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News Wrapup: 27/4/17

CODWW2 info revealed, original Burnout creators bring back the crash mode and more.

Call of Duty WW2 trailer drops; story and campaign changes detailed.

The new Call of Duty game has got a trailer and there seems to be an effort to tell a more grounded and sombre story this time around. You take control of a young Private and battle with the 1st Infantry Division in a move that is reminiscent of Call of Duty 4. Gameinformer reports that the health system will undergo a radical change from the previous installments, returning to a health system that the game moved on from after the first game in the series at least for the single player. The game will be releasing later in the year, on November 3.

Opinion: The characters look like a return to the pre-Modern Warfare 2 era which is something that I approve of and the change to the health system is a bold move. The CoD series inspired the last generation of shooters to do away with health packs and it will be interesting to see fan reaction to going back now.

Atlus now allowing streamers to show more of Persona 5.

Atlus has released an update on their website responding to the criticism received for asking players to not stream their game Persona 5 past the 7/7 date in the game. Atlus had previously stated that they did not wish for players to have the story spoiled online but has now softened their stance, allowing streaming until the in-game date of 11/19. They are still asking players not to stream past this date as this is when the story’s final act begins.

Opinion: Streaming games is an interesting grey area these days. On one hand, it is probably the single best piece of advertising for your game IF it is good. On the other, there is the potential for people to either have the game spoiled or get some of the experience of the game without paying. I think that at this point it isn’t possible for developers to police their games from streaming like this anymore. This is the way it is, for better or for worse and it’s up to companies to embrace it such as Devolver Digital, who instead champion streaming for the benefits it brings them.

New game “Danger Zone” bringing back those Burnout crash memories.

A new game announced today by developer Three Fields Entertainment called Danger Zone will be a return to the “crash” game mode from the Burnout series. Three Fields Entertainment is made up of the co-founders of Criterion Games, creators of the Burnout series, and their next game will be bringing the much loved “crash” mode into next-gen. The game appears to be modeled from the Burnout 3 interpretation with “crashbreaker” becoming “smashbreaker”. The game will be released on PC and PS4 in May for $13USD.

Opinion: The last two games released by this team were nothing special. Dangerous Golf was just like crash but without the cars and looked very boring. Hopefully returning to vehicular mayhem will be the key to re-finding their previous success.

Tales from the Borderlands and Abzu the standout games from this month’s PS Plus Lineup.

We finally have a good lineup from the PS Plus free games this month. There were a few decent games in the last few months such as Tearaway and LittleBigPlanet 3 but the service has been disappointing overall since the PS4’s introduction. This month has a two good games in Tales from the Borderlands and Abzu on PS4. Borderlands is one of the better rated Telltale Games and Abzu is a bit of a knockoff Journey in the ocean. It is meant to be a very beautiful game though and worth a play. Other games this month include Blood Knights and Port Royale 3 on PS3 and Laser Disco Defenders and Type:Rider on the Vita.

Opinion: Way back when before the PS4 came out there were actual good, full retail games on the PS Plus service. After they made it mandatory to play online for the PS4, the quality has gone out the window and I can count on one hand the number of good PS4 releases before this month. This is a step in the right direction but they have a lot of goodwill to make up in my books.

 

 

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