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Are AAA digital game rentals coming soon or already here?

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE will both soon be offering bigger and better ways to play their games on PC. Sony will use the Online Service PlayStation NOW originally introduced to run PS3 games on PS4 and PSVita.

The subscription service is hoped by many to eventually lead us to some sort of video game digital rental service. Rumors from before Xbox ONE DRM was cancelled still stand and in addition to the recently announced Xbox S/* Service we are shown the future. Microsoft even made a point to specify and reveal the unique ways in which they will partner to retailers like GameStop to sell these digital services through as many channels as gamers need making them easy to buy. Across the pond UK retailer GAME has also been considering premiering a monthly subscription service for video games. Gamefly’s attempts previously at penetrating the digital pc games goods market. GameStop’s new deal with Microsoft to sell their digital games signed in 2017.

Xbox’s original DRM which was announced at many gamers’ angst prompting both Xbox ONE and PS4 to rid themselves of DRM and even HDCP unless tagged by developer as protected content – which only seemed to happen to a handful of games so far mainly during cut-scenes.

Each disc was used as a key. Xbox’s original DRM would have allowed for digital game second hand market to survive in one way. The gamer could sell their game to a friend once but that game could not be sold a second time by the buyer of this used digital game key. In some cases that would mean the key could enter annoying states but this was Microsoft’s early attempts to appease both of the best worlds of physical content and digital content video games. Steam, PSNow, Xbox Games, PS Plus + Xbox LIVE, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox ONE, Xbox Scorpio, Pricing.

As time goes on, PlayStation brand has done very well by its players. We will wish to see, going forward, that our library will be as cross-compatible with future hardware as possible. The PS4 architecture leads us to believe this is possible. PS4 Pro is excellent machine many of us enjoy, and the PS4 Slim is great for players on a budget. Sony can expand PS Now and make it part of PS Plus. Sony may allow PS4 rentals, making sure to profit but providing the best potential solution for gamers and the PlayStation brand.

Emulators of old games are sometimes possible, PS4 Ultra specs (rumored) to out-perform Xbox Scorpio in 2019 and this brings back up the topic of the PlayStation Store because Sony may take great heed to the digital libraries gamers all cherish and invest so much in. The PlayStation 3 library didn’t go beyond its owners’ PS3 console – but now with PS4’s x64 architecture Sony can take us from PS4 to PS4 Pro, PS4 Ultra, and hopefully whatever is next for PS5’s generations as well – with a massive growing library eventually rivaling Steam’s.

Switch is Nintendo’s Chance to Redeem the Mario Party Franchise

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We aren’t going to see a GameCube mini classic edition come out anytime soon, so let’s get Luigi’s Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and some more N64 content on Virtual Console. There are tons of games on GameCube. I feel like it’s really one of the biggest games in Nintendo history.

Thank you everyone who tuned into my Crash Bandicoot Livestream today, by the way. It’s always appreciated!

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Nintendo must understand that the Switch NEEDS “A GOOD” Mario Party 11, “A SOLID” Smash Bros. entry, “A GOOD” Virtual Console. We also need some new tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, perhaps some light DLC, perhaps for its Battle Mode. Star Fox 2 being included on the SNES Mini as well as the quality of the overall lineup in general give the gaming industry hope that Nintendo is getting even greater at what they do despite past criticisms.

Nintendo is just sitting on a gold mine with excellent mini-game concepts going unused from Mario Party 1, 2, 3, Game & Watch, Warioware, etc. and I fear the legacy of Mario Party as a franchise is in danger after the release of Mario Party 10 didn’t quite fit the bill. This opportunity is a huge chance for Nintendo to prove this trend of success with Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in fact not a fluke and that they are back on track to giving gamers what they love most. Now is the chance to redeem Mario Party and show fans you know how to treat their beloved franchises.

Until next time this is Josh Ehresmann AKA YodaThe3rd your RealGamerNewZ Public Relations Editor signing off.

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What Fire Emblem Switch Could Be

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Fire Emblem had a small title card earlier this, letting us know the franchise is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime next year. Speculation is key here to what it could be like, but I’d like to share my thoughts. We have seen recently with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey, embracing larger worlds, new mechanics, and heavily changing up the game, but still staying Mario and Zelda. Fire Emblem has the potential for the same thing.

