If Dame can drop some bars, our local talent can do it too! 2K has released their first-ever fully Tagalog video that merges basketball with local cultural phenomenon, FlipTop. Old-school vs the new generation, what better way to settle the debate than to have a rap battle on the virtual courts of NBA 2K21! Two FlipTop legends, Loonie and Sinio, faced off online and had a rap battle using customized teams of their favourite players. Loonie represented the old school legends using Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird while Sinio represented the modern day Superstars using LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Whichever generation you rep, NBA 2K21 has got your back.
It’s pretty cool if you’re into the rap battle culture, and you can check out the video below:
NBA 2K21 is now available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC, with the next-gen version featuring tons of new features!
Just Dance 2021 just went “all out” as Ubisoft has announced the release of “DRUM GO DUM” by K/DA, the virtual pop supergroup from Riot Games’ League of Legends.
“Drum Go Dum” featuring Aluna, Wolftyla, and Bekuh BOOM will be available for free for three months, before becoming an exclusive map for all Just Dance Unlimited subscribers.
“We’re so excited to collaborate with musical phenomenon K/DA to bring “DRUM GO DUM” to Just Dance this year,” said Matthew Tomkinson, the Creative Director of Just Dance 2021. “We were able to work with K/DA’s creative team to create this map, integrating K/DA’s official choreography and design to produce the perfect homage to the group’s dance track in their EP, ALL OUT. We’re really happy with the final result and can’t wait for the Just Dance community to finally see it!”
Just Dance 2021 is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
Aspiring Valorant players, look out! Riot Games have announced the Valorant Champions Tour, a season-long competition tour set to take place throughout 2021 that will feature multiple competitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
The Valorant Champions Tour will feature three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Teams begin their journey by first playing in regional Challenger events, before advancing to international Masters events. At the three Masters events set to take place in 2021, top performing teams will accumulate points which will count towards qualification for the Champions event. This final stage will feature the top sixteen teams in the world and will crown a single global champion.
“The Champions Tour is our next step to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans,” said Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games. “We’ve spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners, and other stakeholders, and we’re extremely excited to launch our first official season. Our focus will be on elevating and showcasing the creative and talented players who are shaping this game across the globe. Fans and players both wanted high stakes competition, and that’s what the VALORANT Champions Tour is designed to do.”
Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big star? Keep on the look out for more information about the upcoming tournaments soon.
The PlayStation 5 is absolutely sold out everywhere. Here in the Philippines, pre-orders were such a mess that stocks got gobbled up in less than 5 minutes. Demand is sky high, and Sony has now confirmed that the PlayStation 5 launch was Sony’s biggest console launch ever.
The record was previously held by the PS4 with 1 million units overnight, and we’d like to wait for more official numbers on this one when Sony announces it, but considering the challenges brought about by the pandemic, this is a very impressive feat.
Worldwide, players are clamoring for more stocks, and Sony has confirmed that there will indeed be more to come before the year ends, so we recommend not purchasing from scalpers, who are selling the unit at outrageous prices.
If you’ve managed to get yourself a console, congratulations, you are a part of history!
Another year, another Call of Duty game. Somehow, the game manages to work its way into relevance just like the yearly release that is NBA 2K. Both games draw a lot of similarities – each year showing a “new” campaign, iterative multiplayer gameplay. The usual stuff.
The franchise has almost always been consistently good, with this year’s installment Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being no different. Featuring the usual suspects as players would expect, Call of Duty games shine with its multiplayer offerings, but this year it is the other way around, as it treats players to a fantastic campaign that leaves you wanting more. The payoff? Multiplayer that doesn’t quite push the needle.
First of all, what the hell is up with that name? Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. That’s a freaking mouthful. Let’s just refer to it as Cold War or CW for this review.
The previous Black Ops game (BO4) didn’t see a single-player campaign and instead solely focused on the multiplayer experience, which was great, but also lacked that familiarity that players got accustomed to seeing from a Call of Duty game.
