All posts by Tristan Werbe

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC Out Now

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC Pack 1 is now out for everyone to download as apart of the Expansion Pass. The DLC contains plenty of new armor and weapons, new map features like plotting out your course, a teleportation device, a hard mode, and the Master Trials, which is a huge challenge mode where you start out with nothing at all. We will be reviewing here at RealGamerNewz so if you are unsure stay tuned for our review! Until then have a great weekend.

343 Industries gives the legal go for fan-game Installation 01

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343 Industries the developers have the Halo brand, have officially and legally backed the fan project, Installation 01. After a recent blog post from the Installation 01 site, the team confirmed the legal backing. “Through these interactions we have been ensured that Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided we remain non-commercial in nature and scope, and continue to follow Microsoft’s Game Content Usage Rules to the letter.”So of course they can’t profit from it, which I am sure they are fine with, they have legal permission to distribute upon it’s official release. In the future maybe 343 will hire some of these people, similar to the situation with SEGA and the Sonic Mania developers. What do you think?

 

https://installation01.org/updates/1498670180

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Update 1.2.0 Out Now

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is on track to be one of the best selling games in the Mario Kart game series. I can’t stop playing it myself, and now we have a new update. The patch notes for this title update can be seen blow. Helping with some online connections and just some balancing issues with items.

Patch notes

  • Players can use Pikmin-themed amiibo to unlock a Pikmin Suit for the Mii driver.
  • Race rules and course name are now displayed on loading screens for online and wireless play, as well as Mario Kart TV.
  • Players who are behind in online matches will receive items geared toward catching up more frequently.
  • In online matches, no more than two Piranha Plants will be granted as items at the same time.
  • Controls are no longer unresponsive when the timer runs out when choosing a Mii racing suit for online matches.
  • When a player uses an item right after the Super Horn in online matches, that item will now remain available for other players.
  • Item wheel no longer spins continuously in online matches.
  • Online matches now end as intended 30 seconds after the first place racer finishes.
  • The Boomerang now returns to the first slot, if possible, after a player catches it.
  • Items shown in a player’s item slots now display correctly when holding an item behind them.
  • No longer possible to use an item after it has been used to block an attack.
  • Communication errors no longer occur frequently while spectating or after spectating online matches.

Splatoon Review / Retrospective

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Splatoon seemed like a huge risk to take when it was released. A new IP released on a platform that was not very successful, and was probably released in the worst drought of games the system had seen, the mid 2015 to 2016 stretch. Now let’s take a look back at this hit Wii U title, and see what it does right, and what it could be improved upon.

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The game starts you out each time in the Inkopolis Plaza, where Callie and Marie give you reports, you can buy some weapons, clothes, etc. Even activate amiibo support and chat with other inklings. Splatoon indeed had a singleplayer story mode, despite some people possibly missing it as I have heard online. But there is a sorta older squid character in the plaza that resides in a corner, you walk over to him, he goes down a manhole, you proceed and follow after. The older fellow then names you Agent 3, as you must fight back against the Octarians. There is about five worlds, and you can beat the story in just a few hours. But it is fun to play, the levels are satisfying as they take full range of all of your abilities. There is some decent level design here, adding new obstacles and challenges each level to keep things fresh. Plus each worlds levels can be finished in any order, so it’s not linear and keeps options open. The boss battles start out interesting but easy, and they pick up some speed on the later worlds. I do feel like bosses could use some work, maybe some more Koopa kid esque villains would help? The story here is fun and light but I do desire a little bit more, despite it being a game about kids shooting each other with ink.

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The real core of Splatoon has to be the community and it’s online 4v4 multiplayer. The basic gameplay here is shooter or hitting with guns and melee weapons, you can be a kid or a squid. Squids can travel fast through ink, and kids move slower but can attack and defend themselves. Before we continue the game can be played offline in 1v1 battles in the Dojo, but this feature is servely lacking, and I do desire at least some local multiplayer functions. But the online is something that is very fresh and enjoyable to go back and play to this date. You have a basic setup here, Player Matches and Ranked Matches. With player matches being free battle, and ranked matches having a C- to A+ ranking system. Of course you can play with your online friends in each type of match, even hosting private lobbies for your friends. Now we have 3 game modes here, Tower Control, which is very self explanatory. Rain Maker is like reverse capture the flag, with you obtaining a weapon called the Rain Maker and carrying into the enemy teams base. Turf War is the clear core of the title, having you simply cover as much of the map as possible with ink to win. There was also events called Splatfest, which were the truth life and core of the game and community. The Squid Sisters Callie and Marie would host these events and allow players to decide which team they would want to be on. You could pick, Pokemon Red or Pokemon Blue Team, Team Autobots and Team Decepticons, and the final Splatfest had Team Callie and Team Marie. The Splatfest would make the maps and plaza all night time, ending with concerts from Callie and Marie. This feature was great but I could see some improvements made to it, just to lighten things up.

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Splatoon was of course a Wii U title, which had some technical heners to it as it was basically just a Xbox 360 and PS3. The game runs at 720p and 60fps, but the vibrant colors make things fine to nice to look at. The game never really drops frames and runs very smooth, which is key for multiplayer focused titles. The art style is wonderful, having this ultra weird Japan feel, yet feeling so lively and fun, making you feel like a kid again. The music does the same thing, just being upbeat and trying some weird things out with sounds, which works. You play the game with the gamepad, which actually works here, as when you look down you can see your map and tap it to go places or back to the spawn, and see how much of the map is splatted.

