Category Archives: Video Games

ESO’s Summerset Isles Expansion Gets a Visual Preview

The Elders Scrolls franchise is one of the most successful game series in history. The game has had five main entries into its series: Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. The series has also created a few spinoffs like Redguard and Elder Scrolls Online.

The Elder Scrolls online was released to harsh criticism from long term fans of the series. Fans cited class restrictions and general MMO features as the down fall of Elder Scrolls Online. Zenimax, the developers of Elder Scrolls Online have fixed many of the complaints that fans had. They have removed class restrictions, enabling players to wander the entirety of Tamriel, regardless of race and class.

The Elder Scrolls Online is now one of the most accessible MMOs on the market today. Players who choose to explore the world of Elder Scrolls Online but don’t like the typical game play of most MMOs will be delighted to know that you will be able to play with all your friends, regardless of level, class, and race.

The Elder Scrolls Online’s newest expansion pack is ready to hit stores soon. Zenimax released a little bit more information regarding the storyline of the new expansion on May 3rd, 2018. The new storyline takes place on an island that does not exist on the plane of Tamriel. Instead, players will wander to the island of Artaeum, assisting the Psijic Order in combating a new Daedric threat.

With the new explorable area comes new skills, weapons, dungeons, and much more.

PC gamers will get to experience the new content ahead of console gamers. The release date for the game is May 21st on PC and June 5th for consoles. There are several options concerning different editions and pre-order bonuses. There is a Digital Collector’s Edition, Physical Collector’s Edition, and the standard edition. Mounts, exclusive outfits, exclusive pets, and new emotes are the incentives to pre-order.

God of War is Now the Fastest Selling PS4 Exclusive in History

In a world where most high-selling video games are multiplayer experiences, Sony has been a god-send to singer player gamers. Games such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, and God of War have made sure single-player gamers stick to Sony’s gaming consoles. Sony has hit another milestone with the release of God of War. God of War has sold 3.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive of all time.

God of War is one of Sony’s most profitable franchises. Gamers take on the role of Kratos, who became the god of war after killing Aries. In previous God of War games, Kratos was on a murder-spree, killing the gods who he thinks have wronged him for so many years.

The newest edition of God of War is a reboot of sorts, resetting the number of the series to zero and changing the setting. The game series have shifted from Greek mythology to Norse mythology. Another major difference in the new God of War game is Kratos’s companion, his son.

The fact that Kratos’s son is along for the journey creates an incredible narrative. As fans of the series know, Kratos’s original killing spree started after the death of his daughter. The involvement of Kratos’s child makes for an anxiety filled narrative. Anytime Kratos’s son is in danger, it creates a scenario where the gamer is sitting on the edge of their seat, waiting for Kratos to loose his cool should his kid come to harm.

God of War is available in stores now, should you wish to see this incredible story for yourself. As previously mentioned, the game is exclusively available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

President Trump’s Blame Games

Video games have often been victims of blame when it comes to gun violence in America. Trump recently stated that he believes that video games have a major influence on the actions of America’s youth. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the 1990s, video games were also the scapegoat for major power holders like politicians and law enforcers. They crucify violent games. However, they never seem to come up with an actual solution to the violence epidemic that’s grown in past decades. One starts to think about the probability of video games being used to deter attention away from the actual problem.

There are zero studies that prove the correlation between violent games and violent behavior or emotional disorders. A 2014 study went on to prove that video games actually reduced violence among youths. This is probably due to the option of playing games and eating Doritos instead of joining a gang or finding trouble.

Trump was very vague in his accusations. He communicated that he’d heard people talking about the cause and effect value of games and behavior. He didn’t give any factual evidence or theories to back up his statements. He went further, saying that violence in games and movies should have a rating put on it. There’s already a rating system in place, however. It’s anyone’s guess whether Trump just forgot about that or if he really doesn’t know. He’d invited several groups to speak at a meeting regarding violence in video games. These were all one-sided anti-game violence groups, with no opposition to argue a counterpoint.

This argument, (If it can even be called such) is null and void. The Trump administration, as usual, went on to argue their point with no opposing forces. This is old news, as gaming has become the most popular hobby worldwide. Americans are ready for a different point of focus in the conversation. They’re ready to solve the real problems facing them. The lack of gun control is the real issue here. Politicians are just doing what they can to distract from it. America needs greater gun access restrictions involving mental health checks, background checks, and regulated training classes. Add to that, there must be a ban on gun shows across the nation unless there is a way to enforce them. However, this point may fall on deaf ears. Politicians on the right side of the spectrum are too busy taking money from the NRA to do anything to impede profits on either side of the deal.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Third Official Trailer has Released

Red Dead Redemption is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and on October 28th it is getting a sequel.

