SEGA Fes 2018 is a SEGA hosted event going on from April 14 to April 15 that pretty much showcases everything SEGA. Think of it as a BlizzCon, but with SEGA. The unfortunate news is that the “Fes(tival)” is being held at Belle Salle Akihabara in Tokyo but IF you happen to be in Japan and you CAN attend, the good news is that it’s free!
The event covers 3 floors: The Stage Zone in the Basement which is intended for the fans and has various stage events and announcements. The Huge Attraction Experience Zone on the 1st Floor features the huge attractions that make up the centerpieces of the event. And finally The Museum Zone on the 2nd Floor which is more of a celebration of SEGA console anniversaries (30th for Saturn and 20th for Dreamcast) and centers around the history of SEGA as a whole.
The biggest announcement so far has been the introduction of the SEGA MegaDrive Mini. Meant as the SEGA version of Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic, the SEGA MegaDrive Mini will go on sale this year, though there wasn’t any more details as to what games will be on the console other than possibly a way of asking the audience what they want.
Another major announcement is the remaster of the critically acclaimed Shenmue 1 and 2 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC just in time for the release of Shenmue 3 later this year. Both games will feature Japanese AND English voiceovers as well as options for modern vs. classic controls and a fully scalable screen resolution.
The Mega Man games have been a veritable juggernaut in the video game industry. From its humble beginnings on the Nintendo Entertainment System to the newly announced Mega Man 11, the franchise has brought its unique gameplay to fans for over 30 years. But recently Capcom announced on their twitter account that the second set of Mega Man games collections is coming to US shores.
Announcing the Mega Man X Collection Set 1 and 2!
The Mega Man Collection Set 1 will cover the Mega Man X games, originally featured on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Playstation consoles, from the original (X) to the fourth iteration (X4). The second collection, featured originally on the Playstation, Playstation 2, and Windows platofrms, will feature the fifth iteration (X5) to the eighth (X8).
This time, the company is planning on releasing both collections on the Playstation 4, XBox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch this July 24th and plans to have a ton of extras. From art books, to a widescreen mode, to a fully rendered 3D mode to even a dual boss fighting mode, it looks like the franchise is looking to appease the classic audience and bring in a whole new one in time for the Mega Man 11 release. In addition, there’s the The Day of Σ movie that was originally in the Maverick Hunter X game that explores the origin of the antagonist Sigma and the Mavericks.
Get ready to roll out, Maverick hunters! Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC July 24th!
— Mega Man (@MegaMan) April 10, 2018
Could Monster Hunter World be Capcom’s shining beacon of light?
It seems to be so. The release of Monster Hunter World has returned some massive numbers. Famitsu, a company that tracks Japanese retail sales, has recorded that the game sold more than 1.35 million copies in its first weekend release. Maybe it’s the fact that it was the first major console release of the game since the first Monster Hunter or maybe it’s the streamlining of the game mechanics that make it easier for newcomers to approach. Regardless of what it is, the formula has definitely worked.
Video game fans are at least familiar with the Monster Hunter franchise. Starting back in 2004 on the Playstation 2, it wasn’t a spectacular game, but received fair reviews. Its core loop of kill monsters, loot monsters, build better gear only to kill bigger monsters did well enough for the game that it spawned 3 sequels before Monster Hunter World.
But not even a month into the release and Capcom is not only declaring Monster Hunter World the fastest selling game of the series, it has set a new record of fastest selling Capcom game of all time! Considering the company has some heavy hitter franchises in Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man, a franchise as young as Monster Hunter is giving Capcom the breath of fresh air it needed. As of Monday, February 12, the company has announced that Monster Hunter World has broken the 6 million sales mark, which includes digital and physical media. It’s also no surprise that the game was the top selling game on PSN for the month of January.
It released on January 26.
Personally, I love the game. It’s not the best game of all time in my book, but the core loop of the game just makes me want to play all the time.
Monster Hunter World is currently out on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Here are your Games with Gold deals. Take advantage of them while you can.
