2018’s Best PC, Xbox, PS4 Black Friday Deals (Gaming)

Thanksgiving is approaching and that means Black Friday deals are right around the corner – along with football, turkey, and stuffing. Whether you’ve been waiting for a price drop on a new part for your PC or just haven’t pulled the trigger on copping a new console, you’re in the right place.

The Metahuman team has accumulated the best gaming deals that Black Friday 2018 has to offer and stuffed them right here for your convenience. You’re welcome.

 

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After Battlefront 2 Disaster, DICE Is Taking Battlefield 5 In A New Direction

With Battlefield 5‘s release being less than a week away (November 15th), it’s time to talk about game developer DICE’s newest game.

 

The Battlefield series is notorious for its large-scale war-based gameplay that often incorporates the use of vehicles, in-game objectives, and different soldier classes. It strays from the Call of Duty franchise by creating a more realistic, gritty feel behind the controls.

 

Fans of the series have waited quite a while for a new Battlefield title; the last game was Battlefield 1, which was released more than two years ago. However, they’ll be pleased to know that DICE is learning from previous mistakes made in its other titles.

 

Last year DICE released the remake of its classic game, Star Wars: Battlefront II, which sparked major controversy due to its in-game progression system. The game’s multiplayer was heavily based around upgrading each character’s attributes with ‘Star Cards’, which were acquired through random loot crates. They were practically Overwatch loot boxes that give you in-game advantages instead of cool skins.

 

 

When it was announced that these loot crates could be purchased with real-world money DICE received so much criticism that they decided to do away with the monetary prices and make them purchasable through in-game currency. Still, in order to compete, players were forced to pour hundreds of hours into the game and hope to find the Star Cards they were looking for in random crates.

 

It took months for DICE to see that this system was killing the game; not many people were willing to play the game enough to level up their characters. Finally in March, nearly five months after the game’s release, DICE issued a massive update that allowed players to use experience points earned in multiplayer to purchase Skill Points, which could then be used to buy the specific Star Cards needed for a specific hero, weapon, or class.

 

Battlefield 5 will continue to distance itself from a ‘pay-to-win’ style of in-game progression. All of the items that players can buy in-game are strictly cosmetic, which means that they will not alter anything about the gameplay itself. In fact, there is no form of a real-money microtransaction system in the game as of yet, so all items can only be unlocked through playing the game.

 

 

The items themselves can be purchased with an in-game currency called Company Coin or earned through Shipments. Company Coins are earned through leveling up and can be used to buy bits and pieces of an outfit or gun skin, or a whole set. Shipments are rewards that players obtain for achieving certain tasks in-game, such as leveling up a certain class or gun. These rewards can vary from a new outfit for a class to a new camo for the gun that a player has leveled up, but they are strictly cosmetic.

 

While the only purchasable items are cosmetic add-ons, don’t worry, there is a plethora of unlockable weapons and equipment earned through leveling up each class. Unfortunately for the pay-to-win players out there, you’re going to have to play this game to get an edge on the competition.

 

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on Battlefield 5, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for the 20th. DICE might be doing away with microtransactions, but they’re still charging an extra $20.00 to play the game on its official release date November 15. Thankfully no one can get an in-game edge in those five days.

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy: Gamespot, Wccftech, DICE

TOP 10: SCARIEST GAMES TO PLAY THIS HALLOWEEN

There is more than one way to get into the Halloween spirit this year. Whether you dress up as your favorite superhero, watch a few scary movies, or choose to play through a terrifying video game, you’ll end up quivering under your bedsheets all the same.

 

Gaming is a particularly interesting way to celebrate Spooky Season because it grants you the unique ability to immerse yourself into the horror. The horror genre of gaming has always been under-appreciated. However, it’s become more popular in recent years due to popular streamers playing through them live on streaming platforms such as Twitch.

 

See ReddCinema’s Tyler1 compilation below:

 

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of the scariest games that you can find and ranked them on the spooky scale. Here are the top ten video games that’ll give you the best chance at some terrible nightmares.

 

 

10. Slender: The Eight Pages

Starting off our list we have, Slender, which is an old, simply made game that is very creepy under the right circumstances. It’s based around the Internet urban legend, Slenderman, who is depicted as a tall lanky creature that wears all black and has no face. The entire premise of this game is to walk around a dark forest with nothing but a shaky flashlight and find eight pages of a mysterious book. But be careful, you might run into Slenderman before you can find all eight. Turn off all of the lights, turn the volume up to max, and it’s an excellent way to get your horror fix.

