Hello fellow nerds! It is February 2017. I hope you all are having a great year so far. What, with a new POTUS (bleh..), the New England Patriots vs the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (WOO!), and if you didn’t catch it, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 was amazing as ever. Be sure to watch some footage. Anyway, this is what’s in store for your new game releases for February 2017. Be sure to enjoy some games with that special someone this Valentine’s Day coming up.
Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World (3DS) – February 3
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, Vita) – February 7
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) – February 7
Nioh (PS4) – February 9
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PC, Vita) – February 21
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC) – February 21
Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) – February 21
Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 24
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – February 28
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 28
If you are an Xbox Gold Subscriber, these are the games you can take advantage of also: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Project CARS, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChucks’s Revenge, and finally Star Wars The Force Unleashed.
And of course, if you prefer PS Plus, here are your free games: Little Big Planet 3, Not A Hero, Starwhal, Anna Extended Edition, Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL
Look these games up if any catch your eye.The ones that pop out to me immediately are For Honor and Nioh. I can’t wait for some Viking, Knight, and Samurai action! But what about you?
Leave your comments below, or let me know on twitter @neoecks. I look forward to hear what you guys have been playing. And as always, stay nerdy my friends. -DV
Creative Mind Frame (1-UP) has come to the end of his Nerdcore Emulation Station journey.
If you’re not familiar with the Nerdcore Emulation Station (NES) series, it all starts with an assault on the entire universe by an evil army who call themselves the “Imagidrains.” (If you are, then skip down below to start reading and streaming!)
In the future, creativity is directly tied to life force which is fervently defended by artistic heroes of each planet.
The king of the Imagidrain army spends decades during a time of peace planning a vicious assault to send his imagination stealing minions to overrun planets in multiple galaxies, which succeeds in overwhelming the heroes who once defended them.
After a mysterious voice teleports the nearly killed heroes to a planet not currently taking the Imigidrain King’s immediate attention (with good reason) , he instructs them that in order to defeat the king, they must first venture through the worlds of Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. In these worlds they will fight enemies they have never fought before including guardians left behind by the Imagidrain King to keep “visitors” at bay in order to augment their power so they can face off against the evil king.
Eventually the mysterious voice reveals himself to be of interesting relation to the story and they continue on to the Gamecube after freeing the planet guardians and other characters and bringing them along for the journey.
After saving the Gamecube from the Imagidrain army sucking it’s life force out, they are now venturing to the trippy home planet of the Imagidrains… the Dreamcast. While it is a Sega world at heart, it seems to have spread its reach to other systems and brought it back into the home planet, possibly due to the Imagidrains evolving and spreading to other galaxies and systems.
Cover of Nerdcore Emulation Station 3 (N3S)
Join 1-UP and party as he and party venture through this final world to put an end to the Imagidrain strong hold on the galaxy and also make sense of the past of the hero.
OH MAN! October seems to be the Month that takes away all your money and have you stock up your XBOX or PS4 titles (Or Steam, of course) With re-releases like Duke Nukem 3D, Batman: Return to Arkham, and the sequel to Titan-Fall, there is more than reason enough to spend a few dollars to brush off the dust bunnies on your next gens (If you haven’t already) . Let’s see what excites the NPC Collective THIS MONTH!
Let’s start with the honorable mentions.
Dragonball Xenoverse 2, (Oct. 25)
We here at the NPCC are huge anime fans, and we are no stranger to DragonBall Z. So, of course, we got excited when Xenoverse 2 was announced. If you enjoyed the first one, you should have a blast with the newest title. See what I did there? Only a few details are released about this game but they did provide a character list. I wonder if we will touch the new Super Saiyan God in this one?
Batman: Return to Arkham (Oct. 18)
Return to Arkham come with both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City along with all the DLC included. If you have not had the pleasure of taking down the goons of Arkham or if you just want to take over the role as Batman and run through these titles again, we highly recommend it.
Titanfall 2 (Oct. 28)
The most anticipated online FPS is back and this time with a offline story-mode. Personally, I didn’t have an Xbox One with the original title released but I am interested in the story-mode in a game that didn’t originally have one. A lot of upgrades from the original release along with more maps, more titans, and more details on the world of TitanFall. If they can pull off the single player mode as well as they pull of the online multiplayer, I’m sure this is a title some of us at the NPCC can sink our teeth into.
Duke Nukem 3D 20TH Anniversary Edition: World Tour (Oct 11)
Ok, let’s remember the time where Duke Nukem: Forever wasn’t released. The time were you would replay your Duke Nukem games hoping that you would be able to play a new title with this Bubble-gum chewing “Bad*$$” in the next gen graphics. Well, this re-release is as close as you are going to get on a PS4 or Xbox that is tolerable. Why not give it a gander? At least, a Redbox rental….
