Non-Fiction Gaming http://www.nonfictiongaming.com News, eSports, Video Games Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Mario Kart 8 Is Getting Proper DLChttp://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/mario-kart-8-getting-proper-dlc-15137/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mario-kart-8-getting-proper-dlc http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/mario-kart-8-getting-proper-dlc-15137/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:48 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15137 Mario Kart 8 is Set to Be Getting Updates for a Year After its Release with Two DLC Packs.   At E3, Nintendo promised that there would be updates to Mario Kart 8. The only thing being they were talking in reference to Amiibo. While we have not seen any Amiibo-related news since, Nintendo just announced […]





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Mario Kart 8 is Set to Be Getting Updates for a Year After its Release with Two DLC Packs.

 

At E3, Nintendo promised that there would be updates to Mario Kart 8. The only thing being they were talking in reference to Amiibo. While we have not seen any Amiibo-related news since, Nintendo just announced two new DLC packs for the popular racing game.

These two DLC packs follow the announcement of Mario Kart 8‘s Mercedes update, scheduled for release this week. The Mercedes update brings three new karts to the game. Each of these is inspired by a real life Mercedes-Benz. Players will be able to race using the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 1950′s 300SL Roadster, and the 1930′s Silver Arrow.While the GLA has special wheel options, all three karts will be fully customisable with existing wheels and gliders.

Also included in the update are some fixes for issues I had when reviewing the game. Notably, the map can be displayed on the TV, not just the Game Pad; and “Next Race”  is the default menu option instead of “Watch Highlight Reel.”

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But the real news here is that two paid DLC packs will be released late this year and mid next year. Both of these packs will add three new characters, four new karts, and eight new tracks.

November sees the first release. The characters included in this pack are Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and The Legend of Zelda‘s Link. One of the courses is likely to be based on The Legend of Zelda universe. Exactly which Zelda game and which level is, as yet, unclear. Also announced for this pack is that one kart will be the Blue Falcon from the F-Zero franchise.

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Mario Kart‘s second DLC is slated for a May release next year. It brings two characters from Animal Crossing, the Villager and Isabelle, and a return to the series for Dry Bowser. Again, at least one of the courses will likely be set in the Animal Crossing universe. Hopefully Nintendo reveals details soon.

mario kart 8

 

What we do know, however, is that the new courses will be a mixture of old and new. One of the classic, returning courses is Wario’s Gold Mine from the Wii version of Mario Kart. Whether this will be included in the first or second pack remains a mystery.

Another exciting feature is that anyone who purchases both DLC will receive eight colours for Yoshi and Shy Guy.

Each pack is set to cost $8 with the two-pack bundle costing $12.

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With Alien: Isolation Reuniting the Original Movie Cast, The Evil Within Matches the Stakes with a Slew of TV’s Favourite Actors

 

Ever since it was announced that Shinji Mikami was making a new horror title, The Evil Within has had immense star power behind it. The legendary director is often heralded as the father of modern survival horror and worked on the Resident Evil franchise. Mikami has taken care of the aspects of The Evil Within that we have already seen. The atmosphere and general aspects of the game are already solid.

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Dislocated jaws seem to be in-vogue for horror these days

 

What we have not heard, however, are the voices behind the characters. Bethesda recently announced that each character will be getting their voice from one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Our two playable characters and antagonist will have their personality’s shaped by the acting talents of Jackie Earle Haley, Anson Mount, and Jennifer Carpenter.

Ruvik, our primary villain, will be voiced by Jackie Earle Haley. Haley recently took on the role of Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on A Elm Street‘s remake and should be accustomed to horror villains. He is also known for roles in the Watchmen and Lincoln.

Anson Mount, who lends his voice to our protagonist Sebastian, is known for his role on TV’s Hell on Wheels. The cast of The Evil Within rounds out with Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter in the role of Juli Kidman. Players will be able to play as Kidman in the previously-announced DLC.

 

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Mikami understands the importance of sound, music, and voice in horror games. Deciding to enlist the help of experienced actors to lend potency to the writing was a decision characteristic of the veteran director. We, as players, need to be able to relate to the characters. Otherwise whatever tragedy that befalls them will leave us, at best, nonplussed.

