Far Cry 5: Ubisoft’s Crown Jewel in the Franchise

Since being released on March 27th, 2018, Far Cry 5 has already surpassed expectations from players, reviewers and activists alike. The Far Cry series has always been a first person survival shooter, set in a dystopian society, with the protagonist being the one to kickstart a revolution. Every Far Cry game usually takes place in exotic areas, such as Africa for Far Cry: Primal, and a make believe country in Asia called Kyrat for Far Cry 4. But Ubisoft has pointed its crosshairs at a dystopia in our own backyard: The United States.

Far Cry 5 drops you in Hope County, Montana, having you face off against an evil cult called Eden’s Gate, who controls the entire county with brutal authority. The main antagonist of the game, Joseph Hope, is a charismatic leader who is always used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. You are a sheriff deputy who was called to take care of the Eden’s Gate threat, not knowing they control a massive arsenal, and fanatic members willing to die for their cause.

Far Cry 5 has quickly become the best selling game in the franchise history, meaning the risk of setting it in America in such a tumultuous time in American history has paid off. According to this fan made infographic, people have gone crazy over Far Cry 5, and it shows how much of a labor of love this game has been. 90 fake brands were created for the game, and the cast consisted of 96 different voice actors.

In a time where triple A game companies have been criticized for selling the game, and then selling additional micro transactions inside of the game solely for more money in their pocket, without a meaningful experience, Ubisoft has gone against the grain.

Far Cry 5 is a new Height for Ubisoft

Ubisoft has just announced that sells of Far Cry 5 during its first week in stores has doubled the sells of Far Cry 4 during the same period. Only The Division has had a more successful launch in company history. Far Cry 5 is also doing very well on social media. Players have streamed over 55,000 hours on Twitch.

Far Cry 5 is a unique entry in the franchise. Previously, the Far Cry games took the player on an adventure to a foreign, fictional country. Players were dropped into war-torn areas and expected to survive the harsh realities of combat. Far Cry 5 is based in Montana, United States. This not only marks a return to non-fictional locations but enters America for the first time ever.

Just like previous installments of the series, players are allowed to freely roam the entire map. Players are not restricted to a linear experience as is with most military games and first person shooters, instead Ubisoft places players in their own version of an open world experience. Along with Bethesda, Ubisoft is one of the leading developers of open world games.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft has a wide range of video games under its brand. All of the games based off Tom Clancy novels are published by Ubisoft. The Assassin’s Creed series is one of Ubisoft’s longest running series. Even the Far Cry franchise is minuscule when compared to the catalog of Assassin’s Creed games.

Last Fall marked the release of the newest entrant into the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It was released to critical applause.

Ubisoft also produces games that are appropriate for children such as their popular series Rayman. Dozens of games in the Rayman series have been published, beginning in 1995.

Game Informer’s Hands on With Spider-Man

With the announcement of Spider-Man’s release date, September 7th, a ton of new footage and information is sure to be released in the coming weeks. Game Informer got a hands on look at the new game and has given their opinion on the game.

Employees of Game Informer were permitted by Insomniac Games to test out the very beginning of the game. During the quick preview, Game Informer was able to experience the combat system and even go free-roaming around New York City via web slinging.

Physics appear to be an important factor in the Spider-Man game. During a GIF originating from the game play footage acquired by Game Informer, Spider-Man can be seen leaping from a building to the ground below and using his web to swing through the air, moments before impact.

Insomniac Games, the developers of the new Spider-Man game, are famous for their Sony mascots. First came Spyro, then Ratchet and Clank, now Spider-Man. This doesn’t mark Spider-Man’s first time on a Sony console. At the time of the Tobey Mcguire Spider-Man films, Sony teamed up with the movie team for some promotional synergy. Incase you were ever wondering why older PS3 game covers had the Spider-Man font on its case, now you know.

