David Lozada – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net Video Game news, reviews, opinions, guides and videos! Tue, 06 Feb 2018 23:30:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-logo-2-32x32.png David Lozada – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net 32 32 12 Best Steam Games of January 2018 http://twinfinite.net/gallery/15-best-steam-games-january-2018/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=329471 No shovelware here!

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Celeste‘s creative platforming mechanics, accommodating difficulty levels, and emotional story make it not only one of the best indie games of the year so far, but one of January 2018 best Steam games period. Universal themes of loving yourself and never giving up only make Celeste that much more memorable, cementing it as a must-play experience no matter the type of person you are.

Subnautica offers huge marine environments filled with adventure and Steam mystery to explore in January 2018. Beautiful aquatic vistas are available for viewing both during the day and at night, adding life to a game that already bares no shortage of thrilling moments from the get-go. If you possess even a slight curiosity about what a world below the sea could be like, look no further than Subnautica.

Dragon Ball FighterZ has the Steam gameplay foundations to usher it into the echelons of some of today’s premiere tournament-worthy fighting games. Easy-to-learn mechanics, beautifully rendered Dramatic Finishes, and a challenging arcade mode make it an entertaining title that’ll make you want to invite all of your fellow Dragon Ball fans over for a couple of matches, if only to see Vegeta curse Kakarot’s name one more time.

Railway Empire forces you to think on your feet, as strong tactical track building skills are needed to effectively place and link your train lines. Aside from this, the Steam game also serves as a lesson detailing the development of the transcontinental railway and other significant events in America’s train history. If you’ve ever been passionate about locomotives, Railway Empire is right up your alley.

Disturbing cult classic Yume Nikki has finally made it’s way onto Steam after releasing via RPG Maker nearly a decade ago. The title in January 2018, which means “Dream Diary” in Japanese, is a strange journey through a dozen terrifying dream worlds. It leaves a lot up to interpretation, which is perhaps what’s made it so memorable through the years. The best thing about it, however, is that it’s completely free on Steam.

The Red Strings Club‘s most enduring feature lies in its cast of relatable characters that add a hefty weight to every cocktail poured and bullet fired throughout the game. It asks whether or not the risk truly outweighs the reward and oftentimes ends up in somewhat of a moral gray area as its narrative unfolds, leaving you spellbound in the process.

Shotgun Legend plays the same way it looks. It’s a retro throwback that handles like something straight out of the early days of console gaming, though has enough challenge for you to overlook it’s crude graphical style. Indeed, Shotgun Legend is a tribute to those simpler yet still compelling days of gaming and is definitely worth a look should you consider yourself a veteran fan of the medium.

Iconoclasts features some of the best art that 2018 has seen so far. Coupled with it’s Metroid-inspired design, a surprisingly poignant story filled with twists and turns, and excellently crafted boss fights that’ll test your wit as much as your reflexes, Iconoclasts is a complete package well worth the price of admission.

Candleman: The Complete Journey is a platformer that focuses on quiet self-reflection rather than action-packed gameplay. Its story is touching in all the right ways and leaves an impact on you well after the credits begin to roll in January 2018. The game’s beautiful graphics and effective use of lightning only aid in leaving an impression on you.

Rusty Lake Paradise is a very peculiar game in January 2018. Keeping in line with other Rusty Lake titles before it, fans can expect the same macabre, profoundly disturbing experience they’ve fallen in love with before, this time with crow-faced creatures and a rabbit-eating fly-man thrown in for good measure.

A Raven Monologue is a beautifully illustrated game that follows a bird who can’t speak in any language, including that of his own species. Players are able to interact with townsfolk silently using images, making this brief story compelling if only for the way its narrative attempts to present itself.

Hello Charlotte: Childhood’s End is the third and final episode in the Hello Charlotte series and serves as a satisfying conclusion to all the mad twists and turns that fans have experienced so far. It’s a strangely deep and personal game that’s truly a culmination of the art and mechanics Hello Charlotte has experimented with before. To say more about it would spoil a surreal, unique title like no other in January 2018.

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12 Best Action Adventure Games to Look Forward to in 2018 http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/12-best-action-adventure-2018/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/12-best-action-adventure-2018/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:00:09 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=328776 Far Cry 5 If you’re into action adventure games, chances are that you’ve probably heard of the Far Cry series before. The fifth mainline entry in the franchise takes place in Hope County, Montana, and chooses to eschew the usual exotic landscapes that Far Cry is known for in favor of a more placid, rural […]

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Far Cry 5

far cry 5

If you’re into action adventure games, chances are that you’ve probably heard of the Far Cry series before. The fifth mainline entry in the franchise takes place in Hope County, Montana, and chooses to eschew the usual exotic landscapes that Far Cry is known for in favor of a more placid, rural vibe. That’s not to say that things aren’t as crazy as fans have come to expect, as innocent civilians are trapped under the power of an evil prophetic figure named Joseph Seed. As part of a small group of resistance fighters, you’re tasked with bringing this maniacal leader down to his knees through an array of guns, vehicles, and sweet explosions.

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Xbox One’s Game Pass Is Good For Gamers, But Can We Forgive These Microsoft Mistakes? http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/xbox-game-pass-microsoft-mistakes/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/xbox-game-pass-microsoft-mistakes/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:30:36 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=328922 Xbox One Launch The Xbox One wasn’t well received by the gaming community when it first debuted back in 2013. Bad press, angry consumers, and a public relations nightmare resulted from unclear messaging, a major push for non-gaming applications, and an incredibly high price of $500. To make matters worse, every console would require a […]

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Xbox One Launch

The Xbox One wasn’t well received by the gaming community when it first debuted back in 2013. Bad press, angry consumers, and a public relations nightmare resulted from unclear messaging, a major push for non-gaming applications, and an incredibly high price of $500. To make matters worse, every console would require a persistent internet connection and Kinect, not to mention the fact that it wouldn’t allow users to play any used games. Microsoft has since removed all these borderline anti-consumer requirements from the console, but there’s no mistaking that the Xbox One is behind close competitor PS4 in sales as a result of the machine’s launch mishaps.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Review http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/dragon-ball-fighterz-review/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/dragon-ball-fighterz-review/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:39:53 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=326489 One great big kamehameha.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ on PlayStation 4

From the time I’ve spent with Dragon Ball FighterZ, it’s safe to say that 2018 is off to a good start for fighting game fans. Shedding the 3D fighting style of the Xenoverse series but not quite fitting into the more traditional Tenkaichi titles, FighterZ feels unique in its own respect, appealing to hardcore patrons of the genre thanks to the simple brilliance that is Aksys Games’ gameplay design while simultaneously evoking the anime from which the title is based on.

Right off the bat you’ll notice that Dragon Ball FighterZ draws some inspiration from the Marvel vs. Capcom games, most notably in how each match pits two sets of three fighters against one another. Just like in the aforementioned Capcom series, one character fights at a time, though players can tag out injured fighters to heal a limited amount of hit points lost in battle. Players can also call in another fighter to perform an assist move mid-battle and should one be really good at racking up combos, he or she could knock an opponent off the field for some amount of time so that another fighter is forced to do battle. For lifelong fighting game fans, the similarities between Dragon Ball FighterZ and Marvel vs. Capcom are definitely apparent, though for some reason the former feels much easier to utilize in practice.

This is perhaps due to how FighterZ controls. Combat is arguably even easier than in other Aksys series like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear, as the top three buttons of a controller are mapped to light, medium, and heavy attacks and the trigger buttons are used for super attacks and swapping teammates. Aside from this there are no complicated input commands to memorize and no charges and 360 motions to worry about. If you’re familiar with Hadouken in Street Fighter, you’ll grasp FighterZ’s controls with ease. If you’re a beginner to the genre, Dragon Ball FighterZ’s mechanics may offer one of the most accessible means of getting your feet wet in today’s fighting game climate.

