5 Reasons Sony Should Make Vita 2.0

5 Reasons Sony Should Make Vita 2.0

With the Nintendo Switch and next gen handheld gaming on the horizon, should Sony make Vita 2.0? It’s no secret that the PS Vita has been treated as the forgotten step child by Sony and the sun is starting to set on the aging system. Will the console’s legacy end quietly or does the Vita still have a chance for a comeback?

Full disclosure, I am a Vita enthusiast and have happily owned my system since it released. I dropped the full amount for the system, a little more for the memory cards, popped in Persona 4: Golden and haven’t looked back. As Colin and Greg from Kinda Funny Games would say, I am a card carrying residence of Vita Island. The PSP successor, ignoring the PS Go, PS Vita was ahead of its time and gone too soon.

Despite it’s slow decline and cult following, I’m here to talk about why Sony should make Vita 2.0.

Sony Knows Its Hardware

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Even with lukewarm reception, the Vita was a work of art. It had a sleek design, two analog sticks, pretty OLED display and could fit comfortably in your hands, pocket, bag etc. Since PS3 was the current gen system at the time, being able to produce PS2 level graphics on the go was no small feat. In comparison to the 3DS, which is a great system, it is surprising to see who ended up the ultimate victor.

If Sony changed some outdated features like removing the back touch controls and update the internal components, the current Vita design could still work. The Switch mobile screen looks very similar, minus the analog sticks, so the Vita 2.0 has a shot.

Momentum Is Strong for Mobile Gaming

Mobile GamingDespite many adults owning a PSP and/or Vita, in the US owning a handheld gaming device can be seen as childish. If you look at the many ads for handheld games they are dominated by 3DS cartoon-like games directed to children. Don’t get me wrong, those Pokemon Sun and Moon commercials were for me too. But if you are a grown up, not into Pokemon, Yokai Watch, Story of Seasons etc. then a handheld device may not appeal to you as a product.

The Switch has made it look “cool” to take your platform on the go. Nintendo may have dominated the handheld space but that doesn’t mean some healthy competition isn’t good for the consumer. Vita 2.0 could have a chance since the climate for mobile gaming has improved.

New Games Are Coming To Vita In Japan

 

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Even though the Vita hardware sales stalled out in the states, it is doing pretty well in Japan. The Vita receives a steady stream of games which, through localization, have helped to retain its life despite Sony doing all it could to kill it. The Vita PSN store is littered with JRPGs and other niche games, like the Danganronpa Series, that would not otherwise make it to the states. Catering to this market has carved out a nice audience for current Vita supporters in the states.

Since the Japanese player base has continued to expand into mobile gaming on phones and handhelds why not tap back into that source? While it wasn’t planned, Vita 2.0 could market itself as a system that offers unique experiences to gamers.

Sony Learned From Past Mistakes

PS4Sony recognized that they made some missteps with their previous console, the PS3, and gave us the PS4 as an apology. The marketing push of the PS4 being “for gamers” allowed me to trust that they got their act together. The Vita, just like the PS3, had too much going on. It wanted to have gimmicks so it had screen touch controls, back touch controls, remote play possibilities, cross play possibilities etc. It also had two versions that offered different internet options at launch, Wifi and data plans. You name it and Sony tried to fit it on the Vita.

The other costly mistake were the memory cards. The price could go into the hundreds for the biggest size of 64gb via Play-Asia and was only available from Japan. Additionally, the internal memory space was trash, the original units didn’t come with a memory card or, if it did, it was only 4GB. Sony created a horrible bid for consumer dollars because the barrier to entry was too high. If they made Vita 2.0, judging from the PS4 marketing strategy, they wouldn’t do the same thing again.

It’s All About the Games

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The Switch launch trailer shows that Nintendo has 3rd party support signing up. Their first party offerings, Mario, Smash Brothers, Zelda, etc, can make it a “must buy” for fans of those titles. It may even be fair to say those IPs are the main reason Nintendo is still in the console conversation. Nintendo had some tense moments with 3rd party developers over the years so it will be interesting to watch the company adapt to the times via the Nintendo Development ID program.

Sony has their own impressive stable of developers and a thriving Indie scene. The Vita started off strong with Killzone, Gravity Rush and Uncharted: Golden Abyss so it can be done. Thinking about how hard developing games for PS3 was rumored to be and the PS4 being the complete opposite, the “gamers and games first” logic should be passed down to the Vita 2.0.

Here’s the Bottom-line…

The Switch’s release opens the door for the Vita to be viable in the market. With the growth of mobile gaming in the West and the push toward a more mature handheld audience, Vita 2.0 could offer great competition. If Sony does not repeat the sins of the past and continues to support their peripherals, a new Vita could be just as successful as the PSP. The probability of this happening is slim but we can always dream right?

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Are you a Vita Island resident? Do you think Sony should let Nintendo keep the monopoly on the handheld market? Do you think a new Vita would pass or fail? All opinions are valid here.

 

Until Next Time guys

 

 

 

Games of the Year 2016 (Round-up)

Games of the Year 2016

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Now that 2016 is almost over, it’s time to look back at the best games launched during the year and pick our winners. There were some pleasant surprises this year on all platforms, including some unexpected flops as well, but overall this was a great game for gamers on all platforms.

