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‘Life Is Strange: Before the Storm’ Is a Great Game

However, game developers are not spending a lot of money developing prequels. It is unclear why this is the case. There is certainly a lot of demand from gamers to find out how their favorite games came to be. “Life Is Strange: Before the Storm” is a prequel that really delivers the goods when it comes to showing the story that leads up to the original game in the series. The story is a lot of fun to watch unfold. The visuals in the game are some of the best we have seen in a very long time. There will most likely be another “Life Is Strange” game because this one really leaves fans asking for more.

The game is available for personal computer, Xbox One and PS4. All of the versions are basically the same with no big differences in the way the games are played. Some people have said the characters are easier to control on the PS4 version. This game was created by a company called Deck Nine. They have a solid track record of making games that have compelling stories and stunning visuals. They have done the same thing once again. This game would be a worthy addition to the collection of any serious or casual gamer.

The soundtrack of this game is definitely one of its highlights. The various songs that are used and the voice acting are all superb. So much attention to details is apparent in this game. There are so many small details that become important later on in the game. Players will be surprised how things they thought were trivial come back to mean so much more later on. This game is good enough to be played several times.

Fortnite’s 50v50 Mode Fosters Altruism

Epic Game’s Fortnite Battle Royale recently revived its “50 v 50” mode. While the mode is only planned for a limited run, the major tweak it offers players is being placed on one of two teams, with the goal being the last team standing. To accommodate this alteration to the game’s usual activities, players are given perfect information of the final battleground’s location and one vessel is launched for each team, rather than using the one iconic aircraft bus.

50 v 50 seems to be the one mode that has caused the most altruistic of behaviors from among the player base. This shift can largely be attributed to the much larger number of people involved on a team; normal gameplay has players going solo, working as part of a duo or a four-man squad. The large number of potential allies has led to complete strangers showing up for a clutch revival, gifting other players equipment and fostering a genuine esprit de corps. One player noticed, on more than once occasion, where a teammate would immediately stop whatever task they were engaging in in order to assist the player. This was most apparent when building fortifications relied on team-effort.

Epic Games has always been one to foster spontaneous fun among its players and the addition of a rock-paper-scissors player emote was a handy, nonviolent way of settling arguments over who got what loot. Furthermore, Epic snuck a trio of dance floors into its map for the month of April. One remarkable video featured a dance party of four players coming upon a dance area right as a fifth player arrived with intent to kill the rest; the quartet returned fire, ended the invader’s antics and immediately returned to dancing.

While Fortnite is hardly immune from toxic players, the general consensus is that it has genuinely fostered a positive gaming experience. Helping others fosters good feelings and being grouped with 49 other players offers plenty of opportunities.

Firewatch Set to Get a Switch Release

Award winning and groundbreaking games are something everyone wants for their platforms. But some gaming platforms evoke a sense of concern there when they’re released. The more daring a console, the more concerns are often raised. That was certainly the case when the Switch was first announced. It’s a very different gaming system than most people expected from Nintendo. But there’s been a recent flux of games which are changing that perception. They’re often among the best that gaming developers have been able to put together over the past few years.

And it was recently announced that a particularly daring project called Firewatch is set for a Switch port. Firewatch itself is a noteworthy game in many respects.

One of the games most important points is the simple fact of how it plays. The game is often classed among a genre of walking simulators. The term is somewhat appropriate here. As the player takes on the role of a forester watching out for fires. But he’s also working on some general upkeep of his nature preserve. This means that he needs to walk out through a variety of beautiful landscapes. It gives people a sense of hiking. And a sense of really living the life of this interesting character they’re coming to know more about.

But the release of Firewatch isn’t just notable for the game itself. It’s also notable as assurance that Nintendo is keeping track of independent releases. One of the more notable aspects of the Vita was that it served as a means of playing independent games on the go.

But with the Vita on the way out, many people feared that the ability to play independent games on the go was gone as well. There was hope that the Switch might inherit that role. But Nintendo’s position on 2nd or 3rd party publishers has never been very certain. But this announcement adds more confidence to people’s decision to go with the Switch as a means to play independent games. And that Nintendo really is working to bring the best of the best to the system.

Spiro Reignited Trilogy coming to PS4 and Xbox One

PS4 and Xbox One gamers who don’t think there are enough old school games on the new platforms are about to be very happy. On Thursday morning it was announced that the Spiro Reignited Trilogy is officially coming to the consoles later this year. The announcement comes after rumors had been swirling for quite some time that remastered versions of the beloved game were on the way. The game is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series’ official beginning on the original PlayStation.

As the title of the remastered title likely tipped you off, it will have three titles in one. Spyro the Dragon, Spyro: Year of the Dragon and Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage will all be given some souped-up graphics and gameplay in order to look and feel better on the better consoles. The developers have said that they want to rez-up the graphics from the original games, but want to make sure that the art style that came in those original PlayStation titles stays true to what we’ve seen in previous versions.

Because the new trilogy wants to make sure to capture a new generation of gamers, but still have plenty to offer to those who played the originals, there are going to be a few new additions as well. It appears there will be some Orb Challenges, mini-games and what the developers have only teased as “more.”

There is also going to be some work done on remapping the controls, as those would cause a few problems with the new controllers and camera angles on the PS4 and Xbox One today. As for now, the two announced consoles are indeed the PS4 and Xbox One. There hasn’t been a mention of the game eventually coming to the Switch, but it seems like a perfect fit. Spyro Reignited Trilogy will arrive on September 21, 2018.

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.