Watch Dogs: Legion Preview – No Such Thing as an NPC

Watch Dogs, otherwise known as the hacker version of Assassin’s Creed in my household, has been a series that promised big things, but didn’t always deliver as well as it could. It started, of course, with the first game looking less impressive at launch than promised, but the second title was a solid one overall. Now we have the most ambitious game yet in the form of Watch Dogs: Legion. Recruit anyone, play as anyone, and build your very own DedSec from the ashes of the old one. Too good to be true? These are my impressions of the PS4 version thus far while I wait for my PS5 to arrive. A Promise Fulfilled? The promise that Watch Dogs: Legion issued to players seemed too good to be true. How could they possibly make every single person a playable character? How would they differentiate them? Would they just end up falling into a few categories with no real differentiation? Having played several hours of Watch Dogs: Legion on PS4 while I wait for the PS5 version, I can say that they’ve managed to (mostly) come through on this promise. The ability to recruit anyone you’d like is there, with some challenges for characters who aren’t huge fans or who need a little convincing, but the sheer amount of choice between people leads to some dips in quality as compared to prior games. For example, my starting character was chosen based on his skillset, but the guy looked like a face painted version of Jared Leto and sounded a lot different than you would imagine. He didn’t really “feel” like a main character to me, and between the unconvincing lip sync and the odd look, I had a hard time connecting with him like I did with the character in the opening mission. The story of course is that DedSec has been framed for a terrorist attack by a group called Zero Day, which has led to the London chapter of the group to fade into obscurity. One person is trying to bring them back together, starting with you. Meanwhile, a military group called Albion have taken over the city and implemented a regime that feels a little too close to reality. It wasn’t until a short time into my playthrough that things started to click for me. The second person I recruited was better, but still not interesting enough to really grab my attention. Ironically, the person I didn’t like much at all ended up winning me over to this formula. They were the final opponent in an underground fight club that I did as part of a side mission, and a result I was able to choose them as a potential recruit. They required a little more than just a favor. I needed a deep profiler upgrade to dig up some info on them, at which point I discovered that they were trying to fight back against the powers that be by destroying a weapon shipment. Naturally I infiltrated … Read More

Days Gone Developer, Sony Bend, Hiring for a AAA PS5 Project!

We’ve just recently hit the first year anniversary of open-world action game Days Gone, and people have once again started talking about this little exclusive that could. Despite some mixed reactions from critics, the fans are extremely passionate (myself included). As we look back on this divisive PS4 exclusive, the developer just so happens to be hiring for a position that involves work on a AAA budget PS5 project. Sequel anyone? Let’s see what details we can dig up! Not One, but Two Positions Open up at Sony Bend Two job positions opened up on Sony Bend’s website. The first is for a Rigging Technical Artist position, and the second is for a Senior Audio Programmer. Digging into the job postings, the first position has some interesting responsibilities: Create high quality character rigs with cinematic-quality facial articulation Develop and implement skinning methods to achieve realistic deformation for faces, bodies, clothes.. The requirements also mention human, creature, and animal rigs as part of the applicants portfolio. The first two points here point towards improvements we can expect to see on the PS5. Looks like facial animation will get a boost, along with skin and clothing. The last point is important because humans, creatures, and animals were all a big part of the Days Gone world in terms of what you encountered. Turning our attention to the other position: The requirements mention that the candidate should have experience implementing interactive 3D audio in dynamic game-world environments. The desirable skills section also mentions experience working on environmental audio, sound propagation, and 3D audio. The big takeaway here is that 3D audio is confirmed to be a significant part of the feature set on PS5. So much so, that the PS5 specs includes a chip solely for audio. I’m willing to bet this is all going into work on a Days Gone sequel, so let’s talk about what that could look like. Imagining a Days Gone Sequel Days Gone was your quintessential open world experience, for better or worse. It had a massive world full of things to do, multiple storylines split into quest types, a sprawling story that lasts far longer than similar titles, and plenty of things to see and do just about anywhere you went. For some, the pacing was a little off. Others felt the mission types repeated too much. Still others had complaints about performance at launch (it was improved via updates). For me, the pros far outweighed the cons. I thought the character development was superb, the world well-realized, and the gameplay a rich mixture of action and horror. Specifically, the game’s use of hordes and their inherent behaviors was a big plus for me. Spread across the world were groups of “Freakers” that would travel in packs and hide during the day. At night, they would come out to feed or gather at watering holes like some sort of nightmarish nature documentary. Taking on these hordes was a big part of the story and the endgame. The … Read More

