United Front Gaming http://unitedfrontgaming.com Dragon Quest Heroes II /sony/post/dragon-quest-heroes-ii Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 ATLUS Releases Persona 5 Unboxing Video! <p>Written by: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/23/2017<br /><br />ATLUS, with the launch of Persona 5 right around the corner, decided to release an unboxing video. What&rsquo;s interesting about the video is that they are actually unboxing the &ldquo;Take Your Heart&rdquo; Premium Edition, exclusive to the PS4 version of the game! <br /><br />By &ldquo;they&rdquo; I mean Lauren and Will, Marketing and PR Associates for ATLUS. Check them out below: <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CRpsn0z2-Ls" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />For those of you who can&rsquo;t watch the video but are still interested in what comes with this premium edition, here&rsquo;s a handy list:&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>"Sounds of Rebellion" soundtrack CD:</strong> A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer Shoji Meguro in a CD wallet featuring P5 artwork.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>4" Morgana plush:</strong> Morgana the cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but is also a member--and also not just a cat! The premium edition includes an exclusive 4" plush of Morgana.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>"The Aesthetics" 64-page hardcover art book:</strong> This art book is full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>SteelBook:</strong> As strong as a vault, the game disc for the PS4 will come specially packaged in a SteelBook collectible case, emblazoned with Persona 5 designs.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Shujin Academy school bag:</strong> Designed after the traditional school bags in Japan, the exclusive replica bag comes complete with the Shujin Academy crest.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Collectible outer box:</strong> Easily the largest premium edition in ATLUS' history, the entirety of the "Take Your Heart" Premium Edition comes in a colossal collectible box.<br /><br />All of this can be yours for $89.99. Unless of course, you&rsquo;re fine with just buying the game. Speaking of which, Persona 5 will land on PS3/4 on April 4th. Be sure to check back here as we continue to cover this title! <br /><br /><br /></p> /sony/post/atlus-releases-persona-5-unboxing-video- Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Merchandise Monkey Releases Horizon Zero Dawn Clothing/Items! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/28/17<br /><br />Merchandise Monkey, a UK based independent games merchandise retailer, recently announced that their Horizon Zero Dawn clothing line was available for pre-order. As of today though, some of their items are available for purchase right now&hellip;<br /><br />The items range from zipped hoodies and snapbacks to messenger bags and wallets, all officially licensed.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m partial to the Horizon Zero Dawn Aloy Zippered Hoodie (costing &pound;59.99). Check it out below:</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/horizon-zero-dawn-clothing-screen.jpg" alt="horizon-zero-dawn-clothing-screen" /><br /><br />Mug, wall scroll, keychain &ndash; there&rsquo;s a bunch of stuff to check out at Merchandise Monkey&rsquo;s <a class="external" href="https://www.merchandisemonkey.co.uk/collections/horizon-zero-dawn">website</a>. Horizon Zero Dawn, the game, is now available for the PS4. Feel free to check back here for more game related news! <br /><br /></p> /sony/post/merchandise-monkey-releases-horizon-zero-dawn-clothing-items- Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:00:00 The Watch_Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC is Now Available! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/21/17<br /><br />Ubisoft made available today the second add-on content pack for Watch_Dogs 2. Called Human Conditions, this new pack features three story-driven DedSec operations, new co-op challenges and more!</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/watch-dogs-2-dlc-screen.jpg" alt="watch-dogs-2-dlc-screen" /><br /><br />Human Conditions contains more than five hours of new content/challenges. Like the Elite co-op challenges, designed to test players&rsquo; steath and combat skills &ndash; they&rsquo;ll require players to complete various objectives in multiple locations with bigger layouts. There are also a couple surprises thrown in for fun, including a new enemy type called the Jammer. These guys carry anti-hacking devices that&rsquo;ll disable all hacking options in a radius around them. <br /><br />Here are the three new DedSec Operations: <br />&nbsp;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>&nbsp;Automata</strong> revolves around Nudle&rsquo;s new smart car, the CyruX, which uses biometric data both as a security measure and to adapt itself to the driver. But is that really all it does with a user&rsquo;s personal information? DedSec sees the potential for abuse right away and sets out to expose it.