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Elder Scrolls: Legends Coming to PS4 and Switch with Cross play and Cross Save

EA announced that they were releasing Elder Scrolls: Legends on PS4 and Switch at their EA Play Media Briefing during E3 week this year. They also confirmed that the game would have cross-play between all of the platforms it is available on.  This is a serious advantage over Hearthstone, which has not expanded much since its initial offerings to mobile devices and PC gaming.

Elder Scrolls Legends is a digital collectible card game that pulls its influences from one of Bethesda’s longest running and popular settings. What separates it from other free to play online card games is just how well integrated the Elder Scrolls lore and feel is integrated into both its single and multiplayer content. Legends offers both competitive and casual multiplayer modes, but also offers single player story modes along with a single player arena mode (Their version of a limited card deckbuilding format).

Elder Scrolls features cards and deck construction that encourages multiple styles of play. Most card games limit you deck construction to cards of a single playable class and a set of neutral cards. Legends treats your deck and your personal avatar as two separate things to be customized. 

First and most pleasantly, the cards allow for multicolor deck construction as well as full support for multicolor cards. Each color of cards in Elder Scrolls Legends represents one the themes with the world of Elder Scrolls: White is the color of order and armies, Red is the color of rage and fury, Blue is the color of sorcery and knowledge, Purple is the color of control and ancient (undead) power, and green is color of nature and hidden threats. The races of the Elder Scrolls series often appear in multiple colors: Imperial forces are white and purple, Argothian lizardfolk are green and purple, and Khajiit Catfolk appearing in both green and white. These races, of which I only named a few, are often featured in Legends multicolored cards. While Legends limits deck construction to a maximum of two colors, it allows for more diverse design with each color as themes not only work within their own color, but with other colors as well. It also allows for more cards to be relevant as the same color can be played in different ways, even more so when paired with another color.

Your personal avatar will also serve you well in the free to play progression system within the game. The game rewards both single player and multiplayer content with gold (to buy packs, arena passes, and stories), Soul Gems (the common resource among card gam11es to craft individual cards, as well as a random cards. The cards you will receive after multiple played games will be based on your in-game avatar, and since races are connected to multiple colors, this gives you control to the type of rewards you receive as you play.

I would recommend Elder Scrolls Legend as a digital card game to family gamers who are invested in the lore of Elder Scrolls, and are looking for solid single and multiplayer content. With its Teen rating to the ESRB, Elder Scrolls Legends is also a playable alternative to younger gamers who want to experience the Elder Scrolls series without the more mature content that is a mainstay of the Bethesda Series.

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Engaged Family Gaming Holiday

There were a lot of awesome games that came to the PlayStation 4 this year. Take a look at the games we recommend for Holiday gifts this year!

Horizon: Zero Dawn



Arguably the best game of 2017 for young adult gamers. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a story of life and struggle over the remnants of a future civilization. Robotic animal creatures roam a landscape filled with the remnants of a fallen civilization.  Players experience the story of Aloy, a young woman trying to survive and understand the great tragedy of her land.

I linked the Complete Edition above. It will be coming out on December 5th and will include the DLC pack that is launching in November.

 

Star Wars Battlefront II



Star Wars is on everyone’s mind right now. How can it not be with Episode 8 looming this holiday season?

Star Wars fans will want to take a look at Star Wars Battlefront II this holiday. It isn’t available for purchase yet as of the time that I published our gift guide, but most early indications from a public beta have been positive. There have been some concerns raised by critics about the micro-transactions that are available in the game, but we don’t have all of the details from the final version of the game yet. We’ll need to wait and see if they end up being a true problem.

 

Everybody’s Golf



Everybody’s Golf is a casual golf game that the whole family can play. You create goofy characters and play on relatively wild courses. The action is simple enough that just about anyone can play with a little practice. The $40 price tag doesn’t hurt either.

 

Destiny 2


Destiny 2 is an amazing multiplayer shooter experience set in a cool sci-fi universe. It is also a great compromise for parents looking to find a shooter for their kids to play that isn’t as grim as Call of Duty: WW2 or Battlefield 1.

