Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite New Characters and Collector’s Edition

Fighting game fans, brace yourselves.  Some juicy news is heading your way!

Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite will be heading to PS4, Xbox One, and PC September 19, 2017.  Pre-orders are now available today!

A limited Marvel VS Capcom: Inifinite Collector’s Edition will also be available for pre-order.  It will include:

Four premium character dioramas of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Mega Man X and Chun-Li, a case filled with six Infinity Stone replicas, as well as SteelBook packaging that contains the Deluxe Edition of the game.

In addition to the sweet collector’s edition, characters on the roster you can expect to see:

  • Ultron
  • Hulk
  • Thor
  • Hawkeye
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Chun-Li
  • Strider Hiryu
  • Chris Redfield

Each newly-added character will feature unique abilities, iconic special moves and will join other previously-announced characters, including Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America from the Marvel side, and Ryu, Mega Man X and Morrigan from Capcom. The use of powerful, game-changing Infinity Stones further deepens the customized gameplay and allows players to equip and unleash elemental in-game powers, such as Time, Power and Space.

NCG Reviews Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness (Steam)

Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness is available now on Steam!  Are you ready to re-enter the world of Psycho-Pass?

Story

Taking place during Season one of the anime series, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness introduces two new characters: Enforcer Takuma Tsurugi or Inspector Nadeshiko Kugatachi.  Enforcer Tsurugi is searching for his lover while Kugatachi has lost all memories of her past.  You follow each detectives through a series of events that eventually lead to Alpha, an AI whose goal is to provide happiness to all humans.

 

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I am not quite sure how I felt about the story.  I enjoyed the concept of a rogue AI trying to create happiness the only way it can understand; a path of pure lethargy where decisions that would create unhappiness cease to exist.  I wanted to see what would happen with the AI, and furthermore, the connection between the two new characters to the AI.  I feel like this is where the story falls short.  Either because the concept of Psycho Pass itself forbids the exploration of the characters (searching into the past will cloud their hues making them latent criminals) or the characters themselves weren’t as developed as I had hoped they would be.  I was also slightly annoyed that detective Ginoza was so hot-headed.  I felt like it contradicted the character established from the anime series.

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Visuals

Visual novels are not heavy in graphics and Mandatory Happiness is no different.  The story takes place inside the Public Safety Beareu headquarters and in the newly introduced city Sado Marina City. Some scenes are rendered as they were in the anime but the general landscape of the game felt extremely lacking and most scenes were reduced to only dialogue. Cut-scene art was far and few between; and even action scenes were merely sound effects. There were quite a few scenes that could have benefited from a more detailed cut-scene; it would have drove home the drama just a little bit more.  While I understand the series itself takes place in a bland dystopian Tokyo landscape, I felt like the game could have used more imagery to bring the game to life.

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Audio

I can’t say the sound track brought about anything new to the series.  Sure, helicopters and other background effects were utilized, but at a minimum.  Every now and then when I was prompted to make a choice, the music tempo increased to show the intensity of the decision, but otherwise, there was nothing noteworthy.

Game Play

Visual novels are basically pushing “enter” until you are prompted to make a decision and the decision is what determines your course at the end of the game.  After playing nothing but romance visual novels, I came to realize that it’s damn near impossible to get good endings without a walk-through and that’s the fun part about them; it’s why I keep going back to the story because I like to test out each and every option to see where it leads.  I felt let down when my final choice in Mandatory Happiness felt like the only thing that determined whether I got a True End or Bad End.    Even after saving a few time and going back to change my decisions, the story progressed essentially the same way, say for one or two things. The decision line felt very linear which took the joy out of playing a visual novel. I questioned whether there was a point to monitoring my hue (which you are frequently prompted to care for), if my relationship with the other characters even mattered, and whether or not my choices in the game really made a difference to the outcome.

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Verdict

I think this story would have been a wonderful release between season releases of the anime series. After having watched the entire series and sobbed like a baby, the desire to be placed back into the Psycho Pass world is long lost.  However, I think anyone who has been newly introduced to the series would certainly enjoy the story of Mandatory Happiness.

