Virtro Entertainment Releases “Run Dorothy Run” for Sony PlayStation VR | Games industry press releases

The Oz You Never Imagined, in Endless Runner Rhythm Game

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Vancouver, Canada. October 20, 2017. Virtro Entertainment – the female-led VR indie game studio out of Vancouver, Canada, today announced the release of  Run Dorothy Run – an immersive endless-runner and rhythm VR game, with a cheeky take on the classic novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The game is being released on Sony PlayStation VR in the Fall of 2017, with other platforms to follow shortly after.

Run, jive, and bop your way through the world of Oz to an electro-swing soundtrack while the story unfolds. Explore fantastical lands in your journey through the Emerald City, the Scorched Plains, the Wicked Witch’s castle, and more. Clash with enemies, collect magic crystals, and activate power-ups, all to an irresistible dance beat. Unravel the curious alliance Dorothy makes with the Wizard of Oz to settle a score with the maybe-not-so-Wicked Witch. But don’t take yourself too seriously—navigate the crazy plot twists with your tongue firmly in your cheek.

“Right from the early days of development, we brought in play-testers each week to give us insights we could use to evolve the game into the rich story and immersive experience we have today,” said Jordan Brighton, Virtro’s cofounder and CEO. “We’ve had hundreds of play-testers, ranging from total newbies to VR aficionados. They loved the actual VR experience, but just as importantly, they loved the zany story-telling. Let’s just say ‘Ozzy’ and ‘Effy’ – who we know from the book as the Wizard and the Wicked Witch – emerge as you never imagined.”

Run Dorothy Run is a physically engaging, hyper-energetic, action-packed adventure. It is Virtro’s first title, and is designed specifically for virtual reality.

To arrange an interview, obtain more information, or to get on the list for a pre-launch Sony key for Run Dorothy Run, please contact alison@virtro.ca

About Virtro Entertainment

An independent VR gaming studio based in Vancouver, Canada, Virtro was founded by the female Aussie duo Jordan and Lee Brighton. Virtro designs Everyone-Rated VR game titles that blend excellent storytelling, effects, art, music, and VR technology.  Virtro values a culture of inclusion and diversity –  in both the team and in the titles the team designs. www.virtro.ca .  Follow Virtro on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The best PlayStation exclusive games for the PS4

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The PlayStation 4 is our favorite console right now, and in the years since its 2013 launch, Sony’s eighth-generation gaming machine has built up an awesome library of both exclusive and multi-platform titles. Although it boasts great hardware (especially the newer “Pro” model), what sets the PS4 ahead of the competition is its superb lineup of unique games that can’t be played on other consoles.

Over the years, Sony has carved out a large niche in the game industry, and the PlayStation has consistently been the top platform for many Japanese developers whose works often aren’t released on systems like Microsoft’s Xbox. Even as far back as 1994 when Sony first entered the world of gaming consoles, titles like “Final Fantasy 7,” “Vagrant Story,” and “Shadow of the Colossus” have set the PlayStation apart as the top choice for millions of players to enjoy some of the richest and most innovative games ever made.

The PlayStation 4 has proven itself worthy of this pedigree, and even when you exclude multi-platform titles, paring the console’s library down to the top five games is no easy task. Nonetheless, we’ve managed to select what we think are the best PlayStation 4 exclusives available right now to help you get your game on.

We’ve also made sure that our picks cover a wide variety of different tastes, from RPG-lovers to action/adventure junkies to gamers who want a deep story that they can really sink their teeth into. No matter what sort of adventure you’re looking for, the PS4 has something for everybody.

Read on to see why “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” “Persona 5,” “Bloodborne,” “Nier: Automata,” and “The Last Guardian” are our favorite PlayStation 4 exclusive games.


The best action-adventure game

The best action-adventure game

Uncharted

Why you’ll love it: Not only does “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” offer fantastic action-adventure gameplay and a great story, the final part of Nathan Drake’s story also features some of the best graphics and design.

The Uncharted series started on the PlayStation 3, and the first three titles are among the best exclusives available for that system. The ongoing story follows Nathan Drake, a freelance explorer and adventurer, as he hunts for treasure and dukes it out with some unsavory characters along the way. It’s a classic action-adventure formula that, when paired with Naughty Dog’s excellent game design, has proven wildly successful.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is the final chapter of Drake’s story, as our favorite modern-day swashbuckler comes out of retirement for one last jaunt. The basic plot is admittedly typical (one is instantly reminded of the “retired thief reluctantly signs up for one final score” cliché seen in many films) but is nicely done with darker themes, an overall grittier atmosphere, and less flippant story-telling than seen in earlier games. Although we won’t spoil the ending here, fans of the series will find that A Thief’s End delivers a satisfying conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story arc.

