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RGN Round Table Video Podcast: GOTY 2014 Discussion, Honorable & Dishonorable Mentions

Contributing Editor Tristan joins myself and Public Relations Editor Josh as we recount our own personal favorite and not-so-favorite video games from the past year 2014 as we move forward to a new year of shining new opportunities for gamers, and more importantly no half-measures taken by big studios this year (we hope). Each of us discuss our own personal experiences with the games we picked to be in our Top 5, Honorable Mentions, and Dishonorable Mentions.

  1. Top 5 Best Games of 2014 (AKA The GOTY 2014 Discussion)
  2. Watch Dogs VS Grand Theft Auto V Next-Gen
  3. Destiny VS Gamers???
  4. Titanfall Reflections
  5. Indie Games of the Year
  6. 2014 Games You Missed, Or Forgot You Own
  7. 2014 Games That Shouldn’t Have Ever Existed
  8. Let-downs of 2014

There’s also been a poll taken by Deputy Editor Jermain in which many RealGamerNewz Readers voted for their favorite games in various categories for various platforms. These RGN GOTY Awards will be announced (update: Monday 1/12/15) with Reader’s Choice picks by you the readers (thank you to everyone who voted). For now, please enjoy this Video Podcast in which three of us RGN members give you our thoughts on the entire year summed up in just 45 minutes.

Production: RealGamerNewz 2015 (C)

Originally Live-streamed January 9, 2015

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Just Dance 2015 Review

Just Dance 2015 is the sixth iteration of the best selling dancing franchise from Ubisoft. The first title came out in 2009 and every year since they have been adding iterations of their games with new songs in each one as well as new features making it one of the best dance games on the market. Ubisoft is best known for some of their franchises that have just gotten bigger with time such as: Assassins Creed, Far Cry, Splinter Cell, Rayman, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Prince of Persia, and of course Just Dance.

Just Dance 2015 is a get off the couch type of game where all kinds of songs can be danced to as well as song karaoke style. The in game tracking is spot on, while using the Kinect with the Xbox One it feels that it picks up the moves very well. Dance Moves are easy to pick up and still can be challenging at times to get the whole routine down. After completing a routine or getting gold stars from a song, other routines will open with new moves and new visuals to dance to. Dancing can be done with multiple players and in some songs they also can have a complete different routine depending on what character they choose for example in Lady Gaga – Bad Romance there are 3 separate dancers with 3 different routines which makes for a very fun time. Just dance also has the ability to record what the user is dancing to and puts clips altogether and can be viewed at the end of the video and effects can be added such as funny faces and different backgrounds this can be shared on social media such as Facebook.

The game urges creativity while making videos, so use props or wear a costume and it has already been seen on the featured video’s in game. Speaking of the user recording themselves in game a new feature added to Just Dance 2015 it’s called Community Remix its where the game has a featured song for a limited time and they have users record their moves in song and then the community votes on all the video’s submitted. The best 15 to 30 clips will be featured in a new remix once it comes out, with all of their moves mixed into one mix. It’s incredibly addicting and fun to see all the videos from all around.

Another great feature added this year is Challenger mode, where friends online can challenge your score to a song and they can go head to head with you. While competing in challenger mode the user will perform against a past performance of the challenger. The user can then attempt to beat the challenger and post the highest score on the global online leaderboards. Each user in Just Dance has a profile where they have their videos for other users to view as well as their premiere dance moves as well as their avatar. Avatars or Stickers in game are received by completing different songs and different routines.

World Dance Floor is Just Dance online multiplayer where the user can dance with other players from around the world to see who is the best. They also can compete in teams as well for some routines. Online is really fun and can be very addicting because of the competition between players for the highest score. As with all Dance and Rhythm based games the game has to have a good soundtrack or no one is going to come back and play it. The following is the tracklist or Just Dance 2015 not including DLC:

