OWLBOY is Flying onto the Switch and PS4

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Those who have played the hit indie game OWLBOY may be excited to hear that it is coming to the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 on February 13th. On top of that, it is also getting a physical release on both platforms. 

“We’ve had to keep quiet about this for some time, but now I can finally announce our first physical Switch game! Owlboy is a really great title to start off our Switch line-up with, but we’ve certainly got more coming up''. -Hans van Brakel, Executive Manager at SOEDESCO
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For those that have never heard of Owlboy and are interested in its visuals and story, here is a rundown of the game: 

Owlboy tells the touching story of owl misfit Otus, a feathery little fellow struggling to live the owl life. Fate strikes when Otus’ beautiful homeland is invaded by a horde of malicious sky pirates. Otus embarks on a fascinating journey through seemingly endless skies and mysterious, monster infested ruins. He must recruit his friends to employ their special puzzling- and combat skills, fight his foes and fly his way to safety.

It's an interesting little indie game with a very interesting aesthetic, You don't actually fight yourself in the game instead you pick up others and have them help you along on the journey. If you have never played it I highly recommend it as it is a very fitting title for the Nintendo Switch. Here is the launch trailer for those of you who are interested in seeing and learning more about the game:

Interested in playing? Let me know! Have you played this game already? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Competitive Capture the Flag is Coming to OVERWATCH

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Overwatch has announced its Lunar New Year Event called Year of the Dog. There are a lot of things coming to the game but one thing that stood out among the rest of them was the announcement of a new map based in Thailand. One side of the map is very ancient looking with temples and other artifacts, and the other side has a more modern structure like we are used to seeing in previous overwatch maps. The best part about this new map is, it was completely designed for capture the flag.

Some people will be excited that they are bringing back this game mode that was originally released last year during the Year of the Rooster event. Others may be hesitant to jump on board because it was annoying being in multiple games that ended in a draw, but fret not overwatch heroes they are making changes to the gameplay to make it more fun for everyone. The first major change is that there are no more draws in the game. Instead, players will be put into sudden death and the flag will be moved closer to the center so that opposing teams can pick them up faster. The next change is making flag captures instantaneous, but restricting abilities from certain characters that either increase mobility or make you invulnerable. The best example is Winston’s leap ability when used, will make him drop the flag. Developers hope that by making these changes that it will change the game into a more offensive game mode rather than a defensive one that it had come to be known as.

Also, in an effort to entice players to participate in this new and exciting rendition of the game more they are holding a 4-week competitive season on the map. Those who get into the top 500 will get special spay and a player icon.

This coupled with the launch of Overwatch League definitely makes the game more enticing. Admittedly I had dropped off of the game for a bit and instead have been playing Heroes of the storm, but as a huge CTF fan from yonder years of Halo and the likes, I am definitely feeling the itch to get back in the game and dawn Soldier 76 in this new mode.

The full developer announcement can be found here:

Are you excited to play Capture the flag? For those that hated it, was it because every match ended in a draw? That was the original reason i stopped playing the mode. I’m curious to know!

 

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WILDFEST: HEARTHSTONE’S First Update of 2018

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Hearthstone has announced the first event of the year. Wildfest which will last from February 19th to March 11th and brings card changes, new events and more. 
Here are the details of the event:

Wild Arena: During the event, arena draft cards will offer cards that are exclusive to the wild deck. Those who are still participating in an existing arena run should finish up as soon as possible because they will expire when Wildfest starts.

Two Tavern Brawls the celebrate the wild will be available, Venture Into the Wild and The Wild Brawliseum. In Venture Into the Wild players will pick a class and be given a preconstructed wild deck. This brawl is a great way for those interested in the wild deck to get a first-hand look at what it has to offer. In The Wild Brawliseum is a competitive 'wild tavern brawl' that allows players to use player built decks that are locked in during the duration of the run. To enter this brawl, however, requires the use of gold or real money. People may be interested in this event as the rewards are the same that they would get for participating in the arena giving a second opportunity at that sweet sweet loot. 

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In addition to this, there are some changes to some of the existing cards to help balance out the game during Wildfest. Those cards include: 

·         Corridor Creeper – Now has 2 attack, down from 5.
·         Patches the Pirate – No longer has Charge.
·         Raza the Chained – Now reduces your Hero Power cost to 1 instead of 0.
·         Bonemare – Now costs 8 mana, up from 7.

Hearthstone seems to be on the rise as more and more events like these keep popping up to help keep players interested. This along with Kobolds and Catacombs seems to be more than enough to satiate those with an itch to play the addictive card game. 

Are you excited about the event? What loot do you think will be available to those who succeed in both the brawls and the arena?

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DayZ Continues Development for Xbox One

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You read that title correctly, the original open world survival game that was an early alpha access on Steam is still coming to the Xbox One with plans to eventually release on the PlayStation 4 as well. It may come as a surprise to many people as the game lost most of its already dwindling player base in October of 2016. However, it announced on November 28th, 2017 that it would be coming out of alpha in 2018. What that actually means for the game, and if it will indeed be a full release is definitely up to speculation. Many people who played the game have since latched on to more popular but similar franchises like H1Z1 or even more recently Fortnite and PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. The news came from a tweet from the DayZ development team on February 4th.