Fire Emblem could go open world, let you walk through the wilds and towns of the kingdom, running into combat arenas and engaging in classic strategic gameplay. Letting you build up your fortress, but letting you walk into the buildings you built, engaging more directly with NPCs and your party members. Make the games graphics look like the cut scenes from Fire Emblem Fates except in beautiful HD with the power of the Nintendo Switch.

These are just some basic ideas on what the game could be like. I have a feeling with Nintendo’s current resonance of their titles, making Fire Emblem to a much bigger and complex title in all ways in the right direction to go in. We will see and I am sure whatever it is, will be great.

My Top 5 Most Anticipated Games for the rest of 2017

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Every year there are games I just really want to play and own. In years past games like Life is Strange, DOOM, Skyrim, and many others I was excited for, now these games are the ones I want to play most for the second half of the year.

5. Quake Champions

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It just looks so much damn fun. When I was younger I was huge fan of Quake III, and this looks like a great return to form for the series, that has been long dead. Plus DOOM was my favorite game of last year, I am ready for more.

4. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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This game looks beautiful, insane, and just like something I want to play. Treating the hack and slash combat more like a puzzle game just get’s my heart pumping.

3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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I am a huge of Xeno games, especially Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. This just looks even better, I am ready to explore the world of titans while on the go.

2. Super Mario Odyssey

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It looks so charming, so crazy, and so fun. Gives me a feeling of when I played Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine when I was younger. It’s going to be good what more can I say?

 

Honorable Mentions: Splatoon 2, Wolfenstein II, A Way Out, Cuphead, Crossing Souls, Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Rime, and Players Unknown Battlegrounds (Have yet to play it).

 

1. Metroid Samus Returns

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I just can’t believe this is happening. I am the hugest Metroid fan, and not one but two games coming this year and next year. I am so ready I don’t even care if it is on 3ds, it looks perfect.

Those are the games I want most this year, what are yours? Tell me in the comments below. Hope everyone has a great year!

 

Metroid fans, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is

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As we all know at this past E3 we got not one, but two new Metroid games. Both in the respective styles of the franchise. Classic 2D gameplay with Metroid Samus Returns. Then the first person view with the upcoming Metroid Prime 4. Metroid is a series me and other fans have been begging for a release for years, as Metroid Prime 3 came out in 2007 and Metroid Other M in 2010. Last year we did get a spin off called Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which flopped due to fans, including me boycotting it, making it clear to Nintendo what we wanted from the series.

Now it seems like we have gotten everything we wanted, a Metroid 2 remake, and the fourth title in the Prime series. But now it is up to us, Nintendo is making the game we just have to go out and buy them. Now if these games aren’t good maybe Metroid doesn’t deserve to be revived, but from what I’ve seen from Metroid Samus Returns, I highly doubt it’s going to suck. Metroid Prime 4 was in the top 5 most talked about games at E3 and all we got was a title and logo. So based on this buzz the sales of both of these titles should be high right?

Appealing to the fans of the series which are in the millions, and even a newer audience. So it’s time to go out and support this franchise, and show Nintendo what we want. They faced a similar situation with Fire Emblem back in 2013, if Awakening did not sell, that would have been the final game. Us fans and new people went out and bought it, now Nintendo considers it a core series. Let’s make the same thing happen with Metroid.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Seems to have great Multiplayer

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a VR game with a nice twist, cooperative multiplayer. Playing with your friends and having to work together to achieve is a goal isn’t a new idea. But the idea in this title is genius, as it has you and other players taking command and operating a star ship. One player is the Captain, making sure everyone does everything they are supposed to do. Another player is the one who flys the ship, and so on. It has online play, and even local play, which they showed at last E3.

I would say this one of the most unique looking multiplayer games I have seen in a long time. Having you work with friends to fly this massive star ship, it just seems like such a fresh idea, but also something I thought of years ago. All I can say is I hope this title turns out well as the Star Trek IP fits this style of game perfectly, it’s VR, and has a unique multiplayer mode. I hope it turns out great.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR comes out on May 30th on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $49.99.

