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Whats in Stores: March 17th – March 21st 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to Whats in Stores where we take a look at what will be available on Store Shelves from this week (according to Amazon UK). This week sees the release of some huge titles including 2 Highly Anticipated Sequels & a HD Remaster aswell as a few other titles so lets get started:

  • inFamous: Second Son – Sony Computer Entertainment – PS4
  • Metal Gear Solid V:  Ground Zeroes – Konami – PS3, PS4, X360, X1
  • PlayStation 4 (inFamous Bundle) – Sony Computer Entertainment – Console
  • inFamous: Second Son Special Edition – Sony Computer Entertainment – PS4
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – Square Enix – PS3, PS Vita
  • The Witch & The Hundred Knight – NIS America – PS3
  • Disney Infinity Frozen Toy Box Set – Disney Interactive – Available for use on any version of Disney Infinity
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Special Edition – Tecmo Koei – PS3, X360
  • Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst – Avanquest Software – 3DS
  • PlayStation 4 Officially Licensed Premium Stereo Gaming Headset – 4Gamers – PS4 (Accessory)
  • Watch Dogs Figurine: Aiden Pearce – Ubi Collectables – Merchandise
  • PlayStation Vita Indie Games Mega Pack on a 4GB Memory Card – Sony Computer Entertainment – PS Vita (Accessory)
  • Skylander’s Swap Force Adventure Case – Power A – Accessory

So thats it for this weeks edition of Whats in Stores but what will you be picking up this week? Will you be be going all superhero with Delsin Rowe in inFamous Second Son? Are you going to be testing your stealth skills in Ground Zeroes? Will you be revisiting Tidus & the Gang in Final Fantasy X HD? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. In the meantime, Be sure to check out the trailer for UGNN’s Game of the Week; inFamous: Second Son.

Article by Matthew McNamee

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Persona 4 Golden Review

Persona 4 Golden

Developed by Atlus

Published by NIS America

The Story:

Persona 4 Golden has you play as a transfer student moving from the city to a quiet town in japan, soon you meet two students named Chie Satonaka and Yosuke Hanamura who invite you to hang out with them, while engaging in small talk Chie brings up a rumor about something called the midnight channel, apparently if you stare into a TV that is turned off at midnight on a rainy day your soul mate will appear you decide to check out the midnight channel and someone actually shows up shortly after seeing the image of the person on the screen the hero of the story becomes light headed and puts his hand on the screen to stabilize himself but as he does that his hand goes through the screen but he manages to get free, the following day he tells Chie and Yosuke that his hand went into the TV last night but they just laugh it off Chie suggests that they try a bigger TV so Yosuke takes them to the local department store to try it out to your surprise your hand can still go in, unfortunately the three of you have an accident and fall in. After wandering around you find out that the TV world is very dangerous and that someone has been throwing people in to murder them, while in the TV you are attacked by shadows who reside in the TV world as the shadows are about to attack you awaken to the power of Persona and manage to defeat them you agree with Yosuke to help catch the person who is throwing people in the TV and thats as far as i’m going to go because the story is very long and full of twists.

The Gameplay:

Persona 4 Golden like Persona 3 FES plays like a simulation game crossed with an RPG the gameplay has been refined very well in P4G all of the complaints about the previous game are gone for example you can control your party members now, speaking of the battle system it is roughly the same concept as P3FES but there are some tweaks made like the more you hang out with party members they get special abilities like being able to survive a fatal attack or curing someone from dizzy status etc. Persona fusion is also back and its more simple and helpful than ever Atlus have added a search function which can let you check which persona’s you can fuse instead of just guessing you can also choose which abilities to carry over instead of it being random. As per usual with persona games there are social links this involves hanging out with you’re friends from school and some not from school you develop bonds which gives you more experience when fusing persona’s exclusive to P4G are two new social links I wont spoil who they are but they are very well done.

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The Sound:

Persona 4 Golden’s soundtrack is also very well done it’s a simple mixture of rock and Jpop and it works so well never do I find myself getting bored of the music is so upbeat and catchy it never gets old the battle themes of P4G are fantastic with Reach out to the truth and i’ll face myself being some of the best i’ve heard in a while. The voice acting is very good as well there wasn’t anyone at all I thought that gave a bad performance the best for me was Troy Baker as Kanji Tatsumi but Yuri Lowenthal as Yosuke was also fantastic.