The Uncharted titles are known for their run-and-gun action gameplay with platforming and puzzles sprinkled throughout, and those familiar with the series should already know what to expect with Uncharted 4. A Thief’s End doesn’t re-invent the wheel here, but it does borrow some stealth elements from other Naughty Dog works like “The Last of Us.” The numerous puzzles aren’t exactly difficult, and enemies can quickly overwhelm you during the stealth segments if you’re not careful, but these parts never get in the way of the action too much.

Uncharted 4 is also one of the most beautiful games ever and remains perhaps the nicest-looking title on the PlayStation 4, taking full advantage of the console’s next-gen hardware. The series has, since the first entry, taken players into many exotic environments, but “A Thief’s End” features perhaps the best set-pieces and level designs yet seen in an Uncharted title.

All of these design components — the suspenseful action sequences, awesome graphics, fresh gameplay elements, solid story, and beautiful game world — combine to deliver what is easily the best Uncharted game to date and a must-play for PS4 owners.

Pros: Excellent action gameplay, gorgeous graphics, great set-pieces, and a well-written plot that delivers a satisfying conclusion to Drake’s story

Cons: Stealth gameplay elements can be tricky at times, and the numerous puzzles are a bit too easy

Buy “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” on Amazon for $39.99 (digital) or $27.05 (physical)

The best role-playing game

The best role-playing game

Atlus

Why you’ll love it: The popular Persona series has established a well-deserved reputation for zaniness and great RPG gameplay, and “Persona 5” proudly carries on this wild legacy with plenty to offer for veterans and newcomers alike.

Japanese developers have a penchant for creative weirdness that shines through in many of their works. These import titles often feature a unique and addictive flavor that can’t be found in more formulaic Western releases. Japan is also known for its excellent role-playing games, and Atlus’ Persona franchise (a spin-off of the Megami Tensei series) is a stand-out example that combines great JRPG gameplay with a zany style that can only come from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Persona 5” is the latest entry and, along with proudly carrying on the over-the-top style of previous titles, is a superb RPG in its own right. The game puts the player in the shoes of a high school student living a dual life in modern-day Tokyo. During the day, you go to class, develop relationships with other students, work a part-time job, engage in various recreational activities that raise your character’s attributes, and craft items.

Once the sun goes down, however, you take on the role of a “phantom thief,” a vigilante who leads his party through dungeons to explore, loot, and duke it out with supernatural enemies. Your team consists of other misfits from school who you can befriend, recruit, train, and even romance during the day via the complex relationship system.

Your dual life is played out through the game’s day/night cycle, which keeps the pace flowing along nicely. The daytime gameplay involves social interactions with other students (fans of visual novel games will be in familiar territory here) along with standard RPG stuff like item crafting and skill management. Although this might not sound exciting on paper, the fun story, quirky and original characters, and great art design keep things interesting and ensure that the game never bogs the player down with too much dialogue or meandering cut-scenes.

But the night cycle is where the real fun begins. “Persona 5” carries on the fast-paced turn-based battle system of previous games, and thankfully brings back some long-absent elements like ranged weapons and negotiations. The combat is also highly streamlined, eliminating the need to scroll through menus and allowing you to quickly detect enemy weaknesses and deliver devastating — not to mention highly satisfying — combo attacks.

All in all, the great style, excellent combat system, and fun story make “Persona 5” arguably the best entry in the series and a game that critics, like Edwin Garcia of Nerdist, are hailing as one of the best JRPGs of all time.

Pros: Fun and fast-paced RPG gameplay, a great story with fun and quirky characters, and awesome style and art direction

Cons: The English-language localization leaves a bit to be desired

Buy “Persona 5” on Amazon for $59.99 (digital) or $55.98 (physical)

The best game for those who want a challenge

The best game for those who want a challenge

From Software

Why you’ll love it: True to its Dark Souls heritage, From Software’s “Bloodborne” is a dark and rage-inducing descent into horror that delivers more than enough challenge to satisfy even the most masochistic gamers.

