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Super Mario Odyssey – Can it continue the success of the latest Pokemon and Zelda titles?

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The Nintendo Switch has launched to great success, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being the one of the highest rated, and one of most successful Zelda games of all time, despite it being much different than previous entries in the series. Some call it a breath of fresh air for the franchise, I am inclined to agree. Recently back in November, Nintendo also released the last big game for the 3ds, Pokemon Sun and Moon. Another one of their huge franchises that also saw a huge degree change. Not in the core gameplay itself, but how you play the game, gone were the gyms fans had grown used to, instead replaced with trials usually involving some puzzle with a Pokemon boss fight at the end of them. Sun and Moon also saw a greater degree of focus on it’s narrative, making the game feel like it had a sense of community and actual growth in the characters. Pokemon Sun and Moon is also the fastest selling game on the 3ds, it’ll likely soon overtake Pokemon X and Y in sales.

That brings us to, Super Mario Odyssey, that’ll be launching this fall on the Nintendo Switch. It also seems to be taking somewhat of risk with it’s presentation and style, being a truly open world sandbox platformer for gamers to play in. Although it seems to retain the basic plot structure of Bowser either kidnaps Peach, wants to takeover world, kingdom, galaxy, etc. Some of the gameplay elements seem similar as well, with tradition of the big 3d Mario games. But something feels fresh within in it from what I have seen, similar to the changes brought to the Zelda and Pokemon series. Nintendo seems to going in a new direction for how they make their old franchises, and is even starting to make new IPs again with titles such as Splatoon and Arms. From what we have seen and heard about Mario’s latest adventure so far, I believe it’ll carry on the success they have seen in their games recently, likely being the biggest game to come out on the Switch this year. Hopefully it lives up to this new standard Nintendo has brought out, as the Mario series has been mostly stagnant for several years, the last truly good and innovative entry being Super Mario Galaxy, but I have faith in Super Mario Odyssey, and I will review it when it comes out this holiday season.

Nintendo Switch – Initial Review

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for three weeks now, given me enough time to truly absorb my thoughts, and my initial view of Nintendo’s latest system. So what is my impression exactly? How has Nintendo’s “savior” been faring at the start of it’s life so far?

The Nintendo Switch in practice, is what I have always wanted from Nintendo. Ever since they had the Gameboy Advance ad on for the Gamecube I had imagined them merging the platforms together. The Wii U somewhat “tried” to do something similar with the gamepad, but it ended up getting in the way of game development, and as a expensive unused aspect of the console. The Switch off the bat seems to be what the Wii U should have been in the first place. Now that is just some of opinion and previous look at Nintendo, now what do I actually think about the Switch?

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The premise of Nintendo’s new device is being able to “Switch” between this home console, and handheld/tablet aspect. Taking the system with you to school, work, the store, lunch, a friends place, wherever. This is not what I’d call a truly new idea, but Nintendo knows how to make good handhelds as proven since the Gameboy. Being able to take it anywhere with me, seeing as if I am not home a decent amount of the time, it makes playing games much easier, I likely wouldn’t be as far as I am in Zelda if not for the handheld aspect. It feels nice to hold my hands wherever I was with it. The store, my office, in class, the restaurant, just everywhere. Of course tabletop mode works great as well, in someones home or out and about and such. I took my switch out to dinner with my friend and to a party to play some fun games, turning the two joycons on their sides to play some Fast RMX or 12 Switch, and some people of course wanted to see Zelda. It just works easily, and playing with the two joycons in hand is quite comfortable. You can lay back on your couch with them, easily in hand, of course they give you a grip to place them into, it plays more like a regular controller in that form, despite having smaller buttons and being vertical, but personally I think it feels fine. Of course as an accessory their is a $70 Pro controller you can purchase, it feels great but I don’t think it’ll be necessary for everyone.

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The systems OS is very simple a bar-bones but it works. The games are in face similar to how the PS4 is set up. You have your basic settings, you can change your theme from eye piercing white, to the black theme that everyone should use. You can as many WiFi signals as you want hooked up to it, which is a big step up compared to the Wii U and 3ds being limited on the matter. The Switch has eShop, which at the moment is very simple and clean but will need to become more organized in the future, as more and more games are released. It also has dedicated news app, for trailers, new game releases, etc. I do like this feature a lot as you can find all your Switch news in one place. Outside of that, it is very limited to what you can do. Of course you can have an account that at the moment lets you have a friends list, buy games, and that’s about it. The key feature here is of course, playing games at home and on the go, and it does the main selling point very well, although the dock they give you, feels very cheap but with the screen protector I bought for my Switch it sits in there nice and tightly.

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Some accessories you should buy are of course a screen protector. I bought a Glass 2-Pack tempered glass screen protector, you can buy this on Amazon for a about $8, and I use their products on my Switch, iPhone, and my iPad. I also bought a HORI game card case for $10 and it holds 24 game cards, so this will come in handy for years to come. Of course I bought the Pro controller as stated earlier and it normally sells for $70 and it’s worth it for some, maybe not for others. Then I bought the Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack, which allows you to take everything with you easily and handily, I do plan on buying a smaller carrying case in the future, but this bag is high quality and if you plan on dragging your Switch around a lot buy this, it goes for about $50 normally. Of course you should also buy at least The Legend of Zelda, my review on that should be coming very soon.