Cold War brings back the single-player campaign, and the game is all the better for it, with one of the best (and shortest) stories in recent memory, clocking in around 5-6 hours at most. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 holds the distinction of arguably having the best campaign story, but Cold War can definitely stand on its own.
The premise revolves around the hunt for “Perseus”, a Russian spy that has infiltrated the ranks of the US agents and it is up to you to find out who Perseus is and stop him from doing (more) damage. Within the first 10 minutes, the game will have you jumping from rooftop to rooftop culminating in a slow-motion sequence and even blowing up a plane using a remote controlled explosive device. It’s outrageous and very movie-like, and the set pieces are really quite something to behold, which is par for the course of a Call of Duty title. The action is fast and intense, but the various levels will have you switching gears often that it doesn’t feel like you’re just mowing down hordes of enemies until you get to the next checkpoint.
I’m playing this on a PS4 pro and if anything, the guys behind the Call of Duty games know how to put out a good looking game, and Cold War isn’t an exception. I guess that’s really the thing with these current and next-gen “transition” games, as they look outstanding even with the current hardware, enough to make you want to experience the whole thing again with the new hardware.
Missions in Cold War will take you to a range of locales, which will walk you through the various ways you can wreak havoc in the game. You’ll man a helicopter turret or rain silent death with a sniper rifle, but none of these will compare to a personal favorite where you infiltrate the Lubyanka Building, the KGB headquarters. Most of the mission will have you figuring out how to get the objective done through non-lethal means (aka not killing everybody with your firearm), which will lead you to framing a KGB officer or poisoning his drink, if that’s your thing. It is in essence a stealth mission, but there will be multiple ways to go about it, and even though the ending is still the same, the process of it all was a nice experience. The mission ends with a frenetic battle as you try to escape the KGB headquarters, turning a full 180, blowing everything away compared to a rather peaceful start. Other missions can’t quite reach the highs that this mission does, which can draw comparisons to something that’s straight out of a Mission Impossible movie, but overall the Cold War campaign is a huge win for the game.
To be or not to be
A new element that the campaign introduces is choice – you get to “create” and name your character, choose your traits which will give you certain advantages in battle like faster reload or faster movement… you can even choose your gender, even be non-binary if you choose to be. The gender choice will really be just how you are referred to in the game, which is not much, but its a start.
You’re also offered dialog choices scattered throughout the campaign, and while the branching paths don’t really offer a fully different scenario, it was a nice touch that the game gives you that illusion, which was particularly refreshing.
In between missions, you’ll reconvene in your safe house, where you’ll be able to choose your next mission, review evidence collected, and take on side missions. Evidence is a pretty cool feature in Cold War. In previous Call of Duty games, you’ll go around a map collecting “intel” or whatever it is the game will have you collect for a trophy. Cold War makes the search worth while, as you’ll stumble upon pieces of evidence scattered around missions that will give you a clue on how to solve the next mission. One side mission will have you pick out 3 suspects from a group of individuals, and if you haven’t completed all the pieces of evidence from the other missions, it’ll be pretty impossible to single out the suspects. This system adds a bit of replayability to missions, only to find the piece you may have missed out on, but not enough to make you want to play through the whole campaign again.
Same old multiplayer
Cold War is supposed to be the Call of Duty title that ushers in the franchise into the next-generation, and while it does that on the graphical and performance front, the multiplayer modes remain mostly the same, which was a slight disappointment due to how fresh the single-player campaign felt. Multiplayer still plays and feels great, but that’s also a good and bad thing depending on how you look at it.
The good first. By saying that the multiplayer in Cold War is mostly the same only means that you get the classic traits of a well built shooter – snappy and accurate gunplay, crisp audio and visual feedback, steady performance… You name a good thing about shooters and Call of Duty most likely has it, which is a product of year after year of solid installments. Gameplay and mechanics-wise, it’s Call of Duty through and through.
The usual modes are here as well. You’ll have team deathmatch, free for all, domination, combined arms… To be quite honest, I’m fine with just TDM and Domination, but I’m also not the most hardcore FPS player out there, so choice in terms of multiple available modes is always a good thing.
