StarCraft: Remastered launches on August 14, Pre-order bonus!

Blizzard has announced that StarCraft: Remasterd will launch on PC August 14 for $14.99. The tile will be localize for the following languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, European and Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and simplified and traditional Chinese.

There is also a pre-order bonus that will grant players the following three unique building skins for use in the game—the “Char Hive,” the “Korhal Command Center,” and the “Aiur Nexus.” Additionally, users who purchase StarCraft: Remastered will receive digital bonuses in StarCraft II, including the “Alexei Stukov” co-op commander and three unique portraits themed after StarCraft: Remastered.

Here is a quick overview:


StarCraft: Remastered adds modern conveniences to the original StarCraft experience while maintaining the same gameplay that has captivated a passionate community of gamers for almost two decades. It’s also fully compatible with the existing version of StarCraft, meaning that those who purchase the upgrade can play with those who already have StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War. Updates and new features include:

  • Full graphical upgrade of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion
  • Widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution
  • New matchmaking and leaderboards
  • Player profiles that track individual statistics
  • Cloud saving for campaign progress, hotkeys, and replays
  • Higher fidelity music and sound
  • Switch between Remastered and the original StarCraft with the click of a button!
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NCG Review – God Wars: Future Past (Playstation 4, PSVita)

Title: God Wars: Future Past
 System: PS4, PSVita
 Price: $49.99
 Release Date: 06/20/2017
(Special Thanks to NIS America for providing the Review Copy)

Published by NIS America, God Wars: Future Past is a tactical RPG that has an old-school feel which will have fans of Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactic Ogre titles feeling right at home. However, God Wars: Future Past does not follow a medieval theme, but rather a tradition Japanese folklore.GodWars-3

Story

God Wars: Future Past takes place in the ancient land of Mizuho, with three nations: Fuji, Izumo, and Hyga. A princess has been sacrificed in order to keep peace with the nations with another princess, named Kaguya, waiting to be sacrificed. Kaguya is saved by a young man named Kintaro and his furry friend Kuma. Together, they set forth on a journey to find  Kaguya’s mother and discover why Kaguya was left to be sacrificed. I won’t go too deep into the story, but I can say it is a damn good one; not to mention it has some of the most memorable characters I have seen in a tactical RPG to date.gw

Visuals

The art style of the whole game looks amazing, especially the cut scenes. When starting the game, you are introduced to the story by blazing into the gorgeous looking manga style story panels, then right into some grade “A” anime cut scenes. Not only that, you transition over straight into the 3D grid based environments for battle. Most of the 3D models look nice, but something to mention is that the enemies start to lose their identity and start looking the same after you make your way though tons of battles, unless you end up fighting a boss. They look outstanding!

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Gameplay

During most of the game players will find themselves playing battles, which is the best part of God Wars: Future Past. The battles are turn based, and the order of each character relies on their individual stats. This, and the leveling up system, is what fans of the older tactical RPG titles will really enjoy.9-13_ss (9)

Leveling up character stats and move set is job-based feels similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. Each character will have jobs, or classes, where they gain “Job Points” to be used in each “job’s skill tree” for gaining new abilities.  Each character is allowed a main job and sub-job that players can change at anytime, but they are also assigned a unique job which cannot be switched and is specifically for that character. With the three jobs selected, players can mix and match skill sets and abilities to fit each character during battles. The drawback to this option is that any acquired class skills are not usable during battle unless that character has that job set as main or sub. I found the this as the most addicting part of the whole game. Feeling like I had an attachment to my characters and knowing I built them the way I wanted was very rewarding because of the time I spent figuring out which characters I wanted to be in the front line and who will defend, or heal.9-13_ss (2)

God Wars: Future Past took me back to the roots of the tactical RPG’s that I loved while I was growing up, and I will say I recommend this title to anyone who is a fan of the older Tactic games, so pick this up as soon as you can! For new players, this is a great title to see if you like the genre. As for my score on the title, I give God Wars: Future Past an 8 out of 10.Score

Culdcept Revolt – Way To Win Trailer, and new release date

NIS America has released a new trailer for Culdcept Revolt, titled “The Way to Win’, which teaches players various strategies to become the greatest Cepter of them all! The trailer breaks down the 3 different cards players will use when crafting their books: creature, item, and spell cards.