And in order to make sure that we help you pick the best games to play this year in case you haven’t done so already, we decided to do a “best games of the year 2016” round-up, sharing with you what the best publications in the industry had to say.

So without further ado, let’s check out the Games of the Year 2016 on different platforms!

Best PS4 Games of 2016

The Last Guardian gameGamespot has some interesting picks for this year, in no particular order: The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Overwatch, Titanfall 2 and Dishonored 2

Destructoid, on the other hand, has an even more interesting list of nominees, including: The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Witness, Dark Souls 3, Abzu or I Am Setsuna. However, their pick as the best PS4 game of 2016 is, unsurprisingly, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Best Xbox One Games of 2016

Forza Horizon 3Gamespot shares their picks for the GOTY awards: Forza Horizon 3, Dishonored 2, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 and Overwatch. It’s a sad list for Xbox One gamers and proves that great exclusives are hard to come by on Xbox One.

Gizmodo has a larger list of winners and their suggestions sound a bit better in my opinion. Their list of best Xbox One games of 2016 include the obvious choices like Overwatch, Forza Horizon 3, Dishonored 2, Titanfall 2, but also interesting picks, like Doom or Quantum Break.

Best PC Games of 2016

Civilization 6 gamePCGamesN has a nice list of great PC titles. In my opinion, it’s the PC right now that offers the most in terms of great, unique, original and brand new games. We love playing sequels of great games, but it doesn’t hurt to have a ton of new concepts to try too. The games listed by PCGamesN include great picks like Civilization 6, The Witness, Inside, Oxenfree and That Dragon, Cancer. Other multi-platform hits are included, as well.

Paste Magazine also picks That Dragon, Cancer as the best game of the year. Other great games have made their list: Stardew Valley, Civilization VI, Inside or Stellaris. A great list!

Best iPhone Games of 2016

Steppy Pants gameIt’s difficult to create a list of the best games on mobile when there are hundreds (or even more) launched each year. According to Touch Tap Play, Apple did the hard work this year and shared their winners, which include silly games like Steppy Pants or The Trail, but also more challenging titles like Clash Royale, Riptide GP, or Reigns.

Best Android Games of 2016

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Android Central choose their favorites and they’re not what you’d probably expect to see. Their list includes games like Tap Tap Dash, PinOut, Pokemon Go and even Marvel Avengers Academy. An interesting list to say the least.

On the other hand, Android Authority comes up with a list that’s more aimed at the premium gamer. Their list includes titles like Crashland, GTA San Andreas, This War of Mine, but also Freemium titles launched in the past, like Fallout Shelter or Hearthstone.

Best Casual Games of 2016

Mosaics Galore 2 gameAlthough not as popular, there’s definitely a market for Casual games out there for non-mobile players. According to Casual Game Reviews, the best casual games launched in 2016 include titles I honestly have never heard about, like The Keeper of Antiques: The Revived Book, Mosaics Galore 2, Delicious: Emily’s Hopes and Fears or Living Legends: Bound by Wishes. Certainly not titles I’d put high on my “to play” list, though.

On the other hand, the Gamers Decide website comes with a completely different approach, listing casual dating game HuniePop first, followed by other interesting titles like Gems of War or Guns, Gore, and Cannoli. They also consider Left for Dead 2 or Metal Slug casual games, so I am not sure how much trust you can put in their list…

So these would be what gaming journalists consider the best games of 2016. Mostly sequels and more sequels, which is pretty sad unfortunately. But as long as we have great games to play, we shouldn’t complain!

What are your best games of the year? Let us know by commenting below!

Top Four Potential Failures Of 2017

Potential Failures Of 2017

Potential Failures Of 2017

With 2016 coming to a close sooner than later, I cannot help but think of the future and what it holds in such a wild industry full of disappointments, surprises, and drama.

Not only is 2017 a colossal year because of the myriad of new IPs and returning beloved franchises, but also because two potentially game-changing Consoles are rearing their heads for consumers to devour.

The following four releases I’ve selected cannot with any certainty, be considered failures. On the contrary, they’re probably all going to be fantastic products. I just feel that they’ve all to some degree warranted not only skepticism but serious doubt due to the following circumstances.

Without further ado, I present the top four potential failures of 2017.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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This might be a questionable first pick, but we must focus on the fact that Rockstar, while fantastic at what they do, are a business, and all businesses must make money. With the release of Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar has found themselves in the glorious position of raking in so much money that they probably don’t even know what to do with it at this point.

I don’t think that even the most important suits had any idea that GTAO would be as important to them as it is, and that is the main reason I am concerned about RDR2.

If we visit the official page for the game, we see the following.

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

The part that mentions the heartland is intriguing, to say the least, but the part that worries me is the fact that they mention providing a ‘brand new’ online multiplayer experience. So far, we know very little about the game so this is all speculation on my part, but if I wanted to make a boatload of cash as Rockstar, I’d make RDR2 a multiplayer game in the vein of Destiny.

We have what appears to be seven main characters and the foundation for a big multiplayer experience, so why not make the game a hybrid game where you have multiplayer in a persistent online world? I’m sure some of you reading this are gushing at the thought of it, but for me, it is awful.

