New Games Teach Parenting

In the past, a number of games have used parenting as part of the story line, such as The Walking Dead. But none have ever used parenting to the extent Yakuza 6 and God of War use it. Parenting in these new games is a focal part of the story line.

In God of War, which is a reimagining of an old series, parenting as theme is very explicit. Kratos, who is the hero of the the game, is now living out his days with his son Atreus, and he has become somewhat mellow because of this. Much of the game play relates to helping Arteus. What’s more, often during the game Kratos interacts with his son.

Kratos becoming a father has allowed the character to become more dimensional in comparison to previous editions of the game. In those, he was simply a man bent on revenge, but in this game he is trying to become a better person, so as to be an example to his son. Also, the relationship between the two characters has a big impact on how the game unfolds.

In the game, Kratos is constantly trying to teach his son how to become self-reliant, which is necessary in a world of monsters and nasty gods. Early on, Arteus cannot help his father much in battle, but, as the game progresses, under Kratos’ tutelage he improves. Eventually, he even takes a proactive role in battles, thanks in large part to the relationship that builds between the characters. There is also an important scene in the game when Arteus disappears. This is a disappearance players can feel.

In Yakuza 6, the parenting theme is a little more subtle, but it is there as well. Kiryu, who is the protagonist of the game, is only a surrogate father to a boy. But parenting is still a key facet of the game.

‘Final Fantasy 15’ Is a Worthy Addition to the Franchise

The “Final Fantasy” series of games has been incredibly successful over the past 25 years. Every game in the series has received great reviews from fans and critics alike. Therefore, it was very frustrating for PC gamers to watch “Final Fantasy 15” get released on consoles more than one year ago without a release for the PC. The good news is that the long wait is finally over. The game has been released for the PC. It was definitely worth the wait. In many ways, the PC version is much better than the version that was released for consoles.

One of the things that makes the “Final Fantasy” games so unique is the large amount of character development. People who play these games can get totally immersed in the stories because of the attention to detail of the people who design them. Square Enix has developed a reputation for creating games that are so addictive that they make people lose track of time. “Final Fantasy 15” would definitely fit that description.

The “Final Fantasy” series is famous for having some of the most stunning graphics that are currently available for video games. Each title in the series has always pushed the limits of what is possible in terms of video game graphic design. The 15th installment in the series does it again in a rather brilliant way. This game is amazing to look at. However, the plot is not nearly as complex as earlier installments. Four characters take a road trip and must complete various missions in order to earn rewards. This is not a terribly new concept. However, the recycled plot is saved by some fun missions and interesting creatures that you must fight along the way.

The bottom line is that fans of the earlier “Final Fantasy” games will like this one as well. It may take people a while to get used to this latest version. However, the game has a certain undeniable charm.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Offers a Fun Gaming Experience

Microsoft has unleashed a game that is sure to get a great deal of attention. It allows players to team up in groups of four and become pirates who are looking for treasure. The game is called “Sea of Thieves” and it is quite thrilling. The game shows off some of the skill of the Microsoft design team. The game is played online. You and your team will go up against other ships controlled by opposing players. This ads to the adventure and intrigue of the overall game. There is no question that this is one of the best PC games that Microsoft has released in a very long time.

This game has been very highly anticipated ever since a trailer for it was released last summer. The trailer generated quite a bit of buzz within the PC gaming community. People wanted to be able to play it right after seeing the trailer. However, they were forced to wait six months for the game to finally be released. It is safe to say that “Sea of Thieves” has lived up to every gamer’s expectations. The characters are beautifully rendered. The missions require a lot of strategy in order to complete them successfully. Therefore, people who want to find a very challenging game do not need to look any further.

It should be noted that this is not a game that you can enjoy for a few minutes here and there. You need to devote a considerable amount of time to this game if you are going to succeed at it. You also need to find three other people to be on your team who also have a similar amount of free time. This can be challenging to do. However, the payoff will be well worth it if you can get past the logistics of playing the game for several hours at a time. There are already rumors that a sequel will be released in a few years.

‘Northgard’ Provides Viking Adventures for Gaming Fans

There have been many games based on viking themes. These games have varied greatly in terms of their level of quality. However, Shiro Games has developed a viking game that is one of the best to come down the pike in quite some time. “Northgard” is the name of this epic adventure. There is a lot to love about this game. It takes you into a beautiful world that is filled with many different environments. You will be building cities in thick forests and mountain ranges that are covered with snow. You will need to manage a number of different problems in order to survive.

Food is scarce in most of the locations where the game takes place. Therefore, you will need to scavenge for food and store it away so you will be able to use it when you need it the most. You will be able to acquire food in a number of different ways. You can kill animals to use for meat. You can also steal it or trade for it. There are pros and cons to each decision that you make in the game. The key is to make decisions that impact you and your viking community positively in the long run.