 

Crash Bandicoot Collection


Crash Bandicoot was Sony’s attempt to compete with Super Mario. He never quite succeeded in supplanting him, but there are a lot of people who look back on his games fondly. The N-Sane Trilogy is a collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games that have each been lovingly remade from the ground up and made available in a $40 collection.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX



Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming soon. (They say its coming next year, but I’ll believe that when I see it.) Players need to get ready for it and this is a collection of every meaningful game in the series so far.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age


A sprawling tale about the never ending cycle of war and intrigue. FF12 is the last game in the series from the PS2 era and was recently re-released for PS4 with an HD upgrade. Zodiac Age is the smooth update and rebalancing of an already great game. It even includes some features that never made it to the States on its initial debut.

Minecraft



I know I sound like a broken record, but Minecraft should be on top of everyone’s shopping list. It may be one of the best selling games of all time, but there are plenty of kids who don’t have it.


Be sure to check out the rest of our holiday gift guides for 2017!

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Square Enix to Release Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Digitally for the PS4

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is being released as a digital exclusive for the PS4 on May 23rd. This game is part of a long running RPG series with a blend of Sci-Fi and Fantasy themes wrapped around an action based combat system. This game is rated T for Teen for animated blood and some mild violence but is otherwise family friendly to play around younger gamers. This is about as intense as most Avengers or Star Wars movies for sake of comparison.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time was an RPG where you could get very deep into the weeds with crafting mechanics and mini games, but the combat system features three computer controlled characters while you controlled a character with two buttons that can be assigned various attacks for a simple and fun experience.

 

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is a game a remember well even though it came out more well more than a decade ago. Laser aiming devices and shotgun blasts were used alongside magical dimension doors. Space ship captains fought side by side with court wizards and quirky animal sidekicks. This game takes an escalating story that spans galaxies and adds a final mid game twist that redefined the perspective of the entire series before and after it.

Square Enix is adding additional features to Star Ocean: Till the End of Time like adding trophy support, the ability to share screenshots and video, along with remote play. A word of caution to trophy seekers is that this game has some optional content that is incredibly difficult and will either having you pull out your hair or pull out a game guide. Expect some cameos and references from other Tri-Ace/Square Enix titles in the deeper parts of the game as reward for those willing to complete the grind.

What do you think? Is this a game you’ll


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Skyrim Special Edition screen grab

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released five years ago. It was one of the most highly regarded games of the last generation, and fans have been asking Bethesda to update the game and remaster it for the new generations of consoles since the PS4 and Xbox One were released. These requests were originally denied, but it looks like even Bethesda can’t turn away droves of fans who want to buy their game a second time. And thus Skyrim Special Edition is born.

Bethesda announced the game last night as part of their E3 2016 press briefing. They also announced that it is being improved in two main ways: Significant graphical enhancements and Mod Support.

The graphical enhancements are plain to see in the below video. The first game looked stunning when it was released, but the updated version looks miles away better.

The mod support is  really a no-brainer. It is wildly successful on PC and has been received well on Fallout 4. This gives console players a chance to expand their game by dipping into the well of community created content. 

Skyrim: Special Edition will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 28th, 2016.

 

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By: Stephen Duetzmann

2014 has been a GREAT year for family friendly video games. We have seen new editions of Minecraft. The Toys to Life category is exploding thanks to new editions of Skylanders and Disney Infinity and more competition in the form of Angry Birds Transformers and Nintendo’s amiibo line. Most importantly we have spent the year bearing witness to the phoenix-like resurgence of Nintendo who have slowly started to right the ship with the once maligned WiiU console.

Below is a list of five games for the Sony PlayStation 4 that are great for families and will be great gifts even if they aren’t number one of your child’s list. (And you know what… YOU might even enjoy them too!)

1. LittleBigPlanet 3

Sack Boy has been a major part of the Playstation lineup for years. He’s adorable so it makes sense. LittleBigPlanet 3 is the third installment in the franchise (duh) but this time they mix things up by giving players three additional characters to play.

2. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

It’s LEGO Batman. ‘Nuff said.

Seriously though, Traveler’s Tales has been doing an amazing job with their LEGO titles recently. Last year’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was amazing and this looks like it will be a similar experience with a DC comics spin.

3. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

PopCap knew they had a hit on their hands when Plants Vs Zombies started dominating the PC gaming world several years ago. We knew that more was coming, but no one would have ever guessed that it would have morphed into a team based online shooter.

The best part is that said online team-based shooter is also really good!

4. Minecraft

OK. So I’ll keep it simple here. If you have a child old enough to play video games then you have probably heard more about Minecraft than you will ever want to know. The good news is that Minecraft is budget priced so if you are a bit strapped after shelling out for a new console this is a great addition that won’t break the bank.

5. Resogun

This downloadable title is budget friendly and will provide hours of fun. You control a spaceship flying around an alien landscape rescuing survivors, blasting enemy spacecraft out of the sky and dodging lasers and bullets. It really is more fun than it has any right to be.

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By: Stephen Duetzmann, editor in chief

The release of the PS4 and the XBOX One are fast approaching. Is it worth the cost of upgrading now? Or is it ok to wait?

I spent some time last week talking about the differences between the Xbox One and the PS4. A lot of readers shared their opinions, but several of them asked me whether the upgrade was worth it.

As a result, I thought I would take the time today to say, “Maybe.”

Look. Video game consoles are luxury entertainment devices. They are not (no matter how much we might try to say they are) necessary for our basic survival. As a result, I find it really difficult to stand here and define upgrading as a “necessity” for everyone. Instead, the decision to upgrade is going to be a unique decision for everyone who has to make it.

Some people “need” to get the next new toy right away. Those people don’t need a reason. They probably won’t even think much about it and that’s ok.

But, there are a number of legitimate reasons for waiting.

First, we can’t ignore the cost. These machines represent a fair amount of value. They will likely be a large part of our entertainment for multiple years. BUT, there is still a significant up front investment. No one would be skipping monthly bills to buy one of these things (I know some people will… but they really shouldn’t.)

Second, the previous generation of consoles is still alive and kicking. Many of the biggest titles of this holiday season will be launching across next and current generation hardware. This means that holding off on upgrading doesn’t really prevent you from experiencing much right away. Some of the bigger console exclusives will come out in 2014 so holding off will be less attractive than.

I can’t tell anyone what to do, but I can say that my family and I are going to wait. There just aren’t enough games that are exclusive to the next generation consoles to justify the price right now. We’ve got our eyes on Skylander’s Swap Force and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, but both of those games are going to be able on the systems we already have.

What are you planning on doing?

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By: Stephen Duetzmann, Editor in chief

Question: We are going to be inundated with marketing for the PS4 and Xbox One over the next few months. Can you explain the differences between these two systems?

The birth of a new generation of consoles is thrilling for gamers like me, but it can be frustrating for parents who are not as connected to the industry. I’ve actually gotten a fair number of questions like this one. Below is a list of some of the important areas to consider when making your decision.  

1. The hardware specs don’t really matter. 

I could spend time copy and posting the specs from each of the two websites, but it just isn’t worth the space on the screen. The two systems are similar enough that the hardware specs don’t matter. They are both very powerful machines that will pump out some amazing graphics. Certain games might be better in some small ways, but these differences are difficult to perceive for the average user.

2. Both of these consoles will have an impressive lineup of games on launch day.

The good news is that there will be great games available for purchase whether you buy the Xbox One or the PS4. Many games, like Skylanders: Swap Force and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, will be available on both of these systems as well as the PS3, Xbox 360, and WiiU.

3. Microsoft and Sony both have exclusive properties.  

The vast majority of games that are released will come out for both platforms. However, each company has a stable of exclusives that might make the difference.

Sony has a big of an advantage when it comes to having more family friendly exclusives because they have LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly Cooper. The issue we run into is that Sony doesn’t have any of these properties available for purchase on the PS4 at launch. Instead, they have the platformer Knack.