The moment you introduce co-operative play and online functionality, a lot of the immersion and the narrative gets thrown out the window for trash talk and killing sprees. Something about the idea of Rockstar making RDR2 an online-focused game is the exact opposite direction I wanted them to go. I want to spend at least a hundred more hours in the desert being wholeheartedly absorbed in the incredibly detailed world and story. I do not want to spend my time having people call me horrible names and murdering me for fun.

However, I’m more likely to believe that we’ll have two separate modes. I just hope I’m right.

Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn blew my mind when it was shown off for the first time. Seeing an incredibly lush and beautifully unique environment filled with bizarre robotic dinosaurs and tribal warriors made my mind wander endlessly about what would be possible in such a creative world.

it seems so obvious to pair technology with the past as they’re doing, yet this is the first time we’ve seen it done in such a way and it’s inspiring at the very least.

The thing about Horizon, though, is that the more we see, the more the doubt drips in. Those amazing looking flat-headed dinosaurs filled me with curiosity. Yet, when they were revealed to be awful Ubisoft towers that unveil the map piece by piece, it just opened the floodgates for what kind of game this is.

Why do I want to unlock sections of a map in such an archaic, counterintuitive sort of way when I could instead explore for myself and allow my own curiosity to fuel the things I discover? I hate the fact that at the end of the day, this game looks like yet another open-world action game with slight RPG elements that takes way to many ideas from the exceptionally tired Assassin’s Creed franchise. Couple all of that with the fact that what we’ve seen in the actual RPG and crafting systems looks to be very similar to every other open-world crafting RPG. How many hours will I spend gathering flowers and other weird herbs?

Horizon was supposed to be different, yet everything we’re seeing says it isn’t, at least, not mechanically. It also doesn’t help that it will be written by Guerrilla Games, who have yet to actually make a great story in any of their past projects.

Resident Evil 7

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I must say that I’m not personally worried about Resident Evil 7 as far as it being a good video game. I think that the direction it is taking is not only bold but necessary for the future of the franchise. I was so tired of the bland action trash that Capcom has been releasing lately and I wanted the game to back to being focused on surviving and horror.

That said, the reaction to everything surrounding RE7 has been less than positive, and it makes me worried that the game will not only sell poorly compared to the sales Capcom expects, but be received poorly simply because people cannot accept change in long-running franchises.

I can kind of sympathize, though. I think that it would be nearly impossible for Capcom to actually craft a game that pleases most people, as the audience is both very picky about how the games are, and divided on how they ought to be.

Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is a surprisingly great looking console. I was hesitant about it when all we knew were rumors, mainly because this idea that we’d have detachable controllers to take our console on the go would not only spell potential failure as far as graphical potential but also battery life.

With the recent unveiling of the Switch, the rumors have been confirmed as far as what it is, and that is not necessarily a great thing.

Off the bat, I’d like to state that I think it is a very inventive and handy idea. I love that it’s so adaptable. I cherish my Wii U simply because the GamePad allows me to move around and game. The Switch takes that idea and amps it up to 11 by completely removing all boundaries. You can play it like a home console, like your 3DS, or like a weird sort of tablet off-shoot.

The problems, though, fall into what I have mentioned above. When you have this much mobility with a console, you immediately sacrifice power. I fear that just like the Wii U, the console will lose traction after a short time because of third party support. Why would EA want to bother porting the next Battlefield to a console that is less powerful than the Xbox One, which currently can’t even run Battlefield 1 at 1080p60? We’ve seen this happen with the Wii U and it died so fast it’s shocking.

Beyond that, there is absolutely no way they can get the battery life up to a respectable amount of hours while keeping the rumored 720p graphics. I think these two factors could end up destroying the very innovation that Nintendo strives to bring to the console market.

But, regardless of those things, we can all take solace in the fact that Nintendo makes mostly phenomenal first-party games. Even if the third party doesn’t support it, we’re bound to get a few excellent games from Nintendo each year. Hopefully.

Civilization 6: Best Government Type to Win Easily

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With 10 different government types available in Civilization 6 and 100 policies to choose from, it’s pretty obvious that there are a lot of options for you to choose and create the best government for your civilization. The truth is that there is no single type of government and set of policies that can be considered the best, as it usually depends on what type of game you play and what type of victory you’re trying to get. But it surely is true that some are better than others in most cases, as well as more fun to play.

And I am here to share with you my thoughts on the best government type in Civilization 6, knowing that it can be more or less adjusted depending on your type of play style. Since there are basically two big types of governments in the game (economic or militaristic), it’s a bit easier to decide which path to take in the long run. And always remember that policies are there just to be changed and adjusted based on your needs: there’s little point to have the same policies active when you are at war AND when you’re trying to quickly develop your civilization!

These being said, let’s find out which is the best government type in Civilization VI to have a fun game and an easy win!

Basically, when choosing the right type of government in the game, the choice should be made based on the number and types of policies it allows, rather than the bonuses that particular type of government offers. In other words, if you choose Fascism, you don’t choose it just for the extra attack strength and bonus production Legacy bonus, but also for the four military policies that you can adopt and two wildcard ones. And yes, this would usually be a very good choice for a militaristic play.