While this for the most part is great, it’s worth noting that the simplicity in design may infuriate more seasoned fighting game professionals in that newbies can easily execute damaging auto combos by mashing light, medium, and heavy attacks together, resulting in matches where players can go in without a care or thought in the world and wreak havoc by spamming the same moves over and over again. Skilled players can counter these attacks by a well-timed heavy move, but inconsistencies in online connectivity may not always work to one’s favor. There’s also the lack of damage done through blocks and the simplicity of closing the distance between one’s character and an opponent to consider.

Despite this, no one playing the game will ever feel completely useless or out of their league, as a basic level of play serves as Dragon Ball FighterZ’s most distinguishing component. It entices anime fans who have yet to experience what a Dragon Ball game is like to pick up a controller and begin playing right away. The result is a colorful amalgamation of Kamehamehas that feel as if they’ve been ripped straight from the show, and a wild spectacle of lazer beams shooting across the screen at once. It’s crazy, chaotic, and fun, a formula that Dragon Ball fans have come to know and love today. The cell-shaded style of the FighterZ only aids in immersing the player further, as it feels as if one is actually playing an episode of Dragon Ball while fighting. Launching opponents into the air, punching them towards the edge of the screen, and blasting them back down to the ground just never gets old.

Speaking of episodes, Dramatic Finishes serve as another excellent nod to fans of the show, as pitting two specific fighters together sometimes yields cutscenes that harken back to integral moments in franchise history. Watching Goku turn Super Saiyan for the first time after Frieza blows up Krillin, witnessing Gohan team up with his father to disintegrate Cell, or preventing Beerus from destroying the entire planet are moments that Dragon Ball fans both new and old can relate to. This means that should one have a son or daughter that’s into the Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball FighterZ serves as a great time to spend some quality time with one another.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is enough of an experience to master on your own, however, as its simple controls have potential for seasoned pros to layer on their own complexity. Yes, flashy combos are just a button press away, but manual combos exercise far more efficiency and afford more freedom, especially in mid-air. Should one want to invest time, FighterZ offers the ability to pull off more damaging attacks that take up much less meter. The added layer of strategy is there for people that want it and for newbies who feel like taking the extra step.

As far as how the game’s story mode plays out, players are tasked with defeating waves of clones and resurrected franchise villains in three unique arcs that serve as different perspectives to the battle at hand. Unfortunately, the entire 10-hour campaign is largely forgettable, if only because it doesn’t offer much it terms of canon to the main Dragon Ball anime storyline and each incoming threat feels like a training dummy. The best moments that arise come from witty banter between the cast, oftentimes referencing things like Yamcha’s weakness or how Krillin keeps dying. It’s good for a chuckle if you’re a seasoned fan of the show, but doesn’t go much farther than that.

Arcade mode poses a far greater difficulty level and is perhaps the best way to prepare yourself for Dragon Ball FighterZ’s online component. After each fight, the player is graded on their performance. This letter determines which path (high, medium, or low) he or she will take going forward, making for quite a nail-biting experience should you want to maintain that high road. The challenge is turned up to 11 when considering how the mode spikes in difficulty mid-way through your progression, which may or may not be a good thing depending on easy you grasp the game’s mechanics. To top it all off, players can’t restart a match if they’re losing, meaning they’ll have to start all the way from the beginning again if they want to keep up their streak. It’s brutal but will no doubt satiate hardcore players who want to test out new characters or get their fingers nimble for online play.

Speaking of online play, FighterZ’s is better in the main game than during the beta, though there are still noticeable lags here and there that toss matches in the opponent’s favor. It’s not a complete deal breaker as Aksys could remedy that aspect with a patch or two, but could be frustrating for those that want to battle with others for hours on end right away.

Finally, it’s worth noting that loot boxes containing stickers and emotes for your chibi character can be purchased with in-game currency, though aren’t at all intrusive to the experience as a whole and are purely cosmetic in nature.

Dragon Ball FighterZ has the gameplay foundations to usher it into the echelons of some of today’s premiere tournament-worthy fighting games. Aksys may have to implement some tweaks when it comes to combo multipliers and the game’s online component, but as is, Dragon Ball FighterZ is an entertaining game that’ll make you want to invite all of your fellow Dragon Ball fans over for a couple of matches, if only to see Vegeta curse Kakarot’s name one more time.

Score: 4.5/5 – Great


Pros

  • Pays great homage to the series.
  • Easy to learn gameplay.
  • Beautifully rendered Dramatic Finishes.
  • Arcade mode is brutal.
  • Dissing on Yamcha.

Cons

  • Gameplay may be too simple.
  • Laggy online component.
  • Forgettable story.

Editor's Choice smallest

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6 Best PS Vita Games to Look Forward to in 2018 http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/best-ps-vita-games-look-forward-2018/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/best-ps-vita-games-look-forward-2018/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:25:59 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=325803 Still kicking.

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Secret of Mana

If you’re a diehard JRPG enthusiast but never got around to playing Secret of Mana, this February will give you a chance to see what all the hype is about. Faithfully adapting the beloved story and top-down gameplay of the original title while incorporating eye-catching 3D graphics and a modern control scheme, this remake follows in the footsteps of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as it’s re-imagined from the ground up. If you’ve played the original back on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you’ll be pleased to learn that this version of the classic includes voice-over and a newly arranged soundtrack, too. Of course, if you’d like to experience the game using Japanese voices and English subtitles, that option’s available to you as well.

Though some may be wondering why Square Enix didn’t forgo the PS Vita and make Secret of Mana available on the Switch instead, the move isn’t entirely unprecedented. Vita is home to a vast collection of JRPG titles and serves that niche market so well both in Japan itself and overseas, so it actually makes a lot of sense that the game’s publisher wants to strive to cater to that audience as best as they can.

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Spider-Man May End Up Being the Best Way to Explore New York http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/spider-man-new-york/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/spider-man-new-york/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:47:09 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=325487 Can he swing from a thread? Take a look overhead!

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New York City is a big place. Take that from someone who’s lived there most of his life. This massive, sprawling metropolis is home to over eight and a half million people, and that number doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller anytime soon. The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan are all boroughs teeming with landmarks to explore and stories to experience from the perspective of absolutely anyone. Taking this into consideration, Spider-Man has enormous potential to not only serve as a gateway for those who have yet to experience what the Big Apple has to offer, but become one of the PS4’s most enjoyable exclusives.

Earlier this week, the game’s art director, Jacinda Chew, described what it was like to don Spidey’s suit and swing carelessly above the traffic jammed streets of the city. Indeed, players can swan dive towards the street like a maniac from the top of their favorite building, then pull swing back up at the very last minute and give themselves the feeling like their stomach’s about to cave in. Though this isn’t exactly uncharted territory for video games, one can’t help to imagine what it’s like to do that with thousands of people walking on the sidewalks below you, living their lives as if it’s just another day.

Should you have been lucky enough to witness the great views of a city through the windows of just one skyscraper, imagine what the sensation would feel like if you were swinging amid dozens of more, climbing to the tops of New York City’s Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, or Chrysler Building just to plot how effortlessly you’ll glide through the streets below you. It’s definitely a prospect that makes Spider-Man’s thrilling, daring stunts all the more exciting to look forward to.

