Modern Warfare Remaster is Coming Out Standalone

Activision has heard our cries, if a quote by the director of Raven Studios, who is handling the Modern Warfare Remaster, is to be believed. Instead of being exclusive to the deluxe versions of Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone as well as with the deluxe version.

“What we announced before today was that we were going to offer 10 maps on launch, and that’s still true. The announcement today is that the six remaining maps we are actually going to be delivering to anyone who purchases Modern Warfare Remastered, anyone who owns it or a version of Infinite Warfare that comes with it, they’re going to get all 16 of the maps for no additional cost.”

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Activision had to make this move at some point, as there was such an uproar and debate over the decision. Modern Warfare was one of the most successful Call of Duty games and the perception was that, despite if Infinite Warfare is a good game or not, Activision was trying to make fans pay for an “okay” game in order to get a great one. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore.

We have been critical of Activision for this initial move, but we applaud the fact that they made the right decision and hope that Infinite Warfare can stand on its own two feet and end up being an incredible game and live up to the Call of Duty legacy. The Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone, rightfully so, and allows Infinite Warfare to be able to shine rather than spend its time in Modern Warfare’s shadow.

Kojima Takes the Statge About Death Stranding Details

Hideo Kojima took the stage outlining Death Stranding details, his upcoming new game post-Konami. With Norman Reedus as the face of the game, Kojima spoke about the release date of the game to a crowd, stating that it would come out “before” the Tokyo Olympics and before a key film called Akira, pointing to a 2018 release date. Kojima has stated that the game will be an online multiplayer game, but, the game can also be played by yourself. When pushed about online play, Kojima responded “It will be a different kind of online play than anything we’ve seen before.”

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There will also be a female protagonist in Death Stranding, which is interesting considering Norman Reeds seems to be the poster child for the project. Casting is still going underway for a female lead. Kojima also said that “This game will show a different side of Norman Reedus than fans of The Walking Dead might expect.”

While these Death Stranding details are very interesting, the wait is almost unbearable as the game isn’t going to release for at least a year, not to mention possible delays, which happen to most major blockbuster titles nowadays. Hide Kojima is a legend in the industry and if anyone can do it, he can.

 

Bioshock The Collection Review

Bioshock was the critically acclaimed first-person shooter which was released in August of 2007 and spawned two sequels. Nine years later we are writing a Bioshock the Collection review, which includes all the DLC from the franchise as well as all three games in one remastered package. While this console generation has been oversaturated with remasters, Bioshock The Collection is a nice surprise, as these games are some of the best of last generation. Do they still hold up though compared to today’s shooters? Nine years have passed and games have evolved dramatically, but if there’s anything to be said about that it shows that Bioshock is even more unique than before. The gameplay, story, the incredible music; everything makes Bioshock The Collection worth playing, especially if you haven’t experienced the trilogy before.

The Bioshock Collection Review — A Masterpiece

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It has to be said. The Bioshock series is a video game masterpiece. The first title is dark and dreary, taking place in an underwater city called ‘Rapture.’ The gameplay is superb and sets itself apart from traditional first-person shooters. Ammo is scarce and there are RPG elements in the game. There are also powers that the main character can use, named Jack, called Plasmid use, although this is limited unless more serum is found by the player. The real question posed here though is that, after nine years, does the game still stand up to today’s standards? I would say yes. It still differentiates itself from current shooters, but does it hold up gameplay-wise comparably? This was a challenge to assess while writing our Bioshock The Collection review.

Bioshock The Collection Review — How it Looks

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Bioshock has never looked better in high definition splendor. We were utterly impressed while preparing for our Bioshock The Collection review. The atmospheres are stunning in each game, especially the underwater nature of the first title. The particle effects are top-notch, including the ones from the plasmid attacks which vary in accordance to the elements. The buildings and locations are bursting with color and it is a serious step up from the original three games. All in all, 2K did an amazing job remastering Bioshock, a game just about everyone wanted to see remastered and play again.

Bioshock The Collection Review — Gameplay

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Bioshock is an FPS with RPG elements. You can level up plasmids, weapons, and even bullets. The system is very intricate, including a number of different abilities you can gain throughout your adventure. The question is, does it stand up to today’s FPS/RPG shooters? The answer is yes and no. You can aim down the sights, but you have to press the L3 button in order to do so, which is very counterintuitive. In fact, I prefer to just shoot from the hip without using the sights; it makes it feel more old school and it differentiates it from other shooters, as the accuracy is still there. Plasmids are very unique and set Bioshock apart from any other FPS on the market. They are so much fun to use and are necessary, as ammo is very scarce and enemies swarm at you. So yes, in a way, Bioshock is a little outdated in its shooting mechanics (at least 1), but that’s OK. With the plasmids, upgrades, and the unique environments found throughout the games and unique concepts, our Bioshock The Collection review doesn’t take that away from the title. The gameplay simply works, masterfully, and the stories are full of twists and turns which we will not spoil here for those (like myself before this sans Infinite) who haven’t played them.

Bioshock The Collection Review — A Remaster Done Right

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Bioshock The Collection is a remaster done right. With all the DLC from all three games, which adds on hours of gameplay to the Bioshock experience, a director’s commentary, and the series remastered in 1080p, there’s nothing more to ask in terms of quality. Sure, parts of the series are a little outdated because of the fact that the first game is nine-years-old, but, it more than makes up for it with stellar gameplay and a series of narratives with twists and turns that you would never see coming. Bioshock The Collection is an incredible value for its cost and it is one of the most incredibly unique experiences in all of gaming. While we didn’t mention much of the story in our Bioshock The Collection review, there are simply too many plot twists that would get into philosophical discussions and ruin it for you, the reader. So play the games for yourselves and enjoy because it is well worth it.