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Splatoon was a risked that paid off. Being one of the top selling games on Wii U, and one of the most played multiplayer games of the past few years it is nothing short of a success. Sure it’s not perfect, a expanded story mode would help, more modes, more customization, etc. But it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I give Splatoon a 8 out of 10.

Rating: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Available On: Wii U

Release Date: May 29th, 2015

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

Titanfall 2 Wargames Update Impressions

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The latest update for the underappreciated Titanfall 2 released yesterday for free. It featured a new map, some new features, and some tweaks to the UI. First off let’s talk about the map. This was a map that was also DLC in the first Titanfall game, I liked it back then, and I really like it now. It is probably one of the Titanfall maps that takes full advantage of your mobility, plenty of areas to climb, jump, and wall run. Combat has a nice flow all over the battlefield as it is more of a medium sized map, which the base game was lacking.

Another new feature is allowing players to hold 3 weapons now, like in the first Titanfall. This feature is greatly welcomed. No longer will you have to decide between a anti-titan weapon and a pistol. Just go into battle with both. Now my only complaint is the transition is not as smooth on a controller. In the first game your primary and secondary you switched between with Y on Xbox, and hit the left d-pad to bring out your anti-titan weapon. Now you can decide whether the pistol or anti-titan weapon is your secondary, but if you want access to that third gun you’ll have to hold down Y, I am sure this is no issue on PC but with a controller it feels a tad clunky.

All and all there really is not too much to talk about here, a great gameplay change, a new map, it’s great. Titanfall 2 continues to get better with each piece of free additional content, one of the rare multiplayer games that just doesn’t get old.

Splatoon 2 Inkopolis Square: The Squid Research Lab

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Inkopolis Square is back in Splatoon 2! The hub of the inklings culture, fashion, and cuisine has returned and been expanded upon. Adding some new shops, in the first game we had shops for hats, shirts, shoes, and weapons. Now in this game we have a hairstylist shop, pants, shorts, and more unannounced shops to look forward to. There will be plenty of more updates as we now have just under a month until the release of Splatoon 2, I’m ready for some ink action, are you?

Agents of Mayhem: Introducing the Bombshells

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The Bombshells are one of the new Agents of Mayhem groups. Being made up of Joule, a high fashion model by day, and a murder loving sociopath by night. Rama is a immunologist, who can pull off headshots with a bow. Finally we come to Redcard, who loves football, and loves murder. Agents of Mayhem is shaping up to be something awesome, and I can’t wait. Agents of Mayhem launches on August 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

What Fire Emblem Switch Could Be

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Fire Emblem had a small title card earlier this, letting us know the franchise is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime next year. Speculation is key here to what it could be like, but I’d like to share my thoughts. We have seen recently with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey, embracing larger worlds, new mechanics, and heavily changing up the game, but still staying Mario and Zelda. Fire Emblem has the potential for the same thing.

Fire Emblem could go open world, let you walk through the wilds and towns of the kingdom, running into combat arenas and engaging in classic strategic gameplay. Letting you build up your fortress, but letting you walk into the buildings you built, engaging more directly with NPCs and your party members. Make the games graphics look like the cut scenes from Fire Emblem Fates except in beautiful HD with the power of the Nintendo Switch.

These are just some basic ideas on what the game could be like. I have a feeling with Nintendo’s current resonance of their titles, making Fire Emblem to a much bigger and complex title in all ways in the right direction to go in. We will see and I am sure whatever it is, will be great.

Monster Hunter XX Switch Bundle coming to Hong Kong

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Hong Kong gamers seem to be getting some cool Switch bundles coming their way this summer. Nothing has been made 100% official yet by Nintendo of Hong Kong, but two bundles have been spotted. Hong Kong seems to getting the green and pink joycon Splatoon 2 bundle, and the Monster Hunter XX bundle, which currently is only officially announced for Japan. The launch date is stated for August 25th, which is the same date as it’s Japanese release. It comes with the game, grey joycons, and a special Monster Hunter dock and Switch. It should be cool for Hong Kong gamers, and we will see if it comes to be true.

Super Famicom Classic Announced

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Nintendo also went and announced The Super Famicom Classic. The differences are of course the design is like The Super Famicom. The Super Famicom Classic gets up Super Castlevania IV, Super Punch-Out, Kirby’s Dream Course, and EarthBound, and replaces them with The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, known as Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki, Super Formation Soccer, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and Panel de Pon, known in the west as the great Tetris Attack. Of course The Super Famicom does still come with Star Fox 2. This will release on October 7th about a week after the SNES Classic comes out in the West.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Mystery Event Codes

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Pokemon Sun and Moon is having a big Mega Stone Mystery Gift event. All of the codes are below featuring codes for Steelix, Sceptile, and Mewtwo.

The Mystery Gift Code is: MATSUBUSA

Use this to get Sceptilite, Blazikenite, Swamperite, Cameruptite, and Banettite.

The Mystery Gift Code is: AZUL

Use this to get Pidgeotite, Steelixite, Heracrossit, and Houndoomite.

The Mystery Gift Code is: INTIMIDATE

Pokemon.com released more Mystery Gift Codes for Mawlite, Beedrillite, Audinite, and Medichamite.

The Mystery Gift Code is: M2DESCENT In March 2017, Pokemon.com released a Mystery Gift Code for both Mewtwonite X and Mewtwonite Y, used to Mega Evolve Mewtwo into Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y.