What would a viking game be without lots of battles with swords and axes? “Northgard” will not disappoint you where battle scenes are concerned. There is plenty of fighting and blood to be spilled as you protect your land and your treasure from those who would seek to take it from you. You will need to have a variety of skills in order to truly master every aspect of this game. You will obviously need to be a great fighter. However, you will also need to be a good strategist and have the ability to plan ahead for the needs of your community. Running out of food in the winter because you didn’t store enough is a mistake you can’t afford to make.

Valve Completes an Intriguing Purchase of Campo Santo

The business side of the PC gaming world received a surprise when word of a recent acquisition surfaced. Valve, a digital store entity, has purchased Campo Santo, the company that produced Firewatch. The purchase is somewhat intriguing considering Valve didn’t seem interested in gaming anymore. Perhaps the company now feels re-entering the gaming market makes good business sense.

Valve also noted it has no intention of eliminating the current staff that produces Campo Santo’s projects. Commonly, when a company is purchased, a lot of firings occur. The purchasing entity puts its own people into key positions. Valve doesn’t wish to do this with Campo Santo. Perhaps Valve’s executives realize the team comprising Campo Santo reflects the company’s greatest asset. To buy a company known for creating well-received games and then firing the team that made the profitable games in the first place would seem not to make sense. Yet, other businesses do just that when making an acquisition. For now, Valve seems content with allowing Campo Santo to exist as it always was. Valve gains the added benefit of reaping the rewards of Campo Santo’s future success.

Interestingly, Valve chose to purchase a gaming entity that doesn’t boast of a lengthy track record. Firewatch was the company’s big success story. The company, having only been founded in 2013, hasn’t released a second game yet. It will in 2019 with In the Valley of the Gods. Hopefully, success can strike twice for the upstart gaming developer.

Valve’s executives may be looking at the future with the belief Campo Santo has many more hits in its creative pipeline. Buying the company now allows Valve to acquire the business before its value increases further. Purchasing Campo Santo a year before the release of the second game allows Valve to strategically re-enter the gaming industry. This could turn out to be a brilliant strategic move if In the Valley of the Gods turns out to be a hit.

‘Fortnite’ Is Quite an Accomplishment

There are some very good personal computer games that are available from many different developers. You will find no shortage of games available in a wide variety of genres. One of the best to come out in a very long time is called “Fortnite” developed by Epic Games. This can be played with just two people or up to 100. It is really up to you and how much free time you have. The concept of the game is as simple and fun as they come. You are dropped into an area where you have to stay alive longer than all of the other people you are playing against. There are many different weapons that you will be able to collect along the way in order to help you in your quest.

The large scope of the game is really impressive. You can literally be playing against 100 other people. Needless to say, that many players will require quite a bit time to complete. The characters that you can choose from in the game are very different from one another. They all have various abilities that are unique. Therefore, you will need to choose very wisely when you are choosing a “Fortnite” character to use.

The major flaw in the game is the fact that the characters sometimes move much slower than they should. This can be very problematic in certain situations where there are many characters on the screen at the same time and there is a lot of shooting going on. There is no telling if this glitch will get corrected any time soon. The game is still a lot of fun. However, it might take you a while to learn how to master it. You should practice as much as you can. This will help you to live much longer in “Fortnite” than you otherwise would. It should be noted that the game is much more fun if you play with a large number of people.

Microsoft Unveils New Xbox Game Pass

As streaming services become bigger, more and more businesses are going to take up the model.

First it was food. Companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh ship pre-portioned, ready-to-cook meals straight to your door. Pick your meals, order on demand, cancel whenever you like. Every year, more and more of these grocery delivery companies open up shop.

Then it was themed boxes. To suggest that there is a themed box subscription service for just about every product under the sun is only slightly hyperbolic. BarkBox – a box subscription delivering dog treats and toys – might be the most famous, but there are subscription services now for razors, T-shirts, toys, hot sauce, craft beer (a good idea, that one) and just about anything else you can think of.

Video game subscription services are also looming on the market. Electronic Arts released Origin Access a couple years ago, and for a low monthly fee, you can play any game on their online catalogue.

Now, Microsoft Studios are unveiling their own subscription service: Xbox Game Pass. The Game Pass works a lot like Netflix. For a modest $10/month, you have unlimited play of any game in the Microsoft catalog, including the Halo and Gears of War franchises.

The big selling point for the Xbox Game Pass, however, is Microsoft’s latest release. Sea of Thieves, which recently made its debut for both PC and console, is the first Microsoft game to be immediately available through their Game Pass. What’s more, Microsoft plans to follow this model for each subsequent release. From now on, their goal is to make each new game immediately available through their game subscription service.