From Software’s wildly successful “Dark Souls” became an overnight sensation and quickly earned a reputation for its punishing old-school difficulty not seen in many games since the NES days. The original spawned two sequels along with a whole new sub-genre of “Souls-like” games that attempted to follow its formula, and in 2015 From Software released it’s own Dark Souls-style spin-off, “Bloodborne.” The title was among the first wave of big exclusives for the PS4 and remains one of the best that the system has to offer.

The gameplay borrows heavily from From Software’s other games — Dark Souls veterans will have no trouble jumping right in — but the combat focuses a bit more on offense this time around. Whereas Dark Souls titles allowed for a wide variety of play styles and shields were an indispensable tool for keeping yourself alive, “Bloodborne” trades shields for firearms, which you wield along with a variety of close-range melee weapons.

“Bloodborne” also exchanges the standard medieval fantasy setting for a Victorian-style city crawling with Lovecraftian evils. This unique and horrifying world is what truly sets it apart from its predecessors. Every environment in the game is richly crafted with awe-inspiring visual detail that surpasses even the wonderfully-done Dark Souls titles, taking full advantage of the PlayStation 4’s power. As terrifying as “Bloodborne” can be, its incredible art direction is truly a feast for the eyes.

The many monsters you’ll encounter throughout the game are just as fascinating. As a hunter, you are tasked with taking out the freakish creatures that have been unleashed upon the city of Yharnam due to a mysterious plague. You will do battle with many lesser enemies, from werewolves to crazed townsfolk, but the real test of skill comes with the epic boss battles. You will die — a lot — but the challenge strikes a near-perfect balance between reward and punishment, never tipping too far into cheap “artificial difficulty” territory.

This difficulty is also what makes “Bloodborne” so supremely satisfying. Every vanquished boss battle makes you feel like you’ve just climbed another mountain higher than the last, and this addictive sensation will keep you from ever wanting to put your controller down. Even if the horror genre isn’t your bag, you owe it to yourself to play this game, and players who really want to sink their teeth into an old-school challenge will find much to love in “Bloodborne.”

Pros: Balanced and rewarding difficulty, a great Lovecraftian horror atmosphere, a terrifying yet beautiful game world, and extremely addictive gameplay with an excellent combat system

Cons: The difficulty may be a bit too punishing for some gamers

Buy “Bloodborne” on Amazon for $20.85

Buy “Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition” on Amazon for $49.99

The game with the best story

The game with the best story

Nier

Why you’ll love it: “Nier: Automata” has plenty of great action gameplay to keep players coming back, but where this game really shines is in its rich and unique storytelling.

“Nier,” released in 2010 for the PlayStation 3, was the third entry in the lesser-known Drakengard series of action-adventure RPGs. The game was met with only lukewarm reviews and mediocre sales, but it quickly developed a cult following owing to its excellent story and the unique manner in which it is told. Despite low sales, Square Enix was interested in doing a sequel due to immense fan interest, and development of “Nier: Automata” soon began.

The original “Nier” takes place on a post-apocalyptic planet earth where humanity is on the verge of extinction due to a mysterious plague known only as the “black scrawl.” “Nier: Automata” drops you back into this setting several thousand years after the events of the first game, into a haunting but beautifully-rendered open world where robots are running rampant over the ruins of a long-dead civilization. As a combat android named 2B, your job is to rid the place of hostile robots to make it habitable for humans again.

As the game progresses, the mysteries of the world begin to unravel and the genius of director Yoko Taro’s multi-layered narrative slowly shows itself. Taro employs what he describes as “backwards script-writing,” which he described in a panel at the 2014 Game Developers Conference. The basic story is set up in the first play-through and then more details about the characters and game world are fleshed out through successive play-throughs, revealing the true weight of the player’s actions.

This serves to create emotional connections surrounding the game’s events which are later re-examined in order to create a stronger impact. For example, the death of that bad guy you happily defeated the first time around might seem a bit more tragic once you learn more about him during your second play-through. This makes Taro’s stories play out like Greek tragedies, wherein he explores complex themes like human nature and the motivations behind hatred, violence, and war. It’s a unique and engaging storytelling style that makes for an emotional roller coaster, but it demands that you play through the game multiple times (although not from the very beginning) to get the most out of it and to experience all of the different endings.

One of the main criticisms with “Nier” was its lackluster combat, which, while far from terrible, was admittedly a bit clunky and repetitive at times. For Automata, Square Enix brought on PlatinumGames, the studio behind acclaimed works such as “Bayonetta” and “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” to develop a new combat system. As one would expect, it paid off: The action in “Nier: Automata” is fast, fluid, and extremely fun — equal parts hack-and-slash and bullet-hell shooter — putting it head and shoulders above that of its predecessor.