 

I know the news about The Evil Within keeps pouring out but each time Bethesda and Tango announce something it just makes the game more and more promising. Check out the actors’ reactions to their roles below.

 

 

With The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation being released, October is shaping up to the month of survival horror.

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How To Get The Most Out Of PAX Australia 2014http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/guides/get-pax-australia-2014-14943/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-pax-australia-2014 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/guides/get-pax-australia-2014-14943/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:24 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=14943 Forget Drop Bears and Hoop Snakes, We’ve got tips to keep you going once you’re inside the PAX Australia convention doors PAX Australia is on its way back for a second year, and you’ve decided to go. You’ve got a ticket and a sense of adventure – what more do you need? Well, whilst they may […]





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Forget Drop Bears and Hoop Snakes, We’ve got tips to keep you going once you’re inside the PAX Australia convention doors

PAX Australia is on its way back for a second year, and you’ve decided to go. You’ve got a ticket and a sense of adventure – what more do you need?

PAX Aus Free Stuff

Free stuff is always nice

Well, whilst they may appear to just be ‘fun’ and ‘games’, in reality, gaming conventions are serious business. If you throw yourself into the thick of things without some preparation, you could come away sick, tired, broke and hungry.

You can learn from our mistakes because there’s not enough time to make them all yourself. Non-Fiction Gaming has pooled the knowledge of a few convention veterans so you’ll have an advantage going in.

Maturity win!

 

Take Care Of Yourself

Sleep, Sustenance and Showers

The three S’s should be your top priority (along with wearing that really cool gaming t-shirt you got for Christmas). PAX AUS spans over a huge 3 days and if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re pretty excited about all the cool things to see. You’ll be so busy each day that it’s tempting to just run off your own adrenaline and the occasional coffee or sugary energy drink.

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Another cool thing!

Don’t do that! Instead, do this:

 

Sleep

In an ideal world, you’d get 8 hours of sleep each night and three meals each day. That’s not going to happen but it’s a good thing to aim for.

You might go out drinking with the team from Riot Games on Friday, and then Beta Bar gang on Saturday, but it’s important to remember to get your head down at some stage because otherwise you’ll burn out.

PAX Aus Jenga

Then no Giant Jenga for you

 

If you don’t get to see that awesome panel on Sunday because you passed out on the tram the night before, and woke up cold and alone in the tram depot in Preston you’ll only have yourself to blame.

 

Sustenance

As for sustenance, breakfast is the most important (and delicious) meal of the day. I know it’s exciting to get into the queue first thing in the morning and wait for a few hours before the PAX doors open, but how about taking the time to get something tasty?

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A horse that plans ahead

If you’ve got time for a sit down meal there are a number of small cafes near the Melbourne Exhibition Centre that open super early. Crown even has a food court just off South Bank where you can get toasted sandwiches or some bacon and eggs.

Speaking of sandwiches, packing one and some fruit probably wouldn’t hurt. It’ll save you save a bit of money and you wont lose your spot in the queue for that panel when the hunger pangs start.

 

Showers

And please, for the rest of us… make sure you shower every day. I know the unwashed gamer is a stereotype but it doesn’t need you helping it along.

Arghhh it burns

Arghhh it burns

A bit of ‘Shower in a Can’ (deodorant) touch up later in the day wouldn’t go astray either. Remember you’re walking around a packed exhibition hall for around 12 hours. Even the neatest people can do with a bit of freshening.

 

Take Your Vitamins

(I’m not a doctor or a dietician so maybe consult a professional about health stuff)

Bring a multivitamin and a whole bunch of vitamin C along to the convention with you. Make sure to take the multivitamin every day, and whenever you get a chance, take a vitamin C.

Mixing this many people close together always has a chance to spread all sorts of nasty bugs. If they haven’t read this guide, other gamers may also be missing out on the third S, showering.

PAX Aus Deadpool Cosplay

A full body suit can also help.

If you don’t want to come down with the dreaded con-plague or PAX-POX, you’ll keep your body filled with all the vitamins it needs.

Fruits and vegetables are really good for that kind of thing if you want to go more natural.

