Gran Turismo 7 has been offline and unplayable for over 24 hours

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Gran Turismo 7 launched two weeks ago and the consensus is that it’s a good game. In many aspects, fans consider it a return to form following the less-than-ideal GT5 and GT6. However, it isn’t perfect by any means. A recent update has backfired causing Gran Turismo 7 to stay offline for over 24 hours.

The offending patch was Update 1.07 which was supposed to be a routine balancing patch. But an oversight in it has forced developer Polyphony Digital to perform maintenance. That maintenance period has now passed 24 hours meaning that paying customers have had to go a whole day without access to their game.

To make matter worse, the patch that caused Gran Turismo 7 to go offline was already controversial. It aims to nerf various methods of making credits causing the racing game to be even grindier than it started.

Technically, Gran Turismo has always been a grindy franchise so this may not seem too bad. Unfortunately, the developer’s motive for implementing this change is not to increase GT7’s difficulty. Instead, it was done to tempt players into buying microtransactions. Gran Turismo 7 offers all kinds of microtransactions that can help a player skip some of the grind. By making the grind less enjoyable the developer is hoping that more players will pay up to save time.

A workaround

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Technically, it is still possible to play Gran Turismo 7 in offline mode. By disconnecting your PS4 or PS5 and then booting the game it will still launch. Although the experience awaiting you is probably not what you were hoping for.

Loading and processing time can be very long in offline mode. Equally, certain game modes and gameplay functionality are disabled when not connected to the internet. It’s better than nothing but players are hardly going to be happy with this makeshift solution.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction | PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X

TOM CLANCYs RAINBOW SIX EXTRACTION

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction is an upcoming tactical shooter game by Ubisoft. It is a cooperative multiplayer game based on Rainbow Six Siege (2015) in which players have to work together to kill Archaeans, parasite-like aliens. On January 20, 2022, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction will be available for players on Microsoft Windows, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S.

Extraction is a three-player cooperative multiplayer game. Infiltrating an alien-infested place has to be done by operators. They also have to perform goals, including gaining intel, collecting samples, and removing resources from computers. The enemy placement and the locations of the goals are created procedurally. If the enemy takes down an operator, they will become missing in action, and players will not be able to play as them until they are retrieved.

Players can pick operators from a pool of 18 operators. And each operator has their own set of weapons and gadgets. Pulse possesses a heartbeat sensor that allows him to see enemies far across the barriers. At the same time, Alibi has the power to confuse the enemies with a holographic decoy. In order to succeed in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, players have to collaborate and cooperate with one another. A ping system in the game allows the players to reveal hostile danger and resource locations to other players.

There are unusual varieties of the regular variants, like the rooters, who may slow the player down, and spikers, who can shoot sharp missiles from their bodies. Extraction moves at a slower speed than other cooperative multiplayer games. The players would not regenerate with this health, and resources and ammo are rare.

Rainbow Six Extraction is a spin-off by Ubisoft Montreal’s Rainbow Six Siege, released in 2015. According to Jason Schreier, the Extraction came from a project called Pioneer, first teased in Watch Dogs 2. The game is based on the 2018 Siege time-limited game mode Outbreak, in which players have to fight the hostile aliens in New Mexico. Extraction was designed to be a fun experience for those who do not want to play a multiplayer video game with other people. The developers hoped that making Siege characters available in Extraction would attract Siege players to the game and make Extraction a useful entry point for new players.

Extraction is a first-person shooter that combines the features of Rainbow Six with a horde mode shooter. This game also focuses on the objectives and surviving the encounters with the aliens, rather than employing firearms to shoot down enemies like in most other games. The developers thought that instead of being “entrenched and shooting and mow down hundreds of enemies,” the characters in the game should ambush the enemies.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine was the initial title for the game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, which was intended to be released in 2020 for Windows, Xbox One, and PS4. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was delayed twice because of development issues. It was again postponed from July until January 20, 2022.