The bad thing about Cold War multiplayer lies in the limited number of maps available. Apart from the various modes, the strength of a multiplayer game relies heavily on the map rotation and you’ll be getting a frustratingly low number in Cold War. Although as with any Call of Duty game, which will improve over time, what’s here now is a little bit too limiting for what players have come to expect. You’ll also only get 1 zombies map, which is a stark contrast to the 3 maps immediately available for Black Ops 4.
Speaking of Zombies, the current Zombie map named “Die Maschine” leans more on the outrageous rather than the scary and creepy settings from the previous Black Ops title, with portals to the otherworld and such mechanics. I personally loved the previous eerie settings over this one, and it may really boil down to a matter of preference.
It plays mostly the same as previous iterations, but the feel isn’t quite there yet due to the setting and story of the scenario, which didn’t evoke the same emotions as before. Black Ops 4 had 3 great zombie maps, with each being scarier than the next.
We’ve heard so much about how the next-gen hardware will boost the Cold War experience and it sounds quite enticing. We have not yet played this on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, but suffice to say that improved visuals along with the capability to play at 120 frames sounds utterly delicious.
What we are hoping to see will be how well the experience is translated to the DualSense controller. It has been reported that each firearm will have individual adaptive trigger settings, which sound fantastic, but I’m imagining that it is something I’d turn off during multiplayer, as the added resistance could mean life or death during a skirmish.
We’ll be looking into a fuller next-gen experience soon, so expect an update when that’s available!
What we liked:
Great single player campaign with fresh new features
Gameplay quality is what you’ve come to expect from a Call of Duty title
Visual quality is incredible
What we didn’t like:
Limited maps and content available as of writing
Branching campaign storyline could be improved
Verdict: Wait for it.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a good game, and it can only get better, but at the moment it doesn’t feel like a must-buy just yet. This is by no means the fault of the developers, but more of an effect that the pandemic has brought about, disrupting schedules here and there across every industry.
You’ll get a great but short single-player campaign, bare-bones multiplayer and zombies, as well as the trademark Call of Duty gameplay that everyone has come to know and love. That’s not a bad deal at all, but seeing as most players will tend to spend majority of the time in multiplayer, the single-player campaign cannot fully save the day for this installment.
You can wait for it in the mean time, but rest assured that more content will be on the way, and by the time that happens, Cold War will be a staple in every FPS fan’s library.
*Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was reviewed on a PS4 Pro via a review code provided by the publishers.
Make love, not console wars. A statement that rings true even up to today, where toxic levels of fanboyism from either side of the fence is something that really divides that gaming community. Xbox Boss Phil Spencer hates it, and calls it “one of the worst things about our industry”.
Speaking to The Verge, Spencer talks about their biggest competitor, and it’s not even Sony or Nintendo. “We’re in the entertainment business. The biggest competitor we have is apathy over the products and services, games that we build,”
Spencer, possibly like other execs, hates the fact that there are people who like to see others fail just so they can get a leg up on the competition, and it is that toxic fanboyism that may even push him to get out of the industry. “That tribalism in the industry, if there was anything that would ever drive me out of the industry, it’s actually that,”
In the local gaming scene, this is certainly not a new thing. Being a “PlayStation nation”, as one would call it, there’s very little room for others to make a dent. The Nintendo Switch has been well received, and the Xbox is growing its own audience with the incoming Series X and xCloud, but the threat of toxic fanboy behavior from all sides will always be there.
Instead of focusing on issues, pulling each other up in the industry will only benefit everyone in the long term, as Phil Spencer focuses on things like crossplay that will allow gamers to play with anyone regardless of console.
Despite Fatalis being the “last” update for Monster Hunter World, seems like Capcom has other plans in mind for the beloved franchise. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will have a crossover with the upcoming Monster Hunter Movie, where players will be able to acquire some exclusive rewards.
As announced by Capcom, there will be two limited time event quests which will allow the players to control Artemis, voiced by Milla Jovovich herself. The event will start at December 3 at 4:00pm PST / December 4 at 00:00 GMT.