Xbox One Deals With Gold (Thru January 25)
Boggle — $6.69
Hasbro Family Fun Pack — $20
Inside My Radio — $7.50
Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition — $20
Killer Instinct Season 2 Combo Breaker Add-On — $10
Mega Coin Squad — $7.50
Pure Hold’em — $13.30
Roundabout — $7.50
Scrabble — $10.04
Sniper Elite 3 Ultra Edition — $20
Xbox 360 Deals With Gold (Thru January 25)
Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga — $15
Farming Simulator — $7.50
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax — $24
Sniper Elite 3 — $20
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed — $20.09
Since I am playing Rock Band 4 on a PS4 using instruments from PS3 versions, I looked up compatibility and instructions while I was trying to set it up. I didn’t find any complete reference. Harmonix has a compatibility chart, but there’s more to it than that. I thought I’d start a page here on Nerd Report where people can share their experiences and help in the comments. I will share how I got it to work, but that may only part of the story. (Feel free also to share Xbox One experiences.)
My equipment: Rock Band guitar, drums and microphone, Rock Band 2 guitar, Playstation 4.
You’ll notice that’s four instruments. Playstation 4 now only has two controller jacks. Some design genius figured that with wireless controllers, there was no more need for four or more jacks.
Luckily, one of the Rock Band guitar dongles has extra jacks. A dongle, I learned, is the name for the wireless receiver you plug into the control jack to connect with a wireless guitar. Back on PS3, each instrument came with its own paired dongle.
So the messy plug situation was: two guitar dongles, with a microphone and drums plugged into one of the dongles.
It seems new instruments are simply paired via PS4 bluetooth, but PS3 equipment still requires the dongles, so here we are.
Guitar Hero instruments are now compatible with Rock Band 4, and I had some of those to try out too, but each had problems. My oldest guitar for Guitar Hero III connected and activated fine. I even found it a bit more responsive than Rock Band guitars, explaining why I was always a little better at Guitar Hero. But, the colored frets would go dead at random. In mid-song, I’d lose the green, orange or blue fret, which makes finishing the song impossible.
Could that be the age of the guitar? It’s the oldest piece of equipment in this equation so maybe it’s just going bad. It did have fresh new batteries in, and the randomization of the dead frets suggests it’s not just wear and tear.
However, my second guitar, which came with Guitar Hero World Tour, was completely dead. The dongle would not even light up red to connect, although the guitar it should have paired with was still blinking. Do dongles go bad? That’s a tad less old than the guitar that works with missing fret buttons.
On the vocal front, since I still have the old microphone, am I able to use the vocal improv feature? It seems like any time I stray from the notes, it counts as a miss. Do you need the new Rock Band 4 mic to vary the notes? Or am I just not good enough to improv?
I will update this page as I find more information. Please share answers or further questions in the comments.
“Mortal Kombat X“ is the newest installment in the “Mortal Kombat” franchise. The franchise started back in 1992 with the original “Mortal Kombat” being released for arcade. The game became so popular in the arcade, that later it would make its way into home gaming with new releases of further iterations. Most notably, many people note Mortal Kombat as a main reason the ESRB came to be.
With the release of “Mortal Kombat X“, and being a huge fan myself, it is only right that I played through the game about 3 times now so I can learn every piece of the story that I could, and now here is the anticipated review.
There will be spoilers from here on out, but i will try to keep them to a minimum.
The story of Mortal Kombat X picks up a few years after you defeat Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat (9). Shinnok decides to attack Earthrealm using an army of Netherrealm forces including those who were defeated and now serve as resurrected servants under Quan Chi’s control. After fighting their former comrades, Johnny, Sonya and Kenshi open a portal to the sky temple and head to the jinsei chamber which is the source of Earthrealms life force. They come to find that Raiden is fighting Shinnok alongside Fujin. Johnny, Sonya and Kenshi managed to distract shinnok long enough for Raiden to steal Shinnok’s amulet and imprison him inside it, but Quan Chi managed to escape. Johnny and Sonya tracked him down to his lair and managed to temporarily defeat him, returning Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax back to their human form.