But there’s more to New York City than just big buildings. What lies inside these edifices and that which dwells underground make for entirely new worlds to explore. Consider the last trailer eager fans of the game were treated to back at Paris Games Week. Though the video gives us very brief glimpses, you’ll be able to notice some signature landmarks throughout, including Grand Central Station and the New York City subway.

For those unfamiliar with the latter, Grand Central serves as the hub for which people from all over the tri-state area travel to every day. It’s a high-ceiling, massive columned area filled with Spider-Man gameplay potential. Those takedowns that Batman typically used in the Arkham series, for instance, would make for great use here. There’s also an entire basement section to explore, one that traditionally serves as a cafeteria in real life but could be a hideout for the villains depicted in the trailer. Overall, the building itself feels unlike other modern places around the city, as its architectural design oozes a romantic feel. Should Insomniac feel dedicated to recreating Grand Central as meticulously as possible, get ready to be taken somewhere markedly different from anywhere else in the game.

When taking New York City’s subway system into consideration, the network is so complex and interesting to explore that it can easily justify a game in its own right. With nearly 24 train lines leading to hundreds of stations scattered across those aforementioned boroughs, the player can travel from the open air, above ground rails of Brooklyn to the underground depths of Manhattan with ease, all while combating foes in tight subway cars where the only means of escape is punching your way forward. This only shakes up Spider-Man’s gameplay even more, forcing the web-head to not always rely on the environment around him to save the day. In this way, as interesting as it may be to explore and discover, the subway could prove to be just as much an enemy to Spidey as an ally, too.

Above ground can prove just as challenging to navigate as below when taking into account Manhattan’s downtown area or any of the suburban boroughs, as these areas typically have fewer tall buildings. Yes, that adrenaline that comes with swinging up last moment before hitting the ground is gone in these places, but that doesn’t mean that gameplay has to be any less engaging. Soaring right above the hoods of cars as horns sound off below or giving chase to a high speed robbery could be made more compelling should Spider-Man’s swinging ability be a little more limited, thus giving the player more incentive to experiment with the spider’s vast array of web abilities. If you recall from the title’s gameplay reveal, Spidey was able to prevent a helicopter from falling into a crowd of people by casting the aircraft in a net. Imagine being able to outsmart where a moving car is going and have it steer right into a net of the very same kind. The tactical possibilities are there should Insomniac choose to implement them.

Spider-Man’s gameplay potential is phenomenal if only because the city the hero swings in is equally as phenomenal, if not more. New York City is so architecturally rich and designed with so much input from people all around the world that it’ll be hard not to notice the innovation etched into each building’s facades when flying in the air as a human spider. Though the web-head has seen his fair share of games, none in recent memory have come close to faithfully rebuilding the greatness that makes up the Big Apple, at least not since Spider-Man 2 released on PS2 nearly a decade and a half ago. Spider-Man is unapologetically a New Yorker. It’s time for the gaming world to realize exactly what makes this city so special.

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10 Games That Could Carry the PS4 in 2018 http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/10-games-carry-ps4-2018/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/10-games-carry-ps4-2018/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:29 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=324805 The big ones.

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Shadow of the Colossus

10 Games That Could Carry the PS4 in 2018

Fumito Ueda’s Shadow of the Colossus is nothing short of a modern day classic. Originally released back in 2005 for the PS2, this year will see the masterpiece make the jump onto next generation hardware via the PS4, complete with stronger lighting effects, a better frame rate, and all the gameplay eccentricities that PlayStation fans have come to love and expect.

For those unfamiliar with this exclusive’s premise or who missed it the first or second time it came out, Shadow of the Colossus recounts the story of a young man who is tasked with taking down giant creatures known as Colossi, who are platforming levels in and of themselves. The game is an atmospheric exploration of solemnity and what it means to be alone, as these are the only enemies you’ll face as you journey across the title’s beautifully rendered expanse.

It seems as though the remake is in good hands with developer Bluepoint Games at the helm. Shadow of the Colossus’ early February release can’t come soon enough to get the exclusivity ball rolling for the PS4.

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Top 30 Best Online Multiplayer Xbox One Games http://twinfinite.net/gallery/30-best-online-multiplayer-xbox-one/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:00:56 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=324183 The best for you and some friends.

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Rocket League combines soccer and race cars together to produce a surprisingly fun online multiplayer game on Xbox One. Compete with or against your friends and drive on walls, perform flips, and even fly with your car’s rocket to bash the over-sized ball into your opponent’s net and score a goal.

Team-based shooter Overwatch has players coordinate with their friends in order to push payloads and capture control points. With 26 unique heroes to choose from, each specializing in Offense, Defense, Tank, or Support, and many locations from around the world to battle in, Overwatch ensures you’ll be playing for days on end on Xbox One.

Choose from one of seven character classes in Diablo III on Xbox One and engage in an action-packed hack-and-slash game that lets you either embark on a grand adventure or complete daring side quests. The title’s extensive sandbox world contains tons of items to collect, dozens of attacks to learn, and no shortage of fierce monsters to fight.

Destiny 2 on Xbox One allows you the chance to test your online multiplayer shooter skills against other Guardians in various PvP modes. As if that weren’t a reward in itself, the game allows you the opportunity to score Crucible Tokens and basic loot drops as you play.

Fortnite on Xbox One has players team up with their buddies to stop hordes of mutant enemies from invading their base. Build your bunker during the day to shield yourself at night, then use the skills you learn to take on your friends in a free Battle Royale mode afterword.

Rainbow Six Siege’s PvP multiplayer breaks a bit from tradition and offers a variety of modes that have attackers rescue a hostage being protected by the defending team. Of note especially is the title’s Terrorist Mode that has players eliminate a group of enemies in a set area before time runs out.

Friday the 13th on Xbox One has you either play as one of Camp Crystal Lake’s counselors or as the coldblooded Jason Voorhees. As counselors, you’ll have to work together in order to cleverly circumvent Jason’s supernatural prowess. As Jason, you’ll have a wide variety of killing methods at your disposal, all of which are guaranteed to satiate any horror fan’s appetite for gore.

Battlefield 1’s 64-player online multiplayer feature is frantic to say the very least. With six unique multiplayer modes to choose from and an assortment of well-detailed and well-balanced weaponry to fight with, there’s practically no reason to neglect what the title’s online component has to offer.

Though each Borderlands game on Xbox One is a great journey when played alone, playing with a group of four player makes the experience much more memorable. Filled with action-packed missions, humor, and an in-depth skill system, you and your friends are free to take on each world however you’d like.

Injustice 2 on Xbox One is a DC fighting game that improves upon the original in almost every way. Balanced gameplay mechanics and more characters to choose from make playing online ranked matches a delight, as you’ll never know who exactly you’ll be up against and what witty remarks await you.

Tekken 7 on Xbox One is another compelling fighting game that allows you the chance to accumulate promotions and rise from your lowly title to become Tekken God Prime in multiplayer. Use the newly introduced Rage Drives to spur on a comeback in the midst of battle, helping you rise up the ranks and win against everyone on the leaderboards.

There’s a reason why Grand Theft Auto V’s online component is still going strong years after the game’s release. With a variety of different missions and heists scattered throughout the city to tackle, Grand Theft Online on Xbox One consistently delivers on all the fun to be had with the title.

Titanfall 2 on Xbox One perfectly balances its pilot and mech gameplay throughout its various online multiplayer modes. Each mech offers its own unique playstyle catering to the majority of hardcore shooter fans. As if that wasn’t enough, players also have lots of gadgets, guns, and abilities to choose from.