 

 

9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

You can’t go wrong playing any of the Resident Evil games if you’re looking to be scared; especially the first few. Having said that, the newest rendition of the franchise, RE7 is the scariest one to date. The player takes control of Ethan Winters who is searching for his wife in a plantation house full of cannibals. The game’s first person point of view, stunning graphics, and the return of a more horror-survival themed story makes it an amazing game to play this Hallow’s eve. Did I mention that it’s VR compatible?

 

 

8. Penumbra: Black Plague

One of the more popular streamed horror games, Black Plague will send chills down your spine. The second game of the Penumbra franchise, Black Plague starts where the first game leaves off: in an abandoned research facility that is filled with the “infected”. You’ll have to avoid the terrifying creatures to learn more about your character’s past while finding the best way to escape.

 

 

 

7. Dead Space

Another horror genre classic, the Dead Space franchise is one of the best horror-survival games to this day. While all three of the game’s main titles are exhilarating, there’s nothing quite like the first. You play as an interstellar engineer named Isaac Clarke that is trapped aboard a ship that has been overrun by alien parasites. The best part about the game is that while you’re terrified to turn each corner of the ship, it’s still incredibly fun to play.

 

 

6. FEAR

FEAR is a horror first-person shooter that revolves around an evil supernatural force that has taken the form of a creepy little girl. You’ll play as the leader of the FEAR task force that has been called in to investigate and contain the evil presence. Much like Dead Space this game is as much fun as it is scary and you’re going to enjoy working towards its ending.

 

5. Fatal Frame

Top five, top five, top five! Fatal Frame was the first game in a five game franchise and the first of its kind. It’s based around fighting some seriously terrifying ghosts with a special camera that has the ability to exorcize them. While fighting spirits like the one shown above with nothing but a camera seems like a strange premise, you’ll see why it’s on this list as soon as you start playing.

 

 

 

4.  Alien: Isolation 

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch all of the Alien movies. While they’re quite frankly ancient, they’ve withstood the test of time and maintained their scare factor. Alien: Isolation is much newer and contains a slew of new themes that’ll be sure to get your palms sweaty. There’s nothing like walking around a dark, damp ship knowing that there are giant murderous aliens roaming the halls. One of the coolest things about this game is that it’s not one-dimensional in any way; there are multiple evils that you must face and many of them are simply un-killable.

 

 

3. Silent Hill 2

Pyramid head was the stuff of nightmares as a kid. Silent Hill 2 is the second game in the Silent Hill series and the scariest of the franchise’s main titles. Another survival-horror game, SH2 is based on James Sunderland’s hunt for answers in the town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his wife that says she’s trapped there. Sunderland sets out to find her but quickly realizes that the town is turning his deepest fears into reality. The game is more centered around puzzles and riddles than actual combat, but somehow that makes it even more horrifying to play.

 

 

2.  Outlast

Outlast is another game that has become a popular horror title to stream. The game follows an investigative journalist named Miles Upshur who has decided to write an article about a remote insane asylum called Mount Massive Asylum. There is no combat in the game, which leaves you defenseless and piles onto the insane amount of dread and terror you feel while playing. Your only tool is a camcorder, which can be used as an inefficient source of light.

 

 

 

1. Silent Hill: P.T.

Silent Hill: PT was never turned into anything more than what its name stands for, a ‘Playable Teaser.’ The game was originally released on the PlayStation 4 as a teaser for the Silent Hill franchise’s next installment, Silent Hills. However, that title was eventually cancelled and PT was removed from online stores. It is based around an unspecified protagonist that wakes up within a severely demented house. The sole objective of the game is to continue down a single hallway, solving riddles and puzzles, facing horror after horror. If the player fails to succeed in any of the trials the loop of challenges is reset and each scare must be faced again. It’s a shame that the full game was never released, but nonetheless it is the scariest game to play this Halloween.

