The Dwarves PS4 Review

Looking for something new and fresh? Here it is!

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The Dwarves gives you control over a servant dwarf that has never been away from his underground home where he served his masters as a blacksmith handyman of sorts. You are tasked with heading out of the underground vault and delivering a message. A small task that turns into quite the random adventure. Where the story goes and how it unfolds is up to you. Make choices like taking on a regiment of orcs to save a village or walk by and let the town be destroyed. What kind of sweeping effects could that have? I guess you’ll find out.

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Along your journey you will meet other characters and recruit them into your adventuring party! It’s almost like a different take on Lord of the Rings. There are 2 parts to the game, the Overland Map and Battle/Exploration phase. In the Overland map you move an icon along an open path. Choose to visit towns, explore ruins, or just camp out. Once you find a place of interest whether it be a battle or somewhere to explore, you will get a loading screen then dropped into a small explorable area where you can then walk around and interact with things. If it’s a battle, you’re in for some fun.

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The battle system, once you figure out how it works and what’s going on, wow it’s awesome. It’s like the developers took the scene from Lor of the Rings where Gimli and Legolas fight their way down Helms Deeps front gate steps and made and entire battle system off of that one scene. It’s wild. Your characters will all fight by themselves, your input will come with moving them and saying when to do special moves like massive sweeping weapon strikes that will cut a swath through the Orcs sending them flying out of the way and more often then not, off the side of a cliff or bridge. It’s awesome to watch. There are times you get surrounded by the enemies with ranks stacking 4-5 deep on every side of you. Pause the battle with SQUARE and figure a way out of that mess. Use a charge run move to sprint out, see if a party member can leap over to aid you, or just try to power out of it like a true Dwarf.

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The story that unfolds is nothing to get excited about, but it does its job at progressing through. There are a lot of fancy fantasy world like names that are hard to pronounce and keep track of, but it’s laid out well enough for you to follow.

Now to my 2 major gripes:

Loading. Wow. From overland map to cutscene or battle and back will leave you with a whopping load screen every time. Totally takes you out of this experience. At one particular part in the game there was a tough battle, at that point, I spent more time in a loading screen than actually playing the game. This needs to get optimized.

The camera feels like it was sacrificed for better looking set design. Unlike Diablo 3 or other recent isometric games the camera will move along the walls and warp in and out with pillars and big trees. Making controlling the camera and using it to actually see anything a bother. Your view will be obstructed quite often. In battle, that could mean life or death.

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The Dwarves is a fresh new IP that is much needed in this world of sequels and recycled, overhyped nonsense. It’s unique, it’s fun, it has its flaws, but like we always do here on HDGaminLIVE, we find the good in a game and take it’s flaws as they are. It’s a great game if you want a strategic adventure mixed with fun combat. It can get a little too hard at times, even on it’s easiest difficulty, but figuring out a way to win if half the fun.

ESL to Power PlayStation 4 Competitive Gaming

ESL’s competitive gaming systems and technology coming to the new Tournaments feature on PS4

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ESL, the world’s largest esports company and part of the leading digital entertainment group MTG, announced today that it will integrate ESL competitive gaming systems and technology into the newTournaments feature on PlayStation 4 systems. Millions of PS4 owners will be able to find and participate in competitions organized by ESL, available to them at the touch of their fingers. In addition to PS4, tournaments can be accessed for interactions, such as Check-in, through both the ESL Play and PlayStation App.

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We’re incredibly excited to be able to offer this seamlessly integrated solution for the most passionate esports fans. ESL’s mission is to bring competitive gaming to fans around the world, and when doing so, to create an environment that allows them to fully focus on their gaming skills.” said Marcel Menge, Managing Director ESL Technology. “In the partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment, we’re going to host hundreds of weekly tournaments for players from any corner of the world. Anyone who wants to try their hand at competitive gaming, can now easily do so across a wide variety of titles.”

Tournaments feature will kick off the first Major tournament with NBA 2K17, to celebrate the beginning of the NBA season. Mortal Kombat X, Project Cars and more, will be joining the ranks in the future. The integration is global, supporting 15 different languages to enhance competitive gaming on the over 40 million PS4 systems sold worldwide.