NBA 2K18 on Xbox One allows you the chance to create your own leagues in MyLEAGUE mode and rebrand and relocate teams as you see fit, changing up how you play and who you use according to how your next opponent plays. Added features like Strategy Cards, Super Max, Schedule Challenges, and more usher in a level of complexity not seen before in other NBA titles.

Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox One thrusts you into the heat of its sci-fi battles. Whether a member of the dark side in Heroes vs. Villains or a resistance spaceship fighter in Starfighter Assault, Battlefront II’s online multiplayer is a delight for any hardcore fan of the movie series.

Call of Duty: WWII on Xbox One sees the franchise return to its roots and deliver on the expectations of a premiere online multiplayer experience established back in the first Modern Warfare. Players can choose their own division and hone whatever shooter skills suit their fancy via combat training, ensuring they’ll be a force to be reckoned with come time for online play.

Minecraft on Xbox One is a sandbox game fueled by imagination. Perfect for younger audiences, the title has your child and his or her friends mine ore, create their dream house, or fight monsters together. Creative Mode is a online multiplayer favorite as it gives a group of buddies the chance to essentially build whatever they want together.

Madden NFL 18’s MUT Squads act as an extension of the fan-favorite Madden Ultimate Team. This compelling feature basically boils down to 3v3 modes where you can play a game with friends or join up with some teammates online.

FIFA 18 on Xbox One once again brings the legendary sport of soccer (or football) to life. Seeing the return of a story mode last explored in 2016’s iteration, the real draw of FIFA 18 is its improved online multiplayer mode that polishes up some graphical inconsistencies that FIFA 17 had.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ addictive premise makes you want to keep playing over and over again despite dying quite a lot. This 100-person battle royale free-for-all is online multiplayer at its finest, producing an exhilarating thrill ride that’s hard to ignore.

Halo 5’s online multiplayer feels like classic Halo, but with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The game overall feels like it’s an homage to Halo 3, as it allows for a level playing field by giving everyone access to the same weapons and the same abilities. You won’t find Call of Duty references in this one.

Perhaps the biggest strength of Gears of War 4’s online multiplayer component is its PvP mode, which sees developer The Coalition consistently provide updates to. It’s as bloody, frantic, and brutal as ever, satiating your appetite for fun and gore all at once.

If you’re a fan of tactical RTS combat, Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One is definitely for you. A variety of modes that shake up gameplay and a faster means of rallying your troops together ignites a fearsome battle on screen that’s probably best experienced with an online opponent. Reading your enemy’s moves and winning the war produces a level of satisfaction that’s rare to come across in traditional shooters.

Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One has plenty of fair, balanced racing battles to be had. It rewards you in online multiplayer with tougher tracks like narrow street circuits the more you play the game, helping you become a better virtual sports driver while also improving your skills against other racers.

Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One breaks a bit from the traditional Forza Motorsport series to deliver a 12-player online multiplayer free roam driving experience like no other. Should you not feel like racing competitively off the track, you can join up with three other players to play through Horizon 3’s campaign together.

Dying Light’s online co-op multiplayer modes allow random players the chance to join in on your campaign to help you clean out that zombie horde at your front door. If you’d rather play co-op from the get-go, the game also allows you to face off against another human team struggling to survive. Sabotaging their home and unleashing scores of undead creatures toward your opponent may sound cruel, but boy is it fun.

When Microsoft bundled together the original Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 together in the massive package known as Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, it made for the one of the best means for you to relive your online multiplayer glory days. Indeed, the legacy of each title’s challenges and innovative maps live on today. If you have yet to witness the fun that each game has to offer and revel in it with others, stop what you’re doing and go play this as soon as you can.

One of Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2’s biggest offerings comes in the form of its unique multiplayer modes. Turf Takeover has you swap between plants and zombies in an attempt to take over your opponent’s side. Team Vanquish essentially boils down to your standard Team Deathmatch affair, and Mixed Mode brings together every multiplayer mode in the game to constantly keep players on their toes. There’s something here for everyone, no matter if you’re a seasoned gamer or not.

NHL 17’s Hockey Ultimate Team sees you build, trade, and compete against online multiplayer opponents in a compelling way. It introduces a HUT Synergy system designed to challenge you at every step, motivating you to actively stay hungry for the best means of rounding out your team.

Warframe is a free-to-play shooter that nails down the best aspects of co-op online multiplayer. It’s fast-paced and has you constantly moving around and shooting, working with up to three teammates to bring down strong enemies that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to defeat alone.

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Top 20 Best JRPGs on PS4 http://twinfinite.net/gallery/top-20-best-jrpgs-ps4/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:05:25 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=323264 The best that Nihon has to offer.

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Tokyo RPG Factory’s debut game nails everything a good best JRPGs ps4 should have. A likeable cast of characters, effective story pacing, and gorgeous visuals make up the complex tragedy that is I Am Setsuna, and we’re very grateful for that.

Dark Souls 3 may very well be considered the Dark Souls series at its finest. Providing closure for all the questions raised in prior entries while delivering on a formula that challenges you but never makes things feel unfair, the game is a true embodiment of an excellent action best JRPGs ps4.

The Shakespearean-tongued Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is much more charming than its vibrant visuals suggest. Chaining combos in the air makes for a compelling gameplay experience not typically found in other JRPGs, and unique skill trees for each character add a level of complexity that you wouldn’t have otherwise thought could be in such a pretty game.

NioH is a JRPG made in the vein of the Dark Souls series that possesses enough style of its own to set itself apart. The super smooth and varied gameplay keeps the player constantly on their toes, plus there’s so much content here to keep one playing for days on end.

Bloodborne is not only one of the best best JRPGs ps4, but also one of the best games on the system in general. The Lovecraft-inspired city of Yharnam will enthrall you with its dark and brooding atmosphere while introducing challenging gameplay mechanics that very much live up to the game’s Souls heritage.

The resplendent symphony that is NieR: Automata best JRPGs ps4 will resonate with you well after the credits roll after one of the game’s many endings. An emotional and well-written tale accompanies innovative gameplay mechanics that will make you wonder why more people haven’t played this JRPG achievement.

Disgaea 5 best JRPGs ps4 hearkens back to the early days of JRPGs where intricate yet fundamental gameplay mechanics like character stats, equipment attributes, and class abilities weren’t eschewed for the sake of accessibility. Don’t let Disgaea 5’s cute anime aesthetic fool you into thinking it’ll go easy on you.

Persona 5 best JRPGs ps4 allows you to live out the perfect high school fantasy you always dreamed about – so long as that fantasy involved talking cats and highly fashionable attire. This JRPG nails the concept of immersing the player into the lives of the characters onscreen, reveling in all the excitement and boredom of teenage life.

If you’re a fan of lore, Ys Origins best JRPGs ps4 has you covered. Featuring dozens of world-building events that set the stage for the entire series afterword, this action JRPG is steeped with plenty of puzzles, dungeons, and boss fights to lose yourself in, all of which are rendered in real-time.

Final Fantasy is a fantastic JRPG and a quality bro-trip all in one. A huge, sprawling world is home to fast-paced and challenging combat, indicating that behind all that glitz and glam lies a deep layer of strategy. The Final Fantasy best JRPGs ps4 series returns to form in its fifteenth main iteration, and we’re glad it’s made a comeback.