Visuals, audio, and game play were a let down.  I would have enjoyed alternate endings, or at least a path that made me really question my decision making though the game.  After my first play through, I thought Mandatory Happiness would have made a wonderful novel instead.

I played this title on Steam.  Steam has a vast collection of visual novels but I always feel like they’re better off on a portable console versus PC.  If you’re used to playing on PC, looking to expand your Steam library, and just love Psycho Pass, this is a great buy. However, I think it’s a better fit on the Vita.


Are you a fan of the Psycho Pass series? Will you be adding Mandatory Happiness to your collection? Do you like playing Visual Novels on your portable console or PC? Let us know in the comments!

 

Playstation Store Update April 18, 2017

Pre-orders

  • GNOG ($14.99/PS+ $13.49)(out 5-2)
  • Little Nightmares ($19.99)(out 4-28)

PSVR Games

  • HeroCade ($14.99)
  • VR Invaders – Complete Edition ($17.99)

PS4 Games

  • ATV Renegades ($29.99)
  • Digerati Bundle 4 Pack Part 2 ($29.99)
  • Flinthook ($14.99/PS+ $13.49)
  • Full Throttle Remastered ($14.99)
  • Late Shift ($12.49/PS+ 9.99)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale – Episode 1 ($4.99)
  • MechRunner ($7.99)
  • Rise and Shine ($14.99)
  • Rolling Bob ($14.99)
  • Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom ($29.99)
  • Spear of Destiny ($16.99/PS+ $15.29)
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection ($19.99)
  • The Silver Case ($29.99)
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap ($19.99)

PS4 Add-on Content

  • Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare – DLC2 Continuum ($14.99)
  • DOA5LR DLC ($1.99 and up)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – Narco Road (Free for Season Pass Holders) (out 4-25 for everyone else price TBA)
  • KOF XIV: Costume Angel Diabla ($2.99)
  • KOF XIV: Costume Kula Sundress ($2.99)
  • KOF XIV: Costume Meitenkun Pajamas ($2.99)
  • KOF XIV: Costume Sylvia Little Red Riding Hood ($2.99)
  • KOF XIV: Costume Late Shift ($11.24)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale – Season Pass ($19.99)
  • Persona 5 DLC (Free and up)
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE – Buck GR Wildlands Set ($7.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Bay Area Thrash Set ($2.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Glow Pro Pack ($6.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Kick it Pack ($6.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- No Compromise ($9.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Retro Modernist Pack ($6.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Ride Britannia Pack ($6.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2- Velvet Cowboy Pack ($4.99)
  • World of Tanks Heavy Metal Heroes M51 Super Sherman Loaded Bundle ($45.99)
  • World of Tanks Heavy Metal Heroes M51 Super Sherman Ultimate Bundle ($51.99)

PS Vita Games

  • Full Throttle Remastered ($14.99)

EA Sports Sale (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price)

PlayStation 4

  • EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour – $10.49, $7.49
  • EA Sports UFC – $9.99, $7.99
  • EA Sports UFC: Bruce Lee – $1.79, $1.19
  • EA Sports UFC 2 – $19.99, $15.99
  • EA Sports UFC 2 Deluxe Edition – $24.99, $19.99
  • FIFA 17 – $29.99, $23.99
  • FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition – $39.99, $31.99
  • FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition – $79.99, $69.99
  • Madden NFL 17 – $25.79, $19.79
  • Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition – $30.09, $23.09
  • Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition – $59.99, $49.99
  • NHL 17 – $29.99, $19.79
  • NHL 17 Deluxe Edition – $39.99, $26.39
  • NHL 17 Super Deluxe Edition – $59.99, $49.99

