GameTyrant’s Not-So-Game of the Year Award

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With the recent celebrations and achievement awards given out at The Game Awards 2017 this past weekend, it is time to chose this past years Not-So-Game of the Year. For the year of 2017, the winner of this prestigious award goes to...

After looking over the options for 2017, excluding indie games, we feel that the most suited title was in fact For Honor by Ubisoft. Although it received good reviews, had a unique fighting styled gameplay, multiple modes, and a lot of hype leading up to its launch, the game lacked in a few aspects that crushed its own community.

Following the launch, the community quickly found that there was a large imbalance between the classes and, even with the new characters added, it seemed like the game was not ready to launch just yet. It even got bad enough for players to consider boycotting the game! It required a large patch to fix, but by the time Ubisoft could even start to work on the issue they were losing players. It wasn't long before reports of 75% of the For Honor community dropping out, killing off the online experience like they used to kill foes in-game.

Despite creating a fun concept that had a well-received open demo, the game lost all credibility and appeal to its own community in months. So, with this said, we feel that we have chosen the most appropriate winner for GameTyrant's Not-So-Game of the Year Award.

Do you agree with our choice or do you have a more fitting choice in mind? Let us know in the comments!

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Work Together or Die Together, GTFO Looks To Be A FPS Dungeon Crawler

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One of the multiple games announced at The Game Awards 2017 caught my attention for more than just its gameplay and graphics. GTFO by 10 Chambers Collective, which including a game designer from Payday, looked amazing thanks to how the trailer started to the scenery of the action! Check this out:

If you don't see this to be a dungeon crawler game in the form of a first person shooter, then you aren't seeing what I see. Dropping in to a dungeon to search for treasures, avoid and kill monsters, all to most likely make a profit is the essentials of what makes a dungeon crawler what they are.

I am interested to dive within those caves myself and see what all lurks below the surface, find out what our goal is, and grab a few winning rounds with my friends. The fact that it is a four player multiplayer just screams Gauntlet to me. How excited are you to get this game on Steam come 2018?

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Bayonetta 1 and 2 Heading to Switch + News of Bayonetta 3!

Announced at the Game Awards, two of my favourite games of all time are heading to the Nintendo switch.  For those of you who have never played these titles, think of them as a third person action game, akin slightly to Devil May Cry, but with the visuals ramped up from 10 to 12.5.  The stylish and charismatic protagonist is a witch who is fighting all the realms of Heaven, featuring silky smooth controls and a move-set which is constantly upgrading throughout the games, these are thrilling and replayable game experiences which border on being legendary.

The Bayonetta series is famous for it's satisfyingly epic Boss battles with unique enemy design

The Bayonetta series is famous for it's satisfyingly epic Boss battles with unique enemy design

New Features

There are a few features for these titles that have been reported, these have been officially unconfirmed.  But from a post on Platinum Games website, which has since been pulled, these are the possible features that will be included in the Switch versions.

  • Wireless Co-op Play- co-op in Bayonetta 2's Tag Climax mode was originally an on-line only feature, in the purported feature for the Switch version it will be now be available locally.
  • Aiimbo Support - Bayonetta will support aiimbo, including the Super Smash Bros series Bayonetta aiimbo
  • Video Capture - It's to be confirmed, but rumoured to allow the recording of video capture of gameplay up to 30 seconds before the capture button has been pressed - perfect for showing off your impressive combos!

This bundle will be available from February 16th 2018 for the Switch, the bundle comes with a physical copy of Bayonetta 2 - the copy of the original game will be digitally available only.

There's also a beautiful steelbook case for Bayonetta 2 featuring exclusive artwork, a Switch game card, artwork from both games, three sheets of stickers and 22 collectable verse cards

A wealth of collectable features from this special edition will delight fans old and new alike!

A wealth of collectable features from this special edition will delight fans old and new alike!

Bayonetta 3

It was also confirmed that a switch exclusive sequel to Bayonetta 2 is going to be released.  Here's the official teaser trailer to whet your apitites

Published by Nintendo, it will again be developed by Platinum Games, it shows promise for the switch, bringing another M rated game onto the system and solidifying their ongoing relationship with Platinum Games.