Microsoft may not have much in the way of exclusives to compete with that, but the vast majority of the games that are released for use with the Kinect sensor are family friendly.

4. Price. It always comes down to price.

Price is obviously a huge factor when deciding what console to buy. I can’t report that either of them is “cheap,” but both of them present a reasonable value for their cost.

The Microsoft Xbox One is priced at $499.

The Sony PlayStation 4 is priced at $399.

The cost difference is the result of the Kinect sensor that comes packaged with the Xbox One. That drives the price up a bit since it is a fairly sophisticated piece of technology.

5. Which one should I buy?

It is really hard to argue with either console right now; they both pack a lot of potential. I would give the edge to PS4 right now because of the lower price point in spite of similar specs. There just aren’t enough family oriented Xbox One exclusives to overcome $100.

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from May 19 – May 25, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are going to be released between May 19th and May 25th.

Monday, May 20th


Fission Superstar X- Xbox One
World Soccer- Switch

Tuesday, May 21st


Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland- PS4, PC, Switch
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse- Switch
Everybody’s Golf VR- PS4
Oculus Quest Headset
Team Sonic Racing- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
The Last Door: Complete Edition- Xbox One
Tt Isle of Man: Riding on the Edge- Switch
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Story: Episode 1- Oculus Quest

Wednesday, May 22nd


Gunlord X- Switch
Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God- Xbox One

Thursday, May 23rd


Heroine Anthem Zero: Episode 1- Switch
My Lovely Daughter- Switch
Star Sky- Switch
Wonder Boy Returns Remix- Switch

Friday, May 24th


American Fugitive- Xbox One, Switch
Back in 1995- Switch
Hungry Baby: Party Treats- Switch
Skelly Selest- Switch
Super Tennis Blast- Switch

For the Grown-ups


Assassin’s Creed III Remastered- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch (Tuesday, May 21st)
Resident Evil- Switch (Tuesday, May 21st)
Resident Evil 0- Switch (Tuesday, May 21st)
Resident Evil Origins Collection- Switch (Tuesday, May 21st)
Resident Evil 4- Switch (Tuesday, May 21st)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from May 12 – May 18, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are going to be released between May 12th and May 18th.

Sunday, May 12th


Car Trader- Switch

Tuesday, May 14th


Cytus Alpha- Switch
Evil Defenders- Switch
Redout- Switch
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder- Switch

Wednesday, May 15th


Feudal Alloy- Xbox One
Undead Horde- Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, May 16th


39 Days to Mars- Switch
Bubsy: Paws on Fire- PS4
Castlevania Anniversary Collection- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Koral- Switch
Octogeddon- Switch

Friday, May 17th


Devious Dungeons 2: Switch
Steven Universe: Save the Light & OK K.O.: Let’s Play Heroes Combo- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

For the Grownups


Rage 2- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Tuesday, May 14th)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from May 5 – May 11, 2019

Here are all the video game releases that have been rated E-T by the ESRB that will be released between May 5th and May 11th.

Monday, May 6th


Brief Battles- Xbox One

Tuesday, May 7th


Car Mechanic Manager- Switch
European Conqueror X- Switch
Puyo Puyo Champions- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Shakedown: Hawaii- PS4, PC, Switch, Vita

Wednesday, May 8th


Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Deadly Business- Xbox One
Legend of the Tetrarchs- Xbox One
Meow Motors- Switch

Thursday, May 9th


Ascendance- Xbox One, Switch
DragonFangZ: The Rose & Dungeon of Time- Xbox One
For the King- Switch
Frang: Dragons’ Odyssey- Switch
Lost Artifacts: Soulstone- Switch
MachiKnights: Blood Bagos- Switch
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows- Switch
Monster Puzzle- Switch
Super Space Serpent SE- Switch

Friday, May 10th


Blazing Beaks- Switch
Dragon Pinball- Switch
Lovecraft’s Untold Stories- Switch
My Big Sister- Switch
Reverse Crawl- Switch

For the Grownups


Yakuza Kiwami 2- PC (Thursday, May 9th)
Saint’s Row: The Third Full Package- Switch (Friday, May 10th)

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