So these being said, let’s first find out everything about the government types in the game and what types of policies the allow, as this is extremely important and having an overview is vital:

Government Base Bonus Legacy Bonus Social Policies Allowed
Chiefdom 1 military, 1 economic
Autocracy Capital receives +1 boost to all yields +1% bonus on wonder production for 20 turns. (10% temporary) 2 military, 1 economic, 1 wildcard
Oligarchy All melee units gain +4 Combat Strength +1% Combat experience for units for 5 turns. (20% temporary) 1 military, 1 economic, 1 diplomatic, 1 wildcard
Classical Republic All cities with a district receive +1 Amenity +1% Bonus Great People point generation for 15 turns. (15% temporary) 2 economic, 1 diplomatic, 1 wildcard
Monarchy +2 Housing in any city with Medieval Walls. +1% bonus influence points generation for 10 turns. (20% temporary) 3 military, 1 economic, 1 diplomatic, 1 wildcard
Theocracy Can buy land combat units with Faith. All units +5 in theological combat. +1% discount on Faith purchases for 15 turns. (15% temporary) 2 military, 2 economic 1 diplomatic, 1 wildcard
Merchant Republic +2 Trade Routes. +1% discount on gold purchases for 15 turns. (15% temporary) 1 military, 2 economic, 1 diplomatic, 2 wildcard
Democracy Patronage of Great People costs 50% less gold. +1% bonus yield from district projects for 10 turns. (30% temporary) 1 military, 3 economic, 2 diplomatic, 2 wildcard
Communism Industrial Zone Districts can defend. Land units gain +4 defense strength. +1% bonus on all types of production for 20 turns. (10% temporary) 3 military, 3 economic, 1 diplomatic, 1 wildcard
Fascism All combat units gain +6 attack strength. +1% bonus on unit production for 10 turns (20% temporary) 4 military, 1 economic, 1 diplomatic, 2 wildcard

As you can see from this, it doesn’t hurt to try and switch governments early on in order to try and get the legacy bonus or as much of it as possible, as the Legacy Bonus is permanent and follows you through the ages. So a good strategy could be to first get the Oligarchy government for at least 5 turns to ensure that your units will always get at least 5% more XP, then switch to Classical Republic, then to Autocracy. It’s a bit more difficult to do the same with future government types, but these early bonuses can be easily obtained and they will help a lot in the long run.

But afterwards, what’s the best government type to choose?

In my opinion, for mid-game, the Merchant republic is the best because of the extra money you’ll get, plus the option to spend them on cheaper units (so you won’t completely neglect your military). Having two wildcards is also good, since you can boost your military even more if you need to. Overall, this is clearly my favorite during mid-game.

When it comes to late game, things get a little bit trickier as they are all pretty balanced and more specialized. Fascism is great if you’re military-minded, but Communism is great as well. If you’re trying to get other types of victory, Communism also looks nice, but you could make Democracy work. I would personally choose Fascism at all times simply because I get the bonus to unit production and two wildcards to boost economic growth as well.

What is your opinion, though? Which is the best government type to choose in Civilization 6 and what route is the best to follow?

5 Best Civilization 6 Leaders & Civilizations to Choose for an Easy Victory

The Civilization series is best known for the great balance it offers when choosing different leaders and civilizations to play as, but as it happens in real life, it just happens that some are better than others. And I am here to share with you the 5 best Civilization 6 Leaders (and civs) to choose for an easier victory and a really fun game. Of course, each civilization and leader still has their own weaknesses and some are better suited for a type of victory than the other, but all of them are absolutely amazing and great to play as.

Choosing the best 5 Leaders for Civilization VI was very difficult compared to previous games in the series because there were no clear winners in my opinion. However, there are a bunch that manage to shine and they made it to our list. So without further ado, here are the leaders and civilizations I consider the best in the game:

5. Scythia – Queen Tomyris

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One of the most fun civilizations to play as, especially early on in the game, as they have a massive advantage by mid game. Every time you will produce a light cavalry unit, you will actually get two (and the Civ’s special unit is, of course, an awesome cavalry unit that requires no horses to product).

This means that you can build a very solid cavalry-based military early on in the game and take over other civilizations quickly to build a solid empire. Even better for war-minded empires is that their units will always get a strength bonus against wounded enemy units, while destroying a unit will heal the attacker a bit. Extremely useful during war time!

4. Russia – Peter the Great

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Russia might not be the civilization everybody would enjoy playing as, but they are surely an amazing choice and can prove extremely strong if played right. They also seem to be better for higher difficulty settings because of the Grand Embassy which gives bonuses when trading with more advanced civs. They have an extremely strong unit with the Cossack which can move after attacking, making them virtually unbeatable.They also have the Lavra which allows you to quickly expand your empire and gets even better with adjacency bonuses.

But it’s Mother Russia, the special Ability of the Russians that is absolutely insane: it offers one extra territory when you found a city, plus faith and production bonuses from Tundra tiles, making it easier to build and maintain great cities in areas where other Civs would have no desire to found cities in. A really interesting choice!

