5 Things Players Should Know About Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Square Enix has put out a number of mobile games in the last few years. Its not surprising since the mobile amd handheld market has been thriving in the region while console sales have stalled. Im not a big mobile gamer because of micro transactions and data usage but I wanted to check it out. I have played the game for a few hours and have unlocked all of the basic mechanics. Here are 5 things players should know when playing Brave Exvius.

Brave Exvius Has All The Final Fantasy Staples

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I feel like whenever I write about Final fantasy games that aren’t the main series that this has to be the first thing I say. The game has crystals, summons, chocobos, classes or jobs and of course fan service with our past favorite characters. There are quests, towns, dungeons and Npcs to talk to an deliver their stories. The summons have 3D animations and the characters as well as the environment are beautiful. The game reminds me of a traditional jrpg in this way which was a surprise. Anyone who is the fan of the series wont be disappointed.

The MSQ Is Designed To Be Completed In Small Bites

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It is a mobile game so the story and elements are designed to be flexible to pick up and put down on the go. The MSQ is completed in  series of battles, initially 3 or 4 plus a boss fight at the end. Each fight can be completed individually so you dont have to binge it or lose progress. There is usually a story section when u first enter a new area then there is dialogue during each fight. The areas are challenging and it wasnt until I got to the castle dungeon where I had to start grinding levels a bit to not get owned.

I have gotten to the point where players need energy to enter certain dungeons and battles. This is a way to pace the fights and disengage from the game. Or to get you to buy Lapis for more energy.

The Battle System Is Easy To Use But Hard To Master

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Players are able to press their character’s icon block to perform a basic attack. To get to magic, items and summons will require players to swipe in the cardinal directions. I forgot several times to swipe before getting to magic for my mages and wasted attacks so paying attention is key. Monsters do have elemental weaknesses so remembering that can make encounters easier. Also, players are able to bring a “companion”, other players playing the game, with them. Its not level capped so if you have a high level friend it can change the tide of the encounter. There are also summons in the game that can be used when the gauge is filled.

I mentioned grinding earlier, so at times players may need to go to previously explored areas to grind in the newly accessible dungeon. It has all of the normal features like random encounters to help boost levels. This isn’t really a battle feature but to make your characters have higher levels, players can fuse lower level characters through to boost experience.

The Forge System Can Be Complicated

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There are treasure chests in dungeons that drop gear and items but more than likely you will be making your own stuff. Shops in town sell recipes for gear, items and abilities that players will have to forage for materials to make. Npcs also give recipes as rewards or they can be found exploring towns. The items can be made in 5 minutes but there is only one slot for each category initially. Players will need to buy more slots with the in game currency Lapis. More on that in a minute.

My main issue with this is that they don’t say where these materials drop the most frequently or even keep track of the items you find per dungeon. Players don’t need to be in a town to make items because it can be found in the home screen.

Micro transactions Are Here But Not Intrusive

“The game gives you several ways to earn lapis and summons through daily bonuses, completing the coliseum challenges and completing NPC quests”.

This could be my personal feeling about it but so far the cash grab hasn’t been that bad. I’m still at early levels so I don’t know if it increases more past the tutorial phase. The game currency is called Lapis and you can buy it to use for pretty much everything. The things you can buy are chances to summon more and rarer characters, energy, orbs for the coliseum, items etc. The game gives you several ways to earn lapis and summons through daily bonuses, completing the coliseum challenges and completing NPC quests. You can earn higher weapons through competing in the coliseum and more by using your friends in battles. This way is longer but it can be done which is what I appreciate.

In Conclusion:

So far I can recommend the game if your bored and have the data to spare. If you’re interested in trying the Brave Exvius for yourself you can find a link to the official website here. The game is available for Android and IOS devices.

Have you tried Brave Exvius? If What do you think about it? What other mobile JRPGs do you recommend? Let us know in the comments section.

