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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 Review

After a long wait, The Legend of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel 2 finally launches on the PlayStation 4. Is this massive JRPG worth your time, or should you look elsewhere?

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel 2 Review

It is worth noting that players can start with this title, but playing the first entry comes highly recommended. There is a recap, but it doesn’t cover everything.

Trails of Cold Steel 2 starts off one month after the end of the original. Rean has been unconscious since then, and wakes up in the mountains of Ymir. When he finds out he has been out for a month, he immediately starts trying to figure out what happened to the rest of Class VII. After Rean gets back to Ymir, he finds out that Thor’s Military Academy has been taken over and his classmates are MIA. Then, before he can even get situated, his sister is abducted by the Jaegers, right in front of him.

When all is said and done, there is the only one thing left to do. Rean has to find his classmates and rescue his sister. On top of all this, the Ereboian Civil war is in full swing, making travel very difficult. Thankfully the knight Valimar allows you to fast travel to areas, which you could not do in the first game. With Valimar’s help, you start getting your classmates back together and start finding out where your sister is being held. Overall, the story can run you 60-70 hours without going for 100%.

Trails Of Cold Steel 2 Review

Trails is a turn-based RPG with some interesting battle mechanics. You can attack, use magic, use skills, move, or use items like a typical RPG. The turn order randomly has buffs that can apply to either enemies or allies, depending on the rotation. So on top of worrying about healing and applying status effects, you need to either delay enemies or yourself in the turn order to get the best buffs. For instance, a guaranteed critical attack from an enemy might kill you, but if you delay him, the critical attack applies to your attack instead. The combat can feel overwhelming at first, especially if you didn’t play the first game.

That is how it works for normal combat, though there is mech combat as well. The knight Valimar is a mech, and when you go up against other mechs, you will use him. As opposed to the four you have in normal combat, Valimar fights alone with support from only one other party member. Every enemy mech has a weak spot depending on their stance. In order to win the tougher battles, you need to find all the weak spots on the enemy. You can also upgrade Valimar as the story progresses.

Outside of the main story stuff, you will have side missions and other activities you can take on. The crux of the side content involves you finding the rest of Thor’s students and getting them to join your cause. Class VII can’t be missed, but the other students are scattered all over the world. Bringing them into the fray will unlock other shops and facilities you wouldn’t usually have access to. You can also fish, cook, and snowboard …

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The 5 Most Cringe-Inducing E3 Press Conferences


E3 2019 will be here in a matter of moments, bringing with it game announcements, press conferences, and enough hype to power all of LA. Though gamers the world over are expecting some soaring highs from the big players this year, let us not forget the crushing lows that live on in infamy.

The 5 Most Cringe-Inducing E3 Press Conferences

Activision’s E3 2007 Press Conference

Star power at E3 press conferences is nothing new – previous years have seen appearances by Drake, Andrew W.K., and even Gabe Newell himself. However, in 2007, Activision decided to have “comedian” Jamie Kennedy on board for their press conference.

What followed was some painful roasting, slurred speech, and countless jokes that missed the mark by a mile. Not even Tony Hawk’s appearance could save Mr. Kennedy from making a complete and utter fool of himself.

Jamie Kennedy has yet to take the stage at an E3 press conference again, and Activision no longer has their own conference. Probably for the best.

Ubisoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference

Ubisoft has gone through some growing pains with their E3 press conferences. Talk of #girlwood, forced memes made up on the spot, and a random game of laser tag have all made the rounds, but none stand out so much as the appearance of Aaron Priceman at their E3 2011 press conference.

Chock full of dad jokes, “Mr. Caffeine’s” nervous energy didn’t resonate with the crowd when he lead their show. His iconic “doodle doodle do” hand gesture and “Tom Chalancy” mispronunciation have lived on for years, and has since made itself into countless memes.

2019 looks to have no host for the event, which can be seen as either a blessing as a curse, depending on who you are.

Nintendo’s E3 2008 Press Conference

Nintendo has made Reggie Fils-Aime’s iconic catchphrase “my body is ready” into countless gamers’ lexicons, but no moment has been as big of a stain for them as their E3 2008 game conference. Gamers got to meet the little puppy “Peach,” see professional drummer Robbie Drums “play” Wii Music, and the “cutest game you’ve ever seen.” Those hoping for more Mario, more Zelda, more anything left this conference with terrible disappointment.

Microsoft’s E3 2010 Press Conference

Microsoft made waves with the Xbox 360, but few would disagree that the Kinect was one of the company’s biggest mistakes on record. What better way to spend your annual press conference than to focus your entire media presentation on this motion-sensing device?

Whether it be the awkward interactions with the tiger Skittles in Kinectimals, the awkward dance segment for Dance Central, or the awkward music selection of Justin Bieber, one could say the whole thing was…awkward.

The company has since distanced themselves from the device, and we’re sure this presentation serves as a grave reminder of their past sins.

