After eight years, Electronic Arts is finally partnering with Valve’s Steam service again. Not only will Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order be released on EA’s own Origin store, but it as well as other recent PC games from the publishing giant will also be on the Steam marketplace. The five additional confirmed games are The Sims 4, Unravel 2, Apex Legends, FIFA ’20, and Battlefield 5. Along with these games, EA is getting ready to integrate its subscription service EA Access into Steam. That integration will be completed in 2020, and will be a big help to PC gamers who are unable to shell out the dough for the larger roster that Origin Access offers. Even if you have had a beef with EA for a long time, I’m sure we can agree that this is a cool move on their end. I personally never thought EA would ever release a game on Steam again, but lo and behold, they’re back at it.
Graveyard Keeper’s brand new DLC, Stranger Sins, releases today adding several hours of content and a bar to run.
The game’s Steam page promises 4 to 8 more hours of game-play, the ability to run your own tavern, new quests and character from NPC’s, background story from 200 years ago and more. Lazy Bear Games and tinyBuild’s game is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and the DLC is out on all platforms starting today.
Read our review of the original PC release here, and expect our review of the Stranger Sins DLC soon!
If you’re a gamer and avid pro-wrestling fan, this week has most likely been a rough one for you. WWE 2K20 was released this Tuesday, and its customers have been in a complete uproar about not only the missing features, but also the sheer amount of bugginess this game contains. Whether it’s bad hair physics, messy targeting, game crashes, or characters getting stuck in the ring, 2K20 has been viewed as an absolute jobber by wrestling-gamers around the globe. It is unknown if the team at Visual Concepts got lazy or the game was rushed out due to contractual obligations with the WWE. Regardless of the main reasons, we can only hope that 2K manages to release a patch that pulls the game out of its nosedive. WWE 2K20 has the ability to be in the wrestling-game title picture, but it must first be able to get into midcard status.
I know I’ve said this at least several times before, but I’m gonna have to say it again — Codemasters has a long resume when it comes to racing games. Whether it be rallying, Formula 1, or even over-the-top off-roading, the British publisher has done it all. But while Dirt and F1 have still been going strong, fans had been wondering if/when the Grid series would return to the track. Well, after five years, we don’t have to wonder anymore. This self-titled reboot is the series’ debut on current-gen hardware, and I’m here to give you the full synopsis on everything it brings to the table. So with that out of the way, let’s drop the green flag and get this review started.
Turn the car into the wind
Like other established series such as Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, Grid tasks you with making a name for yourself in a variety of racing disciplines. You won’t find rally racing or modern Formula 1 in here, but you get to race sports cars, open-wheelers, touring cars, tuner cars, and stock cars from different eras of the sport. During your career, you must not only place high in the standings, but also manage your race team properly. It’s your job to collect prize money, buy (And paint) the cars you want, and hire teammates. No virtual racing career would be complete without a diverse track roster, and this game delivers a hefty number of road-course, street-course, and oval configurations. There are only 13 locations at the moment, but more will be added in free updates.
Of course, all of the above would be meaningless if the racing itself wasn’t solid, and the folks at Codemasters have once again delivered solid racing in spades. While not an arcade racer like Need for Speed or Burnout, Grid tries to be a little more accessible than Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport. Despite the car-setup functionality being quite simplified, the driving does have weight and realism on both gamepad and wheel. Flags and pit stops are non-existent, but you still have to drive carefully to avoid crashing out or being penalized. If you race an opponent too aggressively, they’ll become a Nemesis and try to give you a taste of your own medicine. Like the previous game in the series, you have the ability to ask your teammate to charge through the pack or play defense, not that they’ll always be able/willing to do what you ask them to do.
Online multiplayer is a bit shallow in this game, as you only have quick-match and private-match options. Without any search options for public lobbies, you basically jump into public races hoping that the events found are to your liking. If you want an online race that can be run the way you want it, you have no other alternative but to invite 1-15 friends who have the game. It’s not a dealbreaker, but I do hope this online-mode drawback can be sorted out.
Pedal to the floor, lap is runnin’ faster
After sitting in its garage for the last five years, the long-running Grid series has made a satisfactory comeback in the form of this reboot. It may occasionally bust a flat or drop some horsepower, but it still belongs on the shelf of any type of racing-game junkie. Checkered flag, here I come!
As of this writing, I’ve been playing Destiny 2 Year 3 for 12 hours. There are very good things, and some not so good things. Grab your ship, we’re going for a ride.
How are things now on the moon? Well, in short, it’s hell. The geography has gotten even worse with giant fissures where cracks in the ground were once seen. The Hive are even more prevalent then back in Destiny, and they’re more powerful now. Needless to say, they’ve been up to no good up here. I won’t say any more than that because of spoilers. But, it’s a fun challenge.
Eris is still up here, brooding (and so can you if you got that pre-order exotic emote). She’s created a Sanctuary up there, or about as good as you can get on the Hive-infested Moon. Here you can watch her brood, pick up bounties, and some other cool stuff that you’ll discover as you progress through the missions of Shadowkeep.
So everyone, whether you’re a new player with New Light, or a veteran who had already reached power cap in Year 2, starts at the new lowest light of 750. This is both good and bad. Good because if you’re like me and haven’t done a bunch of adventures, you can now go do them and get decent rewards for it. Bad for new players because they don’t get the experience of leveling from zero, which to me is essential, but maybe not to others.