Call of Duty Warzone: How to Play With Friends

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The multiplayer mode in Call of Duty warzone is a thrill-filled game where you play in groups of three. While you may be teamed up with strangers online, connecting and playing with your friends is also possible. Not only does playing with real-time friends add more fun to the game, but it also increases your interest.

This article will show you how to connect and play Warzone with friends, no matter your gaming platforms. Also, to mitigate difficulties along the line, try using cod warzone cheats. With that said, let’s explore the details of playing with your friends

Ways to play Call of Duty Warzone with Friends

●      Playing Call of Duty Warzone with friends on the same platform

Call of duty warzone allows you to play with friends through multiplayer mode or co-ops. The friends you play with can be random picks you made online or friends you personally know. All it takes is a few clicks on the mouse or pressing buttons (for pads or controllers).

Locate and click on the social menu available on Warzone’s multiplayer home screen. The social icon is usually located to the top right of the screen, varying with different types of consoles. For example, it is usually a triangle if you’re gaming on a PS4 or a Y if you’re gaming on Xbox One.

On the social menu, you will be shown a list of friends you previously played with or added. You are to select your friends and proceed to the game if they’re online. If their lobby is open, you can join their party and play games with them.

●      Playing Call of Duty Warzone with friends across platforms.

You may be worried about playing with friends who are not using the same type of platform. However, Call of duty comes with the crossplay feature allowing you to play with friends on different platforms. So, whether you are using a PC, and Xbox One, or a PS4, you can still create that dream team.

To enable you to connect with friends on other platforms, turn on the crossplay feature in your game settings. You may also need an Activision ID- which you get after you have created an Activision account. The Activision ID is the code you need to share with your friends so that they are able to add you.

●      About the Activision

Creating an Activision account is not a big deal. You simply need to visit the Call of duty official website. Then, click the Sign Up option in the top navigation bar. You will then be directed to a page to provide the required information.

On this page, type in a valid email address, a display name, and a password. Then to read and accept the privacy policy and Terms of Service, and this finalizes the registration process. After completing the registration process, you will be shown your account summary containing your Activision ID.

Note that your Activision ID is unique to you, so don’t worry if another player bears the same username as you. After creating the Activision account, link your Xbox, PC, PS4, etc., to enable you to use the crossplay feature.

●      Crossplay

The Crossplay feature makes it possible for you to connect and play with friends. First, you have to turn it on in settings. After that, navigate to the top right corner of your multiplayer screen and click on the Social menu. You’ll find it just underneath your Activision ID and your rank.

On this page, you will see all your friends across platforms, including friends from your linked Activision account. Once a friend is online, you’ll find their name when you open the social menu. To join their game, right-click on their name and select Join game. To invite them to your game, after right-clicking on their name, choose Invite to party.

Furthermore, you can also use other means, including Xbox Live Gamertag, PlayStation Network Online ID, or Battle.net ID.

●      Requesting a new friend to join your team?

If you want to add a friend to your list, then take the following steps. Simply open your social menu and scroll to where you have the Add Friends option, usually to the left. Clicking on it will redirect you to a page where you are to type in their Activision ID. After you click on Send Invite, your friend will receive a friend request.

●      Accepting a request from a new friend?

To accept a friend request, simply open the social menu. Navigate to, and open the Friend requests tab, where you’ll find both sent and received requests. Simply locate your friend’s ID and click on the Accept button, then you both can rock together.

Conclusion

Playing with a team is important, but playing with a team you are comfortable with is the bomb. This is because the difficulty you face in Call of duty Warzone requires a huge amount of synergy and teamwork. So playing alongside a squad of friends is ideal, as you can effectively communicate. This article has the information you need to help players who don’t know how to go about creating their own teams.

