An Odyssey awaits. Explore the past within the world of Ubisoft’s flagship Assassin’s Creed franchise. This time instead of running through streets in white hoods and being a blade to the crowd players head back to 431 BC in Ancient Greece. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place during the Peloponnesian War which was fought by the city states of Sparta against Athens.
The choice is yours to control either Alexios (grandson of King Leonidas of Sparta) or Kassandra (his older half-sister). The series builds upon what was started in last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins and goes full RPG with branching dialogue trees, player choices, proper stat / skill trees, and inventory management. There’s also a fully open world wherein all that can be seen is also ready to be explored.
Odyssey has challenged itself to be many things at once; a true Assassin’s Creed game, an open world RPG, a recreation of Ancient Greece, and of course a good overall gaming experience. So, has the game succeeded at its lofty goals and become an Odyssey for the ages?
The day before last we reported on how Black Ops 4 had instituted a fun but overbearing reward system for gameplay unlocking everything from stickers to put on guns, gun skins, spray paint designs, character costumes and outfits, to even a brand new Blackout character (at tier 199).
We heard your feedback in our comments section as well as social media and while many of you agreed with our assessment that the grind required to unlock these items was just too much. It turns out that Treyarch may have heard your voices as well, and it turns out they’ve found that they agree.
The Blackout mode in Call of Duty has gone up against the odds of the most currently popular game Fortnite and fared quite nicely. Asserting itself somewhere in the top 3 alongside PUBG, Black Ops 4 is surprisingly taking fans by storm. Battlefield V’s battle royale mode has not yet been shown to the public… at all. And those who buy the upcoming EA DICE title when it releases Tuesday, November 20, 2018 will have to wait a significant amount of time to see what it’s like as well.
The first DLC, a part of the The City that Never Sleeps storyline for Marvel’s Spider-Man, has dropped just a little over a month after the game has released. The Heist, features a story in which Spider-Man needs to help Black Cat get out of a situation with the old school mafia and Hammerhead who have risen up to try and take back the streets of New York City. This scenario gets Spider-Man caught up yet again in a story of emotional issues with his former flame Black Cat, dealing damage to various mafioso goons, and even other side quests along the way. Let’s be honest, everyone wants a to tag along with Black Cat no matter the occasion.
Vroom Kaboom is developed by Ratloop Games Canada and has a free to play model as well as a model where you can buy the entire game upfront. Vroom Kaboom is a tower rush game with cars that go fast and cause a lot of destruction in their wake. As cars are set on a straight path with simply trying to avoid obstacles until you reach the end while collecting mines and ammo along the way while trying to just cause as much destruction to the towers. You have a wide variety of vehicles and weapons to choose from. You can pick a basic dune buggy, a muscle car, sports car, and a decent variety of other vehicles. That’s the basic rundown, time to drive into the review.
While many of you may have been surprised to see Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release without any microtransaction scandals, reviews have been favorable to the game, and even gamers who didn’t expect to enjoy the title have given it praise, there were signs of something suspicious in the game last weekend.
[Update: RDR2 takes 90 minutes to install, better get a movie ready or go for a jog while waiting!]
Could today’s leaked footage of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay been an intentional move by Rockstar Games meant to distract players from the news of 100 hour work weeks and the game being on two Blu-Ray discs? Or was it just a reviewer gone rogue? Either way, we’ve got both of those juicy news stories packed into one for you all.
At the hands of EA, many great game studios and franchises have been strangled to death. More than ever, the future of Battlefield is in serious jeopardy. While there is no shortage of controversy surrounding DICE’s latest entry in the well known shooter series Battlefield, EA Games has also been experiencing lower approval ratings than ever with the gaming community. Adding to the staleness of an aging genre that rarely hits its mark without issues, 2018 is a blockbuster year full of titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and staunch competition from Black Ops 4.
