First Ad For “Call of Duty: World War 2” Focuses On Multiplayer Mode

Sony just released the first official ad for the latest Call of Duty game at the E3 2017 Convention. This game, entitled Call of Duty: World War 2, will focus on the European theatre between 1944 and 1945.

 

A few of the famous battle areas gamers can expect to play in include Normandy, the Ardennes Forest, Crimea, Aachen, and even on the English Channel. The ad shows intense battlefield and aerial combat.

 

The main storyline of this game will follow an American rookie soldier named Ronald “Red” Daniels. Daniels serves is the United States Army, 1st infantry Division, which is still an active military division.

 

Gamers will get to experience a few other perspectives in this highly anticipated game. A few of the secondary characters in this Call of Duty title include an African-American soldier, female resistance fighters, a British officer, and a child.

 

The trailer didn’t show much of the first person narrative in Call of Duty: World War 2. Instead, developers decided to highlight the game’s popular multiplayer mode.

 

Call of Duty: World War 2 will be the second title in the franchise’s history that focuses exclusively on the Second World War. The first major title focusing on World War 2 was Call of Duty: World at War in 2009.

 

Video gamers seem most impressed by Call of Duty: World War 2’s new multiplayer features. For example, players will have to choose between five different divisions in the game’s new Divisions multiplayer feature. Each division has certain strengths and weaknesses, which makes it extremely important to choose the right division for different circumstances.

 

People who pre-order this game will get a private beta version of Call of Duty: World War 2. Sony didn’t say exactly when this beta version will be released, but promised to have it finished before 2018.

 

Unfortunately, Sony executives didn’t say much more about this game in their conference. Sony does expect to release Call of Duty: World War 2 on November 3rd for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Sledgehammer Games is developing this title.

 

A First Look at the Egypt-Inspired Assassin’s Creed Origins

While the “Assassin’s Creed” series of stealth action games has been around for a decade, “Assassin’s Creed Origins” is the nineteenth game in the franchise but only the tenth installment of the main series. Where the first game’s premise involved the exploration of the main character’s ancestral memory and has the player navigating various locations during the Third Crusade of the 1100s; this newest installment uses the memory diving technology within the game’s universe to explore Ptolemaic Egypt in order to tell the origin story of the game’s central conflict: that of the authoritarian “Templars” and the libertine “Assassins.”

 

The “ancestral hero” for this particular outing is Bayek, a “Medjay.” While the term Medjay can refer to a Nubian individual hailing from northern Sudan, it also refers to individuals who served the Pharaoh as advance scouts or military. Players send Bayek on a variety of missions, usually with allowance for multiple valid solutions due to the open-world nature of its gameplay. Bayek can call upon Senu, his pet falcon, to run aerial reconnaissance on mission areas; rush down enemies on horseback; snipe at foes with arrows fired from his compound bow or just slice up foes with a khopesh. The game will include combat engagements on horseback, upon the waters north of Egypt and within the unforgiving desert wastelands of the Sahara. One distinction Assassin’s Creed Origins has over its predecessors, likely as a nod to the earlier state of civilization within the world, is the relatively rare presence of tall buildings that the series has developed a reputation for taking huge leaps of faith from.

 

Assassin’s Creed Origins will launch in late October for the PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Once the console hits the market in early November, Assassin’s Creed Origins will also be released for Microsoft’s new “Xbox One X” console, which bolsters a consistent frame rate of 60 frames per second and graphical fidelity that reaches 4K resolution.

 

What’s New at E3 and Twitch

It’s that time of year for E3, the most important gaming convention in circulation today. Sony has began selling gold Playstation 4 consoles — no, not real gold, silly — for only $249 at E3. This models are identical to existing ones and are only available at E3.

 

Bethesda Softworks recently made public that Skyrim will soon be available on the Nintendo Switch. Bethesda also stated that Fallout 4 and DOOM will be available on existing consoles in virtual reality form. Dishonored will also be getting new downloadable content, recently announced on Monday, June 12, at E3.

 

Fortunately for Xbox fans, Microsoft has announced as of June 11 that their new Xbox One X will have backwards compatibility all the way back to original Xbox games. Backwards compatibility is the ability to play games on current, advanced consoles that were designed for previous, outdated consoles.