The first quest will have you conquer a Black Diablos in the Wildspire Waste, which will reward you with materials to craft the Artemis α+ armor set from the movie.
The second quest will pit you against a Rathalos, which will give players materials to craft the Artemis Layered Armor from the movie.
To celebrate, players will be rewarded with some freebies, and all you will have to do is just log in! The items are as follows:
Ancient Potion x30
Dust of Life x30
Golden Egg x10
True Armor Sphere x3
Earplug Jewel+ x1
Jump back into Iceborne and don’t miss your chance to get these limited time items!
If things go the way of Phil Spencer, you may not even need an Xbox or a PC to play Xbox games.
In an interview with The Verge, Spencer goes on to say that a dedicated Xbox app for TV sets is a very real possibility, and it could very well happen “…in the next 12 months. I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing that.” Console gaming without an actual console? Sounds juicy!
Spencer continued to say that “the amount of compute capability in my home has increased with the number of streaming signals that have come in, not decreased. I think gaming will be one of those things as well.”
Microsoft has been a huge proponent of Cloud gaming, with their very own Project xCloud leading the way. And when you consider the breadth of content that Microsoft has with Game Pass, something that was already good but now bolstered with the acquisition of Bethesda and the inclusion of EA Play, this vision of allowing you to play almost anywhere under the Xbox ecosystem is something very real and very appealing, all for an affordable price.
Locally, there are many things to consider with this setup, the biggest thing being your internet connection. With consoles reaching the capability to play games at 4K and 60-120fps, your connection must be robust enough to handle all that data that will allow you to enjoy the experience.
Will this development finally entice you to hop on the Xbox bandwagon?
Apart from The Game Awards, there are other annual award-giving shows and bodies, one of which is the Golden Joystick Awards. The show just ended a few hours ago, and maybe to no one’s surprise, The Last of Us Part II wins big. How big? Very big, bagging a total of 5 awards including Game of the Year.
Our review of The Last of Us Part II gave it high praise, calling it a technical triumph that reminds us of the brilliance of Naughty Dog, which also won the Best Studio award.
Other winners were Fall Guys for best multiplayer, Hades for best Indie, and Sandra Saad as Kamala Khan for best performer.
Esports Game of the Year – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Best New Streamer / Broadcaster – iamBrandon
Best Family Game – Fall Guys
Best Gaming Community – Minecraft
Best Performer – Sandra Saad (Kamala Khan)
Breakthrough Award – Innersloth (Among Us)
Outstanding Contribution – The Gaming Industry
PC Game of the Year – Death Stranding
Best Gaming Hardware – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
PlayStation Game of the Year – The Last of Us 2
Xbox Game of the Year – Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Nintendo Game of the Year – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Most Wanted Game – God of War: Ragnarok
Critic’s Choice – Hades
Ultimate Game of the Year – The Last of Us 2
The Game Awards nominees have also been announced, and you can already start voting for your choices to win. Do you think The Last of Us Part II will win the coveted Game of the Year award again? Let us know!
During the last episode of Night City Wire, CD Projekt Red have revealed brand new gameplay footage. It was quite special, because it was the first time we saw actual console footage and not PC captures. Now, after the Xbox footage, we get to see gameplay from both the PS4 Pro and the PS5 via backwards compatibility.
Without further ado, check it out below:
Similar to the Xbox footage, its looking like CD Projekt Red have done a really good job on translating this to the “current” consoles and while the visual quality isn’t quite top notch with a few frame drops here and there, the next gen consoles is really where Cyberpunk 2077 will shine.
One thing to note is that we have not seen footage of the game running on the base console models (PS4 and Xbox One). One can imagine that it’ll be quite the challenge, since the upgraded models are already seen with dips in performance.
In any case, it won’t take too long now to see Cyberpunk 2077 barring any more delays. In fact, some people are already playing it now.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on December 10 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.
We all know the scope of games made by CD Projekt Red and the tend to be pretty massive. It seems Cyberpunk 2077 will be no different as Łukasz Babiel, QA lead for CDPR, has already clocked around 175 hours into the game (and counting) on one just one lifepath alone.