Tales of Berseria best JRPGs ps4 introduces a dark, somber tale to the long-standing Tales series. Despite its edgy look, the game features a personable cast of characters that you’ll grow with as the lengthy JRPG unfolds. A deep and rewarding combat system and fun minigames accompany the story, making for quite a memorable and fleshed out experience.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster best JRPGs ps4 is the best way to experience each PS2 era JRPG. Enhanced art and music, tons of extra in-game content, and a very convenient price tag make this one great bargain, especially if you’ve never had the chance to play either game before. You really need to fix that, by the way, as there’s a reason why so many Final Fantasy fans argue that Final Fantasy X is the best entry in the series to date.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth best JRPGs ps4 offers a surprising amount of depth for a JRPG revolving around the premise of digital monsters. Tons of Digimon to collect and an engrossing story will keep you occupied for days on end, especially if you’ve got a Vita.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age best JRPGs ps4 improves upon the foundation laid down by the original Final Fantasy XII and listens to long-time fans to deliver on what they wanted to see after playing the JRPG the first time. The result is a title with impressive visual and audio upgrades and a Fast Forward button, just in case you don’t want to read absolutely everything.

Valkyrie Chronicles Remastered succeeds in introducing a profoundly rich tactical gameplay formula that rewards careful planning and forethought. Seeing as how it includes all of the DLC content released post original launch, you’ll be exercising your brain quite a lot with this one.

If there were ever an example of a MMO JRPG being brought back from the dead, Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn would be it. At first unsuccessful, the game has since blossomed into a community of millions. With Stormblood out now, there’s perhaps been no better time to check out Final Fantasy XIV Online than right now.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a title that isn’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to introducing new challenges. That isn’t to say that the combat doesn’t feel fresh and rewarding, as this JRPG’s mechanics become something akin to an instinct the more you play the game.

Yakuza 0 immerses you in its story while unabashedly throwing fairly challenging combat and strange humor your way. Each playable character feels unique in his own way and mini-games are fun and memorable. If there were any formal introduction to the Yakuza series, this would be it.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX bundles together the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, and Birth By Sleep and includes the likes of Re: Chain of Memories and the HD cinematic versions of 358/2 Days and Re: Coded all in one convenient package. If there were any place to discover what exactly all the Kingdom Hearts hype is about, look no further than here.

World of Final Fantasy serves as a gateway for newcomers to the franchise to learn about what exactly Final Fantasy is. Featuring cameos from series darlings like Cloud and Lightning, this JRPG includes a surprisingly complex stacking system that’s nothing short of innovative for the series.

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Top 30 Best PS4 Games of All Time http://twinfinite.net/gallery/top-30-best-ps4-games-all-time/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:00:12 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=322893 The best of the best.

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The Last of Us may very well serve as the culmination of medium as we know it. It transcends the machine it runs on to produce a wonderfully complex tale of human emotion that we so often remove ourselves from when playing video games. It’s hard to see how exactly the series can be improved upon in the sequel, though for now The Last of Us Remastered remains the best game the PS4 has to offer.

Originally released as a console exclusive for the PS4 back in 2015, Rocket League has since taken the world by storm through its unique soccer battle-car gameplay. Perhaps its best accomplishment is the accessibility it affords for players coming from all walks of life.

Battlefield 1 is nothing short of immersive. Sticking you right amidst the chaos of the first World War, every aspect of the Great War is meticulously recreated from the weapon design, to the sound effects, to the emotional ties you’ll make with your fellow soldiers.

If you thought the original Watch Dogs didn’t quite live up to its potential, Watch Dogs 2 is deserving of your attention. The sequel is a manifestation of all the innovation everyone expected from the original, complete with a fun and interesting San Francisco to explore and exciting multiplayer functionality to fool around with.

Far Cry 4 turns the explosive goodness that made Far Cry 3 so great up another level. With plenty of side missions to complete and countless collectibles to track down and mark off your list, you’ll be stuck in the beautiful albeit dangerous region of Kyrat for quite some time.

Keeping in line with precedent that Limbo set before it, developer Playdead’s Inside sets a gorgeous mood sodden with the melancholy of dystopia. A disturbing mystery unfolds as you solve each puzzle, leaving you as the player frightened, afraid, and perplexed by the time the credits begin to roll.

Until Dawn offers a break from the norm that fans of the horror genre have come to expect. Filled with memorable twists and turns and a fantastic cast of personable characters, the game comes alive in more ways than just one. To say more would spoil all the fun.

If you’re a fan of expertly-crafted narrative-driven experiences, What Remains of Edith Finch is made for you. Featuring impeccable writing and an engaging anthology of ghost tales, each story will resonate with you in profound ways.

Final Fantasy XV is the epic fantasy bro-trip you never knew you needed. The game’s world is expansive and offers a deep layer of strategy underneath all the glitz and glam. Combat and gameplay are also strong components, ushering in a return to form that the series had been sorely missing as of late.

The Witness may very well be regarded as the pinnacle game of the puzzle genre – at least as far as the PS4’s library is concerned. Simple mechanics eventually evolve into challenges that you weren’t expecting at all, each fueled by the desire to learn more about the world you inhabit and the mystery unfolding around you.

If you’re really missing Dark Souls and want a game that you can lose yourself in for hours on end, NioH is right up your alley. Combat is smooth and varied enough to constantly keep you on your toes and loot and gear crafting systems are wonderfully complex best PS4 games.

Resident Evil 7’s first-person perspective works wonders for the game, helping it return to the terrifying tension and claustrophobia that fans of the series have come to know and love. The Baker house is a blast to play in too, though it is a bit unfortunate that everyone who already lives there wants to kill you.

One of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s biggest strengths lies in the flexibility it allows players to take down enemies Lara encounters throughout her stay in the wilderness. You can hide and wait or dive straight into battle without a moment’s remorse. The choice is always ultimately in your hands, thus making you feel like the true badass you always knew you best PS4 games.

There’s a lot more to do in Assassin’s Creed Origins than just follow the main objective. Egypt is a massive sprawling world deeply rooted in fantastic RPG mechanics that allow the user to play like the assassin they always wanted to be.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus addresses the problems people had with the original game and delivers on a hilarious and memorable cast of characters, each adding a bit of heart into a story otherwise covered in pools of Nazi blood.

Life Is Strange proves that the narrative-driven gameplay best PS4 games is indeed alive and well. Introducing a gripping story from beginning to end, it tackles some profoundly mature themes like depression, suicide, and murder.

DOOM is a best PS4 games that brings back memories of a simpler era for the first-person shooter genre, supplying some of the best action gameplay this generation of consoles has seen so far. DOOM maintains the bloody, hectic, and fun mayhem that the series prides itself on.

Titanfall 2’s campaign does an excellent job of making the traditional FPS story mode feel fresh through a mix of platforming and gunplay elements with a great narrative to boot. The multiplayer possess a rich array of customization options, modes, and Titans to play as, and is among the best of this generation.

Undertale is an exploration of human nature that offers an introspective look into what makes us think and feel as unique living things. Filled with humorous dialogue and plenty of charm, this port will undoubtedly leave you with a strong sense of determination.

Overwatch is a chaotic, fast-paced team brawler that offers a great deal of fun through it’s impressive array of characters, each with his or her own unique gameplay attributes. Taking into account all the post-launch this game has been getting since its debut two years ago, it seems like the hype won’t be dying down anytime soon.

Fallout 4 takes the precedent marked by Fallout 3 and improves upon it in almost every way, providing deeper, more challenging gameplay elements and offering a broader arsenal of RPG mechanics to conquer the Commonwealth Wastleland with.

Metal Gear Solid V feels like something the Metal Gear Solid series always wanted to be. With not one, but two open worlds to immerse yourself in, the fifth entry in the saga lets you as the player decide that the best means of approach is.

NieR: Automata oozes style, and that’s not just a comment on the game’s character designs. An amazing soundtrack and surprisingly well-written story accompany this amalgamation of hack-and-slash and shooter genres into one slick-looking package.