 

Ubisoft made it known that they will soon release several games, including The Crew 2, Assissin’s Creed Origins, and Skull and Bones. The Crew 2 includes fast-paced Formula 1 racing, speed boats, and other fast, thrilling vehicles. Assassin’s Creed Origins is the newest installment in the Assassins Creed series, with roots reaching back to Assassin’s Brotherhood: Age of Ancient Egypt. Skull and Bones is a pirate ship battle simulation game that allows up to five players on each side. Maps will be totally explorable and have customizable ships.

 

Twitch has made it possible for their partners to sell games directly to consumers. Only large-scale, official partners with thousands of viewers are able to distribute their games directly. Streamers will be able to showcase their upcoming games directly to gamers, then sell games on conveniently on their respective sites. Twitch affiliates are also authorized to now advertise games sold by Partners, in which they keep a 5 percent commission.

 

Far Cry 5 Has A Provocative New Trailer

The new trailer for Far Cry 5 is now astonishing and amazing video game fans worldwide. This new entry in the beloved video game series is definitely going to make waves. While previous entries in this series tended to feature exotic or tropical locales, Far Cry 5 is set in North America. In fact, this video game is set in rural Montana, a place fraught with myth and history. According to earlier reports, this game features a hero who squares off against a fanatical religious group that is engaged in nefarious activities. The plot details of this game have some interesting political dimensions. You see, the sinister cult featured in Far Cry 5 bears some resemblances to certain real fundamentalist, anti-government groups within the United States.

 

I am curious to see how the gaming public will respond to the innovations and provocations that Far Cry 5 may present. Of course, we won’t know how the public’s response will take shape until after the game is released on February 27, 2018. Whether or not this game precipitates great controversy, it will likely affect the world of video gaming in a significant way. After all, the Far Cry series has already become a cultural touchstone for millions of gamers. With its emphasis on deep, immersive storytelling, the Far Cry series has taken the first-person shooter (FPS) genre to new heights of sophistication.

 

Hopefully, the managers of the Far Cry series have learned valuable lessons from the relative failure of Far Cry Primal. Although that prehistoric-themed game had its supporters, many felt that the game’s lack of weapons and features produced a fairly monotonous gaming experience. This is a common pitfall for open-world games. Game designers must work mightily in order to produce an open-world experience that doesn’t feel aimless or meandering. I have confidence that Far Cry 5 will meet the expectations of gamers in most ways. Even if it doesn’t ultimately live up to the promise of the first two Far Cry games, there is every indication that Far Cry 5 will make a worthy addition to the series. Journalists have covered the newly released game trailer with palpable excitement. If Far Cry 5 lives up to its dynamic trailer, this might turn into one of the best games of 2018.

 

 

Microsoft Game Pass Launching June 1, Trial Available Now for Xbox Live Subscribers

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a release date for Xbox Game Pass, a subscription program that enables players to pay a monthly fee in exchange for access to over 100 games. The service will roll out to all Xbox players on June 1 and cost $9.99 per month.

 

Those who already subscribe to Xbox Live were given an added bonus: early access to the service along with a 14-day free trial.

 

Xbox Game Pass boasts a healthy lineup of popular Xbox One games, including Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, NBA 2K16, and Sunset Overdrive. To get up to and past the 100 game mark, Microsoft has also dug into its library of backward-compatible Xbox 360 games for the service. Popular Xbox 360 releases included in Xbox Game pass include all three titles in the BioShock trilogy, all Xbox 360 Gears of War titles, Fable III, and XCOM: Enemy Within.

 

Microsoft has long been looking for ways to differentiate itself from Sony’s PlayStation 4 offerings, and Xbox Game Pass appears to be another attempt. The service is aimed at expanding the Xbox One’s customer base by lowering the cost of entry for a new console buyer. Instead of having to buy hardware and then plunk down additional cash to purchase games, a player can subscribe to Xbox Game pass and instantly have a catalog of over 100 games for the Xbox One. Add to that the fact that Xbox Live subscribers receive at least four free titles (two Xbox One and two Xbox 360) every month, and Microsoft’s plan to become a budget-friendly console comes into focus.

 

While Xbox Game Pass in its current iteration is comprised mostly of older Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, the service could one day serve as the launch home for brand new games.