Gears Of War 4 (PREORDERED: OCT 7TH, Worldwide Oct:11th)
This Xbox title heavy weight is back, and takes place 25 years after Gears 3. New weapons, new enemies, new characters. Even though we are to see some of the original characters, we are sure that the story and gameplay will not fail to amaze. Rumor has it that the story will change depending on what character player 2 selects on co-op mode. I like the sound of that. While the replay value just increased, This is definitely on the Buy list.
Friday the 13th: The Video Game (Oct 2016, TBA)
Similar to “Dead by Daylight”, this title plays just like a horror movie. In this case, Friday the 13th. One person plays as Jason Voorhees, and 7 other characters plays the camp counselors. The 7 players try to survive the juggernaut that is Jason or kill him by working together or going solo. This game uses the same crew of the “Friday the 13th” films, like Kane Hodder (Jason), Ronnie Hobbs (Writer), and Tom Savini (Make-up creator). With original creators of the film on board with the game, I highly doubt they will let their baby’s name be tarnished.
PS VR (Oct 2016, TBA)
This not actually a game, but we here are excited for the PS4 Add-on. Personally, I always wanted to have a VR game since I saw this on “The First Kid”.
Yes, the Sinbad Movie.
The initial titles are awesome, for example, Batman. Even though we already talked Batman on this list, why wouldn’t you want to be batman without the needed physical attributes? Hoping that more titles in the future will lean towards the VR experience, this may on the watch list for some until the hefty price of $499 drops to something more affordable.
This is the List for October, Comment below if we have missed anything that you are excited about. Don’t be shy, tell us why.
PAX!!! An experience I’ve been waiting on for nearly 10 years. Two of my best friends went when we were in high school as kind of a graduation present and I assure you I was happy and jealous at the same time. In the mid 2000s, it became a goal of mine to go to PAX one day and play all of the games.
As of Sept 2016, I can now travel back in time (once I learn time travel) and tell teenage Emmanuel that his goal has been fulfilled and close out with an epic fist bump. Joining up with the NPC Collective and Death*Star, we brought and weekend full of jams, hilarious (and some serious) panels.
Headed to the convention early Friday obviously to scope out the area, grab some grub and develop a game plan after picking up our badges. Because we all have no attention span and because I’m a huge Destiny addict, we ended up splitting up to go do our own things and explore for day one. Word to the wise, if you have the same cell provider as like 70% of the attendees (*Cough* Verizon) you may want to bring walkie talkies because you’re going to have a difficult time connecting to send messages over said network.
Destiny – I played that beta at the Bungie booth like 10 times. It was only a multiplayer map but man it felt good to use the Gjallarhorn again. ESPECIALLY due to the fact that I got mine in year one like two days before Xur finally decided to sell it
* Side tangent I started getting hit up on twitter by a bunch of random people because I had my tagline listed as “1UP @ PAX West” asking me for Union of Light Emblem Codes. I started just giving them out at random to people who were liking a photo I posted and gave a couple out in a random grand giveaway. Heads up… DON’T do that … It’s super aggravating when 100 + people are messaging you sob stories (some being spam accounts) about why you should stand in line for 45 minutes to get them a code for an emblem. *
But back to Destiny. There wasn’t a huge amount of the story revealed this weekend just by playing the multiplayer beta but it was still a lot of fun. Bare minimum I was able to test out a couple of maps and judge the character balancing as far as super negations went. I made it a point to play on the Warlock, Titan and Hunter to get a feel for the potential tweaks. I can say I didn’t notice a huge difference in the multiplayer mode other than hand cannons seemed pretty powerful in comparison to the Taken King (even more than the July damage buff). But then again I could have just been playing against some folks who were super good with hand cannons (ಠ◡ಠ)
1UP handing out thrashings in Destiny
** Other side tangent, Super Soul Bros were there playing right by the booth so it gave some awesome music to destroy folks to. Haven’t seen them since MAGFest so it was really good to get them back in the earholes. **
*** Double other side tangent. Spent too much monies at the Bungie store T_T #worthit ***
Rivals of Aether – This was actually introduced to me at Otakon by Trailer Drake. We played a few rounds in the hotel room a couple of days but I ended up forgetting the name of it until I walked up to the 6th floor (which housed most of the indie games). All I know is:
It was super fun
I played probably 20 + matches
I’m super addicted now and have to Boot Camp my Macbook now because I bought it anyway lol
If you haven’t checked it out, it plays a lot like Smash Bros Melee (SSMB) which IMO was the best one, but it’s all more pixel type 2D character designs. When I say it plays a lot like SSBM, I mean it even plays as fluid as SSBM (if not more fluid). Right now the game is still in early access but you can still purchase it and play, but it’s going to have releases and updates pushed to us until the game is complete. I still think that the playability factor is super high even in beta and TOTALLY worth the money. There were a lot of fighting games on the floor that attempted to emulate the SSBM style but were kind of clunky and not really all that enjoyable so it was nice to be able to come back to Rivals for a refresh.
