United Front Gaming http://unitedfrontgaming.com Tencent Opens Pre-Registration for Arena of Valor! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 10/18/2017<br /><br />Tencent Games announced that players can now pre-register for their highly anticipated mobile MOBA, Arena of Valor. This is a pretty big deal, given how big of a title AoV is&hellip;<br /><br />For those that don&rsquo;t know, Arena of Valor is based on Honor of Kings &ndash; or rather, it is Honor of Kings but with a different name and westernized versions of HoK&rsquo;s characters. It was launched back in 2015 in China and has sense become one of the biggest MOBA/mobile game in the world (it has about 55 million people playing at any given time). So it&rsquo;s safe to say that AoV will be big once it reaches North America; I&rsquo;ve spent some time in-game and while it isn&rsquo;t League of Legions, it is quite good!</p> <h4><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/arena-of-valor-screen.jpg" alt="arena-of-valor-screen" />(Here's me - KennyUFG - putting in work as Yorn, a ranged character)</h4> <p>What&rsquo;s really interesting though is that the game is also coming to the Switch. That&rsquo;s right, AoV will be the Switch&rsquo;s first Free-to-Play MOBA. That said, there&rsquo;s no word on when it&rsquo;ll actually hit Nintendo&rsquo;s system; the pre-registration is only for iOS and Android devices. <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NHeSXV34mhA" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />Tencent also announced that they&rsquo;ve partnered with DC Comics, allowing for certain heroes to be playable in-game. This includes Batman, Van Helsing, Wonder Woman and Superman &ndash; so far, I&rsquo;ve only seen Batman. As you can guess, he&rsquo;s pretty awesome. Here&rsquo;s hoping that Arena of Valor will be launching soon (especially on the Switch)! <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/tencent-opens-pre-registration-for-arena-of-valor Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 Arena of Valor /handhelds/post/arena-of-valor Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 SEGA Brings Classic Games to Mobile! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 06/22/2017<br /><br />SEGA Networks Inc. recently announced that they were bringing a collection of classic video games to mobile devices. Now, this by itself isn&rsquo;t really news &ndash; I mean, just how many SEGA bundle/collections do we need? What&rsquo;s really interesting though is that this collection will spans every console era, snatching up popular titles, and place them on mobile devices&hellip;for free!</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/sega-forever-art.jpg" alt="sega-forever-art" /><br /><br />Called SEGA Forever, this collection will feature free-to-play, ad-supported games (ad free versions cost $1.99 each). The collection kicked off today with five Mega Drive/Genesis titles, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. They all have controller support, cloud saves, leaderboards and the ability to be played offline. Basically, they offer some modern trappings we&rsquo;ve grown accustomed to without touching the classic gameplay. <br /><br />SEGA Forever will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. Again, all will be available to download on the Google Play and App Store&rsquo;s for free. And while it doesn&rsquo;t beat out my personal collection of SEGA games, it&rsquo;s cool fans will be able to take them on the road. You know&hellip;without worrying about losing cartridges or having to lug around an old console. <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/sega-brings-classic-games-to-mobile Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia /handhelds/post/fire-emblem-echoes:-shadows-of-valentia Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Details Fire Emblem Echoes' Season Pass! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 05/04/2017<br /><br />Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be here soon. So, it would make sense for Nintendo to outline the game&rsquo;s season pass. I mean, you want to let people know what to except if you want them to part with their money. And seeing as how the pass will be available when the game launches&hellip;<br /><br />The Shadows of Valentia season pass will feature 22 pieces of content, released through multiple DLC packs. They&rsquo;ll be new dungeons to explore, new maps, new character classes and more. Check out the full-ish list of content below:<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DLC Pack #1</strong> &ndash; Fledgling Warriors Pack (May 19, $7.99, three pieces of content): Ideal for early- to mid-game adventurers, this pack includes a new dungeon (The Astral Temple) and two new maps, great for gaining more items, money and experience points.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DLC Pack #2</strong> &ndash; Undaunted Heroes Pack (May 25, $9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging new maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DLC Pack #3</strong> &ndash; Lost Altars Pack (May 25, $14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don&rsquo;t appear in the main game.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DLC Pack #4</strong> &ndash; Rise of the Deliverance Pack (June 1, $12.99, four pieces of content): Discover the previously untold history of Valentia in this Prologue pack. Complete with new story content and additional voice acting that details the rise of the Deliverance in Zofia, this collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won&rsquo;t be able to control in the main game.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DLC Pack #5</strong> ($5.99, two pieces of content): More information about this final DLC pack will be revealed in the future.<br /><br />The season pass will run gamers $44.99 (30% off when compared to purchasing the packs separately). Both it and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be available on May 19th for the Nintendo 3DS. <br /><br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/nintendo-details-fire-emblem-echoes-season-pass- Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00:00 Hey! Pikmin /handhelds/post/hey-pikmin Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Reveals New Handheld Pikmin Game! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward jr.<br />Date: 04/13/2017<br /><br />It would seem that the rumors about a new Pikmin title being released this year were true&hellip;somewhat. Instead of getting a new game for the Switch, Olimar and the crew are headed to the 3DS. <br /><br />This new game, called Hey! Pikmin, is a first for the series. Normally, the game is played from a top down view and feature open-worlds to explore. That&rsquo;s not the case here. Hey! Pikmin is a platformer, with side-scrolling levels. &nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/hey-pikmin-screen.jpg" alt="hey-pikmin-screen" /><br /><br />I don&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ll need to carry parts of Olimar&rsquo;s ship around like before (this game seems to be more action oriented). That said, there will be plenty for the Pikmin to do. Gamers will need to use the touch screen to throw the different Pikmin at the various monsters inhabiting the planet. They&rsquo;ll also be used to solve puzzles; like weighing down a platform while lifting its counterpart, rising Olimar to new heights. <br /><br />Speaking of heights, here&rsquo;s hoping that Hey! Pikmin holds up to this series standard of quality. While I have no doubt that Nintendo knows it&rsquo;s way around a platformer, Olimar isn&rsquo;t Mario. That said, it&rsquo;s good to see them try something &ldquo;new&rdquo;. &nbsp;<br /><br />Hey! Pikmin is coming the 3DS on July 28th at the suggested retail price of $39.99. A new amiibo figure will also launch on that day, for those of you looking to get a little more out of the game. <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/nintendo-reveals-new-handheld-pikmin-game Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 The Elder Scrolls: Legends Makes Its Way to iOS! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/23/2017<br /><br />Bethesda Softworks&rsquo; first strategy card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, is now available on the iPad. <br /><br />The game was released on PC on the 9th and has been gaining steam since. The addition of two more platforms (it&rsquo;ll land on Android devices next month) will help its growth. A good thing given the popularity this genre has seen over the past few years &ndash; competition is always welcomed.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-elder-scrolls-legends-screen.jpg" alt="the-elder-scrolls-legends-screen" /><br /><br />This is a good time to jump into Legends, given that The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood PvE update is scheduled to be released on April 5th. We&rsquo;re talking new story missions, over 40 new cards, and more. <br /><br />The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a free-to-play strategy card game that&rsquo;s currently available on PC and iOS. <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/the-elder-scrolls:-legends-makes-its-way-to-ios Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Announces New Fire Emblem Echoes Bundle! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/22/2017<br /><br />Nintendo recently announced a limited edition bundle for the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game. Dropping the same day as the regular edition, fans will get an assortment of goodies for their money (including a cool pin set). <br /><br />Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, a Famicom game that was only released in Japan. Now, years later, Fire Emblem fans in the US will be able to experience the game with modern graphics, cinematics and 3D dungeon environments (a first for the series). So it only makes sense that Nintendo would be releasing a limited edition version to celebrate the occasion.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/fire-emblem-echoes-limited-edition-art.jpg" alt="fire-emblem-echoes-limited-edition-art" /><br /><br />The Limited Edition bundle, retailing for $59.99, will come with a sound selection CD, the aforementioned Pin Set, a hardcover Valentia Artbook, and a reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game. Oh, and it also comes with the game. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be available on May 19th for the 3DS. Fans have plenty of time to decide if the LE bundle is right for them. <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/nintendo-announces-new-fire-emblem-echoes-bundle- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Epic Games Announces Battle Breakers! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/01/17<br /><br />Epic Games recently announced Battle Breakers, new title coming to mobile devices and PC. First revealed at GDC, the game is based on 80&rsquo;s Saturday morning cartoons. Ok&hellip;you have my attention!<br /><br />Battle Breaks is a tactical role-playing game powered by Unreal Engine 4. Gamers will recruit/create teams of heroes (ninjas, knights, robots and so on) and use them to battle monsters from space. I&rsquo;m assuming there is a PvP mode in the works; there will be cross play between mobile devices and PC.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/battle-breakers-screen-2.jpg" alt="battle-breakers-screen-2" /><br /><br />Battle Breakers will be joining Paragon and Fortnite as Epic&rsquo;s &ldquo;games as services&rdquo; development model. And while I&rsquo;m not as eager to jump into another Free-to-play title, especially a moble one, Epic has a proven track record in the mobile arena. Paragon is shaping up to be nice MOBA in the vain of a SMITE and Fortnite is constantly being update. Basically, it wouldn&rsquo;t hurt to check these games out! <br /><br />Battle Breakers will be released later this year on Android, iOS, and PC. Be sure to check back here as we continue to cover this title. <br /><br /></p> /handhelds/post/epic-games-announces-battle-breakers- Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:00:00