With over 400 cards to choose from, players can create varieties of books and claim victory to all opponents!

Along with the new trailer, NIS America announced  the original August 29 release date has been delayed to, October 3 in North America,  “to accommodate the manufacturing and production of the game.”

You can check out the trailer below

NCG Review – RPG Maker FES (3DS)

Title: RPG Maker FES
 System: Nintendo 3DS
 Price: $39.99
 Release Date: 06/27/2017
(Special Thanks to NIS America for providing the Review Copy)

3Published by NIS America, RPG Maker FES is not a typical game, but more of a creative application, which will help players create the JRPG title of their dream and share it with people around the world to enjoy. Since RPG Maker FES isn’t a typical game, I figure I wasn’t going to do a typical NCG review. First off, I need to get this out-of-the-way: RPG Maker FES is not for the casual gamer, but more for the JRPG fans, that have always wanted to make their own game.

 

 

Players will be delighted to see how technical the tools can get when starting to make their JRPG game, and will also be grateful how simple it is as well. From character creation, story, dialog, and map making, RPG Maker FES will have fans of the genre spewing new ideas out. One of the spots I found myself dedicating a lot of my time to was map making. Trying to make the perfect map, enjoying how simple it was to tweak the map,  and even adding a dungeon/town was really rewarding and sparked new ideas to evolve what I created.

From the start, you have a set amount of objects, terrain, and landscapes to select to create whatever you want ranging from dangerous snowing mountains or enchanted lost forests. One of the most useful parts, after setting objects down, is actually deciding which objects lead to the next section and where your collision detection will lay. These were tools that surprised me, just because it made it felt like I was actually designing a real game to be released.6

After creating the scenery, the next step is to add the soundtracks to each area. This was were I felt disappointed. Even though you get a handful of background music and ambient sounds, your limitation is choices from the fantasy pack (sorry sci-fi fans, you will have to wait for the DLC). Besides the limited pack sounds and music, you have even more in-depth options to work with, such as the character, party, NPC, and enemies creation tools.

 

 

 

The character creation tools were great to tinker with, from the names, nicknames, profession, character descriptions, and even how the characters level up. There are thousands of ways to make your story.  The only downside, you cannot create any original sprites or even portraits. You have to rely only on the presets you are given. At least until you are able to buy the DLC later down the line for other preset packs. RPG Maker also has tools where you can create special skills, weapons, and items similar to how character creation works. Just like how you cannot use original sprites or portraits for characters, you also cannot use them for weapons and items.  I would have loved to create an original character, sword, or healing items, but I could understand that people would probably recreate these from other licensed universes, and devs usually don’t like to deal with legal actions from it. 15

RPG Maker FES is a great title…tool for the 3DS, but isn’t for everyone. It is more for the players who want to create, write, and make their own world to share with who ever else owns this title. I have to give RPG Maker FES a 6/10, mainly because it is an RPG maker, but lacks in some creation areas that are important to anyone who wants to make an adventure that isn’t too generic.

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Playstation Store Update June 27, 2017/ Mid Year Sale

PSVR Games

  • Ancient Amuletor ($18.99/$15.99 PS+)
  • Arizona Sunshine Launch Edition ($35.99)

PS4 Games

  • ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 2 ($7.99)
  • America’s Army: Proving Grounds (Free)
  • Cavernous Wastes ($9.99)
  • Cryptark ($13.49/$$11.24 PS+)
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls ($29.99)
  • Dark Arcana: The Carnival ($9.99)
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection ($44.99/$39.59 PS+)
  • Digerati Bundle 6 Pack Part 2 ($33.99/$8.49 PS+)
  • Elite Dangerous ($29.99)
  • Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe Edition ($59.99)
  • Get Even ($29.99)
  • Medieval Defenders ($6.99)
  • Plague Road ($19.99/$17.99 PS+)
  • Poi ($19.99)
  • The Golf Club 2 ($39.99)
  • The Tenth Line ($12.99/$10.39 PS+)
  • The World of Nubla ($14.99)
  • Valkyria Revolution ($39.99)