Top 10 Final Fantasy RPG Games Of All Time

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Happy Easter! Welcome to another RealGamerNewZ Top 10 List. This one comes near and dear to our hearts as we prepare a special meal and gather around telling tales of young and the old adventures throughout gaming’s vast universe. Today we will revisit some of our favorite games of all time, the gem of the Square Enix portfolio, and one of the top selling franchises of all time – Final Fantasy.

  1. Final Fantasy VI – PS3+Vita / *Super Nintendo – A realm perfected, a world of ruin, an evil empire, and an adventure of exploration with resilience in the face of adversity. The long lost and forbidden technology of Magic is finally explained to humankind, and its shameful secret revealed. Originally titled “Final Fantasy III” in the United States version, FF6 is a masterpiece that shows the peak design of the classic retro 2D JRPG genre and defines Final Fantasy mechanics as a franchise.
  • Noteworthy Features: Living Espers turn to Summons and Magic Artifacts that any character can learn spells from, Open World with much variety in locations made available through a steady storytelling process that gives the illusion of free roam. Airships and Gambling on to-the-death Battles in Coliseum are also featured. Memorable characters with well fleshed out identities coming together to play various roles in an evolving plot around the battle for ultimate power in a world under threat of being lost to madness.

2. Final Fantasy VII – Steam / PS4 / PS3+Vita – Open rebellion against a sinister rogue state engulfed in genetic engineering, a massive city floating above the sky and a vast overworld with hidden treasures abound. Memorable and universally acclaimed blockbuster of an experiment in disc-based classic retro 2D meets 3D JRPG genre FF7 is currently being remade into a modern day AAA experience, and the original is a must-play experience for turn-based RPG gaming fans.

  • Noteworthy Features: Materia Magic System, High Tech / Modern World Version of Final Fantasy is brought together by intriguing characters who each have their own weapons class of training and path of skills in addition to the Materia System. An entire subset of mini-games leads to a Gamers-style Casino suspended above a quicksand-filled jail.
  • There’s a massive overworld that slowly opens up to gamers across what was originally a 3 disc-campaign on the original Sony PlayStation and cinematic cut-scenes are introduced to the series while paired with exploratory scenes of 2D backgrounds and 3D models in addition to 3D battles taking place in ATB Turn-Based Combat.
  • This title told the tale that cemented Final Fantasy as a gamer’s go-to franchise for solid RPG gameplay systems and stories paired together, and the discovery of FF7 has also led many to retrace the series’ roots in search of gems from previous iterations.

3. Final Fantasy IV – *PlayStation Portable / *Super Nintendo – A time before time, where swords and kingdoms were a noble folk, mages and wizards were of confusion and mystery, and the secrets of the mystic creatures within and around the world made them that much more intriguing. Visit the moon, and reveal the secrets of the inner-earth in FF4, originally titled “Final Fantasy II” in the United States version, an incredibly well polished JRPG that can also be looked to as a defining moment for the Final Fantasy franchise.

  • Features: Guardians of the crystals, the redemption of a dark knight, towns and villages at the mercy of a kingdom and its overthrown ruler’s army, these are the backdrops for Final Fantasy IV. An incredible set of classic-inspired gameplay systems lead this story-based, combat-heavy turn based title by the original Squaresoft who also made FF7 and FF6.

4. Final Fantasy X – Vita / PS3 / PS4 – When we Sin, where does it go? What does it become? If it was all spiraling chaotically into a tsunami-breeding storm, would we stop and pay it attention then? Perhaps our Sin would simply wash over us again and again as we cling on, barely surviving, looking at the civilizations of ancient times left behind as wreckage for a foggy memory we attempt to remind ourselves of. Or is it all just a dream? Final Fantasy X brought the series to a higher graphical presentation while sacrificing some of its open world roots in exchange for a cinematic storytelling experience.

5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII – *PlayStation Portable – Another life, another time, the layer behind the story of the man we all looked to

6. Final Fantasy IX – PS3+Vita / Steam

7. Dirge Of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII – *PlayStation 2

8. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest – *Super Nintendo

9. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – Nintendo 3DS

10. Final Fantasy V – PS3 / *Super Nintendo

Honorable Mentions: Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Final Fantasy Tactics.