Moving forwards twenty years, Johnny Cage assembles a team consisting of his daughter Cassie, Jax’s daughter Jacqui, Kenshi’s son Takeda, and Kung Lao’s cousin Kung-jin. After training with sub-zero, they are dispatched to Outworld to resolve a civil war between Mileena who is in possession of Shinnok’s amulet, and the Outworld emperor Kotal Kahn. Cassie’s team ends up helping Kotal Kahn in capturing Meleena and retrieving the amulet. Right as they are about to leave, Kotal Kahn ends up betraying them to keep the amulet in Outworld. Little did Kahn know, D’Vorah was a double agent, working for Quan Chi. She steals the amulet and ends up putting the blame on Cassie’s team.
Thats as far as I am going to go into the story, as it gets a little confusing unless you are playing the game. Now then, lets get on to the thoughts about the game. Being a die hard Mortal Kombat fan, this is a breath of fresh air for the series. The interactive environments are a very nice touch for a fighting franchise that was starting to put out the same old thing. X-Rays have seem to been balanced a little batter than the last Mortal Kombat game was, although, it is still evident that some characters have more devastating X-Rays than other characters, so it will be interesting to see if that will be incorporated into competitive play.
Brutalities have made a return which makes me happy. The krypt is still here and creepier than ever. Watch out for those jump scares. The living towers make a great additionk. Say you wanna go and see how well you stack against other people. Well, you can go to the living towers to do one of the three towers that are avalible. An hourly one, a daily one, and a premiere one, which i believe changes every week. It is a great thing that you have the potential to do a new tower every hour if that is your thing.
Other than that, the only major change is the Faction system which is kinda spotty at best right now. Sometimes I am able to see my factions progress and sometimes I can’t. In the coming weeks, maybe one or two, I will be writing about the faction system. I wanna see how it works before I judge it too harshly like what kind of rewards will be given out and what kind of battles will come from it. If I had to rate this game, I would give Mortal Kombat X an 8 out of 10. I strongly recommend this game to anyone who is a fighting game fan. If you liked fighting games before and have been burned on a fighting game before, I suggest you play this one and see if it can persuade you other wise. If you wanna pick up the game, you can grab it right here.
Before we go, there is a scene that plays after the credits. If you have not seen it yet, check it out here. Future DLC? New game? What do you think?
Is anyone still playing Destiny?
I know I am. Personally, I’m not a big fan of online FPS console games, but this game seemed to hook me with its unique take on the FPS genre. Are you a solo player? You can play solo (except of course for certain missions and raids), you can just do all multiplayer if you want, you can do a combination of both. It’s pretty flexible.
The first expansion, The Dark Below, hit the online market on December 9, just 4 months after the release of the game. Now its second expansion, House of Wolves, has been announced to drop on Tuesday May 19th.
The odd thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a raid in this expansion.
Regardless, fans of Destiny agree that Bungie will have to start speeding up their new content as players are hitting level cap fairly fast. With 4 months from the release to the first expansion and 5 months from the first to the second expansion, the quality of content vs. speed of release is starting to tax on players.
Still, expect nothing but quality in this new expansion. Bungie has made it no secret that they’re learning as they go along, but will fans follow?
Only time will tell.
Do you want free over-the-air TV on your xbox one? Well, Xbox has heard and listen to your cries. Starting yesterday, xbox preview members are now able to do just that. All you need to do is buy a small antenna and one piece of hardware.
OTA (Over-The-Air) TV has been a thing for a long time. You might know it better as rabbit ears for your TV. Well to do this, you will need a basic antenna like the amazon basic antenna which is crazy affordable. To figure out how strong of an antenna you will need, you can use this calculator to see which channels you will get using different antennas. From there, all you will need is this Hauppauge tuner to connect to the xbox via usb. Right now, the Hauppauge cost $80, but microsoft is working on lowering the price down to 60 in the coming months. Now, you may be asking yourself “Why would i buy an $80 add-on for the xbox one when i can just directly connect the antenna to my tv?”. Well, there are 4 major reasons you would do so, and at least to myself, these reasons make all the difference.
Reason one. If you use the setup explained here, you will get the channel guide that is in the xbox TV app. That means you won’t have to search through channels to see what you can find, you will be able to bring up the channel guide and see what is on.