 

 

Photo Credit: Daily Express, MobyGames, IMDB, Polygon, iHorror, Den of Geek, SlashGear

Red Dead Redemption 2 Might Hop On The Battle Royale Bandwagon

Rockstar Games’ long-awaited Wild West RPG sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, is releasing this week (October 26th) and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

For those who haven’t played previous Red Dead titles, they are a series of third-person, open-world action-adventure games that take place in the lawless Wild West of early America. The previous Red Dead Redemption followed a man named John Marston; a former outlaw whose family is taken hostage by the government to force him into bringing members of his old gang to justice.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 will take place before it’s prequel and follow Arthur Morgan, one of the top guns in the Van der Linde gang; the same gang that Marston was hired to take down. Due to the advancements of society in America in the late 1800’s Morgan and the rest of his gang are outlaws, forced to flee across the country in attempts to keep their lifestyle alive.

 

The game looks incredible. Unlike other Rockstar games that were built for the last generation of consoles, Red Dead Redemption 2 was created for the Xbox One and PS4, which means that it looks and feels way better. Just take a peek at this jaw-dropping gameplay video.

 

 

In the past month, Rockstar has released a ton of information about the game in the form of press releases and official gameplay videos. However, there hasn’t been much confirmed about the game’s multiplayer. While this information has been somewhat verified, take it with a grain of salt.

 

It’s rumored that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have three multiplayer game modes: Revive and Survive, Battle Royale, and Money Grab. Revive and Survive will be a one-life Team Deathmatch type game mode that pits two gangs against each other and revolves around killing the enemy while reviving your fallen comrades. Money Grab will have two teams attempt to rob as much money as they can from a certain location and safely return it to their respective hideouts.

 

Then there are the familiar talks of that sweet, sweet Battle Royale. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Rockstar implemented some kind of battle royale game mode into its multiplayer. It would take an incredibly ignorant game developer to shun the success that Fortnite, PUBG, and Blackout have experienced.

 

The original Red Dead Redemptionmultiplayer was a free roam mode (much like GTA’s multiplayer) that allowed you to explore the game’s entire map and interact with other players. From there you could form teams with your friends or just join into a competitive game mode such as Gang Shootout, Hold Your Own, or Grab The Bag by yourself. Every game mode started with a Mexican Stand Off, so we’ll see if Redemption 2’s multiplayer modes do the same.

 

We can only imagine what a Battle Royale mode in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 would be like. The game’s map is way too big to be used in its entirety, but the landscape would make for an incredible combat experience. Replace vehicles with horses, replace squads with rival gangs, and implement a slew of revolvers and rifles from the 1800’s to pick up and you’ve probably got yourself a winner.

 

Perhaps Rockstar will have players pick a region of the map to ride in on horseback and from there we’ll be able to pick up weapons and start making swiss cheese out of each other.  Imagine this kind of gameplay but on a much larger scale with much better graphics and more fluidity:

 

Credit: Overgears

 

The good news is, we only have to wait three more days. Stay tuned for more information and for our Metahuman review of the game when it comes out later this week.

How To Unlock Every Secret Character In Black Ops 4: Blackout

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout menu doesn’t give new players very much information when it comes to unlocking the game mode’s additional character models. In fact, the only straightforward unlockable characters are the Ranger, Frogman, Airborne, Seal, and Battle Hardened models, which are acquired through the mode’s “Echelon” leveling system.

 

Luckily, through the powers of Reddit and other online resources such as IGN the requirements to unlock most of the awesome character models has been unveiled. We’ll let you know beforehand, most of the requirements are going to be quite difficult for casual players, so prepare for many hours of grinding.

 

Blackout Characters

Woods

 

  • Player must find and pick up the Bandanna item by killing zombies or fallen players.
  • Player must then get inside of a Helicopter during the same match.
  • Player must win the match.

 

Menendez

  • Player must find and pick up the Locket item
  • In the same match the player must kill one enemy with a shotgun and another with a melee attack
  • Player must finish the match with the Locket item in their inventory

 

Ranger

  • Reach Echelon 20

 

Frogman

  • Reach Echelon 40

 

Airborne

  • Reach Echelon 60

 

Seal

  • Reach Echelon 80

 

Battle Hardened

  • Reach Echelon 80 Prestige

 

Zombies Characters

Dempsey

 

  • Player must find a Death Machine weapon
  • Player must kill zombies with the Death Machine
  • Player must finish the match in the top 10 players

 

Nikolai

 

  • Player must find a Cymbal Monkey
  • Player must kill Zombies
  • Player must finish the match in the top 10 players

 

