PlayStation Plus has provided gamers with dozens of free games throughout the PS4’s generation lifecycle. The most recent game to be offered for December is Titanfall 2, one of the highest-rated shooters released for the console in past years. Though this title didn’t sell to the expectations of Electronic Arts and Respawn Studios, it was an entry in the series that was praised by game reviewers.
This PlayStation Plus, free game of the month offer, is available to Australian players exclusively. Those wanting to download the second entry in this franchise will have to wait until December 3rd. If one free game wasn’t enough, the region of Australia is also receiving Monster Energy Supercross. It’s rare to see two notable games released in one month by PlayStation Plus. However, the holidays bring good cheer and wish to even the biggest of corporations.
The History of Titanfall
The universal praise that Titanfall 2 received came too late, causing their sale figures to be lacklustre. The developers at Respawn Entertainment are the original creators behind Call of Duty, which meant their previous popularity almost guaranteed that both entries in the franchise would perform at high percentages. Unfortunately, Activision stole the mechanics from the Titanfall franchise, which forced their reputation to drop tenfold. This didn’t stop Respawn Studios from fighting back, as they created Apex Legends, which has grown to become one of the highest-grossing games throughout 2018 and 2019.
The first entry into the Titanfall series could of lead to the popularity decline with the sequel. It was plagued in controversy for providing smaller multiplayer lobbies, allowing for a maximum of six players per team. This issue was solved with the introduction of bots, which could be killed for multiplayer points. What benefited the multiplayer game’s experience was the introduction of Titans, which acted as an oversized mechanical super-soldier. The battles between titans throughout the 1st and 2nd game is considered to be some of the best multiplayer experiences available on the PlayStation 4.
When the second game arrived, everything had changed in favour of the community. Respawn Entertained created a single-player experience that was profound and mimicked throughout the multiplayer mode. Lobby sizes were increased, and thousands returned to the franchise. Today, the game remains popular amongst fans of the franchise. Those owning PlayStation Plus in Australia should download this game immediately, with install times varying between one to ten hours, depending on internet speeds.
One of the biggest shopping days worldwide is nearly here, with all large retail chains promoting their sales for Black Friday. Hundreds of thousands of gamers have waited for Amazon to release their online flyers for Black Friday, and on November 20th, the online retailer listed multiple disc-based and digital-based games, which will be for sale on Black Friday. These sales apply to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Personal Computer, Capcom Digital Games, Square Enix Digital games and 2K Digital Games. The listed games include modern titles released in 2019 and numerous other games throughout the last decade.
Digital gamers will be looking towards Amazon with the recent growth of cloud gaming. Amazon recently announced their tech department is creating a service similar to Google’s Stadia. How these Black Friday digital games are sold and produced through their respective live services will give players an early insight as to how Amazon’s Cloud Gaming service will operate. Below we have listed the available games on sale for Black Friday at Amazon.
Two recently released games are on sale for the Xbox One through Amazon’s Black Friday Days. Players can receive 33% off Borderlands 3 and the Outer Worlds. Xbox One is the largest live service selected for digital game sales. Red Dead Redemption 2 for the Xbox One is 50% and so if Grand Theft Auto V, making GTA cost less than $15.00 for a bundled edition. Resident Evil Two is listed at 67% off, with the Devil May Cry HD Special Edition presented at 60% off. The only single PC title that’s for sale with Amazons Digital Games selection is Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, which is 90% off the regular asking price.
Amazon is working with the Rockstar Digital Games for Xbox, Capcom Digital Games, Square Enix Digital Games and 2K Digital Games for PC. These digital game services and Amazon are providing flat rate savings on all their respective titles. Rockstar/2K Games is 70% off on the Xbox One and 60% off for the PC. All Capcom Digital Games are 80% off, with Square Enix Titles being 90% off the asking price. Additionally, players can save 10% on NBA 2K20 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Before purchasing any digital games from Amazon, we recommend that our readers review the sales from other online retailers like Walmart or Target. Steam, Xbox and PlayStation will also operate their own Black Friday sales through their online stores as well.
