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I'm an avid gamer, and I enjoy Lord of the Rings.

The Last Tinker: City Of Colors Hands-On Preview

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“How do you save the world from a force that cannot be stopped?”

This is question posed to you by The Last Tinker: City of Colors. The once lovely and free village of Colortown is now divided by greed and prejudice. The town used to love and welcome all colors, but after a while, preferences were created, and biases were formed. Only certain colors are accepted in specific parts of town. What happened that caused a rift in the people’s hearts?

The Bleakness aims to not only turn everyone against each other, but to ultimately destroy all color in the world. Only fog, smoke, and shadows will remain. However, not all hope is lost. You have the power to save your world and bring back the joy of color and diversity to Colortown.

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You are Koru, a youth who can wield the powers of color! Specifically, Koru controls Red, to aggravate evil, Green, to frighten the Bleakness away, and Blue, to grieve your enemies. You must set forth from the slums of Colortown and drive prejudice and hate away from the main districts.

Each section of Colortown was handcrafted and you can explore it all by free-roaming about the village, running into interesting characters and challenging puzzles along the way.

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So, how do you save the world?

“Unleash your creative power.”

The Last Tinker: City of Colors is made by Mimimi Productions and is set to release in Summer of 2014 on PC, Mac, and Linux on Steam and consoles. The Last Tinker has won several awards, including:  Best Project 2012 and Best Game In Show Audience Award.

Check out the official trailer here!

Running With Rifles Hands-On Preview

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If I had to sum up Running With Rifles in one word, it would be ‘chaotic.’ I mean that in the best way possible, too. From the start, you and your squad of soldiers run across expansive maps trying to gun down the opposing troops.

However, through all the chaos, Running With Rifles offers a fast, fun, and fantastic gaming experience. The thrill of leading your troops into battle, planning out strategies, and finding the best vantage points scattered throughout the maps is like none I’ve experienced in some time.

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RWR is a single and multi-player top-down tactical shooter, with the mouse acting as the range and aim of your weapon. The further you point your mouse in front of you, the wider your scope of the battlefield is, which makes spotting enemies easier. However, if you prefer to stay off the front lines and hold down the fort, you also have the ability to command your troops with certain orders.

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The fast-paced gameplay that Modulaatio Games offers is just the start, since the game is only now in Early Access for both Steam and Desura. The team is continuously improving the game and listening to the players’ feedback. The game also supports mods and a handy server tracking tool called called RWR Watcher. I really enjoy the game and cannot wait to experience the growth and development Running With Rifles will go under in the coming months.

To witness gameplay, check out the official trailer here!

Rumors To Rebrand Oculus Rift Denied and Valve VR Expert Joins Team

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A Facebook spokesperson had denied claims that the Oculus Rift will undergo rebranding, which would have placed the Facebook logo on the device. Based on people’s reactions to the whole deal between Oculus and Facebook, perhaps the dissatisfaction of the possibility of changing it convinced them to modify their plans and leave the logo as is.

However, there are of course those who think this merger is a wonderful idea and will really help virtual reality technology. Chief among them at the moment is VR expert Michael Abrash. He has parted from Valve and gone to Oculus to devote his time and extensive knowledge of virtual reality concepts and designs to the hopes of helping Oculus reach it’s full potential.

[Some Info Sourced: DualShockers]

Over 100 Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games Scheduled For 2014

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Sony has released a list of all the upcoming games for the Playstation 4 for 2014. Below is a collective list of all of the games their respective developers. So along with all the great games already out, you can now look forward to these amazing titles!