“Nier: Automata” is a great action-adventure title in its own right, even if you’re not the type of person who typically cares too much about a good story. The gameplay is addictive, the soundtrack is fantastic (composer Keiichi Okabe returns to deliver yet another great score), and the storytelling is some of the most unique and emotionally poignant you’ll find in a video game, making Automata a worthy sequel to the original cult classic and one of the best entries in the PlayStation 4 library.

Pros: A much-improved combat system over its predecessor, an emotionally immersive story, a beautifully-designed open world, and a fantastic soundtrack

Cons: Requires multiple play-throughs to experience the different endings and to get the most out of the story

Buy “Nier: Automata” on Amazon for $59.99 (digital) or $45.90 (physical)

The game with the best art direction

The game with the best art direction

Team Ico

Why you’ll love it: With its incredible atmosphere, beautiful art direction, and minimalist yet effective story-telling, “The Last Guardian” is sure to please players who are ready to explore another of Team Ico’s breathtaking game worlds.

“Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus,” developed by Team Ico for the PlayStation 2, set a high watermark for atmospheric game design with their gorgeous visuals, minimalist story, and stunning art direction. These titles quickly achieved cult status and are today regarded as two of the best PS2 games ever made, so it goes without saying that fans had high hopes for “The Last Guardian,” Team Ico director Fumito Ueda’s latest creation.

Although Team Ico went defunct in 2011 shortly after the game was announced, development continued under Ueda’s direction at SIE Japan Studio and “The Last Guardian” was finally released in 2016 to critical acclaim after spending several years in development hell. The wait was worth it. To put it simply, “The Last Guardian” is one of the most beautiful games ever made and a worthy successor to Team Ico’s earlier efforts.

In terms of atmosphere and gameplay, “The Last Guardian” is very similar to “Ico.” The player takes control of a young boy who finds himself stranded in a sprawling ruin referred to only as the “Nest.” You awake next to a giant griffon-like animal called a “Trico,” and after freeing him from his chains, the creature takes a shine to you and your adventure together begins. In order to find a way out of the Nest, you must learn to work together with the Trico, who can jump, climb, and otherwise help you deal with obstacles that the boy could not clear on his own.

Unlike in “Ico” where your AI companion was not particularly helpful, the Trico in “The Last Guardian” is a joy to work with and the partner AI works very well. The Trico learns and grows throughout the game, and there’s even a hidden trust meter that improves his responsiveness to your commands (so be sure to feed him whenever you find those glowing barrels of Trico food). The Trico himself is also extremely endearing: He exhibits puppy-like mannerisms, becomes visibly distressed when separated from the boy, and will fight like a lion in order to protect the child when enemies appear.

As with Ueda’s other works, there is very little dialogue or needless exposition, and the nuanced story suits the game perfectly. There are plenty of touching and even heart-wrenching moments throughout the game (all of them naturally involving your dog-like companion) and the ending is both bittersweet and emotionally gratifying. The stunning atmosphere, art direction, and graphic design also easily outclasses “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus.”

Unfortunately, however, frame rate drops are not uncommon during some of the action-heavy sequences. Nonetheless, “The Last Guardian” boasts some of the best level and world-building to be seen in a game, and — at roughly twice the length of “Ico” — delivers an extremely satisfying experience.

Pros: Beautiful graphics and art direction, great level design, surprisingly good partner AI, and a minimalist yet emotionally engaging story

Cons: Framerate drops are not uncommon, and the auto-grab mechanic is an annoyance

Buy “The Last Guardian” on Amazon for $39.45

PlayStation Plus November 2017 update – Here’s when free PS4 games will be announced | Gaming | Entertainment

PlayStation Plus subscribers are waiting for news about the PS Plus November 2017 free PS4 games lineup.

And because of the way the days fall, it looks like PS Plus members might be waiting a little longer than usual for the announcement.

The November 2017 batch of free PS Plus are almost certain to be announced on November 1, which means a November 7 release date seems most likely.

And while the free PlayStation Plus games lineup remains a mystery, fans on Reddit have already started to make predictions.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a popular choice, while Octodad: Dadliest Catch gets its usual monthly mention.

You can take a look at the PlayStation Plus November 2017 free games predictions (via Reddit) below…

In the meantime, PlayStation Plus subscibers can pick up October’s free games, which include Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the Amnesia Collection.

