Newest God of War Could Take Another Chance At Multiplayer

The new God of War installment could bring back one unexpected feature from God of War: Ascension.

The Sony Santa Monica Studio website has a job listing for a senior multiplayer programmer, calling for somebody who wants “all players to have the best possible shared experience”. The listing reveals as much detail about this theoretical multiplayer feature as you would expect; none. Game director Cory Barlog reportedly said that God of War would not include a multiplayer mode in the weeks after its big reveal at E3 2016.

That leaves us with three scenarios: either the initial reports were inaccurate, the studio has changed its mind, or the listing is related to another game that isn’t related to God of War.

Another thing to think about is many signs point to God of War being released this year. The senior multiplayer programmer listing was posted near the end of February, which would not leave the studio with much time to implement such a typically complex feature. Though it may just be filling a gap from a previous employee leaving, rather than staffing up an entirely new position.

God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer portion let players create their own mythological Greek heroes to slay monsters in competitive and cooperative modes. It did well enough bringing multiplayer to a series that had always been about narrative-driven, single-player monster slaying, but it didn’t make that big of a splash. The new God of War has a very different design from previous games, with an over-the-shoulder camera instead of a fixed, floating perspective, for example. So if it does indeed have a multiplayer, don’t expect it to share much in common with Ascension’s.

 

Jumanji Reboot Involves A Video Game; Ditches Board Game

Yesterday, Sony announced the full title for the upcoming Jumanji sequel as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Additionally, it was confirmed that the movie has a video game plot.

The storyline will center upon four high school kids who find themselves drawn into the Jumanji game while in detention. The teens have to clean out the school’s basement as punishment and while doing so they find an old video game console, which hasn’t been specified on which retro console it will be, that has a game called Jumanji on it. They discover that choosing a character in the game transports them into a jungle as that character.

It was first announced in April 2016, and it was presumed that it would be a reboot of the much-loved ’90s movie. However, the film will in fact be a sequel. Jake Kasdan, the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, is directing. The film opens on July 28, 2017. There is no word yet on when the Welcome to the Jungle trailer will be released to the public but we will have it for you as soon as it releases.

 

 

PlayStation 4.5 Update Now Available

This week, Sony put out the PlayStation 4.5 system update that brings a good amount of new features to the console.

As of yesterday, you’ll now be able to connect an external hard drive to the system and expand the storage. This is good news for anyone with a 500GB HD version of the console. And if you’re looking for a bit of customisation, you can now add in-game screenshots as wallpapers to the PS4’s menu.

If you’re playing a game in PS VR and you return to the PS4 home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks a bit lower than normal on the TV Social Screen. With this update, the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode. The resolution of cinematic mode on PSVR will improve and if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.

Sony is adding voice chat when using remote play on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. You can now switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the tool bar of the remote play app.

The PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select games that have not been patched to the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU. Boost Mode provides a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. Of course, not all games will be compatible with the new mode

 

 

Is It Time For A New Wolverine Game?

With the release of Logan last Friday, it’s not hard to think of the other Wolverine movies like The Wolverine and Wolverine: Origins. Although Origins was a complete bomb among fans and critics alike, there was one good thing to come out of the terrible film.

Back in 2009, Activision with the Wolverine: Origins video game that was loosely based on the film. The game did relativity well and generated a positive buzz with fans of the movie (all 7 of them) and gamers alike. It went through Logan’s past experiences from his Team X missions up until before he was found by Professor Xavier and the X-Men.

Throughout the game, you learn more of the back story of the man, the mutant, the legend. Fighting enemies like Wendigo, Omega Red, Deadpool, The Blob and other Marvel foes of Logan that he has been fighting for years in the comics. It’s a button mashing, hack and slash fan boy’s dream game that comes with the blood and gore everyone loves.

It’s been eight years since that came out and the lack of X-Men games since then is a bit off putting. Sure, video games haven’t really been Marvel’s cream of the crop, but if there was any time to strike with a new Wolverine game, the time is now, my friends.