Dark Souls 3 is the final chapter in the fan-acclaimed franchise best PS4 games, and boy does it end on a high note. Answering all the questions that had arisen in entries prior all while continuing to deliver on combat that’s challenging but not unfair. Dark Souls 3 is well-deserving of all the praise it has received.

Horizon Zero Dawn is much more than a best PS4 games about robot dinosaurs. Though that may be what piques your interest, you’ll stay to learn more about protagonist Aloy’s journey and grow stronger as she does throughout the title, unraveling the mystery behind this primitive future of mankind.

If you have yet to jump in on the series bandwagon, look no further. Persona 5’s combat is simple for newcomers yet engaging enough to warrant all that time invested by die-hard Persona veterans. This sequel delivers on all the greatness we’ve come to expect from the series after Persona 4, and we can’t wait for more.

Grand Theft Auto V feels right at home on the PS4. It’s a major step up from its presence on last-generation hardware, boasting a gorgeous California city to explore and a well-written and memorable cast of characters (Trevor’s the best, but maybe that’s just me). Its popularity today serves as a testament to just how great it is.

The Witcher 3 is the true definition of a role-playing best PS4 games. With an incredibly detailed, massive open world that’ll take you months to completely explore, there’s simply no other experience like it right now on the market. Rest assured that if you want a game that will last you a long time, The Witcher 3 has got you covered.

Bloodborne is scary, brutal, intriguing, and rewarding. It takes the Dark Souls formula and fits it into a grotesque world like no other, filled with nightmares that only Lovecraft himself would imagine best PS4 games.

Uncharted 4 is everything we had hoped it would be. As a fitting conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story on best PS4 games, it serves as a testament to the power of family and acts as a reminder to cherish the ones you love. The Uncharted series has always had its share of wonderful moments, but none have come close to evoking the feelings found in the fourth and final entry to the saga.

The Last of Us may very well serve as the culmination of our medium as we know it. It transcends the machine it runs on to produce a wonderfully complex tale of human emotion that we so often remove ourselves from when playing best PS4 games. It’s hard to see how exactly the series can be improved upon in the sequel, we’ll find out soon enough though.

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Top 25 Best Steam Games of December, According to User Reviews http://twinfinite.net/gallery/top-25-steam-december/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:30:09 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=322488 The purrfect Steam games for you.

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Shadowhand is a strategic solitaire-style turn-based Steam card game based in 18th century England. Its RPG mechanics allows players to choose how it is they would like to fight in battle.

A nearby black hole is threatening to destroy lazy ship engineer Odysseus Kosmos and his service robot Barton Quest in this comedy adventure Steam game, appropriately named Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest.

Inspired by classics like Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness while incorporating elements of Mario Kart and Sonic Polyball seeks to redefine what physics-based platforming Steam games can be.

Empires of the Undergrowth is an ant colony management game. Despite how weird that premise may be, it offers players an intricate means of learning what it is ants do in their day to day lives.

This one’s for the kids. Designed to be lighthearted in tone, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator succeeds in allowing players to design their own pizzas all while reaching for the newest high score.

This list was bound to get really strange eventually. Epic Snails balances its cute albeit completely ridiculous narrative to allow players the chance to witness all-out snail tank warfare commence from the comfort of a virtual backyard.

Getting Over It is the type of punishing climbing game that you slowly fall in love with. With a little practice you may be able to get over a bunch of stuff, but you’ll most likely feel very abused in the process. I mean that in the best way, of course.

Swipe left or right and reign justice down on all manner of royal matters in Reigns: Her Majesty, a game designed with RPG mechanics, resource management, and politics in mind.

Opus Magnum is an intricate open-world puzzle game that allows players to design potions, poisons, and more alongside powerful machines, including a transmutation engine.

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Top 25 Best Steam Games of 2017 According to Metacritic http://twinfinite.net/gallery/steam-best-2017-metacritic/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:35:28 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=322062 The very best of Valve's massive marketplace.

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Finding Paradise is a narrative-driven Steam game that sees two doctors come together to try and fulfill a dying man’s last wish. It holds an 83 Metacritic score.

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade on Steam depicts the journey of a young woman named Senua as she combats the devastating effects of trauma and psychosis. It currently sits at an 83 Metacritic score.

Detention is a Taiwanese survival horror title that currently sits at an 83 Metacritic score and is sure to satisfy your desire for a new Silent Hill game.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins sits at an 84 Metacritic score and is a Steam game set in ancient Egypt. Combat, stealth, and exploration mechanics have all been significantly improved in this new iteration to the franchise.

Thimbleweed Park also sits at an 84 Metacritic score. It depicts the witty adventures of two washed-up federal agents who find a dead body in a river just outside of town.

The End is Nigh sits at an 84 Metacritic score and is probably best known for its challenging and brutal gameplay. Rest assured that you’ll probably die a lot in this Steam game.

NieR: Automata borrows from various genres like platformers, bullet-hell shooters, and action/adventure games to create something wholly unique and fashionable on its own. It currently has an 84 Metacritic score.

Nex Machina is intense to say the very least. This cablepunk arcade style twin-stick shooter relentlessly throws action and destruction your way the instant you pick up a controller. It currently holds an 84 Metacritic score.

Nex Machina is intense to say the very least. This cablepunk arcade style twin-stick shooter relentlessly throws action and destruction your way the instant you pick up a controller. It currently holds an 84 Metacritic score.

Rakuen also sits at 84 and is a narrative-driven game that depicts the story of a little boy who lives in a hospital. Players are able to follow the boy throughout the halls of the place and uncover truths regarding the lives of the other patients who live there.

 

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Top 4 Best Xbox One Co-Op Games of Q4 2017 http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/xbox-one-co-op-q4-2017/ http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/xbox-one-co-op-q4-2017/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:00:55 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=321637 All in one.

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Star Wars Battlefront II

Top 5 Xbox One Co-Op Games of Q4 2017

Most of the time, games are made a lot more fun when someone else is joining in on the ride. Developers and publishers today all know this yet frequently resort to placing large groups of players against each other instead of bringing them together to work towards a common goal. Indeed, the inclusion of co-op modes in games is a rare sight, though the Xbox One is home to its fair of cooperative titles that players can enjoy side by side on a sofa. The following list consists of those games released in the past quarter of the year that stand out as the best should you and your friend be looking to resurrect old rivalries or want to settle a score from a long time ago.

It’s sufficient to say that Star Wars Battlefront II released to quite a bit of controversy on Xbox One back in November. Mircotransactions and a concern stemming from the amount of time it took to unlock playable heroes online stirred the internet into something akin to a frenzy, though it is good to know that now fans have been appeased through the removal of in-game transactions and a reassurance from publisher EA that criticisms regarding the title’s progression systems will be addressed on an ongoing basis.

There are some aspects of Star Wars Battlefront II that are perfectly fine as is, however, including the game’s inclusion of a co-op aspect in Arcade mode. The feature pits you and a buddy against waves of incoming enemies in a battle to see who will be the last person standing. It’s neat should you both want to explore the game’s multiplayer modes later on, as players are able to customize skirmishes to the classes they most want to use. Keep in mind that the mode is very much built with two players in mind, meaning that should you both venture in together, you’d best be prepared to take on enemies that are tougher and harder to kill than with one person alone.

 

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Gran Turismo Sport

Top 5 PS4 Co-Op Games of Q4 2017

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Cooperative play in today’s gaming landscape is something akin to a lost art form. Not many developers or publishers seem very inclined to include the feature in the games we play, and even when they do it’s rare that these titles truly harness the fun camaraderie to be had in sharing the same breathtaking experience side by side. This being said, there are still some games out there that appreciate the joy of co-op, particularly on the PS4. The following list consists of those titles released in the past quarter of the year that you should check out if you and a friend want to have some quality bonding time together.