The Graphics:

P4G like P3FES doesn’t do anything outstanding graphics wise but its definitely more polished and smoother than the PS2 version the HD remastering was done perfectly if you want a good example of what a HD upgrade can do then look no further. The Anime cutscenes also look gorgeous and there are also some new ones added in for Golden.

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Lasting Appeal:

P4G was like P3FES a very long game, it can take up to 60-90 hours to complete but I find myself coming back to this game every month its that good, the game is also longer than the original PS2 version with an additional 3 months added onto the game.

I’ll say this straight away Persona 4 Golden is my favorite game of all time and if you own a Vita and love RPG games then this game is a must play

My Score – 10/10

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The Good:

  • Gripping Storyline
  • Fantastic Gameplay
  • Awesome Soundtrack
  • Very Long Game
  • Great Cast of Characters
  • Additional Content

The Bad:

  • N/A

Persona 4 Golden is available now exclusively on PlayStation Vita. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review by Jonnie Dixon

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Thief Review

Thief

Developed by Eidos Montreal

Published by Square Enix

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What is Thief:

Thief is a game created by Square Enix and Eidos and is a game about stealing things that are of worth and of value this can range from Forks Spoons Knifes Cups Plates And any other stuff that is silver or gold or that looks decent So Does this game feel good or is it just a mistake into the stealth genre.

The Story:

So the story of thief is kind of weird but here is a few things that i can remember and that are at least interesting. In Thief You play as Garrett A Master Thief Who has not Earned anything he owns and he takes what he wants when he wants but that aint just the story. The game starts off straight into stealing stuff where you start you are in someones home and you can take all his Belongings then you will follow on and meet up with Erin another thief And Then you follow her and do what you do best STEAL Things Until You progress on And Erin Gets into trouble im not going to Say What because that will spoil things but when this happens thats when the game gets interesting.

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The Gameplay:

The gameplay of thief reminds me of previous games i have played such as Dishonored But it is not as good as dishonored but still holds its own and is easy to use once you understand it all the missions and side quest are easy to grab hold of and easy to understand Although the mini map can be abit useless at times and will not help you get to things that you need to get to. Now on to the combat The combat in this game is AWFUL but i suppose that is for a reason seeing the game wants you to sneak and not go into combat all the time i guess its all for a reason but when you are in combat its very sluggish.

The Graphics:

The graphics in this game are amazing and it is great for this type of game where the views and landscape / lighting effects matter i experience every know and then lag problems and also problems with textures loading but if you can get past that the graphics are great also the design on certain buildings can be annoying as ive noticed when running you can get caught in between wooden beams and get stuck this is one of my most hated moments of the game and the 2nd most hated thing has to be the loading screens they are SO SLOW! and certain windows you go through it starts loading and can be very annoying.

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My Thoughts on the Game:

So Thief in my eyes was a great game and its not as bad as EVERYONE has said I’ve watched/Read so many Negative AND WRONG! Reviews on this game its not the worse game ever but its not the best either but i think people’s expectations were to high. I went into playing this game after watching loads of negative reviews so This is probably a good thing because i didn’t expect much and what I did expect I got blown away with.

My Score – 7.5/10

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The Good:

  • Can Last Very Long if you Decide to Loot Everywhere & Do all Side Missions
  • A Good Amount of Side Quests
  • Challenging Difficulty
  • Customize Difficulty
  • Good Graphics

The Bad:

  • Awful Loading Screens
  • Horrible Combat
  • Not Many Main Missions
  • Problems with Textures & Certain Buildings
  • Mini Map & Main Map are not as Good as they Could Be

I Really Wanted To Give This Game An 8 But The Game Could Have Been Better and I don’t want to say ITS AN AMAZING! Game because its not The Best But it is a great game and is very worth the play I would check this game out as soon as possible or if you see it on sale i would jump to the opportunity.

Thief is available in stores now on X1, PS4, X360, PS3 & PC. Thanks go to Square Enix for the Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

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The Retro Corner: Megaman X

Megaman X (SNES)

Developed by Capcom

Published by Nintendo

The Story:

You are X a Reploid who is tasked with defeating the mavericks a group of animal like machines in order to find the location of sigma who like X is also a Reploid, Megaman X doesn’t have much in the story department so there isn’t a lot to say about it so I’ll just move on.