Here is the full PS Plus October 2017 lineup as revealed on the PlayStation Blog:

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
  • Amnesia: Collection (PS4)
  • RIGS: Mechanised Combat League (PS Plus Bonus – PSVR Required)
  • That’s You (PS Plus Bonus – PlayLink)
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds (PS3)
  • Hustle Kings (PS3)
  • Hue (PS Vita & PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary (PS Vita & PS4)

PS4 owners should also check out Sony’s .

The latest PlayStation 4 games sale features a whole host of ghostly games for Halloween.

The PlayStation 4 Halloween games sale runs until November 1, and includes discounts on titles like Resident Evil 7, Dark Souls 3,  and Mortal Kombat XL.

“We have a host of full game titles and select add-on content available on offer across PS4, PS3 and PS Vita,” reads a Sony blog post.

“Grab a bargain on the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles bundle, Outlast 2, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Mortal Kombat X, Fallout 4 and plenty more!”

Destiny 2 servers DOWN: Games offline for update patch and PS4 and Xbox One maintenance | Gaming | Entertainment

UPDATE ONE: Bungie have now started their Destiny 2 server maintenance in full, meaning that most players will have now been removed from the game on Xbox One and PS4.

The development team have confirmed that the Destiny 2 sever downtime is scheduled to end at 8pm, BST.

However, the period could be shorter or longer then that, depending on what happen during this time.

Fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can get back to the endgame activities running this week, including the new Nightfall Strike and Destiny 2 Prestige Raid.

ORIGINAL: Another period of Destiny 2 server maintenance is being held today by Bungie.

The new work is being carried out over several hours and will leave Guardians unable to connect on PS4 or Xbox One.

Bungie announced the new downtime this week, confirming that a new Destiny 2 update will be launched following maintenance.

The development team have confirmed that the game may be unavailable for up to four hours, although things can change quickly.

Destiny 2 servers could be back online early if everything goes well.

However, Bungie have confirmed the full planned schedule and when players can expect to be ejected from servers today.

Destiny 2 will be down from 4pm UK time on October 19, although players already logged in will be able to continue playing until 5pm.

All players will be kicked out of the game at 5pm, as maintenance begins in earnest.

Players will be unable to connect until 8pm, which is when server maintenance is scheduled to end. 

  • 4pm – Destiny server maintenance is scheduled to begin. Players will no longer be able to login to Destiny 2
  • 5pm – All online players will be removed from Destiny 2
  • 8pm – Destiny 2 server maintenance is scheduled to end

Following the end of maintenance,  Destiny 2 players will be prompted to download update 1.0.3.5.

There’s a chance that the new Destiny 2 update will be focused on ridding the game of its Prestige bugs, which delayed the most recent Raid launch, as well as effecting this week’s Nightfall Strike.

Bungie have also warned that some consoles may display a different name for the update than the one listed above.

According to Bungie, players can expect an in-game notification before maintenance begins.

Bungie explains: “Occasionally, Destiny may be brought offline for scheduled or emergency maintenance, or to update the game to address gameplay issues or add in-game features.”

For those who find themselves having difficulties before, during or after Destiny 2 maintenance, here’s a few things to watch out for.

Error Code Sheep: Players may encounter the SHEEP error code when they attempt to join a Fireteam in which any member has not updated to the latest version of Destiny. To resolve this issue, please have all players close Destiny and install the latest update.

Manually Checking for Updates: For consoles that are taking an abnormally long time to begin the update process, players can attempt to manually start the update process by using the consoles “Check for Update” option. 

Connectivity Issues: Players encountering connectivity issues after maintenance has concluded, or that are unable to log in to Destiny when there is no planned maintenance impacting Destiny services, may need to attempt basic connectivity troubleshooting such as clearing their console cache, power cycling their network hardware.

Destiny Companion: Sign-in functionality and other Destiny Companion services on the Mobile App, Bungie.net, and third-party sites may be restricted or unavailable during Destiny Server maintenance periods.

FINAL FANTASY CELEBRATES 30 ANNIVERSARY WITH LONDON POP-UP EXPERIENCE | Games industry press releases

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LONDON (18th October 2017) – Square Enix Ltd., today announced that a limited-time Pop-up Experience will be opening in London in November, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the renowned RPG series FINAL FANTASY®.