The original Red Dead Redemption was Rockstar Game’s take on the old west. Rockstar took the Grand Theft Auto game play model and shipped it back to an old west setting. The result was one of the greatest games in recent memory. The game featured an incredible story, intense game play, and RPG elements that put actual RPGs to shame. The hunting and skinning concept first seen in Red Dead Redemption has been copied for years, cropping up in games like Far Cry and others. Red Dead Redemption 2 certainly has big shoes to feel.

In typical Rockstar fashion, despite the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 still being months away, Rockstar has released its third trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Fans are still waiting to get a glimpse of some actual game play footage, but there is no lack of cinematic trailers.

From the information released via these cinematic trailers, it is a safe bet to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t take place in the mid-west, at least not all of it. In one of the previous trailers, an alligator can be seen ripping a man to pieces, and in this newest preview a building called the Saints Hotel can be seen. These two pieces of information hint at a Louisiana setting. An official announcement has yet to be made about the setting of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the original game, telling the story of the end of the old west as it is remember, displaying a shift to a more modern culture. The game will be in stores on October 28th.

The third official trailer from Rockstar can be viewed, along with the other trailers, on their official website.

Is Nintendo Expanding its Reach Deeper into the Mobile Phone Industry?

Nintendo has a new president, and this president wants to expand Nintendo’s mobile game presence.

In a recent interview with Nikkei, Shuntaro Furukawa, the new President of Nintendo, said he wants to grow Nintendo’s mobile section into a near one billion dollar industry. Shuntaro Furukawa and Nintendo want to mimic the success of Pokemon Go.

Furukawa believes that the best thing for Nintendo is to throw ideas out there and hope something becomes a financial success; the mobile gaming industry is a huge market that is mostly untapped by the big three in game: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Furukawa is not official the President of Nintendo yet. When current president, Tatsumi Kimishima retires in June, Furukawa will take over the position.

Furukawa, in addition to his goal of expanding Nintendo’s stake in the mobile platform, wants to expand Nintendo’s console’s reach to new territory. “For over 30 years,” Furukawa said. “We have been selling in […] the same regions.” Furukawa is speaking about the Japanese, American and European markets; Furukawa wants to expand the operations of Nintendo to places like South East Asia and the Middle East.

When Kimishima steps down as president he will take on a new role as an adviser. Kimishima will set up a panel of five individuals total to offer his opinion on final decisions. “Other people are gifted at evaluating products,” Kimishima said. Kimishima says that ultimately he has the final say in all decisions as an adviser.

Despite the young age of 46, which is incredibly young for a top businessman in Japan, Furukawa is all set to take over as President of Nintendo.

Nintendo’s most famous character, Mario, has already made his debut on mobile devices with the launch of Super Mario Run.

Announcements on which current and new IPs coming to mobile have not yet been made. Gamers and fans of Nintendo should expect more announcements once Furukawa is official made president in June.

‘Yakuza 6’ Is Filled with Amazing Action

There has been a serious lack of exciting action titles to come out recently. However, Sega has put an end to that. They have recently released the latest installment of one of their most popular series. “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” combines all of the elements that has made the series stand the test of time. Millions of people have followed the saga of a Japanese organized crime family as it struggles to avoid being destroyed by police and betrayal from within. The graphics are the most stunning of the series so far. That is truly saying something because some of the previous installments have been very beautiful to look at.

One of the best things about “Yakuza 6” is the fact that the story is not a continuation of the stories from any of the previous games. Therefore, a person who is not familiar with the rest of the series can play this game and enjoy it without having to be an expert on the rest of the series. There are plenty of shocking plot twists. The writers of this games have made the story just as satisfying and unpredictable as any of the earlier installments. Players will not be able to see what is coming next. This has always been one of the things that has made the “Yakuza” series so satisfying and addictive.

There is no question that Sega has another winner on their hands with this game. “Yakuza 6” will deliver all of the fun and excitement that fans of the series are looking for. This game is a return to form for Sega. The company has not released many outstanding titles over the past several years. Their games have all lacked the flair of the classic games that helped Sega to build its reputation over the years. “Yakuza 6” has officially set Sega down the right path once again. They need to keep making games at this level of quality.

‘Penny-Punching Princess’ Is Fun for Young Gamers

Games have changed a lot during the past 35 years. The graphics have become a lot more realistic. However, there are many people who still enjoy playing the old school games. It is because of this that some of the biggest video game developers have started to create games that resemble those of years gone by. “Penny-Punching Princess” developed by NIS America would definitely fall into that category. The graphics will make older gamers remember some of the arcade classics of the 1980s. The game is also a lot of fun. It is a fighting game designed for people who like their games very simple without a lot of complicated plots getting in the way. On that level, this game is a big success.