6 Weirdest Gaming News Stories of 2016

Weirdest Gaming News Stories

2016 was an… Interesting year, to say the least.  Both inside the gaming industry and out, one unthinkable news story after another kept breaking.  Naturally, we’ll just stick to gaming here and take this time to look back on some of the most surreal news stories that came out in the last twelve months.  Granted, there are some major events that didn’t make this list, such as the CS:GO Lotto scandal and the controversial release of No Man’s Sky.  While those are undoubtedly important events, they aren’t exactly strange in the same way as these other tales.  That being said, these are the…

Weirdest gaming News Stories of 2016

Street Fighter V Gets Flava Flav DLC

Street Fighter V did not go over well.  Desperate to get on the stage for EVO 2016, the game was shoved out the door way too early with way too little content.  I know the lack of an arcade mode gets brought up a lot, but that’s because an arcade mode is the single most basic form of single player a fighting game can have.  If Capcom couldn’t even muster up the bare basics, that should terrify you.  Hell, we’re still waiting on it to this day.

Something the game has gotten: Costumes inspired by former Public Enemy hype-man Flava Flav.  Believe it or not, this is a picture of Ryu and Chun Li.  Drink it in.  These were released as a part of a sponsorship deal with Red Bull and my brain still hasn’t fully processed the fact that they exist.  Aside from the outfits looking hilariously out-of-character for both fighters… Really?  Flava Flav?  Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was able to get Snoop Dogg for their surreal rapper cross-promotion.  You couldn’t get someone with some relevancy post 2007?

An Anime Fan on Prom Night

Mighty No. 9 hurts my soul on every level.  I’ve been a Mega Man fan since childhood and seeing the Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9 seemed like a dream come true at the time.  Then, mid-2015 rolled around and things got very depressing very quickly.  The point where I knew things had gone off the rails was when Keiji Inafune announced not one, but two new Kickstarters for Mighty No. 9 spinoffs.  Now, let me just say that the Mega Man Legends games are two of my personal favorite video games of all time and my heart shattered when the long-awaited third entry was killed off just before it hit the finish line.  When a Kickstarter for a spiritual successor was announced, I should have been all over it.  Instead, I never put a dime towards it because I just couldn’t trust Red Ash without knowing how Mighty No. 9 turned out first.

Looks like I made the right move, because calling the new blue bomber a disappointment is an understatement.  The visuals were bad, the voice-acting was bad, the attempts at reinventing the Mega Man formula were bad, and the PC version launched with a memory-leak that caused the game to lag the longer you played it until your computer eventually crashed.  The cherry on the sundae of misery was a trailer that seemed specifically designed to mock its supporters.  Now I’m actually excited to see what happens to Mega Man next.  As bad as he’s had it in the last few years, it can’t get much worse than the not-so-Mighty No. 9.


Konami Vs Kojima Aftermath

The fallout between gaming auteur Hideo Kojima and his publisher Konami was perhaps the defining story of the gaming industry in 2015 and the aftermath of them parting ways still made for some of the biggest headlines of 2016.  Kojima announced the first game his new studio will be developing, Death Stranding, and has so far released two teaser trailers for it.  Both trailers were Salvador Dali-levels of crazy and apparently weren’t supposed to represent the actual games.

Meanwhile, Kojima’s former taskmaster proved to have a hard time letting things go by announcing Metal Gear Survive, a game based heavily on Metal Gear Solid V‘s engine and is an open-world zombie survival game, the single most diluted genre in the industry today.  With the year ending with gambling being legalized in Japan and Konami’s Japanese stocks being amongst the best in the industry, it looks like the company will survive without Kojima, but it’s doubtful that they’ll thrive.

Greenlight Goes Mad

Steam’s Greenlight program officially reached critical mass in 2016.  What started as a gateway for small developers to get their passion-projects into the public eye didn’t take long to be exploited by amateurs.  Last year seemed to have an unofficial contest to create the absolute worst Greenlight entry possible.

For example, there was Hyrule: Total War, a mod of Medieval II: Total War based on The Legend of Zelda series that was submitted without the approval of the people who made Total War, Legend of Zelda, or even the mod itself.  I’m kind of cheating by including this as this issue dates back to 2015, but UnitZ, a Unity asset pack designed to be a starter kit for developing zombie survival games, has been submitted to Greenlight at least 9 different times by 9 different “developers” who have made little to no changes to the original asset pack.  World of Warcraft was submitted to Greenlight by someone completely unassociated with Blizzard.  A clip of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver was submitted to Greenlight.  No, seriously, someone tried to market a clip of a late-night talkshow as a video game.