 

“[Subscription services] might spur new story-based games coming to market because there’s a new business model to help support their monetisation,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer in an interview with The Guardian.

 

Spencer’s goal is for Xbox Game Pass to become as ubiquitous as Netflix, and for it to spur the creation of new, experimental content in much the same way the streaming video service has.

 

As Game Pass finds its legs, we’ll see whether or not it can live up to that vision.

 

Xbox Game Pass Now Available

The long anticipated Xbox Game Pass is now available for anyone that has an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Everyone else will have to wait until June 1 to try out the new service on their Xbox One. The new subscription service has been called the video game equivalent of Netflix since it was announced at the end of February.

 

Xbox Game Pass will cost gamers $9.99 each month, and it will give them full access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Subscribers will have the opportunity to download any game on the Xbox Game Pass directly to their Xbox One. Once the game is downloaded, you will have unlimited access as long as you maintain an active Xbox Game Pass subscription. If you decide to end your subscription, then you will no longer be able to play the downloaded games.

 

At the launch of the service, there are currently 110 games available. Only 35 of these games were originally released on the Xbox One console, but all of the Xbox 360 games offered on the Game Pass are playable on the Xbox One through backwards compatibility. Some of the top games available right now include “Halo 5,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Mad Max,” “Bioshock Infinite” and “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.” A full list of all 110 games currently offered on Xbox Game Pass can be found here.

 

If you do not see any enticing games, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Microsoft has promised to rotate the game selection every month. This will be done by adding and removing a handful of games each month. Microsoft has also promised to provide plenty of warning before removing a game from the subscription service. This warning will give you ample time to finish one of your favorite games before it is removed.

 

While this is not the first subscription video game service, it should be the most successful. Similar services only allowed you to stream games, which often caused inconsistent performance issues. Since Xbox Game Pass lets you downloaded every game directly to your console, no performance problems will exist. Xbox Game Pass is already an excellent value for any video game fan, and it should only improve as the service increases its library.

New Development Traits in Madden

One of the most exciting parts of gaming is being able to build a football team from the ground up. In the newest version of Madden this year, players are going to be able to take development to a new level. With some of the changes that are starting to happen, the players have more control than ever on the style of play that they want to pursue.

 

Development Points

 

One of the biggest advancements in the game this year has to do with development points. This is where players are able to use the development points in ways that they see fit. If you value accuracy over power in your quarterback, you have the ability to spend all of your points in that area. In the past, the development growth for a player was not spread around properly. You ended up having players who were really strong in certain areas, but not necessarily where you needed them to be. With all of the changes that are happening in the game, it is important for players to understand how to build and development a team to stay competitive.

 

Online Play

 

Another important feature this year has to do with online play. There are a lot of people who are excited about all of the options that are coming out for building a franchise and using that team against other players online. People usually like playing online because it provides a different sort of challenge than when playing the computer. With all of the strategy that is involved, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can be more effective in building your team.

 

Over time, Madden has proven to be a great game that a lot of people enjoy. There are many new enhancements this year that will show you how to build the team of your dreams. You can concentrate on the various areas that you want to improve on, and you can use the new features to accomplish that.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Releases Monthly Update 5/25/2017

Despite being in early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the hottest games on Steam right now, having sold over 2 million copies as of May 2017. The game was developed by the modder PlayerUnknown who created the Battle Royale mod for Arma 3, and who also worked on Daybreak’s H1Z1. It is one of the top streamed games on Twitch on a regular basis, and recently made a total of $237,350.00 in a charity fundraiser held on the site.

 

Needless to say, many players of the game are excited for this upcoming monthly update. According to the patch notes, there will be a lot of polishing (especially in terms of badly needed client performance, termed optimization) and bug fixes. In terms of implementing new content, they will be adding a new weapon as well as a new vehicle.

 

One of the biggest fixes they will be making (in terms of gameplay) is to a targeting issue happening on scopes in the game. As shown in a video on their Twitter, bullets were going above the dot on the reticle following the recoil (as demonstrated on 4x scopes in particular). This made it difficult to make long shots, especially taking into consideration the games’ bullet drop mechanics and the need to lead targets.

