Gears 4’s Campaign Will Have Split-Screen on PC

Gears of War 4 can’t come soon enough with an October 11 release date. It is the most anticipated Microsoft title in years and the face of the company. Gears 4’s campaign will have split-screen on PC for co-operative play, on top of the fact that it will enable cross-play with the Xbox One for all different game modes. That means that while one person is playing on the Xbox One, someone can join them on the PC, which is a fantastic feature and shows The Coalition is taking the PC version of the game seriously and not just as a cash-in to make money, although making money is a part of the business.

Split screen is a fading reality in today’s day and age, so the fact that The Coalition is adding this feature for co-op on Gears 4’s campaign demonstrates the demand for it and their dedication to making the most complete and user-friendly product possible. Gears of War 4 is one of our most anticipated games of the year and while we won’t be playing it on PC because of a lack of one, we will recommend it to all our readers. Gears is back and this iteration may be the best, if the latest launch trailer is any indication.

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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.

Attack on Titan Video Game Goes Beyond Season One

Koei Tecmo America has released a trailer for the upcoming Attack on Titan, and it seems the game based on the fabled series may delve into spoiler territory. The Attack on Titan video game goes beyond season one of the anime as revealed in the launch trailer and may spoil some things for fans eagerly waiting for season two, which premieres in 2017.

While manga fans who are up-to-date on the current happenings of the series, this may upset casual fans going into the game who do not wish to be spoiled about the events yet to come. Although we don’t know how far the Attack on Titan video game goes beyond season one, this could be a serious issue for fans. The gameplay showcased in the trailer looks splendid though, and as long as it’s not clunky control-wise, Koei Tecmo may have a semi-hit on their hands.

If you pre-order the game from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Canada, or GameStop, you will be able to access cleaning weapons and Eren and Levi, including a festival costume for Mikasa. Those who pre-order digitally from the PSN or the Xbox Store will receive Attack on Titan avatars.

Staying true to its origins, the game will have the original Japanese voice acting along with English subtitles. This is very cost efficient and is much cheaper than hiring brand new voice actors.

The game will be released by Koei Tecmo on August 30 on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, and PC, while in Europe it will be released on August 26 under the name A.O.T: Wings of Freedom. It was developed by Koei Tecmo’s subsidiary Omega Force. Regardless of its name, we are very excited about the Attack on Titan video game and hope it lives up to the anime’s legacy.

Rocket League Has Hit 20 Million Players

Rocket League has hit 20 million players according to the official Rocket League Twitter account. Rocket League became an overnight sensation when it first launched on the PlayStation 4 in July of 2015, later releasing on the Xbox One earlier this year in February. The fact that Rocket League has hit 20 million players is a monumental achievement, especially since it’s a digital game.

Rocket League consists of players controlling rocket-powered cars in order to push a ball into their opponents goal. It is not unlike soccer, except with cars. Gamers have been captivated with the title, as the numbers suggest, and why not? Soccer is one of the most popular games in the world and cars with rockets are just cool. The install base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is roughly 64 million consoles. While the game was released on Microsoft Windows as well, most of these players are probably console gamers. This means that close to one in three people who own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 have played Rocket League. That is beyond impressive.

It will be interesting to see what Rocket League does moving forward. There are currently 3 DLC packs available for the game, which mostly add cosmetics to the game. It will be very interesting to see the future of Rocket League going forward after this incredible milestone.

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Trailer Released

A brand new Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer has been released and features “latern gameplay”, according to the title of the trailer. The playable character is traversing from room to room in the trailer, desperate to survive and hiding from a man with a lantern. The game was first announced during E3 2016. This is the first time Resident Evil has been legitimately scary in years. It gives off a very creepy vibe and the first-person perspective is perfect for the survival horror genre, limiting your perspective, giving you a “fear” factor, immersing you in the experience.

This Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer impresses us a great deal and brings back the classic “Resident Evil” feel. Unfortunately we were unable to play the game at E3 2016, but the title looks very promising. Fans have been begging Capcom to bring the series back to its survival horror roots after its departure from this in Resident Evil 5, and this trailer proves that they have been listening, especially after the lackluster Resident Evil 6. It’s time for Resident Evil to be give you chills down your spine again, and if the latest Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer is any indication, Capcom will not disappoint on this front.

Resident Evil 7 releases on January 24, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows and is sure to be an experience to remember.

Gears 4 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

The Gears 4 pre-order bonuses have been revealed, courtesy of Microsoft, entitled the “Brothers to the End Elite Gear Pack.”  The pre-order pack will be available to all versions of the game and will pay homage to the series’ legacy. Those who pre-order the game will receive three characters: Tomorrow Anya, Old Man Marcus, and Zombie Dom.

Anya is thusly named for her words at the end of the Locust War, “Tomorrow Marcus. We finally have a tomorrow.” Old Man Marcus is a reflection of a man who has lived 25 years after the Locust incursion, civilian clothes to boot. And finally, Zombie Dom is no doubt a reaction not only to the popularity of his character but the current obsession by the masses with the Zombie apocalypse. The pack will also contain the Gold Wave Lancer and Gold Wave Gnasher.

Gears of War 4 will be released on October 11, 2016 with some excellent pre-order bonuses!

Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows Trailer Premieres

The Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows trailer has premiered alongside a press release by Telltale Games, as well as a launch date. The episode is set to come out on August 2. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and iOS and Android devices.

In the trailer, narrated by Alfred, there is a very interesting piece of dialogue: “There is room for Bruce and Batman in that suit.” This goes hand-in-hand with what Telltale is trying to accomplish, in balancing the characters, showing Batman in half the scenes and then Bruce in the other half. The quote may actually allude to something more, that the Batman and Bruce Wayne personas will eventually merge. If that were the case, this will be one of the most unique stories about The Dark Knight ever told. We were very impressed by what we saw at E3 2016, and the Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows trailer has us even more excited.

Half of the scenes in Batman The Telltale Series — Ream of Shadows trailer are taken from the demo we were able to witness at E3. If the trailer and demo are any indication, this has all the makings of a classic Batman tale and could be one of the definitive takes on the narrative.