The only barrier to entry for Greenlight is a $100 fee and Valve just trusts their user-base to police the service for them.  Fortunately, much of the community has been fairly eagle-eyed and most of these attempts were shut down, but there are still plenty of cracks to slip through.  The floodgates have been opened wide enough that 40% of all games on Steam were released last year.

Everything About Pokemon Go

Oh, Pokemon Go, you could have easily filled a top 20 list of weirdness all on your own, couldn’t you?  Just the game itself was enough of a bizarre phenomenon, drawing millions of otherwise secluded people to wander the wilderness on the hunt for imaginary monsters.  That alone sounds like Nostradamus predicting the end of days and it only got weirder from there.  People found dead bodies while playing the game, thugs used the game to bait people into muggings, people abandoned their cars en masse to catch a Vaporeon, et cetera.

The folks making the game had their own share of bedlam, as well.  A big part of that was that the game didn’t have a dedicated community manager when it launched.  When major problems like the three-step glitch happened, there was nothing but radio silence in response.  As a result, the surprise hit of the year also saw a massive drop-off in players.  I doubt Nintendo was too torn up about it, though, considering they only signed on for a microscopic cut of the profits of one of the most anticipated titles of last year.  Everything that Pokemon Go touches becomes wailing insanity one way or another.  Are we sure that Niantic isn’t secretly some eldritch incantation?

Digital Homicide Sues Everyone

Digital Homicide will probably go down in history as the single worst video game developer to have ever existed.  If anyone is actually able to top them, I will partly be impressed, but mostly terrified.  Digital Homicide first garnered infamy as a shovelware developer for Steam.  Now, shovelware has been around since the Atari 2600 and Steam in particular gets A LOT of it these days, so that’s not such a big deal on its own.  What makes Digital Homicide special is that they were outright psychotic about it.

It all started when Youtuber James Stanton, better known as Jim Sterling, uploaded a first impressions video of one of DH’s earliest games, The Slaughtering Grounds, back in 2014.  The developers than released their own video titled Review the Reviewer that openly mocked Stanton for his criticism.  Animosity between the two parties continued to grow until it all came to a head in 2016 and Digital Homicide filed a lawsuit against Stanton claiming that his videos were damaging their business.  Then it got even crazier and Digital Homicide decided that they would just sue everyone.  I think they even tried to sue me around this time and that is not even a joke.  My name could very well have been on their litigious hit-list.  I honestly don’t know.

What we do know is that a lawsuit was filed against 100 Steam users for the crime of speaking ill of Digital Homicide’s precious garbage heap.  We’ll probably never know the full list of names that DH tried to take to court, but it did include such stellar monikers as Demonsword, Toon Vlux, and JDude330#HaeisBACK.  That case was ultimately dismissed after Valve pulled DH’s entire catalog from their service and left them without a source of income to fund their court case.  At the time of writing, the case against Stanton is still ongoing, but seems to be on the verge of being thrown out as well.

Those were the weirdest gaming news stories of 2016. Got any other bizarre news stories from 2016 that we missed?  Can 2017 end up topping last year in terms of insanity?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.


Visual Novel Lovers Rejoice! Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Truth Are Coming Stateside


Getting visual novels to the west on consoles has been harder than other genres. While JRPGS and fighting games have continued to get support, visual novels have been seen as a niche that may not have an audience. If players wanted to play them at all, PC was usually your only option. The trickle over has been slow but it has not been without merit probably thanks to the PS Vita. With that being said, rejoice visual novel lovers,  Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth are coming stateside.

What Is This Game About?

“Haku becomes involved with the war against his will and has to fight to protect his friends (read: Harem) while discovering the truth amid the deception”.

To put it simply, this game is not a pure visual novel. Visual novels are text based point and click adventures with no real “game play” to speak of. One example of this would be the Hakuoki series which is also getting a re release with Kyoto Winds this fall. This game would fall more in line with being a text heavy strategy RPG which is how it’s being advertised. If I could compare it to any series it may be the Banner Saga with how the story is told.