 

The exciting new gun added is the VSS, a suppressed sniper rifle that uses 9mm ammo that will be found in care packages and as a rare world spawn. One of the greatest things about this new gun, other than being suppressed with no attachments, is that you will not need to find a scope for it- it has a permanently attached 4x scope! The only downside to this might be is if you found an 8x or 15x scope you wanted to attach.

 

As if the new motorbike with sidecar added last update wasn’t cool enough, the developers are adding a single person motorbike to the mix. This motorbike looks similar to the one previously added, but will allow for more maneuverability. They are also adding the ability to control the motorbike in the air, which would allow for the rider to perform stunts!

 

One last important update that is being done is to the games anti-cheat system. They are no longer allowing players to remove shadows by altering the games’ files. This allowed these players to have an unfair advantage over those who still had their shadows; it was easier to see camouflaged or hidden players without shadows.

 

The monthly update goes into effect Thursday, May 25, 5PM KST/1AM PDT/8AM UTC.

A Review of Ultra Street Fighter II

When most people think of fighting games, the common image is of face-to-face competitions around an arcade cabinet or close to a television screen. “Ultra Street Fighter II,” for the Nintendo Switch, changes this by giving fighting game fans a console experience on the go. Looking over Street Fighter’s history on portable machines, only a handful has been great: SSF2 Turbo Revival on the GBA; SFA 3 on the PSP and SF4 on the 3DS. One feature that USF2 has over those titles is that it does not require additional equipment for multiple players.

 

USF2 looks as good as the HD Remix releases of SSF2 on the PS3 and 360. While the fighting game community will likely spend months comparing it to other versions, USF2 is still a Street Fighter title-an installment of one of the most venerable fighting game franchises. Even USF2’s presentation is customizable, allowing players to choose between HD or 16-bit graphics and between a remixed or chiptune soundtrack. While some may decry the HD artwork, those complaints mostly fall away when observed in person. USF2’s main benefit is its flexibility; you can enjoy old-school fighting on a monitor, complete with upscaled resolution, or you can take the game on the go. To play with a friend, just take the Joy-Cons off the tablet and hand one off.

 

As for playing with Joy-Cons, the experience is mixed. The analog stick makes some motions, even the rudimentary slide from “down” to “forward,” frustrating. While you can access “L” and “R,” the wrist strap slides make it much easier. The left Joy-Con’s face buttons are an excellent stand-in for a d-pad. The Joy-Con is also used for a special minigame that puts you into first-person perspective as you execute traditional special moves against waves of enemies; a feature good for some mindless bashing or keeping children active.

 

The biggest issue with USF2 may be the price tag; you’re effectively paying $40 for a 25-year-old game. While this is a comprehensive version of SF2 on a new console, some may wonder if it’s really worth the investment when the “Virtual Console” has SF2 for $10. Honestly, the $40 price tag is the only legitimate justification for why Switch owners might give USF2 a pass.

 

How to Build a Great Team on Madden

Madden is one of most popular games in the history of the world. Every year, a new installment of this game comes out that lets people run their own team and players. There are a lot of changes in the model for this year, and many people are wondering how they can build the perfect team. Here are a couple of tips about how you can succeed in the world of running a Madden franchise.

 

 

Drafting

 

When running a franchise, it is vital to be able to draft successfully over time. A lot of people have issues in this area, especially because they do not have an understanding of scouting. Scouting is the way that you can see the attributes of players before you decide to draft them. Instead of spending all of your points on a couple of players, only scout the key attributes of players who you want to scout. This will allow you to get a quality view of the players who are available and make your decisions accordingly.

 

 

Salary Cap

 

In your first year running the franchise, it can be really hard to stay under the salary cap if you do not understand the rules. You need to think of ways that you can make your team better without spending too much money. One of the biggest issues that many people have is spending too much on older players. Past a certain age, the progression of players is quite low. This is why you should never pay too much for someone who is past their prime. If you can learn how to deal with the salary cap, you can essentially build your team any way that you want.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, Madden is a great game that you should enjoy playing. The new features this year make it a much better experience for a lot of players. Not only that, but you can get really deep into running your own franchise. Always remember to think about how much a player is going to cost over time. This will help you stay out of cap trouble for the foreseeable future in your franchise. With the new changes, you have more power as a player than ever before.