This also marks the very first time Insomniac Games has worked with an IP as big as Spider-Man. All of their previous contributions towards the video game community have involved one-hundred percent original characters and stories.

Coming off the release of their smash hit Ratchet & Clank, which marked the revival of the franchise, Insomniac Games are sure to move units and sell consoles when Spider-Man hits store in September of 2007.

Fortnite Introduces Vending Machines around the Island

Fortnite has taken PS4 and PC gaming by storm. Fortnite is constantly one of the most streamed games on Twitch and has been growing in numbers since its launch. The game is all about being the last man standing. 100 players go to battle during each game of Fortnite, and they don’t stop until every player is eliminated but one. Players are dropped from a balloon onto an island that is littered with weapons, ammo, and building supplies. They then must then avoid a storm as its eye closes in on the island, all the while trying survive combat with other players. Eventually, 2 players will be left, fighting in an area no bigger than a house until only one remains.

Fortnite also offers a team mode where the last team standing is declared the winner. There is also a non-player vs player mode that you can enjoy if engaging in combat against real people is not something you are interested in.

The game is known for its frequent updates, and now its newest update is finally here. With update v3.4, players now have access to vending machines that spawn all around the island. The vending machine consumes materials such as wood, brick, and stone, and each vending machine contains three different guns that players can purchase. The guns are spawned randomly in each machine.

In addition to the new content, sniper rifle mode has been removed and replaced with high explosives. When you enter this game mode, the only weapons found on the island will be grenade launchers, rocket launchers and the Easter themed egg launcher.

In addition to the new game content, developers also announced that they are now able to roll out weekly updates without the need for a patch. This method of updating is meant to enable them to work harder and longer on existing bugs while still dishing out content on the regular.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Gets Cinematic Trailer Starring Sean Astin

For the better part of the last several months, Microsoft has been engaging their hype machine in order to prop up the swashbuckling adventure title, ‘Sea of Thieves’. Now, the game is getting headline news as more and more players get to experience it first hand. Recently, Microsoft unveiled a brand new trailer to promote the title and it starred Sean Astin, of ‘Lord of the Rings’ fame, as a museum curator with a lisp and thirst for pirate swag.

In ‘Sea of Thieves’, gamers will be given the chance to roam the high seas in their own ship. This ship will be the vessel that takes gamers onto quests, into battle, and into collaborative events with other players. Players will primarily be interacting in an open world but they’ll be wanting to look out for the Merchant Alliance, the Order of Souls and the Gold Hoarders for the primary means of gaming emphasis.

The goal in ‘Sea of Thieves’, it appears, is to create an atmospheric game based on exploration and a love of high adventure. Gamers will be able to level up a multitude of different statistical categories in order to improve their swag, improve their fighting ability, and improve their gaming experience. The cinematic trailer featuring Sean Astin only hints at the greater world that the game is offering and it could be just the right flavor of adventurous freedom that gamers are looking for in a new title for 2018.

‘Sea of Thieves’ will be launching on March 20th, in an official capacity, for both PC and the Xbox One. The game will be sold for $60 as the base price or it can be acquired via the Xbox Game Pass Subscription which costs $10 per month or you can buy a completely new XB1 and get ‘Sea of Thieves’ thrown in for free. ‘Sea of Thieves’ will be the first part of Microsoft’s exclusive first-party release package that will go straight into the Game Pass library.

Fortnite Soars in Mobile Release, Ascending Up Sales Charts.

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in recent memory thanks to its massive popularity boost on the Xbox One. Fortnite, developed by Epic Games, is all about beating out 99 opponents in a massive 100-person battle royale. The game rose to fame on the Xbox One thanks to the fact that it was free, with Epic Games earning their money via an expanded release as well as aesthetic-only microtransactions. Now, Fortnite is looking to push ahead into a whole new market — the mobile market.