The Pop-Up Experience, located at 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, will be open for three days only from Friday 3rd November through to Sunday 5th November, 10:00AM – 17:00PM daily (10:00AM -16:00PM on Sunday). FINAL FANTASY fans will have the opportunity to play legendary games from the series, purchase special, limited edition merchandise and items from the Square Enix Store, and enjoy a selection of artwork covering 30 years of FINAL FANTASY history.

Visitors will also have the chance to obtain one of three mug designs exclusive to the Pop-up Experience, which are available with purchases of themed drinks at the store. The exclusive Moogle™, Chocobo™ and Cactuar designs will be available in limited quantities throughout the three-day event only!

Across the three days, guests can also take part in epic 3v3 battles with a cast of legendary warriors by sampling DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT. This is the perfect opportunity to get an early look at 2018’s most thrilling team-based brawler ahead of the release next January.

Additionally, on the Friday and Sunday evening, the Pop-up will play host to two exclusive FINAL FANTASY events with special guests. These intimate evening events will be for a limited number of ticketed guests only and are as follows:

Friday 3rd November:               

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT – An Epic Battle with Ichiro Hazama (Producer – DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT)

Sunday 5th November:             

FINAL FANTASY XIV – An Exclusive Evening with Naoki Yoshida (Producer & Director – FINAL FANTASY XIV)

To apply for a ticket to an evening event, please follow the respective social accounts and look out for further details.

For DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/finalfantasy

Official Twitter: @FINALFANTASY

For FINAL FANTASY XIV Online

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV/

Official Twitter: @FF_XIV_EN

About FINAL FANTASY

Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have sold over 135 million units worldwide.

About Square Enix Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics®, and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 135 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 71 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 60 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

CHOCOBO, DISSIDIA, FINAL FANTASY, MOOGLE, DRAGON QUEST, EIDOS, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, STORMBLOOD, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix group of companies. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

 


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Heroes Of The Storm – Formal Junkrat Highlight



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Black Friday Xbox One Deals – Best Prices on Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One Games

The Xbox One S will likely be one of the most discounted consoles during Black Friday week, so be prepared for some amazing Xbox One S bundles. While only releasing on November 7, you might see the odd Xbox One X bundle too, plus there will be loads of discounted Xbox One games to consider buying. Here are the best Xbox One Black Friday deals.

For a complete round-up of the best Black Friday deals, head over to our Black Friday Deals hub page. Over there you’ll find the best deals for games consoles, PCs, Laptops, and more.

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If you’ve been waiting to buy an Xbox One then Black Friday 2017 might be the time you’ve been waiting for. Expect plenty of excellently priced Xbox One bundles over Black Friday week. We’ll be updating this page with all the best deals we find.

Xbox One S Black Friday Deals

The Xbox One S could well offer the most value during Black Friday. Expect some highly competitive bundles complete with numerous games to try and tempt you away from the PS4. Here are the best Xbox One S deals.

Xbox One X Black Friday Deals

Don’t expect too many Xbox One X deals over Black Friday week, but you might be able to get the odd bundle that knocks some money off the RRP. Here are the best Xbox One X deals.

Xbox One Game Black Friday Deals

Expect lots of Xbox One games to go on sale over Black Friday week, so start saving for the inevitable emptying of your bank account. Here are the best Xbox One game deals.

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The 8 Ball: Prime 8 Games of 1999 – Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Super Smash Bros, Much more

Welcome all to a further version of The 8 Ball. This 7 days, I’m speaking about the yr 1999. The PS1 had been out for 4 a long time at this position, and the N64 had been out for 3. The Sega Dreamcast released this yr to good reception but it wasn’t intended to be. As in advance of, I tried out to decide video games that came out in The usa in 1999, I’m not interested in Japanese or European release dates. Delight in:

#8: Super Smash Bros

The thought of a mascot fighter is still a novel one particular, but Nintendo has the only roster of characters deep enough to pull it off. With a roster of only 12 characters, that may seem compact, but it was still stuffed with some of the largest characters in all of gaming. The command was really very simple, one particular button for seize, one particular for your protect, one particular for regular assaults and one particular for particular assaults. Modifiers to moves ended up based mostly on which way you ended up holding the stick. You really don’t have to understand sophisticated combos and since of that, it manufactured the activity seriously approachable. Likely again to it now, the activity runs seriously slowly and gradually, but I pretty much type of dig the calm rate of it all.