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UNCHARTED 10th Anniversary And THE LAST OF US PART II At PSX 2017

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The PlayStation Experience 2017 officially kicks off at the Anaheim Convention Center on Dec. 9 until Dec. 10. For those unable to attend the event, you can watch the livestream hereSony has a lot in store for fans coming to the event that will include a hands-on time with the PS4 Pro on gigantic Sony 4k HDR TVs, and multiple PSVR demos, game developer panels, merchandise, collectibles and more. 

Naughty Dog, developer of popular PlayStation exclusive franchises, Uncharted, and The Last Of Us, will be in the event as well and has many surprises lined up for fans as Uncharted is celebrating its 10th anniversary and The Last Of Us Part II will be released soon, check out the trailer here if you haven't seen it yet. 

First off, Uncharted will have a Cast Signing and Panel that will also be broadcasting live on Playstation.com. Members of the Uncharted Cast such as Nolan North, Emily Rose, Richard McGonagle, Claudia Black, Troy Baker among others will be present on the event. The Uncharted 10th Anniversary panel will begin at 5:00pm PT. 

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The Uncharted team will also host a cast signing session for fans at 3:00pm PT. You can also check out the Uncharted 10th Anniversary booth that will be created as a real l-life creation of Nathan Drake's attic from Uncharted 4. The booth will also have games, a photo op, and exclusive merchandise. 

Speaking of merchandise, Naughty Dog will be debuting new merch for both Uncharted 10th Anniversary and The Last of Us Part II at PSX. There will be five different Uncharted shirts, each representing a different game in the series. A 10th Anniversary poster of Uncharted and a 2-disc vinyl record of The Uncharted 10th Anniversary soundtrack will also be available at iam8bit booth. Check out the poster and the record below:

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Lastly, the Last of Us will also be debuting a new shirt featuring an original design by Greg Coulton. 

Are you excited to attend this event? Or will you stream this at home? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Square Enix Reveals That A New TOMB RAIDER Game Is In Development

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In a tweet to fans a couple of days ago, Square Enix announced that they are in the process of developing another game for the Tomb Raider franchise. "A new Tomb Raider game is coming," the tweet reads. 

Square Enix did not provide any details or specific information regarding the project including which platforms it will be released to. According to Square Enix, it will be implementing a new approach this time with the way they announce upcoming releases. Instead of having a long marketing campaign before the launch of the actual product, the publisher is trying to shorten its marketing cycle. 

"Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be very long between the official reveal and when you can play." The announcement also continued that, "Our journey together will begin with a major event in 2018." 

Although specifics were not given, we can assume that the major event the tweet is talking about would be the release of the upcoming Tomb Raider film, starring Alicia Vikander that is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2018, more on that here

If we look at it further, the company said that they want to shorten the marketing cycle from the initial announcement to release. If an official announcement is made on the movie's premiere next year, then can we safely assume that the game will follow soon, probably by the end of 2018? 

What are your predictions? When do you think the new game will be released? 

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Bethesda Launches The #SAVEPLAYER1 Campaign, Promises To Rescue Single-Player Games

It was announced tonight at The Game Awards, that Fallout developer Bethesda, together with Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, will rescue the single-player genre. In the video, Carter is calling out on players to save the single-player game as "every hour around the globe, neglected players feel lonely, shunned by their multiplayer counterparts." 

As someone who plays single-player games more than multiplayer ones, I can definitely relate to the conundrum Bethesda is presenting here. However, although a lot of video game developers are focusing their efforts on online multiplayer games, there are still a lot of publishers, besides Bethesda of course, that are still releasing single player games. 

Although the video campaign is light-hearted and not so serious, I get Bethesda's dedication to keeping players interested in playing single-player games. After all, this is what Bethesda is good at with successful franchises such as Fallout, Skyrim, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within to name a few. 

Besides the campaign to #saveplayer1, Bethesda is also having a sale this week, with games marked down by as much as 50% off, digitally and at selected physical retailers. Bethesda will also be donating $100,000 to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, a group dedicated to giving access to scholarships for women and minorities who are planning to take degrees in the field of video game arts. 

Although I personally don't feel neglected by major developers focusing on multiplayer games, I am still supporting the campaign #saveplayer1 because single player games are awesome. Most games that really captured me in terms of the narrative are single player games, the Last of Us for example, or the Witcher series. 

Will you be joining the #saveplayer1 movement? Show your support in the comments below. 

Newly Announced WITCHFIRE Looks Like One Hell Of A Ride!