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Bad Medicine</strong> follows the trail of a dangerous ransomware that has crippled the city&rsquo;s hospitals; as Marcus and his crew dig deeper to stop this menace, they will cross paths with deadly hitman Jordi Chin and form an unlikely alliance against the Russian mafia.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Caustic Progress</strong> unveils a strange new company called RenSense that is experimenting with dangerous nanotech on the Bay Area's homeless. It has caught the attention of bio-hacker Lenni, who claims that their mobile clinics for the homeless hide very troubling human experiments. With her help, DedSec sets out to stop this madness.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/watch-dogs-2-dlc-screen-2.jpg" alt="watch-dogs-2-dlc-screen-2" /><br /><br />Human Conditions is a part of the Watch_Dogs 2 Season Pass and is currently available on the PS4. The Xbox One and PC versions will gain access to this content come March 23rd. <br /><br /></p> /sony/post/the-watch_dogs-2-human-conditions-dlc-is-now-available- Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Square Releases New NieR: Automata Trailer! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/14/17<br /><br />Square Enix recently released a new trailer for their upcoming action RPG, NieR: Automata. Called &ldquo;Glory of Mankind 119450310&rdquo;, the trailer depicts the post-apocalyptic world where androids fight machines to reclaim the planet for their human masters&hellip;<br /><br />The focus is on the fellowship between members of an elite android squad, YoRHa, as they battle different foes. Check it out:<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eLZGZmqK00k" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />NieR: Automata will be released on the PS4 on March 7th (the 10th in Europe) &ndash; a demo of the game is currently available via the PlayStation Store. Be sure to check back here as we continue to cover this title! <br /><br /></p> /sony/post/square-releases-new-nier:-automata-trailer- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Yakuza 0 <p>Reviewed By: Andre Thomas<br />System: PS4<br />Genre: Action RPG<br />Rated: M<br />Players: 1-2<br />Cost: $59.99 <br />Release Date: 01/24/2016<br />Publisher: SEGA <br />Developer: SEGA<br /><br />I have to admit, this is my first time playing a Yakuza title. For whatever reason, I hadn&rsquo;t been exposed to the franchise before being assigned to reviewing the latest instalment (in the US that is). What&rsquo;s great about this is the fact that Yakuza 0 just happens to be a great starting point for newer players. Meaning, that while you should take my criticism with a grain of salt, my opinion is still holds water&hellip;<br /><br />Disclosing my &ldquo;newness&rdquo; to the series should take the edge off of when I describe my experience with Yakuza&rsquo;s game mechanics (at least for the diehard fans). Taking a step back, Yakuza 0 follows the story of a young Kazuma Kiryu &ndash; the series&rsquo; main protagonist &ndash; back in 1988. As a newly made Yakuza member eager to prove himself, he accepts a simple collection run for a local loan shark. Unfortunately, things don&rsquo;t go as planned and Kazuma is framed for murder. What follows is narrative full of power struggles and double crosses&hellip;at first. After a certain point, the game will switch over to Goro Majima, another prominent Yakuza character. Things get really interesting as Kazuma and Goro&rsquo;s paths wind back and forth before converging.