 

Stay Hydrated, Stay Alive

Let’s take a quick look at some of the symptoms of dehydration: Thirst, headaches, constipation, dizziness, lightheadedness, Irritability, low blood pressure, fever and delirium. Basically, no fun all round (except maybe for the delirium part).

Dehydration is pretty serious business and it’s one that can sneak up on Con-goers. You probably drink plenty of water when exercising and in hot weather. The PAX environment can be taxing on your body, you’re walking around getting sweaty palms from seeing famous people and crying tears of joy because you got to play that alpha you were dying to get your hands on. Those fluids need to be replaced.

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If you start seeing mushroom people call a doctor

Thirst usually isn’t the best indicator because by then you could already be on the path to Headache and Dizziness town. The best thing to do is carry around a water bottle and fill it every chance you get. Lots of little sips throughout the day is better than trying to catch up all in one go.

A Gatorade/Powerade can help restore some of those electrolytes and carbs your body needs. Energy drinks aren’t going to help you hydrate (they might even make it worse).

 

Planning Ahead

Book Your Pass, Transportation, and Hotel Early

Conventions like PAX sell out within a few weeks, so don’t dilly-dally. We assume you’re already going, but if you haven’t bought a ticket yet… Hurry up! Only a few tickets are still available.

Transportation and accommodation costs can increase sharply closer to an event’s date. There are a bunch of hotels nearby to the Exhibition Centre but it is the weekend before the Melbourne Cup so expect things to fill up.

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Check what the parking situation is like…

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has some underground parking that you’ll need to pay for. But cars are for suckers, especially when PAX is at the Melbourne Convention Centre, in the heart of the city. There will be trams, trains, buses, and even a pirate ship nearby, for all your PAX travel needs.

Convention Centre Pirate Ship

What better way to show off Assassin’s Creed Rogue?

Pro Tip: Look into getting a Myki so you can use public transport.

 

Add an Hour (or more) to All Wait Times

So that super cool panel is at 10:30 and you figure you’ll get there nice and early at 10:00 sharp, right? Wrong! Lines at conventions exist in a weird subspace where wait times are vastly longer than you expect.

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Back of the line…

Think to yourself how much earlier you should get to the panel and walk past it an hour earlier. If you feel it’s not worth standing around for a few hours then find another panel.

And don’t be ‘that guy’ who walks around PAX complaining about the ridiculous lines. PAX is popular, and some of the panels are going to be ones that everyone wants to see. Plan accordingly.

 

Socialize in Lines

Waiting in lines sounds terrible (unless you’re from the UK) but it doesn’t have to be like a trip to the post office (That tortured and desolate hell scape. I just want to pick up my parcel. WHY MUST YOU TORMENT ME POST OFFICE LADY….. Ahem.).

Strike up a conversation with the people in the queue. The lines can be a pretty fun place to make friends, and impromptu games often spring up among line-mates, so embrace the lines as part of the PAX experience.

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“Hello Sir/Madam delete whichever is inappropriate…”

You’re both at a gaming convention and in line for the same panel, that’s at least two things in common already. Make some light conversation to get the ball rolling, something neutral should work fine.

“Oh, that’s a pretty cool Pin you’ve got there, where did you get it?”

“What booth would you recommend I have to visit before I leave?”

“I read this cool article on Non-Fiction Gaming about talking to others but I can’t remember the examples it gave.”

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“Check this cool thing that does stuff…”

Other options include challenging someone to a game on the Vita or 3DS or bringing a mini board game Connect Four.

 Pro Tip: Hitting on people in lines may seem like a good idea. But if it’s awkward, it’s hard for either party to escape gracefully (at least without giving up your precious spot). If you do meet a pretty humonoid person, and you’d like to continue your conversation later, suggest meeting up afterwards near the end of the line-waiting period – that way you don’t have to stand next to them awkwardly for the next half hour

 

Don’t Wait in Lines Too Much

If you only want to see the big blockbusters at the convention, you will have a very short convention experience. You’ll spend most of your time waiting in lines and you’ll play maybe three or four games. Consider limiting yourself to just one or two long wait times for things you really REALLY want to go to.

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The line is huge… This must be good.