Fortnite has released for iOS products this past week in a pre-order/beta testing only mode. In order to play the game users had to have an updated iOS device to go along with an access key. Despite this limited release, Fortnite developers had to have been ecstatic to find that Fortnite Mobile rocketed up the sales charts in order to become the most downloaded free game in the app store. Not only that, Fortnite has already reached the two spot for the ‘top grossing’ mark on the Apple Store as well. It’s pretty easy to see why the title is being talked about so much right now — everyone is playing it!

Fortnite has been an absolute juggernaut on every platform that it has been released. The developers at Epic Games have been organically growing their hit title in a way that is maximizing the return on consumption that their rabid player base is offering. What makes Fortnite Mobile so impressive isn’t just its high sales marks, but also the fact that it will be an unflinching extension of the Fortnite experience.

Fortnite Mobile will be played as if it were an extension of the console and PC versions. This means that mobile gamers will be competing against gamers on all of the other consoles thanks to the shared server. Epic Games is taking a risk here but it is the kind of risk that can pay off in spades and so far it has.

Fortnite Wins Big With new Game Mode

The developers at Epic Games have been working hard to make 2018 the year that Fortnite completely draws beyond the reach of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Fortnite and PUBG are currently going head-to-head in a variety of different places, including the mobile market, but that doesn’t mean that Fortnite’s developers have forgotten about the core gameplay experience. Epic Games recently announced the release of an all-new game type: Blitz Mode.

Last month savvy gamers will have heard the news that Epic Games was teasing a new slate of game modes to go alongside their always-popular Battle Royale. One of those game modes that was teased went by the name of Blitz Mode. Blitz Mode looks to dramatically change the core gameplay experience for players that are looking for something new. In Blitz Mode, gamers will have to clear out their enemies in the 15 minutes of allotted time. The match features a tightened storm, an increased rate for chests, weapons, and ammo, and harvest resources have been amplified.

The goal with the Blitz Mode will be to increase the tempo of the game while giving new players a chance to showcase their stuff in a less stressful matchup. Epic Games claims that this new mode will allow the game to be more ‘fast and intense’. The new mode comes out at a time when Fortnite is seeing increased resistance from the PUBG developers who have announced a global mobile version of their own game. Epic Games knows that they have to prove themselves strong with their new updates from here on out.

Blitz Mode is now available for console and PC gamers but there is no telling just how long the mode will be available. Epic Games have made it a habit of theirs to rotate in game modes in order to test the player base. Blitz Mode will have gone online just after the 3.3 Patch which included a ton of bug fixes as well as the vaulting of a popular grenade — the smoke grenades. Patch 3.3 also showcased Supply Llamas, remote detonation explosives while pulling the Boogie Bomb from play.

‘Dark Souls’ Gets Nintendo Switch Port, Showcases Improved Engine.

Nintendo stunned the world with the Switch as it rapidly became their best selling console in the prolonged history of the legendary gaming company. One of the major reasons that the Switch found such success was that Nintendo opened up their doors to have more third-party access from other developers in the industry. Now, the Switch is racking up amazing title additions to their library and one of the most surprising additions is that of ‘Dark Souls’.

‘Dark Souls’ is an absolute classic in the world of hardcore gamers. The legendary fantasy series is known for its visceral gameplay and unforgiving difficulty. ‘Dark Souls’ has been a mainstay on consoles and the series is continuing to grow, now Nintendo is getting their first chance to bring it into their catalog. Nintendo will be porting the original ‘Dark Souls’ which premiered on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Gamers were right to be skeptical as to the quality of the port to the Nintendo console/handheld but so far the early reviews have been nothing but positive.

The team at Digital Foundry put together a string of gameplay footage from the PS3, Xbox 360 and the upcoming Nintendo Switch version which was teased via the Nintendo Direct. Using their analysis tools, Digital Foundry was capable of deducing that the Switch port of the game will sit at 1080p when docked and 720p when the Switch is taken mobile. This is in line with what Nintendo has been targeting in terms of their ported upgrade quality. Digital Foundry also went on to deduce that the Nintendo Switch footage did not feature new textures or extra remodeling efforts, though at this point in time we don’t know if Nintendo has any plans to actually address new models or textures.