  •  Maps- Maroon 5
  • Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
  • Black Widow- Iggy Azalea, Ft. Rita Ora
  • She Looks So Perfect- 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Problem- Ariana Grande, Ft. Iggy Azalea and Big Sean
  • ‘Till I Find You- Austin Mahone
  • Best Song Ever- One Direction
  • Let It Go- Disney’s Frozen
  • Birthday- Katy Perry
  • Bad Romance- Lady Gaga
  • 4×4- Miley Cyrus
  • Me and My Broken  Heart- Rixton
  • Bailando- Enrique Iglesias, Ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona
  • Summer- Calvin Harris
  • Addicted To You- Avicii
  • Diamonds- Rihanna
  • I Love It- Icona Pop, Ft. Charli XCX
  • Burn- Ellie Goulding
  • Happy- Pharrell Williams
  • Love Me Again- John Newman
  • Walk This Way- Run-DMC and Aerosmith
  • Built For This- Becky G
  • Holding Out For A Hero- Bonnie Tyler
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • The Fox(What Does The Fox Say?)- YLVIS
  • It’s My Birthday- WILL.I.AM, Ft. Cody Wise
  • Xmas Tree- Bollywood Santa
  • Fatima- Cheb Salama
  • Tetris- Dancing Bros
  • You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)- Dead or Alive
  • Get Low- Dillon Francis and DJ Snake
  • Mahna Mahna- Frankie Bostello
  • Never Can Say Goodbye- Gloria Gaynor
  • You’re On My Mind- Imposs, Ft. J. Perry
  • Speedy Gonzalez- Los Pimientos Locos
  • Only You (And You Alone)- Love Letter
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy- The Bench Men
  • Epic Sirtaki- The Bouzouki’s
  • Macarena- The Girly Team
  • Love Is All- The Sunlight Shakers

Final Verdict:

Just Dance 2015 is the best dancing game that can be found on the market, with the game there is a ton of features that other dance and rhythm games don’t have as well as and amazing soundtrack. The Just Dance community is getting bigger and they have great feedback for the game as well. It will be supported constantly,  with new DLC being added to the game quite frequently and the community can also request songs via Uplay that they would like see added to the game.

Official Trailer:

 

Overall Score: 9/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer(s):  Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Milan

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available on: PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U | Wii

Played on: Microsoft Xbox One

Review copy info: A physical copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Cross buy Xbox 360/PS3 to Xbox One/PS4

Activision released a statement for people that are still on the fence about moving to next gen that they will be for a limited time giving user’s who purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS3 or Xbox 360 digitally they will have a free digital copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for PS4/Xbox One. This offer is going until March 31, 2015 and also includes DLC such as the Season Pass and this can be transferred either way so from next gen to last gen or vice versa.

 

Source: Call of Duty 

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Anomaly 2 PS4 Review

Anomaly 2 comes from 11 Bit Studios out of Warsaw, Poland their flagship series is of course the Anomaly series. Since Anomaly 2 came out last year it got reviewed originally on PC with a score of 8.7 out of 10. They also came out with Anomaly Defenders where for the first time the campaign was completely playable as the alien race and that was a great perspective. It also received a score of 8.7 out of 10 so there is a lot of great gameplay coming out of this series so should the user except the same level of polish now that’s it’s on the PS4 in full HD?

The year is 2034 A.C. most of the earth has been frozen over and the world population is unknown, machines have returned to earth and have the sole purpose to annihilate the human race. The user will take control of a small squad as they travel across the campaign, they will meet Doctor Zander with the help of his associates the user will have Project Shockwave which is the ultimate weapon against the machines. Anomaly 2 is reverse tower defense where the user is the one attacking. Throughout the course of the campaign the user will be the commander of a squad of six vehicles which all look pretty normal at first but as the user progresses and new strategies have to be taken into account, they will find that each vehicle can morph; such as the Assault Hound morphing into the Hellhound. Each of these transformations can be done by the click of a button and they also can turn the tides of the battle depending on what type of tower they are up against.

The machines have some great towers up their sleeves as well so don’t count them out. Examples of the machine towers are the Scorcher which has punishing damage but its flaw is that it can only shoot in a straight line, the enforcer which is relatively weak but has shield surrounding it during battle, and the Behemoth which is heavily armored and has shock pulses plus several others.

 Anomaly 2 is playable on four different difficulty levels each of them providing the user with a good amount of challenge. Adapting to the situation is key in Anomaly 2 since scenarios change in game and then its up to the user to use the right kind of unit to survive against the machines. Anomaly 2 runs great on the PS4, the graphics are extremely crisp and beautiful the sound is amazing and is great through surround sound.

The game controls a lot better with the Dualshock 4 with everything taking a basic function with one of the buttons, all of the abilities are controlled with different directions on the d-pad while more of the squad control comes from the face buttons such as triangle, square, x, and circle. The movement is done with the left stick and camera movement with the right stick and this really just feels more natural. There is full multiplayer in the PS4 version of the game just like there was on the PC and from the several times looking for matches it takes a really long time to find a game and can cause the game to lock up your PS4 which happened on two separate occasions.

