All posts by Tristan Werbe

Battlefield 1 Turning Tides Expansion Review

This past week the first two maps of the Battlefield 1 expansion “Turing Tides” has now released. Also a new operation, new weapons, and new assignments have been added as well. But let’s get into the meat of this latest expansion in the latest Battlefield title.

“Turning Tides” as of right now only has its first two maps out, as the other two are coming in early January when it releases outside of the premium pass. But the first map we have is “Achi Baba” which is a trench warfare heavy map. The gameplay here is probably what I would consider the most accurate to the World War I setting. As you find yourself constantly running through trenches, grenades flying around and landing in front of you. It’s very infantry focused, and one of the best maps in the game in my opinion. The other map “Cape Helles” is more fitting with the theme of the DLC. Featuring plenty of sea gameplay, with also a big mix of air and infantry based defense gameplay. This map I find a bit weaker, as the attackers really only utilize the sea gameplay, while defense is more on infantry and sky.

There are plenty of new weapons that honestly don’t add to much to the sandbox of Battlefield 1, especially compared to “In the Name of the Tsar.” I feel like the real potential of this expansion lies with the next two maps that are coming, so when they release I will update this review with those. But the infiltrator hero class has been added in this update. Which serves as a more stealth based hero character, which is very fitting for Battlefield 1 and has the potential to be one of my favorite new classes.

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Best Indie Debut & Best Art Direction 2017 – The Game Awards

The Best Indie Debut is a new category for The Game Awards this year which recognizes games making a huge splash during their first year of launch. The category will serve to highlight runaway blockbusters from the indie scene which hit the ground running.

Cuphead is good. Everyone should play it. It’s on PC too so you have no excuse, and definitely pay for it don’t steal it. Those developers deserve that money. They worked their asses off. Fuck the Oscars.

Cuphead is the Best Debut Indie Game of the Year 2017.

Cuphead also win the award for Best Art Direction which I would agree with whole-heartily as it depicts the classic cartoon animations of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and even 60’s with likeness to something out of a Mickey Mouse legendary series in video game form. It definitely deserves an award and any recognition that it gets, and more.

51 different outlets and influencers judged half of the vote for this award with the other 50% of the vote going to gamers and website visitors who participated in The Game Awards live interactive.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Launch Trailer

Telltale Games season two of Batman is launching on August 8th. Titled “Batman The Enemy Within.” Starting off with episode 1 “Enigma” featuring classic villain the Riddler.  Other villains will appear throughout the season of course, like the Joker who we only saw briefly towards the end of the last season.

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Mario Kart: Arcade GP VR Announced

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Bandai Namco, who makes the Arcade verisons of Mario Kart, has announced a new title. Mario Kart: Arcade GP VR. The game will be running on HTC Vive and will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show next month, along with London and other VR locations throughout the year. We don’t know if this will be some widespread release in Arcades, or even if it will touch the HTC Vive’s online platform. But it looks awesome and could be a sign of things to come.

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Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct

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“The special Nintendo Direct presentation highlighted many of the game’s new features, new weapons, new locations and, most importantly for all the fashion-forward cephalopods out there, its fresh new styles. The video also touched on SplatNet 2, the new service for mobile devices that displays information about Splatoon 2 like stage schedules, gear and stats. SplatNet 2 is part of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app launching on July 21, which lets players send multiplayer invites to their friends via social media, as well as enables the use of voice chat in battles.”

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials Review

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC is the first DLC apart of the Expansion Pass. It is more of a simple DLC, giving you some armor and weapons, but the main draw here is the new Master Mode and The Trial of the Sword challenge mode. The question is, is it worth the asking price?

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Now the main draw is the Trial of the Sword. Which can be described as one of the best additions I have ever seen added to a game post launch. Similar to a trial in the main game on an island, Trial of the Sword takes away all of your gear and equipment, making things tense. Although your runes do remain intact. You fight through floors of enemies, going through obstacles and challenges that can make anyone want to quit. But if you stick with it and manage to conquer the Trial of the Sword, your Master Sword will have something special happen to it. Sorry no spoilers here.