Despite the release of those titles, DayZ still has a semi-active player base. According to Steam there is still somewhere in the realm of two to five thousand players on at any given moment but is also a far cry from its all-time active peak of 45,398 users. Those who played DayZ will remember the crazy amount of glitches, server lag issues, game mechanic issues and a ton of other bugs, so it will be interesting to see if they can fix the mountain of problems the game has. The other question this raises is with the release of newer more polished games with varying similarities, is it too late for the game to come back from the ashes and be successful? 
 

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The Story of Tetris | A Game From the Cold War

Tetris is a video game that everyone knows about, but I am willing to bet there are few people who know the history behind one of the most well-known names in video gaming history. Thanks to the youtube known as the Gaming Historian we can easily take a look back at how these games were developed, and the inspirations behind them.

It’s fascinating to hear about Tetris and learn about its roots in the Soviet Union. Tetris was created by  Alexey Pajitnov an engineer that worked for the Russian Academy of Sciences. The game was originally called 'Genetic Engineering' but there was only one problem with it, it was boring. The game was made up of several pieces that were similar in shape to the Tetris pieces we know of now but were arrange in a puzzle like fashion and the goal of the game then was to just complete the puzzle. Alexey knew that the game wasn't fun so he went back to the drawing board and re-engineered the game so that the puzzle pieces fell down as the game progressed and the area that you played in was much smaller. Further enhancements to the game made it possible to complete lines and have them disappear making it possible to play the game potentially forever. Without spoiling too much that is just the beginning of the history of the game. How it gained a following, as well as how it left the Soviet Union and got into the hands of the rest of the world is definitely a story worth watching. 

This documentary is a little long, but if you are into history, and specifically the history of video games then this is a channel and a video you will definitely want to check out.  

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CRASH BANDICOOT May Be Coming To The Switch

After its successful comeback last year, Activision’s Crash Bandicoot (originally developed by Naughty Dog), has been one of last year’s most talked about games after the original trilogy was remade from scratch and was launched on Sony’s PlayStation 4. 

Now, rumors have been circulating after a European licensing manual has hinted that a new game is on the way, and that there could even be possible ports to other game consoles. In a statement released by GB Eye, they said that:

“There will be another game in 2019, Activision has a five year plan for this and GB Eye is delighted to be on board for all products,” said Max Arguile, the licensing manager at GB Eye. Furthermore, it has also been reported that the N.Sane Trilogy, which is currently exclusive for the PlayStation 4, may be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and PC soon. However, there is no mention if the game or any of its future releases, will be coming for Microsoft’s Xbox One. 

Given that the PS4 port has been extremely successful even though Activision did not go all out with its marketing efforts, it is not unlikely if they plan to release the game to other systems, especially with the success that the Nintendo Switch has been enjoying ever since its release. Personally, I think that Crash Bandicoot will work extremely well with the Switch. I mean, imagine playing your childhood hero on the go. However, it should also be noted that Crash Bandicoot has strong ties with Sony, that they even made Crash their unofficial mascot during its popularity back in the 90’s. 

GameTyrant has reached Activision for further comments, and we are still waiting for their response. However, since the rumor is still not confirmed nor denied by the company, it is still best not to keep our hopes up, and wait for the official announcement. 

Would you like to see Crash Bandicoot on your Nintendo Switch? How do you think Activision will make the sequel to the original trilogy if they are really planning on making a follow up? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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BattlEye Bans Over 1 Million PUBG Players in January

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Anyone who has spent time in the currently popular game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or PUBG for short has had a few instances where they wanted to throw their keyboards or game controllers at their screens because they think there was someone cheating. It turns out, there was a good chance they were right. According the the BattleEye twitter they have banned over 1 million players from the game in just the month of January.

This isn't new news however. In October they banned over 500k players, and by December of last year that number had climbed to over 1,500,000 bans.  It's clear that players really want that chicken dinner and they are willing to do pretty much anything to get it, but as the game grows and slowly becomes a budding esport you can guarantee this will not be the last of the bans that we see. 

BattlEye which was founded in 2004 is a 3rd party anti-cheat software company that first got it's start with Battlefield Vietnam and was slowly ported to many different games over the course of the last decade. Most recently they have helped PUBG stave off an incredible amount of cheaters in the game. 

Will BattleEye and PUBG ever get a hold of the cheating playerbase? Or will the game become known as a game with low standards and players consistently cheating. Would love to know your thoughts below.

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ICYMI: Here is the New Story Trailer for FAR CRY 5

By now we are no strangers to the very over exaggerated (though somewhat accurate) representation of the rural northwest that FAR CRY 5 is set to depict. Recently they released a new trailer detailing the story we should come to expect from the next game in the franchise.

Welcome to time where a resistance is being mounted against Joseph Seed, the leader of a Doomsday cult named "The Project at Eden’s Gate". In Hope County Montana he controls much of the local government, and its people, and it is up to you and the resistance to stop him.