Now I have to be honest I think you should wait till either this summer or this holiday to get this. Unless you are a big Zelda fan, or just a hardcore gamer. I personally think it’s worth it to me since I leave the house a lot, but to the average consumer, I’d wait till games like Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey releases. Stay tuned for all upcoming Switch reviews here at RGN, and at the end of the year we will come back and look at what the Switch has become by then.

Why the Nintendo Switch could sell very well

Switch 3Nintendo finds themselves in a unique position with their system, the Nintendo Switch. This could be the savior system for Nintendo, or a final nail in the coffin, at least for them in the console hardware market. You see their situation isn’t as dire as some are lead to believe.

The Nintendo 3ds as of December 31st, 2016 has solid 65.30 million units, despite a very slow start due to it’s $250 price tag, that was cut in half a year to $170, which I will admit clearly also helped sales. But the 3ds despite a very rocky first 6 months, was helped due to two main things, the price cut, and the release of Mario Kart 7. Mario Kart 7 has gone on to sell 13.41 million copies, and despite being the first big game released for the system, is the second highest selling game on the platform. Now when we compare this to the Wii U, which as of December 31st, 2016 had only sold 13.56 Million units, which as we all know is quite terrible. But oddly enough their was anomaly when Mario Kart 8 was released on the system, going on to sell 7.34 million units, being the highest selling game on the platform, actually pushing units, and over a 60% attach rate to the Wii U. Clearly this wasn’t some savior for the Wii U, but clearly it managed to get fans out there to purchase the system potentially mainly for this game, likely a few others which we will mention later.

Now Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is a port/redone version of Mario Kart 8, comes on April 28th, being as far as we know the next big game to come to the Switch. Now I am not saying that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will create a foothold for the Switch in terms of pushing sales, but based off previous market research, it even managed to push sales on the Wii U for a short time. I know some people will consider it, merely just a port, but I think the sales of this game may surprise some that say that, especially due to the nature of the console, and the fact only Wii U owners have played Mario Kart 8, plenty of new comers, possibly those who owned Mario Kart 7 but never had a Wii U, will pick this up.

Another title that is popular than many may think is Monster Hunter. This will be an interesting, especially after it’s previous entries on the 3ds all sold around at least 3 million units, obviously pushing the series more into the mainstream. Now the games don’t sell well at all in North America and Europe, but in Japan the series lives and breaths due to the Japanese love of portable gaming. So when this game comes out expect high sales in Japan, and possibly a boost in units, based off of what happened when Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate released.

Super Smash Bros for the Switch is also a big title being tossed around. I am sure that this will generate sales selling 4.99 million units on the Wii U. But this did not move systems as Mario Kart 8 did. Making me believe those who bought the Wii U for Mario Kart 8 did so in mind of also getting Super Smash Bros, which is entirely possible.

Super Mario Odyssey clearly will be a big one, Nintendo seeming to make it their flagship game this holiday. This could potentially be the big sales boost the Switch will get but, it may happen before that, if a Pokemon game comes out this year. Their has been rumors surrounding this, but I am here to discuss facts and just the possibility of what could happen whenever the next iteration of the series does release. Pokemon X and Y is seen as one of the big pillars of the 3ds, being the highest selling game on the system, pushing more than 15.14 million units. But also as of recent, Pokemon Sun and Moon are the fastest selling games ever on the 3ds, being out for only half a year now and selling more than 12.94 million units already, with the potential of even passing Pokemon X and Y. Pokemon Sun and Moon were also the best selling games of 2016 according to VGchartz. So the potential is there, with Pokemon being the game to surely get people to own a Switch.

Clearly the Nintendo Switch is off to a great start selling 1.5 million of it’s 2 million units. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a 89% attach rate on the system, which is too be expected, as it’s the game clearly with the most draw on the platform. I do know their could be other games such as Splatoon 2 that generate sales, but I’m just not sure that’s what I’d call a system seller for any specific region, I’m sure it’ll sell but mostly to those who already own a Switch, or will buy one in the future.

By the end of the year I will come back to this and see if anything I said came true due to market research I’ve done based on the past. But clearly the other elephant in the room is 3rd party support being a big factor, I can’t comment on that as we don’t know everything that is coming out yet as the Switch has about nearly 30 games on it as of now. I hope what I have shared helps show you the potential this has based on the past, by the end of the year, I think we’ll know what this system is and it’s future.

 

 

Why Mass Effect Andromeda’s “bad” animations aren’t a big deal

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Recently their has been an outcry over the animations in Mass Effect Andromeda, even some of the characters. People saying that they look bad, they aren’t up to par with other games, the whole nine yards of comparisons and complaints. People even ignoring other games as of recent that don’t have the best animations. Now I am not saying they look amazing in Andromeda all the time, just that this isn’t something new. The original games, and even Bioware’s most recent Dragon Age: Inquisition share this same problem. I can’t tell you how many times characters in Mass Effect 3 would go into weird facial spasms. Or just odd creepy smiles, awkward sex scenes, or just blank emotionless faces.

