Rockets Incoming

I find myself writing this article saddened, why you may ask! Simply because I missed the opportunity to Beta test Rocket Arena!

The trailer alone for this game, is one of the best I have seen in a very long time. On top of that, after researching the game, I cannot wait to play it.

Is it silly fun with rockets and abilities and crazy characters, HELL YA!

This doesn’t strike me as the type of game to get a competitive scene going, which seems to be all the rage right now, but I could do with something that me and a couple of buddies can jump into and have a blast being silly!

Speaking of videos, check this out!

Rocket Arena Official Reveal Trailer

Graphics, soundtrack, characters, maps, what appears to be amazing movement and gameplay… what more can you ask for?

Keep your eyes open for an actual review once I get my hands on a copy. Until then I will share some of the screenshots from the game.

Until next time….

Hyperion arrives in the Andromeda Galaxy today!

Earthlings… today marks the arrival of the spacecraft Hyperion in the Andromeda galaxy. It has been a 600 year journey for the crew.

What will happen next?

Only the Pathfinders can tell you as they explore the Andromeda galaxy. Unfortunately for RPG that won’t be until later tonight!

While we wait we have downloaded the Apex HQ app for Android (also available on iOS) and have been sending out Strike Teams.

In the meantime enjoy the two videos posted here and watch for a review article to come in the next couple of days!

Here is the press release shared by EA this morning!

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and BioWare™ announced that Mass Effect™: Andromeda, the latest edition of the award-winning franchise, is available now on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation®4 in North America and starting March 23rd in Europe. Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players far beyond the Milky Way to the uncharted Andromeda galaxy where a new cast of characters, led by Ryder, will fight for a new home for humanity. Playing as one of the Ryder siblings in the role of the Pathfinder, players will lead a squad of highly-trained explorers as they search for and discover new worlds, alien races and threats.

“We’re very happy to welcome the fans back to the Mass Effect universe,” said Aaryn Flynn, VP and GM of BioWare. “The team’s vision for this epic new chapter was to take what our fans love about Mass Effect – great characters and combat – and add more emphasis on exploration while telling a different type of story. We’re following a group of characters who are just starting their heroic journey, and we can’t wait for our fans to discover more about them and this new galaxy.”

The story opens after a 600-year journey to the Andromeda galaxy, as the crew begins searching for a new home for humanity. The dreams of easy settlement are quickly shattered, as worlds expected to be paradises are instead wastelands, and the Pathfinder discovers that not all inhabitants of the galaxy welcome humanity. Terrifying enemies will challenge players and their crew, forcing them to utilize destructible environments, vertical movement through boosted jumps, customizable weapons, Biotics and other tools in their arsenal to even the playing field in a combat system and character progression that is more thrilling and open than ever.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will also feature a separate team-based online multiplayer mode where players can engage in fast, fluid and frenetic combat to work together and achieve success. Utilizing combat skills, strategies, weapons and abilities gained from the field, players must coordinate to take down overwhelming forces.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is developed by BioWare and is available now on Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in North America and starting March 23rd in Europe.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2016, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.4 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

EA, BioWare, Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Andromeda, EA SPORTS, Origin, The Sims, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies, and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.. John Madden, NFL, and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.

 

 

RPG’s Top Comic and Video Game Ladies

In Honor of International Women’s Day we at RPG (with help from others) picked our favorite Comic book and Video Game heroines that inspire us and wanted to share them with you.  So without further adieu here is RPG’s Top Comic and VG Ladies.

