Bethesda announces Fallout 4

That’s right. Fallout 4. There is not much known at this time but we are to tune into Bethesda’s E3 Showcase on Sunday, June 14 at 7:00pm Pacific Time to see the world premiere of the game! Also, there’s this goosebumps giving trailer of in-game footage:

We are on the edges of our seats here at RL. Are you with us? More information coming, check back soon.

Chibi-Robo returns, now on the 3DS!

Today, during a surprise Nintendo Direct, a new Chibi-Robo title was announced! Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash! Unlike the traditional Chibi-Robo title, this one will be a side-scroller and feature action in addition to the quirky puzzles our friendly robo gets into! Chibi-Robo uses his plug as a whip to attack enemies as well as to reach places he could no get to before. Charging his plug increases its power and length in which it extends. Check out the trailer!

As mentioned, an amiibo compatible with the game is to be released exclusively as a bundle with the launch of this game. We currently know this amiibo can transform Chibo-Robo into Super Chibi-Robo and can be leveled up as well as unlock in-game collectible items.

Who could ever say no to this little guy?
Who could ever say no to this little guy?

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash will be released on the Nintendo 3DS system this October! Come back for more info, here on RL, when its released!

Support Your Local Smash Scene!

Are you a fan of Super Smash Bros.? Do you enjoy playing with friends but also enjoy watching others compete? Ever been to any Super Smash Bros. tournaments for the original game, Melee, Brawl or the newest titles on 3DS and Wii U? Tournaments like these that may seem not seem as popular as competitions for esports like League of Legends or Dota 2, but in fact Melee tournaments seem to collectively award the most prize money in all fighting game competitions. And look at how epic they are:

 

When you have top notch players who dedicate hours on hours of practicing Smash techniques such as teching and wavedashing and polishing their combos to near perfection, coupled with commentators with an obvious passion for the game as they hype up the crowd and spectators, mixed with excited fans who will ‘Ooh!’ and ‘Aah!’ at even the slightest moment of a perpetual comeback or mercy beating, the Super Smash Bros. competitive scene is in a realm of its own, and a great one at that.

ROOM HYPE LEVEL: OVER 9,000
ROOM HYPE LEVEL: OVER 9,000

Huge tournaments don’t occur every day though, or even every weekend and often you may not be able to make it to Vegas for EVO, or Jersey for APEX, or Florida for CEO, but did you know that Smash competitions might be going down in your very backyard? No, not your actual backyard, but it is likely there are weekly tournaments happening at your local gaming/comic book store!

Scope around your neighborhood, and if there are no venues in sight take to Facebook and search for Smash scenes in your city/town/state and join a local group or two! This is a great way for updates, finding local competitions and to organize pick up games. Better yet, if there is a venue close to you with no Smash scene, start your own with friends! Most comic book and video game stores are happy to accommodate these kinds of tournaments because it brings them business and attention and they may charge a small fee for using their location, which is minimal when everyone throws in. High school and college campuses are other excellent locations to start clubs at and hold competitions.

If somebody owns or has access to streaming equipment, displaying the tournament over Twitch or other streaming websites, or posting the best matches, semi-finals and finals on YouTube, is yet another great way to publicize your scene and attract fellow Smashers. I participated in a local tournament in my own town with familiar faces I never knew were also in Smash at a place I had never even been to after I noticed a post on a Facebook group I was apart of, got invited to a separate group for this particular tournament and received an invite by text from a fellow Smash friend of mine.

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Only around 10 people entered this particular tournament and the entry was only five bucks. Sure, it was small, but it had heart. A room full of big, clunky TVs, game systems, friendly people with a similar interest and a copy of Smash and you just can’t go wrong! I lost my first round, and the losers round, by the way, but I like to think a Dr. Mario main like me put up a good fight. Some of these players are just too good! Me and the Doc will get ’em next time.

I encourage all of you fellow Smash fans, and those unaware of this wonderful game, to go out and check out your local Smash scene for a good time. And don’t forget to let us at RL know how it goes!

It is also your last chance to sign up for our Spring Smash Tournament! Don’t forget!

