Pokémon GO receiving Raid Boss Battles, Gym Badges & Revamped Gyms!

Pokémon has always been near and dear to me. Along with Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem it is truly one of the most beloved franchises that will forever remain in my collection. So when Pokémon GO released last year it was incredible not only for fans but for the world itself and became a world wide wonder on mobile devices everywhere. People everywhere no matter where you might have visited would be playing, catching and socializing. Unfortunately a few months later it died down as fast as it had risen although there are many that still play it, it just does not make the news as it used to. With the same monotonous Pokémon being captured over and over again people became bored of it with only the Pokémon Gym’s being a real challenge. That was of course until the generation 2 Pokémon were released which then seen an increase in players once again. Of course with everything that also died down a bit and Pokémon GO trainers became scarce once again. However that might all change once again and although we might not see the world shouting out “Gotta Catch em all” this new update coming might just increase player numbers again.

Niantic yesterday announced that their largest update is soon to hit players and included in the update are in my opinion things that should have been released last year before the Christmas festive season. Included in the update are new gym features which will allow up to six Pokémon only to occupy the gym at any given time, the catch is that each of the six cannot be the same. Gyms will also now act like PokéStops as well as host the new raid battle where trainers will be able to take on a high leveled Pokémon once a day and if beaten will acquire special items as well as a chance to catch a high powered Pokémon. And just to make sure I don’t miss out on any information lets check it out below compliments of Niantic:

New Gym Features and Updates: Starting soon, Gyms are undergoing a major facelift. You’ll soon be able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to acquire items just as you do at PokéStops—but that’s only the beginning. More updates to Gym battles are also just around the corner. Gyms are no longer based on Prestige and training. Instead, they now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon assigned to these slots must be unique. For example, only one Blissey can be assigned to a Gym at a time. In addition, opposing teams will battle the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.

At the heart of the update is a new motivation system that will significantly change how you interact with Gyms. When a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, a motivation meter will be displayed. Pokémon assigned to defend a Gym lose motivation over time and as they are defeated in battle. As a Pokémon loses motivation, its CP will temporarily decrease, making it easier for opposing teams to defeat. To help keep the Pokémon motivated and in tip-top shape for their next battle, Trainers can treat their team’s Pokémon to some Berries, which restore their motivation. If a Pokémon loses all motivation, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer the next time it loses a battle, so you’ll want to keep your team’s Pokémon motivated by giving them Berries frequently!

Gym Badges: Now you’ll be able to earn Gym Badges when interacting with the many Gyms around the world. Gym Badges serve as mementos of your Pokémon GO adventures and reflect your contribution to a Gym’s success.

You’ll be able to level up your Badges by battling, giving Berries to the Pokémon in the Gym and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc. You can earn the opportunity to receive bonus items and increased rewards from Gyms by raising the level of your Gym Badge.

New Raid Battle Feature: All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.

Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!

New Items: After defeating a Raid Boss, you’ll receive a collection of rewards, including some new items obtained only by defeating a Raid Boss: Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines—Fast and Charged. A Rare Candy is a mysterious candy that, when used on a Pokémon, turns into that Pokémon’s Candy. Golden Razz Berries will greatly increase your chances of catching a Pokémon you encounter in the wild and can also be given to a Pokémon assigned to a Gym to fully recover its motivation meter. Technical Machines are items you can use to permanently teach a Pokémon a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack.

I honestly cannot wait for this update and would love to know if any of you have played or still play this mobile hit wonder.

  • Zain

Fallout Shelter Vault 999 – Week 2

Welcome dwellers to another week of Fallout Shelter Vault 999.

It has unfortunately been a slow week in the vault as all dwellers had their eyes and attention on the Electronic Entertainment Expo better known as E3 2017. The week has in fact been so quiet down in the vault that we’ve not had any raider, radroach or mole rat attacks. I guess everyone’s had their attention on E3 this week.

The vault however wasn’t completely without events and we do have a few more residents that have joined the family in Vault 999 which in turn has opened the door of opportunity for three other dwellers to become our new found adventurers. Since earlier this week I’ve assigned a team to explore the wasteland in locating not only resources for the vault but also to see if it will be possible to help others out there in the harsh environments. Thus far the team has been quite a force to be reckoned with, and images on their recent exploit or rather mission to another vault, vault 730 can be seen below.

Vault Stats – Week 2
32 35 Dwellers
– 1 Pet
14 17 Babies Born
31 36 Weapons
31 37 Outfits
23 0 Raider attacks
32 0 Radroach attacks
2 0 Mole Rat attacks

That’s unfortunately it for this week dwellers but with E3 2017 being over I think things shall return back to normal down in the Vault 999.