Announced for Spring 2014 release:

  1. 1001 Spikes: Nicalis
  2. Anomaly 2: 11 Bit Studios
  3. Bound by Flame: Focus Home
  4. CastleStorm: Definitive Edition: Zen Studios
  5. Cel Damage HD: Finish Line Games
  6. Child of Light: Ubisoft
  7. Daylight: Atlus
  8. Divekick: Addition Edition: Iron Galaxy
  9. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Square Enix
  10. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition: Drinkbox Studios
  11. KickBeat: Special Edition: Zen Studios
  12. King Oddball: 10tons Ltd.
  13. Lego The Hobbit: Warner Bros.
  14. Mercenary Kings: Tribute Games
  15. MLB 14: The Show: SCE
  16. Octodad: Dadliest Catch: Young Horses
  17. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty: Oddworld Inhabitants
  18. Pure Pool: Ripstone LTD
  19. R.B.I. Baseball 14: MLB AM
  20. Ready to Run: Beatshapers
  21. Secret Ponchos: Switchblade Monkeys
  22. Sportsfriends: Die Gute Fabrik
  23. Switch Galaxy Ultra: Atomicon
  24. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Activision
  25. Strike Suit Zero: Born Ready games
  26. The Swapper: Curve Studios
  27. Titan Attacks: Curve Studios
  28. Trials Fusion: Ubisoft
  29. War Thunder: Gaijin Network
  30. Watch Dogs: Ubisoft
  31. Wolfenstein: The New Order: Bethesda

Announced for Summer 2014 release:

  1. CounterSpy: SCE
  2. Destiny: Activision
  3. Final Horizon: Eiconic Games
  4. GALAK-Z: The Dimensional: 17 Bit Games
  5. Helldivers: SCE
  6. Murdered: Soul Suspect: Square Enix
  7. OlliOlli: Roll7
  8. Pavilion: Visiontrick
  9. Pixel Junk Shooter Ultimate: Double Eleven
  10. Sniper Elite 3: 505 Games
  11. The Elder Scrolls Online: Bethesda
  12. The Evil Within: Bethesda
  13. Race the Sun: Flippfly
  14. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark: Activision
  15. Velocity 2X: Futurlab

Announced for Fall 2014 release:

  1. Alien: Isolation: Sega
  2. Dragon Age: Inquisition: EA
  3. Evolve: 2K
  4. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number: Devolver Digital
  5. Rocketbirds 2: Evolution: Ratloop
  6. The Witness: Thekla, Inc.

Announced for Winter 2014 release:

  1. Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ubisoft
  2. Guns of Icarus Online: Muse Games
  3. Hyper Light Drifter: Heart Machine
  4. Ray’s the Dead: Ragtag Studios

Release date still to be determined:

  1. Assault Android Cactus: Witch Beam
  2. Aztez: Team Colorblind
  3. Backgammon Blitz: The Fyzz
  4. Batman: Arkham Knight: Warner Bros.
  5. Blast ‘Em Bunnies: Nnoo Pty
  6. Cosmic Star Heroine: Zeboyd Games
  7. Defense Grid 2: 505 Games
  8. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition: Activision Blizzard
  9. #Driveclub: SCE
  10. Dying Light: Warner Bros.
  11. EA Sports UFC: EA
  12. Energy Hook: Happion Labs
  13. forma.8: MixedBag
  14. Foul Play: Media Tonic
  15. Hohokum: SCE
  16. Home: Benjamin Rivers Inc.
  17. Hotline Miami: Devolver Digital
  18. Legend of Raven: Nicalis
  19. Lords of the Fallen: Bandai Namco Games
  20. Mad Max: Warner Bros.
  21. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: Warner Bros.
  22. Minecraft: Mojang
  23. N++: Metanet Software
  24. NBA 2K15: 2K
  25. Nuclear Throne: Vlambeer
  26. The Order: 1886: SCE
  27. Pier Solar and the Great Architects: Watermelon Games
  28. Planetside 2: SOE
  29. Putty Squad: Maximum Games
  30. Road Not Taken: Spry Fox
  31. Rogue Legacy: Cellar Door Games
  32. Samurai Gunn: Teknopants/Maxistentialism
  33. Savant Ascent: D-Pad Studio
  34. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: WayForward
  35. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments: Frogwares
  36. Starbound: Chucklefish
  37. Super Exploding Zoo: Honeyslug
  38. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth:Nicalis
  39. The Crew:Ubisoft
  40. Tom Clancy’s The Division: Ubisoft
  41. Transistor: Supergiant Games
  42. Tropico 5: Kalypso Media
  43. Valiant Hearts: The Great War: Ubisoft
  44. Volume: Mike Bithell
  45. Worms Battlegrounds: Team17
  46. WWE 2K15: 2K

Mega Charizard 3DS XL

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Every year, Japan holds a Pokémon tournament to determine the best Pokémon trainer. And the winner of this year’s tournament gets this beautiful one-of-a-kind 3DS XL with Mega Charizard on the top panel, and the winner’s name engraved on the back.