Comics:

Poison Ivy
Often over sexualized and underappreciated in the intelligence department, Poison Ivy had a promising career as a Botanist.  After being coerced into assisting in the theft of an ancient Egyptian artifact, her accomplice attempts to poison her with herbs contained within.  After surviving the poisoning attempt she finds that she is immune to all toxins and diseases.
As a self-proclaimed eco-terrorist, Ivy has proven herself not only in the intelligence department but also as one of the most notable of Batman’s rogue gallery.  Her ability to take advantage of critical times watch the flow of Gotham’s crime scene has put her in many powerful positions over the year and make her a formidable woman in any sense of the term.  Its easy to see why she made our list and likely always will.
Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
One of many who have taken on the cowl of Batgirl.  Cassandra Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva.  Trained from a young age to read people’s body language and movement, while ignoring speech and writing, Cassandra became a formidable opponent.  At the age of 8 she was involved in the assassination of an important businessman and after reading his body language, realized what she had done what wrong, this spurred her to run away, where she eventually ended up crossing paths with Batman.  After saving the life of many people she gained the trust of Batman and eventually went on to star in her own series in the late 90s.  Her combat skills and ability to read situations have put her on Batman’s most trusted battle companions list, if the caped crusader respects her enough to have him by her side, we are on board too.
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)
Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl and daughter of Batman’s trusted friend and confidant James Gordon, has been a staple character for years.  She is the one character who over the years has stayed by the side of the whole bat family regardless of what has come her way.  Not only has she been able to showcase her combat prowess many times and be an effective part of the team dynamic, she has been able to showcase her brilliant intellectual side when she was forced to take on the role of Oracle.  During the Killing Joke, Barbara was shot by the Joker, causing her to be paralyzed from the waist down effectively ending her career as Batgirl.  Her work as Oracle has been some of the best in the way of detective work anyone has seen in comics to this day which quite easily puts her in her own category of badass comic women, especially when you think that she regains use of her legs later and becomes Batgirl once again.
Jean Grey
Jean is a staple X-Men character, felt by many to be the cornerstone of the team.  Her ability to draw in people around her and unify the group is often needed.  Placed in the Marvel universe as an Omega-Level Mutant, her power potential rivals many super humans within the galaxy and when bonded with the Phoenix, she once even took out Galactus singlehandedly.  Know to be one of the more pragmatic teammates she brings a levelheadedness to a group of rather ragtag and emotionally charged mutants, her sensibility and strength under pressure solidify her as an important female within mutant kind and the Marvel universe in general.
Captain Marvel
Formerly Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers hasn’t exactly had the easiest life.  Serving as a US air force officer, she ends up getting caught in a bad situation while trying to get near an alien hero Captain Marvel.  A kree device explodes and although she was saved, the device altered her genetic make up, turning her into a Kree-Human hybrid.  This gave her extraordinary powers which she eventually started using under the mantle of Ms.Marvel.  Carol has had an interesting run through the years but has always proven herself a stoic, hard working and determined hero.  More recently, her work as Commander of Alpha flight and leading of the Guardians has put her in a position where many people look at her with high regard.  Rightfully so, Carol goes toe to toe with world leaders and staves off alien diplomats who are looking to invade the area.  Her ability to diplomatically solve an issue without throwing a punch makes her a valuable asset to any team, but when diplomacy fails, you can be sure that her opponent isn’t going to last long at all.
Ms. Marvel
Kamala Khan, an inhuman with shape changing powers and an obsession with Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) has been the female hero we needed for a long time but couldn’t quite seem to get right.  Kamala, a Pakistani-American girl whose introduction to the Marvel universe seems perfectly timed and incredibly important has taken many a fan by storm.  Her strong will and timely story lines fit perfectly within a world where people need someone to look up to and to relate with.  While still young, she exudes the kind of passion that is required to stay steadfast in your beliefs and show that its your actions that make you who you are, not your religious affiliations or heritage.  In terms of strong female heroes in our current day, Kamala shows she deserves the mantle of Ms. Marvel, who in the past have always been progressive, strong willed and powerful women shaping the future for their generations.