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The premise of the game is that the player wakes up after being rescued by a girl with animal ears and tail named Kuon. She gives the player his name, Haku, where they attempt to help him reclaim his memories. Along the way he meets up with other animal hybrid people and gets swept up in a war filled with political intrigue. If players want more backstory, there was an anime released, Utawarerumono Of The False Faces, that can provide some more insight.

Haku becomes involved with the war against his will and has to fight to protect his friends (read: Harem) while discovering the truth amid the deception. The other interesting part about this game is that it does include adult scenes and is coming over relatively uncensored. There was one scene taken out due to the portrayal of physically disciplining of a child.

Why Should You Support It?

Let’s be real, the Japanese market is what’s keeping the Vita afloat. I mentioned in a previous article why Sony should make Vita 2.0 and games like this are the main reason. While I’m sure the Switch will be successful, it will take a while for games like this to come over on the console. If consumers are not supporting these types of games now they may not come over at all. Players may say what they like but the hardcore following of Danganronpa supporters may be the reason why its getting a PS4 remaster.

If you’re interested in playing a SRPG with adult themes on consoles this is the game for you. Pre-orders just opened on Amazon and Gamestop so take a look! This game will be available on the PS4 and Vita but you guys probably know what platform I’m getting it on.

Have you played visual novel games before? Do you think there is an audience for it here in the West? Are you going to pre-order this game? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Best New Features in Dishonored 2

Best New Features in Dishonored 2


Dishonored 2, the long-awaited sequel to Bethesda’s 2012 Game of the Year, Dishonored, hit stores in November of 2016. Since its release, Dishonored 2 has had all who’ve played it in love with its updated gameplay and features.

Dishonored 2 continues the story of the Royal Protector, Corvo Attano, and Lady Empress Emily Kaldwin. The game brings with it the same style as the original. Including some familiar faces along the way. However, Dishonored 2 surpasses its predecessor with some new enhanced features that give gameplay a much-needed boost of creativity. Here are a handful of the best new features Dishonored 2 has to offer.

Improved Character Powers

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One of the best features in this game lies in the characters use of powers. Depending on who you choose to control, Emily or Corvo, both have powers specific to them.

Corvo, as you have played in the first game, has the same powers. However, this time around you can further expand those. You’re still equipped with Dark Vision, Windblast, Blink, Possession, Devouring Swarm, and Bend Time. As well as the basic enhancement like Shadow Kill, Vitality, and Agility. These powers now can be further enhanced. Giving players more options on how to spend runes. For Instance, Devouring Swam use to have only 2 levels. Small and large swarms. Now, you can choose options like Greater Swarm, Tiny Swarms (multiple small swarms), and Rat Piper (rats will follow you).

Emily has an entirely new power set from her father. Excluding the basic enhancement of course. Emily has the power of Shadow Walk. Which allows here to take the shape of a shadowy figure and stealthily attack or sneak. Mesmerize, is new and gives the ability to summon a spirt that attracts attention and captivates onlookers. Far Reach is about the same as Blink. You also have Dark Vision, the same as Corvo. Domino is the power to chain targets together. Once activated, you can link targets and only need to attack one of them and they all have the same result. The coolest power of Emily’s is Doppelgänger. This powers allows you to summon a specter that is identical to Emily. Which can be upgraded to fight, draw attention, or switch places.

Timepiece (Brief Mission)

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The Timepiece was my favorite part about this game. Although, it is only used for only a single mission. The Timepiece is a device given to you by the Outsider. Its name is not at all confusing. In fact, it tells you exactly what it does. The device allows you to transport back in time. So, while you run through a rundown mansion in the present, you can either glimpse into the piece using a screen on the device or activate it and go to that moment in time.

It was so fun to see the difference from what this place looked like before the event. Not to mention to flip back and forth from present to past to get around damaged pieces of the house. Without a doubt, the best part was seeing how your decisions in the past effected the future. Meaning, you could change how the house and people ended up. Simply by your choices.

Combat Difficulty

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The one thing the first game lacked with a competitive combat system. Meaning, you could easily predict I the first game how you would be attacked and when. In Dishonored 2, the enhanced combat system made it chaotic and seemingly difficult predict. Making the player rely on strategy to win battles and skirmishes.