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The recent Horizon Zero Dawn at time’s has odd and awkward animations to look at. Characters may look lifeless, or the emotions that they are trying to convey just look off and odd. It can’t ruin the enjoyment of the game because it’s not constant, but it’s just not this big issue and it’s nothing new to gaming in general. I don’t see anyone talking about gameplay, the exploration or the story. They are just stuck on talking about some wonky animations in conversations.

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This whole issue to me has just been overblown. Even to the fact where people are attacking one of the developers which is just insane to me. But at the end of the day, it’s nothing new to gaming, should it be better? Yes of course but you can’t attack this game for it, and yet ignore all the others. I will admit when one of the characters in Andromeda was walking like a gorilla, I just laughed.

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Some Quick Do’s and Dont’s about what to expect from PlayStation 4K (PS NEO) and the New Xbox ONE Scorpio

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PlayStation NEO also known previously as PS4.5 is likely to be named PlayStation 4K when it launches according to Sony trademarks filed previously in this console generation and marks the first time video game consoles receive a completely new hardware which does not make the previous one obsolete nor create exclusive titles for itself. Instead, the new PlayStation 4K (or PlayStation NEO depending which name Sony runs with at launch) will be used to give the choice of a higher spec machine to run all future PS4 games at a higher graphics and performance setting.

This is similar to what’s been going on in the computer gaming world for years. A friend has a better Gaming PC than you, but you still both buy the same exact game, running the same code and even joining each other online – all backwards / forwards compatible, but with two different levels of quality in terms of graphics and performance. That’s what PS NEO and Xbox ONE Scorpio are offering. It marks the first time we’ve seen a halfway point for a game console generation.

FAQ’S:

Will I still be able to play all of the PS4 / Xbox ONE games I currently own on the new hardware?

Yes.

Will there be any exclusives for the PS4 NEO or Xbox ONE Scorpio?

No, Microsoft and Sony have made strict standards to forbid this.

So I can still play all of the new PS4 / Xbox ONE games without buying the new hardware?

Yes.

Will there be exclusive levels / features for the NEO / Scorpio versions of games?

No, the game doesn’t have a different version – and Sony / MS have forbid exclusive features. It’s simply a better graphics / performance mode.

Why is this needed if nothing is exclusive?

There are gamers who would switch to PC Gaming or simply become dissatisfied with the quality level of games without this upgrade.

Is it true these systems are capable of 4K Graphics?

At this time it appears that a major marketing point will be that NEO / Scorpio support 4K graphics, however it is unlikely that this will be Native 4K and instead gamers can expect graphics higher than 1080P or equal to 1080P which are beyond what PS4 / Xbox ONE can handle and then are UPSCALED to 4K. As it stands, even the most expensive gaming computers costing thousands of dollars in parts fail to reach 4K for most games.

When will this new hardware release?

Currently the Scorpio is expected to release some time in 2017, while the NEO should be available by October 2016.

What about that OTHER New Xbox ONE?

It should be noted that there is also a new Xbox ONE hitting which is NOT the Xbox ONE Scorpio and this unit will be doing 4K upscaling for movie and television shows and boasts some other features, but will probably confuse a lot of people into thinking it’s the same as the Scorpio. This was a little shady of the marketing team who have thus far failed to make it clear to consumers that this is simply another regular Xbox ONE they are calling “Xbox ONE S” – it does not contain increased power, it isn’t the Scorpio. Buyer beware!

Conclusion:

As more information becomes available RealGamerNewZ and many other video game news / editorial publications will be speaking on the future of this games console generation and its new mid-way hardware. We encourage readers to stay vigilant in learning as much as possible before considering purchase. While this staff views this new hardware as a good thing for the industry, it needs to be understood what the consumer is investing in before dollars are dedicated to this.

Will FPS / War Sims be #1 choice in VR Gaming? + PlayStation VR Comparisons to Oculus Rift

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Hey gamer family, this question is to everyone: What do you think is an exciting idea for a video game that does not involve guns?

With the prevelance of Virtual Reality hitting us sooner than later, starting off with a 1st generation round of hardware including the PlayStation VR for PS4, we are about to see real-life “Murder Simulators” that anti-video game fanatics have been ranting about for decades. And while war / shooters have their place in entertainment, historical knowledge, tactical survival skill, etc. – will shooters and the so-called “Murder Sims” the industry has been condemned by time and time again really remain the #1 choice for gaming experiences once Virtual Reality begins to slowly take over?

I enjoy war games of all types but once in awhile I feel like shooter games are all the same.

This is why I don’t heavily invest in the Fighting and Racing genres as well. With Virtual Reality Gaming 1st Gen approaching, I’m hearing that shooting people nonstop and whipping your head around massive speeds isn’t going to be available right away and isn’t even recommended for obvious reasons.

The genre of shooters will need to be recreated from the ground up with some amount of realism added to the pace of gun fights at least, never mind the psychological implications of shooting on end in what seems more and more real each hardware cycle.

To see projects like DayZ, H1Z1: Just Survive, or RUST where shooting happens but isn’t a main objective or a nonstop, unrealistic event when it does happen. But let’s be honest these games are still quite buggy, unfinished, boring at times, and need to be replaced by more robust franchises that have been given the proper TLC a new genre birth deserves, not Early Access hell for years upon years of stagnation!