The Gameplay:

Megaman X is a side scrolling shooter where you proceed through stages in any order and eventually beat the boss at the end, the gameplay is very well done you can attack with normal shots or charge up for a more powerful blast, there are lots of secrets to be found in each stage most of these are upgrades to your health bar or tanks in which you can fill to restore your health but the other upgrades are more interesting these are suit upgrades which can give you extra armour or even the hadouken attack from street fighter, the bosses are very well done in megaman X they all have specific patterns and on the first playthrough they are pretty difficult but if you can defeat them you can get their weapons which can be used then on other bosses and some will be weak to other boss weapons.

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The Sound:

Definitely X’s best asset the soundtrack in Megaman X is one of the best ever the stage themes are all very fast paced and always manage to get me pumped, boomer kuwangers stage theme is one of the best themes i’ve ever heard in games as this is a SNES game there is no voice acting to speak of so I’ll move on.

The Graphics:

Megaman X is a very pretty looking game the stages all look great and enemy designs are well done X himself gets small appearance changes with the more upgrades you get him the bosses all look cool as they are mainly based off of animals the game also runs very quickly with almost no slow down at all.

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Lasting Appeal:

X isn’t the longest game in the world if you know what you’re doing it’ll take around 2 hours usually, but the game is so fun I’ll come back to it regularly anyway.

Megaman X is one of the best games ever made the gameplay is addicting the soundtrack is phenomenal and the graphics are very nice.

My Score – 9.8/10

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The Good:

  • Simple Addicting Gameplay
  • Fantastic Soundtrack
  • Lovely Graphics
  • Great Upgrades
  • Challenging Gameplay

The Bad:

  • No Story

So that’s it for this edition of The Retro Corner but what did you think? Are you a fan of the Megaman series? Have you played X before? Do you think the series should make a return? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & YouTube. Until Next time, This is The Retro Corner.

Article by Jonnie Dixon

 

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Whats in Stores: March 10th – March 14th 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to Whats in Stores where we take a look at what will be available on Store Shelves from this week (according to Amazon UK). This week sees the release of one of the most anticipated titles of the year aswell as 2 highly anticipated sequels aswell as much more so lets get started.

  • Titanfall – EA – X1, PC
  • Dark Souls II – Bandai Namco – PS3, X360
  • Stereo Headset Adapter – Microsoft – X1 (Accessory)
  • Xbox One Titanfall Bundle – Microsoft – X1 (Console)
  • Titanfall (Online Game Code) – EA – PC
  • Yoshi’s New Island – Nintendo – 3DS
  • Media Remote – Microsoft – X1 (Accessory)
  • Stereo Headset – Microsoft – X1 (Accessory)
  • XO7 Headset – Turtle Beach – X1 (Accessory)
  • Dark Souls II: Black Armour Edition – Bandai Namco – PS3, X360
  • Ear Force Titanfall Atlas – Turtle Beach – X1, X360, PC (Accessory)
  • Dark Souls II: Collector’s Edition – Bandai Namco – PS3, X360
  • 3DS XL: Yoshi Special Edition – Nintendo – 3DS (Console)
  • Microsoft Licensed Energizer 2X Charging System – PDP – X1 (Accessory)
  • Red Faction Collection – Nordic Games – PS3, X360, PC
  • Darksiders Collection – Nordic Games – PS3, X360, PC

So thats it for this weeks edition of Whats in Stores but what will you be picking up this week? Will you be launching into battle in Titanfall? Do you have the skill to take on Dark Souls II without throwing your controller out of the window? Are you going to help Yoshi & Baby Mario traverse the New Island? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. In the meantime, Be sure to check out the launch trailer for the UGNN Game of the Week; Titanfall.

Article by Matthew McNamee

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Developed by MercurySteam/Kojima Productions

Published by Konami

The Story:

Gabriel Belmont is sent by the Brotherhood of Light to the Lake of Oblivion where he finds out about an ancient prophecy where a Knight from the Brotherhood would save the world from Darkness by taking down the Lords of Shaodw. With the help of another Brotherhood Knight by the name of Zobek. Gabriel must travel to the lands of the Lycans, Vampires & Undead to destroy the lords of Shadow and obtain the God Mask to protect the world from Satan and armies of Monsters.