Video Games:

The Boss (MGS3)
On the list of veritable bad-asses, none are more so than The Boss, from the MGS series.  This is a one woman army, the leader of an elite crew of freakish killing machines and the mentor of the one we all know as Big Boss.  The sheer impact that one single character has had on a game hasn’t been seen in such enormity for a long time.  Having seen years of triumph and pain, and trudging through the hell that is war and life, this is one woman who not only plays the perfect mother figure but when it come’s down it, isn’t afraid to end your life if need be.  The stories of her efforts echoed through history, starting with Metal Gear Solid on PS1 and persisted through the narrative of this beloved franchise.  Meeting her in the 3rd MGS game only added to her persona and solidified the importance of character through replays and to the end of Snake’s journey.  We tip our hats to The Boss and her sheer undeniable presence.
Aurora (Child of Light)
The victim of a terrible scheme set in motion by her evil step-mother, Aurora is sent to a dream world and attempts to find her way home.  Through her travels its easy to see how she grows into a strong young woman fighting her not only her own life but that of her friends.  As she travels, people around her can’t help but be inspired by her indomitable will.  She inspires fierce loyalty and shows incredible spirit under insurmountable odds.  Aurora gives us reason to think twice before assuming what any person is capable of at a glance.
Samus (Metroid)
When Metroid first came out in ’86 Nintendo fan boys world wide were excited to play as a new suited hero, be the badest dude around and just have fun.  That was until, we all beat the game with certain conditions and realized our favorite badass was indeed a woman.  Since then, Samus has gone on to star in 8 unique Metroid games and each one gives us a little more insight into who she is and what she’s been through as a bounty hunter.  Samus has won our hearts through intricate story telling and fantastical feats.  Our time with the bounty hunter has done a great job at softening our hearts towards women in games in the early days and hasn’t stopped in any of her iterations.  As strong female characters go, Samus will always be at the pinnacle of heroes near to our hearts.
Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Often the damsel in distress, Zelda has recently been given an opportunity to shine as brightly as the Hero of time himself.  Starting with Ocarina of Time where she disguises herself as Shiek to assist Link in his travels to Wind Waker where Zelda enters battle with Link against Ganon and uses Link’s shield to ricochet light arrows toward the villain.  She has been given the opportunity to show that even a princess doesn’t need to be saved all the time.  Her love of her people and Nation and the care she takes in assisting the Hero of time often overshadow the efforts you put in as a player once you understand that much of your progress wouldn’t have happened without her.  Maybe one day we will get the opportunity to see a side story where we as players take the role of Zelda and assist Link ourselves.  For now, we can live the dream through Hyrule Warriors as Zelda one of the most formidable playable characters.
Cortana (Halo)
Cortana wasn’t someone who came to mind right away but it took little convincing to put her on this list.  As the AI for one Master Chief, she has seen some stuff.  She’s been able to assist the Chief in 100s of missions ensuring the survival of humans and her Spartan counterpart alike.  Even during a moment of AI degradation she somehow managed to be an integral part of winning the day, her firm resolve and complete stubbornness, probably inherited from the Doctor she was created from, keep her going and supporting the people she deems most important.  This staunch focus and firm resolve definitely give her a deserving spot on our list.
Faith (Mirror’s Edge)
Faith Connors is a Runner in The City.  Faith is an important part of the resistance that fights the conglomerate which governs over the City.  Her absolute dedication to the cause, focus and unlimited fighting potential are all an asset to the fight at hand.  Having lost her parents and presumably her sister at a young age, she has all the reason to fight and keep her head held high for not only herself but the people of the City.  Under duress she’s showing amazing determination and has been a source of incredible support for her peers with in resistence groups.  Faith might not be a leader in any of these groups but she more than makes up for it with her drive and the trust people put in her ability to make things right.  In the end, this is a lady we want on our side and can trust to get things done!
There are so many more women that we could think of, but if we did that the list would never end.  So in honor of those who inspire us in what we read and play each day and have done so for many years, from the RadioPressGaming Crew to everyone else, Happy International Women’s Day!

