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8-BITS OF NEWS: CRASH BANDICOOT, FREE MONTHLY GAMES AND QUESTIONABLE TITLES

By: Ryan Jenkins & Imran Chaudhry
In this week’s 8-bits of new, we discuss this weeks game releases, July’s subscription benefits for Xbox and PS4 and some questionable titles…

1. Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy

It’s been a while since they announced the re-launch of the three classic Crash Bandicoot games with remastered graphics at the 2016 PlayStation Experience, but it’s finally here.

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The Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy launched today and is a goldmine of cleverly crafted nostalgia remastered to today’s graphical standards. If you want to re-live the chase of the cheeky Tasmanian devil, you can do so on the PS4.

2. Raphael Colantonio Leaving Arkane

After co-founding Arkane Studios 18 years ago, Raphael Colantonio has announced he will be leaving the studio “to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is important to me and my future” and “spend time on more personal projects – play music, spend time with my son, anything that isn’t work related and not pressure related”
In an interview with GameIndustry.biz he talks about the extreme pressues of working at a AAA game studio. He goes on to discuss the highs and lows of Arkane Studios, the raging success of the Dishonored franchise, nearly going out of business a few times and even how the industry can call to question where the creative control of your own projects lie.
In any case, we wish Raphael the best in his future endeavours and a well deserved break from the industry. We hope he brings more ideas and creative genius to the games industry and other industries in years to come.

3. Destiny 2 Beta Details

Earlier this month, we noted in one of our articles that to gain access to the early beta of Destiny 2, you’ll need to pre-order the game. Luckily it that this is no longer the case;  as disclosed by Bungie, you’ll now have another way to try out the game’s content a little earlier. The beta pre-order release for PS4 and Xbox One has been set for 18th and 19th July respectively, though it appears that the open testing period officially starts just a few days after on the 21st July, which is available on both consoles.
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Bear in mind that the beta is then due to expire on the 23rd July, so make sure you take advantage of of this small window while you can. The PC beta however is due to commence sometime in late August.
Bungie have disclosed details about a maintenance patch ahead of the release, which includes the servers being taken down for a nine hour period as they commit to some significant changes.
We’ll keep you posted as the story develops, though in the meantime it looks like you’ll only have the wait a few weeks to play the game.

4. New Final Fantasy Mobile Game Has Been Released

Square Enix has long since embraced the mobile platform, with numerous releases on the app stores over the years, especially in relation to the Final Fantasy series. However, on the 28th June, Square Enix had announced a new partnership with Machine Zone, the developers behind the Game of War mobile series.
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We can now confirm that this partnership relates to a FF mobile game titled Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.
This will strongly emulate the MMO freemium apps that have dominated the mobile game market. Those familiar with the genre will already know that to effectively advance to higher levels, they would need to contribute some real hard earned money.
The success of the new title has yet to be revealed, though we’ll likely know more in the coming month, though so far, the response has been either mixed or negative; take a look at Polygon’s review.

5. Free Game This Month With PS Plus and XB Gold

Great news for Xbox gamers, as Microsoft have announced the lineup of this months free Xbox Live titles. This lineup includes Ubisoft platformer game ‘Grow up’ and ‘Runbow’ by 13AM Games for the Xbox One. For the Xbox 360 however, gamers will now be able to enjoy ‘Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Kane and Lynch 2’.

 

On the other hand, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get exclusive access to the pick your own adventure game ‘Until Dawn’ (personal favourite) and all six episodes of the Telltale’s Game of Thrones  game for the PlayStation 4; for the PS3 its plus action packed survival game ‘Toyko Jungle’ and ‘Darkstalkers Resurrection’.

 

 

6. Xbox Game Pass

The new game subscription service provided by Microsoft (basically an amalgamation of EA Access and Netflix) is now offering several new additional titles to its library. As stated in of our previous posts, the affordable service will offer 100+ game titles for £7.99 a month. the lineup feature current gen games and many backwards compatible titles.
The new additions will be added to the game library on the 1st July; these include:
  • Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Bard’s Gold
  • Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  • Resident Evil 6
  • The Flame In The Flood
  • F1 2015
Obviously, the contents of the library will dictate your interest in the service, though there’s no deniying that if you’re a hardcore gamer, you will more than get your money’s worth.

7. Sony Pulls ‘The Worlds Fastest Platinum Trophy Game’

An indie game literally titled ★★★★★ 1000 Top Rated has been pulled form the PSN store after claiming to be the fastest platinum trophy game, where you can gain a platinum trophy in 20 minutes to an hour. The game consists of using sliders to reassemble 4k resolution images, much like a free-to-play iPhone game would be, rewarding the player highly in trophies for each puzzle and the durations they took to complete it. Watch the trailer below, which literally boasts how easy it is to get a platinum trophy in this game:

8. Xbox Ultimate Game Sale

Microsoft have started their Ultimate Game Sale running through to July 10th with massive savings on games and gaming PCs.
You can get 20-50% off on some of the biggest games, inlcuding the newest releases such as Injustice 2, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Mass Effect Andromeda and Prey.
Good news for Xbox Live Gold members, you get an extra discount on games in the sale, so start putting that membership to good use.
So that wraps up this weeks’ 8-bits. What’s your favourite story this week; share your thoughts @JenChauMedia.
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