PS4 Add-On Content

  • Armello – The Bandit Clan ($9.99)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – VO 4-Pack ($7.99)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Grandma Knows Best VO ($3.99)
  • Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer ($14.99)
  • DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 Dragon Ball Super Pack 4 ($9.99)
  • Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass ($29.99)
  • FINAL FANTASY XV – Episode Prompto ($4.99)
  • Minecraft Glide Giants Track Pack ($2.99)
  • Minecraft Mini Game Heroes Skin Pack ($1.99)
  • Paragon – Ultra Support Pack ($29.99)
  • Skyforge: Eternal Conflict Bundle ($29.99)
  • STEEP Extreme Pack ($9.99)
  • Trove Mega Menagerie Pack ($29.99)
  • Valkyria Revolution Scenario Pack: Vanargand Bundle (Free)
  • Warframe: Prime Vault – Brute Force Prime Pack ($59.99)
  • World of Tanks Valkyria Chronicles Mega ($73.99)

PS3 Add-On Content

  • DC Universe Online Ultimate Edition 2017 ($89.99)
  • Minecraft Glide Giants Track Pack ($2.99)
  • Minecraft Mini Game Heroes Skin Pack ($1.99)

PS Vita Games

  • Nurse Love Addiction ($39.99)
  • Valkyria Revolution ($39.99)

PS Vita Add-On Content

  • Minecraft Glide Giants Track Pack ($2.99)
  • Minecraft Mini Game Heroes Skin Pack ($1.99)

Mid Year Sale (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price)

PlayStation 4 & PlayStation VR

  • ADR1FT – $4.99, $2.99
  • Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed – $14.99, $11.99
  • Among the Sleep – $7.49, $4.49
  • Arcade Game Series 3 in 1 Pack – $3.99, $3.19
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gold Edition – $24.99, $19.99
  • Attack on Titan – $35.99, $29.99
  • Avant-Garde Bundle – $24.99, $19.99
  • Battlezone – $23.99, $19.99
  • Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – $47.99, $41.99
  • Bound – $9.99, $7.99
  • Bound by Flame – $6.99, $4.99
  • Classics PS4 Bundle – $9.99, $7.99
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – $44.99, $39.59
  • DriveClub Bikes Standalone – $9.99, $7.99
  • Fallout 4 – $22.49, $20.09
  • Fallout 4 Season Pass – $37.49, $33.49
  • Far Cry 4 Gold Edition – $29.99, $23.99
  • Fat Princess Adventures – $2.99, $1.99
  • God of War 3 Remastered – $5.99, $3.99
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack Conquest Edition – $19.99, $15.99
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition – $29.99, $23.99
  • Here They Lie – $9.99, $7.99
  • Hitman Go – $2.79, $1.99
  • Hohokum – $4.99, $3.99
  • How to Survive 2 – $5.99, $3.74
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – $6.74, $4.94
  • Killzone Shadow Fall – $7.99, $5.99
  • Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept – $7.99, $5.99
  • Knack – $6.99, $4.99
  • Lara Croft Go – $4.99, $3.99
  • LEGO The Hobbit – $7.99, $4.99
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 – $8.99, $6.99
  • Madden NFL 17 – $13.19, $9.99
  • Mad Max – $9.99, $7.99
  • Malicious Fallen – $14.99, $11.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY – $5.99, $3.99
  • Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack – $5.99, $4.99
  • Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2 – $11.99, $9.99
  • Motorcycle Club – $5.99, $3.99
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe – $2.99, $1.99
  • Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – $2.99, $1.99
  • Natural Doctrine – $7.99, $5.99
  • Nebulous – $5.99, $4.49
  • Necropolis – $17.99, $14.99
  • No Time to Explain – $7.49, $5.99
  • Party Hard – $6.49, $5.19
  • Plague Inc Evolved – $7.49, $5.99
  • PlayStation VR Worlds – $17.99, $13.99
  • Primal Carnage Extinction – $7.99, $3.99
  • QUBE Director’s Cut – $2.99, $1.99
  • Ratchet & Clank – $9.99, $7.99
  • Rayman Legends – $17.99, $13.99
  • Retro City Rampage DX – $3.99, $2.49
  • Reus – $9.99, $8.74
  • RIDE – $14.99, $8.99
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League – $24.99, $19.99
  • Risk of Rain – $4.99, $3.99
  • Shadow of the Beast – $9.99, $7.99
  • Sound Shapes – $4.99, $3.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition – $19.99, $9.99
  • SteamWorld Dig – $3.49, $2.49
  • SteamWorld Heist – $7.49, $5.99
  • Super Stardust Ultra – $6.49, $5.19
  • Super Stardust Ultra VR – $9.99, $7.99
  • Surgeon Simulator A&E Edition – $3.89, $2.59
  • Surgeon Simulator Experience Reality – $13.99, $11.99
  • Tales of Zestiria – $20.99, $14.99
  • Tearaway Unfolded – $9.99, $7.99
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – $13.99, $11.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – $40.19
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind Standalone – $4.99, $3.99
  • The Unfinished Swan – $4.49, $2.99
  • The Wolf Among Us – $9.99, $7.49
  • Time Machine VR – $14.99, $11.99
  • Tumble VR – $4.99, $3.99
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – $9.99, $7.99
  • Verdun – $7.99, $5.99