Konami’s E3 2010 Press Conference

Perhaps no company has had as big of a misstep at E3 as Konami. The house of Solid Snake dropped the ball big time in 2010 – faux wrestling fights, poor magic tricks, awkward dancing, breaches of personal space, and Tak Fujii’s failure to generate hype culminated in a press conference that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.…

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Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3


Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk.

The trailer shows how this title is a four on four melee fighter. See characters like Daemon, Makuta, and Buttercup in action with the video below:

The technical alpha for the game will start on June 27.

Source: Xboxer.sk
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3

Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development

Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed

The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games

Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser

Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced


Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development.

A new platforming adventure hybrid, heroes Yooka and Laylee will team up and combine abilities to take on a series of 2.5D levels and solve puzzles in a 3D overworld. Players will help rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard from each level, and will take on Capital Bs Impossible Lair.

You can view a trailer below:

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – Reveal Trailer

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2019, and a boxed console version will also be available. More information will be unveiled during E3 next week.

Source: Press Release
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3

Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development

Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed

The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games

Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser

Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control

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Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed


The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games.

A parody of Cold War-era alien invasion films, this game has players taking control of Cryptosporidium 137, who must harvest human brain stems to prevent his species from going extinct. To help accomplish this task, advanced Furon weaponry is at the player’s disposal.

You can view a trailer below, courtesy of IGN:

Destroy All Humans! – Remake Reveal Trailer

The game will come out in 2020.

Source: YouTube
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3

Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development

Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed

The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games

Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser

Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control

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Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser


Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control.

You can watch it below:

Control E3 2019 Teaser

An action-adventure game, Control puts the spotlight on a secret U.S. government agency called the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), which is tasked with studying and containing phenomena that violate reality’s laws.

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 27.

Source: YouTube
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3

Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development

Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed

The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games

Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser

Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control

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Journey Gets PC Launch Trailer


To mark its launch on the PC, Annapurna Interactive and thatgamecompany have released a new trailer for Journey.

Winning more than 100 industry awards and media accolades and originally released on PlayStation consoles, Journey has players control a robed figure that is placed in a vast desert, and must travel towards a mountain in the distance. The only form of communication is a musical chime.

Watch the launch trailer below:

JOURNEY | PC Launch Trailer

Stay tuned for our review of the PC version next week.

Source: YouTube
Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge Leaked Ahead of E3

Footage for the Xbox exclusive game Bleeding Edge from Ninja Theory has been leaked, courtesy of Xboxer.sk

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Playtonic Games and Team17 announced today that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now in development

Destroy All Humans! Remake Revealed

The 2005 cult classic Destroy All Humans! is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, courtesy of THQNordic and Black Forest Games

Control Gets E3 2019 Teaser

Ahead of E3 2019 next week, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for Control

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Safety Tips To Keep Hackers Away

Hackers are everywhere. You’ll never really know when they’ll strike. When they do, they will take away vital data from your computer.

No one wants to get hacked. Unfortunately, it happens. Hackers are heartless people. That’s why it’s important to understand what they do and how they do it.

A recent public forum explained what hacking is all about.

What is hacking and how can it be avoided?

These two questions were among many addressed on Tuesday at a public forum titled “You Have Been Hacked!” featuring Charles J. Lesko Jr., director of graduate studies in the ECU College of Engineering and Technology.

“Hacking” refers to the act of someone gaining unauthorized access into a computer or network, Lesko said.

“Anything that’s got digital capability nowadays has the ability for someone to — in some way, shape or form — alter,” he said. “That’s the age that we’re living in now.”

(Via: http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/04/10/You-ve-Been-Hacked.html)

Why do hackers do what they do? Here’s what Lesko has to say about that:

There are many nefarious reasons for hacking, but the primary one is to get your money, Lasko said.

(Via: http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/04/10/You-ve-Been-Hacked.html)

Lesko also offers some safety tips to keep the hackers away.

Never respond to a request from any organization or a business that sends an email asking you for your user ID and password, Lesko said.

“That’s an immediate delete,” he said. “Unless you trust (something) explicitly, don’t (click on it).”

Know the difference between “http” and “https,” letters that appear in the address of a website, Lesko said. The “s” indicates that the website connection is secure.

Regarding passwords, it is best to have ones that are complex and secure, Lesko said. People tend to use simple passwords, even as simple as “password” and “pa$$word,” because they are easy to remember. But they are also easy for hackers to break into.

(Via: http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/04/10/You-ve-Been-Hacked.html)

The key is, never trust emails that ask you to share or update your personal information on the attached link. To start with, organizations or businesses, like banks, will never ask you to update personal information online.
So, if you get an email that seems to look like it’s from your bank, verify it first. Do not trust it and do exactly what Lesko says. Delete it.

Knowing the difference between “http’ and “https” is critical especially if you do a lot of research online. It’s really just a matter of looking out for the letter “s” when you choose a website.

When it comes to password management, Lesko adds;

Lesko recommended using a “password manager” tool that allows computer users to have a range of secure and complex passwords without their having to remember a thing. He also recommended installing antivirus programs, not only on computers but on mobile phones which are also susceptible to hacking.