Anyone looking to pick this game up just for the multiplayer make sure to have another friend get it so that you can find a game, it seems that the multiplayer crowd might not be there yet but give it a few more weeks or a few more months and maybe a sale or something and there will be more copies and more users online.

Final verdict: Anomaly 2 is a great title and a great series there is a lot of game to experience from a long story that is extremely replayable with different difficulty levels and smarter AI. The movement of the game overall feels better with the Dualshock 4 it feels more natural and allows the user to fully submerge themselves in the game. The lack of multiplayer games out there is disappointing for now but it has the potential to get a lot better since the multiplayer is extremely fun and really addicting if user’s like to employ different types of strategy.

Official Trailer:

 

Overall Score: 8.5/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer/Publisher: 11 Bit Studios

Available on: PC | iOS | Google Play | PS4

Played on: PS4

Review Copy info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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KickBeat Xbox ONE Review

KickBeat comes from Zen Studios who have been famous for the Zen Pinball series as well as the Pinball FX series on both major consoles. Zen Studios has backed both of these series extremely well with bringing in new tables to be purchased as DLC as well as adding popular tables. KickBeat is a genre that has really been missing for a while its a rhythm kung fu game. With an extreme soundtrack and new moves surely a new contender in the rhythm genre.

In KickBeat the story begins in a monastery where the story kicks off with Master Fu who is the leader of a secret group of monks call the Order of the Melodic Fist. These monks are the guardians of the Sphere of Music. The Sphere of Music is all of the world’s music in one sphere. It controls all of the music that everyone uses around the world. All of the music except for 18 songs which get stolen by Radio Earth, an outfit that’s run by Mr. Halisi who is also the owner and leader of Entertainment Earth. This is where the story’s protagonist Lee is brought into the story. Lee is an unlikely hero but he is the chosen one who will have to fight in several locations to reclaim the stolen music. Lee isn’t the only character that is playable, so is Mei who also can be played after the campaign is beaten successfully. The story also has a long on comedy parts so that the story isn’t all serious the whole time and also so the characters can be brought to life, since all the cutscenes are hand drawn and all characters have some sort of voice.

Gameplay for KickBeat is really straight forward. As the enemies rotate around the character they will land on any of the four facing buttons and then the user has to press that button in order to attack them, this can either be done with the four front facing buttons or the D-Pad which actually seems to be a bit more accurate and can combo moves a lot faster.

Special moves can be done by hitting RB and RT and Chi can be activated by hitting LB or LT all of these are essential in getting a bigger score at the end of each song they are rated in stars and they also track how many of each enemy the user has defeated. Button combinations are learned through the in game tutorial and then they are put to the test against the soundtrack of 18 songs ranging from electronic music to hard rock music each song differentiates a different play-style as well as four separate difficulty levels to put each user to the test. For soundtrack purposes the tracklist KickBeat offers the game has plenty to offer from Celldweller, Pendulum, Marilyn Manson, Shen Yi, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie, and many more.

Once the main story has been beaten it can be replayed with Mei and there is also survival mode where the user can play multiple songs in a row without the hassle of having cutscenes and not having to stop the gameplay. Survival mode requires a lot of concentration just like the campaign because the track where the buttons appear are always flashing sometimes making it hard to tell what button to hit to attack certain enemies. An easy fix for this is to disable the dynamic camera and always have the button helper on the screen. All of the cutscenes in game are all hand drawn and really bring some life into the cutscenes with the mild humor that is thrown into the story.

Official Trailer:

Final Verdict:

KickBeat is a great title in the rhythm genre with having great music to back up the gameplay. Kung Fu is definitely one of the best features in the game since it melds really well with the story allowing everything to blend together in one cohesive final package.

One of the struggles of this game is that most of the songs are extremely long in length and can be frustrating if the user gets knocked down from missing button presses. Where the button prompts show up aren’t always the most clear since there is a lot of flashing lights on the screen so at times it can be extremely frustrating.

KickBeat does prove there is still a lot of untapped potential out there for rhythm / action games and hopefully there will be more games in this genre to come taking inspiration off of it as well as perhaps a sequel.

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Zen Studios

Available On: PS4 | XO | PC | Wii U | PS3 | 360 | Vita

Played On: Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

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Anomaly 2 Releasing On PlayStation 4, This September, Right Around The Corner [HD Gameplay]

In just a matter of weeks Anomaly 2 the Tower Offense title by 11 bit studios will be hitting the PlayStation 4. Take a look at some high definition gameplay footage below, which was released today:

Additional Info:

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Sniper Elite 3 Review

Sniper Elite 3 comes from Rebellion Games. They’ve been around doing the Sniper Elite games from the very beginning so they have been improving the game as they’ve gone along in the series. They also have done games such as: Evil Genius, Rogue Trooper, and Alien vs Predator. Being the third game in the series, will Sniper Elite 3 be able to become the best so far or is it not up to snuff still?