Virtual Reality Demos – Even though I was there all four days, I actually never jumped into any of the Virtual Reality (VR) demo lines because I hate lines and yeah… I hate lines. I spent a lot more time observing people in all hilarity with their headsets on playing different games. PlayStation had quite a few set areas up with close observation range where you could see the participant and the television display of what they were seeing in their VR headsets. I’m sure even if there were ear buds in they could hear the laughter of joy coming from the crowds. It definitely put the idea and desire of picking up a set for myself, buttttt maybe on second iteration so I don’t have to deal with bugs and issues associated with early adoption syndrome. ^.^
I know that a few of my fellow NPCC squad attempted to get tickets for the Resident Evil VR experience. Which basically handed out all of the daily allotment of tickets within 30 minutes of the convention opening. I looked at that line once and was like “Nope.”
Kadesh taking losses in Tekken 7 😂
Other Stuff – To be honest the stuff mentioned above is what I spent a majority of my time on when it came to gaming. I strolled around a couple of days with Ohm-I and Kadesh Flow to try some games like Elder Scrolls Legends, Classic Gaming Room, Tekken 7, and got some serious education on Trove from Twixler. I will probably end up diving into that game as well soon and destroying my spare time life lol. Oh and Atlas Reactor haha! Ohm-I taught me a few things about that game since he’s like a celebrity there, although I didn’t want to get wrecked playing in front of people so I passed. Link here.
Even though I didn’t get wrecked Ohm-I caught these feet during Dance Dance Revolution T.T (for your viewing entertainment).
MUSIC AND PANELS
NPCC MOB – Saturday was a ball. We played an epic game of rap tag and blasted dopeness to the earholes with Death*Star at the LoFi venue a couple of miles from the convention center. If you haven’t been to an NPCC Mob event it’s pretty hilarious and MAD fun. I don’t mean to toot our horns but… TOOT TOOOT! We basically have a drink or two, pass the mic after a couple of songs and catch our breath something serious (◡‿◡✿). I bumped into Murs for a hot minute at the event before he had to bounce and the universe can be at peace as he is as chill as we all imagine and hope. Instead of writing a bunch about the show I will just share some pics from our wonderful photographer Sayed :
PAX West After Party @ LoFi (Photos by Sayed Alamy)
In addition to Saturday’s show, we fortunate enough to put down a quick set on Friday at one of our homie Mark’s shows and we were sprinkled in through some panels from Friday to Monday (Nerdcore Hip Hop Panel, One Fandom To Rule Them All, Business In Music and Code to Cardboard: How to Draw Digital Addicts to Tabletop) which ranged from fun debauchery to serious and informative with game creators all the way up to the grandfather of Nerdcore MC Frontalot. I will say that it is one thing to go to something celebrating the culture that you genuinely enjoy, but it’s a great feeling to be able to contribute to that thing you love. Much love to C0splay for the epic team up and making 17 and 28 year old 1-UP super happy.
Changing Faces Of Nerdcore Hip Hop Panel (PAX 2016)
So obviously we are at the end meaning it’s time for the unnecessary but usual ranking of the convention.
PAX West gets a 10/10 from me!
Reasons being: Even though there were lines (and I can’t subtract for this because every con and expo has lines), it was extremely well put together. The content was obviously right up my alley 100% so I’m going to be a little biased but it just felt a lot more like a “Hey, we are adults and are here to enjoy the Expo” versus a few that I have been to (and I’m going to sound old for this) where people are like acting an extreme fool in the con exhibit hall. Don’t get me wrong I love to party but I also like to be in the mind to enjoy the thing I traveled to enjoy, and while everyone enjoys the world differently I just appreciated the mature nature in which the attendees immersed themselves in PAX West.
Thoughts from Kadesh Flow:
Kadesh Flow (Photo by Sayed Alamy)
This was my second PAX West trip. It was much better than the first (not that the first was bad), as I was able to engage in more gameplay and attend more panels. The Lo-Fi show was the highlight of the trip. First, I’m still stoked to play a PAX after party. Heck I’m glad to just have chances to go to the convention! But playing an after party? Awesome!More importantly, rocking with homies from Death*Star and my NPCC family is always priceless. 1-Up, Shubzilla, Ohm-I, and I employed a highly effective strategy of running round robin for about two hours. The energy level remained super high, and everyone maintained a fresh and consistent energy as a result.
The biggest shock of the trip was Murs (yes, Murs) coming to the show and clearly enjoying himself. I looked out at him while we were on stage, and he was smiling, vibing out, and filming us!!!! Murs was filming our set! In a packed house. It was a great night and a great trip.
P.S. If you’re wondering where the links are to the things I mentioned before, scroll up… I hyperlink everything
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