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Alternatively this also opens the door brilliantly for titles with new mechanics and genre concepts. Its very hard to predict and invent what that would be exactly but thankfully many developers worldwide are already working on the initial waves of design. I can at least say I’m glad that No Man’s Sky has been confirmed for PlayStation VR compatibility and it would be great to see a World of Warcraft type game some day on this hardware. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like Sea of Thieves reach VR as well.

Unfortunately, it has been practically confirmed that some games available now will get support patched in. Most likely Sony will keep an eye on quality control for these patches and make sure it only happens when it makes sense. It has been relatively proven in VR already that shooters coded for a TV, Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, or GamePad Controller are not as good on a VR headset as they need to be to avoid motion sickness.

This was found out thanks to the research & development of great minds like John Carmack who led up Oculus prior to Facebook purchasing the company, and of course engineers at Valve who essentially used Oculus as a shell to do R&D with then ditched for their own standardized Steam VR platform now competing with Oculus Rift via the HTC Vive. A number of specs were gathered and future R&D was revealed by HTC and Valve advancing the release of this round of VR hardware to occur more quickly. While Oculus has attempted to adopt most of this new research and has accomplished much of this in the Consumer Rift, the two technologies still have differences and it remains unclear how the market will shift in terms of support for either headset.

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For this reason and the hefty cost of investing in PC parts to handle running such a device, many gamers are looking towards news, development, and eventually impressions of the best content PlayStation VR has to offer. PSVR will not run at the high level of specs that HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are now calling their minimum standard. But initial impressions are that the PSVR is still a satisfying experience. Sony will be showing off a lot over the next few months and has remained firm on a 2016 release date for the PlayStation VR headset at a price range of $399.99 (base unit) with a $499.99 bundle for people who don’t yet already own a PS4 Camera since it is required to use the PSVR headset. The $499 bundle also includes a game demo disc, headphones, 2 PS Move controllers, and PlayStation Worlds – .

Some controversy surrounds the fact that the recently leaked PlayStation 4K specs (AKA PlayStation 4.5 or codename NEO) give mention to improved experience for the PSVR headset. This seems a little bit unjustified to me, since it’s obviously going to perform better doing EVERYTHING as a system with a higher speed, bus speed, bandwidth, and memory in its APU (CPU / GPU) as well as RAM – Of Course, PSVR will perform better too!

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However, both the standard PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4K are capable of allowing traditional players on DualShock 4 / Television while another player is using the PlayStation VR headset and PS Move Controllers (or DualShock 4) and interacting in an experience together while viewing the different screens. This is possible because the PSVR comes with an additional processing unit mounted to it. And although some may even find it unfortunate that PS Move controllers and a PS4 Camera are required for the ultimate experience, this is a very early but great time for VR technology.

Oculus and Vive both have their own similar controllers with additional technologies added to them and while Vive comes with them, it’s built into cost at $799. Currently the Oculus Rift doesn’t come with these but a future bundle will and is called Oculus Touch. For now, that bundle is not available and Oculus Rift is going for $599. These are early adopter prices and early adopter bundles, with the expectation that if you are buying PSVR you can afford a PS4 Camera. If you want the ultimate experience, you will eventually afford some PS Moves since you probably already sold yours at the end of the PlayStation 3 era like most of us did (D’oh! *Homer Simpson voice).

Killzown Unboxes – Magic The Gathering – “Oath Of The Gatewatch” Intro Pack

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DJ Killzown Jones is back with another episode of “Killzown Unboxes” and this time he take a look at one Magic The Gathering “Oath Of The Gatewatch” Intro Packs called “Vicious Cycle”. Magic The Gathering is the number one trading card game in the world and “Oath Of The Gatewatch” is the latest booster expansion in the popular and long running card game. The Intro Packs are designed for players who are just starting play MTG and their are a total in five in each new set in addition to a Event Deck, Fat Packs, single Booster Packs, and Booster Boxes. The MTG “Oath of Gatewatch” Set is available now where trading cards are sold, check out the video below and keep it locked right here to RGN for more “Killzown Unboxes”.

Killzown Invades: Pixel Pop Festival 2015 – Part 1

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Killzown makes his triumphant return to Saint Louis’ Premiere Indie Game Festival, Pixel Pop 2015. This year featured over twenty independent game devs in both Video and Table-Top/Card Game format on the show floor as well as panels, contest, and game tournaments during the show’s two day stretch. This years event was hosted Dynamic Midwest Events and Happy Badger Studio at Webster University’s East Academic Building. Check out the video below and for more info on Pixel Pop be sure to visit  www.pixelpopfestival.com/ today.  If you want to keep with Killzown check him out on www.djkillzownjones.com, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube then as always keep it locked to RGN for all of your event coverage.

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Killzown Invades Gateway Geek Fest – Part 1

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DJ Killzown Jones was recently invited to cover the “Gateway Geek Fest”  in Bridgeton Missouri hosted by Toyman STL of Toyman show Fame. GGF blends the Toy/collectible show aspect from a traditional Toyman show and  elements of  the various Comic Cons and Anime Cons bringing in Special Guest in geek culture. Check out the video below and be sure to comment below with your thoughts on Gateway Geek fest. If you want more info about GGF or the Toyman Collectibles Show visit www.gatewaygeekfest.com/ & www.toymanshow.com/. Keep up with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube. Thanks for watching and be sure to keep it locked to RGN for all your event coverage.

