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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!

 

Dreamhack is Launching a line of PC’s

Today Dreamhack has announced that they will be releasing their very own PC line.

Dreamhack is widely known for their (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN party and DreamHack has over 20 years experience arranging festivals, events and competitions throughout the Nordics, Europe and North America.

DreamHack PC will launch featuring four product lines, each specifically targeted for a gamer’s needs.

Here is an overview and release video on what to expect.


The DreamHack PC is built using components from the leading brands in the business and with the extensive knowledge from DreamHack’s LAN parties, event usage and esport competitions. We truly believe that we have a line of gaming computers that will meet the demands for all kinds of gamers ranging from the beginner, the esport professionals, to content creators, and broadcasters that demand a flawless experience from their PC.

DREAMHACK PC – PLAY
DreamHack PC PLAY delivers great performance for the most popular games and comes with components from some of the very best manufacturers on the market. PLAY is the most affordable DreamHack PC with great price performance, all with DreamHack DNA included.

DREAMHACK PC – GAMING
DreamHack PC GAMING delivers awesome performance in all new and popular games ranging from the most popular competitive esport games to the latest block buster titles from the biggest publishers. DreamHack PC Gaming is built only with the very best components in its class and is fully upgradable and flexible.

DREAMHACK PC – ESPORTS
DreamHack PC ESPORTS is made to deliver flawless esports performance in a real life competitive environments on LAN and on the biggest stages in the esports world. DreamHack is one of the biggest esport tournament organisers in the world and knows what it takes of a machine to be the best tool for a professional team and players that are competing on the highest level. DreamHack PC ESPORTS can be the deciding factor between a win or a loss.

DREAMHACK PC – STREAMER
DreamHack PC STREAMER delivers performance for the high end user to stream and play on in full resolution. Amazing machine for content creators, youtubers and broadcasters who share their gaming experience in real time with their audiences. With two top of the line graphic cards and some of the very best components available the DreamHack PC STREAMER is the choice for professionals and the most demanding gamers!

Humble Freedom Bundle

In case you haven’t already heard, the guys over at Humble Bundle have released the Humble Freedom Bundle, over 600 dollars worth of games and books for a minimum of 30 dollars. All of the proceeds from this purchase will go towards helping ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), The IRC (International Rescue Committee) and and MSF (Doctors without Borders)

Humble bundle is going to match up to 300,000 dollars which is awesome considering that the sales have already reached 1.4 million dollars that’s in 42,500 sales.

Some of the games in this bundle include Stardew Valley, Stanley Parable and Subnautica all good games. Check out the rest of the stuff in this bundle in the link below.

Freedom Bundle

Ni No Kuni II announced for PC

PC player rejoice! Today, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Ni No Kuni II will be available 2017 on the PC platform.  PlayStation fans, no need to worry, it’s still going to be on the PS4. Xbox players, looks like you might have to get a PS4? Only time will tell!

So far, there is not an official release date, but we can keep an eye out in 2017.

Are you ready to re-visit Ding Dong Dell? Have you played the first title? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!