Also, the enhanced combat difficult gave attackers more of a “gang up” style of attack. Giving players a headache with attacks that could be made by 4 attackers at once. A big change of pace in difficulty and style of play.

More Weapon Upgrades

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When it came down to weapon upgrades, Dishonored didn’t put much complexity into it. Allowing you to shoot further, or more accurate, or have more ammo. However, in Dishonored 2, you could not only upgrade the weapons themselves, but each addition weapon and ammunition.

This time around, gave us the much-appreciated ability to upgrade more than just the main weapons and their ammo. Now you can upgrade every piece of your arsenal. From stun mines, grenades, bullets, darts, bolts, and springrazors. You could search each level for the upgrade blueprints and unlock each of the improvements. What could be better than continuously getting an advantage over your enemies?

More Open World

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When I played the original Dishonored, I was surprised about the smallish size of the world. You really didn’t get to explore a lot. And only some building were accessible to you. In Dishonored 2, you’re welcomed into a much bigger world than the first game. You can venture into more buildings than ever. Collect more materials to sell, steal, or to gather for ammo.

On top of making more buildings accessible, the world itself it much bigger in size. The map takes some time to explore. Bigger and longer street, more roadblocks, gang territories, and obstacles. As a result, calling for players to find their own way to reach the target. I don’t know about you, but I do love a good open world map.

Final Thoughts

Dishonored 2 was a challenging but entertaining game. Bethesda looked to improve on some of the criticism from the first game. The new features that added to Dishonored 2 gameplay made the game as great as it was. I loved the story and the direction they went with it. However, without the new features, this game would’ve struggled to pull more fans into the franchise.

So, how’d I do? Did you enjoy the article? Let me know your thoughts on Dishonored 2. What did you like or dislike about it? Leave comments for us. Don’t forget to share our page. Enjoy Gamers!

Underage Video Game Gambling Epidemic Growing

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Underage Video Game Gambling

Wouldn’t it be awesome to make money playing video games? Gamers have come a long way from just being addicts and hobbyists. We’re in a new generation when it comes to gaming. A generation that has transpired into a world of Professional Gaming. That’s right–gamers who earn a living playing video games against other gamers. The ultimate gamer’s fantasy come to life.

Underage Video Game Gabling

Professional gaming has increased in popularity in recent years. With it, so has a growing epidemic. As it turns out, professional gaming and video games have been a platform for underage gambling.

The Problem

Minors all over the world have been placing bets and wagers on the outcome of online matches in video games. Not only is underage gambling a major problem, but the fact that it’s unregulated makes it even worse.

When gambling is regulated by adults and for adults, gambling becomes a non-issue. The case in this specific instance lies in the fact that unregulated third-party gambling sites are attracting underage children. Using the opportunity to win money. Also, the ability to win locked merchandise within games from other players. Such as character skins, weapon attachments, and weapon skins. These sites also offer a Jackpot which entices minors to wager more to win. Should we consider this as casino games?

Underage Video Game Gambling

What Is Being Done to Correct This?

Most countries have very strict rules and regulations when it comes to gambling. Some countries have even completely banned Online Gaming entirely. Such is the case for most of Europe. More and more minors are continuing to gamble on these video game sites. Which has prompted many to call for ratification.

There have been many discussions regarding how to eliminate underage video game gambling entirely. Some have urged video game companies to raise age limits on any game that can be wagered on. Making it difficult and even impossible for minors to play until they’re of gambling age. However, some officials, like the South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, proposed a bill that aims to rework the existent rules of gambling to including video games as “interactive” gambling. Thus banning them from being gambled on.

Gaming has always meant to be fun. An escape from reality into something we can immerse ourselves in. It has never been about gambling. However, the fact remains that we do have a serious growing problem on our hands. It calls for the need to quickly prevent any further problems. Underage gambling remains unregulated and no cease and desist letter is going to cure the problem. Actions must be done on the legislative level. The times now, it’s time to get to work.

So, what do you think about underage video game gambling? Please leave your comment below.