The hype from the new movie is real and has weight behind it for being the last portrayal of the character performed by Hugh Jackman as well as the last time (we think) we see Patrick Stewart as the beloved Charles Xavier. There have been talks of both characters making one last appearance as their characters in Deadpool 2, but as of right now, it’s only a rumor.

Now I’m not saying that you only have to play as old man Logan for the entirety of the whole game, but similar to the Origins game, flash back to iconic comic battles with Sabertooth, HulkLady Deathstrike, Magneto, Bloodscream, ect. Those are some very intense and action packed stories I feel the fans of the character would love to see and be a part of as they take control of the berserker.

I know it’s a long shot with Marvel focusing on their new  Avengers Project, but a man could dream.

Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Gets Gameplay Teaser

Middle-earth: Shadow of War gets it’s first official gameplay tomorrow March 8. But before that, the publisher, Warner Bros. has released a new teaser that offers a extremely brief look at new gameplay.

It doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show main character Talion riding a winged beast, possibly a Drake. The closing seconds of the video shows Talion raising his sword with Orcs behind him. The game is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and promises a “more personal and expansive world” for Shadow of War. Expect to see epic heroes and villains, as well as iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities, and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

Shadow of War, a sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor, was announced last week. It is scheduled to launch on August 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Mithril Edition of Shadow of War comes with a 12-inch statue that depicts the battle between a Tar-Goroth Balrog and a Carnan Drake, and other bonuses. A Gold Edition comes with the base game and various DLC, including story expansions.

It isn’t long and repeats itself 4 times but you can get just a glimpse of what’s to come for the game.

Things To Know Before The Nintendo Switch Comes Out Tomorrow

With the Nintendo Switch coming out tomorrow, I figured that I would give you some things that you should know before you pick up your console.

  • The Graphics On The Go Will Run At 720p

When removing the tablet from the TV dock, you will be going from a high-resolution display to a 720p touchscreen that’s likely a little smaller than your big screen at 6.7 inches. Graphic transitions and framerates should stay the same, and according to some early reviews, the system may even run games better off your television screen due to compression issues.

  • The Joy-Cons can be manipulated in a few ways.

When the tablet is docked, the pair can be locked into a grip to be used as one controller. If you’re with a friend, you can separate the gamepads, using them vertically or horizontally in a manner that almost seems like an upgraded version of the original NES controller. In handheld mode, the controllers can be locked into the sides of the tablet.

  • It’s going to cost you more than you think

The Switch only has 32gb of storage space so if you’re planning on getting more than four games, I would recommend buying a micro-SD card to up the memory. The Joy-Cons don’t come with a charging grip but you can get a charging grip for $30. Nintendo is putting out a pro controller that is extremely similar to the Xbox One controller that cost around $70 that resembles a traditional gamepad and makes for a more comfortable experience while gaming at home.

  • Besides The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The WildThe Launch Lineup Is A Bit Thin.

When you think Nintendo, Zelda always comes to mind. This is a big selling point for the Swtich so far and reviews are already dubbing the new adventure the game of the year, but there just isn’t much else right now. 1-2 Switch, a multiplayer game that pits players to “face-off” and use the Joy-Con motion controls for some friendly competition, has potential and could be the surprise hit that Wii Sports was for the Wii. There will be great games coming out like Mario Kart 8 and Skyrim and of course, most owners will be waiting for Super Mario Odyssey this winter.

I just wanted to give you guys a reminder of whats ahead for the hybrid system and hope you guys enjoy the console as much as the actors in the commercials do!

Split Screen Is Coming Back To Halo for Halo 6

Halo 5: Guardians‘ was a hit with the fans, minus one major flaw that has been taken away from a majority of games now a days.

Halo fans were not pleased with lack of split screen. The absence of this feature, long held as sacred by the community, caused a great deal of ire to be aimed at Microsoft and 343 Industries. But that won’t happen again, because Halo 6 and every other 343-developed game will have split screen going forward.

Studio head Bonnie Ross confirmed the news today at DICE 2017. She called the decision to leave out splitscreen from Halo 5 “painful” for the company. “It erodes trust with the community,” she stated. “We’ve had a lot of learnings from that, and I would say for any FPS going out forward we will always have split screen going forward.”

Hallelujah.