3. Rome – Trajan

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Rome is one of the best civilizations in the game, with one incredible bonus: you get a free building for each new city. This alone is a huge bonus that can take you far quickly. But that’s not all! Playing as the Romans, you also get a Trading Post for all new cities, and if they are in range, a Trading Route (free roads, quicker unit movement!). Add tot he mix their unique unit, the Legion which is stronger than the Swordsman and you have a good setup for an early monopoly over the map. You should never have money-related problems thanks to Rome’s bonuses, and you can spend the extra money as you see fit: to build a super army fast, to invest in Science or Culture… just pick and choose.

All in all, Rome and Trajan remain one of the better civilizations/leaders in the game, but also one of the most boring to play as in my opinion. But a win is a win and you’ll get easy science victory with them at least!

2. Arabia – Saladin

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Arabia has always been a good choice in previous games and it remains so, especially for those looking to get a quick Religious Victory. The bonuses you get are pretty impressive and useful throughout the game, not just at a particular stage: the worship building gives you more Science, Culture and Faith, you are guaranteed an extra prophet at the late game stages (or at least you get to found a religion if you somehow miss on doing that early on, which would be a waste!) and you have a really good chivalry unit with the Mamluk. The special building also generates faith, making Arabia a good choice for Religious victories, even though it’s not as fun to play as it used to be. But a win is a win nevertheless!

1. Sumeria – Gilgamesh

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I believe that there are not many people who consider Sumeria one of the best Civs to play as in the game, but I had a ton of success with them. They are perfect for an extremely fun early game, allowing you to go on a conquest spree early on and build a huge civilization that will be extremely dangerous in mid and late game because of its sheer size. Gilgamesh has a special and extremely powerful unit, the War Cart which will get obsolete relatively fast, but if you rush build it early on, you will have a huge advantage over any civilization. I can easily completely take over one or even two entire civs in early game (by late Classical Age) which brings about 6 extra cities to what you already have. That’s a true empire that you can build into greatness later on, even though the other bonuses are not that great.

Other things that make Gilgamesh a force early on are the Barbarian Rewards (you get a village reward for each camp you destroy), as well as the option to take over the entire armies of fellow City States for pennies. A great strategy here is to take over the armies of the City States, send them first into battle and protect your own units. At the end, if the City State units are destroyed, you can take over the City States themselves, although that’s rarely worth it! All in all, a great and extremely fun civilization / leader to play in Civ 6!

Other solid civilizations that almost made it to the top (you have to play them at least once or twice, in my opinion): Germany, China and Egypt.

What do you think, though? Which is the best civilization for an easy victory in your opinion?

Top 8 Understandable Exclusions from WWE 2K17 That Should Still be In

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WWE 2K17 is out in the wilds and, despite featuring the largest roster in the series to date, there are still plenty of wrestlers from the company’s past and present that are sorely missing.  There are big names that have fans baffled at their exclusion like Roddy Rodney Piper and Dave Batista and new faces that the developers couldn’t realistically have been expected to include in their development schedule like Bobby Roode and TJ Perkins.  However, there are also plenty of athletes from the company’s history that deserve a spot on the roster despite many overlooking them for various reasons.  While they may have fallen into obscurity, developed a bad reputation, or burned their fair share of bridges, these ten wrestlers should still receive their share of the virtual spotlight.  (Note: For the sake of simplicity, WWE will only be referred to as WWE in this list even for wrestlers that worked for the company while it was called WWF or WWWF.)

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8. Santino Marella

Although Santino Marella was played for laughs for most of his WWE career, he did have an interesting run as Intercontinental Champion with the goal of breaking the Honky Tonk Man’s record (hey, there’s another big name that’s missing).  He may not have surpassed the Elvis impersonator’s reign in the end, but his angle did elevate the title and restore the audience’s interest in the belt.  I repeat, the heavily-accented, monobrowed, cobra-sock-wearing Santino Marella elevated the second-most prestigious title in WWE history.  Anyone who can do that with a comedy character deserves some props.

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7. Gangrel

The idea of a wrestling vampire is something that can easily go wrong (see Kevin Thorn), but Gangrel nailed it perfectly.  If him rising out of circle of fire and spitting a mist of blood isn’t in your top ten favorite ring entrances, then the problem is with you.  While the man himself hasn’t appeared in a game since WWE 2K13, 2K and Yukes have never been shy about including his intro animation for the creative suite.  He also had a recent cameo on an episode of WWE Network’s The Edge and Christian Show, so there certainly isn’t any bad blood between him and the company.  It’s well past time for the mastermind of the Brood to descend on the WWE games once again.

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6. Funaki

It’s amazing to think of how long Funaki has worked with WWE despite everything the company has put him through.  He entered the company as a member of the Kai En Tai stable, which is most famous for its feud with wrestling porn star Val Venus and their manager threatening to “choppy choppy (his) pee pee”.  Not off to a good start.  After most of the Kai En Tai team left WWE, Funaki and his remaining stablemate, Taka Michinoku, were given the new gimmick of being badly dubbed over like they were in an old Godzilla movie.  Then came Kung Fu Naki which pretty much speaks for itself.  In spite of all that absurdity, he still came back to the company to help put over NXT superstar Hideo Itami and is still working with them to this day as a member of the Japanese commentary team.  Forget 2K17, give that man a world title run.