Richtofen

 

  • Player must find the Ray Gun
  • Player must kill zombies with the Ray Gun
  • Player must finish the match in the top 5 players

 

Takeo

 

  • Player must find the Katana
  • Player must kill zombies with the Katana
  • Player must finish the match in the top 10 players

 

Multiplayer Characters

Battery

 

  • Player must find Battery’s War Machine launcher
  • Player must get kills with the War Machine
  • Player must finish in the top 15 players

 

Firebreak

 

  • Player must find the Burned Doll in a supply box or supply drop
  • Player must kill an enemy with a weapon that uses fire
  • Player must finish the match with the Burned Doll item in their inventory

 

Ruin

 

  • Player must craft the Grapple Gun from missing pieces around the map
  • Player must finish the match in the top 15 players

 

Seraph

 

  • Player must equip the Annihilator
  • Player must get kills with the Annihilator
  • Player must finish in the top 15 players

 

Ajax

 

  • Loot Broken Armor Platings from dead enemies
  • Player must finish the match with three Broken Armor Platings in their inventory

 

Crash

 

  • Player must obtain the ‘Poker Chips’ item
  • Player must finish the match with 15 Healing Items
  • Player must finish the match in the top 3 players
  • Player must finish the match with the ‘Poker Chips’ item in their inventory

 

Recon

 

  • Player must obtain the ‘I Ching Coins’ item from a supply box or supply drop
  • Player must avoid all collapse damage through the match
  • Must place in the top 7 players
  • Player must finish the match with ‘I Ching Coins’ in their inventory

 

Torque

 

  • Player must obtain the ‘Note from Torque’ item from a supply box or supply drop
  • Player must deploy 2 Razor Wires and 1 Barricade in the same match
  • Must place in the top 7 players
  • Player must finish the match with ‘Note from Torque’ in their inventory

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Treyarch, Respective Owners

Pick Up These Weapons To Win In Black Ops 4: Blackout

With Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in full swing, the game’s most popular game mode, Blackout, is stealing the spotlight.

 

The battle royale mode allows players to drop into a huge map alone or with up to three friends and battle it out with 100 other players. The general theme of a battle royale is to start the match with nothing but your fists and quickly find the weaponry that you need to be the last player alive.

 

There are over thirty different weapons to pick up across the map and there are obviously some that are better than others. After playing the game for a couple of days and getting a chance to use each of the weapons against the competition, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the best guns to use in Blackout.

 

Assault Rifles

Maddox RFB

The Maddox is your do-it-all, slightly overpowered assault rifle that any new player can pick up and do well with. It’s easy to control, does a ton of damage, and you’ll find it works best in short to midrange gunfights, which is where you’ll find most of your opponents. Pick up the Maddox and either a sniper rifle or a tactical rifle and you’ll have the advantage in almost any situation.

 

Rampart 17

Opinions of this weapon vary greatly because of its slow rate of fire and unforgiving recoil. However, the Rampart packs a punch and when it’s put in the hands of a player with decent aim it becomes one of the deadliest guns in the game.

 

KN -57

If you’ve played the previous Call of Duty titles you’ll feel very comfortable with the KN. It’s practically a futuristic version of the AK-47. That means a high rate of fire, lots of stopping power, and an easy recoil pattern. When you’re able to deck out the KN with a full range of attachments, you’ll find yourself winning most firefights.

 

 

Sniper Rifles

Koshka

As a player who finds the game most enjoyable while sniping, finding the Koshka is a dream come true. Every sniper in the game hits hard, which makes it possible to kill opposing players from across the map. The Koshka is the best sniper in the game because of its quick aim-down-site, decent fire rate, and good reload time.

 

Blackout is more fast-paced than other battle royale games and it’s important to have weapons that allow you to fire and relocate quickly. The Koshka is perfect for taking potshots at an opponent and then quickly moving to another area for another angle.

 

Paladin HB50

The Paladin is the opposite of the Koshka, but damn is it satisfying to use. The 50 .cal sniper rifle is extremely powerful and will down most enemies in a single shot, but it is balanced by a fire rate and ADS that is just as slow. This sniper rifle is the one to pick up if you plan on duck hunting players from miles away.

 

Light Machine Guns

Titan

Even if you’re not a fan of LMG’s, the Titan is worth picking up if you find it. It excels in any form of combat from short to long range and is ideal for taking out entire squads. It has a 75-round box magazine and its recoil is quite forgiving given its high damage output.