E3 2015: Nintendo Press Conference Final Verdict

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If there are words that seem to be ringing true after watching Nintendo’s Digital Event of 2015, those words would be: Disappointment, underwhelming, and milquetoast.

They kicked it off in high gear with Star Fox Zero’s announcement, and some awesome looking gameplay footage that really showed off a heralded return to the classic Star Fox gameplay that we all know and love. Not only that; they announced that Platinum Games, the same folks behind Bayonetta 2, is the developer, so we kicked off with a guns a blazin’ start.

What happened after? Well, let’s just simply say it was almost an absolute disaster. So after Star Fox Zero’s reveal, we were shown a game called Metroid Prime: Federation Force which is being made for the 3DS. The negative reaction to the game was so strong that there’s actually a petition on Change.org calling for the game’s cancellation. Seriously, no joke, it’s a legit petition, but I do not think it’ll amount to anything.

Aside from that, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival looked interesting, though many were quick to dismiss it as a Mario Party knock-off, and another excuse for Nintendo to unleash even more Amiibo upon us when current Amiibo are near impossible to find as is. Not only that, both Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival seemed to do nothing but frustrate fans and add fuel to the fire regarding the notion that “Nintendo doesn’t listen.”

To make matters even worse, they focused once again on familiar turf, games that were already announced, like Super Mario Maker (which does look absolutely awesome) and Yoshi’s Woolly World. These two games are expected to be released soon so it’s natural to want to hype them. But we already know these games are coming and both games look solid, so why devote more time than necessary to hyping the titles? That’s time that could be used to talk about further upcoming titles that were conspicuously absent from the show.

The Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer was a sight to behold, for the first time we actually saw English menus and dialogue in the game itself. The game’s release date is finally set for 12/05/15, which while a long ways away, gives is plenty of time to go reserve the game if we so desire. Not a bad thing at all if you ask me. I get the feeling they’re working on polishing things up and getting a possible English dub done too.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash looked good as well, and could very well serve as a precursor to another Mario Golf game for the console. But the game did look solid, and I am sure we will find out more about it in the near future. I’m pretty sure this game will have on-line play considering its predecessor did. The game also had some interesting features like being able to morph into a bigger version of your character to make matches either easier or more challenging depending on how things go.

A surprise that was accidentally released was Hyrule Warriors: Legends for the 3DS, which is not a straight port of Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U but rather it seems to take cues from Samurai Warriors: Chronicles in that you switch between characters and perform combos. The game has all the previous characters from the Wii U version, and includes Tetra and another character, The King of Red Lions, both of whom can be unlocked in the Wii U version of the game as well.

Then for some bizarre reason, Nintendo decided to show off Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem even though that game is nowhere near close to release yet. Heck, the trailer seemed to be almost the exact same one shown in April’s Nintendo Direct. Why they did this is beyond me. Again, they could’ve, and should’ve used the time much better than they did. They did show Mario x Luigi: Paper Jam though, which is a nifty cross-over title of the two RPG franchises, very cool and looked awesome as well.

However, some titles that we know are coming, like Devil’s Third and Fatal Frame were conspicuously absent from the Digital Event itself, why? I can’t put my finger on this, especially considering that we both know these games are coming to North America and Europe. Believe it or not, Europe already has a confirmed release date for Devil’s Third, 8/25/15, while North America? Still trying to find out when it’s hitting these shores. Funny thing is though; Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water got a new trailer and the official name revealed after the Digital Event was done.

Final Verdict: Nintendo E3 2015:

All in all, I agree with the consensus, the Nintendo E3 Digital Event of 2015 was underwhelming, to me it felt half-baked and needed more time in the oven. So much greatness was held back by many missed marks. Things that would’ve been perfect to show off during the event were instead held off until further notice, and things that should’ve been revealed at the event, were completely absent. Simply put, the whole thing was a mess and when compared to last year’s incredible showing, not only does it come up woefully short, but suffice it to say, the undercooked cake they served left a bitter taste in many a gamers’ mouth.

Mega Ran’s E3 2015 Wrap Up

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I had the pleasure of attending this year’s E3 in Los Angeles for the fourth straight year, and this time, I was determined to make the most of it in ways I never had before.

I’m typically very impatient when it comes to waiting in lines, and I usually never understand the desire to do so, just to play games that will be available to the general public in a few months. But this time, there were a few blockbusters that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. So I decided to do whatever I could to play and see what all the fuss was about this year at E3. I broke them down into categories.

Ran’s Best of E3 (with hands-on time):

#1. Star Wars Battlefront

SWB was awesome. They allowed us to play 6 waves of co-op multiplayer, and in it, you’re a rebel soldier taking on waves of Stormtroopers and Walkers increasing in difficulty. You get to choose a pretty neat loadout in the beginning, including perks like personal shields and jet packs. I found it hard to aim and get headshots going, but I performed decently, making it to wave 5 before meeting my demise. I’m upset that this game isn’t going to have a single player story mode, but local multiplayer was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to get this one in November.