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Now for some of these little side add-ons here. We have the travel medallion that allows you to make your current location a place to where you teleport to. So you need to get back to a specific area later but you don’t have the correct gear? No problem use the travel medallion. The Korok Mask allows you to see Koroks and find them easier, still won’t make me find all 900 though. Misko’s Treasure is a side quest which involves you finding all of the DLC’s outfits such as Majora’s Mask. The new armor is appreciated and I am glad you have to go on quest to find them. Hero’s Path Mode lets you see the progress you have made through the world, seeing your previous footsteps, allowing some help if you get lost. Last but not least Master Mode. Which makes the game much harder. Mixes up enemy placement, adds new enemies to the world, let’s them regenerate health, and more. The game is certainly much more of a challenge which I love.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC is a great addition to the game. The main draw here is the Trial of the Sword, and Master Mode, which both increase re-play ability. I am fine with the rest of the additions but once you get the armor and other little add-ons there’s not much outside of that. I would hope for the next DLC to have some more meaningful story quest, but this DLC is worth it I would say. The Master Trials gets a 8 out of 10. Now bring on Splatoon 2.

 

Rating: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: Nintendo
Available On: Nintendo Switch, and Wii U

Release Date: June 30th, 2017

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this DLC was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

Dragon Quest XI Confirmed for the West

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A Dutch PR company recently confirmed that they would be handling the PR for Dragon Quest 11 in the west. They did not mention a release date, platforms, or anything, just the fact it’s coming. Dragon Quest XI is coming to Japan on July 29th for the PlayStation 4, and Nintendo 3ds family of systems.

Source: https://gamer.nl/artikelen/nieuws/dragon-quest-11-bevestigd-voor-westerse-markt/

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct Announced for July 6th

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Nintendo has just announced a Nintendo Direct for Splatoon 2! It’ll likely be the last real big blowout of information before Splatoon 2 comes out. They will be talking about some of the weapons they have yet to show off, new features, gamemodes, and styles of clothing. Remember the Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct will be this Thursday on July 6th, at 7 am PT/ 10 am ET. Splatoon 2 releases on July 21st only on Nintendo Switch.

The Link to watch the Nintendo Direct: http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/07-06-2017/

Platinum Games just Tweeted an Interesting Picture of Bayonetta

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Platinum Games recently tweeted this interesting picture of Bayonetta to celebrate their new Japanese Twitter. Featuring Bayonetta on the top and bottom, in her respective looks in Bayonetta 1 and 2. The interesting thing is here, is that the top is blue and the bottom is red, the same colors as a pair of Joycons. It is slightly reaching but we all know Bayonetta 3 will eventually be made for the Nintendo Switch. Now this could be a slight hint at a port of Bayonetta 1 and 2 for the Switch, which will also be welcomed. What do you think? Think I’m having wishful thinking? Or if it’s a little tease for us Bayonetta fans.

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Fire Emblem Warriors – Game Modes Detailed

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Some details for Fire Emblem Warriors, and the future of Warriors styled Nintendo games have been detailed. Going into local multiplayer features, no word on online multiplayer yet. Along with how some basic leveling works, and how some of the features of the Fire Emblem franchise has made it’s way into Fire Emblem Warriors. Fire Emblem Warriors will launch on Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3ds family of systems sometime in Q3/Q4.

– Includes local co-op, which will be splitscreen
– Not any details on any plans for post-launch DLC
– You can level up and change classes
– You can change the character’s appearance as well
– Will be a more difficult mode where you have to think strategically or else you’ll lose characters
–  A more casual mode where you will not lose characters
– Forge bonds between characters, but there is no marriage
– Shadow Dragon, Awakening and Fates are the games they’re “focusing” on for the roster
– No plans to develop Pikmin Warriors or Wave Race Warriors

How Star Wars Battlefront II’s Crate System Works

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Star Wars Battlefront II will be the first DICE multiplayer game to for go the industry practice of the Season Pass, since Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Instead what we will see here is micro transactions in the form of Crates. You can earn credits in game to purchase the Crates, or of course use real world currency. The game will give you daily crates, and will feature star cards, crafting parts, and extra credits. There are different levels of rarity to this. Such as common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary. All these cards have different rarity’s, such as commons and uncommon likely always appearing, and legendary cards rarely appearing. The crafting parts is like another currency, used to upgrade your star cards, which would mean you can upgrade a ability for your classes, even the hero characters. Duplicates can happen but they will be turned into crafting parts to upgrade your abilities.

This is a first look at the current build of the Crate unlock system. Some people are worried this system could lead to a pay to win scenrio, which is possible. But at this point in time we don’t know, as some changes are likely to happen during the Beta’s of the game, up until launch. Star Wars Battlefront II launches on November 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin.

Below is Battlefront Updates in depth look at the Crate System, so if you have any more questions do give it a watch. Of course comment at him as well for specific questions.