Rockstar Games is finally back after last releasing Grand Theft Auto V in 2013. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the prequel to one of the last generation’s best games, Red Dead Redemption. Taking place in 1899 at the tail end of the age of the wild west, the end of the age of outlaws, players take on the role of Arthur Morgan, one of the gang’s longest running members. Arthur finds himself on the run from the law, other gangs, and is unsure of the situation he is in. Throughout his journey, and your journey, Arthur just may find himself on the road to redemption. Society and civilization versus the wild west and its infamous outlaws, a tale so old it can almost write itself…
Set in 1924, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game follows the down on his luck detective Edward Pierce, a struggling war veteran who operates out of Boston Massachusetts is asked by a Mr. Webster to investigate the mysterious death of the Hawkins family on an island called Dark Water just outside of Massachusetts. While working on this case he discovers a cult that wishes to bring back ‘the old gods’ from the worlds of Lovecraftian horror lore. The game is in first person view and is a survival horror type game with very little combat, some stealth elements, and a heavy reliance on Investigation.
Black Ops 4 marks the first Treyarch developed COD game since 2015 and the extra time taken for its development certainly shows. While not perfect, this year’s Call of Duty has taken on a lot of praise from skeptics and loyalists alike. There’s a reason why sales in the series have been going downhill whenever Treyarch isn’t involved, and with BO4 they’ve proven once again that they’re not to be underestimated. At the top of the priority list for BO4 is quality, performance, precision, and a brand-new take on battle royale.
There’s a lot of reason as to why players may be hesitant to embrace a Call of Duty game with no offline campaign mode, including previous problems in the series like Treyarch de-ranking players in Black Ops 2 for having high-speed internet, rather than admitting their own game engine problems. While those kinks have been ironed out this time around, there’s still a few issues to be had. Despite a well-intended Black Ops Pass and reduced Black Market grind, the micro-transactions in Black Ops 4 don’t manage to feel appropriate.
With all of that being said, the game still accomplishes a lot for the series and has won back many gamers leading to over $500 million USD in sales within the first 24 hours alone. For the 30% (on average) of folks who earn trophies in the single player campaign modes of COD, you’ll have to dedicate to online multiplayer this time around. However, for the other 70% of the franchise audience, you’ve been given more bang for the buck with 3 full online games packed into one – and hosting many different modes and variations.
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 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.
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.
PlayStation Experience is a press industry event known as PSX in dedication to the original PlayStation game console. Every year since 2014 Sony has hosted one of these. It’s usually been a vehicle for Sony to make announcements outside of, and ancillary to, their annual E3 Press Conference. This year, perhaps more than ever, fans were looking forward to the event since their E3 showing was very light. Despite having a dominance in the market and never ending stream of great games, it appears Sony isn’t too worried about hosting big events and showing off their lineup right now.
Wreckfest comes from Bugbear Entertainment, a developer that has been around for 16 years and is no stranger to making car games. They are the developer of FlatOut, FlatOut 2, and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage. They also created Ridge Racer Unbounded as well. Wreckfest has come a long way since originally starting development in 2012 and marketing shortly thereafter as “The Next Car Game”. The project gained much attention and Bugbear started off its release path on Steam Early Access with November 20, 2018 recently set as a release date for Xbox One and PS4.
A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).