Sniper Elite 3 takes place in 1942 which actually takes place before the events of Sniper Elite V2 which took place in 1945. The user will be playing as OSS sniper Karl Fairburne who has been sent on a mission to assassinate General Vahlen and uncover the top secret project code-named Seuche that the Germans have been working on. Karl won’t be able to find Vahlen without some intel which he will get from a British informant Brauer which will lead him on his mission to find General Vahlen. Of course Karl at this point is an Nazi killing machine and has to be one of the best snipers out there.

Sniper Elite gameplay mechanics you already know and love are back with some great features such as the new relocation system so when the user takes a shot and the enemy has heard them the enemy will take into hiding and they will also know where the user’s last known location is by the shadow they leave giving them a chance to relocate to a new area or a better sniping position.

The game also relies heavily on using the elements of a true sniper such as silence and stealth using the shadows and line of sight to stalk your enemies. Sniper Elite 3 has 8 missions which may sound like a short game but when each level can take an hour or longer to go through it really lends some freedom to the player, especially since levels are very open. In the beginning of the level the user has the freedom to explore the whole level and complete tasks at their will, which feels like a much needed improvement since Sniper Elite V2 was very linear. Of course the best part of Sniper Elite 3 is the well known kill-cam which works on not just humans but also vehicles so the user can kill people while they are still in the safety of their own vehicles.

It’s really fun being able to see how many different types of kill shots the user can get in just one mission some of the best parts of the games are entering a sniper nest and taking out several Nazi’s and watching different parts of their body explode everywhere. If customization is your thing there is customization in the weapons that are unlocked as the user progresses though the game with different parts for their gun and different loadouts. There isn’t a super deep system here but it’s a nice thought thrown into the game and lets the user play with the loadout that will make them most effective in-game.

Playing Sniper Elite 3 the controls are pick up and play while playing. On the PS4 the controls were very easy to pick up and use but sometimes they can be difficult while trying to sneak around or sometimes cause players to accidentally fire at the wrong time. Playing on the PC which felt a lot more natural and the controls seemed to really mesh well. Everything flowed really well and I always found that staying in control was really easy. This and other factors I’ll mention next lead me to believe this game was entirely PC-based when it comes to lead platform, and in fact was not platform-agnostic nor next-gen-centric.

By the time that a series is in its third game the developers should have more refined skills like not having the ability to stealth kill over barricades. This would be really easy and should have been in the game since most of the time if an enemy is leaning against a barricade the user literally had to stab them from the side or get right in front of them and then the element of surprise is gone and you’re screwed. I have to talk about the graphics in this game too, they look pretty average on the PS4 but on PC really shine. The lighting in particular within the PC version is really awesome and definitely worth a look if you have a high end gaming PC.

Final Verdict:

Sniper Elite 3 is a complete blast to play even if stealth isn’t your type of game. Any user can still have fun with this game with all of the kill-cam action that can be done. With the different missions that are available to the user there is a high replay-ability out in the market for Sniper Elite 3 and the additional DLC and multiplayer will bring user wanting to grab their gille suit and grab their sniper rifle and join in the action.

Sniper Elite 3 does have multiplayer which is really competitive at first then modes can be really aggravating especially if the user is terrible at spotting other players. There is 5 different modes to play and definitely will keep things interesting its really fun because at the end of the match usually its about the furthest shots that matter the most kills still matter but the farther kills with throw the user higher up on the leaderboard. The player can also join up with a buddy and play in Co-op in either overwatch missions or in survival missions and both players have to work as a team if they want to kill the German Afrika Korps.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9 / 10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: Rebellion

Publisher: 505 Games

Available On: PC | PS4 | XO | PS3 | 360

Played On: PlayStation 4 and High End Gaming PC

Review Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

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RGN Podcast: Our Top Picks for Steam Summer Sale 2014 (PC Gaming Talk)

Josh AKA Yodathe3rd (PR Editor at RGN) and Eric Steez (Author / Community at RGN) join Jon (EIC at RGN) to discuss the Steam Summer Sale going on right now and our recommendations on what players should be getting into and how to spend their time / money doing so.

