Rock of Ages 2 Review – Monty Python’s Rolling Katamari

Developer: ACE Team

Publisher: Atlus

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)*

ESRB Rating: E

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

MRSP: $14.99

*The PC Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Atlus for providing a review copy!

Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder is the sequel to the cult 2011 indie game “Rock of Ages“. Rock of Ages is a series which takes elements from tower defense games as well as a few queues from the “Katamari” and “Super Monkey Ball” franchises to create something truly unique. Nearly 6 years after the release of the first game, does Rock of Ages 2 truly live up to the title of Bigger and Boulder? Today we take a look.

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SONIC MANIA – NINTENDO SWITCH REVIEW and Knuckles

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Let’s cut to the chase, Sonic Mania is the true Sega Saturn sequel to Sonic 3 and Knuckles we never received. Made by big names in the Sonic fan community this game is a testament to why we love the hedgehog in the first place. Christian Whitehead definitely knows what he’s doing, and thanks to Head Canon, Tee Lopes, and PadogaWest Games, we have something that will be remembered just as fondly as the classics.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review – The Legend of Dana: Crystals of Time

Developer: Falcom

Publisher: NISA America

Platform: PlayStation 4, PS Vita, PC

Release Date: September 12th

ESRB Rating: T

MRSP: $49.99/$59.99

It’s been 4 years since the last Ys game, Memories on Celceta. A fun time, with albeit some story problems here and there. YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, doesn’t feel more of the same, but it does bring about some of the same issues I’ve had with Celceta.

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Here in Lacrimosa of Dana, we play as Adol Christin yet again embarking on another adventure. If you’re a new comer to the franchise, don’t panic – each game is a separate tale for our adventurer here. This time he’s temporarily a sailor meant to guard some passengers as they make their way to the mainland. However, problems quickly strike when the boat gets too close to a mysterious island. The boat gets attacked by a giant monster leaving you and the passengers shipwrecked on the island. Initially, you start off alone, but quickly find others. Together you set up Castaway Village in this deserted island and explore it with the main goal in mind to find as many surviving passengers as possible and find a way to escape.

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Fist of the North Star Game Announced by Yakuza Team

This morning during the Yakuza presentation, it was announced that the Yakuza team will be heading up a Fist of the North Star game.

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This was truly a surprise this morning, it looks like this game will be taking the best of the Yakuza universe and merging it with Fists of the North Star. Fist of the North Star will launch on PlayStation 4 in 2018. Stay tuned for further updates on this game. More will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show.

Yakuza 2 Kiwami Announced

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This morning SEGA has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is indeed real, and is being made from the ground up in Yakuza 6’s Dragon Engine. Not only will the game be getting an entire visual overhaul, but there will also be a lot of extra content as well. For example, an entire chapter starring Goro Majima will be added.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 looks very impressive in the Dragon Engine! We look forward to seeing more of this game as news develop! No word on a western release date as of yet, but I expect to hear something as we get closer to Yakuza 6’s launch in the west!

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 will launch in Japan on December 7th, 2017. If you haven’t done so already you can check out our review of Yakuza Kiwami in the meantime here.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Leaked Ahead of Saturday’s Yakuza Conference

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It seems like some news may have accidentally leaked onto the Taiwanese PlayStation Store ahead of Saturday’s Yakuza event. Yakuza Kiwami 2 briefly made it’s way onto the storefront’s listing before being taken down quickly.DICk2CZVYAA7ptC

According to the translation, Yakuza Kiwmai 2 will be a remake of Yakuza 2, however, instead of being remade in the Yakuza 0 engine like the first Yakuza Kiwami, it seems like it will be remade in the Yakuza 6 engine. However this is all still speculation until SEGA announces their upcoming Yakuza news this weekend. We will be sure to keep you posted as the news breaks! In the mean time you should check out our review of Yakuza Kiwami by clicking here.

Yakuza Kiwami Review A New Standard for Remakes

Developer: SEGA

Publisher: SEGA

Platform(s): PlayStation 4

ESRB Rating: M

MRSP: $29.99

Thank You SEGA USA for Providing a Review Copy of this Game

Yakuza originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 to critical acclaim in Japan. This success led to one of SEGA’s most popular import series spanning seven main entries and several spin offs. Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of this game that started it all. However, unlike a lot of remakes where the game is preserved in the state it originally released, Yakuza Kiwami takes a different approach. The entire game is remade from the ground up in the Yakuza 0 engine, and with it carries over the fighting styles it introduced, completely overhauling the original games fighting system. The game is also completely redubbed by the original Japanese voice actors to fit the rest of the tone with the series.  So how does this remake hold up?

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Yakuza 6 Launches in the West on March 20th, Launch Edition and Premium Edition Announced

Yakuza6_logo_wht_png_1502996813.pngThis morning SEGA USA has announced that Yakuza 6 The Song of Life will be launching in North America and Europe on March 20th, and have also announced a Launch Edition and Premium Edition of the game.

The Dragon of Dojima has had a long and weary road brawling with endless thugs and belted his heart out to countless karaoke tunes in the Yakuza series, and it’s time for one more story. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of long time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story, is coming to the West on March 20, 2018 for PlayStation®4! The game will be will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.
In Yakuza 6, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
Since Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last outing as the main protagonist in Yakuza, it’s just proper to release the game with our first-ever premium edition! The ultra-classy “After Hours Premium Edition” contains the perfect tools to lounge like a true yakuza:
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Heres what you can expect to find in this Premium Edition:
  • Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book. We’ll have more details on what will fill the pages at a later date.
  • 2 Bar Glasses (280ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectable outer box.

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Bundle Heading to North America on September 8th

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Today Nintendo of America has announced that the highly sought after Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch bundle will be making it’s way to North America as a Wal Mart retail exclusive.

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2017 – Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colorful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $379.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination.

“Consumers in Japan and Europe have already had a strong response to Splatoon 2bundles in their territories,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This exclusive Walmart bundle gives people who have been waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch a great value and incentive to get splatting.”

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It’s good to see that Nintendo is confidant enough in Splatoon 2 to make it the first bundled game with the Nintendo Switch. However we can’t help but find it odd that Nintendo is deciding to only supply this at Wal Mart and not other retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy and Target. Hopefully this will be in plentiful stock for those who are looking to get their hands on one.

Also during this announcement, Nintendo has announced the next round for Splatoon 2’s Splatfest! Flight vs. Invisibility. It will be interesting to see which side comes out on top!

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Mary Skelter Limited Edition Announced

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Today Idea Factory International has officially unveiled the Mary Skelter Limited Edition that will be available for pre-order on August 22nd!

The Limited Edition will include the following:

Includes:

  • Blood Maidens Cloth Poster
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares Novel Book
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares Official Art Book
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve
  • Collector’s Box

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