The Gameplay:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a third person Action Adventure in which you control Gabriel Belmont; A Knight of the Brotherhood of Light & Monster Slayer. The primary weapon the player has at their disposal is the Combat Cross which serves as the ultimate tool to slay monsters thanks to the many upgrades you can find at alters as you progress through the game. The Combat Cross is the melee weapon of the game and allows you to do numerous things in the game once you acquire the different upgrades such as the ability to grappel from things to swing and climb up the structures of the game, Tam huge beasts like Wargs, Trolls & Spiders. Other weapons at the players disposal include Daggers, Fairies, Demon Summoning Crystals & Holy Water aswell as the ability to use Light & Shadow Magic at your disposal. The Other Melee Weapon in the game like the combat crosses upgrades is mainly used to get around and comes in the form of the Shadow Gauntlet which Gabriel can use to make a path by pushing Statues out of the way. Another Gameplay element clearly visible in LoS is the inclusion of Puzzles which even includes a chess battle that requires some skill to complete. In addition to this, Players can purchase numerous combos for the Combat Cross with XP points earned through the game by killing enemies and smashing up the environment aswell as featuring some of the best boss fights I’ve seen in a video game in a long time.

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The Sound:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has a phenomenal soundtrack and features beautifully composed music from Spanish Music Composer Óscar Araujo using his 120 piece orchestra. These beautifully orchestrated pieces of Music fit in very well with the settings in which they start playing in the game one of which plays as you are climbing a tower in the Vampires Territory. In addition to the score of the game, The voice acting in Lords of Shadow is superb with a brilliant voice cast including Robert Carlyle as protagonist; Gabriel, Patrick Stewart as Brotherhood Knight; Zobek & Jason Isaacs as Satan.

The Graphics:

Considering the fact that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was released 4 years ago, I’d say the graphics on this game are incredible with a few other games released in 2010 (Heavy Rain, God of War III, Dante’s Inferno, Etc.). This is very noticeable in the environments of the games from the interor of the numerous castles to the snowy grounds of the Vampire lands however the times when the graphics are most notable is when it zooms ahead of Gabriel to show a landscape view of the castles ahead.

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Lasting Appeal:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an extremely fun and enjoyable Action Adventure title with a gripping storyline, huge bosses & more. The game features challenges for every level which can make the game challenging; Especially the Satan boss battle which requires you to not attack him with certain Magic active. There is also plenty of collectables to find throughout the game including 3 different types of gems (Life, Light & Shadow), Upgrades for throwable objects like Daggers & Holy Water and to top it all off; Many, Many Scrolls found on dead Brotherhood members.

One thing for certain is, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is easily one of the most enjoyable titles on the PlayStation 3 to this day and is definitely worth replaying over and over again for the soundtrack alone.

My Score – 9/10

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The Good:

  • Gripping Storyline
  • Beautiful Score
  • Decent Length
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Perfect Gameplay Style & Clever Puzzles
  • Beautiful Visuals
  • Fantastic After Credits Scene

The Bad:

  • Titan Boss Fights can be tedious at times

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is available now on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go to Konami for the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review by Matthew McNamee

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The Retro Corner: Pokemon Blue Version

Pokemon Blue Version

Developed by GameFreak

Published by Nintendo

The Story:

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of Pokemon and what it entails but in case not Pokemon has you play as a ten year old kid who goes on a journey to become a Pokemon master this means they have to go out into the world and collect eight gym badges and then beat the elite four and become a Pokemon master all while thwarting the attempts of team rocket who are always causing trouble everywhere they go, completely skipping over the fact of why on earth they let a ten year old go on an adventure the story isn’t one of the driving factors of Pokemon and shouldn’t be payed to much attention.