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*Super Nintendo, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable titles are provided under the Bill Clinton Act of 1995 in which gamers who own a copy of the original game in physical format are allowed a 24 hour copy of the digital version (emulated) in order to provide backup playing in the event of a hardware failure on the original cartridge. You must own this game to play it.
**Where there are modern day re-releases or remakes that are of an acceptable quality, RGN has provided the link to purchase this game that way instead – however, some remakes of FF games have been deteriorating to the franchise due to the employment of mobile support for iOS and Android touch controls.

Super Mario Odyssey – Can it continue the success of the latest Pokemon and Zelda titles?

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The Nintendo Switch has launched to great success, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being the one of the highest rated, and one of most successful Zelda games of all time, despite it being much different than previous entries in the series. Some call it a breath of fresh air for the franchise, I am inclined to agree. Recently back in November, Nintendo also released the last big game for the 3ds, Pokemon Sun and Moon. Another one of their huge franchises that also saw a huge degree change. Not in the core gameplay itself, but how you play the game, gone were the gyms fans had grown used to, instead replaced with trials usually involving some puzzle with a Pokemon boss fight at the end of them. Sun and Moon also saw a greater degree of focus on it’s narrative, making the game feel like it had a sense of community and actual growth in the characters. Pokemon Sun and Moon is also the fastest selling game on the 3ds, it’ll likely soon overtake Pokemon X and Y in sales.

That brings us to, Super Mario Odyssey, that’ll be launching this fall on the Nintendo Switch. It also seems to be taking somewhat of risk with it’s presentation and style, being a truly open world sandbox platformer for gamers to play in. Although it seems to retain the basic plot structure of Bowser either kidnaps Peach, wants to takeover world, kingdom, galaxy, etc. Some of the gameplay elements seem similar as well, with tradition of the big 3d Mario games. But something feels fresh within in it from what I have seen, similar to the changes brought to the Zelda and Pokemon series. Nintendo seems to going in a new direction for how they make their old franchises, and is even starting to make new IPs again with titles such as Splatoon and Arms. From what we have seen and heard about Mario’s latest adventure so far, I believe it’ll carry on the success they have seen in their games recently, likely being the biggest game to come out on the Switch this year. Hopefully it lives up to this new standard Nintendo has brought out, as the Mario series has been mostly stagnant for several years, the last truly good and innovative entry being Super Mario Galaxy, but I have faith in Super Mario Odyssey, and I will review it when it comes out this holiday season.

Nintendo Switch – Initial Review

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for three weeks now, given me enough time to truly absorb my thoughts, and my initial view of Nintendo’s latest system. So what is my impression exactly? How has Nintendo’s “savior” been faring at the start of it’s life so far?

The Nintendo Switch in practice, is what I have always wanted from Nintendo. Ever since they had the Gameboy Advance ad on for the Gamecube I had imagined them merging the platforms together. The Wii U somewhat “tried” to do something similar with the gamepad, but it ended up getting in the way of game development, and as a expensive unused aspect of the console. The Switch off the bat seems to be what the Wii U should have been in the first place. Now that is just some of opinion and previous look at Nintendo, now what do I actually think about the Switch?

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The premise of Nintendo’s new device is being able to “Switch” between this home console, and handheld/tablet aspect. Taking the system with you to school, work, the store, lunch, a friends place, wherever. This is not what I’d call a truly new idea, but Nintendo knows how to make good handhelds as proven since the Gameboy. Being able to take it anywhere with me, seeing as if I am not home a decent amount of the time, it makes playing games much easier, I likely wouldn’t be as far as I am in Zelda if not for the handheld aspect. It feels nice to hold my hands wherever I was with it. The store, my office, in class, the restaurant, just everywhere. Of course tabletop mode works great as well, in someones home or out and about and such. I took my switch out to dinner with my friend and to a party to play some fun games, turning the two joycons on their sides to play some Fast RMX or 12 Switch, and some people of course wanted to see Zelda. It just works easily, and playing with the two joycons in hand is quite comfortable. You can lay back on your couch with them, easily in hand, of course they give you a grip to place them into, it plays more like a regular controller in that form, despite having smaller buttons and being vertical, but personally I think it feels fine. Of course as an accessory their is a $70 Pro controller you can purchase, it feels great but I don’t think it’ll be necessary for everyone.