#2. Mad Max

WOW. It’s a combination of every game I’ve loved in the last 10 years: Shadow Of Mordor/Batman Arkham fighting mechanics meets GTA style open worlds and missions meets Twisted Metal car combat. Biggest surprise of the show in my eyes. The plot is independent of the movie but contains enough similarities to bring you right back to the awesome theater experience. I had no idea this game would be this good. Must buy.

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#3. Mighty No. 9

I had a meeting with Nick Yu of Comcept before I played the game, and he was so excited about showing it off. The game is being distributed by Square Enix, who had a HUGE display booth at E3. He couldn’t believe that his game, funded by a mere 4 million dollar budget, was on display on a huge screen, sandwiched between the new Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy titles, which both boast budgets well over 100 million. But onto the game, it’s fun and fast. Plays a little like Mega Man X, but not totally. Reminds me a lot of the Capcom remakes on PSN and Xbox live, like Strider and Bionic Commando. Much more than a Megaman clone, MN9 contains chain combo bonuses, fun dialogue and huge colorful bosses. Looking forward to more playtime in September.

#4. Street Fighter V

I wasn’t hugely into SF4, but I really enjoyed the few rounds I played on SF5. The new moves, combos and slightly slower gameplay was a welcome pace change from the last one. Seems to be a bit more detailed after a close look, but at first glance it looked just like the original. I got whooped pretty quickly, but I have to say I’m a fan of Birdie early on.

#5. Super Mario Maker

Nintendo stays winning. This is the most fun game I played on the show floor. All the characters and graphical styles of EVERY Mario game, fully selectable and customizable. I can see this game lasting for years, people will be creating their own levels and trading them online forever.

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Best Games I Didn’t Play:

#1. Last Guardian/Horizon/Uncharted 4

Sony ran a 3 room extended demo of each of these games and I really enjoyed it. Super excited and it might be just enough to get me to cop a PS4 this year. Particularly impressed with Horizon.

#2. Halo 5

The lines were about 2 hours to play and I didn’t have that much time, so I watched some videos and it looked really cool. Saw a little 24 player multiplayer and that REALLY excited me. Can’t wait to grab that one.

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E3 2015 Winners:

Bethesda – probably had the most packed booth. Fallout 4 plus the amazing Fallout Shelter iOS app.

Square Enix – Kingdom Hearts, scooping up Mighty No 9

Microsoft – Backward Compatibility, Recore, New Gears, Rare Replay, Minecraft Hololens…nice.

Sony – FF7, Shenmue 3, Uncharted, Horizon, and a whole lot more.

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E3 2015 Losers:

Nintendo – no Zelda, StarFox looks pretty much the same…but the puppets were cool.

Playstation Vita – no mention at all. Womp.

EA Sports – Madden looks pretty much the same, and why bother with NBA Live. But FIFA always comes through.

Overall, this might have been my favorite E3 in a while, good combination of great games coming soon, as well as really good stuff in the future to look forward to. Here’s to gaming.

Ran
@megaran

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Tour Dates:

w/special guest brentalfloss
June 20 NYC @ Webster Hall
June 21 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine**
June 21 (NIGHT) Providence, RI @ DV8
June 23 Boston @ TT The Bears Place*
June 24 Syracuse @ Singers**
June 25 Watertown – Flashback Lounge**
June 26-28 Oaks, PA @ Too Many Games Fest*
June 29 Detroit, MI @ Garage Cultural
June 30 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super-Fly Comics
July 1 St Louis, MO – The Demo
July 2 Milwaukee, WI – 42 Lounge
July 3-4 Chicago, IL Anime Midwest
July 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry^
Tickets at megaran.com/shows
**with Sammus + DNilsz *with brentalfloss and Sammus + DNilsz ^Ran & K Only

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Best Female Video Game Characters Of All Time

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Something about the female form has always fascinated artists, but more than just their looks the characters I’ve chosen for this list have moving personalities with diverse and deep identities which are deep rooted in their rich oceans of personal experience.

This is a list of the all time best female characters in video game history. For the images, I used Cosplay rather than actual official images of the character from in-game. This was due to the character never getting their proper justice and their image being stuck back in time. For a better idea of who each character is and what they mean to my heart as a gamer, read the description under each image. I expect many people to say that I’ve left some out, but that’s probably because I have decided to forego the usual picks in favor of more meaningful choices.

These are well defined characters that have impact on the player rather than drawing from the player to define them. These women could stand alone for themselves without need for much speculation on their personality. That’s part of why these are the best of the best. Please feel free to comment your personal favorites and let me know who you think I missed though of course! I would love to see if there’s one I forgot  and also cherish among your personal faves. Below each picture is a link to the Cosplay Artist, the name of the character, and a description about my personal thoughts on that character, what video games they are from, and a slice of history from their life for those who don’t know them.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Weirdtakoyaki // Photographer: Jack Liu]

TERRA – Revolutionary, Spiritual, Hybrid Being

Terra Branford is part human being and part esper. In Final Fantasy VI, this means she is a part mystic being capable of magical powers beyond most human’s control. Her powers are used against her though will as she becomes a slave to the Empire run by Emperor Gestahl and Kefka. She was born of a loving couple from human and esper, but was stolen away at birth by the Empire amidst a war over power.