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One of the biggest surprises from The Game Awards 2017 was the World Premiere of the new First Person Shooter, WITCHFIRE. Bringing in the creators of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Bullet Storm (what a mix!?) brings what looks like a cross between Doom and Bioshock? Crazy, I know, but take a look at the gameplay for yourself!

Developer Astronauts hasn’t released much information besides this awesome reveal trailer, but it looks like something worth keeping tabs on my friends. If you haven’t played The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, its well worth a playthrough and considerably makes the hype for WITCHFIRE that much bigger. We’ll be keeping you up to date on all things WITCHFIRE as more info releases.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND Announces New Map And Xbox Release Date

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The most played game on Steam of 2017, Playerunknown's Battleground, announced that they are going to have a brand new desert themed map coming soon. On top of this, and likely the bigger news here, they announced that they will be launching a Xbox One Game Preview on December 12th and releasing version 1.0 on Steam come December 20th!

So not only are we going to have a whole new terrain to dive in to, we will have another platform to challenge friends and foes alike in a battle until the last man's standing! Looking forward to the official launch of the game, taking it out of early access and making it a completed title.

What part of this announcement are you most excited about? I can't wait to see the new map  because new terrain just means new challenges.

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Bitcoin Is No Longer Supported In Steam

In a statement from Steam's blog, the company announced that they are no longer supporting Bitcoin as a method of payment in their store. This is due to the unpredictability of the currency and the high fees that come from using them. 

In terms of Bitcoin's high fees, Valve revealed that when they started accepting the currency, the transaction fee that was charged to the customer is only 20 cents. However, that fee rose rapidly and now charges $20 per transaction today. Valve is not happy with the situation the Bitcoin puts its users in and the fact that they cannot control this fee is what eventually led them to decide to shut down the payment method. 

Speaking of Bitcoin's unpredictability, Valve mentioned that the value of Bitcoin is only guaranteed for a short period of time. They said in a statement that: "So if the transaction doesn't complete within that window of time, then the amount of Bitcoin needed to cover the transaction can change. The amount it can change has been increasing recently to a point where it can be significantly different."

Gabe Newell, the cofounder and managing director of Valve, which owns Steam.

Gabe Newell, the cofounder and managing director of Valve, which owns Steam.

When situations where transactions don't complete in a short timeframe and the value changes, Steam is forced to either refund the payment or would charge more to cover the balance. What they don't like in this particular scenario is that it doesn't only affect the company, but also its users. In the end, Valve did not fully close its doors to Bitcoin as they promised that they may re-evaluate using the currency if it makes sense for them and the Steam community. 

Just recently, Bitcoin has surged to all-time record highs above $10,000. However, there have been times in the past when the digital currency's value would plummet significantly, that raised concerns regarding its viability as a currency. 

Do you think the Bitcoin bubble is about to burst as predicted by financial analysts?

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Petition To Revoke EA’s STAR WARS License Nears 150k Signatures

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This is a very real petition taking place on Change.org. The consumers that are so outraged over the recent situation with EA's recently launched title Star Wars Battlefront II that they have created a Petition to Lucasfilm in hopes of removing the Star Wars license from EA completely. Following one of the largest game industry controversy situations immediately after launch, EA did agree to lower the cost to unlock the characters we all know and love by 75%, but that isn't enough for some.

At the time I am writing this up, the petition is at exactly 143,203 signatures (a few hundred, if not a thousand, are likely duplicate emails of the same person signing over and over). That means there are almost 150,000 people that are still upset with the developer even though they are trying to work with the community!

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I think this is completely uncalled for and going out of proportion. If you don't like the purchase path, then simply don't buy the loot boxes. If you don't want to earn the characters through gameplay, then what do you want? Just everything unlocked and given to you for free? Want a piece of candy and cheat sheet so you can pretend to be the best star fighter and gunslinger in the game with no effort? Get over it already and realize that you aren't given everything you want right off the bat!

The fairest way to get characters is by earning it. Sure it will cost you hours of your time, but will you not be having an enjoyable time playing the game? I know for a fact that the entirety of the entertainment value is earning characters you want to play as and increasing your personal skill to being above the rest!

I implore you to not sign this petition and if you see anybody supporting it, shut that down immediately. Crybabies will cry louder and louder to get what they want as long as we keep showing them that if they cry just loud enough, we will give in. Enough! Just play the game or sell it, stop whining all day!

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