In the time you spend waiting for one shot at Grand Theft Auto V, you’ll be able to play almost every indie game on the con floor. In that same amount of time, you can go to a concert, or enter a tournament, or get some food.

Try to make the best use of your time, even if it means you have to skip on some of the big attractions.

Pro Tip: Although, if you can, make one of the big attractions trying on an Oculus Rift headset. It will change your life.

Try New Things

One of the coolest parts of a gaming convention is the ability to have new gaming experiences. Even if you are the best League of Legends player in the world, you should still take some time to play an awesome new indie platformer or two.

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Trying new things can be fun!

Who knows? You might stumble upon the next awesome Aus/NZ indie craze, and be able to say that you played that cool pizza-matching ninja puzzle game with talking dolphins before it was cool. (I would totally play that game.)

 

Enter a Tournament

So there are 100,000 people going to your convention, but only one of them can win any tournament. Chances are good that your parents lied to you, you’re not a special little snowflake, and you are probably going to lose. (Except for the best snowflake. They get to win. But it still won’t be you.)

But that’s not a reason to avoid giving it a shot.

PAX Aus Pokemon Tournament

I want to be the very best…

Every person I’ve spoken to who participated in a PAX tournament last year has only good things to say about the experience.

Tournaments are a great way to make friends and get critiques for your playstyle. Whether you are into shooters, fighting games, sports games, or even puzzle games, you should try to enter at least one tournament before the convention ends.

Oh, and stick around when your tournament is going on. You don’t want to be disqualified just because you wandered off and got lost.

 

Leave the Convention, Get Some Fresh Air

Obviously, you pay for a convention to go there, but there are things happening outside the PAX Australia walls. There are lots of awesome things to do outside of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

PAX Aus Cafe

Baked goods and caffeine

Food, in particular, is much cheaper and much higher quality outside the convention center, so unless you are cool with paying large sums for small amounts of luke-warm greasy food (“Mmmm… three day old chips.”) do some city roaming.

This is especially fun if you’re not from Melbourne. While the weather can be temperamental, there are heaps of awesome cafes and restaurants to check out.

Also, there’s a pirate ship right outside the convention centre. A pirate ship! Priorities people.

PAX Convention Pirate Ship

Here she is again!

Pro Tip: Friends don’t let other friends NOT go on the pirate ship.

 

Get Involved with the Convention

PAX AUS Enforcer

Enforcing like a boss

Doing things for the convention can be fun and can save you for a lot of money. You could run a panel or help out at a booth.

Have you thought about applying to become a PAX Enforcer? Catherine wrote about her PAX Enforcer experience and said it was hard and amazing at the same time. She recommends it to anyone that is tempted.

“Enforcers are a special breed of people, who have decided that the best way to experience PAX is to help others have fun.”

In the article, she readily admits that it isn’t always fun, especially when the crowds are particularly busy,, but the satisfaction of helping others have an incredible time at PAX makes up for the long hours. And Enforcers often come back year after year to help out, so PAX must be doing something right with their team.

At the very least you can just smile and be nice to other people. Nothing fancy but it helps brighten up the day.

 

Finally, Have Fun!

This seems like such a simple rule, does it really need to be said? People often forget this golden rule. Conventions are about having fun and PAX Australia is no exception. If whatever you are doing isn’t fun anymore, stop doing it.

Don’t wait for an autograph for a whole day if what you really want to be doing is going to the Live Sketch Panel. Don’t wait for free swag, when all you want to be doing is hanging out in the Handheld Lounge. Don’t wait in line to play that R18+ beta just because everyone else is lining up for it, go play in the Pokemon Championship like you secretly want to (“BURN THEM ALL CHARIZARD!”)

Pro Tip: PAX Attendees who follow the ‘Have Fun!’ rule are guaranteed to have more fun.*

*Disclaimer: Fun cannot be guaranteed by Non-Fiction Gaming, and this statement is not legally binding.

 

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You there! Have more fun!

Take a look through the book and see what interests you. Sample everything with a smile and have some stories to tell your friends.

Do you have any Pro Tips for PAX People? Let us know in the comments below.

 

If you want to see more photos we took at PAX Australia 2013, they are up on our Facebook and Google+ Pages.