Signing off,
The Overseer of Vault 999

My Video Game Play-List for the weekend

With a long weekend looming in South Africa this week I’m quite excited to get some well needed and well deserved play time in. This week has been one crazy week but then again when isn’t the week of E3 any different. And hell don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad thing, the announcements we’ve seen over this past week was incredible and I honestly feel that no matter who you’re a fan of…PlayStation, Nintendo or Xbox…we all were treated to at least one game over this E3. I am a little sad however that the shows over and that the wait now begins but I guess that’s just the way the cookie crumbles and waiting is part of the game. However in the midst of waiting we still have a ton of amazing titles in existence so let’s turn our attention to some this weekend.

With the way things have been lately – RIDICULOUSLY CRAZY –  I’ve been cramming in a lot of my game time on the 3DS and most of all my mobile phone. I did manage to get some game time in on my PS4 however that was short lived. This weekend that’s all going to change though as I intend on not only playing a few older titles on the PS4 but planning on starting a game I picked up last week for the PS3, NIER.


Originally released in 2010 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 players take control of a man known as Nier who is in search for a cure to a deadly disease which has infected his daughter. The title falls under the RPG genre and was published by Square Enix. What’s intriguing to me was the fact that not only have I never played this title before but I actually did not know that it is in fact a spin-off title for the Drakengard series. I have been told that the game itself is around 30 – 40 hours depending on how you go through it in terms of main story line or if you’re into doing side quests during the game, so I definitely will not be able to complete it this weekend. However I’m hoping that by next week I will have at least played 50% of the title to provide some impressions.

Also included in my play-list for the weekend is of course my mobile favorites at the moment which are Fallout Shelter and Fire Emblem Heroes. Admittedly with E3 2017 taking so much of my time since last week I’ve not really put in a decent amount of time with them and considering my update on Fallout Shelter goes up tomorrow and a new event went live on Fire Emblem Heroes recently, I was a little saddened by the limited time I had to play. Nevertheless I have already started playing them once again since earlier this evening and have also downloaded another mobile title – Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (impressions to follow next week).

I’d love to hear what’s on your video game play-list this weekend or perhaps you plan on binge watching some anime instead?

  • Zain

E3 2017 – My Favorites

Earlier today we finally had the chance to watch Nintendo’s E3 2017 “conference” which is officially called Nintendo Spotlight. With this show being out the way it means that all conferences have been aired and now the show room floor is about to open to press and this year some of the public who purchased tickets to attend. And although the conferences might be over, the announcements still linger quite strongly, so lets discuss your favorites as well as mine.

I’ll begin with the most recent announcements and that is from Nintendo. Making their ways onto my highly anticipated list is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as well as Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch. Both titles are set to be released later this year and although vastly different I believe they will earn much respect from me. Also announced from the CEO of The Pokémon Company during Nintendo’s event was that Nintendo is working on a core Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch which the mention alone has brought excitement and joy to all Pokémon fans across the world and yes that includes myself!

Staying with earlier today Sony held their conference and although there were a ton of incredible announcements including Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom and the remake of Shadow of the Colossus, none stood out more to me than Monster Hunter Worlds. I’ve been a fan of the series for 11 years now and moved with it from PSP to the Wii to the 3DS and WiiU and then remained with the 3DS over the past three installments. To see this title returning to another home console and the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC is amazing! If you’ve not heard or seen anything on Monster Hunter before I highly recommend you watch the trailer below and keep in mind that hunts can be taken on with three friends along side you in-game as well.

Following Sony or rather prior to Sony, Ubisoft had their conference and I think Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle stole the show. The title was laughed at upon its leak but after more was shown both during the Ubisoft conference as well as Nintendo Spotlight I think players/fans have found new faith and hope for the title. And finally we take a look at EA and Xbox. EA started off well especially for sports fans but there were two titles from their conference that stood out for me. The first was Need for Speed Payback. The conference showed off an epic jaw dropping game-play trailer which looks as if its come out directly from a Fast and Furious movie. The second title teased with a tiny trailer at EA was a title called Anthem which thankfully was showed a lot more during the Xbox event.

As mentioned above Anthem was originally showed off the previous night during the EA conference however the trailer showed off during the Xbox conference blew me out of the water!! An open world multiplayer capable title with exo-skeleton suits named Javelins!! YES PLEASE!! The game-play trailer is a must watch below!

I’d love to know what you’ve been impressed with so far and what has left you wanting for more.