The Apex Legends cross-play beta is right around the corner

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As we’ve known for some time now, Apex Legends is going to support cross play. However, before now we hadn’t received an official release date on when to expect it. Thanks to Respawn’s latest update post, we now know the beta is closer than expected. You’ll be able to try out cross play as early as Tuesday, October 6.

Cross-play is becoming an increasingly popular addition in many battle royale. We’ve already seen Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite implement it and now Apex is set to follow. When it’s introduced, cross-play will let you play Apex Legends with friends regardless of platform. The beta will support PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

The next step for Apex Legends

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For many, this update is considered the next step for EA’s world famous battle royale. Apex Legends has already been responsible for implementing many genre defining features. So it’s lack of cross-play did feel a little out of place.

Cross-play will be enabled by default however users will have a toggle option to turn it off. This will be easily accessible via the in-game settings. If you’re playing on Xbox One though you will also have to enable or disable the console’s cross-play option. This can be found in the System Settings application.

Once you’re partied up you’ll have access to everything a regular Apex Legends squad would. That includes voice chat, pinging communication, and text chat. Unfortunately, this update won’t be including cross-progression. According to Respawn, this will be discussed as a potential update closer to the Steam launch later this year.

Finally, the addition of cross-play has seem some adjustments made to the Apex Legends matchmaking algorithm. When a PC player is in a lobby you will always be placed in a primarily PC populated game. This is to prevent mouse and keyboard players being matched with controller players where possible.

Hitman 3 Final Chapter: Mark January 2021 On Your Calendars

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We got introduced to the secret world of assassins in the first Hitman games, which also gained screen treatment through the movie of the same title. Timothy Olyphant was superb in his portrayal of the nameless assassin, well backed up by the seemingly helpless damsel in distress character of Olga Kurylenko. In the gaming universe, the story of Agent 47 comes full circle, as Hitman 3 is set to arrive in January 2021.

Last Patch Arriving for Hitman 2

In a report dated November 2019, the series’ predecessor — Hitman 2 — received its final patch on the November update. That was some months ago. Since then, Hitman 3 has been the focus of the developers. It is also a confirmation of what IO said was a ‘trilogy’ of games that followed Agent 47’s travel.

At this point, Hitman 3 will be launching after the arrival of next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. During the time the last few major patches for Hitman 2 were released, it was still in development — or the middle of development, as it appears. The speculations look correct, as it would be released in early 2021.

Agent 47 Comes Full Circle

The journey that Agent 47 started in the first Hitman outing will finally conclude in Hitman 3. Here, the world of assassination will once again welcome the enigmatic assassin. As always, the stakes are high, and 47’s contracts are never simple. It will take him around the world, always looking dapper and dashing in his preferred suit.

This time, Agent 47 has an extra hand from his agency handler, Diana Burnwood, as well as his long-lost friend, Lucas Grey. Their mission will be to eliminate the partners of Providence, but — as with all games in the genre — things turn sour on the way to their prey. Agent 47 will be thrust into unfamiliar territory and find himself trying to adjust as the situation develops.

Watch The World Come Alive

The locations in the Hitman saga have always been luxurious. Some have also been exotic and packed with high-stakes action. You take control of Agent 47 as he tries to explore these masterfully rendered locations and follow clues and pointers toward where the Agent must eliminate targets. Part of the fun is in the planning and execution of these assassinations. You can choose to disguise yourself or create little accidents, no matter how you see it fit.

It is in attention to these details that the game is truly appreciated. Blend in with the crowds, anonymous, and watch your plan unfold. You could also interact with other characters on the path to your ultimate goal. From these decisions, you could watch your plan unfold in glorious 4k – or see it burn down to the ground. You can also watch as the world reacts to everything you do, thanks to the award-winning Glacier technology by IO.

The Finale Comes After A Long Wait

Long-time fans of the franchise will get a feeling of delight in knowing that they can choose whichever way they want to play the assassin — sleek and sophisticated or bumbling and clumsy. Exploration and interaction are huge parts of this gameplay, rewarding players who have that extra streak of curiosity and insight in succeeding re-plays of the game. The game rewards players who immerse themselves in the world of assassination.