We Happy Few is a game that I have personally been very interested since it was shown off years ago at E3. It had that very weird feeling that a game like Bioshock can give you but was also seemingly new and unique, at least from a visual and story standpoint. It started as a Kickstarter project that gained traction fast, then was picked up by Gearbox for publishing rights. Now the game has been in early access on the Xbox preview program since mid-2016, but I have not played that build of the game, so I can’t speak on it.
I want to make people aware that is a title that the public has been able to play for quite some time. However, my review will be of the final release of We Happy Few. I have taken my time with this game and really thought about it deeply. As it is a full $60 release for a new game, some people have naturally been very wary of it. Despite my love of the visuals and story I want to make people aware of exactly how this game’s strengths and weaknesses land.
Now that Black Ops 4 has entered the wild we have had a good amount of time playing in all of its various modes and wanted to begin our coverage of the title leading up to a full review later on down the line. For starters, yes, this is the first COD to come with no single player campaign – but Black Ops 4 still has a story. We’ll get to that more in-depth in our full review coming forthwith. In the mean time, let’s talk about some of the game’s performance issues, grand achievements, pros and cons, and early impressions you can expect when first turning on the game.
[Update: This was confirmed in an announcement by Sony with a trailer for the PlayStation Plus titles of November 2018]
Another winter day, another leak. The official PlayStation Blog has perhaps accidentally revealed, ahead of schedule, the November PlayStation Plus games headlining on PS4 for November 2018. Some have questioned whether or not Sony should compensate SEGA and Gearbox for having the information leak out early, speculating that it could have affected sales.
There’s no evidence of such an issue at this time, however it’s important to note that Sony does plan out these PS Plus game giveaways months in advance with publishers and will be paying an amount that depends on the amount of downloads which occur during the PS Plus period for this game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched today and although the full game contains plenty of content for players, there is some question this time around as to what exactly is included in the game’s Season Pass. Taking a slightly different approach from previous COD games and their Season Pass structures, Treyarch claims to be dropping “more content with more frequency” in the new Black Ops Pass.
Some controversy existed when players realized that the Black Ops Pass was only available through purchasing special editions of the game so far, making it unclear if it would even be available at a later date or if gamers would have to pay full price for each DLC individually instead. But that turned out to be false, Black Ops Pass can be purchased on its own. So what’s exactly being offered here? And what’s in the base game?
For years small, family owned shops that sell video games have violated their contracts with major gaming companies in a practice known as “breaking street dates”. This process is that of gamers getting their hands on brand new games days (or weeks) before the actual release date of the title. Store owners sell the game ahead of time (often at an extra premium) upon receiving their shipments, then simply ring up the transaction after the fact on launch day.
One of the most popular games that traditionally gets its street date broken is the Call of Duty series. The biggest problem with that is the competitive nature of online multiplayer shooter games. Getting to play the game early can lead to a massive advantage as early players begin memorizing maps, weapon styles, and various other aspects. Treyarch have done something about this problem though, and you may see players bragging on social media, holding their Black Ops 4 discs in hand, but they won’t be gaining an edge this time.
It’s like classic Resident Evil, the samurai version. In my experience few titles have lived up to the awesome nostalgic feel and excellent gameplay design, level design, as well as atmosphere of the original Onimusha: Warlords released for Sony PlayStation 2 in the first month of 2001. It was a magical time. A powerful console none of us knew would take the world by storm in such a way to end up leading the industry as the highest selling games console to this very day. Onimsha was an enchanting title encompassing a perfect mix of action, role playing level ups, balanced equipment, strange and unique enemies, and a solid story to drive it all.
Ironically there was an article back in January on a hardcore fan’s blog called The Story So Far but now that title is the name of an upcoming PS4 exclusive which will feature a compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles allowing players to get the backstory leading up to Kingdom Hearts III’s anticipated release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox worldwide (and 4 days prior to that in Japan).
This move by Square Enix has garnered a little fan backlash from gamers who are on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One as well as some PS4 players claiming this was a “cash grab” since the titles are already available on PS4. However, the title is being offered at a heavy discount versus buying all of the games separately and makes for a great purchase if anybody hasn’t played the originals and does not yet own them on PS4.