Gran Turismo Sport released exclusively for PS4 and PSVR on October 17 this year and was criticized mostly for its always-online functionality. Indeed, many facets of the game including viewing your garage, editing liveries, purchasing cars, using Scapes, exchanging Mileage Points, and more were dependent on the player’s internet connection. All of this being said, Gran Turismo Sport did include one crucial feature that was available offline: local two-player split screen co-op.

Co-op in Gran Tusismo Sport sees two friends race head-to-head on the track in pursuit of placing first just as any good racing game would. What makes Sport stand out from the rest of the titles in the genre (besides the game’s astounding visuals) is that driving skills and track etiquette are monitored so as to make you a better driver in real life. What’s more is that should you be deemed worthy enough, your accomplishments in Sport could earn you an actual racing license with automobile organization FIA. If that doesn’t get your engines running, I don’t know what will.

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Super Mario Odyssey

Top 5 Co-Op Games of Q4 2017

As rare as it may be to find today, there’s a wonderful joy to be had in co-op play. Whether it be lending a hand in controlling one of gaming’s signature mascots or shooting Nazi Zombies alongside a buddy across the weathered fields of World War II, playing towards a common goal in co-op modes allows us as humans to connect with each other on a carefree, imaginative level. Friendly competition helps ignite positive rivalries that help us grow stronger, and building, racing, and even dancing together lets us blow off some steam while fostering time to get to know each other a little more. All in all, co-op play has a lot to offer us as a species reliant on social interaction. The following is a list of titles released in the past quarter that reflect some of the best the market has to offer in terms of co-op play, each possessing its own unique hook to let every user feel like he or she really matters.

One of the most anticipated and critically acclaimed games of the year actually features a fun co-op mode right in the box. Indeed, Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey, which released on October 27, allows one player to take control over the company’s signature mascot Mario while the other player takes on the role of Cappy, a powerful ally that has taken possession of Mario’s hat.

Together, two players can venture across the vast expanse of Odyssey’s many worlds, each of which contains its own flair reminiscent of the different countries on our very own planet. Though the game is usually a single-player experience, having a friend join in on the journey allows you both to tackle more challenging platforming aspects of the game, as the second player is able to control Cappy more freely and can serve as a much more versatile extra platform for Mario to jump off from. Having an extra pair of eyes alongside you is never a bad thing when it comes to Odyssey either, as the game is packed with interesting secrets to find that you’ll undoubtedly miss on your first playthrough.

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Call of Duty: WW2

Top 5 Best Multiplayer Games of Q4 2017

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Multiplayer functionality is a hallmark of today’s gaming landscape. With the medium seemingly growing more and more popular every year, it’s no surprise that playing with others online is something to be expected in this day and age. Humans intrinsically have a need to socialize in some way, and connecting with others across large physical barriers serves as a means to satiate this innate desire. Keeping this in mind, games today can also provide a way of interacting with people in your immediate vicinity through co-op play, allowing you and a friend the chance to resurrect old rivalries or start new ones entirely. Indeed, it’s not hyperbole to state that a lot of the magic in gaming comes from how the medium brings people together. Through friendly competition and thoughtful cooperative play, multiplayer modes help us forge lasting relationships in the long run.

The following is a list of titles released in the last quarter of the year that bring out the best in us in terms of multiplayer play. Keep in mind that all the titles mentioned here include online multiplayer, co-op, or both options as a means of immersing more than one player into their worlds.

The Call of Duty franchise’s return to its roots paid off well in this year’s iteration, appropriately titled CoD: WW2. As is usually the case, multiplayer is a huge focus here as the game allows you to team up with a friend locally and engage in online matches with other players, the likes of which will either be the Allies or Axis forces. WW2 also includes two new modes, the first of which is called Divisions and gives players the option to choose between five categories of training to gain specific skills to use in combat, the second of which is called War and pits teams of six against each other so that they can take part in narrative missions set against iconic WW2 battles like storming the beach on D-Day.

Nazi Zombies makes a welcome return as well, featuring some of the best zombie horde annihilation weaponry that gaming has to offer today. Should you and a friend be seasoned veterans of the mode and are ready for something a bit more challenging, WW2 includes a hardcore path that is sure to test your corpse-slaying skills.

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PS4 Q1

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Since the PS4’s inception back in 2013, the console’s slogan has been “This is for the players.” In adhering to that motto, manufacturer Sony sought to renew a focus on gaming in their next hardware iteration, making it a reality in the first-party support the company has provided to the system so far. The exclusives coming to the PS4 are arriving not just by way of Sony either, as plenty of third-party publishers like Square Enix and Bandai Namco are joining the party in 2018.

The first quarter of next year is clearly evident of that, as high profile titles from Sony-owned or Sony-funded studios can be found joining the ranks of admittedly niche Japanese software. God of War, Shadow of the Colossus,  and Street Fighter V Arcade Edition, for instance, can be found alongside titles like Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Ni no Kuni II, Harvest Moon, and Secret of Mana, just to name a few.

Fans of Japanese RPGs and anime-stylized games in general have a lot to look forward to throughout 2018’s first quarter too, as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Steins;Gate Elite, Attack on Titan 2, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 are all slated to come out during this time. It’s the perfect occasion really, as the wintry weather lets us catch up on all the digital goodness the PS4 has to offer before we’re forced to go outside because our moms told us to.

Without further ado, check out all of PS4’s Q1 releases below:

  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition (1/16)
  • Gintama Rumble (1/18)
  • Death Mark (1/19)
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory (1/19)
  • Lost Sphere (1/23)
  • The Inpatient (1/23)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (1/26)
  • Monster Hunter World (1/26)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (1/30)
  • Past Cure (2/2)
  • EA Sports UFC 3 (2/2)
  • Shadow of the Colossus (2/6)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (2/9)
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] (2/9)
  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame (2/13)
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 (2/15)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2/15)
  • Owlboy (2/15)
  • Secret of Mana (2/15)
  • Hokuto ga Gotoku (2/22)
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (2/23)
  • Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match (2/27)
  • Gravel (2/27)
  • Death end re;Quest (3/4)
  • Bravo Team (3/6)
  • Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story (3/8)
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection (3/13)
  • Golem (3/13)
  • Steins;Gate Elite (3/15)
  • Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram HD (3/15)
  • Attack on Titan 2 (3/20)
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (3/20)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (3/21)
  • A Way Out (3/23)
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (3/23)
  • Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (3/27)
  • Far Cry 5 (3/27)
  • MLB The Show 18 (3/27)
  • Shining Resonance Refrain (3/29)
  • Super Robot Wars X (3/29)
  • Agony (3/30)
  • Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion (Q1)
  • Armored Warfare (Q1)
  • Conarium (Q1)
  • Fe (Q1)
  • God of War (Q1)
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (Q1)
  • Next Up Hero (Q1)
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Q1)

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PS Plus vs. Games with Gold: Who Offered Better Value in 2017? http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/ps-plus-games-with-gold-2017/ http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/ps-plus-games-with-gold-2017/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:12 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=321147 A battle of the ages. Or at least just this year.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of console generations, Microsoft and Sony have been competing against each other for years with each company’s own take on home consoles. Indeed, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are each products of healthy competition and that’s perhaps no more apparent than in each console’s take on online services, deemed Xbox Live and PlayStation Network respectively. To get the most out of each service, including online play with friends and access to cloud storage, you can’t just stop there. You’ll have to go another mile and purchase either Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus.