 



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Diary of a League of Legends N00Bhttp://www.nonfictiongaming.com/features/diary-of-a-league-of-legends-n00b-14878/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diary-of-a-league-of-legends-n00b http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/features/diary-of-a-league-of-legends-n00b-14878/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:00:47 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=14878 With the escalating hype surrounding e-sports and the serious dollars now involved I thought it high time to try my skill at the hugely popular title League of Legends. Who knows maybe I’m a natural. I chose LoL for two reasons; I’m still scared by my first DOTA experience 5 years ago when I joined […]





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League of Legends N00B With the escalating hype surrounding e-sports and the serious dollars now involved I thought it high time to try my skill at the hugely popular title League of Legends. Who knows maybe I’m a natural. I chose LoL for two reasons;

  1. I’m still scared by my first DOTA experience 5 years ago when I joined my first game and was abused and heckled. I quit after 5 minutes and never returned.
  2. The record-breaking numbers surrounding how many people watch and play this game is out of this world! The League of Legends championship last year in October attracted 32 million views, 8.5 million of those simultaneously. As of January this year Riot have claimed 27 million active daily players and 67 million active monthly players. These numbers are truly astounding.

So I’ve left the comforts of my natural habitat of an all immersive single player RPG to the world of multiplayer MOBA’s. Let the games begin! League of Legends N00B

My initial feelings as I downloaded LoL was that this was going to be an overwhelming and complex experience where 4 other people are going to get seriously pissed off at my n00b like experience.

I was pleasantly surprised that the game walked me through a tutorial that was simple enough for me to grasp the very basics. I also did not realise how cartoony the game was. It doesn’t worry me in the slightest, it may also explain why literally anyone and everyone is playing this game.

League of Legends N00B

Once I completed the tutorial I played against some Bots and appreciated the fact that I could play with other players rather than having a team consisting of AI. My chosen character that I thought I would get the hang of was Ryze.

I typically enjoy playing mage characters so was drawn to his range type spells. After this match I jumped in and played a non ranked match against other players. I stuck with Ryze as I wanted to get used to his skills. Some of the key things I learnt from my very early experience was:

  • Don’t die early, this gives the other team a huge advantage. Defensive, defensive, defensive.
  • You don’t need to push as much as I originally anticipated. My first match involved a team member constantly pinging exclamation marks telling me to back off.
  • Players that have a lot to say aren’t necessarily good – a rather vocal player ended up with worse stats than myself. While irrelevant for some this calms me in multi-player games knowing this.
  • There are a lot of items to combine and so many different characters! After looking it up there are over one hundred! How do people get time to try to get any good at them all?

League of Legends n00b

The key to my level of enjoyment overall I would have to say so far is playing in a team filled with friends. Yes, it does get heated and intense. But those team fights and coming out on top are seriously fun and satisfying. Even my first kill against a real life human player I got stupidly excited over.

These are purely my initial impressions and thoughts of League of Legends as a first time player. I’m now level 11, can’t wait to hit level 30 and get stuck into some ranked matches. In the meantime I’m off to get my head around the LoL lingo, what does ADC, AP etc even mean?

 Do you have any League of Legends tips or tricks that are good for newbies? Check out our League of Legends Early Game Item Guide.

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New Modes in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimatehttp://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/new-modes-warriors-orochi-3-ultimate-15049/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-modes-warriors-orochi-3-ultimate http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/new-modes-warriors-orochi-3-ultimate-15049/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:39 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15049 With all the excitement of Koei Tecmo releasing Hyrule Warriors for the west this September, it may very well be overshadowing other releases on the horizon. Coming September 4th to Australia (meaning TWO releases by Koei Tecmo in the same month) is Warrior Orochi 3 Ultimate. For those unfamiliar to the titles, Warriors Orochi is […]





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With all the excitement of Koei Tecmo releasing Hyrule Warriors for the west this September, it may very well be overshadowing other releases on the horizon. Coming September 4th to Australia (meaning TWO releases by Koei Tecmo in the same month) is Warrior Orochi 3 Ultimate.