PlayStation 3

  • God of War Ascension – $2.99, $1.99
  • God of War Collection – $4.49, $2.99
  • God of War Origins Collection – $2.99, $1.99
  • Hitman Trilogy HD – $13.99, $9.99
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – $8.99, $6.99
  • inFamous Collection – $7.49, $5.99
  • Jak and Daxter Collection – $4.99, $3.99
  • Killzone HD – $5.99, $4.49
  • LittleBigPlanet Karting – $3.49, $2.49
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – $3.99, $2.99
  • Ratchet & Clank Collection – $9.99, $7.99
  • The Last of Us – $4.99, $3.99
  • The Sly Collection – $7.49, $5.99
  • Uncharted 3 GOTY – $4.99, $3.99

PlayStation Vita

  • Freedom Wars – $4.49, $2.99
  • God of War Collection – $4.49, $2.99
  • Gravity Rush – $6.74, $5.39
  • Jak and Daxter Collection – $4.99, $3.99
  • Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PSP) – $7.49, $5.99
  • LittleBigPlanet PS Vita – $5.24
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – $3.99, $2.99
  • Ratchet & Clank Collection – $9.99, $7.99
  • Resistance: Burning Skies – $7.49, $5.99
  • Severed – $4.49, $2.99
  • Tales of Hearts R – $10.49, $7.49
  • Tearaway – $8.99, $6.99
  • The Sly Collection – $7.49, $5.99
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss – $7.49, $5.99
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma – $19.99, $11.99

New Release Deals (Sale Price, PS+ Price)

  • Arizona Sunshine (PSVR) – $35.99
  • Cryptark (PS4) – $13.49, $11.24
  • Digerati Bundle 6 Pack Part 2 (PS4, PS Vita) – $8.49
  • Plague Road (PS4) – $17.99 (PS+)
  • The Tenth Line (PS4) – $10.39 (PS+)
  • Trove ‘Fast Fortune’ DLC (PS4) – $14.99

New Freebies

  • America’s Army: Proving Grounds (PS4)
  • Ancient Amuletor Theme (PS4)
  • Dark Arcana: The Carnival Demo (PS4)
  • Far Cry 5 Dynamic Theme (PS4)
  • God Wars Future Past Additional Scenario 1 (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Trove Dracolyte Class (PS4) – PS+
  • Trove Starglass-Studded Club Weapon Style (PS4)
  • Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure Theme (PS4)
  • Valkyria Revolution Scenario Pack: Vanargand (PS Vita)
  • Valkyria Revolution Scenario Pack: Vanargand Bundle (PS4)
  • Valkyria Revolution Vanargand Theme (PS4, PS Vita)