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/yakuza-0-review-screen-5.jpg" alt="yakuza-0-review-screen-5" /><br /><br />While I won&rsquo;t go into exactly what happens, I can say that gamers are in for an insane ride. The great voice acting helps to create a serious vibe, adding an emotional pull to the otherwise campy narrative. This is a good thing because the archaic mechanics wears out their welcome over the course of this lengthy game. For one, the beat&rsquo;em up styled action segments haven&rsquo;t evolved well enough to live in this era; I&rsquo;m sure it was great when the first games were released back on the PlayStation 2, but they don&rsquo;t hold a candle to say Sleeping Dogs. To be fair, you can learn new moves and Heat Actions (special moves/maneuvers that can be used once you fill up a bar) that can lead into extended combos. Some of which are required to break an opponent&rsquo;s block or to deal with a hard hitting foe. For the most part though, the fighting boils down to mashing an attack button before being prompted to &ldquo;finish&rdquo; the maneuver by hitting Triangle. I would have loved for more diversity within these characters&rsquo; repertoire, the lack of which made the fighting feel more like a chore. <br /><br />Now, interacting with the objects around you is pretty entertaining. Just about anything can be picked up and used to bash rival Yakuza. Some offer up brutal takedowns while others feature hilarious finishers; imagine beating someone down with a bicycle until it wraps around their body.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s crazy how the player can utterly destroy a foe. That said, it would have been nice if your enemies injuries reflected the violent thrashings. This is especially true with some of the more annoying fights, where acute bruising would have made winning more satisfying.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/yakuza-0-screen-3.jpg" alt="yakuza-0-screen-3" /><br /><br />Beyond the fist fights are the fun mini-games/twists in gameplay. For instance, Kiryu, in between busting heads throughout the streets of Kamurocho, eventually gets into the real-estate business. Yup, you read that correctly. The idea is to build a portfolio of businesses that he can take collections from. A welcome change &ndash; it&rsquo;s fun because it helps in building this feeling of becoming a Yakuza Boss within your own right and it provided a break from the fighting (except when you had to settle a dispute).<br />&nbsp; <br />The backdrop for these characters and they&rsquo;re related stories is what made the game worth completing. Both cities, Kamurocho when playing as Kiryu and Sotenbori when playing as Goro, seemed to be more alive than the actual people walking through it. Not only do they provide an interesting environment to wander about, they also came packed with so many things to do; gambling, fishing, karaoke, and a ton of other side activities help to release the heavy emotional burden that comes via the splendid storytelling. It was actually fun to manage Cabarets as Majima. Like with Kiryu, his job broke up the monotony of running around the city and punching the &ldquo;honor of his adopted father&rdquo; into people who&rsquo;d forsaken his name.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/yakuza-0-review-screen-4.jpg" alt="yakuza-0-review-screen-4" /><br /><br />I can&rsquo;t remember the last time a game&rsquo;s story and offbeat nature won me over so much so, that I looked passed the main gameplay elements. No matter how annoying and clunky the fighting felt, the game itself remained worth playing just to see how both characters stories panned out; it felt like I was taking part in a drama filled manga. The side missions/activities were also entertaining to say the least. Bottom line, Yakuza 0 is worth checking out even if it feels a little dated! &nbsp;<br /><br />Gameplay: 7 <br />Even though the story is great, the fighting is a bit archaic in design. <br /><br />Graphics: 7 <br />Yakuza 0 looks pretty good. Things improve significantly during cutscenes. <br /><br />Sound:&nbsp; 9 <br />The voice acting and music in the era fit perfectly with the games backdrop. At least, it was what I expected to hear while traversing a 1988 Tokyo. <br /><br />Replay Value: 7 <br />The game&rsquo;s story is intriguing and the mini-games are fun. But once you&rsquo;ve completed the game, there is little reason to go back (sans a barebones two player mode allowing others to enjoy some of the mini-games). <br /><br />Final Score: <br /><br />7.5<br /><br /></p> /sony/post/yakuza-0 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:00:00 The Last Guardian <p>Reviewed By: Brandon Noel<br />System: PS4<br />Genre: Action Adventure<br />Rated: T<br />Players: 1<br />Cost: $59.99 <br />Release Date: 12/06/2016<br />Publisher: Sony<br />Developer: genDESIGN/SIE Japan Studio<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />It would be a gross understatement to say that The Last Guardian has been in development for a long time. It started out as a PS3 exclusive before landing on the PS4, nine years later. Developed by genDESIGN and SIE Japan with remnants of Team ICO, who worked on games like ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, the game was able to garner a decent amount of hype when it finally went gold. Now that The Last Guardian is available, the question on everyone&rsquo;s mind: was it worth the wait?