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NCG Review – Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition (PS4, PSVita, Switch, PC, Xbox One)

Title: Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition
Platform: PS4, PSVita, Switch, PC, Xbox One

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition is an enhanced port of its original title Mercenary Kings, which was release back in 2014. This enhanced port is available free to anyone who has purchased the original title, and is also available for purchase for Switch owners and newcomers. This time around the Reloaded Edition comes with some new content such as new balances, weapons and characters. Is it worth a revisit, or does it lack in bringing players back to the mayhem?

 

Visuals

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition gameplay visuals take inspiration from classic titles such as the Metal Slug series. With the gorgeous and smooth animated retro style character sprites and the 16-bit backgrounds, Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition fits perfect on one of its new home, the Nintendo Switch, along with the platforms it has made a return to. It never got old seeing the different variations of enemies and bosses even after the 4 years that have passed by since the first title.MercenaryKings_Screenshot_01MercenaryKings_Screenshot_03

Audio

The soundtrack of Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition is still the same tracks from the original, and is still engaging as ever bring back that old school shooter genre attitude and feel. The tracks never felt like they were too repetitive and used too much throughout the game and the sound FX is what to expect as wellMercenaryKings_Screenshot_06

Gameplay

The core gameplay is back, as players will take on many missions such as rescue, item collecting, eliminate and many more different style missions. Co-op is back as well, with four player split screen and online play, so players can take on the missions with some friends at anytime.

When entering a missions players will be thrown into one of many maps to take on their, loaded with re-spawning enemies and items to find, but this isn’t your typical side-scrolling shooter. Players will be placed at a random point on the stage, and be able to freely explore the map. This is what keeps the game feeling fresh, as players will never feel like one map is ever the same.FriggCombatShort.gif

Like I mentioned, enemies will be everywhere, and if you backtrack to an area, the enemies will have re-spawned. This helps the game feel like maps are not so empty, and is very satisfying and frustrating at the same time. The frustrating part is that sometimes during collecting missions some big enemies feel like they just get in the way and shouldn’t have the abilities to re-spawn, as they take some time to defeat. Other than that, the core gameplay is addicting.

Weapon crafting is back and with some new knives and gun parts to discover. If you are a player that likes to collect items and craft items, Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition has a lot of crafting options for you. Players will collect items and craft new weapons and parts which will change how you gun works, or how far your knife will reach. This mechanic gave the game a huge amount of replay value.

Verdict

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition is a perfect revisit to the title, and holds its guns up high. The title is also a perfect fit for its first appearance on the Nintendo Switch. I really recommend players who haven’t played the previous title to give Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition a try, and veterans to revisit the title. This title is certainly a game to check out, and I give Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition a 7/10.Score

 

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Dragon Ball FighterZ coming to us January 26, 2018!

Mark your calendar.  Today Bandai Namco announced that the release date for Dragon Ball FighterZ will be January 26, 2018!  There will be no better way to start the new year.

Two new digital editions of Dragon Ball FighterZ were also announced, which include a “FighterZ Pass” that will add eight additional playable characters to the game. Here are the details:

FighterZ Edition ($94.99)

  • A download of the game
  • FighterZ Pass – Eight new characters, including their respective stamps, set of alternative colors, and Lobby Avatars

Ultimate Edition ($109.99)

  • A download of the game
  • FighterZ Pass – Eight new characters, including their respective stamps, set of alternative colors, and Lobby Avatars
  • Anime Music Pack – 11 songs from the anime
  • Commentator Voice Pack

Digital pre-orders for Dragon Ball FighterZ include:

  • Early access to the open beta
  • Early unlocks for playable characters SSGSS Goku and SSGSS Vegeta
  • SSGSS Goku and SSGSS Vegeta Lobby characters
  • Girls Stamp Pack featuring Android 21, Android 18, and Bulma

And as previously announced, a physical collector’s edition of Dragon Ball FighterZ will also be available for $139.99, which includes:

  • A copy of the game
  • CollectorZ box
  • Exclusive SteelBook
  • 7-inch Goku statue with exclusive “Manga Dimension” coloring
  • Three art boards

Here are some new details about the game as well.


Fights are all about strategy. And fights in Dragon Ball FighterZ are becoming more and more strategical with the arrival of the two new heavyweight fighters, Nappa and Captain Ginyu. Captain Ginyu is quite powerful as players can exchange him with their opponent character until the end of the fight. Nappa is a heavy type character using the Saibamen to attack the enemy. Using the Saibamen in a good way could help a lot to gain time to charge energy or prepare a combo.