Does the benefit of having access to online features outweigh the negative of having to pay another charge on top of your monthly internet bill? The answer to this is very subjective, though Microsoft and Sony do try to assuage buyer’s remorse by including curated games with their services free of charge. Dubbed Games with Gold and the Instant Games Collection respectively, we’ll break down which offered the best value according to the games offered throughout 2017 so as to better inform you which console and service is right for you. Keep in mind that in each case, games are offered on a monthly basis.

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5 Ways the PS4 Can Improve in 2018 http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/ps4-improve-2018/ http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/ps4-improve-2018/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:15:54 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=320927 Nobody's perfect.

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Give Us Actual Release Dates

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There’s no denying that Sony’s PS4 is still leading the video game market in terms of eighth generation console sales. At the moment the machine is responsible for generating over 70 million purchases, making it by far the most popular device used to play games around the world. When all is said and done Sony sure has a lot to congratulate itself for, given how shaky the PS3’s launch was and the portable letdown that was the Vita. This being said, there’s still plenty the company can do to win over even more console benefactors in the future and appease hardcore audiences well enough to convince them that there’s really no point in jumping ship.

One of this year’s biggest disappointments in the realm of PlayStation was the lack of any real release dates for highly anticipated exclusive titles on the platform. Spider-Man, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, Days Gone, The Last of Us Part II, and even Death Stranding all turned up at Sony’s events and various media showcases this year, yet none were offered to us with a clear sign as to when exactly they will release.

It’s true that God of War, Detroit, Days Gone, and Spider-Man all have blanket release windows of “TBD 2018” and a recent leak may have suggested that God of War will release in March, but is that all fans really have considering the fact that 2017 is already at an end? Though we don’t want to be disappointed when a game is delayed and this is a good way to avoid the backlash, giving a firm release date is a sign that shows that publisher Sony and its various developers are confident in what they’re delivering to the fans.

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Okami HD Review http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/okami-hd-review/ http://twinfinite.net/2017/12/okami-hd-review/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:56:55 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=320360 Ammy's definitely older, but she still looks great.

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Okami HD on PlayStation 4

Okami holds something in common with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, seeing as how both titles never seem to cease re-releasing on new generations of console hardware. The recently launched port on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC does have one underlying difference from Bethesda’s dragon-slaying epic, however. It isn’t always guaranteed to sell.

Indeed, when Okami first released on PlayStation 2 more than a decade ago, it had sold less than 300,000 units. Its novel, artsy aesthetic was lost in a year that saw the release of other big name titles like Rockstar’s Bully, Activision’s Call of Duty 3, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The lackluster sales figures of Okami and developer Clover Studio’s next game, God Hand, undoubtedly had an effect on Capcom’s decision to shutter the studio back in March of 2007, though publisher Capcom cited a “desire to improve its overall development structure” as the official reason.

As per Capcom’s tradition with its franchises, Okami did get the chance to shine again when a Nintendo Wii version of the title launched in April of 2008 and when a visually enhanced HD version released on PlayStation 3 in October of 2012. Five years since its last appearance on consoles, Okami once again launches on current generation hardware. Though the unique art style and story fundamentals are still there, there’s no denying the fact that the game is 11 years old now. It’s perhaps more deserving of an eighth generation sequel rather than an eighth generation remaster.

Okami borrows heavily from Japanese folklore, legends, and myths to craft its presentation and narrative. It follows the white wolf Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu, or Ammy, as she journeys across a pre-industrial Japan in an effort to cleanse the country from a curse by an eight-headed demon Orochi. The setting of the game binds well with its story as players get to experience color being restored to an area after it has been rid of evil. The cel-shaded, Sumi-e style comes alive in a splash of marvelous watercolors, though it is unfortunate the title’s low polygon count distracts you from time to time. The added 4K resolution helps lessen the unattractiveness, though awkward camera angles is an example of the game’s age.

This being said, there’s real satisfaction to be had when defeating bosses and seeing lands come back to life. It can be argued that this feeling is intrinsically tied to successfully completing any generic boss battle in a game, sure, but Okami’s well-written script and personable characters are excellent motivators to keep the player engaged and motivated enough to win. This desire of wanting to do good by the game’s cast is only amplified when taking side quests into consideration, which allow Amaterasu to flesh out the relationships she initiates with the people on her journey. From helping Kaguya return to her Moon Tribe to making the sun appear to make laundry dry faster, Okami wants the player to be actively involved in the lives of its NPCs despite the fact that they all just amount to lifeless artificial intelligence. Being a part of everyday routine makes the player feel that much more consequential.

Gameplay in Okami HD relies largely on two buttons and 15 interchangeable weapons (within Reflector, Rosary, and Glaive categories) and buffs. The Celestial Brush adds flair to an otherwise standard action-oriented combat affair and though the title limits its use through ink-pots. These replenish so quickly that there’s pretty much nothing preventing players from abusing the mechanic. You can expand Amaterasu’s abilities by going to one of three Dojos that appear in the game, though whatever these new additions confer pales in comparison to using the Brush.

Okami HD allows players to experiment with weapons and go into battles with varying degrees of strategy, but there’s just not a lot of incentive to do so when a standard arsenal can still get the job done. This deficit alongside the game’s other bare-bones RPG elements (which just amount to increasing Amaterasu’s hit points, adding more ink-pots, increasing purse size, and increasing the size of the Astral pouch) are especially apparent when considering modern titles like The Witcher 3 or Horizon Zero Dawn.

What’s perhaps most indicative of Okami’s age, however, are camera woes. Seeing as how all enemy encounters take place within closed areas, larger sub-bosses and bosses proper that players encounter later on usually allow foes to take up large portions of the screen while you yourself are relegated to a cut-off bottom area. The wonky camera messes with the player’s ability to come up with imaginative moves that deal more damage and usually only provides openings that see one spamming attacks in order to succeed. This, unfortunately, is only compounded during platforming segments that grow in frequency toward the later half of the game. For some reason the camera pulls in odd directions mid-jump and dizzies the user when perspectives change through dreaded jittering and worrisome panning.

Another instance that shows signs of the title’s age is less glaring should you have grown up with Zelda games, though is still worth mentioning if you’ve come to expect actual dialogue in video games nowadays. Most characters communicate with Amaterasu through a gibberish-sounding noise reminiscent of insects. Issun, the actual bug that accompanies the sun deity on her journey, seems to like talking a lot, forcing you to read through walls of text while annoying squeaking serenades you in the background. This is very much a mechanic that was a product of its time and though it can still be found in some titles today, it’s more or less been phased out.

Okami HD definitely has wrinkles when it comes to its presentation, gameplay, and mechanics but still has enough heart to make it shine as a cult classic. Its flaws can be overlooked for the great substance it provides, notably in how there’s real emotional incentive to be found in Amaterasu’s journey. This investment by the player evokes something akin to a spiritual side, a human quality that other titles on the market could only dream to encapsulate over the course of 30 hours.

It’s for this reason that it’s not hard to see why the game has amassed a following throughout all these years. A memorable Japanese ethos lives and breathes through Amaterasu and all the characters she encounters on her journey, not to mention the world that bursts to color beneath her paws. The developers that made up Clover Studio should still be proud of the accomplishment that is Okami. Here’s hoping Capcom sees it as a franchise worthy of a modern-day sequel.

Score: 4/5 – Great


Pros

  • Charming art style.
  • Immersive world.
  • Well-written narrative.

Cons

  • Camera woes.
  • Exasperating dialogue.
  • Lackluster RPG elements.
  • Gameplay amounts to spamming the same attacks.

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