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5. The Nasty Boys

Before the Hardy Boyz or the Dudley Boyz, the Nasty Boys Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags were the original hardcore tag-team of the WWE.  While they may look more like the kind of goons that the Ninja Turtles would fight by today’s standards, their black attire and hard-hitting style was revolutionary in their heyday.  Granted, their mohawk-mullet hairstyles made them look like pre-mutation Rocksteady and Bebop and one of their moves involved shoving their opponent’s face into their armpits, but they were still OH, MY GOD, THEY REALLY WERE NINJA TURTLE VILLAINS!

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4. Umaga

Umaga was one of the more iffy personas WWE had in terms of cultural sensitivity.  Still, his legacy is not one that deserves to be forgotten.  He was a major player in the Battle of the Billionaires storyline, although his rival, Bobby Lashley, is now with TNA and isn’t going to appear in anything WWE-related anytime soon.  He’s also a member of the prestigious Anoa’i wrestling family, along with Roman Reigns, The Rock, Yokozuna (who’s also sorely missing from the game), Rikishi, Naomi, and the Usos.  In fact, the Usos’ facepaint designs are a tribute to their late uncle.  A two-time Intercontinental Champion and long-time rival of Triple H, John Cena, and Jeff Hardy, Umaga warrants a spot in 2K17.

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3. Sable

Many bemoan Sable as being the beginning of the end for women’s wrestling.  She got over less for her skills in the ring or on the mic and much more for her looks and she is often blamed for sparking the objectification of female wrestlers that we are still trying to bury to this day.  Just don’t complain too loudly because she’s now married to Brock Lesnar and that kind of talk is liable to get you turned inside out.  Joking aside, Sable is a big part of WWE’s history, bringing a great deal of attention to the brand, and deserves more recognition for it.  With her husband being the cover star of 2K17, now would’ve been the perfect time to reunite the beauty and the beast incarnate in the ring for the ultimate intergender tagteam.

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2. Nikolai Volkoff

While he may not be as big a name as other major heels of his time like Ted DiBiase and the Iron Sheik (again, how are they not playable?), Nikolai Volkoff holds his own place in WWE history.  As the man who set the standard for the evil Russian archetype that WWE still likes to pull out to this day, Volkoff had plenty of legendary feuds with the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan Curtis Axel.  He also enjoyed a face-turn that captured the audience’s attention just as much as his villainous days that concluded with a reversal of roles as he fought against Sgt. Slaughter (fourth verse, same as the first) at the 1990 Survivor Series.  Volkoff is undoubtedly an icon of the company and warrants a spot in the game.

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1. Wade Barrett

It’s weird to me that Bad News Barrett has been dropped from the playable roster in the first place.  Yes, he was released from the company earlier this year, but that was a matter of him being a glass cannon and suffering too many injuries too frequently.  It’s not like he burned any bridges or left the company on bad terms like Ryback and Damien Sandow did on their way out and he’s even said that he’d be willing to come back after he’s had some time off.  Cody Rhodes outright quit, but he’s still on good enough terms with WWE to hold a spot in the game, so why leave out Wade?  The King of the Nexus and the Corre definitely deserves to be on 2K17‘s roster and he is easily one of the biggest omissions.

Have any other wrestlers deserving of a spot in WWE 2K17 that noone else seems to be talking about?  Be they bizarre, underrated, or outright controversial, who merits a place in the game and should be at the top of 2K’s list when building next year’s roster?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

New Mass Effect Andromeda Footage Just Isn’t Enough

During Sony’s PlayStation event earlier this week, they unveiled the new PlayStation 4 Pro to much dismay. Along with it, they showed off several games that benefit directly from the added power including Mass Effect Andromeda. The last game anyone expected to see.

While this was a nice surprise at what I can only call a disappointing event, and I understand that the gameplay is meant to demonstrate power, it still left much to be desired.

Here it is in 4K if you can handle that many pixels.

The best thing I can say about Mass Effect Andromeda is that it looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The atmospheric lighting and overall art direction really shine especially with the new console. However, I think that’s where I’ll stop as far as praise goes.

I am a huge Mass Effect fan but we have been teased repeatedly for several years now with absolutely nothing concrete. Many of us die-hards expected a great E3 showing but got nothing but more obnoxious fragments. While I understand that they cannot share four hours of gameplay, at this point I feel that the marketing team has actively hurt itself and the product it wants to sell.

Why do they insist on continuously teasing us? Why is it that we cannot get a proper trailer demonstrating new unique systems that the sequel can offer? If EA decided that the PS4Pro event would be the true first reveal for Andromeda, why stop just as it becomes interesting?

It looks like a shiny new toy, but that’s about it. The iffy voice acting and awkward animations aside, there was a severe lack of substance to the gameplay that really sells itself short.

Hopefully, N7 day in November will bring me back into the fray with some great gameplay, but the marketing thus far has actively made me less interested than before it was unveiled, which is such a shame.

Top 10 Overlooked Characters for Injustice 2

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Injustice 2 is on the way and there is no end to the DC characters that people would love to see make the roster.  There are obvious picks like Static, Darkseid, and Black Canary, but there’s also plenty of lesser-known heroes and villains that could bring a lot to a fighting game.