After years of deliberation, the Uncharted Movie is nearly entering production stages. It was just announced that Mark Wahlberg would take on the role of Victor Sullivan, with Tom Holland set to play Nathan Drake. The news of Wahlberg joining the cast has excited many, as he’s an instrumental role in the growth and mentoring of Nathan Drake. Sony’s upcoming adaptation of the video game franchise will have similar tones to Indiana Jones.
This film has had multiple setbacks since it was first revealed back in 2009. There have already been three directors for this film, indicating that Sony isn’t willing to divert from the original subject matter of Uncharted. Subsequently, the Director of Stranger Things has left the project. Shawn Levy was replaced by the director of Black Mirror, Dan Trachtenberg. He left the project in October and was then replaced by the director of Bumblebee, Travis knight. This is the best decision, as Bumblebee is a video game-esc film that is forced to stay within its subject matter.
Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland are considerably younger than Victor Sullivan and Nathan Drake in the Uncharted video games. However, the games often go back decades in the storyline to show different ages in both characters. Fans of the game anticipate that from the casting, this film will take place around the period when Nathan Drake was living at the Saint Francis Boy’s Home. This would be the period where Samuel and Nathan Drake found out that their mother was a famous explorer, one who found the most celebrated pirate treasure in history. There hasn’t been any confirmation that Samuel Drake will be a part of the Uncharted Movie Plotline.
There has been a total of five games in the Uncharted Franchise, with four of them centred around Nathan Drake and his friends. The highest-rated games in the franchise include Among Thieves and A Thief’s End. Anyone who hasn’t experienced these titles before can anticipate a third-person adventure game that takes players around the world in search of treasure. Along the way relationships are formed, enemies are revealed, and riches are found.
The Uncharted Game Franchise has been one of PlayStation’s highest-selling. It’s estimated that more than 100 million copies have been sold, with an average price of $60.00. It’s not surprising that Sony would want to create a Hollywood Franchise based around Nathan Drake. Employing Tom Holland enables the Uncharted Movies to potentially go forward for decades, with the same applying for Mark Wahlberg.
Your curiosity turned into intrigue, and then it turned into being convinced, the results were you spoiling yourself to a brand new console, and now you don’t know where to start. The names of the leaders of the pack are known, but maybe FIFA or Madden or 2K isn’t necessarily the best play to become acquainted with your new best friend. Following is a list of the best games to use as a platform to take off from on your entertaining and enticing journey of sports games. Play on.
Mario Tennis Aces
It is cute, but more so, Mario is delivering on one of the best tennis games on the market. It is easy to pick up, and you can start to play immediately. In combination with the ease to play, it also delivers a certain degree of depth to accommodate your progressing skills. The single-player mode is the place to get familiar with the skills and techniques, but playing either with friends or online will enable you to battle it out and show off your abilities. Indeed an actual game of tennis excellently presented through animation.
The Summer Olympics is slowly becoming more visible on the horizon as the 2020 event is now less than a year away. Tokyo 2020 is the perfect way for the couch athlete in you to partake in the excitement and adrenaline. With a choice of more than 20 events, including various track events, swimming, boxing and basketball and volleyball, the entertainment level is high while the ease of play is significant, and a wealth of content will keep you engaged for much longer than what it takes for the real-life athletes to battle it out for gold and glory in Tokyo.
Do you own a Nintendo Switch? Then golf glory is a great way to immerse yourself into this gentleman’s sport. Even those who couldn’t find any joy between the 18 holes on the actual greens, will still be entertained. It is more of a role-playing game (RPG) than a real golf game, but the game is simple, offers loads of flexibility, and the golf mechanics are superb. Follow the storyline while improving your skills through multiple rounds.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Recently improved to up the level of entertainment, this game which was always in the shadows of the Mario Kart series now moved into its right and it is shining. The visuals were improved and appear to be great, and the core of any racing game is speed, which feels much faster after some tweaking was done to the game. It offers flexibility in the sense that it is available on all three of the leading consoles. If Gran Turismo is not the place where you find yourself in the racing scene, then surely Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is worth a test drive, and very possibly this will become your ride of entertainment.
During April this year, Sony announced that its newest next-generation console is in the development process. This week they had attached date and a name to this new development when they announced that the PlayStation 5 console would be launched during the holidays or 2020. This left fans excited about the future of gaming, ready to be unpacked under the 2020 Christmas tree.
