A QUESTION I’ve been wondering ever since I played the remake of Shadow of the Colossus, is can you give the game of the year to something released 12-years ago?
Back in 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment launched this action-adventure blockbuster on the PlayStation 2 to critical acclaim.
Unfortunately, it was bypassed by a large amount of today’s modern gaming audience, and the title deserved another shot at the big time.
I went into my first hands-on session with Shadow of the Colossus with low expectations, after all, it was a game made more than a decade ago.
This is exactly why though, you should never judge a book by its cover.
Shadow of the Colossus isn’t a remaster in any shape or form, it’s a complete overhaul, a brand new game, that’s kept to what its fans know and love.
If you haven’t played it before, it’s very simple in terms of gameplay, but a masterpiece in terms of game design.
You take control of Wander, traveling the world in order to kill 16 different bosses, called Colossus.
They range from hulking monsters, 150ft giants with huge stone swords to winged beasts who require leaping off your horse to mount.
You’re challenge is to work out each tactic to take down your enemy, every one have their own puzzle to solve and finally defeat.
The Colossus will attempt to shake of you them as you climb their bodies, and kill you along the way.
It’s all very simple to explain, but just wait until you’re trying to avoid the 20ft boot of a giant monster.
In essence, Shadow of the Colossus is there to make you feel epic, giving you a sense of achievement as you progress.
The world is simply stunning, probably the most beautiful I have experienced on the PS4 Pro to date.
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The camera work is still slightly clumsy, and takes some getting used to, but it’s a minor fault in a masterpiece.
I only saw a glimpse of what it had to offer, but my instant reaction was, this is a 2018 game of the year contender, for sure.
All this with both the Last of Us Part II, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War and numerous others being released.
Next year is already shaping up to be a great one, and this little gem just adds to the excitement.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 gamers’ angry over character ‘paywall’ in £70 game
ANGRY gamers are lining up for refunds after getting their hands on the hotly anticipated game Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Players said they were “disgusted” to find that they couldn’t play as their favourite characters unless they forked out more in “microtransactions” to EA Games. The £69.99 title will launch in the UK on Friday […]
ANGRY gamers are lining up for refunds after getting their hands on the hotly anticipated game Star Wars: Battlefront 2.
Players said they were “disgusted” to find that they couldn’t play as their favourite characters unless they forked out more in “microtransactions” to EA Games.
The £69.99 title will launch in the UK on Friday but you can get 10 hours of multiplayer modes and the first three singleplayer levels ahead of then through subscription service Origin Access.
Origin Access costs £3.99 a month or £19.99 for the entire year.
Many will be used to clocking up several hours of gameplay or handing over cash to unlock characters like Obi Wan or Anakin.
But fans sitting down to the latest Star Wars title were shocked to find that they couldn’t even play Darth Vader or the Emperor without forking out.
To access Vader, players need to spend 48 hours earning him or pay to use him.
Based on playing three hours a day that would still take 16 days to access a character previously taken for granted on the franchise.
The dissatisfaction with the game within hours of the preview launch was clear and appears to have led to a flood of cancellations.
One gamer posted a picture of a conversation with a customer service support assistant who “knows what’s up” after cutting ties with the game.
An EA Games spokesperson wrote on Reddit that characters like Darth Vader were locked to “provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes”.
Fuming, customers took to forum Reddit to complain, with several describing EA Games as “greedy”.
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Another added: “Enough with microtransactions. When will buying the game be enough to access all the content?”
EA Games has been contacted for comment.
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When is Star Wars: Battlefront 2 coming out? UK release date, beta, trailer, multiplayer and campaign details for the PS4, Xbox and PC
Star Wars is returning to our screens pretty soon – no, not The Last Jedi – we’re talking about Battlefront II. One of the most anticipated sequels in history is nearly here and looks to be packed with everything the first game lacked – here’s all you need to know. When was the Star Wars […]
Star Wars is returning to our screens pretty soon – no, not The Last Jedi – we’re talking about Battlefront II.
One of the most anticipated sequels in history is nearly here and looks to be packed with everything the first game lacked – here’s all you need to know.
When was the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta?
The beta was on between Wednesday 4 October and Monday 9.
It included four modes from the final game and if you took part you will be granted a special emote for Darth Maul when the game is released.
The modes were: Galactic Assault (a 20v20 infantry battle in Naboo), Starfighter Assault (classic X-Wing vs TIE Fighter battles), Strike (8v8 close quarters combat) and Arcade (vs AI missions).
Lots of gamers have been complaining about the lack of squad functions and the star card levelling system, but otherwise it has been exceptionally well received.
What is Star Wars Battlefront II?
Two years after EA rebooted Star Wars Battlefront on PS4 and Xbox One, Star Wars Battlefront II is set to build on the first game’s multiplayer with a seriously robust class system and more maps than ever before.