</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-last-guardian-screen-2.jpg" alt="the-last-guardian-screen-2" /><br /><br />The Last Guardian (TLG) begins by showing us a child playing in a village amongst friends. After passing out for reasons unknown, he wakes up to find strange markings covering his body and a giant creature named Trico chained to the floor. After some investigating the boy will notice that Trico is injured (he has multiple spears stuck in his body) and after assisting is again knocked unconscious; this time by Trico thrashing around the cave. Upon waking up for the second time it appears that Trico is thankful for the boy removing the spears and as a result a fragile bond is formed between the two. Or at least that what we are to assume based on Trico&rsquo;s actions; the young boy tries desperately to flee from the creature to no avail. As Trico follows him around, he&rsquo;ll help the boy on more than one occasion, proving useful in this dire situation. After a while it becomes apparent that these two characters need each other - their bond grows stronger as they embark on an unforgettable adventure. <br /><br />Being a 3rd person title, TLG's controls are responsive and very easy to pick up. Left and Right sticks are used for movement and camera control while the face buttons handle crouching, jumping, tackle/throwing and petting Trico. The D-pad allows you to wield and put away a mystical mirror and R1 allows you to call out to Trico when you need help. Speaking of the mirror, it serves as one of the primary means of interacting with Trico. Wielding the mirror and reflecting light on a surface or target activates Trico's lightening ability, clearing passageways. Later you&rsquo;ll get access to barrels that Trico can consume as a means of keeping him from wondering off.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-last-guardian-screen.jpg" alt="the-last-guardian-screen" /><br /><br />Based on the controls, you can see that TLG places greater emphasis on exploration/problem solving than it does on action oriented gameplay. This creates an engrossing experience &ndash; a less is more approach &ndash; that&rsquo;s unique when compared to games released nowadays. Certain areas require you to advance first and then open gates or lower bridges in order for Trico to advance. Other areas will require you to ride Trico while he jumps to places far out of your reach. Occasionally Trico will be needed to subdue the guards patrolling the environment. Regardless of what&rsquo;s going on, the relationship that grows between these two characters is front and center; though they&rsquo;ll work together to solve the mystery of their imprisonment, their forming bond is a key narrative thread. <br /><br />What&rsquo;s most interesting about this set up is Trico himself. This bird, dog thing behaves like a loyal &ldquo;pet&rdquo; throughout the game. It will occasionally sit down and scratch itself, howl and even give a disapproving grunt at certain points. Great consideration and care took place when designing his mannerisms; one moment he&rsquo;s content and attentive and the next moment he will become irritated, dropping on the spot to fall asleep. It&rsquo;s a wise choice to pet Trico and keep him fed in order to have him ready to assist you at a moment&rsquo;s notice.<br /><br />Graphically, TLG teeters between average and eye catching, both of which is understandable seeing as it started as a PS3 game. Certain textures obviously went through very minimal facelifts for the current port while Trico&rsquo;s finer details are fairly impressive. With each individual feather on its body moving with every step and gust of wind throughout the game, Trico visually screams next-gen. Draw distances for environments are vast and eye popping, with soft colors that give the impression that the game is one long dream sequence. Not only is it surreal, it's provides quite a relaxing experience. The game can be said of the musical score, which is non-existent for most of the game. This isn&rsquo;t a bad thing as the minimal approach works exceptionally well here. In fact, the absence of music produces a sense of solitude and isolation that pulls you further into the game.