For those unfamiliar to the titles, Warriors Orochi is a series of games that cross over characters from the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises. So you can expect a whole bunch of over the top hack n’slash fun, similar to their respective series’.

Now this just feels like overkill!

Now featuring a dash of Dead or Alive

Some of the new features added to Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate have recently been revealed and will include an offline and online playable Gauntlet mode. Here players will take up to 5 warriors to a map to complete missions in real-time either cooperatively or solo.

Now this just looks like overkill!

Now this just looks like overkill!

Another online gameplay option is the new Duel mode where players select a team of three to battle a rival team that can be controlled by other players or the CPU. As well as this, co-operative play has been added to the story campaign and the free-play mode.

To top it all off more characters have been added to the roster. Not only have new Dynasty Warriors, but also a handful of Soul Calibur characters will be gracing the battlefield for the first time! I’m certainly looking forward to tearing through waves of enemies with Sophitia.

Given every characters ability to wipe out entire armies, she is probably right

Given every characters ability to wipe out entire armies, she is probably right

 

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate will be launching in Australia September 4th and will be the first in the series available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It is also being released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



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SOMA Set For Scares in 2015http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/soma-set-scares-2015-15045/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=soma-set-scares-2015 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/soma-set-scares-2015-15045/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:46 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15045 Forget Mortal Kombat X, Frictional’s SOMA Is My Reason to Wish it Was 2015 Already.   I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to this party. During the middle of the year, I was so abuzz with Mario Kart 8 fever that I completely missed the gameplay trailer for SOMA. Now, after some lucky, research I’m regretting not finding […]





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Forget Mortal Kombat X, Frictional’s SOMA Is My Reason to Wish it Was 2015 Already.

 

I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to this party. During the middle of the year, I was so abuzz with Mario Kart 8 fever that I completely missed the gameplay trailer for SOMA. Now, after some lucky, research I’m regretting not finding out about this sooner.

Why I’m so excited for the upcoming science fiction, survival horror title is pretty simple. Frictional Games have rarely made a game that didn’t scare my pants off. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is often put in its own category by those looking at genre.

While Amnesia may be their most famous game, Penumbra: Black Plague epitomises what the studio is about. Friends of mine who could play through The Dark Descent had to quit after only ten minutes of Black Plague.

So, SOMA. Unfortunately we don’t really know all that much about the game. Most of what we do know comes from the two trailers that have been released. Notably, SOMA is set in a complex at the bottom of the ocean.

The gameplay trailers suggest that how players interact with the environment will be much the same as in Amnesia and Penumbra. How this will work on the Playstation 4 edition, I’m not 100% sure but time will tell.

 

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Frictional Games know the more we see an enemy, the less scary it becomes.

 

SOMA also represents things that Frictional Games have learned from both their previous games and the current wave of horror games. They are experimenting with changed death mechanics.

Even looking into “a fate worse than death” – a sequencing of prolonging death, rather than dying being a release from terror. The second trailer also show a lot of bombastic elements. Whether this is indicative of SOMA as a whole or just the particular area showcased.

Frictional have confirmed that there will be various types of enemies. Each of these interacts with the player in a different way and may revisit elements similar to those in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I really like this initiative. It allows Frictional Games to keep the experience fresh by localising each of the different systems.

Which feeds into the the ethos Frictional seem to be taking with SOMA: equal emphasis on story and player freedom. Giving control over to the player is very important to a successful horror game because the player’s mind is where most of the game’s impact will take place.

 

SOMA Is Slated For Release in Early 2015 for PC and Playstation 4.

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What We’ve Been Playing Aug 2014http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/offtopic/weve-playing-aug-2014-15037/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weve-playing-aug-2014 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/offtopic/weve-playing-aug-2014-15037/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:30:54 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15037 This week, the Non-Fiction Gaming crew shows off how varied our gaming libraries and tastes actually are. Nothing is off the table this week as we work out with fitness games, bust out new and old indie classics or shoot our way through surprisingly haunting narratives.   Wii Fit U Aidan B This week is […]





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This week, the Non-Fiction Gaming crew shows off how varied our gaming libraries and tastes actually are.

Nothing is off the table this week as we work out with fitness games, bust out new and old indie classics or shoot our way through surprisingly haunting narratives.

