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.”

call-of-duty-modern-warfare-remastered

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.”

death-stranding

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

bioshock-collection-ky-image-1

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

3127234-3109615-2k_bioshock-the-collection_bio2_raptureunderwater

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

bioshock-the-collection_bio1_bd-fight_1920-0

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

bioshocktc_bio1_andrewryan_statue_05

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.

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.

screenshot2016-09-16at11911pmpng-f47560_765w

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-14359-pmpng-f9a2e3_765w

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.

Bioshock Infinite: Constants and Variables

On the precipice of our review of Bioshock The Collection, which includes all three Bioshock titles, we’re taking a step back and looking at one of the most unique entries in the franchise: Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock Infinite is somewhat removed from the rest of the series. It is only due to the DLC that it ties into the original installments. One of the most fascinating aspects of the game is a simple quote: “Constants and Variables.”

Now, where have we heard these quotes before? None other than the popular series LOST, which deals with time travel. Although it does not deal with alternate realities, constants and variables are an important part of the series and a focal point in the time travel aspect of the show. Constants dictate that you cannot change the past, but as one character figured out, variables could hold the key to changing the course of events.

“You can’t change the past, can’t do it, whatever happened, happened. But then, I finally realised. I had been spending so much time focused on the constants, that I forgot about the variables. And do you know what the variables in these equations are, Jack? Us. We’re the variables. People. We think, we reason, we make choices, we have free will… we can change our destiny.”

bioshock-infinite-image-4-1024x576

Bioshock Infinite incorporates constants and variables, but in a very different way. There are constants, things that will always happen, such as the coin flip, and variables, which are based on choices the character makes in response to these constants, like Booker. It is not such a different concept than LOST, although much of the talk of constants and variables have to do with quantum theory and complex mathematical equations.

It would be quite interesting to know if the creators of Bioshock Infinite were in fact somehow inspired by LOST. While time travel isn’t necessarily present in Bioshock Infinite, alternate realities are and even a bit of quantum theory. In the end, both games are about choice and the power of human will. The characters in LOST are very much humanists and fought to change their destinies. In Bioshock Infinite, Booker, or at least a version of him, chose to become Comstock and was ruthless. While the stories have a wide array of differences, they do have their similarities and it both ends and begins with constants and variables — constants which cannot be changed, and variables which represent human will.