Time spent on games like Cyberpunk 2077 will obviously vary from player to player. For context, Babiel works for QA, so he’s used to exploring every corner of the game and has mentioned that this is an “ongoing slow paced playtroughs on the hardest difficulty”, so the 175 hours may not be a “normal” comparison. He also said ongoing, meaning he isn’t actually done yet, which is something to consider for players planning to fully immerse themselves in the game.
It has been reported that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a shorter campaign than the Witcher 3, but with 3 Lifepaths to choose from and a ton of side activities, you’re sure to spend a lot of time in CDPR’s latest masterpiece.
Oh, and you can turn nudity off as well if that isn’t your thing.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out on December 10, 2020 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X & S, Xbox One X & S, PC, and Google Stadia.
There isn’t much by way of information about the game for now, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for anything more about the game. We do know that the game will have characters such as Rindo, Fret, Nagi, and Minamimoto, as seen in the trailer.
Also scheduled for 2021 is an Anime based on The World Ends With You.
The weekend, and the local PlayStation 5 preorders, have come and gone. In a little as 5 minutes, smiles filled the faces of a select few, while most were left to lick their wounds and wait for the eventual restock. It happens, and because of the limited supply not only here but also around the world, the holidays will be a bit colder than usual for a lot of gamers.
Local preorders were, for lack of a better term, a fucking mess. Despite multiple retailers carrying the PlayStation 5, all of their online sites were down for either down or lagging because of the influx of traffic.
Gameline suffered a glitch which allowed their system to accept orders that went past their supply, forcing them to issue refunds over the weekend.
Game One PH had their share of problems too, but it was i-Tech who took the bigger hit, as they needed to resume operations on a Saturday. They had prepared, but not well enough, as the thousands of gamers spread over multiple retailers during the initial rush flooded their helpless site. Kudos to their socmed person though, thanks for being transparent throughout the ordeal.
Even Datablitz was not spared. Arguably the biggest retailer in the Philippines, they had their own share of problems, with their unique links firing blanks for a lot of hopefuls.
Let’s get back to Datablitz for a moment. While the mechanics were mostly similar across majority of the retailers, with the 5 minute rule and everything (except for Toy Kingdom), it has to be said that DB probably prepared for this the most. They knew the stress their website would go through during the preorder window was going to be massive, so they ensured that only the most critical steps of placing your intent and selecting a pick-up / delivery option was needed from the customer. Payment and all other miscellaneous steps to complete the PlayStation 5 transactions were done during a separate time. That was pretty cool of them to do, and while it wasn’t 100% problem free, that extra bit of care saved probably saved them from a lot of problems after.
Not taking anything away from all the other retailers because they handled the whole process as well as they could have, but there will be lessons learned. I’m sure if COVID wasn’t a problem, almost everybody would have gotten their own PlayStation 5, but that’s clearly not the case and there are shortages of supply worldwide, so you shouldn’t feel too bad about it. Indeed, play has some limits.
To those who didn’t get a unit, take the L. Come up with an temporary excuse to wash the pain away, the “I didn’t really want one anyways” is a personal favorite. Don’t curse out the retailers, they want nothing more than to sell you these units. You think it helps them if they keep the stock? That’s absurd. They’re only limited by how many PlayStation 5 units are in circulation at the moment. It may take a while, but soon enough there will be more stocks rolling in and the next thing you know, these things will be sitting on shelves just waiting to be copped.
To the lucky ones, congratulations! Welcome to the next-gen… Well, almost. The next 3 weeks of waiting will arguably be the longest 3 weeks of your life, but you can sleep well at night knowing you’ll be pulling a “Guidicelli” come December 11. Filing a leave? Calling in sick? Hopefully HR is none the wiser.
Of course, everything could have been better, but hey, that’s 2020 for you. The new consoles are here to stay and it’ll be taking a toll on your bank account for the next 5 or so years. It won’t go anywhere, and will be more than ready for everyone to enjoy, hopefully sooner rather than later.
In the mean time, chill and find something else to do, I hear Chess is quite the in thing these days.