The hype is on! If you’re one of many Ghost in the Shell fans all around the world that you have more than a lot of reason to be super excited about the upcoming live action movie adaptation of your favorite nineties anime.
In case you haven’t heard, Ghost in the Shell is being made into a long play live-action movie starring none other than Scarlett Johanson as Motoko Kusanagi. We’re not entirely sure if the pic for the lead actress was on spot or not but we can help but notice how every modern action movie is tending to feature Scarlett, even as a side roll just for a couple of shots as of lately. Can’t help but wonder why’s that?
The footage shown in the trailer promises a spectacular computer graphics action and a very consistent recreation of a cyberpunk New Port City and it is only natural that a lot of fans are very excited about this upcoming blockbuster.
Yet, not everybody shares the same enthusiasm when it comes to this movie and frankly speaking, that is for a very solid reason. We’ve all seen how terribly wrong the anime adaptations may go. Just remember or, maybe try to forget what happened with the beloved Dragon Ball and Avatar.
By all quality standards, those movies were solid entries yet when it comes to re-creating the events of the actual TV series one would argue that things could have gotten much worse than they have.
If the movies is handled the weight should be and the director of the adaptation doesn’t deviate too much from the original plot (some deviations are bound to happen however) this could easily be one of the biggest movies of the current decade given the fact how incredibly vast and widespread the fan base of this fiction is. For those reasons exactly the things can take quite be catastrophic all turn should the director or producer decide to experiment too much and take things into their own hands instead of following a script from the original animated movie.
Be as it may, it is very soon to speculate on anything and we should at least stay neutral about it, if not positive. We’ve seen so many comments and so many dislikes on everything about this movie already, people saying how it’s a disaster, how the cast choice is awful and how the movie is already inferior compared to the original.
Were not gonna do that and are instead going to focus on what it can be rather than what it may not come to be and it’s probably for the best of you would do the same if you’re a fan of the original anime.
It’s been quite a while since we got to play any sports game with an actual thrilling story or even single player campaign. Nowadays it mostly consists of building a team and fighting your way through countless matches and matches after matches again all the way until you are in the desired league and you’re an absolute champion. We guess can kind of feel good once you actually there but the journey to that specific spot might not be that great. That’s why FIFA17 it comes to absolutely delivers when it comes to this year’s single player mod called The Journey.
This year’s single player mod that may classify as an actual story mod this time around is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in a sports game.
You play as Alex Hunter a young, aspiring and very enthusiastic football player (you may call it soccer if you’re from America but for the rest of the world it’s football) as he tries to make his way from the backyard court to a superstar league. We know, it does sound kinda cliché but cliché is completely opposite of what this brilliant addition to this year’s FIFA has to offer.
Instead of going for a personal experience like per se NBA is trying to accomplish with their “MyCareer” game mode which turns out to be slightly worse and worse with every following installment, The Journey deliberately chooses not to be dynamic and options for a very linear yet, branching approach to storytelling. You do not get to choose or customize your character in any way say for his outfit and personality, you are who you are. This made it so much easier for EA Sports to tell a good story which would unfortunately be impossible if they optioned for a more dynamic and personalized approach.
What this means is that the game story will always have a protagonist to revolve around. No matter what your choices are your character, gender and your role will never change. It will never have to try and adopt to a different scenario based on your actions, no everything is already created and it’s up to you only to experience it.
Perhaps we made it sound like it’s way too linear for someone’s taste but rest assured that’s not the case. Despite its being made linear, the game doesn’t really feel that way. Skeptical? Just remember some of the best RPG games like Dragon Age or Mass Effect. There possibly the best story driven RPG’s of our time yet if you think about it they are incredibly linear games and no matter what you do the outcome will always be absolutely the same, especially with the Mass Effect. So yeah, be open-minded when approaching The Journey.
It is also very welcoming to take your mind off of those endless grind sessions and and stop thinking, even for a moment or to make a break from insistently crawling through the web looking for a way to find free FIFA17 coins and points generator.
Other than that we think this is a great opportunity for sports players who perhaps always wanted to try a different kind of game to finally do so without having to leave their comfort zone or cash additional $50 dollars for an RPG or alike video game genre title. Definitely a must play for every football fan.
Despite its linear design, this truly felt like some RPG experience rather than a sports game it was very refreshing and we hope to get much more of The Journey in the following releases of the game, perhaps even a separate downloadable content pack. Great and a very refreshing experience!
One of the most common Internet discussions lately has been Nintendo Switch. If this innovative and apparently revolutionary video game system will feature quite a number of never before seen elements. Not only will it act as a handheld and a regular home console, it will also feature and provide all the means necessary for playing multiplayer games in the co-op versus modes on the go, no matter where you are.
Undoubtedly you’ve already heard much about Switch’s features and many possibilities the console will try to provide for its consumers but one thing specifically interests a large number of gamers. Will this console feature backward compatibility and allow for playing of older titles from previous Nintendo’s systems.