#7: Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Majora’s Mask is probably one particular of the divisive video games in all the Zelda franchise. I get it, the construction is seriously unusual, a ton of property are re-utilized from Ocarina, and the opening few hours are type of a slog. However, it is probably the most formidable Zelda activity, outside the house of Breath of the Wild. It seriously is not the total “run into a dungeon, get the product, eliminate the boss” method that pretty much all other Zelda video games adhere to. There are only 4 dungeons in the activity absolutely sure, but there are generally a lot more intricate than Ocarina’s ended up. The real crux of Majora’s Mask is that you seriously have to be invested in the townspeople and their lives. Each and every is on their own timetable that can be helped alongside with Link’s aid. If you just want a straight Zelda expertise, then Majora’s Mask is not seriously for you, but if you want some thing that is experimental and tried out to crack the method, than Majora’s Mask has got your again.

#6: Unreal Match

Unreal Match is probably the first Computer FPS activity I seriously got into. Part of that was since it was on my school’s LAN so computer courses ended up turned into 15+ people participating in it at once. The other portion nevertheless, was the activity was just incredibly nicely well balanced, with good maps, a excellent server browser and still some of the greatest weapons in a multiplayer shooter. Maps like DM-Morpheus and CTF-Deal with are still burned into my memory from my hours of participating in the activity. There was constantly a discussion about which was superior Quake 3 Arena or UT, and I was a UT person.

#5: Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater

Imagine me, afterwards variations of Tony Hawk will make this list, but the first activity shouldn’t be ignored. It had a great deal of excellent ranges, coupled with a solid soundtrack and good gameplay. “Yeah”, afterwards Tony Hawk video games surely refined the method, but even the first activity hand it down really nicely, letting you grind all around rails, perform massive tricks in 50 % pipes, or getting a bunch of concealed gaps for you to uncover in the many ranges. The first activity does get some details off for not getting Bam Margera in it, but hey, no activity is perfect…except those people with Bam Margera in them.

#4: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

From a specialized viewpoint, Soul Reaver is some dim magic that was made on the authentic PlayStation. As soon as you booted the activity up and essentially got into it, there was no load instances at all as you performed. This went a seriously lengthy way into generating Nosgoth feel like an inter-related entire world. The tunes, voice get the job done and graphics ended up really excellent, with a unforgettable opening topic from Details Culture placing a rightfully gothic mood. The gameplay held up its conclude also with some good combat, puzzle resolving and exploration for you to guidebook Raziel on his quest. The afterwards Soul Reaver video games ended up “ok”, but none of them felt as particular as the first one particular did.

#3: Planescape: Torment

I have truthfully hardly ever been into D&D and by affiliation D&D video games. It took me a lengthy though to even heat up to Planescape as nicely, I set up/uninstalled it at minimum 3 or 4 instances in advance of it seriously clicked with me. There is a really lengthy intro to the activity and essentially having to the meat of it can take time but you will be in the end rewarded for your tolerance. Planescape is not about conserving the entire world or slaying the evil baddie, its central purpose is for your character (The Nameless Just one) to determine out how to die. He’s an immortal, and at the start of the activity, he wakes up on a mortuary slab with no recollections with a floating cranium full of insults as your first social gathering member. The activity is full of unforgettable characters, owing to the stellar composing, and the D&D-infused gameplay generally upholds its conclude of the deal as nicely.

#2: Soulcalibur

Soulcalibur technically came out in 1998 in arcades, but I’m speaking right here about the Dreamcast activity that was by Considerably the greatest Dreamcast start activity when the procedure came out. A buddy and I foolishly bought Hydro Thunder and many copies of Sonic Experience (the copies wouldn’t even boot suitable) when we got our Dreamcast’s on start working day. We ended up idiots. The first Soulcalibur is not only still a excellent combating activity, it is still the greatest activity in the “Calibur” franchise, not counting Soul Edge. Every single character is unique, with various moves, strengths/weaknesses and weapons. Ivy has the common sword-whip but her moves have to have precision & organizing, though Tali can leap all around the stage to confuse players, or somebody like Nightmare can just take away a chunk of wellness with one particular hit from his substantial sword. The Dreamcast variation was considerably superior than its arcade origins with vastly upgraded visuals, as nicely as a lot more modes to make it not just a carbon-duplicate of an arcade activity but some thing a lot more worthy of a $50 value tag.