Steam Wallet Card

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Mario Kart 8 (Wii U Exclusive) Review

Mario Kart 8 comes from Nintendo, they have been around since the 1970’s putting out some of the best games in history with franchises from; Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, F-Zero, and many more. They have some of the most iconic characters in history and have stood the stand of time as putting out some of the best games in the world. Mario Kart first was released on the Super Nintendo back in 1992 and was the start of a great franchise with having the designer of the original super Mario Bros on the team. After that Mario was thrown into the 3D world with Mario Kart 64 and also introduced 4-player racing, the game had 8 playable characters in three different driving classes light, medium, and heavy this game would go on to be one of the most locally played game of all time. Since then Mario and the gang have been found racing on; Game Boy Advance, GameCube, DS, Wii, 3DS and now the Nintendo Wii U.

Mario Kart 8 came out on May 30th 2014 on the Wii U it has brought the game in stunning HD. The game ships with 30 playable characters that is a long way from the original 8 that was offered before, 16 of those characters are default characters and 14 of those are unlocked as the user plays through the game. The unlockable characters are unlocked by completing different cups at different tiers of 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. There are 32 courses in Mario Kart 8: 16 of them are brand new tracks and 16 of them are retro tracks from previous games, there is is eight different cups they are; mushroom, flower, star, special, shell, banana, leaf, and lightning cup. There is various game modes in Mario kart 8 there is the Grand Prix which can be played either single player or split screen which is great to play the campaign with friends. Time trials where the user can race against other ghosts from Miiverse or also compete against a Nintendo staff member’s ghost. VS race makes a return that can be played with up to 4 players and they can set custom rules between themselves there is also the return of battle and of course online play.

For online players can jump into a lobby with their friends and also participate in tournaments or just join into local games online either regionally or internationally. Missing from online play is the ability to talk with other players during a race, this can only happen in the lobby’s and is a bit of a let down but not much. Items have always been a item that can either be feared if you’re in first or your ally if you’re picking up the rear; all of the items have returned with addition of several new items the; Boomerang flower, Piranha plant, Super Horn, and Crazy eight. The boomerang flower can be thrown 3 times and it will hit racers and return to the racer, the piranha plant will chomp at other racers and obstacles automatically, the super horn puts out a shockwave that destroys any obstacles in its blast including the dreaded blue shell of death, and the crazy eight generates the following: coin, mushroom, star, blooper, bob-omb, green shell, red shell, and a banana.

Mario Kart 8 gameplay is a blast from the minute the user picks up the controller they will be having a great time. There is a major improvement on how the game looks graphically right from the get go all the character animations are really sharp and all of the levels are just downright beautiful. The way the levels have been hand crafted bringing back memories from years of karting, the artists have done an amazing job re-imagining the courses old and new some of them are really mind blowing. Course design has really changed with the addition of gliders being added in Mario Kart 7 now opening jumps all around the course and the addition of underwater driving and of course the newest racing feature upside down racing with the addition of the anti-gravity wheels and all of this happens on the fly so there is no need to change tires or hit a button to transfer it works seamless.

When it comes to karts there is so much to choose from for racing with 14 different karts, 9 bikes, 3 ATV’s, 18 sets of tires, and 17 gliders the customization is just through the roof allowing the user to really get the most out of their racing experience and they all affect how they will race with each of these parts affecting the performance of their vehicle. The driving is real smooth it does take a bit of getting used to all the drifting in the game but once the user gets a hold of the handling of their character and the kart they can start dominating. The controls for the game are really basic for the Wii U Gamepad there’s two options where the user can either use the sticks to steer or switch the options and turn the Gamepad like a wheel to turn. The Gamepad seems like an after thought when it comes to the game its a giant horn what a waste of a screen really the developer would of been better off using this as a rear view mirror or something along that aspect.

The developer did add a great video feature when the user can upload video’s of their winning’s to either Miiverse or straight to their YouTube and they also have a small bit of editing software in the game and this really a nice touch and really adds to sharing the experience with your friends. All of the courses have differences which makes each of them special and unique to race on they have shortcuts which can be mastered over time and a huge plus not one rainbow road but two which is a much needed thing one is a new renovation and the other one is the original both are vibrant and drive amazing.

Mario Kart 8 has always been known as being a great game to play with friends and this game really caters to playing with your friends from playing 4 player campaign with all of your friends to even taking your friends online to play with others online and they have done exactly that and its a pretty great experience. The battle arena also returns to play with friends but the maps for these don’t feel like true battle maps they feel as though this part was more of an afterthought with just putting user’s on a race map and pointing them in different directions on the map, here is wishing to some proper battle maps in a piece of DLC down the road. The online is very good and its easy to jump in and out of games, the one grip is not being able to talk during races the only online talking can be during the lobby which is okay I guess just wish their was more options for voice communication in multiplayer.