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The systems OS is very simple a bar-bones but it works. The games are in face similar to how the PS4 is set up. You have your basic settings, you can change your theme from eye piercing white, to the black theme that everyone should use. You can as many WiFi signals as you want hooked up to it, which is a big step up compared to the Wii U and 3ds being limited on the matter. The Switch has eShop, which at the moment is very simple and clean but will need to become more organized in the future, as more and more games are released. It also has dedicated news app, for trailers, new game releases, etc. I do like this feature a lot as you can find all your Switch news in one place. Outside of that, it is very limited to what you can do. Of course you can have an account that at the moment lets you have a friends list, buy games, and that’s about it. The key feature here is of course, playing games at home and on the go, and it does the main selling point very well, although the dock they give you, feels very cheap but with the screen protector I bought for my Switch it sits in there nice and tightly.

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Some accessories you should buy are of course a screen protector. I bought a Glass 2-Pack tempered glass screen protector, you can buy this on Amazon for a about $8, and I use their products on my Switch, iPhone, and my iPad. I also bought a HORI game card case for $10 and it holds 24 game cards, so this will come in handy for years to come. Of course I bought the Pro controller as stated earlier and it normally sells for $70 and it’s worth it for some, maybe not for others. Then I bought the Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack, which allows you to take everything with you easily and handily, I do plan on buying a smaller carrying case in the future, but this bag is high quality and if you plan on dragging your Switch around a lot buy this, it goes for about $50 normally. Of course you should also buy at least The Legend of Zelda, my review on that should be coming very soon.

Now I have to be honest I think you should wait till either this summer or this holiday to get this. Unless you are a big Zelda fan, or just a hardcore gamer. I personally think it’s worth it to me since I leave the house a lot, but to the average consumer, I’d wait till games like Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey releases. Stay tuned for all upcoming Switch reviews here at RGN, and at the end of the year we will come back and look at what the Switch has become by then.

Why the Nintendo Switch could sell very well

Switch 3Nintendo finds themselves in a unique position with their system, the Nintendo Switch. This could be the savior system for Nintendo, or a final nail in the coffin, at least for them in the console hardware market. You see their situation isn’t as dire as some are lead to believe.

The Nintendo 3ds as of December 31st, 2016 has solid 65.30 million units, despite a very slow start due to it’s $250 price tag, that was cut in half a year to $170, which I will admit clearly also helped sales. But the 3ds despite a very rocky first 6 months, was helped due to two main things, the price cut, and the release of Mario Kart 7. Mario Kart 7 has gone on to sell 13.41 million copies, and despite being the first big game released for the system, is the second highest selling game on the platform. Now when we compare this to the Wii U, which as of December 31st, 2016 had only sold 13.56 Million units, which as we all know is quite terrible. But oddly enough their was anomaly when Mario Kart 8 was released on the system, going on to sell 7.34 million units, being the highest selling game on the platform, actually pushing units, and over a 60% attach rate to the Wii U. Clearly this wasn’t some savior for the Wii U, but clearly it managed to get fans out there to purchase the system potentially mainly for this game, likely a few others which we will mention later.

Now Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is a port/redone version of Mario Kart 8, comes on April 28th, being as far as we know the next big game to come to the Switch. Now I am not saying that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will create a foothold for the Switch in terms of pushing sales, but based off previous market research, it even managed to push sales on the Wii U for a short time. I know some people will consider it, merely just a port, but I think the sales of this game may surprise some that say that, especially due to the nature of the console, and the fact only Wii U owners have played Mario Kart 8, plenty of new comers, possibly those who owned Mario Kart 7 but never had a Wii U, will pick this up.

Another title that is popular than many may think is Monster Hunter. This will be an interesting, especially after it’s previous entries on the 3ds all sold around at least 3 million units, obviously pushing the series more into the mainstream. Now the games don’t sell well at all in North America and Europe, but in Japan the series lives and breaths due to the Japanese love of portable gaming. So when this game comes out expect high sales in Japan, and possibly a boost in units, based off of what happened when Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate released.

