Japanese high school students Ryouji, Anne, and the protagonist Akira (if you go by the manga). The tale for these specific students is one about adventure, about righting wrongs, and most-of-all, changing hearts.

Much like any past Persona game, Persona 5 carries the weight of a rather familiar theme. It’s once more about a green of teens who want to shift away from the status quo, ones that want to change the world, and break its current state. This game tells that exact story over the case of almost two hundred hours for first timers. For many this could be a grueling task due to its length, the patience it requires, and the fact the game requires a great amount of time management. It’s a game that challenges players to make the most out of balancing out their busy schedules and beating the Hell out of demons while doing so. It makes you truly think of what your options are and how you will go about them.

Just as you’d expect from a Shin Megami Tensei title, this one follows a familiar path of how it tells it story, and drives its narrative home. It’s a game that uses an anime approach to many of its themes and elements. It’s one that does not shy away from these aspects through out its entire campaign. It takes those elements in order to drive the themes of rebellion, politics, and the ability to enact upon social change. It’s a game that is not afraid to approach these themes nor is it one that is brash or outspoken about them. It’s one that stylizes this in a minimalist way without cramming it down the players throat.

What also differentiates this game from past titles is how it manages to thrust players straight into the games core gameplay elements. Within the opening minutes, players are welcomed to Persona 5’s subtle changes. It’s a game that has added in stealth, ambushing mechanics, and the identity that these characters truly are the games “Phantom Thieves”. Much to the dismay of some, the games opening seconds are also the games close-to-end moments where “Joker” has been captured, and his story is told via an interrogation.

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As the game rewinds players are greeted with Joker’s current situation. He’s been sent away from his home town after getting in trouble with the law for a rather questionable offense. Due to the predicament he’s been sent out to live with family friend Sakura Sōjirō. Within a few days of being at Shujin High School, Joker has already assembled a ragtag group of persona users, and is well on his way to telling us an enlightening story.

However, not is all as it seems at his new school, and chaos seems to ensue. Much like Persona 4‘s Shadow World, Persona 5 throws people into the games “Metaverse” where things are rather similar between the two. For Joker, a disgraced ex-track star known as Ryouji, a troubled teen model by the name of Anne, and the student council president who is caught between two worlds, their adventure is no joke. Especially when they all learn they can control Personas.

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It doesn’t take long before Joker gathers a ragtag group of friends, including a disgraced ex-track star, a troubled teen model named Anne, and a human turned cat named Morgana. In true anime fashion, these friends each discover that they have a strange power: the ability to enter a bizarre shadow world known as the “Metaverse”. Because of this they are pressed to help right the wrongs of the world and help those around them. To do so is a bit trickier for them than they anticipated.

Aside from this, the game follows the core plot elements of the franchise rather closely. It doesn’t deviate from this at all except in one way. Unlike previous games, however, this new rag tag group of friends decide not to hide their abilities from the world, and take on a moniker to allow so by dubbing themselves “Phantom Thieves”. They also aren’t afraid that they can use the Metaverse to “steal” the hearts of their targets. Doing so allows them to turn those in the real world that are vile people on a new path. This new one turns them into nicer people, which causes them to change and repent for their wrongs.

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Review: Toukiden 2 – Where the Demon’s Roam

Pros:
-The game foregoes the traditional Monster Hunter style approach for the open world
-Single-player is quite enjoyable as the story is much deeper than the previous entries
-Online cooperative is the highlight of the game thanks to the more difficult missions
-Carrying over characters is quite nice for those wanting to keep their character

Cons:
Private lobbies don’t allow for player invites at this time
-Online does have minor syncing issues for players


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Monster Hunter style games are a big deal for fans around the world. They love the challenge of fighting something bigger, meaner, and much stronger than they. It’s a fascination that has caused titles such as Freedom Wars, Monster Hunter, Soul Sacrifice, and now Toukiden 2 to flourish in the current day. They are a unique type of game that fans don’t just love, but enjoy. They are a type of title that approaches action-hunting games in an entirely unique and enjoyable way.

Among these titles comes the most unique approach to this genre – Toukiden 2 by famed Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force. Published by Koei Tecmo the game expands upon the style of games that the company publishes. Luckily for them, the game works quite well in doing so, and pulls once more from their unique take on the historical roots of Japan.

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