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The PS Plus Collection is a set of twenty games from the Playstation 4 era curated and touted to be some of the best titles of that generation. While that list is quite debatable, you cannot go wrong with twenty free games for a PS Plus subscription and it is quite possibly some of the best titles seen compared to the free games given in the last three years. PS Plus is a service that’s been around for the last ten years and with the launch of the Playstation 4 back in 2013, the PS4 has been the next longest platform on the service since the exit of the PS3 and PS Vita on January of 2018. If you’ve been a dedicated member of such a service, ten of the games from the PS Plus Collection have already been given one way or another. The ten featured games on this…

Bravely Default II just released their final demo on the Nintendo Store. I didn’t expect another demo prior to release date, but this is an extra added bonus – quite a bit of service from this much anticipated JRPG from Square Enix. I played the original demo and enjoyed it, so much that I went back to play the original game (that I didn’t enjoy as much). Original Demo (top); Final Demo (bottom) This Final Demo tackles the first chapter of the game, straight after the prologue, which is exactly the same play through from the original demo. The difference is that the original demo shows it as “Chapter Two”. There are story revisions from the original demo, which involved cutting the unnecessary dialogue between the party significantly (a real plus) and the introduction of Orpheus the Bard. Graphically, I feel that the Final Demo has better contrast in some…

Astro’s Playroom, the pre-loaded game that comes with every PlayStation 5, is not only a celebration of all things PlayStation-related leading up to the latest console, but is also chock-full of easter eggs and cameos that make it all the more enjoyable to play. The game is basically a tech demo of your new DualSense controller, and will feature levels that will give you a taste of what the next-gen controller is capable of. Scattered throughout the various levels are easter eggs and throwbacks, such as PS Icon flowers and PS1 controller cord tightropes, but there are some iconic character references too! This isn’t the whole list, and we’re sure we’re missing a couple of them here and there, but check them out below and try to see if you can recognize all of them! Warning – This post is image heavy but we’ve lowered the resolution a bit. Hover…

Cyberpunk 2077’s episode four of Night City Wire had a prime focus on the different types of vehicles you could drive in Night City. Across my playthroughs, I’m still about 500,000 Eddies short so I could buy five more of these cars. It’ll take time, but the devs took their time to release this, so that means I can take my time too. Don’t look at me like that, even with all these rides, you’re my main ride! Even if I sold everything I owned including all my legendary and iconic gear, that would net me around E$130k, which would afford me just one of those rides. Night City rides can get quite expensive. That being said, I was able to buy most of these vehicles, with the most expensive being E$225k, and I tell you, it’s not a good ride. One star, will not buy again. However, they are…

Wake the fuck up, Samurai, the game is burning. As Cyberpunk 2077 released in such a dismal state, it was disappointing to most players who were waiting on this next venture from CD Projekt Red. Memes were made, and this one might be the best. Anders Lundbjörk, a mobile game developer, imagines Cyberpunk 2077 as if it were running on a PlayStation 1 (with all the bugs, it might just have) and comes up with a perfect way to represent night city, bugs and low-res textures and all. Check out the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNqWPtcXk5w In the words of CDPR, it runs “surprisingly good”, and it maybe accurately reflects the buggy state of the game when it released. CDPR have been putting out hotfixes and patches over the past week or so, and the game will be fixed eventually, but this is definitely something we’d like to play! I wouldn’t ask…

Microtransactions, love ‘em or hate ‘em, are here to stay. AAA companies surely would keep pushing them into our beloved franchises and they’ll find more creative ways to monetize games. Just like blockbuster movies and TV series, product placement and in-game advertising will make their way into your gaming screens if it’s feasible to do so. Remember that time when Final Fantasy XV did some collab with Audi for the Regalia? Would have been nice if I could pay $14.99 to get a Chocobo in real life. Or maybe get Gladio as my personal bodyguard for $19.99. It’s a sweet ride, you gotta admit There’s that, and then there are the sports games. We’ve dropped an insane amount of money before with the trading cards and collectable card games in the past, so we’ve accepted microtransactions and licensing throughout our lives. I, for one, have paid a lot of money…

2020 was a year where we spent more indoors than we did out, where we spent more time getting to know the fictional characters of the IPs we perused rather than our established relationships… It’s also the year where I did more than a hundred runs in Hades but still found new things to enjoy. 2020 was also “bad” for video games – The Last of Us Part II being depressing, Cyberpunk being delayed multiple times, console preorders being a mess… but at least we get Bugsnax for free. There are a lot of events to remember and many more to talk about, but it all boils down to the games that stood beside us throughout the year and made us smile despite the pandemic. Like I said, 2020 was good for games and here are just some of the games that made the year more memorable. 13 Sentinels -…

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated titles this year, as evidenced by its staggering 8 million preorder numbers. The hype is definitely real and everyone wants a piece of the pie. One thing that’s for sure is that the next-gen “upgrade” will not be available until 2021, so PS5 owners have the PS4 port to play and enjoy before the wait. We’ve tried both versions out, and while it is safe to say that the PlayStation 5 version will be superior for obvious reasons, the PlayStation 4 version is not quite the experience we had planned for. For context, see a couple of passable, but blurry and grainy screenshots. Corpo Prologue on a PS4 Saw it? Looks pretty ok? Alright, now let’s take a look at some footage from other people playing the game on a base PS4 and it turns out, Cyberpunk 2077 is a MESS. Janky…