Some things that really stood out to me in the trailer were the fact that you can run over people with tractors. There was something about the visual that provided that got me excited for the action that the Far Cry games usually bring.

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For those interested in knowing a little more about the game and what it has to offer, here are a few key elements that the game hopes to achieve:


Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.
Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.

Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming.

Key Features:
SPARK THE FIRES OF RESISTANCE AGAINST A FANATIC CULT:
Stranded in hostile territory, find strength in the community around you to lead a resistance against a cult taking over Hope County, Montana.

CARVE YOUR OWN PATH:
The freedom to go in any direction – you decide the when, the where, and the how.
From the moment you enter Hope County you have the freedom to tackle the world in any order you choose.

A WORLD THAT EVOLVES
Play your way against Joseph Seed and his fanatical followers in a dynamic open world that adapts and reacts to the choices you make.

DYNAMIC TOYS
Tear up the countryside in iconic American vehicles you can make your own; from muscle cars to big rigs, from ATVs to tractors.

This trailer makes me pretty excited for the game. I have played pretty much everyone of them so far, and besides Blood Dragon, and Primal this looks to be the most fun yet in my opinion. Are you excited for the game? What things are you wanting to see in Hope County? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Greedfall – Epic 17th Century Fantasy Springs to Life

Beautiful, breathtaking and exciting.  These are some of the terms being used after critics have viewed the stunning trailer for the upcoming Greedfall game by Spiders game studio.  Being developed for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC the player takes on the role of the cousin of the governor of a new city. You are tasked with initially dealing with the diplomacy between the various fictional nation states present on the Island.

The concept art sets the tone for a picturesque sweeping rugged landscape

The concept art sets the tone for a picturesque sweeping rugged landscape

The game doesn't all focus on diplomacy, there is also combat, stealth missions and deception as you attempt to ally yourself with the various races who seek to control the Island.   The setting is a fantasy version of the 17th Century, with the mood, tone and weaponry coming from a historically accurate depiction of that era, mixed with a world inhabited by elves and giant beasts.

The main quest sees the player attempting to find a cure for the plaque which is ravaging the populace on the Island. This plague is affecting different factions in unique ways, the mainland citizens are dying in droves, while the native inhabitants seem to be immune.  The dominant church who are longtime healers and practitioners of magic have warned that the plaque will spread.  So with the promise of certain death looming, each of the factions are tasked to find a cure for the plaque.

Greedfall promises imaginative inhabitants and beautiful vistas

Greedfall promises imaginative inhabitants and beautiful vistas

Little is known about the overall game structure, but it has been confirmed that there is a skill tree that guides the player when levelling up.  This is not a class based tree but has been described as open ended.  An example is the ability for the player to have heavy armour ability but mix that with an ability to coat it with poison  or train in both Gun fighting and excel at close quarters combat.

Spider are hoping that the diplomatic aspects of the game guide and change the narrative experience for the player.  Spider promise that this will go deeper than just dialogue choices, elements such as choosing a companion from one faction and travelling with them, may cause another faction you encounter to be displeased.

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Spider also promise multiple endings depending on how you play through the game.  If you get each of the factions to work together to find a cure - there's an ending for that.  If you want to become a murderous colonist  or to kill all of the natives, there's also an outcome for that as well.

Spider's previous offerings such as The Technomancer were lacking, both in depth and in the gameplay department.  But hopefully with this baroque inspired game their ambitious game design pays off!

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Nintendo Online Is Now Confirmed For A September Release

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After being pushed back several times last year, Nintendo has finally revealed the launch date of the online service for the Nintendo Switch. The online subscription service will serve as Nintendo’s version of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, which will feature online multiplayer for a monthly or yearly subscription. Currently, Nintendo’s online multiplayer has been free, however come December of this year, the online service will cost Switch players for $3.99 a month, or $19.99 per year. 

The launch of Nintendo’s online subscription service will also include a version of the company’s Virtual Console, which has been long anticipated by Switch fans to come to the system. Switch Online, will allow players to access some of Nintendo’s classic games, which will be available as long as the player is subscribed to the online service. Although no announcement has been made regarding the officia Virtual Console service, a lot of people are suspecting that the company will launch the service alongside Nintendo Online. Lastly, players should be aware that Nintendo Online will only be available for the Switch, and will not affect the 3DS and the Wii U. 

Furthermore, the Nintendo Switch Online App will serve to compliment the online service, as it is designed to “enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console.” Several games, including Splatoon 2, will be compatible with the app and will let players gain access to SplatNet 2, a dashboard where players can monitor their online battle stats, gear, and many more. 

The online App will also give players the ability to send play invitations to people on their Switch’s friend list via social media networks and several messaging apps. Once a play session has commenced, players can also use the app for voice chats while setting up their game in the online lobby, or during gameplay as well. 

Players who do not wish to avail of the online subscription service, will still be able to download games from the Eshop, add friends on their friends list, and share some in game screenshots to social media sites. You can check the details of the online service here.  

What do you think of Nintendo’s online service? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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