PlayStation 3

  • FIFA 17 – $29.99, $23.99
  • Fight Night Champion – $4.99, $3.99
  • Madden NFL 17 – $25.79, $19.79
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition – $4.49, $2.99
  • NCAA Football 14 – $9.99, $7.99
  • NFL Blitz – $4.49, $2.99
  • NHL Legacy Edition – $12.89, $9.89
  • SSX – $5.99, $3.99
  • SSX: Classic Characters Pack – $1.79, $1.19

New Release Deals (Sale Price, PS+ Price)

  • Flinthook (PS4) – $13.49 (PS+)
  • Late Shift (PS4) – $11.24, $9.99
  • Spear of Destiny (PS4) – $15.29 (PS+)

Other Deals (Sale Price, PS+ Price)

  • 8DAYS (PS4) – $5.99, $5.49
  • AeternoBlade (PS4) – $7.49
  • AeternoBlade (PS Vita) – $4.49
  • Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (PS4) – $4.49
  • Alien Shooter (PS4) – $3.19
  • Alien Shooter (PS3) – $3.19
  • Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PS4) – $11.99
  • Cast of the Seven Godsends Redux (PS4) – $2.09
  • Crazy Strike Bowling EX (PS4) – $6.49
  • Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (PS4) – $14.99, $13.99
  • Doodle God, Doodle Devil & Doodle Kingdom (PS4) – $5.99
  • Doodle God, Doodle Devil & Doodle Kingdom (PS3) – $5.99
  • Doodle God, Doodle Devil & Doodle Kingdom (PS Vita) – $5.99
  • Euro Fishing (PS4) – $15.99
  • EVE: Valkyrie (PSVR) – $29.99
  • EVE: Gunjack (PSVR) – $3.99
  • HoPiKo (PS4) – $3.49
  • Mahjong World Contest (PS Vita) – $1.24
  • Royal Defense (PS Vita) – $1.49
  • Snow Moto Racing Freedom (PS4) – $19.79
  • Sublevel Zero Redux (PS4) – $13.99
  • Sword Coast Legends (PS4) – $6.99
  • Tethered (PS4) – $14.99
  • Tethered Divine Edition (PS4) – $20.09
  • The Sun and Moon (PS4, PS Vita) – $3.49
  • VR Ping Pong (PSVR) – $10.49
  • Wanderjahr (PS4) – $7.49
  • Wanderjahr (PS Vita) – $4.99
  • War Thunder – Fire and Maneuver Advanced Pack (PS4) – $11.49
  • War Thunder – George Bostwick’s P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt (PS4) – $14.99
  • War Thunder – Heavy Armor Advanced Pack (PS4) – $39.99
  • War Thunder – Tracks of Victory (PS4) – $34.99
  • War Thunder – Ultra Advanced Pack (PS4) – $39.99

More Ultimates revealed for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

The best thing about Danganronpa games is the cast of characters you meet.  NIS is giving us the next round of Ultimate Students participating in the killing game! Upupupu!

K1-B0 (AKA Keebo): Ultimate Robot

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Equipped with recording functions and hyper-advance AI, Keebo can learn to be a real boy! Unfortunately, it doesn’t help him pick up queues from human interaction which in turn, leads to him making comments that get him in trouble.  Keeba is earnest, proper, and is sensitive about the issue of “robophobia”; he won’t hesitate to call out robo-discrimination!

Gonta Gokuhara: Ultimate Entomologist

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Raised by a pack of wolves for ten years after getting lost in a forest, Gonta learned to speak with animals and insects. After reuniting with his family, Gonta decided that he must always act like a true gentleman since he spent his childhood in the forest.  He has a hard time talking with students his own age.  Gonta is gentle by nature; he has never killed a fly!

Shuichi Saihara: Ultimate Detective

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Another detective is in the midst of a game! This should definitely get interesting.  Shuichi is an apprentice detective with a variety of small jobs under his belt; mostly finding cheating couples. However, he did solve a murder before the police did and so he was named, “Ultimate Detective”.  Although, Shuichi doesn’t believe in his ability.  “Shuichi’s insecurities tend to make him rather timid, but he is quick to act in situations where his keen intuition is needed.”