 

Hades

One of my go-to guns, the Hades is perfect for short to mid-range firefights and will shred up an enemy player’s armor before know what hit them. It doesn’t have the sluggish feel of an LMG and works great with all kinds of attachments.

 

Tactical Rifles

Auger DMR

Tactical rifles are right behind sniper rifles as far as gun superiority goes in Blackout. The Auger DMR leads the way in its class and is the perfect mid to long range weapon to pick up if you haven’t found a sniper. The DMR, along with a long range scope and silencer, creates a nightmarish situation for enemy players who literally won’t know where they’re being killed from.

ABR 223

The ABR struggles up close, so you better hope that it’s not the first weapon that you drop on. However, it excels in medium to short range engagements and is a forgiving burst-fire option to players who don’t have amazing aim.

 

Submachine Guns

 

GKS

If you pick up a GKS at the beginning of your Blackout run you’re in luck. It is easily the best SMG in the game and is good enough to keep until late game. It has the high rate of fire that comes with being an SMG, but has little recoil and dishes out damage like nobody’s business. Pair it with a long distance rifle and watch the victory’s flow in.

Cordite

The Cordite is a good enough option to pick up behind the GKS because of its loaded magazine capacity. It has low recoil and does enough damage to be used at medium range in certain situations, but when you’re fighting someone up close they rarely have a chance. Having a ton of bullets to chew through before needing to reload makes it great for unloading on multiple players as well.

 

Shotguns

 

MOG 12

The shotguns are garbage weapons in most situations so I won’t spend a lot of time on them. The Mog 12 is useful when you drop into small areas of the map and need to one shot enemies without armor, but it’s completely useless in every other scenario. Look for other options as soon as possible when dropping on this thing.

 

Pistols

RK 7 Garrison

The Garrison is a solid secondary pistol at the beginning of your Blackout run and by far the best of the three pistols in the game mode. Fire a couple of rounds into an enemy with your primary weapon and then quickly switch to the Garrison to finish them off for the most effective usage.

 

Launchers

War Machine

The War Machine was good enough to be a kill streak in other Black Ops titles and that hasn’t changed. You won’t find it every game, but when you do, the semi-automatic noob tube will get you plenty of kills. Rockets are hard to come by in Blackout so save those shots for when enemies are clumped together or hiding behind an annoying piece of cover.

 

Zombie Weapons

Galil

An awesome, unique part of Blackout is the introduction of “Zombies Mode” weaponry in a player versus player game mode. Certain portions of the Blackout map include full-fledged, lethal zombies that drop loot when killed. The Galil is one of the weapons that you’ll find in the zombie-infested areas of the map and it’s an excellent assault rifle. It does a ton of damage, has no recoil, but unfortunately can’t be used with attachments.

Ray Gun

Ah, the Ray Gun, such fond memories of hitting the mystery box over and over trying to obtain you. Treyarch finally decided to allow players to use the alien gun against other players! I’ll be honest, it has low ammo, no attachments, and each shot takes much too long to land. It does a heck of a lot of damage if you manage to hit something, but the odds are you won’t. Pick up the Ray Gun for nostalgia and fun, don’t if you’re looking to win fights.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Treyarch

Black Ops 4: PC & Console Requirements and Other Release Info

The latest Call of Duty title, Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is finally going live tonight, October 12, 2018.

 

For Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players, the game will be available at midnight based on their local time. The PC version of the game will be available to play at 12 AM Eastern Time. This means that different regions of the world are going to have access to the game at different times, varying by time zone.

 

Console players should note that when the clock strikes midnight they will have to download and install a “Day One Update” before they can start playing the game. The update, which is roughly 50 GB, will have to be completely installed in order to access the Multiplayer, Zombies, and Specialist Headquarters game modes.

 

However, the Blackout game mode will be fully playable once the update reaches approximately 30% completion. Treyarch also mentioned that PlayStation players should have at least 112 GB of free hard drive space for a smooth download, despite the game itself requiring only 55 GB.

 

Black Ops 4 is available through Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher for those playing the game on PC. Treyarch recently released the specifications required to play the PC version of the game and they’re quite demanding.

