You can get A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV for free on Xbox and PS4

While I am no xbox or PS owner, I felt that I should post this so that others can get this.

In the past this game was available as pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV. This meant that if you didn’t pre-order the game you wouldn’t have gotten this game.

Now the developer, Square Enix has opened up the game for everyone, including those who don’t own Final Fantasy XV in the first place. Here’s a brief description from the PlayStation store:

 

Set in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, this game features retro-style inspired graphics centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming. The in-depth combat system blends intense attacks, devastating magic, mighty summons and unique companion attacks into a singular gaming experience through three diverse locations in the world of FINAL FANTASY XV.

Restless before bed, young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story. Regis begins with a peaceful day being disrupted when monsters raid the royal capital, Insomnia. Young Regis, joined by Weskham, starts his adventure from the royal capital. Eventually they are joined by friends Cid and Clarus, where they travel to the plains of Duscae only to discover a mysterious cave where their enemy resides.

This offer is available to those on PS4 and Xbox One. You will need to have an account with PSN or Microsoft and you can create one if you don’t have one already.

I don’t know how long this will be free for so if you want to get this I would suggest that you get it ASAP.

 

 

My Thoughts on… The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (Part 1)

For the last few days, I’ve been playing the Nintendo Switch version of Zelda Breath of the Wild for a review. It’s been an amazing experience, but given the sheer size and scale of the world, I don’t think I’m quite at the point where I can give a full critique of the game and it’s awesomeness.

Because of this, I’m gonna do something a bit different instead. Namely, give my thoughts on Breath of the Wild in a steadily updating series of articles, until I can eventually get far enough to review the entire game and as much as its content as possible.

So let’s get to it, shall we? Here is part 1 of my thoughts on The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild!

Starting with the whole Great Plateau thing. Have to be honest, I kind of wondered why you were limited to this area before actually playing the game. Seems weird for such an open ended title.

But then it struck me: The Great Plateau is basically a disguised tutorial. All the shrines have simple puzzles to teach you how the basics of runes work. The enemies are super weak and easy to avoid (to make it so a new player won’t be overwhelmed). And there’s just the right amount of basic resources to make it survivable but not too punishing.

Either way, with the exception of the Warm Doublet quest, I didn’t have much to note here. And hey, given that the Plateau was shown/available in every single demo/at every event, I’m not sure that’s what others are interested in hearing more about either.

So let’s move on, now to the first interesting aspect of the game.

Namely, the whole ‘upgrade’ system. Basically, you know how in past Zelda games, you got Heart Pieces to increase your health bar?

That doesn’t exist in this one. Instead, every shrine gives you a spirit orb, and you can trade four of them for either a Heart Container or a Stamina Increase.

And that’s where the risk/reward thing comes in. Put simply, you have the choice between playing the game two ways:

  1. Very safely, by putting everything into health at the expense of stamina. This lets you survive more hits (which is useful if you suck at dodging), but also makes exploration a whole lot more annoying than it already can be.
  2. In a risky way, by increasing stamina (hence letting you climb/glide to places more easily), at the expense of basically being a one hit wonder for much of the game. This is convenient for travellers, but also means one Moblin, Guardian, Hinox, Stone Talus or other strong enemy will probably be your last.

I decided to go for another Heart Container.

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Gaming Reinvented and Gaming Latest Have Now Merged

It’s been on the cards for a while, and we’ve hinted about it in the past already. But now, it’s finally happened. Gaming Reinvented and Gaming Latest have now merged.

So what does this mean for you as a user?

Well, a few things really. Firstly, the forums will now entirely reside on the Gaming Latest domain rather than the Gaming Reinvented one. They’ll still have the same content and many of the same staff (like myself), but the domain and hosting will be under Demon Skeith’s control instead of mine.

And there’s a good reason I’ve done that. Namely, I don’t have the time and energy to keep running a large gaming forum.

I mean sure, I can run a smaller one. Something like Wario Forums where the amount of daily effort needed for generating content and keeping out troublemakers is greatly reduced. That’s well within my capabilities at the moment.

But for a big, nearly big board level community with hundreds of thousands of posts and many thousands of members, that’s just a bit too much for me at the moment. I’ve got a startup to get going, events to attend, news to post on this site and marketing to do on social media. Adding ‘large community management’ to the list is just too much stress.

So I’ve decided that we can now focus on what we do best instead. I can worry how to run a great news site, whereas Demon Skeith can worry about the general forum management aspect. It’s a simple deal really.

As well as one that will help the site immensely. Why?

Because now Gaming Reinvented is the official news site for Gaming Latest too. It’s where members are encouraged to submit gaming content in the form of articles, it’s going to have various articles posted to the forums via RSS, etc. This will bring more attention to our platform, and allow for fun contests like this one.

Where you’re rewarded with eShop/Steam/Xbox Live credits for writing the best articles for the site.

So yeah, the merge is now active. However, that’s not the only thing that is here.

Oh no, we’ve also been working on improving another feature. What is it?
The comments system.

Yeah, as you can tell, we’re now running a new comments system with far better features than before. This system (called wpDiscuz) basically acts like a self hosted version of Disqus.