Tsumigi Shirogame: Ultimate Cosplayer

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A true Cosplayer, through and through, Tsumigi loves making costumes but hates seeing her costumes on people who don’t truly appreciate the art.  Tsumigi is reserved, studious, and kind until Cosplay and Fandom are mentioned; she then becomes outspoken and passionate!   “She has a tendency to completely ignore those around her when she’s especially deep in thought. She also has a habit of referencing anime, video games, and manga over the course of a normal conversation. “

Review: A Rose in the Twlight (Playstation Vita)

A Rose in the Twilight, originally known as “Roze to Tasogare no Kojou” in Japan, is a puzzle platform game, filled with challenges.  And trust me, you will die. Many sad, tragic deaths.

Story

Rose awakes in a world without color or time.  The only obvious color is red; the color that restores time to the objects around her.  Furthermore, where did the thorn and rose on her back come from? Why does she have the power to absorb time from the objects?

A Rose in the Twilight SS (17).pngWhat makes this title unique is that the story telling isn’t done through dialogue, but through cut scenes demonstrated in crimson backdrops and black cut-outs.  To delve further into the story, you must read the scrolls in your collection.  Reading the scrolls gives you a better insight as to what Rose is thinking and feeling as you pass through each dungeon.

This is perhaps one of the darkest stories I have played through so far.  Rose dies numerous times, in some of the darkest ways (hanging, guillotine, and much more), in order to move to the next level.  I almost couldn’t believe something so dark could be published in the United States.  However, each time Rose sacrifices herself, you learn more about what is happening to her and watch the story unravel.

Visuals

A Rose in the Twilight SS (21).pngA Rose in the Twilight takes on a gothic hand drawn art style, with monochromatic level designs and blood-red colored objects. The visuals place you in a tragic fairy tale and the paper-cut out cut scenes create a story book theme. The overall art style is a main staple to the game play mechanics. You will need to observe everything in order to solve the puzzles and move on to the next dungeon.

Rose and her Giant are both very endearing characters.  Whenever Rose trips or is carried around by the Giant, she is portrayed as a clumsy, fragile, and delicate young girl; much like the rose she carries on her back. The giant is bulky and sturdy and the perfect guardian for the young girl.

Audio

A Rose in the Twilight SS (4)A creepy but yet childish music tone is one of the best parts of A Rose in the Twilight. The soundtrack doesn’t overpower what is visually happening, but yet enhances the feel of the game. As I said before, it is a dark story, so of course the game would have a dark, gothic tone of music.  Much like the art style, the music places you into the morbid fairy tale. Audio is subtle throughout the game, but it’s a great soundtrack and fits the title completely.

Gameplay

If you’re like me, you are TERRIBLE at puzzle games.  A Rose in the Twilight was almost infuriating! But not impossible.  The goal of the game is to get Rose and the Giant to the end of each level.  You must control each character since there are some obstacles Rose cannot get through and obstacles the Giant cannot overcome.   Rose has a limited jumping range and is very delicate so she can be crushed by pretty much anything; even falling from distance that feels somewhat short.  The giant is sturdy, but unable to reach some places that Rose can.  Rose must absorb red and transfer it to the proper objects and the Giant must carry it and place it where it needs to be.  You definitely have to pay attention to the level and take advantage of the objects you can interact with while utilizing the skills each character posses.A Rose in the Twilight SS (16)

Of course, as the game progresses each puzzle becomes more difficult to solve. While I found some puzzles so frustrating I wanted to hurl my Vita across the room, it was rewarding when I completed a dungeon. Not only to get more in-depth to Rose’s tragic story, but to show that a darn game can’t beat me!A Rose in the Twilight SS (19)

Verdict

A Rose in the Twilight was a beautiful game.  I am a sucker for dark, gothic, and fairy tales so of course I was immediately drawn to the title.  However, this is a puzzle game through and through.  As a novice puzzle game player, I found the title frustrating.  However, I think more seasoned puzzle game players will appreciate the challenge each level provides.

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