Super Smash Bros for the Switch is also a big title being tossed around. I am sure that this will generate sales selling 4.99 million units on the Wii U. But this did not move systems as Mario Kart 8 did. Making me believe those who bought the Wii U for Mario Kart 8 did so in mind of also getting Super Smash Bros, which is entirely possible.

Super Mario Odyssey clearly will be a big one, Nintendo seeming to make it their flagship game this holiday. This could potentially be the big sales boost the Switch will get but, it may happen before that, if a Pokemon game comes out this year. Their has been rumors surrounding this, but I am here to discuss facts and just the possibility of what could happen whenever the next iteration of the series does release. Pokemon X and Y is seen as one of the big pillars of the 3ds, being the highest selling game on the system, pushing more than 15.14 million units. But also as of recent, Pokemon Sun and Moon are the fastest selling games ever on the 3ds, being out for only half a year now and selling more than 12.94 million units already, with the potential of even passing Pokemon X and Y. Pokemon Sun and Moon were also the best selling games of 2016 according to VGchartz. So the potential is there, with Pokemon being the game to surely get people to own a Switch.

Clearly the Nintendo Switch is off to a great start selling 1.5 million of it’s 2 million units. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a 89% attach rate on the system, which is too be expected, as it’s the game clearly with the most draw on the platform. I do know their could be other games such as Splatoon 2 that generate sales, but I’m just not sure that’s what I’d call a system seller for any specific region, I’m sure it’ll sell but mostly to those who already own a Switch, or will buy one in the future.

By the end of the year I will come back to this and see if anything I said came true due to market research I’ve done based on the past. But clearly the other elephant in the room is 3rd party support being a big factor, I can’t comment on that as we don’t know everything that is coming out yet as the Switch has about nearly 30 games on it as of now. I hope what I have shared helps show you the potential this has based on the past, by the end of the year, I think we’ll know what this system is and it’s future.

 

 

Why Mass Effect Andromeda’s “bad” animations aren’t a big deal

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Recently their has been an outcry over the animations in Mass Effect Andromeda, even some of the characters. People saying that they look bad, they aren’t up to par with other games, the whole nine yards of comparisons and complaints. People even ignoring other games as of recent that don’t have the best animations. Now I am not saying they look amazing in Andromeda all the time, just that this isn’t something new. The original games, and even Bioware’s most recent Dragon Age: Inquisition share this same problem. I can’t tell you how many times characters in Mass Effect 3 would go into weird facial spasms. Or just odd creepy smiles, awkward sex scenes, or just blank emotionless faces.

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The recent Horizon Zero Dawn at time’s has odd and awkward animations to look at. Characters may look lifeless, or the emotions that they are trying to convey just look off and odd. It can’t ruin the enjoyment of the game because it’s not constant, but it’s just not this big issue and it’s nothing new to gaming in general. I don’t see anyone talking about gameplay, the exploration or the story. They are just stuck on talking about some wonky animations in conversations.

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This whole issue to me has just been overblown. Even to the fact where people are attacking one of the developers which is just insane to me. But at the end of the day, it’s nothing new to gaming, should it be better? Yes of course but you can’t attack this game for it, and yet ignore all the others. I will admit when one of the characters in Andromeda was walking like a gorilla, I just laughed.

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Will FPS / War Sims be #1 choice in VR Gaming? + PlayStation VR Comparisons to Oculus Rift

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Hey gamer family, this question is to everyone: What do you think is an exciting idea for a video game that does not involve guns?

With the prevelance of Virtual Reality hitting us sooner than later, starting off with a 1st generation round of hardware including the PlayStation VR for PS4, we are about to see real-life “Murder Simulators” that anti-video game fanatics have been ranting about for decades. And while war / shooters have their place in entertainment, historical knowledge, tactical survival skill, etc. – will shooters and the so-called “Murder Sims” the industry has been condemned by time and time again really remain the #1 choice for gaming experiences once Virtual Reality begins to slowly take over?