Players will also find it fascinating that the series allows for continuation, even from other games. Hitman 3 will allow those who have played and finished Hitman 2 to carry over their character progression as well as discover locations in the game. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X boasting playability from the very first games in their series, the upcoming game will be able to receive content from the very first game up to the second.

IO Interactive will develop the last game in the franchise. The developers felt it was a natural choice for Hitman 3 to come directly from them to the players who have followed Agent 47 from the start. They also stated that they felt ready for the challenge and will look forward to completing the journey with the players and the entire community alongside them.

The game’s launch is in January 2021 for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. In the meantime, there are other free PC games available for players who can’t wait to put their trigger finger to the test.

About Author: Jonathan J Kingston is a video game enthusiast, gamer, and veteran video game news writer for Games.lol. He spends his free time hunting for free game sites and testing their reliability. 

Suit Up Thieves: 5 Reasons to Check out Persona 5

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The Persona series is one of my favorite JRPG franchises to date. Once known as the Shin Megami Tensei series, it still shares the moniker, this spin off iteration has fans at hype level 100. Set to drop on April 4th, 2017 for both the PS3 and PS4 here are 5 reason why players should check out the Persona 5.

It has a Rich History

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As mentioned above, Persona is an offshoot of the Shin Megami Tensei series. As the 5th installment in the franchise, this game that started out as a dungeon crawler dating/social sim is still delighting fans today. Most fans may have come in with Persona 3 but most know Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. This series has earned it’s stripes and definitely has earned the love of the fans that it has today. Not to mention it has spawned several spin offs in the form of a fighting game, SRPG and rhythm game that are all all canonical so yeah, all the Persona you could ask for.

It’s Not Ashamed To Be Turn Based

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That’s right, this is a reason to be hyped for the game. It has long been stated that turn based combat is outdated and has lost its luster with gamers but Persona proves otherwise. Not only does it have turn based combat but it’s unapologetic about it. The combat is fun and keeps you on your toes even though it’s not a hack and slash fest. All combat types have their place but it’s refreshing to have one of the JRPG staples present in a main stream game again.

The Game is Super Stylish

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The art style of the game has only improved with each generation and has made it mark by retaining it’s signature look in each installment. This time around the game almost has a comic book super hero art style along with the signature portraits for each main character. The graphics are ps3 era fare but it’s polished and smooth so even graphics enthusiasts can enjoy it.

The Music is Awesome

The music is so great in the series that it spawned a rhythm game using the Persona 4 soundtrack called Persona 4: Dancing All Night. It doesn’t matter what you are doing in the game there is always a tune to hum in your head. Even if you’re tackling the same content over and over again it never becomes grating on the ears or annoying. The battle music for the game has me excited to bash shadows in the face. This game has a reported 100 or more hours of game play so I’ll probably be very familiar with the soundtrack when its all said and done.

It’s Not Afraid To Tackle Mature Themes

Don’t let the anime style and dating sim fool you. This game is not for children and can appeal to the real life scenarios

If you’re not familiar with the series, Persona has had a tough time being sold in the states. In Persona 3 in order to summon your persona the players simulated suicide by shooting themselves in the head. Yikes. I was intrigued by the dark theme of the game even though there was a dating/social sim connected. In Persona 5, players become a group called the Phantom Thieves with the goal of reforming the corrupted hearts of adults by stealing them. The previous games have discussed survivor guilt, addiction, sexual orientation etc. You name it and it was probably in Persona with more to come. Don’t let the anime style and dating sim fool you. This game is not for children and can appeal to the real life scenarios

Let Persona 5 Take Your Heart

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Are you excited for Persona 5? Have you played a Persona game before? Have you played the Japanese version of the game and can attest to it’s awesomeness? Let us know in the comments below before we all disappear on April 4th. You can find more details about the game at the Atlus website.