Mankind lost all technology and magic, but Terra’s struggle was only beginning. As the world was plunged into the abyss of starting from scratch again, eventually a new Industrial Age was born again under the very same Empire that was responsible for society’s collapse in the first place. Controlling forces took spirit beings and forcefully, brutally massacred them turning them into weaponized magic stones that gave the user any power possessed by those beings before they died – and in fact concentrated in an even more powerful form.

Terra reluctantly leads an entire army of heroes to the brink of the end of the world in an attempt to save it, but despite best efforts darkness falls upon mankind once again. After a major catastrophe, Terra must face a new world and fight for what is right once again. What I like most about Terra is that she is a very deep thinker.

One thing about this woman is that things don’t come easy for her. She often doubts herself and feels that she is not up to the task of leading The Returners against the Empire. She is horrified at the evil acts she has done when under the slave crown’s influence, burning men alive particularly. She struggles to come to grips with her newfound power as a Magic wielder and often feels weak and powerless against the immense odds she faces. As her transformation to Esper erratically rages on against her will, she begins to find strength in the friendships she holds and attempts to provide a greater hope for them all as she realizes they rely on her as a matriarch to their makeshift family of outcasts.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Vicky Redfield]

CLAIRE Redfield – Deadly, Intelligent, Persistent

Claire Redfield can shoot the head off a zombie from across a crowded field without hitting a single bystander. She can also get to the bottom of any dark mystery she ends up a part of, albeit not without frustration and scraping the barrel for clues. Claire has always been a long time favorite for video game fans who have anything to do with the Resident Evil series. Her first appearance was in RE 2 and she’s basically the and I think we’re all going to be getting to see a lot more of her lately thanks to RE: Revelations 2 hitting and the REmakes (we are hoping for a part 2 and 3 to happen, so go out and support the Remastered version of part 1 for Capcom!) 🙂

Claire refers to her work as her “boyfriend” because that’s just the kind of up-beat, zombie murdering, politician exposing badass she really is. Her heart is a powerful beacon of positivity in a world full of blood, sin, and corruption. It’s dangerous enough dealing with zombies, but Claire comes face to face with the most highly kept secret mutations ever brought into vile existence by the Umbrella corporation and their fiendish partners.

G-Virus monsters in Resident Evil: Degeneration the Animated Film as well as Resident Evil 3 would have completely destroyed our best detective in the Resident Evil world if it wasn’t for her extreme ability to suppress her emotions and get the job done. Claire is who you want by your side (or controller) in a RE game and to tell the truth the RE games without her in it just aren’t the same!

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Nemu013]

KITANA – Mysterious, Murderous

Kitana (MK series) One of the first female video game characters of the 16 bit era, Kitana is accompanied in the MK series by a long line of powerful and well storied women including Sindel, Mileena, Jade, and more. full name – video games shes in – history of her life – what i think about her : Kitana always had this aura about her like she was mysterious and deadly, a veteran of ninja assassin murdering, and yet a delicate rational human being still existed somewhere between the ruthless rage. You could tell beneath it all, Kitana was still aware of her spiritual side, that plus her prominence as a deadly killer in such an intense action game makes her one of the ultimate females in video game character history.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: DarkTifaStrife]

TIFA Lockhart – Pure, Strong

Tifa Lockhart first appeared in Final Fantasy VII but also stars in Advent Children, Dissidia, Itadaki Street, Kingdom Hearts II, and is available as DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. Her life is almost as much of a blur as that of her childhood friend Cloud Strife’s. In her hometown Nibelheim, which was later burned to the ground, she suffered a lot of pain and suffering at the hands of Sephiroth and the ShinRa corporation. No matter what she went through though Tifa stayed the same person. Her strength allowed her to resist the hate within her and instead continue a path of righteousness while battling for the good of the planet with the insurgency group AVALANCHE.

Originally designed as a cheerful character, her depth and sorrow was emboldened as Tifa came closer to her goal of stopping the madness that had infected her life since the start. War and power struggles had ravaged everything she ever knew and taken many people away from her. She found a way to keep a smile on everyone’s face and though there was some resentment harbored inside for those who had done this to her, the spirit of her intentions never broke and neither did her focus.

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[Cosplay Artist: Unknown (please help us give credit) // Discovered on GiantBomb]

CATE Archer – Clever, Adventurous

From No One Lives Forever 1 and 2, Cate Archer is one of my favorite playable characters in history. PC Gamers will remember that during the time of her fame the shooter genre was at its peak with excellent storytelling and gameplay fusing together for top quality experiences. Frustrated with being underappreciated Cate found excitement when she became wrapped up in the 60’s spy adventure of a lifetime.