5 Things You Should Know About Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria

I just loaded up the collectors edition on January 24th, 2017 when it dropped. I’m only about 6 hours in but I felt compelled to say a few things about the game. Tales of Zestiria left a bad taste in the mouths of fans from the series, mine included. I didn’t finish the game because something felt off from the opening menu. There was a controversy surrounding the game that didn’t help. In any case, here are 5 things you should know about Tales of Berseria.

1. It’s More Linear Than Zestiria

Linear in the sense that the Xillia series was linear. Zestiria suffered from being open world just for the sake of it. The world was colorful but bright and empty. The open areas of the map give the illusion of openness but not quite. I like having a clear direction to travel and the world being open for the sake of it has not been appealing for me personally

2. A Controversial Scene Was Removed

There was talk of a controversial scene in the very beginning of the game. I’m not going to spoil it but there is a video that highlights the part that was changed. The scene occurs very early in the game and the company promises that nothing else was changed in the US/EU release. That is evident by the skimpy attire that Velvet, the main character, runs around in. I love her outfit but of course there is always the option to change her clothes as you find more costumes.

3. Tales of Berseria’s Story Is Dark

The prologue sets the tone for the game. Since I just started I can’t say how it will end. But I can tell you that Velvet takes “by any means necessary” very seriously. The game made sure to let you know that this was not the typical “feel good” story. Zestiria tries to make the player feel like the journey is justified while Berseria does not hold your hand. A lot of the actions Velvet and company take have real life consequences to the people around you.

4. The Battle System Is Fun

They fixed the camera! Thank god because that was a hot mess in Zestiria. The main character Velvet can be very OP though once u figure out how it works. I have been using Velvet as my main attacker and all of her moves are connected to the face buttons on the Dualshock controller. It has been great watching her move across the screen in a flurry of kicks and punches. In addition her demon arm adds an exciting elements to the battle.

5. The Characters Are Great

I love that the main protagonist is not the traditional hero. Rokuro is my new husband. Their personalities shine through in the skits and various conversations held in the over world. Magilou is the designated comic relief and she was a joy so far in the journey. I can’t wait to see how all of their stories conclude in the end. Side note don’t forget to download the free dlc on PSN that contains additional skits.
Have you tried Tales of Berseria? How do you like it so far? Is it better than the Zestiria? Let us know in the comments.

Frankenslot`s Monster from Betsoft Gaming



Betsoft Gaming – supplier of innovative software for the best online casinos announced the launch of a new online slots machine Frankenslot Monster, who entered the series of Slots3 ™ games.

Frankenslot`s Monster launched by Betsoft Gaming and is part of a Slots3 ™ online games. This machine is represented by a five-reel and 20 pay lines, interactive bonus round and free-spins.

Special scatter symbol activates up to eight free spins with an unlimited number of additional launches. This symbol appears only on three central reels. Wild-symbol will replace any image in the game, and gives the maximum multiplication rate among all other symbols.

The developer made a bonus symbol which triggers the free casino bonus game. In this game you need to press the levers and you can get a 25-fold multiplication of the final bet.

There is also available free slots version of this game.

Mark McKeown, Head of Sales and Marketing in Betsoft, said:

Frankenslot`s Monster has a beautiful 3D-graphics and interesting storyline. I am confident that this online slot will have the liking of many players, because we gave to it a special theme.

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In February, Betsoft Gaming also has launched a 4 Seasons gaming machine, which also joined the Slots3 game series.

Di you already played Frankenslot? Can you share your experience in the comment section below?

5 JRPGS Gamers Should Look Forward To in 2017

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2017 just started but this generations consoles are finally hitting their stride for Japanese Role Playing Games or JRPGs. Due to the nature and length of these games it’s no surprise that they take a while to show up. Games in this genre can be text heavy, story driven, world traversing and expansive quests that steal hours away from the player. Which is a good thing! There are many niche titles coming out but for the sake of this article I will only mention the 5 JRPGS that gamers should look forward to in 2017.

Disclaimer: The games that I will mention in this article can be found on PS4 or Vita and are scheduled to come out this year. These games are in no specific order so take the numbering with a grain of salt.