Mass Effect Andromeda Is Almost Here And Players Can Try It For 10 Hours

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Platform: PS4, Xbox 1, PC

Release Date: March 21st, 2017

In an effort to continue to grab money from gamers, Mass Effect: Andromeda is close to a full retail release. In the meantime, if you have the PC version pre-ordered and are subscribed to EA Access, you can play the game for 10 hours. Here are some things that we can see by playing the demo.

Mass Effect is a BioWare Game with Character Customization

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Players will get to create a male or female version of their “Ryder” character. Unfortunately, though, you can only choose the human race as an avatar. The same was true for the first Mass Effect games but I think players were hoping for something different. Speaking of characters, there has been some coverage about the unnatural movements and mo-cap of the human species in the game. The alien races are fine so that doesn’t surprise me. Don’t be taken back by some of the make-up choices for the human women especially.

This is a Completely Different Mass Effect story

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It should go without saying but this game is not a continuation of the previous Mass Effect trilogy. Starting with a note from Pathfinder Alec Ryder the game is ready for players to immerse themselves in its universe. As you progress through the story and get a feel for Ryder, you will notice that even the main character is different from Shepard. They appear more youthful, inexperienced, and have more of a personality than the previous iteration. Shepard is still a great character but this one may be different.

To give a bit of a back story, Ryder and the crew wake up after being asleep for centuries on the Ark Hyperion to try and find new planets to inhabit. Unfortunately, when you wake up it’s not all sunshine and roses. Players land on a new planet with hostile everything waiting to kill you like a warm welcome.

There Are A Slew Of New Game Mechanics

There Are A Slew Of New Game Mechanics

This game is still a 3rd person shooter and the controls seem to be smoother than before. There are a few notable changes to glean. One is that there is no longer a button mapped to put your character into cover. Ryder will hide and crouch almost automatically when you come near certain things in the environment. Players are no longer trapped into one build which promoted multiple play-throughs to try different play styles in the previous games. Instead, players can customize their characters to take different skills from categories in their respective skill trees. One last thing I’ll note is the introduction of the dash mechanic which can change the tactical tide of battle. It does have a slight cool down but it can save you from the life of death with the better AI of enemies.

The Online Multiplayer Is More of the Same

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There is no player versus player mode which is normal for the Mass Effect series. However, if you have played games like Rainbow 6 Siege, when you go into Multiplayer mode you can choose different archetypes for battle. Those characters can also be of different races so that may be the players’ only opportunity to play something new. There are also loot boxes to buy with in-game currency or money for new weapon mods and new characters. The rest is business as usual with new things to be added after the game is released.

Your Demo Progress Transfers Over and All Upcoming DLC Will be Free

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You read correctly. The demo will save your progress so no time is wasted thank goodness. Bio ware is also doing us a service and will not charge for DLC that most of us probably can’t afford at this point anyway. The DLC schedule hasn’t been released yet but hopefully, they will support this game for the long haul.

Are You In?

We only have a week to wait until the game’s full release and so far the reception appears positive. Have you tried the 10-hour demo and what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Why Players Should Appreciate The Diversity In Horizon Zero Dawn

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The Diversity In Horizon Zero Dawn

I’m an African American woman and seeing a lead protagonist that fits in any of those categories is rare in the video game space. At this point in my life, I’m 30, it’s one of those things that I have come to accept. Note, not okay with, but accept as the norm for the genre.

The targeted demographic for video games is normally white, straight men between the ages of 15 to 30. So imagine my surprise and joy that as more games have come out recently that conversation has begun to change. That is where Horizon Zero Dawn comes in and I would like to take a second to appreciate the strides with diversity taken in the game.

The Lead Protagonist In Horizon Is A Woman

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Aloy, our beautiful red haired wild girl, is the lead protagonist in Horizon. While a lot of games that feature a woman lead tend to focus on her “woman-ness” this game did the exact opposite. It needs to be said more often, but when it comes to diversity people that fit multiple minority groups don’t need it to be explicitly stated in the game or narrative.