Sony’s PlayStation entered the market in 1994. Since then it never once wowed their fans with some super exotic names. They just stuck to numbers to indicate the next-generation console on the shelves. This new release is no different and was indeed announced to be called PlayStation 5.
When the launch date and name were announced, Sony also revealed some upgrades on the new console and brand new features that fans can expect. Two new additional features are dominating the expectations for the new device. One is the haptic feedback. This will replace the usual rumble vibration of its predecessors and offers a broader range of feedback. Players will, for example, now be able to experience a difference in the input when involved in a car crash versus playing sports and being tackled to the ground.
Another feature has been introduced to the audience as an adaptive trigger. In the L2/R2 buttons, players will be able to experience a much closer resemblance to certain tactile sensations. An example would be the sensation of drawing a bow from an arrow or driving on rocky terrain in an off-road vehicle and then accelerating. Sony made these changes to deliver on the more realistic and robust gaming experience.
Feedback From Wired
Wired had the privilege of an exclusive peek at the new controller, and they reported that the new console is bearing a lot of resemblance to its predecessor. The console would be equipped with a bigger battery and also had some improvements to its speakers. Sony also moved to USB-C input to charge the device. Between Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Mark Cerny, the systems architect, specific details were revealed.
They stated that in the GPU hardware, the console would make use of ray-tracing acceleration. This hardware feature will assist with audio effects primarily when used in a 3D environment as well as with intricate lighting. Another addition is a new solid-state drive to improve the speed of loading and efficiency, and as a result, games will take up less space. The console will make use of the ordinary 100GB Blu-ray discs. This came rather unexpectedly though since there are so many video game streaming services available.
Sony was absent during this year’s E3, and this left a space wide open for Microsoft to announce their next-generation console about to hit the market. Their new device is the follow up on the Xbox One and will be called Project Scarlett.
The 27th of September marked a great day in the world of the super loyal crowd behind the FIFA 20 success. Sales are sky-rocketing. Especially the newly added mode, Volta, which is EA’s answer to the constant requests of their fans to bring back FIFA Street once again, is the highlight which is outshining other improvements like brilliant graphics and realistic characters. For those who are just entering the world of the FIFA legacy and are trying their hand at becoming a star-studded manager, these are some of the clubs we recommend on your journey to glory in career mode.
Arsenal – If you are in search of speed and lightning-fast attack, then pick Arsenal as your team. Their defence is slightly weak but can bring in enough funds to make the needed changes during the transfer windows.
Ajax – This is the home ground for some of the best footballers in history. Even if they have lost some vital talent during the down season, Ajax is still budding with possibility and an excellent choice for any FIFA manager, hungry for success. Their abundance of young talent is promising for the future when these players have reached full potential and become a valuable asset during the transfer season. Ajax is fun to control and delivers on great potential and entertainment.
Barcelona – Home base for the best player of the year, Lionel Messi. Messi is, however, not the only active footballer here and is surrounded by a strong team of players, and this makes managing Barcelona so enticing.
Borussia Dortmund – So Bayern Munich keeps on winning the Bundesliga, and you might be fed-up with that. Managing a talented and young club like Borussia Dortmund might be the way to end Bayern’s dominance in the German arena. Borussia has the talent and skill to take on Bayern and force them to bend the knee.
Manchester City – For those aspiring to be the Pep Guardiola of FIFA 20, there is no better team to manage than his side of course. Man City is a great place to find your feet as a FIFA manager. They are durable and always on the attack and will bring you success even when effort and expertise are slightly lacking on your side.
Paris Saint-Germain – Even though they are prominent on the domestic scene, they aren’t quite where one would go for glory and recognition in the European arena. They do offer talent and possibility though and under excellent management can rise to the top. Paris Saint-Germain offers everything which a skilled and robust manager needs to achieve success.
Sunderland – The Black Cats are in League One at the moment, and they would require some time and effort to be invested in rebuilding them to Premier League glory once again. After some tough times due to a series of relegations, they are slightly weaker, but we are sure that whoever decides to go the distance with them will reap the rewards.