I enjoy war games of all types but once in awhile I feel like shooter games are all the same.

This is why I don’t heavily invest in the Fighting and Racing genres as well. With Virtual Reality Gaming 1st Gen approaching, I’m hearing that shooting people nonstop and whipping your head around massive speeds isn’t going to be available right away and isn’t even recommended for obvious reasons.

The genre of shooters will need to be recreated from the ground up with some amount of realism added to the pace of gun fights at least, never mind the psychological implications of shooting on end in what seems more and more real each hardware cycle.

To see projects like DayZ, H1Z1: Just Survive, or RUST where shooting happens but isn’t a main objective or a nonstop, unrealistic event when it does happen. But let’s be honest these games are still quite buggy, unfinished, boring at times, and need to be replaced by more robust franchises that have been given the proper TLC a new genre birth deserves, not Early Access hell for years upon years of stagnation!

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Alternatively this also opens the door brilliantly for titles with new mechanics and genre concepts. Its very hard to predict and invent what that would be exactly but thankfully many developers worldwide are already working on the initial waves of design. I can at least say I’m glad that No Man’s Sky has been confirmed for PlayStation VR compatibility and it would be great to see a World of Warcraft type game some day on this hardware. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like Sea of Thieves reach VR as well.

Unfortunately, it has been practically confirmed that some games available now will get support patched in. Most likely Sony will keep an eye on quality control for these patches and make sure it only happens when it makes sense. It has been relatively proven in VR already that shooters coded for a TV, Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, or GamePad Controller are not as good on a VR headset as they need to be to avoid motion sickness.

This was found out thanks to the research & development of great minds like John Carmack who led up Oculus prior to Facebook purchasing the company, and of course engineers at Valve who essentially used Oculus as a shell to do R&D with then ditched for their own standardized Steam VR platform now competing with Oculus Rift via the HTC Vive. A number of specs were gathered and future R&D was revealed by HTC and Valve advancing the release of this round of VR hardware to occur more quickly. While Oculus has attempted to adopt most of this new research and has accomplished much of this in the Consumer Rift, the two technologies still have differences and it remains unclear how the market will shift in terms of support for either headset.

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For this reason and the hefty cost of investing in PC parts to handle running such a device, many gamers are looking towards news, development, and eventually impressions of the best content PlayStation VR has to offer. PSVR will not run at the high level of specs that HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are now calling their minimum standard. But initial impressions are that the PSVR is still a satisfying experience. Sony will be showing off a lot over the next few months and has remained firm on a 2016 release date for the PlayStation VR headset at a price range of $399.99 (base unit) with a $499.99 bundle for people who don’t yet already own a PS4 Camera since it is required to use the PSVR headset. The $499 bundle also includes a game demo disc, headphones, 2 PS Move controllers, and PlayStation Worlds – .

Some controversy surrounds the fact that the recently leaked PlayStation 4K specs (AKA PlayStation 4.5 or codename NEO) give mention to improved experience for the PSVR headset. This seems a little bit unjustified to me, since it’s obviously going to perform better doing EVERYTHING as a system with a higher speed, bus speed, bandwidth, and memory in its APU (CPU / GPU) as well as RAM – Of Course, PSVR will perform better too!

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However, both the standard PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4K are capable of allowing traditional players on DualShock 4 / Television while another player is using the PlayStation VR headset and PS Move Controllers (or DualShock 4) and interacting in an experience together while viewing the different screens. This is possible because the PSVR comes with an additional processing unit mounted to it. And although some may even find it unfortunate that PS Move controllers and a PS4 Camera are required for the ultimate experience, this is a very early but great time for VR technology.

Oculus and Vive both have their own similar controllers with additional technologies added to them and while Vive comes with them, it’s built into cost at $799. Currently the Oculus Rift doesn’t come with these but a future bundle will and is called Oculus Touch. For now, that bundle is not available and Oculus Rift is going for $599. These are early adopter prices and early adopter bundles, with the expectation that if you are buying PSVR you can afford a PS4 Camera. If you want the ultimate experience, you will eventually afford some PS Moves since you probably already sold yours at the end of the PlayStation 3 era like most of us did (D’oh! *Homer Simpson voice).