One of the best qualities of this game is that it never pretends to be something it’s not. It tells you right away that you will be doing a lot of fighting. It delivers on that promise in a very big way. However, there are a few fairly big flaws. For example, many of the villains that you are forced to fight will start to repeat on a fairly regular basis. The selection of villains should be greater than it is. It becomes a bit boring to fight the same characters over and over again.

On the plus side, there are no annoying puzzles to solve. One of the biggest problems of many modern fighting games is the integration of puzzles that slows down the overall pace of the game. You will only be fighting in this game. There is no solving of puzzles required. Another positive aspect of the game is the fact that the two lead characters are very different. Their styles of fighting are very unique. Therefore, choosing each character will enable to play the game in two ways that are not similar at all. This helps to increase the replay value of the game. Younger people will enjoy it.

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’ Delivers the Goods

You need look no further if you have been trying to find a solid fighting game with some impressive visuals. There are obviously a lot of fighting games on the market. Some of these are much better than others. The quality of fighting games can be a bit all over the place. Therefore, it is always worth rejoicing when a truly great fighting game comes along. Ninja Theory is the company that developed ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’ for the Xbox One, personal computer and PS4. This is a game that is going to have plenty of people talking for a very long time to come.

This game has everything that fighting game fanatics look for and so much more. Let’s start with the graphics. They are some of the best that have ever been seen in a game in this genre. The color pallet that is used is truly remarkable. You can see the enormous amount of time and skill that went into the design of this brilliant game. The sound is also something that should not be overlooked. The wide variety of sounds used in this game is very unusual. You will feel that you are actually walking through a forest as you hear your feet stepping on crackling dead leaves. These are some of the small details that make gamers smile.

The story of the game is also interesting and quite compelling. It deals with mental illness. However, the way that this issue is handled in the game might surprise people. It is done with respect and dignity. Players will quickly get immersed in the story. You will not be able to wait to find out how it ends. The payoff is very satisfying when you finally defeat this game. It is not a perfect game. The structure of some of the puzzles begins to repeat itself a bit. This is a very minor complaint. The rest of the game is thrilling and a joy to play.

‘Far Cry 5’ Lives up to High Expectations

Ubisoft has established itself as a publisher of very unique video games. The “Far Cry” series has been one of their most successful. There is a very good reason for this. The games that are in this series have a very high replay value. In other words, there are so many things to look at, explore and experience that playing these games just a single time is not nearly enough. “Far Cry 5” is the newest game in the series. It is just as good as the previous four. This is because the people who wrote and designed the game did not change their formula. They are simply giving people what they have come to expect. As long as they keep doing this, the series should be able to remain very popular.

“Far Cry 5” is a lot more difficult than the earlier games in the series. Some of the missions can only be completed if you are a very experienced gamer. Even if this is the case, it is still going to be a big challenge for you. To many people, this will be a huge positive. People these days do not want to spend their money on a game that will be too easy for them to beat. That will definitely not be a problem with this game. There are many things to like about this game. There is a special mode that allows you to hire people to help you out on your mission. The world that your character explores in this game is huge. Therefore, you will find an almost endless amount of options. There are so many different paths to take that it can get confusing at times.

It is very possible that there will be a sixth game in the series. This is because the end of the game is a cliffhanger that pretty much promises the story will be continued at some point. However, it will be a few years.

‘God of War’ Video Game Is Getting Great Reviews

There have not been a lot of great video games being released recently. There are many big titles that are in development. However, they will not be released until late in 2018 or early 2019. The first highly anticipated title to debut in 2018 is “God of War” from Santa Monica Studio. This game is everything that fans hoped it would be and so much more. The graphics are absolutely stunning. The game play and story are beyond what many video game experts thought possible. The bad news is that “God of War” is only available on the PS4. There are no plans to release the game on other platforms any time soon. Therefore, people who own a Nintendo Switch or an Xbox will be left in the cold for the time being.

The game continues the story from previous “God of War” games. However, the character of Kratos has developed quite a bit over the years. He has now truly become one of the great video game characters in history. Playing this game is like playing a movie. The way that the characters move is so lifelike that you will often forget you are playing a game. One of the best things about this game is the diversity of the various levels. They are all completely different and have their own unique aspects. There is so much to see and do on each level that it will take you many hours to explore everything. It is not a surprise that this game was in development for the better part of five years. You can see all of the time and effort that the people at Santa Monica Studio put into it. It is truly a masterpiece.

Not surprisingly, the end of the game leaves open the possibility for a sequel. People who like fighting games that are set in ancient time periods are sure to love everything “God of War” has to offer them.