Except you know, without the annoying forced ads. Or recommended articles shoved at the end.
And it has tons of cool features. For example, you can now upvote and downvote comments like on Reddit:

Subscribe to comments on a per article basis, with replies sent through email.

As well as other additions we’ll be adding on soon. Like the ability to use @ tags like on Twitter, or the ability to post videos and other media directly in the comments section. It’s much more stylish and useful than the bland old WordPress default, and will hopefully make commenting less of a chore in general.

So enjoy the site everyone! It’s now aligned with a new gaming community, has a new comments system and will have numerous other neat features in future as well.

Conker’s High Rule Tail Released for SNES

So, do you like Conker’s Bad Fur Day? Ever wish you could play a sequel in the same style complete with video game parodies and concepts?

Well, don’t rely on Microsoft for that one. They’ve basically forgotten about Conker by this point, having gave him a half done port of the original and a hololens test called Young Conker as the only new games in the series.

But there’s still hope. Why? Because as of today, a very interesting hack of The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past has released on ROM Hacking.net. Titled Conker’s High Rule Tail, the game turns Link’s quest into a Conker game complete with a ton of video game references and amusing dialogue. Making it a sort of cross between Fur Day and Pocket Tales in the process.

Here’s a trailer showing the game in action:

As well as the page on ROM Hacking.net where you can download the game:

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/3346/

It’s a pretty interesting project, as you can see in the links above. For example, the game’s assortment of parodies now includes Super Mario Bros, Resident Evil and Star Wars among many others, along with new items and abilities you might not expect to see in such a game.

There’s also a fancy MSU-1 soundtrack too. This lets the game run MP3 quality music on a SNES, with the songs in question often being taken from the games and sources it parodies. Like Super Mario 64 and the Pokemon series.

So yeah, it’s an intriguing idea for a fan game. However, there’s still something a tad off about this one.

And I think that might be just how ‘obvious’ the parodies are here. Yeah I know, parodies nowadays seem to be a whole lot less subtle than they were in the 90s. Heck, those ‘parody’ films by Seltzer and Friedberg are literally just a bunch of references without any real humour at all!

But Conker’s Bad Fur Day wasn’t really like this. It had parodies, sure. The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and A Clockwork Orange were made fun of in different sections of the game. That’s fair enough.

However, they were done in the game’s own style. It wasn’t a direct parody of Saving Private Ryan or Apocalypse now, it was Conker and the squirrels in a war against the Tediz. It wasn’t literally Conker in the Matrix vs Agent Smith, it was Conker and Berri raiding the Federal Reserve in the style of The Matrix. With the sole exception of the final boss (who looked exactly like a Xenomorph from Alien), it’s very rare that the game never puts its own twist on the setup or joke.

This game on the other hand… it feels like Conker going on a crossover spree complete with the exact same characters, enemies and concepts as the games he’s parodying. Not all of it mind you (the hub worlds do put their own spin on a lot of things). Just enough of it that it feels more like Mushroom Kingdom Fusion than Conker at some points.

Still, it’s not a bad game. No, it’s an amazing game, and one of the best mods of A Link to the Past ever released on the internet. So if you want a great new 2D Zelda experience on the SNES, or you want a new Conker’s Pocket Tales/Fur Day hybrid, this is ideal for you. Heck, it’s a million miles better than Young Conker that’s for sure!

So go and check it out. It’s an interesting game and mod that pushes the SNES Zelda title to its limits, and a good follow up for fans of the Conker series.

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Conker’s High Rule Tail Released (ROM Hacking.net)

Nintendo Switch Trick Lets You Browse Websites on the Console

A few weeks before the Nintendo Switch came out, Nintendo announced that it wouldn’t have a web browser by default. As a result of this, it’s not possible to access internet sites through the console at the moment, since the only online connectivity features that work are the eShop and a couple of games online multiplayer.

However, that’s not stopping some people! Oh no, thanks to a trick involving a proxy and the Nintendo Network settings, it’s now possible to access any websites you like through the system. Hence turning the system settings page into an impromptu web browser!

Here’s a video by YouTube user NefariousSquid showing it in action:

So how does this work you may wonder?

Well, wifi networks are not always open by default. For example, in a coffee shop, school or library, you may have to log into a special page via the web browser to get access to the the internet. You know, to stop outsiders using the internet connection.

And so the Nintendo Switch is designed to work with this. It does by this constantly sending a request to http://conntest.nintendowifi.net and checking for an ‘X-Organization: Nintendo’ string in the response. If it gets one, it knows it’s online and the test succeeds. If not it knows traffic is being redirected and displays the relevant login page. While still checking for the response and considering the test successful if it succeeds.

Hence by modiying responses on the network level, we can trick the system. We can trick it into thinking we’re on a ‘captive portal network’ and display pages of our liking. Then by clicking on links there, we can go anywhere online.

It’s pretty cool really, and it acts like a decent browser substitute while the real thing isn’t available yet. So yeah, if you want to test it for yourself, check out the instructions on Reddit via the source link. Who needs a web browser for the console anyway, eh?

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Unrestricted Web Browsing on Nintendo Switch via Hijacking Captive Portal Detection (Reddit)