The Gameplay:

Pokemon has a very simple gameplay style that works very well its kind of like a rock paper scissors kind of deal where water beats fire but fire beats grass and grass can beat water etc its very easy to pick up and learn and quite addicting trying to figure out what types are effective on what, Pokemon’s main gameplay mechanic is actually capturing Pokemon as this is only Blue version there are only 151 Pokemon if you count Mew who cant be obtained without the usage of glitches but anyway the capturing of Pokemon works very simply find the Pokemon, weaken it, throw pokeballs at it and eventually you should capture it, the reason this is done so well is the different ways you can build your team it all really depends on the Pokemon you like sure there are some Pokemon who are better stats wise but its very fun building a team of Pokemon you enjoy using as I said this is Blue Version I’m talking about so you don’t have a lot of options compared to later games in the series so keep that in mind, Pokemon also level up and become stronger just like most RPG games, by beating certain requirements Pokemon can also evolve into stronger versions of themselves sometimes with a new type or just plain better stats, these requirements usually are getting them to a certain level but sometimes you will have to trade them to get them to evolve.

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The Sound:

Pokemon has an average soundtrack some of the themes are good some of them aren’t if I had to pick out the best ones it would probably have to be lavender towns theme and the final boss theme, as this is a Game Boy game there is no voice acting to talk about so I’ll just move on.

The Graphics:

Pokemon is a hard to review game when talking about looks because I think the game looks good sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t, the the sprites of the characters are fine but to be honest over the years I’ve noticed that some of the Pokemon designs are a bit lazy, some examples would be Grimer and Muk where Grimer is a pile of sludge and Muk is a bigger pile of sludge or Magnemite and Magneton where Magnemite is a floating magnet um thing and Magneton is the same except three of them seemingly stuck together with superglue or something.

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Lasting Appeal:

Pokemon could take up a lot of your time if you let it the main game can take about 20-40 hours and if you decide you want all 151 pokemon then god have mercy on you.

This was actually the first game I ever played and its nice to go back to it every now and again but it is pretty dated now with Fire Red and Leaf Green available on the Game Boy Advance but if you want to check out where Pokemon started this game will be here waiting.

My Score – 9/10

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The Good:

  • Well Done Simple Battle System
  • Lots of Pokemon
  • Pretty Long Game
  • Great Challenge

The Bad:

  • Average Soundtrack
  • No Real Story to Speak of

So that’s it for this edition of The Retro Corner but what did you think? Who’s your favorite Pokemon? Which version did you own in the past; Red, Blue or Yellow? Which Kanto starter did you choose? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & YouTube. Until Next time, This is The Retro Corner.

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The Chart – Week ending March 8th 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to The Chart where we take a look at the movers and shakers in this weeks UK top 40 gaming chart. This week we have a brand new winner as the boys from South Park use the stick of truth to whack Garrett out of 1st place and down intro 2nd place meanwhile Garden Warfare has commenced in the #3 spot which means Fifa has had to be put back. This Week we also have quite a few new entries so lets get started and be sure to let me know what you think of this weeks top 40 in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming (Related) news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. Check out the trailer for this weeks winner below.

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Witcher Success linked to Lack of DRM & Respect for Gamers: CD Projekt

The development team at CD Projekt RED working on The Witcher series believes that one of the reasons for the success of the franchise, apart from the gameplay and the story, is the way the studio has interacted with gamers and showed them respects over time.

Recently, Andrzej Kwiatkowski; One of the designers on the series told Examiner that his company always wants gamers to get as much value as possible from titles they are buying , Which is why CD Projekt RED has decided against using
any Digital Rights Management solution in its releases. He explained that “From my point of view, I think that it’s a mix of how we treat gamers and how we value what they say about our games. We have the no DRM policy that’s a big bow before those who decide not to use pirated software, we support our games well after they’re launched and we actually listen to players’ feedback.”

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CD Projekt are basically willing to accept that some gamers are too poor or too uninterested in the law to buy their games, but believe that there is no way to stop them from doing so without hurting those who are willing to pay and expect a superior experience. The respect for the gamer is also manifested in the launch of comprehensive Enhanced Editions for both of the Witcher titles, designed to fix problems, introduce new content and more mechanics, all of it for free.

Andrzej Kwiatkowski has also said that the company are not announcing an official launch date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt because they don’t want to disappoint their player base. He added, “we’re one of those companies that believe in the ‘it’s ready when it’s ready’ thing. This stems both from our respect to gamers and the fact we just won’t release a game that does not represent the quality we want it to represent.”