 

 

Minimum Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit or newer

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300

RAM: 8GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X

RAM: 12GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements (high refresh rate monitors at 1080p)

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X

RAM: 16GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Vega 64

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements (4K monitors with high frame rates)

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X

RAM: 16GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

The game is currently available for pre-purchase on all platforms in Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Digital Deluxe Enhanced editions that are priced at $59.99, $99.99, and $129.99 respectively. The Digital Deluxe and Enhanced versions of the game will include the Black Ops Pass, bonus in-game currency or ‘COD Points’, and Digital Deluxe Bonus Items.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: TheNerdMag

Five PC Games That Are Hidden Gems

There are always going to be games that are great but unfortunately overlooked because more popular games suck up the spotlight. Having said that, here are 5 PC multiplayer games that have been released but were ignored.

 

Each game mentioned in this list, while not perfect, was entirely more exciting and rewarding when played with friends. Read on to see if you or your friends have ever played these games and if not, perhaps you’ll give them a try after reading this!

 

Divinity: Original Sin II

 

First up is Divinity: Original Sin II, a modern take on a classic RPG game where the player must create and customize their own character. Much like other RPG games, as that character gets stronger, the player must decide what types of spells or skills they will have access to.

 

In addition to this, there are three other members in your group that you meet throughout the story, kind of like in certain Final Fantasy games. However, the party can only have 4 members and there are quite a few choices available.

 

The game’s mechanics and the strategy based combat needed to win fights is impressive, but the game truly shines when an individual teams up with 3 other friends. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, where every action and fight can turn out differently. This game is a must if you enjoy playing role-playing games that support optional multiplayer.

 

Starbound

 

Starbound is a small indie sandbox game developed by Chucklefish. In Starbound the player must repair their ship and expand it with different attributes. It plays a little like Minecraft but has a questline that is easy to understand and is filled with mini-quests that are picked up along the way. It’s actually a nice, relaxing game that allows you to create your own little world.

 

The game itself is pretty simple to grasp and with a simple hack n’ slash combat system it allows anyone to easily jump in and start playing. The game, like most other games, is actually more enjoyable with a full party because you’re all sharing a single linear world where every action affects the other players.

 

While it’s nice to have bosses and minions to fight together, the game’s true strength is the crafting. Starbound’s crafting allows the player to create a wide variety of items, some that are useful for quests, and others that are more for aesthetics. It does a fantastic job at making the world immersive and fun to explore.

 

Stardew Valley

 

If you enjoyed Starbound then you will absolutely love playing Stardew Valley, which is a sandbox game that fuses Starbound and Harvest Moon.  You and three other friends must team up to restore a farm to its former glory and expand it to be the best farm it can be.

 

Much like Starbound, it has some mixed elements of Minecraft and someway of a storyline that can be followed; you’re building up the farm.  However, where Stardew starts to differ is in its content.

 

While Stardew arguably has more content involved, it is also geared towards a different type of game space. Where in Starbound a player must ultimately collect resources to build and create better weapons to fight stronger enemies, the focus of Stardew changes as there are different seasons where a player must adapt their focus in order to keep their farm growing.

 

Path of Exile

 

This game actually became quite popular for a while when Diablo III was released and was suffering from a string of bad press regarding their in-game marketplace. It was hailed as a free alternative to Diablo III that played more like the older Diablo games.

 

In fact, this still holds true. While not as popular today, the gameplay, character, and build customization holds more similarity to Diablo I and II.  Like the other games on this list, it allows you to play with your friends and their customized characters.

 

Magicka

 

The Steam reviews speak for themselves. While this game is nothing more than a fun little time waster, it does provide a lot of value in its versus mode. As a magick caster, the player must combine a set of button combinations to cast a spell.

 

Each spell is unique as some will shoot energy beams, while others will surround the character in a protective shield. The fun part is each player has access to the same spells, which means that it takes wit and strategy to defeat your opponent.

 

Magicka is a fun distraction that isn’t very popular, despite having a pretty intricate and unique combat system. However, if given a chance with a group of friends, it can provide dozens of hours of fun and entertainment and hilarious experiences.

 

 

 

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Every New Game Release You Need To Save For

By this time of the year, the best games that were released in 2017 have been played into dullness. The sleek, fun allure of each of our favorite titles has long been worn down by the hundreds of hours we’ve undoubtedly poured in. For gamers, the lyrics “Wake me up when September ends” should be taken literally. We wait, dwindling our thumbs, playing the same old games until October finally makes its long-awaited appearance.