Final Verdict:

Mario Kart 8 is an amazing game and a great reason to go out and buy a Wii U its packed the the brim with content and the community behind this game is amazing. The game has such a high re-playability and I don’t see putting this title down for anytime soon. The game does take a little bit of getting used to as far as controls but once they are mastered any user will be beating their friend either locally or online. The developers really did an amazing job with this game it looks beautiful and all of the tracks are really a true work of art, hopefully there might be some more tracks added in some DLC down the road. This is just a little add-on to the review and doesn’t count towards the score but giving away a copy of either; New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda the Windwaker HD, or Wii Party U by adding the code to their Club Nintendo account was an amazing idea and greatly appreciated by all fans.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.9 / 10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Publisher: Nintendo

Developers: Nintendo EAD + Bandai Namco Games

Available On: Nintendo Wii U Exclusively

Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

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Wargame: Red Dragon Review

Wargame: Red Dragon is developed by Eugen Systems they are no strangers to making tactile RTS games with the inclusion of the Wargame Franchise and Ruse they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to war-games. Wargame: Red Dragon is also published by Focus Home Interactive which has published games such as the recently released Bound by Flame, Farming simulator, and Contrast. The Campaign for Wargame: Red Dragon is quite intense consisting of 5 separate campaigns they are: Buscan Pocket, Bear vs Dragon, Pearl of the Orient, Climb Mount Narodnaia, and Second Korean War. All of the missions take place over in Asia and involve several factions including; Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Soviet Union. All of this takes place during an alternate Cold War ranging from 1979 to 1992, the story is told through clips at the beginning of the each of the campaigns by video’s that have been made for this purpose they do a decent job at setting the stage for the gameplay but not a necessity really, also there are bit of dialog that will be found in each mission from your commanding officers or others on the battlefield.

Gameplay for Wargame: Red Dragon is very tactile system based on realism and real units. When thrusted into the action the game revolves around holding and controlling zones on very large maps. At the start of each match the user is assigned a set of units and each of these are worth so many command points, part of the hud shows how many command points are available to spend on units and as the user continues to dominate the battlefield they are given more command points to add more units. Now for units wow there is a whole slew of units ranging from; soldiers, tanks, ground vehicles, planes, choppers, and of course full naval units. Now this has a learning curve to how each unit works in battle and that will take some time in battle to figure out all the quirks of each unit. It can be very frustrating trying to learn how what units do what and how they do best in battle since battles can get very intense very quickly. The Controls for the game are very basic were navigating the map can be done with W, A, S, D and the rest is done with the mouse.

The Graphics for Wargame: Red Dragon are absolutely stunning this thing runs like a beast on most rigs, the amount of settings and graphic detail really is where this game shines. Being able to zoom all the way in and see the huge level of detail on every unit and the terrain is really a huge selling point to Wargame: Red Dragon also by selecting a unit and pressing i all the stats will come up on that unit which is really a great way to learn the units in the game. There is a little bit of slowdown when the screen fills up with units but that is to be expected and it all varies on the users graphics settings. The multiplayer community is really on this game and is willing to either help or dominate the game as fast as possibly so the typical multiplayer community out there and i find that this community is really hardcore into the game so there will be servers up for a long time and no shortage of finding a game online. I would have to say the hardest part about playing online with others is the learning curve since there is no exact matching system and you can join a game where you stand no chance of even winning.

Final Verdict:

Wargame: Red Dragon is a great game in the Wargame franchise it is a bit of a niche game, the gameplay really has a lot to offer with a huge learning curve if the user wants to learn every unit in the game. The graphics the game has to offer are gorgeous and always a great addition to the game. One of the biggest gripes about the game is the missing tutorial in the game there is one but its only text based and really leaves a lot to be desired when trying to learn the game or being new to the franchise i feel this would be much better with a walkthrough tutorial which really only can be found in the game by trial and error. All in all Wargame: Red Dragon is a great title and while it may have a steep learning curve it still is a great addition to the Strategy market of PC Gaming.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer: Eugen Systems

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

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KontrolFreek Ultra (PS4 / Xbox One) Next Gen Controller Accessory Mini Review

Kontrol Freek has become almost a common household name at this point in the gaming community, or at least it should be. Don’t invite me to your house if it isn’t yet. They are known for their many different analog stick accessories that help gamers win, but they also help with general accuracy for the everyday player. KontrolFreek accessories essentially plug into the top of an analog stick controller extending the stick and causing more precise movement to become possible. KontrolFreek will elevate the total length of the analog stick and add a higher spot to put your thumbs giving the user a better range of motion and allowing them to pull of more accurate shots in game.