(Via: http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/04/10/You-ve-Been-Hacked.html)

According to Lesko, using a virtual private network or VPN can also keep the hackers away.

Another way to keep data safe is to use the services of a virtual private network (VPN), Lesko said.

“(It’s) a way to secure your online activity by routing your traffic through their servers,” he said.

(Via: http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/04/10/You-ve-Been-Hacked.html)

Lesko also adds that sensitive information should never be stored …

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Destiny 2 is getting a new expansion and it’s going free to play

Destiny 2, the first-person shooter developed by Bungie, is going to see a lot of changes in the upcoming months. Not only it´s getting Shadowkeep, a new expansion that’s coming after the summer, but the game will also be available for free with the launch of Destiny 2: New Light.

Destiny 2 – Shadowkeep

Destiny 2: New Light will be the new “baseline game” for Destiny 2, and this new form will come with all of the content released during the first year of the game including the whole campaign, Leviathan raid, all the rewards, and mainly Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions. It´s a great way to attract people into the game, but you have to keep in mind that all the content released after that still needs to be purchased. So if you want to play Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion, you will have to buy it.

The same goes for the new Shadowkeep expansion that is coming on September 17th. This will be a standalone DLC that will take us to the moon in the next chapter of the Destiny 2 experience in an adventure that once again will get the Guardians to fight against new threats and collect new weapons.
Those who pre-order the Standard Edition of Shadowkeep will receive the Two-Tailed Fox Exotic Rocket Launcher and an exclusive Hive-themed ornament. There is also the Digital Deluxe Edition that comes with a few Eris Morn themed items and four Season Passes, each offering a unique set of exclusive Seasonal activities, artifacts, and rewards.

It seems that after breaking with Activision, Bungie is also rethinking all their marketing plan for the franchise, because they have also announced that Destiny 2 will be available on Steam. And that’s not the only surprise they had for us in storage because it was also revealed that they would be introducing a cross-save system for Destiny 2. It will allow players to shift between any platform the game is available for as they see fit, that is, PlayStation 4, Steam, Xbox One, and Google Stadia too!

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Black Paradox Review – Another Toothpick

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Steredenn really was this lightning in a bottle, huh?

 

Around 2015, shoot ’em ups were in a comatose state, almost extinct, before French developer Pixelnest proved that the old girl still had Bullet Hell-life in her. It seemed like simple maths, adding the sh’m’up mechanics in an easy-to-understand rouge-lite core, and with that done, it’d only make sense for imitators to show up. One of these said imitators is Black Paradox.

 

This is the debut title from Italian developers Fantastico Studio, an 8-person strong team who released Black Paradox last month. They have another game in the works, or rather two; Landflix Odyssey, a platformer attempting to meld genres together in an A Hat In Time-kinda way, and Hex, something which… I don’t know, might exist at some point.

 

 

You play as a nerd in an alternate universe where DMC Deloreans are considered space-worthy, even with wide open Gullwing doors. Several other enemies in similar retro-neon aesthetic vehicles terrorize the galaxies, known only as the “Hellraisers”, and it’s up to you to destroy the seven lieutenants that run the joint. What you are NOT is the infamous “Black Paradox” that the game bangs on about, but that’s just the initial disappointment sinking in.

 

Gameplay is Steredenn. No, seriously, it’s just Steredenn with the most painfully generic Blood Dragon-esque graphics over it. You run through procedurally generated waves of enemies, there’s a massive ship that will give you exactly one weapon to test each level, and after you defeat one of the small handful of bosses, you obtain one of two small upgrades to choose from.

 

Gather enough energy and kick enough ass to the admittedly head-boppin’ soundtrack, and you will be able to activate your ultra move, the “Black Paradox”. This is essentially a parallel version of yourself in a black DMC Delorean, except they will have a random weapon each time you activate it. It’s the equivalent of plugging in a dodgy second controller which can only fire for a small amount of time before it disconnects again. It doesn’t offer devastating damage, even if it obtains one of the more overpowered weapons, it’s just a weird glitch that you’re honestly never thankful for.

 

 

When it comes to the gunplay and the shoot ’em up mechanics of Black Paradox, the controls are hampered by momentum. You don’t immediately stop when you let go of movement, meaning that you’re going to take shots more often than actual lack of skill. Despite slightly loose controls not sounding like much of an offense, it’s this continuous lack of tight focus on mechanics which serves to be Black Paradox‘s downfall.

 

Traditional sh’m’up law states that if a weapon is or looks more powerful and heavy-hitting than the usual bullet weapons, then it should slow you down. It’s so you’re not over-powered, and it’s a fair balance between a wide spread or high damage, along with a slightly capped speed. Here, Fantastico pay no real attention to this rule, and instead slap on one or two weapons that would work objectively better with a high speed, like the pathetic “Darts Punk”, which is a delayed cluster launcher …

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