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Yakuza 0 Review (PS4)

Yakuza. It’s a series I’d never gotten into, but is well loved with other staffers here at Nintendo Okie. You can’t go a few weeks without someone talking about it and for good reason. Yakuza 0 is the most recent game in the series and if you’ve never explored the streets of Japan as a heavily tattooed man who commits crime, but is ultimately a good person then now is the best time to do so.

Yakuza 0 tells the story of two different members of the Japanese yakuza, Kiryu Kazuma and Majima Goro. At the beginning of this game Kiryu is framed for a murder that he didn’t commit. Ultimately he’s kicked out of the family and tries to redeem himself and prove his innocence at the same time. Majima is a cabaret owner who was exiled for not following orders years earlier. He too is looking to better his name. These two men’s stories will intertwine with each other at different points.

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MLB The Show 16 Is a Great Baseball Game

Baseball is the one sport I truly care about. I “follow” my favorite football team, the Carolina Panthers and will watch them if they’re on TV. Since that doesn’t happen often in Oklahoma I just check the scores the next day. I pay attention to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. I don’t watch hockey. Baseball, however, I truly love. I grew up playing … Continue reading MLB The Show 16 Is a Great Baseball Game

WB Announces New Ports For LEGO City Undercover

One of the best games on Wii U, still to this date, is Lego City Undercover. The open world game starring Chase McCain is a great game that if you haven’t played you really should. Announced today, via their Twitter Page, WB Games has said the game will be making a return. In 2017 the game will be released for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and … Continue reading WB Announces New Ports For LEGO City Undercover

Steamworld Collection Going To Retail

Image & Form’s really good Steamworld series is getting a retail release. Rising Star Games announced today that they will be publishing the two games, as part of one package called The Steamworld Collection, to retail stores. Both games, Steamworld Dig and Steamworld Heist will be available as part of the collection. It will hit stores for the PS4 and Wii U in the US, … Continue reading Steamworld Collection Going To Retail

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Review

Odin Sphere was a game that was originally developed by Vanillaware and released on the PS2 back in 2007. Back then it was considered a cult classic, now they’re hoping it gets more mainstream attention. While I did play the original game a few years ago, I really only played about an hour of that release so I’ll be treating this as if I’d never played the game before. I couldn’t talk in depth about many of the changes that were made, but from the people I’ve talked to who played the original there were some things that were desperately in need of a change.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a from the ground up re-working of the original game. The visuals and story stay mostly intact, but everything around it has been redone to fall in line with some of their more recent releases like Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Dragon’s Crown. Combat is fluid and fast paced, built mainly around the idea of stringing huge combos together. While not really necessary to be successful it is really satisfying to see that combo number go up, entering the realm of 2-300 attacks in a row on a pretty regular basis.

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Valkyria Chronicles Remastered Review (PS4)

Everybody has games from a previous generation that they never played for whatever reason, but really wanted to. Maybe you didn’t have the money at the time to pick up a new game. Maybe you didn’t actually own the system it was on. It could be any number of things. One of those games for me was Valkyria Chronicles, which was originally released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2008. I remember seeing the trailers for that game and being very interested in playing it, but disappointed because it was only coming to PS3, a system that I didn’t own.

Fast forward to 2016 and the game has been remastered for a new generation. The PS4 remaster is done brilliantly and beautifully. If you didn’t play the original game now may be the perfect time to try it out. If you did play it on the PS3 there’s no reason not to relive the experience, because it’s a game that’s going to stay with me for a long time.

Valkyria Chronicles tells the story of the nation of Gallia. It’s part of a continent (loosely based on our own real world Europe) that is controlled by two main super powers; in the east you have theEast Europan Imperial Alliance and in the west the Atlantic Federation. The countries rely on a material known as ragnite to power almost everything and the Empire is very quickly running out of this resource so they invade the small nation of Gallia, which just happens to be rich in this resource. The game opens up as Welkin Gunther is heading home. It just so happens the Empire begins their attack at that same moment and he gets swept up in the conflict along with a local town watch captain named Alicia. The two join the militia and lead the fight against the invading Empire.

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Shannon’s Top 10 Games of 2015

2015 has been a year filled with new things for me and my family. I got a new job that has allowed me to spend more time at home and subsequently more time playing games. I also picked up a PS4 which is new as I’ve always waited till a system was “on it’s way out” to pick it up on the cheap and have an extensive library of games to play. As the year has drawn to a close and I’ve spent weeks thinking over the good times, you are about to read the list of the best times. These are my top ten games of two thousand fifteen.

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10. Guitar Hero Live (PS4)

Before 2015, I hadn’t played a Guitar Hero game since Guitar Hero 2 on my PS2. I was a late adopter of the PS3 and plastic instrument games were on their way out of the market. Guitar Hero Live has been a great surprise to me though by adding a new button layout and old school MTV like service that keeps me interested every time I pick up the new guitar.

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Party Like it’s 1988: Yakuza 0 Announced for Playstation 4

After announcing the release date for Yakuza 5 during today’s PlayStation Experience keynote, Sony and Sega announced Yakuza 0, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.  However, unlike Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 will be released in both physical and digital formats.

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Shovel Knight Getting Amiibo With Wii U Exclusive Features And Free DLC On All Platforms

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Shovel Knight is digging its way back into the news! This time, in a more physical manner. As we all know, Shovel Knight is getting a retail release this October on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. However, what we just learned during the Nindies@Night event that Shovel Knight is also getting an Amiibo. That’s right, Shovel Knight will be the first indie game character to receive an Amiibo and the Amiibo functions will be exclusive to Wii U.

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