Aloy could have easily been Alan and the story would not change that much if at all.

The fact that Aloy is a woman had literally nothing to do with the story. Aloy could have easily been Alan and the story would not change that much if at all. I appreciated that the game normalized Aloy being the lead and female without drawing attention to it in the narrative. Kudos Guerrilla for doing this despite Sony’s initial reservations about the choice.

The Population In Horizon Is Diverse

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I’m going to be frank, in a lot of dystopian games it appears like the only survivors of the apocalypse are white. It is rare that I see games take the time to flesh out the world to include other ethnic groups. I’m not going to sit here and say that these companies are racist or other extreme things. But I will say that it is an over sight that has not gone unnoticed.

I’m going to be frank, in a lot of dystopian games it appears like the only survivors of the apocalypse are white.

It may appear like in the years of “PC” culture and people becoming too “sensitive” that we are being inundated with these complaints. I am here to tell you that in the black community we have had these conversations among ourselves and we have them a lot. I am sure that other groups who feel under represented have done the same. So while it may be new to main stream it isn’t new to the rest of us who have to live with this reality every day.

In many of the mediums I consume, black people resemble white people dipped in brown paint.

To add further to this point, all of the character models look beautiful. In many of the mediums I consume, black people resemble white people dipped in brown paint. It’s obvious, it’s lazy and it makes me wish they didn’t bother. That wasn’t the case in Horizon where all of the NPCS Asian, Black, White etc each had a very polished and true to life look. I almost shed a tear when I saw the first black person and their hair. MY GOD THEIR HAIR! Hair, which they almost never get correct, looked as glorious as their skin. Thank you Guerrilla.

The Narrative Doesn’t Fall Into Familiar Stereotypes

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I mentioned it a bit earlier but it needs to be said again. I appreciate that the story did not focus on Aloy being a woman and the issues that women face. There was no talk of her being weaker than a man or even romance options. As a matter of fact I was a bit sad that Aloy didn’t get to choose someone to romance male or female. But that wasn’t the focus of the story to be told here so those aspects did not get any shine. Her sexuality was not on the table at all to the point where any advances made by other characters felt a bit out of place.

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I also appreciate that there were no separations of the tribes by race. There were things that separated each group to be sure but colorism was not one of them. If you follow the narrative [Spoiler] closely you will find that one of the researchers did a thing to make sure that mistake would not be able to be repeated again. Or at least not repeated in the same way come hell or high water.

It’s all the little thing’s that count with this game so while you might be off having Zelda adventures don’t forget to include Horizon too. Have you explored the world of Horizon? Do you have any thoughts about the diversity in the game? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Reasons Why Players Should Check Out Night In The Woods

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Night In The Woods

Platform: PC, PS4 Digital

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

I have been playing a lot of story-intense games over the last few weeks. 2017 has been churning out some real winners at the start of this year. Tales of Berseria has tugged at my heartstrings and so has the critical and commercial darling, Horizon Zero Dawn. However, the game that I want to talk about today may have flown under the radar since so many great games have arrived. That game is called Night in the Woods and I present to you 5 things you should know about before you start.

Night in the Woods Is An Adventure Game

Not an adventure game like Horizon is an adventure game. More like how Broken Age is an adventure game. It’s a side scroll game that has players take the main protagonist Mae through her hick town. Just about everything can be interacted with but may only open up once you reach certain parts of the story. It has been great-searching around the town to see what new things you can reach. I make sure to travel everywhere before I make any major commitments to see what pieces of dialogue I may uncover. Mae is able to climb on wires and roofs of buildings so make sure to look around.