#1: Suikoden 2

It could not be a wildly held viewpoint but I firmly imagine that Suikoden 2 is the greatest RPG on the PlayStation. It could not be the most graphically spectacular activity in the entire world, but that’s not seriously the position of the activity. The position is to have a cast of appealing and numerous characters up from a despicably evil character. The crux of the conflict nevertheless is not your character vs. Luca Blight, but your character vs. his childhood buddy Jowy and how the activity manages to craft a tale from two greatest good friends into two enemies foremost armies from one particular a further. If you insert in dozens of mini-video games from a cooking opposition, to gambling, to investigating the many characters, and you can see why the activity is so beloved by specified enthusiasts. Here’s a brief bit of trivia, I own a Japanese duplicate of MGS 1 and it included a demo disk of Suikoden 2. That must explain to you how significantly stock Konami place into the activity.


For opinions, list which 1999 video games you favored and why.

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Prime 8 Games of 2000

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New Nintendo Switch games are in development which will benefit from cross-play with other gaming devices.

While some hardware creators like Sony have ruled out PS4 gamers playing with Switch and Xbox owners, the same rule doesn’t apply for everyone else.

We already know that Rocket League will benefit from the feature and there’s some big reasons behind why it’s such a help to the Switch.

While other consoles have been out for quite sometime, the Switch still has quite a small install base.

With the launch of cross-play, it gives Nintendo access to another big group of players, meaning that certain titles will not stagnate from low sales.

And now a new Nintendo Switch game has been confirmed to include this feature.

It’s now been confirmed by developers Black Riddles that its upcoming third-person shooter, Crazy Justice, will allow cross-play between Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

“As you know we have announced Cross-Play (Nintendo Switch | PC | Xbox One) for Crazy Justice which announcement was amplified by Phil Spencer the “Head of Xbox”,” the official Fig page for the game explains.

“This game will get this feature among the first ones.

“With this amazing feature you can play the game on the bus or around the house, while your friends are playing it on Xbox or PC at home.”

As mentioned above, Crazy Justice is currently looking for funding on Fig, with around $1,200 left to reach of the overall $30,000 goal.

Here’s the official game description from Black Riddles: “Crazy Justice is a third-person shooter game in cel-shaded style with steampunk elements, created by Black Riddles Studio Ltd. and Black Riddles Studio Publishing, Inc.

“Play as a hero and save the world from the forces of evil! Complete dozens of missions, find new heroes, gather new special weapons and eliminate the steampunk hordes. 

“Immerse yourself in a beautifully detailed, cel-shaded steampunk world, spanning locations across the globe, from the alleys of New York to Egypt or even the North Pole.”

One of the first cross-play games to be announced between Xbox and Switch was revealed during E3 2017.

Minecraft now offers unified gameplay, with current supported devices including: 

  • Windows 10
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo’s Switch

The Better Together Update introduced cross-platform play, breaking down the barriers and letting people play the same complete Minecraft with each other across devices.

Sony seem pretty stubborn on the subject of cross-play right now, with the PS4 apparently being left separate from the others, for now.

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PS4 owners will be disappointed to hear that Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will spell the end for the game on PlayStation.

One of Sony’s biggest exclusives will receive a DLC expansion in November.

Unfortunately, however, The Frozen Wilds won’t be followed by any additional DLC packs.

That’s according to the Guerrilla Games Twitter account, which had the following to say about future DLC: “The Frozen Wilds will be the only expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn.”

Hopefully Guerrilla can start working on a follow up to the action adventure game, which is one of the PlayStation’s best looking titles.

The Frozen Wilds has a November 7 release date and is priced at £15.99. PS Plus subscribers can pre-order the game for £14.39.

You can check out a selection of Frozen Wilds screenshots below…

The Frozen Wilds contains a new story and a new area to explore.

“Beyond the northern mountains, the borderlands of the Banuk tribe challenge all who dare enter to survive the extremes,” reads the official description.

“But now this frozen wilderness harbours a new threat, and for Aloy, a new mystery – one she’s determined to solve.

“The Frozen Wilds contains additional content for Horizon Zero Dawn, including new storylines, characters and experiences in a beautiful but unforgiving new area.”

It was recently suggested that Horizon Zero Dawn’s success may have inspired Microsoft to follow suit with an Xbox One X rival.

That’s according to a new Microsoft job ad for a lead environment artist for a new triple-A blockbuster.

The job listing was posted on the LinkedIn profile of Microsoft’s Sandor Roberts.

“Looking for Lead Environment Artist for Microsoft AAA Nextgen Title,” the post reads. “Style: similar to Horizon Zero Dawn.”

Stay tuned for more information.