Story Mode will also surprise and delight all the fans with the LINK System allowing them to embody different characters, share their minds and even discuss with them while they live in the same body! Surprises are not finished yet. Composed of 3 different parts, the story mode will allow players to experience 3 different perspectives each offering different details and secrets about the whole story. Players will first play the Super Warriors Arc in the perspective of the Saiyans, then the Super Villain Arc in the perspective of the enemies and finally the Android Arc in the perspective of the Androids. By taking part in different fighting combinations included in these 3 chapters, players will be able to level up their characters and get a full understanding of the amazing Dragon Ball FighterZ scenario! The story mode map will also surprise everyone by becoming a new place for a tactical move as players will have different options for their next destination. This strategical choice will have an impact on fighting abilities in future fights!

Last but not least, more details about the online mode are also revealed! The online mode with interconnected match-making will be the perfect place to test players’ skills. In the Circle Match mode, up to 8 players can enter into the room to fight against each other where up to 4 fights can happen at the same time. The World Match mode will allow players to choose between a casual and a ranked match.

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NCG Review – Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle (PS4, Switch)

As Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle V was first announced, I was really excited for the 3rd person arena fighter/shooter. Especially since Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet was a really fun in-depth title. When I jumped into Burst Battle on for the first time, I found out I was getting into something from a different nature.kobuto_jp_ss6.png

Audio

Like any Touhou titles, the music is terrific! Compiled of remixes of character theme songs, the music is something that all players can enjoy in this title. The sound effects sort of work, but can get repetitive, and other than that, there is nothing more, or new. A lot of the sound effects were just reused sounds from Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet.kobuto_jp_ss5.png

Gameplay

This is usually where Touhou titles really shine, but in Burst Battle, the development just wasn’t executed right. First off, there is no video or game play tutorial, which this title really needs to have in order for players to understand what they are doing. There is only a manual that is on the main menu, which many players will probably miss since it’s in such a weird spot.kobuto_jp_ss2.png

Once players finally start to figure out the game, they will notice it has the core mechanics of an arena battle game. The down side is that it is slow, clunky and there is no character balance. Players will spend most of their time waiting on each stamina meter to refill to try to use the most powerful attack through a match. As for game modes, players will have a choice of the single player story mode, arcade mode, score attack, VS, and online. touhou-kobuto-v-burst-battle-3

When jumping into the single player story mode, one of the first and upsetting part was that I didn’t get to pick a character. Automatically, I was thrown into the story of Reimu Hakurei. After completing her story, you are forced to do the next character story and so on. Wasn’t too big of a deal, but I would have liked to choose which character to play. As for the other modes, it’s just the story mode without the story.2

Verdict

It really disappointed me as a fan of arena battle style titles that Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle missed out on being a great title. It has the mechanics, the music… the pointless story, but I felt like it had no signs of a fast pace, bullet hell, Touhou feel that the other titles have. This is not a game to pick up for the price, but rather a borrow from a friend that is a hardcore Touhou fan. It sucks to say but I have to give this title a 1 out of 10.

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Japan is getting Jubei in BlazBlue: Central Fiction on August 31st

Arc System Works has announced that Jubei will be available for BlazBlue: Central Fiction as DLC on August 31 in Japan, alongside a free patch adding in the recent arcade version battle balances.

The DLC and patch will only be on PS4, and PS3. As for PC players, Arc System Works has said that the downloadable content and free patch will launch for the PC version “in the near future.”

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is currently available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC

Here is a quick overview of Jubei.


Jubei is one of the Six Heroes that saved humanity during the Great Dark War that occurred 100 years ago. He is an important character who has a close connection to the characters of this game. He is the protagonist Ragna’s swordsmanship master and life saver, husband to the Great Mage Nine, and father to Kokonoe. By making Jubei playable this time, you can learn of his various aspects, such as the power true to his name of “the strongest being on the planet,” of his suffering, and of his love for his family.

 

Overwatch Event Leaked

Tomorrow Blizzard is unleashing a new Overwatch Event, A kings row event. Today however there was a leak from Xbox on what the event is going to offer.

Long story short, we are getting a mode similar to Junkenteins Revenge, except this time it is against omnics calling it Omnics Insurrection. In the new game mode players will only get to play as 4 heroes just like last time: Tracer, Torbjorn. Mercy and Rheinhardt.

The other leaks are some of the new skins that will be available for Genji, Tracer, Mercy, Rheinhardt, Torbjorn, Black Widow…I mean Widowmaker and McCree check them out below and look for the event starting tomorrow.

Are you going to play more than usual? I know I am!

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