The name Louis Vuitton is a globally familiar icon, synonymous with the fashion industry. Now the brand is expanding towards the virtual world of video gaming. The League of Legends is a range of virtual designs from the creative minds of the French fashion designer, which are now available to be bought with real money.
The partnership between the developer of the League of Legends, Riot Games and the French couture experts, stretches further than only creating virtual clothes. Vuitton will also be releasing a new fashion line soon, which would be inspired by the League of Legends. They are designing a custom-made trophy case for annual trophy of the League’s esports finals too.
The esports finals are set to take place during November this year in the French fashion city, Paris. This partnership is expected to continue at least until the 2020 finals, which are set to take place in China. This isn’t the first trophy case designed by Vuitton. They were also the creative minds behind the trophy case for the FIFA World Cup. According to Naz Aletaha, the head of partnerships at Riot Games, this is a clear indication that esports is becoming more and more challenging to traditional sports. She also mentioned that esports has grown to such a degree that currently, the scale at which their World Championships are hosted is competitive with those of traditional sports championships.
The Success of League of Legends
The game is based on the clash between two teams who are battling each other to destroy the opposing team’s nexus. Based on the number of downloads of the game as well as the rate at which successful updates occur, their popularity is fast growing towards the level where Fortnite is currently at.
Louis Vuitton is not the only luxury brand available in the digital world. EA Games also recently partnered up with Moschino, which is now available to purchase as digital pieces. Many other designers, both in the fashion world as well as the sporting gear and accessory industry, have noticed that this is a booming market. They are fully aware of the opportunities which the devotion of gamers bring to their enterprises.
The challenge which many companies have to overcome was the fact that often streaming can occur on Netflix and Amazon without viewers having to sit through commercials. The solution which many has found for this challenge is now to get their products within the streamed content. As Ross Benes, an analyst at a researching firm explained, it is possible to block out advertisements within the material which are being watched, but it is impossible to block out the items which are being displayed within the content or games being played, for that matter. Surely players of video sports games will also soon be able to purchase digital items from the leading sporting brands.
For years avid fanatics of video games have been competing against each other and challenging one another to the extent that in recent years, playing video games has been recognized by many as a sport in own right. Over the past couple of years, esports became a growing interest, especially among the younger crowds. This interest is growing at a rapid pace, and over the past 12 months, the importance hiked above expectation when it became a billion-dollar industry.
Increased Interest in ESports
Over the past 12 months, the popularity of esports has received a significant hike in interest. When the data from various platforms including Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming, were analyzed, it showed that the streaming of esports increased with 41% over the past year. This equals to 746 million hours more which were spent watching esports being played than during the previous year. The increased interest in esports has also been magnified with some significant sporting events which took place during the year. These are often aired by sports broadcasting giant, ESPN. ESPN is airing all multiplayer gaming competitions. This is another indication that this $1 billion industry is only growing in size. In addition to this, the popularity of esports is also evident in the fact that Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service, moved to the top position on the free app category in Apple’s App Store.
Major Investment into Esports
With this increased interest, esports is also bound to attract some significant investments into the sport. It is expected that during 2019, the sum of revenue generated through esports will exceed the $1 billion mark and this figure is estimated to be around $1.8 billion in slightly more than two years. Not only are individuals investing in this very lucrative arena, but major companies are adding their financial power too. Some of the largest investors in esports are Intel. Intel spent substantially in IEM and the Overwatch League. A tag of $200 billion is added to Intel investment. Closely followed by a $161 billion which is budgeted by the US Air Force to sponsor Cloud9 CSGO.
Capitalizing on the Increased Interest
Formula 1 is only one sport which is capitalizing on the increased interest in esports, and they are using this opportunity to attract the attention of a younger crowd. The Formula 1 Esports Series is one such strategy to reach younger fans. Through esports and social media platforms, Formula 1 is expanding the interest into the sport. The F1 Esports Series just started with their third edition of this exciting event on the 11th of September. The event took place at the Esports Arena at London’s Gfinity. The event showed an increased number of entries which nearly doubled since a year ago to a total of 109 000 competitors keen on winning the title as well as the prize money of $500 000 for the winning team.