 

Obviously, new video games aren’t the only thing that makes this the best time of the year. You’ve got football, the start of the NBA season, and the holidays.

 

But over the next few months’ money will inevitably be tighter and you’re going to have to decide which titles to spend your money on upon their release. Look no further. Here is every game that you’ll need to save up for before the New Year.

 

October 12 – Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

 

The last Call of Duty title I bought was Black Ops III. To be honest, I haven’t been a Call of Duty believer since they messed with sniping in the first Black Ops, but I can’t deny what I’ve seen so far.

 

Black Ops 4 will be the game that brings Call of Duty back into the spotlight. The game’s lead designer, David Vonderhaar, has been sitting back and watching everything that has happened with COD in recent years. Black Ops 4 didn’t waste any time on single player, it focuses on what players care about: multiplayer gameplay.

 

With the introduction of an incredibly smooth battle royale game mode, ‘Blackout’, a completely overhauled Zombies mode, and traditional Call of Duty multiplayer modes, it seems like this game is going to give us everything that we’ve been asking for and more.

 

This is a definite purchase and it will provide you with countless hours of fun value.

 

October 26 – Red Dead Redemption 2

 

If you’ve ever played Red Dead Redemption it shouldn’t take much to convince you to buy its sequel. If you’ve never played Red Dead Redemption then I’d recommend that you go purchase it on the Xbox Marketplace before its sequel comes out.

 

Red Dead Redemption is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Wild Wild West. The game follows John Marston; a former outlaw whose family is taken hostage by the government to force him into bringing members of his old gang to justice.

 

Redemption was way ahead of its 2010 release date, taking place in an open world environment and utilizing a morality meter that affected in-game interactions. It’s the second game in the Red Dead series and the one that gave the franchise its notoriety.

 

Red Dead Redemption won multiple Game of the Year awards the year it was released and if you’ve played it, the reasons why it’s an automatic pick-up should speak for themselves.

 

November 14 – Fallout 76

 

The infamous Fallout series is known for its role-playing, action-adventure, and decision-based gameplay that takes place in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. Fallout 76 is the newest installment of the franchise and will take place 25 years after a nuclear strike, making it the earliest game to date.

 

76 will feature a map that is much larger than any previous Fallout game to make room for the addition of its new online multiplayer feature. Players will be able to roam the Fallout universe with friends and fight against hordes of radioactive beasts or compete to drop nukes on one another using their in-game loot.

 

I trust that Bethesda will impress us, as they always do, with the newest Fallout title and it should definitely be a game you play throughout the holidays.

 

 

November 20 – Battlefield V

 

Battlefield is one of those games that you either love or hate. It’s a unique first-person shooter that uses enormous maps to implement vehicles, weaponry, and game types that no other shooter can. Depending on the class you choose each match can be as fast-paced as Call of Duty or as slow as PUBG, no offense Blue Balls.

 

Dice has put in the effort to improve on the mistakes they’ve made each year and the small adjustments go a long way. The Recon class is now the only setup that can mark enemy players, the Support class can now drop teammates ammo packs, and Medics can now drop first-aid kits for later.

 

Battlefield V looks absolutely stunning. Its graphics are unbelievable, its gameplay is very Battlefield-esque, and there’s a brand new battle royale mode called Firestorm. If you’ve never taken the chance on a Battlefield title, this is the one to leap on. There’s nothing quite like dropping into a war zone and shooting someone out of a moving airplane.

 

 

December 7 – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Super Smash Bros. is a cultural classic that takes gaming icons from across the digital world and pits them against each other in the “ultimate showdown.”

 

Nintendo knows how much its fan base loves Smash and isn’t messing around with the latest installment. As of today (September 26, 2018) there have been 68 confirmed characters on Ultimate’s roster. No character from previous titles is being left behind and they’ve already added a bunch of newcomers to the mix.

 

Ultimate is going to be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch platform, which is another thing to add to the Christmas wish list. On the bright side, Ultimate being on the Switch means that you’ll be able to face off against anyone, anywhere, something that was impossible in previous iterations of the game.

 

A new platform means an entirely new dimension to Smash Bros. Logging on and queuing up against someone from across the globe to fight with sounds incredible and makes this game another easy purchase.

 

 

 

 

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