 

Wii Fit U

Aidan B

This week is a bit of an unusual game from me. I’ve been spending a bit of time playing Wii Fit U…if playing is the right word to use. It’s probably something I’ll be playing for a while to come now when I get the time.

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Training for Smash Bros no doubt…

I’ve always had mixed feelings about the Wii Fit series. It seemed like an expensive way to do things you could normally do for free. Then I got my hands on it and it was fun for a while. Wii Fit U fixed a lot of what was wrong with the original Wii Fit: routines and off-TV play are the biggest ones.

I’m still not sure what to make of the Wii Fit Trainer turning up late to a workout (especially since she has to train for Super Smash Bros.) but there is enough variety in the game to keep you interested. Earning points seems like a disincentive for exercise, however, because it encourages not working out without the Wii U.

 

Fez, Don’t Starve and Rogue Legacy

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My gaming habits for the past couple weeks has been filled up with nothing, but indie games. I recently, started playing Fez and I’m enjoying it so far. Changing perspectives, solving the games myriad of intriguing puzzles and collecting little gold cubes has been pretty damn enjoyable. I’ll hopefully be putting in more time this weekend with Gomez.

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His Fez is just so stylish…

I also downloaded the console versions of Don’t Starve and Rogue Legacy. Honestly both transfer over pretty well. Rogue Legacy in particular is much easier to play using a controller than on the keyboard.

Don’t Starve feels a little more awkward control wise, but after a little while the controls start to feel quite comfortable and you’ll be right back on track to surviving the dark wilds of Don’t Starve.

 

Spec Ops: The Line

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After owning the game for several months, I FINALLY started Spec Ops: The Line. I was intrigued by the game when Extra Credits (one of my favourite web series) did a two part episode series where they essentially swooned over narrative of the game.

I had heard the gameplay was nothing special to write home about. I even heard it was intentionally dull to suck the player into yet another modern military shooter where Americans are God’s chosen people and all other races are bullet fodder. But then the game is supposed to pull the rug out from under you, kick you several times in the genitals and tell you what a terrible, glory seeking monster you are.

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Remember this: not EVERY game has to be fun

I’ve yet to reach that point of the game, but I can report that something about Spec Ops: The Line just feels off (in a good way). The setting feels like some kind of bizarre nightmare landscape and is enough to have absorbed me. The idea of a sandstorm destroying Dubai feels utterly surreal and I wonder to myself if it’s actually real or if I should expect a Fight Club style Tyler Durden twist.

Besides that though, I think Spec Ops: The Line stands out simply for making the player kill US soldiers for once.

 

Have you played anything physical this week? Let us know in the comments!

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Slowbro Next in Line for Mega Evolutionhttp://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/slowbro-next-line-mega-evolution-15020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slowbro-next-line-mega-evolution http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/slowbro-next-line-mega-evolution-15020/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:41:48 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15020 Already Famous in the Meme Circle, Slowbro Just Got Even Cooler Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Versions have brought a series of new mega-evolutions. The first two of course being the titular Kyogre and Groudon. Now, however, Slowbro has been added to the list of Pokemon to be updated in the new games. Mega-evolutions were […]





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Already Famous in the Meme Circle, Slowbro Just Got Even Cooler

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Versions have brought a series of new mega-evolutions. The first two of course being the titular Kyogre and Groudon. Now, however, Slowbro has been added to the list of Pokemon to be updated in the new games. Mega-evolutions were revealed in Pokemon X and Y. They can be performed while in battle by using mega stones.

Mega-evolved Pokemon get some stat and ability changes. In some cases the Pokemon can even change one of its types. For example, Charizardite X converts the Fire/Flying Pokemon into Fire/Dragon. Though, according to Game Freak, Slowbro will retain both its Water- and its Psychic-types.

What is exciting is that most mega-evolutions have a base stat total of over 100 points higher than the original forms. Base stats are the fundamental values that are used to calculate a Pokemon’s stats at any level. For those unfamiliar with the notion should just know that 100 extra base stat points is a tremendous bonus to a Pokemon’s power.