One of the most exciting aspects of the ‘Dark Souls’ port is that it shows Nintendo is serious about catering to older gamers. The title is slated to release on May 25th but more news will drop in the meantime.

Fortnite Earns $1.5M on iOS

“Fortnite Battle Royale” has quickly become the most popular video game in the world after launching in September 2017. The game was already being enjoyed by millions of video game fans on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, but it just launched on the iOS smartphone operating system a few days ago. Putting a survival shooter that requires a lot of skill to succeed on a mobile phone seemed like a bad idea, but “Fortnite Battle Royale” has already earned over $1.5 million dollars during its first four days on mobile devices.

“Fortnite Battle Royale” was able to quickly amass the big earning by becoming the top download in a total of 47 countries on its first day of availability. Unlike other popular mobile and console video games, “Fortnite Battle Royale” is completely free to download and play. Most of the earnings have come through the purchase of the $10 Battle Pass subscription that rewards players with special cosmetic items for their character in the game.

The massive earnings for “Fortnite” on iOS are impressive when you consider that the game is not available to everyone at the moment. Only people that have received a special invitation can download the game on their iPhone. These invitation are being limited to ensure that game runs smoothly. The game’s earnings are only going to skyrocket when everyone with a iOS or Android smartphone can get their hands on the game.

The earnings are even more impressive due to the fact that millions of people are already enjoying the game on their game console or personal computer. “Pokemon GO” had the same instant success, but that was only playable on a mobile device. Since the mobile download is just an extension of the original game, console gamers have no incentive to purchase anything through the app. All of their progress and items are instantly available once they download the mobile version. Most video game experts think the “Fortnite” phenomenon is going to die soon, but that does not look likely.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Now Available on Xbox One and Windows

The highly anticipated pirate-themed video game “Sea of Thieves” was released on March 20, 2018. Available on Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One, with cross-platform play, it features an open-world in which dozens of players can engage ship battles, fight sea monsters and scavenge for loot.

“Sea of Thieves” was first announced in 2015 at Microsoft’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Developed by Rare, Microsoft unveiled the game’s Unreal Engine 4, which offered realistic physics paired with smooth, fluid gameplay. Rare and Microsoft had originally planned to launch “Sea of Thieves” in 2017. Like many games, however, the launch date was pushed back.

Something that makes “Sea of Thieves” stand out from other games is its unique open-world, pirate-themed gameplay. It features a shared world in which multiple groups of players will frequently encounter each other. “Sea of Thieves” also features multiple environments, including oceans, underwater caves, land and towns. Furthermore, it includes some comical gameplay elements like the ability to shoot someone out of a cannon.

Because of its focused on a multiplayer style of gameplay, there’s been some concern over griefing in “Sea of Thieves.” While players can perform solo missions, this doesn’t offer the same experience as having ship battles between two or more groups. Unfortunately, some players join games with the purpose of ruining their teammates’ game. Known as griefers, they’re a common problem among many team-oriented multiplayer games, and “Sea of Thieves” is no exception.

In an interview with BBC, developers explained how they they are trying to stop griefing. For instance, players can’t attack other players in their crew. They can swing their sword or use other weapons pointed towards their crew, but this doesn’t cause damage. A player’s attack will only cause damage to non-player characters (NPCs) and players who aren’t a part of their crew.

Rare developers also designed a shared reward system in which all players of a crew are equally rewarded when one player completes a mission. This means a single player can’t steal his or her crew’s reward.

Finally, developers have implemented a feature that allows players to place abusive players in jail. Once jailed, the player is unable to interfere with other players’ gameplay, thus encouraging a healthy environment in which players work together to achieve a common goal.