This is a hot topic and Nintendo was silent for some time but now, finally we do have an answer.
From an interview with Nintendo the Japanese Famitsu magazine which asked quite a number of questions about the upcoming console, the Nintendo spokesman confirmed that Switch will not be backwards compatible, at the least when it comes to physical media.
This was to be expected and it never came as much of a surprise. Many gamers suspected as much due to the fact that Nintendo Switch is using memory cartridges instead of game discs which was the case with Wii U for instance.
Also keep in mind that this does not exclude digital backwards compatibility. What could and what most possibly will be the case is that the players will be able to download their digital games. Given the fact that Switch is by far superior console it would not have much problem running previous titles if they were to be optimized to work with it. If this would be the case then Nintendo players would be able to simply log into their accounts and download all the games they previously own to their new system and enjoy them as they have so far.
Also keep in mind that Switch with is not feature a gyroscope or motion sensitivity (at least none has yet been confirmed) which would automatically exclude many of Wii U titles.
But as for the old games like the entire Zelda franchise which is arguably what is selling the consoles for the most part and most of them Mario games would probably have absolutely no problem working on a console like this especially with minor tweaks, control changes and adaptations.
Another great franchise of the system is of course the Pokemon franchise. This is something that many people like to see available on Nintendo switch. Since most of the old games did not require any special gimmick in order to enjoy the games at their fullest we can already see a potential and an opportunity for the entire Pokemon franchise on Nintendo Switch.
Even the games like Pokemon GO will most likely be playable on the latest console given the fact that it has all the standard internet features like a modern smartphone. And what’s even better, the addition of controllers and Internet browser is most likely to allow for specific Pokemon GO mods to be used easily so that the players would be able to play on actually controller while still having all the resources they need to fully enjoy the game.
Rejoice OverWatch fans, new playable character has just entered the fray. This is great news, is always a great news we have our character pool increased especially in a game still new and fresh like OverWatch. It is known for blizzard to keep your games alive for an extended periods of time and this is most definitely not going to be the last character they add to the game.
So, who is Sombra? Was she like and how is she going to affect the gameplay? Let’s find out.
Let’s start with a little back story. Apparently, she just a regular girl who just so happen to be very refined hacker and was doing a lot of hacking after the war was ended, just like many others. The catch here is that no one was even remotely as good as she was. Her hobby became her addiction, her addiction became her way of life so in order to get even better and to get more power, she got cybernetic implants that made her into a mechanized fighter with all kinds of crazy gadgets designed for subterfuge, and manipulation of everything electronic. At least that’s how she’s portrayed it in her back story movie and the “animated short” in which she starred. Sounds kinda cool, right?
Later on, she’s working together with Widowmaker and Reaper on an infiltration mission to eliminate a very important, therefore very well secured figure of a Russian military. Sombra makes her entrance, disables the security systems with ease, displays her battle prowess and evasive movers and abilities (wall running, translocating device and overall agile movement) hinting how she’s way above regular soldiers, even the ones trained to protect high-value targets.
She gets the target, capturing her and holding her at point-blank range yet she does not take a shot but instead blackmails the high-value military official with some incriminating evidence asking simply for a favor every now and then calling it a “friendship”. It is clear that this girl is not to be taken lightly and is probably planning something big for her future.
She also deceives her former comrades into thinking that the target actually escaped when she willingly let her live so that she may benefit from it in the long run. Apparently she holds no allegiances and is siding with whoever she needs to in order to it’s very end.
Now that’s cool and all, but what we’re really interested in is how actually can you play this character? What are her abilities and how will she impact a well-established meta-game of OverWatch?
First and foremost, her basic attack is based upon a machine pistol. It is fully automatic and has a short-range spread. This is pretty much like Tracers weapon, but the similarity is yet to be confirmed but for now, it sure looks like that.
The second ability is called hack. That is probably the one that is going to be used the most when it comes to this character. What it does is that it temporarily disables the use of abilities for targeted enemy player (pretty much, a silence type of ability) or, you may even use it on first aid kits rendering them completely useless for the enemy team.
Thermoptic Camo is her third ability. Needless to say, this is a stealth ability that will make the user completely invisible for short period of time. It will also make the player considerably faster for the duration of invisibility. Attacking or being hit directly or by some areal effect as well as using her offensive abilities will cancel the effect of invisibility( a wind-walk type of ability).
Now this is a cool one. Translocator is a portable device that may be placed or thrown wherever you want to. Once in place (or even while il mid-air), Sombra is able to instantly teleport to that location. The applications for an ability like this are numerous and it’s up to you to figure out what use suits you the most.
Her ultimate ability is of course a hacking themed ability and it is called EMP. Like the hack ability, this one will do pretty much the same only this time it’s blast radius centered your character. Every enemy caught in the blast will get the effect of hack, the shields will come down and enemy abilities will be disabled for the duration.