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-last-guardian-screen-3.jpg" alt="the-last-guardian-screen-3" /><br /><br />The Last Guardian, at its core, is a story of a boy and his companion that provides an engrossing experience akin to titles like A Boy and His Blob (but on a much larger scale of course). It&rsquo;s certainly interesting to watch let alone play through. With a strong cinematic presence, this emotional ride is something that should be experienced by anyone looking for something different. &nbsp;<br /><br />Gameplay: 8<br />The exploration and puzzle solving elements are entertaining. Outside of Trico presence, there isn&rsquo;t much we haven&rsquo;t seen before. <br /><br />Graphics: 8<br />Convincing but not entirely next-gen. That said, photorealistic graphics aren&rsquo;t a necessity here. &nbsp;<br /><br />Sound: 8<br />While it featured a light soundtrack, The Last Guardian has rich atmospheric sounds that really bring its world to life.<br /><br />Replay Value: 7<br />Despite being an engrossing game, The Last Guardian is a one and done type of game. I can see people going back just to spend more time with Trico. Most will enjoy the initial ride while it lasts. <br /><br />Final Score:</p> <p><br />7.8<br /><br /></p> /sony/post/the-last-guardian Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:00:00 The Last Guardian /sony/post/the-last-guardian Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:00:00 Absolver is Coming to the PS4! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 12/05/16<br /><br />Devolver Digital and Sloclap revealed that Absolver, the stylish combat RPG, is coming to the PS4 with exclusive content. Unfortunately, they didn&rsquo;t say what&rsquo;s included in said content&hellip;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/absolver-screen-3.jpg" alt="absolver-screen-3" /><br /><br />Ever since the game was <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/blog/post/3406/devolver-reveals-mysterious-combat-game--absolver-">announced</a>, I&rsquo;ve been eagerly awaiting to hear more. The idea of an RPG based realistic melee combat is rather unique; I&rsquo;m sure there will be spells and special attacks, but for the most part the punching and kicking looks real. See for yourself: &nbsp;<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bZxSL1fCWxY" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />Absolver is set to be released something next year for the PS4 and PC (I&rsquo;m sure an Xbox One version is in the works as well). As always, keep it locked here for more information! <br /><br /><br /></p> /sony/post/absolver-is-coming-to-the-ps4- Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:00:00 SEGA is Bringing More "Yakuza" to the West! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 12/05/16<br /><br />SEGA was all Yakuza&rsquo;d out during this year&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience. Not only did they share some info about Yakuza 0, they also announced that two &ldquo;new&rdquo; Yakuza titles were coming our way. Joy! <br /><br />First up was Yakuza Kiwami (which basically translates to Yakuza Extreme), a remake of the first game. What&rsquo;s interesting about this game is just how remade it is. Modern combat elements from more recent Yakuza games, 30 minutes of additional cutscenes, new threads linking the game to Yakuza 0, new distractions around Tokyo (like Pocket Circuit car racing) and more. They even had the original voice actors re-record their audio, allowing North American fans the first time to experience the game in its native Japanese. Oh&hellip;and they enhanced the graphics.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/yakuza-kiwami-comparison-screen.jpg" alt="yakuza-kiwami-comparison-screen" /><br /><br />Yakuza Kiwami will be released exclusively for the PS4 next summer. Next up was the announcement that Yakuza 6 was also coming our way. Hitting sometime in 2018 (it has to be localized and such) on the PS4, there wasn&rsquo;t much in the way of interesting details. It does have a nifty subtitle &ldquo;The Song of Life&rdquo; and a tagline about sacrifice and family. I just hope it explains some things; Yakuza 5&rsquo;s ending was a bit anticlimactic for me. <br /><br />What we do know is that Kazuma Kiryu and a ton of other franchise characters will make their return. They&rsquo;ll be visiting Onomichi, a sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, this time around. And thanks to the new Dragon Engine, will be the most advanced Yakuza to date.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/yakuza-6-screen.jpg" alt="yakuza-6-screen" /><br /><br />Even though I didn&rsquo;t completely love <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/post/3275/yakuza-5">Yakuza 5</a>, I would be remiss if I didn&rsquo;t say I wanted to check out Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. I want to know what happens to Kiryu and the rest!</p> <p><em>Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released in North America/Europe in 2017 and 2018 respectivly.</em></p> /sony/post/sega-is-bringing-more--yakuza--to-the-west- Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:00:00