ICYMI E3: EA & Bethesda

Both EA and Bethesda held their E3 press conferences on June 12th. While we attentively watched all they have to offer in the coming year, and live tweeted their announcements for you, we are also bringing you a recap of all they have in the works along with game photos and trailers.

 

EA was up first. While they had several new features for fans to look forward to, I must say, overall, it is the same reliable EA bringing you new versions of quality games you already enjoy.

 

Titan Fall 2 was announced with big news that it will be available to PS4 players for the first time ever, and now offers a single player option for all you lone wolfs out there. Additionally they invited you to sign up for a beta/stress test at titanfall.com. Titan Fall 2 is scheduled for release October 28th, 2016.
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Next up they previewed the all-new Madden 17. Still the same Madden you know and love, they have introduced an event series you can take part in. This was broken down into three categories; Challenger Events, Premier Series Events, and EA Major Events.

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A sneak peak at the new Mass Effect: Andromeda was shown before cruising right along to Fifa 17. This will offer a new series called “The Journey” and the added bonus of real premier league managers, like Jose Mourinho, who stopped by to say hello during the briefing. Fifa 17 has been given a full physical overhaul and the added perk of intelligent play.
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If you love smaller developers this next EA E3 announcement is just for you; EA has started the EA Original Line. This new Original Line is specifically meant to support smaller developers, and bring you even more gaming options. The first EA Original game coming to you, FE, was announced and previewed live during the show. This is really great news for some of the amazing games brought to you by small developers that may ordinarily go unnoticed.

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EA was of course not going to go through this entire press release with out mentioning StarWars. Not only is Battlefront going to be getting some updates in the future, but EA is also working with Lucas Films on multiple games, said to be exploring all new areas of the StarWars universe.

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EA’s final announcement was of Battlefield 1. Aside from getting to see a full hour of live gameplay after the briefing, which looked amazing by the way, they also announced the open beta coming later this summer. Battlefield 1 release is set for October 21st, 2016.

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Bethesda also had their #BE3 press conference on Sunday, which came with plenty to be excited for as usual. My personal favorite from them has got to be the return of Quake. This classic game appears to have been completely re-mastered for its reinstatement. The short gameplay trailer they showed had many gamers overflowing with anticipation. Though PC was mentioned during the rundown of Quake Champions, console options were unfortunately not mentioned. Whether this means it will only be available on PC or not is unknown. Bethesda said more news on Quakes return would be given at Quake Con in August.

Additionally intriguing news from #BE3 has got to be the re-master of Skyrim for next-gen consoles. Boasting a massive fan base, Skyrim players around the world have rejoiced at the projected thousands of additional hours to be lost from their life with the updated version of this well-loved game.

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The recently released DOOM was also mentioned. A demo of the game is currently available for download this week only. So, while I assure you DOOM is well worth your money, if you unfortunately missed out on the beta now is your chance to try it out. DOOM was again mentioned along side Fallout 4 with the exciting news that both will be available for play on the HTC Vive in 2017.

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Currently in the works from Arkane Studios, an all-new game, PREY, was previewed during the conference. The graphics quickly caught my attention. Arkane Studios project PREY to be available for Xbone, PS4, and PC some time next year.

Viewers were also hyped about the Dishonored 2 announcement, not only as a continuance of the Dishonored series, but also because all pre-orders not only come with Dishonored 2, they also include the entire Dishonored Definitive Collection. Which is exciting news if you missed opportunities to play the original game.

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Some of the other games mentioned from Bethesda were Fallout, and Elder Scrolls Legends. ES Legends will be coming to Mac, IOS, and Android later this year. Fallout talked about their next DLC ‘Contraptions Workshop,’ which has a closed beta starting Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. To sign up you simply have to head to account.bethesda.net.

 

That its for EA and Bethesda for now, RPG will be on the ground at E3 starting Tuesday, June 14th, so check back here for more updates from your favorite developers and distributors. We’ll see you there.