I wish all the participants luck and may the victor enjoy his spoils! The competition started on March 22, 2014 so the winner should be announced soon!

[Some Info Sourced: NicheGamer]

Celestian Tales: Old North on Kickstarter

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Ekuator Games, located in Bandung, Indonesia, is making an epic looking RPG game called Celestian Tales: Old North. The game strives to tell a story that does not rely on fantastical beasts or dueling deities, but rather unearths the concepts of greed, loyalty, dishonor, and love within every human. Through the perspectives of six different characters, players will have to see with their own eyes that nothing is one-sided.

The art for Celestian Tales is comprised of pixelated sprites, similar to older Suikoden games. Each pixel is hand-drawn, giving the style a unique look all of its own. The environment is a mixture of water-colored sceneries that have been digitally retouched and combined in a beautiful way.

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Another intriguing aspect of this game is the fact that it spans three decades. This change is shown in the world environments and even in the characters themselves. They will age and they will learn. The choices that each character makes help shape the future profoundly. So before you decide to blindly follow orders, take a moment to consider the consequences that your actions will have later on in your life. Will you regret doling out punishment just because someone ordered you to, or will you instead regret taking a stand and deliberately disobeying a direct order? The choice is yours to make.

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The battle system is comprised of turn-based combat with customizable and branching action choices for each character. Yet, to enter battle, you must physically interact with an enemy, similar to Persona or Grandia. Yet, “To purposefully avoid or chase enemies is integrated as part of the story-line elements. For example, not fighting any single fey creature when you attempt to pass through an elven forest would raise your standings as a friend of nature. This will in turn affect how persuasive you are to the elven-kin, who may not aid those they distrust.”

So, strategically avoiding certain battles, or aiming to engage in particular fights, will affect the story down the road.

Celestian Tales: Old North is on Kickstarter right now, and at the moment, has exceeded their goal. Nine days remain in the campaign, however, so you still have a chance to lend your support and help Ekuator Games reach their stretch goals. The game will be presented in three parts, one for each decade. Part one is scheduled to release late 2014, with the other two parts to be distributed by mid-2015.

Sequel for “South Park: The Stick Of Truth” Possible

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Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, have been very happy with the success of their RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth, and confess to IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey that if they were to do another game, it would be done differently. The game, which was released on March 4, 2014, has received very positive reviews. Having played it myself, it has a quirkiness that mirrors the TV show to a tee, and yet delivers the jokes and tropes in a different, unique way. Stone and Parker were vital in the creation of the game, and both seem hopeful that a sequel could very well happen.

 

South Park: The Stick of Truth is out now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Jon of RGN reviewed it scoring it a 9.8 giving it a Platinum award. 

GDC 2014: GameMaker: Studio Engine Free For Licensed PS4 Developers

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YoYo Games’ GameMaker: Studio engine has been announced that it will be free for all licensed PlayStation 4 Developers. This partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment Inc and YoYo Games will allow developers a much simpler way to get their games out there and onto the consoles. Another asset to this news is that the PlayStation community will now have easier access to outstanding indie games. GameMaker: Studio is in open beta starting directly after GDC is over. Public availability for GameMaker will begin on April 30th, for PS4 and PS Vita, and on June 30th for PS3.

Age of Wonders III: Hands-On Preview

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The third installment of Triumph Studios’ Age of Wonders series is going to hit Steam and gog.com on March 31. The game offers brand new story lines, improved 3D graphics, a manual battle mode, and new classes and races.

Age of Wonders III offers two main campaign modes. You can either help reestablish the Council of the High Elves as Princess Sundren, a tough elven maiden who longs to be more than just royalty, or step into the shoes of Edward, a loyal citizen of the Commonwealth who suspects a darker power is at work. Both sides are faced with a powerful foe that is out to destroy them, and it is up to you to uncover the truth on your journey and bring peace to your empire.