This list is dedicated to the more fringe characters of the DC universe that still deserve a shot at the roster.

10. The Question

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I’m sure you know about Rorschach from Watchmen, but you may not know that he is essentially the understudy of the Question.  After DC acquired the rights to Charlton Comics, Alan Moore wanted to use their characters in Watchmen, but ended up creating his own unique cast with Rorschach taking the place of Question.  A hard-boiled, noir-inspired detective along the same lines of the Shadow and, of course, Batman, Question has also had occasional stints as a hilariously nutty conspiracy theorist.  The one major problem is that, despite looking like Slenderman in a fedora, Question doesn’t have any powers or even many gadgets and would have to rely on good ol’ fashion fisticuffs for his moveset.  Still, he would certainly be a welcomed addition to the roster regardless of what he actually brings to the table.

9. Tawky Tawny

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Remember Hobbs?  Well, imagine if he had magical powers, dressed like James Bond, and was BFF’s with Captain Marvel.  That, in a nutshell, is Tawky Tawny.  A long-time ally of the Marvel Family, Tawny has all the strength you’d expect from a bipedal tiger as well as having the ability to transform into a sabertooth form that’s even stronger and faster.  He’d be a perfect fit for a tooth-and-nail rushdown character similar to MvC Wolverine or Street Fighter‘s Necalli.

8. Platinum

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The Metal Men are probably the silveriest of Silver Age super hero teams (despite not having a member actually named Silver).  They are literally a group of sentient metals with powers and personalities based on the primary metals they’re composed of.  Having any of them in Injustice 2 would be hilarious, but I’m going to go with the first member of the Metal Men and, ironically, the only female member (at least until Copper joined), Platinum.  Her abilities to shape-shift and conduct heat and electricity have endless possibilities for an interesting and varied moveset.  And now to make some painful, metal-based pun to close out this segment… I got nothing.

7. King Shark

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He is a shark that walks like a man.  I should not need to justify this.

6. Mr. Terrific

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Mr. Terrific just seems like he was made to be a zoning character in Injustice.  The third-smartest man in the DC universe, Terrific uses his robotic T-Spheres to fire off electricity, create laser grids, project holograms, and even just slam into people.  He actually did appear in the first Injustice as a background character for the Watchtower stage, so we know Netherrealm has the character on their minds.  Here’s hoping he can make like Martian Manhunter and step into the foreground.

5. Karu-Sil

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Introducing more Lantern Corp characters is a little tricky as they all essentially have the same power set.  However, it’s the personalities of the Lanterns and what they prefer to create with their hard-light powers that ultimately sets them apart and few have as distinctive a selection for their creations than Sinestro Corps member Karu-Sil.  Orphaned at a young age and raised by wild beasts, she swore revenge against the Green Lanterns when one of their members killed her adopted family in a misunderstanding.  She tore off her own lips and sharpened her teeth to more resemble her foster family (remind you of anyone?) and uses her powers as a Sinestro Corps Lantern almost exclusively to create constructs resembling her late loved ones.  If she can’t make for a good Injustice character, I don’t know what does.

4. Vixen

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There are plenty of heroes that have the power of being a one-man zoo, but making most of them actually work could tricky.  Beast Boy is easily the most recognizable, but working in enough transformations to make him actually play like Beast Boy might be too taxing on the hardware.  Animal Man doesn’t need to shapeshift, but he does need an actual animal nearby to draw on its powers.  They could just brush over that plot-hole, but, all things considered, I’d rather have Vixen on the roster.  With the Tantu Totem, she can mimic the abilities of all the animals she knows of.  The strength of an elephant, the speed of a cheetah, the acrobatics of a spider, etc.  Maybe I am being too pedantic in my reasons for wanting her over her more famous colleagues, but she definitely deserves some consideration.

3. August General in Iron

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Originally trained as a member of an elite Chinese spec ops unit specializing in fighting space aliens (comics are great), the August General in Iron is now the field leader of Chinese super hero team Great Ten.  What appears to be a suit of armor is actually a durable exoskeleton he developed after being put through live-saving experiments.  While the Great Ten and the Justice League of America haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, August General was a major player in the New 52’s Justice League International.  A highly decorated soldier with an energy staff that can cut steel, he would be a great pick for Injustice 2.

2. Mera

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We already know that Aquaman is coming back, but having his wife on the roster would be even better.  Along with having the same super-strength of her husband, Mera also has the ability to manipulate water to her will, which can easily form a diverse and unique moveset.  Fun fact: she was also a Red Lantern at one point.  It wasn’t for a long enough time for it to factor into how she’d fight, but it would at least make for a good alternate costume.

1. Booster Gold

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Booster Gold: Protecting his past to ensure your future!  Time-traveller Michael Jon Carter had an interesting journey from the 25th century to the present day.  You might expect him to have travelled back in time to prevent the apocalypse or solve some caper that spans ages or something massive like that, but it was actually because his football career fell apart.  Booster Gold is just some joe-schmoe who grabbed a bunch of everyday devices from his own time and traveled to the golden age of the Justice League assuming that his futuristic tech alone would instantly put him on par with the like of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  It didn’t really work that well.