Persona 5

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Release Date: April 4th 2017
System: PS3, PS4

Released in Japan in September 2016 then delayed into 2017 for the rest of us Persona is my most anticipated game. This game has garnered great reception in Japan so I’m expecting the same here. With the stylish graphics and traditional turn based combat this will scratch the itch that I’ve been waiting for.

Players familiar with the Persona series can anticipate the game diving deep into the psyches of the protagonists to unravel an intricate mystery. This game does not shy away from mature themes which makes it more appealing to an older audience. The setting of this game is in present day Japan which is a departure for the series.

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony

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Release Date: TBD 2017
System: PS4, PS Vita

While not a JRPG this game is a hit in the making. Danganronpa got its start on the PS Vita trying to find its audience and it succeeded. This 3rd iteration will deal with a brand new cast of characters so playing the older titles is not required. But if gamers wants to experience the old games they are releasing the previous titles on the PS4 this year.

This game takes a Phoenix Wright style approach to solving cases but add in some high school drama and murder you have Danganronpa. Lead by the mascot Monokuma, the mischievous bear guides the Ultimates to their doom or salvation.

Tales of Berseria

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Release Date: Jan 24th, 2017
System: PS4

This year is the anniversary for this franchise and they are bringing it in style. While Tales of Zestria was disappointing to some long term fans, this game promises a return to form. Already censored in the West from the opening credits, this game has a darker more mature story to tell.

This Tales games follows the adventures of Velvet as she seeks revenge for the death of her younger brother. Cursed with a demon arm that devours their souls, she will cut a bloody path across the world. She picks up some rag tag companions along the way so it will be interesting to see her growth. This game is full of all the Tales staples like anime cut scenes, cooking, skits and comprehensive character development. This game is an exciting entry for the series.

Trails of Cold Steel 3

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Release Date: Fall/Winter 2017?
System: PS4

God bless XSEED for bringing over these titles. From the initial screens it seems as if it is coming out exclusively for the PS4 which would be a shame since I enjoyed the others on the Vita. Playing the first 2 entries will probably be a prerequisite but the game does provide a glossary to catch up new players. The game will be releasing in Japan fall 2017 so we can only hope that we will see it later this year too.

This game will continue the adventures of Rean and company as they continue to defend their country. Set a year after they graduate from the academy, the crew has set on their separate paths to find their own purpose. I anticipate that choices from the first 2 games will impact the narrative like the others before. Players can expect more of the same with some slight changes but if it isn’t broke why fix it?

Utawarerumono Mask of Deception and Truth

Image retrieved via wikipedia

Release Date: Spring 2017
System: PS4, PS Vita

A surprise release for this strategy JRPG was recently announced. This is a game that I dreamed would get localized but was slowly losing hope for due to the content involved. The people at Atlus are doing God’s work. This game has recently had an anime based off of the narrative that can be viewed via Crunchyroll at the time of this writing.

Following the adventures of amnesiac protagonist, Haku, he wakes up in a village after he is rescued by Kuon. The game is populated with animal human hybrids so it will be interesting to see the combinations come to together. The plot revolves around Haku developing a team of strong women and becoming unwittingly involved in the political plights of the nation.

All in all, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for gaming and definitely a great year for JRPG fans. My wallet and time can’t take all of the titles coming but I will try to experience these great titles. Are you a JRPG fan? Are any of these titles on your list? Let us know in the comments.

Is Gaming Becoming Gambling?

Gaming becoming Gambling

Video Games VS Casinos 

It is believed that the world capital of gambling is a city built in the middle of the Mojave Desert – Las Vegas. Whether in view of the circumstances, whether in the power of advertising Las Vegas became a city №1 for fortune seekers, gamblers all over the world, who still do not know about perks of casinos online.

The Problem

The number of visitors to Las Vegas that spend time gambling has dropped more than 15% in the past few years and millennials are gambling way less than other generations.

The Solution – Video Games

Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans for the introduction of arcade-style video games. As young people aren’t attracted to rudimentary gambling, the idea is aimed largely at attracting younger people who have been raised on Xbox, PlayStation and mobile game apps and don’t get much of a thrill out of sitting in front of slot machines and they would not change their behaviors to engage a gambling machine and sit down.