Using the next-generation versions of this tech I found gameplay enhancements are not just for shooters. During my tests with the KontrolFreek FPSFreek Ultra several games were tested including: Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Need for Speed Rivals, Killzone Shadow Fall, Trials Fusion, and more. The KontrolFreek Ultra really seems to make the controller for the PS4 more comfortable to use especially with me having bigger hands. Thanks to KontrolFreek the sticks flowed a lot easier.

Using this product I honestly did notice myself aiming a lot faster on games. Now there’s definitely some downsides to these they do tend to fall off your controller from time to time and this can be really annoying especially if you’re in a huge streak on a game. Also tested the FPSFreek CQC which don’t elevate as high and they were better for a more accurate feel of the sticks mainly for more precise shots in game.

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Final Verdict:

In all, the KontrolFreek sticks for both the Xbox One and the PS4 are improving on what are great items from the previous console generation. Many pro gamers are familiar in and out of the MLG scene with these and some even swear by them. They provide better accuracy in game and a more precise feel when playing games they are at a competitive price so they aren’t hard to get a hold of and try out, perhaps you’ll end up adding them to your controller line as well.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9 / 10

RGN Rating: Gold Accessory

Manufacturer: Kontrol Freek

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Review Copy Info: 4 sample units were provided to RealGamerNewz by the Manufacturer on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers for the purpose of this review.

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RGN Interview with Yvonna Lynn (Gamer, President of Charisma+2)

Today I had the opportunity to speak with Yvonna Lynn. She is the President of Charisma+2  a modeling company that focuses on providing talent who are deeply entrenched in gaming and play all of the latest releases as well as specialized niche shooters and other games. She is also an avid gamer as well. But that’s just part of what Yvonna does, and she introduces herself further in the beginning of this video chat between herself and me (Josh Ehresmann, Public Relations Editor at RealGamerNewz).

During the following interview me and Yvonna casually brought up gaming issues as they came along. She also leaked several pieces of news in our interview of good length that gamers won’t want to miss out on, so be sure to listen to the entire show. If you have any further questions for Yvonna or myself, feel free to drop a comment on YouTube or RGN (or wherever else you might be reading this) and I’ll do my best to get back to you in future shows.

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Outlast DLC: Whistleblower Gets Release Date, Info, And Concept Art From Red Barrels

Red Barrels have announced their upcoming downloadable content for Outlast (our review here), the Horror / Escape game currently available on Windows PC and PlayStation 4 (developed on the Unreal 3.5 Engine). The new DLC will release on May 7, 2014 in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and the day before that on May 6, 2014 for North America players on the PS4 and PC platforms.

This DLC is called Whistleblower and the current infographic below is meant to coincide with its announcement. Below that you’ll find the new Concept Art for the DLC as well as promotional key art. Enjoy and let us know how you feel about this entry in the Horror / Escape genre or how you feel about it in general below in the comments section.

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Sleeping Dogs 75% off on Steam Today Only

As part of the Daily Deals on Steam players can pick up Sleeping Dogs today for 75% off which comes to $4.99. In Sleeping Dogs and open world game taken place in Hong Kong with exotic locations and busy streets hide the most dangerous criminal organization in the world: the Triads. The player takes the role of Wei Shen and undercover cop tasked on taking down the triads from the inside out.

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ARMA 3 Review

ArmA 3 comes from Bohemia Entertainment and they are the people behind the whole ArmA series so there is lots of progression coming into ArmA 3. Bohemia has also made possible one of the most popular mods for ArmA 2 and that is DayZ which was created by Dean “Rocket” Hall and took the PC gaming market by storm thanks to DayZ bringing a realistic zombie survival experience to the PC Gaming and Mod Community to ArmA 2 and now Bohemia will move forward with that mod by publishing a more polished release of the mod called DayZ Standalone. But none of that would have been possible if it weren’t for the already critically acclaimed ArmA series which is huge with military simulation crowds and is really just a great time for those who can appreciate the Real Virtuality 3 Game Engine.