Spider-Man the Animated Series Defines the Franchise

The Spider-Man animated series from the 1990s which aired on Fox was a masterpiece. In fact, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, the comic books aside. While Tobey Maguire’s films were not bad per se (save the third film), Maguire never portrayed Spider-Man’s/Peter Parker’s intelligence. He was a typical geek who masqueraded as being smart. While Willem Dafoe and James Franco did a great job of portraying the Osbornes, the script plagued the films and was simply put, hard to watch. Rami’s films were not bad, but they didn’t portray Spider-Man, and more importantly Peter Parker, adequately.

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films were deeply flawed, but the casting was top-notch, especially with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He had both the boyish charm and was able to portray the intelligence that Maguire lacked. Unfortunately, the films themselves were just okay. The stories were disjointed and despite a stellar cast, the films lacked any kind of clear direction, which is a shame because there was so much potential. I have not seen all of Captain America: Civil War, but from all accounts Tom Holland did a spectacular job and with Marvel’s involvement, Homecoming is sure to please fans.

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With that being said, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise in terms of characterization, storytelling, and even acting (albeit voice acting). It’s a shame that so many who didn’t grow up in the 90s weren’t exposed to the show because it was not your typical campy Spider-Man. There was drama, there were tears. It dealt with the real problems Peter Parker experienced as Spider-Man and while it was funny at times, at others it was downright tragic. Death was not allowed, nor actual guns because of rules by the studio, but Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, save for the comic books, because it took a story for children and told it in a way that both kids and adults could relate to. It incorporated many of Spidey’s classic villains and while Spider-Man didn’t lack his classic whit, there was also a bit of a tragedy to the character. He wasn’t dark like Batman, who aired on the same station, but he constantly lost the ones he loved because of Spider-Man. The narrative was superb and the last four or five episodes or so actually brought me to tears. Spider-Man was portrayed with having real intelligence, something that was severely lacking in the Maguire films, which was my biggest disappointment.

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While Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, Spider-Man Homecoming has the chance to shine. Tom Holland is an incredible actor and while Peter will be a teenager, as opposed to a college student in the television series, it has the potential to rival this classic cartoon. Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman, who all aired on Fox in the mid-90s, all define their respective franchises, even though the films (I’m pointing to the Dark Knight Trilogy and some of the X-Men films) were lauded with critical acclaim and were good films. Up to this point though, there hasn’t been any iteration of Spider-Man to top the 90s cartoon series. It simply was that good, as well as the Batman Animated Series. Spider-Man Homecoming may not top the series, but hopefully with Marvel at the helm it will at least do the character justice. It’s a shame Garfield isn’t reprising his role as Peter, as he nailed the character, but they needed a clean slate. The films he was apart of simply put were not very good.

Spider-Man is, in my opinion, the best franchise that Marvel has to offer. If the movie bombs, at least there’s still the cartoon, which nails the essence of the comic book perfectly.

Breath of the Wild Release Date Outed

The Breath of the Wild Release date may have been outed by way of the amiibo release date, possibly paving the way for the launch date for Nintendo’s epic title which may have been leaked on several official European Nintendo websites. The release date is listed as March 4, 2017. The date also shows up in the sites’ source code.

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This may point the way to both Breath of the Wild’s release date but also the release date for the codename Nintendo NX. This Breath of the Wild release date is plausible, considering the NX was said to release in March and Breath of the Wild is a no-brainer as a launch title for the system. The last time a Nintendo system launched with a Zelda game was the Wii, and that game, Twilight Princess, had an initial 75% attach rate to the system. There is no doubt that Breath of the Wild will launch on the Nintendo NX, it’s just a matter of when the system will be released. The Super Smash Bros. amiibo were released in the same time frame as Super Smash Bros. was released for the Wii U, so it is likely that if this information is legit, this is the launch window for the NX.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

PlayStation 4 Pro Pre-Orders Going Strong

Sony is pleasantly surprised, with PlayStation 4 Pro pre-orders going strong despite an initial mixed reaction to the new system. With the Microsoft Scorpio coming out next year, one would think that the PlayStation 4 Pro, which releases this year, would see stellar, but not spectacular sales. This is not the case. It is dominating Amazon and pre-orders are strong in both North America and Europe. Sony Europe chief Jim Ryan is actually surprised by the strong PlayStation 4 Pro pre-orders.

“I’ve been told, just before we had this conversation, that pre-orders in the UK are looking pretty good.

“I can’t give you the numbers yet, but I’m pleasantly surprised.”

According to Sony there will be plenty of stock for the holiday season. While the system won’t be as powerful as the Scorpio, Sony is pinning high hopes for the system and is forecasting their largest PlayStation 4 fiscal year yet. While the PS4 Pro isn’t next-gen, the system specs are impressive and will please tech-savy fans.

August 2016 NPD Software Numbers

The August 2016 NPD software numbers have been released, showcasing the top 10 selling games of the month. Among them there weren’t too many surprises, with the new Madden taking the top spot, followed by No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex. Destiny The Taken King filled out the list, most likely in anticipation of the release of Rise of Iron, which releases on September 20 of this month. The rest of the the August 2016 NPD software numbers are as follows.

1. Madden NFL 17
2. No Man’s Sky
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Overwatch
6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
8. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9. Minecraft
10. Destiny: The Taken King

While Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens was bound to do well, hopefully they release a remastered set of all the Lego Star Wars titles, as Star Wars is very much “in” right now.