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The world is entirely in 3D, which is showcased by terraformed land, full mountain ranges, and boggy marshes. Not only that, but the battle system received a 3D makeover. When you encounter an enemy, the option to duke it out automatically or manually is up to you. However, the manual battles are quite a sight. Fully rendered in 3D, each army takes their turn advancing toward the other side. Knights flank a squadron of Goblin Warriors, and each unit attacks for an added strategic advantage.

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Another new feature is the combining of different classes and races. There are six classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, and the new technology-based Dreadnaughts. Each class can be combined with the six races (Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins, and Draconians) to create a new and unique army each time you play.

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Every army needs a leader, and now you can fully customize your hero. Whether you prefer face-to-face combat tactics or weakening your enemies from afar with magic, you can now outfit your hero with specific weapons, armor, skills, and spells to fit specifically to you.

For those who have never played the first two Age of Wonder games, their lore is referenced from time to time, yet this game can still stand alone with all new characters, cities, and backgrounds. It is very easy for first time players to get into the game and learn all the mechanics. The lore in this third installment is rich and instantly immerses you into the story, providing you with the essential facts, faces, and figures. It presents everything to you as if reading from a storybook.

So if you are a fan of turn-based strategy games set in a fantasy world filled with elves, goblins, and dwarves, then I highly recommend you check out Age of Wonders III. The deep customization of heroes, the involved stories and histories between races, and the thrill of commanding your own unique league of soldiers into battle are just the beginning, as the developers have hinted that modding [insert modding quote link]will become available upon release. With map making tools, you can create your own stories and share them with the world.

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

Don’t Starve (PC / PS4) Post-Mortem Review

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With the announcement of the Don’t Starve DLC Reign of Giants hinted to be coming out in August, perhaps a more in-depth look at the base game is needed for those unfamiliar with it. The game, recently released for the Playstation 4, is also available on Steam for $14.99.

Don’t Starve is a survival adventure game, where you must forage, gather, and hunt for resources. You start out as Wilson, a scientist, and over the course of the game you can unlock different characters, each with their own set of skills or items exclusive to them. On day one, the main objective is to gather enough wood to last the first night. Crafting tools from branches and stone is not too difficult, so you should be alright for a while. Yet, if you let your sanity deteriorate, the shadows will come after you. So not only are you fighting off hunger and beasts, you must always be wary of the tricks that the mind can play upon you.

There are three things that you have to keep track of; your hunger, your sanity, and your health. Seeing monsters, eating particular foods, and being in the dark will drain your sanity; while fire, certain foods, and picking flowers will help restore it. Health is affected by, of course, getting hurt and can be healed in a few ways. If you kill a spider or destroy a spider nest, you can get spider glands which, on their own, will heal a bit of health. However, if you craft the glands along with 2 Ash and 1 Rock, you’ll get a salve that will greatly heal your character. There are a variety of weapons and traps you can craft in order to catch different types of food to keep your belly full through the harsh summers and long winters, such as bird traps and fishing poles.

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If you like gathering, crafting, building, fighting monsters, games with dark humor, and just overall good games, I would definitely suggest you pick it up. Plus, there will soon be DLC for the game, introducing new elements that you must survive against. Reign of Giants is going to add new seasons, monsters, and items to the base game. There is no official release date as of yet, though it has been hinted to drop sometime in August, but a select few are beta testing it right now. Instead of just Summer and Winter, Autumn and Spring are thrown into the mix, adding more difficulty to the game as each season will undoubtedly feature their own unique setbacks. There are four trailers out for Reign of Giants, each focusing on a new season.

So gather your wits, sharpen your spear, and, above all, don’t starve!

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

Left 4 Dead 2 Now 75% Off

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Today’s Daily Deal on Steam is Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2. The game, which was offered for free during the Steam Holiday Sale, is now only $4.99. The sale ends on March 10th, so don’t let this opportunity pass by. Could this decrease in price be a prelude to an announcement of the rumored Left 4 Dead 3 release? We can only hope. But until then, enjoy this zombie-shooting game for a considerable discount and try not to alert the horde!