Will the Game Pass actually save you money? That depends. If you’re just signing up to play Sea of Thieves, you’re probably better off just buying the game. Yes, it’s $60, but it will pay for itself in a few months. But if you’re looking at playing through Microsoft Game Studio’s extensive catalogue, this is a killer deal.

GTA Online Gets Cool New Racing Update.

There are few games in the industry like GTA Online and the developers at Rockstar are working to keep it that way. The hit online game has been getting consistent updates for the past several years in order to keep gamers plugged in and now the developers are unleashing something extra special: the San Andreas Sports Series. This event will be running for several weeks and it will feature a string of new cars, a new racing mode, and new ways to earn some GTA$.

The new update will be aping some of Rockstar’s past successes. Fans of the series will notice the influences from Vice City that the Hotring Circuit, which is currently online, has embraced. They’ll also notice a large improvement thanks to the recently released ‘Cunning Stunts’ update. The Hotring Circuit allows up to 30 players to join in on the mayhem and participants will be gaining double GTA$ and RP for their effort all the way until March 26th.

There are a slew of new cars available for purchase but they are going to cost players a pretty penny. Head to Legendary Motorsport in order to test your wallet buying the Overflod Entity XXR or the Vulcar Fagaloa station wagon. Just for reference, the XXR will cost players over $2.3 million. These cars all boast tangible benefits in comparison to other, older GTA:O models, but they aren’t going to be must-use for the Hotring Circuit.

Looking past the San Andreas Sports Series, Rockstar has also been talking about their Target Assault mode. In this new game mode, players will match up in teams of two versus up to eight teams at a time. Basically, this game mode will be like GTA:O’s version of ‘Death Race’ where you have a gunner on your back and a mandate to eliminate all of your enemies at your own discretion. This new mode looks like another great layer of mayhem to one of the more successful online games around in the current generation of options.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Launches, Fans Excited for Pirate Sim

There are few games in the industry right now that have generated as much excitement as ‘Sea of Thieves’. The pirate simulator has essentially captivated the imagination of would-be scallywags all around the world. The game is finally going live after a prolonged beta period and it is hitting consoles and PC’s around the world in style. There is a lot to learn about the new pirate sim so let’s not waste any time and jump right in.

The first thing that you need to know about Sea of Thieves is that the developers at Rare are serious about making this a playable online experience for everyone. While the game is a sandbox -themed pirate sim with a focus on obvious behaviors, Rare still wants a certain style of play to be encouraged. Joe Neate is the executive producer on Sea of Thieves and he had a few pointed words about the title. Neate’s first statement is in response to gamers who were dissatisfied that they could not attack fellow crew members. Neate said, “As a crew, you can’t harm each other and all of the rewards shared.” Neate went on to explain, “There’s literally no reason or motivation to do anything other than cooperate.”

Neate and the rest of the developers on the team went on to explain that they are focused on changing the culture surrounding online gaming. Right now, there is a definite stigma attached to online gaming that seems to imply a certain level of hardship and frustration. Craig Duncan is the Studio lead at Rare for Sea of Thieves and he had his own words to impart. Duncan said, “We’re going to bring a load of people into multiplayer gaming that have maybe rejected multiplayer games before.”

Sea of Thieves is currently available for players who had pre-purchased the game. Right now the developers are going through stress tests on the server which means that they are limiting the number of new players that can register.

Blizzard Announces Updates to Long-Running Warcraft III

After 16 years, Warcraft III is still going strong. Although many Blizzard fans have moved onto other games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II, Warcraft III has a dedicated fan base that refuses to abandon the beloved classic. Blizzard has taken notice and announced a slew of new features to update the game.

According to Kotaku, Blizzard is rebalancing the game and increasing the size of custom games from 12 to 24 players. Blizzard has also updated the in-game editor. Players can use this editor to create their own maps and challenge friends. Dota 2 and League of Legends were originally custom maps on Warcraft III and have now spun off to become full-fledged games of their own.

Fans are speculating about what the changes might mean. Is Blizzard planning to re-release the game or even develop a sequel? The company is famous for maximizing the value of its intellectual property. World of Warcraft continues to receive expansions over a decade after its original release. A few years ago, Blizzard updated the original Starcraft and released a popular sequel to the hit strategy game.

Revamping Warcraft III wouldn’t be a challenge for the mega-successful company. Blizzard could reuse its engine from Starcraft II, meaning the biggest change would be updated, high-definition character models. The company might even decide to update Warcraft I and II as a true reward for long-time fans. Of course, Blizzard is famously tight-lipped and hasn’t released concrete details of its plan for the series. For now, Warcraft III fans can only speculate about the potential changes coming to the Warcraft universe.