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PS4 is the world’s top-selling console, with more than 40 million units in consumers’ homes globally. According to a report from the international research firm Newzoo, there is enormous potential for esports growth among console gamers, as only 25% of all console gamers currently identify as competitive gaming enthusiasts.

SportsBar VR on PS4 – Does it include sticky floors?

SPORTSBAR VR FOR PLAYSTATION VR BRINGS THE VIRTUAL PUB EXPERIENCE TO YOUR LIVING ROOM

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Developers Perilous Orbit and Cherry Pop Games unveil today SportsBar VR for Sony’s PlayStation®VR platform. Set to release later this month, SportsBar VRfeatures a wide variety of popular pub games, including pool, darts, air hockey and many others, all set within a virtual sports bar. The pub itself is a key element of SportsBar VR, providing an interactive and realistic social environment where players can meet, chat and simply hang out when they’re not getting their gaming fix.

Stream the trailer HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4eXHopp89s

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Much more than a collection of popular pub games, SportsBar VR enables players interact with the 3D world around them, roaming a virtual hangout in real-time while playing darts, shooting pool and even throwing bottles around.

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SportsBar VR Gameplay Features:

  • Tons to Do: Darts, pool, air hockey, skeeball, shuffleboard and more. Just about every classic pub game is here…all in beautiful, realistic 3D VR.
  • Go on, Make a Mess! Had enough of being a good sport? Then enjoy throwing bottles, cue balls and sticks around, nobody gets hurt and nobody has to clean up!
  • Hang with Friends: A fully immersive social setting enables you simply hang out and chat if you like. An Amazing VR
  • Experience: Perilous Orbit knows VR, which means you’ll experience a fantastic VR environment right from the comfort of your own living room.

Saturday Morning RPG Gets Vinyl Release

Scarlet Moon Records in conjunction with Limited Run Games is announcing the limited release of the  Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack on vinyl, featuring the work of legendary musician Vince DiCola -known for his work on Transformers: The Movie and Rocky IV-and his writing partner, Kenny Meriedeth. Additional remixes are provided by Shovel Knight’s Jake “virt” Kaufman, Metroid Metal’s Grant “stemage” Henry, and Ubiktune”s Dmitry “C-jeff” Zhemkov.

The limited pressing will be available exclusively from Limited Run Games to be sold in two batches on September 16, 2016 at 9:30am Eastern and 5:30pm Eastern:

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Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack Vinyl

“Growing up as we did in an era when it was the main and most popular format in which to purchase our favorite music, Kenny and I are excited that ourSaturday Morning RPG soundtrack is being released on vinyl,” comments DiCola. “Special thanks to Jayson Napolitano at Scarlet Moon Records and Josh Fairhurst at Mighty Rabbit Studios for making this happen!”

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Fans of DiCola’s past work will feel right at home among the heavy synth rock fused with powerful orchestral backings. The vocal rock track, “No RIsk, No Glory” is also included. The full track list is as follows:

Side A
01. Tune in for Saturday Morning RPG!
02. Saved by the Bell
03. What Was That?
04. Battle Scene
05. Dawn of a New Day
06. Power Plant
07. Trust -Badbot’s Theme-
08. Fallen Angel
09. Castle of the Gods
10. Determination

Side B
01. Overdrive
02. Legacy
03. No Risk, No Glory
04. Dawn of a New Day (feat. stemage and C-jeff)
05. Saturday Morning Arcade Shooter (feat. virt)

Digital copies of the  Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack are available wherever digital music is sold, and is streamable on Spotify and Bandcamp:

Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp

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Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs Preview

Inheriting an ancient kingdom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least, not in Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, where your ancestors have left not glory and riches, but a spectacularly convoluted mess.

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As Kay of House Loren, you’re tasked with making your estate―and your name―respectable again. In need of some spending money, it seems Kay has no choice but to take up monster slaying. You’re sort of a nobody if you haven’t theatrically defeated at least one mirkman anyway, right?

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Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a comedic pastiche of role-playing games featuring tactical turn-based combat, deep social links and character development, hand-drawn 2D environments, and a strong narrative focus. From Klabater and Pixelated Milk, Regalia is coming to PC in early 2017 and to PlayStation 4 later in the year.

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For more on Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, visit https://www.regaliagame.com/