 

Inside Look at Dungeon Defenders II

When it comes to setting up a solid defense and mowing down waves of enemies, you don’t have to have played the prequel Dungeon Defenders to enjoy the somewhat challenging, ever satisfying, upcoming free-to-play multiplayer action RPG/tower defense Dungeon Defenders 2.

I started playing Dungeon Defenders 2 with a semi-blank slate since I have never played the original Dungeon Defenders by Trendy Entertainment but have played several multiplayer online battle arena games which is the feeling you get when playing this title, though competition isn’t what is at play but rather teamwork.

Reminder, this is only the Pre-Alpha stage of the game, which features a variety of stages and only four playable characters: Huntress, Monk, Squire and Apprentice.

Load up Dungeon Defenders 2 and you’ll be prompted with choosing one of these characters to play as. To generalize, Squire is melee, Monk is support, Huntress is ranged and Apprentice is mid-range. However, each character has a similar array of skills built in with a “turret” each and traps. You can try out each character and switch between them on whim.

I chose the Huntress. These straw target dummies at the pre-game lobby are no match for my poisonous arrows.
I chose the Huntress. These straw target dummies at the pre-game lobby are no match for my poisonous arrows.

Level up your character to open your arsenal up to better gear, weapons and new skills which cap around level 15 at three action (blue) skills and four passive (green) skills.

The higher level you achieve, the tougher stages, or dungeons, you can defend. Using your gear: a helmet, a torso, gloves, shoes, a trinket and a weapon, plow through dungeon after dungeon to become the strongest dungeon defender you can be!

You’ll level up frequently and you will be flooded, and I mean flooded, with loot. The more players in your game, the higher chance of loot dropping, and each completed dungeon yields a chest with a particularly special reward. Sell the loot you don’t need for coins to be spent on upgrading your gear or purchasing new gear, though finding gear yields better stats.

Blue colored gear is a good find! But it's not the best... I hear there's purple gear out there...
Blue colored gear is a good find! But it’s not the best… I hear there’s purple gear out there…

These dungeons differ from each other in difficulty, appearances, monsters and towers but for the most part the strategy remains standard: you and your team set up traps relatively close to the portals where the waves of monsters spawn and run around shooting or whacking monsters whilst upgrading your traps and yourself upon leveling up.

There is a limit to how many traps can be placed, and traps can be upgraded up to three times, so coordinating with your teammates as to which traps are best is important as to not waste both green gems and tower space.

Coordination is not quite apparent however. There’s no voice chat options and most players don’t use the chat box to strategize, except occasionally in the very beginning at the harder stages to inform the team to back off and let the Apprentices use all the tower spaces and only contribute green gems towards upgrading said towers.

If these monsters get past my volley of arrows then they'll have to answer to my teammate's demonic fire flowers.
If these monsters get past my volley of arrows then they’ll have to answer to my teammate’s demonic fire flowers.

Clearing stages is a piece of cake. It does get harder and harder but it never gets to the point where you’re on the edge of your seat. The enjoyment gets stale but alternating between characters keeps gameplay interesting as does the pretty scenery, which changes between stages.

Dungeon Defenders 2 is only in its Pre-Alpha stage, which can be acquired for $24.99 on Steam. If you’re a fan of multiplayer online battle arenas or tower defense games you won’t be disappointed trying out this title. The Pre-Alpha had limitations but even so Dungeon Defenders 2 gave me hours of fun and I was able to pick it up and play with ease and the developers announced that more updates are to come as well.

Let us know what you think and if you plan on trying Dungeon Defenders 2 out either now or when it is officially released!

New Pokémon Game Announced!

Coming this fall in Japan, this winter in North America, and next spring in Europe,  on the Nintendo 3DS system is a new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon!

So far all we know is the game is single player and will include ever-changing dungeon layouts so that gameplay doesn’t get stale and players will be able to use Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, according to the official Pokémon website. Apparently the world is at stake and our minds will be blown in comparison to other Dungeon series games in this new title!

A new Pokémon franchise title has not been announced or leaked in a long time. Are you satisfied with another Mystery Dungeon? Let us know!