Okay, so there has been some controversy over Bungie including a season pass in to the game. Most battle royale style games have season passes which require you to play an absurd amount of games just to get anything good out of it. This one, however, seems to be rewarding both free players and those who purchase it the same at the start. You gain experience here just by doing your normal stuff- campaign, quests, strikes, PvP. It doesn’t take long to gain levels either. In my 12 hours logged (about 2 of those were idle and in menus and such) I’ve gained 8 tiers, almost to the 9th. If you hard push you can gain even faster too.
There are two tiers: free and paid. Free season pass is included for everyone and this is where the Season Artifact resides, and it seems pretty well balanced, at the start. There are some tiers where free players get nothing, but up until rank 35 (where you would get Eliana’s Vow) there aren’t many of these. After this, however there are more blank spots, especially as you get above rank 60. Plus, most of the free rewards in the higher tiers are the Nostalgic Engrams from Eververse, so is this really a reward for all the time spent playing?
The paid season pass (included if you bought the deluxe edition of Shadowkeep) is where most of the good rewards lie. Glimmer and XP boosts for you and your fireteam, awesome weapons, and ornaments, as well as more frequent Upgrade Modules are here. Also, if you get the season pass, at rank 1 you get a crate that has Eliana’s Vow and a set of seasonal armor for your class.
Each season can be purchased as a whole set, or individually. The current season is Season of the Undying, which features Vex events and the seasonal artifact- Eye of the Gate Lord- which can be upgraded to give you armor mods and other effects.
Weasels and Squirrels and bugs, oh my!
Squirrels are not good, in this sense, or in legacy Magic The Gathering. If you need context on the latter, Google it. Personal qualms aside, Weasel and Squirrel are error codes dealing with connection issues in Destiny 2. They took down their servers shortly after launch on October 1st because people could not log in. Shut down at 4 pm EST and back up at 9 pm EST, I’d say that’s a decent turnaround for login issues on the first day with new servers on a different service. Bugs are still being found and fixed, including where The Scarlet Keep strike on PC wasn’t performing matchmaking. I ended up beating that strike solo, in just under 40 minutes, and it was actually pretty fun!
Overall, I’m having a blast with this new year and new expansion. I hope that sometime down the line that Bungie adds more free tier rewards and doesn’t just focus on the paid season pass. I’m wishing them luck that their bugs get fixed quickly, and I hope that those who are playing New Light are enjoying their time in the universe. Eyes up Guardian, we’re just getting started.
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The whistle has blown, and it’s once again time to lace up the cleats and jugar futbol. EA Sports’ global juggernaut in FIFA has hit the pitch for the 27th time, and while it’s certainly not completely different from its predecessor, it does include a handful of obligatory refinements, not to mention a throwback to its spin-off series. Do these new features make FIFA ’20 worth the $60 price of admission? Let’s dust off our vuvuzelas and find out.
You held the world in your arms
This iteration’s most hyped-up feature is a mode that replaces the Journey mode from the last three games. Known as VOLTA Football, this mode is essentially a callback to the FIFA Street series. The two teams have 3-5 players apiece, and you get to choose whether or not the match has goalies and walls. The pitches are set in some of the world’s most famous cities, and they come with commentary spoken in the native languages. If you prefer matches that emphasize showmanship over teamwork, this mode is tailor-made for you.
Don’t worry, the VOLTA mode isn’t the only addition to this year’s game. The ball physics, penalty kicks, and free kicks have been given some tweaks, making the on-pitch action more fluid than ever. The Mystery Ball and King of the Hill match types are now not only in single games, but in Ultimate Team as well. The offline career mode has been updated quite heavily, featuring interactive press conferences and player convos, the ability to fully customize your created manager, and a very streamlined user interface.
I am just a copy of a…
Despite facing the usual tough competition from Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, EA Sports’ globally-iconic FIFA series continues to nail its headers and volleys. Whether you prefer team-based strategy or fancy footwork when it comes to how you play soccer games, this installment won’t disappoint you.
Destiny 2 is releasing their latest expansion Shadowkeep on Tuesday October 1st. There are a few things players should know before this.
The game will be down for maintainence today, Monday September 30th, for 24 hours. This is to prepare for the move over to Steam and for the launch of Shadowkeep.
From Battle.net to Steam
Remember that you will no longer be able to play via the Battle.net launcher, it will only be available on Steam. If you have not already moved your account over from Battle.net to Steam, you can link your account on Bungie’s website.
Bright Dust changes
Bright dust can no longer be acquired by breaking down Eververse items starting October 1st- they will now break down into legendary shards.
Also, break down any unused mods, they’re permanent with the new update, so you only need one of each.
New Light releases
New Light is the free-to-play version of Destiny 2, meaning that if you’ve been on the fence about playing, jump in! The base game, and all campaigns through Forsaken will be included. Worlds will be unlocked via experience, not campaign progress, with this update.
Pre-load to get a head start
You can pre-load the game on Steam now to get ready for launch tomorrow. It’s almost 80 GB, so free up some space on your drive if you need to.
That’s all, looking forward to seeing new Guardians and returning veterans!