  • Zain

Fallout Shelter Vault 999 – Week 1

Good Evening dwellers and welcome to the second post on Vault 999. Since last weeks update quite a bit has occurred. An increase in the number of dwellers at the vault and I am happy to announce that Vault 999 now has its very own Outfit Workshop located on the fifth floor of the vault.

Immediately after my post on Saturday the 03rd of June 2017 I sent three dwellers out on a quest namely Jessica Jenkin, Robert Ross and Julie Hall. I have to say the music on this quest was quite haunting. It had the three heroes exploring an old abandoned building with creaky floor boards, boarded up windows and Radroaches on every floor. It was quite a daunting episode for the three heroes but in the end they managed to locate the cause of the strange signal that was being broadcast from the building and took care of it…

I have to say I’ve not played as much as I would have loved to especially with a new event beginning in Fire Emblem Heroes (another mobile game that I’m addicted to) but even though this may be, a lot has happened in Vault 999 during the course of this week. From the image below of my vault you’ll notice that in addition to the 11 extra dwellers there are quite a number of new rooms and levels. Let’s take a look at a quick break down.

First Level:
– 3 Residence rooms that can hold up to 10 dwellers (2+4+4) just after the vaults entrance
– A Water Treatment Station (two placed next to one another and upgraded once)
– The Overseer’s office where my dwellers can leave on quests from

Second Level:
– Power Station (three placed next to each other and with the upgrade it has merged into one room)
– Diner (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)
– The Overseer’s office has now moved to this level to avoid raider attacks

Third Level: (this level has been completely revamped)
1 Living Quarters that can hold up to six dwellers (this is also three placed next to one another and merged into one)
A Medbay (two placed next to each other which of course merged into one)
A Storage Room
– Diner (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)
– Medbay (three placed next to each other which has merged into one room)

Fourth Level:
– A Water Treatment Station (three placed next to one another and merged)
– 1 Depot (two storage rooms placed next to each other and upgraded once to acquire this)
– A Science Lab
– And finally an Athletics Room to boost the dwellers Agility stat

Fifth Level:
– Outfit Workshop
– Power Station (three placed next to each other and with the upgrade it has merged into one room)

Sixth Level:
– A Water Treatment Station (three placed next to one another and merged)

Vault Stats

21 32 Dwellers
– 1 Pet
6 14 Babies Born
9 31 Weapons
14 31 Outfits
10 23 Raider attacks
– 32 Radroach attacks
– 2 Mole Rat attacks

I think the most significant increase for me in this week was arming up my dwellers as you’ll notice the number of weapons went up from 9 to 31. With the increasing number of raider attacks, radroaches and now mole rat attacks as well, my dwellers have had a really tough week. I’m happy to have also acquired 31 outfits from the 14 that I had originally last week. With the additional weaponry and gear I’ve managed to send out three of my dwellers on two other quests as well as send out a single dweller into the wasteland who surprisingly brought back quite a bit of materials.

That’s it from me for this week, stay tuned as I have big plans to expand the vault even further in the upcoming week.

This is the overseer of Vault 999 signing off with a few images of events from week 1 in the wasteland.

 

  • Zain

E3 2017 is upon us, what are your expectations & predictions?

Earlier this week the team at SaGamer discussed our E3 2017 expectations. With E3 looming over our heads, I thought it would be good to talk about what I’m expecting or rather hoping for out of The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017.

Beginning tomorrow the 10th of June EA will host their conference and although its not part of the E3 line up specifically I am quite excited to see one game in particular that’s on their roster and that’s Need for Speed Payback. EA revealed and released the games trailer a week ago which can be seen below.

That’s about all I’d like to see from EA to be honest and there after my focus shall shift to Bethesda. If I had to hope for the impossible I would wish for an announcement or news on a new Fallout title but with rumors going around on Bethesda working on a new Wolfenstein and/or a new Evil Within, my dreams on a new Fallout title is just that, but a dream. However there are talks about the show having Fallout 4 VR. Now although Fallout 4 itself is not a new title, to see it in VR and hear more on its mechanics and system through VR will be a treat for me.

Following Bethesda are the Ubisoft and PlayStation conferences. With Ubisoft I am actually quite interested to see more on Assassins Creed Origins where as PlayStation probably has the most hype going for it throughout the world (disclaimer my hype train will be leaving the station last in the form of Nintendo) although there are two titles in specific that I was intrigued to see and that is The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding (sadly I think Kojima advised that this might not be at the show).

With the rest of the shows out the way specific to my interests I shall now dive into what is probably going to make my E3 and that is the Nintendo portion of E3.