It will also be bringing a much desired single-player campaign which looks to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
It’s a first person shooter set in the Star Wars universe and Disney have worked with EA to create a game filled with unbelievable detail and accuracy.
Whilst the first game was set purely during the Original Trilogy period, the sequel will span all three Star Wars eras which pretty makes it one of the most desired games in the world right now.
When is its UK release date?
Star Wars Battlefront II will be making its way to the PS4, Xbox One and PC on Friday, November 17, 2017.
However, if you pre-order the Deluxe version, you can get your hands on it on November 14, 3 days early!
This is just less than a month ahead of the release of the eighth Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, which is released on December 15.
It is expected that new content will be arriving to Star Wars Battlefront II to coincide with the film release, not least because they did the same thing with the first game and the release of The Force Awakens including costumes and potentially new heroes.
What is the campaign about and is it Star Wars canon?
One of the most eagerly awaiting additions to the FPS series is the single-player campaign.
It will follow Iden Versio, an elite Imperial officer who sets out to get revenge for the death of the Emperor and takes place sometime between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The game’s story has been developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm’s Story Group and it has been announced that it will be considered canon within the larger Star Wars universe.
What can we expect from the multiplayer?
The latest trailer revealed that Battlefront 2 is a much bigger game than it’s predecessor.
The John Boyega sponsored spot mentions that the game will feature more than three times the number of locations than the first game did as well as the number of vehicles (both on land and in space).
John Boyega has also revealed that Finn and Captain Phasma would be released as part of the free DLC related to The Last Jedi release.
Whilst the first Battlefront game was built for everyone, it also watered down the depth and customisability that gamers have come to expect from AAA releases. With Battlefront II it appears that this is no longer the case.
There will be a fully-fleshed class system including, snipers, officers, assaults and heavy soldiers. As you progress through the game you will be able to customise these characters with an in-depth loudout system.
As the game will take place across the eras it may be a little jarring to see Rey on Naboo, but it ought to work just fine seeing as the main campaign is there to keep the continuity in check.
Is there DLC and will it be free?
DLC for Star Wars Battlefront II will be free, a complete change of pace considering the season pass model used in the previous game and most other games out there.
Not suprisingly, the first DLC pack will revolve around The Last Jedi bring two new playable heroes, Finn and Captain Phasma, and the new planet of Crait.
Microtransactions are expected to feature in the game and will enable you to buy packs to upgrade your in-game characters.
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Wolfenstein II: The New Collosus bypasses German censorship laws by removing Hitler’s moustache
GERMAN gamers have been left bemused after makers of the new Wolfenstein game censored Hitler – by removing his moustache. The futuristic Second World War-based shoot ’em up sees Hitler funding and directing a new play. But in German trailers, the gaming firm Bethesda has chosen to remove the Nazi leader’s trademark facial hair in a […]
GERMAN gamers have been left bemused after makers of the new Wolfenstein game censored Hitler – by removing his moustache.
The futuristic Second World War-based shoot ’em up sees Hitler funding and directing a new play.
Hitler can be seen without his moustache in the image on the left, which is taken from the German version of the game[/caption]
But in German trailers, the gaming firm Bethesda has chosen to remove the Nazi leader’s trademark facial hair in a bid to skirt anti-Nazi laws in the country.
In Germany since 1945 the Swastika and all other Nazi symbols have been banned and the game has taken serious steps to avoid falling foul of the law.
Hitler isn’t even acknowledged and other characters refer to him as “my Chancellor”, or “mein Kanzler”, a direct translation of “my healer”.
Swastikas are replaced by a new, made up three-pronged symbol.
The changes were made to the German game, which is different from British and American versions[/caption]
The evil Fuhrer looks quite different without his trademark facial hair[/caption]
But the funniest replacement in the game is the clean-shaven face of a wrinkled Hitler, who has been shorn of his famous toothbrush moustache.
In the game, America has fallen to the Nazi occupation and gamers must rally the resistance and liberate the USA.
English-speaking versions of the hit game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus phrases like “mein fuhrer” is often used, but the German release shied away from the country’s dark past.
Gamers in Germany labelled the censorship “embarrassing” and claimed producers had deprived users of a historically accurate experience.
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One gamer, who did not want to be named, said: “They deprived us of a great story by removing the amazing voice acting, both English and German, and replacing it with a low-quality dub that changes the narrative into a nonsensical, patronising mess.
“And then having the gall to offer it to us thinking we wouldn’t notice these obvious changes, that’s the censorship.”
It is likely that Bethesda will have considered the cost of violating German anti-Nazi laws – which can land individuals with up to three years behind bars and a fine – before censoring its latest Nazi game.
A gamer said: “They should’ve just put a paper bag on his head with ‘not Hitler’ written on it.”
Another added: “Seriously they removed his f***ing moustache?
“I can’t even think of anything to say about that because of how ridiculous of an alteration that is.”
Bethesda has been approached for comment.
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