Reason two. Doing this, you will be able to pause live Tv for up to thirty minutes. This is a modern luxury, and is very nice to see with the ability to use OTA on xbox one now.
Reason three, and this is a big one. You can stream to your mobile devices. That is right. Normally, an antenna will only let you watch on the tv that it is connected to. If you use the tuner the xbox one, you will be able to stream tab to any device using smart glass even if someone is already playing a game.
Finally, Reason four. We have the snap feature. If you are playing a video game and realize your favorite sports team or favorite show is on, you can just snap the tv app and keep an eye on your show and keep playing your game.
Well there you have it. If you are a preview member on the xbox one, you already have access to this feature. The rest of us will have to wait a little longer. If you are confused at all, check out this video and listen to Major Nelson explain it.
[Edit] After reading around the intertent, it turns out people have been doing this since late 2013. Here is an easy to follow guide to do it for under $70 (Which is cheaper than the Hauppauge tuner is selling for on Amazon right now. Check it out here.
Recently I have been in love with prison games. It all started with Prison Architect, but that is another article for another day. Way back when at E3 of 2014, there was another prison game that was announced, and I just about went crazy over it. The Escapist is basically a prison escape simulator. Get all the rush of being in prison without any of the rape and stabbings. The Escapist first game out in beta on Steam, and i have been hooked ever since. With the recent release on Xbox one I would constitute as a full release, so that means everything is up for debate. Lets dive in.
When you start The Escapist, you are greeted with the normal game screen. You get your choice of options and new game. When starting a new game, you only have one option of prisons. The other prisons have to be unlocked with new game plus. After going through the short tutorial showing you how to use the controls, you are awaken in prison the lowest ranking prison in the game with no information on why you are in prison. You have your own cell, a bed, a dresser and surprisingly enough, cable TV. What do we do first? we learn the schedule. Every prison has a different schedule that you need to learn so you can optimize your short time in prison. One we have that memorized, it is on the the next phase of our plan.
Now that we have the schedule memorized, we now move on to stats. In The Escapist, you have three stats. Strength, Speed and Intelligence. Strength is, as you would figure it, directly related to how strong you are and how much health you have. This becomes really important early game with fulfilling requests for prisoners, but we will get to that in a minute. Speed is directly related to your characters speed and how fast you can move around the prison. Intelligence is related to your ability to craft items in the game.
During you stay in prison, you will need money to get items you want/need in order to break out. Some prisoners will ask favors of you. In return, you will be in their good graces and well as receive some payment. You can have up to four(4) favors going at one time. Many of the favors will be something along the lines of “Get me X Item” or “So and so is on my shit list. Teach him a lesson”. Early game, I tend to stick with the “Get item” favors, as you can go through other inmates rooms during your free time. This makes it pretty easy to get the items you need for those favors. Once you have enough money, you can approach inmates that have a blinking bag over their head. Those inmates have items for sale. They can have anything from a DVD to Metal file for sale. As you can see, it is kind of hit and miss with what they have. Sometimes you can get real lucky and get a vital piece of equipment you need in order to break out, like a shovel. If you don’t feel like running favors for people, you can just do your default job as a worker that does the laundry. gives you decent pay, but then you have to clean dirty inmate and guard outfits.
Your intelligence becomes very important late game. With your stock pile of items building up, you will need to begin making better items in order for you to break out. The crafting system in this game is well done. Most games now a days try to emulate a crafting system similar to Minecraft with no avail, but i feel that The Escapist has done this very well. When you open the crafting menu, you are greeted with 3 empty slots. You can use any of your 6 items you have on you for crafting. The recipes work well and are thought out. They make sense. You can find and sometimes buy recipes from other inmates that teach you how to make items. Once you learn them, you can go to your journal/notes at any time to look at them again in case you forget them.
With all this being said, I honestly think that The Escapist is one of the best indie games to come out in recent months. the gameplay is fun and at times can be a really challenging game. I have been a big fan of the game and I know that may alter my view on it, but I am so happy to see it be released on a console for many others to experience. The controls are tight, the crafting is good and the ai is pretty amazing. At some points, i found myself stressing out over the situations i found myself in. If you have the spare $18 to pick up this game, I extremely suggest that you get it.