A couple of things we can’t believe – it’s December already and from the looks of it, Cyberpunk 2077 is really launching in a few days. Some gamers around the world are even getting their copies early! Seemingly everyone wants a copy of one of the most hyped game in recent history, but sadly, not everyone can get one, much more afford a copy. A Redditor by the name of MisterJ2590 shares a story about how an absolute bro gifted someone who couldn’t afford a copy of Cyberpunk 2077 a copy. Not just any copy, a Collector’s Edition to boot! What a fucking legend. Hey I wouldn’t say no to a free copy, much more a CE. It’s a great feel good story, and reminds us that there is still good in this world. https://www.reddit.com/r/cyberpunkgame/comments/k4t5mo/a_feel_good_story Everyone can do good in their own small way, and you don’t have to go…

It was bound to happen. As soon the announcement of Kratos being in Fortnite hit, we knew what was gonna happen and certainly the internet did not disappoint. Here’s one from Musubi, showcasing Kratos doing the Paws and Claws emote, looking all cute and fluffy… https://twitter.com/musubi_azeyma/status/1334660688397131777 One more from Farore, it’ll get worse from here on… https://twitter.com/Farore5/status/1334661888148451330 And another one… https://twitter.com/Farore5/status/1334696500467732482 And one from RainbowUnicornSparkles! with some sort of Tik Tok dance that a friend told me about… https://twitter.com/theRainbowUS/status/1334729261526167552 I mean, while we’re at it, might as well do the Pokimane dance. https://youtu.be/jn8i7y3nmz0 We’re not sure if Kratos would be proud, but here’s probably what he would feel… Don’t worry Kratos, you’re still our God of War, we just don’t know what Atreus would feel about all of this.

The downfall of the JRPG during the eighth generation was due in part that it couldn’t get the right balance between modernizing the genre and maintaining the strong points of what made it great in the first place. In the ninth generation, with the resurgence of 16-bit side scrollers in the Indie genre, it’s only time for the turn-based RPG to make a resurgence too. Enter Cris Tales, exuding a deep likeness to Child of Light, but also introducing some ingenious mechanics to breathe life to this dead genre. A demo is available for everyone to try out and if you’re looking for a fresh new RPG experience, this could be for you. Stained Glass Fantasy The artwork of Cris Tales is beautiful and eye-catching to say the least. It has this stained glass feel and reminds me of classic artwork from shoujo manga most indicatively Revolutionary Girl Utena. The…

There are quite a few games everyone would like a remaster or a remake of, and while everybody has their own preferences, one game that is probably in the list of many is Chrono Trigger. The classic SNES RPG from 1995 is widely considered to be one of the best out there, with a combination of great gameplay elements along with a fantastic storyline and memorable characters. Speaking of memorable characters, Sony Santa Monica and God of War Art Director Rafael Grassetti took a stab at what he calls one of his favorite franchises and recreates Crono, Frog, and Robo in stunning fashion, making us wonder what a next-gen remake of Chrono Trigger would look like. Check out the Instagram post below and slide through the images to see the results. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIOSVUqhD0i/ As you can see, it looks fantastic, seeing these timeless characters with such detail that even Akira Toriyama…

In The Verge’s interview with Phil Spencer by Nilay Patel, Spencer makes two separate but in my viewpoint, interconnected statements: One, he thinks we’re going to see Xbox apps in Smart TVs in the next 12 months. Second, he believes that “console tribalism is the worst thing in the industry”. I’m reaching here, but by introducing the Xbox App on Smart TVs, he’s suggesting one solution to end console tribalism once and for all. However, didn’t Microsoft also buy Bethesda for $7.5 billion to have “first dibs”? Sounds off? At our current state, all that would do is create another division of opinions on whether to use the new platform, further dividing this already divided passion group. However, points for accessibility! Think of the endless possibilities! Tribalism goes beyond the gaming world as every passion group has one. Vinyl collectors shit on CD fans, everyone’s basketball team is the best,…

Anyone who has owned a PlayStation would know Sony’s console had a plethora of RPGs by Squaresoft. Alongside Final Fantasy VII, gamers enjoyed titles like Parasite Eve, Brave Fencer Musashi, and another little gem called Xenogears. Xenogears was quite a game back in the day, with its deep storyline, memorable characters, and you simply can’t leave out the Gears because giant robots are just awesome. It was definitely something special as Xenogears became the first of the Xeno series of games and following in its footsteps came Xenosaga and Xenoblade Chronicles. Now while there hasn’t been a proper sequel to the classic PlayStation RPG (and we’re still hoping for one or at least an actual remake), something is coming for all Xenogears fans out there, especially fans of the Gears. Here’s Square Enix’s Structured Arts line of 1/144 model kits featuring the main Gears of Xenogears: Weltall The main Gear…

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. https://www.facebook.com/gameline.ph/posts/3427014797412452 Game One PH had their share of problems too, but it was i-Tech who took the bigger hit,…