American Casinos

American casinos look are more becoming like video game arcades. The idea is that casino floors look more like console video games, from shooters to racing games. As young people have grown up in an era of digital media and games, manufacturers are creating games that mirror the emotional demand and investment of console and mobile video games. Again, this is just a way to draw in younger players and make them spend more time on the casino floor.

Video Game Gambling Apps

With Video game gambling apps, people can download in their phone games as a shooting game, puzzle game, word game. People could play the game in the airport, while waiting to be settled in a restaurant and why not while waiting to see the dentist? Of course a Wi-Fi connection is needed!

Is this Good?

If gambling tends to have a bad influence on its users, is this morally correct to consider using video games to incentive young people to gambling?

Are you a Gamer? Do you think is this a good idea to use video games to attract young people to gambling? Can we consider this as “entertainment?” The word is yours. Please leave your comment below.

The Next Assassin’s Creed Game Eyes to Bring the Franchise Back to Relevancy

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Assassin’s Creed Game

A decade ago, Ubisoft introduced us to a world like no other. The world of Assassin’s Creed, where the Assassin’s are the good guys and the Templers (those who stand for the wrong goals) are the bad guys. Since then, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has built a platform on the seemingly endless battle between Assassin’s and Templars. Venturing from location to location across history’s greatest time periods. From: The Italian Renaissance, Ottoman Empire, the American Civil War, Victorian England, the Age of Pirates, and the French Revolution.

For now, the next installment of the franchise will continue their tradition of fighting within the past. If following the rumors, it looks like the next title game for the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be called, Assassin’s Creed: Empire. However, Ubisoft has yet to confirm this.

So, where will they take us this time?

Easter Egg Within an AC Game

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Scouring the internet is a lot of fun. Especially when the fandoms are in full force yelling at one another about the who, what, where, and when. However, Ubisoft themselves have dropped a few Easter eggs to the next possible Assassin’s Creed game.

Let’s start with the oldest one that got a lot of rumors flying. This one dates to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Now, if you were strictly the story you may have missed this one. This was not one that in the heart of the game, rather it is found when the present-day character can move about Abstergo Industries. Looking through the emails on the computers, you would come across one that shows the name Osiris and a view of pyramids. Hinting of a possible character/title and the location. Ancient Egypt, perhaps?

Osiris after all is the Ancient Egyptian God of the dead who laid final judgment of your place in the afterlife. Kind of fitting since Assassin’s basically lay a similar judgment upon their enemies.

Easter Egg in Ubisoft’s 2016 Game

Watch Dogs 2 gameAnother playful and clever tease and Easter egg Ubisoft unleashed upon its Assassin’s Creed fan was within its big game release of 2016, Watch Dogs 2.

In one of the side missions offered, you’re tasked with stealing the newest game trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming game. As part of the mission, you intercept a phone call between two Ubisoft employees discussing the security of the trailer. One employee stating the after the leaked trailers of Unity, Syndicate, and Osiris, they want assurance it won’t be hacked and leaked. There’s that name again!

Subtly hinting that the rumors a leaked picture and trailer (check video below) on the web that were allegedly of the next Assassin’s creed title could be true.

What to Expect

Assassin’s CreedExpectations on Assassin’s Creed games have always been high. Especially after the release of the original Assassin’s Creed and its direct sequel, AC II. This is when the company started pushing out a game annually to satisfy their fans. This started a decline in the success of the franchise. The franchise could have possibly saw death with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Thankfully, Syndicate kept the franchise above water for the time being.

This sparked a change of winds for Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed. They went on to make the decision that they will not make a yearly game anymore. Allowing the developers to release games that are complete and full of their best work. Meaning no more bugs, glitches, and poor execution. Even if that means yearly gaps. Not to mention, Ubisoft has been looking to get rid of the boring dialogue dominant story and turn their focus to be more decision based. Much like The Witcher III setup.

This brings us to now. It’s been over a year since we last saw an Assassin’s Creed release and we’re only left with leaks and Easter eggs.

Will we see the Assassin’s in 2017? As of now, we probably won’t. But one thing is clearer than ever. Ubisoft has all of us on the edge of our seats again. Let’s see this time around if a lengthy wait will be truly worth it.