By: Ryan Jenkins & Imran Chaudhry
Today we discuss the top stories of the week in the gaming world, from next month’s free subscription games to peculiar leaks.
1. August PS Plus Games
Have you finished July’s PS Plus game Until Dawn? How many times did you die and scream? Fear not, August’s PS Plus line up is less scary and more stealth and shooter fun.
This month’s line-up includes the fast paced explosive action of Just Cause 3, an extremely popular base-jumping shooter. If you want bonkers, over-the-top open world adventure, then why not download this third person shooter free with your PS Plus membership next month.
The second big title is one of the lesser known standalone expansions to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry follows Adelwale, a character most AC fans will be well aware of, as he goes head to head with slavers and slits some Templar’s throats.
For the full August PS Plus line-up, look no further:
Just Cause 3 (PS4)
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (PS4)
That’s You – PS4 (bonus title)
Super Motherload (PS3)
Snake Ball (PS3)
Downwell (PS Vita)
Level 22 (PS Vita)
2. August Xbox Live Games With Gold
Next month’s Games with Gold excels in the old school classics but falls a bit flat in the newer titles. For the Xbox One we have:
Slime Rancher (August 1-31)
Trials Fusion (August 16 – September 15)
Whilst these games look fun and surely are a treat to be able to download free of charge, the lack of AAA titles is worrying considering the incredible past few months both Microsoft and Sony have provided us in the free downloads in their subscription service.
However, the Xbox 360 Games with Gold has some real classics and absolute favourites for the console:
Bayonetta (August 1 -15)
Red Faction: Armageddon (August 16 -31)
Supergiant’s latest game Pyre is out, and it’s more bizarre than could have been anticipated. Supergiant have built a shining reputation of providing consistency and innovation when it comes to their previous two games, Bastion and Transistor. Naturally, with the announcement of Pyre “a party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory.” Fans and critics alike were very eager to see what the developers delivered next.
Amazingly, whilst Pyre has a strange mixture of story and some fantasy football styled strategy basketball game, it actually works extremely well, getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike (IGN gave this gaming a whopping 9.7/10). Watch the versus mode trailer below and decide for yourself what type of game this is:
The long awaited game Fortnite is finally here; an all grown up Minecraft-like game, which sees you build forts and protect them against waves of zombie-like monsters in bad purple weather. However, it has launched shrouded in a lot of bizarre and confusing controversy, from loot crate confusion to obscene pricing,
To begin with, this game is in early access, which unless you do your homework, isn’t easy to find out. On the homepage of the developer’s site, Epic Games, you are prompted to buy the game now, with digital editions of the game going from £34.99 to a whopping £119.99. This itself already rings a few alarm bells, considering this game will be free to play next year; these very expensive editions hint that on the launch of the free to play version of the game, it will be more pay to play than free.
Additionally to this, Eurogamer describes in length the faults of the early access game, however the author does state “I’m conscious as I write all this that I am very much not Fortnite’s target player.”
Even with all this doubt, many gamers are thoroughly enjoying the game, even those who admit it’s faults. We’re excited to see where this game goes in the future and look forward to the free to play release in 2018.
5. Is Rockstar Working on Motion Capture for GTA 6?
According to a leaked actor’s resume, spoted on NeoGAF, Rockstar Games are apparently recording motion capture for Grand Theft Auto 6. The validity of this information has yet to be verified, with the actor (Tim Neff) denying any relation to the project, stating “That isn’t my page, account or résumé. I don’t even know that website. I worked on GTA 5 a long time ago and haven’t done anything since. Sorry for the confusion. It seems I’m being trolled online really badly”.
This rumour revolves around the fact that the resume in question lists motion capture roles for both Grand Theft Auto 6 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Bearing in mind that Tim Neff worked on GTA 5 and was spotted checking into the Rockstar San Diego offices both in October 2016 and February 2017, this isn’t too far of a stretch to imagine work on GTA 6 has already commenced.
In all likelihood, Rockstar probably won’t make an official announcement until they’re within a year of their initial release date. As Red Dead Redemption 2 is the main focal point this year (with a set release for spring 2018), we shouldn’t get our hopes up anytime soon.
6. Sims 4 Will Be Joining the Console Family
The Sims 4 will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year, with EA disclosing the full details directly for console owners. Executive Producer at Maxis Lyndsay Pearson elaborated on this announcement, stating:
“The addition of a console-version of The Sims 4 has been long-awaited by fans and newcomers alike, and we at Maxis are beyond excited to bring The Sims to new platforms”
EA have stated that we can expect the same functionality as the PC version, with new content being released post launch.
“From creating unique Sims and building amazing homes to developing Sim’s relationships and pursuing careers, The Sims 4 delivers the same emotional connection our PC players cherish to a new wave of console players,”
A pre-order intensive is given to players in the form of furniture items and accessories pack, whereas the deluxe edition gives owners access to the game three days earlier, on the 14th November. Lastly, EA Access members will get to play the game a full 5 days before its worldwide release, starting on the 9th November, via the Play First Trial.
The Sims 4 (Console Edition) will be accessible worldwide on November 17th 2017.
7. New Marvel Mobile Game in the Works
Details are scare so far in regards to this upcoming titles (or should I say working title), though it has definitively been confirmed that we can expect the next Marvel mobile game to be an action based RPG with full PvP multiplayer functionality. Senior Vice President of Games Jay Ong stated that we can expect “An exciting storyline, epic moments with Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains, and incredible visuals that truly bring our characters to life” and that “It’s shaping up to be one of our biggest and boldest projects in our mobile portfolio, and we know it will exceed our fans’ expectations”. They are some bold statements; whether they delivery on that promise has yet to be seen, though bear in mind that Marvel is working on an extensive collection of current and upcoming titles, including:
Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Insomniac’s Spider-Man game
Square Enix’s Avengers Project
Marvel Powers United (VR)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
8. Pokémon vs. The Switch
Sadly, it looks like we won’t be seeing a mainline Pokémon game reach the Switch until 2019+. In relation to the time frame for this long awaited game, a Nintendo financial report confirms what many of us already suspected, that we could be waiting a while to play a Pokémon RPG on the Switch. Outlined on page 4, Nintendo lists all of the currently confirmed games on the way for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, including many titles that have yet to be released. Stipulated in the document, you’ll see “Pokémon RPG for Nintendo Switch” listed with a release bracket of “2018 or later”. What we do know is that Nintendo aren’t rushing things; hopefully the completed game will be well worth the wait.
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