Although Scottish in origin, her refined British-sounding accent made the wit of her dripping sarcasm melt in your ear lobe, but this woman was also very deadly. I can’t count how many clips of ammunition of exhausted as Cate Archer, but every so often I remember the days when PC games still ran on CD-ROM and NOLF 2 was in my stack of favorites. Cate Archer always treated danger as a drug that made her feel alive, and part of her greatest strength was her complete arrogance and confidence in herself which can easily be related to while gunning down terrorists by the dozen.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Pamelacolnaghi]

CATHERINE – Tempting, Devious

Catherine from the video game by the same name is one succubus that was easy to fall in love with. Even though she is pure evil there’s something ethereal and affectionate about her that can’t be resisted. Maybe it’s the escapist nature of her companionship offer to brisk you away from your physical existence and cut through all the difficult parts of life to simply spend time with a delicious demon that absorbs you into her fiery, burning passion. She has brought many men down the path of self-destruction, and I can see why. It’s not because of her looks, or her cutesy voice, but instead the attitude she puts forth and the fun-loving nature she exhibits. It’s a shame that she’s just delivering a rouse for her own selfish plots. Beware if you cross paths with Catherine, it may be your undoing.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Jessica Nigri // Photographer: Martin Wong]

RIKKU – Kind, Teacher, Savior

Final Fantasy X’s Rikku of the Al Bhed – She spoke a foreign language, she was nice to you, she came from the heart at all times, and had a clear purpose to her actions. Rikku was such a well defined character she belonged in a Hollywood film and she’s one of the characters who helped bring realism to the gaming world. What’s not to love? Rikku always has your back, she’s always a friend to the people around her. She stands up for peace, what’s right, and the survival of others. Often times I felt that the crew she ran with would have been better off if they’d listened to Rikku more often.

Her mastery of technology is undeniable, and choosing to always use this power for good was an inspiring and impressive attitude to have even in the face of uncertainty. Probably one of her less noticeable features is that Rikku is an excellent judge of character. She knew to question the authority of the Maester Seymour Guado before anyone else, and she knew that Tidus although naive and foolish was a good person who could be trusted immediately upon sight. As time goes on she shares her insights openly and gives the knowledge of Al Bhed technology away to her allies as they earn from her one piece at a time. She’s saved the lives of her friends more than once and doesn’t keep track, it’s just what she does. Rikku is a hero and highly underrated female character in gaming.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: CyberLight Cosplay AKA Light]

LIGHTNING – Fiery, Exacting, Efficient, Relentless

At first I didn’t like her because of her cold off-putting attitude against everyone else, but over time the things she was afraid of started happening. Events beyond her control put those she love in direct dangers spawning evil that took 3 games to quell completely. Lightning is stable, consistently angry, and she is viscous. She doesn’t care anymore about the pretense of feelings and simple is after achieving the mission. In a lot of ways, this is the ultimate Final Fantasy warrior archetype we’ve seen before with characters such as Cloud or Cecil.

Lightning does things with a bit more grace and a bit more anger, adding even more edge to this strong list of leading ladies. No matter what, she never gave up. Her mindset was to see through any fairy tale versions of reality and get to the bottom of issues which she would then deal with swiftly. If only everyone else around her had listened to her concerns the first time around, things wouldn’t have gone the way they did for her sister. It’s almost a tragedy how misunderstood Lightning is, even I didn’t get her at first. Now it is clear to see Lightning is an absolutely intelligent and powerful woman who knows what she’s talking about and simply has no time for subtleties.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Heidi AKA Cosplay Kitten]

CELES Chere – Independent, Fearless, Conflicted

Wait a minute, I almost forgot Celes !!

Once a General of the most powerful army in the world, Celes is wrongly named as a spy and given a prompt fall from grace as the ease of her life in power is stripped by the Empire she spent her whole life serving. This gives enough motivation for her to join The Returners in their quest against the evil actions of the Empire, but it doesn’t cause her to abandon her own thoughts on self-preservation and self-realization. She isn’t shocked by her ability to use magic in the way Terra Branford was, and instead is very comfortable with her abilities as a Knight of mysterious power. After all, she was born powerful, not suddenly gaining her abilities overnight. She’s a high class warrior who struggles to find her place in the world after being ejected from the throne.

Her decision making process is all internal, she’s not easily won over by the logic of others but instead is very capable of examining a situation herself and making judgement calls on her own. I admire the way in which she faces life without shedding a tear very often or worrying much at all. Of course, she’s only human, and conflicted emotions are the plague of those who can see multiple points of view. There are times when she needs to walk away and get deep reflection.

Being somewhat old fashioned in her approach, Celes doesn’t always understand the delicate and careful plotting / planning of her rebel partners The Returners. Favoring a direct military path she finds herself most at home when flat out war is at hand. You can take the girl out of the Empire but you can’t take the Empire out of the girl I guess.

Celes is a fascinating Final Fantasy character. Even more so than Terra. But Terra is just so iconic. Esper hybrid, so badass and such a deep thinker that she’s also often lost off in her own little world. I can so relate to them both, well not to the flaking out part but I’m definitely an Esper Hybrid! Probably.

One more of Terra below for good measure:

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[Image Credit: Final Fantasy VI Fan Art // By Unknown, Found HERE]

What does everyone else think about this?

There’s more amazing female characters in the world of video games, these are some of my own favorites and rather than picking up the obvious ones made famous by popularity, I decided to go with those who made an impact on me personally throughout my time in games. If you have personal picks that are from lesser known games that you guys think I may have missed out on, let me know, who do you think are the best female video game characters of all time?

Editor’s Note: This piece is an Opinion Article and may / may not represent the views of RGN Staff or Audience. Feel free to disagree and / or comment below.