PS5 Action and Adventure Games

For those times when you just need a sprawling adventure full of excitement and intrigue. And action, can’t forget that. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Aragami 2 Astro’s Playroom Balan Wonderworld Beyond Good & Evil 2 Black Myth: Wu Kong (Platforms TBD) Bugsnax Chivalry 2 Chorus: Rise As One Commandos Control: Ultimate Edition Days Gone 2 (Rumored) Deathloop Destruction AllStars Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition Dustborn Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires God of War Ragnarok Goodbye Volcano High Gotham Knights Grand Theft Auto V Haven Heavenly Bodies Hitman 3 Hogwarts Legacy Horizon Forbidden West Jett: The Far Shore Kena: Bridge of Spirits LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Little Devil Inside Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered Marvels’ Avengers Microman Moonray Oddworld: Soulstorm Outriders Paradise Lost Pragmata Recompile Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Roots of Pacha Sackboy: A Big Adventure Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One Solar Ash Spirit of the North Enhanced Edition Stray Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League The Lord of the Rings: Gollum The Pathless Tribes of Midgard Unknown 9: Awakening War Mongrels Warframe Watch Dogs: Legion Warms Rumble Yakuza: Like a Dragon Our Top Picks For Action/Adventure Games on The PS5 1. Grand Theft Auto VI – GTA VI Probably one of the most anticipated games for the PS5. No other console could handle the specs needed. Find out why in the links below: GTA VI will be on the PS5! (New Leaks) GTA VI: 5 Time Period We’d Love to Visit 10 Ideas GTA VI Should “Borrow” From Other Games GTA VI on The PS5: 10 Potential Locations 2. Naughty Dog (Uncharted, Last of Us) Anything Naughty dog touches turns to gold. While they keep saying they’re done with Uncharted, I don’t think that’s the case. Expect a spinoff series on PS5. With Last of Us 2 coming out, you can add that series to your list as well. I will be very surprised if they don’t reveal something new as well. It may start on PS4 or it could launch on PS5, but they have more ideas that will come to light sooner than later. 4. Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey) Arkane announced a PS5 game called Deathloop that seems to have Dishonored’s DNA with a time loop structure that involves two rival assassin’s hunting each other constantly through every loop. Big fan of time loops in fiction, so count me in! 5. God of War Kratos is back! God of War on PS4 took the world by storm, and left us hanging in the end. Since these things work best in trilogies, I expect we’ll see the next 2 games on PS5. 6. Ubisoft (Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed) Ubisoft is known for making games that involve open worlds and lots of collectibles. Both Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs have been doing pretty well. We know both series will continue on PS5 with Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. 7. Lego Games The Lego games have slowed down somewhat in recent years, but with new ideas … Read More

GTA 6 on the PS5 – Release Date, Map, News

Today we’re going to look at some new rumors that suggest the next Grand Theft Auto game is coming to the PlayStation 5. We’ll also look at other rumors that are helping us build an idea of how Rockstar plans to top themselves with the next release in their ongoing series. Release Date on the PS5 Sony really had people going for a minute during the PS5 reveal event. They opened with footage of GTA V, which made everyone think an announcement was coming! Instead, we got confirmation that GTA online would be coming to PS5 as a free standalone game for PS5 users. Geoff Keighly also tweeted, confirming the single player portion is also getting ported to the PS5 in the second half of 2021. I mean, that’s fine, but how about the sequel we all know exists? GTA Playstation Release Dates PS1 GTA 1 December 1997 PS1 GTA 2 October 1999 PS2 GTA 3 October 22, 2001 PS2 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City October 29, 2002 PS2 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas October 26, 2004 PS3 Grand Theft Auto IV April 29, 2008 PS3 / PS4 GTA 5 September 17, 2013 PS5 GTA 6 2022 When Grand Theft Auto V arrives on PlayStation 5 in the second half of 2021, a standalone GTAO will also be released for free for PlayStation 5 users. pic.twitter.com/KxRqir1pvc — Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 3, 2020 New August 2020 Rumor Points to Vice City Once Again With the PS5 coming out later in 2020, the talk about GTA VI is reaching a fever-pitch. People are hungry for anything and everything they can get their hands on. As it turns out, we’ve finally seen some new information, even if it’s only more rumors. It all ties back to the soundtrack, which is a big part of Grand Theft Auto. We all know that Rockstar picks some period-appropriate tunes for their games and places them into radio stations. As it turns out, a synthwave musician by the name of Pete Brian Rice, tweeted out something that suggests Rockstar was sourcing this kind of music for their next game. While the tweet was later deleted, the internet is forever. Take a look at this screenshot: Why is this important? Synthwave is a genre that was most popular during the 1980’s, and what other Rockstar game took place in this time period? Oh yeah, GTA: Vice City. This actually lines up with some of the other rumors we’ve seen (see stories below), so I’m inclined to believe that this music leak is indeed further proof of the GTA VI map being set at least partially in Vice City. Another Reddit post also made the rounds in recent memory. While also deleted, again, the internet is forever. This screenshot below outlines the information provided by the user markothemexicam, who has been right in the past about GTA online content: So, what are we looking at here? The highlights include that they spoke to a person who supposedly did … Read More