 

Slowbro original

Sweet and unassuming, Slowbro hardly looks like a fighter

Announced at the Pokemon World Championships, Mega Slowbro is set to become the immovable object of the Pokemon world. The Shellder attached to Slowbro’s tail grows and bolsters its defensive properties.

Slowbro gains the Shell Armour ability, which prevents opponents from scoring critical hits. His defense and special attack stats also get some boosts.

Mega Slowbro

In super Shellder armour, Mega Slowbro is battle-ready

As a Water-type, Slowbro was already a defensive powerhouse. Its Psychic-type side provides it with a well-placed resistance to Fighting-type moves. The trailer highlights the mega-evolution’s ability to take hits like a champ and, with its improved special attack, fire back with aplomb.

 

Get Set for All-New Mega-Evolutions in 3DS & 2DS’ Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on November 21, 2014!

 



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Want To Have a Super Smash Bros. Character Marathon Before Getting the Game for 3DS?

Nintendo Have You Covered.

Lets get this out the way first. I know you’re here mostly to find out which new character was announced. It’s bound to cause some mixed feelings in the Super Smash Bros. community. Meta Knight, favoured by many, scorned by the rest, is joining Kirby and King Dedede on their Warp Star trip from Dreamland. Though he may be taking the Halberd, which has been confirmed as a stage for the Wii U version of the game.

Meta Knight was widely considered the best character by far in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and was sometimes banned in tournaments. Despite this, it’s good to see him back, filling out the Kirby roster in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Fortunately, it seems that he has met with the nerf bat and should be better aligned with other characters.

The real exciting news, however, is the announcement of two week-long sales on the Nintendo eShop to get players in the mood before Super Smash Bros. officially hits the 3DS.

The sales are themed around newcomers to the series (14/8 – 21/8) and veteran fighters (22/8 – 28/8). Over these two weeks, a total of 25 games will be on sale and is a perfect excuse to stock up on some games you may have wanted for a while and have your own marathon.

 

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Nintendo have only released the list of games for the newcomer sale. They will announce the veteran fighter games on sale closer to the date. The full list of what’s on sale, head on over to the Super Smash Bros. Facebook page or the Nintendo eShop.

The sales are across both consoles (3DS and Wii U) as characters are coming from both. For example, Wii Fit U and Animal Crossing New Leaf are two quality games that have had their prices dropped for the event.

 

What Are Your Thoughts on Meta Knight’s Return? Scared by the Shuttle Loop? Just Cheer Yourself Up With Some Retail Therapy in the Upcoming Super Smash Sales.

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The Evil Within Triple-DLC Season Passhttp://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/evil-within-triple-dlc-season-pass-15004/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=evil-within-triple-dlc-season-pass http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/news/evil-within-triple-dlc-season-pass-15004/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:56:35 +0000 http://www.nonfictiongaming.com/?p=15004 The Evil Within Just Received Three DLC in a New Season Pass.   The Evil Within was already one of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year and it just got even better. Bethesda gave us three more reasons to shift in our seats until we get our hands on the game. The season pass announced […]





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The Evil Within Just Received Three DLC in a New Season Pass.

 

The Evil Within was already one of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year and it just got even better. Bethesda gave us three more reasons to shift in our seats until we get our hands on the game. The season pass announced yesterday includes three DLC packs that expand the story and give a new perspective on The Evil Within’s scares.

The first of the content packs included in the season pass allows players to play as The Keeper – one of The Evil Within’s biggest brutes – in a “sadistic collection” of mission-based maps. Which sounds like an exciting twist on the typical elements of survival horror. It sounds somewhat reminiscent of Silent Hill: Downpour‘s last hurrah but much more expanded.

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The Keeper: Pyramid Head before he joined Weight Watchers.

 

Following this, the latter two DLC packs put players in the shoes of Juli Kidman in a new perspective on the events surrounding The Evil Within. As the partner of Sebastian Castellanos, Kidman will reveal “unthinkable enemies and new areas.”

We previously reported that The Evil Within would be available in August but it appears Tango Gameworks has pushed the title back. It is expected The Evil Within will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC on October 14th in North America and October 17th in Europe.

 

 Players Looking For More Information Can Head On Over to the Official Site.

 

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