It’s a Grown Up Zootopia

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Or Daria for the new millennium whichever you prefer. Even though the characters are animals the commentary is surely not cutesy at all. The dialogue tackles some serious issues like being a college dropout, failing to meet parental expectations, bad breakups, etc. You name it and its in here. The dialogue is smart, witty, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Even if all the plot points don’t resonate with you I’m sure someone in town will.

There Is Also Rhythm Game Play Involved

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Did I mention that Mae was in a band before she came back from school? Well, she was and her friends are psyched to bring her back into the fold. I wasn’t prepared to be thrown into a rhythm game where you needed to coordinate 3 buttons. And unfortunately, I don’t believe the difficulty can be adjusted for it. There is no real penalty for failing but I’m sure there is a trophy for being successful.

The Possum Springs Is A Town Is Full of Personality

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I’m not from a small town but I could imagine if I was everyone would know your name. In this town, everyone does know your character which is refreshing because of their dialogue. They also have distinct personalities so u may find yourself liking the townsfolk better than Bea. I especially enjoy the bear who writes poems or the penguin right next to her that has nothing but asshole stuff to say to you every day. Mae also has a computer that you can use to interact with your friends which gives a real sense of immersion.

There Is A Mystery Afoot

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From the very beginning of the game, there is a sense that before Mae left something went down. Some of the townspeople mention it but they don’t ignore you because of it. The main character herself makes it seems like it’s something that shouldn’t be talked about it. At some point, this comes to the forefront so you will be thrust into that part of the adventure as well.

I am totally in love with this game and cannot wait to see how it all ends and the relationships I build. Have you checked out this game? What have you discovered? Do you play adventure games? Let us know in the comments below.

Show, Don’t Tell: Horizon: Zero Dawn vs. Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Zero Dawn vs. Zelda

I’m having a lot of fun with Horizon: Zero Dawn, and I am also a big fan of game narrative, but sometimes there are just too many words. Today I’m going to compare the design styles of the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the aforementioned Horizon. Specifically, how they use (or don’t use) voiced narration to lead the player.

In the first few minutes of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s gameplay, the protagonist, Aloy, points out what’s going on in the environment. Verbally. Even though there’s no one around to hear her. You could argue that you’re hearing her “thoughts,” or that she’s talking to herself because she’s scared, but neither case is a good excuse.

The player simply doesn’t need to hear it

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Aloy will describe her surroundings, talk about what she should be doing next, talk about what she just did, and ultimately treats the player like a blind person with short-term memory loss. It’s as though the writer wrote a book and adapted it verbatim for the game, cutting out the he-saids and she-saids and leaving everything else.

Again, I love game narrative. I think games are a powerful storytelling medium. But just because a game can have more words written or lines spoken, certainly doesn’t mean it should. Ideally, the player should be able to play the game with the volume and subtitles off, using only art and design cues to figure out what to do next.

Look at Breath of the Wild. While it’s a longstanding tradition for Link to not speak, many Zelda games since Ocarina of Time gave the player a talking companion who points out everything you need to know. Navi, Midna, the… blue person from Skyward Sword whose name I forget. They all helped lead the player without needing Link to speak a word.

But in Breath of the Wild, like the original Zelda games of yore, has no quest-long companion jabbering in Link’s pointy ear. The game simply trusts the player to figure things out on their own.

This is the ideal design

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The ironic part is that Zelda is a game for kids and adults alike on a Nintendo platform that facilitates new gamers. Horizon: Zero Dawn is rated T for teen, and requires the player to use a PS4 controller and its dual-analog configuration that new gamers struggle with.

In essence, Horizon: Zero Dawn holds the player’s hand despite there being very little chance that the player is someone new at games, while Breath of the Wild trusts the player to figure things out without someone yapping at them the whole time.

It’s easy to look at games like Horizon: Zero Dawn as the way of the future and games like Zelda to be relics of the past. But with these two game releases, both at nearly the same time, the “relic” has shown itself to be much more comfortable as a game. And future designers—especially narrative designers—should take note.