ArmA 3 does have a campaign, it’s just not out yet. It didn’t launch with the game but will be launching later on as episodic content and will be free to all players who purchased ArmA 3. Besides the campaign not being there yet, there currently are challenges that will test the user’s skill level in ArmA 3. These start out with a Firing Squad and progress from there. Another big chunk of single player gameplay are the Showcases which are where the game really shows off some of its high fidelity and beauty by letting the user play in some awesome and spectacular levels. Level design ranges through everything from infantry gameplay, to drones, and gunships. These selected pieces of the game are really jaw-dropping and every little detail in them is great, it’s immediately apparent that Bohemia really didn’t leave anything out in these sections.

Some of the other sections that are found in Showcases include Scuba, Helicopters, Combines Arms, Commanding, Night, Support, Tanks, Armed Assault, CSAT, AAF, and Vehicles. So with these and the challenges I feel that Bohemia Entertainment did a fair job covering their bases for the single player content at least until the campaign episodes come out. Scenarios is a part of the game that is fully supported by the Steam Workshop where new content is added daily from ‘modders’ in ArmA 3, which is really fun to see. The developers have allowed the community to add their own twist to the gameplay and levels which can be played within the realm of ArmA 3.

ArmA 3 has a very different type of gameplay of course, it’s a military shooter and this is the definitive version to be playing. Coming from an experienced Battlefield player perspective this game is very different all around, tactically as a player the user has to be a lot smarter in every way from the gun selection all the way to how the player is moving. Stamina is a huge part of movement in ArmA 3 because each player moves as if they are a real soldier and they run out of air which causes several things to happen such as the gun moving around when the user is trying to aim and getting shaky from an elevated heart rate. The guns also fire very accurately and this is due to ArmA 3’s nearly perfect simulation. Every factor of real life warfare comes into play here, such as wind and even elevation. Scopes also need to be zero’d in and this can be very hard without going through the tutorial missions to get the whole grasp on shooting.

Gear is part of ArmA 3 and can be switched out from each soldier as well as taken off of dead soldiers in the field. If while playing the game you’re sick of running so much, take one of the many vehicles for a spin which make the game a lot more fun especially if the player decides to take a tank or an attack helicopter. A lot of damage can be done with one of those. Every vehicle has so much detail from the external appearance as well as all the way through the interior with every vehicle fully fleshed out, even down to the very last button on the dashboard.

Controls for ArmA 3 are not like your typical first person shooter. They are a lot more advanced. Sure W, A, S, D is for basic movement but for everything else ArmA 3 makes a bit more difficult and can be quite a steep learning curve. For users that plan on playing a lot of ArmA 3, the single player is mandatory for getting used to the controls because they are very advanced and unlike anything seen in other shooters. If the user has a good knowledge of the keyboard it will come as a benefit and possibly even advantage in ArmA 3 considering almost all of the keyboard is used while playing the game. Even driving vehicles is a challenge. Normal vehicles, such as trucks and ATVs, are not a problem as they handle quite normally. But other vehicles such as tanks and choppers prove to be a steep, steep learning curve and aren’t anything for ‘noobs’ of the series to attempt.

Multiplayer is back and better than ever with ArmA 3 which has to have one of the biggest and most dedicated communities out there. When loading up ArmA 3 and jumping into multiplayer there is a massive server list and it’s filled with a ton of variations of games. It’s hard not to find a server that isn’t fun to join. With ArmA 3 Multiplayer there are many great mods out online right now. One of the biggest seems to be Wasteland at the time of this Review posting, which is a sandbox survival mod and is basically one of the hottest modes to play in multiplayer just because of how much fun it is and its appeal for playing with friends online. The community, from what I have found, is great at adapting to new players joining and willing to help a fellow soldier out at getting into the game as well as improving their skills with some of the best communication found via both voice and text chat which is present right in the ArmA 3 multiplayer matches themselves.

Final Verdict: ArmA 3 is a huge game and the best military simulation shooter on the market. With one of the biggest communities on the market, and tons of content coming out daily, ArmA 3 has a huge replay-ability from playing new mods to playing countless hours of multiplayer. ArmA 3 is also a beautiful game to look at. The detail is truly amazing and it’s really nice to see that Bohemia Entertainment put such a high level of polish on the game. Unfortunately, some of the biggest parts of the game are still to come such as the episodic content and hopefully a smash-hit mod like DayZ was for ArmA 2. The game is also extremely rough on newcomers trying to jump into the series as far as learning the controls goes, but a great community helps offset that by making it worth it. In its current state, ArmA 3 gets a 9 out of 10 making it one of RGN’s Gold Games.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer / Publisher: Bohemia Interactive

Available On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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