September 9th, 1999 is the day on which one of the most significant releases ever into the world of gaming, made it to the shelves of American stores. The version of the Sega Dreamcast console was an epic moment in the gaming industry, a moment which we celebrate now, 20 years later, with much appreciation and fondness.
The developers of the Dreamcast had envisioned and developed a console which had so many brilliant features that it was light years ahead of its competitors. These features are still present in many of the modern-day console developments. One of these then futuristic features was the fact that the Dreamcast had a built-in modem. Hence it was the first-ever console which delivered online connectivity.
Initially, the release into the Japanese market delivered on a 33.6k modem while the American market got a 56k modem. To truly understand the brilliance of this development, one needs to remember that this was done during a time when most people only had the option of dial-up connectivity. The console enabled players to replace the broadband connector with an Ethernet adapter, which was found in student dormitories, allowing students to play some of their favourite games online with others who also had the console.
Great Graphics Thanks to Many More Pixels
At the time of the release, console players still had to be content with much more fuzzy graphics than that which was available already on PC games. The Dreamcast changed that forever. Thanks to the Dreamcast VGA connector, players could deliver a 480p resolution to a VGA monitor or PC screen. With the help of a 3.5mm, jack audio output could be delivered to your headset or speakers. The clarity with which players could play was a revolutionary breakthrough at the time.
The Virtual Memory Unit was the Dreamcast answer to a much-needed memory card. With the VMU, players were able to take their gaming with them and continue to play at a friend’s house. It is with this feature that PlayStation managed to surpass the Dreamcast when they featured a memory card instead of this weird device which came along with the console.
At the Forefront of Experimenting
The developers of the Dreamcast were pioneers of their time. They experimented to bring new and advanced features to the world of gaming and therefore the Dreamcast might be gone, but twenty years later will still not be forgotten. The Dreamcast was indeed first to bring along the support of mouse and keyboard input. They delivered online support, and this enabled various new forms of playing. Unfortunately, the Dreamcast also fell victim to substantial scale piracy, and many of their games were often ripped and sold or uploaded onto warez sites. Twenty years later and still bringing great memories. Happy birthday, Dreamcast console. You won’t be forgotten.
Two years ago Gran Turismo Sport fans received the latest release of this iconic game. This was the 7th edition in the main series and the 13th in the entire Gran Turismo range. Since the announcement back then, a lot has changed to the game though. Utilizing regular free updates, the team effort between Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment has managed to keep racers engaged. Their latest update has just gone live, and it is bringing some of the most exciting changes yet.
The Cult Classics
Five new cars have been included in the latest update. Be sure that these aren’t the best racing cars ever. They will also not bring you super-high speeds, but they are classics from the racing scene from way back to the middle 1980s to about late in the 1990s. They are Japanese, and they deliver on experience with the full display of popping headlights and more. Now racers can test the track in any of the following cars. A Toyota Corolla Levin 3-Door-600GT Apex from 1983, a 1990’s Nissan Silvia K’s Dia Selection, a Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo from 1991 and a Honda S2000 and Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R S TI Version VI both from 1999.
Another brilliant new feature which had been added to the latest update is rain on the Red Bull Ring Circuit. For the first time, racers will now be able to experience more than just driving in either sunlight or moonlight. Even though this far rain is only available on the Red Bull Circuit, it is sure to follow soon onto other circuits too. The graphics are realistic with headlights reflecting from puddles on the tracks and the kerbs shimmering due to the wet conditions. A negative is, however, that the very realistic feeling gets minimized when viewing from a perspective from within your car. The droplets on your windscreen are expected to move as if amidst high-speed racing, yet they remain in one position.
Where this may lack, however, racers are offered a brilliant experience of feeling the wet conditions during racing. Athletes are now able to get authentic knowledge of what the terms on a track is like when it is pouring, and they need to adapt their racing style according to that.
Another addition with this update included seven new events which they have added to their GT League Mode. These are aimed explicitly towards racers who prefer the single-player function in Gran Turismo. For the newbies in the race, there are a variety of options of shorter athletes to compete in with cars which are expected to be slightly slower, while the more experienced racer might much rather be enticed to some all weekend racing which would involve much more complexity and endurance from the severe driver.