This is definitely a very versatile debuffer character and it is obvious that her abilities will be more than useful in many situations. For example, Zarya was featured in the short animated movie starring Sombra at the very ending. To us, this was an indication of a possibly overpowered combo. As we all know, Zarya’s ultimate ability is Gravitation Surge. She is able to pull many characters together in a small area making them unable to move for certain time. Just think of a combo between these two characters. If they could synchronize their play style and their ultimate abilities, it would most certainly leave the enemy team heavily crippled and at a huge disadvantage for period of time.
It’s a cool combo, and a very efficient one, we can already tell but it’s an offensive move. We believe this character will prioritize in defensive play style. For instance, just think about all those ultimate abilities that she can interrupt or intercept if she can read the enemy. Canceling McCree’s Deadeye ultimate ability is definitely going to turn the tables upside down and give her team an instant advantage. And not just McCree, pretty much every ultimate ability can be either canceled or intercepted if the player is skilled and experienced enough to know when the enemy is going to use it so playing Sombra will definitely require some experience in order to maximize her efficiency in the match. But, that can be said for pretty much every character in OverWatch or any competitive game for that matter.
Clearly, this is a very valuable debilitating crowd control character. We can wait to see what you guys may come up with.
Seeing how the year is coming to an end with thought it would be a good idea to summarize what exactly in terms of role-playing this year meant to us. It was definitely a good year with a lot of titles and we’re gonna focus of those that we think are simply the best that this year had to offer.
First off, we have a game called Technomancer. A very unique and previously not very explored approach to well, mancers. So far we had necromancers, hemomancer’s and all different kind of sorcerers manipulating all kinds of primal forces and unconventional elements. This time however your sorcerer feels more like a very skilled engineer and the game itself has more of a sci-fi than a fantasy feeling.
Still doesn’t mean it’s an unconventional RPG. You may expect in-depth level progression, multiple skill trees for both you and your companions, crafting system for both weapons and armor’s. Suffice to say, the biggest focus of this game is clearly going to be on technomancer’s since you play as one yourself.
Moving on to the next title we have Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Now this title is still in development but it has progressed so much during this year that it simply has to be on this list. We don’t know if it’s actually a release before the year ends and to be fair, if it takes more time to develop it would like developers to postpone it since these game looks truly promising.
Now the developers themselves describe their game as a hybrid of many popular games. They said that they wanted to bring their players the open world feeling of Skyrim with the choice and consequences system from the Witcher games while presenting you with the challenges of the Dark Souls combat system. If the developers are to be trusted in this game is truly going to be as described here, it could easily be the best RPG ever made so we are honestly rooting for this one to be a huge success.
The game is set into medieval Europe and it already (in its closed beta state) features stuff like:
main story (parts) and site quests
recreation of some historical battles
expanded NPC interaction system
in-depth developed stealth / assassination system with things like sabotage, takedowns, poisons, the skies system and stealth takedowns
a lot of weapons to choose from and define your play style
dynamic weather system
motion captured cut scenes
crime / punishment system
And this is only beta. If you would like to see this game thrive and succeed, you should definitely visit their site and perhaps support a game or even buy it at its early state to ensure its success?
Believe it or not, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is one of the RPG’s you should definitely pay attention to if you haven’t already. In a time when RPG games are constantly being downgraded and are constantly trying to present them selves in as mature as possible, South Park actually does exactly the opposite taking itself very immaturely but in fact it does a far better job than most of the RPG’s nowadays.
Once again, we get to take the role of a new kid only that this time, we play as superheroes, as much as superheroes and South Park together. The game has been significantly improved and if you play the previous South Park game you will notice some gameplay improvements.
However, the game developer is no longer Obsidian Entertainment so the actual RPG mechanics and the overall writing style is not going to be exactly as you might remember it furthermore, the game is going to be exclusively on uPlay which might be a dealbreaker for many people, ourselves included. If you’re willing to get past these minor setbacks, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is definitely on RPG title to keep yourself busy with in 2016 and have a good laugh while you’re at it.
Perhaps the one that most people are looking forward to the most is of course Divinity: Original Sin II. Being a direct sequel to the previous game called Divinity: Original Sin, the game introduces some familiar yet very expanded RPG elements for the players.
Those familiar with the previous game can expect everything that made great and more from this promising sequel. We say promising because the game is only available as an early access and it might actually take some time before we see the final version yet, knowing Larian Studion, it shouldn’t be too long before that happens.
Once again you may take control of fully customizable and completely undefined characters and choose how to tell their story step-by-step. This time around you may bring up to three friends while you’re at it while in the previous game it was only limited to two players.
Another important edition is a nonlinear quest line which can branch in all kinds of direction allowing for different routes and of course adding replayability value to the game.
Even though it’s still an early access title, the game is very playable an you may hop right into it if you so choose to.
And those would be some of the games that would like to highlight for the year 2016. Hopefully before the end will get at least one more note where the RPG to take her mind of things every now and then. Until we get more games to feature here, keep an eye out for the ones we covered if you haven’t already, Steam Winter Sale is fast approaching and it might be just what you need to get some of these games at a great price.