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The latest entry in the series; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently set to be released this year for PC, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One. The title will be the last in the series and will see Protagonist, Geralt deal with a powerful supernatural threat that could destroy all humanity while also dealing with one of the most painful episodes from his past. CD Projekt RED have said they are rebuilding the entire combat system in order to make it more satisfying while introducing an open-world structure to the series for the first time. Check out the trailer below for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on PS4, X1 & PC later this year and is looking incredible to say the least.

So what do you think? Do you agree CD Projekt RED have respect for Gamers? Are you glad CD Projekt don’t include DRM in their games? Will you be picking up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit.

Article by Matthew McNamee

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The Retro Corner: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

Hello everyone and welcome to The Retro Corner where we take a look at games from the past generations of consoles from consoles like the Atari, SNES & Mega Drive to consoles like the PS2, Xbox & Gamecube aswell as Retro Handheld games. This Retro Corner introduces a new member to the UGNN team in the form of good friend of mine, Jonnie Dixon who contacted us about working with the site. This is his first article and Retro Corner and any retro corner done by Jonnie will be done in a review format. So without further ado I present his first Retro Corner for the site; Persona 3 FES.

Persona 3 FES

Developed by Atlus

Published by Tecmo Koei

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The Story

Persona 3 FES is an extended version of the original Shin Megami Tensei persona 3 it takes place in a modern day tokyo where you as a newly transferred high school student are informed of a time that is not known to normal people this is known as the dark hour a time where people are transmogrified into coffins, there are some however that are allowed to stay awake during the dark hour and wouldn’t you know it you’re one of them. while under the effects of the dark hour the hero of the story is attacked by dangerous creatures that come alive during the dark hour called shadows Just before him and his friends are killed by the shadows the player awakens to the power of ” persona ” and proceeds to rip the shadows a new one I would go on more about the story but it is so long and full of twist that it would be impossible to talk about it all.

The Gameplay

Persona 3 FES plays out like a simulation game crossed with a turn based RPG, you’ll go to school, hang out with friends and explore a huge tower called Tartarus in which lies the shadows whom you will fight, the battle system is very simple you have your magic spells and physical attacks but the more interesting thing about the core gameplay is persona fusion, by fighting shadows you can obtain numerous persona’s and then you can switch them out on the fly during battle you can also fuse your weaker persona’s together to create a stronger persona, there is one major problem I have to address about the battle system and it’s your team members you have no real direct control over what they do, you can change their attack patterns do make them heal more but overall it is very frustrating when you know an enemy is immune to fire yet the A.I uses a fire spell anyway.

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The Sound

Persona 3 FES has a very good soundtrack that is a bit unique in that it’s a blend between J Pop combined with Rap it works surprisingly very well but it can get very repetitive hearing the same music when going through the city, the voice acting is well done for the most part with only a few characters holding it back.

The Graphics

Persona 3 FES is not at all a bad looking game but don’t be expecting anything mind blowing the animations look stiff at times tartarus is very bland and unappealing, the persona designs however are are just so well done there are persona’s based of of gods and then there are some persona’s like Belphegor which is literally a gargoyle sitting on a toilet…. yeah, but moving on the anime cut scenes in the game look stunning and there are quite a few of them as well.

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Lasting Appeal

Persona 3 FES is a long game…. a very long game indeed the main story will usually take up to 80-100 hours and not to mention the after story ” The Answer ” which will take an additional 20-40 hours the length of the game can be quite intimidating but Atlus made sure that you will always be doing something so you should never lose interest although I have to admit the beginning of the game can take while to get going.

Overall Persona 3 FES is a very unique and brilliant RPG that is a breath of fresh air from the norm.

My Score – 9.5/10

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The Good:

  • A Well Woven Plot with Plenty of Twists
  • A Great Soundtrack
  • Interesting & Believable Characters
  • Very Long Game Overall

The Bad:

  • No Control over Team Members
  • Slow Start

So thats it for this edition of The Retro Corner but what did you think? Have you played Persona 3 FES? Are you a fan of Atlus? Do you like the Persona Series? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. Until next time, This is The Retro Corner.

Article by Jonnie Dixon

Foreword by Matthew McNamee

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