Imagine if a big Sherlock Holmes fan grabbed a Mac book and an Uzi, walked through a portal in time to 1880s London, and tried to catch Jack the Ripper only for Scotland Yard to already be one step ahead the whole way.  That’s Booster Gold in a nutshell and he is hilarious.  While he’s usually treated as a poser and hanger-on by his associates, Booster Gold truly is a hero at heart and has his fair share of serious accomplishments under his belt.  Between his witty dialogue and admittedly impressive array of gadgets, he’s an easy pick for my top spot in Injustice 2.

Those are my picks, now let’s hear yours.  There’s no end to the utterly insane characters that comics come up with, so I’m sure you’ve got your fair share of underappreciated heroes and villains that would still make for great fighters.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

The Best PS Now Games You Can Play on PC Right Now

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PlayStation Now games are available for PCs worldwide starting today. Sony is offering PC owners their huge library of over 400 PlayStation Games available, until now, exclusively to PlayStation owners. Although there are no emulators involved and Sony is basically streaming games over to your computer via the almighty internet, those with a solid internet connection can enjoy the hundreds of games for just $20 per month.

And since we’re talking here about amazing titles, titles that have not been released on PCs so far, there are some real treats for gamers out there. And you can even add to the experience with the Dualshock 4 adapter – but that’s not a must. A must is playing some of the amazing games released for the various PlayStation models in the past and to make things a lot easier for you, we’ve selected the best PlayStation Now games for you to play right now on your PC.

We’re talking about PlayStation-exclusive titles, of course, because that’s what it is all about: enjoying games that you weren’t able to enjoy so far if you didn’t own a PlayStation. And we have quite a few amazing picks – make sure to check them out below and give them a try as soon as possible!

Shadow of the Colossus

One of the best known and most appreciated PlayStation 2 games, this one is a must play. From the opening sequences all the way to the end, this is an amazing game, one that involves battling massive bosses, one that will make you care about your characters and maybe even make you cry. An absolute must play game!

The Last of Us

One of the best rated PlayStation games ever and one of the more recent games available on PlayStation Now, The Last of Us is the cherry on top of this service. If you were to play this game alone and it would still worth paying the $20 for one month! It’s basically an extremely well done Resident Evil game (and we didn’t get a good RE game for a long while!) in a different universe and with a storyline that you’ll absolutely love. By all means, play this game!

God of War series

OK, so this is not a game, it’s a series and you have the chance to play it from its not-so-humble beginnings to its latest installments. Start with the original God of War to meet the almighty Kratos, then work your way up to God of War 2 and 3, then enjoy God of War: Ascension, God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghosts of Sparta. That’s a series that not many PC owners hoped to play on a PC and now you have this unique chance! Take it!

Ico

Another classic PS2 game, another title that has a lot more in common with Shadow of the Colossus than it appears to. A beautiful puzzle platformer with minimal dialogue but amazing atmosphere, this multi GOTY award winner is another must play game on PlayStation Now.

Killzone 3

Considered by many one of the best shooters available exclusively on PlayStation, this sci-fi shooter packs quite a punch and will keep you busy for hours. Amazing graphics, amazing gameplay – the perfect recipe for success!

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Although I am not the biggest fan of this series, I have to admit that everybody else loves it and considers A Crack in Time the best ever made. Zany platformer action with extremely colorful characters, this is a must play if you enjoy this type of games.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

Insane fighting action, great co-op play, great graphics. If you haven’t played a game in the series, then you must play this one. If you did but skipped this one for various reasons (maybe because you don’t own a PlayStation?), then you must play this one. Simple as that.

Uncharted series

Another Playstation Exclusive series that you have to play is available for just $20 per month. On PS Now you can play the original Nathan Drake adventure in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (the first in the series), as well as Uncharted 2 and 3 for a perfectly rounded up experience.

Siren: Blood Curse

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If you’re a fan of horror games, then this one is the game you have to play. When you’re home alone, the light are turned off and the wind makes a creaking noise outside. And even if you don’t have this perfect setting for getting the top scares of your life, you will still get scared and enjoy one of the best horror games out there.

These would be our recommendations: a good line-up of games to start your PlayStation Now adventure on PC. However, have in mind that there are over 400 games available on the service right now, with more new games added regularly, so there’s definitely a huge library that you will have at your disposal for just $20 per month.

Which are the titles that you’re looking forward to playing now that you have this option?

Doom’s Soundtrack Is Phenomenal, And So Are These Dev Diaries

I am a sucker for developer diaries. They offer an unprecedented look into how our favourite games become what they are while offering insight into how game development, as unique as it is, functions as an art form.

Doom, with its incredible soundtrack, left me wondering how exactly it came to be. So it is lucky then, that Doom composer Mick Gordon has released two videos that go behind the scenes to see exactly how he achieved such an angry, evil sound with the game.

Check them out!

I think my favourite thing about the soundtrack beyond it’s otherworldly, hellish soundscapes and atmospheric droning and pulsing, is that Mick utilizes modern metal to help craft such a unique sound. From Djent to 9-string guitars to Russian synthesizers, he holds nothing back and it definitely shows.

I certainly hope this isn’t the last look at Doom and its development.

Please check out these 2 trailers and let us know what you think in the comments box below.