Nintendo last year hosted one hell of a show for me. Although they didn’t really have much on their show floor, the Breath of the Wild set-up was incredible. I remember watching their Treehouse live segments every chance that I could. And this year I doubt that this will change. There are so many titles that I’m interested in seeing from Nintendo this year at E3 that I’ve decided to rather list them below instead of talking about each one. As talking about each one might keep you here the entire evening.

– Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon (I have so much to say about this after the Nintendo Pokémon Direct the other day but I shall keep my head up high and wait on Nintendo to show more at E3 2017)
– Super Mario Odyssey (Next to Breath of the Wild anyone that owns a Switch cannot say that they aren’t waiting on this!)
– Fire Emblem (2018’s release for the Nintendo Switch)
– Monster Hunter XX (Nintendo Switch)
– Project Octopath Traveler
– Mario and Rabbids Kingdom (I assume this will be showed off with Nintendo but Ubisoft might do the honors)
– Xenoblade 2
– Ever Oasis

When it comes to Nintendo I have quite high expectations unfortunately. Even more so, a wish for an announcement on a new piece of hardware…The Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic.

Tell me what are you hoping for from all the announcements soon to grace us from E3 2017?

  • Zain

End of another week, What have you been playing?

It’s the end of another week and with two weeks until E3 I am quite excited as I’m sure a lot of you are, to see what is shown at the show. Especially from Nintendo. Perhaps more on their Fire Emblem title slated for 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, or a little more on Monster Hunter XX that was just announced that’s also coming to the Switch and of course Xenoblade 2!! And maybe a western release date for Dragon Quest XI. My list actually goes on and on but let’s save that for another post. I would love to know in the comments below on what you’re looking forward to seeing this year at E3 2017.

Now back to what I’ve been playing this past week.

I have to say this past week has been a lot less crazy than usual. I’ve cleared up all of my review titles finally. Auditors at work are finally done so I’ve been coming home earlier and most of all I’ve started video game hunting again and managed to pick up a few good titles, one specifically that I’ve been after for quite some time – Nier (on the PlayStation 3). Nier was actually recommended to me by two good friends who both are HUGE JRPG veterans. One of them actually has his own blog (Graham) dedicated to tackling his backlog which I highly recommend especially if you’re trying to slay your own video game backlog and I mean honestly, in this day and age who of us doesn’t have a backlog. So please make sure to check out and subscribe to his blog right here.

So to start things of the first title that I probably keep playing on a daily basis is of course…

Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem Heroes is possibly the easiest and most accessible title for me to play at the moment with it being on mobile I can pull out my phone, jump into a battle and level up my heroes all before my PC starts up at the office in the mornings…okay fine my PC starts up a lot faster than that but you know what I mean right. And with the continued support in new events and heroes, its going to be a while before I stop playing.

Next up we have a title that I came across on YouTube believe it or not. While searching Nintendo’s YouTube channel I found a trailer of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. I immediately went into the eShop to search for it and to my surprise it was free to download. If you’re a Kirby fan, love fun and smashing bad guys with a team of friends than Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is for you. Four different classes to choose from namely Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Doctor Healmore and Beam Mage as well as weapon and armor equips this Kirby title is tons of fun with superb soundtracks and epic boss battles. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ve played this as yet.

Following Kirby Clash Deluxe is a title that I picked up two days ago while game hunting:

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto is a must for all fans of the Naruto franchise. I will admittedly say however that I’ve never played a Naruto title before but am a huge fan of the anime. With that being said I will advise that if you’ve not watched the anime as yet and intend on doing so you might want to stay clear of this title until you’ve caught up especially with there being spoilers in it. After playing Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia as well as the Kingdom Hearts series I will say playing Naruto felt like a well needed break. Yes the game has some what of a story to it but at its heart is a fighting title and boy what an action packed, transformation and super powered title it is! I’ve only played for about four hours thus far but I have to say being in the shoes of Ninja’s such as Naruto, Kakashi and Obito is empowering. I can’t wait to dive back into the world. Let me know if you’ve ever played any of the Ultimate Ninja Storm titles before?

And finally as I’m sure some of you have seen another mobile title that I’ve recently started playing once again and quite possibly have become addicted to:

Fallout Shelter

I’m honestly not sure what exactly pulled me back into Fallout Shelter. It could be the fact that E3 is drawing closer and I still remember Bethesda’s conference in 2015 as clear as day or perhaps my hopes and wishes for a Fallout 5…yep impossible as it may sound, I can still wish right. So after downloading it once again two days ago I’ve thus put in 8 hours. My vault known as Vault 999 has also spawned a featured post on Controller of Life which I intend on updating once a week either on a Friday  evening or Saturday, with progress on how its doing so please check it out here.

Well that’s it for another week on Controller of Life but please let me know what you’ve been playing?

  • Zain